Thursday, December 15, 2016
DrB's 2017 Giants Top 50 Prospects: #6 Steven Duggar
Steven Duggar, OF. DOB: 11/4/1993. B-L, T-R. 6'2", 195 lbs. Drafted in 2015 Round 6 out of Clemson U.
2015 SS: .293/.390/.367, 12 2B, HR, 6 SB, 13.1 BB%, 19.5 K%, 267 PA.
2016 A+: .284/.386/.448, 12 2B, 4 3B, 9 HR, 14.1 BB%, 21.2 K%, 311 PA.
2016 AA: .321/.391/.432, 16 2B, 4 3B, HR, 10.1 BB%, 18.5 K%, 276 PA.
Steven Duggar is kind of a mirror image of Austin Slater. Athletic OF, major college program, borderline speed for CF, iffy power for a corner, great looking hit tool. Just look at those K/BB's!! I mean, those are Joey Votto/Brandon Belt walk rates combined with K rates he keeps right at or under 20%.
On video, he still has a leg kick, but it seems toned down a bit from what I recall seeing at draft time. He has a bit more load and weight shift than Slater, but his swing looks longer too. Still, it's a fairly simple swing, direct to the ball. Some analysts have panned his game power, but he did hit 9 dingers in half a season for SJ and the transition to AA Richmond tends to suppress power dramatically until players get settled in. The swing looks like it should produce a few dingers to me.
I look for him to start the season back in Richmond with an early midseason promo to Sacramento if he continues to hit .300 or better. He could even be a factor at the MLB level later in the season if a need arises.