Has summer officially begun? When’s the official cut off date of spring? Did you come to Razzball this morning with the intent of discussing the seasons? What about the weather? Could I write a more boring intro? Yes, but only if I discussed common core math, and the best method for folding a t-shirt. Actually that sounds a lot like a TED talk. Is it a TED talk? Probably, anyway this is the point in the foreword where I transition to baseball. Okay, go! This Sunday instead of doing another minor league update, I’m going to try something different. Let’s take a look at ten minor leaguers that are making some noise. These are players that should be on your radar, particularly in leagues of 16 teams or above with 10+ minor spots. We’ll give you a quick introduction to who they are and why you should care. Then let you do some digging on your own, and figure out if these players are owned or not, and if they fit into your team’s long term plans. Not to worry we have the comment section if you’re feeling anxiety. None of this is exactly earth shattering shizz, but a tidy package nonetheless, like my man parts after a Brazilian.

 

Brett Phillips, OF Brewers: Through 149 plate appearances, the owner of one of the world’s great laughs has been solid, but frustrating at AA Biloxi. He’s shown the ability to hit for power, while mixing a little bit of speed. He’s also shown the ability to take a walk. Problem is he’s striking out too much, like WAY too much. The (un)proud owner of a 32.2% k rate, is a whole lot too high. He’s still young, he turns 22 tomorrow, and has a nice track record of power and speed. It’s not the end of the world for Phillips, but it does put a bit of tarnish of his shine.

Alex Verdugo, OF Dodgers: Someone asked about him in the comments last week, and I thought it would be good to check in with an update. If you’re not familiar, Verdugo is arguably the Dodgers best hitting prospect. He’s presently slashing .284/.339/.456, with 7 homers, 2 steals, 19 runs, and 26 rbi’s at AA Tulsa. The best part of Verdugo’s game is his ability to avoid strikeouts but still keep his walks at an above average rate (7.2%) . He’s still young at a newly minted 20 for AA, and could be on the fast track should injuries decimate the Dodgers outfield. More than likely Verdugo should see his first big league action in September or next spring.

Chad Kuhl, RHP Pirates: For all the discussion of Glasnow and Taillon in the Indians rotation, Kuhl is the forgotten man. Funny enough he leads AAA in ERA, with a mark of 1.03. Kuhl is one of those guys that gets forgotten on prospects lists due to his lack of overwhelming stuff. But he knows how to pitch, and he’s done nothing but produce results since he turned pro. In fact prior to the 9 starts this season, his career ERA was 2.84, with a 1.15 WHIP. Unfortunately he looks like a ratio play, as his K rates are atrocious (5.8 career k/9). He’s probably a prospect you’ll only target if you’re in a deep dynasty of 18 or more teams that have 20+ minors spots.

Willson Contreras, C Cubs: After a strong 2015 at AA Tennessee, Contreras has been raking at AAA Iowa. Over the past two seasons he’s developed into a contact hitter with superior on base skills. He’s never going to be a big power hitter, but he does have some pop, and hits a fair share of doubles. Over his last 750 minor league at bats he’s posted a plus .300 average, a strikeout rate below 15%, and a walk rate above 10%. Could be a major contributor in OBP leagues eventually. A converted third baseman, despite his gaudy offensive stats the Cubs are stashing the backstop while he develops his catching skills. I suspect he’ll be up later this summer (Late July or August), though an injury to a catcher could force their hand.

Mitch Keller, RHP Pirates: One of the season’s biggest gainers has been Keller. After making some adjustments in the offseason, he’s cut down on his walks significantly while maintaining an elite K rate. And when I say cut down the walks, I mean went from a 7.32 Bb/9 in 2015 to a 0.71 Bb/9 this year, and he’s done it in more than twice the innings. His K/Bb is an off the charts 17.3. He just turned 20 and has been doing his dirt in A ball, so temper expectations a bit. That doesn’t mean he’s not a worthy trade target in leagues where 120 or so prospects are owned.

Edwin Diaz, RHP Mariners: Seattle’s top pitching prospect was moved to the pen, and so far the results have been good. He’s struck out 44% of the batters he faced as a reliever, and is yet to walk one. He presently leads the minors in K-Bb% at 30.3%, and looks like he could be an elite pen option as soon as next year. He’s a stash if you’re looking for a potential future closer.

