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A week ago, I updated Jurickson Profar with news that his hitting streak had reached 21 games.  Well, Profar’s streak has now swelled to 29, the longest in pro ball this year.  With the graduations of Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Matt Moore, Profar takes over as the game’s top prospect and it’s not too soon to start considering how and when he fits in with the Rangers.  With Ian Kinsler signed through 2018, and Adrian Beltre through 2016, it seems Profar won’t have a clear path to Arlington ’til Elvis Andrus hits free agency after the 2014 season.  I have to assume he’ll be ready before then, however, which leads me to speculate about a transition to outfield or a trade, perhaps.  I suppose this is a good problem to have from the Rangers’ vantage point.  It’ll be interesting to watch how the situation plays out.

Matt Adams | 1B, Cardinals – There was plenty of buzz around Adams during Spring Training as the 23-year-old slugger was murdering the ball in big league camp.  Despite the impressive audition, St. Louis sent him to Triple-A Memphis where he’s hit .338/.373/.597 with 9 HR through his first 150 plate appearances.  After Lance Berkman’s injury on Saturday night, however, Adams is on his way to Los Angeles in time to join the Cardinals for their Sunday contest versus the Dodgers.  With an advanced approach, solid on base skills, and plus power, Adams has a chance to do damage in the bigs right away.  He’s worth an add in most formats.

Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners – After a rough debut, Hultzen has settled in and is now cruising through the Southern League.  After eight Double-A appearances, his ERA sits at 1.81 and his WHIP at 0.99.  No one thought he’d need much time in the minors and he appears to be validating that sentiment.

Anthony Rizzo | 1B, Cubs – He’s up to 14 homers and his OPS sits at 1.122.  Maybe the Ricketts would like to see him defame Obama before they feel comfortable with the call up.  Did things just get uncomfortably political here at Razzball?  Grey Albright for prez!

Zach Wheeler | RHP, Mets – Through 37.2 IP at Double-A, Wheeler’s posted a 2.15 ERA while whiffing 45.  The feature piece in the Carlos Beltran swap last summer, Wheeler has been excellent during his first stint at Double-A.

Noah Syndergaard | RHP, Blue Jays – Syndergaard has been destroying Midwest League hitters, striking out 38 batters through his first 28.2 IP.  I expect a breakout campaign from this wonderfully athletic 19-year-old as he pushes toward High Class A.

Nick Tepesch | RHP, Rangers – Combined with teammate Jimmy Reyes to no-hit the Wilmington Blue Rocks in Carolina League play on Saturday.  Tepesch was impressive, sitting at 92-95 with his fastball, but he still has a ways to go before he’s taken seriously as a prospect.

Wil Myers / Jake Odorizzi | Royals - I wrote about both these dudes last week, as the two were blazing hot at Double-A.  Well, the pair was bumped up to Triple-A Omaha this week and the countdown to their respective arrivals has begun.

Trevor Bauer | RHP, D’backs - Bauer, too, was promoted to Triple-A this past week.  His first Pacific Coast League start looked like this:  8 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 11 K, and most importantly, just one walk.  Bauer surrendered a solo bomb, but he seems to have sorted out the control issue, which was really the only thing holding him back from a gig in the majors.  Expect his arrival in Arizona any week now.

  1. Marqo says:
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    there are about 20 interesting prospects you should also write about.
    Don’t be lazy! :)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Marqo, Your comment is extremely helpful and not the least bit lazy in its own right.

  2. JungleMike says:
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    Kinda off topic… but I’m looking for some advice about who to start in my 2b/SS position in a 6 team ROTO league – Furcal, Hardy, Kendrick, Rollins, Infante, Altuve? A long term solution would be best…

    I’ve got Kipnis and Andrus in my other two spots.

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @JungleMike, Go with Infante for now. Hardy not far behind.

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Who’s the odd man out outta this group (keeper league minor league team). Need to cut one:

    Michael Choice, Jean Segura, Josh Bell, Nick Franklin, Zach Lee.

    Also is Bauer a guy that needs to be owned now in a 16 team league or a guy that you should just be ready to grab as soon as he gets the call. Chance of a Lincecum-like opening season in the show?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Even with the knee injury, I’d probably hang on to Bell over a guy like Nick Franklin. Re: Bauer, he should probably be stashed in a league that deep. He has a real chance of being effective, especially if his command is on point.

