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Happy Sunday gang – I’ll be stepping into the box now on Sundays (in addition to my weekly Panning For Gold installment on Wednesdays), and will continue to at least somewhat mirror Scott’s Sunday updates. Moving forward, Minor Accomplishments will stay mostly the same (with tweaks here-and-there at times). But as you’re used to, I’ll be pointing out some of those (often) more-heralded prospects that are on the verge of promotions or are worth consideration of addition to your roster. Like all the rest of the Razzball crew that has always done such a good job before I became involved, my goal is the same; to bring you guys as much information and insight as possible to help make those tough calls you make regarding your teams at least a little easier!

As is always the case this time of year, we’re now entering the stretch where everyone needs to begin to keep closer tabs on the near MLB-ready prospects that have been climbing their respective ladders – we’re well past the point that most MLB GM’s have to worry about players’ Super Two statuses (in most cases), so you can start to expect to see more of those true “impact” names begin to surface as contenders look to fill holes before having to consider going outside their own organization for extra firepower as they begin to make their stretch runs.

Without further ado…

Dylan Bundy – Scott touched on him last week, and if you haven’t found a way to tuck him away yet, the time is here. Following another spectacular start last night – 5 shutout innings, 3 hits allowed, 7 Ks, and 2 BBs – his ERA is now down to 0.60, and he’s got a 13.20/1.80 K/BB Ratio to go along with his 0.87 WHIP. With the Blue Jays hiccup at home this weekend against the White Sox (losing Friday and Saturday), Baltimore is going to be in contention and Bundy WILL be in the rotation coming out of the All-Star Break – Peter Angelos will not OK the financial expenditures that are going to be necessary to retain either David Price or Jeff Samardzija, and if Bundy keeps this up no one will blame him (for once).

Mookie Betts – He’s already here (called up by the Red Sox Saturday morning), and he’s GOING to play. Where may be the question at first, but given Boston’s putrid OF production thus far he’s not being called up to watch and learn. He’s now logged time at SS, 2B, CF, and RF during his quick run through the Sox’ system, Stephen Drew and Jackie Bradley aren’t producing AT ALL, and the “steal” Boston got in the Shane Victorino signing prior to last season doesn’t look like quite as much of a steal right now – Victorino’s been on the DL since May 24th and just got an injection this morning in the hopes that the lingering back discomfort that has kept him from even trying to start a rehab assignment will subside. Betts will make the type of impact that the Boston brass had hoped the combination of Bradley and Grady Sizemore might when the year started – he can affect a game in multiple ways.

Marcus Stroman Small in stature but big on guts, it may be time to consider adding Stroman to the back of your fantasy rotations before everyone else starts to gobble him up. After today’s strong outing against Chicago – 6.2 IP, 2 earned runs, 2 hits, 6 Ks, 2 BBs – he’s seemed to get comfortable, dominating the Yankees and South Siders in back-to-back outings. The word on the street is that the Jays are interested in adding Chase Headley to their already potent offense, presumably making things even easier for anyone on their staff during the second half. You have to figure that Andrew Friedman will demand an absolute mint in return for trading David Price within the division and it would seem that the Padres will be looking for some of the same names that Theo and Jed will be asking for in return for Samardzija, making deals for both Headley and Samardzija highly unlikely.

Taijuan Walker – Another “must stash” impact SP for the second half – Erasmo Ramirez has been officially removed from Seattle’s rotation, and was on the same schedule as Walker. It would be a huge surprise if Taijuan doesn’t toe the rubber for the Mariners tomorrow following his complete game four hit dismantling of Oklahoma City on Thursday night (4 hits allowed, 8 Ks, 1BB and maybe most importantly 75 out of his 109 pitches were strikes). Look for the official announcement today.

Rob Refsnyder – Everybody associated with the Evil Empire hoped Brian Cashman might catch lightning in a bottle yet again by gambling that the Yankees could somehow milk enough health (and offense) out of Brian Roberts/Kelly Johnson/Yangervis Solarte to go along with the expectations hung on Brian McCann, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Carlos Beltran to outscore opponents enough WITHOUT the $240 Million Man to hide an aging and weak pitching staff (behind Tanaka The Great, of course). It worked for awhile but Beltran’s showing his age, McCann’s seems to be trying to do a little too much, Ellsbury’s really not a $153 million impact bat, and let’s face it – Johnson, Solarte, and Roberts are, well, Johnson, Solarte, and a 37 year old Brian Roberts. Refsnyder’s hitting .483/.625/.848/1.423 over his last 10 games in Scranton – which is even better than before his promotion to AAA. If his time isn’t here yet, it’s not far away.

