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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

One thing on my Bucket List is to visit every MLB stadium. So far after just three years of setting this goal I have already visited six different stadiums. I am currently looking to visit a couple more this season now that many teams have started to allow fans back into the stands. Currently, my favorite stadium is Wrigley Field, no surprise, right?

However, without being a total homer, my favorite stadium that I have visited is American Family Field in Milwaukee. They have a ton of amenities, including parking lots at the stadium for tailgating, they have a ton of washrooms, they also have great beer and concession options.

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Now that’s my favorite stadium, so leave a comment below with your favorite stadium or any suggestions on what stadiums I should visit this summer.

Check out John’s 2021 Top Prospect rankings.

Now let’s get into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Bobby Bradley, 1B, Cleveland Indians

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Bobby is Cleveland’s 18th ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline. While this isn’t his first taste at the major league level, he is hoping he will be here to stay. Bobby did make his major league debut back in 2019 in only 15 games.

During his brief stint in 2019, he only hit .178 with one home run. However, Bobby is a big-time power bat that has a smooth left-handed swing and can drive the ball to all fields. Prior to making his debut, he hit 33 home runs which led all of Triple A. Furthermore he had 156 home runs in 673 games in his minor league career.

The Indians never really had a need for Bobby in 2020 as Carlos Santana was still on the roster. Now in 2021 Santana is in Kansas City and Yu Chang is Struggling. Therefore Cleveland decided to recall Bobby from Triple-A this past Saturday.

Bobby is off to a good start so far in 2021, as he already has nine home runs in only 26 games which lead all of Triple-A East and only second behind Jo Adell in all of Triple-A.

Now at the major-league level, Bobby has hit the ground running. In two starts so far he is 4-for-5 with one home run, with nine total bases, including three RBI. Clearly, Bobby is ready to compete at the highest level.

With no roadblock in front of him at first base on the Cleveland roster and, his excellent start to his 2021. Bobby should have no problem running away with the starting first base job. I would be adding Bobby in any league that you need power help.

Jackson Kowar, RHP, Kansas City Royals

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Jackson was drafted 33rd overall in the 2018 MLB Amateur Draft by the Kansas City Royals. He is currently ranked as the Royals’ fourth overall prospect and their top right-handed pitching prospect.

Kowar was actually a part of a loaded rotation for the University of Florida that included his Kansas City teammate, Brady Singer. The Royals were lucky enough to draft both of them in the first round of the 2018 draft.

Jackson features a very dominant three-pitch mix of fastball, curveball, and changeup. His fastball has high-end velocity that sits mid-90s and can top out in the upper 90s. His changeup is his better secondary option, however, he has been working on developing and fine-tuning his curveball as the Royals want him to throw it with more confidence. He does a really well job hiding the ball during his delivery and that allows for another level of deception.

Since being drafted he has increased his K/9 every year and is up to a career-high of 11.65K/9 in 2021. He’s been doing that while also maintaining his command, displayed by his two walks per nine.

Jackson has been dominant at Triple-A so far this season, going 5-0 with a 0.85 ERA, 0.88 WHIP, and 41 strikeouts, while only walking 10 batters in 31.2IP. Jackson was promoted yesterday to make his MLB debut against the Angels.

The Royals are desperate for a fifth starter as they patiently wait for Danny Duffy to return from the IL. Duffy has remained sidelined since May 17th. Unfortunately for Duffy, he is not progressing like he had hoped as he is still a few weeks from returning to action.

I would add Jackson in all leagues as he should be able to maintain low ratios and has strikeout upside.

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B, Pittsburgh Pirates

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The Pirates’ number one prospect was activated from the injured list this past weekend. Hayes exploded onto the fantasy scene last season when he made his debut for the Pirates. He went onto slash 376/442/682 with 5HR, 17R, and 11RBI in only 24 games.

Hayes hit the IL way back at the beginning of the season after fouling a ball off his hand. Unfortunately for the Pirates and Hayes it has taken longer than expected for Hayes to recover.

However, Hayes was reinstated this past week, and has picked up right where he left off in 2020. Since returning from the IL he is batting .388 with one homer, a double, a triple, three RBI, four runs scored, and 13 total bases. Clearly, Hayes is back and ready to dominate major league pitching.

If for some reason Hayes went undrafted or somehow still available in your league, add Hayes immediately.

Gavin Sheets, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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Gavin is the White Sox ninth-ranked prospect who has taken a more slow approach through the minor leagues compared to his fellow first base teammate Andrew Vaughn. Gavin was recalled to replace Vaughn on the major league roster, as Vaughn was placed on the COVID19 IL.

