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Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Elly De La Cruz, Jonny Deluca, Andrew Abbott

Fantasy Baseball Prospect Report: Elly De La Cruz, Jonny Deluca, Andrew Abbott

It’s Wednesday. You know what that means. We are back with another prospect report where we look at rookies who were just called up, making an impact in the Big Leagues or are turning heads in the Minors.

This week, we are looking at some big-name prospects who are getting a taste of MLB action. It’s an exciting week, so let’s not waste any time and get right to it.

Fantasy Baseball Week 10 Prospect Report

All stats are accurate as of Tuesday afternoon on June 6.

Elly De La Cruz (SS, 3B – CIN)

Finally, it happened. A Tuesday is annoying for weekly-locking leagues, but that aside, the excitement level for DElly e La Cruz is off the charts. He will be a true FAAB breaker in NFBC leagues this weekend, and he’s worth every cent.

De La Cruz is a 60 FV prospect, and the only real hole in his game is his high strikeout rate. He did, though, lower it in Triple-A (26.9), compared to Double-A (30.9) and High-A (30.7), but it’s concerning nonetheless.

But when he makes contact, it’s loud. He’s shattering Statcast readings, and he makes the Reds a must-watch team. Do whatever it takes to get him.

Jonny DeLuca (OF – LAD)

Move over, James Outman. Your time in the sun is done. It’s time for Jonny DeLuca to enter the conversation.

The Dodgers called up the 24-year-old outfielder after placing Trayce Thompson on the IL. DeLuca was slashing .333/.315/.375 in Triple-A before getting the call. He offers a nice approach at the plate with a sub 17K% across the minors this year.

There’s some speed and power there, but the playing time is the question I have. He’s on my watchlist in 12-teamers for now.

Andrew Abbott (SP – CIN)

The Reds wouldn’t leave their rotation out of the fun, either, as they called up Andrew Abbott as his fast ascension continued. What’s funny is that the Reds said f- it, as they allowed Abbot to throw 105 pitches in his debut. His Whiff rate wasn’t the best, and he allowed four walks, but it was a solid debut, as he allowed just one hit.

The ballpark is brutal, but the stuff will play. Pick him up in all leagues.

AJ Smith-Shawver (SP – ATL)

Speaking of fast risers, AJ Smith-Shawver started the season in High-A this year, and he’s already made his Big-League debut at the age of 20.

At first, it seemed to be a whatever type of move, but Atlanta announced that it was moving Smith-Shawver into the rotation after sending Michael Soroka down to Triple-A. Smith-Shawver had a 34.3 K% across all three levels of the Minors this year, so the strikeouts will be there – but so will the walks.

The biggest concern is the innings, but we will worry about that later in the season. For now, add away.

Jordan Walker (3B, OF – CIN)

He’s back. The Cardinals hope to get back atop the division where the Pittsburgh Pirates currently sit. To do that, they’re hoping that their top rookie has a better second run in the league.

Walker didn’t have a great slash line in Triple-A, but we saw the walk rate come up to go along with some speed and pop.

It takes time, and this game isn’t easy. I’m expecting Walker to give us top-50 OF numbers moving forward.

Bobby Miller (SP – LAD)

Bryce Miller? Mason Miller? Bobby Miller? “We’re the Millers” (great movie)? There’s something about that name and pitchers this year, and Bobby Miller has the highest upside of all of them.

He showed it his last time out, as the rookie shoved against the Yankees, striking out seven and allowing no earned runs over six innings. Bobby Miller now has a 1.06 ERA (2.11 FIP) in three starts.

Folks, it looks like the Dodgers have done it again.

Bryan Woo (SP – SEA)

Byran Woo was impressive in Triple-A, but he also showed what can happen to young pitchers when they get the call. He, uh, has a 27 ERA, as he was living in the heart of the zone with his fastball.

We always think about “what have you done for me lately,” which gives us a nice buying opportunity with Woo. The 23-year-old skipped Triple-A altogether, and he had a 34.3K% in Double-A this year.

I’m still adding him in 12-team leagues. The Rangers are no joke, and it was a really bad draw for his first start.

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