Andrew Vaughn, California (Shotgun Spratling)


Analytics: Top 100 Draft Eligible Hitters


A supplemental method used by most organizations (some to a much greater extent than others) to identify professional prospects at the college level is through statistical analysis. As scouts continue to build their prospect follow list for the next draft, the analytics department for each front office will send its area scouts a list of analytic follows. In many instances, the name on the analytics list will match those already on a scout’s list. In other instances, the names are the analytic list may be new to a scout, prompting the scout to get out and take a look at the office’s recommendations.

We have approached the analytics process in similar fashion—to identify possible under the radar prospects. Hitting has been broken down into three categories: Plate Discipline, Hit Ability, and Game Power. Plate Discipline (PD) is a measure of how well a batter controls the strike zone. Hit Ability (HA) simply measures a batter’s ability to hit and reach base while Game Power (GP) is straightforward: Does the prospect produce extra base hits, getting to the power he may show in batting practice.

Adjustments have been made to account for park effects of the most extreme hitter and pitcher friendly parks, as well as an adjustment for a team’s strength of schedule. Our analysis is based on 2018 spring season statistics and is for hitting performance only. It does not take into account a prospect’s position. For example, a middle of the diamond player (C, SS, CF) has more value than a corner player (1B, 3B, RF, LF) with a similar score. Nor do the scores consider athleticism, swing mechanics, bat speed, running speed, defense or throwing tools- this list is all about bat skill and identifying hitters who have statistically performed in areas that are proven to correlate into professional baseball. Players are graded from 0-100:  A=90-100, B=80-89, etc.

1Andrew VaughnJR1BCalifornia93.792.194.196.8
2Michael BuschJR1BNorth Carolina92.692.092.490.9
3Josh JungJR3BTexas Tech91.792.589.591.5
4Cameron WarrenSROFTexas Tech90.288.089.991.2
5Grant MathewsJR1B/OFTulane90.

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