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In my Week 4 MiLB report, I included a brief writeup on Blue Jays pitching prospect, Roberto Osuna, highlighting his hot start to 2013 season at Low-A Lansing.  My blurb from that particular post:  “Number five on my Blue Jays top ten from March, Osuna is a rather plump 18-year-old with a front-end arsenal.  Through 18 IP at Low-A Lansing, he’s posted a 26/3 K/BB along with an ERA at 2.95 and a WHIP at 0.82.  Some folks are concerned about his potentially tubby frame, but the stuff might just be good enough to overcome the weight issue.”  Well Osuna was pulled from his most recent start with elbow discomfort.  A subsequent visit to Dr. Andrews has revealed a UCL tear, and it’s now all but official that the Jays’ prized prospect will require season-ending Tommy John surgery.  The developmental setback is disappointing, but at age 18, Osuna was ahead of the developmental curve already.  There’s still reason to remain optimistic about his future outlook, but it looks like it’ll be a full year before we see him pitching in a meaningful game again.  And that sucks.

Christian Yelich | OF, Marlins – Didn’t take long for Yelich to find his groove at Double-A Jacksonville.  With 10 XBH (3 HR) through his last 46 PA, the 21-year-old is pounding home the fact that he’s just too advanced for Minor League Baseball.  The high-impact outfielder should find himself in Miami before July, and perhaps before June if he continues having his way with upper levels pitching.

Archie Bradley | RHP, D’Backs – I’ve been outspoken about my Archie Bradley excitement this year, and with good reason — his Cali League numbers were outstanding and his Double-A debut a week ago was equally impressive.  In just his second start with Mobile, however, Bradley suffered a knee injury while running the bases.  The 20-year-old was removed after just 2 IP.  No word yet as to whether he’ll be ready for his next start.

Tyrell Jenkins | RHP, Cardinals – Most every time Tyrell Jenkins takes the mound, he’s the best athlete on the field.  Outside of Taijuan Walker, there aren’t too many pitchers who that can be said for, but Jenkins is definitely one of ‘em.  The Cardinals are taking their time with the 20-year-old, assigning him to Low-A in 2013, the same level he competed at for all of 2012.  It seems, though, he’s starting to get the hang of Midwest League ball.  Jenkins tossed a complete game last Sunday, allowing only four baserunners, while whiffing five.  There’s huge potential here, and hopefully this most recent outing vaults Jenkins to a breakout year.

Jake Odorizzi | RHP, Rays – Odorizzi has snagged a W in each of his last four starts, one of those outings a 7 frame gem, in which the 23-year-old allowed zero hits.  He seems to have a slight edge over Chris Archer in the battle for next in line for big league starts with Tampa.

Brett Wallace | 1B, Astros – Wallace has posted a .999 OPS with 5 homers through 18 games at Triple-A Oklahoma City.  A slight improvement over the .157 OPS with zero homers that he posted earlier this season during his time with the big club.  Houston might give him another look if the Triple-A mashing continues, but with Jonathan Singleton coming back into the picture before long, there’s little margin for error going forward for Wally.

Martin Perez | LHP, Rangers – The favorite to lock down the #5 spot in the Rangers rotation heading into spring camp, Perez fractured his arm, allowing guys like Justin Grimm and Nick Tepesch work their way into some big league starts.  Well, Perez has healed, and he made his first rehab start last Monday.  The 22-year-old allowed 1 run on 5 hits, while walking none and whiffing 1 through 4 IP at Double-A Frisco.  Expect him to claim a rotation spot with the big club once the Rangers feel he’s physically ready.

Javier Baez | SS, Cubs – The aggressive approach of Javier Baez is no secret, and it’s hampered him at the plate thus far in 2013.  In 143 PA at High-A Daytona, Baez has posted a K/BB at 42/5 and his OBP is quite ugly at .280.  At the same time, though, Baez’s elite bat speed continues to provide reason for optimism — the 20-year-old has launched 6 homers on the season and his slugging average sits just south of .500.

Alex Wood | LHP, Braves – A second round pick out of the University of Georgia last June, Wood was handed a Double-A assignment to begin 2013 and he’s been terrific there to this point.  Through 7 starts with Mississippi, the 22-year-old has posted a 0.47 ERA, a 0.90 WHIP and a K/9 at 10.2.  Deceptive arm angle and plus command to go with above average stuff has Wood thoroughly fooling Double-A hitters.  There have always been concerns about his unusual mechanics, but early dominance at an upper level is hugely encouraging.

Addison Russell | SS, Athletics – Before his three-hit performance on Friday, Russell was mired in a 0-for-20 slump, during which he K’d 10 times.  The hugely touted shortstop is hitting .185/.321/.348 through 24 games in the hitter-friendly California League.

