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Pick #68 - Daulton Varsho, C/OF, UW- Milwaukee

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As many people anticipated, the Diamondbacks did take a catcher with their third round pick, he just wasn’t any of the ones expected.

Name: Daulton Varsho

Age: 20 (July 2, 1996)

Height: 5’ 10”

Weight: 190 lbs.

Position: C/OF (L/R)

Affiliation: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Grades:

Power: 50 | Hit: 50 | Speed: 50 | Defense: 45/50 | Arm: 35/40 | Overall: 45/50

The Diamondbacks selected Daulton Varsho as a catcher, so the scouting here will reflect that. Varsho is not a typical catching prospect. He is not wide-bodied. IN fact, he has a small(ish) fram for a catcher. His arm is sub-standard and shows little indication of ever being even average, though bulking up some might get it there. On the other hand, he runs well, and not just “runs well for a catcher”. Varsho legitimately runs well, which has resulted in him also logging innings in left field.

As a receiver, Varsho has shown good mobility behind the plate, showing a good ability to block pitches and the dirt and also showing good lateral mobility. Most scouts and analysts think Varsho could stick behind the plate as an average receiver with an above average bat for a catcher. There are some though, that fear his arm might eventually force him into left field. As a left fielder, he profiles more as a fourth outfielder type than a starter. Of course, as he matures, plenty of things could change.

Interesting factoid:

Daulton is the son of 8-year MLB veteran, Gary Varsho of the Cubs and Pirates. His father was also a bench coach for the Phillies in the early 2000s.