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Dom Keegan Selected by the Yankees in the 19th Round

Dom had previously indicated he would return to Vanderbilt in ‘22. I still think that’s likely the case. We’ll have to wait it out, though.

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#12 Jr. 1B Dominic “Dom Bomb” Keegan

2021 Stats: .345/.427/.638 with 17 2B, 3 3B, 15 HR, 57 RBI, and 0-1 Stolen Bases.

Here’s his scouting report:

A reserve catcher on Vanderbilt’s 2019 College World Series championship as a freshman, Keegan might have taken over behind the plate for the Commodores last year if offseason surgery to remove a rib and a complicated recovery hadn’t left him at less than full strength to begin 2020. After getting just 55 at-bats in his first two years, he led the Futures Collegiate League with 19 extra-base hits in 32 games last summer and opened 2021 by batting .500 with four homers in his first 10 contests. Though he wasn’t as dominant after missing two weeks in March when he contracted the coronavirus, he still was the most dangerous hitter on Vandy’s CWS runner-up team and finished with a .345/.427/.638 line.

Keegan’s prodigious strength allows the ball to jump off his bat despite what appears to be an effortless right-handed stroke. He has plus raw power but will need to get more consistent at the plate to make the most of it. His swing can get long at times, and while he can catch up to good velocity, he struggles with offspeed pitches.

Keegan would offer more value if he were a viable catcher, but that remains to be seen because he caught just one game in the first three months of this season. He has solid arm strength but a slow release that enabled North Alabama to steal five bases against him, and his receiving is a work in progress. A below-average runner, he projects as an average defender at first base and might merit a look at an outfield corner or third base.

Range: Rounds 5-20. Top 250 Ranking: #177.

Prediction: Had Keegan stayed as red hot as he was in the beginning of the year, he could have put himself in contention for the first couple of rounds. As a right handed first baseman (though, of course, he could play corner IF, corner OF, or possibly catcher), Keegan will be drafted for his bat only. As such, I would not be surprised if he’s gone in the Round 5-10 area. Of course, if teams think he’s a first base prospect only, there is a chance—albeit a small chance—that they pass on him this year, and he returns for his senior year. It has happened to SEC first basemen sluggers in the past.

Chance He Signs With The Team Who Drafts Him: 75%. 5%. Reports yesterday were that Dom was planning to return. We’ll have to wait this out, but this could potentially be a flier, too.