Garrett Hampson is hitting .053 with seven strikeouts in 19 plate appearances. With injuries to Daniel Murphy and Ryan McMahon, owners figured Hampson would at least get regular reps at second and maybe work his way out of the slump. Not so fast. Enter Pat Valaika. He got the start over Hampson at second yesterday. I like Hampson and I own him in a couple of leagues, but I’m running out of patience. In redrafts, I’d move on. In keepers, you might want to give him a longer lead. Here’s what else is happening in prospect news…

Alex Reyes, STL – Optioned to AAA because he’s been awful. In three innings of relief, Reyes has given up five earned runs, walked six, and struck out just one. Maybe this is better for everyone…he could stretch out as a starter and return when he’s ready.

Josh James, HOU – Off to a good start, albeit in relief. In five innings pitched, he’s struck out nine and walked two. Not a bad choice to stash in hopes that he earns a rotation spot later this year.

Victor Robles, WAS – Hopefully he can work his way up the lineup and out of the bottom third, because he’s hitting .300 with a pair of homers and three doubles. More counting stats should be coming. I don’t see the Nats keeping him buried there much longer.

Casey Mize, DET – Both Mize and fellow Tiger prospect Matt Manning had strong debuts. Mize struck out eight in five shutout innings, while Manning threw five frames of one-run ball and punched out five batters. I don’t think Mize will be up this year, but Manning might be one to keep an eye on.

Chris Paddack, SDP – Saturday’s start wasn’t the best – walking four and only lasting about four innings, but Paddack has been solid for owners who took a flyer on him in redrafts. I watched his first start and I love everything about this guy now. Sounds like he takes things in stride and is really eager to learn and improve.

Eloy Jimenez, CWS – No homers yet and a 10:1 K/BB so far, but you have to be patient and there’s no playing time issue like Hampson in Colorado. I’m confident he’ll bring a strong return even with the high draft day price, it just might not all come together this month.

Pete Alonso, NYM – The Mets have been aggressive with Alonso, giving him the gig on Opening Day and even plopping him in the top third of their lineup. He’s rewarded them for their confidence, hitting .367 with a pair of homers and eight RBI already. Unless you drafted after the season started, you probably got Alonso for a ridiculous price on draft day.

Christin Stewart, DET – Stewart makes contact about as often as I shoot par (that’s not often if you’ve ever seen my swing). But, when he does it tends to go far. He has two homers on the year, including a grand salami. Still a cheap power source if you can choke down that batting average.

Fernando Tatis Jr., SDP – The surprise callup, Tatis is holding his own with a pair of homers and a steal so far this season. His batting average isn’t where you’d like it, but given his age and competition, he’s going to have some rough patches.

Nolan Gorman, STL – Gorman picked up right where he left off last year. He went 4-for-4 Friday with three extra base hits for Single-A Peoria. If you had the top pick in your minor league draft, I hope you used it on this guy.

Yordan Alvarez, HOU – Alvarez is starting 2019 in AAA, and yesterday he hit three homers. He hit 20 bombs in all of 2018, and could easily top that career best this season. I’m expecting a call to Houston sometime this summer, but when and in what capacity depends on some luck, injury, and performance.

  1. Trust The Process says:
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    Love your stuff mike… forever keeper, would you trade Rodgers and Soroka for Hiura and L Urias? Rebuilding team.. thanks in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I would yeah.

  2. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14 team 2 Catcher OBP league.
    McCann went on the IL for me.

    Caratini? Swihart? Russell Martin? Flowers? Suzuki? Hundley?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ugh…Swihart

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Thanks for the sympathetic, “ugh”…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha no problem man…love your username!

  3. Jeffrey Gilden says:
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    Hey Mike –

    I’m also processing what to do with Hampson – I’m hopeful he’ll get some starts even with Valaika up. I also have Francisco Mejia (on my bench; Ramos is my C) and Franmil Reyes. Not a lot on the waiver wire, but I’m eyeing Alex Verdugo, maybe for Mejia since Mejia has only three starts. Would you drop one of these guys to take a chance on Verdugo? I also like Ji-man Choi and Rowdy Tellez, and they’re available too.

    Thanks,
    Jeff

    • Mike

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      I’d swap Verdugo for Mejia and give Hampson a touch longer. Verdugo not a lock to start every day either but maybe you can mix and match.

  4. K2h says:
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    Great write up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks!

      • AP says:
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        Adfidcted to razzball…

        Deepn14 team 12 player keeper.
        I’m very thin at 1b
        (Greg bird pfffttt, and R Mcmahon eekk)

        And rowdy is available

        Ros? And/or Stash?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d take Bird, McMahon, Tellez in that order.

  5. Don't be a Hader says:
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    Do you expect any production from Whitley in ’19?
    Wondering if he’s a better trade chip as a keeper than for actual production.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think it’s more likely the latter. He just doesn’t have many innings under his belt to be a good bet for this season.

