Nestled between Moldova and Romania, Gormania is also known as the land of offense. Its lone citizen – Nolan Gorman – rules this tiny country with a mighty bat. Some say he was born human. Others say he emerged fully grown from the earth – eyeblack applied. Still others remember seeing him appear one night in a glowing crater, as if sent from some far away planet where he was weaned on Dubble Bubble, Skoal, and beer by the baseball gods. Wherever he came from, Gorman appears to be special. After hitting two more homers – in consecutive innings – on Monday, Gorman is now slashing .306/.393/.605 with 19 home runs in 298 minor league plate appearances dating back to last summer. He’ll turn 20 in a month, and my guess is the Cards will push him to High-A by the end of this season. Here’s what else is happening in the minor leagues…

Luis Urias, SDP – Called up by the Padres and hit leadoff, where he went 0-for-5 with a pair of strikeouts. I mentioned this call was a possibility in the April promotions article and I’m glad he’s up, but I’m not sure how he’ll work into the everyday lineup with Kinsler still around. For now, I’d roster him in NL-only formats and play the wait-and-see in mixed.

Luis Robert, CWS – In one of the hottest starts to the year, Robert is hitting .524 with four homers and three steals. I don’t know how to pronounce his name but I want the ‘s’ and ‘t’ to be silent so we can give him a cool French nickname like Le Bombardier Du Cote Sud. I’d be keeping tabs on a Double-A promotion and possibly some appearances with the Sox this summer.

Carter Kieboom, WAS – Got passed over when Trea Turner got hurt, and said eff you to the Nats with a four-hit game on Monday. He was a homer shy of the cycle and stole a bag for good measure. The non callup makes me think he’ll be at Triple-A until midsummer, or else they would have taken this opportunity to see what he can do.

Joey Bart, SFG – Bart might be the best catching prospect to own right now in dynasty formats. He’s opening 2019 at High-A San Jose, where he’s hitting .313 with a homer in 20 plate appearances. He’s shown a good eye as well, with three walks to just three strikeouts.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, TOR – Should complete his rehab assignment soon and (fingers crossed) be up with the Jays by the end of the month. It’s not like their offense needs a boost or anything. *Checks team stats…sees that the Jays are hitting .183 as a team with a 62 wRC+…chokes on nacho fries.*

Cavan Biggio, TOR – Biggio doesn’t get a ton of love. He’s a scrappy utility type that I comped to Marwin Gonzalez in the Blue Jay preview. This year he’s hitting .438 with a pair of homers and a steal after swatting 26 homers and stealing 20 bags in 2018. He should be up early this season in some role for the Jays, whose lineup is hot garbage. Even with small improvements in his strikeout percentage, Biggio could be a surprise fantasy contributor, especially in AL-only or deeper mixed formats.

Vidal Brujan, TBR – Off to a quick start in High-A with four steals and a batting average north of .400. The average will normalize (obvs) but Brujan is a threat to hit 10-12 homers and steal 30+ bags. At pretty much every stop he’s had equal walk and strikeout rates, which is a good sign he’ll have some success at the upper levels.

Gavin Lux, LAD – 4-for-4 with a homer and four runs scored on Monday. Lux is an above-average hitter and runner who could also pop about 15 homers. He now has 140 plate appearances at Double-A, so it wouldn’t be completely out of left field to see him get some reps with the big club later this season.

Nick Senzel, CIN – Should be playing again soon unless he slips on another banana peel left behind by Reds upper management. ESPN ran an article that Senzel’s agent was angry about his demotion to start the year. If my agent wasn’t angry about my demotion, he/she wouldn’t be my agent anymore. It’s like their whole job. Just sayin’.

Enyel De Los Santos, PHI – Threw five innings in his start this week and punched out ten (yes, ten) batters with zero walks. He’s starting the season at AAA Lehigh Valley, and I could see him starting for the Phils this summer if there’s an opening. He wasn’t a particularly high strikeout guy last season or the year before, so this one really caught my eye.

  1. Walter says:
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    I’m in separate AL only and NL only leagues. A lot of the bigger name prospects are rostered already (from this list Urias, Kieboom, Vlad, Senzel are already rostered). Is now the time to stash any of these guys with a limited number of bench spots? Robert? Biggio? Bart? My league has keepers, but the number of keepers is restricted.

    Last year I missed out on Soto’s callup while I was in a meeting at work.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah, I’d consider stashing both Robert and Biggio in that format.

  2. Sad Keanu says:
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    Thoughts on Keston Hiura? Kyle Tucker?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hiura is hitting .270 with a dinger and 13 Ks in the PCL. Tucker is hitting .111 with a homer in the same league. Both are still good prospects to own despite the shaky starts.

      • Sad Keanu says:
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        Thanks you saved me some time looking up their stats. You think Kieboom is worth an add over either of these guys?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem…not really. All three are kind of blocked right now. They are all ranked right next to each other for me so it’s a dart.

  3. NBRUNO says:
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    Razz have anything coming out on sleeper-y deep league prospects? Any deep diving players you’d recommend?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, the minor accomplishments series highlights one player at a time and it’s usually somebody off the beaten path. Season is just a bit young to start yet.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not sure how deep you need to go, but maybe like a Luis Garcia in WAS? Orelvis Martinez in Toronto?

