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With Dylan Bundy having returned to live baseball, the focus around the 21-year-old phenom shifts from “when will he throw again?”, to “when will he throw in the bigs again?”. At the time of this writing, Bundy is preparing to take mound in Aberdeen for a start in the short-season New York Penn League. It’ll be his second outing since Tommy John surgery — the first one was quite good: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 0 BB, 6 K. Now, while it’s terrific see Bundy pitching so well upon returning to game action, it’s important to keep in mind that there’s still a long rehab process ahead of him, and the O’s won’t jeopardize his progress by pushing him too quickly. Baltimore has scripted Bundy’s recovery, and barring any setbacks, I believe their plan includes some big league action this season, but I wouldn’t expect more than 1 or 2 starts in August/September.

Tyrell Jenkins, RHP, Cardinals: Jenkins doesn’t have anywhere near the hype of Bundy, but he’s a quality prospect in his own right, and he returned to the mound this week this week after major surgery too. In his first start since shoulder surgery last August, he posted 6 hitless frames, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts at High-A Palm Beach. A plus-plus athlete with superb size and stuff, Jenkins brings legit front-end potential.

Mookie Betts, 2B/OF, Red Sox: .375/.429/.625 over the past week with a homer, 9 RBI, and 4 stolen bags. Typical Mookie.

J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies: At age 19, Crawford has already pushed through to the High-A level. Last year’s 16th overall pick stole 14 bags, and posted an OPS at .804 in 60 Low-A games before his promotion this week. When the over-the-wall power eventually takes form, Crawford could enter the uppermost tier of fantasy prospects.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs: Promoted to Triple-A earlier this week, Bryant homered in his first game at Iowa, right on cue.

Kyle Schwarber, C/OF, Cubs: Also getting a bump up the Cubs organizational ladder this week was Kyle Schwarber, this year’s 4th overall pick. Schwarber is now at Low-A Kane County, spending time both behind the dish and in the outfield. Through his first 7 games as a pro, the 21-year-old is hitting .577 with 5 HR.

Joe Panik, 2B, Giants: San Francisco has called-up Joe Panik for his big league debut. The 23-year-old was the 29th overall pick in 2011, and he brings a nice hit tool. There’s immediate potential here to post a decent average, but don’t expect much else.

Trevor May, RHP, Twins: With an upper-90s heater, May has always been an intriguing prospect, but severe command issues have held him back. This year has been different, though, as the 24-year-old carries a 2.77/1.11/78 line through 74 IP at Triple-A Rochester. The buzz around the Minnesota farm this season is mostly concerning Alex Meyer, but given Meyer’s workload constraints, it is May who offers the higher impact potential for this fantasy season.

Ben Lively, RHP, Reds: After posting a 2.28 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP, and a K/9 at 10.8 through 13 starts at High-A Bakersfield, Lively has been promoted to Double-A Pensacola. 2014 has truly been a breakout year for the 23-year-old to this point, and I’m excited to see if it continues in the upper levels.

Hunter Renfroe, OF, Padres: Also making his upper levels debut is Hunter Renfroe, 2013’s 13th overall pick. He’d been mashing at High-A all year, with 40 XBH (16 HR) in 316 PA. Granted, that’s a Cali League line, but Renfroe can rake anywhere, and he’s on track to surface in San Diego sometime next season.

Tyler Glasnow, RHP, Pirates: Through his last 2 starts, Glasnow has tossed 11 scoreless innings, allowing 5 hits and 4 walks while striking out 14. It’s a nice step in the right direction for the 20-year-old, who’s been struggling with command this season. Glasnow’s ceiling is as good as just about any SP’s in the minors.

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  1. SethDaSportsMan

    SethDaSportsMan says:
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    When do you think May has the potential to be called up? Meyer just doesn’t look ready, although that will probably is of little concern come late July. Would have to assume Correia, and other, will be shipped out.

    • May is pretty well cooked. He’s ready to contribute now, so it’s all about opportunity.

