First to crack into our Top 30 is the 2019 11th round pick, catcher Carter Bins. Bins is a college catcher out of Fresno State, who is already an MLB quality defensive catcher with a chance to hit. Players like this don’t typically fall to the 11th round, and the Mariners wasted no time pouncing on him early on Day 3 of the draft.
Bins has soft hands, blocks well thanks to above-average athleticism, and has a strong and accurate throwing arm. He receives the baseball nicely and can steal strikes for his pitcher. He can get better here, but won’t lose many strikes for his pitcher, which is important.
Offensively, Bins has some work to do. His right-handed swing can get long, making it harder for him to make consistent contact and get to his above-average raw power. He has shown glimpses of the power as a pro, as well as an understanding of the strike zone. In his first taste of pro ball, Bins hit 7 home runs in 202 PAs, while posting a 16.3% BB rate
There is upside in the bat, but more than likely he will be a defense-first backup. But because he’s a good defensive catcher with real upside to be Omar Narvaez at the plate, Bins wasn’t going to be ranked any lower than this.