Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes a pair of starters to bet on as future closers, two catching prospects who have nothing in common other than position played and an outfielder with speed, power and gaping holes in his swing. At ROTOscouting, our motto is, “Fantasy Baseball Fueled By Baseball Scouting”. In living up to this, any and all future prospect and player lists published here will have a fantasy baseball slant.
The 2014 season was a successful one in terms of baseball prospects scouted. Today’s players include a pair of young Phillies, a Red Sox third baseman hoping to establish himself in MLB and two, 25-year old’s working to rebound from injury-induced struggles at the upper levels. Add these players to watch lists and monitor their progress closely. Each has strengths and the ability to “click” if things break right, although none are a finished product.
Top-10 prospects? Check! Top-100 prospects? Check! First Round MLB draft picks? Check! Up and coming prospects worth stashing now in fantasy baseball leagues? Check! At ROTOscouting, our prospect staff is at a minor league ballpark taking video and notes on baseball’s best prospects. We use first hand information to write scouting reports because a real scouting report can’t come from a Google search. Each week, we’ll provide a peek behind the paywall in our “Best Of The Scouting” series.
Drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers with its 1st pick in the 2011 draft, Taylor Jungmann was expected to reach the big leagues quickly. After two inconsistent seasons, the tall right-hander is a forgotten man in prospect circles. No longer heralded as a top-100 prospect, Jungmann’s 2014 success has flown under the radar. After cutting down on base runners and increasing his strikeout rate with Double-A Huntsville, he earned a promotion to Triple-A Nashville. With the Brewers recalling Jimmy Nelson, their best pitching prospect last week, what can fans expect from Taylor Jungmann?
Jimmy Nelson has been dominant in Triple-A this season. Through nine starts, his 58/17 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 58 innings is the sign of a pitcher being MLB ready. Even more insightful is the fact Nelson has allowed just 38 hits — a sign of dominance. Having scouted the Brewers’ prospect as a Double-A pitcher in 2o13, a chance to update the scouting profile was welcomed. And with the Oscar Taveras led Memphis Redbirds visiting the Nashville Sounds, the series proved worth the four hour drive and overnight stay.
We offer a plethora of material at ROTOscouting, but our lifeblood is the constant stream of scouting reports. Our authors travel to games and use their baseball knowledge and experience to project these top prospects into the future. We evaluate their tools and their level of refinement to produce grades along with our prose. This week brought scouting reports on a number of under the radar prospects, including a certain Cuban that was just promoted to the major leagues.
ROTOscouting offers our readers a place to view raw notes on players we do not profile in depth with bona fide baseball scouting reports. Rather than just being a vehicle for more dissemination of our content, YOUscout is also open to the public. We hope to build a crowd sourced scouting database that can continually be referenced as players progress through the minors and into the major leagues. Last week Mike profiled some of the submissions; this week I highlight some more:
Today, let’s jump right into ROTOscouting’s picks featuring four players primed to have big games at home. We’ll cover subscribers at catcher, third base, shortstop and in the outfield so Masahiro Tanaka, tonight’s top starter, can be used. Check back daily for more daily fantasy baseball picks and subscribe for less than $1 per week as we share our top plays throughout the season.
This week’s FAAB Top Targets includes a pair of young Angels hitters, a new option for stolen bases, and a power-hitting catcher. Speaking of power, we’ll also take a look at a masher from the NL Central who can hit homers in bunches. As always, there is a target for every position on the diamond and each player is widely available in all three major formats.
It was a night to remember in daily fantasy baseball. Robbie Ray ($3,000) had a successful MLB debut and the game’s best mashers mashed. My lineup scored 47.83 points, yet finished outside of the top-10 in every 50/50. Of course a top-20 finish equals money, so a win is a win. Yesterday’s diamonds combined for 16.08 points at a combined salary of $8,500. That’s 1.89 points per thousand spent! Monday-Friday, subscribers will receive my best picks for less than $1 per week.
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