17. C Nick Kahle
Another Top 25 spot, another member of last year’s Brewers draft class, and also another catcher. Nick Kahle, drafted in the 4th round out of Washington, was the first of all of the catchers that Milwaukee selected in the 2019 draft.
Kahle had plenty of success offensively for the Huskies, finishing his collegiate career with a .296/.423/.458 slash line. In his final year in college, he led his team in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging, RBI, and walks.
The 21-year-old righty ended up spending pretty much his entire season at Rookie Advanced Rocky Mountain, short of a quick two-game stint with High-A Carolina at the end of the season, and ended up doing rather well for himself.
In 40 games with the Vibes, Kahle slashed .255/.350/.475. His .475 slugging percentage and his .825 OPS were the highest on the team of anyone who played more than 10 games.
Kahle profiles as a solid hitter with the potential to gain power in the future and an average defender. However, he was named Honorable Mention All-Pac-12 defensive team his final season in college so perhaps he has it in him to exceed that part of the projection.
Unlike Dillard, Kahle is likely to stay at catcher for the foreseeable future. He’ll probably be working on those catching skills at Low-A Wisconsin this upcoming season and hopefully continues to rise in the rankings as the next big catching prospect.