We get a fun one today because Miami Marlins prospect Chris Vallimont wasn’t on my radar. Last night, he threw seven no-hit innings and struck out nine batters. That gives him a 2.70 ERA on the season with a 10+ K/9 and a crisp 2.7 BB/9. All three stats are massive improvements over his performance last season. At 22, he’s probably just beating up on the younger competition in A ball, but there could also be a legitimate change in him that’s causing the success. Either way, I think he’s earned our attention moving forward in a Marlins system that features some nice pitching talent. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Luis Urias, 2B/SS | SDP – 3-for-5 with a homer, his 12th of the year in Triple-A. Urias is slashing .350/.439/.775 in the hitting-friendly PCL and he’s still a solid stash for this season. He just needs another break at the MLB level, hopefully one where he’s up for good and can adjust.

Mitch Keller, RHP | PIT – Six strikeouts in seven innings of 1-run ball for Triple-A Indy. Keller’s ERA is a solid 3.45 with 56 punch outs in 47 innings pitched. Another stash if you need some pitching help this year, as he’ll likely be up in the next month or two. Here’s what I said about Keller in the offseason: “Keller’s been around a good while, drafted out of high school back in 2014. This could be the year he finally reaches the bigs after throwing about 50 innings in Triple-A last season. He has a plus heater that can touch triple-digits, and pairs that with an above average curve and change. Steamer is giving him about 90 innings in the majors this season, and I’d say that’s spot on. His walk rate has trended in the wrong direction over the past two seasons though, so I’m a little concerned it will be a rocky debut.” That walk rate is still pretty high – 3.8 BB/9 on the season.

Nate Lowe, 1B | TBR – 3-for-5 with a pair of doubles. While we’re on the subject of stashing, we might as well discuss Lowe, who should be back up this summer. He’s not the sexiest prospect, but he’ll get the job done in AL-only and deeper mixed formats.

Matt Manning, RHP | DET – Struck out ten batters in six scoreless innings. Both Manning and Mize have pitched well in Double-A, and both could contribute this year if given the chance. I like Mize’s upside a lot more than Manning if you’re deciding between the two kitties.

Kevin Cron, CI | ARI – Hitting .429 with three homers in his last three games. If you play for the Diamondbacks, that’s not sweat on the back of your neck. That’s the condensation from Cron’s heavy breathing. He’s inappropriately close and doing inappropriate things to baseballs, so he should be stashed at this point.

  1. La Cheeserie says:
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    Who do you like more long term – Luis Urias or Vidal Brujan?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Urias

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      unless you are steals needy of course, him and x.edwards the high end MI’s for speed. both ranked by at least some reputable people in top 50’s (brujan a good deal higher). when you read the old often mentioned (lindor cough cough) about urias “he won’t have HR’s” remember many others “didn’t” have that skill either with the “cough cough” baseballs not used in the minors but are in MLB (now AAA has at least similar though). everybody CAN have HR’s now if good hit tools (not EVERYBODY, but it’s almost a 1 to 1 statement for some).

  2. baseballbanter says:
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    Leave it up to Mikelson to deliver such moist takes.

    I hear you on all of the above. Picked up both, Lowe and Urias during thier first call ups. Dumped them when they got optioned.

    Since then, been stashing Gallen, Kieboom, and Tucker.

    How do the bad boys you mentioned, especially Cron/Lowe/Urias/Keller compare to the ones I have?

    I can only stash 3 at a time. Tell me which are the right three.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Mmmmm…moist takes.

      I like Kieboom and Tucker. I would swap Gallen for Urias.

  3. David says:
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    Tough question Mike, without a crystal ball, but are there any minor leaguers that you feel are destined to be pretty good closers? Any flyers? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sure…check out Bukauskas in Houston.

  4. Mr. G-Unit says:
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    Hey Mike. Just ran into this site a few days ago, great stuff here!

    Quick questions:

    What do you make of Winker? I’m off to a bat start, lacking lots of bats in my dynasty team however. Is he worth a hold?

    I’m much deeper in pitching, but what bat do you value Thor getting back for me. Hes 25$ for me next year (each year keepers increase by $5).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! Welcome home.

      I’d hold for now on Winker.

      I’d aim high, like in the 15-20 dollar range. Maybe try for Chapman, OAK?

      • Mr. G-Unit says:
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        was offered Voit, but tough to sell for me with a pitcher that has the potential that Thor does for a 1b…with not much pedigree. Trying for Robles, but no dice so far.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah I’m not crazy about Voit as the return.

