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Jun 06, 2013 - Jun 08, 2013   
  

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Clint Coulter
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5/24/12: When scouts talk about dual sports athletes such as Jameis Winston and Anthony Alford, they are almost always talking about football players. It’s exceptionally rare to find a baseball prospect that comes from a prominent wrestling background. The two sports are diametrically opposed to each other when it comes training and execution, not to mention what constitutes a major injury in baseball is often just a minor distraction in wrestling. Which is a good part of the reason, in addition to the pressure of always having to make weight, that Clint Coulter gave up wrestling after going 39-1 and winning the Washington state high school 189 pound wrestling title as a sophomore. (Author's note: The only other baseball player/wrestler of Coulter’s level I remember over the last two decades is right handed pitcher Ben Grisz, who attended Duke and signed as a non-drafted free agent with the Nationals last year.) Freed from the demands of wrestling, Coulter quickly filled out to his current 6-foot-3, 220-pound frame and is one of the strongest prospects in the 2012 draft class. Coulter’s primary tool is his bat and power potential. He isn’t a quick-twitch athlete and more overpowers the ball with a short, strong fundamental swing than creating whip and superior bat speed. Coulter’s swing stays on plane with the ball for a long time and he’s at his best when he’s driving the ball from gap to gap instead of getting pull happy. He’s shown the ability to stay back and adjust to off speed pitches well and should be able to hit for both average and power at the professional level. Defensively, Coulter’s arm strength grades out as a plus and he makes strong, consistent accurate throws to the bases. The one worry that scouts have concerns Coulter’s agility and quickness behind the plate. He has worked extensively with his high school coach, former Major League catcher Tom Lampkin, in learning the fundamental receiving and blocking skills and is a quick learner and almost obsessively hard worker. Coulter’s bat should be plenty good enough to remain a prospect if he is forced to move to first base. Coulter has said that he patterns his game after Rangers catcher Mike Napoli and that is a very apt comparison, although Coulter is bigger and stronger than Napoli, who was about 6-foot, 190-pounds at the same age. Napoli was a 17th round pick of the Angels out of high school in 2000, although he was a very well-known prospect. But scouts strongly believed that he wasn’t athletic enough to catch and 6-foot right handed hitting first baseman aren’t in great demand. But Napoli worked hard and steadily improved his defense year to year while his bat has fulfilled its projection. Another very fitting comparison would be Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph. Joseph was a second round pick in 2009, just about where Coulter should hear his name called, with a strong reputation for his powerful swing. Joseph has surpassed all the Giants expectations thus far defensively and is now a starting catcher in AA at age 20.




Oct 20, 2011 - Oct 24, 2011   Royals Baseball Club
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Roger Dean Complex - Jupiter, FL
Clint Coulter
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Aug 05, 2011 - Aug 10, 2011   
  

Blair Field - Long Beach, CA
Clint Coulter
C 6-3 210   R/R

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Jul 09, 2011 - Jul 15, 2011   Bobby Valentine's All American Team
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Clint Coulter
C 6-3 210   R/R

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Jul 02, 2011 - Jul 08, 2011   Bobby Valentine's All-American Team Red
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East Cobb Complex - Marietta, GA
Clint Coulter
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Oct 08, 2010 - Oct 11, 2010   Bobby Valentine 16U All-Americans
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Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Clint Coulter
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Aug 05, 2010 - Aug 10, 2010   
  

Blair Field - Long Beach, CA
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