College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2013 college baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be adding players day-by-day until we get to number one!
Number 33 on our Top 100 Countdown is Samford’s Phil Ervin. The 5’10 centerfielder from Leroy, Alabama was the MVP of the Cape Cod League over the summer of 2012.
As a freshman, Ervin appeared in 57 games, 55 of which he started. He posted a batting average of .371 on the season with 41 RBI and 15 doubles. His success earned him several honors including being a first-team All-SoCon selection as well as a Freshman All-American.
His success continued into his sophomore year as he started in all 64 games in centerfield. He batted .327 on the season along with 52 RBI, 18 doubles and 10 home runs. During the summer of 2012, Ervin played for the Harwich Mariners of the prestigious Cape Cod League. After a successful summer where he batted .331 with 29 runs and 31 RBI, Ervin was named MVP of the Cape League.
From a scouting perspective, Ervin is fantastic at the plate. He adjusts well and quickly and as is evident by his success in Cape Cod over the summer, he has fantastic power with a wood bat. Ervin is also solid on the base paths and extremely athletic. His red-hot summer put him on the radar of scouts and college baseball enthusiasts across the country, and the momentum he brings into the 2013 season makes him one of the top players in the country to watch for.