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 San Diego Padres 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). All statistics, unless indicated otherwise, were gathered from fangraphs.com.
Franchy Cordero: (AAA: El Paso Chihuahuas):
Mr. Cordero has already made it to the major leagues! Let the celebrations begin! Wait…in 94 MLB plate appearances he has only hit .230? Wait…his batting average is that low with a .405 Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) helping it out? Wait…he has a 44.7% strikeout percentage (K%)? Umm…it looks like we can put the celebration on ice for now.
What we can celebrate, to a certain degree anyways, is his .289 batting average in 190 AAA ball plate appearances this season. Sure, a .402 BABIP is helping prop up the batting average, but at least it’s respectable right now. We also should celebrate his 7 home runs and solid power .231 ISO (Isolated Power). That’s where the celebration ends though as his 31.1% K% is concerning.
Dinelson Lamet: (AAA: El Paso Chihuahuas):
Here’s another guy that’s in the big leagues currently. At the major league level he has pitched 30 innings (6 games started) and has compiled a 6.60 ERA and 5.01 FIP. Can you say not panning out in his first taste of the big leagues? He has been killed by the long ball (2.40 HR/9).
However, I say, why focus on the negatives? I’m feeling particularly positive today, so, we should just move along to looking at his AAA ball numbers. In 39 innings pitched (8 games started) Mr. Lamet has a 3.23 ERA and 3.45 FIP. His strikeout percentage is excellent at 29.9% K%. However, his 12% BB% is beyond awful! Wait…I thought I wasn’t going to be negative with him anymore? Well…moving on…
Phil Maton: (AAA: El Paso Chihuahuas):
Lets keep this prospects that are now in the major leagues theme going. Mr. Maton has only pitched 7.1 innings in 9 games (all relief outings obviously) at the MLB level, but he already has a save and has yet to allow an earned run! His FIP is also only 0.55! He has an insanely excellent K% of 39.3% and has yet to walk a guy!
So, what did he do this season in the minor leagues you ask? Well, he pitched in 23 games (again, all in relief) and had 13 saves in 25.1 innings pitched. He had a 2.84 ERA and similar 2.74 FIP to go along with an excellent 29.8% K% and average 7.7% BB%.
Luis Urias: (AA: San Antonio Missions):
After hitting .330 in 531 plate appearances in 2016 at the AA ball level Mr. Urias is hitting .312 in 328 plate appearances this season. This season he has a 11.6% K% (great) and a 13.4% BB% (great). He was 18 and 19 years old last season in AA ball and now is 19 and 20 years old this season in AA ball. He’s been quite young for the AA ball league and has been producing. His prospect stock is on the rise.
Ty France: (AA: San Antonio Missions):
After hitting .288 in 131 A+ ball plate appearances this season Mr. France has hit .295 in 171 AA ball plate appearances. He has done this with 12.2% K% (great) and 15.2% K% (average). He has earned this mention.
Jose Rondon: (AA: San Antonio Missions):
In AA ball this season Mr. Rondon was getting things done. He had a .293 batting average to go along with 4 home runs (.140 ISO) in 234 plate appearances. At the AAA ball level in 30 plate appearances he has a .296 batting average. He has earned this mention as well.
Franmil Reyes: (AA: San Antonio Missions):
In his first taste of AA ball Mr. Reyes has 9 home runs (.176 ISO) and a .290 batting average in 309 plate appearances. Just like with Mr. France and Mr. Rondon, this performance has earned the youngster a mention.
Brett Kennedy: (AA: San Antonio Missions):
Mr. Kennedy has pitched well this season in his first taste of AA ball and has put himself on the prospect map. In 79 innings pitched (15 games started) he has compiled a 3.42 ERA and similar 3.51 FIP. His 24.2% K% is great and his 5.6% BB% is above average.
Josh Naylor: (A+: Lake Elsinore Storm):
It seems that Mr. Naylor has adjusted nicely to A+ ball. In 286 plate appearances this season he has a .296 batting average with 7 home runs (.156 ISO). Hopefully sooner than later we will see even more power emerge from his bat. For right now, we have to be happy with the 15.4% K% (average) and 9.1% BB% (average).
Eric Lauer: (A+: Lake Elsinore Storm):
Mr. Lauer has put together a solid season in his first taste of A+ ball with a 2.79 ERA and 3.06 FIP in 67.2 innings pitched (12 games started). His 29.6% K% is excellent and his 6.7% BB% is average. Don’t sleep on him.
Cal Quantrill: (A+: Lake Elsinore Storm):
Mr. Quantrill has been solid in his first 67.2 innings pitched (13 games started) in A+ ball. He has a 3.59 ERA and 3.74 FIP to go along with a 25% K% (great) and 7.3% BB% (average).
Pedro Avila: (A+: Lake Elsinore Storm):
So you might be asking yourself why a pitcher with a 4.98 ERA in 43.1 innings pitched (9 games started in 10 games pitched) is on this list? Well, he has a 3.34 FIP, so, yeah, he has been a bit unlucky on the mound. Sure, the 9.1% BB% (beyond awful) hasn’t helped his cause any, but the guy has a 26.9% K% (great) that is helping him along.
Jacob Nix: (A+: Lake Elsinore Storm):
Mr. Nix has pitched 38 innings this season (5 games started in 6 games pitched) and has compiled a 2.84 ERA and 3.67 FIP. He has a 23.8% K% (above average) to go along with an excellent 2.7% BB%.
Jorge Ona: (A: Fort Wayne TinCaps):
Mr. Ona is showing in A ball this season that he is a prospect that you should keep a firm eye on. He has a .282 batting average with 7 home runs (.132 ISO). His 23.7% K% (poor) is a concern though.
Brad Zunica: (A: Fort Wayne TinCaps):
If you are young enough to be considered a prospect with potential at your minor league level of play, and hit 13 home runs (.287 ISO) in your first 207 plate appearances of the season with a .264 batting average, well, you are going to make this list. However, fantasy baseball owners should take note of the very high 35.3% K% that he has. This is a major concern, especially with him in only A ball.
Fernando Tatis Jr.: (A: Fort Wayne TinCaps):
Mr. Tatis, as an 18-year-old in A ball, has been very successful. In 318 plate appearances he has 10 home runs (.175 ISO) and a .255 batting average. He has 14 stolen bases, but has been caught stealing 9 times. His 10.4% BB% is above average, but his 26.7% K% (awful) is a concern. However, remember he’s only 18-years-old. There’s a lot to like here.
Logan Allen: (A: Fort Wayne TinCaps):
Last season in 54 A ball innings pitched Mr. Allen only struck out 20.7% of hitters faced (average). This season he has a 30.1% K% (beyond excellent) at the same level in 68.1 innings pitched. Last season his ERA was 3.33. This season it’s 2.11. Last season his FIP was 3.60. This season it’s 2.60. I’d say it’s safe to say that he has seen a nice improvement.