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I told you last week about the implications of Xander Bogaerts’s Triple-A promotion.  This week, we celebrate another Triple-A promotion, as the Mariners have bumped Taijuan Walker from Double-A Jackson to Tacoma.  Walker has everything you look for in a pitching prospect — size, stuff, athleticism… the works.  He’s as elite as they come.  After an up-and-down 2012 at Jackson, the 20-year-old returned to Double-A in 2013, performing with much greater consistency this time through.  Walker cranked it up a notch in June, though, posting a 33/3 K/BB in 25 IP this month.  He’s only 20, and it’s probably a little premature to wonder about a 2013 arrival considering the M’s have arms like Erasmo Ramirez and Danny Hultzen waiting for an opportunity, but Walker’s ceiling is the best of the bunch. By far.  And now that he’s just one stop from the bigs, he needs to be on your fantasy radar.

Julio Urias | LHP, Dodgers – At age 16, Julio Urias is playing full-season baseball, which is absurd.  What’s more absurd, is that through five starts at Low-A Great Lakes, Urias has posted a 3.12 ERA and a K/9 at 9.9.  His long-term upside is tough to gauge at this point — he lacks a projectable frame (5-11, 160), but he has the makings of three plus pitches in his arsenal.  It’s also been reported that the Dodgers will demote him to a short-season assignment, now that those leagues are up and running.  In any case, what Urias has accomplished to this point at age 16 is unreal.

Stetson Allie | 1B, Pirates – After knocking 17 homers at Low-A West Virginia, the Pirates have promoted the pitcher-turned-first baseman to High-A Bradenton.

Rafael De Paula | RHP, Yankees – Age 16 and performing well at a Low-A assignment:  Extremely impressive (see Urias).  Age 22 and performing well at a Low-A assignment:  Far less impressive.  The Yankees have moved De Paula up to High-A after the 22-year-old tormented the South Atlantic League hitters for 13 starts.  It’ll be interesting to see if his success continues as he climbs the ladder.

Chris Owings | SS, D’Backs – Owings is on fire at Triple-A Reno, batting .467 through his last 10 and .360 on the season.  He’s more of a real-life prospect than a fantasy prospect, but he has plus hitting ability and should be able to post an average north of .300 in the bigs.  That’ll be enough to make him relevant in the fantasy game.

Gary Brown | OF, Giants – Angel Pagan appears likely to miss a significant chunk of time, leaving a vacancy in the San Francisco outfield.  Meanwhile, Gary Brown has been on fire at Triple-A Fresno over the past couple weeks.  Batting .350/.395/.725 with 4 homers through his last 10 games, Brown is looking more and more like a serious option to take over center field duties in San Francisco.

Jake Marisnick | OF, Marlins – First it was Marcell Ozuna, then it was Christian Yelich, now it’s Jake Marisnick.  At least one Double-A Jacksonville outfielder must be on fire at all times.  This seems to be a rule the Marlins are enforcing.  Marisnick is up to .289/.349/.532 with 21 XBH (9 homers) through 194 trips to the plate at Double-A this season.

Miguel Sano | OF, Twins – After going 1-for-17 through his first 7 games at Double-A, Sano has now homered in two of his last three games.  As we know, the 20-year-old can launch baseballs over the wall in bunches, and it appears he’s finally getting comfortable at New Britain.

Mike Olt | 1B/3B, Rangers – Speaking of guys who can tally up the homers in a hurry, Mike Olt keeps ripping long balls at Triple-A Round Rock.  He hit two more since I slotted him at #10 in Wednesday’s prospect power rankings.  Olt is now slugging .699 at Triple-A, after a brutal first few weeks to the season.

Ryan Rua | 2B, Rangers – The Rangers system has quite a bit of power, by the way.  The right side of the infield at Low-A Hickory, alone, has combined for 45 homers this year.  First baseman, Joey Gallo has 22 of them.  Second baseman, Ryan Rua has 23, which leads Minor League Baseball, at the moment.

