At this point, you will want to monitor all of the AAA, and some of the more impressive AA guys (minus SPs who have reached innings limits) to see if they get called up on 9/1 or thereafter. Many a fantasy championship has been won on the backs of super propects, especially ones who play for teams either completely out of it, or teams who are comfortably ahead and are looking to rest regulars.
–Jesus Montero, NYY, C, Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (#3): This is the week people were waiting for all year: 4 HRs, 11 RBIs, 11 for 24 in his last five. Montero’s season line is resembling more and more what he did last year (identical batting avg., 4 less HRs, similar OBP), so it is safe to say the kid is ready as he will ever be for his MLB debut in September. The Yankees sure could use a dependable DH bat to cement a playoff spot – their pitching is now looking like it is what we thought it was.
-Dayan Viciedo, CWS, OF, Charlotte Knights (unranked): Viciedo got the call this past week after Carlos Quentin went down with an injury. He was going to be a 40 man roster add anyway. He finished up his minor league season with a bang; 4 HRs and 10 RBIs in his last ten, with only 4 Ks. And, in his first action, he went 2 for 3 with a HR and 3 RBIs (I picked him up to replace Quentin, and of course had him on my bench for monitoring purposes…story of my season).
–Devin Mesoraco, CIN, C, Louisville Bats (#64): Mesoraco went 6 for 24 with 2 HRs and 8 RBIs – both HRs and 5 ribbies came in one game. With the Bats eliminated from playoff contention, he is certainly a candidate to get called up after September 1; curiously though, he is not on the 40 man roster.
–Adrian Cardenas, OAK, DH, Sacramento River Cats (unranked): Cardenas continued his solid hitting last week, adding a HR and 4 RBIs as well (he was 10 for 31). He also put on his running shoes and stole 4 bases. If he can translate his speed and on base skills to the big leagues, he could be a very useful middle infield flyer at the end of drafts.
–Brandon Guyer, TB, OF, Durham Bulls (unranked): Guyer had a great week, going 9 for 29 with 3 HRs and 6 RBIs. His season line is useful if translated to the majors (.315/.387/.525), so keep an eye on him in September/spring 2012.
–Lorenzo Cain, KC, OF, Omaha (unranked): Cain broke out of his slump and had a fine last ten (.359/.409/.513). He had a HR and 6 RBIs last week.
-Julio Teheran, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#5): Teheran had another two typical turns last week: combined 11 IP, 10 H, 4 ER, 3 BB, 9 Ks.
–Matt Dominguez, FLA, 3b/SS, New Orleans Zephyrs (#81): Dominguez returned on 8/24 and went 4 for 20 with a HR last week.
–Jordany Valdespin, NYM, SS, Buffalo Bisons (unranked): Valdespin caught on in AAA last week: 12 for 27, 3 RBIs, 2 SBs, 4 doubles. His SB rate leaves much to be desired though: only 36 for 53 on the season.
-Brett Jackson, CHC, OF, Iowa Cubs (#38): Jackson was 9 for 23 with a HR and 5 RBIs last week. With almost half a season at Triple A, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him get some time with the basement dwelling Cubbies in September.
–Martin Perez, TEX, SP, Round Rock Express (#24): I missed the update of Perez’s start on 8/21, where he got shelled: 2 IP, 8 H, 6 ER, 1 BB, 1 K; he also got hit around on 8/27: 5.1 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 1 HR, 3 BB, 5 Ks. Perez’s PCL stint so far has left much to be desired.
–Matt Moore, TB, SP, Durham Bulls (#15): Like death and taxes, a sterling Moore start was a certainty again on 8/23: 6 IP, 6 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks. But, lo and behold, sometimes you can cheat ’em; he had a pedestrian start on 8/28: 6 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 1 HR, 4 BB, 6 Ks. No matter, still a quality start. Opposing hitters are batting .184 against him this year. It should be Moore and Teheran 1-2 next spring for best young rookie pitcher.
–Manny Banuelos, NYY, SP, Trenton Thunder (#41): Banuelos was mediocre on 8/22: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks. Maybe a couple more starts before he is shut down for the season; no way the Yanks add him to the September roster.
–Jacob Turner, DET, SP, Toledo Mudhens (#21): Turner was again very good on 8/26: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 6 Ks.
–Randall Delgado, ATL, SP, Gwinnett Braves (#35): Delgado bounced back from his horrible 8/21 start and tossed five two run innings, giving up 5 hits and a HR on 8/26. He K’ed 5 and walked 2.
-Anthony Rizzo, SD, 1B, Tucson Padres (#75): The Rizzo we know and love was back last week: he had 3 HRs and 6 RBIs while going 11 for 32.
–Dellin Betances, NYY, SP, Trenton Thunder (#43): Betances channeled Ricky Vaughn on 8/23: 3 IP, 1 H, 2 ER, 9 BB, 4 Ks. I guess he was juuust a bit outside with his pitches, trying the corner and missing.
–Tim Beckham, TB, SS, Durham Bulls (unranked): Beckham is Tampa’s best MLB-ready infielder, and has had a solid minor league season: .272/.331/.410 over two levels. He offers speed (17 SBs in 21 attempts) and some pop (11 HRs in 493 ABs; not bad for SS). He does K a lot (113 in 124 games), so he will need to work on that to get in Joe Maddon’s good graces.
–Austin Romine, NYY, C, Trenton Thunder (#98): Romine was a respectable 7 for 22 with a HR and 3 RBIs last week. Much better OBP (.356) and Avg (.288) compared to last year (he hit .268 and had a .324 OBP in ’10).
–Shelby Miller, STL, SP, Springfield Cardinals (#13): Fresh of his controversial altercation, Miller pitched on 8/24, and was ok: 4 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 3 BB, 3 Ks.
-Bryce Harper, WAS, OF, Harrisburg Senators (#1): Harper is still out with the hammy strain.
-Jake Odorizzi, KC, SP, NW Arkansas Naturals (#69): Odorizzi showed control, but got hit around on 8/23: 6 IP, 8 H, 4 ER, 2 HRs, 0 BB, 5 Ks. He had neither control nor stuff on 8/28: 5.1 IP, 7 H, 6 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 4 Ks. Disappointing AA season, no doubt.
-Tyler Skaggs, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#82): Skaggs went the distance on 8/23 and was simply dominant: 9 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 1 HR, 2 BB, 7 Ks. He was even better in 7 IP on 8/28: 3 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 12 Ks!
–Jarrod Parker, ARI, SP, Mobile Bay Bears (#33): Parker was nearly unhittable on 8/22: 6 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 Ks, but was very hittable on 8/27: 6 IP, 8 H, 5 ER, 1 BB, 4 Ks.
-Hak-Ju Lee, TB, SS, Montgomery Biscuits (#92): Lee was 7 for 29 last week, with 2 RBIs and a steal.
–Travis D’arnaud, TOR, C, New Hampshire Fisher Cats (#36):D’arnaud was only 5 for 24, but had a HR and 5 RBIs last week. On pace for 20 jacks and a plus .300 average at only 22 years of age; Toronto should have another fine young offensive piece coming up shortly, to join Rasmus, Lawrie, and Arencibia. The Jays need pitching and defense badly, but gotta love their offense in 2012.
–Manny Machado, BAL, SS, Frederick Keys (#14): Machado was 7 for 26 last week (identical to the previous week), and had a HR and 5 RBIs. Remember, he did just turn 19.
–Nolan Arenado, COL, 3B, Modesto Nuts (#80): Arenado was 8 for 23 with 2 RBIs last week. Can’t expect double digit ribbie totals every week, right? I find his plate discipline most impressive (46 BB, 49 Ks).