Portrait of Jesse Winker

Jesse Winker LF  

CSS Button No Image

Reds Player Cards | Reds Team Audit | Reds Depth Chart

2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 25)
Login or Subscribe today for access to projections!
Birth Date8-17-1993
Height6' 3"
Weight215 lbs
Age26 years, 2 months, 3 days
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

2017 CIN 23 47 137 36 7 0 7 15 24 0 1 1 .298 .375 .529 112 2.4 -0.6 -1.7 0.3
2018 CIN 24 89 334 84 16 0 7 49 46 2 0 0 .299 .405 .431 118 8.2 -2.6 -4.5 0.8
2019 CIN 25 113 384 91 17 2 16 38 60 8 0 2 .269 .357 .473 115 9.2 0.6 3.1 2.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
2012 BIL Rk PIO 62 275 .280 .353 .421 .414 101 20.2 8.5 -2.8 163 0 -2.9 -2.9 11.5 1.1
2013 DYT A MID 112 486 .252 .322 .370 .308 113 11.8 13.7 -3.8 134 0 -3.6 -1.6 13.1 1.9
2014 BAK A+ CAL 53 249 .270 .342 .426 .349 111 16.6 7.3 -2 166 0 -2.3 -2.2 11.0 1.2
2014 PEN AA SOU 21 92 .252 .320 .391 .259 104 -0.4 2.5 -0.6 87 0 1.9 0.4 -2.5 0.2
2015 PEN AA SOU 123 526 .253 .327 .368 .320 100 22.8 14.1 -4 148 0 -7.8 -2.0 16.6 1.8
2016 LOU AAA INT 106 448 .252 .319 .370 .347 101 11.1 12.6 -4.2 145 0 -1.3 -1.0 16.1 2.3
2016 CIN Rk AZL 4 15 .265 .331 .405 .571 95 3.9 0.4 -0.1 190 0 -0.5 0.2 0.5 0.1
2017 CIN MLB NL 47 137 .244 .318 .399 .322 97 7.4 4.0 -1.3 112 11 -1.7 -0.6 2.4 0.3
2017 LOU AAA INT 85 347 .260 .327 .396 .359 101 11.6 10.3 -3.8 133 0 2.9 -3.2 11.7 1.8
2018 CIN MLB NL 89 334 .250 .322 .409 .336 101 13.8 9.4 -3 118 8 -4.5 -2.6 8.2 0.8
2019 CIN MLB NL 113 384 .250 .318 .431 .286 97 10.6 11.5 -2.1 115 5 3.1 0.6 9.2 2.2

Statistics For All Levels

Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
2012 BIL Rk PIO 275 228 42 77 16 3 5 114 35 40 50 1 3 .338 .443 .500 .162 1 2
2013 DYT A MID 486 417 73 117 18 5 16 193 76 63 75 6 1 .281 .379 .463 .182 2 0
2014 PEN AA SOU 92 77 15 16 5 0 2 27 8 14 22 0 0 .208 .326 .351 .143 1
2014 BAK A+ CAL 249 205 42 65 15 0 13 119 49 40 46 5 1 .317 .426 .580 .263 3
2015 PEN AA SOU 526 443 69 125 24 2 13 192 55 74 83 8 4 .282 .390 .433 .151 3 0
2016 LOU AAA INT 448 380 39 115 22 0 3 146 45 59 59 0 0 .303 .397 .384 .082 5 0
2016 CIN Rk AZL 15 13 6 6 0 0 2 12 6 2 4 0 0 .462 .533 .923 .462 0 0
2017 LOU AAA INT 347 299 33 94 22 0 2 122 41 38 46 2 4 .314 .395 .408 .094 5 0
2017 CIN MLB NL 137 121 21 36 7 0 7 64 15 15 24 1 1 .298 .375 .529 .231 0 1
2018 CIN MLB NL 334 281 38 84 16 0 7 121 43 49 46 0 0 .299 .405 .431 .132 1 1
2019 CIN MLB NL 384 338 51 91 17 2 16 160 38 38 60 0 2 .269 .357 .473 .204 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2017 498 0.4940 0.4237 0.8246 0.5854 0.2659 0.8542 0.7612 0.1754 0.0000
2018 1253 0.4836 0.4062 0.8448 0.5990 0.2257 0.9201 0.6575 0.1552 0.0000
2019 1468 0.4864 0.4394 0.8186 0.6471 0.2427 0.8420 0.7596 0.1814 0.0000

