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Note:  As I explained yesterday, I’m in Mexico.  Turns out, the internet blows here.  Being so, I haven’t included the usual Baseball-Reference links.  Apologies. (*They have been added – Ed.)

July 2nd marked the opening of the international signing period, which is a facet of player procurement that probably doesn’t get the attention it deserves.  We spend a lot of time mouthing off on the June draft, but when you look at the names near the top of prospect lists – Oscar Taveras, Miguel Sano, Jurickson Profar – it’s difficult to discount the significance of the 2nd of July.  It’s important to note that this signing window is not limited to just one day – contracts for various Dominican ballplayers, Venezuelan ballplayers, etc., will keep trickling in over the next weeks.  But, for the most part, the action is concentrated to the 2nd.  This year featured a nice crop of young international prospects, but the prized piece, Eloy Jimenez, signed with the Cubs. Jimenez, from the Dominican, profiles as a corner outfielder with the potential to become a monster in the fantasy game.  At 16 years old, though, clearly there’s a long way to go.

Mark Appel | RHP, Astros – Appel made his long-anticipated pro debut on Friday, lasting 2 innings, allowing 3 hits and 2 runs.  These short outings will probably be the norm for the 21-year-old in his first year of pro ball.  I wrote some notes on Appel as part of a draft prospects preview earlier this season.  Click that link to read ‘em.

Braden Shipley | RHP, D’Backs – Shipley, too, made his pro debut on Tuesday, tossing 2 scoreless frames, striking out two, and walking no one.  For more on the 15th overall selection from last month’s draft, click here.

Brandon Nimmo / Carlos Correa – I explained last week about the final vote for the Futures Game rosters.  The fans elected Nimmo for the final spot on the US roster, and Correa to the World squad.  I voted for neither.

Will Middlebrooks | 3B, Red Sox – Middlebrooks is doing his best to prove that he belongs back in the bigs, posting two multi-homer games over the past week at Triple-A.  Surely he’s feeling some added pressure, given the extremely talented Xander Bogaerts, who’s playing alongside him at Pawtucket.

Taijuan Walker | RHP, Mariners – Through two Triple-A starts, Walker is yet to allow a run.  His most recent outing was especially impressive:  5 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 8 K.  I still think the M’s will hold him back until next season, but if he keeps pitching at this level, a September call-up is plausible.

Archie Bradley | RHP, D’Backs – Arizona GM Kevin Towers has made it clear that Bradley is an option for 2013.  He’s been the most dominant starting pitcher in the minors this season, and if he happens to arrive, he’s a must-own in every fantasy format.

Marcus Stroman | RHP, Blue Jays – Stroman flashed some of his huge whiff potential on Tuesday, fanning 13 batters in 6.2 IP.  He still looks like a dominant late-innings guy to me, but it’s definitely encouraging to see him have some success as a starter.

Lucas Giolito | RHP, Nationals – Giolito was perhaps the biggest upside arm in the 2012 draft, but elbow kept him from being drafted as such.  The Nats took a chance with him, and sure enough, Giolito ended up needing TJ surgery before the year was through.  The 18-year-old returned to action on Wednesday, earning only 1 out, while allowing 1 hit and 2 free passes in the GCL complex league.  It wasn’t the return we were hoping for, but it’s good to see him out there throwing again.  His ceiling remains enormous.

Byron Buxton | OF, Twins – Buxton has transitioned quite nicely to High-A baseball.  Through his first eight games with Fort Myers, the 19-year-old is hitting .400/.417/.553, and he notched his first homer on Friday.  While Oscar Taveras sits out with injury, Buxton is making a strong case to be considered the best prospect in the game.

53 Responses

  1. bossmanjunior says:
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    After all of that Mexican food, im sure your bowel movements will work just as irritating as the internet.

