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It only took a little over 24 hours for the Luis Robert sweepstakes to come to a close. As news broke yesterday afternoon that the Chicago White Sox had struck a deal in the $25 million to $30 million dollar range with the 19 year old Cuban phenom. This is a significant development on a few fronts; for real life baseball, this will be the last deal signed under the old rules, where teams weren’t capped on international free agents under the age of 23. It’s also significant because, the White Sox, might just have in their possession, 2 to 3 of the top ceiling prospects in the minors at the moment. Those of course being Yoan Moncada, Michael Kopech, and now Luis Robert. The other element to this story is Moncada and Robert will forever be linked to each other, not just by nationally, or organization, but also by dollars and the expectations attached to those presidential flashcards. As for Luis Robert the player, much like Moncada, he’s as high end in terms of talent as they come. Many have graded Robert’s hit tool a touch below Moncada’s at a 55, with some concern about his swing and miss. Where Robert edges out Moncada is in his 70 grade speed mark, and 60 grade fielding. Some scouts see Robert’s power ceiling being higher, but even those scouts mark it as a splitting hairs difference. So we’re talking about a true 5 tool talent, with some additional polish to his fielding. Though it tends to be overlooked in fantasy it’s actually a major positive for his owners, as it might accelerate his ETA two years from now. There’s little doubt in my mind he’s the clearcut top overall choice in 2017-18 First Year Player Drafts, and it’s really not close at the moment. Here’s who else is making noise in the MiLB…