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-18 - Minors - - Right Wrist Sprain -
2014-04-25 2014-05-07 Minors 12 0 - Head Concussion - -


Year Team Salary
2019 CIN $580,000
2018 CIN $545,000
2017 CIN $
1 yrPrevious$545,000
2 yrPvs + Cur$1,125,000
2 yrTotal$1,125,000


Service TimeAgentContract Status
1 y 80 dExcel Sports1 year/$580,000 (2019)

  • 1 year/$580,000 (2019). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/19.
  • 1 year/$0.545M (2018). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/18.
  • 1 year (2017). Contract selected by Cincinnati 11/18/16. Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/17.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2012 (1s-49) (Olympia HS, Orlando). $1M signing bonus ($1.0259M slot).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

90o 713 88 188 38 2 17 84 85 111 2 1 .306 .395 .457 130 50.0 5.3
80o 696 84 177 35 2 16 79 80 111 2 1 .294 .380 .438 123 41.5 4.4
70o 685 80 170 34 2 16 76 77 111 2 1 .286 .372 .430 119 35.5 3.8
60o 674 77 164 33 2 15 74 74 111 2 1 .279 .364 .418 115 30.6 3.3
50o 665 75 158 32 2 14 71 72 111 2 1 .271 .356 .405 111 26.1 2.8
40o 656 72 152 30 2 14 69 69 110 2 1 .264 .347 .397 107 21.7 2.3
30o 645 69 146 29 2 13 67 66 110 1 1 .257 .339 .384 103 17.2 1.8
20o 634 66 139 28 1 13 64 63 110 1 1 .249 .329 .372 98 12.0 1.3
10o 617 62 130 26 1 12 60 59 109 1 1 .237 .315 .354 92 5.2 0.6
Weighted Mean6667515932214727211121.273.357.40711126.72.8

The rest of this card is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber? Click here for a free card so you can see what's missing.

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

BP Annual Player Comments

The rest of this card is restricted to Baseball Prospectus Subscribers.

Not a subscriber? Click here for a free card so you can see what's missing.

Click here for more information on Baseball Prospectus subscriptions or to subscribe and get instant access to the best baseball content on the web.

BP Articles

Click here to see articles tagged with Jesse Winker

BP Chats

2019-05-01 12:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jesse Winker about to add the avg to his newfound power or is he selling out for the power?
(Kelvin from Chanahon)
The strikeout rate is a bit higher but not egregious and we are still within the constraints of Voros' Law anyway. I'd expect him to not hit 50 bombs or .230, but .280 with 20 maybe? There's always been sneaky raw he could tap into if he was healthy. He might be a big beneficiary of the new ball too. Profile fits. (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2019-02-25 16:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your sleeper breakout player. A non top 150 guy who will make the leap to top 25 value.
(Simon from Atlanta)
Jeebus, Kyle Lewis just crushed one halfway to New Mexico.

