Yankees Top 30 Prospects for 2021: Trevor Hauver (2B/OF, #23)
Coming from the Arizona State Sun Devils, Trevor Hauver was the protection to Spencer Torkelson (the #1 Draft Pick in 2020) in the line-up and was a great pick up for the Yankees in the 3rd round. While his future position is moderately in question between second base and the outfield, he has incredible plate presence and will be a solid hitter. I see him moving through the minors faster than most.
TREVOR HAUVER, 2B/OF (#23):
Age/Date of Birth: 22 Years Old (11/20/1998)
Most Recent Team(s) (Level and Year): None professionally.
Most Recent Yearly Statistics (2019): None professionally.
Height/Weight: 6’0”/205 Pounds
Acquired: Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2020 MLB First Year Player Draft by the New York Yankees with the 99th overall pick.
MLB ETA: 2023
TREVOR HAUVER SCOUTING GRADES (20-80 SCALE):
What to Know:
Originally drafted as an infielder by the Kansas City Royals in the 37th Round of the 2017 MLB Draft, Trevor Hauver instead opted to attend Arizona State (NCAA D-I, PAC-12; Tempe, AZ) as part of a great recruiting class which had 4 of Trevor’s teammates drafted with him through the first 3 rounds. This lead the Yankees to get him in his 2020 draft eligible year with a $587,400 signing bonus out of the 3rd round.
While at Arizona State, Hauver transitioned from the infield to the outfield after his freshman year as the Sun Devils had too many good infielders on the roster. While he played moderately his freshman year, Hauver did see his breakout year his sophomore season as he made the PAC-12 honorable mention team as the lead-off hitter and a propensity to hit in the clutch (.450 BA with RISP and a .403 BA in Innings 7-9).
In his Junior year, Trevor Hauver was moved to 3rd in the line-up, slotting behind the eventual 2020 #1 Draft Pick in Spencer Torkelson, and where Hauver provided great protection. Over the shortened season, Hauver would go on to hit .339 with 5 HR’s, 20 RBI’s, 15 K’s, and 20 BB’s over 17 games, alongside an OPS of 1.189. This also included a 15 game hitting streak from Game 3 to Game 17 and a 16 game on-base streak starting in Game 2.
As a hitter there is no question as to if Trevor Hauver can produce. He has a great command of the plate with being able to work pitchers and according to his scouting report he, “exudes confidence”. He also offers good strength which brings about good raw power and the ability to hit for average, power, and still take a walk.
The main concerns with his game comes in the field as Hauver now seems to be without a set position. After 2 years of NCAA outfield experience, the Yankees still see him as an infielder and likely a second baseman. He doesn’t have an incredibly strong arm, yields a decent glove, and does not have great speed. If trying to bring him back to his freshman year position doesn’t pan out, Hauver is likely looking at being a Left Fielder or First Baseman, though that is like not to happen any time soon.
What Will the Future Hold?
Unfortunately, the Yankees have a very full lower minor leagues, but Trevor Hauver is likely to find his professional career with the Tampa Tarpons (Low Single A, Southeast), although I could see him being moved up to the Hudson Valley Renegades (High Single A, North) quicker than most. His bat will continue to play no matter the level and and the transition back from metal to wood should be minor. The big adjustments for his game will be figuring out where he’ll play, which is a big Yankees decision that could potentially be as a utility guy.
With a quick jump to Hudson Valley, Hauver would find himself right in the sweet-spot to hit a 2023 MLB ETA as it would allow him to succeed at each level in the minors for a season (Double-A in 2022, Triple-A in 2023) before a late-season call-up. Personally, I am high on Hauver as I think he posses a solid game with the bat, which will play up when he finds himself solidly cemented on defense by moving back to second base.