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Why Andrew Vaughn Is Such A Unique MLB Draft Prospect



Trying to find comparable players to Andrew Vaughn is not easy.

As a righthanded hitting college first baseman, Vaughn is trying to become the first player in his demographic to be picked in the top 10 picks since Matt LaPorta in 2007 (LaPorta was announced by the Brewers as an outfielder even though he was a first baseman at Florida). David McCarthy is the only player of this demographic ever picked in the top five picks. While few players have been picked, the group does include Hall of Famer Frank Thomas as well as Mark McGwire and Tim Wallach (who moved from first base to third base as a pro).

YearPickPlayerCollege
20077Matt LaPortaFlorida
19913David McCarthyStanford
19917Joe VitielloAlabama
19897Frank ThomasAuburn
198410Mark McGwire
Southern California
197910Tim Wallach
Cal State Fullerton
19726Danny ThomasSouthern Illinois



But that’s not the only way Vaughn is very rare. He’s also 5-foot-11, which makes him very short for a righthanded-throwing first baseman. Looking at the integration era finds just four sub 6-foot righthanded-throwing first basemen who have played more than 20 games in the major leagues since the integration era began in 1947.

PlayerGames Played
Steve Garvey2,332
Bill Skowron1,658
Chuck Harrison328
Tyler White173
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2019 College Baseball All-Americans

Baseball America presents our 2019 first, second and third team All-Americans.

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