On the Bubble: Forrest Wall & Josh Palacios

 

#BlueJays expected to add RHP Thomas Hatch (return for David Phelps) by Wednesday.
Other candidates: Santiago Espinal (return for Steve Pearce), Josh Palacios (OF who posted .787 OPS at AA this year) & Forrest Wall (part of return for Seung-hwan Oh)
— Ben Nicholson-Smith (@bnicholsonsmith) November 18, 2019

One of the most intriguing Rule 5 eligible players on the Blue Jays is outfielder Forrest Wall. Wall originally drafted as a second basemen, was a first round pick, 35th overall by the Rockies in 2014. He came over to the Blue Jays in the Seunghwan Oh trade in 2018.
As a prospect Wall was always described as a player who had good bat to ball skills, and good speed, giving him a real high floor. The hope with players like this is that as they progress and get older and stronger they will add power. For Wall that power has never developed and his contact capabilities at the plate have declined as his strikeout rate has consistently risen as he as climbed up the minor leagues.
Year
K%
2014
17.0%
2015
17.1%
2016
18.6%
2017
16.3%
2018
21.2%
2019
23.6%
This steady progression is normal for a prospect, as you face steeper and steeper competition your stats are going to get worse. There is nothing wrong with a 23.6% strikeout rate, it …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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