We all have our things, Grey has Giancarlo and mustaches, Smokey has bullpens and go-go bars, and I have pantsuited women and over aged power prospects. What can I say there’s just something about a professional lady that gets the blood flowing. Same goes for mid-20’s hitters in the minors with the boom-boom. I drafted Adam Duvall everywhere in re-draft for that reason, and there’s a new old ass prospect to fill the void in my heart. This hunk of thunderstick goes by the name of Daniel Palka, and he’s a newly minted AAA outfielder and cleanup hitter for the prospect flush Twins. In his AAA debut Thursday night Palka went yard twice as the Red Wings downed the Iron Pigs 8-7 in a slugfest. Palka entered the season in non-prospect territory, not making Baseball America’s prospect bible, and not appearing on any organizational top 30 list for the Twins or Diamondbacks (his previous employer). He strikes-out a ton, 29ish% k rates over the last couple of years, but he also walks a ton, never walking at a clip lower than 8% at any one level. My real interest in Palka isn’t his path to the high minors or even his glorious walk rates, but his hot steaming power. Power that’s produced a 25 homer campaign in 2014, a 29 homer campaign in 2015, and a projected 35+ homer campaign this season.

He’s big (6’2 225 lbs) and country strong. He was originally drafted in the 19th round of the 2010 draft by the Phillies, but chose to attend Georgia Tech instead. Three years later the Diamondbacks made him their third round pick, after he slashed .342/.436/.637 his junior year at GT. After two and a half solid seasons in the Arizona system, Palka was traded to the Twins this offseason for catcher Chris Hermann. Starting the season at AA Chattanooga the 24 year old slugger slashed .270/.348/.547 with 21 homers and 7 steals in 79 games. Now he’s in AAA and so far he’s played three games and got on base in all of them. I’m not saying this is someone to own in a 12 team dynasty with 120 owned minors at any one time. On the contrary if you’re playing in a league where 150-200+ minors are owned he should be on your radar. Despite his age, he’s nearly 25, he’s progressed each season of his career, and flaws aside he’s never had a true low point along each stop of his professional career. At this point he’s blocked by the depth of the Twins outfield, but a few injuries and you never know. He looks to me like a decent source of power you can add for cheap in a lot of leagues. Potential power guys that cost low FAAB in deep dynasty and salary cap leagues are invaluable.

  • If you guys missed my Top 100 Prospects last Sunday check it out. It’s pretty 2017 focused in terms of rankings. I avoided including the obvious soon to meet their limits guys like Taillon, Urias, Giolito, Gallo etc.
  • It’s not only Alex Bregman hitting the ground running upon promotion to AAA, recent AA graduates Harrison Bader and David Dahl have also shown well. Dahl particularly, 6 games in and he looks prime time ready slashing .500/.536/.846, no big deal….nothing to see here. (Prime time means big leagues, like the show. Get it!) As for Bader he’s had a hit in each of his four games with Memphis, including a homer on Friday night and a double on Saturday as I write this.
  • Is everyone as excited for the futures game as I am? I’m genuinely excited. I will make my whole family watch with me. I will drink a beer. This will happen. It’s features some of the biggest names in MiLB with guys like Moncada, Benintendi, Bregman, and Swanson. As well as personal favorites like Reyes, Calhoun, Hader, Willy Adames, and Francisco Mejia. I could go on and on.
  • There’s a lot of hard throwers in this year’s Futures Game. J.T. Chargois, Carson Fulmer, Ryne Stanek, Reynaldo Lopez, Josh Hader, and of course Alex Reyes.
  • If you’re into bullpen specs, or random trivia keep an eye out for Dovydas Neverauskas. He’s a tall righty from Lithuania, I find any European prospects slightly more interesting, because how? He’s not much of a fantasy prospect really. Awful K/9 numbers make him less than desirable
  • One of my loyal readers and prospect moles caught Yoan Moncada on Thursday night in Manchester, NH as the Sea Dogs took on the Blue Jays AA affiliate. Yoan did not disappoint, as he he went 3/5 rocking a homer off the batters eye, and swiping a base to complete the slam and legs.
  • Friday night saw an absolute mugging take place in Reading’s 21-4 rout of Bowie. The Fighting Phillies bats were juiced with super balls as they hit 5 homes as a team. Don’t worry fellow citizens Dylan Cozens and Rhys Hoskins got into the action.
  • With all of these prospects getting promoted it’s frustrating to watch Aaron Judge rot in AAA. This is a guy that plummeted down prospect lists after a rough first year in AAA, only to recover in a big way the last month plus. The Yankees are not out of it, as much as it might seem it. There’s no reason not to call him up after the all-star break and see what happens.
  • Brent Honeywell was promoted to AA Montgomery, he’s in many ways the heir to Kenny Powers, but he’s also one hell of a pitcher. With Snell in Tampa and Faria in AAA, the next wave of Rays pitchers is on the way.
  • After 10 blah games in rookie ball number two overall pick Nick Senzel was promoted to the Reds class A affiliate Dayton of the midwest league. So far so good, through 8 games Senzel is hitting .375. The scouting reports all expect Senzel to be a quick mover.
  • Top overall choice Mickey Moniak is out to a fast start in the rookie level Gulf Coast League, slashing .345/.394/.448 with a homer and a steal in 8 games.
  • My favorite fantasy prospect from this June’s draft Kyle Lewis, isn’t setting the world on fire but he’s been solid. In fact he was a double shy of the cycle on Wednesday. Between Tyler O’Neill, Lewis, and D.J. Peterson‘s renaissance the Mariners look like they have some prospect bats….finally.

