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Good God, Joey Gallo is on fire right now. He’s been on fire pretty much all year, in fact, but right now, in particular, he’s a blazing inferno of glorious power. Gallo homered 3 times on Friday, and once more on Saturday, giving him 8 in his last 10 games, and 18 on the season. He’s batting .340/.453/.792, and he’s even tossed in 4 stolen bags. His K% is 12 points lower than last year’s, his BB% is 5 points higher, and he’s even grown two inches taller since last summer. OK, I’m lying about the growth thing, but the other parts are true. Gallo, age 20, appears ready for upper levels baseball. There’s little left for him to prove in A-ball, and I can’t imagine it’ll be too long before he’s promoted. I’m anxious to see how his improved approach adapts to the advanced arms he’ll see at Double-A. Until then, enjoy the show.

Mookie Betts, 2B, Red Sox: Betts’s amazing on-base streak came to an end yesterday at 66 games. The 21-year-old has displayed a little bit of everything this year at Double-A Portland, batting .393/.462/.606 with 6 HR and 18 SB.

Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians: Bauer will start Tuesday for the Indians. His upside is worth adding in all formats, but the risk is considerable. He gave us a glimpse of said risk in his most recent Triple-A outing, allowing 12 baserunners and 6 runs in 5.2 IP.

Hunter Harvey, RHP, Orioles: In what is is first year at the full-season level, Harvey has posted a 1.38 ERA, a 0.87 WHIP, and a K/9 at 10.4. The 2013 first-round pick put up his most impressive start of the season earlier this week, allowing only 2 baserunners and striking out 10 over 7 scoreless frames.

Lucas Giolito, RHP, Nationals: Post-TJ surgey, Giolito is beginning to tap into his enormous potential, and his most recent start was case in point: 6 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. The Nats will be careful with his workload this year, but they’ll let him loose next year, on track for arrival in early 2016.  Giolito’s upside is as good as any starting pitcher’s in the minors.

Joc Pederson, OF, Dodgers: Pederson continues to rake at Triple-A Albuquerque, drilling 4 more homers to bring his season total to 13.

Austin Hedges, C, Padres: I’m usually pretty quick to downplay Hedges as a fantasy prospect, reason being that his overall hype is mostly to do with his defensive skill set. Over the past week, though, the 21-year-old is batting .497 with 6 XBH, including 2 HR. I may have to reconsider my outlook if Hedges can continue to post hot streaks like this one.

Jimmy Nelson, RHP, Brewers: Nelson continues to dominate at Triple-A, striking out 9 through 6 scoreless IP in his most recent outing. That brings his YTD line to 1.76/0.96/53 in 51 IP. Amid their terrific start to the season, it must be comforting for the Brewers to know that they have such a capable arm waiting in the minors for an opportunity.

Randal Grichuk, OF, Cardinals: It’s amazing how a couple weeks in the majors can elevate a prospect. In 7 games since his reassignment to Memphis, Grichuk is 13-for-28 with 5 HR.

Maikel Franco, 1B/3B, Phillies: After a slow start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Franco is heating up. The 21-year-old 9-for-23 over the past week, as he tries to put himself in position for a summer call-up.

Henry Owens, LHP, Red Sox: Owens posted another weird line on Wednesday, tossing 4 hitless frames while whiffing 8 and walking 5. That makes 1 H, 10 BB, and 14 K over his last two outings at Double-A Portland.

Marco Gonzales, RHP, Cardinals: After completing 6 outings at High-A Palm Beach with a 1.43 ERA, a 1.12 WHIP, and a K/9 at 7.6, Marco Gonzales has been promoted to Double-A Springfield. Drafted 19th overall in 2013, Gonzales brings one of MiLB’s best changeups, and he’s clearly on the fast-track toward St. Louis.

Micah Johnson, 2B, White Sox: Also getting bumped up a level this week is Micah Johnson. The 23-year-old is moving from Double-A to Triple-A thanks to a .329/.414/.466 at Birmingham to begin the year. Johnson established his fantasy stock a year ago, stealing 84 bags across three levels. He’s only strengthening his outlook with his hot start to 2014.

