Prospect Watch (5.29.09)

 

The day Orioles fans have been waiting for has finally come.

The day Orioles fans have been waiting for has finally come.

Matt Wieters (Catcher, Baltimore Orioles)– Have you heard of this guy yet? It seems you can’t talk prospects without Wieters’ name coming up first. He appears to be challenged a little bit more at the Triple-A level than he was in Single and Double-A. Wieters still has good numbers (.305 AVG, 5 HR, 30 RBI, .891 OPS) and in all likelihood will make is pro debut tomorrow night against Detroit. Excluding Manny Ramirez’s unique situation, Wieters is highest owned inactive player (69%) in fantasy baseball history. Follow the trend and add him.

Jake Fox (Outfield, Chicago Cubs)– Fox was called up Wednesday partly due to the numerous amount of Cubs who can’t stay healthy. The big reason why; He is arguably the hottest minor league player at the moment (.423 AVG, 17 HR, 50 RBI). Pinella says he wants to get him in at 3B and 1B but for now, Fox only has OF eligibility. Still only owned in 7% of leagues, he is worth a pickup at the moment. 

Fernando Martinez (Outfield, New York Mets)– Martinez is the Mets highest rated prospect and was called up on Tuesday. With Ryan Church on the DL, Martinez will get a good amount of playing time. However, as I write this article, he is still hitless (0/7) with 1 RBI and 2 K’s. Stay away until he shows that he is not overwhelmed being in the majors which could be the case since he is merely 20 years old. 

Tommy Hanson (Starting Pitcher, Atlanta Braves)– Many fantasy players and Braves fans are wondering when Hanson will get the call-up. With the promotion of Kris Medlen and a solid outing from Glavine in Triple-A (5 scoreless innings), Hanson fans may have to wait a while. Medlen was called up temporarily and view Hanson as a “long-term” solution. So if a starter struggles or goes down for an extended period of time, that would be the time to get him. Until then, simply keep him on your “watch list”.

Nolan Reimold (Outfield, Baltimore Orioles)– A top prospect called up on May 14th, Reimold has carried over his power numbers from Triple-A Norfolk right into the Majors(.264 AVG, 5 HR, 10 RBI, 10 K’s in 13 games). He is only owned in 5% of leagues and has proven to be a nice replacement for Felix Pie. Like any rookie, he will have his struggles but its hard to ignore his great minor league numbers. Keep close watch of Nolan Reimold.

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