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With the constant influx of new talent, new names, new statistics, it can be easy to lose sight of a prospect who’s fallen from grace.  A little more than a year ago, in their 2012 Prospect Handbook, Baseball America ranked Joe Benson as the #2 overall prospect in the Twins organization.  Benson was coming off a 2011 in which he hit .285/.388/.495 with 16 homers at Double-A New Britain, finishing the year with a call-up to the big club and a spot on the 40-man.  He was on the fantasy radar before injuries delayed his 2012 debut, but he hasn’t been relevant since then.  Across four levels in 2012, the former 2nd round draft pick managed a line at .202/.288/.336.  And after watching him hit .192/.256/.285 through 43 games at Triple-A Rochester this season, the Twins had seen enough and released Benson to make room for P.J. Walters.  The Rangers claimed him have assigned him to Double-A.  At 25 years old, there’s still a glimmer of hope for the toolsy outfielder, but that will fade quickly if the horrendous hitting continues.

Anthony Rendon | 3B, Nationals – Danny Espinosa has a bone fragment floating around in his wrist, which helps explain his awful production to some degree, but he’s not yet headed for the DL.  Rendon wouldn’t be immediately available anyway, as he recovers from wisdom tooth removal.  The 22-year-old is hitting .330/.473/.625 through 32 games at Double-A Harrisburg.

Michael Wacha | RHP, Cardinals – John Gast was pulled in the second inning Saturday due to shoulder tightness.  The extent of the injury is unclear at this moment, but for the second weekend in a row, we’re sounding the Wacha alarm.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Word is Taveras will return to action today at Triple-A Memphis.  The Cardinals have kept him off the field for the past two weeks due to an ankle injury.  Life is sweeter when Oscar Taveras is on the field.

Marcus Stroman | RHP, Blue Jays – Stroman has returned to Double-A New Hampshire after serving a 50 game suspension for a positive PED test late last season.  The 2012 first rounder features a huge fastball and a filthy slider, and has been pegged as a future closer, but the Blue Jays will give him a look as a starter this season.

Jonathan Singleton | 1B, Astros – Singleton is also returning to action after serving a 50 game suspension for violating the substance policy.  His drugs were of the recreational variety, if that matters to you.  The 21-year-old slugger will join Low-A Quad Cities on Monday, but he’ll spend the bulk of this year at Triple-A.

Carlos Correa | SS, Astros — Singleton will be joining Carlos Correa at Quad Cities.  The 2012 #1 overall pick has been overshadowed by Byron Buxton (#2 overall), who’s playing in the same league.  But Correa has been fantastic since the calendar rolled over to May, and he’s hitting .357 through his last ten.

Albert Almora | OF, Cubs – The Midwest League seems to be overflowing with high profile dudes, and Albert Almora joined the prospect party last week.  The 6th overall pick last June has looked quite good early on in his full season debut, collecting 8 hits and two walks through 16 plate appearances.  I’ll be at Kane County next weekend when Buxton comes to town.  Can’t wait.

Gregory Polanco | OF, Pirates – Polanco has been on fire in Florida State League play.  The 21-year-old has his line up to .319/.386/.515 with 6 HR and 19 SB through 43 games at Bradenton.  He might not be far from a bump to the upper levels if this keeps up.

Rafael Montero | RHP, Mets – The Mets promoted Montero to Triple-A Las Vegas after the 22-year-old posted a 10.4 K/9 through 8 Double-A starts.  His first outing in the PCL wasn’t quite so good in the whiff department, but he was effective in the start, nonetheless, allowing only 5 baserunners through 6.2 IP while striking out 5.

Miguel Sano | 3B/OF, Twins – Sano has caught George Springer in the MiLB home run race, bombing three times last week to put his season total at 13.  Batting .352/.446/.691 with 28 XBH through 195 PA at High-A, Sano appears ready for upper levels baseball.

Stetson Allie | 1B, Pirates – Stetson Allie was once a top-100 prospect… as a pitcher.  He’s a first baseman now, and like Sano and Springer (and Ryan Rua), Allie has 13 homers.  While at 22 he’s a little old for the South Atlantic League, you have to love his level of production:  .345/.427/.650 with 45 RBI.  Expect the Pirates to accelerate his development with a promotion to High-A soon.

