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2019 #9 Prospect: Gunnar Henderson - SS

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https://birdswatcher.com/2019/08/15/baltimore-orioles-gunnar-henderson-swinging-a-hot-bat-in-the-gulf-coast-league/

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In 21 games played Henderson is slashing .299/.375/.442 with a home run and 11 RBI’s. The strong numbers come after Henderson struggled to start the season as he went 2-17 before a run of multi-hit games helped boost his batting average to near .300.

 

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“Henderson produces a lot of hard contact from gap to gap. He shows more bat speed from the left side of the plate as well as power that’s started to catch up to his hitting ability as he continues to add muscle to his 6-foot-3 frame. He has been a little faster this year as well, more consistently recording above-average run times.”

 

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Just now, Redskins Rick said:

Large frame and power in his bat.

I dont want to hype this guy too much.

Am I the only person that see a bit of Cal Jr here?

Phillies were considering him at 14. 

https://www.thegoodphight.com/2019/5/9/18536383/phillies-2019-draft-preview-gunnar-henderson-ss-mlb-auburn

He was a tough sign. He wanted to go to school I think. 

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3 minutes ago, weams said:

Phillies were considering him at 14. 

https://www.thegoodphight.com/2019/5/9/18536383/phillies-2019-draft-preview-gunnar-henderson-ss-mlb-auburn

He was a tough sign. He wanted to go to school I think. 

He does sound promising.

6'3, a bit slow in speed, good hands, strong arm, and good bat.

If that doesnt draw comparisons to Cal, I dont know what else will, and in some ways, not fair to put extra hype on the kid.

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Just now, Redskins Rick said:

He does sound promising.

6'3, a bit slow in speed, good hands, strong arm, and good bat.

If that doesnt draw comparisons to Cal, I dont know what else will, and in some ways, not fair to put extra hype on the kid.

His foot speed improved last season. At least on timed dashes. 

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3 minutes ago, weams said:

His foot speed improved last season. At least on timed dashes. 

Which is a good thing, and as his body matures, adding a bit of speed, is not unheard of. Not like he is 23 and thats as good as its going to get.

 

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1 minute ago, Redskins Rick said:

Which is a good thing, and as his body matures, adding a bit of speed, is not unheard of. Not like he is 23 and thats as good as its going to get.

 

Fangraphs did not love him quite so much as everyone else. He was mocked to fall no farther than the As and ahead of Greg Jones. 

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1 minute ago, weams said:

Fangraphs did not love him quite so much as everyone else. He was mocked to fall no farther than the As and ahead of Greg Jones. 

I care next to nothing what fangraph says, they and Keith Law and others have a skewed view of things. IMO

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He was among the four youngest top players eligible for the draft. It might take a few years. 

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1 hour ago, weams said:

He was among the four youngest top players eligible for the draft. It might take a few years. 

Anticipating NCAA at 1-2 this June, I already kind of peg him as the last piece to blend into the 2022 and onward group.  The storybook would be breaking in about 10 years to the day after Machado (8.9.2012 debut), again buttressing a surprise contender in August.  That'd give him 2.8 minor league seasons to work through 4 levels, assuming he earns Delmarva in the spring.

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