Ryan Zimmerman is hitting the DL with a hamstring strain, and to replace him, the Nats are calling up their top prospect, Anthony Rendon. Rendon showed he was big league ready during spring training, and many wondered if he might begin the season at the highest level. But in an effort to maximize the 22-year-old’s plate appearances, Washington opted to reassign him to Double-A Harrisburg where through 65 PA he’s hit .292/.462/.500 with 2 homers. With Zimmerman shelved, Rendon becomes the starting third baseman, and you should certainly grab him if he’s still available. Featuring a plus-plus hit tool and an advanced approach at the dish, he’ll help immediately in AVG and OBP categories, and he might even toss in a few homers. For more detail on Rendon, here’s my Nationals’ top ten, where he ranked #1. Also, check out this Scouting the Unknown post from last August.
Allen Webster | Red Sox — He’s slated to pitch the second game of today’s double header versus Kansas City, but it’s likely just a spot start for Webster, so the fantasy intrigue is limited. Still, it’s worth your time to get to know the 23-year-old, as he’s not far from an extended look in the big league rotation. Back in February, I ranked him as the 6th best prospect (2nd best pitcher) in the organization in my Red Sox Minor League Preview. Here’s what I said: “Acquired via LA in the Adrian Gonzalez swap, Webster features a well-rounded fastball-change-slider repertoire, and a frame that should be able to handle a heavy workload. That profile has him projecting like a mid-rotation innings eater, but there is #2 starter potential if his stuff continues to develop and command improves.” Through two starts at Triple-A Pawtucket, Webster has allowed just 10 baserunners, and only one run, while posting a K/BB at 12/3. It’s a tiny sample, but reports on his stuff and command are glowing. Today’s outing will be telling as to his readiness to compete at the highest level. If things go well, it might not be long before he’s back up for good.
Hak-Ju Lee | SS, Rays — Lee is touted primarily for his slick glove and plus arm, but he’s doing some serious work at the plate so far this season. Through 55 PA at Triple-A Durham, he’s batting .419/.537/.605 with a homer and six stolen bases. The pure shortstop could blossom into a high-end fantasy prospect if this sort of production continues.
Wil Myers | OF, Rays — Myers has only 3 XBH and zero homers through his first 61 PA at Triple-A Durham. The lack of power is certainly surprising, but it’s way too early to be concerned.
Courtney Hawkins | OF, White Sox — The Sox have been aggressive with their first round selection from last summer, assigning the 19-year-old to High-A to begin 2013. Hawkins has struggled at the level, though, collecting only seven hits through his first 43 at-bats. On the bright side, five of those seven hits were home runs.
Tyler Skaggs | LHP, D’backs — After an awful spring in big league camp, Skaggs lost his grip on a rotation spot, and was assigned to Triple-A. He’s continued to struggle there, posting a 6.46 ERA through his first three starts. His most recent outing, however, was an encouraging step in the right direction: 7 IP, 6 H, 2 ER, 0 BB, 8 K.
Gary Sanchez | C, Yankees — Sanchez is rolling at High-A Tampa, batting .328/.426/.623 with 3 homers on the young season. The 20-year-old is among the top catching prospects in the game, and he should develop into a nice fantasy piece.
Miguel Sano | OF/3B, Twins — Sano hit three more homers this past week, putting his season total at five. The 19-year-old is hitting .385/.452/.741 through 62 PA at High-A. He’ll soon bring his enormous power to Double-A if this keeps up.
Christian Yelich / Marcell Ozuna | OF, Marlins — Both highly touted outfielders have made their way to Double-A after injury delayed their debuts. We’ll keep a close eye on these two — Yelich, in particular, could move fast.
Mike Zunino | C, Mariners — After a blazing start at Triple-A Tacoma, Zunino has cooled off considerably, going zero for his last 20, whiffing 10 times during that stretch. His line on the young season now sits at .217/.327/.587.
Currently stashing Gerrit Cole in my redraft league. Someone else has Myers but Taveras, Profar, Wheeler and Arenado are all on waivers. Any idea when Cole will get the call? When do you see these guys getting called up and how would you rank them?
New addition of the prospect power rankings runs tomorrow — sneak peak: Cole is #4 behind Taveras, Myers & Arendado… more detail tomorrow afternoon…
Hey Scott, really like and appreciate your work! Super stoked that you help make my favorite site such a great place! So I’ve been dying to pick up Eddie Rosario in my dynasty league. I’m hurting at mi currently but roster so many prospects (more than anyone else in our lge) its hard to add more prospects at the expense of my current success. So how favorable are you to Rosario? And how do you rank him vs deshields Jr, brad miller or alen Hanson? Thanks a lot and keep the prospect news comin!! Its great!!
