The Major League Baseball trading deadline was largely a disappointment for baseball and fantasy fans alike. While a host of August "waiver" deals are expected, there was a lack of movement of impact players by the end of July. We take a look at the prospects that were dealt over the ten days leading up to the deadline from the Matt Garza deal to Jake Peavy changing Sox.
It has been decades since Atlanta's Tim Hudson has been mentioned in a farm report, but I feel the need for a shout out to the 38 year old Braves pitcher. You see, Hudson is a fellow Auburn Tiger and recently donated a million bucks to renovate the Auburn baseball locker room. Hudson is a free agent at the end of the season, but may find it time to hang up the spikes. Major League Baseball's loss will hopefully be Auburn's gain as "Hudy" has been rumored to be interested in joining the program upon retirement. On to the business at hand... prospects! I was a little disappointed with the pool available immediately following the All-Star break, but boy has that changed! We got a quick tease from the likes of Danny Salazar, Sonny Gray, Carlos Martinez, Brock Holt and Grant Green, but they will be back. On to the bevy of new talent that could easily be confused as a free agent/waiver wire list!
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 first of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We begin with American League position players.
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.
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.