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2018 Mets draft profile: Phil Capra

With their fifteenth selection in the 2018 draft, the Mets selected Phil Capra, a catcher from New York.

Name: Phil Capra

Born: North Salem, New York

Age: 21 (10/01/96)

Height/Weight: 5’10”/205 lbs.

Position: C

Bats/Throws: S/R

School: Wagner College

Phil Capra, a North Salem native, comes from a family of athletes. His father, played baseball and football at Pace University, and his sister is currently on the senior varsity softball team at Fairfield University. Phil was a four-year member of the North Salem High School baseball team, helping lead the Tigers to a sectional second-place finish in his senior year. After graduating, he left North Salem for Staten Island, attending Wagner College. In his first year there, he hit .289/.352/.417, playing twenty-two games as DH, twenty-one as catcher, and four as first baseman. In his second year there, Capra hit .351/.453/.541 in 50 games, thirty-one behind the plate. This past season, he hit .312/.409/.551 with the Seahawks. Over his three seasons at Wagner, Capra is among the top-15 in hits (181) and doubles (34), top-10 in home runs (22), and fifth in RBI (134).

The switch-hitting Capra has some loft in his swing when he is batting as a left-hander and has a more level swing when he is batting as a right-hander. His stocky build and wide, open stance allow him to tap into his core strength, generating power. He has a good sense of the strike zone and walks at a fairly high rate, while being a hard strike out.

Capra has been in the running for the Johnny Bench Award for his second straight season, a testament to his defensive abilities behind the plate.