Another week completed, another step closer to excitement for prospect-watchers waiting impatiently for the next round of call-ups, and the ultimate “Christmas In July” for prospect-hounds across the globe as we get to spend the day with the ultimate showcase – the Futures Game. In honor of this great event, this week’s Minor Accomplishments Sunday Twelve-Pack will include several players that will be participating in the game, as well as some that would’ve been at Target Field for it (yes, I’m looking at you Arismendy Alcantara, Jimmy Nelson, and Christian Bethancourt).

The All-Star Break is upon us, the playoff picture’s beginning to come into focus for several teams that were “on the fence” a week ago, and trades completed over the next three weeks will lead to many more openings for prospects to get a look at the MLB level, as well as advancement opportunities for players further down each organizational pecking order.

1.) Arismendy Alcantara, 2B, CHC

OK Cubs fans, you now have the answer to “When is he coming up?” Called up for “a couple of days” when Darwin Barney was placed on the Paternity Leave List last week, he may well be here to stay. The butterflies may have gotten to him a little bit Thursday (0-4 with 2 Ks), but he rebounded well and has gone 7-14 (against SPs Homer Bailey, Alex Wood, and Mike Minor) with 2 2Bs, 1 3B, and 3 RBIs with 5 runs scored since. Will he stay at 2B long-term? Who Knows? He’s made it pretty clear he needs to be in the Cubs’ lineup instead of several players though.

2.) Jimmy Nelson, RHSP, MIL

Nelson made his second career start yesterday against St. Louis, and may well have missed his golden opportunity to cement a spot in the rotation for good (lasting 4.1 IP, while giving up 8 hits and 6 ER to a Cardinals’ lineup without Yadier Molina that had one player hitting .300). Rule V pick Wei-Chung Wang was placed on the DL and Marco Estrada has been moved from the rotation to the pen to create room for Nelson, and Ron Roenicke admitted “Even though Marco’s pitched, we think, better the last four games, Jimmy was making it impossible for us to keep him down there.” before Saturday’s debacle.

3.) Christian Bethancourt, C, ATL

The only question the Braves brass wanted answered about Bethancourt’s readiness was whether he was going to hit enough. Question answered – he was heating up at Gwinnett before being called up to fill-in when Evan Gattis went on the DL, and he hasn’t been overmatched since, slashing .275/.310/.300 with a 2B and a couple of clutch hits. Even though he’s an elite defender behind the plate, there won’t be any controversy when Gattis returns – his bat is too valuable to the Braves for him to sit more than he already was – but Bethancourt’s performance has at least had to make Frank Wren consider shopping Gerald Laird. He won’t because the only way Christian’s bat improves is with consistent ABs, but Bethancourt will be in Atlanta for good next April for sure.

4.) Alex Meyer, RHSP, MIN

Is he “ready”? That depends on your definition. Meyer’s control struggles continue (and likely always will to some extent), but he absolutely toys with AAA hitters at times – leading to a 3.43 ERA, 1.32 WHIP, .230 BAA and 103 Ks in 89.1 IP so far at Rochester. 43 BBs over that period is what gives the Twins the opportunity to continue using the company line about not being a “finished product” just yet, but he’s now strung together three consecutive starts of at least 6 IP with 4 hits allowed or less. If he hadn’t issued 9 free passes in those starts, he’d likely be in Minneapolis already.

5.) Domingo Santana, OF, HOU

The former Phillies’ farmhand (acquired along with Jonathon Singleton, Jared Cosart, and Josh Zeid in the Hunter Pence fleecing) could soon become the last piece of the organization’s 2011 deadline haul added to the Astros’ 25-Man Roster. He still strikes out more than the brass would like, but they’ve shown the willingness to let both George Springer and Jonathon Singleton to make their final adjustments under the tutelage of Bo Porter, so why not Santana? He’s slashing .299/.380/.488/.868 with 23 2Bs, 1 3B, 13 HRs and 6 SBs at AAA Round Rock, and Porter may well be more effective at honing his overall approach by providing him time to watch Jose Altuve.

6.) Blake Swihart, C, BOS

Christian Vazquez was the obvious choice for a big league promotion when the Red Sox finally pulled the plug on the “A. J. Experiment”, but Swihart’s likely going to be the long-term answer behind the plate in Beantown. Scouts have been impressed with the significant strides the 2011 1st Rounder has made both behind the plate and in his approach when he’s at it. The switch-hitter invokes comparisons to former Boston great Jason Varitek, slashing .292/.347/.470/.817 with 17 2Bs, 3 3Bs, and 9 HRs at AA Portland. Blake could be in line for a second half promotion with an eye toward giving him a shot at the big club’s job next spring.

