This week in Minor League Report: Top Prospects, FFLockerRoom Fantasy Sports takes a look at some of the movers and shakers, top prospects and perhaps even guys most likely to be called up in the short term. If you’re curious about a player not profiled in this week’s report, you can access our previous Minor League Reports at FFLockerRoom.com. Keep in mind that research has suggested that only about 30% of players provide even positive value in their first year of MLB service so take some of these reports with a grain of salt. Don’t go dropping a proven MLB veteran to chase gold in redraft leagues but if you’re currently holding onto some grizzled veteran on his last legs or struggling youngster without much of a track record, you might consider grabbing a “future star” to hopefully grab one of the 30% group.
Jimmy Nelson, RHP, MIL – I guess I’m the only one who knows that Milwaukee is in first place in their division. I guess I’m also the only one who thinks ahead to a September and more importantly, October run. Jimmy Nelson is a player that could be a big part of that. All he’s done is go 9-2 with a 1.66 ERA, 0.93 WHIP and a 105/29 strikeout to walk ratio in 15 games in the minors. Oh yeah, he happens to be 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in his one spot start earlier this season. He threw 7 shutout innings in his last start on Friday, giving up 3 hits and 2 walks while striking out 9. Marco Estrada stinks with a capital S. Nelson could be an every 5th day starter right now. Get him some additional experience early so if he’s pitching high leverage games in September or even long relief in the playoffs, he’s not awe struck by the moment. Estrada’s days have to be numbered and Nelson is worth the investment. He might be the best pitcher in the minors this season.
Oscar Taveras, OF, STL – Once again Taveras has gotten the call to the big club and the hope is that this time, things will be better. Taveras hit .189 in 37 at bats the last time he was here but we’ve often seen top prospects struggle in their first taste of the majors. Taveras will likely split time in the outfield with Allen Craig and Peter Bourjos. He was hitting .318 on the season but .282 in his last 10 games so don’t expect him to set the world on fire. That being said, the Cardinals are like magicians when it comes to inserting new talent and somehow making it work. I expect this time around, they might have the magic elixir that makes Taveras a useful option that helps St. Louis overcome the current 6.5 game deficit in the NL Central. If Taveras was dropped in your league, scoop him and see what he can do.
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