  4. cyler8 says:
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    I am in a 10 team keep forever dynasty league. Current crop of prospects are:

    Heliot Ramos
    Brendan Rodgers
    Luis Robert
    George Valera
    Alex Kiriloff

    Question is would you drop Heliot? Some guys that are still available are:

    Brujan
    Kristian Robinson
    Yordan Alvarez
    Jesus Sanchez
    Andres Gimenez

    Thank you and great work!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Yeah, I actually like all those guys over him, starting with Alvarez and Gimenez.

  5. toolshed says:
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    Do you think tucker is going to be relevant in a redraft this year or does he need an injury? Hou has Reddick and loves Kemp for some reason. Tucker isn’t hitting now but doesn’t have much to prove in the minors. I need to know if I could make better use of my only na spot. Right now I’d like to have a guy who can chip in some sb while not hurting me anywhere else. Or I have a need for pitching help more than hitting. Whitley is the only pitching prospect owned. Thx

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he needs an injury. He’s kinda prosblocked. Maybe look at Robert or Biggio. Or on the pitching side Santos, Cease, etc. Find teams that have shitty lineups and prospects ready to go. That’s usually the formula for a call.

  6. prospect value says:
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    Mike

    Can you please

    Reyes, Luzardo, Gore and Touki, In dynasty style value?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Overall value I like Luzardo, Gore, Reyes, Touki, but I have them all super close in my rankings.

  7. dude says:
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    carp extended two years. does that push gorman back to three years.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It could, but when a guy is ready they usually find a place for him.

  8. Norman says:
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    What do you think of Dylan Cease? I have been offered a couple trades for him in my dynasty league but am reluctant because he appears to be close to a call up.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like him a lot, I’d need a godfather for him.

  9. Slimbo says:
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    What’s up man love these articles

    Brujan or Gorman?

    Also would you roster Gorman over brendan Rodgers or luciano

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d rank them Rodgers, then Gorman slightly over Brujan

  10. John says:
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    Does Kyle Lewis make it to the bigs this year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Quite possible…especially if he improves his AA K-rate and average. Pop is there.

  11. Ante Galic says:
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    Mike!!

    What’s up, man. Great work on the minor league fodder. I signed up Kyle Bird and Margevicius ’cause my pitching is bad and I’m desperate for anything. We’ll see what happens.

    When do you see Honeywell coming up? When should I sign him up in a re-draft? Now? May 1? June 1?

    Btw, late breaking news from Sudan! It looks like Omar Al-Bashir is done as president of Sudan. Sad news? The new guy who comes in will probably be in power for the next 30 years.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks man! I think stashing Honeywell when the calendar flips to June works. My dad drove a Sudan. It was pretty comfy.

  12. Landisimo3 says:
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    Mike! Your stuff is some of the best out there.. always look forward to these… anyways, 12 team forever keep 10 + 10 farm.. Im trying to finish last while rebuild/reload.. my team is overachieving so far .. however there’s a team very much underachieving and in dead last by far .. he’s starting to panic.. am I crazy for offering up a package of Dahl/Rodgers/Marwin/Brasier maybe another ok SP for Wander ?

    Would give me a farm of:
    Senzel
    Robert
    Bichette
    Alonso
    India
    Royce
    Valera
    Tucker
    Trammel
    Wander (if accepted)

    MLB guys of note— German Marquez, Haniger, Andujar, Bell, Dansby, K Marte, Laureano, Profar, Yandy, Pinder, J Urias, Musgrove, Soroka, T Williams

    I’m souring on the Rox guys both for different reasons .. what say you? Thank you always

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I don’t think it’s crazy, but I’d try to consolidate for young MLB players rather than prospects so it speeds up your window.

  13. TualatinTwoStep says:
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    Hey Mike!

    Love the articles. I’m in a crazy deep 12 team dynasty league, that also has 15 man MiLB rosters. I took over the team 3 years ago, it had a terrible minor league roster and a dead last place major league roster, and I decided to take on the challenge of rebuilding it. Once a player plays even an inning in the majors, you have to promote them off your MiLB roster. I also have Keller, Yordan Alvarez, Kyle Tucker, and Keston Hiura on my major league roster, in addition to these guys on my minor league roster:

    1. Jered Kelenic OF SEA
    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. KeBryan Hayes 3B PIT
    8. Juan Pablo Martinez OF TEX
    9. Jordyn Adams OF LAA
    10. Parker Meadows, OF, DET
    11 Brandon Marsh OF LAA
    12. Alec Hansen, P CHW
    13. Jorge Mateo, SS OAK
    14. ONeil Cruz 3B PIT
    15. Ryan Lewis, OF SEA

    Thoughts? Any trash here? Kind of concerned about Peterson, haven’t heard much about him in a while. I was planning on claiming Florencio Serrano this weekend, I would either be moving KeBryan Hayes to my MLB roster or dumping Peterson to make room. Any thoughts you have would be appreciated.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Rebuilding a farm can be tough, I’ve done it before but it takes time. That’s a really strict rule on promotion too which makes it harder. I’d promote Hayes and try to hang on to everybody for possible trade throw-ins later.

      • TualatinTwoStep says:
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        thanks man! much appreciated!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  14. Brian Dempsey says:
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    when do you think lux will be up this year?

    Also does he play ss or 2b in mlb?

    Would you rather own in h2h obp league hampson or lux?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      My guess is second half at second or utility infield. I’d take Hampson still for now

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