It’s been a few moons since I caught a Trenton Thunder game. Is Katmandu still a thing? “The Kat” was one of those clubs you’d hit after the ball game. It literally shared a parking lot with the stadium along the Trenton waterfront. But god almighty, you’d better leave before the house lights came on. You did not want a good look at the 45-year-old divorcee you’d been grinding on. Karen!? What brings you here? Aren’t you my son’s teacher? Anyhoo, big news out of Trenton last night. Yankees pitching prospect Deivi Garcia struck out fifteen Flying Squirrels. Yes, that’s the name of a minor league baseball team. I have the greatest job on the planet. Garcia is now rocking an even 3.00 ERA with 67 punch outs in 42 innings pitched since being promoted to Double-A. Let’s see, where did I rank this guy in my preseason Yankees Top 10? Nowhere! Excellent. Wonderful. He wasn’t on my radar. If your league mates are like me (god I hope not) and slept on Garcia, he might be available for a scoop in dynasty formats. Redrafts? Sorry, but I don’t think he’ll be up this year. Here’s what else is happening around the minor leagues…fade Usher’s Yeah! and cue the house lights…

Luis Robert, OF | CWS – 2-for-3 with a double, triple, and two ribbies in the Southern League All-Star Game. This time it counts! Is that something we are still supposed to say? What does count is Robert’s performance this season, which will probably plant him in my midseason top ten after ranking him 25th overall in the preseason. Redraft friends take note – he may be an August call up (or earlier) at this rate.

Casey Mize, RHP | DET – Shelved with shoulder inflammation. And things were going so well. Like really well. Mize had a 1.21 ERA for Double-A Erie before getting hurt. It doesn’t look like anything serious, but the Tigers have no reason to push him. He’s their gem. Bad news for Mize owners hoping for a second half call to the majors. Possibly good news for Matt Manning owners, who (at least for now) have one less rival for a rotation slot.

Taylor Trammell, OF | CIN – Placed on the injured list with a bad hammy. It’s been a rough year for Trammell, who came into the season as a top prospect. He’s hitting .245 with four homers and thirteen steals for Double-A Chattanooga. And, like last year, he’s got a weird reverse platoon split. This year it’s particularly bad, hitting just .235 against right-handed pitching. For him to max out his fantasy value as a table setter with some pop, that’ll have to improve.

Chris Betts, C | TBR – Won the Midwest League All-Star Game Extra-Inning-Deciding Home Run Derby. Fun! Don’t get any ideas MLB. I’m an old fart who hates pitch clocks, the DH, the wild card game, instant replay, and craft beer. If I had my way: (a) we’d just have an NLCS and ALCS; (b) Pete Rose would not only be in the Hall of Fame but would also be running our country; and (c) yes there’s a (c) people would stop telling me how many IBUs are in their beer and just drink the damn thing.

  1. I’m in a shallow league. Zac Gallen is getting called up to pitch tomorrow. Would you drop Andrew Heaney to pick him up?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah

  2. RicoSuave says:
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    Great work Mike!

    What do you think is Tucker’s ETA? what about D. Cease?

    I’m stashing him but losing patience due to injuries in my team…

    Thanks again,

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d expect both up in July. I still have Tuck stashed in one redraft so I know the feeling.

  3. toolshed says:
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    Drop strahm to pick him?

    • toolshed says:
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      To pick Gallen up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, probably not. What Strahm is already doing is about what you’d expect from Gallen.

  4. EnglishMetsFan says:
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    I loved Katmandu! What a place. I always say if you add the word Drugs to the Trenton motto
    “Trenton Makes Drugs, the World Takes Drugs”, it makes much more sense.

    Katmandu has been renamed Rho…don’t ask me.

    Great prospect stuff as usual.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha!

      Rho? Interesting.

      Thanks!

  5. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Just wanted to say that I really enjoy these write-ups.

    The Astros high-A team just moved close by this year, so taking my son to games has made me pay more attention to minor league ball and the whole prospect game.

