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A few of these guys are up as of recently.  Others aren’t, but should be soon.  And then a few more might not surface this year, but the mere possibility of their being called up warrants a mention.  Please understand that I’m using the term “prospects” loosely here — some of the names that follow graduated their prospect status long ago.  Anyway.  My top ten prospect(ish) players for ROS:

1.  Dan Straily | RHP, Athletics – Straily has come out of nowhere this season, but he appears to be better prepared than anyone in Minor League Baseball to make an immediate and significant impact in the fantasy game.  He’ll be up soon.  More on him here.

2.  Brett Wallace | 1B, Astros – I’m anticipating a bit of a post-hype breakout down the stretch from Wallace.  The opportunity is there for him, and I recently told you here why he could seize it.  Carpe Thunderthighs.

3.  Matt Harvey | RHP, Mets – At the moment, Harvey offers tremendous trade value if you’re lucky enough to own him.  Don’t expect all of his starts to be as impressive as his debut, but he’ll be a nice SP option in all formats going forward.

4.  Wil Myers | OF, Royals – Currently mired in his first real cold stretch of the season, this rank is more about potential than opportunity.  It’s more likely than ever that we won’t see Myers this year, but if we do, he’s a must-own in all formats.

5.  Domonic Brown | OF, Phillies – Brown is another post-hype type, and it looks as if he’ll be playing regularly after the Phillies shipped out Hunter Pence and Shane Victorino.  He still carries big potential, and he’s coming off a hot stretch at Triple-A.  Last ten with Lehigh Valley:  .314/.368/.457.

6.  Starling Marte | OF, Pirates – He’s offered plenty of excitement already, and many would argue that he should rank higher than Brown, but his tools still need refining, and immediate upside isn’t quite as big as Brown’s.

7.  Brett Jackson | OF, Cubs – With Reed Johnson out of the way, the opportunity is there for Jackson.  Grey explains here why he’s worth a speculative scoop in most formats.

8. Josh Vitters | 3B, Cubs – This was a real “put up or shut up” year for Vitters, and he’s responded with his best season as a pro:  .296/.349/.496.  I’ll be very surprised if the Cubs don’t offer him a call-up in the coming weeks.

9. Trevor Bauer | RHP, D’backs – He’s on a brief hiatus due to injuries allegedly unrelated to his arm, but many think Bauer was shelved temporarily due to a dead-arm period.  Regardless, I thought Bauer was only a few adjustments from being a useful fantasy option when Arizona demoted him, and I still think that holds.  Hopefully he’ll work his way back to the bigs this year.

10. Nick Castellanos | 3B/OF, Tigers – Since his promotion to Double-A, Castellanos has been used mostly in the outfield, rather than at 3B.  The shift is a clear indication that Detroit isn’t ruling out a late-season arrival for their top prospect.  Jim Leyland is old-school and prefers only major-league ready guys in the clubhouse come Septemeber — guys capable of playing everyday.  So, should Castellanos get the call, one would think he’d see regular time in the Tigers’ outfield.

Two More: 

Billy Hamilton | SS, Reds – I’m compelled to mentioned Hamilton because rumors keep swirling that he’ll get a September call-up.  And while he’s nowhere near ready with regard to hitting or defense, he is, at this moment, the fastest man in baseball, and he could be useful to the Reds as a pinch runner.  He could also be useful in NL-Only or extremely deep formats if you’re hawking steals.

Oscar Taveras | OF, Cardinals – Taveras might be the best hitting prospect in the minors.  He turned 20 just a month ago, and his line at Double-A is outstanding:  .322/.383/.574 with 54 XBH (19 HR) in 418 PA.  Word is, St. Louis might use him as a bat off the bench down the stretch, but there’s no real channel to immediate regular play, and thus, not a whole lot of immediate fantasy value.  Still, if you haven’t done so already, take note of Taveras as an impact outfielder for the next decade or so.

75 Responses

  1. herschel says:
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    Thanks! Appreciate all of your prospects posts….

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @herschel, Thanks for reading!

    • sean says:
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      @herschel,

      A couple questions.

      1) Do you think we see Mike Olt at all this year? I saw BP bumped him way way up on their new midseason lists. He is mashing and seems ML ready, but Beltre is blocking.

      2) What about Tyler Skaggs in Arizona? He has been every bit as good as Bauer and was supposed to be next up.

