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Bear with me for a moment while I venture outside stateside baseball for a look at a marvelous moment in Korean pro ball.  The always great Ben Badler of Baseball America brought this clip to my attention this past Wednesday, and you really gotta give this one a look.  Outfielder Jun-Woo Jeon is the batter.  His team is down two runs with a runner on first and one out in the bottom of the ninth.  He recognizes the fat breaker, turns on it, and lifts it to left field.  He thinks it’s gone and the game tied, so he flips his bat triumphantly and does one of those cool jogging finger points toward his dugout.  It’s not gone.  No, the ball dies at the track, and not long after, the opposition dies of laughter.  This is why you never bat flip.  #Scouting.

Jake Odorizzi | RHP, Rays –  It looks like Odorizzi will fill the gap in Tampa’s rotation and start for the Rays on Monday.  The 23-year-old is coming off of his worst outing of the year, which is a tad concerning, but he has simply shown more polish this season than either Chris Archer or Alex Colome.  Odorizzi brings some upside to the fantasy game, and he’s not a bad scoop if you have room.

Michael Wacha | RHP, Cardinals – Jaime Garcia is hurt and it looks bad.  If a long-term option is needed, it’s either Joe Kelly or Michael Wacha, and right this moment, I’m thinking Wacha is the more likely candidate.  There should be more clarity on this tomorrow.  In the meantime, here’s my Michael Wacha fantasy from earlier this month.

Zack Wheeler | RHP, Mets – A sore clavicle lands Wheeler on the DL, but the injury shouldn’t throw him off course.  I still expect to see him pitching at Citi Field before July.

George Springer | OF, Astros – Springer leads Minor League Baseball with 13 homers.  The 23-year-old is batting .308/.396/.650 through 38 games at Double-A Corpus Christi, and he looks a lot like this year’s version of Wil Myers.  There’ll be a lot of buzz surrounding Springer as he pushes through to Triple-A, but don’t expect to see him in Houston ’til next Summer.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Taveras was really starting to heat up before an ankle injury last weekend.  He’s listed as day-to-day, but he hasn’t seen game action since the injury.

Archie Bradley | RHP, D’Backs – I mentioned last week that Bradley was pulled from a start after tweaking his knee on the base paths.  Well, the 20-year-old returned to action earlier in the week, whiffing 9 while allowing only 2 hits through 6 IP.  Bradley is striking out Double-A batters at a rate of 12.9 per-nine, and his ERA reads 0.64.  If this sort of dominance continues, 2013 arrival is a very real possibility.

Byron Buxton | OF, Twins – Here’s a video of Buxton hitting a walk off grand slam on Thursday.  The 19-year-old is batting .331/.436/.574 with 6 HR and 16 SB through 39 games at Low-A Cedar Rapids.  He’s really damn good.

Jorge Bonifacio | OF, Royals – One of the best pure hitters in the minors, Bonifacio was batting .325/.404/.452 at High-A Wilmington before breaking his hand this past week.  The 19-year-old will miss a couple months.

Taijuan Walker | RHP, Mariners – Walker features perhaps the most impressive tools profile of any pitcher in Minor League Baseball.  Seattle challenged him with an aggressive Double-A assignment in 2012, and at only age 19, Walker had his ups and downs.  He’s back at Double-A in 2013, but there haven’t been too many downs this year — Walker has found consistency and M’s fans must be thrilled.  With a 2.09 ERA, 1.10 WHIP, and a K/9 at 9.9, he’s not far from a promotion to Triple-A Tacoma.

David Dahl | OF, Rockies – After an awesome debut season in 2012, Dahl’s development has stalled in 2013.  First, he was held off the field for disciplinary reasons.  Now, a hamstring injury will put him on the shelf for 2-3 months.

Rafael De Paula | RHP, Yankees – De Paula’s filthy fastball-changeup combo now has him at a 2.75 ERA and a 15.8 K/9 (!!!) through 8 starts at Low-A Charleston.  I think it’s safe to promote him to High-A, Yankees.

