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A year ago, Nolan Arenado was entering the 2012 season with loads of hype.  Minor League production expectations were enormous, and most folks around baseball were already penciling the young 3B into the Rockies’ mid-season lineup.  But a slow start at Double-A and a concerning lack of over-the-wall power quickly put an end to those 2012 Arenado arrival fantasies.  The 21-year-old watched his prospect stock slip this off-season, dropping out of the top 50 on prospect lists from almost every publication.  Fast forward to 2013:  Arenado put together a terrific spring in big league camp, blasting four homers and posting a .852 OPS in 52 PA. And after reassignment to Triple-A Colorado Springs, he hasn’t slowed down whatsoever, going 7/14 through his first two games, including two long balls.  Chris Nelson is not a long-term option for the Rockies at third, and Arenado finally appears to be ready to step into Coors field and entrench himself at the hot corner.  He’ll be fantasy-relevant once he’s up, and I imagine that’ll be no later than mid-June.

Tony Cingrani | LHP, Reds – Outside of Yu Darvish’s masterpiece last week, no one in baseball has posted a line quite like Cingrani did last Thursday evening.  The 23-year-old tossed six hitless frames for Triple-A Louisville, striking out 14 (!!) along the way.  Cingrani served as a relief pitcher in the bigs for a stint down the stretch last year, and he’ll be an attractive SP option if the Reds are in need of a starter at any point this season.

Billy Hamilton | OF, Reds – After zero stolen bases in game one, Hamilton followed up with three swipes in game two.  He also left game two with an apparent shoulder injury.  From what I gather, it’s nothing serious, but it did keep him out of the lineup on Saturday.

Carlos Martinez | RHP, Cardinals — The highly-touted Cardinals pitching prospect was held up in the Dominican for a while, awaiting his visa.  That problem seems to have been resolved, though, as Martinez arrived stateside a few days ago.

Oswaldo Arcia | OF, Twins – A lotta folks don’t realize that with his outstanding effort this spring, Aaron Hicks leaped over a couple CF prospects on the Twins’ organizational depth chart.  Oswaldo Arcia is one of those who missed out on the opening day CF gig.  The 21-year-old Venezuelan is, perhaps, playing with a chip on his shoulder at Triple-A Rochester, already having blasted two homers in the young season.  For fantasy purposes, Arcia is higher on my board than Hicks.  It’s certainly possible that we could see Oswaldo reach Target Field before mid-season.

Oscar Taveras / Jurickson Profar — I’m not quite sure how the rumor originated, but over the past week words have been circulating about a potential Taveras for Profar swap between the Rangers and the Cardinals.  I think this is more of a media-conjured idea more than a legit trade possibility, but it sorta would make sense given the organizational needs of both clubs.

Dylan Bundy | RHP, Orioles – Bundy’s debut at Double-A Bowie will be delayed a bit, as the 20-year-old serves a stint on the DL with stiffness in his throwing arm and elbow.  Baltimore hasn’t expressed much concern, though.  We should see baseball’s top pitching prospect back on the mound within the next three weeks.

Micah Owings | OF, Nationals — Owings served as a pitcher across six seasons at the big league level, but his effectiveness dwindled considerably over the past few years.  You may recall from his days with the D’Backs that he was quite good with the bat, and was frequently used in pinch hit situations.  Well, the 30-year-old is determined to regain MLB relevance in 2013, but this time as a full-time hitter.  He’s playing outfield at Triple-A in the Nationals organization, and he’s already tallied his first homer.

Taijuan Walker | RHP, Mariners — Walker was assigned to Double-A Jackson for the second straight year after an overall poor campaign there in 2012.  Most baseball folks figured he’d torch the competition in his second season versus Southern League batters.  His 2013 debut, however, didn’t show the progress we were hoping for.  Walker tossed 5 IP, allowing 9 baserunners, and 4 ER while striking out 8.  Supreme size, stuff and athleticism has kept him in the elite-tier of pitching prospects, but continued poor production will drop him down prospect boards in a hurry.

Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners – Hultzen simply ran out of gas down the stretch of his first full season in pro baseball.  It’s understandable and it happens often.  He should be better suited to sustain a hefty workload in 2013, and he’s already off to a nice start at Triple-A Tacoma:  6 IP, 3 hits, 2 walks, 1 ER, 8 K’s.

Carlos Correa | SS, Astros  – The #1 overall pick last June, Correa is making his full-season debut at Low-A Quad Cities in the Midwest League.  Having already collected a homer, five RBI and a stolen base, the 18-year-old wasted no time in showing off his massive potential.

78 Responses

  1. a1r fann1ng says:
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    first

    • Doorstop says:
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      @a1r fann1ng:

      i hate you and everything you stand for.

      • Random Collmenter says:
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        @Doorstop: fifth

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      twenty-seventh

  2. jimbo says:
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    What’s the earliest you could see arenado coming up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      For service time reasons, I’d be surprised if he were called up before June 1.

  3. Doorstop says:
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    Does Arenado have a big league glove?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      His glove/range aren’t great, but they’ll suffice in the bigs. His arm is a plus weapon.

  4. gareth says:
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    Should I start lincecum for week 2 for his 2 starts or keep him on the bench until he proved to be reliable? I’m torn on which way to go. The match ups are ok (rockies home, cubs away). What do you advise?

  5. tyler says:
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    20 team dynasty h2h 6×6 weekly lineup (so no left/righty match ups) francoeur is available on wire: i currently have Hosmer, C. Johnson, B Wallace, M Machado, C carter and d. ruf, do i drop any for francoeur, how is wallace/carter situation playing out?, how long before ruf comes up in phillie?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wallace & Carter will be on the field most days & batting in prime spots of the order. I’d hold on them. Ruf will come up only as soon as Howard gets injured… could be earlier if they need a bench bat. I’d say he’s your cut.

      • tyler says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        even a keeper league.. do you see ruf as a long term starter in a twenty team league? (i.e.) will he see full time playing time in his future?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Ruf is not a safe bet to last as long-term in the bigs. I could see him bouncing around a little & hitting for decent power wherever he’s playing, but ultimately he’s not the steady, reliable 1B you’re looking to bring up in a keeper format.

  6. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    Walker just turned 20. Think about that for a second.

    Now, his stuff is legit. His consistency, though, is lacking. He’ll be fine.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I agree. Toolsiest pitcher in baseball & still ahead of the age curve. Just getting a little antsy for some Walker dominance…

  7. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Trying not to get caught up in the hype, but I’ve been offered Chris Davis for Mike Minor. My staff currently consists of Bumgarner, Cain, Wainwright, Estrada, Minor, Haren, and JFernandez. Replacement arms I kind if like on waivers include Teheran and Hammel. Davis would likely slide into my active roster in place of Middlebrooks. What would you do?

    • Blue says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: Take it. I had Davis slotted as a 7th round pick in 5×5 12 team roto, almost equally ranked with Nelson Cruz. Minor dropped to the 17th round.

    • Barnie-Not Darwin says:
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      @PublicEnemy#1: Yeah, take that and try to conceal that smile.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Seems like a good deal for you. Davis will regress, but his outlook is still better than Middlebrooks.

      • Charlie Hustler says:
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        @Scott Evans: Did someone post this comment on the Red Sox bulletin board?

  8. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey whats up!! Is over 100 strikeouts a season labeled as alot of strikeouts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      In general, no. But it really depends on innings pitched. Could be a shizzload from a relief guy, y’know?

  9. AdamH says:
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    Great stuff. Keep these write ups coming.

    Dynasty league, you picking up Jon Gray, Sean Manaea, or some other college player not named Mark Appel?

    • AdamH says:
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      @AdamH: or even an Austin Meadows…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Meadows is next in line after Appel.

