2024 MLB Draft Deep Dive: Travis Bazzana, 2B, Oregon State  

The 2024 MLB draft is set for Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Arlington Texas as part of the 2024 MLB All-Star Weekend festivities. The Phillies will pick at number 27 in the 1st round. Currently, the Phillies have 17 picks in the 2024 draft.

The baseball people here at EOP will keep you updated on the top prospects in this year’s draft. This week we look at our projected number three player. (pick owned by the Colorado Rockies) In the 2024 MLB Draft. Travis Bazzana,2B, Oregon State.   

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The Player

Bazzana has done nothing but hit since his college career kicked off and is now viewed as one of the premier hitters in the 2024 class. Before he got to campus at Oregon State. the Australian native played in the West Coast League where he slashed .429/.471/.593 with 18 doubles and 18 stolen bases.

He has hit over .300 in both of his seasons with Oregon State and enters the 2023 season as a career .340/.463/.549 hitter with the Beavers and during the 2023 summer won the MVP award in the Cape Cod League. Where he ranked as the No. 1 prospect of the field.

A 6-foot, 197-pound lefthanded hitter and second baseman. Bazzana has an unusual-looking swing with a deep bat tip behind his shoulder. A sizable leg kick, and a flat path, but his contact skills are excellent. He pairs that with an advanced approach and standout swing decisions.

 He’s made contact at a 79% overall rate in two seasons with Oregon State and hammers the ball on a line to all fields. Bazzana has improved his power year over year thanks to added physicality, though most of his home run power goes to the pull side in games.

Defensively, he is a strong athlete and above-average defender at second base, though when he throws, he tends to drop down to a fully sidearm slot, which could create some questions moving forward. Bazzana is a plus runner with great instincts on the bases and has gone 50-for-56 (89.3%) in his college career.

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Projection

Bazzana is playing himself toward the top of the draft with a game that best compares to Corbin Carroll of the Arizona Diamondbacks and a backstory with enough unexpected turns to rival The Thorn Birds. Bazzana is a former wicketkeeper/opening batsman and captain of his high school cricket team, a psychology major, meditation devotee, and an analytics and tech-savvy self-taught hitter who might well be on his way to fulfilling his lofty preseason goal.

Matt Bednarczyk
Matt Bednarczyk

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