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Good morning fellow prospect nuts – one more week in the books, the trade activity picking up steam, and the prospects are beginning to move around all over the place. All this action prior to the juiciest rumored pieces being dealt in advance of this week’s non-waiver trade deadline gives us hope that there’s much more activity to look forward to and that we may get a look at some of the players that may be competing for 2015 MLB jobs during camp next spring earlier than September.

Time for our weekly look at some of the prospects that have made some noise recently in the hope of climbing a little closer to The Show, whether that step ultimately comes this season or a little further down the road. Refill your coffee cup, get comfortable, and let us guide your continuing research as we try to help you scoop your fellow fantasy competitors with our Sunday Twelve-Pack.

1.) Aristides Aquino, OF, CIN

Aquino’s adjustment curve has been a little longer than some guys we’ve looked at, but the Reds’ 2011 Dominican signee appears to be settling in nicely here in his age 20 season. He’s now logged 143 2014 ABs with Billings (Rookie), slashing .315/.361/.636/.998 with 12 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 10 HRs, and 7 SBs in 9 tries. Contact is a concern as it is for most youngsters (9/32 BB/K Ratio), but when he’s seeing the ball well he looks like a premium prospect in the making – .390/.457/.829/1.286 over his last 10 games with 3 2Bs, 5 HRs, 17 RBIs, and 3 SBs (drawing 4 of his 9 total BBs). Aristides won’t be appearing in the Great American Small Park anytime soon, but he’s someone worth keeping your eye on.

2.) Lucas Giolito, RHSP, WAS

Another prospect we don’t expect to see at the MLB-level in 2015 with the Nationals in the middle of a playoff push, Giolito’s shown that he’s ready for a tougher challenge to move him closer to that point. Lucas is coming off another dominating appearance against Kannapolis (Low-A) Friday night – 6 IP, 1 hit, 7 Ks, 0 BBs – further lowering his season numbers to a very impressive 2.34 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, with only 52 hits allowed and a .186 BAA. Lucas now owns a 88/25 K/BB Ratio covering 77 IP and has only allowed 6 HRs while pitching in several hitter-friendly SALLY League parks.

3.) Addison Russell, SS, CHC

Russell has been mentioned by several scouts as potentially the best defensive SS option in the Cubs’ crowded stable, and it looks like his bat is starting to catch up as well. Addison had 2 two-homer games this week and is slashing .278/.350/.722/1.072 over his last ten games for Tennessee (AA). Javier Baez logged a little time at 2B for Iowa recently, but (as we’ve learned the hard way with Theo and Jed piloting the ship) that may or may not mean anything. If nothing else, it at least signals that they realize they’re going to have to start finding other places for someone to play soon.

4.) Brian Johnson, LHSP, BOS

While the Jake Peavy trade may not create space in the big club’s rotation it should at least frame the next steps for several Boston farmhands, and in the (still unlikely IMO) event that the Red Sox’ brass chooses to sell high on Jon Lester we could see Johnson and/or others before the end of 2014. Brian’s coming off of an impressive Friday showing at New Britain (AA) where he limited the Rock Cats to 1 hit over 7 IP, striking out 12 hitters while walking three. The 2012 31st overall pick out of Florida is now 9-2 with a 2.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, .219 BAA, and a 74/25 K/BB Ratio in 84.2 IP since his earlier promotion to Portland.

5.) Cody Bellinger, 1B, LAD

Adrian Gonzalez is under contract through 2018, but the Dodgers have yet another good-looking left handed 1B in the system that’s worthy of watching as he develops. Bellinger was drafted in the 4th Round of the 2013 Draft and is spending this season competing in the rookie-level Pioneer League – where he’s 2.5 years younger than the average player. He returned from a separated shoulder last Friday and has gone 12-32 with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, and 10 runs scored since then. Given the injury he’s dealing with, his season line of .385/.442/.564/1.006 looks like something solid to build on.

