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The Cleveland Indians signed non-drafted free agent catcher Seth Caddell.

Seth Caddell – Catcher

School: East Carolina
Age: 22.1
Height: 5’11; Weight: 197
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Seth Cadell Rankings-

IBI– unranked

Perfect Game– 440

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

Undrafted out of high school, Cadell honored his college commitment with East Carolina. A rotational player his first two seasons on campus Caddell finally got a chance in 2020 before COvid ripped his breakout seas off the rails. As a junior, he batted .305 with a .344/.475/.819 slash line increasing his XBH% to near 39%. Returning as a Covid junior in 2021, Caddell hit .270 with 14 homers, 8 doubles producing a .256 ISO and a .386/.526/.912 line bumped by career-best 13.87 BB% with a 19.75% SO% and a career-best 41.5 XBH%. The right-handed-hitting backstop improved his SLG, OPS, and XBH% year-over-year, seizing the opportunity as a senior (4th year Covid junior).

Behind the dish, Caddell produced pop times in the 1.9 to 2.1 range paired with infield velos around 90. He is regarded as a high intelligence player, and he puts in the background work required of the position- working with each of his collegiate teammates on the side to prepare. The 22-year-old backstop committed two errors in 497 chances posting a .996 fielding percent while recording 30 assists, 465 putouts, and throwing out 14 would-be base stealers.

At the dish, Caddell has an open stance and holds his bat high tilted back by his right ear. It makes for a long swing path, which could be altered in the future. In 2021, his power profile leaped forward, showing above-average raw power potential. The North Carolina native batted in the 3-5 spots for ECU over his collegiate career. A young fourth-year player, Caddell had a remaining season of eligibility with East Carolina.

Caddell caught Cleveland’s 2021 first round pick, Gavin Williams at ECU.

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