Matt Wisler, RHP, Padres: After posting a line at 2.10/1.07/35 through his first 30 IP at Double-A, Wisler was bumped up to Triple-A, where through three starts his line features a 12.71 ERA and a WHIP at 2.65. Petco will be much friendlier to him than the PCL ballparks, but yeesh, it’s been an ugly stretch at El Paso.

  1. costaricanchata says:
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    how many strikeouts does joey gallo have this year ?
    how many strikeouts did he have last year ??

    • the link in his writeup goes to his baseball-reference page, where you can gather those stats & many more.

      • costaricanchata says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        i already know that it was something like 178 times last year .
        wondering why you didn’t disclose this fact ,
        but instead chose to mask these figures
        by saying only that his K % is down 12% from last year .

        but , thanks for the links .

        • Jason says:
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          @costaricanchata: Wow, trying to play snarky “gotcha games” where it’s not even warranted, how lame. Gallo’s K’s to BB’s ratio has decreased dramatically since last season (from 3.44 to 1.24 so far) and if you did some research on Gallo you would see that he’s refined his swing in an attempt to become a more complete hitter. So far, it’s paying dividends for him. Scott absolutely has mentioned his high K rate from last year right here:

          http://razzball.com/2014-minor-league-preview-texas-rangers/

          There’s nothing he’s “hiding” from in any way shape or form, and why would even be to his advantage anyway? Man that was lame.

          • costaricanchata says:
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            @Jason:

            didn’t read that article .
            just looking for a more complete picture of the player .
            thought others might , as well .
            thought i gave Scott an easy out to provide more information .

            but , you’re right .
            i can go elsewhere for the information ,
            if that’s what desired .

            • Jason says:
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              @costaricanchata: Scott didn’t need an “out”, his analysis was spot on.

            • Psychedelic Floyd says:
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              @costaricanchata: Gallo is always going to strike out a crazy amount of times, but the problem was… he wasn’t walking enough to balance it out. It was either hit a HR, or strike out. Now he is allowing his reputation as an 80 power beast get him on base by being more patient, while still crushing HRs and keeping the strikeouts manageable enough to allow his power to play and keep him in the lineup. It’s all about adjustments, and Gallo is showing that he can make them, which is exactly what you want to see in a player’s development. That is actually one of the reasons scouts literally couldn’t put a ceiling on Bryce Harper’s potential, because of his ability to make adjustments at an extremely fast rate. He’s a quick study, and that ultimately is what is going to allow tools to actualize and a player to succeed for a very long time.

        • Gallo’s propensity to K is noted. Perhaps I take for granted that readers here come in with a base of knowledge.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Scott Evans: or that they have either read your posts before or, if not, done some research of their own, if they want to think you’re being misleading.

  2. Alan says:
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    Is Seager and Gallo a good return for D Wright in dynasty?

    I own wisler and boy hope he can do somethin this year

    ETA on marco?

    Thanks!

    • Corey or Kyle? Gonzales should surface around this time next year.

  3. Ryan says:
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    Gallo or clint frazier…who do u prefer longterm?

    • Frazier, but the gap is closing.

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    How much has Gallo jumped in your long term rankings? Just want to know how highly you value him in case I can get him in a trade.

    • He’s moved into the top 30ish… what happens at AA will be extremely important for the long term outlook.

  5. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Do we see Gallo in the majors before 2016?

    When do we see Pederson given the outfield situation in LA?

    • Jason says:
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      @malamoney: I’m guessing 2016 barring a September cup of coffee next season when the rosters expand. Beltre is still under contract through 2015 (doubtful Texas picks up his 2016 option at this point).

