Maryland Draft Preview: OF Anthony Papio

by John Vittas and Jon Lewis

Ht: 6’2″           Wt: 195              Class: R-Jr.            Hometown (HS): Olney, MD (Sherwood)

2015 Stats

AB: 226      Slash Line: .261 / .372 / .416        HR: 6          RBI: 25       SB: 7       K-Rate: 24%

Pros: good power, excellent defender, strong arm, athletic

Cons: strikes out a lot, struggles with breaking pitches

17307362781_27356f17b4_z (1)Vittas: Papio is a gifted athlete with solid all-around tools. He has gradually improved his hit tool during his time in College Park, becoming a patient hitter who can go to all fields. Papio won the “Iron Terp” Award for his dedication to the team’s offseason strength and conditioning program and is a respected leader for the 2015 Terps. He’s a steady, durable ballplayer whose athleticism suits him well in all aspects of the game. He’s done a good job shaking the label of a “streaky” hitter, but still needs to work on squaring up breaking balls.

MLB Comp: Andre Ethier

Lewis: Papio has been a solid college performer, who I can argue has underachieved a little bit, especially in terms of average.  He has some of the best raw power on the Terps squad and is probably the strongest guy on the team.  I really like his hit tool and his developing power from the left side. He has a good approach, but sometimes takes too many pitches.  He runs well for a corner outfielder and takes good routes to balls in the gap/down the line.  He throws reasonably well from RF but may profile as more of a LF moving forward. An athlete with tools, it’ll be interesting to see if/where Papio goes.

20/80 Scale (50 is Big League Average)

Hit: 40      Power: 55      Run: 50     Field: 50      Throw: 45       Overall: 40

Range: second half of draft

* John Vittas has been the play-by-play voice of the Maryland Terrapins and has called close to 100 games over the past four seasons. 

* Jon Lewis is a former college baseball player and provided live analysis on Vittas’ broadcasts. He is pursuing a career in professional scouting.

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