I know I promised all of you the second installment of my MLB draft preview…..I lied. Sometimes I get an idea between Wednesday and Saturday, and I just go with it. Forgive me, if you can find space in your heart to do that. Besides, we have plenty of time before the draft to get into another 25-40 players, and we will. Not mention some sweet, sweet international action before the J-2 signings. But not today! No, today we update you on the ongoing happenings of the minor leagues, and players making news. So, in that light it’s only appropriate we open with what has to be the buzziest name in all of minor league baseball at the moment. Tyler Glasnow. He who went 7 strong and punched out 11 hapless Louisville Bats hitters last night, the second time he reached that number in his past three starts. His ERA now sits at 1.64, with a ridiculous K/9 of 13! If it wasn’t for The Man and his oppressive super two rules, he’d be facing major league hitting right now. But we’re just not living in a perfect world run by Supreme Leader-Emperor Trump…. just yet. Don’t laugh I’ve been to the future…Regardless, Glasnow needs to be stashed NOW in any league where starting pitching matters. So pretty much everywhere. Unfortunately, you’re probably going to be sitting on him for a month or more. Just bite the bullet and do it, he’s got huge K potential, for a winning team in the National League. That’s a tasty package…..

 

It’s the good, the bad, the ugly; it’s the minor league update for the first week of May. 

Cody Bellinger, 1B Tulsa Drillers (Dodgers): I’d like to tell you that Cody was drilling the ball (get it), but he’s not. So far, all that power and promise shown at Rancho Cucamonga is nowhere to be found. At the moment Bellinger is hitting .167 with no homers. In fact he has zero extra base hits in 24 at bats.

Julio Urias, Oklahoma City Dodgers (Dodgers): Is this the best player in the minors right now? Threw 6 perfect innings on Wednesday, yup 18 up 18 down. Damn innings limits! Recent success aside, there are rumors floating that Urias could be called up to fill a spot in the Dodgers bullpen. He’d probably fill a jack of all trades role, as his stuff is certainly electric enough for any situation. It might be stash time in re-drafts. If I told you to watch him like a cyclops with a monocle would that be insensitive?

David Dahl, OF Hartford Yard Goats (Rockies): For the first month plus of the AA season Dahl is destroying shizz. He presently sits at the top of the Eastern League leaderboards in homers and runs. But his well rounded production (.284/.381/.608 with 10 steals), should make him a target very much on everyone’s radar at the moment.

Brendan Rodgers, SS Asheville Tourists (Rockies): The number three overall pick, and first prep talent taken in the 2015 MLB draft is demolishing A ball. Through 25 games, and nearly 100 at bats, Rodgers is slashing .367/.436/.653 with 6 homers, 22 rbis, and 2 steals. Got to like what you’re seeing from Rodgers at 19 years old.

Ozzie Albies, Gwinnett Braves (Braves): Speaking of impressive 19 year old shortstops, Albies was recently promoted to AAA Gwinnett after stuntin’ on AA through the first 22 games of 2016. So far Albies has struggled, but keep in mind he’s unbelievably young for this level. The aforementioned Rodgers is praised for his play in A ball, and he’s 5 months older than Albies! He’s that young.

Dansby Swanson, Mississippi Braves (Braves): As Albies was going out, Swanson was coming up. The people of Mississippi have been spoiled with shortstop prospects thus far. Swanson was promoted after hitting .333 through 78 at bats in advanced class A. Since being promoted to AA Mississippi, last year’s first pick has slashed .391/.500/.652. Yeah what’s better than video game numbers? Whatever that is, Swanson has those.

Orlando Arcia, Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Brewers): One of the soon-to-be-big promotions of 2016 is bidding his time at AAA waiting for the Brewers to come calling. He’s currently hitting .292 with 2 homers, 12 runs, 17 rbis, and 4 steals in 5 attempts. The numbers aren’t overly impressive, but good enough that come June, Arcia should get his first taste of the bigs. Worth flagging in your RCL’s, but I don’t have to tell you that… Do I?

Victor Robles, Hagerstown Suns (Nationals): One of last year’s big risers has kept up the high level production so far in 2016. 27 games in and Robles is hitting a silly .357 with 29 runs, 11 steals, and a .458 OBP. It will be interesting to see what Robles does as he hits advanced A ball, and potentially AA later this season.

