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Every year, after finishing my Top 100 post, I have a player or two I immediately regret not ranking higher. This year those prospects were Zack Collins, and Kyle Tucker. The funny thing is, Tucker wasn’t ranked that low at 32. Granted my prospecting brother from another mother Halp ranked him 21st, and based on last night it looks like Halp’s right. What happened last night? Welp, Tucker: Man and My Dreams, went 4 for 5 with a homer, 2 doubles, and 7 RBIs. He’s now hitting .343 in the Carolina League, can you imagine what he would have done with a full season in Lancaster? BTW Lancaster is one of the most homer and hitter friendly environments in minors, and was the class A advanced affiliate of the Astros up until this season.  As for Tucker, he’s a 5×5 player’s dream, with hit tool, speed, developing power, and massive upside. Seems only appropriate that I would open this week’s Minor League Update with a native son of Tampa, while I’m on vacation here. How meta.

 

  • One of my favorite pitching prospects in the minors, Walker Buehler, put on some what of a show last night for Rancho Cucamonga. At one point he struck out 8 straight batters, on his way to a final line of 3 IP, 2 h, 0 ER, 8 K’s. I’d love to tell you that he’ll be in the majors this year, but he’s coming off TJ, and the Dodgers handle all of their prospects with kid gloves. Trust me he’s a beast with a bevy of plus offerings.
  •  The Blue Jays first round draft pick T.J. Zeuch was on full display last night in Dunedin, their Florida State League affiliate. He pitched 4 scoreless innings sitting down 7 via the strikeout, while only allowing 3 baserunners (2 Bb, 1 H). His debut didn’t go so hot last week, but that’s in the rear view.
  • Chance Sisco, one of the top catching prospects in the minors, was raking last night. Going 3 for 3 with 3 R, 2B, RBI, and BB, as he bats .276 for the Norfolk Tides of the AAA International League. It’s only a matter of time before Sisco starts to siphon some playing time from Wellington Castillo. He’s more of a hit tool over flash guy, with the ability to be an everyday catcher. Some say you should never doubt a hit tool.
  • The Giants first pick in the 2016 draft, Bryan Reynolds, continues to do things the night I write these updates, therefore staying top of mind. He had his 3rd, 3 hit game of the season last night, as he bats .333. EVERYTHING REVOLVES AROUND THE NUMBER 3! The most encouraging development in Reynolds game is his improved walk rate in 2017. After walking at a sub 6% rate in his pro debut last year, he had a 13.5% walk rate entering last night’s game. Adding an advance approach to an already good hit tool, with above average power, will make me come around on a player. That’s what’s happening with Reynolds. Hey, this ain’t no poker game.
  • The Mississippi Braves might have the most exciting rotation in baseball at the moment. Yesterday we saw strong showings from both Mike Soroka (6.2 IP, 3 H, 1 ER, 7 K’s, no Bb), and Max Fried (6 IP, 2 H, 1 ER, 4 K’s, 2 Bb) in a doubleheader against the Cubs AA affiliate the Tennessee Smokies. This came on the heals of a nice start from Kolby Allard on Thursday, where he went 5  scoreless innings, striking out 3, while allowing 5 baserunners. The Braves are deep with pitching, man. How deep?
  • So deep, that they have a stud like Ian Anderson, last year’s #3 overall pick, going 5 scoreless, while striking out double the amount of baserunners he allowed for Class A Rome. BTW he struck out 8, you do the rest of the math.
  • One of the worst parts of having this job, and being a Red Sox fan is watching prospects that Dumbrowski traded away flourish. This time it’s Mauricio Dubon, who stole 4 bases last night for AA Biloxi. BTW in case you were doubting the catcher he was running on, it was Devin Mesoraco. Who while pretty awful at throwing runners out, he’s still a MLB vet.
  • I’m going out on a limb here an saying Anthony Alford will be a top 50 prospect every where by mid-season, and Top 25 heading into 2018. He hit his first AA homer last night and is hitting the seams off the ball slashing .464/.571/.607.
  • It’s been a really rough beginning to the season for Ramon Laureano, but last night he got off the schnide a little hitting his first homer of the season. This is a less than ideal beginning for one of 2016’s true breakouts, and one of the buzziest performers in the Arizona Fall League.
