The White Sox front office announced that top pitching prospect Dylan Cease could be up in July. My guess is it will be post All-Star Break, which by and by is the perfect time to make roster moves while the rest of your league is in rest mode. Cease is one of my favorite pitching specs, even though he hasn’t had the best of seasons in Triple-A (4.10 ERA) and his player photo looks like a second grader who was told to say ‘cheese’. I still think Cease is one of the best stashes for the second half of 2019 and will eventually round into a 2/3 starter in the majors. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Bo Bichette, SS | TOR – Heading to Triple-A. Good sign all around here. Not only does it get him one step closer to the bigs, but he also racked up four hits in his last rehab appearance. The injury seems to be behind him. If you forgot about Bo, now’s the time to go ahead and stash him again.

Mitch Keller, RHP | PIT – Will get another start and could stick this time. As I’ve said in other prospect roundups, I don’t expect much from Keller this year other than a high floor, low-ceiling, NL-only, deep mixed play. You just got like four or five modifiers there for the price of one. This is fantasy baseball blogging at its finest.

Jordan Yamamoto, RHP | MIA – Called up by the Marlins. Jordan Yamamoto sure is a funny way of spelling Zac Gallen. As a commenter pointed out in Grey’s roundup this morning, this could be the Marlins manipulating the service time of what they feel is one of their best prospects. It could also just be a simple case of Yamamoto being on the 40-man already (Grey’s take). Grey shaves with Occam’s razor. FWIWerth, I’m still stashing Gallen, but this is a sign it could be a long wait.

Anthony Kay, LHP | NYM – Promoted to Triple-A. The Mets are in need of some pitching, especially in the bullpen, which is rocking an ERA north of 5.00 despite Edwin Diaz’s solid performance. Kay is a starter – and a good one – but he may get fast tracked to New York this summer as a lefty reliever. If the fairy dust rubs off of Jason Vargas in the second half, there could be an opportunity there as well.

AJ Puk, LHP & Jesus Luzardo, LHP | OAK – Made their debuts after missing the first part of their seasons to injury. Puk’s injury could take a bit longer to come back from (TJS) but his velocity was there in the debut. Both could be relevant in late summer – especially Luzardo – who was expected to be in the rotation from day one before he nicked his shoulder.

Jesus Sanchez, OF | TB – 2-for-5 with a double and a six-game hit streak. Sanchez is now hitting .302 on the year with eight homers and five stolen bases. I slept on him in my preseason Top 100, but that doesn’t mean you should. He’s a big dude who fits the right field profile about perfectly and should be a big mover on midseason prospect lists.

  1. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Great title! Occam’s razor just gives the closest shave

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Mm yes indeed.

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        #NerdAlert

        Wait… I think I fall under that hashtaggery for getting the joke.

        Dang it.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      My favorite title so far this season!

  2. CMUTIMMAH says:
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    Steamer seems to think Cease is going to be a really steamer.

    His groundball rate is pretty good, the rest is pretty OK outside of Krate being double diggies.

    Something inside me (maybe xenomorph larvae?) is telling me Cease is a slow starter out the gates. Rich hill lived on a fastball/curveball combo and maybe it was the talc fingers but he didn’t really break out as a fantasy 3rd starter for a few “full” years.

    Picking up Cease and dropping a useful player is probably not advised, but if you have roster fodder, then why the heck not hold the lottery ticket.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes exactly. Stash and see.

  3. Task Force says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Talking about stashes would Cease be the better over Gallen for this season?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think his upside is higher long term, but in redraft leagues I feel like Gallen has it all going on right now and will have an easier gig once he’s up in the NL.

      So long term I go Cease, but short term (2nd half of 2019) it’s really a toss up.

  4. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Just gotta say Mike, you were the first person I ever saw mention Yordan Alvarez, I beat my dynasty league cohorts to the punch on adding him to my MiLB roster many many moons ago, and the rest is history. Thanks man!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! Anytime man.

  5. zac says:
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    Any truth to the rumors about Brendan Mckay getting the call soon?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think yes. With Honeywell toast, door is wide open.

      • zac says:
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        Ah thank you very much sir!

