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Yesterday summer came to New England, after months of teetering between 12 degrees, and 47 and rainy, the sun finally showed and warmed our frozen souls with it’s powerful rays. Perfect timing for me to, as Wednesday’s are by far the busiest days of my week. I have a work related meeting every “Hump Day” at 7 AM in downtown Boston, and that’s no joy to wake up and get to. So my day starts at 5 AM. I perform my usual “triple S”, make my coffee, finish the latest episode of Halp and Grey in the (insert time slot here) on the ride in, while I think about how badly I mis-ranked Alex Wood in my weekly pitching rankings. I mean there’s always one, right? So my day chugs along like a shiny steam engine from morning meeting, to morning workout, to morning meeting, to lunch, to afternoon meeting, to afternoon meeting. By 5 o’clock I’m toast, but there’s no rest for The Prospector, becuase it’s time to pickup my oldest from after-school care. Yesterday was a special one, as my son greeted me with his newest homemade “SpongeBob Squarepants” book, let’s just say he needs to work on his spelling. With all this to do, a man needs some time to his self, just him and his Schrock. I learned as a young man making time for one’s Schrock can make all the difference when it comes to your daily outlook, and just general disposition. Enough about my day, let’s discuss my Schrock. Now my Schrock is a well maintained smooth Schrock, what it lacks in size, it makes up for with heart, technique, and advanced approach. My Schrock might look undersized, but it packs surprising power. In fact this spring my Schrock, let’s call him Max, made quite the impression in the Arizona sun. If by this point you haven’t figured out that I’m talking about Oakland A’s 2nd base prospect Max Schrock, then you my friend have a dirty mind. So who is this little SOB? Well if you’ve been paying attention then you’d know that Schrock’s been discussed in this space before, as well as on the prospect podcast. For my podcast co-host Michael C. Halpern of Imaginarybrickwall.com loves Schrock! Loves him! So far in 2017 Schrock has struggled a bit to pick up where he left off in spring training. Yesterday, however, Schrock finally broke out his boom stick, and put the wood to two Yohander Mendez pitches. Going double dong on his way to a 3 for 4 day with two solo jobs. Schrock can always get it done by his lonesome, even if the Rockhounds lost to the Roughriders 7-4. Seriously, I can’t make this stuff up. As for Schrock’s 2017 he’s currently slashing .277/.315/.433 with 5 homers and 3 steals.

The diminutive second baseman is an old school contact hitter, rarely striking out (11.4% K%), but also preferring to put the ball in play over working a count. Throughout his 888 professional at bats he’s maintained a batting average of .316, while flashing developing power, and a little speed. The 2015 13th round pick of the Nationals, was a three year starter at South Carolina, and slashed .302/.392/.460 for the Gamecocks (yes, seriously I can’t make this stuff up), while stealing 27 bases, and hitting 16 homers across 209 games. He’s made some adjustments over the last year to his approach, embracing the flyball revolution, while abandoning his pull happy ways for an all-fields approach. So far the changes have worked, as Schrock cut his groundball rate year over year by 18%, while raising his flyballs by a nearly identical margin. While Schrock may never be a star, he’s on the fringes of Top-100-dom, and could carve out a role as a very nice middle infielder for fantasy. Good trade by Billy Beane, I mean, anytime you can trade Marc Rzepczynski, for a player who’s name you can not only pronounce but also spell without triple-checking you do it….. Here’s who else is making noise the last few days in the MiLB.

