2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Prospect Report: Bobby Bashes

by Tyler Thompson
2019 fantasy baseball week 13 prospect report

I need to just start doing haikus for my introduction paragraphs. I never know what to write without rambling, they need to be three lines, and I enjoy being strange. Let's try one:

We've got prospects here.

They've been called up or sent down.

Or they are injured.

Okay, not bad. That seems like it could be an evergreen haiku. Maybe I could do abstracts here so that people who are reading on a schedule can get their information quickly. What would that look like?

Bobby Bradley rakes.

Bryse and Tony get spot starts.

Prayers up for Corbin.

Nah, I'll just stick to my normal rambles next week. Onward to the fantasy prospects!

2019 Fantasy Baseball Week 13 Prospect Report

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Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians

Bradley didn't need an injury ahead of him to claim a roster spot. He earned it through Triple-A domination. His OPS was just shy of a thousand due in large part to the 24 dingers he smashed in just 67 games.

However, it's not all peaches. He's yet another hitter of the new age with three-true-outcome nature. His minor league strikeout and walk rates hovered around 30% and 10%, respectively. He also popped 138 homers in 607 games, or a homer every 4.5 games. Hey, all the cool kids are doing it!

He's gotten off to a rough start, but you gotta think the Indians are willing to give him a bit of a leash. Cleveland just DFA'd Leonys Martin and there's no one really rivaling Bradley for playing time. He's safe to leave on the waiver wire in your standard redraft leagues, but AL-only leagues should pay attention to his progress.

Bryse Wilson, SP, Atlanta Braves

The merry-go-round continues for Atlanta starting pitchers. Kyle Wright got called up and sent back down between prospect reports. Sean Newcomb was activated but may go back and forth between starting and relieving. Dallas Keuchel has made his 2019 debut while 2018 All-Star Mike Foltynewicz was optioned down to Triple-A to work out some kinks. It's tough to keep up with - even as a Braves fan!

Enter Bryse Wilson, who gets his second crack at the rotation here in 2019. His fourteen starts in Triple-A were healthy with ratios of 9.1 K/9 and 1.9 BB/9 supporting a 3.79 ERA. However, in his first start back against the Cubs, he wasn't able to prove his merit. There were some untimely errors by his defense though and he did manage to punch out six Cubs over his 4.1 innings.

Look, I don't have any answers here as far as his ability to stick in the rotation. The Braves pitching staff is the hardest to predict on a weekly basis other than the teams that employ openers. The Braves haven't found that perfect mix of arms just yet. I would prefer to see Wilson make another turn in the rotation, but I doubt it actually happens.

Optioned

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Tony Gonsolin, SP, Los Angeles Dodgers

Gonsolin was brought up for a spot start with Rich Hill's inevitable IL stint finally coming three months into the season. I can't believe it's taken this long for both of these occurrences! Sadly, Gonsolin was sent back down the following day to make room for an extra utility bat.

Gonsolin has repped a double-digit K/9 throughout his minor league career, making him a popular sleeper in dynasty formats in the last year or so. In Spring Training, Gonsolin escalated that hype, firing nine scoreless innings across four games with nasty movement and velocity.

Through eight starts in Triple-A this year, he's got a 2.77 ERA in just 26 innings. They've been ramping up his workload in each start after a mid-April injury sidelined him for a few weeks. His stat line looked like a normal Gonsolin performance with nine strikeouts to just one walk in five innings, giving up two runs.

Will Smith, C, Los Angeles Dodgers

Do you know what's not fun? Making personalized dynasty/keeper rankings for multiple leagues and having two guys with the same name while performing VLOOKUP equations. I know, I know - I need to switch to INDEX-MATCHES so I can have multiple logical statements. The lookup functions are just second-nature and I am lazy.

Anyway, Will Smith of the Dodgers got a brief call-up, got a walk-off hit as all Dodger rookies are required to do, then was sent back down a few days later. Fortunately, I've gotten a chance to see Smith in Double-A and he was solid albeit unflashy relative to some of the other talent on the field. The dude gets it done though, reminding me of former Dodger Russell Martin.

With the versatility to play catcher, third base, or outfield with a decent stick, there is a path to everyday at-bats for Smith. That definitely holds fantasy value as someone you can plug into your catcher spot while getting consistent at-bats.

Injury Update

Corbin Martin, SP, Houston Astros

Well, this is never fun. Martin is getting multiple evaluations and is believed to have a "very serious elbow injury". I'm expecting the worst and thinking Tommy John surgery is in his near future. An organization that was so flush with starting pitching might now be forced to hit the trade market harder than they expected.

For Martin, you've got to worry as a fantasy owner long-term. The Astros will want to be very cautious with him in the coming years, even upon his return. His starting pitching prospects could very well be in jeopardy, especially with his high effort pitching delivery. Mirroring the career path of Brad Peacock, they may want to move him to a long relief role before letting him start again.

Or, I could easily be overdramatizing all of this. With this in mind though, we can't expect to see him on a major league mound until at least 2020. At worst, we could have to wait until early 2021 to see him in a relief role. Sigh.


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