Well, we’ve had quite a week, eh? Lots of sexy promotions. Being a prospect writer is a touch bittersweet. It’s like watching a child grow. Once they graduate to the bigs in real life, they kinda graduate here too, moving up in the world of blog posts from minor league reports to the Grey League. Good luck Keston and Austin…I know you’ll make us proud. Back in the minors, our good friend Sixto Sanchez got a promotion to Double-A. His debut went swimmingly – even for a Marlin – striking out seven batters in six shutout innings. I was conservative in my ranking of Sanchez in the preseason, so if he continues to pitch well in the upper minors he’ll be a big riser when the midseason rankings come out. Despite the early promotion, I don’t think we’ll see Sanchez pitching meaningful innings for the Marlins this summer, if only because he hasn’t built up enough innings in previous seasons and the Marlins have other options such as Zac Gallen and Jordan Yamamoto in hand. Next year, Sanchez could be a very interesting flyer though. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Alec Bohm, 3B | PHI – 3-for-4 and currently riding a four-game multi-hit streak. Since his promotion to High-A, Bohm is hitting .345 with a pair of homers. I’d love to see the Phillies continue pushing the 22-year-old, perhaps giving him a look at Reading by the end of the summer.

Nolan Gorman, 3B | STL – 2-for-3 with a triple and a homer for Single-A Peoria. That gives Gorman nine long balls on the year, which leads the Midwest League. I know nine doesn’t seem like much compared to the video game numbers Triple-A specs are putting up, but as commenter Tigersharkz pointed out a couple of weeks ago and I’ve since reiterated, the new ball being used in Triple-A is substantially different. Consider this yet another warning (of many to come) not to compare stats between leagues this year. Gorman is about as solid as they get with the bat, and I’m confident the 19-year-old will also make the adjustments to bring his current 28% strikeout rate down a few ticks.

Kyle Tucker, OF | HOU – 2-for-4 with a homer, his third in the last five games. Tucker had a terrible start, hitting just .173 in the month of April. He has officially righted the ship though, hitting a smooth .368 so far in May. He also has six homers this month, already surpassing the five he hit in all of April. Yordan Alvarez is crushing it too, but Tucker is on the 40-man, while Alvarez is not. I just wrote about why this is a factor to consider. Tucker could still end up beating Alvarez to the majors through all of this, which is kinda crazy after it looked like Alvarez would run and hide from him.

Xavier Edwards, SS/2B | SDP – 3-for-5 with a pair of walks, hitting .368 for Single-A Fort Wayne. Edwards is doing about what you’d expect, walking more than he strikes out with 11 steals on the season. My only concern in the early going is his success rate. He’s been caught seven times in 18 attempts. At 19 years old, Edwards has plenty of time to learn the fine art of base stealing.

Seth Beer, 1B/OF | HOU – 2-for-3 with a walk and another homer, giving him nine on the season. I was fairly high on both Bohm and Beer in the preseason, so I’m glad to see them hitting well. Beer is slashing .336/.419/.616 for the High-A Fayetteville Woodpeckers. Minor league team names are too fun. I think we need to do a bracket for best MiLB team name. Anyway, the Astros farm is an embarrassment of riches again.

  1. jose says:
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    Thanks for the updates, Mike!

    Do you think Gorman makes it to AAA this year? Seems like the Cardinals tend to be relatively conservative with their prospects. With Carpenter signing an extension and Wong having a solid year (less need to move Carpenter back to 2B), there just doesn’t seem to be a need to rush him unless they’re going to move him to the outfield?

    Any word on what might be going on with Forrest Whitley?

    Thanks Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I doubt Gorman sees AAA. Probably splits this year between A and High-A.

      Whitley is probably a victim of lost time last year and the souped up ball in AAA.

      • cg says:
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        Are we dropping him in NFBC main? I owned him since I took a very gambly approach to pitching. Currently sitting top 40, and do need pitching just nothing available on waiver. Whitley still sitting at 92%. Was 100% a few weeks ago, then 98 last week, now 92. Are you still holding?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think it depends on who’d you replace him with. There is still the majority of the season left and upside in Whitley.

