Baltimore Orioles — Gunnar Henderson
Projected ETA: 2023 (No. 1 Overall Prospect)
Henderson won’t be considered a prospect for very long. He had an impressive cup of coffee with the Orioles last year. As we head into 2023, many peg him as a favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award. If you’re looking for some sort of comparison, we liken Henderson to a mix of Scott Rolen and Nolan Arenado.
He can play both at shortstop and third base — namely because he’s got a huge arm and plus athleticism. Henderson’s soft hands plus lateral quickness cater to him having immense upside as a defender. As a hitter, the lefty has constantly made adjustments in seeking to lessen his strikeout totals, and ‘up’ his contact. The power is there for Henderson to mash, and he’s also fast enough to be a threat running the bases. As such, it’s not surprising to see such a well-rounded prospect check in at No 1. There’s really no weakness to his game at this given point.
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