The previous installment focused on introducing my criteria and players that fit them in the ACC. Also, I want to remind you that I am using adjusted numbers from College Baseball Splits and not raw numbers. This post will highlight players who match these criteria in the SEC.
Plate Discipline - Walk Rate (>15%) and BB:K ratio (>1.50)
Contact Rate - Batting Average (>.300)
Power - ISO (>.180)
Hitting All Four
363/462/562; 16% walk rate, 1.59 BB:K, .199 ISO
Not ranked by Diamond Scape Scouting, Keith Law, or Baseball America
Gamache is a Junior on the Auburn Tigers. He might be the first diamond in the rough as I was unaware of him and have not found a recent scouting report. He has shown an increase in power and plate discipline, but there is a question as to where exactly he will play as a pro. I cannot say much more than that. I look forward to Nick's thoughts in the comment section. As Oriole fans know with Trent Mummey, future power is difficult to measure in Auburn because it can be rather easy to hit home runs there.
Taylor Dugas, OF, Alabama
333/439/539; 16% walk rate, 2.07 BB:K, .206 ISO
Diamond Scape Scouting: Not Ranked for OF, 177th best overall (pre-season)
Dugas might be taken anywhere from the fourth to seventh rounds. He profiles as a speedy outfielder with good defensive skills. He has shown a good success rate in the past for stolen bases, but has been largely ineffective this year with seven steals and four times caught. His bat is also considered somewhat limited and there are questions if he can sustain a high level of doubles and a smattering of home runs at the next level. For Oriole fans, Matt Angle might be a decent comp, but I think Dugas' bat profiles a little better than Angle's.
Matt Duffy, 3B, Tennessee
328/434/522; 16% walk rate, 1.56 BB:K, .194 ISO
Not Ranked by Diamond Scape Scouting, Keith Law, or Baseball America
Matt Duffy was not selected last year and is now in his senior season. As yet, I have not found anyone releasing any scouting reports on him or ranking him. This season he has maintained his high level of defensive play at third (or so it seems) while he has drastically reduce his strikeouts, increased his walks, and may be showing a little more power. He may have some worth pas the eighth round for slot. I don't know who to compare him to.
The first review of talent in the ACC gave me hope that this series would be largely validated by the work of talent scouts as represented by Diamond Scape Scouting and Baseball America. However, this collection of SEC talent is a bit unimpressive when compared to who these other groups are looking. It will be interesting to see how this somewhat arbitrarily derived criteria performs as these players move on to the pros.