Future Projection Ep. 34: State Of Catching Prospects, Int’l Signing Day

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Today on the show, Ben and Carlos talk about catching prospects. With Orioles franchise catcher Adley Rutschman establishing himself in the majors, is this the start of a new wave of catching talent?

Who’s the top catching prospect in the game, and how much separation is there between the top backstops in baseball? The two dig into the profiles of a number of top-100 talents, including: Francisco Alvarez (Mets), Gabriel Moreno (D-backs), Diego Cartaya (Pirates), Endy Rodriguez (Pirates), Tyler Soderstrom (A’s), Logan O’Hoppe (Angels), Kevin Parada (Mets), Henry Davis (Pirates) and others. 

The two also discuss hot names who might not start out on top 100 lists, but could be there shortly in 2023, like Dalton Rushing (Dodgers), Austin Wells (Yankees) and Jeferson Quero (Brewers). 

After that, Ben breaks down some of the top catching prospects in the 2023 international class, which is led by Venezuelan catcher Ethan Salas (expected to sign with the Padres) and gives his yearly overview of the international market.

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