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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Prospect Report: Flying Soto

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Hello, Prospect Report faithful, newbies and everything in between. Welcome to the Week Eight Rookie and Prospect Report. How can I even begin to choose a headline for this week!?

  • 19-year-old Juan Soto has legit hit is way into the Major Leagues from Single-A.
  • Freddy Peralta had his second big league start after one-hitting and striking out 13 Rockies.
  • 19-year-old Vlad Guerrero Jr. is also hitting his way up to the Majors… but not in the majors, still.
  • Tyler O’Neil is back in the majors after getting sent down and hitting HR after HR in the minors.
  • Jack Flaherty has had two starts since my last report and is looking damn good.
  • Power hitting Franmil Reyes is up for San Diego. Alex Reyes is pitching very well. Willie Calhoun is turning it around.
  • The Koz gets appointed god and ruler of the fantasy industry.

What a week!!! I will be celebrating it today while writing this article drinking a Martini. I grew up on Martinis and Manhattan’s (my friend’s parents were the cool parents who wanted to make sure we appreciated booze) so I have something to say here. What makes Martini’s amazing is both how delicious they are and how you make them. I am a dry gin martini guy, shaken (never stirred and never vodka). I take a super thin slice of lemon peel, wipe it around the rim, and then dunk it in the drink with an olive. So choice. And “choice” is the operative word here. When you order a martini, know how you like it.

Alright, let’s get this very sophisticated and classy as hell party started and begin it with Juan Soto’s first MLB HR that came on his the first MLB pitch he ever saw:



2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 8 Prospect Report

News & Notes

For all your rookie and prospect news.

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

I have to say I love this move. Yes, he is 19 years old and youngest player in the major but who cares? His bat was unstoppable, he was drawing walks, averaging over a .500 wOBA over three levels, and the Nationals are battling in a tough division.

So, they promote the man, then again, then again, and now we can see what he can do. Owned in just 30% of ESPN leagues. Really, as long as the Nationals have OFs on the DL he should be owned and get some ABs.

Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Flaherty had his slider working against the Phillies on Sunday helping propel him to a two-hit, one earned run, and 13 K, 7-and-2/3 innings outing. His slider sits at a 5.7 wSL value. If you compare that to the rest of the league he is just outside the top 10 for best sliders with 30 IPs or more.

If he can locate his fastball like he did on Sunday, we may see more excellent outings from Flaherty. He has a 2.31 ERA (3.23 SIERA) and 10.41 K/9 in the bigs. Still only owned in just 33% of ESPN leagues. He should be owned in 50%-75%. The only reason he should not be owned in all redraft leagues, in my opinion, is Alex Reyes (see below).

Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

Freddy Peralta was optioned down to AAA on Monday with Chase Anderson coming back from illness. He walked six and just couldn’t find the plate on Saturday lasting only four innings. This after a one-hit, 13 K performance in his first MLB start.

He was walking over four per nine in the minors, but even so, in two starts in the major’s he walked over seven per nine while managing 16.76 K/9. So, the stuff is there and he has better control than his last start.

So, I’m stashing in keeper leagues and deep leagues but not holding on to in re-draft leagues because I’m not sure when we’ll see him again and he could get time in the bullpen until he’s ready for the rotation.

Michael Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves

Soroka goes to the DL with a shoulder strain and we don’t know when exactly or how exactly the injury happened. He will miss at least one start and maybe two because Atlanta could take it slow with their young prospect.

Quick Notes

Franmil Reyes, OF, San Diego Padres is a power first (and only) OF for the Padres that may not get a ton of playing time now that he has been called up. He can hit a ton but generates very little contact. He is also unranked as a prospect. If you need some power in deeper leagues, take a look

Too many updates to go over Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuña Jr progress. and they are owned in almost all leagues.

Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s story gets more ridiculous as he trolls everyone, continues to hit above .400, and goes 4-for-4 with a walkoff three-run homer. Call the man up.

Nick Senzel is resuming baseball activities after a bout with vertigo.

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Willie Calhoun and Kyle Tucker are both turning around a slow start by raising their average. Both continue to struggle to find their power stroke.

Jo Adell is the number one prospect in the Angel’s system and is really starting to heat up with eight extra-base hits including four HRs since May 12th.

Keep an eye out for Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians (A+). He has a 1.43 ERA and .85 WHIP in 50 IPs along with 46 Ks. He’s not ranked in the top 100 but his velocity is up and slider is looking good.

Joey Lucchesi is on the DL with a right hip strain.

The Next Big Thing

Guys you really need to know about.

Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Making his way back to the bigs from TJS, Reyes is looking filthy, striking out a ridiculous 31 hitters over 16 rehab IPs (and 6 BBs). Flaherty may or may not stay up when Reyes comes up. Monitor closely. It is not quite right to put him here because he has been a big thing. I just want him back on your radar in a big way.

Alex Reyes is ranked No. 17 overall and it could be higher with his triple-digit fastball (75 FV) and nearly as dirty curveball (60 FV). While this is A and AA ball so far this year, it is promising because this is what he does. Nasty filthy stuff and tons of Ks.

His scouting report claims that the quality of his stuff can be a buffer for his lack of control. Just remember with TJS, control takes time. So, I expect he’ll be up and is definitely worth grabbing in 12-team leagues because his upside is sky-high and he should get plenty of Ks. He may struggle some though with that control so expect some bumps of the Reyes way-es.

Waiver Pick Ups

Players worth your team’s consideration.

Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburg Pirates

Austin Meadows is the 42nd overall ranked minor leaguer and he got called up on Friday. He has a good left-handed swing with a polished approach and solid hit tool. He’s also quick on the bases and in the field which is great but he has struggled with injury in his young career.

So, it is good to see him 5-for-11 since being called up with a home-run and a stolen base.  Owned in 14% of ESPN leagues and climbing. He’s worth grabbing if you need help in your OF.

Risers and Sinkers

Highlighting players whose stock is rising and falling.

Risers – Tyler O’Neil, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Lots of news for the St. Louis Cardinals. Tyler O’Neil has had a weird MLB season.

Starts in the minors, crushing home runs. Gets called up, only gets nine ABs, goes hitless, sent down to AAA where he… you guessed it… crushes HRs.

He gets called back up again this past Friday (13 HRs in AAA at this point) with no clear path to playing time. After that, he pinch-hits for his first MLB hit. The next day, a home run. His next game, this past Sunday, 3-for-4 with another HR. If he hits like this, he should get at-bats.

He is the 78th ranked prospect because he just doesn’t generate enough contact with his aggressive approach. Between playing time and what I see as an up and down player, I’m not super psyched. If he gets hot, though, and is available he is worth grabbing.

You gotta watch interviews of this guy. Canadian son of a bodybuilder, just short-ish and totally jacked broey looking dude.

Sinker – Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox (AAA)

Kopech had two starts earlier this month where he combined for just six IPs while giving up 10 ERs, and walking eight. He bounced back nicely on Thursday, though, going seven IPs and only giving up two hits, two walks, no ER, and striking out 9. I just want to see consistency from a guy with such a high pedigree and ranking. This was a really cool peek into his world:



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About Kyle Megrath

I care about lots of stuff. I'd like the world to be more just, equitable, and peaceful. I'd also like the Red Sox to win the world series every year. I would also like to win all my leagues and help you win all yours. I want the first one more than the second, yes, I'm not a butt. I also love reading about, writing about, and participating in Fantasy Baseball. I also love zombie movies.

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