Minor League Prospect Report Card - Week 6
Yoan Moncada, 2B Chicago White Sox. More of the same from Yoan Moncada this week. He went seven for 27 (.304) with five runs and a couple of stolen bases. His Super Two date should be coming up over the next few weeks, so if he's available in your league and you want to have him, you better seriously consider adding him now.
Ozzie Albies, 2B Atlanta Braves. Ozzie Albies was able to pump a little life back into his batting average, as he hit .304 in Week 6, while scoring six times and stealing two bags. Since those are the main categories that we should expect to see production from him in fantasy leagues, I am encouraged by his performance this week.
Austin Meadows, OF Pittsburgh Pirates. It has been a rough start to the season for Austin Meadows, but this week, the Meadow started to bloom. He went nine for 26 (.346) with two runs batted in, six runs and a stolen base. It's nice to finally see some life from Meadows, but it should still be quite some time before we see him in Pittsburgh.
JP Crawford, SS Philadelphia Phillies. Alright, I will say it. JP Crawford has played like the bowl-fillers I amassed after this weekend's bout with food poisoning. Did he turn it around this week? Nope. He had a total of three stinking hits, in 20 at bats (.150), while serving up no home runs and no steals. He is now hitting .155 on the season in Triple-A, with one home run and has yet to steal his first base. Maybe he can steal a seat on a bus to Double-A.
Lewis Brinson, OF Milwaukee Brewers. We didn't get to see any of Lewis Brinson's power on display this week, but he still hit .313 and chipped in a stolen bag. He does have an issue with strikeouts, as he had five of them in his 16 at bats, but he does way more good than bad, so I will cut him some slack with the K's.
Amed Rosario, SS New York Mets. It's been a good spring for Amed Rosario, and he threw in a decent performance in Week 6, as he went eight for 28 (.286) with a homer and seven RBIs. It's not his best week, but it's still enough to keep him on track to get the call before the All-Star Break.
Jose De Leon, Tampa Bay Rays. He's back!!! Well, he's finally made his first start of the season that is, as Jose De Leon has moved on from his forearm issues, and has at last, pitched in a game. He worked three and a third innings while giving up two earned runs. He didn't issue a walk and struckout seven of the ten batters he faced, so even though it was at a Class A Advanced League, I would chalk that up as a giant victory for his first outing of 2017.
Brent Honeywell, Tampa Bay Rays. Me likey!!! Brent Honeywell had a snazz-tastic week, as he gave up two runs, but struck out ten while not walking one batter. He earned the loss, but who the heck cares...he struck out ten! He now has 52 K's to only nine walks in 39 innings of work, and I would expect to see him in Tampa Bay sometime in the next month or so.
Reynaldo Lopez, Chicago White Sox. With Lucas Giolito struggling, I've decided to swap him out of my weekly report, and plug in fellow White Sox Triple-Aer (can I say that?), Reynaldo Lopez. Lopez came to the Windy City with Giolito, in the trade for Adam Eaton, and is a similarly rated prospect. Lopez had a decent week for the Triple-A Charlotte Knights as he earned a win, going six innings, surrending one run and striking out four. On the season, Lopez is 4-1 with a 3.55 ERA and 39 strikeouts in 38 innings. He has given up 19 free passes on the year, which is more than I would like to see, but Lopez is showing that he is closer to getting the call than Giolito.
Josh Hader, Milwaukee Brewers. Josh Hader hit the mound twice this past week, and in ten total innings, gave up four runs on eight hits and five walks. He did strikeout 12 over those two games and had eight in one contest, which was a high for him this season, but with a 4+ ERA on the season, I would like to see him string together a few good games in a row.
Michael Kopech, Chicago White Sox. Young flamethrower, Michael Kopech, also had two starts this week and it was a mixed bag of results. In his first outing, Kopech went six innings, while giving up only one earned run on two hits while striking out six. His second appearance wasn't quite as productive as he gave up three runs in a little over five innings on three hits and three walks. However, he did show why he's hyped so much as he fanned nine batters and that improved his season strikeout total to 51 over 35 innings. Not a bad week, but I'm still looking for a bit more.
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