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Sunday, July 29, 2018

2018 FANTASY BASEBALL PROSPECT WATCH: FRANCISCO ARCIA OUTFIELDER LOS ANGELES ANGELS

In almost every case, the promotion from the minor leagues to the majors of a pitching or hitting prospect becomes an instant action move in yearly fantasy baseball leagues.  Given the present but unknown upside, these players are fought over like no other during the course of the season.  However there are some red flags to always be aware of when it comes to prospects who make their move from Triple or Double-A to the Big Show and one of the most pronounced is when such a player is not of the "prospect age."  What we mean by that is that a promoted prospect who is on the older side (think 25 or higher), there are usually some concerns associated with the player given the fact they took some extra time to make it to their major league team.  While injuries and late bloomers are perfectly reasonable reasons for some of these cases, others need to be looked at more closely such as what we have now with the Los Angeles Angels' Francisco Arcia. 

Since making his debut last week, Arcia has been a literal instant hit as he has swatted 2 home runs and batted .625 in his first two games with the Angels.  While this certainly will get the attention of the fantasy baseball community who could be on the lookout for a late-season push, some brakes need to be applied here for a number of reasons.  The first is the fact that Arcia is already almost 29 years old and that he made his pro debut way back in 2007.  Now onto his third MLB organization, Arcia also has struggled mightily with his batting average almost on a yearly basis due in large part to an impatient approach.  Having also hovered around the 20.0 K/9 mark in the minors, Arcia's walks and strikeouts will likely only get worse at the highest level of the game.  So while the going is good right now, all of Arcia's new fantasy baseball owners need to realize that this is likely only going to be a short-term help and nothing more than that given those issues we talked about above. 


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