Arismendy Alcantara – The Cubs’ embarassment of position player riches is going to have to start being cleared up soon. Assuming Theo and Jed are going to keep Starlin Castro and Anthony Rizzo (both under contract through 2019), decisions loom about where everyone else is going to play. Darwin Barney’s done and might at least bring some kind of lower-level arm in return if they’ll move him prior to the deadline. Alcantara’s a natural SS, but one has to expect that either Castro or Javier Baez is the long-term answer there with the other sliding over to 3B. Keeping Rizzo (if that’s the case) would signal a permanent move of Kris Bryant to one of the corner OF spots and would leave Alcantara as the obvious 2B of the future. A switch-hitter with wheels, some pop, and a solid OBP, Alcantara would fit nicely in front of all that firepower, and he’s coming off a .423/.467/.808/1.275 week for AAA Iowa.

Remember, you can always hit me up on Twitter @clvclv, as well as in the comments section here.

  1. IowaCubs

    IowaCubs says:
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    You’re half right with Alcantara. He’s the Cubs CF of the future and they’ll use him somewhat like they use Bonifacio (a flex 2B/CF). His primary position here in Des Moines over the last month has been CF.

    And yes, he passes the eye test. Legitimate major league starter, though he’s struggled a bit against RHP. Watch over the next two weeks. If he stays hot, pick him up. He could be good for steals and a bit of power and when he gets called up, he’ll start daily in CF.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @IowaCubs: i thought Almora was their CF of the future. Barney has no reason to stay at 2b.

      • Fo' Shizzo My Rizzo says:
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        @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I am not sure about long term plans, but IowaCubs is right, Alcantara has been playing CF nearly exclusively for the last month at AAA.

        • Chris

          Chris says:
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          @Fo’ Shizzo My Rizzo:

          That’s the reason I mention Arismendy as a “potential 2B” – I do think Theo and Jed are going to have to start defining their eventual strategies for these guys (for good or bad). They certainly haven’t been very decisive thus far and it could eventually slow development curves when guys’ bats are ready but they have to shift to another position. The obvious hole for someone at the MLB-level is at 2B, and the OF corners if they’re going to eventually move Bryant. With Alcantara supposedly the closest to “ready” when you hear them talk, it would seem the obvious move would be to plug him in at 2B after the break and see if he proves he can handle it. If he’s successful early on, you go ahead and shift Baez to 3B and Bryant to an OF corner during the last part of the season so they can get more comfortable defensively moving forward.

          To be honest, I personally would have done this already, but they didn’t ask me. The Cubs aren’t the Pirates – their promotions SHOULDN’T be molded because of service-time considerations…when these guys show you they’re “ready”, give them their shot. Cubs fans have been far too patient to make them wait any longer than they have to for some ray of hope!!!

          • IowaCubs

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            @Chris: Yes, I’m aware of the logjam, but at a premium position like 3B and 2B, the Cubs will have no problem moving Baez to 2B and keeping Bryant at 3B, eventually moving him to the outfield much like the Brewers did with Braun.

            People need to have realistic expectations with Alcantara. He’s not an on-base machine — he’ll likely sit around .320 in the majors — but he’s more of a 6th or 7th hitter in what will become a good Cubs lineup next year.

  2. Tyler says:
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    What happened to Scott? Is he no longer with Razzball?? :’(

    • I’m alive & well, but I am no longer with the site.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: are you writing elsewhere?

      • cubsin2020 says:
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        @Scott Evans: Sorry to hear that. Love your stuff. Do you have anything ~ in the works?

