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:
- July 3 – 7.0 IP, 0 ER, 5 H, 1 BB, 9 K
- July 8 – 6.1 IP, 0 ER, 4 H, 0 BB, 7 K
- July 13 – 7.0 IP, 2 ER, 3 H, 2 BB, 9 K
Wilson is often overlooked thanks to the depth of Atlanta’s system, but he showed the skillset we look for at Single-A a year ago (9.13 K/9, 2.43 BB/9 and 52.1% groundball rate) and clearly is making strides at Double-A. It may not be long before the hype really starts to build.
Jesus Luzardo – Pitcher – Oakland A’s
He tied his career high with 10 K on July 9, helping to show that the aggressive promotions (the A’s moved him to Double-A after the 20-year old had made just 3 starts at High-A) was justified. After throwing 6.0 scoreless innings in that 7/9 start he has some highly impressive marks:
- 28.0 consecutive scoreless innings
- Six straight starts allowing 3 H or fewer
- 74 K vs. 15 BB over 63.2 IP at Double-A
If you want to nitpick you will point to a 0.93 GO/AO, but he’ll ultimately call Oakland home so that shouldn’t be a deterrent. He’s quickly emerging as one of the better pitching prospects in the game.
Patrick Sandoval – Pitcher – Houston Astros
The southpaw had a great start on July 11, with 7.0 shutout innings while allowing just 1 H and 2 BB to go with 8 K. That just extended what has been a highly impressive stretch:
- Since June 3 he has allowed 0 R over 33.0 IP
- Since May 23 he has allowed 0 ER over 41.0 IP
The earned run streak included 16.0 innings since being promoted to High-A, and he’s allowed just 24 H and 5 BB to go along with 47 K. It’s hard to find a pitcher who’s going better today, and when you throw in a 1.24 GO/AO over his 65.0 innings at Single-A (his High-A time is still too small of a sample size) there’s a chance he brings the entire package to the table. The Astros have a knack for developing pitching prospects and Sandoval could be the latest.
Emilio Vargas – Pitcher – Arizona Diamondbacks
On July 10 Vargas faced Modesto for the fourth time this season, so familiarity was a concern… Though apparently it shouldn’t have been, as he dominated them allowing 2 ER on 3 H and 1 BB, striking out 13, over just 5.0 IP. That gave him five straight starts with at least 7 K and placed him as the leader in both ERA (1.85) and strikeouts (126 at the time) in the California League. Pitching in the homer happy league he’s allowed just 5 HR, though a 0.75 GO/AO tells us that it’s something we’ll have to watch. Still, with the 126 K vs. 35 BB over 92.1 IP, he’s been on an impressive run all season long (and even more so lately).
Adam Haseley – Outfielder – Philadelphia Phillies
The 2017 first round draft pick was recently promoted from High-A (.300 with 5 HR and 7 SB over 330 AB) to Double-A and in his second game he exploded going 3-4 with 2 HR, 3 RBI and 3 R. Dating back to July 4 (including his time at High-A) he now has four multi-hit games over his past seven.
Will Smith – Catcher – Los Angeles Dodgers
After going 3-4 with 1 HR, 3 RBI and 2 R on July 11, he had homered in four straight games (the second time this season he’s accomplished that feat). He also had 7 straight games with at least 1 RBI (14 RBI over the streak). The breakout catcher is now hitting .285 with 16 HR, and while he’s often overlooked thanks to the presence of Keibert Ruiz (who also had a big day recently, going 3-4 with 2 HR on July 12, homering from both sides of the plate), Smith is a very real prospect himself.
Sources – MILB.com, Fangraphs
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