Yordano Ventura | RHP, Royals – With a 1.79 ERA, a 0.94 WHIP, and a 12.5 K/9 through 8 starts at Double-A Northwest Arkansas, Ventura has been one of the more impressive starting pitchers in the upper minors this season.  Durability has always been the concern with him though, so perhaps it’s too soon to make a big fuss over the awesome start.  The 21-year-old features one of the best fastballs in MiLB — that’s no secret.  But at 5-11, 180, will his frame allow his stuff to hold up over a full workload?  We shall see…

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  1. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I picked up George Springer the other day when I read a couple of blogs speculating that the Astros are waiting to avoid super two status and that he should be up in mid June. How convinced are you that they (rotoinfo) are wrong? Would you drop springer in a 20 team league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      The rumors don’t surprise me, and it’s a possibility, sure. But I really don’t expect the Astros to be starting his clock until they’re a little closer to contention. If you can afford to stash him for another couple weeks, we might be able to get more clarity on the situation — my opinion here is only speculative.

  2. Mike says:
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    Whos more valuable in a dynasty league? Heyward as a 7th rnder or Wil Myers as a 27th rnder?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Heyward

      • Mike says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks… How about Heyward as a 7th or Jose Fernandez as a 25th? Whos more valuable in a dynasty?

  3. Stefan says:
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    Thanks for the insights. Appreciate ur work…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks for the kind words!

  4. KB says:
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    Which two have the bigger impact in bigs this year: Myers, Taveras, Yelich

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers & Taveras… but Yelich is closing the gap quickly.

  5. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    Trevor Story is REALLY struggling at the high A level in Modesto….

    What say you?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Was expecting bigger things from him in the Cali league, but I’m hearing his swing is a mess right now & his confidence in nonexistent. This sort of thing can often be corrected, so I’m not quitting on him, but it’s a discouraging start…

  6. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    Two more…

    In my dynasty league I have Trevor May on my minor league roster. He has some pornographic strike out totals. That said, in his second go around at AA ball he’s still sporting a chubby WHIP and BB/9. You think he’s still stash worthy? Should I be concerned?

    Also, Justin Nicolino is another pitcher I have stashed on my minor league roster. He’s pin-point control isn’t as pin-point at the high A level, plus his SO/9 has plummeted. However, his BB/9 is still about the same. Same question, is he stash worthy and should I be concerned?

    Thanks for the input!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’m losing patience with May as well… could be a move you regret down line someday but I’d explore other options.

      Nicolino early dropoff seems more typical of a guy who’s stepping up a level… I’m not particularly concerned…

  7. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Should I drop Brandon morrow for odorizzi?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No

  8. RDP says:
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    all comments that do not surround rafael de paula are useless, its like talking about kevin mcreynolds and josh byrnes before talking about mickey mantle ….

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      McReynolds had a 138 OPS+ in 1986.

  9. TC says:
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    Credit to AthleicsFarm.com
    “First baseman Anthony Aliotti had a monster night for (AA) Midland on Saturday, clubbing 3 home runs and a double while driving in 8 runs. Aliotti now leads all A’s minor leaguers with 59 hits, a .376 batting average, a .476 on-base percentage and a .592 slugging percentage. And if Daric Barton doesn’t clear waivers and end up back at Sacramento, it might finally be time for the A’s to give Aliotti a shot to show what he can do in Triple-A.”

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Awesome, thanks for the update! Small margin for error for the 25 y.o. 1B, but he’ll get a shot if he continues mashing

  10. Curt says:
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    Any updates on Zunino or Olt?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Olt hasn’t played since April with this eye issue… Zunino still slumping, whiffing too much

  11. Huge Caulk says:
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    Cingrani or Wacha keeper?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Wacha a little better for the long-term.

  12. paul says:
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    which do you think will be better this season only if they get the call? wacka or odorizzi?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wacha

  13. DoubleHeader says:
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    What odds do you give that Noah Syndergaard is in the mets rotation by some point in 2014?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      49%

  14. chrisjen17 says:
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    Any chance that Odorizzi can stick, or is he sent back down regardless?
    And do you think that Walker will get a shot in the Show this year?
    Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Odorizzi has a great chance to stick if he pitches well… I’d be surprised if Walker surfaces this year, but not out of the question…

      • chrisjen17 says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Thanks Scott.
        Would you drop Bauer in a dynasty league for Odorizzi, Wacha, Walker, or Gausman?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Not just yet…

  15. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Wacha Wacha. Hope we find out tomorrow if Garcia is droppable.

