Before I get to the prospects, you’re going to have to listen to my brief tale of Fantasy Baseball woe… No, really, the two are related. And yes, I realize you don’t give a flying Pop-Tart about my Fantasy team. Just bear with me.
This year’s draft can be summarized by three words: Disappointing, Disabled, Disastrous. Among the players I’d drafted are Robinson Cano, Yasiel Puig, Hisashi Iwakuma, David Wright, Alex Cobb, Devin Mesoraco, Hyun-jin Ryu and Rougned Odor. With all those busts, it’s no wonder I’m in last place.
So what do you do when you’re in last place? Load up on prospects!
In the interest of boosting the general mojo of my new acquisitions, I’ve made customs of all of them and will tout their accomplishments.
Entering this season, Baseball America had Joey Gallo ranked as the #6 prospect in all of baseball. Gallo may only be batting .224 in his 16 games, but he’s got 5 homers, 10 runs and 10 RBI.
Gallo was a Little League teammate of Bryce Harper and recently tweeted a photo of the two of them back in the day.
Carlos Correa was the first overall pick of the 2012 draft and is the #4 overall prospect. In 11 games his batting .319 with 3 homers, 7 runs, 7 RBI and 4 stolen bases.
Three of those stolen bases came in one game against the Rockies, making Correa the second-youngest player to steal three in a game (Rickey Henderson was the youngest, naturally).
Lance McCullers is the son of former reliever Lance McCullers. I think that McCullers The Younger is a “Junior”, but he doesn’t seem to go by it so I won’t force it on him. In his 7 starts he’s got 46 K’s and just 13 walks, a 1.017 WHIP and a 2.45 ERA.
His first start for my team was also his second consecutive start against the Mariners, and the M’s seemed to have his number the second time around: 4.1 innings, 6 hits, 3 earned runs. Fingers crossed that this is just an aberration.
OK, this one is cheating a little bit, Joc Pederson wasn’t really part of my Fantasy Fire Sale, I’ve had him on my team for a few weeks…
…But he’s still on my team, which is more than I can say for many of my other acquisitions. He’s the #8 overall prospect, and in 67 games he has 10 doubles, a triple, 17 homers, 37 runs and 33 RBI.
Dodger fans most likely knew this already, but I didn’t: Joc is the son of Stu Pederson, who had a cup of coffee with the 1985 Dodgers.
Stu is featured on one of my favorite all-time minor league cards:
I’ve also picked up a couple of guys who are young and talented, but not uber-prospects.
Carlos Martinez made his debut in 2013, but he’s broken out this season, going 7-3, 2.80 with 85 K’s.
Martinez had made it as high as #27 (2011) on the Baseball America Top 100 list, and he’s the third Carlos Martinez to have played in the Majors.
And when your team is in last and desperately in need of a points infusion, what’s to be done? Well, as British cartoon character Danger Mouse once said, “There’s only one thing for it… PANIC!!!!”
Panik was a 1st round pick in 2011 and is batting .305 with 16 doubles and 35 runs scored.
OK, enough of the young studs, what about the inserts? What’s a pack without inserts?
I’m not a complete slave to 1970’s baseball fashion, but I love the 1970’s Red Sox cap and socks that Xander Bogaerts is wearing here.
The front office in Boston could do a lot worse than to add those to the current uni set. The pullover jersey and the pants with a Sansabelt waistband I could live without.
…And speaking of Throwbacks, you have to be a throwback yourself to get the reference in this first Pointless Pairings insert of 2015:
You’re welcome, Hackenbush!