The two prospects everyone is waiting on remain in the minors. A pair of very talented catching prospects are nearing call up and speed in the outfield and a potential star corner infielder round out the focus of this week's hitters on the Farm Report.
Who is next? As we move towards the midway point of the 2012 season, often times call-ups are a far better option that hitting that has been sitting on your waiver wire off and on all season. Here are half a dozen players worthy of keeping an eye on.
Yesterday we brought you some pitching options, today we take a closer look at some hitters that should be on your radar. Our segment focuses on those players that were recently sent down to the minors and/or are expected to be called up soon.
It seems like Major League teams were being ultra exclusive this spring. So many worthy prospects were left off of big league rosters it makes you wonder whether teams are thinking with their mind or their pocketbook. Either way this leaves a ton of great players in the minor leagues and that suits us just fine. Every week we’ll take a look down on the farm and let you know who is raking and who is struggling. We’ll also analyze which players are in line for a call up whether it’s because of injuries or performance. So, let’s take a look at how some of those snubbed prospects are faring down on the farm.
Trading away a power hitting superstar in the prime of his career for a bunch of no-named prospects has got to be the most devastating event to a teams fan base. But that is exactly what the Padres were forced to do last off-season when they traded Adrian Gonzalez to the Red Sox in exchange for four minor league prospects. As painful as that deal was to the Padres franchise, there is now a reason for optimism and excitement and that is because of Anthony Rizzo. Let’s breakdown the player who just might one day force the Red Sox to be the team that regrets trading for Adrian Gonzalez.
It is that time of year when major league clubs start paying close attention to the progress of their minor league prospects and adjust the timelines for their arrival to the big leagues. This process is going on right now in all MLB front offices and there is no reason it shouldn't be on the forefront of fantasy player's minds as well. After the first two months of the season, the biggest impact free agents in fantasy baseball are those called up from the minor leagues. With the arrival of Eric Hosmer in Kansas City, the floodgates of prospects getting called up are about to open. This is a vital time for fantasy owners to target the players they need to stay ahead of the competition or to get back in the race this season. So, in today's Farm Report let's go position by position and see which players will have the biggest fantasy impact in the coming weeks and months.
It seems that every season major league clubs are calling up their top prospects earlier and earlier and 2011 has already proven to be no exception. On Thursday the Royals called up their top prospect in first baseman Eric Hosmer. But Hosmer is far from the first highly touted prospect to make an appearance this season. He joins a list that already includes Brandon Belt, Zach Britton, Jerry Sands, Trevor Plouffe, Tyler Chatwood, Michael Pineda and more. But it isn't usually the top prospects that we've all heard about who make the biggest fantasy baseball impact. It's those bounce back players who were forgotten about who usually step up and are the greatest of waiver wire acquisitions. So, let's take a walk around the minor leagues and see just who is positioning themselves to be on a big league roster in the near future.
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.