It’s not all bad news for Phillies fans. The major league squad looks pretty lousy, and when Aaron Harang is your best arm the fans probably won’t be dancing down Broad Street. But there’s hope on the farm, and this week’s Minor Accomplishments leads off with some Phillies prospects who are off to hot starts. Maikel Franco had a cold April in 2014, but this year he’s hitting .371/.436/.686 with a homer and six doubles at AAA Lehigh Valley. With only Ryan Howard and Cody Asche standing in his way, expect Franco to be a fixture in this year’s Prospect Power Rankings. Drop down a level to find Roman Quinn, who has stolen seven bases through seven games and leads the Eastern League in that category. He’s not all wheels, as he’s also hitting a cool .471 with a home run. At Single-A Lakewood, Carlos Tocci is also off to a good start. The 19-year-old is hitting .361/.439/.528 with a homer, three doubles, and four steals through his first nine games. Here are some of the other notable performances from the start of the minor league season…

AAA

Andrew Heaney, LHP | Angels

Fantasy players stashing Heaney for a call-up got a bummer of a start this week. After a seven-inning gem in his Triple-A debut, Heaney failed to make it through the first inning on Wednesday – giving up six hits, a walk, and seven runs (four earned) in two thirds of an inning pitched. The PCL ain’t exactly a pitcher’s paradise, so let’s chalk this one up as a speed bump and carry on.

Alex Meyer, RHP | Twins

Arguably one of the Twins best minor league arms along with Kohl Stewart and Jose Berrios, Meyer has really struggled with his control out of the gate. In his first 8.2 innings pitched, the big righty has allowed 11 walks. Of course it’s early, but Meyer also posted a poor 4.4 BB/9 last year, so it’s something to keep an eye on moving forward.

AA

Nomar Mazara, OF | Rangers

Mazara is still just 19 years old, making him one of the youngest players in Double-A to start 2015 after finishing 2014 there. You wouldn’t know it from his line so far. The outfielder is hitting .367/.412/.400 with a double in his first eight games. Mazara has the talent to handle the aggressive promotion and should be jumping up prospect lists this season.

Matt Olson, 1B | Athletics

Olson swatted 37 homers last year, but there were questions as to how much of that was a result of the hitter-friendly California League. Olson has already started quieting some of those doubts with three homers in his first eight games at Double-A Midland. The 21-year-old is a strong OBP play and has already racked up eight walks this year as well.

Mark Appel, RHP | Astros

Appel is already off to a much better start this season. He’s 2-0 and has allowed just one earned run in his first 10 innings pitched while striking out eight. With continued success, we could see Appel in Houston by the end of the summer.

Julio Urias, LHP | Dodgers

Ho-hum, Urias is just 18 years old and is already pitching in Double-A where he has yet to give up a run. The Dodger phenom struck out 10 batters in 5.2 innings on Thursday. If he keeps this up, he could be in the Dodger rotation next year, which is kind of hard to wrap your head around when you consider he’ll be 19 on Opening Day.

A+

Raimel Tapia, OF | Rockies

Some evaluators might be concerned about his funky batting stance, but all Tapia does is hit. The California League should be very kind to Tapia and his Modesto teammates this summer, and the 21-year-old has gotten off to a great start with six doubles in his first eight games – hitting .368.

Michael Conforto, OF | Mets

Conforto was just drafted last year, but he makes for a nice fantasy prospect thanks to his left-handed power and relatively short ETA. The 22-year-old already has three homers in his first ten games for St. Lucie, including a grand slam. The Florida State League skews towards pitchers, so a good year there will earn Conforto some bonus points.

Bradley Zimmer, OF | Indians

Like Conforto, Zimmer was a 2014 draft pick who is now getting his first full pro season underway. The five-tool outfielder leads the Carolina League with four homers in the early going.

