2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Prospect Report

by Jason Beckner
2021 MiLB Prospect Notes 7-15-2021

Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Prospect Report

In this series, I will take a look at which top prospects have gotten the call to the big leagues as well as which ones have had a tough time adjusting to the majors and have been sent back to the minors leagues.

I also advise you on which top prospects are worth picking up or dropping based on their expectations at the big league level. Now let's jump right into the Week 19 Prospect Report.

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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 19 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Luis Gil, RHP, New York Yankees

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Let's jump right into the big news of the week. The Yankees have called up their sixth-ranked prospect last week to fill the rotation hole left by the COVID Positive Cole. While Gil is not quite the pitcher that Cole is, Gil did a very admirable job filling in.

The 23-year-old righty is the Yankees' third-ranked pitching prospect. He features a three-pitch mix of fastball, slider, and change-up. His fastball sits in the mid to high 90s and can reach triple digits. His slider is his best secondary option, however, his change-up is above average. Gil's biggest issue is the command as he can lose the strike zone at times and gives up a lot of walks.

The Yankees called Gil up last Tuesday to make his MLB debut and then optioned him back forth twice last week as they were uncertain on when Cole would be able to return. So Gil was able to make two starts last week.

In both his starts he did not allow a run which brought his scoreless inning streak to 11. He also only walked three batters and struck out 14 of the 43 batters faced. While only surrendering six total hits.

Unfortunately, Gil was sent back to Triple-A after his start on Sunday. However, after a strong start to his major league career, he will be back soon and could even be back for his next scheduled start.

I would add Gil in preparation for his next scheduled start as he has immense strike-out upside. He should also be able to contribute low ratios and have a good opportunity to give you wins.

Justin Steele, LHP, Chicago Cubs

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After trading all of their core pieces, the Cubs are looking to jump-start their rebuild. That starts with one of their top young arms in Justin Steele. Steele is the Cubs' 29th ranked prospect. However, Steele is having a fantastic season for Triple-A.

Steele did make his MLB debut for the Cubs earlier this season, however, it was only as a bullpen arm. Back in April and May Steele made eleven appearances out of the pen and was able to have success. He struck out 21 batters while walking seven in 13IP.

The 26-year-old lefty features a four-pitch mix of fastball, slider, sinker, and curveball. His fastball and sinker are both electric with mid 90s velocity, and his sweeping slider is also a very capable put-away pitch.

Now Steele is being recalled ahead of tonight's start against the Brewers. Steele has been making a strong case for himself since coming back from the IL he has started five games and has a 0.87 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 11 strikeouts in 20.2IP.

The Cubs are not competing for a playoff spot this season, so I believe they want to evaluate the talent on their roster and I would expect Steele to remain in the rotation going forward.

I would add Steele in deeper leagues especially if you are in the need of strikeouts.

Andres Gimenez, SS, Cleveland Indians

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Gimenez isn't classified as a prospect anymore by MLB standards, however, he has only appeared in 79 games between 2020 and 2021. So I feel it necessary to mention Gimenez in this week's article.

After having a great 2020 for the Mets when he slashed 263/333/398 as a rookie, he was traded to Cleveland as a replacement for Lindor. However, his 2021 got off to a slow start. As he failed to hit above 200 and was striking out almost 30% of the time. So Cleveland elected to send to Triple-A to work on his swing and to regain his confidence.

After spending 52 games at Triple-A he appears to have fixed his swing and his confidence, as he hit close to 290, with 10HR, 13 doubles, 31 RBI, and stole eight bags. He also cut his strikeout rate by 6% as well.

It does not appear he will be forced into the starting lineup right away, as Amed Rosario will continue to start at SS. However, Gimenez will continue to receive at-bats off the bench and during the occasional start.

I would only add Gimenez if you are desperate for a shortstop. As I do not believe Gimenez will receive enough at-bats to warrant enough fantasy value on your roster.

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Gavin Sheets, 1B, Chicago White Sox

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The big, tall, left-handed first baseman is ranked as the White Sox ninth-best prospect. He was called up to make his major league debut at the end of June. When the White Sox were riddled with injuries.

Gavin has big raw power that was put on display during his time at Wake Forest University when he hit 32 HR in 166 games. While that raw power hasn't quite translated to the minor leagues, he has hit 33 HR in 342 games across five levels.

However, Sheets did put his power on display during his time with the big league club, as he did hit six home runs in only 29 games. Furthermore, his ISO was at a highly inflated .258 as he also had five doubles too.

Unfortunately for Sheets, the White Sox are getting back to full health. This means that there isn't enough room for all the advanced hitters to be on the big league club. Most recently Luis Robert has returned from the IL and in a corresponding move, the White Sox have optioned Sheets back to Triple-A.

Sheets will return to Triple-A so he can continue to receive regular at-bats and continue to develop and facilitate his transition from first base to a corner outfielder. Sheets can be dropped in all formats as he will not receive the necessary at-bats to have any fantasy value.


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