Twins fans might be in for a frustrating year at the big league level, but trust me, the future is bright in Minnesota. No other organization can boast such a high-profile pair of hitting prospects as the Twins can with Miguel Sano and Byron Buxton. Sano, who boasts raw power unmatched by any other minor leaguer, is simply on fire. The 19-year-old is hitting .370/.429/.765 with 9 homers in 91 trips to the plate with High-A Fort Myers. Meanwhile, Buxton, the 2nd overall pick last June, is having no trouble with his first taste of full-season baseball, batting .400/.524/.662 with 3 homers and 8 stolen bases through 82 PA. I went over my Byron Buxton fantasy the other week, in case you missed it. Judging by tools alone, these two are among the most exciting talents in baseball. The fact that they’re backing up their tools with such serious production on the field only vaults their stock to new heights — I’m talkin’ top ten overall for both. 2016 can’t arrive soon enough for Twins fans.
Jesse Biddle | LHP, Phillies — It’s tough to turn in a better line than the one Biddle posted this past Monday. The 21-year-old tossed seven scoreless frames for Double-A Reading, allowing no runs and only one hit while whiffing 16. With a deep repertoire and a frame to pack on a big league workload, Biddle is not too far from making his impact at the big league level.
Nick Franklin | SS, Mariners — Franklin’s been on fire for Triple-A Tacoma, hitting .388/.500/.592 on the young season. The 22-year-old has had his ups and downs over the past few seasons, but he finally seems to be ready to make the leap to the bigs. I still don’t see him developing into the 20/20 shortstop that many thought he would one day be, but he’ll bring relevance to mixed leagues if he surfaces this year.
John Gast | LHP, Cardinals — Among all of the preseason touting of Cardinals pitching prospects, you won’t find much on John Gast. The 24-year-old lefty, though, is performing at an extremely high level with Triple-A Memphis, posting a 0.00 ERA, a 0.97 WHIP, and a 8.0 K/9 through four starts (25 IP).
Mason Williams | OF, Yankees — Mason Williams was already off to a slow start at High-A Tampa, but things just got worse for the 21-year-old. Williams was arrested for driving under the influence on Thursday in Florida. Reports indicate that his BAC was actually under the legal limit, but sobriety tests revealed Williams to be impaired.
Micah Johnson | 2B, White Sox — While Billy Hamilton is falling behind the record-setting SB pace he set last season, Micah Johnson is filling that void quite nicely. The 22-year-old has converted on 19 out of 21 stolen base attempts at Low-A Kannapolis. A 9th round selection out of Indiana University last June, Johnson has a nice line at the plate, too: .300/.380/.463.
Wil Myers | OF, Rays — Myers seems to have shaken off the bumps and bruises that held him back during the first few weeks. Through his past 10 games, he’s batting .351/.459/.622 with two homers. For fantasy’s sake, lets hope Myers rides this streak all the way to the bigs within the next six or so weeks.
Taijuan Walker | RHP, Mariners — After a poor first outing at Double-A Jackson, Walker has settled down considerably, allowing only one ER through his last four starts. He’s issuing too many free passes, but his stuff has been phenomenal — the 20-year-old has allowed only 15 hits in 29 frames this season, and only 3 hits in his last two games. Once he gets his command working, he’ll be big league ready in a hurry.
Danny Hultzen | LHP, Mariners — It’s a good news/bad news situation for the Mariners with the good news being Taijuan Walker’s recent success, and the bad news being a rotator cuff strain for Danny Hultzen. The lefty was scratched before his last scheduled start and will miss at least two weeks. Hultzen was definitely on track for arrival in Seattle this season, so the setback is disappointing.
Roberto Osuna | RHP, Blue Jays — Number five on my Blue Jays top ten from March, Osuna is a rather plump 18-year-old with a front-end arsenal. Through 18 IP at Low-A Lansing, he’s posted a 26/3 K/BB along with an ERA at 2.95 and a WHIP at 0.82. Some folks are concerned about his potentially tubby frame, but the stuff might just be good enough to overcome the weight issue.
