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One breakout prospect candidate per team

One breakout prospect candidate per team

Started Double-A this week after starting Triple-A last Friday , High-A and Single-A tours, which means we are running 98 Percentage of participation at the Minor League All-Season level.

Some of the funniest parts of each event are the breakouts— — Those who do not rank prominently on prospect lists but use improved tools and on-field performance. By definition, we won’t see every breakout, but some breakouts are easier to predict than others.

Our MLB pipeline team is spread across Arizona and After Florida, here are the breakout candidates for each Organization, and comments from respective farm supervisors:

US Eastern Conference

Blue Jays: Rainer Nunez, 1B (Number 16)
this13 – year old put himself on the map 10 A home run between single-A and high-A last season and the exit velocity to back it up. After being named LIDOM’s Rookie of the Year this offseason, he’s continued to play tough this spring and could propel himself into the stratosphere when he returns to Vancouver this week.

“Should have been just a little so we’d Could have given him a little more work, but he played so well that he won Rookie of the Year,” Blue Jays director of player development Joe Sclafani said of Nunes’ winter. Said when the ball went through. “Credit to him, he puts in the work he needs and he looks like the man among the boys.”

Orioles: Samuel Bassallo, C(No.)

After many years After staying away from international signings, the O made a splash by bringing in Basallo in January for $1.3 million 2019. Two years later, he has shown above-average strength and a strong arm to just Speed ​​forward when you taste it.

“I think he’ll be challenged there,” Orioles director of player development Matt Bullard said. “We know it A year of development. Obviously performance is important, but for us, he’s going to be 04 At that level, we knew it would come with challenges. That that’s what development is all about. So it’s going to be very rich for him regardless of the exact numbers he produces A year of results.”

Rays: Evan Reifert, RHP (No. 20)

this16 The year-old right-hander is one of the most dominant pitchers in Arizona Fall League history. Although he missed the start of the season with shoulder inflammation, his mid-season 30s slider is a nearly unhit-erasing pitch that could send him into the Tampa Bay bullpen as quickly as possible.

“Obviously the slider is the highlight, but He’s made some changes to his fastball and hopefully has more movement to complement the slider,” said minor league operations director Jeff McClellan. “We’ll find that balance, but we’re really excited for him to carry on the success of the fall league while pushing himself to the next level.”

Red Sox: Luis Perales , RHP (Number000)

The Boston system is known for the bat, not the arm, but 04 – Year-old right-hander has middle 52 A fastball and an above-average slider become a more prominent name entering his first full season with a non-complicated branch.

“I think #1 is slowing down and using What he’s got is really challenging the strike zone,” Abraham said. “He’s got really good stuff. Now, we want him to challenge the strike zone, challenge the hitters, because it’s was really hard to hit what he had. From there, it went on to develop a slider and a variation, so he had a mix.”

Yankees: Spencer Jones, forward (No. 5)

Shot 17 Jones battled injuries while at Vanderbilt last July, but he showed what he’s capable of when healthy, hitting. 240 /.325/. 494 exist. 3 mph exit velocity in the Florida State league last season. At 6-foot-6, he should be able to fit himself into an organization that knows how to develop a slugger of a certain size.

“He doesn’t have t seemed to be a guy thats just swinging out of control or just trying to cause damage,” said vice president of player development Kevin Reese. “He didn’t don’t have to walk too much behind it To leave to grow into that big man. [area coverage] is our thing continue to work with everyone, but with him, so far so good.”

American Central Alliance

Guardian: Jake Fox, OF/2B( serial number)
Scouts love his left hand swing and approach, as an entry 551 Draft, Fox showed great hitting skills (.300 OBP at 2020) His touch skills took a big step forward on offense.

“He’s really funny,” said Harris, the Guardian’s assistant general manager. “He’ll be playing second base, mostly center, so it’ll be fun to watch. He’s a low-key guy who works hard and shows up to help your team.”

Royals: Carter Jensen, Center (No.


Jensen has improved significantly in the last two-plus months of his first official career season as . 272/.434/.434 and45 entering the finals28 game

while his Reception has also improved.

“After he never caught as many as last year, He’s made great strides behind the plate and Carter has done a great job,” said Kansas City farm director Mitch Maier. “From an offensive standpoint, he’s been really good in the metrics that we value. He’s moving around, he’s controlling the strike zone, he’s swinging the golf ball on a beautiful course, he’s taking advantage of the entire field. He he is also very mature for his age in the way he works.”

