Atlanta RHP Bryce Elder brings the magic like he stole some old wizard’s wand. His name is fitting in that he pitches like a wily vet and I feel like he has a lot to teach me. He was the first man off my faab run in week 1 of the Highlander Dynasty Invitational. Took Yonny Hernandez with the last claim spot. The raw math of the settings suggested Yonny was the better piece as a newly molted Diamondback in Arizona. I was more afraid to miss him, I guess, is what it comes down to. If Yonny comes up and takes that third base job, he’s an instant stolen base source with big upside. I realize I’m just making excuses here now. Sorry about that. Also, I was traveling. On the road all weekend. Sparse internet signal. Funny thing is, I had sort-of binge-watched some Elder starts last week, and I really liked him. He’s not a shallow league piece, probably, at least not in the short term, but he can manage a game. April can be a kind month to the game managers of the pitching world. 

The aforementioned Arizona 3B Yonny Hernandez is in the lineup today. I don’t see much competition for playing time on the roster, and if he settles into a role, Yonny could rock our socks off in the stolen base department . . . at the cost of every other category . . . but still! SAGNOF! 

Another young snake worth watching is C/OF Cooper Hummel, a tank of a ballplayer at 5’10” 198 lbs who went bonkers after the club acquired him from Milwaukee last summer, producing a .353/.429/.575 slash line in 46 games. Those stats don’t matter much given the offense-friendly environment that birthed them, but his 63/61 BB/K plate skills (in 92 AAA games) will play anywhere.  

The Fangraphs blurb for San Francisco OF Heliot Ramos says “a well-rounded corner outfielder,” and I can’t tell if that’s a pun, but bravo if so, and either way really. Ramos isn’t overweight, but his body shape fits that blurb, is all I’m saying. I feel like he’s on the roster to fill a short-term need, but I can understand some optimism for a guy who does a little bit of everything. I’ve never been a big believer, for what it’s Wuertz. 

Boston LHP Brandon Walter is something of a must-add in deepish leagues until proven otherwise. He’s deploying three plus pitches right now with his fastball, slider and changeup, and he’s able to command all three. Sure, he’s a 25-year-old in AA, but he’ll only be there for another few starts if he keeps rolling like he has been. He produced a 30.4% K-BB rate in A+ last year and has a 43.8% K-BB rate after five innings in AA this year. 

Tampa RHP Tommy Romero was uncharacteristically wild in his major league debut, walking five Oakland hitters. That’s understandable, I suppose. We were all a little wilder in our youth. The Rays are shorthanded in the rotation at the moment, so I think Romero will get another turn or two. He dominated AA as a 23-year-old last year and even carried a 0.96 WHIP across 62.1 innings in AAA, so one tough night is no reason to panic-drop him. I landed him for $5 in the CBS AL Only just before he was called up and rushed him into my lineup this week, so that’s fun. 

San Diego LHP MacKenzie Gore is with the club right now and lined up to step in for injured slapdick Blake Snell. I watched his AAA opener, and the outcomes were great: 5 IP, 2 H, 7 K, 0 R, 0 BB. Given his electric stuff from the left side, he doesn’t need pinpoint command to succeed, which is good because he does not have it. I’d still be more likely to trade him away today than trade for him. 

Texas LHP Brock Burke looked like his old self in recording five strikeouts over two scoreless innings to pick up his first win as a big leaguer. My Highlander and Razz30 and SGL (20 teams) dynasty leagues all hope it’s the first of many. Burke is nearing Thairo Estrada levels of my pet fascination with his ability to actualize at the highest level, which looks like a fairly positive bullet point for him at the moment. 

Maybe you missed it, and judging by the attendance records, you probably did, Oakland 2B Sheldon Neuse is raking. He looks good in the box, too. Even manager Mark Kotsay has praised him for looking more athletic than the last time Oakland had him. Which is to say he’s bounced around, but the Dodgers were the ones who scooped him up last time he was available, so that’s a good thing, right? I think it is, at least for now, at least on this team where anyone with a pulse should find his way onto the field. 

Speaking of raking, Cleveland 1B Owen Miller is out in the yard like it’s October in the Midwest, taking the tongs to every leaf in sight. Always tricky to play the prediction game with Cleveland’s playing time, but if you’re starting Bobby Bradley at first base in any kind of format, A) I’m sorry for you that it’s come to this, and B) you should start seeking alternatives because Miller is a much better baseball player.  

Thanks for reading! 

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

 

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florida jack
florida jack
2 months ago

your opinion please

keep forever, 15 team roto

edman or gore

thanks for all the great info all the time

Dude
Dude
2 months ago

Pick 2. Keeper League. Keep 13. K’s look nice. Ratios good. Maybe the occasional SVHD. Biggest upside and most help now?
Roansy
Jhoan Duran
Brock Burke

Dude
Dude
Reply to  The Itch
2 months ago

Who would be the other?

Dude
Dude
Reply to  The Itch
2 months ago

Thanks!

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
2 months ago

Itch!!

Would it be safe for us Marlins fans to be enamored with Kahlil Watson? I mean, he’s ridiculous.

Also, would you stash Max Meyer and Kirby? Love me some Prospect pitching (and hitting)

Thank you!!

TarmanGotHim
TarmanGotHim
Reply to  The Itch
2 months ago

Thanks Itch!

I just haven’t seen a Bat in the Marlins system with as much Upside as Watson in a very long time. Probably since the Stanton/Yelich era and he’s looking better at said time then they did.

Stoked!!

Thanks again!