Jonathan Singleton | 1B, Astros – Singleton has finally arrived at Triple-A — where he would’ve started this season at, if it weren’t for the pesky 50-game suspension.  It only took 17 games between Low-A and Double-A for the Astros to bump him to Triple-A Oklahoma city.

Maikel Franco | 3B, Phillies – I wrote about Franco last week, saying he’d reach the upper levels soon.  The Phillies must’ve read that post, because they promoted him to Double-A just a few days ago.  The 20-year-old has already homered once through two games at Reading.

Noah Syndergaard | RHP, Mets – Also getting a bump to Double-A is Noah Syndergaard.  The 20-year-old is oozing with front-of-the-rotation potential, and he’d been performing very well at High-A, posting a 3.11 ERA while whiffing a batter per-inning in 12 starts at St. Lucie.  Syndergaard, if you recall, was a key piece in the R.A. Dickey trade with Toronto.

128 Responses

  1. That's What She Said says:
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    In any circumstance, could you see Sano soar through double A and triple A all to be called up to the bigs before Septemeber?

    • Scott says:
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      @That’s What She Said: Not a chance. Moving from A ball a few weeks ago to the majors in the course of a few months would be foolish and unprecedented, especially by the Twins standard. They are well known for taking their time bringing prospects through the minors. Plus, he’s definitely not ready. It’s a small sample size for sure but he’s off to a very slow start in AA. It’s a new level of pitching he’s now facing and it will be even harder in AAA. He strikes out a lot and advanced pitchers will exploit the holes in his swing until he develops further. And finally, what would be the point of rushing a top prospect to the majors and starting his service time clock in a meaningless season? Best case scenario, I see him as a June call up in 2014 but more likely a September call up next year.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Zero chance.

    • Matt C says:
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      @Scott Evans: @That’s What She Said: @Scott was wondering your thoughts on the futures of Astros prospects Singleton, Springer, Deshields Jr. whom I own ?…………………….Also I have made two trades this season so far and im in a 14 team 40 man roster/40 keeper league…………..Traded Vernon wells and Juan Pierre for Jose Fernandez early on after he struggled against Tampa only going 3 innings and trade 2 was Nick Swisher straight up for Miguel Sano (who im hoping is at least the next Giancarlo although I wouldn’t complain if he became Miggy like)

      • Dan says:
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        @Matt C: Wow… those are two pretty amazing trades for you. Kudos on that… not sure why the other trades were made, especially the Vernon Wells/Pierre one..

        Singleton is the best 1B prospect in the minors, Springer has all the tools if he can just put them together (especially the “hit” tool), and I’ve always liked Deshields but I don’t think he projects too much for fantasy purposes (thought about getting him in a keeper trade earlier this year, backed off).

      • Cooper says:
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        @Matt C: Nice work on the trades. But you are hoping that Sano is AT LEAST as good as Stanton, one of the best pure power hitters in the game? You are getting a little greedy because you should be ecstatic if he’s even in the same range as Stanton. He does have ridiculous power potential but he’s striking out an awful lot even in the lower minors. It’s very possible he develops better discipline but you might want to hold off on the Cabrera comparisons.

  2. Raj says:
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    1. What are your thoughts on Zoilo Almonte? He has come out of the gates blasting.

    2. Who do you like more between Erasmo Ramirez and Carlos Martinez (STL)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      1. Almonte is intriguing… always been a toolsy guy, but hit too in particular has taken a step forward this year. Could be a viable option in AL Only… pretty fringy guy for mixed, but still keep an eye on him…

      2. Erasmo for 2013, C-Mart for long-term

  3. Adam says:
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    Two questions. Do u think Erasmo might be a better pick for the next two years than Taijuan?

