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.
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.
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.
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.