      • DAWTCOMMISH says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Sorry, but I think Frazier should be ahead of Appel and Meadows.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nice, thanks for the link. Would be such a fun trade…

  10. Ian says:
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    Nothing about Mike Zunino? Single short of the cycle in his pro debut (in AAA of all things) and 5 RBI in his third game.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Picks up where he left off last year. I can write the phrase “Zunino is destroying minor league pitching” only so many times. I promise there’s be plenty of Zunino content on the way — new running top ten for fantasy feature starts this Wednesday.

  11. SmokeTNT says:
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    I own Fujikawa in every league, should I just blow my brains out now or wait it out?

    • Ryan says:
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      @SmokeTNT:
      I was in the same boat as you last night after reading the RotoWire reports on Fujikawa, but it was only a single bad outing and it’s just too early to dismiss him. Check out what http://www.closermonkey.com has to say on the matter. I’m holding on to him.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @SmokeTNT: I read today on rotowire that Fujikawa has the closer’s job now.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Are those you’re only two options? Blow out brains, or hold Fujikawa? Hmmm… Seems like the cubs wanna showcase Marmol & get proper value in a trade. In order for that to happen, Marmol needs to find a groove and save games. My recommendation is to dump him. If they make the switch soon, oh well — there’ll be more saves to be had on the wire this season.

  12. Jason says:
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    Do you suggest stashing wheeler on a 10 tm league that also had Jose Fernandez? It would mean dropping ken let Jansen or Starling Marte

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not in a 10-teamer. Gerrit Cole is a better stash anyway.

  13. Mike says:
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    I am in a 16 team keague in need of a 3rd baseman. I have Freeze on DL and Wallace who is 1 for 14. How soon before some stud 3rd baseman comes up.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Arenado as soon as June 1… could be sooner if they don’t care about his service time, but I think that’s of concern in Colorado. He’s stashable if you have the flexibility.

  14. Mike says:
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    SMOKE. I have him to. I hope he does better and I will be keeping him a little longer.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      New mechanics at the plate give some reason for hope… I think Wally will get it going soon & he can bridge you to Freeze/Arenado.

  15. stynyr says:
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    Drop Teheran for Collmenter?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold Teheran.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      haha that play is effing awesome.

  16. infernoscurse says:
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    what? no rafael Depaula mention?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sorry, man… deadlines. De Paula totally deserves a mention, though… 11 K in 4.1 IP = LORDING

  17. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Scott nice write up. Love hearing about prospects. I like ‘em young!

    So what do you think the ETA is for Carlos Correa? Mid 2014 at the earliest? Ronny Cedeno and Marwin Gonzalez will be rough until then. Do you have any comps for him?

    Also, i know you like Jose Fernandez, but would you start him today against the Mets or sit him for a start or two to see how he does first? I have an innings pitched cap in my league so picking my spot starts are fairly important.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, Bacon! Correa more of a 2015 ETA, September 2014 at the soonest. Comp = Tulo. And I’d leave JF on your bench for this first one… 45 mins ’til first pitch — CANT WAIT [Bart Scott voice]

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Haha, oh man I remember watching that interview live. It ended and I was like “What the hell just happened???”

        I just found this remix using Bart’s interview with Sal.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LGZCKlonx78

        Thanks for the reply. Yeah I will sit him for his first start. I’m starting Samardzija against the Braves, so I only want to be sweating one game today.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Tulo is a pretty impressive comp. I’ll be keeping an eye on him in my keeper league now. Thanks for the heads up.

  18. scooter jacobsen says:
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    First off…Minor League Accomplishments is my favorite Razzball piece. The way some people are with the Sunday morning paper is how I am on Sunday mornings during the baseball season when I get to check out Minor League Accomplishments. The article was money, but once again the comments are garbage. How is it that hard for posters to talk about the given article’s topic? If it’s related to the article…that’s fine (example…I have Ludwick – should I pick up and stash Billy Hamilton)? However, that’s rarely the case…what we end up with is — here is my entire draft…how did I do? So annoying and so frustrating.

