Everyone always loves a good player comparison. One of the top questions asked about players are: Who would you compare him to? Who does he play like? What are his tendencies? Below, I provided a few MLB Prospect comparisons to current Major Leaguers.
Let’s start off with the top pitcher in the minor leagues, Mackenzie Gore.
Gore was the number 3 overall pick by the San Diego Padres and has blossomed into their best prospect. MLB Pipeline he has his grades all above 60, making him above average with all his set skills.
Gore’s fastball runs about 94 MPH, and he couples it with a lethal curveball.
Two great qualities of him are his athletic prowess on the mound and fantastic control in the strike zone. Most scouts would compare Gore to the potential Hall-of-Famer Clayton Kershaw.
Bleday, the number 28 overall prospect on MLB Pipeline is coming out of an elite Vanderbilt program as an above-average hitter. Bleday was picked 4th overall by the Miami Marlins in last years MLB Draft.
Bleday is a plus hitter and can hit the middle of the order for any major league team. Some scouts describe Bleday as not the fastest guy and a par outfielder with a strong set of skills. Bleday’s versatile arm is good enough to play corner outfield for a Major League team for years to come.
His wide set of skills are most similar to Baltimore Orioles Outfielder Trey Mancini.
Current shortstop in the Colorado Rockies organization Brendan Rodgers, is most compared to Eduardo Escobar.
Rodgers is categorized as a plus hitter. His attributes include having a powerful and strong bat, along with quick hands.
Although, Rodgers’ path to the big leagues is clogged by franchise shortstop Trevor Story, the Rockies organization are transitioning him into a second basemen.
You can pencil in Brendan Rodgers as a franchise player for the Rockies for many years to come.
Before Luis Robert stepped onto a Major League field, he has cost the Chicago White Sox $102 million dollars. (The organization used $26 million to sign, and another $26 million in penalties for signing him.)
To put the icing on the cake, Robert agreed to a long-term contract making him a franchise player for a long time to come. Robert signed a 6-year contract $50 million contract recently. This lengthy and wealthy contract showcases much about his high-ceiling and projected talent level.
Robert was a 30-30 player (30 Home Runs/30 Stolen Bases) last year in the Minor Leagues, and looks to make his mark at the big league level potentially this season.
He is equipped with plus hitting and categorized with well-above-average power. Robert has a fantastic arm, so he would be able to play the outfield, if needed. Some could consider Robert a speedy runner and average fielder.
His ceiling is as high as anyone in the minors and the most common comparison would be George Springer. I wouldn’t be shocked if by the end of his career he exceeds this comparison.
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