Martin Perez | RHP, Rangers – After surrendering four runs in his first start at Triple-A Round Rock, Perez was brilliant in his second outing.  The 22-year-old shut down Reno, allowing only 3 hits and zero runs through 7 IP, walking none and whiffing 7 along the way.  Perez is not far from a spot in the Rangers rotation if he continues to pitch at that level.

Tyler Skaggs | LHP, D’Backs – Skaggs’s most recent start was his best of the season.  The lefty walked none, whiffed 10, and allowed 1 ER on 5 hits in 7.2 frames on Wednesday.  He’s had a rough year to this point, but Skaggs has the stuff and polish to turn things around quickly.

Hunter Morris | 1B, Brewers – Morris is heating up at Triple-A Nashville, hitting .361/.415/.778 with 4 homers though his last 10 games.  The 24-year-old has legit power and could find himself in Milwaukee before year’s end.

  1. Wild Thang says:
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    Miguel Sano needs to be playing in triple a. If anyone wants to watch a good documentary about baseball in the Dominican Republic, watch baseball player. It features Miguel Sano and he’s absolutely the best hitting prospect in double a.

    • Scott Evans

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      He actually probably is the best hitting prospect in Double-A, but he’s stuck at the High-A level for a little while longer… the Twins can be very slow with development, but I can’t see them keeping Sano down in the low minors much longer…

      Thanks for the documentary suggestion… is this the one you’re referring to: http://www.peloterothemovie.com/ ???

    • OkieDokie Aoki says:
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      @Wild Thang:

      Yeah that’s the one Scott. The kid is still young and I don’t see him playing in the bigs till,maybe 2015 at the latest.

  2. Paulie Allnuts

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    I would agree that Sano is ready for Triple A. What would you consider a good projection for Sano being brought up to the bids. I would like to make a trade for him in a Dynasty League, but his value becomes much greater if he is Major-League ready in a short period of time.

    • Scott Evans

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      I think he’s a bad guy to try to acquire via trade right now for a few reasons: 1) his value is at an all time high 2) he has big time swing-and-miss troubles that aren’t being exposed at the A+ level… the whiffs will pile up at AA & AAA, and I expect prolonged slumps 3) He’s a sloppy defender who’ll likely end up at a corner OF post, but he’s only playing 3B right now… that position switch could delay his timetable…

      BUT, I still see 40+ home run power at the big league level. Aren’t many other guys in the minors who that can be said for…

  3. malamoney says:
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    For those following my Wil Myers updates, he launched 2 homers this week. With June just around the corner we’ll see if he gets his shot in Tampa soon. They could use his bat.

    Kyle Gibson tossed another gem last night.

    Scott you should do a list, maybe top ten, of players with the best chance, based on your opinion, of getting to the majors the soonest. Or something like that.

    Picked up Wacha last night!

    Will Bradley see the majors this year?
    Good stuff as usual.

    • Fried Fish Fan says:
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      @malamoney: check out his “prospect power rankings” articles he basically does this every couple weeks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah I kinda do that in my prospect power ranks as Fried Fish points out… I try to balance talent & ETA in those biweekly ranks… Myers is top bat on the list right now, you’ll be happy to know… Hope Wacha gets the call, as I have him in a couple places too.

  4. Frank White says:
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    Hey buddy.. You were saying to try to grab Bauer a couple days ago. Do you think Bauer is a better pick then Wacha?

    • Frank White says:
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      Oh I forgot, You also said to grab Geritt Cole if Bauer wasn’t around. would wacha be last out of the 3 or how else would you rate them??

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Wacha over Bauer & Cole in light of recent news…

  5. Racehorse says:
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    Scott,

    When Sano does eventually make it to the bigs, how do you think his home park will affect his power numbers? Do you think they will take a hit?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Sano arrives mid/late 2014 & his power will play big in any ballpark. 40+ potential in Minn

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Scott Evans: excuse me while I wipe the drool from my keyboard…

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Sano or Buxton?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Oof. Longer way to go w/ Buxton, but I’m a huge fan of his overall skillset. Fewer holes in his game than Sano…

  6. deebo says:
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    Hi Scott,
    Better stash…Yelich or Puig?
    Thanks man.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yelich

  7. TheNewGuy says:
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    Still not heard back from the other guy yet.

    Would you be against adding in Bauer too if thats what it requires? To remind ya the trades currently:

    Give Profar

    for Gio and Mujica.

