Minor League Report: Week 7

Next weekend is Memorial Day already. How time flies.

Hot starts from minor leaguers, even the way off the radar guys, are going to start to be noticed as more than a flash in the pan. Time to pounce when you see crazy numbers being put up at the minor league level.

All of us have spare pieces we can part with or give up on in the hopes that one prospect turns into a top-100 prospect.

Jo Adell

.326/.398/.611, 6 HR, K% 24.1, BB% 10.2, 4 SB

Adell was one of the more exciting guys drafted in 2017. When it comes to pure athletic ability he has it. There is a lot of power and speed upside here.

He had some concerns about his ability to make consistent contact, but to this point in the season he has had an at least acceptable strikeout rate. I would like to see it drop a little, but its acceptable.

If Adell pans out this is a future first few rounds fantasy draft pick. He still has probably three years before he makes his debut.

Corey Ray

.263/.342/.491, 7 HR, K% 21.9, BB% 9.7, 8 SB

Ray was starting to look like a potential bust heading into the season. Knee surgery got his minor league career off to a rocky start and he didn’t do much when he was actually on the field.

In college he made a lot of nice contact and in his final college season he hit 15 homers and had 44 steals. Ray’s issue, which to this point this season he has fixed, were his strikeouts.

Last season, his only full minor league season, he had a 31% strikeout rate in high-A as a college draftee. That certainly raised red flags even higher.

He has started to turn things around with five homers in the past week.

Ray could end up being the kind of guy fantasy owners covet. The player who can hit for some decent power, but mainly provide steals.

Forrest Wall

.317/.400/.472, 3 HR, K% 21.8, BB% 11.2, 19 SB

Wall is pure contact and speed. As a lefty in Colorado speed and contact can play well.

I don’t think Wall profiles as a good enough overall player to be a major league regular on a good team.

He has struggled for years in the minors and we might have to take some of these numbers with a grain of salt as this is his third year playing high-A.

Kevin Newman

.320/.346/.413, 1 HR, K% 12.0, BB% 3.2, 8 SB

Newman is going to be a guy that baseball fans of the 70s love I feel. The prototypical no power shortstop that will have a nice average and steal some bases.

The average and steals will come with almost nothing else. He doesn’t get deep into counts which is good for strikeouts, but he doesn’t walk much either. There is almost no power here either.

At best Newman is an only league play.

Nick Solak

.322/.421/.521, 6 HR, K% 19.1, BB% 13.1, 6 SB

All about the guys that profile for contact with little power.

Of the past three names Solak has the highest upside for power, however that upside might be 18 homers.

If Solak becomes a major league regular points leaguers could get excited about the walk rate.

Overall Solak is just a player to monitor unless he can tap into some more power, but it is worth remembering how many players add power once they get to the majors.

MJ Melendez

.259/.317/.589, 7 HR, K% 31.7, BB% 7.3, 0 SB

Over the past week Melendez has hit .417/.462/.1.042 with four homers.

I can’t get excited about catching prospects. I just can’t. Even the best of the best are hard to get behind. Remember wen Jacob Nottingham was a thing?

That is probably unfair, but try to remember the top catching prospects and how they did in their MLB careers.

Melendez has a ton of swing and miss in his profile. Let someone else get excited about him.

Alex Kirilloff

.324/.363/.600, 7 HR, K% 19.7, BB% 5.7, 0 SB

Tommy John Surgery had Kirilloff slip off the prospect radar a bit, even after his success in his post draft debut.

He has come back and picked up where he left off showing even more power  than pre injury.

Kirilloff was a top prospect and pick for a reason. Now that he is back from injury the price is going to be higher, but it probably still isn’t the top-100 type price it might be had he not missed all of 2017.

Cedrick Mullens

.282/.330/.497, 6 HR, K% 13.1, BB% 6.3, 5 SB

Oneil Cruz

.277/.360/.518, 7 HR, K% 25.6, BB% 10.6, 3 SB

I have gotten excited about Cruz a couple times in recent years. The power should be real at 6’6” it is hard to think he wont add weight and power as he gets older. He is still just 19.

He did do this last season

His huge issue is the ability to make consistent contact, or just to make contact. He struck out 30 percent of the time last year. So he has improved the strikeout rate to acceptable so far this year.

He probably isn’t a shortstop by the time he makes the majors, if he does, so he will likely lose a lot of appeal.

Jose Suarez

33 2/3 IP, 3.21 ERA, 1.37 WHIP, K% 39.2, BB% 5.4

Another one of those guys where you see the big numbers and wonder how he does it. He tops out in the low 90s and has a plus changeup, but he is still striking out way more guys than the stuff suggests he should. He is undersized at 5’10 170 too.

He is coming off of an outing where he struck out 11 in just four and a third, he also struck out 10 over five earlier this season.

I want to see more from Suarez before I add him in even a 30-team league, but he is definitely on my radar.

Cionel Perez

33 2/3 IP, 1.87 ERA, 1.19 WHIP. K% 26.2, BB% 9.2

Another lefty starter, Perez hasn’t had as much strikeout success, but he has had more overall success and has the better stuff.

Perez can reach upper 90s, but mostly sits in the low to mid 90s.

He has a nice four pitch mix including potential plus pitches in his slider and changeup and an average curveball.

He is 22 and in AA, but has next to no chance of cracking the Houston rotation, he needs a trade if he is going to have any fantasy viability.

Andy Germani

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