Baseball America on Tech recruit Tyler Stephenson

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Kennesaw (Ga.) Mountain High catcher Tyler Stephenson has picked up steam this spring, and now projects as an early first-round pick. With a thick lower half and wide shoulders, Stephenson’s game is built around the power in his core. The Georgia Tech commit showed a plus throwing arm and advanced receiving skills on Friday. Stephenson is a little flat-footed behind the plate, but he remains agile, and he showed the ability to catch the ball cleanly when thrown high or deep into the lefthanded batters’ box.

Offensively, Stephenson generates plus bat speed with a relatively short rotational swing. He starts with a leg kick before landing with a wide base. Stephenson drove well with his hips, but there is room for even more separation. His bat is in the zone for quite a while, with his swing plane looking like a sideways parenthesis. Stephenson finished way ahead of a pitch in his first at-bat, and hammered it hard into the ground and through the left side.

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“Early first round pick” sounds unlikely to matriculate at Tech, unfortunately. Maybe he’s another Mark Teixeira.