Top 10 First Base Prospects (Mid-Season 2018 Edition)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The All-Star game is upon us…  It feels like the season just got underway, but we are already more than 50% through the 2018 season.  obviously a lot has changed from when we originally did our prospect rankings and now is the perfect time to update things.  Who is on the rise?  Who has fallen off?  Let’s take a look (the number in parenthesis is our preseason ranking):

1) Yordan Alvarez – Houston Astros (1)
ETA – 2019
Current Grade – B+

He’s missed time due to injury, but when he’s been on the field he’s simply been awesome (.311 with 12 HR over 180 AB).  He’s done a good job making consistent contact (8.7% SwStr%), using all fields (35.3% Opp%), and has seen his power grow.  Maybe he can’t maintain quite this power pace, but now at Triple-A what he’s done has been impressive. Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 13, 2018)

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 (please note all stats are through Monday):

 

1) Willie Calhoun – Texas Rangers – Outfielder (4)
While his power remains down, Calhoun just keeps on hitting.  Overall he’s hitting .296 with 7 HR, 34 RBI and 51 R over 345 AB and after hitting .229 in April he put up a .303 in May, .306 in June and through Tuesday was hitting .438 in July (32 AB).  He’s currently on a 15-game hitting streak and, even better, hasn’t shown a platoon split:

  • RHP – .297/.347/.421
  • LHP – .292/.320/.458

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Top 10 Catcher Prospects (Mid-Season 2018 Edition)

Graduated From The List – Carson Kelly (3), Jorge Alfaro (4), Victor Carratini (7), Chance Sisco (10)

1) Francisco Mejia – Cleveland Indians (1)
ETA – Already Arrived
Current Grade – A-

After he got off to a horrific start it would’ve been easy to send him spiraling down the rankings.  However he responded with a breakout June, hitting .455 with 4 HR and 23 RBI, allowing him to remain atop the rankings (where he belongs). Read more

Getting to Know: Enyel De Los Santos: Will The Impressive Triple-A Numbers Translate To The Majors?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Vincent Velasquez on the DL the Phillies will turn to Enyel De Los Santos to take the ball against the Mets today.  That’s an ideal situation for anyone to make their debut, especially for a pitcher who has been dominating at Triple-A.  He may not be the team’s top pitching prospect (that designation belongs to Sixto Sanchez), but there’s upside…  Or is there?  Sometimes numbers can be deceiving, so get a better understanding of De Los Santos and see what we can expect:

Rotoprofessor Rankings:
Phillies’ #9 Prospect

Throws – Right-Handed

Age – 22

2017 Statistics:
Triple-A – 95.1 IP, 1.89 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 8.21 K/9, 2.93 BB/9

What Others Said:
The right-hander is capable of using his plus fastball that sits around 94-95 mph and can touch as high as 97-98 mph to both miss bats and get weak contact on the ground, and improved command of the pitch has made it an even better weapon. His changeup is his best secondary pitch, one that flashes plus with good fade to it, but he doesn’t throw his curve as effectively. Read more

Four Streaking Prospects Who Belong On All Radars (An Under-the-Radar Twins’ Outfielder Emerging & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are tearing it up down on the farm?  Obviously we can’t name them all, but here are six names that are currently streaking and need to be on all

 

Matt Hall – Detroit Tigers – Left-Handed Pitcher
After starting the season in the bullpen, Hall was moved back to the rotation on June 22 and hasn’t missed a beat.  In his four starts he’s posted an impressive line:

21.1 IP, 0 ER, 12 H, 2 BB, 26 K

Maybe impressive is an understatement…  That said is success really a surprise?  Splitting time between High-A and Double-A a year ago (138.1 IP) he posted a 2.60 ERA to go along with a 9.69 K/9 (courtesy of a 14.8% SwStr%), 3.84 BB/9 and 54.0% groundball rate while working mainly as a starter (24 starts in 25 appearances).  The key is going to be improving his control, something that hasn’t been an issue since his transition back into the rotation.  Michael Avallone of MILB.com posted the following quote from Hall’s pitching coach, Willie Blair, following his most recent outing: Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (July 6, 2018)

