Vollmuth is one of the most talented college shortstops available in 2011, primarily because of his bat.
In fact, his fielding has been so horrible (24 errors last season) that a switch to third-base for the 6’4″ Golden Eagle is almost inevitable.
At the plate, Vollmuth might not have a rival in this class at short. After struggling at the start as a freshman, Vollmuth put things together late, earning MVP honors in the Atlanta regional, and earning a nod on the Cape Cod League All-Star team after the college season ended.
This past season, there was little that Vollmuth did wrong. He hit .386 with 20 homers and 76 RBI. He posted a good walk-to-strikeout ratio and showed excellent hitting ability at the plate.
This year, his average has dipped to .305, but he’s performed very well with the new bats, swatting 12 home runs and pacing the Golden Eagles with 47 RBI.
Given that he’s 6’4″, he should have no problem hitting for at least average power, with most scouts predicting an above-average tool in that department.
Vollmuth would definitely have more helium as a shortstop, but as a third baseman, he still profiles as a top three round talent.
His bat is that good.