JaCoby Jones, SS | Pirates

We like shortstops who can hit, but Jones seems to have flown under the radar. He’s doing his best to change that with three homers, three doubles, and two steals through his first nine games. He’s on the older side for High-A, but that could be nitpicking if he’s going to rake in the FSL.

Blake Snell, LHP | Rays

Through his first 11 innings pitched, Snell has allowed just four hits, no runs, and has struck out 18 batters. He’s also shown great control with only two walks allowed. When I wrote him up in the offseason I wrote, “His ceiling is more of a mid-rotation starter, but in deep leagues he’s a prospect worth checking in on just in case he figures out his control and takes another step forward.” So far so good.

Alexander Reyes, RHP | Cardinals

Reyes can be straight up nasty with his double-plus heater, and in his first two games he’s shown it can be just as effective in High-A as it was in Single-A Peoria. The 20-year-old righty has struck out ten batters in each of his starts. The part of his game that we’ll want to watch this year is his control, as he posted a 5.0 BB/9 last season and has walked six in his first 10.1 innings of 2015.

A

Derek Fisher, OF | Astros

Another 2014 draftee, Fisher is getting his first taste of the Midwest League and has responded well so far. The 21-year-old is hitting .324/.410/.647 with three homers, two doubles, and a pair of steals in his first nine games.

Brent Honeywell, RHP | Rays

The Rays took Honeywell in the second round of the 2014 draft, and he was a trendy pick in dynasty drafts this offseason. Armed with a screwball, Honeywell has pitched well so far for Bowling Green with 15 strikeouts in his first ten innings pitched. Both he and Snell could be poised for big years in the Rays organization.

 
  1. thorbs says:
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    Nice writeup as always!

    Couple Qs:
    Shouldn’t Conforto/ZImmer be starting at AA, being high first-round picks?

    Second is about more of an obscure prospect – what’s your take on Forrest Wall? I was debating between picking up him or Zimmer for my final prospect spot in my dynasty league after doing a bit of reading on him. He’s adding a bit of bulk, and my thinking is any COL MI prospect who can take a walk, has plus-plus speed and may develop 10 – 15 HR pop might be a bit of a longterm stash, but could pay off handsomely.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! That might be the case with college arms at times, but there’s no set path for where a prospect has to start. My guess is Zimmer and Conforto both see time in Double-A by the end of the year though.

      As far as Wall, he’s a nice prospect to stash. I prefer Zimmer, but it’s not like there’s a huge gap. Good pickup.

  2. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Glad there’s some good news for your Phils, Mike, especially after JP Crawford’s injury. Hopefully he ends up in Reading in a few weeks–I was hoping to get a firsthand look this season.

    What’s your take on O. Herrera? In a 14-teamer I needed a replacement for Schoop and went with ODB since he’s leading off and doing pretty well so far. Can I stay afloat with him, or do I need to push hard for a trade?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks, yeah that Crawford injury was another bummer.

      Doobie is a contact/speed guy that should have decent value if he continues to lead off. I think you can stay afloat with him since I’ve recently had to look for a Schoop replacement myself and the options are pretty terrible. Depending on how long Schoop is out, you may need to make a move for a more reliable player.

  3. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    Hey mike….10tm h2h keeper league….8×8 including OBP,xbh and TB.
    Pitching includes K/9 AND Ks.

    Im happy with my lineup,but really need SP.How much do you like Cashner and what do you think about giving up Carlos Santana for Salvador Perez and Cashner?Santana is still C eligible.

    Thnks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think that’s too steep of a price even though I like Cashner.

  4. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    One more question….do you expect Cain to keep up something close to wha he’s doing?