Daniel Mengden, RHP Athletics: Coming into the season Mengden was toward the back of the top 30 prospects for the A’s organization, with little to no expectations outside a potential BORP. He now owns the distinction of possibly being the luckiest pitcher in the minors. With an insane 94.4% left on base between AA and AAA so far this season. That coupled with a very low Babip is an explanation for the 0.72 ERA. That’s not to say he hasn’t pitched well, because he has. A 9.2 K/9 makes him intriguing even if his luck starts to turn. Another player worth grabbing in leagues where 250+ prospects are owned.

Joe Musgrove, RHP Astros: The Astros righty has drawn a great deal of interest from commenters in the recent weeks, and with one look at his 2016 stats it’s easy to see why. Seriously check out this line between AA and AAA so far, 1.02 ERA, .90 WHIP, K/9 of 9.99, and a Bb/9 of 1.00. The control has always been impeccable with Musgrove but the K’s have started to creep up the last few seasons. I don’t see any reason why Musgrove shouldn’t see the H-town rotation at some point this summer. The minute a starter goes down in Houston expect Musgrove to get the call.

Zach Eflin, RHP Phillies: A 22 year old righty, the Phillies prospect presently owns the best WHIP in the International League and the 4th best in the minors. He’s thoroughly out pitched more highly touted names Jake Thompson and Mark Appel for the Iron Pigs. The biggest jump in Eflin’s game from 2015 to this season has been his nearly doubling of his k/9. He went from a 4.7 in 2015 to a 7.7 so far here in 2016. I wouldn’t be shocked if he got the call before either Thompson or Appel.

Anthony Alford, OF Blue Jays: After initially struggling at high class A Dunedin to begin the season, Alford has been riding an 11 game hit streak. So far the toolshed has only connected for one homer this year, and swiped just 3 bases, but it should be noted he’s recovering from an early season knee injury. He’s still one of the more intriguing raw athletes in the minors.

 

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  1. ham says:
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    Yo

    al only league. I’ve got Josh Donaldson and Cole Hamels on competitive prices for next year but I’m out of contention for this year

    should I trade JD $35 and Hamels $35 for Judge @$1 Valencia $17 and Colan Moran @$1?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ham: No you need to get wayyyyy more than that.

  2. David says:
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    Good stuff Ralph…….ROS, Taillon or Shoemaker? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Taillon for me. I only trust Shoemaker at home in good matchups

  3. Mike says:
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    Just thought I would add a few…great article as always. Sean Newcomb, Austin Meadows (starting to get hot), Hunter Renfroe, and what about the triple A monster Jon Singleton?

    Starting to question a hold on Judge and Brinson. Seems like these guys are struggling this year.

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      @Mike:

      I saw Meadows last night (AA bowie vs Altoona), and he really was making great contact. He went 2/5 with a SB. The SB may be more about Chance Sisco still being raw behind the plate (but he has actually looked ok back there and still can throw runners out).

      Altoona is an interesting group of prospects as a whole.

      HArold Ramirez looks like a huge dude out there, and I think with his size the power has to come along eventually. He is hitting lead off this year, so it shows the pirates like his contact and speed already.

      Reese McGwire is hitting 5th (as a catcher) and threw out Marin on a ball in the dirt (looked like a stupid base running move since it did not look like he went on the pitch but rather took off when he saw the ball in the dirt…. but i sit on the 3rd base line, so harder to really tell).

      Weiss, Osuna and Stetson Allie are all interesting guys for other reasons, but i doubt on anyone but the duper deep leagues radar.

      (Bowie is pretty much devoid of hitting prospects right now. Chance Sisco is the only guy, and a catcher hitting over .300 is a big deal, but still raw behind the plate and has yet to go yard this year, so still a lot left to prove)

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @james: This is great stuff! I’m a big Ramirez fan, but have been sort of meh on McGuire. I’ve heard that the catching skills are phenomenal, but the bat is questionable. Good to hear he’s making nice contact, and I’ve read that he has excellent plate discipline.

