The trade deadline has passed in a lot of fantasy leagues, so that means a lot of the prospect discussion is geared towards finding a diamond in the rough off the waiver wire. Many of the minor leagues wrap up their regular season at the end of the month meaning there are only a few weeks left to potentially grab a player on the cheap.
This week we are digging into some of the not obvious players from the 2015 draft class that are heating up.
- July 31-August 14: .340/.411/.640, 4 2B, 3 HR, 5 BB, 11 K, 1 SB
- 2016: .281/.352/.410, 19 2B, 6 HR, 39 BB, 73 K, 31 SB
Tucker has finally started to find some of the power potential that people thought he had when he was drafted. At only 19 he has a lot more potential to tap into. If he turns out to be able to keep the steals up as he goes through the minors and finds his power stroke this could be a budding superstar on the verge of putting up 30-30 seasons in the minors. Once he reaches the majors (if he gets there) I think his floor is 20-20 with potential for more on both ends. Tucker isn’t like the other guys on this list because he came with pretty high expectations coming out of the draft so his cost to acquire should be a lot higher.
- July 31-August 14: .377/.421/.736, 4 2B, 5 HR, 3 BB, 6 K, 3 SB
- 2016: .264/.378/.444, 22 2B, 14 HR, 56 BB, 80 K, 39 SB
Moore started showing some power potential in his senior season at Central Florida in 2015 with 10 homers in 277 plate appearances. Coming out of the draft he had potential to be a five tool player without excelling in really any of them. The steals have been higher than expected (39) to go along with 14 home runs. There is a lot of risk here with a player in high-A that was a seventh round pick, but if he can keep up the counting numbers to be a 15 home run 25 steal type player to go with a .250-.260 average you might have yourself a diamond in the rough.
- July 31-August 14: .320/.352/.700, 4 2B, 5 HR, 3 BB, 15 K, 0 SB
- 2016: .317/.354/.623, 23 2B, 27 HR, 20 BB, 96 K, 3 SB
Rios has flown through the Dodgers system this season going from Class-A all the way to AA and has hit 27 home runs in the process. The power started in his final year in college where he hit 18 home runs in just 273 plate appearances. He crushed high-A this year (.367/.398/.712 with 16 home runs in 42 games) and kept hitting when promoted to AA. What he does best is hit for left-handed power. A notch in his favor is he doesn’t show a dramatic drop-off in his splits against lefties. He is hitting so well against righties that maybe a .110 point drop in slugging might be alarming but he is still hitting .298/.333/.543 against lefties. Cody Bellinger is still probably the future first baseman for the Dodgers but don’t sleep on the power of Rios.
- Last three starts: 18 innings, 0.00 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, 16 K, 0 BB
- 2016: 152 innings, 3.14 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 126 K, 9 BB
You cant hate a young left-handed pitcher who doesn’t walk guys. Throughout college and his short major league career he walked only 1.23 per nine in college and 0.76 per nine so far though 201 minor league innings. Don’t expect a ton of strikeouts here. If he keeps up his minor league track record of 7-8 strikeouts per nine and keep the walks at a minimum he could be a back of the rotation type in the majors. The biggest issue for him is being a pitch to contact player that plays in Colorado.
- Last three starts: 17 2/3 innings, 3.06 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 31 K, 8 BB
- 2016: 52 innings, 1.38 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 86 K, 20 BB
I can’t stop being excited about him. He has struck out 10, 11, and 10 again in his last three starts. The most impressive thing about the last two starts is the strikeouts came in just five and a third innings. He only failed to strikeout eight or more batters once in his nine starts this season, a four and two-thirds inning outing where he struck out six of the 21 batters he faced. I went from monitoring him to actively wanting him as a top 150-200 prospect.
- July 31-August 1: .355/.474/.613, 2 2B, 2 HR, 6 BB, 4 K, 0 SB
- 2016: .350/.480/.567, 4 2B, 3 HR, 13 BB, 14 K, 2 SB
He played great in the rookie league last year and earned a promotion to low-A. He missed a large chunk of the season this year, but hit the ground running when he returned. Lindsay has plus speed to go with some solid power and a decent hit tool. I don’t think he is a superstar caliber player; very few people will. The only tool that is really intriguing is his speed, and while it is good it isn’t elite. He might be a better points league play than roto because I am not sure he ever develops 15 home run power, and he won’t steal enough bases to make a 10 home run season worthwhile.
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