Ray's Prospect Watch - 4/13

Posted on 2018-04-13 13:59 by Ray Flowers

 

RAY FLOWERS      

 

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.

 

Week 3

2018 Prospect Report

TEAM

POS

COMMENT

1

Ronald Acuna

ATL

OF

It's been an down start to the year for the best prospect in the game.

2

Willie Calhoun

TEX

OF

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.

3

Nick Senzel

CIN

INF

It's possible that he is promoted this weekend.

4

Michael Kopech

CWS

SP

He has eight punchouts in four innings at Triple-A, but the team says he will not be promoted until he improves his changeup.

5

Francisco Mejia

CLE

C

A slow start with seven strikeouts and a .507 OPS in six games at Triple-A.

6

Jack Flaherty

STL

SP

Looked sharp in the bigs allowing 1 run in his lone outing. He also allowed 1 run in his lone AAA outing.

7

Gleyber Torres

NYY

SS

He will no longer play shortstop - second and third now - but his bat is shinning early with a .935 OPS in 7 AAA outings.

8

Luiz Gohara

ATL

SP

Still on the sidelines with his ankle issue and likely won't be seen until May.

9

Austin Hays

BAL

OF

10 whiffs and a .672 OPS in seven games though he has gone deep twice.

10

Walker Buehler

LAD

SP

Thrown nine innings allowing seven hits, two walks and two runs while punching out 11.

11

Brendan Rodgers

COL

SS

Early returns slow at AA: .172/.200/.414.

12

Willy Adames

TB

SS

Four hits his last four games but still has eight punchouts and .626 OPS.

13

Victor Robles

WAS

OF

Rough tumble in the outfield. We've heard he's OK, but are we 100 percent sold on that? Not really.

14

Dustin Fowler

OAK

OF

Three steals but just a .610 OPS. As soon as he gets going, have to think the A's will call him up.

15

Franklin Barreto

OAK

2B/SS

Called up April 7th due to injury to Chad Pinder. If he hits, he will stick.

16

Eloy Jimenez

CWS

OF

Still working his way back from a pec strain, he's close, but has yet to appear in a minor lg. game yet.

17

Kyle Tucker

HOU

OF

Ripped up spring, and has continued in the minors with six RBI and a .290/.405/.419 slash line in eight AAA games.

18

Mitch Keller

PIT

SP

Allowed just two hits with no runs and eight strikeouts over six innings in his first outing.

19

Anthony Banda

TB

SP

The Rays need pitching help and through two outings Banda has been nails: 16 Ks, 0 BBs, 1 R in 10.1 innings.

20

Austin Meadows

PIT

OF

At least he's healthy. Is batting .280 through six games.

21

Anthony Alford

TOR

OF

Returned from injury and has two hits his first seven at-bats.

22

Alex Verdugo

LAD

OF

A .305 career minor league hitter is batting .296.

23

Max Fried

ATL

SP

Six strikeouts in his first outing, though he only last 4.2 scoreless innings.

24

Nick Gordon

MIN

SS

Guns a blazing' for Gordon who is hitting .333 with a .824 OPS through seven AA games.

25

Jordan Luplow

PIT

OF

Only two hits in five games for the Indianapolis Indians.

26

Cal Quantrill

SD

SP

Dominate with 11 Ks and two runs allowed in 9.2 frames, but the 8 walks are scary bad.

27

Chrstian Arroyo

TB

3B

A .477 OPS for the Durham Bulls infielder.

28

Magneuris Sierra

MIA

OF

Can't steal first base. Painfully slow start in a small sample size with that .161 OBP.

29

Jake Bauers

TB

1B

Needs to force the Rays hand. Didn't the first week (.574 OPS).

30

Vlad Guerrero Jr.

TOR

3B

The most electric bat in the minors has a 1.061 OPS with two homers and 9 RBI in 7 AA games.

31

Bo Bichette

TOR

SS

Outshined by his teammate, but a .264/.400/.424 slash line is still smokin'.

32

Fernando Tatis Jr.

SD

SS

The future is luminous, but he's got a .494 OPS in seven games at AA to start the season.

33

Jorge Mateo

OAK

SS

Only 1-for-3 in the steals column and has racked up nine strikeouts in six outings.

34

Roman Quinn

PHI

OF

Has a .391 OBP while displaying his blazing speed with four thefts in five games.

35

Christin Stewart

DET

OF

Only hitting .192 at AAA, but he's walked five times in seven games. Hey, it's something.

36

Chance Adams

NYY

SP

Has 11 Ks in two starts but he also has a 1.73 WHIP thanks in part to allowing 11 hits.

37

Luis Urias

SD

2B

Hitting .385 with a .515 OBP over seven games at AAA. He will be up at some point this season.

38

Brett Phillips

MIL

OF

Picked up seven at-bats in his callup before being sent back down to Colorado Springs.

39

Austin Riley

ATL

3B

He's hitting this year like he did last season with a .346-2-8-6 line his first seven games this season.

40

Forrest Whitley

HOU

SP

Suspended, so we wait.