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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Prospect Report: Freddy Peralta Arrives

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Hello, Prospect Report faithful, newbies and everything in between. Let me say welcome to you, friend. There is a butt-ton of news and action in Rookie and Prospect City and you are reading the front page report from the hometown newspaper featuring the Pulitzer Prize-ish winning-ish author-ish of that paper, The Koz.

Good news for you, too… I’m allergic to fake news. Technically, nothing was untrue about that first paragraph and you can check my facts here. So, expect to get all the best of what all the big and upcoming prospects are up to.

  • Want to know what Shohei Ohtani has done since his ankle injury?
  • How Walker Buehler did in his fourth big league start of the season?
  • Just how far Ronald Acuna Jr.’s third home run went?
  • What will the impact of Oakland’s most recent call-up be for your fantasy team?
  • Who the heck Freddy Peralta is?
  • What cocktail I’m drinking this week?

You are in luck! I’m going to answer a most to all of those question.


Let’s get to the last question, first. Tonight I’m drinking bourbon on the rocks. Here is the list of the best bourbon’s and you should know this. America does some things we should be proud of and bourbon is one of them (and hello to my massive international following, too! Hola and konnichi wa).

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Prospect Report

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News & Notes

For all your rookie and prospect news.

Shohei Ohtani, LHP/DH, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

I know he is owned in your league and I also need you to be interested anyway because Ohtani, to me, is as MLB this year as his teammate Mike Trout. He just got done striking out 11 Twinnies through six and 1/3 IP giving up just one ER. He has over a 15% swstr% and 43 Ks in 32 IP. That swstr% is good enough for top 10 among qualified hitter.

Oh did I mentioned he hit his fifth HR, is ranked in the top 15 in average hard-hit rate, is slashing .348/.392/.652. Re-donk. I will continue to submit this does not invalidate mine and a lot of industry skepticism because the shade is based on an innings limit and UCL sprain… not talent.

Ronald Acuna Jr., OF, Atlanta Braves

Quick update because he is owned in your league: He went yard for the third time last Tuesday and stole a base on Sunday. No other XBHs this week. I think we will see some highs and lows this year based on what I’m seeing with strikeouts, GB%, FB%, and LD%.

Walker Buehler, RHP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Owned in 70% of ESPN leagues… I’m proud of you fantasy baseball world. I was getting close to making the Ben Stein attendance roll call joke from Ferris Bueller’s day off.

Walker struck out eight over six IPs against the Reds on Thursday. He gave up two ER and owns a 1.64 ERA and 1.00 WHIP. He’s not walking guys and that is huge and striking out 11 per nine. So, Dodger fans should get used to this:

Freddy Peralta, RHP, Milwaukee Brewers

Wow. What a way to get your major league career going. Peralta is the number nine prospect in a not very talented Brewers farm system and is unranked in the top 100. But looks like he may have earned a few more starts after striking out 13 batters and giving up one hit in his MLB debut against the Rockies in Colorado. Yes, that sentence is true.

He has plenty of room to earn a spot with Milwaukee’s less than great rotation. To be fair, Peralta has shown some great stuff in the minors, especially his ability to strikeout batters.



Peralta does damage with a devastating fastball that generates loads of swings and misses. In 2017 he had the minor league-best .178 AVG against. He is short and does not have a classic pitcher frame plus his control is suspect (four BBs per 9). His slider and changeup are rated 55. So, I’m going to add him first and then ask questions later about why he is rated so low.

Dustin Fowler, OF, Oakland Athletics

Dustin Fowler got called up on Wednesday, likely to see ABs against righties while Mark Canha hits righties. Fowler can definitely hit into full-time ABs given how not good Canha is and Fowler’s track record in the minors. Remember Fowler was the Yankees prospect that brutalized his knee in the outfield on the first game of his MLB career before he could even record an AB. He was hitting .353 with three HRs and eight SBs in the minors. I think his floor is high and he could grow into a nice ceiling.

Fowler is ranked below Franklin Barreto (#2) and Jorge Mateo (#3) for offensive prospects in Oakland but he is the most polished. His good bat speed and foot speed means he should maintain a high average despite an aggressive approach. I’m thinking 15-15 to 20-20 type player one day. This year, I’d say add him in deeper leagues and all AL-only leagues.

Quick Notes

Michael Soroka, RHP, Atlanta Braves pitched well on Saturday. He saw five runs pass the plate but only gave up one ER and struck out seven at Miami. He didn’t make it through five innings. So, we’re still seeing how this all goes but his inconsistency is not promising since consistency is kind of his thing. I’m not selling the farm for Soroka right now but if he is available in any keeper format he is a must own.

Domingo German, RHP, New York Yankees got roughed up by the Athletics giving up six ER in five IP. Keep an eye, though because he has some good stuff.

Vlad Guerrero Jr., 3B, Blue Jays (AA) should be going up to AAA soon given he is leading AA in RBIs (36) thanks to his nearly .400 AVG and five HRs. #callupVGJ

Juan Soto, OF, Washington Nationals (AA) hit a home run in his first AA game after getting promoted last week. He’s just blasting off into new orbits this year.

Tyler O’Neil is crushing, still, and now has 11 HRs in 26 MiLB games.

Jay Groome in the Red Sox farm system is getting Tommy John.

The Next Big Thing

Guys you really need to know about.

Luiz Gohara, LHP, Atlanta Braves

This is one of my favorite prospect pitchers. He is a big dude with a good fastball and slider. It’s hard to keep track of all the Braves prospects and Gohara is the number four prospect in their system. He was up briefly last year and got mixed results. He gave up an earned run, walked two and struck out two in three relief innings in his first MLB appearance of the year. He’s coming off a spring training sprained ankle.

Gohara throws hard, like really hard and is a lefty. His slider is getting better and better but his control is just not great. To me, this is one of the highest upside arms coming into the big leagues this year. It may not be beautiful this year but he has such nasty stuff that can generate swings and misses, I’m wanting to keep a close eye on him. Grab him in any keeper league or league you can stash him.

Waiver Pick Ups

Players worth your team’s consideration.

Jack Flaherty, RHP, St. Louis Cardinals

Flaherty is getting called up… again. So, I will put him here… again. He will start Tuesday against the Twins for his third start. Adam Wainwright and Carlos Martinez are on the disabled list. This is the same injury for Wainwright. So, Flaherty could see a couple starts here. I’ve written about him a lot. Pick him up. I’ll say, as a point of reference, that I dropped Flaherty in a keeper league when someone dropped Mike Clevinger, which I feel great about. I also like Tyson Ross better for right-now success. Flaherty has not made it past 5 IP and only managed two Ks his last big league start. He has nothing left to prove in the minors, though. So, pick him up and hope he shows his stuff enough to stay up.

Risers and Sinkers

Highlighting players whose stock is rising and falling.

Risers – Jesus Luzardo, LHP, Oakland Athletic (AA)

Luzardo already earned his way up from high A to AA on the back of an incredible start to the season going 14 IPs and striking out 25 with a 1.23 ERA and sub one WHIP. That is 15+ K/9 if you are doing the math and he had an over 20% swstr%. He is the second-ranked Athletic’s prospect and I’ll make sure to keep an eye out for you.



Sinker – Nick Senzel, 3B, Cincinnati Reds (AAA)

Senzel hit the 7-day DL with vertigo. This is after being benched for what was supposed to be a brief absence. He was really heating up before this and it is all kind of a bummer because he is a top ten overall prospect that is ready for the bigs.


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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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