Many famous gingers have helped make me the man I am today. Lion-O from Thundercats, Jessica Rabbit, and the fat kid from The Sandlot immediately come to mind. Then there have been a few nightmares featuring this guy. But now that prospects are my focus, my new bro with the orange fro is Clint Frazier. Frazier got some hype as a stud fantasy prospect when he was drafted 5th overall by the Indians in 2013, but when he didn’t completely murder A-ball pitchers last year he may have lulled us to sleep. After a roller coaster first half, Frazier is killing it again in July – hitting .486 with three homers and three steals in his last ten games alone. He now has 11 homers, 23 doubles, and 12 steals on the year despite a really poor June where he hit .216/.337/.364. Bradley Zimmer recently leap-frogged Frazier to Double-A, but keep in mind Zimmer is also two years older than him. Practice patience with Frazier if you own shares and you’ll be rewarded. He’s more Lion-O than Carrot Top…trust me. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Dorssys Paulino, OF | Indians – Since moving to left field from the middle infield, Paulino has been able to focus more on his bat, and it looks like it’s starting to pay off. After hitting just .251 with three homers and five steals last season, the 20-year-old now has eight dingers and 12 steals in 2015 – earning a promotion to High-A Lynchburg along the way.

Marco Gonzales, SP | Cardinals – Gonzales is still working his way back from injury, and threw 3.2 scoreless innings on Wednesday. His fastball was reportedly hitting 92-93 and he should be able to get back into the mix in St. Louis this year if he can stay healthy.

Alex Reyes, SP | Cardinals – Reyes and his upper-90s heater will head to Double-A. While he was already rising up the prospect ranks, success at that level will bump his value even further. He recently sat out the Futures Game with some shoulder discomfort, but seems fine moving forward.

Aaron Altherr, OF | Phillies – Should the Phils move on from either Ben Revere or Domonic Brown – or both – we should see Altherr in some capacity this year. He may still end up as a fourth outfielder type, but Altherr is hitting .294 with 11 homers and 14 steals between Double-A and Triple-A on the year. He’s hitting .256 with a pair of homers and steals in his last ten games for Lehigh Valley.

Brett Martin, SP | Rangers – Martin’s a sleeper prospect that should be available pretty much everywhere. The 20-year-old southpaw has had mixed results in the Sally, but he sports a 2.25 BB/9 and keeps the ball on the ground which in turn keeps it in the park (0.50 HR/9). He gave up four earned runs in four innings in his last start, but his 3.63 ERA includes that recent outing and a 1.2 inning/5ER shellacking earlier this month. Otherwise he’s been solid and scouts like his sinker/change/curve three-pitch mix.

Lucas Giolito, SP | Nationals – Arguably the best pitching prospect in baseball, Giolito gets one step closer to the bigs this week with a promotion to Double-A Harrisburg. He struck out 86 batters in 69.2 innings at High-A Potomac prior to his promotion. We’ll probably see him in the majors next year.

Victor Robles, OF | Nationals – Recently promoted to short-season Auburn, Robles stayed hot – hitting .440 with two homers and a steal through his first six games in the NYPL. If he’s not already claimed in your dynasty league, the 18-year-old is worth a pickup. He’s going to keep shooting up prospect lists this summer with this performance.

Franklin Barreto, SS | Athletics – Are we calling him the centerpiece of the Josh Donaldson trade? I’m thinking he was, but I could be wrong. At any rate, he was raking for Stockton with a .298 average and 12 homers, but landed on the disabled list this week with a wrist injury.

Brendan Rogers, SS | Rockies – Picked third overall in this year’s draft, Rogers is off to a good start in the rookie-level Pioneer League. He’s hitting .275 with a pair of homers and steals through his first 14 games. The triple threat of shortstop, Coors, and production makes him one of the best fantasy prospects from the 2015 draft class.