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @sean, 1) Olt is thoroughly blocked & I don’t think the Rangers will bring him up if he’s not gonna see regular PAs. Also not quite as high on him as Goldstein is at BP — still a top 25 guy though.

        2) Skaggs has been very steady all year long and he could surely get a call-up come September — i have a feeling, however, that guys like Bauer and Corbin would be used first…

        • Sean says:
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          @Scott Evans, any idea why the lack of love for Skaggs?

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            @Sean, No lack of love. It’s just been a developmental thing to this point. But looking at it a bit more closely, Skaggs can easily throw another 70 or 80 IP this year, and AZ will surely want him to. He won’t fill out that allotment in the minors — not enough time. That leaves the door open for a September arrival. Or they could continue workouts at their training complex & send him to AZ fall league. Or all of the above. Because there are so many arms involved, this is a tough one to gauge. Again, though, definitely not for lack of love.

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Scott Evans, Wrong on #1. Olt called up & should see plenty of PAs. I’m very surprised.

  2. YoMommaSoUggla says:
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    If only ESPN would freekin’ add Straily to the player universe…..

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @YoMommaSoUggla, Yahoo, too…

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @YoMommaSoUggla,

      Yep, and if you contact them about it, some IT nerd gives you a canned response of something along the lines of “We only add people on the roster or with a chance of reaching the majors this year.”

      Like Bubba Starling. Eyeroll.

      • ACL Injury, Destroyer of Fantasy Baseball Seasons says:
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        @El Famous Burrito,

        Yahoo, I know, only adds players at the beginning of the season. Anyone else gets added the day they appear on a major league roster. And it makes sense that way, most people don’t or can’t check everyday for Dan Strailey or Mike Olt to show up in the player universe, so if they randomly appears one day in early June and only one person notices and grabs him its a bit unfair, especially in deep leagues or keeper leagues. They way it is now, if a highly publicized prospect gets added everyone will get a few days to make a waiver claim.

        I don’t play on ESPN but I assume its similar.

        • Adam says:
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          @ACL Injury, Destroyer of Fantasy Baseball Seasons,

          ESPN supposedly does that too, except when they randomly added Michael Pineda to the pool in the middle of 2010. Probably others too, but that one sticks in my mind.

  3. Myers isn’t slumping anymore. He’s broken back out in a big way over the last week or so. It’s insane that he’s not up yet.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @John H, Yes, his last five games are much more Myers-like than the previous 15 or so. Not sure what they’re thinking in KC.

      • Bryan says:
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        @Scott Evans,
        Can you think of another case where a team, and a bad team at that, has left a 21-year old in the minors when he had 33 HRs at the end of July? Especially when there are 3 guys, a combination of 2 of whom play every day (Hosmer, Frenchy, Dyson), that each have an OPS below 670? There really aren’t service time concerns any more right? Unless Moore is planning to keep Myers in the minors through June/July 2013, which at this point I guess we can’t rule out. This appears to be so puzzling that it might almost warrant a GM firing (especially when combined with the Melky trade and Frenchy contract, among other things).

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Bryan, Moustakas hit 36 HR between AA & AAA in 2010. Didn’t reach the bigs ’til the following season. Being that they struggle to keep anyone after arbitration runs out, KC is extremely sensitive to matters of service time… plus, all the hype around these guys draws fans when they do finally arrive. It sucks for us in fantasyland, and it sucks just the same for KC fans, but it’s not the worst way to go about it…

  4. TheNewGuy says:
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    Good stuff man, though you never responded to some of our questions on your last post, too much borbon im guessing ;) hehe.

    Anyway I made the deal, sending Hultz and rasmus for Latos and Valverde in a win-now type deal. As a result, I obviously have a free space on my prospect roster, so who to pick up…:) Well the guy I recently dropped was Zach Lee (dodgers), he worth a pickup over Peacock (or anyone else under the radar who might be available)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Ha, yeah, I do like my bourbon… but I did get back to you (although it was yesterday — sorry!) Check my response here: http://razzball.com/minor-accomplishments-for-week-16/

      Lee is worth a scoop over Peacock. But how ’bout a little lesser known guy for offense: Jorge Bonifacio — I’ve been really impressed by him this year (he plays for Kane County right outside Chicago). He’ll be on all the Top 50 lists going forward.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans, Thats the kinda guy I was looking for, he’s actually available in my league! Love it, always prefer a bat over an arm in this league too. Younger bro of Emilio?

