Prospect Buy and Hold
With the news that Gregory Polanco will be called up on Friday.....oh wait, no he won't. It seems the Pirates were upset that the news of the call up were leaked before they could announce it to the world, so they decided to wait. So Pirates. We had a few other prospects called up this week, including Astros first base prospect Jon Singleton, Rockies starterEddie Butler and Orioles starter Kevin Gausman, who is pitching today.
Here is Jason Hunt's list of the players who could be called up in the next few weeks, or later this season. His weekly Buy and Hold series takes a look at players you should look at grabbing off your league waiver wire before they are called up, and before your league mates grab them.
Top 25 Fantasy Prospects for 2014
Matt Mattingly offered Fake Teams readers his midseason Top 25 Fantasy Prospect rankings on Sunday morning, and his rankings will make Cubs fans very happy.
Matt also offered readers his take on which prospects will be called up after the silly Super Two deadline:
Cardinals young starter Shelby Miller has had his share of round outings this season. Yesterday was not one of them. Actually, his performance on Saturday could prove to be a turning point in his up and down 2014 season. Miller stepped the mound at the Rogers Centre to face probably one of the better hitting lineups in baseball this season, and tossed a complete game shutout. Miller limited the Blue Jays to just three hits, one walk and five strikeouts in the Cardinals 3-0 win. Miller improved his record to 7-5 with a 3.59 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and a terrible 53-34 strikeout to walk rate in 77.2 innings. Coming into the game Miller had given up four runs or more in each of his last three starts, so one cannot be upset if you had him on your bench for Saturday's start. It just goes to show us that you cannot predict baseball sometimes.
Coming into the 2014 season, I was pretty confident that Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday was one of the more consistent hitters in the game, but it appears either age or injury, or both, have caught up to him. He went 0-4 with a walk and a strikeout in Saturday's win, but he is now hitting just .264-.378-.368 with 3 home runs, 31 runs scored, 29 RBI and 2 stolen bases. Not what you expected from him this season, for sure. The 34 year old outfielder is on pace for his worst season as a big leaguer, and just one of the reasons why the Cardinals are having so much trouble scoring runs this season. We may have seen the best from Holliday in his career.
If you are looking to stream a starting pitcher for the rest of the season, make sure you pick up Twins starter Kyle Gibson. When pitching at home, Gibson is 4-1 with a 1.54 ERA in five starts. Just don't start him on the road, where he is 1-4 with an ERA over 7.00. On Saturday, he pitched at home and shutout the Astros on 3 hits, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in 7 innings in the Twins 8-0 win. He is now 5-5 with a 3.91 ERA, a 1.29 WHIP and a 35-23 strikeout to walk rate in 69 innings this season. He isn't a big strikeout pitcher, and probably never will be, but he keeps the ball on the ground, and gives up less than a hit per inning.
With the way Orioles young starter Kevin Gausman has performed when starting a game over the last year, one would not have felt confident seeing his match up vs the Athletics on Saturday night, but Gausman pitched much better than I expected against one of the better hitting lineups in the game right now. Gausman limited the A's to just one run, a home run by Coco Crisp, on 4 hits, a walk and 6 strikeouts in 7 innings in the Orioles 6-3 win. His performance on Saturday night should lead to another turn in the Orioles rotation, and possibly a full time role in their rotation. He isn't owned in too many non-keeper/dynasty leagues right now, but that should change if he can pitch well against the Blue Jays in his next start.
Angels outfielder Mike Trout is easily the best player in baseball, and fantasy baseball. We all know that. But, last night he put his Angels team on his shoulders and hit a game-tying grand slam off of White Sox ace Chris Sale in the eighth inning in the Angels come from behind 6-5 win last night. By the reaction of Twitter, you would have thought that the grand slam was hit in the bottom of the ninth of game 7 of the 2014 World Series, with some proclaiming the at bat was the best of the season, and on and on. Then again, he did hit it off of one of the best starters in the game, and the grand slam did tie the game. Trout is now hitting 295-.379-.562 with 12 home runs, 37 runs scored, 43 RBI and 6 stolen bases thus far, and is on pace for 32 home runs, 98 runs , 114 RBI and just 16 stolen bases. It appears Angels manager Mike Scioscia doesn't want him running as much as prior seasons, but he still should reach double digits in the stolen bases category. We probably shouldn't expect 30-40 steals from him going forward.
It was reported yesterday that Pirates ace Gerrit Colie is dealing with some shoulder fatigue and could be placed on the disabled list as soon as today. The team is calling up Jeff Locke to make a start tomorrow, with Charlie Morton starting this afternoon. Cole is 6-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 1.30 WHIP in his 12 starts this season.
I was pretty high on Ray's starter Alex Cobb coming into the season, ranking him in my top 20-25 starting pitcher rankings back in March, but he has been a bit of a disappointment of late. Yesterday, Cobb got knocked around by the Mariners, giving up 7 runs on 10 hits, a walk and 2 strikeouts in the Rays 7-4 loss. The loss moved Cobb's record to 1-4 with a 4.39 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and a 34-11 strikeout to walk rate in 41 innings thus far. After giving up no runs in three starts between April 6th and May 22nd (he missed a month due to injury), Cobb has given up 16 runs on 24 hits in 15.1 innings over his last three starts. I own Cobb in two leagues and was counting on him being an ace this season, but he has been anything but.
The Dodgers have been a huge disappointment this season as they came into the season with lofty expectations after making it to the NLCS last season. They have received inconsistent performances from their bullpen and starting lineup, including Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, Hanley Ramirez and others. Two players who have surprised are second baseman Dee Gordon and right fielder Yasiel Puig. Yesterday, both left the game early due to hip injuries and hopefully they will only miss a few games. The Puig injury led some to wonder whether Joc Pederson would be called up to replace him should he be placed on the disabled list, but I think that decision may be several days away, at the very least.
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