Prospect Notes: Alvarez, Jung, Casas, Rodriguez

someone is worried metropolis best prospects Francisco Alvarez Surgery may be required on his ailing right ankle, but the team has received relatively good news on this front, tweets Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. While Alvarez does have a loose body in his ankle, he won’t be undergoing surgery, but will be given injections to relieve some of the discomfort he’s been experiencing. Hopefully, Alvarez can resume baseball as early as next week.

Alvarez, 20, ranks among the top 10 prospects in baseball on most publications and is currently the game’s No. 1 prospect on FanGraphs and MLB.com. Despite being one of the youngest players in the league, he was stellar in double-A pitching earlier this season, hitting 18 home runs and 16 doubles in 296 games with a .277/.368/ 0.553. However, Alvarez had some turnovers in Triple-A, slashing just .180/.340/.378 in his first 141 games. His strikeout rate rose from 24 percent with double-A to 28.4 percent with triple-A. Alvarez has not played since August 23.

More notes on some of the game’s top prospects…

  • Rangers Fans (understandably) clamor for third baseman Josh Jung Makes major league debut and serves as general manager Chris Young Interim manager Tony Beasley discussed the team’s decision to hold off on his promotion with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News.Texas is also considering infield prospects Ezekiel Duran, who now hits third base in the majors, will be replaced by Jung’s promotion. “We have a chance to [Duran] We just want to take advantage of it until it’s not there,” Beasley said. In the bigger picture, Jung is still in Triple-A after missing the first four months of the season with shoulder surgery. Only 83 appearances. Grant points out that Jung hasn’t played a full week of hitting three every day — he’s already played eight games in DH — and the Rangers want to see him as much as possible in the major leagues. In the hot corner. When Jung initially had surgery, the expectation was that he would miss most of the season and maybe be able to do a few weeks of DH later in the year. He beat the timeline and DH-only projections, And he beat the 3A pitching with .299/.349/.610 batting lines. It still looks like Jung will make his debut in the near future, but Young emphasized that the organization is focused on his long-term prospects rather than getting him as soon as possible The bat entered the major league lineup.
  • Although thumping Triston Casas not in it red sox‘ First call-up in September, manager Alex Cora Speaking on WEEI’s Merloni, Fauria and Mego this week, the team has discussed giving Casas his first major league experience sometime this month.twitter link via Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald). Casas, 22, missed two months with a serious ankle sprain, but has been outstanding since returning to Worcester’s Triple-A lineup, with five home runs, 11 doubles and 1 in 156 games. 3-pointers hit .300/.410/.515. The 6-foot-4, 252-pound first baseman is considered one of the best hitters in the minors, ranked among all MLB prospects by The Athletic, MLB.com, Baseball America and FanGraphs 31st or higher. Regardless, the Red Sox will have to add Casas to the 40-man roster this winter to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, so there’s good reason to know him ahead of time.
  • right handed Grayson Rodriguez Debut Orioles Joined the league in three months last night, recovering from a Grade 2 lat strain that at one point threatened him for the rest of the season. Rodriguez threw just 31 pitches in 1 1/3 innings for A-level Aberdeen, exiting after going back-to-back in the second. He told reporters after the game that in his first appearance since June 1, he just hit the pitching count that the organization had scheduled (link via MASNsports.com’s Steve Melewski). Considered by many to be the game’s top pitching prospect, Rodriguez overwhelmed the triple-A lineup before his injury, pitching to a 2.09 ERA with 37.4% strikeouts and 6.5% walk rate in 56 innings Rate. He’s not currently on the 40-man roster, but he’ll need to join in the offseason or be subject to Rule 5, so it’s at least possible that the O’s will call for him to make his major league debut late in the regular season, if his rehab goes well.

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