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June is an exciting time. Cellar dwellers have a chance to see the “Hope of their future,” trades become relevant and prospects get their chance to prove to the world the hype is legitimate. Truth be told, more often than not, it becomes a game of small sample size paranoia. Is this prospects hot start a mirage? There is no way a top 10 prospect could be this bad!?! How much should I trade/give up to move the prospect? The questions are endless. Rookie nookie starts dreams of all butterflies and daffodils, but being roofie’d is swift kick in the groin to reminding you that you’re still a man.

Lonnie Chisenhall | CLE | 3B: Jack Hannahan was removed due to hamstring tightness, but was stated just as a precautionary measure. Just in case; it should be noted that Chisenhall has slowed down and has lost some if that early season luster. Or that managers realize he’s hitting .194 in 62 at-bats versus left handed pitching and .309 against righties. I still like Chisenhall and believe he’ll be a .275, 20-25 HR and 90 RBI boring third basemen, just not this year. If used right in the majors (read: platooned), he could post a .280 average with 10-15 home runs in 275 at-bats.

Mike Moustakas | KC | 3B: Chisenhall has lost and slipped behind Moustakas for fantasy relevancy this June. After a horrid April, the Moose has started to turn into the prospect everyone thought he’d be. Better late than never.

Brett Lawrie | TOR | 3B: Had a pitch strike his wrist, causing a delay in his MLB arrival. The damage was just a bruise but is still day-to-day. Once he’s healed, expect the Blue Kays to start him at third.

Anthony Rizzo | SD | 1B: Reports are that the Padres are going to be calling up their top hitting prospect within the next few days.  A must grab in all but the shallowest leagues.

Brandon Allen | ARI | 1B: Allen continues to heat up as the seasons progresses. The strikeouts are a concern (~25 K%) and always have been. With Arizona’s current struggles at first, Allen should get a call-up before before too long.

Paul Goldschmidt | ARI | 1B: Speaking of Arizona first basemen, Goldschmidt continues to dominate Double-A’s Southern League with 19 home runs and an OPS of 1.149 in 202 at-bats. This year he has cut down his strikeout rate considerably from the past two years, from 31% strikeout rate to 19%, and increased his walk rate; current ratio is 38:42 K:BB. With 16 more walks, he’ll pass his career high that was reached in 525 at-bats. He’s quickly rising up scouts prospect boards as the power has proved to be more than just environmentally driven.

Yonder Alonso | CIN | 1B/LF: The sweet swinging Alonso is showing he deserves a chance in the majors slashing .318/.373/.507 with 24 XBH (6 Hr) and with no noticeable split against lefties. Jonny Gomes’ .190 average and Fred Lewis being who-he-is, I would expect Alonso to quietly be promoted to the majors soon.

Kyle Gibson | MIN | RHP (SP): I was watching Friday’s Twins-Royals game with a few friends at a local bar, none of them Twins fans. They directed my attention to the days starting lineup and a little bit of my dinner found its way into my mouth. Even with Alcides Escobar’s sub .500 OPS and without Moustakas, the Royals lineup was better. Although the Twins won 5-2 (much due to Danny Duffy’s poor pitching) and Eric Hosmer was robbed of a 2-run home run by a bogus ground-rule double call, the Twins look terrible. What does this have to do with Mr. Gibson? Good question. Throughout that game, all I could think was that beyond Kyle Gibson’s fantastic upside, the Twins minor league system has nothing good to offer for another two years. At this point in the year, the Twins have nothing to lose by calling up Gibson. He’s proven that the promotion would be warranted.

Devin Mesoraco | CIN | C: It seems that his numbers come in bunches. On Friday, he went 3 for 3 with a home run and 5 RBI. A sixth of his season’s production was on one night. A few weeks ago, it was the same story. Either way, he’s proving that 2010 wasn’t a fluke.

Kirk Nieuwenhuis | NYM | CF: There are rumors of Carlos Beltran being traded. It would be just as likely that he return to the DL. One prospect that should be mentioned if that rumor even has some validity is Kirk. He’s slashing .302/.407/.521 in 169 at-bats with 23 XBH (6 Hr) with a 51:29 K:BB ratio. Sabermetric stats paint a different picture. His .402 BABIP and 30.2 K% would indicate a strong regression towards the mean. He has Colby Rasmus type upside, and should be an exciting prospect, but I do think he’s playing over his head for the time being.

Dustin Ackley | SEA | 2B: The Mariners are still waiting to call him up until he improves defensively. Are they worried that fans wouldn’t come to the game because defensively he struggles? Psh! The Twins start Alexi Casilla every night at short and Target Field still sells tickets.

Matt Moore | TB | LHP (SP): Hard to get excited this year for Moore as the Rays are notoriously slow in promoting their top prospects. Nevertheless, a pitcher with a 5.125 K:BB ratio and 12.6 K/9 rate in 58 2/3 innings is difficult to ignore. He’ll be the Julio Teheran, Jeremy Hellickson, Tommy Hanson of 2012; everyone is going to want to see him come September, if not sooner.

