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With the rapid speed at which Ronald Acuna has ascended through the minors, I ought to take every opportunity to write about him while I still can. If you hadn’t heard, Acuna was promoted to AAA on Wednesday evening, and the Braves best position prospect since Jason Heyward is now just a call away. Exciting news for dynasty league owners all over. In my updated Mid-Season Top 100 I ranked Acuna 5th in all of baseball, and after seeing the confidence the Braves have in the precocious 19 year old, how could you not? He brings to the table hard contact with an all-fields approach, 30 steal speed, and a huge ceiling. The plate discipline could be better, but to put things in perspective, he’s 19 and playing at the highest levels of full season ball while many of his contemporaries are just beginning short season and rookie ball. So I expect plate approach to be an area where things should improve as Acuna matures as a hitter. What he does at Gwinnett will be telling, particularly if he really struggles for the first time in his career. How he deals with that, adjusts, and rebounds will be the true test of his metal. It’s tough to say if he will struggle or not, but if he hits the ground running, I could picture a world, maybe as soon as a month, where Acuna is considered the top prospect in the game. Trust me I’ve made bold proclamations about Acuna before. Here’s what I said when I ranked him #42 overall in the pre-season, “Could be this season’s Victor Robles. Five tool player, that tore up Australia this winter, poised for a big jump in the mid-season list. Trade for him now”. I was right on both fronts, but was more conservative with his ETA setting it at 2019. That’s obviously no longer the case, outside of unforeseen circumstances of course. **KNOCK ON WOOD** Anyway, Acuna has a strong chance of seeing at least a few weeks of action in September, but I wouldn’t expect a call-up in the next few weeks. Though the possibility of Acuna breaking camp in 2018 is less remote than it was a few months ago, I’d be surprised by any promotion before mid-May next year. He’s a name to know for players in all formats, as this could be a stud in the making. Here’s what else I saw in the MiLB…

 

  • I know what you’re all wondering, because you’ve been asking since October. “When does Moncada get the call?” Based on some of the things I’ve seen floated out there, I’m going to say we see him in the next two weeks.
  • Brendan Rodgers finally woke up and joined the party in AA late last week. Let’s all cheer!  I haven’t had a chance to fill you in on some Crab Family scouting sessions that took place in Hartford a few weeks back, but I watched Rodgers first hand. It was his first few days at the level, and you could see there was a lack of comfort at the plate. Seems like he’s settled in since then, recording his first three hit game on Thursday before heading to Miami to play in the Future’s game for the good ole’ U.S of A. There’s some serious OBP and points league downside with Rodgers at the moment, as his walk rates have stayed Odor-esque. I hope that’s an area, like the aforementioned Acuna, that Rodgers can improve on.
  • The Padres promoted Cal Quantrill to AA San Antonio on Monday, and I still think he’s a darkhorse candidate to see a start or two in the majors this season. Opinions vary on his upside, I’m a little cooler on him than I was, (ranked #120) others have warmed up to him, but he’s a pitcher so the range of outcomes is tremendous. Quantrill’s a safe pitching arm, with some serious pedigree. He’s the son of a former longtime major leaguer, and had a dynamic freshman season at Stanford, where he was amongst the best arms in the country. There’s a balance between tempering expectations for a player who hasn’t had a full healthy season, and expecting a polished college starter. Perhaps I lean to heavy in the latter and not enough on the former. Rankings aside.
  • I can’t get enough of Michel Baez or Heliot Ramos right now.  While familiar with both, I had no idea what kind of talents they were. Based on the reports from the fields of the AZL by Prospecting Nomad Chris Kusiolek we may have two stud prospects on our hands. Through 9 games in the rookie level AZL, Ramos is slashing .389/.463/.806 with two homers, and 4 steals in 9 games. The reports laud the elite bat speed, and hard, loud contact. As for Baez he’s a 6’8 monster with mid-90’s heat, that can paint the black. His feel and command is reportedly advanced, and he’s been stellar in his two A-ball starts with Fort Wayne.
  • On the previously mentioned trip to Hartford, I got a chance to watch Red Sox prospect Rafael Devers with the opposing Sea Dogs. Devers is the #3 prospect in my Mid-season ranks, and his bat looked amazing. He went 2 for 5 with 4 RBIs and shot that left the stadium (seen below). The Red Sox might be forced to call Devers up to the majors if they can’t find reinforcements at the deadline, and it might be the best choice for an organization that’s unloaded a lot of assets in recent years.

