Here’s a look at the best prospects for fantasy baseball right now. It’s a fluid list, and you’ll see some big changes as well as some new faces from the preseason Top 50. I’m sticking to a cap of 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched in the major leagues when determining who is still eligible for this list. So while some of the names have already been promoted this year and are expected to graduate, I’m still going to rank them. If Miguel Sano drinks too much nerve tonic with only 100 MLB at bats, he’d still qualify for prospect lists heading into next year, so he’s included on this one. This list does not include any 2015 draftees or J2 signees. The +/- column on the right shows how much each prospect rose or fell from my preseason list. I wouldn’t sweat players who moved just a few slots. Instead, I’d focus on the double-digit changes and the new additions. For lengthier notes on some of the biggest movers, you should check out last week’s post. Personally I skew towards hitters and rank only a handful of pitchers that I really like. Keep in mind that I’m coming at you from the perspective of our fantasy game, so it may differ from a traditional prospect list when it comes to certain players. Now that the housekeeping is out of the way, here is this year’s midseason Top 50 prospects for fantasy baseball…

Rank Player Pos Team Age +/- ETA
1 Byron Buxton OF MIN 21
2 Miguel Sano 3B MIN 22 +3
3 Corey Seager SS LAD 21 +3 2015
4 Yoan Moncada 2B BOS 20 +6 2017
5 Lucas Giolito SP WAS 20 +4 2016
6 Joey Gallo 3B TEX 21 +2 2015
7 Kyle Schwarber C CHC 22 +27 2015
8 Nomar Mazara OF TEX 20 +13 2016
9 J.P. Crawford SS PHI 20 +7 2016
10 David Dahl OF COL 21 +2 2017
11 Aaron Judge OF NYY 23 +21 2016
12 Francisco Lindor SS CLE 21 +5
13 Jose Peraza 2B ATL 21 +12 2015
14 Julio Urias SP LAD 18 +5 2016
15 Rafael Devers 3B BOS 18 +20 2018
16 Raimel Tapia OF COL 21 +2 2017
17 Nick Williams OF TEX 21 NR 2017
18 Josh Bell 1B PIT 22 +4 2016
19 Manuel Margot OF BOS 20 +22 2017
20 Jesse Winker OF CIN 21 +3 2016
21 Bradley Zimmer OF CLE 22 NR 2016
22 Trea Turner SS WAS 22 NR 2016
23 Jose Berrios SP MIN 21 +26 2015
24 Tim Anderson SS CWS 22 +16 2016
25 Michael Conforto OF NYM 22 NR 2016
26 Rusney Castillo OF BOS 28 -2 2015
27 Lewis Brinson OF TEX 21 +6 2018
28 Steven Matz SP NYM 24 NR
29 Ryan McMahon 3B COL 20 +7 2018
30 Stephen Piscotty OF STL 24 +17 2015
31 Raul Mondesi SS KC 19 +12 2017
32 Dalton Pompey OF TOR 22 -6 2015
33 Robert Stephenson SP CIN 22 -5 2016
34 Alex Reyes SP STL 20 NR 2017
35 Jeff Hoffman SP TOR 22 NR 2016
36 Aaron Nola SP PHI 22 NR 2015
37 Trevor Story SS COL 22 NR 2016
38 Clint Frazier OF CLE 20 -7 2017
39 Austin Meadows OF PIT 20 +3 2017
40 Ozhaino Albies SS ATL 18 NR 2018
41 Amed Rosario SS NYM 19 -4 2018
42 Luis Severino SP NYY 21 NR 2015
43 Alex Jackson OF SEA 19 -14 2018
44 Orlando Arcia SS MIL 20 NR 2017
45 Tyler Glasnow SP PIT 21 -1 2016
46 Derek Fisher OF HOU 21 NR 2018
47 Hector Olivera INF LAD 30 NR 2015
48 Daniel Norris SP TOR 22 2015
49 A.J. Reed 1B HOU 22 NR 2017
50 Hunter Renfroe OF SD 23 -4 2016

Graduations: Carlos Correa, Joc Pederson, Maikel Franco, Kris Bryant, Noah Syndergaard, Blake Swihart, Jorge Soler, Yasmany Tomas, Carlos Rodon, Michael Taylor, and Addison Russell

The Bubble: D.J. Peterson, Jorge Alfaro, Dylan Bundy, Archie Bradley, Reynaldo Lopez, Wilmer Difo, Gleyber Torres, Jameson Taillon, Jorge Mateo, Franklin Barreto, and Willy Adames

  1. Fred Garvin MP says:
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    I’m definitely a big JP Crawford fan. Very Mookie Bettsy, but with a bigger frame that could lend itself to more power as he progresses. Thanks for putting together these rankings Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice…anytime Fred!

  2. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    I love AJ Reed. Something smells like Goldy about him to me.

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: Also feeling that the Alex Reyes placement is too low. That kid’s stuff is on par with Gilolito’s (as a matter of fact, I’ve read some scouting reports that have Reyes’s FB as better than LG’s). He’s got the makings on an ace.

      • Yescheese says:
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        @apoxonbothyourhouses: he’s a cardinal, so of course you’re right. F-ing Cardinals…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I was tempted to rank Reed even higher, but if he’s 1B only it puts pressure on the bat

      Fair enough on Reyes…agree on stuff, still working on his control though and that’s a big difference between the two

      https://razzball.com/prospect-profile-alexander-reyes/

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @Mike: i love me some Reed…i know he’s a 1B only, but he absolute CRUSHED the California league (yes, I know, that league is like “playing baseball with aluminum bats on the moon”), but I tend to focus on the K:BB ratios with hitters in hitter-friendly leagues and it’s pretty good for reed (74:59). His ISO was ridonkulous (.292!!!!!). I like him a fair bit. Call it a man crush.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol…a good prospect man crush is not a bad thing. There aren’t a lot of 1B specs out there, and while guys move into the position obviously, I think it helps give Reed a boost

  3. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    last ones….

    Gleyber Torres and Franklin Barretto? You’re VERY low on them. Care to explain why? I’ve seen some very very high rankings on them (Sickels comes to mind).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d love to rank nothing but SS prospects. They’re on the bubble above and should be firmly in the top 50 heading into next season. If you put them in the forties on your list you wouldn’t get a big fight from me.

      • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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        @Mike: coolio

  4. heisenberg says:
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    Henry Owens has given up only 68 hits in 104.1 innings for the Pawsox. I know his W/BB sucks, but whats the word on a possible callup? I read his changeup is wicked.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seems like they just want to give him more time to cook.

  5. Joeg414 says:
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    Brian Johnson does not make the list ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not enough of a fantasy impact guy IMO

    • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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      @Joeg414: look for Grey’s account of that guy, it ain’t good.

  6. Fastpitch says:
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    What can we expect from Nola this year ROS? Is he just getting a shot because the Phils are so bad or could he be skilled enough for several teams? I’m thinking of adding him to a redraft NLpnly league and dropping a holds guy. Thanks, for all you do.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem…sure, if you’re dropping a holds guy, I’d say go for the stash, especially in NL only format

  7. J-FOH says:
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    I was hoping judge would get the call this year but you’re saying it’s a no go?

    With the emergence of g-Chuck in St Louis does this delay piscotty til next year? I feel like the federalist is everyone’s most hated mlb prosblock.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @J-FOH: piscotty has been moved to 1B to take over for mini donkey, which Grey has mentioned lately. No team wants to continue to start mini donkey who at the same time think they are competing this year. STL should figure this out fairly soon, only reason they probably didn’t was they continued to win at a .666 or so clip. Not so much lately. Also, those numbers above showing movement is the way to do it, the colors aren’t even important if those are offputting somehow.

    • The Harrow says:
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      @J-FOH: federalist was finally disgraceful listed, with likely phantom injury (or really, hopefully it was real, but i doubt it). Even Matheny isn’t benching Grichuk anymore at CF (matheny loves Jay for some reason)

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: @The Harrow: I knew Jay was on the DL, I was speaking of when everyone is healthy, possibly in august, what happens with that OF. I never caught Grey talking about Piscotty…great, now I’ve been outed, I dont read every word every writer on the site writes. Didn’t really need to know that a pro team would want to upgrade donkey, thats as obvious as your constant need to see movement in rankings with some kind of number. You really need to let that one go.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          *slowly backs out of the room*

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: get back here Mike…Mike? Mike?why are you running? Don’t make me come after you.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              • J-FOH says:
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                @Mike: now this is starting to look like some dos video game

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  the brick wall I’m hiding behind turned into ? marks…d’oh

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: uh oh, better get my cannonball bombs out

                  • Big W says:
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                    @Mike: Mike, answer his question about Judge… I’m stashing him so I’m curious to know your thoughts on when he might be called up. With the Beltran injury, I thought he’d be up sooner than later…especially because the yankees are in the mix somehow…Do you really think the ETA is 2016? Not even a September call up?