7.) Corey Seager, SS, LAD

Seager’s coming Dodger fans, but Ned Colletti and the ownership have to quit trying to “out-Yankee” the Yankees and resist the temptation to throw a $100+ million extension offer at Hanley Ramirez to make room or he’ll become their 3B version of Joc Pederson. Hanley can’t play SS defensively (and Alexander Guerrero can), and doesn’t want to move to 3B. Juan Uribe’s signed through 2015, and Seager will be ready to step in by then. The 2012 1st Round pick is slashing .352/.411/.633/1.044 with 34 2Bs, 2 3Bs, and 18 HRs at Rancho Cucamonga (Hi-A) including .385/.479/.795/1.274 with 4 2Bs and 4 bombs over his last 10 games. There’s little doubt that he’s ready for a new challenge.

8.) Steven Souza, OF, WAS

The underrated Souza is a little older than some top prospects (he’s 25), but the Nationals have nowhere to even consider playing him now that Ryan Zimmerman’s shown a willingness to move around the diamond. He should provide GM Mike Rizzo a great trade piece at the deadline that could step in and play for someone right away. Steven’s slashing .371/.449/.607/1.056 with 20 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 13 HRs, and 21 SBs at AAA Syracuse. A bit of supposition here, but he’d appear to make a lot of sense as a potential target for Seattle.

9.) Clint Frazier, OF, CLE

While the 2013 #5 overall pick’s slash line at Lake County hasn’t been anything special (.266/.336/.419/.755) he’s been better of late, slashing .381/.435/.714/1.149 over his last 10 games with 2 2Bs and 4 homers including a monster Friday effort where he was 5-5 with 2 bombs, 3 RBIs, and a SB. The Indians aren’t likely to push him aggressively with their OF pretty well set for at least another couple of years, but this is what the organization hopes to see more of moving forward.

10.) Tyler Glasnow, LHSP, PIT

Following his outing Friday (5.2 IP, 7 hits allowed, 10 Ks, 1 BB), Glasnow’s accomplished about everything the Pirates can ask him to without promoting him. His season numbers at Hi-A Bradenton are now an impressive 1.91 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, and .180 BAA with an 82/38 K/BB Ratio in 70.2 IP. If the Pirates will be a little aggressive with him (as they’ve shown they won’t shy from with Pitchers at times in the past) he could follow Jameson Taillon into their 2016 MLB rotation in short order (assuming Taillon bounces back from Tommy John Surgery of course), giving Pirates fans the type of young Pitching that rivals their exciting OF.

11.) Kohl Stewart, RHSP, MIN

An Alex Meyer promotion could start the ball moving for Stewart following his 6 IP, 6 hit, 1 ER, 5 K (0 BB) performance for Lo-A Cedar Rapids on Friday. The effort brings Kohl’s season numbers to  76.2 IP, 2.58 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 65 Hits Allowed, and a .230 BAA with a 55/23 K/BB Ratio. The 2013 #4 overall pick is only 20, but has handled himself well and the former Texas A&M QB recruit is a premium athlete who possesses 4 pitches (fastball, slider, curveball, and changeup) that have all flashed above-average at times. The Twins won’t be too aggressive with him in the overall scheme, but might consider giving him a bit of a stiffer test at some point during the second half to see how he responds – he could always begin next season back at Hi-A Fort Myers if he struggles.

12.) Julio Urias, LHSP, LAD

If you think Corey Seager’s impressive, take a look at his Rancho Cucamonga teammate Julio Urias. The Dodgers signed him away from the Mexican League in August of 2012 and have already been aggressive with his development, assigning him to Hi-A to start this season as a 17 year old. He’s responded in a big way by providing the Quakes with 52.1 innings, 58 Ks, and 25 BBs. The brass is making sure to limit his work, but he’s one of the players everybody needs to watch when he gets to make his appearance for the World Team later this afternoon.

Remember, you can always hit me up on Twitter @clvclv, as well as in the comments section here.

