As if it weren’t enough that the injury bugs are destroying our MLB fantasy teams in the early weeks of the season, they’re apparently coming after our precious pitching prospects now too. Brent Honeywell, number 21 in your programs but number one in your hearts, experienced some forearm soreness and will be shutting it down for at least a week or so. If somebody like me gets forearm soreness it’s no big deal and people just question what I do with my free time. But for Honeywell, who is coming off Tommy John surgery and was a sexy pick for some second half starts with the Rays, this is crappy news. Hopefully this is just a case of the Rays being extra cautious with a top prospect and in two weeks we can put the noose back in our underwear drawer. *assistant whispers in my ear that not everyone keeps a noose in their underwear drawer* Well then, Mr. Happy, here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Cole Tucker, PIT – Have you been sacrificing small animals to the gods of SAGNOF? Do you have a makeshift altar in your bedroom made up of a poster of Rajai Davis, incense from Hot Topic, and all of your family’s missing Easter flowers? Your prayers have been answered. Cole Tucker was called up to the bigs Saturday to replace the injured Erik Gonzalez. Tucker can run, stealing 47 and 35 bases in each of his past two minor league seasons respectively. His success rate was around 75%, which is solid. Yes, I’d add him in all formats if you need speed. Oh, and just to screw with us, his first MLB hit was a two-run homer to center, because that’s how all the cool kids with 45-grade power start their career.

Michael Chavis, BOS – Called up by the Red Sox, where he’s likely to split time with Lin at second base while Pedroia is on the shelf. Chavis had four homers, hitting .250 before the call up. If he gets his strikeout rate sorted and selects his pitch, he has 20-25 homer power. I’m not sure if he’s up for good as an infield utility or if this will only last as long as Pedroia is hurt, but I’d add Chavis in AL-only formats and monitor his playing time shituation in deeper mixed leagues. He was in Friday’s Buy column as well, written by some guy named Grey. I think he’s new to the site so let’s give him a warm welcome!

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, TOR – Reportedly will be called up sometime this week, so I can stop throwing eggs at the Blue Jays front office demanding his promotion. I’m hearing that that wasn’t the Blue Jays front office and was in fact the Toronto Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. I’d like to formally apologize to them aboot this and say keep up the great work, the eggs were organic, and may I have some reasonably priced Effexor extended release? Thanks!

Mike Soroka, ATL – Called up to start and gave up one run in five innings with six strikeouts. Both Soroka and Toussaint have a lot of potential as speculative adds in all formats, but both also have three options left. Stay tuned as to who the odd man out is when Folty comes back. My guess is Touki heads to long relief/spot start duties or maybe even back to Gwinnett? and Soroka stays in the rotation. Then again, Soroka is coming off a short 2018 due to shoulder injury and the Braves may want to limit his innings, so…

Nick Senzel, CIN – Still no timetable for his return, but he started playing extended spring training games at center, which leads me to believe he’s only a week or two away. I’d stash him now if he’s not already owned. Jesse Winker has a weird stat line so far, hitting just .169 but with five homers, so my guess is Senzel could split time with him or even take over at center once he’s called up, forcing Winker and Kemp into a timeshare in left.

Luis Robert, CWS – Hitting a ridiculous .482 with six homers. Just promote the guy to Double-A already! Hell, promote him to Chicago!

Ryan McKenna, BAL – I’m not a pro baseball scout (shocking!) so you’ll have to take this with a grain of salt substitute (stay healthy!), but McKenna looked great when I went to the Akron/Bowie game Thursday night. He hit a double on a rope to the gap, worked two walks, and appears to be the perfect table setter that grinds out at bats. He’s off to a slow start this year, but swatted 11 homers last season with a .315 average. McKenna could be in a weak Orioles lineup by the end of the summer, if not sooner. Also, Hunter Harvey was pitching and struggled against an average Akron lineup, bringing his ERA up to 7.82 in AA.

  1. BadFantasyManager says:
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    Peraza has been killing my team… low babip, crazy high O-swing % (no wonder he doesn’t take BB). He is my starter in SS but looking to cut him since no one wants him. Would you drop him for Cole Tucker?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure, Peraza will probably still be there if Cole goes back down.

      • Baby Seal says:
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        Just picked up Cole myself and have Peraza too!

        Mous is DTD, so I am slotting Peraza to 2B until Mous is healthy. Give Peraz a little more time to figure it out… 2/10 last two games! lol

        Was tough to decide between Jorge P and Cole. Went for what I think should be the higher upside…

        – Baby Seal

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice…yeah I’d go Cole over Jorge too

  2. Lion-O says:
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    Any concern about keston hiura’s K% right now?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes and no. I expected better but it’s also too early for anything to stabilize.

  3. Dancin Homer says:
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    Picked up Chavis in my 12-team redraft league, but Tucker is still available.

    Who would you rather have for the rest of this season?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Prefer Tucker

  4. Trust the Process says:
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    Happy Easter Mike.. Do I bring up Alonso to my MLB and add Hoerner to my farm in his place ? Rebuilding team but definitely overachieving so far. Forever keep 10 + 10 farm/stash .. Or do I just keep him down ? Thank you as always !

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks you too! I’d make that move yeah.

  5. LennyDykstrasAccountant says:
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    Mike,

    Long time listener. First time caller.

    I just joined a Dynasty league and you can’t spell dynasty without “nasty”. The team I took over was NASTY. I am trading away my old guys for picks and youth. We keep everyone including prospects of which I inherited none and another league mate has 14. Sigh.

    It’s a SP and Homer heavy Points league.

