I was going to call this series the prospect power rankings, but I decided it’s not really helpful to rank players when we all have different specific needs for our teams. What this monthly article will (try) to do is identify prospects in the minor leagues that you should be tracking and possibly even acquiring because they are close to the majors. April is a tricky month to project. This is because many of the prospects that were worthy of a call to the majors broke camp with their respective teams. On the other hand, it’s quite early for the remaining specs in the minors to get promoted, and the minor league season doesn’t even start until Thursday. To make the jump in the next three weeks, a prospect is either; (a) having their service time molested; or (b) replacing an injured/crappy player on the roster. That said, I do think there are a few prospects that could be up this month.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., TOR – This is a no-brainer. He was drafted highly and despite the minor injury there is no reason he shouldn’t be up this month. That Jays lineup is a bit woof so Vlad will (hopefully) be a nice injection of offense. I fully expect he’ll graduate this list by the time the May report comes out.

Nick Senzel, CIN – Senzel’s injury came just a day or so after he was “demoted” AKA we’re about to save some coin on your services. If he recovers normally, I still think he sees the Reds roster by the end of the month. The only catch could be if they think he needs time to learn whatever position they decide to throw him at to get him some plate appearances. My guess is center with a dash of second.

Yu Chang, CLE – It sounds like Lindor will be out for at least another three or four weeks. This could open the door for someone like Chang, who can play both third and short and isn’t a scruffy hitter. The Indians lineup…how do I say this without sounding pessimistic…is terrible. This one is more a watch than an add, but he’s on the 40 and I’ve seen crazier.

Jose Suarez, LAA – The Angels are quirky. I think there’s a good chance they’ll fiddle with their starting rotation this year like it’s a Rubik’s cube. Here’s what I saw in Suarez in the early offseason – “Most lists will likely have Suarez behind Canning, and I don’t think it really matters which one you own since they’re both mid-rotation types. I’m just partial to the guy who reached the same minor league level with essentially the same arsenal and stats and is two years younger. I also think lefties are a lot cooler than righties because they smear their pencil lead all over the GD place and don’t GAF. – unlike Grey, who is right-handed and a total twat.” That’s weird. I don’t remember writing that last part.

Touki Toussaint, ATL – I know it was against the Phillies lineup, which looks like a five-team fantasy league lineup against four of your peers who don’t know what baseball is, but Wilson was just kind of meh and I think the Braves will experiment with their starting five this season. This leads us to our next player…

Mike Soroka, ATL – Ditto for Soroka. If it’s not one (or both) in the rotation soon I’d be surprised. Both Toussaint and Soroka offer some strikeout upside and they shouldn’t be expensive to acquire in redraft formats. For the record, if I have to choose between the two, I’d spend my FAAB on Toussaint first.

Jonathan Loaisiga, NYY – Scheduled to start today so technically you’ll get this article too late or close to too late to actually add him. Here’s what I said about him in the minor league preview, where he ranked second overall – “Loaisiga pairs a plus heater and slider with good command to rack up decent strikeout numbers. He struck out over 10 per nine in 34 innings at Double-A while walking under two per nine. His ceiling is a 2/3 starter, and the floor is a good reliever with strikeouts, so it’s a relatively low-risk profile depending on your league format.” I was ten pounds lighter when I wrote that!

Luis Urias, SDP – Lost in all of the Tatis excitement was the surprising demotion of Urias. I like him a bit more than most, and Kinsler is 36 years old. Maybe it doesn’t happen in April, but I don’t think we’re real far away from Urias joining the Padres in San Diego again – creating a pretty Tatis/Urias middle infield tandem. Tatisurias! It’s like a dinosaur that can field grounders!

  1. Charlie says:
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    Nice write up!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks!

  2. Blue Devil says:
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    Here is my team. Which positions would you try to upgrade on? Would you drop or trade any players on my team to try and upgrade?

    C – Danny Jansen
    1B – Freddie Freeman
    2B – Travis Shaw
    3B – Justin Turner
    SS – Jean Segura
    2B/SS – Marcus Semien
    1B/3B – Trey Mancini
    OF – Mitch Haniger
    OF – David Peralta
    OF – Stephen Piscotty
    OF – Jesse Winker
    OF – Nick Markakis
    UTIL – Khris Davis
    BN – Austin Barnes
    BN – Jay Bruce
    BN – Marvin Gonzalez

    P – Jacob DeGrom
    P – Trevor Bauer
    P – Jose Berrios
    P – German Marquez
    P – Hyun-Jin Ryu
    P – Edwin Diaz
    P – Blake Treinen
    P – Brad Peacock
    P – Adam Ottavino

    Thank you.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Depends on format, but I usually don’t carry three bench bats and use those slots to stream pitching instead. OF looks a little weak, but your pitching is really nice.

  3. KrazyIvan says:
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    Is Senzel a stash candidate? He has 3B eligibility and all I have is Donaldson. I’m carrying two hitters on my bench and one is Miguel Cabrera and he is a complete shell of his old self.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Absolutely

  4. Andre says:
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    Do you think Whitley is up with the Astros before June? He doesn’t have a ton left to prove in the minors.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      The issue with him is he only threw 52 innings last season and 92 the year before that. I’d bet he’s up after June rather than before.

  5. PetFed says:
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    Christin Stewart or Anthony Alford?

    Are either worth keeping in a 12 team mixed league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      They’re both on the bubble. Stewart for power, Alford for speed, but both are risky and I wouldn’t sweat dropping them if the suck it up.

