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Every few years a farm system develops to the point that it’s busting at the seams with talent. An organization builds  and before you know it they’ve cultivated more talent than they can possibly use, and therefore have reached what I call the “embarrassment of riches” phase. This time is now for the Atlanta Braves farm system, long thought to be propped up by the organizations pitching depth, that is no longer the case. So far early in the 2017 campaign the Braves have produced two of the breakout stars of the young season in Ronald Acuna, and newly (re)converted catcher Alex Jackson. To call Acuna a breakout star is probably a bit disingenuous, as he was well within my Top 100 in the pre-season, ranking 42nd overall. This is how I described him then, “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 hope you listened to my advice and traded for him then, because after his entrance to AA on Tuesday he might be tough to wrangle from his owners. What exactly has the 19 year old outfielder done since his promotion on Tuesday? How about going 6/8 with 2 homers, 2 steals, 4 runs, and 4 RBIs. It’s funny how Acuna has exploded the last few weeks after initially struggling to start the season. After slashing .209/.261/.349 in the season’s first 11 games, Acuna is hitting .355/.398/.605 with 4 homers and 10 steals in the 18 matches since. As I said calling him a breakout is disingenuous, but he looks to be rising into another tier of prospects. As for his former and future teammate Alex Jackson the story is quite different. As the former 6th overall pick in the 2014 draft struggled for 2 1/2 years in the Mariners organization, before being traded to the Braves this offseason for a pair of fringe major league starters. Jackson at one point in time was one of the more decorated high school players in recent memory. Having been named a three time Baseball America All-American, a two time Under Armor All-American, and even winning Baseball Prospectus Prospect of the Year before even being drafted. A catcher in high school, the Mariners decided to move him to the outfield, where Jackson struggled. Slowly his body and skill set deteriorated, and many minor league experts, myself included had written him off. Bad move on our part. Since joining the Braves organization and being moved back to catcher, all Jackson has done is take siege of the notoriously pitching friendly Florida State League, hitting .296/.348/.592 with 10 homers and 27 RBIs in 31 contests. He seems to have abandoned some patience in lieu of power, but when the results are good I’d take it every time. It’s getting to the point with Jackson, that if this continues into the summer he could easily rank within the top 5 fantasy catchers in the minors. Here’s the other happenings in the MiLB over the last few days.