Domingo Acevedo, Charleston Riverdogs (Yankees): The giant flame throwing righty has been mowing down batters through 6 starts in the South Atlantic League. In fact he has a 2.43 ERA to go with a 2.29 FIP, a 9.9 K/9, and a .96 WHIP in 33 innings. He’s a high upside arm to keep an eye on. His stuff is electric, “how electric is it Ralph?”…..Ahhhh he throws 103…..103!!!!! Not all the time, but he supposedly hit it on multiple occasions in the last year. He also throws a solid change, and a raw slider. He’s had command issues previously, but a 1.35 Bb/9 tells me he’s harnessing his stuff thus far.

Phil Bickford, Augusta Green Jackets (Giants): The 18th overall pick in last year’s draft has been racking up the K’s in A ball. He’s been a bit unlucky with his ERA, which sits at 3.86, while his FIP is an ace like 2.18. Bickford should be tested across a couple levels this year, hopefully he fares better than Tyler Beede did last year.

Anderson Espinoza, Greenville Drive (Red Sox): The Red Sox wonder-kin Espinoza has been up and down so far. In his most recent start on Thursday vs the Giants affiliate Augusta, the 18 year old punched out 11 batters in 5 innings. There’s moments of greatness, he just needs to show more consistency to live up to lofty expectations.

Brent Honeywell, Charlotte Stone Crabs (Rays): Another highly touted arm showing his pedigree in the low minors. The righty has been strong to say the least with a microscopic .98 ERA. That ERA is so microscopic we needed to turn the microscope up to 11. That’s science speak. He’s also striking out his share of batters with a K/9 of 9.82. In case you didn’t know Honeywell has the twitter fingers of an anti-social rapper, taking shots at Bryce Harper, and generally not shying away from stating his opinion. Curt Schilling incarnate?

Andrew Benintendi, Salem Red Sox (Red Sox): I’m going to discuss Benintendi as much as I can until the day he’s promoted. So get used to it. His freaking nickname is “Benny Baseball” for Christ sakes. The screams for Benintendi to be promoted to AA are getting louder and louder, so it won’t be long. His 23 game hit streak came to an end on Saturday in the first leg of the double header, but he got back to work in the second game going 2 for 4 with a run and an RBI.

Mauricio DubonSalem Red Sox (Red Sox): One of the prospects gaining a great deal of momentum in the early going is Dubon. As he’s held his own hitting second in the Red Sox order, sandwiched between Yoan Moncada (.330, 3 homers, 19 steals), and Benny Baseball (.375, .433 OBP, 28 RBI’s). Dubon is slashing .352/.419/.389 and showing that he has the ability to hit for contact and get on base, though obviously with no power, as a .389 slugging % is god awful.

Jorge Mateo, Tampa Yankees (Yankees): Mateo has made his bones on contact and speed, and so far in 2016 that’s been his game. A .374 average is just straight bananas, and 8 steals ain’t too shabby either, but and it’s an Iggy Azalea sized but, he’s been caught 8 times too. That’s no bueno for someone who’s supposed to be one of the top base stealers in the minors. Hopefully this can be corrected because a 50% success rate for a top base stealer could obviously lead to less and less green lights. Though it’s highly unlikely that the Yankees would discourage Mateo from running. After all this guy stole 82 bases last year and was caught 17 times.

Ryan O’Hearn, Northwest Arkansas Naturals (Royals): After slugging his way through the first 22 games of 2016 with class A Advanced Wilmington, O’Hearn was promoted to AA Northwest Arkansas. Through his first 4 games there he’s hitting .278 with 1 homer. He’s shown everything he could in the low minors, it should be interesting to see how the power translates in AA.

Hunter Dozier, Omaha Storm Chasers (Royals): After a rough year and a half, Dozier a former first round pick, was considered a dead/dying prospect. 2016 has seen Dozier discover some of his spark as he terrorized AA pitching in the first month of the season. He was promoted to AAA Omaha yesterday and went 1 for 3 in his debut. As I said in the comments last week the true test will be what Dozier does at AAA.

