by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Stanford Athletics.
The Pittsburgh Pirates own the #1 pick in the 2023 MLB Draft, which is scheduled for July 9th-July 11th in Seattle, WA. This draft could be the final piece of GM Ben Cherington’s puzzle to catapult the Bucs into a yearly contender.
In the next few weeks, Draft 412 will showcase the top prospects coming out in 2023.
Name- Tommy Troy
Pos-SS B-R T-R
HT/WT- 5’10” 197 lbs.
Home – San Jose, CA
Tommy Troy was one of several names being thrown around as a possible #1 overall pick when this season started back in February. Though that talk has cooled down, Troy has not. A solid baseball prospect out of Northern California in Los Gatos, Troy did not get drafted after high school, not because of the shortened draft but because of his commitment to Stanford.
Troy started for Stanford from day one but struggled during his freshman season, hitting only .247 but showing some power, hitting 10 home runs. During his sophomore season, he started to consistently hit balls hard and saw his average rise up to .339 with 25 extra base hits while using all fields to drive the ball (15-2B, 3-3B, 7-HR). He came into this season highly touted and did not disappoint, becoming the Pac-12 batting champion, hitting .394 with 17 home runs and stealing 17 bases. He improved his approach at the plate and upped his walk total to 35 with an on base percentage of .478, by far his career high.
As a prospect, Troy shows great pitch recognition and consistently barrels up pitches. He very rarely chases pitches out of the zone and his bat-to-ball skills are as good as anybody in this class. This translates to average power at the next level, but his gap power will let him succeed in the pros. He has above average speed and a good baseball IQ which should allow him to be an excellent baserunner.
As a defender, Troy has a strong glove but most scouts see him moving to second base in the Bigs. He played some at third base as well at Stanford, and he has the speed to play center field.
The big concern with Troy is that he’s a notorious first pitch swinger. In his freshman and sophomore years, he walked a total of 26 times while striking out 84 times. As a junior, he changed his approach, and worked counts longer to tally 35 walks.
Jonathan India is a current MLB player that Draft 412 compares to Troy, with his swing and defensive skills. Troy, like India, will be moved around the infield when needed.
Troy is a solid prospect who will give some team a dependable contact hitter with gap power. He will also be a flexible defensive player to have on a roster. Troy should not make it out of the top 20.
Round 1- #20 on Draft 412’s big board.