Now that the trade has been announced, and we have the real names of the players coming back to the Blue Jays. We are getting Chad Spanberger and Forest Wall in return for Seunghwan Oh.
Wall is a left-handed hitting outfielder. He’s 22. He was drafted in the first round of the 2014 draft, number 35 overall. He started his minor league career as a second baseman but moved to the outfield. He’s played mostly center field. He was hitting .305/.382/.453 in High A. In AA he’s had a tougher time of it hitting .206/.289/.359. Between the two he has 28 steals.
John Sickel had Wall as the Rockies number 11 prospect before the season:
11) Forrest Wall, OF, Grade C+/B-: Age 22, compensation round pick in 2014 from high school in Florida, hit .299/.361/.471 in 87 at-bats in California League, missing most of the season with a dislocated (non-throwing) shoulder; former second baseman moved to outfield last year after proving too error-prone and looked decent enough with the glove; although a larger sample is needed, he’s at least playable in center; line drive bat with solid eye and slightly above-average running speed haven’t changed but he lacks the huge impact potential of a top outfield prospect; ETA 2020.
We do seem a bit short on power hitting first basemen in the minors. I’m curious to see what he does in a less hitter friendly league.
Spanberger plays first base. He’s hitting .315/.362/.579 with 22 home runs 20 walks and 82 strikeouts in 92 games.
He isn’t on Sickels top 20 Rockies prospect list, but falls in the ‘other grade C+ players’. Purple Row had him their #16 prospect. In their ‘mid-season update’ they said:
Furthermore, Spanberger is displaying a big platoon split, mashing right-handers at a .332/.384/.672 clip but hitting lefties at a more pedestrian .283/.322/.389 rate. He also is walking just 5.3% of the time compared to striking out in 21.6% of his plate appearances. Given the friendly context and platoon splits, it’s hard to know how much of Spanberger’s production will translate to a higher level, and we won’t really know until he gets to Hartford.
MLB.com has him the Rockies #24 prospect:
Spanberger garners some comparisons to Chris Davis because he’s a first baseman with big-time left-handed power and swing-and-miss concerns. His bat speed, strength and leverage give him massive raw power to all fields, and he doesn’t get cheated with an aggressive approach. While he probably won’t hit for a high average, he did make strides with using the entire field and made more consistent contact in 2017.
A high school catcher who played some right field early in his college career, Spanberger has well below-average speed that limits him to first base as a pro. He can develop into an adequate defender but has a lot of work to do after committing 10 errors in 54 games during his debut.
I like the Davis comparison (as long as the are talking about Davis when he was younger). Fangraphs Eric Longenhagen ranked him the Rockies #20 prospect, rating him 70 in ‘raw power’.
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