2014 Draft Profile: Taylor Gushue

Note: For additional draft profiles click here

School: Florida; Class: Junior

Position: C; B/T: B/R

Height: 6-2; Weight: 215 pounds

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: A three-year regular for the Gators and a member of the Yarmouth Red Sox in the Cape Cod League last summer, Gushue capped off his most successful season to date. The switch-hitting backstop set career highs in nearly every offensive category for the Gators this year, including batting average (.327), on-base percentage (.389), slugging percentage (.484), OPS (.873), doubles (16), homeruns (six), total bases (105), and RBI (49).

Defensively, Gushue has nabbed just 10 of the 56 attempted base-stealers (17.9%).

 

Projection: Barring some unforeseen developmental changes Gushue’s probably already reached his offensive peak. Despite the output this season his plate discipline has basically maintained status quo during his three-year career, hovering right around average.

Below-average power, decent hit tool. That’s about it. Gushue might be able carve out a short career as a backup, but, again, his problems against the run could inhibit that even further.

 

Ceiling: 0.5-win player

Floor: Replacement Level

Likelihood of Reaching His Ceiling: Low

Draft Projection: Tenth Round

 

Photo Courtesy of alligator.org.



About

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.