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2017 MLB Draft Profile: Luis Campusano, C, Augusta, Georgia

Rising up draft boards, high school catcher Luis Campusano should go early in the 2017 MLB Draft

As we plow ahead on our series of player profiles for the 2017 MLB Draft, let’s take a look at Luis Campusano, a prep catcher who is moving up boards quickly.

THE BASICS

A high school catcher from Augusta, Georgia, Luis Campusano is the son of former minor league catcher Genaro Campusano. Although his dad never got past the Carolina League, Luis looks to have more potential. A showcase player since 2014, Campusano has stood out for his defensive ability but has seen his stock rise with improved hitting this spring.

Committed to the University of South Carolina, Campusano is a right-handed hitter, listed at 6-0, 200, born September 29th, 1998.

STRENGTHS

Campusano’s best tool is his throwing arm, a 60-caliber gun behind the plate. Although his defense can be inconsistent at times, he’s put in a lot of work to tone his body and polish his defensive skills. With more experience he should be an above-average defender in all respects.

Offensively, he’s strong enough to hit for substantial power, earning 55-60 grades for his raw pop. He hit .622 this spring with six homers in 90 at-bats.

WEAKNESSES

Campusano hasn’t firmly settled on his hitting mechanics and the competition he faced in high school wasn’t the best. He is an aggressive hitter and it remains to be seen how his bat will hold up at higher levels, especially since young catchers often develop slowly or erratically as hitters due to the physical stress of the position.

OVERALL PROJECTION

Viewed as a third or fourth round talent with signability concerns six months ago, Campusano has raised his stock this spring and it appears unlikely he’ll get to college. As recently as two weeks ago he looked like a second rounder, but the freshest rumors have him moving into first round consideration for some clubs.

High school catching is a very risky demographic but his upside as a power hitter with a good glove is enticing.