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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Prospect Report

In this weekly series, I take a look at which top prospects were promoted and which ones were demoted back to the minor leagues. There is insight on which top prospects are worth adding and which top prospects can be dropped or left on your waiver wire.

Then at the end of each week, I outline the top performances from the top prospect over the past ten days, that way you can keep tabs on who has been performing well and could be promoted next.

Now let’s get into this week’s news and promotions.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 22 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Edward Cabrera, RHP, Miami Marlins

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Let’s jump right into the big news of the week. The Miami Marlins made the call to their number one pitching prospect and MLB’s 30th ranked prospect, Edward Cabrera. The 23-year-old was off to a hot start in 2021. In 13 starts across three levels, Cabrera is 3-for-4 with a 2.93ERA, 1.14WHIP, and 92K in 61IP.

Cabrera features a four-pitch mix of fastball, changeup, curveball, and slider. His fastball has high-end velocity that sits in the mid to upper 90s and reaches triple digits. Cabrera uses his velocity to set up his change-up and also sprinkles in his reliable slider.

Cabrera was called up ahead of his scheduled start against the Nationals last week. In his lone start, he was able to post a quality start as he lasted into the seventh inning before being lifted.  While the long ball became an issue as he gave up back-to-back home runs in the seventh. He was only able to strike out two batters and he ended up walking three.

Cabrera has tons of life in his pitches and should also be in line for more starts for the struggling Marlins as they continue to evaluate players within their organization. As a result, I would add Cabrera in all leagues, as he has high strikeout upside and should also be able to maintain low ratios.

Daulton Jefferies, RHP, Oakland Athletics

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Oakland’s fifth-ranked prospect has only made one appearance in the majors prior t0 2021. He also made one start earlier this season in August. However, after his most recent start, he was sent back to Triple-A.

The Athletics recalled Jefferies this past week when Seth Brown landed on the injured list. Jefferies is having a decent year for Triple A. In his 15 starts, he has an ERA just below five and a WHIP of 1.31 and 66 strikeouts in 77IP.

While he doesn’t have high-end velocity, his fastball sits in the low to mid-90s. He makes up for it with his precise command. Since being drafted in 2016, he has only walked 23 of the 733 batters he has faced.

Jefferies’s role going forward remains to be seen as there the Athletics do not have a spot open in the rotation at the moment. Therefore Jefferies will most likely be available out of the pen as a long reliever and could possibly make the occasional spot start. For that reason alone Jefferies should remain on the waiver wire in even the deepest of leagues.

Keibert Ruiz, C, Washington Nationals

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Ruiz was one of the main pieces that were sent back to Washington in the Max Scherzer deal at this year’s trade deadline. After being one of the Dodgers’ top prospects, Ruiz instantly became Washington’s number one prospect.

Between both Washington and L.A.’s Triple-A affiliates, Ruiz is having a stellar season thus far. He is currently slashing 310/377/616 with 21HR, 59RBI, and 50 runs scored in 72 games.

Furthermore, since his trade to the Nationals Ruiz has appeared in 22 games and made a good impression. He hit 308 and an OPS of 942, while contributing five home runs, eleven runs scored, and fourteen runs batted in while walking more than striking out.

The Nationals confirmed yesterday that Ruiz was recalled ahead of their game against Philadelphia. With no one on the Washington roster to hold Ruiz back, he should instantly jump right in as the everyday catcher.

The catcher position is always one of the more scarce positions in fantasy baseball. With that being said, Ruiz should be added in all leagues as he should be able to contribute top twelve catcher numbers for the rest of the season.

Demoted

Jose Barrero, SS, Cincinnati Reds

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After writing about Jose in the promoted section last week, and only being with the big league club for seven days, Jose has been sent back to Triple-A in order to make room on the roster for the newly acquired Asdrubal Cabrera.

During his six appearances last week Barrero went 2-for12 with only one run scored and one double. However, he only struck out four times while only walking once. Clearly, the Reds were hoping for Jose to make a bigger impact at the big league level.

Therefore, the Reds optioned Jose back to Triple-A but then assigned him to their Taxi squad. However, this has little to no value for us fantasy players. Jose can be dropped back to waivers if you rostered Jose.

Daz Cameron, OF, Detroit Tigers

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While Daz has lost his prospect status according to MLB, he has still only appeared in less than 50 games at the major league level, so I thought it was worth mentioning here. Daz put his speed and defense on display during his time with the big league club. .

Aside from his speed and defense Daz has done very little to make an impact at the major league level. As he has only slashed 184/229/309 with three home runs, fourteen runs batted in, and 15 runs scored.

Therefore Cameron was recently relegated back to a bench role and therefore Detroit decided to send Cameron back to Triple-A so he can receive more regular at-bats. If for some reason you were rostering Cameron, it is safe to drop him for a more serviceable outfielder.

Top Performances

These are the top performances from the top prospects over the past ten days.

Hitters:

Bobby Witt Jr., SS, KC (AAA): 304/327/630, 3HR, 11R, 11RBI, 2SB

Keibert Ruiz, C, WAS (AAA): 429/500/886, 4HR, 9R, 11RBI

Nolan Gorman, 3B, STL (AAA): 381/400/714, 4HR, 9R, 10RBI, 1SB

Alek Thomas, OF, ARI (AAA): 483/531/759, 1HR, 5R, 5RBI, 1SB

Nick Pratto, 1B, KC (AAA): 326/408/884, 7HR, 12R, 17RBI, 1SB

Pitchers:

Shane Baz, RHP, TB (AAA): 9IP, 1.00ERA, 0.67WHIP, 11K

Quinn Preister, RHP, PIT (A+): 11IP, 3.27ERA, 0.73WHIP, 19K

Mackenzie Gore, LHP, SD (R): 10.1IP, 0.87ERA, 0.87WHIP, 15K



Daniel Espino, RHP, CLE (A+): 10IP, 2.70ERA, 0.80WHIP, 17K


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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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