Fantasy Baseball Prospects Report: Adleyrutschman, Nolan Gorman about to debut

Next time the Orioles play a home game, you can count on Adleyrutschman to be their starting catcher.

That’s the consensus among those on the Orioles beat. With Julio Rodriguez and Bobby Witt already established in the majors,rutschman is now the undisputed top contender in baseball. After brief stints at High-A and Double-A,rutschman is back at Triple-A, his rehabilitation from preseason triceps training seemingly complete. At the start of that rehab stint, GM Mike Elias said all he had to do was prove that “he is himself,” according torutschman, and he is expected to have done so by the time the Orioles return home for a four-game series against the Yankees on Monday.

In fact, one could argue that he already has.

Five on the edge

(These are the prospects most worth hiding in newly created leagues.)

2021 Minors: .285 BA (452 ​​AB), 23 HR, 25 2B, .899 OPS, 79 BB, 90 K
2022 Minors: .341 BA (41 AB), 5 2B, 8 BB, 5 K

The clearest sign of his readiness is his plate discipline, which was superlative last year and nearly flawless in 12 games this year. “Flawless” is, of course, a word often used to describe TRÜCHMAN, who has no obvious weaknesses either offensively or defensively. As a first pick overall in the 2019 draft, the Orioles have been unusually patient with him, and at 24 he’s not even really a kid anymore.

Of course, this does not guarantee instant success. Prospects have generally had a more difficult time transitioning in recent years, and it’s doubly so for catchers whose defensive responsibilities share their focus. But it’s the potential thatrutschman offers in such a volatile position that makes him a priority on Fantasy, which is listed in 80 percent of the CBS Sports leagues, before he even gets the call because he’s instantly a top- 5 option could be.

2021 Minors: .279 BA (480 AB), 25 HR, .814 OPS, 38 BB, 115 K
2022 minors: .287 BA (108 AB), 12 HR, .998 OPS, 10 BB, 42 K

In what looked like a harbinger of Gorman’s rise, the Cardinals picked struggling shortstop Paul DeJong for Triple-A Tuesday, but unfortunately Gorman hasn’t arrived yet. It’s reminiscent of when the Rays traded Willy Adames last May, only to call up Taylor Walls instead of Wander Franco.

Franco eventually showed up, and of course Gorman, too. The Cardinals say they’re giving Edmundo Sosa a chance to win the shortstop job, but they’re also giving second baseman Tommy Edman more pregame work at the shortstop, presumably in anticipation of him moving there to house Gorman. As much as Gorman stomps, he’s also batted 35 percent of the time at Triple-A, compared to just 19.2 percent in 76 games there last year. In other words, the Cardinals know he can do better and are probably just waiting to see.

Max Meyer, SP, Marlin

2021 Minors: 6-4, 2.27 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 111 IP, 42 BB, 130 K
2022 Minors: 2-0, 1.72 ERA, 0.86 WHIP, 31 1/3 IP, 9 BB, 39 K

The buzz of a week ago, fueled by the Miami Herald, was that the Marlins were close to changing their starting rotation, notably replacing a struggling Elieser Hernandez with Meyer, who continues to dominate at Triple-A. It was less of a report than a rumour, but the timing seemed logical enough. Since then, Hernandez has made a start, and it’s been… better than terrible. He got his ERA down to at least a 6.37 and everything seems to be status quo. A complicating factor is that Edward Cabrera was recovering from a bicep injury earlier in the season but had a nightmarish debut last year and still struggles to throw strikes. I still say tuck Meyer in front of him.

2021 Minors: .289 BA (311 AB), 23 HR, 8 SB, .934 OPS, 22 BB, 99 K
2022 minors: 7 for 15, 3 HR, 5 BB, 4 K
Majors 2022: .231 BA (65 AB), 3 HR, 1 SB, 1 BB, 24 K

Adell no longer technically qualifies as a prospect – too many at-bats in the big league – but he certainly fits the bill in terms of youth and promotion. His uneven showing in his third attempt of the year is hardly his fault. The Angels weren’t looking to play him, instead using him primarily as an injury sub and a weak-side draw hitter. But the 23-year-old is already showing that he has nothing more to gain from the little ones, at least offensively, by scoring three homers in four games. This 460-foot Blast Tuesday was a treat for the eyes and years:

Its inclusion here is partly demonstrative to help you gauge how well these can be tucked away Five on the edge are. If Adell doesn’t make it in your league, well…

