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A couple items before we get started:  (1) Carlos Martinez is currently on the big league roster, so I can’t really rank him here and break the rules I established to begin the season.  Now, I suppose I could always rewrite the rules, but I’m an honorable dude, and that wouldn’t be right.  Anyway, Martinez is still an extremely stashable arm as the Cardinals decide on his future role.  There’s a good chance he’ll end up in a starter’s role before long, and he’ll be a must-own if that should be the case.  (2) George Springer is currently torching Triple-A pitching, and there’s little doubt that he’s ready for Major League Baseball and ready to help your fantasy team.  Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but he’s not gonna surface this season.  The Astros are giving Springer the Wil Myers treatment, and it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see him in the bigs before next June.  Now for the top ten:

1.  Erasmo Ramirez, RHP, Mariners (Previously Ranked #1):   Erasmo drew a tough assignment for his first big league start of the season, and he struggled, but I’m not quitting on the Eraser just yet.  He was demoted after the start versus Boston in order to keep him on schedule during the All Star break, and all signs indicate that he’ll be back in the Seattle rotation for as long as they’ll let him stay.  I’ve still got him at #1 here, so clearly I think he’ll stick through year’s end.

2.  Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (N/R):  The O’s tried to fit Gausman into a bullpen role, but decided better of it last week, sending him down to Triple-A Norfolk where he’ll pitch as a starter.  The 22-year-old tossed 4 scoreless frames on Sunday, whiffing 6 and walking zero.  Baltimore still has questions at the back end of their rotation, and Gausman could certainly regain a rotation spot before long.  He could be a key piece both for the Orioles and for fantasy owners down the stretch this season.

3.  Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (#7):  Yelich has returned to Double-A Jacksonville after missing a month with an abdominal injury.  He’s one of the more advanced hitters in Minor League Baseball and there’s not much blocking him from the big club.  If he can string together a few big weeks here, there’s reason to believe we’ll see him in Miami next month.

4.  Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (#9):  Taveras is back from the DL, getting back into game shape in the GCL complex league before he returns to Triple-A Memphis.  The Cardinals are beginning to show their fragility with Matt Holliday missing plenty of time lately.  If Holliday/Beltran/Craig can’t stay healthy for the stretch run, St. Louis might have to turn to Taveras.

5.  Xander Bogaerts, SS, Red Sox (#8):  I updated Bogaerts in my minor league report this past Sunday, noting his improved power production at Triple-A.  Click here if you want to read that.  Meanwhile, there’s plenty of doubt surrounding the Red Sox infield.  Boston needs help on the left side of the diamond, specifically, and Bogaerts could be utilized at  either short or third.  The 20-year-old could make his MLB arrival in pretty much the same way that Manny Machado did a year ago, and he just might be better equipped for immediate success.

6.   Nick Castellanos, OF, Tigers (#5):  Castellanos has struggled over the past couple weeks, posting a .520 OPS through his last 10 games.  He’s still a lock to arrive this season, but I’m growing increasingly skeptical regarding his potential fantasy value.  He might help out in AVG, and maybe run into a few homers, but he’s only ranked this highly because of the virtual certainty that he’ll be playing ball in Detroit before long.

7.  Archie Bradley, RHP, D’Backs (#10):  Quite the opposite of Castellanos, Bradley brings enormous fantasy potential, but a 2013 arrival for him is a bit of a long shot.  Still, the D’Backs are contenders, and they can’t afford to have the back end of their rotation scuffling down the stretch.  They’ll look to guys like Tyler Skaggs (the first name in our Next 5) first, but if Arizona wants to win now, Bradley should get strong consideration.

8.  Jarred Cosart, RHP, Astros (N/R):  Cosart was fantastic in his big league debut last week, tossing 8 scoreless frames while allowing just two hits.  He’s ready for an extended look, and Jeff Luhnow and the Astros have indicated that they’re ready to see what Cosart has to offer.  He’ll be back up in the rotation before long, and that’s where he’ll likely finish the year.

