Baseball fans are rallying around the new rule set and running numbers to build a case for Arizona and Baltimore to call up Corbin Carroll and Gunnar Henderson, who was reportedly already with the major league team until he was reportedly in the Norfolk Triple-A lineup on Tuesday night. Could still happen if Baltimore keeps winning. Arizona has less incentive to promote Carroll given their place in the standings, but it’s a new rule set. If the Orioles promote Henderson now, he’d still be eligible to win Rookie of the Year in 2023, which would earn the team a draft pick. If he finished Top 3 in MVP voting in 2024, they’d get another. It’s weird. They’d have to keep his at bats under 130, but I’m sure they could manage that.

In other 30,000 feet news, Arte Moreno has hired a firm to sell the Angels for him. He can’t even sell his own team? What the blue hell is going on around here? Which has been the general refrain around the Angels for the past few years. It’s a good thing for our game. Anaheim has been kind of aimless on the developmental side for a long time. Any kind of vision would help their prospects actualize.  

Royals OF Drew Waters made his big league debut Tuesday night after carving through Triple-A for Kansas City, slashing .295/.399/.541 with seven home runs and 13 stolen bases across 31 games. Waters doubled his walk rate after being traded along with RHP Andrew Hoffman in exchange for the 35th pick in the 2022 draft. Atlanta used that pick to take high school RHP JR Ritchie. Kind of a weird trade from any angle, but the 23-year-old Waters was barely treading water, so Atlanta shipped him off for the unknown of door number three. In Kansas City, he’ll get excellent coaching and seems to be already applying their patience-is-a-virtue approach to pitch selection. Good time to pick him up and see what happens because if he’s getting on base, he’ll be running. 

Cubs OF Alexander Canario was just promoted to Triple-A after hitting 31 home runs and stealing 20 bases in 105 games across High-A and Double-A in his age-22 season. He was only hitting .248 in Double-A but was slugging .552 and reducing his strikeout rate month-by-month throughout the season. In 37 games since July, he’s hit 14 home runs and slashed .297/.409/.676 with a 15.4 percent walk rate and 21 percent strikeout rate. His stance has shifted, too. It’s not as open as Asitides Aquino or Andres Gallaraga, but it’s pretty unique, and it’s allowed Canario to relax, shorten up, and just drop the bat on the ball. He might be hopping straight to the majors if this team had reason to make that happen. Should have an outside shot to break camp with the big club next year. 

Twins OF Yasser Mercedes (17, DSL) would be smashing your minor league rotisserie league over the past month. Since July 14, he’s slashing .394/.441/.638 with 14 xbh and 19 SB in 23 games. He’s a right-handed hitter listed at 6’2” 175 lbs on Fangraphs and 6’0” 175 lbs on Baseball America, so some of his early success might come from being a large human at a young age, but that doesn’t diminish the outcomes in my eyes. Physicality is difficult to build across time. It’s something I feel like some of the scouting community takes for granted when it dings a big guy for being big. He’s available in a lot of my leagues right now, 

Phillies RHP Andrew Painter (19, AA) won’t turn 20 until April 10 next year. He might be a major leaguer by then. I’d bet against it, but if you asked me on draft night 2021, I also would’ve bet against him throwing six shutout innings in Double-A a year later. 

Atlanta RHP Darius Vines (24, AAA) is really growing on me. 1.72 ERA with a 0.90 WHIP over his last two months in nine starts across two levels. 61 K’s in 57.2 innings. Rich get richer. Real climbers, these Atlanta youngsters.

Marlins OF Jose Gerardo (17, DSL) has 11 HR and 17 SB in 49 games, slashing .285/.418/.558. Listed at 6’1” 179 lbs. He’s striking out 31 percent of the time. Very Miami. Not an instant scoop like some DSL standouts due to the K-rate, but certainly worth a follow. 

In other late-breaking news, Nationals RHP Cade Cavalli will reportedly make his major league debut this week. He’s been on a roll and could be useful in any sized league down the stretch.

In 17 games at Triple-A, Brewers OF Sal Frelick is slashing .446/.520/.554 with zero home runs and two stolen bases. No typos in these numbers. Just a video game glitch where you can get a hit almost half the time if you tap the A-button at the right moment. If you were running the Brewers and hoping to make the postseason while you’ve got dominant pitchers in their prime, you’d probably promote Frelick pretty frelicking soon here, wouldn’t you? 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

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Kaptan
Kaptan
3 months ago

Hi Itch! Glad to see you included Yasser in this post, someone snatched him up in one of my leagues before I could but going I try to acquire him soon.

