Catcher potentials are generally not popular choices for stash in leagues. Their transition is rarely seamless, with the position’s defensive demands often penetrating the offense. There have been notable exceptions over the years – Gary Sanchez, Willson Contreras and Will Smith comes to mind – but still the stigma is difficult to overcome.
And yet, most readers who read this column can, if they are honest in their assessment, apply an upgrade to the position. JT Realmuto, Salvador Perez, Buster posey, Contreras and Smith are good, but most other catchers are interchangeable.
The numbers are of course fantastic, and especially for Raleigh they represent a breakthrough. He always offered power, and hit a total of 29 homers between high class A and Double-A two years ago, but his strike percentage this year (12.5 percent) is about half of what it was in 2019 (22.9 percent) . He is currently running a hit game with 22 games where he hits .396 (36 for 91) with five homers, 13 doubles and a 1,121 OPS.
He has apparently improved as a receiver as well, and has always excelled at throwing out runners. With everything he has worked for him, it is strange that the 24-year-old is not already up, especially given the way Tom murphy and Luis Torrens have both whizzed for the big club. It certainly sounds like GM Jerry Dipoto is running out of excuses.
“It’s about managing 13 or 14 boxes and their stuff and the competitive nature of what they do night after night,” Dipoto said earlier this week. “We just want to see him do it day in and day out, something he honestly does.”
But Bart’s performance is also remarkable, and goes a long way to restoring value after last year’s debacle. Rushed to the big ones despite the fact that he only had 130 minor league games under his belt (a particularly low number for a catcher), he struck. 233 without a home run, and struck 41 times on 103 bats. It probably should not have affected the Dynasty stock, given the circumstances, but we are not always rational about these things. You can not see what has been seen.
In contrast to Raleigh, Bart is still about 28.9 percent. It’s also the small matter that Posey has a career experience at the age of 34, leaving Bart without a clear opening. Admittedly, Posey has played a first base before, but he has not yet shown up there this year.
Of course, it’s not a stretch to think that a 34 – year – old catch could be injured, but given the choice between stating Bart and Raleigh, I will still go with Raleigh. It seems that his arrival could be announced any day now, and although he does not have Bart’s pedigree, he shows clearer signs of being a finished product.
Still, Raleigh would only be my sixth choice among potential customers. The top five are as follows …
Five on the brink
(These are the prospects that are most worth stashing in the move leagues.)
Jarred Kelenic, OF, Sailors
2019 minors: .291 BA (443 AB), 23 HR, 20 SB, .904 OPS, 50 BB, 111 K
Minors 2021: .280 BA (50 AB), 4 HR, 4 SB, .887 OPS, 4 BB, 10 K
Guess who’s back … back again? We do not like to see returners in this room because it usually means they failed at the highest level and it would be difficult to classify Kelenic’s 8-for-83 (.096) performance as anything other than a failure. But the key during this debacle was that he knocked out 16.4 percent of the time in his first 13 games compared to 45.9 percent in his last 10, which seems to support the theory that some early bad luck made him to force the problem at. the dish. He already has two home runs and two stolen bases in six games since returning to Triple-A, so expect him back in short order.
Hiking Franco, SS, Rays
2019 minors: .327 BA (425 AB), 9 HR, 18 SB, .885 OPS, 56 BB, 35 K
Minors 2021: .326 BA (144 AB), 7 HR, 4 SB, 1,002 OPS, 12 BB, 18 K
Obviously, the deeper we go into this season, the more likely Franco’s campaign will be, so it would not make sense to deviate from him as a stash now. He continues to perform at a high level, having hit safely in all 13 games in June to give him a stroke average of 0.423 (22 for 52), three home runs, three triples and five doubles for the month. Maybe that will be enough to force the problem in the end. Late June is usually when teams stop worrying so much about the Super 2 issue, so Franco also has what goes for him. His arrival can still be any day now, but I understand that it’s frustrating to hear me say week after week.
Vidal brujan, 2B, rays
2019 minors: .277 BA (383 AB), 4 HR, 48 SB, .735 OPS, 37 BB, 61 K
Minors 2021: .265 BA (132 AB), 7 HR, 14 SB, .841 OPS, 21 BB, 23 K
For a while it looked like Brujan could beat Franco to the big ones. I’m less confident now considering that the 23-year-old has gone homeless in 18 straight games, batting. 194 (13 for 67) during that stretch. He went from having a .338 batting average and 1,104 OPS at the start of the 18 games to a .265 batting average and .841 OPS at the moment. Of course, he also has more trips (11) than strikes (10) during that stretch while going 7 for 8 on stolen bases. I’m not really worried about him or anything, but his current numbers give Rays more of an excuse to wait for him.
