Tigers prospect Matt Manning threw another gem this week. That makes two great starts to kick off the 21-year-old’s 2019 campaign for Double-A Erie. In 12 innings pitched, the former first round pick now has 15 strikeouts compared to three walks and has allowed just one earned run on two hits. In deep formats, I’d consider stashing him away now in case the Tigers decide to promote. In shallow leagues, he’s a name to be familiar with if you’re desperate for pitching and don’t mind some rookie nookie later this summer. Here’s what else is happening in the minor leagues…

Touki Toussaint, ATL – Called up to the Braves bullpen but should see some starts at some point this summer. He was one of the names I mentioned in the April call ups post, but I’m bummed it’s in this role and not in the rotation from the get go. If you’re in a deep format, Toussaint could be a source of cheap strikeouts in long relief.

Keston Hiura, MIL – After a slow first week, Hiura turned things on – going 5-for-16 with three homers in his last five games. I’m a little concerned he’s only taken one walk so far, but he’s also only struck out three times in his last 16 at bats compared to 11 times over his first 17, so he’s at least putting it in play more often.

Myles Straw, HOU – Moving from the outfield to shortstop. Position changes for prospects are sometimes a positive sign, and could even mean that a promotion is imminent – i.e. the organization likes a spec but they’re currently choked up in a crowded position. So far, Straw is hitting .314 with a .400 OBP and five steals in Triple-A. He’s a cheap SAGNOF play and should already be on your radar in AL-only formats.

Ke’Bryan Hayes, PIT – Another spec that could reach the bigs this summer, Hayes has really turned it up over his past two games – hitting four doubles and a homer for Triple-A Indy.

Sean Murphy, OAK – One of the better catching prospects in baseball and a name you should know for 2019, Murphy is slashing .391/.500/.609 through his first six games in Triple-A.

Grayson Rodriguez, BAL – Ten strikeouts for the second consecutive outing. Baltimore took Rodriguez in the first round last summer, and so far this season he hasn’t disappointed. Through eleven innings, he’s punched out 20 batters and hasn’t allowed an earned run. The only blemish has been his control, with a BB/9 north of four so far in the Sally. A bright spot for an Orioles organization that’s seen better days.

MacKenzie Gore, SDP – The Padres farm is an embarrassment of riches, and Gore is just another in a long list of quality pitching prospects for San Diego. He now has ten scoreless innings under his belt with 15 strikeouts compared to just two walks. I don’t think he’ll be up this summer with their depth, but he should be pitching in Double-A by the end of the season.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr, TOR – 2-for-2 with a homer, double, and four RBIs for Triple-A Buffalo as he returned from a rehab assignment. That’s pretty impressive considering the only thing I could do when I returned from my rehab assignment was make a sandwich and find all the drugs I’d hidden. Spoiler alert…they were in the dog.

  1. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Thanks for the write-up! In a 16-team dynasty H2H, do you think my Royce Lewis for his Blake Snell is about right?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem…yeah that’s a good move if you need an arm.

  2. Goldirocks says:
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    Thoughts on Logan Gilbert?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Off to a good start after mono shelved him last year. He has the pitches and feel to make it as a mid-rotation starter with 2/3 upside.

  3. Scott says:
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    Shortstop is a little plugged up for straw too, no?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Absolutely, but adding another position to his repertoire gives him more flex as a utility player.

  4. ichirosan says:
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    Hi,

    Good job as always. Already invested in Manning in one dynasty league, so I’m glad about the news.

    Invested in Raimel Tapia in my two dynasty leagues. Time to give up on him, or keep praying the Rockies stop benching him for non prospects?

    • The Eye of Horus says:
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      It depends on your appetite for frustration. I dropped Tapia last year, and have slept better ever since.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Probably safe to drop if you have a better option, but I try to include those guys as throw ins in trades before straight dropping.

  5. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Great job Mike always enjoy your articles

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Al!

