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First, I’m sure a good chunk of our readers are dads, so happy Fathers Day to ya!  I’m not a dad, but I have one, and he’s the man.  I’ll be hanging with him later today, watching golf and enjoying good booze.  I just might even root for Phil Mickelson, even though I suspect that dude’s a phony jerk — all those fist bumps and fake smiles aren’t fooling me, Mickelson!  Anyway, my dad likes him, so go Phil.  Now I’m tempted to write an entire post about pro golf, but some of you might consider that boring, so I’ll get on with the usual prospect talk instead.

Xander Bogaerts | SS, Red Sox – Xander Bogaerts is a sure-thing top ten prospect, a top five guy on many boards, and he’s now, at age 20, playing shortstop at Triple-A Pawtucket.  After hitting .311/.407/.502 with 6 homers through 56 games at Double-A Portland, the Red Sox had seen enough to justify a bump to the Triple-A level.  What’s most exciting about this promotion is that Boston appears content to roll with Bogaerts at shortstop.  Scouts have mixed feelings about his defensive profile at short, most seeing him as a future 3B, so the fact that there’s been no transition is hugely encouraging now that he’s just one stop from the bigs.  Bogaerts brings middle-of-the-order type potential with the ability to hit for both average and power.  His best days are still years away, but he could surface sometime later this summer, and it would be magical for fantasy owners to have him slotted in at short.

Gregory Polanco | OF, Pirates – The Pirates have bumped Polanco from High-A to Double-A after the 21-year-old hit .312/.364/.472 with 6 homers and 24 stolen bases through 57 games at Bradenton.  He brings serious potential to the fantasy game, and could be a 20/20 guy at the big league level.  He’ll be a good one to keep an eye on as settles in at his new upper levels assignment.

Maikel Franco | 3B, Phillies – Franco has been crushing Florida State League pitching all year, but he’s really cranked things up of late, hitting .342/.390/.711 with 4 homers though his last ten games.  On the season, the 20-year-old has 39 XBH (15 HR) in 279 PA.  He’ll reach the upper levels before long.

Jonathan Singleton | 1B, Astros – Singleton continues to work his way up the ladder after serving a 50-game suspension for smokin’ reefer in the off-season.  He’s at Double-A now, and he’s already knocked two homers with Corpus Christi, putting his season total at 5 through just 16 games.

Addison Russell | SS, Athletics – Russell was expected to explode this season in the California League, but a slow start at Stockton kinda put a damper on things.  The 19-year-old is starting to catch his stride, though, hitting .366/.409/.659 with 10 XBH through his last 43 PA.

Zack Wheeler | RHP, Mets – Wheeler’s call-up to the Mets is official, in case you missed it.  He’ll pitch game two of Tuesday’s double header against the Braves.  His final start with Triple-A Las Vegas was quite good:  5.2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 7 K.  He’s probably owned in your league by now, but he brings considerable upside to the fantasy game, so grab him if you can get your hands on him.

Carlos Martinez | RHP, Cardinals – I’ve been talking up Martinez as a late-season fantasy savior over the past few weeks as the Cardinals stretch him out at Triple-A Memphis.  Perhaps I overestimated the timetable, though.  Martinez lasted 6 frames in his most recent start, allowing 2 runs on 7 hits while walking none and whiffing 5.  It wouldn’t surprise me to see the 21-year-old claim a rotation spot in St. Louis sometime this July.

Joey Gallo | 3B, Rangers – Gallo is mashing the shizz out of Sally league pitching.  He’s the MiLB leader with 22 homers, including 8 in his last ten games, which is just silly.  Also silly is his whiff rate (37%).  The 19-year-old needs quite a bit more seasoning, but there’s endless power potential with this one.

Anthony Ranaudo | RHP, Red Sox – Ranaudo has been one of the more improved pitching prospects in all of baseball this season, and he’s coming off an absolute gem of an outing.  The 23-year-old tossed 7.2 scoreless frames on Thursday, allowing only two hits and two walks while striking out 13.  His line on the year at Double-A Portland:  2.15 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, 10.2 K/9.  I’d grab him now if he’s still available in your dynasty league.

