Marcelo Mayer is rising in ESPN’s rankings of prime MLB prospects

Purple Sox

20-year-old Marcelo Mayer hopped from the No. 7 prospect within the offseason to No. 3 now, in line with ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel.

Marcelo Mayer beginning his swing while hitting from the left side for the Salem Red Sox.
Marcelo Mayer hit .286 final 12 months for the Salem Purple Sox at Single A and is hitting .312 this 12 months at Excessive A Greenville. Salem Purple Sox

In keeping with a brand new rating, Purple Sox shortstop Marcelo Mayer is the No. 3 prospect in all of baseball.

ESPN’s Kiley McDaniel, who ranked the highest 50 gamers who haven’t but met the requirements for being a rookie within the main leagues, put Mayer simply behind Elly De La Cruz (Reds), and Eury Perez (Marlins).

In his offseason rating, McDaniel put Mayer at No. 7 on his checklist. In Wednesday’s version, he famous that Mayer moved up because of the commencement of prospects like Gunnar Henderson and Anthony Volpe, but in addition due to Mayer’s spectacular bat abilities this season.

By means of 30 video games, the 20-year-old Mayer is hitting .312 and slugging .576 for the Excessive A Greenville Drive.

The previous No. 4 choose started the season at Excessive A after hitting .280 between Single A Salem and Greenville final 12 months.

On Tuesday, Mayer had the primary multi-homer sport of his profession.

Not solely has Mayer impressed together with his bat, he’s additionally one of many highest graded defensive shortstops within the minors.

In’s current prospect rating, which put Mayer at No. 5 total, Mayer was given a 60 grade for each his arm and his glove.

Mayer was not the one Purple Sox prospect on McDaniel’s current prime 50 checklist.

Roman Anthony, a second-round choose by the Purple Sox final 12 months, made it to No. 49 on McDaniel’s checklist.

McDaniel praised the 19-year-old in his piece, saying he’s “among the many largest arrow-up prospects from the 2022 draft.”

McDaniel expanded on a few of Anthony’s specific abilities.

“He has one of many lowest chase and swing charges within the minors to go along with the very best age-adjusted exit velos within the minors, a powerful bat-to-ball basis and the athleticism to be a strong proper fielder,” McDaniel mentioned. “He might stand to be a bit extra aggressive and raise the ball extra, however these are comparatively straightforward changes.”