School: LSU; Class: Junior
Position: 1B/OF; B/T: L/R
Height: 6-2; Weight: 209
Previously Drafted: Minnesota Twins, 26th round, 2016
Background: After appearing in just 10 games – and earning just 11 trips to the plate – as a true freshman, Deichmann was a pleasant surprise for LSU Head Coach Paul Mainieri during his follow-up season two years ago. In 64 games for the Tigers, the 6-foot-2, 209-pound corner infielder/outfielder slugged a solid .288/.346/.513 with 14 doubles, three triples, 11 homeruns, and five stolen bases (in 11 attempts). The lefty-swinging Deichmann finished the year with a 41-to-19 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The Minnesota Twins took a late round flier on the draft-eligible sophomore – though he bypassed a chance to enter pro ball as a 26th round pick and headed back to school.
And it’s proving to be a wise decision.
In 63 games for one of college baseball’s preeminent programs, Deichmann has set several career bests including: average (.322), on-base percentage (.430), slugging percentage (.614), homeruns (19), walks (47), and walk rate (16.4%). He also tied a career best with five stolen bases (in eight total attempts).
Projection: Deichmann has put together a nice little career for the Tigers. He’s performed well for a powerhouse program. His power has developed into an above-average skill. His plate discipline has dramatically improved. And he shows a smattering of speed. And just to put his breakout 2017 season into perspective, consider the following anecdote:
- Between 2011 and 2016, there were 11 hitters in the SEC to bat at least .320/.420/.600: Andrew Benintendi, Dansby Swanson, Mike Zunino, Bryan Reynolds, Hunter Renfroe, A.J. Reed, Peter Alonso, L.B. Dantzler, Mason Katz, Aaron Westlake, and Kyle Martin.
That’s obviously a list littered with top prospects.
Deichmann doesn’t profile as well at first base as he does in a corner outfield spot. He has the makings of a league average-type hitter, capable of posting a .260/.330/.440-type line.
Ceiling: 2.0-win player
Floor: 1.0-win player
Grade: Second/Third Round