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In his first plate appearance of spring training, a big league camp AB versus David Phelps, Gregory Polanco turned on a breaking pitch, sending it over the right field wall. Such things happen to 22-year-olds during spring training, and most of the time, they’re anomalies. In Polanco’s case, however, that moment, in retrospect, seems profound — a statement as to his readiness to produce at the highest level from the instant he stepped on a diamond this spring. Reassigned to Triple-A to begin the season, Polanco’s statements have only grown louder. Through 92 PA, he’s hitting .417/.467/.679 with 4 HR and 4 SB, making him the best mixed league stash in the minors. The Bucs have been fortunate thus far to squeeze some production out of their Travis Snyder/Jose Tabata platoon, but the upside with Polanco is unquestionably higher and it’s only a matter of time before Pittsburgh slots him into their lineup as the everyday RF. His incredible start at Indianapolis should allow him to segue into big league ball with a shizzload of confidence.

Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox:  Betts’s line at Double-A Portland speaks for itself: .431/.469/.653 with 11 XBH (2 HR) and 8 SB through 81 PA. That brand of MI production is what fantasy baseball dreams are made of.

Ryan McMahon, 3B, Rockies: A 2nd round pick last June, Ryan McMahon is playing himself onto dynasty league wish lists with an explosive first month at the full-season level. Through 20 games, the 19-year-old has knocked 8 long balls at Low-A Asheville. The early-season pop has me salivating at the long-term potential, given the eventual Coors Field factor. Obviously there’s significant development to go, but the upside here is clear.

David Dahl, OF, Rockies: Dahl showcased his power early, connecting with 4 HR through his first 10 games at Low-A Asheville, but it’s his speed that’s been on display lately. With 5 SB through his last 5 games, the 20-year-old is providing an exciting glimpse at his all-around skill set.

Alex Meyer, RHP, Twins: Meyer flashed some serious polish in his most recent outing, whiffing 11 through 6.2 scoreless IP at Triple-A Rochester. The 23-year-old should be one of the more high-impact arms to surface in the bigs this season.

Kohl Stewart, RHP, Twins: Further down the ladder in the Twins org is another arm bringing front-end potential to Minnesota. Kohl Stewart — the 4th overall pick last June — is getting his first taste of full-season baseball at Low-A Cedar Rapids, and he seems to be adjusting to the level with ease. His line on the year sits at 3.15/0.75/13 in 20 IP, but his start on Friday offered the clearest look at Stewart’s upside:  6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 6 K.

Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals: Perhaps news of Taveras’s rolled ankle pushed some who were stashing the 21-year-old to cut him loose. That might prove to be a regrettable move, as Oscar returned quickly to the Memphis lineup. What’s most noteworthy about the situation, though, is that Taveras has been spending time at CF recently, which would be the position that would allow for the clearest path to an opportunity in St. Louis.

C.J. Edwards, RHP, Cubs: The Cubs are loaded with high-impact hitting prospects, but the pitching side of their farm is churning out far less excitement. C.J. Edwards (1.86/1.01/155 through 116 IP in 2013) entered this season as Chicago’s most promising SP prospect, and through 4 Double-A starts, the 22-year-old has been sharp. It should be of great concern to Cubs fans, then, that Edwards is visiting the club’s medical staff this week to have shoulder discomfort evaluated.

Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Brewers: The Brewers farm entered the season seemingly void of fantasy impact, but Nelson’s hot start at Triple-A is offering some hope. The 24-year-old has posted a 1.80 ERA, a 0.80 WHIP, and a K/9 at 9.0 through his first 4 outings, including a scoreless 7 IP effort earlier in the week. He whiffed 9 and allowed only 3 baserunners in the start.

Stetson Allie, 1B, Pirates: The SP-turned-1B experiment chugs along with plenty of promise. Allie has collected 5 HR through his last 7 games with Double-A Altoona. On the year, the 23-year-old is hitting .283/.411/.667.

Jesse Biddle, RHP, Phillies: Biddle continued his dominance at Double-A Reading, posting a 7 IP, 2 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 10 K start on Wednesday. That makes 21 whiffs opposed to 2 walks through his last 14 IP. Expect to see him at Triple-A before long.

