Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers
Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers

This article is part of our Minor League Barometer series.

Zac Gallen makes his long-awaited debut after dominating the competition at Triple-A to begin the 2019 campaign.  Arguably the biggest riser of the year thus far, Gallen boasts a minuscule 1.77 ERA in the hitter-friendly confines of the Pacific Coast League.  Opposing batters are hitting a putrid .153 against the 23-year-old righty, who's impressed with a 112:17 K:BB in 91.1 innings.  Though Sandy Alcantara was likely considered the better piece in return for Marcell Ozuna at the time the trade was made, Gallen could end up being the better hurler long-term.  Still, with Alcantara, Gallen and the surprising Jordan Yamamoto now in the rotation, Caleb Smith returning soon from injury, and Sixto Sanchez coming through the pipeline, the Marlins could suddenly boast a rather talented starting rotation in the not-so-distant future.

Let's take a look at the rest of the prospect scene in this edition of the Minor League Barometer.

UPGRADE

Sherten Apostel, 3B, TEX – Apostel has been getting a lot of buzz in prospect circles lately.  The 20-year-old from Curacao is batting .333 with five home runs and 12 RBI over his last 10 games for Low-A Hickory.  At 6-foot-4, 215, Apostel is already a physical specimen but also still has room to grow.  As a result, his power stroke could eventually explode and his latest binge could be a preview of things to come.  He owns a stellar eye at the dish, is not afraid to take a walk, and also doesn't strike out too much. 

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Siegel covers college football, college basketball and minor league baseball for RotoWire. He was named College Sports Writer of the Year by the Fantasy Sports Writers Association.
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