Nick Williams, OF | Rangers – Williams just continues to rake in Double-A and now has five homers in his last ten games. He’s hitting .302/.361/.489 on the year and there’s little doubt it’ll be Williams and Mazara perched at the top of the Rangers system once Gallo graduates. You might even be able to make a case that they’re ahead of him already! *dodges massive tomato*

Carson Fulmer, SP | White Sox – Another 2015 draft pick, Fulmer should move quickly to the majors with college innings already under his belt. Fun fact: that expression comes from having food in your stomach after a meal…it’s under your belt. I guess everybody walked around like Steve Urkel back in the day? Since when is your belt above your stomach? Okay, I’m back! Fulmer made his High-A debut this week and threw a pair of scoreless innings with three strikeouts.

Hunter Renfroe, OF | Padres – After a rough start to the season, Renfroe has turned it on in June and July. He’s hitting .337 this month with five homers. The 23-year-old now has 12 bombs on the season for Double-A San Antonio and continues to hang around the back end of my Top 50 thanks to the power.

Monte Harrison, OF | Brewers – Unfortunately Harrison broke his ankle and will miss the rest of the 2015 season. He was already a prospect with a long ETA, and this only delays his development further. Harrison was hitting .148 through 46 games in the Midwest League prior to the injury, but how can you not love this guy?

Gilbert Lara, SS | Brewers – Lara is only 17 but he’s hitting .314 in the rookie-level Arizona League. One of the better J2 prospects from last summer, Lara should rise quickly – especially if it turns out he can hang at shortstop for a while.

Teoscar Hernandez, OF | Astros – It’s never okay to hit .206 in Double-A, but Hernandez does have five homers in his last five games, including two dingers on Friday night. He now has 13 bombs on the season.

A.J. Reed, 1B | Astros – I plopped Reed into the back end of my Midseason Top 50 list. Outside of Josh Bell, there’s not much to get excited about at the first base position, so Reed is a breath of fresh air. His bat wasn’t just a result of hitting in Lancaster either…he’s hitting .316 with two homers through his first 11 games at Double-A.

Hector Olivera, INF | Dodgers – Olivera was placed on the 7-day minor league disabled list with a hamstring injury. How do they say “Dropping like a rock in the power rankings” in Cuba?

Alen Hanson, 2B | Pirates – Hanson got me all excited prior to the Aramis Ramirez trade because he was starting to take some reps at third base. At any rate, he’s pretty much major league ready – hitting .283 with five homers and 27 steals for Triple-A Indianapolis. Adding another position to his repertoire will only speed things up and help his value.

Javier Baez, MI | Cubs – Baez returned to action this week, but more importantly it’s rumored that he is being dangled in trade talks. Anything that gets his bat to the majors faster will work for us fantasy folks. Just don’t go to Seattle, ok?

Oswaldo Arcia, OF | Twins – I guess he’s “blocked” by Eddie Rosario and Shane Robinson, but it’s a shame the Twins can’t find a home for Arcia in their lineup. He’s hitting .293 with eight home runs in the month of July for Triple-A Rochester and he’s still just 24 years old.

 
  1. jacquejones says:
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    rebuild mode in a 16tm roto keeper league trying to get younger.. $275 salary $300 cap keep 4… [email protected]$20, [email protected]$7 are no brainers….need 2 more keeps

    [email protected]$4( i believe hes 75r 13hr 25sb next yr)
    [email protected]$4(im a believer esp at $4) could just be my CI and i could pay up for 3B.
    These 4 solid building blocks at those prices?
    I could sell try to sell my vets to the guy in 2nd for arenado @$7.
    Or is there a difference maker thats on the edge I should grab? the obvious ones are gone(seager sano gallo etc).
    Thanks…always a good read.
    Blessings from the hand of SAGNOF.

    • The Hand Of Sagnof says:
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      @jacquejones:last sentence would have made sense if my avatar showed up….sentiment is the same.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, the tattoo is great! I saw it on Twitter

      Franco and Lindor seem fine at those costs, although I’d make a run at Arenado

      not sure there’s a major impact guy on the horizon if you’re only keeping four players

  2. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    Dynasty league. Price, Mondesi, and Guerrieri for Rendon and Salazar. Which side you want?

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @Speedy McGreedy: I personally like the Rendon side.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rendon

  3. Landisimo3 says:
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    Forever keeper league…. Hanson or Piscotty long term? .. Thanks Mike

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      good one, I’ll go Piscotty

  4. PeteRosesRevenge says:
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    Up goes Hamels !!!!!!!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      incredible!

