As we pass the one-third mark of the season and quickly ride towards July and the All-Star break, who are the minor league players that will soon be on your radar? We have seen some elite talent get the call, some directly from Double-A, skipping Triple-A altogether! Much of fantasy baseball and fantasy sports in general is anticipating moves in advance of your competition. With that in mind, the first of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We begin with American League position players.
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.
If you're like me, you are already tired of looking at the same guys available on waivers across every league. Time for the stud prospects to start making their way up to "The Show"! Many of us have a limited Minor League roster as part of our fantasy teams, but most of the talent we will see come across our lineups this season weren't taken in the two or three rounds that were filled following every one's draft or auction. Each week we will profile who is "next", either on the verge of getting the call or those to track now so you will be ready when the time comes.
As we head into mid-August, clubs continue to look for help from their farm systems. Teams looking for a spark either on the field, or added excitement to drive the box office.. We can expect a dozen or more players called up on the first of September with normal roster expansion, but what help could be on the way sooner? We take a look at possibilities with each franchise, continuing now with the American League Central.
More than a half-dozen minor league prospects are featured in this week's Farm Report. We've been hearing about Wil Myers for weeks and there is reason to believe he may get the call to the big league club any day now. Toronto may have elite outfield prospect Anthony Gose in the lineup mid-week. The Mets need arms for their rotation and the word is Matt Harvey will get the ball some time this weekend. Several corner infielders and an exciting outfielder that may be involved in bringing Justin Upton to Pittsburgh round out this week's report.
As we reflect back on the season's first half and enjoy the All-Star break, lets take a look at MLB's minor league elite. A look at Futures Game participants finds half a dozen prospects in AAA- all of them on the US team. While teams can certainly draw from Double-A, three pitchers, a catcher and two outfielder's appear next on the radar.
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.
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.