Player: Jakson Reetz
Drafted by: Washington Nationals
DOB: 01/03/1996 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 206 lbs
School: Norris High School (Neb.)
College Commitment: Nebraska
Jakson Reetz introduced himself to a national audience last summer during the Perfect Game All-American Classic, as he was recognized as the game’s MVP after going 2-for-4 with a double, three stolen bases and two RBI. His success then carried over into the World Championships in South Korea, as he helped the USA National 18u Team capture the gold medal.
A three-sport (baseball/basketball/football) athlete at Norris High School, teams love Reetz's athleticism and believe it will give him a chance to succeed at the next level, regardless of his future defensive home.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Reetz has a consistent, balanced swing from the right side, with above-average bat speed and excellent bat-to-ball skills; strong hands and wrists allow him to fire the barrel through the hitting zone at the last moment; combination of feel for the strike zone and outstanding plate coverage results in hard contact to all fields.
Possesses some untapped power potential in 6’1", 206-pound frame; swing is geared towards hard, line-drive contact rather than power; power should be at least average at maturity.
Excellent athlete with above-average speed; could enjoy a career at several other positions if catching doesn’t work out.
Above-average arm strength can be limited by inconsistent release and footwork; has been clocked at 90-plus on the mound; more than enough to profile at the position long-term.
Athleticism is obvious behind the plate, as he moves well in all directions and makes quick adjustments; pop times aren’t impressive due to catch-and-throw issues and inefficient footwork; receiving is currently his greatest weakness behind the plate but is expected to improve as he handles more high-quality pitchers.
MLB Player Comparison: Jonathan Lucroy
It’s hard to envision Reetz becoming a star-caliber defender like Lucroy, but he could have a similar offensive profile at maturity, with average home run power and knack for peppering line drives from line to line.
Projection: Second-division catcher
Major Leagues ETA: 2018
Chances of Signing: 60 percent
Reetz is perceived to have a strong commitment to the University of Nebraska, where he’ll likely have the opportunity to serve as a two-way player for the Cornhuskers.