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The Cubs reportedly have completed a deal with the Red Sox which will send Marlon Byrd and some cash to Boston for RHP Michael Bowden and a player to be named later.  Theo and Jed have been firm on their plan to be patient with prospects Brett Jackson and Anthony Rizzo, but in the aftermath of this deal, one has to speculate if their timetables will be altered.  At .242/.342/.484 through 73 PA, Jackson’s performance in the early going at Triple-A Iowa isn’t demanding a call-up, but he could immediately be used to fill the void in center.  On the other hand, Rizzo’s numbers (.367/.406/.733) are indicative of a guy who’s ready for the next level.  The Cubs could surely shift David DeJesus to center and move LaHair to a corner outfield post.  That’d make room for Rizzo at first.  Perhaps most likely, though, the Cubs go with Tony Campana as their everyday guy in center – at least until the weather warms in Chicago, at which point I think Rizzo will get the first look, provided he’s still mashing, of course.

Danny Hultzen | SP, Mariners – After a rough debut, Hultzen has bounced back with two nice starts, bringing his season marks to 2.81 ERA and 11.81 K/9 at Double-A.  I touched on James Paxton’s hot start in last week’s post, and it should be noted that Taijuan Walker is off to a great start at Double-A, too.  Hutlzen’s progress, though, is emblematic of the polished approach that had many thinking he’d land a rotation spot in the bigs out of spring training.  Back on the right track, Hultzen still figures to reach Seattle first among their big three pitching prospects.

Matt Barnes | SP, Red Sox – Through 11 IP at Low-A Greenville, Barnes has allowed just four baserunners while posting a 0.00 ERA along with 16 K’s.  I suppose the 21-year-old is ready for High-A.  Expect to see him there soon.

Evan Gattis | C, Braves – His line through 62 PA:  .431/.500/.863, 6 HR, 21 RBI.  I suspect his .400 BABIP is more a product of a guy who’s absolutely murdering the ball, rather than a guy who’s getting lucky.  The drawback with Gattis is his age.  At 25-years-old he’s a little old to be farting around in A-ball, but the circumstances around his arrival in pro baseball are less than ordinary – he spent some time in rehab prior to being drafted… yada, yada, yada…  now his OPS is 1.363.  I imagine the Braves will move him along at an aggressive pace going forward.

Will Middlebrooks | 3B, Red Sox – Middlebrooks is killing it at Triple-A, hitting .377/.406/.721 with 6 homers through 64 trips to the plate.  Red Sox fans and fantasy owners can look forward to his full-time arrival in 2013.  For now, it’ll be fun to see if he can keep up the impressive power production in the International League.

Nolan Arenado | 3B, Rockies - With Anthony Rendon shelved due to a fractured ankle, Arenado emerges as the undisputed premiere 3B prospect in baseball. The 21-year-old is hitting .353/.450/.529 through 60 trips to the plate at Double-A Tulsa.  I think the Rockies would like to see a bit more from him in the XBH department, but there’s truly no one blocking Arenado from taking over at third in Colorado before this year is through.

Brad Peacock | SP, Athletics – Prior to March, most thought it’d be Peacock occupying a role in the A’s rotation out of camp rather than Tommy Milone, who’s been pitching rather effectively for Oakland so far.  Peacock, though, has been impressive through his first three starts at Triple-A, posting a 1.42 ERA through 19 IP.  It shouldn’t be long before he joins Milone in Oakland if should he continue to retire hitters with ease.

Billy Hamilton | SS, Reds - Hamilton led the minors in 2011 with 103 SB and he’s at it again in 2012, already having swiped 14 bags in 15 games with High-A Bakersfield.  Clearly the dude has wheels.  The rest of his offensive game ain’t bad, either:  .386/.470/.632.  He’ll be a tremendous fantasy asset when he arrives in the bigs, although don’t expect that arrival until the second half of 2013, at the soonest.

Wily Peralta | SP, Brewers – Chris Narveson looks like he’s headed for season-ending shoulder surgery and the Brewers have already recalled their top prospect, Peralta.  He’ll pitch out of the ‘pen initially, but it shouldn’t be long before he’s worked into the Milwaukee rotation.  The power righty had been solid in three Pacific Coast League starts, allowing just four runs through 17 IP while striking out 13.  Still, don’t go too waiver-crazy for Peralta.  He’s not a top-tier talent, but, assuming he’s starting games, he’ll be worth a look in most formats.

  1. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wily Peralta or Zach Lee in a keeper league, who’d ya prefer? Lee bigger upside?

