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We’re back for our first revision of the prospect power rankings.  For those who are new, or just kinda slow, this is where we’ll take a biweekly look at the best fantasy stashes in Minor League Baseball.  To see the inaugural list, click that link.  While there’s no change in the top two spots, there was quite a bit of shuffling around the rest of the way through.  One notable guy dropping off the list is Travis D’Anaud, who suffered a broken foot.  The injury will set him back a couple months — terrible news for the 24-year-old who missed most of last season to a knee injury.

1.  Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (Previously Ranked #1):  Taveras keeps the top spot.  A lot of folks are growing skeptical about his chances of surfacing soon, given Allen Craig’s flexibility in the field and Matt Adams deserving more playing time.  But Taveras can circumvent that logjam if the Cardinals choose to promote him as a center fielder.  It’s worth noting that Jon Jay was recently demoted from the leadoff spot to seventh in the batting order.  Jay’s been quite bad in 2013, hitting .197/.238/.316 on the season.  He’s got some slack left on his leash, but the Cards won’t let him go too much further if that sort of misery continues.  Meanwhile, Taveras, a prototype right fielder, is spending the bulk of his time at Triple-A in center.

2.  Wil Myers, OF, Rays (#2):  Myers collected his first homer of the year on Saturday, and I expect those to come in bunches as he grows healthier.  The Rays are still unlikely to promote him before June, but he’s a lock to arrive this summer.

3.  Nolan Arenado, 3B, Rockies (#7):  Arenado is maintaining an AVG north of .400 through 62 PA at Colorado Springs.  Chris Nelson has 2 XBH on the season.  Expect Arenado’s arrival this June.

4.  Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers (#5):  Moreland has been awful, and it’s looking increasingly likely that Texas will remove his bat from the lineup.  That likely opens up a spot for Profar.  And if it’s Ian Kinsler who fills the gap at 1B, the arrival of Profar could come with 2B eligibility.

5.  Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates (#3):  Cole is another guy that seems destined for a June arrival.  He’s struggling with walking batters right now (14/11 K/BB), but he’s definitely part of the 2013 plan in Pittsburgh.

6.  Zack Wheeler, RHP, Mets (#8):  Wheeler moves up the board, despite some poor performances at Las Vegas.  Like Cole, he’s issuing too many free passes at Triple-A.  Also like Cole, Wheeler is almost a lock to arrive in the bigs this summer.  He needs to sort out his command/control woes, but plan on seeing him with the Mets before long.

7.   Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (Next 5):  Since a forgettable spot start in week 1, Bauer’s had a couple nice outings at Triple-A Columbus.  A 7/1 K/BB in his most recent start is especially encouraging, considering his 19/20 figure in that category arcross five career MLB starts.

8. Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds (Next 5):  I’ve been pretty pessimistic about Hamilton’s chances at offering fantasy relevance this season, but the Ryan Ludwick injury and subsequent crappy play from Chris Heisey opens things up a bit.  Hamilton still has much to prove as he transitions from SS to CF, not to mention he’s off to a slow start at the plate (.231/.296/.323).  But if he heats up and grows more comfortable in center, it’ll be tough for Cincy to keep him down.

9.  Dan Straily, RHP, Athletics (#9):  Straily is a little less gifted than the aforementioned pitchers, but he’s as MLB-ready as any arm in the minors.  With a fragile group of starters in front of him, it seems likely we’ll see him Oakland soon, and hopefully for an extended look.

10.  Erasmo Ramirez, RHP, Mariners (N/R):  Ramirez is currently on the DL at Triple-A Tacoma, but he’s primed to join the M’s rotation as soon as he’s healthy.  Seattle’s back-end starters have been miserable thus far, and Ramirez appears to be first in line for starts, ahead of Danny Hultzen.  In 59 big league IP last year Erasmo posted a 3.36 ERA, a 1.00 WHIP, and a K/9 at 7.3.  He was quite useful in fantasy leagues down the stretch in 2012, and it’s reasonable to think he’ll return to that form in 2013.