        How does Stetson Allie look? He’s been there forever. Has pop but little else no?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Yeab all good players. I’ve written about Renfroe a lot this year. Newcomb is another favorite of mine, he should be owned in all dynasty leagues, and Meadows is finally starting to hit after major struggles, that’s very true.

      I hate Singleton, he’s a quad-A guy.

      Yeah Judge is odd, he heated up a few weeks ago and starting to homer. Since he’s been real cold. At 24 I’m starting to have my doubts. The Yankees aren’t doing him any favors either. Yeah Brinson I’m willing to let it slide, but his stock has taken a hot no question.

      • Mike says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: My team is so stacked with Triple A and double A guys I can barely stash any more prospects. Not bragging my team is horrid and in the tank this year but I’ve got Giolito, Snell, Tailion, Reyes, Moncada, Reed, Bregman, Buxton, Swanson, Anderson, N Williams, and Judge. It’s stupid really

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mike: Nice!

  4. Dave says:
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    You said yesterday you were considering a stash of Tim Anderson……would you drop Street for him? Rebuild team.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave: Yes easy move. I don’t value closer, especially older ones year to year in dynasty.

      • Dave says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Awesome. Razzball is the best.

        One follow up…..do you like any of the above prospects more than a drop of Street for Anderson?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Dave: Oh no these guys are for deeper leagues. Anderson should be owned in any league that has minors.

  5. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Thoughts on Dylan Cozens (eye popping measurables and numbers) & JaCoby Jones?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: Yeah Cozens is killing it this year in Reading, have to love the power/speed mix.

      Jones strikes out a lot but he’s had a hot start this year since returning from suspension.

  6. Matt says:
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    Hi Ralph,
    I need advice on a trade, and several prospects/young guys are involved so you’re my man! Dynasty league-I’m aiming to compete next season and the other owner is going for it now.
    Points league that pretty heavily favors strong pitching.

    My Zack Grienke (and a throw in SS) for Story, R. Iglesias, Cody Reed, and Honeywell

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Matt: I’min a points league like this, and this is a trade I’d make. Allows you to add depth and move away from a player who’s entering his twilight.

      Three good arms and a power hitting SS is a good move.

  7. The JoGarza says:
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    Love articles like these!

    So in my first year dynasty, one of the things I struggle with his properly valuing trades, especially when MiLB players are involved. I want to share two trades that went down and another that’s been proposed to me.

    Right after Scherzer’s 20-K game, his owner traded him away for AJ Reed and Blake Snell. The manager trading away the prospects took some shit for making that trade. I felt it was a solid one.

    Yesterday: Jake Arrieta traded for Giolito and Brinson. The manager trading for Arrieta is in first and going for win now. He was lauded for landing Arrieta but see, I think the Scherzer deal was better. Thoughts?

    And finally, owner of Kris Bryant is struggling mightily with pitching. We’ve been trying to hash out a deal but doesn’t look like we’ll get to one. He wanted deGrom, Joc Pederson, Taillon, Meadows. I only have Tate as my other SP in my farm and in my majors, I have Liriano, Salazar, Hamels and DeGrom as my best SP. I was afraid to take the youth hit. Was he asking too much? Just about right? Too little?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: I’d make both of those deals from a win now perspective. The Reed and Snell deal was a good dynasty trade. I would have wanted more for Arrieta regardless of Giolito.

      Yeah that’s a ransom for Bryant. How many teams?

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: 16 teams.

        I asked the Bryant owner to add in Archer or Harvey for me to pull the trigger and that’s where the talks died down.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @The JoGarza: Yeah I like Bryant but he’s asking for an ace, a good young hitter, and two top specs. That’s a lot of depth to give up.

  8. James T Kirk says:
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    What’s your take on Harrison Bader and Victor Robles. I think Robles is the better known of the two and could end up in a lot of top tens by yearend. But Bader doesn’t seem to get enough attention. Future Cardinal centerfielder with power. His strikeouts don’t worry me for a guy with power (23%) but he does need to learn a bit more patience. Reminds me of Springer without the walks or speed.