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  1. Gregjeffries says:
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    This stuff is so incredibly helpful. Thanks again Ralph!
    Who do you like to have a bigger impact ROS, Dahl or Benintendi?

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      @Gregjeffries: most likely none of the above. Patterson will get the call before dahl. Rox have no reason to start the clock. Same as beni. If the sox need help they will use the market and a healthy holt kills Beni for this year…But ralph might be more optinistic

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-FOH: I agree whole heartedly on both, I’m a little more optimistic on Dahl for this year. He’s hitting so much that an injury might see him leapfrog Patterson.

        Benintendi is more than likely a September cop of coffee guy

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: I’ve been wrestling with this question myself for the last few months as i was holding both on my minor league bench. It really comes down to how the Rockies view Patterson: is he a regular or bench bat? I heard they were giving him reps at 1st so maybe that could be his place. I know your not very high on Patterson like your predecessor Mike was but if he is coming up this year could catch lighting in a bottle.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @regan: Yeah if Patterson gets the call first and plays, which he could I’d definitely use him. There’s no debate as to who’s the better prospect though, he or Dahl. Once Cargo is shipped out, Patterson probably gets the first call, but who knows.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gregjeffries: I correct my previous statement. Dombrowski, talked about Benintendi jumping AAA and seeing MLB soon. We might be days or weeks away from promotion. This might mean he could traded, and they want to showcase him before the deadline.

  2. philbe says:
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    be offered Berrios for Rodon in deep dynasty. pull trigger ? dont know if Rodon will ever put it toegether, Berrios could be up soon and maybe for good, thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @philbe: Yeah I’d take that shot, will they kick in anything else like a late pick or something?

  3. Andrew says:
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    What do you make of Josh Bell… Will he stick around and get enough plate appearances to help in fantasy?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Andrew: I’m not sure the Pirates baffle me. He should have an impact, but he’s probably more of a batty call.

  4. Mike says:
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    Mr. Lifshitz,

    I’m in a pickle today. I’m trying to pad K’s and wins by picking up either Cody Reed, Tom Kohler or Dickey (it looks like they have the most favorable match ups on my waiver wire). However, I’d have to drop either giolito or Glasgow. which of the 2 should I hang on to for the second half?

    Also, who of the 3 possible pick ups I mentioned would you be most comfortable with picking up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Drop Glasnow, not sure if he’s back immediately.

      I looked at all of these guys to stream too, I’d say Reed because of the K potential plus the Marlins, but Koehler is probably the play at home against the Reds.

