Ray's Prospect Watch - 4/13
Each week we will check in with some of the better prospects in baseball. We will attempt, and it's an inexact science, to rank the minor leaguers based upon current expectations for 2018 fantasy production. Understand that things can change immediately for anyone on this list if they are traded, or more likely, if a current major league player ends up injured and the club needs a replacement. No one knows the date any of these youngsters will be called up, and that's why forecasting the performance of minor leaguers each season is nearly impossible.
2018 Prospect Report
It's been an down start to the year for the best prospect in the game.
Even with injuries all over the place in Texas, there doesn’t appear to be any push to promote Willie who has 10 Ks in 8 games.
It's possible that he is promoted this weekend.
He has eight punchouts in four innings at Triple-A, but the team says he will not be promoted until he improves his changeup.
A slow start with seven strikeouts and a .507 OPS in six games at Triple-A.
Looked sharp in the bigs allowing 1 run in his lone outing. He also allowed 1 run in his lone AAA outing.
He will no longer play shortstop - second and third now - but his bat is shinning early with a .935 OPS in 7 AAA outings.
Still on the sidelines with his ankle issue and likely won't be seen until May.
10 whiffs and a .672 OPS in seven games though he has gone deep twice.
Thrown nine innings allowing seven hits, two walks and two runs while punching out 11.
Early returns slow at AA: .172/.200/.414.
Four hits his last four games but still has eight punchouts and .626 OPS.
Rough tumble in the outfield. We've heard he's OK, but are we 100 percent sold on that? Not really.
Three steals but just a .610 OPS. As soon as he gets going, have to think the A's will call him up.
Called up April 7th due to injury to Chad Pinder. If he hits, he will stick.
Still working his way back from a pec strain, he's close, but has yet to appear in a minor lg. game yet.
Ripped up spring, and has continued in the minors with six RBI and a .290/.405/.419 slash line in eight AAA games.
Allowed just two hits with no runs and eight strikeouts over six innings in his first outing.
The Rays need pitching help and through two outings Banda has been nails: 16 Ks, 0 BBs, 1 R in 10.1 innings.
At least he's healthy. Is batting .280 through six games.
Returned from injury and has two hits his first seven at-bats.
A .305 career minor league hitter is batting .296.
Six strikeouts in his first outing, though he only last 4.2 scoreless innings.
Guns a blazing' for Gordon who is hitting .333 with a .824 OPS through seven AA games.
Only two hits in five games for the Indianapolis Indians.
Dominate with 11 Ks and two runs allowed in 9.2 frames, but the 8 walks are scary bad.
A .477 OPS for the Durham Bulls infielder.
Can't steal first base. Painfully slow start in a small sample size with that .161 OBP.
Needs to force the Rays hand. Didn't the first week (.574 OPS).
Vlad Guerrero Jr.
The most electric bat in the minors has a 1.061 OPS with two homers and 9 RBI in 7 AA games.
Outshined by his teammate, but a .264/.400/.424 slash line is still smokin'.
Fernando Tatis Jr.
The future is luminous, but he's got a .494 OPS in seven games at AA to start the season.
Only 1-for-3 in the steals column and has racked up nine strikeouts in six outings.
Has a .391 OBP while displaying his blazing speed with four thefts in five games.
Only hitting .192 at AAA, but he's walked five times in seven games. Hey, it's something.
Has 11 Ks in two starts but he also has a 1.73 WHIP thanks in part to allowing 11 hits.
Hitting .385 with a .515 OBP over seven games at AAA. He will be up at some point this season.
Picked up seven at-bats in his callup before being sent back down to Colorado Springs.
He's hitting this year like he did last season with a .346-2-8-6 line his first seven games this season.
Suspended, so we wait.