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      lol…yes sir!

                      September 2015/early 2016 would be my guess

        • The Harrow says:
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          @J-FOH: it certainly appears i don’t have a choice on that last part.

          • The Harrow says:
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            @The Harrow: what’s the obvious takeway as to why you don’t use them, when clearly the other rankers do (Mike and JB) and they they certainly make a list that moves from time to time more useful? This wasn’t asked assuming there’d be any kind of answer so don’t worry about any more effort on this than usual of course.

            • J-FOH says:
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              Yup

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      what Harrow said…recent move to 1B could get him up sooner

  8. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Mike, I have been holding onto Castillo in a deep 15 team roto keeper. .OPB and TB instead of .AVG and HR. He can be kept next year at a cost of $14. I could use some production from him this year but even with him taking up a roster spot on any given day I am between 2nd and 4th ( 1st seems too strong and too far ahead)…so I am competing. Top 3 get payouts. Not much at all to grab which is another reason I have held onto him.

    Anyways, is he worth holding onto at this point or would I be better served to grab someone like Judge or Peraza? I do own Peterson and Maybin…if that makes a difference on Peraza. But, I assume Maybin gets traded and or Peterson loses role when/if Peraza arrives. I could then keep either for $2 next year. Thanks and appreciate what you do!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime Joe! that’s a tough on…it’s hard to recommend stashing prospects on a major league roster when you’re fighting for cash. That said, I think Judge is the best bet for giving you something at the end of this year as well as making an impact next year, if only because Castillo feels too high at $14 even if he’s “safer”

  9. Hi Mike — How big a gap is there between the top two? And do you think either would be a strong keeper choice at the expense of a 12th-round pick in a 14-team roto league? In my league we can keep two players from the lower rounds, and since Buxton and Sano were not drafted they’d cost a 12th-round pick.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not a big gap, but different profiles and Buxton could impact more cats. More power from Sano, more steals/average from Buxton…so you’re talking about a potential 5-cat guy in Buxton while Sano could be just more big power/RBI impact

      • @Mike: Do you think Sano (since he’s the one I have now) is worth considering as a keeper at the expense of a 12th-round pick next year? I know there’s half a season to go and any number of things could happen to him. But if he finishes this season healthy and doesn’t go into a huge slump and looks like he’ll be on the opening day roster next year, more or less where will be be ranked? Does the 50-70 range sound about right?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sounds about right…I think the 12th is a good round to keep him in

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              no problem

  10. MJ says:
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    Glasnow seems too low.
    No Brett Phillips? AJ Reed is dominating, but a toolsy Phillips is the better fantasy player.
    Bradley Zimmer justs seems like he will be a stud!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Both Reed and Phillips will get the Double-A test soon. It’s fair to say Phillips should be over Reed, so it’s just my preference. I actually had Reed much lower than Phillips in preseason.

      Agreed on Zimmer, and I hope you’re right since I’m going to see a lot of him in Akron soon!

      Re Glasnow…I like him and just don’t rank a lot of arms. You could argue he should be above the Hoffman group and that’s fair.

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: Be honest. You only put AJ on the list because he’s on my terrible RazzNasty team.
        Make me feel good BillyBob!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol…you’ve blown this thing wide open!

          • Baezaworldseries says:
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            @Mike: It’s always all about me!!

  11. E_Money says:
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    What to do with Lucroy? Would it be wise to drop him in favor of Cervelli?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I’d hold. But it depends how deep your league is. Catcher is one of those positions you either stream or set and forget depending on the format

  12. Grant says:
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    Who are the top prospects that will be coming up later this year that would have the biggest fantasy impact? I want to make a few smart stashes!

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Mike: AUG 14 he’ll also be in WSOX for a series, likely DHing there like last time i would think.

  13. Yescheese says:
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    Here’s a fun TBone for you: Rank Snell, Honeywell, Guerrieri by fantasy potential. Ah, to be the Rays…

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Yescheese: that was supposed to be “TB one” but “TBone” is equally applicable.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      weird autocorrect! from now on I want everybody to call you TBone like George Costanza haha

      I think you ranked them right there

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Yescheese: @Mike: I’m in on this one. Koko it is. Koko!!
        Wait no. TBone!!!

        • heisenberg says:
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          Gammy, gammy, gammy!

  14. Nate says:
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    I’ve loved what I’ve seen of Schwarber this year… once he gets the call where do you rank him among catchers? Is he better than a Montero? Would you drop say, W. Ramos for him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup on both…could perform like a top 5 catcher the rest of the way if he gets the call soon

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    wow, the big 5 not in yahoo have moved up even more (esp mazara!), along with devers,brinson,mcmahon, and a.rosario hasn’t moved much, downward actually. up to 8 at least now with t.turner/reed/fisher also not there. and looks like i’ll be moving bundy out for reyes or berrios or even nola in some spots. frazier for zimmer in smaller dynasties. mondesi stops his descent. t.anderson moving up.

    got kilome and mag sierra for a total of 4.4 mil. some new guys to see if they rate with remaining biddables of tocci/p.gonzalez/pujols
    n.smith P LAA
    voelker P DET
    steele P CUBS
    padlo CI COL
    giron MI SD
    contreras C CUBS
    mieses OF LAD
    sierra MI HOU
    miesner SP NYM
    r.davis P NYY
    may OF WSOX
    doyle P BAL
    mader P SEA

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: 2. and got offer of one of these for one of my chavez/bolsinger/c.anderson and their end of this year contracts: twine MI MIA, callahan P BOS, hart OF BAL.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: or c.salazar P ATL.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Giron SD and Padlo COL are interesting…I’d go after them

      Hold on your arms for something better

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: interesting on same plane as p.gonzalez/pujols or slightly lower, want to know order since it’s entirely possible i run out of resources. Tocci i’m nominating soon. currently tocci/p.gonzo/pujols.

        2 new ones also in mix: t.guerrero P SD and w.garcia P PIT.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          same plane…not sure I’d sweat those two new ones

  16. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice bossman,when will Peraza be coming up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Peterson playing well, Maybin playing great. Maybin could still be traded, but it’s looking more like September for Jose now if that doesn’t change

  17. Jobu Needs a Refill says:
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    Ballpark where Sano, Buxton and Seager would rank next year among all fantasy players next season. Any of them top 40 guys? It’s always so hard for me to project these guys in year #2.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ooh tough question. All three could play like top 40 guys next year, but where they’ll rank preseason I have no clue. My guess is Sano will get the most love but Seager will end up being the most valuable for next year only

  18. Lville Jim says:
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    Prospects are like a dozen krisprie kreme’s, you say you’re only going to have one then next thing you know you’ve emptied half the box. Speculative addiction. Nice work as always.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! exactly…thanks Jim!

  19. Clint says:
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    A lot of these players from Moncada on down are available to stash in my h2h points league. Do you have any favorites from there based on that format in a keeper league or just snatch the top ranked guys? My oldest bat spots are a pair of utility spots and I’m somewhat deep at pitcher so I have flexibility. Gallo’s available but in this format, his K’s kill so I think that’s why his previous owner ditched him earlier this year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if K’s kill, I’d agree to skip over Gallo. Maz and Crawford are two guys I really like.

  20. Matt says:
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    One name that I’m not seeng that seems to be getting hyped elsewhere is Severino. What are your thoughts on him?

    In a dynasty where I’m trying to make a push to the playoffs this season, I’ve offered Gallo and Hosmer for Shark and Severino. I have other good young 1b and 3b (Arenando and Machado as well as Devers in my minors) so I feel like I can take the offensive hit. Does that seem reasonable?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm, I’ve got him at 42. Sev could be up this year and even though there’s bullpen risk, he’s still a nice arm that should offer Ks and decent ratios. Trade works for what you’re trying to do…it’s reasonable.

      • Matt says:
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        Oops-don’t know how I overread that! That isn’t bad in regards to other SP on the list.

        Thanks for your work-you helped me land Mazara, Devers, and Judge in that dynasty relatively low cost-all three looking like great moves now!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem! glad to help

  21. Crimson Fratellis says:
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    I’ve been feeling Schwarby lately. Now it’s a race between when he gets called up and when Trav gets off the DL.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice! I love those kinds of races…I think?

