As fantasy baseball nation awaits "who's next?", we often forget those that already got the call... and were sent back down for one reason or another. Some sparkled in their opportunity in the spotlight, others simply weren't ready. As we head into June, and the middle third of the season, players that fall into this category are growing and will continue to do so. In this edition of The Farm Report, we take a look at position players who were part of "The Show:", but are currently either back in the minors or injured, awaiting their next shot.
No super prospects got the call this week to the Majors. Miami middle infielder Derek Dietrich was summoned by the Marlins. The former second round pick was acquired from Tampa Bay for shortstop Yunel Escobar. Phillies pitching prospect Tyler Cloyd was called up for a spot start, where he tossed two-hit ball into the seventh against Arizona, but was sent back down as Philadelphia doesn't need a fifth starter for another ten days. More quality help awaits on the farm and we continue to take a look at the possibilities both in the field and on the mound, across each division. We continue with a look at "Who's Next", moving over to the American League and the Eastern Division.
As we turn the corner into August, teams will tap more and more into their farm systems. Clubs will be looking for a spark, relieve worn down veterans or fill in simply fill in holes created by players on the disabled list. We can expect a dozen or more teams called up on the first of September with roster expansion, but what help could be on the way sooner? We take a look at possibilities with each franchise, beginning with the American League East.
The Anthony Rizzo watch is now over..... at least for now. Chase Utley is back and Ryan Howard can't be far behind. We have ten hitters for your review in this week's Farm Report. With the exception of super-prospect Brett Jackson, all have spent time in the majors this season. Several on our list are rehabbing injury and others may be headed toward the dreaded AAAA classification.