  • Speaking of diminutive second baseman bringing the boom, the Phillies Scott Kingery is breaking out. The 2015 2nd rounder blasted his 9th homer of the season for Reading yesterday afternoon. He looks like another disciple of the flyball/launch angle revolution (as Halp put it in his Minor League write up last week), as he’s bumped both his LD% (18.4%) and FB% (54.4%), while dropping his once 40%+ GB% under 30%. If there’s one place where a flyball change could yield immediate results it’s Reading. The former Arizona stand out is now slugging .609, and it wouldn’t shock me if he catapults up the rankings in mid-season Top 100 lists.
  • Speaking of Reading breakouts, last year’s home run duo for the Fighting Phils, Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins, have led the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs of the AAA International League to 12 straight wins. Hoskins, discussed in this space two weeks ago, has been hot all year. While his partner in swat, Cozens, is a different story. After starting the season with a putrid .161/.245/.323 slashline through the first 27 contests, the 2016 MiLB home run leader is slashing .313/.365/.729 with 6 homers, 11 runs, and 13 RBIs over the win-streak. He’s still striking out at a 30% clip, but strikeouts will always be part of the package with Cozens. Now that he’s showing the power outside of Reading I’m warming up a bit to the imposing slugger. That said, this is a player with significant flaws, not unlike recently promoted Bradley Zimmer. Cozens can hit for power, run, and get on base, but the batting average will always sit below .250 without some real luck on balls in play.
  • The performances during this winning streak for Bacon U.S.A have been nothing short of tremendous. As the trio of J.P. Crawford, the aforementioned Hoskins, and Roman Quinn went a combined 11 for 20 last night with 3 homers, 8 RBIs, and 8 runs. Hopefully this is the beginning of a wake up for Crawford, who’s been awful this season. Quinn, much like Cozens, has had his wake up over the 12 game run. Slashing a robust .405/.457/.571. If and when he gets the call to Philly, he should be a nice source of steals, and runs, while giving you enough pop to not be a negative in that category.
  • **Update** Looks like it might be 13 straight for the Iron Pigs. As Dylan Cozens connected for a homer which was followed by a Rhys Hoskins grand slam as the Bacon boys dropped a 7 spot on Rochester in the 2nd inning. No need to fear, the Crab Army got it on tape, as my favorite scout in #Razz30, (yes we have scouts, crab scouts) is in Rochester for today’s game, and he says a strong wind, and bad starting pitching might have helped.
  • Another good start from one of the most exciting arms in the minors yesterday, as Dodgers righty Walker Buehler struck out 9 over 3 2/3rds innings, walking one, and allowing 3 hits, and no runs. They’ve been using the kids gloves with Buehler, keeping his pitch counts low as he returns from TJ. The former Vanderbilt ace, could find himself in the Dodgers pen sometime this summer, but then again a full season in the minors wouldn’t shock me, knowing how the Doyers operate.
  • Reds 2016 draft pick Taylor Trammell jacked his 3rd homer of the season yesterday, and 2nd in a week. He’s not having a great season so far, but he’s holding his own for a 19 year old in his first go at full-season ball. The athleticism is shining through, as he’s stolen 12 bases in 15 attempts, and has flashed some developing power.
  • Speaking of Reds prospects, their top player Nick Senzel has started to turn on the power the last week plus, slugging .600 over the last 9 games, with a couple of homers over that period. He’s been outhit by teammate, and underrated prospect, Shed Long. The converted catcher, now playing second, is slashing .317/.374/.490 with 5 homers, 2 steals, and 21 RBIs. He’s not a flyball hitter per se, but he hits the ball hard, and is adept at going the other way. This coupled with an advanced approach, and above average wheels, should equate to a higher average as he moves up the ladder. Long is definitely one to watch.
  • To far less fanfare than teammates Cal Quantrill, and Joey Lucchesi, Halp favorite, and 2016 first rounder, Eric Lauer has been phenomenal. He’s slated to start tonight vs the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, and is a worthy take. In 2017 his numbers speak for themselves, through 6 starts he’s 0-2 with a 1.89 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 11.07 K/9, 3.2 Bb/9, and a nearly 30% IFFB%. In dynasty leagues where pitching rules, Lauer is a must add.
  • Braves lefty Sean Newcomb is enjoying one of the best stretches of his professional career at the moment, having not allowed more than 2 earned runs in 5 consecutive starts. The southpaw went 5 1/3rd on Wednesday, allowing 1 run, on 3 hits, 2 walks, while striking out 6. The walks are still an issue (4.43 Bb/9), but the K’s are up (10.97 K/9), and his ERA of 2.74 is supported by a 3.01 FIP.
  • Both the Yankees upper minors affiliates, Trenton and Scranton-Wilkes Barre, had early afternoon games today. And both of their top prospects connected for homers, as Gleyber Torres hit his 4th for Trenton, and Clint Frazier slugged his 6th for the RailRiders. Both should see some time in the Bronx this summer, even if it’s more of the cup of coffee variety.
  • Let’s hope this afternoon’s homer for the Pirates prospect Austin Meadows is the beginning of a glorious hot streak. With both Marte and Gregory Polanco on the shelf, an early June promotion just makes too much sense. The Pirates will wait out the Super 2 date, even if it means bringing Andy Van Slyke out of retirement.

