With the 12th overall pick in the 2021 MLB Draft, the Seattle Mariners have selected Harry Ford, a catcher out of North Cobb High School (G.A.).
The highest rank high school catcher in this year’s draft, Ford brings a lot to the table for an 18-year old. At 5’10’’ and 200 pounds, his bat speed, raw power, and ability to place balls all to all fields is already impressive. His speed is also worth noting and on top of being the highest ranked high school catcher, he’s also the fastest catcher overall in the draft.
As much defensive skills and offensive prowess Ford has, there are some tweaks that could be made to his game. His footwork behind the base and blocking balls in the dirt needs some fine-tuning, but combined with him impeccable pop time and intuition, those should be easy fixes once brought into a minor league program. He’s never called a game from behind the plate, and there are worries that the learning curve will cause some issues on the next level.
There is also a possibility that Ford doesn’t stay at catcher at all; his explosive power and reflexes could parlay him into a new position all-together.
2021 Harry Ford (GA) continues his very loud 2020 with his 7th HR at a PG event just this year this morning. Averaging a HR every 15 AB ld and XBH every 5th AB pic.twitter.com/yAgCVc6VQJ— Perfect Game USA (@PerfectGameUSA) September 26, 2020