Power-hitting in baseball has always been a prized attribute for players to possess. It can turn an average player into a superstar, and it can keep a player in the game based on that tool alone. That’s why, in our latest research, we decided to look at the top power-hitting prospects from each of the 30 farm systems in baseball. And let us tell you, there are some impressive names on this list. Get ready to meet some of the best young sluggers in the game today.
First up, we have Orelvis Martinez, SS/3B for the Blue Jays. Despite falling out of the top 100 rankings due to approach and defensive concerns, Martinez has always had impressive raw power. And in 2021, he set a New Hampshire record with 30 home runs in just 118 games, with a .242 isolated slugging percentage that was the sixth-highest among 120 Double-A qualifiers. Sure, he can chase power too often, but the Jays are confident that as he matures, so too will his plate discipline.
Then there’s Gunnar Henderson of the Orioles, who’s still learning how to tap into his considerable raw power. But thanks to the adjustments he made last year, he’s starting to access it more, and with the kind of pop he has, there’s surely more to come. Heriberto Hernandez of the Rays, meanwhile, was acquired from the Rangers in 2020 and continues to show off some of the best exit velocities in his system, thanks to his strength and quick hands at the plate.
Triston Casas of the Red Sox is another name to watch out for, having smashed five home runs in just 27 big-league games last September, including a 411-foot opposite-field shot off of dominant pitcher Gerrit Cole. Jasson Domínguez of the Yankees is also a highly-touted prospect, with the potential for solid tools across the board, including the ability to crush balls from both sides of the plate.
These are just some of the highlights among the top 30 power-hitting prospects in baseball. Whether it’s Jhonkensy Noel of the Guardians, who reminds scouts of Franmil Reyes with his light-tower power and unrepentantly aggressive approach, or Tyler Soderstrom of the A’s, who slugged his way from High-A to Triple-A in 2022, hitting 29 homers along the way, these are all players to keep an eye on as they make their way through the minors and into the big leagues.
It’s never easy to predict which young prospects will become superstars and which will flame out, of course. But when it comes to hitting for power, there’s no denying that these 30 players have what it takes to make a big impact on the game in the years to come. So keep your eyes peeled for these young sluggers, and get ready to witness some towering home runs that will leave fans gasping in awe.