    Pts league….give up Y Molina for Cain?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure, why not…he looks like Brantley v2.0 right now…

      Yup, I’d make that move…catchers are easy to replace

  5. Steve says:
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    Any chance that Correa gets a mid season call up this year? Or is he definitely a 2016 guy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I see this question a lot, but I really think he’s a September 2015/ start 2016 still – similar to Corey Seager. I’m watching closely for the power rankings though…

      • Steve says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks! I’m asking because I’ve always assumed that he was a 2016 guy, but he is absolutely destroying AA pitching so far this year (with great plate discipline numbers). Yes, I realize that it’s a super small sample, and that it’s happening in the Texas League, but the Astros have shown a willingness to promote prospects, and they’ve said that they would promote Correa straight from AA. Jed Lowrie has been hitting well, but he’s not exactly a model of health in his career.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime, yeah that’s the thing…he could straight up force the issue

  6. your mom says:
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    Hey. Trade cutch tulo and lester for stanton strasburg? 20 team h2h keepr . thanks

    • thorbs says:
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      @your mom: I wouldn’t.

      • thorbs says:
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        @thorbs: And to clarify Stanton is great, but Cutch/Tulo are top-20 options for the next 3 years, and Lester should be a top-20 pitcher during that period.

        Stanton should be top-10, Stras COULD be top-20, but could also never make that leap forward and be a guy with uber “stuff” that doesn’t get his sequencing down

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Thorbs here…

  7. Sam says:
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    Need a hand here.. 14 team league, 27 players/team (season long roto).. Im near/at the top in all the pitching cats.. hitting.. not so much.

    I have a claim in for Odubel Herrara (dropping Bobby Parnell.. can’t hold any longer, specially cuz I think Familia has the job on lock (but also sitting on Yu and Stro in my DL (only 2 slots) for next year (keeper-auction with escalating prices.. got em nice and cheap))). Better off with O, Brad Miller or Wilmer Flores? I went O thinkin, though my power is weak, he can add to my hitting strengths (speed, runs.. though hasn’t worked out so well yet, ie. not killin it in, well, any hitting cat).

    Other question.. Gyrko.. outright drop at this point? Dominic Brown is sitting on the wire waiting to be plucked…
    Also have Doolittle and I don’t know what to do with him (note again, No DL space for him).. kinda concerned that he’s f’d anyways (injury biting into his ability to really dial it up this year + that Clippard looks nice and solid)

    Any thoughts/advice would be much appreciated.. thanks all!

    Does it help if I throw up my roster? probably.. here it is:
    C – Zunino; 1b- Hosmer; 2b – Murphy; 3b- Machado; SS- Jose Ramirez; MI- Gyrko; CI- Belt; OF – Yelich, Myers, Ozuna, Polanco, Soler; Util- Travis; Bn- Tomas
    P- Price, Teheran, Gray, Ventura, Wacha, Paxton, Tanaka, Rodon, Casilla, Ottavino, Grilli, & Doolittle + Parnell (not for long… see above) — 9 slots to start pitchers, no restrictions re SP/RP, just a 1500 innings cap over the season
    DL- Yu & Stro

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d just slot Travis at MI and drop Gyorko. Your hitting will come around…you have some nice players. I would pick up Flores or Brown for your UTIL until Tomas gets regular at bats….then you can slot him there. See if you can hold on to Doolittle…you may need him.

      • Sam says:
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        @Mike: @Mike: Thanks for the advice brother, Ill go make the Gyrko for Brown claim!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…maybe check in on Travis’ health…he got hit by pitch today I think

          • Sam says:
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            @Mike: Given my pitching depth, should I cut the bait on Paxton.. brutal go today, be hard to throw him in again after the last two outings and I got Rodon on the way.

            I could use the spot for hittin depth (have both Flores and Odubel then) or snag Heston or Yimi Garcia.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I’d hold on Paxton

      • luvdarooks says:
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        really think tomas will be a regular? any estimate??

