AZDR Prospect Snapshot: O’Connor’s Jake Vesecky (2018)
The 2018 class in Arizona features a number of intriguing catching prospects, and O’Connor’s Jake Vesecky is one of the better ones.
When play begins in the spring, Jake will be a 3 year starter who took over behind the dish for Coach Jeff Baumgartner during his sophomore season.
That year Jake played in 34 of 37 games and did an outstanding job handling one of the better pitching staffs in the state while hitting .304. The Eagles went 30-7 and made it to the Division 1 semi-finals where they fell to eventual champ Hamilton.
Jake added a lot of quality strength to his frame between his sophomore and junior seasons, and it paid off as he hit .345 and began to show some legit pop in his bat.
Jake has always been a very capable receiver behind the plate, showing soft hands and an ability to frame. He has quick feet behind the plate and good blocking skills. Jake has very playable arm strength and shows game pop times in the 1.95/2.0 range pretty consistently.
Perhaps most importantly though, is Jake’s work ethic and grinder mentality behind the plate. He’s improved a lot in the last couple of years and will continue to develop going forward.
This summer, playing for Wilson Sandlot, Jake has really blossomed at the plate, and has begun to show some serious juice in the bat. Jake has always taken quality at bats and shown good patience at the dish, but he looks to be coming into his own as a run producer.
Jake gave an early verbal commitment to the University of Evansville and will join the Purple Aces for the 2018 season. The Aces get a solid student athlete with a 3.8 GPA and he should have an opportunity to contribute early in his college career.