  6. Cliffyw says:
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    Iā€™m getting conditioned to discount any Astros hitting prospect after getting disappointed too many times (eg AJ Reed, Derek Fisher, Tyler White ). Not even sure I buy into Kyle Tucker at this point.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s totally fair. I guess my only advice would be to see if it’s a recent systemic issue in their org or more of a gambler’s fallacy. “The last three times x happened, so x will happen again.”

  7. Lion-o says:
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    30 man roster in a keep forever league. Trying to rebuild and compete at the same time. I have 5 prospects on my team… Vlad, Hiura, Adell, N. Lowe, Kieboom. I try to balance upside with proximity to a call up. Does Gorman have enough upside to out weigh the upside/call up potential of these guys? I am thinking maybe drop Kieboom for Gorman.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I have all of them ranked above Gorman except Lowe. Kieboom is a lot closer so I’d hold him.

  8. GhostSurfer says:
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    I give:
    Vlad, Correa, & Glasnow for Marte, Rendon, Darvish, J. Aguilar.

    We keep 5 – Points league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup I like it for you.

  9. Jeremy Burke says:
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    Great stuff Mike thanks. What type of year do you expect from Urias this year. Keeping him on the bench in Coors today though.
    Also–did anyone see the Bueler start yesterday? How did he look? Can i stop worrying yet?

    • Mike

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      I’d look at him as a quasi-reliever with good K numbers and be ecstatic if you get more than 100 innings from him. They’ve already said he’ll go to the pen when Kershaw/Hill return. I didn’t see the start from Buehler. Numbers look better than the first, but I’m not sure you’re out of the woods yet.

  10. Tristan says:
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    Roto league, Pivetta or Gausman?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I prefer Pivetta.

      • Tristan says:
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        Thanks! Thanks for making me feel better about dropping Hampson as well!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem

  11. Atone says:
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    How long do you think the Rocks give Hampson / Valika / McMahon before Rodgers gets a shot?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s a question I didn’t think we’d be asking this early but here we are. I think he’s up in June if this is still a mess of injury and crappy performance. It sounds like McMahon’s injury isn’t a big deal. Of course, Rodgers will need to be playing well in AAA too to force their hand. They are an org that seems to do the exact oppo of what we’re expecting.

  12. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Good morning (for me)! Anything to Josh Fuentes?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Good morning! Not sure…he’s put up good averages and had at least average pop in the minors (15ish homers). Thing is…him, Valaika and Hampson are all right handed hitters, so I’m not certain how they’ll divide up the playing time. NL-only pickup for now I think.

      • Grey

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        Cool, that’s what I was thinking… When I saw Fuentes called up by Rox, thought at first Brian Fuentes had returned

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha, I thought it was Tito coming out of retirement

  13. dontbichetteme says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Trying to decide who to start today of EE @ CWS(nova), T.Anderson vs SEA(leblanc), J.Soto @NYM(wheeler), M.Ozuna vs SD(Strahm). Need to start 2.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d play Ozuna and Soto. If Wheeler scares you, Anderson would be my third choice.

      • dontbichetteme says:
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        Yeah Anderson has been red hot so Im tempted to play him over Soto. Wheeler is a little scary and Anderson is playing at home. Thanks for the feedback.

        • dontbichetteme says:
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          On a sidenote, what do you think about Andrew Miller? I grabbed him hoping for 10 -15 svs(maybe more)and great ratios but he seems to be shitting the bed so far. I have J.Alvarado and was considering dropping Miller to grab his handcuff in D.Castillo.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            I did the same. I’m giving him until the end of the month, but I could see making that switch.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem.

  14. Mike L says:
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    Hampson has until late May for me no matter what because we only do add/drops at live drafts but I can’t believe I dropped Swanson for this turd.

    Who are your top pitching prospects that are closest to getting the call with ace potential? Whitley is owned and Mize but Honeywell, T. Mackenzie(maybe misspelled that), Keller, Puk, May, and I. Anderson are all available. I’ve had great luck with hitters but Giolito, Reyes, F. Marred and others have really soured me on holding many pitching prospects at all.

    • Mike L says:
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      Martes…that is.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah pitching specs will break your heart. I like Honeywell the most of that available group. If he’s available, I like Cease in Chicago.

  15. Bushy says:
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    Hey quick question in a one year 5×5 league would you rather have Stanton or both Vlad and Ohtani? Thanks kindly!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Stanton

  16. Slimcompoop says:
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    Thanks for the write-up!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem!

  17. GhostSurfer says:
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    Mike,
    I did the deal! Hated to see Vladinator go but like the return. Now, I just need Marte, Yu, & Aguilar to heat up! Thanks for your advice and love you guys at Razzball!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! Good luck man. Thanks!

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job boss

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Al

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