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2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report: June Hymn

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I feel like I start every one of my intros apologizing. I’m a chronic apologizer, just ask my family and friends. Fortunately for me, it was my family and friends keeping me very busy the last two weeks. Unfortunately for you, the reader, they and a vicious work schedule prevented me from fulfilling my weekly duties of prospecting in Weeks 8 & 9.

Shockingly, fantasy sports writers have lives too, so be sure to thank your favorite writer on social media sometimes for putting in that extra work. Don’t thank me though – then it would seem like I was asking you to do it, which would make me feel uncomfortable. Plus, you shouldn’t thank me for skipping two weeks.

But, I digress.


In an effort to put a crazy month behind me, I’m going to assume that you’ve read everything you need to know about prospects in May before reading this. In the spirit of the folk-rock group The Decemberists, we will be singing a ‘June Hymn’. If you don’t know the Decemberists, you do. Dwight Schrute and his ‘band’ played one of their hits at Schrute Farms during Season 9 of The Office.

With a focus on the first week of June, let’s highlight some major happenings!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Adam Haseley, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

The most notable call-up so far in June, Haseley has made quick work of the minor leagues. He was drafted around this time two years ago with the 8th overall pick by the Phillies and started in rookie ball. While he’s made it all the way through Double-A without a hitch, the Phillies would’ve preferred to promote him to Triple-A for a prolonged period of time as is customed with most players.

However, with the recent legal troubles of Odubel Herrera and an ACL injury for Andrew McCutchen, the Phillies had no choice but to call up the youngster. In fact, Haseley now represents the best centerfield option the Phillies have. That should earn him everyday at-bats as he aims to prove his worth at the major league level.

So, what can we expect from him without seeing any Triple-A action?

I’m willing to give him a fair shake here. Maybe he’s not a pickup in typical redraft leagues, but NL-only leagues should pay attention. His mature approach at the plate and extensive college history should prevent him from being outmatched mentally. The power will be the key here and, while the juiced ball should help him there, he’s probably an empty average guy in the short-term. Therefore, he’s a better points player than a rotisserie one.

Other Notable Players

  • Garrett Hampson did enough in a short stint at Triple-A to right the ship in the Rockies’ eyes. Unfortunately, he’s got a Ryan McMahon-Brendan Rodgers platoon going ahead of him. The good thing for Hampson is that both of those guys are rocking a sub-90 wRC+. NL-only leaguers desperate for steals should stash him if feasible.
  • With Matt Strahm taking a trip to the injured list, Cal Quantrill gets another crack at the majors. With Strahm not expected to miss long (San Diego seemingly limiting innings), Quantrill likely only gets two starts in the next ten days or so.
  • Unlike Quantrill, Peter Lambert should be getting an extended look in the rotation. As Kyle Freeland has continued his freefall, Lambert steps in and tries to take his job. Unfortunately, it’s going to be a tall order for him by the schedule. He’ll face the Cubs and Padres before squaring off against the Dodgers twice.
  • As my good friend Kyle proclaims the release of Chris Owings, Kelvin Gutierrez takes his place. Best case for Gutierrez right now is a weak-side platoon with Ryan O’Hearn. This isn’t exciting, so let’s move on…

Optioned

Keston Hiura, 2B, Milwaukee Brewers

I only have one thing to say here. WHY???!!!

Okay, I have more. Aren’t the Brewers trying to win? Additionally, aren’t they trying to sell tickets? I honestly can’t think of a good reason to play Travis Shaw over Hiura. Hiura hit more homers than Shaw in 25 fewer games. All the other statistics would favor Hiura other than walk rate, which would be the excuse that the GM would probably give you.

 


Given Hiura’s track record of not striking out at a 30+% clip in the minors, it would be easy to assume that he was just getting them out of the way early. I mean, at the very least platoon him with Shaw instead of Hernan Perez…

Anyway, I can rant all day. What do you do about this? You hold in a keeper league (or try to buy low). You love him in a dynasty league. Cherish your Keston Hiura shares. They will pay off in 2019 and beyond.

