Just four weeks in to the season and already major league clubs are scouring their affiliates for help. This past week saw the games two biggest prospects in Bryce Harper and Mike Trout called up to the big leagues. This week I take a look at the recent recalls and discuss whether they are up for good or just a short term fix. We’ll also take a look at some of the best remaining prospects and see how they are doing down on the farm. So, if you’d like to stay ahead of your fantasy league and be able to tell all your buddies what skills the latest AAA recalls possess, come with me for the rest of the Farm Report.
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.
Most of the elite minor league prospects that are in position to help your team have arrived in the majors. A few more will get the call when rosters expand a week from now. Who are among the next crop on the way? We take you on a quick tour through top college draft picks from this year’s First Year player draft that are signed and already on the diamond.
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.
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.
Though he is only twenty one years old it seems as though Lawrie has been around forever. Drafted out of high school by Milwaukee in the first round of the 2008 draft, Lawrie has risen quickly up the rungs of the minor leagues despite being traded to the Blue Jays for Shaun Marcum last December. Perhaps Toronto wanted Lawrie in part because he is the fourth highest drafted Canadian of all time and was a member of Canada's 2008 Olympic Baseball team and their 2009 World Baseball Classic squad as well. Most likely we are going to see all of the reasons the Blue Jays acquired Lawrie this off-season when he is summoned to the major leagues which is expected to happen in the very near future.
The 2011 season has already been unkind to Phillies prospect Domonic Brown as he will miss 4-6 weeks after having surgery to repair a broken Hamate bone in his right hand. Brown was the frontrunner to be the Phillies opening day right fielder but will now have to wait until late April before returning to action. While this injury does dampen the excitement most of us had for Brown entering the season, this should not impact his fantasy outlook very much if at all.
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.