2014 Draft: J.J. Schwarz

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J.J. Schwarz | C

Schwarz attends Palm Beach Gardens High School in Florida and starred for the Team USA club that won the 18U World Cup in Taiwan last fall. He is the son of former big league right-hander Jeff Schwarz, who received two cups of coffee in the mid-1990s but otherwise bounced around the minor leagues for most of his career. Schwarz is committed to Florida.

Scouting Report
Listed at 6-foot-1 and 193 lbs., Schwarz is one of the best all-around catching prospects in the entire draft. He’s a good defender behind the plate thanks to his footwork and overall receiving skills, plus he has a strong arm. A quick, low-maintenance swing and advanced approach give him the potential to hit for both average and power down the road. He isn’t fast at all, but that is to be expected. Schwarz has gotten high marks for his makeup and feel for the game. He has clearly benefited from his father’s instruction over the years.

In their latest rankings, Baseball America, Keith Law (subs. req’d), and MLB.com have Schwarz as the 45th, 71st, and 90th best prospect in the draft class, respectively. The Yankees love to hoard catching prospects and I don’t expect that to stop even with Brian McCann, John Ryan Murphy, and Gary Sanchez at the upper levels. They don’t pick until the second round (55th overall) because of their offseason spending spree, but there is a chance Schwarz will still be available when their third round pick (91st overall) comes around, at which point I think he’d be a real coup.

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  • http://www.staggeringbeauty.com/ ALZ

    Not sure why they would want another catching prospect, unless they think they have cornered a part of the market, and plan on trading prospects for prospects later on.

    • Wolfgang’s Fault

      I think that’s part of the strategy. Drafting at #55, you go for best baseball player available. If Schwarz is still there and he’s the best player on their board, imo, you name that tune & sort out the catching logjam later. All things being equal, though, would love to get more high upside starting pitching arms into the system.