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A platoon bat who could be much more than meet

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s the eye."Neil Walker immediately brings three facets to the 2019 Miami Marlins: veteran leadership Devon Travis Jersey , position flexibility, and pop from the left side of the plate. A late-January signing, he is expected to primarily platoon with Peter O’Brien at first base, via President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill. Although signs of decline were present during his time with the Yankees, his history of putting up productive numbers makes him an intriguing candidate for a bounce-back season. How did he get here: Signed a one-year free agent contract on Tuesday2018 MLB Stats: .219/.309/.354, 11 HR, 79 OPS+ in 113 G2019 Projection:* .244/.327/.404, 15 HR in 444 PAZiPS is yet to issue a team-based projection; as such, this projection is provided by Baseball Reference.Walker made his mark as a bat-first infielder who established himself as the Pirates’ longtime second baseman, and has since expanded his versatility. Most of his starts in 2019 should come against favorable matchups—career .271/.344/.450 vs. RHP—while getting his rest on days where left-handers take the mound.As we look forward and consider what Miami envisions from Walker in a Marlins uniform, there are a few elements to explore about his most recent play. First, the hope is that he can build off what was a solid second half of the 2018 campaign. In 52 games played following the All-Star break, Walker produced a .247/.346/.442 slash, with 8 home runs and a 116 OPS+ for the Yankees, who were in the middle of a critical playoff race. Comparable numbers would make him a bargain for the Marlins after guaranteeing him just $2 million on a free-agent deal. If Walker hits his stride during the first half of 2019, he could be flipped to a contender at the trade deadline in exchange for a more controllable asset. We must also keep in mind Walker’s larger body of work since turning 30 years old. It’s been a period dinged by injuries and inconsistency, but his overall contribution of 4.0 Wins Above Replacement compares favorably to an old friend. Dee Gordon Roy Halladay Jersey , for example, is a 4.7 WAR player over those same three seasons. Their offensive WAR (oWAR) output is identical since 2016 at 4.7 oWAR. This is not to say that they will continue to be the same players, but there is no basis for dismissing Walker as washed up or destined to fail. The Miami Marlins see Walker as a low-risk/high-reward signing. In a worst-case scenario where his bat doesn’t come alive in Miami and he hemorrhages runs defensively, at least that $2 million went toward proven leadership, a platoon partner to mentor/protect O’Brien, and a willing substitute across the diamond. With that being said, if the offensive numbers hold up and Walker’s second half performance is a sign of things to come, then Miami should have a desirable piece to maneuver at the trade deadline. Jesus Luzardo posted a 2.88 ERA and struck out 129 batters in 109.1 innings in the Oakland Athletics system last season.The 21-year-old advanced as high as Triple-A and could soon be toiling in Oakland's rotation, especially if he perfects a curveball that augments his high-90s fastball and plus changeup.The small-market A's are never afraid to promote, and Luzardo is a prime candidate.No. 9: OF Jo Adell, Los Angeles Angels4 of 12Patrick McDermott/Getty ImagesThe Los Angeles Angels have worked to rebuild a once-moribund farm system. Their crown jewel? Jo Adell.In 99 games between Single-A, High-A and Double-A, Adell hit .290 with 20 home runs and 15 stolen bases and flashed the defensive instincts and arm strength of a legitimate MLB right fielder.If Mike Trout exits Anaheim via free agency following the 2020 season, Adell could be the heir apparent.No. 8: INF Brendan Rodgers, Colorado Rockies5 of 12David Zalubowski/Associated PressBrendan Rodgers cracked 17 homers with an .835 OPS in 95 games at Double-A last season and advanced to Triple-A.He doesn't have much left to prove for a Colorado Rockies franchise that could use help in the middle infield.Whether he profiles as a shortstop or second baseman or slots at third base in the event Nolan Arenado bails via free agency after the 2019 season, Rodgers has many paths to the big leagues in the