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I figured he’d be in AAA until May, so I’ll stick with that and say May is when he gets the everyday at bats…that’s an awfully expensive bench bat, but hey the D Backs do weird stuff

  8. Chad Strickler says:
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    Mike,

    Thanks for something + on our Phils! Been offered his Carlos Martinez for my Oswaldo Arcia. 10 team Full keeper league. I hate trading for pitching but my OF has depth (Trout/AJones/Brantley/Betts/AGarcia/Buxton) N I could use some young SP. I do love Arcia’s power…….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime, with that outfield I think you can afford to pull the trigger on Cmart

  9. Fastpitch says:
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    Hey Mike, I like your posts. I’m in a 12 team dynasty league two players at each position. Peavy just went on the DL. I’m thinking of grabbing Heston or DeScafini (sp. cincy p). What’s your thoughts long term and for this year? I’m in 2nd and like my chances.

    Q2 Aybar or Iglesisas? Same format. I’m a Tiger fan and don’t trust Iggy to keep up this pace but like the age difference going forward. Aybar should get back to career norms. Tough one….

    Q3 What about Ender now that he’s leading off and Hale seems to like him. Only 24. Good pick-up?

    Thanks, need some confidence from you. lol

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks bud…I’d take DeSclafani there

      2. Iglesias…ride the streak

      3. Yup, good pickup

  10. Bryan says:
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    With Corey Seager seeing some time at 3rd recently, there’s been rumblings (even read an article by Saxton on ESPN) suggesting he could become a June call-up. What are your thoughts on this? I was offered Byron Buxton in a keep 10 for him after that tidbit broke but my OF is already stacked with young guys and Seager seems to just be killing it right now.

    For what it’s worth, I also have Correa stashed.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wow, having both Seager and Correa is nice. Not sure about the rumor, but like Correa, I guess he could force the issue this year if they have a need. It’s not like last year where Pederson was pretty much blocked…

  11. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Mike, through this up in the razznasty forum too….nice to make a quick decision :

    Was offered Stras, Cain Sugar, Soria

    For

    Braun, Cueto, Rodon

    15 team keep 11, obp, QS and K/9 league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough one…I like the Braun side, but it’s fair

  12. Chris says:
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    Thanks for the updates Mike!

    Question for you I’m in a 14 team 5×5 league head to head, I am down 11-7 pitching starts this week. I’m thinking about going with an extra closer and 6 starters, K’s are a loss this week going in I know wins are a crap shoot. Pitching staffs are below any advice on who I should start would be awesome, thanks!

    My Staff:
    Strasburg-1
    Alex Wood
    Ross
    Weaver
    Fister
    Santana
    Travis Wood

    RP: Grilli-Krod-Boxberger-Cishek

    His Staff:
    Cahill-Gee-Gio-Hutchinson-Liriano-Lohse-Matzek-
    RP-Clippard and Kimbrel

    Should I go 7 starters against his 11 with 2 closers. Or take out a starter and put in an extra reliever? Thinking Wood for Boxerger if I do. Looking at Saves, era and whip. Conceding Wins and K’s. Obviously if I do the 3 RP.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…yup, that sounds like a good plan

  13. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Mike! Would you drop Phil Hughes for Jimmy Nelson, Pomeranz, or Paxon or just hold on him? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Paxton

      • Hondo says:
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        @Mike: What about for Pomeranz,Fiers or Hammell(CHN)?
        This will probably soon turn into a stash spot for Rodon,is he worth it and do you think he’ll get called up if Noesi gets bombed Tuesday?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nope, I wouldn’t drop him for those guys.

          Yes, he’s worth it but you might have to wait until May

  14. Ike says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Got a raging debate going on in my pants right now about starting Cashner today.

    In a fangraphs Ottoneu points league, and I am a bit ahead of pace for inning pitched (there is a season cap). So I am trying to sit some starters here and there.

    Can not decide if Cashner is a good play today or not. Stream-o-nater has him at a meh…

    My gut is telling me to sit him down during a day game at Wrigley.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Go with SON

  15. comagno ? says:
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    Great article as usual..and now off the beat path…need advice..
    . on the DL SP spot..would u pickup Kennedy or Jin Ryu while dropping a regressing Homer B? Or…propose a cheap trade for Bailey?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      see what you can get for Bailey…I like Ryu over Kennedy slightly

  16. slimbo says:
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    What do you think of Dahl? Would you roster any of the lesser known guys on this list over him in a long term keeper?