    Wil Myers average continues slide. Concerned it will delay his MLB arrival?

    Was hoping to drive down to Pawtucket to watch Cole pitch today, but that doesn’t appear to be happening. Think we see him in Pittsburg in June?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Starting to wonder about Myers & ETA given the struggles…

      And yes, still confident we see Cole before July…

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Honestly I think they just got to get him to the majors. He’s got to be worn out of the minors. He should have been up late last year for a taste.

        • Scott Evans

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          And they might be thinking the same thing, just waiting for that super two cutoff…

  16. Steve D says:
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    Trade help please. Long term keeper.. I trade machado $1 sale $2 revere $2 Tavares and Dahl for trout $1 yu $28 cain and scutaro.. I have to make the trade for trout right? I have a crowded outfueld so I am hesitant. And I love me some Tavares. Am I an idiot for not pulling the trigger already? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You’re no idiot. I wouldn’t do it, either. Wouldn’t give up cost-controlled Machado & Taveras for Trout & expensive pitchers…

      • Steve D says:
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        I thought so. The little devil on my shoulder kept saying to get trout at all costs. Ill try to get Darvish. I think he will take Dahl. How big on him are you? Thanks again..

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Dahl has great tools & huge ceiling, but this year is almost lost for him… he’s a good sell if you can find a buyer.

          • Steve D says:
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            Thanks. I have no one to bounce fantasy questions, especially ones involving prospects.  Any good pop up prospects you like I should grab in a dynasty?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Hard to say without knowing how deep your league goes… top 50… top 100… deeper?

              • Steve D says:
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                I’m in a bunch of leagues. Most w a 14 player minor league. A little absurd i know..I just grabbed adam brett walker and klasnow. Pretty deep.

  17. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Morrow or Tillman?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Morrow

  18. Bitchesbeshoppach says:
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    Sorry one more. Should I drop Frazier for Moreland?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Frazier over Moreland for ROS, but tough to cut Moreland loose while he’s on this current heater…

  19. booya says:
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    Gausman or wacha?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gausman

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Scott Evans: Is that overall or rest of season?

  20. Nick says:
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    Hey All,

    Have a question regarding starting pitchers today and they start within the hour!

    I have;
    Dickey @ NYY
    Tillman v TB
    Bailey @ PHI
    Wood v NYM

    I’m currently +20IP on the season, I was thinking start 3 & bench Tillman. I have 9/12 points on Saves/Ks, 8.5pts on W & ERA (6) WHIP (7)…and there all of out 12

    WHO DO I BENCH, IF ANY? TO save some inning and save myself from further destroying my WHIP/ERA!?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Tillman is probably riskiest option, but he’s still a decent play. Given your position & overage on IP, I probably just sit Tillman…

      • Nick says:
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        @Scott Evans: THANKS MAN! with Dickey’s game PPD, I’ll bench Tillman & roll with Bailey & Wood (even though I want my Mets to win, I’m hoping for a 2-0 MET victory! I’d rather my MEts win than WOOD get a W….just dont fuck up my ERA/WHIP is all!

    • Nick says:
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      @Nick: @Nick: I’m in NY & rain is bad…Yanks & Dickey is POSTPONED! So now I have;

      Bailey
      Tillman
      Wood

      So do I bench any of these guys who might inflate my ERA/WHIP? I’m a diehard Met fan who just returned from Chi-Town for work and loved the city, but I think a few of the Mets are clicking (Wright & Murphy) and may impact Wood’s WHIP, not so much ERA, unless Wright homers again!

      Thoughts? Games start at 1:30 EST (20min), hopefully you see this & THANKS as always

  21. Wake Up says:
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    Howard or Belt or Lind ROS?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Howard

      • Wake Up says:
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        @Scott Evans: Myers +30% K rate is still concerning me…

        Let’s get Cole up!!!

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Cole’s had better command of late… still think he’s on track…

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Scott Evans: I know…I’m trying to start the internet petition…Let’s get Cole up!!!

