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2013 was supposed to be a breakout year for Trevor Story, who was coming off of an exciting 2012 campaign at Low-A Asheville where hit .277/.367/.505 with 18 HR and 15 SB. That line, combined with the fact he was stepping up to the hitter-friendly environment of the Cali League, made for some serious hype last spring – hype which his on-field performance couldn’t match. Story ended 2013 with a forgettable .233/.305/.394, 12 HR, 23 SB line. He’s out to repair his image in 2014, though. In a repeat assignment at High-A Modesto, the 21-year-old SS/3B is hitting .306/.394/.516 with 9 XBH (1 HR), and 11 SB in 71 PA.

Rougned Odor, 2B, Rangers – Odor owns one of MiLB’s most promising hit tools, and that aspect of his game has been evident ever since he stepped on a professional diamond. His game power, on the other hand, hasn’t drawn the same praise throughout the 20-year-old’s development. But since Odor arrived at Double-A late last season, exciting long ball potential has begun to reveal itself – in 44 games at Frisco dating back to last August, he’s knocked 9 homers.

Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox – After capturing the fantasy community’s attention in 2013 by swiping 98 bags across three levels (A-, A+, AA), Johnson, age 23, is off to a superb start at Double-A Birmingham, hitting .356/.433/.542 with 2 HR and 3 SB through his first 15 games.

Gregory Polanco, OF, Pirates – With Springer now in the bigs, Greg Polanco is looking like the best stash left in the minors, in front of guys like Oscar Taveras and Javy Baez thanks to what appears to be a clear path to playing time in Pittsburgh.  It’s tough to debate the readiness aspect, too – the 22-year-old continues to rake at Triple-A, batting .439/.475/.667 through 14 games.

Aaron Sanchez, RHP, Blue Jays – After a rough start last weekend, during which he walked 4 batters and plunked 3 more in just 4 innings of work, Sanchez tossed a clean outing on Friday, whiffing 6 and allowing only 6 baserunners through 6 IP. The 21-year-old is supremely talented, bringing true front-end potential to Toronto, so it’s a relief to see him quickly shake off the tough outing.

Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals – The Nationals will monitor Giolito closely in his first full season back from TJ surgery. Through three contests so far at Low-A Hagerstown, the 19-year-old has tossed just 13 IP, allowing 3 runs and whiffing 15 along the way.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs – In his first taste of upper levels baseball, Bryant is expectedly holding his own: .286/.455/.643, 4 HR, 3 SB through 14 games. The 22-year-old’s production has been steady to this point, but I’m anxious to see how the hype around him inflates once he catches his first heater at Double-A.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers – Speaking of heaters, Pederson continues to mash at Triple-A Albuquerque, hitting .436/.551/.800 with 5 HR and 5 SB through 15 games. It’s truly a shame that there’s no opportunity for him in LA just yet.

Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox – Betts, too, is off to a blazing start, hitting .417/.463/.646 through his first 12 games at the Double-A level. The 21-year-old has the unfortunate distinction of being stuck behind Dustin Pedroia on Boston’s depth chart for the foreseeable future. For that reason, don’t be surprised if his name pops up in trade rumors later this summer.

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians – Bauer’s bounce-back campaign is continuing on the right track at Triple-A Columbus, where he’s allowed just 1 run over 12 IP while posting a 18/3 K/BB. After being plagued by a 1.58 WHIP and a K/BB ratio at just 1.45 in 2013, it’s encouraging to see the 23-year-old hitting his spots in the early season.

Jesse Biddle, RHP, Phillies – Biddle tossed a gem at Double-A Reading on Friday, allowing just 3 baserunners through 7 IP while striking out 11. I’m anxious to see how his offspeed stuff fares versus experienced bats at the Triple-A level, and we could get the opportunity to do so soon, provided the 22-year-old’s hot start continues.

