No joke, this is how my day opened. I woke up (amazing!), went for my usual run, came home and begin my usual shizz, shower, and shave routine. The thing is, during the first part of my usual triple S routine, I was checking my email. BTW more emails get checked on the throne than anywhere else in the world. In fact if you don’t bring your phone into the hopper, you’re a sociopath. Simple and plain. Anywho, I check my email and am greeted by this beaut.

“This morning we received a report that an individual wearing a clown costume was seen on a school campus in Your Random Massachusetts town. All schools were alerted and schools responded consistent with safe school readiness practices. Our police investigated and have reported that this is confirmed to be hoax. I appreciate the quick response by our schools and police. Thank you.”

Wait, so we’re dressing as clowns now, or doing clown hoaxes? Da fudge? Pranksters, it’s like I don’t even know you anymore. While our parents are worried about millennials twerking and snapchatting, I’m freaked out by their affinity for incest porn, and clown related happenings !?!? I’m not sure what to call all this clowning around. Pun point! Hit me brass section! Oh yeah, did you want to talk about baseball? I mean, I can do that if you wish. Today we’re going to continue my stop by stop tour of the leagues of the lower minors, and dig into the Midwest league. This particular A ball circuit, may in fact have the most star power of any league we’ve profiled so far. Playing home to several jewels of the Brewers, Cardinals, and Cubs systems. Now that we’ve talked clowns, my personal life, and weird millennial fetishes, let’s talk some A Ball, and Eloy Jimenez.

 

Midwest League

Jordan Yamamoto, RHP Brewers: I’ve written about Yamamoto a few times this year, including my first Mining The Numbers post, and my final Minor League Update of the year. Here’s my scouting notes from his most recent mention, “he mixes a a mid 90’s fastball, with a plus slider, and an average curveball to generate swings and misses. He also induces groundballs at a near 50% rate.” He’s a smallish righty so there’s some bullpen risk, but the K/9 of 10.18 and the extreme groundball rate make him very interesting as a dynasty prospect.

Isan Diaz, 2B/SS Brewers: Diaz’s overall numbers for 2016 look solid, but what you can’t see is the strides he made as a hitter in the second half. From June 1st on he slashed .292/.393/.556 with 17 homers and 8 steals. This second half production jump, makes him an easy top 20 fantasy prospect in my eyes, let’s see where he ranks on others lists. He has some swing and miss to his game as he strikes out around 25% of the time, but it’s not out of control though, and his walk rate in the low teens is phenomenal. Dollars for doughnuts, marble crullers, and maple bars, Diaz is one of the players you should be trading for in dynasty leagues.

Eloy Jimenez, OF Cubs: By far the most popular and most highly regarded prospect in this Midwestern party. I’m not sure what a Midwestern party consists of, but I’m willing to bet the grub would be banging. So grab a couple of baby backs and let’s talk Eloy. He finished third in the Midwest batting title, smacked a homer in The Future’s Game, and got on a first name basis with baseball fans in the know. He brings hit tool, power, and a little speed. The next possible stud prospect to come out of the Cubbies system.

Magneuris Sierra, OF Cardinals: The 20 year old outfielder isn’t the type of prospect I go gaga for, but if could add 10-15 homer pop he’s got the speed and contact to be a 90-100 run, 30 steal guy. He hit .307 with 31 steals, in 562 plate appearances. The power is really a downer though, only 3 homers and a .088 ISO. A potential future rookie nookie SAGNOF force in the making, though best case scenario he’s years away.

Eddy Martinez, OF Cubs: I went from not believing Eddy Martinez actually existed to being one of his bigger defenders. In his first year of North American ball Martinez was solid but inconsistent. He slashed .254/.331/.380 with 10 homers and 8 steals. He’s still only 21 and pretty raw, but he’s an exciting prospect if he can develop a little more game power and refine his tools. I’m willing to accept the middling production this season, and chalk it up as an adjustment period. The all around skillset, and advanced approach are evident, 2017 will be a true “put up or shut up” season for Eddy Mart.

