Patrick Winkel never plotted out to be a catcher. It just sort of happened one day, when he was a 9-year-old playing Little League ball.
“The team he was on didn’t have a catcher,” Winkel’s father, Jim, recalled. “He tried it and he enjoyed it. Frankly, it’s a good position for him, given the strengths of his game— good arm, soft hands, and the fact that he’s a left-handed bat.”