Corbin Martin, SP, Houston Astros

Okay, now to an option that makes sense. As my ol’ Louisiana high school coach used to say, Martin couldn’t hit a horse’s ass with a banjo. That seems like something PETA would outrage over today.

Regardless, Martin pointed to mechanical flaws that arose out of nowhere. He may have been getting away with it in Triple-A, but major leaguers will eat you alive. It hasn’t been a problem before this year, so I trust him to find that groove back this summer. He presents a nice buy-low opportunity in dynasty leagues. Framber Valdez takes his place in the short-term.

Jose Suarez, SP, Los Angeles Angels

Suarez got a spot start last weekend and was immediately sent back down. With the state of the Angels starting rotation, I could foresee Suarez getting 8 to 10 starts in 2019. The Angels are in the bottom five in starters’ ERA, HR/9, and HR/FB so far in 2019. Killin’ it.

If that were to happen, he becomes a decent streaming option in mid-sized leagues as a lefty with pitchability and good pitch mix. He’s nothing special, but the bar has been set low by the likes of Trevor Cahill, Matt Harvey, Felix Pena, etc.

Injury Update

Hitters

  • I don’t want to assume the worst with Andres Gimenez, but it’s the Mets we are talking about here. He was hit by a pitch on his right wrist on Sunday, but the Mets just put him on the IL on Wednesday. We will need to be patient here for news as minor league injury updates are few and far between at times.
  • Luis Alexander Basabe hits the 7-day IL with quad tightness. With speed and defense as his calling card, this ought to keep him sidelined for a couple of weeks at least. It’s been an injury-riddled season for Basabe, but I’m still a fan of his long-term.

Pitchers

  • Erik Swanson lands on the IL with hamstring tightness. While his major league stint didn’t go that well, his Triple-A stats and 2018 performance still have me curious on him for the second half of 2019. As for the short-term, he shouldn’t be owned except for the deeper dynasty formats.

Movers & Shakers

Palumbo Finger-Wag

The coolest story of the baseball month so far belongs to Joe Palumbo, who will be making his major league debut this Saturday in a doubleheader. It’s likely just a spot start, but the call-up raises eyebrows as he is skipping a level.

The former 30th round pick has been electric in Double-A this year with an 11.6 K/9 and 3.38 ERA in 10 appearances (9 starts). Palumbo has been sporting K/BB ratios north of 3.5 in the last three seasons across four levels. Injuries have derailed his career on multiple occasions, but here he stands today with a chance at major league glory.

If he throws that lovely curveball we see in the video above, I expect him to find a permanent spot in the Rangers rotation by the end of the year. It’s Mike Minor, Lance Lynn, and a bunch of no-names out there anyway. I’m very intrigued in his debut to see what other pitches he offers.

Double-A Delight

The other exciting news came in the form of promotions from High-A to Double-A. The biggest name of the bunch is Jo Adell, whose promotion shouldn’t shock anyone. The 20-year-old is rippity-rip ripping up every freaking level. The Angels have to be salivating at the thought of Adell and Mike Trout in a major league outfield at the beginning of 2020.

Nick Madrigal also forced his way into the Double-A ranks this week with a crazy contact approach and a buttload of stolen bases. My bold prediction is that Madrigal will be at Double-A longer than Adell. While you can count Madrigal’s strikeouts on one hand, he has to be hitting for a lot of weak contact. At the expense of recklessly speculating, I look at his very low ISO and BABIP numbers and scratch my head. Is it considered ‘plate discipline’ if you swing at everything? Double-A pitchers will have an opportunity to exploit this.

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Lastly, the promotion of Greyson Jenista has gone under the radar. Well, with his performance in High-A, it’s probably fair that it’s been under the radar. Jenista’s problems are the exact opposite of Madrigal’s though. He’s got a little TTO approach going right now without the full power profile. The Braves felt comfortable enough moving him up though and we will see how it goes. (The next interesting catch here is if this means Atlanta will be promoting one or both of Drew Waters or Cristian Pache to Triple-A.)


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