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Happy Fathers Day, Razzball Nation, especially to the dads we have here on staff: Rudy and Mike and Nick and Jack are proud fathers, and I’ve heard Tehol has offspring on every continent, although that rumor is unsubstantiated. I’m not a dad, but I have one, and I’ll be hanging with him today, doing our usual Fathers Day bonding (sipping fine booze while watching the US Open). I hope everyone can find something equally gratifying to do with their dads, or with their sons and daughters. And however it is that you choose to enjoy the day, here’s to all the good fathers out there. Cheers.

Raimel Tapia, OF, Rockies: Tapia is tooled-up to the max, and his fantasy ceiling is as dreamy as they come, but for the time being, he is raw. His line on the year — his first year at the full-season level — is actually quite good: .315/.360/.453, 6 HR, 12 SB, but if you’ve been watching closely, you’re aware that it’s been a streaky campaign for the 20-year-old. At times, Tapia is guilty of trusting too much in his off-the-charts hand-eye ability, swinging at poor pitches and making weak contact. When he’s patient, on the other hand, he looks like one of the premier hitting prospects in the game, and that’s the version we’ve seen over the past week, as he’s drilled 2 homers and stolen 5 bases while reaching base at a .515 clip. I’m eager to see Tapia string together a few more weeks like this one, because I’d love to be as aggressive as possible with his ranking in next month’s Mid-Season Top 50.

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays: After an inconsistent run at Double-A, which ended with an ERA at 3.82, a WHIP at 1.39 and a K/9 at 7.8, Sanchez has been promoted to Triple-A. The 21-year-old brings an advanced arsenal, great physical size, and a true front-end projection, and while it’s exciting to imagine him finishing the season in the Jays rotation, I doubt that Toronto will extend him much more than another 60 or so IP.

Nick Kingham, RHP, Pirates: Also getting a bump up to Triple-A this week is Nick Kingham of the Pirates. The 22-year-old was sharp in his first start with Indianapolis, striking out 8 and walking 1 through 7 scoreless frames.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs: With 3 more homers since our last Minor Accomplishments post, I think it’s fair to say that Kris Bryant has officially gone bonkers. That makes 22 on the season, along with a slash line at .358/.462/.713. Good grief.

Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers: Speaking of bonkers, Joey Gallo was promoted to Double-A on Monday and promptly smashed 4 HR in his five 5 games with Frisco, putting him at 25 on the year. Bryant actually pulled even with Gallo in the home run race on Monday, but the tie was short-lived.

Chris Stratton, RHP, Giants: After a superb first full season at Low-A Augusta in 2013, I was surprised when the Giants didn’t skip Stratton over the High-A level this season, avoiding the hitter-friendly Cali League altogether. He’s 23-years-old, after all, and such a move would have been reasonable. Instead, Stratton has struggled this season, posting a line at 4.43/1.31/66 in 67 IP. His most recent outing, however, was a step in the right direction: 7 IP, 6 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 9 K.

Kyle Schwarber, C, Cubs: After drafting him 4th overall last week, the Cubs were able to sign Schwarber to a bonus worth $3.125 million, which is roughly $1.5 million below the slot suggestion. He’s been given a short-season assignment at Boise, and in his first ballgame as a pro, the 21-year-old out of Indiana went 4-for-5 with a homer. The Cubs are quite clearly stacking their farm with power bats — Baez, Bryant, Soler, Vogelbach, Schwarber… even Mike Olt should be considered among this trend. They’re latching onto plus raw power as a market inefficiency, and I’m anxious to see how this strategy plays out over the long term.

Marco Gonzalez, LHP, Cardinals: Gonzalez continues to impress at Double-A Springfield, allowing only 2 baserunners and 1 run through 6 IP on Friday, striking out 10 along the way.

Colin Moran, 3B, Marlins: Last year’s 6th overall pick is on a roll at High-A Jupiter, batting .452/.469/.742 with 2 HR over the past week. Praised as one of the most polished bats in the 2013 class, Moran needs to continue to ramp up the XBH production in order to push his way out of Class-A sometime soon.

