College Draft Profile: Steven Shelinsky Jr.

 

Steven Shelinsky Jr., OF, University of Pittsburgh

Class: Junior (Red Shirt); Height: 6-0; Weight: 220; B/T: R/R

Updated: 06/04/13

Shelinsky, really, has come out of nowhere. After receiving a total of 29 at bats sandwiched around a red-shirt season in 2011, the Pitt outfielder has become one of the better hitters in college this season. In 57 games, the six-foot corner outfielder is hitting a robust .311/.480/.563 with eight doubles, one triple, and 12 dingers. His Weighted On Base Average, according to CollegeSplits, is equally impressive at .458.

Projection: Shelinsky would be a nice mid-round gamble — maybe around the tenth round or so — for a stats savvy team. He’s likely to swing-and-miss an awful lot in the professional ranks — he’s sporting a 26.6% K-rate this season — but he averages the seventh highest BB/G total in DI.

Along with an elite eye, Shelinsky offers solid-average power, maybe with the potential to peak at 20 homeruns. He’s very intriguing given his lack of a track record, and he certainly has three-true outcome potential. But the walk rate could be special.

Ceiling: 1.0-win player

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low

Drafted: Fifth Round or Later

 

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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.