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The New York Mets 2009 Minor League Pitcher of the Year Jeurys Familia had a rough 2010 season – 5.58 ERA, a 10.2 K/9 and 5.2 BB/9 in 121 innings, From 2010 Minor League Review, “Currently, he isn’t a refined pitcher, according to pre-2010 season scouting reports. Familia kept the nice strikeout rate from 2009, but his walk rate doubled and the remaining ratio stats went to the gutter … I wouldn’t write him off yet … was unlucky (.350 BABIP)…I expect he gets pushed to Double-A in 2011.” That season ended on a positive note though with seven starts in July and August that tallied 58 strikeouts in 43 innings and a 3.38 ERA. A year later, Familia has settled down in Double-A, looking more like the 2009 pitcher. He currently has the following ratios: 10.4 K/9, 3.1 BB/9, 72 2/3 IP, 3.47 ERA, 3.94 FIP and a .307 BABIP. Throwing a 94 to 97 MPH fastball that’s touched 100 before, a 86-87 MPH slider and the “perfect pitcher’s frame” (6’3″). It won’t be long until the Mets start easing him into the majors.

Ryan Westmoreland | BOS | OF: Reports are out that the Red Sox former number one prospect, prior to being diagnosed with a cavernous malformation in the brain in March 2010 and surgery in April 2010, is scheduled to see live pitching Wednesday. Typical recovery period is 12 to 18 months. Before the injury he displaced “plus-plus speed, above-average power potential, center-field range and an average arm.”

Wily Peralta | MIL | RHP (SP): Rumor mill has it that Peralta could start the second game of Monday’s doubleheader against the Pirates. In 132 innings (13 innings – 2 starts at Triple-A) he has posted a 9.1 K/9, 3.3 BB/9, 3.53 FIP (AA) and a .305 BABIP (AA). At this point, with all the trades the Brewers have done, Peralta is the Brewers top prospect. Expect to see him up when rosters expand in September at the latest.

Zach McAllister/Jeanmar Gomez | CLE | SP: Expect one of these pitchers to receive a spot start on Tuesday against the Mariners. A strong spot start for whomever receives the chance, preferably McAllister, but expecting Gomez.

Brad Peacock | WAS | RHP (SP): I write a Scouting the Unknown article on him and what does he do? Goes out and has a strong game: 7 IP, 0 ER, 6 baserunners (5 BB), 6 strikeouts. The walks have only started to be concerning at Triple-A. Overall in line with career. Expect to see him in September for a few innings (~15 IP).

Julio Teheran | ATL | RHP (SP): Followed up his two worst starts all year (7/31 and 8/7) with two strong starts. His 8/12 and 8/17 starts he went a total of 14 innings, 3 ER, 17 baserunners (4 BB), 8 strikeouts. If not a September call-up, he’ll be in the AFL getting ready for 2012.

Bryce Harper | WAS | RF: Strained his right hamstring running from first to third on Thursday. He’ll be placed on the 7 day DL. This effectively ends his regular season. Depending on severity of the injury, he’ll be playing the AFL. At age 18 and in 109 games, he slashed .297/.392/.501 in 387 AB with 43 XBH (17 Hr), 26/7 SB/CS (7/2 at Double-A), and 86:57 K:BB ratio. Please note he hit .257/.329/.395 at Double-A. Fully expect to see him at Double-A again in 2012.

Matt Moore | TB | LHP (SP): Had his “worse” start at Triple-A to date. 4 IP, 1 ER, 4 baserunners (3 BB), 8 strikeouts. One mistake was giving up a home run. He has nothing to prove in the minors at this point.

Wade Miley | AZ | LHP (SP): Received PCL pitcher of the week (last week) with a complete game performance where he gave up 1 ER, 4 baserunners (1 BB), and had 9 strikeouts. He’s the Diamondbacks 8th ranked prospect.  He throws a 92 to 93 MPH fastball, a 79 to 83 MPH tight slider, a cutter and an above-average changeup that has the potential to be a plus-pitch. Will battle for a rotation spot in 2012 after receiving the call up just this week.

