Archive for Prospects

Prospect Report: Can Randal Grichuk Emerge As A Starter In St. Louis?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When Randal Grichuk was sent to the Cardinals as part of the David Freese trade, little was thought of the move. St. Louis already had a lot of young outfielders, so why should we expect anything to come of him? Buried behind Oscar Taveras and others, many assumed Grichuk would simply later be used as trade bait to strengthen the team elsewhere.

That never happened, as Grichuk erupted at Triple-A. In 472 plate appearances he hit .259, but with 25 HR and 8 SB. The line led to him getting 116 PA in the Majors, adding another 3 HR.

While we can point to the PCL as being partly responsible for the power surge, he has increased his HR/OFB each of the past three years in the minors:

  • 2012 (High-A) – 11.8%
  • 2013 (Double-A) – 16.1%
  • 2014 (Triple-A) – 21.6%

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Prospect Report: Is Addison Russell A Must Stash Option In All Formats?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We all know the type of prospect Addison Russell is, but he could be moving positions? Bruce Levine recently sent the following Tweet:

“Theo on Shortstops – Told Addison Russsell to get ready to play multiple positions”

With Starlin Castro and Javier Baez also in the organization (at least for now), it makes sense. Reports have Russell getting exposure at second base in the Arizona Fall League, where we saw Baez play late in the year (as well as struggle offensively).

Sam Dykstra of MILB.com (click here for the article) called Russell a “defender with a 55-grade fielding tool and 60-grade arm per MLB.com”. The scale is 0-80, so while solid numbers they also aren’t overly impressive either. It certainly doesn’t rule out a permanent move to 2B in his future, though time will tell. Read more

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