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I’m gonna double-dip on what I wrote a year ago in my week 23 MiLB report because 1) I think it still holds, and 2) I’m a double-dipper:  “The Minor League Baseball season has reached it’s glorious culmination.  Well, actually, it’s not very glorious.  No, no one really cares who wins in the New York-Penn semis, or the International League title, or the Midwest League championship.  It’s just not that interesting.  Not even for me.  Sure, organizations do their best to instill winning attitudes throughout their farm systems, and I absolutely agree that’s important.  It’s why Jeff Luhnow is still tweeting crap like “#JETHAWKS WIN”.  Yay, Jethawks… It’s fun for the players, I suppose.  It’s fun for the small-town fans, too.  And it’s a small source of pride for player development types.  But that’s about the extent of it.  All that said, the various MiLB playoffs are still worth keeping an eye on, if only for the handful of real-deal prospects who’re performing on a slightly grander stage than usual.  So, to wrap up this year’s Minor Accomplishments series, I leave you with a brief rundown of what’s happening with some of the more notable prospects in their respective postseasons.”

Gregory Polanco | OF, Pirates – The Pirates promoted Polanco to Triple-A Indianapolis for the final few games of the regular season, and the first round of the playoffs.  Unfortunately, it won’t extend beyond the first round, as Indianapolis was swept by Durham earlier in the week.  Polanco is a serious fantasy prospect with potential to help across the board offensively.  He ranked #10 on my mid-season top 50.

Jake Odorizzi | RHP, Rays – Odorizzi was part of the cause that helped sweep Indianapolis.  The 23-year-old allowed just 1 hit through 7 frames while walking 3 and whiffing 9 on Thursday night.

Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners – Although they missed the playoffs, there was good news coming out of Tacoma this week, as Danny Hultzen made his first start since June.  The lefty tossed two frames, allowing no baserunners while striking out 3.  It was a positive development after the M’s speculated about shutting Hultzen down in August.

Trayce Thompson | OF, White Sox – Thompson finished last season as one of the hottest hitters in baseball, rising from High-A to Triple-A over the course of a couple weeks.  However, 2013, his first full year in the upper levels, has been a forgettable year:  .229/.321/.383, 15 HR.  Thompson finally seems to be rediscovering his power stroke late in the season, though.  The 22-year-old has 3 homers in the past week, including one in the Southern League playoffs.

Marcus Stroman | RHP, Blue Jays – New Hampshire missed the playoffs, so Monday was Stroman’s last start of the regular season.  The 2012 1st rounder tossed 8 IP, allowing 2 hits and 1 run while whiffing 11 and walking zero.  Can’t wait to watch him pitch in the Arizona Fall League next month.

George Springer | OF, Astros – Springer fell three homers short of a 40/40 year in the regular season, but he’ll try to chase down that accomplishment in the playoffs — unofficially, of course.  He drilled his first postseason HR on Friday night.

Noah Syndergaard | RHP, Mets – Syndergaard lasted 6 IP in his Eastern League playoffs debut.  He allowed 7 hits and 3 runs, but he whiffed 8 along the way, and reports are saying that the 21-year-old was lighting up the radar gun with triple-digit gas.  Syndergaard brings legit ace potential, and he could be surfacing in New York as soon as next summer.

Mike Foltynewicz | RHP, Astros – Foltynewicz profiles similarly to Syndergaard in that they’re both big-framed righties with plus fastballs and solid secondary stuff.  They also both have 11-letter last names.  They also both pitched will in their Double-A playoffs debuts — Foltynewicz tossed 7 IP, allowing 1 run on 5 hits while striking out 6.

Braden Shipley | RHP, D’Backs – The 15th overall pick back in June, Braden Shipley has been sharp since he arrived in the Midwest League, posting a 2.61 ERA, a 1.07 WHIP, and a K/9 at 7.0.  He continued that trend in the playoffs on Thursday:  7 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 3 BB, 4 K.

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  1. bossmanjunior says:
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    Scott, love to get your input on my question in your last post. Thanks buddy.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @bossmanjunior: Sorry for the delay on that… just posted some thoughts on the other thread. Please feel free to follow up…

      • bossmanjunior says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thanks man. I was worried about you, thought maybe you got caught up smuggling drugs down in Mexico and went missing when two of the cocaine filled condoms you smuggled in your ass went missing and Sanchez accused you of stealing his product and sleeping with his sister. But it looks like you’re fine.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @bossmanjunior: Ha! Only the sister part is true…

  2. CM52 says:
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    Thank you for no “and that’s me quoting me” attention whoring. Always look forward to reading your stuff.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @CM52: Thanks!

  3. Frank White says:
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    Hey Bud… So I have my semi finals next week and I know Alex Wood hasn’t been doing so great but I don’t know if I should drop him cause he has the Marlins next week for my Semi’s.. Should I keep him for now??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Frank White: I think he’s probably too risky to put out there if there in a crucial week.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Frank White: Sorry my response makes no sense. I wouldn’t play him in such a big week. Odds are he’ll do fine against Miami, but you can’t risk a blowup in the semis.

