Minor League Prospect Report Card - Week 3
It looks like we may have our first graduation this week. Who may be called up? Read the friggen article if you want to find out! Geez, I'm not going to do everything for you!
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Yoan Moncada, INF Chicago White Sox. Yoan Moncada finally hit his first dinger of the season this week as he went five for 19 (.263) with two homers, six runs and two stolen bases. He struck out seven times, which is a little high for my liking, but he's finding a nice rythym in Triple-A through three weeks.
Cody Bellinger, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers. My man-crush continues as Cody Bellinger had another fine week for the Oklahoma City Dodgers. He went seven for 26 (.269), with two home runs, three runs batted in, six runs and two stolen bases. About the only negative is that he struck out nine times in those 26 at bats. I would like to see a little more plate discipline from Bellinger, but let's not get too bogged down with the negatives. (Note: Cody Bellinger was called up from Triple-A today to join the Dodgers).
Ozzie Albies, 2B Atlanta Braves. This was a "meh" week for Braves youngster, Ozzie Albies. He went five for 21 (.238), with no home runs, three runs and two stolen bases. He's now hitting .317 on the season with eight runs and four stolen bases. When he arrives in Atlanta, those will be the main areas of fantasy production, so those will be the main categories that I will be grading him on this year.
Austin Meadows, OF Pittsburgh Pirates. Austin Meadows had his best week of this young season! Unfortunately, it still wasn't anything to write home about, as he went six for 23 (.261), with no home runs, two runs batted in and a steal. He also chipped in five strikeouts to boot. It says something that when the Bucs placed outfielder, Adam Frazier on the DL Monday, Meadows still isn't put into consideration. He needs to start performing.
JP Crawford, SS Philadelphia Phillies. Something is going on with the Phillies future shortstop, JP Crawford, but I'm not quite sure what it is. In his third straight stinker, Crawford had two hits on 17 at bats (.118) with no home runs, two RBIs and three runs. He is now hitting .091 on the season and he may have a better shot at getting sent down to Double-A, rather than getting the call from Philadelphia.
Lewis Brinson, OF Milwaukee Brewers. Another good week for Lewis Brinson. In Week 3, Brinson went 11 for 24 (.458), with two dingers, seven RBIs, six runs and a stolen base. There isn't much not to like about this kid and he will be a good addition to the Brewers high octane offense.
Amed Rosario, SS New York Mets. I've added Mets infielder, Amed Rosario this week because he has been playing well in Triple-A, while guys like Jose Reyes are "sucking", and Asdrubal Cabrera is dealing with some kind of unspecified leg issue. We may see him sooner than we originally thought. This past week, Rosario went 12 for 25 (.480), and is now hitting .410 on the season. He isn't known as a power hitter, and has yet to hit his first homer of 2017, but he has five runs and two stolen bases, and those three categories are going to be where his fantasy production comes from. I would like to see a few more runs from him, as well as RBIs, but he's looking really good so far.
Julio Urias, Los Angeles Dodgers. This may possibly be the final week that you will see Julio Urias on this list. J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group, reports that Urias will be recalled to start this Thursday for the Dodgers. He will still be on an innings limit this season, so I'm unsure whether this stay will be for good, but he needs to be rostered ASAP. In three starts at the Triple-A, Oklahoma City Dodgers, Urias has a 1.93 ERA with 15 strikeouts, and nine walks in 14 innings. He had a sub-two ERA in the second half of last season in the Big Leagues and has great stuff.
Grade: Passed and Graduated to the Bigs
Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox. Once promising prospect, Lucas Gioloto is still looking for that breakout performance this season. He went 5.2 innings this week and gave up three earned runs on four hits, with three walks. He did strikeout eight batters, but he has yet to have a game where he hasn't given up at least three runs, and he needs to start stringing together some impressive performances if he wants to see Chicago anytime soon.
Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays. "Minor Discomfort" has kept Jose De Leon from making even one start through the first three weeks. Usually "Minor Discomfort" is what I get when I eat too much cheese and get constipated. I'm starting to get a little worried...
Brent Honeywell, Tampa Bay Rays. Brent Honeywell lit the world on fire when he struck out 12 batters in his first outing this season. His performance in Week 3 was a little different, as he only struck out one batter in six innings. He gave up three runs on six hits and one walk, but I'm sure he's ready for his next start to put this sub-par performance behind him.
Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers. Brewers prospect, Josh Hader didn't have the greatest of weeks, as he lost his only game. He went six innings and gave up three earned runs on seven hits and three walks. He did whiff four batters, but he's currently putting too many batters on base.
Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox. More of the same this week from White Sox flamethrower, Michael Kopech. Kopech went four innings and gave up two earned runs, with three walks and five strikeouts. He's going to strikeout a ton of batters, as he already has 20 K's in 12 innings, but he is also going to put a lot of runners on base. He's definitely going to be a fun watch when he arrives in Big Leagues.