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Edward Easley (Jim Lytle/AP)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Edward Michael Easley
Position:Catcher
School:Mississippi State
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Birthdate:12/21/85
Height:6'0"
Weight:195 lbs.
Bats:Left
Throws:Left
Report Date(s):04/13/07
Game(s):Tennessee

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Comments
Hitting Ability:Easley's bat has improved each year he's been at Mississippi State and he's currently hitting .400, though he's not expected to hit that well at the next level.
Power:He's got some pop, with eight homers this season, but that's more a testament to the metal bats. He won't be a big power guy as a pro.
Running Speed:Easley is a below-average runner, but isn't awful for a catcher.
Arm Strength:During infield and between innings, Easley looked like he could barely reach second base with his throws. During the game, however, he threw a bullet to throw a guy out trying to steal, making it a little puzzling for scouts if the plus arm is always there.
Arm Accuracy:In the instance when he flashed the plus arm, his throw was right on the money.
Fielding:Easley caught well, received the ball well and blocked balls in the dirt effectively, though his bat has always been better than his glove. He's also played a lot of third base in the past.
Aggressiveness:He was sharp during the game, but it was puzzling to see him make below-average throws during infield practice and between innings.
Physical Description:Easley is a fairly athletic backstop who has shown some ability to play the infield.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Some ability with the bat and a little power. He's also shown flashes of an above-average arm.
Weaknesses:None of his tools stand out or profile to be above-average at the next level.
Summary:Easley has shown at least some ability with the bat and behind the plate. He's got some power, but is more of a doubles hitter in the future. His skill set profiles more as a backup catcher in the Kelly Stinnett or Doug Mirabelli mold, where he won't get to hit enough to make it matter.