So far this season we’ve focused our prospect content on dynasty specific purposes with the intent of getting you prepped up to master your leaguemates and colleagues for years to come. We’ve looked at incoming players for 2017, re-ranked the top 25, profiled numerous players, while also updating you on Razzball’s in house dynasty the Razznasty. Today we’re going to take a bit of a different approach, today we look at the more immediate impact of up and coming prospects. The players we’ll review have short ETA’s, and could be up within the next two-three months. I’ll add in a guesstimate ETA on my behalf. I mean I’ve had a sterling record with such prognostications so far, and by sterling I mean awful. I am the man that told you Turner would up by today, which now looks like June, as well as the man in the preseason predicting Nomar Mazara wouldn’t be up until August. So yeah, I’m great!

 

Blake Snell, LHP Rays: Was called up from Durham yesterday and made his major league debut against the Yanks at the Stadium across the street from the parking lot Ruth built. Snell was quickly optioned back to Durham so it will probably be a few more weeks before we see him. Be on the look out, as any injury or bout of ineffectiveness should prompt a swift recall for the lefty.

Jameson Taillon, RHP Pirates: Another strong outing from the big righthander. He went 6 strong allowing only a single hit against the Reds AAA affiliate the Louisville Bats. He’s now gone 16.1 struckout 16, walked no one, and drove his ERA down to 1.65. It’s never been an issue of ability with Taillon, it’s really still the question of whether or not he can stay healthy. If he keeps this up for another month or so, he’ll be up in Pittsburgh in short order. I wouldn’t be shocked if he was called up for a spot start at any time should the right situation present itself for the Pirates. ETA: Early to mid July

Nick Williams, OF Phillies: Yesterday I decided to do a little “scouting” at the local AAA affiliate of the Red Sox in Pawtucket. By “scouting” I mean watched the game with my oldest son while he crushed popcorn and ice cream and A “Gansett” or two. Phillies affiliate the Iron Pigs were in town and former first overall pick Mark Appel was on the mound. Williams went 1-5 with an RBI and a couple of loud outs, but overall looked blah. I’m a Williams fan so I was a little disappointed. ETA: Early to mid July the earliest

Mark Appel, RHP Phillies: Overall looked pretty good early but made a mistake pitch in the bottom of the fourth to Justin Maxwell with Blake Swihart on first. He’s pitched well in his three starts this season. Posting a 1.62 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 16.2 innings. The sample size is small and the Whip of 1.25 is a bit scary. ETA: Early August

Joey Gallo, 3B/OF Rangers: The power hitting prospect is slugging his way back into prospect hounds good graces with a .286/.400/.633 slash line to go along with 4 homers and 11 rbis in 14 games. He’s cut his K% down to 23% and is sporting a gaudy .348 ISO. If anything happens to Adrian Beltre, any of the outfielders, or even Prince Fielder it should prompt a Gallo promotion. ETA: Late June/Early July

Dalton Pompey, OF Blue Jays: Remember me! He’s hitting .290 at Toronto AAA affiliate Buffalo Bison and continues to show solid on base skills (.371 OBP) and speed. There’s not much power there, but with the Jays struggling to find a leadoff guy and with current leadoff hitter and leftfielder Michael Saunders out of the lineup the last few days with a hamstring injury. There’s certainly a chance that Pompey is only a DL stint away from the prime lineup spot in one of the games premier lineups. ETA: Late May-Early June.

Hunter Renfroe, OF Padres: Hitting .308 with a couple of homers and an .896 OPS. Could he play in San Diego now? Sure why not, but he’s more than likely blocked by Melvin Upton Jr. He’s got serious power and is another player an injury or long bout of ineffectiveness away from some playing time. ETA: Mid-late July

Manuel Margot, OF Padres: One of the centerpieces of the Craig Kimbrel trade, Margot is presently blocked by Jon Jay, but if Jay ends up injured Margot will be up. He’s hitting .269 with 1 homer, 4 steals, 6 runs, and 4 rbis. ETA: Early July

Rusney Castillo, OF Red Sox: He’s past his limits but he’s hitting for average and getting on base in Pawtucket, but hasn’t done much else. He’s just not good enough. ETA: Hopefully never

Sam Travis, 1B Red Sox: Of course I go to the Pawsox game and mi amor doesn’t play. He’s hitting .317 with a couple of homers, with 13 rbis and 11 runs. ETA: early-mid August

Henry Owens, LHP Red Sox: He’s making the start for the Red Sox today and through three starts with Pawtucket is leading the International League in strikeouts with 23. I wouldn’t be shocked if he sticks. He’s over his limits (63 innings) and there’s a spot in the rotation, AL East is a tough place to pitch  unfortunately.