  4. Jacob says:
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    Would u trade Reyes for kipnis and kimbrel??
    Standard league
    Thanks!!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jacob, I usually don’t recommend trading for saves, but this deal seems ok. Kimbrel is proving to be an exception in the volatile closer market.

  5. Rick says:
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    I’ll have you know, sir, that while Boston and Philly fans may drink to excess, Boston fans do NOT throw batteries at Santa. We have our standards.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Rick, I thought Philly drunks threw batteries at JD Drew & booed Santa? I never really understood the outrage over booing Santa. That fat asshole is a creep, if you ask me. How’d this comment sneak in here, anyway?

  6. Ryan says:
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    Was offered jered weaver for Jose Reyes
    Standard league
    I need a solid pitcher
    Make sense??
    Help

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Ryan, Seems fair to me. No harm in trying to get more, but I think you can feel comfortable pulling the trigger on that deal as-is.

  7. Fenst says:
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    Need some hitting help in a 16 team espn format league.

    I have Walker at 2B and I think I’m done waiting on some production. Better to hold off on him or do you think switching to a hot bat like Galvis makes more sense. Need help across the board in all 5 standard categories. Looking at possible Galvis or Giavotella. There really isn’t much out there.

    Also, I have Cozart sitting in my middle infield spot. I hate to give up on players, there is a reason why I drafted them, but I am falling so far behind the leaders it is tough to just sit around and pray these guys turn it around. Another tough position to fill but Elliott Johnson is swinging a hot bat. What do you think?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Fenst, I like both Walker and Cozart better than your replacement options. In a deep league like yours, it can be tough to try to scrap and stream off the wire, and I don’t think it’s worth it in your case. I’d either stick it out with those two for a while longer, or explore the trade market.

      • Fenst says:
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        @Scott Evans, Thanks for the advice. How do you feel about Paulino and Jerome Williams in a 2 start week for each? Would be replacing a combination of Mike Adams/Mike Minor/Ross Detwiler.

        I was really hoping Minor would turn it around and be a keeper for me at $3 for next year but I don’t see what the point is to holding on to him any longer.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Fenst, I like Paulino over Williams, but I like both in weekly formats. And don’t be shy about dumping minor if you’re in one of these weekly lineup leagues. I always prefer a flexible pitching staff so I can stream the two-start guys.

  8. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Out of the following group of players, could you give me two opinions? Who will hold more value the rest of 2012 and who will be more valuable in 2013?

    Middlebrooks
    Rizzo
    Matt Adams

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1, With Adams up and Rizzo still down, it’s hard to say that Rizzo will have more value this year. Given current circumstances, I’ll say Adams for 2012 & Rizzo for 2013. But it’d be Rizzo across the board if the Cubs promote him anytime soon. Middlebrooks looks headed back to AAA and I don’t think he’ll be worth quite what Rizzo will be next year.

  9. Blue says:
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    Corbin or Stults?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Blue, Stults. I think Corbin will be AAA-bound upon the arrival of Bauer/Skaggs.

      • Blue says:
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        @Scott Evans, that’s what I was thinking…and he has RP eligibility in CBS, which is a nice bit of flexibility.

  10. Jobu's Rum says:
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    You like Adams over Luke Scott?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jobu’s Rum, He certainly has a chance to be more effective than Scott. Not sure his opportunity will be there all year long, but if Scott were my 1B, I’d explore options like Adams.

    • Jobu's Rum says:
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      @Jobu’s Rum, I’m riddled with injuries: Longoria, Sandoval, Daniel Hudson, Worley, and I have Rizzo with only 2 DL slots. So I’ve been using Scott and Seager as fillers. I have Butler at 1B so I’m not struggling @ 1B. I’m 6-0 in my league but I should lose this week. Would you cut Niese, Detwiler, or Cahill in a 12 team league for Adams? Rest of my pitchers are Hamels, Lincecum, Marcum, Dempster, Samardjiza, McDonald & Floyd.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @Jobu’s Rum, I think you can feel comfortable cutting either Detwiler or Cahill for Adams. Not Niese.

  11. The badger says:
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    Who holds more value the rest of the year?

    m Adams or Lucas Duda?

