Welcome to the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Prospect Report.
I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. I was able to host a Memorial Day BBQ at my house and it allowed many friends and family members to see our new home.
Furthermore, I got to use my smoker to smoke some meat. One of my favorite things besides baseball is BBQ and smoking meats. This past Sunday I smoked a ten-pound pork shoulder. I kept it low and slow as I smoked the pork shoulder for 18 hours total.
After I removed the shoulder from the smoker I then proceeded to shred the pork meat to create pulled pork sandwiches. I don’t want to pat myself on the back too much, but the smoked pulled pork turned out GREAT!
Everyone else at the party agreed, as all the pork was eaten instantly. My only regret was not taking a picture of the smoked pork shoulder so that I could share it here, with you the readers.
Now, let’s jump into the 2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Prospect Report.
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2021 Fantasy Baseball Week 9 Prospect Report
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Owen Miller, SS, Cleveland Indians
The 24-year-old middle infielder is ranked as Cleveland’s 16th-ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline. Owen was acquired as a part of the deal that sent Mike Clevinger to the San Diego Padres.
Owen has a very smooth right-handed swing that makes consistent line-drive contact, displayed by his almost 30 line drive percentage in the minors. He doesn’t have a ton of power and is more of a contact-before-power bat.
He has only hit 19 home runs in 221 games across 4 levels from 2018-2021. However, he has been on fire at Triple-A to start off 2021. Owen was slashing .406/.457/.609 with two home runs and 20/R+RBI. Now at the major league level, he has 29 plate appearances and is striking out at an alarming 41 percent of the time.
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) May 25, 2021
Owen is a middle infielder that should be able to provide above-average OBP with decent run-scoring numbers. If you are desperate for middle infield help or a bump in OBP and runs, then you should add Owen.
Deivi Garcia, RHP, New York Yankees
Garcia is the Yankees third-ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline and is their second-ranked pitching prospect behind only Clarke Schmidt.
Garcia was recalled ahead of his scheduled start this past Saturday against the Detroit Tigers. Unfortunately for the young starter, he was not effective in this start. He finished the day with a final stat line of 4.1IP 5H 4ER 1BB and only 3Ks. Not everything was bad for Garcia, he did throw 52 of his 88 pitches for strikes and had a 30 percent CSW.
Deivi Garcia, 82mph Slider and 94mph Fastball, Individual Pitches + Overlay pic.twitter.com/AiDVSe4ex7
— Rob Friedman (@PitchingNinja) March 4, 2021
His ineffectiveness ultimately cost him his chance at winning the open spot in the rotation left by the injured Corey Kluber. Unfortunately after his start, the Yankees elected to send Garcia back to Triple-A.
This won’t be the last time we see Garcia this year. However, he should remain on the waiver wire until he can prove he can perform at the major league level.
Luis Garcia, 2B, Washington Nationals
Garcia was recalled from Triple-A this past Tuesday when the Nationals placed Victor Robles on the IL. The 21-year-old is not considered a prospect anymore as he made his debut in 2020. However, he still has a ton of prospect pedigree.
While his 2020 was nothing to write home about, his 2021 has been mediocre as well. In 17 games so far he is slashing .235/.293/.426 with four home runs, 7 R, 7 RBI and 1 SB. His poor 89wRC+ at Triple-A this season is not a good sign either, however, the Nationals decided they wanted to see what he could do.
Unfortunately for Garcia, he exited his third start with an apparent hamstring injury. The Nationals sent Garcia for an MRI on his right hamstring and that came back negative and was ruled as a hamstring cramp.
The Nationals have decided to send Garcia back to Triple-A this past Sunday after going just 1-for-5 with a triple, a run, and a strikeout in five at-bats.
I would monitor Garcia’s situation, but for now, he can remain on the waiver wire, even in deeper leagues.
Zack Burdi, RHP, Chicago White Sox
The former first-round pick of the White Sox is their 11th ranked prospect via MLB Pipeline. Burdi did make a brief appearance for the Sox in 2020 as a bullpen arm which resulted in bad statistical outcomes.
Now in 2021 he has continued to work out of the pen at Triple-A and has been a little erratic, displayed by his 11:7 K:BB ratio in 6.1 innings pitched. He was called up by the White Sox as their 27th man ahead of their scheduled doubleheader this past Saturday.
This move was to give the sox another option out of the pen for the doubleheader. The Sox ended up not needing Burdi, as he did not make an appearance in either of the games.
After the doubleheader, he was sent back to Triple-A. The good news is the Sox seem high on Burdi and I would venture to say the sox will be calling on Burdi again soon when they need another bullpen arm.
I would continue to leave Burdi on the waiver wire unless he can receive high leverage situations at the major league level.
Luis Patino, RHP, Tampa Bay Rays
Patino had been inconsistent at times this season. Then on May 19th, he was placed on the IL with a laceration on his finger. Then this past weekend the Rays reinstated Patino from IL and sent him down to Triple-A.
Patino has made appearances as both a starter and out of the bullpen for Tampa this season. Both roles have been met with mixed results. In his three starts, he has 10IP with five earned runs and 12Ks. Then during his most recent start, he gave up four earned runs in 3.1 innings pitched. This won’t be the last time we see Patino with the Rays.
The good news is, the Rays want Patino to continue working as a starter down at Triple-A. Furthermore, Patino remains as the top option for the Rays and he will be recalled at some point in the near future.
If you have the roster flexibility I would continue to stash Patino as the upside is too good to be let go.
This is a list of the top performances of some of the top prospects.
Adley Rutschman, C, BAL (AA): .429/.553/.786 3HR, 10RBI, 9R
Spencer Torkelson, 1B, DET (A+): .350/.458/.800 3HR, 9RBI, 4R, 1SB
Bobby Witt Jr., 2B, KC (AA): .297/.357/.811 6HR, 10R, 9RBI
Marco Luciano, SS, SF (A): .314/.368/.571 2HR, 6R, 6RBI, 1SB
Brennan Davis, OF, CHC (A+): .321/.406/.607 2HR, 5RBI, 6R, 2SB
Brice Turang, OF, MILW (AA): .342/.390/.500 1HR, 7RBI, 7R, 1SB
Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, BAL (A+): 11IP, 17K, 1BB, 2ER, 3H
DL Hall, LHP, BAL (AA): 9IP, 16K, 5BB, 0ER, 3H
Shane Baz, RHP, TB (AA): 10IP, 18K, 1BB, 6ER, 9H
Mick Abel, RHP, PHI (A): 6.2IP, 7K, 1BB, 1ER, 4H
Daniel Lynch, LHP, KC (AAA): 10.2IP, 13K, 3BB, 1ER, 7H
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