    Also, with Buxton raking at Low A, soon to be promoted… What would be ur ETA for the Majors right now?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Walker over Erasmo for 2013-2015, although that’s closer than you’d think…

      2015 on Buxton.

  4. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Will Aaron Hill accomplish his return minors this week?

    Also, Hill for Colon.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hill is back on Tuesday & should be more or less the same guy he was before injury… I like the Hill side of that deal…

  5. Mike says:
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    Currently have on my minor league roster:

    Matt Davidson
    Dorssys Paulino
    Max Kepler
    Mason Williams
    Alex Colome
    Erasmo Ramirez
    Delino DeShields
    Garin Cecchini

    Around 100 minor leaguers are rostered across the league, and we can’t touch guys drafted this year until the draft.

    Would you drop any of those guys for Rua, Franco or any other under-the-radar guys you’re keen on? I jumped on Goldschmidt early using Razzball and haven’t looked anywhere else for info since, so any suggestions would be appreciated.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Franco over Cecchini

    • Matt says:
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      @Mike:
      Do you do this online? What website?

      • Thorbs says:
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        @Matt: Fantrax

  6. Huge Caulk says:
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    Trying to get my head around this cardinal pitching shizz-uation…

    1Just read Joe Kelly will take Lyons spot in STL rotation…
    2 I also read on some Cards blog that Wacha is not coming back to the majors this year… That 3 CMart is more ready in their view…Wacha needs more seasoning(ie develop a curve ball).
    3…the cards want to watch Shelby’s innings…

    Here is how I think it will play out…

    It appears Joe K would pitch @ OAK then @ LAA…he will likely get rocked and moved back to mid relief.

    That leaves Chris Carpenter, Gast, CMart,…

    Seems like Carpenter is coming along pretty slow….but he will get first crack at starting job bc he is a veteran… He is throwing again so it could be about a month when he returns. Although he could easily have another setback by simply walking down the street….

    Gast is also about a month away…I don’t think he factors in unless more major injuries occur to the staff.

    CMart will have 2 more minor league starts to stretch out more and get control issues worked out…he sucked in his last outing with walks…. Can’t have that in MLB or your looking at 3.2IP 5ER outings…even against the Asstros…

    IMO CMart should assume SP duties in about 2 weeks just when schedule gets favorable…and then have 3 starts or so before he has to worry about carpenter….of course, someone else could get injured by that time or Carp has a setback… CMart is not the next Shelby, but could give you similar production with less Ks… Mid to back end SP in my 12 team league… Trying to decide whether to stash him now…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He was #5 on my stash list last Wednesday… could rank higher if he’s indeed just two weeks away… In any case, this is well thought-out & a valuable synopsis to read for anyone on here wondering about the Cardinals rotaish.

  7. jimbo says:
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    I just traded for wacha prior to his demotion. Really wish they’d reconsider…

    Any qualms about dropping him in a short-bench redraft league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nah, you can drop him.

  8. harkrider says:
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    Which side in a 10 team keeper league?

    Votto and Heyward or Rizzo and McCutchen

    I have Goldy at first to replace Votto

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Votto & Heyward.

      • harkrider says:
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        @Scott Evans: what about Votto and Brown for McCutchen and Rizzo?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Better, but I still lean toward holding the best player in the deal –> Votto

  9. Matt says:
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    I just pulled off a pretty big trade in a 12 team keeper ops league:
    Get Stanton, Ells, Dunn
    Give: cargo, billy butler, bundy

    The other owner wanted Myers in place of bundy and I was able to pick up walker after his promotion to “fill” bundys slot. Overall I feel good about it as I needed speed this season and like Stanton better as a keeper. Thoughts? I usually find ways to mess trades up!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Seems fair. Don’t think either side is markedly worse than the other, and you’re addressing a need, so good swap & nice scoop on Taijuan.

