Well, it’s not how the Nationals envisioned the arrival, but Bryce Harper is here. The promotion is based more on necessity than performance – Harper’s hitting just .250/.333/.375 in the early going at Triple-A Syracuse. Looks like he’ll occupy the 7th spot in the Washington batting order while Ryan Zimmerman and Michael Morse are shelved on the DL. It’s probably unrealistic to expect too much out of Harper just yet, but he’s the No. 1 prospect in the game and he possess the tools and makeup to convince me otherwise quickly. As I’m writing this, we’re some seven hours from first pitch in LA. And while I’d love to document the MLB debut of The Great Bryce Harper, I have a wedding to attend this evening, and thus, an open bar to drain. You’ll have to hit me up in the comments to hear my hungover thoughts on Harper’s first game.
Mike Trout | OF, Angels – Trout, too, was called up from Triple-A and he’s in left field and leading off for the Angels on Saturday. Given his hot start in the PCL, it seems Trout is a safer bet than Harper to produce immediately. He’ll be in the lineup everyday going forward, so pick him up if he’s somehow still available in your league.
Wil Myers | OF, Royals – After struggling in Double-A last season, Myers is off to a blazing start at the same level in 2012. He’s already blasted six homers and knocked in 14, stealing three bags in the process.
Leonys Martin | OF, Rangers – Back in February, I voiced my uncertainty regarding Martin, claiming I hadn’t seen enough from his bat to endorse him as a quality fantasy option. Well, he’s finally shown me something, as he’s already hit three homers while slashing .329/.409/.524 through 94 PA’s at Triple-A. That’s quite the turnaround when you consider his production at the same level last season: .263/.316/.314, 0 HR in 192 PA’s. Martin could be occupying center for the Rangers for the second half if his hot start persists.
Will Middlebrooks | 3B, Red Sox – Middlebrooks has a .416 ISO through his first 20 games at Triple-A, which is ridiculous. It’ll be easy for Boston to pass on Youkilis’s option at season’s end if their 3B of the future keeps up these unreal numbers.
Dylan Bundy | RHP, Orioles – Here’s another dude with unreal numbers. Through four games and 13 IP, Bundy has stuck out 21 batters. The 19-year-old is yet to allow a hit in his pro career, while walking only one.
Jonathan Singleton | 1B, Astros – With 12 XBH through his first 79 trips to the plate in the Double-A Texas League, Singleton is making a push to reach Houston this year. Those who thought his 2011 line was inflated by the hitter-friendly Cali League are surely starting to be swayed.
Trevor May | RHP, Phillies – After posting a 12.10 K/9 in 2011 at High-A, May is back to his filthy self in 2012, this time at Double-A, where he’s already struck out 26 batters in 23 IP. Once he’s able to hone his command, May shouldn’t need too much more time in the minors.
Brad Peacock | RHP, Athletics – I highlighted Peacock’s hot start in last week’s Minor Accomplishments. He followed up my endorsement with a Monday start that looked like this: 4.1 IP, 10 H, 7 ER. That’ll be the last time I say anything nice about that jerk.
Cuddyer and either for Adam jones?
Matt Joyce and Ike Davis were just dumped in my 12 team h2h league. Worth dropping any of these guys to pick them up? I have Lind, Rios, and Scott that I’m trying to decide between…
@JR, I’d hold those three.
Which side you like… (Non-Keeper)
Pujols & alfonso Soriano
Strasburg & Cespedes
740 comments on Friday’s post. I’m not even gonna click on it, despite the likelihood of discovering some good nuggets. Tell Grey it’s time for a synced moderated forum with threads etc. You can get a turnkey one for peanuts ($200 or so).
@jack, I’ll pass that on. Appreciate the feedback.
Any thoughts on when Wil Meyers could break in for the Royals?
He’s stuck behind the Kansas City – Jeff Francouer love affair in right field. I know he’s only 21, but where does he fit for KC? As a fan, I really don’t want to trade him…
@Thrilla, September, at the earliest. More likely, early next year. These timetables can be tough to gauge, but I don’t think the Royals would trade him.
Luebke,lohse,or billingsley ROS
who do you like for nl-only util?:
chris johnson, denorfia, scott hairston
Aaron hill,Desmond,or Kelly Johnson ROS
@Mike, Close between Johnson & Hill, but I agree w/ Chunk. Hill.
Lucas duda,Luke Scott,or trumbo ROS
Trumbo looks ole he will be playing alot more…
@Ryan, Tough one. Trumbo, Duda, Scott, but it’s close among the three.
Thornton or reed ROS
@wctip, I like Thornton.
Need some help heading into Monday………..
Have Torres, Nieuwenhuis, Parra and Campana all as my last 2OF spots and 1 UTIL.
I can drop Juan Francisco, Clint Barmes to keep all of them but I need to make a decision with Torres returning on Monday. Clint Barmes sucks and Juan is a ghost in Atlanta right now.