Harrison Bader, Springfield Cardinals (Cardinals): This is your weekly reminder that Harrison Bader is real and he is killing the game. No joke, he’s leading all of AA with a .377 batting average. For a guy that was playing college ball a year ago, and wasn’t even a first round pick, that’s quite the feat. He’s also flashed power too with 5 homers and a .566 slugging %. He doesn’t walk a ton, but he’s too busy putting balls into play. Speaking of balls in play, he’s getting a little lucky to say the least, his BABIP is .479.

Casey Gillaspie, Montgomery Biscuits (Rays): After an up and down first year in pro ball, the Rays 2014 first round pick, and brother of Conor Gillaspie, has found his groove in 2016. Showing superior plate discipline (20.2% BB%) and power (4 homers, .253 ISO), which is exactly the sort of middle of the order skillset the Rays lack. He’s still probably a year away from the big club, but I wouldn’t be shocked if he sees a call up in August should he move up to AAA and continue his hot hitting.

 

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  1. Leon says:
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    If David Dahl and Austin Meadows were both available, who would you prefer to have in a dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Leon: Rightnow I’m feeling Dahl.

  2. Derrick says:
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    Who is the first catcher up in your opinion? W.Contreras, Tom Murphy, A.Knapp, M.Zunino, G.Sanchez, R.McGuire, Hedges, Alfaro, Pentecost, Tyler Stevenson??? Or do I just ride Curt Cassili?

    It’s a 10 team mixed roto (2 catchers). Also why wouldn’t they at least give Urias a few shots at starting with Wood being placed in the pen with his middle relief experience.

    Also do you believe Jose Reyes will get playing time when he returns??

    Trea Turner, Baez, Kang or JP Crawford rest of season. . .

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Derrick: Probably Zunino but I’d ride Cassili. Alfaro is hurt and his stock has dropped a lot after last year, McGuire is 100% a defensive prospect and shouldn’t really be consider for fantasy, the rest are all worth a look upon promotion. I like Sanchez the best.

      The Urias thing is inning based, don’t forget how young this guy is. He probably maxes out at 120 innings this year at most. With he role I envision, I picture him getting starts and multiple innings relief appearances.

      Yeah he’ll play somewhere I’m sure, I doubt they let him rot at that $.

      Kang, he’s up and already hitting.

  3. Big Mike says:
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    In my keeper league, I have been picking up prospects like crazy. I drafted AJ Reed and Berrios, and I picked up both Manaea and now, Urias. Who would be the first two of those you’d want to flip?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Big Mike: Manaea and Berrios. Hold onto the best arm Urias, and power hitter AJ Reed

  4. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey deeper data,

    Got a couple of questions:

    1. H2h Dynasty where I am competing for this year :

    Was offered Carrasco for my M Chapman, Kapriellan and 1st round pick next year (20 teams, keep 23 on major roster)

    2. 15 team keep 11, drop Manaea for De Leon, heard he may be up soon?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nightpandas: What’s up NP!

      1. Seems like a steep price for an injured player. Can you revisit in a few weeks?

      2. Yes, De Leon’s ceiling is much higher even this year. I’ve heard the same that he’s up soon.

  5. Chud says:
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    Ralph,

    Always look forward to your prospect reports – great stuff!

    How have Bradley Zimmer & Nick Williams been doing and any chance of seeing them this summer in the bigs?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: Both could be up at some point. Williams is in AAA and there’s probably less in his way. I watched him a couple of weeks ago when Lehigh was in Pawtucket. He makes good contact, but boy is he aggressive. Not a lot of walks coming from that guy. He’s slashing .281/.302/.404, which isn’t great.

      Zimmer is putting up good counting stats (11 steals and 5 homers) but his average is .230 in AA. Still love the power/speed profile

  6. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey man,

    One more for ya …

    15 team keep 11

    My Berrios and 1st and 2nd rounders (12 and 13) for his Lester and 6th and 7th rounders (18 and 19). ….

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nightpandas: seems like a lot unless you really could use the upgrade.

  7. Andrew says:
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    Do you foresee Jose De Leon getting the call up any time soon and should he be stashed in deeper mixed leagues?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Andrew: Stash him

  8. Adam says:
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    Please rank Gausman, A Sanchez, Tillman, hill ROS?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Adam: Gausman, Hill, Sanchez, and Tillman.