  10. Dorn says:
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    12 team keeper league…I’m currently in first place and trying to put myself over the top.
    Should I trade Goldschmidt for prince, Aaron Hill, and Bourjos? I could also replace Bourjos with Parra if I want

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Seems like a good take in exchange for Goldy…

  11. Stephen says:
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    12 team roto with 260 cap

    Would you part with S. Castro @ $26 and Balfour @ $7 for Pedroia @ $30?

    I would be left with Holland, Brothers and Benoit in my bullpen.

    In 3 weeks it is easy to acquire closers and expensive hitters. I need batting average right now.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I’d address the need & go for it.

      • Stephen says:
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        thanks for your comment

  12. Colin says:
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    Love this feature. Nice write up Scott. By the way, what your ETA on Oscar Taveras taking over CF in STL? I’ve stashed him since last September and feel he is close to getting the call.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, Colin! I doubt Oscar arrives without an injury to an outfielder, unfortunately. No call-up looming…

      • Colin says:
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        @Scott Evans: But Jon Jay is soooo trash!

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          He’s not the ideal guy at the plate, but defensively, he’s really good…

  13. Marti says:
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    Can u give me any info on mets prospect puello? Any chance he gets call up this year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Toolsy guy who never really produced, but he’s made some adjustments this season and now he’s pounding the ball at AA. I can see him helping out the Mets this year, but he seems more like a 2014 guy… also keep in mind that he’s wrapped up in the biogenesis scandal, so lengthy suspension is likely…

  14. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    My current minor league roster is as follows…

    Josh Rutledge
    Aaron Hicks
    Rubby De La Rosa
    Garin Cecchini
    Matt Barnes
    Justin Nicolino
    Trevor May
    Elier Hernandez
    Austin Wilson

    Would you drop any of the above players for Rua, Frankel, or Owings? (by the way, we’ve talked about Trevor May weeks ago, and I plan on dropping him next March)…

    always appreciate your input

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Frankel = Maikel Franco? If so, Franco over Cecchini…

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        yeah, Franco not Frankel (my senility is catching up with me)…

  15. malamoney says:
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    Would you trade Austin Jackson for Gio Gonzalez in a H2H points league?

    My outfield looks like this: Braun, Gordon, AJAX, Marte, Myers, Morse, Hart and Taveras
    Pitching: Felix, Medlen, Miller, Teheran, Cole, Lincecum, Morrow, Cingrani and Wacha

    I might dump Morse for Bourn or Reddick and Morrow for Lyles or Oswalt or Gausman

    Our league is pitching friendly for points. Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Seems like a solid deal for ya…

  16. Dorn says:
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    Who would u rather have…Parra or Bourjos?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bourjos if you’re chasing steals…

  17. Doc Pounder says:
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    Gyorko, Franklin, ROS?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gyorko.

  18. lemonhead joe says:
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    question??? unrelated For catcher position…J. Castro, R. Martin or Doumitt??? I am really in need of a quality Catcher having lost both Braves Catchers

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Doumit

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    Is Erasmo finally getting called up then? Cant stash him but wanna grab him in my non keeper when he does.

    Bet the Jays regret that Syndergaard/Dickey trade now huh. Who else did they trade, D Arnaud? OUCH.

    Gary Brown a good prospect the, just realised hes not owned anymore. Take him over Fried, Hultz or Barnes?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nothing official on Erasmo yet, but it’s gotta be right around the corner…

      Yup… rough one for Toronto in retrospect.

      Hmmm… I’d be tempted to take him over Barnes at this point. I still like Barnes, but Brown has explosive potential & likely arrives this summer.

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    And gotta ask you about Buxton. Don’t own this guy but am hearing incredibly rave reviews about this guy, saying his talent level is through the roof, and that his potential is monstrous, Mike Trout with more power levels?

