When Logan White left the Dodgers front office to join A.J. Preller and the Padres, it resulted in an “ah-ha” moment. In seven years at the ballpark, many looks at the Hickory Crawdads (Single-A Rangers) and Chattanooga Lookouts (Double-A Dodgers) provided insight into similarities between organizations run by Preller and White. And from what’s known about the player development preferences of Andrew Friedman, the new President of Baseball Operations for Los Angeles, ceiling and tools took a back seat to players with high floors. And from seeing many a Double-A Dodgers team, this doesn’t fit White’s style.
Yasmani Grandal a breakout season from journeyman Rene Rivera has left the San Diego Padres strong behind the plate. After hitting .225 with Double-A San Antonio in 2014, doubts persist concerning top prospect Austin Hedges. Is the top-50 prospect going to hit enough to start at the MLB level, or will the top defender be relegated to back up duty?
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.
Current and former top-100 prospects Aaron Sanchez and Rymer Liriano headlined ROTOscouting’s week in scouting reports. Along with the Blue Jays right-hander, Toronto shortstop prospect Franklin Barreto provided a glimpse into the future. Another American League East prospect, Ian Clarkin of the Yankees and his Clayton Kershaw-esque delivery was profiled. Finally, Rangers five million dollar man Nomar Mazara was scouted across multiple series. At ROTOscouting, our fantasy baseball information comes from the ballpark.
The San Diego Padres have had a rough 2014 with few players performing above replacement level. In Double-A, the recently-turned 23-year old Rymer Liriano had 14 home runs and 17 stolen bases with the San Antonio Missions before a promotion. With the Padres floundering and the top-100 prospect regaining his form after missing all of 2013 with an injury, how long will San Diego be able to keep him in the minor leagues?
The Padres are headed for another ugly season, highlighted by the recent firing of GM Josh Byrnes. They currently sit 12 games back of the Giants, have one of the worst run differentials in the league (-58), and no way of making the playoffs. The Friars will be sellers at the trade deadline, so who will be the next San Diego Padres closer?
FAAB Fantasy Baseball: Pitcher Auction ValuesThree pitchers profiled in last week’s FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets continued to dominate this week. Jake Arrieta, Jake Odorizzi, and Danny Duffy combined to surrender three earned runs in 20 innings. This week’s FAAB targets include a top prospect closing in on a return to game action, a potential future closer, and three pitchers thrust into prominent roles due to injury. Bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget.
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.
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.
Scouting an organization’s baseball prospects gives ROTOscouting an edge. When evaluating an MLB depth chart for the next wave of prospects ready to break through, we rely on baseball scouting to help identify players ready to fill a Major League team’s most pressing need. An example of this is the Cardinals outfield. Readers want Oscar Taveras to be handed the center field job, but ROTOscouting scouted Randal Grichuk as a better up the middle defender. When the call up was made, it was Grichuk, not Taveras who received the first call. Check out our picks for players likely to be first to the show.
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