Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports
Mandatory Credit: Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Catcher
Bats: R
Throws: R

DOB: 1-7-88
#:
6-2, 210

2016 salary: 1 year minor league contract
Team control: 1 year if he remains in MiLB. If he reaches the bigs, 6 years of MLB team control.

Combined WAR:
(has yet to make MLB debut)

The Outfield Fly Ruling

Schlehuber was drafted as a catcher out of Southern Nevada. That is where similarities between him and Bryce Harper. Atlanta selected Schlehuber in the 4th round in 2008, but due to his lack of offensive ability, never really established himself as a prospect of any kind. The defense, however, has allowed him to progress through the minors, reaching AAA in 2015. Organizations always need defensive-minded catchers down in the ranks, so Schlehuber’s continued employment is no surprise. However, the odds are long that he’ll ever reach the majors in any kind of relevant way. Then again, if JC Boscan got his big league debut, maybe Schlehuber will as well.

The OFR Scouting Report

20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level.

Hit: 25 ↔
Schlehuber has batted over .200 in just 1 of his last 3 minor league seasons. As an older minor leaguer, this is unlikely to improve.

Power: 40 ↔
There’s been a little bit of pop in recent years, but a little bit is it.

Speed: 35 ↔
Like most catchers, Schlehuber is slow.

Defense: 60 ↔
Schlehuber grades out pretty well defensively in all areas without particularly standing out in any. He appears to be a good framer, pretty good blocker, and while he has an up and down track record against the run game, he has overall been above average. If the bat were to come around, he’d be an asset. The glove is good enough to prolong his MiLB career.

Other notes:

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