A lot of the MLB trade deadline coverage I’ve seen has been comprehensive, or given the old college try at such, but I will do neither. 

Instead, I will zero in on the things I’ve taken away for fantasy function. Even so, I will miss things and obscure the reality of a player’s potential at times for the sake of finishing a sentence. Baseball is so limitless it’s really all we prospect few ever really do: obscure reality’s unknowable potential so we can take our snapshots and hit our deadlines. In accepting and embracing this chaos, I hope to stay a step ahead of the competition, and I hope you’ll join me like two wild runners in Pamplona gambling with their blood. 

Partly because Andrew Heaney is now a Yankee, Los Angeles LHP Reid Detmers debuts today! He’s good. Probably my favorite pitching prospect for a while in that fluid, real value v. perceived value lens. 

Seattle 2B Abraham Toro may have just rammed his way into an everyday opportunity at the keystone on the coast. Nice pickup if seeking infield relief. 

Houston OF Jake Meyers should be the Astros centerfielder now that Straw is sucking up those CF at bats in Cleveland. We’ve still got a Chas McKormick sized pothole to navigate. I’ve got a big daddy of McKormick’s vodka at the ready in case Meyers winds up on the outside looking in. He’s atop my priority list in a 15-team dynasty. 

I added Miami OF Bryan De La Cruz in all my dynasty leagues at the last faab run. He’s been swinging at everything in the minors but still hitting .320+ with power. I suspect the Marlins will play him as long as he gives them any reason to do so. 

Miami RHP Dylan Floro is my pick to inherit the closer role. It’s a little fishy to jump the gun, but I dropped a huge portion of my budget on him in a 15 where I lost saves from Yimi Garcia, Kendall Graveman and Richard Rodriguez this week. Tough stretch for Levy Pants, Inc. 

Chicago 3B Patrick Wisdom’s cleverness will be tested covering both corners for the Cubbies. Cheap power and everyday at bats, huzzah!

All the action was bad news for Atlanta OF Drew Waters, who again finds himself buried by multiple veteran bats just as he was seeing some daylight. Organizations themselves tell us a lot about a player’s readiness, I think. 

Arizona 3B Drew Ellis started Saturday and could wind up with the gig in Eduardo Escobar’s wake. Was having a solid season in AAA, refining his plate skills, which is really all you can take away from their AAA setting. 

Miami OF Corey Bird has a chance at center since the Marlins didn’t find a replacement for Starling Marte. Was red hot in July: .365/.467/.542, 2 HR, 5 SB. 

Chicago (NL) LHP Justin Steele has been building up innings in AAA and should come back soon with a rotation spot. I like him. 

Chicago (NL) RHP Manuel Rodriguez finds himself with a late-inning opportunity as a rookie. Has been lights out all season, even in the futures game. Great add for the Saves needy in deep leagues. 

Pittsburgh RHP David Bednar will likely share the closer role with RHP Chris Stratton from here on out. Both have the stuff to succeed. 

Pittsburgh 2B Rodolfo Castro looks like an everyday player already. Hope you got in early. Or still can. 

Pittsburgh SS Hoy Jun Park might be the same, or he might share chances with Castro. Either way, I’m into it. 

Chicago (AL) 2B Jake Burger benefits from the Nick Madrigal trade and may have been a factor in it to begin with, if the Sox have liked what they see enough to go that extra mile and send Madrigal. 

Cleveland RHP Peyton Battenfield escapes a sort of pitching prospect purgatory in Tampa, and I am excited to see where it goes from here. I think he could hang in the majors right now. 

Don’t mean to shit on Tampa Bay 3B Austin Shenton, but I liked his chances of actually playing everyday better in Seattle, even if I like his chances of continuing to evolve as a hitter in Tampa. 

Chicago (NL) OF Greg Deichmann breaks through the dam separating him from his first big league chance. I really like this addition for the Cubs and think he should be added in most leagues if he’s not owned already. 

I erred in omitting Washington C Keibert Ruiz from my recent Top 100 Prospects update. I really didn’t think the Dodgers would trade him. Then again, I don’t think they would’ve unless the Nats suddenly saw a way to escape Max Scherzer’s deferred 105 million dollars to be paid out between 2022 and 2028. I still haven’t confirmed if that’s indeed what happened because it seems nobody’s really detailing it for whatever reason, but the initial story reported the Dodgers had taken on all remaining money, so . . . I guess they bought Trea Turner for two playoff runs. Anyway it’s kind of a bummer for Ruiz, who I imagine is still less likely than new acquisition Riley Adams or Tres Barrera to catch for Washington in 2021, simply because they’re probably now in clock-controlling mode. 

