Hey y’all. This weeks stash list should be a pretty good one for all of you who play in pretty deep dynasty leagues. Three of the four guys were drafted in the eleventh round or later of there respective drafts. All four of the guys are in the lower levels of the minor leagues, A or A+ ball. We have a masher that is not an average killer, a speedster that is not just stolen base asset, and two control pitchers with strikeout upside.
Michael Gigliotti – (KC A+) OF Age 23 ETA 2021
In the fourth round of the 2017 draft, the Royals picked Michael Gigliotti out of Lipscomb University. After being drafted the Royals sent him to Rookie ball and played extremely well. After posting a .329 AVG, .442 OBP, 3 home runs, and 15 stolen bases, the Royals rewarded his efforts with a promotion to A ball at the end of the season. In only played in 22 games, but still posted an above .300 average, above .350 OBP and seven stolen bags. Unfortunately, he missed almost all of the 2018 season with a torn ACL in his knee. Gigliotti began the 2019 season back in A ball and is pounding at the door for a promotion (In fact, he was just promoted to A+ on June 20!).
In 59 games, he has a .309 AVG, .394 OBP, 1 home run, and 29 stolen bases. You read that correctly, 29 stolen bases in 59 games and he have only been caught seven times. So it seems he has had no ill effects for the ACL injury. With the above-average hit tool and batting eye (9.7 BB% and 6.9 SwStk%), Gigliotti is one of those speedsters that can actually hit. I’m looking at you, Billy Hamilton. I would pick up Gigliotti to get in on the ground floor of this very interesting prospect.
Niko Hulsizer – (LAD A) OF Age 22 ETA 2021
The Cubs drafted Niko Hulsizer in the eighteenth round of last year’s draft. Hulsizer is one of those pure athlete types. The 6’2, 200 lb OF won the 2017 College World Series Home Run Derby and gave Morehead State their first Home Run Derby champion. During the derby, he hit 52 long balls between the three rounds! His draft stock was hampered a bit his junior year due to a broken hand. After being drafted, the Dodgers sent him to Rookie ball where he smashed nine home runs and swiped an impressive 12 bags.
Along with the taters and stolen bases, Hulsizer also can hit for a pretty decent average, especially for being a slugger type. He hit .281 AVG and had a .426 OBP due to his 14.9 BB%. The Dodgers assigned Hulsizer to A ball to begin the season and he is performing well. He has smacked 15 home runs and swiped 4 bags to go along with a .268 AVG and .395 OBP. Hulsizer will probably always struggle with the strikeouts but that power is glorious. I’d take a flyer on him in dynasty for sure.
Ljay Newsome – (SEA A+) RHP Age 22 ETA 2021
In the 26th round of the 2015 draft, Ljay Newsome finally received a phone call from a major league team. He lasted to the 26th round mainly due to his stuff. He is a 5’11 righty with a mid to upper eighties fastball. Not the sexiest pitcher profile for sure. Over the years, he has moved up a level each year and nothing in the profile drastically changed. That is until this year. After going to a throwing program in the offseason that focused on mechanics and velocity, Newsome is having a career year.
In 77 innings in A+, Newsome has racked up 103 strikeouts and only 8 walks. He has an ERA of 3.51 and a WHIP of 1.16 with a SwStk% of 14.3% and a BB% of 2.6%. In fact, in a recent start, he threw 77 for of 94 pitches for strikes. For those not quick with math, that is an 81.9% strike percentage! I know Newsome is repeating and is also old for the level but this is amazing stuff. I’d jump on board the Newsome train in deeper dynasty leagues.
Brett Conine – (HOU A+) RHP Age 22 ETA 2021
The Astros picked Brett Conine in the eleventh round of last years draft and it might be another win for the Astros organization. After being drafted Cal State Fullerton, the Astros assigned him to low A. In 31 innings, he struck out 37 batters while walking eleven for an ERA of 1.99 and WHIP of 1.07. He was assigned to A ball to begin the season and in 33 innings he racked up 40 punchies while walking six batters. The Astros rewarded him with a promotion to A+ and he actually got better!
In his 27 innings in A+, he has an ERA of 1.65, a WHIP of .95, 42 strikeouts and only four walks. While doing some research on this post, I was not able to find much on him. He was not on any of the top prospect lists. I expect that to change very shortly. For dynasty, I would keep my eye on Conine because the Astros might have found something in the mid rounds of the draft.