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Mitch Canham (Associated Press)

Biographical Data
Player Name:Mitch Canham
School:Oregon State University
School Type:Four-Year College
Academic Class:Junior
Weight:212 lbs.
Report Date(s):03/16/07
Game(s):San Francisco
Scouting Video:

Focus Area
Hitting Ability:Left-handed bat, with chance to hit as a catcher. Has ability to hit for average. Bat could be good enough to play corner infield or outfield position.
Power:Canham could develop average to above-average power from the left side.
Running Speed:He is a below-average runner.
Arm Strength:Canham has some arm strength, but doesn't always show it. Improved footwork should improve times to second, which are now average at best.
Fielding:It's only Canham's third year as a catcher, so he is a little behind. His inconsistencies may dissipate with more time behind the plate.
Range:Canham is flexible and agile behind the plate.
Baseball Instinct:Canham is a confident player on the field in all aspects of the game, making for a natural leader behind the plate.
Physical Description:Canham is an athletic, solid-bodied backstop.
Medical Update:Canham was a medical red-shirt his freshman year due to bone spurs in his elbow, but is now completely healthy.
Strengths:His bat and his makeup. He has the chance to hit for both average and power.
Weaknesses:His defensive game. Canham is inconsistent behind the plate, but experience and instruction could fix that.
Summary:Canham's bat is legit and could play in any number of positions, if necessary. That being said, look for him to be drafted by a team who feels he'll be able to improve behind the plate, giving them a precious commodity: a left-handed hitting offensive catcher.