Sunday, October 2, 2022

Green, Torkelson among potential debut prospects so far

Even in this age of triple-digit fastball and high strike totals, Hunter Greene has a chance to stand out.

The Cincinnati rookie went toe-to-toe with the mighty Dodgers on Saturday night, closing them down for five innings before Tree Turner hit a two-run homer in the sixth. In his second major league debut, Green threw 39 pitches that were 100 mph or faster, the most since pitch tracking was introduced in 2008.

According to Statcast, Green has been averaging 100 mph with his four-seam fastball so far.

Green is ranked as baseball’s No. 22 prospect by the MLB Pipeline. He is one of the few notable newcomers to debut in this youth season. Here are some others:

– Bobby Witt Jr., Royals (No. 1 in MLB Pipeline’s probable rankings): No. 2 pick in the 2019 draft, Witt started off with a flourish, hitting a crucial double in a win on the opening day. However, the 21-year-old shortstop is currently batting just .156.

– Julio Rodriguez, Mariners (No. 3): Jared Kelenick had a difficult start last year, and Rodriguez, another Seattle outfield prospect, is still struggling at the plate. That’s 4 for 32.

– Spencer Torkelson, Tigers (No. 4): A symbolic passing of the torch in Detroit is in progress, with Miguel Cabrera closing in on 3,000 hits while Torkelson shows off his power. The top pick in the 2020 draft has made it home twice in his first nine matches.

– CJ Abrams, Padres (No. 9): An injury to Fernando Tatis Jr gives Abrams a chance, but the 21-year-old shortstop has so far been 3 for 26. He hit his first career homer on Thursday.

— Nick Lodolo, Reds (No. 41): The 24-year-old lefty could form a good partnership with Greene in Cincinnati for years to come. He made his debut against Cleveland on Wednesday for five runs in four innings.

– Bryson Stott, Phillies (No. 44): Stott has already started at second, third and shortstop for Philadelphia, but he is 4 for 26 with just one extra-base hit.

– Mackenzie Gore, Padres (No. 85): The No. 3 pick in the 2017 draft, Gore finally made his big league debut on Friday, allowing two runs in 5 1/3 innings against Atlanta. Gore was one of the game’s top prospects, but he struggled in Triple-A last year, and his current MLB Pipeline rankings suggest that hopes are more stoic now.

– Matt Brash, Mariners (No. 97): Brash wasn’t selected until his 113rd pick of the 2019 draft, but he broke through two levels of the minors last year, again in the triples this past week without ever pitching Mariners started. -A. In two starts for Seattle, he went 1-1 with a 3.38 ERA, and earned his first win on Sunday against Houston.

– Seiya Suzuki, Cubs: The 27-year-old outfielder is closer to a finished product than a possibility after arriving from Japan, but adjusting to the major leagues is not easy. Chicago will have to be thrilled with its debut – it’s 10 for 25 at the plate, making four home runs.

–Steven Kwan, The Guardian: The 24-year-old Kwan isn’t in the top 100 of the MLB pipeline, but he’s putting himself into the Rookie of the Year buzz after picking up 8/10 in his first three games with three walks. He’s hitting .385 now.

trivia time

Who was the last rookie of the year whose team won the World Series in the same season?

week line

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. won three times in Toronto’s 6-4 win over New York at Yankee Stadium on Wednesday night. His two homers were out to Gerrit Cole, who later took off his hat after Guerrero doubled him.

return of the week

The Mets are off to a good start under new manager Buck Showalter, but New York lets it get away on Monday. The Mets had a 4-0 lead in the eighth inning – and a 97.3% win probability, according to StatCast – but then Philadelphia scored five runs in the bottom of the innings and won 5-4.

General Knowledge Answer:

Buster Posey earned National League honors in 2010, the same year his San Francisco Giants won it all.


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