    Will we see Lee sometime this year too?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Lee with a far bigger upside. But I very much doubt he’ll reach the majors this year. If you can afford to be patient I’d hold out for Lee.

  2. Jessegeeeee says:
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    With Godfrey being sent down in Oakland, is Jarrod Parker or Brad Peacock replacing him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jessegeeeee, Looks like Parker. Should get the nod for the A’s on Weds vs. White Sox. Peacock not far behind.

  3. TheNewGuy says:
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    Also noticed noone has Matt Adams on their farm teams in my keeper league. Does he have good upside long-term (on-base league)?

    Think I read he’s killing it right now, my worst prospects are J Segura and E Rosario, would you drop one of those guys for him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Tough call. Opportunity for Adams could be there when Puma is out of the way… but Craig (if he can stay healthy) should catch on as long term guy at first. Segura & Rosario both have higher ceilings. Don’t think I’d make that move just yet.

  4. Lord Xberk says:
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    How about Thornburg over Peralta for MIL? Has been dominating in minors, but maybe needs more time?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Lord Xberk, Thornburg’s been filthy, but he’s not as ready as Peralta. I do, however, like Thornburg’s fantasy ceiling better than Peralta’s, but he’s no lock to reach it.

  5. Ozzie says:
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    Rotoworld_BB retweeted something about Parker being called up for the A’s.

    Can you rank the following for a keeper league:

    Parker
    Nicasio
    Arrieta
    Delgado
    Leake

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Ozzie, Yeah, looks like Parker will start Weds. Rank like this: Parker, Delgado, Nicasio, Arrieta, Leake

  6. Jeff says:
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    Arenado – Does he get called up in June or is there a chance he gets up earlier than that?

    Rizzo and Jackson – Do you see them both up this year? Is so does that mean another trade? June most likely call up time for both?

    What kind of numbers can we expect from all these guys once they are up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Jeff, June or later for Arenado – have to imagine they’ll be somewhat conservative with his service time. Could be a dangerous hitter immediately in that environment. Something like: .290/.335/.460.

      Re: Cubs: Yeah, I imagine they’ll be looking to trade further. Garza and/or Soriano, possibly others will be on the block… Rizzo: June ETA, .265/.335/.485… Jackson: July/August ETA, .240/.300/.440

  7. Tony says:
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    So Billy Hamiltion second half of 2013, what are you suggesting about zach cozart?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Tony, Hamilton could be ready to push Cozart out of that role as soon as then. Not really a knock on Cozart — Hamilton is just that good.

      • Sean says:
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        @Scott Evans, Not sure I agree, Hamilton’s success rate stealing has been high-70s to low-80s which is barely acceptable. He also strikes out a lot for A-ball. I feel like the upper minors will be a real challenge for him. We’ll see.

      • PaulyOH says:
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        @Scott Evans, I watched a lot of Hamilton in person in Dayton last season. He’s a major talent, but I don’t think his future is at SS. Also don’t think the Reds see him that way either. I just read that the reason they haven’t moved him off SS yet is so he can just focus on improving as a hitter.
        I used to think long-term he’d be at 2B, but then the Reds do that idiotic Brandon Phillips long-term deal. Now, I see him in CF for the Reds in a couple years.

  8. EK says:
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    Pls rank for this week:

    Volquez v WAS
    E. Jackson @ SD
    Drabek @ BAL
    Tomlin v KC

    • Chunk says:
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      @EK, Petco, Drabek, Tomlin…

  9. Racehorse says:
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    16 team H2H Dynasty mixer (24 keepers). I’m subscribing to the ‘quantity over quality’ in regards to starting pitching and I just nabbed Liriano off waivers. My starters now look like this (btw, I now have no position players on the bench)…

    Shields
    Ubaldo
    Niese
    Cahill
    J Sanchez
    Capuano
    Hughes
    J McDonald
    H Bailey
    Liriano

    Drew Hutchison is someone I’m looking at. He clears waivers 22 April. His MLB debut last night went like this: 5.1 IP, 8H, 5 ER, 3 BB, 4 K, and he got the W.

    Do I put in a waiver claim on him? And if so, who do I drop? Or, do I hold off and stay with what I’ve got?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Racehorse, You could easily drop either Hughes or Bailey, but Hutchison isn’t going to be your savior. Might be worth a shot, though. Not much to lose…

  10. Racehorse says:
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    Hutchison clears waivers in yahoo leagues 24 April.

  11. bobbo says:
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    Gallardo home vs Colorado… start or sit?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bobbo, Start

  12. 2 Cups 1 Braun says:
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    Need some thoughts on a trade.

