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For those who missed it, we took a brief look at a handful of draft prospects earlier in the week, highlighting players who, by my estimation, have the quickest paths to fantasy baseball relevance. Without knowing who would end up where, it would have been a stretch to try to peg specific timetables on anyone listed. Even now, before signing bonuses have been agreed to, that sort of exercise seems silly. There is one ETA, though, that I can’t help but speculate over. The White Sox drafted Carlos Rodon third overall, and have begun the process of negotiating signing terms with Rodon’s agent, Scott Boras. Given Boras’s reputation, there are many who wonder if the Sox will even be able to sign the 21-year-old, but I’m not overly concerned on that end. Chicago established a precedent in 2010 when they pushed Chris Sale through to the big club only two months after drafting him in the first round, revealing a distinct willingness not to pinch pennies over service time. A similar fast-track for Rodon puts him (and Boras) one year closer to payday. I believe the “screw super two” attitude displayed by Rick Hahn and Kenny Williams will be a valuable bargaining piece for Chicago, and could lead to a bonus in the neighborhood of MLB’s slot suggestion. Granted, such a scenario would involve the lefty pitching in a relief role, it still wouldn’t derail any plans to have him join the starting rotation next spring. This is all to say that Carlos Rodon pitching at the highest level this season is not out of the question. Keep that possibility in mind during your upcoming dynasty drafts.

Tim Anderson, SS, White Sox: The addition of Rodon to the White Sox farm probably bumps Tim Anderson to #2 on their prospect list, but that’s no guarantee. Anderson brings a high-impact fantasy ceiling, and he’s on fire as of late, collecting 14 hits in his last 32 at-bats.

Jose Berrios, RHP, Twins: Berrios has made tremendous strides this season with regard to command and control, reducing his 1.40 2013 WHIP to 1.15 this season, and ramping up his K’s in the process. The 20-year-old brings a front-end arsenal, and he’s been unhittable over the past month at High-A Fort Myers: 1.14/0.92/54 in 39 IP.

Jake Lamb, 3B, D’Backs: Lamb is on quite a heater, batting .609/.640/1.174 over the past week. That stretch includes 9 XBH in 23 AB. Goodness.

Rob Kaminsky, LHP, Cardinals: Through 5 starts at Low-A Peoria, Kaminsky has posted a 1.71 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a K/9 at 7.9. The 2013 first-round pick is looking like yet another impressive SP prospect in St. Louis’ never-ending stream of front-end arms.

Corey Seager, SS, Dodgers: Seager is making a push for an upper levels assignment, drilling four homers over the past week to bring his to-date line to .348/.397/.620 at High-A Rancho. Should this level of production keep up at the next level, you can expect to see him in the top 15 overall fantasy prospects by year’s end.

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros: Foltynewicz hasn’t allowed more than 2 runs in a start since April 11th, and he was truly impressive in his most recent outing, striking out 10 and walking zero through 7.2 frames of 1-run baseball.

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros: Correa’s all-around skill set has been on display at High-A Lancaster, as the 19-year-old has posted a mouthwatering line at .321/.407/.491 with 41 R, 51 RBI, 5 HR, and 18 SB.

Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals: Still working his way back to full strength from TJ surgery, the Nats have been monitoring Giolito’s workload closely all year long, and even kept him out of game action for a stretch from May 11th to June 3rd. It’s the prudent thing to do, and lord knows Washington is well versed in TJ recovery, but the 19-year-old’s last two outings include 9 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 1 BB, and 12 K, and hooooo boy I can’t wait until they loosen the reigns next season.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs: Bryant has been the best player in Minor League Baseball over the past month, hitting .393/.492/.832 with 13 HR through his last 107 AB at Double-A Tennessee. I’ve said it before, but a September call-up is looking increasingly likely for last year’s 2nd overall pick.

Ben Lively, RHP, Reds: Gauging the top MiLB hitter to-date leads to a conversation involving names like Polanco, Betts, Gallo, Pederson, Bryant, Taylor, and others, each of whom carries a healthy claim for the title. On the pitching side of things, however, the scene is far more clear. Ben Lively has unquestionably been the top arm in the minors this season, posting a 1.95 ERA, a 0.85 WHIP, and a K/9 at 10.5 through 12 starts at High-A Bakersfield. Keeping in mind that the California League is an extremely hitter-friendly environment, Lively’s year — his first full-season as a pro — looks even more impressive. I’m anxious to see what he can to at Double-A.

  1. Dave says:
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    In my league, we have an NA spot to stash a minor leaguer.

