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Baseball’s purest prospect has been called up.  Jurickson Profar has surfaced in Texas, and if you’re just learning this now, you’re far too late.  Don’t sweat it too much if you didn’t get your hands on Profar — I don’t see much room for him in the Rangers lineup once Kinsler returns.  If you did happen to scoop him, though, he’s a wonderful lotto ticket with an even bigger potential payout given 2B eligibility.  In other close-to-the bigs news, Houston prospect, Jonathan Singleton, will debut at Low-A next week after serving a 50-game suspension.  He’ll join MiLB home run leader, George Springer, at Double-A before long, and proceed to Triple-A where he’ll likely stay for most of the year.  In a different organization, Singleton and Springer would find themselves on the cusp of breaking through, but I don’t see the Astros starting their clocks while the team is in rebuilding mode. Until further notice, those two remain outside the scope of these power rankings.

1.   Kevin Gausman, RHP, Orioles (Previously Ranked #6):  While he’s still technically a minor leaguer, Gausman briefly claims the top spot.  The 22-year-old makes his MLB debut tomorrow, and is coming off of his best start of the season, whiffing 10 batters while allowing just 1 run on 4 hits and 1 walk through 6 IP.  His K/BB on the year sits at 49/5.  With superb command of a polished, three-pitch repertoire (FB, CH, SL), Gausman’s chances at immediate success are quite good.  Grey advises that you grab him in all formats, and I absolutely agree, but I’m afraid you’re too late by now. Check anyway, just in case…

2.  Wil Myers, OF, Rays (#1):  Despite his struggles (.250/.350/.382 through 40 games at Triple-A Durham), Myers is still in line for a June call-up.  He’s given the Rays no reason to rush things, and I expect Tampa to gauge the Super Two cutoff with caution, but I still see Myers surfacing in the bigs before July.

3.  Christian Yelich, OF, Marlins (Next 5):  Christian Yelich is playing absurdly well at Double-A Jacksonville.  With 20 XBH (6 HR) through 128 PA, it’s quite evident that Yelich is ready for a look the big league level.  The Marlins aren’t shy about promoting prospects and they could use some serious help in the outfield.  It’s about time to start stashing Yelich if he’s available and you have room to do so.

4.  Oscar Taveras, OF, Cardinals (#2):  The Cardinals haven taken a cautious approach to their prized prospect’s ankle injury, holding Taveras out of the Triple-A lineup for some 10 days now as he recovers from a low-grade sprain.  Unlike the two ahead of him, he lacks a direct route to playing time at the highest level, his arrival riding on the health of the Cardinals’ outfielders.  Still, he’s the highest impact guy on this list and you’re gonna be extremely pissed if you don’t have him when he get’s the call.

5.  Zack Wheeler, RHP, Mets (#3):  Wheeler returns today from his brief hiatus.  The sore clavicle is sore no longer, it seems.  And rather conveniently, the time off saves his young arm some mileage on this long season, mileage that would be most valuable if pitched at the big league level.  After Gausman is promoted tomorrow, Wheeler returns as the best pitcher stash on this list, and he’s still on track for arrival next month.

6.  Tony Cingrani, RHP, Reds (N/R):  We saw what he could do at the big league level, and we were all upset when the Reds sent him down.  That pretty much says it all.  Expect Cingrani back in Cincinnati as soon as there’s a need.

7.  Trevor Bauer, RHP, Indians (#8):  I don’t know if you’ve noticed, but the Indians are in first place in the AL Central.  If they want to continue being in first place, it’ll be in their best interest to have their five best starting pitchers in the starting rotation.  Trevor Bauer is in that group.  As soon as he shows a bit more consistency in the command department, he’ll surface in Cleveland, and this time for an extended look.

8.  Gerrit Cole, RHP, Pirates (#7):  Cole’s surrendered 11 runs through his last two starts, raising the disappointment level in what has already been an frustrating season.  His stuff remains elite, and he’s still the next guy in line for starts in Pittsburgh.  For as long as Jeanmar Gomez and Francisco Liriano are effective, though, Cole will stay in the minors.

9.  Anthony Rendon, 3B, Nationals (#10):  Rendon has been fantastic since his return to Double-A Harrisburg, batting .364/.488/.788 with 3 homers through his last 10 games.  Meanwhile, Danny Espinosa has been remarkably bad, and the Nats won’t let him drag down the offense all year long.  Potential 2B eligibility would only elevate Rendon’s impact on the fantasy game.

