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Jorge Soler was off to a great start at High-A Daytona, batting .435/.519/.739 with 2 homers through his first six games.  The was promising news for the Cubs, who inked him to a nine-year, $30 million contract last summer.  The 21-year-old Cuban is not a cost-controlled prospect — there’s an opt-out clause that would make him eligible for arbitration after three years service time, but both sides would be thrilled if it came to that.  In any case, there’s incentive for the Cubs to develop him quickly in order to make sure the bulk of those nine years are spent at the highest level.  Chicago was smart to make such a long-term investment in Soler — it gives them a little developmental cushion — but they’re still trying to avoid unnecessary setbacks.  Things were going well in that department up until Wednesday, when Soler decided to brandish a baseball bat as he sprinted toward the opponent’s dugout following a benches-clearing incident.  The league suspended him five games, which isn’t a huge setback, but the Cubs are reportedly investigating the matter further and could tack on more time.  I doubt it’ll come to that, but the ordeal still raises some major character concerns.  Let’s hope this was an isolated incident and that the new regime in Chicago doesn’t enable such behavior as the old group did with headcases like Carlos Zambrano.

Tony Cingrani | LHP, Reds – Cingrani continued his dominant start with another great outing.  His line on the year looks like this:  zero runs, 3 hits, 21/2 K/BB in 12.1 IP.  Grey advised you buy into this guy in his latest Buy or Sell.  The timing of that post couldn’t have been better, as Cueto was pulled from last night’s game with apparent triceps pain.  We’ll know more about his status today, but I’d try to grab Cingrani wherever you can.

Archie Bradley | RHP, D’Backs – Bradley is off to a tremendous start at High-A Visalia, allowing zero runs through 11.2 IP, while posting a 19/3 K/BB.  The 20-year-old has legit front-end potential, and he’ll push through to Double-A in a hurry if this sort of production keeps up.

Kevin Gausman | RHP, Orioles — After a poor first outing at Double-A Bowie, Gausman put in a great effort in his second start, allowing only 2 hits and 1 run through 6 frames, whiffing 5 along the way.  His K/BB on the season now sits at 12/0.

Byron Buxton | OF, Twins – 2012′s 2nd overall pick is making his full-season debut with Low-A Cedar Rapids in the Midwest League.  Buxton, at age 19, is adjusting quite well so far:  .500/.565/.950 with 2 HR through 5 games.

Miguel Sano | OF/3B, Twins – Buxton’s teammate in the Twins organization, Miguel Sano, is also off to a hot start.  Sano, who possesses the best raw power in the minors, has already blasted 2 homers at High-A Fort Myers.  I’ll set the over/under on his 2013 total at 30, and I’ll wager my house on the over.  It’s actually an apartment and the lease expires next month, but you get the idea.

Yasiel Puig | OF, Dodgers – After teasing fantasy owners with impressive production in big league camp late into spring training, Puig is officially on the mainstream prospect radar.  He’s backing up the recent hype at Double-A Chattanooga, batting .417/.481/.708 through 7 games.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Taveras was late to start his regular season at Triple-A Memphis as he dealt with a personal matter, but he’s back on the field now and he’s hit safely in 6 of his first 12 AB’s.  The 20-year-old outfielder was #1 in my latest prospect power rankings.

Joe Ross | RHP, Padres – Ross is an exciting young arm with front-end potential, but spotty command has held him back thus far.  There has been no sign of those problems in the early going at Low-A Fort Wayne, though, as the 19-year-old is yet to surrender a run through 10 IP.  He’s allowed only four baserunners while striking out 12 across two starts.

Jameson Taillon | RHP, Pirates – Gerrit Cole is getting the early season fantasy hype, and rightfully so given his proximity to the bigs, but Jameson Taillon has been the more productive Pittsburgh pitching prospect on the young season.  The 21-year-old had 10 K’s in his last outing, putting him at 14 on the year in just 11 IP.

Mike Olt | 1B/3B, Rangers – Olt is struggling so far in his first taste of Triple-A baseball.  The 24-year-old slugger brings plenty of fantasy potential to the table for this season, but this 3/35 slump is not the sort of start the Rangers were hoping for.

  1. Brian says:
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    Whoops! Kinda forgot to include Sano’s inglorious K-rate, or 11 strikeouts in 26 ABs… Dude is a SERIOUS whiffer – at some point the power doesn’t matter if he can’t put bat on ball on the regular, all the while playing crap-tastic defense… Adam Dunn will be so proud to have another protege – the Dominican Donkey, ride out!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      A calculated omission, haha! Dominican Donkey potential certainly exists… still ample time to focus on approach & improve in that area.

