Big hype prospects: Henderson, Brown, Peraza, Steer, Aranda

This is the September convocation edition of Big Hype Prospects. MLBTR’s Steve Adams and Anthony Franco We’ve already highlighted the first promotions for each club. Use that list to focus on the most interesting inclusions and snubs.

5 Big Hype Prospects

Gunnar Henderson, 21, SS/3B, BAL (MLB)
8PA, 1HR, 1SB, .375/.375/.750

Two games away from making his major league debut, Henderson has already provided plenty of highlights on site, with a plateWhen on the base pathThe legend just keeps growing. The arrival of Henderson, his second overall prospect to be promoted by the Orioles this season, could help propel the club to a postseason berth. Of all the players promoted by the nominees, he has the potential to be the most influential.While most playoff bound clubs have relatively complete rosters, Baltimore regularly gritty smell (406 PA, 0.1 fWAR). Additionally, third baseman Ramon Yurias (2.0 fWAR) hasn’t hit much since late July. Incorporating Henderson into the infield mix should be a net plus in September, even if there are some growing pains along the way. He started his one game at third and shortstop.

Hunter Brown, 24, SP, HOU (MLB)
(AAA) 106IP, 11.38K/9, 3.82BB/9, 2.55ERA

Depending on severity Justin Verlander’s A calf strain, Brown could draw a start or three in the stretch this season.Initially he will be recruited outside the bullpen Christian Javier Rejoin the rotation at Verlander’s location.

This season, Brown had a successful 2021 campaign, but longstanding command issues held back results. Regardless of his future role, the staff should fulfill.The right-hander has excellent fastball speed and a pair of powerful breaking balls. The curve fits especially well with his heater. Pitcher Scout His report is never complete without comments on the “still developing” changeup.Success of players like spencer strider It suggests that a changeup or even a third offering of any kind should not be considered a requirement. If Brown ultimately struggled as a starter, it was due more to his lack of command than his repertoire.

One of the odd little wrinkles: Brown posted a ground ball percentage of 54.2% this season. This is largely consistent with past performance. What’s strange is the way his fastball and curve tunnel come together to help his flyball profile.

Oswaldo Peraza, 22, SS, NYY (MLB)
(AAA) 429PA, 19HR, 33SB, .259/.329/.448

As expected, the Yankees chose to give Peraza his first experience in the majors.Many Yankees fans were enthusiastic Anthony Volpe Jump straight over Peraza from Double-A. Peraza is profiled as a fairly classic shortstop candidate. On defense, he is smooth and athletic. In an era filled with oversized shortstops who exhibit positive defensive metrics, largely due to their positioning, Peraza should comfortably stand out as a quality defensive player.

His blow is still in progress. If you’re fantasy-oriented, you’ll find a great combination of power and speed. But his triple his slashline could be lurking a more serious problem. His plate discipline and sense of touch have not been as effective as many hoped. He is still quite young and can certainly continue to make profits in these areas. Expect major league pitchers to fall prey to his willingness to expand his strike zone early on.

Spencer Steer, 24, 2B/3B, CIN (MLB)
(AA/AAA) 492PA, 23HR, 4SB, .274/.364/.515

A gamer acquired by the Reds from the Twins at the trade deadline, Steer is poised to take on an everyday role in Cincinnati for the next five-plus years. He rates the Great His American as a very good fit for his ballpark. He may have hit too many ground balls since joining the Reds, but he’s historically leaned toward fly ball contact. Although fringe, GABP is often the gift that keeps giving fly ball hitters. you can stay. He may never be an All-Star, but he looks like someone who should carve out a decent career.

Jonathan Aranda, 24, 1B/2B, TBR (MLB)
(AAA) 465PA, 18HR, 4SB, .318/.394/.521

Aranda isn’t really considered a top prospect due to physical attributes that scouts have a hard time accepting. In terms of power, he’s no better than league average, and may be negative in some cases, but he makes up for it with his lofty contact-driven BABIP and healthy HR/FB ratio. I’m here. He’s a bit undersized for a first baseman and not fast enough for a utility role, so he’s not a traditional prospect.However, the bat needs to play and the Rays are absolutely the right organization to figure out how to push him into the lineup without negative consequences. Brandon Law Once again on the injured reserve, Aranda could bounce between second baseman and designated hitter. He also has little experience in left field.

Five More

Ken Waldichuk, OAK (24): Waldichuk made his debut on Thursday. Even when the Nationals hitter was clearly obnoxious, his command anguish was on full display. Washington’s attack is best viewed as a Quad-A unit. We’ll see how Waldichuk faces off against his league-class opponents in true majors later this month.

Spencer Torkelson, DET (23): Technically no longer promising, having reached 298 plate appearances early in the season, Torkelson is still a player in development. If you’re looking for good points, Torkelson has hit particularly well in Triple-A in 58 at-bats since mid-August.Overall, he posted a modest 100 wRC+ in his 155 Triple-A at-bats. Did. This was not an exciting result for the former top 10 prospects. He rejoined the big league lineup tonight.

Josh Jung, Tex (24): Perhaps the most notable snub, Jung slammed Triple-A pitching in 83 at-bats.used by rangers protected language when they are talking about when to promote their frontrunners. I’m now inclined to believe they intend to hold off his promotion until next season. I am not young. It’s equally plausible that the Rangers rightly believe staying in Triple-A is better for Jung’s health and development.

Esterly Lewis, Mill (23): Followed by Josh Hader Many (myself included) thought Lewis would join the Brewers’ outfield mix soon. Then it’s clear he doesn’t believe he can improve the team’s work when they consistently pass him despite clubs in his league struggling in his NL Central. became. Tyrone Taylor, Jonathan Davis, Garrett Mitchell, and others of questionable usefulness. He has the potential to serve primarily as a pinch runner and defensive replacement, especially with Lewis, who hasn’t homered since June 15, but he continues to run confidently.

Triston Casas, BOS, (22): Another roster expansion snub, Casas has batted .300/.410/.515 since returning to Triple-A on July 22. He’s big league ready and looks like a definite upgrade to the Red Sox’s current first base mix, but the Red Sox seem undecided on how to handle Casas. They may be competing to extend their control of the club, or they may simply be delaying the decision.


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