Aaron Judge, OF Yankees: Hitting .302 with a couple of homers and 9 rbis and 8 runs. On the flip side, he’s striking out 29% of the time. ETA: Late July

Trea Turner, SS Nationals: Still setting the world on fire, still in Syracuse, and it sounds as if the Nationals plan on waiting out his super two which could push his ETA to mid July due to last seasons 27 game stint with the big club. I’d like to say he’ll be up next week, but in order for that to happen something must change. ETA: Early June

Julio Urias, LHP Dodgers: The Mexican wonderkin has been steady in his first extended stay at AAA. He’s made three starts, gone five innings in each, and two of them have been good and one of them bad. The really impressive numbers are the strikeouts and walk totals. Through 15 innings Urias has struckout 20 while only walking 2. I still think the Dodgers don’t rush him and you see him arrive just in time to give them a push down the stretch and possibly into the playoffs.  ETA: Mid-Late August

Orlando Arcia, SS Brewers: Hitting .283 with 1 homer and no steals! No steals!!!! He’ll be fine and should be useful once he’s up. ETA: Early-Mid July

Renato Nunez, 3B Athletics: Hitting .294 with a .841 OPS in 14 games with Nashville. Even with Danny Valencia hitting the DL there’s no reason for the A’s to rush Nunez. There’s a strong possibility he could force his way up to the big club by July. ETA: Late July

Sean Manaea, LHP Athletics: My love for Manaea is well documented, and he’s done nothing to change that other than be dreamy. He’s 2-0 with a 1.50 ERA and 21 k’s in 18 innings. Could easily be in the rotation now, but Oakland isn’t going to ignore service clock and or super 2 dates. So there’s the conflict of just how soon until he’s up. My gut says late May while my head says late June. Let’s split the difference ETA: Mid-June

Jose Peraza, 2B Reds: The good: He’s hitting .314 The bad:He’s been caught stealing in all three of his attempts. If you aren’t going to steal a ton of bases Jose, you’re of no use to me as a .300 hitter with zero power. Cust kayin.

Josh Bell, 1B/OF Pirates: Bell is certainly answering many of his critics of late slugging his way to a 1.016 OPS with 3 homers, 14 rbis, and a .308 batting average. Already a elite on base and contact hitter if he can develop into a 20-25 home run hitter we’re looking at universally owned fantasy first baseman. Hit for the cycle on friday night, while reaching base in 5 of 6 plate appearances, with 5 rbis, fueled by a grand slam. ETA: Late June-Early July

Gary Sanchez, C Yankees: After a slow start Sanchez has 6 hits in his last 9 at bats, half of those going for extra bases. He and Judge occupy the 2 and 3 spots in the Railriders order, lot of power between the two but also a lot of strikeouts. The Yankees have no reason to rush his service clock. ETA: Late July

 

  1. Kiss the bum says:
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    I’ve been holding on to Tim Anderson in a 20 team league. Should I hold him or does he need a year of seasoning?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Kiss the bum: He’ll be up at some point but he is a rawer talent that a lot of guys with 2016 ETA’s. So far this season he’s struggling in the earlier going. That means nothing though. I’d anticipate seeing him later in the summer July-August.

  2. ben says:
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    What do you think the timetable for Lucas Giolito is?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @ben: I’m under the impression we see him in Late June. He’s been pretty good at AA. Had a rough outing last time out, and he’s been going 4 innings max so far. Probably needs to build up.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: did you used to be in the camp that thought he wasn’t till august/sep, or am i just confusing urias here?