  • Two of the more helium-laden prospects in the minors at the moment are Blue Jays legacy-tandem Vlad Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette. Aside from both starring in the Future’s Game the pair had a big week earning promotion to high A Dunedin of the Florida State League. The duo tore up the Midwest league for the better part of three months, with Bichette arguably having the best first half in professional baseball. Vlad Jr. made his FSL debut last night, while Bichette went 2 for 4 in his second high-A game, connecting for his first homer.
  • I’m not going to get into a lengthy breakdown of the Future’s Game for a few reasons. First, Lance did an excellent job with his piece on Sunday, and secondly how much stock should we take in a few at bats in an exhibition game? That said, it’s a fun event, and one I have more excitement for than the actual All-Star Game. I think we should do as one of my twitter followers suggested, play the game in the prime-time Sunday night slot to kick off all-star weekend. Makes too much sense MLB…(sorry Jak3)
  • Mariners righty Nick Neidert isn’t getting nearly the notice he should. So far he’s been one of the better pitchers in the Cal League, ranking 3rd in ERA, 3rd in K’s, 6th in K/9, and 1st in FIP. I ranked him 80th on my top 100, and I think he offers one of the safest floors of any starter in the minors, with some projection still to boot. His command is elite, getting the most out of his lower velocity (87-91) fatsball. He mixes in a plus changeup, and an above average hook. Its the usage of the change in any count that makes all the difference.
  • A’s prospect Renato Nunez took home the MVP for the PCL side in the AAA all-star game last night, smacking a 3-run job in a 6-4 PCL victory. I ranked the 23 year-old utility bat/future DH at 134th overall on my Top 200.
  • One of my favorite prospects, Tyler O’Neill’s rough season continued as he sustained a hamstring injury Saturday that left him listed day to day heading into the break. After an atrocious April and May (.216/.288/.384), he’s been excellent since June 1st, slashing .268/.375/.545 with 9 homers, 4 steals, and 25 RBIs.

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  1. Mihai says:
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    @ralph! This spring I took your advice and traded away Junior Guerra for a low pick in order to draft Acuna in a dynasty league. You made me look smart. Thanks for the hard work you put! :)))))

    • Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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      @Mihai: Claws up, friendo

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mihai: Hahaha! Daaaaaannng

  2. David says:
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    Great info Ralph! In a dynasty, which side, C. Mart or Benintendi (blasphemous I know) ?

    Also who has the better career, K. Tucker or Puig?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: That’s about even, depends what you need. C-Mart is top 10 at his position, but he’s a pitcher, so it depends on format.

  3. Packers says:
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    Great read for us in dynasty leagues.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Packers: Thanks Pack!

  4. Mike says:
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    I’ll be stashing yoan for sure.

    I’ve got Nunez returning tomorrow. Between Chris Taylor, Mazara, david peralta, Martin Gonzalez and Clint Frazier, who gets dropped to make room for him? Even tho he’s been playing well the last couple games, seems like Clint gets the boot. You agree?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mike: Who’s Martin Gonzalez? Is he dating Gina Ramirez? I guess it’s Frazier as long as it’s redraft.

  5. Packers says:
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    Ralph, I’m currently in 1st in a 12 team dynasty keep all. I have Galvis on reserves with Simmons on the wire. We play two at each position. I have Didi and Andrus active. Is it a no brainer to grab
    B. Rodgers and waive Galvis?

    • Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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      @Packers: Do this now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Packers: Yes 100%

  6. KCC26 says:
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    Here’s a question about a recently graduated prospect:

    12 team mixed league, keep 6 at the end of the year. My current OF is:

    Bryant
    Upton
    Benintendi
    Desmond (DL)
    Inciarte
    Pham

    Someone just dropped B. Zimmer. How good can he be next year? Good enough to possibly be worth keeping in a keep 6 league? Lose any of the above guys for him?

    Reply

    • Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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      @KCC26: Obligatory not Ralph, but am a Crab — you can drop Pham for him if you want, but it’s pretty unlikely he will be worth keeping if you only keep 72 players across the league.

      • KCC26 says:
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        @Jaaaaaake.crab: yeah that’s kind of where I’m at. I know that he is more likely to be a long term asset the most other guys, but I still think he’s a longshot to be one of my keepers going into next season.

        He HAS cut his k-rate. I’m thinking 2018 upside something like .260/.350/.450 and 20/30?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @KCC26: Long term I’d take him over Pham.

  7. Fausto

    fausto says:
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    Besides moncada which Middle – Infedel gets called first Rosario, O.Albies, or somebody I don’t know about that could swipe 15 down the stretch.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @fausto: If you’re looking for speed, those are your best bets in the middle infield. Raul Mondesi is a name to consider too.

      • Fausto

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: gracias I forgot about Raul Jr…5 SB in like 19abs in April… that April OBP tho – lil homie need way less “launch angle” and way more “infield single angle”…I’m On my MiLB game now to see what Raul has been doing since the demote. Excellent call my friend. Appreciated.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @fausto: Yeah he’s been good, and has always been very young for each level he saw. Finally settling in.

  8. Mike L says:
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    Whats the realistic time table for Kopech and Honeywell? Some things I read say early next year and one had Kopech not getting the call until 2019. I’m assuming Honeywell gets the call first but is he going to replace Snell? Would you rather take a flier on Luis Castillo or Faria in dynasty or hold on the original 2?

    • Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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      @Mike L: If you are close and need those arms now, you have to go Castillo and Faria. If your pitching is strong enough, you hold the higher upside in Kopech and Honeywell.

      • Mike L says:
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        @Jaaaaaake.crab: I’m not going to be competitive until next year. But I dont want to waste the season up until June or July if its going to take that long. Once you fall behind in roto in my league its hard to gain momentum because we only draft 3 times a year with no waivers.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mike L: I’d add Faria BTW, he’s looking great and I trust him a little more than Castillo

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike L: Honeywell will be first, but it’s the Rays. He may not be up for good until next year.

      Kopech depends upon command, I think we see him mid-2018, he’s only in AA, just needs to sharpen his control a little.

  9. Roughneck Odors says:
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    I have been doing a rebuild (but still competitive) in a roto league (keep 10). I have Harper, Springer, Moncada, Devers, Torres, Severino, McCullers, Conforto. May be able to get Clint Frazier and Jose Berrios for an elite closer (I’m not competitive in saves). Thoughts on Frazier and Berrios ROS and future? Thanks. Love all your work on prospects. The hunt for the next big thing is one of my favorite parts of fantasy baseball!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Roughneck Odors: I think Berrios is a top 25 rest of season in terms of starters. As for Clint Frazier it depends on PT, but he’s certainly a long term play.

  10. your mom says:
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    Hey Man,

    Is G.Cole/Chapman/Rivero too much for Kluber?

    Thanks

    • Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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      @your mom: If you’re in a 10 teamer, fine. Otherwise, that’s too much to pay.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @your mom: Yeah too much IMO. Unless it’s head to head points, and Kluber’s point total is all of those combined

    • mihai says:
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      You better trade Chapman, Rivero and Pineda…Oops you already did that…Martin :)

  11. Pine Tar Incident says:
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    Ralph-

    Which 3 starting pitchers currently in the minors do you think could see starts in August/September.

