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Orioles OF Heston Kjerstad was recalled after laying waste to Triple-A for a few weeks. He started in right field on Tuesday and should be in the lineup most nights from here forward. Baltimore continues to be perplexing in their efforts to fold these talent waves into the roster build, so there’s always a chance Kjerstad goes cold and winds up back in the minors, but I’m betting against that at this point, which is exactly what I would’ve said in spring training, so yeah . . . very helpful stuff from me. 

Cubs 1B Matt Mervis is back in the bigs as well, and while he might not be here for a long time, we can certainly hope he’s here for a good time. If I’m running the Cubs, I play Mervis pretty much every day and find out what I have. This might surprise you to hear, dear reader, but I am not running the Cubs. He started his first day, and I think Counsell is a steadier hand with young talent than his predecessor, so fingers crossed Mervis gets a genuine opportunity to earn some future chances. Also likely: he gets demoted by Monday. 

A second-round pick in 2023, Brewers 3B Mike Boeve (21, AA) graduated High-A 13 games into the season by slashing .553/.642/.632 with a 9.4 percent strikeout rate. He’s never hit for much power even at Nebraska-Omaha, and he’s not going to steal many bases, but Milwaukee might have a unique hit tool in its system here. It’s impressive to see a small school hitter shimmy up the ladder looking for suitable competition, like water finding its level. Maybe he’ll stop climbing at Double-A for a while. Maybe he’ll hit .400 for a month. 

Though he was an 11th round pick in 2022, Angels RHP Caden Dana (20, AA) signed for about $1.5 million and has cruised through the system since, generating positive outcomes at four stops along the way to this moment, when he’s carrying a 1.47 ERA and 0.60 WHIP through 18.1 innings against hitters who are about 4.6 years older than him, on average. I don’t know if he’s a redraft option because the Angels would have to remain in the race deep into the season for that to happen, but if not he’ll have a shot to break camp with the big club next year. 

Speaking of the Angels making contention-related choices, White Sox C Edgar Quero (21, AA) is tearing up the town for Double-A Birmingham, slashing .326/.426/.698 with five home runs and a 16.7 percent strikeout rate. He’s another case where the player is on a redraft timeline, but the major league club is aimed in a different direction. Smart trade for the Sox to send Lucas Giolito westward in exchange for Quero and Ky Bush, a 6’6” lefty with a 2.61 ERA through two Double-A starts. 

We interrupt this week’s news to bring you an exclusive snippet from the cutting-room floor of my Detroit Tigers Top 10 Prospects For 2024 Fantasy Baseball:

11. LHP Brant Hurter | 25 | AAA | 2024

Hurter keeps the suffering manageable by limiting home runs. He allowed just 0.53 HR/9 in 118 Double-A innings in 2023 and has never allowed one per nine since being a seventh round pick in the 2021 draft. 

I probably stopped there because I realized he wasn’t going to make the cut in a stacked system, but as you can tell by the almost-pun, I liked this guy that week and still like him now. After a rocky Triple-A debut, Hurter brought the pain in his next three outings, striking out 21 batters over 13 innings and allowing just two walks and a 0.92 WHIP. Detroit has developed a lot of depth to build out a future pitching staff, and I think Hurter’s part of that picture. Might be a swing-man or an up-and-down type for a while, but his off-speed stuff is gonna work against major league hitters. 

Diamondbacks OF Kristian Robinson (23, AA) returned to play after missing time with a shoulder injury and went 1-for-5 with an RBI. I’ll try to restrain myself from providing weekly updates on him. 

The Diamondbacks stuck to their slithers on 3B Deyvison De Los Santos (20, AA) and left him exposed to the Rule 5 draft. Cleveland messed around with the idea of carrying him all year but ultimately sent him back, and now he’s all the way back in Double-A but showing gains where it matters most to him: patience at the plate. He’s slashing .371/.418/.677 with five home runs and one stolen base in 15 games. His 7.5 percent walk rate is a 2.3 percent jump from his time in Double-A (113 games) last season, but the big difference is he’s waiting for pitches he can damage rather than just trusting his exceptional hands to make contact with just about anything. I feel like his stock took a little hit with the Rule 5 dance and might check in with his teams in leagues where I could use a corner bat. 

Since April 14, Rangers SS Sebastian Walcott (18, A+) has a .393 on-base percentage and 17.9-to-25 percent walk-to-strikeout rate. It’s just six games, and he’s not hitting for power yet, but I’m impressed at the quick bounce back from a difficult first week. 

Padres SS Leodalis De Vries (17, A) made his full-season debut on an Ethan Salas-esque timeline and went 0-for-4, not that his game-one outcomes matter a whole lot. The organizational confidence is the blurbable note here. 

Thanks for reading! 