  • Our theme on Thursday was the Phillies, the week before that it was the Braves, and this Sunday it’s the White Sox. Flamethrowing righty Michael Kopech continued his assault on AA yesterday, as he struck out 8 over 7 in his longest outing of the year. The walks are still high, but at this point he’s just unhittable. I think he could get outs against major league hitters now, but I hope the White Sox do the right thing and let him work on his secondaries in AA and AAA this season.
  • The Phillies Scott Kingery is getting a lot of love on Razzball lately. After being discussed in Thursday’s Minor League Update, and Saturday’s prospect podcast, he homered twice on Friday to earn the mention here. With his new found launch angle/flyball approach and Reading’s friendly confines he’s a dark horse to lead the minors in homers this season. Worth an add in all formats.
  • The list of qualified starters at the top three levels of the minors (AAA, AA, A+) with SwStr% north of 10% and GB% north of 50% are limited to Steven Brault and Clay Holmes in AAA, Connor Sadzeck and Michael Kingham in AA, Seranthony Dominguez, Domingo Acevedo, Wirkin Estevez, Trevor Richards, Matt Hall, Ryan Borucki, Jesus Reyes, Spencer Turnbull, and Luiz Gohara in High A. Just missing the list by a tenth of a point on the SwStr% is Mitch Keller the Pirates top pitching prospect.
  • You know who’s back and better than ever? How about my #5 overall prospect in the pre-season ranks Eloy Jimenez. Since returning from a DL stint early in the season the outfielder is slashing .320/.433/.560 with 2 homers in his first 7 contests.
  • Padres prospect Fernando Tatis Jr. Homered for the 5th time in the last 9 games yesterday. The shortstop ranked in at #89 on my pre-season ranks, and as an 18 year old in full season ball he looks excellent. So far he’s not only hitting for power, but stealing bases too. Long term he projects more as a power bat, than a base-stealer, but his combination of instincts and athleticism may lead to some steals when he finally reaches the majors. Is currently a shortstop, but many scouts believe he’ll eventually move to third.
  • Tatis’ teammate, and one of the top international signings of the 2016 J2 period, Jorge Ona is back from the DL and looks like he’s finally shaking the rust off.  In 102 at bats he’s slashing .314/.363/.461 and 3 homers. Boba Fett jerseys aside the Fort Wayne Tincaps are one of the more exciting teams in the minors to follow.
  • Another two homer game for the Red Sox Michael Chavis last night and he’s on an absolute tear so far in 2017. In just 32 games he has 10 homers and is slashing .347/.432/.719, I would suspect he’s gets the promotion to AA Portland by mid-June. More than likely that bump would coincide with a promotion to AAA Pawtucket for Rafael Devers.
  • Quite possibly the top catching prospect in the minors Francisco Mejia, returned from the disabled list yesterday, and immediately continued to do what’s he’s done the last year plus. Hit! Mejia went 2 for 4, with a homer, a double, and two runs driven in. I’m often asked what I see the ETA for Mejia, and if there’s a shot he sees some MLB action this year. I maintain that his true ETA is next summer, but it wouldn’t be a complete shock if he saw some reps in Cleveland once rosters expand in September.
  • Yankees pitching prospect Domingo Acevedo made his AA debut on Friday, and it went well. The flame-throwing righty went 6 1/3rd scoreless, while striking out 5, walking 2, and allowing 4 hits. Once considered a top 5 player in the Bombers system, with added depth he’s become a bit of a forgotten man these days. Though this is his second mention in today’s post, as he was included in the previous blurb about the 10%/50% club.
  • I’m going to beat this one into the ground I’m sure, but Edwin Rios is one of the underrated players in the minors. He won the Branch Rickey award in 2016, as the Dodgers top minor league player, and he’s picked up right where he left off in AA slashing .344/.365/.576 with 8 homers. He’s among the leaders in almost all offensive categories in the Texas league, and should see at least AAA this season, if not a late season callup to the Dodgers. Though, his lack of a position outside first might call into question the latter. Definitely not a bad add in all dynasty formats, as hitters with good contact sills ans power are rare.
  • The Twins top lefty pitching prospect Stephen Gonsalves returned from the DL to make his debut yesterday, going 4 innings, allowing 2 runs, on 2 hits, and a walk, striking out 3 in the process.
  • Best start of the season for Jacob Faria last night, as he went 6 1/3rd scoreless, taking a no hitter into the 6th. It’s a Jacob Faria start so you know there were tons of Ks, 9 to be exact. The issue with Faria at the next level is his inefficiency with his pitch count, but damn are those K’s exciting. His 13% SwStr% leads all of AAA this season.
  • Speaking of swinging strike rate the leader in the minors this season is Phillies prospect Seranthony Dominguez, who I actually watched pitch earlier this season. He has a nasty upper 90’s sinking heater, a tight slider, and a better than graded change. There’s some pen risk here, where his combination of whiffs and groundballs will play. He’s been featured in Carson Cistulli’s fringe five already this season, so I’m not alone in my intrigue. He’s an off the radar name that I’d be paying attention to.
  • The July 2nd season is quickly creeping up on us and this year’s class is particularly light on pitching. The one exception is Brazilian righty Eric Pardinho. He’s got a fastball that touches 95 and he’s just 16 years old. He’s shown the ability to throw a tight curve, and developing change. For a player his age his command and control are both advanced, and he’s even logged some time in the WBC with Team Brazil. He’s a small righty at 5’10 and 155 lbs, but he’s 16, so there’s time for him to grow still.

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  1. Chris D says:
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    Whenever the MLB considered Robert FA elgilble back on April 21, I immediately threw down a single George Washington for him in my dynasty league and added him to my inactive roster (mid month transactions cost cash depending on moves. Adding a FA to inactive cost $1 for perspective). I wasn’t waiting around for him to sign or be taken in our FA draft we have each year. I could not be more exited at how much potential he brings for a mere $1. Love this landing spot for him too.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris D: Well done Chris! That’s a great get for you.

  2. BM says:
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    Last week I gave up on Desmond Lindsay and this week I think I’m gonna give up on Basabe. Narrowed down to Jake Gatewood, Kingery or Chavis. Who’d be your first add here?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @BM: Kingery, Chavis, and Gatewood.

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I am not buying the Kingery breakout. Much like no one bought in to Hoskins last year, I want to see what he does in AAA.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @James T Kirk: There’s a significant approach change to back it, and it’s not like he stunk before. Looks like people were wrong about Hoskins, huh?

          • James T Kirk says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            True on Hoskins. But he also had great plate discipline to back it up and make it more believable. Kingery does not have great plate discipline which gives me pause.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @James T Kirk: He’s walking at nearly a 10% clip and striking out less than 20% of the time. He’s really made significant changes at the plate. That’s what the minors are about developing as a player. Agree to disagree on Kingery.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Paste: Ha!

