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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
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