But perhaps I’m wrong again on Ruiz because Washington 2B Luis Garcia looks like he’ll play every day in the nation’s capital, which means he’ll be working harder than anyone charged with running the country this summer. 

Washington 3B Carter Kieboom is the sound America makes anytime anything happens. He’s also always been overrated but might not be so bad if given a real chance to thrive. 

Washington RHP Josiah Gray is being promoted to pitch big league innings as well, so again, I’m probably wrong on Ruiz being held back all year. I like Gray’s pitch mix a lot and think he’s likely to earn the Nats a lot of WAR, which is often good for absolutely nothing on mediocre teams. Say it again, y’all.

Ah. Ugh. Okay I will. Washington RHP Tanner Rainey comes back from the IL just in time for some save chances.

But I’m a little more interested to see how Washington RHP Gabe Klobosits fairs in his first few innings up from AAA. He’s given up 2 ER all year in 36 innings. Okay, Gabe. 

Texas RHP Drew Anderson will start some games after the departure of Kyle Gibson. He’s been solid in AAA this year (20.3 K-BB%, 1.19 WHIP), so he’s a decent track or add-and-bench type if you’re desperate. 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

  1. FANTASY ICON says:
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    Do you think Greene and/or Lodolo get called up this season? If so, do you think either will be more valuable than Detmers?

    Keep up the good work. I enjoy the prospect articles.

    • The Itch

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      It’ll all come down to Reds’ needs, I suppose, but they’re both in play imo. Kind of a coin toss between them and Detmers, so I’d take the bird in the bigs.

      Thanks for the kind words!

  2. Thundergunn says:
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    Great article itch!

    Daulton Jeffries starting today, worth grabbing in deeper mixed leagues?

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Thundergunn!

      And yes definitely as long as he’s healthy, Jefferies is worth a twirl.

  3. Jimmy says:
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    Amazing stuff! You are the best in the industry! What about Reiss Nehr? Pitching for the Friers today compared to some of the arms listed above? Thank you!!

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Jimmy!

      I think Knehr is more org innings eater than a piece for our game in most leagues.

  4. LG Baseball says:
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    Hey Itch – great write up.

    1) Have a chance to get Brujan for Freddy P in a keeper. Would you make that trade?

    2) I have Arenado and another guy has Tork, Luciano and Abrams. My league highly values prospects and I could probably swing a deal in a keep forever for one of them using Arenado. Would you make that move and would you rank Abrams, Lucianao and Tork the same order as your recent top 100 in terms of priority?

    Thanks!
    LG

    • The Itch

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      Hi, LG!

      All comes down to the win curve here.

      I’m probably keeping both vets in most scenarios, but if you can kick something light in w Nolan to get two blue chippers, I’m intrigued.

  5. Jimmy says:
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    Hey Itch one more ? Deichman- Meyers -Del a Cruz 18 team dynasty 5×5…thank you!

    • The Itch

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      Meyers for skills but it might be De La Cruz for playing time. I’d take Meyers and hope Houston works him into the lineup.

  6. stevie says:
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    Great stuff Itch! What’s your pick for the rest of season outlook between Rodolfo and Thairo?

    • The Itch

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      I’ll take Thairo but I’d want both if possible.

  7. toolshed says:
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    Couple of twins questions.

    Do you think moving to min helps swr? He has struggled this year in AA. Do you see him rebounding or has the shine worn off?

    Also wanted to ask about John Winder. Do you think he gets a called up and what kind of ceiling does he have?

    Last one, royce lewis still is highly ranked despite the injury. Do you think he is up next year and would you sell him once he demonstrates he is healthy? I think I read you were down on him before. Not sure if the twins recent moves and state of franchise changes anything. Thanks

    • The Itch

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      I do think the Minnesota move helps, and I think it helps that SWR is pitching with Team USA. It’s okay w me that he’s struggled as a 20 yo in AA. Perceived value probably varies quite a bit league to league at the moment. A sell in leagues where people will pay up, a buy in leagues where he’s cheap, imo.

      I like Winder, but I’m worried the Twins are in clock-control mode now.

      If Lewis comes back generating a ton of hype, I would shop him. I am curious how he’s spent his year. If he’s working on pitch selection and plate skills, which can be done with video-game type programs, the time away may have been good for him.

      • toolshed says:
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        Thanks Itch!

  8. cable says:
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    h/h points 12 team league ..redraft

    start 5 SPers per week

    my staff
    C. Morton
    L. Giolito
    K. Maeda
    C. Burnes
    F. Peralta
    K. Gausman
    L. Castillo
    K. Muller
    F. Valdez
    J. deGrom(I)
    T. Gonsolin(I)

    would you trade Burnes & Peralta for G Cole ?

    two Brewer pitchers are going to be on a innings limit

    • The Itch

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      Nah I’d hold the Crewers. Cole looks mortal now without the spidey sense.

