In the sixth round of this year’s Major League Baseball First Year Players Draft, the San Diego Padres looked to build depth behind the plate when they drafted prep catcher Zach Risedorf out of Northwestern Regional High School in Barkhamstead Connecticut.
The 5’11, 190 lb. Risedorf impressed Padres’ scouts with his defensive skills and quick release to second base. Over the last couple of seasons, Padres’ catchers have consistently been at the bottom of the league in throwing out base runners, so this was one area of concern the organization is looking to further develop.
In addition, the lack of depth and the inconsistencies shown by those throughout the organization emphasizes GM Josh Byrnes’ focus to develop a good defensive catcher whether it is through the draft or trade.
Padres’ scout Jim Bretz, who recommended Risedorf, adds, “Zach is a high-upside high school catcher with a plus arm, solid defensive skills and a chance to have a solid bat. He’s a very heady player with excellent game awareness. A “baseball rat” who brings a solid work ethic to the field every day. This is the kind of player that coaches and instructors will love working with and pitchers will enjoy throwing to.”