Archive for Prospects

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 24, 2015)

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 their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Tuesday unless otherwise notes):

1) Michael Conforto – Outfielder – New York Mets (NR)
Depending on the day determines whether the rumor is that the Mets are willing to bring Conforto to the Majors or whether they are not willing to do so. With Cuddyer’s trip to the DL seeming inevitable and the Mets offense continuing to look pathetic, it appears that the Mets are finally open to the move. All the 2014 first round draft pick has done since being promoted to Double-A is hit .317 with 5 HR over 164 AB. Yes there has been some luck (.376 BABIP), but he has also made contact (18.2% strikeout rate) and shown a good eye at the plate (11.8% walk rate). Throw in 12 doubles and 3 triples (overall this season he has 24 doubles, 3 triples and 12 HR) and the upside is obvious. Whether he gets a long look or if the team ultimately goes outside the organization remains to be seen, but at this point it’s obvious that they need to give him an opportunity. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 17, 2015)

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 their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Tuesday unless otherwise notes):

1) Kyle Schwarber – Catcher/Outfielder – Chicago Cubs (8)
Miguel Montero is banged up and could miss up to six weeks, so the Cubs are expected to recall Schwarber today.  While there are questions about his ability to handle catching defensively, how do we ignore the bat? He raked in his short stint in the Majors and his demotion to Triple-A didn’t impacted him (.333/.403/.633 with 7 doubles, 1 triple and 3 home runs over 60 AB). There’s simply too much upside to ignore, even though it’s not a guarantee that he plays regularly with two other catchers already on the roster (David Ross and Taylor Teagarden). Read more

Prospect Report: Is Now The Time To Grab The Nationals’ Joe Ross?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When we talk about pitching prospects names like the Yankees’ Luis Severino or the Twins’ Jose Berrios or the Phillies’ Aaron Nola are likely first on our minds. What about Joe Ross, though? The Nationals’ right-hander certainly left fantasy owners with a positive impression in three starts earlier in the season:

  • June 6 (vs. CHC) – 5.0 IP, 3 ER, 6 H, 0 BB, 4 K
  • June 13 (at Mil) – 8.0 IP, 2 ER, 7 H, 1 BB, 8 K
  • June 19 (vs. Pit) – 7.1 IP, 1 ER, 6 H, 1 BB, 11 K

It’s an extremely small sample size, but they were impressive numbers (2.66 ERA, 1.03 WHIP) and actually have room to improve. Consider that he actually had poor luck, with a .345 BABIP despite a 17.0% line drive rate. Now throw in that he pitches in the National League, and the generally light hitting NL East, and everything is pointing in his favor.

Besides, of course, the fact that he’s currently pitching in Triple-A. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 9, 2015)

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 their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Tuesday unless otherwise notes):

1) Corey Seager – Shortstop – Los Angeles Dodgers (1)
With each passing day the struggles of Jimmy Rollins grow more and more frustrating for the Dodgers and their fans. He’s now hitting .209 with 7 HR and 6 SB (he’s been caught 7 times) and you have to wonder how much longer the team will stick with him, especially with a player like Seager waiting in the wings. Between Double & Triple-A he’s now hitting .304 with 13 HR (as well as 24 doubles and 2 triples), 44 RBI and 51 R. Arguably the top prospect left in the minor leagues, you would think that the time for change is quickly coming. The only thing that could slow it down is the fact that Los Angeles currently holds a 4.0 game lead in the NL West. If that shrinks to a game or two, the move could come quickly. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 2, 2015)

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 their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Monday unless otherwise notes):

1) Corey Seager – Shortstop – Los Angeles Dodgers (3)
Jimmy Rollins hit .219 with 2 HR and 1 SB in June as he seems incapable of getting out of his own way. There has been rumblings that he could be traded to help improve the rotation, though time will tell if that is in the works or mere speculation. The fact is that the Dodgers offense was middle of the road in June (.252 average, 121 R) and they could potentially use a spark regardless.

Seager, who is arguably the premier prospect in the minors, could provide that. In 174 PA at Triple-A he’s hitting .296 with 4 HR (though has added 12 doubles and a triple). He’s continuing to make consistent contact, with a 13.8% strikeout rate, and a 21.3% line drive rate (league average is 20.0%). The team can only hold him down for so long and given the way Rollins has been playing it’s easy to imagine his time coming quickly. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (June 18, 2015)

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 their ranking from last week and all statistics are through Monday unless otherwise notes):

1) Hector Olivera – Third Baseman – Los Angeles Dodgers (4)
All he’s done over his first 9 games in the minors (splitting time between Double and Triple-A) is hit .382 with 1 HR, 6 RBI and 5 R. Throw in just 6 K vs. 3 BB and you know it isn’t going to be long before the 30-year old reaches the Majors. The question is going to be where he plays, with most thinking Alexander Guerrero should be getting an opportunity to man the hot corner. However Don Mattingly has other ideas (as per this quote courtesy of MLB.com):

“It’s pretty much Justin,” Mattingly said, now that it appears Callaspo gets second call and Alex Guerrero has become essentially a pinch-hitter — with $62.5 million Cuban signee Hector Olivera arriving soon. Read more