Shelby Miller | St.L | RHP (SP): Promoted to Double-A last Sunday. Much like Moore, Miller has a 13.6 K/9 and nearly 4:1 K:BB ratio. Start getting excited for Summer 2012.

  1. Taftball says:
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    Who do you think will produce more right away and in the long run? Rizzo or Moustakas? I have both in a 16 team keeper league and am thinking about packaging one of them with a pitcher to bolster my teams weaknesses

  2. Giant JJ says:
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    I can pick up 2 players in a 20 team redraft. Which two? Brandon Allen, Yonder Alonso, Xavier Paul or Kirk Neiunwenhuis. One of the guys I’d be dropping is Dirks who I assume is losing starts when Ordonez returns. Thanks a ton.

  3. Oilcan Giuseppe says:
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    Stephen:10 team h2h 8×8 keeper league,who is the better option,Moose or Rizzo?

  4. Big Mike says:
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    Moustakas over Chisenhall, but Chisenhall over Jesus Montero (who you didn’t even list here)? What do you expect from Montero in 2011?

  5. Trick dad says:
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    Great article. Allen or goldschmidt in a dynasty?

  6. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    O.K its june,when do any of these guys get the frikin call,got jennings ,lawrie,rizzo and mouse in 1 league or another,will goldschmidt be called in june or sept

  7. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great way to wake up Sunday morning ,to our favorite minors report

  8. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Stephen. Great job with these posts, I’ve managed to snag a few of your fave guys as trade throw-ins in my keeper league. I’ll be sure to mention you in my speech as I accept the coveted Golden Mooseknuckle trophy next year. Anyway, who do you like for this season and next out of Duffy, Kyle Gibson and Andy Oliver?

  9. K!cks says:
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    Thanks for the update! Only room for 1 …. Rizzo or Lawrie?

  10. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    @K!cks: lawrie will be playing 3rd when he comes up,a guy with power and speed would be nice thier,i really like rizzo but his home park scares some people

  11. Black Beard says:
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    Stephen, what are your thoughts on Desmond Jennings? Would you rather be stashing him or the Moose?

    Thanks!

  12. Ralph says:
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    @Grey…

    I was just offered king felix for jay bruce. I am in need of pitching. What do you think?

  13. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Taftball: I think Rizzo will produce right away.

    @Giant JJ: Alonso, Allen, Kirk …

    @Oilcan Guisppe: Rizzo; Moustakas doesn’t walk nearly as much.

    @Big Mike: I thought about listing Montero, but I don’t really think the Yankees are going to rush him up. He has a few to many strikeouts, not enough walks and his gap power is ploping in singles. Moustakas over Chisenhall, but Chisenhall over Montero due to timing of call ups.

    @Trick dad: Goldschmidt.

    @AL KOHOLIC: It’s June, but everyone seems hesitant to call up their prospects. As for Goldschmidt, September. Brandon Allen will get the call-up(s) first.

    @Clyde Prompto: Thank you for the kind words. I like Kyle Gibson from that last the most; that’s my unbiased opinion even as a Twins fan.

    @AL KOHOLIC: Thank you for the compliment.

    @K!cks: Lawrie

    @Black Beard: I’d rather stash Moustakas due to position. I like Jennings for his steals though.

    @Ralph: It’s fair.

  14. Johnson says:
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    Grey / Stephen / Anyone,

    Would you trade C. Utley / J. Bruce for C. Lee / C. Gonzalez? I really need another SP and I have K. Johnson to fill in at 2B. Thanks.

  15. BlinkULDHC says:
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    A question for all Razz-ballers (at least those who play H2H):

    What is the highest total of HRs you’ve seen a fantasy baseball team hit in one week of play (and/or what are the craziest offensive #’s you’ve ever seen)?

    I’m in a 12-team, mixed, 5×5 league with all 8 hitting positions + 2 DH.

    This is NOT gloating at all — since I’m losing 4-6 this week — but my lineup is hitting .329, 43 runs, 17 HRs, 53 RBI, 5 SB. (thanks to Pujols, Espinosa, Bruce, Kemp, and Stanton).

    I’ve only been playing H2H for I think 4-5 years, so I’m not sure if these numbers are not uncommon every now and then. I’m sure back in 1998-2003 there were some insane one-week numbers, like Sosa and Bonds hitting 6 HRs in a week, and fantasy teams hitting like .393-24-72 in one week…. But I feel like 17 HRs in 6.5 days is pretty high these days.

    Whatcha think? Show me your numbers — I’d like to hear about others.

  16. BlinkULDHC says:
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    Again, I’m in no way saying 17 HRs is close to any record. I just want to hear about performances from other Razzballers.

  17. Eddy says:
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    @BlinkULDHC:

    A couple of years ago I saw 22 HR in a 10-team league.

    And this year, I was the unfortunate opponent a guy who had 18 HR in a 16-team league (he owned Bautista and had Beltran for his 3-homer game).

    Also, in a 12-team league, my buddy had 16 HR this week, thanks in part to 6(!) today.

