Dominic Miroglio Scouting Report

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Name: Dominic Miroglio
Position: Catcher
Birthdate: March 10, 1995
Ht/Wt: 6’0”, 203 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Hometown: Oakland, Calif.
School: University of San Francisco

Report Date(s) — May 22-24, 2018; June 29-July 3, 2018

Affiliate (League): Visalia Rawhide (California League)
Level (Org): A-Advanced (Arizona Diamondbacks)


Body/Physical: Average build with some thickness and strength through his core and lower half; relatively light on his feet and athletic, particularly for a catcher. Strong wrists and forearms; good athlete with OK foot speed, especially in context of position. Not much/any room for physical projection/growth; at or near final physical form. No reason he shouldn’t be durable enough for an everyday or majority platoon catching role; already catching two out of every three this summer in first full pro season.

Makeup/Intangibles: Good competitor with even-keeled emotion both at the plate and working behind it. Good communicator on the field; open dialongue with umpires, appears well-respected by pitchers, etc.; good natural leader from behind the plate without having to do/say too much there to force it. Intangibles occasionally show out with sneaky-good plays, particularly on the bases — shows knack for taking an extra base when the defense is asleep, etc.; competes all game long with great situational awareness, ability to execute on it.

Tool
Notes

Hit
Tall stance to start with low hands into load, ability to hit the ball hard in the air with bat path for it; somewhat similar to Braden Bishop in that regard. Not much of a stride or load back onto his back foot; activation is more of a slow, controlled leak out front to meet the ball. Above-average bat speed with some quick-twitch through the zone. Good hand-eye coordination produces decent contact skills even with over-aggressiveness in his swing; whippy, loose bat when he does explode to the ball; pull tendencies, but OK plate coverage everywhere. As you might expect, tendency to leak out in front and get off balance, but still shows ability to keep hands back and make contact when it happens. One of the better bad-ball hitters I’ve seen at this level with ability to put the barrel on stuff well out of the zone and make solid off-balance contact with pitches you’d think he wouldn’t. Needs to dial down the aggressiveness some, and this may be an optimistic read, but Miroglio may approach a 50 FV hit tool at ceiling.

Power
Doubles machine with line drive swing gap-to-gap, even when off-balance and leaking out in front. Line drive feel to his swing with natural ability to lift the ball, particularly to his pull side. Not a ton of physical strength or muscle for over-the-fence pop; he’ll hit a few in time, but unlikely to reach average home run power at ceiling. Enough doubles pop with barrel skills for consistent hard contact to make himself valuable in that regard, though; overall, maybe 40 FV power at best, most likely slightly lower.

Speed
Had him 4.35 up the line from the RHH box, 4.69 on the turn at first base, and 8.17 home to second on a double (safe). Foot speed is fine for a catcher, shows decent athleticism and encouraging first step especially considering context of his position/role. Heads up baseball player on the bases; stole a couple bases in my various looks here, showing ability to read pitchers, pick up on tempos/timing, and get great jumps to execute. Picks his spots well. Won’t be a significant part of his game, but encouraging that he bounces around lightly on his feet right now and shows strong situational awareness so as to be a threat there; should slow down some with age, of course.

Glove
Active, athletic worker behind the plate; decent feel for receiving with good flexibility for low sets across corner to corner. Moves well behind the plate; quick to his knees to block balls, good reactions and anticipation to pitches in the dirt in various situations. Strong athleticism here. Framing OK; anticipates pitch location well, gets out there ahead of the ball; working on a larger framing project this winter to go back and look at it pitch-by-pitch, but he appeared to steal a few strikes every game in my looks.

Arm
Comfortable 50-grade arm right now; modest development bump with some mechanical adjustments may see him as a 55 FV thrower in time. Had pop times at 1.96, 1.98, 1.99, and 2.00 to second base in my multiple looks here; also flashed a quick 1.59 back pick to first base at one point. Throwing accuracy is generally pretty solid; occasional arm-side run to his throws that have them fading up the second base side of the bag, but typically he stays through the ball and on target. Will throw from his knees; accuracy not as good there as when he pops up and finishes through targets. Shows ability for quick release/snap throw; overall arm strength will play.

Analysis/Projection: Dominic Miroglio is making the most of an injury to Daulton Varsho, and as late as July 23, he continues to lead the California League in hitting in addition to his solid work behind the plate for the Visalia Rawhide. Miroglio is an overly-aggressive bad-ball hitter whose hit tool should come back down to earth at some point against better pitching, you’d think, but the hand-eye coordination and barrel skills are there enough to suggest he may always over-achieve at the plate even with age/competition. Defensively, he’s solid behind the plate with some modest room to improve some things, while already showing a strong and accurate arm that should give him a nice foundation to remain a catcher in the future.

The Arizona Diamondbacks probably didn’t think quite this much of Dominic Miroglio after drafting him in the 20th round back in 2017, but the Oakland native has really made the most of his pro career since day one, and his stock is firmly on the rise as he continues to excel now late in his first full minor league season. It wouldn’t surprise me, then, if Miroglio reaches an eventual everyday catcher ceiling in another couple years’ time. Though Varsho has grabbed quite a bit of the prospect/evaluator attention to date, there are real questions about his future defensive role, and so it’s Dominic Miroglio who may actually stick behind the dish and reach that everyday role — or close to it, in a platoon gig — with continued development alongside another under-the-radar catching prospect.

Overall Future Potential (Realistic Role): 50 FV (Everyday Catcher)
MLB ETA: 2020




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