Winter Harvest – Part 1

The air is feeling cooler and baseball diamonds have become vacant across the country as football season is in full swing. It feels like it was just yesterday that we had baseball to liven up our daily lives. After an exciting postseason with our new blood colored sock overlords, we now must wait until the […]

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The Crop Rotation – Brusdar Graterol and Matt Manning

So far, all my prospect writeups have focused on position players hailing them all as potential Phenoms.
Today I’m going to try my hand at evaluating pitchers. As many do in fantasy, I buy into the adage of
there is no such thing as a pitching prospect (shorted to TINSTAAPP, still a mouthful but wouldn’t call
people in the fantasy baseball community creative, so we might have to outsource for a better name).
Instead of spending an entire article on one pitching prospect and most likely looking like an idiot when
he doesn’t turn out. I’m going to hedge my bets a bit and highlight 2 of my personal favorites when it
comes to young arms. This way I double my chances of picking a successful pitcher down the line.

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The Next Phenom – Vidal Brujan

Always searching for the Next Phenom, I have set my sights on yet another talented Tampa Bay middle infielder. 20-year-old Vidal Brujan is next on my plate as I determine whether he is capable of holding the mantle as the Next Phenom. Brujan was signed as an international free agent back in 2014 and made his professional debut in 2015 at 18 years old. He is currently in A+ ball and is performing so well that he caught the eyes of my readers and has been recommended to me multiple times, so I decided to check him out. Sufficed to say I’m impressed with the player who currently ranks 8th in our Seasonal Hitters Statistical Rankings this season (you can see them here.)

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The Next Phenom – Isaac Paredes

Always searching for the Next Phenom, I have settled my sights on a different type of player. While this next player might not have the ceiling of other guys I have covered in this series, I think he’s a prospect that has been overlooked and could be helpful to those in dynasty leagues: Isaac Paredes, 19 year-old SS in the Detroit Tigers’ system.

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Needle in a Haystack: Jeff McNeil

Jeff McNeil got the call end of July and got off to a quiet start in his first 9 games slashing .190/.370/.333. That is a juicy OBP with him getting on base in 6 of the 9 games but showing little of the ability he had shown in the minors in 2018. Then he went on a 3 game tear that resulted in him going 8 for 13 with a homer and a pair of doubles. After that 3 game performance, he caught my eye and I did some research on him and found that he was doing just ridiculous things in the minors. Look at these stats across AA and AAA this season before his callup:

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The Next Phenom (Part 3): Antonio Cabello

I’m on the hunt for the next baseball phenom. I’m searching far and wide through the lower minors looking for players with both the scouting reports with the stats to back them up. The first player that caught my eye was Tampa Bay SS Wander Franco (who is still mashing as a 17-year-old in Rookie Ball. I am infatuated with him and you should be too, please look up my previous post for more on him). Quickly followed by Franco was a toolsy OF prospect who has incredible potential and is finally showing the power that was projected, Cristian Pache. Today I’m going to delve deep into baseball’s evil overlords’ (who else could this be but the Yankees? Maybe the Red Sox or Dodgers but that’s an argument for another day) farm system to find the next phenom to set fire to the minors and into the hearts of fantasy baseball players looking for the next big player to turn around their dynasty fortunes. That player is 17-year-old outfielder Antonio Cabello. He is a player that has been recommended to be multiple times since I started doing these posts and as soon as I looked him up I knew he was next on my list of Phenoms.

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The Next Phenom: Wander Franco

I want to bring attention to a 17-year-old international prospect who is already stateside and playing rookie ball and is mashing. His name is Wander Franco and is a SS for the Tampa Bay Rays who was the number one overall International Prospect last year and signed for $3.85 million. He is quickly rising up prospect lists and if you are in a dynasty league you need to grab him now if he’s still available.

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