  6. krazyivan says:
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    I don’t thing Mitch Keller is this bad. He has thrown 60 pitches and not one has been a curveball. The Pirates pitching coach is the worst in the history of the game. If Keller was traded to the Rays or Astros he would be a solid mid rotation arm.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I hear that. He feels like one of those guys who putts along and then breaks out somewhere else like the teams you mention. Or just putts along and fizzles if nobody helps him take it to that next level.

  7. Kcc26 says:
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    Who do you think is drafted higher in 2020 fantasy drafts (non-keeper)- Casey Mize or Bo Bichette?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d bet on Bichette. It’s just too hard to bet on pitching in general, but even more so in this current climate of juiced balls.

  8. JordanB says:
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    Mike what are your thoughts on K Cron vs B Bradley? They seem to be similar players but I’m thinking with the huge amount Bradley strikes out I’d rather own Cron?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, I’d agree. Cron is less of an average liability and will enjoy a friendly home park. It’ll be interesting to see what the Tribe ultimately decides to do with Bradley. At least with Arizona they seem to be grooming Cron at first for next year?

      • JordanB says:
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        In a dynasty Bradley worth a look or think his Ks will ultimately render him a liability?

        Thanks Mike love the work!,

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Thanks! He’ll be an average liability. Just a matter of how much you can stomach for the 30 homer power. He’s worth a flyer in dynasty formats for sure.

  9. Oddball Herrera says:
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    Strangely, because Bradley isn’t even in the majors yet, I think he has a clearer path to regular ABs than Cron

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah it’s kind of bizarre, but you’re right. He has to play it away from Walker. Bobby just has to wait a bit.

  10. Silent Heat says:
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    Hey Mike, I’m thinking about offering Yates for McKay in a dynasty league…what do you feel is McKay’s ceiling as a pitcher? Staff ace?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d try to land McKay if you can. I think he’s a 2/3 starter with K potential.

  11. Drew says:
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    Is Jram a reasonable offer for a prospect duo like Robert and Mize in a 16-team keeper? We keep up to 6 MiLB players.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think so yeah. I did Jo Ram for Gallo and Riley prior to the season starting. If you can get two T50 prospects for him now that’s solid for you.

  12. dninja82 says:
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    Good stuff bro I love these spec posts always help me get the drop on my league mates. With paddack getting sent down today and vlad jr not quite hitting his stride yet, I’m thinking bout trying to pry them away in my 20 team h2h with 15 keepers. Only 25 man rosters and not no CI/MI slots and only 3 OF, 1 utility so not too deep.

    Figured its gotta be a solid offer as I own both those guys in another league and wouldn’t give them up cheaply.. I’m thinking machado and gallen is a decent starting point but definitely not enough imo.

    First offer I sent was machado, gallen, pivetta and verdugo.. any chance he accepts or do I need to add a yordan or soto instead of the verdugo, pivetta combo? Prolly too much if he asks for 1 of those 2 guys tho. Thank you sir.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks man! I would say that’s more than fair. Don’t add anything.

      You could get just as much out of Gallen and Manny next year as what you’re after so I would play it cool.

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    I guess it’s too much to ask of Yahoo! to add the SP version of Brendan McKay before he gets called up so at the very least he’s not on waivers for his first start (like what happened with Freddy Peralta)?

    How many programmers do they employ? Can’t they just copy and modify whatever code or patch they’re using for Ohtani?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s ridiculous. I’ve never played Yahoo but from the comments here it sounds goofy.

      • hothot says:
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        Ugh; like Facebook, I wish I could quit you, Yahoo! but loyalty to keeper leagues from the early ’00s keeps pulling me back in.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I respect that.

  14. RicoSuave says:
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    Great stuff Mike!

    What are your thoughts on Alex Reyes? Is he worth stashing? is he going to get called up soon?

    Gracias

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’ve kinda overlooked him since he got sent down earlier this year. Yeah worth a stash, still a lot of upside there. There were some rumblings that he’ll be up in the next week or two.

  15. Swfcdan says:
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    Bad year so making some moves to improve my farm hopefully getting Soroka (yipee!) and Xavier Edwards. Like those guys?

