This weeks edition of prospect hunting features one outfielder on the cusp of being called up and one power pitcher who will be impacting games very soon. If you have any fantasy baseball related questions an answer is just a tweet away, Follow me @PatDohertyJr on Twitter.
Gregory Polanco – OF – Pittsburg Pirates – 11% Owned Yahoo in Leagues
Polanco is currently tearing the cover off the ball in Triple A. Batting 3rd in the Indinapolis Indians lineup he has accumulated a line of .426 Bating Average, 2 Homers, 2 Triples, 9 Runs and 12 RBI’s in only 11 games. He also carries 40+ stolen base potential. The Pirates are in dire need of some production from the third outfield spot because the platoon of Travis Snider and Jose Tabata are simply not getting it done. Polanco, only 22 years old is waiting in the wings for a call up to the Majors and it could come sooner rather than later. Tabata recently was injured while making a catch in the outfield and exited Wednesday’s game with concussion symptoms. Snider on the other hand has little to offer, he has a lifetime .241 batting average and has been on the decline since hitting 14 homeruns for Toronto in 2010. Polanco is sporting a cool .281 lifetime batting average across the minors. Armed with plus speed he can get it done with the bat as well as his glove. His fielding would be an instant upgrade over Snider. His on base percentage would bring instant relief to a Pirates lineup that is currently in need of a spark.
Trevor Bauer – SP – Cleveland Indians – 4% Owned in Yahoo Leagues
Bauer is your prototypical power arm and has finally caught some traction at age 23 in the Indians farm system. In Triple A Columbus he has been dominant, only letting up one earned run while striking out 18 batters in 12 innings. With every starter in the Cleveland rotation (excluding Zach McAllister) owning an ERA north of 5.00, Trevor Bauer can’t get the call soon enough. His latest start in Columbus was just as dominant as the first two and he is poised to breakout this year. He has controlled his WHIP bringing it below one and is looking to prove why Arizona drafted him 3rd overall back in 2011.