The Farmhands of the Week are back for a third season! A great resource for dynasty/keeper league players to find some under the radar prospects or breakouts before they happen. These ‘Farm Freebies’ can help rebuild your minor league system in no time!
Here are the Farmhands of the Week for June 3 thru June 9, 2019:
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Victor Reyes and Dustin Peterson both paced the Toledo MudHens this week, but we give a Reyes the slight advantage in FOTW honors due to the higher TB, SLG, and chipping in an SB as well. Reyes, 24, is a Venezuelan OF who was up for a brief 2 game stint with the Tigers this season. He also managed to appear in 100 games in the Tigers OF in 2018, to mostly poor results (.526 OPS). Thus far in 2019, he’s hitting pretty well at the AAA level, posting a .798 OPS with some power (9 HR) and speed (5 SB) upside.
The problem with Reyes is that the big club just has some younger OFs that are above him in the playing time order. It seems like Christin Stweart, JaCoby Jones, and Reyes’s AAA teammates Dustin Peterson and Daz Cameron are in front of him for playing time. It’s a 4th OF profile anyway, but there’s always the outside shot that Reyes gets an extended look later in the season and gets hot. So stay on top of the Detroit roster situation in the event that he gets called back up to the Show.
I badly wanted to give this week’s award to Evan White, who has been heating up for the Mariners and also my Harvest fantasy prospect draft team in recent weeks. But Kevin Padlo just did everything a little bit better than White this week. Padlo hit safely in 6 of 7 contests, with 3 multi-hit efforts. He also followed up a 2 SB game (6/6) with a 2 HR game (6/7) this week. Finally, he posted an excellent 5:8 K:BB ratio. He was really dialed in at the plate.
Padlo was a 5th round prep selection by the Rockies in the 2014 draft out of Murrieta Valley, CA. He’s still only 22 years old. His batting average is scary (.226 in 2019, .238 for his minor league career), but the dude can also really draw a walk (career .354 OBP). This season, 48% of his plate appearances has ended in the 3 true outcomes (K/BB/HR). His wRC+ is sitting at 150, with a .393 wOBA. Just a typical interesting, strange Tampa Bay Rays prospect.
Feliciano, 20, is a product of Puerto Rico’s Carlos Beltran Baseball Academy, and he’s more than holding his own despite being young for his level as a catching prospect in the Carolina League, where he’s currently sporting a .873 OPS. FanGraphs ranked Feliciano as the #7 overall prospect in the Milwaukee system heading into the season, giving him a very intriguing upside report:
When healthy, Feliciano has shown bat control and above-average power on contact. If he can develop defensively (a process which has, thus far, been slow due to the reps lost to injury), Feliciano will be a catcher with a complete offensive profile, and a potential star.
This is the first full season where Feliciano’s bat has come along for the ride, but as FG notes, he was previously a teenage catching prospect playing full season baseball. The Brewers have been committed to pushing this kid aggressively, and it looks like this season might be the one where they begin to reap those benefits. Strong buy signals.
Griffin Conine has been on an absolute tear since coming back from his suspension, garnering a mention in last week’s column and winning FOTW this week on the strength of his performance since coming back. In 11 games for the Lansing Lugnuts, Conine has hit ..395/.447/.860 (!) with 4 HR and a SB. I can’t imagine he’s long for the Midwest League at this point.
This will be Gallen’s 4th FOTW award this season (he also picked one up in 2018). He’s the #32 SP in all of minor league baseball using our seasonal pitcher roto rankings. He hasn’t rode the AAA shuttle to Miami yet, as it seems like his teammate Elieser Hernandez (#5 SP in our rankings) seems to have first dibs at a spot start if needed in a young Miami rotation. But Gallen’s prospect status is really skyrocketing in 2019. If he doesn’t contribute much for your dynasty squad this year, holding him for 2020 should prove to be really profitable. And it’s likely that you didn’t pay much to obtain him in the first place. Well done!
A product of Honolulu, HI, Garcia was selected in the 30th round in the 2016 draft by the Rockies. This week, he put on a show, going 2-0 in 2 starts with 15 Ks across 12 innings of work. He did well to limit traffic on the basepaths, allowing just 3 walks and 3 hits between the 2 starts. He’s now brought his 2019 line down to 8-1 in 12 starts with a 1.88 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and an 85:21 K:BB ratio in 67.0 innings. He had a similarly strong 67 inning stint in AA last season too. At 25, he’s likely due for a promotion to AAA Albuquerque when (if?) some of the Rockies young arms are able to stick in the MLB rotation.
A lefty prep arm out of Carlsbad, NM who was popped by the Marlins in the 1st round of the 2017 draft, Rogers was a force this week for the Jupiter Hammerheads of the Florida State League. He’s a tall (6’6″) lefty that 2080 Baseball’s Adam McInturff describes as having a “[s]trong, lean build that’s ideal for pitching and has remaining projection.”
Rogers’ career has been uneven up until this juncture, but the Marlins have also pushed him slightly ahead of a normal timeline for a prep arm. He spent all of 2018 in Full Season baseball, and he has spent all of 2019 in A+ ball where he’s young for the level. He’s very much a work in progress, but he’s a young, projectable arm that also boasts a starter’s pitch mix. Keep watching or hold him if you still own him in dynasty.
Hector Yan is a lefty out of the Dominican who made 2 nice starts this week for the Burlington Bees of the Midwest League. On 6/4, Yan scattered 3 hits and 2 walks over 4.1 innings of work while stirking out 5. On 6/9, he flashed a lot of dominance in a start against Marlins affiliate the Clinton Lumber Kings. Yan worked 5 innings, recording 12 punchies.
While Yan didn’t crack the FanGraphs Angels top prospect list this offseason, he was mentioned as a potential younger sleeper in the Angels system. Here’s their take:
Yan is a lefty with presently average velo and an arm action that promises more. He has feel for a curveball that could be plus at peak but he’s probably also reliever due to a lack of changeup feel.