Snap out of that egg nog coma…we’ve got more prospects to cover! Hopefully everyone had a safe and happy holiday. The Red Sox are the next minor league system to step to the plate, and while it’s not exactly the sexiest system in town, it’s doable. It’s corner infielder heavy with all three Grade A specs manning either first or third. After that, it gets a bit pitching happy with a few more corners mixed in for kicks. Maybe we’ll get a Christmas miracle and Prospector Rowf will chime in. I hear he’s a big Sawx fan!

Grade A

1. Michael Chavis, 3B | Age: 23 | ETA: 2019
Chavis has been around since I left Razzball to become a traveling snake milker in 2016, so there might be some legit fatigue associated with him. He’s a relatively high-risk/high-reward player with plus power. 2018 wasn’t his greatest year, hitting nine homers and striking out in 27% of his appearances in a suspension-shortened season. Good chance to buy low if you like him. Evidence to stay away if you don’t.

2. Bobby Dalbec, 3B | Age: 23 | ETA: 2019
If Chavis’s strikeout rate concerns you, then Dalbec’s 32% will downright make you pee down your leg. It’s a very similar profile…plus power, suspicious hit tool, and no wheels. In another system, these guys might get lapped by players with better bats, but their proximity and power do enough to make them relevant for fantasy and keep them atop this system.

3. Triston Casas, 1B/3B | Age: 18 | ETA: 2022
Casas does have a better grade on his bat, but he’s also 18 years old and has a lot of development ahead of him. The Grade A ranking is based on his potential to hit for both power and average down the road, no matter which side of the diamond he lands on. I’d look to snag him in the late second/early third round in first year player drafts this winter.


Grade B

4. Bryan Mata, RHP | Age: 19 | ETA: 2020
Mata’s stuff is average to a tick above right across the board, which means he’s not the most exciting pitching prospect you’ll ever see, but it also means he’s got a good chance to make it as a starter and contribute in fantasy. He works mainly from a fastball/curve combination that does net some strikeouts. He should move pretty quickly and reach the upper minors as soon as this year.

5. Jay Groome, LHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2020
Groome is one of those players that’s tough to rank. His raw stuff is great (especially his curve), but he didn’t make any appearances in 2018 due to Tommy John surgery in May. You’re betting on the big upside and risking more injury issues, similar to a Hunter Harvey over in Baltimore. Personally, I avoid these guys, but I wouldn’t be doing my job if I didn’t recognize Groome’s ability. Worth a stash if you can get him cheap.

6. Darwinzon Hernandez, LHP | Age: 22 | ETA: 2019
Hernandez had a real nice Arizona Fall League performance that ticked his stock up a notch (he struck out a crazy 24 batters in 11 innings as a reliever). His control and command need some work (five walks per nine last year), but I really like the strikeout potential for fantasy. He started 23 games in the Sally in 2018, and punched out over 11 per nine. To be fair, there’s also some legit bullpen risk here.

7. Tanner Houck, RHP | Age: 22 | ETA: 2019
Another arm with some decent strikeout potential in the middle of a rotation is Houck. He does it with a fastball/slider combination and solid control/command. It’s not the gaudy numbers that Hernandez puts up, but Houck probably has the higher floor of the two.


Grade C

8. Danny Diaz, 3B | Age: 17| ETA: 2023
Diaz is a long-term project at 17 years old, but the bat and power both show the potential to be plus down the road. He popped six homers in about 100 plate appearances in 2018. The arm should keep him at third (he’s already switched off of short). Speed is a weakness, so he won’t be able to impact every category, but the ceiling is a middle-of-the-order run producer if you have the patience to let him develop.

9. Nick Decker, OF | Age: 19 | ETA: 2022
Decker slides down some lists because of his speed and defense, but his bat should carry him as a corner outfielder. The Sawx took him in the second round of the 2018 draft and Decker’s ability to hit for power and average should be on display next year in his first full season of pro ball. He’s a nice sneaky pick in the later rounds of first year player drafts.

10. Sam Travis, 1B | Age: 25 | ETA: 2019
Shout out to the old guys. Yeah, 25 is pretty old for a prospect list. Still, Travis should contribute in some shape or form this season, and he could run into a few homers with some playing time. He’s most likely missed his chance to make an impact, but in some formats you just need a depth piece to have waiting in the wings.


2019 Index

  1. Harley Earl says:
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    Maybe it’s just me, but I’m getting the feeling you aren’t real high on Chavis or Dalbec. Would you say that’s true? I lost interest in Chavis before last season’s disappointment. Dalbec had intrigued me recently but I’m getting more skeptical the more I read about him. Which of the two, if either, would you expect to actually succeed? And can either really take the job away from Devers? Seems like a stretch to me.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup pretty much. They’re likely still T100 guys but nothing to get too excited about. Not sure either will challenge Devers. More likely they ship one or both in trades, especially with such a good MLB squad that will compete again and will probably look to make moves.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Mike: That’s kinda what I figured you were implying, reading between the lines. I think I’ll steer clear, too.

        Merry Day After Christmas!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          You too!

