07/20/2020 - Official College Recruiting Membership - Stockton (Sacramento), CA
Griffin is a talented catching prospect who continues to progress. Behind the dish, he sits in with flexion and athletic actions tracking pitches into a soft mitt. He is quick laterally to center/deaden pitches in the dirt off of his chest, keeping the ball close in front. Throws to 2B are on the bag coming from a quick/clean transfer exchange - pop times remain in the low 2's. As a hitter, he shows a balanced stance with active/loose hands. He fires the barrel with + bat speed, connects and sprays the ball to all parts of the park. DeRusso is a skilled catcher who is one to keep an eye on over the next couple of years. He will make an impact in this only his sophomore year.
01/18/2019 - 2019 Baseball Factory All-America Pre-Season Rookie Tournament
Griffin is an athletic and talented 2023 catching prospect with high energy. Behind the dish, Griffin has an athletic secondary stance and presents a low target. When receiving, he tracks the ball into this glove and works the ball back into the zone. When throwing, Griffin replaces his feet and makes accurate throws. At the plate, Griffin starts in a tall stance, loads his hands back, and gets his front foot down on time. He gets the backside through, controls the barrel, and makes hard contact to app fields. Griffin is a hard worker and we hope to see his progress in the future.
12/04/2016 - Interactive Video Program - Sacramento, CA
Griffin is an athletic 3B/C. At 3B, he takes aggressive routes on GB's and works into a square fielding position. He fields the ball with soft hands as he gets rid of the ball with a clean exchange. Behind the plate, he displays a square/solid setup. He moves well laterally as he comes up with a quick release on his throws down to 2B. With the bat, Griffin presents an athletic setup in the box. He creates leverage in his swing as he drives pitches on a line. Overall abilities in his game will improve with work on the following.
1. Smooth backhand
2. Play through the ball
3. Arm strength
1. Athletic setup
2. Soft glove
3. Quick to block and recover
1. Develop a load
2. Level swing path
3. Bat speed