    Drop contenders are (need 2 obv), can you rank by droppingness:
    Corey Ray
    Daz Cameron
    Tristan Lutz
    Luis Rengifo

    Also will Zack Collins ever get the call? Improved his slug .100 this year and still got good potential in OBP leagues. Have heard his D has improved too.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah I like both. Eh, probably Lutz and Ray. Not sure about Collins. They might just be making sure he’s fully cooked on defense.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        You think Collins could be a difference maker (top 10) C in OBP formats when finally arrives? Gotta think he gets some time this year.

        Finally you buying the Zac Gallen hype? What do you see him becoming, no 2-3 starter?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Hard to get that excited about a catcher, but yeah he could become a top 10 in that format.

          Yup, just wrote him up Sunday. That sounds about right.

  16. Swfcdan says:
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    Also received another offer. You prefer Kieboom or B McKay moving forward? Both close and both great prospects, just depend on needs?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah a little needs dependent. I like Kieboom over McKay.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        Because he’s a hitter so less injury risk I imagine? Good hitting SS’s do grow on trees nowadays whereas potential aces don’t I feel. Do you see McKay potentially becoming an ace, and could you see a reason to do this? He’s just dominated everywhere in sight, and if he can hit a bit too could be a mini-Otani.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah exactly. Just a safer stock to invest in, and I like McKay.

  17. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Trade Felipe Vasquez for Jesus Luzardo

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      For this year only? Eh, not sure I’d do that. All for moving closers, but I’d try to get more.

  18. ichirosan says:
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    Hi Mike,

    Thoughts on McKay so far? Have a fellow owner trying to get him in my 16 man dynasty league; best offer he has sent is something along the lines of Eugenio Suarez for McKay and Laureano.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like him, should be up this year. 2/3 starter. I’d hold out for more in that format.

    • Swfcdan says:
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      It’s not me I swear! (see few posts above lol)

  19. Phil says:
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    If you could only pick up one and for this years stats only….
    McKay, Gallen or Cease?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s a really tough one. I’ll go Gallen for this year only since I think he’ll have an easier first go with the NL.

  20. Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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    i didn’t bring up the service time stuff with gallen but i did post this when they called up fleet admiral yamamoto and e.hernandez in 2 days over him:
    “i’m guessing the MIA arlins just have a sign now “show up here and we’ll promote you ahead of gallen”

    16 team h2h dynasty with lots of added stuff (defensive stats so otani worth less (the hitter one, i have both, but they are stupidly separate entities in yahoo as here), OPS, hits, QS, K/9, K/BB, complete games, holds, relief appearance, relief wins, shutouts etc also)
    C streamer
    1B bellinger (CF/RF, he’s not optimal at 1B as he doesn’t play it anymore, i lose putouts weekly from this)
    2B STELLA! (3B)
    SS treat urner
    3B devers
    LF pence (RF)
    CF marte party
    RF jd mart (LF)
    util (1) otani
    BN (3 we have 4 BN slots at most 1 of them can be used for a pitcher to prevent hoarding): rodgers (2B/SS), sano (1B/3B), senzel (3B/CF)
    DL (5): dozier (1B/3B), altuve (2B), springer (CF/RF)
    NA (10): florial (CF/RF), royce L (SS), india (3B), brujan (2B), larnach (RF), valera (CF)
    SP (5): morton, ryu, fried, pab lop, yarbrough (streamer), darvish
    RP (7): rivero (vazquez), britton, hader, wittgren, rogers, lugo, leclerc
    NA (10): puk, reyes, sixto, mize

    k.robinson and honeywell dropped lately, drop any of my stashes for either/both of them? i’m aware of honeywell’s fractured elbow, it’s clear i don’t want too many of these guys coming up quickly (i had to trade E2 ARI to get fried, had too many hitters, will later have to drop useful guys like pence/STELLA and maybe one of sano/rodgers too)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! Not sure I see a clear drop, but those guys need to be owned. Try to move Puk and Reyes for a decent bat and then pick those guys up.

      • Let Us Now Praise Famous Death Dwarves says:
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        ok, so you’d still have florial and valera over robinson/honeywell then. robinson i’d assume is farthest off, from that probably has highest risk in profile too though.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d take Honeywell over Valera even with the injury snafu. Exactly…KRob is big risk/reward. Short season hasn’t even started yet.

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