Brayan Rocchio

22-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Cleveland Guardians AAA
2023 Fantasy Outlook
As Rocchio, a switch-hitting shortstop who turns 22 this offseason, nears MLB readiness, his fit on the Guardians might be becoming a bigger question than his skill set. Andres Gimenez and Amed Rosario are theoretically entering their primes and they were worth a combined 8.5 fWAR last year. Part of the reason teams like Cleveland build with up-the-middle position players is so that they can move down the defensive spectrum when needed, but none of Rocchio/Gimenez/Rosario have the power typically associated with the corners, and Jose Ramirez probably isn't going anywhere. While he waits his turn at Triple-A, Rocchio could work on doing more damage when he makes contact. He has excellent bat-to-ball skills (84.7 Contact% at Triple-A), but too often he was swinging at pitchers' pitches and making weak contact (50.4 GB%). Rocchio has only run a high BABIP once in full-season ball (.350 at Double-A in 2021), so that excellent run (135 wRC+) should probably be considered the outlier until he improves his contact quality. He was 14-for-23 on stolen-base attempts, so that's another area he could improve. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a contract with the Indians in July of 2017.
Sent down to Triple-A
SSCleveland Guardians  AAA
June 6, 2023
Rocchio was optioned to Triple-A Columbus on Monday.
Josh Bell is expected back from paternity leave Tuesday against the Red Sox, so Rocchio is headed back to the minors. The rookie infielder has had a few stints in the big leagues but hasn't been given much of an opportunity to this point.
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Since 2021vs Left 1.000 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
Since 2021vs Right .333 12 0 0 1 0 .167 .167 .167
2023vs Left 1.000 2 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500
2023vs Right .333 12 0 0 1 0 .167 .167 .167
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Since 2021Away .429 14 0 0 1 0 .214 .214 .214
2023Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2023Away .429 14 0 0 1 0 .214 .214 .214
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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How does Brayan Rocchio compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
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Exit Velocity
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Sprint Speed
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Rocchio gets lazily tagged as a high-floor/low-ceiling prospect, but a 20-year-old switch-hitting infielder who hits 15 home runs, steals 21 bases and slashes .277/.346/.460 as one of the youngest players at High-A and Double-A would seem to be a pretty appealing prospect in dynasty leagues. What makes Rocchio's season more impressive is the fact that he got better as the season went on and his competition got stronger. He had a 135 wRC+ at Double-A versus a 110 mark at High-A, and slashed .295/.370/.492 from June 1 on. Nicknamed The Professor, Rocchio has excellent instincts and intangibles, and he is clearly a player who has improved each season of his pro career. He has yet to walk at high clips in pro ball, but he also hasn't logged alarming strikeout rates, and it's hard to ding him too much for the lack of walks given how aggressively he's been pushed up the ladder. He is built like the organization's former switch-hitting franchise shortstop, Francisco Lindor, and thus many are skeptical of his power potential in the majors. Rocchio's swing is even eerily similar to Lindor's, and it's worth noting that Lindor never logged a minor-league ISO anywhere near the .212 mark Rocchio posted at Double-A. At the very least, he should play everyday and steal double-digit bases, but there's a very real chance Rocchio is a legitimate five-category anchor in his prime. He could set himself up for an everyday job in 2023.
A slight 5-foot-10, 160 pounds, Rocchio may never rank highly on exit velocity or barrel leaderboards, but he is about as safe a bet to make the majors as a hitting prospect who has never played full-season ball can be. Travel restrictions during the pandemic prevented Rocchio from returning from Venezuela for Cleveland's alternate training site or the fall instructional league, but he went 3-for-6 with a home run and a strikeout in four games during big-league spring training before the shutdown. His potential as a plus hitter with plus speed is the main selling point for dynasty leagues. He is a significantly better bet to stick at shortstop than org. mate Tyler Freeman, although Freeman has an even better hit tool and more power. The game comes easy to the switch-hitting Rocchio, so he could spend little time at Low-A during his age-20 season before getting the bump to High-A.
Nicknamed "The Professor", Rocchio is incredibly advanced for his age on both sides of the ball. At 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, he needs to be polished, as he is one of the least physically imposing players on the field at all times. His best offensive trait is elite bat-to-ball skill. He was the youngest hitter in the New York-Penn League, yet his 13.6 K% was the fourth-best rate on the circuit. Rocchio is a plus runner, but has not excelled at putting that speed to work on the bases (63.2% success rate in 57 career stolen-base attempts). He will never grow into above-average power but could hit 10-15 home runs during his peak years. Rocchio lacks a plus arm, but every other aspect of his shortstop defense is excellent, so at worst he would be a plus defender at second base. Given his lack of power and physicality, Rocchio needs to develop at least a plus hit tool to be an everyday player.
He is only listed at 5-foot-10, 150 pounds, but the switch-hitting Rocchio is already the apple of many Arizona-based scouts' eyes. A July 2, 2017 signee, Rocchio only netted a $125,000 bonus out of Venezuela -- top international prospects typically get seven figures. However, many evaluators now project a plus hit tool with plus speed and zero questions about his ability to stick in the middle infield. As the third-youngest hitter in the AZL, Rocchio finished third in the league in AVG (.343), had the fourth-lowest K% (10.8), ranked fifth in steals (14) and managed to post a 137 wRC+ despite hitting just one home run in 158 PA. The "will he hit for power?" questions will undoubtedly follow him up the ladder until he silences those critics on the field, but given his age, defensive home and hit tool, nobody should care how many home runs he hits in 2019 or 2020. Rocchio is an ascending asset whose floor is higher than any of his classmates, save Wander Franco.
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Back in majors
SSCleveland Guardians  AAA
June 2, 2023
The Guardians recalled Rocchio from Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Returns to Triple-A
SSCleveland Guardians  AAA
May 19, 2023
The Guardians optioned Rocchio to Triple-A Columbus on Friday, Zack Meisel of The Athletic reports.
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Gets first MLB start
SSCleveland Guardians  AAA
May 17, 2023
Rocchio will start at shortstop and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
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Receiving promotion
SSCleveland Guardians  AAA
May 16, 2023
The Guardians will recall Rocchio from Triple-A Columbus prior to Tuesday's game against the White Sox, Daniel Alvarez-Montes of reports.
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Headed back to Triple-A
SSCleveland Guardians  AAA
April 20, 2023
The Guardians optioned Rocchio to Triple-A Columbus on Thursday.
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