Archive for Prospects

Deep League Waiver Worthy: Should The Angels’ Matt Long Be On Your Radar?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

First it was Josh Hamilton who was lost for an extended period of time.  Now we’ve learned that Kole Calhoun has joined him on the DL, being sidelined for the next 4-6 weeks with an ankle injury.  The initial move was to recall Brennan Boesch, who will join J.B. Shuck and Collin Cowgill to fill the sudden void in the Angels’ outfield.  Yes, Raul Ibanez could be thrown out there on occasion as well, but just how much remains to be seen.

One player who doesn’t get much attention is Matt Long, who is currently marinating at Triple-A.  The numbers aren’t overly impressive, as he’s struggled to make contact early on this season, but he’s definitely shown signs.  Through Wednesday he was hitting .222 with 2 HR, 5 RBI, 12 R and 3 SB.

“Platoon/role player type but could prove useful if he gets hot at the right time.”
– John Sickels of Minor League Ball

The big red flag has been 21 K in his 45 AB (39.6%), but that has never been an issue for him before:

  • 2011 (High-A/Double-A) – 15.0%
  • 2012 (Double-A/Triple-A) – 17.7%
  • 2013 (Double-A/Triple-A) – 20.0%

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Dynastic Direction: 3B Prospects: Colin Moran, Cheslor Cuthbert & Corey Seager

by Ivar G. Anderson

Last week, I talked about three starting pitchers that have the potential to be solid rotation options in the next year or two. This week we shift our focus to three third base candidates who are tagged as compelling prospects with a possibility to see the big leagues at the end of this season, or perhaps 2015.

 

Colin Moran 3B MIA
The 21-year old former Tar Heel was the 6th overall pick in the 2013 draft by the Marlins. He has landed in a good spot, as the Miami third base situation is wide open for a good, young hitter. Moran projects out as more of a gap hitter than a pure power guy, but he did manage to pound out four HR in just 154 AB in his first professional season, as well as posting a .299/.354/.442 slash line in Low-A Greensboro.

He continues to demonstrate the superb plate discipline that he exhibited in his college career at North Carolina, and as a plus has a strong arm which will help keep him at third base (although he only has average range). The Marlins like to promote their prospects so he could be in the majors by 2015, despite beginning 2014 back at Greensboro. He also is currently sitting idle on the DL, with a medial meniscus sprain (left knee), but should be promoted to High-A Jupiter once he is back on the field.

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Prospect On Deck Circle: Chicago Cubs (Updated 04/17/14)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just because you are a team’s top prospect doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be the first one called up should a need arise. With that in mind, we are going to try to keep you up-to-date as to who the closest at each spot is for each Major League franchise:

 

Catcher – Nothing of Note
For all the impressive prospect depth the Cubs own, a young catcher close to the Majors is not among it’s assets. Luis Flores and Eli Whiteside are currently at Triple-A, though neither would make much of an impact if forced into duty.

 

Corner Infielder – Kris Bryant
He’s currently playing at Double-A, but you could easily argue that he will leapfrog someone like Christian Villanueva (who is struggling) should a need arise. The 2013 first round pick is certainly trying to force the Cubs’ hand early on, hitting .273 with 3 HR and 2 SB over his first 33 AB.

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Prospect On Deck Circle: Colorado Rockies (Updated 04/15/14)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Just because you are a team’s top prospect doesn’t necessarily mean that you will be the first one called up should a need arise. With that in mind, we are going to try to keep you up-to-date as to who the closest at each spot is for each Major League franchise:

 

Catcher – Tom Murphy
Sure he’s at Double-A, but the catching trio at Triple-A (Jackson Williams, Matt McBride, Michael McKenry) are more organizational depth than anything.  Murphy is the future, and he could be closer to the Majors than we think.

At worst, he could join the Rockies along with their top pitching prospects due to familiarity with them. There is no questioning his power (22 HR in 357 AB last season) and Baseball America gave him good marks on his defense, which isn’t a fantasy concern but does impact if he’s recalled or not: Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 Prospects On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (April 15, 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) Kevin Gausman – Baltimore Orioles – Starting Pitcher (2)
He has the stuff to be one of the premier pitchers in the game, despite the subpar results in the Majors in 2013.  The Orioles only let him throw 71 and 69 pitches, respectively, in his first two starts so that should tell us that they are pacing him to keep him available late in the season (he threw 129.2 innings in 2013).  He does have 5 BB in his 10.2 innings thus far this season, but that’s more of an aberration than anything.  Consider him one of the elite talents in the league.

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Dynastic Direction: Potential #2 Starting Pitchers: Mike Foltynewicz, Alex Meyer and Andrew Heaney

by Ivar G. Anderson

In the garden of minor league prospects, starting pitchers are akin to the summer squash or zucchini (plentiful and abundant). Does that mean they are sure things? Heck no, for as we have seen this spring and early into the season pitchers are a fragile lot, subject to bruises that diminish their value, sometimes for years. As a dynasty owner, however, you sometimes just have to shrug and accept that loss of performance is part of the overall package you receive when you invest in young arms.

Today I want to profile three starting pitchers that project out to scouts as potential number two arms in an MLB rotation. Not aces, but very solid and certain to be drafted or scooped off the wire when they make their debuts on the major league scene, whether that be this upcoming season or next year. For us dynasty owners the time to grab these guys is now, if they are even available, or consider making a move to snag them for your future rotation’s benefit.

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