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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Prospect Report: Out With Senzel

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Hello, Prospect Report faithful, newbies and everything in between. Welcome to the Week 13 Prospect Report. This week I will get to all the big news, my Montreal Gin extravaganza, some great prospect pitching performances, and the sad news of Nick Senzel being out for the season.

I am just back from a two-day whirlwind in Montreal where I got to experiment with some amazing gin. I had no idea how seriously they take Gin in the Quebec Province but was excited to learn about their passion with some real hands-on education.

I talked to a very knowledgeable barkeeper with a solid man-bun and hipster glasses (aka cocktail professional) asking about a good local gin to go into some gin-cocktail with multiple ingredients. He very politely told me how silly I was being and that if I wanted to taste gins, to order the more flavorful ones in gin and tonics. So, over the course of two days, I must have tried 6-10 different types of gin.


When you get a gin and tonic this way, where they really highlight the gin experience, they bring you tonic on the side of a gin on the rocks (they also take their tonic super seriously!) and you add as much, or in my case, as little tonic as you like. This is so you can really get all the flavors out of the gin and just enjoy the heck out it. One real highlight was KM12 Gin where smoothness and amazing botanicals came together perfectly. Damn, what a good booze trip.

Okay. Let’s get the baseball part of today started with Bieber warming up to Bieber.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Prospect Report

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News & Notes

For all your rookie and prospect news.

Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians

Speaking of Shane Bieber, he was totally dominant in his third start of the year in the bigs. He struck out nine, only walked one, gave up four just four hits, and went seven IPs. In the minors he had a 72:6 K/BB ratio and he is carrying that success over with his big league 22:3 ratio. What was even more encouraging was that he was working his slider very very well, generating 10 of his 18 whiffs on that pitch. Remember, that his fastball is technically his best pitch because his command is so amazing. So, to see him get success with his slider is a big deal. Lastly, his velocity is sitting up nicely at 93 MPH, too. Scoop him up if you still can and we’ll see how long he stays in the rotation.

This highlight real shows his ability to command his FB and generate whiffs on his slider:

Jonathan Loaisiga, RHP, New York Yankees

Following up on an amazing debut where this unranked righty only gave up three hits and struck out his six, Loaisiga was more hittable in his follow up against Seattle. He gave up three earned in as many innings, walking two, and striking out four. On Monday night, though, he was back being dirty. He gave up one hit while striking out eight is just five-and-a-third innings. He is looking super sharp:

Franklin Barreto, 2B/SS, Oakland Athletics

While Barreto is hitting just over the Mendoza line for the year in MLB he is definitely showing signs of life since being called up on June 16th. In a doubleheader on Friday, he hit two three-run homers and the day before he went yard, too. That makes him hitting safely in five of his seven games since his most recent call-up. In this time, he has not walked once, though. He walked almost 12% of the time in the minors and has always struck out too much which had him hitting just .236 in minors. Keep your expectations in check before running out to get him.

Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

One month to the day since his last outing and getting sent to the minors, Peralta was back and as good as ever. He was called up with the BrewCrew needing a fifth starter because Zach Davies is on the DL. He was expected to fo right back down but after two-hitting Pittsburg over six innings, walking zilch, and K-ing seven he will get the ball again on Tuesday against a not good Kansas City team. Peralta had his fastball working in this one:

Quick Notes

Casey Mize, the number one draft pick this year, inked his record bonus deal with Detroit.

Ronald Acuña Jr. is looking to be back to work this week after being out with a knee injury.

Eloy Jimenez is now just one step away from The Show after getting promoted to AAA this week. He already has an HR.

Seuly Matias now has 24 HRs in MiLB which is almost half of his 51 hits. He is so all or nothing it is hard to write about him. It is fun, though.

Randy Cesar, an unranked Astros prospect, is hitting .354 after breaking a nearly 50-year-old longest-hit-streak record in the minors with his 41st hit.

The Next Big Thing

Guys you really need to know about.

Jo Adell, OF, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (A+)

Adell is ranked 38th in the top 100 on MLB.com. He is an amazing athlete with great bat speed, a power stroke, and plenty of foot-speed. He has a 65 FV run tool, in fact, to go along with his slick 60 FV fielding tool. Of course, he is not here for his fielding. In fact, he is not here for his speed, either. He is here because he is impressing the hell out of me this year.

At just 19 years old, scouts definitely love his raw talent and athleticism. The knock on him is his patience and that has not changed much. He was in low A to start the season where he was drawing walks but in high A he is walking less than five percent of the time. That said, he has already put together nine home runs in 125 ABs in high A to go along with an amazing .320 AVG, .420 wOBA, and .296 ISO. That is otherworldly. He is quickly becoming one of the most exciting young prospects in the game.

Waiver Pick Ups

Players worth your team’s consideration.

Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

The weekly Flaherty forecast because after writing about him for 13 straight weeks he is still not owned in enough leagues. He should be owned in every league. In his last two outings, both against division rivals, Jack has gone 18+ IPs with 26 Ks and only given up two ERs. He now has a 2.50 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP with a 10.61 K/9. At Milwaukee in his latest start, he struck out 13. I’m wrong just often enough to feel really good about giving this dude as much love as I have. This is a trippy and cool look at how Flaherty’s slider and fastball look. Baffling:

Risers and Sinkers

Highlighting players whose stock is rising and falling.

Risers – Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros (AAA)

Tucker may not be hitting the ball out of the yard but he has 22 doubles and is just tearing it up lately with multi-hit effort after multi-hit effort. He can’t stay down for long.

Sinkers –  Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds (DL)

See all news above. It is a sad day for dynasty and redraft owners hoping to get some production in 2018.




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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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