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Prospect Watch: Top 5 Youngsters Move to MLB Trade Deadline

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You may have heard that the Major League Baseball trade deadline passed on Tuesday night. (If not, you can use the handy trade tracker to catch up on all the moves from the past few weeks… on the trade.

Note that these exercises have always been more art than science, with 5 or more worthy leads traded by the deadline. Let’s move on.

There are a lot of things I like about Marte games. A left-side infielder who has above-average power and keeps strikeouts under control even against older opponents. One of the big unknowns Marte faces is his defensive position. He has been very error-prone in short over the past two seasons and may have to drop to third place. If you hit it the way he can hit it, it’s not so negative.

Hassell, the eighth pick in the 2020 Draft, has already had success in High A, batting .299/.379/.467 and hitting 10 home runs in 75 games. Scout raves about his hits, his tools and his approach dating back to the preparation period. Alas, they’re also questioning when (and how much) he’ll take advantage of raw pop, and whether he’ll stay center. These concerns still remain, but it’s up to the Nationals to help him find a suitable solution.

3. Edwin Arroyo, SS, Reds (Luis Castillo)

Arroyo has won some of the fans going into the 2021 draft thanks to a combination of his extreme youth and defensive ability at shortstop. It didn’t hurt that the scout showed enough positive traits at the plate to envision him rising above utility player status. More than three years his senior, he batted .316/.385/.514 in 87 games in the Cal League, demonstrating more offensive prowess than his most ardent boosters expected. Arroyo will be a few more seasons into the big leagues, but he’s a player to remember.

4. James Wood, OF, Nationals (Juan Soto)

Another outfielder in the Soto trade, Wood has the raw power you’d expect from a 6-foot-7 player. But he moved better than the Richie Sexsons of the world, and the Padres mostly played him in center field. A major concern with Wood’s game as an amateur was that he struck out too often to maximize his hitting, thus keeping his strikeout rate below his 20% this season. It’s a reassuring sign that we were able to. Wood says he could develop into a middle-of-order hitter if that trend continues.

If the Angels were determined to beat Marsh, a former top prospect who has struggled to make consistent contact in the majors, they could have done worse than getting Ohhope in return. He spent the season in Double-A, batting .275/.392/.496 in 75 games with 15 home runs. Ohhoppe is a well-rounded backstop and field general type that can deliver average or above-average offensive production. must.