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Ralph and Halp are back on this week’s prospect podcast to talk more prospect text-ups. It’s the 21st century, I’m sure teams are texting instead of calling just like everyone else. Rhys Hoskins, Ryan McMahon, Dominic Smith, and Reynaldo Lopez all got the text this week, and we project their numbers for the rest of the season. We then move on to update some notable players still in the minors, including J.P. Crawford, Austin Meadows, Austin Hays, Jahmai Jones, Isaac Paredes, Kyle Lewis, and Nick Senzel, before updating our first-year player big boards, discussing the rankings of Royce Lewis, Hunter Greene, MacKenzie Gore, Luis Robert, Michel Baez, and many more. As always, please make sure to support our sponsor by heading over to RotoWear.com and entering promo code “SAGNOF” for 15% off the highest quality t-shirts in the fantasy sports game. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast:

   
  1. Luvdarooks says:
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    Will Hoskins reach 150 plate appearances?
    His rookie status is at stake and it. Matters for next year regarding his salary

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Luvdarooks: seems likely that he will at this point

  2. G says:
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    Random question would like to get someone’s opinion on. With Villar having two multi hit games in a row (sad this is an accomplishment), would you take a shot at adding him and dropping another dissapoijtment in GRegory Polanco? Polanco is my one bench player

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @G: i think it is fine trying to find and ride a hot hand.

  3. cutchs dreads says:
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    Currently rostering rookies: albies, Hoskins, Dom Smith and I’ll throw Franco and Crush into the discussion. Just looking for most upside potential at this point, not necessarily needing one particular cat. Would you drop any of the aforementioned for McMahon?

    Unfortunately can’t listen to the podcast before wire processes in about an hour.

    Thanks Halp!

    • cutchs dreads says:
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      @cutchs dreads: should add some context. 12tm redraft, h2h categories, 6×6 (+obp) with 2 weeks left until playoffs after this week and currently sitting 1.5 games out of the final playoff spot.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @cutchs dreads: problem is mcmahon might not be up for long. Pure upside, i would take him over dom though

  4. SR says:
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    My favorite podcast for small business promos and cage-free, farm to table, grass fed, non-GMO (hopefully), free range prospecting.

    I’m seeing a ton of hype on Michel Baez which you touched on, but I’m trying to figure out if I’m buying it. I compare his rise to Sixto in the last 6 weeks or so. But my take on reports was that Baez is a single pitch guy, which might not play at higher levels at all – maybe a disproportionate level of success in Fort Worth. Sixto has like 6 pitches, plus control, and can throw heat too, Baez seems like an objectively worse prospect by that measure.

    Franklin Perez seems to be hitting AA in stride, I would really love to see the Astros bring him up for a spot start down the stretch here. Definitely would be an extremely aggressive move, but with the big buffer they have in the AL West, and Martes working out of the bullpen, he might be the next guy up anyways.

    Forrest Whitley with another decent start, and the K numbers keep popping. One of the knocks on Triston McKenzie is the thin body frame, but Whitley is putting up pretty similar numbers at 6’7 240 now. Does that make him a top 30 offseason guy at this rate? Hoping the Astros stay aggressive and give him a taste of AA this year.

    Two low minors guys in Pedro Gonzalez (I traded for him like 2 years ago, I have to mention him again…), and Gilberto Celestino might really be hitting their stride. I think both guys have the tools for that Robles/Acuna type helium, so definitely worth keeping an eye on them.

    Florial got bumped to A+, and he’s been hitting (while maintaining that high-ish K rate). Astronomic BABIP, but the 15% BB% is pretty encouraging from a plate approach perspective.

    Is Christin Stewart a September guy for the Tigers? Given how thin that OF looks right now, can’t think of a good reason he’s not up outside of service time.

    • SR says:
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      @SR:

      On cue, Astros promote Whitley to AA.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @SR: great stuff, SR. I’m basically with you on all of it

      • SR says:
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        @Halp:

        Trying to sell my Arrieta currently – just got an offer of my Arrieta, Senzel, and a first round pick for Odor, Eaton, and JP Crawford. 16 Team dynasty, 40 man rosters, 5 round offseason draft for unowned and first year players – need to create roster space to claim your picks.

        I guess my question here is – how far apart are Crawford and Senzel now, since Crawford has had a renaissance? At this point it looks like Crawford offers more power at SS than Senzel at 3B, and SS has shown to be much more shallow this year than we had expected with all these guys getting promoted.

        Contributing factor to moving Senzel – I own plenty of young, close proximity/arrived, upsidey 3B guys – Devers, Gallo, McMahon, Andujar.

        • Dougie says:
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          @SR: SR- Mind if I pick your brain on your Dynasty league rules? I’m curious how Free Agency and drafting work in your league? You can message me on twitter if that makes more sense. @ChadDHuggins

        • Halp

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          @SR: Sorry, must have missed this before. I think Senzel will have the higher batting average, which Crawford can make up in OBP depending on league rules. And I think Senzel has more raw power and power upside in general too. If you are stacked at 3B, I don’t think it is unreasonable to prefer Crawford though. Team construction has a lot to do with trades.

  5. Dougie says:
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    Halp, I have a couple minor league spots available. How would you rank these guys right now?
    I do own Bichette and Torres so Tatis might be extraneous, but also maybe trade bait?
    Fernando Tatis Jr., Michael Baez, Adrian Morejon, Taylor Trammel, Brandon Marsh, Austin Hays, Jordan Adell, Kyle Wright
    Contracts and Salaries make this a little more complicated… after 3 years I have to renew contracts for $2m/year that I resign. Salaries don’t go toward the cap until a player is promoted from the minors to the active roster, but for example signing a guy like Berrios a few years before he hits the majors would leave you resigning him during a struggling rookie season. Anyway, looking forward to seeing your thoughts.

    • Halp

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      @Dougie: Tatis you should jump on immediately. He is worth the wait even with your league rules and declining value. His hype will be through the roof in the off-season too and easily could be trade bait like you said. The 2nd slot I would be aiming for a more near term guy. Probably would jump on Hays with that pick. Adding Tatis and Hays give you too legit offensive forces, one close, and one a bit further away. Obviously if you want pitching Morejon is excellent, just a few years off.

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