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.
Paul Goldschmidt- First Baseman-Arizona Diamondbacks
Goldschmidt continues to absolutely rake in AAA. 29 Home Runs, 90 RBI’s and 9 steals in 354 at bats for Mobile of the Southern League and was recently rewarded by a spot in the Futures Game. Arizona recently cut loose Wily Mo Pena and sent Juan Miranda packing. For now, the D-Backs are rolling with Brandon Allen. When Arizona opts to return to a platoon at first, expect the right handed slugging Goldschmidt to get the call.
Brad Peacock- Starting Pitcher- Washington Nationals
Peacock continues his meteoric rise through the Nationals farm system. Peacock absolutely blew up AA hitters while with Harrisburg of the Eastern League. How about 10-2 with a 2.01 ERA with a staggering 129 strikeouts in 98 innings? Peacock has struggled in two starts since being called up to Triple-A Syracuse but his time continues to draw near. Strasburg, Zimmerman, Peacock, Manager Davey Johnson has to like the sign of that.
Jesus Montero- Catcher- New York Yankees
His bat is ready now as are the many fantasy teams that own him. Montero has 8 Home Runs and 42 RBI’s while hitting .282 over 305 at bats at Triple-A Scranton. After a slow start at the plate, Montero rebounded nicely but he just isn’t ready as a backstop. With Jorge Posada serving as a Designated Hitter, and also an emergency third catcher, the need isn’t quite there yet.
Dee Gordon- Shortstop-Los Angeles Dodgers
Was surprisingly called up and then promptly sent back down. Who would expect such irrational behavior from a Major League Baseball front office? Gordon is an exciting player with 126 stolen bases over his past two seasons in the minors. Back down in Albuquerque, Gordon is hitting .333 with 30 steals. Athletic, yet erratic, Gordon will soon be called back up to stay.
Jacob Turner- Starting Pitcher- Detroit Tigers
I am really surprised that Turner has yet to get a turn. Detroit has called up a host of pitching prospects but they have none better than Jacob. Over 17 starts, Turner has a 3.48 ERA with a 1.18 WHIP and 90 K’s over 113 innings with Double-A Erie. Keep a close eye on the transaction wire as Turner is going to get called up one day soon and you will need to move quickly.
Julio Teheran- Starting Pitcher- Atlanta Braves
With Jurrgens starting to get hit and Hudson and Lowe up in years, you never know when the call is going to come. Fellow Triple-A sensation Mike Minor has been mentioned in trade rumors while Teheran has been deemed as “untouchable”. Teheran has been truly untouchable for Gwinnett with a 10-1 record over 17 starts with a sparking 1.68 ERA and 1.02 WHIP. Teheran has been briefly called up but when he does again, you need to be ready as it may be the last time.
Matt Moore- Starting Pitcher- Tampa Bay Rays
If Tampa is a seller at the deadline, Moore may be on the way up to fill in the rotation. Tampa already has a rookie of the year candidate in Hellickson and Moore may be next. After totally dominating Double-A, Moore has made the move up to Triple-A Durham where he was spectacular in his first start. While with Montgomery in the Southern League, Moore was 8-3 in 18 starts with 2.20 ERA and 0.94 WHIP.
Brett Lawrie- Third Baseman-Toronto Blue Jays
Is there another minor leaguer around that has been a longer wait? Fantasy owners are getting inpatient, many even dumping Lawrie. Just when it appeared he was going to get brought up, an injury. Lawrie has been banging in Las Vegas with 16 Home Runs, 56 RBI’s a dozen steals while batting .356 with 253 at bats. When he gets brought up, he will play every day and will be in the bigs to stay.
Wilin Rosario- Catcher- Colorado Rockies
The Rockies have plenty of hitting and may soon be opting for the defense Rosario brings behind the plate. Chris Ianetta is a streaky power hitter, but the Rox may have him on the block. With Double-A Tulsa, Wilin has 16 Home Runs in 288 at bats, but it’s his 44% percentage of throwing out would be base stealers that will ultimately get him the call.
Bryce Harper- Outfielder-Washington Nationals
We would be remiss to not peek in on the Bryce Harper watch. Harper went from Low-A Hagerstown, skipping Hi-A Potomac altogether and is now in Double-A Harrisburg. Harper had a respectable 14-46-19 at Hagerstown but has struggled since arriving in Harrisburg. Harper’s early numbers at Double-A , a pedestrian .208 batting average with no homers in 53 at bats. If you are in a keeper league and can stash Bryce for next season, do it. If you need him this season, it’s not going to happen.
Tom Blaz is a writer for Fantasy Alarm and co-owner of The Recruiting Eagle a website focusing on Auburn University Athletics.
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