Minor League Report: Week 12

The MLB trade deadline is about a month away. Meaning that some prospects that have appeared here already, and some that may in the next few weeks, are bound to be traded.

Trades tend to lift prospect value almost every time.

There will be plenty of positive spin when the guys get traded. yes there will be some outlets that shoot them down, but there will be many more propping them up. I like to try to piggy back MLB trades and trade the players after they get traded, assuming of course I already own that player.

Will Smith

.266/.348/.525, 11 HR, BB% 10.1, K% 23.0, 1 SB

Smith isn’t much of a prospect, even less in fantasy than in real life. His best fantasy tool might be his speed and it isn’t that special.

He did get some excitement from a great Arizona Fall League where he hit .371/.452/.565 with two homers in 18 games. That didn’t fall in line with anything he did before, or after, so it looks like more of a blip than a trend.

With that being said, Smith has homered in four straight games and is 7-17 in that stretch.

Smith isn’t an add for me in anything other than a deep NL only format. It might even have to be a two catcher NL only.

Yordan Alvarez

.324/.380/.606, 10 HR, BB% 8.9, K% 21.5, 5 SB

Alvarez missed about a month with a hand injury, but since returning has been on of the hotter hitters in the minors.

In the seven games he has played since coming off the DL he is 14-35 with four homers.

Alvarez is hitting for both average and power in as a 20-year-old in AA.

The offensive profile is what I need to see out of a first baseman. I’m excited to see what his contact and power combination can do in the majors. Alvarez will be bordering on a top-30 prospect midseason.

Mason Martin

.224/.328/.420, 8 HR, BB% 11.4, K% 33.7, 1 SB

After a rough start in the Sally League the 2017 draftee was sent back to the rookie league. Since being demoted he has four homers and a .375/.483/.958 line.

Martin had success last year in the Rookie League so the success shouldn’t be a huge surprise, but it was nice to see after a rough start to the season.

He might need some more seasoning before the Pirates promote him again. There is some interest in deeper formats, but with his ETA and risk I would just tuck him away as a name to remember for this time next year.

Alex Kirilloff

.339/.395/.609, 14 HR, BB% 8.0, K% 16.3

His hot start after missing a lot of time to Tommy John Surgery is a great sign.

Had he not missed a year of development time he would probably have been a top-50 level prospect coming into the year, but now I expect him to be there just about everywhere next month.

He recently earned a promotion to high-A and the hot streak hasn’t stopped there.

There isn’t superstar upside here, but he has the tools to be able to contribute adequately across the board for fantasy.

Josh James

62 IP, 2.32 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, K% 61.1, BB% 14.6

James isn’t a prototypical prospect. He is 24 already and hasn’t had a ton of success in the past.

But man that strikeout rate. Like I had to double-check to make sure I entered it in the calculator right.

James has struck out 96 of the 157 batters he has faced this year between AA and AAA while walking just 23.

He has upped his velocity and can reach the upper 90s while mostly sitting in the mid-90s. He has a decent slider and changeup too, but his fastball is his best pitch.

This insane success has me wondering if he has a chance to join the bullpen this year, then I remember the Astros have a loaded bullpen too.

I’m looking to put claims in for James in my deep dynasty leagues.

Seth Beer

.333/.476/.758, 4 HR, BB% 11.9, K% 19, 0 SB

I wanted to get a couple 2018 draftees on here and Beer was the easy standout. Little has changed from what I wrote about from Breer from the draft. So if you want more go here.

Daz Cameron

.278/.361/.419, 5 HR, BB% 10.2, K% 27.7, 12 SB

Is the breakout finally happening?

Cameron was one of the big names back in the 2015 draft, but had underwhelming season after underwhelming season, before he showed some signs of hope last year.

There is fun fantasy upside here as he has some power and speed. The knock on him is the strikeout rate. His success last season was in large part cutting it from 33.5 down to 21.5.

Cameron is going to have to get lower into the 20s for me to really think he has turned things around, but I am interested.

In points leagues he is a stay away for me right now, but in roto I would take a shot on that speed. In an organization like the Tigers that are in full on rebuild mode, Cameron is going to likely get plenty of leash.

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.

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