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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Prospect Report.

Minor league and extended spring training is now in full swing. All minor league affiliates are scheduled to open on May 4th, which is right around the corner.

While teams are still conducting an Alternate Training Site, most of the big-name prospects that still need more time at the lower levels have been assigned to their respective team’s minor league spring training camps. May 4th can not come soon enough as I am ready for minor league baseball to resume after a year’s hiatus.

Now, let’s jump into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Prospect Report.

Also, be sure to check out last week’s report.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 3 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Nick Heath, OF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Heath was DFA’d by the Royals and was claimed by the Diamondbacks, and then Heath was instantly thrown into game action. Arizona was desperate for a centerfield capable option with roster flexibility with Ketel Marte and Tim Locastro on the IL.

While Heath is not a top prospect, he is worth mentioning as he has some minor success in the minors when in 2019 in Double-A he slashed .255/.332/.382 with 50S steals and six home runs.

In his 2021 debut, he started in center field and went 3-for-4. While it appears that Heath was promoted for his defense, but he could also end up contributing stolen bases. I would monitor his playing time and add him in deep leagues if you are desperate for stolen bases.

J.B. Bukauskas, RHP, Arizona Diamondbacks

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Bukauskas was acquired from Houston in the deadline deal that sent Zack Greinke to the Houston Astros in the 2019 deadline deal. Bukauskas has been a top-100 prospect since 2018 and is ranked as No. 17 on Arizona’s prospect list. He has been making strides since joining the Diamondback organization, and the former 1st round pick finally made his debut.

Bukauskas had a really strong spring and it was mildly surprising that he didn’t start the year with the big club. While the Diamondbacks have yet to determine what his role will be, I will be monitoring this situation as he has the make-up of an above-average arm with great strikeout capabilities.

With Joakim Soria and Tyler Clippard on the IL, the Diamondbacks are currently without high leverage options. I would be adding Bukauskas in hold leagues or if I am chasing saves, in hopes that he can take off.

Camilo Doval, RHP, San Francisco Giants

The Giant’s 24th ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline, Doval was signed as an international free agent in 2015. Doval is still just 23 and he has never pitched above High-A. However, he must have done enough at the alternate site to impress the Giant’s front office.

Doval only features a two-pitch mix, fastball, and slider. He is able to generate high-end velocity with a three quarter arm slot. His fastball sits in the mid-90s and can reach 100+ at times. His slider is a nice compliment to the fastball and sweeps away from righties. With only the two-pitch mix he has solely pitched out of the pen.

Doval made his debut on Sunday when he entered the game in the seventh inning and worked a perfect 1-2-3 inning with two strikeouts. He looked poised on the mound as he sat down the heart of the Marlins lineup to help preserve the win for San Fran. I would add Doval in leagues that count holds as it appears the giants trust him and he can also contribute strikeouts.

Mickey Moniak, OF, Philadelphia Phillies

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The former number one overall pick in 2016 has had a slow start to his professional career.  However, he did start to make strides in 2019 when he slashed .252/.303/.439 with 11 home runs in 465 at-bats. In addition, he had a strong spring in the Grapefruit League where he hit .273 with two home runs and had a 1.112 OPS in 18 games.


Adam Haseley left the team due to personal reasons this past week and it is not clear when he will return. It appears that Moniak is going to be the beneficiary of Haseley’s absence. Moniak must have done enough at the Alternate Site to impress the front office as it appears he leap-frogged Odubel Herrera as the first man up and is set to start getting regular reps in centerfield.

However in three games since his promotion, he remains hitless with two walks and one run scored. I would add Moniak in deeper leagues for his upside and hope to catch lightning in a bottle.

Demoted

Tanner Houck, RHP, Boston Red Sox

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Tanner a former first-round pick in 2017. Made his debut for Boston in 2020 in a limited capacity. Now in 2021, he has made three appearances including two starts. In 10.1 innings, he is 0-2 with a 4.35 ERA with 12 strikeouts. Houck did have good velocity as his fastball did touch 98mph and his slider was working as well (he had a 53.8 whiff percentage with the slider).

Tanner continued to make positive strides and good development with his minimal time with the major league club. The Red Sox proved they view him as a starter, so I would keep an eye on Houck and add in daily leagues when you need a streaming option.

Lane Thomas, OF, St. Louis Cardinals

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Honestly, I’m shocked it has taken the Cardinals this long to send Lane back down as he has struggled mightily in 2021 so far. He is currently batting .222 with two hits in ten plate appearances and only one walk.

Lane will head the Cardinals Alternate Site to continue to work on his hitting and will hopefully be back at some point. Lane has proven he can offer both power and speed as he has had multiple seasons in the minors with double-digit home runs and double-digit stolen bases.

Notable News

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners

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We are now past the 13th day of the regular season which means prospects can be called up and not record a full year of service time. So we could possibly start to see top prospects get the call.

Right now the Mariners have been playing well, Trammell can stop striking out, and Jack Fraley is injured. Therefore I could see the Mariners making the call to Kelenic in the very near future. Add Kelenic where ever you can.

Alex Kirilloff, OF, Minnesota Twins

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Alex was recalled as the Twins 27th man for the doubleheader last Wednesday, he ended up making appearances in both games but ultimately went 0-3 with one strikeout.

Kirilloff was then sent back to the Alternate Training Site the next day. Kirilloff could eventually be recalled to the big league sooner rather than later and on a more long-term basis. If you have the roster flexibility I would add Kirilloff in leagues where available.

Tucker Davidson, LHP, Atlanta Braves

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When the Braves placed Max Fried on the IL they needed another option out of the pen, so the Braves recalled Davidson. Davidson failed to make an appearance in either of Atlanta’s games while he was with the big league club.



However, when the Braves needed to create a roster spot for the starter in Sunday’s game against the Cubs they sent Davidson back down to the alternate site. You can leave Davidson on the waiver for now.


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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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