Minor League Monitor - NL East: Bryce Harper, Randall Delgado, Jeurys Familia and more...

Atlanta Braves

Randall Delgado - AAA / SP / 02-09-90

Delgado has taken well to pitching in AAA. In 2 starts he has pitched 13 innings without allowing a run on 6 hits and 5 walks. Control is Delgado's biggest issue and could be the thing that keeps him from being a fantasy stud. He has a 1.38 WHIP in his 21 AA starts and that number will likely be even higher in the majors. The Braves have the luxury of being able to wait until Delgado is completely ready so it could be a year or two until we see him as a fixture in the Braves rotation.

New York Mets

Jeurys Familia - AA / SP / 10-10-89

Familia missed nearly a month with a shoulder issue and hasn't pitched well since returning. In 2 starts he has allowed 12 hits and 7 earned runs in 5.2 innings. He has struck out 6 and walked 2 which is promising. If he is past the shoulder problem he has some really nice upside. He may have some control issues that could keep his fantasy value down but even with the control concerns he has #2 upside.

Florida Marlins

Christian Yelich - A / LF / 12-05-91

The 23rd pick in last season's draft is having a great pro rookie season. In 101 games he has a .304 AVG, 25 2B, 11 HR, 27/4 SB/CS and 41/85 K/BB. He projects to be at least average in each of the 5 standard offensive categories and could one day be hitting in front of Mike Stanton in his prime. For someone with Yelich's on base skills that could mean a steady source of runs.

Alex Sanabia - A+ / SP / 09-08-88

Sanabia was a surprising help in WHIP and ERA last season but started this year on the DL with elbow soreness. He has begun his rehab and in 13 innings has allowed 13 hits, 0 walks and 4 ER. A return to the majors this year is unlikely but he should get a look in spring training. He still holds some value in deep keeper leagues but he is a risk with the injury and the low upside.

Washington Nationals

Bryce Harper - AA / LF / 10-16-92

After a rough July in AA, August has been much better for Harper. In 9 games he has a .258 ISO after producing just .087 in July. The hyped prospect has actually cut his strikeout rate after moving to AA and the 17.6 K% is very good and with the power coming around we should be seeing a hot streak coming up.

David Freitas - A / C / 03-18-89

Derek Norris is the Nationals catcher of the future but Freitas is developing into a solid plan B. Drafted in the 15th round last year, Freitas has exceeded expectations so far. After 166 games he has hit .292 with 44 doubles, 16 home runs, 103 RBI, 108 BB and 115 K. The California native keeps getting better. He doesn't have as much power as Norris but will hit for a better AVG.

Philadelphia Phillies

Freddy Galvis - AAA / SS / 11-14-89

Galvis has moved quickly through the Phillies system due to his plus plus fielding abilities. Unfortunately the fast track has meant he hasn't been able to show much with the bat. Finally this year his bat was able to catch up to his glove a bit and in 104 games at AA the 21 year old hit .273 with 19 stolen bases. He makes a lot of contact so he should hit for a decent average in the majors. He has been caught stealing 11 times this year so he may not steal many bases but could give you 10-15. The end of the Jimmy Rollins era in Philadelphia is coming and Galvis is the leading candidate to take over. The improvement at the plate is an excellent sign and he may just end up an average hitting shortstop. He has very little fantasy upside but is a good bet to be a starting shortstop in the majors one day.

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