2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Prospect Report

by Daniel Johnson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Prospect Report

Our 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Prospect Report is no sunnier in disposition than last edition, when we were in "day-to-day" stages for some of the sport's most exciting rookies.

The passing of a week has seen this season (and likely all of next) shot to hell for my '22 darling Max Meyer, who's scheduled for TJ surgery in the coming days. Julio Rodriguez's HBP-induced wrist injury landed him on the shelf, but is supposedly fairly minor. I feel certain his stay on the IL will blow by the minimum ten days.

To boot! Bobby Witt, Jr. apparently pushed through his hamstring injury, but he too was blinged by a fastball in his lead wrist in a meaningless ninth-inning at-bat. As of today, Mike Matheny's led us to believe that it's a complete non-issue for Witt, healthwise, going forward. He wasn't in Monday's lineup. So, we'll see.

Let's revisit a few other names from Reports of yore, and examine the hot streak of an AL Central rookie to see if it'll stick around for the summer.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 17 Prospect Report

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Spencer Torkelson, 1B, Detroit Tigers

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That frown about sums up Torkelson's first half of 2022, doesn't it? How's this for a brutal slash line for one of the game's most highly-anticipated power prospects: .197/.282/.296, with just five home runs across 264 ABs. Woof.

By now, we all know the Tigers sent Torkelson down to the Mud Hens to begin the second half of the campaign. This feels like a "find your sweet spot again, kid," kind of roster move. I'm certain we see him again before the end of the 2022 campaign.

Don't hold your breath, however; Torkelson is still tanking at the plate. Across 36 ABs, he's got only six hits, one home run, and a 3:12 BB:K ratio. Something is rotten in that swing.

If I've got an extra roster spot in a keeper league, and a frustrated former owner went so far as to drop him, I'll stash Torkelson, just in case. He wouldn't be the first prospect this year to catch fire in his second call-up to the majors.

Jose Miranda, 3B, Minnesota Twins

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As it would turn out, it's this guy who was the first prospect this year to catch fire in his second call-up to the majors.

After a tough first stint with the big league club in Minnesota and a subsequent demotion, the Twins called Miranda back up on May 30th. All he's done since is rake.

Let's examine his last 30 days, shall we? A batting average of .354, an ungodly OPS of 1.054, with five home runs and 18 RBI. The dingers account for most of his extra-base hits, as he's only got a total of seven across that same time span. But still, he's not striking out much, and is barreling the ball at a sizzling rate.

He's still only owned in 21.4 of ESPN leagues. He's eligible at both corner infield positions, and is a fixture in the middle of the Twins lineup. Go get him now, and ride the wave.

Jarred Kelenic, OF, Seattle Mariners*

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Asterisk necessary here, because Kelenic was technically a rookie last year.

A bit of a theme to this week's Prospect Report, no? Kelenic is hoping to replicate the second-stint success that Miranda is having for the Twins. The Mariners called him this past Sunday, presumably to occupy the slot in the outfield left vacant by J-Rod.

Over his last 248 plate appearances in Tacoma, he slashed .289/.355/.551 with 34 extra-base hits (11 of which were home runs) and 37 RBI. Unlike Torkelson, Kelenic seemed to figure it out.

More of the same so far, however, in his first two games back in the bigs. He's 0-for-7 with three strikeouts. Hard to give this guy the benefit of the doubt after his dismal start to 2022 (and, let's be honest, altogether unimpressive 2021).

But, if you're a J-Rod owner, what do you have to lose? As one myself, I'm going to grab Kelenic and see if a second-half surge is in store.


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