Greg Rosenstein of ESPN had an article today talking about the risk with high school catchers. Rosenstein quoted an NL West scout who said "High school catchers don’t make the big leagues." The article went on to explain the risks with high school catchers, noting that they're not physically mature, there are mental issues to worry about, and there's uneven performance.
That has to be concerning for Pirates fans, especially since all signs point to the Pirates using their first pick on prep catcher Reese McGuire in tomorrow's draft. But if the article is the only reason you're concerned, I wouldn't be too concerned.
For one, the article was very absolute with the "High school catchers don’t make the big leagues" approach. It noted flaws, and then made some unsubstantiated claims about the odds of catchers making it versus other positions. We actually have a pretty good idea of the odds for catchers to make the majors, as well as e...
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