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @TheNewGuy, Ended up selling Hultzen over Castellanos in the end because my trade partner for some reason didn’t expect Casty to reach the show till 2015. I said there was a chance he could even be called up this year, and definately full-time by 2014 but he wasnt buying it. Hey-ho, I think I’d prefer Casty long term anyway in that lineup, you agree? :)

          • Scott Evans

            Scott Evans says:
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            @TheNewGuy, Hell yes. Holding Castellanos is great news for you.

            • TheNewGuy says:
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              @Scott Evans, Cool. So is this Jorge Bonifacio kid the younger bro of Emilio? Either way always like adding under the radar hitting prospects, my add of Vitters a few weeks ago is looking good too.

              • Scott Evans

                Scott Evans says:
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                @TheNewGuy, Yea he’s Emilio’s younger bro, but he’s not in the mold of the speedy Emilio. Jorge is bigger, stronger & brings patient, advanced approach. Should move quickly. Also like the Vitters add for chance at quick return.

                • TheNewGuy says:
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                  @Scott Evans, Good stuff man thanks. Hate to think what my minor league system would look like now without ya!

  5. Giancrowave says:
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    What happened to the buying in on Hultzen stuff?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Giancrowave, Inconsistency happened. He moved to AAA & has been terrible w/ command. Looked great two weeks ago in a start, awful in his next two.

  6. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Also interested in a Hultzen update. Seemed like not too long ago, Grey and Rudy pegged him as THE guy to come out of the minors and make an impact.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Buddo Chezuski, Yea for some time it looked like he was gonna leap over AAA straight to Safeco. The M’s moved him to Tacoma instead, and he’s been very shaky with regard to command there.

  7. Far Beyond Driven says:
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    Odds of each the following three coming up for at least September? Then, odds that they will make a positive impact (startable in a 12-team mixed) if they are up for at least September?

    For example, based on the post, Straily seems like 90% to come up for at least September and 85% to make an impact (there are no guarantees) – that’s pretty good…

    So, the three (and my estimates are): Odorizzi KC (66/66), Zach Wheeler NYM (40/60), and Manny Machado (10/10)?

    Thoughts?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Far Beyond Driven, I like this game & I don’t stray too far from your initial assessments: I’ll go 50/67 on Odorizzi… 33/67 on Wheeler… 0/5 on Machado (he’s still making adjustments in AA, but I love him for long-term purposes).

  8. buzzdainer says:
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    For a deep keeper league, how would you rank the following players: Josh Rutledge, Tyler Skaggs, Jean Segura, Jaime Garcia, Jonathan Singleton. My team is out of it this year, so I’m trying to set up my roster for next year. Don’t care at all how anyone performs this year.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @buzzdainer, Garcia, Skaggs, Singleton, Segura, Rutledge.

      • buzzdainer says:
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        @Scott Evans, Thanks! You talked me down off the ledge–almost traded for Rutledge. I do still like him, though (especially since he’ll likely be eligible at both 2B and SS next season). The guy who owns Rutledge has him on the block. He wants young pitching. Which young pitchers would be a fair offer in a one-for-one deal for Rutledge, just to get an idea?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @buzzdainer, I’m a little lower on Rutledge than most, I think. Good one-for-one swap in my eyes would be Fiers or AJ Griffin… something in that range.

      • robbyrobdu says:
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        @Scott Evans, Have a hard time not putting Rutledge at or near the top of the list. Prospect “gurus” did the same thing with Reddick last year. At some point you have to respect actual production at the MAJOR LEAGUE LEVEL, even if a guy was not a top prospect. Singleton is the only guy on that list I’d have near Rutledge right now, and I wouldn’t trade Rutledge for him given the opportunity.

  9. buzzdainer says:
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    Very helpful, thanks!

  10. Baron Von Vulturewins

    Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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    Great idea, great post, very helpful — thanks!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Baron Von Vulturewins, Thanks for reading!

      • Baron Von Vulturewins

        Baron Von Vulturewins says:
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        @Scott Evans, Any chance on Hamilton getting the call to fill in while Brandon Phillips is injured?

        I have a dream in which Hamilton comes up, steals 80 bases between now and September, and vaults me from 10th to first in steals. Let’s make it happen!

