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
April 10, 2015: Ed Easley hopes that, if he can be trusted with more than 100 kids ages 6 to 18, he can be trusted with one pitcher
. (Ed was called up for the first weekend of the 2015 season.)
Easley runs an offseason baseball camp at his former high school field in Olive Branch, Miss.
"Running that camp [is] really a unique opportunity for me," Easley said. "I've been fortunate to have guys help me who have played pro ball. It has become a big camp."
Easley had never appeared in a big league game
"We saw last year that he had the opportunity to be a big part of our organization in terms of helping young pitchers develop," Cardinals manager Mike Matheny said
. "He had a good year for us last year. We like the quiet way he goes about his business." (A Call - MLB.com - April 10. 2015)
November 18, 2013: Easley signed with the Cardinals organization.
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.
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.
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.