  • Maybe you can add Alex Verdugo to the list of prospects I ranked lower than I should have. He ranked 47th in my pre-season list after slotting in at 31 in my mid-season Top 100 last season. So far this year he’s hitting .394 with AAA Oklahoma City, and is 13 for 29 over his last 7 games. He’s a plus hitter, with above average power, and is just 20 years old. Between Cody Bellinger (2 for 4, 2 RBIs, 2 SB, and a double, hitting .371), Willie Calhoun ( 0 for 4), Verdugo, and Julio Urias (4.2 IP, 4 h, 2 Bb, 1 ER, and 4 K’s ERA is 3.24), this might be the most stacked team in minors.
  • Is Ti’Quan Forbes the hottest hitter in the game? He connected for his 4th homer of the season last night, and is slashing a redonk .436/.500/.769 in 11 games.
  • Then again, Cedric Mullins has something to say about my bold proclamation that Forbes is the hottest hitter in the minors. The 22 year old switch hitter is slashing .455/.489/.818 with 3 homers and 3 steals. Are you happy now Orioles Sean? See Razz30 managers get extra attention in my posts because we’re an unstoppable street gang of dynasty nerds. I even got my own army of trolls like the Bey-Hive. I just went up ten points in my sister’s eyes. I’m the Beyonce of prospect writers. Does that make Halp, Jay-z?
  • On Friday night Padres righty Enyel De Los Santos, went 6 perfect innings striking out 7 in the process. So far the 21 year old righty is 1-0 through 2 AA starts, with an ERA of  0.75. De Los Santos was acquired from the Mariners in the Joaquin Benoit trade, and possesses a plus fastball, with developing secondaries in his curve, and change. He rarely struggles to throw strikes, but the development of his offspeed pitches will determine his ultimate ceiling. Worth a flier in deep dynasty leagues. Big shouts to Make Prospects Great Again.
  • Speaking of no hit efforts, Brewers prospect, and Bartolo Colon training partner Luis Ortiz, went 5 scoreless innings yesterday afternoon striking out 5, and walking 4. The lack of control from Ortiz is a little surprising, as he’s a known strike thrower. Wow, that sort of makes strike thrower sound like a fetish.
  •   Anyone else have no idea who Jose Medina is? Well let me introduce you! He’s a 22 year old in A ball that went 4 for 5 last night with 3 homers, as he bats .304. No much to see here.
  • On the other side of the field, Blue Jays super prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. continued to impress as he went 1 for 3, with a walk, and two runs scored. He’s slashing .290/.450/.516 with a couple of homers.
  • Speaking of young stud prospects in A ball with boat loads of upside, 2016 GCL MVP Juan Soto is absolutely killing the Sally League thus far (.439/.477/.634 with 2 homers). He’s also struck out twice since it was noted by Halp on the prospect podcast that he was yet to strikeout. Nice going dude, way to mess up a good thing!
  • No batting gloves, no problem. Sam Travis, Red Sox First base prospect hit his first homer of the season yesterday for AAA Pawtucket. If there are any injuries to Hanley or Mitch Moreland expect Travis to be up in short order. In a lot of ways he reminds me of Moreland, not a massive power hitter, but someone who knows how to hit, and enough pop to get to 20 bombs.
  • So far Scott Kingery is enjoying the Royal Cozens treatment with the Reading Fightin’ Phils. After a homer yesterday he’s up to 4 in 5 games, as he slashes .313/.439/.781, with the aforementioned 4 homers, and 3 steals.
  • Don’t call it comeback! Ryan McMahon is back to mashing, maybe all he needed was a comfy home park, as the Hartford Yard Goats (maybe my favorite name in baseball) finally moved into their new digs. After waiting until May to connect from his second homer last season McMahon hit his second on Friday, as he slashes .359/.409/.667. The buy low window is more than likely over, but ask you never know who’s asleep at the wheel.
  • One of the most boner inducing performances of the young season, was Royals top prospect (according to me) Josh Staumont going 6 scoreless innings, of 1 hit ball, walking 2, and striking out 12 in the process. His stuff is dirt mcgirt.
  • Lewis Brinson, returned from injury and homered in his first at bat. The news that the Dodgers are still sniffing around Ryan Braun, means his ETA could be very soon.
  • Because I didn’t mention Easter once in this post I’ll give you an Easter joke. How do you know the Easter Bunny is smart?……HE’S AN EGGHEAD!!!! Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