Gabriel Guerrero, OF, Mariners: After hitting 15 HR through 68 games in 2012, Guerrero’s game power disappeared in 2013, as the 20-year-old collected only 4 long balls in 125 games with Low-A Clinton. He’s stepped up the High-A California League this year, where the pop appears to have reemerged — Guerrero is batting .345/.391/.571 with 11 XBH (4 HR) and 3 SB through High Desert’s first 21 games.

Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers:  Gallo has drilled 9 homers in 21 games at High-A Myrtle Beach, and his ISO sits at .500. The power here is large, but you knew that.

Matt Wisler, RHP, Padres: Wisler is off to a fine start at Double-A San Antonio, posting a line at 2.16/1.08/30 through his first 25 IP. His most recent outing was his strongest yet, whiffing 10 and walking zero through 7 scoreless frames. He’ll get a chance to pitch at Petco this season if this sort of success keeps up.

Mike Montgomery, LHP, Rays: Montgomery retired 25 batters without surrendering a hit yesterday, but with his pitch count at 106, he didn’t get the opportunity to finish the no-hitter. The Rays clearly value healthy development over meaningless minor league accomplishments, and that’s always the smart approach, so do shut up with the “should’ve had a no-no” nonsense.

  1. inertiatic says:
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    Great round up, I always enjoy your posts Scott.

    I watched Noah Syndergaard pitch last night against the Tacoma Rainers and it wasn’t all pretty. I was very impressed with how easily he throws the ball 97 mph, with seemingly little effort. I was equally unimpressed however with how little he seems to give a shizz as to where said ball ends up, be it in the catchers mitt, behind the ump or deposited over the wall in center field (as J. Montero did in the third inning). He gave up a lot of hits to guys who really didn’t look like much, talent wise. Homers, too (though the dinky Cashman Feild stadium is a band box).

    I’m obviously not a talent evaluator and it was also my first up close experience at a major league talented guy doing his thing in person. It was cool as hell but I was really shocked how little he seemed to care the result of the game. He was almost robotic in every sense. Is that a character flaw somehow? Or is it just a routine night in the minors for a guy destined for bigger and better things. Overall has your opinion of him wavered with the slow start to the year?

    Thanks, I’ll hang up and listen.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @inertiatic: Mejia got ripped for “caring” when he gave up a homer to Jupton and then threw his glove. It is perfectly okay to look robotic.

    • No, I’m still very high on Syndergaard, and if you recall, Wheeler went through a puzzlingly meh stretch early on last year w/ Vegas. There’s a sort of prospect fatigue that some guys run into & that might be what you’re sensing w/ Noah… he’s been hyped up to the point where he’s a big leaguer in his own mind, and it might take the bright lights of Citi Field to flip that switch inside him. The best example I can think of in this case is Manny Machado in 2012 — he looked bored & disinterested at AA & his numbers weren’t special. Then he surfaced in Baltimore & started raking. Some guys are just built for the biggest stage. Now, whether or not that’s a flaw depends on how they transition to the next level. Syndergaard’s raw tools should allow him to excel immediately, but he’ll need to be all in on the focus side of things too.

      Great comment. I love getting firsthand accounts here…

  2. yeap...that's right says:
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    more important than Gallo’s .500 ISO is the fact that his K:BB ratio is 24:19 when it was 37% LAST YEAR. If he gets close to 1:1, heck even 2:1, then he’s going to be a MONSTER.

    • Agree. The power is noted & very real, but how the swing-and-miss in his game progresses as he climbs the ladder will be paramount to his success in the bigs.

  3. malamoney says:
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    Thanks Scott, great stuff.

    CBS forced my hand on stashing Stroman once they wrote an article that he was awesome and coming up soon. While I still think there’s some time before he’s called up, these articles drive player ownership through the roof and someone who had no idea who he was would have surely taken a flier.

    The problem is I want to stash Singleton and now the only guys I have to drop are Moss and Khris Davis. Not sure how I feel about that. Both homered last night.

