On this lovely Thursday afternoon, I’m going to approach this post as sort of a potpourri of minor league topics. It’s callup season, which is the most joyous, stressful, and busy times of the year for us Prospectors. Everyone wants to know who’s the next big callup, and when to stash them. It’s a tricky game to master, because there might not be a task more impossible to perfect, than getting in these teams heads. So we’ll go over my top 10 callups for June and beyond, and cross my fingers that I’m more than 50% correct. We’ll also talk some prospects making noise this week, and maybe drop a couple jewels on the draft and impending July 2nd signings. There’s so much to talk about! There’s so much to take my mind off of my many mediocre teams, and general inadequacies in RCL gameplay when matched against luminaries like Grey, Cram It, Nick The Dick, and Matt Truss. Hey, at least J-FOH isn’t beating my ass this year! These are the times I’m glad dynasty exists, I can crawl back into my hole, and dig in on some prospecting. Just me, my gold pan, and a world of infinite possibilities. It’s a mixed bag of minor league magic. It’s the latest edition of the minor league update.

 

Top 10 Promotions for Rest Of Season

1)  Lewis Brinson, Milwaukee Brewers
2)  Derek Fisher, Houston Astros
3)  Amed Rosario, New York Mets
4)  Yoan Moncada, Chicago White Sox
5)  Austin Meadows, Pittsburgh Pirates
6)  Rhys Hoskins, Philadelphia Phillies
7)  Franklin Barreto, Oakland A’s
8)  Gleyber Torres, New York Yankees
9)  Rafael Devers, Boston Red Sox
10)  Lucas Giolito, Chicago White Sox

  • I know that Phillips got the call first, and it’s still debatable where exactly Brinson fits into the picture, but these things have a way of working themselves out. Will he be the next man to get the call? In all likelihood, no. That will likely be Rosario, Fisher, or Giolito. Lots of pros-blocked talents with the production to back a promotion.
  • So Lucas Giolito had one of his better performances, really of the last 12 months on Monday, as he went 6 innings, allowing one earned, on 5 hits, 2 walks, and 11 strikeouts. That’s two strong performances in his last three, and continues a run of starts over his last 5, where he’s allowed under 3 runs, and walked less than 3. This has been good enough for a 2.57 ERA, a 1.14 WHIP, and a 2.89 K/BB. I’d hesitate to say he’s all the way back, but he’s been good enough to get the call this summer, and have his moments.
  • Why Fisher over Rosario? It’s a good question, and one to wrinkle a few brows, and I get that. Here’s my thinking, Fisher is raking at AAA just like Rosario, and while I think the Mets shortstop of the future is less likely to slump for weeks at a time, I prefer Fisher’s power and speed upside, lineup, and hitting environment.
  • Over the last month Austin Meadows as righted the ship, and over the past two weeks he’s been scorching hot. Over the last 14 games he’s hitting .316/.385/.456 with a homer, and 3 steals. The power is still coming, but my #3 overall prospect in my pre-season top 100, is getting hot at the right time. But once again, where does he fit?
  • The most intriguing prospect on this list is Franklin Barreto of the Oakland system. He brings both power and speed to the table but there have been struggles of late, and questions as to when exactly he gets the call. Over the first month of the season Barreto slashed .364/.417/.561 with 4 homers, and 3 steals, but since the calendar turned to May he’s hit .198/.218/.353. Striking out 31% of the time to just a 1.7% Bb rate.
  • Gleyber Torres, and Rafael Devers are the real wild cards on this list. While I feel each can contribute on the big stage in some way this year, it’s really too early to expect a great deal from them offensively. Each has the upside and ability to come up and be mixed league relevant, but I don’t expect either of these guys to come up in July and save my season.
  • Okay, so everybody, no need to panic, but Yoan Moncada is struggling a little at AAA of late. Since returning from his disabled list stint in mid-May for a thumb injury he’s slashing .163/.263/.245 with 2 steals over 14 games. He’s striking out at a 31% clip, but is still walking (12.3%), stealing bases (2/2), and scoring runs (10). That last sentence illustrates the weaknesses, and strengths of Moncada’s game. Even we he struggles with the bat, he’ll still give you OBP, steals, and runs.

