The Daily Farm Report (7/6)

Welcome to the July 6th 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:

Forrest Whitley
Astros #2 by MLB Pipeline

Uh-oh. This isn’t ideal. Chris Thomasson of Corpus Christi’s Kiii3 Sports has video of Whitley coming out of the game favoring his left side and lower back here. Whitley’s already missed a half season of development with a suspension for using speed in the offseason. Another missed half season would really stunt the growth of arguably the top pitching prospect in baseball right now.

Chris Paddack
Padres #8 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #5 Overall

Paddack has returned from TJS this season and has been exceptional. 20.75 K/BB ratio in 10 A-Advanced starts. He pairs the best changeup in the minors with a good fastball and a developing curveball. Development and control of his secondary offerings outside of the changeup will probably determine his final upside, but right now he looks like at least an SP3 when he hits the majors.

Tony Santillan
Reds #4 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #86 Overall

While he hasn’t been Paddack, Santillan has been a very strong performer this season, and is currently the #86 overall ranked pitcher using our weighted roto scoring method. He pairs a plus-plus fastball with an average-to-plus slider and a developing changeup. Be aware that his ERA (2.70) is outperforming his skills by a fair amount (3.44 FIP), but he still looks like he has backend rotation potential if he can continue developing his secondaries.

Keury Mella
Reds #20 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #165 Overall

Mella has been all over the map with the Reds in recent years, going from A-Advanced to AAA ball in 2016, AA ball to the Majors for 2 appearances in 2017, and from AA to AAA this year. He’s struck out batters at a 24.3% clip while walking batters at a 8.7% rate in AA this year, giving him a useable platform going forward.

Nick Margevicius
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #32 Overall

He gets lost in the shuffle in a Padres system that’s deep with arms (currently unranked by MLB Pipeline), but Margevicius has been as good as anyone in the system that’s not named ‘Paddack’ this year. The 7th-round pick in the 2017 draft has posted a 2.66 FIP in 13 Midwest League starts this year. 27.4% K-rate, 2.8% BB-rate, #32 overall pitcher using the Baseball Farm weighted roto scoring. Big lefty is worth a stash in deep dynasty formats if he’s still unowned.

Joe Cavallaro
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #38 Overall

The Mets have had a few arms performing well this season according to our roto scoring method (Cavallaro, Justin Dunn, Anthony Kay), and the organization has done a good job in moving them all up the ladder this summer. This 22-year old righty was a 24th round pick out of South Florida in 2017. He posted a 2.34 ERA in Rookie ball last year and a 2.09 ERA in A-Full Season ball so far this season, so skipping a level to AA actually makes a lot of sense here, especially considering his age.

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