NEXT FIVE: Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (#6); Danny Hultzen, LHP, Mariners (#10); Allen Webster, RHP, Red Sox (N/R); Nick Castellanos, OF, Tigers (N/R); Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Rays (Next 5)

DROPPING OUT:  Travis D’Arnaud, C, Mets (Next 5); Mike Olt, 1B/3B, Rangers (Next 5)

NOTEWORTHY MLB ARRIVALS:  Tony Cingrani, RHP, Reds (#4); Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (N/R), Oswaldo Arcia, OF, Twins (N/R)

NOTEWORTHY MLB DEMOTIONS:  Jackie Bradley Jr., OF, Red Sox

  1. Taz says:
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    What are your thoughts on Yelich? I think he could be in the bigs this year. Why? Miguel Cabrera, Josh Beckett, Mike (at the time) Stanton, and even Hanley Ramirez all skipped AAA and all got to the majors around the age Yelich is now. Marlins are not shy about promoting their top prospects (see Jose Fernandez) and don’t seem to care about losing a year of service time (maybe because they shuttle them out of town before then anyway).

    Here’s my main question: I’m hanging on to Yelich in a keeper league, but I am regularly a contender and this year will likely be no different. (Helps when you can keep Braun, Upton, Cano, and Votto.) Some have chided me for forfeiting a roster spot to a guy not in the majors, but the way I see it, I can’t let someone else simply add him for free in a keeper league.

    There aren’t many better options on waivers — Villaneuva, Cashner maybe — so should I be hanging on to this guy?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think Yelich is a good stash, and I think he’ll surface at some point this season — he’s just getting back to full strength & only recently joined the AA roster, so he’s not knocking on the door just yet. All that said, I think Cashner is a better guy to have on your squad right now. Also anyone else on the above list…

    • Targaryan says:
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      @Taz: I thought Jo-Fer was promoted because he was out of options. I have not dug info on him, thats what I thought I read on here. I definately think you could keep a more impactful player than Yelich. I hope it works for you though

      • Brian says:
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        @Targaryan:

        Fernandez was drafted in 2011 – he still has a lot of options left.

  2. IronMike says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Couple of prospects I wanted to ask you about:

    What do you think of Rafael Montero in the Mets organization? His numbers look insane this year.

    Also, what about Daniel Vogelbach in the Cubs system? Do you see him making the majors or is he more of a AAAA type guy?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I left Montero off my Mets pre-season top 10 & I’m regretting that decision now. He’s a little undersized, but reports suggest his changeup is developing nicely & it’s looking increasingly likely that he’ll end up starting ballgames in the bigs within the next couple years.

      Re: Vogelbach, he’s a beast. Matt Adams type profile — definitely a MLB talent. He’s playing at Kane County, right outside Chicago. Can’t wait to see him play this summer.

  3. Kevin says:
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    Good Lord how many top pitching prospects do the Mariners possess anyway?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Haha yeah they’ve got a stable of ‘em. The best of the bunch is Walker, down in AA… James Paxton, a AAA guy, has been garbage lately, though… always nice to have depth in SP prospects because you really never know…

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      @Kevin: One of the reasons they could afford to deal Pineda to the Yankees for Montero. Funny how that seemed like such a huge trade at the time…

  4. Frank Kim says:
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    How would you rank Sano, Buxton, Baez and Addison Russell? I own Baez and Russell but thinking of dropping one of them for Sano in my dynasty league.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Buxton, Sano, Baez, Russell — but to be honest, they’re all awesome. The first 3 are top 15 guys & Russell is a top 30 guy. I’d probably look to swap out a pitcher in order to add Sano if you have that luxury…

      • Frank Kim says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks for the quick reply. :-)

        Why do you like Sano more than Buxton? Buxton’s ceiling seems to be Carl Crawford but Sano’s ceiling seems to be Stanton. Am I just putting Sano’s ceiling too high?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Buxton’s ceiling = healthy Cargo

          Sano could end up like Stanton, but the K rate is cause for concern… could also go the way of the donkey… fringy defense also complicates things for him…

          • Frank Kim says:
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            @Scott Evans: Excellent points! Let me ask you another question. Why do you like Baez more than Russell?

            Btw, funny thing is while I discussed Sano with you someone took him!

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              For fantasy purposes, I like Baez because he brings some serious potential with the bat… bat speed as good as anyone in the minors outside of Taveras. Russell’s real-life stock is better than his fantasy stock because of his slick defense… still brings great potential, but not on the same level as Baez. That said, he’s more likely to stick at SS, so there’s the position scarcity thing to consider… I like to keep it simple & go for the bigger ceiling. That’s Baez.

              • Frank Kim says:
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                @Scott Evans: Makes a lot of sense. Baez has all those K’s too though. I can see him ending up at 3B because Starlin is at SS. Baez also seems, to be polite, a little proud. :-)

                Do you think Buxton will ever hit for power considering he has to hit in Minnesota?

