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The White Sox traded Jake Peavy to the Red Sox not long ago — perhaps you remember it.  The three-team swap sent Peavy to Boston, Jose Iglesias to Detroit, and a handful of lower levels prospects to Chicago.  It also sent 22-year-old outfielder, Avisail Garcia, to the Southsiders.  In the aftermath of the trade, I rushed to add Garcia wherever I could, working under the assumption that Alex Rios would also be moved before the trade deadline, which would create an immediate opportunity for Avisail.  Well, it took about ten days longer than I anticipated, but Rios is now playing for Texas, and Garcia is now a regular in Chicago.  If you’ve been paying attention to my ramblings, you already know that I’m a big fan of Avisail.  He has the tools to help across the board in the fantasy game, and high-impact potential in HR, AVG, and RBI categories.  Garcia is still a little raw, and his approach needs some refinement, but I’m thrilled to see him finally getting an opportunity to play everyday in the bigs.  If you’re in need of outfield help, I absolutely endorse adding him in mixed formats.

Leury Garcia | Util, White Sox – Kenny Williams and Rick Hahn have made their rebuilding initiative clear:  Garcias only.  It’s a questionable strategy, but it’s gotta be better than their previous player development operation.  In any case, Leury Garcia is now a White Sox thanks to the aforementioned waiver deal, which sent Alex Rios to Arlington.  Leury isn’t much of a fantasy prospect, but he’s an outstanding athlete who can play any position and play it well.  Plus-plus speed will bring a smidge of fantasy relevance, but for the most part, he’ll just be a fun guy to watch play real life baseball.

Javier Baez | SS, Cubs – After drawing only 7 walks in his first 21 games at Double-A, Baez has now walked 5 times in his past 10 games.  Progress!  It’s actually extremely encouraging news for the 20-year-old who carries big time approach concerns.  Baez is hitting .378/.440/.556 with a homer and 5 stolen bases during that 10 game stretch.

Kris Bryant | 3B, Cubs – This is a Chicago-only edition of Minor Accomplishments.  I’m sorry for neglecting to mention that earlier.  Bryant, the 2nd overall pick this past June, is riding a 12-game hitting streak, during which he’s drilled 3 homers and hit .412/.463/.824.  He’s probably ready for full-season baseball, and I truly hope to see him in Kane County before this year is through.

Lewis Thorpe | LHP, Twins – Okay, I ran out of Chicago prospects to talk about, so we’re scrapping that concept.  Anyway… Lewis Thorpe is a 17-year-old lefty from Australia, and his recent performance in the Gulf Coast League is generating plenty of buzz throughout the industry.  His last three outings:  12 IP, 9 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 15 K.

Carlos Correa | SS, Astros – The #1 overall pick in 2012 keeps getting better and better.  Correa is hitting .459/.524/.703 through his last 10 games at Low-A Quad Cities, putting his YTD line at .331/.413/.485.  He appears likely to finish his season at High-A.

Ketel Marte | SS, Mariners – As scorching hot as Correa has been in recent weeks, it’s surprising to consider that he’s not even the hottest hitting shortstop in the Midwest League at the moment.  No, that title belongs to Ketel Marte, a 19-year-old in the Mariners organization.  Through his last 10 games at Low-A Clinton, Marte is hitting a ridiculous .587/.604/.761.  He doesn’t have the ceiling that Correa does, but his outlook is definitely trending upward.

Jonathan Gray | RHP, Rockies – I mentioned last week that Gray was having no trouble adjusting to High-A baseball after the Rockies skipped him over a few levels.  That trend continued this week, as the 21-year-old once again allowed only 2 baserunners through 5 IP, whiffing 7 along the way.

Archie Bradley | RHP, D’Backs – He’s the highest upside pitching prospect in the game (sorry, Taijuan), and he continues to dominate the upper levels.  Bradley, age 21, allowed 2 runs through 7 IP while whiffing 10 and walking zero in his most recent outing.  The D’Backs keep slipping further behind the streaking Dodgers in the NL West race, and I wonder how long it might be before they summon Bradley for the playoff push.

George Springer | OF, Astros – .303/.410/.597, 30 HR, 38 SB.  That’s what George Springer has done this year in 113 games between Double- and Triple-A.  No big deal.

 

  1. inertiatic says:
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    Bradley is the greatest thing since sliced bread and I desperately need him on my dynasty team. Yet yahoo hasn’t added him yet!?!? WTF yahoo! I’ve been waiting for like four months now just add him already!

    Four months ago I would’ve likely gotten him easily, now every mouth breather in the league is sweating his nuts. FML.

    /rant

    • JJ says:
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      @inertiatic:
      Damn mouth breathers!

