Harry Ford

19-Year-Old CatcherC
Seattle Mariners A
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Ford is about as good of a dynasty prospect as a catcher with zero experience above Single-A can be. He does not chase. He's a plus runner. He will stick at catcher. He seems on track to develop at least above-average game power. There's basically nothing to nitpick other than his ETA. Now that the Mariners are ready to contend, they will probably push Ford as quickly up the ladder as is reasonable. Even so, most catchers don't reach Double-A in their age-20 seasons. For instance, Henry Davis and Austin Wells are considered good catching prospects and it's possible both of them will open their age-23 seasons back at Double-A. An aggressively optimistic timeline probably has Ford reaching the majors at the end of the 2024 season and then opening 2025 as the starting catcher. That's a long time to wait on a catching prospect, but the upside is the No. 1 fantasy catcher - one who legitimately helps in all five categories along the lines of peak J.T. Realmuto. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $4.37 million contract with the Mariners in July of 2021.
Strong first full pro season
CSeattle Mariners  A
September 22, 2022
Ford appeared in 104 games for Single-A Modesto in 2022 and batted .274/.425/.438 with 11 home runs, 23 steals and an 88:115 BB:K.
ANALYSIS
The 2021 first-rounder impressed all year with his plate discipline and baserunning, though he did fall a bit short in the power department. Ford started the season cold, hitting just .196 over his first 38 games, but from June 12 through the end of the campaign, he put up a sparkling .320/.459/.530 line. Look for the 19-year-old backstop to open next season with High-A Everett.
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2022 Fantasy Outlook
The last time a catching prospect had a realistic chance to steal double-digit bases in the majors, it was Daulton Varsho, and he is now a top-five fantasy pick at the position, in large part because of that speed. Ford is a much better athlete than Varsho ever was, and he has even more stolen-base upside, but he is also at least three years away from the majors. The Mariners took him with the 12th overall pick last year and he excelled in a small sample in the Arizona Complex League, slashing .291/.400/.582 with three home runs, three steals, a 13.8 BB% and a 21.5 K% in 19 games. His 150 wRC+ was better than league mates Hedbert Perez, James Triantos and Reginald Preciado. The early returns suggest Ford could be a five-category fantasy contributor, but the more pressing question is where he ends up defensively. Ford is not a great defensive catcher, but he has the physical tools to play anywhere from third base to center field if he moves out from behind the plate. The dream would be for him to play enough catcher to retain eligibility while getting the bulk of his playing time at another position. However, the longer Seattle keeps him at catcher, the slower he will climb through the minors.
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On fire in Single-A
CSeattle Mariners  A
August 3, 2022
Ford has hit .344/.463/.580 with four homers, eight steals and a 24:37 BB:K across his last 34 games for Single-A Modesto.
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Drawing walks but not much else
CSeattle Mariners  A
May 12, 2022
Ford is hitting .215/.414/.308 with a homer and four steals across 18 games this year for Single-A Modesto.
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Snared by Seattle with No. 12 pick
CSeattle Mariners  A
July 11, 2021
The Mariners have selected Ford with the 12th overall pick in the 2021 first-year player draft.
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