Baltimore shortstop prospect Gunnar Henderson (2-for-5 with a triple and a homer) is riding a seven-game hit streak in the GCL. Henderson was a second-round pick for the Orioles in this year’s draft (42nd overall). There’s not a lot to get excited about right now in Baltimore, but if you play in dynasty league, I’d scope Henderson as a long-term project with a potentially sweet payoff. At 18, Henderson is 6’3″/190 with a nice left-handed swing that can make contact and hit for some power. Like a lot of shortstops, there’s talk of a slide to third if he doesn’t have the defensive chops, but his bat should play at either position. Henderson’s K-rate is a touch high at 23% but he also has a nice walk rate (11%) through 70+ plate appearances. Check him out if he’s available and you’ve got a roster slot to play with. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…

Matt Manning, RHP | DET – Six innings pitched, zero earned runs, zero walks, ten strikeouts. Noice. I mentioned this start in Mize’s blurb on Wednesday. I’m in love with both Detroit arms. Mize is banged up, but there’s nothing stopping Manning from getting a start or two as we move towards fall, and he’s definitely going to be one to watch next spring. The only thing that could derail him at this point is a complete meltdown in Triple-A where he’ll have to throw balls supplied by Tropicana.

Nick Madrigal, 2B | CWS – 2-for-4. three runs scored for AAA Charlotte. Don’t look now, but Madrigal has cruised through two levels (about 50 games each) this season, just one year after being drafted by Chicago. He’s finally hit a wall in Charlotte, batting just .233, but that’s in only seven games. It looks like Madrigal could be a legit threat in the spring, which speaks to his pure hitting ability. I’ve tried not to gush, but he’s one of my favorites. I’m a sucker for a pure bat. Fair warning, power is not his game and it may never develop. He’s more of a speedy table setter.

Nolan Gorman, 3B | STL – 3-for-4 with two homers (14, 15). Both homers went over 425 ft. Another 2018 draft darling, Gorman is a good bit behind Madrigal developmentally (HS v. college after all) but his profile is sexier for fantasy, mainly because of the raw pop. I had Gorman and Madrigal ranked 10 and 11 respectively on my midseason list. Gorman is striking out a lot this year (29%) and that will have to be corrected for everything to gel. Plenty of time to figure it out though. I’d expect him to play in Double-A next season as a 20-year-old – which is pretty impressive and will really test his bat.

Brusdar Graterol, RHP | MIN – 1.2 innings with three strikeouts for AA Pensacola. Graterol is working his way back from injury, and Twins brass has already alluded to his promotion down the stretch. If you’re looking for arms that could make an impact in your fantasy playoffs, Graterol struck out 46 batters in 47 innings with a 1.80 ERA for Pensacola in April and May. He should be built back up and ready to join the Twinkies in a few starts.

  1. Marti Harris says:
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    Jesus Sanchez or jazz chisolm

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Sanchez

  2. Thom says:
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    Think we will see a different Mitch Keller tomorrow or will it look like his earlier appearances this season? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Brain says more of the same, but I’m hoping for better. At the very least, should be good for some Ks.

  3. David says:
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    Good stuff Mike. In your opinion, who is the better play long term, Fried or McKay? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I like McKay there.

  4. Goldirocks says:
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    Not considering positional needs – keeper league- Jesus Sanchez or Vidal Brujan ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Slightly prefer Sanchez. They were literally two slots apart in my rankings so it’s really a toss up.

  5. IntendedSteb says:
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    Dustin May, Paddack , Castillo, Glassnow, Ohtani – got to keep 2 of these pitchers. Contending every year, but want best long term value.
    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Paddack and Glasnow.

  6. Swfcdan says:
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    Mikey got a prospect offer for my selling squad and need your advice.

    Selling rentals Kluber and Murphy for Carpenter, Baretto (prosp) and 2nd round pick.

    Carpenter is a rental so whatevs, the 2nd round pick could be interesting though as it might be as high as 13th overall next year. But Barreto is my question, do you ever see him figuring it out in the show? Improved year at AAA and still young but he’s really looked overmatched again this year. And with Mateo looming does that push him down further? I would be having to drop Varsho for him on my farm if I made the deal.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s not bad if you can get something nice with that pick, but I’m not crazy about Baretto.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        He’s still young though (22). Aren’t there players who look completely overmatched at first then a year or two on can turn into very valuable players? He’s been young for his level at nearly all stops. I can keep him down on my farm all next year too, maybe by 2021 he’ll be a valuable guy? lol

        • Mike

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          Yes, that’s definitely true. If your window is such that you can stash and see with him, go for it. You just may need to be patient even once he’s up. Some guys just take longer to adjust.

  7. HamPorter says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I’m in a deep NL only league that can roster 10 minor league players. I’m currently in first place after building up my team the last 2 years but am taking on water and traded away Drew Waters and Xavier Edwards in a pretty big deal. I was looking for 2 replacements and have narrowed my list to a few. Which 2 do you like out of Braden Shewmake, Bryson Stott, Kody Hoese, Nick Lodolo, and Luis Rodriguez (LAD’s international signing)?

    Keep up the good work, I really enjoy reading your stuff!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d go Luis Rod.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Oops. Two. Also Stott.

        • HamPorter says:
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          Thanks Mike that’s what I was thinking. I added Stott, I was at the crosscutters game and saw his two homeruns!

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Nice! Minor league games are the best.

  8. Air Yordan says:
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    Do you expect Jorge Mateo to come up in September? Do you think he gets enough playing time to be relevant in a deep 14-Team league? Looking for steals for the H2H playoffs.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes and yes.

  9. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Mike,

    15 team keep 11 obp league

    Who is a better spec grab for 2020 production ?

    Kiriloff, Waters or the resurgent Ian happ? Chances are I don’t keep any of them but looking for upside

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Kiriloff. I’m not totally convinced about Happ but monocling him.

  10. Steamin Beamen says:
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    1) Thoughts on Joshua Rojas?

    Just called up by Arizona. Seems to have awesome AAA stats.

    2) Thoughts on Randy Arozarena?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Like him enough to take a flyer in 12-teamers.

      Just average tools, but he’ll give you a little of everything. I’d only be looking at him in 15+ leagues.

      • David Kohn says:
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        Got it, thanks Mike.

  11. bfteach says:
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    any prospects that not be big names or highly ranked but will get a good look the rest of the way (like on a bad team that can afford to see what they have)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hmmm, probably would be up by now. I think Keller could have some mixed league value.

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