2012 draft: Top 10 college outfielders
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Here is a breakdown of the top 10 college outfielders for the upcoming 2012 draft which will be held on June 4-6.
1. Tyler Naquin, Texas A&M, 6’-2”, 180 pounds
2012 stats: 30 G, .431 AVG, 29 R, 8 2B, 3 3B, 2 HR, 29 RBI, 11 SB, .507/.690/1.197
Naquin has all the makings of a future All-Star right fielder in the major leagues. One of the better hitters in the draft, the left-handed hitting junior currently ranks among the top in the nation in batting average. He led the nation in hits (104) as a sophomore while batting .381 overall. Had 35 extra-base hits over 68 games last season, and has 13 over 30 games this year, showing gap-to-gap power that should produce more home runs as he matures. Also owns arguably the strongest and most accurate outfield arm in the draft and has built a reputation as a guy you do not run on. A definite first-round pick.
2. Travis Jankowski, Stony Brook, 6’-3”, 190 pounds
2012 stats: 27 G, .330 AVG, 26 R, 9 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 17 SB, .420/.569/.989
Jankowski is the prototypical leadoff hitter and should be able to stick in center field due to his speed, range and arm. Hit .355 last season, with 38 RBI, 30 stolen bases and just 22 strikeouts over 58 games. Teams looking for a high-average hitter, with elite speed and a great approach at the plate, would be thrilled to get a guy like Jankowski. Will also be an instant fan favorite because of his hustle and all out style. Should find his name called in the first round.
3. Richie Shaffer, Clemson, 6’-4”, 220 pounds
2012 stats: 29G, .343 AVG, 25 R, 11 2B, 1 3B, 7 HR, 28 RBI, 5 SB, .485/.833/1.318
Schaffer mixes jaw-dropping power with a patient approach at the plate, a rare attribute these days. His 29 walks rank among the leaders, and not many can match his tremendous power to all fields. While he currently plays third base for Clemson, and he projects nicely there, he could very well make a transition to right field due to his strong arm and above-average speed. Has seen his stock soar from a borderline first-round pick to a potential top-20 pick.
4. Victor Roache, Georgia Southern, 6’-1”, 235 pounds
2012 stats: 6 G, .412 AVG, 6 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI, .600/1.000/1.600
Roache suffered a broken wrist just a week into the season, but it shouldn’t effect his draft status. He led the nation in home runs last year with 30, and he has as much power as anyone in the draft. Has extremely quick wrists, allowing him to drive the ball to all fields, as well as catch up to any pitch. He strikes out a lot, but he also draws a lot of walks and his approach is getting better. His lack of speed may force him to first base at the major league level and his frame would fit perfect there. His power alone will land him in the first round.
5. Adam Brett-Walker, Jacksonville, 6’-5“, 225 pounds
2012 stats: 31 G, .304 AVG, 23 R, 9 2B, 6 HR, 25 RBI, 4 SB, .397/.652/1.049
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