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2016 Draft Profile: Anfernee Grier

School: Auburn University; Class: Junior

Position: CF; B/T: R/R

Height: 61; Weight: 180

Previously Drafted: Detroit Tigers, 39th round, 2013

Background: The speedy center field quickly put a lackluster freshman season behind him – he batted .255/.325/.329 with eight doubles and one homerun while swiping only seven bags in 15 attempts – to become one of the better offensive performers in college baseball the two seasons.

Grier slugged .323/.391/.445 during his sophomore campaign, with a whopping 22 doubles, three triples, one homeruns and nine stolen bases (in 16 attempts). The Alabama-born outfielder got invited – though he looked overmatched – to be a member of Team USA; he would go 3-for-18 with just one walk and seven punch outs.

This season Grier, though his first 56 games, is bashing to the tune of .366/.457/.576 with eight doubles, three triples, and a mind-boggling – at least compared his previous two seasons – 12 homeruns. He’s also gone 19-to-24 in the stolen base department.

For his career, Grier is sporting a solid .323/.401/.466 triple-slash line.

Projection: So now the bad news: Grier has a gaping hole in his swing, one that’s led to 140 strikeouts in his 736 career plate appearances – or just under 20% for his career. And here’s the more troubling issue: he’s shown no improvement over his career either.

And just for comparison’s sake, consider this: Based on Grier’s 2016 stats (strikeout and walk rates, and triple-slash line) the closest matches are Adam Walker, a fringy big leaguer, Caleb Adams, and Nick Banks. Whomp, whomp

Grier looks like a potential fourth outfielder, maybe a less version of Mike Cameron if everything works out well.

Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5win player

Floor: 0.5-win player

Risk: Moderate

Grade: Third Round



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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