Last week saw the arrival of 3 top 100 prospects in Austin Riley, Keston Hiura and Brendan Rodgers. Let’s take a look at each player and how they fared thus far and if they will have value moving forward.
Austin Riley– Atlanta Braves. Riley is the lowest ranked of the three with a ranking of 34th overall prospect. Riley has shot through the rankings over the past season and a half and looks like a potential star. Let’s take a look at what MLB.com has to say about him.
Now let’s take a look at how Riley has performed so far this season, including his first few big league starts.
As you can see, Riley has had a monster year and a very good first week in the bigs. He is already approaching a career high in homers and we aren’t even at the half way point. Even when Ender Inciarte returns, I can’t imagine Riley getting sent down or even taking a seat. I think he will find himself batting 5th or 6th as a regular starter moving forward.
As teams get a better scouting report on him, his numbers will fall back to earth. But I don’t think it is crazy to think he can continue producing at a high level, especially for a young rookie. Continue playing Riley while he is fairly cheap and batting in a good spot in the order.
Keston Hiura- Milwaukee Brewers. Hiura is another guy who has shot up the prospect rankings, climbing his way all the up to number 15 overall. Once again, let’s see what MLB.com has to say.
Now let’s take a look at how Hiura has performed so far this season, including in his first few big league starts.
Hiura hasn’t faired as well as Riley so far, but he did pick up his first homer Sunday. With Travis Shaw having an absolutely dreadful year, the job is Hiura’s to lose. Like Riley, he should have a solid season and find himself as a regular.
With a insanely deep Brewers lineup, Hiura carries value, even batting 7th. As long as his price stays down, he makes for a value play with massive upside.
Brendan Rodgers- Colorado Rockies. Our last prospect of note is the highest ranked at number 10 and also the last of the three to be called up. With Garrett Hampson unable to hit big league pitching so far, Rodgers finally got his log awaited call up.
Rodgers has been a top 20 prospect for 2 years now. Slowly climbing to a top ten spot. He dominated lower level pitching last year but struggled at triple A over the last month of the season. This year has been a much different story. Let’s see what MLB.com had to say.
Now let’s take a look at how Rodgers has performed so far this season, including in his first few big league starts.
Too small of a sample size to get any sort of a feel for Rodgers. He has been batting down in the order and carries no value outside of a punt play with immense talent.
Keep an eye on Rodgers moving forward though. Once comfortable, he has produced at a well above average level everywhere he has gone. Look for him to be a solid rookie by seasons end on a very talented Rockies offense.