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Prospect Report: Why The Braves’ Mike Foltynewicz Belongs On Our Radars

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It may have been a surprise to see the Braves Mike Foltynewicz ranked so highly on our recent Prospect Power Rankings, but this quote from MILB.com’s Danny Wild (click here for the article) has got to catch your attention:

“Mike Foltynewicz’s fastball lit up the Norfolk radar gun at 99 mph in the eighth inning Monday night as the right-hander eclipsed the 100-pitch mark.”

Any pitcher who can throw that hard that late in the game has to jump out at us. Ranked by Baseball America as the 59th best prospect prior to 2014, Foltynewicz was traded to the Braves in the offseason as part of the Evan Gattis deal. While he failed to crack the rotation to open the season, he may not be far away given the inclusion of Eric Stults & Trevor Cahill at the back of the rotation.

Foltynewicz made his Major League debut last season and swing and miss stuff does not appear to be an issue (9.3 K/9 over 119.1 innings at Triple-A). He’s also proven capable of generating enough groundballs, with a 44.9% mark since 2011. The question has always been if he can avoid the walk, something he’s clearly struggled with in recent years: Read more

Buy ‘Em or Deny ‘Em: Traded To Tampa Bay, Does Erasmo Ramirez Hold Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The trade probably won’t catch many fantasy owner’s attention, but the Tampa Ba Rays sent former top prospect Mike Montgomery to the Seattle Mariners for Erasmo Ramirez late yesterday.  With the Rays’ rotation riddled with injuries and the team desperate for backend starters, Ramirez should immediately slide into the rotation and could hold fantasy appeal (as long as he’s starting)…  Maybe?

Ramirez got off to a good start this spring, but has struggled as of late with his ERA and WHIP both ballooning (6.23 and 1.46).  Over his past two outings he’s allowed 9 R (7 earned) on 10 H over 4.0 innings.  It’s spring, so we don’t want to read too much into it, but it’s also not like he hasn’t had issues before.

Over 206.2 innings in the Majors he’s posted a 1.35 HR/9, to go along with underwhelming marks in the trio of categories we look at: Read more

Quick Hit: Could Yasmany Tomas Be Headed To The Minors?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

This is a bit of a surprise, as there hadn’t been any previous talks about Tomas opening the year in the minors.  He has struggled thus far this spring hitting .237 with 1 HR and 3 RBI over 38 RBI.  He has also struck out 8 times vs. just 1 walk.

Part of the reason the Diamondbacks could have the flexibility to make a move like this is the other intriguing options they have at the two spots Tomas could fill.

Third Base – Jake Lamb has had a strong spring (.281/.385/.594) and has the upside to be the regular third baseman, though strikeouts could be an issue initially (22.6% at Double-A in ’14, ballooning to 27.8% in the Majors).   Read more

Fallout From Smaller Deals (Parra, Marisnick, Cosart & Much More)

Astros have confirmed the deal, with RHP Frances Martes also going to Houston and OF Austin Wates heading to Miami.

This deal just got a whole lot bigger.  Marisnick has seen time in the Major League outfield and has a lot of potential.  He should immediately slide into the Astros outfield and becomes a must add in all formats.  Moran was the the Marlins 2013 first round pick and figures to be a few years away, but the 6th overall pick is obviously highly regarded in the long-ter.

As for Cosart, he should definitely benefit from the move away from Houston an into Miami.  While he hasn’t missed enough bats thus far (5.80 K/9), he’s going to the NL, has shown improved control and owns a 56.5% groundball rate.  There is upside there.  Hernandez is another solid piece and it’s conceivable that he steps in as the Marlins 2B immediately.  Definitely one to watch, Read more

Trade Deadline Deal Tracker

We are going to be bringing you instant analysis on all of the deals up until the deadline, so use this post to quickly access the latest!

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Fantasy Fallout: Oscar Taveras Recalled, Allen Craig Likely Odd Man Out

According to Derrick ago old (via Twitter):

“Oscar Taveras recalled by #Cardinals.”


Fallout:
It’s one simple sentence, but also one that has significant ramifications for fantasy owners. Taveras was slated to come in at #2 on tomorrow’s Prospect Power Rankings, and I had written:

“We all know that his first taste of the Majors didn’t go as well as anyone would’ve hoped, but that really shouldn’t be that big of  surprise (as we’ve said before, prospects that produce immediately are not the norm).  Taveras simply has too much talent to ignore, and he’s continued to show it at Triple-A.  Next time he gets the opportunity, and there will be a next time in 2014, he should produce significantly better.  Don’t let the poor start concern you.”

Taveras is not the type of player that you call up to let rot away on the bench. There’s no doubt that he’s up to play, and hopefully provide a spark to a team that is in desperate need of one. He’s worth owning in most formats immediately, thanks to the upside potential. Read more