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Almost exactly a year after Aroldis Chapman was pulled over and arrested for driving well over 90 MPH in Ohio, Yasiel Puig, Champan’s Cuban countryman, was arrested for essentially the same thing.  Puig was pulled over early last week for reckless driving after being clocked at 97 MPH in 50 MPH zone.  The incident came at the tail end of a short stint on the DL, and the 22-year-old’s promising start to 2013 appeared to be unraveling thanks to injury and matters off the field.  But Puig was unfazed by the arrest, cracking a homer the very next day, and another a few days later.  His line on the year is .311/.364/.639 with 9 XBH (5 HR) in 66 PA.  Promotion to Triple-A Albuquerque should take place before long, and arrival in LA shortly after.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Taveras is looking more and more like his 2012 version, hitting .343/.410/.571 with two homers through his last 10 games.  He’s blasting liners all over the ballpark and he’s absolutely crushing right-handed pitching (.346/.414/.519).

Archie Bradley | RHP, D’Backs – After striking out 43 batters in 29 IP at High-A Visalia, Bradley has been promoted to Double-A Mobile.  In his first start in the Southern League, the 20-year-old struck out 7 batters in 6 frames, allowing only 1 run and 4 hits.  For more on him, check out my Archie Bradley fantasy from a few weeks back.

Stetson Allie | 1B, Pirates – Pittsburgh drafted Allie in the second round of the 2010 draft, intending to develop him as a pitcher.  He struggled mightily on the mound, however, posting a 7.76 ERA and a 2.18 WHIP through 27 career IP.  The Pirates scrapped the pitching idea last season, and have planted Allie at first base, hoping to tap into some of the hitting potential he showed in high school.  On a new course, the 22-year-old looks quite a bit more comfortable.  He’s hitting .355/.423/.645 with 15 XBH (8 HR) through 123 PA at Low-A West Virginia.

Kevin Gausman | RHP, Orioles – Grey highlighted Gausman in his buy/sell post on Friday, as the O’s revealed that they plan to use the 22-year-old in 2013.  Expect to see him included in prospect power rankings update this coming Wednesday.  Gausman now moves into a stashable group of pitching prospects that includes Gerrit Cole and Zack Wheeler.

Avisail Garcia | OF, Tigers – After serving a stint on the DL, Garcia is finally getting his year started in the minors.  The 21-year-old is talented with the stick and brings big fantasy potential.  He’s off to a great start, too, collecting 15 hits through is first 32 AB between High- and Triple-A.

Yordano Ventura | RHP, Royals – Owner of one of the best fastballs in Minor League Baseball, Ventura is off to a terrific start at Double-A.  The 21-year-old Dominican has posted a 2.31 ERA, a 1.11 WHIP and a K/9 at 12.7 through 5 starts with Northwest Arkansas.  His most recent start was his best to-date, though, as Ventura allowed only 1 hit in 5 frames, while walking 3, and whiffing 10.  Thanks to a slight frame and durability concerns, most folks see him pitching in the late innings at the big league level.  But regardless of where he ends up, his filthy stuff will have relevance in the fantasy game.

Danny Salazar | RHP, Indians – Over his last three starts at Double-A Akron, Salazar has allowed only 6 hits and zero runs through 16 IP.  During that same stretch, the 23-year-old has posted an insane 30/4 K/BB.  Salazar’s fastball is a dominant pitch, and his slider isn’t far behind.  His stuff could play right now in a bullpen role at the highest level, but it seems as if the Indians will continue to bring him along as a starter for the time being.

Rafael De Paula | RHP, Yankees – An outstanding fastball-change combo has De Paula looking phenomenal early on in his full-season debut.  The 22-year-old Dominican has a 2.96 ERA, a 1.21 WHIP and a K/9 at 15.1 through his first 6 starts at Low-A Charleston.  Promotion to High-A should be in the near future if this sort of dominance continues.

Rock Shoulders | 1B/OF, Cubs – Shoulders gets more attention for having an unusual name than he does for his production at the plate, and I must admit, the name is noteworthy.  But so is his stick — the 21-year-old is batting .366/.449/.656 with 15 XBH (6 HR) through 107 PA at Low-A Kane County.

Jonathan Villar | SS, Astros – Villar is among the hottest hitters in the minors at the moment, hitting .442/.467/.721 with 7 XBH (2 HR) and 13 RBI through his last 10 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City.  The 22-year-old should get a look in Houston at some point this season, and while his long-term outlook isn’t wonderful, he could be worth the gamble in fantasy leagues if he keeps up the impressive production at Triple-A.

59 Responses

  1. gareth says:
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    Lol. Rock shoulders.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Haha seriously…

  2. nightpandas says:
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    Would you stash Gausman in a 15 team, keep 9 league. I would be giving up a bench bat in Span or Arcia or would drop Milone.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If guys like Cole & Wheeler are already stashed, then yes… lose a bench bat.

