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.

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Milarky
Milarky
3 years ago

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

Tony Berkman
Tony Berkman
3 years ago

Brendan Rodgers or Luis Urias for Rest of Year?

Columbia County Kid
Columbia County Kid
3 years ago

Long term – who has more upside – Adell or Kelenic?

Task Force
Task Force
3 years ago

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?

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
3 years ago

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!

Steamin Beamen
Steamin Beamen
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

Thanks Mike!!

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
3 years ago

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

Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe
3 years ago

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

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
3 years ago

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
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
3 years ago

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

Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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?

Drew
Drew
3 years ago

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?

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
3 years ago

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).

Mantis Toboggan MD
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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
Mantis Toboggan MD
Reply to  Mantis Toboggan MD
3 years ago

pache too (also AA)

malamoney
malamoney
3 years ago

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.

Jimmy Jack James
Jimmy Jack James
3 years ago

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!

Scott
Scott
3 years ago

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

Lil Petey
Lil Petey
3 years ago

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

madden_curser
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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

madden_curser
Reply to  Mike
3 years ago

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…

Lil Petey
Lil Petey
Reply to  madden_curser
3 years ago

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

madden_curser
Reply to  Lil Petey
3 years ago

Nice pitching staff, I like your SP’s!

OddBall Herrera
OddBall Herrera
3 years ago

Well my day just got better, sounds like Kirilloff is off the DL Thursday.

Worm Burner
Worm Burner
3 years ago

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!

EnglishMetsFan
EnglishMetsFan
3 years ago

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.

toolshed
toolshed
3 years ago

Drop strahm to pick him?

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  toolshed
3 years ago

To pick Gallen up

RicoSuave
RicoSuave
3 years ago

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,

madden_curser
3 years ago

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
Admin
Reply to  madden_curser
3 years ago

Nah