Daily Prospect Notes: 4/27

Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.

Marcus Wilson, CF, Arizona (Profile)
Level: Low-A   Age: 20   Org Rank: HM  Top 100: NR
Line: 2-for-4, 2B, 2 BB

The latest iteration of Wilson’s swing includes a slow, dangling, leg kick (2016 version here, new version below), and it seems to be working. He’s hitting .362/.470/.696 so far. Wilson is a patient hitter with plus speed and he projects in center field, but his first three pro seasons were marred with swing-and-miss issues. He has a career 24% strikeout rate but is at 16% so far this year. This is Wilson’s first spring in full-season ball but, even after three years in rookie/short-season leagues, he’s still just 20. He’s hit some balls 400-plus feet this spring and still has some and has some physical projection remaining. The Midwest League will have a chance to solve him, and I don’t expect him to keep up this pace (Wilson already has more home runs this year than ’14-’16 combined), but the mechanical change suggests that not all of this is a small-sample mirage.

A.J. Alexy, RHP, Los Angeles NL (Profile)
Level: Low-A   Age: 19   Org Rank: HM   Top 100: NR
Line: 3.2 IP, 0 BB, 1 H, 7 K

Alexy was 88-92 last fall but his body, arm action, and geographical pedigree all allow for pitch projection across the board. He has terrific curveball feel and could have an above-average breaker at peak. Moreover, his arm action is naturally deceptive, lending itself well to a changeup. He only turned 19 last week and has already cleaned up the delivery with which he arrived to pro ball.

Gavin LaValley, 1B, Cincinnati (Profile)
Level: Hi-A   Age: 22   Org Rank: HM  Top 100: NR
Line: 3-for-5, HR, 2B

I’ve long been skeptical of LaValley who has a first-base-only body and has never hit for the kind of power necessary to play there, but he’s been strong out of the gate and already has six homers and slugging nearly .600. He’s repeating the Florida State League.

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Tampa Bay (Profile)
Level: Low-A   Age: 19   Org Rank: 4  Top 100: HM
Line: 3-for-5, 2 HR

Now at .318/.366/.545, Sanchez has multi-hit games in five of his last six outings. Still just 19, I spoke with a scout who think his patience at the plate has improved. The scout sent me video of him legging out a triple and gliding from first to third with huge, earth-eating strides. He was in consideration for my last top-100 list, and I expect him to comfortably make the midseason update.

Eric Longenhagen is from Catasauqua, PA and currently lives in Tempe, AZ. He spent four years working for the Phillies Triple-A affiliate, two with Baseball Info Solutions and two contributing to prospect coverage at ESPN.com. Previous work can also be found at Sports On Earth, CrashburnAlley and Prospect Insider.

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7 years ago

Whoops, Sanchez is not at High-A, nor is he 22. Thanks for these updates!