Robert Stephenson | RHP, Reds – Stephenson is one of the brighter pitching prospects in the game, but he’ll be shelved for some time with a hamstring injury he suffered while doing routine running drills.  Frustrating news for the 20-year-old who had posted a sub-3 ERA and a K/9 north of 11 through 12 starts at Low-A Dayton.

  1. Roger says:
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    having a mid season draft, would rank Rafael Montero & De Paula(New York SP) Ahead of Rodon and Beede in terms of potential?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Montero is close, but I like the upside of Beede & Rodon better. Don’t let De Paula’s numbers fool you — the guy is 22 y.o. & playing in Low-A…

  2. Matt P says:
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    Drop either of Syndergaard, Hultzen, or Webster (BOS) for Ranaudo?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m likeng Ranaudo more than Webster at the moment. Similar upside, but Ranaudo is the hotter arm…

  3. Cooper says:
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    AL only Keeper. Who do you like more for next season- Jackie Bradley Jr. or George Springer? When do you think Olt gets the call or does he get traded? Heard him rumored in a package for Stanton.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Springer. Tough to say on Olt… he’s catching a bit of a heater now & there’ll be pressure on the Rangers to promote him if he keeps knocking homers at this rate. Always thought he was a prime trade candidate given the Rangers roster construction, so wouldn’t surprise me at all if they ship him out.

      • Nate says:
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        @Scott Evans: springer up this year?

  4. Scott says:
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    Firstly, thanks for the Father’s Day wishes, just had my second daughter two months ago and she’s the best present I could ever get…until she’s 18 and start dating a-holes. Secondly, in my 10 team keeper league in which I’m in last place and trying to retool, I was offer machado (18 keeper) for verlander and Derek holland, both who I don’t plan on keeping. What are your thoughts on machado long term? I was also offered Harper (18), Shelby miller (19), and posey (6) for verlander, greinke, Stanton, Reyes, and howie kendrik, all who I can’t keep except for howie. Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Congrats, man & happy Fathers Day! Machado just might be the best young star in the game … and that includes Trout. I’d accept that deal in a heartbeat if you’re in re-build mode. The other offer is also intriguing, but I lean toward landing Machado.

  5. Scott says:
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    Let me rephrase the first part, I would keep verlander but his keeper status expires

  6. Quintero says:
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    Great shizzz as ever! thanks!
    Out of Matt Barnes(BOS), Alex Colome(TAM), and Robbie Erlin(SDG), who do you see has the most promising career as SP?
    Barnes is developing his secondary pitches/command and doesn’t have a great AA season as far as ERA goes.(improved in May tho)
    Colome never pitched above 160IP in seven years of career, but showed capable of handling ML.
    Erlin not as dominating as those two pure stuff wise but has great secondary pitches, good track record every stops, and pitches for SD…
    thanks in advance!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Barnes has the best upside, but he’s also probably the riskiest. Gotta chase upside, though, so I’d go for him.

  7. BluePulaski says:
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    I own Tulo, Kipnis, and Profar…15 keeper league…part of me is thinking I should deal Tulo given the injury stuff…but I have a lot of stud hitters and the hitting pool is OK….pitching benches are large….

    Do you see Bogarts being the full-time SS for the BoSox in 2014…even a 75% chance? (I know you think there is a chance he comes up late 2013) Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sure, I think there’s a 75% chance of Xander claiming that spot for next season. You also have Profar for a long-term SS… If dealing Tulo can help you win this year, I’d go for it, just make sure you get proper value, because he’s a monster.

      • BluePulaski says:
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        @Scott Evans: I’m in good shape to win, but anything can happen…I’ll probably hold onto him…I have a little Grey in a white suit on my left shoulder telling me to Sell Tulo (he’s also saying I told you so…I told you to sell him!) and a little Grey in a black suit on my right shoulder saying “Just keep him already and pass me another cold one. Is it just me or is it damn hot in here?”

