MESA, Ariz. — Tampa Bay Rays catcher Nick Ciuffo is shown above, catching for the Peoria Javelinas during Arizona Fall League play, and throwing to bases in game action therein during a night time contest against the Mesa Solar Sox.
Ciuffo, a former first round draft pick (2013) by the Rays, enters 2017 as a non-roster invitee to spring training with the big league club and figures to see big league time by the end of 2018.
As you can see, Ciuffo is comfortable throwing to bases and has a relatively quick, smooth release paired with good accuracy. His mechanics don’t leave him as quick of a back pick artist as, say, Texas Rangers catching prospect Jose Trevino, but Ciuffo is a solid backstop with consistent mechanics throwing the ball to bases. Couple that with consistent blocking mechanics and above-average work behind the plate as a pitch framer, and Ciuffo is without question an intriguing catching prospect.
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