School: University of San Diego; Class: Sophomore
Position: SS; B/T: R/R
Height: 5-11; Weight: 180
Previously Drafted: Oakland A’s, 40th round, 2014
Background: One of the top collegiate shortstops in this year’s – admittedly weak shortstop – draft class, Brigman has been an offensive force atop the Toreros’ lineup over the past two years. After getting selected in the late, late rounds of the 2014 draft, Brigman made it look easy as he transitioned to the collegiate level, hitting .339/.395/.436 with 11 doubles, a pair of triples, and two homeruns while stealing five bags (in eight attempts). Among University of San Diego’s bats, the 5-foot-11 shortstop finished the year second in batting average, third in doubles, second in triples, and tops in stolen bases.
Brigman carried that momentum onto Team USA during the summer as well, hitting .314/.364/.373 with three doubles and a pair of stolen bases.
This season, through his 47 games, Brigman is slugging .372/.428/.424 with eight doubles, one triples, and a career-best 17 stolen bases.
For his career, he’s sporting a .355/.411/.430 triple-slash line with 19 doubles, three triples, two homeruns, 22 stolen bases, and a solid 42-to-24 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
Projection: I feel like we’ve seen this one before – a top collegiate shortstop with a history of strong batting averages, very little power, and some decent plate discipline. Enter: Kevin Newman, the former University of Arizona shortstop who was selected with the 19th overall pick last June.
Consider the following:
But here’s the thing, though, even though Newman’s sporting an impressive High Class A triple-slash line this season – he’s hitting .346/.419/.444 – I’m still not convinced he’s going to keep hitting as he progresses up the minor league ladder without much power. And the same thing could be said for Brigman, who’s slugged just 24 hits in 102 career collegiate games.
Unless his defense grades out on the Ozzie Smith-level, Brigman looks like a low ceiling, high floor second round talent that profiles as a fringy big league starter.
Ceiling: 1.5-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Risk: Low to Moderate
Grade: Second/Third Round