2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Caleb Lomavita, C, California   

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected fifteenth player selection (pick owned by the Seattle Mariners) in the 2024 MLB Draft Caleb Lomaviata, C, California.

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 Lomavita is a 5-foot-11, 200-pound catcher who has developed a strong reputation as a hitter with surprising athleticism for a catcher in two seasons with California. He is a career .292/.355/.507 hitter who went from seven home runs in 2022 to 16 home runs in 2023 and has also been a strong hitter with a wood bat in the Cape Cod League.

Lomavita has spent two summers with Cotuit and in the combined 49 games he has slashed .323/.364/.460 with four home runs and 10 doubles. While Lomavita is a catching prospect through and through, he is fast and athletic enough to play the outfield and he has turned in plus run times.

He has above-average arm strength and has steadily improved as a receiver behind the plate as well. Lomavita’s well-rounded game and toolset place him in first-round contention entering the spring, and he can solidify that status by showing a bit more all-fields pop, cutting his miss rates against secondaries, and improving his defensive chops.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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