So the wait is finally over for one of the top prospects to get called up. Jurickson Profar made his Rangers debut on Monday against Oakland, as he went 0 – 2 with 2 RBI. The bad news here is the Rangers don’t plan to start Profar every day, which is why this is likely just a rental while Kinsler nurses his bruised ribs. Although he’s not up to stay yet he’s worth it to add at a thin 2B position, even if it’s just as trade fodder in re-draft leagues. If you’re in a keeper or dynasty league he’s likely been gone for awhile now.
Big city living:
Jake Odorizzi SP – Odorizzi takes David Price’s rotation spot, as Price is on the DL with a strained triceps in his pitching arm. Jake (the Bulldog) had a rough start to the game on Monday giving up 3 earned in the first two innings, before settling in and finishing 5 innings with 1 BB 6 K a 5.40 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. His next start comes against the Yankees on Sunday. Fantasy Status: AL-only and spot starts for now, let’s see how he does on Sunday then reevaluate.
Kevin Gausman SP – Looks like the O’s aren’t waiting for Super Two, and are going to call up Gausman to start Thursday in Toronto. He’s pitched well in Double-A, and after the hemming and hawing Duquette did about not promoting him this soon he went and did it anyway. With the Orioles team ERA of 4.28 (which is 23rd among the Majors) the thought is Gausman can’t hurt, but could he be the savior? If he does well Thursday, it’s likely he’ll be up for good. Fantasy Status: He’s not Dylan Bundy, but he’s damn good. Grab him if you can afford to, or if he’s still available.
Panning for gold:
Kyle Gibson SP – There was some speculation that the Twins may call up the on Friday. Gardenhire had said he may, just to go ahead and say “J/K guys” a day later. He’s pitching well of late in Triple- A, throwing 2 complete game shutouts in his last 3 starts. The mere mention of him getting promoted means at least it’s viable he’ll make an appearance this season. Fantasy Status: AL-only owners take notice. You too keeper leaguers.
Michael Wacha SP – Wacha has posted a 2.05 ERA, 5.8 K/9 and 2.6 BB/9 through 52 2/3 innings in Triple-A to open the season. Meaning so far he’s pitching better than expected. The injury bug has setup home base in the Cardinals rotation over the past few years, and the Orkin man can’t find him. With injuries to Westbrook and Garcia, the cards have opted to go with Gast, Seth Maness, and Tyler Lyons over Wacha for now. Fantasy Status: He has moved quick, NL-only owners pay attention. Keeper/dynasty owners start stashing.
Tony Cingrani SP – Got sent packing as the Reds made room for the rehabbed Cueto. This probably isn’t the last we’ll see of Cingrani this season; hopefully he can work on his secondary stuff while back in the minors. It would be nice to think he’ll come back to the rotation when the time arrives, but it’s also probable that they’ll bring him back to help the pen. Fantasy Status: Droppable in all but deep keepers/dynasty and deep NL-only
Wil Myers OF – The Rays as per usual are not in any hurry to call a star prospect up. This may be a case much of Super Two (that’s the one where you throw root vegetables at enemies right?) status issues, although his average is down on the year (.250) and just .211 against righties on the season. He could stay in the minors even after Super Two passes, unless they need him or he turns it around. Fantasy Status: Don’t dig in if you’re in a re-draft, but keeper/dynasty owners should maintain protocol. Or find a desperate trade partner.
Miguel Sano 3B – He won’t be up until next year at the earliest, but he’s making it hard for the Twins front office to not rush him through the minors. So far in High-A he’s hitting .354 with 37 R, 11 HR, 34 RBI, and 5 SB. With basically Trevor Plouffe (now on the 7day DL) the only thing in his way at a starting gig, it’s going to be interesting to see how far he’ll get this season. Fantasy Status: ETA 2014 dynasty owners.
Gregory Polanco OF – The Pirates prospect has been playing well down in High-A, batting .303 with 20 R, 5 HR, 22 RBI, and 17 SB on the season. He’s still at least a year away, and we’ve all been burnt by a Pirates prospect in the past (I’m looking at you Pedro!) but it’s someone to keep an eye on. Fantasy Status: ETA 2014 (déjà vu)
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Robert now resides in Philadelphia, PA. Has been playing fantasy football since 2003, and is a former high school football coach. Always a student of the game, he uses knowledge of coaching for fantasy wins. He’s always available for advice on twitter at @RoJoPal.