Jose Peraza, 2B/SS, Braves: Through 65 games at High-A Lynchburg, Peraza is batting .341/.365/.452 with 33 SB. As a top-of-the order MI with an advanced approach and plus wheels, the 20-year-old carries loads of intrigue for the fantasy game.

Addison Russell, SS, Athletics: Russell has missed the bulk of the season to this point with a hamstring injury, but he returned to game action this week. He remains among the highest upside shortstop prospects in the game, and provided everything clicks, it’s still conceivable that he could reach Oakland late this season.

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  1. Ryan says:
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    As always, great write up. What’s the ETA on Gallo? Any chance we see him in Texas in 2015?

    • June 2015. I won’t rule out a September call-up, but it’s unlikely.

  2. J-FOH says:
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    Add me to the list of the razzball employee dads. Oh and great stuff as usual…I would love to see Gallo this year

    • Jason says:
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      @J-FOH: I’d love it as well – if he keeps mashing and walking regularly, a September call up may not be out of the question – he’s showing a tremendous ability to adjust his approach, his stock has absolutely skyrocketed this year as a result (even after hitting 40 HR’s last year). With Beltre signed though 2015 (plus a vesting option for 2016), owners will likely have to be patient unless Texas decides to try and move him or convince him to DH. Given the excitement currently surrounding him though, it’s going to tough to hold him back. A very nice problem for the organization to have. I hope there’s a way for him to make a significant contribution in 2015.

    • Done and done — Happy Fathers Day, Jack! I’m afraid a Gallo call-up this season is highly unlikely, but early next season seems reasonable.

  3. Pete says:
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    This may have been asked at some point but what are the chances that Bryant enters the 2015 season with 3B eligibility in Yahoo leagues?

    • Jason says:
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      @Pete: If Bryant isn’t called up this season, then 100%, even if he makes the parent squad as an OF next Spring. However, if Bryant is called up, then he’ll qualify at whatever positions he starts 5 games at, or appears in 10 games at. So if he is called up in September, just hope he starts 5 games at 3B or appears in 10 games at 3B.

      Also, if he’s called up and doesn’t start (or appear in) enough games to qualify at *any* position, he’ll enter next season with the dreaded “UTIL” designation.

    • Chances are very strong he carries 3B eligibility into next fantasy season.

  4. Nelson says:
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    Is Jake Lamb turning into a top prospect or is he just a guy?

    • Jason says:
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      @Nelson: I don’t know about a “top” prospect (I suppose it depends on your definition), but he’s absolutely solidifying his status as a very “legit” one. He’s far from “just a guy”, that’s for sure. Scott touched on him in last week’s column – if he keeps raking, he’ll be a top 100 guy in the near future without question. Another nice item to note is that his path to 3B isn’t blocked in Arizona thanks to Prado’s versatility.

    • I think Lamb has done great work this season to quell some doubts about his game — he’s driving the ball (40 XBH already) against upper levels arms & the d’backs should absolutely be excited about his emergence as a high-impact bat in their org.

  5. Jason says:
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    Awesome Father’s Day intro Scott – hope you enjoy spending time with your Dad today (and that goes for everyone else here who is able to as well).

    Do you have any thoughts on Clint Coulter? I’m currently in a dynasty FAAB bidding contest with another manager (was hoping to add him under the radar, but it wasn’t to be). It’s an ultra competitive 14 team OPS league (15 deep minor league rosters) and he looks like the potential real deal at a premium position. I’d hate to lose out on him, but it looks like I’m going to have to go higher than I want to in order to obtain his rights (bid is currently at 15% of our annual budget, but most moves are $0, so folks save the FAAB for moments like this).

    • Nice stick for a catcher, but there are legit concerns about his ability to stick at that position & I’m not so sure how much impact the bat will carry elsewhere on the diamond. I’m planning to put eyes on him later this month when Wisconsin comes through Kane County & hopefully I’ll get some firsthand notes on him for an upcoming post…

      • Jason says:
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        @Scott Evans: Just the perspective I was looking for – thanks so much for the insight. Can’t wait to read your report on him. I previously read a report where an evaluator felt he could stick behind the plate based on development he saw in instructional ball. In his words he went from “really, really raw in the early summer to pretty darn clean” and that “his game defensively from receiving to throwing is now looked at as a catcher in the future”. If his defensive game can stick behind the plate, I’ve read his leadership skills are off the charts and it seems like the perfect position for him to exhibit that makeup. I’ve got a great feeling about him.

