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Fantasy Baseball Farm Report: Ready impatiently for Matt Mervis

Following a 3-for-5 performance Sunday, Chicago Cubs first-base prospect Matt Mervis entered the week slashing .288/.410/.576 for Triple-A Iowa, with five home runs and 21 RBIs. The April binge from Mervis is really a continuation of a stellar 2022 season in which he hit 36 homers and 40 doubles across three minor-league levels, delivering an

Fantasy Baseball Farm Report: Ready impatiently for Matt Mervis

Andy Behrens

Following a 3-for-5 efficiency Sunday, Chicago Cubs first-base prospect Matt Mervis entered the week slashing .288/.410/.576 for Triple-A Iowa, with 5 dwelling runs and 21 RBIs. The April binge from Mervis is mostly a continuation of a stellar 2022 season through which he hit 36 homers and 40 doubles throughout three minor-league ranges, delivering an OPS of .984.

At this level, it is robust to make the case that the 25-year-old slugger requires any further seasoning. Mervis is probably going as prepared as he is gonna get. He has been showcasing his parking-deck energy for months:

In the meantime, on the major-league stage, the Cubs are getting next-to-zero manufacturing from their main first basemen and DHs:

Hosmer leads MLB in ground-ball fee (65.1%), and Mancini is not far behind (56.3%). So yeah, it could be time to #FreeMervis. Chicago is a shocking 12-9 in the meanwhile, regardless of the dreadful efficiency of two spots within the batting order that historically provide energy and run manufacturing. A severe staff would invite Mervis (and Christopher Morel) to the social gathering.

Mervis is a beneficial energy stash, nonetheless out there in additional than 90% of Yahoo leagues.

Varied different farm nuggets

— The Dodgers have actually been hit hard by the paternity bug, resulting in a call-up alternative for Michael Busch, one of the crucial scorching-hot hitters within the excessive minors. Busch is slashing an outrageous .337/.461/.506 at Triple-A Oklahoma Metropolis. He cleared the fence 32 instances final yr within the excessive minors, driving in 108 runs and reaching base at a .365 clip (and placing out 167 instances). He would not have a transparent path to prolonged enjoying time simply but, however his MLB cameo might nonetheless be enjoyable. In a less-loaded group, followers would’ve been clamoring for his arrival way back.

— Reds left-handed pitching prospect Andrew Abbott was rewarded with a well-deserved promotion to Triple-A after he opened his season with an absurd 36 Ks over 15.2 innings at Double-A Chattanooga — yup, these are precise numbers. Abbott has allowed solely three walks, six hits and two runs in his three begins. He is not a pure triple-digit flamethrower, however he has a vigorous sufficient mid-90s fastball and a vicious curve. File away the title for later use.

Rays prospect Kyle Manzardo hit a 455-foot moonshot over the weekend towards Dylan Bundy throughout a 3-for-4, two-homer efficiency for Durham:

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Final yr, Manzardo hit 22 bombs with a .327 common in 93 video games throughout two ranges. He appears lots comfy at Triple-A thus far this season, hitting .283/.371/.600 with 5 homers and 9 XBHs.

— If we will simply get David Hamilton to the massive leagues, it might tackle quite a lot of fantasy issues for me personally. The 25-year-old shortstop has been binging at Triple-A Worcester, slashing .338/.397/.600 with 4 homers and 11 steals, which leads the Worldwide League. He swiped 70 baggage at Portland final season, so the velocity could be very actual.

Tanner Bibee has been dealing at Triple-A Columbus, placing out 19 batters in 15.1 innings whereas permitting three runs in three begins. There’s no less than a chance that we’ll see Bibee take the mound for the Guardians on Wednesday towards Colorado, which might be an actionable fantasy occasion. He has 4 high quality pitches and might attain the upper-90s as wanted. Final yr, he struck out 83 batters in 73.2 innings at Double-Some time delivering a 0.88 WHIP. He is most likely prepared for a brand new problem.

Matthew Liberatore has punched out 36 hitters in his 27.2 innings for Triple-A Memphis, profitable three of his 5 begins whereas sustaining an ERA of two.60. He is coming off a stable spring, and it appears he has made significant velocity beneficial properties. He is possible the subsequent man up if/when an harm hits the Cardinals’ rotation.

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