Just four weeks in to the season and already major league clubs are scouring their affiliates for help. This past week saw the games two biggest prospects in Bryce Harper and Mike Trout called up to the big leagues. This week I take a look at the recent recalls and discuss whether they are up for good or just a short term fix. We’ll also take a look at some of the best remaining prospects and see how they are doing down on the farm. So, if you’d like to stay ahead of your fantasy league and be able to tell all your buddies what skills the latest AAA recalls possess, come with me for the rest of the Farm Report.
It seems like Major League teams were being ultra exclusive this spring. So many worthy prospects were left off of big league rosters it makes you wonder whether teams are thinking with their mind or their pocketbook. Either way this leaves a ton of great players in the minor leagues and that suits us just fine. Every week we’ll take a look down on the farm and let you know who is raking and who is struggling. We’ll also analyze which players are in line for a call up whether it’s because of injuries or performance. So, let’s take a look at how some of those snubbed prospects are faring down on the farm.
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.
Two weeks from the September 40-man expansion so your focus needs to narrow to the minor league elite. It’s not as much who will get an opportunity as most will be at the show at call-up time on September 1st. A few have already had a taste and others are rehabbing from injury. Be careful to evaluate playing time if you remain in a pennant race of your own.
The 2011 Major League Baseball season has seen a particularly high number of elite prospects get a call to "the Show". Over the past few weeks names like Jason Kipnis, Desmond Jennings, Brett Lawrie and Paul Goldschmidt have not only been called up, but shown they have what it takes to stay up. As we approach the expansion to 40-man rosters on September 1st, our focus will remain on the elite prospects, those that will get called up and will make a difference in your pennant run. What is becoming increasingly more clear is that Nationals megastar Stephen Strasburg is returning and it will be sooner than later!
The non-waiver trading deadline has now passed and while many rumored deals did not come to fruition, some elite prospects are “trading places”. Expect more trades this month as prospects not on a major league 40-man roster are not subject to the waiver clearance. Cleveland appears to have assumed the greatest risk and in doing so has re-stocked the Colorado farm system. Washington had a lot to offer but decided to stand pat on their search for a center fielder, at least for now. Who’s next? Last week, we told you about Arizona’s Paul Goldschmidt, hopefully you took advantage of that.
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.
Although we have already seem a large number of prospects make their debuts, there are plenty more “down on the farm” that will make their mark this season. Who is the next Dustin Ackley? Are you prepared to “jump” on the next prospect that gets called up? Just in the past few weeks we have seen elite prospects like Mike Trout and Lonnie Chisenhall make their major league debuts. Real life pennant races are unusually tight so you can expect an unusually high number of call-ups. Those out of the race will also be active wanting to take a look at what’s in store down the line. Fantasy Alarm takes a look at a “Dirty Dozen” of must get prospects.
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.