Trevor May | RHP, Twins – Throughout his struggles in 2012, I was hesitant to quit on May — stuff that filthy sometimes take patience before it’s ready to be utilized at the highest level.  I was happy for May when the Phillies moved him to Minnesota.  The change in scenery and organizational pitching philosophy, I thought, would serve him well.  And so far it has.  The 23-year-old has allowed only one run over his last two starts, the most recent of which was a 7 inning, 10 K shutout.  If he can continue to spot his power heater, his curve and change become infinitely more effective.  When all of that is working — as it was on Friday — May looks like a guy who’s ready to help in Minnesota immediately.  Arrival this season is certainly within reason.

  1. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    Bradley tweeted that the knee injury wasn’t anything to worry about.

    Here’s his tweet. “Thanks for all the concern but everything is ok! I was taken out for precautionary reasons. I am not injured or hurt!”

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, it never appeared to be something serious. Thanks for the update.

  2. Fister Furbush says:
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    Nice post Scott

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thank you, sir!

  3. Adam says:
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    Do u think J. Singleton will be a factor in 2013? Also, should he be picked up ASAP in a keeper league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think he’ll be making noise in the bigs sometime around August/September

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He should be owned in dynasty formats…

  4. Rafi says:
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    With Steve Johnson sent down, is a Gausmam callup looking likely?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d be surprised so soon, but not out of the question.

  5. Sham Jam says:
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    Do you expect Wood to be called up before JR Grahm in the Braves farm? Either of those guys worth adding in a 6×6 roto keeper?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No immediate opportunity for either, but Wood looks to have taken a step ahead of Graham developmentally. Still are doubts about his long-term outlook, but he might be worth a gamble in dynasty leagues.

  6. Nick says:
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    Do you think it’s worth trying to buy-low on Hanley by sending over a mid-tier pitcher like Ryu?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Absolutely.

  7. RDP says:
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    WO woo wooooooo hold on there, am i chopped liver? is 12 k’s (5 in a row before getting removed from the game) not mean anything anymore? I am Rafael DePaula and all i do is blow the competition with my killer changeup

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You must’ve missed my minor league report from last Sunday, Rafi: http://razzball.com/minor-accomplishments-week-5-2/

      I’d love to write glowing things about you every week, just as I’d like to write about Byron Buxton & Miguel Sano & Oscar Taveras in every new Minor Accomplishments post, but I gotta spread the love, my man.

      P.S. — your changeup is so sexy

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @RDP: All you do is blow the competition? It’s unorthodox, but I respect your commitment to gaining a competitive edge.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Clyde Prompto: Although I suppose one could argue that your opponents are the ones getting inside YOUR head in this case.

  8. j-bird says:
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    Is Niese droppable in 12 team leagues? For someone like Teheran or Colby Lewis?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, it’s reasonable to explore other options at this point.

    • chunk says:
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      @j-bird: I’m in a 16 team league and dropped him this morning. Too many tempting stream options. Hopefully he keeps sucking.

  9. Abs says:
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    other than Meadows and Frazier is there a Buxton type bat in this years draft?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Kris Bryant & Dominic Smith are intriguing bats, but no one overflowing with tools like Buxton.

  10. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    How long do I continue to hold onto Taveras and/or Matt Adams when my starting pitching/saves in my deep 12teamer is a 5-alarm fire outside of Kershaw, Wainwright, Lester, Kimbrel, and Kenley. Other pitchers are Slowey, Norris (hatedropped Jarrod Parker and Vogelsong in last 1.5 weeks and McDonald gonna be dropped today), Straily, and saves lottery tickets/middle relief studs Robertson, David Hernandez, Gregerson. Players on my team that can play OF: Vernon Wells, Desmond Jennings, Aoki, Austin Jackson, Kemp, Kelly Johnson. Is Taveras potential payoff enough to worth holding onto considering my current outfield and my starting pitching and saves needs?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can’t handcuff yourself with a lotto ticket like Taveras. He’s the biggest impact bat who should be arriving this year, but there are a lot of if’s with him & his call-up situation. If his roster space is locking up your flexibility & hurting your team, you gotta cut him loose.

  11. Michael Kasanoff says:
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    Chris Archer update, please. Drafted him in the Reserves, and have been able to hold him thus far. When is he expected to be called up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sometime later this summer. Last two outings have been better than the first few, but looks like he’s behind Odorizzi in line for starts

  12. Frank Lynch says:
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    What up man!!! I’m up by 73 points and today he has 2 pitchers going and I had 1 but I added Feldman yesterday to play today in case he gets 2 wins and catches up cause pitchers are 20 for a win + a point per inning and K. Do you think it’s a good idea to keep Feldman in or do you think it might backfire and bench him?? If a lose you get -10 but after innings n K’s it would be probly -3 to + 3.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I wouldn’t risk the blowup with your current lead.

  13. Operation Mindcrime says:
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    Thanks! What do you think of Bauer?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      All comes down to command for Bauer… not convinced he’ll be of much use this year, but still love him for long-term

    • Operation Mindcrime says:
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      @TheNewGuy: Never watched show, but I wish Bauer was as strait-laced with the strike-zone as this Jack Bauer character apparently is.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Ha!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Meh… never was a fan of that series.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: My god!! Thought all American guys liked 24.

