Draft Buzz: Catchers Mitch Ghelfi, Peyton Isaacson rising up draft boards

As the MLB Draft gets closer, there are a number of players that are said to be rising up draft boards.

Two players who are said to be rising up draft boards are University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee catcher Mitch Ghelfi and Galesburg catcher Peyton Isaacson, according to sources.

Ghelfi, 22, is a Junior from LaCrosse, Wisconsin. His uncle, Tony Ghelfi, was a first round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980. His dad, Andy, was a second round pick by the Cleveland Indians in 1985, and his brother, Drew, was drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013.

As a player, Ghelfi made significant progress in 2015 after a so-so 2014 season. In 2015, he hit .362 and ended the season No. 3 in Horizon League hitting. He is a versatile defender, as he played a significant amount of time at second base, in addition to playing catcher.

As a catcher, he threw out 15 of 31 base-stealers, which was No. 1 in his conference. Over his three-year college career, he threw out nearly 40% of runners.

Isaacson, who today turns 18, is a high school senior from Galesburg, Illinois and is currently committed to play baseball at Coastal Carolina. He holds his high schools all-time passing yardage record for football, as well as it’s all-time pitching wins record.

Isaacson has seen his draft stock move upwards after a strong season behind the plate and on the mound, in addition to his great character and strong sign-ability.

After being able to focus solely on baseball, scouts say that his offense and defense improved significantly since the winter and last fall, and many teams are now scrambling to get a final look.

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