by Eric Stashin (aka The Rotoprofessor)
Obviously there are always prospects whose stock is rising and falling, given their performances. While it’s impossible to pinpoint all of them, here are a few players whose early season numbers are sending then to either soar or sink (all stats are through Sunday):
Eloy Jimenez – Outfielder – Chicago White Sox
We all knew the type of potential and upside he has, but Jimenez has taken it to another level since being acquired as part of the Jose Quintana deal. Just look at the numbers, split between two different High-A teams:
As you can see, since the trade the numbers have been other wordly. He’s been an extra base machine (adding 11 doubles and 1 triple), and while there has obviously been some luck (.405 BABIP) it’s hard not to be impressed. Jimenez has cut down on the strikeouts since the trade (20.1% for the Cubs, 16.1% for the White Sox) while continuing to display an ability to draw walks (10.3%, 10.7%) and also tap into his power potential.
Overall he entered play on Saturday with an 11.8% SwStr%, which will be something to watch as he’s move up against more advanced pitching. Couple that with the luck and it’s easy to knock down his average upside (think .270ish). Still, when coupled with his power that’s already on full display and his new-found ability to draw a walk there’s a ton to like.
Stock – Sky Rocketing Up
Edwin Rios – Third Baseman – Los Angeles Dodgers
Rios is a prospect who is easily lost in the shuffle, with Justin Turner blocking his path to the Majors as well as a deep system in general. That said, having split time between Double and Triple-A this season he deserves everyone’s attention. Over 406 AB he’s now hitting .310 with 22 HR and 81 RBI, though of course that doesn’t mean that there isn’t at least a little bit of concern brewing.
Rios has combined for 96 K on the season, though as expected his strikeout rate has risen since his Triple-A promotion. It’s a small sample size, but there was warning signs prior to the promotion as you can tell from his SwStr%:
- Double-A – 13.6%
- Triple-A – 12.6%
His lack of walks also make his aggressiveness apparent (5.1% at Double-A), and that’s something that more advanced pitching could take advantage of. We’d like to see him improve his plate discipline, and to an extent he has (small sample size, but he does own a 7.3% walk rate at Triple-A). If he can take it a step further, he will fully be on prospect watch lists. Even as is, though, his stock is on the rise with his strong Triple-A debut (.290/.345/.560).
Stock – Rising
Sources – MILB.com, Fangraphs
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