Prospect Stock Report 7.7.17
July 7, 2017 | Justin Klein
Yoan Moncada is still simmering in Triple-A for some reason despite the fact that he’s the consensus top prospect in all of baseball and the only player standing in his way of major league at bats is Yolmer Sanchez. While Yoan is in a ten game slide where he’s hit just .237 and posted a wretched 14:4 K:BB ratio he’s still managed to smack two dingers and steal a base. Maybe the slump has something to do with the fact that he’s just as surprised as we are that he hasn’t been called up yet. It could be a confidence thing, because before that he was a man on fire. Even with the ten game skid Moncada has notched a solid .278/.378/.448 triple slash with a .171 ISO, .378 wOBA and a wRC+ of 129. While those aren’t quite video game numbers they are very good and the fact that he’s also cranked out 11 HR and thieved 16 SB while scoring 53 times and knocking 32 in across 72 games played. Currently floating around in the free agent pool in 61% of Yahoo leagues now would be as good a time as any to scoop him up if that’s a thing that you can do. Although his call up is seemingly anything but eminent it should happen at some point this season. Maybe it comes after the White Sox trade their best players away for more prospects. That would be useful timing by ownership. In any case Moncada should fill four of the five categories right out of the gate as he has plenty of pop and speed to be a useful asset in the fake game right away. There is obviously still some risk associated with Yoan’s bat, as evidenced in a tiny sample with the Red Sox last season. The swing and miss isn’t going away any time soon, and because of it the K% will likely be in the neighborhood of 30% or more. It will be hard to post a good batting average while striking out that much so beware that he could potentially damage the batting average category of your fake team. Like I said earlier he will be an asset in every other facet of the fake game just as soon as he gets a chance to play.
Chance Adams has quietly turned into one of the best young pitching prospects in the game as he’s posted a 2.39 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a 58:19 K:BB ratio across 10 starts and 52 and 2/3 innings pitched for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre. Still just 22 years old Adams will likely get a shot with the big league club at some point this season. It could very well be in a starting role if needed, but it could also come in a relief role as well. Whatever the team need is at that point is the role that Adams would fill. With most of his experience coming as a starting pitcher it may make sense to keep him in that role, but his stuff could possibly play up in one innings bursts, or he could be a versatile multiple inning reliever like Andrew Miller if called upon. In any case he should get a shot at some point this season and will likely be a strong addition to your fake team when that happens. Currently available in 97% of Yahoo leagues you may want to get out ahead of it and add Chance now if you’re in any sort of keeper or dynasty league. As for deeper leagues you’ll want to keep an eye on it, especially for those of you in holds leagues.
Luke Voit has burst upon the fantasy scene of late with two HR in his past four outings. Not only has hit a couple of dingers, but he’s managed to knock in seven RBI while scoring a few runs this past week. Having already hit 7th, 6th and then 4th it will be interesting to see where Voit fits into the lineup and how much playing time he gets going forward. Available in 98% of Yahoo leagues he’s out there for most of you Yahooligans if you’d like to grab him while he’s hot or gamble that he’s going to continue to stay hot while manning first base for the red birds. It’s worth noting that while Voit is by no means a top prospect with a rich pedigree he has already hit clean up multiple times and he posted solid numbers in the minor leagues. Before being called up this season Luke had notched a solid .239 ISO, .415 wOBA and a 149 wRC+ across 70 games and 293 at bats at Triple-A. His .322/.406/.561 triple slash goes quite well when paired with 12 HR, 33 R and 48 RBI that he notched. In 2016 Voit socked 19 HR while posting 144 Runs and RBI at Double-A. There he triple slashed a healthy .297/.372/.477 with a .180 ISO, .380 wOBA and a 145 wRC+. I’ve already added a share in my deepest league and I’m pondering an addition in a deep dynasty league as well. You can join me if you’d like in most leagues. Knowing the Cardinals history of developing talent I wouldn’t underestimate the young slugger if I were you.
Francisco Mejia was named as the number three prospect in Baseball Prospectus’s Mid Season Top 50 Prospect list. That may come as a surprise to some of you. Others have been patiently waiting for years now and will wait a bit longer for his eventual big league arrival. Although it’s no sure thing that Mejia will be an everyday catcher in the majors it’s becoming more and more likely that he’ll at least be able to catch most of the time and thus he should be able to retain catcher eligibility in the fake game for years to come. Even if he’s not a catcher Francisco will be a hitting force when he’s finally given the chance to play at the big league level. All he’s done is hit in the minors as he’s posted a strong .338/.351/.550 triple slash with a .212 ISO, .406 wOBA and a 153 wRC+ this season at Double-A. In 2016 at A and then high A Mejia managed a .337 and .343 average while notching a wOBA of .393 and .414, along with a wRC+ of 140 and 165. More importantly for our purposes in the fake game he’s improved his receiving ability and although he’s still fairly small he still projects to be a catcher in the big leagues. Currently available in 98% of Yahoo leagues he’s surely gone in all keeper and dynasty leagues. If that’s somehow not the case you should pounce now and immediately make the addition. As far as redraft leagues go Mejia isn’t likely a concern this season; though there’s a small chance that he could get a cup of coffee in September when rosters expand.
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