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    I have Cueto, I’m thinking about dropping Peavy for Cingrani to fill,in. His potential is through the roof and I,want to beat my league to the punch.

    Should I do it at first news of him coming up to start?

    • jason batteiger says:
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      @Fister Furbush: what kind of league are you in where your 2nd best pitcher is Peavy? I’m in a 16 team league and I followed Grey’s pitcher pairings advice and Peavy’s my 2nd best. It appears Cingrani’s coming up around now and will likely take what would’ve been Cueto’s next start.

      • Fister Furbush says:
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        @jason batteiger:

        Peavys my 5 bro. I didn’t literally mean fill Cingrani in for Cueto(should’ve been clearer). All I’m asking , Cingrani worth picking up if I have to drop Peavy? Is this guy the next coming of Arolnis Chapman?

        • Boof Bonser says:
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          @Fister Furbush: No. Fringe top 100 guy coming into the season, and I’ve heard a lot of people questioning how much of his success in AAA thus far will translate to the next level. Definitely wouldn’t drop Peavy for him.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      As excited as I am for Cingrani, I wouldn’t drop Peavy for him.

      • Spyre says:
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        @Scott Evans: I dropped Hughes for him… Was that a mistake? I hate flyball pitchers, and I feel being in the AL East will make him perpetually ride the bench….(thankfully sat him yesterday)

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          No, that’s a lot more reasonable than the Peavy drop. I wouldn’t have too many second thoughts on the Hughes swap…

    • harper mvp says:
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      @Fister Furbush: wouldnt drop peavy,but id try to add him and drop another unneeded player on your bench,his trip up might not last but a few starts

  3. bossmanjunior says:
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    Scott,

    Thanks for this write up as always. Dusty already said Cingrani would be the first starter called up when the Reds needed one, so the writing is on the wall. Depending on the severity of Cueto’s injury, Cingrani could just be up for a few starts. What has me excited is his next two starts (if he keeps Cueto’s spot in the rotation) would come against the Marlins and Cubs.

    Would you drop Buchholz for Cingrani?

    Also, would you be eager to pick up Russell or Camp right now? Russell is the better pitcher but has the stigma of being a lefty. Right now I have Street, Perkins, and Boggs, so saves have been tough to come by. Would be dropping bench bat to pick up Russell/Camp.

    Thanks!

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      @bossmanjunior:

      Veras is also an option over Russell/Camp…

      If you could pick up only one of Cingrani (7th starter) or Camp/Russell/Veras (4th closer), which would you go with?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Swap Buchholz for Cingrani.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        That would be a reasonable move… might be wise to hold off until we know more about the nature of Cueto’s injury, though.

  4. vacoarrfb says:
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    I’m in a 10-team mixed keeper (add $5 to auction price) 5X5 league. My ptchers right now are Latos, Scherzer, Samardzji, Minor, Gallardo, Fernandez, Chapman, Putz, Romo, and Nathan. Anyone you’d cinsider dropping for Cingrani? My only hitters on the bench are on the DL (Freeman and Aramis), so I don’t think I should leave an everyday spot open to pick him up…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sounds like you don’t have the flexibility right now to make the move. I’ve been there… it sucks. Oftentimes, though, that’s a good problem to have.

  5. Shake N Bacon says:
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    Nice article Scott. Glad I checked my league’s free agent pool because I saw lonely ol’ Cingrani just begging to be picked up. Because he came up to the bigs late last year and pitched, he made it onto our free agent pool. I got lucky.

    Jose Fernandez looked stellar against last night!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah Jo-Fer is a machine. He even knocked in the go-ahead run. Another blown W, though. Still, I’m having so much fun watching both Fernandez & Shelby Miller in the early going this year… can’t wait for Cingrani to join the prospect party.

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Scott Evans: Fernandez is a lot of fun to watch! Even without his win potential, he’s a solid starter in mixed leagues. What do you think his ERA and WHIP will look like by the end of the year?

        So I’ve seen a few rumors out there lately regarding Giancarlo and teams posturing in hopes that Miami will try to trade him before his arbitration comes up this winter. Teams I have seen mentioned thus far are the Mets and the Rangers. Just imagine Giancarlo in Texas. WOW!!!