  9. holala says:
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    18 teams, 15 keepers. Would you trade Stroman & Profar for Moncada & Verlander?

    Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @holala: yes

  10. Joe LoPiccolo says:
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    When do you think Reed comes up? I have flirted with the idea of trading him but with Gattis going down I feel like he could be up soon. It would be a kick in the nuttz if I trade him and he’s up by the end of the month. What do you see his final numbers looking like?

    I need turner to save my SB cat. What his ETA?

    Thanks
    J-Lo

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joe LoPiccolo: I think Reed could be up anytime now. With Gattis going down to get his catching chops in order, and White stinking it up the last month I don’t see why White won’t be up. Only thing that’s a road block is super 2.

  11. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Love this list, I have 5 specs from this list, did I say I love this list…LOL

    Glasnow
    Swanson
    Acevedo
    Maeto
    Bader

    Great stuff Ralph!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: No problem they’re all profit if at the moment.

  12. JoeG414 says:
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    Is Andriese a must start today ? 6x6ixed daily roto. I could use the K’s

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JoeG414: Give it a whirl, he’s been good at AAA.

  13. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Your thoughts on:

    Eddie Rosario
    Avasail Garcia

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms:

      would you drop any of these for A. Garcia?

      Mondesí, Raúl
      Hayes, Ke’Bryan
      Profar, Jurickson
      Maitan, Kevin
      Mateo, Jorge
      Swanson, Dansby
      Armenteros, Lazaro
      Bader, Harrison
      Diaz, Yusniel

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Malicious Phenoms: I’d drop both of the above named for Maitan, Lazarito, Swanson, Mondesi, and Mateo.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: oops! If you need an MLB bat maybe Profar or Diaz

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Is Mallex Smith better long term than any of my specs above

  14. Grondcarlo says:
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    Glasnow looks beastly! In an OPS league, who do you like better long term, Reed or Gallo? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Grondcarlo: Reed

  15. phil says:
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    what is your take on JOSH BELL (PIT) ?

    • @phil: Medusa has to cool off first for him to get the call…

      High AVG medium PWR…Hosmer-type?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Wake Up: Spot on assessment, might have better on base skills. He’s a .400 OBP type.

        • @Ralph Lifshitz: .400 OBP ? He should slot in the 8-hole right behind Polanco…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Wake Up: Ha!

  16. Chucky says:
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    12 team Dynasty forever. Currently in 2nd place with a great chance to go deep. 30 man deep rosters with no DL spots. Currently have Domingo Santana sitting on the end of the bench. His current injury will keep him there I’m afraid. Was thinkin’ of swapping out Domingo for The Boy Wonder, Benentendi. May not last long on ww. Whatcha’ say?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chucky: Do it! If it’s a dynasty do it.

  17. Jim says:
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    Awesome! Thank you
    Please rank for this year
    Snell, Berrios, Glasnow, Giolito
    Any other pitcher with higher potential than these 4 I should be stashing?
    Looking forward to some pitching reinforcements!
    Thank you

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim: Glasnow, Snell, Berrios, and Giolito. We may not see Gio till a bit later I’m afraid.

      Taillon is worth a look, same with Urias and De Leon

  18. What Kind of Wood Was That?! says:
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    In a dynasty league how would you now rank Buxton, Benintendi and Brinson?

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: interesting that there’s even somebody in between beni/brinson, in preseason it was brinson/beni back to back (brinson possibly first only from ETA)

  19. Fake Jose Abreu says:
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    Think Dahl gets a call up before September?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fake Jose Abreu: He might, there needs to be an injury. That’s a deep OF.

  20. Scott says:
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    Thanks Ralph!
    Should i drop Nelson or Eickhoff? Nl only, standard pitching cats.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: Nelson

  21. 740 says:
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    thanks for the read!

    10team h2h 6x5cats.

    ROS please pick 2. Rodon, Porcello, Walker, Gausman?

    thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @740: Rodon and Gausman. Porcello is close, Rodon gets the bump due to K upside. Porcellohas been good dating back to last year. So don’t sleep on him.

