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The Dynasty Digest: September 12, 2023
Chris Clegg breaks down some prospect performances that you need to know.
First off, I apologize for not having a FAAB article this weekend. Pretty wild weekend for me with a funeral, my son falling and gashing his lip and face, and then me having a sinus infection. But anyways, no need to feel pity, I just wanted you know I wanted to get a FAAB article out, I just couldn’t find the time.
Let’s talk a couple of player performances that you should know about.
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Bennett Kent, RHP, LAA, 18, A
Kent was drafted this summer and has not gotten anywhere near the publicity he deserves. The eighth-rounder got nearly 5x his slot value from the Angels, showing how they see and value him.
After two starts at the Complex level, Kent earned a promotion to Single-A, Inland Empire. In his first start, he threw four scoreless innings with five strikeouts. Kent gets easy velocity from his 6’4” frame and has plenty of projection left where he could tick up from his 93-95 mph range. He showed a strong feel for a changeup and a slider that could be an above-average pitch.
Kent is a massive FYPD sleeper that is not talked about at all but one that I think could return you massive value in drafts.
Ricardo Yan, RHP, ARI, 20, A+
Yan has been one of the more underrated arms in baseball this year especially over the last several months. In 22.2 innings since joining High-A Hillsboro, Yan is rocking a 1.19 ERA and a 0.93 WHIP while striking out 37.1 percent of batters.
Yan limits a ton of damage by not only missing bats, but keeping the ball on the ground at a high rate. For the season, his ground ball rate is 53 percent and has jumped to 60 percent in High-A.
Since July 1, he has a 36.5 percent strikeout rate, a 35 percent CSW, and a 16.5 percent swinging strike rate. Yan has a low-arm slot with a deceptive release. His sinker gets up to 20 inches of run, and even though it only sits 89-92, it plays up due to movement and deception. His slider generates up to 2800 rpm, and his changeup has nice movement. It is a fun arsenal to dream on and an arm worth rostering in dynasty leagues.
Kristian Robinson, OF, ARI, 22, A
It seemed as if Robinson might just be done after he was demoted from High-A to the Complex in late July. But since he has rejoined Single-A, Robinson has four straight multi-hit games, including four home runs, and over those 11 games since rejoining the team, he is slashing .333/.447/.846 with five home runs and four stolen bases.
Robinson is a player to keep an eye on moving forward because if he figures it out, it could be a very cheap investment that returns you plenty of value.
Kervin Pichardo, INF/OF, SD, 21, A+
I won’t lie and tell you that I was familiar with Pichardo until recently. His strong performance recently caught my eye, and I began to dig in more. Pichardo made it to Triple-A last year as a 20-year-old to end the season and has spent most of this year in High-A and Double-A.
Pichardo’s season line is not overly impressive, but since August first, he is slashing .367/.469/.620 with six home runs and two stolen bases. The frame helps generate a good bit of power. Pichardo is also highly versatile and has played every position in the field except catcher and first base.
This is not a name to jump in on now, but one to keep an eye on.
Jake Gelof, 3B, LAD, 21, A
The younger brother of Zack, Jake Gelof was selected 60th overall in this summer’s draft by the Dodgers. He has had a strong start to his pro career, but in September has taken a step forward as Gelof has five home runs in nine games and is slashing .308/.341/.744. Obviously, it is just a nine-game sample, but Gelof is a player I’m interested in for FYPDs.
In college, he posted a 91 mph average exit velocity and an impressive 107.1 mph 90th percentile exit velocity. While there are questions surrounding the contact skills, Gelof still posted an 84 percent zone-contact rate and chased just 21 percent of the time. He is a player I will be drafting a lot later in FYPDs.