Did you see that performance? You know the one … where Freddy Peralta (Brewers) in his MLB debut was pitching a gem! No hits allowed through 5 (and only 2 walks, surrendered in the 3rd) with 11 strikeouts! Not only was he working on a no hitter (which David Dahl (Rockies) broke up in the 6th), but he was on pace to tie the single game record with 20 strikeouts. What a debut that would have been!
Alas, Peralta will have to settle for 5.2 stellar IPs, allowing a single hit, those two pesky walks, and an amazing 13 strikeouts. Thankfully, the Brewers did hold on for the 7-3 win.
Clearly, Peralta was not one that we’ve discussed as yet. Did you uncover this gem? Did you sign him in time for the game or was it a knee-jerk signing after his amazing performance? Amazingly, he’s still available in 70%+ of ESPN leagues. He gets another start this Saturday at Minnesota and if he can do what he did in Colorado, I’d wager that the Twins are in a world of hurt come Saturday.
I am sorry that I don’t have the Trevor Oaks (Royals) interview unpacked and ready to go; it’s been a crazy week! I will have that for you next week with no further delays! In the interim, let’s chat about a couple of MiLB SPs more that I believe are on the cusp of joining their respect big squads.
Name: Kolby Allard (Braves)
Height: 6-1 Weight: 190 Throws: Left Bats: Left
Born: August 13, 1997 (Age: 20), Anaheim, CA
Drafted: Amateur Draft 2015 (June);
1st Round, 14th Overall by the Marlins
Prospect Rank: #6 (Braves)
Currently Pitching: AAA Gwinnett Stripers
Another young, very young, Atlanta phenom. Just how do they do it?! Allard has pitched well at every stop along his minor league career path, but in 2018, he’s taking it to another level. In 7 International League starts he sports a 1.71 ERA with a slim 1.07 WHIP and an anemic 0.207 BAA. The kid is 20?! Difficult to believe because he pitches with such poise and control (2.8 BB/9, a pinch high), but has only surrendered a single home run in 2018. One.
Allard possesses a nice pitch arsenal (fastball, curve, and change-up) but what makes them most effective is his excellent command. The fastball ranges 88-93 mph range, but its movement makes it an even more effective pitch. His plus change-up may arguably be his best pitch, followed by his plus curve. But again, it all comes back to his control and his pitch selection. He has been prone to fall in love with pitch combinations at times, a rough edge the next level will absolutely help smooth out.
With Mike Soroka getting promoted (and pitching fairly well) and Luiz Gohara returning from injury, there may not be room for Allard just yet with the big club. But if he keeps putting up these kind of numbers in AAA, he’ll soon force the Braves’ hand and Allard will join what is becoming an elite, young ball club in Atlanta.
It’s a great time to be a fan of the Atlanta Braves!
Name: Ben Meyer (Marlins)
Height: 6-5 Weight: 180 Throws: Right Bats: Right
Born: January 30, 1993 (Age: 25), Minneapolis, MN
College: University of Minnesota
Drafted: Amateur Draft 2015 (June);
29th Round, 866th Overall by the Marlins
Prospect Rank: Not Ranked
Currently Pitching: AAA New Orleans Baby Cakes
It’s not often that a pitcher drafted so low performs so well, but with Meyer. we have a true diamond in the rough. And one that isn’t just a 2018-sensation. While his numbers are stellar this year (2.40 ERA, 0.87 WHIP – in the PCL, I might add), the low WHIP is due largely from allowing only 8 walks in 41.1 IPs. (Granted, only 28 hits allowed, so that helps, but the lack of free passes is what really keeps the baserunners down.)
And this is also a kid who completely skipped AA. He dominated both Low-A and High-A last season, putting up a combined 2.02 ERA, 0.934 WHIP, with 134 strikeouts in 111.1 IP. One thing that has come back to earth a little in 2018 is his K/9 ratio, sitting at only 7.40 for 2018 (after 10.32 in 2017 and an eye-popping 12.27 in 2016, albeit in only 29.1 IP).
Meyer’s current scouting is a mixed bag pegging him mainly for relief, especially with the fastball/ breaking combination with the fastball that can touch 96. Out of 89 career games, he’s only started 29, including starting all 7 games in which he’s pitched in 2018. All I know is that the Marlins are in desperate need of solid arms in the rotation and the bullpen … and Meyer is making a strong case to be a part of their near-term solution.
Thanks for reading!
And I promise, you will meet Trevor Oaks (Royals) next Wednesday, May 23!
Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio Show: Join host Brian Roach, Jr, and Cole Freel live on Sunday May 13th, 2018 from 8-9:30pm EST for episode #120 of Major League Fantasy Baseball Radio. We are a live broadcast that will take callers at 323-870-4395. Press 1 to speak with the host. We will discuss the latest information in the world of fantasy baseball.
Our guest this week is Kevin Bzdek. Kevin is a writer and editor with majorleaguefantasysports.com. His articles publish every Friday morning and his focus is on bullpens.