  22. nyjacobs says:
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    i picked up piscotty but buxton is on waivers do you think buxton plays before piscotty’s call up? drop piscotty for buxton? thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s a tough one…I’d go with Buxton there but keep an eye on Piscotty’s development at 1B, which could speed him up

    • nyjacobs says:
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      @nyjacobs: btw roto league for the rest of the season who do u like better. thanks..

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        same answer

  23. Jon says:
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    Any reason you are relatively low on Glasnow compared to others? Would you deal him for a closer like Tolleson in a keep forever?

    • apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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      @Jon: no. no. no. no. no. NO. NO. i mean, if Tolleson is the difference between you and a title, sure. But in a vacuum, NO.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no reason in particular, I’d take any of the arms in the Stephenson-Glasnow group

      I wouldn’t trade him for a closer unless you’re in the hunt and need the saves badly

      • Jon says:
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        @Mike: I do need the saves but I’ll look elsewhere before I decide to deal Glasnow. Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  24. the tone ranger says:
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    hey mike. do you think story is a 20/20 guy eventually? hes been mashing over the past year. I understand he wasn’t probably supposed to rank where hes ranked but it seems like hes making adjustments. could you see tulo to 1b and story to SS in 2016? or is tulo just going to block him until hes moved.

    thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Possibly, especially if he stays at Coors…my guess is Tulo just blocks him until he’s traded and Story possibly gets time at 2B

      I agree…strikeout rate is down and that was my big bugaboo heading into this year.

      • CMUTimmah says:
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        @Mike: Come Come, on the kick drum, Come Come.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          okay, I love that scene…but I don’t get the link to Story/Tulo

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            tone rangers…I’m an idiot

            • the tone ranger says:
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              @Mike: ha, all good! im glad you guys got the reference. thanks for you help mike.

              another quick one if its cool? Arodys Vizcaino…you think he has a shot at closing? his control has really been problematic, but you think ATL wants him in that role?

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                anytime…yup I could see him being in the mix to close

  25. Chicken Dinner says:
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    Hey Mike, I’ve got a bit of a log jam.

    1B Abreu
    3B Carpenter
    CI Rizzo
    DH Votto
    Bench Sano

    Would you move Sano for Giancarlo in a weekly points league?

    Don’t like bench bats BUT…don’t like wrist injuries either. Especially with MIA out of it.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      might be able to get something nice for Carpenter which would help your jam. Maybe shop him for somebody healthy and fall back on the Stanton deal if it doesn’t work?

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, Mike.

        Need to drop someone.

        Wisler or Corbin?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime man…toss up but I’d take Corbin over Wisler

  26. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Two questions for you mike:

    1. ROS redraft Sano or Kendrys?
    2. Keeper league, have two NA spots. Currently have Giolito and Nola in there, should I drop Nola for someone like Reyes or JP Crawford?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. Sano
      2. I’d drop him for Crawford in keepers, yes

      • Kendrick Llama says:
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        @Mike: could drop longoria instead of morales but I don’t think that’s smart, right

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah, I’d rather lose Morales

  27. T Beckman says:
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    Hey Mike, i made a couple of moves in a dynasty league and want to know what you think of them. I traded Syndergaard+ Josh Bell for Altuve+Appel, then was offered Wong+ Glasnow for Altuve and accepted. Good moves?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looks fine…I might have stuck with Altuve, but you got 2 good young playrs for him

  28. Martin says:
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    Didn’t see Jonathan Gray on your list. What are your thoughts on him for a dynasty league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not such a hot year, has to pitch in Coors…he’s talented but I would take a bunch of guys over him for fantasy

  29. Me says:
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    man it’s so hard to keep the faith with Buxton… I’ve been holding him for 2 years now and I’ve had this gut feeling he’s gonna be a Aaron Hicks bust situation :( injuries might hold him back from being great

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that would be sad but it’s possible…happens all the time

  30. Who Dat Ninja! says:
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    Hey Mike! Is now the time to stash Berrios? When do you see him coming up?
    Also, I’m really liking Colin Rea, any thoughts on him coming up and making an impact this year?

    • Who Dat Ninja! says:
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      @Who Dat Ninja!Sorry, one more. Joe Ross…. is he coming up soon and will he stay?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure thing on Berrios, I’ll guess early August?

      Ross could fill in for Stras after the break, but I’m not sure he stays if they are at full strength in the rotation

      Rea might need more time to adjust to AAA first

      • Who Dat Ninja! says:
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        @Mike: i thanks Jefe !

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem bud

  31. Killer Kuato says:
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    Cmon, Buxton over Sano? If this list is for this year then theres no way he belongs there. Buxton won’t even be playing for a few weeks and was looking overmatched when he did play. Sano has already shown he is ready for this level and he’s batting 4th not 9th.
    Same goes for Castillo/Matz. Castillo has physical ability, but he’s an unintelligent, wild hacker at the plate. Matz’s performance has already surpassed Rusney and I would put money down on the fact that Matz will continue his dominance again before Rusney is recalled.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      gotcha…BTW this list isn’t just for this year, which seems important

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Killer Kuato: you really think if moncada was 4th this list has almost anything to do with ROS? really?

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @goodfold2: isn’t moncada the actual age yelich looks?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yelich is studying hard for his SATs over break

  32. Malicious Phenom says:
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    Is Javier Baez no longer a prospect?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      correct

      • Malicious Phenom says:
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        @Mike: Ok, does Baez come back to the Cubs when his injury is healed?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          it’s possible, but he just got cleared to swing a bat and probably won’t even be in the mix until mid August…then it’s a matter of where he fits if they want him up before rosters expand

    • Killer Kuato says:
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      @Malicious Phenom: Also wondering about his status…

  33. Jose says:
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    Great stuff as always Mike! I’m thinking about selling off some graduates to make a run for the year, butI’m afraid I may be giving up too much. Going to just give you my roster and see what you think. 12 team H2H points keeper league with no restrictions for keepers.

    C. Streaming while I wait to see what d’Arnaud may do off the DL
    1B. Goldy
    2B. Flores
    3B. Bryant
    SS. Segura
    LF. Yelich
    CF. Pederson
    RF. Tomas
    UTIL. Betts
    UTIL. Burns
    UTIL. Polanco
    Bench. Soler
    Bench. Russell
    SP. Cole
    SP. Arrieta
    SP. Salazar
    SP. Lester
    SP. Rodon
    SP. Syndergaard
    SP. Richards
    RP. Melancon
    RP. Smith
    RP. Capps
    RP: Empty
    Bench: Hendricks
    Bench: Haren
    DL: Rendon
    DL: Myers
    DL: d’Arnaud
    DL: Matz
    DL: Stroman

    I have 2 offers on the table
    1. I receive Bogaerts and Fransisco Rodriguezand send Soler and Tomas
    2. I receive Greinke and Panik send Pederson and Matz

    I think I like the first one better than the second one and would like to maybe shop Pederson and Matz for another power bat instead. I feel like my pitching is pretty solid.
    It’s also worth noting we are penalized -2 for a batter striking out, so valuable HR hitters are a little tougher to trade for.

    Thanks again Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you don’t seem to need Grienke, so I agree the first is better for you, but to be honest I’m not sure you need Bogey either, and you’re giving up two nice bats in Soler and Tomas. I’d hold on both.

      • Jose says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks Mike. I don’t know that I could swing it, but would Pederson and Matz for Rizzo even be a fair offer? If not do you see another combo that may work? I’m way behind in power. I could see Bryant and Tomas giving me a little more this half, but feel like Pederson may only give me half of what I got in the first half.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime…yup, I’d do the Rizzo one

          • Jose says:
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            @Mike:

            Last one. Promise.

            Pederson and Matz for Posey?