Just wanted to get some thoughts from you on Hao Yu Lee from the Phillies system. I watch quite a bit of the CPBL and I’m glad he went the MLB route rather than the CPBL draft. Really impressed with how he’s played so far and he just got called up to High A. Thanks as always hope you have a great rest of your week!

Matt
Matt
3 months ago

Is Crisian Javier for De La Cruz in a 12 team Roto obp league fair? I feel like getting de la Cruz would be preferable to keeping the young pitcher, but Javier is showing signs of breaking out…
Thanks Itch!

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Matt
3 months ago

i’d get that done quickly if doing it, before (might be too late) it gets out that HOU’s curbing his innings (reported today)

galica1234
galica1234
3 months ago

The Itch!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Sorry late entry, I’m in Europe! My bad.

b. Canario, Vines, Gerardo and Yasser all available in my 4×4 dynasty keep forever league with 15 MiLB roster. Drop anyone for any of these dudes? I am shocked personally that Yasser is available but I think there is a ban on taking FYPD, that’s not the case with Yasser is it? Is Yasser FYPD? Like Druw and his class are not available to be taken, it’s an unwritten rule and the Commish stepped in when I took him.

Harris
Brujan
ERuiz
Walker
Tovar
Cowser
Gutierrez
Lowe
Outman
Wiemer
Bibee
EPerez
Tiedemann
Logan T Allen
Hence

c. Cavalli available in my standard 5×5 weekly roto dynasty with no bench where I’m in 2nd but have been floating in an out of 1st this week. Killing it in hitting (58/60) improving in pitching but still need to improve (32.5/60)

Kirk
Alonso
Miranda
Montero
Pena
Meneses
Witt
Garcia, Harris, Judge, Kwan, JulRod
Fraley

Bench Devers, OCruz, O’Neill

SP Cortes, Lodolo, McCullers, McKenzie, Urquidy, Contreras, Detmers, May
RP Bautista, Hendriks, Lopez, Romano

In this setup, would you add Corbin Carroll over anyone? We get 7 add/drops per week, I plan on adding from your top 7 and dropping the 7 oldest, least likely to succeed players in 2023 when games start during the last week of the season. Also, this league is written dynasty in the league rules but if it dissolves after year 1 then it’s not such a great dynasty is it? I just worry about that a bit.

d. George Carlin quote of the day for August 25, 2022

‘People I can do without. This is my list: guys in their fifties named “Skip.” Anyone who pays for vaginal jelly with an Exxon credit card. An airline pilot who has on two different shoes. A proctologist with poor depth perception. A pimp who drives a Toyota Corolla. A gynecologist who wants my wife to have three or four drinks before the examination. Guys with a lot of small pins on their hats. Anyone who mentions Jesus more than three hundred times in a two-minute conversation. A dentist with blood in his hair. Any woman whose hobby is breast-feeding zoo animals. A funeral director who says “Hope to see you folks again real soon!” Girls who get drunk and throw up at breakfast. A man with only one lip. A Boy Scout master who owns a dildo shop. People who actually know the second verse to “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Any lawyer who refers to the police as the “Federalies.” A cross-eyed nun with a bullwhip and a bottle of gin! A brain surgeon with “Born to Lose” tattooed on his hands. Couples whose children’s names all start with the same initials. A man in a hospital gown directing traffic. A waitress with a visible infection on her serving hand. People who have large gums and small teeth. Guys who wear the same underwear until it begins to cut off the circulation to their feet. And any man whose arm hair completely covers his wristwatch. All right, that’s enough of that.’

Cheers,
Ante

alanladd2112@gmail.com
3 months ago

Good morning Itch!

Hope you can help me out.

I’m in a custom 12 Team CBS Weekly H2H Points League and the batters aren’t penalized for strikeouts. 
Only 3 roster moves allowed per week.
No dual eligibility in our 2 Relief Pitcher spots 
Only 2 IL Spots

Here is my roster:
Starters:
C: MJ Melendez (OF eligibility)
1B: Vinny Pasquentino 
2B: Vaughn Grissom (SS eligibility)
SS: Bo Bichette 
3B: Austin Riley
OF: Franmil Reyes
OF: Juan Soto
OF: Ahmed Rosario (SS eligibility)
U: Nico Hoerner (2B, SS eligibility)
U: Jose Miranda (1B, 2B eligibility)
 IL: Jorge Soler
Reserves:
Chris Taylor (2B, SS, OF)
Kerry Carpenter OF
Tyler Naquin OF
Dalton Varsho C, OF
Luke Voit 1B
Max Muncy 1B, 2B, 3B

Pitching Starters:
SP: C. Javier
SP: N. Lodolo
SP: J. Luzardo
SP: E. Cabrera 
SP: S. Strider
RP: A. Munoz (SEA)
RP: AJ Minter
Pitching Reserves:
D. May
N. Cortes
T. McKenzie

I have 6 possible pickups left. 3 this week and 3 next week.

