Kellin Deglan Scouting Report: Texas Ranger minor league catcher Kellin Deglan ranked #30 on the LSB Community Prospect Rankings.
In the days leading up to Opening Day, I'm going to offer write-ups on the 31 players who made the Rangers' LSB Community Prospect Rankings Top 31. I've done this the last couple of years, and I don't want to re-invent the wheel, so some of this will be a repeat of what I've written before, particularly regarding draft history or performance pre-2013. Also, this is not based on my personal observations -- I'm not a scout, and haven't seen most of these guys. I'm just aggregating the numbers and what others say about these players.
So, with that out of the way, let's take a look at Kellin Deglan...
Kellin Deglan is a 6'2", 195 lb. lefthanded hitting catcher who turns 22 in May. Delgan was the Rangers' 2nd first round pick, #22 overall, in the 2010 MLB draft, and signed for a below-slot bonus of $1 million. Baseball America viewed Deglan as a second or third round talent, praising his defense and power potential but seeing concerns about his overall offensive profile.
Since signing, Deglan's performance as a pro has borne out both the strengths and the weaknesses that were projected at the time. Deglan gets good reviews for his defense, and his catch-and-throw skills should allow him to have a lengthy career in pro ball. However, contact issues have limited his offensive production...in 1181 pro plate appearances, mostly in either low-A or high-A, Deglan has put up a .226/.314/.379 line, with 31 homers and 108 walks, but 309 Ks.
Deglan spent the 2013 season in Myrtle Beach, but he is returning to Hickory, where he spent the 2011 and 2012 seasons, to start this year. That is primary due to the fact that Jorge Alfaro will be at high-A Myrtle Beach to start the season...Alfaro is expected to get promoted to AA at some point this year, and when that happens, Deglan will likely move back up to Myrtle Beach.
Catchers tend to develop more slowly than other players, and Deglan is still young, so there's room for growth. However, his swing issues likely limit his upside, and if Deglan makes it to the majors, it will likely be as a glove-first backup who draws some walks and hits a few homers to make up for a low average.