The Daily Farm Report (6/29)

Welcome to the June 29th 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:

Carter Kieboom
STATS and RANKINGS
Nationals #2 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #54 Overall

Looks like the 20-year old shortstop is handling the transition to AA ball really well. Kieboom’s OPS has improved from .880 in A-Advanced ball to .964 in 9 AA games. He was the Nats 1st round pick out of high school in 2016, and looks like he could be close to the show. We’d expect some bumps at the next level or two because the kid is so young, but fellow Nats farmhand Juan Soto has done a lot this year to dispel that line of thinking.

Brusdar Graterol
STATS and RANKINGS
Twins #6 by MLB Pipeline

Brusdar the Great has proven that his stuff is just too good for Midwest League hitters. The FSL seems like a strong assignment for him, as his fastball is already plus (double-plus potential), his slider is probably average-to-plus at this point, and he’s working on a changeup which could develop into an average offering as well. Another solid young Venezuelan pitching prospect to definitely keep your eyes on.

Kohl Stewart
STATS and RANKINGS
Twins #17 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #267 Overall

Stewart joins the International League’s Rochester Red Wings. Here’s a case for looking at underlying stats vs. surface stats. Stewart’s superficial line is 3-4 with a 4.76 ERA in 14 AA starts. But his K-rate is 23%, his BB-rate is 7%, and his 2018 FIP is a more palatable 3.14. AAA should be a nice test for his stuff.

Socrates Brito
STATS and RANKINGS
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #6 Overall

Brito was a recent PotW winner and has continued to mash AAA pitching since then. He’s shown excellent power/speed production (12 HR, 10 SB) for the Reno Aces. 2 other important notes to consider: he’s a good defender who’s capably played all 3 outfield spots in his career, and he’s on the Diamondbacks 40-man roster. The last AAAA guy that the Diamondbacks called up was Christian Walker, who struggled with MLB pitching in his 2018 stint with the big club. Maybe Brito will get the next shot?

Lincoln Henzman
STATS and RANKINGS
WhiteSox #26 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #45 Overall

How does this make any sense? The kid gets a shot at starting and is fantastic (3.11 FIP, 20% K-Rate, 3% BB-rate in 13 A-Full Season starts), so let’s move him up a level but send him to the bullpen? Can’t you always send him to the bullpen later on if starting doesn’t work out for him?

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