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For the past few weeks I’ve been super pumped for Dan Straily‘s arrival — like, Brett Lawrie-on-a-shizzload-of-RedBull pumped.  I first wrote about him here, providing a little background and a brief scouting report.  Then, earlier this week, I rolled out my Top Ten Prospects for the Stretch Run, and Straily topped the list.  He debuted on Friday night.  I watched.  And what I saw was pretty much what we expected:  Straily worked his fastball at 91-92, touching 93 a handfull of times, commanding it all over the zone, and drawing variable contact.  He countered with his sharp slider and his fading change often.  Both offerings looked like plus pitches, generating whiff-rates right around 25%.  He also threw a few curveballs, but he used the pitch sparingly, and it looked like nothing more than a get-me-over type.  When he needed to throw strikes, he threw strikes.  And as his pitch count reached toward triple-digits, his velocity didn’t dip, and his pitch movement remained steady.  There was one glaring mistake, however:  the run he allowed in the fourth inning on a sac fly from Rajai Davis.  Straily flat out hung that slider — zero movement, 82 mph, fat part of the plate.  Davis should’ve blasted that pitch.  Check it out the Brooks Baseball charts from that at bat and see what I mean.  And check out the rest of Straily’s Brooks charts here — the site is off-the-chain cool.  In all, though, I was impressed.  The A’s ‘pen squandered his W, but Straily looks like he’ll handle himself very well going forward.  Go ahead and blow out your FAAB.

Wil Myers | OF, Royals – Remember last week when he was bogged down in his first cold-stretch of the year?  Yeah, well that’s over.  Myers has collected four homers in the past week, pushing his season total to 33.

Zach Wheeler | RHP, Mets – Wheeler has moved up to Triple-A Buffalo, filling the void that Matt Harvey left when promoted to the bigs.  Given the early success of Harvey, it looks like Wheeler won’t get a chance to pitch in the majors this year, but he’s now well positioned to make an early impact next season.  For those wondering, Wheeler is widely regarded as the higher-ceiling prospect when compared to Harvey.

Anthony Rendon | 3B, Nationals – Rendon entered the season with plenty of hype, but a broken ankle in early April effectively squashed any chance he had at a breakout year.  He’s worked his way back to A-ball, though, and through his first 27 PA in the Short-Season New York-Penn League, he’s homered once and doubled twice.  It’s nice to see him back out there, but he’ll drop quite a ways down most prospect boards after losing most the season.

Gerrit Cole | RHP, Pirates – 2011′s No. 1 overall pick is coming off his best start of the year at Double-A Altoona:  6 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.  His 3.94 ERA and 1.31 WHIP at the level are still rather unsightly, however.

Jameson Taillon | RHP, Pirates – Escaped the trade deadline without being moved, and responded with an outstanding effort at High-A, tossing seven scoreless frames while allowing only two hits.

Adieny Hechavarria | SS, Blue Jays – Toronto has called up Hechavarria, a defense-first shortstop, while Brett Lawrie nurses a ribcage injury.  I doubt he’ll bring much value in the fantasy game.  Not this year, at least.

Manny Machado | SS, Orioles – Machado’s line on the year at Double-A isn’t pretty:  255/.339/.405, 9 HR.  Still, he’s not slipping much in mid-season prospect rankings, as scouts and pundits continue to believe in his tools.  At just 20-years-old, there’s ample time for him to play up to his potential, and I’m inclined to agree with the masses — Machado is still a future fantasy stud.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Earlier in the week I mentioned that the Cardinals might use Taveras off the bench come Septemeber.  Well, St. Louis put that idea to rest, insisting that they plan for Taveras to finish his year in Double-A.

Jurickson Profar | SS, Rangers – The Rangers’ aggressive promotion of Mike Olt has me wondering if — and this is a big if — an injury to either Ian Kinsler or Elvis Andrus would prompt a call-up for Profar.  Meanwhile, the 19-year-old is batting .284/.357/.471 with 13 HR and 14 SB at Double-A Frisco.