  3. Joey belle says:
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    Would you trade away either J. Baez or Addison Russel for Bradley, or hold?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold

  4. Whatever says:
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    Would anyone start Wade Davis against CHW today? Al Only 10 teamer

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sit.

  5. raf says:
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    What do you think the odds are on Giavotella getting another chance at the 2b job in KC? Is he worth stashing in AL-only redraft?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      There’s a decent shot he’ll get back there, but I don’t think it’s so imminent to warrant a stash…

  6. Ryan says:
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    I have one minors stash spot, gerrit cole or profar? Thanks

    • Ryan says:
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      @Ryan: other guys like billy hamilton, skaggs and tijuan walker are also available.. thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I can go either way on this one (these two were #4 & #5 on my latest stash ranks) so comes down to your needs… weak at MI? Profar. Weak at SP? Cole.

  7. Kyle says:
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    Kubel Seager Prado? Pick one

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Prado.

  8. Targaryen says:
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    Hultzen, Walker, Delgada, Turner, Archer, Skaggs, Taillon, Gausman. Alot of solid pitchers coming up. Which of these do you think we will see very soon. Should I be keeping an eye on any one in particular? I know there are a few more but these are the guys that are currently occupying the waiver wire. My league is 14 teams & Dynasty style so unlimited number of keepers. My team is in win now so I just traded Cingrani/Lowrie to get Scherzer. My pitchers are solid but few until Grienke & Luebke return. I think one more really Ace-like pitcher really puts me over the top.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wheeler & Cole are the best pitcher stashes right now… Gausman not far behind.

      • Targaryen says:
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        @Scott Evans: yeah they are gone. Eta June you think?

        • BTD says:
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          @Targaryen: O’s fan here… I doubt Gausman is up before the All-Star break. I think they have a few other options to varying degrees of goodness/badness before they get to Gausman. Unless Buck and Duquette feel like they are falling out of striking distance and need a shot in the arm. But I don’t see anything to date that would indicate a need (in the division or on the team).

          Freddy Garcia (really good game Sat @ LAA), Steve Johnson, Jair Jurrjens (solid AAA numbers so far)… Plus I imagine Arrieta will get another shot too. Tyoshi Wada is making his first rehab start soon. I believe the O’s want to get him in the MLB, but I’m not sure he’s ahead of Gausman. (He’s in the second year of a two year deal and hasn’t pitched in the bigs any. The O’s could drag him out in the minors and resign him if they like him on the cheap.)

          We may have seen the last shot for Britton and Matusz as SP’s though.

  9. jeff says:
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    ETA on Sidd Finch?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha! Arrival is imminent…

  10. KCC26 says:
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    Which side?
    Braun or Kemp+Jose fernandez+Cashner

    • Kyle says:
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      @KCC26: braun

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Braun.

  11. Nate spurs says:
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    I’m offered beltre for kinsler. Should I pull the trigger?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Kinsler end.

  12. Oppo Taco says:
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    corbin/profar for sale. what side do you prefer? I also have tavares but i think at this point he’s a better play for this year than profar. any thoughts? thanks scott. its a keeper but profar probably wont be kept this year

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the Sale side. Agree that Profar’s value is better for the long-term more than the immediate future.

      • Oppo Taco says:
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        @Scott Evans: do you think that Cashner, Cingrani and Ogando are all better options ROS than Corbin?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Ogando, yes. Cashner & Cingrani are riskier options than Milone, but they bring higher ceilings.

          • Oppo Taco says:
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            @Scott Evans: corbin, not milone but still riskier?

  13. Gino Marmorato says:
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    Wen do you see Christian Walker getting called up? The kid can just flat out hit.

  14. malamoney says:
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    Hahaha! Rock Shoulder’s stick.

    Do the Dodgers call up Puig or Van Slyke first? Both would require an injury in LA, right? And why would they bring up either for them to sit on the bench?

    Is Jon Jay really going to hold Taveras back? It’s not like they are paying him a ton and have to play him.

    How many years out is Sano? Any chance we see him next year?

    Wil Myers update. I drove down to Pawtucket to watch him walk and strikeout 3 times. Did not look good at the dish, but hey, it’s just one game. Too bad I couldn’t have seen Odorizzi or Archer…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I’m afraid an injury will be necessary for a Puig arrival. And I think they’d like to bring him through AAA first, so expect Van Slyke to be the first guy called if there’s a sudden need. Thinking Puig will be at Albuquerque within a month or two…

      Jay is actually finally getting going & Cards have him back at the top of the order today… first time in a couple weeks. Unless he falls into another rough patch, there’s no direct route for Oscar without an injury…

      We might see Sano late next season. 2015 is more likely, but can’t rule out 2014, especially if he reaches AA this season.

      Nice road trip! Never been to Pawtucket, how’d you like the park? No fun to see him struggle, though…

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Park was nice. Lots of historic Red Sox stuff. Especially from the 80s, which was cool since I grew up in the 80s and 90s. Apparently it’s the home of the longest game in history. 33 innings back in 1982. Cool photo of Wade Boggs high fiving Marty Barrett as Barrett scored the winning run.

