Big Hype Prospects: Hassell, Wood, Marte, Arroyo, Waldichuk

Today on Big Hype Prospects, we’ll take into account a very powerful prospects dealt on the commerce deadline. For a full recap, take a look at Mark Polishuk’s overview of the American League and James Hicks’ rundown of the National League. CJ Abrams has used up his rookie eligibility, so we’ll skip him.

Five Big Hype Prospects

Robert Hassell, 20, OF, WSH (A+)
346 PA, 10 HR, 20 SB, .299/.379/.467

James Wood, 19, OF, WSH (A)
236 PA, 10 HR, 15 SB, .337/.453/.601

The Nationals mentioned they wished a mixture of Major and Minor League expertise in return Juan Soto, and the Padres obliged. Hassell usually finds his manner into conversations in regards to the Top 10 prospects within the league though most list-makers have him ranked round Twenty fifth-best. He’s younger for his degree and will get a style of Double-A within the waning months of the season. Hassell combines self-discipline and a complicated really feel for contact. He’s a high-probability future huge leaguer, however he won’t be an particularly thrilling one. Each promotion shall be a take a look at – can he proceed to put up an over-10 % stroll charge, sub-20 % strikeout charge, whereas exhibiting 20 residence run energy? Trent Grisham – previous to his absentee 2022 season – serves as a free comp.

By manufacturing, Wood has performed like a Hassell clone one-year again on the event curve. However, Wood is an absolute mammoth. Most younger gamers of his dimension both have a large strikeout subject, or they’ve offered out for contact. Wood has appeared comfy in Low-A, hitting for energy whereas demonstrating each self-discipline and a excessive charge of contact. One can dream in regards to the dimension, athleticism, and precocious capability. There’s potential for a very elite participant right here – one who may finally justify dealing away Soto. Of course, with the entire difficult ranges of the minors awaiting him, Wood is extra idea than confirmed commodity. He ought to get a late-season trial in High-A.

Noelvi Marte, 20, SS, CIN (A+)
394 PA, 15 HR, 13 SB, .275/.363/.462

Edwin Arroyo, 18, SS, CIN (A)
410 PA, 13 HR, 21 SB, .316/.385/.514

Many analysts consider Marte was the perfect prospect traded on the deadline (excluding Abrams) whereas others questioned aloud if the Mariners know one thing we do not. You might recall some earlier debate inside this column. To summarize, the parents at Baseball America have cooled on Marte, bumping him right down to 46 on their midseason Top 100. Meanwhile, The Athletic’s Keith Law favors Mars with the twelfth rank. FanGraphs lists Mars as considered one of their 13 60-grade (on the 20/80 scale) prospects. MLB Pipeline has him ranked 17.

On the face of it, Marte was fairly a excessive value to pay for a season-and-a-half Luis Castillo if the bulk opinion seems to be appropriate. Especially when contemplating the Mariners additionally despatched well-regarded 18-year-old Arroyo (extra on him under) and a pair of pitching prospects. Even if the extra pessimistic Baseball America rating is correct, the Reds made out nicely on this commerce.

Baseball America really has Arroyo ranked one spot behind Marte. Other retailers are much less captivated with Arroyo. With Elly De La Cruz ranked of their Top 20, it is a good time for shortstops within the Cincy system.

Interestingly, Arroyo is a switch-hitter and a switch-thrower. He throws right-handed as a fielder however pitched left-handed in highschool. That latter component will solely come into play if he has to transform again to the mound sooner or later, or if he injures his proper arm and strikes to the outfield. As a hitter, experiences point out Arroyo sells out for energy however has a sufficiently compact swing to take action with out painful strikeout charges. His swing from the left facet has a traditional lefty-loop to it. His bat path is flatter from the suitable facet, though he nonetheless produces loads of fly ball contact.

Ken Waldichuk, 24, SP, (AAA)
47.2 IP, 13.22 Okay/9, 4.34 BB/9, 3.59 ERA

Waldichuk emerged from the misplaced COVID season to put up some of the efficient pitching traces within the minors final season. After he replicated his success early this season, he discovered himself touchdown on Top 100 prospect lists. Many premium pitching prospects have glorious stuff however have to be taught extra in regards to the craft of pitching. Waldichuk, a southpaw, kind of comes from the opposite perspective. He’s polished and misleading which permits him to outperform his stuff, though that is to not knock his repertoire which is each deep and efficient. His supply has a reliever-ish look to it, however he has the weapons to thrive as a mid-tier starter. In specific, he has a wonderful slider and changeup, each of which assist his mid-90s fastball to play up. Sent to Oakland within the Frankie Montas commerce, Waldichuk ought to get a style of huge league motion within the waning months of the season.

Five More

Logan O’HoppePHI (22): O’Hoppe was some of the obviously apparent commerce chips. The Phillies haven’t any obvious position for a high quality catching prospect (though such issues can change abruptly). O’Hoppe is well-regarded as each a defensive and offensive catcher who ought to sooner or later be a league common starter. He’s benefitted from extra time at Double-A than he wanted in a very pleasant offensive surroundings. The self-discipline and phone expertise he confirmed this season exceeded something he teased prior to now. We’ll see in the event that they stand up to a transfer to the Angels system and subsequent steps up the ladder.

Jordan Groshans, MIA (22): After hitting only one residence run in 279 Triple-A plate appearances, Groshans is trending in the direction of a brilliant utility position. Once a well-regarded prospect, evaluators began grumbling about one thing lacking – impactful energy – shortly after he debuted in 2019. He continued to hit nicely sufficient for list-makers to conservatively proceed together with him within the Top 100, however that is evaporated as he is reached the higher ranges of the minors.

Seth Johnson, BAL (23): A promising pitcher from the Rays system, Johnson will miss the rest of this season and most of 2023 attributable to Tommy John surgical procedure. He’s an attention-grabbing case for the Orioles. He’ll be Rule 5 eligible this winter, may be stashed on the injured record, and may maintain his personal within the bullpen when he returns in 2024. Will the Orioles roster him or attempt to move him by means of the Rule 5 gauntlet?

Esteury Ruiz, MIL (23): Presumably, the Brewers acquired Ruiz to assist complement Tyrone Taylor in middle area. Taylor has performed close to alternative degree, and Ruiz has impactful expertise which might assist win ball video games. For now, he’ll construct upon his legend within the minors. He has 60 steals in 379 minor league plate appearances. His 27 plate appearances within the Majors yielded little – a .222/.222/.333 line and one steal in three makes an attempt.

Spencer Steer, CIN, (24): While not precisely a prime prospect, Steer will quickly grace a Major League roster and will lay declare to an everyday position. He has a brief, impactful swing and sufficient self-discipline to maintain his head above water. Great American Ballpark is the perfect venue for him. He would not have huge uncooked energy however he hits a ton of fly balls. He may wind up as Eugene Suarez redux

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