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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Prospect Report


Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Prospect Report

We are now one full week into the 2021 minor league season and we are off to a blazing start! There are already many top prospects getting the call to the majors and many others on the verge of getting the call. In the MLB it has been the pitchers are dominating the box scores, but t is the bats that are filling the MiLB box scores.

There are a handful of middle infielders tearing the cover off the ball as well as several young guys at the lower levels of the minors making a name for themselves.  Keep reading on as we will get into some of the more notable prospects that have been off to a great start in  2021.

Be sure to check out John’s 2021 Top Prospect List to see where a lot of the players below are ranked.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 6 Prospect Report

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Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners

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BREAKING NEWS! As I am writing this article on Monday night it was just announced via Jeff Passan, Jarred Kelenic is getting called up to make his major league debut this Thursday. I know, I know, I’ve talked about Kelenic at great lengths in this series. However this time I have talked it into existence.

He has been red hot at Triple-A to begin 2021. He is currently slashing .444/.500/.778 with two home runs, five RBI six runs, and two steals. Furthermore, the two home runs came in the same game.

If you haven’t already added him, RUN! Don’t walk to your waiver wire and add him immediately. He will make an immediate impact and could end up being a league winner.

Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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Pearson is someone that I wrote about in the series last week when he was activated from the IL and sent down to Triple-A. After making one start for Triple-A Buffalo where he looked dominant. He was called up to the big league club to make his 2021 debut against the Astros. Unfortunately for Pearson, it was not the performance he was hoping for. Pearson finished with a stat line of 2.1 IP, four hits, five walks (wow), no strikeouts (wow) three earned runs.

Pearson was never able to settle down and find his groove in this one. While his control issues from 2020 continued again, evidenced by his five walks and he only threw 28 of his 64 pitches for strikes.

As of right now, I’m holding Pearson. His strikeout upside and his power arm are too good to ignore. He is tentatively scheduled to make his next start against Bryce Harper and the Phillies this Saturday. I will be monitoring his next start closely.

Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins

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This debut has been a long time coming for Gordon. Gordon is a former fifth overall pick in 2014, and his minor league career has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. He has battled numerous injuries and has struggled to stay healthy at times. Gordon has not played more than 120 games in a season since 2017. The struggles on and off the field have caused Gordon to fall from the number two prospect in the organization to now outside the top thirty.

Now seven years after he was drafted, Nick Gordon finally received the call he has been waiting for. The call that he has been promoted to the major leagues. Nick was called up when Luis Arraez was placed on the seven-day IL for a concussion. So as of right now, it appears it may just be a temporary stint with the big league club.

So far, he has only made one start for the Twins but still managed to make an impact. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and two steals. His hit tool has always been strong as he did have an OPS of .801 in 2019 at Triple-A. He also has above-average speed, evidenced by his 102 steals in his 626 games from 2014 to 2019.

I would grab Gordon off the waiver if you are desperate for stolen bases and runs scored. If he can continue to receive playing time at second base, he is worth the add. Especially since second base has been downright awful so far this season.

Trevor Larnach, OF, Minnesota Twins

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Yep, another top Twins prospect got the call to join the major league club this past week. Trevor Larnach was called to the big leagues after the twins received more crippling injury news. Byron Buxton was placed on the IL with a hip strain and with Kirilloff sidelined with a wrist injury, the Twins decided it was time to call in reinforcements in the form of Larnach.

Larnach was off to a hot start for Triple-A St. Paul, where he was slashing .231/.333/.692 with two home runs and four RBI in three games. Larnach has an advanced approach at the plate, even dating back to his time at Oregon State University.  His above-average hit tool carried over to his professional career as well. When in three seasons in the minors he slashed .306/.384/.473 with 20 home runs, 96 RBI, and 90 runs scored in 734 PA.

While it’s only been one game, he still remains hitless in 2021. I would continue to monitor Larnach as he should continue to receive at-bats with all the injuries to the Twins outfield.

Larnach has the ability to drive the ball to all fields and he could see a jump in power numbers. I would add Larnach in leagues that you need a boost to batting average or OBP. Even if you need some more power in your lineup add Larnach to your lineups.

Notable News

There weren’t a ton of prospects being sent down this week, so instead, we will be looking at some top performances at the minor league level and who might be getting called up in the very near future.

Wander Franco, SS, Tampa Bay Rays

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The unanimous number one prospect in baseball right now is proving why he deserves the number one spot. Franco wasn’t going to let Vidal Brujan have all the fun this year. Franco is currently slashing .304/.385/.696 with two home runs, five RBI, four runs, a triple, and one stolen base.

While Franco is still only twenty years old, there isn’t much else he has to prove to the Rays front office. He clearly needs to be with the major league club. Hopefully, the front office realizes and gives him the call soon.

Vidal Brujan, 2B, Tampa Bay Rays

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Similar to Wander Franco, Brujan is off to a scorching start so far in 2021. Vidal is the older of the top Rays hitting prospects. He along with Franco have the Durham Bulls off to a 5-1 start with a run differential of +26.

Not many would have guessed it but Brujan has more homers than Franco through the first 6 games. Currently, Brujan is slashing .455/.571/.1000 with four homers, nine RBI, eight runs, and one stolen base.

Not sure what else Brujan has to prove at Triple-A and I would expect Brujan to be called to join the Rays at some point in the next month or two, and I wouldn’t be surprised if it is sooner than that.

CJ Abrams, SS, San Diego Padres

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Yet another middle infielder off to a blazing hot start in 2021. This time it is in the Padres organization. Abrams is a 21-year old that was drafted number six overall in 2019. However, he is someone that should be on your radar. Abrams is currently ranked as the number eight prospect overall and is in great company at the top of that list.

Abrams has shown off why he deserves that number eight spot in his first 29 PA. He is currently slashing .320/.414/.560 with one home run five RBI, three runs, and two steals. As you can see he is keeping pace with the others mentioned above, unfortunately, he is only in Double A and may need some more time in the minors.

I am really intrigued and excited about what Abrams will be able to do in 2021 and how long he remains at Double-A. While still early in 2021 he looks ready for a promotion to Triple-A.

Jesus Sanchez, OF, Miami Marlins

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Sanchez has taken “being on fire” to a whole other level. Miami’s number six prospect is scorching Triple-A pitching so far in 2021. He is currently slashing .556/.571/.1.074 with three homers, 12 RBI, and six runs with 29 total bases. The 2016 first-rounder is taking his game to another level in 2021.

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If the twenty-three-year-old can continue this torrid pace, and Adam Duvall and Lewis Brinson keeping striking out at a 30+K%. The Marlins will have no option but to call up the right fielder. Make sure you have Sanchez on your watch list and check back to see if and when he gets the call to the majors.

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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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