Finding a great prospect in the Major League Baseball Draft can be hit or miss. Luckily for the Cincinnati Reds, their first pick (27th overall) in the 2013 First-Year player draft has been nothing short of a hit.
Phillip Ervin, a center fielder out of Samford University has been making a name for himself in the Reds minor league system.
Ervin played 34 games in Montana and batted .326 with eight home runs and 29 RBI's. He also added 27 runs and 12 stolen bases. Since his promotion to single-A Dayton, he's batting .349 with a homerun and six RBI's (12 games).
It seems like he has all the tools to be a future outfielder for the Redlegs.
As a hitter, Ervin has shown he has power. However, one thing that may be his biggest upside is his plate discipline. He has a very smooth swing with little wasted movement.
He has above average speed, which is seen with the stolen base total. Depending on his growth, he may lose a bit of speed but he will find gains in other parts of his game.
In a few years, look for this kid to be in the Cincinnati Reds lineup, whether that may be in center or possibly in left. His upside and skills give him unlimited potential. Look for big things from Phil Ervin.
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