Beavers prospects draw crowd
Oregon State brought several names who've appeared high on lists of prospects for the 2007 draft, and the top two names didn't disappoint. Catcher Mitch Canham, a left-handed hitter who finished second among Cape Cod League catchers in OBP and slugging last summer (behind possible No. 1 overall pick Matt Wieters), came in hitting and continued to do so all weekend. He's got a simple swing, very fluid with just a short step forward, and keeps his weight back well, making lots of solid contact, especially on stuff middle-in. The one thing he didn't show was power; it's a swing designed for contact, and coupled with very good plate discipline, it makes him a very attractive offensive catcher.
He's a little stiff behind the plate, but he was 2.1 seconds to second base and nailed a runner on Saturday with a perfect throw. His release isn't great, with a little extra movement early and a tendency to short-arm the ball; he was reportedly feeling some arm soreness, which could explain the short-arming.
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