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  1. Halp

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    Great write-up and thanks for the shoutouts! Im not seeing many pitchers out there i would prefer to buehler right now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Halp: Seriously this is exactly how I feel. Sounds like we need to discuss this.

      You like my Schrock?

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I wouldn’t know, but after watching your Youtube show last night, I’ll hit up Bonnie-Jill Laflin to ask what she thinks about it :)

        • Halp

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          @Halp: *Tuesday night

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Halp: Hey now!

  2. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Man, I’m getting frustrated with the Rockies not using Tapia! Call him up for an interleague matchup, but he doesnt even DH? Get rid of Parra!!!

    On a lighter note… updates on Brinson?

    What does your gut say on Gleyber? Call up in 2017?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bryce Krispie Treats: Yeah, too many options, maybe they can trade Parra. Who knows.

      Brinson is still doing his thing, hasn’t flashed much power in May but is walking at a 17% clip.

      I like Gleyber, but I’m thinking he’ll be up in September when rosters expand, and no earlier than that.

  3. Chud says:
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    As a Philllies fan I am ready for these guys to explode at Citizen’s Bank Park!

    Speaking of Phillies who would u rather have in a full keeper? Maikel Franco or Trevor Story?

    Great stuff as always!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: Same here, bring up the kids! Down to Tommy Jo!

      I’d take Story, admittedly I’m not a Franco fan. Elite contact ability, no plan other than see ball, hit ball.

      Thanks for reading!

  4. Tony Montana says:
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    How would rank Buehler in comparison to some of the other highly rated pitching prospects like Honeywell, Kopech, Keller, Allard or McKenzie?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tony Montana: They’re all in the same group.

      Upside wise I’d rank them Allard, McKenzie, Buehler, Kopech, Honeywell, Keller.

      As far as current value it’s Allard, Kopech, Honeywell, McKenzie, Buehler, Keller. All of these guys are in the top 50. Might be the best pitching prospects in the minors with Martes and others struggling.

      • Tony Montana says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Greatly appreciate the input! Allard and Honeywell are owned, but Kopech, Buehler, McKenzie and Keller are available in my upcoming draft. I figure not all 4 will be on the table when I’m up, but it sounds like this is a case where any of the bunch would be very solid options (barring injuries, suspensions, etc).

        P.S. Love the Ralph/Halp team; discovered imaginarybrickwall a few weeks before you guys started really working together, and you guys are two of my main go-to resources!

  5. Kevin says:
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    Is Albies the starting 2nd in Atlanta next season? Can he be a top 5 second baseman at peak?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kevin: He could have the job in Atlanta next year, certainly seems like things are trending that way.

      He could be, if he develops like 12 homer pop, and steals a ton of bases.

  6. Mike says:
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    Who are your top 3 highest ceiling pitchers in the minors?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Kolby Allard, Anderson Espinoza, and Yadier Alvarez.

  7. Tim says:
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    Any concern over Frances Martes and his rough start? Can he still be a top of the rotation arm?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tim: He sucked in April last year too, he’s very young for the AAA level, and the PCL is a tough place to pitch. I’m not too worried, and he still has high end potential.

  8. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Is Nick Williams still alive?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @El Famous Burrito: Yes, but he’s hitting .261, might as well be dead.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: .261?!?! That’s it?!?

        Tyler Flowers is hitting .347. You telling me you aren’t as good as Tyler Flowers? You better get used to wearing a paper hat and a name tag, Nicky. You’re riding the Jamaican bobsled to Losertown!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @El Famous Burrito: He’s no Salami Tom, more like Headcheese Nick.