    Right now time to read the post!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Adding Bauer isn’t crazy, but do everything you can to get him to bite on the deal as is

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Yeah will do, just wondering if the reason he hasnt responded yet is he’s waiting to choose the best offers for his guys.

        If he’s not responded by tommorow (active league) I’ll throw in the possiblity of adding Bauer I think.

        Btw Dodgers-Cards series, my new teams had to be playing each other right away didn’t they! Impossible to decide who to root for, its a funny feeling actually as I normally have always just supported one team in a sport. Like trying to decide what flavour of donut to go for…impossible!

        Interesting power rankings btw, suprised to see particularly Wheeler below Yelich, thought he’d be top spot. Main reasons for that?

        • Scott Evans

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          Yelich’s immediate impact potential better than Wheeler’s, IMO, although Wheeler’s opportunity is more secure…

  8. Fried Fish Fan says:
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    With the news of setbacks for Gast, Westbrook and Carpenter is Wacha now a must stash in deep H2H formats?

    • Fried Fish Fan says:
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      @Fried Fish Fan: better stash in redrafts, gerrit cole or Michael wacha?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        If you have room to stash, go for Wacha before Cole right now…

        • malamoney says:
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          @Scott Evans: Cole isn’t giving Pittsburgh a reason to bring him up. Damn you Gerrit!

          • Scott Evans

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            Certainly not…

  9. jack says:
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    Are there any SS coming up that can rescue me from the abomination that is Alcides Escobar?

    • Curt says:
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      @jack: I have the same question, the only one I hear about is Nick Franklin…..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Franklin seems to be next on the horizon…

  10. Scott Evans

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    Folks, I just mysteriously lost power in my building. Responding via iPhone right now & battery is dying. Might be slower than usual with the comments today — hope ComEd sorts this BS out quickly. Apologies for inconvenience.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ok, power has returned. I’m back in business…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Cool, didnt take long then. You in an apartment block dude?

        Got a comment reply above for ya when you get a chance.

        • Scott Evans

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          I’m in an old, refurbished apartment building… been here since last October & this is mysterious outage #2 — the first one happened during Cards v Giants NLCS game. I almost died… had to sprint down the street to a bar!

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Scott Evans: Haha thought you were gonna say it happened during the Freese walkoff shot in the playoffs. That game was just incredible….best baseball game ive EVER seen, probably ever will….

            • Scott Evans

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              No question.

              • TheNewGuy says:
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                @Scott Evans: What game was it, you remember? Might check the highlights out again sometime.

                Thats part of the reason I chose to support the Cards, you guys (I should say we now) always seem to have great postseason games. Remember the “Endy Chavez, takes a home run away and turns it into a double play. Unbelievable!” game against the Mets, epic. Was that the same game that Waino finished off Beltran with that knee buckling bender that literally fell off a cliff?

                • Scott Evans

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                  I think it was game 1 that the lights went out… it was a Cards W, in any case…

                  • TheNewGuy says:
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                    @Scott Evans: Ha wasnt talking about that, was talking about the Endy Chavez catch game, between the Cards and Mets.

                    • Scott Evans

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                      Ohhhhh… that was Game 7 of the ’06 NLCS

  11. gareth says:
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    I’m considering dropping rickie weeks. With chase utley on the dl I would have to replace weeks. Neil walker and his counting stats are the only viable 2b option.

    I have a devil on one shoulder telling me to dump weeks as he is lousy and will continue to suck. I have an Angel on the other shoulder telling me to remember what happened with weeks last year. If I drop him, someone will claim him and benefit from a hot weeks.

    Which argument do you side with, scott?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @gareth: I’ve been in the same predicament with Ike Gareth. Ultimately the devil won out with me and im not regretting it one iota yet. If Ike/Weeks get hot we can always readd them anyway. Id dump his ass.

      • gareth says:
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        @TheNewGuy: on name value alone weeks would get picked up though, right?

        The thing with ike though, there are a plethora of other 1st base options to replace him. 2nd base is a barren wasteland.

