Tampa, FL – The Yankees drafted Anthony Seigler 23rd overall this past June, and so far the young catcher has not disappointed. He has slashed .381/.500/.476 through his first seven professional games. On July 4, Seigler was as good as advertised. The 19-year-old posted two hits and drew a walk. On defense, he threw out a runner attempting to steal third.
One look isn’t ideal to evaluate players. So instead of giving scouting grades, I’ll share my first impressions about what I saw.
Body: Seigler is listed at 5’11 188 pounds by the Yankees media guide. He has a smaller frame but looks athletic. Being only 19, I expect him to get stronger, especially in the lower half.
Athleticism: Seigler is a quick-twitch athlete. He is real loose and fluid with excellent hip flexibility.
Stance/Hit: I only saw Seigler from the left side. He spreads out wide, and his hands remain low. Seigler has a long stride and tends to get out on his front foot a bit too quick. He has good bat speed. The swing is linear, but Seigler seems to have a good feel for finding the barrel. He is still raw as a hitter with his bat speed is generated more from strong wrists than the lower half.
Power: Power may be the weakest tool at this point. He doesn’t efficiently use his lower half to generate bat speed, and the linear swing leads to more ground balls. He projects as a gap to gap doubles hitter.
Defense/Arm: He uses his body well to block balls in the dirt. Extremely quick hands and a good feel for picking balls out of the dirt. His hands are soft, and he profiles as a good receiver/framer. Seigler flashed a potential 65-70 grade arm. In the video below, you can see his athleticism and quickness in picking a slider out of the dirt and showing a plus arm, nearly nailing the runner at second from his knees. Seigler showed supreme confidence in his arm. He is quick out of the crouch and fired a missile to first on a swinging bunt down the 3rd baseline.
Overall: There is a lot to like here. The athleticism plays up at the catcher position. The hit tool should improve as Seigler adds strength and experience. He has good speed on the base paths and overall excellent instincts. It can be tough to evaluate players this young in a league like the GCL. The best compliment I can give Seigler after one look is this: He looks like a ballplayer, and he looks like a leader.