Anthony Seigler | C
The 18-year-old Seigler attends Cartersville High School in the Atlanta suburbs, which has produced scores of pro athletes over the years. He is committed to Florida.
Seigler is one of the most unique players in the draft class. For starters, he’s a switch-thrower with good velocity from both sides. He’s also a switch-hitter who has performed well against elite competition in showcase events, though he’s more of a doubles guy than a homers guy. Seigler knows the zone and projects as a high on-base hitter with good contact rates. Behind the plate, he’s a good receiver with a strong arm, and he’s a good enough athlete and runner that he’s capable of playing other infield positions, including second base. Seigler, who is listed at 5-foot-11 and 200 lbs., is a very well-rounded prospect with a grinder mentality. The kid is tough as nails.
The various scouting publications all have Seigler ranked outside the first round at the moment. Keith Law (subs. req’d) ranks him as the 43rd best prospect in the draft class, Baseball America ranks him 47th, and MLB.com ranks him 53rd. The Yankees hold the 23rd pick, and, according to Baseball America, scouting director Damon Oppenheimer has personally scouting Seigler, which is not nothing. Catchers with offensive potential always get drafted higher than expected and Seigler strikes me as a potential first rounder despite the pre-draft rankings. Switch-hitting catchers who are good defensively are always in demand.