Minor League Notes

  • Don’t look now but Francisco Mejia is on fire. Coming off the first two homer game of his career, the young catcher opened the scoring again today with another homer. I view Mejia as a great all around prospect, but one that’s most reliant on his hit tool to really be a fantasy star. Perhaps, the power break is coming, and now is the last chance to get on this freight train before it’s too late.
  • Didn’t go into him much above, but really how much more do I need to discuss Rhys Hoskins this season? Hurry up Tommy Joseph, you’re the last guy to not spend any time on the 10-day this year. Hook a brother up! Is that too much to ask? Anyway, our hero Hoskins broke out of a mini-slump last night connecting for his first homer in two weeks. Even when he slumps he keeps the peripherals tidy, walking at a 10%+ clip, and keeping the K% around 15%. He’s going to hit in the majors, whenever the call comes. I’d stake my reputation on it, except my reputation is based around being Benintendi’s fan club president, Rick Porcello’s bobo, and an internet troll.
  • Here comes Francis Martes to the Houston pen! Here’s the catch, I’m not excited in the least. There’s been real struggles at AAA thus far in 2017, and I’m unsure how long term this promotion is to begin with. Could be an interesting RP stream in RCL’s if his stuff plays up out of the pen.
  • One of the most exciting prospects to bust onto the scene this year has been Astros first base prospect Yordan Alvarez. The massive 19 year old Cuban slugger was acquired for, get this, Josh Fields last season from the Dodgers. He didn’t hit for much power in Cuba, but he was just 17 his last season on the island. So far in 2017 Alvarez is slashing .413/.500/.693 with 5 homers over 21 games with the Low Class A Quad-City River Bandits of the Mid-West League. The breakout reached a boiling point last night when he slugged two homers in the Bandits 10-3 win. He’s already shown plus raw power, and advanced approach, to go along with a pretty lefthanded swing. I’d be looking to bag up Alvarez in all dynasty formats. Didn’t have any video of his double up last night, so here’s a clip of him mashing one to left center.

  • In unfortunate news, The Marlins 2016 first rounder Braxton Garrett will need Tommy John surgery, and is now expected to miss the remainder of the season and much, if not all of next. The organization has been careful with Garrett’s workload, avoiding any game action out of the draft and limiting him to just 65 pitches per outing in 2017. He was 1-0 with a 2.93 ERA and a 2.67 K/Bb. Good luck Braxton!
  • Now let’s brighten the mood in the room again with some positive injury news. One of the Prospect Podcast’s favorite prospects is back playing in games, and looking spry. Who’s that? Why Kyle Lewis! That’s right the Mariners 2016 first rounder played in a extended spring game yesterday going 0 for 2 with a groundout and strikeout. The best news is he was clocked down the line at 4.45 seconds by Baseball America writer Bill Mitchell.
  • Read a report stating that 5 of the top 7 teams in the draft prefer Brendan McKay as a pitcher to a hitter. I doubt we learn his career path right out of the gate this summer, but this discounts his value in my eyes when ranking the top First Year player draft options. As a starter he’s more than likely outside my top 10.
  • This isn’t a July 2 class I’m enamored with at the moment, I was much higher on the last two, but I do really like Daniel Flores. He’s a switch-hitting Dominican catching prospect with a 60 grade on his power. The top “real baseball” prospect in the class is Wander Samuel Javier, but he draws comps to his Uncle Erick Aybar far too much for my liking. Back to Flores, many scouts view him as the best player in the class, and some have even said he’s the best defensive catcher they’ve ever seen at his age. I love scout hyperbole, we see stuff like this every year. What it does tell me is Flores is good at baseball, and might stick at catcher.
  • Say goodnight to Roman Quinn, the Phillies speedy outfield prospect has come down with his “annual major injury”, a UCL tear in his non-throwing elbow. Quinn’s be obviously shut down and will now visit Dr. James Andrews. What a greedy bastard he’s buying Lambos with minor leaguers money now.
  • The Cubs top prospect, and Dynasty league dreamboat Eloy Jimenez is rounding back into form after missing 5 weeks. In yesterday’s game for Class A Myrtle Beach, Jimenez contributed to all the scoring in the Pelicans 2-0 win, as he slugged an RBI double, and scored a run. Since returning he’s slashing .286/.400/.508 with 4 homers, and a 14.7% Bb rate to a 16% K rate. Eloy is my minor league man crush now that Benny is all grown up.

