As we pass the halfway mark of the season and quickly ride towards 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 final of our four part series looking at Triple-A players with fantasy appeal in 2013. We conclude with National League pitchers.
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Carlos Marmol LA Dodgers-The Cubs finally gave up on Marmol and found someone to take a chance in the Dodgers. With Kenley Jansen taking over closing duties, LA is hopeful that Marmol can find himself and assume the 8th inning role. Marmol is trying to find himself at Albuquerque.
Heath Hembree San Francisco- My personal closer prospect in the minors, Hembree is biding his time at Fresno. The 6'4" righthander has 17 saves in 34 Triple-A appearances with an ERA of 4.79 and a 1.40 WHIP. Hembree has the strikeout pitch working with 43 K's in 35 innings of work.
Tyler Cloyd Philadelphia- Cloyd pitched very well with the major league club last month, allowing only three runs in three starts covering 18 and two-third innings. At Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Cloyd has really struggled at 1-8 with an ERA of 7.69 and a 1.77 WHIP.
Michael Wacha St.Louis-The Cards have plans to use Wacha in St. Louis late this summer, skipping two turns in the rotation with his innings limit in mind. Wacha was solid in two of three starts with the parent club before heading back to Memphis. Look for a return sometime next month.
Jake Arrieta Chicago Cubs- The main piece in the deal that sent Scott Feldman to Baltimore, Arrieta has served as the Orioles Opening Day starter in recent seasons. Arrieta provided a mixed bag at Triple-A Norfolk for the Birds and now will try to impress the Cubs staff at Iowa.
Jarred Cosart Houston- Acquired two years ago in the deal that sent Hunter Pence to Philadelphia, Cosart is the next "young gun" on the horizon for the Astros staff. Cosart is currently 7-4 at Triple-A Oklahoma City with an ERA of 3.19 and 1.33 WHIP. Cosart is striking out a batter an inning, but too many walks!
Carlos Martinez St.Louis- Yet another of the elite arms in the Cardinals farm system, Martinez spent May with the parent club out of the bullpen, but is back at Triple-A stretching out to ultimately return as a starter. Martinez is 3-2 at Memphis with an ERA of 1.97 and a 1.24 WHIP. Martinez has 35 K's and 16 walks in 41 innings of work.
Andy Oliver Pittsburgh- A second round pick in the 2009 draft, Oliver was acquired from Detroit for catcher Ramon Cabrera. At Triple-A Indianapolis, Oliver is 5-2 with an ERA of 3.11 and a 1.57 WHIP. The left hander has 101 strikeouts over 95 innings, but certainly has to work on his control with an alarming 50 walks in the process.
Adam Morgan Philadelphia- Morgan lost most of June with a small tear in his rotator cuff. The Phillies are bullish on the 23 year old lefthander, hoping he can enjoy the success of rookie Jonathan Pettibone. At Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Morgan is 1-4 over eight starts with an ERA of 4.96 and a 1.41 WHIP. Morgan and Cloyd are the future of the Phils rotation.
Daniel Corcino Cincinnati- The 22 year old right hander has been climbing the ranks of the Red Legs farm system with five solid pro seasons under his belt. Currently working out of Triple-A Louisville, Corcino has struggled to a 4-11 mark in 16 starts. In 83 innings of work, Corcino has an ERA of 6.72 and a 1.78 WHIP.
Rafael Montero NY Mets- First Harvey, then Wheeler and Montero is next. The 22 year old right hander is rated the #5 prospect in the Mets system by Baseball America and figures to join Harvey and Wheeler as soon as 2014 for what appears to be a lights out rotation. At Double-A Binghamton, Montero was 7-3 with an ERA of 2.43 and a 0.91 WHIP. Montero is now at Triple-A Las Vegas after getting bumped up.
Cody Martin Atlanta- Rumors of Tim Hudson potentially being on the trading block could spell a promotion for Martin. The 23 year old right hander was lights out at Double-A Mississippi with a 3-3 record an ERA of 2.82 and a 1.34 WHIP. At Triple-A Gwinnett, Martin is 2-1 over four starts with an ERA of 1.38 and a 0.96 WHIP. Martin has 103 strikeouts in 93 innings across the two minor league levels.
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