                • Scott Evans

                  Scott Evans says:
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                  Ha! man you’re too nice — Baez is a bit of a big-headed douche, but that doesn’t change the fact that he’s a special, special talent.

                  I’m big on Buxton. I think all 5 tools will be there at the highest level. Love him.

      • Targaryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: When would you expect to see Buxton up. You got me excited for him. I have a decent outfield in Trout, Jupton, Cespedes & Moss. I would take 85%/90% cargo at this point over Moss

  5. Hawk says:
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    Hey Scott,

    As someone who owns Arenado as a minor leaguer in a long term keeper league, I am happy to see this post! What are your thoughts on how soon he gets the call and how productive he’ll be when he gets it? How about long term?

    Thanks for the good work!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He’ll get the call sometime in June — the Rox will do everything they can to avoid super-2 status. He’ll offer good AVG & OBP right away… might even surprise us with a 15 or so homers, but I think his power will develop more gradually. For long-term, I like him as a really solid 2nd-tier fantasy 3B.

      • stumanji says:
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        @Scott Evans: For the sake of my keeper league, I hope the Rox keep Arenado down as long as possible. If he reaches 130 AB I have to promote him and can’t keep him as a minor leaguer. If he comes up in June, he’ll likely play everyday and will cruise well past the rookie threshold, right?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Yeah, I’m thinking you’ll have to promote him this year, unfortunately (for you)

      • Targaryan says:
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        @Scott Evans: Oh good, Someone I can replace the Mous with. I have Rendon for now, you have Arenado much higher then? My 14 team Dynasty league left me with some holes to fill around the infield last year & so far the Kipnes/kendrick platoon is working. Segura has been a diamond in the rough but Moustakas has been a disappointment after I thought he had it in him. I got lucky with Trout last year, which afforded me the luxury of trading Cutch for Pujols. Thanks Scott. I love your dedication & insight on these youngsters.

  6. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Montero was not on your Mets top 10? That is pretty good then for Mets fans.

    How is Tapia doing this season?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      With smallish frame & 2-pitch arsenal, I had Montero pegged for relief work, which isn’t necessarily valuable for fantasy… looking more & more like he should’ve made the cut though.

      Tapia is doing well — no one is hitting him hard, which is to be expected with that power sinker of his. Only thing holding him back is a few too many walks in the early going. 18/7 K/BB through 20 IP

  7. BeesKnees says:
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    Hi Scott. With Bundy headed to meet with Dr. Freeze, it sounds like he’ll have little or no impact on this fantasy season. Even if he doesn’t go under the knife, you have to figure the Orioles will baby him to the point of 2013 irrelevance. In a league playing for this year only, I’m assuming you’d drop him for Arenado without hesitation? Thanks for the advice.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes, absolutely. Arenado is a far better stash at this point.

  8. Nate says:
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    Love this article man, I find them so helpful, keep them coming.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks, Nate! I’ll keep ‘em coming every other week…

  9. Q says:
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    Hey Scott–

    Have a keeper league where I can keep 3 minor leaguers basically until they come up. Had a couple of questions, one practical, one philosophical.

    Practical: My 3 stashes are Cole, Buxton, and Lindor. Wondering specifically on who Lindor is a good comp for. Is he Starlin Castro or not that good, celing-wise?

    Think Addison Russell is still available. Is he going to be a better fantasy player than Lindor?

    (It’s a point league, so skews towards power whereas steals only guys like Revere and Everth are unrosterable. Heck, even BJ Upton isn’t rostered because he strikes out so often that his steals aren’t worth enough to offset)

    2. Philosophical: Even though I can keep guys forever, is it better to roster a lower upside type who might be up sooner, or just grab the guy with the highestceiling and wait it out?

    Thanks for the great work!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Castro is a good comp for Lindor in terms of hitting. Russell brings better power potential, so that’d be a fair swap in my eyes, but both will be good fantasy options.

      I always prefer the guy who’s closest to the bigs, because there’s just less that can go wrong at that point. Unless it’s a can’t-miss type like Buxton, I generally shy away from Low-A guys…

  10. airweino says:
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    No Puig?

