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Last week’s draft poured a whole shizzload of new prospects into the realm of pro baseball, and damn near all of them carry zero fantasy relevance at the moment.  Don’t let Harold Reynolds fool youMark Appel will not be pitching for the Astros this season.  Also, Harold Reynolds is dumb.  Appel, however, is one of a handful of draft prospects who could offer value to fantasy teams as soon as this time next year.  And in a recent Scouting the Unknown series, I took a look at nine draft prospects who appeared destined to move quickly toward the bigs — the Michael Wacha/Kevin Gausman/Mike Zunino types of the 2013 draft.  If you’re interested in that sort of thing, check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 by clicking those links.

Javier Baez | SS, Cubs – Baez hit four homers on Monday.  To be clear, Daytona only played one game that day.  The 20-year-old came to the plate four time, each visit resulting in a long ball.  He collected seven RBI in the process.  Baez’s line on the year now sits at .291/.339/.570 with 13 homers in the High-A Florida State League.  His long-term fantasy potential is enormous.

Courtney Hawkins | OF, White Sox – We’ve already noted Hawkins as one of the more interesting bats in Minor League Baseball — interesting, not necessarily good.  The young slugger has been the epitome of “all or nothing” this year, having homered 12 times in 33 games while striking out at an absurd 47% clip.  Hawkins missed some time in May with a shoulder injury, but he’s back at High-A Winston Salem and he seems to be improving to some degree.  The 19-year-old is batting .308/.341/.846 through his last ten games, collecting five homers during that stretch.  He’s still striking out way too much, but pitch recognition and overall contact seem to have taken a necessary step forward.

Miguel Sano | 3B, Twins – After watching him hit .330/.424/.655 with 15 homers in 56 games at High-A Fort Myers, the Twins have promoted Sano to Double-A.  The 20-year-old has a big swing, and he’s prone to the whiff.  Expect his numbers to cool considerably as he faces the more advanced repertoires of upper levels pitchers.

Byron Buxton | OF, Twins – Buxton missed a bit of time with a thumb injury, but returned last week and promptly went 5 for 6 in is first game back.  His line at Low-A Cedar Rapids now reads .350/.444/.578 with 7 homers, 8 triples, and 26 stolen bags in 58 games.  Byron Buxton, you are ridiculous.

Rafael De Paula | RHP, Yankees – After collecting 8 more K’s in his last outing, De Paula now has tallied 91 strikeouts in 59 IP at Low-A Charleston.  The 22-year-old should’ve been promoted long ago, and I can’t figure out what the Yankees are waiting for.  We’ll have a much clearer gauge on De Paula’s future impact once he starts facing talent at his same level of development.

Carlos Martinez | RHP, Cardinals – I went over this in my last prospect power rankings, but it’s worth repeating here in case you missed it:  “With recent injuries to Jaime Garcia, Jake Westbrook, and John Gast, the Cardinals have already turned to Michael Wacha and Tyler Lyons to fill rotation holes, but they’ve also optioned Martinez to Triple-A where he’s being stretched out as a starter.  Coming into the season, there were plenty who graded the 21-year-old as the best arm in St. Louis farm system — better than Shelby Miller, better than Wacha.  It might be a little farsighted right now, but be sure to keep a close eye on Martinez as he gains stamina in Memphis.  He could be a hugely valuable commodity for the stretch run of the fantasy season.”

Erasmo Ramirez | RHP, Mariners – Ramirez’s lasted 7 shutout innings in his most recent Triple-A outing, striking out 7 and walking just one.  With Gerrit Cole having already arrived and Zack Wheeler’s surfacing in New York all but official, Ramirez looks like the best remaining stash in the minors.

Nick Castellanos | OF, Tigers – As speculation about his arrival in Detroit heats up, Castellanos is simply dominating at Triple-A Toledo.  Through his last ten, the 21-year-old is hitting .439/.511/.780 with 4 homers.

Brett Jackson | OF, Cubs – The toolsy outfielder is starting to find his power stroke at Triple-A Iowa, knocking four homers in his last ten games.

Marcus Stroman | RHP, Blue Jays – After a bad outing near the end of May, Stroman has been much improved in June, allowing just two runs while striking out 11 in two Double-A starts this month.  The 22-year-old has a fastball-slider combo that could suffice in a relief role at the highest level right now, but the Jays will continue to roll with him as a starter for the time being.

