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The Minor League Baseball season has reached it’s glorious culmination.  Well, actually, it’s not very glorious.  No, no one really cares who wins in the New York-Penn semis, or the International League title, or the Midwest League championship.  It’s just not that interesting.  Not even for me.  Sure, organizations do their best to instill winning attitudes throughout their farm systems, and I absolutely agree that’s important.  It’s why Jeff Luhnow is still tweeting crap like “#JETHAWKS WIN”.  Yay, Jethawks… It’s fun for the players, I suppose.  It’s fun for the small-town fans, too.  And it’s a small source of pride for player development types.  But that’s about the extent of it.  All that said, the various MiLB playoffs are still worth keeping an eye on, if only for the handful of real-deal prospects who’re performing on a slightly grander stage than usual.  So, to wrap up this year’s Minor Accomplishments series, I leave you with a brief rundown of what’s happening with some of the more notable prospects in their respective postseasons:

Mike Zunino | C, Mariners – The third overall pick this past June has been simply incredible since signing.  His dominance has continued in the Double-A Southern League playoffs:  Zunino’s blasted 3 homers and posted a .400+ AVG for Jackson.

Jose Fernandez | RHP, Marlins – My breakout pitching prospect of the year didn’t seem rattled by the rowdy atmosphere (maybe?) of the Florida State League playoffs, allowing only four baserunners in his most recent outing.  Fernandez will rocket up into the top ten of many prospect lists this offseason after allowing a miniscule .191 BAA on the year.

Wil Myers | OF, Royals – Myers has collected some big hits in the PCL playoffs, including two long balls.  Alas, KC refuses to start his big league service clock, and I’m thinking we won’t see him ’til next May.

Andrew Heaney | LHP, Marlins – I told y’all about Heaney back in May as part of my pre-draft primer.  The 9th overall pick whiffed 9 batters in 4.2 frames earlier this week in the Low-A South Atlantic League playoffs.

James Paxton | LHP, Mariners – Paxton put together a quietly decent year at Double-A Jackson, but there was nothing subtle about his outing earlier this week:  7 IP, 4 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 10 K.

Carlos Martinez | RHP, Cardinals – Martinez allowed only 5 baserunners through seven scoreless frames, striking out 7 in his most recent outing for Double-A Springfield.  The undersized flame-thrower has been outstanding on the year, but I’m concerned about his durability going forward, and I’m afraid high-leverage relief may be his destiny.  Not that there’s anything wrong with that…

Christian Yelich | OF, Marlins – Yelich’s hit tool is first-rate, and it’s been on display this postseason.  The 20-year-old posted a .400+ AVG in the Florida State League playoffs.

Taijuan Walker | RHP, Mariners – Walker flashed some of his limitless potential on Thursday, striking out 9 and walking zero through 5.1 scoreless.

Brandon Weeden | QB, Browns – Weeden’s career-long command troubles were on full display last Sunday as he offered up four interceptions versus Philly.  Shouldn’t his 1.57 WHIP over five seasons in MiLB have tipped Cleveland off to the fact that this dude can’t hit his spots?

  1. Samardzija! says:
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    Please make the Cards call up Oscar Taveras so I can claim him in my keeper league. Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Samardzija!, I have some connections in the STL front office… Being that it’s for such a good cause, I’ll see what I can do for ya…

  2. kangaroo hops says:
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    Who’s a better add at this point for next year in a keeper league: Markakis, Lorenzo Cain, or Zunino?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @kangaroo hops, Markakis.

  3. Stephen says:
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    Loved the dig on Brandon Weeden

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Stephen, Ha! Yeah that burn was begging to be made if you followed him at all as prospect…

  4. Prezii says:
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    Thank you for your help all year! And for keeping my goggles un-fogged!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Prezii, Ha! Thanks for reading. I’ll keep the prospects posts coming this offseason with team-by-team previews & such. Stay tuned.

      • Prezii says:
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        @Scott Evans, sounds good to me!

  5. Adam says:
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    I’m in a 20 team, 25 keeper dynasty league. I’m in our playoffs now, but if I get knocked out I intend to drop some of the role players I have for a few prospects who have a chance to gain value in peoples eyes. The intention in most cases would be to try to flip them once the 2013 prospect lists come out and more people become aware of their value but, if I really believe in them, I can find a way to keep them myself.

    My list this year includes:

    Jorge Bonifacio, Rougned Odor, Brian Goodwin, Brad Miller, Aaron Sanchez, Robert Stephenson, Luis Heredia

    If you had to pick 3 of these guys, who would you go with?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Adam, Bonifacio & Heredia are no-brainers. There’s room for debate as to who’s your 3rd scoop, but I say Goodwin.

  6. nightpandas says:
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    T Walker or Hultzen gonna be relevant in 2013? If so where would you rank them approx in terms of SP’s?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @nightpandas, Hultzen could have a shot at making the M’s rotation next spring, but nasty stretch at AAA kinda muddies that outlook. Walker needs a little more seasoning, but could be ready 2nd half. Assuming both reach the bigs next year, Hultzen will be a nice 5th or 6th starter in standard formats… Walker would be a must-own for the tremendous upside — far better ceiling than Hultz. Hard to put an overall rank on either at this point.

  7. T.J. says:
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    As if I needed another excuse to stay focused on fantasy baseball, I own Forte AND A. Hernandez in my FF league. So, my question is: Second round of 6×6 (R, OPS) H2H starts tomorrow. I can start four of JUp, Ellsbury (only real source of steals), CDavis, Delmon, Hart (still injured) and Marte. Who get the nods?

    Thanks for all the good advice this season (so far!).

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @T.J., Well I woulda gone with the first 4 & left Hart & Marte benched.

      • T.J. says:
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        @Scott Evans, That’s what I did! You’re a smart man. :)

  8. THE_FREAK says:
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    Scott, thanks for all your work this season, really enjoyed you on the podcast – I hope you’re on more podcasts next year.

    I have both Walker and Hultzen at $1 each in my keeper league, they are 2 of my 5 minor leaguers for next year, we have a $400 budget. Was thinking about divesifying and trying to move Hultzen for another minor league SP. Would you try and move Hultzen for Jose Fernandez, who is $5? Not sure if the other owner would accept the offer, but I’m worried Fernandez just had one of those magical years in the minors and isn’t what everyone thinks he is.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @THE_FREAK, I would absolutely try to move Hultz for Fernandez. JF is for real.

  9. Scott -

    love the work. big fan…

    h2h semis; 6 x 6 (ops, holds)

    please pick 4 of these guys to start:

    Dayan Viciedo (7 games – 5 rhp, 2 lhp) – been slumping until today
    Colby Rasmus (6 games; 3 – lhp, 3 rhp) – awful versus lefties
    Justin Maxwell (6 games; 4 rhp, 2 lhp) – en fuego
    Starling Marte (7 games; 5 rhp, 1 lhp) – platooning still?
    Ike Davis (6 games; 3 rhp, 3 lhp) – all at home, where he’s been horrible.
    Matt Carpenter (6 games; 4 rhp, 2 lhp) – platooning still?

    right now — rolling with Marte, Viciedo, Maxwell and Carpenter

    thoughts? much appreciated.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @EL Burro, I’d be tempted to roll Colby out there instead of Carpenter, just for the guaranteed PAs, but your 4 is probably the smart way to go. Good luck.

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