10. Michael Wacha, RHP, Cardinals (N/R):  In the immediate wake of the Jaime Garcia news, I speculated that Wacha would be the best option if the Cardinals needed a long-term replacement for Jaime Garcia.  They’ve instead opted to go with Tyler Lyons to fill the gap in the rotation, perhaps awaiting word from Dr. Andrews on Garcia’s prognosis.  Obvioulsy, John Gast is still blocking the path, and Jake Westbrook should return before long, but once Gast begins to fade, expect Wacha to take over. 

NEXT FIVE: Billy Hamilton, OF, Reds (#9); Nick Franklin, SS/2B, Mariners (#5); Erasmo Ramirez, RHP, Mariners (Next 5); Kyle Gibson, RHP, Twins (N/R); Mike Zunino, C, Mariners (Next 5)

DROPPING OUT:  Grant Green, 2B, Athletics (Next 5)

NOTEWORTHY MLB ARRIVALS:  Jurickson Profar, SS, Rangers (#4); Jake Odorizzi, RHP, Rays (Next 5); John Gast, RHP, Cardinals (N/R)

NOTEWORTHY MLB DEMOTIONS:  Tony Cingrani, RHP, Reds

  1. shibboleth says:
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    I’m not up on all things Nationals… are there good odds that Rendon gets a call up by the ASB?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yes — Espinosa has been absolutely awful & he’s nursing a bad shoulder, which might benefit from surgery. If they shut him down, Rendon likely takes over full time.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Scott Evans: That would be sweet but they don’t play him at 2B very often. You’d think he’d be there everyday getting in reps.

        Random: My Shelby his Jose Bautista

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          You bring up a good point with the 2B reps at AA — only 5 starts there this year…

          I like the sell high on Shelby for Joey Bats…

          • Chicken Dinner says:
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            @Scott Evans: Probably can’t now after todays stat filler.

  2. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    What are your thoughts on when Nick Franklin may get the call by Seattle?

    Does the recent “hot streak” from Brendan Ryan slow that timetable down? I mean, they can’t keep running the Ackley/Ryan tandem out there can they?

    Also, who do you see coming up first, Yelich, Rendon or Myers?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Within two months on Franklin… I think the M’s will be sensitive to service time in his case, so probably sometime in July.

      Yelich is my pick to arrive first among those three…

  3. The Sheriff says:
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    I know he’s not really considered a prospect anymore but Eaton returned to AZ with elbow soreness… Should we be worried about TJ surgery? He’s definitely not guna be back this month and probably next now even if he doesn’t need TJ

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I’d say the new development is cause for concern… TJ is not out of the question… bad news, indeed.

      • The Sheriff says:
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        @Scott Evans: :'( sadface

  4. Scott says:
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    would you drop Tillman to pick of Gausman?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Close, but I think I go for Gausman’s upside…

      • Scott says:
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        @Scott Evans: What’s the deal with Jose Fernandez too? If they’re gonna baby him as much as they did last night, is it in the rhelm to believe he’s dropable? I’m in a league where I can only have 9 SP, and I have to start 7 weekly. I can’t afford these 5 inning starts.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Miami will be very cautious with Jo-Fer’s workload… I wouldn’t cut him just yet, but he doesn’t have much more than 100-120 IP remaining on the year…

    • BTD says:
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      @Scott: Gausman looks the part. But Tillman will probably pitch more innings.

  5. J-Lef says:
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    Profar’s available in my league. To pick him up, I’d have to drop Rutledge. What would you do?

    Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If Rutledge is only a bench bat, then he’s of little use to you & you’re better off gambling on Profar’s upside. If Rutledge is a regular for you, then hold.

      • J-Lef says:
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        @Scott Evans: Rutledge sits behind Zobrist at the moment. I guess it’s time to go Profar.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          Yeah, I agree he’s a tough guy to cut loose, but he’s doing you no good on the bench…

          • J-Lef says:
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            @Scott Evans: this was an eerily prescient move. thanks again.

  6. tsu says:
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    Looking forward who has the better long term keeper value. I can only keep 4 guys & my other 3 are decided. Segura (keep @ 24th rd) or Profar (17th rd). It increases 1 rd each yr and they can be kept forever. thanks

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Profar.

    • The Vaporizers says:
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      @tsu: when do you declare keepers? June 1?

