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1.22 Texas Rangers - Kellin Deglan, C, R.E. Mountain SS (BC)

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The Rangers selected Kellin Deglan. Here's his profile:


Kellin Deglan   Position: C   School: R.E. Mountain SS   State: BC   Height: 6’2’’   Weight: 200

Bats: L   Throws: R   Birth Date: 6/3/92   Seiler Rating: 1B1   Commitment: Florida International

Kellin Deglan is a left-handed hitting catcher from Langley, British Columbia, about 30 miles southeast of Vancouver in our neighbor to the north, Canada. Deglan is easily the best Canadian hitter in the 2010 class, and he offers solid upside behind the plate. His best offensive quality is an above-average hit tool that projects for a .280-.290 average at the highest level. He could even be a .300 hitter with some work on his pitch recognition, and that sort of quality is rare for a high school catcher, as most prep catching prospects get more value from power over average. His raw power grades out as average, but there’s still solid strength in his frame, which is a plus. He runs well for a catcher, getting a fringe-average grade overall, and he doesn’t project to slow down enough to be a true baseclogger. He’s a good baserunner, too, so that’s a big plus. Defensively, he has the tools to be an above-average defender, but he’s rawer than he is with the bat. His arm gets an above-average grade (55 on the 20-80 scouting scale) from most scouts, but his footwork is below-average, limiting him to fringe-average to below-average pop times. However, he is a good receiver, and he works hard, so he does project to be at least average behind the plate in the long run. He’s generally athletic, so he should avoid some of the wear and tear injuries that plague some stiffer catchers. He projects anywhere from the end of the first round to the beginning of the third round, and he could be an above-average Major League starter if things line up right. He should be signable in that range.