  3. Fastfrog says:
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    Timetable for KP Crawford, please?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fastfrog: He’s probably another guy who’s later in the summer say late July or early August. He’s been hitting and really doing a good job getting on base. His OBP is .408 through 15 games.

  4. Noam says:
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    Great stuff!

    Would you trade Jeff Hoffman for Sam Travis in a Roto dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Noam: I would, but I avoid Colorado pitchers like the plague. He’s been good through three starts, but I like Travis more and prefer hitters.

  5. Another Dan says:
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    In a 12 team H2H 7×7 (BB, XBH, QS, HLD) dynasty with 15 deep MiLB rosters I have Arcia, Sanchez, Owens as well as Berrios, McMahon, Kepler, Buxton and a few other interesting pieces. They are eligible for the MiLB team this year as they are under AB/Inns limits at the start of the year. Am I expecting all of these (except McMahon) to reach 500AB / 200 IP this year? And if they reach limits will they be valuable Fantasy pieces next year?

    As I said before your posts are gold to me. I have taken over a dynasty team for the first time, the farm looks a bit hit and miss. It has some players that I can’t find much about Rookie Davis, Jose Castillo, Nathan Kirby (all P) but some real nice pieces (see above).

    Thanks again for your efforts,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Other than Buxton, Sanchez, and maybe Owens I’d be shocked if any of those guys reach 500 abs and 200 innings this year. All will be viable next year outside McMahon, you’re 100% correct on that.

      I love Rookie Davis, you’ll see some more about him going forward. Kirby was a first round pick off of the NCAA national champion UVA team, not a ton of pro experience yet. Castillo is a 20 year old in the Rays system he’s been blah with a side of meh.

  6. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good stuff, man. I love that you are mixing it up..Prospector Mike would be proud. By the way whatever did happen to Mike?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: He came to his senses! Haha! He’s just enjoying life.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I posted in the wrong spot..LOL

        Thanks man and keep up the great work!!

        Give a shout out to Mike, from MP, really enjoyed his work, if you ever to talk to him.

        Cheers and enjoy your Sunday!

        MP

  7. Moscowitz says:
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    What about Giolito?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Moscowitz: I was doing AAA guys today. I’ll do AA in a week or two.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks man and keep up the great work!!

        Give a shout out to Mike, from MP, really enjoyed his work, if you ever to talk to him.

        Cheers and enjoy your Sunday!

        MP

  8. Scott says:
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    Berries? Two weeks in a row with no love

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: Answered this below. He should be on everyone’s radar at this point. He’s been amazing at AAA and I think he’s going to be great. I didn’t discuss Reed either, who’s also another high profile prospect.

  9. War106 says:
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    Where is Giolito and Glasnow?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @War106: Giolito is in AA I’ll talk about him when Indo the AA update. I didn’t talk about Glasnow because I can’t discuss everyone. He’s been good but Taillon is up soon.

  10. Yescheese says:
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    Crush that popcorn Ralph! Taillon 4EVER

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Yescheese: Commish salute!!! Razznasty update coming next week. Working title “Hannibal Looms, and it’s all my fault”

      Yeah loving Taillon right now.

  11. Chad Donaldson says:
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    Great content as always,in a dynasty league who would you rather own? Taillon, Glasnow or Manaea?

  12. Wild Thing says:
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    I love your work!!

    Okay trying to manage my 7-person bench in a 12 team, $260 salary cap, contract league. The contracts work that the first two years, the player keeps the original salary from the auction or free agency. Then you must decide to either keep the player one more year at the same salary or sign them to a deal where it’s $5 for each additional year plus existing salary. So 2 years would be $10, 3 years $15, 4 years $20 plus current salary.

    My team is competitive without any glaring needs and 6 teams make the play offs so I should be in it all year.

    What players should I pick up and who to cut out of the following?

    My bench…

    Must be signed March 2017:
    Moncada $6
    Giolito $7
    AJ Reed $1

    These players are $1 this year and next, then signed March 2018:
    Blake Snell $1
    Jose Berrios $1
    Andrew Benintendi $1

    Current players sitting on the waiver wire who if I pick up are players I would sign March 2018:

    Jose Urias
    Alex Reyes
    Josh Bell
    Dansby Swanson
    Brendan Rodgers

    So my question is do I drop Giolito for Urias or Reyes (if I get outbid on Urias) in order to save $ and get an extra year of eligibility for either guy versus Giolito? If so how much to bid? After dropping Giolito I would then be trying to buy him back. What do you think I should bid on him and who to cut for Giolito?