      Just leave us mutants ALONE!!!

    • @inertiatic: Very wierd, Yahoo has just about every other stud minor leaguer including Taijuan Walker, did you message Yahoo and ask them why??

      • inertiatic says:
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        @Malicious Phenom: yeah I got a generic answer about 40 man rosters but obviously that’s BS as Walker is on my squad yet not on the Seattle 40. Then there is miguel sano, tallion and more that dont meet that qualifier yet are in the player pool. Just one of those things I guess.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      hahaha… well said.

  2. Harb says:
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    How does Springer maintain such absurd BABIPs? Near .400 in each season in the minors. Crazy.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Harb: Maybe he purposely hits them where they ain’t.

      (this coming from a guy who thinks BAbip is a tad overrated)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      It’s not unusual to see high-end hitting prospects post ridiculous BABIPs… this has more to do with the fact that a guys like Springer are drilling lasers all over the field — these cases almost always have a corresponding high LD%. Being so, it’s important not to put too much emphasis on MiLB batted ball statistics — they really aren’t the same regression red flags as they are in the bigs.

    • Grey's Goatee says:
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      Also, guys as fast as Springer are likely to maintain a higher BABIP due to infield hits, etc.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Yes, good point.

  3. cubjet says:
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    Need saves, Hawkins or De la rosa?

    Thanks in advance

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @cubjet: Hawkins

  4. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Love me some prospects!!!

    Man George Springer’s stats are mouth watering. If the Astros don’t call him up this year, do you think he makes the team out of spring training next year or gets a June call-up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Shake N Bacon: I’ve been pegging him as a June 2014 call-up all along… Doesn’t make much sense for Houston to rush him.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Cool. I’ll make sure to save my FAAB $ next year in hopes of getting him.

        The Astros might not have a bad team within a few years from now. Singleton at first, Altuve at 2b, Correa as SS, Springer in the OF. Their SP need a little help.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          The ‘Stros are gonna be very good… Jeff Luhnow is perhaps the best GM in the game.

  5. Iceman says:
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    Hey Scott, love your work! What are your thoughts about xander b. now that middlebrooks got the call? Should I keep holding him in a redraft league?
    Much the same question with carlos Martinez, will he be up again anytime soon as a starter do you think? I thought he pitched well against the dodgers, only one hard hit ball…

    • @Iceman: I am not Scott, lol, but I think they should both at least be September call-ups. Unless there are better options, I would hold..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Xander is still the best stash in the minors… I still think we’ll see him, so keep holding. I think C-Mart gets a few more spot starts, but it’ll take an injury to get him regular turns… and he absolutely pitched well — stuff was filthy, but location was a little sloppy.

      • seattle sonics says:
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        @Scott Evans: Do you think Rob Johnson had anything do to with Cmarts Poor performance this week? Calling 1 pitch over and over and over works great in AAA. Not in the majors.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I would’ve probably preferred more off-speed stuff, but when your 2-seamer moves that much, not much need for a breaking ball… hard to question that end of things from our perspective, but certainly plausible…

  6. fitz says:
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    How good do you think Springer will be? Was surprised to see that he is going to be 24 next month. Most guys with such eye popping stats like that seem to already be in the majors by that age?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s a high-risk/high-reward type guy… tools are elite, but approach concerns could lead to flameout… I believe in him & I think he’s a Wil Myers type talent. I’m also not too concerned w/ his age — college guys, especially ones w/ questionable approaches, will typically be a little behind the developmental curve.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @fitz: Wasn’t Ryan Howard called up at around the same age?

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @fitz: I just looked it up. I was right. Howard didn’t play a full MLB season till age 26. So no big deal that Springer isn’t up yet

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Agreed.

  7. claw says:
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    hey scott, who would you consider a better keeper between the 2; Jose altuve or nick franklin? I originally was gonna keep altuve but franklin has definitely made it questionable. Although recently his average has dropped considerably so I’m not sure. Whichever one I am not keeping I will trade immediately cuz I have an offer on the table and I’m trying to get some draft picks for next year.
    Thanks scott

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @claw: keep altuve

  8. steve b says:
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    Detroit got tired of waiting on Garcia .He’s looks good in a uniform and has a good arm and decent speed but they said his bat is slow

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @steve b: i dont feel the same way re: bat speed… i suspect the tigers will regret letting him go… Higher ceiling than Castellanos IMO

  9. Matt P says:
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    With Wacha moving to the bullpen – would you:
    - Drop Peralta and plug Wacha in my bullpen or
    - Drop Lucas Sims or Eddie Butler, keep Peralta and move Wacha to my minor league team

    16 team h2h dynasty points league
    Thanks!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Option 2 — dropping Butler & moving Wacha to reserve roster.