  5. Jay says:
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    Hey mike – could you see a way that baez lands with the Yankees? What would that look like in terms of pieces? I’m thinking it would take severino.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      from what I’ve read, the Yanks are not willing to part with Bird, Judge, or Sev. I think they’ll make a move for a guy like Prado or Dietrich honestly.

  6. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Mike, what’s your take on the other Arcia brother? I’ve had high hopes he could be my starting SS next year, but the BA is slipping.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like him and he cracked my top 50 midseason. He’s always been known more for his defense, but at this point he’s looking like he’ll at least give you Lindor type offense as well, and that’s not shabby

  7. Raoul Duke says:
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    Who do you prefer in the long run Lara, Barreto, Rogers or Adrian Rondon? Thanks for doing what you do.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough one since they’re all far away…I’d take Barreto if I had to choose today

  8. avery says:
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    16team-Dynasty-H2H-HR,RBI,R,SB,OBP,SLG/QS,SV,K,ERA,KBB,WHIP

    Archer, E-rod, Soria, and Inciarte for Grandal and Syndergaard.

    I am concerned about Archer getting hurt with the amount of sliders he uses. I know I am overpaying, but I need the offense boost that grandal would give me and SYndergaard is a great pitcher. I am worried I am overpaying by A LOT though, so thats why I am asking for help. Thank You!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem..I think it’s too steep. Thor could get hurt as well and Grandal is a player I really like but not one that I’d target in return for a pitcher like Archer

  9. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    Jessica Rabbit hottest cartoon ever? Always made me jealous when she played patty cake with Eddie.

    What are your thoughts on Biddle? I picked him up and dropped him in Razznasty after I acquired Tony Kemp. He’s been up and down but his last two starts against Toledo and Rochester haven’t been too shabby. Still has control issues as shown in the Toledo start, he’s still young though.

    • Yescheese says:
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      @Ralph Lifshitz: does it Hail in Toledo?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think she’s got to be, right?

      I still like Biddle, and there’s probably prospect fatigue going on. Last year was a weird year and he seems to be getting things back together now. It’s all about the breaking ball IMO whether it ends up being curve or slider…or both I guess. I’m a sucker for lefties so I’m sure I’ll be drawn in again.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: the movie Heavy Metal was very confusing as a child.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          word…I had never seen it actually until South Park goofed on it

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: they have cartoon sex in it

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              lol

  10. They call me the wonderer says:
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    Any idea what changes were made to D.Pompey after his early season struggles? His last 2 months look like something you’d only find at the very top of the PCL batting leaders. Over his last 194 plate appearances in the Eastern and Intl. Leagues he’s put up a .374/.435/.569 slash with 19 walks and 25Ks. Over his last 87 PAs he’s only whiffed 4 times!

    I’ve got Odor and the parallels between the two are amazingly similar. You think lightning will strike twice? Odor has been a beast since his recall.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I really think it was just a matter of him not being ready, so they had to rewind the clock back to a level that was right for him. It’s amazing what being at the correct level of competition for your development can do. I’d still look at him as a top 50 prospect for sure, and he should be up again next season, maybe even later this year. Just 22 years old after all of this.

  11. Birdmann says:
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    Frasier makes me feel warm and fuzzy

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…hey now!

  12. SAG'N OFF says:
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    I’ll be the first to admit that I’ll give up on guys 2yrs too early rather than 1yr too late but what am I missing regarding NY?
    K JOHNSON/J. URIBE?!! Is there a competition between NYM/NYY to see who can have the oldest tm on the field?
    Always love a no hitter but Hamels picked the worst possible time to do it, Now PHI will want 5 top prospects in the game ….or Trout. Jus sayin.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha that sounds like math..I’m out!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, I’m grabbing my popcorn for the trade deadline this year

  13. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Thought I owned Clint Frazier. Turns out, it’s Clint Coulter(Debbie Downer music).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      updated rankings…

      Clint Eastwood
      Clint Frazier
      Clint Coulter

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: what about the Clint Toris?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah he’s great and all but where the hell is he

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: up and to the left?

      • J-FOH says:
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        dah. that should say Clint Torres

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: No love for Clint Howard? Balok was insane.