      • Frank White says:
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        Well I have Locke on waivers playing the cubs and Yusmeiro Petit on waivers plaing Colorado. Should I try to grab both of them and see which one I get cause i’m the lowest on waivers right now?? If so which one should I go for first cause the both get cleard the same day??

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Frank White: Go for Petit.

  4. Kyle says:
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    Drop eaton or yelich to take marte off DL spot? Or drop Marte ?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Kyle: Eaton.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: scott, are you aware that marte can’t swing a bat at all, and is only coming up to pinch run? He’s in the same spot as Cargo. Near worthless. Like Billy Hamilton divided by near 2. Marte could still get steals. He also could reinjure the already swelled up hand and sit for the rest of the year. He isn’t batting, at all.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @goodfold2: At the time of the comment, I was not aware… thanks for bringing that to light.

  5. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Re: Folty vs Syndergaard, do the comparisons stop before “legit ace potential”?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Not completely, but mostly yes. Folty has a glimmer of ace potential, but Syndergaard’s is much more realistic — Noah’s fastball is a full grade better than Folty’s.

  6. Joey belle says:
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    Please tell me I won’t forever regret trading away Baez for an expensive but keepable Cliff Lee in a title push a couple of weeks ago.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Joey belle: You won’t regret it if you win the championship. If not, then I’m sorry for your loss.

  7. Nelson santovenia says:
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    Who hits the majors first, and who has a higher upside between Glasnow and Giolita?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Nelson santovenia: Glasnow arrives first, Giolito brings bigger upside.

  8. Eric S. says:
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    Do you think that George Springer will start next season on the big league roster? I’m contemplatin picking him up to use as a keeper now since my keepers are weak this year.

    • Eric S. says:
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      @Eric S.:

      Also, anyone else on this board worth hawking early and using as keepers for next year to get great value out of them?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Eric S.: Can’t say for certain, but my guess is that Springer gets the Wil Myers treatment & doesn’t arrive until June.

      • Eric S. says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        As always, much appreciated.

  9. Marti says:
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    Can keep 6 players in a dynasty league…lose the draft pick..goes up by 2 rounds each year.

    My no brainers are Strasberg round 23 and kenley Jansen round 30. My other choices for next year are..

    A Craig round 21
    I Desmond round 13
    B Hamilton round14
    Werth round 14
    Bumgarmer round 8
    S gray round 31
    George springer round 32

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Marti: Hold Madbum, Craig, Desmond & Springer…

      • Marti says:
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        U like mad bum that much more than gray?

  10. The Red Cyclones says:
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    I know he’s in the bigs now, but do you see promise in Nick Franklin? Can he keep the power in 2014 and hopefully hit above .220 at the same time?

    Also, who would you rather have in a keeper next year; Polanco, Bradley Jr. or Baez?

    • Scott Evans

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      @The Red Cyclones: Franklin should be able to sustain the power with 20+ HR next year…

      Your second question is asking who will produce most at MLB level next year? If so, probably Bradley, but that’s only because I doubt Baez or Polanco surfaces until late in the season. If you’re asking for long-term, it goes Baez, Polanco, [a thousand other players], Bradley

  11. TheNewGuy says:
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    Still shocked that the Ms promoted Taijuan, stunned even. Why start his clock now in a meaningless season?

    Presume theres no chance the D backs do the same with Bradley? Walker becomes the more valuable in keepers now, because he’ll likely start next year in the bigs.

    • Scott Evans

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      @TheNewGuy: Yeah, I was surprised as well. Service time is valued differently from front office to front office, so I don’t want to criticize the decision to call him up… I’m guessing the M’s plan to lock him up before he ever gets to an arbitration table, so super 2 status isn’t really a concern…

      No chance we see Bradley, unfortunately.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Take it you’d rather have Walker now than Bradley in keepers? Seems much more likely Walker will start the year in the bigs than Bradley, so he’ll be the only one usable next year.

        If so might send a tempter out to the Walker owner in my league, straight up for Bradley.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @TheNewGuy: I’d rather have Walker, yes.

  12. English says:
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    Quality stuff all year Scott.

    In a 20 team dynasty (keep 12 total) I have 9 definates but not sure on the other 3 due to either poor seasons or age. Which 3 would you keep from this list:
    Kelly Johnson
    Jimmy Rollins
    Victor Martinez
    Colby Rasmus
    Brad Miller
    Jake Peavy
    AJ Burnett
    Rafael Betancourt
    Andrew Bailey

    Or I could addanother prospect (already have Archie Bradley stashed). Available to pick up are; Maikel Franco, David Dahl, Alen Hanson, Albert Almora, Max Fried, Andrew Heaney, Anthony Ranuado, Kyle Crick, Mike Foltynewicz, Alex Meyer, Zach Lee.

    I’m tempted to take Franco and/or Ranaudo as they might be with the big club on opening day. What do you think?

    Agian, thanks for the great work you’ve done this year. Really enjoy your take on the prospects.

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