Marcell Ozuna | OF, Marlins — In just seven games with Double-A Jacksonville, Ozuna has already tallied four homers. It should be noted that the 22-year-old Dominican is widely known as one of the streakier hitters in Minor League Baseball, so this hot stretch is likely to be offset with a prolonged slump. Still, Ozuna features very real power potential, which should translate at the big league level before long.
Gimee your best current MLB equivalence:
Miguel Sano’s ceiling = ___________(I say Jay Bruce)
Jonathan Singleton’s ceiling = ___________
Xander Bogaerts’s ceiling = ___________
George Springer’s ceiling = ___________
Javier Baez’s ceiling = ___________
Jorge Soler’s ceiling = ___________
Christian Yelich’s ceiling = ___________
Yaisel Puig’s ceiling = ___________
Not big on player comps, but I’ll try to play this game… Keep in mind that you’ve asked for ceilings & these are all top 30ish prospects with enormous ceilings.
Sano — Stanton
Singleton — Howard
Bogaerts — Longoria
Springer — Adam Jones
Baez — Also Longo
Soler — Also Stanton
Yelich — Kemp
oops, forgot Puig. He’s also got upside of a slugging corner OF like Stanton.
7-keeper 11-team standard yahoo 5×5 roto league. I own Shelby Miller, Profar, and Rendon as prospects.
When do I jump on two of these prospects and which two will be sure-fire perennial first round fantasy picks in the future?
Sano, Singleton, Bogaerts, Springer, Soler, Yelich, Puig
and are all 7 of those better than Rendon will be?
Sano & Bogaerts — both probably arrive sometime in 2014. I rank them Sano, Bogaerts, Yelich, Rendon, Singleton, Soler, Springer, Puig… the last three all very close.
@Scott Evans: with his huge boom stick, why do you have Puig last among all of those?
more variables to consider than just power… all of the other guys are higher on my board, but as I mentioned, Springer/Soler/Puig are very close. We’re talking elite prospects here… it’s like asking why do you like the Mecedes S class more the the BMW 7 series…
Any thoughts on Hultzen’s ETA even with the setback? Doesn’t seem major… can you still expect a June call-up?
Hearing mixed reports now on the injury… some saying it could be more serious than initially indicated. The M’s will most certainly be cautious. I’m thinking June call-up is unrealistic now…
Pick 7 in a dynast league to keep im struggling with it. Lindor M Zunio X bogaerts A Bradley J baez C Martinez A Russell B Goodwin G springer G Polanco A Sanchez O Arcia
Bogaerts, Baez, Russell, Zunino, Lindor, Bradley, Sanchez… can swap Lindor w/ Springer if you’d rather not keep 2 shortstops…
@Scott : Would you trade Machado for Arenado ???
@Anthony: no way
Who would drop BJ Upton for Arenado? 12 Team H2H points 3 Keeper plus 1 rookie.
Also own Frazier, Zim(DL)…2 U spots tho.
@Frank Grimes: I don’t think you can drop BJ for Arenado. When Zimmerman returns that puts Arenado on your bench.
What does your outfield look like?
Hold Upton over Arenado
Any news on Dylan Bundy?
Haven’t heard anything since the news broke about his visit to Dr. Andrews…
I’m one of the many afflicted with Moustakas this year, so I made added Arenado to hold yesterday. Guess that worked out well. Even got one annoyed texts from a league-mate.
Anyway I now have too many 3b tagged players – Pedro Alvarez, Mike Moustakas, and Nolan Arenado.
Clearly Nolan isn’t cuttable. Alvarez is heating up and likely will be a hot schmotato for the next week. Moustakas has shown no signs of life since mid-season last year, but still has “upside” that’s rosterable.
Cut Alvarez? Cut Moustakas? Cut both?
Hold Moose, cut Pedro.
Rock Shoulders…. I kid you not… 533/.650/1.067 (8-for-15), 6 R, 2 2B, 2 HR, 4 RBIs, 5 BB, 3 SO last week
Is Biddle worth a roster spot in a 12 team h2h keeper league with this roster…? Who do I drop?