2019 minors: .289 BA (305 AB), 10 HR, 27 2B, .834 OPS, 30 BB, 94 K
2020 major: .161 BA (124 AB), 3 HR, 4 2B, .478 OPS, 7 BB, 55 K
2021 minors: .282 BA (149 AB), 16 HR, 3 SB, 1,018 OPS, 6 BB, 53 K
Adell still leads minors in home races, despite only adding one in the last week, and hey, he hits .373 (19 for 51) in June. The problem is that he still knocks out more than 30 percent of the time of the month. The 22-year-old has been more proactive in reviewing video and “fine-tuning the courses I know I can do damage to” after last year’s failed period in the majors, but even with Mike Trout absence that gives a sharp need at the major-league level, the angels have resisted calling Adell up.
“There’s nothing bad that can come from keeping him here as long as we can and letting him succeed and at the same time letting him fail,” said Triple-A boss Lou Marson. said recently. “Make him stay cool and figure out what he needs to do in those times when he’s not swinging well.”
The lack of urgency is frustrating, but it would still surprise me if Adell did not show up at some point this summer, regardless of what his strike percentage looks like.
Jarren Duran, OF, Red Sox
2019 minors: .303 BA (519 AB), 5 HR, 46 SB, .775 OPS, 46 BB, 128 K
2021 minors: .252 BA (111 AB), 10 HR, 6 SB, .923 OPS, 14 BB, 31 K
Duran made headlines this week Because former Angels boss Mike Scioscia, who recently served as manager of the Olympic qualifying team of which Duran was a part, saw fit to compare the 24-year-old to Mike Trout, at least in terms of his drive. It’s a nice feeling, but the more revealing headline for our purposes is that Duran has been home three times in eight games since returning from Team USA. Now there should be no doubt about his power breakthrough at the alternative training site last year, and we have always known that he has the speed to factor in the defense and on the base paths. The Red Sox could also use him centrally.
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Five in the periphery
(These are some other potential customers who are doing some of the attention)
Nolan gorman, 3B, Cardinals
2019 minors: .248 BA (456 AB), 15 HR, 30 2B, .765 OPS, 45 BB, 152 K
2021 minors: .303 BA (145 AB), 10 HR, 4 2B, .911 OPS, 16 BB, 41 K
Driving home should always be how Gorman made a bank, and that was why his production in 2019 applied. He was also slow out of the gate this year, but has bounced back with seven home runs in the last eight games, including five in two days. His strike percentage (25.5 percent) is also the lowest it has been in three seasons, so everything looks like the previous 19th overall pick, which has divided its time between second and third base this year.
Keibert Ruiz, USA, Dodgers
2019 minors: .261 BA (314 AB), 6 HR, 9 2B, .679 OPS, 30 BB, 22 K
Minors 2021: .293 BA (82 AB), 8 HR, 9 2B, 1,043 OPS, 7 BB, 12 K
There was a time when Ruiz was considered the better prospect than Will Smith, and excelled mainly for his defense and bat-to-ball skills, but his lack of power led him to pass. Still just 22, he suddenly strikes for power, delivering eight home runs on Triple-A and another in majors. Some changes in his attitude at the alternative training ground last year made it more difficult for him to make contact there, and if this is what is translated statistically, he still has a chance to be a first division specialist (perhaps for another club).
Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers
2019 minors: .281 BA (185 AB), 4 HR, 12 2B, .775 OPS, 16 BB, 42 K
Minors 2021: .333 BA (54 AB), 6 HR, 5 2B, 1,181 OPS, 8 BB, 18 K
Those who follow the international market closely have had Cartaya on the radar for a couple of years, and now that he has filled in a little more at the age of 19, we all find out why. He has few disadvantages offensively, and knows how to count and drive the ball the opposite way, and he also profiles himself as a plus defender. With Smith and Ruiz ahead of him on the organizational depth map, there is clearly no rush to get him to the big ones, but the Dodgers may have a hard time slowing him down.
Roansy Contreras, SP, Pirates
2019 minors: 12-5, 3.33 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, 132 1/3 IP, 36 BB, 113 K
Minors 2021: 3-1, 2.03 ERA, 0.80 WHIP, 40 IP, 9 BB, 57 K
One of the pieces in Jameson taillon deal this offseason may have already made himself a better resource than the guy he was traded for. Contreras was not considered to be a significant pitching prospect in Yankees organization, mainly just playing fastball of his squad for modest results, but his basket ball has become an annihilation course this year, last collecting 10 strikes over seven two-hit innings. He does it as one of only four players 21 or younger on Double-A.
Jahmai jones, 2B, Orioles
2019 minors: .234 BA (482 AB), 5 HR, 9 SB, .631 OPS, 50 BB, 109 K
2021 minors: .333 BA (54 AB), 4 HR, 3 SB, 1,107 OPS, 7 BB, 8 K
It was a time not so long ago when Jones was considered a legitimate prospect, and appeared on almost every top 100 list after a season in 2017 where he put up decent numbers in A-ball. His star faded quickly afterwards, and the angels decided to continue this offseason and turned him for Alex cobb. He made some changes to his turn at the alternative training site last year, and completed and hit seven home runs there. So far, it seems that the improvements have transferred to legitimate competition, and at 23 he can still have a future.