      The Pederson question gets asked constantly and the answer doesn’t change – he’s flat out blocked by Ethier, Crawford and Van Slyke, so barring some kind of injury situation, a trade is probably the best way to get him regular MLB playing time sooner rather than later. The Dodgers are already having enough trouble trying to figure out how to get all three of those players time in the lineup, so Pederson continues to lose the game of musical chairs. Both Ethier and Crawford are under contract through 2017 and both make $17 million plus. Barring a trade (or multiple trades), Pederson owners have to simply continue to bear that burden.

    • If all goes well, we could see Gallo late 2015. Pederson waiting for an injury.

  6. KCC26 says:
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    In a weekly 12 team mixed league, I have an unsettled bullpen situation (uehara, mejia, Doolittle, Britton) drop any of those guys for montero or hold to see how roles play out? Thanks!

    • Maybe Doolittle, but I don’t think Montero brings enough impact to force this move.

  7. 2000 Brain Cells ago says:
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    BTW, Gallo homered again yesterday, so he’s up to 18 now.

    • Jason says:
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      @2000 Brain Cells ago: It’s actually getting embarrassing that he hasn’t been promoted to AA yet. It needs to happen, and soon.

    • Yes he did. His stats above have been updated to reflect yesterday’s double-header.

  8. Niceguybilly says:
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    Hey Scott!
    Great read as always.
    In a keeper I’ve been trying to nab Oscar Tavares for a while and the other owner has offered him for my prospects Archie Bradley and Kris Bryant. It’s too much, right? It would give me a future OF of Tavares, Springer and Polanco which is tantalizing…

    • 2000 Brain Cells ago says:
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      @Niceguybilly: Way too much. Tavares for Bryant is fair though.

    • I’d do it for one or the other, but not both.

  9. phennore says:
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    How’s Francisco Lindor looked lately?

    • LanceB says:
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      @phennore: He’s killin it in akron. With asdrubal a FA after the year he’s in line to take the job. I see him as a 15 Hr 20SB guy, decent avg, great glove.

    • He’s surprising me with some early season pop (.450 SLG), but the AVG & SBs are in line with what we’ve come to expect.

  10. Regan says:
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    Is Micah Johnson a better play for this year than Tommy LaStella or Arismendy Alcantara. I think I would rather drop the last guy than have to try and spell that name again!

    • If the Sox are able to make room for him, he’d be equally intriguing as Alcantara. Always had him ahead of La Stella, who’s a bit overrated.

  11. LT says:
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    So Addison Russell injures himself in early April and is listed as out for about a month. Now it is May 18th and he is what taking ground balls for the first time? Is this an injury that is gonna last the entire season? Lastly if he gets back on track does he fast track back to the majors, at 2nd over Sogard? What do you think Scott? Random thought but is there any chance Polanco gets traded for a haul, like a Cliff Lee, Cody Asche, and 18 million? (Phil’s fan here).

    • Jason says:
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      @LT: Russell had a terrible hamstring tear and unfortunately those take a long time to heal up from – they particularly effect players utilizing speed as an important part of their game. In addition, he hurt a different hamstring area in spring training, so the A’s are going to be extremely cautious with him to ensure he’s fully healed. He should be as he slowly gets back on the field the rest of the way, but they don’t want to “run” the risk of re-injury.

      About Polanco, I’d say no chance – the Pirates have a cushy spot in RF reserved with his name on it and are simply waiting for the Super 2 deadline to pass in June before bringing him up. The guy I’d really like to see the Phillies pursue is Joc Pederson – I think trading a Lee or even a Hamels makes a ton of sense for a team that should be a contender with deep pockets and nowhere to play their top prospect.

    • Hammies take time. It’s unfortunate, but I don’t think we see Russell in Oakland this year, at least not before September.

      The Pirates are not looking to move Polanco.

  12. LanceB says:
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    Quick non prospect question…

    Who do you like more strasburg or bumgarner from here on out?

  13. Jason says:
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    Hey Scott, just curious to get your take on a trade I made in a 6 person keeper (7×7 H2H incl. OPS and Hits):

    My Pujols and Prado for his Arenado and V-Mart. We have two Util Slots and my other 1B are Goldy and Abreu, so I can insert both into the lineup right away and 3B has been a black hole for me so far (of course I naturally read that Abreu just hit the DL, but hopefully a short term ankle issue).