  22. Schwab says:
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    Great stuff.
    In a dynasty league and looking for a power hitting prospect OF. Could you rank your top 10. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Schwab: power hitting OF. Gallo, Judge, Dahl, Benintendi, Nick Williams, Jesse Winker, Clint Frazier, Tapia, Phillips, Zimmer.

      Not sure if they’re the best power per se, but they’re the best outfield hitters with power.

  23. Quimmy says:
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    Any thoughts on Joe Musgrove? We know the Astros are not shy with calling up arms straight from AA.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Quimmy: He’s solid if unspectacular. McCullers will be back next week after a nice final rehab start in AAA. He’ll see the bugs at some point. Don’t expect to be floors though.

  24. Zach

    Zach says:
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    Great article man. Always enjoy reading about Minor League ball.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Zach: thanks for reading young gun!

  25. Essie says:
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    Are Robles, Espinoza, and Urias all top 5 prospects? Is that crazy? The upside on those three is just jaw dropping! Thank you for the write up.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Essie: Urias is top 5 overall. The other two are top 25-30. Certainly all top 2-3 in their respective organizations.

      Tons of upside

  26. Hammer toes says:
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    Will Carlos Gomez turn it around? I was just offered his Gomez for my Ryan Zimmerman and Yasmani Grandal. Worth it? I have Ramos I could insert into catcher. 14 team keeper, 4 utility slots. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Hammer toes: Yeah I think I’d gamble on that one, even as bad as he’s looked.

  27. Don’t care about sensitivity…but I do know that it was funny!

    In an OPS league who would you rather have for next year, O Arcia or Turner?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wake Up: OPS Turner, I’m not sold that Arcia is going to be a stud fantasy player right away. His ceiling is Omar Vizquel. So expect runs, steals, and a solid average. Turner brings all that with 10-13 homer power.

  28. highmindedness says:
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    You da man Ralph!

    It was Mr. Musgrove, on the field, with the baseball. Should we be paying attention to the clues, or is it too early to stash him in a 20 team ( keep 20) keeper? Is he guilty of really being this good?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @highmindedness: he’s okay, maybe worth stashing of you need pitching

  29. Scott says:
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    Wow. Jed Lowrie is getting some play. Both games of the doubleheader and again today!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: yeah good batty call

  30. Sean says:
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    12 team roto league.
    Should I trade my Tulowitzki for Segura and Ian Kennedy?
    I have plenty of power and could use runs, speed, and k’s. Segura alone may outperform Tulo this season. Anyone else agree? Tulo looks awful at the dish. Thanks guys

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sean: I like that move

  31. Chris says:
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    Thanks Ralphie,

    I Have an interesting pitching matchup this week, 14 team h2h roto 5×5 facing a tough staff.

    This is my staff:
    Liriano @cincy
    Matz @[email protected]
    Gio vs Mia
    Wright vs Houston
    Corbin vs SF
    [email protected] atl
    Rodon @ Tex
    Fiers vs clev @ Bos
    Ray vs sf @ col
    [email protected]
    Krod
    Salas

    This is his staff:
    Bumgarner @ Tor
    Casner @ Mil
    Cueto @ Ari
    Felix Vs Tampa vs LAA
    Iwakuma vs LAA
    Kershaw vs Mets

    RP- Jeffress
    RP- O’Day

    I’m thinking I have a chance at K’s and Wins. Anything else would be a small Miracle in my eyes. He has 3 closers to my one. I get Street back hopefully soon.

    I’m thinking all staters Manaea is the odd man out.

    Would you agree?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: totally agree

  32. Yescheese says:
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    That Urias joke was awesome! Great work sir.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: Thanks Cheese!

  33. web says:
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    Lost Moose… Drury or Nick Castellanos to fill in?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @web: Nicky

  34. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    So your thoughts on Garcia and Rosario are neither is worth much?

    I read somewhere that Rosario was in the same class as Sano annd Buxton..

