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Agreed...those guys are players too.

KT is just a sophomore so his time is coming. Great arm, great pop time, great bat, good speed for the position....but you can't measure heart and character. It has to be displayed...I've seen KT's first hand. Heart of a lion and great character guy.

Watch and see...he'll be one of the best.
DD 09

Thanks for the info on this year's catcher's... look forward to seeing them soon.

My favorite is Walsh.

Future 2011 class - I believe Beau Nowell and Will Henning are starters on their varsity teams as sophmores. Not sure about Ewing and Bullington. KT is not in the same league as these four above, regardless of how much "heart" he has.
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Originally posted by 4290:
Future 2011 class - I believe Beau Nowell and Will Henning are starters on their varsity teams as sophmores. Not sure about Ewing and Bullington. KT is not in the same league as these four above, regardless of how much "heart" he has.


4920:
I believe Nowell will be splitting lots of time with Senior catcher. From what I hear he'll be playing lots of infield (away from the dish).

And since WH is your kid, that would tend to make you a little biased wouldn't it? Personally, I wouldn't put Nowell and you're kid in the same category. I've seen both play and Nowell is far more advanced behind the dish!
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4290 et al....Didn't realize you had dogs in the hunt. Be careful...I learned a long time ago what happens when you chirp about your own kid.

I was simply commenting on "Top Area Catchers" as the title suggested and giving props to a fine young man and an outstanding player.

There are two words that will separate KT from the others you mention:

Pro Jectability.

I don't know how you get to be much more projectable and raw than Matt Shortall. Maybe because he could also play RF with that hose. When I played with him (and I've had this discussion with him many times so it doesn't go as an insult), he had plenty of flaws mechanically hitting and catching wise (flaws might be the wrong word, places he could improve) and he still hit .400--in a weak lineup. He tells me he's fixed some things, and he's constantly working on all aspects. Shortall's heart? Don't question that boys drive and passion for the game.

KT has some promise, and he plays with a dang good organization, but he's mostly potential when compared to some of the older kids. Shortall will be at the top and still has potential he's yet to find.
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Originally posted by DallasDad09:
..... for now I think the guys to see are (Alphabetical order)

Bo Altobelli- Plano Sr- Texas Tech Signee
Abel Baker- Denton- Oklahoma Signee
Drew Benefield- Rockwall Heath
Craig Hayes- South Garland
Matt Shortall- Jesuit- Tulane Signee
Jonathan Walsh-Coppell- Texas Signee
WOW - if I'm reading our 2009 Grand Prairie tourney schedule correctly, we will get to see a couple of guys from this thread like Altobeli, Blake Johnson, and Craig Hayes.

GED10DaD

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