12/12/2021 - All-In Membership - Manalapan, NJ Yaniel is a young first baseman/catcher with a solid frame. Behind the plate, Yaniel has active feet, a square set up, and he presents his glove well. He holds the low solid target, works hard to cover the 5-hole, and has a long/accurate arm with strength and pop time as low as 2.5 seconds to second base. Continuing to add arm strength, and keeping his chin down when blocking, will result in a spike in defense of grades. At first base, Yaniel shows active footwork, he covers ground well, and he makes the routine plays on balls hit his way. He shows some bag awareness, his exchange is clean, and he throws with solid direction to his target. Defensive grades can improve with continued work on footwork, added aggressiveness, and a quicker release. Offensively, Yaniel has an athletic/crouched set-up, a good load, and pullside pop. He is a patient hitter, with fast bat speed, and he makes square contact. Improved rhythm/timing, tapping into more lower body, and letting the ball travel deeper, will help office of numbers get even better.