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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Prospect Report

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Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Prospect Report.

We are now seven weeks into the prospect report and we have still don’t have a Wander Franco call-up, what gives?

However, we did have the second-best hitting prospect in Jarred Kelenic get recalled this past week.

We have also had several other top prospects be promoted. In my opinion, it should only be a matter of time before we see Franco get the call to the major leagues. Especially if he keeps raking at Triple-A Durham!

Until then let’s take a look at what top prospects did get promoted this past week and which ones are performing well in the minors.

Be sure to check out John’s 2021 Top Prospect rankings.

2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 7 Prospect Report

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Promoted

Logan Gilbert, RHP, Seattle Mariners

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Kelenic wasn’t the only top prospect making their debut for Seattle this past Thursday. Gilbert is Seattle’s top pitching prospect and was able to get the call against Cleveland. Gilbert brings a power arm to the table that features a flaming fastball that sits in the upper 90’s. He also has a slider and curveball that both have great movement and can be great put-away pitches.

Unfortunately for both Kelenic and Gilbert, their debuts were quiet. Gilbert’s final line was 4.0 IP,  five hits, four earned runs, and five strikeouts. He got into trouble early and was a victim of the long ball. He served up home runs to Franmil Reyes in the second and then another to Jose Ramirez in the third.

However, he did have some positive moments, such as getting revenge on Franmil, when he struck him out with a great slider in the third inning. Furthermore, he had a 26.8CSW% on his 71 total pitches.

Gilbert is a power pitcher with above-average velocity. Which allows him to rack up the strikeouts. Displayed by his career 28K%. He attacks hitters with his fastball and puts them away with his slider that he can throw for strikes as well as make hitters expand the zone.

Gilbert will look to rebound in his next start against the Tigers at home tomorrow. I would add Gilbert in all leagues as he has the repertoire and confidence to compete at the major league level.

Keibert Ruiz, C, Los Angeles Dodgers

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Catchers don’t always move the fantasy needle, however, Ruiz might get the needle jumping. The Dodgers’ top overall prospect has been playing musical chairs between Triple-A and MLB so far in his young career. Most recently he was recalled from Triple-A this past Sunday when Seager was placed on the IL.

Currently, the Dodgers have two catchers on their 26-man roster(Will Smith and Austin Barnes). So it’s not clear where or when Ruiz will get the playing time. However, he has been on the record saying that he is open to playing the outfield. However, there also appears to be a log jam in the Dodgers outfield as well.

As of now the only playing time that Ruiz could be receiving is the occasional spot start once and a while. For that purpose alone I would keep Ruiz on the waiver wire until some more guaranteed playing time is established.

Khalil Lee, OF, New York Mets

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Lee is the Mets’ seventh-ranked prospect that came over from the Kansas City Royals in a 2020 off-season trade. He was called up to the big-league club yesterday when both Jeff McNeil and Michael Conforto were placed on the IL.

With the glaring hole in the Mets outfield, Lee should be able to jump right in and get immediate playing time. The one tool that Lee excels at is his speed. Graded as a 60 on the 20-80 scale, the speed is excellent. So much so that he swiped 53 bags in only 129 games at Double-A in 2019.

In order to steal bases, you have to get on base. Luckily for Lee, he can get on base at a fairly high clip. In his four seasons in the minors, he has never had an OBP below 330. Therefore I would expect the stolen bases to continue at the major league level.

I would add Lee in most leagues, particularly in any league that you are struggling with stolen bases. Simply just for the stolen base and OBP upside.

Demoted

Daniel Lynch, LHP, Kansas City Royals

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And just like that the Daniel Lynch experience is over for now. It only took one week for the Royals to acknowledge Lynch needed more time in the minors as he was sent back to Triple-A this past Friday.

All three of Lynch’s starts were underwhelming, as he was crushed for fourteen runs in only 8.0 innings pitched. In his debut start, he faced Cleveland and was nowhere near his polished self, however it was the best outing of his three starts. He lasted 4.2IP and gave up three earned runs on four hits while walking four.

