November 15, 2012
Scouting the Draft
Today’s installment of Scouting the Draft looks at five collegiate outfielders with the chance to come off the board in the early rounds next June. As a reminder, the goal of this series is not to cover every name worth knowing for next June; we have plenty of time to bring you full reports on the top draft-eligible players for 2013 over the next seven months. This is meant to serve as an introduction to the draft class for those who have not yet begun to follow the action and to pool in one place a rundown of some of the top performances in the months leading up to the draft before we start parsing the class in more detail.
Phil Ervin | OF | Samford University
The Basics: 5-foot-10, 195-pounds; right/right profile; draft day age 20y 11m
Brings to the table: The ability to produce consistent hard contact with a chance for average to above-average playable power at the next level. Ervin has a quick bat that, when paired with his simple load and trigger, allows him to let the ball travel, maximizing his ability to make contact at impact checkpoints in his bat path. Defensively, he has a chance to stick in center at the next level and has enough arm to hold down right field if he has to shift to a corner. There is little projection left in Ervin’s frame.
Made a name for himself when: He hit his way through the Cape this summer, finishing with 11 home runs and a .323 average en route to earning the league’s Most Valuable Player award. He was fairly consistent throughout and endeared himself to evaluators by displaying a good feel for the game and a focused and efficient implementation of his tools between the lines.
Figures to get attention: Throughout the spring and particularly against SEC opponents such as Mississippi State, Auburn, and Alabama. Ervin made a lot of money this summer with a breakout performance in the most talent-rich collegiate wood bat league in the country. A solid spring should land him in the top two rounds and, given the presence of organizations that heavily weigh wood bat performances, he may be a near lock to come off the board in the top 100 picks or so.