Archive for Prospects

Prospect Detour: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp & Will Ronald Acuna Disappoint In 2018?

Do you check our Prospect Page on a daily basis?  If not you should be!  We’ve posted two articles today that you may find interesting:

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors
  1. Ronald Acuna – Atlanta Braves – Outfielder
  2. Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – Outfielder
  3. Michael Kopech – Chicago White Sox – Right-Handed Pitcher

To view the full rankings, click here.

Acuna Finally Arrives With Much Hype, But That Doesn’t Mean “No Worries” (What Type Of Production To Expect)

Late last night the news broke that the Braves were set to recall Ronald Acuna, the consensus top prospect in baseball.  It’s a surprise that it took this long, to an extent, though a slow start at Triple-A was part of the reason (maybe you want to attribute that to the disappointment of not making the MLB roster out of Spring Training).  As it is, even after putting up a .300 average over his past 10 games you can argue that the numbers are relatively unimpressive:

.232 (16-69), 1 HR, 2 RBI, 9 R, 4 SB

He hadn’t struck out in three straight games, but he leaves Triple-A with 2 K in his final game and a complete lack of extra base hits (1 double, 1 HR).  That has to make you wonder, exactly what can we expect from him upon reaching the Majors

To view the full rankings, click here.

Prospect Detour: After A Surprising Recall, Is Lourdes Gurriel Worth Our Attention?

Do you check our Prospect Page on a daily basis?  If not you should be!  Yesterday we took a look at the recently recalled Lourdes Gurriel and tried to decide if he was worth adding.  Let’s take a look:

The Blue Jays signed Lourdes Gurriel, the younger brother of Yulieski Gurriel, with a lot of hype after his defection from Cuba.  His first professional season didn’t go as planned, hitting .229 with 5 HR and 3 SB over 236 AB between High-A and Double-A.  Those numbers caused the now 24-year old to fall off the map for many, but a quick start to 2018 has changed that.

First he was tearing it up at Double-A (.347/.382/.510) over his first 12 games, then came today’s news that he’d earned a promotion directly to the Majors.  There obviously are questions about his playing time, but it’s not like Toronto has been getting tremendous production from either middle infield spot:

  • Second Base – .169/.250/.200 (the SLG is worst in the league)
  • Shortstop – .233/.313/.517 (the SLG is Top 10, but the AVG/OBP are both mediocre)

To read the rest of the article, click here.

2018 Pre-Season Top 100 Prospect List Released!

Over on our Prospect Page we released our 2018 Pre-Season Top 100 Prospect List!!  To give you a little sneak peek, here’s the Top 5:

  1. Ronald Acuna – Atlanta Braves – OF
  2. Victor Robles – Washington Nationals – OF
  3. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Toronto Blue Jays – 3B
  4. Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres – SS
  5. Shohei Otani – Los Angeles Angels – RHP

Make sure to check out the entire Top 100 by clicking here!


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All NL East Top 10 Prospect Lists Are Live!

Are you reading our Prospect Page?  If you haven’t been you should be, as our 2018 Top 10 prospect lists have started to roll out.  Earlier this week we completed all five NL East teams, so make sure you check them out and continue checking the page for the latest releases.

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Prospect Detour: What To Expect From The Newly Recalled Rhys Hoskins?

Over on our Prospect Page this morning we posted our expectations for the now recalled Rhys Hoskins for the rest of the season.  Is he going to make an instant impact?  Is he going to be a non-factor?

Here’s a quick excerpt:

“His home rate has taken a small step back this year, averaging a HR once every 16.8 PA (as opposed to every 15.5 while at Double-A). A less hitter friendly home ballpark likely is a factor (he hit 25 of his 38 HR at home in ’16), but clearly he has the ability to hit it out anywhere. At the same time he may be more of a 25-28 HR hitter, even playing in Philadelphia, which will again play into the average”

Make sure to read the article in it’s entirety by clicking here.

What To Expect: Is Rafael Devers Really A Must Add In All Formats?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Rafael Devers has been summoned from Triple-A in advance of the Trade Deadline.  Why shouldn’t the Red Sox see if he can handle the spotlight before shipping off valuable future assets?  The question now is what should we expect to see from him, as fantasy owners are going wild in an attempt to find a way to add him to their rosters.

The first thing to look at is if he’ll be utilized more in a platoon role, as opposed to an everyday option.  While we aren’t going to draw conclusions off of 35 impressive AB at Triple-A (.400, 2 HR, 4 RBI), let’s look at his splits from 287 AB at Double-A in ’17:

  • RHP – .306/.368/.625
  • LHP – .282/.370/.423

While he doesn’t post as high of a SLG (4 doubles and 2 HR), he clearly wasn’t over-matched with 15 K vs. 10 BB over 71 AB against southpaws.  This comes after 0 HR against LHP at High-A in ’16, though again his 28 K vs. 17 BB over 151 AB (helping him to a .278 average) is promising.  The fact that he’s done this, while still just 20-years old, makes the performance that much more impressive. Read more