2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report: May Means Meadows

by Kyle Megrath
2021 MiLB Prospect Notes 6-25-21

Hello, Prospect Report faithful, newbies and everything in between. Well, Shane Bieber got his much-anticipated start, the MLB draft has started and the minor leaguers and Rookies of the Month for May have been announced. Let’s dig in shall we?

We have some big performances to cover as well as some injuries. I will go over all the latest injury news on Alex Reyes, Vlad Guerrero Jr., Ronald Acuña Jr. and Michael Soroka. I will also key you into which prospects and rookies had huge months in May as well as two top 20 prospects who are really turning things around. All that and more of the latest for your rookie and prospect news… but first a word from our booze.

Wait! The draft!!! It's happening! I wrote about it a little last week. Here is a great video on a mock draft of the top 10, as well.


If you haven’t been reading me each week you probably have no hope for the future of your leagues and also have not been reading about all the cocktail exploration I’ve been doing. This week it got hot, super hot. So I enjoyed a couple naked margaritas. There are a dozen different ways to do a naked margarita but the essence of it is lots of citruses (usually lime), agave (or not), and tequila. If you start with a good tequila, you can’t go wrong here. Muddle the agave with limes (I only use limes but you can put another citrus in there, too), add ice and tequila.

Typically, it is 1 part fresh lime juice, 2 part tequila, ½ part agave but mess with it to something you like. I bump up the tequila and lime juice and do just a little agave, personally and no salt. Enjoy and show this off to your friends because nothing says how cool you are like a naked ice cold margarita. Cheers!

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

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News & Notes

For all your rookie and prospect news.

Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians (AAA)

As reported Bieber came up for one start to give Trevor Bauer a rest and is back down in AAA. In his MLB debut, he went 5-and-2/3 innings, gave up four earned runs on eight hits, two walks, and struck out six. I watched this whole outing and have mixed feelings about this mixed result. The Ks were nice and earned through what he does best, pin point command on the corners with his 91-94 his fastball that has some nice horizontal movement. Check it:

He got a lot of ground balls, too and these are all the things that got him that 1.05 ERA in the minors. He threw his slider and curveball, too with a couple change-up show-mes. Cleveland doesn’t need a fifth starter again until June 12th and his competition, Adam Plutko just threw no-no in the minors.

Nick Pollack goes into amazing detail here on Rotographs, too and gives some healthy pessimism because Bieber did make some bad pitches and got punished on them. So, there is room for hope and doubt. I’m not thinking he is not worth stashing in anything other than keeper formats with room for reserves and very deep leagues.

Ronald Acuña Jr. OF, Atlanta Braves

Acuña is out a couple weeks with sprained knee and back contusion. I mentioned this last week and put a video of the injury which is tough to watch. Acuña lobbied to play but naturally, with such a young talent, he should stay out and return around June 8-10.

Alex Reyes, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Injuries on injuries on injuries. This one stinks, especially, I think because Reyes has worked hard to get back from Tommy John and this is classified as a “significant lat strain.” It saddens me and also creates opportunity. He is being dropped and if you have DL spots available he is worth a stash. The talent is bonkers good.

Vlad Guerrero Jr., 3B, Toronto Blue Jays (AAA)

He stepped on first base awkwardly and is listed as day-to-day. He has .409/.461/.677 slash line, 11 HRs, 54 RBIs, .485 wOBA, and a 208 wRC+. He’s 19 and hopefully he stays healthy because he’s so exciting and amazing.

Gleybar Torres, SS/2B, New York Yankees

With Rookie of Month of May in the AL, Torres, I’ve been saying all year that his skills will translate more easily into the majors because he is polished and disciplined. But I didn’t anticipate this: nine HRs in May and he is now batting .317 with a .405 wOBA and .267 ISO. He did not show this kind of power in the minors and has a 25% HR/FB which is not in keeping with his minor league trajectory. I’m believing the average and not the power, for now. But homering in four straight games is pretty cool:

Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Flaherty’s latest start against the pirates was not his best. He allowed three earned on seven hits but didn’t walk any batters. He got five Ks over five innings. His 9.44 K/9 has been so nice this year behind his 10.8% SwStr%. Now with an ERA sits at 2.62 with a 1.08 WHIP, Jack continues to be a must own as long as he is accumulating starts. With news of Reyes going down indefinitely Flaherty looks more likely to stay up in the majors.

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals

Owned in 72% of ESPN leagues, now. I’m wondering why it is not all leagues. He went yard again on Sunday. He is hitting .349 with a 50% hard-hit rate and has 5 multi-hit games in his 14 at the time of this article.

Franmil Reyes, OF, San Diego Padres

Boom or bust, Franmil has eight hits, half of which are home runs and a 40% K-rate. He is not playing every day. He may go back down when Myers and Cordero come back.

Quick Notes

Dustin Fowler had a two home run game but is still struggling to hit consistently. I’m optimistic, though because he has an 89% contact rate, 23% LD%, 44.7% hard-hit rate, and just a .182 BABIP. Some of those hard hit balls are going to start falling.

Michael Soroka is looking good on his way back. Go grab him up:

The Next Big Thing

Guys you really need to know about.

Hunter Greene, RHP, Cincinnati Reds (A)

Greene is the number 20th overall ranked prospect because of his elite fastball velocity (80 FV) and his build. If he can develop an off-speed offering that is close to a 60 or 70 FV he could be the next huge RP or maybe even a great SP. He struggled quite a bit to start the season posting an over 13 ERA but now is on a bit of a roll allowing one ER or less in three of the last four starts. He has 36 Ks in 26 innings, too.

I think there is room to be skeptical of him because he has struggled. At just 19, though, and plenty of time to develop I am confident he’ll find a way to use his frame and talent to become elite.

Waiver Pick Ups

Players worth your team's consideration.

Austin Meadows, OF, Pittsburgh Pirates

NL Rookie of the Month for May, Austin Meadows has gone from one of my most blah prospects to one of the more exciting ones. Not just because of his success since being called up: .409 in 13 games in May with four homers, but because he is so fun to watch! When people talk about sparks that a player can provide when being called up, this is it.

And no wonder it is Meadows sparking things… he has missed so much time with hamstring injuries. Now being healthy and on the field he wants it and you can tell. Owned in 68% of ESPN leagues and growing. Get him now!!!

Risers and Sinkers

Highlighting players whose stock is rising and falling. This week I’m just going to highlight some draft picks I’m excited about as “risers.”

Risers – Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox (AA)

Jimenez is likely to be called up to AAA soon and won MiLB Position Player for the month of May. He is scorching now slashing .333/.376/.623, .433 wOBA and 172 wRC+. He’s 21 and should come up this year and that would be expedited by injury or trade. Stash if he is available.

Sinkers –  Tyler O’Neil, OF, St. Louis Cardinals (AAA)

Back to AAA after showing his strike-out tendencies once again. Boom or bust for now with O’Neil illustrated by getting three HRs quickly after his last call-up, then going 0-for-11 with eight Ks.

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