The Cincinnati Reds have selected catcher Tyler Stephenson out of Kennesaw High School in Georgia.

Stephenson has been linked with the Reds for a while, and when he was there for the taking I’m sure they were ecstatic. He’s a 6′ 4″ and 210 lb catcher. Here’s my quick scouting report on him:

Offense: He has above-average to plus raw power to tap into. He may be a slightly below-average hitter for average in the long run, but the power will play well and for the position he will play he will hit for plenty of average.

Defensively: He’s considered to be very advanced behind the plate with a big time arm and he has shown quality receiving skills. He needs to work a little bit on his footwork behind the plate, but he’s got the skills to be an above-average defender in the future.

Overall: Stephenson is large for a catcher, and some think that it could lead to him moving to a corner spot. Fortunately if that does happen, he’s got the bat to make that transition, but his defensive skills seem to be good enough to handle the position behind the plate just fine as long as he doesn’t continue to grow. There’s some length to his swing and he may need to shorten things up slightly to get the most out of his potential, but there’s a whole lot of tools to like from Stephenson.

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