  3. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    12 team dynasty with slug/obp BB/k’s for hitters as cats. 5 NA slots. i have
    meyer (SP)/mondesi/alcantara/soler/micah johnson. clearly meyer/mondesi (with only reyes at SS)/soler are keepers here. but micah johnson seems to be a sagnof guy. drop any of johnson/alcantara (also have pedroia/odor, so 2B doesn’t seem to be a need) for
    g.sanchez (C)/frazier/n.williams/d.j.peterson/meadows/wisler/owens/moran/crick (BA has higher than Meyer)/fried. or any others worth more that you can think of. Lamb maybe.(i’m going off preseason lists here since Scott never got to his midseason top 50 or 100).
    2.are you going to have any of
    1. midseason top 50 or 100?
    2. end of season team by team top 10 like Scott used to have? those are really very very useful for those of us that have very deep player drafts in really deep leagues.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I’ll let Chris answer your fantasy question, but in terms of content, there will be very little variation. In actuality, we’ll be expanding our prospect coverage as we move forward.

    • Chris

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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow:

      Forgive me for the answers coming out of order, but I’ll answer the easy ones first…

      1.) Yes, there will be a Midseason Top 50 Prospect List – look for it in place of my “Sunday Six-Pack” on Sunday, July 13th. Hopefully everyone will be able to look it over and discuss it while enjoying the Futures Game.

      2.) There will be a late season year-end list as well, although I’m not sure it will necessarily be a Top 10 List for every team or possibly an overall Top 200 Prospect List – I’d like to hear as many opinions as possible by the first part of August to try to mold the season-ending list to reflect what the majority would prefer to see.

      3.) I’m not particularly personally higher on one of the Sanchez/Frazier/Williams/Peterson/Meadows/Wisler/Owens/Moran (even though I’m a Tar Heel homer)/Crick/Fried crowd in particular – I’d prefer Peterson over Moran since I’m with the many that question whether Brian will ever develop much power.

      I do think Sanchez and Owens tend to receive a little more buzz than they deserve at times (simply because of the Yankee/Sox hype machines), but do like Blake Swihart a bit if you’re looking for a Catcher that could be ready late next season – he reminds me a bit of Boston’s last offensive-minded switch-hitting GOOD Catcher, former GT alum Jason Varitek (sorry A. J. fans).

      • Uncdrew says:
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        @Chris:

        Go Heels

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Chris: 3. but would you rather have alcantara and m.johnson over those guys? or any SP over Meyer?
        2. i vote either top 300 or top 10 from each team, whichever you’d rather do. 300 because it goes as deep.
        thanks Jaywrong and Chris.

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Welcome aboard man. But what happened to Scott? He’s a favourite on here.

    • I’ll miss it here new guy, but I’m exploring some new opportunities & my prospect coverage should resume elsewhere soon. Follow me on twitter for updates: @r_scotte

      • Count de monetball says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks Scott! Best of luck and I very much appreciated and enjoyed all of your articles. I don’t know if it’s because the Cubs have a stacked minor system but your articles were the most anticipated ones on the site for me this year. See you on the inter web.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Ha all the best bud, hope my farm team can survive without ya! Loved your organisiational farm rankings too, will be missed.

  5. Welcome says:
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    For future reference you wrote “adieu” when you mean “ado” –totally different meanings. Also, it took me three reads of “your used to” in the first graf;you meant “you’re used to.”

    • cubsin2020 says:
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      @Welcome: You are better than everyone. Good catch. Keep up the good work. The interweb needs people like you.

      • Streaming Leake says:
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        @cubsin2020: Welcome is right to expect more from Razzball writers. This article reads like Bleacher Report. You can’t “retain” players you don’t have. You don’t “stash” tomorrow’s starting pitcher, and I thought it was pretty much agreed you don’t CAPITALIZE for effect. I hope this is just a case of first inning jitters.

  6. fitz says:
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    Stinks that Scott is gone but Chris did a nice job here.

    I only have 8 moves left for the entire season – poor management, lol. Should I stash Dylan Bundy over Jimmy Nelson or Alex Meyer?

    • Chris

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      @fitz:

      Nelson has definitely been impressive but I’d be all over Bundy, especially if I had limited moves available. I’ve already picked him up even without N/A spots to stash him in in several redraft leagues.

  7. Poiuhb815@aol.com says:
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    What do you think a K Bryant is worth -
    He will be $6 in ’15 and ’9 in ’16.