Roberto Osuna | RHP, Blue Jays – Osuna hadn’t made a start since April after going down to an elbow injury that ended up being less severe that reports initially indicated.  The plump 18-year-old went five scoreless in his first start back, allowing only 2 hits, zero walks, whiffing five along the way.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Best news for last:  Oscar Taveras is finally playing baseball again.  The best fantasy prospect in the game rejoined Triple-A Memphis this past Saturday and order has been restored.  I hate to give out spoilers, but for those who watch Game of Thrones, the series ends with Oscar on the Iron Throne.  The Lannisters flee Kings Landing after witnessing his bat speed.  He weds Daenerys, rides the dragons, etc, etc.  The end.

  1. Dkohn says:
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    Scott goddamn love Minor Accomplishments!

    Shallow league, where I already have Cingrani who is likely to be sent down, but thinking about holding.

    1) Is it crazy to pick up Erasmo or Taveras now, in hopes they’d be up in the next 2 weeks?
    2) Also which would you rather have if you could only have one, and your hitting was better than your pitching?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      1) Erasmo is a decent stash now… he should be up before July

      2) I’d lean toward Erasmo only because he seems to have a more certain opportunity. Taveras is by far the better prospect, but he doesn’t figure to help in fantasy unless a Cardinals OF goes down to injury…

      • Kyle says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        In a H2H with available bench space, would you take myers right now, or taveras? I’m winning my league by a fair margin, but I want to have the best guy possible for the playoffs and end of the season. It seems like Jon jay could get moved down or traded considering his extended slump this season. I have myers on my bench now, and it seemed like he’d be up soon, but the rays outfield has been solid too. Idk if I should hold or make the switch.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I’d stick w/ Myers in hopes of arrival before July… but if he lingers down there for a while… and you’re in good position for the playoffs… Oscar has the bigger immediate upside.

          • Kyle says:
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            @Scott Evans:
            Sounds like a solid plan, I’m on it. Gracias hombre.

  2. Scott Luke says:
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    Erasmo over Alex Colome or Kyle Gibson for farm stash?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like him over both.

  3. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy whats up… I was looking up some prospects and I saw what looked like a spark plug… How do u feel about Robert Stephenson??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Stephenson is great… best arm in the Cincy farm & projects like a #2 w/ upside of a #1… we probably won’t see him in the bigs til 2015, however…

  4. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    If there’s any such thing as ‘baseball statistical pornography’ it’s minor league stats. I swear that peeling myself away from looking at them while daydreaming nasty thoughts about how these numbers would look on my dynasty team is an exercise in mucho self restraint.

    hubba, Hubba, HUBBA

    Ok, I’m good now.

    Trevor Story. He’s got his batting average above .200 … after an ice cold start his slash line now reads: .214/.345/.622 with 5 hr 9 sb in 229 ab… what say you?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hey now, just make sure you sanitize your keyboard…

      Still an awfully bad line for Story in the hitter-friendly Cali League. He’s been trending upward over the past few weeks, as you’ve noticed. I know that Colorado was concerned w/ swing mechanics & that they were making some tweaks… hopefully these improved stats are evidence that the changes have taken hold. Still a huge ceiling guy, but his floor seems to have sunk somewhat in 2013…

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Scott Evans: do you think Story’s ceiling as a MI is higher than what can be expected from Derek Dietrich (provided DD stays at 2B)?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Definitely Story over Dietrich for upside.

  5. Byron from Austin says:
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    for fantasy relevance this year: erasmo ramirez or carlos martinez? thanks scott!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Upside bigger w/ Martinez, but Erasmo is more of a sure-thing to be relevant. Erasmo.

      • Byron from Austin says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks scott!

        • Scott says:
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          @Byron from Austin: On the same lines, who has a chance to be better in the future? Next year, St Louis gets all the guys back, will Martinez be a mainstay?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            Martinez has a better outlook for both next season & long-term.

  6. Wake Up says:
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    Hahaha…all this time I thought game of thrones was about bathroom remodeling…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha! There’s a travel channel / TLC show that is about that sort of thing… think of the ratings they could snag if they changed the title…

  7. jamie says:
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    drop yelich in a 14 team 8 player keeper? is this recent injury going to make him irrelevant untill next year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Doesn’t necessarily set him back til next year, but I’d say he’s droppable in that format now. Especially if he’s tying up your flexibility.

