Brayan Rocchio
18-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
2019 Fantasy Outlook
He is only listed at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, but the switch-hitting Rocchio is already the apple of many Arizona-based scouts' eyes. A July 2, 2017 signee, Rocchio only netted a $125,000 bonus out of Venezuela -- top international prospects typically get seven figures. However, many evaluators now project a plus hit tool with plus speed and zero questions about his ability to stick in the middle infield. As the third-youngest hitter in the AZL, Rocchio finished third in the league in AVG (.343), had the fourth-lowest K% (10.8), ranked fifth in steals (14) and managed to post a 137 wRC+ despite hitting just one home run in 158 PA. The "will he hit for power?" questions will undoubtedly follow him up the ladder until he silences those critics on the field, but given his age, defensive home and hit tool, nobody should care how many home runs he hits in 2019 or 2020. Rocchio is an ascending asset whose floor is higher than any of his classmates, save Wander Franco. Read Past Outlooks
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2BCleveland Indians  R
April 4, 2019
Rocchio is opening the year in extended spring training before being assigned to a short-season affiliate in June, MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Considering how advanced Rocchio is for his age (18), it wouldn't have been shocking for the Indians to assign him to Low-A, but this was always the more likely scenario. He will likely open in the New York-Penn League in mid-June, but could get a taste of the Midwest League before the end of the season.
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