    • The JoGarza says:
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      @James T Kirk: I’d actually argue against your statement of Bader not getting attention. He’s off to such a hot start that he’s flown up the rankings. I hear of him every week.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @The JoGarza: Jo knows!

  9. Holala says:
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    18 teams, 15 keepers: would you trade Jake Lamb for Michael Fulmer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Holala: I like the Lamb side.

  10. Joe Lo says:
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    Hellllllloooooo,
    Quick question, Tallion or Reed ROS. Who will have the biggest impact? i know Adams Stl was a big prospect (no pun intended) but, is it possible he has found his groove or is this a mirage. last question I promise, Matz for Nelson on the Brewers, trumbo and Tallion?

    Thanks
    JLo

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joe Lo: I like Taillon this year, but Reed long term.

      Yeah Adams could be breaking out or having his good St. Louis counting stats year

      That’s not a bad return for Matz. You get all three?

      • M says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: does Matt Adams get squeezed out of playing time when Peralta comes back? Matheny is gonna have to get real creative mixing and matching his infield

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @M: Yeah let’s see I would imagine Diaz just goes to the bench

          • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: nope, word all over is that j honney is playing 3B and carpenter goes back to 2B, they have no interest in j honney for future years after his contract runs out, and he gets tired easily now anyway, so he’d benefit from not playing everyday anyway.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Thats fine, still don’t see how that effects Adams at first

  11. Knucks says:
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    Round of applause for yahoo fantasy right now. A little too many daiquiris at the yahoo picnic last night?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Knucks: Ha! What happened? Is the site down?

  12. Martin says:
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    Would you rather have trea turner or jp Crawford for a dynasty league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Martin: Turner

  13. dem ribbies says:
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    who do you think has the highest ceiling long term?

    Swanson or Arcia?

  14. Beedo says:
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    Great column Ralph, really appreciate the recent shift in focus. I’m building for next year and have been offered Benitendi for Dee Gordon (plus a first round rookie pick, we keep 15). I ‘m intrigued by Benny Baseball and can’t wait to see Portland when the team comes down this way, but the deal seems light – Gordon is a 3rd value now, Benny may get there in a few years. Would you hold out for more?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Beedo: yeah I’d want another top 50 prospects. You’re giving up Dee and a 1st

  15. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Whatever happened to Dalton Pompey? He was the best cooler in the business at one point.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @El Famous Burrito: He’s wasting away at AAA, stock plummeted

  16. Joeg414 says:
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    The best hitters that will be up to help this year (best ….4) not named Turner, Gallo, Reed, Bregman, Buxton.
    6×6 mixed roto

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joeg414: Arcia, Winker, Crawford, and Renfroe.

  17. Kenneth says:
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    Thoughts on Josh Ockimey?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kenneth: He’s having a great year, good power and on base skills interested to see what he does once he’s promoted to Salem.

  18. B the Esq. says:
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    Urias or Giolito this year and moving forward?

    Rank em for this year and as keepers… Gio, Urias, Tailon, Alex Reyes.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @B the Esq.: This year Urias. Keepers going forward Urias, Giolito, Reyes, and Taillon

      • B the Esq. says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: awesome. Thanks. Currently have Tailon in an N/A spot. Offered my Giolito and Boxberger (on my DL and no spot to put him in when activated) for his Urias before Urias” start. He accepted after.

        For this year, Tailon up next or is Reyes coming up soon? His 2 starts have been impressive.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @B the Esq.: I think Taillon still beats him to the show.

  19. Another Dan says:
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    I”d never heard of common core math until today. Google is my friend. Fascinating stuff.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Haha yeah it’s such a patent talking point

  20. Rendell Locke says:
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    Love you Rowf. Miguel Andujar. I’ll hang up and listen.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rendell Locke: Another Yankees international, they seem to kill the market without making huge splashes like the Dodgers or Red Sox. He’s got huge power, he seems to be showing the full skill set this year. Uncharacteristiclly he doesn’t strikeout a lot for a hitter with his power and rawness. I like him

  21. Alan says:
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    Hello, I was offered Dansby for Giolito in a dynasty rebuild.

    I am thin at SP with urias, matz, eovaldi, appel and d holland and own A Russell and JP Crawford already.