  9. Ryan says:
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    Is Allard a future #2?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: His ceiling is best pitcher in the game.

      • MPGA says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph likes the way Allard works it, no diggity.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @MPGA: MPGA you old son of a gun! How are you?

          • MPGA says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m just over here playing with my aggressively ranked Schrock.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @MPGA: Hard as a Schrock

  10. NicCage says:
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    Thanks Ralph!

    Meadows or Brinson in a long term keeper league? Looking for someone who can also help out this year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @NicCage: Brinson and this year value is the difference.

      • NicCage says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph. Long term, Meadows have an edge? I get to keep 8, and while I have Goldy, Just Dongs, Sanchez, Blackmon, Cueto, and Syndergaard slotted for now, I have Kinsler, Rendon, Alonso, Hererra, Kemp, and Dee Gordon to consider. I could potentially drop Samardijza or however da f you spell his name and roster both.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @NicCage: Yeah long term I think Meadows is better but if you could hedge your bets it would be better.

  11. Sing Us a Vogelsong You're the Pineda Man says:
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    Sorry, I haven’t been too plugged in to the prospect side of things this season. With MI being so thin, In looking to get Moncada from a frustrated owner. Two questions: when will he be up (June?) and what position will he play (2B, presumably)?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sing Us a Vogelsong You’re the Pineda Man: He’s hurt at the moment, but if he’s back in the next week, he could be up in mid-June. Yes he’s staying at second, and really his defense is the only thing keeping him down after his Super 2 date.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @MPGA: He’s super two is that late?

        • MPGA says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:
          Dates, dates, dates! Get to the dates already!

          Alright, well the most “generous” cutoff service in the sample above for the White Sox was the two years, 146 days from 2011. Taking into account Moncada’s previously accrued 31 days of service, he’ll wind up with 146 days of service at the end of the year if he’s promoted on June 9. If the White Sox promote Moncada on June 9 or earlier, there’s an extremely high chance he’ll wind up as a Super Two.

          On the other end of the spectrum is the most unfavorable (for the White Sox) cutoff service in the sample, two years 122 days. Moncada will have 122 days of service at the end of 2017 if he’s promoted on July 3. Therefore, if the White Sox promote Moncada after July 3, it would take a cutoff lower than any we’ve seen in the past nine years for him to attain Super Two status. Should the White Sox wait that long, I wouldn’t be surprised if they prolonged the timing another week just to avoid an unlucky cutoff point. The All-Star break is one week after July 3, so they’d probably just wait until July 14, at the start of the second half.

          full article: http://www.southsidesox.com/2017/5/14/15627974/yoan-moncada-service-time-super-two-and-you

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @MPGA: Yes it sucks, isn’t it 147 days this year?

            • MPGA says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: I don’t think it’s determined until the end of the season?

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @MPGA: That’s true becuase it would be the top 22%.

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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: So basically the author expects the White Sox to be super conservative.

  12. Mo Money says:
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    Asides from Moncada, any idea who are the next top 2 impact fantasy minor leaguers out there? I have Moncada waiting and I struck the lottery with Bellinger earlier. I have Marte and Polanco and my OF needs some help.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mo Money: Brinson and Hoskins IMO

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mo Money: Perhaps, I don’t think he’ll hit for enough power or steal enough bases to pass the other two.

  13. Tracy Clark Jr says:
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    Thanks for the continued great info!

    What are you thoughts on Jacob Faria being a useful pickup for this year in a 20 team league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tracy Clark Jr: Could be, he’ll help in K’s, burn he needs to get more efficient with his pitch count. He can’t get out of the 6th most starts.

      • Tracy Clark Jr says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks; doesn’t sound like I need to rush to get him.

      • PD says:
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        Ralph Lifshitz: trouble escaping the 6th in AAA sounds like trouble in the AL east. I was wondering about him in the daily notes & grey sent me here. Missed this comment the first time.

        8 team AL only keeper – getting good SP callups is a game in itself.