Do I utilize any of those for Corvin Carroll, Josh Jung or other potential callups? Or would you go with guys like K. Hiura, Shea Langeliers, Brett Baty, Bryson Stott, Albert Pujols, Evan Longoria, Jorge Mateo, Mark Canha, J. Meneses, Elmhurst, Montero?

Also, what is your take on Moise Gomez getting the call?

Thanks!

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
3 months ago

I was able to grab Yasser in Razz30 a couple weeks ago, fingers crossed he works his way up in a decent amount of time

toolshed
toolshed
3 months ago

In a dynasty format, what % split of hitting vs pitching prospects do you typically own?

toolshed
toolshed
Reply to  The Itch
3 months ago

Ok. Thanks Itch. I’m between 70-80% hitting across my two leagues. We are on the same page.

Warren G
Warren G
3 months ago

Thanks, Itch… always good stuff… consistent… like an ellipsis… really appreciate it!

Thoughts on Sandro Gaston? I know he’s 19 in the DSL, but wondering if the Astros have another nice find anyway. Don’t want to ding a guy, just because he signed out of Cuba as a 19 yo. I’ve also got H.Ford.

Also… I’ve suddenly an abundance of Cincinnati MIF’s… N.Marte, V.Acosta, C.Jorge… I’m rich with Wander, Abrams, Tovar, Wenceel & J.Rod (CHW)… so which of those Reds are gonna change positions, which should I hold, which should I sell/drop? 320 prospects rostered across 16 teams.

Regards – Warren G

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Warren G
3 months ago

I’m betting big on Noelvi Marte and Carlos Jorge

Chhh
Chhh
Reply to  Old School Brother
3 months ago

Marte’s issue is what it’s always been: the hit tool.

Lower the Jolly Roger
Lower the Jolly Roger
3 months ago

Itch i love it as usual… I follow your stuff weekly.. my farm thanks you haha… speaking of which… if I stick to your top 100… what am I doing with Dustin Harris, Elehuris Montero, and Brujan ? There are AT LEAST 10-15 from your top 100 available.. mostly 50 on… 12 team roto keep 10 forever + 12 farm… thank you !

Lower the Jolly Roger
Lower the Jolly Roger
Reply to  Lower the Jolly Roger
3 months ago

Currently in talks of trading My V Grissom for Springer, Quantrill, and another helpful Arm … Luisangel Acuna is one that’s available … Hence & Bibbe as well

Chhh
Chhh
Reply to  Lower the Jolly Roger
3 months ago

I love Acuna. But man, there’s something sexy about Evan Carter that’s making my spidy tingle trigger.

Philip
Philip
3 months ago

Thanks for the heads-up on Vines and Mercedes, Itch. And thanks again for the good word on Grissom. That one is paying the bills nicely.

Painter hasn’t been added in yahoo yet, nor has Manzardo or Colas. From memory it seems like you had all three of them over the 2022 rule-4 guys with the exception of Druw Jones. Would you draft them as such next spring in a fantasy fypd?

And is it possible we are underrating Elly De La Cruz? He looks like he could be the best player in baseball in a couple of years. Are the K’s that big of a problem?

Thanks, Itch! Always look forward to your articles.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  The Itch
3 months ago

yahoo’s getting worse, while out of any respectable top 200 they’ve always been missing at least 40 (more than 5 years ago that number could’ve been more like 80-100), meanwhile they HAD always added right away anybody that got into MLB actual game played. it took them 3 extra days to get x.curry into system after his spot start.

Better Call Limehouse
Better Call Limehouse
Reply to  Better Call Limehouse
3 months ago

oh and anybody that owns n.marte or e.arroyo (both well ranked prospect names and were part of the even bigger player l.castillo to SEA deal) STILL have SEA on them in yahoo. completely ridiculous. not quite as bad as the 1.5 years it took them to move maitan from ATL to LAA after his real life trade to LAA but we don’t know yet how long that’ll take.