After batting .266/.352/.438 with 42 extra-base hits (11 home runs) in 109 games at Double-A Bowie, the Baltimore Orioles aggressively promoted 20-year-old shortstop Manny Machado—Prospect Pipeline’s No. 4 prospect—to the major leagues to assume the role as the team’s everyday third baseman.
While some scouts and writers blasted the decision, claiming that the organization has rushed one of the game’s top position prospects, Machado has quickly quieted the doubters with five extra-base hits (including his spectacular two-homer game) in his first major league series.
Machado’s immediate impact has also forced other organizations to explore the idea of calling upon a top prospect to contribute down the stretch of the season. One name that continues to come up is the Texas Rangers’ Jurickson Profar, but you may know him better as baseball’s No. 1 prospect.
This season, the 19-year-old is batting .285/.363/.470 with 46 extra-base hits (14 home runs), 15 stolen bases, 70 strikeouts and 54 walks in 111 games.
Team president Nolan Ryan recently stated that it’s been discussed at length by his front office and is something that will likely happen—possibly in the near future.
So, with the potential for both players to reach the major leagues this season, here is a look at how the tools of baseball’s top shortstop prospects compare.