2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Prospect Report: Bieber Up For Good

by Kyle Megrath
2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Prospect Report

Hello, Prospect Report faithful, newbies and everything in between. Welcome to the Week 14 Prospect Report. Happy International Signing Week! Like the draft, it would take an entire article to summarize the big news. So, check out this great report and start following these guys closely.

Also, below is all the news on Ron Acuña Jr.’s return, Vlad Guerrero Jr’s progress, one prospect who has turned their entire season all the way around in a few short weeks.

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And now, a message from Ronald Acuña Jr. who I believe is back with us after a brief injury with some out-of-this-world news. Ron…

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 14 Prospect Report

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News & Notes

For all your rookie and prospect news.

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

The report is that the most exciting player in the minors is ahead of schedule and could be back in early July. He is likely to be promoted to AAA pretty quickly and this injury could negatively impact him getting up this year. I believe that they will find a way to call him up if he continues to do what he was doing before the DL. He remains out for now with a strained patellar tendon or “kneecap” as they say in medical school.

Ronald Acuña Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

He’s back and hitting bombs. It took one day for him to shake off the rust (Friday) and on Saturday he went 3-for-5 with a two-run home run He’s hitting .269 with six HRs and a .200 ISO. The Braves are so freakin’ exciting.

Kyle Tucker, OF, Houston Astros (AAA)

Twitter is awful and a rumor mill of death. Now that I’ve said that, Kyle Tucker has not been called up but should be because he owns the world right now. In June, he hit .380 with a 1.059 OPS and six HRs. He also stole eight bases in June. He is scorching. I think he is worth stashing because he is earning that call-up.

Quick Notes

Freddy Peralta, who I still love, was average at Cincinnati. He gave up three runs and struck out five across five innings.

Max Fried, the 71st overall prospect and one of 2,000 Atlanta Braves’ pitchers in the top 100 was called up for a start on Saturday and struck out 11 in 6-and-a-third innings. I’d be higher on him but he has some intense command issues. I’ll update on him next week.

Nick Kingham is getting called up to start and will have pitched Monday night by the time this is published. He owns a 3.82 ERA in the bigs before this start and looks to me like a good spot starter against not great teams. He averages about one K per inning and has a nice 35:7 K/BB.

Mike Soroka moved to the 60-DL with his shoulder injury. This is after just a second start returning from the DL, and this already after a month-long stint there earlier this year. Mid-August? Bummer.

The Next Big Thing

Guys you really need to know about.

Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers (AA)

I may have put Keston here very early in the season and I want to add him again. His hit tool is a 65 FV on the back of what is just an incredible approach and even more incredible bat speed. Look at his spray chart and the slow-mo video of his hit below. He just has a great, impactful swing that hits for high average, great line drives, and plenty of pop to get excited about. He has already been promoted this year from A to AA and he is raking as much in AA as he did in A to the tune of a .389 AVG and .399 wOBA over 92 ABs.

Waiver Pick Ups

Players worth your team's consideration.

Shane Bieber, RHP, Cleveland Indians

After 18 and two-thirds innings giving up only two runs with a 21:3 K/BB ration, the report is that Bieber is locked in as a starter for the foreseeable future. Plutko is out, Bieber is in. He is pitching with a healthy dose of curveballs and sliders while controlling his FB nicely which is helping him generate whiffs. He pitches Tuesday against Kansas City which is a must-start in hitter-friendly Kansas, against arguably the worst offense in the league who have never seen his pitches before. He’s only owned in 50% of ESPN leagues. Go get him.


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 –  Francisco Mejia, C, Cleveland Indians (AAA)

A mainstay on the “sinkers” part of this writer’s articles several times earlier this year, Mejia is really turning things around now. Which makes sense because he has always been a valued prospect for his hit tool. In June, Mejia hit .457 raising his average from .190 before June to .291 for the year. I was pretty worried but it is nice to see him work some stuff out. His start to this year definitely bumped him down a little for me, though in terms of how well I think he will do in the majors when he encounters more hardship.

Sinkers –  Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox (AAA)

After getting called up to AAA Eloy got so excited he hurt is adductor and will miss around two weeks. This may or may not impact him being called up this year. It is hard to say and he still has a fighting chance if he produces at a high rate at AAA. Which he is likely to do since he can crush the ball.

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