    • From a needs-based perspective, I like it. And obviously Arenado’s keeper value is large.

      • Jason says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks Scott – much respect as always.

  14. J-FOH says:
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    when trying to put PCL HR’s in perspective I like to look at them at about 60% of their total, is that fair? what do you do?

    • I think you have to look at it case-by-case, and pay attention more to XBH production & LD% rather than total HR. The A+ Cali league is perhaps even more of a hitter-friendly environment & can similarly lead to over hyping certain guys.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Scott Evans: I agree with you there. I always look at XBH everywhere.

  15. Bauer Pauer says:
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    With the Cashner injury, you think there’s any shot Wisler gets a call? They probably would like him to spend more time in AAA, I’d imagine

    • Jason says:
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      @Bauer Pauer: Since being promoted, Wisler’s had 3 poor AAA starts in a row (as Scott mentioned in his article) – until he works through the typical AAA adjustment period, I can’t imagine him getting the call.

    • He’s pitching way too poorly to trust at the moment. Needs to show a little something before they can use him.

  16. Hey Scott:

    Any update on the Archie Bradley injury situation? All I have heard is that ARZ shut him down, but then deemed him “ok” to start throwing again. When? Obviously, they are going to be cautious, but how cautious? They are almost out of it and its not even mid May. My concern is that he’s more of a Sept call up rather than June.

    So, given the above, now I’m thinking of cutting him loose in my 14 team redraft, but just want to make sure I’m not jumping the gun considering I drafted and have stashed this long. In light of yet another injury, I need to get an active player into roster so he’s my logical drop.

    PleaSe let me know your thoughts.. Thanks

    • No update on Archie. I fear we may not see him in the bigs at all this year. You can cut him now.

  17. Ryan says:
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    In my dynasty league I was offered oscar taveras for my kris bryant. I’m not sure if I should make this move or stick with what I have. Who would you prefer to have?

  18. Goose! says:
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    Would you do this trade in a keeper league where most of your team is injured and you’re probably better off planning for next year already? (I know its early, just frustrated)

    You give:
    Adrian Beltre and Erick Aybar

    You get:
    Javier Baez and Archie Bradley

    6×6 12 team keeper league with OBP and SLG. Also, I have Ryan Zimmerman who is eventually going to play again. One day.

    • I’d wait ’til we have a little more clarity on the situation with Bradley’s elbow.

  19. Help me Ronda says:
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    Who is the next impact bat to get called up

    Singleton
    Or

    ???

    Rank these bats for hot hand for the next 30 days

    Beckam
    Ackley
    Lake
    Olt
    Weeks

    Thanks

    • Taveras is next impact bat up. Beckham, Ackley, Weeks, Olt, Lake

  20. Los locos says:
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    I’m from philly he’s 21 FRanco won’t be up until his 26, look back at utley and Howard, phillies do a horrible job and moving up young talent and giving contracts to broken down athetes it’s the way it is. Franco ruf biddle your just not old enough

    • Jason says:
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      @Los locos: Howard was blocked by Jim Thome, Utley made his debut at age 24 and Franco is blocked by no one. Biddle is refining his game at AAA and could possibly make his debut this year if he keeps it up – he’s still a bit inconsistent, but on the right track. I agree about contracts being given out to older players and do believe it’s time to try and move players like Papelbon (tall order), Lee, Byrd, Utley, Hamels, etc for younger talent. Amaro may have to be relieved of his duties in order for that to occur however.

