In the Eastern League, baseball prospects are just a step or two away from a Major League debut. Sometimes, the best prospects in baseball will jump from Double-A to the show, but this group of players is still developing and a year or two away from MLB. After a handful of scouting pieces on the best prospects scouted in a series between Trenton (Yankees) and Bowie (Orioles), these notes on select Yankees and Orioles prospects empties the notebook so to speak. Gary Sanchez is the headliner, but several names can fill big league roles — especially if negotiations with David Robertson go wrong.
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Was Orioles prospect Chance Sisco the best pure hitter in the South Atlantic League in 2014? After batting a lowly .249 in 13 April games, the left-handed hitter never hit below .321 in a subsequent month, peaking at .404 in June. Overall, his .344 batting average paired beautifully with a .406 on base percentage and .448 slugging percentage. At 19, this level of offensive production is unheard of from a catching prospect. In fact, the top high school catcher in Sisco’s draft class, Reese McGuire, managed a .262/.307/.334 line in the same division. Does the 2013 second round pick’s outstanding offensive performance match his present set of skills?
Few pitchers entered October with as much momentum as Kevin Gausman. In each month this season, the lanky right-hander’s strikeouts increased while walks decreased. On the second half WAR leaderboard, Gausman was sandwiched by Stephen Strasburg and Felix Hernandez. After going fourth overall in 2012, the Orioles’ top prospect entering the season has advanced to Baltimore’s big-league rotation ahead of schedule and will be a mainstay for the AL East champions. But while the O’s have a young starter for years to come, fantasy owners need to determine whether or not Gausman will continue to develop into an elite starting pitcher.
The minor league season has concluded, but we are far removed from the days of baseball being confined to the summer months. Next week marks the beginning of the six week long Arizona Fall League where top prospects will compete against one another. The six teams form like Voltron with each Major League organization sending seven representatives; players will shuffle on and off of the roster from there. The Arizona Fall League is often the stepping stone from which prospects in the lower minors transition into Double-A the following year.
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes a pair of Yankees, a 2014 1st round pick, an unheralded catching prospect and a young Rockies slugger. 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.
Today’s installment of Mike’s top-50 fantasy baseball prospects scouted includes a trio of pitchers who work their fastballs into the mid-90’s, an outfielder with an all-around skill set and a third baseman who projects to hit for both batting average and power if he can ever command the strike zone. 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.
Listed at a mere six feet and 150 pounds, Zach Davies was able to stand out during a recent visit to watch the Bowie Baysox take on the Trenton Thunder. At 20 pounds more than his listed weight, Davies lacks big velocity. However, he delivered a standout performance by relying on location and his secondary pitches do Dominate the Trenton Thunder.
This week’s edition of FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets profiles a trio of starters in their mid-twenties finally receiving an extended rotation look, a future closer, and one of the minor’s top pitching prospects. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. If former FAAB top prospects turned post hype sleepers Neil Ramirez, Jake McGee and Jake Arrieta are any indication, one former top-100 prospect on this week’s list is primed for a big breakout.
When Hunter Harvey’s velocity fell off a cliff in the fourth inning of his final 2014 start in Rome, it was nothing out of the ordinary. It’s not the first time a top prospect lost steam and fizzled in Single-A. Jose Campos did it with the Yankees last season. It happened to Tyler Matzek multiple times in 2010-2011. In general, the pitchers who maintain velocity throughout a start are the ones to really watch. This is why Harvey’s precipitous drop was surprising given his standing as one of the best pitching prospects in baseball.
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