    I currently have Brendan Rogers in my minors spot and am looking to replace him for someone likely to get starts this year for the pennant push (we cannot carry-over minors from year-to-year, and Bellinger already graduated for me!)

    Thanks! Love your posts.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Pine Tar Incident: Jack Flaherty, Chance Adams, and Lucas Giolito. Honeywell is coming but I’m not sure we see him. Keep an eye out for Corbin Burnes too.

  12. malamoney says:
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    Best title this year!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @malamoney: Hahaha I had to get ahead of that tired joke!

  13. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    This early article was like rolling over in the morning and seeing your shaven face smiling at me. Killed it.

    https://youtu.be/iD_4AHYm1B8

  14. Big W says:
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    Thanks Ralph… Great work as always!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Big W: Thanks Big W

  15. Chris D says:
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    I’m real excited for my future team that I have slowly been building since draft day. I took over someone else’s dynasty league team to start the year that had 0 prospects and a barley competitive roster. dumped about 30 guys and did a hard restart We employ a 25 man active, 7 man inactive. This is also my first year doing fantasy baseball so thanks to sites like this I am in second place overall out of 10 teams and my inactive roster now consist of :

    Acuna(who I finally pulled the trigger on today thanks to his promotion)
    Barreto
    Anderson Espinoza (who I traded Brendan Rodgers for. This one I might regret later)
    Mejia
    Gleyber
    Luis Robert
    Kyle Tucker

    Just want to say keep up the great work. This site is one of my first reads in the morning and I love all the work that goes on here.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris D: Damn! You done good kid!

  16. Alan says:
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    Great report Ralph!! I got Acuna last All-Star break and it’s been fun to see him fly since. Had our mid season draft Tuesday and got Tatis,Sixto and Trammell in our NL Dynasty. Had to choose between Trammell and Shed and went Trammell thinking I could get Shed next round. Opppppps. Should I try and trade Sixto or Trammell for Shed or are they all about equal?
    Thx

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Alan: Nah hold the higher upside guys you got. Great drafting!

      • Alan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for your help the last few weeks!! You’re always generous with your time replying to all the comments and questions.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Alan: Thanks Alan!

  17. The JoGarza says:
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    Time to test your love: Brandon marsh or Heliot Ramos?

    I’m with you on Michel. Dude looks insane and I give it only three more starts before people realize it’s Michel and not Michael.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: Hahaha on the name! I’m going to go Ramos, he’s 17 and has that boricua flare!

  18. Re-Pete says:
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    16-team keeper league with 10 minor league roster spots, I somehow managed to end up with Albies, Devers, Delvin Perez, Acuna, Robles, O’Neill, Juan Soto, Braxton Garrett, Groome, and Kyle Zimmer. I’m looking forward to the next few years.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Re-Pete: See if you can upgrade Zimmer.

      • Re-Pete says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: For sure. Each year we have the opportunity to drop minor leaguers and then draft new ones to fill the spots left by promoted or dropped players. Zimmer is #1 on my drop list for next season.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Re-Pete: Good call

  19. Robert says:
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    10 team h2h league. Would Benitendi, Chapman and Manaea be a fair offer for Blackmon and Paxton?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: A little light in redraft, fine in dynasty.

  20. I’m curious to hear your thoughts on Starling Heredia. Guy has done nothing but hit since his debut. Is he a guy we should be jumping on? Or are there holes in his game yet to be exposed?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jackson: Yeah he made his debut the last week or so and just missed on my Top 200, he easily could have been in the last 50, he’s a talented power bat.

  21. PHIL says:
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    Who to keep on my bench Rafael Devers or Yasmany Tomas ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @PHIL: Devers

  22. Sport says:
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    So gladness I have been following your stuff! I have Acuna in both of my dynasty’s.