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  1. Another Dan says:
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    Eggscellent stuff Ralph,

    Your write up is a who’s who of my dynasty league roster. Will have a few questions later I am sure but I need to see if there are some moves I need to make (or even wait for the trade offers to come in).

    Made a trade last night in another league. Traded Michael Fulmer for Odor. Not sure whether I won or not because of the keeper rules. I would need to keep Odor in the 5th round next year, the 4th after that etc… Whereas Fulmer can be kept in the 20th. What thinks you?

    Thanks for all the work you do, have a great holiday,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: If the format is 5×5 roto you win that trade by a wide margin. Odor is a second round value in Grey’s eyes and I tend to think he’s right. Love Odor.

      Enjoy your Bunny day!

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks. It’s 6×6 H2H (OBP, XBH not AVG, QS, HLDS not W). I guess HLDS reduces the value of Fulmer a bit straight away.

        I watched Man Utd on TV with my father-in-law whilst the kids ate as much chocolate as they could in 2 hours. Man Utd were as good as I have seen them this year.

        Best wishes,

        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: gotta love any win vs Chelsea. That’s my year father’s club.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Love the title. Great movie https://youtu.be/pk_tfUfnC9M

    Btw you are making me hate my no trade for tucker this off season. Great work. I like the run downs. I can’t wait to go to my first quakes game this year and report back.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Haha of course you like the title. You came up with it! I’ll watch this tonight while my wife’s overly plastic friend and her drink wine and squak about high school.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: BTW get those Quakes tickets ahead of time. They sold out last night.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: damn, sold out? Quakes ain’t no poker game!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @J-FOH: Right?

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: it was probably youth group youth ministry Jesus night at the game

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @J-FOH: It was Buehler day!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: I wonder if they have or plan on having a Ferris Buehler Day Off Day when he pitches

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @J-FOH: There needs to be Save Ferris signs in the crowd every time he starts

  3. Dave says:
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    One of the best prospect writers in the business. Good write up.

    Do you have any thoughts on these prospects I currently have on a couple of rosters? Team I have them on in brackets. Please rank them according to 2017+ impact:

    Vogelbach (1,2)
    Zimmer (2)
    AJ Reed (1)
    Rodgers (1)
    Moncada (1)
    L. Weaver (1)
    Frazier (2)

    Shall I exercise patience with these? Team 2 looking to win now (AL Only), team 1 is 2nd year of rebuild (11 team roto points league).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave: Moncada, Zimmer, Reed, Vogie, Weaver, Frazier, and Rodgers. A handsome bunch of specs. I’d be patient. You can maybe move on from Vogelbach.

      • Dave says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        So sad to hear you say that. We were Vogelbach buddies. We were going to start the band to rule all bands (Twitter).

        Is he not producing or will he not get a chance?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Dave: He’s hasn’t grabbed the bull by the horns I’m a little nervous.

  4. Cold Brew says:
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    Good morning,

    I’m in a 10 team keeper league with 28 roster spots. We have to keep 10 players and have the option to keep 12, which makes us lose our 11th and 12th round comp picks. Anyways, our league has gone the way of everyone storing a prospect or two on the bench.

    The only two prospects that were on your list that are still available are happ and zimmer.
    Do you think either of these guys are worthy of a roster spot in the type of league I described ?

