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Baseball America Prospect Report: Sleeper Pitchers To Watch (3/6/2020)



Each Friday, we'll take a fantasy-oriented approach to the BA Prospect Report. Our first installment focuses on three sleepers to target in your dynasty leagues.


Just as major league teams can never have too many pitchers, neither should you skimp on live arms for your fantasy pitching staff. Pitchers get hurt. They lose effectiveness. They lose fantasy-relevant roles. That's why if you play in a dynasty league that allows you to stash pitchers on your minor league roster, you should zero in on a few who have growth potential and opportunity.

Everybody in your league knows about the first-tier pitching sleepers, including Dodgers LHP Julio Urias, Padres RHP Dinelson Lamet, Marlins RHP Sandy Alcantara, Astros RHP Jose Urquidy, Angels RHP Griffin Canning and now Yankees LHP Jordan Montgomery. So you need to dig deeper. Here are three recommended targets.

Austin Voth, RHP, Nationals
Drafted in 2013, Voth made progress toward the majors before backsliding in 2017. He recovered to make an unremarkable big league debut in 2018 before making an eye-opening 43-inning run in 2019. The caveat: Voth spent time on the injured list last summer with a shoulder injury, though he returned in September to record a 2.35 ERA with a strong 15 percent swinging-strike rate. He enters 2020 out of minor league options, but if he’s healthy, Voth’s 93 mph fastball and high-spin curveball headline a sneaky four-pitch mix.

Patrick Sandoval, LHP, Angels
Sandoval’s outstanding changeup and high-spin curveball helped him strike out 11 batters per nine innings at Double-A and Triple-A last season. His strikeout rate held up in the majors (nearly 10 per nine) following his August callup. The issue for Sandoval, who grew up in Orange County, is that batters tend to see his 93 mph fastball well, which resulted in a .286 opponent average and .932 OPS in his big league debut. The problem was compounded by a poor first-pitch strike rate. If he can minimize his fastball and emphasize his strengths, Sandoval has attributes worth speculating on.

Randy Dobnak, RHP, Twins
Undrafted out of Division II Alderson Broaddus (W.Va.) in 2017, Dobnak not only reached the majors in 2019 but started a Division Series game. The Twins signed him out of the United Shore League after just six starts, and he became the first player from that small independent league to reach the majors. Dobnak’s mid-80s slider played effectively as a chase pitch in his major league debut, generating a .222 average and 26 percent whiff rate, and he sets up the pitch well with his sinker and four-seam fastball. While his ceiling is modest, his floor is high.