Behind DeShields, Miller & Hanson… not big on Rosario. He’s off to a good start this season, but I don’t see him as a high-impact fantasy MI. DeShields is a much better option if available. Hanson would be next after DeShields…
Nice, man! Congrats to your bro!
Not sure I like this 2 for 1 for Price… Both Medlen & Kennedy are really solid.
Bauer is doing great & Barnes is struggling so far… I’ll try to do some updates on both soon…
They are solid, but unspectacular. I really think Kennedy is what he showed last year due to the park, and Medlens clearly going to regress quite a bit. Plus im getting one of the best arms in ball :)
And yeah thanks man, he did well I gotta admit. Got 2 girl housemates he lives with who want to run it next year (one did this year, but struggled due to a foot injury), so we can hopefully make it a foursome. Oops that sounded wrong!
And still keep Barnes over Webster? Pretty sure Websters unowned in my keeper farm league.
Yeah, hold Barnes.
Saw my brother run in the London Marathon on sunday, great atmosphere, made me pumped to try and run it next year. Brotherly competition too! Big tragedy in Boston though, we did the run for you guys…glad that they got the whacko’s at least.
Not much to talk about in my farm team world, apart from I held on the Profar/Jo-Fer deal…think it was right, especially because I:
Traded Kennedy and Medlen for Price over the weekend in that league. Like it?
Not heard about Bauer and Barnes so far in the minors, they doing much?
When do you think we see Allen Webster back up? Worth stashing in a dynasty?
Sure, he’s worth a stash in a deep dynasty. Needs to work on keeping his stuff into the 6th & 7th — it’s dropping off hard after 4 or 5 IP. Should be back up before August.
I saw the comments on Wil Myers and I do think that it is worth noting that while he hit his 1st homer last night that he is greatly improved his patience at the plate to open the season with a OBP of .406 (long live Ted Williams) and 10 walks in 15 games.
Looking forward to him and Taveras manning my RF and OF slots alongside AJax and Josh Hamilton. Hopefully, Hamilton wakes up soon.
As a side note, and in case you deep leaguers are not noticing, but Mr. Devin Mesoraco is going to be starting for the next two weeks. This might be a good time for Mr. Mesoraco to take hold of the starting job in Cincy.
Scott – Yasmani Grandal was dropped. Would you take a waiver claim on him and drop Justin Maxwell or Danny Nava in that 22-man salary cap keeper league that I was telling you about? It would be hard to drop Nava because all he does is produce.
Finally – be patient on Julio Teheran. He is pitching at Colorado this week and everyone is likely going to bench him against the Rox. Watch him go 6 and give up less than 3 ER. I would rather have him than Tommy Hanson. Hanson just is not getting batters to miss and that is going to catch up sooner than later….
@George: One other thing Scott – I dropped Skaggs. Not too worried about it either. There is another lefty prospect sitting available on the free agent wire in case I want him….
Yeah, I’m not concerned about Myers & some peripheral indicators are encouraging. Grandal is a nice piece in a deep keeper… I’d be very tempted to swap him for Nava. I’d probably hold Maxwell… I agree let’s be patient w/ Teheran. I was big on him pre-season. He’ll find his groove. And no sweat on the Skaggs drop — who’s the other lefty?
@Scott Evans: Hultzen….
BTW – I also picked up Rendon (Middlebrooks backup plan) after dropping Skaggs for Smoak. I picked up Smoak so that could slot Napoli at catcher while Hanigan was getting regular starts.
Jumped on Rendon in roto OBP/net steals keeper league, but B. Hamilton just hit waivers. Make a claim? Either would be a bench bat, likely not kept on my team, but possible trade bait.
Pass on hamilton.
Zimmerman owner but also hava Machado on bench. I grabbed Span once Zim got sent to DL. Do I grab Rendon instead?
Span is solid, but if you’re in a shallow league & he’s gonna ride your bench, a guy like Rendon will draw more intrigue on the trade market.
I could see Nats keeping Rendon after Zim returns. He splits time with Espinosa and spells Zim and Laroche once a week. With Zim playing 1st once a week. Thoughts?
He’d really have to play well for that to happen, but yes. Definitely plausible.
Drop Seager for Rendon? I already have Headley, Carpenter and Hanley…
If Seager is just wasting space on your bench, yeah I’d swap him for Rendon’s upside. Could fetch value on the trade market if he starts hot.