  1. mrhappytime says:
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    Start leake, mcdonald, or runtzler? Really need a win to end the week.

  2. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @mrhappytime: Leake.

  3. Eric J says:
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    Only two hitters on the list????

  4. Bad Bob says:
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    Would you drop Beckham in a H2H dynasty league for Eric Young, Orlando Hudson or Ryan Raburn? 2B is letting me down since Youk went down and I had to move Lawrie to third.

  5. MrHappytime says:
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    Who do you like most for the rest of the season, pick 2. Constanza, Delmon Young, Kyle Blanks, Eric Young, Gaby Sanchez?

  6. ltf says:
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    Will Beckwith, Chris Drury, Nestor Molina, nothing about Shelby Miller this past week, can’t find anything on Jordan Swagerty and Carlos Martinez’s seasons, or Taijuan Walker and James Paxton.

  7. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Eric J: yup.

    @Bad Bob: Young at most, assuming you don’t keep everyone in your dynasty league.

    @MrHappyTime: Young, Sanchez.

    @ltf: Thank you for the inquiries.

    re: James Paxton: He was shut down this past week. His blurb was on the cusp of being published. However, I removed his name and will have him in the top 50 prospects to keep an eye on list coming out in next two weeks.

    re: Will Beckwith: still playing in Rookie Ball. At best will be mentioned in the Royals Minor League Review coming in the off season.

    re: Chris Drury: Just finding the hockey player.

    re:Nestor Molina: Looks like he went from an after thought reliever to an unheralded mid-rotation starter. He’ll be shutdown before September. I’d also like to state that the Florida State League is a Pitchers league too. He’ll be an interesting prospect for 2012.

    re:Jordan Swagerty: Long-term projection – Set-up man/closer. With a 92 to 94 fastball and a biting mid-80s curveball, could be Joe Nathan in his prime.

    re: Taijuan Walker: Pitching only in Low Single-A. Pitching well, but I need to find prospects closer to the majors for the Sunday articles. He’ll most likely find his way to the Mariners off-season Minor League Review articles.

    Re:Shelby Miller: He didn’t pitch this past. Why? “Top prospect Shelby Miller was removed from the Class AA active roster as punishment for an undisclosed violation of team policy. The Post-Dispatch reported that Miller, 20, was involved in an altercation involving alcohol at an apartment complex in Springfield, Mo. The indefinite suspension of Miller, a pitcher, was consistent with the team policy established in 2010. A team official confirmed that Miller, barring a problem, will be reinstated for a start this week.”

    Read more: http://www.stltoday.com/sports/baseball/professional/article_b942f45a-a9d8-5ad2-9663-ff3d05367538.html#ixzz1VlNVZR4l

    Miller’s August 10th start was poor to begin with. 2/3 IP, 4 ER, 2 H, 3 BB, 2 K. Still a very good play.

  8. ltf says:
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    fml brandon drury. You should already know his name. Beckwith s ripping it up, doesn’t matter the level.

    Nestor Molina has given up one run, 6 hits, and struck out 17 while walking one in 11 IP in AAA.

    Paxton, Walker, Swagerty(he was drafted last year and already in AA), and Carlos Martinez are all pitchers that have made huge leaps this season.

    Shelby Miller was pulled from a start for an inning pitch count. That’s why he was removed Aug 10th. He had a bigger week for better or worse than what was mentioned.

    Honestly how does any of the players you mention help fantasy teams? Most of these players you have mentioned every time I read it. What about Jimmy Paredes? Nice option for SB that shouldn’t hurt too much in other categories.

  9. also in metland, newbie Wheeler has been absolutely awesome since coming over for Beltran.

