Minor League Report: Prospects on the move

The trade deadline was boring for a while as I sat around looking at the potential names to put in here around 2 o’clock.

Luckily there was some late deals that helped beef up this article a bit.

I feel like I have been saying this for months, but don’t be the guy afraid to give up too much. Holding Kyle Tucker won’t guarantee you a title in four to five years like getting someone like Yu Darvish might this year.

If you can lock up a title do everything you can to secure it.

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 July 30. Players are listed with the level they last played with their previous team.

Redraft Radar

  • Willie Calhoun 2B – Rangers
  • Ozzie Albies 2B – Braves
  • Amed Rosario SS – Mets

Dansby Swanson got sent down and that opens up a potential spot for Albies in August as a help to the stolen base category down the stretch.

I guess you should get Rosario, although I still think he is best served as a trade chip for someone who buys into the hype.




Who’s on the move

Zack Littell P – Twins (AA)

  • 2017: 115 1/3 IP, 1.87 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, K: 109 (23.9%), BB: 23 (5.0%)

Littell was sent to the Twins when they gave up their short lived buying period, for Jaime Garcia.

He has been pitching extremely well this year and actually saw a jump in his K rate as he went to AA. He has three potentially plus pitches in his fastball, changeup, and curveball.

Litell interests me a little more than the next guy on this list, but I think they both have similar upside. Littell is a little closer which gives him the advantage.

A.J. Puckett P – White Sox (A+)

  • 2017: 108 1/3 IP, 3.90 ERA, 1.41 WHIP, K: 98 (20.6%), BB: 46 (9.7%)

Not to be confused with former top pick A.J. Puk.

Puckett was sent from the Royals to the White Sox in exchange for Melky Cabrera.

He has had success to this point, but nothing that is overly exciting. A middling ERA and an average strikeout rate for a college arm pitching in the low minors.

His best pitch is his changeup that he has nice control of. His fastball sits in the low to mid 90s but is just an average pitch.

I don’t think Puckett will necessarily be a big part of any fantasy team in future years. He could be someone who helps out in random years as a streamer or back of the rotation fantasy starter, I just wouldn’t run out and grab him and would rather use a minor league spot on someone with more upside.

Jeimer Candelario 3B – Tigers  (AAA)

  • 2017: .266/.361/.507, 12 HR, BB: 41 (12.4%), K: 72 (21.8%) 0 SB

I have been a little lower on Candelario than most.

I don’t see any skill that puts him ahead of the pack at the third base position, and definitely not if he ends up playing at first.

These kind of players don’t excite me to own in dynasty leagues. In most years I think he is a candidate to be a corner infielder as a 12-18th ranked third baseman.

Like most guys in that range there will be a year or two where they sneak into the top-10, but is that really what you want to invest in?

Candelario would be a guy I would be trying to trade now based on prospect trade hype if I had the chance.

Oneil Cruz 3B – Pirates (A)

  • 2017: .240/.293/.342, 8 HR, BB: 28 (7.5%), K: 110 (29.3%), 8 SB

Cruz is the most off the radar guy to be discussed in this space.
One of the names the Pirates got for Tony Watson, Cruz isn’t a huge prospect. Well he is huge at 6’6”.

He is interesting to me as a young bat with power potential, but in a 30 team league with 20 minor league spots for each team all he was, and is, for me is a watch list player, and that is all he should be for another year or two.

Jorge Mateo SS – Athletics (AA)

  • 2017: .258/.318/.438, 8 HR, BB: 31 (7.1%), K: 111 (25.4%), 39 SB

The biggest piece in the Gray return, Mateo has the speed that fantasy owners in categories leagues crave. He has fallen in the prospect world since his 82, yes 82, steal season in 2015.

He may have some makeup concerns based on issues he had while in the minors with the Yankees, but the speed is there.

As of right now Mateo is a shortstop, but I wouldn’t be surprised if he ended up in the outfield at some point, a la Billy Hamilton.

The speed is for real, anything more than 10 homer power is not – especially in his new ball park.

Dustin Fowler OF – Yankees (AAA/MLB)

A devastating knee injury ended his promising rise from off the radar prospect to fantasy relevant.

Fowler was beginning to look like a nice average contributor with potential 20/15 contributions in the counting categories before a nasty knee injury in his first MLB game.

The injury could be career altering in the sense of his power and steals production, as well as it derailing his progression.

Fowler will still be an interesting watch list name for 2018, but he still might not make an impact of any kind until 2019.

James Kaprielian P – Athletics (A+)

  • 2017: Did not play

Underwent Tommy John Surgery earlier this year, and when that happens to prospects that really put a halt in their ETA. Kaprielian will miss all of 2017 and much of 2018, and in 2019 he probably still won’t be getting a full workload.

In a dynasty league if you can still get anything for him I would try. He isn’t a big name like Alex Reyes where I would still like to take the chance.

Willie Calhoun 2B/DH – Rangers (AAA)

  • 2017: .298/.357/.574, 23 HR, BB: 36 (8.7%), K: 49 (11.8%), 3 SB

One of my favorite hitting prospects is now heading to a place where he can DH and doesn’t have to worry about a position.

I don’t know if he plays in 2017, but there is less of a concern for him to get regular at bats once he gets to the majors.

Checking in

WEEK 15

  • Jose Miguel Fernandez is still above .300 and now with 16 homers. With Calhoun out of the picture he could get a look soon.
  • Starling Heredia is still striking out way too much to sustain his average.
  • Ramon Laureano is cold again, although I am still not giving up hope.
  • Fernando Tatis Jr. is still striking out a little too much for my liking at the lower levels.
  • Daz Cameron has 22 steals, but I would like to see more in the lower levels.

WEEK 16

  • Pavin Smith has cooled off in the past 10 games hitting just .231 with no homers.
  • Keston Hiura is still rolling along; his average is now up to .423 this season.
  • Heliot Ramos has a hit in 15 straight games.
  • Jordon Adell is hitting .278 over his last 10 games with a steal.
  • Royce Lewis has three straight multi-hit games and has his average up to .320

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