        Who’d you pick up for ike?

        • Scott Evans

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          Ike is a different story, I think… Weeks has a history of this sort of garbage first half followed by monster 2nd half…

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @gareth: Thats true Garth, I picked up Howard from waivers for Ike, suprised the big man was dropped but hes been pretty putrid too so far. Howards not making my starting lineup right now either mind.

          Yeah good point on Weeks, im pretty set at 2B with Altuve and Jerko (Hill DL), but it is pretty barren on the whole. He probably would get scooped so you’re better benching him for now and grabbing a hot schmotato for 2B- thats what I always do. That said I guess hot schmotatos at 2B are practically non-existant too….

          Ha scrap what I said, just checked my league and Weeks is available and noones picked him up! He’s just sitting there….feel free to cut his ass if you need to.

    • Scott Evans

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      I just listened to the angel on this very same debacle. Recently traded for Matt Carpenter & slotted him n at 2B, but benched Weeks & didn’t drop… I don’t want someone else riding the hot 2nd half he’s almost certainly bound for.

      • Gareth says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks for clearing things up Mr Angel (Scott) and Mr Devil (New Guy).

        I remain sitting on my fence!

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Gareth: Hey gotta give the Angel a bit more weighting, Scotts the ‘pert here after all!

  12. steve says:
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    6×6 h2h; 5 keeper league with a SP limit of 8.

    Do I have anyone to drop for Wacha?
    Matt Moore, Peavy, Ryu, JoFer, Teheran, Wheeler, Gausman, & McCarthy

    Thanks Scott. I enjoy your write-ups.

    • Clyde Prompto says:
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      @steve: That’s a lot of rookie nookie in one rotation. I’d probably drop Ryu for Wacha. If you’re in it to win it this year, I might advise trading a couple of your young bucks for help elsewhere. JoFer and his low innings cap won’t be of much help in your h2h playoffs for example.

      • steve says:
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        @Clyde Prompto:

        Thanks for your thoughts. I agree with your points however the temptation is to keep the young hurlers since I have all of them at low $ values, meaning that they can be “kept” without much of a dollar impact on my roster next season. Regardless, I can only keep 5 players so I need to make some decisions.

        • Scott Evans

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          Oh I missed this before I posted my other comment… don’t trade Jo-Fer if you can keep him! Still drop a bench bat for Wacha if you can…

          • steve says:
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            @Scott Evans: It’s a lame rule but this league employs a 8 starter limit, so I’d have to drop someone. I’m thinking of dropping Teheran but I know he will be scooped up. Do you anticipate Wacha being better than any of my current SPs?

            • steve says:
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              @steve: Nevermind, I just noticed that Wacha has a RP designation on ESPN….saaaaweeeet!

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              He’s as good a bet as Teheran & I just learned that Wacha was scratched from his scheduled start today… looks like he’s on his way to STL

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Clyde’s thought of selling Jo-Fer, but I disagree on the Ryu for Wacha swap… I’d drop a bench bat to stash Wacha or sit tight if you don’t have one to cut loose.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Scott Evans: I’d listen to Scott, he’s the expert, I might just be biased against Ryu because of all the times my brother demolished me at Street Fighter.

        • steve says:
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          @Clyde Prompto: LOL…nice street fighter reference

          • Clyde Prompto says:
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            @steve: I will say that there might be such a thing has having too many rookies/prospects. As someone who’s traded for guys like Justin Smoak, Travis Snider, Brian Matusz, Jesus Montero and Dustin Ackley before, I can tell you that they don’t always pan out. There’s nothing worst than thinking you have a dynasty in the making and then having a bunch of busts/underperformers. Tanking a season and trading for keepers: 60% of the time, it works EVERY time.

  13. low walk high k says:
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    Puig for medlen in dynasty? Leaves me thin @ pitcher at the mlb level and long on milb OF (taveras, springer, puig, Dahl) but have a hard time resisting this. Also have sano who some see as corner OF in future. Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like getting Puig for Medlen, but that really jams up your OF… you’ll have to make another move, I imagine…

      • low walk high k says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Yea it does. I did the deal bcuz I’m hoping to work pitching out later and I’ll worry about the OF’s when they’re all here I guess. I’ve been offered gio for taveras already since the deal and am tempted but will prolly look at all options for a bit. Also, someone pulled plug on dickey surprisingly so I was going to burn #3 ww on him and drop Carlos Martinez. No brainer there? Or do u see c mart as a possible rotation option w gast down and the stl overall injury woes? Thx again man I really appreciate it

        • Scott Evans

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          Get Dickey… I think Martinez stays put in the ‘pen.

