Hey all and welcome to another edition of Prospect Report. See some names on MLB lineups that you don’t recognize? Let me help! As a baseball card collector, I love to follow along with prospects in hopes of finding the next Aaron Judge before your average fan knows who he is. (I have been all aboard the Pete Alonso trade for over a year now and a huge Austin Riley fan!) Let’s take a look at a few prospects who have debuted lately!
Yordan Alvarez– Alvarez FINALLY got his much anticipated call up. With guys like Kyle Tucker and Forrest Whitley in the farm system, Alvarez was a bit over shadowed coming in to this year. That quickly changed when Alvarez tormented AAA pitching, batting over .300 through 56 games. Let’s take a look at what MLB.com has to say about Alvarez.
Alvarez debuted yesterday (6/9) and did not disappoint, hitting a 2 run blast in his 2nd career at bat. With Springer on the IL, look for Alvarez to get a few games under his belt before potentially getting sent back down. If he impresses enough, he could find himself a regular spelling guys like Michael Brantley. Keep an eye on Alvarez. He has potential to be a powerful bat in an already potent offense.
Peter Lambert- If you follow results, you probably saw Peter Lambert debuted last Thursday against the Cubs. Not only did he debut, he was dominate in his debut. Pitching a 7 innings, 9 strike out, 4 hit gem. Let’s take a look at what MLB.com says about Lambert.
As you can see, he has actually struggled a bit in the minors this year. Partly due to pitching in a hitters park and partly due to youth and a lack of experience at that level. It was encouraging to see him pitch with such confidence in his debut and he hopefully can carry that momentum forward. I think Lambert has the potential to be a quality starting pitcher in the league. But with all Rockies arms, you have to be weary of playing them when at home. Keep an eye on this kid moving foward but understand that he is young and barely has any experience above AA.
Jose Suarez- Another young pitcher who debuted lately is Suarez. Suarez doesn’t quite have as high a ceiling as Lambert, but has potential to be a quality mid rotation arm. Let’s see what MLB.com has to say about him.
Like Lambert, Suarez has made the leap to the bigs despite not a ton of innings at AAA this season. With Trevor Cahill hitting the IL (shocker), Suarez should get a handfull of starts to show what he can do. If he can sustain a 4.35 ERA, he should stick around. While certainly not great, that is right around the career ERA of Cahill and much better than Cahill’s ERA this season. Suarez is not a guy you will want to play much DFS wise unless he finds himself in a juicy matchup at a dirt cheap price tag.
That is all for this weeks edition of prospect report. Be sure to check back each week for our look at a few young players who you might not recognize or know much about.