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Dec 28, 2004 - Dec 30, 2004   20-Dark Green
  44

Terry Park - Ft. Myers, FL
Matthew Hester
C 5-11 180   R/R

FB
60
8.23
40
OF
IF
1B
C
73
Pop
2.05
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Hester is a 5-11 junior catcher from Florida who has a medium frame and good present strength. He hits from a closed stance with a high elbow and closes off his head and chin to the pitcher. Against faster pitching Hester's swing has a longway to go in order to get in ideal position. He has the strength and natural ability to improve with some adjustments. Defensively, Hester showed some nice arm strength behind the plate and a good quick release. He is a good receiver with good feet and instincts.
PG Grade 7.0




Oct 01, 2004 - Oct 04, 2004   PG USA Black
  22

5-Plex - Player Development Complex - Ft. Myers, FL
Matthew Hester
C 5-11 185   R/R

FB
60
40
OF
IF
1B
C
Pop
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance




Jul 24, 2004 - Jul 24, 2004   Navy
  18

University of South Florida - Tampa, FL
Matthew Hester
C 5-11 170   R/R

FB
60
8.15
40
OF
IF
1B
C
73
Pop
1.98
Range
CB
SL
CH
Split
Knuckle
Exit Velo
Distance
Matthew Hester is a 2006 catcher from Palmetto, FL, with a solid 5'11", 170 lb. catcher's body. Behind the plate he shows quick actions, good receiving skills and a nice setup. His throws are accurate and straight with 1.98 - 2.12 pop times at 75 mph. Offensively, Matthew hits from a medium base and open stance into a short stride with a heavy weight transfer into contact. His swing is long, but has average bat speed. He does show a slight hand wrap that hinders him from hitting the outside pitch with authority. Matthew has a slight lift in his swing with a high finish. He currently is a line drive type hitter that will increase his power with improved use of his lower half. Matthew is a good looking young backstop to watch over the next year to see how he develops.
PG Grade 7.0