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 second of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We continue with American League pitchers.
As fantasy baseball nation awaits "who's next?", we often forget those that already got the call... and were sent back down for one reason or another. Some sparkled in their opportunity in the spotlight, others simply weren't ready. As we head into June, and the middle third of the season, players that fall into this category are growing and will continue to do so. In this edition of The Farm Report, we take a look at pitchers who were part of "The Show:", but are currently either back in the minors or injured, awaiting their next shot.
Two of the most highly regarded prospects in the American League and perhaps all of Major League Baseball got the call this week. The Texas Rangers brought up sensational middle infielder Jurickson Profar, while the Baltimore Orioles handed the ball to former LSU All-American Kevin Guisman. The Tampa Bay Rays looked to lessen the loss of the injured David Price by tabbing Jake Odorizzi, acquired from Kansas City in the offseason in the James Shields deal. 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", with the American League's Western Division.
Some of the top young talent in all of major league baseball is among farm systems in the American League West. We have already seen Mike Trout take MLB by storm from the Angels system, with Texas preparing to call up phenom Jurickson Profar. Many thought Danny Hultzen would get the call in Seattle, but it appears the Mariners are going to wait until 2013. Oakland recently called up flame throwing Dan Straily and believe they have their catcher of the future in Derek Norris.
If you are fortunate enough to remain alive in your league’s pennant race, the decisions you make in September will determine your ultimate fate. While many elite prospects will get called up, picking up the players who will actually contribute in 2011 is the key. Should you be building for next year, this is an opportune time to pick up next season’s Craig Kimbrel or Michael Pineda. Having solid keepers should be a top priority whether you are still in the money, or building for next spring. With every major league staff desperately needing extra arms, we take a look at elite pitchers “on deck”. Some are ready now, others have struggled as they move up the minor league ranks. What is common among the entire list are high expecations.