      • Mike Schenk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: my thought was Reed as well. Even if I don’t lock down the wins category this week, I would feel better trying to get the K ‘s squared away. I also picked up Big Game James. I like him vs ATl.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mike Schenk: You might end up in a seedy motel with your kidney missing. Good luck! Haha

  5. Fever Dog says:
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    After a strong start to the season, I’ve been getting worked hard the last four weeks.
    10-team, h2h, 5×5

    c-wellington
    1b-rizzo
    2b-schoop
    3b-arenado
    ss-correa
    of-marte, polanco, j-upton
    util-belt, hosmer
    bn-michael saunders

    sp-strasburg, matz, hammel, pomeranz, hill, velasquez, samardija, desclafani
    rp-cishek, robertson, vizcaino
    dl-ross
    n/a-glasnow

    I’m considering offering Upton, Samardija and Hammel to two different teams for either Jose Fernandez or Mad Bum. Not sure which yet. Which would you prefer?

    Are they ludicrous offers? Neither team is doing great. The Mad Bum team is in 9th and the other is in 6th. I worry about a Justin Upton return to form in the second half. I would just slot Saunders into his spot and grab someone like Adam Conley off waivers until Ross comes back. I figure a 1-2 of Strasburg and MadBum/Jose Fer would be enough to challenge for a top-two playoff spot, and maybe even the championship. What do you think?

    Thank you!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fever Dog: I’d go after Mad Bum, even if he’s older with a lot of miles, he’s seems like he’s the special guy that can handle it.

  6. Yescheese says:
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    Man I am Not a Palka believer for all the reasons you listed. I am a fan of the Reading bash brothers (Hoskins & Cozens), for the same reason you like Palka.

    Which of the three end up a fantasy impact player? I’m not so sure anymore. The ghost of Darin Ruf still haunts my fantasy squads…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Yescheese: I think the other two probably do, but a guy like Palka is worthy of a roster spot in a deeper 150+ minors owned type league. He’s never really been bad. Though there are some red flags.

  7. Miketron says:
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    FYI, the Twins AAA team is the Red Wings not the Red Birds.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Miketron: Fixed! Thanks

  8. M says:
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    Assuming Vogelbach gets traded, who has the bigger MLB impact next year, him or Dahl?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @M: Dahl hands down

  9. Chris says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    I’m desperate for pitching. I was offered this trade. 14 team roto h2h.
    I give-Encarn-Kemp-Polanco-Liriano
    I receive-Bum-Heyward-Kepler and Burns
    I know it seems lop sided but Polanco has sat a lot lately and Liriano? Well? Kills whip for sure and then some era. Accept or counter?

    This is my pitching
    Carasco-Liriano-Wright-Eickhoff-Rodon-Ray-Corbin-Gio-Matz-Mengden-Krod-Dyson-Street
    This is my DL-Carpenter-Pence-Duda-pederson-Rodon
    I’m not competing very well in pitching and now with Carpenter out, I figured I need to upgrade my pitching and hope I still have a chance once I get those bats back.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I wouldn’t do it. See if you can work a two for one on Mad Bum or if he’ll do E5 straight up, if you’re that hurting for pitching. I’d hold on Polanco

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

  10. Chud says:
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    Always a great read! 10 team full keeper league trade offer:

    I get Buster Posey and trade Jose Abreu.

    My C is McCann (who I am cutting end of year) n CI spots include Rizzo, Arenado, Franco, & Josh Bell.

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: Yeah that’s a good move, go accept.

  11. Howard says:
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    Ralph, I’ve been hearing rumours about your boy Benintendi being called up in the near future. Is he a viable stash in redraft leagues? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Howard: It looks that way. I didn’t think we’d see him until September, but that might not be the case.

      His exact comments when asked. “He’s played very well, but I wouldn’t get into individual cases [for promotions],” Dombrowski said Saturday at Fenway Park. “I’ve never felt that Triple-A is really a necessity with good players. I’ve jumped many guys from Double-A in my career.”

      He claims they aren’t looking to trade Benintendi but if he’s up before the deadline that looks like a showcase to me.

      • Howard says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I hope he is not being showcased. Looking forward to the “Killer B” outfield of Betts, Bradley and Benitendi!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Howard: Dombrowski is saying he’s not, but it’s Dombrowski.

  12. phil says:
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    When do you think Lucas Giolito will be back and what kind of number for the rest of the year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @phil: I think he’s back right after the break. He was sent down just to keep him on a regular schedule.