Jon Singleton, 1B, Astros – Jon Singleton’s pop is noted, but his approach and pure hitting ability are skills that often go overlooked. He hasn’t played a full season’s worth of ballgames since 2012 at Double-A Corpus Christi, where he hit .284/.396/.497 in 131 contests. So far in 2014, Singleton is doing his best to remind folks of his all-around offensive skill set, posting a line at .343/438/.762 with 6 HR through his first 15 games at Triple-A.

Aledmys Diaz, SS, Cardinals – The much publicized Cuban defector has begun his stateside career at the Double-A level where he’s hitting .333/.340/.583 with 2 HR and 2 SB through 13 games. I’ve been cautious about touting Diaz, mostly because I simply haven’t seen enough of him, but it’s difficult not to get excited about the early results.

Robert Stephenson, RHP, Reds – Following a terrific 2014 debut at Double-A Pensacola (5 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 11 K), Stephenson has struggled to find the strike zone. In two outings since then, his K/BB reads 3/9 and 8 runs have crossed the plate against him.

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  1. LanceB says:
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    Is you were going to predict the next two guys to get called up who would you go with?

    Thinking about stashing one or two on a roto team of mine..

    Bradley and Polanco are my guesses

    • Polanco, Bradley, Taveras, Baez & Singleton are best stashes right now.

      • TysonFrozenChicken says:
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        @Scott Evans: In that order? Does the DL7 stint for Baez push his call-up back for you, or still thinking May?

        • Yes. June seems likely for Baez unless he catches a heater here soon.

  2. Picard56 says:
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    How is Eddie Butler looking so far? June call up inevitable?

    • Yesterday was his worst start of the year, but he’s looking solid. Should arrive this summer.

  3. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    I grabbed Bauer last week. What are your thoughts on Bundy?

    I heard Singleton uses a bong for a bat! Just kidding. When he gets called up would you rather have him or Moss?

    Would you trade Shelby Miller and Springer for Scherzer?

    How about Salazar and Springer for Mccutchen or Harper?

    Love the promise Springer has, but it might be smart to take advantage of all the hype surrounding him right now.

    • Smalls Killer says:
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      @malamoney: I have up Springer and Chavez for Teheran & crisp. I’m stoked about it But I do think that was pretty even trade. I could possibly see getting Harper for those 2 but that would be insane if u could get Cutch. (Insane if the owner gave him up for hype) if it’s being offered take it

    • Bauer’s successes through 20 IP can unravel in a hurry — don’t forget that. Bundy won’t be mixed league relevant until summer 2015. Singleton’s upside better than Moss’s. I like the Scherzer end of that trade. I like getting McCutch in the second trade. Good idea to trade Springer now.

  4. Joe says:
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    Minor accomplishments are the best articles on the web. Everyone likes them young.

  5. Troy says:
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    Scott in deep 12 team league when do u add someone like polanco who is still on waivers but will probably be added in first couple weeks of may with antisipation of getting called up early June. Do u add him before then or press your luck in mid may? Also if Carrasco gets rocked again tomorrow almost has to be Bauer time right?

    • Depends on how you use your bench. Don’t stash him at all if you like to rotate guys in throughout the week… Maybe — folks forget how bad Bauer can be & how quickly his control issues can unravel him.

      • white sox guy says:
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        @Scott Evans: thats true but hes never really had this low of a walk rate basically throughout his whole career. You dont think maybe he finally listened to his coaches and figured something out? and do like to rotate guys in and out but could part with a mcgehee type if needed

        • He’s only pitched 3 ballgames…

          • white sox guy says:
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            @Scott Evans: and hes looked better then he ever has in his career even when he was a top prospect lol. control has been very pin point. realize it isnt much but cant just write a guy off like that who has as good of stuff as he does.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @white sox guy: big gap between pickup now and write off.

              • Yes, exactly. Not writing him off whatsoever.

  6. Slappy says:
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    Tsuyoshi Wada, Iowa Cubs.

    Certainly not a “prospect” at 33, is coming back from the dreaded TJS, but was named PCL player of the week for the extended week of April 3-13. Over 21 IP is sitting at a 0.84 ERA with 23 K to 2 BB.

