Orioles #9 Prospect Gunnar Henderson – SS

Gunnar Henderson
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Age: 18
2019 Level: Rookie

Tools (current/future value)
Hit: 30/50
Game Power: 30/50
Raw Power: 55/60
Run: 50/50
Glove: 45/50
Arm: 60/60

Most Likely Future Role: Everyday 3B
Ceiling: All-star

What we know: Henderson is a young for his class shortstop with a large athletic frame. He has natural motions at the six and excellent arm strength. At the plate he’s shown above average raw in batting practice but has yet to transfer it into games. He has quick hands with above average bat speed. He’s yet to really figure out how to use his lower half to power his swing in-game.

What we don’t know: Henderson has a projectable frame and he’s going to get bigger. Will he need to move off SS? How much of his raw power will he be able to get to in game? How will his hit tool develop with regards to zone judgement and pitch recognition?

What we think: I haven’t had a chance to see Henderson in pro game action, so the uncertainty is a bit higher here, but there are enough tools present to rank him here. Present power, a chance to stick in the middle of the infield and if he grows out of SS (which seems to be the consensus opinion), then he should add value defensively at 3B. There is plenty of risk as is common with someone who is years away from the majors, but if it all comes together, there is impact potential.

Another Take: Henderson is all about upside at this point, but is still very raw overall. The bat has a chance to be special if everything comes together, but all indications is that he won’t stick at SS and will end up at 2B or 3B. Obviously there is less pressure on the bat if he can successfully move to 2B, but there are concerns he could outgrow that position as well. Obviously at just 18 and with just 29 GCL games under his belt, there’s not a lot to go off of statistically, but the tools are there for him to have impact potential. I could see him in the top half of this rankings next year with a good year at Delmarva.

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Luke graduated from Drexel University and is a former Division I athlete. He now resides in NOVA and watches an obscene amount of minor league baseball. In addition to baseball, he enjoys good coffee, good beer, weightlifting, and spending quality time with his wife and daughter.