2014 Draft Profile: Sikes Orvis

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School: Ole Miss; Class: Junior

Position: 1B; B/T: L/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 225 pounds

Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 19th round, 2011


Background: A nineteenth round pick coming out of high school by the Boston Red Sox in 2011, Orvis looked like anything but a budding big league prospect for his first two seasons at Ole Miss. His production during a part time gig as a true freshman, .232/.317/.321, was just a harbinger of things to come during his shot at regular playing time in 2013.

The lefty-swinging first baseman hit a Mario Mendoza-esque .237/.325/.320 with nearly half as many caught stealing attempts (3) as extra-base hits (7). This season, however, Orvis has been one of the Rebs’ top offensive performers, hitting .298/.396/.545 with a team-leading 12 homeruns.


Projection: A Mike Jacobs clone. Orvis, like Jacobs, has some pretty good pop, something along the lines of consistent 20- 25-HR thunder, but he just isn’t likely to hit for any average or get on base at a decent clip. Plus, Orvis’ success is limited to just this season.

Could be a viable platoon option/bench bat if everything breaks correctly.


Ceiling: 1.0-win player

Floor: Replacement Level

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low to Moderate

Draft Projection: Fifth Round


Photo by Andy Shupe via wholehogsports.com.


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.