Vaughn’s stay on the COVID IL was a short one as he was asymptomatic and was actually re-instated after just three days. Sheets was then sent back to Triple-A as a corresponding move this past Saturday.

While Sheets did not make an appearance he still has a strong hit tool and a smooth left-handed swing. If any of the White Sox first basemen were to miss significant time, the White Sox won’t hesitate to recall Sheets.

As for now, Sheets should remain on the waiver wire.


Taylor Trammell, OF, Seattle Mariners

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Taylor was recalled from Triple-A once again this past week. This will be Trammell’s second stint with the big league club, after winning the opening day center field job. However, after struggling for the first month and a half, he was sent back to Triple-A.

Once he was sent back to Triple-A it appeared that Taylor was playing with something to prove. As he absolutely dominated Triple-A pitching the past three weeks. He has raked his way to hit 384 with six home runs, 11 runs, 19 RBI, three stolen bases, and 13 extra-base hits.

After that type of hitting it appears Taylor has regained his confidence down at Triple-A, and it appears he has carried that confidence forward into the major leagues.

Taylor has hit safely in four of his first six games. He is currently hitting 238 with one home run and two RBI. However, he has crossed home plate in five of his six games since being recalled.

I would add Trammell if he is available in your league as he has the ability to hit for power and should be able to throw in the occasional stolen base.

Demoted

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners

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The shocking, but not so shocking news of the week was the demotion of top prospect Jarred Kelenic. Coming into 2021 he was one of the most hyped prospects not named Wander Franco. So you know when Kelenic finally got the call to the majors back on May 13th, that everyone was super excited.

Kelenic’s MLB debut did not start off the way that many had hoped. He is hitting well below the Mendoza line and slashing a miserable .096/.185/.193, and he only had a BABIP of .109

While he did manage to hit two home runs he only had four extra-base hits. There were definitely times where Kelenic looked overmatched at plate and that was displayed by his 26:8 strikeout to walk ratio. There was even a stretch where he went hitless in 37 straight at-bats.

Hopefully, Kelenic can follow a similar path that Trammell was on. One where he can go back to Triple-A find his confidence and production, and then harness that confidence and bring it back to the major leagues.

The skillset and upside is huge for Kelenic. If you have the roster flexibility I would continue to hold Kelenic as the upside is immense.

Keston Hiura, 1B/2B, Milwaukee Brewers

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There isn’t too much to get into here. I just thought this was worth mentioning as Keston is a highly regarded player that has seen success at the major league level. To see him get demoted for the second time this season is not a good sign for Keston.

The Brewers want to give him all the time he needs at the minor league level, and they want to see him succeed so I get why they continue to play musical chairs with Hiura. However at some point they may have to realize he is just a career Quadruple A player. I would continue to monitor his situation, because he does have some upside, especially in a fantasy wasteland that is the second base position.

Top Performances

Top performances of the top prospects from the past 10 days.

Hitters:

Wander Franco, SS, TB (AAA): .400/.432/.686  2HR, 12RBI, 7R, 2SB

Spencer Torkelson, 1B, DET (A+): .333/.474/.767  3HR, 9RBI, 7R

Marco Luciano, SS, SF (A): .361/.452/.694  2HR, 11RBI, 9R

Riley Greene, OF, DET (A): .303/.410/.545  2HR, 4RBI, 10R, 2SB

Oniel Cruz, SS, PIT (AA): .389/.436/.750  3HR, 11RBI, 8R, 4SB

Shea Langeliers, C, ATL (AA): .367/.457/.833  4HR, 8RBI, 9R

Brett Baty, 3B, NYM (A+): .429/.556/.929  4HR, 11RBI, 8R

Pitchers:

DL Hall, LHP, BAL (AA):  11IP, 2.45ERA, 0.82WHIP, 15K

Cade Cavalli, RHP, WAS (A+): 11.2IP, 2.31ERA, 0.86WHIP, 22K

Shane Baz, RHP, TB (AA): 10IP, 3.60ERA, 0.80WHIP, 18K

Reid Detmers, LHP, LAA (AA): 7.2IP, 4.70ERA, 1.57WHIP, 13K

Max Meyer, RHP, MIA (AA): 9.1IP, 0.96ERA, 0.75WHIP, 12K

 




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About Jason Beckner

Jason is based in Chicago. He is a baseball junkie. He eats, sleeps, & breathes baseball. Has a passion for dynasty formatted leagues. All opinions expressed are that of his own. You can follow Jason on twitter at @JRBecks

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