Oregon State's Adley Rutschman was the top catcher, and overall player, in the 2019 Draft, and went No. 1 overall as expected. Langeliers, who shared catching duties with him on the U.S. collegiate national team last summer, also landed in the top 10. He recovered from a rough sophomore season at the plate by performing better as a junior despite breaking the hamate in his left hand and rushing back after just three weeks. He homered three times and set an NCAA Division I tournament record with 11 RBIs in one game two days before the Draft, then was taken ninth overall by the Braves, signing for a below pick value bonus of $3,997,500.
Langeliers would have been a first-round pick on his defense alone. He has a cannon arm that can produce 1.7-second pop times in workouts and 1.8-second clockings during games, and he used it to erase 70 percent of basestealers as sophomore. The 2018 Rawlings/ABCA Gold Glove recipient as the best defensive catcher in college baseball, he's a quality receiver who's more agile and athletic than most at his position. He also has the strong leadership skills teams desire in a backstop.
Even when Langeliers slumped last year, he still made consistent contact and doesn't have any glaring flaws in his right-handed stroke. It was more a matter of trying to do too much at the plate rather than letting his solid to plus raw power play without selling out for home runs. He's a below-average runner but quicker than a typical catcher.