MLB Prospect Watch: Five youngsters who could brighten things up for non-athletes, including Nade’s Cade Cavalli

Last week, Prospect Watch focused on five youngsters who may soon make their debut with rival teams and possibly influence the playoffs. (Since then, The Braves have promoted one of those players, outfielder Michael Harris II.) This week, Prospect Watch highlights the opposite: five players who could soon reach the big ones, but whose teams are far from controversy (meaning the playoffs their baseball prospect odds are single digits). Then their impact can be limited no more than giving local fans a new reason to get involved.

Note that we originally had Grayson Rodriguez in this part, Orioles’ brilliant prospect for the best pass. However, he came out of his start on Wednesday with lat discomfort and it is unclear if and how much time he will miss. As such, we have made a mistake of caution, instead including a different perspective.

Players are presented in alphabetical order.

1. Cade Cavalli, RHP, national

Last year, Cavalli became the rare candidate to reach Triple-A in his first professional season. He has since been stuck there, amassing a 6.23 ERA and a 1.97 draw-and-walk ratio for 15 starts. To his credit, he has positioned himself better lately, passing no more than two runs in three of his last four outs. Cavalli has a big quick ball and has shown promise with his minor proposals, although he needs to find more consistency with them and his command to keep his promises. Expect to see him on the Show soon if he continues with his recent performance.

Green was expected to be on Detroit’s opening list before suffering a broken leg during spring training. He recently returned to the game, and since then his rehabilitation task has been transferred to Triple-A Toledo. The Tigers were heavy and often injured by outside players – Austin Meadows, Robbie Grossman and Victor Reyes are out and Achilles Badu is injured after a drop – which means Green still has a direct path to the big ones.

Langeliers, the ninth pick in the 2019 draft, was part of the return Auckland received from the Braves for Matt Olson. The book about him has always been that he is a good defensive catcher with raw power above average. He lost some time showing the latter for his new club, as he played nine times in April 20 games. (It has only started two since then.) Langeliers’ arrival in the majors seems to be linked to another deal, with veteran catcher Sean Murphy probably sending someone closer to the August 2 deadline.

The Royal Members continue to use Carlos Santana at first base, but it seems like a matter of time before they press the necessary buttons and replace it with Pasquantino. (Or, we guess, Nick Prato, their other best potential first base chance.) Pasquantino is a former 11th-round pick from the Old Dominion who has outscored himself as a pro. This year he beats .298 / .392 / .667 with 15 home runs and almost as many walks (26) as outs (30). Pascuantino’s swing will not win any beauty contests, nor will he compete; none of this will matter if he keeps hitting like he should have.

This may seem aggressive, given that Cargo is 20 years old, but he is already on the list of 40 players in the Rockies and has spent the spring in a scorching Double-A target. In 43 games he scored .326 / .408 / .593 with 10 home runs and 16 stolen bases (in 17 attempts). Tovar’s 1.001 OPS is so far behind most of his teammates, including Michael Tolia and Aaron Schunk (two former teammates who were the best picks in the 2019 draft), that only two others are over .800. And oh, by the way, Tovar is a high-quality protective shortstop for charging. The Rockies often behave in unpredictable ways, but the trade with Jose Iglesias and the installation of Tovar around the deadline seems a given.

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