 

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  1. Packers says:
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    I’m going to be part of a start over redraft dynasty keep all league. This league is for 5 years for sure and could be longer if the members vote to keep it going. All monies paid up front. How would you approach such a draft? I’m thinking of drafting current studs before reaching to deep for prospects. I plan on staying away from aging stars such as Bautista, Miggy, Bum ect. Is this a solid approach?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Packers: I’d try and target younger players with great production, and use long term value as the ultimate differentiatior between players. I usually build my core in the first 12 rounds and then target good prospects that will be valuable trade chips that will be attractive to the teams that decide to rebuild two months in. Then you fill your roster with overlooked and undervalued MLB guys. I usually finish with under the radar prospects that I see as climbers and breakouts for 2017 and beyond.

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Packers: I want to preface this by saying this is an alternative option for this draft. If this is for money with the possibility of only 5 years duration then going win now is not a bad idea. Many players hit decline years around the same time but not all players (v mart beltre) so keep an open mind to zag in the draft based on what other strategies people are employing. If everyone has the same strategy and leaves lots of numbers on the table at great value then go for it now. Also try to play on prospect perceptions, for example, jharel cotton was labeled a bullpen arm for a couple years but he was always a starter in the minors. He moves to Oakland in a trade and hes a solid starter down the stretch for the A’s and looking like he has a rotation spot going into next year. In dynasty leagues a lot of people stayed away from him because he was labeled a bullpen arm and written off. My point is keep an eye out for solid but not highly ranked AA and AAA pitchers for those staff fillers that will cost you pennies on the dollar. Other players like Robbie Ray, and the Mets Gsellman and Lugo all fit this mold. We all want the Cadillac but Cadillacs are notorious for being unreliable where the Camrys of the minor leagues can come up and be dependable yet unspectacular.

      • Packers says:
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        @Big Odio: Thanks for sharing. With the possibility of only 5 years I agree with you and Ralph on building a core with overlooked players as roster fillers. I keep in mind all players were hot prospects at one time .

  2. Tehol Beddict says:
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    They put our posts out at same time to continue our sack scathing rivalry. TO THE DEATH

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tehol Beddict: Seriously my sack is so scathing.

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good stuff Ralph. Now I will rant, of course you don’t mind…hehe

    What the BUCK, Showalter!?!? Ublowdo gives up singles to Travis and Joey Bats and you leave him in there to face E5, with a rested, CY Young candidate in your bullpen in Zach Britton, who gave up ONE run, that is correct ONE run since MAY 5th…WHAT THE BUCK????????????

    I just had to get that off of my hairy chest. Now, I don’t like either team, Yankees fan here..But JEEZ da WEEZ, play the game, it is win or go home and you do NOT use the best PITCHER on your team, when you need to!! WHAT THE BUCK??????

    I am done now, Thank you

    • Count de Monetball says:
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      You’re right, that is absolutely ridiculous!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: I’m watching that game and scratching my head like, where’s Britton? I liked that he went to Givens, Brach and O’Day first, but then he brings in Ubaldo and I’m shocked. As soon as he came in I looked at my wife and said game over.

      That E5 jack was a freaking rocket too

  4. Bruce says:
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    Diaz or Amed Rosario in a dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Bruce: Diaz all day. LOve the power and speed. Rosario is a hit tool guy with a little power and speed.

  5. Raoul Duke says:
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    In your last podcast you had some concerns about AJ Reed. Would you rather have Christin Stewart than Reed at this point?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Raoul Duke: I’all still take Reed, but it’s much closer than I could have ever imagined. I still think Reed is the better prospect, and he’s already here.

  6. Miketron says:
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    I read all your posts on the shitter, so this courtesy flush is for you!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Miketron: That’s why I’m the shit. I own the toilet time.

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