  13. ichirosan says:
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    As many have stated previously, this is always a great read. Thanks for the effort you put into writing it :)

    I’m looking to stash a prospect in my 16-man dynasty bench before the prospect gets raided next week in our prospect draft. As such, I want to consider only players that are likely to contribute this year. I’m trying to decided between Ryon Healy, Alex Verdugo and Dylan Cozens (who I like the most, but seems more likely that I would target in our prospect draft). Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ichirosan: Healy has the best chance at an impact, but Verdugo and Cozens are better grabs IMO. I’d get Verdugo on my roster now, and see what I could grab in the draft.

  14. Micah says:
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    I’m a big fan of Dahl and his owner is playing hardball with me. He did offer me Dahl and Junior Guerra for Dee Gordon though. Or I could have Kyle Seager and Guerra for Gordon. Thoughts? (12 team dynasty league)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Micah: Make the Dahl and Guerra trade. He’s going to be a monster.

  15. Knucks says:
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    RIP the Aaron Judge train of 2016

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Knucks: Yeah saw the knee injury could keep him on the shelf. See he literally rotted away.

  16. MJC says:
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    I was offered mazara for bregman in a keeper league, standard cats with ops also. No cost and keep forever. Who do you prefer

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MJC: That’s a great question. I prefer Mazara, he’s younger and more accomplished.

  17. Mike says:
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    Ralph I asked Grey this question but wanted to run it by you. My team is in the tank for the rest of the season and I own guys like Judge, Ed Rod, Brinson, Peraza, Swanson, Bregman and Severino. I barely have 10 active out of 26. I’ve also got starters like Gausman and Tomas while Brendan Rodgers, Meadows, and Dahl are out there available. Do I hold guys like or dump for better future talent?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Dump Ed-Rod, Peraza, and Severino, for Meadows, Dahl, and Rodgers. Like do it now, why not?

      • Mike says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: We only hold live drafts 3 times each season. So you’re stuck with who you have for a while at a time.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Mike: so there’s no waviers just three live drafts?

          • Mike says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Exactly. People like Michael Fulmer, Paxton, and Duffy are out there too. It’s a conundrum every draft…13 players all keeper and no minimum on prospects.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Mike: Fulmer is tempting

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job,thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Anytime Al

  19. The Humber Games says:
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    Drop Kepler for Dahl? I know it’s a no brainer for prospect hounds, but Kepler is playing now and he has a shot at being one of those ‘how did we not see this coming’ guys in short order.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Humber Games: Yeah I mean I like Kepler, I think he’s going to be a good MLB player, but I think Dahl is a star. If you need someone right now, then keep Kepler.

  20. Prague says:
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    Hey, Ralph – love the column.

    I recently swapped Bregman for A.J. Ramos in a keeper league where I’m in win-now mode. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Prague: Yeah that’s a steep price for Ramos. Gotta do what you gotta do though.

      • Prague says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: We only get to keep five players a-year, and I already have Rizzo, Bryant, Springer, G. Cole, and Kluber. I have Matz for cheap, as well – he’s my backup. Felt like getting something for Bregman now was a must.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Prague: that’s different makes a ton of sense.

  21. Gregjeffries says:
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    Kepler or Mazara ROS? Kepler has been pretty hot while Mazara seems to be falling back to earth.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gregjeffries: In keeper it’s still Maxara for me.

      • Gregjeffries says:
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        Gotcha. its a 15 team rotis league where can keep 5 w/o limits, but with Altuve, Betts, Springer, Xander and Brantley/Myers I think my keepers maybe set.

        Tough decision, That Kepler power is so tempting right now!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Gregjeffries: It’s cause he’s German

  22. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    Would you trade $1 Devers and $1 O’Neill for $10 Benitendi?

    Prices escalate on a scale so I’d be able to keep either of these guys for the next few years at a good cost

  23. Nitro says:
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    10 team keeper.
    A Reyes T Turner, Dahl, or Josh Bell for this year impact?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nitro: Turner

  24. Spindr says:
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    Ralph,

    20 Dynasty League keep forever question. I have M. Trout. My team is going to make the playoffs (8 teams). But I’m limping in with a few injuries and a couple holes in my hitting. team strength is pitching.

