College Draft Profile: Mike Tauchman

 

Mike Tauchman, OF, Bradley University

Class: Senior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 215

Updated: 06/04/13

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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After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.


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