No one who speaks German could be an evil man.” There may never be another show as perfect as The Simpsons in its heyday. Guten Tag! It’s time to talk about Rays prospect Nick Schnell (3-for-4, 2 HR). The 19-year-old outfielder has four homers and four steals through 33 games in rookie ball albeit with a not-so-gut strikeout rate. That’s about what to expect from the former first-round pick. He’s a power-speed combo with just enough smarts at the dish to make it all click. I see Schnell as a left-handed bat that should be pretty easy to acquire in dynasty formats right now. I’d bet on him becoming a major league regular. Maybe it’s his height/frame (6’3”/180) or his lefty swing, but he reminds me a little of Yelich. You’ll need to be patient though, as Schnell still has several levels to work through – ETA is probably late 2021/early 2022 at best. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Junior Fernandez, RHP | STL – Promoted to The Show. If you need a reliever for your fantasy squad, I’d check this guy out. He’s 11-for-12 in save opportunities with 76 strikeouts in 61 innings pitched and held his own in the PCL (AAA), where they play with the same petroleum rocket balls that they do in the majors. He’ll be the low man on the pole (gross) to start, but I could see him working his way into higher leverage situations quickly.

Kevin Smith, SS | TOR – 3-for-4 with a homer (17). Something’s off with Smith this year. He’s hitting .217 in Double-A after hitting over .300 across two levels last year. The power’s there, but his strikeout rate has ballooned to nearly 32%. That’s a big step backwards. Looking deeper into last year, his K% went up 7% when he made the jump from from A to High-A. If this pattern continues, he’ll strike out nearly 40% of the time in Triple-A! Egad! No reason to panic. It’s more likely he’s a prospect who just needs longer to adjust and we’ll see his bat-to-ball (ouch) skills swing back the other way next year.

Casey Mize, RHP | DET – Six innings, one earned run, seven strikeouts. Mize has been playing good start/bad start since he returned to action, and I’m not totally convinced he’s 100%. Luckily there’s only about four weeks left in the minor league season, and he’ll get a fresh (and hopefully healthy) chance to join the Tigers next spring. In other Kitty news, Matt Manning struck out nine in his last start and will be on the bump again Friday. I dig both of these cats for 2020 leagues.

Cristian Pache, OF (2-for-5); Drew Waters, OF (3-for-5); and Ian Anderson, RHP (3 IP, 5 ER, 4 BB) | ATL – Good lord it was a promotion party for the Braves. All three of these specs packed their bags for AAA Gwinnett this week. I really like all three of these players, but choosing between Pache and Waters is tough thanks to similar profiles. I’d be tickled to own either of them. The Braves are stacked for the present and the future, and as a Philly guy typing that sentence made me throw up in my mouth a little.

  1. joe says:
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    i diaz hit a hr then looked overmatched what say you?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup. I have to agree there.

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        He’s K’ing over 50% right now. That’s as overmatched as it gets.

        He’s going to be good, he’s just not in the redraft discussion at all yet. Similar to Urias’ first stint, might need to go back down for a mental break if things don’t start to click in the show.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Indeed.

  2. joe says:
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    thinking abt carter keiboom had the same boom then air out his balloon. Keiboom has better lineage to this point. but he too isnt a SB guy but a 20-25 hr guy that i was thinking can hit for avg with under 10 bags. He is a top prospect whats the difference. Many guys dont hit first time up facing major league SP. But they do either 2nd time up or after a year of major league abats.

    im not going to drop Diaz need a muc bigger sample size. Bat speed looks great. Loopy swing and pitch recognition need help that only time and experience can help.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yeah that’s exactly it. My hope is that (a) the Marlins leave him be to figure it out and (b) that he shortens up and worries about hits, not homers. Homers can come later.

      • joe says:
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        will keiboom be ok when he returns

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think so. His AAA numbers are right where you’d expect. The 40 PA audition they gave him was nothing so it’s just a matter of coming up and staying up.

  3. jose says:
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    Any thoughts on Brailyn Marquez recent success? Could he get a late 2020 look?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, but that walk rate is goofy this year. Should be in the 3’s not 5’s. Probably needs to sort that first.

      • jose says:
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        Thanks Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime man!

  4. joe says:
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    do you do an update of NL minor league guys to grab for next year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not specifically for NL, but there was a midseason 50 and Itch is possibly posting a fresh 100 in September.

  5. nightpandas says:
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    looking for a upside grab for 2020 that might slip into one of my 15 team 11 keepers

    Either Pache or Waters be a grab

    last couple of keepers competing for spots: Gallen, Kopech, Chavis, L Urias, I Diaz, Pollock, Garver, Ohtani (bat)

    • nightpandas says:
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      or is Vaughn too much of a stretch

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like both, I have Pache slighty ahead of Waters, both in top 25 though. Vaughn might be a stretch for next year. Diff profiles though too.

  6. trubull says:
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    Top Two AA/AAA SP worth stashing for the fantasy playoffs?

    Anderson has to be the top pick right? ATL isnt scared to call up 21 year olds

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yup, I’d also give Puk a look.

  7. Paledave says:
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    Thoughts on Karinchak, currently at Columbus?? He had all the buzz before his injury, but that has evaporated. Do you think Cleveland calls him up?? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’m guessing not this season, b/c injury and not on the 40 already.

  8. Trust the Process says:
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    Mike, awesome stuff… Slumps and hot streaks happen… I’m getting real tired of Josh Bell in my Dynasty league saying that … I’m rebuilding .. am I crazy trading Bell for Abreu and Brujan ? My farm is loaded .. I already have Alonso .. trying to get something good while there’s still decent value … Thank you always !

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I moved him at the break for specs. Not crazy IMO.

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        You probably could do better for Bell, but if that’s what you end up settling on, it’s not horrid.

  9. Michael Bergmann says:
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    14 team 6×6 Roto with pitching stats W,ERA,K,SV,QS. WHIP. 5 player keeper with capped 16th round for free agents. I COULD keep Mize as a 16th round keeper, but am I crazy to even consider?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, not crazy but I wouldn’t keep Mize with only 5 players kept.

  10. Robb says:
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    Mike, unrelated to this article (I’m a desperate man), would you trade Eloy for Mackenzie Gore in a dynasty league? My OF is already stacked. Or maybe a better question is, what is the best pitcher to try to acquire for Eloy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you’re going to move EJ for an arm, that’s the one. Personally, I’d keep the bat.

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