      • jose says:
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        In a keep 25 H2H points league I’m holding for now with Whitley while trying pair him with a hitter in a trade. I may end up dropping him later this season, but can afford to hold him for now.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I think this makes the most sense.

  2. HH says:
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    Good stuff as always. What’s your take on Jarren Duran who was leading the minors in batting average. Most saw him as a Myles Straw type but with his continued production do you see him as a top 100 guy soon? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Possibly, but it would be back half of a T100. Could impact average and steals but not enough power to be T50.

  3. T Cole Anderson says:
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    12 team H2H with 1 minor league spot available
    Gallon or Luzardo

    • T Cole Anderson says:
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      sorry Gallen

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gallen for proximity. Luzardo for upside.

      • T Cole Anderson says:
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        thank you

  4. Wonderk1nd says:
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    no needs just looking for the better stash between tucker and gallen. Looking for who will make the most impact this year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you gotta stash Tucker there.

  5. Vash says:
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    What do you see Riley doing this year. I noticed he made improvements art least statistically this year in minors.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If he’s the guy moving forward, 15-20 homers, .270ish

  6. My MLB fantasy team Sucks says:
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    rank these guys in order of dynasty quality for me, would you? I’m looking to trade a few of them and want to keep my best guys. NL League

    Gorman STL
    K. Hayes PIT
    Medina PHI
    welker COL
    India CIN
    Trammel CIN
    E. Montero STL
    T. Yamada Japan
    L. Garcia PHI
    Bohn PHI
    Riley ATL

  7. NATRONEMEANSBUSINESS says:
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    Context: Y 10 tm H2H 8×8 (R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,TB,AVG) keeper league with a shallow bench. I have a rookie nookie problem and only one hole (2B), ok two holes (2B, UTL) two stick them in. I’ve been riding Chavis at 2B, Senzel at UTL, and just picked up Hiura. I also recently picked up B. Rodgers, so he’s waiting in the one n/a spot. I thought I was smart drafting Senzel to slide into 2B mid season after the scooter incident, thinking the OF business was service time camo, I’m thinking if/when Rodgers comes up either Chavis or Hiura gets the axe. Since the scoring counts hits and avg. it puts a heavier influence on hits so I try to target high top hit tool guys, in theory. Even if Rodgers doesn’t come up for a month or so I have T. Turner coming off the IL soonish, so heads are gonna roll, but not sure who to chop. Who gets chopped?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Must resist urge to make jokes about two holes…

      If your league prioritizes pure hitting, I think you gotta keep Hiura and let Chavis go once the magic dies. If it never does, I’d lose Rodgers.

  8. racehorse says:
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    Mike –

    Thank Gawd you’re here!

    My dynasty league allows us to demote players from our MLB roster to a MiLB roster when the player is demoted IRL.

    As a Garrett Hampson owner, I decided to not just cut him, but to demote him to my MiLB roster … but I had to make room on my 15 player MiLB roster for Hampson …

    So I decided to call up Kevin Smith (TOR) as the corresponding move (even though Smith is in AA, my league allows this move) …

    So Hampson is stashed, Smith has been dropped due to his struggles in AA along with needing to make room for Trey Wingenter coming off the DL any day now …

    Did I screw all this up???????

    Is Hampson worth the stash, as compared to keeping Smith?

    My 2B situation regarding my MiLB roster is Luis Urias, Luis Garcia (WAS), Jeter Downs, Luis Garcia (PHI), and now Hampson back on my MiLB roster.

    Your feedback is mucho appreciated – don’t hold back, if I effed up please say so!

    Thanks, Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah you’re fine. Hampson feels like one of those guys who just needs some time to figure it out. Reminds me of Kingery in Philly. The good news is both Luis Urias and Luis Garcia are really solid prospects to fall back on if you tired of waiting around for Hampson.