    Is he worth stashing in a standard 5×5 league? Can Crawford, Kemp and Ethier all stay healthy? Or should I just drop him for someone useful now?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Puig isn’t far off this list. There’s incentive to move him quickly & a few fragile guys in front of him. I’d rather stash OF like Myers or Taveras, obviously, but he’s in the next tier with Hamilton & Yelich…

  11. troy says:
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    scott what r your thoughts on nick franklin? im hurting at MI right now and i really could use a jolt you think he will be up anytime in the next couple months or do you think seattle keeps andino/ryan and ackley as there MIs? and if he does come up what would you expect? thank you

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      He should be up by mid-season, but not quite sure how much value he’ll bring to fantasy. Maybe some SB’s & a few HR, but low AVG & not much else… still could be worth a look for upside’s sake…

  12. Chris says:
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    Who do you see as more valuable in a keeper league, nick Franklin or Chris archer?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Archer.

  13. johnny 5 says:
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    myers or profar getting 1st call?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      My guess is Myers, but it’s a coin toss…

  14. Goose says:
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    Just a general comment here about how unfortunate it is that, besides Profar, seems like there is a real dearth of high-level 2B prospects on the near-horizon.

    Do you see ANYONE out there at 2B who might come up this year and turn into a Rutledge-type player – i.e., someone generally unheralded but who could perhaps be a real major league hitter with some upside over the Mark Ellis, Omar Infante, borophyll-types… ?

    • johnny 5 says:
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      @Goose: great question,ill be checking back for this answer,middle infield is thin in a few leagues im in stuck with espinosa,ofante and bonafacio whom i counted on big time,plus i thought valdespin would play every day and be a great late pick

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      That’s a tough one, Goose… I wanna say Kolten Wong, but there’s no real opportunity for him… Nick Franklin could get 2B eligibility… Arenado & Rendon both might spend enough time at second to gain eligibility too. Thin position right now…

      • Goose says:
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        @Scott Evans: Thanks, Scott. agree Wong looks like he’s blocked and/or a year away.

        It’s just too bad, as the past couple years there’ve been highly touted guys like Ackley and Beckham who have fizzled in the bigs. I still think despite his early (small sample size) struggles, Gyorko will be alright – but lately it just seems like the keystone has been to prospects what Keystone Light is to beer.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Ha! Well put…

  15. Curt says:
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    Whats going on with Olt that he’s dropping down???

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      30/9 K/BB… 247 OBP… slugging under 300… rather unspectacular so far…

  16. Russ says:
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    What are your thoughts on Robbie Grossman? The Astros just called him up with Maxwell out. He’s been putting up nice enough minor league numbers the past couple years that I stashed him in a couple leagues. Am I about to be rewarded for that?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Good on-base skills & some speed, so there’s some value in deep formats & AL-only, but don’t expect much help in the other cats…

  17. Shibboleth says:
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    Brilliant article, can’t thank you enough for this insight! I wish I hadn’t just dropped Profar for Corbin but I was desperate for pitching help… As evident by my “staff”. Would you take Profar over any of my team? Small keeper, OPS/ Solds (bench).

    C: Wieters, Ruiz
    1: Votto
    2: Rutledge
    3/CI: Longoria/Morales (Belt, Alvarez)
    SS/MI: Andrus, Segura (Cozart)
    OF: BJ, Garnder, Frazier, Markakis, Duda (Ludwick-DL)
    SP: Moore, Morrow, Anibal, Hughes, Cashner, Gee, Kendrick, Corbin, j Fernandez (Garza-DL)
    RP: Chapman Papelbon, Romo

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Corbin & Hughes pretty fringy… might consider losing one of those for Profar as soon as Corbin cools off and/or Hughes blows up again…

  18. Frank Kim says:
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    Thanks Scott for all the help. Will be interesting to see Sickels updates for 2013.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Glad to help!

  19. Scott -

    good work, as always. trade question is relevant too this prospect post cause I roster several, so would welcome your opinion…

    6×6 (ops/holds league), 14 teams, mixed – redraft. 30 man rosters

    Trade My: Frazier, Gallardo
    Receive His: Heyward, Gee (or Erasmo Ramirez)

    Essentially, it becomes a question of how much do we love Heyward? Yes, I realize that Gallardo is a notorious slow starter as well, so don’t like giving up 200k guy, but Heyward’s potential in somewhat enticing. I could slot Machado in at 3B for time being. Also have Arenado on bench, awaiting call. What do you think; does this cripple me at 3B and moreover, SP?