Then he followed up that start with an absolute train wreck against the White Sox. While you would like to give him the benefit of the doubt as he faced the best team in baseball. However, he wasn’t even able to get out of the first inning. His final stat line was 0.2IP 7H 8ER 1BB and no strikeouts.

The Royals decided to give him another start this time against the woeful Tigers who rank 28th in runs scored. Unfortunately for Lynch, he didn’t fare much better, allowing three earned runs on seven hits in just 2.2 innings.

 


It’s clear to see why Lynch was sent back down. At this time he is droppable in all redraft formats as I don’t foresee the Royals calling him back up to the majors anytime soon.

Nate Pearson, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays

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It was this time last week when I last wrote about Pearson. But last week he was in the promoted section. This week it’s a different tune, as Pearson was sent back to Triple-A this past week after just one awful start where he allowed three earned runs and walked five over 2.2 innings.

Pearson struggled mightily with his command as he only threw 13 of his 64 pitches for strikes, and not only that but he had zero punch outs and he walked five. This is alarming as Pearson has feasted on the strikeouts in his young career displayed by his 154Ks in 127IP at the minor league level.

To make matters worse, Pearson is now dealing with a right shoulder impingement that will cause him to miss his next scheduled Triple-A start. While Pearson has immense upside and potential, the injuries and command issues have prevented him from winning and holding a major league rotation spot.

As for now, I have changed my outlook on Pearson in redraft formats, as he should remain on waiver wires for the time being. He will need to remain healthy and then proceed to string together multiple strong consecutive starts in order to restore their faith in their top prospect.

Nick Gordon, SS, Minnesota Twins

Just a quick note on Gordon, as I mentioned him in last week’s article. I thought I would be the bearer of bad news, as he was sent back down to Triple-A as Luis Arraez is back off the IL from the concussion symptoms. I would cut ties with Gordon in shallow leagues but if you have the roster flexibility I would hold for a little while longer. So adjust your rosters accordingly.

Notable News

Ethan Hankins, RHP, Cleveland Indians

Just some disappointing news to share, Hankins will need to have Tommy John surgery and will miss the remainder of the 2021 season. The twenty-year-old is Cleveland’s 8th ranked prospect. He started to experience elbow soreness at the end of the minor league spring training. Get well soon Ethan!

Matthew Allan, RHP, New York Mets

It was discovered this past week during an MRI that revealed a partial tear of his right UCL. Therefore he will need Tommy John surgery as well. Allan is the Mets’ third-ranked prospect and number one pitching prospect. Just like Hankins, Allan will miss the entire 2021 season as well as a chunk of the 2022 season as well. Get well soon Matt!

Top Performances

In this segment I will highlight some top performances of the top prospects over the past 10 days.

Hitters

Wander Franco, SS, TB: 2HR, 8R, 6RBI  .297/.357/.514

Julio Rodriguez, OF, SEA: 5HR, 17R, 12RBI, 3SB (Four straight games with a home run)

CJ Abrams, SS, SD: 2HR, 5R, 6RBI, 1SB

Adley Rutschman, C, BAL: 3HR, 9R, 9RBI

Triton Casas, 1B, BOS: 3HR, 9R, 11RBI,

Oswald Perez, SS, NYY: 5HR, 5R, 8RBI, 2SB

Jarren Duran, OF, BOS: 4HR, 9R, 7RBI, 3SB

Joey Bart, C, SF: 3HR, 6R, 10RBI 355/394/710

Pitchers

Hunter Greene, RHP, CIN: 11IP, 2ER, 17K 1.64 ERA, 0.73WHIP

Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, BAL: 8.1IP, 2ER, 18K 2.16ERA, 1.08WHIP

Spencer Howard, RHP, PHI: 7IP, 1ER, 11K, 1.29ERA, 0.71WHIP

Simeon Woods-Richardson, RHP, TOR: 14IP, 2ER, 23K, 1.29ERA, 1.14WHIP

Alek Manoah, RHP, TOR: 12IP, 0ER, 17K, 0.00ERA, 0.42WHIP

Cade Cavalli, RHP, WAS: 10IP, 0ER, 15K, 0.00ERA, 0.70WHIP



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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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