Archive for Prospects

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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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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Dynastic Direction: Three Outfield Prospects: Eloy Jiminez, Michael Papi & Dalton Pompey

by Ivar G. Anderson

This week we are going to examine three outfielders who may or may not develop into players that can be counted on for everyday performance. As it is with every one of the prospects I cover, there are no guarantees in the dynasty projection business. Still, it is so rewarding to find that one player that no one else in your league even knows exists, isn’t it?

 

Eloy Jiminez OF CHC (Rookie League AZL Cubs/Arizona League) The Cubs jumped at the chance to sign the then 16-year old Dominican (he turned 17 last November), the top-ranked prospect in 2013, as many teams were well aware that at 6’4” and 198 pounds he was poised to develop into a future star. He boasts a strong throwing arm together with what scouts like to term “quick hands,” which portend good things going forward defensively as a future corner outfielder.

He has raw power, but there are questions about his ability to hit for average.  In 2014 his slash line is .286/.333/.500, admittedly in a small sample size of 56 AB. He is also 2-for-2 in steal attempts.

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Prospect Report: Could Francisco Lindor Prove To Be Fantasy Relevant?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Indians recently promoted their 2011 first round draft pick (8th overall) to Triple-A, putting him on the doorstep of the Majors. While he may not get an opportunity in 2014, even if Asdrubal Cabrera were to head to the DL (he’s banged up right now with back spasms and the team has left Lindor at Triple-A), there’s little doubt that he’s in the team’s plans for 2015. Cabrera is assuredly going to head out as a free agent, leaving the shortstop job for Lindor to assume.

The question for fantasy owners is if he has the potential to make an impact or if he is better left for someone else to jump aboard the hype train.

He had 388 PA at Double-A prior to his promotion, hitting .278 with 6 HR and 25 SB. With just 2 HR in 463 PA in 2013, there’s little question that power is not currently his calling card. With just 12 doubles and 4 triples, giving him a .389 SLG, there doesn’t appear to be an immediate power infusion on the horizon for the 20-year old. It’s not impossible that he adds more power as he gains strength and experience, but it would appear that 15-ish home runs is his ultimate upside. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 22, 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) Joc Pederson – Los Angeles Dodgers – Outfielder (4)
In his first three games since coming off the DL Pederson is trying to prove that he needs to be brought to the Majors immediately.  All he’s done is go 4-10 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 5 R and 4 SB, so basically just another ho hum performance.  He’s only struck out twice, while walking four times as well.  Obviously the strikeouts are the biggest concern with him, at 28.1% for the season (though he’s at 23.5% in 34 PA in July), as there is no questioning his ability to both hit for power and steal bases.

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Dynastic Direction: Three Catching Propects: Swihart, Coulter & Murphy

by Ivar G. Anderson

No rest for the dynasty owner, even during the All-Star break shortened fantasy week, as it’s time to look at some backstops working their way up the ladder of the minor leagues. One of these players may be on a MLB team by the time 2015 arrives, but a little longer development time is probably in store for all three of the catchers profiled below.

 

Blake Swihart BOS C (Double-A Portland Sea Dogs/Eastern League) When the Red Sox unceremoniously let A.J. Pierzynski go and promoted Christian Vazquez from Triple-A Pawtucket, it was thought that Swihart would move up a rung. Not so fast, says Boston GM Ben Cherington. The current thought is to let the Double-A Eastern League All-Star continue to develop where he is currently stationed. He is still learning the position, having been primarily a third baseman in high school. In fact, if Vazquez works out to be the Red Sox catcher of the future Swihart may find himself moved back to the hot corner.

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