Thanks for the Wil Myers update. He homered last night! Bring ’em up! Bring ’em up! Bring ’em up!
Rendon goes back down when Zimmerman returns.
Does Hultzen make his way up at some point or is he not first to get the call in Seattle?
Jedd Gyorko, Brett Lawrie or Nolan Arenado. Pick one…
Ha! The Myers update was most certainly for you…
Rendon most likely does return to the minors upon Zimmerman’s return, but there’s a small chance he’ll move to 2B if he outperforms Espinosa during this stint.
Hultzen’s probably behind Erasmo Ramirez for next call-up in Seattle, but I still think we’ll see him sometime this summer.
Lawrie or Hosmer?
Marte or Cain?
Hosmer over Lawrie, Marte over Cain.
Just curious, who do you like better this year and then who do you like better next year between Rendon and Arenado? Do you think Arenado will definitely get called up in June?
Good question. Similar profiles, but Rendon’s tools are better. Still, Arenado has had a much healthier career & Coors should help aid his power… I go with Arenado for this season & Rendon for long-term. I do think Arenado arrives this June & I suspect Rendon heads back to the minors once Zimmerman returns.
@Scott Evans: Cool. I’m excited to watch Arenado hit in Coors.
The Nats should just move Zimmerman to 1B, let Rendon stay up in the majors and Zimm won’t have to worry about throwing across the diamond anymore.
with zim on the DL, I have freese on my bench, would you pick up rendon or just stick with freese?
I’d roll with Freese at first, but would also be a good idea to add Rendon as long as you’re not dropping anyone of value.
Any chance Rendon sticks once Zimmerman returns? I know he’s played second base in the minors and Danny Espinosa isn’t exactly a world beater? Thanks in advance!
Sure, if Rendon outperforms Espinosa while he’s up, I think there’s a decent possibility he’ll slide over to 2B once Zimmerman returns.
10 team keeper league where I have Fernandez as a 14th round keeper and Cingrani as a 20th round keeper next year. Time to sell high or build for the future? I’ve been trying to time Hultzen call up too but not looking like anytime soon
Definitely hold Fernandez, but I could see selling high on Cingrani…
When do you predict the Reds tire of Choo’s defensive shortcomings in CF…move him to left…and call up Billy to be their everyday CF?
He is off to a bit of a slow start, but I would still be shocked if Billy H. isn’t up by June 1st. The Ludwick injury opened the door, Chris Heisey’s turdness opened it more, and Choo is the worst defensive CF in the league. Billy’s call-up is this year…should be fun to watch when it happens.
How high is Harvey ranked now? Should I trade Maholm and Pence for him? What is his value?
Harvey is on fire, and I usually shy away from trading for a guy who’s playing at an unprecedented level… That said, Maholm & Pence seems reasonable. You can make that deal.
Was just offered Granderson for Perkins. My other closers are tenuous: Bailey, Henderson, Mujica. Falling behind in power due to Bruce and Beltre. Gotta do this, right? Or is it too much of a crapshoot? Supposed to come back in May…. Thanks!
Wait, you’re getting Granderson right? If so, do it.
@Scott Evans: Yeah, thanks. Not sure why I was hesitant….
Would you drop Oscar Taveras for Rendon in a redraft league? I’ve been stashing Taveras for his potential upside, but was thinking it might be better to get someone who’d be able to help me now.
I was facing the same conundrum & opted to hold Taveras. I’m not all-in on Rendon unless you’re flexible enough to make it happen, or hurting at 3B.
Well, I’m “ok” at 3B with:
All having 3B eligibility, but I’m typically using Frazier as my 3rd OF.
Drop Denorfia for Gardner or Ruggiano?
Sure… Swap him for Gardner.
Also, would you keep holding Street? He’s barely produced this year and I’m not sure what to do with him.
Guys available are Brandon Kintzler, Ryan Cook, and Melancon,
Unless you’re in a shallow format & saves are already available on the wire, I’d hold Street.
Hey, so I have Zimmerman and the league I’m in is pretty cut throat, rendon was picked up early on yesterday. I’ve since been offered rendon and Greg holland for Adam eaton. Should I do this trade? We have two RP slots available and I’m using Street and Cishek and I’m currently last in saves. I also have Michael bourn on the DL. I’m trying to counter offer everith Cabrera. But do you think eaton is fair to give up? Thanks!