Do I drop one of the duds and keep Torres to see how the platoon shakes out in NY?
@bean, Sorry (NL Only 12-team Roto)
@bean, I think you can feel comfortable cutting Barmes.
@Scott Evans, Yeah him or Manny Burriss…….He has also become pretty useless recently. I seem to be the collector of useless middle infielders
Hector Santiago is droppable now, right?
@Chunk, If not immediately, then very soon. I haven’t heard any official word from Ventura.
@Scott Evans, Ventura officially said Santiago is still his man after the game. He was warming up and would have come in if Thornton faltered. Agonz and Ortiz were up and Ventura referenced Thornton’s dominance of them in the past.
Jordon Walden dropped. I know Downs is the closer now but I’m speculating. Do I drop Thornton to pick him up?
@PunxsutawneyPhils, I think Thornton will be closing ballgames for Chicago before Walden gets another shot in LA. Hold.
@Scott Evans, Thanks bud. Thornton got the save today.
pick up d. phelps over billingsley or buehrle
@EK, Hold both.
Is there hope for Dominic Brown getting called up again this year? What’s going on with him? He’s fallen off most fantasy sites I go to that report on minor league players.
@BigUps, I picked him up in a trade in one of my keeper leagues. I’ve never been a fan of his and knew he’d end up being a bust, but I’m holding on for the time being. I think it may need injuries to the Phillies OF or a trade to another team for him to see time this year.
@BigUps, Ugly numbers in AAA. No indicators that he’ll get it together.
Jim Johnson, Scott Downs, or Santiago Casilla? Who do you like for the rest of the season?
Casilla has a better skill set than Johnson and will probably be a better ratio helper. I think Downs is just a stopgap until the Angels can deal for someone else or correct walden’s problems; he doesn’t K enough guys to make me comfortable with him holding the role all year.
@chattanooga, Def gotta agree with you that Downs is a stop gap. I’d be suprprised if they go more than 3 weeks before inserting Walden back in the closer role. I’m thinking it’ll be the same type situation that the Royals did with Soria last year.
@MrHappyTime, I don’t get why Casilla is only owned in less than 40% of ESPN leagues and 55% of CBS leagues (not sure about Yahoo). I think it’s pretty clear at this point that he’s “the guy” (not Romo or Lopez). The Giants’ great pitching staff and a low-scoring offense are a great formula for save ops. He should be owned in any league that counts Saves.
What’s your take on Tyler Moore? Admittedly I knew nothing about him, but his numbers in A and AA were pretty insane. Seems like he got off to a good start in AAA too.
@Eddy, Strong kid on the 40-man. 30 HR potential if he sees regular time in the bigs. Needs to cut down on the whiffs.
10team roto — 6×6 (OBP instead of AVG and K’s as neg offensive cat)
I was relying on Crisp for steals but Trout getting the call makes him expendable I think (I snatched Campana off waivers so hopefully he sticks for a bit too).
Trade Crisp for Marmol? I’m weak on saves but I’m starting to feel a heart attack coming on just thinking about Marmol
@bobbo, I’d take a shot at Marmol if Crisp is all you’re coughing up. Sure, he’ll make ya sweat, but he has the potential to be nasty.
i just posted a trade i accepted and a huge offer in the forums, can you guys check it out, help a razzer out?
braun for beachy/sandoval?
@Tony, What are your needs and how does this trade fit? If you need SP and can give up power then this looks ok. Sandoval will not have the power of Braun so you will lose HRs and RBI. But if you can afford that then this is a good trade.
@Bean, it’s in the forums, titled One big deal done another proposed or something close… top 5 posts i believe.
I’d actually be receiving braun. Giving up pablo and beachy.
@Tony, if you can check that i appreciate it, gives my league details too which helps.
I was able to snag Trout before he got called up and was just offered the following trade:
I give: Trout & Drabek
I get: Heyward
This is a 12-team, H2H, 6×6, Non-keeper league with OPS & QS as the extra categories.
Here’s my current roster:
ss: D. Gordon
IF: K. Morales
OF: J. Upton, Bruce, Parra
BN: Harper, Trout, C. Davis
SP: Bumgarner, Price, Gio, Zimmerman, Minor, Bard, Drabeck, Bass
RP: Santos(DL), Guerra, Myers, HanK-Rod, Castillo, Cordero
@Scottie O., It’s always nice to scoop a dude off waivers & get value for him in a trade immediately, and I think that’s how you need to approach the deal. It’ll be painful to watch Trout mash on another team’s roster, but that’s no guarantee.
@Scott Evans, I’d take that deal in a heartbeat…. have you watched trout? He looks like a kid with ADHD trying to play baseball but he just ate a bucket of sugar? I know he’s going to be good, but he really looks like he’s going to press, which is probably going to not equal any consistency out of him. How many rookies have came up and actually raked? And LAA has many options, it will just take one small slump, another guy hitting, and he’s back down….
