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For the past few seasons, Jose Abreu has been regarded as Cuba’s best offensive talent.  The 26-year-old slugger has spent the past decade playing pro ball in Cuba where he routinely was at the top of the league in AVG, OBP, SLG, RBI, and HR.  Well, it now seems he’s played his last game in Cuba, as reports earlier this week explain that he has left his homeland and has begun the process of becoming a MLB free agent.  At 6-3, 250, Abreu is a large man with next to zero defensive appeal.  He’s a 1B/DH type, so he’d fit best with an AL club, but scouting reports suggest he has enough glove to get by at first, so don’t rule out the NL entirely.  Wherever he signs, it’s gonna be for big money and an immediate big league opportunity.  Abreu is an MLB-ready masher, and at age 26, there’ll be no reason to start him in the minors.  If all goes as planned, he should be occupying a regular MLB role by Opening Day 2014.  There’s upside here in the neighborhood of .300 AVG and 30+ HR.  It’ll be interesting to see how early he’s off the board in mixed league drafts next spring.

Travis d’Arnaud | C, Mets – The Mets have called him up.  Here’s what I said just a few days ago in my most recent Prospect Power Rankings:  “John Buck is expected to take paternity leave any day now, and word from New York suggests d’Arnaud will be his replacement.  The 24-year-old has missed much of the past two seasons with lower-body injuries, but he’s a polished hitter with immediate upside in the fantasy game, and he’s ready for a look in the bigs.”  I’d add him for upside’s sake.

Rafael Montero | RHP, Mets -- With a 21/2 K/BB through his last 3 starts at Triple-A Vegas, Montero is looking like he’s ready for the next step.  The 22-year-old could be a useful fantasy piece for the stretch run if the Mets choose to call him up.  More likely, we don’t see Montero until early next season.

Kris Bryant | 3B, Cubs – The Cubs promoted Bryant from Short-season Boise to High-A Daytona, skipping him over the Low-A level.  I was kinda bummed at this development, considering I’m only a short drive from the Cubs’ Low-A Kane County affiliate.  Oh well.  Bryant drilled homers in each of his first two games at Daytona.  He’ll be fun to watch as he pushes through to the upper levels next season.

Dan Vogelbach | 1B, Cubs – Vogelbach also was promoted to High-A Daytona earlier this week, and he, too, knocked a homer in his first Florida State League ballgame.  Those of you unfamiliar with the 20-year-old should know that he’s a little tubby, and also that he can mash (.298/.379/.519 across 3 pro seasons).

Javier Baez | SS, Cubs – Baez is 10-for-22 with 3 homers and 2 steals in 6 games since we talked about him here last week.  He’s up to 31 homers on the year, and he’s now batting .293/.355/.631 in 172 PA at Double-A Tennessee.  It’s tough to find another hitter in the minors whose upside matches Baez’s.

Miguel Sano | OF, Twins – Sano has had his struggles at the Double-A level, hitting .236/.338/.556 in 52 games at New Britain.  The power stroke hasn’t yet betrayed him, though — the 20-year-old collected 3 more homers this past week, including #30.

Mark Appel | RHP, Astros – Jeff Luhnow has announced that the Astros will shut down Mark Appel after two more outings.  This comes as no surprise.  The 2013 #1 overall pick should be in for a significant workload increase next season.

Kyle Zimmer | RHP, Royals – Zimmer has been outstanding for the past two months, earning a promotion to Double-A where he posted a 1.93 ERA and a K/9 at 13.0 through 4 starts.  Shoulder stiffness shortened his most recent outing, and now it appears that the Royals will shut him down for the duration of the season.  Provided the shoulder isn’t anything serious, Zimmer should be ready for big league ball at some point next season.

Alen Hanson | 2B/SS, Pirates – The Bucs promoted Hanson to Double-A a couple weeks back, where the 20-year-old has been slow to heat up.  With 5 hits in his last 14 ABs, including his first Double-A homer, Hanson appears to be getting more comfortable versus upper levels pitching.  The middle infielder features a well-rounded offensive skill set, and he should offer five-category appeal in the fantasy game once he surfaces.

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  1. Matt says:
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    Okay to trade Harper for any of these in dynasty if I am going for it this yr?

    Cutch, goldy, A Jones, Cano, Votto

    6×6 with ops

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Matt: I’d trade Harper for Cutch, Votto, or Goldy…

  2. TheNewGuy says:
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    Crazy happenings with Strasburg last night huh. Own him in one league and just watched it and whoa, I don’t know if it was intentional or he just completely lost the grip on his pitches. Bizarre for usually a command guy like him, either way he totally lost it.

    Does Abreu beat out Bryant for no1 spot in offseason prospect drafts now, due to his big league readyness and all?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy: definitely bizarre & tough to really say that’s Strasburg losing his release point, or that’s Strasburg letting frustration boil over a bit. Kinda concerning regardless…

      I think Abreu is top pick only if you need immediate 1B/CI help… Otherwise, still Bryant.