    12 team mixed 5×5
    I’m in first and need a 2b and or closer

    • Chris

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      @Poiuhb815@aol.com:

      Tough call on Bryant, if he remains a 3B his value will obviously be higher – there are teams (MLB and fantasy) that are successful without that kind of power from your normal power spots, not to mention that Miggy will lose hot corner eligibility in some leagues going into next season. If he winds up moving off 3B I’d have to take a much closer look at the available options in that price range.

      Tough to comment on the 2B and Closer situation without knowing who might be available in your league, but I’d definitely consider stashing Joaquin Benoit pretty soon if I had a spot – the Padres will move him sooner than later, but if Jason Grilli doesn’t return to form quickly that “soon” could change to “real soon”.

      • Chris

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        @Chris:

        By “him” I meant Street, sorry (although Joaquin may well be a candidate to be moved himself).

      • Poiuhb815@aol.com says:
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        @Chris: thanks but I meant what is his value for a trade. Therefore all are available I a trade.
        So who would be a reasonable request in a trade

        • Poiuhb815@aol.com says:
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          Hi I think u missed my clarification question

          • Chris

            Chris says:
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            @Poiuhb815@aol.com:

            Tough to gauge without a little more information about lineup construction, number of keepers, etc., sorry.

            Bryant should have HUGE value in most leagues, but it’s a little tough to make a decent guess without a little bit better feel about what your potential trade partners could be dealing with.

            • Poiuhb815@aol.com says:
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              5×5 mixed espn

              12 team 4 keepers-
              Can keep Bryant two more years at 6 then $9
              In ’15 and ’16

              Players are in the teens and below or above 24 fir the mist part.
              I need a SS and a closer
              Assuming all other players r non keepers which type player is comparable

  8. JWray says:
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    Would you drop Cobb, Bailey, Gray or Sanchez for Walker? I also Have Teheran & Scherzer.

    • Fitz says:
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      @JWray: dude I think you’re pretty stacked with pitching only possible one there would be Homer

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @JWray:

      I wouldn’t think twice about dropping Homer for him. Actually even dropped Cobb in one league – I think Alex’ injury is still bothering him and he’s just gutting it out.

  9. AMolnar says:
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    Not sure if I should be adding Mookie Betts or not. My lineup doesn’t have many holes but it is a 12 team, keeper (keep up to 10 people). Here is the squad:

    C Lucroy
    1b Crush Davis
    2b Aaron Hill
    3b Beltre
    SS Hanley Ram
    OF Cespedes
    OF Kemp
    OF Torii Hunter
    Util Ortiz
    Util Desmond Jennings
    B Xander Bog.
    B Jon Singleton
    B Kole Calhoun

    P Britton
    P Carlos Martinez
    SP Wacha
    SP Liriano
    SP Heaney
    SP Stroman
    RP Greg HOlland
    RP David Robertson
    B Kershaw
    B Gray
    B Arrieta
    B Burnett
    B Tyson Ross
    B Drew Hutch

    The only possible drop I see from my team would be drew hutch….

    Is Mookie gonna make that big of an impact this year that I should be putting in a waiver claim? I do need SB but I also need Wins and K’s

    Thanks in advance.

    • GFoz says:
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      @AMolnar: I for one am of the opinion that Mookie will be a clear upgrade of your A Hill and T Hunter. I truly believe he has Polanco and Springer level impact in him, of course with much more of his value coming from steals potential. It’s not hard to see him living at the top of the sox order, banging doubles off the green monster, reeking havoc.

    • Chris

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      @AMolnar:

      I’ve never been much of a Liriano fan personally – outside of last season, he’s always been a stick of dynamite looking for a detonator for me. If you’ve got a bit of an attachment to Hutchinson, I’d drop Francisco for him as well.

      I don’t think there’s any doubt that Mookie’s going to make an impact, and personally think he’s worth a claim even in shallow leagues – I’m always a sucker for guys with multi-position eligibility, and he won’t be available if you wait until that happens.

  10. Raftman says:
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    Rest of Season 10 TM H2H – Keuchel or T. Walker?

    • Raftman says:
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      @Raftman: edit… Keuchel, Ventura, T. Walker… in what order?

      • Chris

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        @Raftman:

        If all three stay healthy, it’s Walker, Ventura, and Keuchel for me (and it’s not real close between second and third). Keuchel’s been a great story, but I’m still not completely sold. Us Braves fans remember a lights-out first half a guy named Jair Jurrjens had not so long ago.