    I usually just use the last two spots to stream pitchers and batters .

    Here’s my roster:
    C posey
    1b votto
    2b odor
    3b bregman
    Ss boegarts
    Of Braun, Bautista, haniger
    Util – encarcion, Franco
    Bench bats – peraza, schoop, Reynolds, fowler
    DL – jd Martinez, Ian Desmond
    Sp – sale, Carlos Martinez, gausman, graveman, rich hill, Rodon, Cobb
    Rp – Giles, treinen, bush, dyson, reed

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Cold Brew: Both good prospects and worthy of a spot, but you have a good squad, I’d keep doing what you’re doing and use those two spots for streams.

  5. Ace of Spades says:
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    Ralph…Happy Holidays bro.

    I Managed to get Tellez, Barreto and C Frazier for 1$ each . Its a keeper league but the bench spaces are limited. Due to injury to Semien, I had to pick up Cozart this week of waivers. Long story short, By tomorrow I have to cut either Buxton 8$ , Gardner 3$ or one of my three 1$ prospects ( Really wish to keep Barreto and Frazier for future years ) .

    Two questions

    1. who would you cut?
    2. Any word on the status of these three prospects? ( Think Tellez comes up soon ? )

    I know three questions that was. Math was never my forte

    Thanks in advance for input and thanks in the future for all of your prospect work.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ace of Spades: At $8 I think I would cut Buxton or see if I can move him. If bench spots are limited he’s going to be burning a hole. If you’re less concerned with winning now, hold Buxton and dump Gardner.

      Barreto could be up soon, it really depends on how much he pushes the A’s, but I can’t imagine he could be down longer than July. He’s raking at the moment. So far Frazier is struggling at AAA.

      I like Tellez, and if he hits, the Jays are in the mix, and Smoak and Pearce aren’t getting the job done then yes he’ll be up. He’s not far now though.

      • M says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: have to wonder if Barreto gets the call now that Semien is hurt

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @M: I’m wondering the same, but probably not. The A’s will probably stick the corpse of Miguel Tejeda out there

          • M says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: anddd news just broke that Chad Pinder & Adam Rosales will be covering for Semien

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @M: So A’s

  6. Geno says:
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    I’m thinking of dropping Fernando Romero to take a flyer on a bat and have 2 in mind that once had hype, then fell off, but are having nice starts to the year.

    1) Jomar Reyes – 9GP 10R 52B 1HR 5RBI .444 @ A-Adv

    2) Daz Cameron – 9GP 5R 2-Dubs, 1-Trip, 2HR 8RBI 4 SB @ Single A

    Of the 2 which one would you lean towards? I’d stay patient with Romero, but I already have Buehler, Fried, Alcantra and Chance Adams and we only have 10ML spots so I’d like 6 bats instead of 5.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Geno: I’d go with Cameron, both have pedigree but have struggled a bit. I also think Romero is a pen arm.

  7. eric says:
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    Assess Yahoo 5×5 team and FA suggestions:

    C Realmuto
    1B Freeman
    2B LeMahieu
    3B Franco
    SS Andrus
    OF Trout
    OF Cespedes
    OF Margot
    U Encarnacion
    U C Owings
    B Castellanos
    SP Cueto
    SP CMart
    SP Maeda
    SP Manaea
    SP Pineda
    SP Graveman
    SP Wacha
    RP Diaz
    RP Herrera
    RP Holland
    RP Treinen
    RP A Miller
    Some FAs:
    Solarte/Reynolds/Ellsbury/Renfroe/K Broxton
    Taijuan/Nova/Leake/Garrett/Benoit
    Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @eric: Is add Renfroe and Nova for Owings and Graveman.

  8. James T Kirk says:
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    Any thoughts on some kid named Conforto with the Mets? He looks like he could be really good if given every day at bats. Yet there are two slightly older kids he can’t seem to overtake.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: He’s got pop and was always an advanced hitter out of college. I think he’ll get the gig eventually.

