We’re about halfway through the marathon folks. I hope for real that your teams are doing well. Wait, who am I kidding? You read Razzball. Of course your teams are doing well! This is the month we celebrate our independence from the evil French, from whom we captured many an airport in the early 1700s to win the war of 1812. When I reflect on my country, I usually do so in blissful ignorance of how things actually work while I drink beer and narrowly avoid catastrophic injury via fireworks. Is there any other way? Heading into July, here are the prospects I think have the best chance of promotion and an impact for redraft leagues.

Isan Diaz, 2B | MIA – With Starlin Castro cruising towards a club option in 2020, there’s no time like the present to see what Diaz can do. I’m quickly becoming a fan – Diaz has gone from relative obscurity to legit offensive upside. His June totals: eight homers and a steal – hitting .337.

Bo Bichette, SS | TOR – The Jays were a little lazy in promoting Vlad Junior, and Bichette took the guesswork out of it for them with an injury. He’s all better now, hitting .333 with a pair of homers and seven steals in the month of June. Expect Bichette to reach the bigs by the end of the month.

Luis Urias, MI | SDP – Honestly I’m not sure why he isn’t already up after the Pads brass made it known he was close. He’s the second piece in the future of their middle infield and hit .274 with four homers and three steals in June.

Casey Mize, RHP | DET – A bit of a stretch, but Mize was lights out for Double-A Erie prior to his injury and appears to be on the mend. It would be incredible to see him pitching for the Tigers just one year after he was drafted with the No. 1 pick, but he’s earned it.

Kyle Tucker, OF | HOU – After a horrendous start, Tucker has been nothing short of dominant for Round Rock, hitting .303 with eight homers and seven steals in the month of June. As good as Alvarez has been since his call to Houston, Tucker could be even better.

  1. Stroshow9 says:
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    Sweet. Another vanilla post post. Don’t mean to be a jerk but coulda wrote this two yrs ago. Can we have prospect live back??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you should demand Scott Evans instead.

      If you want me to lose my job, you’ll have better luck pinging Grey instead of me.

    • The Harrow says:
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      prospects live does exist. google it. now see if your comments get responded to over there though……

      – it is a great site though, not saying it isn’t.

  2. Stroshow9 says:
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    I meant Ralph

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Solid info as always..Not sure the Tigers should rush Mize, when there season is going nowhere.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks. I’d love to see it happen for him though.

  4. Chucky says:
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    Better served ditching Urias for Isan Diaz?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, I like Urias more.

  5. jbona3 says:
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    I’m trying to get younger at OF and would like to make a strong offer on Tucker in an auction keeper league (5 OF) – you have any thoughts on the tier of player or prospect should I consider offering?

    Also, if I could trouble you for a few thoughts on Sixto Sanchez and Trevor Larnach I’d appreciate it. Sixto’s ceiling is high, but I’m not sure about the range of outcomes and I’m trying to get up to speed on Larnach.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’ll probably take a pair of Top 100 specs, maybe even Top 50.

      I like both a lot. Sanchez could be in their rotation early next year. Sanchez is much riskier investment so I’d go Larnach if you’re choosing between the two.

  6. aaron says:
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    DUBON!

  7. Marti Harris says:
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    Who would be your first choice in the National League only Dynasty League Robel Garcia or Mauricio dubon

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Eh, prolly Garcia.

  8. Mike L says:
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    What top prospects do you see moving over to 1B that aren’t listed as such? If any prospect position is thin it’s there. I see that Lowe, Thaiss, and Bradley have got the call but is Evan White better than those 3? Seems like defensively he is and its not close but I wonder if he’s fantasy relevant.
    Speaking on that topic, do you think the Sox will rush Vaughn through the system considering they will be in win mode next year? I’ve got a couple of moves to make in a dynasty league and it seems like Rutschman, Witt, and Vaughn are can’t miss prospects but I’m in W now mode so its difficult.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like the idea of snagging Vaughan and could still fit your window.

      How about Colton Welker?

  9. Jeff says:
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    Tucker and Mize aren’t getting called up this season, let alone in July

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s why the title is “Potential Promotions” and not “Guaranteed Promotions”.

      • Doug says:
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        *Drops mic….crowd cheers

  10. Chucky says:
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    With Robert’s promotion to AAA, and the Pale Hose’s WC chances fringy, any shot Robert gets a call at some point this season, providing he shows skills at AAA?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m thinking August. Planning on having him on that month’s stash list.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job,what about Odell and Robert getting a chance this year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Al. I think it’s more likely we see Robert than Adell, if that’s who you mean.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        thanks boss,you awesome

  12. Harley Earl says:
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    Seriously? Diaz has come from relative obscurity?

    Where have you been? Living under a rock in your momma’s basement?