  8. Oz says:
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    I’m curious about a few hitting prospects, mainly which of the following do u think will be called up first, and who do u think will ultimately be the best fantasy player?

    Christian Yelich,
    Nick Castellanos,
    Jonathan Singleton,
    Billy Hamilton.

    Thx

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Called up in this order: Castellanos, Hamilton, Yelich, Singleton

      Potential fantasy impact in this order: Yelich, Singleton, Castellanos, Hamilton

  9. David says:
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    Using your crystal ball…who will be the best pitcher over the next few years…or could you actually rank these guys?

    Hultzen
    Wacha
    Beachy
    Medlen
    Archie Bradley

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bradley, Beachy, Medlen, Wacha, Hultzen

  10. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Hey Scott, great post as usual. I recently acquired Gary Sanchez for my minor leagues via trade. I know he doesn’t get the pub of Zunino and is much farther away, but I’ve heard good things about the bat. Just curious what your take is on him.

    • Scott Evans

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      Sanchez is probably the #2 fantasy catcher in MiLB behind d’Arnaud… maybe #1 considering d’Arnaud can’t seem to stay healthy. Potential impact w/ Sanchez is far better than Zunino’s. ETA: 2015

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Anytime, Mike. Who’d you give up for Gary?

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            @Scott Evans: without boring you with all the details of my keeper league, Matt Holliday, who I can’t keep next year due to inflation (already keeping Stanton, Harper in OF)

            • Scott Evans

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              Sanchez is a good get. Tough to say if you could’ve gotten more in a keeper like that — usually requires significant shopping — but you should feel good about Sanchez.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              @Mike: and Melky in return for my major league roster…

  11. Clint says:
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    What’s your take on the Wil Myers “Will He, Won’t He” mock turtle call-up news the last week or so? I snatched him and then learned from the beat writers ESPN was wrong (BIG surprise, notsomuch). When should we stash him?

    • Scott Evans

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      Stash now if you have room. Rays are taking a cautious approach w/ gauging the Super Two deadline, but I’ll be extremely surprised if he’s not up before July.

  12. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    I know this isn’t about minor leaguers but I was offered Locke for Lester. Is this a good trade or will Lester turn it around?

    • Scott Evans

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      Definitely hold Lester.

  13. D Train says:
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    Can you please rank these guys for potential fantasy impact in the next 2-4 years?

    Bundy
    Bradley
    Buxton
    Springer
    Sano
    Zunino

    Thanks for your time as always

    • Scott Evans

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      Buxton, Springer, Bradley, Sano, Bundy, [a hundred others}, Zunino

      … Zunino is a distant, distant, distant last in this group. Bundy’s elbow is frightening, otherwise he’d be ahead of Bradley.

      • D Train says:
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        @Scott Evans: @Scott Evans: Thanks, I assume Wacha and Cingrani would be slightly behind the Bundy (w/o arm trouble) and Bradley tier?

        • Scott Evans

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          Yeah, those two are a tier or two behind Bundy/Bradley/Walker/Cole

      • Stormin' Norman says:
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        @Scott Evans: @Scott Evans:

        I think you’re too down on Zunino, but I won’t fault you for it since it’s 1) a catcher and 2) he’s shown some pretty bad warts at AAA. He’ll be a good AL-only, 2-catcher leagues play, but probably needed the entire year at AAA and some time next year too to get his plate discipline squared away.

        • Scott Evans

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          Yeah, maybe I am… I’ve said all along that he’ll be a useful fantasy catcher once he settles in, but just how valuable is that? Certainly not valuable enough to be mentioned in the same group as Sano, Buxton, Bundy, ect…

          Forgive my hyperbole, though… Zunino is definitely a quality prospect & a top 100 guy. Just trying to illustrate that there’s a sizable gap between the first 5 guys D-Train asked about & him.

          • malamoney says:
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            @Scott Evans: Can you rank those guys for 2014 only.

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Same order, but Buxton drops from first to last… doubt he cracks the bigs til 2015, although I won’t rule it out entirely.

              • D-Train says:
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                @Scott Evans: Scott, you think Springer will make a huge impact in 2014?

