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I remember when I got the call to the big leagues like it was just a few weeks ago. I was lounging on the couch, re-watching all of my favorite Paul Giamatti flicks, Lady in the Water in particular, when the name “Grey Albright” flashed across my cell phone. I knew immediately. I was being called up to the big league podcast. I texted Ralph, and he confirmed what I already suspected, that he was being called up to the MLB pitching staff, as well. All of this to say, Ralph and I could perfectly relate to Ian Happ, Brad Zimmer, and Anthony Alford getting called up to the Major Leagues this week. We discuss just how long we expect them to stay up, along with how much damage they can potentially do. We then move on to some of the other minor leaguers knocking on the door, including Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Cozens, Austin Meadows, Derek Fisher, Erick Fedde, and many more. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Prospect Podcast.

   
  1. Halp

    Halp says:
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    Disclaimer: This post was based on a true story … in other words, it is barely true at all

  2. clemsoncrusher says:
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    hey guys, great podcast! Who gets called up first or who would you rather own? Franklin Barreto or Willie Calhoun?

    • Halp

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      @clemsoncrusher: Thanks, clemsoncrusher! I will guess Barreto will be the first one to get the call, and I would rather own him too in a redraft or keeper. In a dynasty league, it is much closer for me. They are basically neck and neck. As much as I love Calhoun, I think the very slight edge goes to Barreto just because defense isn’t really going to hold him back. He will find a position.

      • ClemsonCrushers says:
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        @Halp: thanks Halp!

  3. Eduardo Almaguer says:
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    Hey Halp,

    Always love the work.

    Been looking at a few minor leaguers that I think I need to pounce on, namely Jon Duplantier.

    In my 16-tm dynasty, here are the names on the farm I think are on the chopping block. Do any of the names I own scream “MUST CUT” for Duplantier?

    Carlos Rincon, OF (LAD)
    Forrest Wall, 2B (COL)
    Jorge Mateo, SS (NYY) <— didn't think I'd be lumping him into a cut list any time soon
    Travis Demeritte, 2B (ATL)

    This is an OBP/QS league.

    • Halp

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      @Eduardo Almaguer: Much appreciated, Eduardo! Been liking Duplantier a lot too. None of those guys are must drops for him, but if you are looking to add a pitcher, I get making the move. I think Wall is the low man of that group right now. He can still be a solid player, but I don’t see the impact power or speed.

  4. Benny says:
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    Dynasty league question – I got offered Bellinger for my Blackmon. My team is shaping up as middle of the road this year for context. You can keep all players forever. Should I pull the trigger?

    • Halp

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      @Benny: I think I would ask for another piece. Blackmon is a beast and his game should hold up if he ever leaves Coors too.

  5. Sport says:
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    Thanks for the prospect work. It’s my most anticipated reads/listen at Razzball.

    Ralph says the highest ceiling SP in the minors are Allard, Espinoza, and Alvarez. How would you rank them and with ETA in 2019/2020 would you hold one in a dynasty langue over Honeywell and Hader? I already have to burn a roster spot on one of those two but the rosters are 30 deep.

    Thank you!

    • Halp

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      @Sport: Awesome! Thanks, Sport. I would rank them Allard, Espinoza, and Alvarez right now. Honeywell and Hader I would squeeze in after Allard and before Espinoza/Alvarez. So I think Allard would be my top hold at the moment.

  6. mrbaseball says:
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    Who would you want in a dynasty keeper league – I have 2nd pick
    Is there anyone else I should wait for this year that might come up

    Rhys Hoskins, Dylan Cozens, Austin Meadows, Derek Fisher

    THANK YOU

    • Halp

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      @mrbaseball: I’m still leaning Meadows, as his contact, power, speed combo is still the best of the group. Fisher and Hoskins and are a close 2nd though. And nah, those guys are good enough to pull the trigger on one of them.

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      Gleyber Torres I expect to be the first pick coming up

      Yoan Moncada – Amed Rosario – Brendan Rodgers – Lewis Brinson – Franklin Barreto are up already on teams

      Kyle Tucker and Rafael Devers what do you think of them – I am weak at 3rd but I still want to get the best prospect

      I would imagine zero percent chance of anyone of these coming up

      Victor Robles
      Eloy Jimenez
      Vladimir Guerrero Jr.

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        And nah, those guys are good enough to pull the trigger on one of them. sorry you lost me there with NAH – that means go for it or wait for others

        • Halp

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          @mrbaseball: ha, sorry. Meant nah, there isn’t anyone else you should wait on. You should pounce on one of those guys. Tucker basically no chance of coming up this year. And doubtful for the other guys you mentioned at the bottom. Devers is interesting, but impossible to say when they make that move. Looking at this year, safer to go with one of the guys in Triple-A already.

          • mrbaseball says:
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            Thanks for information

            • mrbaseball says:
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              Rhys Hoskins, Phi, 1B – There is really no room for him

              • Halp

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                @mrbaseball: There isn’t. Which is why I leaned Meadows. But he may not get the call until September either. Hoskins is hitting so well you figure he will just force his way into at bats eventually, but who knows. It is impossible to predict. Can only take your best guess.

  7. Paste says:
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    My boy Kingery’s ears must have been burning, he launched 2 more HRs last night. Great pod as always boys!

    • Halp

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      @Paste: Yup. He is no joke. And thanks!

  8. Miles says:
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    Nice job guys, this was one of my favorite of your podcasts.
    When Halp (I think) started asking “who was that pitcher that Torre always…” I screamed Scott Proctor! haha
    You guys talked about some guys I want to check on in my league but you didn’t repeat who it was you were discussing so I don’t know who it was, try to do that more. I am busy when I listen, not sitting at home with a pen and notepad.
    Who was the kid at Redding/Reading you were high on?

    • Paste says:
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      @Miles: Kingery!

    • Halp

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      @Miles: Thanks, Miles! And as Paste said, it was Kingery. Will definitely try to do a better job of repeating names as we talk about guys too.

  9. K2H says:
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    Thanks for the info great pod cast

    • Halp

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      @K2H: Appreciate it. Thanks for listening, K2H!

  10. psssst. hey ralph… over here. just wanted to quietly tell you that “penultimate” means second to last. as in, when Byron Buxton plays in a national league park, he’s likely to be the penultimate hitter in the lineup.

    Thanks for all the prospect knowledge. It’s a big part of my game, even in re-draft so I appreciate what you guys do!

    • Halp

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      @Hugman: hahahah … with how many comments Ralph gets swamped with in his prospect updates and top 100, I doubt he sees this one, ha

      And thanks! It truly is appreciated

      • @Halp: Pass it on, haha. I didn’t look closely at who posted this podcast post. Same goes for you on the kudos tho.

        • Halp

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          @Hugman: ha, will do … and thanks

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