    In my 16 teamer, Bum is coming off the DL and I need to drop someone. I’m carrying Honeywell, McKenzie, and Flanerty, plus Newcomb, Faria, Godley, and Martes. I’m in rebuild so, I’m ok keeping inactives. Isn’t the choice to drop between Newcomb and Flaherty?

    Thank you.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Yeah I’d go Newcomb

  23. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    This Quintana trade is awful for the Cubs.

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Desperate move by the Cubs.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Slimcompoop: Agreed

    • demribbies says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: No kidding. Cubs empty the war chest for Quintana. Guess one ring in 100 something years is gonna have to be good enough.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @demribbies: Yeah whole thing is nuts!

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Absolutely awful trade. The black hose are looking legit though.

      • Abe Froman says:
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        @Raoul Duke:

        Super pumped White Sox fan here! Glad to hear that!

    • OaktownSteve says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz:

      You have to kind of wait these things out a little bit, of course. Remember that the White Sox are getting zero MLB AB/IP in the deal. The Cubs are getting a guy who threw 200+ very high quality innings in a really tough pitchers park. Numbers have been off this year of course but if the medicals look good Cubs have reason to believe he can return to form.

      Remember Quintana is controllable through 2020 on a pretty friendly deal so this is not a rental. Yes it’s a trade they may regret but it was just a couple of months ago folks were calling the trade of #1 overall prospect Giolito to the Sox the worst trade in history. Now Giolito has fallen out of many top 100 lists and expectations are being tempered to hopefully a rotation #3. Wasn’t that long ago that Jorge Soler was a can’t miss power prospect.

      You have to remember just how hard it is for MLB teams to get 1000 quality, healthy SP innings. Seems much more like a wait and see for me.

      • Raoul Duke says:
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        @OaktownSteve: Very good points.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @OaktownSteve: Great points and I understand the team control element.

        As for the prospect/Giolito argument, no one thought Giolito’s stock was that of Eloy’s. His stock was way down. Eloy’s profile isn’t nearly as risky IMO. He’s a hitter and one with advanced approach at a young age. I could also give you examples like Trea Turner who was traded and has made that deal look pretty bad.

        This is Pomeranz for Espinoza bad IMO with a chance to be significantly worse because Eloy’s going to play everyday. There’s always a chance these guys bust of course, Quintana could also blow out his shoulder first start at Wrigley.

        As a Red Sox fan I know the bad side of these deals. I’m also biased toward prospects so there’s that, but could they at least gotten someone that doesn’t consistently have a WHIP around 1.28?

    • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: Did you comment on your own article? I like it.

  24. Charles Varon says:
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    Quintana’s value change at all?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Charles Varon: Yeah he’s better going to the NL and a winning team, still skeptical.

  25. demribbies says:
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    When do you think Mejia comes up and do you think he sticks at C?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @demribbies: Yeah he’s a cather 100% IMO. Think he’ll be up late 2018.

  26. Fausto

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    1 more for you multiple choice kinda deal. … do you see FARIA hitting an innings cap? … I’m tryna snag Andrus and the dude wants SP/RP. Carrasco is too much to give for Elvis in a 1 for 1 banking solely on a steals upgrade(my opinion) AND i have 4 Closers (Jansen, Aroldis,Wilson Britton) plus A.Bradley/Betances if Rodney/Aroldis don’t finish games in sept. l
    Id GREATLY appreciate you giving your opinion on these 3 deals I’m about to send out or feel free to tell me if they’re all terrible. I have an SB obsession and that is a slow death with no SAGNOF dudes in 2017. Thoughts on these trade ideas if you would please.
    League is a 12team mixed 5×5 No Keeps.
    1. Faria and Britton -for – E.Andrus and Streamer.

