This article is part of our AL FAAB Factor series.
Today I'm offering some scouting reports/profiles on prospect players who have both power and speed. Having a player with those two dynamic tools on a fantasy roster can help win a league.
These prospects were among several who hit 20 homers and stole 20 bases in their minor league season.
Remember, speed doesn't just mean stolen bases. Speed means stretching a single to a double or a double to a triple. Speed means getting to the ball on defense, allowing the player to remain in the lineup for defensive purposes. And that can mean at-bats.
Shay Whitcomb, INF, Houston Astros
6-3, 202 pounds
The Astros selected Whitcomb in the fifth round of the 2020 draft out of the University of California at San Diego. He signed for $56,000.
Whitcomb spent 2012 at Class-A and Class-A Advanced. He finished with 23 homers, 78 RBIs and 30 stolen bases in 35 attempts.
There is some swing-and-miss and high strikeout totals in his game, but the power of the big infielder can't be denied. He played all over this season: at second, short and even at third base. So he can be a Swiss Army Knife type player if and when he graduates to the Astros parent club.
Whitcomb is known as a pure pull-hitter. If he can take pitches to the opposite field, he may be able to improve his overall offensive performance. But, that said, his right-handed swing is pretty powerful.
He can build up a head