School: University of Nebraska; Class: Junior
Position: CF; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 220
Previously Drafted: Boston Red Sox, 22nd round, 2013
Background: Taking a page right out of Billy Wagner’s book, Boldt, naturally a left-hander, taught himself to throw right-handed after breaking the radial head in his left elbow when he was 10-years-old. And, unfortunately, for the center fielder that wouldn’t be the only baseball related injury he would suffer in his career: During his first game of his senior season in high school, Boldt partially tore his meniscus in his right knee causing him to miss the remainder of the year.
Undeterred, the Red Sox grab the center fielder in the 22nd round of the 2013 and – reportedly – pursued signing the injured Boldt more seriously than the typical late round flyer.
Once he got to the land of the Cornhuskers, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound outfielder has been a consistent, dominant force atop the lineup.
Boldt slugged .311/.382/.437 with 12 doubles, six triples, a pair of homeruns, and seven stolen bases as a true freshman. And he followed that up with an even better line the next year, hitting .344/.429/.408 with seven doubles, a pair of triples, one homerun, and nine stolen bases. This season, though, Boldt’s production has taken a bit of a downturn as he’s batted .296/.350/.428 with career highs in doubles (14) and homeruns (five).
Projection: A bit of an overrated prospect, Boldt profiles as a bit of ‘tweener – perhaps carving out some 1.5- to 2.0-win seasons depending upon his defense in center field. He’s never shown a whole lot of power at any point in his career – he’s slugged just eight homeruns in his career and owns a disappointing .425 slugging percentage.
Boldt also swings-and-misses more than you’d like: he’s fanned in more than 12% of his career plate appearances, a number that’s likely going to jump to over 20% in the professional ranks.
Ceiling: 1.0- to 1.5-win player
Floor: 0.5-win player
Risk: Low to Moderate
Grade: Third Round