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School: South Carolina; Class: Junior
Position: 3B; B/T: B/R
Height: 6-1; Weight: 200 pounds
Previously Drafted: Texas Rangers, 42nd round, 2011
Background: A 2013 Homerun Derby participant – along with fellow 2014 draft class members Bo Thompson and Garrett Boulware – Pankake entered this season as a potential first round pick after hitting .311/.387/.496 with 11 homeruns for the Gamecocks.
And like so many of this year’s top offensive prospects – Trea Turner and Alex Blandino to name a few – Pankake’s more or less taken a developmental sidestep in 2014. Through South Carolina’s first 52 games, he’s hitting .312/.402/.437 with ten doubles and five homeruns.
On the positive, Pankake’s improved his contact rate, though that’s come at the expense of power.
Projection: Pankake falls into same category as so many of his counterparts – a potential fringe everyday player. The power/plate discipline/hit tools are decent, average at best. He’s likely going to wind up as a solid role player down the road.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate
Draft Projection: Third/Fourth Round