Farmhands of the Week (March 4)

Welcome to our new look Farmhands of the Week for 2019! We’ve revamped the process this season to provide you with downloadable stats for each level, with Goyette’s typical nuggets of ‘wisdom’ at the bottom. We hope you enjoy it!


Matt ThaissAngels #813.6151.384160
Brandon LoweRays #916.5621.000150
Dylan CozensPhillies11.6361.363241
Trent GiambroneCubs #2015.4661.000240
Michael ChavisRed Sox #115.333.933330
Bryce BrentzRed Sox13.4611.076240
Mark ZagunisCubs17.352.764230
Ty FrancePadres10.5001.300240
Aderlin RodriguezPadres12.3331.083330
Bubba StarlingRoyals10.6001.300230
Yusniel DiazOrioles #117.411.705130
Jake NollNationals10.7001.200130
Ke’Bryan HayesPirates #210.4001.200241
ray---000cor&search=Corey+Ray&utm_campaign=Linker&utm_source=direct&utm_medium=linker-" target="_blank" rel="nofollow noopener">Corey RayBrewers #215.333.80023
Fernando Tatis Jr.Padres #114.357.857230
Christin StewartTigers #812.4161.000230
Harold CastroTigers11.4541.090230
Zach GreenGiants13.307.846230
Garrett HampsonRockies #311.4541.000223
Tyler WadeYankees12.416.916141
Christian WalkerDBacks12.500.916130
Nick TanieluAstros13.384.846130
Kyle LewisMariners #79.4441.222230
Jason MartinPirates #1114.357.785222

Notable Hitters

Matt Thaiss was a 1st round pick in the 2016 draft, but some of the prospect hype has worn off in recent years. He’s coming out of the gate on fire this spring, and I don’t think it’s far fetched for him to see MLB time as the Angels 1B/DH pairing of Justin Bour and Albert Pujols certainly isn’t carved in stone.

If you’ve been following the Farm since its inception, you probably own Brandon Lowe for free in your dynasty league. Good for you! Figuring out Tampa Bay’s depth chart is a bit like deciphering the Rosetta Stone at this point, but there’s no one in that lineup who should block Lowe from getting playing time if he’s going to hit like this.

He probably doesn’t have a chance at much of a role in Philly this season with Bryce Harper in the fold, but check out his 475 PA ZiPS projection on FanGraphs if you get a chance. This dude can hit.

“Playa playa” Michael Chavis is potentially hitting his way to re-draft league relevance in 2019. But don’t take my word for it, Prospect Jesus has already planted that flag.

We were onto Yusniel’s change in plate approach early on in 2018. He’s now definitely the top prospect in an improving Orioles system, with the potential of making a major league impact sometime in 2019. The power/patience profile is excellent, and there’s a good chance that his game power exceeds his raw power.

Young Hayes is blossoming into one of the top prospects in baseball right in front of our eyes. After an excellent 2018 campaign that saw him perform well in AA as a 21-year-old, the biggest question for 2019 is whether he continues to tap into his power potential. He might never hit 35 HR, but 25 HR, 15 SB, and gold glove defense at the hot corner is not out of the question.

Chicago kid who has been written off in some circles despite his draft pedigree (5th overall choice in 2016). Ray was really excellent for AA Biloxi last year, hitting 27 HR and stealing 37 bags while putting up a .356 wOBA. He’s not going to win a batting title. But he still has a legitimate chance at becoming a good MLB regular.

We are looking forward to him linking up with Manny Machado on the left side of San Diego’s infield. Similar to Corey Ray, there’s always going to be some swing and miss in his game, but he’s a dynamic player that just seems to keep improving every time that we look at him.

Notable Pitchers

Supreme Court Justus (hat tip to Juicy) has come out of the gate dealing for the Mariners. Maybe he spent his offseason reading about how he was pegged to be a future reliever. Here’s a video of him busting out a nasty changeup that’s nearly unhittable. Yankees fandom feeling a little bit salty at the moment, which is fine by every other baseball fan.

A younger version of Phil Goyette with a fuller head of hair once believed that Tyler Beede was destined to be something. He finally made his MLB debut in 2018, where he posted an 8.22 ERA. Yet he remains firmly parked in the Flint Town Browns minor league system, where I refuse to let go on that glimmer of hope for 2014’s first round pick.

Tall (6’6″) Dominican lefty who signed with the Brewers as a MiLB free agent this offseason after being dumped by the Blue Jays. Milwaukee might be trying him out to see if he can work as possible relief depth in the majors this season. It’s a situation worth monitoring in deep leagues, where he’s likely freely available.

He looked great in his start, as noted by our own JW Gravley. He’s also posted a 2.43 FIP in 15 MLB innings in his career. His strikeout stuff has dropped from his 10.0+ K/9 rate in A+, but he’s still got a 4-pitch mix that could be useful as a backend starter or swingman in the MLB.

You aren’t getting him in your dynasty league, no matter how hard you keep pestering Chip about him. Wait, that’s my dynasty league. Anyway, with Josh James and Collin McHugh dinged up the door to the rotation in Houston opened up even wider for Whitley this season. I envision him walking through it and never looking back. It’s time to start figuring out where you’ll take him in your redraft leagues over the next month.

22-year old righty was an 11th round choice out of Notre Dame in the 2017 draft. His performance between A+ and AA last year was outstanding. Houston just has a pile of arms who are outpitching their draft slot, and Bielak is another name to know who might possibly still be unowned even in deeper formats.

Royals Farm Report has video of him looking especially filthy in his first outing this spring. He’s only a reliever at this point, and he walks a ton of batters, but man the fastball alone is a weapon that makes you have to pay attention to him. He’s an RP follow for really deep leagues for this upcoming season.

Our own CW has been talking about Paddack for a while now, and he caught Paddack’s first AA start in the Texas League last summer. He looks strong enough to start in the MLB right now, and the breaking ball looks like it continues to develop. He’s probably going to struggle with turning the order over 2-3 times until the breaker comes online. But it’s possible that he pitches 100 MLB innings for San Diego this season.

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