At the waiver trade deadline yesterday the Arizona Diamondbacks traded veteran outfielder Michael Bourn to the Baltimore Orioles. In exchange, the desert-dwellers receive outfield prospect Jason Heinrich. Here's a quick profile.
Jason Heinrich, OF: Heinrich was drafted by the Orioles in the fifth round in 2015 from high school in New Port Richey, Florida. He had a University of Central Florida commitment but signed without problems, then hit .270/.360/.382 in 152 at-bats in the Gulf Coast Rookie League. Promoted to the New York-Penn League for 2016, he was hitting .231/.301/.347 through 147 at-bats for the Aberdeen Ironbirds.
Listed at 6-1, 205, Heinrich is a right-handed hitter and thrower born June 7, 1996 (in Anchorage, Alaska of all places). In high school he had a reputation as a strong power hitter but fell in the draft due to defensive questions, concerns about contact, and his college commitment. He is quite strong physically and has above-average raw power, but so far his swing does not translate that strength into home runs very often outside of batting practice. His plate discipline isn't terrible and he has a good arm, but lack of speed and general athleticism are a hindrance.
There's some upside here, but right now Heinrich is more of a Grade C development project rather than someone who will make a rapid impact.