      • Racehorse says:
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        Ok, cool …. wasn’t trying to be melodramatic but I was wanting to bounce this off you asap. My 2B situation on my MLB roster is Cano and Odor – talk about making vagrancy a felony ~

        Plus, I was anticipating that the Rox would demote Hamp so I was as ready as I could be in my decision making …

        Thanks again, Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Ha, no problem man. You got it right. Hope for the best and prepare for the worst.

  9. Don't be a Hader says:
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    How ba post-hype sleeper like Willie Calhoun called up today…1st AB…bomb

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Love it. Ain’t no breakout like a post-hype breakout!

  10. Silent Heat says:
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    Any idea what is going on with Tony Gonsolin injury?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Looks like he tweaked an oblique (poetry point). Should only miss the minimum.

      • Silent Heat says:
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        What’s the minimum on that? Thought he was going to break thru to MLB this year…I like his stuff.

        Who do you think has higher ceiling, Brusdar or Grayson?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          One start,,,about a week. Shouldn’t affect his ETA.

          Grayson Rodriguez? Probably him.

          • Silent Heat says:
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            We talking about the same guy? Gonsolin hasn’t pitched since injuring himself in mid April.

            Yah, Grayson Rodriguez.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Oh snap. Yeah same guy. I didn’t realize he was still shelved. I have no idea what’s up. He was supposed to be back in a week. I can’t find anything new on him.

              Yup, I’d go Rodriguez for upside.

              • Silent Heat says:
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                Thanks Mike!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  No problem man.

  11. Dave_W says:
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    What do you think happens with Tyler O’Neil? He has 6 hr’s in 11 AAA games since being sent down. He has destroyed the minors. Does he get traded or is he just Uber blocked? ANy long term value?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      They might just keep him for depth since he has two options left (AKA blocked). I think their second choice would be to trade him ‘low’.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Long term is tough to predict, probably needs a team to trade for him with less of an outfield set.

  12. tyler says:
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    I think the Macon Whoopie should get a top ranking in one of the brackets

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haha for real…New Orleans Baby Cakes? We might be onto something

  13. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    14-TEAM OBP ROTO
    We allow two minors spots. I am carrying J.Mateo and Zac Gallen right now since I was hoping they would provide the most immediate impact. I just picked up Gallen after Mercado was promoted.

    Are they the best I can hope for considering these guys are still available in my league?
    ROYCE LEWIS, CARTER KIEBOOM, TRAMMELL, PACHE, HONEYWELL, A.GIMENEZ, L.ROBERT, MADRIGAL, BRUJAN, M.GORE, REYES, KELENIC, LARNACH, VV MESA, KE’BRYAN HAYES, L.TAVERAS, FLORIAL, BOHM, BEER, BART, SWAGGERTY, and INDIA.

    Tyler O’Neil and some others off to hot Minors starts like Dalbec, Yerry Rodriguez, Nolan Jones, Mitchell White, and J.Duran are FAs, also.

    One more question. I picked up Henry Ramirez for my bench but Willie Calhoun went yard against my Royals tonight. Is he a better bench bat?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If it’s a redraft I’d go Kieboom and either Robert or Hayes.

      Calhoun over Ramirez

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        We have never run our league as a “redraft” so I don’t know why that would make a difference. It’s not a redraft league.

        So you wouldn’t hang onto Gallen and Mateo if Kieboom, Robert, and Hayes are out there?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Gotcha. I’d take Kieboom and Robert over the others.

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            I dumped Mateo for Robert but want to wait on Kieboom since I don’t think he’ll come up before Gallen….what do you think?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Nice. Sounds fine. Kieboom has Turner coming back soon.

  14. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    another great job Mike,You no we are hooked on these young prospects,Rookie Nookie

  15. Landisimo3 says:
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    Mike .. awesome stuff … Forever keep 10 + 10 farm /stash … I’m a year or 2 away so I’m stock piling … trade my Haniger for Brujan? Would be joining Senzel Robles Royce Alonso Bichette Trammel Valera India Gimenez Robert Hoerner … have Bell Marquez Taillon as well…. thank you !

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d go bird in hand and stick with Haniger.

  16. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Good stuff Mike.