        P.S. Does Grey where a grey suit like Ben Matlock? ;o)

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Ha! Grey only owns pajamas.

  8. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    I know this sounds zany, but I’ve got one fantasy team where before opening day I decided to load up on all the top prospects in the yahoo data base with an eye of MAYBE being competitive late in the summer, but DEFINITELY being competitive in 2014. And yes, I am currently at the bottom of the standings (10 team mixer, 23 player rosters).

    All that said, the keeper rule has us keeping 11 (any 11) for next year.

    I know mostly who I plan on dropping in the off season, but here’s a list of key players that I’ll have to choose from to get down to 11. So of the following, who do I drop — not accounting for any possible trades next off season — when 2014 rolls around? … I need to drop 4…

    C – Willin Rosario
    1B – Paul Goldschmidt
    2B – Jurickson Profar
    3B – Miguel Sano
    SS – Jose Reyes
    CI- Nolan Arenado
    MI – Xander Bogaerts
    OF – Mike Trout
    OF – Wil Meyers
    OF – Yasiel Puig
    OF – Oscar Tavares
    OF – Marcell Ozuna
    OF – Christian Yelich

    SP – Jose Fernandez
    SP – Zack Wheeler

    … if you find this situation ridiculous, I know. I mismanaged this keeper team the moment I took it over before the 2012 season (I had J Hey & Aroldis just to name 2 that are long gone – so this year I decided to start over and rebuild from the ground up, so to speak)…

    Anyway, thanks for the feedback!

    • Racehorse says:
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      @Racehorse: oops, small typo… Yelich and Ozuna are in utility slots…

      UTIL – Ozuna
      UTIL – Yelich

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Racehorse: goldy, Profar, Sano, Reyes, bogartes, Trout, Myers, Tavares, Fernandez, Wheeler, Yelich.

      Should be a fun team to watch next year!

    • Scott Evans

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      Drop Ozuna, Rosario, Arenado… and trade Puig now. Puig would be my 4th drop, but you can snag some usable value for him now & maybe make a run at a respectable finish.

    • BluePulaski says:
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      @Racehorse: I would trade Puig for Harper immediately you might even be able to get an underperforming pitcher thrown in too. You can put him on the Block and say, best offer by the end of the day Monday gets him, Puig that is. (you can always extend the deadline) ;o)

  9. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Mr. Evans,

    I hope for your sake that the booze is indeed good. You will need it to watch that golf shizz. I like playing the sport but watching others play it is like watching paint dry. I also hate the announcing/whispering and lack of crowd noise before strokes.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Oh, it’s good, indeed… I should know, because I bought it for him. I love watching golf, though, and it doesn’t get any better than a US Open Sunday. Sure, the announcers can be obnoxious, and the elitist nature of the sport can get under even the thickest of skins, but shit, I still love it.

      • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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        @Scott Evans: The only times I have watched recently (as in the last decade) are the final half hour of the Masters several years and some random tournament that McIlroy won last season.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Well I’m glad to hear you at least tune in for the Masters!

  10. Racehorse says:
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    Who do I sit between Middlebrooks & Stubbs?

    Middlebrooks vs Miguel Gonzalez

    Stubbs vs Strasburg

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Stubbs.

  11. harkrider says:
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    Wheeler or Gerrit Cole ROS?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Tough call, but I’ll say Cole.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @harkrider: I lean towards Cole because I am a Mets fan. Wheeler might be better but how is he going to win any games this season? Pitch 7 innings of shutout or 1-run action and drive in 2 runs himself?

      These two fellows might have similar ratio stats and IP the rest of the way and Cole might get 5 more wins.

      • harkrider says:
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        @Wallpaper Paterson: I went with Wheeler due to K’s, but I might switch back to Cole due to W’s. I didn’t think about that. I typically focus on categories that can be controlled

  12. TheNewGuy says:
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    Boegarts the next Miggy T? Cant think of another power/AVG hitting SS, oh wait yeah Tulo…dumbass. Either way its good company, wish I had him.

