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We haven’t spent much time discussing Henry Urrutia in these parts, and that’s a factor of two items:  (1) I really don’t know that much about the guy.  The Cuban-born prospect signed with Baltimore way back in 2009, but defection issues followed by visa troubles delayed his stateside debut until this season.  (2) What I do know about Urrutia — or at least what I’ve seen reported most consistently about the 26-year-old — is that he’s a defensive liability, a well below-average outfielder with game instincts that probably mirror yours and mine.  Those reports, I thought, didn’t bode well for a hasty arrival in the bigs.  Don’t get me wrong, I knew the O’s had planned to use him in a DH/PH capacity this season, but I was thinking that’d be more of a September thing.  In any case, Nolan Reimold’s injury has sped up the timetable, and beginning yesterday, Henry Urrutia is Baltimore’s DH.  The fantasy implications of this arrival are tough to gauge.  Urrutia hit .365/.427/.531 with 28 XBH (7 HR) through 288 PA between Double- and Triple-A, which is a nice line, reflective of an advanced approach and modest power.  That skill set should help him adapt quickly to big league pitching, but there’s little upside here outside of OBP and AVG.  Still, Urrutia is a guy to keep an eye on, and he’s maybe even worth a speculative grab now if you have room.  He’s certainly not another Puig, but his stick is probably advanced enough to provide some help to those in need.

Kyler Zimmer | RHP, Royals – We talked about Zimmer last week, who, at the time, was coming off of two brilliant High-A starts.  The Royals have since promoted the 21-year-old.  He’ll bring his filthy fastball/curve combo to the Double-A Texas league.

Mike Olt | 1B/3B, Rangers – I chatted some yesterday about how Olt could be a key piece in deal that would send Matt Garza to Texas.  I’m hearing now that the deal has stalled because of concern on Chicago’s part regarding the medical records of a player involved in the swap.  It’s probably worth noting that Olt suffered from an eye ailment that kept him out for a month earlier this season.  The 24-year-old hit his 11th home run yesterday.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – The Cardinals are shutting down Taveras for another 10 days.  The chances of him arriving in St. Louis this season grow slimmer with yet another setback in his recovery from a high ankle sprain.

Taylor Guerrieri | RHP, Rays – Guerrieri, a 2011 first round pick, had been outstanding in his first year of full-season baseball, posting a 2.01 ERA, a 0.99 WHIP, and a K/BB at 4.25 through 14 starts at Low-A Bowling Green.  Popping up in the past week, however, there are big time concerns about the 20-year-old’s health.  He left his most recent outing due to elbow soreness, and there were shoulder concerns before that.  Rays fans and dynasty league owners will hold their breath until future notice.

Adam Brett Walker | OF, Twins – Walker has been torching Midwest League pitching over the past couple weeks, hitting .341/.391/.902 with 7 homers through his last ten games.  As if the Twins needed another primo outfield prospect…

Jonathan Gray | RHP, Rockies – The third overall pick last month, Gray was awful in his first pro outing, allowing 4 runs on 7 hits through 3 innings.  The 21-year-old was far better in his second start, however, allowing 1 hit and 1 ER through 2.2 frames while whiffing 4 and walking zero.

Robert Stephenson | RHP, Reds – The Reds bumped their top pitching prospect to High-A this past week.  In his debut, Stephenson lasted 6 IP, allowed 2 runs on 7 hits, and posted a 5/0 K/BB.

Brock Peterson | 3B, Cardinals – Matt Holliday is headed for the DL, and the Cardinals have called up Brock Peterson to fill the roster void.  Peterson, age 29, is a Minor League journeyman who was playing indy league baseball as recently as last season.  He’s a good story, but his role with the Cardinals will likely be limited to pinch hit duties.  There’s no fantasy appeal here.

Colin Moran | 3B, Marlins – Miami drafted Moran 6th overall last month.  Not long after the draft, I discussed his fantasy potential in a Scouting the Unknown post.  The 20-year-old homered on Wednesday in what was his first professional game.

Victor Sanchez | RHP, Mariners – No-hitters happen occasionally in the Minor Leagues, but they’re usually of the combined variety.  A 9-inning no-no is almost unheard of, given the strict workload caps placed on prospects these days.  But Victor Sanchez, an 18-year-old in the Mariners organization, tossed a complete game no-hitter in Midwest League action on Wednesday.  It’s a hugely impressive performance given his age, and a rare thing to see at the Low-A level.

64 Responses

  1. amr says:
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    In a 10 team dynasty league with 30 slots. Someone offered posey for darnaud, billy hamilton and mark trumbo, yay or nay?

    • lug says:
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      @amr: Just not enough to move the needle to yes.

      • Matt says:
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        @lug: agreed, posey is the man at C for the foreseeable future.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d take Posey for that.

    • Sean says:
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      @amr: You definitely take Posey.

  2. bossmanjunior says:
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    @Scott

    Altuve vHernandez or Choo vLocke?

    Im chasing steals and im thinking Altuve is the better choice. Runners are 9/11 against Hernandez and 3/7 against Locke. Plus Choo is still awful vLHP this season and Altuve is 1-3 off Hernandez.

