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Orioles 2023 #23 Prospect Max Wagner - 3B/2B


Tony-OH

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Max Wagner

Bats: Right-handed
Age (as of Jun 30th): 22
2023 Level: A+/AA

Tools (current/future value)
Hit: 35/40
Game Power: 45/50
Raw Power: 55/55
Run: 60/60
Defense: 45/50 

Most Likely Future Role: Utility player
Ceiling: 2nd Division starter

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Bio: After starting the year 3-for his first-37, he got a little traction under him and slashed .256/.383/.443/.824 over his next 70 games at Aberdeen to earn a promotion to Bowie (AA). His walked rate dove (5.9% from 14.2% in High-A) and his strike out rate went up to 28.6 % in his 119 AA Pas while slashing .252/.303/.414/.717. Probably the most disappointing aspect of his first professional season was the lack of home runs hitting just 10 in 360 High-A Pas, then just 3 in the hitter friendly Eastern League (AA). He can struggle laying off sliders away and can be taken up the ladder at times with good fastballs.

Wagner just didn't show a plus tool outside of surprising speed after stealing 27 bases in 33 tried on the season. Defensively he was solid at both 3B and 2B, and showed off a solid average arm from the hot corner though his throws can be a little inconsistent due to a low throwing angle at times. He moves well side to side and coming in on balls and I can see why they are giving him some chances at 2B.

He'll need to add more game power or show a better hit tool if he wants to be anything more than a Ramon Urias-type player at the major league level. He does have some upside with good raw power and above average speed, but he'll need to show more in 2024.

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2 hours ago, Tony-OH said:

 

He'll need to add more game power or show a better hit tool if he wants to be anything more than a Ramon Urias-type player at the major league level.

I’d be frigging thrilled if he turned out to be a Urias-type player.   Urias has been worth 7.4 rWAR, 4.6 fWAR in what is the equivalent of 2 full major league seasons.  That’s probably a top 20% outcome for Wagner.  

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