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.
As it is each season about this time, it has been a real bonanza of prospects available as rosters are expanded to 40 players at the Major League level. For the most part, clubs have brought up the elite prospects that have been protected on their 40 man rosters, so there has been accuracy and predictability in advance of the actual moves. If you have reserve rosters, giving the prospects a shot in a “no brainer”, however if you cannot “stash” the talent and are forced to run with them “active”, then that’s a much different story. If you are in a “keeper” league and aren’t in the running for the league prize, then you should certainly be tapping into some of these future stars. This week’s edition takes a look at ten recent hitters who were called up at, or since September 1st roster expansion. At the top of the list, three potential future All-Star back stops, then a taste of the flavor at each position.
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 non-waiver trading deadline has now passed and while many rumored deals did not come to fruition, some elite prospects are “trading places”. Expect more trades this month as prospects not on a major league 40-man roster are not subject to the waiver clearance. Cleveland appears to have assumed the greatest risk and in doing so has re-stocked the Colorado farm system. Washington had a lot to offer but decided to stand pat on their search for a center fielder, at least for now. Who’s next? Last week, we told you about Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, hopefully you took advantage of that.
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.
Although we have already seem a large number of prospects make their debuts, there are plenty more “down on the farm” that will make their mark this season. Who is the next Dustin Ackley? Are you prepared to “jump” on the next prospect that gets called up? Just in the past few weeks we have seen elite prospects like Mike Trout and Lonnie Chisenhall make their major league debuts. Real life pennant races are unusually tight so you can expect an unusually high number of call-ups. Those out of the race will also be active wanting to take a look at what’s in store down the line. Fantasy Alarm takes a look at a “Dirty Dozen” of must get prospects.
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.
So far this year all we have done here in the Farm Report is breakdown top prospects by giving an in-depth scouting report for them and analyzing what we should expect from them in 2011. Now we are going to elevate our game however because the minor league season is officially underway and nobody this side of Baseball America will be keeping a closer eye on all of the action. Of course, we will be breaking it all down from a fantasy perspective and thus you should book mark this page right now if you want to be the first one in your league to know when a valuable fantasy player is about to join the big league club. Come back often as we will be updating this blog several times throughout the week in order to keep up with the always developing trends and breakouts that are happening down on the farm.