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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Prospect Report: Joy Eloy Joy


Hello, Prospect Report faithful, newbies and everything in between. Welcome to the Week 18 Prospect Report. If I were you, I’d be thinking about two things right now. One, it is promotion city out there after all the trades. So, pay close attention. Also, I’d be starting to flirt with Eloy Jimenez being almost as exciting at Vlad Guerrero Jr.

VGJ is 19 and has been putting up cartoon numbers in AA and AAA this year. In 234 ABs in AA, he had a .470 wOBA and he continues to be a full-throttle force since returning from injury and getting promoted to AAA. He has been on base every day since returning from injury on July 13th.

Eloy, though, is 21 with 80 FV raw power (as high as it gets) and has a .477 wOBA in 109 AAA ABs. He’s not just an extra base machine, he’s wrapped up July with a .435 AVG and six HRs.

They are very different hitters and they just have so so so much talent it is amazing.

2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Prospect Report

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News & Notes

For all your rookie and prospect news.

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

People are still holding out for an MLB promotion in September. His numbers lay bare that he deserves it. The hype machine is, of course, fully demanding it. I’m going to keep highlighting him here as long as he is giving me countless reasons to do so. In a small sample in AAA, he has walked one-third of the time and maintained a 10% K%. By next week I’m confident I’ll be showing a video of his first AAA HR and I’m not even sweating jinxing him.

Eloy Jimenez, OF, Chicago White Sox (AAA)

He’s improved his K% in AAA. Cranking HRs? Multi-hit games? 200+ ISO? AAA has been Jimenez’s playground. He started slow, 10 HRs in 205 AA ABs and has eight in 109 AAA ABs.  

Michael Kopech, RHP, Chicago White Sox (AAA) 

Kopech continues to build on his control improvements without sacrificing an ounce of swing-and-miss. He walked just two over seven innings against Norfolk while striking out eight. That makes for a 32:4 K:BB in his last four starts. There is a great Athletic story about his recent performances and perfectionist approach. He is looking pretty confident out there, not gonna lie:

Nick Madrigal, 2B, Chicago White Sox (A)

He struck out on Saturday. That was 18 games, 3 promotions, 71 ABs, and every start he made coming out of this year’s draft. That’s pretty cool. Granted he did get hit by a pitch. So, he has reached base safely every game since being drafted.  

Quick Notes

Brendan Rodgers, Jesus Luzardo, and Kyle Wright are in AAA.

Ryan McMahon is in Colorado, started four games and is now back to a bench role. He has some extra-base hits but mostly is struggling in all the ways he did when he first got called up.

Hunter Greene, the 18th overall prospect, has a sprained UCL and is out for the season.

The Next Big Thing

Guys you really need to know about.

Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins  (A+)

Kirilloff has rocketed up rankings this year after really raking in low A. In 252 ABs he had 13 HRs, a 333 AVG, and a .438 wOBA.  He has continued the trend in high A with a .426 wOBA and .370 AVG. The Twins have a deep system. I like Alex because he is a left-handed hitter known for hit tool.

He was drafted 15th overall in the 2016 draft and then missed all of 2017 after getting Tommy John. He was hitting at a nice clip as a rookie, too. There is also great line driveability and power that most scouts think he’ll grow into with his size. I just see a guy who was ranked way too low because of his injury and now people are catching back up. Dude can hit:

Waiver Pick Ups

Players worth your team’s consideration.

Tyler O’Neil, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

Tommy Pham is in Tampa and O’Neil is up, maybe for good. Except he’s kind of hurt with a groin injury now. He recorded a hit in all four games he had been up for before his groin started bothering him.

O’Neil has come up and down so much this year, a nice long stint in the majors could be good for his power hitting, streaky, strikeout loving ways. He certainly has nothing left to prove in AAA where he has 26 freakin’ HRs and a .453 wOBA. He was also walking 11% of the time in AAA which is a great improvement from 2017. If he can stop pressing in the bigs and find his swing there should be some fireworks. Pick him up if you can.

Risers and Sinkers

This is where I highlight a player raising his value and a player whose value is sinking.

Riser – Nolan Gorman, 3B, St. Louis Cardinals (ROK)

He is really impressing in his first year in the majors. I have liked Gorman as soon as I saw him hit. He was batting .346 with 11 HRs in just 133 ABs. That is a .480 wOBA and an eye-popping .331 ISO.

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

Tucker was demoted on Wednesday. He was not getting any regular playing time and struggled to the tune a .156 AVG. I think Tucker is a special hitter and I have some big-time shares of him. I think regular playing in AAA is probably better for him now than sporadic stuff with the Astros. He has 14 HRs and 14 SBs in AAA with a .383 wOBA. He’ll be back this year.

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About Kyle Megrath

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