6.) Gabby Guerrero, OF, SEA

Yes, Vlady’s nephew looks like him, but much more importantly for Mariners fans he hits like him too. The 2014 Futures Game participant is coming off a 12-28 week (3 2Bs, 2 HRs, and 5 RBIs) for High Desert (Hi-A), and his power production away from the hitters’ haven there has been consistent with his home output. He’s now slashing .313/.353/.464/.817 with 22 2Bs, 1 3B, 12 HRs, and 14 SBs in 399 California League ABs. He also reminds observers of Uncle Vlad by swinging at anything he thinks he can hit – sporting a 26/98 BB/K Ratio. He’s got development to do, but there’s little question that the 20 year old deserved his Futures Game invite.

7.) Cory Spangenberg, 2B, SDP

The Chase Headley drama appears to have finally drawn to a close in San Diego (so Jay can finally devote more time to prepping for the upcoming football campaign) just as Spangenberg heats up for San Antonio (AA). While Alexi Amarista and Chris Nelson man the hot corner for the time being, the trade that sent Headley to the Bronx could finally open up 3B for Jedd Gyorko and open 2B up for Spangenberg (or the recently acquired Taylor Lindsey) come Opening Day 2015. Spangenberg’s coming off a hot week, and is slashing .349/.387/.479/.867 over 146 Texas League ABs with 14 XBHs.

8.) Alex Meyer, RHSP, MIN

Meyer turned in another nice outing against Durham (AAA) Wednesday night, striking out 8 hitters and allowing 5 hits over 6 shutout IP. Most importantly for him (and Twins fans) he didn’t walk anyone. He’s now struck out 115 International League hitters in 101.1 IP and has only allowed 4 earned runs during his 4 quality starts this month. Alex should be getting his call the next time there’s a chance to slide someone into the big club’s rotation.

9.) Andrew Lambo, OF/1B, PIT

A bit old compared to most of the players typically on this list, Lambo looks to be a player who could be getting a call soon in the hopes he can add a little spark for a playoff contender’s offense. The Pirates have gotten very little pop from their 1B platoon (Ike Davis/Gaby Sanchez), and Gregory Polanco has cooled significantly following his impressive MLB debut. Pittsburgh’s been hanging in there, but the Central is going to be a tough division to win. Lambo could be just what they need, and he’s currently slashing .350/.395/.575/.970 for AAA Indianapolis (including an 0-3 effort before he was hurt back on May 4th).

10.) Raimel Tapia, OF, COL

With a pair of struggling 23 and 24 year old OFs currently ahead of him in Modesto, we may see the Rockies call on Tapia to follow former teammate David Dahl to find out just how much of his production has been influenced by McCormick Field soon. The home of the Asheville Tourists (Lo-A) – the oldest minor league park in regular use – is almost as famous for being a hitters’ paradise as it is for being one of the settings for “Bull Durham”.Raimel’s slash line (through Friday) is now .333/.388/.464/.852 over 360 SALLY League ABs and should at least earn him a look to see if his awkward swing will produce positive results against more advanced pitching.

11.) Michael Taylor, OF, CHW

Another older than normal addition (a 2007 5th Rounder by the Phillies),Taylor’s someone we could see called up if the White Sox deal an OF this week. The Stanford alumnus (and A’s 2013 #12 prospect according to MLB.com) has put together a solid 2014 season in Charlotte (AAA), slashing .308/.383/.490/.874 with 10 2Bs, 3 HRs, and a 14/26 BB/K Ratio over 110 ABs. Taylor’s not someone you should target for the long-term, but he might be someone you could take a look at if he gets the call and you own a White Sox OF that gets dealt in an AL-Only league.

12.) Tyler Glasnow, RHSP, PIT

And (of course) our “DUH!!!” addition is Glasnow. His early back injury cost him the first three weeks of his season, but his Tuesday outing against Dunedin (6 shutout IP, 4 hits, 11 Ks, 2 BBs) was his third straight without allowing an earned run and his second double-digit strikeout performance in his last three starts. Tyler now boasts a 1.64 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, .178 BAA, and 10.3 K/9 in 82.1 IP against Florida State League hitters. It’s past time to provide him a new challenge.

  1. jack says:
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    In terms of long-term fantasy outlook, keep 2: Gallo, Bundy, Zimmer, Meyer, Stephenson, Seager, Pederson. Leaning toward Seager and Bundy. Gallo’s K% scares me, and the rest seem like they have a slightly lower upside.

