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Imminent Impact: Could Cedric Mullins Soon Debut & Breakout For Baltimore?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

When we talk about Baltimore outfield prospects the first name that likely comes to mind is Austin Hays, and while he may deserve it (though not in 2018) it has allowed Cedric Mullins to fly under-the-radar. It makes sense that he’s been underrated and overlooked, being drafted in the 13th round in 2015.  However he’s starting to force the issue and deserves everyone’s attention.

After thriving at Double-A to open the year he was pushed to Triple-A and hasn’t yet seen the same success.  It’s a small sample size, though, and he likely just needs time to adjust to the level:

  • Double-A (201 AB) – .313 with 6 HR, 28 RBI, 36 R and 9 SB
  • Triple-A (68 AB) – .206 with 1 HR, 5 RBI, 8 R and 3 SB

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MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (June 21, 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)
Even if the Astros didn’t have a need in the outfield the way Tucker is going right now he would likely be forcing their hand.  The fact that an obvious void remains just makes his potential impact that much stronger (with the way the Astros are rolling they also don’t have a need to rock the boat if they don’t want to).

That said, through Monday Tucker was slashing .361/.397/.574 in June with 2 HR, 13 RBI, 11 R and 5 SB over 61 AB.  Overall he has 9 HR (as well as 21 doubles and 1 triple) and 11 SB, and while strikeouts have been a question in the past he has it at 19.3% overall while hitting the ball extremely hard (25.4% line drive rate).  The biggest question is going to be if he’s going to play every day or not (.244 against LHP this season, though he does have 4 HR over 45 AB), though he’d be on the favorable side of a platoon if that’s what happens. Read more

Three Streaking Prospects Who Belong On All Radars (Alex Kirilloff & 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:

 

Alex Kirilloff – Minnesota Twins – Outfielder
It’s easy to forget about Kirilloff, a 2016 first round draft pick who was forced to miss all of 2017 and has continually battled injuries.  However when he’s been on the field he’s produced, and he’s really picked up the pace recently.  Currently on a seven game hitting streak he’s gone 13-31 with 2 HR, 6 RBI and 3 R, helping him to a .333 average with 13 HR and 56 RBI over 252 AB at High-A.

We will have to watch his strikeout rate, as a 12.8% SwStr% is a bit bloated given the level, but he’s showing plenty of power (he’s added 20 doubles and 5 triples) and enough walks (8.5%).  That’s a strong combination, and at 20-years old (he won’t turn 21 until after the season) and with his missed time it’s easy to give him a pass on the strikeout rate (and he’s shown significant improvements of late, with 9 K over 67 AB in June). Read more

The Royals Received Three Prospects For Kelvin Herrera, But Did They Actually Get Any Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

In a surprising trade on many levels, the Kansas City Royals have sent their closer, Kelvin Herrera, to the Washington Nationals in exchange for a trio of prospects.  Washington is already armed with one of the elite closers in the game in Sean Doolittle, though he does have a history of injuries and protecting themselves does make sense (or it allows them to play matchups, with dynamic options from both the right and left side).

It also would appear that they didn’t have to give up much from a talent perspective to acquire the impending free agent.  Let’s look at the return:

 

Kelvin Gutierrez – Third Baseman
Double-A – .274 (63-230), 5 HR, 26 RBI, 36 R, 10 SB

A third baseman with some speed is nice, but he hasn’t shown much power (he’s added 6 doubles and 3 triples) and currently has a poor approach:

  • Strikeouts – 24.9%
  • Walks – 6.4%
  • SwStr% – 14.2%

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Waiver Wire Guidelines: Freddy Peralta Is Set To Return To The Majors, But Is There Value?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Brewers’ Freddy Peralta made a splash in his first start in the Majors and while he took a step back in his second the memory still lingers:

  1. May 13 (at Colorado) – 5.2 IP, 0 R, 1 H, 2 BB, 13 K
  2. May 19 (at Minnesota) – 4.0 IP, 4 R, 3 H, 6 BB, 5 K

No one is going to argue against the strikeout potential, and he also has shown more than enough groundball stuff this season (48.9% over 59.0 IP at Triple-A).  The question is going to be his control, and that has loomed large at every stop he’s made in recent years:

  • High-A (2017) – 4.95 BB/9 over 56.1 IP
  • Double-A (2017) – 4.38 BB/9 over 63.2 IP
  • Triple-A (2018) – 4.12 BB/9 over 59.0 IP

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Now In The Majors, Can The Angels’ David Fletcher Continue to Thrive?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

The Angels have been hit hard by injuries, both to their rotation and their infield.  With Andrelton Simmons and Jefry Marte already on the DL, Zack Cozart is once again banged up (and could soon join them).  That has led to the promotion of David Fletcher, who has let his offensive production at Triple-A do all the talking (and he further backed it up by going 3-4 in his MLB debut):

.350 (89-254), 6 HR, 37 RBI, 55 R, 7 SB

So why hasn’t the 24-year old garnered more attention?  He’s never shown significant power (though he’s added 25 doubles and 6 triples this season) or speed, making his approach his strongest asset.  Over the course of his minor league career he’s shown an ability to make consistent contact (154 K vs. 96 BB), and he’s gotten even better at Triple-A (21 K vs. 16 BB). Read more

MLB Prospect Power Rankings: Top 10 On The Cusp Of Reaching The Majors (June 14, 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)
The Super 2 deadline is likely behind us (if it weren’t, the Rays wouldn’t be as aggressive with their recent promotions as they have been), so that should start clearing the path for some top prospects to join the Majors.  One should be Tucker, who is hitting .286 with 2 HR and 2 SB over 35 AB in June.  The key is in his strikeout rate (19.5%, courtesy of an 11.9% SwStr%), as there’s no question about his power (he has 18 doubles, 1 triple and 9 HR) or speed (8 SB). Read more

Buy Low Prospects: Are These Three High Upside Outfielders Going To Rebound (Estevan Florial & More)

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

We are always obsessed with the rising prospects, trying to invest before the rest of our league mates realize a breakout is upon us.  What about those who are disappointing?  Is there an opportunity to buy low?  Will they turn it around or has the time come to write them off and move on?  Let’s look at three outfield prospects, who have received significant hype in the past but are disappointing thus far in 2018:

 

Anthony Alford – Toronto Blue Jays
2018 Statistics – .223 (31-139), 0 HR, 10 RBI, 20 R, 6 SB

He’s spent the bulk of the year at Triple-A (121 AB), but also had a few games at High-A and has once again missed time due to injury (hamstring).  Staying on the field has been a consistent issue, though generally when he’s played he’s looked dynamic.  That hasn’t been the case this season, and while he’s finally starting to get hits (7-12 in his past three games) he’s still lacking power (only 6 doubles). Read more

Imminent Impact? Could The Yankees’ Jonathan Loaisiga Get An Opportunity In The Majors?

by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)

With Masahiro Tanaka hitting the DL (and likely out for a few weeks), the Yankees have a significant void in their rotation.  There were already questions, being forced to deploy Domingo German (though he’s shown potential), so where will the Yankees turn from here?  They do have options in the minors, whether it’s those already on the 40-man roster and those who aren’t.

If Luis Cessa is ready to return from the DL he could be the logical choice, or the team could add Chance Adams, Justus Sheffield or Erik Swanson to the 40-man roster.  Adams and Sheffield are the bigger names, and the ones fantasy owners will want to see, but if the team wants to keep some level of flexibility they could opt to dig a little bit deeper.  Right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga, who was just recently promoted to Double-A, is already on the 40-man roster and could get the first shot at the spot.

Who is Loaisiga?  Could he make an instant impact? Read more

Six Streaking Prospects Who Belong On All Radars (Alex Verdugo, David Peterson & 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:

 

David Peterson – Left-Handed Pitcher – New York Mets
His performance on Saturday night, allowing 1 ER on 6 H and 0 BB, striking out 10, over 8.0 IP is going to catch everyone’s attention.  However it’s just the latest in what has been an extremely strong season at Single-A for the 2017 first round pick.  The owner of a 1.82 ERA and 0.96 WHIP over 59.1 IP, just look at these metrics:

  • Strikeouts – 8.68 K/9
  • Control – 1.68 BB/9
  • Groundballs – 2.80 GO/AO

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