    Any chance with giolito sucking you would deal dansby? Was thinking I could try to get A Reyes for one of those other MI

    Thanks man

    • Mike says:
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      @Alan: Since it’s dynasty you should hold Giolito unless you’re solid at the MI spot. I see more plus talent middle infielders coming up soon than pitchers. Maybe Anderson, Peraza, Arcia, JP Crawford, or Bregman are still available and you could stash one of them.

      • Mike says:
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        @Mike: Meant solid with your pitching sorry.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alan: I’d hold Giolito and still go after Reyes. Don’t trade Giolito though. I’d hold unless it a good young MLB hitter or a hitting prospect with more upside like Moncada.

  22. crabman says:
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    How do you feel about Tyler O’Neil? K rate down this year. Is he climbing up in your rankings?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @crabman: Yeah he’s looking like a player worth watching. I’m always skeptical with Mariners hitting prospects. Good power hitter though.

  23. Jim says:
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    Awesome info…thanks!
    Thoughts on Nick Williams?
    Is he the next or best big bat to be coming up to MLB soon?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim: I think Turner will be up soon (tomorrow?) and a few others but Williams isn’t bad. I wish he walked more, he does make solid contact. 20/20 upside, but I’ve watched him a couple times this season and I’m not blown away.

  24. Anthony says:
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    Great Read. My 3b is on the shelf. Had Moustachkis (poor attempt at humor). I’ve been trying to get one via trade even throwing out Goldy in the deal but no bites. Any hidden gems?
    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Anthony: You could try Cheslor to replace Moustakas. In terms of someone potentially coming up with 3b eligibility maybe Renato Nunez, then there’s a more well known guy like Bregman or Matt Chapman. I’d say Gallo too but he needs an injury.

  25. Chris says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    You like Fiers @ Home against Ray or Ray @ Houston Against Fiers? They both suck but Ray has More K’s, better era and whip but not much better.

    14 team league h2h 5×5.

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: Go Ray

  26. Brian says:
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    16 team H2H dynasty. Can you rank these stashes that I’m considering adding to my minors roster? Or at least give top 3. I’m balancing between competing now and building for future so proximity isn’t everything to me. Jorge lopez, voth, kuhl, tyrell jenkins, senzatela, lively, eflin, Arizona cody reed, yoan lopez. Also would you stash Pete o’brien or tyler o’neill?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: Reed (CIN?), Jorge Lopez, Voth, Eflin, Kuhl, Senzatela, Lively, And Yoan Lopez,

      Tyler O’neil

  27. Kenneth Dean says:
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    This guy in my league wants to trade me pence, jeanmar gomez, and castellanos for arenado… hesitant to give up arenado… what do you guys think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kenneth Dean: Hold on Nolan!

  28. M says:
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    I know Buxton isn’t a prospect anymore but do you think he gets another MLB shot soon now that he’s been doing well in AAA this past month?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @M: Oh for sure, how soon I’m not sure. If I was the GM I’d probably keep him there until July 1st. He needs to build confidence. I maintain he was rushed last season and it hurt his development.

      • M says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: typical Twins management, rushing players

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @M: rush, shouldn’t berrios have been up like 1.5 years ago? i think you might be thinking about some other team.

  29. MJ says:
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    Another. Shortstop that is climbing the charts is Willy Adames who is having a breakout season at age 20 in AA. I am much higher on him than Crawford, Arcia, Albies and Turner. More power, hits for average and walks. Needs to cut down on the strikeouts, but for fantasy purposes (if you don’t care about steals which my league does not), I’ll take him after Rodgers and Swanson (Bregman won’t stay at short while with Houston).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MJ: I like Adames, and he’s been good so far this season. I’d pump the breaks before I put him in the same category as some of those other prospects.

      If your league doesn’t care about steals than yeah I guess you’d probably rank those players ahead of Turner and Arcia. Seems like an odd category to omit. But why Swanson? I’m not sure his power is all that much greater than Turner’s, and Crawford would probably be more valuable in that format considering speed isn’t part of his game.

      Seems like this is sort of within your own scoring in a vacuum. Good point about Adames though.