  9. Screwballs says:
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    Thanks for the new update Itch; they are always appreciated.

    I picked up Florial on your recommendation in my 20 team H2H league using both AVE and OBP. I can hold 3 in my NA spot. Now that he’s been sent back down, who’s the drop between him, Shane Baz, Josh Jung and Josh Lowe?

    • The Itch

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      Florial’s the drop, I think.

  10. Player X says:
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    When do yoy think we see Jose Miranda? Was hoping the Twins would move Donaldson to make some room. Also, so you think Corbin Carroll makes his debut maybe midseason next year?

    • The Itch

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      Yeah I had the same hopes for Miranda. Looks like he’ll have to wait until the Twinkies contend again early next year.

      Carroll is likely a 2023 April or June situation, given Arizona’s place on the win curve.

  11. junior56 says:
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    Great Article!

    What your opinion of Elly De La Cruz as a prospect?

    What is your take on the Cubs prospect haul at the deadline?

    • The Itch

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      Thanks!

      I’m lukewarm on De La Cruz. Has caught the eyes of some tastemakers already, but there’s a lot of swing at everything, lot of swing and miss. Certainly worth tracking, but I’d wait to add him.

      Meh, Cubs did okay, I guess, outside of the Bryant trade. I don’t understand the fascination with Alexander Canario, and I don’t think a pop-up prospect who’s old for level should be headlining a Bryant deal, even as I like that player.

      And it’s weird to me that the Yankees paid essentially the same for Clay Holmes as they did for Anthony Rizzo. That seems like a fail, but I do like Alcantara as a prospect. Maybe it was just a weird big win for Pittsburgh.

      I hope they can trade Madrigal and/or Hoerner at some point. Building an infield around those two does not appeal to me.

      • The Itch

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        Canario having a below average (98 wRC+) as a 21-year-old in Low A, striking out ~30 percent of the time then being traded for Bryant actually irritates the hell out of me if I let it linger, wraps around my mind a Cranberries song.

  12. Ray says:
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    Itch- great articke as usual.
    Dodgers are paying Scherzer salary for 2021 only.
    Miguel Vargas has grown into some power this year. Was happy to see him in you top 100. Why doesn’t he get more love?
    Ray

  13. scoboticus says:
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    Joc sitting vs a Lefty. The platoony tunes has begun.
    Drop him for Lamont Wade in a keeper?

  14. scoboticus says:
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    Rafael Ortega is in Coors later this week. He seems to be hot lately.

    • scoboticus says:
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      Or maybe Colorados own, Connor Joe?

  15. scoboticus says:
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    Joe Ryan’s move to the Twins makes him more attractive?

    • scoboticus says:
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      Would be be a good replacement for Sammy Long?

  16. Nordberg says:
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    when are the Nats going to bring up Ruiz?

  17. Jack says:
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    Josiah Gray or Detmers?

    Tnx

  18. crash921 says:
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    Gausman or Castillo ROS?

  19. Dude says:
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    Ok. So Detmers didn’t look bad at all. I got home just as he was about to be pulled. I like his demeanor and presence more than anything. I was going back and forth between him and Jeffers. Grey praised Jeffers for his control. Detmers fault may be his “nasty” is so nasty to big leaguers, but his poise impressed me. We know rookies will have an adjustment period and normally I am quick to cut and run if not blown away. I like this kid!

  20. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey just wanted to mention a couple things to you.

    Saw Waters the other night at Memphis, Pache too as well as D’Arnaud and Contreras. Lot of decent talent on that team right now. However, Waters looked terrible. I suspect it was just an off game for him. Pache … very nice looking player. Best player I saw was Nolan Gorman though. His swing looks refined, polished. Also, was impressed with Contreras poking one through the hole against a major shift. That’s a hitter’s talent. Was not impressed with Waters or D’Arnaud to be honest.

    One other thing, Madrigal may be out with the ChiSox but Burger has been playing 3B since his trip back to Durham. I don’t think they are all that confident in playing him there but who knows, stranger things have happened.

    I did get in on Rodolfo with a team. He seems decent but I’m unsure about him. What do you like about him Itch? Convince me he’s worth a longer investment!!! Thanks man. Appreciate your work as always.

  21. snapper says:
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    Watching Honeywell (TB) and A. ESPINOSA (SD). Any thoughts on 2021 value?

  22. Moon Shots says:
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    Given where the Nationals call home you’d think they’d be responsible for nearly all the WAR across all of baseball.

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