06/21/2014 - Omaha National World Series - Session 2
Blake continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time, now a solid runner at 7.30 60 time. At 1B, he displays proper footwork around the bag and is a quality receiver. Behind the plate, he threw his lowest time to date at 2.28 with time continuing to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. At the plate, hitting abilities have also improved, now showing abilities through a balanced setup. Hands are quick, flashing bat speed and show a feel for the barrel with baseball jumping off the bat when centered. At the event, he was 4 for 8. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and plays the game hard.
01/17/2014 - Baseball Factory Spring Training at Pirate City
Blake showed as a C/1B in his most recent Baseball Factory event. Behind the dish, he sat comfortably, sticks the inside pitch, and takes charge as a vocal leader. He flashed a new pop best at 2.38 seconds with potential for even lower times when he cleans his exchange and eliminates standing straight up to throw. Offensively, he has a big/strong setup, and stays in the middle of the field with his approach. He showed some feel for his hands and hips working together, but could increase his lower involvement - which will result in greater bat speed and pop. Overall - Blake is an enthusiastic leader that makes adjustments and is willing to do whatever it takes to improve.
10/13/2013 - College PREP - Hoover (Birmingham), AL
Blake is a young catcher who has solid all-around skills. Defensively, he presents a good/low target and sits in well. He receives with a soft mitt shows good flexion. He covers balls in the dirt, centering them off of his chest. He gets around balls in the dirt and centers them off of his chest. A long toss program will help to increase arm-strength and lower pop times. Offensively, this righty shows a crouched stance and has good hand separation. He is a contact type hitter and hits line-drives. Loosening up his actions and using more lower 1/2 will help to improve offensive abilities. As only a sophomore, Blake has a lot of time to develop his game.