Waiver Worthy: Which Prospects On The Verge Of Recall Are Worth Adding

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We are all quick to try and add the next big thing, but not all prospects are created equal. Should we be rushing to the waiver wire to grab the most recent rash of recalls? Let’s take a look:

Zack Collins – Catcher – Chicago White Sox
In 164 AB at Triple-A he was hitting .250 with 9 HR, 39 RBI and 33 R and that has led to a recall.  Exactly how long he’ll be up and how much playing time he’ll get this time around remains to be seen, as it’s not like Chicago is void of talent behind the plate:

  • James McCann – .324/.374/.509
  • Welington Castillo – .196/.289/.364

Castillo is battling a back injury, and you have to wonder if it will now send him to the IL.  That said it leaves the superior option on the active roster, and the team could just be looking to give Collins a taste of the Majors now so he’s more prepared to thrive when a true opportunity comes.  At the same time he could be deployed ad the DH, where Yonder Alonso has struggled (.180/.280/.312), giving another avenue for at bats?

As for his upside, there’s no questioning the power potential of Collins and his ability to get on base (.378 OBP at Triple-A this season, .382 at Double-A in ’18 and .378 for his minor league career).  The question is going to be his ability to consistently make contact, though an 11.8% SwStr% may not quite justify his gaudy 31.7% strikeout rate.  Part of that is his patience and willingness to work deep counts (17.6% walk rate), which is both good and bad obviously.

Collins represents an intriguing gamble for those in deeper formats, given the unknown playing time/opportunity in the short-term.  If he was guaranteed AB he’d be a must grab, but without that knowledge fantasy owners may want to take more of a cautious approach.

Other Minor Leaguers of Note:

  • Rangel Rivero (1B/OF, STL) – It’s an interesting recall, with Yairo Munoz heading to the paternity list, since there is no obvious playing time.  The Cardinals already have a similar player in Jose Martinez, who they have had a difficult time finding playing time for as it is.  Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch notes that Jedd Gyorko, who represents a much better fit for the roster, will soon be activated from the IL (possibly Tuesday), which would lead to Rivero’s immediate ticket back to Triple-A.  Ravelo was slashing an impressive .333/.414/.543 at Triple-A and could hold value if he were going to get regular AB, but this time around he can be ignored.
  • Adbert Alzolay (P, CHC) – There has been talk that Alzolay will step into the vacated rotation spot of Kyle Hendricks, who recently hit the IL.  After getting a late start to the season and struggling in his first two starts (10 ER over 8.0 IP), Alzolay has been dominant in his past five starts at Triple-A.  Over 28.0 IP he’s allowed 6 ER on 20 H and 3 BB, striking out 40.  He’s had at least 8 K in each of his past four starts.  There will be concerns about home runs (0.78 GO/AO over his minor league career), and that could lead to him being more of a matchup play, but if he sticks in the rotation there’s upside and the potential to make an impact.

Sources – MILB.com, Fangraphs, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, ESPN

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