9.  Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds (#6):  I think we’ll definitely see Billy Hamilton in Cincinnati this season, but I doubt that he’ll arrive as an MLB regular.  The Reds will likely use him as a pinch runner and a late-innings defensive replacement, and there’s just not that much fantasy value in that sort of role.  By keeping him in the top ten, I’m leaving some room for the possibility that my gut feeling is wrong in this case, but until he starts hitting the baseball and getting on base at more acceptable levels, he’s not making a strong case to be called-up.

10.  Michael Wacha, RHP, Cardinals (#4):  The Cardinals have several internal options to fill the final spot in their rotation, and Wacha is certainly one of them.  But he seems to be behind a list of dudes that includes Carlos Martinez, Chris Carpenter, Joe Kelly, and Tyler Lyons.  He’s not necessarily less capable than those arms, but in terms of development, Wacha is in need of a bit more seasoning — the Cards don’t want to put too many innings on his young arm this season, so for as long as guys like C-Mart, Carp, and Kelly remain in the picture, it seems unlikely that we’ll see Wacha again this year.  Even so, he hangs on to a spot in the top ten because we know he’s capable of providing quality fantasy production if the Cardinals do turn his way… also because Tyler Skaggs walked 8 batters in his last start, which kinda pushed him out of the top ten picture.

NEXT FIVE:  Tyler Skaggs, LHP, D’Backs (Next 5); Danny Salazar, RHP, Indians (N/R); Will Middlebrooks, 3B, Red Sox (N/R); Mike Olt, 1B/3B, Rangers (Next 5); Avisail Garcia, OF, Tigers (N/R)

DROPPING OUT:   George Springer, OF, Astros (Next 5); Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (Next 5)

NOTEWORTHY MLB ARRIVALS:  Carlos Martinez, RHP, Cardinals (#2); Grant Green, 2B, Athletics (#3); Sonny Gray, RHP, Athletics (Next 5)

 

  1. Oz says:
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    Right now, Peralta or Perez? Leaning towards Perez. I’m not really sure why he’s been so highly rated but I got him anyway. H2h, points league. Or should I drop Danny Salazar for Peralta? Salazar was great in his 1st start but I don’t know when he’ll start again. Thx Scott, U should be on the podcast more often!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, Oz! Salazar is droppable — he likely comes back in a relief role, so feel free to make that move for Peralta.

  2. Jeff says:
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    Why does Springer drop down? Don’t think he gets the call at all this year, or just a Sept call up?

    Red Sox have some options on the left side with Middlebrooks and Bogearts. How do you see it playing out this year and next?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      From the first paragraph of this very post: “George Springer is currently torching Triple-A pitching, and there’s little doubt that he’s ready for Major League Baseball and ready to help your fantasy team. Well, I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but he’s not gonna surface this season. The Astros are giving Springer the Wil Myers treatment, and it’s extremely unlikely that we’ll see him in the bigs before next June.” … I’ve been saying that all year, by the way.

      I think Bogaerts eventually takes over 3B duties, but Boston could feature both guys on the left side before all is said & done.

  3. Justin says:
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    Hwy Scott, since week 16 begins on friday til sunday 7/28 what will the pitching rotations look like? When will “two startpalooza” be released?

    Thank you

      • Justin says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thanks Ill check that out, only reason I was asking is because my roster will lock on Friday

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Aha, gotcha. Sorry we’re not offering a SP post for this short week. Back to the usual schedule starting Saturday.

  4. KB says:
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    Do you think it’s more likely Bogaerts plays SS or 3B upon his arrival to Boston?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Could be either this season… SS is most likely spot for him next year.

      • KB says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks – I’m probably the rare fantasy player hoping he starts @ 3B this season w/ having Reyes currently on roster.

  5. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Got a chance to see Bradley at the futures game. Got that fb up to 98, and man that curveball is diiiiiiiirty. It’ll buckle knees all day. Command was a bit lacking, but the stuff is unbelievable. Can’t wait to see him progress and get to the bigs.

    Buxton, on the other hand, was somewhat disappointing. Seemed like the stage was a bit too bright for him at this point. Sigh, he was the one I was most excited to see out there with Taveras out.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Bradley’s curve is FILTHY. It’s a power pitch, too, so the delivery isn’t much different from the FB & it comes in w/ slider velo. So sweet.

