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Take me out of the Torkelson camp too, but I'm sure he'd be fun to watch. If drafted as an outfielder, he could be our Aaron Judge. Everyone would want that.

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On 10/2/2019 at 6:24 PM, Can_of_corn said:

He is listed as being four inches taller, so maybe half a head.

That would make a big difference for me. Get him out of the Steve Pearce ceiling. 

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On 10/2/2019 at 6:38 PM, calsmanystances said:

Here are Torkleson's stats over the last two seasons:

2018: .320/.440/.743 25 HR 38 Walks 44 Strikeouts

2019: .353/.449/.702 22 HR 41 Walks 43 Strikeouts     

Here are Vaughn's stats over the same two season period:

2018: .402/.531/.819 23 HR 44 Walks 18 Strikeouts

2019: .374/.539/.704 15 HR 60 Walks 33 Strikeouts

Vaughn hit for a higher average (.389 v. .338), walked more (about 25% more) and struck out less (about 58% of the frequency that Tork k'd). Torkelson, obviously, hit more homers (47 v. 38).

And is much bigger. 

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2 hours ago, weams said:

And is much bigger. 

Arizona State's website and d1baseball list Tork at 6'1 205. 

Cal's website and d1baseball list Vaughn at 6'0 214.

Here are the links:

https://d1baseball.com/player/SMIcwFdg/spencer-torkelson/

 

https://thesundevils.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=8386

 

https://d1baseball.com/player/lG5tPbWe/andrew-vaughn/

 

https://calbears.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=13662

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On 10/2/2019 at 6:16 PM, Moose Milligan said:

From what I can tell, nope.  He'd have to be head and shoulders above Vaughn for me to be alright with it.

I have a simplistic view about these things.    Just have the guy turn out to be a very good player, and I don’t care where he plays.    Let’s say Vaughn turns out to be a 45 WAR player and Torkelson is a 40.    Are you going to complain?   Only four no. 2 overall picks have ever exceeded 40 WAR, and three  of those played 1B or OF.    There’s a good chance that Elias’ no. 2 overall pick with the Astros, Alex Bregman, will join that group, as he’s already at 20 WAR at age 25.  I’m hoping Elias can find another gem in that spot, no matter where he plays.    

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4 hours ago, Frobby said:

By the way, doing mock drafts before one game of 2020 baseball has been played is a fool’s errand.   

They were relatively accurate for the top part of this past season's draft.

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53 minutes ago, baltfan said:

They were relatively accurate for the top part of this past season's draft.

Meh, yes and no, depending which ones you looked at and what you mean by “relatively accurate.”   Have a look at some of the early mocks linked in this thread:

 

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Someone pointed out before that Vaughn got pitched around his last year in NCAA. Let’s see what happens to Torkelson when/if he gets that treatment. 

I don’t see how we could draft Torkelson.  Even if we trade Mancini, Mountcastle is still likely a 1B.  When team building I don’t think you pencil in your future 1B and DH spots first.  

I’d like to see us draft a bat, but if the best SP is available then I’m open to that. I think that bats are safer picks and would help the system more. 

Hopefully Detroit makes a mistake at 1:1 and we get the player Elias thinks is #1 overall. Lots of baseball to play till the draft. 

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