  7. Benny says:
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    Hi Scott – If you had to make crystal ball prediction of fantasy value for 5 years from now when all of the below guys are in the majors, what would the ranking be?

    K. Bryant
    J. Soler
    O. Tavers
    J. Baez
    B. Buxton

    • @Benny: I would say:

      Buxton
      Taveras
      Baez
      Bryant
      Soler

      No sure about Soler at the moment, but he could wind up top 3 when all is said and done..cheers

    • Based on ceiling: Baez, Buxton, Taveras, Bryant, [25 other prospects], Soler

  8. Would you cut Salazar to pick-up Bauer if he joins the rotation? CC Sabathia and Fister on waivers, should I cut Gallardo and for which one? Thinking Fister. Also, need your help, would you drop Desmond Jennings to pick-up Victorino when he returns? Thanks!

    • I wouldn’t go overboard racing to grab Bauer… go for Fister… probably hold Jennings in most formats.

  9. Al koholic says:
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    rumors had singleton getting a call soon after springer,do you see him or polanco coming up earlier,thanks

    • Both should arrive in the next six weeks… impossible to say which is first.

  10. PU Henderson Alvarez and drop Khris Davis??

    • Spyre says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: on the same note, what about dropping skaggs for alvatez?

    • Davis isn’t doing much to make you want to hold him… Alvarez is inconsistent, but brings upside… you can make this move.

  11. Swfcdan says:
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    Story, J Bell, G Sanchez. Pick 2.

    Thanks man.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Fatt Adams has been raking but has a ridiculously low 9 R+RBIs so far batting in the heart of their lineup. Your Cards have been scuffling offensively which is mighty strange for them. Reckon this speeds up Oscars arrival?

        • Could contribute, sure.

  12. K-dawg says:
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    Hi guys, I’m Looking for a starter for springer (10 team h2h redraft league) my OFs are all better and I need starter help so what do u think is fair for the hyped up springer? Loshe? Pineda? Lynn? SP 3/4? Thx guys all opinions appreciated!!

    • I like the idea of packaging an SP with Springer for a significant SP upgrade. Upside w/ Springer is significant, so if you’re giving him up, you want to be able to add a front-end guy.

  13. cubsin2020 says:
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    Scott. Would you consider Springer a streaky power speed guy? Like Jupton or Bruce with more speed? Will he be frustrating like those guys in h2h leagues with long stretches of nothingness? Thanks.

    • He has hot stretches & cold stretches, which might lead to some frustrating weeks in H2H formats.

      • cubsin2020 says:
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        Is Baez going to be in the same boat? Or is his hit tool way better than Springer. Be gentle I’m a Cubs fan.

        • Baez has otherworldly hand-eye ability that Springer doesn’t possess. That should make him less prone to extended cold stretches.

          • cubsin2020 says:
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            Thanks for “doin work” on Easter Sunday. Grey and the other guys are okay, but your are the best. You are on point and never seem as confused as the other guys. You are def my favorite razzballer. (Maybe it’s because I always tank at draft day and need to know who is going to impact the league out of the minors). Stay golden Pony Boy.

            • Haha thanks for the kind words 2020!

  14. Yescheese says:
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    Been keeping my eye on Micah J. He’s one of those guys under the radar in the super deep leagues because of his low profile (until late).

    How do you think his hit tool will translate to the bigs? I’ve heard mixed reports. Great work as always Scott

    • I like the hit tool. Has the potential to play above average at highest level, which should allow up good OBP & loads of SB. Sneaky good fantasy prospect, just hope he sticks at 2B.

  15. Paz says:
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    Drop Khris Davis for Ike Davis? Khris has been rotting on my bench for a good while now…

    • I’d hold Ike just to see if the trade somehow rejuvenates him. Very scientific advice, I know.

