The Daily Farm Report (6/28)

Welcome to the June 28th installment of The Daily Farm Report! We rake the news for each organization’s top prospects and give you a digest with some commentary for you greedy prospectors to enjoy. Here’s some recent news and highlights:

Mike Soroka
Braves #2 by MLB Pipeline

Well, this is a bummer. To be fair though, Soroka faces a long recovery to rest and rehab his shoulder inflammation, so the 60-day DL designation shouldn’t come as a huge shock. This could open the door for Kolby Allard to make his MLB debut in Soroka’s absence.

Patrick Sandoval
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #24 Overall

Sandoval has been promoted to the A-Advanced Carolina League after tearing through the Sally League in the first half of 2018. He is currently unranked by MLB Pipeline, but that might speak more to the depth of the Astros minor league system than Sandoval’s abilities. He’s hit our PotW consideration panel a couple of times this season. He’s been excellent at limiting walks (just 11 BB in 65 IP this season) and hasn’t allowed an earned run in any of his last 5 starts. A well-deserved promotion.

Connor Seabold
Phillies #27 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #91 Overall

Here’s an under-the-radar arm for you to watch in the Phillies system. Seabold was a 3rd round pick out of Cal State Fullerton in the 2017 draft and has already advanced to AA ball. Posted a fantastic 0.99 WHIP in 12 Florida State League starts this year.

Nicky Lopez
Royals #6 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #81 Overall

It was promotion day in the KC organization yesterday, with SS prospect Nicky Lopez earning a well-deserved promotion to AAA. Lopez, 23, is a great all-around baseball prospect who might hold more real-life value than fantasy value, simply because he doesn’t hit for much power or steal many bags. That being said, there is always value for a player who plays every day in the bigs and can hit for average (.331 AVG) and/or get on base (.397 OBP).

Khalil Lee
Royals #1 by MLB Pipeline

Left-handed hitting tooled up OF who has advanced to AA ball 2 days after his 20th birthday. Lee, the #1 overall prospect in the KC system, has skills you can dream on, and his plate control has really improved between 2017 (.344 OBP) and 2018 (.402 OBP). His K% has dropped from 32% last year to 25% this year. And he’s still got plenty of time to fill out and add more power. He might struggle with the initial challenge of the Texas League, but don’t get discouraged. This kid has shown the ability to overcome adversity already in his short professional career.

Laz Rivera
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #44 Overall

What a breakout year for this 23-year-old who was a 28th round pick of the White Sox in 2017. Rivera is sure to be tested a bit more in the Carolina League, but his .349 batting average leads all White Sox MiLB hitters this season, and he’s got a very intriguing power and speed profile. It also sounds like he’s played solid defense at SS. Should be an ‘on the radar’ guy for you deep dynasty leaguers.

Dane Dunning
WhiteSox #6 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #19 Overall

Dunning’s likely done for the year. It doesn’t make a ton of sense for the White Sox to rush this guy, especially considering that he now has the spectre of TJS hanging over his head. Which sucks, because Dunning was excellent again this season, arguably pitching better than any other White Sox pitching prospect. His 2.76 ERA at AA was supported by his 2.52 FIP. Look for him to get a shot at the Arizona Fall League if his elbow heals up ok with rest.

Mitch Keller
Pirates #1 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #139 Overall

Have to wonder what took them so long. He had no problem with his AA assignment in either 2017 or 2018, and we don’t envision this kid taking much time to adapt to AAA hitting either. His career MiLB line is 26-15 in 75 starts with a 2.78 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. He’s the real deal.

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