  14. Dan says:
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    No T. Story love? I know he’s blocked but kid has been killing it in AAA

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm…not including a player in an update of the entire minor leagues doesn’t mean I don’t have love for them. He was actually ranked in the midseason top 50.

      • Dan says:
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        @Mike: Haha my bad. I’d like to hear your thoughts on him tho! MLB rankings have him fairly low for the production he’s been putting up. Low ceiling perhaps?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol, no problem. It’ll likely depend on the strikeouts, which he’s managed to lower a bit this year, and that’s why I decided to include him in the T50. There’s still some concern about his approach, but he’s got some power/speed upside that coupled with Coors should play in fantasy. As long as you don’t pay a premium for him and are prepared for a utility infielder floor, he’s not a bad spec to take on since he’s basically knocking on the MLB door at this point.

  15. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Hey Prospect Mike,
    Do you have a guess on when Peraza will be called up? Garcia was called up recently to help out at 3B. When do they get J.P. his first taste? I’m currently rolling with an extra spot that I’ve been using to stream, but will add him soon if necessary. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      could be anytime, but I think it depends what they do with Jace and Maybin. Thinking September if no pieces are moved around honestly.

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Mike: Thanks. I have Maybin, and hope that he stays in the NL if he’s moved.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime…me too!

    • DUB. says:
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      @Mike: @Pugs&Slugs:

      What do you think a line from Peraza looks like over the next few yrs?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Altuve-lite :)

        • Dub. says:
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          @Mike: so high runs, solid average and steals? Not bad actually

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            yup, exactly

  16. SAG'N OFF says:
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    Aaron Hicks or Rajai davis more sb ROS?…LAST one I promise.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no worries! I think it’s definitely Davis if you can take the playing time hit. I’m carrying Dyson as a bench bat and it’s helped with my overall steals. It’s just a matter of finding a platoon partner.

  17. DUB. says:
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    Hey, 16 team keeper, h2h 7×7, BB/OBP, QS/holds

    I’m in fourth and was offered two deals:
    My CSeager (6yrs) for JDonaldson (2 yrs)

    My ARussell (6yrs) for AHeaney (6 yrs)

    What do you think? I’m trying to get Desmond (2 yrs) for my SS. Thanks, love the site and your help!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…I’m not keen on the Russell deal but I like the Donaldson one.

      • Dub. says:
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        @Mike: you change your mind on the Russell deal if it was Eduardo Rodriguez (6yrs)?

        Tough to trade Seager aND his power potential at SS but Donaldson is proven! Thanks for the help!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d still rather have the bat…no problem!

  18. Slimbo says:
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    Would you drop Orlando arcia, nick Williams, Hoffman or Margot to pickup Clint Frazier

    Thoughts on Hoffman? Jays could have a solid guy there

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      of that group Arcia…I agree, once he gets some space from that TJ surgery he should take off

  19. Bruce Leroy says:
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    Hey Mike. Read some real good reports on Anthony Alford (tor)and the catcher the Astros just traded away. His name is escaping me at the moment. Do you have any thoughts on either? Too early to grab in a dynasty league? Thank you sir.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nottingham, yeah, he’s solid but still kinda far away. Depends how deep your league’s farms are honestly, since catchers aren’t always a great investment.

      I do like Alford though, and this would be a good time to get in on him.

  20. Skeezix says:
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    Yo Mike, great stuff as usual! I’m curious as to your thoughts on which one of Severino or Berrios will be more valuable….

    1) This year (I’m assuming Severino is closer)
    2) Next year
    3) long term

    Also, when do you see Brett Phillips making an impact in the majors, and how big of an impact can he make?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! Berrios for all three

      Phillips has 20.20 upside…I’m thinking late 2016/mid 2017 ETA

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Mike: Really – so if I were to keep one over the other, Berrios is the no-brainer? I’m only a bit surprised because of when I scan ownership numbers for both of them, Severino is always higher. Maybe that’s the Yankee factor? Also I was under the impression that Severino is closer to being called up.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          it’s possible Sev comes up first, but I like Berrios because there’s more K upside and less bullpen risk :) I have no idea why one is owned more than the other, but you might be right about the orgs being a factor

          • Skeezix says:
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            @Mike: Awesome – thanks!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime

  21. LittleJoeyCora says:
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    Hey Mike, thanks for the great material yet again!