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          @Chris: Thanks man! Gonna go ahead and drop Keuchel…

  11. grif says:
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    In a dynasty league, which 2b do you like better: wong or Alcantara?

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @grif:

      If Alcantara moves to the OF permanently I prefer Wong, but only because of position.

  12. Niceguybilly says:
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    Thanks for all the great advice and articles you’ve given over the years Scott. You will be missed!

    Good read Chris!
    What’s your thoughts about Pederson and his injury? Something has to give with that outfield. Dodgers can’t keep him down the way he’s been hitting, can they?

    • Chris

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      @Niceguybilly:

      You have to think the Dodgers’ worst fears about their OF logjam have come true – Crawford’s injuries have sapped his trade value entirely, Kemp needs to stay in LF to try to preserve himself, neither Ethier or Van Slyke are ideal fits in CF defensively, and now Joc’s “nicked up” as they try to make a big run.

      You’re right though – something’s got to give – the problem is that Colletti’s now lost the majority of leverage that existed (even as late as a month ago). Obviously they’d get the biggest return by dealing Pederson, but they’ve shown no inclination to do so – and unless they’d consider dealing for David Price (which sources say they’re not), they won’t receive enough in return since they don’t really have any holes that need immediate plugging.

      At this point you have to figure they’ll stand pat unless a SP goes down before Price gets moved or Pederson forces their hand – if he does, they’d probably receive a nice return for Van Slyke (he’d look pretty good in Boston’s OF right now, and if you believe some pundits that think the DH will be added to NL rosters sooner rather than later he would be a pretty good fit for several NL contenders including Atlanta).

      • Niceguybilly says:
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        @Chris: Thanks for the thoughtful insight Chris!

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    Bundy vs gausman ros?

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @troy:

      Bundy for me. Even with some impressive first halves from several impact SPs, it’s tough for me not to still have Bundy and Walker as 1A and 1B as “must adds”.

  14. Jack says:
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    Good luck Scott! Welcome Chris!
    I got excited about picking up Mookie but wait…..2 HUGE problems:
    1) Wake up this morning and notice on ESPN he’s not eligible at MI. BIG drop in value.
    2) The quote below from Farrell seems to imply that Mookie will only play 5-6 times a week. I can’t afford a bench spot while he works his way into full time AB’s.

    I was going to drop Hill for Betts but now I’m wondering if I should own him at all. I think that he is not more valuable than my current OF/UTIL’s: Bautista, McCutchen, Bruce, K. Davis, R. Zimmerman, Polanco, right?

    Also, seems like a ROS projections for him range around .360 OBP, 5 HR’s and 13 SB’s. I think I could probably get that same value from others on the wire: Granderson, Fowler, Eaton and maybe Raja Davis, right?

    Your thoughts?

    Here’s the quote from Masslive.com:
    The Red Sox now have five outfielders on their roster: Betts, Jonny Gomes, Daniel Nava, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Brock Holt. “You know the best way I would probably categorize it is there’s five guys for four positions, which includes center and right and the left side of the infield,” said manager John Farrell, noting Holt could see time at shortstop. “Brock’s versatility lends to being able to get close to everyday at-bats in this positions. What our goal is is to get a minimum of five days a week or six days a week for the younger players and we feel like we can do that with this alignment.”

    • Chris

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      @Jack:

      Yeah, the fantasy position-eligibility issue does make things a little more interesting for sure. That said, if Drew doesn’t start hitting soon he may find himself as the one looking for ABs – even with Will Middlebrooks being shut down, they’re likely to score more runs with some combination of Holt and Bogaerts on the left side. Assuming the Sox’ brass is honestly concerned with somehow getting back into the race, Jackie Bradley WON’T get in Mookie’s way IMHO.

      The projections you note seem “fair” to me but Mookie’s eventually going to wind up with MI eligibility, and I’d personally rather have him in keeper leagues than Khris Davis, or the potential wire pickups you mention.

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        @Chris: in keepers sure (but wouldn’t he be mostly gone already in keepers?). but in espn standard leagues (redraft) won’t it take him 10 games at a position to get more than OF? If so, that, together with him only playing 5 to 6 days a week (mostly in OF too), won’t it take him over a month to get SS or 2B?

