The minor league playoffs will be starting this week, and the Altoona Curve have cut their magic number down to two entering last night’s games. Altoona is the Double-A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and they called up top prospect Austin Meadows to help the cause. Meadows has rewarded them with great play, with multi-hit efforts in two of his three games, including a triple. Meadows has always been linked to Clint Frazier in my brain, since both came out of Georgia high schools in the 2013 draft and both were/are super toolsy prospects. Meadows hasn’t displayed a ton of power to this point, topping out at seven dingers this year in the pitching-friendly Florida State League. The 20-year-old has done a lot of everything else though, hitting over .300 at each stop in his young career and swiping 20 bags this season. He’s a great fantasy prospect because he’s either going to keep contributing across the board with solid power and speed numbers, or he may trade in some speed for homers as he fills out his athletic frame. It’s hard to say right now which way he’ll trend, but power tends to develop later and the carrying hit tool makes him a no-brainer Top 50 spec and one that could find himself creeping into the Top 25 now that he’s reached the upper levels. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues this week, with a special focus on players who’ll have some 2016 fantasy value…

Jose Berrios, RHP | Twins

The Twins won’t be calling up Berrios this September, citing innings limits and injury risk as their primary reasons. Oh. Kay. Deep breaths. I’ve been eating a lot of sweet foods to cope and I’m up to 350 lbs, which has forced me to use a special dialing wand to write this post. It took me seven hours. With a 9.9 K/9 and 1.7 BB/9 in Triple-A, Berrios has nothing to prove in the minors, so you know what to do in keepers if you’re stashing for next spring.

Blake Snell, LHP | Rays

Snell made his final start for Durham on Friday night, throwing five innings with six strikeouts, three walks, and just two earned runs allowed. That’s the 22nd time he allowed two earned runs or less in 23 starts this season. Snell is in line for minor league player of the year, and unlike the Twins, the Rays never officially ruled out calling him up once the minor league season ends. He’s not on the 40-man though, and like Berrios probably has some sort of soft innings cap. He’s another great stash in keepers for 2016 though, and keep your ear to the ground for a possible call-up this week or next.

A.J. Reed, 1B | Astros

The Cal League performance by Reed wasn’t all a result of the hitter-friendly surroundings. Now with 11 homers and 43 RBI in his first 50 games at Double-A, Reed leads the minor leagues in homers (34). It’s not all-or-nothing power either, as Reed has also posted batting averages of .346 and .333 at his two minor league stops this season. We call that raking, and with the Astros lacking any one no-brainer option at first base, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Reed get a crack at a starting gig next spring. I threw him on my bench in one 12-team keeper just in case he does arrive in early 2016 a la Maikel Franco (heart emoticon) this year.

Jesse Winker, OF | Reds

Continuing with the theme of hot specs who could help you in 2016, Winker’s been en fuego for the better part of the second half. After a torrid August which saw him hit .344 with six homers and six doubles, Winker has already posted three doubles in three September games. The latest damage came in a 4-for-6 night on Friday with three runs scored. I’ve been pretty steady with Winker in my rankings, placing him 23rd in the preseason ranks and 20th in the midseason update. He’ll probably hold heading into next year or even get bumped into the 15-20 range. Despite his big power, Adam Duvall isn’t a reliable option in left field for the Reds, so I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw Winker manning that corner outfield spot by June of next year. There’s also an outside chance he sees the majors this September once the minor league season concludes.

Nomar Mazara, OF | Rangers

Maz is hitting .317 over his last ten games for Triple-A Round Rock, and since his promotion he’s hit .333 with a homer and 13 RBI in 18 games. There’s still an outside chance he comes up this month, but I think if you’re landing Mazara at this point it’s with the hope that he’ll be a keeper heading into next spring. The power-hitting corner oufielder has 30-homer upside while hitting in the .270-.280 range. With Mazara already in Triple-A and hitting, it’s safe to say he’ll be up by June 2016. Now that he’s arguably the best outfield prospect in baseball, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him taken in the later rounds of 2016 redraft leagues either.

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Scott
Scott
6 years ago

What’s the upside with Duvall now that he’s playing almost every day, albeit with the Reds?

Mike
Reply to  Scott
6 years ago

he’s got homer power, but that’s about it…and he’s running out of options as far as positions to play in the field

Jose
Jose
6 years ago

Dropping the RP would give me more room on the bench

Mike
Reply to  Jose
6 years ago

I could see Baez over Casty. Maybe Myers over Cron? I don’t see a spot for Berrios since it’s such a strong staff.

