Indians prospect Bobby Bradley (4-for-4 with two homers) is enjoying a strong start for the Columbus Clippers. Through 28 games, he’s hitting .299 with six home runs and 11 doubles. The average is inflated by an uncharacteristic and unsustainable .419 BABIP. The real Bradley is a low-average power hitter with the potential for 25+ dongs over a full season in the majors. That low-average is probably going to be pretty low though. Think .230s, maybe worse. Since his promotion to Triple-A last year, Bradley has seen his walk rate decrease by about 3% and his strikeout rate increase by about 7%, all the way to 33%. That approach doesn’t bode well for success in the majors, especially since he is already limited defensively to first base. We should find out soon enough though. I suspect Bradley will be with the Indians at some point this summer, where he’ll be a power flyer in AL-only formats, and maybe even some deeper mixed formats. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Nate Pearson, RHP | TOR – The focus of Sunday’s roundup made his Double-A debut. He struck out eight over five scoreless innings, allowing only two hits and zero free passes. Keep your good eye on Pearson. He could barrel through Double-A and see some innings (if he has any left) with Toronto by the end of the summer.

Brent Honeywell, RHP | TBR – Started playing catch, only to be shut down again with a possible “nerve issue”. This is bad news for Bonzo. Honeywell and everybody who owns him is Bonzo. After Tommy John and now two recent setbacks, we may be looking at a lost year in terms of any meaningful MLB innings. If you’re stashing him for 2019 only, it’s probably safe to seek out other options.

Wander Franco, SS | TBR – He’s holding his own as an 18-year-old at Single-A Bowling Green, hitting .286 with three homers, six doubles, and three triples through his first 27 games. Equally impressive is his plate discipline, sporting a 12% walk rate compared to just a 9% strikeout rate. Those latter numbers, along with his age versus level, are what make him an elite prospect. He should be in High-A by the end of the summer.

Sean Murphy, C | OAK – Will require knee surgery for a tron meniscus, or if you’re not a dyslexic trapped inside my computer, a torn meniscus. A bad break, since Murphy was hitting well and was on track for a midsummer call to Oakland. The recovery could be about six weeks, which means we realistically won’t see Murphy in the bigs until late July/early August.

Jorge Mateo, SS | OAK – On the bright side for the A’s, Jorge Mateo is playing well in Triple-A (nine hits in his last six games, 11-for-14 in stolen base attempts). Mateo would be a nice addition to the big league roster as a utility player, especially with Profar’s inconsistency. He can handle short, second, and the outfield, and should be an add in most formats for SAGNOF once he’s up, which could be this month or next.

  1. wOBA Fett says:
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    Mike, are you still high on Kieboom after his struggles with his first taste of the big leagues? What’s your take on his short and long term outlooks?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I still like him long term. Short term he’ll need to adjust or he’s going to end up back in the minors.

      • BB says:
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        He was optioned Tuesday.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          That was quick!

          • Long Balls says:
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            that’s definitely news the minor league should have been up to date with….

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I don’t catch everything chief. Thanks for piling on though.

  2. Silent Heat says:
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    Mike, Know anything about Anthony Shew (STL AAA)? Doing well this year and just threw 6IP 1 hit. Cards rotation could use some help…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nothing to get too crazy about. I’d watch in NL only and he’s probably waiver fodder in mixed.

  3. Thesportsguy says:
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    Mateo or Mountcastle for this year only

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kinda needs based. Mountcastle if your team needs power. Mateo for speed.

  4. Fundle Bundle Life says:
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    this matches up exactly with what i’m half asking here. AL only 10 team h2h with OBP over AVG, total bases added, net steals over steals, QS over wins and holds added. just remembered about mount and mateo from above. funny that this list above is ALL AL.

    n.lowe back down, this actually helps me in some leagues where i hadn’t called him up yet and only today needed to since losing strop or somebody else. but in AL only i kept him over r.nunez, can FAAB nunez or go to somebody such as c.tilson (sounds like mullins with less power and playing time BUT he’s started i think 3 games in a row now), wilkerson, beef jerky appendage man (alberto), JBJ (good god how useless it is if he hit the ball hard last year when he’s doing this now), cordell, little nicky, naquin, o’hearn, maybin, pence (here is somebody i was crazy happy/lucky to get in a 30 team league, doing quite well).

