TAFT, California —— A sophomore catcher from Fresno, Gabe Corona is the main catcher for the College of the Sequoias, and his steady hand and quiet receiving behind the plate are a big reason the Giants have had such early season success. Then again, it doesn’t hurt that Corona is also hitting .313 through his first 19 games, providing COS some offensive firepower in the middle of the lineup, as well.
The catcher has a compact left-handed stroke with good plate coverage and the ability to hit line drives gap to gap. Not really a power hitter, and with a smaller stature that likely won’t turn into long-term power as he ages, Corona’s value at the plate will come from continuing to spray line drives. He’s got good bat speed and good hand-eye coordination, and with a swing that short, he looks like the type of contact hitter a four-year college coach would love to have on the roster.
Above, you can see Gabe Corona on video in a compilation of his at-bats taken during a game last week on the road at Taft College. Below, you can see his swing in GIF form, both at regular speed, and slowed down to see his physical mechanics at work:
Watch more of Gabe Corona on video at the top of this post, and subscribe to Baseball Census on YouTube for more prospect videos. Plus, we’ll have a Corona catching/receiving/blocking video up soon — he’s a decent receiver who’s a good leader behind the plate, though he has some smoothness to hammer out in his pitch framing.