Prospect Notes: Alvarez, Jung, Casas, Rodriguez


There was some concern that Mets top prospect Francisco Allvarez could require surgery on his ailing right ankle, but the team got relatively good news on that front, tweets Anthony DiComo of Although Alvarez has a loose body in his ankle, he will not have surgery and will instead receive an injection to relieve some of the discomfort he has been experiencing. The hope is that Alvarez can resume baseball activities next week.

Alvarez, 20, ranks in the top ten prospects in all baseball in most publications and is currently the game’s top-ranked prospect on FanGraphs and He tore through Double-A pitching earlier this season despite being one of the youngest players in the league, hitting .277/.368/.553 with 18 homeruns and 16 doubles through 296 at bats. However, Alvarez stumbled a bit in Triple-A, hitting only .180/.340/.378 in his first 141 at bats. His strikeout percentage increased from 24% in Double-A to 28.4% in Triple-A. Alvarez has not played a game since August 23.

A few more notes on some of the game’s best prospects…

  • rangers fans screaming (understandably) for third baseman Josh Jungo to make his major league debut, and general manager Chris Young and interim manager Tony Beasley discussed the team’s decision not to promote him yet with Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. Texas also looks at infield prospect Ezequiel Duran, who is currently playing third base in the Dutch big league and was to be replaced by a Jung-promotion. “We have a chance to play” [Duran] and we just want to take advantage of that until it’s not there,” Beasley said. From a bigger perspective, Jung still has just 83 at bats in Triple-A after missing the first four months of the season due to shoulder surgery. Grant points out that Jung still hasn’t played a full week at third base every day — he’s played eight games at DH — and the Rangers will want to see him in the hot corner as much as possible in the major leagues. When Jung originally underwent surgery, he was expected to miss most of the season and maybe be able to train for a few weeks late in the year. He’s beaten both the timeline and that DH-only projection, and he’s decimated Triple-A pitching to a .299/.349/.610 batting line. It still looks like Jung will make his debut in the near future, but Young stressed that the organization is focused on his long-term vision rather than getting his bat into the big league lineup as soon as possible.
  • while slugger Triston Casas was not among them Red Stockings‘ first call in September, manager Alex Cora said this week on WEEI’s Merloni, Fauria & Mego show that the team has discussed giving Casas its first taste of the major leagues sometime this month (Twitter link via Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald). Casas, 22, missed two months with a high ankle sprain, but has been outstanding since returning to the lineup in Triple-A Worcester, hitting .300/.410/.515 with five home runs, 11 doubles and a triple in 156 at bats . The 6’4″, 252-pound first baseman is considered one of the best bats in the minors, ranking 31st or better among all MLB prospects with The Athletic,, Baseball America and FanGraphs. The Red Sox will have to add Casas to the 40-man roster this winter to protect him from the Rule 5 Draft anyway, so there’s plenty of reason to watch him sooner.
  • right-handed Grayson Rodriguez made his first appearance for a Orioles branch in three months last night, returning from a class 2 lat tribe that at one point threatened the rest of its season. Rodriguez threw only 31 pitches in 1 1/3 innings with Class-A Aberdeen and got out after back-to-back walks in the second inning. He told reporters after the game that he simply hit the pitch count the organization posted on his first appearance since June 1 (link via Steve Melewski of Considered by many to be the game’s best pitching prospect, Rodriguez overwhelmed Triple-A lineups prior to his injury, pitching to a 2.09 ERA with a 37.4% strikeout rate and a 6 walk rate. 5% for 56 innings. He’s not currently on the 40-man roster, but he needs to be added off-season or else qualify for Rule 5, so at least the O’s may call him in for a big league debut late in the regular season . season as his rehabilitation work progresses well.

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Christopher Brito is a social media producer and trending writer for The Valley Voice, with a focus on sports and stories related to race and culture.


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