Written by: Paul Auber
Welcome everyone following Fantasy Assembly and my little corner of the fantasy baseball world. This week I’ll be giving you 3 players who made their major league debuts. As the title says we have the GOOD, the BAD and the UGLY. I’ll also include an honorable mention as well as a not so honorable mention. First we have…..
Jaime Barria: SP – Los Angeles Angels
Angels prospect Jaime Barria had an impressive MLB debut. Barria, the Angels number 7 prospect according to MLB.com, pitched 5 innings of one-hit ball while also walking 3 and striking out 3. The one hit was a home run to Ryan Rua, but the Angels were able to protect a 3 – 1 lead and eventually won 7 – 2 giving the rookie his first MLB win.
In 2017, Barria pitched at 3 different levels of minor league ball (A+,AA, and AAA) where he combined to go 7 – 9 with a 2.80 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP while striking out 117 batters over 140 at 2/3 innings. This may have been his only start with Andrew Heaney expected to start Friday 4/13. At only 21 years old, Barria has a bright future ahead of him.
Tyler Beede: SP – San Francisco Giants
Beede is rated the number 4 prospect for the Giants according to MLB.com. Although his first start in the majors wasn’t really bad, I’m sure he was hoping for better results. Beede only lasted 4 innings where he gave up 2 earned runs with 3 hits, 5 walks and 3 strikeouts.
Beede’s numbers in the Pacific Coast League last year were equally unimpressive. In 109 innings pitched Beede struck out 83 batters to go along with a 6 – 7 record, a 4.79 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP. His spring numbers were even worse. He pitched in 4 games (starting 3) and recorded a 10.80 ERA and 1.98 WHIP in 8 1/3 innings. My guess is he still needs a little work and at only 24 years old he’ll probably get as much time as he needs.
Tanner Rainey: RP – Cincinnati Reds
Rainey will probably want to forget his first MLB experience. The Reds number 29 prospect according to MLB.com came into the game in the bottom of the eighth inning with the Reds down 2 – 1. In his one inning pitched he proceeded to give up 2 hits, 2 walks and 4 earned runs courtesy of a grand slam by fellow prospect Scott Kingery.
Last year Rainey pitched at High-A and AA. His overall numbers were good, but he really impressed with 104 strikeouts in only 62 innings pitched. With that kind of fire power he could project as a set-up man or future closer. Rainey is 25, but he was drafted after 4 years of college so my guess is he too needs a little more seasoning.
Franchy Cordero: OF – San Diego Padres
In a minor league system loaded with top-level pitching prospects as well as infielders Fernando Tatis Jr. and Luis Urias, Cordero comes in at number 10 on the Padres MLB.com top prospects list. He maintains rookie status because his 92 at bats last year were not enough to exceed rookie maximums. In his first game this year Franchy started in center field and hit a home run. His call up was the result of Manuel Margot being placed on the 10-day disabled list due to bruised ribs. He’s projected to be a power/speed combination with a fairly high batting average. Cordero is only 23 yet he was named to the AAA All-Star Team is 2017.
Not So Honorable Mention
Brett Phillips: OF – Milwaukee Brewers
Phillips was called up when Christian Yelich went on the disabled list with a strained oblique and was sent back to AAA 2 days later. He accumulated 11 at bats in his short visit and recorded 2 hits. He is expected to shuttle back and forth between Milwaukee and AAA Colorado Springs plenty this season. The Brewers number 6 prospect according to MLB.com got a cup of coffee in the majors last year accumulating only 87 at bats to maintain rookie status. Phillips also projects to be a power/speed combination type player, and the 24-year-old has plenty of time to further develop his skills.
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