Minor League Report: Things Can Change Quickly

You don’t realize how fast things can change until you ignore it for a week. The one minor exception is Minor league stuff, which doesn’t seems to drastically change in a week. Sure, a guy or two can get called up, but a lot of times it is something that people have been anticipating for months.

However, maybe it is because of what time of the year it is, but after one little week of being away I feel completely lost. This isn’t to say you can’t survive without constantly paying attention to minor league happenings in keeper and dynasty leagues, but even a weekly, or daily, check over at MLB Farm can go a long way to building and sustaining a dynasty team. It also makes it a lot easier

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All stats are through Sunday August 27. 

Redraft Radar

  • Tyler Glasnow
  • Brent Honeywell
  • Willie Calhoun
  • Ronald Acuna

If you are going to stash any minor league player for the month of September, these are the guys. There is no guarantee we will see them when rosters expand later this week, or how much playing time they will receive should they receive a cup of coffee. But they have the best chance of making a real impact on your fantasy squad down the stretch if given enough of a look.

Who’s hot

Vlad Guerrero Jr. 3B – Blue Jays (A+)

  • 2017: .322/.424/.486. 12 HR, BB: 71 (14.2%), K: 58 (11.6%), 8 SB
  • Aug 13-27: .388/.466/.714, 4 HR, BB: 8 (13.8%), K: 5 (8.6%), 0 SB

He seems to be on a superstar path. As an 18-year-old playing now in high-A he has more walks than strikeouts.

The upside could be 30 homers and a .290 average. He is already showing the ability to take a walk at a young age and should be a middle of the order RBI producer for the majority of his career.

Long term I think he ends up back in the outfield even though he was mover from there to third. He is one of many that will be vying for the top spots on prospects lists in the offseason.

Bobby Dalbec 3B – Red Sox (A)

  • 2017: .243/.342/.396, 10 HR, BB: 38 (11.4%), K: 121 (36.2%), 5 SB
  • Aug 13-27: .340/.462/.585, 2 HR, BB: 11 (16.9%), K: 20 (30.8%), 2 SB

Dalbec came out of the draft and hit right away. This season didn’t work out the same way. It seems as though he found his way in the past couple weeks with five multi-hit games in his last 10.

The power potential is alluring, but he has a little too much swing and miss in his game. The issue with Dalbec is while his power has nice potential, I see a lot of other guys with bigger power potential and the same swing and miss issues. The Red Sox hype might make me try to deal Dalbec and just grab one of the other 100s of power prospects with strikeout issues.

Hopefully he can cut down on the strikeout rate, but even with his season long struggles in the average department, he does walk a lot so the OBP might be nice in the majors.

Luiz Gohara P – Braves (AAA)

  • 2017: 118 2/3 IP, 2.73 ERA,1.22 WHIP, K: 140 (28.2%), BB: 42 (8.5%)
  • Last three starts: 14 2/3 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, K: 23 (36.5%), BB: 5 (7.9%)

It feels like his name has been out there forever, and he is just 21. That is the case with the 16-year-old international signings.

Gohara has had a big league fastball for a few years now. He made the jump from high-A to AAA during the season

His issue in the past has been with his walk rate. While he has improved on it this year, it has crept back up as he has climbed the minor league ladder and sits at 10.4% in his time at AAA.

Gohara could be one of the next big fastball slider starting pitchers in the majors and pile up some nice strikeout numbers. If the walks don’t go away he might have a hard time being a starter. His fastball could play in the bullpen, but walks are looked down upon, maybe even more so as a reliever than as a starter.

Jahmai Jones OF – Angels (A+)

  • 2017: .290/.354/.460, 14 HR, BB: 43 (7.9%), K: 97 (17.8%), 27 SB
  • Aug 13-27: .340/.421/.640, 2 HR, BB: 6 (10.5%), K: 19.3%), 4 SB

Jones has plus tools across the board, but no show-stopping tool.I think he will be a third or fourth outfielder for fantasy purposes, but likely be undervalued because he doesn’t provide that one big time tool. There is 20/20 potential, but given his stolen base success rate this season he might not steal as much in the majors.

In shallower league with 100 or less prospects owned he should be owned at this point, even though he is only in high-A and without big time upside. Jones will likely spend a lot of time in AA next year and will be on the cusp of a promotion by this time next year.

Tyler Nevin 1B/3B – Rockies (A)

  • 2017: .300/.355/.455, 7 HR, BB: 25 (7.5%), K: 62 (18.7%), 9 SB
  • Aug 13-27: .424/.478/.627, 0 HR, BB: 6 (9.0%), K: 7 (10.4%), 3 SB

Nevin was expected to have decent power, but he hasn’t shown it this season. Hopefully he taps into some of that power potential soon, as he should at 6’4” and playing in a hitter friendly minor league system.

The good news is that Nevin already has shown the ability to hit for average, and at just 20 has time still to tap into that power. His numbers for walks and strikeouts show he likely doesn’t work too deep into counts like a typical power hitter would.

Nevin is a stab in the dark type of player in really deep leagues with his future home potentially being in Colorado.

Andy Yerzy C – Diamondbacks (Rookie)

  • 2017: .304/.370/.524, 10 HR, BB: 20 (9.5%), K: 38 (18.0%), 0 SB
  • Aug 13-27: .367/.436/.673, 4 HR, BB: 6 (10.9%), K: 7 (12.7%), 0 SB

The numbers Yerzy is putting up as a left-handed hitting catcher who started the season at the age of 18 are terrific. He is a long ways away from MLB relevance, but early indications are he will stay behind the plate.

I am not overly excited about Yerzy yet because he is only doing this in the Rookie league, but if he does this again in A-ball next year the hype train could build significantly.

Checking in

Week 19

  • Isaac Paredes has fallen off since his name appeared here hitting just .139 in his last 10 games.
  • Eloy Jimenez has hit .347 with three homers in 13 games since being promoted to AA.
  • Chris Shaw keeps on hitting and looks primed for a September look.
  • Nick Kingham was knocked around for eight earned in 3.2 innings in his last start.
  • Rogelio Armenteros has had eight or more strikeouts in six straight games, and 53 strikeouts over the 36.1 innings in that span.
  • Pedro Avila had his second game with double digit strikeouts in a three game stretch with 13 in 7.1 innings last week.


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Andy Germani

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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.