  9. chuck coury says:
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    Did not know where else to go. Can’t find any help, contact or support links (even in the sitemap). When I try to access Streamontaor and Hittertron all I see is the short page with register/login links. The login link takes me to a WP login where my login info does not work.

    What is going on?

  10. Mike L says:
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    Who do you like the most or in order long term for starters? Musgrove, Severino, Garrett, Finnegan, (I wont mention Berrios) and Bundy?

  11. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hoppy Easter Bunny Sunday Ralph!

    Great write-up..A lot of guys I like in this one!

    Cheers,

    MP

  12. Brett says:
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    Ralph do you think urias is up at the end of the month like Roberts is saying?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brett: I wouldn’t bet against it.

  13. Trump yall says:
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    Hey Ralph, great article as usual!
    I know there is a line in front of him, but when do you think Soroka could be up in the majors? If it’s next season, when would u stash him in a keeper league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Trump yall: I think it could be mid-next season. Kid is better than I thought so far. Man, the Braves are loaded.

      I’d stash toward the end of this year.

  14. The JoGarza says:
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    Great write up, Ralph! Like that you admit some fault in your rankings, gives us some perspective on who we should be eyeing a bit closer.

    Should we know about Dodgers 19 year old Carlos Rincon? He’s in A ball and is slashing .367/.467/.900 with five HR. Of course, the caveat is he has a 14 Ks in 30 AB.

    But I know he made a slight splash in the AFL last year, impressing people with his power.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: Yeah I’m interested for sure. So far so good, any young player with power is.

  15. zach says:
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    Awesome stuff!

    Drop Buxton for Brinson in dynasty?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @zach: You could, it seems kind of lateral.

  16. Let's Go O's! says:
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    Razz30: One League to Rule them all!

    Ralph is the Cedric Mullins of league commissioners (and if you know how I feel about Cedric the Entertainer you know that’s a compliment)!!

  17. Julio says:
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    Thanks for a great write up.

    How would you (generally) rank these players in terms of fantasy upside:

    SP

    Alcantra
    Luis Escobar
    Joe Polumbo

    Bats

    Bichette
    Mullins
    Colton Welker
    Branyan Hernandez
    Austin Slater
    Andres Gimenez
    Wander Javier

    Any thoughts would be appreciated!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Julio: First off which Alcantara? Raul? Sandy?

      Bichette
      Gimenez
      Hernandez
      Javier
      Mullins
      Welker
      Polumbo
      Skater
      Escobar

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          @Julio: I’d say 3

  18. swfcdan says:
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    Good news on Tucker, liked him a lot too this preseason drafts (thanks Halp). Same with Collins, he fell to the mid 2nd round in my yearly prospect draft- has he started hot too then?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @swfcdan: And he just hit a 2 run jack in the first. Hey, I still like Tucker, Halp just liked him more haha

      • swfcdan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Haha cool but I was more asking about Collins. You’re saying already you were too low on him, yet no mention how he’s actually doing early on. Yeah I know we could all go on milb.com and look but we’re lazy yo, we let you unpaid rapscallions do the work! :)

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @swfcdan: Solid, but not great. He’s been throwing out tons of runners which is good for a hopefully accelerated ETA. Walking a ton, striking out a bit, has a homer.

          • swfcdan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Good to hear, we know about the legendary plate discipline, good work as a catcher is the most important thing for him I think. We know he should hit dongs, reckon an ETA around the ASB is a possibility? Was Schwarbers timeline if I remember rightly.

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              @swfcdan: Yeah, the Cubs had more incentive though. It’s possible, not sure how likely though.

  19. Chris says:
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    Thanks Ralph! Always good stuff. Looking forward to seeing some Brewers Prospects thi syear and next.

    I’m in a 14 team league 5×5 h2h . The guy I’m playing has 8 starts next week., Please help me with the lesser of 2 evils.

    Chen @ seattle or Jesse Chavez-vs Tor and @ Houston. Or I could put in Knebel.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I think I like Chen.

