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MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 29, 2014)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are on the verge of making an impact in the Major Leagues? This weekly column will rank the ten who are closest (as well as other names that are being closely considered). Keep in mind that while talent is factored in opportunity plays a major role, so there may be some “lesser” prospects who rank fairly highly on the list (the number in parenthesis is the prospects ranking from last week):

 

1) Javier Baez – Chicago Cubs – Second Baseman/Shortstop (NR)
How convenient is it that Baez has moved to second base at Triple-A just when Darwin Barney is designated for assignment and Arismendy Alcantara is moved to centerfield?  It seems perfect, doesn’t it?  We discussed Baez in detail yesterday (click here to view), so we are going to be short and concise here.  Strikeouts remain a concern (30.1% for the season), though he has shown some improvements in July (22.0%).  With the opportunity now there, coupled with his power and speed, what’s not to like outside the potential to drag down your average a little bit?

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10 Stories From 07/28/14 Box Scores: Travis d’Arnaud Finally Impressing, Should We Give Up On Jesse Chavez & More

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Ervin Santana posted his second consecutive start with 10+ K, striking out 11 over 8.0 IP.  R.A. Dickey showed why he’s worth the gamble, allowing 1 ER with 10 K against the Red Sox.  What else happened that we need to know about?  Let’s take a look:

 

1) Jason Lane solid in first Major League start…
His story is definitely an interesting one, recently converting to the mound after making a career of it as an outfielder (41 HR as a member of the Astros between 2005 and 2006).  Now 37-years old, he’s converted back to the mound and pitched fairly well at Triple-A this season (4.67 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, 4.90 K/9, 1.71 BB/9, 37.9% groundball rate).  He went 6.0 innings yesterday against the Braves pitching even better than his minor league numbers, allowing 1 ER on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 2.  It’s obvious that he has good control, but there is no strikeout stuff and there’s actually little to get excited about.  It’s a nice story, but from a fantasy perspective there’s nothing to it.

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Prospect Report: Is Javier Baez Primed To Arrive In Chicago?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know how highly rated Javier Baez is as a prospect and now it appears like the Cubs are preparing for him to arrive in the Majors. Gone is Darwin Barney with Arismendy Alcantara starting to see time in center field. Suddenly there’s a hole at 2B, coincidentally where Baez has started seeing time at Triple-A.

It all fits together nicely, with the only question being how Baez will produce upon his arrival.

There’s no questioning the power potential he provides, having hit 37 HR between High-A and Double-A a year ago. Sure you can be disappointed from him having “just” 19 HR in the Pacific Coast League this season, but he of course also has 24 doubles and 2 triples. He has a 21.3% HR/OFB this season and owns a 23.7% mark since being drafted in 2011.

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Fantasy Fallout: Darwin Barney Heading To Dodgers

Updated at 3:00 PM EST


Thoughts:
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Closer In Waiting Power Rankings (July 28, 2014): Who Is The Next Source Of Saves?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Are you someone constantly on the lookout for the next potential closer? That’s what we are trying to pinpoint here, with our Top 5 Closer In Waiting Power Rankings. These rankings look at the pitchers who appear capable of taking over their team’s respective closing duties (though in some cases, will need some help to get there). Keep in mind, if a pitcher is currently part of a committee they will not be included in these rankings despite not currently “holding” the job outright.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at how things stand (all stats are through Saturday):

 

1) Kevin Quackenbush – San Diego Padres (NR)
Current Closer – Joaquin Benoit

It remains to be seen if Benoit is going to be ticketed out of town, but there’s definitely a good chance that he’s dealt before the July 31 trade deadline.  There’s also been speculation that Dale Thayer could step into the role if a deal is made, but that also is far from a foregone conclusion.  Whether there’s a trade of Benoit or not, would it be shocking to see the Padres give Quackenbush an opportunity to prove that he’s the long-term solution in the ninth inning? Read more

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