    • Oklahoma Jones says:
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      Segura. I don’t get the Profar hype. Not saying he’s a bad player but Segura put up comparable or better numbers at the same ages in the minors. I guess go Profar if you really want a 2B instead of a SS.

  7. Robby D says:
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    I have Espinosa stashed as my bench bat to back up Tulo, Zobrist and Rutledge in an ESPN 10 team keeper.
    Is it worth dropping Espinosa for Rendon given I only have one 3B (Frazier) and he isn’t exactly tearing it up either. 3B is the only spot I don’t have a backup, so Rendon qualifying there woul help while Frazier is slumping and when he’s not in the lineup, but if he gets 2B then he’ll be great for my team.

    How soon does he get the call up or do I hold until they make a decision on Espinosa (he’s not horrible as a bench bat. (we have 5 bench spots in this league)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe in the next two weeks… I wouldn’t do it yet in your league

      • Robby D says:
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        @Grey

        2nd option: Crawford is still available to take the MI starts when one of Tulo/Rutledge/Zobrist gets a day off (like today), would he be worth it for the average and meh counting stats. Better than Espinosa now and going forward right?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think there’s a better chance of Espinosa being shut down due to the shoulder than there is of him turning it around & being useful in fantasy… if your league is deep, and it sounds like it is, I’d stash Rendon.

      • Robby D says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        So deep…

        I am pissed I missed out on Gausman, but there is another guy in my league that uses the stream-o-nator (damn my compassionate heart), so he may have used it to pick up Gausman not knowing what he has. I’m hoping he has a bad first outing so that he gets dropped and I reap the rewards going forward.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          haha… that’s some serious fantasy-minded wishful thinking

          • Robby D says:
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            @Scott Evans:
            Is Eric Chavez a Legit opportunity for a backup 3B? He’s tearing it up right now and playing a lot. Is he just going to be moved back to role playing when Hill comes back? That’s still potentially a month away, but is he worth backing up Frazier right now since Frazier is slumping.

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              Sure… I’m using Chavez in a deep league as we speak…

  8. Zac says:
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    Hey Scott, looking for some help on my Minor League roster. The league consists of 20 teams and each minor league roster can have one of each fielding position, 5 pitchers, and 1 utility player. My team minor league roster as of now is:
    C: Clint Coulter
    1st. Stetson Allie
    2nd. Jose Ramirez
    3rd. Rendon
    SS. Mondesi
    UTIL. Junior Lake
    LF. Victor Roache
    CF. Grant Green (even though he’s a 2nd baseman now)
    RF. Adam Walker
    Ptiching: Salazer, Ventura, Kyle Smith, Jon Gast, Brian Johnson.

    I just wanted to know if any of these guys are not worth having? it’s pretty tough finding better prospects, but any guys that would be worth picking up that you think people would be looking over?
    Thanks, plus you do some awesome work. Keep it up!

    • Scott Evans

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      Thanks, Zac! First, I love some of your prospects — Allie & Mondesi & Ventura to name a few… Your farm seems solid for a league so deep, and I image it’s slim pickings on the wire… Hard to give specific names without seeing who’s already owned, but I think your primary areas of focus should be OF & SP.

      • Zac says:
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        @Scott Evans: Who seems like the weaker of my prospects? Just in case there’s another prospect I find.

        • Zac says:
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          @Zac: Kind of looking at dropping lake, don’t hear much about him. So I’m not too sure about him, and he has baez behind him. Thoughts?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            I like Lake & I wouldn’t worry too much about Baez — both guys are toolsheds who’ll fit in better at 3B or OF.

        • Scott Evans

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          Crowded OF ahead of Walker… Gast has been great this year, but he’s playing way above his usual level.

  9. Joe says:
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    Apparently the Dodgers are talking about bringing up Puig? Could he be a Mini-Cespedes? Where does he rank?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, those rumors surfaced after I had this submitted for editing, otherwise he’d replace Zunino on the Next 5… still no direct route for full-time AB’s while Kemp/Ethier/Crawford are all healthy…

  10. jamie says:
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    Am I wasting a space with Puig in a 12 team 9 player keeper? There was a report that LA discussed bringing him up, usually were theres smoke there’s fire with that type of report. Still not sure were he’d play though. Should he be dropped for one of the guys on your last 5 out?

