College Draft Profile: Phil Ervin


Phil Ervin, CF, Samford University

Class: Junior; Height: 5-10; Weight: 210; B/T: R/R

Updated: 06/02/13

After a modest decline in production following a standout freshman season, Ervin returned with a vengeance in 2013, hitting .348/.471/.635, showing more power (14 doubles, two triples, and 11 homeruns), an improved walk rate, and a higher success on the base paths (21 stolen bases in 23 attempts).

Ervin was also named MVP of the Cape after hitting .323/.429/.631 with five doubles, one triple, and tied for third in homeruns with 11.

Projection: Ervin has decent pop for a smaller player, with the potential to develop into 15 or so homeruns down the line. And he could very likely swipe upwards of 25 or 30 bases in the professional ranks as well. He really doesn’t have a standout tool, but does everything well enough. He could be a capable starter in a few years, maybe peaking as an above-average regular depending how his defense grades out.  Could be a Mark Kotsay-type player. 

Ceiling: 2.0- to 2.5-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Drafted: First or Second Round


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