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goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

how’s drew ward CI WAS match up with drury/refsnyder/solarzano? he’s relatively cheap right now, refsnyder skyrocketing. i got one guy to go up to 27 mil on ramsey, then i let him have him (just making guy waste resources, i can’t afford 27 mil on one guy)

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: most of these guys are only cheap until last few hours before their 24 bid clocks run out. i noticed he was ranked top 100 by BA in some preseason list (or maybe somebody else). gave all of scott list’s (or either of you guys’ advice) precedent, but my jumbled up lists with names scratched off everywhere still had him on it, and he got nominated. i helped jack up ramsey to 27 mil, severino went for 32.1. most of the bid money is gone, i’m likely only gonna have a real fight for drury.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: about 2 big money guys left, might end up only with 2 of solarzano/urena/rua, or even less. have made sure the big money guys blow at least a 38% or so of their entire budget on any guy i’m even half interested in. (i was only willing to pay like 12 for ramsey, he went 27), only teams with no chance this year won pompey/ramsey/refsynder. this is my first year of this, thanks for your major help.

Rocky
Rocky
8 years ago

14 team dynasty category league. Got a few deals in the works. For a little background, my farm is pretty stacked with guys like Correa, Russell, Buxton, Gray, Bundy, Walker, Stephenson, Syndergaard. Please provide thoughts. Guys I would be trading are listed first.

1. Tulowitzki for Xander/Sano/Josh Bell/Max Fried/Jorge Soler

2. Julio Urias/Tyler Glasnow/Garin Cecchini for Sean Doolittle/Joey Gallo

3. Jordan Zimmermann for 2 of Alex Meyer/Blake Swihart/Daniel Norris (which 2 should I take here if I make this deal?) I would also be getting 2 minor league draft picks.

Thanks fellas.

Bryce Krispie Treats
Bryce Krispie Treats
8 years ago

I was at the futures game last night and here are a few thoughts that I had after I left…

Gallo – That home run was a freakin bomb. I know he strikes out a lot, but that was a no doubter.

Baez – Looked great all around. That home run looked like a pop up and just kept going. I would be afraid to see that ball if he actually got all of it.

Bryant – I was so disappointed! I went to the game specifically to see him, and he was a strikeout machine. Oh well, Im sure we’ll see much more of him in the future.

Urias – I cant believe he’s 17. After seeing him in person, his velocity is unreal for his age. I hope he stays healthy throughout his minor league career so we eventually get to see him. Dynasty leaguers… Id be all over him if I were you.

Seager – He’s known for his bat, but his fielding looks great. If he doesnt make quick progress through the minors, its not because of his glove.

Overall, it was a very fun game to attend. I was surprised to see how many people attended. Note – Holy crap, the prices for all star game merchandise is ridiculous…

Jonesy
Jonesy
8 years ago

Are there any potential impact Japanese (or Cuban for that matter) players that figure make the move to MLB next year? I know it’s a bit of a crapshoot, but if there’s another potential Tanaka, Darvish or Puig out there, I may try and get in on the ground floor.

Hulkster
Hulkster
8 years ago

Thoughts on DJ Peterson’s development this year? I’ve read that next year he could be discussed in the same vein as Springer and Polanco when we were waiting for their callups.

goodfold2
goodfold2
8 years ago

you had these guys ranked like this for my 30 man league bidding process. some other names have been added. slide them into this list if applicable. if worse than 6th don’t list (unless you want to)
Pompey, Ramsey, Drury, Refsnyder, Solarzano, Urena
severino P NYY
m.taylor OF WAS
margot OF BOS
d.alvarez OF BAL
sewald P NYM
coyle MI BOS
voth P WAS
winkler P COL
t.hernandez OF HOU
overton P OAK
binford P KC

other people already submitted pompey/ramsey, we have exactly 24 hours till last bid on those guys. so it’s good in the sense that if/when i get beat (some of these teams sold off almost entire rosters to make bidding money so i likely won’t win top names). it’s probably smart to wait around middle of bidding process to announce some of my names, possibly get them cheaper. all those names listed have just under 24 hours to be bid on as well.

