School: Ole’ Miss; Class: Senior
Position: 1B; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 235
Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 19th round, 2011
Background: In one of the bigger surprises in last year’s draft the Ole’ Miss first baseman never heard his name called, in any of the 40 rounds, despite stringing together some solid production as a junior. After a couple cups of coffee with the Rebs during his first two seasons, Orvis batted .294/.397/.540 with 14 doubles, one triple, 14 homeruns, and a solid strikeout-to-walk ratio (48-to-37) in 282 trips to the plate.
The 6-foot-2 lefty-swinging first baseman followed that up with an even better showing this season, slugging .272/.402/.613 while setting career highs in doubles (17), homeruns (16), and walk rate (16.7%) – despite making nearly 50 fewer trips to the plate.
For his career, Orvis is sporting a .267/.374/.485 triple-slash line.
Projection: Leading up to the draft last year I pegged the bulky first baseman as a potential fifth round pick, writing:
”A Mike Jacobs clone. Orvis, like Jacobs, has some pretty good pop, something along the lines of consistent 20- to 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. [He] could be a viable platoon option/bench bat if everything breaks correctly.”
One year later and he still looks the same; he’s just proven that he can perform in back-to-back year in the SEC now. Orvis will absolutely not hit for any type of average, but he has enough power to run into 20 homeruns in the lower levels of the minor leagues.
Still, though, in a professional game rampant with power deficiencies, a team could do far worse than grabbing an organizational soldier in rounds five through seven.
Ceiling: 0.5-win player
Floor: Replacement Level
Grade: Fifth to Seventh Rounds