    I can turn M. Trout and D. Acevedo into N. Mazara, N. Castellanos, J. Baez and either T. Naquin or T. O’Neill.

    I’ve crunched the numbers and it’s very close. I gain almost 10 years in youth and two/three players who could easily produce more.

    Like the deal or no? Close? Do you like T. Naquin (win now) or T.O’Neill more as the last player.

    Appreciate all your write ups and insight.
    Thanks.

    Spindr

    • thorbs says:
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      @Spindr: I move someone other than Trout, like one of your injured guys. This looks like a deal you’d make if you’re out of the race and trying to tool up for next year, tbh, and you’re getting a pu-pu platter for Trout. Castellanos is great, but Mazara has a limited ceiling IMO, and so does Baez with his over-aggressiveness at the plate.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Spindr: I’d hold onto Trout that’s a dynasty piece that’s not worth selling, unless you’re getting two top 25-30 guys. I also wouldn’t want to get rid of Acevedo in addition to Trout.

      Now if it was Mazara, Nick Castellanos, O’neill, and another player somewhere between Mazara and Castellanos, I’d consider it just for Trout.

  25. J-FOH says:
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    Super old school razzballer Royce! is going to the futures game today

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Bregman is raking!!!

  26. B the Esq. says:
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    Currently have Alex Reyes in an N/A spot in yahoo keeper league…keeps 10. Rather have Bregman or Reyes? I know it contextual, but in a vacuum, who is the better impact player this year and net couple? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @B the Esq.: I’d rather have Bregman, he’s a hitter and there’s a smaller range of outcomes.

  27. Skeezix says:
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    OK Ralph, love your prospect list, but need your help leading up to my prospect draft. 10-team roto league, but we carry 40-man rosters. We keep 4 hitters and 2 pitchers every year, but we also get to keep 3 ‘prospects’ each year, but only for the year we pick them plus two more. I currently have Berrios and Phillips for one more year if I choose to keep them, as well as these three upcoming picks. Our draft is Tuesday, and it’s looking like i’ll pick 4th. we can take anyone without an MLB appearance, including Cubans (i.e. either Gourriel) and unposted Japanese players (i.e. Otani).

    Given our format, I’m trying to decide my order for the first round. Here are the top 7 players available from your list, but wondering if you can help rank them for me given my format. I will say I’m not likely to take Reyes in the first round unless you REALLY recommend him, but I’m also intrigued with Otani (not sure where he’ll go). It also appears that i’m pretty much out of contention for this year, so immediate impact is less critical (we do have a rookie spot both for pitchers and hitters, so 2017 impact is preferred).

    Bregman
    Benintendi
    Frazier
    Meadows
    Reyes
    Hader
    Dahl
    Shohei Otani
    Lourdes Gourriel
    Yulesky Gourriel

    Sorry for the novel, and thanks for the help!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Skeezix: No problem, happy to help.

      Bregman
      Benintendi
      Meadows
      Frazier
      Otani
      Dahl
      Lourdes Gourriel Jr.
      Yuleski Gourriel
      Josh Hader
      Alex Reyes

      I love Otani based on what I’m reading. The trouble with him is when he posts. He has the potential to be an immediate MLB ace.

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks so much for the feedback Ralph! I’m surprised you ranked Hader above Reyes above? Are you having trouble trusting the control, or is it about his potential bullpen role for this year?

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          @Skeezix: Sorry, also meant to ask why Dahl is as low as he is given the high praise I’ve seen from you on him (plus he will play in Colorado…).

          Thanks again – great stuff as usual.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Skeezix: I ranked all of the others ahead of him in my top 100. You pretty much listed the top 5 hitters in the minors not named Moncada. I think in the end it’s just splitting hairs.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Skeezix: I ranked Reyes ahead of Hader. A week ago by one spot, I flip flop on the two. They’re very close in my mind. The bullpen threat is greater with Reyes though.

  28. Cainer says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    I’m a new reader to Razzball and it’s easily the most entertaining, yet informative fantasy site I’ve come across. Quick question for ya….I’m in a 10 team H2H pts league and I want to drop Lackey after his recent stretch of poor performances. The only reason I am even hesitating is because of how dominant he was to start the year. Obviously some regression was due, but do you expect him to rebound or is he droppable in a shallower league with tons of great streaming options on the waiver wire? Thanks and keep up the good work!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Cainer: I’d try to trade him personally. In a league like that he’s still got to be a top 25 arm no? If not then use your judgement and drop him. You got a few days to make a move though.