    Do you see that with him aswell? Could he be your no1 overall prospect entering next year? Funny thing was I drafted Correa over Bux in my draft (your advice man ;) ) , but I ended up trading him for Profar (who ive now traded also) anyway.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Buxton is crazy good. Correa also is a monster, but not quite as developed at this point. Buxton probably #2 hitting prospect in MiLB right now… right behind Taveras.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yeah but Buxtons fantasy potential is higher right? Taveras doesnt have nearly the lightning speed of Buxton thats for sure.

        Oscar T much safer though.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Tough call, but Buxton’s speed probably gives him the edge in terms of ceiling.

  21. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Olt worth stashing or is it hard to tell when/if the Rangers call him up? Moreland has been solid at 1B. Profar is getting a try in the OF…The rangers have too many prospects. They just need to package them in a deal for Giancarlo already, so Giancarlo can be hitting moonshots in Arlington and helping my team move up to first!

    I read the other day that some sources “well connected” with Marlins upper management don’t think Giancarlo will get traded. Say it ain’t so….

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I still think there’s a good chance that Stanton get’s shipped out. Olt is a decent stash in deep leagues or AL Only… not in standard formats just yet.

  22. magic mike says:
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    Please rank ROS for me in an OBA keeper league…A-Soriano, Js-Iglesias, Al-Escobar, Joyce, Revere, Middlebrooks, Rutledge, Beckham, Br-Moss.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Joyce, Soriano, Rutledge, Beckham, Moss, Escobar, Revere, Middlebrooks, Iglesias

  23. EK says:
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    Pls rank for H2H pts:

    Santiago vs CLE
    Lohse vs CHC
    Kendrick @ SD
    Nolasco vs SD
    Porcello vs LAA

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Lohse, Kendrick, Nolasco, Procello

  24. s#itwizard says:
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    any news/predictions on Hultzen?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He should be back with Tacoma soon… ETA will be based on performance — no immediate plan for his arrival.

  25. low walk high k says:
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    Is it too soon to stash Urias? Keep 25 of 36 dynasty format. I already stash more milb’s than most teams (12 tm) and also stash giolito as a long shot guy. Thx

    • Scott Evans

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      Yes, too soon, I think.

  26. danny almonte says:
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    When Erasmo is called up, can you rank ROS Erasmo, Cole, Matt Garza?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Cole, Garza, Ramirez

  27. kbuckman says:
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    keep league format, have a trade offer. He is giving me bryce harper for manny machado, and I have nick franklin sitting on the bench. Do i pull the trigger, with power being more of a factor in our legue?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold Machado.

  28. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    With all the hype that Harper and Trout got last year, is anyone really noticing how unbelievable Manny Machado has been as a 20 year old this year?

    He leads the majors with 34 doubles, the next closest guy has 25. That puts Machado on a pace for 72 doubles I believe, which would be 18 more than the top season ever by a 20 year old (ARod), and 5 more than Earl Webb’s single season record of 67 set in 1931. He’s also second in the league in hits  with 106.

    He obviously isn’t showing the power yet, just 5 homers, but very soon some of those doubles will turn to home runs. He’s got some speed too with 6 steals so far. The kids hitting over .320 as a 20 year old too.

    Oh, and for real baseball he’s also 2nd in defensive WAR and 3rd in WAR. Which translates to fantasy in the fact that the O’s could move him back to SS if they choose.

    As the proud owner in a keeper with a very, very good price tag, whats the ceiling look like in a couple years when the kid is 23 or 24 years old Scott?

    • Scott Evans

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      I’ve been saying that Machado might just be the best young star in the game — and that includes Mike Trout. He’s amazing, and he likely moves back to short next year, which would only serve to elevate his fantasy impact. Ceiling is sky high… top-of-the-league potential.