  6. Brian Dempsey says:
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    Hey Mike great article as always.

    Curious what are your thoughts on Griffin Canning?

    He seems to have a similar profile to Aaron Nola when he was coming up is there a chance hes Nola or do you have a different comp?

    Whats a statline you could see him putting up

    Thank you

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! There’s a chance yeah but I think he has a touch less control and so I’d put him in the next tier down for his ceiling. 9 K9, 3.5 BB9 with a high 3, low 4 ERA would be my guess.

  7. nitro says:
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    In a keeper forever league, what level of SP should I be aiming for in a trade for my Nolan Gorman?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d shoot high for like a Berrios or Taillon and settle for a guy like Paddack. Gorman should be a Top 50 prospect this year and possibly Top 25 next.

      • nitro says:
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        Thanks!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  8. Dino says:
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    Hey Mike, love your posts great job. I’m in a league 150 minor leaguers are owned 15 per team but people tend to avoid pitching prospects outside of the best ones due to uncertainty. Wondering if you have any deepish sleepers might jump in the rankings you recommend. I just picked up Orelvis Martinez TOR but I’ve got one extra spot after The Touki callup. I was looking at Tirso Ornelas SD or Jordan Groshans TOR, you like either of those guys or anyone else you’d recommend over them? Thanks hope to hear back from you.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I like the Orelvis pick. I do like Groshans. Luis Garcia (the one in Philly) might be a deeper type sleeper not owned yet. I’m guessing the one in Washington is already taken in that format.

      • Dino says:
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        Yes Luis Garcia Was is owned, I’ll grab Groshans and keep Garcia philly on my radar. Thanks for getting back to me

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime

  9. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Good stuff Mike. How would you rank the following based on 2020 fantasy impact.

    Kiriloff, Luis Robert, Sixto Sanchez and Kopech

    Does the ranking change for 2021?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks…I’d go that order…with Kopech ahead of Sixto in 2021 after a full recovery.

  10. GIACOMO says:
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    Hi Mike, I’m following You and this awesome site from Italy…some of us too play Fantasy Baseball :)
    In a 10 team, 25 player roster, Keeper League I have: Grandal, Abreu,Altuve ,Segura,Arenado, Soto, Robles, Harper, Ohtani, Profar, Puig, Franmil Reyes, Villar.

    Sp: Luis Castillo, Bauer,Bieber,Glasnow,Wheeler, Carbin Burnes, Maeda – Jaffres and Strop

    Prosp: Nate Lowe, Bichette, Franco.

    I know i have good offense. If SP keep up expectaction i could compete…probably I will need to drop a prosp or two. Which one you would keep in my shoes? I thought Nate Lowe is to have younger 1b to replace Abreu long term, Bichette fro Segura and Franco because everybody says will be excellent. But at first injury I’ll be a little blocked. What would You do? (p.s. Cease and KIrilloff available among FA)

    Thanks a lot in advance

    By

    Giacomo

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice team! I’d replace Lowe with Cease for pitching help, or replace Lowe with Kirilloff if you just want the best prospects overall.

      Buona fortuna!

      • GIACOMO says:
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        Tnx a lot.

        I case I see I’m copeting, going forward, Would You keep Bichette or Franco?

        I read Kirilloff is taking reps at 1st, is it true?

        Grazie
        Ciao

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          No problem. Yes, Kirilloff likely transitions to 1B, or at least gets some experience there. If you have to choose one, I’d keep Franco over Bichette, but hold both if possible.

  11. Daniel Stern says:
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    When do you think Sean Murphy will get the call?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Probably not until midsummer since the As have two serviceable catchers. An injury might speed things up though. He’s pretty much ready.

      • Daniel Stern says:
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        I’ve got 3 minor leaguers on my team, but only 2 minor league spots, so Murphy is on my bench. Dragging me down a bit. I’ve got Whitley, Luzardo and Murphy. Any thoughts?
        My feeling is to hold them all.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yes I’d trust your gut and hold.

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