      • MJ says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Our league uses the runs created formula calculation as our lone offensive category. We then subtract our pitchers total ERA from our runs created per game to get a net. It is pretty unique and fun since it gives a pretty realistic fantasy team. It excludes those categories that are more “team” oriented….like wins, saves, rbi, runs. Stolen bases are included in the formula as are caight stealing, but unless someone steals bases at an incredible rate it doesn’t make a big difference.

        as for Adames, I like him since he seems to have the most upside with the highest floor of the lesser known/hyped shortstops.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @MJ: Wow that’s really different, I could dig it. Definitely discounts table setters like Arcia and Turner for sure.

        • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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          @MJ: that’s similar to an ottoneu, great stuff, only stuff that batters/pitchers actually do themselves.

  30. crabman says:
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    What to do with Brinson in a 12 team keeper? Hold or replace with Verdugo, Phillips, Bader, ONeil, or Margot?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @crabman: I could see going with Verdugo or Phillips, but I think I’d still hold Brinson

      . Bader is a maybe, I’d have to see another good few months before I’d dump Brinson for him.

      I’m not really high on Margot, and O’neil needs to have a full great season .

      For all Brinson’s struggles he does still have 5 homers and 7 steals. If his average was .280 no one would be panicking. I’d hold.

  31. Dan says:
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    Im offered castillanos and mazara for donaldson. Worth risking giving up j.d. for ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: Depends on leagues setup. If it’s a dynasty with 14+ teams and a certain number of keepers, I think I might. I’d see if they would kick me another pick or something too.

      • Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: ita a 12 team keeper league. We keep 6. I would actually be giving merrifield with donaldson for castillanos and mazara. Since i would be dropping merrifield anyways. I like mazara as the keeper to replace donaldson. I just wasnt sure if the two i would be getting would warrant giving up donaldson.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Dan: Yeah go for it. You’ll take a hit in RBI’s and homers but will gain in average for sure. If you were staring Merrifield it’s a huge win. Make the deal.

  32. Dave says:
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    What are your thoughts on Chad Kuhl? Le by Melnicj mentioned him today on the radio as a player to watch from the Independent League.

    • Dave says:
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      @Dave:

      Ignore. I am an idiot. Sorry. It’s Monday.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave: Huh never heard of him! :)

  33. Tapia says:
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    What are your thoughts on Raimel Tapia’s potential? Any impact this year? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tapia: I really like Tapia, the kid can just hit. I would expect that Dahl see the majors first.

  34. The JoGarza says:
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    Ralph,

    What’s your take on Miguel Sano and Dan Vogelbach for Joc Pederson and Jacob deGrom? 16-team, OBP instead of AVG.

    I’d be receiving Sano. We’re in contention. Remaining SP would be Liriano, Hamels, Salazar, Conley, Karns and Nicasio, with Brandon McCarthy and Jameson Taillon right around the corner.

    My only true 3B right now are Lamb and Plouffe.

    I’m aware that there’s a risk Sano won’t hold his eligibility in Yahoo in 2018, but he got it for 2017 already.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: I wouldn’t make that deal personally. Not a huge Sano fan. Unless you think DeGrom is coming back to earth and won’t recover.

      Lamb’s been better than Sano anyway.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Well, deGrom has been slowly recovering his velocity, which is a good sign. I guess OBP works in Joc’s favor as it does Sano’s.

        Is it because you think Sano is going to flame out? Don’t think he’s a pernnenial 30-35 HR, .340 OBP guy?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @The JoGarza: Yeah but is Joc that far off from Sano? I worry that Sano’s strikeouts could limit his upside.

          DeGrom is an ace I’d want more than Voggy back.

  35. Gibby says:
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    Love the prospect stuff, Ralph! 18 team dynasty league with 6-10 minor leaguers kept…would you grab any of the guys you listed (plus Harrison Bader from the comments, as he’s available) over any of these minor leaguers I have stashed?
    Cody Bellinger
    Tom Murphy
    Jose Peraza
    Tyler Naquin
    Steven Moya
    Rusney Castillo
    Max Kepler
    Braden Shipley
    Francis Martes
    Dillon Tate

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gibby: Bader over Rusney, then Verdugo over Naquin, then Phillips over Murphy.

