What good is a list without some highlights? We’ve decided to get together and write up a scouting report per person on someone who has either risen or fallen a significant amount on the last list, just to give a deeper breakdown on the player. We decided that it would be best to highlight those players that we think could even move up more. This week (the first week) we’re highlighting 3 players, one from myself (Tyler Austin), Brian B. (Eddie Rosario), and Geo007 (Aaron Sanchez). We hope this helps provide some contextual support as to the players movement as well as lets the player get some publicity that he may not on sites that are not as “deep” as ours. Lets get to it!
Eddie Rosario, MIN 2B (20 years old, Low-A Midwest League) – ETA: 2014
Current line (through 57 games): .295/.359/.482, 7 HR, 9 SB, 33SO/24BB
This Week: 56
Last Week: 84
Start of Season: 82
Why He Has Risen. In his last ten games, Rosario is hitting .356 with 3 HR and 12 RBIs.
Drafted by the Twins in the 4th round in 2010, Rosario immediately started to show off the tools that made many scouts believe he was a steal at that draft position. While still raw, his ability to hit for average and power, in combination with plus speed make him an offensive asset – his ’11 Appalachian League line of .337/.397/.670 (with 21 homers and 17 steals) in 67 games earned him CO-MVP honors, and his ISoP of .333 last year project a special player.
As a second baseman for Beloit (he is a converted former outfielder), much of his attention has been on improving at a defensively demanding position. He’s done surprisingly well thus far (.955 fielding percentage) and looks to stick at the position, making him a potential 20/20 candidate each year at a diamond spot where such offense is at a premium. What is more, Rosario’s success at 2B allows for the possibility of a quick move through the system (ETA of 2014, versus 2015 as an OF).
What It Means For My Fantasy Team. Consider Rosario to be the premier offensive prospect at second base. Although he will compete with Wong and Spangenberg (and possibly Gyorko soon as well) for Top 2B on rankings lists, his unique ability to be an offensively balanced, middle-of-the-order guy suggest his fantasy value may be greater than his 2B counterparts.
Tyler Austin, NYY 3B (20 years old, Low-A South Atlantic League) – ETA: 2014
Current line (through 58 games): .332/.405/.659, 14 HR, 14 SB, 56SO/25BB
This Week: 90
Last Week: UR
Start of Season: UR
Why He Has Risen. Hitting .500 with 8BB and 6SO in his last 10 games.
Austin has been putting up pretty gaudy numbers, showcasing his talents across the board. Hitting for average and power (.332 with 14 HRs) hasn’t been an issue, nor has speed (14SB). Austin has all the tools to be a fantastic player in the future. He looks like a very advanced hitter, and he’s doing very well to prove that he’s one of the best players in the SAL this year. The year 2011 helped his career begin to the tune of .354/.418/.572 line while battling a wrist injury, so he’s showing that his average isn’t a fluke.
Austin slipped under the radar in the 2010 MLB Draft and went to the Yankees with the 415 overall pick, a 13th rounder. He signed for a cheap $130K, which now looks like chump change compared to his production. Austin was drafted as a catcher, but soon after converted to 3B. His bat can play well anywhere, because guys with .340 averages, 20 HR and 32 SB in 452 career at bats don’t grow on trees. He looks to slow down as he ages (SB are more a result of his fantastic instincts) and there is one issue with his batting, and that’s the strikeouts. Austin’s shown a tendency to strike out more than average, and that could come back to bite him as he advances towards better pitching. Still, a hitter who can hit .330 with a 22-23% strike out rate is valuable, and becomes incredibly dangerous if he ever advances to .320 with only a 18% strike out rate.
What It Means For My Fantasy Team. Austin really is showing that he’s a great hitter and will only get better with time. Hopefully his strike out rate drops a little, that’d make him incredibly difficult to pitch to. He projects as a future 1B/3B in the majors with a great average, a good home run stroke, a few steals, and good eye, pairing with higher than average strike outs. Buying low right now might be your best option before he gets a season’s worth of at bats!
Aaron Sanchez, TOR RHP (19 years old, Low-A Midwest League) – ETA 2014/15
Current line (through 12G, 6GS) 5-0, 0.66ERA, 41IP, 47KK, 1.00 WHIP
This week: 46
Last Week: 83
Start of Season: UR
Why He Has Risen. 4-0 with a 0.77 ERA and a 10.3 SO/9 ratio in last 10 appearances
Despite playing his first full PRO season on the Northwest League Championship team,
Sanchez was having season long struggles with command, getting hit hard. And a season
ending ERA of 5.30 scared most prognosticators away from projecting Sanchez in their
top 100 prospect lists for 2012. There was no doubt Sanchez had the talent, being drafted
34th as a compensation pick, just whether or not he could overcome the lack of command
which plagued him for most of the 2011 season. Well, he has flown out of the gates in
Low-A ball, dominating hitters as a tandem with Justin Nicolino.
Sanchez has 2 plus pitches, a low 90’s fastball and a sharp 12-6 curveball that can also be
thrown as a backdoor pitch for strikeouts. He has a large durable pitchers frame at 6’4”
but at 19 years old, he is expect to fill out that frame and possibly add a few miles to his
fastball. All indications this season are that he is already throwing that fastball in the 93-
95mph range consistently, and his stat lines show that his command has improved greatly
with a WHIP of 1.00.
He is counted on as part of the young pitching trio of the future for the Jays with
Nicolino and Syndergaard. And with the other pitchers also having good starts to their
season, Sanchez has been the star that has shined the brightest.
What It Means For My Fantasy Team. Sanchez has fallen off most player radar lists
and may be available now for an easy pick up. Although he projects to be a number 2/3
starter, his high KK totals and his recovery with development will keep him on track
to be a solid pitcher for the future. Also at the rate his season is going, Sanchez may
at seasons end be the highest rated Blue Jays pitching prospect which can be a good
bargaining chip for any trade within your league.