Tyler Gaffney is returning to Stanford to play football.
According to the official Stanford football website, Pittsburgh Pirates outfield prospect Tyler Gaffney will be returning to Stanford to play football during his senior year and to complete his degree. Gaffney was drafted as a junior in the 24th round of the 2012 draft by the Pirates, and spent the 2012 season in State College. The outfielder hit for a .297/.483/.441 line in 111 at-bats, while drawing praise from his coaches for his all-out play on the field.
In the 2013 Prospect Guide, we had Gaffney as the number 43 prospect in the system. His upside looked to be a strong fourth outfielder, with the chance to be an unconventional starter if he could maintain strong on-base skills and gap power in the upper levels. He looked like he could be the 2013 version of Adalberto Santos -- a late round pick who had strong numbers in State College, then went on to put up the same numbers in the upper levels.
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