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @The badger, I’ll say Duda because I’m unsure that Adams will stick in the bigs when/if the Cards get healthy.

  12. Risk Management says:
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    What about Arenado?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Risk Management, Playing well at Double-A Tulsa, but not blowing anyone away with these numbers: .306/.356/.439 with 15 XBH (3 HR) in 174 PA. He needs to step up the XBH production before we start wondering about a call up.

  13. EK says:
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    Rizzo or Harper?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @EK, Certainly Harper for the long term, but Rizzo is better equipped to do damage now.

  14. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    another solid sunday, just enough. I picked up Adams because I’ve been tracking him all year and I play with some prospect obsessed players. I do worry that he gets a platoon with Carpenter or gets Scott Van Slyked. Well my question is not prospect related but what are your thoughts on Alex Rios?

    • Scott Evans

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      @Jack Full of Hate, I don’t think much of him. He’s gotten things going a little bit here of late, but he’s really only an option for deep leagues.

  15. pettite or bass?

    16 team, 9×9.. standard + pickoffs, k/9, hr, whip

    • Ozzie says:
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      @jdizzle, I like bass, but will breakdown / be limited the 2nd half of the year

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @jdizzle, I also like Bass.

  16. Ozzie says:
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    Traded Mccarthy and Reddick for Beckett, I think I won, thoughts?

    • Ozzie says:
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      @Ozzie, just saw that McCarthy hit the DL, ha!

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @Ozzie, Suffice to say you destroyed this one.

  17. EA says:
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    Prado (3B, OF) was dropped last week in my 8-team 6×5 league.

    Would you drop one of the following for Prado: A Gordon, B Lawrie, J Altuve?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @EA, I wouldn’t drop any of those three in favor of Prado.

  18. Awesomus Maximus

    Awesomus Maximus says:
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    How is Bauer going to get into that rotation, though? That’s the one thing stopping me from the ol’ speculative add.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Awesomus Maximus, I see Corbin as a placeholder. Bauer will fit in. Real question is will there be rooms for Skaggs too?

      • Awesomus Maximus

        Awesomus Maximus says:
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        @Scott Evans, Yeah, but isn’t it most likely the place he’s holding is Daniel Hudson’s?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Awesomus Maximus, Indeed. Hard to say what they have planned. Someone will be shifted to ‘pen work, it seems. See Pokey’s comment below for a little more speculation on this situation.

          • Awesomus Maximus

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            @Scott Evans, Eh… I tossed him on my roster. Not sure how, but I tend to agree that he’ll be in there somehow. And it wouldn’t be much of a speculative add if it didn’t involve speculation, now would it?

  19. GoBlue says:
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    What side do you like:
    Matt Moore and De Aza or Bumgardner and Dexter Fowler? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @GoBlue, MadBum & Fowler.

  20. Pokey Reese says:
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    Maybe I am reading way too much into this but I think Bauer was promoted to AAA so that he could be pitching in Reno (the D-backs are home too) this week instead of Jacksonville or Mobile, where AA next two games were. Patrick Corbin gets another shot on Monday to see if he can be effective but if not he might get bumped for Bauer.

    Although with the way Kennedy is pitching right now he might be headed to the disgraceful list sometime soon especially when D. Hudson recovers. Who are we kidding, Kevin Towers is a wildcard. All predictions are moot.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Pokey Reese, Your last sentence is probably the real point to be taken here. I’ll be surprised if Bauer isn’t pitching in the bigs come July, though.

  21. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Hey Scott,
    I am looking to replace one of these guys in my farm system for Adams. Who would you lose?

    Jacob Turner
    Zach Cozart
    Devin Mesoraco
    Travis D’Arnaud
    Brad Peacock SP

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I’d probably go with Adams over Cozart.

  22. Shmorgie S. Board says:
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    I’m looking to FAAB pickup some combo of Downs, James McDonald, and Matt Adams.

    I just cut bait with Luebke and put Mark Reynolds on the DL, so that opens up one spot.

    My list of dudes to potentially cut is: Rauch, Mujica, Cishek, and Yunel Escobar.

    I’m also kinda tempted to drop Yunel for Elliott Johnson.

    It also feels safe to drop Rauch (yeah, I’m in a deep league). I have Parnell, I’ll hold him.

