Prospects Ready to Help

We have seen many rookies already this season that are giving fantasy managers plenty of reason to be excited! As we head towards the middle of the season, there continue to be more names looming in the rumor mill of potential call ups. Some players have appeared here before but others are pushing their way into the scene and could certainly be ready to help managers willing to make the investment.

Jo Adell (OF) – Los Angeles Angels

ETA: July

Simply put, Jo Adell has been crushing the baseball so far in the minor league season. Interestingly enough, the HR totals aren’t necessarily the reason I have him on the list however. We are no strangers to Adell’s power potential but what has caught my eye is the fact that he might finally be showing some signs of turning a corner with his atrocious approach. Over the last 7 days, Adell has managed to hit 4HR while only striking out 3 times across 18 PA. While yes of course it is a tiny sample size, this is a significant trend to follow as Adell’s approach or lack thereof seems to be the only major obstacle between another chance at the major league level. With Mike Trout still set to miss significant time on the IL and the lack of overall production from others in the Halos outfield, don’t miss out on an opportunity to stash this power bat if the plate discipline continues to point in the right direction.

Vidal Brujan (2B/OF) – Tampa Bay Rays

ETA: June

While Brujan has cooled down considerably in the power department, realistically we never expected that to be the type of player he is. What we do expect is elite speed and that is exactly what he has continued to showcase. After bouncing around positional early into the minor league season, Brujan has spent significant time learning to play the outfield recently and could be up soon should the Rays decide to promote the young speedster. This is the type of player who can single-handedly win the steals category for fantasy managers.

Wander Franco (SS) – Tampa Bay Rays

ETA: Late June to Early July

There really is not much to add from my last update with Franco. He continues to be one of the hottest hitters in the league, hitting .385 with a 1.147 OPS over the last 15 days and it remains to be a waiting game to see when he finally gets the long-awaited promotion. If you have a roster spot available, this is the type of player you want to continue to stash as the return on investment for a prospect can’t be much better than what Franco could theoretically bring.

Logan Gilbert (RHP) – Seattle Mariners

ETA: Debuted

Logan Gilbert has strung together consecutive promising starts after a slow start to his Major League career. Gilbert has displayed his great FB/SL combo and veered away from his CB which has been his least effective offering. He has also shown the ability to induce more grounders and continues to showcase the command that he was praised for as a prospect. The hype was certainly there when Gilbert first got called up but if an owner cut bait too quickly after the cool start, Gilbert should be scooped up before it is too late.

Jarred Kelenic (OF) – Seattle Mariners

ETA: Late July

Well, that did not go at all as we expected… Jarred Kelenic was the biggest buzz in the sport just a few short weeks ago after getting what some would describe as an overdue call-up. But after struggling significantly to the tune of a .096/.185/.193 line and enduring a brutal 0-39 streak at the plate, the M’s decided to send their potential future star back to Triple-A Tacoma. Fellow outfield prospect, Taylor Trammell, has experienced a similar trajectory this season and has returned to the Major League club after a brief stint in Triple-A. Kelenic is one of those players that has the upside to be a game-changer down the stretch for fantasy managers and right now is the cheapest that he will likely be all season if not even available for free in some leagues.

Jackson Kowar (RHP) – Kansas City Royals

ETA: Debuted

After absolutely dominating in Triple-A allowing only 3 runs across 31.2 innings with 41 punchouts and only a 0.88 WHIP Kowar was promoted last week to face the Angels and A’s in a two-start week. Simply put, it wasn