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J.J. Schwarz: Prospect Profile for Milwaukee Brewers' 17th-Round Pick
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Player: J.J. Schwarz

Drafted by: Milwaukee Brewers

Position: C

DOB: 03/28/1996 (Age: 18)

Height/Weight: 6’1”, 193 pounds

Bats/Throws: R/R

School: Palm Beach Gardens HS (Fla.)

College Commitment: Florida

 

Background 

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. 

Hit: 35/45

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.

Courtesy of Baseball Prospectus

 

Power: 40/50

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.

 

Speed: 30/30

Down tool; well below-average runner.

Courtesy of Perfect Game

 

Arm: 50/55

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.

 

Field: 40/50

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.

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