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @jack:

      Bundy and Seager for me as well.

  2. who do you think will get a setember call up here –

    Byron Buxton – Kris Bryant – Addison Russell – Lucas Giolito –
    Joey Gallo

      • KC501 says:
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        @Chris:

        Buxton? You mean September 2015, right?

    • Rocky says:
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      @Mr Baseball: I would say none, I don’t see the teams having any motivation to add them to their 40 man roster.

      • @Rocky: anyone like the cuban sandwich – Castillo

  3. Sully says:
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    I’ve been stashing Baez in my Minors spot for the better part of the season. I currently have a few fairly strong options manning 2B, SS, and MI in Dee Gordon, Reyes, and Alcanta/Segura. Also have Wong on my bench. Do u think I should dump Baez and make a preemptive speculative add in Joc Pederson and hope that Kemp, Ethier, or Crawford gets dealt?

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Sully:

      With that kind of MI depth, sure. You might also look around to see what SPs are available and poke around to see if there’s a Cubs fan in the league that might be willing to overpay for Baez.

      Before the Cubs’ Prospect Police gets up in arms, don’t get me wrong – I’m not advocating “dumping” Baez by any stretch, simply saying that I would if doing so got me an obvious upgrade elsewhere and strengthened my team overall.

  4. Ken Davidoff – what type of numbers to you see for him

  5. Steve says:
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    Do you think we see Alex Guerrero in the majors this season? Is he worth a stash?

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Steve:

      Not very likely unless there’s a significant injury IMO. The Dodgers have been pretty open about the fact that Guerrero needs to play every day to work on improving defensively (regardless of whether he’s at 2B or SS). I’d never say never, but have to believe that something unexpected would have to happen for Guerrero to play any significant time at Chavez Ravine in 2014.

  6. Jay says:
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    In my ten tm h2h league we can hold one Rookie as long as he is statused with “NA”. Obviously once they reach the bigs they count towards our five keepers.

    My current keeper core is freeman beltre arenado Stanton and j upton.

    Would you recommend keeping Addison Russell over guys like sano correa gallo.

    Also with keeping five hitters would it smarter to hold a guy like Appel or Meyer?

    Most of the top top guys are taken: Baez buxton syndergaard Bryant walker bundy Bradley all gone.

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Jay:

      1.) Sano
      2.) Correa
      3.) Gallo
      4.) Russell

      5.) Meyer

      6.) Appel

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Jay:

      The gaps in that list are to represent a significant drop-off from Russell to Meyer, and an even bigger one from Meyer to Appel.

      • Mordacious Levator says:
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        @Chris: this is a nice way to rank people, i mean the gaps.

  7. Biff says:
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    Is it worth keeping Arismendy in a 10 team roto league? Rutledge is on the wire… Thanks in advance!

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Biff:

      I’d certainly rather have Alcantara than Rutledge, but keeping him in a 10 team league??? Must be a ton of players kept.

      Tough to answer keeper questions without knowing how many keepers each team can have, what keepers are likely to be available, what prospects aren’t already owned, etc..

      Need a bit more info.

  8. T says:
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    Do you think Soler gets called up this year?

    • Rocky says:
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      @T: absolutely

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @T:

      Not unless he’s a September call-up when rosters expand.

  9. Symptom of the Universe says:
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    Alcantara or Rutledge ROS?

    Or keep Andrelton, who I’d be dropping for one of them?

    Thanks in advance!

    • Rocky says:
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      @Symptom of the Universe: If Rutledge plays everyday I’d go with him. Otherwise Alcantara over Simmons for sure.

      • Symptom of the Universe says:
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        @Rocky:

        Thanks!

        I couldn’t find a Tulo prognosis, but I’m thinking it’s more than minimum 15 days. Rutledge slash stats road splits are measurably worse, but there’s a neglible difference counting numbers wise per 650 PA.

        If you had Brock Holt 3 games from MI eligibility and Lawrie ready to be back soon, would you spend $10-15 on Gennett with a similar back-up bid on La Stella or save that money for streaming/closers?

        Have $75 out of $1000 FAAB left and already putting $25-30 on Alcantara/Rutledge.

