Youth is being served this baseball season. We’ve seen many organizations forgo their plans of waiting out prospects and getting them up to the bigs earlier then first speculated. Names Such as Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakis, Danny Duffy, Anthony Rizzo, Charlie Blackmon, Domonic Brown, Dee Gordon, Jerry Sands, etc. have gotten their tickets to the show. While a lot of big names have already surfaced, I would like to look at the next in line to be called up for each team. While defense is an important metric in determining a prospects worth, I am strictly using the standard 5x5 fantasy format(Batting Average, Homeruns, RBI, Runs, Stolen Bases x ERA, WHIP, Wins, Saves, K) when evaluating. These are my opinions on who SHOULD get the call and not on who will get the call.
Lavarnway was drafted in the 6th rd out of Yale in 2008. After his terrible 08’ season something clicked and he has been raking ever since. Hitting over 20 HR’s every year and batting close to .300 with a superb OBP. The Red Sox had to be pleased when they saw a catcher in their system raking the ball, because Salty wasn’t hitting and Varitek is past his prime. Recently Salty has been hitting much better, getting his average above .250. So the need to rush Lavarnway is not as urgent. But since his promotion to AAA he is hitting .393 with 2HR, 6RBI, 6R and .452 OBP in 28AB’s. Obviously he can’t keep that ridiculous pace up, but if he continues to terrorize the international league the Red Sox might just call this kid up. Realistically he won’t be seen until September call ups, but he has a great shot at challenging for a roster spot next season.
The rest of the AL east write up is on http://www.hits4brains.com/2011/06/prospecting-for-golden-tickets-to-show_23.html