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School: Virginia Tech; Class: Junior
Position: C; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-0; Weight: 212 pounds
Previously Drafted: N/A
Background: A three-year starter for the Hokies, Zagunis has racked up plenty awards and recognitions throughout his career: two-time member of the Johnny Bench Award Watch List, multiple Preseason Second Team All-Americans, and numerous Freshman All-American mentions.
To earn those, of course, Zagunis would have to be among the game’s top backstops. And he has been.
Since setting foot on English Field Zagunis has done one thing – produce.
Through 49 games into his junior season, Zagunis owns a career .339/.432/.495 triple-slash line, totaling 37 doubles, seven triples, 15 homeruns, and 51 stolen bases in 64 attempts.
Projection: English Field tends to inflate offensive numbers, but the tools are strong across the board. Solid-average power, above-average hit tool, good speed for a catcher, strong eye at the plate, and solid contact skills. The lone red flag – and it’s pretty glaring at this point – is his inability to control the run game. He has nabbed just about 20% of would-be base stealers this season.
His overall skillset is fairly similar to Zane Evans, the Georgia Tech backstop taken in the fourth round last year by the Royals, though Zagunis has a higher ceiling.
Overall, the Hokie catcher looks like a solid bet to develop into a league average everyday player with a peak around .270/.340/.400 with double-digit homeruns and stolen bases.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: Second/Third Round
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