  • As if the Yankees didn’t have enough young talent trending in the right direction, 2016 first round pick Blake Rutherford is making tons of noise as he’s starting to turn it on for the Charleston Riverdogs of the Sally League. He went 4 for 5 with 3 RBIs and 2 runs scored last night. Rutherford’s now reached base safely in 8 of his last 10 games, though he’s yet to connect for a homer.
  • Rutherford’s teammate, and fellow Yankees outfield prospect Estevan Florial continues to rake. Last night he connected for his 4th homer of the season as he now slashes .284/.354/.466 with 5 steals, and 25 runs, to go along with his quintet of homers. The Haitian native is the definition of a prospect with helium, as he could be highly ranked in mid-season lists should he keep this up.
  • In true frustrating fashion, Rays AAA starter Jacob Faria came out firing last night as he struck out 8 through his first three innings. However he was unbelievably inefficient with his pitches, running his count up to 108 in the 5th before being lifted upon conceding a three run homer. The strikeouts are great and all, but a starter who can’t get through 5 isn’t good. Faria’s K numbers  have been eye-popping, but he’s only gotten out of the 6th twice in 7 starts to date. I’d gladly take a few less K’s and a few more innings.
  • Another Braves prospect making noise is Carlos Castro of the Class High A Fire Frogs of the Florida State League. He went off yesterday going 5 for 5 with 3 homers, and 8 RBIs. Castro lacks approach, but he makes up for it with big raw power. He knocked 17 homers last season in Class A Rome of the Sally League, and seems to be pushing that total early in 2017.
  • Read a few great reports, including Eric Longenhagen’s yesterday, on Giants righty Camilo Doval. His velocity has taken a huge jump in the offseason as he’s up to 97 on his fastball, after topping out in the low 90’s previously. He also throws a tight late breaking slider from a funky arm angle. He’s being labeled a relief arm, but the upside is tough to ignore.
  • To far less fanfare fellow catcher Nationals prospect Taylor Gushue is tied with Alex Jackson for the lead in homers among A+ hitters. Gushue is 23 and old for the High A level, but he is a catcher and they’re expected to move slower. He’s not approaching true prospect status, but a catcher who can hit is worth keeping an eye on.
  • Red Sox prospect Michael Chavis keeps on slugging, as he connected over the weekend for 2 more homers. He’s now raised his slugging % to .671, the second highest mark in Class A Advanced ball behind only the aforementioned Taylor Gushue. Contrary to what many want to believe, I don’t boost up Sox prospects due to my fandom. Feel like I need to remind people about that when speaking about Red Sox players. That said, Chavis is jumping back into the conversation of Top 100 level prospects. He was hovering around that edge entering 2016, and it looks like he might be back.
  • The Pirates shortstop prospect Cole Tucker is an absolute machine on the bases, as he’s stolen 22 bags in 30 games. I saw a little of Tucker in Bradenton last month, and he’s got an excellent first step and base-stealing instincts. He’s never going to hit for power, but should walk enough to play as a basestealer as he progresses.
  • I guess this is the minor league update only on the Braves. As young lefty Luiz Gohara, another player swindled from the Mariners, was promoted to AA Mississippi. This rotation now consists of Gohara, Kolby Allard, Max Fried, and Mike Soroka. One day we may look back on this collection of talent currently in Mississippi and marvel. Then again we haven’t even touched on some of the other Braves prospects like Ozzie Albies, Ian Anderson, or Austin Riley, who have all been very strong this year.
  • Looks like the Reds have another pitching prospect with upside, and some justified skepticism in Luis Castillo. The righty went 7 strong last night striking out a career-high 10 in a 2-1 win over Birmingham. A strong showing for the main piece in the deal that brought Dan Straily to Miami, as he’s now 1-2 with a 3.00 ERA, and a K-Bb of 36 to 5.
  • Former top picthing pospect Jose De Leon takes to the mound today for Class A Advanced Charlotte. As he makes his first start of the season for his new organization. A string of strong showings could see De Leon recover his once vaunted prospect status.
  • Troubled draft prospect Seth Romero has been dismissed from the Houston baseball program. Not a great sign for his draft status, though maybe he comes at a discount in first year player drafts because of it.
  • Can I talk about one more Brave? If you’re looking to buy into an up and coming prospect, say Ronald Acuna a year ago, check out Cristian Pache. The numbers so far aren’t eye-popping, but he is just 18, and has been on a tear the last handful of games, going 7 for 15, with 3 walks a .467/.556/.667 slashline and 2 steals. He has all the tools to make the jump to a Top 100 Prospect.
  • Milwaukee Brewers righty Corbin Burnes is having a great season, and continued in that vein last night. The 2016 4th rounder went 6 scoreless innings for Carolina, striking out 3 and walking 1. He’s not a player I’d describe as a stud picthing prospect, but he has the makeup for mid-to-back-end rotation type. A mid-90’s fastball, average slider, and changeup offerings, as well as a fringe curve. Good add for deeper dynasty formats. Razz30 anyone?

 

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  1. Chris says:
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    hello Raplh,

    closer question.

    drop AJ Ramos in favor of Reed?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: I’d take Reed

  2. rMacFenn says:
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    Just get Lance and you’re straight!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @rMacFenn: I love Lance!!!!

  3. Frank the tank says:
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    Howdy man! H2h pts weekly lock league. Thoughts on stashing moncada now? I read on rotowire that moncada isn’t close to a call up, if that’s the case, why is that? He’s crushing it in AAA & he crushed it last year when he was a Portland sea dog. We are 18 days away from Memorial Day will be be called up by Memorial Day or more like a June date?

    On the flip the Red Sox have a black vortex hole at 3b, would you stash Devers incase he’s called up this season? Could you see Red Sox calling him up by late July? I Would say Boston could trade for a 3b but they basically gutted their farm in trades to acquire;

    kimbrell : Manuel Margot, javier Guerra, Carlos Asuaje, Logan Allen

    Pomeranz: Anderson Espinoza

    sale : moncada, kopech, Luis Alexander basabe

    thornberg : (Travis Shaw, dubon , josh Pennington)

    Of course Sox still have prospects but I believe in order to right the ship at 3b Sox should promote Devers this summer

    Thanks man

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Frank the tank: The Moncada thing is double-speak to keep him down beyond super 2, and they have no real reason to hold him down. His defense is the big question at the moment.

