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School: Clemson; Class: Junior
Position: C; B/T: R/R
Height: 6-1; Weight: 220 pounds
Previously Drafted: San Diego Padres, 42nd round, 2011
Background: Because, really, you can never have enough young catching, the Padres, who drafted top prospect Austin Hedges and potential 2014 early round pick Brett Austin, also grabbed the future Clemson backstop in the late, late rounds of the 2011 draft.
Boulware, who played sparingly during his freshman season, broke out in a big way during 2013, hitting .308/.377/.476 while displaying an overall solid approach at the plate; he showed a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio (29-to-22) to go along with average pop (.168 ISO).
This season Boulware’s production has declined a bit (.303/.382/.427) thanks in large part to a drop in power (.124 ISO), though he did manage to take his plate discipline up a notch (22/29 K/BB).
Projection: Boulware’s spent a lot of the season in left field because of the emergence of freshman backstop Chris Okey. Obviously, the junior’s bat profiles far better behind the plate where he’ll likely reside in pro ball.
Another one of these guys with solid tools across the board without a true standout tool; pitch recognition being the best of the bunch. Boulware could carve out a nice little big league career as a versatile reserve player capable of handling a pitching staff as well as a corner outfield spot without killing you with the bat.
Ceiling: 1.0-win player
Floor: Replacement Level to 0.5-win player
Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low
Draft Projection: Sixth Round
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