Today, we continue along in the National League East division with the Mets. They are a tough team to expect any impact prospect performances from for two reasons. First, they just don’t have any real offensive prospects that have played at Triple-A, and I can’t imagine the team would be willing to jump a player up straight from Double-A. Actually, their entire farm system is just pretty bad, ranking near the bottom in all of baseball. Second, some of the hitters that would normally be at risk due to performance will simply not lose their job. Robinson Cano and his 1.3 projected WAR is one such example.
Today, we continue along in the National League East division with the Marlins. Naturally, the team that finished with the worst record in the NL last season has got a lot of potential holes. Luckily for some of the expected starters normally at risk of losing their jobs, there are no viable prospect alternatives to steal playing time. Any lose playing time is likely to be sopped up by veteran hitters on their bench. Players at risk of poor play and lost playing time without the threat of a prospect behind them is Jorge Alfaro and Jesus Aguilar.
Today, we finally move on to the National League, beginning with the East division and the Braves. As a reminder, the series was intended to only list and discuss prospects who have a chance of earning significant playing time this year only. Obviously, this assumes a 2020 season. That means that there are going to be top prospects missing because they have only completed A-ball and have no chance of appearing in the Majors this season.
Today, we complete the American League West teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series, and also the entire American League, as we finish with the Rangers. In addition to questions about its offense, we can’t be sure how the team’s new park is going to play. Early speculation is it’s going to be much friendlier for pitchers than it had been, but by how much?
Today, we continue through the American League West teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series, as we move onto the Mariners. Man, what an opportunity-laden team. Nearly every position is filled with a starter at risk of losing his job. Luckily, the majority of these expected starters do have some fantasy intrigue, so they shouldn’t actually be ignored.
Today, we continue through the American League West teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series, as we move onto the Athletics. As a strongly projected team, there aren’t many obvious holes. Outside of a couple of question marks on offense, their starting pitching staff looks pretty strong with no real pitchers at risk. Of course, any of their top prospects slated to make the rotation could stink up the joint, but the prospects behind them on the depth chart have no better chance to outperform.
Today, we continue through the American League West teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series, as we move onto the Astros. Naturally, the team with the best record in baseball in 2019 doesn’t have many players truly at risk of losing their starting jobs based on performance. Note that for this article, let’s ignore the cheating scandal and potential effects on performance.
Today, we move on to the American League West teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series by starting things off with the Angels. This is a pretty strong roster, with few clear opportunities for prospects, absent an injury to the incumbent. Because of the late season, if it happens, their injured starting pitchers are going to end up missing no time, giving them excellent depth and no real need to dip into their weak prospect pool (I am including Patrick Sandoval as part of their SP depth and not in their prospect pool).
Today, we round out the American League Central teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series by finishing up with the White Sox.
Today, we continue with the American League Central teams in our 2020 Prospect Opportunities series, as I move along to the Twins. The Twins have an awesome offense, with every starter projecting for at least a 1.9 WAR. That means few obvious prospect replacement opportunities. So rather than go position by position for the at risk folk, let’s just discuss a couple of the top options.