Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting: Jacob Turner, Rob Brantly, Brian Flynn
by Chris Hadorn
on July 24, 2012 @ 10:35:42
KFFL.com's Fantasy Baseball Player Prospecting series highlights the exploits of minor league baseball players, including top MLB prospects. Find out who'll make an impact, whether it's in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball game next week or in your fantasy baseball keeper league two years from now.
Jacob Turner, RHP
Like fellow first-round pick Shelby Miller of St. Louis, Turner is a high-upside hurler still trying to master the finer nuances of pitching against tougher competition. So far Turner has been hammered (8.03 ERA) in three big league starts this year.
Turner has done some positive things at Triple-A Toledo with a 3.16 ERA, a healthy ground-out-to-air-out rate (1.53) and stingy home run rate (0.29 homers per nine). But both his strikeout rate (6.08 whiffs per nine innings) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (1.8) have been rather disappointing for a potential No. 2 or 3 starter.
Marlins are doing the right thing by optioning Turner to Triple-A New Orleans. The 6-foot-5, 210-pound righty gains some value fantasy-wise with his move to the National League and could be useful for a spell if he tweaks some things and returns to the big club.
Rob Brantly, C
Brantly is a line-drive hitter who has hit .300 or better at a couple of his minor league stops and doesn't strike out much. He doesn't offer much else fantasy-wise as he has mediocre pop and doesn't draw enough walks to be an on-base asset. A one-dimensional hitter who profiles as a slightly below-average fantasy catcher.
Brian Flynn, LHP
Flynn is a physical specimen at 6-foot-8, 240 pounds. The southpaw can dial up his fastball into the mid-90s, and he also throws a good slider. He lacks a reliable third pitch. Flynn put up decent numbers in the Florida State League with an 8-4 record, 3.71 ERA and a 87:34 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 107 innings. Right now Flynn profiles as a No. 4 starter, but he has the raw talent and the growth potential to progress into a much formidable starter.
About Chris Hadorn
Chris Hadorn has covered minor league and amateur prospects for more than a decade. He writes for San Diego's North County Times and has been a KFFL fantasy baseball contributor since 2006.
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