Padres prospect MacKenzie Gore continues to dominate in High-A. The 20-year-old lefty struck out nine batters in seven shutout innings last night, lowering his 2019 ERA to 1.02. He now has 110 punch outs in 79 innings pitched and is holding lefties and righties to averages of .122 and .141 respectively. While I do think he’ll earn a promotion to Double-A in the second half of this season, it probably won’t be until next year that he’ll impact fantasy teams, maybe even earning a spot in the rotation a la Chris Paddack. The only thing that might stall his arrival is the fact that the Padre rotation is already lefty heavy. That’s picking nits though. If Gore pitches with anything close to this type of success in Double-A, it’ll be hard not to see what he’s got in spring training next year. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…
Nate Lowe, 1B | TBR – 3-for-4 with three homers (10, 11, 12). That brings his average up to .290 on the year. Lowe has come up in the comments quite a bit lately, but unfortunately he’s stuck in limbo right now. Fantasy owners may have to wait until 2020 to get consistent production out of him. I do think he’s the type of high-floor prospect with just enough power to warrant sticking with until then.
Estevan Florial, OF | NYY – 2-for-6 with a homer (4) and showing a pulse with a four-game hit streak. It’s been a slow first half for Florial in High-A. I like him as a prospect, but you want to see a 21-year-old punish High-A pitching, or at least strike out less than a third of the time. His stock is down for me and he’ll probably slip a few slots in the midseason ranks.
Jesus Luzardo, LHP | OAK – Left his start with lat tightness. Ruh-roh. I may have given him the kiss of death on Sunday by announcing his imminent arrival. Hopefully it’s nothing serious and only costs him a start, but I’d watch the situation closely. Shoulder injuries are no joke. The first injury was a rotator cuff on his pitching side (left) that cost him three months and this is a lat on the same side.
Carter Kieboom, SS | WAS – 3-for-5 with a homer (14) and multi-hit games in three of his last four. We haven’t talked much about Kieboom lately since he returned to the minors and is essentially blocked at the moment. But he slashed .322/.451/.544 with four homers in June and is still one of the best prospects to own. He just needs a chance to produce regularly. That may need to wait until next spring unless something opens up around the trade deadline.
Isan Diaz, 2B | MIA – 2-for-6 with two homers (19, 20). I’m officially putting the stash tag on Diaz now. That’s Starlin Castro hitting .264 at the keystone for Miami and there’s no reason to keep Diaz penned up in Triple-A all year. Maybe they make Diaz wait until 2020 when they can exercise their club option on Castro, but there’s nothing left for Diaz to prove with the Baby Cakes.
Drop Urias for Isan Diaz? Getting impatient with Urias
I wouldn’t. You could end up just as frustrated with Diaz’s promotion timeline.
Hey Mike, we do our annual 3 round prospects draft on the night of the allstar game. Are you planning on doing a top fantasy prospects list? If not, can you fire off an impromptu one right here right quick? I don’t like just relying on the real baseball lists out there – lists that you and Ralph have published in the past have really helped me.
Sure. Let me know who’s available and I’ll try to rank em for ya.
Stopping there just to get your thoughts. I’m generally a fan of bats over arms, but would love your thoughts. Thanks!
Franco easy #1
Kiriloff, Kelenic, Pache, and Bohm next
Mize, Gore, Bart
Manning, Anderson, Lux
tried to tier them a bit for you
Are you dropping Odor, Fletcher or hampson for Diaz? Not getting much production from my 2b options.. 20 team h2h keep forever.. thanks
I could see losing Hampson if he’s not getting regular playing time or just plain sucks.
robel garcia. Worth a stash in nl dynasty league
Hey mike how do you feel about wander at this point ? Worth long term investment to keep him as 25th round keeper or wait for another top prospect to come around? In my 10 team keeper league we have strict roster limitations and only 4 bench spots so sometimes it stinks to carry someone who doesn’t contribute points however most of my team is multi positional eligible so I’ve been able to make it work. Currently still competitive but tempted to pick up sogard or a slew of others and just use that as rotating hot streak spot , thoughts? Thanks!
Love him. I’d hold if you can afford to.
Out of the guys mentioned here, the only ones available in my league are Lowe, Florial, and Diaz.
My two Minor League spots are filled with Franco and Robert.
Standing ovation to that title!
Who would be my best stash in a keeper? Isan, Lux, Manning or Mateo?
My last keeper is likely Chavis/Hendricks/Kopech right now….I’m currently holding Mateo
I think you gotta go Isan at this point and see what he’s got.
Stashed Isan, nice call! In a 16 teamer, 6×6 OPS & QS Dynasty where almost every SP is owned; for a guy starting Marwin at SS, I’ve offered Jean Segura & Brett Anderson for L Urias. I am rebuilding, so Segura and Anderson don’t really help with that. What do you think?
I like it…big fan of Urias.
Hey, I put the stash tag on Isan Diaz too! We’re more alike than we’re different…
Yo, that’s a high compliment!
Since I’m stoned, indeed!