    Complicated question so thanks for your response and help!

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      @Wild Thing:

      Also my current roster is:

      C – Ramos but who cares
      1B – Votto and Freeman this year only
      2B – Pedrioa likely this year only as he’s $15 but could keep him
      3B – Tyler White keeper
      SS – Seager $21 for 4 years
      OF – Polanco $16 for 2
      OF – JD Martinez $13 for 2
      OF – Joc Pederson $16 for 3
      OF – Buxton $21 for 3 (riding pine as we start 3 OFs)

      SP – JoFer $21 for 3 years
      SP – Matz $1 signed next year
      SP – Salazar $4 signed next year
      SP – Iglesias $1 signed next year
      SP – Maeda $7 singed March 2018

      RP – Jansen $12 salad
      RP – Melacon $12 salad

      Also our scoring (head to head) actually favors pitchi over hitting a bit. So it’s good to have starters.

      Okay thanks for your help!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Wild Thing: As much as I love Moncada and Benintendi they’re both a year away. In a scoring that favors pitching I’d do what I could to own Giolito, Urias, Reyes, Snell, and Berrios.

        Problem is you’ll need a second baseman because Peddy at $15 is WAY too much. The thing is Moncada shouldn’t be up April of next making his place in your bench just a stash until June or July.

  13. trick dad says:
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    Think we see dansby Swanson this year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @trick dad: Yes but late. Septmeber roster expansions are my guess.

  14. Ryan says:
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    Need one starter for next week:

    Aaron Sanchez vs CWS
    Corbin vs STL
    Archer @ NYY
    Harvey vs CIN

    QS, K, K/BB, whip, IP

    Which one? Thanks!

    ryan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: I’d go Harvey

  15. griff says:
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    In a dynasty, would you drop severino for manaea or taillion? If so, which one should I target?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @griff: No I’d hold on Severino.

  16. JoeG414 says:
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    What about Morin -3b from Houston , almost made the club out of the spring . Could he be up soon ?

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      Sorry, it’s Moran .

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @JoeG414: Yeah he could be up, he’s sort of in a tough spot as a fantasy player. He doesn’t have huge power or OBP skills. He’s just a steady bat.

  17. Pousse-Pousse says:
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    Why do you hate Jose Berrios?

    • Jigboy22 says:
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      @Pousse-Pousse:
      Wonder if he was an innocent omission rather than “hate”.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Pousse-Pousse: No he’s ready to go been as good if not better than anyone on this list. I didn’t go over he or AJ Reed because I feel everyone is already keeping a close eye on him. I do like Berrios, but he’s covered extensively, last week I did move him around and he got lost in sloppy cut and pasting.

      I like Berrios I swear! I traded Tulo in one salary cap dynasty last year for Berrios and Kang.

      • Jbona3 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Great stuff, as always Ralph! What’s your ETA on Reed?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jbona3: So tough, I think they need an injury or they get sick of Valbuena sucking and move White to 3rd. Blanco’s D makes that last scenario unlikely. So July probably.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Pouss-Pouss: Can you be a 5th starter and the ace?

          Yeah I wonder about super 2 now though. The Twins are going to want that extra year of arbitration.

  18. M says:
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    Any updates on Swanson and/or Barreto?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @M: This post was AAA specific, I’ll get into them as Inwork my way through the minors.

      Barreto is struggling a bit .185/.214/.278 with a homer and three steals in three attempts.

      Swanson is at Class A advanced Carolina and is slashing .338/.416/.515 with a homer and 5 steals in 6 attempts. He’s going to move quickly. Albies is also hitting in AA. The infield for the Braves between Swanson, Albies,Austin Riley, and of course Freddie Freeman should be formidable two years from now.

