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Fantasy baseball minor league report
Thanks to a slew of injuries and transactions around the American and National Leagues, fantasy baseball owners have enjoyed a recent jolt of prospect production. That is if they invested early and wisely of course.
In our first “Minor League Fantasy Report,” Tony Cingrani was a few days away from his call-up and Dee Gordon was marinating down at Triple-A, but with Hanley Ramirez sidelined once again, the speedy shortstop earned one last shot with the Dodgers.
Tony Cingrani - Reds
Stats: 2-0 / 2.63 ERA / 33 K
Analysis: Johnny Cueto (back strain/oblique soreness) threw a bullpen session on Monday, but it looks as if Cingrani will get at least two more starts before the team decides whether he heads back to Louisville or remains part of the rotation with Mike Leake the likely odd man out.
Nolan Arenado - Rockies
Stats: .323 BA / 3 HR / 8 RBI (31 AB)
Analysis: After Chris Nelson was dealt to the Yankees, the 22-year-old pup at the hot corner earned a promotion. The franchise’s No. 2 prospect was hitting .364 in the 18 minor-league games prior to the call-up. If he plays on a regular basis, Arenado has the potential to hit .290-.295 with 60 runs, 15-20 homers and 60-70 RBI by season’s end.
Marcell Ozuna - Marlins
Stats: .478 BA / HR / 4 Doubles / 4 RBI
Analysis: Ozuna was promoted directly from Double-A Jacksonville after mashing five home runs and driving in 15 in 10 games. The franchise’s No. 6 prospect possesses a ton of power (22, 23 and 24 HR last three minor league seasons). Plus, with Giancarlo Stanton on the disabled list and the team not vying for a World Series title, the front office can get creative with their minor league call-ups.
Dee Gordon - Dodgers
Stats: 3-7 with a triple and 3 stolen bases (2 games)
Analysis: Gordon is competing with Nick Punto, Skip Schumaker and Justin Sellers for playing time, while Ramirez is on the disabled list. I'll leave it at that.
Stats as of 5/5/2013
Wil Myers Update
Stats: .276 / 16 R / 17 RBI / 3 HR (Triple-A Durham)
Analysis: By all accounts, we should expect Wil Myers to be promoted by late-June, early-July. However, if your team ranks near the bottom of standings and Myers is squatting on a roster spot that could go to a productive free agent NOW, don’t handcuff yourself.
Jeff Kobernus – 2B (Parent: Nationals)
Stats: .376 BA / 22 R / 15 RBI
Analysis: Lack of confidence (patience?) in Danny Espinosa and Steve Lombardozzi at second base could open the door for Kobernus down the road. He’s still working towards his first major league at bat.
Joey Terdoslavich – OF (Parent: Braves)
Stats: .339 BA / 5 HR / 17 RBI
Analysis: The best case scenario for Joey is that either Jordan Schafer or Reed Johnson wind up on the disabled list and even then it’s not a guarantee he’d start over B.J. Upton at the big league level. However, Upton’s owners would probably unanimously agree they’d be open to some playing time for the 25-year-old.
Cesar Hernandez – 2B (Parent: Phillies)
Stats: .358 / 17 R / 8 SB (0 CS)
Analysis: Damn you Chase Utley and your healthy knees! However, he can also play shortstop. Damn you Jimmy Rollins! Definitely keep tabs.
Anthony Gose – OF (Parent: Blue Jays)
Stats: .262 BA / .367 OBP / 23 R / 3 SB (4 CS)
Analysis: The 22-year-old speedy outfielder swiped 15 bases in 56 games for the Blue Jays last season. So, for him to only have three steals in 27 games is quite surprising. Although, several variables factor into his ability to steal second or third base.
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Chris Colabello – 1B (Parent: Twins)
Stats: .330 BA / 7 HR / 20 RBI
Analysis: In order for the 29-year-old independent ball survivor to reach Minnesota, I have to think Justin Morneau and/or Josh Willingham would have to hit a rough patch or land on the disabled list.
Ryan Langerhans – LF (Parent: Blue Jays)
Stats: .278 / 6 HR / 18 R
Analysis: An injury to Melky Cabrera or Rajai Davis could mean another shot for the veteran ball player. Doesn't it seem like yesterday he was part of the Atlanta "Baby Braves" craze? He's now 33 years old.
