Like many of his fellow 2009 draft picks, Dalles worked through an injury riddled season having suffered a concussion and missing additional time from a collision at home plate. Dalles, 21, entered 2010 as the easy choice for best defensive catcher in the system. He makes use of above-average arm strength and has good footwork behind the dish with soft hands. His leadership skills set him apart from most catchers and his game calling ability is as good as anyone’s — pitchers love throwing to him.
When he makes contact, Dalles has good gap power and punishes mistake pitches up in the zone. He’s a tremendous fastball hitter. Dalles has all of the defensive tools necessary to become a backup catcher at the major league level but it remains to be seen whether he’s going to hit enough to provide value as a backup.