It’s easy to get lost in the scouting reports and tool grades from a million different resources. Buying too heavily into projection over production. I get caught up in it too, I Prospector Ralph am no scout. I’m one part Hemmingway, one part James Frey, blended heavily with an overly-enthusiastic approach to minor leaguers. In other words I’m a really, really fun minor league enthusiast. Saturday night at the Lifshitz house is like The Tunnel in its hey day. Let me tell you! (Queue the music, apply Timbos with the finest Polo swag) We have sleeping kids, lots of televised baseball, coffee, a baby named after a major leaguer learning to walk, then there’s a ruggedly handsome, but slightly dim witted looking gentleman typing away on his phone and laptop. Feverishly switching screens between gulps of java. That’s me and I’m combing through mounds of statistics and figuring out which ones I should report and which I should ignore. Why you ask? Well for this post where I look at 4-5+ of the minor league leaders in a handful of fantasy relevant categories. Most of it’s age based bias, if the leader is 28 in a particular category but number 3 is 21, I’m taking that young meat. Blah, blah, blah, blah, let’s get into it.

 

MiLB Hitting Leaders

Home Runs

Rhys Hoskins, 1B Phillies (AA) – (20) You can tell that a place is a good hitting environment when the top two home run hitters across every level are on the same team. Hoskins hit well last year (.319/.395/.518, 17 homers, 90 RBI) across two levels of A ball, and hasn’t slowed at AA. At the moment his ISO sits at .269, Reading aided or not, the power looks to be real.

Dylan Cozens, OF Phillies (AA) – (19) The second Reading Fighting Phillie on the list, Cozens is an interesting prospect with massive size (6’6) and athletic ability (19 homers/13 steals). He’s still quite raw (29.9% K%), but he has a very impactful skill set for fantasy.

Travis Demeritte, 2B Rangers (A+) – (19) – A former first round pick of the Rangers, Demeritte is regaining his prospect status as he rebounds from a tough 2015 that included a PED suspension. So far this year he’s popping homers at the highest rate of any middle infidel in the minors.

Matt Chapman, 3B Athletics (AA) – (17) – Coming into the season Chapman looked like a surefire promotion at some point in the year. Fast forward a few months and the emergence of Ryon Healy and Danny Valencia could delay his arrival in Oakland until next year. He’s continued to show the power he displayed at hi-A Stockton, but has struggled mightily with the whiffs (32.6%). His all-around game is good enough that he should see promotion to AAA Nashville at some point, probably following Healy’s promotion.

Christin Stewart, OF Tigers (A+) – (17) – A power-hitting left fielder Stewart looks like the type of hitter that will eventually be a .250, 25 homer, 75-80 RBI player. Though he’ll gain extra value in .OBP leagues due to his high walk rate. Should see AA soon, and maybe Detroit at some point early next season.

Ryan Cordell, OF Rangers (AA) – (15) – Another Rangers outfield prospect, Cordell has taken longer to marinate than others at 24, but he offers a true 20/20 skillset. The 2013 11th round pick is having his best year as a pro at AA Frisco, after struggling there last year upon promotion. The flaws are obvious, he doesn’t walk quite enough and there have been contact issues in the past. His current .291 batting average is slightly inflated by a .346 Babip, though it’s not that far off from his career mark in the minors of .281.

Bobby Bradley, 1B Indians (A+) – (15) – I already went over my Bobby Bradley fantasy, he’s here because he’s the only player under 21 that’s listed in the top 30 for homers.

OPS

Ryon Healy, 3B Athletics (AA/AAA) – (1.004) – This year’s out of nowhere high minors star has raked across two levels, and looks to be on the cusp of the big leagues. He’s flashed potential in the past, but this season he’s destroying all pitching he’s facing.

Ian Rice, C/DH Cubs (Lo-A, A) – (1.004) – A 29th round pick in the 2015 draft, Rice looks like a potential diamond in the rough for the stocked Cubs system. He was recently promoted to hi-A Myrtle Beach, should be interesting to see what he does against better competition.

Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF Rangers (AAA) – (.973) – We all know plenty about Gallo. His position flexibility could eventually get him into the lineup everyday, but also provide owners with greater value. Think about it, a 30 homer run hitter with the ability to fill both corner spots or an outfield spot on any given day. That is a dangerous weapon. Yes, his OBP is higher than Alex Bregman’s, I know shocking, but not really.