    If I made trade — roster would look like this:
    HITTING
    C – rosario
    1B – pujols
    2B – seager
    3B – machado
    SS – alexei
    MI – gyorko
    CI – freeman
    OF (4) – adam jones, cespedes, {HEYWARD}, alex gordon
    UTIL (2) – marte, markakis
    BNCH – arenado, eaton

    PITCHING (only will list starters):
    SP (6) – madbum, shelby, niese, cingrani, cashner, joFer
    BNCH – garza, {GEE or ERASMO}

    thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I’d do it. Machado is beasting last couple weeks & I feel like you’re selling a little high on Frazier… pull the trigger.

  20. johnny 5 says:
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    awesome work,keep it up,how often you going to try and update this,a month?every couple of weeks,thanks for all

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks! I’ll update every other week.

  21. Capt'Stache says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Cingrani- I have him in a 12 team, 4×4 NL only keeper league and by the rules I will need to activate him two Mondays from now or lose him if he’s still up. Any thoughts on if he’s gonna stick with the club or not? (Once I activate him, I’ll lose a yr off his contract and don’t want too unless necessary) Just wondering your thoughts.

    Great articles! Thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If he keeps pitching like this, they’ll keep him up, no doubt… A couple poor starts before Cueto returns & they’ll send him down… tough to say at this juncture, but it’s looking good.

      • Capt'Stache says:
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        @Scott Evans: thanks Scott! Agree that it’s looking good so far…I need the pitching help and hopefully TC can bring it.

  22. zzzzzz says:
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    Looking at Arenado’s numbers I don’t see a lot of power. He seems very solid in XBH and AVG but lacking in HR. I hope it can develop plus he has Coors Field advantage to help him. He sounds similar to Lawrie to me. Thanks for the info! You saved me lots of time!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You’re welcome, Z! Yeah Arenado’s more of an AVG/OBP guy… his stroke is built for liners, but Coors might help some of those over the wall…

  23. ShidestheLimit says:
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    Thoughts on Wacha? Kid’s been very dominant yet no mention in article or comments.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wacha is very solid, very polished. Fastest moving guy from last year’s draft. Slightly buried on the depth chart for now… thinking Joe Kelly would be next in line for starts, then Wacha, but Carlos Martinez is in the picture too.

      • ShidestheLimit says:
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        @Scott Evans: Cool, thanks Scott.

  24. mark trowt says:
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    good stuff here!
    thoughts on george springer? will he see any MLB action in 2013?
    he’s been impressive so far if not for the k’s
    thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      Springer might get a late season look… more of a 2014 guy for me, though. No reason to rush him to Houston.

  25. Anthony says:
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    @Scott Evans: What sites do you check daily to find out the most information on prospects? I guess you could say Im looking for sites that will keep me up to date on call ups – I dont want to miss out any of the guys you mentioned if and when they are called up. Please let me know

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Twitter is the best resource & offers the most timely info… various local news orgs typically break call-up news first, so it’s really tough to stay on top of all of ‘em… twitter makes that somewhat possible.

  26. Evan says:
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    Have you checked out Eddie Rosario at all? He played CF in the WBC for D.R. but since Hicks blocks him in CF the twins are grooming him for 2nd base. He’s started the year swinging the bat well and his defense has been solid, and the twins options aren’t playing particularly well so far. Could he be called up this year? Thanks love the column

    • Scott Evans

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      Yes, he’s playing well at A+, and he’s always been more of a MI than OF… Twins have depth at center w/ Hicks & Joe Benson, so I doubt he ends up there. No reason for them to rush him, though. He’s on a similar timetable to Sano — arrival sometime in 2014… most likely not ’til second half.

  27. flanwagon says:
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    When will you be looking to add Wheeler to a 12 team total pts league, standard espn scoring?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      As long as he’s not replacing anyone of value, you could stash him now. He should be up before July & he brings big time potential. If you don’t wanna take the plunge just yet, just keep an eye on his progress, as I imagine he’ll be added in many leagues as soon as he starts to heat up.

      • flanwagon says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Pitchers right now are…
        Kershaw
        Baumgarner
        Moore
        Samardzija
        Cingrani
        Tillman
        J.Fernandez
        Colon
        Straily

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          For as long as they’re both in the minors, Wheeler is a better stash than Straily.

  28. Frazier's Ike says:
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    Rest of Season, Todd Frazier, or Ike Davis for R, RBI, HR, AVG.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Davis

  29. Buhner says:
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    What do you see happening with Tony Cingrani for the rest of the year? Will they send him back to AAA when the rotation is full again. In a keeper league and trying to figure out if I should move him for someone that can help all season.

    Always enjoy this post!

    • Buhner says:
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      @Buhner: Just looked above to find you have already answered this. Thanks

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Thanks for reading!