            Thanks Mike!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I think that’s one that could help you this year since you really don’t have a catcher

  34. Crimson Fratellis says:
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    I picked up a piscotty at the local Starbucks. Kind of dry.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha

  35. Scott says:
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    Word is Gallo has been struggling at Triple-A. Do you think he got injured while in the Bigs?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s possible, but this is who he is…three homers in 11 games and a lot of Ks. It’s probably more that the pitchers are better and he’ll have to continue to adjust

  36. alex seber says:
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    I”m in a 10 team Dynasty, H2H points league. Pretty deep rosters. I’m not going to win this year and so rebuilding for the future. I have Tanaka and want to move him. I have 3 offers and wondering which has the best upside for 2016

    Heaney + Nola
    Nola + Tomas
    T. Walker + Grichuk

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nola and Tomas

  37. SallyCips says:
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    Think Gallo is a good stash for this season still? His owner dropped him and Edwin Rodriguez over the break and I think I want them both. Dropping Ervin Santana, NA Hallo, grab Rodriguez. I think I just convinced myself. ;)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, I like those moves

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Mike: Meant Eduardo Rodriguez, and obviously Gallo. But I think you knew that. ;)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup :)

  38. Cram It says:
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    Hey Mike. So since this list is for fantasy baseball purposes right now, I take it these are rankings for stashable players in redraft leagues? Meaning, this list of guys should be up this year (if they aren’t already)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s for fantasy purposes long term…think keepers and dynasties that allow for prospects on rosters in some form. The power rankings are where I do the guys for redrafts, and it’s updated every two weeks

      https://razzball.com/prospect-power-rankings-week-14/

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      in the table above there’s an ETA if you’re looking for when they might be up

      • Cram It says:
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        @Mike: I totally whiffed on seeing that. Thanks dude.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem Cram :)

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Nevermind, just read your exchange with Killer

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Cram It you at least knew to ask if you weren’t sure, not make weird assumptions that aren’t backed up once you actually read the list.

  39. rodrigoR says:
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    Hi Mike,
    great stuff.
    I see you like Tapia and Williams – so do i!
    They are in a good position in your rankings and i believe one of the reasons is the cut in strikeouts. Can you talk a little about them and ETA.
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! similar ETAs…both can hit, Williams more power, but Tapia has some sneaky power too for a little guy. Williams is a great example of how much a player’s value can change when adjustments are made and they improve a weakness

  40. Butter says:
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    No love for Brett Phillips or Blake Snell, two truly breakout guys this year. Both made cases for consideration. What are your thoughts, Grey?

    • Butter says:
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      @Butter: Or Mike, Oops?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like both, and actually profiled Snell earlier in the year and had Phillips pretty high in the preseason. Don’t take their omission as hate, I just can’t fit everybody and have to make some tough choices. Look for both to make a run at the 2016 preseason Top 50 :)

  41. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    14 team H2H 9X9 but with only the “one win” per week. or tie of course. extra cats are K’s, total bases, caught stealing and OPS for hitters and BB’s, QS, losses, holds for pitchers. we keep 9 but they have to be 2 SP, 2 RP, 5 hitters, of which you have to keep 2 OF, 1 CI, 1 MI and the last hitter can’t be the same position as one of the other guys you kept, unless he counts as rookie. this roster
    jaso
    rizzo
    dozier
    carpenter
    suarez
    MI lemehieu
    CI aramis
    LF de aza
    CF pollock
    RF calhoun
    OF kemp
    util mauer
    BN desmond/d.peralta/refsynder
    DL stanton/fatt adams
    SP fiers/erv santana/peavy/haren/hahn/kazmir/teheran/keuchel
    RP boxberger/perkins/kenley
    P capps/lowe
    Clearly rizzo/dozier/stanton/pollock/keuchel/perkins/kenley are kept, leaving only SP #2 and 5th hitter (that can’t be a non-rookie OF/1B/2B). I’ve been trying to upgrade my #SP and currently only can get McCullers for Boxberger (i’m trying to send more offers as one guy has all of rodon/walker/ strasburg/matz/kershaw/urias/gray/pineda and can only keep at most 3 of those and that’s only if matz doesn’t get too many more innings or he could have urias as a rookie.
    1. should i just grab schwarber now as my 5th kept hitter and drop one of mauer/desmond/refsnyder/lemehieu?
    2. is mccullers even an upgrade over some of my other guys as #2 SP keeper?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. lose Mauer for Schwarber
      2. eh, not sure McCullers is a big upgrade

      • I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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        @Mike: yeah, i gotta keep trying to get a better pitcher for sure then. or maybe grab berrios. giolito owned, even though we don’t have NA spots, urias and giolito are being used as bench players. pretty good that i’m even able to get a guy as high as schwarber (mazara is around too, but he’s not likely to provide short term value)

  42. Brett says:
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    Any idea why Yahoo and their new blindingly white background seem to wait until a lot of guys are on the door step before adding them to the player pool?

    And does Billy Mckinney of the Cubs not have a loud enough tool to be on the fantasy radar?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not sure about Yahoo, but it sounds like dynasty hell

      I like McKinney a lot, but you’re onto it…mostly hit. Well rounded player though, and the high average could come with average power (think 15 ish homers)

  43. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Mike,

    GREAT write up!!! Was looking forward to it all week and didn’t disappoint. I have a trade question for you. My team is out of it. We play in a salary cap keeper league ($260). Which side do you prefer?

    Gregory Polanco $18 for 2 more years, Taijuan Walker $21 for3 years and Carlos Rodon $11 for 2 years

    Or

    Miguel Pineda $11 for 2 years and Aaron Judge $1 next year and then $11-21 depending on signing him for 2-4 more years

    Basically, the heart of this question is do you think Polanco and Walker going to live up to the $18 and $21 contracts or should I reboot by going with the dirt cheap Pineda and Judge.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      hmmm, I’d be tempted to reboot with the cheaper guys, and that’s with me still liking Polanco a lot

  44. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Mike,

    What are your thoughts on Josh Bell’s actual ceiling? From what I have read it seems that right now he is more of less either hitting for power or for average and having a tough time doing both…I don’t doubt that he will be a very solid player, do you think he has Freddie Freeman upside or more power?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      great question…he’s above average power and hit, and if both aren’t necessarily showing up at the same time I wouldn’t assume it will be that way forever. Power develops late in some cases, so I’m still confident this is a .275-.280 hitter with 20-25 homers in him. I’d rather have a guy hit and the power comes later than the alternative, which is to show a bunch of dingers in the minors and then find out he can’t hit :)

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Mike: Thanks! This seems to be the Pirates current mindset in developing their hitters. I am very excited for Bell, Hansen, Meadows, Mcguire to hone their skills. Meadows and Bell particularly intrigue me.

        Do have any info or thoughts on Cole Tucker or any of the new draftees at SS? (Kevin Newman, Kevin Kramer, or even Ke’Bryan Hayes)?

        Thanks again, Mike. This Bucs farm system is very interesting.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…I love Hanson for fantasy even if he’s not quite top 50 material

          I like Tucker, just a little far away…haven’t looked into the new guys much yet to be honest

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Mike: From what I had initially read about Newman was that he has a chance to stick at short. Little to no power, but good hit tool, speed, and D.

            I don’t know much about the other two, but Newman got a ton of love on draft day as being a “steal” where the Bucs took him. Got the Alan Trammell comp a few times.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              good info…thanks bud!

              I heard the same thing about him being a steal. Love the Pirates farm

  45. Wild Thing says:
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    Thanks!

    Also is there any chance that Devers ETA is accelerated and he arrives before 2018? That seems so long from now

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem….sure, ETAs aren’t an exact science by any means

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks – so it’s probably worth me hanging on to them until I have to make a decision about signing them long term. For me that would be March 2017 which is a long time from now

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      And also Moncada? If he and Devers light it up, might they come up sooner? I’m holding both on my bench will be tough if the expected ETA is real.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        they could, I guess it depends how much it hurts you to stash long term guys on your bench. They are both really talented, but they’re not likely to help you this year or next.

  46. J-FOH says:
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    Schwarber, what gives? I read somewhere he was coming back in July. It is July right now. With Montero hurting his thumb is this a real thing for Kyle or just bad speculation on a good fantasy prospect. Over my years of playing this game I have come to one conclusion when it comes to prospects…believe very little of what you read.

  47. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    I’ve got a keeper question unrelated to my above prospects question, Mike and J-FOH since you are here too.

    12 team H2H league, keep 5, here are my current keepers/possible keepers:
    Rizzo,Edwin, Upton, Cespedes, Tulo, Pollock, Blackmon, Soler, Polanco, Sano

    My question is, would it be worth trying to move Edwin or Sano for Grienke from a cellar dwelling team? Do you think Sano could be as valuable as Edwin ROS and maybe next several yeras?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’ve got no problem moving either for Grienke if it helps you win now…depending how long you can keep guys it might be better to keep Sano and move Edwin. You’ve got great options there.