  3. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Zimmer and/or Baez in the majors next season?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @malamoney: Zimmer, yes (provided he’s healthy) … Baez, probably not — cubs will likely take their time w/ him, trying to gauge his ability to stick at SS

  4. Cheese says:
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    Reading this column each week makes me wish I was in some sort of mega dynasty league, but oh well…

    I have kind of a gross question… I need to drop one:

    Span, Lake, Bourjos, Middlebrooks

    I’m leaning Lake, but could see myself dropping Span or Bourjos just as easily as well… Bourjos has started both games since being back (batted lead off last night albeit 0-5), so that in itself makes me want to hold on to him for a bit longer

    Thoughts? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Cheese: It’s a tough call, but I think Lake is your drop… his hot streak seems to have run its course.

  5. The Thumb says:
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    Do you think Jose Abreu will be drafted ahead of where Cespedes 2 years ago? I think Yoenis was in the 70s-80s.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @The Thumb: Probably similar.

  6. Elwood Blues says:
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    I have no fantasy question. Just wanted to say It’s good to see so many Cubs prospects doing so well.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Elwood Blues: The future is bright for the Cubbies.

  7. Marti says:
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    Who do you start at middle infield spot for ros? I don’t need sb because it doubtful I catch the guy ahead of me or I get caught.

    Beckham
    Villar
    G green

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Marti: Beckham

  8. Matt P says:
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    Scott, love these articles, I wanted to gloat about my minor league picthing:
    Wacha, Zimmer, R Stephenson and Sims… would you give that a B, B+, A- ??

    Do you think Michael Choice will be able to produce in that crappy park? I could drop him for Jackie Bradley Jr…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Matt P: A-/B+ — you’re missing that Bradley/Walker/Taillon piece to put you over the top, but still a great core. I would not look to add Jackie Bradley in any format. Hold Choice.

  9. Keith says:
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    If you could only keep 10 prospectswho would you keep?
    Javier Baez*
    Alen Hanson*
    CJ Edwards*
    Max Fried*
    Raphael De Paula*
    David Dahl*
    George Springer*
    Nick Castellanos*
    Joc Pederson*
    Adalberto Mondesi*
    Richie shaffer
    Mike Olt
    Bryan Goodwin
    Chris Anderson
    I’m thinking about keep the guys with an *

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Keith: Only thing I’d do different is keep Olt & cut De Paula.

  10. nightpandas says:
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    Would you trade Tulo and 3rd round pick for Segura and 1st round next year? It is a keep 9 in a 15 team league. My concern is the power drop off as it is more scarce in the 10th round (would be the first round drafted). However I could keep Segura forever.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @nightpandas: I’d hold Tulo.

  11. Targaryen says:
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    Would you trade away luebke for Rizzo. The guy is out of the playoffs and building his dynasty for next year, I would be dropping Olt who qualifies at 1st right now. Will he come up next month you think?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Targaryen: I do think we see Olt next month, but I’d still pull the trigger on Luebke for Rizzo… that’s a steal.

      • Targaryen says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks. I thought the same thing & figured by the time he had any real value again I can grab a guy like Bradley, Walker or someone else, so long as I’m able to beat someone else to the punch

  12. English says:
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    Scott, the following pitchers are available in a dynasty league where I’ve recently taken over a team. I’ve got 3 open spots on my minor league farm. Out of the following available prospects which 3 would you like for;

    A) overall prospect?
    B) impact for 2014?

    Alex Colome, Kevin Gausman, Kyle Crick, Mike Foltynewiscz,Taylor Guerrieri, Marcus Stroman, Robert Stephenson, Yordana Ventura, Rafael De Paula, Andrew Heaney, AJ Cole, Tyler Glasnow, James Paxton, Keyvious Sampson, Lance McCullers, Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez, Johnathan Gray, Eddie Butler.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @English: Jesus there’s a lot of talent out there… Gausman, Stephenson & Ventura would be my top 3… Crick, Glasnow, Heaney, Gray & Butler should all probably be owned too.

      • English says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Tell me about it! Trying to balance the need to get the best guys with the best for next year.

        Other than Gausman, who do you think will have most impact next year? I’m going to fill up my minors spots with guys who are more likely for 2015 but replace a couple of my current pitchers with guys who could break out from the start of next year.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @English: Heaney & Ventura probably arrive next season… Stephenson is more of a 2015 guy, but he’s arguably the highest upside arm you listed…

  13. TheNewGuy says:
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    Time to get excited man, your boy Bogartes is finally up! Now to see what all the hype is about.

    Grabbed him for upside in my non-keeper. Reckon he plays every day or close to it? And what position, short or 3rd (or both!)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Looks like he’ll play just about everyday, getting reps at both SS & 3B

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Apart from today it seems…lol

  14. Zac says:
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    My Yu Darvish for his Machado?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Zac: I like it in a dynasty…

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