Don't be shellfish...Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

The early stages of the MiLB season have brought loads of speculation with regard to Oscar Taveras and Stephen Piscotty, and which prospect the Cardinals will summon to St. Louis first. I’d love to be able to provide some clarity to that question, but frankly, such call-ups depend on so many different proprietary factors, and it’d be pretty stupid of me say something like, “Piscotty is gonna be the guy ’cause he’s hitting a bunch of singles at Triple-A.”  Piscotty, by the way, has collected 15 hits (12 singles) through his first 37 AB at Memphis.  He’s a fine prospect, and he’s zoned in right now, but the gaudy average (.405) is probably drawing a bit more attention than it should.  Meanwhile, Taveras is slugging north of .500.  He’s still the higher-impact fantasy talent, and he’s still the better prospect.  This is not to suggest that Oscar will definitely be up before Piscotty — only that it’d be silly to lose perspective on the situation.  Taveras is the true prize.

Courtney Hawkins, OF, White Sox:  After a disturbing .178/.249/.384 line in 2013, Hawkins is back in Winston-Salem for another go at High-A, and so far, results have been hugely encouraging.  Through 8 games, the 20-year-old has already drilled three homers and his OPS sits at 1.235.  It would be an enormous boost to the White Sox farm if Hawkins — a first round pick in 2012 — can begin to translate his potential into production.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers:  Pederson is batting .407 with 3 HR through 8 games at Triple-A Albuquerque.  LA has a clogged-up outfield at the big league level, and it’ll likely take a few injuries before he can be utilized in the bigs, but there’s little doubt that Pederson is ready to contribute right now.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians:  He’s one of my favorite real life prospects, but because of his defense-first profile, I’ve never been too high on Lindor for the fantasy game.  I’ll have to change my tune on that line of thinking if he continues slugging as he has in the early going — 2 HR through his first 8 games at Double-A Akron matches his 2013 total through 104 games.

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates:  Just batting .441 through his first 9 games at Triple-A Indianapolis.  No big deal.

David Dahl, OF, Rockies:  2013 should have been Dahl’s first year of full-season ball, but it ended up being shortened by injury, and marred further by some in-house disciplinary measures. The lost year set the 20-year-old back developmentally, and his prospect stock has suffered.  It’d be unwise, though, to lose sight of Dahl, who brings rare all-around impact potential to fantasy. That upside has been on display early on in 2014 at Low-A Asheville:  4 HR through his first 10 games.

Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers:  After knocking 40 homers in 2013, Gallo went his fist 6 games at High-A Myrtle Beach without collecting an XBH.  Then in his next two games, he hit 3 HR.  I’ll set his 2014 o/u at 35, and I’ll take the over.

Jon Singleton, 1B, Houston:  After purging himself of his “demons“, Singleton is back to doing what he does best:  blasting long balls.  The 22-year-old has hit 3 HR through his first 8 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City.

Delino DeShields, OF, Astros:  As a selfish fantasy baseball dude, it pains me that the ‘Stros have committed to shifting DeShields from 2B to CF.  I mean, sure, it makes sense for real life baseball, but what about us nerds?  In any event, DeShields is still doing his part to make himself an attractive fantasy option as soon as he surfaces.  The 21-year-old has collected a homer and 5 stolen bases through his first 8 games at Double-A Corpus Christi.

Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox:  Through his first 12 IP at Double-A Portland, Owens has whiffed 18, walked 2, and is yet to allow a run.  Should this sort of dominance keep up, the 6-foot-6 southpaw could push his way to Fenway much sooner than the late 2014/early 2015 timetable I had in mind.

Jon Gray, RHP, Rockies:  Gray didn’t get out of the first inning on Friday, allowing 7 hits and 6 runs while retiring only 2 batters.  Oof.

Eddie Butler, RHP, Rockies:  It’s not all bad news from the the Colorado farm, however.  Eddie Butler — #2 in my preseason Rockies T10 — has posted a 12/1 K/BB through his first 2 starts at Double-A Tulsa, allowing just 3 runs along the way.  Armed with one of MiLB’s best changeups, Butler is absolutely capable of arriving in the bigs this year and offering a Michael Wacha-type impact.

From Around The Web

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
    (link)

    keepem coming,love these minor reports,thanks

    • Every Sunday, all summer long…

  2. malamoney

    malamoney says:
    (link)

    Do you really see Owens being the first starter called up should the need arise in Boston?

    What’s going on with Springer? Do you think this slow start has hurt his chances of a call up? Or perhaps delayed it? Is Singleton ahead of him or is that based on position need?

    Trevor Bauer is looking pretty good. Any chance he joins the rotation in time for the season debut of 24?

    • Swfcdan says:
      (link)

      @malamoney: Haha when is the new 24 season starting? Cant wait for that.

    • Jason says:
      (link)

      @malamoney: Not sure what you’re seeing with Springer, but his numbers look just fine to me (slashing .308/.438/.538 through his first 10 games, including steals in each of his last 3 games).