    Wow really, this July on C-Mart? Now might be a good time to get stashin in non-keepers then. Gah Gallos recently gone in my league! Gotta be just a bit quicker man ;)

    Only kidding…Ranuado’s still available though. Grab him over Fried?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Offensively, Tulo is a good comp for Bogaerts…

      Yup, you might just see Martinez in the top 10 in this Wednesday’s prospect power ranks…

      And I’d be tempted to swap Fried for Ranaudo. Fried still brings bigger upside, but Ranaudo doing it at AA & looking better & better… less risk w/ him too.

  13. Mike

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    Good stuff as always, Scott. Somehow George Springer slipped through the cracks in my league’s minor league draft prior to the season. I added him to my bench from waivers as it’s a keeper league and I’ve got the room. Do you think his recent success will warrant a call up this year or will his strikeout rate keep him down until 2014? Also, do you think he’s a better keeper option for 2014 than say, Michael Wacha, if I have J-fer and Teheran already? Thanks and enjoy the golf!

    • Scott Evans

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      Thanks, Mike! Springer is certainly mashing, but I’d be very surprised if the Astros call him up this season. Some of that is because of the hefty whiff rate, but mostly because Houston is hopeless this season & it wouldn’t make a lot of sense to start his clock… Still, he’s a better keep than Wacha IMO.

  14. Steven A says:
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    I’m not sure many expected Russell to “crush” in high A at his age and so little experience. But noone expected him to struggle as badly as he did either. Even after his terrible start his overall numbers are very impressive. He’s in my to 20 right now!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d say top 20 is definitely fair & perhaps an understatement… I think he’s on the verge of a prolonged heater in the Cali league & arrival at AA before year’s end. Could be a top 10 guy on most boards next year…

  15. L-Boogie says:
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    So any changes to your answer from the other day:

    Erasmo or C-Mart for ROS?

    Also, timeframe for Castellanos to hit the bigs?

    Thanks dude.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No change just yet, but Martinez is creeping closer in the ROS outlook… I’m hoping Erasmo debuts next weekend. If he doesn’t, I may have to reassess this question…

      I’m thinking July on Castellanos, but that situation is a tricky one to gauge…

  16. Dansuggla says:
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    What kind of numbers do you think puig brings ROS? Next year?

    I own him in a keeper league, $260 standard 5×5 12 team mixed.

    He is $5 next year and I am having a hard time letting him go!

    Should I move him while he is hot, or do I keep him moving forward?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      My outlook on Puig is not good for ROS, and my advice to all redraft owners is to move him… trickier decision in a keeper, though. I suspect that Puig gets cold, starts whiffing, and ultimately gets demoted once the LA outfield is fully healthy — it’s unreasonable to expect another Mike Trout… Long-term, I like him a lot, and he’s probably worth $5 for next year… but if you can flip him for value better than that now, I’d go for it.

  17. Ian says:
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    Is it a good time to pick up Erasmo Ramirez and Nick Castellanos/ do you think they will have a nice impact upon arrival? I am in a H2H 12 team mixed league and up and coming prospects get snagged rather quickly.
    I was also wondering what you think of dealing Hanley Ramirez and Mo Rivera for Adrian Beltre?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Erasmo is a good stash at this point. Castellanos’s timetable is tougher to gauge… Both should bring value right away…

      I’d hold Hanley.

  18. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Nice write-up Scott. Love to hear about those prospects!

    It seems like after a lull of fantasy stud SS’s, we’re finally going to get a string of them within the next 2-4 years. Xander, Mondesi, Correa, maybe Javier Baez if he doesn’t move the 3b. Pretty impressive.

    I have kind of an off topic question for you. Do you think Machado ever moves back to his original position at SS? If JJ Hardy doesn’t re-sign with the O’s this offseason, do you think the O’s would make that move?

    Related to Machado. I’m in a 12-team keeper league right now. I’m in the top 4 in the league, with maybe a 20% chance of winning if Harper comes back soon and my pitching stays decent. However, I have Daniel Descalso manning 3B for me right now. There’s not much out there on the waiver wire. I’ve been playing the hot hand at 3b week by week. If you had Giancarlo, Harper and J-Up as your OFs and needed a 3B, would you trade J-Up for Machado straight up? That’s the only way the Machado owner will trade him to me. I think that’s a little steep. Maybe I’m too high on Upton and not high enough on Machado?