Tiger: Christian Santana, SS/2B (No. )

Detroit has had high hopes for Santana ever since he signed him for $2. 60 One million per month 482, and the organization attacked infielders last summer and assigned to Single-A Lakeland. his123 wRC+ in FSL said some knowledge of the level earlier and now he is repeating it to start , and even better numbers might not be far behind.

“He knows how to swing on the right course,” said Ryan Garko, the Tigers’ director of player development. “Now it ing); just distilling something by swinging Come get the ball a little more in the air, push the ball into the gap. Then all the rest of the numbers will be rounded around some of his zone control numbers.”

Twins: Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF (No. 3 /MLB No. 51)

You can call Rodriguez’s 551 — He hit.272/.465/.551 Exceed26 Single A game – breakout, we won’t argue. But a torn right meniscus kept him out of the top echelons 96 Offseason rankings. Now get fit again and head to High-A Cedar Rapids, which might be 10 – Aged, pop music and above average speed.

Director of Player Development Drew MacPhail said: “He has a pair of Unbelievable eyes, he showed strength that I think is rarely seen in the youngsters of the Florida State League”. Meet the next challenge.”

White Sox: Loidel Chapelli, 2B (No. 24)

Standing at 5-foot-8 and built like a slightly taller Jose Altuve, Chapelli beat the young Dominican summer league at the rookie level after signing last June. competitor, and at 2020.

“it It’s hard to get the most out of performance in a DSL, but I believe Loidels bat,” said Chris Goetz, assistant general manager and farm director in Chicago. “it a low maintenance swing and he has a pair Strong hands. For a 16 -yr, it He has a little pop and can run a little.”

Union West

Angel: Walbert Urena, RHP (No. 10)

Has logged2019, Urena at 2023 lit up the radar gun in the Arizona Complex League , touched triple digits, and he will try to improve his command ability (7.7 BB/9 last year), which is the first time he hits All season ball.

“It’s a big fastball, he flashed There was a plus change, and the breaking balls continued to come up,” said Angel Farm director Joey Prebinski. “Physically, he got stronger over the winter. He continues to improve his ability to deliver repeats and compete with his players in the zone.”

astronaut : Colton Gordon, LHP (No.


Gordon from 465 Tommy John Surgery Compilation 2.22 ERA was between three levels last summer while being No. 1 in the minors (lowest innings) Strikeout Minus Walk Rate (22 percent), K/BB ratio ranked second (9.8). his83-87 mph four stitches Fastball swing and miss, as his low release point and wide, flat approach angle create great carry, and his experience pitching for Israel in the World Baseball Classic could accelerate his development.

“Colton is a great match for our ideas working hard to get it done,” said Houston Farm Supervisor Sara Goodrum. “The opportunity to play for Israel and face top major league hitters in that arena is good for him. He A fast learner who can make adjustments quickly. That that’s why he keeps getting better.”

A: Brett Harris, 3B( serial number04)

Breakthrough is Here comes the 2021 Senior signing last year, he achieved Double-A and showing prodigious power, but playing a full season in the upper tier could really get him noticed everywhere.

“He won’t be talked about,” A’s Farm said director Ed Sprague. “He’s a steady Eddie. To me, he’s Kind of like a Scott Brosius-type guy, a solid defender with a little power. He plays every day, he’s not a superstar type guy, but in a winning club, he’s & #25; it really fits.”

Mariners: Lazaro Montes, OF (Number )

Montes signed in January for $2.5M 2019 and sluged .551 In the Dominican Summer League, now he’s ready to bring his offensive edge to the US.

“I think the most important thing is that he continues to use this Power,” said Mariners farm director Justin Tull. “hes made some Good swing [in spring training]. Obviously, it’s still early, but we Excited. He 25;also a child the attitude is very Good. He & # 25; many of his teammates like this man because he he has a big, fun Personality.”

Rangers: Winston Santos, RHP )

Just $, in the Dominican Republic , Santos no until 494 Because of the pandemic. In his first two seasons, the righty stood out with his fastball, advanced changeup and delivery. Then his speed took a leap this spring.

” Winston stayed for the entire rest of the week. During the season, he’s been out here working out and getting stronger,” said Texas assistant general manager for player development and international scouting Ross Finstermaker. “He has been sitting 90-94 mph every time out. He can go around Move the fastball, the change is there, he has some of the best commands in our system.”

