Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) -
June is the "month of plenty" for prospects in the minor leagues waiting for the telephone call with news that the "big club" needs their services.
Some clubs, those that don't worry about free agency and "Super Two status" have already made the call.
We saw the Kansas City Royals make the move to bring up their 2008 first round selection, Eric Hosmer, on May 6th. And Hosmer (59% ownership) has rewarded them with a solid start to what should be a long major league career. He's batting .284 with five homers and 21 RBIs in his first 148 at-bats.
But for the most part, teams wait until the first and second week in June for strictly financial reasons, no matter how much they argue "it's to let the player mature."
C'mon people, how much maturation takes place in the two months from the beginning of April to the end of May?
The Royals brought up a second future star from their loaded minor league system on Friday night - Mike "Moose" Moustakas. The second overall pick of the 2007 draft has paid immediate dividends with a hit in each of his first three games, including a home run on Saturday night. Moustakas (36% owned) is expected to provide some much needed power for the Royals and if his 19 HR in 55 minor league games at Omaha this year are any indication, he'll do just that. He might give you 15 homers over the remainder of the fantasy season.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Padres have brought up two of their prized possessions - first baseman Anthony Rizzo (26% owned) and pitcher Anthony Bass.
Rizzo was one of the key acquisitions in the Adrian Gonzalez deal with the Boston Red Sox and made his debut on Thursday night. He has already provided them with some power, with three extra-base hits in his first 10 at-bats (OPS 1.463).
Bass will make his first major league start on Monday night in Colorado. He's pitched well for the Padres' AA club in San Antonio this year (6-3, 3.53 ERA, 1.147 WHIP) and won his only start in AAA Tucson. He posted 63 strikeouts in 68.2 innings this season. You may want to wait until after his start against Carlos Gonzalez & Co. before making the pickup to see if his talent is immediately successful.
Desmond Jennings, the Tampa Bay minor leaguer destined to replace Carl Crawford in the Rays' outfield, should be up any day now. The Rays' 10th-round pick in the 2006 Draft, is batting .290 with nine homers, 29 RBIs, 47 runs and 12 stolen bases for the Durham Bulls. Now that early season wonder Sam Fuld has been brought back to reality, its likely that we'll see Jennings (10% owned) on the major league team in a few days.
Another soon-to-be major leaguer is Seattle's Dustin Ackley. He's currently batting .291 with nine home runs and 32 RBIs (0.891 OPS) for AAA Tacoma. The pitching rich, but offensively-challenged Mariners should be making the call shortly and in fact, Ackley (6% owned) was not in Tacoma's Sunday lineup fueling speculation that he could be with Seattle by Monday.
Two other youngsters who have tasted major league ball, but not yet been "heard" from as far as establishing a fantasy value are Colorado pitching prospect Juan Nicasio and Atlanta Braves flamethrower Julio Teheran.
Nicasio had a solid minor league career, but has struggled in his first three major league starts. He's 1-1 with an ERA of 3.50 and a WHIP of 1.444. This after dominating at AA Tulsa going 5-1 with an ERA of 2.22 and a 1.024 WHIP. Nicasio is not ready to contribute much to your fantasy team this year, but could be a solid contributor down the road.
On the other hand, Teheran (2% owned) has a chance to be a major fantasy factor, if not by the end of the year then by next season. Teheran has a mid-to-high 90s fastball and when he gets as much confidence in his change up and curveball as in the heater, he could be the anchor to your fantasy staff.