Brewers prospect Trent Grisham hit for the cycle last night, going 5-for-5 with two homers (25, 26). That’s now a six-game hit streak for the slugger and multi-hit games in each of his last four. Grisham is batting a ridiculous .381 with 13 homers and six steals in just 34 games for AAA San Antonio. He was a first-round draft pick back in 2015, but struggled prior to this year – hitting just .229 since he left the rookie leagues. He’s always had some patience and some power potential, but this year the breakout is on. He hit 13 homers in 63 games at Double-A earlier this year with the “no-juice” version of a baseball. To put that in perspective, he hit 17 total homers in 299 games across the previous three seasons. To boot, das boot, he’s joined the select “walking more than I strike out” club in 2019. To give you an idea of how big this breakout has been, Grisham went from a guy not even being considered in my Brewers Top 10, to a guy I strongly considered putting in my Midseason Top 50 overall. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Andrew Vaughn, 1B | CWS – Promoted to High-A Winston-Salem, where he’ll continue to work on his baseball skills and begin smoking unfiltered Camels. Those suckers will kill you quick, but not as quick as Vaughn might make it to The Show.

Zack Collins, C | CWS – 2-for-5 with a pair of doubles and six runs batted in. That’s four multi-hit games in his last six. Just above is the hot young thing, and here we have the dude who is stuck in Triple-A (9 homers, .267). Collins got a nine-game taste of the majors in late-June/early-July, but it didn’t go very well (.077). With an option on Castillo and a cheap McCann, Collins looks more and more like depth or trade fodder. If I’m an owner, I’m hoping for a change of scenery and some opportunities to at least back up in the bigs.

Taylor Trammell, OF | SDP – Traded to the Padres in the Trevor Bauer deal. This week has only served to confirm my hunch that all people named Trevor are emotionally spastic. There’s nothing a trade could do to hurt Trammell’s stock that he hasn’t already done with his play. He’s hit .236 with six homers and 17 steals in 94 games. Good news, he’s walking a bit more. I’m starting to think Trammell’s speed will fail to hide his blemishes and the Reds were just ready to move on.

Evan White, 1B | SEA – Placed on the injured list with concussion symptoms. This was a freak accident as White was hit in the face with a grounder during BP. White is one of my favorites in the Mariners system, and he’d been having a nice year in Double-A – hitting .291 with 13 homers for Arkansas.

Isan Diaz, 2B | MIA – Hitting .308 with six homers and three steals in July. The latest I’ve read on this shituation is that there’s a 50/50 chance Castro gets moved. If you haven’t already stashed Diaz, it might be worth a shot before today’s deadline. But if Castro sticks around Miami, we likely won’t see Diaz until September or next spring.

 
  1. Jason says:
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    If you have the choice of either Tatis or Wander Franco at SS in a keeper league, which do you take? The age difference isn’t that wide. I’m guessing we won’t see Franco regularly until 2021? Also, how do you see Vaughn stacking up against a 1B like Hoskins? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hmm, they are both so good and so young. I guess go with the bird in hand with Tatis. Vaughn and Hoskins is actually a good comp. I could see Vaughn putting up similar numbers.

  2. Johnny Be Good says:
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    Hey Mike, would you do this deal in a 12 team H2H Keeper League? I’m contending this year and have an extra stud keeper i cant keep next year…Thanks!

    I Trade Away:
    Baez (9th rd keeper next year) &
    Glasnow (11th rd keeper next year)

    I Get Back:
    Greinke (not a keeper) &
    DJ LeMahieu (not a keeper)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Eh, Baez at that keeper price I feel like should net you a better arm. I’d leave it and keep shopping.

      • Johnny Be Good says:
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        Thanks man. Grienke best arm he has. How about improving bat over DJ?

        Would you do this?

        Baez (9th rd keeper) &
        Giolito (10th rd keeper)

        For
        Betts (non keeper) &
        Grienke (non keeper)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Go for it.

  3. Chucky says:
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    Had a couple of arms moved. Is it an upgrade? Downgrade? or little or no impact? Bauer to the Reds and Gallen to Az?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Should help Bauer. Slight ding to Gallen. More wiggle room in Miami.

  4. scott says:
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    Am I wearing Beer goggles or did Seth just get a big boost going to Arizona?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I see what you did there! Big boost.