  5. cyler8 says:
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    Which of these OF prospects do you think has the better MLB fantasy career:

    George Valera
    Kristian Robinson
    Julio Rodriguez

    P.S. I have all 3 of these guys being top 20 prospects this time next year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Robinson

  6. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    We get two Minors spots.

    I have Keller and Mountcastle.

    Who would you want in your two spots? Those two? Cron? Nate Lowe? Logan Allen? Castro, Robert, Naylor, Will Smith, Mateo, Hayes, Bradley, or someone else?

    (These guys are already stashed by other teams)
    Bichette, K.Tucker, Cease, Whitley, Urias, B.McKay, Biggio, Mize, Matias, Y.Alvarez, Touissant, Ramos, Adell, Kirilloff, Luzardo, Sheffield, Kieboom, Puk, Franco, Palka, Gorman, and Gallen.

    • cyler8 says:
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      I like Robert (assuming Luis Robert) and Mountcastle out of what is there. If available though Wander Franco is going to be a pretty good ball player.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        the franco that he says is owned has to be TB w.franco.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with Cyler. Robert and Mounty. Long term you’ll want to get your hands on Franco (thinking 2020 and forward).

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Yeah, Wander Franco is owned. I think he was one of the first taken in our Minors draft in April. I don’t think the owner is parting with him since he comes with a $2 salary (!) like my Vlad has right now.

        I grabbed Robert and will try to be patient with him.

        I see Mountcastle might try the OF. He’ll look good launching bombs at Camden Yard.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice!

  7. Mike L says:
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    The Astros need to trade Yordan Alvarez to fill another need…especially since they have Kyle Tucker who’s just as good.
    Who do you like in dynasty…Glasnow, Giolito, Manning, Puk, Montas, Gore and German or what order should I say?
    Nate Lowe, Joey Votto, Bobby Bradley for dynasty and who could move to 1B to get eligibility? Thanks for the write up.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Good problem to have.

      Glasnow, Giolito, German, Montas, Gore, Puk, Manning

      Lowe, Votto, Bradley…maybe Cron…Welker?

  8. nightpandas says:
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    Who is a better stash as a potential keeper for next year (15 team keep 11)

    Urias Adell or Robert

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Robert

  9. DaveW says:
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    What do you think is going on in Baltimore with DJ Stewart? THe service clock has started. It’s hard to believe he doesn’t deserve a shot in the lineup.

    Does Stewart have any long term value?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Eh, in deep leagues yes,

  10. nightpandas says:
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    Keeper league trade

    Eloy Riley Tatis

    Vs

    Jd Mart Meadows E Escobar

    I’ve got the young side right now, looking to win in 2020

    • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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      Just Dong

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Agree with Kruk

    • Mike L says:
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      Id go Tatis side…especially if you dont have another solid MI.

  11. Steve Borgna says:
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    My Mondesi for Eloy Jimenez and Soroka ?
    Yes or no

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Mondesi

  12. Mookiewilson says:
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    Tough, broad question for you, what hitter currently not in the majors do you think has the most fantasy value in 2020?

    I’m in a 16 team keeper where we get two “N//A” slots. Currently have Urias and Biggio; do you see these guys being impactful this year and/or next? Love these prospect articles, thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Those two aren’t bad, I might look at a guy like Kirilloff or Robert over Biggio

  13. ParalysisByAnalysis says:
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    Choose 1 for the rest of this year and next year:

    Honeywell
    Urias
    Cron

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Urias

  14. FMFBL says:
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    does tucker get the call this year? im liking what hes doing in the minors, but is he really behind yordan? tough to see both of them getting the call right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he does. One thing in his favor is that Tuck is already on the 40 while Alvarez is not.

      • FMFBL says:
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        thats a good thought. you still look at him as a 30/15 guy is that about right or am i light on him.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think his power is potentially 30 dingers but I’d take the under on the steals.

          • FMFBL says:
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            Thanks Mike!
            who do you like better long term? vic robles or benintendi? is it close?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              No problem. I prefer Beni

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              and yeah it’s not a blowout…could be years where one is more valuable than the other

              • FMFBL says:
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                thanks again sir!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  anytime

  15. Darren says:
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    Mike.. great stuff as usual … 12 team forever keep 10 + 10 farm … farm is loaded … except maybe Cole Tucker … and I’m a Buccos fan …. feel like he’s gonna be a better real life vs fantasy guy .. i could also be dead wrong haha.. Do I drop him for someone like Kevin Cron? Or someone else you like with huge upside that may not be taken?? Thank you as always !! Can’t wait for the next one ..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I hear ya on Tucker. I don’t think I’d swap him for Cron though. If you give me a few names available I can help with who might be a better bet.

