Washington Nationals land 3 prospects on Baseball America Top 100 for 2022…

Baseball America launched their listing of the High 100 prospects in baseball for 2022 on Wednesday, and the Washington Nationals landed three gamers on this 12 months’s listing…

No. 59 – Brady Home:

“We have been super-excited he was there once we picked,” Washington Nationals’ Assistant GM and Director of Scouting ops, Kris Kline, mentioned of the membership’s 2021 1st Spherical choose Brady Home, the shortstop who was the No. 11 total choice on this previous 12 months’s draft.

“He’s a highschool child that has nice dimension, actually sturdy, huge energy, a well-above common arm energy, and for a man his dimension [6’4’’, 215 lbs] he can actually actually run. Obtained likelihood to see him perhaps thrice this 12 months, and met the child, talked — largely about his truck, however he was a pleasant, personable child, actually good make-up, hard-worker, and highschool shortstop now.

“There’s part of me that thinks that he can perhaps keep there, , however he may get too huge and find yourself at third base, the place he’s acquired an opportunity to probably win a Gold Glove.”

Speaking on the evening of the draft, Home instructed reporters he was decided to point out he may keep at quick within the professionals.

“100%,” Home mentioned, “… that’s what I work in direction of day-after-day, is simply beating everybody out at quick and simply proving that I can keep at quick, as a result of that’s the place I really feel snug, that’s the place my bread and butter is, and I really feel like I can keep at quick for certain if I sustain the work there.”

In his first style {of professional} baseball, Home did play shortstop, over 16 video games down within the Florida Complicated League, the place he put up a .322/.394/.576 line with three doubles and 4 residence runs in 66 plate appearances.

In rating Home at No. 59 on their listing of the High 100 prospects for 2022, Baseball America scouts wrote that he “made his presence recognized” along with his work within the FCL, and, they mentioned, he’s, “blessed with an enormous league physique and energy to dream on,” and he, “has an opportunity to be a middle-of-the-order, power-hitting third baseman at his peak.”

Hold combating the nice battle, Brady.

Requested for fashions of shortstops his dimension this previous July, the Nationals’ prime choose on this 12 months’s draft picked a great one:

“I’d evaluate myself somewhat bit to Trevor Story. You already know he’s an even bigger shortstop too that hits, acquired a number of energy, hits for contact, and I’ve been in comparison with him, so yeah, I’d say Trevor for certain.”

No. 27 – Cade Cavalli:

Washington’s 2021 1st Spherical choose (No. 22 total), Cade Cavalli, put up a 1.77 ERA, 12 walks, and 71 Ks in seven begins and 40 2⁄3 innings pitched at Excessive-A Wilmington within the Nationals’ system earlier than the membership promoted him to Double-A Harrisburg in mid-June.

Cavalli, 23, made 11 begins at Double-A, with a 2.79 ERA, 35 walks, and 80 Ks in 58 IP, incomes his second promotion of the season, and he ended his first full professional season (after he spent the 2020 marketing campaign working on the membership’s Alternate Coaching web site, through the COVID season), at Triple-A Rochester, the place he put up 7.30 ERA, 13 walks, and 24 Ks in six begins and 24 2⁄3 IP, ending the 12 months with a mixed 3.36 ERA, 60 walks (4.38 Ok/9), and 175 Ks (12.77 Ok/9) over 24 begins and 123 1⁄3 IP.

What occurred when he acquired to the Nationals’ prime minor league affiliate and struggled a bit?

“I’ve seen each begin he had this complete season on video,” Nats’ GM Mike Rizzo defined on the finish of the 2021 marketing campaign, “and my evaluation is that he wore down on the finish of the season.

“Higher competitors, worn-down pitcher — however the developmental a part of Cavalli couldn’t have gone higher. He made each begin, he threw deep into video games each time he pitched, his stuff was crisp, and it was good and he’s ending the season with the identical stuff that he began it with after — a man who didn’t pitch a lot final 12 months.

“Clearly, in 2020 there was no [minor leagues], and he didn’t pitch a lot, so that you’ve acquired your self a great younger arm — that’s a recent arm, that acquired by means of a full season beginning in A-ball and ending in Triple-A, it couldn’t have gone higher for him.”

In rating Cavalli the highest pitcher within the group, and the twenty seventh prospect on their High 100 for 2022, Baseball America’s scouts wrote that the right-hander “dazzled” in 2021, and “used a dynamic four-pitch combine to leap all the best way to Triple-A and lead the minor leagues with 175 strikeouts.”

Will he get a shot this spring, within the Nationals’ rebooting group, to earn a spot within the huge league rotation?

“We’re going to take the most effective 26 gamers out of Spring Coaching subsequent 12 months,” Rizzo mentioned, “… and if he’s a kind of, we’ve by no means been afraid to maneuver younger gamers or to begin service clocks or that kind of factor. We’re going to go together with the most effective 26, and if he is without doubt one of the finest 5 starters that now we have the plan is in place for to him begin we’ll actually contemplate it.”

No. 11 – Keibert Ruiz:

“A switch-hitter with plus contact expertise from the left aspect, rising energy and bettering protection behind the plate,” Baseball America’s scouts wrote in rating Nationals’ catcher Keibert Ruiz No. 11 total on the High 100 prospects listing for 2022, “Ruiz has the potential to be a foundational participant in Washington’s rebuild.”

Ruiz, 23, put up a .308/.365/.577 line with six doubles and 5 residence runs in 20 video games and 85 plate appearances at Triple-A Rochester within the Nationals’ system, following the commerce to Washington from the LA Dodgers this previous July, then got here up and put up a .284/.348/.395 line with three doubles and two residence runs in 23 video games and 89 PAs within the majors over the ultimate month of the season.

He completed the 12 months with a 13-game run over which he was 19 for 48 (.396/.453/.563).

“I wish to hold getting higher,” Ruiz instructed reporters in September.

“Hold working onerous, and simply hold working onerous at each at bat, be targeted, and hopefully I can have some extra [good] outcomes.”

Nationals’ GM Mike Rizzo preferred what he noticed from the catcher he described as the principle cog among the many 4 gamers acquired within the commerce that despatched Max Scherzer and Trea Turner to Los Angeles on the deadline.

“I like the best way he’s progressed,” Rizzo mentioned. “Ruiz has proven me issues that we didn’t see once we scouted him. His consideration to element within the clubhouse with the pitcher duties that he has, and the best way he actually cares about calling the sport has been refreshing. Henry [Blanco] has had a very good — been a very good mentor to him, and Ruiz has been a hungry [student]. That’s actually impressed me about him.

“So far as offensively, he doesn’t strike out a lot, even at this stage, and he reveals that he could possibly be a power offensively — that doesn’t come as a shock.”

Whereas he was caught behind Will Smith in LA, Baseball America’s scouts wrote, Ruiz will get an opportunity to be the on a regular basis catcher in D.C. in 2022.


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