Gunnar Henderson

20-Year-Old ShortstopSS
Baltimore Orioles AA
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Henderson performed well statistically at the level he was supposed to perform well at (Low-A as a 19-year-old) but he struggled after aggressive assignments to High-A and Double-A. He struck out too much, even when he was having success, logging a 30.9 K% on the season. Henderson uses the whole field well and comfortably projects for plus power -- he hit 17 home runs and 28 doubles in 105 games, primarily against more advanced competition. However, so far, Henderson looks like a better prospect for OBP leagues than AVG leagues, given that he walked or struck out in 43% of his plate appearances last season. He is an average runner with some stiffness and a thicker lower half, so he may end up moving to third base and probably won't be a major threat on the bases, although he does have good instincts. It is noteworthy when a 20-year-old gets the bump to Double-A, and that's likely where Henderson will return this season, but for now, he projects as a three-category contributor in standard roto leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a $2.3 million contract with the Orioles in June of 2019.
Named Double-A Player of the Week
SSBaltimore Orioles  AA
May 10, 2022
Henderson was named the Eastern League Player of the Week with Double-A Bowie, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
Henderson went 9-for-17 (.529) with a home run, four RBI, five runs scored and four stolen bases in his last five games. He's now slashing .309/.459/.506 through 25 games at the Double-A level this season, which bodes well for his chances of moving up to Triple-A Norfolk some time in the summer.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
By all accounts, Henderson was the most pleasant surprise this past summer at the Orioles' alternate training site and in the fall instructional league. A 6-foot-3, 195-pound shortstop who bats left-handed, Henderson was selected out of high school with the No. 42 overall pick in 2019 and held his own (103 wRC+) in the Gulf Coast League after signing. There were some mechanical adjustments made last year to Henderson's lower half that allowed him to have success over the summer as the youngest player at the alternate site. He is only an average runner and could slow down before he reaches the majors, so the hope is that he will hit for average and power to make up for the fact that he won't be a major source of stolen bases. He will likely head to Low-A, and if he is as good as advertised, he could get a bump to High-A before his 20th birthday in late June.
Henderson received $2.3 million (equivalent to the slot value of the No. 31 overall pick) when the Orioles selected him with the 42nd pick in 2019. While he was young for his class, not turning 18 until June 29, Henderson's Gulf Coast League showing wasn't particularly impressive. He hit .259/.331/.370 with one home run and two steals on four attempts in 121 PA. Seen as a sum-of-the-parts prospect without a standout tool, he does not stand out as an appealing dynasty-league target, although he should be rostered in deeper leagues. He uses the whole field and could develop above-average power as he fills out his 6-foot-3, 195-pound frame. He is just an average runner, which also limits the fantasy appeal.
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Smooth start at Double-A
SSBaltimore Orioles  AA
April 26, 2022
Henderson is batting .261/.429/.457 through 14 games with Double-A Bowie this season.
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Promoted to Double-A
SSBaltimore Orioles  AA
September 13, 2021
Henderson was promoted to Double-A Bowie on Monday, Nathan Ruiz of The Baltimore Sun reports.
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Getting right in High-A
SSBaltimore Orioles  AA
July 24, 2021
Henderson has hit .313 with three homers and four steals across his last 16 games for High-A Aberdeen.
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Struggling since promotion
SSBaltimore Orioles  AA
July 4, 2021
Henderson is hitting just .032/.295/.032 across 44 plate appearances since his promotion to High-A Aberdeen.
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Promoted to High-A
SSBaltimore Orioles  AA
June 20, 2021
Henderson was promoted to High-A Aberdeen on Sunday, Roch Kubatko of reports.
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