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  1. Landisimo3 says:
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    Ralph! 12 team forever keeper… roto… holds + saves… my farm is loaded but my mlb team is just kind of in limbo … was offered either his Beltre/Adam Jones/Kinsler for my Bud Norris straight up…. What’ya think? Thanks in advance

    • Dave says:
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      @Landisimo3:

      If you can spare the relief help, I’d take Jones and run.

    • Am in a similar league–Beltre gets too hurt–Kinsler might be sliding down–go with Jones–after all its Bud Norris–at some point Street or Bedrock takes closer role

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @SF Pete: Agree

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: Yeah, if you can deal the RP I’d do it. Not like Norris is any guarantee to keep the job.

      • Landisimo3 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks fellas .. I pulled the trigger for Jones… seemed too good to be true and a huge Orioles fan is sending me Jones so I thought I’d ask

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Landisimo3: Always suspicious of those, sometimes it’s the double agony and they overly devalue their own guy.

  2. Dave says:
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    Just dropped Lackey in my league and picked up Martes. Before I read your article…afterwards, I was dampened a bit, but I’ll wait a week and see.

    Meija available in my yahoo points league. I have Sanchez, Vogt and T. Murphy. When Murphy is healthy, is it okay to drop Vogt and stash Meija? When is his callup ETA?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave: Drop Vogt and stash away my man. We more than likely don’t see Mejia for a year.

      • Dave says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: is it too premature to drop L. Weaver for Meija right now? I haven’t heard anything about Weaver at all, other than that he lacks some control. My league we lose points for walks and hits and hr surrendered.

        • Dave says:
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          @Dave: never mind. Scooped up minutes ago. So disappointed.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Dave: Weaver has been excellent you got lucky you didn’t drop him.

            Since returning from the DL last month 6-1 in 7 starts with a 1.93 ERA, 10.2 K/9, 1.5 Bb/9, .95 WHIP, and a 12.5% SwStr.

  3. Cyler says:
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    I know it’s early but what are your thoughts on Luis Robert? I’ve heard some say he is a Cuban Mike Trout…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Cyler: He’s a power speed prospect, with a lot of talent and tools. Need to see him state side before I start throwing out any serious hyperbole. I’ve probably read and seen what you have.

  4. sheriff mcrawdawg says:
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    good stuff Ralph! took Fisher in the 48th rd of an nfbc so I’m hoping you’re right on that one. and I’m staying with you on the Barreto train. too bad lowrie has been mashing (relatively) and pinder serviceable.. I guess. hopefully Franklin gets in there before Semien is healthy.

    (\/) (°,,°) (\/)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sheriff mcrawdawg: Claws Up you son of a gun!

      Yeah, I’m thinking we see Fisher soon rather than later. I bet they move Lowrie yo!

      • MPGA says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I Hope Lowrie gets moved! He’s been YUGE for me in 2 deep dynasty leagues. Where do you think he fits? Toronto?

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          @MPGA: Not a bad fit in Boston….

  5. The Great Knoche says:
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    WHERE is Fisher going to find the ABs?

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @The Great Knoche: also when is Ozzie Albies up?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @The Great Knoche: I’m guessing later in the year say August. He’d need an injury in the infield.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Great Knoche: He’ll find them. Unless you’re a huge Aoki fan.