  30. AC says:
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    Is that supposed to be Alex Castellanos for the Dodgers or Nick Castellanos for the Tigers in the next 5?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Aw man, totally spaced on that one. Should read Nick. Sorry about that & thank you for bringing it to my attention. Can’t believe no one else commented on that yet…

  31. John Mycell says:
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    Casher or Jose Fernandez ROS for K ERA WHIP

    • John Mycell says:
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      ***Cashner

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Fernandez. Close, though…

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Scott Evans: i’m betting you and grey are at odds about ike vs frazier and Cashner vs Jo-Fer. Cashner really is likely to get injured at absoulutely any time.

        • Scott Evans

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          Cashner’s longevity is a concern, yeah… and Grey & I often disagree, but both those comparisons are really close for me…

  32. Harrysson says:
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    Any words about Rafael Montero possible call up for Sunday start ?

  33. Parker says:
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    Got offered Jordan Zimmerman and Sandoval for Allen Craig and Mariano Rivera, should I pull the trigger?

    I have Kimbrel and Chapman as well, and sandoval would be filling the CI spot that’s currently being manned by a platoon of Morneau and Rendon. Trading Craig would bump Morneau to first full time, but I might try and get Frazier to take over for him.

    Thanks in advance for the tips. you da man!

    • Scott Evans

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      I’d hold.

  34. alex says:
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    Better closer for the year Parnell or frieri?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Parnell.

  35. Tony Starks says:
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    Surprised not to see Archer in the top 10 as I thought he was one of the better minor league pitching talents that had one of the clearer paths to opportunity

    Great work done by you. Thanks in advance

    TS

    • Scott Evans

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      He’s certainly among the more talented guys & his path is reasonably clear, but he’s not pitching especially well so for this year.

  36. VegasJSS says:
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    Scott,
    What would you think about offering a Prospect subscription ie. like subscribing to the comments on this page. The emails come fast and furious alerting us to when anyone responds in the thread.

    My thought is, we subscribe to a “prospect” email and as soon as you hear someone is on his way up, and ONLY for that purpose – you send an email alert. I am stashing Taveras, but could drop him in a heartbeat if I heard Myers or Profar were coming up first…

    Thoughts?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @VegasJSS: not to be a jerk but it’s called twitter. It sucks, I’m not a big fan of it, but that’s the way the info moves.

      • VegasJSS says:
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        @Jack Full of Hate: This would be far more efficient than Twitter. Who has the time or inclination to follow 200 baseball writers and cull the information you want or need from their 140 character ramblings?

        • Jack Full of Hate says:
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          @VegasJSS: true, but only follow the good ones

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Thanks for the thought! I’ll definitely run it by Grey and see what he thinks.

      • VegasJSS says:
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        @Scott Evans:

        Thanks! Would love it…I think others who don’t want to deal with twitter and the like would too!

  37. Jack Full of Hate says:
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    you’re articles are like being 10 years old and getting wood looking through the JC Penny catalog

    • VegasJSS says:
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      @Jack Full of Hate:

      Great analogy for those of us 40 and above….

      • Jack Full of Hate says:
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        @VegasJSS: thank you, my target audience has been reached

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ha! What you do while you read the prospect posts is your own business…

      • Jack Hearts Sky says:
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        @Scott Evans: I really need a finger filter when i type…..I adjust my pants…..damn i did it again

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Jack Hearts Sky: you don’t need to be 40 to get this reference. Ruxin and Kevin on the League dealt with the masturbate vs fantasy info while at computer, or while in bathroom. Good stuff. Good show.

          • Scott Evans

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            Sounds like Jack’s got that debate settled. Simultaneous fantasy baseball / self release…

            • Jack Full of Hate says:
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              @Scott Evans: An analogy gets turned into RazzHub, the first fantasy porn site, well first fantasy sports porn site

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I heard Sky is working on a bot that will censure your more inappropriate comments…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Scott Evans: I call it the T-1000…BTW, did I tell you I am creating a new company called ‘Skynet’?

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              That’s pure innovation right there, man… I want in. Did I tell you I was working on a fantasy trade analysis company? I call it Scottrade.

  38. Ron says:
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    Which DL stash pitcher you prefer ROS – Beachy or Garza?

