2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Prospect Report

by Daniel Johnson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Prospect Report

Here we go with F6P’s 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Prospect Report, and let’s rejoice: one of our blue-chip ships hath finally come in!

We knew, indeed, it was only a matter of time. And yet the matter remains that way for some of the other shiny new assets on which many of us spent significant draft capital this Spring. How much longer can I get away with preaching patience with Bobby Witt and Spencer Torkelson? Let’s see.

Some quick hitters before we get to the meat of this week’s report: Oneil Cruz is still jailed in service time purgatory.

Max Meyer, despite just throwing his longest outing of the year (6.2 IP/6 H/1 ER/6 K), has not jumped to the 40-man roster. Let’s try not to get concerned about the Marlins blowing too much of his workload in Triple-A, where he’s clearly overmatching everyone.

Nolan Gorman is on a 15-game hitting streak in Memphis, with a .393/.433/.918 slash line, 10 home runs, a 6.0 BB% and a 29.9 K%. Yes, we should be unenthused by and wary about his K-rate.

Sixto Sanchez is now throwing from sixty feet, so he’s trending up. Keep a vigilant eye on them all.

This week, let’s revisit one of the most exciting young names in all of baseball, gauge our expectations about a recent high-profile call-up, and watch list a southpaw who’s dominating the minors.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 4 Prospect Report

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Immediate Impact

Julio Rodriguez, OF, Seattle Mariners

Finally, we can breathe. And not just because of the 450-foot bomb above; in his last seven games, J-Rod is slashing .333/.391/.524, albeit with only two XBH (including the home run). The point is: he’s seeing the ball better. And in his last fifteen games, he’s stolen a whopping seven bases, so hallelujah for speed value. The Mariners have shown serious faith in Rodriguez, and they’re certainly hoping this hot streak will be indicative of a more electric consistency that will constitute a reward for their patience.

It would appear, however, that a good portion of fantasy managers have not exhibited such forbearance with Julio; his ownership, in some platforms (likely redraft leagues), has dropped below 60%. There might be no more buying on the dip with this kid. If you’re lucky enough to be in a league where he’s sitting on the waiver wire, grab him now.

MJ Melendez, C, Kansas City Royals

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And here we arrive at this week’s biggest news: Mike Matheny announced on Sunday that with the designation of Cam Gallagher to the IL, the Royals called up MLB’s No. 49 overall prospect MJ Melendez. This means that, yes, the Royals will have both the 2021 MLB leader in home runs (Salvador Perez) and the 2021 MiLB leader in home runs on their active roster, and they’re both catchers. How about it.

Prior to his call-up, he wasn’t at all lighting it up in Triple-A, but we’ll go ahead and blame his paltry slash line on a career-low .204 BABIP. His 14.3% walk rate is encouraging, even if only because it’s statistically standard for him.

Let’s temper our expectations here. We love his power from the left-handed side of the plate. We love that he’s got a shot to prove himself in the bigs, and there’s always the chance he defies the humidor and hits home runs as often as his Major League counterpart. The Royals have suggested they might consider moving him around the diamond just to keep his power in the lineup (because, well, it’s not like Bobby Witt is providing much right now at the hot corner). But I bet it’ll take a serious offensive showing from the get-go to keep him around.

It’s hard to justify stashing a question mark of a catcher on your bench. But you won’t hear any criticism from me if you want to try to catch lightning in a bottle before the storm has even rolled in.

Brace for Impact

Logan T. Allen, SP, Cleveland Guardians

No, not that Logan Allen on the Cleveland Guardians. This is the other one. Logan Taylor Allen, the guy who’s got 24 strikeouts in 15+ innings for Double-A Akron, and a 2.34 ERA and 167 strikeouts in 126+ innings across his entire minor league career.

He’s 23 years old, and the organization likely wants to see some more development from him before they elevate him to the big leagues. But he’s likely due for a promotion to Triple-A sooner than later, so let’s keep an eye on how he fares there. Throw him on your watch list.

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