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2021 9th round pick (257): Ryan Higgins - 3B - (Junior) Fresno State

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#230 prospect on MLB.com

6'1 200 R/R

Ranked #316 prospect in 2021 draft by BA

BA Scouting report: Higgins entered the year known as one of the best college hitters in Northern California and lived up to that reputation with a big season at Fresno State. He hit .352 with 11 home runs and 41 RBIs and showed enough to convince evaluators his success will translate to higher levels. Higgins is a strong, physical righthanded hitter at 6-foot-1, 200 pounds. He has a good approach, a sound swing, controls the strike zone and has plenty of bat speed and raw power. His above-average bat speed and natural strength produce long home runs that overcome unfavorable wind conditions or high walls to still get out. He swings hard and will swing and miss like most power hitters, but he makes enough contact to project to be an average hitter who hits 18-20 home runs if he gets enough at-bats. Higgins lacks a position and will have to hit to earn playing time. He is a third baseman by trade but is most likely to end up at first base or DH. He could potentially be below-average but playable in left field. Higgins’ lack of a position complicates his outlook, but his bat has many believers and may push him into the top 10 rounds.

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Higgins appeared in all 45 games for the 'Dogs ... made 44 starts with starts at four positions in left field (17), designated hitter (14), first base (7) and third base (6) ... led the team and ranked 15th in the MW hitting .352 from the dish ... led the 'Dogs in hits (58-T-14th MW), runs (45-T-7th), doubles (13-T-12th), triples (3-T-3rd), home runs (11-T-5th), RBI (41-T-10th) & total bases (110-8th) ... led the team and ranked 11th in the MW with a .453 on-base percentage ... finished fifth in the MW in slugging percentage (.667) ... ranked second in the MW with 29 walks .

https://gobulldogs.com/sports/baseball/roster/ryan--higgins/10310

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Ryan Higgins is a slugger with real power and a chance to be an average hitter, though like most sluggers comes with a lot of swing and miss. The bigger problem with him is that there is a very good chance he has to move off third defensively, and likely over to first which just puts that much more pressure on the bat. I believe in the bat, but it’s not an easy profile for a prospect.

https://www.talkingchop.com/2021/6/28/22548425/atlanta-braves-2021-mlb-draft-preview-position-rankings-third-base

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