Player: J.J. Schwarz
Drafted by: Milwaukee Brewers
DOB: 03/28/1996 (Age: 18)
Height/Weight: 6’1”, 193 pounds
School: Palm Beach Gardens HS (Fla.)
College Commitment: Florida
J.J. Schwarz is the son of former major league pitcher and coach Jeff Schwarz.
Schwarz batted .429 while playing for the prestigious USA 18u National squad last summer, and also played a major role in the team’s World Cup victory in Taiwan last fall.
He’s committed to play for the Florida Gators next season.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 20-80 scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Projects for a slightly below-average hit tool; swing is quiet and balanced; level bat path helps him keep barrel in hitting zone for an extended period of time; consistently stings the ball to the gaps; stands out for his mature approach and advanced feel for the zone.
Schwarz has the potential to develop at least average power; raw power is above average thanks to strong hands/wrists, good bat speed and ability to generate backspin carry; most of his power is to his pull side.
Down tool; well below-average runner.
Arm strength is average but plays up due to his sound footwork and quick release behind the plate; throws are consistent and accurate, and he’s not afraid to attempt aggressive pickoffs.
Well-rounded backstop who has quiet actions and excellent instincts; advanced receiver compared to other catchers his age; has drawn praise for ability to handle a pitching staff; blocking skills have steadily improved.
MLB Player Comparison: Kurt Suzuki
Schwarz compares to Kurt Suzuki for his strong defense and ability to control the speed of the game, as well as his potential to surprise people with his future offensive production.
Projection: Second-division catcher
Major Leagues ETA: 2017
Chances of Signing: 75 percent
As one of the more complete prep catchers in this class, Schwarz has the potential to come off the board earlier than his peers who possess louder tools. He is committed to Florida next season, but there’s a realistic chance he never makes it to campus should he come off the board in the early rounds.