High school catchers represent the riskiest of all draft demographics, but Harry Ford could be more than a catcher if a team wanted to give it a look.

Harry Ford Scouting Report

Height: 5′ 10″ | Weight: 200

Bats: Right | Throws: Right | Position: Catcher

Highest Ranking: 12th (ESPN)

Catcher is the most important defensive position on the field. When you tend to think of catchers you imagine a lumbering, slow runner who has a strong arm and probably some power but a guy who also doesn’t hit for much average. One of those things seems to apply for North Cobb High School’s Harry Ford: He’s got a strong arm. Despite being a catcher he has plus speed – a rarity at the position. And he’s got a solid hit tool that could allow him to be an average hitter in the future. When it comes to power there’s above-average power potential in his game thanks to big time bat speed and strength.Defensively, as you imagine with nearly every high school catcher, there is a lot of things that will need improvement before he’s ready to catch at the big league level. That’s not a knock on him – it’s just the reality of the situation. With his offensive potential, and the longer timetable for catchers, some teams have ideas that he could play second or third base, or with his speed that a transition to somewhere in the outfield – possibly even center – could work if a team felt his bat would be impactful and could get him to the big leagues sooner.

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Harry Ford Video

Basic Information

For this draft scouting report series we are going to look at prospects rated 6th through 50th in a cumulative ranking based on the Baseball America, MLB Pipeline, ESPN, and Fangraphs draft rankings. The guys in the top five seem to have no chance of dropping to Cincinnati at 17, so we’re skipping them to focus a little more on guys with more of a shot to be Reds. The national rankings are updated throughout the month leading up to the draft, so there could be some slight changes from when the cumulative list was compiled and when you read this.

The 2021 Major League Baseball Draft will begin on July 11th and end on July 13th, taking part over a three day period of time. The Cincinnati Reds will have selections 17, 30, 35, and 53 in the first two rounds of the draft. Despite not selecting in the top five, or even the top 10, the Reds have the 4th largest bonus pool allotment to work with due to their compensation pick from losing Trevor Bauer in free agency, as well as a competitive balance round A pick (35th) that adds a lot of additional pool money.

4 Responses

  1. Tom

    Positional flexibility is nice, and it seems he has it to the extreme, but in round one that isn’t the carrying tool I’m hanging my hat on. Whoever picks him will have a lot to dream on, but I’m looking for an even better hit tool if it can be found. But at 17 this would seem like a high quality get.

  2. Redsvol

    Probably the best looking swing I’ve seen thus far in these videos. Quick to the ball with powerful hands and hips. I’d be shocked if he was still there at 17 but if he is I would hope we take him.

  3. MK

    HS catchers might be risky but considering the two current catchers were high school catcher draft picks. The college catcher the Reds have drafted have been disappointing (Okey, Boulware,etc.) Mark K has been the best of the college guys to this point.

    • Doug Gray

      It’s been a few years since I last looked, but high school 1st round catchers were far and away the biggest miss rate in terms of not even making a big league debut among any kind of pick. It was something absurd like 5% even got a cup of coffee.