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Mike: @OldMilwaukeePounders: There is no limit on how long you can keep a player in this particular league…I could even add Vogt in to a deal and add Schwarber. I believe he is still sitting out there. Would just need to hang tight with a replacement until he gets the call.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          in that case I’d hold Sano over Edwin and look to get your hands on Schwarber for sure

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Mike: Thanks again, Mike. My team is probably the top contender currently, just lacking in consistent pitching.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime

  48. Wild Thing says:
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    Why so down on Matz? The injury has you spooked?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I thought I was up! haha..no the injury seems minor. I’ve got him ranked ahead of some pretty darn good arms, so I feel like 28 is pretty high for me.

      • Wild Thing says:
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        @Mike:

        That’s funny. Some have been touting Matz as a top 20 arm in the majors for 2016. Is that in sync with your thinking? 28 might still reflect that. And then what does that mean for Giolito and Urias… top 10 arm ceiling???

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Giolito and Urias have #1 upside IMO…everybody from Berrios down looks more like #2/#3 starter types to me…which is still high praise

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            in other words, he could be Top 50 starter for sure, but I’d be hesitant to automatically pop him in the Top 20 heading into next year

  49. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    I’m in a 10-Team H2H 6×6 OBP Keeper League. I’m in good shape to make the playoffs, and although a bit premature, beginning to strategize for late August and September. I have Sandoval in my 1B/3B slot and am thinking about dropping him, picking up Schwarber (who I like) and moving Vogt into the 1B/3B position. Good/Bad idea?

    Appreciate the time you put into your articles. It’s always great insight.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Peter! I wouldn’t start Vogt anywhere besides catcher. I love Schwarber, but it seems risky. Maybe find a trade partner for Vogt to open up the spot instead?

      • Peter Nincompoop says:
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        @Mike: I’ve contemplated the same argument before and just want to make sure we’re on the same page…Are you saying Vogt in the catcher position is too valuable to move him to 1B/3B (i.e., playing him there and joe schmo at 1B/3B is far better then the other way around)?

        I can likely acquire Carlos Santana to replace Sandoval at 1B/3B for a 2016 draft pick. After six keepers, our league has 19 standard rounds. What round pick (e.g. 1st/19 would you say is fair to offer up for Santana?

        Thanks again.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup. pretty much…if I have a good player who’s eligible at catcher, that’s where I play them. Santana, hmmm, maybe try a 5th or 6th?

          • Peter Nincompoop says:
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            @Mike: Thanks Mike!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime

            • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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              @Peter Nincompoop: also, catchers get too much off time, so if you put a Catcher elsewhere you’ll have 2 players having too many off days, rather than just the same one everybody else gets. If you have C-Sant you won’t even have one starting player that gets a lot of off days, unless of course you have tulo, who’s been getting as many off days as a catcher for at least over a month.

  50. Wild Thing says:
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    Do you think Seager is good enough defensively to stay at SS? Or will he be moved to 3B? Seems like they will at least give him a shot to succeed Rollins next season which means for most leagues he is at worst looking at SS eligibility for 2016 and 2017. That would be huge obviously.

    • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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      @Wild Thing: i think he is good enough defensively, but Mike is probably better for this one.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sorry I missed this one…yeah I do think he can hang there

  51. ragin cajun says:
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    I read the comments above about Glasnow, but I actually wanted to know whether there was something you saw about him that was a red flag. I see a .95 WHIP and 10.4 ks per 9 to go with a solid pedigree and get excited.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      maybe I’m paranoid, and I agree the numbers are awesome…but I’ve seen a few things here and there about him holding up (durability) and it’s always stuck in my craw. It may be that I just need to see some more innings in the upper levels to prove it to myself and get on board with the rest of the world :)

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Mike: From what I have read regarding Glasnow is that he has the occasional bout with his command and repeating his delivery. When he is on though he can dominate with just his heat (as is the Pirate’s organizational philosophy in the lower minors; fastball command 1st, secondary offerings later in development).

        His last outing was quite good in AA: 6 shutout innings, 1 hit, 0 BB, 7K, 60 of 80 pitches for strikes, only ball hit hard was the one actual hit.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          good info…thanks! I’ve seen the same stuff about repeating the delivery, too. I might just be too slow getting on board, but there are times where I still think Taillon might end up being better.

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Mike: Between Taillon, Glasnow, and Kingham the Bucs should have a nice solid nucleus to add behind Cole. Taillon may possibly have the higher ceiling if he can get back on track and develop properly!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              for real…I was hoping we’d see Taillon this season but it’s looking less likely with the hernia thing

              either way they’ve set themselves up nicely

              • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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                @Mike: The word on a lot of Pirates specific blogs is that Taillon will most likely be shut down until winter ball. It is possible that he can make it for the minors playoffs, but up in the air still.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  bummer

  52. Chin Music says:
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    No Jose De Leon? Doing well in AA, leading MiLB in Ks, might get slotted in the rotation next season on a LOADED Dodgers team. Did he just miss the bubble, or are you not that high on him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      just missed the bubble…I didn’t want my bubble to be twenty names long. I like him a lot. Big riser for sure.

  53. Matt says:
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    I am curious about Amed Rosario. He has not really hit that great but is young for the level. Is he on here based on the fact that SS is shallow, tools, or what? I know you are high on him so just wondering. Great job Mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Matt! yeah he didn’t really rise or fall, I’m thinking his age and above average tools across the board still make him one of the better SS prospects out there. He’s holding steady IMO

  54. Alex says:
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    Mike, I am in 15 team dynasty, 30 mlb/20 milb, 5×5 roto. Way ahead in first but always looking to improve. Aybar and Melky are on the block

    Is it okay to send Semien and Eaton to get Aybar and Melky? Or is it more of a lateral move? Getting aoki back soon and need avg more than speed, plus I am looking into going into 2016 with just semien at short since i lose hanley’s elig.

    Gracias

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      feels a little lateral, but should help your average and the little improvements help you when you’re in contention

  55. tals23 says:
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    I’m trying to upgrade my SP in a weekly head to head points league…. I am trying to trade for Lance Lynn…. Would you offer Lind or Ortiz?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lind

  56. tals23 says:
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    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem

  57. tals23 says:
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    One more query….. Is aoki worth a stash…. His owner dropped him as soon as he got hurt

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      if you’ve got room, sure

      • tals23 says:
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        @Mike:
        Would you drop collabello or khris Davis for him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          for Aoki? nah

          • tals23 says:
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            @Mike: cool…. Thanks again for your quick response

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              you’re welcome….thanks for reading!

  58. Miguel Montero's thumb says:
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    Why no update about me from the Cubs? Cripes, even *I* want to see Schwarber get called back up!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      lol…I linked to something a few comments above, but haven’t heard much since

  59. Sky

    Sky says:
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    Aaron Judge at 11

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Don’t use the ‘ I enter below. I have to do that so the site doesn’t think its code.

        Start with a ‘<' bracket Inside that: 'img src=' put the image in quotation marks here

        ‘alt=’ you can leave this blank by putting back to back quotation marks or you can put “preach” and that word will pop up when people put their mouse over it.

        end your statement with a ‘/>’

        FIN!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          worked great

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            Mike in his house on a Saturday

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                gotta be permissions…cuz I just copied your code exactly…you just special bro.

                #wetjetallday

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                when did we turn into italics? I want off this crazy ride!

                • Sky

                  Sky says:
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                  HA! Grey is secretly setting you up with permissions in the background but it may come with side effects. Next up? WINGDINGS!

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    may god have mercy on us all

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Have you tried commenting using the background dashboard? Might work there for you. I tested my coding on the front end below to see if maybe I do have special powers. I just might…

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      I’ve been doing it from the dash, yeah

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      you’re in god mode

                    • Sky

                      Sky says:
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                      Welp, Sky might be special. I always kinda thought I was, now it’s confirmed!

              • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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                @Mike: i play poker with a guy who looks almost exactly like that, not while wearing that outfit though. weird.

  60. Sky

    Sky says:
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    test

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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    • Fister Furbush says:
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      @Sky:

      My god he is a mammoth of a man! A beast!!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yup. Scary part is he hasn’t even really tapped that much into his power potential yet down on the farm. Been digging on this guy since the start of the year as Mike can attest to.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          and you can park a Hyundai between his front teeth #special

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            He’ll go down as one of the more famous gap-toothed people in history. Move over Madonna and Stahan!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              brunette Madonna >>> blonde Madonna > Judge >>>Strahan

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                if this poll were made by A-Rod it would start with ‘manly Madonna’

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  haha

              • heisenberg says:
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                @Mike: Your forgetting” The Baddest Gap on the Planet”, Iron Mike.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  of course!

