The Cincinnati Reds have picked catcher Chris Okey with the 2nd round pick. The #43 selection spent his college career playing for the Clemson Tigers.
Let’s take a look at the stats for Chris Okey in his three years while at Clemson.
He put up great numbers in both his sophomore and junior seasons at Clemson. His junior year in particular he obliterated the baseball, posting an OPS of 1.076 while walking nearly as often as he struck out.
Height: 5′ 11″ | Weight: 195 lbs. | Born: December 29, 1994 | B/T: R/R
Chris Okey Scouting Report
There’s nothing that really jumps off of the page with Chris Okey when you look at his scouting report. Offensively he projects for average power (15-18 HR) at the big league level in the future and he’s got a chance to hit for a solid average in the future. As a catcher he’s not much of a runner, though he will never be expected to be that.
On the defensive side of the ball he is athletic behind the plate and very athletic for a catcher. With all of that said, his arm is merely average and he’s only a solid receiver at this point. He’s noted for his ability to handle a pitching staff quite well though.
He’s a strong guy who went into college without a ton of strength but now comes out with that being a big positive. He did strike out quite a bit in college, so if there’s one thing to keep an eye on in the future that’s probably the thing to watch for.
As a catcher the strikeouts may not matter as much, especially if he can be a solid defender and hit for the power he projects for, which would be above-average for the position. With a chance to have four average tools (with speed being the only one that isn’t) he projects well behind the plate as an all-around player.
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