The Daily Farm Report (8/5)

Welcome to the August 5th installment of The Daily Farm Report! We rake the news for each organization’s top farmhands and give you a digest with some commentary for you greedy prospectors to enjoy. Here’s some recent news and highlights:

Josh Ockimey
RedSox #10 by MLB Pipeline

Ockimey, 22, just got promoted to the AAA Pawtucket Red Sox. Ockimey is a 1B prospect who is looking to tap in to his potential plus raw power. This season, he slugged .473 in the AA Eastern League with 15 HR and 19 2B, good for a .219 ISO. He’s going to have to continue to hit for power to be a valuable piece for your future fantasy squad at 1B, but Ockimey has plenty of time to develop and tap into some future power potential.

Hunter Greene
Reds #2 by MLB Pipeline

There’s not much to be surprised about here. Greene, still only 18, has been lighting up radar guns with 103 mph fastballs this season. It’s almost like a TJS was baked in with him to begin with. For now, the Reds are going to play it conservative and shelf Greene from competitive action for the remainder of the season. He will still throw at the team’s complex in AZ, and they will evaluate whether the UCL will settle down with rest. The gamble for dynasty owners will be whether to hold him and bank on a good recovery from the “UCL strain” and what is likely a future surgery. I’d imagine this development pushes his ETA back at least a year, maybe more. He’s still one of the few pitching farmhands that can be projected to become a future ace, so he’s worth the gamble.

Cedric Mullins
Orioles #9 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #156 Overall

Mullins has been a nice pop-up prospect in 2018, creeping into some Top-100 lists. His power/speed combo has been on display at AAA, and he’s now up to our #156 overall hitter using our roto scoring ranking method. Who knows how Baltimore will handle his transition to the MLB (do they handle anything well?), but it looks like they consider Mullins to be their future CF if he continues to hit at the big league level. We’d expect a cup of coffee by September.

Cionel Perez
Astros #4 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #63 Overall

In spite of the recent acquisitions on the Astros bullpen, it looks like Perez will be the first call-up from AAA when the team is in need of an additional reliever. The lefty fireballer was dynamic in 16 games (11 starts) for the AA club this season, posting a 2.70 FIP and 10.93 K/9 ratio. While the Astros are likely to use him as part of their playoff push this season, don’t be surprised if Perez gets another look at a starter role in the future as well.

Parker Meadows
Tigers #7 by MLB Pipeline

Austin Meadows’ little brother was the Tigers 2nd round selection out of Grayson High School in the 2018 draft. Parker is a left-handed bat listed at 6’5″, 185 lbs. His calling card right now is double-plus speed, but he’s also got plus raw power potential. He’s posted a .410 wOBA and 144 wRC+ in 13 games for the Tigers rookie-level GCL affiliate since being drafted. He’s one to watch in your upcoming first-year player drafts.

Tyler O’Neill
Cardinals #2 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #70 Overall

Hopefully, nothing to see here. O’Neill has a great opportunity to earn some more playing time in the St. Louis outfield with Matheny and Pham out the door. It looks like a day-to-day issue at this point. If you own him already in dynasty, well-done. Enjoy the next budding power-hitter. If he’s still available in your redraft format, consider adding him even in 10-teamers.

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