Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Hot Prospects To Watch - Riley Rising, Dalbec Raking, Pearson Impressing


If you missed it, the Brewers called up their top prospect Tuesday morning -- hitting prodigy and second baseman Keston Hiura -- to make his major league debut this week. The ninth overall pick of the 2017 draft was hitting .333 with a .408 on-base percentage, 1.106 OPS, 11 homers and 26 RBI in 37 games with Triple-A San Antonio.

It looks like Travis Shaw (wrist) will head to the injured list, and he's also hitting a mere .163 in 135 at-bats, which is the lowest among qualified hitters in the National League. That means that Mike Moustakas can move back to third base to make room for Kiura, who should play regularly in his first taste of big league action.

We've warned you before and you've even seen evidence (Nick Senzel most recently) that top prospects can produce immediately for fantasy owners in mixed leagues upon their call-up. Not only is Hiura Milwaukee's top prospect, but he's also ranked as the No. 15 overall prospect and the No. 2 second base prospect, per MLB Pipeline.

Editor's Note: Get any full-season MLB Premium Pass for 50% off, with exclusive access to our season-long articles, 15 in-season lineup tools and over 200 days of expert DFS research/tools. Sign Up Now!

 

Prospects Galore

In a more under-the-radar prospect move, the Indians called up Oscar Mercado, their No. 19 prospect. He hit .294/.396/.496 with four home runs and 14 stolen bases in over 140 plate appearances at Triple-A. With Cleveland in need of outfield help, Mercado could also factor in right away. Don't ignore him in deeper leagues.

And finally, the Royals called up their No. 8 prospect, middle infielder Nicky Lopez. He's the lesser of the three prospect call-ups, but he's expected to see regular playing time at the keystone with Whit Merrifield moving to the outfield.

The 24-year-old was hitting .353/.457/.500 with three homers, 13 RBI and nine steals in 31 games for Triple-A Omaha. With regular playing time, he could definitely be worth a pickup in deep mixed and AL-only leagues, mainly for his speed.

Who might get the call next?

 

Riley Ready To Show His Face In Majors?

Austin Riley - 3B, Atlanta Braves

It was announced a week ago that the Braves would work Riley into the outfield a few times a week at Triple-A Gwinnett. Josh Donaldson is blocking Riley at third base in 2019, so the Braves may be considering bringing Riley up soon and giving him some looks in the outfield to keep his bat in the lineup.

Riley had only two homers going into April 25, but he's had 12 homers, including three two-homer games, in the 17 games since then. In his last 23 at-bats, he's slashing .348/.464/.913 with a double, four homers, eight RBI, five walks and four strikeouts.

The 22-year-old was named the International League Player of the Week from May 6-12 for hitting .296/.406/.778 (8-for-32). In 36 games for Gwinnett on the season, Riley has a slash line of .300/.376/.671 with 14 home runs and 35 RBI in his 157 plate appearances. You can see why Atlanta might potentially be thinking of promoting him.

If you can't tell, Riley has impressive raw power, as evidenced by two 20-homer seasons in the minors already. He's on pace for much more this year as well. He has a solid plate approach, but Riley will need to improve his contact rate in order to be an asset in batting average at the next level.

Either way, he needs to be owned in all dynasty leagues and is even worth a stash in deeper leagues right now in case he's promoted soon.

 

Dalbec Destroying Baseballs

Bobby Dalbec - 3B, Boston Red Sox

Like Riley, Dalbec got off to a similar cold start to begin his 2019 season -- .190 average through the first 21 games for Double-A Portland -- but he's quickly turned it around and was just recently named the Player of the Week in the Eastern League after going 8-for-16 (.500) with four homers, a triple, a double, two walks, seven RBI and five runs scored in four games from May 6-12.

The 23-year-old is ranked as the team's No. 3 prospect and has the most raw power of any player in their minor league system. While he's still hitting only .250/.391/.519, Dalbec is now up to seven home runs and 22 RBI in 31 games on the year for Portland.

The University of Arizona alumni has been compared to Kris Bryant in the past and ranked second in the minors in extra-base hits (70) and RBI (109) and fourth in home runs (32) in 2018. You won't find many other prospects with more power than Dalbec, but he also struck out 32 percent of the time last season.

His swing-and-miss ways are concerning, but he's worth buying into in dynasty/keeper leagues for the power. Dalbec is currently blocked in Boston by Rafael Devers and his best path to the big leagues might be at first base, potentially in 2020.

 

Rotation Help Could Be On The Way For Jays

Nate Pearson - SP, Toronto Blue Jays

This 6-foot-6, 245-pound right-hander is the team's No. 3 prospect and their top pitching prospect for a reason. He was already promoted from High-A Dunedin after going 3-0 with a 0.86 ERA (two runs in 21 innings), 0.62 WHIP and career-high 15.0 K/9 in his six starts.

