Mike Tauchman, OF, Bradley University
Class: Senior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 215
The senior left fielder has turned in another fine season this year, slugging .425/.513/.597 with 16 doubles, five triples, a pair of homeruns and 28 stolen bases (in 30 attempts). It’s a nice cap for the four-year collegiate player, becoming a semifinalist for the Gregg Olson Award for breakout player of the year.
Tauchman’s park and schedule adjusted Weighted On Base Average, according to CollegeSplits, is an impressive .479, which ranks among some of the elite collegiate bats this year.
Projection: Prior to the year Tauchman was primarily a first baseman and now he’s handled a switch to left-field rather well. The problem, of course, is the southpaw’s bat really only plays in center; thanks in large part due to his lack of power.
His speed, or at least base running prowess, seems to suggest that he could handle center. If so, he could have a chance to develop into something between an org player and bench play in the big leagues.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Drafted: Fourth Round
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