    • OddBall Herrera says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Considering that Aoki would have to be dropped off the active roster to make room for Fisher, the ABs won’t be the issue when he’s called up.

      It’s designating Aoki in the first place that’s going to be the sticking point. Astros would have to be pretty confident in Fisher to do so since it’d be irreversible given Aoki’s veteran status.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @OddBall Herrera: I don’t think Aoki is getting DFA’d but injuries happen. These guys find a way up.

  6. OaktownSteve says:
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    How much do you like Brett Phillips?

    Also, Chapman has been mashing for the A’s. I’m pretty sure he gets the call before Barreto does given how bad the A’s have been at the position and given that they have Lowrie, Rosales, Pinder and a soonish returning Semien available up the middle.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @OaktownSteve: He’s okay, I’ve really soured on him since he was first traded to Milwaukee. The strikeouts have really been an issue, and he’s not running as much. I think he’s a major leaguer, but he needs to rediscover his approach.

      Yeah I think you’re right Olson, Chapman, and Nunez could all be in the mix and help in homer totals. I worry with Chapman that in re-draft he’s going to tank my average with any extended time. I figure Chapman is going to need a bad run to settle into the level. He tends to do that. He makes the most sense from a real baseball stand point if only due to the power upside paired with a slick glove.

      I know the organization is saying Barreto is up once the team is firmly out of contention, when do you see it happening? Even with recent struggles I think we see him by mid-July.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I think the A’s landscape is going to depend a lot upon the deadline. I know they’d love to move Plouffe but he’s been really bad. Lowrie on the other hand has quietly had one of his best season if not his very best and has shown huge improvement defensively so he could be a piece for somebody.

        Reading between the lines from what I’ve heard from both Melvin and Beane in their public statements I get the feeling that they feel Barreto is simply not quite ready. I don’t feel like with the half year at AAA he’s in that “nothing left to prove” category. I hear a ton of we’re not going to rush him kind of talk. I would not be shocked if he were not called up prior to September.

        Chapman on the other hand, there’s talk of a swing change, better contact, plus plus power right now. Just feel like he’s right on the verge.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OaktownSteve: I wonder how much the last month plays into the Barreto viewpoint? I assume Plouffe gets DFA’d eventually, and Lowrie should get moved in the next month. Seems like a good fit for Boston, who needs some infield help.

          I’m a little skeptical of what Chapman can be, he continues to hit for power, and a 60% FB rate screams 30 homers, but he’s striking out more than ever at 34%. I expect him to hit under .200. I don’t think you’re wrong that he’s the first one up.

  7. Lloyd Braun says:
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    Thoughts on Zack Burdi as a closer stash? Need saves in the future for dynasty. Was considering it but he’s struggled recently and who knows with reliever prospects. Would have to drop a guy like De Leon or Keller for him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lloyd Braun: I’d hold on your starters, and just play the wire. Things would have to break Burdi’s way, meaning he’d have to dominate and Robertson would have to get moved, and some of the other Sox pen arms would have to botch the job.

  8. OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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    Hey Ralph!

    Great work as usual on the prospect front. My question for you is who do you like to stash most (hitter and pitcher) in this format; redraft, 10 teams, 6×6 w/ OPS & Holds. Biggest needs are steals, average and ratios, K’s, in pitching.

    My gut says Moncada or Brinson and Giolito. What do you think?

    Thanks, Homie!

      • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph! Also, the day after I mentioned Jordan Luplow to you earlier this week, the donged the following night in his 3rd consecutive game!

        Being a Pirates fan I was also getting hyped about Cole Tucker’s seeming break through so far only to be devastated by the news of his fractured thumb. Kid just can’t stay healthy, getting hit with freak injuries.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OldMilwaukeePounders: Loved the Luplow call, even added him in a few leagues. I’m coming around.

          I watched Tucker down in Bradenton in April and he was the player on the Marauders I was most impressed with. he can field, hit, and run. I prefer him to Newman.