            • Peter Nincompoop says:
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              @Sky: Although not as accomplished as Strahan or Madonna, don’t forget Dave Henderson!

              • Sky

                Sky says:
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                Well played

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Sky: Wow. He makes Ryan Howard look smallish.

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Yup, love that pic; definitely shows scale.

  61. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup, Mike. Always love these. Quick ASB roster tweaking question for you…

    My last closer is currently Osuna, who I love but may be out of a job soon. Carson Smith was just dropped…swap out Osuna for Carson and hope he runs with the job ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Duda! yup, I’d do that

  62. Fister Furbush says:
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    I got Bungarner and Shields in a trade to bolster my starting staff in a head to head points league;
    Price
    Bumgarner
    Harvey
    DeGrom
    Shields

    I had to give up Brantley, Richards and Samardizja.

    You like that Mikey?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      seems solid…that’s a great staff!

      Sky am I permanently in italics now? release me from your black magic!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Haha, I don’t know how you got there! Maybe you hit the ‘i’ by accident on the dashboard and it stuck?

        ‘ that doesn’t have an ‘‘ will keep you in italics hell probably.

  63. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    You answer a lot of questions, but just curious what you’re favorite type of league is?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      dynasty league where I can keep the majority of my roster for as long as I want…I like a big farm with lots of prospects milling around on it or a deep bench where I can stash them. The more freedom the better, so I’m not a big fan of restrictions in terms of salaries, contracts, penalties.

  64. Wild Thing says:
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    One more… Thoughts on Seager being able to stick at SS and also Schwarber at C? I figure worst case they are both tried enough at those positions to gain eligibility for a year or two worst case. Is that reasonable?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, Seager should be a SS for at least a couple years if not long term…Schwarber is more of a wild card, but Cubs have stuck with him at C so no reason to quit now

  65. Wild Thing says:
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    Thanks Mike for answering 100 of my questions! I was very curious today. Haha.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem bud

  66. Raoul Duke says:
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    Are you reading or hearing anything about Adrian Rondon’s slow start to his professional career? I was excited but have been pretty underwhelmed.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m still excited. With guys like that you kinda just have to read the scouting reports and ignore the stats. Believe in the tools and the stats will come kind of thing

  67. BAM BAM! says:
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    Daniel Norris vs Zach Lee….. who comes up first, bigger impact?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’ll go with Norris, both are close to the majors

  68. ROTO OVERLORD says:
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    Prospect Mike,

    If Beltrans injury doesnt heal, do you see the ETA on judge going to Sept 2015 and staying up for good?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup…one thing I’ll say about ETAs, they can range from early to late in the season. I think Judge is an early 2016 guy, and there’s a good chance we also see him this Sept like you’re saying here

  69. Pounce says:
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    Frankie Montas coming up Friday for the double header, worth a pick up in a 12 team keeper?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      could be a spot start, but sure…throws gas. Just don’t drop anybody for him in case he goes right back down

  70. TarmanGotHim says:
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    How do the Marlins have no prospects?

    Is it that they draft really bad or they make really bad trades?

    As a Marlins fan, it’s really surprising to see a team in the seller every year and never come out of the draft with anything significant.

    Tom Koleck seems legit, no?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tyler Kolek, yeah, but it’s mostly garbage sorry

  71. Youth movement says:
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    Just took over a 18 team points dynasty team that was a ghost ship for several months. As a result I sit in 15th place and have the #1waiver spot. Who do you think I should use my waiver on? It’s yahoo, so I know olivera and Mazara are not in player database. Given how much pitchers score in this format, do you know any pitchers that would be worth burning my waiver spot on? Do you know a place that shows what players are not in the yahoo database?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ugh, not sure about where to look for guys who aren’t in the system. Berrios out there?

      • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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        @Mike: berrios is in yahoo.

  72. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    alright rapid fire Mike – all with SBs in mind:

    – Is Austin Jackson completely useless now?
    – Would you drop Rajai Davis for Gose?
    – Do you think Ender Inciarte comes back at the top of the ARI lineup and provides the same kind of pop and speed going forward?
    – when the F is Peraza coming up!?! how likely is it they move Maybin to make that happen?
    – lastly how would you rank all of these guys ROS?

    THANKS!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      -depends on the size of the league…move on in 12-teamers
      -eh, sure
      -yes, I like him for 2nd half SBs
      -you need a trade or Jace to fall off a cliff, so I guess September. JFOH and I were talking about Maybin’s contract the other day…it’s not like he’s terribly expensive, so they may not feel they necessarily have to “flip” him
      -Maybin, Inciarte, Gose/Jackson, Peraza

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Mike: thanks hombre

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  73. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Mike, got a column idea for you … Top 30 names in the minors. I just traded for Buck Farmer strictly for to have the name in my farm squad. Also picked up Teoscar Hernandez — sounds like a bad guy in a mob movie.

    But down to brass tacks, do you believe Berrios’ starter upside is better than Severino, or is Seve ranked lower because of the bullpen possibility.

    Think I can flip Seve and Burns (who can’t be kept) for Berrios, but Seve’s AAA performance thus far is making me hesitate. And I should stop writing because each time I write Seve I like the name and thus the player that much more.

    • PhilOssieB says:
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      Who turned on the industrial-sized fan? Maybe this will help … Testing.

      • PhilOssieB says:
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        the ol’ — /i — didn’t work. Just exhausted all my html skills.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol…thanks for trying

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I love it…there are some awesome ones out there. I’ll do it in the offseason so nobody gets mad ;)

      I like Berrios upside more, yes, but I’d hold what you have there. It’s not that huge a difference right now if it’s a redraft.

      • PhilOssieB says:
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        @Mike: should have verified; it’s a dynasty so both pitchers are keepers, just can’t keep burns because he came off waivers. So basically trading Seve for Berrios ?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ah okay, in that case I like Berrios more than Sev

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @PhilOssieB: Always loved the name Lastings Milledge.

  74. ferris says:
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    Traded keuchel for puig in a keep 8 dynasty (this year’s lost)

    Like it?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      love it

  75. Pull Hitter says:
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    Hi,
    I’m new to a keeper/Dynasty league and my team is inherited.
    My infield is top notch Posey, Pujols, Flash Jr, Donaldson… but then my shortstop is Nick Ahmed.
    I have JP Crawford stashed so I’m happy. He should be up soon.
    I can have 15 minor leaguers on my roster.
    I currently have…

    AJ Reed. 1B
    Franklin Barreto. SS
    JP Crawford. SS
    Ryan Cordell. OF
    Billy McKinney. OF
    Austin Meadows. OF
    Bradley Zimmer. OF
    Max Kepler. OF
    Brett Phillips. OF

    Pitchers
    Joe Ross.
    Mark Appel.
    Blake Snell.
    Grant Holmes.
    Brent Honeywell.
    Jose De Leon.

    You add names on your top 50 and I’m trying to squeeze some in.

    Available are…
    Nick Williams
    Lewis Brinson
    Ryan Mcmahon
    Trevor Story
    Alex Jackson
    Derek Fisher
    Matt Boyd

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      swapping Appel for Williams is a move I’d consider making…you have a nice farm though

      • Pull Hitter says:
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        @Mike: Are you on Twitter please sir…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup…@deep_schmidt

          I’m not on a ton, but I float in and out

  76. Flunkie says:
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    Who is best to stash for a playoff/end of season run?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends what you need…I’ve got Seager, Olivera, Schwarber 1,2,3 on the power rankings…Berrios and Nola on the pitching side of things

  77. Flunkie says:
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    I’m in contention this year in a 12 team 5-player keeper… what are your thoughts on these two trades (I need SP more than anything but they’re expendable):

    1. Freeman for Beltre/Carlos Santana/Rosenthal

    2. Harvey, Wong, Parra, Corey Seager for Correa, Rendon, Shields

    I know I’m trading for my need and doesn’t make sense if I’m in it this year, but it’s not every day you get a chance to trade a pitcher and pieces for Correa and Rendon…

    • Flunkie says:
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      @Flunkie: my keepers as it stands are something like Edwin, Braun, Harvey, Freeman, Xander or Dee

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. seems fair, not in love with one side but the Santana side seems better for this year
      2. like the Correa side here a lot

      • Flunkie says:
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        @Mike: thanks Maikel, this mirrors my feelings as well. Man, an embarrassment of wealth at the SS position with Xander and Correa if this ends up working out

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem. exactly….that’s stacked

  78. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    Do you have Guerrieri over Honeywell and Snell based on more than just Guerrieri’s injury history? When he’s on the field Guerrieri has been much more consistent and dominant than Honeywell and Snell. I’ve been getting excited about Guerrieri and was surprised to see you rank him below the other two (still very exciting) prospects.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s kinda splitting hairs. I like all three

      I actually traded for Guerrieri in one of my dynasties last year. I had Snell one slot over Guerrieri in the preseason before the massive first half and Honeywell was the wild card. Give me any of those three arms though and I’d be happy.

