Phillies top prospect Alec Bohm went yard for the first time this week. He’s off to a strong start with Lakewood in the Sally – hitting .311 with four doubles, three steals, and the dong. More importantly, he’s walking at a 15% clip with a .400 on base percentage. After going 121 plate appearances in his pro debut last summer without a homer, this was a welcome display of power from the 22-year-old, who should advance quickly in the Phils system. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Joey Bart, SFG – Fractured finger and will be out at least a month. Catchers usually take longer to develop anyway, so a setback like this is a bummer, especially since he was hitting well to start the year in High-A.

Alex Kirilloff, MIN – Still out with the wrist injury from spring training with no set timeline. A return in May to Double-A would be optimal, where the Twins are probably going to transition him from the crowded outfield to first base.

Dylan Cease, CWS – Has yet to allow a run through his first two starts. If you look up the word “robbery” in the dictionary, it just says “see Jose Quintana trade”. Cease could see starts with the White Sox this summer and through ten scoreless innings with Triple-A Charlotte, he’s punched out nine batters and walked just one.

Jonathan India, CIN – Showed that he does indeed have a pulse with a 4-for-5 game yesterday. It’s been a slow start, so hopefully this is the beginning of a little run on offense. He has a pair of homers and a couple of steals on the year, but he has also been caught stealing twice and is striking out at a 28% clip in High-A. Nothing to panic about, but I’d imagine the Reds want to push him to Double-A by the end of this season so he’ll need to pick it up.

Yordan Alvarez, HOU – Homered again yesterday (his seventh and a grand slam). He leads the PCL in homers and is hitting .300 on the year. He’s also walking at a 20% clip and only striking out in 18% of his appearances. Reddick and Gurriel are both hitting in the majors, so there’s not a clear path yet, but I don’t know how the Astros are going to keep Alvarez down if he continues to rake. I’d start keeping an eye on him in redraft formats if you need some pop in your lineup…he might only be an injury away from the bigs.

Mike Ford, NYY – Called up to the Yankees as Greg Bird does the usual Greg Bird things. Ford was hitting .410 with five homers for Scranton Wilkes-Barre prior to the promotion and as Mike Francesa pointed out – “He could get hit by a pitch and be better than Bird was.” *grins…adjusts mic…sips Diet Coke* That’s why he’s the King folks! Savage! Ford should have some value in AL-only formats while the Yankees are banged up.

Brusdar Graterol, MIN – Threw a seven-inning one hitter yesterday, striking out eight and walking just one. That gives him over seventeen innings pitched on the year with just one run allowed and 18 punch outs. He’s throwing for Double-A Pensacola and could be an option to start for the Twins this summer.

  1. RookieNookie says:
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    Great write up as usual.

    Has your outlook on Julio Urias changed? Can we still expect a top 20 starter in the next couple years?

    Been offered a trade in my 10 man, 42 player dynasty league. My C Seager, Luis Robert(s?) and A. Chapman for his Urias, Krilloff and Brujan. I’m not going to be able to complete this year but my current prospects are Robert, Senzel, SSanchez, Bichette,Franco, Kieboom and Trammell. You in love with this trade?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Sorry, I don’t love it. I think I’d hold there. I like Robert and I think you can get more for Chapman.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, there’s still that potential for Urias but pitching is a roll of the dice.

      • RookieNookie says:
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        Great. No Seager for him. Also, been offered another trade in the same league. My Bauer for his Mondesi, Gore and Mitch Keller. Hold till something better comes along?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Mackenzie Gore? That’s not bad if you’re a Mondesi believer. I might take that one. Thing is, for this year Bauer and Mondesi are about equal value in bucks, so you’re getting a bunch of gravy on your mashed potatoes there.

          • RookieNookie says:
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            Yup! I ended up taking an offer of Gore, Mondesi and D.Cease for my Bauer. Thanks for your help. Looking forward to that monthly ranking!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Nice! Anytime man

              • RookieNookie says:
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                Hello again. Do you think Hosmer is droppable in this league? Should I take the risk and drop him for Christian Walker?

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  I still prefer Hosmer, they’re actually not that far off in age, either.

  2. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Was that a RATM reference in your title?

    Pick three to stash: Sixto, Adell, Kopech, Kiriloff, Alvarez, Gorman, Robert and Kieboom.

    Let’s make this more interesting.

    1. Pick the best three overall to stash
    2. Pick the best three for 2019
    3. 2020
    4. 2021

    Good stuff pal…

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hell yeah!

      Making me work in the comments haha.

      1. Kieboom, Kirilloff, Adell
      2. Alvarez, Robert, Kieboom
      3. Kieboom, Kirilloff, Robert
      4. Adell, Gorman, Kopech

      Thanks!

      • malamoney

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        Good stuff.

        One more question. Once they are all in the majors, which three do you want to own. This is likely 2021/22 at this point, but which three do you see as the best long term fantasy players.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Kieboom, Kirilloff, Adell

          • malamoney

            malamoney says:
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            Cool. We’re on the same page.

            Once Kieboom is up, who do you think will be more valuable in points leagues, him or Hampson?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I think it’ll be Kieboom.

