Top catching recruits are evaluated on several levels, most importantly, college coaches will look at the defensive and leadership skills that the catcher possesses. Prototypical High Division I/JUCO catching recruits are developed physically and usually stand anywhere between 5’10’’ and 6’4” and weigh between 185 and 220 pounds. While pop time is important, coaches will take a closer look at the catch and throw mechanics the catcher possesses as well as the arm strength shown while throwing to 2nd and 3rd base.
While defense comes first for a catcher, this group of coaches will also look for a player that demonstrates outstanding leadership skills and has the ability to work with an entire pitching staff. Another important factor in evaluating an elite catcher is hitting. Division I recruits at the catching position swing the bat well. Catchers are usually guys that can hit for power or average at a high level.
Catchers in this tier are usually polished in at least one phase of the game and show the ability to improve in all other areas of the game. Whether it is defensively or offensively, a catching prospect at these levels consistently demonstrates the ability to excel at the plate as a run producer.
Catchers at this level posses leadership skills. Size is important, along with the abilities to block, receive, handle a pitching staff, and catch/throw.
All catchers who go on to play in college should have leadership skills, but catchers at these levels usually lack the size and quickness needed to play at higher levels.