Chad Pinder, 3B, Virginia Tech
Class: Junior; Height: 6-2; Weight: 192; B/T: R/R
Prior to the year, Pinder was coming off of back to back solid showings for VT, hitting .317/.368/.510 in 37 games as a freshman than .325/.380/.538 in 2012. And while he saw a modest uptick in overall production, his sophomore campaign was largely marred by lackluster plate discipline. In 53 games for the Hokies, he struck out 42 times and walked only 14.
This season, however, Pinder has improved upon those numbers noticeably (21 BB’s and 38 K’s in 60 games). And, unsurprisingly, this has led to nearly a 30-point improvement in his OBP. Overall, he’s hitting .321/.404/.483 with 13 doubles, one triple, and eight homeruns.
According to CollegeSplits.com, Pinder’s Weighted On Base Average is a .394 — which is quite misleading. After scaling that total for park and schedule, that number drops to an unimpressive .377.
Projection: Pinder has clearly benefited from a favorable park, despite playing against some tough competition. And his pop is barely average, posting an unadjusted Isolated Power of .162. He doesn’t look like a future big league regular, unless his plate discipline and power numbers improve noticeably.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Drafted: Fourth Round
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