StrategyJune 30, 2009

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Future Rookies: Jhoulys!

By R.J. White

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

2008 A249401050103143.361.441.554.995
2008 A+2433693851946.329.380.560.940
2009 AA265511456132642.351.414.6001.014
Last 104210414348.476   

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)


Matt LaPortaAAA1923893301932.302.376.521.897
Last 10AAA35718048.286   
Gaby SanchezAAA1683072831630.304.366.470.836
Last 10AAA434152110.233   
Alcides EscobarAAA30956327271849.298.343.414.758
Last 10AAA40704235.300   
Kila Ka’aihueAAA24550124305955.269.408.502.910
Last 10AAA36844049.278   
Brett WallaceAAA154144110932.279.327.409.736
Last 10AAA38623015.395   
Justin SmoakAA1783062903534.331.445.483.928
Last 7AA27204034.370   
Jesus MonteroAA66518076.288.356.379.735
Last 10AA38217034.289   
Carlos SantanaAA22349114705337.265.401.498.899
Last 10AA35514088.176   
Josh VittersA2694215464742.316.351.535.886
Last 10A45627108.267   

Featured Add – Pitcher

Jhoulys Chacin, SP, COL, Age 21, Double-A

2008 A111.11.861.0133098
2008 A+66.12.311.1031262
2009 AA88.23.351.2182976

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)


Michael BowdenAAA77.03.391.1892652
June 29AAA4.27.711.71203
Chris TillmanAAA72.22.971.1442175
June 28AAA6.26.750.90035
Scott ElbertAA62.13.901.4353087
June 25AAA6.00.000.33017
Carlos CarrascoAAA86.04.921.3782584
June 26AAA6.11.421.58037
Jake ArrietaAAA17.23.571.251515
June 26AAA6.01.501.67032
Jeanmar GomezAA67.22.791.0521454
June 29AA6.00.001.33034
Brian MatuszAA11.10.790.880415
June 27AA5.11.691.13035
Jarrod ParkerAA53.12.871.4802451
June 29AA6.01.501.00022
Jeremy HellicksonAA39.02.080.951948
June 27AA5.03.601.00016
Junichi TazawaAA77.02.921.1672571

That’s all for this week. Remember to send your queries to 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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