  3. lt513 says:
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    Great read man, I hear more negative verbiage around here with our Phillies prospects than I like and this is good to hear so thanks. Do you have input on the Prospectonator? I also wanna know if you could do a most likely post trade deadline rookies that will be brought up to start? I imagined before his bad start Nick Williams being on for my Phillies either benching or trading Howie. Maybe Royals speedster comes up if Cain is traded? Just a thought I’m digging what you write though.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @lt513: Yeah, the Phils have a great farm system. I’m a fan of what they have going at the monent. As for Nick Williams he’s been passed by Cozens and Quinn as far as Phillies OF prospects in my eyes. He’s just not good at baseball.

      It’s only May 21st, I’ll discuss post-trade deadline callups in late July when there’s some more clarity. Like the idea though.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @lt513: Oh and the Prospectornator is an interesting way to put d outing bias aside and look at the numbers.

  4. Matt says:
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    HTH keeper league favoring pitching by a fair margin-i have an offer of his Manea for my O’Neill and Adames. While I love the ceilings of both, the though of adding a quality young lefty is intriguing. Thoughts?

    • Matt says:
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      Oh, dynasty points league with milb system.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Matt: If it’s a points league it’s an easy choice.

      • Matt says:
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        Follow up trade question in the same league:

        My Freeman for his EE, Allard, and Maeda?

        Fair enough or should I hold for more?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Matt: If your scoring favors pitching then hell yes

  5. Luigi says:
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    How about Christian Walker who is crushing it in Reno. Do you see a call up anytime soon?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Luigi: I think he’s a quad-A guy, so I kind of ignore him, right or wrong. He’s got pop and always has though.

  6. mrbaseball says:
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    Dylan Cozens do you like him as a prospect – would you add him at the right price in keeper league

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @mrbaseball: Depends, he’s coming on but he’s flawed. I added him in one league recently.

  7. Ronald says:
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    Would you consider dropping Kevin Kiermaier for Domingo Santana? I like guys who contribute across all categories. Kiermaier is profiling as a 75/12/50/20 .246 AVE .725 OBP type of guy.
    My league counts OBP. I see Santana maintaining a higher average. Honestly, both guys would ride the pine. My current OF is Altherr, Corey Dickerson, Duvall and Schebler. I’d like a solid backup for Schebler.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ronald: Yeah I drop and add guys like that all year long.

  8. Chris says:
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    Thanks Ralph!
    what are your thoughts on Hoskins? Is he worth hanging on to, I picked him up about two weeks ago.

    Also I need to sit one.
    Chase Anderson vs Ari
    Berrios @ Balt
    Chavez @ Mia
    Nolasco @ TB

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: I love Hoskins, click on my name at the top and check out my last 3-4 articles. He’s discussed a lot.

      Nolasco or Anderson. Probably Nolasco cause it’s on the road.

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

  9. Mad Beach Bums says:
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    What’s up Ralph!? Thanks for the minors updates, sometimes the minors are much more interesting than what’s going on in the big show.
    Have you heard this one yet:
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=9pi7UJHXtzs

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mad Beach Bums: Nah, pretty dope! How’s it going? You’re having a year in RCL!

      • Mad Beach Bums says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: ya thanks, it’s tough in that league trying to sagnof against all you mofos, dudes are quick on the draw to snatch up the right guys and speculative adds. Benny baseball needs to snap out of his slump tho, killing me.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mad Beach Bums: YES! It’s been awful the last week +. Lots of good players in that league, it’s one of the top RCLs in the early going.

  10. fieldvision says:
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    I need a real speed guy that will be up in June do you have a few ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @fieldvision: Roman Quinn.

  11. your mom says:
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    Hi. Would you trade jose ramirez for dansby swanson? 20 team keeper league.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @your mom: Nope

  12. Looking for upgrades... says:
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    Who are the next call up who going to have an immediate impacts in a pts league. Brinson and Hoskins? Any others?

    Thanks !

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Looking for upgrades…: I’d go with those, maybe Meadows if he gets hot. Derek Fisher is another.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Dom Smith and Amed Rosario too.

