I hope you watch Rick and Morty. Not sure how this title holds up if not. Would also provide a primer for Loki on the Disney plus. Looks like our favorite god of mischief is about to become the infinite Rick, which makes sense considering Loki head writer Michael Waldron wrote for Rick and Morty. Circles within circles within variants, friends. 

Let’s check the sacred timeline.

Boston OF Johan Mieses should be poofing onto our screens at some future point, creating a nexus event that threatens to topple the Cardinal universe. Unclear how many impact outfielders one team can let go before collapsing under the weight of its own shame, but the breaking point has to be approaching. 

In the final 22 games Mieses played for St. Louis in Memphis to close out 2019 at AAA, he slashed .339/.414/.677 with 6 home runs while striking out just in 15.7 percent of his plate appearances and walking in 11.4 percent of them. That’s a superstar stretch from a 23-year-old in AAA. I will never know what the Cardinals think constitutes good baseball. 

The Red Sox sent him to AA to begin 2021, and the results were similar: 23 games, 11 HR, 9.5%/20% BB/K rates, .286/.368/.714, so he’s slugged around .700 for a 50-game sample across two levels across two years.

Now in a stacked AAA outfield featuring Jarren Duran, Marcus Wilson and Franchy Cordero, Mieses has two home runs in his first seven games and probably isn’t the next man up when Boston needs a little boost, but he can put himself in that conversation with another couple weeks like he’s been having. Would be a wish fulfilled for me. 

Cincinnati RHP Tony Santillan will reportedly get the call to start Sunday’s game at home against Colorado. The Rockies are not road warriors, and Santillan seems ready to face them on Fury Road. In his last AAA outing on June 4th, Santillan went 7 innings, allowed 7 baserunners and 2 runs, striking out 13, bringing his season totals to 45 Ks in 32.1 innings with a 2.51 ERA and 1.08 WHIP. Rookies pitchers are not a great path to tidy ratios, but Santillan, who recently turned 24 and has long turned scouts’ heads for his heavy heat, appears to be ready for the next challenge. 

Joining the long-term outfield conversation in San Diego is 22-year-old AA OF Jack Suwinski. Over his last 20 games, Suwinski is slashing .338/.450/.769, 5 HR, 4 3B, 5 2B, 16.3%/22.5% BB/K rate across 80 plate appearances. San Diego will likely be looking to save money somewhere on the diamond given the contracts on their payroll, Tommy Pham is a free agent next year, and Suwinski sure looks ready for his close-up in AAA. 

Texas OF Bubba Thompson irritated some Reddit commenters (no way!?) due to his inclusion in my recent Top 100 Prospects for 2021 Fantasy Baseball. Nice to see him pick up a slam and legs Friday night. Key thing to note here is he’s striking out 21.5 percent of the time, walking 7.7 percent, and bringing that exciting power and speed to the forefront of his game. Funny to put the hate in the context of Leody Taveras, a consensus top 50ish prospect coming into this year who Thompson might’ve already passed on the organizational depth chart. When a tooled up first-round pick out of high school starts to pop after a few years of struggle, don’t hesitate to rearrange your expectations. Dudes have a lot to learn about baseball. Like Thompson, they were often multi-sport stars in high school who had to learn their sport and professionalism on the fly. 

Chicago (AL) 2B Romy Gonzalez — 2-for-5, 2 HR on Friday night. Opened up and turned on a high, inside fastball to clear the train tracks beyond left field with his first-inning blast. Thick base for a middle infielder. Slashing .261/.352/.565 with 8 HR and 7 SB across 92 at bats in AA. White Sox could look his way to help cover for Nick Madrigal, who went on the 60-day IL this week. Romy’s 24 and he’s striking out 29.5 percent of the time, but he’s fresh off his five-year high school reunion and feeling like he and Michelle can conquer the world. Decent flier in deep OBP leagues. 

Heard during this game, for what it’s worth, that Tampa RHP Shane Baz is headed to AAA. Giddyup. This feels like the Rays year to me. If they get all their best youngsters real big league experience before the playoffs, they’ll be a nightmare match-up in the postseason. 

