Up next on this year’s Prospect Profiles is a new member of Baltimore’s farm system, Tyler Nevin! The return in last year’s Mychal Givens trade, Nevin plays first and third base and also positions in the outfield.
HITTING GRADES: Hit 50 Power 50 Run 40 Arm 50 Field 50 Overall 45
2020 Rank: N/A 2021 Rank: 23
Nevin was selected by the Rockies 38th in the first round of the 2015 supplemental draft. Coming out of high school, Nevin is only 23 but has yet to play at a level higher than Double-A. With that being said, Nevin is a dark horse to play the third base position this year for the Orioles.
The 6-foot-4 corner infielder flashes strong grades defensively that could slot him at third base, a position with a big void for Baltimore this offseason. His career .286 average in the minors and tall frame add to his hit and power ranks. Nevin tallied 61 RBI through 466 at-bats in 2019.
Last year’s minor league season would have really helped Nevin, as he likely would have made the jump to Triple-A. Therefore, spring training will be crucial for Nevin as he looks to make a push for reps at third base. His ability to play first base and the outfield also boost his likelihood of making the roster.
Just two seasons off an Arizona Fall League batting title, Nevin will look to show off his quality bat in Sarasota. Nevin has a brief injury history relating to 2016 and 2017 but has been healthy ever since.
Rio Ruiz will likely still win the third base starting spot, but the position is relatively open. Nevin could easily be a young prospect that could win the position or contribute off the bench. I would predict that Nevin plays in Triple-A Norfolk for most of this season, but he could be a contributor in Camden Yards this season.
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