2023 MLB Draft: Kyle Teel, C, Virginia

Player: Kyle Teel
School: Virginia                                                  Position(s): C
Height: 6’1″                    Weight: 190 lbs.                    Bats: Left                       Throws: Right
Hit: Big leg kick and load does create some timing concerns, and he chases outside the zone too often, but typically fouls ball off well. The leg kick calms down quite a bit with two strikes allowing him to fight off good pitches but still enough weight shift to generate some pop. Hands get is good position when body weight starts to shift forward, Bat quick into zone. Hit over .400 this season. https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js
Power: Bat path has some natural loft, plenty of weight shift and bat speed. Body can hold more strength, but unlikely to ever be more than average. 15-20 HR future. Can use whole field for doubles power though.
Run: Impressive for a catcher. Saw time in OF as freshman and was not out of place in terms of range.
Arm: Genuine plus, maybe even double plus.
Glove: Very athletic, solid receiver. Quick feet laterally on ball in dirt and typically keeps shoulders square, although does let the one knee receiving keep angles that allow the ball to get by in his lower half at times.
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Summary: An elite athlete as a catcher with a hit first approach but with some pop, Teel is a guy who could have his name called incredibly early on draft day. I am typically hard on catchers but I do like him to stick and be really good behind the dish, despite inconsistent pop times. In a draft with a clear tier ending after the top five, it would be no surprise, nor would it be unjustified to see him go as high as six, or fall into the teens. The positional flexibility as a guy who can play outfield could help allow him to progress quicker than a typical catcher, as he can stay in the lineup even on his “off” days.

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