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: do you think Garcia ever lives up to the hype

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: bummer, Thought sooner than later he would put it all together.. He has been pretty good this week after coming back from being hurt.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Malicious Phenoms: Yeah, I own him in one 18 team dynasty and I’ve been praying to JaBu that he figures it out…

  35. Jonathan A says:
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    Willson Contreras or Brendan Rodgers?

    Contreras intrigues me a lot especially since he should get a shot this summer.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jonathan A: Rodgers, who cares about a catcher

  36. JJ says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    Who do you like best for this year out of De Leon, Snell, Urias, Taillon? Im in a keeper league but we only keep 10 so its pretty doubtful that any of them get kept. I already have Glasnow stashed already as well.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JJ: Snell

      • JJ says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Which of these pitchers if any do you consider keeper worthy in a 10 player keeper league?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @JJ: Urias and Glasnow

  37. G says:
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    Hey Ralph. Was wondering if I should trade Carlos Gomez for Glasnow. I’m in first right now with solid pitching and hitting so just looking to maximize my squad. As of now Marte, Polanco, Mazara, and Arenado fill my OF and utikity slots and find myself with Gomez and Wil Myers on my bench. My league is a 4 player keeper and I will definitely be keeping Machado, Correa, Arenado. It is not definite that Glasnow would be my 4th keeper with options like Mazara, Polanco, and Trea Turner, so would you pull the trigger or am I selling too low on Gonez who at the time I thought I got as a bargain in the 4th round. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @G: Hmmmm, if you need pitching and can deal with sitting for a month and a slowdown/shut down in September

  38. Alan says:
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    Cool stuff. If you could have one, would you go oheard or dubon?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alan: O’Hearn, further along and a power bat.

  39. G says:
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    One more quick question Ralph. Better stash for value this season – Taillon or De Leon

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @G: De Leon, less effected by innings limiting

  40. Another Dan says:
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    Thanks for the dynasty stuff Ralph, it is invaluable to me (I’ve said this before).

    I took over a dynast team during week 1 and have done several trades. All of my trades have been MLB for MLB and milb for milb. I am having trouble tying my valuations together. Any advice ?

    If I have a top 10 prospect what should I be wanting MLB wise ? Top 50 prospect ? Top 100 ? Our league is deep, 15 man milb rosters.

    Thanks again,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: I think it depends on your team and who you’re dealing with. A top 10 spec should get you a very good MLB player maybe even a star depending who. Always ask for more than you think they’ll be willing to agree to

  41. griff says:
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    I’m in 12 team dynasty and have kolten wong, whi has been sucking. I’ve tried to trade him but no luck. Have lawrie filling in and stashed d. Travis. My question: is there any reason to have hope that he turns it around or is he droppable? Was thinking about using spot for rotating hot schomatatos. Ex: Lamb is in colorado tomorrow…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @griff: The fluid spot is probably more valuable in that size league

  42. Adam says:
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    Traded zimmerman and felix h and Rasmus
    For
    springer And JD Mart and Gausman

    How did I do?
    Thx

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: You got two good hitters I like your haul

    • Mobin Can't Hack It says:
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      @Adam: good night no matter which zimm that is your opp probably should’ve taken one player you got out of it for it to be fair.

  43. Matt says:
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    I’m in a 12 standard H2H keeper (keep 5 for however long desired)

    My potentials are:
    1. Bryce Harper
    2. Mike Trout
    3. Paul Goldschmidt
    4. Jose Fernandez
    5. Max Scherzer
    6. Chris Archer

    I’m in 2nd place currently and am holding Moncada. Anyway it can be justified to keep him this year over #5 & #6?? Thanks in advance!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Matt: Yeah I don’t know how you could.

  44. J-FOH says:
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    That is not insensitive with Urias. I hope others caught that. I like that Bader got covered after I aquire him yesterday in my rejects blockbuster.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Bader is the breakout guy from this draft. He’s gotten a lot of press from me lately. This has to be the third or fourth post I’ve mentioned him in.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: and now it’s been revealed I don’t read all your posts.

  45. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Wei-Yen Chen,Tillman, or Velasquez? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: V2

  46. Jerry says:
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    Ok, thanks! How about Velasquez or Galsnow, when he comes up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jerry: Glasnow

  47. Chris says:
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    Hopefully I’m not too late here. Ralph, J-foh anyone all opinions welcome.