@Tony, Braun raked as a rookie. That’s about it of recent memory.
@Scott Evans, ya braun raked but thats ONE IN A MILLION, i mean he raked like a 1st rounder right outta the gate. Believe me I know I was one of the lucky ones to snag him right when he started heating up that year. Those were the days. But the odds of trout, harper, Carp, etc coming out of the gate like that? Very Unlikely. and with trouts crowded OF shituation in LAA like i mentioned above? I wouldn’t be for sure about his PT, he HAS to rake to stay on the field.
@Tony, Posey who was much older but won people leagues. ‘Los Santana before he got injured. Bruce played really well initially and Chris Davis mashed in his cup of coffee. And remember Hosmer at 20 years old was a border-line mixed leaguer last year. It happens.
Remember Trout had 2 stints last year. Pressed in the first. Showed signs in the 2nd. I think he hits enough to be relevant this time around. That said, in a redraft league I’m taking Heyward.
@Scottie O., Redraft league? Take it and run.
All things equal, Hosmer for Trout- who would you rather have in a keeper league?
@Wallpaper Patterson, Probably Trout.
Any news about J. Profar?
@kangaroo hops, .805 OPS at AA, 3 HR, 4 SB. Very solid start for the teenager.
@Scott Evans, Makes me feel so old when I see a kid born in 1993 (!) playing professional ball.
By the way, thank you–Minor Accomplishments is my favorite Razzball reads!
@kangaroo hops, Thanks for reading!
despite that bad start, would you rank them Peacock, Bundy, Singleton? I have the two pitchers in my dynasty league, and am thinking about picking up Singleton, but don’t really have a place. Is Peacock done as an elite prospect?
@kangaroo hops, peacock was never really considered an elite prospect..he came out of nowhere last season in AA
@kangaroo hops, I’d rank them Bundy, Peacock, Singleton, and I wouldn’t cut ties w/ Peacock. He’s by no means finished as an elite pitching prospect.
@kangaroo hops, he was a late bloomer I guess. I think he could still be a good starter in the bigs tho and he should be up pretty soon. Bundy is in low a. 2 years before he even sniffs the bigs. If you don’t mind waiting that long his talent his emense. Singleton is in AA so he could get a shot in September. Power still hasn’t fully developed (23 2b and 13 hr’s last season in A+) but he’s only 20 years old so most expect the HR totals to increase as he gets stronger. Hope this helps.
Is Corbin worth a pickup in a 12 team 5×5 ….I have an 11 and 12 in era n whip cats it would be Romo or Boggs to get dropped
@jerky, Probably not mixed league material.
So… what did you think of Harper’s debut?
@Charles, he was pressing…
@Tony, but the double was a rocket, the kid can hit….
@Charles, I thought the most interesting moment in the debut was when the bros behind home plate a few rows up decided to moon the field, just as Harper makes contact with his first MLB hit. A historic moment, indeed.
Trade help please if possible
11team usual 5 cats plus OBP
5 OF plus uti, MI
I have OF of Braun, Victorino, Bruce, Boesch, Ethier
I have IF Espinosa, Altuve, cozart
The trade I have been offered is my Braun/Altuve for his rollins/Jennings and a mccuthen
Should I make this move?
@The badger, My main dilemma
I also have pandaval/Lawrie/headley
So they are currently filling my 3B/1B-3B and utility at present. Fitting everyone in afterwards will be an issue
But is the offer good enough to take?
I wouldn’t take the deal. looks like you would just be taking Braun’s production and spreading it out over three players… and then losing upside production.
What here you hoping to gain through the trade anyway?
@chattanooga, An improved MI. Not happy with cozart/Espinosa at this point.
I’m somewhat of a believer in headley and believe I could flip one of Lawrie/panda for an improve elsewhere.
Plus I’m also not sure Braun will be a stud as he has been. Ima huge fan but not 100% certain he will be elite this year.
Appreciate all opinions I’m genuinely on the fence
@The badger, I’d pass. Hold Braun.
Would you take Trevor May over any of these guys in a keeper farm team:
Mike Montgomery, Zach Lee, Eddie Rosario, Juan Segura.
Generally always favour long-term upside over time of arrival.
@TheNewGuy, I like May over Rosario.
Awesome, good stuff as usual Grey! Can’t sleep over here on the west coast, good to find something to help me end my late night fantasy line up adjustment. Well, here it goes…I have Harper and Trout(hoarding fantasy prospects in attempts to fleece others in trades is a guilty pleasure of mine) on my day to day standard ESPN league do I start both and have Cespedes or Beltran sit or just go with one for now?
@Brian, You can feel comfortable using Trout right away. I wouldn’t move Cespedes or Beltran to the bench. Not yet, anyway.