Sunday, February 26, 2017

Scouting the 2017 Draft: Evan Skoug and Jake Burger

Evan Skoug, C, College(TCU).  B-L, T-R.  5'11", 200 lbs.

2015:  .285/.365/.426, 15 2B, 7 HR, 5 SB, 28 BB, 50 K, 256 AB.
2016:  .301/.390/.502, 21 2B, 3B, 9 HR, 7 SB, 34 BB, 47 K, 249 AB.
2015 CCL:  .258/.301/.351.

Skoug is a lefty batting college catcher whose best tool is the hit tool which he augments with strong plate discipline.  Most scouts reportedly think he won't stick at catcher, but may not have enough power for 1B.  Can he play corner OF?  Comp is Matt Thaiss who was drafted in the first round by the Angels in 2016 and immediately moved to 1B.  Skoug is a better receiver now than Thaiss was, but may not be able to develop his catching skills due to physical limitations.  Skoug is off to a slow start to the 2017 college season hitting just over .100 in a handful of games.


Jake Burger, 3B, College(Missouri State).  B-R, T-R.  6'2", 220 lbs.

2015:  .342/.390/.518, 22 2B, 3 3B, 4 HR, 4 SB, 13 BB, 29 K, 228 AB.
2016:  .349/.420/.689, 13 2B, 2 3B, 21 HR, 3 SB, 23 BB, 35 K, 235 AB.
2017:  .316/.417/.526, HR, 4 BB, 2 K, 19 AB.

Burger is a RH masher with enough range at 3B to stick there in the pros.  The rap on him in two words:  bad body!  I know we are not selling jeans here, but that body conjures up visions of Pablo Sandoval, except Pablo looked a lot more athletic.  Still, the Giants seem desperate enough for RH power that they might be tempted in round 1.


DrB'S Updated 2017 Draft Board:

1.  Jordan Adell, OF, HS.
2.  Mark Vientos, SS, HS.
3.  Hunter Greene, RHP, HS.
4.  JB Bakauskas, RHP, College(North Carolina).
5.  Jeren Kendall, OF, College(Vanderbilt).
6.  Alex Faedo, RHP, College(Florida).
7.  Alex Lange, RHP, College(LSU).
8.  Brendan McKay, LHP/1B, College(Louisville).
9.  Kyle Wright, RHP, College(Vanderbilt).
10.  Seth Romero, LHP, College(Houston).
11.  Tanner Houck, RHP, College(Missouri).
12.  Brady McConnell, SS, HS.
13.  Royce Lewis, SS/OF, HS.
14.  Trevor Rogers, LHP, HS.
15.  Alex Scherff, RHP, HS.
16.  Hans Crouse, RHP, HS.
17.  Jacob Heatherly, LHP, HS.
19.  Calvin Mitchell, OF, HS.
20.  Michael Gigliotti, OF, College(Lipscomb).
21.  Conor Uselton, OF, HS.
22.  Pavin Smith, 1B, College(Virginia).
23.  JAKE BURGER, 3B, College(Missouri State).
24.  Cole Brannen, OF, HS.
25.  EVAN SKOUG,  C, College(TCU).
26.  JJ Schwarz, C, College(Florida).
27.   Mackenzie Gore, LHP, HS.
28.  Nick Allen, SS, HS.
29.  Blayne Enlow, RHP, HS.
30.  Hagen Danner, RHP, HS.
31.  Alejandro Toral, 1B, HS.
32.  Colton Hock, RHP, College(Stanford).
33.  Corbin Martin, RHP, College(Texas A&M).
34.  Tristan Beck, RHP, College(Stanford).

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