This is the “obvs!” edition of minor accomplishments. Most of this news shouldn’t be news to you, but several prospects saw their redraft stock fluctuate in the past seven days. Nick Senzel got the double whammy. First, he gets sent down to the minors. Then the Reds host an ill-timed ‘Bring Your Banana Peels To The Park Day’ and he rolls his ankle. That’s no way to run an organization if you ask me. Senzel was almost a sure bet when the Reds announced he’d be in the running for the center field gig. Then Scooter got injured, so certainly he’d at least make the roster. Nope! The Reds said, “Louisville is nice this time of year and we’re going to manipulate your service time like a homeless guy trying to fish a quarter out of a pay phone change return.” The good news is Senzel (if healthy) should be up as soon as late April. Here are a few other prospect-eligible players who have gained or lost this week.

Fernando Tatis Jr. – In a stunning turn of events, a Major League Baseball organization actually decided that making their team better was more important than service time manipulation. If he wasn’t already drafted in your league, Tatis is a no-brainer pickup as one of the best prospects in the game. Exhibit A that pinpointing ETAs is like herding cats. On the other side is Luis Urias, whose stock takes a massive hit with this news and the Triple-A assignment.

Eloy Jimenez – Signed a six-year contract with the White Sox, which puts him in the Opening Day lineup. He’s currently projected to hit sixth, and if you haven’t heard me say it before, I’ll say it again – I like the White Sox in that AL Central division. Having a full season of Eloy only makes me feel that feel more feelingly. *dodges Chief Wahoo bobblehead* Steamer is projecting 560 plate appearances, hitting .291 with 25 homers. Yes please and thank you.

Garrett Hampson – Likely “lost” the starting second base gig to Ryan McMahon. If the Rockies use Hampson in a super utility role (he can pretty much play anywhere) this won’t hurt. After all, we only concern ourselves with the plate appearances. If not, it looks like he’s going to be stuck on the wrong side of a platoon with the left-handed hitting McMahon. I think the former is more likely. The Rockies would be pretty dumb to bring Hampson along just to let him rot on the bench. Then again it’s the Rockies so…

Jesus Luzardo – Folks who drafted Luzardo thinking he’d crack the Oakland rotation were hit with some bad luck when the top pitching prospect went down with a shoulder injury late last week. I forget the source, but I remember reading something about pitchers with shoulder injuries along the lines of “if they were horses, we’d shoot them.” I’m not saying Luzardo has no chance of contributing in 2019, but it could be a while. I don’t see any reason why the A’s would potentially push their prized pitching prospect. Alliteration points!

Chris Paddack – Paddack is set to start the year in the Padres rotation with his first start coming this Sunday against the Giants. Paddack could be this year’s rookie pitching darling in redraft leagues. He dominated in the minors in 2018, and continued to shine this spring. The Fathers could decide to manage his innings carefully so he doesn’t make too big of a jump from the 90 he hurled last year, but that doesn’t mean he shouldn’t be on your team to begin the season.

Alex Reyes – I’m sure there were plenty of drafters – especially earlier this month- that took a flyer on Reyes expecting him to get a chance to start. He may still get that chance, but for now he’ll be pitching in relief for the Cardinals. This hurts his current fantasy value. Moving forward, you’d like to seem him either move into a high-leverage inning situation in that bullpen with a chance for some holds or saves, or get an opportunity to start some games. My guess is that the Cards made this decision to manage his innings workload and he’ll be starting at some point this summer. Your league’s depth and settings will help you decide whether to hold or cut bait. Or just ask Grey in the comments…every day…in perpetuity.

  1. Dave D says:
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    Ah, Nick, is that the sky falling? He seems to remind me of Brandon Wood a lot….

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      AAAA claims a lot of victims

    • Elwood Blues says:
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      Picking down in the order in our NL only prospect draft 5×5.. how would you rank
      Pache, Hayes, Gimenez, Gorman, Robinson, Torres.. Chisolm, Lux, India. I lucked out with Soto a couple of years ago.. looking for something similar.. not necessarily someone who will help this year.. but would who could ride out of the ranks to be an all-out stud.. is there any other bats I am missing?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Pache, Gimenez, Gorman, Hayes, India, Robinson

        Lots of upside in Gimenez and Gorman. Robinson could be the biggest riser…Pache and India probably the safest/highest floors.

  2. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Hey, Mike. Who’s the Vlad Jr./Eloy of the 2020 fantasy baseball draft that we’re all salivating over? Alex Kirilloff?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah him, Lewis, and Adell could be there

  3. Landisimo3 says:
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    Hey Mike! 3 huge lottery tickets..

    Jasson Dominguez
    Robert Puason
    Kotaro Kiyomiya

    All babies.. are you high on any of them ? Would any be ranked In your top 100? Thank you as always

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Dominguez the most of that group but too far away to rank yet. I could see Kiyomiya cracking a T100 this time next year though.

  4. Eric Kraemer says:
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    Mike;

    Drafting this Saturday.
    Given the Senzel injury, would you keep Peraza at $10 or Segura at $6 given that Peraza likely gets 2B and SS eligibility in ESPN leagues?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Prefer Segura at 6

  5. Joey says:
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    NL draft tonight

    Top 5 guys to stash n could come up this year r is the Tatis of next year or might come up this year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      NL? Hiura, Rodgers, Trammell, Kieboom, Sixto Sanchez

      • Joey says:
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        Huira and rodgers have no openings this year

        Of the other three who has a chance to pop

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’m a little confused. Are you asking me who to stash for this year or for next year?

          • Joey says:
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            Hoping comes up this year I stashed Tatis all last year

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Okay. I think you could look at Whitley, Hiura, McKay, Honeywell, Riley, and maybe Cease, as some 2019 ETAs that could make an impact. A lot of the 2019 impact prospects will have already been named to rosters by now.

  6. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    ok so the TEX guys being: the 3 OF (jp mart, taveras, b.thompson), w.calhoun, brujan, alvarez, x.edwards (speed maven in an age of a lack), winn, crouse, throw out varsho for so, and you have those pitcher rest of the way ranked: duplantier, greene and then what with graterol, baez, d.garcia (NYY, this guy has moved up the ranks like j.james last year, albeit he wasn’t a 32nd rounder or whatever like james was)
    pence i doubt gets grabbed anyway, and i can slot another TEX 60 day DL guy to minimum.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sounds about right, I think I have Greene in front of Duplantier and Baez after Greene

  7. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Mike…





    TATIS!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tatis! Sure caught me by surprise. Alonso too. It’s crazytown. Just heard Callaway on Francesa allude to him hitting third or fourth in the lineup tomorrow.

  8. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Thanks Mike – I’m fully ready for EloySZN.

    Where do you stand on Brendan Rodgers? I’m in a deep roto keeper and have Story/Hampson/McMahon – I don’t see a path for Rodgers to do anything meaningful this season and thinking about dumping him for some immediate help.

    I’m also beginning to worry his hit tool, while good, might not be another Bregman in the making.

    I’d love to hear your thoughts – thank you!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem. I agree he’s probably prosblocked for this year. I’d hold though. If he can learn to be a bit more selective/less aggressive, that tool should improve.

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