2015 Draft Profile: Rhett Wiseman

School: Vanderbilt; Class: Junior

Position: RF; B/T: L/R

Height: 6-1`; Weight: 205

Previously Drafted: Chicago Cubs, 25th round, 2012


Background: A quiet, uninspiring performer during his first two seasons with Vanderbilt, Wiseman, who batted .289/.360/.438 in part time action as a true freshman but declined to a more mediocre .277/.343/.387 the following season, has been one of the more pleasant surprises in 2015.

Wiseman, a lefty-swinging right-fielder, is sporting career highs in nearly every statistical category including: average (.310), on-base percentage (.410), slugging percentage (.557), and homeruns (13). He’s also tied a career best in triples with four. Topping it all, of course, is the fact that he ranks 16th among all qualified D1 hitters with 146 total bases.


Projection: Every year, without question, several players seemingly pop up out of nowhere a la Hunter Renfroe. Wiseman falls into that category this year -sort of.

Vanderbilt’s corner outfielder has always shown offensive promise, even going back to his days in high school when the Cubs drafted as a late round pick. This year he finally capitalized on it.

His power is his best offensive offering, grading out as an above-average skill. Otherwise, he has more than a few questions: fringy plate discipline, decent hit tool, and a little speed. He looks more like a solid fourth outfielder option/platoon player (depending upon his ability to handle southpaws).


Ceiling:  1.0- to 1.5-win player

Floor:  0.5-win player

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: Third Round


Photo Courtesy of Bosley Jarrett via vanderbilthustler.com.



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.