Welcome to the March 4th, 2023 Dynasty Baseball Spring Training Prospect Report.
The calendar has turned the page and we are now in the month of March which means two things. We are one month closer to warmer weather here in the Midwest, and more importantly, Spring Training is in full swing.
We are now almost one full week into Spring Training games, so I wanted to take a look at how some of baseball's top prospects are performing in Spring Training.
I wanted to highlight some top performances of the league's top prospects, and so far we only have one week of games so the sample size is small. However, I still think it's worth noting that for some prospects, this is either their first Spring Training experience or their first time facing off against major league competition.
There will be another prospect report in a couple of weeks and we will then have a bigger sample size to evaluate the prospects with. Until now let's get into the prospect report.
2023 Dynasty Baseball Spring Training Prospect Report: March 4th
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Garrett Mitchell, OF, Milwaukee Brewers
.444/.444/1.222, 3 R, 2 HR, 5 RBI (9AB)
The Brewer's fourth-ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline is off to a hot start in the Cactus League in 2023. So far he has nine at-bats has two home runs that both came in his first spring training game.
The power is a good sign from Garrett this spring. Especially from someone who is more speed than power. Mitchell has never hit more than 10 HR in a season. However, the speed is real he stole eight bags in his 28-game cup of coffee in Milwaukee in 2022.
It appears that Mitchell will have the center field job locked up going into 2023, and if he can tap into this newly found power he should be able to contribute a 20/20 season. With an ADP outside the top 300, he has my attention this draft season.
Ronny Mauricio, SS, New York Mets
.429/.500/1.500, 4 R, 3 HR, 5 RBI (7AB)
The Met's fifth-ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline is off to a better start than Mitchell. In his first seven Grapefruit league at bats. and that is also three home runs in four days. Also, all three home runs had an exit velo of at least 105 MPH and a distance of at least 410 ft.
The Mets switch-hitting infield prospect is still locked behind both Lindor, however, he has the speed and power combo that could force the hand of the Met's front office. So it may take injuries or a move off SS for Mauricio to make a fantasy impact at the big league level in 2023.
Edouard Julien, 2B, Minnesota Twins
.300/.364/.900, 3 R, 2 HR, 4 RBI (10AB)
Julien has been rising up prospect lists since 2021. The left-handed hitting second baseman is the Twin's 4th ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline and so far this spring he is proving why he is a rising prospect. Similar to Mitchell he too has a multi-homer game this spring.
Julien has an above-average hit tool and above-average speed that has shown this spring that he is ready to compete at the next level. While he won't make the opening day roster, and will likely start the year a Triple A. Julien is already on the 40-man roster and is more of when he will make the roster versus if he makes the roster.
Jordan Walker, OF, St. Louis Cardinals
.300/.300/.700, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI (10 AB)
There has been discussion if one of the top prospects in all of baseball is going to make the opening day roster for the Cardinals. So far this spring he is doing everything he can to show he belongs in the majors.
Jordan Walker would like to introduce himself! pic.twitter.com/zhPiBZPMhG
— St. Louis Cardinals (@Cardinals) February 26, 2023
Walker has struck out only twice and seven total bases, while getting a hit in half of the games he has played this spring. Walker has all the skill in the world and has a very strong chance to make the opening-day roster, however with a player of his stature, the front office may elect an extra year of service time by sending him to the minors to begin 2023.
Logan O' Hoppe, C, Los Angeles Angels
.250/.400/1.000, 1 R, 1 HR, 2 RBI (4 AB)
After coming over to the Angels in 2022 in return for Brandon Marsh. Logan is set to open the year as the Angel's starting catcher. He did have a small cup of coffee in 2022 with the Angels and he is picking up 2023 right where he left off in 2022.
The right-handed hitting catcher should be able to provide power numbers while also providing a solid on-base rate for those in OBP leagues.
If you are looking for a late-round flier at the catcher position then grab Logan as he currently has an ADP outside the top 300 on Fantrax.