    Holding my breath on Guerreri ugh….

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Altuve

  3. tyler says:
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    what are the long term prospects of tyler thornburg, i see him as the number one prospect in the brewers organization according to mb.com, but, considering, he doesn’t get much buzz

    • Yeshcheese says:
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      @tyler: too short

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s way undersized as a starter. I like him in a late innings role eventually, but his long term upside isn’t wonderful because of physical projection.

    • Sean says:
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      @tyler: Tyrone Taylor’s their #1 IMO, practically by default. After that I don’t know, tempted to say Arcia. Thornburg is probably a reliever.

      • james says:
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        @Sean:

        I agree with the sentiment here, but i think it is a boom or bust as a starter. his callup got 0 buzz since most view him as a releiver, but i think given a chance to spot start he would be a mid rotation guy, but the chances of getting the chance AND excelling enough to keep getting them is slim. I still like the stuff and see late inning potential.

  4. Racehorse says:
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    Scott

    Austin Wilson, 2nd round draft pick Seattle, in his first 100 plate appearances in pro ball at the A- level…

    - .212 BA
    - .303 SLUG
    - .581 OPS
    - 1 HR
    - 1 SB
    - 99 AB

    … when it comes to prospect prognostication, when does the shine wear off, another 100 AB? Next year? Am I way too far ahead in the crystal ball race?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wait till he reaches full-season ball to make a stats-based assessment. Firsthand scouting notes take precedent for the time being…

  5. Benny says:
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    Hey Scott, what type of pitcher do you think Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez will be. From the very little I read, he’s likely going to sign with the Dodgers and is near MLB ready. Is he a #1 or 2 starter? Big K guy?

    Also, if Olt does go to the Cubs, how would you project out a full season ad ABs for him next year? The power is definitely there, but is his batting average number the victim of his eye issues earlier in the year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I haven’t seen enough to give a firm projection, but he looks like a mid-rotation arm with upside of a #2… deep arsenal & above average velocity should help with the K’s.

      Olt looks like a 250 AVG, 30 HR guy if he’s getting a full year in. I agree that his numbers this season, especially AVG, should be taken lightly.

      • Yeshcheese says:
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        @Scott Evans: Trumbo a good comp for Olt?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Decent comp, yeah…

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Scott Evans: probably be a more Ian Stewart when he hit

  6. Racehorse says:
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    Justin Nicolino was promoted to AA, and in his first start (yesterday) he went 3 IP, 7 H, 6 R, 4 ER, 1 BB, 0 SO… this comes after a not-so-awe inspiring run at A+ ball.

    When it comes to looking for potential big time starting pitchers, is it time to look elsewhere?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I don’t think Nicolino has huge, front-end potential, but he should make for a very useful MLB starter. Great changeup, great pitchability. He’s a safe bet to have a nice career in the bigs.

  7. Chris says:
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    Hello Scoot,
    Good morning.
    I have Yu coming back and need to drop one of the following:
    Chacin, Archer! Kluber, Milone, Porcello.
    Chacin is limited in fantasy and i dont have alot of trust in Porcello.
    What is your take?
    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Drop Chacin.

  8. Yeshcheese says:
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    What is with the Twins and their OF prospects?

    A LaRoche or Melky ROS; need power, RBI, and avg

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Twins have a growing stable of OF studs.

      Melky

  9. dansuggla says:
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    Love the prospect stuff. Quickly becoming my fav part of razzball.

    What do you think of houston’s foltynewicz? Does he have a higher ceiling than guerreri, especially now with the injuries? What would be a good comp?

    In a dynasty draft vacuum, him or the biogenesis’d cesar puello?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Until there’s definitive news on Guerreri, I gotta slot him above Foltynewicz, but it’s not that far off. Also some doubts about Folt’s future role… could use that explosive FB in relief. I’d go Folt over Puello.

  10. Yeshcheese says:
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    Will the real Gerrit Cole please stand up? The lack of Ks is making me question his keeper status

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Stuff & periphs are still very good. Don’t jump ship.

  11. swedishfish88 says:
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    would you deal jordan zimmermann + pedroia + alex gordon for kimbrel + cano + headley in an OPS league? thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Cano side.

  12. Sean says:
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    I wouldn’t describe Gray’s first start as “awful”. “Not good”, certainly, but unless those 7 baserunners were all walks or he threw a few wild pitches, it seems a bit exaggerated. I know, this is pedantic, but Louis CK’s “hilarious” rant changed my life…

  13. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Who would you roll out next week?
    Moore (@ Dempster, @ Nova)
    Minor (vs Wainwright)
    Brothers 7 home
    h2h weekly points league

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Moore & Brothers

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Or just Moore

  14. low walk high k says:
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    Who do u like better? Brett Walker or Puello? And should either of them slot higher than urrutia in a dynasty format? Higher ceilings I’m assuming?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Walker over Puello, but I’d wait & see w/ Urrutia before cutting him.

