Prospect Stock Report 8.18.17
August 18, 2017 | Justin Klein
Rhys Hoskins is now playing every day for the Phillies after destroying Triple-A pitching for much of the season and yet I’m still getting a lot of fantasy questions about him. It’s probably because he’s hitting a paltry .214 thus far, but he’s been ridiculously unlucky in the BABIP department as his .143 BABIP is insanely low. When you factor in that he’s managed the same walk percentage as strikeout percentage through his first 33 plate appearances (12.1%) it’s actually quite unreal that the average is so low. Rhys (pronounced Reese) has notched an awesome .321 ISO to go with his solid .365 wOBA and 124 wRC+. While it’s a tiny sample size we can immediately see that the power is real and could very well be on full display for the rest of the season as long as he stays healthy and playing full time. Already having garnered first base and outfield eligibility in Yahoo leagues it’s amazing that Hoskins is still free to pick up in 77% them. If his luck turns around I expect the young slugger to hit for a decent to good average while smacking tons of extra base hits along the way. Having slotted fourth in six of the past seven Phillies games (the other game he hit third) I would also expect a good amount of counting numbers to go with those doubles and HR. If you can pick up Hoskins in any sort of keeper or dynasty league you should immediately do so. And if you are in a redraft league or 12 or more teams you should likely do so as well. In any size league with 5 starting OF per team Hoskins should also be owned. While I don’t think that Rhys will post an ISO over .300 for the remainder of the season I do think that he will be among the top 10 or 15 power hitters for the league while also posting a batting average that doesn’t hurt you or could even help your fake team. At this point I’m shocked the Phillies haven’t began starting Hoskins at first base every day, but I’ll take the OF eligibly and the roster flexibility that comes with it.
Lewis Brinson is an extremely talented outfielder and will almost certainly be a force to be reckoned with in fantasy leagues, but that will likely not happen until next season, as the Brewer strained his hamstring and is out for 4-6 weeks. That’s basically the next month and possibly the rest of the regular season. If you’ve been holding onto him in redraft leagues or holding out hope that he’d help your fake team in a dynasty or keeper league that’s unfortunately unlikely to happen. While he could come back in mid to late September it’s safe to drop Brinson in redraft leagues and move on. Worth monitoring his health and rehab in very deep or only leagues where you might need a boost in the last week or so, but otherwise you’ll have to wait until 2018 for Lewis to make an impact on your fantasy team.
Stephen Gonsalves appears to be in line to make his MLB debut for the Twins on Monday in Chicago against the White Sox and that is an extremely interesting prospect as the Pale Hose aren’t that good on offense these days and Stephen has been fantastic at pitching at Double-A this season. Over 15 starts and 87 and 1/3 innings at Double-A this season Stephen posted a 803 record with a 9.89 K/9, 2.37 BB/9 and a 2.68 ERA. Then in two starts and 13 innings pitched at Triple-A Gonsalves managed a 1-0 record with a 10.38 K/9, 1.38 BB/9 and a 2.08 ERA. In 2016 Stephen tossed 65 and 2/3 innings at Double-A and managed an 8-1 record with a near 11 K/9 and a 1.82 ERA. While his walks per nine were much higher then it’s impressive to see them come down at both stops since then. Currently available in 100% of Yahoo leagues Stephen is out there for all of you Yahooligans right now if you’d like to make the addition. He might only get one start, but it could be a good one, and if he were to make two starts they could potentially be very useful in deeper formats.
Reynaldo Lopez is just 23 years old, but you wouldn’t know it by his moxie on the mound or by the stuff he has in dealing with major league hitters in his limited experience. While he excited his start on Tursday against the Rangers with right side soreness he’s still worth getting excited over because of his raw ability when healthy. Assuming the injury isn’t going to force him to miss much time (that’s a total assumption at this point so be sure to monitor his health) he could be a factor down the stretch in fantasy leagues. If your fake team needs K’s then look no further than Reynaldo and his 10.45 K/9. Currently available in 77% of Yahoo leagues many owners jumped ship after his poor outing on Thursday where he gave up six runs (five earned) on five hits and four walks while striking out six in four and one-third innings pitched. This after he held the Royals to two runs on four hits over six innings while striking out six on August 11th. There’s a chance that the injury is more severe than they’re letting on, or that the White Sox choose to be cautious with Lopez, but there’s also the chance that he comes back soon and continues racking up the K’s. If that’s the case Renaldo is an interesting option in several leagues and formats because of his stuff and ability to get batters to swing and miss. If Lopez were to be moved to the bullpen this season to curb his innings or because the White Sox love your fantasy team Reynaldo’s value would skyrocket in every format. Long thought of as a pitcher that would eventually slide into a relief role Lopez would be a tremendous fantasy asset if he were pitching the ninth inning for the Southsiders and it’s worth noting that they currently don’t have anyone in that role. In any case Lopez is an interesting player and deserves to be watched and considered in most leagues regardless of format the rest of the way.
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