Dynasty Prospects Stock Watch: Two Under-the-Radar Names Whose Stock Is Rising

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Dyntasy owners are always trying to find the next big thing. They are searching for the next potential breakout prospect who the rest of their league doesn’t yet have on their radars. It’s never easy to find, but here are two names that belong on your radar:

Terrin Vavra – Colorado Rockies – Shortstop
There are questions as to whether or not he sticks at shortstop, but there’s a chance the 2018 third round pick’s bat will play anywhere.  Playing at Single-A the soon to be 22-year old has impressed over his first 123 PA:

.327 (33-101), 3 HR, 19 RBI, 20 R, 7 SB

Sure you can point towards a .390 BABIP as a reason to be skeptical, and that’s fair, but the rest of the underlying numbers are all promising:

  • Extra Base Hits – 8 doubles and 1 triple (shows that there’s more potential)
  • SwStr% – 8.9%
  • Walk Rate – 15.4%

The SwStr% and walk rate show that he brings a strong approach, and while we’d like to see a little bit more efficiency on the bases (he’s 7-for-11 in stolen base attempts) there’s value there as well.  Sometimes upside goes beyond the numbers, as Baseball America said prior to the season:

“Vavra’s intangibles stick out. He was a leader in college and quickly assumed that role at short-season Boise in his debut.“

It’s an intriguing skillset, and one that deserves to be on your radar.

Alejandro Kirk – Toronto Blue Jays – Catcher
The 20-year old opened the year at Single-A, but recently received a promotion to High-A (he had played two games there at the time of this writing) and has been impressive overall:

.302 (26-86), 3 HR, 11 RBI, 15 R, 1 SB

He’s added 7 doubles and 1 triple, but the most impressive numbers come from his plate discipline:

  • Strikeout Rate – 8.6%
  • Walk Rate – 17.1%
  • SwStr% – 5.8%

So he’s proven capable of making contact consistently as well as routinely getting on base via the walk.  It will be interesting to see if he can develop a little bit more power in his bat, but that’s something that may come as he learns and matures.  Catchers are always tricky, because of the focus on their defense and often a slow transition at the highest level, but the numbers are intriguing enough to keep a close eye on him.

Sources – MILB.com, Baseball America, Fangraphs

2 COMMENTS

  1. I have a dilemma on who to drop of three current performers and rising stars.

    I have Senzel, Pete Alonso, Austin Meadows, and Michael Conforto. One of them has to go with Austin coming back this Friday.

    There are strong reasons for me to keep the first three, and drop Conforto, especially based on current season output and keeper status for next year. We draft our keepers based on their draft position of the previous year, and the first three are jackpot picks in the 19, 20, 21st rounds respectively, so if I keep for next year anything over a round 10 pick or higher would be worth most lumps from this year.

    Who is the most overrated of this group, that you would consider dropping over Conforto with all that in mind?

    • If we are talking about this season, I think Senzel is going to be the worst of the group. It’s a tough drop and I could understand dropping Conforto, though I wouldn’t

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