    • Scott Evans

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      See comment right above… Puig rumors surfaced after this was all submitted… he should probably be in the next 5, but I agree there’s no direct route to full-time AB’s… I’d hang onto him a bit longer & see what comes of these rumors

      • jamie says:
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        Cool, yea saw that right after a posted, thanks

  11. Shawn of the living says:
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    Would you trade Gardner for Dickey?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      If you need pitching, yes.

  12. I'm Keith Hernandez says:
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    How do you project Kevin Gausman to do for the rest of the year? Thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      3.65 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 100 K in 110 IP

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          I always take an optimistic/best-case approach to those projections… easier than giving a range… plus we’re stashing these guys for their upside, not the more likely reality… i assume you guys are weary of the risk involved.

  13. BenDover says:
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    Scott –
    This is very good information – thanks! I always look forward to the power rankings… I’m in a massive league, and have been looking for a replacement for Mostsuckass.. Rendon was dropped a couple weeks ago – and now I’m gonna take a flyer on him… Excuse me for a sec… Okay, I’m back and have now officially joined the ranks of those who hope he comes up for good in a week or two for Espinosa.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Yeah, I’m really hoping for that as well… not to wish ill on Espinosa, but he’s clearly not right…

  14. Jack says:
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    In terms of power, how would you rank them as I’m struggling for HRs?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers has elite power… Yelich & Taveras have modest power — 25ish homers at peak… Rendon doesn’t have a ton of pop…

  15. SwaggerJackers says:
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    In an OBP keeper league, who’s a better stash with a chance to contribute this year in the OF? Myers or Yelich

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers

  16. Goose says:
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    Scott –
    Do you have thoughts on/familiar with Robert Coello? Recent call-up for the Angels who’s been crazy filthy in their ‘pen (in 7 IP: 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 12 K). Sounds like Madson’s been shut down indefinitely again – do you think Coello could be on his way to the late-inning picture there / does he have the ability to maintain some success?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Frankly, I’m not too familiar with Coello — he’s bounced around from org to org & never really settled in enough to pop up as a legit prospect to watch. That said, he’s posted solid K #s at every stop & he’s bee unreal good through 5 appearances with LA this year… definitely fair to speculate about late innings…

  17. Oppo Taco says:
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    Scott I grabbed gausman late last night, is he a must start against the Jays tomorrow? the things i’ve read are positive but the AL East and Park factors aren’t exactly ideal. Also who is the best stash between Rendon or Yelich? Only have room for one. I’m probably going to wait it out a bit longer before making a move. Any indication on who would surface first (Crapshoot I’m guessing) thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Not a must-start, but you can feel comfortably rolling him out there…

      Yelich is better stash unless you need 3B/MI help. I also think he arrives first, but it is a total crapshoot.

  18. Mariner Mike says:
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    Scott, what is the situation with Rutlegde? Benched the last few games. Have they called in a shrink or what? Something to worry about as he is my second baseman. Patience word of the day.

    • Mariner Mike says:
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      @Mariner Mike: About that word patience also use on Ellsbury been driving me crazy this year hold on for better times??

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        I think this is a blip for Rutledge… he needs to get a little more comfortable defensively & he’s obviously on edge about his recent struggles… he’ll get through it. Patience with him is a good approach. With Ellsbury, you have no choice but to be patient. I have him & I’m going through the same struggle.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        Well I see he’s been demoted to AAA now… the Rockies are more alarmed that I am, so that’s not good…

  19. tiki no says:
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    Wacha or Gibson a better bet this season? how about long term?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Gibson’s opportunity is more ready, so he’s a safer pick for this year, but Wacha is the better talent both for the immediate and the future.

  20. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Really enjoy your work Scott … very useful information.

    I have been stashing Will Myers, but have been offered his David Price for my Will Myers and Tony Cingrani. It’s a 5X5, 6 man keeper … current keepers include; Braun, Harper, Stanton, Au Shizz, Reyes, Machado … maybe Choo or Austin Jackson. So unlikely that either Myers or Cingrani become keepers. My pitching is solid but I could use an ace type guy .. I have guys like Samard, Gallardo, Medlan, Jo-Fer, Gausman (just picked-up), Ryu etc.

    It seems like a slam dunk that I should accept, but I am hesitant because Myers skill set is so tantalizing … please steer my in the right direction.

    I could stash Yelich if I were to trade Myers … thanks for your input.

    • Scott Evans

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      Pull the trigger… and plan on keeping Choo, please.