    I was offered Cain for my Alex Gordon. Thoughts? I’ve been trying hard to get Bumgarner with some combination of Shelby Miller, Salazar, Gordon, Springer and Cespedes, but no luck. This was his counter.

    My starters: Felix, Greinke, Gray, Gerritt Cole, Sanchez, Miller, Salazar, Bauer, Stroman
    OF: Braun, Adam Jones, Gordon, Springer, Cespedes, Moss, Khris Davis, Calhoun, Prado
    IF: Goldy, Gyorko, Tulo, Longoria, Posey

    Would love to get either Bumgarner, Scherzer or Strasburg…

    • @malamoney: I agree on the article about these stud prospects. Stroman was picked up in my league right after the article came . How about offering him 3 guys from your list of trade bait for Madbum and then you have room for Singleton and another stash.

      Something like Salazzar, Miller & Gordon for Madbum..

      I never mind giving up an extra player to get what I want..

    • I like stashing Singleton over Stroman for now.

      I’d hold Gordon & I don’t really see your need for another front-end SP… Felix & Greinke & Cole should suffice to anchor your staff, no?

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: I was thinking the same. Drop Stroman for Singleton.

        What do you think Stroman’s impact will be? And when do you think he will be up?

        • I expect to see Stroman up around mid-season & should deliver exciting K impact right from the start…

  4. scott says:
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    When do you think we will see Polanco? Any updates on Baez post injury?

    • We’ll see Polanco within 6 weeks. Baez is back from the ankle injury, but he’s not playing well. Whiffing far too much & not much loud contact. He got off to a slow start last year, and I’m afraid that might be the case again this year.

  5. scott says:
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    Also, I stashed Singleton with the hopes we may see him in Houston soon. Any thoughts?

    • Carl Weathers says:
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      Probably going to be up very soon, and seems very likely to make an impact this year for you. The best minor leaguer to have stashed right now.

      • I’d stash Polanco & Taveras before him, without hesitation.

    • We’ll see him before mid-June. Top 5 stash right now.

  6. LT says:
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    What players are due up after the deadline that are blocked now? Guys like Lindor when the Indians are out of the race maybe and move Cabrera? Guys like Joc Pederson getting sent somewhere for players? Like to the Phillies! Who’s destined to start after the deadline? When is Addison Russell coming back?

    • Taveras & Pederson are the most noteworthy high-impact prospect whose paths are blocked. Lindor’s fantasy impact isn’t quite as exciting as his real life impact — keep that in mind when he’s pushing for a call-up late this summer. I’ll cover the other soon-to-be surfacing prospects in my Prospect Power Rankings post this Wednesday. Russell out another 2-4 weeks, at least…

  7. Will says:
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    I am stashing Baez right now. I can still stash 1 more. Should I drop Ozuna and stash singleton or polanco? UTIL spot

    • I’d drop Baez for Polanco & hold Ozuna.

  8. Frank White says:
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    What’s up Bro.. Would you trade Cingrani and Alex Rios for Martin Pérez and Zobrist??

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @Frank White: I would keep Cingrani and Rios

  9. Brett says:
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    Baez is off to an awful start still confident he is called up his year?

    • Yes, he’ll see Wrigley this year.

  10. David says:
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    Who has the better career, Springer, Polanco or Buxton? Thanks.

    • Wallpaper Paterson says:
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      @David: buxton

    • Buxton, Planco, Springer… in that order. That’d be the order of upside too.

  11. David says:
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    Also, please rank in order of upside. Thanks again.

  12. CL says:
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    Do you like Biddle more than Rafael Montero or Butler for my farm? Or, since Stroman may be coming up soon, I may have a slot available soon.

    • Biddle & Montero are close, but Butler is ahead of both.

  13. Racehorse says:
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    Scott

    Jake Marisnick was put on the trading block in my dynasty league. Do I make a run at him trade wise? I have Marcel Ozuna on my MLB roster, and the idea of an organizational hand cuff is something I find appealing.

    Whaddya think?

