Somehow, the summer solstice has come and gone, most Fantasy Baseball leagues have crested their halfway points, and so here we are with the 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report at F6P.
We all know June marks the advent of call-up season in the MLB, and it sure hasn't disappointed in 2022. Big names doing big things, dark horses pleasantly surprising us all, and whisperings of imminent rookie debuts are dominating league news.
In reports of weeks past, we've used plenty of airtime willing guys like Julio Rodriguez, Bobby Witt, Jr., and Nolan Gorman to offensive stardom. All three are raking (and, in the case of the former two, running) now. All three have OPSes over .800 over the last thirty days. We remain concerned about Gorman's strikeout rate, but, for now, sit back and reap what you sowed.
This week, let's examine revisit two names–one marquee, one not-so-much–and take a look at a rookie who's pleasantly surprised us all since his call-up.
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 11 Prospect Report
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Riley Greene, CF, Detroit Tigers
No surprises here. Greene missed the first few months of the year with an injury but slashed .291/.350/.418 with one home run and three steals over his final 55 at-bats in the minors prior to his debut.
Since his call-up on June 18th, he's been all over the Tigers' lineup: at times batting second, fifth, and sixth. It doesn't seem to matter where AJ Hinch puts him; wherever he is, Greene is hitting so far.
But let's not get ahead of ourselves. He hasn't exactly set anything on fire this week. All five of his hits so far have been singles. Expect the power and speed to come, as both were graded as plus tools in his portfolio.
What is surprising is that he's only owned in 29.5% of ESPN leagues. That means two out of three of you reading this article have the opportunity to head to your waiver wire immediately and snatch him up. His availability window will close parallel to his skills flourishing. Get in on him now.
Michael Harris II, OF, Atlanta Braves
Atlanta selected its top prospect's contract at the end of May, and in 84 at-bats since then, Michael Harris II has absolutely teed off on professional pitching. He's slashing .345/.375/.945 with three home runs, 15 runs, 11 extra-base hits, and two stolen bases.
It is a bit of a bummer that the Braves have settled him into the number nine slot in their lineup, but we shouldn't be worried about his opportunities there in a fairly high-powered offense. They like him as their turn-the-lineup-over guy, and the results so far are encouraging.
His 18:3 K:BB ratio is absolutely something to keep an eye on, as it's possible pitchers might adjust to his free-swinging tendencies.
But, for now, he's still only owned in 40% of ESPN leagues. If he's out there, what are you waiting for?
Max Meyer, SP, Miami Marlins
Back in Week 2's Prospect Report, when I first gushed about Max Meyer, it felt like he was going to leap-frog Edward Cabrera and be the first pitching prospect the Marlins called up this year. Our hopes were dashed when he suffered an ulnar nerve irritation in his right elbow on May 17, which has sidelined him ever since.
Having said that, his recovery and rehab start went well, and he was activated off the AAA 7-day IL on June 22. Cabrera is rehabbing from an elbow injury of his own, which could open the door for Meyer to shoehorn his way into the majors sooner than later.
This is purely something to keep an eye on, a suggestion to watch-list him closely or stash him on a bench spot if at all possible.
I don't know what to say; I just can't quit this guy. All I want is to watch him eviscerate MLB hitters. Anyone else?
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