This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
Realistically, 99 percent of what has happened thus far in the minor-league season doesn't matter at all. You could probably just stop reading this article now, and you'd be fine. If you asked me about two hitters and said, "which guy do you like more?" after a week's worth of games, my answer 99 percent of the time will be, "the guy I had ranked higher before the start of the season."
However, there have been some things that have at least caught my attention without necessarily affecting my rankings, and what follows are my thoughts on those things.
Note: most of the players referenced for normal and deeper leagues are pitchers because A) most full-season hitters who should be rostered are already rostered in those leagues and B) one start for a pitcher means more to me than 15-25 plate appearances for a hitter.
Shallow Leagues (1-100 prospects rostered)
Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF/DH, Astros
|Hitter A||23 PA||.316 AVG||4 HR||4:4 K:BB|
|Hitter B||18 PA||.111 AVG||1 HR||9:0 K:BB|
Here we have a comparison of two teammates at Triple-A Round Rock. Obviously Hitter A is Alvarez, and you can probably deduce that Hitter B is Kyle Tucker. THIS IS A TINY SAMPLE SIZE and Tucker is still the better prospect, but if the Astros were to summon one of these hitters from Triple-A this month, I think there's a decent chance it would be Alvarez, not Tucker who would get the call. I've