    • Jack Full of Hate says:
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      @Ron: beachy

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Beachy, indeed.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Scott Evans: How about Beachy or Pineda?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Beachy

          • jason batteiger says:
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            @Scott Evans: wow, grey was the opposite on beach vs garza too. I’m pretty scared about owning yet another cubs pitcher. I’m in a league with losses and wins.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @malamoney:
          How about a Pina Colada on the beach? Sorry had to be done ;)

  39. Edward Scherzer Hands says:
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    Hi,

    Would you trade Victorino and Minor to get Alex Gordon? 12team h2h, keeper league.

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      As long as you’re comfortable with the rest of your pitching, yes.

  40. Ron says:
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    Would yo give up Verlander and M. Carpenter for Cano??

    • Harrysson says:
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      @Ron:

      I think it’s always nice to have a top everyday player over a pitcher , especially you’re talking about the #1 2B

    • Scott Evans

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      I like the Cano end of this one…

  41. James says:
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    Any concerns with Kevin Gausman? I know Bundy would get a shot before him but could he be a potential summer/Sept callup?

    • James says:
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      @James: Follow up, Biddle with Phils or Gausman? Who is a better stash for 2014. In a 20 team keeper so waiver wire is slim pickings and most of above names are taken,

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Gausman

      • BTD says:
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        @James: Bundy is scheduled to see Dr. Death, I mean Dr. Andrews next week… Gausman had a better spring training than Bundy if I recall correctly.

        Gausman is in AA and has been hit a bit. But his K/BB and K/9 has been really good. Looking at this game thread, the O’s should skip every other scheduled start and he should be fine! :)
        http://www.milb.com/milb/stats/stats.jsp?sid=milb&t=p_pbp&pid=592332

        I like Gausman (says the O’s fan). But saw Biddle had 16 K’s in a start the other day.

    • Scott Evans

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      Gausman would get the call before Bundy, I’m thinking… He could definitely arrive this year.

  42. Nick says:
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    Scott,

    I play a 40-man roster H2H keeper league with a 15-man minor league team and 25-man big league team. Minors can be called up and down as long as they hold minor eligibility for three years following 150 ABs or 30IPs and Vets stay on 25-man. 10×10 OBP, SLG, HOLDS, CG

    My minor team looks like this:
    Taveras
    Cole
    Sano
    N. Castellanos
    Bogaerts
    Walker
    Y. Ventura
    Singleton
    Wacha
    Fried
    Gattis
    Gausman
    Bradley Jr.
    Cingrani
    Arcia

    I’m kind of relieved you have Profar down a bit since I just traded him for Cole. Who do you think each of those guys profile as? Does Profar go 20/20? Is Cole a 20 game/yr guy?

    • Scott Evans

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      Profar is a guy who’ll peak a few years after arrival, which is why I have him down a bit… doesn’t bring the immediate impact that guys like Taveras & Myers do. But he’ll be a 20/20 guy eventually. Cole is your prototype ace — perhaps the best tools profile of any pitcher in the minors. You’ll adore Cole on your team, and he’ll probably be extremely useful as soon as he surfaces…

  43. Steady says:
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    Hey Scott..

    Would you pick up Ryu, Quintana, or Villanueva for Estrada going forward as a bottom of the barrel starter

    Staff: (Cain, Wainwright, Scherzer, Moore, Minor, Maholm, Estrada, Miller, Kimbrel, Reed)

    And when does an owner of Cain reasonably begin to worry about him…

    • Scott Evans

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      Villanueva. I own Cain in two roto leagues & I’m leaving him on the bench til he sorts this out…

  44. malamoney says:
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    Who is the prospect that won’t see the majors in 2013 that you will want to have in 2014?

    In our league we have one minor league spot and you can only keep that player if they finish the season in the minors. This year I kept Wil Myers. Right now I also have Taveras and Cole, but I am assuming they both get called up at some point. I am actually hoping Taveras does not.

    But in the meantime, I am wondering who else might be “the guy”. Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Xander Bogaerts, Taijuan Walker, Jameson Taillon

  45. Targaryan says:
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    Couple quick hits maybe…

    When would you expect to see Buxton up. You got me excited for him. I have a decent outfield in Trout, Jupton, Cespedes & Moss. I would take 85%/90% cargo at this point over Moss

    Is Arenado someone I can replace the Moose with. I have Rendon for now, you have Arenado much higher then? My 14 team Dynasty league left me with some holes to fill around the infield last year & so far the Kipnes/kendrick platoon is working. Segura has been a diamond in the rough but Moustakas has been a disappointment after I thought he had it in him. I got lucky with Trout last year, which afforded me the luxury of trading Cutch for Pujols. Thanks Scott. I love your dedication & insight on these youngsters

