Big Hype Prospects: Florial, Tiedemann, Amaya, Tovar, Vargas

For this week’s put up, let us take a look at some prospects who may be affected by latest rumors….

Five BHPs In The News

Estevan Florial, 25, OF, NYY (MLB)
(AAA) 461 PA, 15 HR, 39 SB, .283/.368/.481

Although Florial has spent elements of three seasons within the Majors, he has solely 63 plate appearances to his title. The left-handed hitter has but to seek out success in New York, batting a mixed .185/.302/.278. Now out of minor league choices, Florial is poised to take part in a great old school Spring Training battle for outfield taking part in time. Barring a commerce, the Yankees are working out of free-agent challengers for in-house choices like Florial, Aaron Hicks, Oswaldo Cabrera, and Isiah Kiner-Falefa for left discipline. They additionally added Willie Calhoun and Rafael Ortega as non-roster depth.

It’s simple to identify Florial’s greatest weak spot; irrespective of the standard of competitors, he constantly posts a excessive swinging strike price. Florial can be a disciplined hitter, which suggests he takes his justifiable share of wanting strikes. These traits contribute to an over 30 p.c strikeout price. Successful hitters of this kind (ie Kyle Schwarber) have a wonderful quality-of-contact profile, however since Florial has not but demonstrated a capability to make such contact, his future as a Major League common depends on abilities progress. Should his strikeout charges and/or high quality of contact enhance, he has simple double-plus velocity and sufficient uncooked energy to turn out to be an entertaining common. Even if Florial stays a task participant, his velocity dovetails properly with the brand new baserunning-related guidelines. Even if taking part in time may be arduous to come back by within the crowded New York outfield, Florial might function a helpful pinch-runner and defensive substitute.

Ricky Tiedemann, 20, SP, TOR (AA)
(A/A+/AA) 78.2 IP, 13.4 Ok/9, 3.3 BB/9, 2.17 ERA

A 2021 third-round draftee, Tiedemann is on the shortlist with the likes of Andrew Painter and Eury Perez for greatest pitching prospect aged 20 and below. We’ve lined him just a few occasions throughout the confines of this column. The Blue Jays seem headed in direction of a Spring Training battle for the fifth starter position, and Tiedemann is a sexy (albeit longshot) possibility for the job. The southpaw has three plus pitches, though stories recommend he might do with extra time within the minors to raised learn to command his choices. An Opening Day roster spot appears implausible, however we might see Tiedemann in Toronto by midseason. One caveat is his workload, as he averaged simply over 4 innings per begin final season and usually confronted between 17 and 20 batters. Between low per-outing and whole innings, Tiedemann may be extra centered on stretching out than contributing in 2023.

Jacob Amaya, 24, SS, MIA (AAA)
(AA/AAA) 567 PA, 17 HR, 6 SB, .261/.369/.427

We lined Amaya a bit over a month in the past when talking of the Dodgers center infield depth. The skinny is simple – he is a affected person hitter with a historical past of modest exit velocities and an excessive amount of floor ball contact. The profile is that of a second-division starter or utility man. Acquired by the Marlins because the return for Miguel Rojas, Amaya ought to discover his solution to the Majors sooner or later this season – probably Opening Day. Unlike higher-profile prospects, the Marlins have little incentive to fret about Amaya’s membership management. He might probably kind a platoon with Joey Wendle or be part of Jon Berti and Jordan Groshans as versatile bench depth.

Ezequiel Tovar, 21, SS, COL (MLB)
(AA) 295 PA, 13 HR, 17 SB, .318/.386/.545

Tovar has simply 23 plate appearances in Triple-A and one other 35 within the Majors. Even so, the Rockies appear intent on together with Tovar on the Opening Day roster. Colorado explored not less than one commerce of infielder Brendan Rodgers, and the free agent choices to fill a center infield position are starting to dwindle. Even with Rodgers within the fold, Tovar might nonetheless garner a beginning job. The shortstop is predicted to have some points with swinging strikes early in his profession, significantly with breaking balls exterior of the zone. An aggressive method may assist him to keep away from strikeouts.

Miguel Vargas, 23, UT, LAD (MLB)
(AAA) 520 PA, 17 HR, 16 SB, .304/.404/.511

Major League pitchers discovered how you can work above Vargas’ barrel in a restricted 50 plate look trial final season. Vargas has each self-discipline and a sense for contact. The Dodgers are adept at deploying their hitters in useful matchups. Look for Vargas to kind a really free platoon with the likes of Chris Taylor, Max Muncy, and James Outman throughout a number of positions. His popularity for barreling baseballs suggests he’ll adapt to excessive fastballs. If not, he can nonetheless be used in opposition to pitchers who lack that exact weapon or in any other case have poor command. He’s thought of significantly adept at hitting breaking balls.

Three More

JJ Bleday, MIA (25): No longer rookie-eligible after making 238 plate appearances final season, Bleday nonetheless stays an unproven prospect with an unsure future in Miami. Bleday did properly to adapt his swing after a disappointing 2021 marketing campaign, however he’s an excessive flyball hitter who appears destined to require a friendlier residence venue. The Marlins’ rumored curiosity in Max Kepler might have an effect on Bleday’s alternatives in 2023.

Stone Garrett, WSH (27): A late-bloomer who signed with the Nationals early within the offseason, Garrett might be the following Patrick Wisdom. The sluggers aren’t excellent clones of each other, however they’re recognized for whiffing typically and placing a cost into it once they join. Garrett has an over-aggressive method and questionable breaking ball recognition.

Brett Baty, NYM (23): Now that Carlos Correa has formally re-signed with the Twins, Baty ought to be again within the Mets long-term plans. The affected person lefty hitter is predicted to bat for a excessive common. Between power-suppressant CitiField and a grounder-oriented method, Baty’s excessive exit velocities may not parlay into many residence runs. His third base protection is taken into account beneath common, though I’d hazard his baseline is increased than that of Alec Bohm. If Bohm can work his approach as much as acceptable protection, Baty ought to be capable to do the identical.

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