On this holiday weekend, the Prospect Stock Watch takes a look at three players in varying degrees of breaking out for their respective organizations — including one young outfielder from Washington’s system that you don’t want to sleep on if you’re participating in a dynasty league.
Dawel Lugo | SS | Diamondbacks
Value: Inching Upward
It’s easy to dismiss Lugo’s solid start to the year given that he’s playing in a very good hitter’s league — and it might partially explain the increase in power — but he’s made some clear adjustments. The young shortstop’s walk rate is up a tad (to near 5% — good for him), the strikeout rate is down to just 13% and his batting average of .289 appears sustainable off of a .305 BABIP. That’s good because it remains to be seen how real the power increase is and Lugo doesn’t run so his offensive value will be very reliant on his batting average. He’ll likely move to third base down the road so consistent power will be important but he’s not going to push Jake Lamb off the hot corner and Brandon Drury is probably a better player too.