  2. Swfcdan says:
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    Added Kyle Parker to my farm before his callup, thinking a bat in Coors is always intriguing. What are your thoughts on his potential. He hasn’t done much so far however, is May or Lively worth an add in his place?

    • Parker can mash & I love his bat in Coors. I’d hold Parker for now.

    • Jason says:
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      @Swfcdan: If you’re looking just to build your farm, I wouldn’t drop Parker based on his counting stats potential in Coors (as Scott alluded to). I don’t think he makes a significant impact this year though given that he’s blocked at first by Morneau and even with the injuries to Cargo and Cuddyer, the Rox have a pretty stacked OF right now. I think long term (by 2016 barring a Morneau trade) Parker’s future is at 1B. Very possible he’s manning RF next season as I don’t see them resigning Cuddyer. I wouldn’t worry about Parker’s brief experience the past couple of weeks, it was just a temporary exposure thing.

      I like what May has done this year, but still worry about his past control issues. I don’t completely trust him.

      About Lively, I’d look to add him to your farm if possible, but if there’s someone else that has a lower ceiling potential than Parker to drop I’d look in that direction.

  3. Beastman says:
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    Hey Scott, what’s the deal with Meyer vs May in terms of this season fantasy impact? Meyer on a strict innings workload but May isn’t?

    • Jason says:
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      @Beastman: Long term I believe Meyer has a much greater ceiling – for this year only, May likely gets the first shot (and also won’t be babied along as Scott indicated in his article). If May can’t handle the call up, Meyer could also see some time, but might not be around in September to help a head to head playoff matchup.

  4. mindicohn says:
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    Just traded wily peralta for Lucas Giolito…as such need to drop someone. Austin Meadows , Garin Cecchini or Domingo Santana? Leaning toward meadows BC seemingly has longer road ahead.

    • Yes, I agree. Cut Meadows.

    • Jason says:
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      @mindicohn: Love that trade Mindi (enjoyed your character on Facts of Life too!), Peralta’s easily replaceable and Giolito’s price will probably never be lower (even though he’s a few years away).

      In terms of dropping someone, it’s true that Meadows is the furthest away from making an immediate impact (by far), so if that’s a concern (especially after adding another far away guy in Giolito) then go for it. That said, I do think Meadows has a pretty high ceiling, do you have any other marginal prospects? To be honest, out of those three prospects I value Cecchini the lowest as I believe he’s going to carve out a role as a utility IF given his lack of power at 3B (and the glut of 3B prospects in Boston’s system). Perhaps if he’s traded (Cecchini), he’ll get a chance to start somewhere, but I don’t think he’s going to be exciting to own for fantasy purposes (maybe a Placido Polanco type). Unless you really need to add some bats in the short term to your MLB roster, I’d ultimately give Cecchini the boot.

      • mindicohn says:
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        @Jason: suppose we could drop cechinni instead. Here is our minors:
        Bryant
        JP Crawford
        Springer
        Dom santana
        Alfaro
        Mondesi
        Meadows
        Chechini
        Lindor
        C.seager

        Urias
        Glasnow
        A.sanchez
        Taillon
        Giolito
        J.nelson

        Thoughts?

        • mindicohn says:
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          @mindicohn: left Jon Gray off that list…its 14 tm btw…had a chance week ago to trade gray/nelson for Heyward but passed on that.

          • Jason says:
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            @mindicohn: That trade would have depended on needs, but on paper I’d say it’s fair (though Heyward has the highest ceiling).

            • mindicohn says:
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              @Jason: appreciate the insight…both you and Scott have been very helpful in the comments…

              we are probably 2+ yrs from competing and at that point Heyward would be really expensive…so we said no — felt gray/nelson had more upside for 2+ yrs from now…suppose i can last ditch effort and see if the guy would take Sanchez but he seemed intent on getting a top 10 guy (gray)

              • Jason says:
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                @mindicohn: Thanks, and I think in your case, you made the right decision on the trade.

