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Down on the Farm: Colin Moran Gets the Call
The Fantasy Baseball world is continually focused on the next wave of talent coming from the minor leagues. Colin Moran was called up on Tuesday to join the Houston Astros for their series against the Chicago White Sox. Jose Berrios was sent down by the Minnesota Twins after a rough start to his big league career. Lets examine who’s coming up, going down, and coming soon!
Called Up ↑
The Houston Astros have called up third baseman Colin Moran who was the 6th overall pick in the 2013 MLB Draft. He was hitting .288 with 3 home runs and 22 RBI in 136 plate appearances this season. Moran was supposed to be more of a developed power option at this point of his career but the 23 year old still has time to develop. If and where Moran can play most days remains to be seen. Luis Valbuena has been very disappointing at third base hitting .208 with 2 home runs and 10 RBI. Roster Resource has Moran penciled into the designated hitter slot as of now. He is worth a look in deeper leagues if you have roster flexibility but is far from a must add. It is a situation to monitor and be ready to strike if it looks like he can contribute on a regular basis.
Sent Down ↓
The Minnesota Twins have sent down Jose Berrios after 4 starts with the big league club. In those 4 starts he pitched 15 innings with 12 strikeouts per nine innings and a walk rate of 7.2. Berrios had a ton of hype and for the right reasons despite the rocky start to his major league career. This feels like a very short term move for Berrios who likely gets a couple of starts in the minors to clean up some things. The rotation is a mess and unless the Twins are really stubborn he should be back by June 1st at the latest.
Coming soon? ↔
The buzz around Trea Turner is building with each passing day. He is currently hitting .324 with 3 home runs and 14 stolen bases. Danny Espinosa is currently a occupying shortstop despite hitting .214. The Nationals will get an extra year of control by waiting thus the reason for keeping Turner in the minors. As for what to expect once he gets the call? Turner should hit at or around .300 with more speed than pop. The biggest question is where Dusty Baker hits him in the batting order. He has all the skills to excel at the top of the order but they could “protect” him and bat him low. He is worth an add now if you need middle infield and have roster flexibility.
Blake Snell and Tyler Glasnow are two pitchers that are eagerly anticpated and could be joining their teams rotations around the all star break. I wrote about their potential in the preseason. Snell has already shown he belongs but the Rays are patient with their top tier prospects.