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The Mets aren’t thrilled with the Jenrry Mejia’s production lately, opponents having tallied 16 runs against him through his last 3 outings. Mejia has always been a pitcher who profiles best as a short-stint arm out of the bullpen, but you can’t blame the Mets for exploring the possibility of him as a SP — Mejia features filthy stuff, and if the arsenal were indeed sustainable over a starting pitcher’s workload, he’d be a great asset to any rotation. It appears, now, that the Mets have seen enough. Mejia will be moved to the bullpen and Rafael Montero will fill the void in the Mets rotation. Montrero, age 23, is one of the more polished arms in the minors, bringing immediate upside in both whiffs and ratios. About a month ago, I wrote my Rafael Montero fantasy. Check it out it for further intel.

Noah Syndergaard, RHP, Mets: Montero getting the first call-up to the Mets rotation is no surprise — he was probably ready for the bigs last summer, even. So don’t read into this decision as a statement regarding Syndergaard’s readiness or impact potential. Noah’s upside remains enormous, and he’s beginning to settle into his assignment at Vegas, allowing just 1 ER through his last two starts while striking out 15. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of Montero’s arrival is the fact that we’re now one step closer to seeing Syndergaard in New York.

Victor Roache, OF, Brewers: During the pre-season, I ranked the Milwaukee farm dead last in terms of future fantasy impact. We’ve already talked about RHP Jimmy Nelson’s hot start. Now, Roache, perhaps the highest upside bat in the Breweres org, is beginning to heat up — 4 HR in his last 6 games. The might be some home in this group, afterall.

J.P. Crawford, SS, Phillies: The 19th overall pick last June, Crawford is having little trouble adjusting to full-season baseball. The 19-year-old is batting .322/.412/.475 with 3 HR and 7 SB through 30 games.

Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox: .392/.449/.600, 5 RH, 15 SB. What else is there to say? Other than, of course, why is Mookie still in Double-A?

Joey Gallo, 3B, Rangers: After knocking 13 through his first 34 games, Gallo has me thinking a 45-homer year is well within reason.

Aaron Blair, RHP, D’Backs: Blair, the 36th overall pick last June, was promoted to High-A Visalia after spending a month at the Low-A level. His transition has been smooth thus far: 7 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 9 K.

Hunter Harvey, RHP, Orioles: Two of the highest-upside high school arms out of last summer’s draft class are Kohl Stewart of the Twins, and Hunter Harvey of the O’s. We’ve already talked a little about Stewart’s terrific start at Low-A Cedar Rapids. And as it happens, Harvey is looking equally impressive at Low-A Delmarva, posting a line at 1.69/1.00/35 through 32 IP.

Byron Buxton, OF, Twins: After missing a month to a wrist injury suffered during spring training, Buxton — perhaps the best fantasy prospect in the game — returned to action earlier this week. He played in five games, he homered once, and then he injured his wrist again…the same wrist. God dammit.

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs: I mentioned the other week that I was eagerly anticipating Bryant’s first stretch of serious dominance at Double-A. Well, we might be witnessing the beginning of it right now, as the 22-year-old has drilled 3 HR through his last 3 games, and his AVG has crept north of .315.

Rymer Liriano, OF, Padres: Liriano established himself as a five-tool monster of a prospect in 2012, but the hype faded considerably after he lost all of 2013 to TJ surgery. For those who owned him in dynasty leagues, I hope impatience didn’t lead to drops — Liriano has 7 HR and 5 SB through 32 games so far at Double-A San Antonio.

Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians: The elite defensive profile is noted, and there is zero hyperbole when I say that Lindor’s tools at shortstop are elite. But in 2014, the 20-year-old is surprising me with his pop — 4 HR in 32 games doubles his 2013 total through 104 games.

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP, Astros: After a slew of unspectacular Triple-A outings, Foltynewicz’s most recent start served as a welcome reminder of his considerable potential: 6 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 2 BB, 12 K.

