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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report

Boy, oh, boy. What a great summer this is shaping up to be in the City of Chicago. Both of the city’s baseball teams are currently first in their respective divisions.  The Cubs are currently 38-28, while the White Sox are 41-24. In the most recent power rankings on MLB.com, the White Sox are ranked third and the Cubs are ranked ninth.

Ever since the “Subway Series” of 2000, when the Yankees played the Mets, I have dreamed of seeing the Cubs and White Sox play in the World Series. There may actually be a legitimate chance this season. While the White Sox are a top contender, the Cubs may need to make some moves and get hot at the right time. However, the chance is still alive and that’s all I can ask for. GO CUBS GO!

Now, let’s get into some Prospect talk in the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report.

Check out John’s 2021 Top Prospect Rankings.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report

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Riley Adams, C, Toronto Blue Jays

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After the injury to Kirk and now Danny Jansen hitting the IL, the Blue Jays have given the call to their 18th ranked prospect, Riley Adams. Adams is a bit on the larger size for a catcher, as he stands 6’4″ and 246lbs.

Adams was a highly touted high school bat in the 2017 draft when Toronto selected him in the third round. The Blue Jays obviously liked his size and athleticism and many have wondered if he would be able to stay behind the dish long term.

Adams’s professional career got off to a hot start in Low A ball in 2017 when he slashed 305/374/438, and had a wRC+ of 132. While 2018 was a bit of a hiccup, he then followed that up in 2019 when he hit 14HR across two levels.

His 2021 is off to a solid start again, as he has hit six home runs in only 19 games. In addition, he is also walking a lot (14.1BB%), which is inflating his OBP all the way up to .410.

Adams was thrown right into the starting lineup this past week when he was catching and batting ninth in his debut. Unfortunately, he has not had the best debut thus far, as he only has one hit in 15 plate appearances.

Obviously, the catcher position is weak for fantasy purposes thus far in 2021. Therefore, in deeper leagues, I would add Adams and monitor his situation. He should receive the at-bats for the time being and he could provide some power.

Isaac Paredes, SS, Detroit Tigers

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The 22-year-old third baseman came over to the Tigers from the Cubs in a 2017 deal that sent Justin Wilson and Alex Avila packing. While he did receive a small cup of coffee in 2020, he still has prospect status. Paredes made his 2021 debut this past week for Detroit.

One of Paredes’s best attributes is his advanced approach at the plate. He does not strike out a ton, as his worst K rate in the minors was 15.6 percent. Furthermore, he walks a lot too, as his walk rate has hovered around ten to twelve percent.

He doesn’t offer a ton of in the power department, his career-high in home runs is 15 in 2018.  He also doesn’t offer speed either as he doesn’t steal many bases. His career-best for stolen bases is five in 2019.

Paredes was called up this past Wednesday and was put into the lineup to take the place of Candelario, who was placed on the bereavement list. So far in 2021, Isaac has been mediocre. He is slashing .143/.250/.381 with one home run and two runs batted in.

I would leave Paredes on the waiver wire in all but the deepest leagues, as he does have a lot to offer your fantasy team.

Tony Santillan, RHP, Cincinnati Reds

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This 24-year-old right-handed starting pitcher is Cincinnati’s ninth-ranked prospect. He was recalled this past Saturday to make his MLB debut start on Sunday against the Rockies in Cincinnati. Tony will be temporarily taking the rotation spot left by the injured Sonny Gray.

Tony features a three-pitch mix of fastball, curveball, and changeup. Although he generally relies on just the two-pitch mix of fastball and curveball. Tony has seen his fastball velocity increase year after year and currently sits around the mid-90s. His curveball is his true out pitch. During his first start, he had a 37PutAway% and a 38.5 whiff% on his curveball.

His first start came with decent results, as he finished the day with 4.2 IP, 1 ER, 4 BB, 5 K, and 2 HBP. Clearly, there were some positives: the one earned run and the five strikeouts. However, he obviously struggled with the command, as he walked four batters and hit another two. Tony will look to build upon his success on the road this week against the Padres.

I would add Santillan in deeper leagues. He could also be used as a streamer in more shallow leagues.

Daz Cameron, OF, Detroit Tigers

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Daz Cameron, now that’s a super cool name. Aside from his name being cool, Daz is also the son of former Tiger’s centerfielder Mike Cameron. Just like his dad, Daz offers a nice mix of speed and power with gold glove caliber defensive prowess.

The Tigers acquired Daz in the 2017 trade that sent Verlander to the Astros. Since joining the Tigers organization he has provided the speed and power. In three seasons he hit 21 home runs and stole 41 bags in a total of 249 games. That includes his 2019 season when he hit 13HR and stole 17 bags for Triple A.

However he has stretches where he looks lost at the plate, he has struggled to make consistent contact at times and strikes out almost 30 percent of the time. As he has gotten older the speed is starting to diminish as there has been a regression in his stolen base numbers.

