I just couldn’t help myself. After a long off-season with no baseball, the first week of Spring Training games has got me amped up for the 2017 season. Lots of legitimately exciting stuff happened already too. Here is the 2017 Fantasy Baseball Minor League Prospect Rundown: Spring Training:

Aaron Judge NYY, OF – It was the homerun heard round the Twittersphere. Judge smashed a 93 MPH fastball that didn’t so much land as it did get stopped by the tippy top of the outfield scoreboard. I love a fundamentally sound 4-3 putout as much as the next guy (I was an expert at them), but bombs like this are what make you hit rewind on your DVR like 25 times.

Tyler Glasnow PIT, RHP – Glasnow came out throwing fire with his newly refined delivery, striking out 6 batters in 2 IP. The fastball clocked as high as 98 MPH, and he didn’t walk a single batter. If there is a real competition for Pittsburgh’s 5th starter spot, Glasnow jumped out to the early lead.

Harrison Bader STL, OF – Bader’s quick and powerful swing is still being underrated on mainstream prospect lists, and it is scorched bullet shots like this that makes you scratch your head as to why he doesn’t get more love. I guess he’ll have to settle for being another in a long line of Cardinals prospects who gets the “came out of nowhere/Cardinals voodoo” tag, even though he has been raking since freshman year in the SEC.

Cody Bellinger LAD, 1B – On last week’s Razzball Prospect Podcast: The Top 100 Fantasy Baseball Prospects Show, I wondered if Bellinger’s extreme uppercut swing is the future of baseball with launch angle and swing path being all the rage these days. This absolute moon shot only reinforced that thought. Of course, that same extreme uppercut is why I was a bit conservative on him in my Top 200, ranking him 26th overall.

Matt Chapman OAK, 3B – If those pull side homers didn’t do it for you, how about an opposite field dinger from one of the best power hitting prospects in the minors. There isn’t a clear path to playing time for Chapman at the moment, but there is no reason for Oakland to not trade Trevor Plouffe at the deadline if he has any value at all.

Jacob Faria TB, RHP – One of my favorite pitching prospect sleepers for two years running, Faria struck out 3 batters in 2 IP. Unless Tampa Bay’s rotation stays unusually healthy, Faria is almost sure to have his number called at some point this season.

Rhys Hoskins PHI, 1B – Non-Reading aided homer alert! Non-Reading aided homer alert!

Brad Zimmer CLE, OF – Drove in 5 runs in his Spring debut. Lined a single to center and showed off his raw power with an opposite field homer that he didn’t even get the sweet part of the bat on. With Cleveland’s shaky outfield situation, Zimmer could force his way into the lineup sooner rather than later.

Billy McKinney NYY, OF – Here’s a quick reminder of why McKinney was a former 1st round pick. He’ll have to keep showing off that power to regain his lost prospect shine.

Rowdy Tellez TOR, 1B – This is the play-by-play of Tellez’ 2nd at-bat on Sunday: late on a 1st pitch fastball, looked completely lost on a 12-6 curve, and finally whiffed bad on a breaking ball in the dirt. Drawing conclusions from one at-bat sample sizes in Spring Training is fun.

Carson Fulmer CHW, RHP –  Pitched two scoreless innings, striking out Joc Pederson, Yasiel Puig, and Franklin Gutierrez. Also unveiled a new, toned down delivery that will hopefully allow him to remain a starter.

Mark Appel PHI, RHP – I’m old enough to remember a time when Mark Appel vs. Kris Bryant was an actual debate. Feels like an eternity ago. He’ll get a fresh start in Philadelphia this year, and his stuff looked legit in his two inning, 3 K performance on Saturday. A wild pitch and hanging breaking ball were his only blemishes on the day.

By Michael Halpern (@MichaelCHalpern)
Email: michaelhalpern@imaginarybrickwall.com
Twitter: Imaginary Brick Wall (@ImaginaryBrickW)

8 thoughts on “2017 Fantasy Baseball Minor League Prospect Rundown: Spring Training

  1. Halp, Ive been on harrison bader band wagon since last years next aj reed post. Do you see fantasy impact this year? Also who would you rather have for a brand new farm system, Yadier Alvarez or Ronald Acuna?

    1. I wouldn’t bank on a fantasy impact this year, although I think it is possible if he gets the opportunity. I was actually just thinking about this yesterday because I reacquired him in my 12 teamer.

      Alvarez and Acuna might as well be dead even in my book. I guess Acuna by a hair just because he is a hitter, but in a world where everyone was guaranteed to stay 100% healthy, probably Alvarez … if that makes any sense.

  2. What’s up Halp? – good stuff as always. in an uber deep league where top 15 or so of each minors system are held, who do you think can make the most impact/ the soonest this year for stolen bases?

    Ezequiel Carrera, Aneury Tavarez or Rafael Bautista (Washington) (or any other speedy minors guy who might get the call?)

    2. Which rando bat do you like the most for this year (any of the above) or Daniel Robertson (Rays SS), Anthony Santander, Tyler Collins, Jabari Blash (apparently just went 5 for last 5 with 3 jacks after adding a toe kick) or Guillermo Heredia?

    Also, how much FAAB would you throw at Adolis Garcia in a dynasty league that deep? any comps for his value?

    Thanks man!

    1. Thanks! Definitely digging real deep here, ha. I would probably take Bautista out of that first group and Collins in the second if you are hoping for production this year. Robertson a close 2nd and Santander is interesting to me too. I wouldn’t break the bank on Garcia unless you were desperate, but if it’s a deep league where every guy with a job is valuable, I can see making a decent bid. $9 ish? FAAB bids are rough. Just comes down to how bad you want a guy.

      1. Thanks man. Yeah it’s a 30 teamer, 1200 guys owned haha. Hopefully Bautista gets a call as a 4th/5th OF behind Michael Taylor if there’s an injury in Washington *coughJasonWerth*. If anything else Adolis might be a sexy callup to flip for a need. I’m interested in Santander too, and it’s a good sign he’s playing in spring training after the shoulder surgery.

        1. Oh wait, I thought you meant Adonis Garcia. I think Adolis is his brother actually, ha. Um yea, with him, probably less of the FAAB budget. Maybe like $5-7 or something unless again, you just have to have him.

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