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Monday, July 27, 2015

FANTASY BASEBALL FOCUS: THREE PROSPECT NAMES WHO COULD BE NEXT IN LINE FOR PROMOTION

Top Prospect that might be called up before the end of this year:


BY EJ KOLBER
On Twitter:  @EJK23T

1. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers
Corey Seager is the Dodgers top minor league prospect. The twenty-one year old younger brother of Kyle Seager, is one of a strong group of young shortstops.  Although Carlos Correa, Francisco Lindor and Addison Russell have already gotten their chance to play in the big leagues, Corey will be able to make an impact once the Dodgers find a spot for him.  Jimmy Rollins, and Enrique Hernandez both play shortstop so it will be hard to utilize him effectively. Jimmy Rollins makes too much money for the Dodgers to just bench him so it will be hard to make Seager an everyday starter. Rollins could possible be in a trade to make room for Seager but with his salary, performance and age it might be a challenge. Enrique Hernandez is not a major asset to the Dodgers active roster so he is replaceable.  For the Dodgers to maintain their NL West lead and compete for a World Series, they will need more production from shortstop.  Seager will give the Dodgers the mid-season jolt they’ll need to get over the top. I say the Dodgers call up Seager in the next three weeks.


2. Jon Gray, RHP,  SP, Colorado Rockies
In hitter friendly Colorado the Rockies have no batting issues. Their pitching, however, is as thin as the mile high air.  Right now, the Rockies are 8th in the MLB in most home runs allowed, 1st in most runs allowed, 1st in most hits allowed and 7th in most walks allowed.They also have the highest era in the MLB and the 6th in most losses. Their pitching staff is horrendous and needs an upgrade. Luckily, the Rockies top prospect is a right handed, starting pitcher named Jon Gray. Gray was the third pick in the 2013 draft.  In his minor league career he is 17 and 10 with a 3.80 ERA. Although his minor league numbers are not the best, the PCL is a hitters league so you can’t blame him. Plus his K/9, HR/9 and BB/9 are off the charts which will help the Rockies at Coors Field.  My prediction for Gray is that he will be utilized fairly soon and will become the major benefactor for the Rockies starting five.


3. Tyler Glasnow, RHP, SP, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Tyler Glasnow was the steal of the 2011 MLB amateur draft.  This 5th round pick and had an amazing 2014 season, 12 and 5, 1.74 ERA, and has moved ahead of Jamison Tallion as the Pirates top pitching prospect. He would be an excellent mid-season addition to the Pirates starting rotation, potentially taking the spot of the ineffective Jeff Locke. Locke is 4 and 3 with a 4.74 ERA.   Moving Glasnow into the rotation could eliminate the need for the Pirates to make a mid-season trade, for a starting pitcher, and allow them to focus on shoring up their shaky bullpen. My prediction for Glasnow is that he will be called up in July and with Locke moving to the bullpen, he will be a great addition to the Pirates five man rotation.
 

3 comments:

  1. totally agree - why hasn't colorado called up gray yet?

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  2. They certainly need someone as they are going with four right now. COunt on that happening within the next week or so.

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  3. because Walt Weiss wants to stick with the 4-man rotation until today to see how it goes. hopefully now he sees that they need gray as the 5th spot.

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