11. Mitch Garver, C, 26 years old
Garver was a 9th round selection out of New Mexico in the 2013 draft. He’s developed at the pace that you’d expect with a college draftee in college, though his bat has always played well at every level.
Garver caught plenty of national attention last year when he spent his season between AA and AAA, hitting .270/.342/.422 with 30 doubles and 12 home runs while also showing the ability to receive well behind the plate, if not be a dynamic thrower from behind the plate.
Without a plus arm behind the plate, Garver has worked to improve his footwork and his game calling to set himself up to continue catching around 1/3 of all runners attempting to steal against him.
While not one of the elite prospects in the game, Garver has moved into the realm of the top catching prospects in the game. After a survey of a number of industry people, Call To The Pen had Garver ranked as the #9 catching prospect in the entire game.
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