  10. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @ltf: Level does play a factor into the Sunday articles. I need to focus on prospects closer to the majors. Double-A and Triple-A prospects are more relevant this year than any Rookie Level prospect. For example, Miguel Sano is a stud hitting prospect, but until he’s moving close to Double-A, most leagues could care less. As it is, there are plenty of prospects that aren’t mentioned due to the vast number of prospects (30 MLB teams with at least 4-5 minor league levels with 20-25 players on each team); roughly 3000 prospects and minor league players (that’s only assuming 4 minor league teams. That’s not including short-season, rookie ball and the foreign leagues. That’s a lot of names to remember, a lot of talent to watch and weigh for non-traditional avenues (i.e. fantasy baseball), and that means some names will be stored in the back of my head and overlooked at times.

    Furthermore, my off-season articles try to locate other prospects that aren’t as close to the majors. This is the best avenue to get the names out there before the season. This is where rookie ball comes into play more. Granted, they have to be highly impressive in rookie ball to get the mention. I go through even team’s statistical production on Baseball Reference’s minor league page (example: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/affiliate.cgi?id=MIN&year=2011) and select 10-12 prospects that are highly touted and/or close to the majors that could assist a fantasy baseball team (both shallow and deep leagues). Please forgive me if my name database is slightly different than yours and recalls different names on a differing bases. I’m constantly trying to stay on top of the ever revolving prospect world.

    Molina: Not going to get major league innings. Just look at his innings between this year and last.

    Paxton should have gotten more mentions. Still shut down and not relevant until 2012.

    Swagerty is a reliever. Again, few relievers are relevant for fantasy baseball unless they are closers or you play in a holds league. Or they are high-strikeout pitchers. Doesn’t matter the level. He’ll be an interesting play next year by mid-season or a nice role playing RP .

    Miller was pulled for conduct reasons from the reports I was reading. The performance wasn’t great either.

    Zack Wheeler has cut down on his walks and subsequently has improved his pitching.

    Paredes was hitting .270/.300/.426 at Double-A before his surprise call-up. That’s slash line would be hard to predict solid major league performance from, even if only 22. Steals were an intriguing play, but his efficiency was lacking. Once the prospect reaches the majors, I let Grey keep up to date on their value.

  11. brian recca says:
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    matt moore does he get a chance this year?

  12. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @brian recca: I believe so.

  13. ltf says:
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    At least half of the list you have won’t be relevant in 2012. LOL every time you fall back on this notion of how there are so many minor league players, and how levels factor in. I don’t care what level Bryce Harper plays at next year, he won’t have much fantasy relevance at MLB level because he is 20 years old.

    Swagerty is relieving because this is his first year of pro ball, and their AA team needed some RP arms. You’re calling him a reliever, looks like Carlos Martinez is a reliever too…I’d probably believe Martinez as a reliever over Swagerty because of his mechanics, but both should be starting again next season.

    Paredes is a good play for steals, and he looked like one in the minors. Show me a better option in the minors, and you’re probably looking at Gary Brown or another name most people already know. Paredes should get a lot of green lights in Houston, thanks for looking up his slash line though…

  14. Stephen

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    @ltf: re: Paredes: Please tell me why a .720 OPS (at double-A) Infielder with plus-speed is going to translate well to the majors? He does have great speed, but he doesn’t use it well and still is learning to effectively steal bases (71% success rate in 2011 and 76% success rate (which is better) for his career). Even exceptional basestealers in the low minors typically see a slight decrease in total steals. At best he’s an Eric Young Jr. Clone.

    There are many long-term planned relievers who start in the minors for the simple fact they get more innings to develop their pitches.

    If you believe every prospect is worth of fantasy relevancy, even down in Rookie-Ball where nothing is guaranteed to carry over, why don’t you talk about Jiovanni Meir’s 2009 season. After that year he rose up the prospects charts only to bottom out when he at Single-A in 2010. The same story is repeating itself this year at about Low and High Single-A.

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