        • Tasty Kakes says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Probably worth pointing out that Hoskins is not on the 40 man. Means Phillies likely looking to make a trade first, but at the very least need to make a significant roster move before they can promote him.

  13. Mornin’ Ralph !
    I’ve been offered Rizzo for my Berrios and Happ.
    Not knowing if Happ will be up all year with the Cubs, should I pull the trigger ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bobby Bailor: I would, great buy low one Rizzo

      • Thanks Ralph.
        Picked up Happ earlier after reading your column, so I appreciate your advice !

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Bobby Bailor: Thanks for reading Bobby!

  14. Jimmy says:
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    Tanaka and Clint Frazier for Darvish, Which side? Thanks

    • Jimmy says:
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      @Jimmy: oops Dynasty League

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jimmy: I’d take the Darvish side.

  15. Ryan says:
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    What are your thoughts on Cotton and Snell? Can they figure things out in AAA and be solid #2 types?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: Cotton no, I think he’s a pen guy really. He needs to limit the homers. Snell is a mess and needs to figure out how to throw strikes.

  16. Tim says:
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    If lots went right could Eloy Jimenez make the big leagues next season?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tim: Yeah just about everything needs to go right.

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Everything needs to go right AND the Cubs need to either make few trades or have a few injuries. Right now Eloy is behind Schwarber, Heyward, Zobrist, Happ, Almora, Baez and Candelario. Not all those guys play outfield, but the Cubs have a lot moving pieces.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @James T Kirk: Yeah agreed on the depth, I think he could Schwarber expendable.

  17. Moneyball says:
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    Would putting this info (age, league, team) in parenthesis after a guy’s name in a blurb be too much work?

    e.g. kolby allard (20, AA, Atl)

    • Moneyball says:
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      Note: Allard will be 20 in August. I must have rounded off in my notepad file. Trying to keep a hit list for guys who are a year or less away.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Moneyball: Click on their names, and it takes you to the player page with that info. Thanks Rudy!

  18. Glory DAze says:
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    Hey Ralph
    Would you drop Piscotty or Healy
    also
    When Forsythe comes od DL who to drop Travis or Cozart or Forsythe

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Glory DAze: Healy and Travis I feel he’s still sucking.

  19. Kimo says:
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    Need pitching to stay competitive in 14 team 5×5 roto dynasty league.

    Votto for Greinke and Smoak

    Moncada for deGrom

    or keep looking?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kimo: I’d like to see what else is out there, Moncada for DeGrom you’ll hate or love two years from now. Total win now move.

      With the way Smoak is playing the Votto trade doesn’t look bananas on paper but still isn’t something I’d do.

  20. BM says:
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    Kyle Funkhouser 7.2 IP 2ER No walks and 10Ks in his High A debut today. Are you a believer? I was gonna add Beau Burrows, but now I’m thinking Funkhouser

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @BM: I’m a huge Funkhouser fan, I take him over Burrows.

  21. SR says:
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    Drop any of these for Faria in a 16 team dynasty with 40 man rosters?

    Mallex Smith
    Jesus Sanchez
    Cody Reed
    Tyler Mahle
    Carlos Gomez
    Arodys Vizcaino

    In the midst of a full rebuild right now, so MLB production isn’t really a priority versus getting some high ceiling prospects to click at the big league level.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SR: I’d drop Cody Reed first, he’s just a mess.

      • SR says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I was close to dropping Reed, but he had a pretty nice start in AAA on Thursday. Trying to decide if that’s enough to justify keeping him rostered…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @SR: He always has a nice start at AAA. I mean you could drop Gomez.

  22. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Hi Ralph, reposting from your last article–

    NL-only keeper, 3 minors slots that stay locked up unless they’re called up, DL’d or traded across leagues. I have 2 slots occupied by Senzel and Buehler. Add Allard knowing that my minors slots would be locked up until someone gets the call, or maintain flexibility because he’s too far away?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: I’d add Allard I think he’s worth sitting on.

