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.

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Hello Rockview
Hello Rockview
3 years ago

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
Hello Rockview
Reply to  Hello Rockview
3 years ago

I also have Bogaerts

Christopher
3 years ago

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??

JP
JP
3 years ago

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

icefires
icefires
3 years ago

Thoughts on Zac Gallen?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
3 years ago

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?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

So you would trade for Benny?

slimbo
slimbo
3 years ago

hey boss

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

thanks

Matt
Matt
3 years ago

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?

Chris D
Chris D
3 years ago

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
Chris D
Reply to  Chris D
3 years ago

Or hold with what I currently have (I like all do my guys FYI)

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
3 years ago

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

Hebrew Hammer
Hebrew Hammer
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

Appreciate it

Hometown Heroes
Hometown Heroes
3 years ago

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

chris pierce
chris pierce
3 years ago

Soroka called up. Drop sonny gray for him?

I got you
I got you
Reply to  chris pierce
3 years ago

Have any other options???

chris pierce
chris pierce
Reply to  I got you
3 years ago

Yeah streamable guys. He’s has most upside in keeper league

I got you
I got you
Reply to  chris pierce
3 years ago

Give us a few names, be glad to help.

RePete
RePete
3 years ago

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.

Doni Stern
Doni Stern
3 years ago

What do you think of Jesus Sanchez and when will Forrest Whitley get the call?

malamoney
malamoney
3 years ago

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…

malamoney
malamoney
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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.

malamoney
malamoney
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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?

RookieNookie
RookieNookie
3 years ago

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?

RookieNookie
RookieNookie
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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?

RookieNookie
RookieNookie
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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!

RookieNookie
RookieNookie
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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