    2. S. Manea/J.Wilson/Chris Taylor OR Chris Owings
    -for-
    Elvis/Marwin G/and a stream spot.

    3. Faria -for- Salazar and wait for a callup. OR
    3a Just say ” Bro your team is 2 back from first and you’ve wasted a bn spot on moncada for over 3 weeks in a redraft. Sweat it out and grab O. Albies, Rosario, or Mondesi when they’re called and you be fine on SB; NOBODY has speed or an era below Ryan Vogelsongs career line SO chill out you
    SAGNOF-compulsive Jerkovv Your bigger problem is that you didn’t drop Corbin for Merrifield when he was there.
    Long read appreciate the input.

    • Fausto

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      @fausto side note I hope you’re right about Devers. I know G.Albright gives you crap about your Sawx fandom and all in good fun I’m sure my big money roto 18tm is banking on Devers pulling something close to a 2016 GSanchez.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @fausto: Is do 1 or 2 and don’t want any part of Salazar

  27. Dave Weinnstein says:
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    Nice article! When do you think we see Dominic Smith? It doesn’t seem like he has anything left to prove and should be the starting 1b for the mets for a few years. Do you think they are waiting to move Duda at the deadline?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave Weinnstein: They could, or he comes up in September and breaks camp in 2018 as the starting 1B.

  28. Racehorse says:
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    I think Quintana to the Cubbies for more uber prospects to add to an already very stout Sox farm system is absolutely awesome.

    Rick Hahn for President!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Racehorse: Boom Pretty Ricky!

      • My Seven Rizzos says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Pretty Ricky, what they called him!

  29. Oddball Herrera says:
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    Acuna is going to be fun to watch, though the 30% k rate in high A and descriptions of his ‘violent swing’s make me have Javier Baez flashbacks. Hopefully he is more the AA k rate…

    Now that he has proximity, he is basically The outfield stash, right? Even over Fisher, who is more likely to come up short term but also more likely to be good but not great.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oddball Herrera: Yeah if it’s with an eye on next year.

      As for the swings and misses, he’s 19. None of these guys are perfect.

  30. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi there,
    Always read your work! What to make of Jorge Soler? All I can find on him is his consistent O’fers every night. Does he make a pro display next year, after he gets comfortable in the AL, KC, US? Is he unownable in the dynasty format?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joe Shmoe: I think he’s a bust

  31. demribbies says:
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    Keeper league. Deal Devers and Peacock for Bumgarner and Acuna? I’ve got JoRam 2B/3B and Rendon at 3B already. Seems like the most obvious no brainer yes of the morning. agree?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @demribbies: Yeah do that

  32. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Just got the worst trade offer I’ve ever seen in my 12 team h2h category keeper league, let me know if you’ve seen worst:
    My arenado and alex wood for:
    Cueto, josh harrison, schebler, carlos gonzalez.
    Thanks and keep up the good work.

    • Cory Iler says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: I recently got offered:

      Raimel Tapia, Addison Russel, Starling Marte

      give away

      Christian Yelich
      AJ Pollock
      Wil Myers
      Nelson Cruz

      I didn’t even reject this trade I just let it expire. It was so bad it was not even worth a button push. I got several emails over that 10 day period from the owner telling me he was trading these guys elsewhere and I better hurry up…

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Cory Iler: Bahahaha

  33. Robert says:
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    Quintana or Manaea in redraft league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Robert: Manaea in all formats

  34. Cory Iler says:
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    I am in an 8 team dynasty league. Roto scoring 6 X 6 OPS. I was offered the below:

    I give Victor Robles and Eloy Jimenez

    I get George Springer and Mannay Machado

    Is that a deal worth taking? Or do you think Robles and Eloy will potentially provide more long term value?

    • JeF WiTh 1 F says:
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      @Cory Iler: Take it NOW!!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Cory Iler: No make that deal

      • Cory Iler says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks guys. I am now the proud owner of Springer and Machado…George Machado, Manny Springer.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Cory Iler: Hahaha

  35. Robert says:
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    One more : I dropped Cueto because I was tired of him blowing up my ratios every time he pitched. Should I have been more patient? He is still available in my league.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: Tough call depends on the league and what your team need are. Who’s not blowing up your ratios nowadays though?

