MB 100 | Top 40 | No. 31 Jabari Henry, OF

31== Don’t sleep on the “Other Jabari” ==

MB 100 | No. 31 Jabari Henry

OF | 2014 Age: 23 | Bats: RH | 6-1, 200

18th round of 2012 draft out of Florida International

2013 ranking: 26intheMix

Year Age Tm Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2012 21 2 Teams Rk-A- 61 250 213 35 58 15 3 8 42 5 2 29 47 .272 .361 .484 .845
2013 22 2 Teams A-A+ 100 433 362 60 94 23 4 11 57 9 7 63 73 .260 .370 .436 .807
2 Seasons 161 683 575 95 152 38 7 19 99 14 9 92 120 .264 .367 .454 .821
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 3/21/2014.

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Spectometer Analysis:

Year Age Lvl HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Age Arc Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
2012 21 “+1” 3.20% 11.60% 22.00% 0.212 18.80% 114 109 123
2013 22 “+1” 2.54% 14.55% 23.33% 0.176 16.86% 133 104 137

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Special Sauce:

  • Henry started 2013 smokin’ hot, going .366/.476/.598 before missing a couple of weeks with injury.  He was never quite the same after that.
  • Tied Ji-Man Choi for 5th in the organization in walks, with 63, despite having 66 fewer plate appearances.
  • Did you know Henry and Brad Miller were high school teammates?  Not only that, they were actually in Little League together.
  • According to baseball-reference.com, there are only two players named “Jabari” in organized baseball, and both are Mariners prospects.

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Commentary:

Henry is a “sleeper” — and he’s going to get overshadowed by the “other Jabari” [Blash] — but don’t count him out.

Two important things happened for Henry in 2013:

  • The M’s kept him mostly in CF (97 of 151 games)
  • He got the key promotion to High Desert

When you see an athletic guy who can draw walks and refuses to strike out, then there’s upside there — particularly for a center fielder.  If Henry can stay on the ladder, he has a good chance to continue to surprise.

True, he’s not as fast as guys like James Jones or Xavier Avery, but his hitting stats are way better.  As a center fielder, he’s a very exciting prospect.  I just don’t know if he’ll stick there, and as a corner OF, he doesn’t appear to have enough power to be an impact player.

But check this out.  His Spectometer readout for “vs. LHP” only:

HR% BB% XBH + BB% ISO K% PSA+ Conv+ Comp
Slugger > 4% Goal > 8.5% Goal > 19% Goal > .200 Goal < 20% Strong Prospect > 100
vs. LHP 5.92% 13.16% 26.32% 0.302 13.82% 159 155 213

Yes, it’s only 152 plate appearances, but — whoa! — Henry has demolished LHP.  Nine of his 20 homers have come off lefties.  And his plate skills are just as good.

Here we have the makings of a 4th-OF platoon specialist, who won’t hurt himself against RHP because he’s so good at drawing walks and avoiding strikeouts.  If he can do that and handle CF on a part-time basis, he could easily make an MLB roster.

And if things break right, he could even be more than that.

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Extra Innings:

Imagine Miller and Henry as 11-year-olds playing in the Windermere Little League.  Nick Franklin was a year younger and playing down the road.

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