Alex Bregman, 3B/SS Astros (AA) – (.967) – Did I mention Joey Gallo has a better OBP? Doesn’t matter Bregman will be up at some point. At the moment he’s one of the buzziest names in the minors.

Josh Ockimey, 1B Red Sox (A) – (.961) – One of my 30 team leagues has a mid-year prospect auction. This is the only time we’re allowed to add unowned MiLB players outside of the first year player draft in February. I put in a sizeable bid for Ockimey, he’s hitting for power and getting on base, not much more you can ask for from a corner man no?

Stolen bases

Yoan Moncada, 2B Red Sox (A+/AA) – (36) – The biggest name in the minor leagues has feasted on the low minors, and has not slowed down 4 games into his AA promotion. The speed is real, all the other parts of his tool set ain’t too shabby either, but the speed is by far the most advanced at the moment.

Yefri Perez, OF Marlins (AA) – (36) _ An older minor, but sometimes speedy SAGNOF types can come from the damnedest of places. Throughout a long and winding career path, Perez has always flashed speed, particularly last year in a 71 steal effort. So far this year he’s tied for the lead, playing all 68 games at AA Jacksonville. An older spec at 25, but could be a good source of steals in a year or two in deeper dynasty leagues.

Greg Allen, OF Indians (A+) – (35) – 2014 6th round pick out of San Diego State, Allen has 111 steals through 249 minor league games. He’s walking at a high rate this year, and looks on pace to swipe 50-60 bags with a .400 OBP. Looks like a future leadoff man with minimal pop, like Billy Burns with 8 homer power.

Eric Jenkins, OF Rangers (A) – (33) – The youngest player featured in today’s post, Jenkins is a raw athletic centerfielder with off the charts speed. A 2015 second round prep pick, Jenkins should develop a 15/30 skill set if he reaches his ceiling.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF Astros (AA) – (29) – Another true SAGNOF play, Hernandez is a fringy outfield prospect with little buzz, but some very nice numbers in 2016. He’s the type of player this post is all about, he didn’t make Baseball America’s annual bible that features over 900 players. So far this year he’s slashing .305/.386/.439 with 6 homers, to go with 29 steals in 40 attempts.All the while doing his dirt from the leadoff spot in the Hooks order. If you’re in a dynasty where 200+ minors are owned, he’s worth a flier.

Andrew Stevenson, OF Nationals (A+) – (26) – Spoke about Andrew Stevenson a few weeks ago, everything I said there still holds true. Not a lot of power, but a bunch of speed, played college ball at LSU with Alex Bregman.

Jorge Mateo, SS Yankees (A+) – (26) – Is he the only Yankees hitting prospect worth a damn? Real talk.

Kyle Tucker, OF Astros (A) – (25) – I guess I didn’t really know that Tucker had this sort of speed. Last year’s 5th overall selection out of H.B. Plant High School in Tampa is raw, but he knows how to make contact (.302 BA), and get on base (.372 OBP). The power is still coming along though (.410).

Bb% (minimum 120 plate appearances)

Josh Ockimey, 1B Red Sox (A) – (19.6%) – See above

Joey Gallo, 1B/3B/OF Rangers (AAA) – (18.2%) – See above

Derek Fisher, OF Astros (AA) – (18.2%) – One of my favorite minor league hitters, Fisher offers a 20/20 skill-set with ability to get on base at a .400 clip. One of the least discussed potential fantasy stars in the minors. The 25% K rate isn’t great, but it’s not a killer either. Well, as long as it doesn’t slip. Then again patient hitters typically strikeout more.

Kevin Padlo, 3B Rays (A) – (17.4%) – Remember this charming buck from the Rockies farm system last season? Well following the trade to the Rays he hasn’t stopped hitting homers and getting on base, too bad his average is just above the Mendoza line. He’s still young at just 19.

Bryan Hudson, OF Red Sox (A+) – (17.3%) – No not the Cubs pitcher the other Bryan Hudson, this Bry-Hud is a low minors outfielder that gets on base, steals bases, and does little else. Only worth a flier in leagues where 500+ minors are owned.

MiLB Pitching Leaders

FIP (Minimum 50 innings)

Luke Leftwich, RHP Phillies (A) – 1.86 – The 2015 7th rounder from Wofford College in South Cack-a-lack, is having a phenomenal year in Class A Lakewood. The best FIP in the minors, and an 11.7 K/9 will do that.