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  1. Brandon Ziman says:
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    Hey Scott I read every article you write and I think each are amazing. My question is with polanco, IF marte or mccutch go to DL do you think the pirates will bring up polanco? I can see it but then again they had a chance today and didn’t take it. I appreciate the feedback

    • Jason says:
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      @Brandon Ziman: Unfortunately, the Pirates already called up Jaff Decker (who will never be mistaken for Polanco). It’s all about the Super 2 deadline passing. Right now, they may only need Decker for a day or two anyway (Cutch indicated he expects to play Sunday, though the Pirates may play it cautious either way). I’d say once the middle of June is upon us, you’ll likely see Polanco begin manning RF every day for a long time.

      • Brandon Ziman says:
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        @Jason: I know that they are bringing decker up just to fill in until snider suspension is done. I meant if marte lands on the DL. I appreciate the comment back Jason but it didn’t answer my question. It was whether or not it would be a possibility for that situation for polanco to come up. Or it’s just they will have an open tryout to anyone to play until June

        • Jason says:
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          @Brandon Ziman: I would only think of it as a possibility if both go on the DL (you indicated Marte or Cutch in your initial question as opposed to both, nor did you indicate you were aware Decker had been called up). That said, I believe it’s only a remote possibility should that scenario occur and it would likely take a losing streak to force the organization’s hand, when it’s obvious the main concern currently is having the ability to control Polanco for an extra season.

    • Expect Polanco’s arrival about a month from now…

  2. Louis says:
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    When do you foresee Kris Bryant being promoted to AAA?

    Also, are you worried at all about his high strikeout numbers, or is that all to be expected the way he works the count?

    Thanks man, keep up the great work!

    • Jason says:
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      @Louis: Given the Cubs second worst record in the majors and Bryant’s 43 K’s (next to highest total in the Southern League), I’d say anything other than September would be unrealistic barring injury or some other type of unforeseen circumstance. I wouldn’t worry too much about his long term high K numbers since his walk rate has improved a little over last season, but for this year, I’m sure the Cubs will want to see him continue to work on cutting down the K’s. He’ll probably be up for good next June (at age 23).

    • Bryant should get a chance at AAA sometime after All-Star break… not concerned w/ the Ks at the moment…

  3. Ryan says:
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    Excellent work Scott! Do you think Joc Pedetson’s breakout is legit or is this a product of his hitter friendly park?

    • Jason says:
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      @Ryan: All you have to do is check out his home/road splits to know he’s definitely a legit top prospect (1.211 OPS in 19 home games, 1.095 OPS in 16 road games, including two more home runs on the road yesterday). The only things clogging his path are Andre Ethier, Carl Crawford and Scott Van Slyke (and those are huge clogs). The best thing for Joc is probably a trade – I’d personally think the Phillies would be a solid fit through some type of trade involving Hamels or Lee. If the Dodgers want to “go for it” this season, I could see it happening.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Jason: Man that would be an awesome thing

    • He’s a legit masher vs RHP.

      • Ryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: what stats can be expected when he plays a full season in the majors?

  4. 2 Giant rings says:
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    How’s Gary Brown doing? The Giants could use an outfielder better than Gregor Blanco since morse is moving to 1st base while Belt is out.

    • Jason says:
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      @2 Giant rings: He doesn’t strike me as an impact player at this point – he’ll be 26 in September and has regressed the past few years after a huge 2011. His OPS hasn’t climbed above .731 since then and his ability to read pitchers hasn’t improved at all, which would allow him to better utilize his tremendous speed. He has doubles power, but the HR’s just haven’t been there and for someone his age, that’s a concern. Not sure about his defense, but he’s not the exciting prospect he once was regardless.

    • Brown’s ceiling is that of a 4th OF, unfortunately. Impressive tools, but they’ve never come together…

  5. MB says:
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    Hey Scott, nice work.

    Would you take CJ Edwards and Clint Frazier for Pence if you are rebuilding? Or aim higher?