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @Baron Von Vulturewins, Ha! Keep dreamin’… Maybe September, and strictly as a pinch runner… maybe.

  11. Charlie Says says:
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    Hultzen will definitely not see Seattle this season. They will be limiting his workload the rest of the way with a tighter pitch count and more rest between starts. Some concern with his command and decreased velocity. Assuming he’s healthy, he should make the team out of spring training next year.
    Question: In a dynasty league was offered Zack Wheeler for A.J. Griffin. Building for next year and beyond, would you recommend taking Wheeler? I like Griffin so far and he pitches in a favourable environment, but I guess Wheeler has more upside?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Charlie Says, Take that deal & run. I like Griffin too, but his upside is nowhere near Wheeler’s. And thanks for the Hultzen update!

  12. anarchy burger says:
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    great article. thanks!!!

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @anarchy burger, thanks for reading!

  13. Parsnip says:
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    If you had a high waiver claim in a keeper and, assuming nothing better comes along between now and then, would you prefer to use it to grab Dan Strailey or Oscar Taveras (or Mike Olt, though I agree I don’t think he’ll get the call)? Purely hypothetical since I neither have the highest waiver claim and I assume Stailey will definently be while Taveras has maybe a 50% shot of getting a call.

    Also, Matt Adam, I assume he’ll be up with a September call-up, think he can do any damage or more likely just be a pinch hitter and occasional fill in?

    • Scott Evans

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      @Parsnip, Well now that Olt’s been called up, it changes my thought on this. For this ROS I like Straily, but for a keeper, Taveras has the highest long term ceiling — no guarantee he’ll get the call, though. So I’d probably use it on Olt at this point. And I agree that Adams should get another look come September. His chances at regular play, however, all depend on health of guys like Berkman & Craig.

  14. What would you say are Taveras chances of starting out of spring next year, with or without a call up this year?

    • Scott Evans

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      @RambleOn, Not great. Beltran will still be under contract through next season. Taveras should take over full time in 2013. But tough to predict for injury/under-performance, which could speed up his arrival.

      • robbyrobdu says:
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        @Scott Evans, Supposed to read 2014 on Taveras?

        • Scott Evans

          Scott Evans says:
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          @robbyrobdu, Yes, 2014. Sorry about that.

  15. clave says:
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    Brett Jackson worries me deeply. A 31% K rate in the minors won’t get it done. I’m predicting a bust.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @clave, I’m not a huge fan of his, either, but opportunity to perform should be there soon. Not gonna hit for avg & K-rate will be ugly, but that hasn’t stopped us from using guys like Colby Rasmus… (note: he’s not as toolsy as Rasmus, but similar in type)

  16. robbyrobdu says:
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    Why exactly is Billy Hamilton’s hitting not there? Castellanos’ power and patience at AA is what’s not there.

    .408 OBP, 12/15 BB/K, .297 AVG (.333 over last 10)…only 20 games but that coupled with an .845 OPS are hardly anything but EXCITING!

    Not to mention the EXPECTATION that Cinci was going to add the leadoff hitter that they DESPERATELY NEED At the trade dealine…and you have a legit prospect watch.

    By the way Castellanos has a 5/43 BB/K and .790 OPS…very underwhelming for a guy with no speed who’s power has not developed (6 HR, 11 2B, 200 AB…ouch).

    Numbers Never Lie. Hamilton for this year…and personally Hamilton for the future as well.

    • Scott Evans

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      @robbyrobdu, Hamilton has 79 PA in the high minors. That’s microscopic. And I agree with you on Castellanos — his power & approach still needs time to develop. But scouts thinks he can hit big league pitching now. I haven’t heard the same re: Hamilton. You’ll have to wait on Billy, I’m afraid. Maybe some steals off the bench this year, but no real fantasy impact from him ’til 2nd half of 2013… at the soonest.

  17. Mike Olt getting called up. Get your waivers ready!

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @El Burro, Already grabbed in my ESPN league. Wasnt on waivers as he was already in the database. Might be the case on Yahoo though.

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @El Burro, Surprising move, but exciting stuff.

  18. Chris J says:
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    Picked up Straily off waivers when I saw him #1 in this list, then read the writeup. Reminds me of another Saint… the Rasburg variety. Should any consideration be given to Straily having keeper potential (5 keepers)?

