This week at Big Hype Prospects, we take a look at some precocious youth in the big minors.
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edgar i want19, C, LAA (A)
515 PA, 17 HR, 12 SB, .312/.435/.530
Recently selected as the Angels Minor League Player of the Year by Baseball America, Quero has risen up the Angels system and potentially ranks as their second-best farmhand. Logan O’Hoppe, For what it’s worth, Baseball America’s midseason update features Quero behind O’Hope, Zach NetoAnd cue bushBut it’s pretty clear to me that he’s at least jumped off the bush since then.
Quero made great strides this season, both on the offensive and on the defensive. He is now seen as likely not only to remain a catcher but to do so as a quality defender. As a hitter, he is a constant contact machine with advanced plate discipline for his age. He has a knack for finding gaps (35 doubles, two triples) and can develop into more home running power as he ages. For a 19-year-old with a non-elite (by scouting grade), hitting 17 dingers is a lovely platformer. His 8.4 percent swinging strike rate is better than most teens—even those who post a higher rate of end-contact. He has 12 steals in 17 tries, a sign that he can’t run much when he’s on the move.
One small detail that is often missed in surface-level analysis – Quero was hit 21 times off the pitch. Only in Major Leaguers wilson contreras (23) This season has more than 20 pitches. While Quero’s OBP captures this feature, his run rate does not. They are listed as having a 14.2 percent walk rate and 17.7 percent strike rate. He actually has 94 walks plus hit-by-pitches compared to 91 strikeouts. It is debatable whether this is a good feature for a minor league player as bean balls can lead to injury.
evan carter20, OF, Tex (AA)
(A+) 447 PA, 11 HR, 26 SB, .287/.388/.476
Carter, the odd second-round pick in the 2020 draft, was on track to jump into the top 100 lists last season before a season-ending stress fracture in his back ended his campaign. Although it may sound ominous, it is a simple injury to maintain through core exercises. He spent the bulk of 2022 at High-A, earning late-season promotion to Double-A to continue his season. Per Baseball America, He Now Ranks Up Josh Jung Rangers form the top form hand.
Carter is often praised for his swing decisions, but scouting reports often take the time to focus on his weaknesses as well. He has the size and physicality of a power hitter. His swing is known to be prone to ground ball contact, although his incredibly balanced batting ball profile at High-A did not show this. He is a capable center fielder that many evaluators follow Brandon Nimmo Due to the sensible look, a similar left-arm swing, and playing power that is expected to be less than his stature. That said, the Rangers are sometimes criticized for asking their prospects to power out. Once he’s in his 20s don’t sleep on 20 or more Homer likely. Their maximum exhaust velocity is already above the Major League average.
gordon gracefo22, SP, STL (AA)
(A+) 93.2 IP, 7.98K/9, 2.31Bb/9, 3.94 ERA
Gracefo made his 2022 debut at Hi-A. In eight starts (45.2 innings), he chewed the level with 0.99 ERA, 11.04 K/9, and 0.79 Bb/9. He has performed more commonly in Double-A. A 5.07 FIP shows that he is struggling with little more than his ERA foreshadowing. He’s done particularly well lately. In this month’s 16.2 innings, he has allowed batsmen no runs, five hits, two walks and two hits with 22 strikeouts. His latest debut came with five perfect innings before a hit was allowed in the sixth. Unlike most pitching prospects in his second pro season, he has a considerable workload of 139.1 innings. For perspective, only 56 big leaguers have thrown more frames. He is also ranked 10th in the minor leaguers.
He has a four-pitch repertoire of above-average offerings with average or better command. In short, it is zack gallen starter Kit. The fangraph report mentions the size of his fastball playing. Basically, it is contact-prone and will not necessarily limit the quality of said contact. This appears to be an organizational shortcoming with the Cardinals – whether by choice, by chance, or for some other reason.
Andrew Painter19, SP, PHI (AA)
24.1 IP, 11.84K/9, 0.74Bb/9, 1.11 ERA
Painter is a candidate to claim the position of top minor league pitcher once Grayson Rodriguez Matriculation pass. In the last episode of BHP, I compared Painter to spencer strider What could play as a two-pitch repertoire. Reports have emerged since then that he has gained confidence in a better change. I also fail to account for the difference in his height – Painter is seven inches tall which greatly affects the size of his fastball.
Although he hasn’t inspired as many swinging strikes during the strider’s climb, the punter has shown superior command and pitchability. After 17 major starts in A-Ball, given his early success in Double-A, he could be on track to make his debut in 2023. It’s rare for pitchers his age to reach the show in 20 seasons. In fact, the youngest pitcher in the Majors this season is 22, though luis patino He was 20 when he made his debut. He also set a season-high of 27 batsmen he faced on 3 September, which was higher than most of the biggest leaguers at the start.
leave amador19, SS, Col (A)
555 PA, 15 HR, 26 SB, .292/.415/.445
Similarly to Quero, Amador remained at Low-A all season, where he was able to focus on making minor improvements without overmatching. He is seen as a high-probability shortstop prospect, who recorded more walks than strikeouts, made a ton of contact, and isn’t an absolute zero in the power department. He hits a heavily drawn out, ground ball contact, but he has plenty of time to make adjustments. Excellent plate discipline is an important and underrated one when it comes to changing the batting ball profile of a young player. While some scouting reports suggest that he will transfer to second base down the line, my own interpretation is that this is not strictly necessary. Defensively, he may be a best fit as a first-class utility man who is able to suit a diamond throughout. not to say that he is the same Chris TaylorBut that role would be an excellent use of Amador’s talent.
jackson chaurioMill (18): Like Carter, Chaurio earned promotion to Double-A to continue his season. So far, he is just 1-for-11 with three walks and four strikes. He is just 18 and a half months junior to the next youngest hitter at the level (see next). If he can salvage a strong finish, he may be on pace to reach the Majors as a teenager.
Davison de los santosARI (19): Another promoter aiming to extend his season, de los Santos has scored 21 home runs this season, shining through the low- and high-A and posting some gaudy BABIPs. He helped disguise the swing-and-miss issues with his approach that Pedro Serrano sometimes exposes. Plate discipline remains an ongoing issue for the powerful teenager.
francis alvarezNYM (20): Alvarez returned to action a few days ago, recently with his body loose in his ankle. He started the home run on Tuesday. The Mets have taken no offense to their catchers and may be ready to take desperate measures as the Braves head to the NL East race.
so typeSTL (20):detailed about last week, so third consecutive no-scoring start. He even faced a career-high 16 batsmen. The Cardinals have continued to manage their innings carefully this season, including small starts with a full week between outings.
Chase SilsethLAA (22): Although he has made seven big league appearances in 28.2 innings (6.59 ERA), Silseth has yet to appear in Triple-A. The 22-year-old has excelled in Double-A with a 2.28 ERA, 11.93 K/9, 2.93 BB/9, and an attractive 17.8 percent swinging strike rate. He delivered a six-innings scoreless dismissal on Thursday with nine strikeouts for the Rocket City Trash Pandas.