  10. IW-Dave says:
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    Scott, What do you here about Nick Castellanos, Chris Owings, & Joc Pederson ? Any chance we see all 3 of them in September ? Or…are we waiting until 2014 to see them ?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think we see the first two names in September… I’d be surprised if we see Pederson before 2014

  11. Zac says:
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    What’s your projection on Domingo Santana? Also does Kyle Gibson just suck or is it just me haha…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Zac: Santana is an all-or-nothing type… big swing, big power, very susceptible to the whiff… high flameout potential, but also huge power potential… tough one to gauge.

      Gibson does suck at the moment, but I think he’s simply tired. Expect much better production next year.

  12. Zac says:
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    What’s your projection on Domingo Santana? Also does Kyle Gibson just suck or is it just me haha…

  13. Josh O.

    JoshO says:
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    Scott, Bryant will probably go to Daytona from Boise. Cubs have a good prospect in Kane County that also plays 3B in Candelario. Bryant is more polished than Candy, who they also want playing everyday.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @JoshO: Interesting. Thanks for your insight, although, it’s kinda disappointing because I’m just a short drive from the Cougars ballpark…

  14. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Any update on Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: reports say that the signing has gotten complicated… some concern about his elbow… doubt we see him this year.

  15. English says:
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    Scott, what do you know about Kyle Drabek and Anthony Bass. I’ve just taken over a team in a dynasty league and they were on the roster. I’ve got plenty of space for keepers and I need to rebuild. Are these two guys worth holding on to.

    Also, I picked up George Springer today. Couldn’t believe he was available. All the other big prospects who are expected to come up were taken.

    Who do you think would be the two best pick ups out of these; Wilmer Flores, Rubby De La Rosa, Stetson Allie, Albert Almora, Kris Bryant, Maikel Franco, Addison Russell, Joc Pederson, Yordana Ventura?

    Cheers

      • English says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Cheers Scott. Stashed Russell but only got one more add this week and I might need a pitcher. If not I’ll pick up Bryant tomorrow.

        What is the fantasy upside in Marcus Semien? He’s mashed in AA this year and now been promoted to AAA. Is he a worthwhile stash for impact next year?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @English: If guys like Russell & Bryant are available, they carry much more upside in a dynasty format… Semien is having a breakout, but he’s not the upper-echelon talent we’re looking for.

  16. low walk high k says:
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    Any feeling on lambo who just got called up to Pittsburgh?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @low walk high k: he’s worth a flyer… good power potential if you need OF or CI help

  17. nightpandas says:
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    Scott,

    Done for this year in my 15 teamer, my 9 keepers are shaping up to be:

    Rizzo
    Tulo
    Braun
    Dom Brown
    Gordon
    Darvich
    Shields

    and 2 of : Fowler, Arenado, Yelich, Wacha

    WIth my last move is it worth trying to grab Springer or Bradley (when Yahoo recognizes him, or Buxton but doubt he appears in Yahoo this year)?

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: Rendon is on my roster and in the mix of the last 2 keepers as well

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Rendon doesn’t change my though process much, although I’d consider keeping him over Arenado if all else fails.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d keep Yelich & either Bradley or Springer (preferably Bradley)… if you can’t get your hands on either, go keep Arenado.

  18. Zac says:
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    Robert Stephenson got called up to AA when do you see him breaking into the majors? Also when is Crick’s, Syndergaard’s, and Heaney’s ETAs?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Crick & Stephenson are probably 2015 arrivals… Stephenson has a shot at late-season arrival next year, but I doubt it.

      Syndergaard & Heaney should be ready to go by mid-2014.

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    I like Avisail (Abigail? Must be friends with Anibal and Gaby) too, will start at $6 in my keeper league though so not a great keeper.

    But would you drop Venable (im a fan as my surnames Venables and hes been hot!), D De La Rosa (is he the closer now?), or Salazar too add him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy: $6 is too rich for keeping Avisail at this point… if you could keep him at $1 or $2, that’d be doable, but I’d hold pat for now.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Nah id just be using him for this year man. This year him or Venable?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @TheNewGuy: I like his upside better than Venable’s for ROS

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    Oh and a fun question for ya. Who out of the new draftees this year do you see being taken no1 overall in fantasy prospect drafts during the offseason? Bryant?

    Would be great if you can rank the first say 10 guys on your list.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: And big time wow on Springer. And people still have questions re his approach!??

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @TheNewGuy: Still whiffing a a pretty high clip, but I’m not yet discouraged.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Bryant, Appel, Frazier, Gray, Meadows, Peterson… that’s how I’d do the first 5 or 6… get’s a little less clear after that… could go for upside long-term guys out of high school, or safer guys out of college…

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