  6. Lt says:
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    Happy Father’s Day to everyone that is or has/had one. My first one and its been rad.

    How long after the estimated June callup dates that teams try to avoid does a prospect get left in the minors before you can assume a September callup is the best case scenario? Guys like Addison Russell had long standing injury recovery times so that’s different but others like Baez and such. If its this time in July are we safe to say see you in September?

    • Jason says:
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      @Lt: There’s no set in stone approach, every organization is different. It depends on multiple factors (i.e. is the prospect struggling?, is there a position open with clear cut playing time available?, is further development in plate approach or fielding needed?, does a player have to learn a new position prior to being called up?, etc.).

      In the case of a player like Baez, he likely would have been up already if he were having a solid season, but the organization is probably waiting for a sustained hot streak for a few weeks to build up his confidence (and will likely need to get him used to a new position as well given Castro’s play this year).

      So let’s say Baez finally gets hot for a sustained period in mid-July. Since he was already in the plans to be called up in June anyway, I doubt the organization will push him back to September – he’s ready.

    • Happy Fathers Day, LT.

      Placement on the 40-man is a strong indicator of a late-season look, but at this point, there’s no clear set of dates to target for the next wave of call-ups. Any strategical positioning with regard to service time at this point in the year would be planned using proprietary data & as Jason alludes, there’s really no way for us to figure what each club is thinking.

  7. Yescheese says:
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    Always appreciate your perspective Scott – and recently Jason too – Rank potential for fantasy contribution – 3B Rio Ruiz, 3B Jake Lamb, 3B Brandon Drury, 3B Mitch Nay

    • Jason says:
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      @Yescheese: Thanks YC, that’s very much appreciated. In terms of potential for fantasy contribution, I’m going to rank them Lamb, Drury, Nay and Ruiz. Lamb is the furthest along of all in his development and has a clear path to playing time, exhibiting plus power and a solid approach to go along with solid defense. Drury also has plus power potential and was a nice pickup in the Upton trade – he’s a bit more aggressive than Lamb and needs more time to develop at the plate. I really like Nay’s approach at the plate and feel he could be a real sleeper at the 3B position in a few years, I’d just like to see him develop his power, which has been pretty lacking so far, though he’s still only 20. He’s nothing special defensively, but that plate approach can definitely carry him. If the power kicks into gear, he could be a real difference maker. As far as Ruiz goes, I’m not sure he’ll stick at 3B, as his defense has been sub-par so far. He has developing power and his plate approach has been much better this year at the A+ level, but if he can’t stick at 3B, his value will plummet (I’ve seen talk of converting him to 1B, but he’d be blocked by Singleton there).

  8. Oz says:
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    Hey Scott, what are your thoughts on Tyler Matzek? My league is ridiculously SP heavy, there’s never an SP available who’s owned in more than 3% of ESPN leagues. I picked him up before his last start but left him own my bench. Can he be a back-end fantasy starter this year?

    • Perhaps at times he’ll be useful, but I’d be surprised if he brings consistent back-end fantasy value this year… good stuff, but poor command.

    • Jason says:
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      @Oz: IMO his walk rate and consistency issues will make it tough to roster him, particularly with half his starts coming at Coors.

  9. JWray says:
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    I made an offer to get Puig for my Sandoval, Mesoraco, and L. Martin. Thoughts…??

    • If this addresses a need, then you’re fine.

    • The Vaporizers says:
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      @JWray: Is your leaguemate still laughing at you???

  10. Oz says:
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    1 more q: Jimmy Nelson is tearing it up, any chance he’s called up to start for brews without needing an injury ahead of him? Maybe for Estrada?

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Oz: see how Estrada does today

    • Yeah, he could force the issue if he continues to perform at this level.

    • Jason says:
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      @Oz: Absolutely – and as YC alluded to, Estrada is on the hot seat. His start today could very well determine the next course of action.