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: also A.Diaz MI STL. don’t worry about severino, he’s been bid up to 6.5 mil in less than 20 minutes, not getting him.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
8 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: also c.walker CI BAL. he’s already up to 4.5 so might get priced out soon, but rank him still in case.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: and
kickham P SF
law P SF
so far pompey is only guy i may be able to afford. i’ll add drury later.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: winkler P COL

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: hopefully this is the last few i can find that might be top 6’ers (i’m likely not getting walker/alvarez/ramsey/severino (now up to 25.5 million)/taylor/diaz. so that makes just these total to add to see if they make that top 6 from before.

margot OF BOS
sewald P NYM
coyle MI BOS
voth P WAS
winkler P COL
t.hernandez OF HOU
overton P OAK
binford P KC
kickham P SF
law P SF (appears to be RP)
aplin OF HOU
Mejias-breen CI CIN
Rua MI/CI TEX
L.Rodriquez OF CLE
tauchman OF COL
M.Reed OF MIL
Pizzano OF SEA
Rollins P HOU
Shirley P HOU
Burns OF OAK (sagnof only sounds like)
if all of these are really worse than the 5 listed above on your previous list (ramsey out of price range) i’ll only add any of these if i miss all of those 5, and they are better than Jimenez (CI, LAA)/Snyder CI/OF (TEX)/tonkin (contract ends this year anyway). any of these i win i’ll get for 2 or 3 more years.

some of these i grabbed off BA’s “fringe” list.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: scratch T. Hernandez from that list, got too expensive.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
8 years ago

@goodfold2: few more names to see if they make top 6.
l.lenares P CLE
d.german P MIA
i had solorzano and urena added at around right now, so in 24 hours i’ll know what their markets are. pompey is up to 2.5 million, but way less than ramsey/severino and a few others. i could maybe win pompey.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: thanks, looks like m.taylor is too much (already 14 mil), overton (at 6 mil), both of those 2 will finish tonight, or go to 4 hour reset clock for new bid times. Mejias-breen and Rua I myself will add, and voth only has a minimum bid current. binford might cost too much too.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: rankings go about like this
pompey/drury/refsnyder/solorzano/urena/vvoth/binford/mejias/rua? those are the ones I might be able to actually get. maybe one of top 3 and a few of lower ones. thanks so much.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: p.tucker in there too? i can’t find him in BA at all, but he’s got great stats this year. looking like pompey also will get bid up too much for me. maybe i can still get refsnyder or drury.

Jonesy
Jonesy
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: Thanks Chris – where would you slot in Kiermaier into the same list?

Hulkster
Hulkster
8 years ago

In what order do you think the following rookies will have the greatest impact for the second half?

Cron
Alcantara
Eugenio Suarez
Danny Santana
Robinson Chirinos

Jonesy
Jonesy
8 years ago

Do you think Alcantara should stick in the Cubs lineup all year? And what do you think his ROS could look like from a fantasy perspective – or comparison to an existing SS?

Milarky
Milarky
8 years ago

Hey Chris, did you mention that you had your mid-season prospect rankings coming out today? I’ve got a prospects draft on Tuesday and I’ve got some questions coming your way…

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: OK, here goes – it’s a 10-team (though deep) 6×5 league (add in SLG%) where we keep 4 ‘normal’ hitters and 2 ‘normal’ pitchers. But we also have special ‘prospect’ keeper slots. We do a prospect draft every year where we pick 3 each during the allstar break (criteria is they must never have had an MLB appearance), and we get to keep them for that year and the following 2 above and beyond the other normal keepers. In my situation, I’m not looking for someone with a guarantee to come up right away, but someone who should make an impact next year would be a bonus over someone who won’t make it till 2016. Position scarcity does matter in case I end up with a stud, but in the meantime we actually have a slot to start a rookie hitter and pitcher so it’ s not critical I get one of the big SS if they aren’t the right bat. I already have Taillon and Zimmer to choose from for keeping into next year as prospects. Cool? So in this criteria, here are the guys I may have to pick from in the first round or two that I’m hoping you can help me prioritize given this criteria (I’m going to emphasize hitters)…

Miguel Sano
Carlos Correa
Francisco Lindor
Addison Russell
D.J. Peterson
Austin Hedges
Joc Pederson
Gary Sanchez
Albert Almora
Corey Seager
Robert Refsnyder
Micah Johnson

Milarky
Milarky
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: Really? Not surprised by Sano, but Pederson and Seager ranked ahead of the big name shortstops? I was thinking Seager is pretty young, but he is ripping it up. Out of curiousity, what is your thinking in having Pederson and Seager (and even Almora) so high? I’m just worried some of those guys won’t get a call at some point next year. And no Russell?

Moosebiscuit
Moosebiscuit
8 years ago

Nicely done. Do you have a guess on when we see Guerrero?

