This article is part of our Farm Futures series.
Unlike fantasy baseball Twitter, I hate small samples. However, there have been some things that have caught my eye through the first week. I won't waste your time telling you to go pick up Dustin May or Spencer Howard, but hopefully what follows will be useful for those in redraft leagues and dynasty leagues alike.
I will update the top-400 prospect rankings next week, which still feels a bit too early, but that's the world we're living in. (I have already removed all the graduates)
Not Every Team Is As Dumb As The Rockies
I've seen people complaining about the playing time for Kyle Tucker, Carter Kieboom and Clint Frazier, often adopting the same tone we use when discussing the Rockies and their poor decision making with regards to signing washed-up veterans to block young, promising players.
Kyle Tucker is a good young player. However, I promise you the Astros know much more about him than you do. I've never liked his body language — this doesn't necessarily mean anything, but I think it's relevant for a player who was passed over for several promotions in the past — and his defense rates as below average. He was worse at Triple-A in 2019 (113 wRC+) than he was in 2018 (155 wRC+). Just because a player goes 30/30 in a repeat tour of the Pacific Coast League doesn't mean it's an outrage that he has not been gifted everyday playing time to start the season. It looks