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Tucker is still pretty young, but I’ve got high hopes for him to be the Pirates long-term shortstop solution. In all honestly, I think that Tucker has star potential. Possibly more real-life star potential, maybe fantasy too though.

            Newman profiles as a mostly hit-tool only, lite power, 2nd baseman to me. Could be useful in real life baseball though.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                “I agree on pants?” Oh, forget it, misread

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Grey: Pants are the best.

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    I wish someone would tell the homeless man next to me

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @Grey: Gotta move to a colder city where the homeless where two pairs!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      So many pockets, so little change!

          • OldMilwaukeePounders says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Further on Luplow, his numbers don’t look too skewed, his ISO is a bit inflated at .297, but everything else looks pretty sustainable. He does have a 57.4% pull % though, so he may be making the “Brian Dozier” adjustment at AA trying to damn the torpedoes and let his strength rip…

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @OldMilwaukeePounders: Yeah, he’s a pullside power guy, but that’s okay.

  9. K2H says:
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    Great work as always
    Nice to see Faria get some work in

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @K2H: He looked very good to, was super efficient with his pitches. Great sign!

  10. crackatoid says:
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    Would you sell Salazar for Willy Adames in a deep dynasty? Or is that too low?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @crackatoid: It seems low, I’d be inclined to hang onto him and wait it out. Adames isn’t a bad get, but you could maybe do better.

  11. Soft toss aces says:
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    Great stuff as always ralph. Would you drop aj reed 4 yordan alvarez? Major rebuild in a dynasty

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Soft toss aces: You can’t dump Reed to a believer? They’re still out there.

      • Soft toss aces says:
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        Hahaha out of 12 of us maybe half go deep with prospects me being one them. I have lots of prospects but always looking for more and ive been souring on reed and adames. Id love to get alvarez before he’s gone. Thanks as always ralph and keep up the great work. I look forward to your articles every week.

  12. jon says:
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    This minor league coverage is so good! Thanks, Ralph.

    So I’m trying to enter next year with minors guys are likely to start 2018 with jobs and impact potential. Lost a few picks to trade and trying to make up for it by calling up these guys to start the season next year.

    “Minors” means U-26 in our league and not necessarily playing in the minors. So the 4 I’m currently rostering who are coming up next year are:

    Bregman, Brinson, Hoskins, Urias

    I need to add a 5th from this pool (assuming you don’t want any of these guys over the 4 above):

    Fisher, Honeywell, Mejia, Alford, O’Neill

    That’s the order I have them in given criteria I mentioned. You agree?

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      @jon: IIRC, you want them ranked in order of 2018 impact … and I agree with your order. (I give Mejia a slight bump as a catcher because it is easier to make an impact there.)

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @LenFuego: I agree with Len. Fisher, Honeywell, Mejia. Long term I think I’m going Alford if healthy.

  13. Chris says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    What side do you like?
    Syndergaard-Wood-Pillar
    for
    Cespedes-Duvall-Belt

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: Depends on the format. If he’s redraft roto I’m going the Cespedes side.

      • Chris says:
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        thanks!

  14. Robert says:
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    Hold Moncada or drop him for Domingo Santana? Either one would fill a utility spot.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: If it’s redraft yes.

  15. Anodyne says:
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    Hey Ralph, great writeup, as always! Which side of this dynasty league trade do you prefer:

    A: Almedys Diaz & Ian Kinsler
    B: Willie Calhoun & Chad Pinder

    • Anodyne says:
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      @Anodyne: It’s a very deep league, in case that wasn’t obvious.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Anodyne: Kinsler and Diaz still, if you’re the building team if want to add those guys you need another solid prospect or pick.

      • Anodyne says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph! I took Kinsler and Diaz, gave up Calhoun. The other guy really wanted Pinder, though I thought of him as more of a throw-in.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Anodyne: Good trade!

