So many prospects have made their way to The Show over the past couple of weeks. Some with resounding success and some struggling to find their way. Here at FantraxHQ we have your back for the important prospect news.
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MLB Prospects Making News
As mentioned last week Eury Perez made his debut last week. As expected, he had a short leash, pitching just over four innings but he did strike out seven and gained a no-decision. He did enough to make another start and live another day.
Brandon Pfaadt finally got on track. It was expected to be one of his last chances after a disastrous first two starts. He gave up one hit, a home run, over five innings. Hopefully, this is a sign of things to come.
Matt McClain of the Reds made his MLB debut last night getting his first hit out of the way with a double. He had been one of the league leaders in all the minors with 40 RBIs. He should be a mainstay in the Reds’ lineup for years to come.
The Cubs have been a little underwhelmed with Matt Mervis. He is batting .219 with nine strikeouts in 32 plate appearances with zero home runs.
Taj Bradley will be called up on Wednesday and start against the struggling Mets. He had been surprisingly sent down after a great first stint in the majors. With the injuries to the Rays, I’m hoping he’s up for good.
The recurring Jhonny Brito update/joke is here. Brito was used yesterday in long relief. Luis Severino is on the comeback trail which could spell doom for Brito. Stay tuned for all your Jhonny Brito updates.
Grayson Rodriguez has shown stints of brilliance, but he was destroyed yesterday allowing eight runs in 3.1 innings. That makes 16 runs allowed in total over the last three starts. Yikes.
Ryne Nelson has not fared much better, allowing 21 runs in his past five starts. It’s been a hard week for most young pitching.
The suddenly pitcher-needy Rangers called up former AA pitcher of the week Cody Bradford to start last night. He allowed six earned runs though it was encouraging that he made it through five innings of work.
Adrian Pinto, Blue Jays
Many see Adrian Pinto as what Nick Madrigal should have been; a plus hitter with elite speed that can steal bases. Well here’s the upgrade; a patient hitter that will be able to steal 30-50 bases at the major league level. The Blue Jays were lucky when they were able to snag him via trade from the Rockies last year. Currently with an OBP of .400 in A-ball, he is a few years away but is worth a stash in most deep leagues.
Hudson Haskin, Orioles
Seems like we talk a lot about the Orioles these days. Hudson Haskin, who was recently promoted to AAA, is tearing the cover off the ball. In 13 games since his promotion, he is hitting .391 with a .500 OBP and 11 RBIs. He has a few players ahead of him in the pecking order but if he continues like this it will be hard to deny Haskin for long.
Javier Vaz, Royals
A name picking up steam on Twitter due to solid play at high-A for the Royals is Javier Vaz. You’re not getting much power here but what you are getting is contact and patience. In 21 games played, he has more walks than strikeouts and is batting over .300. He has also only grounded into one double-play ball. A deeper league stash, the true test will come when he heads to AA.
Parker Messick, Guardians
A second-round pick for the Guardians last year, Parker Messick has picked up where he left off in college. At A ball currently, Messick is almost unhittable, sporting an ERA of 1.13 while scattering 18 hits over 24 innings pitched. I don’t think you will have a starter here but more of a specialist. It’s just another example of how the Guardians’ GM is better than your team’s GM.