Farmhands of the Week: May 27 through June 2

The Farmhands of the Week are back for a third season! A great resource for dynasty/keeper league players to find some under the radar prospects or breakouts before they happen. These ‘Farm Freebies’ can help rebuild your minor league system in no time!

Here are the Farmhands of the Week for May 27 thru June 2, 2019:

Hitters

AAA

Name Age Level Org Rnk Team Pos H TB AB HR RBI R BB K SB AVG SLG
Jose Rojas 26 AAA LAA NA SL 3B 13 29 33 4 9 8 2 6 0 0.393 0.878
Sam Hilliard 25 AAA COL 9 ABQ RF 11 24 29 3 6 10 2 8 2 0.379 0.827
Franklin Barreto 23 AAA OAK NA LV 2B 13 24 30 1 7 7 0 5 0 0.433 0.800
Bobby Bradley 23 AAA CLE 6 COL 1B 9 22 29 4 12 4 2 8 0 0.310 0.758
Kean Wong 24 AAA TB NA DUR 2B 13 21 31 1 5 7 3 8 0 0.419 0.677
Daniel Johnson 23 AAA CLE 22 COL RF 10 21 30 1 2 9 2 8 0 0.333 0.700

Rojas was a 36th round selection out of Vanguard University in the 2016 draft, and he continued to pound the baseball this week for the Salt Lake Bees, adding 4 HR to bring his season HR total up to 12. Now to be admitted, Rojas is very much a ‘Bull Durham’ prospect, given that he’s 26 years old and has never sniffed MLB playing time. But he performed well in AA ball last season, and that same performance has really carried over to the AAA level this year. He’s been an above average contributor with the bat using the league adjusted stats (113 wRC+, .367 wOBA) and he’s pounding the ball (.264 ISO) while also keeping the strikeout rate below 20%.

Rojas has also provided versatility with the glove, seeing time at 3B, 2B, 1B, LF, and RF. He’s just got the profile of a guy who might get called up when there’s some kind of injury related pinch with the 25-man roster. And if he gets called up, there’s a chance that he will hit. So throw him on your watchlist in your dynasty league, or add him if you play in a very deep (1000+ minors) or unlimited type format.


AA

Name Age Level Org Rnk Team Pos H TB AB HR RBI R BB K SB AVG SLG
Forrest Wall 23 AA TOR NA NH 2B 16 28 28 2 6 10 4 4 1 0.571 1.000
Tate Matheny 25 AA BOS NA POR RF 11 26 26 4 12 7 1 7 0 0.423 1.000
Trent Grisham 22 AA MIL 30 BLX CF 9 25 22 3 12 8 6 2 0 0.409 1.136
Wilson Garcia 25 AA CLE NA AKR 1B 13 24 29 2 8 5 1 3 0 0.448 0.827
Luis Robert 21 AA CWS 2 BIR CF 14 23 30 1 8 7 0 3 2 0.466 0.766
Jake Fraley 24 AA SEA 14 ARK CF 11 23 25 3 13 8 2 3 2 0.440 0.920
Bobby Dalbec 23 AA BOS 2 POR 3B 9 22 27 4 6 7 1 11 1 0.333 0.814

Forrest Wall hit the FOTW lists last season when he was still a Rockies farmhand. He was subsequently traded along with prospect Chad Spanberger for reliever Seungwhan Oh. When the trade went down, Spanberger seemed like the real prospect in the transaction. But it’s actually been Chad’s New Hampshire Fisher Cats teammate Forrest Wall who’s impressed in the 2019 season.

This week, Wall did his job as a table setter by getting on base, hitting everything in site, and running the bases well. The end result was that the dude scored 10 runs in 32 PAs on the week. He also hit 2 long balls and stole a base for good measure. He’s posting a .312/.413/.473 on the season with 8 SB, 3 HR, and 17 2B. He’s also spent most of his time in CF this season. He also earned an NRI to spring training this past spring. Point being, pay attention to Wall as a deeper league option that really isn’t too far away from making an MLB appearance for the Blue Jays.


A-Advanced

Name Age Level Org Rnk Team Pos H TB AB HR RBI R BB K SB AVG SLG
Tyler Frost 23 A-Adv CWS NA WS CF 12 26 25 3 9 6 1 6 0 0.480 1.040
Demetrius Sims 23 A-Adv MIA NA JUP SS 10 19 19 2 7 7 3 3 0 0.526 1.000
Austin Beck 20 A-Adv OAK 5 STK CF 11 18 23 1 8 7 4 6 0 0.478 0.782

Frosty the Dongman easily paced the A+ hitters this week, adding 3 HR to his season total while racking up 26 total bases in just 25 ABs for the Winston-Salem Dash. Frost, 23, was a 15th round choice out of Gonzaga University in the 2017 draft. He’s flashed raw power that he can get into in game situations at every stop in his professional career so far: 4 HR and 7 2B in 32 Rookie ball games, 18 HR and 21 2B in 124 games in the Full-Season Sally League last summer, and now 5 HR and 13 2B in 51 games in the A+ Carolina League. He’s one of those organizational depth pieces that can really help an organization. He’s seen time in both CF and RF this year.


A-Full

Name Age Level Org Rnk Team Pos H TB AB HR RBI R BB K SB AVG SLG
Frankie Tostado 21 A-Full SF NA AUG RF 9 23 25 4 9 5 1 2 0 0.360 0.920
Will Benson 20 A-Full CLE 25 LC RF 9 22 22 4 8 7 5 5 4 0.409 1.000
Curtis Terry 22 A-Full TEX NA HIC 1B 9 21 25 4 6 6 1 3 0 0.360 0.840
Jesse Berardi 23 A-Full CLE NA LC SS 8 20 20 3 8 5 2 2 0 0.400 1.000

Will ‘the Thrill’ Benson has been the most dynamic hitter in the lower levels of minor league baseball this season. The 20 year old OF continued his stat sheet stuffing ways this week, hitting 4 HR, stealing 4 bags, driving in 8, scoring 7, and walking as much as he struck out (5:5 BB:K ratio). 2016’s 1st round selection is definitely a threat to go for 30 HR and 30 SB this season.

