If you play in dynasty format fantasy baseball leagues here at dynastysportsempire.com or elsewhere, you likely already know the value of having a healthy and deep minor league system. Keeping up on literally thousands of minor league players is darn near impossible for the average fantasy baseball owner. I like to think of myself as your funnel to sift through all the minor league talent and display for you the names you should know about.
Coming this offseason I plan to announce my top 10 dynasty fantasy baseball minor league prospects for each MLB organization. In the meantime, at multiple points during the season, I will be doing a notes article like this on each MLB organization’s minor league system that highlights multiple players that are doing well and that for sure should be on your radar as a dynasty league fantasy baseball owner.
Today we look at some of the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league hitters and pitchers that are having positive seasons and that also have the talent level that is potentially worthy of a dynasty league roster spot (depending on how deep your roster size is).
Jack Reinheimer: (AAA: Reno Aces):
Mr. Reinheimer is a 24-year-old shortstop / second base prospect that is repeating AAA ball. Last year in 560 plate appearances at this minor league level he had a .288 batting average with 20 stolen bases in 31 attempts. So far this season in 127 plate appearances he has a .274 batting average and has been successful in all 4 stolen base attempts. He’s a hitter that has always displayed an average or better K% and since 2015 has been average or better in the BB% area. In short, he has displayed nice plate discipline, and this is always nice to see in a hitter. His walks are up 0.8% and his strikeouts are down 4.8% compared to last year. The really interesting thing with Mr. Reinheimer right now is his .150 ISO and 3 home runs. Only twice in his minor league career has Mr. Reinheimer had an ISO that was even over just .100, and that was in 2014 (.118) in 91 A+ ball plate appearances and in 2015 (.106) in 328 AA ball plate appearances. Noticeable power has not been part of his game in the past. If he can maintain this level of performance his prospect value would increase some over the marginal at best dynasty league value he had entering the season.
Victor Reyes: (AA: Jackson Generals):
Mr. Reyes has had 119 plate appearances in AA ball this season, and he has made the most of those. He has a .357 batting average and has his lowest (non-Rookie ball) K% of his minor league career (10.9%). I should note the high .398 BABIP, but it also should be noted that this is a guy that has almost always posted a high BABIP in the minor leagues. Mr. Reyes entered the season as a marginal at best dynasty league value player and remains as such, but one to at least keep an eye on.
Taylor Clarke: (AA: Jackson Generals):
Mr. Clarke is having a great amount of success in AA ball this season. Enough success to take notice to it. In 34 innings pitched (7 games started) he has posted a 1.85 ERA with a 1.96 FIP while striking out hitters at a 26.7% clip (great) and walking them at a 6.9% rate (average). In the early going of 2017 he has yet to give up a home run, is striking out a greater percentage of hitters than last year in AA ball and has a ground ball percentage (GB%) that is 6.2% higher than at the same level of play in 2016. Mr. Clarke’s strong showing in 2017 makes him a player worth tracking, and possibly rostering, depending on whom else is on your minor league roster.
Brad Keller: (AA: Jackson Generals):
Mr. Keller has had a fine start to his 2017 season, and in a weak Diamondbacks minor league system, he gets noticed and talked about today. In his first taste of AA ball Mr. Keller has had a respectable 3.38 ERA and 3.13 FIP over 26.2 innings pitched (5 games started). Now, while it is nice to see Mr. Keller’s K% increase to 22.7% from the 17.7% he had in A+ ball in 2016, we also need to recognize that his BB% has grown from the 4.7% in 2016 to the 11.8% it is today. As with many prospects in the Arizona Diamondbacks minor league system, for fantasy baseball purposes, Mr. Keller is considered a marginal prospect at best for dynasty leagues. That BB% is concerning (very concerning), but at the very least, he is a marginal guy to keep track of I suppose.
Marcus Wilson: (A: Kane County Cougars):
Mr. Wilson has had a strong start to the season in A ball. His .355 batting average, while fueled in part by his high .415 BABIP, is still noteworthy. His ISO (isolated power) stands at .316 right now, with his 5 home runs leading the way. However, this just could be an oddity in his 92 plate appearances this season. Still, the power (ISO) is something to watch and see if he can maintain it. Yet another guy to just keep an eye on here and there if you have the time to do so. Or check back later in the season when I cover the Diamondbacks minor league system again and see if I’m mentioning him or not.
Jon Duplantier: (A: Kane County Cougars):
First off, given that he is almost 23-years-old, I really expect a nearly 23-year-old to be producing great numbers in A ball to be able to make this list, as that is old for this level (when talking about dynasty league prospects). In 31.1 innings pitched he has an excellent 5.71 K/BB ratio. Now, while it is a fact he has a 0.86 ERA, we must also acknowledge the 2.18 FIP that comes with it. Still, that’s a nice FIP to have. It will be interesting to watch him as the season progresses.
Cody Reed: (A: Kane County Cougars):
In his first 24.2 innings pitched of 2017 Mr. Reed is back producing well in A ball, like he did in 2016. He struggled in A+ ball in 2016, so that is what you need to pay attention to with him once he gets the chance to try that level again. This is another guy with marginal dynasty league value…and that is probably being generous.