Primetime
Primetime
2 months ago

Itch, so shallow 10 team keeper OBP. I own guys like Arenado, Freeman, Story Toscar, Nola Bieber and Ray.

I drafted young pitching like Gilbert Baz, skubal and Greene. Might add Max (marlins).

Hitting I drafted Addel and Suzuki. Have a pretty good squad, but offense is getting old.

Thinking of stashing casas, volpe, maybe Miranda and Carroll. I also like Jung but he out, may grab in later in year.

Who would you recommend. 1st and 3rd always thin.

We keep 7 players either 4 offense 3 pitchers or vice versa.

Thoughts ?

TheCheat
TheCheat
2 months ago

Curious if you have any new thoughts on Felix Valerio (MIL), Adrian Pinto (TOR), or Jose Torres (CIN). Thanks in advance!

Joe Buckyourself
Joe Buckyourself
2 months ago

Itch:

Love your articles!

10 Team Roto Dynasty League
6×6 with OBP/DT
6×6 with QS, Holds & Saves are separate cats

C:           M Garver
1st:        J Walsh
2nd         W. Merrifield
3rd          G Urshela
SS          J Baez
MI         T Edman
CI            J Abreu
OF         G Springer
OF         N Castellanos
OF         B Harper
OF         J D Martinez
OF          C Bellinger
DH         Adolis Garcia
U             M Ozuna

Bench: R Laureano, G Hampson, N Cruz, A Gimenez
IL: L Urias            

P:           M Scherzer
               J Urias
             A Manoah
               C Burnes
               S Bieber
               T Houck
              N Lodolo

RP:        E Diaz
              J McGee
              C Doval
C Javier
              M Barnes
              G Gallegos
               
                

Minor Slots (10): F Alvarez, A Rutschman, J Miranda, Kahil Watson, S Frelick, H Hernandez, P Crow-Armstrong, B House, J Allen, L Garcia (Washington)
                                
               
      A. I may have to make room for Lodolo if he gets sent back down……who am I dropping? Thoughts on L Garcia?
B. Would you keep Lodolo or try to flip? What would be a solid return?
C. Same question as B, but with Rutschman?
D. Another manager had Acuna on his block….. give me a solid offer to send!

Thanks again!!!!         
         

bmmolter
bmmolter
2 months ago

hey itch,
have a few guys in the minors that are top 100 on various lists but I also see a few guys on my minors FA list that really interest me. Would you drop ezequial duran, peyton burdick, ryan pepiot, matt allan, and/or liover peguero in order to pick up cristian santana, willy vazquez and/or brayan bello?

I try to keep a mix of high upside guys and some that are closer to the majors. Rest of minors is
harry ford, mj melendez, curtis mead, elly de la cruz, owen caissie, michael harris, casas, arteaga, andy pages, alex ramirez (NYM), eury perez, cole winn, walston.

Thanks.

bigbear
bigbear
2 months ago

With John Means checking in on Dr. Andrews availability (not quite there, but…), what about Bradish or Grayson?

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  The Itch
2 months ago

Probably true on Baumann. He’s been strong in relief so far. Bradish is probably the next arm called up. I do think Grayson gets a call at some point (9 IP, 15K, 1BB).

Primetime
Primetime
2 months ago

Itch. Happy Opening Week.

Thoughts of Royce Lewis. He’s been raking. Sounds like he could play OF, SS or 2b. Use to be top prospect before the injury.. thoughts of him vs Giants SS of the future. My keeper team getting old but still decent for over 8 years. The only future guy I drafted this year was Gray Rod.

Lower the Jolly Roger
Lower the Jolly Roger
2 months ago

Itch ! Love it … 12 team keep 10 + 10 farm/stash …. I have Kwan on my farm as I’m pretty OF heavy in MLB … (Robert/Tucker/Stanton/Straw/Winker) … should i try to sell high on him and get another piece somewhere ? Hang with him ? I’m not desperate at all… just asking your thoughts … thank you always!

Monken Drunkey
Monken Drunkey
2 months ago

Hey there.Curious about a trade I was offered in a 20-team dynasty where I inherited the last place team and need all the help I can get. I’ve been offered both Franmil and Kwan for Kelenic. I’m already to the point where I hope he gets sent down so I can NA him for an extra roster spot.

Monken Drunkey
Monken Drunkey
Reply to  The Itch
2 months ago

Can’t imagine a place staying in business long these days with a promotion like that. I think $10 would basically get you a single burger and a draft beer at the place near me.

Yeah. I get both. I really wanted to accept it. But I felt like maybe I was missing something, and wanted to run it by one of you guys first. Thanks for the assistance.

Don't be a Hader
Don't be a Hader
2 months ago

2 jacks for Owen Miller today. Prioritize him over Thairo Estrada??

Parsa Abtahian
Parsa Abtahian
2 months ago

Fan of Tyler O’Neil. Was offered him for Lindor in an OBP league straight up. 6 keeper forever. I’m a little wary of last season being a one off for him (especially regarding SB). Should I consider the offer?

Anthony
Anthony
2 months ago

Itch – couldn’t find much info on Burke.i am in a Very deep Al only league. Is he worth adding? Career numbers look pretty bad Would you go with him or Romero? Both available and I have a few holes to fill

Dirt McGirt
Dirt McGirt
2 months ago

I am a fan of Estrada too who, think he keeps playing everyday once LaStella, Wade, Longoria return? Could he become a Chris Taylor Type?

Not a prospect but what are your thoughts on Maikel Franco?