    Sorry for the long Q. Enjoy golf and booze this afternoon.

    • Ron Swanson says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: The only Upton I wouldn’t move for Machado, is Kate Upton. Otherwise…”he gone!” There’s a short list of 20-year olds who are going to be studs (i.e., Trout, Machado, Puig and Harper). If you can get him for that $ you do it.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        I dunno that I’d include Puig in that group just yet… perceived value right now is probably too high. He’s a great sell at this point…

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Ron Swanson: Ha, Kate Upton….sorry what were you saying, what was I talking about? I got lost in a Kate Upton day dream.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          My whole life is a Kate Upton day dream.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, lots of SS talent pushing through… don’t forget about Addison Russell, too.

      I do think Machado moves back to short next season. I know he’s been taking grounders there to stay sharp.

      That’s an overpay, but I’m never opposed to overpaying if you’re addressing a need. I imagine your fill-in for J-Up will bring more value than Descaslo is… I’d probably do this if I were you.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yeah I have two OF’s that I could slide into Upton’s spot that will give me better value than Descalso at third. I also have Eaton on the DL. If he comes back and does what everyone expected him to do earlier on, I will need room in my OF.

        So, if Machado goes to SS, do you think his value is even greater than at 3B?

        Thanks for the reply. Sometimes I just need a little push :)

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Oh yea, Machado’s value is crazy good at SS.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Scott Evans: Nice, that’s what I was thinking.

  19. Ryan says:
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    In a dynasty league would u trade longoria and nick franklin for segura shelby miller. I’m just abut concerned with longoria’s plantar fasciitis.

    • Ron Swanson says:
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      @Ryan: I’d take the Miller/Segura end of that equation. Longoria is the AL’s version of Tulowitzki. Too fragile to build a consistent winner around. I like Nick Franklin as a player, but as long as he’s hitting in Safeco and amidst multiple players on the shortlist for the AARP, he’s numbers aren’t going to be great. I personally think he’s a Neil Walker-type of fantasy player.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Ron Swanson:

        Well this is my team if it helps. It’s a 20 team dynasty league. Just worried I trade away a lot of power and we don’t know how segura will perform in the future with a small track record.

        c jp arencibia
        1b prince fielder
        2b neil walker
        ss yunel Escobar
        3b miguel cabrera
        inf evan longoria
        lf michael morse
        cf norichika aoki
        rf justin upton
        of carl crawford
        util desmond jennings
        bn nick franklin
        Bn jorge soler
        bn evan gattis
        bn jurickson profar
        bn peter bourjos

        sp clayton kershaw
        sp cliff lee
        sp yu darvish
        sp daniel straily
        rp sean doolittle
        rp mat belisle
        rp Jose veras
        rp heath bell
        p mat thorton
        p joe blamton
        p Barry zito
        bn zack wheeler

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I think you can get more for Longo. Also, that’s not a win-now deal & by the looks of your team, you’re in a position to win this year.

          • Ryan says:
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            @Scott Evans: based on my teams needs, what type of players should I target? Thanks!

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              On the surface, I don’t see a lot of needs… Maybe SS… I almost think you’re best off holding Longo.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No, I’d hold.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: I could use some more speed. Should I just punt sb?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          You can chase steals from waivers, wouldn’t trade Longo for a speedster. Wouldn’t just punt either.

  20. Nelson Santovenia says:
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    Lindor is obviously more of a real baseball prospect than a fantasy one, but what kind of numbers can we expect from him, something like .300/5/35?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Seems like a reasonable expectation… could develop more game pop as he fills out, so 10+ HR isn’t out of the question.

  21. Ron Swanson says:
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    It’s only 9:20AM, but cheers to Xander Bogaerts getting called up to the Sox this summer! Good article Scott.