        Anyways, what team do you think has the best resources (prospects) that could land Giancarlo? Maybe I’m stupid, but I could see the Pirates trading one of their young stud pitchers to land him. I’m not sure what they have in the way of offensive prospects though.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Pirates have a couple hitting prospects who’d draw attention — Alen Hanson, Gregory Polanco, Josh bell… But Texas still has more to offer & the deal would just make more sense for them. Mets have some impact talent in the minors too.

          Re: Fernandez’s numbers, I think his ERA ends up in the 3.50 range, with a WHIP around 1.25… hoping for better.

          • Shake N Bacon says:
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            @Scott Evans: If Giancarlo were traded to the Rangers this year, that would be AWESOME…for my team.

            Those are some decent numbers for Jo-Fer. I would take that from a rookie with high K potential. Thanks for answering my questions!

  6. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey buddy whats up!!I It’s Sunday and I’m down 50 points. He has 3 pitchers going and I only got 1 but last night I pickedup another pitcher thats playing today so I have A chance to score more points. It’s Ervin Santana.. Should I play him? or get rid of him in case u think he might hurt my points?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d use him in a points league.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        k thanks.. Do you remember my pitching lineup? I was just making sure that if I do that deal tomorrow, hamel n teix for J upton, that by losing hamel’s would kill my pithching? I’m so pissed cause all week most of my pitchers did good and pitched to the 6-7th innings but they had no bats helping or the bullpen blows it for them. I can send you my lineup if you don’t see it from yesterday.. Thanks dude!!

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I recall your lineup. The deal on the surface is a steal, but remember I thought you were making a deal just to make a deal… I think you’ll be fine in a points format, though. Just stay on top of the streamers.

  7. Matt says:
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    My current staffs look like this on my 2 teams:

    Latos
    Samardzija
    Maholm
    Burnett
    Lynn
    Lester
    Scherzer

    and

    Maholm
    Morrow
    Lynn
    Scherzer
    Burnett
    Greinke (DL)

    Which if either 2 teams should I pick up Cingrani and who would I drop? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Maholm would by my drop in both cases.

      • Matt says:
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        Should I wait and see how he does in his start against Washington today or do you think the Reds could call up Cingrani by then?

        • Matt says:
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          Nevermind, I pulled the trigger in both, thanks

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            Such a time sensitive issue… Gotta have a quick trigger finger & no regrets!

  8. Harrysson says:
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    Any chance that Christian Yelich is gonna be call up soon ? I’m in a 16 teams league, Should i dump Brandon Belt for him before it’s too late ? or i should just grab Yonder Alonso for instant impact

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s dealing with a foot issue & he’s on the DL. Hasn’t yet played a regular season game. Don’t think we see him in the bigs this season til late summer, if we see him at all.

  9. Frank Lynch says:
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    Sorry I know the new question I asked you was long but someone dropped Jean Segura. Is he worth a pickup?

    • danny says:
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      @Frank Lynch:
      This site is great and all but seriously dude, part of the fun is making your own moves and decisions. You’re asking for advice on how to manage your last bench spot… “Come on, man!”

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        My last bench spot? What r u talking about? Why the attitude.. Whatever I’ll let u be then

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I always recommend riding hot streaks early in the season & Segura is kinda hot right now.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Frank Lynch: I like Segura a lot. I have him in several types of leagues- RCLs, a keeper h2h and an NL-only. Get him if your shortstop(s) and MIs are mediocre.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        Thanks dude!! I Have Jose Reyes and Starlin Castro.. Sucks about Reyes!!

        • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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          @Frank Lynch: Okay, you have Reyes on DL. You could grab Segura and use him when Castro has a day off or a tough matchup. You could also consider trading Castro for help elsewhere. He has really good trade value. Segura obviously does not considering that he was sitting on the wire.

          • Frank Lynch says:
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            Well i’m doing a trade tomorrow. cole hamels n teix for justin upton.. unless I should try to throw in castro instead of one of those guys or add him to get a pithcher added to the trade from him??

            • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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              @Frank Lynch: Make that trade and hold on to Castro. No need to trade Castro yet. Let things play out for 2 or 3 weeks and then reevaluate.

  10. KCC26 says:
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    Just dropped Teheran for Cingrani. You cool with that?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Absolutely. Good move.

  11. malamoney says:
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    Once again no Wil Myers update.

    I’ll have you know that I was the Cingrani whore on here begging Grey to let me drop Lorenzo Cain for him. I eventually just did it anyway.