    • Marisnick has intriguing tools, but I’m not sure if I believe in him as a ballplayer anymore… this could just be me getting impatient, but I keep thinking Brett Jackson when I hear Marisnick’s name brought up.

  14. I used SON last night for the first time, with Jenry Mejia, thru 5 he looked great and then..OH well, I am giving SON another chance with Peralta today..

    • Stick with it! It’ll pay big dividends over time…

      • @Scott Evans: I will, I DL Annieball and have an open spot, so I plan on streaming that spot everyday..

  15. Xavier says:
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    What happens to Alex Guerrero if Dee Gordon keeps this up? Let’s assume the Dodgers infield stays healthy all year, would they Keep Guerrero on the farm all year?

    Also would love thoughts on Steven Souza Jr…as a prospect and on potential if, say, Harper has to miss serious time with this thumb issue and he gets called up.

    Thanks.

    • Because Guerrero is already making big league money, I think they’ll use him on the major league roster this season, but whether or not it’s an everyday role depends on how much Gordon regresses.

  16. Carl Weathers says:
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    Hey Scott, keeper league (obv) – would you drop Boagerts for Singleton if positions don’t matter?? Noone else I could drop. Building for contention in this league next year.

  17. jake says:
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    I’m new to the stashing minors picture, but love the idea behind it. Question quick, the article says polanco is the best stash RIGHT NOW, and in the comments another said singleton. I’m aware its a matter of opinon, but are people saying singleton right now just because he’ll be called up first, or they actually would rather have singleton over polanco for their career?

    • Carl Weathers says:
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      I said Singleton based on him being likely called up very soon, and also Grey’s buy column. Polanco prob has better career.

    • I disagreed with that commenter. Singleton is in the conversation, but the upside w/ Polanco & Taveras is better. Arrival timetable for all three is about the same — you can expect to see them within the next 6 weeks. I’d roll with Polanco.

  18. The Thumb says:
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    Hey Scott, I’ve been offered Polanco for Salazar in a redraft 10 teamer. My NA spot is full so I’d have to keep Gregory on my bench.

    I’ve got a strong OF in Jones Bruce and Beltran and am currently stashing Taveras.

    My pitching should be strong enough that I could take the potential hit but that all depends on how Sale and Cobb bounce back from the DL. I guess the ultimate question is, do you think Danny’s just having a rough April or is something seriously wrong?

    Is the move worth it?

    Thanks for these awesome posts!

    • I think the deal on the surface favors the Polanco side, but it comes down to whether or not you can afford to lock up your flexibility with another OF stash… and what do you do when he & Oscar are active? …I suppose that’ll be a nice problem to have, but need to consider your season-long flexibility for SP streaming & whatnot.

  19. jake says:
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    basically who do the majority think will be better? polanco or singleton

  20. Guano baseball says:
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    Thoughts on the following trade

    16 team h2h traditional 5×5

    1 I trade Matt Adams and boegarts for mike minor and moustakas

    I have swisher and tex to cover first and plan to grab singleton

    2 venable or Dickerson or moustakas as last bench spot

    Thanks

      • Guano baseball says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        How about just Adams for minor?

        This is a redraft league

        • That’s more like it.

  21. The Thumb says:
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    Also, better sell high, Wily Peralta or Jesse Chavez? Leaning Chavez but want to know what you think…

  22. Bi-Felicia says:
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    5 leagues, 6 DL players avg on each, one league I have 9 DL. Im giving up on fantasy for a few weeks! Good luck everyone

    • Some years, the fantasy Gods take a nice hot dump right on your hopes & dreams. I feel your pain, friend.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Scott Evans: the hits keep coming, that is without annibal, braun, harper, segura, ….wow! This is crazy!

  23. Big League Choo says:
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    i lost Arcia/K Rob/Parnell/Ramos/Hamilton/Cuddyer/Sale/Kershaw in my only RCL and was in first place until yesterday….man up and manage your team

  24. Leroy says:
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    Which SP stash do you like better for this year? Bauer, Bradley or Gausman?

      • Leroy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Are you concerned with Bradley’s rough numbers lately, or is that mostly meaningless? Or the Arizona organization’s general lack of sanity?

