Ryan Noda- First Base/ Outfield
Ryan Noda bust onto the scene last season after being selected in the 15th round, 459th overall in the 2017 amateur draft out of the University of Cincinnati. Nobody predicted the season Noda would have in his first taste in the pro ranks.
The 6’3″, 217 lb first baseman/outfielder had a Bo Bichette like season hitting .364/.507/.575 with 78 hits, 7 round trippers, and 7 stolen bags in 66 games with the Bluefield Blue Jays. Noda had 28 extra base hits while drawing 59 walks and scoring 62 runs in his rookie campaign.
The left-handed batter his .378 versus right-handed pitching and a more than respectable .310 against southpaws. Noda had an 8-game hitting streak at one point where he connected for 16 hits during the offensive outburst. The 21-year old also hit .400 (20 for 50) with 2 outs and runners in scoring position last season.
Last season was albeit a small sample size, however, there is a ton to be excited about when analyzing the numbers Noda put up in Bluefield. If Noda can transcend his success at a higher level in 2018, he will surely garner some attention and assert himself as a can’t miss, high upside prospect.