    • Jason says:
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      @MB: If it’s a long term dynasty and you’re convinced you won’t compete this year, I’d definitely want Frazier. It’ll be a few years before he’s ready though, so if you have the patience, go for it – it’ll make you far less competitive in the short term though unless you have the OF depth to cover yourself.

    • I’m a little worries w/ Edwards’s shoulder situation… I’d see if you could swap him with a healthier SP prospect.

  6. Al koholic says:
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    will baez get a june callup ,what about Alex Guerrero or Maikel Franco,,thanks for everything

    • Jason says:
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      @Al koholic: Baez is completely lost right now. Been a rough month and a half so far for him after not staying with the big club despite a torrid Spring (thanks as always Super Two), then getting injured. He’s hitting .157 with 37 K’s through 89 AB’s so far. There’s absolutely no reason to call him up in June unless he exhibits signs of regaining his confidence at the plate – a continued slump at the big league level might do irreparable damage. Given the season Castro has had so far, it may even be Bryant that’s closer to getting a call than Baez right now. He seems a bit fragile right now mentally, so let him work through it in AA. Ironically, if I’m in the Cubs’ organization, I may be regretting the decision not to keep him with the club to start the year and just sticking him at 2nd base. Hindsight is, as always, 20/20 though.

      Unless Dee Gordon’s season at the plate does a complete 180 (not impossible, but looking more and more unlikely, particularly with his speed having the impact many thought Billy Hamilton’s would have so far), Guerrero will remain in the minors unless the Dodgers call him up to be a bench bat (and nothing more barring something unforeseen). Typically one would think “for what they’re paying him, there’s no way he stays out of the lineup for very long”, but this is one team that can absorb the monetary hit if needed. Gordon hasn’t just been solid at the plate and on the bases so far, he’s been flat out spectacular.

      As for Franco, of the three you mentioned, he’s likely the closest one to getting a June call up as he’s turned things around at the plate recently and the Phillies could absolutely use his bat in the lineup. I’d eye him over the others without question.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Jason: thanks thats what i wanted to hear about Franco,i was wishing Uribe would have floundered also early on with a possible move to 3rd for Guerrero but i dont really see that as of now either,ill still hold baez in my n/a slot in a keeper league but i fear your right about him also,and i agree ,they prolly should have kept him while he was hot,thanks again and now go take your mom out to dinner for mothers day,

        • Jason says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: Cheers – and that was exactly what I had planned on doing (not looking forward to a crowded restaurant though, haha).

      • Xavier says:
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        @Jason: I think Arismendy Alcantara has a shot of beating Baez to the majors. Think it can happen? If so, is he too raw a prospect to hold on to the job?

        • Jason says:
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          @Xavier: His K’s to BB’s ratio is definitely a concern for me right now offensively (36 to 4 on the season), though he’s exhibiting solid power and speed (16 extra base hits and 8 steals with only 1 CS in 125 AB’s). With Barney, Valbuena (and unfortunately Baez) continuing to flounder, he just may be given a chance soon, but that .290 OBP doesn’t give me much hope for immediate success. His skill set is intriguing long term though, he just really needs to work on his pitch recognition. He’s regressed in that area since last year (where he had a 125 to 62 K’s to BB’s ratio). I wouldn’t expect much this season for fantasy purposes.

    • Baez looking more & more like a July/August call-up given his slow start… Guerrero & Franco should get opportunities within the next 5 or 6 weeks.

      • Regan says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Don’t look now but Beaz just had 3 hits yesterday. Starting to heat up hopefully.

  7. Swfcdan says:
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    Added Montero to my minors roster with this news, good idea yeah? This way I can monitor how he gets on first before possibly promoting him for cheap. Dropped MR Mondesi who I was probably going to cut some time anyway.