  16. J-Dawg says:
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    Think it’s safe to bring up Happ from my minors and maybe slot him in at MI over Villar and then pick up a Faria or Yordan? Everyone else you mentioned in this post is taken. Calling him up means I have to include him in my keepers next year if I want to keep him. If he stayed in my minors, he’d be a free carryover.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-Dawg: in my experience it’s best to be patient he’ll be another Alvarez

  17. Mike L says:
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    Managed to draft both Kelly and Mejia at my last fantasy draft in the hopes that Kelly finds a role somewhere by years in or gets traded. Is he worth a dynasty hold over a guy like Dom Smith, Fisher, or B. Rodgers? Also wondering if you hold him over a guy like Avila or Zunino if they’re available. Seems like he has a lot of upside along with Mejia.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike L: Is take Rodgers, Fisher, and Smith over Kelly in a second.

  18. kenly0 says:
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    Nice work as always. Need a little help.

    12 team roto 5×5 with QS instead of Wins. I am absolutely terrible in my pitching cats. Which 3 of these guys do you like best for this year and next year?

    A. Miranda
    Miley
    JC Ramirez
    Ryu
    Lamet
    Cotton
    Faria
    Snell
    Kopech
    F. Martes
    Allard

    I’m definitely adding one of them. I also have a $1 C. Reed and $2 R. Lopez that I could drop for one of the above. We only have 10 moves a year. And, I’ve already used 3 or 4 of them. Fa’s get a $10 salary. I could use a $5 salary on one of them, but he’d have to be one of my keepers. Thanks for the help.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @kenly0: This year skews my view a little I’ll go Ryu, Faria, and Miranda.

  19. Wes says:
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    Thank you for the article! To be clear Moncada would still be at the top of this list in keeper/dynasty formats, yes? Also is it crazy to think Acuna>Robles at this point? Both probably top 10.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wes: Yeah, those two are so close. We discussed it a couple weeks ago on the Prospect Podcast.

      Yes Moncada is still #1.

  20. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Do you still like Dinelson Lamet, especially for his next start vs KC on Sunday?

    Getting pounded by The D-Backs is embarrassing, and he doesn’t go deep into games yet, but the overall quality of available pitching is grim. He’s on the wire, but would cost me my last claim for the week during a tight matchup.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @El Famous Burrito: I like a home start against that team. I expected a flyball pitcher in his third MLB start at Arizona to get pounded. I’d roll him this weekend though. Hodgepadre my brother!

  21. arussell1983 says:
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    man I’m disappointed, Luke Weaver is a huge miss from this list

  22. Jared Culverhouse says:
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    Trying to dump Samardzija in a dynasty team that I am re-building, is Alford and Brad Miller a good enough return? Or is it too little for what should be a productive second half?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jared Culverhouse: Yeah for a starter that’s fine.

  23. mrbaseball says:
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    J. Hoffman – he been pitching really well so far – what do you think of him as a player that you can depend on to trade for in keeper league – The match up well favorable so far this year but his numbers were still impressive

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @mrbaseball: I wouldn’t pay to high a price, but he’s okay for the back of your rotation. Has some upside.

  24. Rob says:
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    What are your thoughts on Hader and

    • Rob says:
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      @Rob: Hader and Carson Fulmer? Any idea on ETA? I am in a keeper league but have to use a couple of roster spots holding onto them. Just wondering if it’s worth it at this time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rob: I think Hader needs to get the hell out of Colorado Springs. I’m concerned and he’s dropping. There’s still upside. Yeah

  25. mrbaseball says:
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    Who you like better Hader or Hoffman

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @mrbaseball: I still will take Hader.

  26. Big Time Timmy Jim says:
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    Willie Calhoun had a night of it last night – 2/4 with a Dinger,a triple, 1R and 5 RBIs. He is currently hitting at OKC 294/339/531 with 11 HRs 33R 28 RBIs and 3 SB

    How much longer is he staying in the minors( 2B for the Dodgers is a train fire with Utley and Forsythe) or will he need to be moved to another team? Some rumors have stated he is the main chip for any trade the Dodgers make this season.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Big Time Timmy Jim: He needs to come up now! Hes ready the glove just stinks. Perfect DH.