San Francisco OF Jaylin Davis is back on the field after a long layoff caused by knee tendonitis. He’s played two games in AAA. He’s homered in each. Little bit of Aquino in the profile in that I still expect a loud stretch at the big league level at some point, but even in the midst of that hypothetical heater, contact questions will dominate the conversation. Like a lot of upper minors bats battling a 4A-labeled future, we won’t know until we know. 

Speaking of 4A labels, Detroit 1B Aderlin Rodriguez is a 29-year-old who’s slashing .330/.403/.604 in 29 AAA games after posting a .321/.363/.634 line across 75 AAA games in 2019. Here’s where locking in an Albert Pujols or Miguel Cabrera can really hurt. Maybe Rodriguez isn’t up to shneef, bat-speed wise, but the Tigers might never find out, only to watch him catch on elsewhere next year with the universal DH opening opportunity for his type. He’s actually been hitting well and striking out less than 20 percent of the time since 2016, but as an over-age corner-only bat with pretty good–not great–power, he’s never been part of an organization’s long-term vision of itself. Detroit is his fifth club since 2015. 

From non-prospects back to list jumpers, we’ll finish today with Toronto 2B Samad Taylor. He’s 22-years-old with 8 home runs and 11 stolen bases in 31 AA games. He’s striking out 32.6 percent of the time, walking 7 percent, so he’s got that going against him. Hitting .310/.372/.569 will turn some heads for a young guy in the upper minors, but here’s the real double take: his line of this past week: 33 PA, 4 HR, 4 BB (12.1%), 6 K (18.2%), .483/.545/.1.000. Another week like that (totally reasonable ask) and he’ll find himself in Buffalo. For AAA games, I mean. 

Thanks for reading! 

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

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Moon Shots
Moon Shots
1 year ago

I just love these articles Itch.

May I ask for your wisdom May I ask for your wisdom?

I’m in 30 team dynasty in full rebuild mode and my minors are mega stacked (brujan, Abrams, Luciano, Vaughn, matos, hedbert, Jason, blah blah) especially on the hitting side.

I just flipped Puason for Westburg to accelerate the timeline a bit. Like it?

Also flipped Shewmake for Seth Corry to boost my pitching side a bit and since I’m a Giants fan. Like that one? What do you think about Kyle Harrison as a target? Worth a decent hitting prospect to get him?

Would you trade Luis Urias, Luis Garcia (nats) or Solak for Cavalli?

I appreciate you!

Will Craig
Will Craig
1 year ago

** I have Yordan

Will Craig
Will Craig
1 year ago

Itch! Just offered Kelenic, Rodgers, Michael Harris for Yordan .. 12 team dynasty .. Enough? Hold? .. was able to flip Larnach for Greg Jones and Cronenworth this am as well .. middling team w excellent young core .. Thank you for all you do !

Mike L
Mike L
Reply to  Will Craig
1 year ago

Would just hold unless you aren’t in contention and then I’d take that deal.

Steve Kooker
Steve Kooker
1 year ago

When do you think Brujan will be called up? I have little patience…

Oddball Herrera
Oddball Herrera
1 year ago

Hunter Greene to AAA. Is this a guy who is just living off his velocity against overmatched AA players, or does he have legit secondary pitches?

Hoseidan
Hoseidan
1 year ago

Any thoughts on Bailey Over?

Hoseidan
Hoseidan
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thank you!

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Don’t mess with the Johan!

Do you think Mieses is better than Duran?

Philip
Philip
1 year ago

Itch, what is your Brett Baty long-term outlook? Will he stay at 3B? When will he make the show? What kind of hitter will he be? Thanks!

Jordan
Jordan
1 year ago

Should I trade ke’bryan hayes for carlos corrasco and Jose urquidy I have Jose ramirez and Justin turner already? Any advice.