2021 Minors: .310 BA (271 AB), 17 HR, 19 SB, .969 OPS, 28 BB, 69 K
2022 Minors: .186 BA (102 AB), 2 HR, 8 SB, .632 OPS, 16 BB, 32 K

After hitting bottom last week, Cruz is slowly climbing back out. He has struck just four times in seven games in May and is 6 for 20 (.300) with a home run and a stolen base in his last five. It’s not exactly a rewrite of the record books, but it might be incentive enough to keep a player you were so excited about six weeks ago just a little longer. Remember, the twins called Jose Miranda at the first sign of life. They didn’t wait for his numbers to fully recover. Of course, unlike the pirates, they also have something to play with.

Five on the periphery

(Here are some other prospects doing something notable.)

2021 Minors: .212 BA (397 AB), 12 HR, 22 2B, .696 OPS, 64 BB, 101 K
2022 Minors: .226 BA (106 AB), 6 HR, 5 2B, .817 OPS, 22 BB, 32 K

The fourth overall pick of 2019, Bleday was so poor in the minors in his first two years that he was likely dumped in your Dynasty league. But after lowering his hands for better racquet control, he showed signs last year that he would come by in the Arizona Fall League by hitting .316 with five home runs and a 1.035 OPS in 24 games, and it seems to be turning into the to have transferred regular season. After a slow start at Triple-A, he’s hitting .326 (14 to 43) with four home runs in his last 12 games. His on-field skills have always been top-notch, and he led the NCAA on home runs in his senior year at Vanderbilt. You could still watch him develop into a complete package.

2021 Minors: .258 BA (399 AB), 17 HR, 16 SB, .826 OPS, 56 BB, 143 K
2022 Minors: .310 BA (87 AB), 4 HR, 10 SB, .968 OPS, 26 BB, 21 K

After a hot start last year, Henderson quickly moved up to High Class A where he struggled the most. The problem was a lack of contact. He hit at a rate of 30.9 percent, which is only viable for players with superior strength. His performance at Double-A is all the more remarkable. He’s almost halved his strikeout rate, actually walking more than his strikeout, turning his biggest mistake into a strength. He’s also running more than ever, demonstrating the kind of all-round ability that fantasy baseball players covet at an age (20) that is pushing him far ahead in his development.

2021 Minors: 7-3, 3.87 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 95 1/3 IP, 31 BB, 132 K
2022 Minor: 4-2, 1.60 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 33 2/3 IP, 12 BB, 42 K

The 22-year-old grew up during the pandemic and saw a major leap in speed last year. While his strikeout rate went up, he still looked beatable at times. Not this year. In fact, he threw a seven-inning no-hitter on May 5 and followed that up with three hits over six innings of shutout on Tuesday. He’s focused on his groundball tendencies this year, generating them at a rate of more than 60 percent, and it makes him look like a more complete pitcher — one who may get the call later this year.

2021 Minors: 6-3, 3.03 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 110 IP, 51 BB, 163 K
2022 Minors: 3-0, 1.14 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 23 2/3 IP, 9 BB, 40 K

Waldichuk first made himself known to the prospect world last year, which started with him delivering seven goalless starts at High-A – that is begins, not innings. He hit a wall at Double-A, struggled with walks and homers while still missing bats at an elite rate, but his return trip went much better. In fact, he hit 12 over five no-hit innings last time out. Apparently some mechanical tweaks are largely due, which must have been difficult as his unorthodox delivery is key to his success. He’s the kind of weird profile that traditional leaderboards tend to underestimate.

Gordon Graceffo, SP, Cardinals

2021 Minors: 1-0, 1.73 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 26 IP, 9 BB, 37 K
2022 Minors: 2-1, 1.07 ERA, 0.56 WHIP, 33 2/3 IP, 2 BB, 46 K

Everyone wants to find the “next Spencer Strider,” and by that I mean an unheralded draft pick who dominates so thoroughly from the start that he’s positioning himself for a big-league call-up before anyone’s had a chance to know his name. Graceffo could be that guy. He’s a little different from Strider in that he excels at control, having thrown 70 percent of his pitches to strikes so far, but the added element of power has allowed him to fly this year. He’s now hitting 98mph after starting 87-91 last year. Fantasy Baseball Prospects Report: Adleyrutschman, Nolan Gorman about to debut

Justin Scacco

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