O's note Heim's upside, take him in fourth round

O's note Heim's upside, take him in fourth round

The Buffalo, N.Y., area isn't known to be a hotbed of baseball talent, but Jonah Heim is the second premium catching prospect in two years that area scouts have been fortunate enough to evaluate.

At 6-foot-3, 189 pounds, Heim is tall for a catcher, but he has plenty of upside that had scouts excited entering this year's MLB First-Year Player Draft, in which he went at pick No. 129 by the Orioles.

Despite his size, Heim -- out of Amherst Central High School -- has good pop at times, and still is fairly agile behind the plate.

Heim has a strong arm and, in time, has the potential to be at least an average defender. There are more questions surrounding his offensive ability, but he has some raw power and a good approach at the plate.

Heim is committed to play at Michigan State next year.

Derek Wetmore is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.