      I could see Devers being called up within a month if Brock Holt isn’t doing anything and Pablo’s not close. He’s capable of playing the position on that level defensively but hitting might be a different story. Then again who knows, he’s pretty advanced as a hitter.

      ONly good trade so far looks like Sale, but they paid a bounty.

      • Frank the tank says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I agree I’m curious to see how these trades will look 2-4 years from now.

        I’m thinking SD will win the kimbrell/Margot deal

        I’m thinking it may be a wash between Sox/Sox in sale deal

        I’m thinking SD won the Espinoza/ pomeranz deal it already looks that way

        Milwaukee in my eyes def won the Shaw deal & in a few years I think dubon will be a bright spot on Milwaukee, thornberg won’t be on the Sox in a few years

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Frank the tank: I agree with all that you have said.

  4. Curt says:
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    1-Who would you take, Freeland or Karns to drop Cotton?….or hold?
    2-My Bi-Monthly(who’s judging) question about Roman Quinn, any progress?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Curt: Karns for the K’s

      He’s heating up over the last few weeks.

  5. Tweak says:
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    Any love for AJ Reed left, or are we just tired out from the hype last season? Reed played well in ST, but struggled to start the year. He’s got his BA up to .280+ now and looks like he’s righted the ship. He’s still striking out a lot, but has a 17% BB rate. Smells a bit like the Anthony Rizzo situation.

    The Yankees, Pirates, Mariners, Twins, White Sox and Red Sox should be all over him if the Astros don’t find a spot for him fairly soon. He’d be my first target in a deal to move Quintana or Cole at the deadline.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tweak: I’d love to see hi dealt to Colorado as a long term answer at first. I’m not giving up on him, but my expectations have changed.

  6. Alex Sutara says:
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    You seeing Amed Rosario worth stashing for the near future? Likely Going to drop Tulo or Moreland for him, I have Margot and Mazara low too but I have less OF depth.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex Sutara: I’d probably hold, there’s a chance we don’t see Rosario till later in the summer. June 5th the earliest.

  7. Sean says:
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    How is this article not entitled “Acuna Matada”???

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sean: Cause it’s too easy, and would be about the 1,000th article on Acuna that made that pun.

      • Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Come on, if you were going to go that route it would have to be:

        Acuna Moncada!

  8. Landisimo3 says:
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    Hey Ralph ! Awesome update.. quick question … De Leon just became available in a 12 team forever keeper .. 5×5 roto… we keep up to 10 and also carry 10 on our farm.. I have

    Meadows
    Albies
    Tapia
    Calhoun
    Maitan
    Kyle Lewis
    Josh Bell ( stashed as he develops)
    Buehler
    Morejon
    Martes

    Should I bring Bell up where’d he’d have to remain forever and grab De Leon? Or Pass? Thank you as always

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: I’d maybe dump Morejon, just for proximity sake, but it’s all close.

  9. Dave Weinnstein says:
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    What are your thoughts on Brett Phillips? Even though it is the PCL, he is crushing it so far in AAA

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave Weinnstein: I’m really glad I held onto Phillps all over. I’m a fan, and am glad to see him hitting again. I wrote him up may be three weeks ago.

  10. Sport says:
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    Thanks as always Ralph! This has become my most anticipated write up.
    Looking 2017 callous for SP. De Leon had some good projections before the year started. Does his health push back his ETA in your mind? Also, where would you rank these guys to hold for 2017 value? Hader, De Leon, Faria, Honeywell, Martes.
    And what about the possibility of these C having 2017 value? Collins, Mejia, Alfaro, Swihart.
    Sorry for all the questions and thank you.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: His health could push his ETA, as well as Tampa’s tendency to sit on prospects to maximize team control.

      I’d say for 2017 it might be how you had them, each of those guys has some flaws, and murky playing time out looks. Long term it’s Martes, Hader, Honeywell, De Leon, Faria.

      Probably Alfaro and Swihart. Cleveland and Chicago would have to be decimated by injury

  11. JC3Bagger says:
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    I picked up Brinson about a week and a half ago thinking a call up may be on the horizon in mid-May with Broxton struggling. Now that Broxton seems to have picked things up a bit, what do you anticipate Brinson’s timeline looking like?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JC3Bagger: Probably early June.

