Fantasy Studs Or Duds? Alcantara, Lindor, Spangenberg, Wisler
Let’s take a look at a few more hot names I had the opportunity to scout in Arizona…
Arismendy Alcantara: 20 — High-A — Offense 21% above league average — 25 steals — Yes, please. With a .302/.339/.447 triple slash line, Alcantara was excellent in 85 games for Daytona. Playing in the Double-A game, he showed smooth actions at shortstop and plenty of arm for the position. Plus, he singled, showing a line drive stroke and lightning quick hands. I didn’t like him as much as Story, Paulino or Lindor, but these are all top-100 guys with helium. However, I’m confident Alcantara will stick at shortstop more than I am Paulino. In the end, I wonder if prospect followers have it all wrong when debating the Cubs shortstop of the future. Second and third are the weak links and many question the utility of both Baez and Castro at shortstop. An infield alignment of Baez at third, Alcantara at shortstop and Castro at second base might be the best defensive alignment to maximize value across the infield. I’d definitely want him in deep keeper leagues and would add him to my watch list in Ottoneu. Alcantara is a sneaky value play.
Francisco Lindor: I think he’ll hit. Say what you will about his so-so Single-A season, but Lindor wore down in 2012 resulting in a miserable second half at the plate. Fact is Lindor’s new to switch hitting AND has filled out, leaving me bullish on him this season. Will he ever hit like Tulo or vintage Han-Ram? No, but if he falls somewhere between Elvis Andrus and Starlin Castro with the stick with a few more walks, are you really going to complain? He’s a top flight shortstop prospect whose numbers are weighed down by his age. And while others turn their nose up, strike and acquire him on the cheap. There’s a window of opportunity right now, but it won’t be open for long.
Cory Spangenberg: In Spangenberg, I understand what the Padres were shooting for. Athleticism, gap power, defensive flexibility are all part of what scouts dreamed he would become. However, his tools play down on a baseball field. His compact stance and short stroke feel as if he’s much smaller than he actually is. I liked Jace Peterson much more, as well as just about every middle infielder with any name value whatsoever. Maybe he becomes a utility player, capable of playing all over the field, but I don’t see him as an average regular. If you are a Spangenberg owner and he has any value remaining based on his first round status, sell away. If not, it might be smart to cut bait and chalk him up as a sunk cost.
Matt Wisler: With a 2.20 FIP in Single-A as a 19-year old, Wisler has as much helium as any prospect in the Padres system. I saw a well-rounded arsenal with ground ball tendencies and room to fill out. It’s the perfect mix for a young pitcher with the chance of pushing well into the top-100 by this time next season. Plus, his pitching in the Double-A game means Wisler might skip the California League entirely. He’s a definite add in deeper leagues and another watch list guy to add in Ottoneu.
24 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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