Cristian Javier *, RHP, HOU

Let’s meet the Houston Astros Minor League Pitcher of the Year, shall we?Video courtesy of Minor League BaseballBorn: March 26, 1997B/T: Right/Right6’1″, 204-lbsSigned by the Houston Astros in 2015 out of the Dominican Republic.The NumbersHis raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year and then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:It’s not all green, but it’s all steady as she goes. It’s like the organization line […]

Ricky Vanasco, RHP, TEX

Did you know 20-year-old Ricky Vanasco hit 99 mph on his heater as a 20-year-old? Read on.Video courtesy of Fort Worth Star-TelegramBorn: October 13, 1998B/T: Right/Right6’3″, 180-lbsDrafted by the Texas Rangers in the 15th round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft in 2016 out of Williston HS (Williston, FL).The NumbersHis raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year and then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:Not a lot o […]

Luis Medina, RHP, NYY

Don’t look at the numbers for Luis Medina. Look under the numbers. This will make sense, trust me. Just read on.Video courtesy of Prospects LiveBorn: May 3, 1999B/T: Right/Right6’1″, 175-lbsDrafted by the New York Yankees in 2016 out of the Dominican Republic.The NumbersHis raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year and then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:That’s a lot of red! But it’s also why I said to ignor […]

Jonathan Stiever, RHP, CHW

The best pitcher in the White Sox system last season, what kind of future can we expect from Jonathan Siever? Bullpen or a starter?Video courtesy of 2080 BaseballBorn: May 12, 1997B/T: Right/Right6’2″, 205-lbsDrafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 5th round of the 2018 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Indiana University Bloomington (Bloomington, IN).The NumbersHis raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year and then focus on the important nu […]

Ethan Small, LHP, MIL

Less than a year after he was the 1st-round pick by the Brewers, 23-year-old Ethan Small proved to be anything but small on the pitcher’s mound, but he did it in only 21 IP. Naturally the scouts want to see more than just a college graduate beating up on low level batters. With that proviso in mind, let’s look at his skills, shall we?Born: February 14, 1997B/T: Left/Left6’3″, 214-lbsDrafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 1st round of the 2019 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Mississippi State […]

Justin Bruihl *, LHP, LAD

Relief prospects are rarely ranked, and just as rarely cared about by fantasy baseball owners. Major league owners, on the other hand, love having these arms in their system. Look at San Diego and their assembly line of sharp relievers who either get Saves and Holds for the Padres, one after the other. And don’t fool yourselves, those relievers are valuable to our fantasy rosters too, but it’s such a crapshoot to figure out who will turn out good ahead of time, it’s easy to just sit back a […]

Zac Lowther, LHP, BAL

He’s climbing levels, and the numbers look good, so why don’t the scouts give Zac Lowther more love?Born: April 30, 1996B/T: Left/Left6’2″, 235-lbsDrafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2nd round of the 2017 MLB June Amateur Draft out of Xavier University.The NumbersHis raw numbers are listed above courtesy of baseball-reference.com. Let’s aggregate by year and then focus on the important numbers for minor leaguers:We see quite a bit of green, but the story with Lowther was alwa […]