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“Gehlbach On The Farm” – 2019 Minor League Pitching Hot Starts

  1. We are finally starting to see some expanded samples to see how guys are really faring for 2019.

Last week we examined a handful of guys who we might want to sell on (spoiler alert, most of these guys weren’t sell candidates – c’mon, we were only 1 start in!).

Now let’s look at some top 100 guys who are just flat out dominating.

1) Matt Manning – DET
Manning has been one of my favorite pitching prospects since before he was drafted. The big concern has been that walk rate. We’re 3 starts in (16.2 IP) with no home runs allowed, 6 hits, and only 4 BB. Oh, yeah, and 23 K’s, leading all top 100 prospects in K’s thus far. The k-rate is more than sustainable in pretty well in line with his “career” norms, and it looks like he may have finally honed in the control a little bit. The big righty is putting himself in a position for a possible late season callup.

2019 line
16.2 IP, 6H, 3ER, 4BB, 23K, 1.62 ERA, 0.60 WHIP

2) Casey Mize – DET
Detroit is doing something right, it seems. If anyone has been more a more dominant top 100 prospect than Manning, it’s Mize. Mize is doing what Manning is at the same age and a lower level, so I gave the most impressive nod to Manning. However, this is Mize’s first taste of pro ball, and he’s not slipped a bit. Mize was a highly touted ‘spec and pretty well known in fantasy circles even before this, so he was probably never cheap, and has done nothing but solidify his value.

2019 line
18 IP, 6H, 1ER, 1BB, 21K, 0.50 ERA, 0.39 WHIP

3) Justin Dunn – SEA

Dunn is doing all he can to establish himself as one of the games top pitching arms. With each passing day I’m just more and more impressed with what Jerry Dipoto was able to peel away for Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz. Dunn had a pretty successful 2018 campaign, but appears to be making strides forward in 2019. He comes in as MLB’s 87th best prospect from MLB pipeline, but a midseason list will move him up ~40 spots or so should this keep up.

2019 line
14.1 IP, 10H, 3ER, 5BB, 21K, 1.88 ERA, 1.05 WHIP

There are a few more top 100 guys worth mentioning, but I’d rather throw out some quick hits on not top-100 guys who are having strong seasons and guys you may want to watch. Too many times we have a player come up and be a key component on a championship squad, but was relatively unknown by the average player.

Kris Bubic (21), KCR, A
16 IP, 9H, 4ER, 4BB, 27K, 2.25 ERA, 0.81 WHIP

Grayson Rodriguez (19), BAL, A
11 IP, 3H, 0ER, 5BB, 20K, 0.00 ERA, 0.73 WHIP

Logan Gilbert (21), SEA, A
14 IP, 5H, 1ER, 3BB, 22K, 0.64 ERA, 0.57 WHIP

Kyler Stout (24), ARI, A+
8 IP, 3H, 4BB, 18K, 0.00 ERA, 0.88 WHIP (yeah, he’s a reliever, but good gosh that K-rate…)

Ljay Newsome (22), SEA, A+
16.2 IP, 12H, 2ER, 2BB, 30K, 1.08 ERA, 0.84 WHIP (speaking of unreal k-rates, whoa…)

Eli Morgan (22), CLE, A+
17 IP, 7H, 1ER, 4BB, 22K, 0.53 ERA, 0.65 WHIP

Dustin May (21), LAD, AA
14 IP, 9H, 3ER, 4BB, 17K, 1.93 ERA, 0.93 WHIP

Enyel De Los Santos (23), PHI, AAA
12 IP, 6H, 1ER, 2BB, 19K, 0.75 ERA, 0.67 WHIP (I find this line even more impressive with AAA using the same balls as the MLB, which have been flying out of the park).

Zac Gallen (23), MIA, AAA
18.2 IP, 5H, 1ER, 1BB, 25K, 0.48 ERA, 0.32 WHIP (see note attached to Santos, pay close attention to strong AAA numbers)

Austin Voth (26), WAS, AAA
15 IP, 12H, 2ER, 2BB, 21K, 1.20 ERA, 0.93 WHIP


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