These are notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Learn earlier installments right here.
From video games on June 8
Luis Campusano, C, San Diego Padres
Stage & Affiliate: Triple-A El Paso Age: 22 Org Rank: 3 FV: 55
Line: 3-for-4, HR, 2B, BB
Recall that Campusano was thrust straight into the large leagues from Excessive-A in the course of the weird 2020 season, then discovered himself unexpectedly within the large leagues once more early this 12 months when Austin Nola was harm. Even Campusano’s struggles throughout his first few weeks settling into Triple-A (keep in mind, this can be a 22-year-old whose final full season was in A-ball) are, you recognize, simply a few weeks and he’s hitting .296/.387/.556 for the reason that calendar flipped over to June. I’m not inclined to maneuver off of him in any respect primarily based on a few weeks of poor surface-level efficiency, particularly when dry intervals of floor efficiency are widespread for catchers due to the bodily beating they take behind the plate. This is likely one of the extra proficient hitting catchers in all of professional baseball, a well-rounded offensive participant at a place that is likely to be the thinnest in all the large leagues. For those who’re a dynasty fantasy baseball participant who performs in a league with individuals who overreact to small samples or who battle to place efficiency in correct context, it’s best to pursue Campusano.
Daulton Jefferies, RHP, Oakland Athletics
Stage & Affiliate: Triple-A Las Vegas Age: 25 Org Rank: TBD FV: 45
Line: 6 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 2 R, 6 Ok
Jefferies spent extra time on the IL with biceps tendinitis this 12 months, however when wholesome he appears like an enormous league-ready No. 4/5 starter. He has but to stroll anyone this 12 months. Plus command of a strong four-pitch combine (he sits 92-94, his energy, upper-80s changeup is plus, and his cutter and curveball are about common) has enabled Jefferies to stroll simply 14 hitters in 122 profession professional innings, however in fact the truth that he solely has 122 affiliated innings since 2016 is fairly damning. Given the frequency of accidents throughout all of baseball this 12 months, it’s doubtless that Jefferies will issue into yet one more A’s postseason race sooner or later this 12 months and I anticipate him to carry out when known as upon. Right here is an outing from the spring in addition to excessive velocity footage of his pitch combine.
Bryson Stott, SS, Philadelphia Phillies
Stage & Affiliate: Double-A Studying Age: 23 Org Rank: 5 FV: 45
Line: 3-for-4, 2 HR, 2B
Stott hit his method to Double-A (he’s 23, so he needs to be performing in A-ball) and is more likely to proceed placing up large numbers as a result of Studying is a hitter’s haven, which has helped inflate the inventory of many a prospect for so long as I can keep in mind. One attention-grabbing statistical check-in right here. I wasn’t positive if Stott’s novice monitor document of strolling would carry over into professional ball. He walked at practically a 14% clip at UNLV however the instances I noticed him in particular person he’d broaden the zone fairly usually. It is a man with a low-ball swing, and Stott wasn’t shy about making an attempt to succeed in down and golf balls off his shoe tops in school, usually with success. As far as a professional he’s strolling practically 17% of the time, a sign that that is truly a ability he has and never simply one thing he was doing as a result of Mountain West pitching wasn’t excellent. From one viewpoint, this can be a lefty-hitting shortstop with energy; from one other, Stott’s swing, body, stiffness and throwing stroke all have atypical appears. The imply consequence right here is one thing like what Brad Miller has performed.
Drew Rom, LHP, Baltimore Orioles
Stage & Affiliate: Hello-A Aberdeen Age: 21 Org Rank: 29 FV: 40
Line: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 BB, 1 R, 7 Ok
Rom is a participant archetype that’s in vogue. He has good breaking ball really feel, command, and his fastball’s non-velocity traits will act like pressure multipliers if he ever develops extra arm energy. Although Rom continues to carry out at a excessive degree — he has 31 strikeouts and three walks in 27.2 IP thus far this 12 months — his fastball velocity remains to be hanging across the 88-92 vary proper now. Wherever Doug Nikhazy goes in subsequent month’s draft is a good barometer for the place Rom would slot among the many school prospects on this, his age-21 season.
