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Winkel is an advanced defender for a high school catcher, with impressive catch and throw skills and a history of handling top-tier arms without much of a problem. He has solid-average arm strength, but makes accurate throws consistently, with a solid transfer and good footwork. A lefthanded hitter, Winkel has also shown some feel to hit, but adjusted his swing path this spring and scouts have been a bit disappointed with the results. He transitioned to an uphill bat path with a pull-oriented approach that he hasn't quite figured out. Given his physicality and present strength scouts believe there is power to come in the future, but he'll either need another swing adjustment or more time refining his new approach. A Connecticut commit, Winkel is expected to be a tough sign.