                • Scott Evans

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                  He certainly has the potential to be one of the more valuable fantasy rookies next season.

  14. Nelson Santovenia says:
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    Is Urrutia for the O`s very far away? Any chance he makes a Puig-like impact?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      It seems defense & baserunning & the other finer details of baseball are holding Urrutia back. Kid can flat out hit & that should be enough to get him to the bigs, perhaps as soon as this August/September, but long-term outlook is nowhere near as good as Puig’s because of the lack of feel on the diamond.

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        @Scott Evans: Interesting. I assumed Urrutia would be up next year, but I bet you’re onto something considering the O’s DH this year has consisted of Chris Dickerson, Steve Pearce, Danny Valencia, and Wilson Betemit.

        • Scott Evans

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          Still a bit of a long shot to arrive this year, but cant rule it out given that DH situation…

  15. Riggs says:
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    16 tm 5×5 h2h keeper league with milb players owned

    Franklin/Straily/Cashner for Desmond/Holland(KC) thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Franklin/Straily/Cashner side.

  16. Hawk says:
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    In my 5×5 Roto keeper league, we have 5 minor leaguers. I have:

    Mike Olt
    Michael Wacha
    Trevor Bauer
    Taijuan Walker
    Archie Bradley

    Starting 2014, am I set for pitching for a while?

    • Scott Evans

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      Bradley & Walker are two of the best. Wacha is very safe. I’d see if you could sell Bauer for a MiLB bat…

  17. D Train says:
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    Best keeper next year- Cobb, Beachy, Medlen, Iwukama

    • Scott Evans

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      Iwakuma

  18. Benny says:
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    Hey Scott – when do you think De Paula will arrive in the Majors? And what level is currently at now? At 22 years old, I’d have to think he has a shot of coming up this time next year, right?

    • Scott Evans

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      He’s one of the toughest guys to evaluate right now because he’s stuck in A-, but he’s probably ready to compete at the AA level. I think he’ll be ready to arrive in 2014 if things continue to go well for him, but I have a sneaking suspicion that his #s will drop off badly once he moves into the upper levels. He’s a guy who can’t afford to fall behind the age curve any further.

  19. Scott says:
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    Got a treat yesterday when I went to see the Great Lake Loons play against the Whitcaps. The Loons started a left handed pitcher named Julio Urias, 16 years old, from south of the border. Kids throwing low 90′s on the fastball and upper 70′s on his changeup. Kids sitting at 14.1 innings with a 1-0 and 2.51 ERA and 1.19 whip with 15 k’s and 4 BB’s. Best part is he was born with a tumor in his eye that had to be removed. BTW which part of trashy Ohio were ya in?

    • Scott Evans

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      Urias is a great story & a great talent. Awesome that you got a chance to see him pitch… hoping to see him myself this summer.

      I was in Cincinnati visiting my brother. Caught the Cards @ Reds on Friday night & played mucho golf. Pretty nice trip, as a matter of fact.

  20. Scrotchs says:
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    Cargo and Matt Carpenter for Darvish and Scherzer? Good trade? I only have average hitting but need pitching pretty bad.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I could maybe see doing it from a needs-based perspective, but looking at it straight up, I’d hold Cargo.

  21. D Train says:
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    I have the option of keeping Bryce Harper over to next year for $20. Am I not crazy for jumping on this? $260 budget before subtraction of keepers. My offense would be set with Au Shizz and Segura as well. I would mostly focus on pitching in the draft. I would have to give up Beachy as well as a couple of higher priced guys not keeper worthy.

    • Scott Evans

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      Definitely keep Harper for $20

  22. dansuggla says:
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    I have the first pick in our upcoming minor league draft.

    Available top prospects:

    Soler
    Addison russel
    Hawkins
    Every minor league player drafted this year (appel, meadows. …)

    Who would you take?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Kris Bryant

      • dansuggla says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Kris Bryant over jorge soler?

        • dansuggla says:
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          @dansuggla:

          Mind if I ask the reasoning?

          • Scott Evans

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            It’s really a matter of preference, and I’m sure I’m in the minority here, but I like Bryant’s overall hit tool more than Soler’s. Both guys have equally enormous power potential, but Bryant’s marks in AVG & OBP should be better than Soler’s. Bryant also figures to stick as a 3B. And finally, he’s just one of those guys that you fall in love with as a follower of prospects. Love Soler too, but Kris Bryant is a special player.