      Yeah, Buxton covered a lot of ground in center, but didn’t offer much in the excitement department. Bogaerts made up for it, though… he was fantastic.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Bogaerts was definitely great, and one of the standouts of the game. His slide into home beating out Pederson’s throw was just beautiful. As a yanks fan I think i have to hate him, but man…he is polished.
        On the same side of the infield though, Sano was pretty bleh in the field. Really don’t see his footwork playing well at 3b, at least from what little I saw.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          He’s a sure-thing corner outfielder. Zero chance of him playing the hot corner at the highest level.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          … might even end up at 1B

  6. Kimosabi says:
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    Appreciate the hard work and thought process that goes into your rankings.
    What are your thoughts on taijuan walker? Possible callup in 2013?
    His AAA numbers look great but he’s getting along in innings pitched overall this year.
    Does he need work masking his breaking pitches?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s kind of in Springer’s category… ready for action, but it doesn’t make much sense for the M’s to call him up this season. I think he has a chance to surface, and probably a better chance than Springer, but still slim. Stuff can always use a little more refining at any stage of development, but he’s MLB ready now.

      • fan says:
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        @Scott Evans: For a 16team keeper league, which of the following would you think are worthy of a bench slot now with the possibility of contributing in 2013? Walker / Gausman / Bradley / Boegarts / C. Martinez ? I have walker already and Gausman who I am thinking of replacing with Bradley or C. Martinez.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Gausman, Bogaerts & C-Mart are the best bets to help this year… I could see swapping Gausman for C-Mart… probably too soon to do it for Bradley.

  7. Blue says:
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    Harvey (1 year keeper) for McCutcheon/Kinsler/Fister. Worth it?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like the side that’s getting McCutch/Kinsler/Fister

  8. Kimosabi says:
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    Thx, brother.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Any time.

  9. George Springer or Oscar Tavares to fill CF slot in a long-term dynasty league?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Taveras will be the better fantasy player, but Springer probably holds onto CF eligibility for longer.

  10. Elwood Blues says:
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    Couple of questions as I am looking at next season for my team.

    -St. Louis’ rotation next year- Wacha, C-Mart, both, neither??
    -In a deep 12-team NL Only 4×4 keeper (we can keep up to 10) I have offers for CMart at $10 and can keep him at that for 2 years.. or Wacha at $5 for at least 2 more years.. plus some others)
    The price would be Gio at $17/1 year.. or at $17 for one more year is Gio a keeper?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      -Just guessing, but Wacha & Rosenthal… C-Mart to the 8th, maybe 9th
      -That’s pretty steep for Gio & also steep for C-Mart… even Wacha at $5 is a little risky… $260 budget?

      • Elwood Blues says:
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        @Scott Evans: yeah. $5 is our starting price on prospects.. 2 yrs at $5 once they are called up.. after that I can contract him for $5 for an additional year.. Up to 3 more. I already have Cole at $5 , so I am leanimg towards keepimg him.
        Thanks for the help.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: you think Rosie will start? Wow…I thought hes next years closer for sure.

        Sounds so like the Champman situation to me.

  11. stumanji says:
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    Great column, as always. Your prospect power rankings are some of the best & most helpful on the site for those of us that love speculating on the young guys.

    Puig or Machado in a keeper OPS & Total Bases league (both guys are <$5)? I own Puig and Machado's owner wants Puig. Trade or hold?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      TRADE NOW

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Machado might be best young star in the game… and that includes Harper/Trout

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thank you! Machado gets lost in the harp/trout frenzy a little. Hard to say underrated, because he is touted by most, but nowhere near the same level of hype, and he’s amazing, both offensively, and my god defensively!

  12. TarmanGotHim says:
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    What type of player do you think Yellich will be? A 20/20 guy? Comparisons?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      300/375/525 … 30 HR, 20 bags at his peak … a little like Cargo in terms of production.

  13. crock says:
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    Who is up first yelich or borgaerts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yelich has a more direct path, so I tend to lean toward him, but it’s really tough to say.