      • stumanji says:
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        @Scott Evans: Rizzo ($3) & Puig ($3) for Machado ($5)? 10 tm h2h, Keep 5 guys at 120% of previous year’s price.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          That’s not exactly a win-now deal, but I’d keep Machado in that format, whereas Rizzo & Puig might be a little fringier in a shallow keeper, so the deal is good if you’re looking to the future…

  29. raf says:
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    In a redraft AL-Only league, which of these are the most legit options for stashing for impact this year – especially sooner than later: Singleton, Springer, Taijuan Walker, Bogaerts, Brad Miller, Jonathan Villar, Rondon, Erik Johnson, Sonny Gray

    And could you rank among your top picks too? Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Rondon, Gray, Villar, Johnson, Miller… Bogaerts might arrive late… Singleton, Springer, Walker are all 2014 arrivals, I’m thinking.

  30. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh dang whats happened to Stephenson? Some guy just dropped him in my keeper league and I went to put a claim in on him, but just checked milb.com and it says he’s on the 7 day-DL. Not bad is it?

    • Scott Evans

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      Hamstring injury. I wrote about it last week. Doesn’t appear to be severe…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Cool! Gotta grab him over Barnes then? I’ve already dropped Fried for Brown, these 2 guys have gotta be upgrades over the other two.

        Stephenson is downright nasty, another future ace for the Reds. Wouldn’t worry about pitching in that park either, pitchers this good adapt. Look at what Cueto and Latos have done (and even Bailey is starting too). Groundball, strikeout machines can pitch anywhere.

        • Scott Evans

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          Yeah, I’d definitely grab him.

  31. Benny says:
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    What kind of comp would you give for G. Brown once he’s called up and gets a year under his belt?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Victorino

    • Scott Evans

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      Gibson > Turner… He’s a good grab in all mixed leagues w/ 12+ teams…

      • @Scott Evans:

        agreed; thanks for response. heard gausman called back up today and will pitch outta pen. probably not a bad place for him in the short-term. they could really use some late inning RHP help (not that he will get that role yet) given the struggles of Pedro and O’Day has seemed very hittable last week or so.

        • Scott Evans

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          Yeah, it’ll be interesting to see how they end up using him…

  32. low walk high k says:
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    would u trade taillon for wong? keep 25 of 36. my needs are mi and could use pitching too of course.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d hold Taillon.

  33. Nightpandas says:
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    Gibson over Wacha or Straily? Only 5 moves left for the year keep 9 for next year

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I wouldn’t waste a move on Gibson if you only have 5 left… he’s on a strict IP cap, coming off of TJ surgery last year…

  34. chico says:
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    Need SP and Closer help… Dynasty league and have some excess at OF and 3B… Who do I keep and who becomes bait? What value could/should I expect in return?

    OF- Harper, Puig, Ells, Trout, Myers
    3B – Wright, Arenado, Rendon, Carpenter

    • Scott Evans

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      Trade Puig now… his window of dominance is closing quickly & his perceived value is still way too high, IMO.

  35. low walk, high k says:
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    Could u rank Wong, rosario, rua, deshields? Or any other 2b prospects?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wong, Deshields, Rosario, Rua… I’m not as big on Rosario as others are & unsure what to make of Ruo til he gets to the upper levels. Wong by far the best…

  36. Mike says:
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    should I drop Kyle Blanks, for Zolio Almonte?Almonte intrigues me but I haven heard much about him. does he have more upside than Blanks?

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d hold Blanks…

  37. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ryan Rua someone to be interested in? Take over Stephenson, Hultzen or G Brown?

    Power at 2nd is pretty rare so these kinda guys can be pretty special. Or is he more of a Dan Uggla comp.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I don’t know what to make of Rua just yet… the power is intriguing, but I’d wait to see what he does at AA before grabbing him…

  38. Scott says:
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    What sort of projections do you see for Villar in 2014? Is he similar to Andrus? More power, equal speed, lower average? Strictly from an offensive standpoint. I know his defense is a liability at this point.

    Also I saw you think it’s likely Machado moves back to SS next season. What are you basing that on? What about Hardy?

    • Scott Evans

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      Villar next year: 250/320/390, 10 HR, 20 SB… not Andrus level… not yet at least.

