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“Z-Man’s Thought” Prospect Preview: Deeper Dive into 3B

If you have been following along the past several weeks, I have given a profile of 2-3 prospects at a time. This week we are going to change it up a little bit. This week we are going to look at third base again, but give a shorter profile of multiple prospects at different levels. Last week we kicked of third base with a look at Jonathan India and Nolan Gorman, so they will not be on this list.

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Hudson Potts (AA SD)

Scouting Grades according to MLB.com: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 45 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Hudson was and still could be a relatively under the radar prospect in the loaded San Diego system. Currently ranked outside the top 10 and is blocked at the major league level by Manny Machado. There is almost no chance of seeing Potts at the hot corner in the MLB unless he is traded. The Padres have also tried him at second base, but that position is filled as well. Besides the position availability, the main concern with Potts is his strike outs. Over the past three seasons, Potts has averaged a K% over 25% and that number is climbing.

If he cannot get the strikeouts under control, I can see him becoming a sellout for power type bat. This could be similar to Joey Gallo, though I am not sure he can reach the 40 HR mark. At this point I would max his power out around 30 HR. Depending how deep your prospect pool is, Potts at this point may not need to be on your radar. If there is a total of 75 prospects kept or more in your league, then I would consider Potts.

Ke’Bryan Hayes (AAA PIT)

Scouting grades according to MLB.com: Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Run: 55 | Arm: 60 | Field: 60 | Overall: 55

Ke’Bryan Hayes is someone we can realistically see at the MLB level this season. Over the past three seasons, we have seen him mprove in multiple places. He raised his BB%, as well as found some consistency in his strikeout rate around 16-18% and he also has raised his average over the past three seasons. All of these things are pointing in the right direction as long as he continues to grow. Speaking of growth, right now Hayes does not possess much power as he only hit 7 HR last season. As we know though, power is typically the last tool to develop. Hayes is also a threat to steal some bases as he stole 27 in 2017 and 12 in 2018. I would expect the number to stay closer to 12 as he continues to add weight for power.

If you are in a league where you can add prospects mid-season, and Hayes is out there, I would pick him up. He could be up after the all-star break. There’s a good chance he would be the starting third basemen in 2020 as Collin Moran and Jung Ho Kang are currently occupying the position. If Hayes is taken in your league, then you may be able to try to trade for him and emphasize the low power numbers in your favor.

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Jake Burger (A CWS)

Scouting grades according to MLB.com: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 50 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Jake Burger is someone who is a long shot for fantasy leagues. He is not projected until 2021 and it could be longer than that. the 23-year-old and former first round draft pick has halted his development due to a torn Achilles last season. He has not played since, but should get back on the field sometime this season. What still has me intrigued in Burger is his power. He can become a big middle of the order power bat in that White Sox lineup.

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Mark Vientos (A NYM)

Scouting grades according to MLB.com: Hit: 50 | Power: 55 | Run: 40 | Arm: 60 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Mark is a 19-year-old former second round draft pick of the Mets. He is in his second full season of pro ball and is currently not on the fast track to the majors. As of right now he is projected for an ETA of 2021. There is big power potential with a fast bat speed. Mark has a big frame with room of lots of power and strength currently at 6’4″ and 185 lbs. Mark is not the fleetest of foot, but he is athletic enough to stay at the hot corner. A potential lineup with Vientos and Alonso back to back offers a bright future for the Mets.

 


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