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    2013 #9 Prospect Chance Sisco - C

    Written by Tony Pente

    #9  - Chance Sisco - C
    Ht Wt  Bats Throws Born Draft
    6-2 193 L R  2/24/95 2nd Rd (2013)

    Scouting Grades - Definitions

    Current 1 Most Likely 5 Ceiling 6
    Major League Target Date


    2013 Stats - Full stats

    2tm 124 4 1 1 11 1 1 18 23 .363 .468 .451 .919 6.89 5.40

    Bio: Sisco was the first of three high school catchers taken by the Orioles in the first 10 picks of the 2013 draft and led the GCL Orioles with a  .371/.475/.464 slash line. The former University of Oregon commit signed for an under slot $785,000 bonus and finished the year with Aberdeen for the playoffs. Sisco didn’t display much power in his professional debut, with only six extra base hits in 97 at bats, but posted a sound 21-17 K/BB ratio during his GCL time.

    Hitting/Running: Sisco shows a smooth stroke from the left side and has the ability to handle premium velocity. His approach in the GCL was very balanced and he sprayed the ball well to all fields, mostly in the form of singles. Going forward, Sisco can hit for a high average and capitalize on his good plate discipline to log a high OBP. Although he may never become a true power threat, his gap-to-gap approach coupled with a frame that should be able to add strength projects Sisco as an offensive catcher. He's athletic, but speed will not be a major part of his game going forward.

    Defense/Intangibles: The Orioles used an interesting developmental strategy with their three high school catchers, rarely using any behind the plate back-to-back days. This allowed for each of the three to do more individual skill work on both sides of the ball. Sisco has only been catching full-time for a year and needs to refine his blocking technique, instincts behind the plate, and pitch calling though he received good marks considering his lack of experience behind the dish. He has an average arm, but needs to improve his footwork in order to improve his throwing (20% CS rate in GCL).

    Conclusion: The Californian’s promotion to Aberdeen for the franchise’s first playoff appearance shows that he separated himself from the other catchers in his class. Statistics are fickle in the GCL but Sisco was steady throughout the year and didn’t fall victim to some of the pitfalls, like a high strikeout rate, that other young hitters experience during their first professional season. With both Matt Wieters and Michael Ohlman ahead of Sisco in the system, there is no rush in pushing his development. He will likely spend all of 2014 in Delmarva, refining his defense and adjusting to full season ball. He has the upside of an everyday offensive catcher.

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