The Daily Farm Report (7/23)

Welcome to the July 23rd 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:

Wander Franco
Rays #6 by MLB Pipeline

Hear that? That’s the sound of baseball’s next big thing. Franco, 17, is already ripping apart the A-Short Season Appy League, which is a very aggressive assignment for a 17-year old. John Calvagno put a potential 60-power and 60-hit grade on Franco in his first impression. I’m sure other outlets are likely to do the same. He’s a future superstar if everything breaks right.

Colton Welker
Rockies #2 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #181 Overall

Welker is a prospect on the rise, and his recent hot streak in the A-Advanced California League will only help his status. He’s put up a solid .318/.375/.462 slash line this season, hitting 9 HR and 23 2B along the way. He’s still only 20, so look for him to yank a few more over the fence as he matures, making him an even more complete hitting prospect than he already is.

Kyle Lewis
Mariners #1 by MLB Pipeline

Mariners fans don’t have much to look forward to in their prospect pipeline, but a bounce-back season by Kyle Lewis has sure been nice. Lewis has dealt with a number of knee issues since injuring himself in a home plate collision in July of 2016. He recently underwent a second surgery on the knee this offseason. He’s now at AA after posting a .260/.303/.429 slash line in A-Advanced ball. It’s a long road to the MLB for Lewis, but he has the talent to make it happen.

Andres Gimenez
Mets #1 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #226 Overall

Gimenez is getting promoted to AA as a 19-year old after ripping through the pitcher-friendly Florida State League this season. Speed is this young Venezuelan’s calling card at the moment (28 SB in 29 attempts this season), but 2080 Baseball’s Steve Givarz has put a future 60-grade on his hit tool and 40-grade on his power. The kid also plays excellent defense at SS, which helps to make sense of the Mets aggressive promotion program with him. AA will be a challenge.

Zack Brown
Brewers #23 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #48 Overall

Brown left his start after landing awkwardly trying to avoid a comebacker. He limped off the field under his own power. Hopefully its nothing serious. Brown has been excellent this year, currently sitting at #48 overall in our weighted roto pitcher rankings.

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