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HITTERS

TEAMCLASSPLAYER, POSABRHBIAVGNOTES
ARIMAJSmith, Pavin PH-LF1011.308
BALMAJBannon, Rylan 3B0100.375BB (2)
BALMAJDiaz, Yusniel RF3010.200
BALMAJMcKenna, Ryan LF-CF1000.000
BALMAJMountcastle, Ryan LF3000.296
BALMAJRutschman, Adley PH-DH1010.143
BOSMAJChatham, C.J. SS2010.143
BOSMAJDalbec, Bobby 1B1000.235
BOSMAJDuran, Jarren PR-LF-CF1000.111BB (3)
CHCMAJAmaya, Miguel C2010.211
CHCMAJHoerner, Nico 2B2000.313
CHCMAJShort, Zack SS0000.250BB (5)
CINMAJFairchild, Stuart RF3000.083
CINMAJIndia, Jonathan 3B1010.100
CINMAJStephenson, Tyler C1000.300
CLEMAJBradley, Bobby 1B2221.4002B (1)
CLEMAJChang, Yu SS3000.111
CLEMAJClement, Ernie SS1011.333
CLEMAJJohnson, Daniel RF2011.1253B (1)
CLEMAJJones, Nolan 3B1100.111BB (4)
CLEMAJTena, Jose 2B2010.500
COLMAJDaza, Yonathan CF2111.450BB (2)
COLMAJFuentes, Josh 3B3010.444
COLMAJHilliard, Sam RF3112.227HR (2)
COLMAJRodgers, Brendan DH3020.667
COLMAJVilade, Ryan 3B1000.200
COLMAJWelker, Colton 3B1000.385
CWSMAJBasabe, Luis Alexander PR-CF1110.222
CWSMAJCollins, Zack C3110.300
CWSMAJMadrigal, Nick 2B2100.125
CWSMAJMendick, Danny SS3131.286
CWSMAJRutherford, Blake RF1000.125
CWSMAJSanchez, Yolbert PR-SS1100.000
CWSMAJSheets, Gavin 1B1000.182
CWSMAJVaughn, Andrew 1B2100.400BB (2)
DETMAJAlcantara, Sergio SS1112.5003B (1)
DETMAJAzocar, Jose CF2111.333HR (1)
DETMAJCastro, Willi SS3000.267
DETMAJRogers, Jake C3221.600HR (2)
HOUMAJKessinger, Grae 3B1000.000
HOUMAJPena, Jeremy SS2000.111
HOUMAJStubbs, Garrett C2010.714
HOUMAJToro, Abraham 3B3000.077
KCMAJGutierrez, Kelvin 1B0000.143
KCMAJGuzman, Jeison SS2000.333
KCMAJHeath, Nick CF1000.200
KCMAJLee, Khalil RF2000.294
LADMAJAmaya, Jacob SS1000.091
LADMAJEstevez, Omar 2B1000.286
LADMAJLux, Gavin SS3000.214
LADMAJMann, Devin 3B2000.000
LADMAJMcKinstry, Zach 2B2000.333
LADMAJPeters, DJ RF0000.083
LADMAJRaley, Luke DH3000.211
LADMAJRios, Edwin 1B3010.235
LADMAJRuiz, Keibert C2000.000
LADMAJSantana, Cristian 3B1010.462
MILMAJFeliciano, Mario PH-DH2110.250
MILMAJRay, Corey LF3000.083
MILMAJTurang, Brice SS1000.111
MINMAJBlankenhorn, Travis 2B2000.000
MINMAJCelestino, Gilberto CF2011.214
MINMAJGordon, Nick 2B2000.000
MINMAJKirilloff, Alex RF2121.625HR (2)
MINMAJLarnach, Trevor PR-DH1000.267
MINMAJLewis, Royce SS3010.176
MINMAJRooker, Brent LF1010.250
MINMAJWade, LaMonte RF2010.400BB (4)
NYMMAJSanchez, Ali PH-DH2000.143
NYYMAJDuran, Ezequiel 2B1012.6673B (1)
NYYMAJStowers, Josh RF2011.667
OAKMAJBarrera, Luis LF1000.200
OAKMAJBolt, Skye PR-CF1100.200
OAKMAJBrown, Seth 1B1010.3502B (4)
OAKMAJMurphy, Sean C2000.000
OAKMAJNeuse, Sheldon 3B1000.278
OAKMAJReed, Buddy PR-RF1100.000SB (3)
PHIMAJBohm, Alec 3B3010.533
PHIMAJGrullon, Deivy PH-DH1000.214
PHIMAJMaton, Nick 2B1000.214
PHIMAJMoniak, Mickey CF1000.375
PITMAJCraig, Will 1B2000.077
PITMAJCruz, Oneil SS1000.200
PITMAJKramer, Kevin 3B1000.176
PITMAJMartin, Mason 1B0000.000
PITMAJOliva, Jared CF3000.105
SDMAJTrammell, Taylor RF1000.353
SEAMAJHaggerty, Sam LF2010.3332B (2)
SEAMAJKelenic, Jarred PH-DH1000.286
SEAMAJSiri, Jose CF1000.125
SEAMAJWalton, Donnie SS1010.250
SFMAJBart, Joey PH-DH0000.556BB (3)
STLMAJBaker, Luken 1B1000.000
STLMAJCarlson, Dylan CF4120.400BB (6)
STLMAJGorman, Nolan PH-3B1000.211BB (2)
STLMAJHerrera, Ivan C2000.167
STLMAJKnizner, Andrew DH3112.188HR (1)
STLMAJSosa, Edmundo 3B-SS4110.105
STLMAJThomas, Lane LF-RF3123.2782B (1), HR (1), 2 BB (4)
STLMAJWilliams, Justin PH-DH2112.063HR (1)
TBMAJBrujan, Vidal 2B1000.133
TBMAJTsutsugo, Yoshitomo DH3000.286
TBMAJWalls, Taylor SS1000.167
TEXMAJApostel, Sherten 3B1100.1672 BB (5)
TEXMAJBasabe, Osleivis SS2000.000
TEXMAJHuff, Sam C3000.111
TEXMAJJung, Josh 3B2111.333
TEXMAJMartinez, Julio Pablo CF1000.000
TEXMAJSolak, Nick CF4022.263
TEXMAJTaveras, Leody RF4000.333
TEXMAJTejeda, Anderson 2B1212.600BB (3)
TEXMAJWendzel, Davis 3B1000.000
TORMAJAlford, Anthony LF2000.200
TORMAJEspinal, Santiago SS1000.333
TORMAJKirk, Alejandro PH-DH0000.667BB (2)
TORMAJMcGuire, Reese C2000.111
TORMAJSmith, Kevin 3B1000.231
WASMAJGarcia, Luis SS2010.500
WASMAJKieboom, Carter 3B2000.231

PITCHERS

TEAMCLASSPLAYERIPHRERBBKERANOTES
ARIMAJBukauskas, J.B.1100000.00
BALMAJAkin, Keegan2.2311126.75
BALMAJHarvey, Hunter1100010.00
BALMAJKremer, Dean2300010.00
BOSMAJHart, Kyle3322237.50L (0-2)
CINMAJHendrix, Ryan1220020.00
CINMAJSantillan, Tony1211024.50
CLEMAJKarinchak, James1000136.75
CLEMAJMoss, Scott2000233.18
COLMAJDoyle, Tommy1000002.25
DETMAJFaedo, Alex0.22222210.8
DETMAJManning, Matt24441212.00
DETMAJMize, Casey2000120.00
DETMAJPinto, Wladimir1211005.40
HOUMAJAbreu, Bryan2200040.00
KCMAJGriffin, Foster1000010.00
MILMAJAndrews, Clayton0.1211006.75
MINMAJStashak, Cody2100030.00
NYMMAJPeterson, David2100311.50
OAKMAJHolmes, Grant1200030.00
OAKMAJKaprielian, James1000029.00
PHIMAJIrvin, Cole2000015.14W (1-0)
PITMAJBurdi, Nick1000024.50
SDMAJGore, MacKenzie1000000.00
SDMAJLawson, Reggie1100020.00
SDMAJMunoz, Andres1100020.00Sv (1)
SEAMAJDelaplane, Sam1000010.00
STLMAJHelsley, Ryan2200110.00
STLMAJKim, Kwang-Hyun2300020.00
STLMAJOviedo, Johan1000021.93
STLMAJThompson, Zack1000010.00
STLMAJWhitley, Kodi1000020.00
STLMAJWoodford, Jake1100009.00
TEXMAJHernandez, Jonathan3200143.60W (1-0)
TORMAJYamaguchi, Shun2.15442112.00
WASMAJGerman, Jhonatan1000019.00
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