        • Mostly meaningless. Still elite upside w/ Bradley.

  25. Bi-Felicia says:
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    I need a 1 b to replace trumbo is my Stanton for Pujlos fair? Yeah right?

    • From a needs-based perspective, this is fair.

      • Bi-Felicia says:
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        @Scott Evans: I thought so. I hate giving up my best power hitter besides bruce but I have no choice since no one else has bit on any other offers for 1st base. Only thing on the wire is Laroche (puke)

        • Detroit Heckler says:
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          Giving up Stanton in an MVP year will bite you in the ass all year.

          @Bi-Felicia:

          • What about Pujols’s MVP year?

        • Jason says:
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          @Bi-Felicia: LaRoche has actually been solid this year so far – I’d take a flyer on him for a bit and keep Stanton, I think the combination of their production will outweigh Outfielder X plus Pujols.

          • Bi-Felicia says:
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            @Jason: too late. I took Albert. Stanton isn’t going to.hit 300 all year in that huge park. I think Albert will have a huge year if he stays healthy. We’ll see…

  26. I’m in a league that gives generous points for rp
    App ..ip…hold..etc
    Shaw from Cleveland is a free agent
    I have Siegrest…Mcgee….Rondon..and two former starters
    Petit…Cahill
    Should I drop any if these for shaw or hold tight for sp to return to rotation.or is shaw a better option than my current rp

  27. Dan Pants

    Dan Pants says:
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    These posts are always really helpful, thanks scott

  28. danny says:
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    Good write-up…Love good prospect articles.
    16 team keeper…would you trade Trout (4 yrs) for Springer (6 yrs), Correa (6 yrs) and Biddle (6 yrs)?
    Or
    Freeman (4 yrs)
    For
    Cole (5 yrs) and Craig (2 yr)

    Thanks!

    • Hold Trout & I’m losing faith in Craig by the day, so I’d hold Freeman here as well.

  29. Lville Jim says:
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    Picked up Gallo for Houston Street in my dynasty league. They say chicks dig the long ball, but fantasy baseballers might dig them more. Hoping to see him in Arlington sooner than later.

    • Can’t deny the power potential, just hope he doesn’t go the way of the Donkey… Should be another 2 years before we see him in the bigs, but he’s a great dynasty league stash until then.

  30. ElPortoDonkey says:
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    Need to drop one: Adam Eaton or Eric Young Jr ?

    12-team, H2H categories. Thanks

  31. Ron says:
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    Stroman up soon. Drop straily or Freese to
    Grab him now in a really deep league? How good do you thing stroman will be this year?

    • High-impact K guy right from the get-go. I’d cut Freese for him.

  32. Piranhaman says:
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    Hi Scott, and guys.

    Would you start or sit Salazar today @SF?

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @The Thumb: you mean start him?

      • Piranhaman says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks for your comment, Scott :)

  33. Nelson says:
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    Robert Stephenson or Jon Grey?

    • Stephenson by a hair.

  34. Bruce says:
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    I know Jesus Aguilar in CLEV isnt a real baseball prospect, but is he at least a decent fantasy prospect for this season?

    • He’s a decent enough prospect & I’d say there’s upside this season if an opportunity pops up.

  35. JoeyBelle says:
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    Odor or Betts for long term? I know Betts has the advantage this year, but hes also 1.5 years older at the same level, and his babip is .200 points higher. They are obviously both blocked, but Id assume theyll both be up somewhere by mid-next year at the latest, right?

    • JoeyBelle says:
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      By the way, I look forward to this column all week. I love it, keep up the good work

    • Even after Mookie’s unbelievable start to this year (and finish to last year, for that matter), I’ll still take Odor. Rougned ha pure hitting ability that’s rare to come across… he could be quite special.

  36. timkanak says:
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    I have Mesoraco, Pinto and Ramos on my team right now, obviously two are injured. A lot of people are inquiring about my catchers, who has the best future ahead of them for this year only? Long term?

    Thanks!

    PS, do you stash Kyle Zimmer or Eddie Butler?

