Hey y’all! With this weekly post, I’m going to give you a couple of guys that have piqued my interest. I will give you two guys for deep fantasy league and two guys for shallow and/or re-draft leagues. Ready or not, here we go!
Chris Seise SS – (TEX) Seise missed all of 2018 has he recovered from shoulder surgery. However, the 29th overall pick in 2017 has been lighting up A ball of the Hickory Crawdads. As of this writing, he is hitting .342/.390/.500, walking 5% and striking out 25% of the time. While he still has not hit anything over the fence, he has smacked 4 doubles. Most scouts think he will eventually move off short due to his size, he is 6”2’ and 175 lbs.
Eric and Kiley had Seise 12th on the Rangers list. I could see him move over to third, where his power profile fits more. Even with the great numbers, Seise has struggled against the southpaws, with a .143 AVG and OBP and with an alarming 42% K rate. In deep leagues, Seise is the type of player you need to jump on. He will probably be available in most leagues and since he missed all of last year due to injury, he should be off most owner’s radars.
Dylan Carlson OF – (STL) ALERT! ALERT! If Dylan Carlson is on the wire in your dynasty league, PICK HIM UP. Carlson has had a nice start to his 2019 campaign. In his first stint at AA, the 20 year old is hitting .346 with a .375 OBP, 4 HRs, 2 doubles, and a stolen base. Don’t let his previous numbers fool you. Carlson is a switch hitter with power to all fields. He also brought his strikeout number down while increasing his walks.
He has always been one of the youngest players on the field, in fact, he is the fourth youngest player in the Texas league this year. Eric and Kiley had Carlson 4th on the Cardinals list. In fantasy, you should expect 20+ HRs with a great OBP. He might chip in a steal or two, but don’t expect double digits. He is also the type of guy who should hit third or fourth in the lineup and will rack up the RBI.
Michael Grove RHP – (LAD) I’m very intrigued and encouraged by the aggressive assignment to A+ for Michael Grove. Grove was drafted in the second round by the Dodgers. He probably would have gone in the first round but was recovering from TJS. Grove is a RHP with a mid nineties fastball and sick slider. While in college at West Virginia, he averaged about 11 K/9 with an ERA of 2.87 in his sophomore year. In his first start at A+, he pitched 3 innings with 4 strikeouts.
The Dodgers have a pretty good reputation of rehabbing pitchers from TJS, Caleb Ferguson and Walker Buehler are recent examples. From a fantasy standpoint, Grove is risk. Other than the usual TINSTAPP, Grove is young and unproven in pro ball. However, I’m picking him up in my deeper dynasty leagues. I trust the Dodgers staff in development of their pitchers. In a more shallower league, Grove should be monitored.
Michael Soroka RHP – (ATL) This is an alert for all fantasy players. M-m-m-Mike Soroka should be returning to the Braves rotation this week, most likely Thursday against Arizona. Soroka lost most of the 2018 to a shoulder injury and the soreness returned this spring. Eric and Kiley had Soroka third on the Braves List. However, he is back pitching again in AAA and he has looked like the Soroka of old. In 9.1 innings, he has a 30.3 K% and 3 BB%.
Soroka is not the type of pitching prospect most fantasy players get excited about but maybe we should. While Soroka does not rack up the strikeouts during his starts, his great control limits walks and hits, which make him elite in the WHIP category. The appeal of Soroka is his high floor, mostly likely a #3 starter. Even with all the pitching prospect depth Atlanta has, Soroka should stay in the rotation, has his stuff doesn’t necessarily play up in the pen.