      • crock says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        If you could only stash one which one would it be?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Yelich for the next week. If he’s not mashing, drop for Bogaerts this time next week.

  14. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    Best case scenario, when do we see Xander?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Best case? 3 weeks.

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @Scott Evans: reality?

        I have to wonder why a team would not want to try a guy they have instead of trading a prospect for Michael Young, seems counter productive.

        Who are your top three stashes based on arrival date and skills?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          For ROS fantasy impact, Erasmo, Gausman & Yelich…

          If we’re weighing it more on impact than on ETA, Taveras, Bogaerts, C-Mart

          • Jack Full of Hate says:
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            @Scott Evans: by impact do you mean the negative numbers I get from Gausman….I make jokes!

            so how far away is Yellich? I don’t see the Marlins moving Giancarlo, but Ruggiano to make room for Yell and see what they have in their future OF

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              His call-up will be performance based. If he catches a heater here for the next couple weeks, then he could be up early August. If he slumps for the next few weeks, we might not see him till 2014.

      • Mike says:
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        @Scott Evans: from your lips to gods ears!!

  15. Zac says:
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    Which side is better in a keeper league
    Machado and C-Mart for Kinsler and Rizzo?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Machado & C-Mart … I’ll take the best player in the deal.

  16. KCC26 says:
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    Can you rank these pitchers in terms of impact for the rest of this season?

    C. Martinez, Wacha, Gausman, Salazar

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      C-Mart, Gausman, Salazar, Wacha

  17. Mike says:
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    Who do you see as the better dynasty SP… Gausman or Taillon?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Taillon

      • Mike says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks… one more for u. How about Dom Brown or Taveras in a dynasty?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Taveras.

  18. Zac says:
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    Better pitcher to stash now? maybe you could rank them?
    R. Stephenson, Crick, Syndergaard, Wojciechowski, Hultzen, Gausman….

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gausman, Syndergaard, Stephenson … Crick … Woj, Hultzen

  19. Chicken Dinner says:
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    If the Phils don’t feel like fightin’ and trade Young who gets the call? Franco or Asche?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      They won’t use Franco this year… it’ll most likely be Asche.

  20. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Springer or Arenado for a stash for next year? (you can keep any player with less than 1 year of major league experience on a minor league team) Buddle, Stroman or Crick? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Springer, Crick.

  21. Eng says:
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    Could Martinez start this year? Or are you referring to keepers only? Thanks as usual bud.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He can be starting as soon as July 27th. Stay tuned.

  22. TheNewGuy says:
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    Whuuut this is here already? Why was I talking to you on the other thread!

    Awesome.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Haha! I was wondering the same…

  23. TheNewGuy says:
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    Ok man prospect offers for Segura:

    A-Cab/Zobrist (neither keepers) and Zunino/C-Mart (prospects) for Segura ($0)

    or

    Altuve (rental) and Springer (prospect) for Segura ($0)

    Still need more I think, neither right?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Altuve/Springer is in the ballpark, but I think you can get more.

  24. Sean says:
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    What value of player should I be expecting to get back in a dynasty league for Carlos correa? To make an impact for this year

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Tough to gauge in dynasty leagues… some leagues have a active play for future managers who’re willing to sell win-now pieces for a guy like Correa… you could expect a mid-tier closer… maybe a top 75 bat… best bet at getting gold is by packaging prospects.

  25. Chris Colabello been destroying AAA all year.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’s a great story… actually surfaced briefly in the bigs… hard to believe he was playing indy league ball just two years ago. Almost 30, though, and not a prospect.

  26. MB says:
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    So if i traded almora, doubront and taijuan for cliff lee to win my dynasty league is it still too much of a package for cliff

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d say you’re overpaying a little, but if you’re in a position to win based on this trade, you gotta go for the championship.

  27. alex says:
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    Eta on yelich?? Worth a stash over playing rajai Davis in a 12 reamer? Raise doesn’t seem to be getting much playtime anyways

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yelich’s arrival will be performance based. If he mashes next two weeks, he could be up early in August.

  28. Dillon says:
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    20 Tm 5×5 – Redraft
    Danny Salazar or Erasmo ROS

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Erasmo, no question.

