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Back in May, I wrote a Courtney Hawkins fantasy.  You can read it here.  At that point in time, Hawkins was at High-A Winston-Salem knocking homers at a good rate, but he was struggling to make contact, striking out more than 50% of the time he stepped to the plate.  Near the end of the writeup, I said this:  “The Sox must be thrilled with the huge power Hawkins is showing, but if the K’s continue at this rate, they’ll need to consider bumping him down the ladder to a level where he can more easily focus on approach and pitch recognition.  There’s plenty of time for him to improve in that regard, and for fantasy baseball purposes, I truly hope he doesn’t go the way of the Donkey.  Either way, though, he’s a fascinating dude to follow.”  So here’s our Courtney Hawkins update, almost four months later:  .182/.252/.407, 19 HR, 9 SB, 38% K-rate in 95 games at High-A.  In other words, the whiffs continued, and the White Sox never demoted him.  Hawkins is an extraordinary athlete with enormous upside, and I rarely am one to question a team’s development strategy, but it bothers me that the Sox have allowed their 19-year-old prized prospect to struggle so severely all season long.  He won’t be ready for Double-A next spring, and I’m beginning to worry that this 1st rounder might never realize his potential.

Lewis Brinson | OF, Rangers – Let’s keep the Courtney Hawkins theme going with another 2012 1st round pick who plays outfield and strikes out 38% of the time.  Brinson is having his swing-and-miss troubles at Low-A Hickory, where his line on the year reads .234/.316/.428, 20 HR, 21 SB.  In general, this sort of all-or-nothing production does not bode well.

Lucas Giolito | RHP, Nationals – Giolito was arguably the highest upside arm drafted in 2012, but elbow concerns caused him to slip to the middle of the first round where the Nats drafted him at 16th.  He tossed only 2 IP in 2012 before being shut down for TJ surgery.  Well, it’s been a long trek back for Giolito, but he’s now looking like the premium prospect that Washington originally drafted.  After performing quite well through 8 starts in complex league play, the 19-year-old has been bumped up to Short-season Auburn, where on Wednesday he tossed 5 innings of scoreless baseball in his NYPL debut.

Maikel Franco | 3B, Phillies – Franco continues to mash at Double-A Reading, drilling 4 homers in his last 6 games.  Through 58 games at Double-A the 20-year-old is hitting .330/.354/.545 with 12 homers.  He should make for a nice fantasy 3B, perhaps as soon as next summer.

Jonathan Gray | RHP, Rockies – The 2013 3rd overall pick continues to kill it at High-A Modesto.  Gray struck out 10 in 5 frames on Tuesday, boosting his K/9 mark to 13.3.  Through 3 California League outings, the 21-year-old has a 0.95 ERA and a .074 WHIP.

Eddie Butler | RHP, Rockies – When Gray was promoted to Modesto a few weeks back, the Rockies moved Eddie Butler to Double-A Tulsa in a corresponding move.  Butler, age 22, has handled the transition as well as can be imagined, allowing only 1 run through 4 starts while whiffing 18 and walking only 2.  Too bad these guys have to pitch at Coors when they surface.

Javier Baez | SS, Cubs – Since my Javier Baez fantasy was posted on Wednesday, the 20-year-old phenom has gone 7-for-12 with 3 homers.  Coincidence?  Yes.

George Springer | OF, Astros – As of right now, Springer is just 3 HR away from a ridiculous 40-40 season.  That is all.

Tyler Glasnow | RHP, Pirates – The Bucs love their big-bodied pitchers and at 6-foot-7, Glasnow fits the mold.  The 20-year-old has been outstanding the entire year at Low-A West Virginia, but he’s doing some of his best work in the month of August — 32 K’s in his last 14 IP.

Miguel Almonte | RHP, Royals – Commenter Daniel asked my thoughts on Miguel Almonte, and I thought I’d oblige… mostly due to the fact that Almonte is particularly intriguing.  The 20-year-old has been steady throughout the year at Low-A Lexington, based mostly on the merit of his fastball/change combo.  Both offerings are plus pitches, and they’ve steered him to an impressive line in his full-season debut:  3.16 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 8.8 K/9.  Almonte’s breaking ball is a work-in-progress, but if he can improve in that department over the next couple seasons, he’ll be oozing with front-end potential.

