Gunnar Henderson, SS, Morgan Academy (Ala.)
Henderson is a high school, left handed hitting shortstop that has a college commitment to a team in the SEC. Sound familiar? Last year’s selection, Brice Turang, had a commitment to LSU and is a solid left handed hitter. Henderson is in the same boat, expect committed to Auburn.
There are a few differences between Turang and Henderson though. Turang is 6’0″ and 173 pounds while Henderson is 6’3″ and 195 pounds. Now this isn’t football, so those measurables don’t mean as much, but Henderson does have a higher potential to hit for power than Turang does.
Henderson also possesses an above-average hit tool, again making him intriguing to the Brewers amateur scouting department based on their history.
The debate about Henderson is his long term defensive home. Some scouts believe he can stick at shortstop, while others believe he’ll lose some of his speed as he adds muscle, making him a more ideal fit at third base. Henderson’s highest graded tool is his arm, which scouts give a 60 on the 20-80 scale. His hit and speed tools follow closely behind at 55.
MLB Pipeline ranks Henderson as their 33rd best prospect, making him another possible candidate at 28 overall for the Brewers. He’s solid across the board, and his improved bat speed and running ability this spring has boosted his stock even further. Perhaps it’s boosted him into the back half of the first round.