    Who’s the odd man out. 14 team league head to head. 5×5. Also is Walker playing this week? Bad start?

    Deshields vs toronto vs chw

    Pedersen vs Mets vs STL

    Saunders @ sf @ Tex

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I say DeShields.

      Don’t know anything about Walker other than he’s banged up.

  48. thorbs says:
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    Been offered Odorizzi/Orlando Arcia for my Conforto/Cody Reed, in a 10×10 dynasty league where my hitting is disgusting (anchored by Trout, Bryant, Arenado, Betts, Votto, Story, Frazier, Kinsler, Odor, Carter, Pujols, etc. with Robles, Travis, Verdugo, Happ, Olson, Tapia etc. on the farm) and my starting pitching is floundering (Kluber, Greinke, Liriano, Felix, Keuchel, Nelson with just Cody Reed in the minors).

    I’d fill Conforto’s slot with Pillar/Ozuna, and though I hate trading hitting for pitching, Conforto looks like he may be limited to Corey Dickerson upside with his inability to hit lefties and Arcia may be sneaky good value in a league that also counts Ks and BBs. Am I undervaluing Conforto and Reed/overvaluing Odorizzi/Arcia?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @thorbs: Yeah I like Conforto and Reed over Arcia and Odorizzi

      • thorbs says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Speedy response! If it was Conforto + a closer for Arcia/Odorizzi (I have Chapman coming off suspension) and I’d be able to keep Reed, would that tip it, or still selling low on Conforto?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @thorbs: I really really like Conforto especially in keepers and dynasty

  49. crabman says:
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    Scooped up josh hader in a keeper league. What are some floor/ceiling comps? Also how high has harrison bader’s stock risen on your prospect rankings?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @crabman: I’d say he’s a number 2 ceiling with the floor of a high K pitcher with command issues. He could be a poor mans Sale or Sean Manaea.

  50. Alex says:
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    Out of your list, who do you think,if anyone,will come up this year ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex: Arcia and Glasnow should be up in the next couple of months. Urias could be up within weeks. The rest will be up in Spetember the earliest, and a few are a year + away

  51. Swfcdan says:
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    Is Dahl expected to come up this year, as a midseason call up? An owners made him available in my dynasty and I love the idea of a power/speed guy at Coors. He wants major league talent back, always tough to value a minor for major but would someone like Calhound/Reddick seem about right?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: I’m not sure if he’ll make much of an impact this year. That’s a deep OF probably more like September or early next.

      Yeah I’d move those guys for him.

  52. B the Esq. says:
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    Better Keeper League SP stash – Giolito or Taillon? Who gets the call first? Who has the better outlook for this year, and for the future?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @B the Esq.: Giolito, he’s got Kershaw level ceiling.

      This year Taillon gets the call first but will be more limited in terms of innings limit with his history.

  53. A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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    you know why bellinger isn’t hitting right, his motor skills are turning into what went on with that HOU 1B who’s name i can’t remember anymore (yeah i hung out with him too). bellinger has been hanging out with these guys, as they live where he plays

    https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BiA056OCMAA263U.jpg

      • A Wesley Snipes Life says:
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        @A Wesley Snipes Life: you might think i’m kidding, but you just wait till alex reyes comes up and tries to strike out a 4th guy every inning, and gets quite confused when told the inning is over, and “good job man”

  54. Gibby says:
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    Was offered Giolito for Taijuan Walker straight up…10 team, keep 10 players at no cost forever. I have to jump all over it, right? Any reason to be concerned about Giolito’s bad start?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gibby: APACHE! Jump on it, I wouldn’t be too worried.

  55. Arnie says:
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    Hi Ralph,
    Very informative article. Was thinking dropping Lawrie and stashing Glasnow…10 team H2H points league and already have Rendon, Carpenter, and Kinsler. Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Arnie: Id lose Rendon for him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Arnie: For some reason I still believe in Rendon. I’d go Lawrie but either makes sense.

  56. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    this makes me so excited for my Dynasty team where I am 0-5 through this week and struggle to field a full lineup due to all the prospects…I will be owning 2018 and beyond, lol.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jimmy Bond: Haha nice. My Razznasty team is like that.