In his first start at Double-A New Hampshire, Pearson didn't miss a beat, allowing two hits in five scoreless innings while walking none and striking out eight for a win. He's now whiffed 43 hitters and walked only three in 26 innings to start the year. After blowing triple-digit cheddar in the Arizona Fall League last year, Pearson is looking like the real deal.

The 22-year-old was a first-round pick in 2017 but fractured his arm on a line drive in his first professional season. Pearson has the best fastball and slider in the organization and possesses front-of-the-rotation stuff. Along with his fastball and slider, the righty is developing a curveball and changeup.

Few pitching prospects around the league have as much upside as Pearson does, but he'll need to stay healthy in order to be a rotation option for Toronto in 2020. If he keeps it up this year, it seems as though Pearson would almost be a lock for the rotation out of spring training next season.

More MLB Prospects Analysis




More Recent Articles

 

Week 15-16 Playoff Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Still doing things a little differently this week--for those of you who are still alive. I want to take a look at the playoffs as a whole (and in this case we are considering Weeks 14-16) and determine which DSTs you can ride all the way through and which ones you should stream this week.... Read More


Monday Night Fantasy Football Starts/Sits - Week 14

Finally, we had a good fantasy matchup last week. And now, as punishment, we get this. The Eagles against the Giants is a good rivalry game. But for fantasy? Not so much. Even key players Saquon Barkley and Carson Wentz have been severely disappointing in 2019. The game is not going to be something to... Read More


Week 15 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

You have to love fantasy football. You have to, otherwise you would have given up by now. In a week that most likely represented the first matchup of the fantasy playoffs or a must-win in some form for the vast majority of players, we were treated to the following: Alvin Kamara netting three fantasy points,... Read More


Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

It is almost inconceivable that we are progressing into the second week of fantasy postseason matchups. Congratulations to those of you whose teams are still competing in the playoffs. Your meticulous planning during the draft process and the regular season has been rewarded with an opportunity to win your leagues' championships. This critical week provides the opportunity to... Read More


Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 15

Week 15 is upon us, which means that even the holdovers who play in leagues with four team playoffs and no byes are now in fantasy playoff mode. This is it: the home stretch. Are there any wide receivers left on the waiver wire who can help you in the playoffs? Let's look at some... Read More


Week 15 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

If your fantasy football season is over, either because you did not make your league’s playoffs or because you have had enough of failing in DFS contests, then this column is not for you. Congratulations if you HAVE qualified for your fantasy league’s playoffs! To reach the postseason you must have received some decent play... Read More


Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 15

The first week of the fantasy playoffs in almost in the books, and if you're fortunate enough to have advanced then it's already time to start thinking about Week 15 lineups, especially for those who stream quarterbacks. Luckily, there are plenty of viable options available as eliminated owners have stopped making moves, and if you... Read More


Waiver Wire Express - Week 15 Lightning Round

An injury-laden Week 14 decided many matchups, with several big names going down in a Red Wedding-esque affair. Not only was Josh Jacobs was a late inactive, but Jared Cook, Devante Parker, Albert Wilson all left with concussions, Mike Evans pulled up with a hamstring injury, Calvin Ridley and Ryan Griffin hurt their ankles, Derrius... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 14 Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out. Jared Cook has been ruled out of the game after... Read More


Week 14 Chat - Live Fantasy Football Game Day Q&A

It's Sunday Morning Week 14... Do You Know Who to Start? Each Sunday morning of the NFL season, RotoBaller's experts will be moderating the industry's leading live chat room and answering a bunch of your fantasy football questions, from around 10:30 AM to 1:00 PM ET. Come join in on the fun, and get your... Read More


Updated Week 14 PPR Rankings (Top 300)

Welcome to Week 14 RotoBallers. Below are our updated consensus Week 14 PPR rankings for fantasy football, including some running notes on relevant injuries, player news and rankings updates: Josh Jacobs (shoulder) has officially been ruled out. Will Fuller (hamstring) is expected to miss Week 14. Adam Thielen (hamstring) has officially been ruled out. Le'Veon Bell... Read More


Fantasy Football Mailbag - Q&A for Week 14

This article's content may vary week-to-week, but generally, it will be answering questions fielded from either the @RotoBallerNFL twitter account or my personal one (@RotoSurgeon). This week, the focus is on start/sit questions, and there were plenty. Every week, many of us struggle with which quarterback to start, or who to flex, and I am... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 14

Welcome to our Week 14 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Wide Receiver Matchups To Target In Week 14

In Week 13, Davante Adams and Tyreek Hill were the high-end options that had great matchups. Adams had a huge two-touchdown game while Hill only came up with 55 scoreless yards, falling victim to game flow as the Chiefs led from start to finish, scoring a defensive touchdown in the process. Several of the wide receivers... Read More


Week 14 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings     Fantasy... Read More