    Other na keepers are syndergard, addison russel, and seagar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Love Dahl. I would still take Russell and Seager over him, but I have Dahl two slots higher than Thor on my Top 50

  17. phennore says:
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    18-team 5×5 roto league. Which would you prefer:

    Jason Heyward or Dickey/Stubbs/D’Arnaud?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Heyward

  18. highheat17 says:
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    Hey Mike, I need to drop a pitcher,probably a starter with GR coming off the DL. I would like to hear your thoughts. Thanks!!
    SP Arietta, DeGrom, Kazmir, Pineda, Kluber, Wacha,Salazar
    G Richards DL
    RP C Allen, Soria, Familia, Ottavino

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough one…either Kazmir or Salazar…I’m leaning Kaz

  19. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    Mike….in a K heavy h2h league,Joe Kelly or K Hendricks?

    Thnks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hendricks

  20. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for the write-up. I wasn’t following Franco’s progress, and the Phillies definitely need some new young blood to bring excitement.

    Franco is available in my NL-Only H2H league. I have Michael “A” Taylor who was just sent down. Should I keep Taylor($8) around or pick up Franco hoping he gets the call soon. Even if Franco were to get the call in early May, he would be facing some “Beasts” from the NL East. Your thoughts? However, he is only $2 in my keeper league, and if he came up showing future promise before All-Star Break, I could trade him to a weaker team in my league for an expensive stud.

    Looking at my team, I need to find someone to fill in at least one of my two open spots (3B/INF or Utility) until Wright is back in a couple weeks. Espinosa, Collaspo, E. Campbell, and Duffy are the only guys that seem to be getting PT. Would any of them be worth dropping Taylor or EY Jr. for, or is it just too much of a risk since both would be immediately snatched up? I would rather not drop a pitcher at this time.

    Also, should I drop Ruiz for one of the following: Pierzynski, Salty, or Cervelli?

    My team (Auction League):
    H2H 5×5 with OBP instead of AVG.
    Ca Ruiz
    1B Goldschmidt
    2B Gennett
    3B Wright (DL)
    SS Flores
    INF Bryant
    OF Dickerson
    OF Myers
    OF Pollock
    OF K. Davis
    Util. Taylor
    Bench A. Guerrero
    Bench EY Jr.

    CL Chapman
    CL Melancon
    SP Shields
    SP Arrieta
    SP Alvarez (DL)
    SP W. Peralta
    SP K. Hendricks
    SP Petit
    SP Locke
    SP Heston

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…I’d definitely take Franco over Taylor, but I wouldn’t drop Taylor just to fill in for Wright either. See if you can add Franco and just mix and match until Wright gets healthy.

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        Thanks for the reply. I wasn’t expecting Span back so soon.

        If Guerrero had an everyday job then I’d be okay dropping EY and stashing both Taylor and Franco.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  21. J-FOH says:
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    Hi Mike, when I read the title I thought I was getting a history lesson, instead all I got was baseball, thanks for nothing

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      the old bait n’ switch…it’s a classic

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: duped my ass, oh and BTW got some hip hop in the creeper today

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          noice!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: portmanteau point!

  22. Al Koholic says:
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    Great stuff Mile. Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Al!

  23. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Mike, have you heard anything about Colome’s second rehab start on Thursday? I’m trying to figure out when he’ll be back in the Rays rotation…

    • Mike

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      Looks like he could start on April 25th for the Rays

  24. Dan says:
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    Hey Mike, great stuff as always…

    Do you think Felix(3)/Richards(27)/Betances(27) is too much for C.Seager(27) in a 5×5 H2H dynasty?

