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Saturday, February 13, 2016

2016 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: JACOB NOTTINGHAM C MILWAUKEE BREWERS

The Milwaukee Brewers were at it again Friday night as they continued their massive rebuild in purging their roster of veteran players.  Having already sent packing Francisco Rodriguez, Adam Lind, and Jean Segura, the Brewers added Khris Davis to that ever-expanding list by moving him to the Oakland A's for a package that was highlighted by catching prospect Jacob Nottingham.  With us deciding it is time for our first PROSPECT WATCH of the season, let's get a better read on the well-regarded Nottingham and see what this means for fantasy baseball going forward.

Before we go further, the arrival of Nottingham is intriguing on a number of fronts.  First it stands to reason that the arrival of Nottingham could mean that veteran Brewers backstop Jonathan Lucroy could be the next man out of town.  Or it could mean that Lucroy will move to first base where his solid bat would be more fresh and Nottingham would get a look behind the dish after a few months of seasoning.  Either way this bears watching. 

Now in terms of Nottingham the player, he is a former sixth round pick (first in that round) back in 2013 by the Houston Astros and the 20-year-old comes off a nice A-ball season for the Astros and A's where he hit a combined 7 home runs and batted .299 and .314 respectively in the two organization's farm systems.  There is quite a bit of hype literally "brewing" for Nottingham in terms of his hitting ability and the fact he uses the tools of ignorance.  He will move to Double-A for 2016 and that will begin his time clock in terms of a future possible MLB promotion.  Of course given the fact Nottingham has yet to play in Double-A, the chances of a promotion this season are very slim; with a possible September call-up being in the cards.  As a result, this is more of a 2017 storyline but again it will be interesting to see what the team does with Lucroy.  The bottom line here is that Nottingham has burgeoning power, a good batting eye, and the skills to be an rare offensive contributor for a catcher. 

When you put it all together, Jacob Nottingham is another prospect to add to your PROSPECT LIST if you haven't done so already.  Again we are looking at September 2016 or more likely 2017 in terms of a debut but you don't want to get caught napping here either. 

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