The Jays Journal team returns with our annually Top 30 prospect rankings. The #30 location goes to a player that was obtained previous year from the Colorado Rockies.
Chad Spanberger started out out the 2018 year playing with the Asheville Travellers in Small-A. He was traded to the Blue Jays in July as section of the Seunghwan Oh swap, and played 9 game titles in Lansing right before becoming promoted to High-A and shelling out 22 game titles with the Dunedin Blue Jays exactly where he concluded the year.
Title: Chad Spanberger
Situation: 1B/RF Age: 23
Height: 6’3 Weight: 235 lbs
Throws: Right Bats: Remaining
Obtained: 6th spherical decide in 2017 (Colorado), traded to Toronto in 2018
Even though a several of the trades the Blue Jays have designed over the previous few of several years have netted disappointing returns, the offer with the Rockies previous year has the opportunity to be a really fantastic a single. The Blue Jays obtained Spanberger together with one more prospect in Forrest Wall, and a player to be named later or income in trade for their proficient reliever.
We won’t know how the trade ultimately performs out for the Blue Jays for a several seasons, but right now items look pretty fantastic for Ross Atkins on this a single. Spanberger experienced a really fantastic year split among the two ranges, slashing .298/.355/.538 with 27 dwelling operates, 90 RBI, 22 doubles, and 17 stolen bases. He struggled a little bit right after acquiring to High-A with a slash line of .231/.348/.372, but he still managed a solid on-base percentage by using 14 walks from 17 strikeouts in 22 game titles.
In accordance to Fangraphs, Spanberger is at this time stated as a 30/45 hitter, which may possibly be a little light on the projections. The initially number represents his existing benefit, and the 2nd is how Fangraphs sees him projected down the line.
Our very own Jim Scott profiled Spanberger right after the Blue Jays obtained him previous year, and rightly pointed out that he experienced some concerns with pulling the ball way too much, and becoming overly intense at periods, but his numbers trended in the right way in 2018.
The electric power stroke is probably Spanberger’s ideal device at this phase of his development, and that is reflected in his Fangraphs scores as properly. He’s at this time stated as a 40/55 for match electric power, and a 70/70 for uncooked electric power, so he’s absolutely received the capability to hit the ball with authority. He also received the dwelling operate derby in the Small-A prior to becoming traded.
For a guy who was typically a initially baseman previous year, 17 stolen bases is absolutely nothing to sneeze at. That stated, he’s not exactly a speedster, and lovers shouldn’t anticipate him to carry on that trend as he develops. Rated as a 40/40 by fan graphs, he’s revealed that he’s an smart baserunner (only caught four periods), so that must bode properly for him in the future, even if he’s not a base stealer.
All round he played in 70 game titles at initially base previous year, and designed one more 8 starts in the outfield. Initially base will be his principal posture, but at the very least he has the capability to bounce out to the outfield if needed, and it could be a talent they carry on to do the job on with him. He’s stated as a 40/45 fielder with a 50/50 arm.
Fangraphs has Spanberger stated as a 40 on their Upcoming Price rating, which is definitely a conservative estimate. He is already 23 so he’ll need to just take some important methods in 2019 in buy to development by means of the method, but his performance previous year was encouraging enough that there must be loads of prospect for him, and 2019 was just his initially entire year of professional baseball.
My guess is he’ll start off the 2019 year again in High-A with the Dunedin Blue Jays, and with any luck , he’ll be ready to make a promotion to New Hampshire right before the year is out. Even though he’s not a single of the major potential customers in the Blue Jays’ method at the second, Spanberger is still a person to maintain an eye out for, specially at the plate.