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Scouting Update/Video: Tyler Heineman, C, UCLA (2012 Draft)

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May 31, 2012

Tyler Heineman has been the feel good story, the gutty little Bruin who waited for his turn and made the most of it as a junior. I mean, if I could grade fan favorites, he’d be way up there. Instead, here’s what he is – a left-handed hitting catch-and-throw guy. Those guys always get drafted.

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Nobody cares what he looks like in blue jeans: stocky build with thick features. Solid catch and throw guy with useable left-handed bat. Strong, accurate throws through the bag, clean arm action, clean footwork and transfers. Strong and soft hands, good actions behind the plate, a good catching athlete. Has good hands offensively, though he tends to get too long too often. Won’t run. Arm and defense profile as best pro tools. Just enough bat to make him dangerous, but has to be careful not to let that touch of power get him into trouble. It might take a while, but catch-and-throw guys with the ability to put the ball in play tend to make it to the big leagues.

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