    Mine will be free once Polanco comes up. 7×7 obp slg yahoo roster (1 C, no CI/MI, 3 OF, 2 UT).

    11 teams with five keepers, mine are cano, freeman, fernandez/ortiz, bautista, j upton.

    Who would you stash knowing you could possibly keep them as the fifth keeper or to produce this year. Joc or Kris Bryant?

    Thanks

    • Jason says:
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      @Dave: Bryant. I’d also strongly consider not keeping Fernandez as he’s not likely to make a meaningful impact next season. I think he’s far more valuable in a dynasty than a 5 player keeper. It’s certainly worth exploring to see if you can obtain a player that can help you this season for him, or even an upgraded draft pick next year if your league allows that sort of thing.. Otherwise, let him clog up someone else’s DL slot next season.

  2. Chicken Dinner says:
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    bryant

  3. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Butler’s debut was nothing special. is Jon Gray coming up this year too?

    • Jason says:
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      @malamoney: Can’t judge based on one start, but yeah, it wasn’t pretty. About Gray, there simply is no definitive answer. He’s last two starts have been poor to middling. He has a near 4.00 ERA in AA this season – they’d probably like to see some more consistency before bringing him up unless they are really desperate for starters. I would have strongly considered giving Daniel Winkler a chance as he’s been awesome at AA this year, but unfortunately, he left his start last night with an injury, so who knows. Just not sure Gray is ready yet.

    • I assume he’ll be up at some point.

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Finally Gausman! That was much more like the kinda start we expected from him, finally justifying his prospect status. Against a good A’s offense too, think this could be the time he sticks for good with Gonzalez out.

    Dont think you got back to me in your midweek post, was asking your thoughts on Clint Frazier. Big time potential there, you worried about his slow start at all? Know you were a fan in the preseason, have a chance to get him in my keeper league and really could use another high upside bat on my farm.

    Also would you add Lively or T Anderson over any of Gary Sanchez, Nick Williams or Jorge Alfaro?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Just seen the response about Frazier, thanks man.

    • I responded yesterday. Still like Frazier… big upside if you can get him cheap. I’d probably cut Sanchez for Anderson.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yeah like I said I saw your response, thanks. Interesting you like Anderson more than Sanchez now, hadnt heard much about him before.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Take this Michael Taylor kid (nats prospect) over any of the guys I mentioned? Gaudy looking numbers so far.

        • Yes, I like him a hair more than Anderson at this point.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Scott Evans: Done it. With it being an OBP league Taylor seems to have the clear edge there too.

    • Jason says:
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      @Swfcdan: About your last question, it always depends on what your prospect needs are based on who is on your main roster. In a vacuum, I’d rather have either Anderson or Lively than Nick Williams (though Lively has scuffled in his last three starts, at least his K rate remains solid). As for Sanchez or Alfaro, they are two of the top catching prospects in the game, so again, it depends on what your future needs are at respective positions. If you’re in a very competitive league, either one of those prospects will be snatched up if you drop them.

  5. Al koholic says:
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    great right up again,whos the better add franco or bryant its a shallow keeper league,thanks

  6. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    ROS best guestimate: How would you rank Stroman Heaney Bauer?

    • Jason says:
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      @Hoosier Daddy: Heaney, Stroman, Bauer for me. I’d always prefer the exciting arm in a pitcher’s park in the NL East over an AL East starter throwing in a stadium where offense plays huge.

  7. Beastman says:
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    Thanks Scott, always welcome your take on the youngsters. Boy that sounds creepy…

    Will you have a column coming out on the names we can hope to see promoted in the coming weeks, once this super 2 nonsense is a bit more established?

    With many having been called up recently and big names like Polanco, Baez, and Bryant already stashed in deeper keeper leagues, I’m struggling to identify the guys–especially SPs–I should grab in anticipation of mid-year call-ups.

    • Ha! Yes, my biweekly prospect power rankings is the post you’re looking for & that runs this wednesday…

  8. nelson santovenia says:
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    Whats a reasonable ETA for Seager (disregarding being blocked)?

    • Jason says:
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      @nelson santovenia: While you can’t “disregard” being blocked, Hanley is only signed through this season, so there likely will be an opportunity available in the not too distant future as it’s looking less and less likely that Hanley will be resigned. They may go to something like Dee Gordon/Alex Guerrero at SS/2B next season, but it’s also possible Guerrero will play 3rd. I think Scott’s timeframe estimate is a good one.

  9. Bruce says:
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    Is Folty someone we should be stashing if we have room? Will he help out this year at all, or is it more of a long term play?

