Fantasy Baseball: Prospect Report

For those of you stashing the super prospect Yoan Moncada, you may have to wait a little longer than expected. He is going through a slump that started when he got activated from the disabled list that has seen his average from from the .300 range to .278. This is just another reminder of how hard baseball is but nevertheless, expect him to be up in the bigs within the next month.

I obviously don’t know more than Yankee GM Brian Cashman but I feel like they are rushing Gleyber Torres. Torres doesn’t seem to be a very refined hitter as evidence by his mediocre .254 AAA batting average and .273 AA batting average. In addition, people are expecting way too much out of the 20 year old. Because he is a Yankee short stop people automatically have to compare him to Jeter which is raising the bar too high. I would stash him as it is probable that he will be up later this season but when he gets called up try and trade him to a sucker who falls into the hype.

If Amed Rosario isn’t owned in your league, grab him right now. With no clear NL rookie of the year favorite, Rosario should be in the lead by seasons end. He is batting .337 AAA this season and should’ve been up in the bigs a month ago. There comes a point when prospects have figured out minor league pitching and simply need to get adjusted to the majors and this is where Rosario is at this point. When he gets called up expect him to hit for average, bring a little bit of speed, and get runs because he’ll probably hit at the top of the lineup.

Don’t pay attention to J.P. Crawford. He is batting .194 in AAA but he still has time to improve as he is only 22. The Phillies would be dumb to bring him up this year so expect to see him sometime next year.

Austin Meadows and Ozzie Albies are both in AAA but I wouldn’t expect to see them until late in the season. In my mind, they are both future fantasy studs but don’t give them much attention for fantasy.

My two favorite prospects in the minors are Michael Kopech and Rafael Devers. Kopech is Noah Syndergaard lite and Rafael Devers may end up being the 3rd base version of Robinson Cano. He has a sweet left handed swing and when he gets called up he can hit for 30 homers with a .280 batting average at his peak. Kopech is dominating AA hitters right now with a whopping 83 strikeouts in 62 innings. While he won’t be up this season, he is someone to keep on your radar.

Pick up Lewis Brinson now, he will give you good production the rest of season assuming he can get consistent at bats.

Nick Senzel was the second overall pick in last years MLB draft as the reds picked him thinking he was an advanced college bat. Senzel could probably hit in the big leagues right now but for now he is stuck in A ball dominating inferior competition. There’s a chance we see him up in September but there’s a chance he’s up earlier is he skips AAA.

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