  29. 2 Giant rings says:
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    Really good write up. You’ve been invaluable to my season because I play in mostly deep redraft leagues. Thanks a lot for the blogs and your advice.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You’re welcome! I appreciate your kind words, Rings.

  30. Lil'Met says:
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    Thoughts on Surkamp?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Haven’t heard any firsthand accounts on him since his return, but numbers look pretty good… although, 6 walks in his most recent outing is a little concerning.

  31. Slim

    Buddah Lovaz says:
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    I’m in a 16 team, H2H, 6×6 (OBP-Holds), daily changes, keep 15 no restrictions.
    C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, UT, UT, Sp x2, Rp x2, P x4. Roster size is 25 +3DL +3NA.

    I think my keepers are gonna be…
    Stanton, Adam Jones, Cespedes, Rizzo, Gyorko, Hosmer, Franklin, Springer, Yelich
    Bumgarner, Harvey, Moore, Minor, Cingrani, Jansen

    My other options are…
    J.Castro, Zunino, B.Miller, Eaton, Moustakas, Rutledge
    Sonny Gray, Morrow, Pineda, Salazar

    Do you agree? More thoughts on this would be very appreciated. I wish I had better options in the infield but it is what it is. I think this team is built to win now and later. mmm… now and laters…

    Gilpin and jaywrong have given me some good advice. More thoughts can’t hurt. Gilpin agreed with my 15 but added the possibility of Zunino instead of Yelich or Cingrani iff Zunino finishes strong. jaywrong went with Zunino and Miller over Cingrani and Minor. Also I asked about Yelich vs Springer and jaywrong likes Yelich. I love all these prospect posts. I am a strong believer that leagues are won with youth.

    • Scott Evans

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      Whatever you do, don’t keep Zunino… Jason Castro would be a far better fantasy keeper IMO. I tend to agree with your 15, although Franklin & Miller are sort of a coin flip for me.

  32. shibboleth says:
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    Brad, thanks as always for this writeup. If you had a magic formula for RoS + 2-year keeper value (maybe you do!) how would you arrange these fellas: C-Mart, Erasmo, Cingrani, Salazar, Cole?

    • shibboleth says:
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      @shibboleth: Jesus. Scott. Sorry. Coffees haven’t kicked in yet. :-S

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Haha no worries.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Cole, C-Mart, Erasmo, Cingrani, Salazar.

  33. Scott says:
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    Trade deadline in our keeper league today- who wins, Harvey (7th round) and Puig (20th round) for Harper (16th round) and Miller (19th round)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Harper/Miller

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    Lost your prev rankings you gave me so can you rank these guys for me.:

    Jo-Fer, Buxton, Springer, Rendon.

    Comparing guys already playing in the bigs vs guys a way off, the guys in the bigs have to get the edge no? Even if their fantasy potential is lower, therefore ranking say Rendon above Springer.

    Not explained it very well but you know what I mean, you dont always take the highest upside guy if you can use the other one sooner. Thats why I presume Jo-Fer will be ranked highest, but then its intersting to see who next, probably Buxton with his enourmous potential.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Buxton, JoFer, Springer, Rendon. Gotta take that sort of comparison on a case-by-case basis. Springer over Rendon for me… not really a general rule for these rankings.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Youd really take Buxton over Jo-Fer, Springer over Rendon if you were playing in a keeper? I know the upside seems about right in your ranks, but we gotta take into account their ETA in these surely- if we can’t use them for a year or so.

        Im looking at selling off Segura and getting a big prospect as one of the pieces back, I just can’t get all that excited at recieving someone that won’t even help me next year…but thats maybe my impatience coming into it.

        Can see where you’re coming from and I think other prospect sites go the same way and rank by pure upside, but for us in keeper leagues its a little more complicated than that- gotta evaluate whether the closer ETA guys become more valuable as a result of being well, older, and more ready.

        • Scott Evans

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          Your level of impatience is something you gotta weigh yourself. I’m happy to wait another year for Buxton & I absolutely like him best in that group. I rank them exactly like I wrote them. IMO, it’s not worth sacrificing higher upside for a sooner ETA… maybe in re-draft, but not in keepers.

