The Daily Farm Report (7/17)

Welcome to the July 17th 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:

Keibert Ruiz
Dodgers #2 by MLB Pipeline

Sounds like a potential nightmare scenario for Dodgers fans is adverted. It would have been terrible to see Ruiz pick up a significant injury when playing in the Futures Game, which is designed to be a fun exhibition displaying the next crop of top prospect talent in the game. K-Bear has been incredibly hard to strikeout (7.3% K-rate) as a 19-year-old at AA ball this year. Don’t worry too much about his .247 batting average, as he makes tons of contact and is being dragged down by a .239 BABIP on the year. We wouldn’t be surprised if he goes on a tear in the 2H.

Luis Rengifo
Angels #27 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #26 Overall

Rengifo is looking more and more like a potential piece for the Angels infield in 2019. He’s a potential utility-man, as he’s played 2B/SS/3B/OF in his MiLB career thus far. He’s also walked more than he’s struck out at all 3 levels he’s played at in 2018.

Khalil Lee
Royals #1 by MLB Pipeline

Speed score is a fun metric created by Bill James which measures stolen base percentage, stolen base attempts, triples, runs scored, avoiding grounding into double-plays, and defensive range. A score over 7.0 usually indicates a very fast player. Lee is demonstrating in-game speed above his 50-55 grade scouted speed. He’s an athlete that has risen quickly on Top-100 lists, rising to #77 on our mid-season Plum Prospect Top-100 update.

Yohander Mendez
Rangers #7 by MLB Pipeline

Mendez has been all over the place in recent years, with 2 A+ stints, 3 AA stints, 2 AAA stints, and 3 MLB stints since 2016. He was brutal at AAA this year, going 0-6 with a 5.26 ERA (6.13 FIP). He’s not worth a roster spot in dynasty formats at this point in his career.

Andrew Istler
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #60 Overall

He’s just bullpen depth at this stage, but Istler has been excellent in 2018, posting a 5.89 K/BB ratio across all levels.

Jacob Robson
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #64 Overall

Robson has been cooking all season, currently ranked #64 among all MiLB hitters using our weighted roto scoring method. An 8th round pick in the 2016 draft, Robson has advanced a level in-season in each of his 3 professional seasons. His recent power surge (.273 ISO at AAA) is probably unsustainable given his history, but he’s a really intriguing potential 4th OF option for the Tigers in the near future.

Shaun Anderson
Giants #7 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #159 Overall

The Giants system doesn’t churn out tons of top prospects, but they always have a steady stream of potential MLB regulars rising up their ranks. Anderson might be another one. He was extremely effective at AA this season, posting a 3.35 FIP in 16 starts. He’s gained a little strikeout stuff (8.90 K/9) and improved control a notch (2.11 BB/9), making him look like a potential backend rotation guy if he keeps it up. He was traded to San Francisco in the Eduardo Nunez trade.

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