The Dynasty Digest: 4/19
Chris Clegg runs down which pitching prospects have caught his eye the most this season.
It may be early in the Minor League season, but it is never to early to get a jump on some prospects that could be breaking out in dynasty. By taking a chance on some of these players you may whiff on a few, but you could also hit on a breakout and see a great return on investment. Who are the pitching prospects that are standing out and should we buy it?
You can check out the early hitting prospect standouts here:
Justin Lange, RHP, NYY (A)
Justin Lange has been downright nasty this year. He has had good stuff, but poor command. This year, the stuff has ticked up, and his command has improved significantly. Lange is running a strike rate above 65 percent right now through two starts.
Lange has seen his four-seam increase in velocity increase and is averaging over 96 mph. He is getting a ton of swings and misses with the pitch. His cutter and slider help generate a ton of whiffs, and a changeup has a ton of horizontal separation from those pitches.
Lange has the potential to be a massive riser up prospect rankings. The nice thing is with pitching prospects, you can get a good feel for what they can be based on their stuff over several starts. Lange looks like a huge riser. Buy into him in dynasty.
Mason Miller, RHP, OAK (AAA)
I don’t even know where to begin with Mason Miller. The dude is good. He pitched just 12 innings last year and has had a long history of injuries which led many to question what he could be.
Well, Miller’s Double-A start was good enough for them to send him to Triple-A where he fired five perfect innings with eleven strikeouts. Miller’s fastball averages 100 mph with high-end IVB and arm-side run. It registers as a 144 stuff+ so far. His cutter has more velocity and a similar movement pattern to Corbin Burnes. Miller’s slider averages 86 mph and has a ton of sweeping action.
Miller got the call to be in the Oakland rotation. He has elite stuff. It is probably a bit late to buy, but if you can, do it.
Andrew Abbott, LHP, CIN (AA)
No MILB pitcher has more strikeouts right now then Andrew Abbott. In two starts, Abbott has thrown 10.2 scoreless innings with just one walk and 25 strikeouts. He has struck out 71.4 percent of the batters he has faced.
Abbott’s success has seemingly come from the fact he has seen increased velocity. His fastball now sits between 93 and 94 mph. His slider has sat in the low-to-mid 90s.
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