      • Dr. Sauce says:
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        @Scott Evans:
        Thanks Scott … I figured as much but I have a sort of addiction to collecting young prospects. If you will indulge I have a couple more questions;
        1)If Choo is one of my 6 keepers who, in your opinion, are my other 5 considering my options?
        2)What about Reyes, Myers, Cingrani for Price and Darvish? – My SS would be Everth Cabrera

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          1 — Who is Au Shizz? I’m sure it’s obvious, but my brain doesn’t work too well in the AM…

          2 — I like the original proposal better than this one…

          • Dr. Sauce says:
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            @Scott Evans:
            Au Shizz – I think I have seen Grey use the clever moniker for one Mr. Goldschmidt …
            The original proposal it is thanks for the help!

  21. The Dutch says:
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    Who would you rather have for 2014, Myers or Gausman. They will sit on my bench until then.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Myers.

  22. Milarky says:
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    Thoughts on whether Gausman has a chance to stick? I’m in a league where you only get 2 waiver claims in the first half (prior to a mid-year 3-player draft), and we also start a rookie hitter and a rookie pitcher. My rookies sadly are Wily Peralta (with Skaggs in the minors) and Aaron Hicks. Grey’s opinion was that Gausman likely will only get 2-3 starts so isn’t worth the claim when you only get 2.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I think he’s got a good chance to stick, but there’s there’s a strong likelihood that it goes as Grey says… probably not worth the risk if you only have two claims…

  23. Dude says:
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    Gloating time…I own the top 4 guys on this list. Booya! Suck it league mates!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Hoarding prospects are we?

    • scooter jacobsen says:
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      Do you happen to own the Wire Used Sofa Kingdom? If so…Frick You buddy!

  24. low walk high k says:
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    Would u trade mike minor away for Oscar taveras in a dynasty league? My pitching is pretty good (scherzer, jzimm, minor, samardz, medlen, cashner, liriano, morrow, mujica, bell, Carlos martinez) but not too deep cuz I roster taillon, Bradley, giolito and fried as well. There are McCarthys Estrada’s and Edwin Jacksons on ww. My outfield consists of J-up, Kemp, aoki, Murphy, Chris carter, springer and Dahl. You start 4 of’s and a utility. Its a 36 player roster w 25 keepers. 12 teams. Thanks

    • Scott Evans

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      Yes, I’d make that trade in a heartbeat.

  25. AA says:
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    Scott-

    I’ve been holding Taveras and Myers all season. Do you recommend continuing to hold or should I drop one of them for Wheeler? My OF is Trout, Marte, and Choo. I’m not sure I need both Taveras and Myers. What would you recommend? Thanks.

    • Scott Evans

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      Wheeler’s call-up appears more imminent than Taveras’, so it would be justified to swap those two…

  26. TheNewGuy says:
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    So G Garcia set for shoulder surgery. Any more news on Wacha?

    • Scott Evans

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      Matheny had no comment on that last night… Press asked about Martinez, Kelly & Wacha… I’ll keep ya posted as news comes in…

  27. TheNewGuy says:
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    And what the eff are the Rangers doing splitting Profars ABs with some nobody Garcia kid?

    First Olt now Profar, they sure know how to stall kids development. Surely they want to see how Profar adapts now? A platoon helps noone.

    Im seriously considering avoiding all Rangers prospects in the future, this organisation just pees me off.

    • Scott Evans

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      Ha! Yeah, I feel your pain. Perhaps they just don’t want Profar getting too comfortable during a brief stint in the bigs… tough one to understand…

  28. Matthew Thieroff says:
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    How has Archie Bradley not been mentioned yet on these rankings? He has to be the best pitcher in the minors right now.

  29. Mariner Mike says:
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    Got both Gausman and Wheeler to go with Kershaw,Harvey,Rhu,Scherzer,Corbin,Smardja kinda looking forward to rest of season. What think?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      You’re in good shape, but expect some regression from guys like Harvey & Corbin…

  30. Frank White says:
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    Morning Man… I’m trying to grab an extra pitcher to pickup for the rest of the week and I’m having trouble between the two in a 10 team h2h points league.. Here’s some stats on the stream o nator too.. Shaun Marcum NYM vs Teheran ATL $12.9, QS .58, ER 2.4,K 5.3 or M Fiers MIL vs JLocke PIT $9.6, QS .58, ER 2.6, K 5.3??? Oh if I grab Marcum for Sunday then I’ll have 6 pitchers going so I would have to bench one of my RP’s so that’s one down side but might be worth it, idk. Thanks buddy!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      I lean toward Fiers…