That's a pretty high bar to clear--150+ to top 25. Excluding rookies like Kyle Tucker, Nick Senzel, or Peter Alonso, I'll give some 150+ names that could improve significantly (if not top 25): Amed Rosario, Jesse Winker, Luke Voit, Ramon Laureano, Hunter Renfroe, Manny Margot, Josh James, Tyler Skaggs. Off the top of my head. (Jon Hegglund)
2018-12-12 17:00:00 (link to chat)Are there any hitters who you are more optimistic about compared to most fantasy pundits?
(Jason from Houston)
This is a difficult question to answer as I haven't seen too many fantasy rankings yet. Going by early NFBC, Dee Gordon is being discounted far too much for last season...even if he repeats his down year 30 steals with an OK batting average outside of the Top 100 plays for me. Going deeper, Jesse Winker's injury really depressed his price. The dude just gets on base. Good things are going to happen for him this year. (Mike Gianella)
2018-07-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jesse Winker undervalued in terms of fantasy potential?
(Spud from Charlotte)
The OBP is great! You probably want more power here though. (Nicolas Stellini)
2018-05-25 12:15:00 (link to chat)Brandon Nimmo with a 128 wrc+ through 400+ is he like a dude? 80 grade makeup too
(Al from Ny)
I was just talking about this during a break on TINO with Bret and George yesterday. He's legitimately good. I don't know if he's *this* good, and how he fits into a team probably depends a bit on how you like your offense generated (it's going to be on-base heavy), but...that's worth it. Nimmo is what Jesse Winker stans want Winker to be. (Craig Goldstein)
2018-01-31 14:00:00 (link to chat)Which rookies will have the most impact this season?
(Buddy from Peoria, IL)
Would it be cheating to say Shohei Ohtani? Or Ronald Acuna? If so, I think we'll hear from Alex Reyes, Willie Calhoun, and Lewis Brinson for sure. I kind of like Jesse Winker too. Also, Jake Bauers might be a good under-the-radar guy we didn't expect much from, but comes up to do damage. (Mark Barry)
2016-05-31 19:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Jesse Winker as a prospect? Started off slow last year also and then hit for more power. Do you like him as middle of the order hitter ?
(Joe from Ohio)
Jesse Winker is a guy I've liked since his amateur days. The bat is legit and while middle of the order hitter may be a touch high, it wouldn't surprise me if he replaces Bruce when he gets traded eventually. (James Fisher)
2016-04-21 19:00:00 (link to chat)Any minor leaguers who have seen their expected 2016 MLB production rise through the first three weeks, either due to high performance or changes in MLB opportunities?
(Sky from The Roc)
Jesse Winker is the guy who looks like he'll be up earlier based on early performance. Jorge Alfaro has been great, but I can't see the Phillies rushing him based on early performance. J.P. Crawford's walk rate is encouraging, and could push him up a little earlier if the Phils aren't worried about service time. (Mike Gianella)
2016-03-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Using what you know of team dynamics and organizational history etc. list these prospects in order of most time spent in majors for 2016 thx! Mallex smith Jesse Winker max Kepler Bradley Zimmer
(Stonewall from Houston)
I projected Zimmer as a dark horse RoY candidate in my awards-projection article at BP a couple of weeks ago (, and I think the Indians are going to end up desperate enough to push him early this year. So I go Zimmer, Winker, Kepler, Smith. But that's a tough thing to project. (Bryan Grosnick)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)What can you tell me about Cincy's Scott Schebler? Will he be starting in Cincy's outfield and what are your predictions for him if he does start?
(The Bullet Club from Bronx, NY)
Power/speed combo, but numbers at AAA that don't impress me. He will at least get a chance to start out with the job, but Adam Duvall is there as well and ultimately Jesse Winker will supplant them both (barring a sudden Jay Bruce trade). Schelber will be fine and probably go 10/10 with a .260 BA but there's not much upside beyond that. (Mike Gianella)
2015-08-13 20:00:00 (link to chat)Greg, in a points league would you rather have Jason Heyward ($12) and Jesse Winker ($1) for Rusney Castillo ($4), Matt Shoemaker ($1), and Hyun-Jin Ryu ($2)? I am looking for some long term OF help.
