I need to thank frequent commenter ltf for today’s lead. Tim Wheeler (COL, OF) has not been a highly touted prospect in the Rockies farm system – ranked number 21 overall. Since my Scouting the Unknown article written on June 1, 2011, he has hit 10 more home runs (6 weeks). With 24 home runs at Double-A and two multiple home run games in the last 10 days. Wheeler is positioning himself to skyrocket up the prospect ranking charts in 2012 while playing in the hitting friendly environment of his home park (Tulsa) and the Texas League. Is currently slashing .312/.392/.598 in 356 AB with 48 XBH (24 Hr) and 15 steals in 24 attempts with a 93:38 K:BB ratio. Keep a close eye on him, as the Rockies continue to spawn outfielders.

Tyler Skaggs | ARI | LHP (SP): Promoted to Double-A. First outing was poor at best: Gave up 5 runs, 10 baserunners (2 walks) and had 6 strikeouts in 4 innings. See Scouting the Unknown article for further details.

Drew Pomeranz | CLE | RHP (SP): Promoted to Double-A after rocking High-A with 95 strikeouts, 32 walks and a 1.87 ERA in 77 innings. Unlike Skaggs, Pomeranz’s debut went exceptionally well. Over 4 2/3 innings, he allowed one run (on a home run), 4 baserunners (1 walk) and had 5 strikeouts.

J.D. Martinez | HOU | RF: Check out the recent article by John Sickels detailing Martinez. Also see Scouting the Unknown article for further details.

Brett Lawrie | TOR | 2B/3B: Took batting practice last Sunday. A step in the right direction. We’re still looking at a mid-to-late August call up.

Alex Cobb | TB | RHP (SP): Will get the start on Monday (7/19/11) against the Yankees. He’s been very inconsistent when on the mound in the majors. Even with two wins and a sterling 3.41 ERA, I would avoid starting him on Monday.

Tyler Flowers | CHW | C: He was called up on 7/10/11 but has yet to see any playing time. This was expected. Nevertheless, if given playing time, he has the ability to hit 10 home runs over the rest of the season. Or kill your team’s average.

Logan Forsythe | SD | 2B: According to “unnamed sources,” Forsythe was recalled, again, on Friday to fill out the depth chart and fulfill the utility player role. Only in the deepest of NL leagues is he worth your time.

Brett Jackson | CHC | CF: Promoted to Triple-A on 7/15/11. Appears to be on track for a September promotion.

Jacob Turner | DET | RHP (SP): Jim Leyland stated that Turner’s chances of reaching the majors this year are a long shot. I would expect him to remain in the minors for this year and have every opportunity to win a starting job out of Spring Training. He has posted a 3.49 ERA, 1.16 WHIP and 79/29 K/BB ratio over 100 2/3 innings at Double-A this year.

Zach McAllister | CLE | RHP (SP): Per Rotoworld (7/15/11), “Zach McAllister and David Huff are the prime candidates to be promoted from Triple-A Columbus to start for the Indians during Monday’s doubleheader.” I’d run far and fast in the other direction from these two options in all normal scenarios. However, they will be facing Minnesota. In deeper leagues, it would could be worth the stream start. I’d lean towards McAllister receiving the call.

  1. MrHappytime says:

    I’m assuming that I win this trade, but I
    wanted to get a few outside opinions. I give
    up Adam Jones & Yovani Gallardo, I get Carl
    Crawford . I’m hoping that Crawford comes
    back and makes up for lost time. I’m
    assuming I pull the trigger? Thanks in

  2. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @MrHappytime: If Crawford returns as himself, yes, you win.

  3. 626 jack says:

    do Rizzo’s struggles lead to a demotion?

  4. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    Lawrie 2 HBP yesterday, including once on the same hand.

  5. VinWins

    VinWins says:

    @VinWins: Did not re-injure it though!

  6. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @626 jack: I don’t think so. His advanced metrics should give him a slightly longer leash. He does need to reduce the strikeouts.

    @VinWins: Good to know. Hopefully those two HBP doesn’t re-aggravate the injury.

  7. Daniel says:

    Which sp prospect do you want long term?
    Jacob turner or jameson taillon? I know turner will have at least a one year head start to his career but is taillon dynamic enough to take him over turner? Thanks

  8. anthony says:

    *** I was offered tulo, beltran, brantley, niese, and gee for beltre, hardy, morse, marcum, and dhudson. I figured tulo is going to heat up and overall is better than hardy. Beltre is the leader in Rbis for 3b but Pablo can easily fill in and can rake and hits for better average, obs, ops, and slugging… Beltran > Morse but i think i lose in the pitching department. What do you guys think – Is it worth it ?

  9. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @Daniel: Tallion grades higher in every category by half a grade. However, because Turner is closer and they are relatively the same age, I want Turner.

    @anthony: I want the Beltre side if I need pitching and the Tulo side if I need hitting.

  10. anthony says:

    Pitchers: Nolasco, Shields, Price, Marcum, Harrison, DHudson, Colon, Scherzer, Scott Baker, Cordero & Perez.

    Essentially I lose hudson & marcum but gain gee & niese. Also theres some risks i could take on the FA list such as wakefield,capuano, derek lowe, randy wolf, ervin santana …

    Stephen what do you think ? My lineup would be C. Avila, 1b, Agon, 2b, espinosa, SS Tulo, 3B, Pablo, OF Pence, OF Beltran, OF Cuddyer, Util Brantley

  11. anthony says:

    Espinosa for Uggla ?

  12. cubbies299 says:

    Hey, I have Rendon, Jennings, G Cole, Taillon, and Jacob Turner in my minors. Would you advise dropping one of them to take up Duffy? He’s shown great control lately and he’s closer to the majors than some of those names. Gotta pick him up soon

  13. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @anthony: Keep Espinosa. Personally, I’d keep Hudson and not do the trade.

    @cubbies299: Duffy is closest (been in the majors), but he’s not Turner or Taillon. I would keep your current options.

  14. Ryan says:

    Hey Stephen,

    I have a choice between Manny Banuelos and Josh Willingham both I will ahve locked up for 2011 and 2012, OR Kelly Johnson who I will have for 2011, 2012 and 2013.

    I have heard that the Yankees like to have players travel throuhg all levels of the minors meaning Manny still has to go to AAA and it is doubtful he will pitch as a permanent starter until mid-year 2012, so whcih side do you think I should take?

  15. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @Ryan: Banuelos wont see significant MLB time until late 2012, if not 2013. Johnson for the present play. Banuelos for the future play.

  16. TheNewGuy says:

    Hey, am in a contract keeper league with 8 man farm teams. What about this kid Jose Altuve? All he seems to have done is kill the ball this year, including in his futures game selection. Good upside? Would you take him over Chris Archer, Edward Salcedo or Ben Revere (would possibly promote Revere to create a spot) when looking at long term upside? Thanks.

  17. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @TheNewGuy: He’s a mini-Brandon Philips without the 30/30 season.

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