  2. Big league choo says:
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    10 team H2H dynasty 5×5 OBP

    Won title 2 years in a row, shipped off my only ace last year in Bauer. Streamed a lot last year we need 10-14 starts per week.

    My CI Goldy, Rendon, Muncy, Hoskins, Jose Martinez, peter Alonso,

    Sp Alex Reyes, mikolas, Ryu, Wood, Freddy peralta, joe Ross, cueto, loaisiga, Jesus luzardo

    Trade my Goldschmidt for Syndergaard

    Trade my goldy for freeman(was offered to me not sure if stl hurtshis power numbers)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Congrats on the titles! I’d hold on both. Freeman and Goldy so similar I’m not sure it does anything to really help your team and I’d rather have Goldy than Thor.

  3. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    If Groome can stay healthy i like his chances of becoming that #2, possibly #1 starter. Just sucks that his development has been delayed so much. Any questions on the makeup? Who would you comp him to past or present?

    Thanks Mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No makeup questions. I agree on the upside. Different repertoire, but size as a LHP and injury remind me of Puk.

  4. Craig Weinreich says:
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    26 team dynasty offer made to me…

    my Wander Franco for Francisco Mejia and Michael Kopech

    Is that enough to move Franco?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, I’d hold Franco.

  5. jack florida says:
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    thanks for all the great minors help

    your opinion please, on this

    14 teams H2H

    i trade Jon Gray—-free for one year

    i get
    Austin Gomber free for 3 years
    Yairo munoz, also free for 3 years

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem! Prefer to keep Gray there. Even a small bounce back should net you more for him midseason.

  6. Matt says:
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    Hey mike question for you 12 team dynasty league and I made a trade I would like your opinion on. We do 40 players of those 35 can be kept, and 10 of the 40 must be prospects.

    I received: Giancarlo Stanton, Trevor Story, Lance McCullers and Justin Smoak

    I gave: Freddie Freeman, Carlos Correa, and Nate Pearson

    My team is listed below if you could give an opinion on it, as well as who you would move for a more viable 1b or if you have a break out guy you can give me some advise to look and get on the low thanks!

    HITTERS
    C. Jt Realmuto
    1b. Justin smoak
    2b. Jonathan Schoop
    3b. Nolan Arenado
    Ss. Trevor story
    Of. Christian Yelich
    Of. Khris Davis
    Of. Giancarlo Stanton
    Util. Tommy Pham
    Util. Jake Lamb
    Be. Yoenis Cespedes
    Be. Carlos Gonzalez
    Na. Kyle Tucker
    Na. Heliot Ramos
    Na. Estevan Florial
    Na. Lazaro Armenteros
    Na. Nolan Jones
    Na. Leody Tavares
    Na. Daulton Varsho
    Na. Brent Rooker
    Na Jazz Chisholm

    PITCHERS
    Sp. Blake Snell
    Sp. Trevor Bauer
    Sp. Walker Buehler
    Sp. Robbie Ray
    Sp Lance McCullers
    Sp. Kenta Maeda
    Sp. Alex Cobb
    Sp. Felix Pena
    Sp Jon Gant
    Sp. Trevor Cahill
    Rp. Blake Treinan
    Rp. Corbin Burnes
    Rp. Adam Ottavino
    Na. Logan Allen

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the trade for you. I’d look into buying Peter Alonso if you’re trying to land a long term 1B.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Casas (mentioned above) if you don’t need somebody right away

        • Matt says:
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          @Mike: thank you!

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            anytime man

  7. Milarky says:
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    Yo Mike, thought I’d pick your brain on which of my prospects to hold onto this year. Our league is a bit weird – we do a 3-round prospect draft during the all-star break, and for those prospects, you can hang on to a total of three for that season and two more (in addition to our normal keepers). What makes the decision more complicated is that we also must start a rookie hitter and a rookie pitcher, but some of the prospects that are kept for longer will no longer have rookie eligibility. Just one factor in the decision.

    This year, I have to choose between the following guys. I didn’t bother listing out Kingery or Sixto Sanchez as I think they’re not in the same league as these guys.

    Kyle Tucker (last season of prospect protection, still a rookie)
    Forrest Whitley (two more seasons of prospect protection, still a rookie)
    Walker Buehler (last season of prospect protection, no longer a rookie)
    Keston Hiura (two more seasons of prospect protection, still a rookie)
    Taylor Trammell (two more seasons of prospect protection, still a rookie)

    Hiura and Trammell are nice prospects, but it’s gotta be the first three on the list, no?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      First three are solid, but I’d take Hiura over Whitley, so Tucker, Hiura, and Buehler

      • Milarky says:
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        @Mike: Really? Is that just because pitchers are so much more unpredictable due to health and performance? I just figured Whitley’s pedigree made him hard to turn down. Hiura seems to project as a solid pro, but you think he can be special? I’ll need to comb the prospect depths to try and land a solid rookie SP in the draft without having one as a prospect, but I’ve done that before.

        Appreciate your thoughts on this!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah pitchers are risky stock to buy. I do think Hiura could be special.

  8. thatguy says:
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    All these Red Sox fans who get all salty and moan about how much Aaron judge and Giancarlo Stanton strike out better buckle their seat belts given this ugly future!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

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