Originally written May 21, 2013 on 643ball:
Another weekly look at who’s hot and who’s not in minor league baseball to help your fantasy team. This week’s edition includes one of the tastiest prospects in baseball getting a call-up, another good young Rays pitcher in the bigs, and a pitcher who is a ‘dash-n-stash’. You want more? You want more? You really like it? You want more?HOTJurickson Profar  MI | TEX  (Baseball America: #1, Baseball Prospectus: #1) He’s here. One of baseball’s uber-elite prospects, Profar has been called up to replace the oft-injured Ian Kinsler who was placed on the DL. Profar will get regular at bats at 2nd base for as long as he’s up. The real question is how long will that be? If Profar hits, Ron Washington will have a real dilemma on his hands when Kinsler returns. Here at 643ball we talked about this situation in more detail a few weeks back. You can read about it here. And until its determined how long Profar will be up, he is a must-add in all leagues for his tasty upside. Jake Odorizzi  P | TB  (Baseball America: #92, Baseball Prospectus: #83)After waiting in limbo for a few days to see who would replace the injured David Price, the Rays finally called upon one of the organizations best young arms. Odorizzi doesn’t necessarily blow you away with elite level stuff but is good enough to miss a few bats. I wrote about Odorizzi back in Week 6. You should read it. Oh and leave it open because we will be referencing it again shortly. Odorizzi made his debut on Monday afternoon and was ok. He went 5 innings against a solid Jays lineup giving up 3 runs. He struck out 6 and walked 1. Most likely Odorizzi will be sent back down when Price is ready. If Price can’t make his next start Odorizzi will face the Yankees.   Archie Bradley  P | ARI  (Baseball America: #25, Baseball Prospectus: #31) I hope you left my Week 6 post open like I told you to because there I mentioned Bradley was pitching well and earned a promotion to AA. And that's me summarizing me. Well he has continued his dominance, including his last start when he struck out 9 in 6 innings of work. He is sporting a K-rate of 12.9 per-nine and his ERA is 0.64 in 3 starts.  He currently ranks  2nd in the minors with 63 strikeouts and if he keeps it up he could be up with the D’Backs this summer.Gerrit Cole  P | PIT  (Baseball America: #7, Baseball Prospectus: #3)The good: a four-seam fastball in the 95-96 mph range, a two-seamer at 92-94 mph, a nasty slider and a great change-up. The bad: unexpectedly, the Pirates starters (Jeff Locke, Jeanmar Gomez, A.J. Burnett, Wandy Rodriguez and Francisco Liriano) have pitched well so far this year. The ugly: Cole has struggled with walks as he started the year with a 5.79 BB/9 in his first 23.1 innings. All that being said, Cole has improved his walk rate recently and if he can keep it up, the Pirates will give him a shot this year. If and when that happens he becomes a must-add option in all leagues.Kyle Gibson  P | MIN  (Baseball America: #68, Baseball Prospectus: #64) After undergoing ‘Tommy John’ in 2011, the Twins top pitching prospect, Gibson is rolling down in Triple-A. In 40.2 innings, Gibson has a 3.32 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, with 35 strikeouts and 11 walks. Gibson owns a career 8.1 K/9 rate in the minors, good stuff and a big 6’6’’ frame. Recently, for the second time in his last three starts, Gibson threw nine scoreless innings, allowing three hits, two walks and striking out eight. Although his innings likely will be limited this year as it is his first full season after surgery, Minnesota's current starters (Correia, Diamond, Pelfrey, Worley and Hernandez) are some of the weakest in the bigs. If Gibson makes a couple more good starts, he could be up sooner rather than later.COLDZach Wheeler  P | NYM  (Baseball America: #11, Baseball Prospectus: #5)Shhh don’t tell anybody but if you are reading this and Wheeler is available in your league, you have a golden opportunity to snag him. I am coining another new term this week - ‘dash-n-stash’. Which means get to the wire ASAP and stash this dude. Yes, Wheeler is a ‘dash-n-stash’. I said this about Wheeler last week, “Some experts believe that when Wheeler gets the call, the ‘Amazins’ will have two of the best young arms in all of baseball...[Wheeler] has been on a roll lately including 47 K’s in 43.1 innings.” So why is Wheeler in the cold section this week you ask? Well, my inquisitive little friend, let me tell you. Wheeler had some soreness in his right collarbone this week and went to New York to get checked out by the team doctor. He consequently missed his next start in Triple-A, however even more recently, Wheeler’s agent came out and said that Wheeler’s injury has “been more of an annoyance than anything else for the last couple of starts,” and that “he could have continued and [it] wasn’t affecting his performance.” Wheeler is expected to make his next start on May 22nd and if that start goes well and there aren't any setbacks, he will remain on pace for a June call-up. Josh MergelFollow Josh on Twitter @JMergz

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