Joey Loperfido

CLASS OF 2017

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2B

Joey
Loperfido

Duke
Haddonfield Memorial (HS) • NJ
6-4 • 195LBS • L/R

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7/01/21

2021 MLB DraftLoperfido has stood out for his sweet left-handed stroke and his middle-away approach since his first season at Duke in 2018, when he hit .315/.408/.475 with six homers to capture freshman All-America honors as a first baseman. He moved to second base as a sophomore, when he missed a good chunk of the season with a broken wrist, then helped spark a Duke rally to super regionals when he returned to action. Last season he shifted to center field and was projected as a top-10-rounds draft pick with a shot to go inside the top five, but he got off to a modest start (.264/.418/.358) before the season was canceled by the pandemic, causing him to go undrafted. The left-handed hitting outfielder rebounded this spring and put together his finest season as a fourth-year junior with a loud .374/.473/.612 slash as the catalyst atop the order. His plus speed is a weapon on the basepaths and in center field, and he’s really taken advantage of the opportunity to develop for another year in college by fine-tuning his offensive game. He made tremendous strides at hitting left-handed pitching. With an average arm, he profiles best in left field, but also has experience at the keystone during his college career.

2/29/20

2/29/20: Former second baseman turned center fielder for the Blue Devils, Loperfido led off and was selected to the all-tournament team with a 5-for-12 showing at the plate. He also stole one base in two attempts. He recognizes pitches well and lays off the borderline offerings. He has a long approach to the ball and doesn’t firm up his front side which reduces from his leverage and bat speed. He’s an above-average to better runner underway with base stealing ability, but it is not impact, middle-of-the-diamond type speed. Combine that with below-average power production and fringe arm strength, Loperfido profiles as a tweener, utility type, which puts him in similar draft territory and likely just behind his teammate Rothenberg. (Seifert)

8/19/19:�Athletic and long bodied at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Loperfido missed 23 games with a hairline fracture in his wrist as a sophomore, then returned to put up modest numbers (.261/.361/.389) last spring after a tremendous freshman season (.315/.408/.475) for the Blue Devils. This summer he saw time both on the dirt and in the outfield for the Kettlers. He’s an above-average runner underway. Has some length to his swing with average bat speed from the left side. Showed above-average raw power during BP with his best game power to the oppo gap where he repeatedly drove the ball on my looks. With solid hands, but fringe average arm strength and a longer DP exchange/pivot, he best profiles long term as a utility type who will mainly be used in the outfield. With a junior season more like his freshman year than his sophomore, expect Loperfido to be considered during mid-Day Two this June. (Seifert)

Jupiter 2016
Tall, open setup, athleticism in hands but stiffness in legs, length in swing. … With that said, he runs around pretty well. He led off game with a single, also barreled a ball to LF, walked and 4-3

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