  11. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    Speaking of Joey Gallo…

    Anyhoo, my 12 tm NFBC Roto 2 C, 5 OF, start 9 pitchers of any kind, 1000 IP minimum, no trades, lineups set weekly for pitchers, bi-weekly for hitters team looks like this:

    2 C: Iannetta, Suzuki
    1B/3B/CI/UT: Goldy, Donaldson, Votto, Chisenhall till he cools down/Pedro Alvarez (grudgingly benching for now Chisenhall forced my hand)
    2B/SS/MI: Rendon, Andrelton, Owings
    OF: Heyward, Revere, Yelich, Dickerson, Castellanos

    SP: Stras, Sale, Samardizija, Cashner, Gray, Archer, Quintana, Simon
    RP: Frieri, Allen, Rondon, Qualls

    Bench bats: Duda, Gyorko, LeMahieu, Alvarez for now…

    Pete Nice thank you very much BTW, answered my comment yesterday about dumping Gyorko for Brock Holt. Thought this over and am going to get rid of both Gyorko and LeMahieu. I have about $250 left out of $1000 FAAB. For example, I paid $140 for Dickerson and I was pleasantly surprised that the runner-up was only $50, but I still don’t regret that as that same week Singleton was had for $200 with runner-up of $175. My team hovers between 6th and 7th place most days because I’ve had shitty luck in the arbitrary stat of wins and my team is 1st in K/9 even though that’s not an official category. Also last in batting avg but have made up 12 points in the last 2 weeks where I’m almost at .250 (thanks Gyorko, De Aza, early season Heyward, Grandal, 50 AB each thereabouts of Avila, Brad Miller, Chris Swish Carter).

    Is Brock Holt and his soon-to-be OF eligibility worth a $40-75 investment considering how competitive this bidding has been in my league?

    In most leagues Bartolo Colon would be considered a streamer I take it, but in the context of this league do you think $20-$25 would be a good investment for this ageless strikethrower to be the 9th man on my staff and start in 2-start weeks so I don’t have to waste FAAB later in season on iffy streamers? Drew Smyly is also available.

    Bringing it back to first sentence of my rambling post or would you just save FAAB this week and wait till I need a different closer or someone like Gallo comes up?

    • I’d throw a modest $20 bid at Bartolo & bank whatever you were gonna spend on Holt for a closer or a higher-impact bat down the stretch.

      • Symptom of the Universe says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thanks! Appreciate it, looking at his modest minor league stats and none 1st rd pedigree further confirmed it. At least Chisenhall had that going for him and has contributed quite a bit more HR.

  12. smalls killer says:
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    Hey Scott, someone dropped Wood a few weeks ago and with Atl apparently sending him down to stretch into a starter again he become a valuable piece. My only option to get him is by dropping Syndergaard who is currently in my NA slot but I can put Walker there; Would you recommend this move?

    • Jason says:
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      @smalls killer: If it’s a redraft I’d do it in a blue second. If it’s a keeper, I’d still strongly consider it, especially if you feel you can compete this year.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: isn’t walker ranked higher than syndergaard anyway (or at least around the same spot)?

        • Syndergaard is a T10 arm, Walker is a T2 arm.

  13. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    H2H Keeper League…Cargo, Gausman and Stroman or Morales, Teheran and Minor? Happy Fathers Day!

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Peter Nincompoop: I should add that we only get to keep six players year-to-year (i.e., must keep at least two pitchers and two hitters) and I currently have the following list to consider from:

      1B Davis
      2B Kipnis
      3B Machado
      3B Arenado*
      OF McCutchen
      OF Harper
      SP Sale
      SP Teheran
      SP Wacha
      SP Minor

      I would do the deal to add a little depth to my keeper hitting options, but am second guessing it as I don’t like having just two options to keep at the SP position. Thanks in advance for your thoughts.

      • Cargo, Gausman, Stroman side for me

  14. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Thanks, Scott. Enjoy the day!

  15. Offered Gomez for Polanco in dynasty league – what do you think man – Gomez is not stealing that much this year

    • Jason says:
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      @Mr Baseball: Unless you don’t feel your team can compete this year or the next couple of years, I wouldn’t make that trade. Gomez has solidified his established stud status and is in the prime of his career. His steal rate may be down a bit, but he’s still on pace for 20+, with his avg and OBP both up as well (.900+ OPS). Polanco’s a great prospect, but I wouldn’t trade away one of the premier performers in the game right now for him.