Jose
Jose
6 years ago

Lost a close one in the first round of the playoffs for my keeper league. Looking to replace a couple guys on the roster for next year. Trading has been virtually non-existent in this league. Its a H2H points league with no restrictions on keepers. Scoring is pretty standard, but we do get knocked -2 points if a hitter strikes out. This is our first year that we will be able to keep as many players as we choose, it was 6 before. I’ll list my guys below and see what you think. My biggest struggle this year was HRs. I’ve made some adjustments in the last 5 weeks to help with that, but still could use some more help. Also, I drafted a lot of rookies in rounds 7-25 to help sustain the team long term and having a year under their belt going into next year should help. Here it is.

C. d’Arnaud
1B Goldschmidt
2B Rendon
3B Bryant
SS Russell
LF Yelich
CF Betts
RF Polanco
UTIL Pederson
UTIL Kang
UTIL Cron
Bench: Castellanos
DL Soler
SP Cole
SP Arrieta
SP Rodon
SP Salazar
SP Syndergaard
SP Lester
SP Matz
SP Richards
RP Melancon
RP Carson Smith (Holds)
RP Rondon
RP Wilhelmsen
SP (DL)Stroman

I already have a few Cubs bats, but is Baez worth a pick up for next year over say Castellanos. I could also drop some RP guys and see who comes out hot next season, SAGNOF and all. Was also considering WIl Myers as a pick up, even though the rist is scary, he has a great start to the season. What are your thoughts on these 2 guys? The K rate on Baez is a little scary in our league, but the HR potential is what I need.

For the pitching staff, would you drop anyone for Berrios? I’m going to try to make an offseason trade to unload a SP or 2 for an upgrade in my bats, but I wouldn’t be able to pick up Berrios and he will probably be drafted ahead of my keeper slots.

Thanks as always!

Jose

Brian
Brian
6 years ago

So our keeper league has a rule that any player in your na slot as of the last day of the regular season (this Sunday) you can retain in that na slot for next year . Right now I have berrios in that slot. Of the players that have not yet been called up would he be the one you would want stashed in that na slot for next year?

Thanks in advance

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: please see just above (ahhhh yahoo and mazara!)

Mike
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

ugh, c’mon yahoo!

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

keep stashing berrios or go with stephenson or somebody else in redrafts with 1 NA slot? also, any clue as to whether or no Maz is coming up?

Mike
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

not sure on Maz…could go either way with MiLB season ending soon

in redrafts you can forget Berrios…Reds announced Finnegan coming up, but haven’t heard anything on Stephenson. At this point just have to follow the team news that’s coming out

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: well sounds like finnegan is the stash then eh?

Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
Reply to  Aubrey Plaza's Pillow
6 years ago

@Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: nevermind he sounds like bullpen, AND no longer counts as NA anyway.

Baezaworldseries
Baezaworldseries
6 years ago

Should I go back in time and not start Bum in Coors?

Baezaworldseries
Baezaworldseries
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: I wrote that after a 2 run 1st.
Dynasty question. Snell or Ed Rodriguez? I’m only allowed 5 rookie sp. Matz, Ed Rod, Heaney, Giolito, Rodon. With Snell on the WW, do I hold?

logan
logan
6 years ago

6×6 dynasty keep 10, w K/9 and offensive K’s as extra cats.

Keepers –
Schwarber
Hosmer
Machado
Correa
Votto
Bogaerts
Polanco
Soler

Options for last two spots-
J Peraza
J.P. Crawford
Kipnis
Pedroia
Kemp
Josh Bell
Wacha
Osuna
Salazar

Ideally id like to keep Crawford and Peraza… depending on rest of season/ spring training results…

Eric
Eric
6 years ago

Toda, start:
Bum at Colorado
Iwakuma at Oakland

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
6 years ago

Who to keep next year. CAN KEEP THREE SO HAVE TO DROP THREE
Salaries for ‘ 16
Arietta 11
Springer 11
Pederson 8

THESE ARE KEEPABLE FOR NEXT TWO YEARS AT A $3 raise for ’17

Buxton 5
Seager(la) 5
Correa 6
So only 3 can be kept from the bunch. WHO??
PS at least the rest go in the pool and get sold at market value ($260 league) raising inflation value to help me kinda …
(Any comment on that?)

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

If Blake Snell is related to Ian Snell then you can count me out