  3. Doni Stern says:
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    What do you think of Jesus Sanchez and when will Forrest Whitley get the call?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Sanchez and balked on him in the Top 100. If I had another go he’d be in there.

      I don’t think Whitley has enough innings under his belt to come up before August/September despite the hype.

  4. RePete says:
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    14-Team H2H OBP Keep 6 Forever League;

    1) I have Kyle Tucker in my NA slot, should I drop him for Yordan Alvarez? Seems like Yordan is going to get the call first at this point.

    2) How likely is it that Carter Kieboom gets called up before Trea comes back? Nats are reeling in a tough division and Difo certainly isn’t helping. Kieboom playing SS instead of 2B seems to indicate they are at least considering it.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) I’d stick with Tucker in keep forever.
      2) I think they would have brought him up when the injury happened if they wanted to, so I’m thinking they won’t go to him now. It’s not out of the question though, especially since he’s raking in the minors.

  5. chris pierce says:
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    Soroka called up. Drop sonny gray for him?

    • I got you says:
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      Have any other options???

      • chris pierce says:
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        Yeah streamable guys. He’s has most upside in keeper league

        • I got you says:
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          Give us a few names, be glad to help.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I’d hold

  6. Hometown Heroes says:
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    If Kirilloff is going to play first where does Rooker go? Does Larnach stay in the OF or is he a future 1B? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d look at it more as they are adding to K’s versatility and not that he’s locked in there from now on. Plus they have the DH to play with. I think Larnach stays in the OF.

  7. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Was offered Willie Calhoun and Jonathan India for Jon Lester.

    Calhoun feels like he has been on the edge of making majors for 10yrs but just is missing something.

    India still years from majors. I declined trade offer because of Calhoun.

    Thinking about sending offer for Gurriel and Florial.

    Your thoughts on these prospects and fair value for Lester trade?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d aim a bit higher but I think those two are fair value. If you can get Gurriel and India for him I’d make that move.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Appreciate it

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime man

  8. Chris D says:
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    Mike great work as always. Matt Manning is still available in our dynasty league. I want to rectify that but not sure if I want to change out any of these prospects for him

    Kopech
    Cease
    Gore
    Nate Pearson
    Kristan Robinson
    Andrew Vaughn

    I feel like Pearson would be the swap, but I’m also high on him because of his stuff. Any suggestions or ideas?

    Thanks Mike!

    • Chris D says:
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      Or hold with what I currently have (I like all do my guys FYI)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! If you don’t have a clear swap I’d hold. He’s good but not somebody I’d force a move for.

  9. Matt says:
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    In a 32 men per roster with 8 milb spots per team, 10 team HTH dynasty, is my Machado for Kluber and milb SS Kieboom even? I do need pitching and have Trea Turner at SS with profar as my backup along with devers, Andujar, Senzel And Travis Shaw as long term options at third base. But even if a trade fills needs, I don’t want to lose too badly on value… Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d rather have Machado.

  10. slimbo says:
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    hey boss

    where would you rank Gorman and Luis Robert this time next year in your rankings

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Most likely top 20. They were both already close and there will be a bunch of graduations.

  11. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Wondering what you think here. 15 team keep 11 obp slg k/9 qs league

    I am competitive so far this year but really looking to next to go for it.

    My keepers as of now would be
    Bats – Vlad, Tatis, Eloy, Meadows, Domingod, E Rosario
    Arms – Othani, Castillo, Paddock
    And two of: Lucchesi, Sixto, Hendricks, Voit, Hampson, Kingery, Laureano

    I got offered Benintendi, Josh James, Healy and Luis Urias for my Castillo, Voit, Hampson and Kingery

    The big prize is Benny…am I hurting myself giving up Castillo?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, Beni is the best player in the deal.

      • Nightpandas says:
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        So you would trade for Benny?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yup, might even help you compete this year.

  12. icefires says:
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    Thoughts on Zac Gallen?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Average stuff but should be the first one up when they have an opening in the rotation. Off to a crazy start this year with 13 K/9, but I wouldn’t expect that in the bigs.

  13. JP says:
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    Hi mike. 12 team AL only which side Springer for Mize, Gateral, and Cease

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Prefer Springer

  14. I’ve never posted before so not sure how the heck this works..but I am in a dynasty points league and am torn on keeping Brandon Lowe or Scott kingery..been building my team for a while and didnt plan on winning this year per sé, but I have a chance. 2nd base is all I am concerned with at this juncture..thoughts??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s a tough one because I prefer Kingery but he could potentially lose time when the whole lineup is healthy. So I guess the safe play is Lowe and the upside play is Kingery.

  15. Hello Rockview says:
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    I’m in a 12 team keeper with one NA spot.

    Who do you prefer as my keeper? I currently have B. Rodgers . Wander Franco is also available .

    C realmuto
    1B abreu
    2B Shaw
    3b Rendon
    Ss bregman
    Of JD
    of Soto
    Of Domingo
    Util hunter dozier
    Util cano
    Bench – Lowe, Voit, Piscotty, Hicks

    Thanks

    • Hello Rockview says:
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      I also have Bogaerts

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Prefer Wander over Rodgers

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