        Place was pretty empty, but not really a bad seat in house. $5 beers.

        All in all, was a cool trip. And that’s coming from a life long Yankees fan.

        Of course today Myers hits an RBI double and Odorizzi and the bullpen combine for a no hitter!

        Maybe I’ll take a ride down in a few weeks when Gerrit Cole is there to pitch…

  15. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice job,love this update everytime,thanks,whats your thoughts on Ozuna,can he hit 25 hrs here on and maintain a decent average

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, Al. If Ozuno can stick in the bigs (and I think he’s got a decent shot to do so) 25 homers isn’t out of the question. Decent average (260ish) is probably too much to ask for… expect something south of 250.

  16. herpham says:
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    Nice article sir. do you think puig is worth keeping in a fantasy keeper league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      In dynasty formats he’s worth hanging onto

  17. THE_FREAK says:
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    Would you trade Frazier and Bradley for Wacha in a keeper league? Frazier is expendable as I have Lawrie and Arenado, both Bradley and Wacha are the same price

    Also, same leauge, Braun for Tavares. Which side do you like better? Braun is not a keeper.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold Frazier & Bradley. If can’t keep Braun, Taveras is a good buy.

  18. LT says:
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    I have Zunino in a roto keeper league. He will be a 27th rd pick next year but I have to have him rostered all year. Is he worth the bench spot? Really I ask is he going to be up this year and if so will he have an impact that would give him draftable value in a 1 catcher 12 team league next year? I have Yelich too costing a 26th rd pick next year.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If he’s locking up your flexibility & preventing you from making moves that will help now, then I’d cut him.

  19. zzzzzz says:
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    Gausman over Erasmo Ramirez?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Coin flip. I like Erasmo better for the immediate, but very little news on his progress with the triceps injury…

  20. TheNewGuy says:
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    What do you think to my latest trade man. Got the approval from Grey, needed another solid mid-rotation arm, so traded:

    Mini Cargo (the red hot one, oh wait they’re both red hot)
    for
    Gallardo

    Likin this trade less now that I’ve done it but should I be? I guess the worry is that mini Cargo keeps doing what he is and breaks out in a big way this year, not too worried about Gallardo, he does this every year. Trade was probably accelerated due to Peavys impending DL stint, and Price’s recent un-acelikeness, I really needed someone to bolster my staff so was it ok?

    Pick up Yordano for either Barnes or Hansen (finally cut ties with Olt)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I definitely like the move… Hold Barnes & Hanson for now.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Still not sold on Gomez then?

        Felt after I could maybe have held out for one of his top prospects in a swap, however he does seem very protective of his power prospects (Sano, Bogey, Myers) so he might not have budged there.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Not quite sold on Gomez, no…

  21. Carlos Martinez – did you think he will stay up this year – if so do you expect him to move to the 8th or 9th inning – what are the plans here – starter or relief

    • how you like him in kim in keeper league – will he be up at the start of next season

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think Martinez is up for good & I’m afraid he’s gonna be a bullpen arm for the rest of this year, next year & beyond… his stuff is gonna be so nasty in short stints, it”ll be really tough for the Cars to justify moving him out of the pen. Not to mention, there were always doubts about his size/durability… STL has luxury of planting him in the late innings, as they’re loaded with young starters.

      He’ll get to the 9th eventually, but maybe not this season. Rosenthal probably moves to a starters role next season & that might open up the 8th or 9th for Martinez. Not in love with Martinez for a keeper, unless he somehow finds himself closing games this year.

  22. The Flayed Man says:
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    Hello,

    In a dynasty league would you trade:

    1. My Segura/Wacha for his Simmons/Gio?

    2. My T. Walker or Singleton for his Peavy?

    14 team roto 6×6 (ops and holds) dynasty.

    C. JP. Arencibia
    1B. P. Goldschmidt
    2B. J. Rutledge
    3B. M. Cabrera
    SS. J. Segura
    OF. S. Choo
    OF. A. Jackson
    OF. Oswaldo Arcia
    UT. M. Machado
    UT. Brandon Belt
    BN. J. Profar
    BN. N. Castellanos
    BN. J. Singleton

    DL. J. Heyward
    DL Z. Greinke

    SP: J. Zimmerman, Hyun-Jin Ryu, C. Tillman, Jose Fernandez, T, Skaggs, Z. Wheeler, Gerrit Cole, M. Wacha, T Walker.
    RP. T. Wilhelmsen, S. Cishek, K. Gregg, A. Alburquerque

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hold on both.

  23. malamoney says:
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    What are your thoughts on Halladay. Is he a buy low candidate or does his injury scare you away?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ugh. I drafted Halladay in a couple leagues & just reading his name makes my stomach turn. I wouldn’t buy him, but I’m probably not the right person to be asking — far too emotional on this subject…

  24. ReleasetheMcKraken says:
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    Love these articles. Drop Dan Norris in a no limit dynasty keeper to add Salazar? Norris seems like he’s a long ways away…

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