Hometown: North Augusta, South Carolina
“His game is really as a slash hitter and hitting the ball into the gaps, along with running aggressively on the bases. He?s an excellent defensive player, and he has a good feel for the bunt game. He has the total package.”—Clemson head coach Jack Leggett
When the Cubs selected Tyler Colvin with the 13th overall selection in the 2006 draft it caused alot of heads to turn and scoff. As most scouts and ranking parties had Colvin as a 3rd rounder, Baseball America ranked him as the 170th best prospect available in the draft. Still the Cubs’ new Scouting Director, Tim Wilken, stood firm with his selection of the three year college junior from Clemson. And many people ended up eating their words as Colvin put up a good year for the Short Season A Boise Hawks.
Wilken inherited a system from John Stockstill, who took a higher position under his brother in the Baltimore organization. Stockstill and his scouts had first started watching Colvin during his junior year and Wilken reassumed the watch and fell in love with his athletic ability and approach at the plate. The first reaction by many was why? Why take a player of Colvin’s standard when there was plenty of higher ceiling prospects available. But what many don’t take into consideration is that Colvin was a late climber in the draft due to his high preformance in the NCAA tourney, there was even some thought that the White Sox would take him late in the first round if he was still available. Another aspect, that escaped many is that Tim Wilken has a great history of drafting players that are “underappreciated” in terms of mainstream scouting, especially in the first round.
It didn’t take much to convince Colvin to sign for lower than slot money at 1.475 million, as he was looking at a third of the salary bonus. By signing early, he nearly put in a complete season for the Boise Hawks.