On Paper All-Stars
On Paper All-Stars
8 years ago

Bogaerts for Chapman in a keeper league. Love the potential of Xander, but need some help with pitching. Bogaerts is riding the pine, but his potential is so high. Should I pull the trigger?

my sisters friend boyfriend
my sisters friend boyfriend
8 years ago

Gee or Wheeler ROS in points league?

jason
jason
8 years ago

In a dynasty league, I own Kolten Wong and are looking to take advantage of his hot streak. I inherited the team at the end of last year and decided I would take this year and rebuild. Would I be an idiot to offer Wong for Jurickson Profar? The guy is in 3rd and needs a 2B and just might bite…

GonzoVanDerbeek
GonzoVanDerbeek
8 years ago

what do ya think about J. Helickson. Is he worth an add after the break? or go with GEE?

Al koholic
Al koholic
8 years ago

whats the chances Guerrero comes up soon,he came back from the ear deal hitting great again

jack
jack
8 years ago

Is there going to be a midseason prospect ranking on Razzball this season?

jack
jack
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris:

Can’t wait!

Bruce
Bruce
8 years ago

So, realistically, you dont see Seager up before Spetember 2015?

Thorbs
Thorbs
8 years ago

Hi Chris,

Looking forward to following your column as much as I did Scott’s!

Quick prospect trade Q – it’s for a 12-team dynasty with minor league keepers…I’m in 4th and tooling up for the stretch run. Here’s my team:

C: Vogt, Suzuki
1B/3B/CI: Goldy, Frazier, Pujols
2B/SS/MI: Kinsler, A. Escobar, Mercer
OF: Trout, Braun, Yelich, Ozuna, Choo
UT: Arenado, Span
Bench: L. Martin, Joyce, Odor
SP: Greinke, Samardzjia, Hamels, Ryu, Shields, Minor, Wood, Skaggs
RP: Britton, K-Rod, Broxton, Clippard, Jensen, Smith
Minors: Bryant, Heaney, Shipley, Salazar, Norris, Cecchini, Hanson, Tapia
IR: Paxton, Holland, Cuddyer, Blanks

I was offered my Paxton and Norris for Jose Reyes straight up. It’d leave me a bit thin on prospects, but you only keep 20 big leaguers and 8 minor leaguers, so it’d be extremely unlikely I’d be able to keep Paxton with so many other options for keepers with longer track records. As a longtime Jays fan, I’m also very wary of pitching in the AL East (though it isn’t what it used to be) and in the dome.

Pull the trigger?

Yescheese
Yescheese
Reply to  Thorbs
8 years ago

@Thorbs: that’s a 12 team league??

thorbs
thorbs
Reply to  Yescheese
8 years ago

@Yescheese: Yeah – I forgot to mention it’s a 10×10 so even a guy like Ozuna, who is having an absurd year, still hurts you in Ks, and speed guys like Escobar end up dinging you in OPS, TB, etc. so it’s actually the most parity I’ve ever seen in fantasy, personally.

FWIW, the leader, myself and the guy in the basement have these W-L-T records:
169-102-9 (top)
153-117-10 (me, in 4th)
108-158-14 (last)

jordan73
jordan73
Reply to  thorbs
8 years ago

@thorbs: In a 10×10 league myself, lot more to look at for players, but I enjoy it. I think Yescheese is more surprised that you own arguably 3 of the top 5 players coming into this season (Trout, Goldy, and Braun), but stuff like this can happen easily in dynasty leagues (I own Goldy, Tulo, Braun, and McCutchen in mine). Anyway, I’d take that deal. At this point, Reyes isn’t that much better than Escobar, especially with all his injuries, but he’s worth sliding in at MI for sure and then you still have Mercer for when Reyes is hurt.

Todd
Todd
8 years ago

What you think? Trade lincecum for Anthony rendon. Keeper league and I could use some help at 2b. Feel that there are plenty pitchers to stream in our 10 team league

SallyCips
SallyCips
Reply to  Todd
8 years ago

@Todd: Don’t think the owner will trade Rendon for Timmy. If he’s offered it to you, then jump!

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
8 years ago

which of these as future 3B, i’m hearing peterson won’t be a 3b for long.
1.d j peterson or h.dozier?
2. soler or winker
3. best 2 out of meyer/taillon/harvey/severino/

Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Montezuma's Revenge... right now
Reply to  Chris
8 years ago

@Chris: same as on Grey’s post, i forgot to specify that it’s hunter harvey, not matt. still taillon obv. 2nd still hunter?