    Thanks to you and the whole razzball team for making it happen!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s awesome! No problem man. Glad to hear it!

  6. OddBall Herrera says:
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    Well my day just got better, sounds like Kirilloff is off the DL Thursday.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice!

  7. Lil Petey says:
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    My current rostered SPs are…

    Buehler
    Bieber
    L. Castillo
    Flaherty
    Giolito
    Soroka
    Paddack (we have no NA so he occupies a roster spot)

    Are either of the last 2 worth discarding to pick up Gallen? My guess is No but what say you?

    This is a shallow league where the likes of Luchessi, Heaney, Framber are also available.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, you don’t have anybody to drop, which is a good problem.

      • I am curious, under this same scenario with Dylan Cease or Jesus Luzardo would your opinion be the same, or do you believe they are another level above Gallen? Aces will ace. Are they aces and Gallen is SP2, or maybe none of them would out perform guys like Heaney or Straham or the ones listed above? Thx Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          For this season, I like Gallen the most because he’ll get the NL lineups and friendly home park to break him in. Long term, you’re right, I see Luzardo and Cease as potential aces and Gallen more an SP2.

          I don’t think Gallen will outperform Strahm this year, but I do think he’ll do what Strahm is doing right now (4.00 ERA, 9 K/9, Sub-3 BB/9) which is pretty tight coming off the wire.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          So to answer your question I wouldn’t drop anybody in that stat range for those three unless it’s a keeper/dynasty format. Bird in hand and all that. For example, I dropped a Trent Thornton for Gallen because I felt he’d be a clear upgrade.

          • Thanks Mike! Great feedback. I appreciate your input to help me put this all in context. I guess that’s a downfall of a shallow league because it’s hard to get excited about call ups when the depth available is deep. Ya, Thornton. I could see that, Well, I always stream one SP slot, at least, and tomorrow I’m streaming Gallen, so I guess I get to partake in a smaller way…

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              No problem man! You can keep riding that horse if he pitches great today.

            • Lil Petey says:
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              Good follow up Madden, likewise I thought your clarifying questions helped me as well. Cheers and thanks to Mike.

    • Nice pitching staff, I like your SP’s!

  8. Scott says:
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    Favorite 2 or 3 prospects from the below list? In the depths of a prospect draft!

    Keoni Cavaco, Alek Thomas, Brennen Davis, Jarren Duran, Jake Fraley, Brayan Rocchio, Brice Turang, Jordyn Adams, Wander Javier, Jeter Downs

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! I like Downs and Rocchio

  9. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Mike, thanks for the content – worth stashing Cease or would you pickup Logan Allen to go along with Yamamoto? 15 team roto with QS instead of W.

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Anytime. I think so yeah. Might not be up until July though.

  10. malamoney

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    I went to The College of NJ. Actually it was called Trenton State College when I started. Lived in that area for a while. Hit my fair share of Thunder games and was at Katmandu many times. Having flashbacks right now. The Thunder were a Red Sox affiliate at the time.

    Thanks for the throwback.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ha! Anytime. That’s where I went too. 99-03

      Cluck-U Chicken was our main go-to haha.

  11. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    yeah deivi i think he was ranked fairly high at ralph’s site NYY page, he’s pretty much this year’s version of josh james, a guy drafted SUPER low who moved up the ranks SUPER high in one year (i’m talking preseason rankings, i’m betting for midseasons he’ll be even higher).

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! I’m glad at least one of us was on him.

      • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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        i remember talking (or seeing somebody else talk) about him in yr comments back in probably late feb-march (when all the lists where coming out across the land).

        anyhoo, the pab lop down/gallen up works well for me in NL only, with one prospect stash who’s a deep this year possible NL stash? the obvious guys are owned (hiura, urias, reyes).
        going down a top 100 preseason list these are out there: trammell, larnach, india (doubt for sure he’s up though), hampson (had been stashed before), chisholm, gimenez, lux, hayes (AA already at least), victor to the 2nd
        i have the rare instance after pab lop got DL’d and before gallen gets called up to stash somebody else.

        • Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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          pache too (also AA)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Hmmm. I’d go Pache or Hayes.

  12. Drew says:
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    I’ve Hoerner stashed in my NA in my 16-team ops keeper. We keep up to 6 milb players. Should I swap out Hoerner for Deivi, Larnach, or hold?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would hold.

  13. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    2 Minors spots.
    Wander Franco is in one of them.
    I picked up Drew Waters but wondered about some of the top guys on the Razzball Prospectonator – Hitters

    Yordan Alvarez (taken in our league)
    Yonathan Daza
    Kyle Tucker (taken in our league)
    Aneury Tavarez (isn’t he in the Mexican Lg after Boston released him??)
    Keston Hiura (taken in our league)
    Jarren Duran
    Brendan Rodgers (taken in our league)
    Garrett Hampson
    Oscar Mercado (taken in our league)
    Luis Robert
    Kevin Cron
    Terrance Gore
    Myles Straw
    Sam Hilliard
    D.J. Stewart
    Luis Arraez
    Tim Locastro
    Mike Ford
    Austin Hays
    Mauricio Dubon
    Jake Fraley
    Yadiel Hernandez
    Zack Granite
    Alex Kirilloff (taken in our league)
    Josh Fuentes
    Randy Arozarena
    Ivan Jimenez

    • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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      Top Pitchers according to Rudy on the Razzball Prospectonator – Pitchers

      Lewis Thorpe
      Brendan McKay (taken in our league)
      Luiz Gohara
      Zac Gallen (taken in our league)
      Brent Honeywell
      Jose Hernandez
      Michel Baez
      Bryse Wilson
      Adrian Houser
      Dennis Santana

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Robert.

      • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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        Yeah, my two minors guys are Robert and Franco I think I’m doing OK…

        What is with the Razzball Prospectanator??
        What are your thoughts on guys like Yonathan Daza, Aneury Tavarez (isn’t he in the Mexican Lg after Boston released him??), Jarren Duran, and Lewis Thorpe?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Not sure what you mean about the Prospectanator? If it’s not working I would ping Rudy in Grey’s posts.

          I like Thorpe for the K potential.

  14. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Mike,
    Dynasty, 16 team, 5×5, no HRs…
    Which side would you choose: JD MArtinez or Bichette?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No HRs? I think I’d still take JD

  15. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Got offered Newman and a 1st for Hiura and a 3rd

    15 team keep 11 league with no NA spots.

    My projected keepers are: Tatis Eloy Vlad ERosario Benintendi Marquez Paddock Othani (P) Morton and one of Hendricks Chavis Myers Hiura

    I’ve got 3 first round picks already, worth grabbing a 4th?
    Also Robert is on the wire so could grab him and drop Nunez if I make this move….goal is to win in 2020

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nah, I’d stick with Hiura

  16. Steamin Beamen says:
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    Good morning,

    I currently have Brendan Rodgers in my NA spot who is a 21st round keeper.

    Would you drop Rodgers for Luis Robert who would either be a 10/11/12 round keeper?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d stick with the value packed into Rodgers.

      • Steamin Beamen says:
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        Thanks Mike!!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime

  17. Task Force says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I have one pick up left in a redraft league (few keepers) looking at either Valdez or Gallen for the remainder of the year which would you suggest has the better 2019?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmmm, I’d say Gallen

  18. Columbia County Kid says:
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    Long term – who has more upside – Adell or Kelenic?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tough one. Prefer Adell.

  19. Tony Berkman says:
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    Brendan Rodgers or Luis Urias for Rest of Year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hmm, I guess Rodgers?

  20. Milarky says:
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    Hey Mike, you looking at doing a top fantasy prospects list heading into mid-season? Our league does a prospect draft on the night of the allstar game

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, but if I don’t have it done by then, feel free to ping me in my posts.

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