You won’t see this kid until probably around 2020 but don’t worry, he’ll probably steamroll through the system and catch your eye at some point this year.
Blake Rutherford, a 19-year-old from West Hills, was drafted 18th overall in this year’s draft and it’s one of the best steals New York could have gotten, given that he was top-rated college position player in the Draft.
Across two Rookie leagues (Pulaski and GCL), Rutherford slashed .351/.415/.570 with three home runs and found a level of comfortability in his first professional season — a rarity for such a young player.
According to MLB Pipeline, Rutherford packs a smooth left-handed swing with speed and power, though scouts presume he won’t thoroughly drill into his raw power until he adds some more strength to his stroke.
New York’s fifth-best prospect (yes, already) recognizes pitches adequately and uses the entirety of the field. Again, for a 19-year old, this is nothing but promising.
Assuming he continues this tear and doesn’t look overmatched by any means, one can see him finishing 2017 in Double-A while knocking on the door in Triple-A. Given how easily he handled his first go-around, he should be able to break through the minor league system in record time.