2018 FARMHAND CROP: Niko Decolati

Pioneer League Mid-Season All-Star rebounded from a tough spring with a strong pro debut this summer. College shortstop who played primarily in RF this year, could also handle 3B duties. He’s a quick, strong, well-coordinated athlete. Big questions about his hit tool, but his K-rate was palatable this year. If his hit tool lets him tap into his raw power, he’s a potential sleeper.

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Baseball Farm’s 2018 Farmhand Team of the Year

This month we ran a series of polls on our Twitter (@BaseballFarm) to have our fans select a farmhand at each position for our Farmhand Team of the Year. We first looked at a bunch of our proprietary stats and rankings, and then debated amongst ourselves to come up with four nominees at each position. From there, the fans took over, selecting the Farmhand that they thought had the most impressive year. Here is a recap of the results for each poll:

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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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2018 FARMHAND CROP: Shane McClanahan

Fiery starter with a big time FB (touches 99) which he struggles to control. Looks like a boom-or-bust type of starter at this point in his career. Needs to improve command and both secondary offerings to have a shot to stick in the rotation. There is a wide variance of outcomes here. He could lock everything down, improve his secondaries, and have SP2 upside. Or, he could just be LOOGY who walks too many guys and gives up too many HRs. There are also health concerns with his delivery (despite the fact that he’s already underwent TJS). If you draft McClanahan, be prepared to take on risk.

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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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2018 FARMHAND CROP: Matthew Liberatore

MVP of 2017 UA All-American game. Surprisingly dropped to TB at #16 in the draft. He’s going to need time to develop a starters mentality. He’s tall with an athletic frame that can add more muscle. The curveball is a major weapon already. Fastball control and consistency needs work. Will need to polish one of his other secondaries to stick in the bullpen. At 18, he’s still a long way from the Majors, but he has SP3 upside.

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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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2018 FARMHAND CROP – RUNNING LIST

In anticipation of the upcoming first-year player drafts in dynasty and keeper leagues, the Baseball Farm team is compiling a First-Year Player Draft Guide. Here is the running list of Pitchers and Hitters who have received our ‘Bottom Line’ treatment so far, with links to complete scouting reports. For now, the players are separated into ‘Tiers’. They will be ranked within their tiers later in the offseason (when all the Bottom Line reports are completed):

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