StrategyJune 16, 2009

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Future Rookies: More AL East Prospects

By R.J. White

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

2008 A52586178723783.326.376.491.867
2009 A+1802683701426.356.406.583.989
2009 AA32301043.281.361.281.642

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)


Matt LaPortaAAA1413082401322.319.386.553.939
Last 10AAA39426018.308   
Gaby SanchezAAA1212662211519.322.394.496.890
Last 10AAA34726045.265   
Alcides EscobarAAA25849322251541.310.350.442.792
Last 10AAA38817324.368   
Mike CarpAAA20537103203646.293.402.517.919
Last 10AAA38416028.237   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA2004082805245.280.424.500.924
Last 10AAA31403034.290   
Kyle BlanksAAA22132113303662.276.386.471.857
Last 10AAA33526057.364   
Brett WallaceAAA1057280726.238.287.314.601
Last 10AAA28201057.214   
Carlos SantanaAA18141104104228.276.404.530.935
Last 10AA36616053.222   
Josh VittersA2283613393735.320.360.553.913
Last 10A34104014.147   

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

2008 NCAA105.01.711.00422141
2009 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)


Michael BowdenAAA65.12.481.0952242
June 13AAA7.02.571.14215
Chris TillmanAAA54.02.331.1931663
June 13AAA6.03.001.50128
Carlos CarrascoAAA72.25.571.3982072
June 15AAA6.15.681.11015
Jake ArrietaAA59.02.591.1542370
June 12AAA6.01.500.33106
Jeanmar GomezAA51.02.820.861743
June 10AA6.00.000.33015
Jarrod ParkerAA42.13.191.6102046
Junichi TazawaAA71.23.141.1672166
June 13AA4.110.382.54123
Jeremy HellicksonAA30.02.100.931836

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, 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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