  15. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    Only have about $120 FAAB (out of $1000) left in 12 tm NFBC league with no trades. I have Rendon for 2B, Andrelton at SS, and Owings for MI (be nice if Holt could spell Pedroia at 2B sometimes but pipe dream). Owings is hurting and since Betts didn’t play yesterday, he’s only gonna be able to be bid on by next Sunday. If all goes well, he goes for at least $100, should I save my FAAB or put some big $$$ on Josh Harrison, Brad Miller (dropped him months ago), La Stella, or a little $ on Solarte or Grant Green?

    Frieri definite drop for me, with Owings a maybe.

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      @Symptom of the Universe:

      Also, do you think Rondon is a drop as well if replacing with Neil Ramirez? Should I wait till ChiSox situation settles a little or put some $$ down on Petricka or Putnam? I’ll probably be outbid for McGee, but putting some $$ on him nonetheless. Other closers are Cody Allen and Qualls.

    • Chris

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      @Symptom of the Universe:

      If I’m spending a big chunk of my available money, the only guy I’d splurge on is Mookie – I love Harrison’s versatility, and yesterday showed that La Stella’s going to be able to make adjustments given time. However, Jose Peraza is absolutely breathing down Tommy’s neck and projects as potentially the Braves’ best true leadoff hitter since Rafael Furcal headed to Tinseltown and he’s probably going to be the long-term 2B when the dust settles (he drew Andrelton Simmons comps at times before they moved him off of SS, so they’d make for one *ell of a double-play combo).

      I’m afraid the clock’s about to turn Midnight on Solarte and Green, and former Brave Nick Ahmed (part of the J-Up/Prado deal is hitting .324 in AAA (better glove than Owings, better bat than Gregorius), so I don’t disagree with dropping Owings to create roster space.

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        @Chris:

        Thank you!

        Like what Owings has done on my team when not hurt, but not undroppable. I hope $10-15 is enough for Brad Miller and $5 for Harrison as back-up bid. Dropping Frieri for a $10-15 bid for McGee with a bunch of back-up bids of $9 or less for likes of Casilla, Ramirez, Petricka, Dyson, Odorizzi, D’Arnaud. Hope Betts is relatively quiet this week otherwise he probably goes for $150+ in my league where Heaney went for $300+ and Singleton went for $210.

        • Chris

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          @Symptom of the Universe:

          I think your approach to those Closers/potential Closers is definitely viable – they’re all pretty interchangeable for me.

  16. comagno says:
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    Scott…l

    Ahhhh! What can I expect from Garret Cole from here on out? Is he worth to HOLD? Or is it Bundy / Walker..time?

    • Chris

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      @comagno:

      This is the “Question Of The Day” for me, and the exact one I’m trying to make in at least two redraft leagues. As of now, I’m leaning picking up Walker in his place, but have always prided myself on not making knee-jerk decisions. I’m holding out for some kind of sign this afternoon, but a little worried someone scoops Taijuan up and makes my decision for me.

      In keeper leagues I’m dropping Cole for either of them.

  17. Ty says:
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    Great write up. You answered a lot of my questions thanks. ROS would you go with Stroman or Walker?

    • Chris

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      @Ty:

      Given health (as always), it’s Walker for me – but you’ve always gotta pull for those “runts” (even if they are Dookies!!!).

  18. cubsin2020 says:
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    Congratulations on the new post. Should I drop Holt for Betts? Brock has been good. I just don’t think he can keep going at this pace. Thanks.

    • Chris

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      @cubsin2020:

      Given Jack’s nice find on Masslive (above), it might be tough to make that move in redraft leagues until Mookie gains MI-eligibility in redraft leagues for now, but there are likely to be somewhat acceptable OF alternatives that should produce at Holt’s level if/when you can use Betts as in IF.

      In keeper leagues I’d drop Brock for him immediately.

  19. Ryan says:
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    ROS…Betts or Pedroia? Welcome Chris, you have some big shoes to fill, but great start!

    • Chris

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      @Ryan:

      Assuming Mookie isn’t MI-eligible, it’d be awfully tough to drop Pedroia (even for a “prospect-hound” like me. I do think Betts eventually outproduces Dustin though.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Chris: Betts qualifies at 2B for now.