  12. eric says:
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    Drop Nova for Eduardo Rodriguez?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @eric: No, I’d hold on Nova

  13. ClemsonCrushers says:
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    Hey Ralph ,

    I just took over a 14 team keeper (keep 9) league 6×6 yesterday that hasn’t had any loving since 2015. I only have 3 decent keepers ( Yu, Correa and Turner). Any prospects getting a call up this year you feel could have an impact in 2017/2018? I picked up Brinson, Tapia, Hoskins and Devers. Moncada and Meadows are gone. Anyone else I should snag before June?

    • ClemsonCrushers says:
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      @ClemsonCrushers: Rosario is gone as well.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ClemsonCrushers: O’Neill, Gleyber Torres, Albies, Senzel, Acuna, Cristin Stewart, Dom Smith, Derek Fisher, Clint Frazier, Willy Adames, Willie Calhoun. Ian Happ, Franklin Barreto. Some pitchers are Francis Martes, Brent Honeywell, and Walker Buehler

  14. John-A says:
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    Next top prospect that you think is called up first and will produce??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @John-A: Brinson

  15. OaktownSteve says:
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    Any thoughts on Marcus Wilson, Beau Burrows and/or Andrew Moore?

    I like Pinder a little more than you. Not a future star but I see gap to gap power developing. Hits the ball with authority to right center in a way that reminds me a bit of early years Donaldson. Good size at 6’2″ and 200. Looked very comfortable in his one start in right. Could see more time there. Looks to have a plus arm from anywhere on the diamond. He is a bit older but only needed 3 seasons in the minors before getting his MLB cup of coffee. I get the vibe the A’s think they want to see more of him.
    Thanks Ralph. Good work here.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @OaktownSteve: What’s up Oaktown?

      Wilson is interesting, I mentioned him on Sunday. The numbers are eye-popping and he has the pedigree as a former second round supplemental guy. He says the D-Backs have just worked a ton to add polish to his raw skillset coming out of college.

      To me Burrows is a mid rotation guy. The K numbers are solid but I don’t see him being a real star. Groundball rate is trending the right way, though the Florida State League is mighty pitching friendly.

      Moore I like less than Burrows, soft thrower, control flyball guy, small, and a high effort delivery. That said there are some positives he commands his fastball very well, and his change plays off of that. The change is by far his best pitch. I’m not a fan of his breaking stuff.

      You might be right on Pinder, I don’t see a ton of upside, but he could be a solid boring guy who has his moments of value in 12 team. I don’t see him going the Donaldson route unless he improves he makes some of those miracle A’s Donaldson, Healy, Alonso tweaks

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I don’t think Pinder will go JD either. I think the thing that kind of reminds me of JD is there seems to be some raw strength and athleticism there that are starting to translate. He hits the ball to right center with some real authority, another thing JD started to do when he showed signs of breaking out.

        Thanks for the read on the prospects. I picked up a team in a long standing, deep and competitive 18 team 40 man dynasty. Zero farm. I did manage to grab Jackson about three weeks ago when positive reports started coming in. Have all those guys I mentioned. Only other prospect arms are Giolito and Kopech. Traded Sal Perez for Matt Chapman and Dominic Smith. Grabbed Wilson a couple weeks ago. Like a real team, trying to build organizational depth. Looking like Giolito is a list cause though.

        Really appreciate your column here Ralph. I got a lot to learn about dynasty.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OaktownSteve: Yeah Pinder does have some offensive skill, so it wouldn’t shock me if he exceeds my expectations. It’s all about opportunities, for a lot of these guys.

          See if Florial is out there, he’s a kind of slept on but really good. Jon Duplantier as well, underrated arm that is making some noise in the Midwest League.

  16. Wes says:
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    Thanks for the article. What are you thoughts on Jesus Sanches? Compared to say Soto, Rincon, Florial, and Pache? What kind of upside are we looking at and who is your favorite of the group? Thank you !

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wes: Id say it Soto, Florial, Sanchez, Pache, and Rincon.

      I love Florial, and he’s undervalued enough you can get him many places.

  17. tony says:
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    Any toughts on luke weaver, what kind of pitcher he can be?

    Thanks a lot and any recomendation on a second base prospect who is not happ??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @tony: I think he’s a good control guy, with some swing and miss stuff. The question is can he avoid catching too much of the plate like last season.

      Isan Diaz, Willie Calhoun, Ozzie Albies, Scott Kingery, and there’s a bunch of SS that could be moved there.

