Thursday, December 6, 2018

Scouting the 2019 Draft: Andrew Vaughn

Andrew Vaughn, 1B, College(Cal).  B-R, T-R.  6'0", 214 lbs.

2017:  .349/.414/.555, 12 HR, 19 BB, 24 K, 218 AB.
2018:  .402/.531/.819, 23 HR, 44 BB, 18 K, 199 AB.
2017 West Coast League:  .235/.409/.294, 3 BB, 1 K, 17 AB.
2018 Cape Cod League:  .308/.368/.654, 5 HR, 3 BB, 10 K, 52 AB.

MLB Pipeline released their Draft Top 50 yesterday and it looks a bit different than other early rankings with college bats ranked relatively higher, which is probably more realistic.  Again, pitching looks very light.  Their #3 is Cal 1B Andrew Vaughn who raked his first 2 college seasons and performed well on the Cape this summer.  Vaughn has a relatively rare combination of plate discipline, contact and power that makes him an elite hitting prospect.  Only statistical downside is his position where he'll have to keep on raking, but he appears to have the bat to handle it.  Although stuck at 1B, he's considered a good fielder at the position with an arm strong enough to have pitched a little.  Unfortunately the video looks show a very bad body that calls to mind Dan Uggla more than Paul Goldschmidt.  He also has a hug leg kick and a swing that looks a bit on the long side.  So, do you believe the numbers or the video? The Giants have steadfastly refused to draft players with his profile in the first round under Brian Sabean, but that could change under Farhan Zaidi.


DrB's updated 2019 Draft Board:

1.  Bobby Witt Jr., SS, HS.  5-tool athlete with bloodline who can stick at SS.

2.  Adley Rutschman, C, College(Oregon St).  Excellent catching prospect whose bat had a huge sophomore breakout.

3.  CJ Abrams, SS, HS.  4+ tool SS prospect with best wheels in the draft. Power lags a bit.

4.  Andrew Vaughn, 1B, College(Cal).  Top college power bat in the draft.  The numbers guys will like him more than the scouts.

1 comment:

  1. Andy Vaughn, playing in the Pac12, was Freshman of the Year. In his sophomore year, he was not only the MVP of the Pac12and also won the Golden Spike Award as the outstanding player in amateur baseball. Not bad for a player without a major league body. Think of him as a 21st century version of Steve Garvey.

    Wonder what Vaugh's splits were last year at Cal facing Friday night, Saturday and Sunday pitching? Might give us some indication of how well he might do against quality pitching, especially his Friday night numbers ( usually the top pitcher on the squad throws on Friday night).