            • Dansuggla says:
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              @Scott Evans:

              I thought perhaps the speed would push soler over the top.

              Thanks for the help!

  23. Chris says:
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    In a dynasty league and Erasmo is still available. Would you rather have him or Kluber?

    • Scott Evans

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      Erasmo over Kluber

  24. L-Boogie says:
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    You said C-Mart has more upside but Erasmo will be more relevant for this season? Why is that? From what I’m reading they should both be up by the end of June. If C-Mart has more upside and is on a better team, why isn’t he the better fantasy option (5×5, non-keeper league)? I’m looking to pick up one of them this weekend.

    Thanks dude.

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d be shocked if Martinez were starting for the Cardinals by the end of June — his longest outing is 4.1 IP… lots of stretching out to do… Erasmo should be up in another week or two. I’m looking at Martinez as more of a stretch run guy… comes up in late July or August & stays up for the rest of the year.

      Call-ups are difficult to project, so these are my best guesses.

      • L-Boogie says:
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        @Scott Evans: Just guesses but your guess is way better than mine. I read on CBS that Martinez would be up before the end of June so I once again have to confess “that’s what I get for listening to CBS.” Here’s the blurb:

        Carlos Martinez ramping up his workload
        by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
        (05/29/13) The Cardinals hope to have recently demoted pitcher Carlos Martinez available to rejoin the big-league club as a starter by the end of June, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The 21-year-old took his first step toward that goal with a start at Triple-A Memphis Tuesday.

        Martinez threw three scoreless innings in the outing, striking out four batters, with two hits and a walk. He threw 43 pitches, 25 of them for strikes, and will continue to ramp up his workload moving forward.

        • Scott Evans

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          That’s exactly what the Cardinals are trying to do, but I don’t think a June call-up is a realistic expectation… unless their rotation suffers another injury.

    • @L-Boogie:

      Hi Scott – Good stuff. I snagged Erasmo last week in my 14 team, mixed league, redraft. I can see him up by July as well. I think 1 more Bonderman implosion gets it done (may happen tonight – fingers crossed!)…

      Regarding CarMart – I’m tracking heavily as well. Slowly building up arm. I also tend to agree with Scott regarding use. Here’s a look at his last 3 starts:
      May 28 – 3 ip, 0 era, 1.0 whip, 4 k’s
      Jun 02 – 4 ip, 0 era, 1.0 whip, 4 k’s
      Jun 07 – 4.1 ip, 2.20 era, 1.5 whip, 4 k’s

      • Scott Evans

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        Yeah, I’ve made the Eraser stash in all my 12+ team leagues.

  25. 2 Giant rings says:
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    In a 20 team redraft if you can own two of these three pitchers for you bench, which two would you take? Alex Colome, taijuan Walker and Carlos Martinez. Maybe you feel none of them are worth speculating on for this season. That’s ok too. Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

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      I really doubt Walker gets a shot in Seattle this season… wouldn’t seem prudent for the M’s, who’re out of contention, to start his clock. Colome could certainly be used if needed, and I’d definitely be stashing Martinez in a 20-teamer.

  26. Arghhhh says:
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    Traded Oswaldo Arcia for Danny Hultzen, he needed an OF, I would’ve had him on my bench.
    16 team dynasty, h2h points, 6 minor league players to keep

    My OF is already set, I had Arcia in the minors and didn’t want an extra bench hitter when he got called up so I figured Hultzen is a pretty decent return. Did I give up too much for Hultzen?

    • Scott Evans

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      I think I’d prefer Arcia over Hultzen straight up at this point, but considering your needs, it’s definitely a fair swap. Many would say that you got a bargain, but I’m big on Oswaldo…

  27. THE_FREAK says:
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    Don’t know much about Erasmo aside from him being on the DL earlier in the season. What type of numbers do you project once he gets called up and would he be on an innings limit? Why do you like Erasmo over Gibson? Pre TJ surgery Gibson was a fairly highly thought of arm…

    Thanks as always

    • Scott Evans

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      I’ll take the proven MLB arm over a prospect like Gibson every time… Erasmo posted a 3.36 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP & a 48/12 K/BB in 16 games (8 starts) last season. He was most impressive in August & September when he was part of the rotation.

