We are now on the brink of the second half of the baseball season and whether you are a team in an existing keeper league looking for the next big thing or a yearly owner in the thick of the playoff race, the following six prospects projected to be called up after the break could impact any and all fantasy teams.
Starling Marte- CF/RF/LF Pittsburgh Pirates
Jose Tabata‘s recent demotion opens the door for a Starling Marte callup in the near future. the club promoted Gorkys Hernandez to replace Tabata but Hernandez is thought by most industry insiders to be nothing more than a stop gap until Marte is ready for the big leagues. Marte has recently played in right field, left field and center field the past week for the Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh’s AAA afflite. Marte’s natural position is center field but with Andrew McCutchen locked in center for the forseeable future Marte’s transition to right or left is needed to open at spot for him on the big league club. With Marte playing right or left and McCutchen in center the hopes of Pittsburgh finally becoming a winning franchise again become that much more promising. Marte is batting .291 with a .846 OPS 9HRs & 18 SBs on the year. projected call up shortly after the all-star break.
Wil Myers- RF Kansas City Royals
Wil Myers has been on fire this year in the minors with a minor league leading 27 HRs over both AA and AAA, and .315 & 14 HRs in the AAA Pacific Coast League. Which however is generally know as a hitter friendly league. The key question with Myers, who’s game seems ready for the big leagues, is does the power translate to the next level? He only had 5 HR in 2009, 14 HRs in 2010 & 8 HR in 2011. Whuile that may give some doubts, it may just be that his game has reached its potential this year. Jeff Franceour as well as the pending health of Lorenzo Cain, currently on a rehab assignment, are blocking the potential call up of Myers. The Kansas City Royals are rumored to be shopping Franceour which would immediately open a spot for Myers with the big league club. Projected call up Late July or early August
Nick Franklin- SS Seattle Mariners
Nick Franklin was recently promoted to AAA at the same time another highly rated Mariner’s prospect was, starting pitcher prospect Danny Hutlzen. Franklin could possibly play Short stop, second base or third base but projects at short stop long term. He was hitting .329 with 9 SB and a .349 OBP in AA but has struggled in his short time in AAA since his call up. In 66 ABs in AAA he has hit only .227 with a .311 OBP so he does have some work to do before he takes his game to the next level. Projected call up September
Danny Hultzen- SP Seattle Mariners
Recently promoted to AAA at same time as Nick Franklin. Has so far struggled a little in AAA, 1-1 with a 5.25 ERA, 15 SO & 12 BB in 12.0 IP. Was dominate in AA however, 8-3 1.19 ERA 10 earned runs 79 SO 32 BB in 75.1 IP. Projected call up August. Much like another highly rated pitching prospect Trevor Bauer who recently has made the jump to the big leagues, be leery of rough initial starts with walks being a possible issue.
Tyler Skaggs- SP Arizona Diamondbacks
Recently promoted to AAA. is 1-0 with a 4.50 ERA, 6 SO & 2 BB in two starts at AAA. Has a combined 3.05 ERA, 77 SO & 23 BB in AA & AAA. Had 9.17 K/9 ratio in AA. Projected call up September at the latest with only Joe Saunders currently coming back from a shoulder injury & Josh Collmenter, who is moving to long relief once Saunders returns with many thinking that is what Collmenter is best suited for, blocking his promotion to the big leagues. Once Skaggs joins highly rated prospect Trevor Bauer, who recently made his big league debut, in the rotation the DiamondBacks should have one of the better rotations in baseball for many years to come.
Matt Harvey- SP New York Mets
Currently in AAA with a 7-4 3.39 ERA, 102 SO & 42 BB in 98.1 IP. Projected callup September. The Mets rotation is currently full with great to decent options in starters 1 through 5 but any injury to a starting pitcher would open a spot for him in the rotation and could lead to an earlier callup.
All of the six prospects above should be up in the second half of the baseball season and whether you are a contending team or a rebuilding one could be valuable additions to any and all fantasy teams. Feel free to comment in the comment section and be sure to follow me on twitter @FantaszyrTJ for more fantasy baseball news and discussion.