|Report Date:||February 21st, 2018|
The son of Jeff Conine, Griffin is polished and plays with the quiet confidence one would expect from a player with big league bloodlines. In his breakout 2017 season, Conine slashed .298/.425/.546 with 13 homeruns in the spring before carrying that momentum into the Cape Cod League where he led the circuit in homeruns (9). Now a junior, Conine enters the season as a top follow for the MLB Draft, with potential to be the top collegiate bat off the board. In the season opening series at Vanderbilt, Conine did nothing to dissuade his supporters, collecting four hits, including a double, a homerun and three walks, while knocking in three.
At 6’1” and 200 pounds, Conine has an athletic and well-proportioned frame. Starting from a crouched and open stance, Conine gets closed in plenty of time to maintain adequate plate coverage and spray line drives to any field. He remains balanced throughout his left-handed swing, combining plus bat speed with natural loft to drive the ball over the fence in batting practice and games alike. He projects as an above average hitter, with feel for the strike zone and ability to control the barrel. An average runner with an above average arm, Conine profiles well in a corner-outfield position as a professional.