    Didnt get a response in my Q in your midweek post so I’ll ask it here. Can you see Gausman coming up soon and think he should stick this time? Im eager to see what he can do after I chose him over Yordano in a trade earlier in the year!

    • I think the Montero add is smart. Sorry for missing your other question — my schedule has been a bit hectic lately. In any case, I still love Gausman & I still think his long-term outlook is better than Ventura’s. As soon as there’s a need, the O’s will call him up & I think he’ll be up for good this time around…

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Scott Evans: All good, thanks man. You do a great (unpaid!) job here, guess we forget that at times and think your full time job is fantasy analysis. I certainly do haha.

        Great to have your insight, thats what allows us to grab guys like Montero and add them to our minors roster in advance before they get called up. Will be watching wednesday against my Yankees, interested to see how he does!

  8. Kcc26 says:
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    What tier of pitcher would you place montero in in mixed leagues? Is he he a borderline roster able guy in 12 teamers? Would you prefer him to say, wade Miley or josh Beckett ROS?

    • Upside highter than Miley or Beckett, so that makes him worth a gamble… he should be able to help your ratios, but as is always the case with rookies, there is plenty of risk.

  9. bubba says:
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    What’s the word on Trevor Bauer…I don’t get why a pitcher with that kind of mojo working at this point isn’t getting the call up.

    • Jason says:
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      @bubba: Agreed – talk about frustrating. The problem is that Tomlin has been extremely solid at AAA so far and the organization probably wants to see what they can get out him first (he had a real nice first start as well). If he starts to falter (we’ll begin to see today), I think Bauer will be up very soon.

    • Bauer’s ready for another look, but given the nature of his struggles over the last couple seasons, I can’t blame Cleveland for approaching this situation cautiously & wanting to see more success out of him at AAA.

  10. Beastman says:
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    Scott, any news on Andrew Heaney’s progress and expected call up?

    • Jason says:
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      @Beastman: There’s no news on an imminent call up, but if Turner starts struggling again, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a call up sooner rather than later. Unfortunately for Heaney owners, Turner was great Thursday night, so he probably earned a few more starts unless he completely unravels against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

    • He’s been steadily dominant so far… would like to see more K’s, but that’s just me being greedy. No need for him in Miami just yet, but I think we’ll see him surface at some point this summer.

  11. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Anther owner dropped Paxton to pick up Montero. Any value in grabbing Paxton?

    My third DL spot is free (believe it or not). Looking mainly for value this year but could slip into my 11 keepers (15 teams)

    • John says:
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      @Nightpandas: I would pick him up.

    • Jason says:
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      @Nightpandas: If you have room on your DL and could use an extra potential keeper, then by all means grab and stash away unless you have to drop someone significant to do so.

    • I’m always a proponent for stashing upside guys on your DL.

  12. Heatcheck3 says:
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    Given Blair has shown some signs of being a good starting pitcher, how long until the D-Bags start fielding offers to trade him away?

    • Jason says:
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      @Heatcheck3: Heh, some bitter sarcasm is detected there; however, given that Arizona doesn’t appear likely to compete this year, they have little reason to trade away prospects like Blair – not to mention that their rotation is an absolute mess as it is.

    • I’m not convinced the Trevor Bauer swap was as lopsided as folks make it out to be…

      • Heatcheck3 says:
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        @Scott Evans: Considering only Didi is still in the system and the current state of their starting staff, I think it is accurately assessed as lopsided.

        • I don’t think you can assess it until Bauer gets an extended look in the majors.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Heatcheck3: he may not be German or Upton enough to throw him away for utility fielders just yet.

  13. Xavier says:
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    If Mejia is indeed relegated to the pen, does he shoot up to the top of the list for saves? Many fireballing starters with filthy stuff like him who can’t make it more than once through an order become excellent closers. I am thinking of targeting him everywhere before he notches that first one.

