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Vanderbilt IF Will Toffey drafted by Oakland A’s in the 4th round of the MLB Draft

The Commodores’ third baseman batted .354 as a junior.

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Will Toffey will continue his baseball career after being drafted by the Oakland A’s in the fourth round of the 2017 MLB Draft.

The junior rebounded from a sluggish sophomore campaign, in which he hit just .227/.382/.266 with no homers, to lead the Commodores with a .354 batting average and knocked 12 homers. He had a .475 OBP and a .602 SLG, both of which also led the team, and he displayed excellent plate discipline with 48 walks against just 30 strikeouts.

Toffey’s bat is highly advanced for a college hitter, though his defense remains a question mark. Playing primarily at third base for the Commodores, Toffey committed eight errors on the season and had a .930 fielding percentage. While fielding percentage isn’t the best measure of potential, it does suggest that he’s got some work to do. But the bat will be what carries him, and Toffey has enough positional versatility that he could profile as a utility man in the majors.