    Not prospect related, but would rather pick up Ogando or Parker? Ogando just had his first rehab start (2IP 4H 1BB 1K 3ER 2HR) tonight and should be back right after the all star break. Parker only has one start left before the break but it’s against Boston at home. Surprising he has actually been worse at home but solid the past 2 months regardless. Thoughts?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @bossmanjunior: If you’re gonna keep whomever you pick up, then def Parker; can’t make that decision on one start. And if Ogando isn’t gonna start til after the AS break anyway, might as wwell take Parker and stash him until then

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    Should I trade Corbin and Markakis and buy low on Josh Hamilton?

    ……or have I completely lost it?

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      Terse says:
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      @Fister Furbush: oh god, Hamilton really is starting to play well. try and give away less if you can, but I’d try to get Hamitlon

  3. de nachos says:
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    Two articles from México in two days? Take a break, brother, the employee-of-the-month title is yours! Thanks for the articles.

  4. malamoney says:
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    George Springer is currently owning AAA.

    Wow Bradley in 2013. Hope we see it!

    How high do you rank Bundy for 2015?

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      Terse says:
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      @malamoney: I’m not the prospect guy like Scotty is, but the success rate of this surgery is super high. I’d put him only slightly lower than where he was before the news

  5. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    The Red Sox have a potential log jam shaping up at 3B: Middlebrooks, Garin Cecchini, Bogaerts (some think he’ll physically outgrow SS)…

    David Ortiz can’t last forever at DH, but a mid 20-something year old DHing for some reason strikes me as odd.

    If the Red Sox were to move anyone, my guess it’d be Middlebrooks.

    Your thoughts?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Racehorse: I like where your head’s at. As long as there’s the mentioned logjam, Bogaerts will stay at short. Maybe a move to first for one, but I agree — if one were to move, it’d be Middle. I feel like he’s kind of in the sox doghouse

    • Cliff says:
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      It’s more likely that XB will stick at SS, Cecchini at 3B, Middlebrooks at 1B/RF/DH/AAAA…Iglesias isn’t a regular for me. His little BABIP craziness will regress quickly. He’s a utility guy and late inning defensive replacement at best IMO. They could move XB to a corner OF spot but that would really sap his value and it’s about 1000x easier to find a good corner OF than a top 3-MLB SS. I doubt the Sox trade WM either. His trade value is virtually worthless. There would be little point in dealing him for other prospects, and you MIGHT get back Jesse Crain or Steve Cishek or K-Rod. And you’d prolly have to add in a decent low-A type too. Middlebrooks is what he is: a .250-.260/20-25/80-90 true talent 3B with below average speed and a potentially plus-glove if he can become more consistent. Not saying that kind of guy grows on trees, but see: Todd Frazier/Pedro Alvarez/Kyle Seager/Matt Dominguez/Ryan Roberts/Juan Francisco/David Freese/Nolan Arenando/Chase Headley(this year closer to true talent than last year)

  6. ichirosan says:
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    I live in Mexico City, so here goes the advice:

    Mexican food is not as deadly if you don’t want to go all in. Sure, mole, tacos de canasta and sauce (and chilaquiles and enchiladas with them) will kill you if you don’t respect them, but you can just keep eating barbacoa, carnitas (just maciza), quesadillas, pozole and tamales de dulce until your stomach can get used. Or, you know, take shelter in a Burger King or something.

    As for the internet, yes, it sucks. If you’re on the road, infinitum movil is decent if you can get a password to use it (Starbucks always have them).

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @ichirosan: can I come over?

  7. Tbone says:
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    My current staff is Verlander, Waino, Zimm, Medlen, Hamels…bench of Cain, Porcello, Peavy, and Erasmo.

    3B is Freese, AmRam, Arenado and SS is Zobrist.