          • low walk high k says:
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            @Scott Evans:
            Awesome thx. Ok one more question lol. Or I guess its two lol. Would u do the gio for taveras deal? And also who do u prefer for ros Bauer or Gibson?

            • Scott Evans

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              Hold Taveras & Bauer over Gibson

  14. John Mycell says:
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    Harvey for Cargo straight up? fyi I’m in a league that counts CG/SHO. I’d be getting Cargo

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, definitely get Cargo for Harvey if you can. That’s a steal.

      • John Mycell says:
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        What about when you factor in keeper value, i.e. Cargo would cost me a 1 to keep, Harvey would cost me a 9?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          you must mean Cargo costs 9 & Harvey 1, yes? Even so, I go for Cargo…

          • John Mycell says:
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            Cargo would cost me a first rounder, harvey a 9th rounder.

            • John Mycell says:
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              what about Harvey for Mauer and Craig, which side there?

              • Scott Evans

                Scott Evans says:
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                Oh I see… I was thinking $$… Mauer & Craig for Harvey would be nice too. Sounds like you’re drawing considerable interest in Harvey whose stock is at an all time high. It’d be wise to sell him…

                • John Mycell says:
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                  Hes got 2 starts against the marlins in the next 2 weeks, going to sell immediately after to highest bidder and then start lighting cigars with dollar bills.

                  • Scott Evans

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                    Haha good plan!

  15. Gareth says:
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    As Fozzie would say – WACHA WACHA!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      WACHA FLOCKA

  16. Scott Evans

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    Wacha’s been scratched from his scheduled start today… Looks like he’s headed for STL. SOUND THE ALARM

    • Fish says:
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      @Scott Evans:

      I gotta hand it to you. I usually go to CBS fantasy for the most recent news in MLB; while they’re experts aren’t great (is that a nice way to say it?), they do a great job breaking the news before many other websites.

      However, your post here even beat them. Nice.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Yeah, we’re not exactly a news-breaking site , but occasionally the timing works out & we get a scoop first. Thanks for the kind words!

  17. Ron Swanson says:
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    Picked up Gausman in my H2H keeper-league last week and promptly traded Lester for Andrus (need stolen bases). I have David Price on the DL and the following starting pitchers: Zimmerman, Samardjiza, Minor, Lynn, Gausman, Liriano, Ryu and Lackey. Looking for some analysis on my SP depth, and if sneaking Wacha off waivers would be an addition worthy of cutting any of the aforementioned for.

    Going back to the Andrus trade…I now have Andrus, Escobar and Yonder Alonso and only the 2B/SS and UTIL spots to play two of them. Team speed is my achilles heel and thinking about dropping Alonso (maybe picking up Wacha for him). Is he the odd man out in your opinion?

    Thanks you for the advice and great articles.

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d drop a bench bat for Wacha if you can… Alonso would be my cut…

    • Fish says:
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      @Ron Swanson:

      I’d worry about your team running into a serious speed bump with some of it’s pitchers (Zimmermann and Liriano) since they’re performing above their heads at the moment.

  18. Joey Belle says:
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    Is my love for Danny Salazar irrational or rational? 4 no-hit innings last night. He should be up at some point this summer, right? Hes doing better than Bauer so far this year.

    • Scott Evans

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      Looks like a backend reliever with two dominate offerings, but his success as a starter is encouraging. Certainly has been steadier than Bauer in the early going…

  19. Matt says:
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    Gausman or Wacha for the rest of the season?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gausman

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Really? Even if both are up for the rest of the season?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Yeah, Gausman is higher on my board & just as ready.