  35. George says:
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    Hey Scott – I picked up Sonny Gray off of waivers and I was wondering what your thoughts were on him for ROS and as a potential #5/6 starter in the salary cap, 22-man keeper.

    I have Scherzer who is likely going to see a big payday either this coming off-season or the following so I am looking at one of my big salaries to offset cost (most likely Sabathia) and still keep Wainwright/Scherzer/Sabathia/Josh Hamilton while having Jose Fernandez, Teheran, Cole as a part of my 7-man starting rotation with Neftali Feliz/Jameson Taillon waiting in the wings.

    As a side note, I traded for Ryan Braun (for Napoli/HanRam) so he is going to be my long-term left fielder if he is not suspended (Biogenesis) and if Josh Hamilton does not reach the magical 5-start number that Yahoo requires for him to keep that magical positional eligibility.

    I committed to Wilson Ramos and Jurickson Profar slotted at my C and IF positions.

    Anyway – I am interested in what your ROS and long-term prospects are on Sonny Gray as a potential #6 starter behind Wainwright, Scherzer, Fernandez, Teheran, Cole with Feliz and Taillon also kept.

    • George says:
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      @George:

      Hey Scott – One other question for you:

      If you had a starting lineup in a 18-team keeper that consisted of the following team, what would your expectations for the rest of the season:

      C – Ramos
      1B – Fielder
      2B – Altuve
      SS – Segura
      3B – Chris Johnson (because of Middlebrooks)
      IF – Profar
      LF – Braun/Quentin
      CF – AJax
      RF – Hamilton
      OF – Myers/ and possibly Taveras

      I still have the following guys on the bench as potential future keepers: Billy Hamilton, Francisco Lindor, Matt Davidson (I just picked him up after the Future Game MVP), along with Taveras. I dropped Avisail Garcia because I don’t see him being the long-term solution with the Tigers at least for this year and I am pretty much set with my starting outfield with 3B being much more of a need.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        I think you’re mismanaging your prospect stashes a little — Garcia is a much better future fantasy option than B Hamilton or Lindor… I’m also thinking Braun misses at least 50 games next year, but for ROS, it looks like a decent offense. Not a dominant one, but certainly not lacking.

    • Scott Evans

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      Gray is a solid arm w/ upside, but not quite so attractive as his little brother. I’d proceed with caution if you’re planning on keeping him — there are many who think he’ll stick in the ‘pen. Even so, his stuff is starter-quality, and Oakland is a fine club to start for. Next year, if he’s starting games, he could be in the same tier as AJ Griffin, but the uncertainty of his role makes him hard to keep…

      • George says:
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        @Scott Evans: Hey Scott – Thanks for the input on Sonny Gray. If Gray was with a number of ballclubs, I would probably agree with you but it is Oakland and they like their talent and prospects do get their shot because of their salary cap concerns.

        As for Avisail Garcia – I have dropped him twice or three times in our league and no one has bit on him. I also dropped Mesoraco because of his inconsistent bat. I will continue to watch what Garcia does but I think he is facing a near term roadblock in Detroit (emphasis on Detroit) unless he is dealt. As for Mesoraco, he needs to start hitting. I have been watching Lindor and Hamilton and as of right now, I just feel that both Lindor and Hamilton are guys who are going to fit the long-term need of my squad. If Hamilton increases his OBP, he is going to steal 80 bags a year in the bigs. I like what I am seeing from Lindor and will obviously know more when he spends some time in AA and AAA ball. I am also watching Davidson and see what Arizona does since they have some decisions to make regarding their roster in the next year or two. We’ll see……

  36. TheNewGuy says:
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    As good as Archie Bradley has been, when you do see the D-Backs actually giving him a chance in the show. Could we see him starting by opening day next year?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If Skaggs sucks (which is a distinct possibility), they may turn to Bradley. If he doesn’t surface this year, don’t expect to see him till next June.