    have this already:
    C jansen
    1B tellez
    2B altuve
    SS villar (2B)
    3B vlad
    MI odor
    CI n.lowe (going down when i can or dropped)
    OF (4) tauchman, bauers (1B), gordon, grichuk
    util gallo (1B/OF)
    BN otani (DH)
    DL: upton
    SP: bassitt hound, gibson, bieber, minor, porcello, swanson, jefry rod, duffy
    RP (4 max): pressly, barnes, wittgren, buttrey
    DL: paxton
    NA (1) pearson

    1. hold which of these for NA slot: n.lowe, pearson, biggio, honeywell, b.bradley, n.jones, mountcastle, mateo (might as well rule honeywell out for sure)

    2. grab which of those hitters for lowe, also, hold tauchman for now over all of them or not? tilson’s speed could be what i thought i drafted in mullins. pence might be good when he’s rolling this well, even if platooning mostly.

    • Mike

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      AL only edition haha!

      1. NA slot is a tough one. I like all of those guys. I’ll say Mateo 1 and Mountcastle 1B
      2. Might as well ride the hot hand in Pence.

  5. Harley Earl says:
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    Dude!

    No updates on Keston Hiura or Austin Riley? They are absolutely mashing!!! Riley went total apeshit last week!!! How could you leave him out!!!????

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Neither one of them sent me a Christmas card and this is the only way I could exact my revenge.

      • Harley Earl says:
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        Hahahaha!!

        Riley exacted his revenge on you with two more bombs and 3/4 with three RBIs tonight!!! Dude he’s a beast. Time to call him up!!!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          For real. Just waiting for old man Donaldson to break a hip I guess. Saw Riley’s taking outfield reps which is a good sign.

        • Fundle Bundle Life says:
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          this was an AL only prospects update. guessing those will appear in the next one for NL players.

          • Harley Earl says:
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            Well, I’m just dumb. Didn’t realize this was AL only.

            Ooops.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha it’s not though, it just ended up being all AL guys :)

              • Harley Earl says:
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                Well, in that case, I’m calling for an Austin Riley and Keston Hiura update in next week’s post!!! Haha!

  6. Mike L says:
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    Royce Lewis worth dropping for Mateo or should I hold? I can probably live with him as a mid 2020 callup but anything later might not be worth it. I could also drop Hampson for Mateo but I can see similar things happening.
    Also, who’s your top 3 at 1B worth grabbing in dynasty? Think its about time to let Votto go and try for the future

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with Lewis. For first base, Welker, Lowe, Mountcastle, Bradley are some options. Not a terribly exciting position though.

  7. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I have to make room for 2-3 guys my dynasty league MiLB draft, which happens right after the MLS draft. It is a 5 round draft where you have the option of picking or passing each round, depending on the state of your MiLB roster. Most teams take 2-3 guys and call it a day. I pick at 1.02, and it is a 2 catcher league, so everyone is expecting Rutschman to go 1.1, and I will likely take Bobby Witt Jr at 1.2 and hope for another stud bat to fall to 2.2. Who on this list do you think is closest to the bigs? Also, do you see any trash here you would dump? Carrying a couple of young bucks on my main roster isn’t going to hurt me, as I am rebuilding a terrible team I took over a couple of years ago. I think VV Mesa is probably the worst prospect here, but I am desperate for speed.

    1. Jered Kelenic OF NYM
    2. Khalil Lee, OF KC
    3. Victor Victor Mesa OF MIA
    4. Jhon Torres OF STL
    5. David Peterson, P, NYM
    6. Heliot Ramos, OF SF
    7. Andres Jimenez, SS NYM
    8. Juan Pablo Martinez OF TEX
    9. Jordyn Adams OF LAA
    10. Parker Meadows, OF, DET.
    11 Brandon Marsh OF LAA
    12. Lazaro Armenteros OF OAK
    13. Florencio Serrano SP TEX
    14. ONeil Cruz 3B PIT
    15. Ryan Lewis, OF SEA

    Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t see any obvious cuts. JPM could be up in 2020. Obvi VVM could be up this year or next.

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        Thanks man! You think JPM beats Lee and Peterson to the bigs?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem. Similar ETA to Lee. Peterson probably beats both of them, especially if he rights the ship in AA.

  8. Plop says:
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    Hi

    You like C. Tucker in Pitt at all? He is struggling, and don’t know enough about him to say if I should hang onto him or not.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I do, but I had to cut bait in a redraft and shallow keeper. He’s more of a Top 100 prospect than Top 50 in terms of value/upside. If your league is deep I’d hold. If it’s shallow there are probably better options out there.

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