      • Big Time Timmy Jim says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I like Halp and yours take that Seager and Belly will cover his lack of range at second.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Big Time Timmy Jim: He’s been getting some run in LF the last week.

  27. Fred McGriff says:
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    Have there been any reports on Giolito’s recent outings on velocity? He seems to have gotten back on track a little bit. Was wondering if his fastball is coming back.

    Giolito or Buehler long term?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fred McGriff: I think it’s been the command of his curve ball. That’s been his issue is controlling and commanding his pitches.

  28. goodfold2 says:
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    in another recent update post i see you’re using what i think might have come from me (but no copyright whining, i’m glad to see others use it) the old “yahoo gonna yahoo” when mentioning something stupid yahoo does in fantasy. pretty much me ripping off “it’s chinatown” but with yahoo. if you’ve been using this longer than say the last 2 years or so i take away any claims at taking credit for this phrase.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @goodfold2: Yeah, I think we used to say this when I first took over for Mike. Probably came from you. It’s spot on.

  29. Sport says:
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    Speaking of yahoo gonna yahoo (goodfold), not only does yahoo not carry Bichette, but they don’t have Yadan Alvarez either.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Speaking of yahoo gonna yahoo (goodfold) — haha

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: They have no one. You can’t play dynasty there IMO. Too difficult to do.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Sport: the sad thing is this year is a MASSIVE improvement, i believe last year out of ralph’s top 100 prospects they were missing like at least 38 of them. this year is less. bichette is one of them missing though, and the farther from top 100 types you go the more they miss. i’m currently running one yahoo dynasty wherein to fix this crap we have a off the roster minor league list, and to do this we had to:
      1. create 4 fake teams in which to stash the prospects so nobody can just add them from FA or during a draft. the fake teams have all players benched (roto league) so they all have zero points and are tied for 17th out of 20.
      2. the fake teams were also needed since they would’ve made the rosters go over 30, which for some asinine reason yahoo caps rosters at.
      3. protected list in message board of ANY player you want that qualfies, whether or not that player is in yahoo. call ups/demotions done in message board and i manually adjust the rosters

      FINALLY i have a catch phrase. haha.

  30. Fausto says:
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    Looking for SB stash. Holding moncada bc he has 3b elig and im assuming will get MI elig once up. In a redraft would you hold moncada or is there a guy closer that can get bases. Dont care about any other stats purely sb. Offense is loaded.
    All prospects are available.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fausto: He was just called up but Mallex Smith might help. Moncada is the best option though.

  31. Swfcdan says:
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    Oh prospecty one, here is my latest dynasty offer:

    Send K Tucker, Soroka, O De la Cruz, for H Renfroe, J Urias, N Ruiz.

    Main thinking is to get Urias for Tucker as SP prospects are more valuable in our format and its H2H. But I need to give a little more, liking Renfroes upsurge recently and could use his bat now too. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: It’s an even deal and format wise it might make sense. I love Tucker, but with the pitching value bump it makes sense.

  32. mrbaseball says:
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    Any PItching Prospects that will be coming up that you like or even hate

  33. We Are Out Of Room says:
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    Would you rather have Brinson, Hicks or Haniger for the roster below?
    10 Team ESPN HTH 5×5 OBP and QS daily moves
    C Sanchez
    1B Rizzo
    2B D. Murphy
    3B K.Seager
    SS Bogarts
    OF Hicks
    OF Springer
    OF JD Martinez
    UTL 3B/OF Sano
    UTL OF Maybin
    UTL 2B/SS/OF Peraza
    BN OF Haniger(DL returns today)
    DL OF Trout

    P Manaea
    P Nola
    P Carrasco
    P Duffy
    SP Bundy
    SP Quintana
    RP Giles
    RP Kimbrel
    BN RP Holland
    BN RP Knebel
    BN RP Diaz
    BN SP Walker(DL returns next week)
    DL SP Duffy

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