  19. tyler says:
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    Ralph! I grabbed Snell in a 10 team 28 man roster and 5 DL league. I hate to hold onto him if he is not going to be up for a few weeks, but the wire is pretty thin. The best options are E Ramirez, T Roark, D Pomeranz, R Porcello. What do you think? I don’t have an NA spot. Also out of the DL pitchers coming back, who would you grab? I can place N Hundley on the DL short term ands make an add straight to my DL. Alex Cobb maybe? I already have Darvish on the DL, so anyone other than him? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @tyler: I’d add Pomeranz or Roark

  20. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Not prospect talk, but would you lose piscotty for odubel Herrera in an OBP league? Lacking some steals as well

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Kendrick Llama: Herrera, trade for steals. Love Piscotty

      • Kendrick Llama says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: so keep piscotty? Just feel like it’s gonna be tough to find steals with OBP that high

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Kendrick Llama: If you think that Herrera’s OBP holds up than do it. Anyone you could move Piscotty for? Do you have another droppable player you could replace via Piscotty trade? If not that trust your gut and add Herrera.

  21. Raindoggg says:
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    Here’s one….in a deep dynasty league and currently in first and have Giolito on my bench. Manaea is about the only decent other pitching prospect available and I was wondering if you think his future will be even close to Giolitos…..if so I could probably move Giolito for a decent player to use now and pick up Manaea….good strategy or be patient and hold on to Giolito?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Raindoggg: Be patient with Giolito. I don’t see Manaea hitting that top echelon that I expect Giolito to.

  22. Wild Thing says:
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    Thanks for your help above! Yeah I will probably throw Pedroia back. Oh I also have a $1 Devon Travis on my DL so maybe I’m okay enough at 2B the next couple of years if he is healthy?

    So how much would you bid on Urias given that his salary is fixed for 2 years before needing to be signed to $5 per year plus whatever I win him for. I do think there will be other interested owners in him so don’t want to get out bid. Also same question for Giolito? Or really any young stud arm. How much of your FAAB do you bid on these guys so that they don’t hurt you too much in the short run and still have value after you sign them? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wild Thing: That’s a tough question because it depends on the league. I would figure out what % I need to compete and make the adds I need and then apply that budget to each player I want. I’d bus the most on Urias personally. If you can stack bids and say if I sign Urias then I bid “X” for Reyes do that.

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I can do that. Thanks!

  23. PHIL says:
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    I own Jose Berrios..would you drop him and pick up Jameson Taillon? Can’t keep both.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PHIL: Keep Berrios for sure. His numbers are even better than Taillon’s.

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @PHIL: I wouldn’t do that personally. Hold Berrios

  24. Wild Thing says:
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    Did you miss my follow up question? Thanks!

    Thanks for your help above! Yeah I will probably throw Pedroia back. Oh I also have a $1 Devon Travis on my DL so maybe I’m okay enough at 2B the next couple of years if he is healthy?

    So how much would you bid on Urias given that his salary is fixed for 2 years before needing to be signed to $5 per year plus whatever I win him for. I do think there will be other interested owners in him so don’t want to get out bid. Also same question for Giolito? Or really any young stud arm. How much of your FAAB do you bid on these guys so that they don’t hurt you too much in the short run and still have value after you sign them? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wild Thing: No Mr. Grogan! See above. I bought my first pair of batting gloves at your sporting goods store Steve.

  25. Frank the tank says:
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    Howdy Ralph!

    When do you see Andrew Benintendi’s ETA? Possible for this August’ish? Or 2017?

    Trea turner is currently available are you stashimg him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Frank the tank: Yeah Beni is up end of the year for a cup of coffee when rosters expand and then we’ll see him sometime in the first half of 2017.

      In RCL’s no but if it’s a format with enough bench spots that a dead one won’t hurt you then yes. Looks like it’s going to be at least a month before he’s up. I was a bit over zealous in my ETA the last two weeks.

  26. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Velasquez or Santiago for season? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: Splitting hairs but I like Velasquez

  27. Chris says:
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    Nice article Ralph!

    I pick upManaea hope your gut is right!

    With Krod out any thoughts on who to pick up as a safety net? Lowe or Wilson?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: My guess is Lowe.

