Scouting the 2017 Draft: JJ Schwarz

Whoa!  Didn't get much sleep last night.  Still in shock and processing the results of the election.  Fortunately, there is still baseball to enjoy thinking and writing about.

JJ Schwarz is an offensive minded college catcher from Florida with big time power potential.  He's 6'1", 205 lbs.  B-R, T-R.  He burst onto the scene as a freshman in 2015 with a line of .332/.398/.629 with 18 HR's.  He also had a solid 28 BB's against 46 K's in 256 AB.  His slash line took a hit in 2016 with a .292/.404/.451, 6 HR, but he improved his BB's and K's with 44 and 49 respectively in 233 AB's.  Most observers believe the bat will rebound strongly in 2017.  If it does, he could easily move up the boards and become the #1 overall pick.

The rap is on D where his body does not project particularly well and his throwing arm is suspect.  Scouts think that with a lot of work he can become a passable MLB catcher, but more likely he ends up at 1B or DH like a Mike Napoli.