2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Prospect Report

by Daniel Johnson
2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Prospect Report

Here we are with F6P’s 2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Prospect Report, and we’ve had ourselves a flurry of exciting call-ups since last week’s edition. Let’s get right to it.

2022 Fantasy Baseball Week 5 Prospect Report

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George Kirby (and, reluctantly, Matt Brash) SP, Seattle Mariners

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If you’ve been a follower of these reports since the beginning of the season, you’re well aware how all-in I was on Matt Brash. But, my goodness, did his control issue rear its monstrous head in his 20.0 innings of work in the bigs. A 17:19 BB:K ratio is ugly, folks. So is a 2.05 WHIP. No use putting lipstick on this hog: Brash was routinely shelled after his first two semi-promising starts.

The Mariners demoted him to Triple-A Tacoma on May 5th, and they announced they’ll plan to relegate him to bullpen work both in the minors and when he’s eventually called back up later this season. Woof. I mention him here because he’s now indisputably droppable.

Thankfully, Seattle didn’t keep us waiting long for the arrival of George Kirby, who, you’ll remember, lost out the number-five starter job to Brash during the Spring and began his season at Double-A. He made his big league debut this past Sunday against the Rays, and he dazzled: 6.0 IP, 4H, 0ER, 0BB, 7K. He’s not nearly as besieged by the lack of command as Brash is, as his 137:20 K:BB ratio 115+ innings in the minors would suggest.

We have no choice but to take all our hopes and dreams and wildest ambitions for Matt Brash and transfer them over to George Kirby, at least for 2022. Kirby looks like he’s going to fit the part. Get excited about him, and, if you can, grab him.

Alek Thomas, CF, Arizona Diamondbacks

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As an early investor in Alek Thomas in many of my redraft leagues this year, I wasn’t thrilled he was optioned to Triple-A Reno to begin the season. It didn’t take long for Arizona to bring him up to the big dance, and all he’s done since his call-up is rake. He hit his first home-run just yesterday, a 414-foot bomb off Sandy Alcantara, and he’s already amassed three extra-base-hits in 13 ABs.

He should be set for an everyday role in center field, so if you snagged him, feel confident rolling him out there in both daily and weekly leagues. And, if you haven’t snagged him yet, what are you waiting for?

Juan Yepez, 1B, St. Louis Cardinals

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If you’d asked me to name the St. Louis Cardinals first baseman most likely to post a .778 slugging percentage throughout the first two weeks in May, certainly would have guessed Paul Goldschmidt. I would be wrong. 24-year-old Juan Yepez, since his call-up on May 4th, has been tearing the cover off the ball, with a .444/.483/.778 slash line through his first 27 ABs.

He’s performing much better at the DH position than the abysmal platoon of Albert Pujols and Corey Dickerson was, so I’d expect him to continue seeing regular playing time. And he’s still not widely-enough owned yet: in ESPN leagues, his ownership percentage is just above 11%. While so many other veteran/superstar first baseman are having trouble adjusting to the deadened ball, Yepez is a great option to add a spark to your daily lineups.


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