With the time period necessary to ensure an extra year of control now past, teams will be tapping into top minor league talent with greater frequency. Quality help awaits on the farm and we are going to take a look at the possibilities both in the field and on the mound, across each division. We begin with a look at "Who's Next" in the National League's Eastern Division.
If you are fortunate enough to remain alive in your league’s pennant race, the decisions you make in September will determine your ultimate fate. While many elite prospects will get called up, picking up the players who will actually contribute in 2011 is the key. Should you be building for next year, this is an opportune time to pick up next season’s Craig Kimbrel or Michael Pineda. Having solid keepers should be a top priority whether you are still in the money, or building for next spring. With every major league staff desperately needing extra arms, we take a look at elite pitchers “on deck”. Some are ready now, others have struggled as they move up the minor league ranks. What is common among the entire list are high expecations.
Two weeks from the September 40-man expansion so your focus needs to narrow to the minor league elite. It’s not as much who will get an opportunity as most will be at the show at call-up time on September 1st. A few have already had a taste and others are rehabbing from injury. Be careful to evaluate playing time if you remain in a pennant race of your own.
The 2011 Major League Baseball season has seen a particularly high number of elite prospects get a call to "the Show". Over the past few weeks names like Jason Kipnis, Desmond Jennings, Brett Lawrie and Paul Goldschmidt have not only been called up, but shown they have what it takes to stay up. As we approach the expansion to 40-man rosters on September 1st, our focus will remain on the elite prospects, those that will get called up and will make a difference in your pennant run. What is becoming increasingly more clear is that Nationals megastar Stephen Strasburg is returning and it will be sooner than later!
The blue chip prospects keep coming and coming. Two more elite athletes arriving last week in Cleveland Second Baseman Jason Kipnis and Tampa Bay Outfielder Desmond Jennings. They join a cast of future All-Stars like Kansas City corner(stone) infielders Eric Hosmer and Mike Moustakas and Second Baseman Jemile Weeks with Oakland and Seattle’s Dustin Ackley. The burning question is who is next? Deals at the deadline this weekend will dictate some of the call-ups while poor performance at the major league level by team and or players will drive much of the rest. Fantasy Alarm takes a look at the elite still on the farm as well as those that may benefit due to a change of scenery up at the Show.
There is so much activity going on in the minor leagues these days, much of which greatly affects what happens in the major leagues and thus fantasy baseball as well. With the rash of injuries we've seen to star players already this season, replacements have been called upon to come up and produce right away. The recent trend is for big league teams to grab not necessarily the best prospect from the farm team but the one that is hottest at that current moment. This is why it is ultra important to stay on top of all that is going on down in the bus league circuit and why yours truly and Fantasy Alarm stay on top of it all year long. Let's take a look at some prospects that have recently been called up and some that are definitely on their way soon.