    • I could see him getting a look this year, similar to the way Cosart came up in Houston last summer.

    • Jason says:
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      @Bruce: I like it – not sure who you’re other SP stash options are, but that’s not a bad one at all.

      • Jason says:
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        @Jason: *your

  10. Yescheese says:
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    Hey Scott thanks for catching me on the other post!

    Unsexy dynasty RP question. Couple high-upside arms recently promoted – do any of them stick for holds/ratios/future potential in your mind?

    Cam Bedrosian, Vic Black, Ken Giles, Shae Simmons

    • Bedrosian is the name that jumps out, but there’s so much room for error in the short stints that it’s hard to project…

    • Jason says:
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      @Yescheese: Bedrosian has loads of potential, though I like Simmons a bit better for the here and now. I’d leave Giles alone, he hasn’t shown sustained command yet and the Philly bullpen is a black hole of pressure. Black has also had his control issues this season, so I’d watch for now – definitely has closing potential, but those walks always worry me.

  11. Scott Robbins says:
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    Why is no one talking about Steven Souza?..The dudes hitting 370 at AAA…Just curious..

    • I love Souza… ranked him #5 in my preseason nats post, which was aggressive at the time. He’s having a great year with steady production, and he should be on everyone’s fantasy radar given the all-around potential.

    • Jason says:
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      @Scott Robbins: Injuries and a prior 50 game suspension for performance enhancing drugs hurt his stock a bit, but he’s come on strong the past few seasons and definitely has solid power/speed potential. Nice name to watch out for.

  12. Wadeboggs says:
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    Just a quick SP pockup question. Koehler, Vargas, or vogelsong off waiver wire? Non keeper league. Want to see who may be best pickup for most long term for remainder of season. Thanks in advance.

    • Jason says:
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      @Wadeboggs: Not a huge fan of any of those options, but I’d probably go Vogelsong there.

  13. Los locos says:
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    Will Bryant make the squad out of spring training and if so rank these 3b in order Arencido Bryant machado

    • Jason says:
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      @Los locos: For next season only I’d rank them Arenado, Machado, Bryant. Tough call on whether he makes the team out of Spring Training. Baez didn’t this year after a torrid Spring, but Bryant is actually a little older than Baez. I think there’s a decent chance, but I’m not sure if the Cubs want Bryant to get more seasoning at AAA first and he’s currently blocked at AAA by Christian Villanueva, though Villanueva has been scuffling lately, so maybe Bryant will get his chance soon.

    • Machado, Arenado, Bryant

  14. Kevin S. says:
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    You think jake lamb will get a call up this yr?

    • Jason says:
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      @Kevin S.: Blocked by Prado. Unless they have a sudden need for Prado at another position, I think a September cup of coffee is the best you can hope for.

  15. Nightpandas says:
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    Thoughts on CMart?

    Does he get into the rotation this year. Debating dropping him or Qualls to get J Zimm back In the lineup (15 team. Keep 11)

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: R Zimm I mean

    • Jason says:
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      @Nightpandas: I wouldn’t drop him in an 11 player keeper league. Try to at least package him with another bat for an upgrade or something first.

    • Too deep to drop C-Mart, but looking less & less likely that he cracks the rotation this season.

  16. Kenneth says:
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    Great work as always Scott! Who do you like better, Berrios or Shipley?

    • Jason says:
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      @Kenneth: I personally like them both, but Berrios a bit more right now, he’s been lights out this year at the A+ level (7+ K’s in each of his last 6 starts, including 3 double digit K games). He just turned 20, can’t wait to see how he continues to fare.

  17. Beardcrabs says:
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    What are your thoughts on D.J. Peterson?

  18. yellin yelich says:
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    Who would u rather roster in a dynasty format? Anderson, renfroe, taylor, berrios or lively?

    • Jason says:
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      @yellin yelich: As usual, it depends on future positional needs – they all have solid prospect value. Renfroe has legit power, but will play in San Diego, which I think limits his ceiling a bit (needs to cut down on the K’s as well). Taylor is having a breakout season AA, but also needs to cut down on the K’s (79 K’s in 215 at bats is extreme, and likely to be exposed at higher levels, but the power/speed combo is always enticing). Anderson is an exciting SS prospect, but needs to learn plate discipline (5 BB’s in 213 at bats is going to lead to some very poor OBP’s at higher levels – he can flat out hit though). Berrios and Lively have both burst on to the SP scene this year at the A+ level, exhibiting solid control K %’s, but I definitely need to see more at AA before getting too excited. Lively will play in the better league for pitching (with better run support), while Berrios will play in the better ballpark. In a pinch, I’d take Lively now, but it’s close.

