Hey y’all. There are only about two more weeks left in the minor league season. There have been some interesting call-ups including Stash List alum Dylan Carlson and Sean Hjelle. This week I am bringing you some power-hitting middle infielder, a young outfielder destroying the DSL, an advanced college pitcher with an uptick in velocity, and a pitcher that should be knocking at the door of the bigs early next year.
Jeremiah Jackson – SS (LAA Rookie) Age: 19 ETA: 2022
A second-round draft pick by the Angels last year, Jeremiah Jackson is having an excellent season in the Pioneer League. The Angels assigned him to the AZL after he was drafted and performed well.
In 21 games, the 18-year old hit 0.317/0.374/0.598 with five home runs and four doubles for a 0.280 ISO. However, he also had a 27.5 K% and a 35.0 SwStk% so Jackson was just swinging at everything. The Angels did promote him to the Pioneer League to finish the year.
His stint in there did not go so well. He hit 0.198/0.260/0.396 with a 34.0 K% and 18.3 SwStk%. Due to the struggles, the Angels decided to keep the very young hitter in the Pioneer League. This year, Jackson is having quite the power explosion.
In 50 games, Jackson has smacked seventeen balls out of the park and racked up eleven doubles to go along with a 0.267/0.339/0.605 slash line. He has split his time pretty much 50-50 between shortstop and second. He will probably shift to second and has the power to make it to the big leagues. I would jump at the chance to pick up Jackson in any deeper dynasty league.
Luis Matos – OF (SFG Rookie) Age: 17 ETA: 2023
Luis Matos signed with the Giants during the July 2 signing period last year. As typical, he did not play after signing but is playing in the Dominican Summer League this year. Matos is absolutely destroying the league too.
In 53 games, Matos is hitting 0.363/0.431/0.580 with seven home runs, 24 doubles, and eighteen stolen bases. There are not many scouting reports on the young hitter and it might be a bit early to pick him up in your dynasty league. He does need to be added to your watch list. For all you Giants fans out there, your team is going to be very interesting in the next couple of seasons.
Jonathan Stiever – RHP (CWS A+) Age: 22 ETA: 2021
Picked in the fourth round by the White Sox last year, Jonathan Stiever is finishing up an excellent season. After being drafted, the 6’2” righty was assigned to Rookie Ball where he threw 28 innings with a 4.18 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 33.6 K% and 14.4 SwStk%. The White Sox moved him up to high A to start the season.
In 74 innings, he had a 4.74 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, 24.1 K%, and 13.0 SwStk%. Not the best numbers but his walks decreased from 7.8% to 4.4%. He was also getting a little unlucky as his BABIP increased from 0.323 to 0.361. With that being said the White Sox promoted him to High A and Stiever has really blossomed at the level.
In 53 innings, he has a 2.38 ERA, 0.94 WHIP, 30.4 K%, and 11.9 SwStk%. His K-BB% of 25.6% is the highest in the Carolina League (minimum 50 innings) Another interesting development is Stiever’s velocity is up a couple of ticks this season. Keep your eye on this guy going into next season.
Tucker Davidson – LHP (ATL AAA) Age: 23 ETA: 2020
During Atlanta’s rebuild, they focused on pitchers instead of hitters. Since 2015, the Braves have used their first-round picks on pitchers. However, a pitcher they picked up in the 19th round should be knocking on the doors of a call up next season. Other than his stint at High A in 2018, Davidson has had ERAs at or below 2.60 and WHIPs at or below 1.22.
To go along with the great ERA and WHIP, his K% has been between 22.2% and 27.2% and around 10-11% SwStk%. The Braves have been moving him up a level at a time, until this year. He started the year in AA, but after posting a 2.03 ERA and 1.20 WHIP in 110.2 innings, the Braves promoted him to AAA. He has a low to mid nineties fastball, curveball, slider, and a changeup, which is new to his arsenal this year.
The Braves will have to add Davidson to their 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft, which means he will be an injury away from making his debut. It is also easier for him to get the call with the Braves trading away Allard and Wentz before the trading deadline this summer. If Davidson is available in your league, jump before he gets the call.