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Still love Calhoun, but see slim to no chance he ever plays second base in the majors. Even outfield seems slim. But the bat is awesome!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @James T Kirk: You might be right, but I’ve heard some encouraging reports recently, and he’s still a second baseman until further notice.

  18. Another Dan says:
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    Great stuff as usual Ralph,

    Getting behind with my prospects. Haven’t been hitting the gym so I have a couple of podcasts to listen to soon.

    Just called up Bellinger, so I have a roster spot on my milb roster (see below). Estevan Florial or Alex Jackson ? I’m thinking Florial since I have Collins, Mejia and Murphy already (Realmuto is on my MLB roster). 12 team H2H.

    1. Tom Murphy – C – COL
    2. Francisco Mejia – C – CLE
    3. Sam Travis – OF – BOS
    4.
    5. David Paulino – SP -HOU
    6. Harrison Bader – OF – STL
    7. Matt Chapman – 3B – OAK
    8. Cody Sedlock – SP – BAL
    9. Jahmai Jones – OF – LAA
    10. Ronald Acuna – OF – ATL
    11. Ryan McMahon – 3B – COL
    12. Max Fried – SP – ATL
    13. Christian Stewart OF – DET
    14. Trey Mancini 1B – BAL
    15. Nick Senzel 3B – CIN
    16. Zack Collins C – CWS
    17. Robert Gsellman – SP – NYM
    18. Walker Beuhler – SP – LAD
    19. Juan Soto – OF – WAS
    20. Heath Quinn – OF – SF

    What do you think?

    Hope the Florida break was a good one. Need to get there soon with the kids, but they might be a bit young for the Atlantic crossing yet.

    You catch the Europa League Semi Final? Bit nervous at the end ….

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Dan! I’d add both and drop Quinn.

      The family loved it we had a really nice time. Got to do a whole lot of fun stuff. Yeah that’s a long plane ride for little ones. Definitely a great vacation once you’re there with the kids.

      I did get nervous, but hey they’re playing for a spot in the UCL, makes the ultimate 5th place league finish more tolerable.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks Ralph,

        Excellent. Family time is priceless. Mine are both under 5, we’ve not flown anywhere yet. Let alone across to see some baseball. (Have to make do with late night TV, it’s nearly 1 am here).

        At least one big team will miss out, perhaps two if United don’t win the Europa League.

        Thanks on Prospects. Soured on Quinn ? Or the other 2 just jumped above him with good starts ? Was hoping Quinn could be the Giant bat that I drafted as a prospect. I follow the Giants most closely because that’s where we watched baseball first.

        Despite him being a Dodger I am really enjoying having Bellinger on my roster(s).

        Best wishes,

        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: Yeah mine are 6,3, and 1 1/2. But they’ve all flown a couple times now. Not too bad on the plane either, it’s also a 3 hour flight, very different from what you’d encounter.

          Yeah I hope Arsenal misses out they never do crap no that tourney.

          Looks like that guy is Bryan Reynolds. At the moment both of those guys are ahead of Quinn for me.

          I’m a Red Sox fan, but my family is originally from Brooklyn, so the Dodgers are unofficial second team. Bellinger is awesome.

  19. Left Coast Yankee says:
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    WHICH WOULD YOU DROP FOR ADDISON REED?

    Desperately trying to add Saves, so I’m bidding for Addison Reed. I need to drop Dellin Betances or Chris Devenski in order to make it happen.

  20. kenly0 says:
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    SS question

    5×5 roto

    Rank these long-term.

    Swanson
    Jp. Crawford
    Arcia
    Barretto

    This time last year I would’ve said Swanson first. Now, I’m starting to like Barretto a lot. I’m thinking he might be a top 100 guy as early as next year.

    Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @kenly0: Barreto, Swanson, Arica, Crawford.

      You mean Top 100 in the majors? He’s already a top 20 prospect for fantasy

  21. J-Dawg says:
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    Any chance Acuna is up later this year? We can only have 7 ML spots. Would your rather hold Acuna over Mitch Keller?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-Dawg: Acuna over Keller all day, it’s all about the high end hitters over pitchers, and at 19 he’s already in AA. In early May at that. Solid chance he has a cup of coffee. Not sure I would expect much this year.

  22. coacher says:
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    We have a sort of “dynasty” aspect to our 5×5 where you can keep 2 Minor League guys as long as you protect them each year…..they keep a $2 salary if you draft them or a $5 salary for mid-season pickup.