(Matthew from Twin Cities)
Heyward and Winker and it's not even close (Greg Wellemeyer)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)Does Jesse Winker and Trea Turner start next year? What do you see them doing?
(Jv from Illinois)
I think they're both up at some point. Winker has the higher short term upside; I could see him hitting 15-20 HR with a .260 BA. I see Turner as more of a solid all around guy but with no great carrying tool for fantasy out of the gate. (Mike Gianella)
2015-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Overall thoughts on Reds outfield prospects Jesse Winker and Yorman Rodriquez ? Do you think Yorman could handle CF and could both be starting next year ? Thanks !
(Bob from Cincy)
Still a really big fan of Winker's bat; he struggled early but -- last time I looked anyway -- the on-base percentage was solid and the slugging was on its way back up. Rodriguez...I just am not sure. He's a really good corner outfielder, but I still have a lot of questions about how that swing will handle big league pitching. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-06-02 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jesse Winker going to just be a solid hitter, or can he figure it out and be a stud?
(AK from New York)
I lean more towards solid hitter over stud. The swing is pretty but I don't see an impact bat here. (Mauricio Rubio)
2015-05-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Jesse Winker's struggles?
(Eric from atlanta)
I am a little surprised by the numbers, but again, this is a 21 year old in Double-A that has been bitten by the hype monster. I think he has the barrel control and contact ability to succeed. I have talked to scouts that think he needed more time in the minors than originally anticipated, but nobody is writing him off because of a slow start. (Tucker Blair)
2015-03-12 15:00:00 (link to chat)I have heard more than a few prognosticators say that Jesse Winker may not be an impact bat. What are your thoughts? Thanks!
(Chopper from Indy)
I think I'm higher than most. While he may not be "impact," the probability he makes MLB as a solid contributor is high; there's value in that. I can't say whether we as prognosticators overrate or properly rate "impact" talent, but I do feel we underrate high certainty. (Andrew Koo)
2015-01-20 19:30:00 (link to chat)Hey Ben. Which prospect do you like more? Jesse Winker or Josh Bell? I am thinking of moving one of them for some MLB pitching help. Thanks.
(liefmeyer from Calgary)
Give me Josh Bell. I believe in the power more, even if he does move to 1B. (Ben Carsley)
2015-01-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Jesse Winker hit very well in the AFL. Does he profile as a .300 hitter in the majors?
(Mark from Cincinnati)
He has the potential to crack .300. Pretty swing and solid zone command. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Mark Anderson recent threw some cold water on the flame Bret Sayre ignited on TINO for Jesse Winker. Which side of the coin do you fall on, particularly for a contending dynasty team?
(JoJo from SD)
Without knowing exactly what he said, I'm with Mark. I like Winker as a second division outfielder but I see the pop settling in closer to 20 than 25 home runs. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-12-18 15:00:00 (link to chat)Where does Jesse Winker rank among dynasty prospects? Did his AFL performance start to answer some of the questions about his ability to handle advanced pitching?
(Kyle from New York)
I probably would have him right around 50 in my personal list, but my guess is that I'm lower on him than others. He's probably a top 40 guy in most lists. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How many of your NL Central Top 25 do you expect to make it on the top 100 list when BP publishes it? Average would be around 16 or 17 assuming talent is evenly distributed, right?
(Mike from Texas)
I did say I'd throw a top 25 NL Central Prospects list out there during this chat. With the understanding this is a work in progress (Mellen and I are starting to dig in on the framework for the Top 101), this is my own personal ranking of the prospects covered in our NL Central rankings:

1. SS Addison Russell
2. 3B Kris Bryant
3. RHP Robert Stephenson
4. OF Jorge Soler
5. OF Albert Almora
6. OF Stephen Piscotty
7. LHP Marco Gonzales
8. RHP Tyler Glasnow
9. RHP Jameson Taillon
10. OF Jesse Winker
11. OF/1B Josh Bell
12. RHP Alex Reyes
13. C Kyle Schwarber
14. RHP Michael Lorenzen
15. SS Orlando Arcia
16. OF Tyrone Taylor
17. OF Billy McKinney
18. RHP Pierce Johnson
19. SS Gleyber Torres
20. RHP Jack Flaherty
21. OF Yorman Rodriguez
22. C Reese McGuire
23. RHP Nick Howard
24. RHP Devin Williams
25. LHP Rob Kaminsky

I think all of those guys will be in the discussion for the 101, and expect there to be some shuffling in order of course. Definitely more than the average of 16 or 17. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)What kind of MLB line could we expect to see from Jesse Winker in his prime?
(Ryan from Cincy)
I think he provides above-average corner production in on-base ability and right around average in power production (not just HR totals but ISO and ability to move runners via extra bases). Don't think there isa clean comp but solid expectation is maybe somewhere between what Yelich, Marte, and Holiday did in 2014? Call it .285/.365/.430, which would generally be above-average production for the position in the NL, and there's a chance the hit and the power plays a notch better. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jesse Winker sounds an awful lot like another guy Reds fans have had their eye on for quite some time: Nick Markakis.
(RMR from Guelph, ON)
Markakis was a better runner early in his career than I expect Winker to be, but from a pure offensive production standpoint it's not a completely off-base comp. I don't think Winker's doubles totals match what Markakis put up in his early years, so the overall power would be shy of what Niko produced. They are different enough I wouldn't tie the two profiles, but maybe the career slash lines end up in the same territory. (NL Central Top 10s With Nick Faleris)
2014-12-11 18:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jesse Winker going to get to the show this year? Guessing it's tough to gage now without knowing their outfield on opening day but I love his approach and think he could be a Yelich type bat.
(Pizzy from A is for Alpha )
Winker may get a cup of coffee this year, but I would not be planning on meaningful at-bats. His profile is such that there are questions about how his bat will play against upper levels arms, and I've spoken to more than a few people that believe he could take some time to adjust this year at Double- and Triple-A. I don't see Yelich here at all, in fact I see more decent regular than above-average type. (Mark Anderson)
2014-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tucker, Jesse Winker seems to be showing no ill effects from the wrist injury that cost him the end of the minor league season so far in the AFL. When do you think he will reach the majors and how long until he is an impact hitter?
(Potvin63 from New Jersey)
Winker looked fine to me, although I only saw him hit BP. The swing has easy power, and he doesn't have much effort behind it. I was impressed. I could envision him in the majors in the next year, I don't believe he is too far off. Impact hitter? Well, that's an entirely different question. Some players take 3-6 years to become an impact guy, if ever. (Tucker Blair)
2014-10-09 15:00:00 (link to chat)What were your thoughts on Jesse Winker's first game back in the AFL since the wrist injury he suffered in July?
(willrich116 from Chattanooga, TN)
I wasn't in attendance, but I'd consider myself the lowest on Winker on staff at BP. I think he's a solid average contributor, but doesn't have any impact-type tools aside from potentially a plus hit. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)What potential/upside do you see in Jesse Winker? Could he be ready to contribute next year ?
(Drew from Ohio)
Nah, I can see him getting up the big league club late next season but I'd go 2016 to be safe. He's young and he can hit. Let him find some success first before pushing him. (Chris Rodriguez)
2014-07-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Jesse Winker... Badler said he had the best swing from the Future's game. What is his hit tool like? Can he be a .300 25 HR guy in the bigs?
(flashtheleather from under the pillow)
Not sure it's 25 HR poewr, but .300/15 would still be a stud in today's game. (Paul Sporer)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the better of these three prospects: Marco Gonzales, Jesse Winker, and Jose Berrios. Does Gonzales get the edge over Berrios simply because he's more MLB ready?
(FantasyFrodo from Washington)
Berrios has the most upside, but MLB time table comes into play here. I'd go Gonzales, Berrios, Winker. Gonzales' change up is one of the best in all of baseball, and will be an out pitch and bat misser at the big league level. Winker can hit, but I just wasn't blown away by the tools package. He's more of a 1st division guy with a solid average/plus hit tool and 4 other average ones than an impact star. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for chatting, Jordan! Before the year started, the BPro prospect list had Joey Gallo 95th and Mookie Betts unranked, but the Oliver Projection System had them both in the top 15. Similar story with Jesse Winker too. Should we just be scouting the stat lines, at least for position players?
(Harry from Decatur)
No. (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Jesse Winker: How good can the bat be?
(Frank the Tank from Streaking through the quad)
Winker is going to hit a lot. I'll let you know how much once I can get a look at him instead of reports. He just sprays the ball everywhere. (Ron Shah)
2014-06-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tell us as much as you can about Jesse Winker.
(Ryan from Louisville)
Plus hitter, good power, plus plate discipline. Not a toolsy guy, but a pure hitter, and that's a good thing. (Jeff Moore)
2014-06-17 20:00:00 (link to chat)Why aren't you John Mayne? Jesse Winker or Conforto (the Mets' first round selection)? Thanks. I enjoy the podcast, just need to catch up on the last few weeks. And, btw, I don't even know who Mayne is (Wayne, I do know). I saw it in a note from Jared.
(Orlando from Miami)
Did we take this question just to deflate John Mayne's ego? Possibly. You know the way to our heart. We like Winker a little better, since he's already done what we'd like Conforto to do. If you value ceilings more, go with Conforto though, Winker is tied to a corner (not literally, sorry, fans of danger) and may not have top end power outside of Bakersfield. Thanks for the nice podcast words. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2014-05-13 11:00:00 (link to chat)Think this is the year Jesse Winker starts getting some more attention? He continues to hit, power seems to be developing and his approach looks above average. Not a star, but could be productive for awhile.
(Ryan from Cincy)
I'll probably continue to underrate him and he will end up being a much better major league player than he was a minor league prospect, at least in terms of ranking and national attention. Its just not the sexiest profile, and I'm still not sold he brings corner power to the table at the major league level. (Jason Parks)
2014-05-07 17:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Mike, thanks for doing this chat. Very informative stuff here. I'm a big Reds fan, and I'm trying to figure out why Jesse Winker isn't getting more attention. Looks to be an advanced bat, doesn't strike out, takes walks, has some power along with a good average here. In his age 19-20 season, he hit 16 HR's, so there could be some untapped power potential here too. Why isn't he receiving more attention? Does he not have a high ceiling? What type of season do you see him putting up in the majors statistically?
(Alfredo from Ohio)
Do people know he's the Fonz's son?