        • Jason says:
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          @mindicohn: Love your system, you guys have done a tremendous job building for the future. I think you could probably let Aaron Sanchez go – you’re replacing him with Giolito and I don’t see a huge ceiling for Sanchez given his control issues and having to pitch in a hitters park in an extremely tough AL division.

  5. Tbone says:
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    What are you feeling on a Lindor call up? Is Asdrubal doing enough to keep him down considering his defense and their place in the standings? Weighing stashing him versus Betts.

    • I’d be stashing Betts over Lindor.

    • Jason says:
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      @Tbone: Betts absolutely has a higher ceiling than Lindor from a fantasy perspective (though Lindor is unquestionably a foundation building type player in the real world given his defense). I’d stash Betts over him given the immediate offensive impact potential and his SS eligibility for at least this season. If Lindor does indeed supplant Cabrera and you miss out on him, you can probably at least come close to replacing his production from the wire, so I think Betts is the worthwhile gamble given the potential payoff.

      • Jason says:
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        As an aside, that SS eligibility applies to Yahoo leagues – not sure where he qualifies on other websites.

        • james says:
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          @Jason:

          Lindor is basically Alcindes Escobar, only younger. He will hit for enough average to not kill you(260ish, lindor may be a little higher), and steal enough bases to have some value (25-35). I think lindor has a slightly higher power potential, but that is still low.

          In real life Lindor and Escobar are good players, Escobar is a plus fielder, and Lindor is a plus plus fielder (think Ozzie Smith). But the reality is that everything needs to break right for him to be worth more than escobar in fantasy. I would expect Escobar, settle for a little less (260, 20hr or peewee reese back in the day), and hope for a little more (300 10/30 is not out of the question)

  6. Sean says:
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    I was offered this trade in a 12 team yahoo head 2 head league. Encarnacion for Rizzo, Cespedes, and Khris Davis. Is that fair? He would also accept Rizzo, Alex Gordon, and Khris Davis. Not sure if I’d be better off holding Cespedes or Gordon. The rest of my outfield is Jones, Bruce, Harper, Jennings.

    • The Fantasy Dick says:
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      @Sean: I don’t really like this trade, but if you’re gonna do it then I would hold Cespedes for the power you are losing from davis and rizzo

    • @Sean: You are giving up too much..I’d offer Gordon and Davis for E5

    • Jason says:
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      @Sean: Giving up too much in that trade.

  7. Jack says:
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    Does ANYONE have any idea how ESPN Fantasy Baseball determines position eligibility for prospects that are not currently listed as Free Agents? I desperately need a MI replacement for Aaron Hill and hope that Betts is listed as one even if he comes up and starts in the OF. Also, how does timing work on ESPN making them eligible – does he have to play a game first? Is he put on waivers or does he become a free agent immediately?

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Jack: ESPN’s player universe is unpredictable and extremely frustrating. There is no way to tell when Betts will be added, or, if the mothership will list him as a 2B/OF upon his call-up. A player gains additional eligibility following 10-games at a position.

  8. No Subluxations says:
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    Which top 3 MINOR bats or arms will be excellent next year and a POTENTIAL first or second round stud by 2016?

    • Baez, Taveras, Gallo, Bryant

    • Jason says:
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      @No Subluxations: There’s no crystal ball clear answer to this question (as you know of course), so it’s impossible to tell who is going to struggle right away and who is going to produce right away at the MLB level (look at what Trout did in his first full season before he erupted in season two and became the top player in the game).

      That said, I love all the names Scott mentioned (though it will be interesting to see if Gallo can fit into the Rangers’ 2015 plans given the presence of Beltre – hoping they can trade Beltre or convince him to DH next season) and can add Taijuan Walker and Miguel Sano, though the health and recovery progress of Sano is of the utmost importance in terms of getting the opportunity to play by June. Buxton would be there as well, but his setbacks have likely cost him a chance to be up in 2015 (save for possibly September if all goes well).

