06/25/2018 - College PREP - Troy (Albany), NY Derek is an athletic C prospect who will graduate in 2019. Behind the plate, Derek shows active footwork and covers up well when blocking balls in the dirt. He sits in an athletic stance and receives the ball with soft hands. He shows a quick exchange with a quick release on his throws to 2B, keeping them accurate with carry through the bag. Derek can improve defensively by setting up square to the pitcher. At the plate, this LHH sets up in an athletic stance and takes a short stride. He is fluid getting into his load and maintains center balance. He takes a direct swing with decent bat speed which leads to consistent contact to all fields. Derek can improve as a hitter by driving his lower half more. Overall, Derek is a solid prospect who has the potential to contribute at the next level.