Written by: Paul Auber
Greetings to everyone following Fantasy Assembly and my little corner of fantasy baseball. This weeks column title shout out goes to Emerson Lake and Palmer. For the remainder of this season my articles will focus on those minor leaguers who have been called up in the past week and have an opportunity to contribute to their MLB team as well as your fantasy team. Not every call-up will be featured here, but I plan on giving you 3-5 players that you might want to keep your eye on. Around the end of each month I’ll also be giving you an update on the progress of some of the players I reviewed pre season. So, with that being said “Let’s get it started” (Thank You Black Eyed Peas).
Joey Lucchesi: LHP – San Diego Padres
Lucchesi, the Padres #9 prospect according to MLB.com, got the call up when Dinelson Lamet hit the disabled list with elbow discomfort, and also because Tyson Ross was not quite ready to open the season in the Padres rotation. The left-hander pitched at two levels last year (Class-A advenced and AA) where he combined to produce a 2.20 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP and 148 strikeouts in 139 innings.
He earned his way onto the roster with an excellent spring appearing in four games (two starts) pitching 11,2 innings resulting in a 1.50 ERA, a 0.86 WHIP and 9 strikeouts. So far his baptism by fire has gone well. Lucchesi has made two starts and pitched a combined 9.2 innings with 8 strikeouts, a 2.79 ERA and a 1.14 WHIP. If he keeps this production up, the Padres will have a nice problem when Lamet comes off the DL.
Miguel Andujar: 3B – New York Yankees
Andujar got called to The Show when the entire Yankee reserve outfield went on the DL in a matter of days. The Yankees #4 prospect according to MLB.com will see plenty of time at 3B until some of the wounded return to action.
Andujar gets his turn on the Yankee roster after hitting .267 in 45 at bats with 4 home runs and 10 runs batted in this spring. Last year with stops in AA and AAA he hit a combined .315 with 54 extra base hits in 480 at bats including 16 home runs and 82 runs batted in. My guess is that Andujar’s stay with the Yanks will be short and he will most likely be up and down several times this season before claiming a more permanent spot in the lineup next year.
- Honorable Mention to 1B/OF Billy McKinney – With all the injuries in New York’s outfield and the DL placement of 1B Greg Bird, McKinney could have seen substantial playing time. Unfortunately, he’s on the DL now with a sprained shoulder. The # 19 rated prospect is going to have a very hard time cracking the NY outfield when everyone is healthy.
Harrison Bader: OF – St. Louis Cardinals
The 24 year old Bader, who is rated the Cards #5 prospect hit .313 this spring in 48 at bats. The Cardinals have a crowded outfield situation as it is and I don’t see Bader taking a lot of at bats away from the current starters. If he stays up he may play 2 or 3 games a week when a regular starter gets a day off.
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