  37. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Scott: You need to read this.

    http://www.royalsreview.com/2011/2/14/1992424/success-and-failure-rates-of-top-mlb-prospects

    The only thing he fails to discuss (IMO) is the failure rate of ranked players who have not progressed through MiLB to it’s highest levels (young starlets) vs those who have risen to MiLB’s highest levels..

    Shocking numbers would be found there for certain. And a better success rate for the more advanced players, I would think too. The “Starlet” players become tarnished by the reality of real quality competition they are confronted with as they rise through the levels of minor league baseball.

    Also, I do believe, organizationally, that some of the variance in teams success rates may be found through the difference in the ranking systems team by team. And other factors like injury, org patience, intra-org blockage and trading tendencies must be factored too.

    Here is another fun list you may or may not have seen. It is from a great fantasy and real baseball website.

    http://www.mlbdepthcharts.com/under-the-radar-minor-league-breakout-picks-2014/

    • Thanks for the links! Hadn’t seen the sbnation post before… Jason Martinez does great work with MLBDC… that site is one of my favorite resources & his under-the-radar list is terrific.

  38. clintock says:
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    conflicted???? who to drop and venture for new SP and is Bucs RP Melachon worth a waiver pickup? Strailey, Archer or Jessie Chavez to drop

  39. malamoney says:
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    If you could stash one hitter and one pitcher from the minor leagues that will make the biggest impact this year, who is it? I don’t care about next year as they won’t be keepers.

  40. The Guru

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    Polanco is in my jam or cram today. Great minds? Prob not, but great work as always, man.

    • Haha, how could one not post about Polanco during this stretch?

  41. Count de Monetball says:
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    Scott, great work as always! Springer has been lackluster so far, would you drop him for polanco? I have Baez In my N/a slot Right now and I’m holding onto him due to his position eligibility And your Miggy comps that just won’t leave my mind. So I guess I’m asking who do you think has the higher potential for the rest of the season Springer or Polanco

    • Too soon to cut Springer loose for Polanco. Similar upsides for this season.

  42. Peekr says:
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    Stroman over C Martinez For this year only or next year too?

    • For as long as Stroman’s starting & Martinez is in the ‘pen, Stroman is the better option for fantasy.

  43. Jason says:
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    Just made this trade in an ultra competitive 14 team H2H dynasty (7×7 cats incl. OPS, hits, holds and QS plus all standard cats) with a 15 slot prospect roster (only prospects signed before this season are eligible to be picked up during the season):

    Give:

    Dee Gordon, Alfredo Simon and a 2nd round pick in next year’s prospect draft

    Receive:

    Taijuan Walker, Emilio Bonifacio, Ben Lively (who just went for a whopping $57 FAAB bid out of a $200 budget) and a 3rd round pick in next year’s prospect draft.

    Just wondering your thoughts. Thanks and I truly look forward to just about any article you post.

    • Thanks, Jason! If Walker were healthy, I’d do this in a heartbeat, but I can’t endorse trading for a young arm w/ shoulder problems… scares the crap out of me. Hopefully he’s back on the bump soon, but I’m not buying low on him in the meantime. Too risky.

      • Jason says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks Scott, your aversion to it makes perfect sense. Hopefully, at least for this season, losing Gordon won’t hurt as much due to getting Bonifacio (using either one at 2B) and the Walker gamble is at least a relatively small one. Cheers as always.

  44. Regan says:
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    Holding Beaz on a couple of teams. Considering picking up Singleton for him. Good move?

    • peejer says:
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      only for first half of this year in my opinion

    • I’d stash Singleton over Baez right now, sure.

  45. Regan says:
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    Super deep H2H league with 5 NA spots. After reading all your minor league posts I picked up Maikel Franco, Kris Bryant, Arismendy Alcántara, Tommy La Stella, and Marcus Stroman. Pitching is deeper in general and stronger than my offense so I went heavy on prospects. These were the best available that didn’t get drafted. So to finally get to the question…Is it worth carrying Bryant or should I pick up someone more MLB ready but not as highly rated. Redraft league so all about now. Micah Johnson is available but that’s about it on the offense side. Almost all the pitchers are available. Go with a top pitcher instead? Thanks!

