Archive for Prospects

Prospect Report: Will Jesse Winker Be A Viable Fantasy Asset?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

A first round pick in 2012, the Reds’ Jesse Winker made it to Double-A last season but unfortunately had his season cut short due to an injury occurring away from the field. As C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer describes it (click here for the article):

“Winker suffered a partially torn tendon in his right wrist in a car accident earlier this month and tried to play through it, including his appearance in the Futures Game at the All-Star Game in Minneapolis, where he was 1 for 2.”

While the injury was certainly a setback, Winker continued to show his abilities on the field. Splitting time between Single and Double-A, he hit .287 with 15 HR over 341 PA. His biggest asset is his control of the strike zone, something that has clearly been impressive from the 21-year old. Read more

Prospect Report: Why Archie Bradley Seems Destined To Disappoint In 2015

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Entering 2014 there was hope that Archie Bradley would break camp with the Diamondbacks as part of the rotation. Instead he spent the entire year in the minors, when he wasn’t missing time with an elbow injury.

The results were not good, as he posted a 4.45 ERA, 1.61 WHIP, 8.13 K/9 and 5.31 BB/9 spending time at Double-A (54.2 IP) and Triple-A (24.1 IP). Before we say the performance was due to the injury and missed time, his control has actually been an issue since being drafted with the 7th overall selection in 2011.

Over 373.0 innings in the minors Bradley owns a 4.87 BB/9. Strikeout upside or not, that’s simply not a number that’s going to get the job done.

Granted, he does have the potential to rack up the strikeouts. Prior to the season Rich Wilson of Prospect 361 described his stuff by saying: Read more

Prospect Report: Did Domingo Santana Make Any Step Forward In 2014?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Domingo Santana looked like he was primed to make a significant jump in 2014, then he got his opportunity in the Majors… After that, things appeared to spiral in the wrong direction for him. While we can’t say with any certainty if his 14 K performance over 17 AB in the Majors caused his slide, it’s easy to imagine. Of course, maybe his “improvements” earlier in the season were more wishful thinking than anything.

Prior to the season Baseball America ranked him as the team’s ninth best prospect saying:

“At the plate, Santana’s long arms ensure that he’ll always strike out some, something he exacerbates with a high hand position, which forces the bat to travel a long way to get through the zone. But when he gets his arms extended, he can hit the ball out of the park to all fields. At Double-A Corpus Christi in 2013, 11 of his 25 home runs went to right or center field.”

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Prospect Review: Is Francisco Lindor Ready To Emerge In 2015?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Let’s kick off our prospect review with the Indians’ Francisco Lindor. While there had been hope that he would join the Major League team after the trade of Asdrubal Cabrera, it was not to be. Instead he split time between Double and Triple-A posting the following lines:

  • Double-A – .278, 6 HR, 49 RBI, 51 R, 25 SB (388 PA)
  • Triple-A – .273, 5 HR, 13 RBI, 24 R, 3 SB (180 PA)

The 8th overall pick in the 2011 draft, with those numbers we have to start wondering if he’s a better player in real life as opposed to fantasy. There was no power… There was moderate speed… Heck, even the average doesn’t hurt you, but it also doesn’t help you either…

First lets tackle the stolen bases, which was a nice total but he also was caught 16 times (63.6% success rate). That’s obviously something he can improve upon, with proper instruction, but he has work to do. Read more

Dynastic Direction: 1B With Power: Greg Bird, Joey Gallo & Matt Olson

by Ivar G. Anderson

This is the final Dynastic Direction article this season. I am going to see some Arizona Fall League games at the end of October/beginning on November, so if I do see something interesting out in the desert you may get a bonus article (or have to suffer through another of my dry pieces about players that may never amount to a hill of beans). I plan on returning next spring or perhaps late winter, so if you want to know about anybody particular, drop me a note and I will do my best.

 

Greg Bird 1B NYY (Double-A Trenton Thunder/Eastern League)
Bird’s OBP is a point in his favor, which plays well with his plus power. He stroked 20 homers in 458 AB in 2013, although that slugging aspect was not so evident in 2014 where he only managed to put up 14 dingers over 369 AB.

He has a good eye, working walks out of the opposing hurler. He also hits for a good average for a power hitter, based on excellent bat speed. He does not also have any speed in legs, unfortunately, and he is not very athletic as he is said to lack agility in the field. Think Adam Dunn, if that helps. Read more

Prospect Report: Could The Orioles’ Christian Walker Prove Viable Over The Final Week?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

On Wednesday the Orioles recalled 1B Christian Walker. With the division already in hand, it makes sense for the team to give him a try and see if he could potentially fill the hole left by Chris Davis’ suspension. Will he play every day? Probably not, though it’s also not out of the question.

Walker enjoyed some success at both Double and Triple-A this season, though there were obvious questions facing him entering the season. Falling short of all of the major Top 10 prospect lists, John Sickels of Minor League Ball ranked him #17 among Orioles prospects saying:

“Polished University of South Carolina product ripped A-ball pitching, hit .300/.362/.453 overall despite Double-A slump. Scouts wonder if he’ll have enough power for a big league first baseman.”

His time at Double-A this season helped to answer the power question, as he slashed .301/.367/.516 with 20 HR in 411 PA. The power did regress upon reaching Triple-A (6 HR in 188 PA), but it wasn’t his HR/OFB that fell it was simply the number of balls he put in the air (below is OFB // HR/OFB): Read more