      • Filly In Philly says:
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        @Jason:
        Franco is currently blocked by Asche. I know he had a disastrous start to the season, but in May (as well as the latter part of last season) he started showing what he has to offer, and it’s impressive. Unfortunately, just as he was getting hot his streak was interrupted by what looks like it will be a brief DL stint. Mike Schmidt (who got a few hits in his time & wasn’t too bad with the leather at the hot corner) is a huge Asche fan – during last Sunday’s broadcast he couldn’t say enough about him. Every time he came to the plate, Schmidt would rave about his great work ethic and his combination of raw natural talent & baseball IQ making him a great player in every aspect of the game (1. power, discipline, patience & a great eye at the plate; 2. amazing defensive ability thanks to soft hands, a strong arm, good dexterity & quick decision making in the field; 3. fast feet & the ability to read and anticipate plays for good base-running). Fortunately Asche is said to adapt & pick things up quickly, because the rumor is that the Phillies may be working on moving him to the outfield so they can bring Franco up.
        Other than that, and your suggestion to trade Hamels & Lee (who has the lowest career WHIP of any starting pitcher since 1920), I’ve agreed with just about everything you’ve said in your responses on this page – especially that the Phillies have got to get rid of Ruinin’ Tomorrow Jr, worst GM in baseball. He should have been gone long ago! (PS: Keep up the responses – ur obviously a baseball savvy guy and ur knowledge just adds to the great work by Scott Evans!)

  21. Thump says:
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    Great read..

    Question in my keeper league (5×5) we have a small minor league system and limited keepers. As guys get the call up you. I have Tavares, Polanco and Buxton stashed away. I was offered Bryant for Tavares or Polanco. With Trout and Puig on my main roster I’m considering dealing an OF for a 3B.. But who has the better long term potential? Tavares or Polanco?

    Which would you deal for Bryant? The guy also has Gallo.. Would Gallo and say a first round pick next year be a better deal for one of those outfielders?

    Tough..

    • Thump says:
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      @Thump: Taveras*

    • Even if it’s needs based, I wouldn’t sell either Taveras or Polanco for a prospect who’s behind them developmentally. If you’re gonna make that move, sell high & get an upgrade for your active roster.

  22. Oz says:
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    An ETA on Meyer? Also I’m glad Pittsburgh will miss the playoffs as their punishment for holding Polanco back. I can’t stand the Super2 rules etc, it just encourages cheap teams to keep MLB ready talent in the minors…

    • Meyer’s had a couple tough outings here recently, but he’s still on track to surface sometime during the 2nd half.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Oz: you really think PIT would’ve made the playoffs simply due to missing one player for an extra 6 more weeks or less?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: if you don’t believe me check his WARP and come back at the end of the year and see if prorating it over the extra weeks made enough wins to make playoffs, but i doubt it.

        • Oz says:
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          @goodfold2: Polanco over Tabata would be a huge improvement. But I guess Pitt made the playoffs last year so they’re ok with missing it for the next 20 years.

  23. Kenneth says:
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    I love your work man. Got a couple questions for you. What do consider to be Jesus Aguilar’s upside? Also, thinking about dropping Marcus Semien for Trevor Story. Are you starting to buy into Story’s success this season or is it more wait and see?

    • Aguilar’s upside isn’t huge, considering what’s expected of first basemen. He could perhaps reach an Adam LaRoche-type level if he can get regular time, but without defensive flexibility, there’s a lot of pressure on his bat.

    • Wait & see w/ Story. He’s repeating the level & it’s a hitter-friendly league, at that.

  24. BigRedLatrine says:
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    Scott,

    I’ve been stashing Baez the entire season. Last I read, you thought July would be most likely for a call-up. Still thinking that? I keep going back and forth about dropping him for Singleton, it’s a 12 team std. roto league with keepers. Baez is the better prospect but I hate the idea of two more months of a wasted roster spot. What do you think?

    • July at the earliest. Aug/Sept is more likely. Once he gets going (and he will) he won’t be long for AAA. I’d swap for Polanco/Taveras/Singleton in the meantime.

      • BigRedLatrine says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Great, thanks Scott!

  25. Jimmy says:
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    Hey Scott,
    Keeper prospect question. Would you rather have Wheeler for the next 2 years (2014-15) or Castellanos for the next 3 years (2014-16). Both guys are giving me reason to doubt so far this season. Thanks!