  31. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    What do you got on Sean Nolin?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Ranked #2 on my Jays preseason list… here’s what I said then: “Nolin features a deep, refined repertoire (FB, CB, SL, CH), and plenty of size to handle a big league workload (6-5, 235). Stuff-wise, he’s a tick or two above average, but the 23-year-old possesses an advanced feel for pitching, which allows his arsenal to play up. For now, Nolin pitches to contact, and is efficient on the mound, but an improving slider could give him a wipeout offering and elevate his fantasy appeal. Expect to see him in Toronto at some point this year.”

      …I’m intrigued by him, but waiting til after this start to pull the trigger anywhere.

  32. malamoney

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    Better stash? Chris Carpenter or Michael Wacha?

    • Zac says:
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      @malamoney: If it’s a keeper league IMO wacha.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      At this point, Wacha.

  33. Frank White says:
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    Hey, I’m in a 10 team h2h points league… Do you think Zack Wheeler should be picked up and stashed NOW??? I need a guy that’s gonna bring me a-lot of wins and K’s the rest of the year and I was wondering if he or any other guy you might think will be the diamond in the ruff..?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Wheeler is the best pitcher stash right now & as long as you have the flexibility to stash him for a few weeks, go for it.

  34. TheNewGuy says:
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    If you’re still there man, got a “which deal do you like more” kinda question. A, B or neither. Had 2 offers come in within minutes of each other! Gotta love that. Need to improve my offense, brace yourself:

    A -Give E5 (2 years $8)/Segura ($0, renewable)

    Get Butler ($15, 3 years)/Rizzo ($0 renewable)/Andrus ($9, renewable)

    B- Give Shark ($10, renewable) and Henderson ($3, renewable)

    Get C Davis ($4, renewable) and Maholm ($1, renweable).

    Included contracts to show long term werth too, but im most bothered about this year, and getting a good power hitting CI. And to complete the picture, renewable guys can be signed for 1,2,3 years for +$3, +$6, or +$8.

    Thoughts? Good luck figuring it out!

    • Scott Evans

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      I like B more… not big on Samardz & that’s great value for him…

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans: Nice thanks man, did the B deal, still thinking over A.

        How can you not like a 6’6 horse who throws 95mph gas with a nasty split though? Only reason I felt happy to do this was because im getting who I think could be the next superslugger, and because the Cubs never score enough/hold leads for Shark to win.

        As for A though, it really comes down to Butler for me. Do you see him being the 30, 100+ guy of last year again? With the Royals offensive empathy and the fact im not sure if hes more of a 20HR guy, thats kinda putting me off and so I dont think hed be enough of an upgrade over my current Util (Kendry) to take 2 downgrades to Rizzo and Andrus. Do you like the deal?

        • Scott Evans

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          My distaste of Samardz is mostly personal, so perhaps it’s a good idea to ignore my opinion here. His tools & profile are impressive, sure, but he’s never but for a handful of starts looked like the pitcher he should be… I also have an irrational hatred of Notre Dame football (the American version) where he used to play & that surely bleeds into my assessment.

          As for deal A, I’m on the fence… you’re gonna start Rizzo at Util? You know me, I’m always in favor of flexibility, especially for an active manager like yourself & I wouldn’t lock up your Util spot for a deal like this. Who’s at Util now?

          • Jay

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            @Scott Evans: I just screamed.

            I must pay penance to Samardzija for this sacrilege.

            • Scott Evans

              Scott Evans says:
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              It’s personal, Jay. Stay out of it!

          • TheNewGuy says:
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            @Scott Evans: Haha good stuff guys.

            Yeah Scott it would be Rizzo (util), Butler (CI) and Davis – just homered for me!) at 1B. So Rizzo would lock up my Util.

            Its just whether the deal is too good to turn down. If Butler mashes like last year then the deal would be a definate win for me right. But im not a big Andrus fan, so even when Segura regresses he’ll still be better…do like Rizzo though.

            Think im gonna hold off for now, you in agreement? Loving getting Davis so cheap, this guy is on one serious tear, could lead the majors in homers this year.

  35. steve says:
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    Any thoughts on a Nick Franklin call-up now that the Ms have Designated Andino for assignment? Expectations?

