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In the wake of his promotion to Double-A, I figured now would be a good time to discuss this Xander Bogaerts guy who has Red Sox fans all hot and bothered.  Middlebrooks is down, call up BOGAAAHHTS!  To be clear:  I don’t think that’ll come to pass this year, but Red Sox fans have good reason to be excited about this particular prospect.  Bogaerts has huge power potential.  That much was clear after he slugged 16 homers in just 296 PA a year ago in the South Atlantic League.  In 2012, however, he’s worked hard to squash the one-dimensional projections, batting .302 and getting on base at a .378 clip through 100+ games at High-A.  Those figures are up considerably from last year’s, meanwhile, his SLG (.505) hasn’t dipped.  The more balanced production from Bogaerts surely contributed to Boston’s aggressive promotion of the 20-year-old.  He’s now on track to reach Fenway at some point next year, although they’ll likely need to find a new position for him, as scouts don’t see his defensive tools cutting it in the bigs at shortstop.

Speaking of promotions, much of what follows will be updates on prospects who’re on the move to new levels.  There were plenty of notables shifting around this past week.  I’ll start with the big one:

Manny Machado | SS/3B, Orioles – Just two weeks ago, down in the comments section, I told a reader that there was a 0% chance of Manny Machado reaching the majors this year.  I literally said zero percent.  Where do I get off speaking so absolutely?  I’m well aware by now that this prospect ETA business is utterly impossible to forecast.  Note to self:  Just say 1% next time, you dummy. 

Dylan Bundy | RHP, Orioles – Baseball’s top pitching prospect was promoted to Double-A Bowie on the same day Machado was promoted to the majors from Bowie.  I’m giving Bundy a 1% chance of reaching Baltimore this year.

Jorge Soler | OF, Cubs – The Cubbies promoted the highly touted Soler to their Low-A affiliate in the Midwest League.  He made his full-season ball debut with Peoria on Friday, going 1-4 with 2 RBI.

Marcus Stroman | RHP, Blue Jays – It was no secret that Stroman was well equipped to push through the Blue Jays’ system quickly after being drafted two months ago.  The 21-year-old flamethrower is living up to expectations, having already reached Double-A.  He’s working strictly in relief, which isn’t great for his fantasy stock, but he’s positioned himself nicely for a September call-up.

Carlos Correa | SS, Astros – Houston had a busy week restructuring their minor league rosters.  Included in the shuffle was 2012 No. 1 overall pick, Carlos Correa.  He moves from the Gulf Coast League to the rookie-level Appalachian League.

Delino DeShields | 2B, Astros – After 83 stolen bases in the South Atlantic League, the Astros bumped DeShields up to the High-A California League.  Look for him to show a little more pop in the hitter-friendly environment of Lancaster.

George Springer | OF, Astros – Springer, who’d actually been struggling over his last 15 games in the Cal League, was promoted to Double-A.  Click here for a closer look at him from just a few weeks ago.

Tyler Skaggs | LHP, D’backs – Skaggs has been outstanding at Triple-A, posting a 1.70 ERA through eight outings.  It’s looking more and more likely that we’ll see the lefty surface in the bigs this year, even if it’s just for a spot-start or two.

Billy Hamilton | SS, Reds – Dusty Baker acknowledged that Hamilton’s speed could be an asset to the Reds come September.  As I’ve noted here before, though, the blazing fast shortstop will likely be used strictly in pinch-running situations should he get the call.  By the way, Hamilton is up to 135 SB on the year, which is simply ridiculous.

Nolan Arenado | 3B, Rockies – Arenado seems to have finally gotten himself going at Double-A, batting .415/.457/.683 through his last ten.  His line on the year, however, remains unimpressive:  .276/.336/.415, 9 HR, 46 RBI.

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  1. TheNewGuy says:
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    Like what Manny-Mac has done so far, at MI in a 16 teamer anything is a bonus. Think he can continue to suprise the rest of the year? The talents clearly there, but he does seem to be a bit undercooked going by his age/ minors numbers.

    Anymore big-time arms we could be seeing making a splash in the show soon? Whats the reason for Hultzens recent hiatus?

    As for bats, im guessing Myers is still the next guy who can make a big impact upon reaching the bigs, though with his recent inconsistency might not be still sept. Still keeping an eye out for him then though, could be a very useful addition for my 16 team H2H playoffs.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I’d be surprised if Machado doesn’t hit a cold stretch soon, but he’s always been the type to play up for a big game or a big moment & now they’re all big games & big moments. His tools are very real.