    • No, Owens is behind guys like Webster & Ranaudo for now… wasn’t insinuating that he’d be first call-up…

      Springer is fine. He & Singleton should both get called up around the same time.

      I don’t know when 24 debuts (nor do I want to), but I’ll blindly say yes to that question.

  3. Nelson says:
    (link)

    If Baez continues a 30% k-rate, will he still be called up?

    • Jason says:
      (link)

      @Nelson: 8 games is way too early to be asking something like this IMO. Baez made a huge impression on the organization this spring. He’s a high strikeout guy and perhaps always will be, but that bat speed is an extraordinary eraser and the fan base is clamoring for his debut. Unless he slumps horribly and it lasts into late May, I doubt much is standing in his way of a June debut (and barring injury it will not be earlier than that due the Super Two rule).

      • Agree on all, except for the super 2 tiptoeing… I don’t think the Cubs will make too much of it provided they’re confident Baez is ready.

        • Jason says:
          (link)

          @Scott Evans: Yeah, I know you’ve projected a potential May call up (assuming he performs well enough), but I just can’t see the organization sacrificing a potential extra year of team control over a month of at bats for a player on a team going nowhere this season. I understand the “this is the age of multi-year contracts buying out arbitration eligible years” angle, but I still see the organization taking a cautious approach on that front.

          As far as personal preference goes – sure, I’d absolutely love to see him get the call up right now. But if he didn’t break camp with the ball club, I see no reason why they’d call him up prior to June.

          • Jason says:
            (link)

            @Scott Evans: Something else to note – Castro is playing well and Baez is still playing SS for Iowa. I would think they’d want to get Baez some serious reps at 2B (or even 3B) before he gets the call. I was sort of selfishly hoping Castro would pick up where he left off last season and force the team’s hand, but that doesn’t appear to be happening.

            • All fair points. Could easily see it going just as you say.

    • Maybe. I’m more concerned w/ why he’s sat out last 2 games… can’t seem to find much intel on that situation.

  4. Swfcdan says:
    (link)

    Big trade possibly in the offering so I need a few takes on it. Heres what I asked Grey:

    Fuck you Zimmerman, fuck you. Why do I always draft this guy on at least one team, never again.

    Starting to get worried about Crush, still hasnt crushed one yet. If I can rekindle this deal with another owner, would you do it?

    C Davis ($13, 3 year deal)
    FOR
    Puig ($0, resignable) and Donaldson ($5, 1 year)

    Puig and Davis are both great keepers and Donaldsons a rental. I could move Fatt Adams to 1st and put Donaldson at CI. Like it?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
      (link)

      @Swfcdan: I like Puig side

      • Swfcdan says:
        (link)

        @Scott Evans: Short and sweet thanks man, ill see what he says.

        No talk about Taillon? I thought he’d be the story, yet its about your cards again… homer (haha just kidding). What do you think about him then, still good long term just pushes his ETA back 12 months (or is it more like 18 months)?

        • @Swfcdan: Early 2016 ETA now… I thought the Taillon story was a little too stale to cover today, but it’s still an awful development, no doubt.

          • Swfcdan says:
            (link)

            @Scott Evans: No doubt. Guys falling like flies right now.

            Guys come back to me (Zimmerman owner) and said he’ll only do Puig for Davis straight up now. Can’t really blame him after losing Zimm, do I say no to it now?

            • JimSlim says:
              (link)

              @Swfcdan: 0$ for puig? when you resign him what will it be for? 13$ for 3 years of Davis is better unless his resign rate could be similar then you got to say no

              • Swfcdan says:
                (link)

                @JimSlim: Puigs a promoted prospect which start at $0 in our league. Next years would be likely $6 renewable, then 3 more years at $14 each. So id have Puig a year longer, but its tough still not knowing exactly what to expect of him. Think ill pass.

  5. tyler says:
    (link)

    twenty team dynasty
    20 deep minor league roster
    thinking about dumping
    quad As gose or drabek
    for tigers suarez or lemba
    best two of the four?

    • I’d hold Gose & add Suarez.

  6. Kimosabi33 says:
    (link)

    When’s matt Davidson arriving in Chicago?

    • As soon as there’s a need. Gillaspie has been hitting well.

  7. grif says:
    (link)

    Hey Scott,
    Always look forward to your minor league reports. Have a question. Do you think the jays will call up Aaron Sanchez this season? If so, when do you think that might be (all star break, Sept call up, etc.)?

  8. Slam says:
    (link)

    Any thoughts on Kaleb Cowart? Post-hype type who is off to a great start in AAA

    • Slam says:
      (link)

      @Slam: sorry make that Double A

    • Cowart was one of the youngest players in the Texas League last summer & the struggles didn’t knock him down my rankings too far (he was still #1 in my LA T10, although their farm is pretty weak). Big raw tools… could certainly post exciting numbers in a repeat year at Arkansas.

  9. The Thumb says:
    (link)

    Cobb to the DL with an oblique strain. Hashtag FMFBBL

    • Swfcdan says:
      (link)

      @The Thumb: WTF, all my team is dying.