More important than his performance on the field, however, is the fact that Will Benson is a fine young man. He’s the type of young man that surely makes his mother proud. Yes, that’s right, Will Benson is out here hitting dingers and swiping bags for a higher cause. To take care of his mother, as all good boys do. Bless his heart.


Pitchers

AAA

Name Age Level Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Adbert Alzolay 24 AAA IOW 0 0 0 12 3 1 1 0 2 17 0.75 0.42
Tom Eshelman 24 AAA LHV 1 0 0 13 10 2 2 0 3 12 1.38 1.00
Dedgar Jimenez 23 AAA PAW 0 0 0 11.2 11 3 3 2 5 12 2.41 1.43
Mitchell White 24 AAA OKC 1 1 0 9.2 9 2 2 1 4 12 1.96 1.41
Jake Brentz 24 AAA IND 0 0 0 6 3 1 1 1 0 9 1.50 0.50

Last season, when he went down for the season with an injury, he made his dynasty owners Sadbert or even possibly Madbert. But this season, he’s made Cubs’ fans and dynasty owners Gladbert. He’s been as good as Adbertized. More like Radbert, amirite?


AA

Name Age Level Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Scott Moss 24 AA CHA 1 0 0 10.2 4 4 3 0 8 17 2.65 1.18
Alec Bettinger 23 AA BLX 2 0 0 12 6 1 1 0 3 15 0.75 0.75
Aaron Civale 23 AA AKR 1 0 0 12.2 8 3 3 0 2 13 2.21 0.82
Eli Morgan 23 AA AKR 2 0 0 11.2 11 4 4 3 4 13 3.21 1.34
Matt Manning 21 AA ERI 0 1 0 11.1 9 4 4 2 5 12 3.24 1.26
Alex Faedo 23 AA ERI 1 0 0 6.1 2 0 0 0 2 12 0.00 0.66

Alex “Filthy” Faedo, aka the Power Donkey, just mowed down the Reading Fightin’ Phils this week. It’s a team with some decent prospects, including “The Scientist” Arquimedes Gamboa, Austin Listi, and Mickey Moniak. But Faedo was dominant, punching out a career-high 12 hitters through 6.1 scoreless innings.

Faedo is part of a 3-headed monster of pitching prospects at AA Erie this season:

I kind of think of these guys as a future 1 (Mize) 2 (Manning) and 3 (Faedo) for the future Tigers rotation if everything breaks right for them. Faedo has actually been better than his ERA suggests, as the longballs (1.43 HR/9) have been his only undoing. This is reflected in his 2.75 xFIP.


A-Advanced

Name Age Level Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Elvin Rodriguez 21 A-Adv LAK 0 0 0 11.1 11 4 4 1 2 15 3.24 1.17
Michael Baumann 23 A-Adv FRE 0 1 0 10.2 6 2 2 0 5 14 1.76 1.08
Ronald Bolanos 22 A-Adv LE 1 1 0 10 2 3 1 1 4 13 0.90 0.60
Tommy Romero 21 A-Adv CHA 0 1 0 9.1 7 4 3 1 4 13 2.97 1.21
Mac Sceroler 24 A-Adv DBT 0 0 0 9.2 7 3 3 0 4 12 2.93 1.20
Brett Conine 22 A-Adv FAY 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 1 12 0.00 1.17

I think we can all agree that this was a pretty solid week to be a member of the Conine family. Griffin Conine came back from a Ritalin suspension and just smashed, hitting .444 with a couple of tank shots and an OPS that looks like an SAT score from one of those kids that Aunt Becky paid to pose as one of her own children for the SAT. Brett Conine was filthy for the Fayetteville Woodpeckers, with 12 punchies to 1 walk in a 6 run scoreless outing this week. And dad Jeff probably did something cool too. I dunno maybe he got a haircut or cleaned the shed out?

In unrelated news, I’ve changed my son’s last name to Conine.


A-Full

Name Age Level Team W L SV IP H R ER HR BB K ERA WHIP
Efrain Contreras 19 A-Full FW 1 1 0 9.4 8 5 3 0 4 14 2.87 1.28
Aaron Ashby 21 A-Full WIS 0 2 0 12 8 5 3 1 7 13 2.25 1.25
Austin Hansen 22 A-Full QC 0 0 0 10.2 4 0 0 0 5 12 0.00 0.88
Brett Daniels 23 A-Full QC 1 0 1 7.1 2 0 0 0 3 12 0.00 0.70
Chance Kirby 23 A-Full WM 1 1 0 12 8 3 2 1 0 11 1.50 0.67

The Padres org just seems to will these young international pitching prospects into existence somehow. Contreras is a really intriguing teenage arm out of Mexico. I actually happened to catch one of his starts earlier this season on MiLB.tv. He’s undersized and a bit rotund (5’10” 215 seems accurate), and SD is limiting his innings given his age. But man, he has the stuff and mentality to potentially become a starting pitcher in my opinion. The fastball is a low-90s offering but it spins. The breaking ball really spins too. And his 4.5 K/BB ratio is one of the best in the Midwest League in spite of his age, speaking to a command of his arsenal that’s beyond his years. A fun guy to watch and root for.


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