      • Robert says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: 10 team h2h league. I dropped Cueto for Clevinger because Clevinger has be more reliable.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Robert: Yeah in a 10 team I guess you just go hot hand.

  36. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    Great prospect write up! Picked up devers to hold for now. 5×5, 10 tm. Quintana for Kyle seager? Which side you like?

    • Chisoxx_22 says:
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      @Chisoxx_22:
      He also offered story for quintana?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chisoxx_22: I’d take Seager

  37. Nightpandas says:
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    Who would you rather keep of guys for next year production Ralph?

    Martes
    Faria

  38. My Seven Rizzos says:
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    Hey Ralph, happy Thursday.

    I’m stashing Chance Adams on my 12 team points keeper league, but may have to drop someone like Pham in order to keep Chance. Is it worth it to stash or should drop him and risk until he’s called up?

    My Current OF:
    Bellinger, Cutch, Pham, Schebler, Trout

    Reserves: Starling Marte, Thames

    thanks!

  39. OaktownSteve says:
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    I caught a little film on Tyler Mahle, recently promoted to AAA. I’m kind of interested. You don’t see guys with that level of command every day. His delivery looks low impact on his arm. He’s got good size. Shame he’ll big league at Great American Small Park. Seems like a guy who would really benefit if you could learn a new change somewhere along the line.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @OaktownSteve: You don’t like his changeup? I think it’s his best pitch. The ballpark is the only thing giving me any trepidation.

  40. KarlJ says:
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    Hi Ralph
    Assuming Devers and Hoskins both get called up soon who do you think puts up better numbers the rest of the season?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @KarlJ: Hoskins just for this year.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: this is nice, as this is the route i went about 4-6 days ago in leagues where i had this choice to only stash one. my thinking was PHI more likely to call him up sooner, didn’t know about projecting the actual production. but i just found out devers only now got moved up to AAA, that would’ve made it much much easier to gauge. i figured with all the “devers is up soonish” talk he was already there. i know hoskins is and had been in AAA for a bit.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @goodfold2: AAA means nothing, I’ve been saying that for two months. Dombrowski promotes from AA all the time (Benintendi and Moncada last year, Lin this year). The Sox also need him and he might be their most cost effective option.

          Less and less players are spending significant time at AAA. So this may not be for long.

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            @Ralph Lifshitz: i recently got caught up on the podcasts and yeah you have mentioned that with dombrowski, gave previous examples (pre BOS ones)

  41. daze says:
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    Hey Ralph
    I need RBI’s and Average
    I want to make an offer to someone who needs pitching
    How crazy is offering Quintana and Cozart for Correa or Quintrana, Manaea and Coazart for Correa

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @daze: Pretty crazy, if I own Correa I wouldn’t do either.

  42. Sampson says:
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    Hey Ralph, Love the Prospect advice.

    Last year Robles made the jump, this year it’s Acuna.

    Who you think could be next year’s?

    Bichette maybe? Alford?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sampson: Juan Soto

  43. Terrell says:
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    In a dynasty lg would you try and trade for Arrieta while he’s down by moving a young arm like Wood or Matz?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Terrell: Matz yes, Wood no

      • Terrell says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I was looking at Arrietas stats and it looks like his velocity is down 2 mph across the board, does that bother you? Also I see you said move Matz for him, is that because of his health concerns? I would have thought his age and his track record would be a definite no go.

        Just for reference Ralph I totally respect your opinion so this is going to determine whether I pull the trigger or not. Thanks again!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Terrell: Matz is a ticking time bomb there’s lots to worries about there. I’d bank more on a Arrieta bounce back for two years than a Matz 3 year run of 26+ starts a season.

  44. longbeachyo says:
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    Hey Ralph, would you say this list of callups, making an impact, is still accurate? Would you make any changes at this point?