    • Jason says:
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      @Xavier: An intriguing idea, though his propensity for giving up free passes gives me little hope he can be a successful closer. BB’s are a closer’s kryptonite.

    • There is absolutely late-innings potential w/ Mejia.

    • Matt says:
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      @Xavier: Good point. I picked him up speculatively.

  14. Brett says:
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    When do yo used Baez coming up with his slow start? Been stashing him but with injuries and 3 bench spots in a daily league it is getting tough and I am not sure he is worth holding on too?

    Thanks

    • Jason says:
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      @Brett: If it’s a redraft league, it’s safe to drop him at this point if you don’t have the roster space. Just keep an eye on his progress – he has the ability to dominate when he gets hot, so you’ll want to add him back if he rediscovers his power stroke and hits for average again. I’m sure the Cubs fully expected to be calling him up in June anyway, so it’s not like he’ll run into organizational resistance if he snaps out of it. As it stands now though, he has a lot to work through mentally.

    • Jason’s response here is spot-on.

  15. Yescheese says:
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    Scott-

    Great work sir – redraft question for you, all young guys-

    Drop 1 of Xander, Chris Owings, Andrelton, Aybar for

    yoervis solarte

    Xander is becoming too much of a black hole to roster and my bench (like everybody’s) is all DL!

    • Jason says:
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      @Yescheese: I could definitely see dropping Xander in a redraft for Solarte. Potential means nothing in a redraft league, it’s all about production right now. Xander may ultimately be among the fantasy elite at the position, but as a bench bat, he’s just clogging up rosters for this season IMO.

  16. Bobby says:
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    8 keeper league and my team is terrible… Is it a good time to buy low on Mark Appel or should his slow start be more of a concern? Allen Craig for Appel and Franco?

    • I’m not a big fan of Appel for fantasy… he’s a very safe SP prospect, but his ceiling doesn’t match his hype.

  17. Big League Choo says:
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    QS league….take a chance on 2 of 3 between Stroman/Mchugh/Rafael Montero

  18. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I just traded for Springer in my keeper league. Looking like he’s turning things around. Pretty excited to see what he can do for my team long term.

    Do you see him as a .260 hitter over his career or do you think he can improve his contact rate and get closer to .280? I’m not sure what the metrics are for players improving contact rates or if they typically stay consistent their entire career.

    • He’s more of a .260 guy, but he might have a few choice years that could be in the 280 neighborhood

  19. Tu-Flock says:
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    I’m MI heavy right now with Kinsler, Altuve, Alexei and Gordon. Really need a SP and am thinking Gordon will net the best return right now. What names would you go after?

    • Aim high & see what sort of counters you get… tough to give specific names to target…

  20. The Episode of Growing Pains Where Mike Thought Boner did Cocaine in the Bathroom says:
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    Do you think Micah Johnson will be up for the Sox anytine this year?

    • Wouldn’t surprise me to see him up late this year.

  21. peejer says:
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    Should i dump C Martinez $8 (next year) over Montero $6 (next year) because I need the starts THIS YEAR in a 5×5 deep 12 team mixed?
    Ray Elias Rourke Nicasio Huges are out there on the wire to give an idea how this it is

    • I’d hold — I still think Martinez finishes this season as a SP.

  22. Jayone says:
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    At this point should you stash Stroman, Bauer, or Syndergaard if you need pitching?

  23. Tbone says:
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    Pomeranz, Montero, or Paxton ROS (and trade bait)?
    Keeper league, but not sure whether they’d crack my list. Could use another SP though.

    • Pomeranz is intriguing given ballpark & stuff… I’ll give him the edge here.

  24. Natural Born Champs says:
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    Hey man,
    Would you drop Middlebrooks for Gausman in h2h keepers league?
    What do you expect from him as full time pitcher down the road?
    Thanks

    • I like Gausman’s long-term potential better than Middlebrooks’s.

