Player: Phil Ervin
Drafted by: Cincinnati Reds (No. 27 Overall)
DOB: 7/15/1992 (Age: 20)
Height/Weight: 5’11”/205 lbs
Previously Drafted: N/A
Ervin made an immediate impact as a freshman at Samford, as he was named a freshman All-American after leading the team with a .317 batting average. He built on his strong inaugural campaign the following year, batting .327 with 10 home runs.
However, it wasn’t until the summer that Ervin made a name for himself by batting .323 with 11 home runs and 10 stolen bases in the Cape Cod League, and capturing the league’s Most Valuable Player award.
In a draft class that lacks impact bats, Ervin stands out for his ability to hit for both average and power, as well as his potential to remain in center field.
Full Scouting Report
Note: Numerical scores are on the conventional 80-point scouting scale, with the current score first and projected score second.
Quick, compact swing; plus bat speed; aggressive hitter; strong top hand; stays inside the ball; slight bat wrap; feel for the strike zone; sees ball deep in the zone; some swing-and-miss but solid approach; may hit for higher average than expected.
Physically strong at 5’11”, 205 pounds; back legs balls as well as anyone in the draft class; helps him drive pitches on the inner half or top of the zone; rotational swing; utilizes strong lower half; more power to pull side; plenty of opposite-field gap pop; may develop more power through evolution of approach.
Above-average-to-plus runner; decent base stealer with quick feet; stocky frame and thick lower half could cost him a step in the future.
Will likely be developed as a center fielder; excellent athlete; covers plenty of ground; has the bat to move to a corner spot if necessary; gets good jumps; takes aggressive routes.
Plus arm; suitable for all three outfield positions; quick release; throws have good carry.
MLB Player Comparison: Ron Gant
Projection: Ceiling of an everyday center fielder on a second-division team; floor of a bat-first fourth outfielder.
MLB ETA: 2016
Chances of Signing: 90%