David Paulino, RHP Astros (AA) – 1.96 – The big righty is a favorite of mine, and a complete larceny job by the Astros. Stealing him as a player to be named later in the Jose Veras trade.

Phil Bickford, RHP Giants (A/A+) – 2.23 – Last year’s first round pick looks to be following in the footsteps of other homegrown Giants pitchers. He’s been excellent as he approaches 100 total professional innings.

Jordan Yamamoto, RHP Brewers (A) – 2.31 – The Hawaiian native was a 12th round pick out of St. Louis High in Honolulu two years ago, and has impressed this year with good control (2.0 Bb/9) and plus strikeout stuff (9.4 K/9).

K/9 (minimum 50 innings pitched)

Albert Abreu, RHP Astros (A) – 12.45 – The 20 year old righty is getting punchouts at an elevated rate, but walks far too many batters.

Sandy Alcantara, RHP Cardinals (A) – 12.38 – Another young pitcher with nasty swing and miss stuff who’s experiencing some struggles at A. Much like the aforementioned Abreu, despite his struggles his ceiling is sky high.

Marcos Diplan, RHP Brewers (A) – 12.29 – Some have said that Diplan, and not Josh Hader is the jewel of the Brewers system. It’s easy to see why when looking at the 19 year old righties numbers. Could be this year’s Anderson Espinoza, comparable in size and stuff.

Josh Staumont, RHP Royals (A+) – 12.05 – The 22 year old has had his struggles at hi-A Wilmington, particularly with control, but the swing and miss ability is there if he can harness it.

Reynaldo Lopez, RHP Nationals (AA) – 11.85 – One of the hottest pitchers in the minors over the last month, in Lopez’s last 5 starts he’s the proud owner of a 16.13 K/9 to a 1.05 Bb/9. Often the forgotten man behind Lucas Giolito in Nats pitching prospects.

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Swfcdan
Swfcdan
6 years ago

Intersting stuff, thanks. Am out of it in one league and am looking to trade an OF for a prospect upgrade over J Bell or B Honeywell. Guys he has of interest are Conforto, Swanson and maybe Judge. I would take any of them for Honey, are the other 3 decent upgrades over Bell too (maybe not Judge)?

goodfold2
goodfold2
6 years ago

these guys, along with paddock, make 10 whole names not owned in 30 man with 30 minor slots, which is insane, as i’d be happy to have found 2 out of a list like this. i also own 4 of the above names, so i got that going for me.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
6 years ago

@goodfold2: esp good to see padlo is doing well after he got pulled along on the dickerson value suck ride.

malamoney
malamoney
6 years ago

Any chance Glasnow spends the season in the minors?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  malamoney
6 years ago

@malamoney: Who knows with the Pirates right now, the whole too many walks thing defies logic. Yeah, he walks guys. Meanwhile your current staff is throwing BP!

He’ll be up at some point just later than we hoped or thought. Might not be till August though.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: searage going the way of dave duncan, but duncan had to retire to be useless (re: liriano and nicasio)

Matt
Matt
6 years ago

This stuff just keeps getting better, wow is all i have to say.

Am I crazy to decline Brinson, Polo, Jeimer and a first rd supp pick in 15 team dynasty league if I am rebuilding and own Edwin?

Just seems like Edwin could be valuable into late 30s and it is light but you seem to know this stuff better than me

Thanks

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Matt
6 years ago

@Matt: That’s not a bad return. Particularly if Brinson rebounds.

Duffy
Duffy
6 years ago

Dyno lge. I give cano stroman and receive gerritt Cole and berrios? I’d b forced to start Tim Anderson ros as a result most likely

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duffy
6 years ago

@Duffy: Hmmm I don’t hate it. Cole is a big upgrade. I wouldn’t do it though. Unless you’re competing and have zero aces.

Duffy
Duffy
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: yea I trot out arrieta, carrasco, gaus, Pineda, Taijuan, pomeranz, duffy, stroman, giolito, Manaea, rich hill and have some garretts Hoffmann paulinos. My mi is cano, Correa, odor, machado now if I want, rendon who plays ci and Tim Anderson.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duffy
6 years ago

@Duffy: Yeah I’d do it then. Cole will make an impact for you.