  29. Db says:
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    Team looks like this, love stashing not these prospects
    12 team redraft
    C grandal
    1b belt
    2b schoop
    3b Frazier
    If Corey Seager
    Ss lindor
    Of marte , trout , Justin upton, Khris David
    Util Franco, villar
    Na Bregman , dl jd Martinez

    Pitchers
    Alex Reyes, Glasnow, Danny Salazar, Paxton, Pomeranz, Danny Duffy, hellickson, Gomez, estevez, Maurer, kinztler

    I have two open spots on my team, are you adding benintendi, bell, or Dahl? Or filling in with streamers for time being?

    • Db says:
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      @Db: also add trea Turner and Kepler to list

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Db: Turner and Kepler if we’re just looking his year

        • Db says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: what starting pitcher does something this year, Alex Reyes? Or got someone else in mind?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Db: Tomorrow’s post will cover this.!

  30. Alan says:
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    I need to get 2-3 of these guys for this year/next year and 2-3 for star potential regardless of when they make it up. For each category who would you grab amongst : Carlos Asuaje, Adalberto Mejia, Tito Polo, Scott Kingery, Ronald Acuna, Luke Leftwhich, Marcos Diplan, Donnie Dewees, Kebryan Hayes, Michael Gettys, Andrew Stevenson, Paul De Jong, Jharrel Cotton, Yefri Perez, Jordan Patterson, Mike Soroka, Jack Flaherty, Max Schrock, Kyle Wren.
    thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alan: this year next year: Asuaje, Patterson, and Cotton. I’m not sure there are any other options that help both years.

      Long term: Polo, Acuna, Hayes

        • Alan says:
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          @Alan: Do you think Kyle Wren could be a source for SB this year??

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Alan: Yeah sure, he’s been getting on base. Not an awful flier to take.

  31. Nick says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    just to let you know how my rookie (offline) draft went last week!

    pick#1: Kyle Lewis was the obvious choice , following your advice
    pick#13 (round 2-1): i landed Alex Kiriloff OF
    pick#25 (round 3-1): Bryan Reynolds OF
    pick#29 (traded pick): Nolan Jones 3B

    i wanted a pitcher for my 2nd pick, but they ALL went in round 1:
    4. Garret 5. Anderson 6.Burdi 7.Puk 8.Groome 11.Quantrill 12.Pint
    same for round 2, the rest of interesting arms is gone, i wanted Dakota with my 3rd pick, he went #22

    btw, looks like i’ve got the (future) power with those bats! :)

    Nick

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nick: Nice haul!!

  32. RePete says:
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    Best stash for 2016 only in an OBP League: Gallo, Dahl, or Judge?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @RePete: Dahl unless Judge’s not that hurt. If Judge isn’t hat hurt its a no brainer. Gallo needs an injury, maybe two!

  33. Branta says:
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    For 2017 and beyond, who ya got: Bregman or Moncada?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Branta: Moncada, after the last week I’m wondering if I should have ranked him first. He looks absurd.

      • beardawg says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: do you think Moncada gets a call before September?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @beardawg: If the buzz gets crazy, and there’s a Pedroia injury it wouldn’t shock me. Dombrowski was waxing poetic about printing guys from AA and his history of doing so yada, yada, yada.

  34. Clint says:
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    Ralph, with the big leagues so starved for stolen bases, do you see any names from the minors or on the DL to stash that would provide a huge boost there & actually get the call before or around September? Only young guy that’s gotten the call so far & is available for obvious reasons in my 12 team roto league’s Mallex Smith. I get 2 DL & 2 prospect spots I can fill with potential speedsters.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Clint: Arcia, Margot, Turner was just promoted. As for DL, Mallex Smith is the only one that comes to mind.

  35. Will says:
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    Any chance Bregman qualifies for 3B and 1B? Also, thoughts on Baez or Bregman ROS and keeper?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Will: 3b yes, don’t think he’ll end up at first.

      Baez, until Bregman is up.