        • Speedy McGreedy says:
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          @Mike: Cool, I agree wholeheartedly with what you wrote on Guerrieri pre-season. I think we’re seeing right now exactly what you were hoping for pre-season. Electric strikeout rate (albeit with low per game innings totals as he’s phased back in), miniscule walk rate (which might be a sign that he is not struggling to find the feel of his pitches as other TJ pitchers often do). He has not allowed a homerun in 33.3 innings since returning to action in high-A, has done a great job limiting baserunners, and has posted a really solid ERA despite bad luck. I’m ready to say that he has regained his old luster and I’m expecting him to compete for a rotation spot out of spring training next year.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            nice!

  79. Jon says:
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    I was offered Vincent Velasquez for JP Crawford in a keep forever league. I need pitching so it’s tempting. What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Crawford

      • Jon says:
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        @Mike: Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  80. goodfold2 says:
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    padlo is going cheap maybe, giron getting very pricey. any of these on my plane for buys:
    t.guerrero OF SEA
    cole OF SF
    brink SP CUBS
    briceno P DET
    b-lak-ee anderson P MIA
    bellinger CI LAD
    j.lopez P MIL
    w.garcia P PIT

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: fantrax is out, weird.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not really

  81. Kid A says:
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    Gratzi on popping your 300 cherry, but jesus, this post would make Paul Giamatti drink merlot straight up.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! thanks bud

  82. Thom says:
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    Good day! Thanks for all the hard work!

    Quick query: My dynasty league has begun its Minor League draft for the year and I am stuck on which player to select. Trea Turner, Bradley Zimmer, or Dansby Swanson. What is the estimated time of arrival for Zimmer and Swanson? I’ve read that Turner could be up this year with Desmond’s struggles and to get some playing time.

    Much appreciated and have a great day!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Turner more likely next year if Desmond walks, Zimmer could be mid 2016/early 2017. Swanson could be the last of the three to arrive. Turner is the best pick unless you are outfield starved.

  83. Chrisjen17 says:
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    Hey Mike, appreciate the insight.
    I have one open spot on my farm, and I need to grab a pitcher. Berrios and J. Ross are available. I assume since Ross didnt make your list, Berrios is the guy to grab?
    And what did you see that pushed JR off the top 50? He looked to be better than Matz in his brief stint up.
    Thanks, bud!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, Berrios

      no problem…Ross wasn’t really considered. I hear ya, and Ross is solid, but it’s tough to judge based on just a handful of starts.

  84. Scott says:
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    I think Paulo Orlando has 125 at-bats, just under the limit. Where does he fit in?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm, this is kind of what he is…4th OF type. That and the fact that he’s 29 make it tough to find a spot for him on a T50 prospect list. Thanks for reading!

  85. John says:
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    Man 333 comments, nice. Anyway, would you keep Martin Perez around in 15 team dynasty? Just lost buchholz and he is unfortunately my 6th SP now with tillman 7th.

    He was pretty good the month before TJ

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! yup, I’ve been stashing him all year in a 16-teamer. Might not be stellar out of the gate, but def an arm to keep around.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @John: i grabbed him in a 20 team dynasty over c.anderson

  86. Alan says:
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    Greetings Mike, in 10 team 5×5 roto (14 hitters), I have wong, howie and correa for 2B, MI, and SS. R Martin and McCann at C. Worth dropping Desmond for Schwarber or just stick with what I have?

    Thank you in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d definitely hold there. Martin and McCann are more than enough :)

  87. BAM BAM! says:
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    Hey Mike,

    THoughts on Franco for his Sano?

    Its a 12 team keeper, but only Franco can be kept. I’m trying to win this year, is Sano worth doing that this year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      both should help you this year…if you can keep Franco, but not Sano, then I’d hold Franco

      • BAM BAM! says:
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        @Mike: thanks. I feel like i’m trying to do too much LOL.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha no problem…ROS player rater has Sano higher, but being able to keep Franco is what gives him the edge IMO. I guess it depends how “all in” you want to be :)

          • BAM BAM! says:
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            @Mike: I’m trying to add pitching depth, but i’m only being offered Heston and Montgomery lol

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yikes

  88. Alan says:
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    Im in last in my yahoo league where we keep 5 per year so need something look forward to. I already have Rendon, Dickerson, J Up and Harvey. 7×7 obp slg hold QS 11 teams. My first pick in next year’s draft will likely be freeman, kluber or betances. I also have stroman as a free last round 6th keeper.

    Which one do you think I will end up keeping next year out of Franco, Sano, Maybin, Polanco, Soler, yelich, carrasco, syndergaard, Buxton, Matz.

    Thank you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      geez, it’s so early, but I’d think Soler and Buxton on the hitting side are your best options. Since you already have two OF kept, may also want to consider Sano

      Carrasco is pretty tasty if you’re looking to keep a 2nd arm

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Alan: Wouldnt rule out Mikes boy Franco there. Him or Buxton for me, no reason to keep Soler.

  89. david says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Why such the large gap between Tim Anderson and Orlando Arcia?

    Thank you sir!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem. Anderson appears to have the higher offensive ceiling despite the low walk rate, and that makes him more appealing to me in fantasy. A big part of Arcia’s game is defense, and his offensive profile could be similar to a Lindor type

  90. goodfold2 says:
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    right in middle of year’s bidding process some owner whined about some owners bidding for others (since we have 4 hour runoff time after the first 24 hours after a player is nominated it’s very easy for somebody not to be able to get to internet in that 4 hours, and thus either lose a player or have to pay overbid price to pay for the resource of being able to be at internet every 4 hours). Comish refused yet again to do my Vickrey bidding method (wherein every bid goes in in closed but identifiable email with winner only having to pay minimum amount over 2nd place bid, i.e. optimal market dynamics), but came up with something that works and resembles how real life baseball teams do this. It’s just a midseason draft, in which teams from the bottom up can grab a player per round (no snake) but they have to pay a certain draft round cost (determined by average cap space for this year predraft), in this case rounds would be
    round 1 = 3.25 million
    2= 2.75
    and mostly .25 mil less downward. This is also good since people would only be able to bid on your guys if they knew the name already. Any team has right to pass up it’s pick and can pick as many times as it has roster space and money. Same rule for if team keeps a guy up for ROS he can be reslotted as minor guy next year at league minimum, or you can slot player minors this year but have to pay round drafted cost per year (if the player is called up) every year till end of 2018.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice! I’m not sure I understand if there’s a question or if it’s just info

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: it probably means i’ll get more names that nobody was interested in at all, but it’s hard to tell if those are the guys i wanted as others could have been waiting till last day (it would’ve been today) to nominate some (like i was). I was showing another way of doing these midseason prospect acquisitions but also to see what you thought of the process.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          oh cool…so basically I pay an amount per slot instead of having use bids? I kinda like that to be honest.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Mike: yep, and you’d have the right to skip the more expensive rounds entirely if you want and hope some guys you like fall till cheaper rounds. i’ll only have to drop like uribe or 2 minimum level guys to grab somebody at 17th overall for 3.25 million. After that i might even be able to keep Beltre (probably not) and grab those other guys. Giron is gonna cost 3.25 and go to one of opp’s in the 1st round for sure. He was above that price during bidding already.

  91. Bobby's world says:
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    Howdy mix master mike! I’m in a h2h pts weekly lock league, is schwarber now a must add with montero on DL most likely for 6 weeks. I don’t need a catcher, but i didn’t know if he’s worth an add I already have Vogt as my catcher.

    Next as my 4th OF slot are you starting/keeping Jay Bruce there or looking to add either Jorge soler, Gerardo parra, jarrod dyson, mark trumbo, or billy burns for this 10 day matchup for week 15.

    Lastly at DH for this week Miquel Sano , Carlos Santana or add CJ cron to start cron this week, cron has been hot & so is sano.

    Thanks Mike!

    • Bobby's World says:
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      @Bobby’s world:

      PS I know you’re big into the prospects; do you have the milb app? I love it I get push notifications for when certain teams I’m following score, etc.

