All the leagues are in full swing and the Razzball Prospect Podcast has updates on all the happenings in minor league baseball this week. With a ton of promotions by the Braves, Dodgers, and Red Sox, as well as an interesting trio of shortstops from June’s draft moving up, we touch on them all. Plus scouting looks on Eloy Jimenez, Gabriel Arias, Luis Patino, and more. We jump into our five by five highlighting ten players on our radar. Names like the Dodgers Miguel Vargas, the Reds Jonathan India, the Red Sox Bobby Dalbec, and slew of others. As always head over to Rotowear.com and use our promo-code SAGNOF to get 20% off Rotowear ‘s amazing shirts!

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  1. Racehorse says:
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    What do you guys have to say about Braves RHP Ian Anderson?

    Atlanta has kept him in the Florida League all year, and his numbers are looking pretty good. His BB9 was around 4.4 early on, but it’s now down to 3.4 … and his SO9 is at 10.7.

    In general, how is Anderson’s 2018 comparing with the other arms in the Braves system?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Racehorse: Anderson is right up there for me. Everything I’ve heard is really good, excellent pitch mix gets swings and misses. Right now he’s behind Soroka, Touki, Bryse, and Wright, but he might have as much upside as Touki. They have soooo many arms.

  2. Racehorse says:
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    I see Anderson is ranked #113 on the Top 500.

    Anderson is my only pitcher on my dynasty team’s minor league roster … as I prefer bats over arms due to the reasons Ralph touched on in the podcast …

    I’m not above cutting loose a high pedigree arm in Anderson for stashing yet another bat like Vilade, Biggio, or Nolan Jones, all who are still available in my league.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Racehorse: if he’s your only arm I’d hold.

      • Racehorse says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph — thank you for the input. Biggio was just snapped up by another team in my league, which saddens me — but your reinforcement on holding onto to Ian Anderson does help. Let me explain.

        Back in 2014 I was asking you about cutting Trevor Story who was struggling at the time in AA ball. Your counsel to me was, to paraphrase, “hold, Hold! HOLD!!!”. Well, actually it was more like “skilled MI dudes like Story requires patience” and “if Story breaks through you’ve got gold”.

        And now the 25 year old Trevor Story is such a freaking stud — and what makes Story that much more studlier is he’s a big dude (a big 6’2″ vs a smaller 6’2″) stealing bases and hitting bombs and playing short-stop at a high level (arm, range, glove-work).

        And because of Story’s defense, I just can’t see the Rox ever cavalierly handing SS to Brendan Rodgers. Not that Rodgers has an iron-glove (he doesn’t) but because Story is that good.

        And I almost cut Trevor Story.

        If I had cut Trevor Story back in 2014, I’d have self-exiled myself to a mud hut on a New Guinea mountain top to play paddycake with the head-hunters and cannibals by now.

        My dynasty team’s 2B situation depth-chart wise goes: Cano, Odor, Luis Urias, Garrett Hampson, Esteury Ruiz — with Scott Kingery lurking for the next 5 or 6 years in Philly. Not bad, even without Biggio.

        And now back to Ian Anderson … Thick as a brick? Bungle in the jungle? More like Mother Goose with a nasty 3-pitch mix. I’m holding — in Ralphy I Trusty (i.e. your sage advice on Story).

        Sorry for the meandering Sunday morning coffee fueled digressions — but thank you again for the input!

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Good stuff Ralph. Always a pleasure listening to your smooth sound, talking prospects.

    Question for you: Which two of these guys has the best future. Robert Stephenson, struck out 13 last night, 8 solid starts in a row, lowering his walk rate along the way. Touki Toussaint, pitching well, takin the step his year so far. Domingo Acevedo, also takin the next step and he is a Yankee, Frontline starter, maybe, next Yankee close, possibly.

    cheers

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: I think it’s Touki! Highest upside of the bunch. I’d say Stephenson over Acevedo, but I don’t know. We’ve been waiting on Acevedo for so long. I wonder if he ends up a pen guy.

  4. jose H. says:
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    R alph.
    Nolan Gorman is going crazy on Rookie Ball. He is hitting around 330, with a 430 OBP and 11 HRs in 33 games.

    I already have Bohm and India, but I am thinking of taking Goreman anyways. We don’t know where this guys my end up, India is playing some SS and some say Bohm my end up at 1B. The same is been said about Goreman. I love the bats on all three.

    Worst come to worst I can use one as trade bait in the future.

    What do you think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jose H.: Add him now!

      • jose H. says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ralph,
        I asked this before listening to the podcast. love your comments on Goreman and Eloy and Lance’s comments on India.

        What is the story with Bohm? he got hit on a leg and apparently it hit a nerve. He has been out for about a month now.

  5. TJvera says:
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    Hey Ralph, I had a question for you, you being someone that goes to games and actually gets a look at these kids, how realistic is that someone that works in your industry as a fantasy baseball prospect expert gets to eventually work as a scout for an MLB team? Cause it feels like you hit the head on the nail with some of these guys before others do.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @TJvera: I’m not sure to be honest. I chat up a lot of scouts at games. Have a few buddies doing it right now, it’s possible. Writers have been hired by teams like the Astros, Padres, and Braves.

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