  28. Ryan says:
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    My league allows for one N/A slot. Should I drop Giolito for Berrios? It looks like Berrios could be up much sooner and have a greater impact over the course of the season. Plus he’s pitching better right now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: Go for it

  29. Ryan says:
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    Would you drop Aaron Sanchez for Berrios when he’s promoted?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: Eehhh not sure I’d do that. I think Berrios is ultimately better but I still like Sanchez even with his sometimes wonky control.

  30. Joeg414 says:
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    Today’s Batty Call – 6×6 roto
    Mark Reynolds home vs A.Wood
    Mark Canha @Tor Hutchison
    M.Byrd @Det Greene
    Ezequiel Carrera home vs Surkamp
    Ryan Rua @CWS Latos
    Cron home vs Miley

    I think its down to : Carrera (batting lead off for Tor )
    or Reynolds (swing and miss in Col)
    Or is it Canha vs first start Hutchison ???
    Whata think ?

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      @Joeg414:
      I see B.Drudy is also in there today

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Joeg414: I was eyeing Canha myself. Sorry for the late response been working in the yard with the game on the radio.

  31. job3rd says:
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    Thanks Raif for the updates! and your hard work.

    Between O Arcia, JP Crawford and Tim Anderson, which SS do you see coming up first. (I assume you believe Arcia is first after reading above.) Also, which do you believe has the biggest fantasy impact from All-star break through end of this season only. Thanks again!!

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      @job3rd: Nevermind. I read through comments after posting…my bad.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @job3rd: My money is on Arcia or Turner.

  32. Chris says:
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    Carrasco just got hurt not looking good who should I pick up? Bauer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: Just grabbed Bauer a few places myself

  33. Jerry says:
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    Ralph, Forsythe or Rendon? Thanks and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: I can’t quit Rendon. It’s like we’re gay Cowboys.

  34. Chuck N Chino says:
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    Anything on Anthony Alford?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chuck N Chino: He’s only played one game so far in high class A. So not much to discuss.

  35. Williamt says:
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    Trying to sort out the best pitching prospects left. Grabbed Snell then but him in Minor League spot. Should I use the minor league spot for Berrios or Gio instead?
    Also Roark, Pomeranz, Stripling, Hill, or Gausman this week?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Williamt: I think you’re splitting hairs on the minors league spot. All three could have similar value. Berrios and obviously Snell are just a bit closer in ETA. Snell will be back soon enough.

      I really like Pomeranz ROS, but between the two starts for Pomeranz on the road against very solid teams I’ll defer to Stripling’s two against Miami and San Diego at home.

  36. Another Dan says:
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    Would you trade your Berrios for Gallo ? 7×7 dynasty (XBH, BB, QS and HLDS). Guy also has Sam Travis, asking for Gallo and Travis would be rude wouldn’t it?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Another Dan: There is no rude in fantasy trades haha! Yeah ask and he may tip his hand as to what he’d be willing to offer. Always ask for more than you’d take.

  37. Machado, Myth, Legend says:
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    Thoughts on older prospects Aaron Wilkerson’s and Austin Pruitt’s starts to the year for their respective clubs?

    Odds are slim obviously, but any chance we’re we’re looking at some potential Kluber, Keuchel, or DeGrom type late bloomers who have some worthwhile speculative upside?

    Conversely, any low level prospects blowing up this year that are catching your eye….and could be this seasons Nottingham, Espinoza, Robbles or Martes?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Machado, Myth, Legend: They could but that’s tough to tell. Those are guys you take a flier on and see what happens. It’s early with each though. I’m unaware of any specific changes to their arsenals etc.

      It’s early not sure yet.

  38. Chris says:
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    Hey again Ralph,

    Plz pick one-14 team league roto head to head 5×5

    Rodon @ Balt
    Robbie Ray vs Col
    [email protected] oak
    Bauer @ Philly (I blieve)

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: I hate the matchup but Rodon deserves our trust.

  39. Live wire says:
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    Tailon, Glasnow, or manaea

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Live wire: This season or in general? This season Manaea, overall Glasnow.

  40. Bammers says:
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    I got an offer in a 5×5 12 team H2H dynasty league.

