The Daily Farm Report (7/25)

Welcome to the July 25th 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:

George Valera
Indians #9 by MLB Pipeline

Valera is one of the top-rated young bats from the 2017 J2 class. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see the Indians shut him down for the remainder of the year so that he can fully recover from this hamate surgery. Valera is only 17 years-old, so I don’t think this injury really impacts his timeline in any significant manner. He’s got a fast swing and strong hands, leading many to conclude that he’s got plus power potential in his future.

Peter Solomon
Unranked by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #47 Overall

Another random Astros pitching prospect having a great season. Solomon, 21, was a 4th round pick out of Notre Dame in the 2016 draft. He’s a 6’4″, 201 lbs. righty who went 8-1 with a 2.43 ERA in 10 starts (19 games). He posted an excellent 88:28 K:88 ratio and only allowed 2 HRs in 77.2 innings. Let’s see how he handles the Carolina League, but you can definitely put him on your dynasty watchlist.

Kyle Funkhouser
Tigers #7 by MLB Pipeline

Believe it or not, Funkhouser injured himself when he rolled his ankle while walking on an uneven piece of sidewalk in beautiful Toledo, OH. The ‘Glass City’ claims another victim.

Tyler Freeman
Indians #12 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #110 Overall

Here’s a deep prospect name for those of you playing in deeper leagues to keep in mind. Freeman was a high school shortstop taken in the CBA round by the Indians in 2017. He’s currently slashing .359/.404/.484 in the A-Short Season NY-Penn League. He’s probably not going to hit for much power, but he could be an OBP machine that can steal some bags and play solid defense at SS for the Indians in the future.

Bo Bichette
BlueJays #2 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #295 Overall

A friendly reminder that player development isn’t linear. Bichette stole 22 bags and slugged .565 across 2-levels in 2017. He’s now already stolen 27 bags but is slugging .437 in the AA Eastern League this season. At the end of the day, remember that Bichette owns all the skills that he’s displayed, and if he puts everything together he’s going to be an average-to-plus player in every aspect of his game and a potential 5-category roto monster.

Nathaniel Lowe
Rays #14 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #50 Overall

Peter Alonso seems to be the power hitting prospect that everyone is losing their minds over this season, but Nate Lowe has been just as good. He’s now up to the #50 overall hitter in our weighted roto scoring rankings, posting a .347/.430/.599 slash line across 2 levels so far this season. He was probably available in your dynasty league at the beginning of the year (I picked him up for free in mine), so pay attention to what we are telling you!

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