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.
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.
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 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.
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.
The Giants just keep trotting out immensely talented prospects one after the other these days and the latest in this lineage is first baseman Brandon Belt. The only thing more appealing with this kid than the possible nicknames is his sweet left handed swing. So, how does a kid who has only one year of professional baseball experience and who was originally drafted as a pitcher wind up being the starting first baseman on the defending World Champions? Let's find out in the first in-season edition of the Farm Report.
Some fantasy players claim that catchers are a dime a dozen and vow to wait until the later rounds before drafting one. Why is it then that catching prospects draw the most attention of any position across the board when talking in terms of fantasy baseball? It is because finding a good one is so hard to do and when you do have a catcher who is performing you know that you have a real advantage against most of the teams in your league. Is J.P. Arencibia one of those players who will lead you to fantasy success in 2011? Let's find out in the final installment of this Spring Trainings Hot Prospects.