      Hardy signed for another year, so Machado to short probably not ’til 2015… might’ve had the contract terms mixed up in response to an earlier question. Apologies.

  39. Scott says:
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    Also what do you project for Jackie Bradley and George Springer next year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Don’t like Bradley for fantasy… never did. Doubt he’ll be of much use outside of AL Only or very deep formats. Springer will be good, though — probably poor AVG at first, but 20/20 potential over a full season isn’t out of the question.

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks for your insight. I really appreciate it. Those numbers out of Villar sound pretty good for a SS in AL only. What in particular has you down on Bradley?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          No plus offensive tools. Best attributes are on the defensive side. Much more of a real-life prospect than a fantasy prospect.

        • Scott says:
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          @Scott: I was wondering about that too. I’ve been trying to aquire Bogaerts in a trade and his owner has Springer as well. I have Longoria and he is definitely interested in him but I feel like Longoria is too much to give up for those 2. It’s an AL only keeper league by the way. What do you think?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            Bogaerts + Springer for Longo? I’d hold Longo…

            • Scott says:
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              @Scott Evans: Thats what I’m thinking. I like their upside but I just can’t trade a elite producer for 2 unproven prospects. I know what Bogaerts potential ceiling is but what do you think he does in his first few years?

              • Scott Evans

                Scott Evans says:
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                Top 10 shortstop, but a few years away from peaking. Eventually could be best SS in the game if he stays there… too many questions to do that deal right now.

                • Scott says:
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                  @Scott Evans: Yeah it’s too much of a gamble. Would you trade away Anibal instead of Longo for those 2? I have Sanchez fairly cheap but I could handle that a lot better.

                  • Scott Evans

                    Scott Evans says:
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                    Yeah, that’s much better for ya…

                    • Scott says:
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                      @Scott Evans: I will see if he goes for it. Your columns are my favorite on this site because you have as good of a pulse on prospects as any writer I’ve found. Many sites do rankings but I enjoy your analysis especially. It’s vital in a keeper league.

                  • Scott Evans

                    Scott Evans says:
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                    Thanks for the kind words, Scott.

  40. Scott says:
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    How confident would you be with using Villar at MI next year in an AL keeper? I like his potential production at a very cheap contract.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s got some upside as a value play… I don’t hate it…

  41. kingforaday151 says:
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    now that puig’s up, myers is up…is their anyone on the verge of a call up to the bigs that has a legit chance at 10-15 homers in the second half, or will we have to wait until next season for the next big thing?

  42. Jason says:
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    if Sano plays this Sept (or earlier), is his value next season likely over $9?

    • Cooper says:
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      @Jason: He won’t play at all this season. It’s already midseason and he just got to AA.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Zero chance he surfaces this year.

  43. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey Scott will you be doing a midseason prospect ranking list for us all prospect-heads. Top 20/top 30/top 40 maybe?

    Be intereting to see the shooters (and booters?) in the rankings.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I might be able to scrape something together — you thinking something like top 25 for fantasy or top 25 for 2014 & beyond?

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Yeah a midseason top 25 for 14 and beyond would be cool.

        Interested to see how much my boy A Bradley has risen after his great year so far.

        • Scott Evans

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          I’ll see if I can fit it in sometime during the next month or so… Bradley & Taijuan walker would be #1 & #2 arms in the minors… not sure which is #1 & which is #2 though…

  44. Scott says:
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    What sort of player do you see Franklin becoming over the next few years? He’s off to a crazy good start with 4 HR and 4 SB in less than a month but I don’t know that he can keep up the pace, especially the homers.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ultimate upside would be something near 20/20, but I’d say that’s awfully optimistic.

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott Evans: I agree. I’m thinking about putting him in a package for Kipnis who only has a few years left under the league contract. Do you like Brad Miller or Villar more for 2014? Both are available

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