The Daily Farm Report (8/7)

Welcome to the August 7th 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:

Jesus Luzardo
Athletics #1 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #6 Overall

Luzardo, 20, is pretty firmly entrenched as the top left-handed pitching prospect in baseball at this point in his career. He wound up scattering 8 hits over 5 innings, striking out 6, walking none, and picking up the win in his AAA debut. I think it’s a stretch to expect him pitching in Oakland this year, but the A’s are knocking on the door of the playoffs, and if there is any place that they need some help, it’s with starting pitching.

Denyi Reyes
RedSox #30 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #14 Overall

It’s been a breakout season for Reyes. The 21-year-old hurler was a 2016 J2 signing by the Red Sox. He’s tall (6’4″) and has 3 secondary offerings that he’s not afraid to use (slider, change, and curve). His fastball is never going to blow people away (88-92 mph), but if he can maintain his plus command going forward there’s a chance he winds up in the Red Sox rotation down the road.

Kyle Muller
Braves #11 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #251 Overall

Another Braves pitching prospect climbing up the ladder. Muller, 20, was the Braves 2nd round pick out of high school in the 2016 draft. He’s a big (6’6″, 225) lefty, and his primary weapon is a heavy fastball that sits 94-96. He’s developing his control over that weapon (3.57 BB/9 in 14 A-Advanced starts this season), but if his control continues to improve the upside with this kid is palpable.

Myles Straw
Astros #14 by MLB Pipeline

The Strawman is burning up the basepaths in 2018. He’s also shown great OBP-skills, posting double-digit BB-rates at every year in his MiLB career. He looks like an excellent future leadoff hitter for the Astros. He will give you tons of value even if he never hits for any power (3 total home runs in his professional career).

Cal Quantrill
Padres #10 by MLB Pipeline

The Padres system is full of good young arms, but for some reason the team keeps pushing Quantrill up the ladder despite his mediocre results at AA so far this season. In 22 starts, Quantrill has posted a 5.15 ERA and 1.48 WHIP. His 4.25 WHIP suggests that he’s been a bit unlucky, but any way you slice it he has not been good this year. He’s always been a command over fastball guy, so he’s going to need his slider and curve to develop and join his changeup as a potential plus pitch. He’s a divisive prospect–some see a middle of the rotation guy with some upside, some see organizational depth. Maybe the push up to AAA will be good for his development toward the mid-rotation side of things.

Royce Lewis
Twins #1 by MLB Pipeline
Baseball Farm Roto #41 Overall

Royce took on Casey Mize in a battle of #1 overall draft picks, and Royce came away the clear winner. He basically does it all on the diamond. He’s a future organizational centerpiece for the Twins. As much as I’d like to see him up in the MLB next year, he’s still only 19, so it’s hard for me to see anything outside of a 2020 debut for him.

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