Jesse Winker is a Top 10 Reds prospect for Baseball Prospectus and John Sickels of Minor League Ball has him fourth in the Reds org so he's not THAT underrated by those in the know. He's probably not noticed much because he's still really young and while the numbers are good they're not the kind of eye popping numbers that make laypeople go crazy.

I think his ceiling is moderate, but he's probably not a 30/30 guy if that's what you mean. He could be a quality MLB regular though. It's hard to translate low minors numbers into MLB stats, particularly this early. (Mike Gianella)
2013-11-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these prospects jump off the board for you? Rosell Herrera, Nick Williams, Ryan McMahon, Arismendy Alcantara, and Jesse Winker. What are your thoughts? Thanks Ben!
(Ryan from Cincy)
Last pinch hitting appearance from Mark Anderson: "The two that jump out the most to me are Williams and Alcantara. Williams is a gifted natural hitter and he could be an impact bat at the highest level. Alcantara can contribute in all phases of the game and he has some thump in his bat as well. I really like what Alcantara brings to the table. I've always been partial to Herrera and think he may have finally turned a corner in 2013, but I'm still a little skeptical of him."

Mark will be chatting at BP at 1 PM ET next Thursday, so show up then to get prospect questions answered without an intermediary. (Ben Lindbergh)
2013-01-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Baez over Swihart an Gray looks god now right?
(Alonso from Miami)
Very tough one for me. I'm still a strong believer in Swihart developing and Gray is a better arm than his stat line showed in 2012. I do think Baez's increased strength has hung well on his frame, so the chance that he's a well above average defender or third or even a shortstop for a bit really helps his value. I new he was good defensively but expected him to thicken quickly. Hasn't happened yet.

As an aside, Baez and Lindor constituted the left side of the infield for the FTB Mizuno/Cardinals Scout Team in 2010 down in Jupiter, along with Vogelbach (Cubs), Jesse Winker (Reds), Dante Bichette Jr (Yankees), Hudson Boyd (Twins), and Jose Fernandez (Marlins). How's that for staked? Oh, and Dominic Jose (Stanford) who's another name I could have listed as a potential 2014 guy. (Nick Faleris)

BP Roundtables

No BP Roundtables have mentioned this guy.


PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

A Collaboration between and Baseball Prospectus - Pitch classifications provided by Pitch Info LLC