Josh Donaldson (Todd J. Van Emst/AP)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Joshua Adam Donaldson
School:Auburn University
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:202 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/30-04/01/07

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:He has shown some ability to hit, but front-foot hitting causes loop in swing.
Power:Donaldson has shown some extra-base pop, but it was not on display over the weekend.
Running Speed:Donaldson is a below-average runner.
Arm Strength:Donaldson's arm was below average, with less-than-stellar times to second base.
Fielding:Donaldson is new to full-time catching, but has good hands and caught fairly well. Some think he's athletic enough to handle a Biggio-like move to second.
Baseball Instinct:Donaldson has excellent instincts and plays the game the right way.
Aggressiveness:He's an aggressive player behind the plate.
Physical Description:Donaldson is a strong, square-bodied catcher with athletic actions.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Decent catching skills and outstanding baseball instincts.
Weaknesses:Below-average arm and questions about hitting mechanics.
Summary:Donaldson really helped himself with a strong Cape Cod season last summer, but there are concerns about whether he'll be able to catch up to better velocities with the loop in his swing. He may improve with more experience as a full-time catcher, but his arm is below average and he does not profile as a premium catch-and-throw guy. Some see a switch to the infield -- he's played third in college -- but he may make for a good backup catcher who plays the game the right way.