Yankees Draft Ambidextrous High School Catcher Anthony Seigler In 1st Round

June 04, 2018 - 9:59 pm


The Yankees added a uniquely talented catcher in the first round of the MLB amateur draft on Monday night by selecting a Florida high schooler who is both a switch hitter and switch pitcher.

While Anthony Seigler, of Cartersville High School in Georgia, is perhaps the most versatile player in this year's draft, the 6-foot 200 pounder is projected as a catcher in the pros. Seigler's fastball has been clocked in the 88 to 90 mph range, although his future does not appear to be on the mound. 

“It’s just a great honor to be able to put on this jersey right here,” Seigler told the MLB Network after being drafted. “Hopefully, to play on this field (Yankee Stadium) is going to be a great honor.”

Here's what some online draft scouting reports had to say about the 18-year-old University of Florida commitment leading up to the draft:

He's agile behind the plate, has a quick transfer that helps his arm play as plus at times and shows promise as a receiver and pitch framer. He's more athletic than most catchers, along the lines of Austin Barnes, and could profile as an everyday second baseman as well. Seigler makes consistent hard contact from both sides of the plate and employs an all-fields approach. There's some question as to how much power he'll have, but he has solid bat speed and should provide at least double-digit home run production once he gets stronger.

Perfect Game:

Switch hitter with equal bat speed from both sides, lots of lift left handed, puts the ball in the air, more of a level swing from the right side but can still get the ball in the air and drive it, moves into contact well from both sides and uncoils well. Has good athleticism behind the plate with lots of quickness, big arm strength on his throws.

Fan Graphs:

Seigler is in the mold of the Dodgers’ multi-positional, athletic catchers (Austin Barnes being the most well known): an average runner with solid-average raw power, an above-average bat, above-average defense and great-feel for the game.

The Detroit Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the first overall pick Monday night. With the sixth pick, the Mets took potential five-tool outfielder Jarred Kelenic of Waukesha High School in Wisconsin.