    • Scott Evans

      Scott Evans says:
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      @Chris J, I think that’s too shallow of a keeper league to consider Straily.

  19. TheNewGuy says:
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    Wow my boy Mike Olt called up, didnt expect it to be with the Rangers. Good news having him in a keeper league, but a couple of questions:
    1. Will he play everyday, if not this year then definately at the start of next? I’ve always been a fan of Mike Young but sounds like they might be benching him.
    2. Why not bump him to AAA a month back, to give him a taste there first, rather than have him skip a level to the bigs? I never really understand it when teams do this.

    • Scott Evans

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      @TheNewGuy, 1) Looks like he’ll play on most days — don’t think they’d have called him up if they didn’t plan on using him often. If things go well, yes, I’d expect him to start in the bigs next year.

      2) This is always a mystery & it really depends on the club, the player and the situation. Olt’s approach is truly advanced & he should be able to get on base often right away in the bigs — I’m sure this was a major factor in the call-up.

      • TheNewGuy says:
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        @Scott Evans, Olts on-base skills were what led to me choosing him over Middlebrooks in my preseason prospect draft. Looks like I nailed that one then (my leagues uses OBP over AVG), well as long as he hits that is. Should get some meatballs in that lineup though, few better offensive environments to thrive than Tex.

  20. Buddo Chezuski says:
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    Scott, can you rank these guys in terms of who would you rather own in a keeper league where each of these prospects will be dirt cheap to own for the next few years:

    Arenado
    Rendon
    Taillon

    (I’m guessing Arenado would’ve been 1 or 2 before the season but is now 3rd?)

    • Scott Evans

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      @Buddo Chezuski, No, I’d say Rendon’s stock took a bigger hit this year than Arenado’s. I’ll rank them Taillon, Arenado, Rendon, but all three ceilings remain very high.

  21. TheNewGuy says:
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    Good news, my boy Straily called up. Upside potential for him, a no2 Dan Haren type?

    Got him in my keeper farm so will have him for $0 next year, and then probably a further 2 years for just $6. Could be an awesome value.

    • Scott Evans

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      @TheNewGuy, Yea, I’d say that’s a bargain. Tough to say what Straily’s ceiling is being that he came out of NOWHERE. Should miss more bats than Haren. Excited for tonight’s debut. HAPPY DAN STRAILY DAY EVERYONE!

  22. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Hey Scott,

    Who are your top 3 guys that haven’t been called up yet that have Trout/Harper like potential to be offensive powerhouses for the next 10 years? Preferably guys that will get a look sometime next year. I’m looking for someone to hold as a 20th round keeper this year (18th next year, etc).

    • Scott Evans

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      @A Hill O’ Beans, Prospects like Harper/Trout don’t come around very often, and frankly, no one currently in the minors compares. With that in mind, here are five names with big time potential: Jurickson Profar (ss, Tex), Oscar Taveras (of, Stl), Wil Myers (of, KC), Dylan Bundy (rhp, Bal), Taijuan Walker (RHP, Sea).

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Scott Evans, Yeah I realize they are pretty rare players. Just looking for a key future piece on offense. Myers & Bundy are gone, Taveras & Walker aren’t in the player pool. When do you think Profar gets his first call and when do you think he might be up to stay? He was near the top of my list, but I was under the impression it would be a long wait for him.

        • Scott Evans

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          @A Hill O’ Beans, Similar timetable as Taveras, actually. Shouldn’t be too long. An injury to Kinsler or Andrus and Profar might get a call-up THIS year. Same for Taveras — if Beltran/Craig/Berkman aren’t healthy, he’ll likely get a look. Assuming no injuries, though, both guys should arrive in late 2013.

  23. TheNewGuy says:
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    Game was too late here, but Straily mustve looked good right?

    Claim trumped in my 16 teamer, damn really wanted him. Would you offer Moore or Niese for him, could it get it done?

    • TheNewGuy says:
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      @TheNewGuy, Non-keeper I mean (have him in my keeper :) )

      • Scott Evans

        Scott Evans says:
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        @TheNewGuy, Yes looked more or less as we expected. I dug into his start a little more deeply for tomorrows post, so check it out.

        • TheNewGuy says:
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          @Scott Evans, Cool will do, would you trade Niese/Morse for him then?

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            @TheNewGuy, Freakin Iphone, Moore not Morse lol

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