    • Scott Evans

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      Don’t plan on seeing Buxton ’til late 2015 at the soonest… Arenado should provide more value than Rendon for this season simply because he has a better chance of staying up for the long haul. For long-term, I have Rendon a tick or two higher…

  46. bossmanjunior says:
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    Scott,

    Just dropped Cingrani for Cashner today for a couple reasons. First off, Cingrani’s future this season is unclear. The Reds could send him back down when Cueto returns or potentially keep him in the majors. Padres clearly want Cashner to be a starter. The next few match ups clearly favor Cashner, set to face SF, CHC, and MIA. While Cingrani will get the Nats next and then face the Cubs for the second time. Lastly, Cashner has better stuff. Cingrani relies in deception and throws his fastball 90% of the time. Cashner also pitches in a much better park. The primary caveat with Cashner obviously is his health.

    All things considered, would you have made this move? 10 team h2h redraft.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I like the move. More upside with Cashner, for sure…

  47. Frank Lynch says:
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    Hey man.. couple questions.. Do you like Justin Grimm? Who would you rather have on your team, Ethier or Brandon Moss

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I like Grimm, but secondary stuff needs to come around before he’s gonna make for a good big league option. Ethier.

      • Frank Lynch says:
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        How do you like, segura, beltran n putz for Cain, grimm n ethier?? Keep in mind that i have Castro n Reyes too and i have two other Rp’s, Jim Henderson and Mujica. Would you take it?

  48. Dan says:
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    Who amongst your rankings, including the next five, do you see getting the call first? Been holding Zunino given the slim C options on the wire.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers/Arenado are safe bets to arrive in June. Tavearas is one guy who could arrive sooner, but that’s a little less certain…

  49. Anthony says:
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    @Scott : Who are the best people to follow on twitter for Prospects ??

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @professorparks & @kiethlaw & @benbadler for analysis… @minorleagueblog for daily updates… @r_scotte for me

  50. Harrysson says:
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    Hey Scott , Do you see Marcus Stroman closing for BlueJays before this year ends ?

    • Scott Evans

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      Long shot, but wouldn’t necessarily surprise me…

  51. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Scott, love the prospect articles. In a 12 team mixed roto league, we keep 7 players a year. I have been offered hosmer for cingrani and profar….what are your thoughts? I also have Tavares and arenado stashed but the guy is set on trading for profar. Thanks for the advice!

    • Scott Evans

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      I doubt Profar is gonna offer enough this year to warrant being one of your 7 keeps, so I’d go for it… maybe downgrade Cingrani & see if he still bites.

  52. TheNewGuy says:
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    Question is will it be Olt or Profar to come up if Moreland keeps sucking? I own both but hope its Profar (and Kinsler to 1st) as Ive largely given up hope with Olt.

    Actually yeah would you drop Olt for Hansen (pits SS) or Webster?

    Lovin a lesser talked about guy this year though, Juan Segura. Greys boy, promoted him from my farm in the offseason and hes been a hitting and running machine so far! Has he suprised you (not quite in the Harvey extent)?

    • Scott Evans

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      Looking more & more like it’ll be Profar, as Olt struggles to get going… still think he’ll get blazing hot at some point this season, as he’s prone to do… I’d still probably hold til he hits a heater & trade him for inflated value. If you’re getting impatient, though, I can understand cutting him loose for Hansen.

      Yeah, Segura has been great. Always thought he’d be a nice hitting SS, but not this quickly. Kinda steamed I don’t have him in any leagues! I need MI help bad… hope Didi Gregorius stays hot!

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: ha yeah Im having to play Didi too in my other league with Hill and Hanley shelved.

        Hansens got good potential hasnt he? What type of player is he, the speedy Segura type? Really tempted to add him, I wont get any trade value for Olt. With only 10 8 man farms, only the top prospects are in demand in trades. Guess I could just shop Olt and see if I get a bite though ;)

        Really pumped to see Profar, Tav, Myers this year. Guess we cant get too carried away though, they could go the way of Hosmer/Moose, or they could explode (Trout/Harper)!

  53. Louis says:
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    Love these rankings, keep up the good work!

    For Billy Hamilton – he’s been struggling lately after his hot start (his average is down to the low .200′s now). Eventually, what range do you expect his batting average will get to? Can he be a .270+ hitter in the majors? Because ultimately, I think that his avg needs to be at about that level to have a significant impact fantasy-wise with his SBs.

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