Anthony Migliaccio, C, Detroit Country Day
One of the top handful of MLB Draft prospects in the state this spring is Detroit Country Day catcher Anthony Migliaccio (2021, Wyandotte, Mich.), a Vanderbilt commit who possesses one of the more unique profiles in this class. He is a catcher by trade but has a fair bit of positional versatility, with the athleticism and ability required to potentially be a true super-utility type of player who can handle the outfield or a corner infield spot in addition to catching.
The calling card beyond the versatility here is the bat, to be sure. Migliaccio is a switch-hitter who is better from the left side at present, unsurprising given the lion’s share of his at-bats come versus right-handed pitching. Facing Orchard Lake St. Mary’s earlier this week, Migliaccio did more than his share of damage in a losing effort, launching a three-run bomb pull side and hitting a missile single in the same direction in a later at-bat. It’s a pretty simple swing, built around rotation and getting the barrel slotted on plane early. The present bat speed and strength give him well above-average raw power from the left side right now, and there’s at least some projection for more in there as well.
Given the offensive upside as a power bat along with the aforementioned defensive versatility, Migliaccio is likely a top-five round talent in this year’s draft. There’s some concern over where he profiles best long term, but as long as we aren’t trying too hard to shoehorn him into one defensive spot, the potential versatility is attractive. If he keeps performing this spring, he’ll likely have a decision to make between Vanderbilt and professional baseball, though it is extremely intriguing to think of the ways Vanderbilt could end up deploying Migliaccio as a Swiss Army Knife-type of versatile player.
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