League of Nations East

Brave: Ambioris Tavarez, SS (No. 9)
Thoracic outlet syndrome sounds scary in baseball, but the Braves aren’t I worry about the process Tavares has gone through to address this issue on his non-throwing side. With a solid bat from the right side, he’s jumping to single-A Augusta with health and potential productivity .

“His strength is above average, I think Jane Simply put, his athleticism is exciting,” Warriors assistant general manager Ben Sestanovich said. “Anytime you have a mid-upper player with speed and power, it’s exciting.”

Marlin: Dax Fulton, LHP (No. 4)
Fulton continues to get better as he puts his 551 Tommy John’s surgery is even further behind him, on Season he ended with 12-year-old double A, eliminated Confederation playoffs six games without losing, helping Pensacola win

” Dax is 94 in his playoff game late last year speed,” said Hector Crespo, Miami’s director of minor league operations. “The slider allows him to get the hitter off his curveball and give the right-hander a backfoot slider. It Nice to see how comfortable he is with it. He is trying to better utilize his pitches and when to use them at different times. His changeup can also be a solid pitch, When he pitches at a consistent pace, he Hard to hit.”

Mets: Raimon Gomez, RHP (unranked on Mets list 18 )

Gomez has been flying quietly since signing $, left at a relatively advanced age of

Venezuela Year, August

. He spent most of his first full professional season as a backup in Single-A, showing 70 Sliders for Fastball and Midball

. he will have the opportunity to start

and open the eyes by average 98 on an hourly outing in the back field mid-March with his heater.

” Raymond it’s something electric,” said Kevin Howard, a New York farm supervisor. “He may be with [Mets No. 7 prospect Blade ] Tidwell as the most compelling in our system starting pitcher. He has a good slider and he ; Efforts are underway to change. He has pretty good command for a guy who throws that hard. “

National: Daylen Lile, OF (No.


One of the best pure hitters 551 high school class, Lile missed his first full professional season after Tommy John surgery last March, but his bat Impressed with him and his athleticism this spring.

“Daylen managed the strike zone as well as anybody here,” said Washington farm director De Jon Watson. “He played hard and was an unbelievable competitor. He’s done so well back here that we sent him to the big leagues and he showed: Quality hitting, flying around the bases, diving to catch balls in the gap. ”

Phillies: William Bergolla, SS (Number )
2 USD. Signed for Venezuela last year, Bergolla flew out of the gate. 240/.429/.380 in row

in game

Dominican Summer League. Perhaps most notably, he is Talent.

“He has a shot at elite hitting-ball skills , and become a really good defender at shortstop,” said Phillies director of player development Preston Mattingly. “We hope to see him here this year. He’s got to get stronger and honestly continue to improve in every aspect of his game, but he’s a very good young worker. “

National League Central

Brewer: Wes Clarke, 1B/C (not listed on Brewers Top 20)

Clark hits 14 South Carolina home run , but scouts aren’t sure about him Does his swing work, or where would he play defense as a pro. This thround power went to Double-A in his first full season, hitting Home run, surprised everyone with his performance on the field.

“Honestly, I don’t think we are not sure where he stands,” said Tom Flanagan, director of Brewers Farms. “it one of them, ‘Hey, let’s put He’s drafted as catcher, but will he stay behind the plate? Early reports when we sent him to an all-season club last year was that he could really catch. Our more confident bat, we felt like he could really hit the ball. He a man who definitely falls into the sleeper category.”

Cardinals: Jonathan Mejia, SS (No. )

St.Louis Top Prospect 2019 At international level, Mejia has the tools to hit the ball with average and power, although his defense is more of a work in progress as he prepares to make his US debut.

“Jonathan is a little leaguer Impressive young man,” said St. Louis assistant general manager and farm supervisor Gary LaRocco. “Right up front, you notice the bat. He’s got a lot of real quality and now we’re going to make sure he understands the importance of working hard on the defensive game.”

Cubs: Daniel Palencia , RHP(number)

Trader Andrew Chaffin’s Athletics in July 2019, Palencia has the best fastball in the Cubs farm hand, at work -94 mph and peak 94 is explosive, and he can break some nasty sliders and knuckle curves. Some scouts think Palencia could help the Cubs this year if he moves to the bullpen, while others like his upside as a starter.

“Daniel is our top pitching prospect,” Chicago Player said Jared Banner, vice president of development. “People used him as a starter because of his speed and pitch, but all four of his pitches worked.”

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