    Drop Porcello for either Archie or Xander or hold at this point and hope nobody preemptively adds before I can use my FAAB advantage? 3 year keeper league where they’d assume 15th round next year. I know both are shots in the dark that they even see the bigs this year…Will seems to be fending off Xander at this point.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Tbone: Go for sha boi Xander

  8. L-Boogie says:
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    Who is the next big, run producing bat to come up from the minors that I should stash (please don’t say Manny Ramirez)? Castellanos? Any update on him?

    Thanks dude.

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @L-Boogie: Hi friend, np. I’d say Castellanos is an accurate estimate.

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Terse: him or springer

  9. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Would you still hold Carlos Martinez in a deep redraft league?

  10. booya says:
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    Would you give Harvey for Encarnacion?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @booya: in a redraft and in a vacuum, yeah

  11. Greyismyhero says:
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    Whats your best guess for when Carlos Martinez gets the call? And will he be in rotation or relief? Thanks

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Greyismyhero: they like Rose where he is, so it all depends on how Kelly fares. If he struggles, Martinez is the next guy in line. Keep an eye on Kelly’s production

  12. Psychedelic says:
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    Who would you take in a dynasty draft if you had the 5th pick? Miggy, Trout, Harper, Machado are already taken. It’s a 20-team 40 man roster 5×5 roto.

    I’m second guessing myself like crazy! was hoping Machado would be there at 5 :(

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Psychedelic: Hey man, did you intially ask this on twitter then switch it to here? I swear I had a tweet from you.

      At 29 and with all the drug speculation, I’d say it’s reasonable to avoid Braun. And what’s with the not stealing?

      If I were you, I’d go with McCutch

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Terse: now I see the tweet

        • Psychedelic says:
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          @Terse: ya I did lol wasn’t sure if you were still checking this

  13. Terse

    Terse says:
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    Hey man, did you intially ask this on twitter then switch it to here? I swear I had a tweet from you.

    At 29 and with all the drug speculation, I’d say it’s reasonable to avoid Braun. And what’s with the not stealing?

    If I were you, I’d go with McCutch

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Terse: “At 29 and with all the drug speculation, I’d say it’s reasonable to avoid Braun”, change the age and the name in this sentence and you get what a lot of my friends say about me. Guess i’m not going into the 4th round next year.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: “until” next round, that should read.

        • Terse

          Terse says:
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          @goodfold2: it’s alright, goodie, you’ll always be accepted in the safe-haven of razzworld

  14. Dave says:
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    Erasmo has struggled as of late, do you think there’s now a chance walker or hultzen will be callled up first?

    Also, Gausman.. Do you think he’s going to be relief all year now? Thanks.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Dave: i think hultzen got hurt again recently.

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @goodfold2: maybe. high whip at AAA could delay it just a little bit. walker is really pitching his ass off at the same level, but it’s really, really hard to predict these things. Seattle’s obviously not a contender, so maybe they’ll just want to stay on schedule and bring Erasmo up first and give Taijuan another at AAA, though I hope they don’t becaus I have his autographed rookie card and I’m looking to flip that thing.

        And goodie’s right, hultzen is currently shut down with shoulder problems — I don’t think we’ll be seeing him this season.

        I think Gaus will be a reliever/spot-starter for 2013

  15. Mike says:
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    Athletics just called up Grant Green. Who figures to make a larger splash in Fantasy, Eaton or Grant? Should I drop Eaton for Grant? I could also drop Leonys Martin, Nick Franklin, Gyorko or even Hosmer. Does Grant have a higher ceiling than any of these guys, if so whom?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Mike: EAton’s soulder is still scary, but he’s making good progress at high-A and is moving to triple-A. If he’s healthy, I like his prospects a bit more than Grant’s. Keep Martin, franklin, gyorko, and hos.

      I like a healthy Eaton more than Green, so as long as he doesn’t suffer any setbacks, I’d stick with the way you are

  16. Matt P says:
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    Last spot on my minor league team, 16 team dynasty h2h points league:

    Lucas Sims, Tyler Glasnow, Jose Ramirez, Osuna, Edwin Escobar??

