If these players are on your league's waiver wire, they might be worth considering, depending on the format in which you play.
Welcome back to our weekly walk through some of the players who may want to keep an extra eye on in your leagues. Mike and I will be tackling this topic on Thursdays again and focusing on a singular hitter and pitcher in four of the more popular formats: shallow mixed, deep mixed, NL-only and AL-only. These are certainly not the only players who are worth pickups, but it gives us a nice opportunity to write about players we have close tabs on in our leagues.
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Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including the Rangers' Kellin Deglan and Luke Jackson.
Hitter of the Night: Kellin Deglan, C, Rangers (Hickory, A-): 3-3, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, BB.
Deglan’s status as a prospect has all but disappeared after he failed to hit in three years of full-season ball between Low- and High-A. The hit tool simply isn’t there, Monday night notwithstanding, of course.
Notes on prospects who stood out yesterday, including outfielders Courtney Hawkins, Billy McKinney, and Joc Pederson.
Best of the Day
Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Columbus, AAA): 2-4, 2 R, 2 HR, K. The general consensus on Aguilar over the years has been that his hit tool is going to hold his power back enough to keep him from being an everyday player, and that as a right-handed-hitting first-base-only player, he doesn’t fit well on the bench. If that’s going to be wrong, he needs to put up really great offensive numbers, because his defense and baserunning will provide little to no value. If Aguilar keeps hitting like he did this winter and is thus far this season (now hitting .563), he’s going to prove us all wrong.
You won't find these prospects on many offseason top-10 lists, but that doesn't mean they can't help your fantasy squad in 2014.
Last week we kicked off this series in the American League with my look at hitters who could do some targeted damage for owners looking to shore up a category in season, while Craig took a look at some pitchers with elevated BABIP figures to see what kind of bounce-back value he could find. Today, we’ll take a look at some young guns just trying to make it in this crazy world.
By now, everyone’s mostly familiar with the potential impact prospects expected to make their debuts this season. But every year there are always a handful of guys who come seemingly out of nowhere to do some damage right out of the gate and provide a huge boost to the savvy owner who scooped them up. Think of the Kole Calhoun/Danny Salazar types from last year—guys who were nowhere to be found in their organizations’ top 10 lists in the offseason. Here are five prospects who might fit that profile this season and warrant a spot on your watch list.
Notes on prospects playing abroad, including Indians first baseman Jesus Aguilar and Astros lefty Rudy Owens.
Prospect of the Day: Jesus Aguilar, 1B, Indians (Leones del Caracas, VWL): 3-4, 3 R, 2 HR, K. Well, it’s officially in Venezuela this winter. Aguilar was already putting on an impressive power performance, then he went off and hit his 15th and 16th home runs on Tuesday. As we’ve seen this winter, right-handed power is at a premium in baseball right now, so if his hit tool can play at all, the Indians will find a spot for him.
I'm starting to run out of prospects and interesting non-prospects that I haven't yet written about over the past few weeks so the list is down from the normal eight to six. Once Spring Training starts, the format will be very similar to what it's been in the past -- a list of 10-15 prospects with notable performances from the day before and one or two longer write-ups. I'll continue with the current format (4-8 players per day with 2-3 sentences of analysis) until then unless anyone has any other suggestions. If you do, list them in the comments section below or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.