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 (please note all stats are through Monday):

 

1) Kyle Tucker – Houston Astros – Outfielder (1)
Sure he’s “slumped” a bit recently, with four straight hitless games (0-16) after a lengthy hitting streak.  He’s still hitting .304 with 13 HR (as well as 24 doubles and 2 triples) and 14 SB over 322 AB at Triple-A.  The power and speed have never been in question, it’s his ability to make consistent contact.  Currently the owner of a 12.6% SwStr%, it’s an improvement from last year’s 13.2% despite spending the entire year at Triple-A.  That’s led to a solid 19.3% strikeout rate, and even if it “ballooned” to 26-27% in the Majors it would be more than enough (think .260-.270 with 20/20 potential). Read more

Prospects On The Rise: Identifying Two Breakout Prospects Who Could Emerge As Top 100 Options

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Prospect come and prospects go as we monitor the development of players across the league.  Who has the potential to continue their ascent and maybe force their way into Top 100 consideration by year’s end?  Let’s take a look at two intriguing names who are clearly on the rise:

 

Drew Waters – Atlanta Braves – Outfielder
2018 Statistics (Single-A) – .295 (76-258), 8 HR, 32 RBI, 43 R, 11 SB

A second-round pick in 2017, it’s easy to overlook the 19-year old switch-hitter considering the depth the Atlanta system has.  That said Waters is making a strong case to crack the team’s Top 10 list, as he’s flashing both power and speed: Read more

Re-Grading The Prospects: How Has The Early Season Success Altered These Two Prospects Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

There are numerous prospects who have seen their stock rise in the minds of fans across the game over the first three months.  Let’s take a look at two of the bigger risers thus far and try to determine their overall outlook moving forward:

 

Adrian Morejon – San Diego Padres – Left-Handed Pitcher
Signed out of Cuba for $11 million, it’s easy to forget about the 19-year old Morejon considering the stockpile of prospects the Padres have accumulated.  That said he’s among the better names they have, as he has taken a big step forward this season in his skills:

  • Strikeouts – 10.30 K/9
  • Control – 3.12 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 54.4%

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Four Streaking Prospects Who Belong On All Radars (Mejia Finds Footing, Rays Prospect Rising & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

Which prospects are tearing it up down on the farm?  Obviously we can’t name them all, but here are six names that are currently streaking and need to be on all radars:

 

Francisco Mejia – Cleveland Indians – Catcher/Outfielder
Mejia was miserable over the first two months of the season, and perhaps that is putting it mildly:

  • April – .187 with 2 HR and 10 RBI
  • May – .192 with 1 HR and 7 RBI

The easy excuse would’ve been the experiment of playing outfield, though he’s still seeing time in LF as a way to facilitate more playing time in the Majors.  That said he’s turned things around in a big way in June, hitting .457 with 4 HR and 21 RBI.  He had 12 doubles over the first two months combined, but he has 12 doubles in June alone. Read more

Waiver Wire Considerations: The Marlins Are Set To Recall Two Starters (Alcantara), But Will They Excel?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Miami Marlins are set to look towards their future, with talk of two pitching prospects being summoned over the next two days.  What type of outlook do they hold?  Could they provide instant value for fantasy owners?  Let’s take a look:

 

Sandy Alcantara – Right-Handed Pitcher
2018 Statistics (Triple-A) – 85.0 IP, 3.71 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 6.78 K/9, 3.60 BB/9

Acquired as part of the Marcell Ozuna trade, Alcantara made eight relief appearances for the Cardinals a year ago and has struggled to post impressive numbers as he’s risen through the minors.  The owner of a career 8.5 K/9, it’s been trending in the wrong direction as he’s advanced:

  • Double-A (125.1 IP) – 7.6 K/9
  • Triple-A (85.0 IP) – 6.8 K/9

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