    Just dealt Buxton from my Minors slot, looking for the next potential impact Minor Leaguer who could get called up relatively soon.. League is pretty deep so here are some options. Who do you think has most impact ROS?

    – Jon Grey
    – Luis Severino
    – Erik Johnson
    – Dariel Alvarez
    – Rob Refsnyder

    Actually, if this helps, below are the current Minor Leaguers that are owned in my league. If any names that AREN’T on this list jump out at you, go ahead and shout ’em out (Thanks again for all the help, really appreciate all your hard work!)

    Gallo
    Conforto
    Seager
    Peraza
    Piscotty
    Giolito
    Conforto
    Buxton
    Olivera
    Arcia
    Moncada
    Nola
    Gausman
    Berrios

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! both Mazara and JP Crawford will have 2016 value. I’d go after them depending on which position you need help at.

      • LittleJoeyCora says:
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        @Mike: Thanks much!
        Any names jump out at you for ROS 2015 value?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

          Sev most likely to make an impact in a 12-team type of league

  22. Cookie Monster says:
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    Dynasty league, which side do you like better. Tyler Glasnow and Aaron Nola or Ryan Braun?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, tough one. I still like Braun if your window is anytime soon

  23. Skeezix says:
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    Hey Mike, I’m asking Grey about this, but would love your thoughts too if you don’t mind. If you had a chance to try and seal your league with the following trade in a keeper league, would you do it? Give…

    McCutchen/Correa/Taijuan Walker/Jim Johnson/Severino, for
    Ellsbury/Brendan Crawford/Lance Lynn/Cody Allen/Chris Davis

    The key points aside from the obvious replacements are that Lynn bumps Kyle Hendricks from my final starting rotation spot, Davis replaces Duda as my second starter at 1B, and Cody Allen provides me with a 4th starting closer to use in my Util pitching spot. Originally I was supposed to get Gerrit Cole instead of Lynn, but not sure that would pass so trying to see if this is still worth it.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, there’s some depth there, but Cutch/Correa side is still better IMO. I’d hold

      • Skeezix says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike. Would your mind be changed if it’s Cole instead of Lynn?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…def improves it, but it doesn’t change the fact that you’re giving up two elite keepers in Cutch and Correa…that’s what makes me want to hold

  24. Slimbo says:
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    Now that tulo is gone…

    Is story worth a pickup in keepers?

    What’s your take on him

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      they’ll roll with Reyes until they flip him (if that;s their plan) but yes, Story is a guy you should be looking at in keeper leagues now. Power/speed with some K concerns but he’s had a good year between Double and Triple A

  25. goodfold2 says:
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    nice to see that TEX SP is out there in 30 man. since midseason bidding period got switched to slot cost draft comish skipped down to 1 mil cost round (round 10) since he got annoyed so many owners ignored him about it, and he wanted to finish by the 31st, which still won’t happen anyway (changing a process midway through isn’t gonna go well during the first run of it) all of these names have been taken, any interesting to you?
    a.mills SP KC
    c.ellis SP LAA
    t.williams SP MIL
    meisner SP NYM
    bellinger MI LAD
    j.patterson OF COL
    p.connaughton SP/RP BAL
    kemmer CI/OF HOU
    cotton SP LAD
    steele P CUBS
    w.rogers OF COL
    waldrop OF CIN
    w.contreras C CUBS
    j.wilson CI STL
    j.lopez SP MIL
    y.mendez SP TEX
    reed SP CIN (part of that cueto deal)
    pivetta SP WAS
    acevedo SP/RP HOU
    eaves MI LAA
    ynoa SP NYM
    m.dean CI TOR

    2. where does b.martin stack up in the list of p.gonzalez MI COL and j.pujols OF PHI, the only two left from list before. i now have added tocci/padlo/sierra/kilome.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      depends what you need, but I’d put Martin between Gonzo and Pujols

      I like Eaves a little from that list (Angels)

  26. Rice says:
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    If Reyes is flipped and Story is called up…

    Conforto or Story?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d still take Conforto

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