Mike
Mike
6 years ago

Great article man. Wanted to ask you what you thought about the best 5 2b prospects were outside of Moncada (assuming he plays there) and Ian Happ vs Jose Peraza. Seems like (imo) the 2b position prospect wise is thin after you get past these guys and Turner.
What do you think the Cubs do with Happ considering they have Baez and do the Reds stick with Peraza at 2b? Seems to me right now if you’re a dynasty guy that position is sort of thin.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Thanks for reading Mike. Outside of those three I like it is thin. There’s a few I really like though.

Willie Calhoun
Forrest Wall
Scott Kingery
Alen Hanson
Travis Demeritte

Other guys to keep in mind Jamie Westbrook, Alex Blandino, Max Schrock, Wendell Rijo, Micah Johnson, and Wilmer Difo.

I don’t know if Baez sticks at 2b. Might end up keeping his utility role going forward. Happ is sort of the same.

OJ Simpson
OJ Simpson
6 years ago

Next 3 years. Alex reyes or mccullers?

Love the write ups

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  OJ Simpson
6 years ago

@OJ Simpson: Reyes, I think he’s a better player.

Crabman
Crabman
6 years ago

Willie Calhoun or Ian happ to stash in a 12 team keeper?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Crabman
6 years ago

@Crabman: Ian Happ, it’s close.

brett
brett
6 years ago

3 straight games for bregman at 3b. AAA after all star game tuesday and then in MLB after all star break.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  brett
6 years ago

@brett: I like it!

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Hey Ralph,
Please pick 2. 14 team league h2h roto. The guy I’m playing has 10 starts, if I go Megdhen and Ray I will also.
[email protected] wash
Ray vs Phily and vs sf
Gio vs Cincy
Mengdhen vs Pit and @ SF

Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chris
6 years ago

@Chris: I’m really weary of Matz next start. He was rubbing his elbow in the dugout the inning before the blow up vs the Braves. I kind of like Menghden and Ray here. It’s risky but a worthy tactical chance.

chris
chris
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

I’m with ya thanks!

Praying its not too serious for Matz!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  chris
6 years ago

@chris: Me too!

Another Dan
Another Dan
6 years ago

Hey Ralph,

In my dynasty league (H2H, 7×7, BB, XBH, HLD, QS) we have a 15 man farm. This will become 20 man when we do a 5 round first player draft in the off-season. I’m in 2nd, but will be 3rd tomorrow, looking like a cert for the play offs. Not Looking for guys that will make an impact this year.

My farm team looks like this – Arcia, Benintendi, Chapman, Travis, Gallo, Bellinger, lucius Fox, Kepler, Acuna, McMahon, Gary Sanchez, Nellie Rodriguez, Rookie Davis, Mike Clevinger, Ryan Mountcastle. (See your influence?)

Anyway, I am intrigued by Ockimey, Hoskins, Healy , Paulino and Lopez. Are they an upgrade on any of the guys in my farm ? In particular I was looking at the last 3 guys I named in my list but if I should cut others then I’m all ears.

Many thanks,
Dan

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Another Dan
6 years ago

@Another Dan:
To give more context, it’s 12 team so 180 prospects are owned.

Travis Demerritte is also unowned.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
6 years ago

@Another Dan: I’d dump the last 4 and add Ockimey, Hoskins, Healy, and Paulino. I’m only a little reluctant to dump Mountcastle,

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Thanks Ralph, I was unsure on Mountcastle that’s why he was listed fourth last.

You want my password ?;-)

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
6 years ago

@Another Dan: Will it get me into the bed in Kanye’s Famous video?

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

If you wish, next to Trump or Cosby ?

(Not sure if the word trump is used in the same way over there as it is in the UK?)

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
6 years ago

@Another Dan: Ibwas hoping for Rihanna or T-Swift.

As for the Trump, it depends. Obviously their are people here that think he’s a consideration as the leader of the country.

I’ll keep my politics off the site.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: there*

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

I’m English, politics is off my conversational repertoire for the foreseeable future.

Got any thoughts on Byron Buxton ? Got him in a couple of leagues (one a keeper and in a dynasty), wondering whether to cut him loose.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
6 years ago

@Another Dan: I think you have to hold on Buxton.

You psyched for today’s match? I’m busting out of work at 2:45 to go home and watch.

