Daily notes on prospects from lead prospect analyst Eric Longenhagen. Read previous installments here.
Jacob Scavuzzo, OF, Los Angeles NL (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 23 Org Rank: HM Top 100: NR
Line: 3-for-5, 3 HR
Scavuzzo has above-average raw power, but he often expands the zone; has a stubborn, pull-only approach to contact; and has long levers. That’s a potent swing-and-miss cocktail, but hitters with Scavuzzo’s body type sometimes put it together a bit later than their peers. He’s 23.
Tzu-Wei Lin, MIF, Boston (Profile)
Level: Double-A Age: 23 Org Rank: NR Top 100: NR
Line: 5-for-5, 2B, 3B, SB
Lin’s batted-ball profile has changed dramatically. His ground-ball rate is down from 55% in 2016 to 34% this season, and his fly-ball rate is up from 28% to 46%. Lin’s footwork has changed: a dangling leg kick has replaced a quickly grounded front foot. He has always been hard to strike out, and now it seems Lin’s hand-eye coordination and bat control are benefiting from more efficient use of his lower half, generating more doubles power. Not all scouts consider him a shortstop — many think his arm belongs on the other side of the infield — but maybe there’s enough bat here now that he profiles as a low-end regular at second.
Here’s the old swing
Nick Solak, 2B, New York AL (Profile)
Level: Hi-A Age: 22 Org Rank: HM Top 100: NR
Line: 4-for-5, 2B, SB
Solak grinds out great at-bats and sprays contact to all fields. He’s a potential plus hitter. If he can keep walking at something close to his early-career rates as he approaches the majors, he’ll have become an everyday second-base prospect. But because he lacks power, some scouts think upper-level pitching will attack him more than A-ball pitching is capable of and water down his ability to reach base that often.
Brandon Marsh, OF, Los Angeles AL (Profile)
Level: Short Season Age: 19 Org Rank: 2 Top 100: NR
Line: 4-for-6, 2B, SB
In a system suddenly packed with low-level outfield prospects, Marsh stands out for his physicality. He projects to have plus raw power at peak, and he looked great in center field during extended spring training.
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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.
Hey Eric, I don’t have a twitter so haven’t been able to ask on there, but what are your thoughts on Austin Hays and Ryan Mountcastle? Are they a couple guys who could creep into the back end of your midseason top-100 list (if you do one)?
I bet one of them does.
I use Twitter almost exclusively to send tweets to the writers at FG or RG, so why don’t you try the same thing?
Btw: I’m not sure I’d use that second video to highlight the changes that Tzu Wei Lin has made.