not-too-distant future.No. 7: RHP Forrest Whitley, Houston Astros6 of 12Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesYou could make an argument for outfielder Kyle Tucker as the Houston Astros' top prospect. But it's tough to make an argument against right-hander Forrest Whitley.The 21-year-old hit a bump in the road with a 50-game performance-enhancing drug suspension http://www.bluejaysfanproshop.com/authentic-curtis-granderson-jersey , but he returned to strike out 34 hitters in 26.1 innings at Double-A while flashing a high-90s fastball, bat-missing curveball, power slider and plus changeup befitting an emerging ace.If the PED noise is permanently relegated to the rearview, Whitley could soon be the Astros' resident stud.No. 6: SS Royce Lewis, Minnesota Twins7 of 12Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty ImagesA consummate athlete, Royce Lewis hit .292 with an .803 OPS between Single-A and High-A last season. That's especially impressive when you consider the Minnesota Twins prospect won't turn 20 years old until June.Lewis' power should progress as he ages, and he's got the range, hands and arm to remain at shortstop or transition to center field.Either way, the Twinkies have a versatile future star in their system.No. 5: 3B Nick Senzel, Cincinnati Reds8 of 12Rob Tringali/Getty ImagesNick Senzel is on the doorstep of MLB stardom. The 23-year-old hit .310 with an .887 OPS at Triple-A before a fractured right index finger ended his season.Freak injury aside, Senzel is a polished hitter with all the tools to succeed at the highest level.He's presently blocked on the Reds' infield depth chart by second baseman Scooter Gennett and third baseman Eugenio Suarez. But as soon as a trade or injury opens a spot, expect Senzel to carve his role in The Show and stay there.No. 4: OF Victor Robles, Washington Nationals9 of 12Manuel Balce Ceneta/Associated PressThe Washington Nationals may soon wave goodbye to the Bryce Harper era, assuming the franchise icon signs with another club.If so, the Nats can pivot to up-and-coming talent, including outfielders Juan Soto and Victor Robles.Soto exceeded his rookie limits in 2018, but Robles is technically a prospect.An elbow injury slowed Robles last season. But the 21-year-old finished with 13 extra-base hits and 19 stolen bases in 52 minor league contests before hitting .288 in 21 MLB games Roberto Osuna Jersey , and he boasts the explosive speed and defensive prowess to play a superlative center field.No. 3: OF Eloy Jimenez, Chicago White Sox10 of 12Ron Vesely/Getty ImagesEloy Jimenez hit .317 with a .925 OPS in 53 games at Double-A last season, then hit .355 with a .996 OPS in 55 games at Triple-A.Add it up, and you've got the makings of an MLB breakout.Jimenez is average at best defensively and projects as an adequate left fielder or designated hitter. But his hit tool is good enough to outweigh those factors, especially for an American League club.He's 22 years old and displayed game-changing pop in the upper minors. What more do the rebuilding Chicago White Sox need to hear?No. 2: SS Fernando Tatis Jr., San Diego Padres11 of 12Andy Hayt/Getty ImagesFernando Tatis Jr. slashed .286/.355/.507 with 22 doubles, 16 home runs and 16 steals as a 19-year-old at Double-A.He won't begin the 2019 season as a member of the San Diego Padres, but the Friars can't keep him down for long.Given his height (6'3") and prodigious arm strength, Tatis could ultimately slide to third base. Then again, considering his range and athletic ability, he could be an oversized shortstop in the Carlos Correa mold.Either way, the Pads should be licking their chops.No. 1: 3B Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Toronto Blue Jays12 of 12Christian Petersen/Getty ImagesLike Tatis, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. is a second-generation star streaking across the MLB firmament.The son of Vlad rose from the rookie leagues to Triple-A in 2018 and combined for a .381 average and 1.073 OPS at the age of 19.He's got the bat speed and pure strength of his dad, and he could be a 40-homer force for the rebuilding Toronto Blue Jays in the near term.At the least, Guerrero should make his MLB debut in 2019. Here's betting he'll swing it well enough to stay around for the long haul. All statistics courtesy of Baseball Reference.

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