The prospects have been called up in rapid succession so far and it leaves one to wonder what is left. Save the feelings of despair and hopelessness for when you re-watch the season finale of Game of Thrones. There is plenty left down on the farm for fantasy purposes in 2015. These rankings will look at players closest to contributing in a meaningful way to your fantasy roster. Here are the top 10 as of Week 11:
Mar 2, 2014; Jupiter, FL, USA; New York Mets starting pitcherSteven Matz
(63) throws the ball against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
1. Steven Matz, P, New York Mets – Triple A: 7-4, 2.11 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 9.1 K/9, 3.3 B/9
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in ERA; solid contributor in K, WHIP, W.
On Wednesday night, Matz pitched another gem by going 7 IP, 4 H, 0 R, BB, 5 K in the hitter-friendly AAA Las Vegas Park. Bill Pivetz’s pointed out, Matz’s call up looks to be July 1, and he has impact potential in ERA for your fantasy team. When he does get the call he will likely have an innings limit. According to ESPN, the Mets are using a “light” six-man rotation, which means they are working in lefty Jon Niese when they can. I believe Matz will be that lefty in the sixth spot fairly soon. But if you add him, just be prepared for some skipped starts down the road.
2. Hector Olivera, 2B/3B, Los Angeles Dodgers – Triple A: .353/.353/.412; Double A: .318/.400/.455, 1 HR, 6 RBI
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in AVG/OBP, R; Solid contributor in HR, RBI.
Olivera has perhaps the best potential to have an offensive impact for your fantasy team this year. Of course, Mattingly has to give him some playing time, which he has not been doing with another Cuban, Alex Guerrero. Juan Uribe is gone and Justin Turner and Alberto Callaspo are splitting the time at third base. Olivera will likely be added to the 25 man roster for Callaspo, but it remains to be seen if he will e able to get consistent playing time ahead of Turner. He can provide above average hit tools and middle infield power for your fantasy team.
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3. Corey Seager, SS, Los Angeles Dodgers – Triple A: .296/.351/.459 4 HR, 20 RBI Double A: .375/.407/.675 5 HR, 15 RBI, 1 SB
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in AVG, RBI; Solid contributor in HR, R.
There is another Dodger prospect who has middle infield eligibility, but is a decade younger than Olivera. Jimmy Rollins is struggling and Seager’s bat is picking up to the point it is going to be difficult for LA to continue to insist his promotion is not imminent. While many scouts believe he’ll eventually move to third base, he should come up and play some shortstop soon and has plus power which is a rare bonus for a middle infielder in fantasy. The pedigree of having his brother, Kyle Seager, already in the majors lowers his bust risk.
Tied – 4. Matt Wisler, RHP, Atlanta Braves – Triple A: 3-4, 4.29 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 6.8 K/9, 1.8 BB/9
Fantasy impact: Solid 4 category contributor.
Tied – 4. Manny Banuelos, LHP, Atlanta Braves – Triple A: 5-2, 2.29 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 8 K/9, 4.3 BB/9
Fantasy impact: Impact potential in Ks; Solid contributor in ERA.
The Braves have yet to name a starter for Friday’s game after sending Mike Foltynewicz to the minors. This is cheating a bit by putting both Wisler and Banuelos in this spot, but I am confident at least one, if not both, will be called up soon. The Braves already indicated last week they were thinking of bringing up a Triple-A starter to work out of the bullpen. While the initial numbers this year would make you think Banuelos over Wisler, a closer look may point to Wisler. First, Wisler is scheduled to start Friday night anyway. Second, Banuelos pitched Tuesday and really struggled with his command. Third, it is important to note Wisler’s small 1.8 BB/9 rate because improving his control was a major goal of his second season in Triple A. Neither one will be spectacular for your fantasy team, but could be a solid 4th starter on mixed league rosters.
UPDATE: According the the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Matt Wisler will be called up to make the start Friday. There goes one player from the next rankings!
6. Jose Peraza, 2B, Atlanta Braves: Triple A: .284/.319/.349 2 HR, 24 RBI, 25 R, 17 SB.
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in SB; Solid contributor in AVG, Rs.
I got a little Atlanta thing going here, so why stop? After all, they are rebuilding right? If you need steals, Jose Peraza will help when he is called up. His fantasy contributions could be similar to Lindor since he also shows a good hit tool and is currently hitting well at Triple A. Jace Peterson has been playing well, which has forced the Braves to move Peraza to centerfield to try and make the majors in a similar fashion to how Mookie Betts did last year. He has started 6 out of the last 9 games in center for Triple A. Cameron Maybin is playing well, but it is just a matter of time before the Braves call Peraza up now that the June arbitration clock cutoff has passed. He should provide his best value with the middle infielder eligibility this year in most leagues.
Jul 14, 2013; Flushing , NY, USA; World infielderMiguel Sano
at bat during the 2013 All Star Futures Game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
7. Miguel Sano, 3B, Minnesota Twins: Double A: .251/.351/.493 12 HR, 38 RBI, 43 R, 5 SB
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in HR, RBI, R.
Byron Buxton received the call and it seems like Sano will follow him to Minnesota sometime this summer. When I say impact potential in HR, I mean HUGE impact potential in home runs. This 6’ 4”, 260-pounder has 80/80 raw power potential and will hit any pitch out of any part of the field. Unlike other top prospects, like Francisco Lindor or Austin Hedges, Sano is a highly rated prospect solely because of his bat and not his glove. If there is one detriment to making the Twins this year it is that glove. However, the Twins lineup has no production from the DH spot, so he could plug-in there. You are licking your lips if you have him in a dynasty league.
8. Andrew Heaney, LHP, Los Angeles Angels: Triple A: 6-2, 4.40 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 8.8 K/9, 2.9 BB/9
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in W, ERA; Solid contributor WHIP, K
I had Heaney as a keeper last year and his first time in The Show hurt my ratios worse than Giancarlo Stanton hurts baseballs. His Triple A stats haven’t been great this year either because of a few really bad games mixed in his dozen starts. He makes this list because he is going to come up this year and he is going to provide a floor of SP 5 numbers for your mixed league fantasy team.
9. Stephen Piscotty, OF, St. Louis Cardinals: Triple A: .261/.358/.452 8 HR, 28 RBI, 40 R, 5 SB
Fantasy Impact: Solid contributor in AVG, R, RBI, SB
Piscotty just can’t seem to make his way to the major league roster. Even with the injury to Matt Holliday he didn’t make it up last week. He won’t hit for the most power, but he has almost met his home run total of nine from last year already. A good comparable is an eventually teammate, Matt Carpenter.
10. Luis Severino, RHP, New York Yankees: Triple A: 2-0, 2.91 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, 4.6 K/9, 3.3 BB/9 Double A: 2-2, 3.32 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 11.4 K/9, 2.4 BB/9
Fantasy Impact: Impact potential in K; Solid contributor in ERA, WHIP
People don’t know what Severino is yet. The Yankees want him to be a starter, but many people think his electric fastball and plus slider belong in the bullpen with Betances and Miller. The Yankees bullpen is fairly thin now and Cashman stated they have had no talks of bringing Severino up as a reliever. If he remains a starter, look for him to eventually give solid SP 3 numbers. If he goes to the ‘pen, he will be one of the best sources of holds.