With their second pick in the 2021 MLB Draft (No. 31 overall), the Marlins selected Joe Mack, a catcher from Williamsville East High School (East Amherst, NY).
“A simple but powerful left handed stroke that’s shown power to all fields. Consistently barreled up in all the big events last summer. Many believe Mack to be the best catching product in the class, bar none. Can stay behind the plate thanks to strong athleticism.” —Prospects Live (ranked No. 28 overall prospect)
“He has consistently performed at a high offensive level on the major national showcase circuit the last three years, including one of the strongest summers among the top 2021 players last year despite not having a high school season last spring due to the pandemic.” —Baseball America (ranked No. 22 overall prospect)
“He has more alley-to-alley gap power, but he has the strength and bat speed that point to at least average power in the future. While speed isn’t a part of his game, he’s far from a clogger and runs well for a catcher.” —MLB Pipeline (ranked No. 19 overall prospect)
“He certainly has some swing- and demographic-related risk since high school catchers are low-probability prospects. He might play some 3B/2B in pro ball. There’s everyday talent here with considerable risk.” —FanGraphs (ranked No. 26 overall prospect)
- Age: 18 (turns 19 in December)
- Height/Weight: 6-0/203
- 2021 Season Stats: .500/.678/1.107, 8 HR, 22 RBI, 30 BB, 6 K (21 games)
- Pick slot value: $2,312,000 (23.2% of $9,949,800 total bonus pool)
- College Commitment: Clemson
- Instagram Account: @joe_mack34
Svihlik calls Joe Mack a "bat-first catcher."— Ethan Budowsky (@ethanbudowsky) July 12, 2021
Says when you dip into high school catchers you want to make sure that they can hit.
Welcome to Miami, Joe!
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