Brendan Tuma’s Prospect Report: Vidal Brujan, Sixto Sanchez, C.J. Abrams (2021 Fantasy Baseball)
For today’s article we’re going to dig through some news and notes to update everyone on what’s been happening in prospect land. In the weeks where I update the top-20 table (plus honorable mentions), it sometimes feels as I’m a bit limited in who I’m covering. If you’re looking for the latest updates, you can check out last week’s column by clicking here.
And if you missed my piece from two weeks ago on the top-10 MLB Draft prospects for 2021, you can catch up by clicking here. Alas, let’s get into the latest updates on some of the best players Minor League Baseball has to offer.
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Vidal Brujan (2B/OF – TB)
Happy Brujan Day, everyone! While not as ceremonious of a promotion as Jarred Kelenic or Wander Franco, this is still a big one for prospect folks. Brujan was always considered a top-100 guy but the 23-year-old exploded in the first month of the minor league campaign before struggling mightily in June. This definitely killed some of the enthusiasm for Brujan, but he went 8-for-19 with four walks over the past week. Possessing 80-grade speed with strong plate discipline and a good hit tool, Brujan needs to be added in every roto redraft league. For dynasty purposes he should offer multi-position eligibility for years to come. If he even approaches his ceiling as a power hitter Brujan could become a fantasy star.
Sounds like Vidal Brujan is joining #RaysUp for tomorrow's doubleheader
Injury to Manuel Margot could mean he sticks around past that
8-for-19 with 4:2 BB:K ratio past 6 games for Triple-A Durham
Go get him.
— Brendan Tuma (@toomuchtuma) July 6, 2021
Sixto Sanchez (SP – MIA)
Sigh. This season just wasn’t meant to be for Sanchez, who went down with a shoulder injury back in spring training and never found his way onto the field. A shoulder tear is never good news, but it’s particularly concerning for the 6’0″ 22-year-old, whose biggest question mark throughout the minor leagues was whether or not he’d hold up and remain healthy. Sanchez was electrifying to begin his big league career last summer, but his stock has taken a massive hit in 2021. At best he’ll be on an innings limit next season, which means it’ll be multiple years before he even has the chance to tap into his full potential again.
C.J. Abrams (SS – SD)
More injury news. Abrams has held steady as a top-six prospect for me all year long. Similar to Brujan he has elite speed while also being considered a complete hitter. Unfortunately, the 20-year-old is now slated to miss the remainder of the season due a fractured left tibia and a sprained MCL, which isn’t what you want for a speedster. Similar to when Corbin Carroll went down for the year, Abrams is such an elite prospect that trading for him in dynasty leagues isn’t such a bad idea, especially if you’re rebuilding. It could be your only chance to acquire him at a reasonable price as Abrams was set up to be one of the top prospects in baseball entering 2022.
Garrett Mitchell (OF – MIL)
Eric Cross of Fantrax has been banging the drum for Milwaukee’s 2020 first-rounder all season long. Considered an advanced hitter coming out of college, it was curious that the Brewers only sent him to High-A to begin his pro career. Perhaps they were just slow-playing things because Mitchell forced his way to Double-A before long. In 28 contests Mitchell has hit .359/.504/.620 with five homers and 12 steals. He has the skill set to be a meaningful fantasy contributor and is someone who is rising in prospect rankings throughout the injury. Trent Grisham is a comp that comes to mind.
Garrett Mitchell, top-10 dynasty prospect.
That is all. Carry on.
— Eric Cross (@EricCross04) July 4, 2021
Josh Lowe (OF – TB)
The Rays don’t stop man. They’ve already promoted their three best players from Triple-A this year, and they still have Lowe waiting in the wings. The 23-year-old was the club’s first-round pick back in 2016, and he’s having a breakout season from a power standpoint. Through 47 games Lowe is batting .294/.365/.533 with nine homers and 12 stolen bases. He’s someone to roster in dynasty leagues if your league mates haven’t caught up to his production just yet.
Josh Lowe 💣
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) October 4, 2019
Jasson Dominguez (OF – NYY)
“The Martian” is one of the most unique prospects I’ve ever covered. Still just 18 years old, Dominguez has been a “household” name for multiple years yet didn’t make his pro debut until roughly 10 days ago. His inflated prospect ranking has always been driven by his physical tools and the surrounding hype. There’s always a chance that he becomes a massive bust once he gets into season-long ball. There’s also a chance he lives up to the billing as a switch-hitting physical specimen who will one day call Yankee Stadium home. Through his first four games of the Florida Complex League he’s 1-for-8 with six walks and a stolen base. Yeah, it seems like pitchers in this league might be a little scared of him.
Youngsters To Monitor
Lastly, below is a list of five players who are off to hot starts in Low-A (some have recently been promoted). They might all be rostered in your dynasty league already, but if you’re looking for the next wave of impact prospects, consider the following:
- Jordan Walker (3B – STL)
- Gunnar Henderson (SS – BAL)
- Anthony Volpe (SS – NYY)
- Tyler Soderstrom (C – OAK)
- Daniel Espino (SP – CLE)
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