  6. Seph Meier says:
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    Do you think the blue Jays do the same thing to bichette and biggio as they did to vladdy? Do you think this could hurt them signing some of there draft picks in the future?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s possible. I don’t think it hurts signings unless they’re in the minority. Right now I’d still say the teams calling guys up right away are still in the minority.

  7. Hometown Heroes says:
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    Love this article, helps a lot especially in deep leagues. I’m in a 12 team AL only league, Who do you think contributes more this year? Nicky Lopez, Matt Thaiss or Myles Straw?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! I’d say Straw. Might be some cheap steals there.

      • Hometown Heroes says:
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        Thanks! I wonder if Bour continue to struggle and Owings continues to stink that Thaiss and Lopez will be up quicker than expected. Merrifield has been playing a lot of RF. I do like Straw as well. Would love to see a trade

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem…it’s possible.

    • AP says:
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      Is rowdy “roddy” tellez worth a pick up in ky deep 14team, mixed 15 player keeper league?.

      Lotta trash left

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Sure

        • AP says:
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          Ook deep into your crystal ball, and tell me.
          What do see for him ROS?

          Every day starter?

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Yeah, I could see that. In your format it’s not terrible. Maybe 15-18 homers, .250 AVG?

  8. 183414 says:
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    I drafted Miggy on 3 of my teams early in the draft season. I thought I was a genius was he flew up the boards, 3-5 rounds before I took him. I understand the season is less than a week old, but I’m seriously considering dropping him. Flat out…..he sucks. Not even a shell of his former self. Pujols looked like Babe compared to Miggy at the same age.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah I mean a lot of this game is timing and knowing when to cut bait. If he looks lost and there are better options, no shame in pulling the trigger.

  9. Stumanji! says:
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    Great article, Mike. Very helpful as opposed to yet another “Top 100 Prospects” full of 19 year olds that are 3 years away.

    I currently have Mejia, hoping he busts out so I can drop my other crappy catcher…but he isn’t really getting the PT yet. Do you think he’ll overtake Hedges at C, or maybe get some starts at 1B or something? Who do you like more for this season, Mejia or Senzel? (10 team H2H keeper with OPS).

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I think at best it’s a 50.50 split at catcher this year. I’d rather have Senzel.

  10. AP says:
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    Is rowdy “roddy” tellez worth a pick up in ky deep 14team, mixed 15 player keeper league?.

    Lotta trash left

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure

  11. The Right Scuff says:
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    Reserve draft for 3-yr keeper following 5×5 roto NL only auction this weekend. Who ya got between Urias, Kieboom, Hiura? Head says Urias but gut wants Kieboom (or maybe lunch, tough to tell).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think I’d actually take Hiura there.

  12. Brian Dempsey says:
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    when could you see the following guys up in the majors if at all this year?

    Casey Mize

    Mackenzie Gore

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think either have enough innings under their belt at advanced levels to be up this year. Possibly September I guess.

  13. Tom says:
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    Great article

    In a keep forever league …..I was offered Pete Alonso and Quintana for Nola …… love Alonso but Nola is a beast

    What would you do?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold Nola

  14. Charlie Harper says:
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    Great job once again Mike. I live in Louisville Ky and my Grandkids in bowling green only 2 hours away and I go atleast once a month. Guess who will be playing ball in bowling green this year. Wander Franco. Can’t wait to see him play

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! That’s fantastic. Really exciting prospect. Enjoy the grandkids!

  15. Pugs & Slugs says:
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    Thanks for keeping us updated Mike! I was wondering your thoughts on Jason Martin. He’s a huge “K” liability, and was successful only about 55% of his SB attempts. However, it looks like they’re going to run him.

    He got a hit in his first AB and ran on a 2-2 count with Marte up. Granted, both the H and SB came off of Roark with back up catcher Casali. I imagine that he’s going to get most of the starts while Dickerson is hurt. Would you roll with him over Neil Walker in an NL-Only H2H (OBP)? Walker has RBI opps (as much as possible for MIA), but doesn’t run much. Runs vs. RBI isn’t too important though, and if we have SB opps, that is a help.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem man. Yeah, I’d take him for a spin. I don’t mind Walker either, but that lineup is tough to produce in and it sounds like the SBs are more valuable to you.

      • Pugs & Slugs says:
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        Thanks! I think the SBs will be more valuable over the long haul. It’s really just a spot I’m holding for Michael A. Taylor anyway. Shouldn’t be too long before Eaton is injured. Taylor is probably more valuable at half the PT as Walker anyway.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem. Agreed.

  16. Ethan M. Flaherty says:
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    Hi Mike,

    Good article. I’m in a 5×5 (OBP) 12 team auction keeper league. We draft 5 minor leaguers who also can be kept.

    I have one more pick and am looking at M.Soroka ATL, B.McKay TB, N.Madrigal CHW, K.Ruiz LAD, C.Pache ATL, K.Wright ATL, I.Anderson ATL, or N.Lowe TB, possibly J.Sanchez TB or Y.Alvarez HOU.

    Who are the top 5 in that group in order of value? Couple of guys picking before me, so not everyone will be left.

    Thanks!

    ~Ethan

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I like Madrigal, Alvarez, Pache, Lowe, Sanchez there

      • EthanRoto says:
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        That’s great – really helpful. Based on your latest post, I take it you would take Nolan Gorman ahead of all of those guys? Is he an Acuna/Vlad type talent that trumps all? I know he’s a few years out, but I have Hays and Senzel who should arrive sooner to help, Cease likely also up this year, and then Sixto as a development longer-view player. Thanks again!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah I’d go Gorman over the others.

  17. Brian says:
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    Thoughts on Logan Allen? Arriving soon? Worth a stash?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah worth a stash in deeper formats. His first start was terrible.

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