This may be the most talented group of players we have featured at any point this season. We have seen a fairly steady arrival of prospects of late and we may peak over the next couple of weeks. This week's list includes a hitter and pitcher that tore up spring training, only one has been at the major league level all season, the other, finally getting the call. The top hitting prospect in baseball is on the verge of reaching "The Show" with two of the games top pitching prospects tentatively scheduled for starts over the next ten days. Be ready to jump and if you use a fantasy budget, I hope you have something left!
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Tony Cingrani SP Cincinnati- He put up some pretty amazing numbers while filling in for Johnny Cueto and history is about to repeat itself. Dusty Baker says Cingrani is "likely" to be called up for a Tuesday start. Cingrani was 2-0 in six starts with a 3.27 ERA, miniscule 1.03 WHIP and a 41-9 strikeout to walk ratio in 33 innings of work his first go round.
Gerrit Cole SP Pittsburgh- The former number one overall pick in the draft is scheduled to start on Tuesday. The Pirates say it is "official", but Cole will probably not be called up untl Tuesday. Cole is 5-3 in a dozen starts at Triple-A Indianapolis, sporting a 2.95 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP. Cole has 28 walks in 68 innings, which bears watching.
Zack Wheeler NY Mets- Seems like his debut has been around the corner all season, finally we have a date! Well sort of... The Mets were targeting a June 14th start, but are going to wait to avoid jeopardizing his Super Two arbitration status. Wheeler is 4-1 in a dozen starts at Las Vegas, with an ERA of 4.14 and a 1.34 WHIP.
Brandon Beachy SP Atlanta- Coming off a solid rehab start, when healthy he has put up great numbers, including strikeouts. One more rehab start remains, with a return to the majors scheduled for June 18th. Beachy has worked in A, AA and now at Triple-A Gwinnett, where he has worked nine innings in a pair of starts with eleven strikeouts.
Jordan Lyles SP Houston- Just keeps on limiting opponents, don't let his season numbers fool you. How good has Lyles been? Well, he allowed eight runs on May 12th against Texas, but has been very good otherwise. Lyles has allowed only a dozen earned runs in his other seven starts, with a 3-1 record. Don't count on strikeouts however.
Julio Teheran SP Atlanta- Chances are the guy that overpaid for him based on this spring cut him as well. Eight innings of shutout ball against the Pirates on Wednesday caught everyone's attention, but Teheran has been solid of late. There was no way he was going to duplicate the numbers in the spring, but he is very worthy of a spot in your rotation.
Joe Blanton SP LA Angels- Much like Jordan Lyles, a bad outing or two has ruined his season numbers.Blanton striking out a season high eleven Astros on Monday night, picking up his first victory in ten decisions. Blanton gave up seven earned runs against the Royals on May 13th, but hasn't allowed more than three in his other seven starts since late April.
Joe Kelly P St.Louis- Sleeper pick of the week, nearly earned a spot in rotation in spring and was a member last season. Kelly was effective in a spot start on Wednesday against the Diamondbacks and is certain to get more opportunities this summer. Kelly's numbers aren't good in '13, but he did make 16 starts last season with moderate success.
Wil Myers OF Tampa Bay- Mid-June call up has been reported, but chances are he is already gone even in shallow leagues. Myers hit a pair of home runs last Saturday and now has 57 RBI in 227 at bats at Triple-A Durham. Myers is hitting .286 and as a bonus has six stolen bases. Will look nice alongside Jennings and Zobrist in the Rays outfield.
Yasiel Puig OF LA Dodgers- Need to mention him, just in case you have been away or just wondering what the fuss is all about. Since Puig has made his debut since we last spoke, he deserves a mention. Going to be hard for Don Mattingly to do anything but roll him out in right field the rest of the way.
John Mayberry Jr OF Philadelphia- With the Dominic Brown outbreak, Mayberry Jr. gets a longer look? Two home runs, including a walk-off grand slam on Tuesday night against the Marlins put big John back on the radar. On the season, Jr, has four home runs, 15 RBI with a .274 average. It's what's left to come that should have you targeting Mayberry.
Cameron Maybin OF San Diego- Finally gets on the field and has a nice start, once a big time prospect. Disabled since April 15th, Maybin raised some eyebrows going two for five with a couple of RBI and a pair of stolen bases in his return on Thursday night. If he can remain in the lineup, Maybin is certainly a source of stolen bases moving forward.
Brian Dozier 2B/SS Minnesota- Has been solid of late and could be a nice source of power and speed in the middle. Dozier has 13 hits since Memorial Day in 36 at bats, with two home runs, five RBI and a couple of stolen bases. Dozier has pedestrian numbers for the season, but is capable of double digit home runs and stolen bases the rest of the way.
Yunel Escobar SS Tampa Bay- Was traded for Derrick Dietrick, now both players have made our waiver wire cheat sheet. The Rays have been seeking a shortstop that can contribute with the glove and the bat and may have finally found their man. Escobar has five home runs, 27 RBI and a .253 average, but his numbers are on the rise.
Tyler Colvin OF Colorado- Can only break into lineup with injuries, perhaps a spot at 1B if he can prove he belongs? With Cargo and Cuddyer battling injuries, the Rox finally called up the slugger to provide relief. Colvin hit .290 with 18 home runs and 72 RBI last season, so we know he can rake.
Erik Kratz C Philadelphia- Carlos Ruiz is due back in a week, but is there a catcher hitting with more pop in the majors? Update: Kratz has landed on the disabled list with a knee injury and will probably back up Ruiz upon his return.
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