    • @THE_FREAK: I posted this a few weeks ago. THought I would share again…regarding Erasmo.

      http://razzball.com/prospect-power-rankings-week-9/#comment-1994129

      For whatever its worth – I think of Erasmo as another version of Kris Medlen. Same frame, same make-up. RP turned SP.

      Erasmo is 5’11 – RHP, 205 lbs. 22 years old.

      Doesn’t have over-powering stuff, but great pin-point like command and 3 good pitches:

      FB: 92-94 mph; above average (can hit 95 mph)
      SL: 84 mph; above average
      CH: 77 mph; plus pitch – best pitch

      Everything sets up his Change Up, which is his out pitch. Here’s what I would expect:

      With 120 ip, I think — 7-8 wins / 3.50 era/ 1.18 whip / 90- 100 ks

  28. Arghhhh says:
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    Drop any of these guys for Franco (PHI)?

    Mark Montgomery (RP NY), Cecchini (BOS), Syndergaard, Webster (BOS)

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

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      I like Franco over Montgomery & Webster. Monty is probably the drop.

  29. Rob says:
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    Scott,

    Here are a list of minor league guys available in my league (the best I can come up with at least).
    Springer, C Correa, Bauer, Mondesi, Gibson, Meyer, Singleton, Soler

    First, how would you rank them, and secondly would any of them be better stashes than Bundy, Bradley, Buxton, or Hultzen?

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      This is a long-term keeper? Tough to rank ‘em without knowing what sort of timetable you’re working with…

      I’d take Springer/Singleton over Hultzen, though… Probably Soler over Hultzen too.

      • D Train says:
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        @Scott Evans: I can carry over 3 guys each year in my minors. So yeah basically a forever keeper league.

  30. Beastman says:
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    What kind of playing time do you anticipate Castellanos getting when he’s called up? Roughly 3 starts/week or full-time player (assuming in the OF)?

    • Scott Evans

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      I don’t think they’ll opt to start his clock if he’s not getting near full-time AB’s.

  31. Dylan says:
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    Who do you think I should promote from a minors roster, Ozuna or Arcia? Could use the space to add Erasmo and need R/AVG from the promoted OF.

    • Scott Evans

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      Ozuna. He’s been very useful in mixed formats…

  32. nightpandas says:
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    7 moves left in my 15 team keep 9, Maybin on the DL. Is Reddick a bounce back candidate for the second half or do I take a shot at Erasmo or maybe stash Gausman?

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: Moss is also available

      • Scott Evans

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        Coin flip between Gausman & Erasmo. I lean toward Erasmo.

  33. LT says:
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    12 team roto keeper. Pitching staff my Achilles heel, I have Slowey, Lincecum, and Doubront rostered. Available is Kluber, Marquis, Miguel Gonzo, Gee, Fake Fausto, Edwin Jax, and Archer to name the best. Any of these or all of these ahead of my guys? I am so disgusted by Lincecum’s presence on my roster but I guess I can use the K’s. Rank them or say who to drop for me? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Might do you good to hate-drop Lincecum, but Doubront is definitely droppable too. Gee is the first guy I’d add & maybe save the other roster spot for streaming…

  34. D-Train says:
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    What kind of fantasy impact do we see George Springer having next year? Any predictions for a stat line? Thanks

    • D-Train says:
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      @D-Train: By the way, will he strike out way too much to give him a ton of value in my points league where you lose a point for K’s and gain a point for BB’s?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Springer will whiff often. I’d avoid in that format. Still, I expect something like 255/335/400 in his first year…

  35. Scott says:
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    In a 10 team keeper league I was offered Machado (18th round keeper) for Verlander( I can not keep him). I’m currently in last place and don’t think I can make the push I need to make the playoffs. Thoughts on this offer? I don’t remember your scouting report on Machado. Do you think he’s going to keep up his production? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      Take Machado. He just might be the best young star in baseball… and that includes Trout.

  36. TheNewGuy says:
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    So nearly got caught me with the Games of Thrones spoiler! Just downloaded the first series and started watching it, fairly impressed so far, lots of violence…and nudity!

    Anyway back to real matters, Cole dominated but without the Ks. You reclon he sticks?

    If Erasmo’s unowned would you grab him for a farm team, is he rookie eligable? Would be over Max Fried (chicken).

