Switch hitting catcher Mike Papierski is a Bayou Bengal

ImageMike Papierski is a tall 6 foot 3 inche, 195 pound switch-hitting catcher that brings similar comparisons to San Diego Padres’ Yasmani Grandal at the plate. Papierski is committed to play college baseball at Louisiana State University (LSU) in the fall of 2014. At this point, Papierski isn’t rated very high on anyone’s draft boards, but he has the tools that can get him on there.

Papierski at the plate has very quick feet and a pop time of less than two seconds. His best pop time so far this year has been clocked at 1.98. Papierski has rare length at the catching position that could eventually move him from this position. If his defensive skills can continue to improve, Papierski will be catching well into his career. Fielding Grade: Present= 40 Future= 50

Across the diamond, runners often have to compete with the very quick and accurate arm of this future LSU Tiger. Papierski has been known to be one of the most accurate catching arms in his class. He is currently throwing in the upper 70’s across the base path. I would like to see his arm touch the low to middle 80’s as his senior season completes. Arm Grade: Present= 30 Future= 50

Running a 7.53 60-yard dash time wasn’t the best showcase to boast about, but Papierski has a quick bat that enables him to get out of the box extremely fast. He has a very smooth approach on the base path that also enables his slower time to play much quicker than it is. Running Grade: Present= 30 Future=40

Papierski’s ability to switch hit effectively has had many compliments come his way in the past year or so. He bats the best from the left side. That being said, he leaves nothing short from the right side, except his power and prowess at the plate on the left side seem to be further along in maturity. Hit Grade: Present= 40 Future= 60

Papierski has excellent plate discipline and ability from both sides of the plate. This comes as no surprise with his commitment to play at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) powerhouse in 2014. Papierski also has not come close to filling out his body which will no doubt help increase his lack of power at the plate. Currently, I see him as a line-drive, gap to gap type guy, but with added muscle and weight he will approach the 10 to 20 bomb a year type level.  Hit for Power Grade: Present= 30 Future= 50

There are not many very high on Papierski for the 2014 draft, but he is a guy whose bat will play at the next level. I think he has quality tools that can develop into what would be needed to play pro ball. I currently grade him at an OFP of 51. Papierski’s senior season couldn’t be a bigger deal for him.

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