Farmhands of the Week (March 11)

It was another week of some big name prospects ripping it up in spring training. Check out our Farmhands of the Week for the week ending March 11, 2019!


Anthony AlfordJays #11616410762
Rowdy TellezJays #21717310841
Bo BichetteJays #2614310440
Pete AlonsoMets #1715220231
Oscar MercadoIndians #19814210550
Francisco MejiaPadres #4514310931
Cole TuckerPirates #569201241
Daz CameronTigers #5714121231
Cristian PacheBraves #4713210530

Jesus LuzardoAthletics #16.211301.451.13
Tanner AndersonAthletics68000.000.83
Sandy AlcantaraMarlins #588600.001.13
Darwinzon HernandezRed Sox #457300.001.00
Foster GriffinRoyals47200.001.00
Luke BardAngels2.26000.000.00
Drew AndersonPhillies36000.000.33
Jimmie SherfyDBacks36100.000.33
David PaulinoJays25100.001.50
David McKayMariners #2535100.000.33

Alford has always been puzzling because he seemed to have all the tools, but has yet to make his tools really translate to in-game production at the highest levels. He’s still a potential 60 power/70 speed guy if everything clicks, and the Toronto OF depth chart certainly has room for him to get some PAs this year if this is the year that everything clicks for him.

Tellez got his call-up at the tail end of the season last year and promptly slugged .614. He had more XBH (13) than singles (9) in his brief 73 PA debut. There’s a really good shot that “Rowdy” Rowdy Tellez pushes the 1B/DH combo of Smoak and Morales in Toronto for something more than a cup of coffee this season.

Pete has been hitting everything hard this spring, just ask Josh Reddick. The lowest slugging average he posted at any stop in the minors was .516. This guys is just going to continue to pound the ball in the Majors as well. It might not happen for a month due to service time shenanigans, but he just hits too well for the Mets to keep him off the 1B job for long.

Mercado is a dude that has been on our radar for a couple of seasons now due to his solid statistical performances. Last season, I ranked him as my #21 overall hitter in the minors in my personal hitter rankings. He was traded to Cleveland from St. Louis last summer in a strange prospect swap (Jhon Torres was the big name heading back the other way). He’s great with the glove as well as the bat, and is probably capable of playing either CF or SS in the big leagues. He should be firmly planted on your radar for deeper leagues and AL-only leagues in 2019.

Baseball hath no fury like a catching prospect scorned. Count me among a number of commentators who didn’t think Mejia could stick at catcher. But the Padres seem to be believers in Mejia as a backstop, and he’s really putting the work in this spring to become an MLB capable backstop. The bat can’t really be ignored either. He might spend some time in AAA to work on his receiving, but don’t be shocked to see him take the everyday catching job as soon as this year. Another great prospect to remember in “only league” formats.

This kid was supposed to be a glove-first prospect for the Buccos, but between the AFL and now spring training he’s really started swinging the stick well too. Posted 2 HR and a 3B this week.

As our own Brenden Gorzelski has noted, Pache serves as a sort of dividing line between prospect commentators who rely on scouting vs. stats. The scouts see the strength and raw power potential and think that the power is coming. The analytics types note the sub-.100 ISO and think that 10 HR might be a stretch. I think the truth is somewhere in between, but we might be missing the boat on what really counts. The Braves sent prospect wunderkid Drew Waters back down to minor league camp this week while letting Pache stay on with the big club. Pache’s overall game is so strong that I think Braves fans should already start penciling in a triple centerfielder outfield of Acuña – Pache – Inciarte where flyballs go to die.

This kid is going to break camp with Oakland and spend the whole year in the rotation, I can feel it. The club might need to do some things to limit his workload during the season, but I think he could throw 150 innings in Oakland this year.

Keith Law thinks he lacks the secondaries to become a SP, but he was also really high on Kolby Allard, so what does Keith Law know? I think he’s got a rotation spot in Miami and the fastball/slider combo is good enough for him to try it out this year. He’s going to struggle turning the order over a third time, and the fastball may be a little ‘true’ as Law notes, but you have to remember that it’s a 2-seamer that runs up to 98 and is designed to generate groundballs. His ultimate home might be in the bullpen, but it will be fun to watch him try his hand as a starter this season.

Who is the next Josh Hader? Maybe it is Darwinzon. The Red Sox tried him out of the bullpen in the AFL and it worked really well. This spring, it looks like they are going to stretch him out as a starter again. His stuff is really electric and could play up out of the bullpen right now.

Chip wanted me to talk about this kid, ostensibly to build up his trade value in some dynasty league that Chip holds him in. He’s a lefty who was Kansas City’s 1st round pick back in the 2014 draft. When the FanGraphs guys looked for ‘the next Glasnow’ this summer, Griffin hit their list in the “Jalen Beeks” group:

“The Idea
Solid-average stuff with above-average command and some funk/deception which, during the third time through the order, becomes less effective against MLB hitters.”

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