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September 8, 2017

The Call-Up

September Call Ups

by BP Prospect Staff and BP Fantasy Staff


Austin Hays, Baltimore Orioles
Scouting Report: The Orioles 2016 third-round pick out of Jacksonville has greatly upped his prospect stock after having one of the best offensive seasons in all of minor league baseball. It’s not too surprising that Hays had a ton of success in his first professional season given that he’s got a strong and mature body, which helps him to drive the ball to all fields. Hays possesses strong hands that can get to velo on either side of the plate and he has enough barrel control to adjust to offspeed when he is fooled. There’s some concern that he’s a bit too aggressive in the box as he tends to expand the zone and pull his head when he’s attacking the baseball. However, Hays is very physical in the box with the tools and swing for potential above-average hit and power grades. Defensively, Hays has the arm and speed to play capably in all three outfield spots. He’s started in both center and right field this season, but long-term I think that his plus arm and aggressive nature play best in right. Hays is as gritty and energetic as they come on the baseball field, harkening back to the days of old school baseball as you see with his lack of batting gloves. While there may not be an elite carrying tool in the profile, Hays can really do it all and has a chance to develop into an above-average regular in the outfield. Greg Goldstein

Fantasy Impact: Do you like guys that rake? Of course you do, what a silly question. Hays is one of said guys. The 22-year-old spent his summer dominating High-A and Double-A pitching to the tune of .329/.368/.593 with 32 dingers and 32 doubles in 563 plate appearances. He doesn’t walk much, which could exacerbate growing pains associated with leaping to the big leagues from Double-A, but he doesn’t strike out a ton either, posting strikeout rates under 16 percent at each stop this season. The Orioles outfield is fairly crowded already, so it’s hard to foresee Hays getting too much time this season, but in dynasty formats, he’s a guy that could hit for average and power in the very near future. —Mark Barry

Sandy Alcantara, St. Louis Cardinals
Scouting Report: When I wrote up Alcantara earlier in the year, I said that he could be in the majors “in a year or so.” The Cardinals, as ever when they have a 102 mph throwing prospect, decided to move that timeline up just a bit, so even if the slight righty spends next year in Triple-A, he’s in the majors for now. He brings with him a fairly standard arsenal for a Cardinals prospect—fastball, changeup, and a slider and curveball that can occasionally blur into each other. The change is his most developed secondary pitch, with a solid 10 mph gap to the fastball and occasional sink. In order to make the most of the change as he faces more major league hitters, he’ll probably want to put more movement onto it, but it’s still a better pitch than the slider and curveball, both of which function best as change-of-pace pitches.

This September will be good experience for Alcantara, and a good chance for the Cardinals to decide if he still has any future as a starter. Once again, they’ve found themselves with a flamethrower, young and ready for action. Kate Morrison

Fantasy Impact: There isn’t a ton to see here from a fantasy perspective, at least in the here and now. Alcantara’s huge fastball can certainly play in the context of the short bullpen bursts in which it will be deployed for the remainder of the season, but low-leverage rookie relievers with 30-grade command don’t offer a ton for even the most strikeout-starved among us. As a long-term dynasty investment Alcantara remains intriguing, but the rawness of his present version makes him a better investment in deeper leagues at this point. —Wilson Karaman

Greg Allen, Cleveland Indians
Scouting Report: A former sixth-round pick back in 2014, Allen is your prototypical speedy leadoff hitter who profiles to be better than average defensively in center field. With a smaller and more compact build, Allen’s offensive game is built off contact as he can slap infield hits and singles all over diamond. While the over-the-fence pop has taken a step back this year, he still has sneaky gap power because he’s stronger than you might think when looking at him. Allen’s swing is fairly linear, so he’ll produce mostly singles and doubles given the typical loft he gets when he does square. However, with plus speed, an above-average arm and capable contact skills, Allen has a chance to develop into a regular top of the order bat. Even though he’s more realistically going to profile as a quality fourth outfielder given his lack of over the fence pop. —Greg Goldstein

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