  20. happyharry says:
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    12 team, H2H, 6X6. I have a struggling Tommy Joseph at 1B. Do I drop him for Brad Miller, Brandon Belt, Mitch Moreland,Mark Reynolds or Ryan Zimmerman? Thanks.

  21. malamoney says:
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    What up! Honeywell anyone?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: Dude! I’m so excited, we might be able to catch him this summer at McCoy are you up for it?

  22. Raoul Duke says:
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    I need some help in the stolen base department. Best available are Jankowski, Abe Almonte, Deshields and Leonys Martin. Who do you like best?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Raoul Duke: Martin for me, I’m a sucker for the power/speed upside

  23. Dodgertown says:
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    Lookin for a roster spot to roster avisail. Would u drop mondesi or Rhys Hoskins? Incumbent 2b and mi is odor and cano. Only own rizzo at 1b. Correa, machado, Tim Anderson, Calhoun are other mi. Sano, rendon, machado are other ci. Thx. Team does lack speed but would be tough for mondesi to ever play barring injury on my team. Weekly 5×5 h2h. Thx

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      @Dodgertown: or roman Quinn or cal quantrill are options too

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        @Dodgertown: I suppose recently picked up Souza and walker buehler are options too :(

  24. Eric says:
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    A lot of work was put into this article!

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Eric: It’s my passion

  25. Bob says:
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    This question jumps the gun a little bit (considering its only mid-April)… inhereted a team in a 12-team ROTO league w/ small rosters (21 max) so the concept of stashing isn’t quite as easy as it was in a league with 28 roster spots. That said, there are some decent pieces (Story, Murphy… well I guess thats about it lol) nonetheless, i’ve cleared 2-3 roster spots and have my eye on G. Torres, A.J. Reed (part duex), B. Rodgers (LOVE, LOVE, LOVE), and M. Kopech (the other usual suspects are available, i.e., Newcomb, Hader, Beede, O’Neil, Meadows, Bell, Senzel, etc.). How early is too early to make a run on some of these guys (I could do it now) or is this really jumping the gun?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bob: Go for it now before they blow up or get promoted. The silly season for prospects hasn’t yet begun.

  26. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Ralph –

    Hoping to get your advice on my minor league bench. $260 12 team league with 3 OF, 1 DH and 5 SPs. Bench is 7 deep and for me usually is comprised of prospects. Scoring weights SPs a little more than normal. The way we sign guys is they are usually $1-5 for the first two years then need to be signed for +$5 each year. So if Byron Buxton is $1 at the end of the 2-year rookie deal he would be $16 for 3 years annually. Okay here’s my team.

    My team:

    C – Rupp $1 2017-2019
    1B – Myers $24 2017-2019
    2B – Odor $16 2017-2019
    3B – Suarez $2 2017-2019 (my weakest spot?)
    SS – Bogaerts $21 2017-2019
    OF – Benintendi $2 (I’m signing him next year)
    OF – Margot $1 (year 1)/Dahl $1 (signing next year)
    OF – Polanco $16 2017 then gone
    DH – Desmond $16 2017-2019

    SP – Bundy $1 (signed next year)
    SP – V Velasquez $16 2017-2019
    SP – Gsellman $1 year 1 rookie deal
    SP – Snell $1 (signed next year)
    SP – Manaea $6 year 1 rookie deal

    Bench
    Devers $1 signed next year
    Moncada $11 signed next year
    Robles $1 year one rookie deal (signed in March 2019)
    Eloy Jimenez $1 year one rookie deal (March 2019)
    Hader $1 signed next year
    Honeywell $1 year one rookie deal
    Berrios $3 year one rookie deal

    Extra spot – Tapia $1 (year 1) while Desmond and Dahl on DL

    I’m also 1-1 this season and have a decent shot to make the playoffs but am very unlikely to win it all.

    So with all that, should I change anything in my prospect bench? I have a lot of OF but no real other weak spots except 3B with devers in waiting.