        • Scott Evans

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          It’s close, though…

  20. Longotulo says:
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    I got offered grienke n Lester for Chris Davis in a 12 team h2h. Thoughts? Obviously other variables such as needs play a part in this but curious what your thoughts are on it. Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      On the surface, the Grienke + Lester side looks very nice…

  21. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Howdy, Scott. Do you think the Rays would consider bringing up Chris Archer and installing him as their closer? On the one hand he’s used to starting and has little big league experience. On the other hand, he’s on my minor league roster and I could use some saves.

    • Scott Evans

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      I doubt it comes to that… he’s far more valuable to Tampa as a starter.

  22. Man of Troy says:
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    ROS Wacha or Gausman?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gausman

    • Man of Troy says:
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      @Man of Troy:

      Just saw the above response. Thanks

  23. sange-da-man says:
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    Just askin around…..got offered Matt Kemp and Cliff Lee for my Carlos Gomez and Matt Moore….perfect sell high/buy low or hold off since Gomez can be an 8th rd keeper next year and Kemp hasn’t exactly been Kempish…

    • Scott Evans

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      Mouthwatering buy low right there… tough to pass up.

  24. TheNewGuy says:
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    Holy shizz Wachas already been scooped in my non-keeper! Couldnt grab him earlier as id hit my transaction limit.

    Beaten by 25 mins. Good luck rest of the razzball community, go beat your leaguemates to him!

    • Scott Evans

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      Ha! You should’ve scooped last night!

  25. Fish says:
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    Would you rank these rookie pitchers in a different order for ROS?

    Wheeler, Gausman, Wacha, Cingrani

    • Scott Evans

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      Maybe Cingrani ahead of Wacha, but seems about right to me…

  26. David says:
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    How does Danny Hultzen rank for future prospects among Wacha, Gibson, Jo-Fer, Bradley, and Cingrani? I guess what I am asking is how would you rank this group for 2014 and beyond? Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      Jo-Fer, Bradley, Wacha, Hultzen, Cingrani, Gibson…

      Wacha/Hultzen/Cingrani are very close.

      • David says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks, that’s what I was pretty much thinking. You can only hold 3 minor leaguers in my league. Would you rank all of those pitchers above Miguel Sano? By the way, you lose a point for every K.

        • Scott Evans

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          The negative pts for whiffs hurts Sano big time… He’s probably right around the the Wacha/Hultzen/Cingrani value if that’s the case…

          • David says:
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            @Scott Evans: Sorry for all the questions but here is one more:

            Here is my current crop of guys to choose from.
            Currently on my roster- Sano, Buxton, Bundy, Hultzen ( I can only keep 3 in my minors so I was going to let it sort itself out before the start of next year assuming Bundy and Hultzen finished the year in the minors)

            Guys available- Bradley, Wacha, G Springer, Gibson, Dahl, etc

            I have been negotiating a trade with an owner where I would get Cingrani (no cost to me to keep) and Chris Sale (can be kept for next year at a very low cost) and would give Braun, and Cliff Lee (neither guy has any keeper value). I’m not contending this year so that’s why I am thinking of doing this. He also has Jo-Fer but I don’t think he will part with him.

            I would appreciate your thoughts/suggestions on my situation. Just found the site and as you can tell I am already addicted!

            Would you drop any of my current guys for the availables? Thanks again

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Drop Hultzen for Bradley now. Wouldn’t make that trade…

              • David says:
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                @Scott Evans: Ok thanks. So hang on to Sano. What don’t you like about that trade? Not enough value in return?

                • Scott Evans

                  Scott Evans says:
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                  Why sell on Braun & Cliff Lee unless you’re out of it already… always play to win this season if you can, even in dynasties.

  27. malamoney says:
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    If you had to pick one guy to have on your roster to start the season next year that will end this season in the minors but get called up and be a difference maker, who would it be? Right now I am leaning towards Taveras, but that’s if he doesn’t get the call this year. Key point is that they finish this season in the minors.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Taveras should find his way to STL this year, so I’m thinking someone like George Springer or Miguel Sano…

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: Which one do you like better for 2014? And how about Archie Bradley?

  28. quarto says:
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    looks like skaggs is starting vs the Rangers. do you think he can be useful in a 12 team redraft if he stays up?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If he stays up, then he’s pitching well & yeah he’d be useful… don’t really trust him for the stream, though…

  29. TheNewGuy says:
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    Got some free time so going to relive those classic games I was on about. Starting with Game 7 of the ’06 NLCS, then Game 6 of the 2011 WS.