C Matt Wieters, Bal C
1B Eric Hosmer, KC 1B
2B Brandon Phillips, Cin 2B
3B Evan Longoria
SS Ian Desmond, Wsh SS S
2B/SS Chase Utley, Phi 2B S
1B/3B Pedro Alvarez, Pit 3B S
OF Hunter Pence, SF OF
OF Dexter Fowler, Col OF
OF Carl Crawford, LAD OF
OF Peter Bourjos, LAA OF
UTIL Brandon Belt, SF 1B
UTIL Seth Smith, Oak OF, DH
Bench Christian Yelich, Mia 1B, OF
Bench Ike Davis, NYM 1B S
Bench Miguel Sano, Min SS
Bench Josh Rutledge, Col SS, 2B
DL Jason Heyward*, Atl OF DL15
Matt Moore, TB SP
Anibal Sanchez, Det SP
Matt Harvey, NYM SP
Ross Detwiler, Wsh SP PP
Justin Grimm, Tex SP
RP Craig Kimbrel, Atl RP
RP Aroldis Chapman, Cin SP, RP
RP Rafael Soriano, Wsh RP
RP Kevin Gregg, ChC RP
Bench Kenley Jansen, LAD RP
Bench Trevor Bauer, Cle SP
Bench Taylor Guerrieri, TB SP
Bench Robert Stephenson, Cin SP
Bench Bud Norris, Hou SP PP
Bench Chris Archer, TB SP
DL Cory Luebke*, SD SP DL60
DL Jhoulys Chacin*, Col SP DL15
You could go with Biddle over Guerrieri, simply for the fact that Biddle is closer. Similar ceilings.
Yeah Shoulders has been outstanding… haven’t made my first trip to Kane County yet this year, but I can’t wait to watch them… interesting club the Cubs have at that level.
I got Beckett, but i’m thinking of dropping him for either : W.Y Chen, Hammel,Grimm or Phelps? Can you please rate as well. 13 team deep mexed daily 6×6 roto
I might be able to pickup two,I’m thinking of Hammel and Phelps because of match ups.
I rank them in the order you have above & I’d hold Beckett.
I’m getting absolutely no production at 3B from Freese. Want to pick up Arenado. Should I drop Freese, or keep him on bench and drop Soriano (only backup OF) or T. Wood (P)?
@Eric R.: How many OF slot and how many teams in the league?
If 5 OF cut Wood.
If 3 OF cut Soriano.
If less than 12 teams cut whoever because it doesn’t matter.
I must concur w/ james
Should I try to shop Ortiz around after his hot start? I need runs more than any other offensive stat.
@Justin: I’d hold Ortiz for a couple more weeks to let his “hot start” turn into “well I guess he’s just good this year.”
That way you’d get more for him :)
I’m not yet convinced that Papi isn’t gonna be a very valuable guy this season… and I’m thinking you’re not gonna get true value on him via trade, as the general perception on him is he’s old, he’s injured, he’s no longer relevant. I’d hold.
Drop Chris Johnson for Arenado?
Yeah, it’s worth it for the upside
Cingrani (@WSH), Corbin (COL) and Ogando (@MIN). should all of these guys be started today?Im going with cigrani and Ogando for sure but a little worried about Corbin’s match up, thanks!
I’d roll with Corbin while he’s hot. Start all 3
of these two, who do you like the rest of the way in an nl only–capuano or volquez ?
@Scott Evans: is it close?
It’s not a blowout, but I’ve got Volquez in the tier above Copuano
I noticed Arenado got the call to Coors. How productive do you think he will be? I had Moose & Rendon in ny 14 team dynasty & dropped them both, 1 for Lawrie & the other for Cespedes who I was expecting to resume as my starting OFer. Would you drop Brandon Moss for him? Moss is my 4th OF (Jupton, Trout, Cespedes) & also my only backup to 1st(Pujols) I don’t have any other drop, would you make the switch or hold? 9 batting cats (R,RBI,HR,SB,assist,Fld%,Avg,Opb,Ops)
Arenado will help with R, RBI, AVG, OBP & OPS… might even surprise us with 15 or so homers. I think it’s worth the gamble to go for Arenado over a bench bat like Moss.
