Giants prospect Marco Luciano went yard for the tenth time Friday night. He’s now slashing .344/.458/.680 through 33 games in rookie ball. Typically it’s tough to get excited about 17-year-olds (I used to refer to them as Long Shot Lolitas back in the day). But times are a changing, and some 17-year-olds are special. SIT DOWN Billie Eilish! I’m not referring to you. This is about Luciano, who cracked my Midseason Top 50 at number 24. Luciano has everything you want in a prospect – big projectable power, patience, defense up the middle, a bit o’ the old speed, and a hit tool that rounds everything out into one impressive package. Could he be next year’s Wander Franco? I won’t be here to find out so I get to make whatever nutty claims I want over the next four weeks! Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Mitch Keller, RHP | PIT – 12 strikeouts in six innings, but also served up four runs. Keller’s 123 strikeouts leads the International League, and his 3.56 ERA in 103 innings pitched is good for second. Those are decent numbers at a level where the ball is so juiced that even Mitch’s great-grandma Helen could have gone yard. In three starts with the big club Keller has been underwhelming, but if he’s going to put up Ks he could be a sneaky flyer in the late rounds next spring.

Luis Robert, OF | CWS – 2-for-4 with a homer (23). We now have a 56-game sample from Double-A where Robert hit .314 with eight homers and 21 stolen bases, and a 20-game sample at Triple-A where Robert has hit .337 with seven homers and five steals. If you’re in a keeper league and looking ahead to next year as your winning window, I’d just go ahead and stash Robert on your bench regardless of if or when he’s up in 2019.

Jesus Sanchez, OF | MIA – Traded to the Marlins for a pair of arms and immediately went 3-for-4 with a pair of homers (10, 11). Lost in some of the trade deadline hub bub was this big guy changing organizations. Sanchez is your prototypical right fielder with big power potential. He had struggled a bit in 18 games at Triple-A with Tampa Bay, but becoming a Baby Cake in the PCL should cure that mini drought. I’ve really come around on Sanchez this year (gross) ranking him 15th overall midseason after snubbing him in my preseason rankings. Hopefully Jesus forgives me.

Ryan Vilade, SS | COL – 4-for-5 with two homers (6, 7). Vilade is hitting .294 as a 20-year-old in the Cal League. That’s nothing crazy special, but it might also be just enough meh to be able to acquire him at a cheap price from a fellow dynasty owner. He may even be on the scrap heap. It’s a lottery ticket, but if Vilade starts displaying some game power (even if he moves off of short) his stock will rise. He’s a bat that I’m taking a flyer on before he hits Double-A next season.

 
  1. Stumanji! says:
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    Mike! You’re leaving razznation??? Is there a change.org petition to make you stay?

    • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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      Yeah, I’ll sign it, too.

    • Hater Bell

      Grey says:
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      I would sign it too!

    • Slimcompoop says:
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      I’ll sign it as well. Is Melmac public school, or just an ALF reference?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Ha ALF all the way. Possibly the most depressing series finale in TV history BTW. Poor ALF.

  2. Rich says:
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    In NL only league Would Eric Thames or Travis Shaw accumulate any meaningful at bats the rest of the year?
    If you had to pick one, who would you like?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Thames. Neither is a great option though.

      • Rich says:
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        Thanks for the opinion
        In the spirit of new vs old , would Aquino of CIN be likely to provide more counting stats ? R Quinn of PHI?
        (Than Thames or Shaw….)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I might gamble on Aquino.

  3. David Niven says:
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    Exactly what I was thinking. Mike you’re a trusted source bro.

    You have our gambling addictions to think about Mike. I’m very disappointed in this decision you’re making.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha! Thanks David

  4. I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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    Mike, you’ll be missed, bud. Your prospect articles are must-read material.

    Can you tell me what has made you come around on Jesus Sanchez? His numbers this year are underwhelming considering his ranking in your midseason list. I was at a Marlins game the other day, and got chatted up by an octogenarian baseball fan, you know, like you do in the youthful, vibrant Miami crowd. I was excited about the Sanchez acquisition because of your ranking, and this geezer called me out, saying Sanchez was nothing special. I pulled up his stats, and didn’t see anything that popped out to me. Any insight beyond what you’ve written here and in your team lists?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks!

      As that geezer was calling you out, he homered again last night. That’s three since the trade. Bat speed for days, big power potential. Plus he’s already in AAA at 21, which is what stands out to me. You have my permission to sprinkle “be quiet” dust on that guy next time you see him.