    Highlights or condensed game, hmmm. Or even go the whole hog?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy: MLB.com stops only as far as 09 now, outrage!

      Time to send in a complaint!

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Haha! What a travesty!

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Scott Evans: Yeah crap isnt it, least I saw the Freese game highlights.

          Have sent a complaint in!

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @TheNewGuy: Oh yeah and as for that game, didnt realise Rangers were 1 strike away both times. Incredible. Just incredible. Talk about never quitting.

            Cruz’s attempt of that catch in LF was pretty pathetic though, especially since that was the ballgame right there….no wait the World Series right there!

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Amazing game… still gives me goosebumps.

  30. Oz says:
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    Hey Scott, Per ESPN, Michael Wacha had his sunday start scratched, they may be gearing for him to start Thu vs KC. Westbrook is scheduled to visit the dreaded Dr. James Andrews this week, just a heads up. Sound the Fozzie bear alarm!!! (Sorry I know that joke is soo old but I can’t help it.)
    >Oz

    • Oz says:
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      @Oz:

      Also what are the chances Rendon gets a call up for good soon?

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Good chance he gets the call in next couple weeks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yep, looks like he’s on his way… Jen Langosch of MLB.com broke that scoop, btw. Not the booyah’s at the four-letter network.

      Grab Wacha wherever you can!

  31. TheNewGuy says:
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    Thoughts on Hultzen? Well the guy would be cutting Hultzen if I send him Profar he said, so he said he might aswell send me him in return…result!

    Is he pitching well at AAA? Know he dominating AA then had a really tough time in AAA which suprised us all last year. Is Hultz back to pitching well at AAA and on the cusp of the big league club- the next big arm call-up for the M’s?

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      @TheNewGuy: Jurickson’s just shown me what I’d be missing though. Leadoff bomb.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hultzen is a solid arm to have & should arrive late this season… He’s pitching well despite a few injuries, but Erasmo Ramirez figures to get the call before Hultz….

  32. Zac says:
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    Question. Rate in order who gets called up first-last.
    Rendon, Franklin, Wong, Choice, Owings?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Rendon, Franklin, Choice, Owings, Wong

  33. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Kinda desperate for saves, so holding Fujikawa. Drop for Wacha or Gausman, or hold? Already holding Wheeler. IP cap roto league, so K/9 is important; I know Wacha’s been a little down in that area, though pitching for the Cards brings nice W and ratio potential.

    • Steve Stevenson says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Nevermind. Fuji got hurt today–hello Wacha!

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Haha funny how those things work themselves out sometimes…

  34. Man of Steel says:
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    Who would you rather have: aoki or d jennings

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Aoki right now…

      • Man of Steel says:
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        @Scott Evans:And finally how about Mitch Moreland or aoki?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Aoki.

  35. RDP says:
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    You made this post too early since Im starting later today I should be mentioned on all Rookie threads.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I was gonna mention how you only K’d 11 dudes in your last 10 frames… WTF is up with that??!!

  36. Brett says:
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    Would you rather have wacha or gausman?

    • RDP says:
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      @Brett:

      Id rather have Rafael DePaula cause hes awesome

      • Scott Evans

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        Yeah, go ahead & stash a a 22-year-old Sally League pitcher in mixed leagues… De Paula is very good, but he’s way too old & advanced for low-a baseball. Numbers will regress big time at next level.

    • Scott Evans

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      Gausman

  37. David says:
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    Is Wacha more of the 6 K/9 guy we have seen this year or closer to the double figure K/9 guy we have seen in the past? Also, what is your K/9 projection for Hultzen two years from now in Seattle?

    • Scott Evans

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      Wacha should settle in somewhere around 7 per-nine & Hultzen somewhere around 7 or 8.

  38. David says:
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    They sound pretty similar other than Wacha pitching for the better team. I guess we will have to wait and see.

  39. Lawrence Dokken says:
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    Hiya, long time reader first time writer.
    Question 12 team h2h non keeper.
    Have wheeler, jose fernandez, miller, scherzer, cobb, maholm, holland.
    Any of those droppable for Wacha?