    Here is the list of who is taken. Who would you want that isn’t on the list?

    Brinson, Meadows, Hoffman, Martes, JP Crawford, H.Dozier, Gleyber Torres, Zagunis, Mondesi, Berrios, Rosario, Hader, Giolito, Reyes, Albies, Brent Honeywell, Robles, Swihart, Bradley Zimmer, Luke Voit, Dakota Hudson, Ian Happ, Tyler O’Neill, Moncada, Amir Garrett, Eloy Jimenez, and Anderson Espinoza.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @coacher: Acuna and Franklin Barreto. Probably better than most of the names on that list.

  23. apox says:
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    FYI

    Jackson is doing well, but the K:BB ratio is ALARMING. At Hi-A it’s 36:7 in 141 AB. That’s not Gallo-territory, but it IS 26%. However, If he can cut that down to around 17-18%, he’s going to be a monster.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apox: I mentioned that he traded approach for power. He’s cut his strikeouts and he’s hitting better than he ever has. There’s more than one way to skin a cat, and it’s not like strikeouts even matter any more. Everyone strikes out a ton.

  24. David says:
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    Great stuff Ralph. I’ve been following Acuna for over a year now. He’ s going to be a stud.

    Who, in your opinion, is a can’t miss First Baseman that has yet to make it to the show? Thanks

  25. Coup says:
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    I saw Faria’s previous start down here in Norfolk. First pitch of the game, fastball to Giovatella hammered over the left field wall. He did a good job of settling down after that.

    Definitely has strikeout stuff but at times it looks like he’s trying to spot it too much. I never thought of him as more than a back end of the rotation type, but his arsenal was better than I thought and limited the damage (not that Norfolk has a daunting lineup either).

  26. RePete says:
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    Hoskins or Acuna for my last NA slot?

    14-Team H2H 6×6 (OPS & HLD) League (9 Keepers + 2 Rookies)

    My other NA are Tucker, Senzel, and Zimmer

  27. LongTimeLurker says:
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    Who ends up having a bigger fantasy impact in the long run, Acuna or Kyle Tucker? Thanks

  28. OddBall Herrera says:
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    think there’s any chance that if Braun goes on the DL we see Brinson up? Or is he locked in to the super 2 deadline?

  29. Joey Lost At Bats says:
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    Thanks for all the info Ralph. Not to kiss to much Acuna, but you’re my go to fantasy writer.

    16 team dynasty points league with 31 man rosters, currently carrying 5 milb players and with a ton of injuries can’t afford any more. Barreto, Willie Calhoun, Vogelbach, Reid- Foley and Jeff Hoffman are rostered ( big jays fan so biased/ know the players in/ formerly from that system better but missed on vlad, bichette and alford)

    After reading this put a claim in for Florial while dropping Vogelbach. Right move?

    Others that I’m really intrigued about, you have mentioned and are available ; Brett Phillips, Duplantier (can’t find him on CBS), Marcus Wilson, Harrison Bader, Basabe

    Should i pick up any of above for Reid-Foley?

  30. Raoul Duke says:
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    Are you good with packaging Juan Soto with Kelley and Alex Wood to get Eloy and Musgrove?

  31. Josh says:
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    Francis Martes or Ronald Acuna…. Maybe I drop someone else but i doubt it. Here are my guys in the Minors:
    Yadier Alvarez
    Walker Buehler
    Anderson Espinoza
    Brent Honeywell
    Mitch Keller
    Michael Kopech
    Francis Martes

    Rhys Hoskins
    Ian Happ
    Vlad Guerrero Jr
    Ozzie Albies
    Kevin Maitan
    Eloy Jimenez
    Juan Soto
    Kyle Tucker
    Yoan Moncada
    Cody Bellinger – Graduated

  32. Travis says:
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    Hey Ralph I’m having trying deciding on this trade offer. 14 team dynasty, my big league staff is Kluber (DL), Price (DL), Quintana, Wheeler, Bundy, Nova, Andriese, Davies, and Norris, so I’ve been struggling a bit.
    Trying to trade for Sean Manaea and the guy wants either Josh Hader or Willie Calhoun. I love both of those guys and it’s going to be hard to part with either one of them. I’m usually an advocate of trading prospects for big league talent but I’m really high on them. Would you make the deal and who would you give up? Thanks in advance.

  33. David says:
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    Healy or Castellanos in a dynasty? Thanks

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