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Wednesday, June 27, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: JONATHAN LOASIGA THE LATEST YANKEES GEM

The endless supply of top prospects compiled by New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman shows no signs of slowing down and the latest gem comes in the form of 23-year-old power pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga.  Having made what can only be described as a ridiculously quick ascension up the minor league ladder, Loaisiga has been nothing short of remarkable through three MLB starts as he has compiled the following numbers:

2-0\
1.93 ERA
1.29 WHIP
.204 BAA
11.57 K/9
5.14 BB/9
0.00 HR/9

Wow those strikeouts.  It is the strikeout that has clearly out Loasiga on the fantasy baseball map and the hype there is well-deserved as he was a K machine at every stop of the minors as well.  Already this season Loasiga has pitched at Single-A (1.35 ERA, 11.70 K/9) and Double-A (4.32 ERA, 11.52 K/9) before going nuts already for the Yanks.  Blessed with a fastball that approaches 100-mph and also has movement, Loasiga seems destined to be the team's next Luis Severino on the power front.  Now one may quibble with the ugly BB/9 rate which is understandable but Loasiga showed nothing but impeccable control in the minors prior to his arrival with the Yanks which means nerves are likely playing a factor there.  The way Loasiga is pitching, the Yanks almost have to see this through as the kid really has been something to see.

Now in terms of how to play this going forward, you obviously want to use caution against teams like Boston and Toronto but Loasiga has earned the right to be in your active lineup on most days that he is pitching.  The kid is quickly becoming a sizable 2018 fantasy baseball story and given the massive success of other recent Yankee prospects, this could be a story that continues on with decent results.


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