    My 15 keepers are…
    Buxton
    Sano
    Gallo
    Franco
    Joc
    Myers
    CarGon
    Bogaerts
    Vargas
    Schwarber
    Hosmer/Swihart/Peraza/Judge/Severino/Appel
    Tanaka
    Felix
    Richards
    Stroman
    (Betances)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold there

      • Dan says:
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        @Mike:

        Interesting… I was 60/40 ready to pull the trigger… Is it just too much value for a relatively unknown? I realize I’d be buying very high on Seager but I can’t ignore what he’s doing in AA so far… Figured I might as well grab all the late round hitting I can since my team is all “back to the future” (especially when I’m only giving up pitching)…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Makes sense…my thinking is that with a good portion of your fifteen already prospects, it might be wise to balance out. You may end up needing Felix if Tanaka goes down too.

          • Dan says:
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            @Mike:

            I forgot to add that I don’t plan on competing this or possibly next year (if my keepers didn’t speak for themselves lol) I guess my question to you would be… Is Seager’s upside worth trading away my pitching commodities?

            I hear you on being balanced though… I’d be banking hard on Seager becoming very good to monstrous… But with the word out that he’s more talented than his brother Kyle, I think those odds are good at worst.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yeah, I mean in a full rebuild I might move a guy like Felix for Seager, but giving up all three just feels a little steep

  25. pbmax says:
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    Any thoughts on Montero for the Mets? Looks like he’s going to get a spot start

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like him as a streamer as long as he is getting starts

  26. JoeG414 says:
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    Plawecki coming up ?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @JoeG414: yep.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      he sure could…haven’t seen anything official yet

      man, I figured d’Arnaud would at least get through April…crazy

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: yes he is and what do you think?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Of Plawecki? Average power, decent hit…maybe he does something similar to what d’Arnaud did last year but with a better average…12ish homers maybe .265-.270

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: thats what I thought too.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              noice

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Mike: are from Joysee?

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  yup, grew up there…but now I live on the Redneck/Amish line in Ohio…so I’m all kinds of confused

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: Jersey and Ohio come together to haunt Mike

  27. goodfold2 says:
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    damn, i have altherr/cozens but not tocci. the way this first team is going though i might sell off EVERYTHING by July and bid up a lot of guys.

    tale of two ugly d’arnaud tales. what to do
    1. 30 man OPS league dynasty with this roster
    C = d’arnaud
    CI (2 starting spots) = uribe/smoak/beltre/mini donkey
    MI (2 starting spots) = segura/alcides/j.herrera (added yesterday after alcides injury)
    OF (3 spots) = werth/a-jax/leonys/coghlan
    util (1 spot)
    SP = sale/liriano/quintana (shouldn’t have started today yikes)/j.chavez/c.anderson/erv santana
    RP = leone/melancon/fien/al al/furbush/hatcher
    drop mini donkey to get 1 Mil back to be able to pick up 2 players (i can’t afford even one more right now. but have roster space minimum deal is .400)
    which two catchers to grab
    recker/hermann/corporan/leon/pacheco/mckhenry/ross. i hear plawecki is up so recker might not be starting. hermann/corporan have been best so far.

    2. 20 man league redraft H2H where I took this team over 4 days ago (and had comish add me a bunch of players since i quickly hit the max limit adds per week, including plawecki). to activate plawecki i gotta drop at least 1 person (maybe 2 if he doesn’t start). my DL slots are already quite filled (only have 3) with doolittle/parnell/wright, and now g.holland/d’arnaud also, in active slots.
    C – d’arnaud (DL)
    1B duda
    2B murphy
    3B c.davis
    SS w.flores
    LF grandy
    CF d.jennings
    RF reddick
    util cuddyer
    BN – plouffe/lagares/duffy (losing at bats with mcgehee back)
    SP harvey/degrom/colon/c.anderson/happ/salazar/t.wood
    RP (6 slots) g.holland (DL)/w.davis/marshall/atchison/caminero/familia

    2. duffy looks to be first out for plawecki, but is plouffe/parnell 2nd out to grab either 2nd catcher or 6th active RP?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. agreed on Hermann and Corporan. I like McKenry too

