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Jun 17, 2005 - Jun 19, 2005   4-Green  48
Turner Field - Atlanta, GA
Chad Pierce
C RHP 6-1 202   R/R

FB
86
60
7.49
40
OF
IF
1B
C
81
Pop
1.87
Range
86
CB
72
SL
CH
75
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Chad Pierce is a 2006 catcher/right handed pitcher from Fond du Lac, WI with a muscular build at 6-1, 202 lbs. He has very high level defensive tools behind the plate, with top notch arm strength at 81 mph, soft hands and quick feet. Pierce shifts very well behind the plate and will just keep improving as he works with more top level pitchers. His best pop time was 1.87 and his throws were accurate. At the plate, Pierce gets his weight moving forward early and is a front foot hitter. He does a very good job with the bat head and makes consistent hard contact to all fields. He has the strength and bat speed to drive the ball out of the park as he adjusts his approach and his balance. His defense is a bit ahead of his offense at this point but he has the potential to be an impact player with the bat as well. Pierce also pitched some at the showcase and hit 86 mph with a 72 mph curveball. Pierce is an excellent student and a top level catching prospect.
PG Grade 9.5




Apr 30, 2005 - May 01, 2005   White  23
Perfect Game Field at Veterans Memorial Stadium - Cedar Rapids, IA
Chad Pierce
C RHP 6-1 202   R/R

FB
85
60
7.59
40
OF
IF
1B
C
79
Pop
1.93
Range
85
CB
70
SL
CH
71
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Pierce is a junior catcher/right handed pitcher from Wisconsin. He has a present strong body at 6-1, 200 lbs with wide shoulders and strong legs. Pierce was the top defensive catcher at the showcase and ranks well on the national prospect scale for his throwing and receiving. He put on a show in the catching workouts, throwing 79 mph with every throw a tag at second base in the 1.93 – 1.95 range. His hands are very soft and he handled Jeremy Hellickson’s big league stuff in the game like a pro. At the plate, Pierce has a simple approach and a line drive swing plane. He made consistent solid contact and used his strength to show some power as well. Pierce hit better in games than in batting practice and was aggressive to all fields. Pierce also threw a couple of innings at the showcase. We’d heard that he’d been touching 90 earlier this spring but he was 84-85 mph this day with a long arm action that had some effort to it. Pierce’s 70 mph curveball was short and loose but he did throw a nice 70 mph change up that he had a lot of confidence in. Despite his raw arm strength, we’d say his future is brightest behind the plate instead of on the mound. Pierce is an excellent student who we also understand is a very good football quarterback.
PG Grade 9.5