The Daily Farm Report (7/12)

Welcome to the July 12th 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

Whitley to the DL with an oblique issue he’s dealt with since coming back from his 80-game suspension. It is beginning to look like a lost season for Whitley, who many are calling the top pitching prospect in baseball at the moment. Right now the club is optimistic that Whitley will only miss a couple of weeks, but these oblique injuries have a tendency to hang around for a while. Whitley will miss out on pitching in the Futures Game over the MLB All-Star break due to the injury.

Garrett Whitlock
Yankees #26 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #2 Overall

Whitley is having a tough year, Whitlock is having a dynamic one. He currently sits as our #2 overall pitcher in the minors in 2018 using our weighted roto scoring method, posting a 1.57 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 90 K, 5.00 K:BB, 0.09 HR/9 line between A-Full and A-Advanced. An 18th-round pick in the 2017 draft out of UAB, Whitlock is starting to look like a serious find for the Yankees.

Corey Ray
Brewers #1 by MLB Pipeline

Something is clicking for this kid from Chicago’s South Side. Last year, he struggled to a .238/.311/.367 slash line in a full season at A-Advanced ball. He started the year slowly at AA as well, but has really turned things on as of late, and is slashing .248/.340/.484 while leading the Southern League in both HR (16) and SB (21)! Remember, prospect development isn’t linear. There are likely to be more bumps along the road for Ray, but the underlying tools are there for him to be a 5-category fantasy performer (especially in OBP leagues).

Royce Lewis
Twins #1 by MLB Pipeline

Lewis is flying up mid-season prospect ranks, thanks in most part to him flashing all 5 tools in A-Full Season ball as a 19-year-old. Of all his tools, the biggest question mark probably surrounds his power potential. Obviously, 9 long balls in a half season of work for a shortstop is fantastic. However, he’s posted an ISO around the .150 mark in his pro career thus far, making him look like more of a 10-15 HR hitter than a 20-30 HR hitter when he lands in the bigs. That being said, Royce’s floor might be a 55 FV player with 50+ tools across the board outside of his plus speed. That’s an extremely valuable player for any franchise.

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