Dominic Miroglio Scouting Report
Name: Dominic Miroglio
Birthdate: March 10, 1995
Ht/Wt: 6’0”, 203 lbs.
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.
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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