Clete Thomas – OF (Parent: Twins)
Stats: .365 BA / 6 HR / 16 RBI / 5 SB
Analysis: Right now the Twins are content with Chris Parmelee in right field. However, Parm is hitting .220 with a .305 OBP. Thomas, a guy with major league experience, just wrapped up a nine-game hit streak. He had a .486 batting average (17-for-25) including 4 home runs, 8 RBI and 7 runs scored during the streak.
Billy Hamilton – OF / SS (Parent: Reds)
Stats: .196 BA / .265 OBP / 17 SB (2 CS)
Analysis: He's a player without a position in Cincinnati and considering his current batting average, this is probably a good thing. Hamilton will continue to marinate down in Louisville with Shin-Soo Choo raking in center field and Zach Cozart healthy and serviceable at shortstop for the Reds.
Pacific Coast League
Stats of 5/6/2013
*Jimmy Paredes – RF/3B (Parent: Astros)
Stats: .366 BA / 3 HR / 20 R / 15 RBI / 7 SB
Analysis: Now we’re talking! The Houston Astros just called up Paredes, along with teammate Trevor Crowe, on Monday May 6. Last season, Paredes hit .318 with 37 stolen bases and 13 home runs in 124 Triple-A games, but only managed a .184 average in 24 games with the Astros. He’ll back up Matt Dominguez at third base and Brandon Barnes in right field, but expect Paredes to work his way into the starting lineup sooner rather than later. Keep him on your radar.
Chris Owings – 2B/SS (Parent: Diamondbacks)
Stats: .354 BA / 30 R / 21 RBI / 6 SB
Analysis: The 21-year-old middle infielder has spent most of his career at shortstop, but with the offseason addition of fellow SS, DiDi Gregorious, Owings has been forced to learn a little second base at Triple-A Reno. However, a slide over to second doesn’t secure him a major league gig immediately because Aaron Hill (DL – broken hand) is set to return this season. Plus, Martin Prado, Eric Chavez and Didi have stepped up and produced for the injured Hill. Owings would be better off if the D-backs trade him. Then again, he’s only 21, but fantasy owners are far from patient.
DJ LeMahieu – 2B / SS (Parent: Rockies)
Stats: .382 BA / 25 R / 14 RBI
Analysis: The middle infielder hit .297 with 26 runs scored in 81 games last season for the Rockies. However, Josh Rutledge’s bat has started to heat up over the last two weeks (still only .234 BA), which hurt his chances of an early-season call-up. Best educated guess is that LeMahieu does get a call-up, but to back up Rutledge and Troy Tulowitzki.
Charlie Blackmon – OF (Parent: Rockies)
Stats: .330 BA / 20 RBI / 29 R
Analysis: As a minor-league outfielder, he’s playing behind Carlos Gonzalez, Dexter Fowler (who may be in the midst of saving his career) and Michael Cuddyer. Eric Young Jr. is the only outfield replacement on the Rockies’ current roster. So, if the team thinks they should add a little more OF depth, Blackmon could receive the promotion.
Alex Liddi – 3B/1B (Parent: Mariners)
Stats: .286 BA / 7 HR / 28 RBI
Analysis: Liddi was the Mariners’ 2009 Minor League Player of the Year after he hit .345 with 23 home runs and 104 RBI. Since that season, Liddi has belted 63 more minor league dingers, while smacking six homers for the M’s. So, what would it take for Liddi to earn the promotion? Well, Kyle Seager has third base on lock currently. So, his best bet is to start over Justin Smoak and Kendrys Morales at first base. The Smoak and Mirrors tour may be reaching its conclusion if Justin doesn’t pick it up. Morales and Raul Ibanez have been splitting time at DH this season. So, if Liddi was called up, I believe Ibanez would be sent packing.
Brett Pill – 1B (Parent: Giants)
Stats: .356 BA / 17 R / 7 HR / 36 RBI
Analysis: Pill leads the Pacific Coast League in RBI, but continues to bide his time with Brandon Belt and Buster Posey squatting at first base. However, if you’re Mr. Pill, you have to be encouraged by the fact that Belt is only hitting .214 this season with 27 strikeouts and only eight walks. His struggles are Belt’s best bet on a promotion back to the bigs.
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