    • Scott Evans

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      Ha! It was a very fake spoiler…

      I’m thinking Cole will stick & be very effective. Erasmo graduated rookie status last year, unfortunately…

  37. Jack the Ripper says:
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    Xander Bogaerts up to AAA…any chance he makes it up to Boston this year?

    • Scott Evans

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      I always thought a late season look was possible, but now it looks probable. They could use him sooner if a need arises.

  38. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I’m stashing George Springer in a 20 team league. He’s a waste of space if he’s a September call up. What does your gut say about when he gets the call? Thank you.

    • Scott Evans

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      My gut says he’s a long shot for even a September call… I just don’t the the hopeless Astros starting his clock this year… hard to get inside Jeff Luhnow’s head, though…

  39. Mike says:
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    Just lost Tulo for 4-8 weeks. My pitching is solid but I have a glut of closers

    Chapman, Nathan, Perkins, Kenley Jansen, Houston Street(DL) should I drop Street or Jansen and pick up Taveras for a possible mid-late season spark if Tulo takes longer than usual (like he normally does) to heal? I could also drop Gyorko?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Mike:
      You wait all this time for Kenley to save games then think about cutting him?

    • Scott Evans

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      No, I think you’re better off trying to trade one or two of your closers.

  40. Mike says:
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    Who has the better chance of being called up soon Castellanos or Taveras? Both are available in my league I could drop Houston Street for one of these guys, thoughts? (I have Chapman, Nathan, Perkins, and Kenley Jansen at closer also)

    • Scott Evans

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      Castellanos has a more direct route than Taveras. Still try to trade your closers for more usable talent.

  41. Oz says:
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    What are your thoughts on Rafael Montero SP NYM? His numbers look really good, I’m wondering why people aren’t rating him higher. Also when do you think Jesse Biddle might be called up to the majors?

    • Scott Evans

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      I like him. Most long-term projections aren’t wonderful because of smallish frame, but w/ his fastball-slider combo, he could make for a valuable mixed league arm in the short term. Biddle likely won’t see Philly til 2014

  42. Blanky17 says:
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    Do u also give fantasy advice?

    If so what do you do with Gio Gonzalez in a 16 person 4 man keeper pool

    • Scott Evans

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      Sure. I hope you have 4 players better than Gio to keep…

  43. Jon says:
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    Can you help me out – I have 5 minor league spots to use and guys can stay in the “minors” even after they’re called up, so right now I have Archer, Gausman, Skaggs, Rendon and Olt in those spots in my 10-team H2H keeper. Unfortunately no room to activate anyone to clear a spot, but of course I can drop anyone.

    I want to add Erasmo and am thinking about Gregory Polanco. There are also guys like Ike Davis and Ackley available, and no one who was just drafted has been claimed (Appel, Grey, Bryant).

    Any suggestions for how to use my 5 spots? Need star players more than anything else and I’m not worried about them contributing this year or even next, to be honest. Sorry for the rambling question. Thanks for the help!

    • Jon says:
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      I’m gonna make this question easier (or maybe not): Mind to choose 5 for me in a dynasty?

      Ike Davis, Ackley, Rendon, Olt, Polanco, Almora, Gausman, Archer, Erasmo, Skaggs

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Gausman, Rendon, Polanco, Davis, Skaggs… I realize my answers are conflicting, but real-time roster management & long-term dynasty projection are different matters. Do you want to use your reserve for guys who can help this year? or guys who will bring most upside for long-term?

    • Scott Evans

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      Tough situation as Archer/Skaggs/Gausman/Rendon are all iffy plays right now in a 10 teamer. I’d probably activate Rendon & add Bryant. Drop/activate Archer & add Erasmo.

  44. Mike says:
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    What about the Rockies recent call up Josh Rutledge? Is he any good? Would you drop someone like Jed Lowrie for him?

    • Scott Evans

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      Rutledge has a little more upside than Lowrie IMO

  45. supra says:
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    Hey Scott,
    I am stashing Bauer at the moment… Erasmo, C.Martinez are FA’s and Wacha just hit waivers in my deep keeper. I don’t know that I’ll win the claim… but how those 4 in a keeper league?

    Thinking of dropping Simmons (with Rutledge back) and stashing 2 of those SPs. Thanks man.

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