  16. Beastman says:
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    Not a Cubs fan, but really hope that all or at least some of these young studs in the minors end up making an impact in the next couple years. Such an exciting roster of prospects, and no one deserves some love like Cubs fans.

    • Yes, cubs fans are a pitiful group indeed.

  17. Ryan says:
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    Just curious, who do you think will be better in the long run…bryant or gallo? Has Gallo moved up enough to be compared to bryant?

    • Jason says:
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      @Ryan: Coke or Pepsi for me at this point. Both have superstar potential and enormous power (with Gallo having a little higher power ceiling, Bryant a stronger hit tool pedigree, so probably a higher floor for him).

      I’m more or less at a coin flip stage right now, but if you want to go the safe route, Bryant’s probably your man, and if you want to gamble on unlimited power, Gallo has probably surpassed even Sano in that department.

    • Bryant is more developed, more advanced in terms of approach & therefore safer, but Gallo brings a greater ceiling.

  18. Breez says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Who will make more of an impact this year, Alex Meyer or Bundy?

    • Jason says:
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      @Breez: I’d definitely say Meyer, but doubt either one make a huge impact in 2014. Meyer is much closer to being ready though and the O’s will continue to take it easy with Bundy as he progresses through his rehab. Higher ceiling long term is still Bundy.

  19. Ryan says:
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    Eugenio Suarez…hot start or has he shown enough to be the real deal?

    • Jason says:
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      @Ryan: I’d say more hot start than “real deal”, but definitely worth a look if you need help at SS. Sometimes situations just “click” for prospects in the majors, so you never know, but I wouldn’t drop anyone with established value for him.

    • His progress over the past year has been remarkable & I believe he’ll carry fantasy relevance for ROS.

  20. Steve French says:
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    Would you rather have Wheeler or Yordano Ventura for the long haul in a keeper league?

  21. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Assuming he retains eligibility, where do you see Bryant being ranked pre and post-season among 3rd basemen?

    • I think you asked this on my last post…

  22. malamoney

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    Bundy slated to have a few Single-A starts. Then what?

  23. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Eager to see how CMart does tomorrow in his start. If it doesn’t go well would you drop and put in a claim for Alex Meyer? (15 teams keep 11 lited moves). My only other drop might be Qualls.

    • Meyer isn’t worth a move in a redraft w/ transaction limit.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Scott Evans: what about in a keeper? How does he stack up against CMart?

  24. Nightpandas says:
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    Should say limited moves

  25. Chris says:
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    How much does Tim Anderson’s inability to play defense hurt his fantasy value? 28 errors already this year… Will he still be playing SS when he reaches the Majors?

    • the bat will play anywhere, but there’s still plenty of hope & plenty of time for him to sort things out at SS.

  26. Zaclo24 says:
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    What are Michael Taylors projetions and ETA?

    • 20/20 producer… ETA 2015.

  27. Swfcdan says:
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    Ive been patient holding him down but my patience with C-Mart is starting to run out. First he was expected to make the rotation, now he’s not even been good in the bullpen and even his K numbers are pedestrian for a guy with his stuff. I’ll wait to see how he does in his spot-start but im getting an ichy trigger finger. Sure he’ll figure how to use his stuff better eventually but who knows when. Is a guy like Lively or Tim Anderson worth an add instead?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Or Tapia of course? (OBP league)

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Scott Evans: How long until he actually becomes fantasy relevant though? I’ve been holding this guy down a long time now, only 8 prospects on our rosters so the slots are valuable. He needs to be starting next year for him to have any value in our league, or else im just cutting him for another prospect.

  28. mindicohn says:
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    been offered Heyward for my J.Gray/J.Nelson in 14 tm dynasty…we’re not competing this yr and have a ton of prospects lined up for next few yrs…though, Gray is our best SP….somewhat conflicted but maybe others may have clarity.

    thanks in advance….you guys have been spot on with pretty much any response to my posts.

    • I’d take Heyward for that package. Go for it.

  29. Cram It says:
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    Have any thoughts on Marisnick in Florida for this year? Projections or comparison?

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