      • The Thumb says:
        (link)

        @Swfcdan: ditto. Looks like Beltre is ticketed for the DL too

  10. Shake N Bacon says:
    (link)

    Man the Dodgers need to cut some fat and let Pederson play in the majors. Too bad for him and for the fantasy world.

    Same with the Pirates and their two deadweight outfielders (Tabata and Snider). Polanco needs to be in that major league lineup. Is it just a case of service time with him?

    • Yeah, LA would love to dump one of those high-cost outfielders… and yes, I do think the Pirates are sensitive to service time in Polanco’s case… upper levels ABs will be good for his development too.

  11. JimSlim says:
    (link)

    Thanks for the clarity on the St Louis situation. I was one who asked you about it a few weeks ago. A new question for you. In my keep all dynasty league I traded Lawrie, Segura & Sal Perez for Kershaw (and Aybar, but he will be history soon) that leaves me with a dilemma at C. But low and behold both Castro & Mesoraco are available, just so you know though this league has 9 offensive cats (& 9 pitching cats) R, HR, RBI, SB, AVG, OPB, SLG% plus 2 defensive cats; FLD% & ASSISTs. Who do you think is better ROS? And if you will is that person better long term?

    • Mesoraco brings upside, but I think Castro is the safer option both for this year & long-term.

      • JimSlim says:
        (link)

        @Scott Evans: Thanks Scott, I look forward to your post

  12. Zaclo24 says:
    (link)

    Is Joey Gallo the next Adam Dunn?

    • @Zaclo24: He certainly has that sort of skill set. Anxious to see what he can do versus upper levels arms…

  13. Larry Petrie says:
    (link)

    What do you think of Raimel Tapia

    • He’s quite awesome. Had him in the #2nd half of my Rockies T10 only because of the short-season resume… could easily be #1 in that system coming into next year. With Tapia & Dahl & Gray & Butler, the Colorado system has HUGE upside.

  14. Chad Donaldson says:
    (link)

    Which SP gets the call first and who makes more fantasy impact in 2014 between Syndergaard, Montero and Gausman?

    Thanks

    • Montero gets call first. Gausman makes biggest impact this season.

  15. Hey Scott:

    With Brett Anderson shockingly hitting the DL again today, any chance the Rockies call up Eddie Butler this coming week? Or is that move likely later in summer, ie. a delayed post Super 2 call-up? Even though he’s a Rockie, I’m pretty bullish on his stuff and impact ability… so far, so good in AA, 12/1 KK/BB ratio thru 12 innings with a 2.25 era thru 2 starts.

    • @EL BURRO: Possible, but I’d be surprised if they bring him up this quick.

      • @Scott Evans:

        watched Chatwood’s start vs. SF today, it was ugly. Here’s to dreaming….

  16. MB says:
    (link)

    Is it worth stashing javier baez in 11 team 6×6 with ops with 5 keepers? This injury has to setback his arrival time right?

    Thanks

    • @MB: It sets him back, but unclear how long… June call-up still very possible.

  17. malamoney

    malamoney says:
    (link)

    Who comes up first (if either) Syndergaard or Montero?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
      (link)

      @malamoney: Never mind. I see someone else already asked the same question and you answered. Seems I have trouble reading all the comments too! Thanks.

      You sure Gausman is the guy to have this year over Montero?

      • I wrote a whole post on Syndergaard/Montero situation last weds, actually… and yeah, Gausman brings higher impact.

  18. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    damn, souza got called up yesterday and i got scooped to him. he’s gone forever.

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @goodfold2: in that 30 man league players are locked from late sunday night through late thursday night, but wide open free for all for 72 hours, including all day saturday. wish i saw that span got concussed.

  19. Oz says:
    (link)

    Who’s your favorite catcher prospect for fantasy? Also what order would u rank padre’s Grandal, Zuninio or Travis D’arnaud? Thx man, love the posts.

    • Jorge Alfaro is best fantasy catcher in MiLB. d’Arnaud, Grandal, Zunino — in that order.

  20. Nate says:
    (link)

    How does the Baez injury (ankle I think) change things for him this year? When do you see him up?

    • Depends on the severity. If it’s just a short-term thing, a June call-up is still in the cards.

  21. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    however i am doing well with the free agents i refused to overpay on in bidding and still won, gillaspie/machi/rondon. when do you think a.barrett is coming back. i’ve got him in 11 man NL only and he just got put down. others available are c.torres/morris/diekman/pimentel/morris/stammen. RW/holds also cats. just missed Machi while waiting on Barrett to come back.

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @goodfold2: stammen gone now, but i’ve now read barrett will be back in 10 days or so after he was sent down so around a week, def worth holding for that long.

  22. Kenneth says:
    (link)

    How about Nick Franklin’s hot start? He definitely should be a starting middle infielder for some team.

  23. Strikes R Us says:
    (link)

    Hey Scott, with the latest news of george springer being called up to the Astros is he a must add or a wait & see?

Comments are closed.