Minor League Report: Restocking your System

As the dog days of summer trudge on, many owners will start focusing on football or are just worn out from months of daily baseball. I say this as someone who has a hard time doing it this year myself, but still try to keep improving my roster.

The trade deadline is approaching in a lot of fantasy leagues – Sunday is the standard Yahoo deadline. If you are a competing team you need to keep an eye on non-rostered prospects so you can restock your system once you make a go for it move. And if you aren’t competing, you need to know the prospects because… well, its kind of obvious, right? It’s all about the future.

Nolan Gorman

As the 19th overall pick in 2018, Gorman had some of the best power in the draft. Unsurprisingly there is some swing and miss to his game – it comes with the power. I do think he will be able to keep the strikeouts in check and become a good fantasy player in the coming years. There is no speed here; it is all bat.

Corey Ray

Is this the start of the breakout? I was pretty excited for Ray coming out of the 2016 draft as an all around fantasy producer already close to the majors. He has had an up and down minor league career, I feel like I have written a “is this the breakout” intro for Ray once or twice before.

The strikeouts are still insanely high, and that has been his big issue to this point. He has had a power surge recently with 11 homers since July 10th. I still hold out hope that the former fifth overall pick can turn the strikeout numbers around, but at 23 in AA it might be just hope.

Mark Vientos

Vientos is having a nice year in rookie ball after a bit of a disappointing 2017; at just 17 years old it was easy to brush things off as him being young. In his second go around the, now, 18 year old’s power has been on display as he has nine homers in 39 games. Vientos profiles as an above average hit tool and power hitter. It is nice to see the power at such a young age, and it should improve as he gets older. Vientos could be a big riser in 2019-2020.

Joey Bart

With Buster Posey already entrenched at catcher, the Giants still took a catcher with the number two pick this year. Bart will almost certainly stick at catcher, and that might mean, assuming Posey is still a Giant when Bart breaks into the majors, Posey shifts to first base.

Bart has an offensive profile at catcher that will have fantasy owners excited for years.

However, if you have been around long enough, you should know by now I just can’t get into investing in catchers with a high price tag, and Bart has that. Let someone else take him in your offseason draft, or if need be, take him and flip him. There is one guy in almost every dynasty league that loves hoarding offensive upside catchers.

Lucas Erceg

One of the guys people were excited about in the 2016-2017 offseason as a 2016 second round pick. It feels like Erceg fell off the radar a bit after a down 2017 and an underwhelming 2018 start.

After a sluggish April and May, Erceg has been hitting .296/.346/.474 since May 25th with 10 homers in 65 games. The hope that many had after his great 2016 season may not be fulfilled, but Erceg should still be a useful MLB bat.

Framber Valdez

It is almost annoying at this point, isn’t it? The amount of interesting prospects the Astros have that aren’t the top-100 guys everyone fawns over.

His fastball mostly sits in the mid to low 90s but can get a little higher on occasion. His plus fastball with a plus curveball has been able to lead to a decent amount of strikeouts. The curveball can play against both lefties and righties because of its speed and break.

Valdez is just 5’11” and that might hold him back from being a starter, but with his fastball/curveball combination he could be a nice back-end of a bullpen arm.

Robinson Ortiz

Just like the Astros, the Dodgers have so many interesting off the radar type guys.

Ortiz has a low 90s fastball that can reach mid 90s. His changeup might be his best pitch, but his curveball still has a chance to develop. For an 18-year-old lefty, Ortiz has both a nice floor and an interesting ceiling.

 

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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.

2 thoughts on “Minor League Report: Restocking your System”

  1. Nolan Gorman was a HS draftee, not an ‘advanced college bat’. I wouldn’t expect him to move quickly; 3-4 year ETA is probably his 95% outcome.

    1. Good call, thanks. Not sure what I was reading/thinking there. Maybe had the next player (Ray) in mind as I was typing Gorman’s post

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