07/11/2014 - 2014 Under Armour Showcase: Baseball Factory's Team One South
Rapp only showed behind the plate at the event but has a ton of potential for the next level. Hitting grade has improved through an athletic setup. Hands are quick, generating bat speed through a level swing path. He has leverage in his swing and shows a feel for the barrel with baseball exploding off the bat when centered. At the event, he was 1 for 4 with a 2B. Behind the plate, pop times showed in the 2.10 range. Arm strength has improved as he topped out at 83 mph with life / carry / accuracy on his throws as he gets rid of the baseball quickly. Receiving / blocking skills show as outstanding tools that will play well at the next level.
01/17/2014 - Under Armour Pre-Season All-America Tournament
Adam is a solid bodied catcher who has good feet and sure hands behind the plate. He gains ground on his throws to second, displays excellent arm strength and accuracy, and is quick to his feet behind the dish. All of these factors contribute to his 2.00 pop time. Areas to improve behind the plate is having a more square set up towards the pitcher rather than staggered. Also, staying lower in his 6'3 frame for his throws and squatting stance will benefit his pop time and receive target for a pitcher to keep the ball low. Adam shows the ability to block well, but softening up his chest and rounding out his shoulders rather than staying narrow will help improve this skill. At the plate, Adam shows good balance, a strong frame, and activates his load at the correct time. He takes a direct swing path to the ball and gets good separation / extension, showing gap-to-gap power. Areas to improve include getting his front foot down sooner at times, lowering his back elbow, and creating a better angle with his front arm, where he tends to bar at times. Overall, Adam is a solid catcher with a good skill set. He is a coachable player and will continue to get better with small improvements / adjustments. Coaches should keep an eye out for him at the next level.