    Diaz has been a top prospect for the last three years but has struggled to put everything together since a breakout at Low-A ball. He’s been on prospect lists and pretty much everyone’s radar. It’s no surprise at all. Sometimes your comments totally baffle me. Sorry, I know I’m being a jerk. Probably should have just kept my thoughts to myself.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I live in the attic. The basement is furnished… ergo out of my price range.

      I’ll agree with your last sentence. You’re better than this.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        You’re too nice. I’d rather you call me an idiot or dispute me with an educated argument.

        What’s the internet good for if you can’t hide behind an avatar and act like an asshole?

        I notice you did not acknowledge that you knew absolutely nothing about Isan Diaz. Did you not know Keith Law had him as a top 30 prospect three years ago? I did then and I still do now.

        BAM.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’ll acknowledge he wasn’t in my Top 100 prior to this season, which is what I meant by relative obscurity. Prospect lists tend to have a lot of movement. “Knowing absolutely nothing” … he hit .232 with a 27% K rate last year, which by the way I wrote in his Marlins report. If you want me to insult you, I’d be happy to. Take your ass to Keith Law’s sites/accounts and see how far you get with his pompous ass. You belong there.

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Hahahahaa! Finally. At least you have some balls.

            I like Keith Law. He knows his shit. Alex Reyes is still a fine pitcher but he’s an injury-prone mess. You still didn’t know shit about Isan Diaz. At least you admit it. But he wasn’t a top 100 prospect to begin this season. He was a top 30 prospect three years ago.

            I will take my ass wherever I want and read whatever fantasy stuff I want, including Keith Law’s. He’s pretty damn good. Maybe you should read other people’s work. It might help you with better analysis. Or, you can pretend to know it all when you obviously don’t.

    • clayton Bain says:
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      It is a choice to click on the link, you know.

  13. Danny Almonte says:
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    Any idea when we’ll see Mountcastle ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No clue. I thought he’d be up in June!

  14. Vash says:
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    What’s up with Willi Castro? Will the Tigers call him up or wait till Sept?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not sure. They might just be letting Mercer run his course and give the gig to Castro next spring.

  15. Vash says:
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    Ian Miller in Seattle. I own him as a deep prospect….and Tyler Stevenson. I have to drop one soon….who would you drop?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d lose Stephenson.

  16. Bruuuuce says:
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    What about Jake Fraley, in Seattle? Especially if Haniger is out for an extended time, would they take a look at a 24-year-old who’s tearing it up before he ages out of prospecthood?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s possible. I didn’t include him because I figure they would have brought him up by now, just 14 games at AAA, and still not on the 40.

  17. bigbear says:
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    Dang rough crowd…

    Any thoughts on the Futures Game rosters? 16 A level players. Seems like they are just picking guys from the BA pre-season rank list…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha, is what it is…

      I don’t put much stock into the FG selections, but I am a fan of Pearson and Patino. I’m a little down on Trammell even though he played well, not really sure why he was there other than preseason rank as you said.

      I like Nolan Jones, Alec Bohm, and Nick Madrigal. I’m not sure how to rank Bukauskas’s fantasy value right now but he’s interesting.

      Yeah, it’s always going to be real life selections over fantasy for that stuff.

      • bigbear says:
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        Trammell was the star last year. Makes for a good story/marketing material.

        Alec Bohm – agreed. Don’t know much about the others.

  18. JD Hassett

    JOHN D HASSETT says:
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    Thanks for the article. I am waiting on Bichette. As soon as I read about a Galvis trade I will be a happy guy.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anytime John! That would definitely help things!

  19. Nightpandas says:
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    Keep up the good work Mike!

    Been chasing Bauer in a keeper where my keeper pitchers are Marquez Pollock Ohtani

    Was offered Bauer Mercado Bobby Bradley for my Benintendi Dahl. Bit much ? I do have Eloy And Eddie Rosario as well.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Fair offer, but I like the Beni side.

  20. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Mike,

    May be a couple years from now, but do you think Seuly Matias or Akil Baddoo will be fantasy relevant?

    Looks like they’re both struggling this year.

    Thanks Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      They both have suspect approaches. I’d lean more towards Badoo if I had to pick one.

      • Worm Burner says:
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        Thanks for what you do Mike, I appreciate ya.

        I’ll read your stuff any day of the week!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime man…thanks!

  21. Donk says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Not sure if I could have found this information elsewhere on the site, but is there a tentative date for a mid-season prospect rankings?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, I was going to post it tomorrow but had to scrap it due to time constraints. Look for the midseason top 50 rerank to come out next Wednesday, the 17th.

      • Donk says:
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        Aw, I gotta wait a whole week for my prospect rankings fix!? Haha, guess it is something to look forward to. Will you only be doing up to 50 for midseason or will a longer list come out at a later date? Thanks for the quick reply!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Ha, no problem. Yeah, just 50 for midseason. It’ll all get reshuffled again come September anyway. Just hit me up in the comments if you want a take on a guy outside the 50.

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