  26. Luis says:
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    Great info, Scott. I need to drop someone on my team, in a 20 team, Dynasty, H2H league. We keep 20 players. Not sure if I can make the playoffs yet, I’m finally seeing the end of the road of a rebuilding process.

    Eaton is on the DL, and I need to make room for him, and I don’t know who to drop to make room for him. Dickerson, Bourjos, or M. Davidson.

    I’ve been trying for the longest to work out a 2 for 1, and now I dont think it’ll allow me to make a trade if someone is on my DL but not on the DL in real life. I’m going to have a similar issue when someone else comes off the DL.. I have a Straily and M. Adams for Wacha trade out there now, hopefully I get a bite. I’d include a draft pick too.

    • I think Davidson has to be your drop. I’m thinking Adams loses more playing time than Bourjous once Taveras surfaces.

  27. los locos says:
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    what’s your verdict on dylan bundy? he was at one time the best pitcher prospect then the injury. based on how my season is going this year i am in a 10 team keeper league, would adding bundy for next season be a visable option? is he in the rotation next year.

    Or do I just pick up Gausman or Synderguard?

    I picked up Singletary and Taveras just to hold for now.

    Would you trade Hanley for Abreu?

    My 3 keepers this year where:
    Strausburg
    Kershaw
    Verlander
    I have Evolidi as well.

    • Definitely go for Gausman or Syndergaard. Bundy will likely join the rotation at some point next year, and he still brings an enormous ceiling, but the other two do as well & they’re far less risky at this point. Would not trade Hanley for Abreu unless you need 1B.

  28. malamoney

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    Can you name the pitcher that is currently in the minors and will end the season in the minors that will make the biggest impact in the majors next year?

    • Archie Bradley, unless he needs surgery… in that case, Bundy/Stephenson/Sanchez

      • malamoney

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        @Scott Evans: What about Butler, Gray or Zimmer?

        • Butler & Gray should surface this year. Zimmer is a candidate for next year, sure…

          • malamoney

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            @Scott Evans: Given what you’ve seen, would you rather have Stroman, Butler or Gray sitting on your bench to help you out at some point in the second half?

  29. los locos says:
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    would you do this deal? hanley, verlander and 5th for cain, segura, wil myers and 3rd?

    • i like the hanley/verlander side.

  30. Matt P says:
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    First year of dynasty league, our minor league system isn’t set up yet, so most prospects are still available, I’m already stashing Bryant and Polanco but also Heaney. I’m 1-6 so I’m starting to stash now sadly.

    The top names like Bradley, Syndergaard, Gray are taken.

    Would you be stashing Heaney or should I go Stephenson, Gausman, Butler, Meyer, Zimmer, Sanchez or Bundy?

    Also, high hopes for Elias next year or should I snag one of the aforementioned prospects and drop him?

    Thanks!!

    • Heaney should be making an impact before the others you name, so I’d hang onto him. I’d swap Elias for Gausman.

  31. Matty says:
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    I’m in a keeper league with one NA slot. With the current depth of my DL I may soon be forced to drop one of my minor leaguers.
    Who’s more likely to make an impact this year between Baez and Alex Guerrero if either?
    24th and 25th round keepers respectively, but could likely redraft them in the same spot without a call up this year.
    Thanks dude.

    • I’d drop Guerrero in this format.

  32. DIno says:
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    hey scott thanks for the advice last week, got a question about a trade in my league im commish and i want to make sure its fair, its masterson and chris reed for betts and howie kendrick, seems unfair to me but i think masterson sucks so i cant make a logical fair determination

    • Heavily in favor of Betts/Kendrick side.

  33. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    hey scott,we all know the regular soon to be call up guys,any sleepers that are less harolded

  34. Cram It says:
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    Hey Scott. Who would you rather own for this year, Baez or Kris Bryant?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Add Singleton to that mix please. Looking for impact this year only. Cheers.

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