    So sticking with the topic…my longtime Dynasty league consists of a 42 man roster (18 starting batters, 14 starting pitchers, 10 reserves, and 5 Minor League players). On top of the 5 Minor League players…I usually carry at least 3 or 4 prospects on my bench. We keep 25 players as well as 5 Minor League players every year. Can you please rank and analyze my current prospects (Leonys and Gyorko are obviously already up…Straily just got sent down):

    David Dahl, Michael Choice, Dan Straily, Leonys Martin, Francisco Lindor, Delino DeShields Jr, Addison Russell, Mike Zunino, Anthony Rendon, Jedd Gyorko, and Billy Hamilton.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      First, thanks for the kind words & I’m glad you enjoy the Minor Accomplishments feature. Regarding the randomness in the comments: Welcome to Razzball…

      Anyway, your guys:

      Lindor (potential fantasy impact — 7 out of possible 8)
      Russell (7)
      Rendon (7)
      Hamilton (7)
      Zunino (6+)
      Dahl (6+ — he’s awfully young… could be 7 after this year)
      Choice (6)
      DeShields (6)
      Gyorko (5+)
      Martin (5+)
      Straily (5)

    • James says:
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      @scooter jacobsen:

      you have a really good mix of talent there.

      Zunino- already ready, but as a catcher elite upside is .280 with 20 homers.
      Dahl/Russell- both really young but have truely elite upside
      hamilton- 1 trick pony, and the reality is that i am not sure he gets the green light as much in the pros. without 70 steals a year he is not an upper teir OF.
      Rendon- i like what he does, and was a beast in college. with zimmerman he will not stick at 3rd, the talk of 2nd would really increase injury risk. I think he ends up taking over for werth in the Of eventually.
      DeShields- 2b are rare to see in the minors (normally guys get moved there in AA and AAA to fit a team need), he has elite speed, and a good guy to temper bets with hamilton as possible elite speed guys.
      lindor- looks glove first. Best case i see Alcindes Escobar.
      Martin- screams 4th OF to me, but others like him. I would see if he gets off to a hot start and look to trade him.
      Straily- do not buy into the big night v the stros. He looks like a AAAA to tail end of the rotation guy with good K rates to me.
      choice- do not know enough about him to really say much.

      How good this is depends on the number of teams. In a 20 team league this is great, in 10 this is weak. I would call it average for a 14 team league (but i think you are too strong on OF and weak in pitching)

      • scooter jacobsen says:
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        Thanks for the input. To clarify…it’s an 11 team dynasty league (6×6 rotisserie including OPS and Holds). We have a 42 man roster where we start 18 batters (2 starters at C, 1B, 2B, SS, and 3B…6 starting OFs…and 2 additional starting hitters regardless of position). We start 14 pitchers (at least 8 of them need to be starting pitchers – I usually go with 8 SP, 3 RP for saves, and 3 RP for holds). So beyond the 32 starting players, we also have 10 bench spots, up to 4 DL spots, and up to 5 Minor League spots….so we could have as many as 51 players per team. As I mentioned before…we keep 25 players and 5 Minor League players. It’s a very deep league.

  19. Boof Bonser says:
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    Oswaldo Arcia is not a CF prospect

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, more of a corner OF profile given average speed, but he’s played a little CF at every level. He’d definitely be below average defensively, but if Hicks can’t cut it, it’s either Arcia/Benson/Mastroianni in center.

