Adley Rutschman (1-for-4 with his first homer) made his pro debut on Friday night. He was the number one overall pick in this summer’s draft (Orioles) and debuted at #37 overall on my recent Midseason Top 50 list. That’s pretty high for a fantasy catcher, so obviously we’re expecting big things from his bat. He’s a plus hit/power backstop and along with Vaughn and Bleday is a 60 overall (above average) profile among the recent draftees. On top of the talent, he’s also a college bat that shouldn’t take forever to cook (the way a lot of catching prospects do). Similar to Joey Bart if you’re looking for a recent (albeit lazy) comp. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Royce Lewis, SS | MIN – 3-for-5 with a double. Not an especially sexy statline to mention, but Lewis is hitting .302 in July after hitting just .227 across the first three months of the season, which is the larger point. I think a lot of folks were getting impatient with Lewis at High-A, but 20 isn’t ancient for that level and he’s still a very talented player (a first-rounder from 2017). This is why I tried not to ding him too much in my recent rankings (7th overall). I’d expect a strong second half but maybe a similarly long adjustment period once he reaches Double-A.

Ian Anderson, RHP | ATL – Seven innings, five hits, zero walks, ten strikeouts. That’s good for 59 strikeouts to just 12 walks in 44 innings since the beginning of June. This is all happening at Double-A Mississippi, and if you’re looking for next year’s Chris Paddack, Anderson might be your jam. It’s especially painful as a Philly guy to see just how stacked this Braves organization has become.

Monte Harrison, OF | MIA – Out four to six weeks with wrist surgery. Harrison was actually having a decent year in Triple-A with nine homers, 20 steals, and a .284 batting average, but this will pretty much close the book on his 2019 campaign. After Diaz, Harrison is probably the best offensive prospect the Fish have, so it’s possibly he’ll get some extra reps in the AFL and a shot at the Opening Day roster next spring. I hate to see guys like Harrison – who’s been grinding since 2014 – get hurt right on the cusp of making it to the Show.

Gavin Lux, OF | LAD – 1-for-4 extending his hit streak to 16 games. Yeah but he didn’t hit a homer after hitting six in his last five games so what good is he? Lux is playing the video game on easy, hitting .491 with six homers this month for Triple-A Oklahoma City. Lux jumped all the way to #13 on my midseason list, and debuted in Grey’s buy column this past Friday. He’s the hottest prospect in baseball at the moment. Not to be outdone, DJ Peters (3-for-4 with two homers) launched a ball out of the stadium – his 19th homer of the year. We see you Triple-A. We see you.

Luis Urias, 2B | SDP – Called up to the majors. I’ll say it. What the hell took so long? If you survived one of the most epic cases of prospect blue balls in recent history, I tip my cap to you. Let’s hope this stint goes better than the one earlier this year and they just let the kid play. He’d actually cooled off a bit in Triple-A, hitting .272 with six homers and three steals in June and July.

  1. Al KOHOLIC says:
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    Yeah was glad to get Urias up as I about dropped him 3-4 times in the last two weeks .but I knew if I did he would be up the next day. Now I just need Robert and Adell

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice job sticking with him.

  2. steve stevenson says:
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    Harold Ramirez or Bader ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I’ll go Bader.

  3. Jesse LIBROT says:
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    Great write-up Mike!

    I passed on Robert cuz of how Sox treated Eloy last year. Thinking about Lux, worth a stash now? He started playing 2b Friday, tho went back to SS Saturday.

    Would have to drop Lowe or Urias, who are bench bats.

    • Jesse LIBROT says:
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      Also when do Dodgers call up Will Smith to replace the hapless Barnes?!

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Oof, not sure. I think they’ll stick with Barnes TBH.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d stash Lux now, yeah – I’d drop Lowe for him, not Urias.

  4. Sport says:
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    Do you think German Marquez will be a consistent 2 or 3 SP in Colorado? I’m looking at getting a combination of either Brennen Davis or Mauricio, plus a FYP draft pick. I’m in rebuild mode and Marquez IS in Colorado, but he is so young still. And Davis/Mauricio ETA’s are like 2023.

    On a side note, Ian Anderson has always had higher upside reports than the others but do you have concerns with the Braves slow starts from Touki, Gohara, Bryse Wilson? Or you confident Anderson will be a Soroka?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d ride Marquez and try to flip him for more if the opportunity arises.

      I think Anderson is more like Soroka than the others, but there is still a chance he ends up in relief.

    • LaRockakis says:
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      I also own Marquez in a keeper league. I think him getting traded this year or next is the only real chance he has to become dominant.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Yeah, always gonna have that home/away thing until he does.

  5. Vash says:
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    Tyler Ivey

    I like looking for value. Seems like a good prospect buried in Houston s depth. I don’t know much….any insights/?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Good strikeout stuff and should be up next year if he stays healthy. If you can get him for nothing in a deep format go for it.

  6. DaveW says:
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    Nice writing as usual.

    Do you think Haseley or Thaiss turn into useful fantasy players or are they league average at best in terms of production? I always struggle with holding on once they get called up.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I have a little more confidence in Thaiss making a fantasy impact than Haseley.

  7. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I don’t know much about DJ Peters. But his stats look promising. Might be that he’s due for some regression at Triple-A. He’s never been a .330 hitter before but he is right now. Still, do you have a good comp for him? I think he’s very likely to get traded to Detroit or Toronto for bullpen help like Greene or Giles. Unless those guys are asking for Lux, which I doubt the Dodgers would do.

    So what’s your comp? and take on him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s cut his K rate a good bit at AAA. He’s toolsy but a little flawed hit tool wise. Best comp might be Michael Taylor, WAS.

  8. Scott says:
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    Devers or Wander Franco in dynasty league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Franco if it’s keep forever.

  9. Vash says:
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    Maybe a little late but, what’s up with Albert Abreau. He was hot stuff last year, but not much mentions this year? Is his control so bad, that bullpen is his destiny?

    Was hoping for an ace here, but just curious what you have seen. Sell high as a prospect if I can?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d flip him if you can.

  10. Landisimo3 says:
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    Hey Mike.. just traded for Canning to put on my farm and stash … gotta drop someone for room.. Hoerner or Brennen Davis? I am loaded up the middle … but I’ll always keep the best guy .. Whatya think? Thank you as always

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem. I’d stick with Hoerner.

  11. sh says:
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    Mike, 20 team head to head, dynasty. Trade my Benintendi for Matt Boyd and Procello, SP is valued way to high. Or should I hold out for a better SP.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      You can probably get more, but if you’re trying to win this year and that puts you over the top, go for it.

      • sh says:
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        There is also The Bieber for Benny.

        Thanks again

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I like that more.

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