    I get Prince Fielder and D. Jennings and give up Hunter Pence and Roy Halladay.

    Thoughts?

    • Ozzie says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun,

      I would want more for Halladay. Take Pence out of the trade and that would be closer to what I would ask for.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @2 Cups 1 Braun, I like the deal on your end. But wouldn’t hurt to see if you can swing it w/o Pence as Ozzie suggests.

  13. Black Beard says:
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    What can we expect with Parker? Add in a ten or twelve team in terms of performance this year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Black Beard, He’s a highly touted guy, so I imagine he’ll be added in most formats. Whether or not he’s worth the add is different issue… In that ballpark, though, with his repertoire, I think he’ll be serviceable right away.

  14. fitz says:
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    Is Walden/Sale too much to give up for Josh Johnson? I’m worried about Sale being shut down when it comes H2H playoff time.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @fitz, Sale likely tops out around 120-130 IP, so your concern about a shut down is warranted. Still think it might be a little much for Johnson. Aim higher.

      • fitz says:
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        @Scott Evans, Thanks. I countered with Hosmer/Walden/Sale for Fielder/Johnson.

  15. chiasports says:
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    which three should i start..12 team h2h

    Humber, Philip

    Niese, Jonathon- pushed back to vs zambrano

    Detwiler, Ross

    Duffy, Danny

    Hammel, Jason

    Masterson, Justin

    McCarthy, Brandon

    Zito, Barry

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @chiasports, Niese, Masterson, McCarthy

  16. Hawk says:
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    No love for Trevor Bauer and his 4-0, 0.40 ERA, 11.5 K/9, 12 hits in 22 IP? I’m hearing he may get the call by mid-May

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Hawk, Bauer was in last week’s roundup, where I mentioned he might be worth a speculative add & stash. Nothing’s really changed in that regard. He’s already been bumped up to AAA & yes, mid-may seems right on target.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Scott Evans,

        What’s that you say? Of COURSE I read last week’s post.

        Hey, look over there!

        :: escape ::

  17. Shelley says:
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    Worth dropping Vogelsong or Cahill for Parker in a 12 team league with deep (8 person) benches?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Shelley, I’d say he’s worth a shot. Drop Cahill.

  18. jazzballs says:
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    Do you like Milone or Parker better both short- and long-term?

    • moses says:
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      @jazzballs, I like Milone short term, Parker long term

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @jazzballs, Parker certainly for the long term, and maybe for the short term, too… looking forward to wednesday

  19. moses says:
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    Offered Zobrist for my Rickie Weeks/Kendrick. Too much to give up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @moses, Love Zobrist, but that seems steep.

      • moses says:
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        @Scott Evans,

        What about giving up Giancarlo for Zobrist? Still too much?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @moses, Still too much, man.

  20. moses says:
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    another one scott…whattya think?

    im giving up Votto and kendrick for Cain/Mike Young/Hosmer

    • moses says:
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      @moses, actually its im giving up Votto, Jordan Zimm, and kendrick for Cain/Mike Young/Hosmer

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @moses, I don’t see Young & Hosmer making up for the loss of Votto. Big fan of Cain, I don’t think you’re getting enough here.

  21. L-Boogie says:
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    Better short and long-term: Bauer or Parker?

    Thanks dude.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @L-Boogie, Bauer on both.

  22. moses says:
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    Who do you like the most for next week/R.O.S.

    Detwiler @ SD
    Jurrjens – 2starter @LA, vs. Pit
    Hammel vs. Tor
    Wei-Yen Chen vs. Oak
    Nicasio @ Pit

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @moses, prob Nicasio, maybe Jurrjens… Pit is terrible

  23. bean says:
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    I need express my hatred for Clint Barmes in an open forum. In a deep NL-Only Roto 5×5 league and noone is trading in my league. In a league of ghost owners who are apparently on vacation in April.

    With that said, are there any developing situations to monitor with the crappy hitting Shortstops out there? Waiver wire is slim……………

    Herrera, Wilson, Cedeno, Gonzalez, Izturis, Valdez, McDonald and Donnie Murphy

    Did I mention I hate Clint Barmes?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bean, Hah. No one of note arriving anytime soon…

  24. Cutch in Locks says:
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    In a keeper league with minor league roster spots, would you rather own Banuelos or Skaggs? Brett Jackson or Leonys Martin?

    Thanks!

    • Cutch in Locks says:
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      Thinking long-term here (because of the minor league spots), not just 2012.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Skaggs, Jackson…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Cutch in Locks, Skaggs & Jackson, indeed.

      • Cutch in Locks says:
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        @Scott Evans, thanks, guys!

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