  57. Wilson says:
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    Hi Ralph
    This is my first time to leave msg to you. Thanks to your articles about prospects.

    Who in prosects do you feel most exciting in mid-season? List one hitter and one pitcher. Thanks.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Wilson: Glasnow/ AJ Reed

      Urias is 3rd (but he won’t be starting) supposedly

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wilson: I responded on Grey’s the other day. Reed or Turner on the hitter side and Glasnow, Urias, or maybe even De Leon on the pitcher side. Taillon could be useful too.

      • Wilson says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Thanks Ralph. I’m stashing Reed due to I need power.
        As for Glasnow, should I grab him when he’s up even if Rodon , Berrios are in waiver?

  58. Swfcdan says:
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    Have added Taillon, looking for a couple more prospects to add for 2106 impact only. Which of these could make the most impact this year:

    Peraza, Dahl, N Williams, B Zimmer, Winker, T Anderson, De Leon.
    Thanks man.

    • Bye Felica says:
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      @Swfcdan: 2106 impact players eh?

      Ask Grey, he can predict 15 mins into the future

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Winker or De Leon

  59. Josh says:
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    Like reed over mauer in short bench points lg or hold for now. Any other bats look like coming sooner than later w shallower lg impact like reed?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Josh: I’d be shocked if Winker and Bell aren’t up soon.

  60. Bill says:
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    Hi Ralph, Great read and Thanks for the info….

    14 team points league and you keep 6 guys for 3 years. I have Orlando Arcia stashed in my one minor league spot. I can keep him next year in the 15th round. De Leon is not owned and I would have control of him next year in the 15th, the following year in the 13th then 11th. Would you rather Arcia or De Leon

    Also, 20 team keeper…..keep forever. Musgrove or Domingo Acevedo

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bill: Arcia and Id take Acevedo

  61. Green machine says:
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    Howdy Ralph!

    When do you expect AJ Reed & Glassnow to be promoted to their respected clubs; Astros, Pirates?

    By June 1st or more like June 15?

    I agree w/ you on Benny baseball, he’s a beast what’s the hold up ? Way haven’t the Sox promoted him to AA Portland yet?

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      @Green machine:

      Disregard the part on Glassnow you answered it above. Would you stash Orlando Arcia? Or he’s a wait & see? Seems Jonathan villar + super two is blocking Arcia, am I right?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Green machine: Super 2 alone, Villar would be moved to third is my guess.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Green machine:My guess is it’s somewhere between those dates for Arcia. Not sure what they do with Reed, White sucks, Reed should be up now, even if he’s struggling with the average, he’s still hitting for power. As for Benny I think they will promote him soon

  62. jal179 says:
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    Trea Turner ETA? Snell ETA? 10 team weekly h2h.

    My 2 bench bats are Phillips and Panik. My NA spot is occupied by Snell.

    Tempted to stash Turner on my bench. My SS is a mess with Suarez. Thoughts? I HATE wasting a roster spot on a non-active player but is Turner worth the stash?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @jal179: My guess on Turner is the first two weeks of June. Snell will be his super 2 date almost immediately, I assume that’s first week of June.

      Hmmm tough call, can you just add and drop him as you need the bench spot? Say you add him and the next time you need a batty call you drop him and then add him again?

  63. Rice says:
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    Hey Ralph!

    I’ve got an open bench spot and all the patience in the world. Am I grabbing Arcia or Reed? Or Giolito (if you think we’ll see him this year?)

  64. ACK says:
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    Looking to replace Richards and his Tommy John’d elbow-Keeper league
    Best available in my league are
    Stephen Wright
    Tyler Glasnow
    Alex Colome- who’s the best long and short term? Leaning towards Glasnow

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @ACK: Wright short and Glasnow long

  65. Mike says:
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    My dynasty team (13 team) has already went in the tank this year so I’m already playing for 2017/2018. Is all hope lost for Jon Singleton? Do I let go of Heaney for a De Leon, Cody Reed or Tailion when the other top 5 pitching products are taken? Is Dickerson > Benintendi or Dahl? Thanks for any advice you can give.

  66. Eddie Goedell says:
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    Can you please provide the top 3 current Minor League hitters and pitchers (separately) for 2016 MLB impact?

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