EASLEY, ED  
 
Image of    Nickname:   N/A Position:   C
Home: Memphis, TN Team:   MEMPHIS
Height: 6' 1" Bats:   R
Weight: 190 Throws:   R
DOB: 12/21/1985 Agent: N/A
Birth City: Memphis, TN Draft: D'Backs #1-supp.-2007 out of Mississippi St.
Uniform #: N/A  
 
YR LEA TEAM SAL(K) G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO OBP SLG AVG
2007 NWL YAKIMA BEARS   33 124 21 31 1 1 6 20 1 0 9 30   .419 .250
2008 CAL VISALIA   118 453 52 112 20 1 6 53 1 1 42 106   .336 .247
2009 CAL VISALIA   106 378 50 85 18 1 3 38 0 1 48 86 .322 .302 .225
2010 PCL RENO   17 48 4 9 3 0 0 7 0 0 3 14 .235 .250 .188
2010 SL MOBILE   55 162 13 42 6 0 1 18 5 2 19 36 .335 .315 .259
2011 SL MOBILE   83 289 37 78 16 0 4 37 1 2 32 51 .349 .367 .270
2012 SL MOBILE   67 204 18 54 7 0 2 23 1 1 31 30 .356 .328 .265
2013 PCL RENO   87 293 39 98 22 1 6 49 2 2 28 50 .394 .478 .334
2014 PCL MEMPHIS   80 277 43 82 17 1 10 43 0 4 22 46 .359 .473 .296
PERSONAL:

  • In 2004, Easley's senior year at Olive Branch (Mississippi) High School, Ed signed a letter-of-intent with Mississippi State. His sister was already a student there. And the family's RV has the Mississippi State logo painted on the side.
  • Ed won the Johnny Bench Award on Wednesday for being the nation's best catcher in 2007 after a year in which he hit .367 with 12 homers and 61 RBIs.

  • Ed has excellent makup.

  • June 28, 2007: Easley signed with the D'Backs for a $531,000 bonus. Mike Valarezo is the scout who signed him.

  • During the winter before 2008 spring training, the Baseball America Prospect Handbook rated Easley as the 19th-best prospect in the Diamondbacks' organization. they had Ed at #29 in the spring of 2009.

  • Ed is married to wife Liza.


    TRANSACTIONS

  • November 18, 2013: Easley signed with the Cardinals organization.
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    BATTING:

    • Easley hits for a very good average, but not a whole lot of power. His bat is better than his glove.
    • Ed provides solid offense, especially for a catcher. He lines shots to the gaps and should continue to improve his power numbers every year as he gains maturity at the plate. But he will never hit very many home runs, just a fair amount of doubles.

    • He consistently hard contact. Easley has a simple approach at the plate, using all fields and keeping his hands inside the ball real well. he has good bat speed and leverage, and may have decent power. he should hit .255-.275 with 15-20 home runs per year.

    • Easley chases too many pitches out of the strike zone. He needs better knowledge of the strike zone.
     
     
    FIELDING:

    • Ed has a very good arm, getting the ball to 2nd base in 1.9-to-2.1 seconds. His arm is both strong and accurate.
    • Easley blocks balls in the dirt, receives the ball well and displays solid athletic ability behind the plate. He moves well back there.

    • He reminds scouts of Jason Kendall with his hitting, but probably profiles as more of a Kelly Stinnett or Doug Mirabelli type.

    • Ed has decent catch-and-throw skills, nothing real impressive.

    • Easley has a quick release and solid exchange, but his arm is not-quite-average.

    • In 2008, Ed threw out 28 percent of California League runners who tried to steal on him.

    • During the winter before 2009 spring training, Easley worked with former major league catchers Mike Macfarlane and Jason Phillips on his catching skills.
     
     
    RUNNING:

    • Ed is a solid-average runner. He runs pretty well for a catcher.
     
    CAREER INJURY REPORT:

    • 2007: Easley jammed his left thumb soon after signing.
    • Early in July, 2009: Ed was on the D.L. for about a week.
     
     
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