      Skaggs might be the next big guy to surface.

      Who knows with Myers. Could be a situation where we don’t see him ’til next May.

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    And just noticed Gary Sanchez has been cut from someones farm team in my league as a result of a trade. Always thought of him as a good prospect, worth a claim? Do you like him over any of my lesser guys: N Franklin, J Segura, M Choice, J Vitters, J Bonifacio. Sanchez for Franklin?

    • Stormin' Norman says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I personally like him much more than Vitters, but that’s just me.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I must agree w/ Norman. Sanchez’s ceiling is WAY higher than Vitters. But that move clearly requires a bit of patience. Still, I’d try to find a way to make it happen… even if that means activating Vitters & dropping a low-end guy from your active roster.

  3. chris says:
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    I am in 10th place in a 20 team keeper, i have machado and harvey. We can keep 14, and i have rutledge from colorado as my ss and calapso from LA at 3b so i was hoping machado would get 3b elegiability
    . I have bonaficio and plouffe on the dl. would you make this trade?

    Send Manny Machado, Bal SS from Bench to Gangster
    Send Matt Harvey, NYM SP from SP to Gangster
    Receive Andre Ethier, LAD RF from Gangster to Bench
    Receive Fernando Rodney, TB RP from Gangster to Bench

    • Scott Evans

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      @chris, No, I’d hold Machado & Harvey in this format. Machado will get 3B eligibility, but he’s a far better keeper than Rutledge, regardless. I’d try shopping Rutledge while his stock is sky-high.

  4. nightpandas says:
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    If Skaggs gets called up does he bump any of these guys off my roster (15 teams, keep 7, 4 moves left)

    Straily
    Medlen
    Fiers
    Beckett
    Niese

    or my bench bat Olt (more from a potential keeper perspective)

    • Scott Evans

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      @nightpandas, If Olt is a potential keep, then Skaggs should be too. Skaggs, though, might just come up for a spot start down the stretch — Towers said he’d be a candidate to start one game of a doubleheader on 8/22. It might take an injury to get him into the rotation full time.

    • Scott Evans

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      @nightpandas, So to answer your question, no he’s likely not a good swap for any of those guys.

  5. Scott:

    6×6 (ops/holds) redraft 14 team H2H league – rostered Olt last week. Having watched how Washington utilized him this week (essentially as a pinch hitter and/or against lefties), he’s really not rosterable barring injury to Beltre or a realization by MGMT how much of a turd Young is, correct?

    I’m all for exercising patience, but having just lost Middlebrooks, need someone that is gonna get ABs, so wanted your take…

    Thanks for these articles. Look forward to em every weekend

    • Scott Evans

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      @El Burro, Thanks for reading! Yeah, I’m totally with you on this one. I initially thought Olt would start 5 outa every 7 or so games — Allen Craig type time — but it now seems that’s not the case. He’s certainly dropable in redraft formats… let him torment another manager.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @El Burro, Just the case with Vitters too, im gonna drop him in my deep league league whilst Lawrie’s out but it really is a graveyard out there. C’mon Manny-Mac, need you to get 3B eligability soon.

  6. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hi Scott, was wondering what you think Nick Franklin could become in the majors as you must like him (never let me drop him anyway! ;) ). I’m considering dropping him over Vitters off my farm team to pick up Gary Sanchez. I mean at least Vitters has hit at AAA, whereas Franklin isn’t even doing that. Plus hitting in Wrigley is far more favourable than the hitters graveyard of Safeco, think I heard somewhere that Safeco’s playing even worse than Petco this year for hitters.

    Do you think Franklin could manage a 15-15 season next year in the majors at least? Still sticking to your guns that he’s worth holding over Vitters? :-) Think either way I need to scoop Gary Sanchez, here’s hoping I win the claim on him.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, I doubt Franklin gets a 15/15 season under his belt next year, but I’m confident he’ll put up that kind of season most years as he settles in, maybe even 20/20 type stuff. Sure, Vitters put up a nice year at AAA, but he’s a year & a half older than Franklin & you can’t ignore that. His ceiling is also quite a bit lower. I think Franklin starts next year at Tacoma & puts up some big #s before he takes over with the M’s in May or June. There’ll be plenty of hype around his call-up too, so trade value is potentially very high around that time. Franklin is hold & I think you can feel confident hanging onto him into next year.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans, Ok man think I will do then, you persuaded me. Lets hope he doesn’t turn out to be another Dustin Ackley i.e. highly hyped but not a valuable fantasy player.

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