          • Wake Up says:
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            @Scott Evans: Do you think Ethier will turn it around soon?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Not too big on him…

  22. One Man Crusade says:
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    Started the season with Aaron Hill as my 2b. Kelly Johnson is my stop gap. Profar is on my bench. Do you think Profar has a shot at being up by the all-star break?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, definitely has a shot. Moreland’s recent mashing is not great for his ETA, though…

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Scott Evans: Olney reporting on twitter that profar’s getting called up, per rotoworld.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Holy shizz — thanks for the update!

          • Steve Stevenson says:
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            @Scott Evans: Looks like they’ve dialed back the report a little, to he is in Arlington and may be recalled if Kinsler hits the DL. Still, big news.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Steve Stevenson: which he did, just a few hours after this.

  23. low walk, high k says:
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    @Scott Evans:

    Not sure I understand this reply, is he saying depaula is the only one that should be getting talked about? And also what are your thoughts on depaula? What’s a reasonable timeline for him and is he a must add for dynasty? Plenty of milb guys still out there in this lge though due to some teams sitting on their hands. For example yordano was just added last week instead of during this years draft.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      RDP is clearly a Yankees fan with a severe prospect-crush on De Paula. He’s not crazy for being excited — De Paula has been absolutely filthy. But his stuff is clearly too advanced for Low-A… he needs to be tested at High-A soon & perhaps the upper levels before long. Huge potential, especially if he can develop another plus offspeed offering.

  24. Kenneth says:
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    Wanted to provide a quick update regarding a couple of Mariners prospects. Expect to see Danny Hultzen and Erasmo Ramirez back on the mound for Tacoma in early to mid June.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, man! That’s the first I’ve heard on a Erasmo timetable… can’t wait for his return.

  25. Buhner says:
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    Have Tony C. And now don’t know what to do. It’s a keeper league but can’t afford to waste a spot. You think he will be up again this year? If not who is the next SP coming up to grab? I have the 1st waiver pick up.

    Thanks man.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You can dump him for Wacha if the Cards choose to promote him to replace Garcia… keep an eye on that situation.

      • THE_FREAK says:
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        @Scott Evans: @Scott Evans:

        I heard on MLB Network that they plan to recall Boggs, but I haven’t seen that anywhere else. Maybe they recall Boggs until Garcia’s spot is due up again?

        • Scott Evans

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          They won’t go on a 4 man for too long… I imagine Boggs or someone else will be demoted when Garcia’s spot comes back around…

  26. Benny says:
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    In a dynasty league, would you trade Medlen for Adam Eaton? How high are you on him as a fantasy player? Asa,ways, keep up the awesome work. I look forward to your insight and passion for these minor league reports.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks for the kind words! I’d hold Medlen… Eaton still has much to prove. Could end up as an okayish OF with lots of steals… could be more, but not willing to wager Medlen on that.

      • Benny says:
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        @Scott Evans: Feel the same about trading Bauer for Eaton? Or will his command issues always keep him from reaching the level people hoped before he came up with Zona?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I still like Bauer over Eaton.

  27. THE_FREAK says:
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    Which side do you like better, Hultzen for Syndergaard?

    Any chance you could list your top 10 prospects as of now (nothing to do with impact for this season) and if you’re feeling fiesty – top 10 bats and top 10 arms?

    Always appreciate this post on Sunday mornings! Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      I like Synergaard over Hultzen. Don’t have an up-to-date top ten list… apologies.

  28. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    I’ve freaking had it with The Jesus Montero. I don’t think I can stick with him any more.

    What do you think of the following options:

    Martin, Lucroy, Arrencibia and Buck

    H2H points league.

    • ROLFAMLO says:
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      @malamoney: probably JP out of that bunch. Buck’s red-hot streak is gone.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      J-P-R-N-C-B-A

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Even with all of those strikeouts that are -1 points you’d drop the Jesus for him?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          K’s going for negative certainly hurts his value… Martin is best option with that scoring.

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: I was leaning towards Fartin Martin

  29. ROLFAMLO says:
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    Around what type of production can we expect from Yelich if (when) he comes up early-to-mid June?

    • Scott Evans

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      280/345/474 … 15ish HR

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: is this the kind of situation where one would drop myers if yelich came up first?

