The Daily Farm Report (7/13)

Welcome to the July 13th 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:

Zack Collins
WhiteSox #8 by MLB Pipeline

Collins was always a borderline catching prospect. He’s worked hard on the defensive part of his game, and he just might be athletic and hard-working enough to become a serviceable MLB backstop in the future. Also, his bat might develop enough to play as a 1B/DH. Offensively this year, his positives are a 21.1% BB-rate. However, the negatives are that his ISO has dropped upon repeating AA (.183 vs .235) and his K-rate has jumped (24.4% to 29.1%). Unfortunately for Collins, he might just be another late-stage Adam Dunn.

Jovani Moran
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Basball Farm Roto #70 Overall

Moran, 21, has been primarily used as a left-handed bullpen piece this season (1 GS in 22 appearances). He did post an eye-popping 14.21 K/9 in those 22 Midwest League appearances, and also converted 4 of 5 save opportunities. We don’t advocate stashing RP prospects, but it will be fun to see if Moran can hold on to his K/9 rate at the next level.

Junior Fernandez
Cardinals #10 by MLB Pipeline

Fernandez has only been used as a RP this season, but he did make 16 starts as a 20-year-old at A-Advanced ball last season. He does boast a 60-grade changeup which flashes 70-grade at times, which he pairs with a plus fastball and a slider that he’s still working on. That being said, his K/9 rate remains low (6.52 K/9 at A-Advanced in 2018), especially for a reliever.

Austin Riley
Braves #6 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #190 Overall

It’s good to see Riley back in action. There is a chance that the Braves will need him as part of their playoff push in the second half. Riley is still the #190 ranked prospect using our weighted roto scoring method even though he just missed a month with a knee injury. He’s really climbed the consensus prospect ranks this season, now coming in at the #24 overall prospect in our midseason aggregated Plum Prospect rankings.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
BlueJays #1 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #4 Overall

This contradicts news earlier this week which suggested that Vlad Jr. would be headed to AAA once he returned from the DL. Toronto seems intent on not letting him play in the MLB in any serious capacity this season. He’s the consensus top prospect in baseball, but the one thing that could derail him is injuries. He’s still rehabbing from the knee injury he suffered in June, and will also likely play a couple rehab games in the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League before his next MiLB assignment.

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