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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Prospect Report.

Another week of regular season baseball and another week of players underperforming. As well as prospects impressing at the alternate sites. At this point of the season, most teams are holding down their top prospects in hopes of manipulating service time. We are still one to two weeks away from players being called up and not gaining a full year of service time so be on the look out for top prospect news to start heating up and a top prospects to be called up to the big leagues.

Until then let’s take a look at some players that were called up to make their debut, some young players that are having a slow start, and some unfortunate injury news.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 2 Prospect Report

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Brent Honeywell, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays

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Honeywell is now fully healthy after several seasons of injuries. A Tommy John Procedure took away his 2018. Then again in 2019, his road to the show was derailed by a broken arm. Honeywell made his debut this past Sunday, where he served as the Rays’ opener. He finished the day with two perfect innings and two strikeouts.

Unfortunately, he was shipped back to the Rays’ alternate site so he can continue to work at a more fluid timeline. This call-up appears to be a one-time thing as Honeywell was not going to claim a rotation spot this season. However I would continue to monitor the Rays rotation and any injury news, but at this time Honeywell can remain on the waiver wire for now.

Garrett Whitlock, RHP, Boston Red Sox

Whitlock is a Rule 5 draft pick of the Boston Red Sox in 2020, he is to remain on the 26man roster for the entire season or he will be required to be returned to the Yankees.

While he isn’t necessarily a top prospect (BOS 30th ranked prospect) he is someone that I’m monitoring as he has the makeup of a solid pitcher at the major league level.

So far this season he has been above average and is making big strides in his debut season. In two appearances he has yet to give up a run and has eight strikeouts in 5.1IP.

The Red Sox have not yet quite been using him in high leverage situation as of yet. However he was called upon to pitch in the 7th inning and he went a perfect one, two, three with two strikeouts to earn his first hold of the season.

If the Red Sox start to use Whitlock in more high leverage situations or hold situations he is someone I would be looking to add in SV+HLD leagues.

Pavin Smith, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

Arizona’s 15th ranked prospect made his debut in 2020 but only on a limited basis, therefore he retained his prospect status for 2021.

S0 far in 2021 he has just been mediocre. Hitting just .250 in 24 plate appearances with two doubles, two runs scored and two runs batted in. He is also losing playing time to both Locastro and Kole Calhoun.

Smith has always been more of an average player. He doesn’t have a lot of power and he also doesn’t have a great hit tool. I would only be looking to roster Pavin in the deepest of leagues for now.

Kevin Padlo, 3B, Tampa Bay Rays

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The Rays 24th ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline was called up this past Tuesday to fill the spot on the roster left by Kevin Kiermaier being placed on the IL.

After a strong 2020 at the alternate site, the Rays have made the call. He made big strides in 2020 by tapping into his raw power and also holds a career 359OBP.

His debut is off to a slow start as he remains hitless in eight plate appearances while drawing two walks. If he can get the playing time, and prove to the Rays front office he belongs. He could eventually become a viable fantasy option for now and in the future.

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Scott Kingery, 2B/OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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While Kingery doesn’t hold the top prospect notoriety anymore, he is still someone worth mentioning as he was shockingly sent to minors to begin the season.

After a semi-breakout season in 2019 (19HR 15SB) he struggled mightily in 2020 where he only batted 159 and had an abysmal 228OBP. Then continued his struggles in the spring of 2021 when he struck out nineteen times in 49 plate appearances.

He began the 2021 season at the alternate site. It appears that he still needs more time in the minors to work on his bat-to-ball skills. He holds a 28K% in his career and has never had more than twenty homers in a season.

Domingo German, RHP, New York Yankees

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German, like Kingery, doesn’t hold the top prospect title anymore but was someone that is worth mentioning.

Now in his 4th season in the bigs. Domingo was hoping to really take the next step forward in his development. After missing all of 2020 due to suspension, he won a starting rotation job out of spring training.

Domingo’s start to 2021 was short-lived. He was optioned to the alternate site this past Friday. Domingo has struggled through his first two starts this year. With a 9.00ERA, 2.00WHIP and has surrendered five home runs in seven IP.

Hopefully, he can get everything figured out at the alternate site soon and can be recalled sooner rather than later, because when Domingo is on he can contribute a high K rate as well as win games.

Notable News

Clarke Schmidt, RHP, New York Yankees

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The Yankees received bad news on their No.1 pitching prospect over the weekend. After two months of recovering from a strained extensor tendon, Schmidt is still feeling discomfort in his right elbow and has not yet resumed throwing.

Schmidt will seek a second medical opinion. This is an injury worth monitoring. Clarke was hoping to contribute to the Yankees pitching staff in 2021 and would also be a viable fantasy option if he is healthy.

Josh Jung, 3B, Texas Rangers

Jung is Texas’ top prospect, and many have hopes that he will be able to make his major league debut in 2021. However his debut will be delayed a bit longer. He is now scheduled for surgery on a stress fracture in his right foot.



Jung’s surgery news means that he will now be sidelined for the next six-eight weeks, which puts him out till at least late May. I wish Jung a speedy recovery. I am one of the many that are hoping he is able to contribute for the Rangers in 2021. Get well soon Josh


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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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