Touted as a five-tool player coming out of the Dominican Republic, Manuel Margot signed for $800,000 as a 16-year-old in 2011. Now 19, the youngster is halfway through his full-season debut with Greenville. While he hasn’t dominated (.269/.342/.397), the right-handed hitter is already showcasing two plus tools. With former top-100 prospect Jackie Bradley cemented as the Boston Red Sox’s everyday center fielder, is Manuel Margot the heir apparent in center field?
2013 was a terrible year for the Yankees minor league system. Injuries and under performance led to a steep drop in production amongst top prospects, causing prospect hounds to look elsewhere for dynasty sleepers and keepers. Along the way, 20-year old Dominican Luis Severino was lost in the shuffle. After a promotion to High-A, it’s time to pay attention. Is the right-hander New York’s best pitching prospect?
It’s been a rough year for Team ROTOscouting in the TDGX dynasty baseball league. In its inaugural season, league mate Nick Doran compiled quotes from other owners including yours truly. Languishing in 12th place, it’s difficult to say anything else other than, “we stink”. Admittedly, drafting a team of twenty somethings had Team ROTOscouting hoping for a finish in the top-8, but nothing has gone right. I summed up our season so far;
Last week, the spotlight was on the Dodgers bullpen blowing chances to catch the Giants. Since then, however, the NL West leaders have lost eight of ten. While Los Angeles has pulled within four games, Sergio Romo, the SF Giants closer, has exploded for seven earned runs and eight hits in his last three outings. The Giants’ bullpen has been excellent this season, but the closer situation is deteriorating. It’s time to consider replacements for the pending free agent?
The biggest FAAB fantasy baseball target last week was Andrew Heaney [FULL SCOUTING REPORT] profiled in this space twice during May. Earlier this month, proactive owners still had a chance to beat the hype and secure his services for a single-digit bid. After a stellar major league debut, Heaney is on his way to being universally owned. Owners who missed out still need to spend those resources somewhere else to reinforce their rotation. This week’s FAAB targets include a pitching prospect whose debut is on the horizon and four, post-hype sleepers having under the radar success. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across the three major fantasy platforms.
This week on FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets we’re going deep, looking at players who could be in line for playing time in the second half of the season. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms. In recent weeks, our top hitting targets have included Pirates Josh Harrison who is eligible just about everywhere on the baseball diamond and Tommy La Stella who’s batting .343 for the Braves.
In the 2013 draft, Kansas City drafted Hunter Dozier in the first round. Considered an overdraft at the time, he clubbed the Pioneer League into submission before producing an 800-plus OPS in the South Atlantic League. With doubters silenced, Royals fans are looking to him as an answer at third base in Kansas City. The team is in first place despite a horrid season from Mike Moustakas. With “Moose” looking like a bust, is Dozier the answer at the hot corner?
Martin Perez started the 2014 campaign on fire. Though we recommended cashing in on Perez, the young left-hander showed the ability to be an above-average starter, even if he promptly fell apart and suffered a torn UCL. On the shelf until mid-2015, does Perez’s injury make more sense considering his Solo Home Run situations?
Joel Henard (@JoelHenard) on Twitter invited me to be a guest on his “The Fantasy Insiders” podcast which we recorded yesterday. The thirty minute segment wound up going over (as always). I like to talk baseball… A LOT! Joel has been busy interviewing current and former big leaguers and decided to include our prospect discussion with interviews of Eric Davis, Bruce Sutter and Jonathan Singleton. It’s great to see Joel landing big names and an honor for him to think 30-minutes with me was worthy of being included with one of the hottest young names in MLB and two hero’s from childhood. “The Fantasy Insiders” is a podcast to keep up with.
Is Domingo Santana the next man up in Houston? Our own Mike Newman thinks so, including Santana as a honorable mention in his 6/10 edition of MLB Depth Chart Dynamos. Having promoted top prospects George Springer and Jonathan Singleton this season, the Houston Astros will look to the player-to-be-named later in the Hunter Pence deal to fill a gaping hole in left field. Santana has exceeded expectations against advanced competition, slashing .287/.366/.487 and blasting 10 home runs — especially impressive for the third youngest player in the Pacific Coast League. A fringe top-100 prospect entering the season, is the young Dominican a long term answer for the Houston in outfield?
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