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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
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