      • Gibby says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Awesome, gracias! Looks like Phillips is already owned (as are Alford and Contreras) but I’ll grab Bader and Verdugo.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Gibby: Is Keller owned? If not grab him too.

  36. Swfcdan says:
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    Pretty awesome Dylan Cousins year so far. Right that I dropped J Hoffman for him? Really can’t get excited about any Rockies pitching prospect, J Gray is as good a pitching prospect as it gets and he’ll still have a lot of blowups pitching in Coors.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Yeah hmmmm Hoffman is pretty good but Cozens recent play and general skill set is pretty tasty. So not a bad move, time will tell.

  37. The JoGarza says:
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    I’ve encountered the “How much is too much for Trout?” quesiton in my dynasty league. Same categories as above (16 tms, OBP). Owner wants (takes deep breath) Joc, Lamb, Drury, Zimmer, Taillon and Tapia for Trout, Justin Turner, Cornelius Randolph, Carson Fulmer, James Kaprielan.

    Listen I love the idea of owning Trout for life. But this is insane, right?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: I’d be tempted. Which Zimmer? Bradley or Kyle?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @The JoGarza: It’s close. Problem is he’s dumping a lot of junk on you. Fulmer has been awful this year. Turner is really struggling. Kapriellan has an elbow injury, though he should be back soon. Then you get Randolph who I love but he’s years away. I’d really want Trout and no one you’re trading away is near that level.

          • The JoGarza says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:
            Appreciate the response. I’m always for getting best player available, but I don’t think I can do it. It’s just so much to give up. I know I’m perhaps falling into the trap of overvaluing your prospects, but I’d rather roll the dice with my guys and see what happens.

            Anyways, keep up the great work and thanks for the advice!

  38. Steve says:
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    H2H keep forever, drop Cervelli for Contreras and wait for the call?

    Cervelli hasn’t been great or awful, just boring. Would you just sit on Willson’s potential greatness even if it takes a month? (I’m leaning that way)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve: No if hold Cervelli, I’m not sure Contreras is much better. The average Cervelli gives you has value

  39. PhilOssieB says:
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    Would you swap Peraza for Verdugo? I have Castro at 2B now and Forrest Wall and Jamie Westbrook waiting in the wings.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PhilOssieB: Yeah go for it. Can always probably grab Peraza if you need him. Verdugo is good.

      • PhilOssieB says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: it would actually be a trade, 20-teamer w/ deep milb rosters. Need some OF depth so I think I’ll go for it.

        Thanks, love the deep league coverage.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @PhilOssieB: Yeah that’s a no brainer then.

  40. David says:
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    Do you think Chargois closes for the Twins this summer? Dude throws gas.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Maybe, they have a lot of options. I’m betting on Abad getting the job next.

  41. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Ralph, curious about what you think of the Trout trade mentioned above now that I clarified I’d be surrendering Bradley Zimmer, not Kyle.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: Sorry was out and about when you posted. Just answered. I could go either way. It’s a lot to give up but it’s Trout.

  42. Dan says:
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    Our league keeps 2 m.l. mine are urias and a. Reyes. I know urias is a no brainer but are there any m.l. making an impact sooner than reyes ? Bader ? Renfroe? Someone else ? Or just hold reyes ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: Hold Reyes

  43. Tehol Beddict says:
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    Who the fuck are these people dude

  44. Brett says:
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    Ralph

    Only room for 1 of Taillon or Buxton who do you choose. 12 team 6×6 roto with OPS and holds the extra categories.

    Buxton would replace Mat Adams at Utility, but I do have Leonys Martin on my dl which is who Adams is filling in for. My staff is J Fer, Salazar, Matz, Nola, Joe Ross, Smyly, McCullers, Rondon.

    Thanks

  45. Tedy says:
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    I have the 2nd and 5th pick of the 1st round minor league draft. Rank in terms of long term production….Arica. Swanson. Bregman. Rogers. Robles. Bennintendi. Hader.

    Thanks

  46. Dan says:
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    I have j.d. martinez. 12 team keeper league. I can trade j.d. for lindor or mazara. Who should i target ? Or just stay put with j.d. ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: Damn either or but I prefer Mazara.

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