    Any help prioritizing these cuts and adds is greatly appreciated!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Shmorgie S. Board, Downs & McDonald are your priority adds. I’d only go after Adams aggressively if you’re hurting at 1B. Also wouldn’t cut Yunel loose just yet. Rauch ain’t bad, but you could lose him.

      • Shmorgie S. Board says:
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        @Scott Evans, After a bunch of research and thinking, I came to the same conclusions, thanks! Downs has a bunch of risks, I could easily see either Frieri or Walden being the main man. Downs is a lefty too, and not dominant at all. But you know, saves are saves, and managers aren’t always rational about these things.

      • Shmorgie S. Board says:
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        @Scott Evans, Other thing is about Matt Adams… his more impressive AAA numbers are in the PCL. I’ll throw $5 at him and will be fine when somebody far outbids me.

      • Shmorgie S. Board says:
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        @Scott Evans, Waivers just cleared. We have a $200 budget. I got McDonald and Adams:

        Downs: $20
        I had second highest bid at $15

        McDonald: $16
        Next highest bid: $15!! :-D

        Matt Adams: $5 (I dropped Rauch)
        Nobody else put in a claim!

        This is my first year doing FAAB in fantasy baseball, I’m loving it.

        • Shmorgie S. Board says:
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          @Shmorgie S. Board, Edit: $2 was the second highest bid on Adams, which makes me feel $2 better about myself.

          OK, I’m done rambling to myself.

  23. Yankees2012 says:
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    Hello Scott,
    If you had to drop one of Friedrich or Delgado (ATL), who would it be. I might be crazy, but I am holding onto Danny Hultzen and Mike Rizzo on my bench. It’s a Keeper League, so i might be looking for lightning in a bottle. Am I crazy?

    Thanks much Scott.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Yankees2012, I hope you mean Anthony Rizzo & not Mike Rizzo, the Nationals GM …unless you’re in some sort of GM league, in which case, I want in. Anyway, I’ll assume you’re referring to Anthony. In deep keeper leagues, I don’t think stashing top prospects is crazy. Rizzo is a worthy stash, and Hultzen could be valuable for the second half. Seems you could cut Delgado, provided you have to roster flexibility to stash & wait on the other two.

  24. radiohead says:
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    Scott, how much would you bid on Adams in a 12-team NL-only with a $100 FAAB? I’m also a Berkman owner (but not Craig or Carpenter). Many thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @radiohead, Berkman’s MRI results won’t come in ’til tomorrow, and that should effect your bid. If it’s season-ending or close to it, bid heavy, but don’t blow your load on a rookie before AL/NL swaps later this summer. Somewhere around $25 or $30 seems in line, but depending on your league’s FAAB tendencies, might take more.

  25. Hats for Bats says:
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    Do I drop Carlos Pena or Tim Hudson for a grab and stash on Trevor Bauer in a deep league 7×7 where I’m already rocking Big Z, Haren, Tim Hudson, Samardzja, Peavy, Price, Hanson, Darvish? Is he THAT good? What kind of trades in my pitching might you recommend?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Hats for Bats, I wouldn’t drop either of those guys for Bauer. Guys like Zambrano & Peavy could fetch more that they’re worth on the market right now.

      • Hats for Bats says:
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        @Scott Evans, I already have LaHair, Rizzo, El Caballo and Ryan Howard on the DL. Do I really need another high K against in Pena on my team (in a Ks against league)

  26. CriscoDisco says:
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    I give Lester/Posey and get Scherzer/J. Upton. Could use the Ks (what the F, Lester?), but worry about ERA/WHIP. Take it or no?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @CriscoDisco, I’d do it. Upton is beastly.

  27. L-Boogie says:
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    Dropping Middlebrooks as we speak. Don’t have the bench spots. Its a sad, sad day.

    • Shmorgie S. Board says:
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      @L-Boogie, I always thought his minor league numbers said “regression” with regards to his hot start in the Bigs: http://www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=middle001wil

      Dude needs to walk more. You can’t make a living in the majors just smashing mistake pitches.

      My take, anyway.

  28. GTS says:
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    Who is the better 1B prospect: Adams or Rizzo?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @GTS, You can find folks on both sides of this debate. I lean toward Adams. Better pure skills at the plate.

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