  16. bri says:
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    I have a solid stash of young talent: Polanco, Taveras, and Bradley. If I’m thinking of adding one more .. do you think Jon Singleton or Dylan Bundy is the pick?

    I like Singleton, but I have Goldschmidt and Abreu locked up already..

    • Yescheese says:
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      @bri: in a keeper? Wow

    • @bri: Not sure why you’d be stashing Bundy — he won’t see the bigs in any sort of meaningful capacity this year.

  17. rafi says:
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    when do you think we see stroman get called up to join the toronto rotation? also, in al-only redraft – is it time to drop kendrys morales for singleton?

    • Stroman should get a look in the next 6 weeks. I’d hold Kendrys.

  18. Kcc26 says:
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    Gah….I drafted Baez in a 12 team mixed league where we keep 6 players each year in the average of the round the player was drafted in the previous year and the players ADP in the current season. I then was also able to grab polanco off of waivers. But now I’m stashing both and watching my team off to a slow start. I can’t imagine dropping Baez…I figure he’ll become a very valuable commodity at some point this year. How do you feel about stashing multiple players in this scenario? The roster spots are mostly taking the place of a streaming sp spot or a strong reliever.

    • The stash strategy has its pros & cons. In a mixed roto like this, I think you can afford to bank some IP in the early part of the year & not chase streamer SPs, so in that sense, I think you’re ok to hold your prospects. Typically where I advise against it is if you’re platooning OF/MI/CI & the stash locks up your flexibility.

      • Kcc26 says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks Scott! Look forward to your pieces every week!

  19. Ulysses says:
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    Stephenson or rafael montero as a stash in an nl only keeper league.

    • Montero for 2014, Stephenson for long-term.

  20. ChiliDavisConCarne says:
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    what do you think of a Cobb and Springer for a pitcher like bumgarner? think that’s the right type of deal/ pitcher?

    • Jason says:
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      @ChiliDavisConCarne: If it’s a redraft I could see the merit in such a strategy, but if it’s a keeper league no way do I make that trade.

  21. Al koholic says:
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    headley,plouffe and texiera,pick 2 of these bums until zimm gets off the dl

      • Al Koholic says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks man appreciate it

  22. brett says:
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    If Carrasco struggles aging today do you see Bauer getting called up? Worth a speculative add?

    • If you have space for the stash, sure. Remember how quickly things can unravel for Bauer… beware.

  23. Jason says:
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    Good news (hopefully) Baez activated today (at DH).

    Scott, with respect to Betts, do you think it’s possible Bogaerts could slide to 3rd with Middlebrooks the odd man out if he continues to disappoint? Betts appears to have been drafted as a SS (that’s where he’s eligible in Yahoo leagues), so there appears to at least be some pedigree there and his size is more conducive to the position that Bogaerts.

    • Jason says:
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      @Jason: *than Bogaerts.

    • He played 13 games at short in 2012 & hasn’t seen action there since… doesn’t really bode well for that line of thought, but I have seen some skeptics label him as a utility INF, implying multi-position flexibility…

      • Jason says:
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        @Scott Evans: I suppose it all depends on Middlebrooks – if he can work himself into being the “odd man out”, I think there’s a chance he could be “Kinslered” to make room.

  24. Matt says:
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    Should we be worried polanco wont run in the bigs since he is 1 for 3 in SBs this year?

  25. TysonFrozenChicken says:
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    Once Singleton is up, do you expect him to outperform a player like Corey Hart?

    • That implies Hart is healthy… I’d probably put him in category… maybe even a smidge more pop.

  26. KillerB says:
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    Singleton hit another last night. That’s 7 jacks and 23 RBI. If he continues to mash, now than 4/19 has passed, how soon could he come up?

    Also, would you drop Khris Davis for Marcell Ozuna? You think ozuna’s 2014 numbers and keeper value are greater than those of Davis?

    • Frankly, a call-up for Singleton tomorrow wouldn’t surprise me… tough to say what the Astros are waiting on now, but I assume it’s their presumed Super Two cutoff. And yeah, go Ozuna over Davis.

