This is the September call for Big Hype Prospects. Steve Adams and Anthony Franco of MLBTR Initial promotions for each club have been highlighted. We’ll use that list to focus on the most interesting inclusions and snubs.
Five Big Hype Prospects
Gunnar Henderson, 21, SS/3B, BAL (MLB)
8 PA, 1 HR, 1 SB, .375/.375/.750
Henderson already provided a slew of highlights in two games in major league debut in the field, on a plateand on the base path. The legend will only grow. The Orioles are the second-most promoted this season, and Henderson’s arrival could help propel the club to a playoff berth. Of all the players the contenders have promoted, he has the most impactful potential.While most playoff clubs have relatively complete rosters, Baltimore often starts rough smell (406 PA, 0.1 fWAR). Also, third baseman Ramon Urias (2.0 fWAR) hasn’t had many at-bats since late July. Putting Henderson in the infield mix should prove to be a net positive in September, even if he experiences some growing pains along the way. He started a game against shortstop in Game 3.
Hunter Brown, 24, SP, Hou (MLB)
(AAA) 106 IP, 11.38 K/9, 3.82 BB/9, 2.55 ERA
According to severity Justin Verlander With a calf strain, Brown could start the season or three games.Initially, he will be employed in the bullpen Christian Javier Rejoin the rotation at Verlander’s place.
Brown has managed to build a decent 2021 campaign this season, with chronic command issues leading to lackluster results. Whatever his future role, these things should play. The right-handed player has excellent fastball speed and a pair of powerful breakers. The curve is especially suitable for his heater. A pitching scouting report would never be complete without commentary on the “still developing” changes.successful players like Spencer strides It is recommended that no change of any kind or even a third offering should be considered a requirement. If Brown ends up underperforming as a starter, it’s more because of his lack of command than his ability.
One odd little quibble: Brown is shooting 54.2 percent this season. This is roughly in line with past performance. Oddly, his fastball and curve tunnel combine to create the silhouette of a flyball. I’ll be watching closely to better understand how he uses his repertoire.
Oswald Peraza, 22, SS, NYY (MLB)
(AAA) 429 PA, 19 HR, 33 SB, .259/.329/.448
As expected, the Yankees opted to give Perazza his first taste of a major.Many Yankees fans are speaking out Anthony Volpe Go beyond Peraza directly from Double-A. Peraza is described as a fairly classic shortstop prospect. Defensively, he’s fluid and athletic. In an era full of oversized shortstops who post positive defensive metrics primarily due to their stance, Peraza should take his time to stand out as a good defender.
His batting is still in progress. The fantasy-oriented among you will surely notice the perfect combination of power and speed. However, there may be a deeper problem with his triple slash. His plate discipline and touch didn’t feel as effective as many had hoped. He is still young and can certainly continue to make progress in these areas. Early in his career, MLB pitchers were expected to capitalize on his willingness to expand the strike zone.
Spencer Steele, 24, 2B/3B, CIN (MLB)
(AA/AAA) 492 PA, 23 HR, 4 SB, .274/.364/.515
A player selected by the Reds from the Twins at the trade deadline, Steele is poised to spend the next five years or more in a day-to-day utility role in Cincinnati. He thinks he’s a perfect fit for the Great American Ballpark. While he may have hit too many ground balls since joining the Reds organization, he has historically favoured fly contact. His raw power is a little stingy for his pull-ball, fly-ball contact profile, but GABP is generally the gift that keeps on giving to fly-ball hitters. No matter how his hitting profile ends up changing, he has enough discipline and touch to stick around in the majors. He may never be an All-Star, but he looks like he should have a neat career.
Jonathan Aranda, 24, 1B/2B, TBR (MLB)
(AAA) 465 PA, 18 HR, 4 SB, .318/.394/.521
Arlanda isn’t really considered a top prospect due to scouts’ unacceptable physicality. However, he has an advanced shooting touch. From a raw power standpoint, he’s not better than the league average, maybe even negative, but he makes up for it with a sublime, contact-driven BABIP and a healthy HR/FB ratio. He’s not a traditional prospect because he’s a bit short for first base and not flexible enough for a utility role. However, the bat should play a role, and the Rays are definitely the right play to figure out how to squeeze him into the lineup without any downside.and Brandon Lowe Once again on the injured list, Aranda can bounce between second base and the designated hitter. He also has very little experience in left field.
Ken Valdicuk, Oak (24): Waldichuk made his debut on Thursday. His commanding woes were on full display, even though the Nationals hitter was clearly uncomfortable. Washington’s offense is best thought of as a Quad-A unit. We’ll see how Waldichuk plays against true major league-level opponents later this month.
Spencer Torkelsen, DET (23): Technically no longer a prospect due to his 298 appearances earlier in the season, but Torkelsen is still a developing player. If one is looking for the positives, Torkelsen has been particularly strong in 3A in 58 games since mid-August. Overall, he has a modest 100 wRC+ in 155 AAA plate appearances — hardly an inspiring output for a top-10 prospect. He rejoined the major league lineup tonight.
Josh Jung, TEX (24): Perhaps the most notable snub, Jung smashed AAA pitching in 83 games.Rangers are using protected language When talking about when they’ll step up their top prospects. I’m now inclined to believe that they intend to delay promoting him until next season. While it’s certainly reasonable for them to want the club to control Jung again, he’s not quite…young. It’s also plausible that the Rangers have reason to believe that staying in the Triple-A would be better for Jung’s health and development.
Esteury Ruiz, MIL (23): following Josh Hader At the time of the trade, many (myself included) thought Ruiz would immediately join the Brewers’ outfield mix.Then, when the major league clubs struggled in the NL mid lane and they kept ignoring him, it was clear they didn’t believe he could improve Tyrone Taylor, Jonathan Davis, Garrett Mitchell, and other problematic utilities. It’s possible that he spent most of his time as a flanking runner and defensive backup. Notably, Ruiz hasn’t hit a home run since June 15, though he continues to run with aplomb.
Triston Casas, BOS, (22): Another roster expansion snub, Casas has hit .300/.410/.515 since rejoining Triple-A on July 22. He had 11 doubles, one triple and five home runs in the same span. While he appears to be ready for the majors and has clearly upgraded the Red Sox’s current first baseman portfolio, the Red Sox don’t appear to have decided what to do with Casas. They could be fighting for an extra season of control of the club, or they could just be delaying the decision.