    • A Hill O' Beans says:
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      @steve: From reading this article (LookoutLanding) it seems more likely that Triunfel would get the call than Franklin.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      Franklin’s spending more time at 2B than 3B at AAA, which is not a good sign… Good link from Hill O Beans on the subject…

  36. low walk high k says:
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    yo Mr. Evans, my prospect right hand man!! Glad ur here at the ol mighty Razzball. So got a prospect dilemma that id like your take on if you dont mind. I want to pick RDP up real bad but dont have much bench room. So it looks like david dahl might take the fall. Ill give you my current prospects that take up a roster space (no specific rules on how many milb or how many mlb u roster). 36 roster, keep 25. 5×5 h2h. I have decent OF depth after the trade you gave a thumbs up on to get oscar taveras but hurt at mi and p. Anyway enuf of the blah blah heres my team and would you pick up RDP for Dahl or Rosario or Carlos Martinez or Brandon Mccarthy?

    Wilin Rosario, Col C [Recent News]
    7: @Hou (2), Hou (2), LAD (3) 40/141 21 9 27 3 .284 2.06 100.0 +0
    1B Joey Votto, Cin 1B
    7: Cle (2), @Cle (2), @Pit (3) 63/176 38 7 22 1 .358 9.42 100.0 +0
    2B Matt Carpenter, StL 1B, 2B, 3B, OF
    7: @KC (2), KC (2), SF (3) 51/170 36 3 15 0 .300 2.75 100.0 +0
    3B Manny Machado, Bal 3B
    7: @Wsh (2), Wsh (2), Det (3) 67/203 32 5 28 4 .330 2.61 100.0 +0
    SS Zack Cozart, Cin SS [Recent News]
    7: Cle (2), @Cle (2), @Pit (3) 38/170 23 5 20 0 .224 -1.14 28.1 -4.3
    2B/SS DJ LeMahieu, Col 2B [Breaking News]
    7: @Hou (2), Hou (2), LAD (3) 7/17 2 0 2 1 .412 -0.47 1.6 +1.4
    1B/3B Prince Fielder, Det 1B [Recent News]
    7: Pit (2), @Pit (2), @Bal (3) 47/168 23 9 41 0 .280 0.73 100.0 +0
    OF Matt Kemp, LAD OF [Recent News]
    7: LAA (2), @LAA (2), @Col (3) 47/174 21 2 17 7 .270 3.16 100.0 +0
    OF Justin Upton, Atl OF [Recent News]
    7: @Tor (2), Tor (2), Wsh (3) 44/161 33 14 28 3 .273 2.03 100.0 +0
    OF Norichika Aoki, Mil OF [Recent News]
    7: Min (2), @Min (2), @Phi (3) 57/173 27 4 12 6 .329 6.89 100.0 +0
    OF David Murphy, Tex OF [Breaking News]
    7: @Ari (2), Ari (2), KC (3) 32/146 15 6 18 0 .219 6.12 10.1 +3.7
    UTIL Chris Carter, Hou 1B, OF, DH
    7: Col (2), @Col (2), @LAA (3) 36/158 23 9 23 0 .228 0.43 23.2 +0.4
    Bench Anthony Rendon, Wsh 3B
    7: Bal (2), @Bal (2), @Atl (3) 6/25 2 0 1 0 .240 — 0.2 -0.1
    Bench Miguel Sano, Min SS
    7: @Mil (2), Mil (2), Sea (3) –/– — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench George Springer, Hou OF [Recent News]
    7: Col (2), @Col (2), @LAA (3) –/– — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench Carlos Correa, Hou SS [Breaking News]
    7: Col (2), @Col (2), @LAA (3) –/– — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench David Dahl, Col OF DTD
    7: @Hou (2), Hou (2), LAD (3) –/– — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench Eddie Rosario, Min OF
    7: @Mil (2), Mil (2), Sea (3) –/– — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench Oscar Taveras, StL OF DTD [Breaking News]
    7: @KC (2), KC (2), SF (3) –/– — — — — — — 1.3 -0.2
    Bench Brad Miller, Sea SS
    7: SD (2), @SD (2), @Min (3) –/– — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    PITCHERS Matchup 9 (May 27 – Jun 2) 2013 SEASON Pitching RESEARCH
    SLOT PLAYER, TEAM POS ACTION GAMES: OPPONENTS IP H ER BB K W SV ERA WHIP PR15 %OWN +/-
    P Max Scherzer, Det SP [Recent News]
    7: Pit (2), @Pit (2), @Bal (3) 62.1 44 25 13 75 6 0 3.61 0.91 6.53 100.0 +0
    P Jordan Zimmermann, Wsh SP
    7: Bal (2), @Bal (2), @Atl (3) 66.2 49 12 9 45 7 0 1.62 0.87 3.05 100.0 +0
    P Jeff Samardzija, ChC SP PP [Breaking News]
    7: @CWS (2), CWS (2), Ari (3) 63.2 50 23 22 72 2 0 3.25 1.13 3.81 100.0 +0
    P Andrew Cashner, SD RP, SP
    7: @Sea (2), Sea (2), Tor (3) 44.2 36 15 17 33 3 0 3.02 1.19 2.22 21.5 +14.1
    P Kris Medlen, Atl SP, RP
    7: @Tor (2), Tor (2), Wsh (3) 56.2 53 19 22 38 1 0 3.02 1.32 -0.63 100.0 +1.5
    P Edward Mujica, StL RP
    7: @KC (2), KC (2), SF (3) 20.0 12 5 1 19 0 13 2.25 0.65 3.88 100.0 +0
    P Heath Bell, Ari RP
    7: Tex (2), @Tex (2), @ChC (3) 18.0 23 9 3 23 2 6 4.50 1.44 1.13 88.2 +10.9
    P Francisco Liriano, Pit SP PP [Breaking News]
    7: @Det (2), Det (2), Cin (3) 18.0 14 2 6 25 3 0 1.00 1.11 8.33 84.0 +46.8
    Bench Brandon Morrow, Tor SP [Breaking News]
    7: Atl (2), @Atl (2), @SD (3) 52.1 59 32 18 40 2 0 5.50 1.47 -1.79 49.3 -11.3
    Bench Jameson Taillon, Pit SP
    7: @Det (2), Det (2), Cin (3) — — — — — — — — — — 0.1 +0
    Bench Carlos Martinez, StL SP, RP
    7: @KC (2), KC (2), SF (3) 7.0 9 4 3 7 0 0 5.14 1.71 -2.53 0.2 +0
    Bench Archie Bradley, Ari SP [Recent News]
    7: Tex (2), @Tex (2), @ChC (3) — — — — — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench Lucas Giolito, Wsh SP
    7: Bal (2), @Bal (2), @Atl (3) — — — — — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench Max Fried, SD SP
    7: @Sea (2), Sea (2), Tor (3) — — — — — — — — — — 0.0 +0
    Bench Brandon McCarthy, Ari SP
    7: Tex (2), @Tex (2), @ChC (3) 57.0 71 30 8 37 1 0 4.74 1.39 4.83 59.8 +39.5
    Bench Colby Lewis*, Tex SP

