StrategyJune 2, 2009

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Future Rookies: Carlos Santana DVX

By R.J. White

Welcome back to Future Rookies. Today I’m going to look at a couple of guys that were suggested by AussieDodger in the discussion thread in Baseball Leftovers. If you have suggestions on guys you’d like to see in this space, post them in that thread or e-mail us at Matt LaPorta is back in the minor leagues and back in the hitter’s table found later in the column. He struggled in his initial major-league tryout, like so many young players do. He should be back to annihilating Triple-A in no time.

Featured Add – Hitter

Carlos Santana, C, CLE, Age 23, Double-A

2008 A+ LAD35088149676959.323.431.563.994
2008 A+ CLE1053461932024.352.452.5901.042
2009 AA1303072903122.292.424.531.955
Last 1028917084.286   

Speaking of LaPorta, the Indians have another great hitting prospect on his way up the minor league ranks in Carlos Santana. The catching prospect came over to the Cleveland organization in a trade with the Dodgers last year and continued to rake, compiling great slash stats along the way. He’s moved up to Double-A this year and it has been more of the same, with a .955 OPS built upon an elite walk rate. If Santana can bring that plate discipline to the majors, he’s likely to establish himself as a top-10 catcher right away. A lot of attention goes to Matt Wieters (and deservedly so), but don’t make the mistake of forgetting about Santana.

Hitter Performance Review (as of 6/1/09)


Matt LaPortaAAA952661701114.316.394.600.994
Last 5AAA20413024.250   
Josh VittersA1773213342529.356.392.6331.024
Last 10A419613029.341   
Brett WallaceAAA676270315.284.319.403.722
Last 10AAA343140110.176   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA1603482504640.275.431.525.956
Last 10AAA304110510.233   
Mike CarpAAA1583082403236.291.409.525.935
Last 10AAA315140105.226   
Andrew McCutchenAAA19640420101723.306.364.500.864
Last 10AAA42715337.333   
Alcides EscobarAAA21140215211336.294.338.393.731
Last 10AAA41903227.366   
Kyle BlanksAAA1792592702753.257.365.441.806
Last 10AAA34614076.265   
Gaby SanchezAAA871941611114.345.414.517.931

Featured Add – Pitcher

Jake Arrieta, SP, BAL, Age 23, Double-A

2008 A+113.02.871.16751120
2009 AA45.12.981.2632056

A working knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles will provide you with the impression that they have been a great hitting ball club with some of the worst pitching in the league the last few years. The Baltimore front office has done a lot to fix that, drafting Jake Arrieta and Brian Matusz in recent years, while acquiring Chris Tillman (tracked below) in the Erik Bedard trade. Of the three prospects, Arrieta probably gets paid the least attention, but he’s quite good in his own right, so good that he’d be the top minor league arm in many organizations. He’s had consistent control problems, but his K-rate has leaped up this year. He’s striking out over 11 batters per nine innings! While I wouldn’t expect to see the Double-A pitcher in the majors this year, he’s definitely a prime target for the forward-thinking dynasty owner.

Pitcher Performance Review (as of 6/1/09)


Tommy HansonAAA66.11.490.8651790
May 31AAA5.21.590.88108
Michael BowdenAAA48.11.680.9911933
May 28AAA4.12.081.85023
Chris TillmanAAA38.02.131.2111344
May 23AAA2.00.001.50002
Jarrod ParkerAA30.03.001.7701632
May 28AA5.05.402.00043
Jeanmar GomezAA39.02.770.871533
May 31AA4.015.753.50023
Junichi TazawaAA54.12.821.1241754
May 28AA5.03.601.00127
Carlos CarrascoAAA55.05.401.4251558
May 29AAA7.02.571.14126
Jeremy HellicksonAA30.02.100.931836
J.D. MartinAAA42.22.950.913435
May 27AAA6.01.691.13024

I hope you enjoyed this week’s edition of Future Rookies. Remember to post and send in your questions and requests!

R.J. White (or daullaz) has been actively involved in fantasy sports for over 14 years, making him an addict at this point. He loves writing, the Atlanta Braves, music, the Buffalo Bills, theatre, the Philadelphia Eagles, his family, and the number 42, though not in that order.
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