        • Chris

          Chris says:
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          @Ryan:

          Still awfully tough to move Pedroia since you know Betts won’t displace him (at least for awhile). I’d consider floating Dustin as “available” for the time being to see what kind of return you might get for him though – can’t imagine it’d hurt if you find someone that’s willing to overpay for him.

        • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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          @Ryan: what site has that? yahoo is only SS and espn is only OF right now.

  20. Al koholic says:
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    nice job,and welcome aboard Chris,sorry to see Scott go but best of luck buddy,wshen will Alcantara be up

  21. Chris

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    He’d have already been up if it were my call, but Theo and Jed seem content to keep from putting the wheels in motion that will eventually set their long-term lineup for some reason that escapes me.

    Barney’s 7 for his last 32, so I guess they’re desperately trying to find someone to give them something in return for him, but I don’t expect that “showcase” to last much longer – there aren’t many contenders presently looking for all-glove, no-hit 2Bs…most teams already have someone in their system that can fill that role.

    If they’re waiting to find a taker for Schierholtz to create OF ABs (presumably for Arismendy), that ship has sailed as well – if I were a Cubs season ticket holder, I’d already be threatening to boycott the rest of the season if I didn’t at least start getting a peek at the future.

  22. Lville Jim says:
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    Is Lucas Sims still worth a hold in dynasty 13 team all keepers no cash value league. I know he just pitched a good game last time out combining for a no no but his strikeouts have been more than halved from last season. Have 5 n/a spots and currently have Nick Franklin, Jorge Soler, Carlos Correa, Joey Gallo, Kohl Stewart, and Sims that can fill them. Only holding Franklin because of the dearth of MI’s available.

    • Chris

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      @Lville Jim:

      Sims is a particularly tough call IMO. The start you mention was definitely his best effort this season (by far). He was lights-out in the SALLY League last season, and seemed to get better as the season trudged on. From every report I’ve read, discussion I’ve had with others who’ve seen him multiple times, and typical Braves’ Pitcher hype, almost EVERYONE sees him with Top Of Rotation (1-2 when I refer to TOR) ceiling and a likely #3 floor.

      What you have to learn to grasp as a Braves fan or fantasy owner of their Pitching prospects is that you often have to exercise more patience than most. It’s tough to argue that any organization has been more successful developing Pitchers from within than the Braves over the last 20+ years – Glavine, Avery, Schmidt, Millwood, Matt Harrison, Neftali Feliz, Jurrjens (+ and – of course), Hanson, Charlie Morton, Jeff Locke, Minor, Medlen, Beachy, Teheran, Wood, Hale, Kimbrel, Venters, Avilan, Simmons – the list is pretty impressive even if you’re not a Braves fan.

      The biggest problem is that the organizations approach to hitters is almost completely in contrast to their pitching philosophy – they’re NEVER in a hurry to push Pitchers, particularly those with higher upsides. When you consistently draft as late as they typically do, you have to let them fully develop if you expect to have them be consistent affordable contributors to a contender with a lower than typical contender’s budget.

      The Braves are famous for “taking pitches away” from prospects for extended periods of time to get them to focus entirely on areas they need to improve – they took breaking balls away from Feliz, Hanson, Minor, Teheran, and Kimbrel for long stretches in an effort to get them to locate their fastball better. Is this the only reason Sims is struggling in 2014? I haven’t been able to see him in person yet, but I feel sure it at least has a big part to do with them.

      With Teheran locked up, Wood and Hale looking like solid contributors on the cheap for awhile, and several guys further up in the system that look like they’ll at least be able to be #3-#5 SPs ahead of Sims, they’re going to do everything they can to polish every facet of his game before they throw him into the fire. I don’t expect to see Sims penciled into the rotation before the new stadium opens in 2017. If you need the spot before then I wouldn’t think you made a bad move in dropping him, even if you eventually regret it.

  23. South Beach Boombas says:
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    Would you drop baez for bundy to stash in my NA spot for a seasonal league?

  24. Will says:
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    Orioles Director of Player Development Brian Graham watched the last Bundy start and said this:

    “It’s going to be a 75-pitch limit, you know, all the way through the summer,” he said. “I don’t see it going much above 75, if it does. That is the way you do it on a ligament rehab. You get to a certain pitch level and you stay there for the whole season.”

    Camden Chat thinks if they bring him up, it will only be in a reliever role. Thoughts?

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