Short Porch Party
Short Porch Party
Reply to  Jordan
1 year ago

Hayes all day. Especially if it’s a dynasty league. See if turner works if u need the pitching

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
1 year ago

Hey, looking for opinions on stashing prospects. I enjoy the chase of the ‘hot new thing’. I’m currently stashing Bobby Witt jr and Vidal Brujan. I’m in first place by 10 points in this 12 team, 5X5 roto style league. We keep any 6 with no limitations/no costs etc. I have good keepers including guys like Acuna, Betts, Bellinger, Tucker, Bichette, Ohtani, K Hayes, K. Marte, Urias, Flaherty and a couple other decent potential keeper pitchers. In other words, Witt and Brujan would have to light the world on fire to become keepers.
Anyways, an owner has offered me Framber and Jared Walsh for Witt and Brujan. My brain is screaming do it, but at this point I have not been able to pull the trigger.
My thinking, I have a 10 point lead with the guys I have got. My pitching staff includes, Flaherty (IL), Urias, Trev Rogers, Gausman, Morton, Mahle, Marquez and in a pinch I could put Ohtani in there …
I could put Walsh in my OF and move Marte to 2b and bench Cronenworth.
Or I could continue with the guys I have and wait to see what i’ve got in the rookies. Do Walsh and Framber improve my team enough to give up Witt and Brujan?
Sorry long winded, thanks in advance for your input!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks Itch,
Appreciate your confirmation that I’m not crazy for jumping on this deal. Thinking with my lead (big day today, lead is up to 15), I can afford to stand pat, wait and continue stashing. Gives me a couple of bullets later if injury strikes or I need to pay specific attention to a category or two. Otherwise, maybe Witt and Brujan come up, are productive and provide value for my team. I don’t think Framber and Walsh move the needle enough to pull the trigger!!
Another quick one, what is Wander worth this particular league? Is an injured Luis Robert and Bobby Witt too much? Bobby Witt and Brujan? Ke’bryan Hayes (I have Austin Riley to cover 3b)? You like any of the above? Any suggestions given the info I have provided about my team.
Thanks again, much respect!

junior56
junior56
1 year ago

Thanks for the prospect nuggets Itch!

Liover Peguero is available in my12 team 6×6 Dynasty league. Would you swap him for any of these 3 prospects

Robert Puason
Leonel Valera
Hedbert Perez

Thanks

Jackson Bloom
Jackson Bloom
1 year ago

I’m a rebuilding team in a 12-team 10×9 H2H category dynasty league. The offensive categories are R / H / HR / RBI / BB / K / SB / AVG / OPS / TB. I’m about 1-2 years away from truly competing. I just received a trade offer where I trade Kirilloff, Larnach and Nick Gonzales for Grisham, Downs and Crow-Armstrong. I know Downs has struggled so far in AAA and that PCA is out for the year but he’s a nice lottery piece for a rebuilding squad, granted his ETA is like 2024. I love Grisham and his profile in this scoring context but Kirilloff and Larnach are no slouches either with their power potential. Not to mention I love Gonzales’ long-term ceiling.
Which side would you pick in a dynasty? Is it close?

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

Hedbert Perez seems like he is going to be farther out than I had thought. Michael Harris has been rising and appears to be a lot closer. How much of a difference do you see between the two of them? I think you most recently had them 24 and 48, respectively. Thanks

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Isaac Paredes….here for the long haul? Thanks Itch!

toolshed
toolshed
1 year ago

It is amazing that Baz was the player to be named later in the archer trade which was so bad. That deal hurt the pirates more than the Cole trade. Baz was a former 1st rd pick and 12th overall. I still can’t believe the pirates made that trade. All of those assets were controllable, cheap and they got archer who wasn’t doing well and no longer even have him. What a joke of a franchise. It makes me wonder if they can even develop players. I know it’s a new regime now, but I have a right to be skeptical of some of their minor league talent based on recent history. Is that wrong to feel that way when I look at Gonzalez, cruz, priester, etc.? They broke polanco. Keller is a trainwreck. Look what other guys have done since leaving like Cole, Musgrove, Morton, Glasgow, meadows, etc.

Powdered Toast Man
Powdered Toast Man
Reply to  toolshed
1 year ago

Well said . Owner of the Pirates should be forced to walk the plank. Joke of a franchise. Even if any of their newer prospects work out, they will all be traded before arbitration eligible.

Roll Tribe
Roll Tribe
1 year ago

Need the inside scoop Itch

Your take on Kyler Muller please