Corbin Carroll, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks
.333/.429/.583 4 R, 0 HR, 0 RBI, 1 SB (12 AB)
Baseball's top prospect got his first taste of major league pitching in 2022 when he appeared in 32 games for the Diamondbacks. He is using this spring training to gear up and be ready to go as Arizona's starting left fielder and lead-off hitter.
Corbin Carroll is already one of the most electric players in baseball.
— MLB Metrics (@MLBMetrics) March 2, 2023
So far the power has not shown up, however, he does a triple and a double and also has 2 walks to only one strikeout. He has also added one stolen base in his only attempt. Corbin looks poised to have a great 2023 season.
Ezequiel Tovar SS, Colorado Rockies
.286/.444/.714, 2 R, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB (7 AB)
Tovar is the Rockies top ranked infield prospect and even had a small cup of coffee in Colorado in 2022 when he appeared in nine games and 35 plate appearances.
He is set to begin the year as the Rockies starting shortstop. He should be able to provide both speed and power from the shortstop position and with half of his games in Coors Field he could return great value for anyone looking to roster him.
Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Baltimore Orioles
2.0 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP 1K, 1BB
Baseball's top pitching prospect was almost perfect in his spring training debut this week. As he only allowed one base runner in the form of a walk while also striking out one batter.
His fastball was already in mid-season form as his fastball was sitting at 98mph and was mixing all four of his offerings well. He is expected to break camp as a part of the Oriole's starting rotation. However, there will be inning limitations for 2023.
Andrew Painter, RHP, Philadelphia Phillies
2.0 IP, 4.50 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, 1K, 0 BB
The Phillies top prospect had a very impressive first outing this spring. The 19-year-old is in camp competing for a spot in the Phillies rotation this year.
19-year-old Andrew Painter picks up his first K on a cutter in his Spring Training debut for the @Phillies.
MLB's No. 1 pitching prospect averaged 96.8 mph on his 19 fastballs, topping out at 99. pic.twitter.com/WPdmjWuRqO
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) March 1, 2023
His fastball was hitting 99mph and his cutter was also looking dominant. With only being 19 it appears to be a long shot to make the opening-day rotation. That is of course unless he has a strong spring and forces the front office to push the issue.
Rickey Tiedemann, LHP, Toronto Blue Jays
1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, 2 K, 0 BB
The next big pitching prospect that is rising lists is the Blue Jays top-ranked prospect, Ricky Tiedemann. The former third-round pick was flawless in his spring debut as he pitched a scoreless frame and struck out two batters.
The 20-year-old left-hander made Baez look silly in his at-bat against him as he struck him out on a 99mph fastball. His changeup is also a plus pitch displayed in his first start. As of right now, the Toronto rotation does not have an opening but Tiedemann is someone to monitor in the Toronto system.
Brandon Pfaadt, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks
2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 2 K, 1 BB
The Diamondbacks have a hole in their SP5 role and several young arms are looking to make the most out of the Spring Training to showcase that they deserve that role.
Last year's Minor League strikeout leader, @Dbacks' Brandon Pfaadt, was dealing in his '23 Spring Training debut:
2 K pic.twitter.com/xXvDyNPpOq
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) February 27, 2023
My favorite to take the job is Pfaadt. The minor league leader in strikeouts in 2022 had a solid debut this spring. Only gave up two base runners and only one free pass. While also striking out Cubs top prospect Pete Crow Armstrong. This position battle is one to monitor this spring.
Tink Hence, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals
1 IP, 0.00 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 1 K, 1 BB
Another quick-rising prospect is Cardinal's top pitching prospect Tink Hence. The long lanky right-hander had himself a very solid spring debut. He reached the upper 90s on his fastball and also mixed in his off-speed offerings very well.
Similar to his counterparts he too is young as he is still only 20 years old. However, he is showing us that his game is more advanced than a 20-year-old. Currently, he is not on the 40-man roster nor is there a spot in the Cardinals rotation.
We are still only one full week into Spring Training games and team's top prospects are showcasing their top-tier talent. Check back in two weeks when we take a look at how these and other top prospects are performing.
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