The moment has come. Mike Clevinger and Jose Berrios both start today and against each other. Clevinger looked good in his first start and I like him vs the Twins. Berrios gets the Indians, which isn’t as nice of a match up, but add him anyways. With all the starting pitchers on disabled list, he is one to hold on too even if he does not preform great today. Patience my friend.
Last week’s #1 Jeff Hoffman got the call as well. He did quite well in his start looking like a former first rounder as he struck out eight in 5.1 innings. He did allow three earned but he was up against the hot dodgers at Coors Field. I like him a lot. He will not be a top 30 SP, but can be in the 40-50 Range but more likely in the 60-70 range. Anyways, let us get to it.
Every weekend, I will be posting about the minor leaguers you should be stashing on your team. This list will be arranged by impact for this year only. Players that will be called up sooner will be ahead of players with more talent who might only be called up late in the year. Prospects are a great way to stay ahead of everyone else rather you are in a dynasty league or a 10-team league. With the minor league season going we can start seeing some movement with this list. With more and more games to evaluate, new players will jump onto the list, while others could fall off entirely.
Let’s get down to business.
1. Luke Weaver, St. Louis Cardinals AAA, ETA: June
Luke Weaver has now gone 15 IP without giving up a walk or an earned run. He has only given up eight hits while striking out 10. He has the highest floor on this list. He will not be a top 30 SP but he could be a solid SP4/5 for your team.
2. Yohander Mendez, Texas Rangers AA, ETA: June
Last night Yohander Mendez took a no hitter into the seventh. He struck out five and walked three. He has been a solid pitcher in Double AA with a 3.12 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in his 7 starts. As a Rangers fan, I am excited about him. With Hamels out for 2 months, he could be in line for a start.
3. Jacob Faria, Tampa Bay Rays AAA, ETA: June
Faria had 13 strikeouts in 4.2 Innings pitched this week. That is 13 of the 14 outs coming via a punch out. He has a 3.47 ERA in 36.1 IP and 58 strikeouts. He has 10+ strikeouts in two of his last three starts. If you are looking for a strikeout guy, Faria is the man on this list. He is a better Nate Karns.
4. Dinelson Lamet, San Diego AAA, ETA: June
Dinelson Lamet bounced back from his May 1st start going four innings, striking out six, and allowing only one earned. His ERA stands at 2.48 and has 38 strikeouts through 29 innings. I would like to see him go deeper into games. He has only reached six innings in one of his six starts.
5. Brandon Woodruff, Milwaukee Brewers AAA, ETA: June
Woodruff continues to pitch well in the Pacific Coast League. He has a 1.83 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP with 30 strikeouts through 34.1 IP. In his last start vs the Astros AAA team; he had seven strikeouts in six innings giving up no earned runs. He struck out AJ Reed twice.
6. Carson Fulmer, Chicago White Sox, ETA: June
Fulmer has good command and has allowed only one walk in five of his seven starts. He has a 2.72 ERA through 39.2 IP and 33 strikeouts. He is not going to be a high strikeout person but he is looking a lot better than the 8.49 ERA he achieved last year in the majors.
7. Sean Newcomb, Atlanta Braves, ETA: June
Newcomb is a top 100 prospect that can reach the upper 90s and has hit 100+. His command needs a lot of work as he is walking 4.6 BB/9 but the strikeouts. My oh my, 11.1 K/9. He has a 2.89 ERA through 7 starts and 46 strikeouts in 37.1 IP.
8. Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers, ETA: July
He is good and frustrating. He is his worst enemy. He has a great .208 BAA, but a 1.35 WHIP because of his 5.6 BB/9. He has plenty to work on in AAA and his eta might be dropping because of that. The next couple of starts will determine a lot.
9. Lucas Sims, Atlanta Braves AAA, ETA: June
The former first rounder continues to impress in the International League with his 2.57 ERA. Last start he went 6.1 IP and gave up only one earned. He has been consistently good allowing more than three earned runs in only of his six starts.
10. Joan Gregorio, San Francisco AAA, ETA: July
Joan Gregoria is the #8 prospect on the Giants. He is a RHP that is 6’7 and 180 pounds. He has room to add some strength and fill out. Through six starts, he has 1.87 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, and 26 strikeouts. He has more work to do on his command as he is walking 5.1 BB/9 but he could be an interesting person to watch in the future.
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