Prospect Stock Report 5.11.17
May 11, 2017 | Justin Klein
Amed Rosario has continued to destroy Triple-A pitching as he’s now up to a silly good .371/.413/.508 triple slash with nine doubles, a triple, two HR, an 18:9 K:BB ratio and seven SB’s. While his BABIP is currently .411 he has the speed ability to carry a high BABIP and well, frankly, it’s the PCL. That said we’re still talking about a 21 year old shortstop that could immediately make an impact in the big leagues. Currently floating around in 91% of Yahoo leagues free agent pools Amed is a great player to stash in deeper leagues. In any sort of keeper or dynasty league he should be long gone. If that is magically not the case you should immediately pick him up. Rosario is a top prospect as he’s ranked eighth at Baseball Prospectus and Baseball America and third at MLB.com. If the Mets weren’t concerned about his a potential service time issue Amed would likely have been up weeks ago. Current third baseman Jose Reyes is slashing a pathetic .183/.267/.317 and he’s paired that with some shoddy defense. Meanwhile Asdrubal Cabrera is dealing with a thumb injury and remains day to day. If the Mets were as concerned about making the playoffs as they should be they would’ve already called Rosario up and moved Cabrera to third base with Reyes only filling in on off days and for injury situations. I expect the Mets to call up Rosario the moment he is past the super two deadline and they obtain another year of team control. That will likely be within the next four weeks. When he is called up Amed is going to play every day assuming the Mets don’t jerk him around like they did with Michael Conforto. Expect to see some pop and decent speed mixed with a strong hit tool and a huge upgrade in defense on the left side. While Amed’s walk rate is down to just 6.5% he’s also managed to lower his strikeout rate to 13%. Rosario has some risk attached to him but he also has some solid upside as well. He’s probably not going to go bonkers like Cody Bellinger, but he should be able to hit fairly well right away. I think he will also show some pop and solid speed right away, but the main carrying tool here is the hit tool. If you can grab him now in deep leagues he’s probably worth the stash as he could be hitting near the top of the Mets lineup before you know it.
Franklin Barreto is another SS that is racking in the PCL as he’s currently triple slashing a healthy .347/.396/.529 with a .182 ISO and a .404 wOBA. Despite the fact that Marcus Semien is hanging out on the 60 day DL the A’s are not planning on calling up Franklin and his tower anytime soon. This has a lot to do with his service time and his need for work on defense at SS. That said the guy who he would replace on defense is Marcus freakin’ Semien. Come on man. Meanwhile Barreto’s four HR and three SB show the power and speed combination that the young prospect possesses. Currently available in 97% of Yahoo leagues Franklin should be owned in every keeper or dynasty league by now. If he’s not you should pick him up post haste. As far as redrafts go I would hold off for now. There’s a small chance that he could get called up in June or at some point this summer, but it’s looking more and more like he won’t get a cup of coffee until September. When he gets the call I expect Barreto to flash his skills right away. Although there is some average concern if his K% were to balloon the power and speed at the SS position would more than make up for it.
Sean Newcomb has looked great at Triple-A Gwinnett this season for the Braves affiliate as he’s posted a solid 2.97 ERA across 30 and 1/3 innings pitched with a 41:15 K:BB ratio. Currently available in 99% of Yahoo leagues we should see Newcomb at some point in 2017. If he’s currently available in your dynasty or keeper league you should scoop him up right meow. As far as redraft leagues go he should just be monitored at this point. Similar to Barreto we may not see him until September when rosters expand. If that were to change for any reason you would want to grab Newcomb immediately though, as his tremendous strikeout ability should play well in both the real and fake games upon being called up. The ratios would probably be in the fours, but the K/9 would almost certainly be over nine and possibly even higher. If you play in a head to head league this is definitely a player worth monitoring; especially as the season wears on.
Rafael Devers is just 20 years old, but that hasn’t stopped him from doing work for the Double-A Portland Sea Dogs. So far in the Eastern League the young third baseman has notched an impressive .305/.371/.547 triple slash with five doubles and six HR across 95 at bats. Even more impressive than the .242 ISO is the fact that Devers has managed a 20:10 K:BB ratio thus far in nearly 100 at bats. It’s highly unlikely that the Red Sox would rush Devers to the show, but they have showed in the past that they’re willing to give talented youngsters a shot before. Just last year they called up Yoan Moncada and a couple of years ago they stuck Xander Bogaerts at SS in the middle of a pennant race. While Moncada flopped and Bogaerts thrived there is currently a huge need at third base in Boston. Pablo Sandoval is injured and played poorly before being hurt and Josh Rutledge is nothing more than a placeholder, and a bellow average one at that. If the Red Sox aren’t able to get a deal done or somehow shore up the position from within their team there is a chance that they could call up Devers at some point and hand him the keys to third base. He’s likely hit in a fairly solid spot in the lineup as far as collecting runs and RBI goes, and he should hit for some power right away as well. I believe that he would also hit for a decent average, but that remains to be seen. Worst case scenario Rafael would fall on his face like Moncada and they would simply send him back down. Best case scenario he would hit right away and play reasonable enough defense to allow his bat into the lineup every day. Right now you can go and pick up Rafael in 98% of Yahoo leagues. I don’t expect him to be called up, but then again I also didn’t expect Bogaerts and Moncada to come up when they did. If you’re in a keeper or dynasty league and Devers is available you should add him and then ask to raise the buy in. If you’re in a redraft it is a name worth filing away, as it’s definitely one that you would want to pounce on if he were to be called up to the big leagues.
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