      2. Duffy…Parnell might be the other guy since Collins seems to want to go with Familia even when Parnell gets healthy

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: 1. think together the at bats hermann and corporan get would be better than one of them with recker (bascially this is a plawecki playing time issue that clearly we don’t KNOW about yet). pacheco also qualifies at CI, which is nice, but he hasn’t done much and gets very few at bats. for the 20 teamer it would be nice if plawecki gets playing time, as i only have 6 adds per week and would really not have to use most/all of those quickly jumping from 2nd catcher to 6th RP till holland comes back (which doesn’t sound long)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sounds good

  28. J says:
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    Shallow 10 Teamer, standard 5×5

    My SP staff:
    Degrom
    Carrasco
    McHugh
    Keuchel
    Shoemaker
    Greene
    Fiers
    Bauer
    Salazar

    Drop anyone for Rodon?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Possibly Shoe or Fiers, but you don’t really need him to be honest

    • Mike says:
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      @J: Not at this point, no – I’d keep an eye on Bauer though, and obv is Salazar is sent down you could speculate on Rodon I guess.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: rodon won’t be available in competitive leagues for long, if he even is now.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yup…I think I grabbed him last week in RCLs, not expecting him up until May. Shallow ten teamer I don’t see it being too big a deal

  29. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    what up Mike –

    need speed mostly.
    on my bench I have jose ramirez, jace peterson and rajai davis (with Peraza in the NA) – I have Castro and Alcedes at SS/MI – I’m thinkng of dropping peterson for Herrera (as the multi eligibility would be nice too w/ this deep roster). what do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      works for me…I’ve moved on from Peterson in a few of my RCLs

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Mike: thanks – made. actually dropped jace for odubel, jose ramiez for saunders, DL’d him, and picked up Heston who was still out there in kind of a deep keeper.

        same league – would you trade lawrie for devon travis?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nice…nah, I’d want Lawrie still

  30. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Mike, Do you see Syndergaard getting a rotation spot any time soon, or do they let him cook in the minors until September? I guess it depends on Gee and Niese, but not sure if they’ll give Montero a shot in the rotation before Synd? I guess they’re winning so there’s not a lot of motivation at the moment…

    • Mike

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      probably not soon…I think he’s had a rough start in the PCL and has both Montero and possibly Matz as options for the rotation as well. I think he’ll be up this year, but when is more of a question mark

  31. S.H says:
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    Good read Mike

    On a head to head forever keeper league Would you deal Duda/Ozuna and Tomas for Abreu or keep the three of them

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d take Abreu, yes.

  32. Brett says:
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    Mike I have a service time question. The Cubs got an extra year of service by keeping Bryant down for two weeks. My question is if there is any difference if Russell came up now versus in June/July since he has no prior service like Bryant? I think he is deserving of a call up soon but I am not sure of the benefits of the Cubs waiting? Thanks for the insight.

    • Mike

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      With the service time date passed, they can pretty much bring him up at any time. The bat is ready, so it could just be a matter of getting him polished up to play second base, where he has played three games already this year. He has the defensive chops to play short, so the fact that they are playing him at second could mean a call up is coming.

      • Brett says:
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        @Mike: thanks if only they could’ve waited 2 more days so I could have gotten him cheap. 100 budget all moves cost 1. What do you bid? Salazar went for 9 Sunday and last year Baez went for 10 when he was called up

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          at least 10, could comfortably go as high as 15 for him…you should play the lottery. The ink wasn’t dry on your comment and they called him up haha

          • brett says:
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            @Mike: Mike, I have another question then. Regarding Buxton. Why would the twins bring him up at the end of this year? If they bring him up they need to wait longer next year to bring him up correct? If he has no service time he could come up early like Russell and Bryant. Am I correct with this understanding? I am stashing buxton in a daily roto keeper league we keep 5 and have a 3 man bench so just trying to determine who is worth stashing and not.