    • low walk high k says:
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      @low walk high k:

      heres roster w/o the garbage attached.

      c- rosario
      1b- votto
      2b- carpenter
      3b- machado
      ss- cozart
      mi- lemahieu
      ci- prince
      of- j up
      of- kemp
      of- aoki
      of- murphy (tex)
      u- ccarter
      bn- rendon, sano, springer, dahl, correa, rosario, taveras, bmiller

      p- samardzija, scherz, jzimm, cashner, medlen, morrow, liriano, bell, mujica, taillon, bradley, giolito, fried, carlos martinez, brandon mccarthy and colby lewis.

      thanks so much!!

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        I’d drop Rosario before I’d drop Dahl…

        • low walk high k says:
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          @Scott Evans:
          so you’d go ahead and make that switch?? or am i carrying too many milb players as it is? thanks Scott

  37. low walk high k says:
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    oops sorry that was atrociously long like that. I wont copy and paste that page like that again. my bad. kid was cryin and i hit submit lol

  38. Hoosier Daddy says:
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    When do you think Billy Hamilton gets called up to stay?

  39. nightpandas says:
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    1. Would you trade Segura for Rizzo in a keeper?

    2. Also who is the best pitching stash for the “near short term” (this year and maybe slips into my 9 keepers in a 15 team league)

    Cingrani/Gibson/Wacha/Walker/Hultzen

    • nightpandas says:
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      @nightpandas: add Biddle and Bradley to the list

  40. low walk high k says:
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    puig for medlen in dynasty?? have to right? way overstacked on minor leaguers and minor league outfielders if i do and short on pitching but have to do it right?

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