It’s been an extremely busy week in terms of callups, and with it a number of new prospects join this week’s Buy and Hold. The Pirates brought Jamesont Taillon back to the majors after having to place Gerrit Cole on the disabled list. The Rays brought Blake Snell up to take Matt Andriese’s spot in the rotation, and looks like it may be to stay this time. We even saw two more prospects in the NL Central get the call in Willson Contreras and Cody Reed. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top 10 fantasy prospects still in the minors who can help in redraft leagues this year.
Graduates (Call Up Article)
Mallex Smith - Called up in Week 1
Nomar Mazara - Called up in Week 1
Aaron Blair - Called up in Week 2
Jose Berrios - Called up in Week 3
Sean Manaea - Called up in Week 3
Julio Urias - Called up in Week 8
Tim Anderson - Called up in Week 9
Jameson Taillon - Called up in Week 10
Blake Snell - Called up in Week 10
Cody Reed - Called up in Week 10
These rankings are based solely on their potential 2016 value, and do not include take into account their long-term value for dynasty leagues.
#1 - Trea Turner, SS, Nationals (Last Week: 1)
#2 - Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates (LW: 3)
The Pirates had not decided on their starting pitcher for Tuesday as of Saturday afternoon, but with Glasnow having pitched on Friday, he would be on short rest for that start. More likely, it seems the team could call up Chad Kuhl instead, who will be on normal rest and has also pitched well this year at AAA. Kuhl has 56 strikeouts in 71 innings, which is the highest rate of his career, and could be an interesting option in NL-only leagues if he does get the call.
#3 - Aaron Judge, OF, Yankees (LW: 4)
#4 - Manuel Margot, OF, Padres (LW: 7)
Margot seems more likely to be called up than his teammate Hunter Renfroe if a trade occurs, although that stems from my belief that Jon Jay is the first outfielder traded by the Padres. Something to keep in mind with Renfroe, if you’re looking at holding onto him in a redraft league, is that he has been the beneficiary of an excellent home park for hitters, where he has hit .400/.417/.707 with 9 home runs in 35 games. On the road, it’s not so pretty: .226/.238/.452 with 6 home runs in 29 games. Meanwhile, Margot has hit for slightly more power (.436 vs. .403 SLG), but nearly identical averages (.295/.294)
#5 - Joe Musgrove, RHP, Astros (LW: 6)
#6 - A.J. Reed, 1B, Astros (LW: 8)
#7 - Alex Bregman, SS, Astros (LW: NR)
We’ve reached the “Astros who can still make an impact” section of the list. We’ve talked about Musgrove and Reed in previous weeks, but the addition of Bregman to the list is more of a reflection on the fact that he is simply not being challenged at AA right now. On the season he’s hitting .309/.412/.585 with 14 HR, 31 walks, and just 21 strikeouts in 207 at bats. He seems likely to be moved up in the near future, and has also gotten seven starts at third base during the season. That position was manned by Danny Worth on Saturday, which seems highly likely to be a short-term solution at best.
#8 - Nick Williams, OF, Phillies (LW: 10)
#9 - Clint Frazier, OF, Indians (LW: NR)
The last two new names on this week’s list, one of which was a bit unexpected. The Indians continue to struggle in the outfield, and with the comments from Indians’ team president Chris Antonetti this week, Frazier joins the group. Frazier is having his best season as a professional, hitting .297 with an .885 OPS, 7 HR and 9 SB so far in 57 games. Even more interesting, as noted in the above piece, is that he has also posted his best walk and strikeout rates as well. He joins the list rather than his teammate Bradley Zimmer primarily because he’s been hitting better this year.
#10 - Brian Goodwin, OF, Nationals (LW: NR)
Domenic Lanza wrote about Goodwin’s potential when he is called up, which could be interesting if he gets regular playing time. The potential to provide counting stats is very intriguing, but only with that playing time.