      File the names Corey Seager and D.J. Peterson away as well (though the opportunity to have enough impact to be high round fantasy picks by 2015 may not be there).

  9. No Subluxations says:
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    Which top 3 MINOR bats or arms will be excellent next year and a POTENTIAL first or second round stud by 2016?

  10. BUNDY UPDATE:

    Dylan Bundy (elbow) tossed five scoreless innings Saturday in a rehab start at Low-A Aberdeen.
    It was his second official rehab outing and he looked terrific, striking out nine batters while surrendering just two hits and a walk. Bundy should be allowed to move to High-A Frederick by next week and could be an option for the Orioles’ starting rotation after the All-Star break. He’s worth stashing right now in deeper mixed leagues.
    Source: Eduardo A. Encina on Twitter
    Jun 21 – 8:19 PM

    • Peter Nincompoop says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: There’s no way the Orioles will call-up Bundy after the All-Star break in my opinion. I agree with Scott, probably 4-to-5 starts beginning at the end of August this season.

    • Nice, thanks for the update. Doesn’t change my outlook whatsoever.

      • supra says:
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        @Scott Evans: Scott, sorry but you couldn’t be more wrong on this one. The Orioles are a competitive team this year, and their rotation needs help. They will bring him along carefully, but barring any setbacks, he will be in Baltimore in July.

        • Jason says:
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          @supra: Do you have a link supra? Because I’m confident Scott is accurate on this one. Yes the O’s are in the hunt, and yes Bundy’s rehab is going well so far, but he’s coming off of TJ surgery and is widely considered one of the top prospect arms in MLB. He’s only 21, why would you want to risk rushing him through what should be a carefully planned out rehab process? It’s possible he might get more than 1-2 starts if he really continues to excel, but I can’t imagine it being much more than that. They need to be smart about his future.

  11. English says:
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    Hey Scott (and Jason). Thoughts on Ryan Rua? Is he legit or is he just old for AA?

    • Pretty long in the tooth, but he has legit pop that could play at the highest level.

    • Jason says:
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      @English: I think Rua is an underrated bat and has (for obvious reasons) been overshadowed at 3B by Gallo’s numbers. Now that both prospects are in Frisco, it’s clear where the organization stands as Rua has moved to 1B/DH to accommodate Gallo. Given Fielder’s contract, I’m not sure there’s an opportunity for Rua to make an impact with the Rangers (few prospects come up solely to DH and Beltre’s still present through at least next season barring a trade).

      A trade may be the best way for Rua to get an opportunity in 2015, but he’s definitely a nice sleeper name to keep an eye on. By the way, I don’t think 24 is too old for AA, but I do think he’s close to being “cooked” as Scott likes to say.

  12. Achilles says:
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    Should I drop Polanco for Dickerson in a 10-team, H2H redraft league? I need the power upside. I can also drop hitters like Matt Adams or Hosmer or pitchers like Roark or Hammel, although I would prefer to have more bench pitchers than hitters to get the counting stats. Thanks.

    • Jason says:
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      @Achilles: You can probably drop Hosmer at this point in a 10 teamer.

      • Achilles says:
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        @Jason: I think Hosmer still holds some value in a 10-team league. I already tried trading him away but nobody was interested, although I know that as soon as I drop him, someone will pick him up lol. I also think he’ll turn it around soon because he just can’t be this bad!

        • Jason says:
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          @Achilles: He’d be the one I’d drop in a 10 teamer for Dickerson out of the names you mentioned.

  13. Steeve says:
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    Mookie Betts call-up this week? Trust him more than James Jones?

    • Jason says:
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      @Steeve: He’s getting closer – reports are that he’s adapting well to center field (routes and reads) and they would very much like to add his offense to the lineup. I don’t know about this week, but I could see something happening soon, though Brock Holt has slowed the desperate need for OF offense for the time being and Victorino isn’t far off (not that I’m confident in him). JBJ continues to struggle though, so I’m liking a call up sooner rather than later.

