It has been awhile since we toured the minor leagues and picked out which performances should be noteworthy to fantasy players. Most of the top prospects in baseball have been called up to the major leagues now but there are quite a few that could make a big impact for the parent club and for savvy fantasy baseball owners. Never underestimate the power of prospects otherwise when your team is in need of a shot in the arm you just might neglect the kids who have been just called up and are hungry to show off what they can do. Choosing the right prospects is a sure way to ensure you stay atop the standings all season long. So now let’s take a look at what’s been going on down on the farm lately.
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.
It was one of the more anticipated promotions that we were waiting for this season, but nobody expected it to come quite this early. The Royals called up their top prospect and unanimous top 10 minor league player Eric Hosmer on Thursday, sending the struggling Kila Ka'aihue to AAA Omaha. Hosmer is probably the most polished hitter in the minor leagues blending great contact with impressive natural power. The Royals are showing that they desperately want to capitalize on their hot start to the 2011 season and are willing to do what it takes to stay in contention. Adding Eric Hosmer to your fantasy team just might keep you in contention all season as well. But before you click the "ADD" button, let's take a deeper look at all that this talented first baseman has to offer.
There is so much activity going on in the minor leagues these days, much of which greatly affects what happens in the major leagues and thus fantasy baseball as well. With the rash of injuries we've seen to star players already this season, replacements have been called upon to come up and produce right away. The recent trend is for big league teams to grab not necessarily the best prospect from the farm team but the one that is hottest at that current moment. This is why it is ultra important to stay on top of all that is going on down in the bus league circuit and why yours truly and Fantasy Alarm stay on top of it all year long. Let's take a look at some prospects that have recently been called up and some that are definitely on their way soon.
The minor league season is underway and so is the Fantasy Alarm prospect watch. All season long I will be keeping a close eye on the happenings down on the farm in order to provide you with the most up to date scouting reports and player analysis. Every season there are players who catch fire in the minor leagues, get called up to the show and become important fantasy baseball pieces. Already this season a couple of hot bats have caught the attention of their teams front office and have been called up to replace injured teammates. Let's take a look at the early season trends across the minor leagues and see which players you should be keeping an eye on in the near future.
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.