Fantasy baseball is just as much about looking forward, as it is about looking at the present; especially for the unfortunate few that are already out of playoff contention. To help build for a brighter tomorrow, here is my latest fantasy baseball prospect report:
Just Called Up:
Dan Straily, OAK – Dan “Strikeout” Straily was finally called up after months of fanning batters in the minors. He racked up an ungodly 175 strikeouts in 138 1-3 innings in the minors and the lid has four quality pitches in his repertoire. Straily pitched 6 quality innings in his first major league start last week; striking out a solid 5 in the process. The 2009 24th round draft pick will stay in the A’s rotation for now, but he certainly will not be going anywhere, if he can keep fanning batters at a record pace.
The Chicago Cubs called up their top-three prospects in their farm system last week; Anthony Rizzo, Brett Jackson, and Josh Vitters. The move comes as know surprise, but it suddenly gives the veteran-laced Cubbies a much younger look. The threesome will be in the heart of the batting order for the rest of the year, so expect them to learn as they go.
Next Big Name:
Julio Teheran, ATL – Teheran is the most coveted prospect in all of fantasy baseball, but the 21-year old is still trying to polish his fastball in the minors. He has given up a lot of longballs (16) this season, so may be another full year away from his MLB debut. He is worth stashing in dynasty leagues, because he still projects to be a great front of the rotation pitcher. However, fantasy owners should be prepared to be patient with their future ace.