  23. K2H says:
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    Great Work Ralph
    All this Phillies talk with no mention of Appel all year just wondering if he died in this sytem?
    Any insight on 2 2016 Draftees Cody Sedlock and Dakota Hudson?
    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @K2H: He’s just bad, I’ve seen him, some of my moles have seen him and he’s bad.

      Hudson’s the better pitcher and the results have been better. He has some injury risk though, due to his crazy delivery. Sedlock has been really unlucky based on stats, but I haven’t watched him, so it’s 100% number scouting.

  24. Richard Davis says:
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    In what order would you rank Moncada, Maitan, and Luis Robert in a “keep forever” dynasty league? I have Both Moncada and Maitan right now, and am thinking of trading for Luis Robert, but not sure if I should trade either of them. Would you rank Luis Robert over Otani in First year player drafts this season as well? How do you think Otani is going to be positioned if he Both pitches and bats? For example, on ESPN/Yahoo, or whatever fantasy site, will you be able to put him in as a SP and like a Util guy on days he just hits? Thanks for all the write ups, love the Minor League reports and the prospect stuff. Keep up the good work

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      @Richard Davis: Richard I think this all depends on how soon you need these guys called up and position need but I’d probably say Moncada, Robert, Maitan.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Richard Davis: Personally Is rank Moncada first, Otani second, Robert third, and then Maitan. The top 3 are close to me, I’m a little more apprehensive with Maitan than others.

  25. Mike L says:
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    Ralph my draft is coming up again (we have 3 a year) keeper forever and Ive got Bellinger but A.J Reed on one of my bench spots. Assuming Bellinger qualifies for 1B out of the gate next year I should be fine without Reed but feel like he could be traded and take off on another team. I’m really playing serious for next year so I need whoever I have at least called up by then. Also, trying to figure out the best catcher in the minors that should have a starting job next year. Sisco, Collins, Kelly, Mejia, Swihart all on my radar but not sure if there is anyone better or if they will be starting early next year. Podcast was great man.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike L: Thanks for the read and listen. I’m not into Reed, I think he’s going to be a bust. I’d prefer Hoskins.

      As for the catcher thing it’s Mejia. He’ll get the job and run with it, hit, and be an all-star. I firmly believe that.

      • Mike L says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Alright I’m gonna take your advice on this one but just for the record I ignored you on Berrios lol. He probably is pitching above his head right now but I felt like he would be special. My only other question on my roster is Giolito. Ive had him going on 3 years and my patience is wearing out.

  26. J-Dawg says:
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    I missed out on Acuna last week. Stash Edwin Rios over M. Keller too?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-Dawg: Nah Keller.

  27. Swfcdan says:
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    Now never heard of Robert before, know who I’ll be taking no 1 next year given the choice! If Otani signs too it would be an insane 1-2 punch…*wavy lines*

    Ian Anderson cut in my league as a result of a trade. Haven’t got too many cuttable players to drop, would you prefer him over Mateo or Fisher? I think its probably better to hang onto the upside bats, Fisher’s been doing fine but getting worried about Mateo. Though neither in BA’s updated list (BAstards!):
    http://www.baseballamerica.com/minors/top-100-prospects-updated-may-11/#2DUVdA4sXDYfkCq8.97

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Yeah he and Otani are a great 1-2, that’s for damn sure. I’d go Anderson over Mateo. I am not a huge Jorge Mateo fan, and in a league where Anderson is available, I wouldn’t sweat it.

  28. Swfcdan says:
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    And you not buying the ‘Devers to fill Red Sox 3B hole’ hype then? Fangraphs guru guy posted an article up last week saying it made sense. At least to give him a shot and see if they need to trade for a 3B for this year. Love having him on my farm, can’t wait to see him in action- kill, kill, killing it this year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: As a Sox fan, I do think it’s going to happen. Unless they find a one year rental. His defense is the best of Boston’s optons at 3rd, and his bat is polished enough that he shouldn’t struggle too much.