  30. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Looks like Profar is getting called up Scott. What do you think we see from him? Obviously if he comes up, and Kinsler goes on the DL, they’re gonna play him. Do you think he does enough to force his way up for good? Any chance of that?

    • Scott Evans

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      I don’t see how he fits in once Kinsler is back… tough to say for certain…

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Scott Evans: as per grey, they move kinsler to OF if Profar’s hitting well.

  31. raf says:
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    How do you think the Astros handle Singleton callup with him coming off suspension soon? They’ve shown willingness to bring up prospects quick but also have Carter and Pena… Suppose Carter could move back to OF.

    • Scott Evans

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      Yeah, they’ll ease him back with a minor league assignment… outside chance they’ll delay his clock til next year, but I think we’ll see him late this summer.

  32. TheNewGuy says:
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    Looks like no on Wacha.

    Got a filthy rotation so far in H2H (vastly different to my keeper league!):
    Stras, Dickey, Shark, Minor, Shelby, Jo-Fer, Cashner, and oh yeah some kid called Harvey. Been dominating the pitching cats for me each week so far. Closers/relivers arent as strong with:
    Willhelmsen, Kenley, Gregg, Tazawa, Dunn.

    Question is should I now stash Wheeler ahead of his impending callup, and drop Tazawa/Dunn. Or is 9 starters overkill, even in H2H?

    Now to actually read the post! Thanks

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @TheNewGuy: if it’s dunn from MIA fish, and Tazawa (who loses closer job today) feel free to drop for anybody useful, which would include beating everyone to wheeler.

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d go for the stash.

  33. TheNewGuy says:
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    Cant believe ive not read anything on my boy Profar here.

    What do you think, is he up for good now? And what do you expect his production to be this year. I’ll be calling him up next year from my farm, and so long as hes got a regular job then ill be happy. Still gonna keep an eye out on him this year.

    • Scott Evans

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      Someone mentioned it up above… I think… In any case, I doubt they keep him up once Kinsler’s back. But I’ve had a hard time staying on the same page as Texas with their roster management, so wouldn’t surprise me if he stays up.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: yill I thought it would be an earth-shattering news even once he got called up. This guy is the no1 prospect around after all! I dont like what the Rangers have done with their young bats either, so im crossing my fingers abd toes that they keep him up and make a spot for him this time.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @TheNewGuy: *Well

          Bloody iphone.

  34. Fried Fish Fan says:
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    Sky recommended I drop this one here.

    Name 3 starting pitchers not named zack wheeler or gerrit cole that will make a fantasy impact this season. Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Kevin Gausman, Michael Wacha, Erasmo Ramirez

      • Fried Fish Fan says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks Scott!

  35. TheNewGuy says:
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    From above, thanks man.

    And Wheeler still the hot prospect stash? Taveras, Myers, Cole all available.

    Still think Wheeler surfaces first? Guess the opportunity is greatest for him.

    • Scott Evans

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      Check the prospect power ranks tomorrow to see who’s #1… no spoilers for you!

  36. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Any chance we see Bradley this year?

    • Scott Evans

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      Yes. Late season arrival not out of the question.

  37. chris j. says:
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    Scott, Yelich was just dropped in my dynasty league…
    I do need OF help pretty bad, but the season is still young. Is he a must add?
    I’d be dropping Adam Dunn now, and then C Hart to hold on to him once Hart’s off the DL.

    • Fried Fish Fan says:
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      @chris j.: it’s a dynasty league… FLY to the wire

  38. Zac says:
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    Hey Scott, looking for some help on my Minor League roster. The league consists of 20 teams and each minor league roster can have one of each fielding position, 5 pitchers, and 1 utility player. My team minor league roster as of now is:
    C: Clint Coulter
    1st. Stetson Allie
    2nd. Jose Ramirez
    3rd. Rendon
    SS. Mondesi
    UTIL. Junior Lake
    LF. Victor Roache
    CF. Grant Green (even though he’s a 2nd baseman now)
    RF. Adam Walker
    Ptiching: Salazer, Ventura, Kyle Smith, Jon Gast, Brian Johnson.

    I just wanted to know if any of these guys are not worth having? it’s pretty tough finding better prospects, but any guys that would be worth picking up that you think people would be looking over?
    Thanks, plus you do some awesome work. Keep it up!

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