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House of Shlain: Rapid Riser

Nick Shlain

Nick Shlain

Nick analyzes prospects for RotoWire and focuses on the Midwest League during the season.

This week I take a look at four prospects that were all recently promoted to a higher level of the minor leagues.

Joe Ross, RHP, Padres

My infatuation with Joe Ross is already well documented and after finishing last season with a career-high 122.1 innings under his belt, I suspected that 2014 could be his year. So far Ross has struck out 92 batters in 20 games (101.2 innings) between High-A and Double-A, where he was recently promoted. He's already struck out more batters than he did last year in fewer innings while facing tougher competition. His strikeout rate for the season is nearly 20 percent. This bodes especially well for Ross because of his groundball tendencies. While others have overlooked and even dismissed Ross as a fantasy prospect in the past, the projection has always been there due to his size and stuff, and now that he's in Double-A and striking out more batters it's time to

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