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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Prospect Report

This series takes a look at which top prospects were promoted and demoted. There is insight on which top prospects are worthy of moving on the 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 report.

If you have time, check out Mike’s 2021 Top Prospect Rankings.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 23 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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The Blue Jays top pitching prospect Nate Pearson is back with the big league club.  After making one start for Toronto back in May, Pearson was sent back to Triple-A to work on his command.

Pearson would eventually land on the IL due to a sports hernia. Now after two months he looks healthy and is back pitching, but now as a reliever.

Pearson was called up last week to join the Blue Jays bullpen, So far he has made two appearances, and it appears he may have figured out his control issues, as he has not walked a batter. However, he did allow two runs on three hits in his first outing.

Even with the high strikeout upside, Pearson can remain on the waiver wire, as it appears he will remain a bullpen arm for the rest of the season, which negates any fantasy value he does have.

Joe Ryan, RHP, Minnesota Twins

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The main return for Minnesota in the trade that sent Nelson Cruz packing, Joe Ryan is the Twins sixth-ranked prospect and has good upside with above-average command.

The 25-year-old was called up to make his MLB debut on Wednesday. Ryan fared well in his first start, as he finished just one inning shy of a quality start. He surrendered three runs on three hits but he only walked one and struck out five batters. Furthermore, he was also able to finish the game with a 29 CSW%

Ryan features a four-pitch mix of fastball, changeup, slider, and curveball. He uses his low 90s fastball to set up his slider and change up. In addition, both his breaking pitches are true out pitches and are both effective against righties and lefties.

It appears that Ryan will remain in the Twins rotation for the remainder of the season. Therefore I would add Ryan in all leagues that you need starting pitching help. Ryan offers high strikeout upside and will also contribute low ratios.

Demoted

Lewin Diaz, 1B, Miami Marlins

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Diaz seems to be a popular name on these weekly prospect reports. The Marlins’ 11th-ranked prospect has made several jumps between Triple-A and the bigs this season already.

Diaz was called up last Tuesday and appeared in the second game of the team’s doubleheader.

Diaz can be dropped as he was sent back to Triple-A following the game. Even if he is on the Marlins roster, he does offer much fantasy value. Diaz will hope to make a bigger impact in 2022.

Top Performances

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

Hitters

Spencer Torkelson, 1B/3B, DET (AAA): 214/346/595, 5HR, 10RBI, 12R

Riley Greene, OF, DET (AAA): 261/352/565, 3HR, 10RBI, 11R

Tristan Casas, 1B, BOS (AA): 355/500/935, 6HR, 13RBI, 8R, 1SB

Alek Thomas, OF, ARI (AAA): 406/441/656, 2HR, 8RBI, 4R, 2SB

Orelvis Martinez, SS, TOR (A+): 344/462/813, 4HR, 7RBI, 8R

Nick Gonzales, SS, PIT (A+): 375/419/1.025, 7HR, 20RBI, 12R, 1SB

Pitchers

Shane Baz, RHP, TB (AAA): 10IP, 0.90ERA, 0.80WHIP, 12K

Quinn Preister, RHP, PIT (A+): 12IP, 0.00ERA, 0.67WHIP, 19K

Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN (AAA): 5IP, 1.80ERA, 1.40WHIP, 6K

Luis Gil, RHP, NYY (AAA): 9.2IP, 2.79ERA, 0.93WHIP, 16K


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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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