    Who’s your pick for the best source of strikeouts in the second half of the season of pitchers currently in the minors?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hmmm Cease and Luzardo aren’t terrible bets.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I own Cease in a mixed league, fwiw (stashed in an NA spot)

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              We playin checkers…he out there playin chess.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I’m wearing VR goggles playing chess with people!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  *reaches to move a piece…knocks over all the pieces…game over*

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    *removes goggles* Better luck next time, son. *film reverses 2 hours and we see again how he was actually his son the whole time*

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      yo for real that’s brilliant…you should be a writer!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      *reverses 35 years* Now, I am a writer.

  17. Funny Name says:
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    Better stash long term Mountcastle or Trammell? Feel like I haven’t read many positive things with Trammell this yr but always reading about Mountcastle. Trammell ETA 2020 and Mountcastle soon?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, I think your last statement is it. Trammell is the “better” prospect but you’re better off rostering Mountcastle right now.

  18. Steamin Beamen says:
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    I luckily picked up Austin Riley 1 hour before they called him up.
    Had Brendan Rodgers stashed.
    Got Kingery coming off my DL this weekend.

    Thanks to you I was the first one to grab Acuna and Soto before people in my league knew who they were, and now I want to keep up this facade of knowledge when really it’s all you!

    Looking to fill my NA spot…

    3 Questions:
    1) Who’s the next bat that’s getting the call this year that excites you?
    (Players taken –> Kyle Tucker, Yordan Alvarez, Bo Bichette)

    Suggestions but not limited too…
    Cavan Biggio
    Ryan Mountcastle (why does he bore me? should he not?)
    Luis Robert
    Alex Kirilloff

    2) Who’s a bat that gets the call next year, and is worthy of a 12th round keeper position? (Might not be anyone, Royce Lewis taken)

    Suggestions but not limited too…
    Luis Robert
    Alex Kirilloff

    3) Who’s an off the radar AL prospect that gets the call this year batter or pitcher?
    (Almost all of the really good prospects are taken. I know hard to answer question)

    Thanks as always Mike. Love your work! Always look forward to it.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Nice job. 1) Mountcastle probably up the earliest, but I like Robert’s upside more for this year, even if he comes up later. 2) Kirilloff we probably won’t see until next season so I’d go with him. 3) Hmmm. Jahmai Jones? Brent Rooker? Brendan McKay?

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        You’re the man. Thanks!

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        You’re the man. Thanks!

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        What odds you give Luis Robert is called up this year? Guess on the month?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d say 65/35 he’s up. Most likely after Super Two, late June, early July.

          • Steamin Beamen says:
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            Got it, thanks again!

  19. Steve Anus says:
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    16 teamer dynasty with all the stats including defensive ones. sano or dozier (the worthwhile dozier), both at 1B/3B and also have
    C streamer
    1B bellinger (CF/RF
    2B la stella (3B, fill in for altuve)
    SStreat urner
    3B senzel (CF)
    LF jd mart (RF)
    CF marte
    RF springer (CF)
    util (1) otani (not as valuable here since the defensive stuff)
    BN (3, 4 BN slots max 1 of them used on pitchers by rules)
    , dozier (1B/3B), devers, E2 (3B/SS)
    DL: altuve, sano more
    NA (10): florial, rodgers, r.lewis, india, larnach, brujan
    SP (max 6): s.anderson (streamer), ryu, gibson, darvish, arrieta, morton
    RP (7): diekman, rogers, lugo, hader, britton, rivero (vazquez), wittgren
    NA: mize, sixto, puk, a.reyes
    DL: morrow, otani (i was REALLY worried yahoo wasn’t going to get this right, but they did, good for them, they did the obviously correct thing, unless the dude has ANY indication he MIGHT pitch the otani pitcher is on DL)

    1. is there a rodgers drop (i’d hold these guys in NA/DL slots (sano/rodgers) except i stream the last pitcher slot routinely, this is h2h league.
    2. sano or dozier?

    • Steve Anus says:
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      and i stream the catcher slot (putouts at the VERY least every day, esp since i basically have no actual 1B which means i’m generally in bad shape in those every week anyway)

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