  25. Mike Greenwell says:
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    Thanks for the great info. My keeper league revamp is heating up. It began with Cole and Wacha last year. Struck out a few times with Erasmo. Stashed Stroman. Now narrowing my lusty gaze on Heaney, Gausman, and Meyer. At what point would you drop an “old workhorse” like Kuroda or even Cain for the promise of future glory?

    • I would advise against a swap of that nature… much safer to hang onto guys like Kuroda/Cain.

  26. Anthony says:
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    Need to drop Buchholz! Should I pick up Raf Montero, Chase Anderson, Bauer or Stroman?
    Thanks

  27. J-FOH says:
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    Great stuff Scott. I love me some rookie nookie. When I saw the Montero news I was thinking Mejia would be a perfect closer for the Mets.

    • Sounds almost too perfect, doesn’t it?

  28. Flunkie says:
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    Ugh, fucking Buxton

    • Jason says:
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      @Flunkie: Rough news for sure. I feel for Minnesota with Sano down for the year and Buxton having a tough time early with that wrist. Hopefully long term it’ll be worth the wait.

  29. Jason says:
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    @J-FOH: If he can harness his control, he certainly has the skill set to be a solid closer, it’s just such a tightrope play when you give up so many free passes.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Jason: I’ve watched him a few times and I think he has that edge you look for in a closer. I’m a big fan of the failed starter turned closer types. Getting someone dialed into the 3 outs mentality is the battle. Knowing the Mets they will put him in long relief and waste everyone’s time.

      I’ve been reading your responses today, nice contributions to the site :)

      • Jason says:
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        @J-FOH: Thanks Jack, always a pleasure reading your content as well (and of course Scott’s minor league columns). The whole site is just tremendous.

        I love the failed starter/potential dominant closer motif as well – perhaps only having to only worry about two pitches/changing speeds will lead to increased focus on his part. Even as a Phillies fan, I’d sure love to see it – the Mets have a lot of exciting young players, but that bullpen continues to be an issue. The opportunity is certainly there for the taking.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Jason: I appreciate that. This is what makes Razzball great…..lots of contributions. From the comments to the forums there is so much good content.

          I have this philosophy, I want my whole division to be strong, what is a rivalry if the teams are weak.

    • Jason, I also want to chime in & say that your comments are on-the-money & are a welcome addition to what we do here.

  30. Sparty Scott says:
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    Who do you like better ROS – Polanco or Adam Eaton? I have Polanco on my bench, but Eaton is a FA and it seems like he might be healthy before Polanco is up.

    • Polanco… Eaton has too much trouble staying on the field.

  31. malamoney

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    In order to pick up Montero I’d need to drop one of Jim Johnson, Ernesto Frieri or Melancon. I also have Street. We start only 2 RP, but given those 3, who knows which one is startable.

    Also not sure if Montero crack my lineup behind Felix, Strasburd, Greinke, Gerrit, Gray, Anibal and Stroman when we only start 4.

    I could drop Khris Davis who is now behind Braun, Cespedes, Gordon, Bruce, Kemp, Springer, Moss and Prado.

    Thoughts?

    • Davis would be the drop, but I don’t think you need to make this move… I’d hold.

  32. SoSayethI says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Love the write ups, its nice to get a focus specifically on the younger guys. I’ve got a trade question for you. 14 team keeper, 6×6 with OPS.

    Xander Bogearts (a 19th round keeper) and a 6th round pick for Nelson Cruz (7th round keeper).

    Being a Boston fan, I’m irrationally high on Bogey and while he’s a bench bat this year for me, I envisioned him being a cheap centerpiece of my line up for years to come. However with Bruce down, my team is severely lacking in power. Also I had 2 picks in the first round this year, so I feel like this might be my best shot to win. Is cruz worth sacrificing my future, or can I fill the power gap with my recent waiver wire pickups (Cron, Morse, Dunn)

    Side question, assuming Cron stays up all year what type of numbers should we expect? That first homer was an absolute moonshot!