    1) Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers
    2) Derek Fisher, Houston Astros
    3) Amed Rosario, New York Mets
    4) Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox
    5) Austin Meadows, Pittsburgh Pirates
    6) Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
    7) Franklin Barreto, Oakland A’s
    8) Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
    9) Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
    10) Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

    Thanks man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @longbeachyo: Move up Hoskins to 5, Kingery to 6, Devers to 7, Acuna to 8, then Giolito, and frazier

  45. Chisoxx_22 says:
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    I need to trade a pitcher, I just received Kershaw in a trade! So I need to move either: Ray, Severino, archer, Fulmer, quintana, pineda, or wacha. I could use a strong bat.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chisoxx_22: Try Quintana everyone is gassed up about him I guess

  46. Chris says:
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    10 team h2h points league

    Was offered Strasburg for Benintendi and Paxton. Not a fan of trading away young talent but my offense is stacked and Starling Marte would be taking Benintendi’s place. I may counter with Benintendi and Arrieta for Strasburg. Who wins each of these?

    This is a keeper league but I’ve got so many other keeper options that I don’t think I’d be able to keep any of these guys. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I think you should hold.

  47. M says:
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    Great reads as always man, what’s your opinion on Senzel & Kingery next year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @M: Kingery if the approach changes hold true is very legit.

      Senzel is Bregman like could do the same thing.

      • Donald says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        What if you threw McMahon into the mix as well? Still Kingerey?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Donald: Depends on playing time

  48. 740 says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    in 10team h2h cats

    when called up. Rosario or DiDi?

    Thank you

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @740: Rosario

  49. David says:
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    Ralph, K. Tucker or Puig in dynasty? Thanks for all of your insightful info.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Tucker

  50. nick the smooth dick says:
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    Cock

  51. Scott says:
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    I own aj reed in a keeper format. Is he still worth holding onto? His stock has tumbled and I haven’t heard anything about him. Do you think he can be useful at some point or get another shot somewhere else? Should I keep holding on to him? I see some other prospects available who have a longer eta like tatis, jr. I was looking for 1b or 2b based on my teams future needs but would rather own the better talent/prospect. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: I’m not a fan, I just don’t think he’s good enough. The Astros have really missed in some 1B huh?

  52. DancinHomer says:
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    Hey Ralph, 12-team, h2h, 6×6 redraft league.

    you like Rosario or Devers (this season only)?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DancinHomer: Rosario by a hair

  53. Carter says:
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    I don’t see the Braves making a run at the wild card, I really don’t. But with the Rockies scuffling, and the Brewers currently holding down the NL Central, do you think it is possible as absurd as it is that their brass is thinking –

    A. We have the best hitter in the entire MLB (last calendar year) returning without missing a beat
    B. We are only a few games out of the wild card, and with other young teams beating their timeframe, we should follow the youth movement and try to win now?

    I am not saying they should think that, but if the Braves are hot out of the all-star break I could see them calling him up in August.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Carter: It’s not crazy, and they could call up Albies and Acuna, trade an arm or two to add a player. Stil have tons of depth at every level. It’s pretty silly the number of good potential major leaguers they have in their system.

  54. sh says:
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    Ralph.
    What side of this deal would you want in a dynasty league.
    J.Cotton for Y.Mendez and Jake Thompson

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sh: I think it comes down to if you like Mendez or Cotton. I’m sort of indifferent on each.

  55. HarperBetterThanTrout says:
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    Ralph, I’m winning my keeper league by a good margin, but unfortunately I need to buy saves. I can keep up to 15 players for next season and I have a couple of spots yet to be determined.

    I got offered Moncada + Raisiel Iglesias for my Odor? How do you like this trade? Other 2B is Segura

  56. MATTHEWTODD says:
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    I had 3 closers Bush,Robertson and Wade Davis. So my closer situation is done. Could use starting pitching and depth. 12 team 10 keeper auction draft. I was offered Polanco,Acuna,Severino,Justin Wilson and Pujols for Wade Davis and Ozuna.

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