    • I don’t think Bryant will spend enough time in the bigs this season to make an impact, so I’d cut him loose. I’d target an upper levels SP w/ upside… maybe Eddie Butler if he’s avail.

  46. Papa Shango says:
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    Thanks for putting out these articles Scott! Great reads, and great information as well!

    What pitcher do you like more, all things considered?

    Stroman or Heaney?

    I own Heaney for $5 for 2 years, after that, it goes Up by how many years you want to sign them for…i.e. A 3 year contract would cost $20 per year, 4 years would be $25 per, and so on…

    Someone owns Stroman with the same exact contract. But I am debating about whether to go after him for that contract or hold on to Heaney.

    It is a points league weighted heavily towards pitchers

    • Thanks, Papa! I like Stroman over Heaney.

  47. DAN says:
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    When do u see Alex Meyer getting the call up? Worth the stash in a dynasty league?

    • He should make his way to Minnesota around All-Star break… maybe a little later, the Twins aren’t gonna rush it. Definitely stashable in a dynasty, provided you have the space.

  48. peejer says:
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    I have been ofered Bailey & Alex guerra for cashner and Ruf in a 5×5

    take it? could use a MIddle guy for dethrich when furcal returns

    • I’d hold Cashner & Ruf… think you’re paying too much here.

  49. Andre says:
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    10team h2h keeper league…Quick trade question. Wily Peralta and Heyward for Alex Gordon. I’d get Gordon. Need to open some space for Iwakuma when he comes off the DL so I’ve been seeing it as Iwakuma/Gordon for Heyward/Peralta. Good trade? Heywards sub-.150 BA is killing me.

    • Hold Peralta & Heyward — both bring significant upside.

  50. Mortin and Chen are avaialabke on waivers…..
    I have Petit and Cahill on hold waiting to see if their added to rotation…..should I drop one for the waiver wire pitchers and if so which one do you thjnk is the better option

  51. scott says:
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    have a guy in my league dying for utley from my team. I told him I’d take taveras, altuve, and heyward for utley and jesse chavez. He has bradley too…I was contemplating subing taveras for bradley. Thoughts?

    • @scott: Bradley if u need to replace Chavez…Taveras better play

    • I’d rather have Oscar than Archie.

  52. peejer says:
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    if Kershaw starts wed on a rehab( just read that) does that mean he will start again for LAD next Monday?
    HOW CAN I FIND OUT BEFORE THE FIRST PITCH IS THROWN TOMORROW?

    if so would need to activate him tomorrow. Would obviously hate to miss a start.

  53. chrisjen17 says:
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    Scott,
    In a dynasty league, where we have all outfield positions (instead of OF spots), I own Stanton, Springer, and have Polanco in one of my two MiLB spots. I cant use all 3 when Polanco gets the call…and league-mates know it. I have been offered Singleton for Springer, and am contemplating it, but I dont see these two guys on the same level. What is your opinion, sir?
    Thanks.

    • From a needs-based perspective, this could work for you… I think they have similar upsides for this year, but Springer has brighter overall future.

  54. L-Boogie says:
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    Pretty please be answering questions this late but who is the better stash: Bauer or Stroman?

    Thanks dude.

  55. Flunkie says:
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    Why hello Grichuk and Garcia :)

    • It’s not Taveras & Piscotty, but at least they’re moving up on the queue…

  56. Swfcdan says:
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    Hi man am late to the party this weekend. Was there no midweek power rankings last week or did I miss it?

    In the latest C Davis for Puig trade talk debacle, with Davis going down he says he’ll only offer Puig straight up now. I think that’s fair enough, and Davis hasn’t exactly looked great anyway, could maybe only be the 2012 version going forward. So anyway would you say it’s fair enough?

    C Davis ($13, through 2016)
    FOR Puig ($0, likely resignable for $6, $14,$14,$14 in the future).

    Im dying at outfield right now with all my injuries now so am very tempted.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: In other news, Mike Montgomery is back? The failed royals prospect Mike Montgomery?