Matt Adams | 1B, Cardinals – With Lance Berkman shelved once again, the Cardinals have recalled OF Shane Robinson from Triple-A Memphis, but with oft-inured guys like Allen Craig and Carlos Beltran in the lineup, I wonder if Matt Adams will resurface in St. Louis before long.  Because of his brief stint in the bigs, followed by a couple weeks on the DL with an elbow ailment, his Triple-A line has come in three separate chunks, and has been largely overlooked.  But do take notice, as it’s one of the more impressive lines you’ll see this year:  .340/.375/.647 with 17 HR in 253 PA.

  1. Marqo says:
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    You should have looked up the boxscore of Manny Machados game last night before writing ;)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Marqo, Oh snap! Goddamn deadlines… Puts his last ten at .361/.410/.667. Again: future fantasy stud.

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    Good stuff on Dan (my name too) the man Straily.

    Am hurting at Util in my 16 teamer as Brown has done nothing since I added him, problem is theres absolutely nothing out there. Prospect with best shot at coming up this year? Names im thinking of are Vitters/Myers/Adams, though can’t really afford to stash in this league with Tulo and Giancarlo out.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Myers might be worth a stash, maybe Gyorko… I’d wait on Vitters or Adams ’til they get the call.

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Also is it time to give up with Nick Franklin? Have him on my keeper farm, very mediocre numbers in the PCL so far, and I can’t really see him providing much value in Seattle. Is there another under-the-radar guy like J Bonifacio I could add, otherwise re-add Zach Lee again?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Hold Franklin. PCL line isn’t the greatest, but he was solid in AA & big league opportunity should be there next spring.

  4. Scott Evans

    Scott Evans says:
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    Attention Commenters: I’ll be absent from the message boards for the rest of the day. Apologies. I’ll address all questions tomorrow, so leave ‘em if you got ‘em. And if you have some sort of dynasty-league-advice emergency, you can find me in Chicago at Grant Park for Lollapalooza, where I’ll be checking out Toro Y Moi, Miike Snow, Florence + The Machine, Jack White, and others. I’ll be the drunk one.

  5. len's sakata says:
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    mike zunino. your fantasy?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @len’s sakata, I provided a brief Zunino fantasy back before the draft: http://razzball.com/scouting-the-unknown-2012-draft-edition-part-2/

      He’s too advanced for short-season ball, which explains the blazing hot start (1.093 OPS), but he’ll reach AA sometime next year, on pace for arrival sometime in 2014.

  6. longbeachyo says:
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    Drop Rasmus for Brett Jackson? I could really use the stolen bases since Castro and Kipnis are suddenly allergic to stealing…

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @longbeachyo, Talk about stealing allergies, Andrus has stolen like 2 bases in the past month and a half…McCutch’s also short-circuted on the basepaths but he’s still a stud, if Andrus aint stealng he’s got nothing going for him.

    • Scott Evans

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      @longbeachyo, I don’t think so. Still plenty of time to lose pts in other cats & Rasmus will provide far more value than Jackson across the board ROS.

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Sounds like a pretty cool day out yesterday Scott, any other bands of note playin?

    Vitters has been called up! (and B Jackson) Have Vitters in my keeper farm obviously so im excited to see how he does, ride with him over Dom Brown in a non-keeper (16 teamer) too?

    • Scott Evans

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      @TheNewGuy, It was a blast! Saw quite a few lesser-known bands early in the day, but nothing really of note. The five I mentioned, though, all put on outstanding shows. Anyway…

      I think the early sample on Brown isn’t enough reason to cut him loose. I ranked him ahead of Vitters in my recent top 10 for ROS post, and I’m not ready to change that just yet. And being that he’s on your farm, I’m assuming you can keep him inactive & wait this out a little longer.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans, Rolled with Vitters in my non-keeper in the end, its at Util and I just don’t trust Brown having had him before.

        Its a parade of my farm team callups, first Olt, then Straily, then Vitters, now Segura. Very excited to see how they all do.

        Also could use some MI help in my 16 team non-keeper, at least until Tulo comes back. Roll with Segura over Ever-Cab there too? E-Cab had a hot start but has been very mediocre lately.

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