Welcome back to another Future Rookies. We took a break last week to look at the Cafe Mock Draft, but now it’s back to tracking some minor leaguers that are on their way to making a major league impact. This week we’ll look at the heir to the Yankee catching throne and another Orioles pitching stud.
Featured Add – Hitter
Jesus Montero, C, NYY, Age 19, Double-A
Montero has shown such an advanced batting skill that it’s hard to believe he’s still a teenager. (Or is he?) He’s got plus power and will be an impact fantasy player by the time he reaches the majors, which is what we’re all about here at the Cafe. There’s been some skepticism that he won’t be able to hack it as a catcher in the big leagues, but his bat is good enough that his fantasy value won’t plummet with a position change. He’s recently been promoted to Double-A after blazing up High-A, so it seems that the Yankees could be preparing for life after Posada.
Hitter Performance Review (as of 6/14/09)
Notes: Gaby Sanchez is back from the disabled list and getting some time at third base. He should be promoted to the majors relatively soon. Alcides Escobar has been very strong at Triple-A, and with J.J. Hardy’s struggles, there’s a chance we will see Escobar promoted (and Hardy traded) by July 31.
Featured Add – Pitcher
Brian Matusz, SP, BAL, Age 22, Double-A
Another Baltimore pitcher? Yeah, I can’t help myself. The Orioles have a plethora of pitching prospects, and I’ve already covered Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta. Rounding out the trio of talent is Matusz, who was just promoted to Double-A Bowie and is scheduled to take the mound tomorrow in his first appearance for the team. Matusz was predictably too good for the Carolina League, posting a 10.1 K/9 rate in his 11 starts at that level. At this point, a September call-up makes perfect sense, and I wouldn’t be surprised to see Matusz in the 2010 rotation.
Pitcher Performance Review (as of 6/15/09)
Notes: Like Matusz, Jake Arrieta has been promoted by the Orioles. His first start was a gem, with the only blemish being a solo home run. Jarrod Parker is on the disabled list after taking a comebacker to the right wrist.
That’s gonna do it for this week, guys and gals. Remember to send your queries into firstname.lastname@example.org, and I’ll see you again next week!
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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