Huge Hype Prospects: Grissom, Walker, Holliday, Lee, Painter

This week on Huge Hype Prospects, we join with just a few just lately promoted main leaguers, take a peek at just a few extra on the cusp, and introduce ourselves to some hard-hitting 2022 rookies.

5 Huge Hype Prospects

Vaughn Grissom21, 2B/SS, ATL (MLB)
35 AP, 2 HR, 2 SB, .406/.457/.656

Grissom was simply enjoying his technique to consensus Prime 100 standing when the Braves nominated him for promotion to the Main League as a substitute. He solely had 98 Double-A plate appearances after spending a lot of the season in Excessive-A (344 AP, 11 HR, 20 SB, .312/.404/.487). His numbers really improved barely with every cease. As many have noted (nasty noise warning) he is the second participant the Braves have jumped straight forward of Triple-A. After all, 35 board appearances is just not the idea for Main League success – the true problem is proving the power to counter-adjust as soon as the league finds out. We might not get there since Ozzie Albies approaches a rehabilitation mission. Grissom will probably maintain the fort till then.

His arrival additionally has long-term implications. He principally performed shortstop within the minors. Similar to Albies again then. The membership may use this chance to advance their post-season supply through the use of a extra dynamic participant than Eire Adrianza whereas on the identical time assessing whether or not a shortstop signing is urgently wanted this winter. In the event that they like what they see from Grissom, the Braves may select to focus on a lesser free agent like Jose Iglesias and even skip the market altogether.

Jordan Walker20, 3B, STL (AA)
430 AP, 15 HR, 17 SB, .310/.393/.522

On Thursday, Walker performed her third doubles match since July 29. He appears to have completed every part he may in Double-A by bettering each his stroll and strikeout charges whereas nonetheless punishing baseball. One of many huge, impending tales of free company is Nolan Arenadothe participant’s possibility resolution. Will it keep or hit the open market? Judging by Walker’s ascendancy, St. Louis may be okay with letting Arenado stroll. In spite of everything, they’ll nonetheless use Nolan Gorman at third base if Walker is not prepared in early 2023.

There are nonetheless some points with Walker’s recreation hidden beneath the wonderful box-level stats. For one, it has a swinging strike price of 16.1%. It’s roughly on par with Adolis Garcia, Ryan Mountcastle, Jorge Mateoand Patrick Wisdom – not precisely essentially the most contact-oriented batting assortment. Moreover, Walker has these odor points whereas working a forty five% floor ball price. One of many “tips” to hit much less is to flatten a spin aircraft. This provides grounders on the expense of fly balls. Walker has nothing extra to offer on that entrance. For what it is value, a few of the subsequent guys on the oscillating strike price record are Julio Rodriguez, Theoscar Hernandez, Raphael Deversand Byron Buxton. Stars can typically have odor points with out horrible shrinkage charges.

jackson vacation18 years outdated, SS, BAL (CPX)
6 for 15, 1HR, 1SB, 5BB, 1K

The primary choose within the 2022 draft, Holliday arrived in power within the complicated league this week. He hit his first skilled dwelling run on Friday and has a five-to-one strikeout ratio. MLB Pipeline already ranks him the 14th best hope within the league – an aggressive rating in comparison with current updates from Baseball America (39) and Keith Regulation (42). Scouting notes on Holliday stay sparse, focusing totally on his wonderful pre-draft conditioning in addition to the necessity to see him towards extra superior competitors. With the way in which he’s enjoying in his first week, a promotion might be coming quickly.

Brooks Lee21, SS, MIN (A+)
30AP, 1HR, .333/.400/.444

One other current first-round recruit, Lee has made quick work of the complicated league. The Twins preferred his strike instrument a lot that they assigned him on to Excessive-A. There he greater than held his personal, however with extra swing-and-miss than anticipated. Given the aggressive task – practically all Excessive-A gamers have years relatively than weeks {of professional} expertise – Lee’s early success is encouraging. Regulation believes that Lee “is the not extremely” fast-moving school rookies, which means we may see him sort out the Majors as early as subsequent season. Regulation additionally considers a transfer to 3rd base probably whereas different sources consider Lee can keep at shortstop so long as he is properly positioned.

The “quick” intermediate profile normally consists of a near-elite hitting instrument and non-existent energy. Suppose Nicholas Madrigal. Lee’s energy is extra aptly described as nascent. He expects to get 10-20 dwelling runs a yr to comply with a disciplined, high-average method.

Andre Painter19, PS, PHI (A+)
(A+) 36.2 IP, 12.03 Ok/9, 1.72 BB/9, 0.98 ERA

Final week we lined Ricky Tiedemann on this location. Most of the identical superlatives apply to Painter. He is similar age as Tiedemann and is quickly rising to Prime 10 prospect standing. He is among the greatest remaining pitchers within the minors. Proper now Painter has a fastball-slider combo that evokes Spencer Strider. The painter lives upstairs in 98mph warmth then drops sharp sliders into the strike zone. Recognition stories point out that his potential to find the cursor outdoors the world continues to be ongoing, as is the event of a curve and the change. Given Strider’s success with the identical toolkit, Painter may properly discover his technique to the Majors subsequent season as a 20-year-old.

5 Plus

Josh JungTEX (24): Final week, we famous Jung’s profitable return to Triple-A. Since then, he is gone 10-for-20 with 4 dwelling runs, three doubles, two walks and one strikeout. A promotion ought to arrive any day.

Sal FrelickMIL (22): Talking of hot-bats, Frelick is hitting .440/.525/.540 in his first 60 Triple-A plate appearances with extra walks than strikeouts. The Brewers are down three video games behind the Cardinals within the NL Central and two video games behind the Phillies within the Wild Card race. Milwaukee might be contemplating taking a web page from the Braves by selling Frelick earlier than he is checked all the standard growth containers. Middle discipline and first batter are their biggest wants. Frelick profiles like Steven Kwan-As.

Brayan BelloBOS (23): Bello is predicted to start rehab at Triple-A on Friday. If all goes properly, he may return to the Majors shortly. Whereas it is trendy to depend the Purple Sox out of the hunt for the playoffs, they’re solely 5 video games behind the Rays and Jays. They’re six behind the Mariners. Restoration is actually attainable. Bello, together with his dominating tips and over 60% speeding price, might be an enormous deal if Boston needs to salvage their season.

Kerry CarpenterTED (24): A latecomer who solely began producing hype this season, Carpenter batted the highest miners for 30 homers in 400 plate appearances. He has since fired two dingers in 25 Main League plate appearances. As anticipated, he confirmed indicators of below-average plate self-discipline and a modest swing-hitting problem in his small pattern of big-league expertise. General, his debut has been a convincing success up to now, so the Tigers have each cause to proceed trotting him day by day.

Marcelo MayerBOSS, (19): In recent times, we’ve got been spoiled by the early play of younger prime prospects. Of all the highest 10 potential candidates, we have had the least to say about Mayer on this column. The lengthy and quick is that he has a typical season for a prospect of his age and status. He did not do something breathtaking whereas assuring onlookers of his eventual function as a Main League shortstop of some high quality. Personally (keep in mind, I am not a scout) I see similarities with JP Crawford the eventual energy outcomes being a bit extra accessible/believable. Since a current promotion to Excessive-A, he has hit .243/.333/.405 in 42 plate appearances.

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