We’ve been focusing on a breakout prospect from each team (broken down by division) while we wait for offseason leagues to kick in. These are players who “broke out” statistically in 2015 and were either ranked in the bottom half of their team’s preseason top ten list or didn’t make their team’s list at all. Some of these names will look familiar and have already been scooped up in many dynasty formats. Others may still be flying low enough that their big performances have gone undetected. Today we’ll look at five breakout prospects from the NL East.

Jarlin Garcia, LHP | MIA Age: 22 ETA: 2017
Level IP “+” Pitches ERA HR/9 BB/9 K/9
A+/AA 133.2  FB 3.57 0.5 2.7 7.0

So, um, the Miami farm is still a little on the thin side. I could have gone with Justin Nicolino here, but opted to stick with a player still in the minors. From slim pickings, Garcia made one of the biggest jumps in 2015. Baseball America slotted him #2 on their midseason top ten list, and while the 22-year-old southpaw could still end up a starter, there’s a strong possibility he ends up as a bullpen lefty. One reason is his arsenal, which includes only one above average pitch. I don’t think there’s a lot to see here from a fantasy perspective.

Andrew Knapp, C | PHI Age: 23 ETA: 2017
Level PA AVG/OBP/SLG HR SB BB% K%
A+/AA 522 .308/.385/.491 13 1 10% 20%

As much as I hate to write fantasy blurbs on catching prospects, Knapp had one of the purest breakouts this season. After hitting four and six home runs in the 2013 and 2014 seasons respectively, the 23-year-old backstop slugged 13 this year while also raising his batting average about 50 points. I follow Phillies Twitter pretty closely, and Knapp’s breakout was well documented and a lot of fun to watch. What impressed me the most was that while he split time evenly between High-A and Double-A, it was in Double-A where he did most of his damage with the bat – hitting .360 with 11 homers in 55 games for Reading.

Victor Robles, OF | WAS Age: 18 ETA: 2018
Level PA AVG/OBP/SLG HR SB BB% K%
Rk/A(ss) 261 .352/.445/.507 4 24 7% 13%

The helium is palpable with Robles, who is still only 18 years old. You can’t read a prospect chat or breakout article without finding his name plastered all over it. It’s well deserved, as you can tell by his numbers, but it’s also important to keep in mind that this is rookie level and short-season ball and not AA/AAA. That said, Robles has all the tools you want in a fantasy prospect, and if the power kicks in later…watch out. He could blossom into a five-category stud, or at the very least a high batting average/stolen base threat. Manuel Margot had a similar number of games in the NYPL at 18 years old, and Robles simply put up better numbers. Margot has quickly developed into a top 50 prospect and I’d expect Robles to follow a similar path.

Ozzie Albies, SS | ATL Age: 18 ETA: 2018
Level PA AVG/OBP/SLG HR SB BB% K%
A 439 .310/.368/.404 0 29 8% 13%

Albies ranked eighth on the preseason top ten here at Razzball, but heading into 2016 the teenage shortstop could be the best prospect in the system. The profile isn’t exactly what you want for fantasy, since Albies really isn’t going to give you much in the power department. However, I wouldn’t dismiss him and instead focus on what he brings to the table in on-base skills, speed, and instincts. There’s a chance some power develops later as well (he is just 18 after all) and – dare I say it – he reminds me a little bit of Francisco Lindor (without quite the same elite glove). Albies had a good year in 2014 as well, but to me the 2015 breakout was in the way he handled his first full season of plate appearances, hitting over .300, as one of the youngest players in the Sally. Unfortunately a hairline thumb fracture cost him the last month of the season.

Gavin Cecchini, SS | NYM Age: 21 ETA: 2016
Level PA AVG/OBP/SLG HR SB BB% K%
AA 485 .317/.377/.442 7 3 9% 11%

I don’t remember reading anything on Cecchini that listed any of his tools as plus, but it’s hard to ignore a 21-year-old who hits .317 in his first full season of Double-A ball. Not to mention the pretty plate discipline numbers. I get the feeling he’ll end up more as a middle-tiered “high-floor” type for fantasy rather than any kind of super stud, but guys like Cecchini are perfect for deeper dynasy leaguers looking for prospects that are relatively close and have proven competent at a higher level of the minors. 2016 should see Cecchini test out Triple-A and a late summer call-up to New York would make sense if he continues his success. Right now he’s sandwiched between Wilmer Flores and Amed Rosario, but trades, injuries, etc. can help shake things out.


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  1. Matt says:
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    That’s so awesome. In a dynasty, robles is going to have some major trade value come march huh?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, you should be able to get a haul for him….maybe more than he’s actually worth

  2. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    What do you think of Makinnin and MacPail in Philly? They extended MacPahil thru 2016 but he is clearly a stop gap. Mackinin was on the radio siad the phillies are going to be agressive in the off season. Should be interesting!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Good question. I’m not so much worried about who’s in charge as long as they are able to build a good group around them. I’m pretty excited about the team. If they hit on a spec or two, they’re a couple of free agents away from contending again, and they’ve got the coin.

      • PeteRosesRevnege says:
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        @Mike:

        Who is in charge means alot Bowa and Ryno can’t manage and not eveeryone has Gillick’s touch and connections.

        You really think 1 or 2 free agents away? Buchannan is still starting on this squad those are going to have to be some big prospects. These guys have been fun to watch for periods this year but I’m seeing what look to be a lot of 2nd tier playersy out there. They can be good for spans of time but they are the kind of guys that can bring it day in day out. I think we have a long rebuild ahead of us but I hope you are right. Philly is alway to guys away from being a contender.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ah, maybe I didn’t communicate that well. I mean I don’t think a GM alone is going to make all the difference…I think it’s who that GM surrounds himself with in other decision-making/leadership roles.

          Also, I think the team on the field right now, well, a lot of those guys aren’t going to be starters on the team that eventually contends. But there are some building blocks that are close…Franco, Nola, Crawford, Williams, etc…so that you’re not starting totally from scratch. There’s depth in the system, money in the pocket, and (hopefully) some smart free agent signings on the horizon that make me optimistic that it won’t be a terribly long rebuild. I’m talking as a fan of the team though so I’m a little biased. :)

          • PeteRosesRevenge says:
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            @Mike:

            We will have to get lucky but it is possible; they need to find a GM still and it is a one year coach so that tells you next year is throw away the 2nd and 3rd year are start picking up free agents but this will take four years at best unless they catch lightning in a bottle like 93.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yikes…I hope 2017 isn’t a throw away

              • PeteRosesRevnege says:
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                @Mike:

                I think it almost has to be unless they start picking up big names this winter. Money talks but if money is equal the big prizes are not going to want to sign with a 100 loss team. Phil’s have to either overspend or show they are moving in the right direction before they bust the big moves.

                I hope i wrong but i don’t see it.

  3. Rags says:
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    Completely new to dynasty and just sort of basing my minor leagues guys off a few lists so I could use some help. Our league has deep benches but it’s not the kind of league where you really need to stockpile number three starters or just-another-guy outfielders. I’m looking mostly for star potential.

    The following guys are on my wire (Points H2H league)

    Victor Robles, Jorge Mateo, Clint Frazier, Gavin Cecchini, Anthony Alford.

    I have:

    David Dahl, Yoan Moncada, Ryan McMahon, Raimel Tapia, Josh Bell, AJ Reed, Rafael Devers, Tim Anderson, Jose De Leon, plus one open spot.

    Which of the available guys should I pick up first, and should I drop any of those other guys (Reed or Bell maybe) for more of the available guys?

    Any help you can provide would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your help all season!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anytime…I like Frazier there

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