  14. Nightpandas says:
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    Have a extra spot in my 15 team keep 11 but only 12 moves left, any of these guys worth a shot ? (QS and K/9 league). If solid they could go on my maybe keep pile. Not critical they help this year but would be nice.

    Hahn
    Duffy
    May

    Gallo
    Parker

    • Jason says:
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      @Nightpandas: Without knowing who your other potential keepers are I’d absolutely snatch up Gallo. He has the ability to be a real difference maker and to me would be worth one of those 12 moves in a keeper.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Jason: thanks Jason

        Right now my last 3 keeper spots are between : Dozier, R Zimm, Jennings, Ventura, CJ Wilson and potentially Gallo

        • Jason says:
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          @Nightpandas: No problem. I’d probably look at Dozier (assuming you mean Brian of course), Ventura and Gallo long term. Jennings and Wilson to me are replaceable names and I’ve never been fully confident in Zimmerman’s ability to stay healthy. Normally I wouldn’t want to sacrifice immediate for potential production, but Gallo’s shown significant improvement in his approach this year and has the potential to be a very special bat.

  15. Nate says:
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    Scott: Any idea about an ETA for Mookie Betts and Joey Gallo?

    Thanks!

    • Jason says:
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      @Nate: I have a feeling we may be seeing Betts soon. If you’re stashing for this season, I’d roll with him. It’s possible we see Gallo in September, but given he was just promoted to AA recently, the organization may want to ensure he’s fully adjusted to higher level pitching before feeling comfortable enough to give him the call. If he continues to mash regularly, there’s a chance he makes an impact in 2015 (a lot depends on Fielder and Beltre).

  16. J Boy says:
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    Mookie Betts or James Jones – who you got for this year?

    • Jason says:
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      @J Boy: I’d take a chance on Betts unless you need help immediately. Jones is more of a SAGNOF type.

      • J Boy says:
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        @Jason: Thanks J – made the move for Betts last night, hopefully he’s up soon and I beat the rush!

  17. geegee says:
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    looking to use 1 bench spot to stash a player for next year. should i go with pederson, bryant, or someone else?

    • Jason says:
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      @geegee: Bryant, though not sure what your other options are.

  18. ok i have 3 prospect im sittting on. its a 14 tm – AL only – league. keep players for a max of 3 years. I have picked up Santiago(hou), gallo(tex), and lindor(clev). Im not desperate as my starters as fine, and i have a 12 gm lead over 2nd place in my division. Im curious to know when you think those 3 will be called up, and am i wasting space on my bench. had springer from draft and hes doing fine for me, also picked up stroman right away, and im hoping he continues. basically im looking for a 3rd base prospect that gets called up and has power. dealing with conor gillispie (chwsox) right now. Also could use an upgrade at ss with Jed lowrie being my starter and my 3rd outfield spot could use upgrade as austin jackson has really struggled. this is 5×5 cat. league. Sorry wanted to give all the facts for the best possible response. looking prospects in the AL only with the best chance to get called up at 3rd, ss, outfield and have an impact on steals, BA, runs, HR, and RBI’s.

  19. Cram It says:
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    I keep hearing about how much Joc Pederson is tearing it up but I can’t get a read on if he’ll be called up this year or traded. % That he’s a fantasy factor this year only?

  20. Swfcdan says:
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    So my team cant get it up in the HR dept and Ive been torn between buying/selling considering im middle of the pack (13 pts off 3rd, 10 teamer). My studs have been a major disappointment (Wright, Braun, Crush….ugh).

    And out of nowhere I get an offer offering me Baez, thought he was untouchable (keeper league, prospects very valuable. He’s asking for a lot (rentals of Price, Hanley and Rodney). Am trying to barter him down but is the clear no 2 prospect (now no 1?) that good that he’s worth chucking this year in for?

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