    Are you liking Puello’s chances once he makes it to the bigs? Doesn’t walk much and strikes out a lot

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Matt P: I really, really like Sims’ upside, though you’d have to wait a bit longer than you’d have to wait for Puello.

      Puello’s that raw guy, though he’s hitting for good avg. this year. Still striking out too much. Hitting prospect>pitching prospect, though, so I’d probably go with him over Sims. Very close, though.

  17. Brendan says:
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    Mr. Evans,

    Keeper points league with 7 keepers/7 minors this they had minors tag and then brought up in real life we can still keep them in our league’s minors system until we decide to bring them up.
    I have Olt, Rutledge, Ordorizzi, Ranaudo, Kyle Crick, Baez, and Goodwin. Pineda is now in the minors and I was wondering who (if anyone) I should drop for Pineda to get a spot.
    My keepers are looking like Kipnis, Votto, Beltre, Wheeler, Verlander, Beachy and Gattis? or Lawrie.

    Thank you sir!

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Brendan: hey brendan,

      Terse here, filling in for scott. You can drop Gattis without worry if you want to pick up Pineda. Don’t let his hype trick ya.

      I’m lovin that you have Baez.

      • Brendan says:
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        @Terse: Awesome thanks man!! Yeah Baez was a grab. Thanks to Razzball I picked up a lot of good under the radar prospects!

        • Terse

          Terse says:
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          @Brendan: no problem

  18. Dave says:
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    In a keeper league you think it’s good to stash Baez already? Baez, Polanco, and Franco are all FA, what would the order of importance be?

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Dave: In that order

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @EL Burro: Terse here, not Scott, but I share your excitement. When I heard the news and won the waiver wave in one of my leagues, I yelled happy expletives, ran out of work and to the bar next door, and rammed shots down my throat with a four-toothed 80 year old.

  19. Targaryen says:
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    I am trying to decide if I should stash C-Mart instead of hanging onto Gausman. My Pitchers are: Darvish, Mad Max, Greinke, Latos, Norris, Eraser & of course Gausman. I have kept Gausman since the league does score holds as well as saves. & to top it off the league has a 50 max transaction limit of which I’m already up to 33. so remaining moves matter. My team has the best record & at this point it would be a kongshot to miss the playoff as 8 of the 14 move on. Honestly, record matters but that xtra wild card means more quality players giving thier best effort to make the playoffs right smack in the middle of the fantasy playoffs. . Carlos Martinez or Gausman

    • Terse

      Terse says:
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      @Targaryen: Hello Rhaegar, I’d stick with Gausman.

      • Terse

        Terse says:
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        @Terse: the holds and your transaction number make it a certainty

      • Targaryen says:
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        @Terse: u haha

  20. Brandon says:
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    hey terse,

    I wrote on Scott’s report the other day and no answer so I will ask you

    I just made a trade sending Zach Wheeler for Shelby Miller, it might sound like a simple question but who won long and short term? This is a keeper league

    also, are there any quality 3B coming up soon? I need a 3B and I dont like my wire, I have Rendon but can pick up Gyroko, Moustakis, Aranado, Iglesias

    sorry for all the options and muliple questions

  21. Terrence Mann says:
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    Not a fantasy question but I’m a Rockies fan and think it’s pretty clear that we need a Garza quality starter to have a shot at the playoffs. Pomeranz, Rudledge, and Dickerson enough to pull him from Theo? Im guessing any deal would take Pomeranz and I don’t see why Rudledge could slide over to 3rd. If not that deal, anything you see the Rocks could give for Garza to beat out the other bidders?

  22. HighHome says:
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    18 team Roto, mixed dynasty league, 23 active players, 12 reserves (so a VERY weak Free Agent pool) $130 team auction budget rather than the traditional $260.
    I inhereted a mediocre team with MANY needs…
    Would you give up a $10 Cuddyer for a $4 Archie Bradley?

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