  36. Brian says:
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    I’m in a 16 team dynasty, 6×6 H2H with K/BB and OPS extra cats, plus QS instead of W. the leader of each roto cat at the end of the season wins $. Here is my roster. C – Wilson Ramos, 1B – hosmer, 2B – kipnis, SS – correa, 3B – bryant, OF – Blackmon, nelson cruz, marte UTIL – beltre, ortiz BN – brantley, stanton, harrison, jose ramirez SP – price, teheran, sonny gray, Quintana, jose fernandez, salazar, gausman, liriano, jamie Garcia RP – papelbon, seung oh, melancon, neris, dull, madson, mau cabrera, karns. Minors roster is Susac, Lara, Mateo, Guerra, Verdugo, Yusniel Diaz, phillips, tyler o’neill, pete o’brien luis alexander basabe, austin voth, alex reyes, Jorge lopez, clevinger, cease, Oscar de la cruz, kuhl. back of rotation (gausman, liriano, sonny, karns, jaime garcia) has been garbage behind jofer, price, teheran, quintana, salazar. looking for another SP. doesn’t necessarily have to be young.
    1. can you rank order in which you’d attempt to acquire (or give me the top 5 you’d go after)… wainwright, smyly, paxton, duffy, wacha, kazmir, bauer, verlander, roark, pomeranz, mccarthy, matt moore, verlander. These are my “bargain” targets.
    2. my big time ticket is carrasco. go for a cheaper option above, or go after carrasco to grab an elite guy?
    3. is alex reyes, mateo, and a first rd pick a reasonable opening offer for carrasco or am I paying too much?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: At work, this one takes some serious thought. I’ll be back to you in a few hours.

      • Brian says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: hey ralph, had a chance to chew on this yet?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Brian: Sorry thought I answered this in my top 100 post.
          1.Pomeranz, Tanaka, Bauer, Odorizzi, Verlandrr, Eickoff, Hendricks, Paxton, Duffy
          2.Carrasco!!!
          3.Depends the league setup. In a 12 team with 120 minors owned, no. But a deeper league with salary caps maybe

          • Brian says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks a lot Ralph! You might have. I honestly forgot to go back and check that one.

  37. Chad Donaldson (Josh cousin) says:
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    Who is a sneaky buy low candidate with pop in the Dee Gordon range? JD Martinez work?

    I’m a PED Gordon owner but already own Altuve and Moncada. 8 man keeper/dynasty

    Thanks

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I could see you having to look at someone like Adam Hones if you’re lucky. You’ll have to test the market

  38. sh says:
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    Ralph in a 12 team forever keeeper league would you deal A.Miller NYY for Profar and Severino. That would leave me with Papelbon, Melancon and Soria as my three RP.. And what do you thing of Will Harris, will he be the closer for the rest of the year.?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sh: Harros has been light out so far. D-backs really botched that one.

      I’d take that gamble if I was two years away. Otherwise I’d hold Miller. In fact I’d hold Miller until after the deadline. If he or Aroldis get dealt it changes his value a ton.

  39. philbe says:
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    deep dynasty and out of contention….drop Vogt for Rhys Hoskins ? looking to make moves now for 2017 before the other owners

    Also have Bour and Bird on the DL

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @philbe: Yeah dump Vogt for Hoskins

  40. torenado says:
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    I’m not entirely sure how I feel about this deal, please weight in. 12 team mixed dynasty, I’ve been offered Kluber & Franklin Barreto for Ozuna & Eloy Jimenez. I’m not exactly flush at the OF position (Marte,Heyward,Ozuna,Duvall,Grichuk/Bourjos & Domingo Santana on the shelf) but I could use Kluber this year and stream hot bats off waivers for my last OF position. Strasburg is my ace and Archer was my second SP pick. I do have Rich Hill. K/9 instead of total strikeouts.

    I feel like it is a strong offer, but I don’t want to do it. Am I just being a Cubs homer? I love what Ozuna could turn out to be too.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @torenado: It’s a fair deal. Moving Jimenez and Ozuna is tough though. Kluber is worth no more than Ozuna, and Barreto could end up being better than Jimenez. With that said I think Ozuna and Jimenez is the side you’d want to be on the receiving end of in 2-3 years

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