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Five big hype prospects
Zach Thompson24, SP, STL (AAA)
44.1 IP, 11.37 K/9, 3.05 BB/9, 4.67 ERA
Cardinals recently announced Thompson will join the Major League roster, presumably starting one of the matches this weekend. Read tea leaves, this one may be appearing in the big leagues. He should ultimately be a fairly regular member of the rotation at times during this season. Like fellow cardinals left pitching probability Matthew LiberatorThompson’s singles pitches draw strong grades of scouting. However, the ammunition as a whole may leave something to be desired, especially since the fast ball and curve are not spent effectively. In other words, it looks different from his hand. This could partly explain its rise in the Triple-A era despite its strong strike rates and walks.
Liberatore, a 22-year-old former Rays farm worker, attacked for a 5.54 ERA in three starts and produced only 6.1 percent of swing hits. Scouts from multiple outlets note the similarities between these left-handed novices. We’ll see if Thompson can make a stronger claim for Major League readiness.
Julio Rodriguez21, OF, SEA (MLB)
205 PA, 6 hours, 15 SB, .272/.322/.424
During the first two weeks of the season, Rodriguez hit a miserable 0.154/.233/.179 with a strike rate of 41.9 percent. He has suffered in part from the poor strike calls. Since then, the early prospect has been hitting .303/.346/.487 with all six of his home runs and 11 steals. His strike rate has dropped during that period to 25.9 percent and is slowly improving as the season progresses. He has quickly established himself as one of the most dynamic players in the league.
The obvious next step in his development is the improvement of discipline. Rodriguez had a good number of walks with minors last season, although that may be the result of competitors working around him. So far, it has been shown to be particularly susceptible to out-of-zone swings. His early experience with the awful strike calls may have taken a psychological toll. If he can improve even to an average league swing rate outside the region, the stardom will be his.
Nick Prato23, 1B, CANK (AAA)
186 PA, 10 HR, 4 SB, .221/.349/.461
Prior to this season, Prato was seen as ahead of his teammate Vinnie Pasquantino. Now, it is not so clear. Both players are the first base players to have enough hits to make their presence felt outside the hitter slot as well. The problem is that members of the royal family have entered 2022 with a crisis of blows and they are resisting the setting aside of veterans. especially, Carlos Santana He’s been underperforming since the start of 2020, hitting hits only .203/ .322/ .311 in 1,061 board appearances. Their loyalty in the face of dissenting evidence is a factor in their 16-33 score.
As Pasquantino spends seasoning season, Prato’s racket has come back to life in the past two weeks. Over his last 59 games on the board, he’s been hitting 0.217/.390/.565 in five home runs. It presents a glimpse of the slug in a mold Kyle Schwarbera person whose patience and inclination to touch volleyball will be a strength (walking, home jogging) and weakness (hitting, low hitting rate).
Yuri Perez19, SP, MIA (AA)
38 IP, 13.26 K/9, 2.13 BB/9, 3.79 ERA
Unless I’m mistaken, Perez is the youngest member of Double-A, and he’s totally thriving. Looming 6′ 8″ on the bump, Perez has an uncanny command for a player of his size and generates swinging hits with ease. To that end, it scored an 18.8% swing rate against the Double-A competition. He has the classic mid-’90s fastball, curveball and changeover repertoire. Its construction is still young. Given his height, Perez will likely add 30 pounds or more over the next two years.
Marlins has carefully managed his workload, putting him between 18 and 21 players on the most hits. In all likelihood, we won’t see Perez in the Majors this season. However, it may find its way to the doorstep in time to make its debut in early 2023.
Brian Bello23, SP, BOS (AAA)
17 IP, 13.76 K/9, 4.24 BB/9, 3.18 ERA
The Red Sox have a number of interesting bowler shooting opportunities under the Bellow title. While the big league rotation is strong, they desperately need reinforcements in the bull game. Bello started 2022 in Double-A scoring a 1.60 ERA with 11.23 K/9 and 3.21 BB/9 in 33.2 innings. He has barely missed a beat since joining the Triple-A rotation. A slight increase in the rate of walking is the only sign that was challenged. Bello features a three-tiered set of above-average performances. His Fastball is set in the ’90s and can be played comfortably. It also throws a narrow slider and a change in data wipe.
Bello is preparing to immediately boost the Red Sox throwing team, either by joining the bulls live or freeing them Garrett Whitlock To resume the role of the late turn.
Grayson Rodriguez (22): Rodriguez had a 20-hit in what many (including me) believe was his last minor league start when a long fatigue ended his exit with a few early strikes. These injuries can be complex and difficult to rehabilitate. It will likely be closed for at least several weeks before a throwing program is considered.
Ethan Small (25): Small received his first cup of coffee last Monday. He’s a Southern ball guy whose speedball and changeover blend together beautifully even if he lacks the great speed associated with this era. The third pitch, the slider, lags behind the others. with Freddy Peralta And the Brandon Woodruff If sidelined, brewers may need the small size again soon.
Bradley’s crown (21): Bradley built on the start of his 2021 season with a replica at Double-A. He posted a 2.20 ERA with 11.20 k/9 and 2.20 bb/9 in 41 innings. Upgrade to Triple-A should be imminent, at which point he will become one of the youngest players on the tier.
Gunnar Henderson (20): Speaking of young Double-A players on the cusp of getting to Triple-A, Henderson has drawn a streak from another world .433/.500/.767 during his last 30 games. Overall, he has more runs than hits with eight home runs and 12 steals in 200 board appearances. Overdue promotion.
Jordan Westberg (23): Although his overall performance wasn’t as certain as that of Henderson, Westburg has been quite hot since May 25. He hits .406/ .486/ .594 during his last 37 games. While Henderson appears to be in the middle of a breakout period, Westburg is showing modest skill growth.