  14. Lost Freeman today. I’m hurting. Who are the next big 1B prospects that might get called up soon, if any?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Hugman: HOSKINS!!!! Hahaha

      • Hugman says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Haha, I figured. Damned if I’m stashing right now tho seeing as I’m stashing Moncada and currently own no less than THREE Mariners relievers per my saves shituation!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Hugman: Well shoot drop a Mariner haha

  15. Friar Luck says:
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    Us Padres fans are salivating for the day to come when Espinoza, Quantrill, Lauer, Lucchesi, and hopefully Paddack are all vying for the big league rotation.

    For now, I’m happy with Perdomo’s improvements. Do you see him having staying power?

    Thanks for the great info as always.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Friar Luck: I love the youth movement in San Diego, Preller has compiled quite the farm system. All very good arms and you don’t even mention Morejon, Logan Allen, and Bolanos.

      He could, the numbers look good, and the statcast data on the low spin rate sinker backs I think up. You don’t want a sinker that spins. His SwStr is over 10%, his GB% is 70%, Bb/9 under 3, K/9 over 8.

      • MPGA says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: and Henry Henry, Andres Munoz, Enyel De Los Santos, Mason Thompson

  16. TTRA1N says:
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    Was just offered B.Zimmer/Meadows for Severino. Thoughts? Idk if I have the room or can afford a loss of pitching. Thoughts?

    10TM Keep 5 forever Roto 6×6 QS/OPS League Underline for current keepers.
    C Grandal
    1B Myers
    2B Baez
    3B Sano
    SS Vilar
    CI H.Perez
    MI Owings
    4OF Harper, Springer, Benintendi, Conforto
    2UTiL D.Gordon/Buxton BN
    Happ, Bregman
    DL Thor/Polanco  NA Rosario
    SP McCuller, Bundy, Severino, Wood, Berrios, Karns
    RP Neris, Holland, Brach, J.Wilson, Knebel

    • TTRA1N says:
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      @TTRA1N: Also have Mana ea at SP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TTRA1N: I think you should take that deal, you can trade one of your hitters for someone better than Severino.

  17. Fred McGriff says:
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    Altherr vs Schwarber in a dynasty league?

  18. SR says:
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    Some other names off to nice starts:

    Jorge Alcala – Looks like he just got bumped to A+, maybe in the top 150-200 discussion now?

    Tyler Stephenson – Great BB%, K% way down, finally healthy. Is he a top 100 prospect again?

    Alex Jackson – Now a catcher, no idea how well he’s coping there, but the bat is showing up big time. Top 100 again, maybe better?

    Luis Castillo – Prospect rankings all the place on him during the offseason, not sure where he falls with the strong start in AA.

    Javier Betancourt – Glove first guy who looks like he might be figuring it out at the plate…if he can keep this pace up for a 15ish homer year, that would be a big step forward.

    Ricardo Sanchez – Seems like he’s starting to pitch with a lot more consistency, he’s historically been pretty young from his level I believe, but his performance tends to get buried under all of the other Braves arms.

    Jorge Ona – Seems to be knocking the rust off very quickly after returning from injury, a lot of potential value here if he can next start hitting for power.

    Any thoughts on any of these guys?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SR: Alcala looks very good, numbers-wise at least. Astros seem to have one that pops up every year.

      We’ve discussed Stephenson on the pod, and I’ve written about him in the last month. Looking good, seems to be settling into proball, but he’s a catcher and I’m not one to rank them in my top 100. Real life lists will love him.

      Discussed Alex Jackson in 2 or 3 of my last 4 articles.

      Talked Castillo last Thursday or Sunday, he’s also been a good high floor arm, I’m always a little apprehensive with Reds starters.

      Betancourt would have some value in deeper dynasty leagues, but not enough power or speed to get me excited. In my 30 teamers I’d roster him.

      Sanchez is young for the level, has had some control issues, but has a very nice curveball. I could see him breaking out, or being a solid pen arm. Tough system for an arm like him.

      I love Ona, hope he’s finally settling in. He’s slashing .333/.350/.556 with a couple of homers. He’s got huge upside.