    Cingrani only pitched 2 innings today. Struck out another 5, but is that so they can call him up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah they pulled him early & now he’s free & clear to start if they need him. Still no official word, but looks very likely.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: They better give us “the word” some time tomorrow before my lineup locks so I start him!!!

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Would you take your chances and start this mofo? Lineups lock early this week…

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Unless you’re benching someone of value, I’d lock it in…

          • malamoney says:
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            @Scott Evans: Locked. Benched two-start Hellickson. So be it! Gotta take some chances.

            Can you do a weekly Wil Myers only piece? Maybe a sprinkle of Oscar Taveras and Gerrit Cole on the side…

            LOL. Thanks man!

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Ha! maybe I’ll just start a spinoff site called dailywilmyersupdates.com

  12. slew says:
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    I am hearing Arcia is getting called up and will be replacing Ramirez (paternity).

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, looks like he’s headed to the bigs… I’ve always liked him more than Hicks. Not a bad speculative grab, but his stint might be short lived if he does’t make big impression.

      Thanks for the heads up!

  13. AttiliMob says:
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    What’s the ETA for Archie Bradely, Jesse Biddle and JR Graham & how would you rate their potential?

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bradley: 2015, Graham: sometime this season, Biddle: 2014… Bradley & Biddle both have front-end potential, with Bradley being the more impressive/promising of the two. Graham is a couple notches below — he looks like a mid-rotation arm to me, but he has a glimmer of #2-starter upside.

      • THE_FREAK says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        I’ve only watched a brief video on Bradley but it seemed to me that he might over-stride just a bit. Is it just me or do you see it too? FWIW – I trust your opinion much more than my own.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I’ve seen him live only once — last year in a MWL contest. Very impressive young dude. Outstanding extension off the rubber might appear like over-striding, but it’s more a function of his length than a mechanical flaw. I’m not an expert when it comes to throwing mechanics, so I rely on a wealth of scouting data… the one glaring flaw with him is finishing — or lack of finishing. That’s worrisome for his future health, but I image the D’Backs are working hard to correct this. Oh & BTW, you might read some of these same thoughts in a scouting the unknown post I’m prepping for tomorrow.

  14. Farm Director says:
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    Dynasty keeper draft this week in a 21 team keeper league with 7 farm spots. I have Bundy,Taveras, Puig, Rosario, Hunter Morris, Corey Dickerson, and Avaisail Garcia. I have pick #4 and #9 in the 1st Round. I will most likely drop Morris and Rosario or Garcia. How do you like out there that was drafted in 2012? Any other deep sleepers close to the bigs? Zunnio went #1. Appreciate your input. Probably looking at Buxton, Correra, Almora, and Gausman etc.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Buxton is awesome… Scouting the Unknown feature coming on him soon. He brings way better upside than Zunino IMO, he’s just much further away. Gausman & Zimmer are two arms I’d target — they’ll push toward the bigs quickly.

  15. RyKo says:
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    I’m guessing there’s zero chance Puig would get called up this week for Interleague play?

    • Scott Evans

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      0.01% chance.

  16. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Scott what side do you prefer in this trade : Ogando/Bourn/Arenado for BJ Upton/Raf Soriano. Its a keeper league so Arenado could be kept beyond this year but I have Zimmerman as my 3B.

    • Oppo Taco says:
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      Rotation : MadBum, Shields, Harvey, Haren, Ogando, Jo-Fer, Cingrani
      RP : Cishek, Street

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ogando/Bourn/Arenado — On the surface, it looks pretty even, but I’m never a fan of acquiring saves via trade unless it’s some sort of emergency. I’m always a fan of getting value for saves & Bourn + Ogando + upside of Arenado = good value.

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Scott Evans: I really hate to make trades for closers too but im in a competitive league and in first but so far i’ve only got 1 save to show. just sent an offer without Arenado included, like the deal more?
        C – Mig Montero
        1b – Goldy
        2b – Phillips
        SS – Ever Cab
        3B = Zimmerman
        OF – McCutchen
        OF – Joey Bats
        OF – J Upside
        Util – Dom Brown
        Util – Bourn
        Bench – Profar, Arenado, Tavares, Eaton (fair number of prospects stashed already)

        Thanks for the input!

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I still think you’re better off taking a flyer on a guy like Mujica or Herrera for extra saves. I’d hold Ogando & Bourn & try to find saves on the wire…

  17. THE_FREAK says:
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    Who would you compare Cingrani to?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Scherzer is a decent comp for Cingrani… His slider needs to improve in order to realize Scherzer-like potential, but the fastball-change combo is there already.