    • Scott Evans

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      Thanks, Ron!

  22. John Mycell says:
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    If both were up now, and considering the Cards have more win potential, Carlos Martinez or Zach Wheeler? How close they are upside/talent wise?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wheeler has a better long-term projection because of his frame, but stuff-wise, Martinez has the edge by a hair. If both were up now, I’d probably lean toward C-Mart.

  23. Schizer says:
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    Scott, love the minor accomplishments posts, keep up the awesome work! So I’m screwed at 3B while Panda is on the shelf, which of these brutal options do you like for next week? Middlebrooks, C Johnson, or M Young? H2H weekly w cats for 2B, 3B, BB, KO, GDP on top of the standard 5…

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks! I’d go with Middlebrooks for the XBH potential…

  24. uncdrew says:
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    I knew Phil Mickelson as a teen. I worked at the country club where he was a member. At the time I thought he was kind of a goof/golf nerd, but it’s really that he was just nice. And as a teen that’s kind of unusual.

    So what you see is honest and sincere. He’s just a really good guy.

    • Scott Evans

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      Y’know, I’m glad to hear that… I want to like Phil, and I used to always root for him, but over the past few years I feel like he’s morphed into this golfer/politician — waving to galleries, kissing babies, etc, etc.

      Awesome to get a first-hand account on this. Big thanks for the comment!

  25. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    What are you thoughts on this trade in a H2H points league:

    I give up Butler and Austin Jackson for Choo and Matt Moore. I would slide Arenado into the IF DH spot that Butler was occupying and the rest speaks for itself?

    Here is my current pitching staff:

    King Felix, Shelby Miller, Medlen, Lincecum, Gerrit Cole, Teheran, Cingrani, Wacha and Morrow. I have Perkins and Street as RP, but often use Medlen, Miller and Cingrani at RP.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I love Choo in a points format… so steady. I like it for ya.

  26. Marti says:
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    Dynasty league could you rank top 5 hitters in the minors now.

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Marti: Taveras, Myers, Springer, Sano, and Buxton. Not sure about the order except for Taveras being at the top, but those are my top 5.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Taveras, Buxton, Sano, Yelich, Myers.

  27. Oz says:
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    Is it too early to grab Martinez? I’m in a h2h, dynasty (keep about 24 out of 38 roster spots), points league. Pitching is huge in my league and is the reason I’m 10-0.

    Also about 2 Astro Prospects, George Springer and Singleton… What are the chances either is called up in July? Also who has the edge to be called up sooner? Thanks.

    • Oz says:
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      @Oz:
      1 more quicky: ANY chance Sano is called up to the show during 2013?

    • malamoney

      malamoney says:
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      @Oz: I’d say Singleton. Nearly positive you don’t see Springer or Sano in 2013…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If you keep 24, it’s definitely not too early to grab Martinez. I don’t see Houston starting service time clocks on key prospects ’til next year… Singleton should arrive sooner than Springer.

  28. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    HERE COMES WIL!!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Heyyoooo

  29. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Morse of Joyce? H2H points league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Morse

  30. stumanji says:
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    I’ve been trying to pry Machado ($5) away from a guy in my 10 tm H2H league (keep 5). One of my best keepers is Rizzo at $3 and I’ve been planning to keep him forever at his price (120% increase each year). The only way to get Machado would be Rizzo plus another keeper type guy. I love Rizzo’s power potential but is Machado’s long term value that much higher to give up two very valuable pieces…I own a lot of good value in Puig $3, Aaron Hill $4, Headley $3, Fowler $3, Medlen $3, Wheeler $3, Cole $3, Jo-fer $3.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Rizzo + Medlen wouldn’t be too far of a leap for ya… What about Puig straight up? Lots of folks would bite on that one right now…

      • stumanji says:
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        @Scott Evans: This manager is an oddball. He is going with a horrible “all-closers” strategy (he literally punts IP, K, and QS categories every week in 6×6 H2h…just horrible) so he’s not interested in Medlen or any of my young arms. He has told me in the past (pre-Puig hype) it would be “Rizzo+Fowler+another player at a minimum.” Asking price for Machado seems high, but since we only keep 5 guys I’m contemplating consolidating my team and overpaying.

