Corey Hart fizzled in the second round of the Home Run Derby last night, but he’s still sizzling as a trade commodity. Today John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants — who we’ve known are interested for a while now — the Rays
and the Padres are all interested in the Brewers’ outfielder.
Given the competition, Milwaukee should be able to make out nicely on the guy. A guy who was on
the brink of being benched as the season kicked off, by the way. Now, however, Hart is hitting .288/.349/.569
with 21 home runs and 65 RBI in 338 plate appearances. All three of those teams could desperately use a bat with some whump to it and you can imagine that they’ll never surrender until he’s traded.
ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.
After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”
Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.
Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.
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