        Guess I cant chat about my excitement to you then. Bummer!

        Gotta hope Greys into it!

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @TheNewGuy: i caught him ha, Grey fell for the trap.

          Though hes not watched it either! Seriously you gotta watch it sometime man, full of action, its great.

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            Haha, I’ve tried to watch it, but it really does nothing for me. Hate Bauer’s super-serious/oddly whispery voice — NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT. WTF.

            However, I’m a HUGE fan of your BBC series Sherlock w/ B Cumberpatch & the dude from The Office. Great show.

  14. Frank Lynch says:
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    Who would you drop for Garrett Jones?? Trevor Cahill, Kenley Jansen, Evan Gattis( I just picked up like an hour ago), or Josh Donaldson??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Donaldson

  15. anoraxx says:
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    12 team keeper mixed league. I just negotiated a trade in which I get his Matt Moore + Adison Russell for my Rizzo + Corbin. What do you think? Just waiting for me to pull trigger.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d hold.

  16. LuckyToBeBC says:
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    Grandy coming off the DL soon so trying to move Dee Gordon to a Dodgers fan. He offered CJ Wilson and Beckett for Dee and Mujica…Thoughts?? Dont know if I wanna give up the saves but would like move Dee to a wanting owner..He didnt like Dee for CJ straight up I guess needs the saves too. Dont know that I like Becket to return to 2011 form. He also has Ryu, Hughes, Strasburg. I dont mind a 2 for 1 but dont know if anythings is fair..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Always like getting value for guys you scooped from waivers, so I’d be very tempted to pull the trigger on this one… if you’re ok on saves without Mujica, then go for it.

      • LuckyToBeBC says:
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        @Scott Evans: omg he bit on Gordon/Masterson/Mujica for CJ Wilson and Strasburg

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          CHA CHING

  17. Dan says:
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    Any ETA on Jenkins yet?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      2015

  18. joeg414 says:
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    Gast (just got called up) will start home vs the Mets. Is he as good as his minor league numbers? A must pickup?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not as good as AAA stats indicate & likely only up for 1 or 2 starts… decent streamer if you have flexibility, but not a must-scoop.

  19. malamoney says:
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    What do you got on George Springer? He’s leading the minors in homers and let’s face it, the Astros ain’t so good. Any chance he forces their hand this year?

    Still think we see Myers in June considering his declining batting average?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      My guess is the new Astros front office will be sensitive to service time with Springer. Arrival early on in 2014 is most likely, but you never know…

  20. Oz says:
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    Hi Scott, can you give me an ETA for the following players?

    Mike Zunino C, Mariners
    Matt Barnes, SP Boston
    Jessie Biddle SP Philly

    Thanks. I’m holding on to taveras, zunino, and Dylan Bundy in my dynasty h2h points league.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Zunino, sometime this summer — tough to gauge given recent struggles
      Barnes, 2014 (small chance at September call-up)
      Biddle, same as Barnes

  21. BadBob says:
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    Would you give up on Jesus Montero who is currently sat at the end of my bench to pick up and stash Zack Wheeler in a 12 team dynasty league? I have Posey so Montero isn’t playing at catcher for me and is nowhere near my util spots either. I think Montero can still make it as a very good hitter in the league, I just don’t think I can pass up the potential of players like Wheeler while I wait. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m with you here. I’m not ready to quit on Montero for the long-term, but Wheeler is just too good to be dangling out there on waivers in a dynasty format.

    • Oz says:
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      @Scott Evans: @BadBob:

      I dropped Montero in a dynasty league. I just got too impatient with him, his poor D worried me. Also The presence of Mike Zunino in AAA (who plays D so much better than Montero) helped me decide to cut bait with The Jesus.

  22. George says:
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    Hey Scott – Do you have a status update regarding Taveras and his ankle. It was reported that he tweaked it today.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @George: somebody either asked you this earlier or maybe it was grey, but what’s gausman’s status now that chen is hurt. Even if they recall steve johnson BAL’ll still need another SP. Does this fast track. I hope so.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Certainly could… no official word yet.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No break. He’s day to day…

  23. TheNewGuy says:
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    Bauer is up too! Stupid crazy karma.

    Worth a spot start in a 12 teamer (though it is vs the Jankees)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d avoid

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Offered C Davis for Fister and Henderson. Fair? OBP league too and Davis is over 400 right now.

    Only got 3 closers but he seems desperate for saves. Offer Cishek instead?

    Really could use some more pop at CI with Freese and Hosmers awfulness.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, float Cishek out there & see if he bites…

  25. TheNewGuy says:
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    Grey seems to be all over Wheeler at this point, thinking hes the next ‘big’ callup.

    Do you agree with that. Trying to decide whether to stash him in one league, over D-Hern or Cashner. You think its soon, and could we see another Harvey 2012 type impact?

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