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:

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

  2. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @mrhappytime: Leake.

  3. Eric J says:

    Only two hitters on the list????

  4. Bad Bob says:

    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:

    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:

    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. ltf says:

    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.

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

  9. brian recca says:

    matt moore does he get a chance this year?

  10. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @brian recca: I believe so.

  11. ltf says:

    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…

  12. Stephen

    Stephen says:

    @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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