      • Darren says:
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        Oh lord.. top of my head

        Bobby Dalbec
        Dylan Carlson
        Seth Beer
        Jordyn Adams
        Mark Vientos

        I’m avoiding MI cause I’m pretty set there

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah I think I’d just hold Tucker for the time being.

          • Darren says:
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            Traded him , Yandy, Wong, Urshela for Gorman ??

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Yandy Wong Urshela for Gorman? Yeah I’d be cool with that.

  16. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    AL only with QS over wins. best guy for this year stash (my hitting is better than pitching, n.lowe /n.jones/mateo are stashable, but it would be harder to roster them, and have ohtani for the lone util slot). pitcher options: honeywell (if healthy this is easily him i’d think), pearson, manning (mize too, but farther off i’d think), the MIN guys i don’t think will be up this year but haven’t heard much on (thorpe/graterol, plus MIN’s pitchers have been fine anyway), probably others i’d think are lower this year stashes.

    we keep 3 per year at previous season’s ADP prices, so an early breakout (or just a guy who’s VERY likely to be useful next year) pays big time dividends. for next year i have these keeper options:
    vlad (he won’t be cheap, but probably so good who cares)
    otani DH (he WILL be cheap and probably a near lock keeper)
    upton
    gallo (he probably will have good keeper value, not cheap, but he’s getting better, and the HR’s/OBP alone even without AVG getting better were probably worth it)
    altuve (but he obv takes up a 1st round pick)
    villar (good value this year and probably next)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Id go with Gallo, I bought up shares in all my keeper/dynasties this offseason.

      Honeywell if healthy, I’d go Mize if not.

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        really, mize now more likely than manning youse think. or just higher upside in case and neither have much of a chance? i’d think honeywell if healthy has highest chance of this year innings of all of these guys.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yeah exactly, Mize more upside IMO

  17. nightpandas says:
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    My Ohtani and E Rosario for Nola and Mancini in a 15 team keeper ?

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      i’d not do that one (esp if you also have the pitcher otani there) unless REALLY bad off in pitching.

      • nightpandas says:
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        Other one I’m looking at isn’t Riley and Choo for his Meadows

        • nightpandas says:
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          Is my

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m not super jazzed about either.

  18. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    16 team dynasty. roto. need to drop a hitter, cron is up (the younger one), need to be able to stream (eventually make room for reyes too) a pitcher slot. suppose i could drop one of the RP, but extra stats are: holds/QS/net saves/K/9/K/BB, OPS, slugging, OBP over AVG, hits, total bases, steals %.
    C severino (streaming for COL)
    1B miggy
    2B jose ram (3B, wow, this guy almost by himself turned this team from a 1st-2nd overall team to a 5th team)
    SS semien
    3B chapman
    MI ronny rod (not doing that well lately, but since mcmahon doesn’t play everyday only other FA options are: kipnis, wilkerson, beef jerky appendage man (BAL) etc)
    CI mancini (1B/LF)
    LF jd mart (his lesser HR’s also along with jose ram explain the fall, RF)
    CF meadows (all OF)
    RF mookie (CF)
    OF pence (LF/RF)
    OF tapia (LF)
    util kiermaier (CF)
    util tellez (1B)
    BN brocktune (RF), mcmahon (1-3B), desmond (1B/CF/LF, already mcmahon/tapia have the same HR’s and about the same RBI’s in far less at bats)
    DL r-zimm (almost certainly a drop when he’s back with this lineup)
    NA (max 4): k.cron (1B/3B, he’s why somebody has to get dropped),kieboom (has few enough at bats such that i could send him down to prospect list)
    SP (max 1750 innings): paddack, carrasco, morton, thornton, streamer slot
    RP (max 6): crick, kelley, rivero (vazquez), yates, rogers, wittgren
    DL: shoemaker, cueto, lugo, wood, morrow,
    NA: reyes, kimbrel
    prospect list: k.robinson, trammell, m.baez, larnach, kirilloff, mize, x.edwards

    1. desmond the drop here? or short my RP’ers to either stream a SP per day or a RP per day when there is no good SP that day? but then i have 4 BN bats, which is excessive. desmond’s GB rate we all know is str up ass for into 1.33 or so seasons now, steals left the building, is slowly losing time to tapia anyway etc. jose ram really PLUS my weaker pitching depth than last year (wood healthy on good team in good park gone, shoemaker gone etc) has caused tons of streaming for innings, TONS of blowups (m.kelly, pomeranz today (BABIP luck for his part)) is the difference to fall to 5th likely.

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      actually tapia/mcmahon don’t have FAR less at bats than desmond (9 and 30) however they DO both have better OPS’s (118 and 50 points)

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