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Making The 1-1 Case For Oregon State Second Baseman Travis Bazzana — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

Making The 1-1 Case For Oregon State Second Baseman Travis Bazzana — College Baseball, MLB Draft, Prospects

As Charlie Condon runs away with this year’s home run title and strengthens his grip on his status as the No. 1 prospect in the 2024 class, perhaps Cleveland’s decision at No. 1 is becoming obvious: simply take the 6-foot-6 slugger who pairs power and pure hitting ability that could lead to .280 averages and 35+ home run totals and walk away happy.

The draft isn’t ever quite that simple, however, and while Condon has been captivating there’s another hitter on the opposite side of the country in Corvallis, Ore., who might prevent him from attaining Adley Rutschman-esque “one of one” status.

It’s the same player who just this season blitzed through Rutschman’s 227 hits total with the program and just this past weekend tallied his 239th hit with the Beavers to break the program hits record that Darwin Barney set from 2005-2007. 

A player who, if he is selected with the first overall pick, would become both the first second baseman and first Australian native to be the first player called in the draft: Travis Bazzana

The 6-foot, 199-pound lefthanded hitter is adding a career-best season to his already superlative college resume. In a year with no Condon he would likely be a player of the year favorite as well as the running favorite to be the first overall pick. He’s currently hitting .424/.589/.972 with a 1.560 OPS mark that ranks as the second-best among D-I hitters and is looking at career-best marks in strikeout rate (11.3%), walk rate (26.6%), home runs (26), RBIs (60), isolated slugging (.548) and advanced offensive metrics like wRC+ (230) and wOBA (.635).

So, if there was a case to be made for the Guardians passing on Condon and taking Bazzana—a player who shares similar physical and hitting traits to many hitters already in Cleveland’s system—what would that look like? 

His hitting track record is as lengthy as any player’s in the class.

One of the most obvious strengths of Bazzana’s resume is the length and history that comes with it. He has a significant amount of track record at the college level, in high-quality wood bat summer leagues and even a handful of games in the Australian Baseball League.

A long history of hitting prowess is one of the best ways to create confidence in a player’s hit tool and Bazzana checks that box emphatically. He played 45 games in the West Coast League as an 18-year-old before he started his college career, then in the summer of 2023 he played 33 games in the Cape Cod League…

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