Prospect Report: Gabriel Moreno Continues To Flash Improved Power
Gabriel Moreno, C, D-Backs: The jewel in the return for Daulton Varsho has continued to flash increased power this spring. On Thursday Moreno went 2-for-4 with a home run, his third of the spring. He has a strong chance to break camp as the D-Backs everyday catcher with the upside to develop into one of the best all-around players at the position.
Jackson Merrill, SS, Padres: The Padres top prospect was a standout on both sides of the ball on Thursday. Merrill went 2-for-2 at the plate and made a diving backhand catch on a scorching line drive to short. One of the top prospects in the game, a strong, healthy first half from Merrill could see him ascend up the Top 100 Prospects list.
Hayden Wesneski, RHP, Cubs: Wesneski went five innings allowing one unearned run and striking out five on Thursday. He’s in the driver’s seat for the Cubs fifth starter spot and has a chance to be one of the most productive rookie pitchers in the game. Wesneski features a plus, sweeping slider and a mid-90s fastball with four-seam and two-seam variations. He's a dark horse candidate for National League Rookie of the Year.
Jordan Westburg, SS, Orioles: The Orioles 2020 supplemental first-round pick has made a strong case to break camp with the team. He doubled in his only at-bat Thursday, and is now hitting .326/.388/.535 this spring. While his play has been impressive, Westburg faces an uphill battle to break camp with the big league team.
Garrett Mitchell, OF, Brewers: The 2020 first-round pick got the start in center field on Thursday and went 2-for-3. Mitchell is hitting .333/.333/.750 this spring while fighting for the starting center fielder job. His raw power is beginning to show in games and he has the elite defensive abilities that should earn him regular playing time.
Brett Wisely, 2B, Giants: The Giants acquired Wisely from the Rays prior to the 40-man roster deadline and added him to their 40-man. He went 2-for-4 with a home run and a walk on Thursday and is now up to three home runs this spring. He’s struggled to make consistent contact this spring but has a chance to see significant playing time with the Giants in the summer. He's an underrated hitter with average or better game power.