Hitting Prospect Performances You Might Have Missed
Chris Clegg breaks down some hitting prospects that are not getting the love they deserve.
People often get fixated on early-season results with players. As the season goes on, people often hang onto the early season results because a full season line may still look good. But people often miss a player struggling the entire second half of the year or that might have been incredibly hot down the stretch. Let’s talk about some prospect performances!
Lonnie White Jr., OF, PIT, 20, A
White was a standout high-school athlete who played baseball, football, and ran track. In fact, he was actually a four-star wide receiver recruit committed to play football at Penn State.
White struggled out of the gate upon being drafted but that is not surprising considering it was the first time in his life he was focusing solely on baseball. White played just 11 games between 2021 and 2022 but has taken a step forward this year, having eight home runs and 16 stolen bases while posting an OBP over .400.
Since July 1, White is slashing .291/.426/.583 with six home runs. He is running an impressive 16 percent barrel rate and a 105 mph 90th percentile exit velocity. Yes, there are contact issues, especially on non-fastballs. So while there are warts, White is a stellar athlete who has shown both power and speed and is a prospect to keep an eye on.
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