      • I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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        You’re the man. Thanks, Mike. If I see that pensioner again, he’ll be the one on the defensive.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Ha anytime man!

  5. Hebrew Hammer says:
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    Hey Mike always enjoy your writeups! I have a question non prospect related.

    I’m in 16 team h2h dynasty league. I’m 11-5 first place in my division.

    I lost Voit, Encarnacion, Dahl, Snell, A. Simmons, Arrieta

    I have Trout, Blackmon, Domingo Santana ,Tapia, G. Cooper, Bichette, Alfaro, Goodrum, B.Dozier, Carlos Santana.

    Sp: Lester, Boyd, Maeda, C.Smith, Gallen (not sure if he got sent down or not), Luchessi, Quantrill (was RP sort of, but SP recently.

    RP: D. Castillo, Matt Barnes, Swarak, S. Greene

    Holds, saves, HLD+Saves are big points in my league along with QS, QS1, QS2.

    So glaring weakness is my RP, then SP for ROS.
    I have enough cash for 1 FA ROS.

    Best available:
    RP- Gallegos, N. Anderson
    SP- Bassitt, A. Sanchez, J.Samardjia, B. Anderson
    Bats- A. Duvall, Tauchman, T. Grisham, Soler

    I’m leaning Gallegos, but what do you think?

    Thankyou.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks!

      I can get behind that. Sanchez is interesting too though.

      • Hebrew Hammer says:
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        Thankyou Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime man!

  6. Vash says:
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    In a keeper h2h 5×5, would you trade Austin Riley for Jarred Kelenic?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would not, but they’re close.

  7. Racehorse says:
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    Mike –

    Heard the news …

    Thank you for all the good prospect work — best of everything to you !

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anytime…thank you!

  8. Vash says:
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    Thanks above for replying.

    Have you seen Domingo Leyba play? The power is interesting compared to previous years. Any insight on him. He good avg, good power(Never displayed it before)…..would he be someone that might be a top 100 prospect by 2019 or nah?

    I have Josh Lowe from TB, in my minors. I drafted him for value a few years back but nothing jumps out numbers wise about him so far. What do you think of him as a player thus far?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem. Eh, I think Leyba is an NL only guy. Not sure if he’ll get to enough power in the bigs. I like Lowe for fantasy, he just strikes out too much which could be an issue down the road.

  9. steve stevenson says:
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    Stay rad, Mike.

    AL-only corner man ROS, Aguilar or Smoak?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      You too Steve! I’d go Smoak.

  10. Landisimo3 says:
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    Mike thanks for all you’ve done.. will be missed for sure .. 12 team forever keep 10 + 10 farm.. in a rebuild .. would you trade Marquez for Puk ? Puk would goto my farm and I’d hafta Drop Rocchio.. Instead of Marquez as my 10th keeper, I have guys like Haniger, Margot, Leury Garcia, Brandon Lowe, Taillon to take that spot .. With 2 more months to play for that spot (sans Taillon) .. Whatcha think ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I would make that swap. I dig Puk.

      • Landisimo3 says:
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        Pulled Puk and Carpenter …

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Nice!

  11. Biff malibu says:
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    Dynasty league: traded for vilade paired with turang in a package for what was then a high flying grandal. I like the odds of him getting a chance in Colorado infield. I’m not keen on idea of him staying on short. Could be liability but more likely bat moves quicker at another position

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Absolutely. Nice get!

  12. David says:
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    Thanks for all you’ve done Mike. You will be missed.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks David! Take care

  13. Harley Earl says:
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    Prospect Mike,

    Got a question for you. What’s your opinion on Aristide Aquino? Minor league numbers look good, especially this year after a swing/stance change. You know anything about this guy? Worth a flier? I’m looking at him but wanted an extra set of eyes on him to see what they think.

    Any thoughts?

    • Mike

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      Definitely worth a flyer. Back in 15/16 he was a guy I liked a fair amount, and his 2016 numbers are probably a fair expectation for what he can do in the bigs if things click – 20-25 HR/ 10-15 SB / ~.270. In today’s game I’d take the over on HR and the under on SB though.

  14. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Mike, thanks for the great reply! Appreciate your insight as always.

    I’m in on him. Might as well see what he can do and see if he can stick!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anytime! Might as well…upside’s there.

  15. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Hey Mike, is Madrigal still ahead of Kelenic in your opinion?
    (14-team 5×5 OBP roto weekly with ability to keep for 2 years)

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