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Minor League Report: It’s June Already?

It is June already, time flies.

We are starting to get into the “dog days of summer” for fantasy purposes where the allure of a new season has worn off a bit. And while you can feel you have a contending team, maybe you aren’t hitting the waiver wire three times a day anymore to see who is out there. Maybe it is just once or twice a week.

It is crucial to not let this time of the year get to you. Take 10-15 minutes and scour the waiver wire to see if there is someone who can help you now or in the future. Maybe use those bathroom breaks at work or few minutes while you are waiting for the A/C in your car to get up to speed to pull up the app for whatever site you use.

It only takes 10-15 minutes a day. You don’t want to be the owner that didn’t realize someone dropped a struggling star or someone you thought was gone for weeks, like Yonder Alonso, is still actually on your waiver wire.

This is no different for prospects. There are prospects that break out every year and go from “who is that” to “must own” in any legitimate dynasty league.

As usual if you have any questions on anything fantasy baseball, feel free to ask about them in the comment section below or on Twitter

All stats are through Sunday June 4 .

Redraft Radar

  • Yoan Moncada 2B/3B – White Sox (AAA) (#1)
  • Amed Rosario SS – Mets (AAA) (#58)
  • Derek Fisher OF – Astros (AAA) (#19)

Brett Phillips was called up Monday. As of now it appears temporary, but there have been multiple occasions where that seemed to be the case before a prospect forced his way into the every day lineup. Moncada is back and playing, I assume he will be up in the coming weeks. If you haven’t stashed anyone in your redraft league I would do it now to beat the bidding war.




Who’s hot

Bo Bichette SS – Blue Jays (A)

  • 2017: .385/.456/.621, 6 HR, BB: 20 (9.7%), K: 37 (18.0%), 7 SB
  • May 21-June 4: .436/.492/.745, 3 HR, BB: 3 (4.9%), K: 8 (13.1%), 2 SB

Bichette is the biggest name on the list this week,  and he also might be on the best recent stretch. He has done nothing but hit since he debuted last season; his .385 average this year actually brought his career average down. His swing won’t look pretty if you watch it because it is so unorthodox, but it is working for him.

Bichette has good tools across the board with above average hitting and power to go with a handful of steals that will help boost his value.

Michael Gettys OF – Padres (A+)

  • 2017: .278/.354/.458, 8 HR, BB: 21 (8.6%), K: 81 (33.2%), 13 SB
  • May 21-June 4: .367/.456/.735, 4 HR, BB: 8 (14.0%), K: 18 (31.6%), 1 SB

I have been on the Gettys bandwagon for a few years now, and it has definitely been a roller coaster ride.

The power speed combination is hard to ignore as Gettys could be a 20-40 player if he hits his peak, or a 15-30 type if he just hits enough to be in the majors. The serious issue will always be his strikeouts. The strikeout rate took a big jump after dropping down to a reasonable level last year. I didn’t really think the .305 average was for real, but I was hoping for .260.

He is holding a .278 average, and a large part of that has to do with his recent hot streak. If you are in a league deep enough to where Gettys is an ownable prospect I would look to move him while his numbers are good. The strikeout rate cannot support an average that is as high as it is, and at this point I am willing to pull the plug as it is coming in a repeat season in high-A.

Fernando Romero P – Twins (AA)

  • 2017: 59 IP, 3.51 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, K: 57 (22.2%), BB: 22 (8.6%)
  • Last three starts: 19 IP, 0.95 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, K: 20 (26.3%), BB 5 (6.6%)

Romero was showing signs of a potential top arm with a solid 2013 and a good start to 2014. Then the injury bug hit, like it will with many low-level minor league arms.

In 90.1 innings in his return to the mound last year he dominated with a 1.89 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP, and he struck out a batter an inning.

There is hype around Romero possibly being the Twins best prospect right now. While their system isn’t loaded, it does still have Nick Gordon, Alex Krilloff and Stephen Gonsalves.

The fastball is his best pitch as it sits in the mid to upper 90s. His issue will be really coming up with his secondary offerings. Scouts have his slider as an average pitch, and his changeup about the same.

If Romero figures out the secondary offerings he could be a big fantasy asset, but if he doesn’t he will be a back-end of the rotation arm or possibly a reliever.