 

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dshaw29464@gmail.com
23 days ago

Thanks Itch!

Ian Draheim
Ian Draheim
23 days ago

Itch – Walcott was dropped in my Ottoneu league. 12 teamer, 40 man rosters so about 75 prospects are rostered is my guess. He was on my watch list after I read your write ups on him this winter. I inherited an awful team so stocking up on prospects – is he a no-brainer add for me?

Mordacious Levator
Mordacious Levator
Reply to  Ian Draheim
22 days ago

if 75 prospects stashed oh yeah

Mobin Can't Hack It
Mobin Can't Hack It
23 days ago

for redraft stashing purposes, OBP over AVG/hits/total bases added 14 teamer, crews or the dropped delauter?

Chilly
Chilly
23 days ago

Do u know if Ky’s stuff has ticked up at all, his fastball specifically?

ajhirsch
ajhirsch
23 days ago

Hey Itch!

Are there any other Angels that have piqued your interest so far beyond Dana and Rada or is their system as bad as it looks as paper haha. As an Angels fan, I have a feeling the future as it stands now, is looking very grim :(

james
james
Reply to  ajhirsch
23 days ago

they need a front office change and some sense. When you look at the graduates over the past few years, it does not look that grim. OHoppe, Silseth, Shanuel Neto, ect all look like competent big leaguers, Even Jo Adell looks like a big leaguer this season (in the mold of Larry Walker and other guys who were known for mental lapses).

The issue is that they hold nothing back, and send guys ASAP to the bigs. I am not saying that service time manipulation is a good thing, but they just act with no regard for it. IMO when a guy has a full season of beating up the high minors, they should be called up, but when a guy was drafted last month, it is fine to give them time in AA and AAA…. it also looks like they prioritize floor in the draft a lot.

This honestly is a team built with 1990s knowledge. The Os did this until about 2018 (Forget the year they finally brought in Elias). So it can change, but they need to tear down the front office to do it.

MJ888
MJ888
24 days ago

Hey Itch, what’s your take on Tyler Black? I’m in an on base league and in need of a 1b/3b prospect. Love his walk to strike out rate. Don’t know much about him though, but his numbers are pretty impressive!

Chucky
Chucky
24 days ago

Would you swap out Max Meyer for either Jackson Jobe or Cade Horton? Keep forever format.

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
24 days ago

Your work is appreciated!!
6 man keep forever … my first 5 (Acuna, Betts, Carroll, Tucker and Tatis) allowed my to swing for the fences with Chourio is my #6. So far, he’s been a mixed bag, showcasing his 5 tool skills but his statcast numbers are not the best and batting average is plummeting somewhat.
Might have opportunity to flip Chourio for one of CJ Abrams, Volpe, or O’Neil Cruz. Including Chourio how would you prioritize these 4 players? Understating it’s an imperfect practice but with your vast knowledge base how would you project these 4 in 2-3 years time. In other words, how would you rank these 4 if this year didn’t matter.
Thank you, sorry for wordy question, looking forward to your reply. Input from other razz ballers welcomed!

Stumanji!
Stumanji!
Reply to  Dr Sauce
24 days ago

I’d take Abrams for him. Otherwise I’d hold Chourio over Volpe or Cruz.

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Stumanji!
23 days ago

Thanks for your input Stumanji!

james
james
Reply to  Stumanji!
23 days ago

I agree that ABrams is the best of that bunch, i think i would still take Chourio over him in a keep forever, but i would get the desire to want to get out of keeping so many OF (4 are OF only, and Betts gives a ton of flexibility)

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  james
23 days ago

Hi James, thanks for your feedback. It’s a good point, with Chourio I have 5 OF only keepers. Betts will likely lose OF eligibility next year but should retain 2b/SS eligibility. Our league does start 5 OF, which is obviously helpful. In addition, we have 2 Utility slots. I’m leaning toward just keeping Chourio for now.
Interested in The Itch’s take on this one!

philip
philip
24 days ago

Thanks, Itch. You are the second person I’ve read who has mentioned Caden Dana. Have you seen him pitch yet?

I’m holding Basallo, Isaac, and Termarr Johnson with high expectations in my dynasty league. None of them are doing especially well, but it’s early in the season. Has your opinion drifted on any of them? My plan is to keep on holding, but wondered about your thoughts.

Another question: I picked up Jordan Beck the first week and he’s been pretty darn good. What kind of outcome to you anticipate from him the next year or two?

Last question: Would you trade Woods for Walker? I’m disinclined to do so, but the option is there.

You’re the man! Keep up the great work!

junior56
junior56
24 days ago

Hi Itch

Thanks for the list!

I see Jose Fermin was called up. Would you drop Bliss for him?

VinWins
VinWins
24 days ago

Trooper!