When you are losing your MLB betting on the team you are cheering for, you know what is going to happen. They need a prospect! A new guys that can turn the game upside down. Of course, not all prospects successfully does that, but here are some of the fastest rising MLB prospects that I am sure would be able to immediately help their major league clubs. Take note of them because they can definitely pull their team’s ranking up.
Drew Smyly, Detroit Tigers
Although Drew Smyly is one of those guys who had been overlooked. In his four major league starts, Smyly has been impressive. He has posted a 1-0 record along with a 1.23 ERA and 22 Ks in 22 innings pitched. Two of those starts were against the formidable New York Yankees and the juggernaut Texas Rangers, which makes his numbers even more impressive. Although four starts is not enough to make a judgement on Smyly’s future, he looks like he will continue to take the majors by storm for the time being.
Jarrod Parker, Oakland Athletics
Jarrod Parker of the Oakland Athletics is another guy who has made several starts at the major league level and seems poised to surprise a lot of teams with his pitching ability. Over two starts for the Athletics, Parker has gone 1-0 with a 1.38 ERA and nine strikeouts. Last year in the minors, he went 11-8 with a 3.79 ERA along with 112 strikeouts. With the Athletics thin in the rotation after trading Gio Gonzalez in the offseason, Parker will get an extended shot to stick in the majors this season. If he continues to pitch the way he has so far, he may just establish himself as a solid starter in the big leagues.
Scott Van Slyke, Los Angeles Dodgers
If the Los Angeles Dodgers don’t turn to Alex Castellanos for offensive help, they could turn to Scott Van Slyke. Van Slyke, the son of former MLB player Andy Van Slyke, would be able to help the Dodgers in the outfield and at first base. After being named the organizational player of the year last season, Van Slyke has gotten off to a great start in 2012. He is currently hitting .340 with six home runs and 19 RBI. He has struck out 15 times compared to 11 walks and has an on-base percentage of .400. At 6’5″ and 250 pounds, Van Slyke has the physical makeup to be a legitimate middle-of-the-order power threat at the next level. This is one thing that I’ve been waiting for my MLB betting to happen.
Mike Trout, Los Angeles Angels
Once the Los Angeles Angels released outfielder Bobby Abreu, the call-up of the 20-year-old Mike Trout was not far behind. All Trout did at Triple-A before being called up was hit .403 with one home run, 13 RBI and six stolen bases. The sky is the limit for the young prospect and he should stay with the major league club for the remainder of the 2012 season and have a chance to show what he can do against major league pitching. He certainly has all the tools necessary to succeed.
Bryce Harper, Washington Nationals
Bryce Harper was one of the most highly sought-after players in the MLB draft in recent memory. The Washington Nationals made him their No. 1 pick in 2010 and the hype surrounding him has not let up at all. At only 19 years old, Harper is the youngest player in the MLB and he already looks like he belongs. Whether he is throwing line drives to home plate from the outfield or driving the ball at the plate, Harper has All-Star written all over him. Before being called up, Harper was only hitting .250 with one home run, three RBI and one stolen base. Since being called up, he has hit .385 with three doubles, an RBI and two runs scored. He has also shown off the cannon he has for an arm several times.