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Top 10 Shortstop 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) Fernando Tatis Jr. – San Diego Padres (1)
Grade – A
ETA – 2019

While he has struggled a bit with strikeouts (107 K over 342 AB), he’s a 19-year old who has spent the entire season at Double-A so that has to be taken into account.  Of course he’s also hit 15 HR with 15 SB, while adding 22 doubles and 4 triples, and has proven capable of hitting the ball extremely hard (25.3% line drive rate).  He’s among the elite and will be a difference maker as soon as 2019. Read more

Top 10 Second 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):

Graduated – Scott Kingery (1)

1) Keston Hiura – Milwaukee Brewers (2)
ETA – 2018
Grade – B+

There were questions regarding Hiura entering the season, mostly revolving around his defensive fit after undergoing Tommy John surgery.  He has continued to be limited defensively, but he has played 2B 42 times (out of 81 appearances) and he continues to prove capable with the bat (.300 with 9 HR and 10 SB).  With Milwaukee contending and in need of help at second base, it’s not impossible to imagine Hiura arriving before the season is over. Read more

Seven Streaking Prospects Who Belong On All Radars (Luzardo Becoming Elite, An Unknown Emerging Astros Arm & 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 seven names that are currently streaking and need to be on all

 

Bobby Dalbec – Third Baseman – Boston Red Sox
On July 10 Dalbec exploded by going 4-4 with 2 HR, 5 RBI and 2 R, which alone would grab your attention.  However it was just the cherry on top for what had already been a career month.  Over the first 10 days he was hitting .486 with 6 HR and 19 RBI over 37 AB, also adding 5 doubles.  The biggest number is the power, as he already has tied his career high for home runs in a month (he had 6 HR in August of ’16 and August of ’17 previously).  His 110 K over 296 AB overall at High-A is a red flag, and he’s taken a step backwards over the past two games (5 K over 8 AB) after the HR binge.  That’s a concern, but you can’t ignore the breakout.

 

Bryse Wilson – Pitcher – Atlanta Braves
Upon his promotion to Double-A he had struggled, with a 6.25 ERA over his first 10 starts.  According to reports he was asked to ditch his two-seam fastball at that point, and in the three starts since he’s thrived: Read more

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