Grant Lavigne | 1B
The 18-year-old Lavigne attends Bedford High School outside Manchester, New Hampshire. He’s hitting .621/.807/1.413 with six homers and way more walks (24) than strikeouts (three) through 14 games this spring. Lavigne is committed to Wake Forrest.
At 6-foot-4 and 230 lbs., Lavigne looks the part of a power-hitting first baseman. He’s a lefty swinger with significant raw power and sneaky good contact ability. Lavigne also knows the strike zone well, so he projects as a big power/high on-base hitter who doesn’t strike out as much as you’d expect. In the field, Lavigne runs well and is a good athlete, good enough that he can also play left field. His arm is below average and his weakest tool. The biggest knocks against Lavigne are 1) the likelihood that he’s a first baseman long-term, and 2) the fact he hasn’t faced good competition as an amateur.
In their latest rankings MLB.com pegs Lavigne as the 98th best prospect in the draft class while Baseball America ranks him 124th. Keith Law (subs. req’d) did not have Lavigne among his top 100 draft prospects. The Yankees hold the 23rd (first round), 61st (second round), and 97th (third round) overall picks. For what it’s worth, Kiley McDaniel hears the Yankees are “heavy” on Lavigne, “more for their 2nd pick but possible underslot at their first pick.” The underslot thing could be a fallback plan should their top targets be off the board when their first rounder rolls around, similar to Clarke Schmidt last year.