Before They Were Stars
or at the very least, known
Each week I will bring you 3 Players who are having success in the minors and are on the verge of becoming desired Dynasty assets. While some may already be owned in your leagues, I am concentrating on guys who should be available at a low cost – whether as outright Free Agents, or players you can trade for. This is designed for the deeper Dynasty owner (think 200+ minor leaguers rostered), but at the very least can be used to introduce you to guys you should be starting to monitor. Don’t forget to watch The Baseball Show LIVE, every Tuesday night at 9 pm est, with myself and Ralph Lifshitz – on the Fantrax YouTube channel!
Samir Duenez, 1B
- Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Double A
- Affiliation: Kansas City Royals
- Age: 20 (6/11/1996)
Ryan Mountcastle, SS
- Frederick Keys – Class A Advanced
- Affiliation: Baltimore Orioles
- Age: 20 (2/18/1997)
Zac Gallen, RHP
- Palm Beach Cardinals – Class A Advanced
- Affiliation: St. Louis Cardinals
- Age: 21 (8/3/1995)
Gallen is perhaps my favorite under the radar young arm, and quite honestly, there is nothing overly flashy about him. He is just a good pitcher. He went the college route, pitching for the University of North Carolina for three years, and just continues to improve the more he takes the mound. The scouting report will tell you he has a four pitch offering, sits low 90’s, and maxes out around 94 mph, which again doesn’t sound like anything flashy. However, the report will also tell you he is an incredibly athletic pitcher, with excellent control, who uses the whole plate, and mixes his arsenal well. It is the second part of that breakdown that has me so giddy about the results to date. Going back to college, he has never had a BB rate above 2%, and despite the pedestrian radar readings, he strikes out batters at an astounding 11+ K/9 rate (to date). Is the sample size limited? Yes. He has now thrown a total of 38.2 innings in his brief career. But the fact the Cardinals promoted him from Rookie-level to full season A+ is a sign they believe he is the real deal. And because he was a three-year college guy with 260 IP under his belt, he could and should move quickly through the system. The Cardinals have a great track record of developing their pitchers, and Gallen is on the way to becoming a part of their future rotation. His next start is scheduled for Wednesday, May 10th (11:05 am) against the Fort Myers Miracle (Twins), where he will look to add to his impressive start to 2017.