        My pitchers in a lineup set weekly start any 9 pitchers roto league with no innings cap are Stras, Sale, Shark, Gray, Quintana, Colon, Simon, Archer, Cashner, Cody Allen, Casilla, Hector Rondon, Qualls. Am significantly ahead in ERA and WHIP and hovering between 2nd/3rd in Ks, but could make up huge ground in wins and saves. Already decided to dump Votto for bids set in order of Nathan, Feliz, Petricka.

        • Rocky says:
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          @Symptom of the Universe: don’t like Feliz so much , lindstrom will probably be back within 14 days give or take,might want to keep an eye on brothers if Hawkins gets traded.
          I think the drop off to Lastella is pretty significant where I wouldn’t bother and go a different route (streaming and saves) I’d probably be inclined to spend the $ on Gennett though.

  10. Tim says:
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    I’m sure you don’t recall, but I asked about deciding to go for the win this year, dealing Franco and Zimmer for Moss and Rajai Davis. I pulled the trigger, but giolito was gobbled up before a roster spot was available. I went with DJ Peterson and moved Eddie Butler to minor league spot for DL. My question now is should I back backtrack a little and drop Rajai for Chris Taylor who will be coming off waivers tomorrow? Rajai is my 6th OF behind the likes of Bruce, Polanco, Austin Jackson, JD Martinez, Holt. I also have Arcia, but really to hold onto him. I do have Baez who would be SS eligible if (or when) he comes up. I have Gordon at SS currently, with Alcides Escobar backing him up. Thanks for letting me ramble. This is my first year playing fantasy baseball, and I decided why not start my baseball career by taking over a team someone abandoned last year, in a deep dynasty league… Probably should have started started with 10 team redraft, but it it would be awesome to win this one.

    • Chris

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      @Tim:

      I like Taylor as a “baseball player” more than a fantasy player, and I’m not really sure he’ll contribute more than Davis in any category (and obviously not in SBs) since he’s probably not going to get consistent playing time unless he goes on a tear.

      Davis will likely be the more valuable player of the two – if Jackson or Martinez were scratched late for any reason, you’d have their quick replacement already available without having to make a roster move. Assuming you don’t have Brad Miller or Nick Franklin, you won’t have a quick replacement without having to make a roster move.

  11. coachgonzo says:
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    Hey fellow fantasy baseball geeks. Keeper league question. In first by 6 points in a 12 team roto. Ive been offered his david price for my javy baez. Thoughts and wisdom appreciated. Geek on!

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @coachgonzo:

      Can you keep Price? How many keepers? How long can you keep them?

      Are you ahead by 6 points because you’re leading in several pitching categories? Ks?

      Need a bit more info to give a “good” answer.

      • coachgonzo says:
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        @Chris: I can keep price, prices are determined by production,so he will be expensive, nonetheless, my hitting has been better than my pitching to this point, but its somewhat balanced. Guys are closing in on my homerun and rbi totals, and era . I could use more wins and ks too.Also he offered me price w Utley for baez beckett, and gyorko. Do u like this better? Thank u

        • coachgonzo says:
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          @coachgonzo: 10 keepers and 3 minor leaguer s.

          • coachgonzo says:
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            @coachgonzo:potential keepers and some guaranteed. I have stanton,puig,gomez, jupton, freeman,dickerson,cdavis,sal perez,dee gordon, pitchers i have Teheran, wheeler, bauer,betances,cliff lee and 4 closers

            • CoachGonzo says:
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              @coachgonzo: forgot to mention garrett richards… Guru says accept, but the more insight the better. Thanks again.

        • Chris

          Chris says:
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          @coachgonzo:

          I like getting both Price and Utley if you still can, but would trade Baez for Price as well.

          • coachgonzo says:
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            @Chris: accepted the trade and received utley,and price. Tough to trade baez, but I still own sano and correia. Half full glass thinking. Thanks again for your insight

            • Rocky says:
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              @coachgonzo: I would have done price for baez straight up, better deal

  12. Sparty Scott says:
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    Is Lindor going to be top 5 SS in the next few years? Is 10 HR – 25 SB an accurate projection?

