Splashing Cold Water on the top performers over the last month in minor league baseball. Discussing Evan White, George Valera, Monte Harrison, and more.
Ralph, Matt and Eddy got together and instead of doing a pure fantasy rank, we opted to mock draft 30 names. Each of us drafted 10 players and had to roster at least two pitchers. Be sure to visit our Top 50 MLB Draft rankings for video and blurbs on each of these names.
Sometimes a pitcher performs so well in the early going that you must drop your preconceived notions about said arm and embrace the new normal. So far on the young season the Marlins Zac Gallen is a shinning example of dropping what you know and buying in on a possible breakout. At this point there has to be thoughts of shipping Jose Urena for Gallen in the Miami front office. Two starts into the young season with New Orleans, and Gallen has turned in two strong starts going a total of 13 innings allowing one run, on 3 hits, and walks, while striking out 19 batters.
The new minor league season is upon us and with it comes the hopes of finding the next breakouts. While ideally we’d love to wait and see which hot starts are real, in competitive leagues we’re not afforded that luxury, so we have to act sooner than we’d probably like. I wanted to break down how I go about finding the pop up guys and what traits a player has to catch my attention.
My favorite part of prospecting outside of going to games, and wearing sweatpants on Sunday afternoons is digging for deep league target years before they pop onto the radar of your league mates. Sometimes I’ll spend three days digging through scouting reports and videos from the far corners of the internet. Other times I ask Barry Baker. Not kidding, follow Barry about 27% of the stuff that comes out of his twitter fingers isn’t crazy. That’s an exact figure BTW. Today we take a look at a dozen such players with varying levels of hype. Only two of these players made our top 300 and just barely. But all of these players have the ability to break out in the coming months and years ahead. These are the players I’m targeting this season.
We’ve been planting our flags, hyping up sleepers and being aggressive on our lists all offseason long. Now let’s take it to another level. With the digital ink below, we’re looking at bold predictions for hitters. Theoretically, none of what you read below should be an easy slam dunk. It should be close to absurd but have juuuuust enough leeway to make you say “Maybe?”.