These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Learn earlier installments here.
Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays
Stage & Affiliate: Triple-A Durham Age: 20 Org Rank: 1 (1st overall) FV: 80
Line: 4-for-5, 2B
Franco is now hitting .348/.404/.652 on the 12 months and he’s doing it as a 20-year-old at Triple-Some time enjoying flashy protection all around the infield (his bicep soreness, which brought about him to depart winter ball, appears advantageous). This can be a man who hasn’t had a lot as a dry spell as a participant, no multi-week droop that wanted to be busted in a superstitious, charitable, or ethically doubtful approach. He’s indomitable and up to now is assembly the unprecedented expectations put upon him.
The “when will Wander Franco debut?” questions have already begun, as have the chat/social media queries about Vidal Bruján. Willy Adames is struggling (although he’s proven indicators of life currently), however as I wrote on the Rays record, I feel Taylor Walls is a greater position substitute for Adames if Willy have been to tug a hammy or one thing. A part of Adames’ roster match is due to his glorious protection, which is one in every of Partitions’ carrying instruments. Franco is a cleaner match within the position Joey Wendle performs. Bruján isn’t a elegant defender anyplace and desires extra reps within the outfield. Who of these three prime 100 prospect debuts first and when seemingly relies upon extra on the form of state of affairs the Rays discover themselves in moderately than the prospects themselves.
Mauricio now has as many dwelling runs this 12 months as he did in all of 2019. He seemed noticeably greater and stronger at camp this spring, however to my eye it didn’t seem as if he had turn into any extra explosive. His early-season efficiency says in any other case. He has a success in each sport up to now however is putting out about 30% of the time. I nonetheless suppose Mauricio’s long-term plate self-discipline knowledge and (now that he’s actually crammed out) the danger that he slides down the defensive spectrum will make me need to hold him near the again of the 55 FV tier moderately than transfer him as much as the Bobby Witt Jr. space of the general record.
Sánchez is now hitting .500/.535/1.050 after every week and a half of minor league play. The Marlins ought to give him a possibility to platoon with Adam Duvall quickly. Starling Marte has begun to work his approach again from a rib fracture however most likely gained’t be all the best way again till early June. Sadly, it could be time to maneuver on from Lewis Brinson. Optioning him in favor of Sánchez leaves Magneuris Sierra and Jon Berti to man heart discipline till Marte returns. That feels underwhelming, however Brinson is giving the Marlins nothing offensively proper now. Sánchez, regardless of his approach-driven flaws, has massive time offensive expertise and is an efficient match with Duvall. He is also deployed situationally off the bench in spots the place the opposing pitcher can’t afford to pitch round him and let him get himself out. Monte Harrison is unquestionably a cleaner swap for Brinson since he can play a very good heart discipline and he’s a L/R accomplice for Sierra, but it surely’s robust to advertise anybody from Triple-A apart from the man actually hitting .500.
Sheets has lengthy been a hitter with rather more uncooked energy than sport energy. To this point this 12 months, he’s slugging .633 in opposition to a profession .418 mark. His batted ball profile (which you’ll see on his participant web page) is almost equivalent to the year-over-year distribution he’s exhibited all through his profession. I haven’t accomplished a visible analysis of the swing to see if it’s modified, however based mostly on the batted ball knowledge (which gained’t actually stabilize for an additional three weeks, for what it’s price), I’d guess that this can be a small pattern anomaly moderately than an actual change in output.
I noticed Godoy’s title within the field rating after I submitted the Mariners record for modifying. He’s price mentioning. Godoy spent the primary 9 years of his professional profession with St. Louis earlier than he turned a minor league free agent final offseason. He’s a lefty stick to good really feel for contact and a body constructed to resist the beating catchers take. I like him as upper-level depth and suppose he’d be a advantageous third catcher on a 40-man roster.