      • low walk high k says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Cool thanks. Why Brett walker over puello? Seems like puello has more of a power/speed combo than walker and closer eta. Is it bcuz of the younger age and projection for walker I’m assuming? Jus curious. Really appreciate the info. Also, what are ur thoughts on Alex wood? Any 2013 rotation impact? And beyond? Starting to wonder if he’s going to be jus another braves pitcher to arrive and be good. Thanks again, love ur work.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I’m being really cautious about Puello projections because he’s likely serving a 50-game suspension next season because of the biogenesis scandal… that’s why I say Walker. Wood is an intriguing dude… dominant in relief & it’ll be interesting to see if he can be so effective as a starter. His first AAA start was really nice.

  15. Who? says:
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    I’m in a pretty deep dynasty league. Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez had been rostered a month ago…any darkhorse prospects worth picking up that could make me look like a genius?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hard to say without knowing who’s taken… Adam Brett Walker’s stock is about to take off… I’m assuming guys like Urias & Sims are taken?

  16. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Houston called up Villar, any thoughts besides SAGNOF?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha, not much… could surprise us w/ good AVG, but don’t expect much from power cats.

  17. DansUggla says:
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    Not sure if you will respond to this but here goes:

    Continuation from my last post on Folt/guerreri:

    This is my last pick in our farm system draft where 84 prospects are rostered. Please rank these fellas in a vacuum:

    Folt, Glasnow, Sims, Guerreri

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ranking these assuming Guerrieri is healthy… should have word on that tomorrow.

      Guerreri, Glasnow, Folt, Sims … Glasnow might be the guy to target considering Guerrieri’s elbow.

      • dansuggla says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Thanks Scott. For some reason I had a hard time looking past the 100mph fastball and decent bb/9 rate Folt is producing.

        Thanks again for the help.

  18. Luis says:
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    What do you think of Sonny Gray? Im in a 20 team Dynasty league, I’m thinking of trading for him.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s a nice pitcher who could be in a similar class as teammate AJ Griffin a year or so from now.

  19. btd says:
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    Do you think either Archie Bradley or Xander Bogaerts get the call this year? I have a pretty solid team to make a playoff push this year and have Tavares in my 1 NA slot already. We can keep 1 player who still has rookie eligibility as a last round pick heading into next year.

    Will any of those contribute to a playoff push this year? How would you rank them for the next 3-5 years? Would you have anyone higher than these?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I can see scenarios in which both get the call… I can also see neither. I’d keep an eye on Tyler Skaggs’s start tonight. His success will play a big role in whether or not the D’Backs turn to Bradley. Bogaerts getting a look this season seems more likely.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bogaerts & Taveras are probably best two hitting prospects in the game… Bradley best pitching prospect. This will be confirmed in my mid-season ranks on Wednesday.

  20. HomeRunfromBehindtheMeatBalls says:
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    NL-Only dynasty league. I have one ‘development squad’ spot open for my team. Can you rank these prospects by who you think has the best career?
    a) Robert Stephenson (P-CIN)
    b) Lucas Gioliti (P-WAS)
    c) Noah Sydergaard (P-NYM)
    d) Jonathan Gray (P-COL)

    Separate question… What’s their ETAs (1st to last)? C, D, A, B?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Career: A, C, D, B … B might have biggest ceiling, but needs to prove he can stay healthy.

      ETA: C, D, A, B

  21. low walk high k says:
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    Drop eovaldi for Alex wood? Or is that too quick a hook on Nate? Jus don’t have a ton of drop candidates rt now

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not quite sold on Wood being another Medlen… Hold.

  22. Zac says:
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    Marisnick and Yelich got the call how do you see the two ROS? Worth picking up? Also what does it mean for Ozuna?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ozuna demoted (probably temporarily), but both Yelich & Marisnick are worth looks in mixed leagues. My mid-season top 50 runs tomorrow… had to remove Yelich (#7) & Marisnick (#40). Yelich can hit a ton.

  23. TheNewGuy says:
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    He’s not budging on Buxton.

    Would you do Bundy/Profar (prospects) and Reyes for Segura?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You’re getting Bundy & Profar? No way…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Nope Bundy or Profar.

        Not offered it yet just seeing if thats a good move.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @TheNewGuy: And im dealing Segura like you know.

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wow I didnt realise, Mike Olts been AWFUL this year. Ok OBP but only 10 homers and so many Ks, my excitement after the trade just plummeted.

    If I win my claim on Gallo would you drop Olt instead of Hultzen (at least Hultzen’s been good)? I know theyre similar kinds of players but Gallo has raked this year and would seem to have a much higher upside now. I just cant see Olt bringing enough even if he does make the show soon (which surely he should).

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Nope. Olt’s #s have been skewed by poor first month because of an eye ailment… then he sat out a month getting healthy… now he’s been mashing for about 4 weeks. You’ll be surprised at how highly I ranked him in tomorrow’s top 50…

  25. Bruce LeRoy says:
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    Offered chris sale for my gausman and springer in a dynasty league. . Its hard to let my kids go. Initial reaction is no. Could use sale for this year though. Send them packing?

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