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FAAB objectives for the fifth week

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With a month of data to benchmark, some of the real minor league breakouts are starting to show. This week marks the start of one of the most aggressive buying windows in any fantasy format, as redraft players will begin chasing a series of prospect promotions and dynasty players will begin targeting aggressively the best available prospects hoping they will strike gold with it. Elly De La Cruz of the Year. We’ve got some hot names and big movers on this week’s list, starting with a teenage name to get aggressive with in all dynasty formats.

Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers

League size: 12 teams or more than 150 registered prospects

Promoted to Carolina Low-A earlier this week, Chourio quickly impressed, going 8 for 21, with four doubles, five runs and one stolen base in five games played. The youngest ball player in full season, Chourio has just turned 18 at the beginning of March. Baseball America’s Josh Norris saw Chourio this week and enthusiastically sang Chourio’s praises, noting his electric batting speed and ability to make adjustments at home plate. With plenty of projection remaining in Chourio’s frame, it’s easy to get caught up in daydreaming about the talented teenager’s perks. He’s still years away but could be a serious mover if early returns mean anything. I would be aggressive to acquire it even in shallow leagues.

Milan Tolentino, SS, Guardians

League size: 12 teams or more than 125 registered prospects

The 2020 Guardians fourth round has been on fire to start the season, and it comes into play on Sunday with 0.424/0.530/0.530 in 16 games. He’s yet to homer and his 47.3% rush rate is high, but he’s making a lot of contact and walking at a high pace, and his below 20% chase rate suggests a strike tool more. Its average output speed is above average, so there is consistent hard contact, but its 90th percentile power output is just under 102 mph. Although it hasn’t appeared in games, his release data and age (20) means there’s plenty of time for this part of his game to flourish.

Brandon Walter, LHP, Red Sox

League size: 14 teams or more than 150 registered prospects

The southpaw’s rapid rise up the Red Sox’s minor league ladder has been one of the system’s best stories since the 2020 shutdown. Walter became one of the Reds’ system’s top two pitching prospects. Sox alongside teammate Brayan Bello. Walter dominated the Double-A hitters with a well-ordered three-pitch mix. It has not one but potentially two secondary pluses in its slider and shifter. Bats both miss and challenge batters by consistently landing for strikes. While Walter generates a lot of puffs, his ability to generate ground balls with his lead makes him equally effective as a starter. A combination of command, contact removal skills, and the ability to miss bats makes Walter a worthy addition to most formats outside of the shallower dynasty leagues. Walter could be a league points boost this summer if the need arises in the Red Sox rotation.

Esteury Ruiz, OF, Padres

League size: 14 teams or more than 150 registered prospects

It’s rare to see a player so advanced in his professional career drastically alter his batting identity. Ruiz so far in 2022 has done just that. He made dramatic adjustments to his chase rate, reducing it by 30% while maintaining good batting skills and aggressiveness in the zone. Ruiz no longer hunts outside the area while swinging on strikes. Its output data is not huge, but it has excellent barrel control and strong launch angles. With a fresh approach and the ability to make the most of his touch, Ruiz now has the profile to take full advantage of his basic steal abilities. While Ruiz may never be a star, he could be a valuable fantasy asset with full-time bats.

Alexander Canario, OF, Giants

League size: 14 teams or more than 200 registered prospects

After years of showing off his enormous power on the rise, Canario boasts sustained success early on. Although his scent rate is still high, there have been noticeable improvements in his swing decisions so far, as Canario has rarely hunted and instead been aggressive on the terrain in the zone. There will always be issues with smell, but with the blossoming of base ability and raw power that shows up in games, this is a profile that could work. If you’re in an OBP, OPS, or points-style format with 200+ prospects signed up, Canario should be on your list of additions this week.

Darell Hernaiz, SS, Orioles

League size: 16+ teams or 250+ registered prospects

Drafted in the fifth round of the 2019 draft from the Texas prep ranks, Hernaiz wasn’t ranked on our Orioles roster at the start of the season but stood out early on. His combination of contact and power is rare, and production maintains that the shortstop hits .329/.370/.632. Hernaiz is one of a handful of players with a contact rate above 80% and a 90th percentile exit speed of 105 or higher. Although Hernaiz does not walk at a high pace, he is not an aggressive hunter, with an average pursuit pace. It’s still years away, but Hernaiz looks like a legit little miner’s escape worth buying into Dynasty.

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Chase Silseth, RHP, Angels

League size: 16+ teams or 250+ registered prospects

Silseth’s early-season run at Double-A doesn’t raise as many eyebrows as it probably should. After five starts, baseball card numbers look great. He’s 2-0 with a 1.73 ERA and 37 strikeouts on seven walks in 26 innings. His 18.5% swing hit rate is 13th among pitchers with a minimum of 20 innings pitched, while his three pitches have smell rates over 36%. His fastball sits at 96 mph, hitting 98-99 mph at the top. He pairs that with a mid-80s slider with over 10 inches of sweep and a split shift that generates puffs at over 45% rate while landing for a strike nearly 70% of the time. His ability to combine the firepower of his four seams with devastating secondaries makes Silseth a potential big league starter.

Nathan Hickey, C, Red Sox

League size: 20 teams or 300 registered prospects

A standout in his lone season in Florida, the Red Sox took a chance on Hickey’s bat in the fifth round of last year’s draft. While his ability to catch raises long-term questions, Hickey split his time between catcher and DH for Greenville. He is listed here because of his overall balance of power, contact, and advanced swing decisions. Hickey’s chase rate is under 15%, while he makes contact at a 75% rate with a 90th percentile exit speed just under 105 mph. His season line of .269/.418/.442 is good but the underlying data indicates it should be better. I would look to acquire Hickey now as a good few weeks could really boost his line.

Noelberth Romero, SS, Orioles

League size: 20 teams or more than 400 registered prospects

Signed by the Venezuela Red Sox in 2019, Noelberth was acquired by the Orioles alongside Elio Prado in the Andrew Cashner trade. After two disappointing seasons in complex ball, Romero breaks out in 2022. He’s hitting .271/.333/.458 with Low-A Delmarva and the data backs up his slant line. It makes contact at a 78% rate with a 90th percentile exit speed of 104 mph and a 25% chase rate. There is touch, power and basic skills present. Romero is an off-the-radar name that you can pick up for little to nothing in the deeper leagues.

Damon Keith, OF, Dodgers

League size: More than 20 teams or more than 400 registered prospects

Another Dodgers draft pick outside of the top 10 rounds that can hit, should we still be shocked? In 24 games with Low-A Rancho Cucamonga, Keith is hitting .382/.500/.629 with 14 extra hits. The former Cal Baptist star has some of the best data in the minor leagues outside of James Wood and Gunnar Henderson. Keith’s combination of basic skill, swing decisions, power and contact makes him a truly intriguing sleeper in early 2022. I would add him in deeper leagues, but if this production continues its eventual promotion, Keith might be one of this year’s most exciting fantasy pop-ups.