Reds select Phillip Ervin with first pick in 2013 draft
CINCINNATI - Cincinnati Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley tonight announced the selection of OF Phillip Ervin (5-10, 205) from Samford University in Homewood, Alabama with the team's first pick (27th overall) of the 2013 first-year player draft.
Ervin, 20, recently completed his junior year at Samford, where he hit .337 with 11 HR, 40 RBI and 21 stolen bases and received all-conference honors. The sociology major was a pre-season All-American and the pre-season Southern Conference Player of the Year.
He is the first baseball player to be drafted in the first round out of Samford and the highest draft pick in the school's history in any sport. While playing just 3 seasons for the Bulldogs, Ervin ranks in the school's Top 10 in career hits (230), hitting (.344), runs scored (157) and doubles (47).
In 2012 Ervin started all 64 games in centerfield for the Bulldogs and was selected first-team All-Southern Conference. He led the team with 18 doubles and finished third on the team in average (.327), HR (10) and RBI (52). Following that 2012 collegiate season, he was the Most Valuable Player of the Cape Cod League. Ervin attended Leroy High School in Leroy, Alabama.
The draft will resume tomorrow and Saturday at 1:00 p.m. ET via conference call. Rounds 3 through 10 will be heldtomorrow and Rounds 11-40 on Saturday.
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In 55 games this season, Ervin batted .337 with 11 home runs, 14 doubles, 40 RBIs and 58 runs scored. The 20-year-old also stole 21 bases in 23 attempts.
At 5-foot-10 and 200 pounds, Ervin is a right-handed-hitting and -throwing center fielder.
According to reports, Ervin performed well in the Cape Cod League, a wooden bat league for college-level players. Over last summer, he won the league MVP award while reaching double digits in homers and steals.
Phillip Ervin draft profile
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A solidly built, athletic outfielder, Phillip Ervin looks more like a defensive back than a center fielder, but his performance dictates otherwise. A two sport star in high school, Ervin chose baseball over football and became an instant hit at Samford, starting in center field as a freshman. He enjoyed moderate success in both his freshman and sophopmore seasons, hitting for high averages and flashing some power and speed. Building off of that success, Ervin put himself firmly in the first round discussion with his Cape Cod League performance last summer. Ervin slugged 11 home runs in 38 CCL games to pace the league, and posted a .323 batting average with a 17/29 BB/K ratio in 147 plate appearances and stole 10 bases for good measure.
Draft profile: Phillip Ervin
Ervin is hard to peg for me. He hasn't dominated at Samford but did well with wood last summer. He is far from projectable and kind of is-what-he-is. He may even regress from what he is right now due to his build. Right now he projects as a 20-20 guy with good defense in CF. Projecting him slowing down and adding a few more pounds, he could be a power hitting right fielder with average defense and an average bat with a handful of stolen bases. That's not quite as impressive, especially if there is a steep learning curve to getting to that point since he hasn't faced tough competition.
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HOMEWOOD, Alabama -Phillip Ervin's only chance to play Division I baseball came from Samford, and in three weeks he'll likely be the highest drafted player from the state of Alabama.
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