  18. THE_FREAK says:
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    Who would you compare Cingrani to?

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    Hey man good post as always.

    Gotta be honest though I don’t see the same potential in Olt that you do, and im an owner of him. He struck out a lot in his cup of coffee in the bigs and showed no power there even though it was limited time, has struck out a lot in the minors for a guy hyped so much, and is now off to a terrible start.

    Even if he comes up and starts hitting some homers, you have a major average risk there so he could hurt you as much as he helps. plus where will he play? Surely Profars coming up first so either way 1B will become occupied. The only leagues I could see him providing value and being an asset are OBP leagues (which was why I drafted him a couple years back on my farm), and that is when he finally gets traded. If I can trade him in a deal though, I’ll be more than happy to, not being negative just see too many holes in that swing.

    Good to see Bradley dominating so far, any news on Dahls start to the year? Took him over Puig in my prospect draft this year so really hoping to hear of some production soon!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Trade offer incoming! Just been offered Jo-Fer (Fernandez) for Profar in my keeper where I need pitching right now. Would promote Fernandez immedately if I did the deal. Should I be tempted?

      • Scott Evans

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        I’d hold off.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Scott Evans: Really? Wow, Profar must be special then, 1 bird in hand over 2 in the bush and all that.

          Even despite the monster start from Jo-Fer, and the fact he’s in the show right now?

          • Scott Evans

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            Fernandez is great, but I’d be surprised if he sustains this sort of production throughout the season. Coming into the year you wouldn’t have made this deal, so I wouldn’t let 2 starts change that…

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              @Scott Evans: True but I do need pitching man….concentrate on getting a stud starter instead? Im trying for Price, JV or Kersh, but theyre all on fairly inactive teams not not sure how much luck ill have.

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              @Scott Evans: And also I often take stock of the fact the guys actually come in and produced at the big league level, but is it too early I guess? Guys can always flame out, get figured out etc. My point being that I do bump Jo-Fer up a bit now in rankings compared to start of season, seeing as he’s made it firstly and has started well. Profar has the overall lead in value I guess still though.

              • Scott Evans

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                Oh absolutely… the fact he’s playing at the highest level is huge. But you hit it on the head earlier — Profar is simply a special player. That’s the kicker here. Profar & Taveras are the only 2 guys I wouldn’t trade for JoFer at this point

    • Scott Evans

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      The K’s will always be a part of Olt’s game… he’s just one of those guys. He’s gonna hit 30+ in the majors, though. I’m sticking to that projection. He’s a streaky guy, so expect the power to come in bunches. I don’t blame you for seeing the risk & pondering a trade, but probably best to hold off on trading til he’s on one of his streaks. And hard to say for certain that Profar gets the Call ahead of Olt… depends on needs.

      Dahl played one game at A- & then was sent back to extended spring training for something unrelated to baseball. I haven’t seen any detail on this, but I’ll report back once I hear more.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Fair enough man, let me know. Always frustrating when you hear of a guy tearing it up and being seemingly close to the bigs already, and you passed over him for a guy seemingly miles away!

  20. Byobeerling says:
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    Have you heard or seen anything on Chris Archer yet this season? I haven’t been able to find any write ups on his performance so far this year. All preseason articles had Carmona/Hernandez keeping the seat warm until Archer was called upon. I know he’s not a top 10 or 20 prospect, but he’s one of the better minors in the Rays organization and I’ve been a fan of his since he was a cubs prospect. Seems as though it’s only a matter of time before he’s in the Rays rotation.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Oddly, I haven’t too many scouting notes coming in on him from his first 3 starts at AAA. 7 R, 15 H, 5 BB, 18 K through 15 IP is where his line sits right now… command has always held him back & I’m afraid he might be 2nd in line for starts in Tampa, as Jake Odorizzi is off to a great start (17/2 K/BB through first 2 outings) … I’ll try to post more on Archer in the next few weeks.

  21. Byobeerling says:
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    After I wrote you, CBS updated the player page and were boasting his strike out rate, not really touching too much on his ERA through 3 starts. I don’t know how long the Rays will let Roberto Hernandez have a spot in the rotation with his era sitting at almost 6 right now. It almost seems like Archer thinks he should be in the majors and is bored with AAA hitters. Who knows, I like the upside, despite his control problems, he seems like a better fit than Hernandez. Thanks Scott, great work, as always!

  22. TheNewGuy says:
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    Replied above in case you miss it man.

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: and again

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