    I was hoping you could help me with some under the radar power that may have not been stashed/ drafted yet? The Vlads, Tuckers and Adells of the world have been drafted. Even the recent Gormans.

    Any gold from you would be legndary.

    Best,

    Len Dog’ Accountant

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hard to say without knowing who’s available, but Bradley in CLE and Welker in COL come to mind as guys in the next tier that might get you some power numbers.

  6. florida jack says:
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    great info as always

    12 team h2h pooints keeper——which side

    luis castillo or travis shaw

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d go Shaw despite the poor start.

  7. Marti says:
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    Who is the starting shortstop in Pittsburgh next year. I have the first waiver puck in my dynasty nl only league. I was hoping kimbrel would sign with an nl team but this cole tucker kid is intriguing.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would imagine it’s Tucker. He and Hayes will make a nice left side tandem for them for a good while.

  8. Don't be a Hader says:
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    Prefer Tucker over Hampson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Coin toss. I think I’d take Tucker.

  9. happyharry says:
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    nice update Mike! 12team, H2H, 6X6..Which one do you drop…Enrique Hernandez, Cano, Castellanos? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Not Casty…I’d lose Kike.

  10. Slappy Jack says:
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    Robert to Chicago ! Great idea!
    White Sox could be really good in the near future
    They should work on pilfering Y.Alvarez from the Astros

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha let’s go!

  11. Charlie Harper says:
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    yeah would love to see Robert fly thru the system real fast as with Alvarez,but Kieboom is mashing at AAA so when do u expect him up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If they wanted him up I think they would have taken the opportunity with the Turner injury. Makes me think we’ll have to wait until late June/early July. I hope I’m wrong though, he’s killing AAA pitching right now.

  12. malamoney

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    Good stuff (as always) Mike.

    Are there any starting pitchers currently in the minors that you see being called up this year and making an impact?

    I will save part two of this question until you reply as to not taint your reply.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

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      hmmmm, impact? Luzardo if he gets healthy, Cease, Honeywell if this is just a small setback. Some other guys that might not be quite as sexy are Armenteros, De Los Santos, and Jose Suarez

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Enyel!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha yup! Me and him are bros in Road to the Show 19. We tight.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Eickhoff sucks and Enyel is up? Yay or nay?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Totally possible…he’s on the 40 and the only other is Ranger Suarez. The kid’s got 24 Ks in 16 innings so far in AAA. They’d be crazy not to at least give him a test drive.

              • Grey

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                He looked great in minors last year then bleh in majors, could he be a Quad-A guy?

                • Mike

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                  Yeah def a possibility…that was kind of the tone when I wrote up the Phils report. This year he seems to have found more Ks. Not sure where they’re coming from. Maybe a poor man’s Touki in long relief or spot starts?

                  • Grey

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                    Hmm… Okay, thanks! Trying to decide if I want to stash him in NL-Only leagues now

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      No problem. If you don’t trust Eickhoff, the stars are pretty much aligned for Enyel to get another shot.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Agreed… I do like Jerad, but meh, I mean, he’s not great… You think Nola comes out of early season funk?

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      I sure hope so. His control seems off. I’m wondering if he’s just pitching tight because the team is actually expected to win and he’ll loosen up in a couple of starts.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I was worried about his IP last year coming off previous year, but I didn’t expect him to be this bad

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      Good point. Could also be one of those where league adjusted and it’s a matter of him adjusting back with how he attacks hitters. Velo’s there which is good.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Yeah, agreed

      • malamoney

        malamoney says:
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        What about Matt Manning? I know he’s in AA, but…

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          For sure…I think he was the focus of one of these last week.

          • malamoney

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            Honeywell, Cease and Luzardo are all taken.

            Manning or Enyel?

            On a related note (I know we talked about this last week), but I’m trying to decide between stashing Kiriloff, Robert or Yordan. Decisions. Decisions…

            • Mike

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              I’d go Manning there. I think for this year you want to stash either Alvarez or Robert. Both are good and should get a look this summer. Long term Kirilloff is probably the better overall prospect.

              • malamoney

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                Well when it comes to stashing minor league hitters, it’s best to pick a guy that’s not going to be called up until next season. If he finishes the year the bigs then he cannot be kept. Unless he starts the following year in the minors. For pitchers, it’s the same, but finding someone who’s going to contribute at the end of the year is always a plus…

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  ah in that case Kirilloff might be your best bet.

                  • malamoney

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                    For reference, I currently have Vlad, Adell, Sixto, Kopech and Kieboom stashed. I’ve got Vlad and Adell in my two ML spots and Kopech in an IL spot. Once Vlad is up, I’ll move Sixto into the spot. I expect Kieboom to be up at some point so he’s just using one of my 10 bench spots. I’ve got pretty solid starters and position depth, so I can afford to lock up a few bench spots with ML hopefuls. Like I said, we can keep two ML, but that decision is made before the draft. Those players must either end 2019 in the minors or begin 2020 in the minors. Finding a guy that finishes the season in the minors and ends up with a starting role to begin the next season (or is called up after a couple of weeks) is like getting an extra keeper. Adell will certainly be one of my two keepers next year, but I like have options when it comes to my second. And it also keeps another team from having them…

  13. Nightpandas says:
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    Rebuilding team 15 team obp k/9 keeper…keep 11

    With Vlad coming up soon I’m planning on moving on from Tim Beckham…which of these guys would you suggest I give a shot to…looking for someone to potentially crack my keepers…main needs are sp 2b 1b

    Honeywell
    Cease
    Y Alvarez
    Adell
    Pablo Lopez
    De Los Santos

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Alvarez is your best bet I think

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