    Guys available:
    Zachary Collins
    Tucker
    Bird
    Barretto
    Corey Ray
    Deleon
    Tyler O’Neill
    Senzel
    Calhoun
    Adames
    JP Crawford
    Anderson espinoza
    Bradley zimmer
    Derek fisher
    Kyle Lewis
    Yadler Alvarez
    Ian Happ

    I’m willing to drop anyone on my bench except moncada and devers as a diehard Sox fan.

    Hader has to be signed one year sooner than the other bench SPs or guys I would be picking up on the WW. Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Wild Thing: Don’t touch this team, it’s beautiful. Maybe you can trade for a 3B upgrade. You’re have some nice pieces.

      Love having you and that great freaking avi back

  27. Gregg says:
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    Happy belated Easter hope it was an eggcellent day !!

    H2h pts league with weekly roster lock. Drop Javier Baez to stash moncada?

    I don’t need javy Baez he’s been subplanted on my bench:

    Next , I have Pablo Sandoval hold onto him or drop for one of these:
    Solarte (2b/3b), nick castellanos, Cesar Hernandez (2b), availsail garcia (OF/DH), matt Davidson (DH) but maybe as insurance for Frazier? I have Frazier & he hasn’t been too good. There’s also hunter pence, chase headley, Joey gallow. And Chris owings (OF/SS)

    Thanks man!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gregg: Baez for Moncada and Pablo for Castellanos or Gallo

  28. Woodrow the Impaler says:
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    Oy Ralphie!

    In a 10 team NL keeper league and am kicking around the idea of offering my $7 Austin Meadows for their $10 Julio Urias. Fair? Inflation goes up 5 beans every year.

    Thanks, bud!

  29. Ifickey says:
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    Looking for a lottery ticket. Wander Javier or Anderson Tejeda? Or both over Jesus Sanchez?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ifickey: I’m partial to Sanchez

  30. Clive says:
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    Great post!

    When is the earliest we’ll see Bellinger in LA (best case scenario)? He’s murdering the ball right now.

    Im in a 10 team H2H keeper league where we can only keep 5 year to year. Have Harper, Bryant & T Turner locked in for years to come, and have already stashed Moncada. When would you pull the trigger and stash Bellinger? He would take up a BN spot.

    Thanks, Ralph!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Clive: Is think toward the end of next month.

  31. B the Esq. says:
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    Not a “prospect” question, necessarily, but in a keeper/dynasty, better this year and long term with position eligibilikty not an issue, Bregman or Benintendi?
    Also, this is a prospect question, Brinson, Bellinger or Urias the better stash for impact this season?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @B the Esq.: I lean Bregman slightly, its very close.

      I’d go with Brinson myself, could be up sooner than you think.

  32. E.g. says:
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    Great write up as always, in a 16 team Dynasty with pitching needs would you consider moving Mazara for Pineda and McCullers? I’d get the pitchers, my other OF are Harper, Puig, Avisail García, Andrew Benintendi, Dahl, Soler and Braxton, only play 3 OF, also have Tucker in minors spot

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @E.g.: Tough to give up a talent like that. Is there a way you could do a one for one with some of your lesser OF?

      • TjVera says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Tried moving Puig, owner wasn’t biting, same for Dahl, Broxton wasn’t even an option for them, neither was soler, and zero interest on Garcia, the only option he was interested in Andrew Benintendi instead of Mazara, would that be better?

        • TjVera says:
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          @TjVera:

          Wouldn’t McCullers kinda make up for Mazaras value? If not what pitcher should i target if i can only move Mazara?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @TjVera: Is try and build around Benintendi and Mazara in the outfield. I don’t think Dahl’s value is far off From McCullers. I don’t like to overpay for pitching, because they get hurt a lot. If you need to do it, I prefer moving Mazara to Benintendi for a competing team.

  33. Chris says:
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    Who profiles as a better dynasty prospect going forward, Raimel Tapia or Anthony Alford?

  34. Crock says:
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    What are your thoughts on Luis Roberts in a dynasty league?

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