Since being promoted last Thursday, he only has one hit, albeit the ultimate hit (home runs). He only has two runs scored and two runs batted in, however, he has only struck out three times in thirteen at-bats.

If he can make the necessary adjustments at the plate and not swing and miss on off-speed and breaking pitches, he should be able to contribute as a solid third outfielder for the Detroit Tigers.

As for now, I would leave Cameron on the waiver wire until he can prove he can make an impact at the major league level.

Lewin Diaz, 1B, Miami Marlins

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Diaz was one the top signees in the 2013 international class, when he received the second highest bonus among the international class. He signed with the Twins out of the Dominican Republic but after several years he was sent to the Marlins in the Sergio Romo trade.


Diaz’ size and left handed swing is built for power. He has recently started to see the raw power turn into in-game power. When he had a solid 2019 in which he hit 27 homeruns across three levels.

He is starting 2021 right where he left off  in 2019. So far in Triple-A this season, he has seven homeruns in 28 games, with 18 runs batted in, and has scored 22 times. He has been performing well enough that the Marlins decided to give Diaz the call to the majors this past week.

He is still finding his way at the major league level, as he only has one hit, and similar to Daz Cameron his only hit is a homerun. Currently he has not gotten a start and is only coming off the bench. However the biggest takeaway from his 2021 so far is his zero strikeouts in five at bats.

With first base being so deep I’m not sure many teams are desperate for a power hitting first baseman. However if you are in deeper leagues, and Diaz can get the at bats, I would add Diaz.

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What is the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report without demotions?

Mitch Keller, RHP, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Prior to 2017 Mitch was on his way to be the next ace pitcher for Pittsburgh, as he was being ranked in the top 50 of most top prospects lists and even topped out as high as the 12th ranked prospect in 2018 by Baseball America. He really broke out in 2016 when he finished the season with a 9-5 record, a 2.35ERA, 0.92WHIP, and 138Ks in 24 starts.

However things have gone a different direction for Mitch. Since making his major league debut in 2019. Even though he only made 16 starts for Pittsburgh in 2019 and 2020 combined. He did make a leap in 2020 when he finished the season with a record of 1-1 with a 2.91ERA, 1.25WHIP, 51Ks and was walking less  than a batter per nine.

Now in 2021 he has taken a big step backwards. He has given up four or more earned runs in five of his twelve starts, including two starts where he gave up seven earned runs. Furthermore he has zero quality starts in 2021 either.

The Pirates’ patience has run thin and they ultimately sent Mitch to Triple A to regain his confidence and learn how to pitch again. He can be dropped even in the shallowest of leagues.

Triston McKenzie, RHP, Cleveland Indians

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Triston seems to be a popular name around this series. The Indians continue to play musical chairs with Triston as he was called up and sent back down in the same week again.

Not much to see here, Triston is nothing more than a streamer at this point.

Lewis Brinson, OF, Miami Marlins

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While Brinson doesn’t qualify as a prospect, I always feel the need to mention players that are still on that line of prospect and active player. Brinson was such a highly touted prospect the Marlins wanted him back from the Brewers as the centerpiece in the Yelich deal.

However Brinson has never taken the leap to elite player that many thought he could be. The Marlins have been patient and given him many opportunities. He has made 830 plate appearance since 2018 and has never hit for an average higher than 226 and most seasons have even been below 200.

The Marlins recalled Brinson last weekend and then immediately sent him back down to Triple A after only 2 games in which he went 1for5 with one double and one strikeout.

At this point if you are still rostering Brinson, you need to seek help. As Elsa said in Frozen “Let is gooooo” or something like that.

Top Performers

These are the top performances from the top prospects in the last ten days.

Hitters:

Wander Franco, SS, TB (AAA): 294/351/559 2HR, 4R, 7RBI

Adley Rutschman, C, BAL (AA): 326/388/651 4HR, 10R, 7RBI

Nolan Gorman, 3B, STL (AA): 409/447/909 7HR, 8R, 13RBI, 1SB

Oneil Cruz, SS, PIT (AA): 343/395/657 3HR, 10R, 6RBI

Noelvi Marte, SS, SEA (A): 375/457/675 2HR, 5R, 7RBI, 1SB

Pitchers:

Max Meyer, RHP, MIA (AA): 11IP, 7H, 0.82ERA, 1.09WHIP, 11K

Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN (AA): 12.2IP, 9H, 2.13ERA, 1.11WHIP, 19K

Reid Detmers, LHP, LAA (AA): 9IP, 2H, 2.00ERA, 1.22WHIP, 16K

Shane Baz, RHP, TB (AA): 10IP, 3H, 0.00ERA, 0.30WHIP, 14K

Cade Cavalli, RHP, WAS (A+): 13IP, 5H, 2.08ERA, 0.69WHIP, 26K




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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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