The Cleveland Guardians reportedly signed non-drafted free agent Marc Filia – C

Marc Filia – C

School: UC San Diego
Age: 21; Ht: 6’2; Wt: 205
Bats: Right; Throws: Right

Pre-Draft Rankings:

GBI – NR
Baseball America– NR
Prospects Live– NR
Perfect Game– NR

Willie Hood’s Analysis:

Filia impressed in 2020, his Covid shortened freshman campaign hitting .306 striking out 12 times, and walking five times with 1 homer and triple in 36 at-bats. He played in the Northwoods League with the Kenosha Kingfish that summer battling just .185, slugging two homers with 22 strikeouts and 13 walks in 54 at-bats. In 2021, he continued to scuffle at the plate, hitting .234 walking 11 times (12.94 BB%), punching out 17 times (20 K%) in 64 at-bats with three homers, five doubles, one triple, and nine hit by pitches. Filia had a rebound season in 2022 winning All-Big West Conference accolades. He slashed.284/.404/.503 with 9 doubles, 10 homers, one triple, four stolen bases, and a career-high 15 hit by pitches.

At the dish, it’s an open stance with natural loft in his swing. Filia appears to display above-average raw power potential. The right-handed-hitting California native features the Brandon Guyer skill-set, that is the uncanny ability to get on base via an HBP. Defensively, Filia played left field and served as a backup catcher to All-Big West Conference teammate (FR.) Emiliano Gonzalez. Filia is an athletic former two-sport (baseball and football) high school athlete; playing catcher and quarterback at Irvine High School, CA. He displays a strong arm and appears to produce 2.0 and sub-2 pop times as a backstop. Filia reportedly received the maximum contract for non-drafted free agents with his remaining year of college eligibility (tuition) covered as part of the agreement (per Tim Burt, OC Sports Zone). “Bubba” has MLB bloodlines; his brother Eric is a member of the Mariners and his brother Mikey is a member of the Royals. The young backstop will serve as a developmental catcher in the low minors providing organizational depth at a key position.

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