      For prospects I’m very high on Michael conforto.

      As a Red Sox fan I’m intrigued with devers & Margot . How do you see Margot in relation to mookie betts? I know the sox have another OF in their system too; Benintendi but he is only in A ball he has awhile to go before being in boston

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you don’t need him, I wouldn’t force it.
      Bruce, but I could see taking a gamble on Soler
      Sano

      I do have the app, it’s pretty cool. Those are solid names. I can see how you might compare Margot and Betts.

  92. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    At the risk of being sucked into the italics vortex, just wanted to say great job, Mike!

    Odds that the Cubs decide to move Schwarber in a deadline deal to make a big splash at the deadline (Hamels, Cueto, Gomez) are…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s crazy in this vortex! thanks!

      hmmm…I’d say slim to none. Up the middle talent like that is too valuable, and they seem to want him to catch. I could see them trading from their depth in the lower minors, but I don’t think they’d move a piece like Schwarber.

      • Big Magoo

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        @Mike: How about Schwarber, Alcantara, and a low minors arm for Gomez and LuCroy? Who blinks?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol, I’d take Gomez and Lucroy

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Mike: Haha, I doubt the Brewers would do that, but you never know. I’m so ready for the 2nd half to start. I’d watch a Padres/Marlins game if it was on now.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              for real..I had the Eastern League AA All Star Game on the radio last night

  93. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    in a 14 team dynasty where my kept staff is
    rodon/vince V/j.garcia (he was too good to drop if he’s back soon, but wait till you see how good what’s out there)/iwakuma/arrieta/hendricks (stream spot) along with
    darvish (DL)
    stephenson/berrios (NA’s)

    who’s the best two out of these to keep, i can still stream the rest: vince/garcia/hendricks/sky walker/jungmann/peavy/ray/chavez/gausman?
    QS and K/9 also categories.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Vinnie and Gausman

  94. Jon says:
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    Would you deal any of Trea Turner, Tim Anderson, Tapia, Bell or Glasnow for Vincent Velasquez in a keep forever league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nah, I like keeping hitters around and Glasnow could be just as good

      • Jon says:
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        @Mike: If I was trying to win this year, though, would you swap Glasnow for VV? Or is VV more of a 2016 play anyway.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think you’ll see the Astros limit VV’s innings this year anyway, so nah I still wouldn’t do it

  95. Dave says:
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    Would you rather have Kluber over Harvey in a keeper league, top 50 guys kept overall. We do QS and W for some reason.

    Thank you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take Harvey

  96. goodfold2 says:
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    other than those awful specs you’ve seen my only offers for one of bolsinger/c.anderson/chavez are
    1. a mid 4th rounder (that would be about 124th overall or so)
    2. a mid 3rd rounder (around pick 90) for chavez + my likely last pick in 4th round (last year there were 5 suplementals post round 3), a pick i got in a trade with the best team.
    I’ve offered my 5th (middle of 5th) and chavez for that same 3rd. Still hold (trade deadline 31st july) or take one?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold and see if you can start a mini bidding war for a couple of contenders

  97. Swfcdan says:
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    The big arms not even making the list seems pretty staggering seeing as they all arent far away, whereas someone like Brinson ranks in the 20’s despite being lightyears away. Know we all prefer offense but not sure how you can relegate those big arms so much while keeping Arcia, Rosario, Reed on the list. Linda wish youd removed all promotees so only minor leaguers are left, sorry about the complaints man guess im just in a bad mood today lol. Do appreciate your unpaid work for us.

    What do you think of SS Torres in the Cubs system? Recently dropped Brinson to add him in one league thinking SS is much more valuable. Would you swap them back, what makes you so high on Brinson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I ranked Brinson high in the preseason as well. Torres does a little of everything, and was listed in the bubble group, but I think Brinson will make more of a fantasy impact with louder tools. I respectfully disagree that investing in arms is somehow better, but to each his own.

  98. Martin says:
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    Where would wisler fit in on this list? Dynasty league would you drop Jonathan gray, verlander, porcello or wisler?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wisler is fine, but he lacks the strikeout upside I would want in fantasy. In a dynasty I think you drop Verlander, though, and keep the younger arms.

  99. JamesSImp says:
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    Would you drop lindor for Crawford?
    honestly after watching Lindor play, I feel like he’s that type of player that is great in real life.. not so much in fantasy.

    Also everyone on your list ranked 8 and below is available, anyone really worth stashing in a keeper league?

    Last question; in parenthesis is what round they’d cost me : keep 6: arrenado (2 rd), Soler(5 rd), blackmon (6 rd), liriano (12rd), Cain (17 rd), maikel franco, mccullers, berrios, lindor, went undrafted and are pick ups and would count as my last round picks so if i kept two they would count as my 22 and 21, kept three it be 22 21 20 and so on.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Brandon Crawford? Sure

      Mazara, Crawford, Judge and Peraza all worth stashing

      Arenado, Soler, Blackmon, Cain, Franco, Liriano

      • JamesSImp says:
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        @Mike:

        my apologies i meant, jp crawford for lindor.

        thank you for the information always good stuff!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          oh no worries…I’d hold since Lindor is already up…thanks!

  100. Mark says:
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    Hey Mike, I am looking to get a final keeper in my league since i am in rebuild. I see Carrasco and Syndergaard’s perifs and they are legit and then I look at Matt Harvey and he isnt as legit but boy have we seen his ceiling. So my question is, what are the chances Carrasco and Syndergaard outperform harvey going forward and I regret keeping harvey over them?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think you’ll regret it at all, he just needs to distance himself from the surgery and he’ll be fine

  101. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what up again mike. crazy question of the day

    please rank ROS with slight emphasis on K’s:

    quintana, lackey, fiers, kennedy, erasmo, rodon, nelson, buchholz

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Quintana, Fiers, Lackey, Buchholz, Rodon…other three feel like streamers

  102. Johnny on the Spot says:
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    Hey Mike,
    I’ve got a keeper league question for you. I have Carlos Correa, Addison Russell, and Kolten Wong on my 18 league keeper team (along with some other good keepers) I’m having trouble justifying keeping 3 middle infielders given the league doesnt support a MI slot format. Its getting to be trade deadline season so I’m thinking about making a move. For argument sake all the players are essentially equal in keeper cost. Correa is an obvious choice for me, but I’m having trouble deciding if I should deal Wong or Russell… I’d hate to sell low on Russell and he was highly regarded but Wong is actually producing great value at 2B. What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d move Wong, because he’ll bring a better return and I think Russell will be much better than this next year, even if he’s not better than Wong.

  103. The Great Knoche says:
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    You like Nola in 12 team mixed right away? Have to play 5 SP and 4 RP at all times.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it depends who you’d be dropping to pick him up, but if you need an arm I’d snag him

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Mike: likely a streamer, currently Rubby

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, that works for me

  104. Kid A says:
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    Call me artificial, but there’s no reason this post shouldn’t have 400 comments.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      we just need something to talk about for like seven more. Grey does this every day x2 haha

      • Kid A says:
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        @Mike: Didn’t mean to ping you out of your Razznasty machinations (I did). If my calculations are correct (they usually aren’t), this is the highest comment count for a shaved-lip Razzbolero..

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha nice! peeps love rankings…and italics

          • Kid A says:
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            @Mike: Seems like an appropriate time to ask when Seager is getting called up.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              it’s always a good time for that…first week of August

              • Kid A says:
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                @Mike: but which year?!?!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  shoot. I…I…I don’t know. I’m sorry.

  105. elvis says:
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    been offered schwarber and a closer for correa,i just grabbed desmond who is on my bench to replace him,ive got stanton buxton and springer all hurt and need o.f help ,will schwarber stay up and get enough abs

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not really digging that trade for you

      • elvis says:
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        yeah i had the same feeling,was in 1st until the injuries,now rolling bums out everyday in the outfield,thanks your the best

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime…been a bad year for injuries :(

  106. goodfold2 says:
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    for some reason if you link to your name the most recent post is only the jon homerton one on june 28th. this is only recently an issue. nice to see so much interest in this post, more than any before i’d think.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      oh weird…I just tried it and it was ok. Thanks! I appreciate you following along all year

  107. Alan says:
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    Mike, who do I want more after this year? Noah syndergaard or Springer?

    Thanks for your time

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Springer for sure

  108. John says:
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    Thanks for the work. Who will we want strictly for 2016 in shallow league, giolito or Crawford?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…Giolito

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