  5. I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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    Grisham getting called up! Nice call, Mike! What do you expect from him if he sticks in the bigs ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Whoa nice! Thanks man. ROS let’s say 10-12 homers, a small handful of steals. Somewhere around .260? Trying to be conservative but he could go off.

  6. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Hey Mike, great stuff!

    I am in a 14-team 5×5 roto (OBP) league. We can stash 2 (TWO!) minor leaguers and I currently have Wander Franco and Isan Diaz.

    Now that we know the Marlins didn’t deal Castro, is it a good idea to drop him for a higher rated prospect?

    From your top 50 midseason, these guys are available.

    Madrigal was promoted when Vaughn was promoted, so Madrigal is the obvious choice, right?

    11. Nick Madrigal, 2B | CWS
    12. Jarred Kelenic, OF | SEA

    15. Jesus Sanchez, OF | TBR

    17. Vidal Brujan, 2B | TBR
    18. Alec Bohm, 3B | PHI
    19. Andrew Vaughn, 1B | CWS
    20. Kristian Robinson, OF | ARI
    21. Drew Waters, OF | ATL
    22. Jonathan India, 3B | CIN
    23. Julio Rodriguez, OF | SEA
    24. Marco Luciano, SS | SF

    26. Trevor Larnach, OF | MIN
    27. George Valera, OF |CLE

    29. Dylan Carlson, OF | STL
    30. Joey Bart, C | SFG

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Yeah I’d go Madrigal

  7. Oddball Herrera says:
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    The Negron trade made me doubt, but the Gyorko trade seals the deal. Barring injury we’re not seeing Lux before September, are we?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nope. I guess May is the consolation prize? *dodges tomato*

  8. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    20 teamer roto dynasty. we can keep 10 prospect eligible or at least NA guys in addition to max 5 SP and max 5 RP and one each of all our hitting slots (not counting the 4th OF nor the IF slots). bauers got sent down, me thinks i’m better off dropping him for somebody like a.nola, m.adams, now, later laureano when he gets healthy again. other option would be to drop one of the prospects.
    C romine (phegley hurt)
    1B rhysus (LF)
    2B ketel one (SS/CF, hilarious that he was like my 7th IF and last drafted guy when my budget ran very low and 6 or so other guys i thought i wanted more went for money i couldn’t afford in opening year draft this year)
    SS story
    3B mostsuckass (2B)
    IF semien (somebody dropped a while ago, i dropped a.gordon to get him)
    LF mcneil (2B/3B)
    CF kiermaier
    RF harper (CF)
    OF o’neill (LF/RF)
    util (1) otani (hitter only)
    BN n.cruz (i jumped on an insane value of him during draft forgetting otani i knew i was paying for later, then couldn’t trade him for much, might as well just hold him for this year, but can’t keep him and otani next year either)
    BN bauers (1B/LF)
    DL: phegley, laureano
    NA (10): lux, vientos, y.diaz (BAL), o.cruz, kelenic, larnach, brujan, n.jones
    SP: (QS added, saves + holds here over saves, max only 1400 innings): matz, marquez, clevinger, vargas, happ, ed-rod, ryu
    RP (5): newcomb, iglesias, giles (trying to drop swarzak for shafer or bass or drake tonight), swarzak, buttrey
    DL: turnbull, morrow
    NA: d.garcia, puk

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      sorry, i meant ketel one was my 7th or so choice for my IF slot and was my last guy drafted as far as hitters.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d swap Bauers for Nola

  9. Mr. G-Unit says:
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    Hey Mike

    Where does astro’s recent moves leave tucker? Is he a must pickup (not dynasty league)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, He’s still blocked. My guess is we won’t see him until September.

  10. Phil says:
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    Good stuff Mike, added Grisham right after I read this. Was looking at my dynasty team, and specifically Nick Gordon. I’m deciding on what to do with him this offseason. Looks like most have soured on him after last year’s weak AAA showing. Looking at his 2019 stats though, I see encouraging signs. .304 AVG, .469 SLG, 14 steals, ISO of .164. The 20.6% K rate and 5.8% walk rate are bleh, and he’s doing it all with a .374 BABIP.
    So is he worth keeping?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Glad you were able to nab Grisham. I’d stick with Gordon at this point, you’ve held strong through the bad times and like you said he’s improved offensively.

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