      There really isn’t a clear cut way to rank these guys – I guess I’d put Taylor at the end of the line, but the rest would depend on what your prospect roster needs are in terms of the right order for you.

  19. Bruce says:
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    Lindor is obviously the top prospect in Clev, but why is there no hype at all for Jose Ramirez, who is only 21, and more than holding his own at AAA.

    • Jason says:
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      @Bruce: He’s blocked by Lindor (who is an absolute stud on defense, with enough pop to be a very valuable asset at the MLB level) and Kipnis, so he won’t be an everyday starter barring a trade. He also doesn’t have much power and doesn’t walk enough to be a true leadoff hitter. I think he can be a solid utility infielder for the Tribe, but won’t have enough of an impact to be a “hype” guy for fantasy.

    • Solid, toolsy prospect, but no place to play.

  20. Mike says:
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    Any chance we see Giolito in the majors at some point next year? Also what do you see his upside as? A top 10 SP?

    • Jason says:
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      @Mike: I’m guessing late 2016 at the earliest – next year will be his first real test without the rehab restriction coming off major surgery He definitely has the upside to be a top 10 SP, but he’s only 19 and hasn’t even played at the A+ level yet. He definitely won’t be “fast tracked”.

    • I doubt we see him next year. Upside is T10 SP, sure.

  21. Steve says:
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    With the Red Sox promoting Mookie Betts to AAA and giving him time in the OF, it seems like they’re doing everything that they can to bring him up to the big league club. What’s the likelihood that we see him at all in the majors in 2014?

    Also, what’s a reasonable timeline on Correa and Buxton?

    Thanks!

    • We could see Betts in Boston sometime in August. Correa & Buxton late 2015 or early 2016.

  22. mick says:
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    I want Bryant but not sure I can do this. Fat Adams and Jose Fernandez for Bryant? I don’t mind trading pitchers for hitters but Adams will hurt. I have Tavares, Buxton, Braun and Cutch and could trade one of them. 20 team dynasty 20 keepers by the way. Any thoughts?

    • Jason says:
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      @mick: Will including Adams hurt because you don’t have adequate coverage at first base? Given that Fernandez isn’t likely to play meaningful fantasy innings until 2016, I think it’s a pretty good deal unless Adams leaves your current lineup with a hole. I’m not a huge Adams fan as far as his keeper league value is concerned. I definitely wouldn’t include any of the other bats you mentioned unless you get a larger return.

      • Mick says:
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        Adams is my only first baseman. I am currently using Pena from the reds at first. 25 man rosters 20 teams so pickins are slim. If I was out of it it would be ok but I am in second and won it all last year. Thanks for the repl.y

  23. fri-guy says:
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    hey scott, who’s you’re top 3B prospect that you think will not be moved to another position? thanks!

    • Zaclo24 says:
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      @fri-guy: Hey scott, piggyback on his question… who are your top SS’s for a deeper league, that will be SS’s when they’re in the majors? I figure Corey Seagar will be moved to 3rd along with many other SS’s so they don’t serve me any good really.

      • fri-guy says:
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        @Zaclo24: thought i’d check back in. personally, at ss long-term, i’m going (calculatingly hoping?) with addisson russell (sp) and carlos correa. i feel they have the smoothest arc/least reistance among SS prospects as “most likely to play their MiLB position in majors”.

        • Zaclo24 says:
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          @fri-guy: Yeah I really like those guys, probably 1 and 2 on my list. But I was hoping to get some names of SS’s that won’t/haven’t been added in the deeper leagues.

  24. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Do you trade Syndergaard for JP Crawford straight up? Should I be trying to get more?

  25. D Jax says:
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    Thanks Scott. In a keeper league, which 3B stash would you prefer, Gallo or Sano? And do you predict Miggy getting enough games at third this season to remain eligible? (Our league has it at 10.)

  26. goodfold2 says:
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    does lively move ahead of either stephenson or bradley with his ascendance? i’m guessing not.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: just noticing that lively was one of those guys who must’ve came out of nowhere, since he was drafted back in january in the 5th round in my 30 man league. you must not have thought a lot of him till recently. i had 4 cracks at him if i had wanted him. went ynoa in 2nd round.

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        @goodfold2: went back and found the Lively preseason ranking, yeah 8th on CIN (which wasn’t a power rankings darling anyway) didn’t portend much back in January

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