Minor League Report: Digging Deep

Well that trade deadline was… interesting. No real big name prospects to speak of got dealt – Meadows and Glasnow no longer technically prospects. A handful off lower level prospects, fliers, and safe players were moved, but nothing exciting.

With that being the case, this week is going to profile some lowly ranked prospects having great seasons. Also this is a more names than words group this week. If you are not in a league that has more than 300 prospects owned, first of all you are a sane person (unlike me), and you probably don’t need to read on.

None of the following players are inside their own team’s top-10 prospects according to MLB.com. So clearly we are at best hoping 1-2 of these guys become fantasy relevant.

Roberto Ramos

Most known for his power. The strikeouts are a little worrisome. He has 26 homers so far this year but has struggled to really get things going in AA. He is in a hitter friendly minors environment and that will continue as he climbs.

Nathaniel Lowe

Lowe is slowly working his way through the minors, but is crushing minor league pitchers this year. The power and average both are leaps and bounds above prior seasons. The strikeouts and walks are at great levels and he is scouted as both an above average hit tool and power hitter. If I was ranking these guys in order of how much I would want them, Lowe would be at or near the top.

Hudson Potts

He still strikes out too much, but he has been able to keep the average near .300. There is above average power here, but 30 homers is more of a hope than an expectation.

J.J Matijevic

Love when local guys make a little noise in the minors. Matijevic is having a true breakout year after an underwhelming 2017. He had some great seasons at Arizona and is starting to get back into that form this season.

Abiatal Avelino

Hit tool over power guys are starting to become a thing. Learn to hit first and then the power will come as you age and get to the juiced balls. That being said Avelino has 14 homers this year for a smaller middle infielder, toss that in with his above average hit tool and some speed and there could be something here.

Ryan McKenna

McKenna has cut the strikeout rate down and it has led to a spike in his average as he is hitting .334 this year. I am willing to believe in this year’s strikeout rate than past seasons because he has a decent hit tool.

Rylan Bannon

McKenna’s teammate new teammate, recently promoted, Bannon is a three outcome guy with 22 homers and 108 strikeouts in 97 games so far. At 5’10” 180 it isn’t a shock that his power comes with an all or nothing approach.

Bret Boswell

He is old for his level and is still striking out way too much. Boswell is still hitting .289 with 17 homers, but there is a lot of work to be done for a 23-year-old in high-A.

Jason Martin

One of the pieces in the Cole deal, Martin is having another great season. In 2016 he went 23/20, in 2017 18/16, and he is 11/8 this year. There is power speed potential. He is hitting .314 this year too.

Austin Dean

Tearing up the PCL this year to a .331/.394/.463 line, Dean is knocking on the door of a promotion for the Marlins. If you want a quick return in a deep league Dean has a relatively easy path compared to these other guys.

Emilio Vargas

Becoming a big strikeout pitcher this season, after never striking out a batter per inning in the past.  11.7 K/9, Vargas might be able to attribute it to an improved slider. His fastball isn’t special but can get into the mid 90s.

Tony Gonsolin

Guys who throw splitters may have constant arm issues, but while healthy it usually means good strikeout numbers. Being converted to a starter this season the strikeout numbers have stuck. He also is keeping velocity he had and is able to hit the upper 90s on occasion. Gonsolin is definitely a name to watch. He is probably my favorite pitcher of this group.

David Parkinson

A lefty with three solid offerings, Parkinson has been able to dominate to a 1.51 ERA and 115 strikeouts over 95 1/3 innings. His success could be attributed to being a college arm still pitching in A ball, but dominating a level you maybe shouldn’t be at isn’t a bad thing.

Spencer Howard

Another Phillies 2017 draftee, Howard hasn’t had as much success as Parkinson, but he is missing a ton of bats. His fastball sits in the mid 90s and he can use a pure slider and a cutter to play off of it.

Deivi Garcia

One of the more interesting arms in the Yankees system, Garcia can hit the mid to upper 90s with movement. He also has a nice changeup and possibly a plus curveball. He is still only 19 and is in high-A. Garcia is an upside flier that deep dynasty owners need to be looking at.

Yerry Rodriguez

Having success in his first season stateside, Rodriguez has a mid 90s fastball and pounds the zone as shown by his three walks in 34 2/3 innings this season. It is easy to get interested in a guy with mid a mid 90s fastball and doesn’t have control problems in the low minors.

 

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Andy Germani

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