Angels outfield prospect Jordyn Adams was a double shy of the cycle Monday night and is riding a seven-game hitting streak. Being one hit short of a cycle is like being one person short of a threesome. In my case, I’m consistently two people short of a threesome. Good thing I have you over-the-internet friends to cheer me up. Here’s what I said about Adams in the preseason, where he ranked fifth in the Angels top ten: “Adams is a toolsy former wideout drafted 17th overall in 2018. His double-plus speed will work as SAGNOF at the very least. It’s a wait-and-see approach like Maitan, but Adams could vault into the top tier pretty quickly after we’ve seen a full season from him. He’s the best lottery ticket in this tier in terms of overall upside. Upside like how I wish I could smack Grey upside his head.” Weird, I must have written that in a blackout. Sorry Grey! And apologies for ranking Maitan anywhere in that preview. Oof. Back to Adams…we’re in the midst of that full season and he’s hit .252 with seven homers and 12 steals for Burlington (A). Importantly, his strikeout and walk rates remained stable at the higher level and longer season. If anything, he’s gotten better as the year has gone on. Not shabby for a 19-year-old. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Adley Rutschman, C | BAL – 5-for-5 with a homer (2) and a triple. Also, he was promoted to Class A Delmarva. There wasn’t anything left to prove at Aberdeen with a .325 average, so we’ll see what this year’s top pick has for the next level up. Next year he should see High-A and possibly even Double-A, putting him on a path to the majors that should end sometime in 2021. Not always the best idea to invest heavily in catchers, but he’s one of the few I’d make an exception for.

Dylan Carlson, OF | STL – 3-for-4, hitting .476 in five games with Triple-A Memphis. Carlson is making the most of his recent promotion, with multiple hits in four of his first five games with the PCL club. Carlson’s bat really came alive this year in Double-A – hitting .315 with 21 homers and 18 stolen bases. You’d think he’d be older as a 2016 draftee, but he won’t turn 21 until October. He could be patrolling the grass for the Cards next season.

Alec Bohm, 3B | PHI – 2-for-5 with a homer (20). That’s Bohm’s 13th homer for Double-A Reading, where he’s hitting a decent .266 through 51 games. What’s been really impressive about Bohm’s season is his plate discipline – walking around 11% and striking out around 13% across three levels. I still prefer Gorman by a tad for fantasy porpoises, but Bohm has closed the gap this season and I’d be thrilled to own either at the hot corner.

Luis Robert, OF | CWS – 1-for-4 with a homer (28) and three homers in his last two games. FWIWerth, I think he homered again tonight (Tuesday) as I type this, making it three straight games. I wonder if Robert is experiencing acute fernweh for the big leagues.

  1. Harley Earl says:
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    UPDATE: Julio Rodriguez returned from an HBP injury to his forearm last night and collected two hits and two RBIs. All is well in Julio Land!

    So just where is Kevin Maitan now and what’s he doing? Flipping burgers at McDonald’s?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Excellent!

      Might as well be…hitting 224 in A ball. He’s still just nineteen, but I way overranked him preseason thinking he’d bounce back.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        What a bust. But who would have ever known?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          For real. Just another day in prospect land.

  2. Grey

    Grey says:
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    I’d like to smack myself upside my head sometimes

    • Harley Earl says:
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      Haha!

      That was a clever line by Mr. Mike, if I do say so!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hehe.

  3. NCPhilly says:
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    Mike, as a fellow Phillies fan… does a Phillies 3B prospect with good HR power and plate discipline give you anxiety (maybe 2020 will be Maikel Franco’s breakout year!!!111!1)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes it does haha. You’re not wrong to compare them.

  4. The Hawk says:
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    Would you rather have Eloy Jimenez or Luis Robert for the future (in real life)?

    Has Eloy’s somewhat disappointing year have you down on him at all on his future outlook?

  5. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I’m in an AL only league, where I can keep a player for 5 years.

    Unfortunately I’m in 8th place and only have one move left for the rest of the season, but need to use it by the first week of September in order to keep them.

    Everyone in your Top 50 Midseason for 2019, before Julio is taken, and a few players after.

    1) Wondering if I should just grab Yusei Kikuchi for $5 next year, or go with a sexy prospect like Julio but have to wait 3 years? What would you do?

    2) How far away is Julio?

    3) Could you suggest 3 players after Julio that you really like?
    (Already owned includes: Mountcastle, Luzardo, Puk, Deivi, Forrest, Rutschman, Mateo, Manning)

    Thank you so much!

  6. Steamin Beamen says:
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    3) Could you suggest 3 players after Julio on you list* that you really like?

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