June 1 is the magical date where some of the top prospects can be recalled without concerns of Super Two status coming into effect. Let’s take a look at some of the names that fantasy owners can be anticipate seeing in the next few weeks:
Brett Lawrie – Toronto Blue Jays – Third Baseman
Gregor Chisholm of mlb.com (click here for the article) posted an unbelievable stat on May 28, saying “Toronto’s third basemen entered Saturday afternoon’s game against Chicago having gone 0-for-39 during the club’s past 12 games.” To make matters worse, on May 28 Jayson Nix, Edwin Encarnacion & Mike McCoy combined to go 0-6 in the team’s 14-inning game. Nix finally snapped the streak on Sunday, going 2-4 with 2 RBI and 1 R against the Chicago White Sox, though the team had 18 hits so it can be taken with a bit of a grain of salt.
Lawrie, meanwhile, has raked at Triple-A hitting .352 with 15 HR, 47 RBI, 51 R and 11 SB. All along the talk was that he was going to spend more time in the minors to work on his defense, and while reports have been positive sooner or later offense will win out anyways.
Of course, you have to put some of his power in perspective, considering it came in the Pacific Coast League. He had just 21 career home runs in 978 AB heading into the season, though at 21-years old it is possible that he has simply gained strength. He did have 36 doubles and 16 triples in ’10, so there certainly were signs.
He represents a huge upgrade over what the Blue Jays are currently running out there, so when he gets the call he is going to play. Stashing him now makes a lot of sense.
Anthony Rizzo – San Diego Padres – First Baseman
He has put up video game like numbers at Triple-A, hitting .372 with 15 HR, 60 RBI, 41 R and 5 SB over 180 AB. Of course, the damage has been done in the Pacific Coast League, so there is no chance that he can replicate these numbers in Petco Park with a weak supporting cast. He also has struggled with strikeouts (40 K thus far, giving him a 22.22% strikeout rate). While it’s not an overwhelming number, you figure it will rise upon reaching the Majors.
Does that mean we shouldn’t be excited? Just look at this excerpt from a recent article from Eric Mack of cnnsi.com (click here to view):
“Rizzo reminds me a lot of Adrian Gonzalez,” said Kevin Boles, who managed Rizzo in Class A ball in the Red Sox organization. “Rizzo is a bigger kid and has a little more power, Adrian is a little more of a contact hitter, but they had very similar styles of play.”
The numbers are impressive and there is an awful lot to like. The Padres may feel that it is worth getting him to the Majors in order to show something for the Gonzalez trade. He also has nothing left to prove at Triple-A, just making his recall all the more likely.
Paul Goldschmidt – Arizona Diamondbacks – First Baseman
He is often overlooked, considering he’s playing in Double-A, but what Rizzo has done in Triple-A is what Goldschmidt has done in Double-A. Through 181 AB he is hitting .331 with 17 HR, 46 RBI, 40 R and 3 SB. Even more impressive, he has walked 40 times vs. just 34 strikeouts.
People may have wanted to write-off his performance in California League in 2010, having hit .314 with 35 HR and 108 RBI in 525 AB, because of the offensive nature of the league he played in. With the way he has started 2011, he should’ve silenced those critics. Since being selected in the eighth round of the 2009 draft, all he has done is produced.
At 23-years old, he may not be as far away from reaching the Majors as you may think. The Diamondbacks recently released Russell Branyan, leaving Juan Miranda and Xavier Nady to share playing time at 1B. It could just be a matter of time before Goldschmidt forces his way into the mix.
Dustin Ackley – Seattle Mariners – Second Baseman
The Mariners are desperate for offense, we all know that. Ackley may not be performing at an elite level in the Pacific Coast League, but he is hitting .288 with 7 HR, 26 RBI, 40 R and 6 SB. That certainly could help a team that is running Jack Wilson out there right now (.248, 0 HR, 5 RBI).
He’s not my favorite option of the guys who could get recalled, but as a middle infielder he certainly will have value. He doesn’t bring extensive power or speed, but he has shown that he can get on base. If he was playing in a better offense his potential upside would be greater, but don’t necessarily shy away from him if you are in need of some help.
Mike Moustakas – Kansas City Royals – Third Baseman
We have all heard about his potential by now. He was supposed to be the first prospect to the Majors for the team, but Eric Hosmer beat him there. Now, with Hosmer producing, it could certainly help push the Royals into trusting Moustakas and getting him to the bigs soon.
The team would have to open up a spot, potentially trading Wilson Betemit, but that really shouldn’t be viewed as a stumbling block. Moustakas started off slowly, got scorching hot, and has now slowed again a bit recently. Over his last 10 games he’s hitting .256 with 0 HR, 5 RBI and 3 R and overall is hitting .269 with 8 HR, 38 RBI and 31 R.
Is that a reason to be concerned? I certainly don’t think so. At a weak position he’s one that should be stashed in all formats.
What are your thoughts on these prospects? Who do you think will make the biggest impact? Who do you think will arrive first?
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