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The Arizona Fall League has announced its preliminary rosters, and as usual, this year’s AFL is loaded with high impact talent.  Offensive headliners include Byron Buxton, Javier Baez, Kris Bryant, Addison Russell, and Jorge Soler.  On the pitching side of things, we’ve got Kyle Crick, Alex Meyer, Andrew Heaney, and Marcus Stroman.  I’m leaving out plenty of other notable prospects, too.  These rosters are always a welcome relief for us prospect enthusiasts who fear the onset of the withdrawal symptoms that inevitably come with the baseball off-season.  The AFL should keep the nervous twitching and general malaise at bay, if only for a little while.

Billy Hamilton | OF, Reds – You’ve been begging for a Hamilton call-up since last summer, and now it’s finally upon us.  Looks like Billy’s role will be limited, but I’d still grab in any roto format in which you’re chasing steals.  He won’t need regular PAs to make an impact in that department.

Nick Castellanos | OF, Tigers – Also getting a September call is Detroit outfielder, Nick Castellanos.  The 21-year-old carries a quality stick, and he offers significant dynasty league upside, but I don’t see him as a difference maker in the fantasy game this season.  In deeper leagues, he’s worth a look for upside’s sake, but at the moment, I like him far less than his former teammate, Avisail Garcia.

Joey Gallo | 3B, Rangers – Gallo drilled three homers on Friday night, giving him 38 on the year.  That figure leads Minor League Baseball.

Ryan Rua | 2B, Rangers – Rua hit 29 homers at High-A before being bumped up to Double-A Frisco, where his power hit a lull.  With homers in back-to-back games earlier this week, though, it looks like the 23-year-old might be rediscovering his power stroke.

Trevor May | RHP, Twins – If Trevor May can ever figure out the command end of pitching, he’ll make for an extremely intriguing fantasy prospect.  Alas, the 23-year-old has continued to struggle in that regard, posting a BB-rate north of 10% for his second straight season in Double-A.  On the bright side, his start this past Monday was encouraging:  6 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 9 K.  His stuff is still too good to give up on just yet, but the window is closing.  Next season will be of the make-or-break variety for May.

Byron Buxton | OF, Twins – Buxton’s been on fire lately at High-A Fort Myers, hitting .385/.556/.538 through his past 10 games.  The 19-year-old is displaying patience at the plate far beyond what’s typical at class A.  Combine that with the rest of his noted skill set, and hoo boy, it’s gonna be fun to watch him step into the upper levels next spring.

Matt Barnes | RHP, Red Sox – In his first Triple-A start, Barnes lasted 5.1 scoreless frames, allowing 3 hits while walking 2 and whiffing 7.  The 23-year-old hasn’t had the smoothest season, but he still brings front-end potential, and he should be surfacing sometime next season.

Bubba Starling | OF, Royals – With 3 homers in his past 6 games, and 5 multi-hit performances in his past 8 games, it kinda seems like Starling is starting to figure things out at Low-A Lexington.  He’s still just 21 years old and his tools remain among the most impressive in the minors.

Carlos Martinez | RHP, Cardinals – C-Mart continues to yo-yo between Triple-A and the bigs.  He’s currently pitching in Memphis as a starter, where he turned in this line in his most recent outing:  7 IP, 5 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K.  Expect to see him back with the Cardinals this week.

Kyle Crick | RHP, Giants – Kyle Crick has been truly dominant at High-A San Jose, posting a 1.57 ERA and a K/9 at 12.5 through 14 starts.  His most recent outing followed suit:  7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 11 K.

Kris Bryant | 3B, Cubs – Bryant has 9 homers in 35 professional ballgames.  Who’s 2014′s MiLB HR leader?  Gallo?  Sano?  My money’s on Bryant.

One last thing:  Don’t forget to join this season’s final exclusive Razzball contest at DraftKings.  The game is set for Friday, and there will be 50 spots available.  JB will have the rest of the details for us on Wednesday, but in the meantime, get excited.

  1. Curt says:
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    What’s going on with Olt??…..A September call-up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Curt: Beginning to show a little bit more consistency at AAA Iowa… still think we see him with the Cubs before the year is through.

  2. Stumanji says:
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    If Buxton impresses in the AFL and next spring, what’s his earliest ETA to the show? This time next year?

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @Stumanji:

      The Twins are notoriously slow with their prospects. They’ll probably move BB up to AA next year and if he excels (not a given with the level jump), then he’ll have some time in AAA. I’d imagine 2015 is the earliest we’d see him up.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Stumanji: I must agree w/ apox… I’d be shocked if we see him before 2015.

  3. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    In a 12team OBP H2H keeper league, which 4 would you keep? Have 1bs, 2bs, 3bs, runs, hrs, rbis, OBP, SBs for offensive stats and W, L, CG, ERA, WHIP, Saves, BS, Ks for defensive stats.

    Out of: Eaton, Taveras, Bogaerts, Nick Franklin, Wheeler, Ryu?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Edward Scherzer Hands: Wheeler, Bogaerts, Eaton & Taveras… that’s the upside play… if you can’t deal with the possibility of Taveras NA for the first couple months, keep Franklin instead.

  4. Jay

    jaywrong says:
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    SCOTT!!!!

    I need your prospect gravitas, as I do once and a while. Tommy La Stella, you think he contributes at all next year?

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @jaywrong:

      Not with Uggla making all that money. Perhaps he plays a Utility role, but it’s doubtful. If the Braves could somehow move Uggla’s contract than, yeah, I could see it. However, Peraza is the Braves’ MI farmhand I’d like to own.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @jaywrong: Zero defensive versatility w/ La Stella & with that big Uggla contract blocking him, any significant contribution is unlikely. Still, he’s 25 next January & his hit tool is absolutely ready if there’s an opportunity… tough situaish to gauge, Jay…

  5. Fl says:
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    Gallo hit 2 more last night, that’s 6 in 3 games. I witnessed 5 of them.

    But Gallo will hit no HR before it’s time. Sorry for the lame Gallo’s humor.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Fl: Ha! The guys is totally locked in right now.

  6. Sean says:
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    Rua’s home runs were hit at Low-A, not High-A. He was old for Hickory and is now at an age-appropriate level.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Sean: Indeed they were. Thanks for the catch.

  7. Josh brewster says:
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    What about George Springer…40/40 btwn AA and AAA?

    What sept. call ups could have an impact on my playoff run these next 2 weeks?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Josh brewster: Springer’s enormous year reminds me of Wil Myers a year ago… don’t think we see George in Houston ’til next June.

      Biggest Sept call-ups are gonna be Hamilton, Castellanos… and I’m hoping we see Olt here in the next couple weeks too.

  8. Birdmann says:
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    I have Nick C in my NA spot drop Khris Davis and activate him or hold till I am forced to make a move?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Birdmann: Hold

  9. Matt says:
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    Is wacha worth a start on Tuesday versus cincy? It’s in week one of the playoffs so I’m not sure if I want to risk it…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Matt: I wouldn’t.

  10. griff says:
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    Hey Scott,
    I thought the Astros would call up Springer this month, but that appears to be a no-go. Do you think Springer has a shot at making the opening day roster next year? Is he worth stashing now in a dynasty roto?

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