    • I think you gotta hold Cruz if that gives you a chance to win now… always play to win now if you can.

      Cron has 270/320/500 potential… could hit 15-20 homers ROS… this is a best case outlook, obviously.

  33. KCC26 says:
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    One more question: What do you think of Chase Anderson? I know that he’s a changeup guy—reason to believe that he can have success this year? Thanks!

    • Changeup guys are sexy assets right now, but there’s also risk with the change-specific arsenal — on one had you have Wacha, on the other you have Erasmo… I’m not buying into Anderson 100%, but he’s intriguing & could bring value this season.

  34. Alex says:
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    Maikel Franco and Rafael Montero enough in return for Greg Holland if I am rebuilding?

    • It’s probably enough, but I’d see if you could upgrade Montero to a T50-type prospect.

  35. Bobby says:
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    8 keeper H2H league… Freeman/Taillon/Wong or Taveras/taijuan walker/pence…who are you taking if rebuilding?

  36. booya says:
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    Trade Jesse Chavez for stroman? Does stromans performance today concern you? When do you see him cracking that rotation?
    Thanks!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @booya: that makes 2 awful outings for him (this one much worse)

    • Hold Chavez. All prospects concern me, but this is where we talk about upside.

  37. Smalls Killer says:
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    I to am wondering about Stroman, having a rough go so far. In my case our dynasty league scores holds so I have been able to use him but his stats leave a lot to be desired. Do you think he goes back down or is he staying? I have a couple options I’m weighing I have limited moves and do to injuries I only have 27 left for the whole season. I dropped Archer when Stroman got the call and with Walden hitting the DL it’s messed up my holds cat, at least until Meloncon goes back to set up soon. Do I drop Walden? If so, do I grab Archer, Montero or go after a new holds guy? I should add that I have Latos & Walker in my DL & SynderGaard in my NA and the next add would become the 1st drop followed by (in no particular order) Chavez, Wiley P & Stroman himself *But I don’t have to decide on those3 right now* *still doesn’t make it easier* your sage advice is appreciated

    • I think reacquiring Archer is your highest upside play for this year, though it’s difficult to assess your holds need…

  38. Rags says:
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    Would you trop Trey Ball, Phillip Ervin, Eduardo Rodriguez or Josh Bell for any or all of Rymer Liriano, Aaron Blair, or Ryan McMahon?

    • I’d cut Ervin for Liriano

  39. tim says:
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    another concerned stroman owner. keeper league for me, but unless this guy has a sharp 180 turnaround i dont see how he can beat out any of my other keepers, even if he is at the minimum $ value… after reading a lot of articles it sounds like this guy can be special, i just dont think that’s going to be this year.

    • In most cases, development requires patience. Rare to have a guy step into the bigs & begin competing at a high level.

  40. frankgrimes says:
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    I have Bauer Stroman Baez?
    I want to pick up montero and pomeranz which two do I drop or should I hold?

    who could have bigger impact next year Springer or Baez?

  41. Milarky says:
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    Hey Scott, how much do you bet on Rafael Montero? In my deep roto league, we must start a rookie pitcher, and I only get two more claims prior to a 3-round mid-year draft. Right now thanks to Taillon’s injury, I’m rolling with Odorizzi as my only rookie. We also keep 3 prospects per team, so there aren’t many high-impact rookie pitchers that look like they’ll become available soon. From what I’m reading here, it sounds like Montero is a guy worthy of claiming given all this?

  42. Nate says:
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    @Scott Evans: are you concerned at all for Baez?

    Yahoo prospect writer Rob Steingall seems to be advocating those holding Baez should “look elsewhere” with his accumulating K’s and .157 AVG — article here: http://sports.yahoo.com/news/minor-developments–failure-to-launch-163200972.html

    I’ve been much more prone to listen to and be rewarded for YOUR advice last year and this… so I’m interested.

    What are your thoughts? Still positive on him for an impact this summer?

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