  27. Raj says:
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    It sounded like Gausman was close to opening the season in the O’s rotation and it would only be a matter of time before one of Norris, Chen or Gonzalez was replaced by him. Are his struggles cause for concern? I’m thinking about dropping Gausman and stashing Singleton instead. Do you think Singleton can maintain a reasonable BB-to-K margin? In 2012, he had 88 walks and 131 Ks in 131 games. Since then, it hasn’t been so good, 56 walks to 111 Ks in 89 games.

    • I think, at this point, Singleton is the better stash. Gausman will get it together, but he’s not forcing himself into the big league picture right now…

  28. Matt P says:
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    Hey Scott!

    What do you think of these moves I pulled in my dynasty league?

    I paid a steep price for Machado, but I thought I should jump on the chance to get a guy who might become a perennial top 10 pick for years… I gave up Sale/Cashner for him.

    I had Andrus and Segura at SS so I flipped Segura for Teheran.

    Then my last move was bolstering my third OF spot, I had Avisail but he went down for the year so I flipped Avisail and David Price for J Upton.

    Giving up Price/Sale/Cashner was tough but getting Teheran and having Zimmer and Stephenson in minors (WIsler and Sims also) I figured I could afford it to upgrade my offense.

    Good moves or did I overpay on these guys and am I relying too much on my minor league pitching to save my ass?

    Love the articles, definitely made a few moves these past two years based on your advice, loving my minor leaguers right now haha. Thanks!

    • I think you paid a premium, but I like the guys you’re getting & when you’re in a competitive dynasty league, sometimes you have to overpay in order to fill your needs. Looks like it creates better role definition for you… I like it.

  29. Todd says:
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    You didn’t mention Alex Guerrero, is he not considered a prospect? Whichever, he’s getting paid so he should be up soon right? What kind of impact at a weak 2b can he have right away? He seems like as good a stash as any…

    • I didn’t mention hundreds of prospects. There’s some pressure for the Dodgers to push Guerrero to the bigs because of the fact that he’s not cost-controlled, but he showed in spring training that he wasn’t exactly ready. I was never high on him for fantasy, but that has much to do with the fact I hadn’t seen much of him… there’s some upside, but it’s not of the high-impact variety.

      • Todd says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Thanks Scott, I can see clearly now

  30. Todd says:
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    Who has the higher upside polanco or springer?

    Happy Easter!

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: is that this season when polanco comes up or long term? i only have springer in redrafts, but wondering if he’s a drop for polanco if he comes up.

        • Long-term. I see them holding similar value for ROS.

  31. LT says:
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    12 team keeper league with unlimited keepers. 7×7 h2h roto league. I had taken a year to stock up on more keeper talent than previous years and have been winning early in spite of a short bench. Will Addison Russell be called up for sure this season? Before the injury I had no worries but if not I need the spot. Thoughts? Is Syndergaard a lock for 2014 also?

    • Russell is not a lock to arrive this year. Syndergaard should surface in NY, however…

  32. Dave says:
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    What will we get from Mesoraco ROS? Is he 250ish or 280ish?

  33. Russell James says:
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    When can we expect Andrew Heany and is he going to have an immediate impact

  34. Phil says:
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    I’ve had Skaggs in a keeper league for a while. Still able to stash him on my minor roster until I call him up. Just called up Ventura over him, so I’m leaving him down for since I’m deep at pitching (Lee, JFer, Tehrehan, Loriano, etc.)

    Wondering if it makes sense to keep Skaggs, or drop him for Alex Meyer or Mike Foltynewicz? Just not sure what Skaggs’ ceiling is. He seems solid, but worried he’s never going to live up to the hype from a couple years ago.

    Thoughts?

  35. Oz says:
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    Love the posts Scott. Couple Q’s:
    1) When will Alex Meyer get the call up?
    2) Any chance we see Jesse Biddle or Matt Barnes called up this year?

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