The Toronto Blue Jays top 30 prospects list continues to move right along. Today, #22 on the list is Forrest Wall, who was acquired as part of the Seung-Hwan Oh trade with the Colorado Rockies last summer.
Over the next few days, the Jays Journal top 30 prospects countdown is going to start getting into the more interesting and intriguing in the system. Today, we bring you coverage on 23 year old outfielder Forrest Wall, who may develop into a nice piece for the Blue Jays as he continues to progress in the minors.
Forrest Wall comes in a #22 on the Jays Journal list and #25 on the MLB.com Top 30 Blue Jays prospects list. Wall is one of six outfield prospects listed on MLB.com with the likes of Anthony Alford, Griffin Conine, Billy McKinney, Jonathan Davis, and Ryan Noda. McKinney will be off the prospects list a few weeks into 2019, Alford could be one of the first up in 2019, Conine is suspended for the first 50 games of the season, and Jonathan Davis reached the bigs in September of 2018. All of that being said, Forrest Wall could become one of the higher ranked outfield prospects in the Blue Jays system by season’s end.
Name: Forrest Wall
Position: OF Age: 23
Height: 6’0 Weight: 176 lbs
Throws: Right Bats: Left
Acquired: Trade with the Colorado Rockies for Seung Hwan-Oh (also netted Chad Spanberger)
Wall was drafted by the Rockies with a competitive balance round A pick, 35th overall in 2014. The climb for Wall since joining the Rockies organization has been slow, but he seems to be starting to figure it out in the minor leagues as he reached AA in 2018 with the Rockies, and was placed in AA with the New Hampshire Fisher Cats after the trade to Toronto.
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Across AA with the Rockies and Blue Jays, Wall posted the following numbers:
- Hartford Yard Goats – 190 PA, 6 HR, 12 RBI, 8 SB, 8.9 BB%, 22.1 K%, .206/.289/.359, 82 wRC+
- New Hampshire Fisher Cats – 147 PA, 1 HR, 13 RBI, 10 SB, 8.8 BB%, 31.3 K%, .271/.354/.380, 108 wRC+
It was definitely a mixed bag of results for Wall in 2018. He was a much better hitter with the Fisher Cats and played a part in New Hampshire winning the Eastern League title. Earlier in his career, Wall stole bases at a higher rate than he did in 2018, but he still has plus speed that will help as he learns how to better steal bases.
Fangraphs Prospect Grades:
- Hit – 45/55
- Game Power – 20/30
- Raw Power – 45/45
- Speed – 60/60
- Field – 40/45
- Throws – 40/40
- Future Value – 45
To this point in his minor league career, Wall hasn’t shown much in the way of extra base power, but he does hit to all fields and should see the ball carry some more as he continues to build muscle.
As of now, Wall does seem like he would be projected as more of a fourth outfielder type, something the Blue Jays have a lot of at the major league level and throughout the minors. Wall doesn’t seem like he will be an impact player but he could be a useful bench piece in future years.