  1. Scott says:
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    I haven’t seen a minors post with those closest to arriving, do you know when one will be posted? Thanks!

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: trying to stock my bench with potential keepers for next year

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Scott: I’ll do one more prospect power rankings on this coming Wednesday…

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott Evans: anxiously awaiting your post for closest to report

  2. Frank White says:
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    Sup Bro… Have you heard anything about C-Mart pitching tomorrow?? The stream o nator doesn’t have him listed and I already grabbed him.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Frank White: pretty sure he is not starting tomorrow. You should keep him on your team, though. He probably will start in September. In the meantime, you can get an inning here and an inning there out of him.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Frank White: I absolutely concur w/ Wallpaper.

  3. Adam Jonesin says:
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    Looks like C-Mart is starting agian. Do yous guys like him over Porcello or Jarrod Parker?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: Upside is better than both… Wouldn’t drop Parker for him, however.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Adam Jonesin: he didnt start today, and likely won’t later in week either. If another injury/miller being shut down/lyons being bad were to occur though, he’d be first up.

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    So wait?…….Is C-Mart starting or not?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chicken Dinner: It’s Lyons on Monday, but I’m thinking C-Mart takes a starting role before long.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Scott Evans: Guys been teasing me all year. He’s got all the reasons for a man crush. Filthy stuff, on a contender that scores a ton and develops pitching extremely well, and picthing in the NL. How can you NOT love this guy?

  5. Jackson says:
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    Reymond Fuentes….Deserving of a September call-up this year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jackson: Deserving? Yeah, I think he’s ready for a look. But it’s always impossible to get inside the minds of these front offices. Wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see him…

    • Zac says:
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      @Jackson: are you some damn mind reader haha gets the call the next day….. I need to talk to you more often.

  6. Kenneth says:
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    Phillies are moving Maikel Franco to 1B for the rest of the season. Sounds like they think he will be ready sooner rather than later. Or maybe it’s for defensive purposes?
    “It’s just to give him another position he could go to,” assistant general manager Benny Looper said. “His bat is coming quick, it looks like. He’s probably going to be limited to third or first. He’s never played first, so we wanted to break him in and see if that’s a possibility.”
    Read more at http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/phillies/20130825_Phillies_Notes__Sandberg__Ryan_Howard_s_return_unlikely.html#wc1C0i2vFufXlJKf.99

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Kenneth: Interesting stuff — thanks for the link, Kenneth. For fantasy purposes, value won’t change too much if he shifts to first. Franco will bring high impact wherever he ends up…

  7. malamoney says:
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    What are the chances that Springer proves to be the better fantasy asset between himself and Taveras next year?

    Could he go 20/20?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @malamoney: I think that hinges on whether or not the Cards retain Beltran. All things being equal, Taveras is better equipped for immediate success.

  8. TheNewGuy says:
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    What about Taj (mahal) Walker, is he getting the call?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes, Friday.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Is he worth a start?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @TheNewGuy: I’d use him in a re-draft for upside’s sake… wouldn’t activate him in dynasty.

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Scott Evans: Yeah its a non keeper I snagged him in so gonna roll him out there.

            Bold call by the M’s though, could Bradley be next in line for the D Backs? Dudes been even better than SkyWalker this year.

            • Scott Evans

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              @TheNewGuy: I wish, but ARI has already indicated he won’t surface this year…

  9. TheNewGuy says:
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    And one other point, do we over-hype rooks? Ok Wil Myers has worked out and been a big asset for me in my single season H2H league this year, but others haven’t (Cole’s been fairly average etc).

    Now we have Bogartes who I and many had even been stashing prior to his arrival, and now it looks like I’m gonna have to cut him as he isn’t even getting regular PT (why call him up then Bo Sox?). Do we over-hype what these guys can do in their first taste of big league ball? Do you see anything happening to his situation in Boston that might lead to regular PT in the near future?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Prospects are appropriately hyped, IMO. There’s obviously risk associated with inexperience, but we’re only trying to identify high-impact, high-upside talent. I hype these guys so that when they’re called up, you’ll at least know the name & the potential. Stacking a team full of prospects isn’t a great idea, but scooping a call-up like Cole… or Xander… or Wheeler… or Trout… or Puig… is like buying a lotto ticket. Risk is worth the reward, no?

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