Vladimir Gutierrez P – Reds (A+)

  • 2017: 52 2/3 IP, 4.44 ERA, 1.23 WHIP, K: 65 (29.1%), BB: 9 (4.0%)
  • Last two starts: 12 2/3 IP, 0.71 ERA, 0.71 WHIP, K: 15 (30.6%), BB 1 (2.0%)

I cheated a little here by using just his last two, but there was a huge outlier start that I am going to ignore for now.

Gutierrez was one of the big prizes of the J2 signing period last year. The Cuban signed for $4.75 million, even though he was mainly a reliever before coming to the states.

Getting the chance to start he has been putting up good strikeout numbers in his stateside debut. The big standout number to me is the 65/5 strikeout to walk ratio for a young arm that hasn’t played professional baseball since he was an 18-year-old in 2014.

I don’t think Gutierrez will crack my top-100 midseason, but I won’t be surprised if he is in consideration. If he is out there in a league with 200 or more prospects owned he should be rostered.

Thomas Hatch P – Cubs (A+)

  • 2017: 49 2/3 IP, 4.53 ERA, 1.51 WHIP, K: 56 (25.2%), BB: 26 (11.7%)
  • Last three starts: 16 2/3 IP, 1.08 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, K: 22 (32.8%), BB: 4 (6.0%)

Hatch was a third round pick out of Oklahoma State last season, but didn’t make his minor league debut until this season. He really wasn’t on my radar at all from a dynasty standpoint, but I couldn’t help but notice the 13-strikeout game he had recently.

While there is a very good chance, as with many of the completely off the radar arms that will make this list, Hatch won’t find his way onto any of my teams and will fall off my radar. But as Ron Shandler said before, once you show a skill you own that skill. Now that Hatch has shown the ability to strikeout that many batters, maybe it becomes a more common occurrence.

Chance Adams P – Yankees (AAA)

  • 2017 (four starts): 23 IP, 1.57 ERA, 0.78 WHIP, K: 27 (32.1%), BB: 7 (8.3%)

Adams really burst onto the scene last year in his first full season in the minors. In high-A and AA he had a 0.90 WHIP with 144 strikeouts in 127.1 innings.

I am starting to hear people talking about him as a call up, but I don’t know if it happens in a full-time role this season. We might be looking at a few starts here and there as a fill in, but there isn’t a glaring opening for him right now.

Adams will likely be in my midseason top-100.

Jordan Humphreys P – Mets (A)

  • 2017: 57 2/3 IP, 1.40 ERA, 0.66 WHIP, K: 73 (34.6%), BB: 7 (3.3%)
  • Last three starts: 19 IP, 0.95 ERA, 0.58 WHIP, K: 24 (35.8%), BB: 1 (1.5%)

Humphreys is on a roll in 2017 having not allowed more than two earned runs in any start this season. So far he has two double-digit strikeout games on the season with no games with more than two walks, and his longest outing has been seven innings.

Throughout his 144.2 career minor league innings Humphreys owns a 0.96 WHIP. The thing to get most excited about so far with him is he is having a lot of success at the low levels, and he is doing it with good control.

I wouldn’t go crazy over him yet, but I will probably place a claim on him in one of my deep leagues.

Checking in

Week 8

  • Scott Kingery isn’t going to slow down while in Reading; he is up to 17 homers on the season.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. has gone ice-cold and his average has dropped to .258 on the season.
  • Willie Calhoun is in a bit of a slump, or maybe just having bad luck. He still has just 24 strikeouts this season.
  • Colton Welker is going to start generating some “he is going to play in Coors” buzz at some point this season. His average for the season is now up to .357.
  • Walker Buehler hasn’t struck many batters out recently, but has dropped his ERA to 2.91.

Week 9

  • Lucas Giolito is coming off a subpar start where he allowed two earned, but eight hits in four innings
  • Nick Williams isn’t slowing down much as he is 13-for-37 in his last 10 games with five homers.
  • Austin Hays hot streak might be over as he has hit just .244 in his last 10 games.
  • Bryan Reynolds has a 13-game hitting streak.
  • Blake Snell lasted 6.2 innings in his most recent outing with just two walks.
  • Yordan Alvarez has his average up to .403 on the season and is hitting .514 in his last 10 games

 

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Andy Germani
I am a lifelong Pittsburgh sports fan and a graduate from Penn State. Baseball was my first love and I still play to this day in an adult baseball league. I always love helping people with their questions on Twitter so feel free to follow me and ask questions.

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