        • Scott Evans

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          Sometimes you gotta overpay, but you need to assess that thoroughly before pulling the trigger…

  31. nightpandas says:
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    Happy Father’s Day, went to the zoo today with my 5 & 6 year old girls and then a swim in the pool…awesome

    Need to keep 9 from this group:

    C Zunino
    2B Kinsler
    3B Aramis
    2B/3B Rendon
    SS Segura
    LF Braun
    LF/RF Dom Brown
    CF Fowler
    RF Choo
    SF Scherzer, Dickey, Medlen, H Bailey, Wacha, Erasmo, Straily, Milone
    Who do you like?

    Any of the following worth grabbing as possible keepers:
    Singleton/Boegarts/Bradley/C-Mart/Springer/B Hamilton

    • Scott Evans

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      Great to hear you had a nice Fathers Day! Keep Kinsler, Rendon, Segura, Braun, Brown, Choo, Scherzer… grab Singleton & Bradley.

  32. bossmanjunior says:
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    Stash Cingrani or Erasmo in my NA spot? Thanks Scott!

    Viva Wil!

    • Scott Evans

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      Erasmo

  33. Funeral Crasher says:
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    I know I’m being a little greedy wanting better players, but this is a competitive group with old friends, and we must destroy each other.

    I’m in a 12×13 category H2H Keeper, and we can keep as many players as we want. I have one more slot for a pitcher I can start, but I’ve stacked my bench with hitting right now.

    Xander Bogaerts, Anthony Ranaudo, Dylan Bundy, Carlos Martinez, Tyler Lyons, Nolan Arenado, Didi Gregorius, Tyler Skaggs, Billy Hamilton, Andrelton Simmons, Danny Hultzen, and Kevin Gausman are all still free agebts, and I feel inclined to add a couple of these prospects given my 32 game lead over my hated brethren so far. The problem is I have hard time dropping any of these guys, and I generally like to roster two catcher even though I only have to start one. That said, Timmy, Jennings, and Lucroy currently feel like my least valuable players. Would you drop any of these for a couple of the future stars? If so, who would you drop and who would you grab. My favorite prospect right now has to be Dylan Bundy because of the absurd upside, but what would you do in this scenario?

    SP Clayton Kershaw
    SP Adam Wainwright
    SP Matt Harvey
    SP Jordan Zimmerman
    P Shelby Miller
    P Mat Latos
    P Timmy Lincecum
    P Kenley Jansen
    P Craig Kimbrel
    RP Joe Nathan
    RP Addison Reed
    RP KRod

    1B Billy Butler
    2B Dustin Pedroia
    3B Miggy Cabrera
    SS Little Elvis
    LF Alex Gordon
    CF Yoenis Cespedes
    RF Jay Bruce
    C Joe Mauer
    Util Adrian Beltre

    BN S.S. Choo
    BN Brandon Phillips
    BN Josh Hamilton
    BN Desmond Jennings
    BN Hanley Ramirez
    BN Oscar Taveras
    BN Jonathan Lucroy

    DL Carl Crawford
    DL Aaron Hill

    Thanks in advance for your thoughts, and I hope you enjoyed that awesome display today in Ardmore!

    • Scott Evans

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      Drop Lincecum & Lucroy for Bogaerts & Bundy

      • Funeral Crasher says:
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        @Scott Evans: You think it’s dangerous to wait much longer to grab them? Does Kluber being available change the way you see things?

        • Funeral Crasher says:
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          @Scott Evans: Also, someone just dropped Gerrit Cole, although I’m inclined to value Bundy over Cole even if Cole is already up. Your further thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thanks again!

