Prospect Stock Report 8.2.17
August 2, 2017 | Justin Klein
Amed Rosario was finally called up by the Mets on Tuesday and made his major league debut on Tuesday night at Coors Field in Colorado. Rosario notched his first hit, an infield single to the shortstop. Apparently New York was waiting until they were 14 and a half games out of the division and 10 and a half games out of the wildcard to make a move. Or maybe they didn’t act until Asdrubal Cabrera had slid over to third base from shortstop. In either case it seems much delayed, but at least it finally happened. Rosario is a consensus top prospect on every list and at every site. He’s far and away New York’s best prospect and they’ve still got a few really good ones that are seemingly on the brink of joining Amed (I’m looking at you Dom Smith) on the big league roster. This season Rosario had slashed a healthy .328/.367/.466 at Triple-A with 66 runs scored, seven HR, 58 RBI and 19 SB. Although the power isn’t quite there yet (.137 ISO at Triple-A this season) the speed should make an impact and Amed could hit for a solid to strong average right away. Still just 21 years old Rosario is already 6’2” and 190 lbs. While he’s no #beefyboy there isn’t concern over his size because of his plus defense and plus plus speed. The power hasn’t come yet, but it certainly could, and that would make Rosario a five tool shortstop. In dynasty leagues that should be treated with much respect. Meanwhile, in redraft leagues it’s important to note that there are seemingly a million good MI options this season, but that Rosario could be a decent SS or MI option in 15 team leagues and deeper. Heck, if the batting average plays up and is in the .280-.300 range with speed and the ability to get on base and thus score a decent amount of runs Amed could be quite useful in 12 team leagues too. Currently available in 60% of Yahoo leagues Rosario should be picked up in deeper formats and probably added in most medium formats as well. In shallower formats he’s a fun flier, especially while he’s a mile high in Colorado, but for anything beyond that there’s more of a wait and see attitude. At least for now there is anyway. In every case like this it’s much better to be early than it is to be late. Being early means you drop the young player and move on, while being late means you miss out on a potential impact bat for free.
Joining Rosario in the big leagues on Tuesday night was Ozhanio “Ozzie” Albies who was brought up by the Braves as they sent the struggling Dansby Swanson down to Triple-A. Ozzie went 0-2 in his debut against the Dodgers in Atlanta, but was able to take a walk and come around and score a run. Just 20 years old Albies is the first player to play in major league baseball that was born in 1997. Take that in for a moment. Ozzie can’t legally drink a beer, but he can play pro ball for Atlanta and will get every to play for the Braves as long as he can handle it. While there’s some question as to how well he will hit major league hitting there’s no questioning his hit tool against minor league arms. Young at every single level Ozzie only ever struggled when he came up to triple-A late last year and scuffled over a 56 game sample. Before that he never posted an average under .310, an OBP under .368, a SLG of .404 and his lowest wOBA was .357 and his lowest wRC+ was 122. This season across 97 games and 448 plate appearances at Triple-A Albies managed to pop nine HR while swiping 21 bags, scoring 67 runs and knocking in 41 more. He triple slashed a solid .285/.330/.440 as he posted his highest ISO (156) and showed more power than he ever had before. Keep in mind he did this despite the fact that he had just turned 20 years old. When I was that age I was going to school and working part time at the mall. While Ozzie is young his hit tool should play to at least an average that won’t hurt your fake team and at least the speed should shine through right away. There’s a chance that the hit tool could keep on truckin’ and that Albies steps his game up as he has now risen to the highest level. He’s just 20 years old, so there’s certainly a lot of risk and the chance that he could fail and be sent back down, but there’s also plenty of upside there as well. Currently available in 87% of Yahoo leagues you can add Ozhaino at your leisure in most leagues, but I wouldn’t wait too long. As I noted above it’s always better to be early in these cases rather than being late, on account of the rare talent that these young players possess. While it’s not likely that either of them are world beaters right out of the gate the fact that both can hit and have tremendous speed could be boon to their fantasy success. I’d add Albies in all 15 team leagues and deeper and also in leagues that are 12 teams or deeper and have MI slots. Dansby Swanson is a good player to remind you about, as he was a hot shot prospect that was drafted in high regard and he didn’t hit much and was sent back down. Sometimes these players take time develop and other times they bust. I can’t imagine how hard it is to adjust to major league pitching or have the nerves to come up in a big spot and come through for your team. It’s important to remember that even guys like Mike Trout struggled their first time around needed to come back and try again. While Albies and Rosario could have an impact right away they could also struggle. I hate to be so much on the fence here, but I’m trying to be as honest as possible. Both of these young players have the skills to immediately make an impact both in the real and fake games. If you can add them then you should do so in most cases.
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