First of all, I don’t know why I used a picture of what could be Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone to introduce the next generation of fantasy baseball prospects, but there you have it. It makes the kind of sense that doesn’t.
But from now on when you see the above graphic you’ll realize that there is a fantasy baseball rookie or two that has just gotten the call or will soon be getting the call to the Majors. We’ll do this at least every couple of weeks, so plan to free up a roster spot or two, faithful fantasy baseball reader.
Today we’ll look at two pitching prospects, one who has just got the call up and a second that seems like the call up to the Majors could be seconds away.
Parker is 23, right-handed, and listed as 6’1″, 195. He’ll be the next great A’s pitcher to be traded away for prospects in the next couple of years, but first Billy Beane has to show him off.
He’s already gotten his obligatory Tommy John surgery out of the way and his fastball peaks at 96 and sits at about 93. What is great is that his changeup has been pure money and he gets misses with his slider. That gives him the minimum three pitches to spell success as a major league starter.
He’ll be pitching in pitcher-friendly Oakland and he has a knack for keeping the ball on the ground. His walk rate needs to come down.
For fantasy purposes I wouldn’t race out to roster him. I don’t think he’s worthy of a roster spot in shallow leagues, that is until you see a start or two. He won’t rack up the wins with Oakland and the walks might initially hurt the WHIP, but he should K at least 7 per 9.
He’s a talent, enough to make a sneaky Rookie of the Year run, but keep an eye on him before you react to make sure he’s ready.
I love this guy, for the fact that he’s like baseball’s version of a mad scientist as much as for his talent. He can throw about 100 pitches for strikes (actually, no exaggeration on 19), including a few that were invented like “the bird” (a spitter with the middle finger raised) and his version of the screwball.
The reason why the number of pitches that Bauer throws if relevant to fantasy baseball is because Bauer absolutely loves to pitch a baseball. He’s an absolute student of the game, going as far as making instructional videos of his pitches. He has incredible talent, loves what he does, and does nothing but study to get better at it.
He has a .40 ERA and 28 strikeouts in just over 22 innings at Double A, but the walk rate needs to come down. He has sick potential.
So much potential that – despite having just 48.1 innings of minor league experience to his name – he’ll be called up soon. He’s already better than 40% of the Arizona rotation and with Daniel Hudson‘s injury I suspect the call could come in the next couple weeks. Give the call 6 weeks to be safe.
If you can free up a roster spot he’s someone who is absolutely worth stashing for his K potential alone. Worse case scenario is you have the guy with 19 pitches on your roster to root for and you can play the new game that’s sweeping the nation: “Trevor Bauer: Guess that Pitch!”