    He offered Giolito for my Mazara. We start 3 OF and have 2 util spots. I have Marte/Yelich/Chris Davis/Souza/Calhoun/Saunders/Mazara currently in the OF. I have Brinson/Robles/Clint Frazier/Margot in my minors. My only notable minors SP is Berrios.

    Do I take it?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Bammers: Sure seems to make sense.

  41. crabman says:
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    Always an excellent read ralph. My current Catcher situation is yuck. Gave up on realmuto and of course he goes off. Scooped up salty since he is at least doing his thing, even if temporary. Any recommendations on a catcher I should be targeting in a keeper league ? I was thinking G. sanchez or zunio since he has been hot but do you think either would be worth a stash and get consistent playing time late this season and into the next ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @crabman: Catchers are tough, I tend to subscribe the Fraken-catcher theory of playing the hot hand or the ine with the best matchups.

  42. Nathan says:
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    First time poster… I feel like i have a dead spot on my roster with holding onto Jorge Soler would you drop Soler and sit on Turner/Gallo or any of these pitchers that are being discussed?.

    I have been struggling to get call up information, usually im about 5 hours behind and a league mate has already scooped a prize prospect.

    Standard plus BB ,XBH and QS Losses

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nathan: I would stash Turner, Giolito, or Berrios.

  43. Josh says:
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    Hey man,

    Holding onto Glasnow on my bench. In a 12 team
    Yahoo h2h standard 5×5 redraft league.

    Manaea and Tallion are on the wire. Do you make any moves since its redraft? Just worried that if I drop Glasnow then people will pounce on him, whereas they might not realize the other 2 are on the wire until they’re called up, but if you think one of the other two will have a bigger impact this year alone then I’m game

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Josh: I think both Manaea and Taillon are up first. My gut says Manaea is the guy this year. Glasnow has the biggest upside, but it’s tough to sit on a guy like that until Mid-July

  44. Rags says:
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    Maybe these guys are out of your purview at this point, but any opinions on the two pitching debuts this weekend, Blair and Cesar Vargas?

    Looks like both have done alright in the minors this year despite not having great pedigrees.

    Are either or both of them interesting as starters this year?

    I’m in an 11 team NL-only league with no benches and weekly moves (with transaction fees) so streaming pitchers isn’t an option. I’m trying to decide how to prioritize these guys for pickup when I send Chris Heston to the minors, and it’s them, Wisler, Bettis (ugh), or a reliever like Neris.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Rags: I go Blair, he’s been a top 100 spec for a couple of years and was highly touted coming up in the D-Backs system. He’s a ratio play mostly, won’t have huge K upside. Vargas is a back of the rotation guy. I’d go Blair.

  45. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    that dynasty where i’m TEX, 20 team h2h, with OPS and defensive stuff (putouts, assists, OF assists, double plays), whole bunch of pitcher stuff (relief wins, holds, appearances, K/9, QS etc). 5 NA max.
    C salvy
    1B fielder
    2B forsythe
    SS andrus
    3B beltre
    LF upton
    CF delino
    RF stanton
    util franco
    BN mazara/hicks (about to DL likely)/raburn (streamer)
    DL choo/chirinos (was a streamer when he got hurt)
    NA margot/gallo/profar/dahl
    SP liriano/V2/fiers/hammel/archer/leake (streamer)
    RP salas/tolleson/diekman/hatcher/j.peralta/giles/bearclaw (MIA, possible replacements often )
    DL cobb/darvish/kela
    NA urias

    team looks like a top 6 one, even right now with archer/liriano being garbage and decent chunks of RP being bad (hatcher/giles), excepting that (weakened bullpen since last year trading away melancon and k-rob) i got an offer of my first rounder (guessing it’ll be 14-20th there) for brinson, would be dropping margot of course. looking back at these guys he’d be my 25th or so keeper (so no drafting for me next year), sound about right?

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: for reference, dahl i got since he was dropped recently with a waiver, margot was just out there. other than a couple of other names, almost all of top 50 are owned.