  29. D-Moneys says:
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    Ralph, great write up, thanks! In a first-year player draft (INTL and MILB Rookie) who would you rather have at #1 pick, Hunter Greene or Luis Robert? My gut is telling me that Greene is the better talent and hopefully better fantasy asset with higher ceiling, but a lot of speculation on Luis’ 5-tool abilities has me salivating. I’ve got 4 “prospect” slots with Maitan, Bellinger, and Moncada.. Greene may be a whiles away, and that’s ok since I’ll be promoting Bellinger and Moncada next year to start the season… so, proximity to majors is not a factor, just potential ceiling is!

    Also, I COULD try to trade Bellinger for a better keeper and trade for the Luis Robert pick to have picks #1 and #2.. is that wise?

    Appreciate you even reading this and shining your light on any part of this question!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @D-Moneys: It’s Otani, then Robert, and then McKay or Greene, and for me it’s not close. I’d take Robert by a wide margin over either of the top two draft prospects in Greene and McKay.

      I’d hold Bellinger, as he might be your best options, as he’s already up and looking like an all-star. I’d try and deal Maitan he’s a ways away, and guys that young with that kind of hype are rarely sure things.

      Thanks for reading me!

  30. Koppper says:
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    Who is called up first? De Leon, Honeywell or Faria

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Koppper: Good question! I’ll go Faria.

  31. Rocky says:
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    Great stuff, per usual.

    My roster in a 12-team Dynasty (12 MiLB Keepers, can roster up to 17 players in conjunction with 3 MLB DL slots):

    V. Robles, B. Rodgers, Eloy, JP Crawford, F. Martes, Kyle Lewis, Delvin Perez, Derek Fisher, Walker Buehler, Anthony Alford, Franklin Perez, Cody Reed, Ryon Healy and Reynaldo Lopez. Bellinger has already been promoted and all 3 of my MLB DL slots are full.

    Two questions. First, have you heard any reason why Franklin Perez hasn’t pitched since April 20th? Can’t find anything explaining it and it’s beginning to unnerve me.

    And second, I’m getting close to cutting ties with Cody Reed. Looking for a few buzzy under-the-radar/pet project kind of names who I should be getting in on now. Kingery is owned. A handful of lower-100 guys like Casey Gillaspie, Lourdes Gurriel, Adrian Morejon, Bo Bichette and Justus Sheffield are out there but I’ve been looking at either Faria or Funkhouser. Who do you prefer there and is there anybody else on whom I should be zeroing in who is due for a monster midseason rankings jump?

    • Rocky says:
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      @Rocky: Check that, Just found a little blurb on CBS saying saying that Franklin Perez hasn’t been pitching due to knee soreness. So, no arm-related issues…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rocky: Knee issue for Perez.

      Go with Funk, though check that Acuna is unowned. I like Bo Bichette as a close second.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Acuna being the top option.

  32. Oppo Taco says:
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    Would you trade Cole, Moncada, Mazara and Bregman for Arenado and Greinke? It’s a keeper league. Thanks !

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Oppo Taco: No, no, no, no, no! I wouldn’t anyway, but hear the guru’s thought first.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oppo Taco: Depends on how many keepers. If it’s like 5-8 I say do it, anymore I’d hold. Unless you can win this year. Context with keepers is everything.

  33. Swfcdan says:
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    Just sent Verdugo for Hoskins in my dynasty- did the boy do good? No power from Verdugo and Hoskins is mashing.

    Trade F Martes for him in my keeper league too? You know what pitching prospects are like, everyone knows a crazy ex-gf more reliable than them.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Boy killed it! Answered the other one on my pitching post.

  34. Sport says:
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    would you rank these guys in this order based on ceiling? Kingery, Tatis Jr, then Willy Calhoun. If you could hold only one would that be the order?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Answered on top 100

  35. James says:
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    Hi Ralph, love the column. You have been a life saver for me and have helped me out a lot. I’ve joined a dynasty league where I am taking over a team that is starving for a SS where Eduardo Nunez is my only option. I picked up Isan Diaz, Kevin Newman and Lourdes Gurriel in our draft this year and I also picked up Carter Keiboom recently. I will need to drop one or maybe two of these guys and could really use your advice on which ones to keep. Thanks and keep up the good work.

  36. Rob says:
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    I am currently in a deep keeper league. Would you trade Miggy and Josh Naylor for Victor Robles, Clint Frazier, and Jake Bauers?

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