These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Learn earlier installments here.
Video games from 5/18
Terrin Vavra, MIF/CF, Baltimore Orioles
Degree & Affiliate: Double-A Bowie Age: 24 Org Rank: 9 FV: 45
Line: 3-for-3, 2 BB, HR
This makes 5 consecutive multi-hit video games for Vavra. Cursory video evaluation exhibits no change in his swing or physicality; he’s simply on an epic early-season heater and may most likely be at Triple-A. The actual growth right here is his defensive motion: After enjoying each center infield spots with Colorado, he’s now additionally getting reps in heart area with Baltimore. Those that miss and respect all-fields contact will love Vavra, who could be very adept at hitting exterior pitches to the other area. He tasks as an excellent multi-positional function participant.
Noelvi Marte, SS, Seattle Mariners
Degree & Affiliate: Low-A Modesto Age: 19 Org Rank: 5 FV: 50 (70 general)
Line: 3-for-3, 3 BB, HR
This makes 5 consecutive multi-hit video games for Marte, as nicely. I randomly spoke with two scouts (and Kiley) who noticed Marte throughout the final week, and all thought the ability shows he placed on in BP have been unimaginable. It’s a lot simpler to see and really feel when sure gamers have a special, particular stage of physicality while you’re capable of get very close to them on the backfields, and Marte completely has that type of presence already, although he’s solely 19.
Ryan Noda, 1B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Degree & Affiliate: Double-A Tulsa Age: 25 Org Rank: NR FV: 35
Line: 2-for-4, 2 HR, BB
Acquired from Toronto to finish the Ross Stripling deal, Noda is a superlative statistical performer. Here is the minor league wOBA leaderboard of hitters with at the least 350 PA since 2017. My getting older grandparents know most of the names on that listing, and Noda is amongst them. Each his surface-level stats and the 2019 TrackMan information I sourced by way of staff personnel point out that his bat-to-ball expertise are a little bit mild for a nook bat, and it’s maybe damning that he was not solely handed over within the Rule 5 draft but in addition that the Dodgers assigned him to Double-A although he’s 25. Los Angeles modified Noda’s swing: He has opened up his stance and now has a little bit of a leg kick when there wasn’t one earlier than. He’ll be Rule 5 eligible once more this offseason and stays a notable comply with because of his efficiency monitor document and the brand new swing.
Owen Miller, SS, Cleveland Baseball Membership
Degree & Affiliate: Triple-A Columbus Age: 24 Org Rank: 14 FV: 45
Line: 2-for-4, 2B, BB
Cleveland is caught in a troublesome spot relating to Miller. The large league membership has gotten little offensive manufacturing from shortstop and first base, however gamers on the 40-man who entered the season as candidates to contribute at these spots (Bobby Bradley, Nolan Jones) aren’t hitting both. Miller, who isn’t actually a clear match at shortstop and who has barely performed first base, is raking at Triple-A, however he’s not at the moment on the 40-man and doesn’t should be added till this offseason, and Cleveland is a really control-conscious membership. In the meantime, fellow former Padre Gabriel Arias can also be hitting nicely early on, performs a slick shortstop, and is already on the 40-man. The 21-year-old Arias’ historical past of strategy points make him extra of a danger than Miller to return up and frustrate in the identical means Amed Rosario and Andrés Giménez have, whereas Miller’s finest talent is his really feel for contact; he seems like an ultra-safe function participant. (Try the Cleveland listing to learn these guys’ full reviews; these are my ideas on the scenario greater than the participant.)
Drew Waters, CF, Atlanta Braves
Degree & Affiliate: Triple-A Gwinnett Age: 22 Org Rank: 3 (47 overall) FV: 55
Line: 3-for-5, 2 HR
Of the 715 minor leaguers who’ve had at the least 30 plate appearances up to now this yr, Waters ranks is within the backside 10% when it comes to pitches per plate appearances (as do a number of different notable prospect names). I’ve had approach-driven considerations about Waters for some time, however he has finished nothing however carry out as a young-for-the-level hitter throughout his complete professional profession. The efficiency of gritty veteran Guillermo Heredia has helped the Braves cope with time missed by Ender Inciarte (strained hamstring in April, now on the paternity listing) and Cristian Pache (strained hamstring). An Inciarte/Heredia L/R combo feels viable within the short-term with Waters a possible lightning-in-a-bottle candidate if Pache is out for some time and the veterans decelerate.
Video games from 5/19
Brent Killam, RHP, Los Angeles Angels
Degree & Affiliate: Low-A Inland Empire Age: 23 Org Rank: TBD FV: TBD
Line: 4.1 IP, 4 H, 2 BB, 3 R, 11 Okay
Killam is certainly one of a number of older pitchers who shoved in A-ball final evening (Spencer Strider, Jason Bilous, Ryan Feltner, and so forth.), however he’s the one one about whom I’ve by no means written. The 2019 Eleventh-rounder sat 88–91 mph in faculty at Georgetown and didn’t pitch in the course of the summer time after he was drafted. He’s now 90–93 with some deception and a fading changeup that at occasions has lower/slider motion, in addition to a below-average curveball at current. Killam’s smaller body and his mechanics have a aid look, however I’d actually prefer to see extra velo from a aid prospect. Perhaps as a result of he’s a small faculty man who has barely pitched in professional ball, there’s extra ceiling on the breaking ball by way of reps and professional dev. Nonetheless, on condition that he’s off to a powerful begin, he’s more likely to be within the “honorable mentions” of the upcoming Angels listing.
Gunnar Henderson, 3B/SS, Baltimore Orioles
Degree & Affiliate: Low-A Delmarva Age: 19 Org Rank: 6 FV: 45+
Line: 2-for-3, HR, 2 BB
This was one of many few names each Kevin Goldstein and I put forth as certainly one of our pre-season Picks to Click on. Henderson is off the a scorching statistical begin, and I had a Particular Assistant provide his title completely unprompted as an early-season prospect whose reviews are coming in actually sturdy. He’s a lefty keep on with successful/energy combo we predict we play on a regular basis at third.
Miles Mastrobuoni, UTIL, Tampa Bay Rays
Degree & Affiliate: Double-A Montgomery Age: 25 Org Rank: NR FV: 35
Line: 4-for-6, HR
Did I miss one thing right here? I believe it’s extra doubtless that I miss prospects within the deeper programs, particularly older guys like Mastrobouni who aren’t toolsy and simply slowly develop a protracted monitor document of offensive competence and defensive versatility; Mike Brosseau (who by no means appeared on a Rays prospect listing) is a good instance of this. So right here now we have Mastrobuoni, whose numbers ought to certainly be discounted as a result of he’s a 25-year-old at Double-A, however the purpose he’s at Double-A is as a result of the Rays are so flush with guys who can play shortstop and elsewhere. He’s a .284/.365/.372 profession hitter — not the sort of energy typical of an on a regular basis participant, however actually the contact and OBP items when mixed with a Ryan Freel-like defensive versatility give an excellent large league utility vibe. A part of Mastrobuoni’s drawback is that, whereas he performs in every single place, he’s not an excellent defensive participant. He strikes me as the kind who will get a chance to play a utility function for a rebuilding membership.