2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Walker Janek, C, Sam Houston State.   

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 twenty-third player selection (pick owned by the Los Angeles Dodgers) in the 2024 MLB Walker Janek, C, Sam Houston State.

Janek is a well-rounded catcher who has earned a reputation as one of the better catch-and-throw backstops in the country, while also hitting .304/.403/.507 combined in his first two seasons with Sam Houston State. A 6-foot, 190-pound backstop, Janek has a prototypical catcher’s build and looks the part behind the plate.

He presents the ball well sets up comfortably and athletically and employs a one-knee setup with a kickstand left leg frequently. He moves well laterally has soft, deft hands and centering ability while blocking, and has a quick and efficient transfer on throws.

Projection

He has plus arm strength gets rid of the ball quickly with solid accuracy and will turn in 1.85-second pop times in games. Between his first two seasons at Sam Houston State and a 2023 stint in the Cape Cod League, Janek has thrown out 27.3% (33-for-121) of baserunners. Offensively, Janek sets up with a crouched and spread stance.

He shows power to the pull side and is a lowball, fastball hitter who needs to improve his production vs. spin. His bat can get in and out of the zone quickly and he’ll expand the zone a bit too often, though he has solid contact skills and has still managed a 10%+ walk rate. Janek is a solid runner for a catcher and has all the tools to stick at the position and be an above-average defender there.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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