  37. Alex says:
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    So I had

    walker
    russell
    sanchez
    brinson
    ozuna
    almora
    pineda
    Seager
    Adams

    And now have

    Cliff Lee
    Berkman
    Scutaro
    Pagan
    Kubel
    Alex Gordon

    If I dont win the league title this year or next, how much will I regret not having those guys?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @Alex: Tbf I don’t think you’ll miss them massively, theyre not really elite prospects. Some very good ones though.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think you’ll miss Russell/Walker/Adams a great deal… Still, good on your for going for the W. Play to win now if you can. Hope you get your title this year.

  38. JoeG414 says:
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    Thoughts on Henry Urrutia? deep mixed daily 6×6 roto. Cut Ruf for him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I doubt he gets the call before Sept. Tough to give a guy an extended look when he’s as lost in the field as Urrutia is. His bat is ready, so he can always PH/DH, but not sure the O’s are ready to make that jump yet.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Whoa, I missed that he’s getting the call on Friday… Yeah I’d drop Ruf. Should be interesting to see how the O’s use him, though…

  39. low walk high k says:
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    Urrutia is getting called Friday. Drop Salazar for him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I would — thanks for the update on him… been swamped at work & haven’t seen anything come across.

      • low walk high k says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Absolutely and thx for the advice once again!! I do miss Dahl already tho lol. Dropped him for glasnow and he got swooped on ww like I figured. I’m a droppers remorse guy lol

  40. Some call me... Tim says:
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    Where is Taijuan Walker?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Triple-A. He’s in the same limbo as Springer — ready for action, but calling him up doesn’t make much sense for the big club.

  41. Mike says:
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    Rendon or Dom Brown in a dynasty… who do u want?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Brown, but it’s close.

  42. Michael says:
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    Currently have Tony Cingrani, Taijuan Walker, Erasmo Ramirez, and Gerrit Cole on my bench for possible keepers for next year. Christian Yelich is still available, would you recommend dropping any for him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Could drop Cingrani for Yelich, sure.

  43. Yo yo says:
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    Rank the top 5 1B prospects in the minors please…

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Singleton & Vogelbach are really the only ones you really need to know about at this point… many future impact 1B’s aren’t playing 1B in the minors.

  44. Chris Derry says:
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    I’m in a dynasty league where if you take a rookie and they don’t make their MLB debut by a certain deadline, you lose them and they return to the pool for the next draft. Last night I took Oscar Taveras as one of my later picks but I lose him if he’s not up by August 31. Will I lose him?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      51% chance you’ll lose him. I’d take that risk to get Oscar, though…

      • Chris Derry says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        I figure the Cards will want his bat in their playoff roster, even if just to be a situational pinch hitter and gain postseason experience. So they’d need to add him before September.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Valid point… it’ll be interesting to see how that situation plays out.

  45. TheNewGuy says:
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    Is asking for Reyes and Buxton back for Segura ($0) too much (id send him Hultzen back)?

    If not hes got players like Profar, Bundy, Russell too. For the last time can you rank those guys for me too, so rank:

    Jo-Fer, Buxton, Rendon, Springer, Bundy, Profar, Russell.

    Thanks man!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I don’t think that’s out of line given unique dynasty league circumstances. Full rankings out on Wednesday. Top 50.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Well its not a dynasty, but the way it works is you + $3 for 1 year contracts, $6 for 2 years, $8 for 3 years or $6 for renewable year.

        And shame you couldnt let me know these ranks now man, but looking forward to wednesday!

  46. goodfold2 says:
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    if these are my pitchers in 16 teamer
    cole
    scherzer
    bailey
    peavy
    kluber
    hefner
    gee
    medlen
    eraser
    milone
    porcello
    with these guys as bullpen
    smyly (counts as SP, which is nice, allowing me to play all of the others every day)
    robertson
    perkins
    rivera
    carmart
    Grey advocates dropping carmart first when peavy comes off DL (I’m not playing him sat on his first start, but my league will only let you leave a guy on DL until the first time you try to make a transaction, at that point you have to move the person off of DL, making someone else get dropped). Also, at least until the end of July i’ll be having to possibly open slots for saves guys who just get a job due to trades i.e. Bastardo/Cisnero/Strop. One pitcher has to be dropped before both Carmart’s first possible start (27th). Is smyly or robertson more expendable? Non-Keeper. Whoever gets dropped can probably get picked up again. I’m thinking the dropable order is
    smyly/robertson/carmart/cole. does this seem right? Also does it change to
    carmart/smyly/robertson/cole if Carmart doesn’t start on the 27th AND Kelly does well on that day? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Drop Smyly first. Word on C-Mart’s role should surface soon.

