For years, the Colorado Rockies have searched for a suitable starter opposite star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. In 2014, the quest failed again as DJ LeMahieu slugged under .370 and reached base under 32% of the time for the second consecutive year. Meanwhile, prized shortstop prospect Trevor Story slashed .200/.302/.380 following a mid-season call-up to the Double-A Tulsa Drillers, creating worry he will go the way of so many other Rockies middle infielders. Will the former first-round pick turn things around or is he destined to be yet another mishap up the middle?
Finally, the unveiling of the five best baseball prospects scouted in 2014. All are outfielders who project for a combination of power and speed. It’s an exciting group of impact talents who range from High-A to MLB. 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 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 four Single-A standouts from the Pirates, Rangers, Red Sox and Rockies, as well as a rookie outfielder in the thick of a pennant race. 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.
In 2013, Rockies prospect Rosell Herrera rode a South Atlantic League MVP award to top-100 prospect status as a member of the Asheville Tourists. Lost in the .343/.419/.515 triple slash line was the fact Herrera’s home park had a 297 foot right field fence. An honest look at park factors would have helped predict his drop in performance. Being one who touted the young switch hitter after seeing him on multiple occasions, his breakout was something to be excited about. When wanting to believe in a prospect’s ability, it’s easy to overlook the obvious.
Troy Tulowitzki trade rumors have become commonplace for Colorado Rockies fans. Ownership claims a reluctance to trade Tulowitzki and teammate Carlos Gonzalez. However, rumors continue to fly. Tulo fueled the rumor mill further by taking in a Sunday matinee at Yankees Stadium. In nearby Philadelphia for a surgical consultation on a thigh injury which forced him to the disabled list last week, Tulo made the short drive to the Bronx “to see (Derek) Jeter play one more time.” Even the most cynical Rockies fan didn’t see this coming.
Welcome back to FAAB Fantasy Baseball Targets. In the last episode Travis d’Arnaud was recommended as a pick up. Since he returned from the minors the backstop has mashed an .872 OPS. Today we take another dive into the player pool, looking for players expected to receive increased playing time. As always, bid recommendations are based on a $100 FAAB budget. Players listed are available in the majority of leagues across all major fantasy platforms.
The MLB Futures Game 2014 is approaching and rosters were released yesterday. Fortunately, ROTOscouting has recent scouting reports on four, World Team prospects in the game. In addition to those reports, we have notes and scouting information from our writers featured on other sites including Bullpen Banter and FanGraphs. Overall, the rosters boast an impressive collection of talent. From Cubs Kris Bryant to Yankees Luis Severino, all 30 MLB organizations are well represented. Full scouting reports were left as links. Blurbs where players were mentioned have been pulled as quotes.
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.
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. Today’s edition includes Jorge Alfaro and Alex “Chi Chi” Gonzalez of the Rangers, Pirates Nick Kingham, Ryan McMahon of the Rockies and sleeper Red Sox prospect Wendell Rijo.
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