  13. Sparty Scott says:
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    Is Lindor going to be top 5 SS in the next few years? Is 10 HR – 25 SB an accurate projection?

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Sparty Scott:

      I think 10 and 25 is fair – probably a little low on the SB end for him. I think he’s likely to swipe 30+ bags pretty consistently.

  14. Mike says:
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    Who do you view as the better value for a dynasty league? Basically which player would you trade first if you had too.. Taijuan Walker (24) or Wil Myers (27)? Thanks

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Mike:

      Walker for me, but that’s about as close as it gets – couldn’t see grilling someone for taking either over the other.

      Walker – potential “Aces” just don’t grow on trees, and are always really tough to come by on a budget. If you’re in a league where there’s a salary slot dedicated to keepers, it’s awfully hard to find better value than a top of the rotation arm “on the cheap”.

      Myers – Potential perennial 30+ HR bats “on the cheap” are almost as tough to come by as “Aces on the cheap”.

      More or less flipping a coin if I have to choose between the two – it’s that close for me.

      (Unfortunately for most of my fantasy teams (as Jay can well attest) I’m a pretty big “homer – Myers hails from here in NC, so I might have to make that a two-headed coin!!!)

  15. Chris says:
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    Can you elaborate on Tapia’s “awkward swing”? I have heard other people reference his unusual swing mechanics, but everyone seems convinced that he can hit (BP put a 70 on his hit tool).

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @Chris:

      Tapia’s really spread out in the box. When I say “really spread out”, I mean REALLY spread out – picture one of those splits we see Freddie Freeman sliding into when he stretches at 1B every so often. His left foot is as deep in the box as he can get away with when he digs in (completely on the back line of the box), and when he “strides” his right toe has been seen touching the front line of the box.

      There are a lot of moving parts – he has a toe tap (his first trigger) BEFORE setting his hands (second trigger). He reminds me quite a bit of B. J. Upton in the sense that he’ll likely have a lot of trouble when he sees Pitchers with 92+ MPH fastballs and consistent breaking stuff (not FOR guys with nasty stuff – but guys that sit between 91-94). When he begins to see more consistent velocity and tilt he will struggle with head movement because he has to rush to get that toe down before he actually “starts” his swing.

      • Chris says:
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        @Chris: Interesting… thanks for the insight!

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    nice to see some names i can target possibly in january in 30 man league (next time i’ll have opportunity to grab minor league guys), like bellinger/aquino are actually not owned.

    • Chris

      Chris says:
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      @goodfold2:

      We (read “I”) hope that we’ll eventually generate enough prospect interest to make “Panning For Gold” (Wednesdays) to be focused on more seriously deep league players to consider – players that aren’t likely to help you for sometimes 2 or even 3 years…those seriously deep sleepers that typically wind up having huge value in deeper leagues.

      For example – Julio Teheran is now in his second “full” MLB season – there are a couple leagues I compete in where I’ve owned him since 2007-2008.

      We’d love to generate enough interest to dictate two columns per week to prospects usually “in play” in your typical keeper leagues (Top 50/Top 100 guys) and an extra column highlighting someone who may be 2-3 years away from making an impact at the MLB-level (like Aquino and Bellinger).

  17. John says:
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    Trying to add Rusney Castillo to 4-man farm team. Would any of you dump CFrazier, JSoler, JGray or KBryant for him? Farm team is a 4-man free for all, add/drop any time. Otherwise I’ll have to wait until he’s signed and added to yahoo database in order to acquire. Any more info ask away. Thanks guys.

    • Chris

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      @John:

      The ONLY one I’d consider dropping for Castillo would be Frazier, and I’m not sure I’d go that far without seeing him.

      The only video I’ve seen on him (that isn’t promotional) was posted by BA, and it’s pretty tough to gauge much based on a 3:30 clip where they’re trying to cover every aspect of his game.

      If you’re looking to pick him up in the hopes that he’ll make an EARLIER impact than Soler or Frazier I could see dropping Frazier, but until I see more I’m not convinced that his future impact will be greater than either of them.

  18. KillerB says:
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    Chris, can we start getting a regular prospect power rankings? Thanks.

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