    55 runs and 56 RBI are the highest I’ve seen as well.

    And 15 SB has been my highest (and highest of the year so far).

  18. BlinkULDHC says:
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    I’m a Padre fan living in SD, and it sucks living in a casual-sports-fan type of city.

    Even to this day, I have to listen to all the gripes about trading away Adrian Gonzalez… and it’s even more frustrating to fully explain just how much the Padres got in return for trading AGon’s 60-70 games of services as a ’11 Padre. Seriously, that trade is starting to look like a large-scale heist.

    And Pad fans still don’t like it.

    I’m in the minority of SD fans who were stoked about getting SP Casey Kelly (who’s probably on the cusp of elite pitching prospects; he was actually the crown jewel of the AGon trade).

    Oh, what’s that, Anthony Rizzo too? He’s only the second coming of Adrian Gonzalez.

    How about a side of Reymond Fuentes? He’s barely 20-years old and hitting .297 with 23 SB in 51 games, and should be able to roam Petco’s OF like a puma. Let’s just top it off with an actual MLB’er in Eric Patterson.

    Sometimes, I just wish I lived in a sports city like Cleveland. Kidding.

  19. BlinkULDHC says:
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    @Eddy:

    Wow! 18 HRs in a 16-team league is just awesome. 22HRs is an epic total too, but I’ve seen some insanely stacked 10-team-league teams.

    Maybe by 17 HRs isn’t as impressive as the 53 RBI, I don’t know. Either way, I’ll be lucky to get out of the week 6-4 or even 5-5 — although I’m trailing in BA, WHIP, ERA, which are the easiest categories to re-take leads in.

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    @BlinkULDHC:

    Just wanted to amend my previous statement of my 15 SB holding the record. A dude in my 12-team league just broke the record with 17.

    Jeez.

    Bourne had more SB by himself (7) than nine of the other teams.

  21. thorbs says:
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    Stephen — good stuff as always.

    What are your thoughts on Charles Blackmon if Fowler goes on the DL and he’s called up?

    Also…what the flip is going on with Simon Castro this year?

  22. Big Mike says:
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    @BlinkULDHC My H2H this week is .284, 20HR, 43R, 66RBI, and 9SB’s … and I also won three pitching categories (Svs, ERA, Whip).

  23. chunk says:
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    @BlinkULDHC: 12 team h2h, 8 hitting positions plus 1 util, my numbers this week:

    43 R
    14 HR
    55 RBI
    10 SB
    .318 AVG

    Kemp and Pujols leading the way, Andrus and Walker throwing in solid numbers as well.

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    @thorbs: I don’t know the deal with Blackmon, but Jim Tracy said that Eric Young Jr will get some time in CF to take the place of a sucky/injured Fowler.

  25. EK says:
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    Lester or Gallardo going fwd?

  26. Dominic says:
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    Should I pick up Rizzo and drop off Morneau?

  27. Dominic says:
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    Or what about Chisenhall or Moustakas for Mark Reynolds?

  28. Rank Stank says:
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    @BlinkULDHC: 37 R, 20 HR, 56 RBI buoyed by Miguel Olivo, Miguel Cabrera, Mark Reynolds, Matt Kemp, Michael Morse, and bunch of other dudes whose first names start with M.

  29. Rank Stank says:
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    A useful post would be bros we can drop for some of these prospects broken down by position (e.g., 1B – Adam Dunn and Justin Morneau for Anthony Rizzo).

  30. OregonianRedbird says:
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    @BlinkULDHC: So far this year, the record in my league (14 hitters) is 23 HR. It wasn’t my team unfortunately, but the owner had 6 from Bautista, 4 from Joyce, 2 from Aybar, Stanton, McCutchen, Uggla, Konerko, Arencibia, and 1 from Holliday.

  31. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Johnson: Personally, no.

    @BlinkULDHC: re:Padre Prospects for Gonzalez: Don’t speak too soon.

    @thorbs: re:Blackmon: .260 to .275 average with 10 to 15 hr and 20 to 25 steals over a full season. re:Castro: I haven’t heard much.

    @EK: Lester

    @Dominic: No, do you have other options?
    @Dominic: re: Chisenhall/Moustakas for M. Reynolds: Moustakas if called up.

  32. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @RankStank: That would be too subjective of a list and would assume that all prospect are going to hit right away.

  33. Paulie Allnuts

    Paulie Allnuts says:
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    @Stephen:

    Was talking with a Razzball friend the other day, discussing the fact that you do great work and perhaps do not get the credit from us commenters that you should. Thanks for the valuable info.

    Is Desmond Jennings ever going to get the call up to the Bigs?

  34. Dominic says:
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    thanks, I just dont know if Morneau will ever be right

  35. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @Paulie Allnuts: Thank you for the compliment. re:Jennings: I would have imagined by now. I’d expect within 10-14 days.

    @Dominic: Completely understandable.

  36. CheezWhit says:
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    Dee Gordon called up. Will play every day. Who has more value him or Ackley the rest of the way.

  37. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    @CHeezWhit: Gordon.

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