Welcome back to another Future Rookies. After recommending Scott Elbert in last week’s column, the Dodger prospect went out and dazzled Triple-A hitters in his first start at that level this year. He had a no-hitter until the sixth inning when a Texas League single broke up his no-hit bid. The rain would not let the game go any further than six innings, and Elbert was credited with the complete-game shutout. I picked him up in my dynasty league, and I suggest you do the same. Who else should you consider adding?
Featured Add – Hitter
Michael Taylor, OF, PHI, Age 23, Double-A
Here’s a pretty solid prospect that flies under-the-radar in a lot of circles, but he’s flying through the minor leagues and hitting at every stop. The Phillies have given him about 250 at-bats at each level before promoting him, and he has done nothing to think they should waver from that philosophy, so we could definitely see him in Triple-A soon. He has actually ramped it up as of late, with six multi-hit games in his last eight contests. He will offer you an average/power/speed combo that’s hard to find. While I wouldn’t expect to see him on a Major League roster on Opening Day 2010, he’s flashed the kind of fantasy potential that should have him up soon enough.
Hitter Performance Review (as of 6/29/09)
Featured Add – Pitcher
Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL, Age 21, Double-A
Chacin just got rocked in his last start on June 26, so what better week to talk about him? He had been quite good recently, throwing six consecutive quality starts leading up to that last outing. The Texas League leader in strikeouts, Chacin has proved his mettle in Double-A this season, confirming his status as a top prospect. The groundball artist will be the perfect compliment to Coors Field, so dynasty owners need not worry about his parent team’s home ballpark affecting him too much.
Pitcher Performance Review (as of 6/29/09)
That’s all for this week. Remember to send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org. Frisco natives, enjoy the Texas League All-Star Game this Wednesday!
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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