Fister is a sit today against ATL tonight, right?
10 team 5×5 roto
He’s been awfully good… you can start him.
Would you drop Gyorko or Teheran to pick Arenado up?
Problem is I have Longoria, Goldschmidt and Butler at my corners. The doesn’t leave much room for Arenado.
H2H points league…
@malamoney: Or I could drop Hellickson…
I’d still do it… He’s like a lotto ticket… could fetch great value on the trade market
@Scott Evans: You don’t think Teheran figures it out this year?
I am inclined to do this since my starters are Felix, Miller, Lincecum, Morrow, Garcia, Medlen, Cingrani and Hellickson. And Gerrit Cole in the wings. We only start 4. Unless Teheran really turns it around, he remains on my bench.
What are the chances Teheran turns it around and becomes a difference making starters this year?
I do think he’ll get it going at some point, but probably not to the difference-maker extent you’re hoping for. He’ll be on your bench all year, I imagine.
@Scott Evans: Pulled the trigger. I love Arenado’s potential. If he is good enough, I could even trade Billy Butler.
Thanks for the advice.
Trying to save Faab for Myers. When is the most logical call-up time for TB?
Here’s my SP roster:
Hamels, Bumgarner, H Bailey, Niese, Morrow, Maholm, Cashner, DL – Beachy
At 1B, I’ve been rotating I. Davis and C. Carter…
I already have Longoria at 3B…should I drop one of my SP to grab Arenado (to play at UTIL) OR drop Carter for Arenado OR hold?
Maholm would be my drop in this case, but I’m leaning toward hold here…
Walker or Hamilton worth a grab in a 15 team keep 9 league? Potential drops would be Arcia, Span, Hughes, Cingrani, Cishek
Hamilton more than Walker at this point, but I think it’s a little early on both.
John Buck or JP Arencibia long term?
Also is Ike Davis worth holding onto? I have Trumbo and Craig both 1b eligible, should i keep Davis or move one
Arencibia. I do think Ike gets going at some point, but in a shallow league where you’re already set at 1B, he doesn’t do you a whole lot of good on your bench…
Cashner. You know he is at least in position to pitch for the win, and he has Strausberg-like stuff.
I can only start one. Whose the safest pick?
Price vs white sox (Axelrod)
Shelby miller vs Pirates (Locke)
Villanueva vs marlins (Nolasco)
@Bitchesbeshoppach: Safest… Price.
That was my initial thought as well, but he hasn’t been all that impressive so for and Tampa’s bats haven’t done much either.
Price is safest, but all three are good options.
Start or sit Cingrani v. Nationals today?
@griff: I think you gotta start him until he gives you reason not to. Except in leagues where he is only RP eligible and you don’t want to risk a week in the closer spot for one start (aka next week).
Nolan Arenado will be in uniform for the Rockies this afternoon.
Nolan Arenado going forward how much power do you project in a full season
@Mr Baseball: 25 home runs
He’s got a doubles stroke… think Votto… but Coors could certainly help in that department. Could hit 15-20 this year.
@Scott Evans: Grabbed him everywhere I could. Left with a tough choice in one league. Arenado or Alvarez ROS? Have Zimmerman on the DL as the starter. OPB league, falling behind in the runs category. Thanks in advance, Scot
In OBP he’s definitely worth the gamble over Alvarez. Go for it.
Sweet! Thanks! Go figure I sleep in on one Sunday & miss out on him in most leagues…
Is Zunino still on track for a June 1st call up?
Arrival sometime in June seems likely
Does Heisey’s strained hammy sandwich speed up Billy Hamilton’s arrival? I know he’s off to a slow start, but he’d fit in the lineup between Choo and Votto. Especially bc he’s naturally a righty.
It could, but I doubt it. Hamilton isn’t quite comfortable yet in the OF, from what I’m hearing, so I doubt they’d push for it this early.
Cashner @ CHC
Jose Valverde 7 games vs HOU and MIN