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School: USC; Class: Senior
Position: RHP; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-3; Weight: 215 pounds
Previously Drafted: Oakland A’s, 19th round, 2013; San Diego Padres, 7th round, 2010
Background: A big time arm without the results to match and only a faint idea on where the ball’s going until recently, Vanegas, who’s been drafted twice, once by the Padres in the seventh round coming out of high school and most recently by the A’s in the 19th round last June, spurned another chance at pro ball in hopes of bettering his draft selection after his senior season.
After totaling 105.2 innings across his first two seasons, the 6-foot-3 right-hander, who worked mainly out of the bullpen, missed the majority of last year thanks to injury. He has, however, rebounded nicely thus far into 2014, posting the lowest walk rate of his career (2.33 BB/9).
Projection: The production hasn’t matched the potential yet, something that becomes even more concerning given the fact he’s pitched primarily out of the pen. Vanegas has the ceiling of a dominant backend reliever, but it’s a bit of long shot. And at some point he’s going to need to start missing more bats – he’s averaged 7.28 K/9 for his career – and/or show the major development in his control is a repeatable skill.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Moderate
Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round
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