Jorbit Vivas, 2B, Los Angeles Dodgers
Stage & Affiliate: Low-A Rancho Age: 20 Org Rank: 23 FV: 40
Line: 6-for-6, HR, SB
Vivas already has extra residence runs this 12 months (5) than he did in his earlier three professional years (two seasons) mixed. The previous Cal League hitting setting has doubtless contributed to this early-season surge however Vivas, who’s of the compact center infield phylum that I like a lot, has certainly gotten slightly thicker and stronger than he was in 2019. His strategy is kind of aggressive and I believe this may create some statistical turbulence down the highway, and Vivas is a 2B/3B defender solely, not somebody who can play shortstop. He’s wanting like one other versatile Dodgers platoon cog.
From video games on June 9
David Hamilton, SS, Milwaukee Brewers
Stage & Affiliate: Hello-A Wisconsin Age: 23 Org Rank: TBD FV: 40+
Line: 2-for-7, HR
Hamilton tore his Achilles tendon and missed not solely his junior 12 months at Texas, however his whole post-draft summer season as effectively. His first professional at-bats got here throughout 2020 large league spring coaching, and he regarded fairly good for a man who hadn’t performed minor league baseball but. He additionally regarded stronger popping out of rehab and performed effectively in my appears throughout 2020 instructs, in opposition to principally youthful competitors. His first affiliated at-bats got here this 12 months, as a 23-year-old at Excessive-A, and whereas Hamilton’s efficiency calls for scrutiny as a result of he’s previous for the extent, he’s off to an incredible begin. In 28 video games he has stolen 21 bases and been caught simply as soon as. He hit a homer in his third consecutive sport final evening, and is among the many certified minor league leaders in SwingingStrike%
at a paltry 6.5%. He’s asserting himself among the many a number of inner candidates to switch Willy Adames a couple of years from now.
J.T. Ginn, RHP, New York Mets
Stage & Affiliate: Low-A St. Lucie Age: 22 Org Rank: 7 FV: 45
Line: 4 IP, 4 H, 1 BB, 1 R, 2 Ok
Only a check-in on Ginn, a former high-profile novice whose draft 12 months was washed out by Tommy John. He made his second professional begin final evening and sat 91-92, topped out at 93, and dipped into the upper-80s on the finish of his outing. That’s slightly bit beneath peak Ginn, who was extra 90-94 over the course of a extra strong outing, often topping out round 96. It’s one thing to watch contemplating velo is usually the very first thing that comes again post-Tommy John.
Joey Estes, RHP, Atlanta Braves
Stage & Affiliate: Low-A Augusta Age: 19 Org Rank: NR FV: 35+
Line: 5.2 IP, 3 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 11 Ok
I panned the Braves 2019 draft class, which I believed included a number of reaches for faculty gamers (Beau Philip, principally) with out sufficient over-slot payoff later within the draft. Properly, since that point, a number of of these late-round excessive schoolers have emerged (many are on the Braves record already, even with no actual 2020) and the most recent of them is Estes, a teenage righty who has a 39-to-6 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 26 innings thus far this 12 months. Estes sits about 94 and touches 96, which is up from the 91-94 vary I’ve on document from his temporary 2019. He additionally generates big vertical motion on his fastball, which has flat angle on the letters. Estes’ supply has a reliever look to it however he’s not strolling anybody proper now, and whereas neither of them has nasty uncooked motion, his slider and changeup really feel are fairly respectable for a youngster, and he’s particularly good at sustaining his fastball arm velocity on the changeup. We have now some adjustments coming to the High 100 on Monday which are at the moment gumming up my capability to make only one change to the Braves record by including Estes, however he belongs within the 35+ FV tier proper now and could possibly be an affect reliever if even certainly one of his secondary pitches develops.