Houston Astros: OF Kyle Tucker
The left field position has produced a .153/.246/.254 line for the Astros, with Marwin Gonzalez and Derek Fisher both off to slow starts.
How much longer before Tucker gets a look?
The No. 5 pick in the 2015 draft is one of baseball’s best pure hitting prospects, and he’s just beginning to tap into his raw power after posting an .874 OPS while slugging a career-high 25 home runs last season across two levels.
Still just 21, Tucker is off to a solid start in Triple-A and could be an immediate upgrade to an already potent lineup.
Los Angeles Angels: SP/RP Miguel Almonte
Once one of the top prospects in the Royals system, Almonte was designated for assignment earlier this month and acquired by the Angels in exchange for cash or a player to be named.
MLB.com wrote: “Almonte has a pair of legitimate plus pitches in a running fastball that ranges from 92-98 mph and a deceptive changeup with sink. His changeup is so good that he was able to get by at lower levels without developing much of a breaking ball, but more advanced hitters have taken advantage of that shortcoming.”nike nfl womens jerseys
Sounds like a pitcher who would benefit from a full-time move to the bullpen, where his standout two-pitch mix would play up. The 25-year-old is dealing with shoulder soreness, but he could make an impact out of the big league ‘pen once he’s healthy.
Oakland Athletics: CF Dustin Fowler
The Athletics have gotten a .167/.247/.273 line from the center field position.
To put that into perspective, the Washington Nationals have gotten a .150/.190/.225 line from their pitchers. And while Jake Smolinski, Boog Powell, Mark Canha and Trayce Thompson have all seen time in center in the early going, they may all just be keeping the position warm for Fowler.
The 23-year-old suffered a season-ending knee injury in his MLB debut last season.
Healthy once again, he has average-or-better tools across the board and should be an immediate upgrade in center field where he has a chance to be a long-term piece for a team on the rise.
Seattle Mariners: RP Nick Rumbelow
In an under-the-radar move largely lost in the shuffle of another busy offseason from general manager Jerry Dipoto,cheap womens nfl jerseys china the Mariners acquired Rumbelow from the Yankees for fellow prospects JP Sears and Juan Then.
“That the Mariners traded a pair of promising young arms for Rumbelow underscores their belief in him as an impactful big league reliever,” wrote MLB.com.
After missing most of the 2016 season recovering from Tommy John surgery, Rumbelow returned last season to post a 1.12 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 10.0 K/9 in 25 appearances between Double-A and Triple-A.
The 26-year-old has three above-average pitches and has shown the ability to miss bats throughout his pro career with a 10.4 K/9 rate. nfl womens jersey A late-inning big league role could be in his near future.
Texas Rangers: LF Willie Calhoun
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Calhoun can flat-out rake, and he showed that last season when he posted a .927 OPS with 31 home runs in Triple-A.
The question is: Where does he fit defensively?
Originally a second baseman, he’ll likely be limited to left field and DH duties in the big leagues. A midseason trade from the Dodgers to the Rangers last season was in his best interest in that regard.
With Rangers left fielders hitting .162/.205/.265 on the year, he’ll get the call in 2018 and could be an immediate 30-homer threat.nfl jersey online