  47. goodfold2 says:
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    If Cosart comes up again is any of those pitchers listed above droppable for him? Cole maybe?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      No.

  48. jason batteiger says:
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    which of these do you like best ROS?
    zunino
    ruiz
    avila
    phegley

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d try to get a little upside out of Phegley.

  49. Psychedelic says:
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    Jeff Luhnow mentioned that Jonathan Villar will be getting a shot in the bigs after the trade deadline, I picked him up in my dynasty league. What do you expect he can contribute down the stretch? He’s got some SBs and a little pop so I think he could be decent

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Could be decent, sure. Might run into a few HR & definitely swipe some bags… hit tool isn’t bad either… could offer AVG above .270

  50. TheNewGuy says:
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    You really see Rosie joining the rotation then, interesting.

    Has he started much in the past? I thought for sure this was a Chapman situation where the biggest need, and best use of an arm like his, is in the pen. Plus not sure Rosie has the secondary stuff to thrive as a starter, like Chapman again.

    If he goes to the pen and they don’t re-sign Mujica, who do you see at the back end of the pen? C-Mart’s an option but he’s surely a risky closer choice, much more than Rosie.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      It’s only speculation at this point, but Rosenthal has a much better profile as a starter than Martinez does & that’s mostly to do with size/durability. Stuff-wise, Martinez might have a more polished third pitch, but Rosenthal’s change is above average — he doesn’t need to throw it much in his current role… not sure why you’re concerned w/ his secondary arsenal… C-Mart would be my favorite to close next year if Rosenthal is starting games. And Martinez’s explosive stuff would only play up in a relief role. Definitely no parallels to the Chapman situation, so I’d try to put that out of your mind.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Probably cos I’ve rarely seen much secondary stuff…don’t need to really with that fastball coming out’ve the pen! Good to hear though…

        Fair enough though, I still see Rosie closing and C-Mart setting up, even if its for the biggest reason that the Cards won’t just throw C-Mart into the closer role like that.

        Either way I’ll be finally using him in my keeper next year (hence all the questions about him) and he should be valuable! He certainly is a big drink of water (to quote Scully).

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @TheNewGuy: We can have a little free side-bet on his role, bragging rights to whoever wins it ha.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Oh, and Rosenthal was used almost exclusively as a starter during his time spent in the minors from 2010-2012.

  51. TheNewGuy says:
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    Gallo’s been dropped in my league (smart guy beat me to Urrita), gonna try and claim him and drop Hultzen at last! Right?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I’d do it. Gallo has big potential, but he’s another long-term guy & I thought you were getting impatient with those?

  52. TheFarm says:
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    Any thoughts on Alex Wood?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      mid-2′s ERA & 10.6 K/9 … 2012 draft pick has tons of potential & should work his way into a more premium role in coming years.

  53. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    CARMART update! He just allowed 3 runs (2 earned, they called it all 3 earned, but the first single wasn’t a hit) and everybody hit him pretty good. After that inning i’d say he WILL NOT be starting on the 27th. Maybe he just couldn’t locate today or whatever but none of the hitters looked fooled, or really had any chance to strikeout. At least I won’t waste a roster spot for another 8 days in the prime time of trade season when closers on sell teams are made (bastardo/cisnero/gregerson etc.)

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks for the update… I think the fact that he was still with the Cards bullpen was a pretty good indication that they don’t plan on using him as a starter. Figured they’d have sent him down to Memphis for a stretch out start before 7/27 if they wanted to use him. Kelly or Carpenter figure to take that spot.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Scott Evans: Article in the st. louis rag paper today, apparently carpenter couldn’t locate anything yesterday and got str rocked in AAA. Carpenter mentioned he won’t be coming up if his stuff doesn’t improve.

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