2023 MLB Draft Profile: Kyle Teel

Should the Marlins select Teel if he’s available with their first-round draft pick?

Should the Marlins select Teel if he’s available with their first-round draft pick?

Position: C

Height: 6’1″

Weight: 190 pounds

School: Virginia 

Kyle Teel is a 6’1”, 190-pound catcher who plays for the Virginia Cavaliers. Teel is one of the top overall prospects and is also considered the #1 catching prospect in the 2023 MLB Draft class as well. 

Coming out of high school, Teel was a top 150 prospect and the #1 high school prospect in New Jersey. Teel went undrafted out of high school and honored his commitment to the University of Virginia.

During his first season at UVA, Teel earned a starting role and played in 54 games. Teel slashed .335/.416/.526 with 70 hits, 11 doubles, nine home runs, 41 RBIs, and a .942 OPS. Teel was named a Freshman All-American and earned All-ACC Third Team honors as a designated hitter.

In his sophomore season, Teel took a little bit of a step back, but was still a productive player. Teel slashed .276/.402/.439 with 61 hits, 12 doubles, six home runs, 41 walks, and a .841 OPS. He was also selected to play for the Team USA Collegiate National Team.

As a junior, Teel has had a breakout season, establishing himself as one of the best hitters in the country. Teel is slashing .413/.481/.665 with 105 hits, 25 doubles, 13 home runs, 69 RBIs, and a 1.147 OPS to lead the Cavaliers to a College World Series berth.

Teel is a smart, talented hitter. He has good hitting and defensive tools to go along with his high “baseball IQ.” On MLB Pipeline, Teel is the 10th-ranked prospect and the #1 catcher in the draft. The Athletic has Teel as their sixth-ranked draft prospect.


  • Plus hit tools
  • Advanced plate approach
  • High baseball IQ
  • Extremely athletic 
  • Plus arm strength 


  • Struggled to hit his sophomore season
  • Doesn’t possess plus power potential 
  • Struggled offensively last summer in the Cape Cod

Pro Comparison: Patrick Bailey

Projection: Top 10 pick

Bottom Line

Kyle Teel is the best catching prospect in a draft class that doesn’t have a lot of high-level catchers. He is one of the best athletes in this class and will be very sound defensively at the next level.

The Miami Marlins have a major need at catcher and could view Teel as a long-term solution at the position. If he can be an average big league hitter, he will be a huge upgrade for them. 

Featured image courtesy of kyle_teel/Instagram

2 responses to “2023 MLB Draft Profile: Kyle Teel”

  1. It can be argued that Kyle Teel can be worth the gamble, but here’s the question I have.

    Will he even be on the board by the time the Marlins get to pick him? He seems like the best catching prospect, in a pool where there’s already not a whole lot of competition. It may have been possible the Marlins might have a chance at him if they didnt go on that random winning stretch in a feign attempt at trying to be “competitive” last year and slipped so far in the tanking ranks, and we potentially wouldn’t be saddled with the 10th overall pick.

    Maybe if the draft class is stacked with cant-miss prospects, the Marlins might have an outside chance at taking him, but if it isn’t, then they’re kinda SOL here.

    1. Latest mock drafts from The Athletic and MLB Pipeline have Teel going 6th and 7th, respectively. Unlikely he makes it to 10, but just doing our due diligence.

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