The rich just keep getting richer. Pioneers of the spin rate revolution and an organization that altered the game with how teams rebuild have an interesting diamond in the rough on their hands. Everyone knows the pitching talent the Astros possess both at the major and minor league levels. Verlander, Cole, McCullers (will miss the 2019 season, unfortunately. We are going to miss that curveball) hold down the fort at the major league levels. Meanwhile, Whitley (the best pitching prospect I’ve laid eyes on), Josh James (who knew sleep apnea could hide all that talent?), J.B Bukauskas, and Corbin Martin are all chomping at the bit for their chance. It’s easy to get lost in a system like this that is still loaded with talent despite the players they’ve graduated in recent years. I recently found a player in their system that no one seems to be talking about, and we very much should be.Read More The Crop Rotation – Bryan Abreu
Brenden and Alex look at the Indians system in their next article in the Cream of the Crop series. The Indians have benefitted from excellent drafts and J2 signing period over the last two years, creating a system deep with upside bats and arms which they are particularly adept at molding.Read More Cream of the Crop – Cleveland Indians
Going into this system I had high expectations, but this system blew me away honestly. It is far deeper than I realized. Alex and I, for the first time in doing these top 20’s, strongly disagreed on players and the top 20 as a whole. It lead to some incredibly interesting discussions (who knows maybe they carry over into a potential podcast *winky face*) that caused us to reevaluate first impressions we had on multiple players.Read More Cream of the Crop – Minnesota Twins Top-20 Farmhands
Brenden and Alex take on their third organization in the AL Central, the Detroit Tigers. The system has a few marquee arms but is light on position players. The Justin Verlander trade and the 2018 draft should do a nice job in remedying that problem for the Motor City Kitties.Read More Cream of the Crop – Detroit Tigers Top 20 Farmhands
Alex and Brenden will be creating their own top 20 prospects per organization. The methodology is simple: they develop their own top 20’s, average them together, then have friendly arguments about who should be higher or lower. The next organization up for them to review is the Chicago White Sox.Read More Cream of the Crop – White Sox Top 20 Farmhands
Alex and Brenden will be creating their own top 20 prospects per organization. The methodology is simple: they develop their own top 20’s, average them together, then have friendly arguments about who should be higher or lower. The first organization up for them to review is the Kansas City Royals. 1. Daniel Lynch LHP Age – […]Read More Cream of the Crop – The Royals’ Top 20 Farmhands
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 […]Read More Winter Harvest – Part 1
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.
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.)Read More The Next Phenom – Vidal Brujan
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.Read More The Next Phenom – Isaac Paredes