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||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|
- 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.
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|
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.
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.