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Just about to go out. Am nervous, we’ve looked poor at breaking teams down who want to defend. Not a Sterling fan either and it’s rumoured he will start.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: It’s England they always make you nervous. They do seem to be outplaying everyone but have trouble finishing/finishing teams off.

I don’t Sterling but if he has one of his games it will tough to stop their attack with all the speed of Vardy and Sturidge. I’d love to see those two up front with Sterling and Alli on the wings. So much speed and athleticism with that quartet.

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

And there’s another a topic of conversation that I can’t engage in.

Hasn’t the weather been lovely lately ?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Holy shite! The set pieces were awful. Kane needs to be in the box on those

Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke
6 years ago

Did you see Adrian Rondon hit three HR’s last night? He just got my attention after an abysmal last season.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Raoul Duke
6 years ago

@Raoul Duke: Yeah a great sign, I’m generally a Rondon fan. Keep in mind he’s 17.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Raoul Duke
6 years ago

@Raoul Duke: wow, this post is just filled with my players. hehe.

Jack florida
Jack florida
6 years ago

You are the best source for dynasty info there is
Keep up the good stuff
Thanks always

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Jack florida
6 years ago

@Jack florida: I second that! Well put Jack, I couldn’t agree more..

Jack florida
Jack florida
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: just speaking the truth

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jack florida
6 years ago

@Jack florida: Thanks gents

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

Hey Ralph – what’s your thinking on Bell’s ETA? Thinking about stashing in a 12 team redraft where my waiver priority won’t be good enough to get AJ (bit where Bell is available). Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I’m not sure as I said before the Pirates completely confuse me. Could be a week or a month.

Mark
Mark
6 years ago

I saw a headline on ESPN that they made Hunter Renfroe their new #1 fantasy prospect in the minors. I know he does not walk, but does he mash. THoughts on him and the Pads?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Mark
6 years ago

@Mark: I’ve talked about him a lot this season. To call him the best prospect in the minors is silly. I mean that in all regards too, even if you’re just looking from a re-draft 2016 perspective. I’m not sure he’s even the best OF prospect on his team. Margot could have a greater impact.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

I give:Duvall, Anthony Rendon and one of Pujols, Upton, Or Tijuan..

I get Starling Marte

Who is the 3rd guy I give?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: NOT Albert, Puig

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Dynasty or redraft?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Forever keeper

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Walker, I guess. I’d hold Puig, and I’m not ready to sell Upton at his absolute lowest. I think Walker will always struggle to reach his potential.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Am I giving up too much?

I like Rendon and Duvall’s power seems real..

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: It’s a lot but you’re getting a top 15 hitter.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:
ok, I think I’ll pull the trigger..thanks

hey
hey
6 years ago

Thoughts on Nimmo?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  hey
6 years ago

@hey: Kinda boring good average, some speed some power. Better play in OBP leagues. Doesn’t strikeout much but walks at a 10%+ clip

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
6 years ago

Hey Ralph.

Weekly points league.

10pts SV

Ozuna/Jeffress or K Jansen?

Is it close?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chicken Dinner
6 years ago

@Chicken Dinner: Ozuna/Jeffress, close but I’ll talk the side with the closer and the top 25-50 hitter.

Brett
Brett
6 years ago

Ralph what kind of stats do you project for reed? What amount of faab would you bid 100 budget

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Brett
6 years ago

@Brett: Depends what the league setup is. Re-draft I’d go as high as $25. In dynasty I’d bid as much as I could.

I’m thinking low BA, good homers and counting stats.

Big Al
Big Al
6 years ago

Prospect Mike who? Nice work Ralph…

Working on my 14-team H2H (with 8 bench spots) 6×6 OPS&QS. Holding Hunter Renfroe, but wondering when he is going to be called up(aka when will Padres make a trade)? I’ve got such SAGNOF gold as Travis Jankowski sitting on my FA list, but trying not to rosterbate…

Big Al
Big Al
Reply to  Big Al
6 years ago

@Big Al: Oh and this is just a short-term/ROS redraft thing.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Al
6 years ago

@Big Al: Mike is my spirit animal. I look to the stars like Simba for inspiration of Prospectors of past.

If you need steals just take the plunge. Who knows with Renfroe. Could be next week, could be in a month. It’s hard to predict those teams with zero incentive to start service clocks.

Big Al
Big Al
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, I hear yah…and I kinda could use the steals. Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Al
6 years ago

@Big Al: Then go for it, sometimes the flexibility is invaluable.