    • Scott Evans

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      No, I’d look to drop a bench bat if possible.

      • Lawrence Dokken says:
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        Bench bats are Morneau or Jennings whom I swap with Donaldson

  40. LadyScorpio says:
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    Hi Scott!

    Great article! Any news on Gerrit Cole? Added Wacha and Wheeler to my piching squad. Also, when do you think Tavaras will be called up?

    Thanks,
    Lady Scorpio

    • Scott Evans

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      Cole continues to struggle at AAA… no imminent call-up for him. Taveras arrival depends on health of STL OF… tough to gauge timetable.

  41. Pipa says:
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    would you trade Beltran for Minor, I’m in desperate need of SP. Or Carpenter for Jo-Fer?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      That’d be overpaying a bit for Minor, but sometimes that’s necessary to get a deal done & address a need.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      …and don’t trade for Jo-Fer.

  42. airweino says:
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    Do I trade Taveras in a 10 team keeper league for Alex Gordon?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      In a full keeper? No.

  43. Frank White says:
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    Whats up bro… Someone just dropped Profar in my league. 10 team h2h points mixed. Should I be jumping on that or does he only play sometimes??

    • Scott Evans

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      If he sticks around once Kinsler comes back, he’s a must-own.

  44. TheNewGuy says:
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    On the cusp of getting Gio and Mujica for Profar (and Werth thrown in….dunno why he wants him).

    Missed Gios start as he was late accepting so im kinda pissed about that, though maybe I shouldnt be as hes not going great so far…

    Good deal anyway? Im still after Cain from him also as I think he’s bound to turn it around, you bullish on him also?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Cain for ROS

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Me too. You like the deal without Cain then? Just completed that for now, its:

        Get Gio, Hultzen (prosp) and Mujica

        For Profar (prosp) and Werth (werthless to me)

        Now asking if he can include Cain for Bauer.

        • Scott Evans

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          If it’s a win-now deal & it definitely appears it is, yeah I kinda like it with Cain…

  45. AJ Leight says:
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    Hi Scott – any catchers or 1B prospects who you could see making an impact in the majors this year? Zunino and Singelton are spoken for, but most others are available in my 14-team h2h salaried keeper league. I have d’Arnaud and Hosmer, but both have been disappointing for injury and production reasons respectively. Thanks in advance.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      d’Arnaud should be the one impact guy, but probably not ’til late this season… not much else on the horizon…

      • AJ Leight says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks anyways. I have trio of older expensive guys on my payroll (Napoli, Lind & Corey Hart) so I guess I’ll just rotate them and Wieters between 1B, C and Util. Hunter Morris worth a flyer when he gets the call? Over a guy like Nava or Wacha? My pitching has been struggling without Weaver & Harrison, not to mention Dickey and Morrow sucking, so I’m very hopeful Wacha does something soon.

  46. Targaryen says:
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    I don’t know much about Bradley, is he a pitcher worth monitoring this year? My pitching staff includes Darvish. Grienke. Latos. Scherzer. Morrow. Odorizzi. Gausman. Holland (the closer) Wilhelmsen. Bailey (the closer) Pestano. Jansen. Meloncon. (With Luebke & Carpenter on the DL) I got Morrow on the bubble and maybe Odorizzi) Wacha, Wheeler, Cole. Bauer & Bundy are snagged in my 14 T dynasty. Over Streaming in this league is suicide cause there is a 50 move limit & I’m already up to 23. Nothing on the wire except a LAD steamer ( Cap & Lily, who I dropped for Izzi & G-man out of Balt) could use another solid addition who would you recommend? (FYI: this league has 9 Pitching cats including holds & saves (separate))

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bradley is a late-season arrival if he arrives at all this year. I’d keep an eye on Skaggs… maybe Erasmo Ramirez.

      • Targaryen says:
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        @Scott Evans: who do you think will be Better, Skaggs or Cingrani. I dropped izzi for archer, I hope he gets the call

  47. David says:
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    Thoughts on Tyler Lyons? For the ROS and future?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d be surprised if he continues at this level for much longer…

  48. Ham update please says:
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    I mean a Billy Hamilton update please.

    Should I pick him up and drop Gerrit Cole???

    Thanks

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