01/15/2021 - Baseball Factory's Spring Training at Pirate City (MS)
Michael continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities. Foot speed has improved as he ran his best 60 time to date. Behind the plate he shows a squared setup and tracks the ball well with soft glove. He utilizes his body well through the blocking process but needs to work to get body down sooner. Pop times have improved as he threw his lowest pop time to date at 2.80 with accuracy on his throws. Times will continue to drop as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program and works to get rid of the ball quicker. At the plate, hitting / power potential has improved through an open setup. Hands are loose and work through a level swing path. He stays inside the ball, utilizing all fields through a line drive approach. Power will increase as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and has great knowledge of the game.
12/14/2019 - Florida Regional Offensive Skills and Pitching/Catching Combined Weekend (Ages 12-14)
Michael is an athletic and talented 2025 catching prospect that worked hard all weekend. Behind the dish, Michael tracks the ball into his glove and has soft hands on balls in the strike zone. When receiving, he needs to continue to presents a low target, work behind the ball, and be in a balanced position. When blocking, he needs to anticipate the ball in the dirt, lead with his glove, and try to control the ball with his chest. When throwing, he needs to start in an athletic secondary, exchange the ball in front of his chest, and take less steps when throwing to 2B. At the plate, Michael starts in an open stance, he has comfortable hands, and looks to hit the ball to all fields. He needs to continue to get his front foot down on time, rotate his back hip into the ball, and stay back at contact. Michael will continue to improve with experience and we hope to see his progress in the future.