Brayan Rocchio
19-Year-Old Second Baseman2B
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Nicknamed "The Professor", Rocchio is incredibly advanced for his age on both sides of the ball. At 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, he needs to be polished, as he is one of the least physically imposing players on the field at all times. His best offensive trait is elite bat-to-ball skill. He was the youngest hitter in the New York-Penn League, yet his 13.6 K% was the fourth-best rate on the circuit. Rocchio is a plus runner, but has not excelled at putting that speed to work on the bases (63.2% success rate in 57 career stolen-base attempts). He will never grow into above-average power but could hit 10-15 home runs during his peak years. Rocchio lacks a plus arm, but every other aspect of his shortstop defense is excellent, so at worst he would be a plus defender at second base. Given his lack of power and physicality, Rocchio needs to develop at least a plus hit tool to be an everyday player. Read Past Outlooks
Opens in extended ST
2BCleveland Indians  R
April 4, 2019
Rocchio is opening the year in extended spring training before being assigned to a short-season affiliate in June, reports.
Considering how advanced Rocchio is for his age (18), it wouldn't have been shocking for the Indians to assign him to Low-A, but this was always the more likely scenario. He will likely open in the New York-Penn League in mid-June, but could get a taste of the Midwest League before the end of the season.
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
He is only listed at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, but the switch-hitting Rocchio is already the apple of many Arizona-based scouts' eyes. A July 2, 2017 signee, Rocchio only netted a $125,000 bonus out of Venezuela -- top international prospects typically get seven figures. However, many evaluators now project a plus hit tool with plus speed and zero questions about his ability to stick in the middle infield. As the third-youngest hitter in the AZL, Rocchio finished third in the league in AVG (.343), had the fourth-lowest K% (10.8), ranked fifth in steals (14) and managed to post a 137 wRC+ despite hitting just one home run in 158 PA. The "will he hit for power?" questions will undoubtedly follow him up the ladder until he silences those critics on the field, but given his age, defensive home and hit tool, nobody should care how many home runs he hits in 2019 or 2020. Rocchio is an ascending asset whose floor is higher than any of his classmates, save Wander Franco.