  20. scooter jacobsen says:
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    And Shelby Miller…

    David Dahl, Michael Choice, Dan Straily, Leonys Martin, Francisco Lindor, Delino DeShields Jr, Addison Russell, Mike Zunino, Anthony Rendon, Jedd Gyorko, Billy Hamilton, and Shelby Miller.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Miller above Hamilton, also a 7 grade

  21. daniel says:
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    Love your stuff Scott but what happened to the top 25 for 2014 and beyond? Last year it came out the day my deep keeper had its redraft and I cleaned house. Can we still expect that article?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, man. That’s gonna be an in-season feature. I promise it’s coming, but don’t have a firm time table on it…

  22. RyKo says:
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    Any thoughts on Chris Archer before June/July? Or am I hoping for an injury

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Promising first start. If he’s got the command going, he could leap over Cobb for 5th spot without injury.

  23. Frank Lynch says:
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    I meant for a batter

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha! whoops… again it’s more a function of PA’s than anything else. 100 SO isn’t too bad if you’re at the plate 600+ times a season. Under 100 would be impressive.

      • James says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        league average flutters a little under 20%. So for 500 ab 100 would be normal. Power hitters will be higher (so long as they keep it under 28% no one minds too much), and slap hitters are normally under it (a few guys a year are closer to 10-12%).

        So 100 would be normal for your fantasy players (maybe even ticking slightly to the good side).

  24. malamoney says:
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    When do we see Cingrani starting for the Reds? And will it be before Cole is up for the Pirates?

    And where’s the Wil Myers update. We need constant Wil Myers updates. Not sure where to put the apostrophe on that so I let it out. And why isn’t apostrophe “apostrophy”? Like the trophy that will be sitting on my shelf at the end of this season thanks to “spot on” advice I got from the Razzball johnsons…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Haha I think I did Wil Myers updates every Sunday for four months last year… I should probably keep it going. And ask Allen Webster (RHP, Bos) about the apostrophe thing — he writes the dictionary I think. Re Cringani/Cole, I think Cole is a June 1 guy & Cingrani is more of a wait for opportunity guy. Cole probably arrives first, as it’s hard to predict for injury/ineptitude. Both are knocking on the door.

  25. TheNewGuy says:
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    Not been watching Jo-Fer as I decided to play it safe and bench him in my H2H (then Dickey goes out and gets shelled…).

    Anyway hows he looking? Scoreline looks good, worth starting next week (12 teamer)?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Strasburg aswell…yuck!!

      Just seen Fernandez line….filthy! Did he looks as good as the stats show?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Dude, he was awesome. Pounding the zone with heater at 95-96 & dropping his tight curve in there to keep batters off balance. Even mixed in a change or two. He was outstanding. So fun to watch.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Scott Evans:
          Sounds like a young Felix Hernandez to me if you make the name, size, stuff comparisons. Thats why we draft prospects! Cant wait to use (and see) him next week.

          Though every silver lining has a cloud, and that will be that I bet he gets promoted by a rival team in my keeper league to his mlb roster.

  26. bossmanjunior says:
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    Great piece as always.

    Disagree with your comment earlier about Archer. Not in your evaluation of the pitcher, just that it will be Hernandez he replaces, not Cobb. Had a great second half, spring and amazing start Saturday. He’s part of the future. Sorry to nitpick haha.

    Actual question…aside from Profar (already taken) which top minor leaguer would you stash in your NA spot? Im thinking Taveraz. Im a firm believer that players with great plate discipline make the more seamless transition to the majors. Its a 10 team redraft league, so im looking for the biggest impact sooner than later. Upon an injury, do you think they would call up Taveraz or just shift Craig to the outfield and have Adams play everyday? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Taveras is probably the best stash INCLUDING Profar. Not that he projects to be better long-term (that’s very close, though), but his current skill set is better suited for immediate success than Profar or Myers or any other hitter. If you have the flexibility, I’d stash him. And yea, I think the Cards would promote him if there’s a significant injury in the OF — one that requires a DL stint for Jay/Beltran/Holliday.

  27. Prezii says:
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    Walker is nasty but it will most likely be a while til we see him.. what about Hultzen? When do you see him coming up this year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      A lot of variables to consider, but if he continues pitching well, I think a July arrival is possible.

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