2015 Draft Profile: Blake Trahan

School: Louisiana-Lafayette; Class: Junior

Position: SS; B/T: R/R

Height: 5-9; Weight: 180

Previously Drafted: N/A

 

Background: One of the most productive bats in the incoming 2013 college class. Trahan opened up his career with the Ragin’ Cajuns by hitting .319/.410/.423 with 10 doubles and four homeruns while going 13-for-13 in stolen bases. The diminutive middle infielder followed that up by slugging an impressive .355/.455/.465 with 12 doubles, a pair of triples, and four homeruns while, once again, going a perfect 15-for-15 in stolen bases.

With plenty of hype entering 2015, Trahan, who was named a Preseason Second All-American by Perfect Game and Collegiate Baseball, continued to torch the competition: he’s batting .336/.448/.434 with a career 15 doubles, one triple, a pair of homeruns, and 17 stolen bases (in 25 attempts).

 

Projection: Let’s ignore his size – or lack thereof – for a moment or two. Consider the following comparisons between collegiate shortstops during their respective junior campaigns: 

Player Year AVG OBP SLG OPS
Blake Trahan 2015 0.336 0.448 0.434 0.882
Alex Bregman 2015 0.329 0.415 0.567 0.982
Dansby Swanson 2015 0.350 0.438 0.654 1.092
Trea Turner 2014 0.321 0.418 0.516 0.934

Trahan’s production more or less stacks up with the best of them. Granted, he doesn’t hit for nearly the same power, but his ability to sniff out first base via the free pass helps compensate a bit. Better-than-average plate discipline, strong hit tool, speedy. Trahan looks like a solid league average regular, though he’ll likely be forced to move to the other side of second base.

 

Ceiling:  1.5- to 2.0-win player

Floor:  1.0-win player

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: Second Round

 

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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.


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