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: really, so margot over brinson? rankings changed (either that or you think the 14th-20th overall pick has more value). another thing, there might be a good chance he just gets dropped in 3 weeks or under. oftentimes when somebody tries out of the blue to sell you in this league he’s about to drop him.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: I just don’t see the need to give up assets when you have a player who isn’t terribly far off in value

            • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: good point, didn’t know the gap on margot vs brinson, but i’d be keeping margot (or not) as the 25th man anyway, so either way if i do that no use for any picks. looking at that roster the only cuts are the non-TEX RP (not including diekman), if giles is shit all year him, the streamers, hicks maybe, fiers (but he’s cut anyway when darvish and cobb are back), that still leaves around 25. if that’s right (now that i see it) it’s just brinson vs margot (and i’m TEX). maybe choo becomes a cut later, maybe liriano. if liriano comes back around rotation becomes for next year V2/liriano/archer/cobb/darvish/hammel.

  46. Sad Keanu says:
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    What’s your favorite OF prospect now? I’m holding onto Williams for now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sad Keanu: Probably Benintendi.

  47. Scott says:
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    Which of these here pitchers would be good for my WHIP? As in not raising it anymore?

    • Scott says:
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      @Scott: it’s 1.4+, in case you needed to know.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Scott: Best whip guy coming up is Berrios, not featured in this post.

  48. JoeG414 says:
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    Which hitter (other than Gallo and Reed ) will get the call and help this year ?

    • JoeG414 says:
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      @JoeG414:
      And other than Tea Turner

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @JoeG414: Orlando Arcia and Jesse Winker.

  49. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Not sure if you read this column the day after it has been published.

    Trade proposals in a 7×7 dynasty (XBH, bb, QS, HLDS). We roster IF, LF, RF, CF, OF, and 2 x UTIL.

    My Berrios , Alen Hanson for his Joey Gallo and Sam Travis. What do you think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Another Dan: I like the Gallo and Travis side

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks, I do too. Will push the button….

  50. Alex says:
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    King Goodman,

    Is Oswaldo Arcia a must own in a dynasty format? Or would I do better holding onto Renato Nunez?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Alex: I like Nunez better long term

  51. Swfcdan says:
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    All the top guys are gone in my money league already and so I need to decide which guys to stash now to save FAAB and avoid continually losing out to them- hate when some ‘perts say grab this guy immediately when he’s getting called up, in any good league they are already gone by then!

    Have an overloaded DL atm so can only afford to stash 2 at most, looking at 1 bat hopefully with speed (I lost Pollock…gah!) and then a true power bat or pitcher. Who do you think is worth grabbign now out of these available guys:

    Taillon, N Williams, Pompey, Bell, Margot. Looks like clearly Taillon and a bat right?

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      @Swfcdan: Wake up Ralph!

  52. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    took over a dynasty 12 team h2h with OPS in which our budgets when keepers are due is $225, and money allowed during auction draft goes up to $305. in season there is no cap. i’m not used to salary cap leagues, except i’m in one 30 many super deep league, is it common to not have a cap in season in these leagues?

    anyway, 3 NA slots and first thing i did before knowing about salary cap (i wasn’t told till after i took over roster) was fill the last 2 NA’s with b.zimmer/dahl. anybody grabbed off FA pile if you keep them costs $10 for next year, so unless a guy really tears it up he’s not worth that, as i could bid on them and win them cheaper than that. team already had moncada (year 2 out of 3) for a buck, and buxton for $5. gotta drop one of them, who’s more likely to have this year value, i’m pretty sure i’ve seen you say zimmer here.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: in the 30 man i’m in even when a player gets DL’d you don’t get to use his contract money while he’s hurt, which at least in hockey NHL real life they get that money back while a guy is out capwise.

  53. Baseball Fan 2000 says:
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    Berrios just called up. In 10 team redraft league do I drop one of Nola, Jeffress, or aaron sanchez for him? Or hold?

  54. ballin says:
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    Drop Buxton to pick up another prospect?
    Current definite keepers (6 max for league): Trout, Kris Bryant, Corey Seager, Syndergaard
    Potential Keepers: Justin Upton, Strausburg, Matz, Mazara
    Prospects on bench: AJ Reed, Trea Turner and Giolito
    Considering picking up Glasnow

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