      Wow, if anyone can turn a prospect around I guess it’s the Rays.

      • Yeah, he looks strong so far this year… not a front-end guy, but could end up being a nice mid-rotation piece w/ some upside in the K department.

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Scott Evans: Wow talk about taking a long time for pitchers to develop eh! I drafted him as a top prospect in my keeper league about 4 years ago, and he was a total bust then. Certainly shows that pitching can be more risky than hitting ones.

          • Great case study on player development, and yes pitchers tend to be more volatile products, but plenty of hitters pan out just like Montgomery is…

    • Power Ranks come out this weds… I think this is fair.

  57. Sick McNasty says:
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    Great read as always….

    When do you suspect Wisler gets the call?

    Thanx!

    • All-Star break-ish… depends on needs.

  58. malamoney says:
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    With Anibal Sanchez hitting the DL, I was able to stash Singleton without dropping Stroman. At least for a week or so. There’s been some buzz about Stroman getting McGowan’s spot in the rotation. I’d like to see that happen.

    In the meantime my addiction to stashing minor league players (minor-stash-itus) is getting the best of me as I no have the following players stashed: Singleton, Bauer, Stroman and Bundy. I had Springer stashed too, but obviously he was called up. Unfortunately I do not have Polanco or Bradley as they were both kept from last season as we can keep one minor league player. I had Springer.

    Another nice outing from Bauer. They’ve got to call him up already. 24 premieres in one week (5/5) and that was my over/under on his call up.

    Taveras is looking good and was moved to centerfield. Is he on his way up?

    • Haha, Oscar is on the way… patience, my friend.

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        @Scott Evans: i thought bundy was to have nearly no impact this year?

        • I don’t anticipate much of an impact out of him & he’s not a wise stash, but I didn’t really wanna venture outside the scope of the question…

  59. Mike B says:
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    Hey Scott, I was just offered Carlos Correa and Homer Bailey for Julio Teheran…

    This is a 10 team 10 keeper league, 30 roster spots. Players are kept at their draft position, increasing each year. Teheran was a 21st round keeper this season, Bailey a 15th, and Correa a 24th. The best prospects still available on the wire are the likes of Giolito/Zimmer, not much in the way of elite bats.

    I already have Shelby and JoFer as late round keepers with Archie, Synder and Bundy rostered as potential keepers. Thats a lot of pitching when only being able to keep 10.

    I do not expect contributions from Correa this season, but is his potential fantasy ceiling enough to move a great valued keeper and ML player like Teheran?

    Thanks!

    • This is a fair deal, but whether or not you want to accept the offer depends mostly on your desire to win now — does losing Teheran markedly hurt your chances of winning this year? I always advise to win if you’re in position to.

  60. Clint says:
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    Vincent Gambini says it isn’t Joey Gallo, it’s Joey Cal-lo, Scott.

    • lol joey gallo? joey gallo is dead.

  61. Gamer says:
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    2 questions.

    16 team h2h standard 5/5

    1 what do you think about trading baily for Zimmerman 3b ( how good is baily really going to be this year, and how good will Zimmerman be coming back from the dl rest of year)

    And

    2 trading archer for crisp. ( how good is archer going to be and will he be around for the playoffs)

    • Deal 1 is fair as long as it’s addressing a need… deal 2 is less fair — I like the side getting Archer.

  62. Brett says:
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    Scott in a Dailey league hard to stash players.

    When do you see Taveras getting the call mid May? Early June after super 2? Having lost Harper I could use outfield help for sure

    Thanks

  63. malamoney says:
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    Meyer or Stroman?

  64. Bendro says:
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    I’m hurting at SS in my keeper (finally dropped BMiller for Josh Rutledge. Also have Solarte and stashing Javy Baez). Is Alex Guerrero worth a look over Baez? What’re their ceilings?

    Also, which (2) would you rather have of Alex Meyer, Kevin Gausman, Noah Syndergaard in a keeper?

    Thanks! Big fan of the MA articles.

    • Baez’s ceiling is miles taller than Guerrero’s.

      Gaus & Syndergaard.

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