          • Scott Evans

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            I can see going Cole over Bundy — long-term outlook for Cole is as good as any… Wouldn’t wait around too long, especially on Bogaerts

            • Funeral Crasher says:
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              @Scott Evans: Thanks for the solid views. I had Cole as my last pick in our draft, but dropped him and added Teheran, whom I then dropped to add Miller. I’m fine with that. So, I took the risk on waiting for Bundy to heal up and dropped Timmy. Took Xander by dropping Lucroy (although that might hurt a bit), and I’m considering adding Cole off waivers or C. Capps when I cut KRod. Hard not to pick Cole, but I’m not entirely certain he’s ready just yet. Still, it’s hard not to grab him over KRod, who may stop closing soon. The dope who dropped Cole just picked up Kluber, which I have a hard time rationalizing. Tempted by Gausman, C-Mart, and Wacha, too, but Cole seems to be the most upside of that bunch.

  34. Hey Scott:

    With the insane amount of SP depth in STL, what do you envision as the hierarchy of the following current young arms to contribute in 2013. All currently available?

    Michael Wacha (RHP) – AAA
    Carlos Martinez (RHP) – AAA
    John Gast (LHP) – DL
    Tyler Lyons (LHP) – on MLB roster

    In my mind, both Wacha and Martinez should be in the mix (especially after ASB) and of course, available for call-up in the event of an injury. However, given that Westbrook has now been activated from the DL, Lyons has been kept over Wacha and moreover, Carpenter possibly poised for a return around ASB, this situation seems to be getting muddled. I tend to think STL likes the LHP option as a 5th starter cause of Jaime Garcia being done for the year.

    Notwithstanding the above, I’m still a pretty big Carlos Martinez supporter and have been tracking his last few starts closely in AAA (as you noted above, the uptick in IP is a good sign). Candidly, although his physicality is ‘less’ impressive than Wacha – cause he’s all of 5’11, compared to Wacha’s 6’6 frame – Martinez stuff is filthy and I think plays much better in fantasy than that of Wacha’s. Thinking Lincecum esque circa 2007-2008.

    In a 14 team, mixed, redraft (6×6; holds) would you advise: 1) hold Martinez and hope for the call-up (assuming he can bounce Lyons), 2) snag Wacha, dump Martinez or 3) go a different direction and add someone like Estrada or Morrow.

    My SP roster snapshot (no ip limit): MadBum, Shields, Shelby, Garza, Cashner, JoFer
    Bench – Erasmo, Carlos Martinez

    thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      I think that order is accurate… could be Martinez over Wacha before long, though. Absolutely agree on your assessment of size & stuff w/ Wacha v. C-Mart…

      Right now, I’d snag Wacha, but watch that situation closely…

      • @Scott Evans:
        Thanks, Scott

        In light of Gee’s upswing – (last 4 starts), I’ve elected to roster him in lieu of Carlos Martinez. Also, C-Mart got lit up a little last night in a loss.

        4.2 ip, 3 er, 9 baserunners, 4 ks.

        Always appreciate the response.

        What’s the Erasmo count-down? within next 2 weeks? Bonderman pitching decent tonight, which is really fuggn annoying again. But between him and Harang-atang, it’s gotta be soon, right?!

  35. THE_FREAK says:
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    Hultzen…I can’t find any updates on his shoulder. Do you know how he’s progressing?

    • Kenneth says:
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      @THE_FREAK: Danny Hultzen remains at extended spring training while he continues to build arm strength.

    • Scott Evans

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      Not much detailed news on that situation. I’ll provide an update as soon as something breaks…

  36. Jon says:
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    Which 3 of these pitchers would you want to hold on to? I need upside upside upside

    Archer, Gausman, Skaggs, Erasmo

    Thanks!

    • Jon says:
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      (It’s a keeper obviously, so no rush at all to contribute this year)

    • Scott Evans

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      Gausman, Archer, Erasmo… Skaggs is probably the safest (next to Gausman), but the others bring a tad more upside for the long-term.

  37. goodfold2 says:
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    are you sure it’s not joey callo? gotta be sure

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      hahahahahah “Did you say Gallo? With a G? Joey Gallo’s dead. I’m Joey CALLO.”

  38. Dave says:
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    Who do you think will be better in the next 2 years… Erasmo or Taijuan for the Mariners?

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