  19. J-FOH says:
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    Schrock looks like Altuve in that gif

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Seriously he does.

  20. Matt says:
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    Any idea when the Phills might call up Hoskins? In one dynasty, i need to make a decision on when to grab him off the WW (unowned in our milb system).
    Thanks for your work!
    Matt

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Matt: I think mid-June the latest. Could be any time now, I’m not sure what their super 2 approach is.

  21. apox says:
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    Hoskins is a freakin’ beast. There are some very interesting similarities to Goldy in his profile. RH 1B who was thought to have a bad body and swing and miss issues but continually hit at every level. Not saying he will be Goldy, but there are some parallels.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apox: There are some for sure, Goldy is a such a freak athlete I’m not sure it’s a perfect comp. But they can both hit.

  22. Swfcdan says:
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    Man just got a tempting offer in my keeper, though don’t think I can do it now.

    Give: Berrios (yeah that’s why), Glasnow and Paxton for Alford, Moniak and Gsellman.

    Berrios, Glasnow, Alford, Moniak all on prospect rosters and won’t be promoted until next season. I’m rebuilding, usually love swapping pitching prospects with hitting ones, but after Berrios gem this is crazy now right? Gsellman has been garbage too, and isn’t really worth anything now in our league. Do love Moniak and what Alford’s showing this year though.

    Take Berry boy off the table, and see what I get offered for Glasnow and Paxton?

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Swfcdan: Oh and Paxton is worthless after this year, as he’s signed to a 1 year contract for me. Damn I need to watch some of that Berrios start back…wow.

      • MPGA says:
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        @Swfcdan: I’d do it

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Swfcdan: Wait until Paxton is back and move him then. No reason to force the issue if you’re rebuilding. Could you flip Paxton and Glasnow for Alford and someone else?

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: That’s exactly my thinking too, and what I’ve told him. You prefer Alford over Moniak (OBP league)? Alford seems to have more tools, but Moniak the safer guy.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Swfcdan: Alford just got called up, so if he tries to bump his asking I’d pivot to Moniak.

            • Swfcdan says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: He seems keen, offered me Alford, Martes and Gsellman (throw in) for Paxton and Glasnow.

              I think I’ll take it. Thanks for the help, now get back to insurance selling before your boss notices you razzballing!

            • Swfcdan says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: Jesus called up to the Majors! I thought you meant AAA. Glad I got it done in time!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Yeah I wouldn’t deal Berrios, and I wouldn’t want to take on Gsellman.

      • MPGA says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Yea that’s probably more logical. Gsellman looked so bad when I watched him pitch vs the Brewers.

        • PD says:
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          @MPGA: we would’ve said the same last season about Berrios no?

  23. thorbs says:
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    Any chance Magneuris sticks in STL? He doesn’t look out of place at the dish (small sample size, granted).

    • MPGA says:
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      @thorbs: I’d say close to 0% chance

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @thorbs: Probably not, but he’s been up longer than I suspected.

  24. Kip Mungjup says:
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    What’s your reason for thinking hoskins gets called up? ToJo has been playing well lately. Can hoskins play any other positions?

    Also, any chance this Allard guy is coming up this year?

    If you were going to stash a SP who could be legit this year who would it be?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Kip Mungjup: He’s the best hitter in AAA and 24, at some point you gotta call him up. I’m not saying tomorrow, or even in May, but eventually it’s going to force the issue. It’s also the NL, they can use these guys as pinch hitters and platoon. I’d be shocked if he’s hitting .350 and leading the league in all the offensive categories, and still just wasting away in AAA. IMO Hoskins is the future, and I’ve been saying this for a while.

      No way, they’ll keep him at AA all year. He was too advanced for A ball, that’s why he’s in Mississippi.

      I’m starting to think Sean Newcomb. His swing and miss stuff is there and he’s having a great year.

      • Swayzee says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph! great posts and advice as always!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Swayzee: Thank you sir!

  25. Steve Stevenson says:
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    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?

  26. Oppo Taco says:
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    Did I rank the following arms correctly in a keeper league? : Cole, McCullers and Berrios

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

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