Yescheese
Yescheese
6 years ago

Only one add left for the year: Hoskins, Reynaldo Lopez, or Marcos Diplan? I actually think Hoskins is for real, he’s showing as much power/discipline on the road as he is in reading. I think Lopez is a major leaguer, but he seems destined for WSH bullpen right? Diplan is just young, and young arms are young arms.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Yescheese
6 years ago

@Yescheese: Hmmm all good choices, and you might be right about Lopez, at least temporarily. He looks like he should start, but where does he fit in Washington even long term?

Hoskins is tough to ignore and as you said he’s been solid on the road as well, and the overall approach etc is good.

Diplan as you said is young, but I think by years end could be the best trade asset of the three. Espinoza went from fringe guy this time last year, to universal top 25-50 guy. With some of the hyperbole I’ve seen over the last few weeks we might be headed that way.

In the end you almost always go bat though, particularly power. I’d go Rhys.

Yescheese
Yescheese
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: but you know I’m all about the trade hype ;) thanks Ralph!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Yescheese
6 years ago

@Yescheese: Ohhhh yeah!

Nice moves by Jack and yourself in Rejects the last few.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: bregmann needed to come back home to papa. Besides I couldn’t be having my team led by a duo from beantown. You should do a post about rejects league and to make it more interesting you can talk about both our teams as we are both in full rebuild. Yes I’m asking you to talk about me.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Shocking you glory hog!!! Hogging all the glory!!!

Ugh don’t call it beantown. I think you profited off the Boston prospect hype machine though.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: well I live near beanertown.

I sure did, love my team now go write about it/me/cheese

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Ha! You’re nothing if not honest. Jack Full of Honesty

Raoul Duke
Raoul Duke
6 years ago

Would you rather own Rey Lopez over Bader or Hader?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Raoul Duke
6 years ago

@Raoul Duke: Hader.

EazyE
EazyE
6 years ago

LOVE these articles Ralph, great job as usual!
Any approx date range for Ryan Healy? Does he have the stuff to succeed in the Show?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  EazyE
6 years ago

@EazyE: I think following the ASB we see him.

Willie Mickey and the Duke
Willie Mickey and the Duke
6 years ago

When do you think Pittsburgh brings up Josh Bell? Is he the real deal?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Willie Mickey and the Duke
6 years ago

@Willie Mickey and the Duke: He’s 100%!for real. I’m super confused by Pittsburgh this year. It’s like they have zero interest in using all of their good players on the cusp of breaking through at the MLb level. I get that Jasonand Freese have been good, but how is he not seeing some time in Pitt? He should be up at some point. If Jaso hits the DL, he should be right up.

apoxonbothyourhouses
apoxonbothyourhouses
6 years ago

Tyler O’Neill is beasting this year as a 21 year old in AA.

Eloy Jimenez is destroying low-A as a 19 year old.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  apoxonbothyourhouses
6 years ago

@apoxonbothyourhouses: Yup for sure! Talked about both a ton this year.

Another Dan
Another Dan
6 years ago

Great stuff, thanks for your efforts Ralph.

Will probably come back with a question or two when I’ve a bit more time to digest the information.

Another Dan

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
6 years ago

@Another Dan: Thanks AD!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

Hey, any top closers in the minors who could make a great MLB closer.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Most of the players that will close aren’t closers at the moment.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I figured as much, thanks

FU Rosenthal..NOT lol

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago
thorbs
thorbs
6 years ago

Good stuff as always! Always looking for more names for the watch list.

Paulino and Diplan look extremely interesting – do either of them project out to be more than #3 starters? I’d be interested to hear how you’d project Diplan vs. another young, live arm like Beau Burrows.

Also, right now my minor league roster has Conforto (sob!), Robles, Tapia, Vogelbach, Verdugo, Wall, Bader, Paddack.

Worth swapping either Paulino/Diplan in there? Or another prospect potentially closer to the bigs, like Voth/Mancini?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  thorbs
6 years ago

@thorbs: Yeah I think both could project to be aces in the best case scenario.

I’d replace Paddack with either.

Brian
6 years ago

Enjoyed this thanks

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Brian
6 years ago

@Brian: Thanks!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

Great write-up man!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
6 years ago

@Malicious Phenoms: Thanks MP!