Sounds like a fair deal, and I like your end of it… Only concern is Zimmerman’s timetable. I’d be tempted to pull the trigger & not look back. Even if Rendon is only up for 2 weeks, you still get value for an injured & largely unproven player…
Where do you rank rendon as far as overall prospects? Worthy of a #1 WW? Tough to justify if power upside is 18hr at the hot corner and I already have beltre
He’s in the top 30 & trending upward. He’d be a borderline top 15 guy if it weren’t for the constant injury problems. Hard to give him an elite grade because he’s struggled to stay on the field dating back to when he was at Rice. I’m never too concerned with blowing your Waiver priority, but as we creep toward June, more & more of these high-end guys are gonna start arriving. If Myers & Taveras & Cole, etc aren’t already owned & hit waivers upon call-up, I might prefer to hang on to the #1 spot, especially considering you’re well set at 3B.
Drop Morse for Rendon? Morse hasn’t looked good after that early season spurt…
In a shallower format where Morse is just a bench bat, you could make that swap. If you’re relying on Morse as a starter, though, I think he’s a safer option than Rendon.
@Scott Evans: Not really utilizing Morse since I have Trout, CarGo, Stanton, and Heyward in my OF slots. Have Starling Marte as well that I can slot into Util at times as well as Ike Davis (when he starts hitting). Morse is most definitely a bench/UTIL guy for me, but would Rendon and his potential 2B later be a better stash?
Yeah, I like a speculative Rendon stash more than holding Morse.
Do you think the wrist injury kind of zapped his power and led to Myers K’ing more than he should have been? Seems to be feeling better as of late. Here’s to him not hitting anymore of his feet.
Ha! Yeah, be nice to avoid any further dings. It’s fair to speculate on the wrist, but I haven’t heard anything to suggest that’s a real issue. If the power outage persists, I’m sure more chatter on that will pop up.
@Scott Evans: I’m not suggesting that it will be an issue going forward. Just a possible explanation as to why he has done what he has done so far. Or really, hasn’t done so far, like hit for any power and K too often. He already seems to be moving forward, IMO. I was just wondering if you shared in that opinion? I agree with you that it’s too early to be concerned.
Before you brought it up, I hadn’t really considered it, but I absolutely agree it seems plausible.
Thoughts on Wacha for St Louis?
Solid stuff, tons of polish. After I rough first outing at AAA, he’s really settled in & looks solid. He’ll be ready to pitch at the highest level within a couple months. Crowded rotation & plenty of competition, though, so wouldn’t surprise me if we don’t see him this year.
Rendon huh, sweet! I have Aramis DL’d and replaced him with Chris Johnson who has been pert good. Think I should whack my Johnson for Rendon?
The upside is probably too good to pass up. I would do it.
who would you drop first moss or chris johnson?
Johnson would be my first drop.
Ouch. Just read that Hak-Ju Lee tore ligaments in his knee.
Yeah, out for season. Major bummer. Let’s hope this isn’t an ongoing issue with guys I’m doing writeups for on Saturdays…
@Scott Evans: Well if it is a thing, I hope for more Yankees and Bosox write-ups. If my wife knew I wrote this, she would say “shitbird is sorry God”.
Thanks as always for the great Sunday morning reads.
Ha! Well I did write about Webster & Sanchez…
Kind of bummed out this morning when I heard Hak-Ju Lee tore some ligaments in his knee the other evening during a play at 2B — he was coming along nicely and this will probably hurt his development some — but I really wanted to see him up this year and was really hoping the Rays would cast aside Yunel ASAP.
Tell me about it… MAJOR bummer. He was looking as big league ready as any SS in the minors. Awful, awful news.
How soon before we see Yelich in the majors in your opinion? Also, I’m stashing zunino on my bench because he was projected to come up soon. With this cold spell, you think he will make it up before June?
I’m thinking late this year on Yelich, but if he’s mashing, Miami might promote him sooner to generate some excitement.
@Scott Evans: curious about his second question about Zunino????
see below… sorry about that.
Sorry, glanced over the the Zunino q… anyway, plenty of time for him to straighten things out & arrive sometime around June 1, but the M’s definitely won’t call him up while he’s slumping like this. This is actually his first real slump since being drafted last summer. Perhaps a little adversity will be good for him. I think a mid-June call up is most plausible at this point.
Thoughts on using Rendon as a replacement at 3B for The Flaccid Moose? At least until Hanley returns in early May? Surely he can’t be a worse option than Moustakas at this point…
Upside is good. It’s definitely worth a shot.
I’m seeing only AA stats for Rendon. Was he sent to AA or AAA to start the year?
@Longbeachyo: Thanks. It has been corrected. Harrisburg is Double-A.