A fifteenth spherical decide in 2022, Pirates 1B Josiash Sightler checks in at 6’3” 234 lbs and faces some uphill battles to carve out a serious league position. He’s a corner-only bat who misplaced a key season to the pandemic and is fairly outdated for his present stage, however he’s additionally hit eight residence runs in 27 skilled video games throughout three ranges. This week, he earned a promotion to Excessive-A after slashing .500/.563/.891 with 9 strikeouts and 9 walks in 18 video games at Low-A. The plate expertise would be the key to his climb, and he’s already received twice as many walks (4) as strikeouts (2) in three Excessive-A video games. If he retains this up, he ought to shut the season in Double-A and open subsequent 12 months at spring coaching with the large membership. Pittsburgh will most likely herald one other veteran first baseman on a budget, however Sightler is already probably the most attention-grabbing 1B within the group.
I not too long ago dropped Mets 2B Marco Vargas so as to add Sightler within the Razz30 simply earlier than Vargas received traded by the Marlins within the David Robertston deal. Vargas has seen his Fantrax roster price triple in only a couple days since then. We solely hold 25 whole gamers, and 18 of mine determine to be massive leaguers, so I’m usually on the lookout for near-term affect from that farm. On this case, I might need made a mistake. I arrange the transfer earlier within the week and didn’t double test earlier than FAAB ran. Undecided I might’ve made a change, however I didn’t give myself an opportunity to evaluate and contemplate it. The grind is everlasting. An 18-year-old lefty bat with good measurement at 6’0” 170 lbs, Vargas incorporates a plus hit instrument and wonderful plate expertise. He’s carrying a 23.5-to-13.6 walk-to-strikeout price by 33 video games on the advanced.
Marlins LHP Patrick Monteverde made a profitable leap to Triple-A this week, selecting up a win by permitting two runs in 5.2 innings. He’ll most likely assist with the Eury Perez innings administration scenario. He’s unlikely to be one thing particular for us, however useful innings from a plus-command lefty on a profitable crew could be a welcome sight in plenty of leagues.
The White Sox acquired RHP Nick Nastrini from the Dodgers within the Lance Lynn deal. Sort of a catch 22 for his fantasy inventory. Good to get right into a system that doesn’t have a lot competitors for innings. Not supreme to go away Los Angeles.
Crimson Sox RHP Wikelman Gonzalez has been a strikeout machine all season however has turned up the warmth in Double-A, hanging out 19 batters in his 12 innings (1 ER). A wiry, 6’0” 167 lbs, Gonzalez is younger for the extent at 21 and has the type of stuff that might make him a mainstay in our fantasy rotations if he can hold enhancing his command.
Diamondbacks OF Kristian Robinson is adapting shortly, slashing .368/.455/.526 over his final six video games and boosting his Excessive-A wRC+ to 117 in ten video games. We’ve solely received small samples to measure after years away from the sport, nevertheless it’s All Techniques Go thus far on Robinson.
Cubs SS Jefferson Rojas has homered in back-to-back video games and is slashing .305/.388/.576 in his final 15 video games. He’s listed at 5’10” 150 lbs however appears larger than that to my eyes and far stronger than you’d anticipate an 18-year-old center infielder to be.
19-year-old Phillies OF Raylin Heredia goes primeval on the Florida Advanced League, slashing .353/.433/.595 4 residence runs and 5 steals in 28 video games. He’ll flip 20 in November, so he’s received some catch-up to do on the age-to-level entrance, however he actually appears prepared for the following problem.
Pirates OF Esmerlyn Valdez (19, FCPX) is in an analogous boat as he repeats the FCL regardless of posting a 117 wRC+ in 33 video games on the stage final season. He’s hitting .391 with 5 homers and three steals by 26 video games this 12 months and may graduate to Low-A quickly.
Rays OF Angel Mateo is slugging .590 in July after a tricky June. He’s 6’2” 190 lbs as an 18-year-old and is demanding some consideration within the Florida Advanced League.
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