Every other week Razzball ranks the prospects closest to contributing to your fantasy roster. The list is limited to players who still have rookie eligibility (less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched) and who are currently in the minor leagues. It’s not a list based on talent alone, but rather it’s a mixture of talent and opportunity. It will change frequently over the course of the season as prospects graduate to the majors, injuries occur, or service time roadblocks are passed. Here are the top 15 prospects on the cusp of the major leagues for 2015 fantasy baseball…

1. Steven Matz, LHP | Mets +7

*Casey Kasem voice* And climbing aaaalllll the way to #1 with his new hit single, “Gee Wiz, Your Niese Sure Ain’t Pretty”, it’s…Steven Matz. The southpaw jumps both Olivera and Seager this week since there’s pretty much no way he makes it to the next one. If he’s available in your league, you know what to do.

2. Hector Olivera, INF | Dodgers +2

Like Matz, Olivera is getting closer and closer, or at least he should be. In six games at Triple-A he’s hitting .444 with a homer. Also like Matz, he shouldn’t be available in most leagues at this point. The only fear is Don Mattingly and whether Olivera will get consistent playing time. I think he will, but we’re dealing with a mad scientist and not the good kind. I’ll call it Dexter’s Laboratory after watching him kill poor Alex Guerrero.

3. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers -1

Seager’s only roadblock at this point is Jimmy Rollins, who is a shell of his former self. *Split screen…Rollins on one side, Chase Utley on the other. They each hold one half of a “BFF” heart necklace. Close-up on a single tear streaming down each of their faces simultaneously. Vaporwave plays in the background.* These guys needed each other! The Dodgers are going to roll with Jimmy as long as they can, trying to give Seager as close to a full year in Triple-A as possible a la Joc Pederson. But it’s getting to the point where a fresh Seager may help the team more than J-Roll.

4. Miguel Sano, 3B | Twins +8

Sano had been hanging around in the back half of the top ten, but with all of the graduations and the Twins’ aggressiveness with Buxton, I’m feeling more confident that we’ll see him before September. Plouffe is playing well, so the road to the majors may be through a transition to left field work or simply as a designated hitter. Sano has three homers in his last ten games, and now has 12 dingers on the year. A late July/early August call-up shouldn’t be ruled out.

5. Kyle Schwarber, C | Cubs 

I’m breaking my own rules here since he’s in the majors right now, but we’re about 99% sure he’s heading to Triple-A next week. Still, Schwarber is only an injury or two away from the majors again, even if he stays at catcher (which is apparently what the Cubs are committed to). I’d watch this one very closely for any kind of position change or inkling that they’re itchy to get him back in the lineup. He’s shown what he can do with a bat already and that’s going to help a lot of fantasy teams.

6. Jose Peraza, 2B | Braves 

There were three show dogs. Let’s call them “Jace”, “Cameron” and “Jose”. All three seemed like they were ready to hit the show dog circuit. Jose was just as handsome as his littermates, but one day someone found matching Jesus-shaped moles on Jace and Cameron’s hindquarters. The two “miracle dogs” became a sensation overnight. Now Jose waits in the car while Jace and Cameron do photo shoots for Dog Fancy magazine.

7. Daniel Norris, LHP | Blue Jays +2

Norris continues to pitch decently in Triple-A, but the walks are still a thorn in his side. He’s walked eight batters in his last 14.1 innings pitched. Norris is a decent stash given the Blue Jays need for some pitching depth, but Marco Estrada has done a good enough job rounding out that rotation and Scott Copeland has been solid with Sanchez on the shelf.

8. Aaron Nola, RHP | Phillies +5

Nola made his Triple-A debut this week and was fantastic. Last year’s first round pick threw five shutout innings with one walk and seven strikeouts. He’s one step closer to the majors with this promotion, and since the Phils are expected to shop both Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang, a rotation spot should be cleared for Nola this July/August.

9. Luis Severino, RHP | Yankees +5

Like Nola, Severino was recently promoted to Triple-A and should see time with the big club in the second half. For a lot of these arms on the list, I’d watch for how they’re used in the minors over the coming weeks. Teams may monitor their innings, and the Yankees especially may need Severino’s services down the road – even if it’s in the bullpen at first.

10. Jose Berrios, RHP | Twins +5

Berrios coughed up the Southern League lead in strikouts this week, but he still has 83 Ks in just under 80 innings pitched and a tidy 3.09 ERA and 2.4 BB/9 to go along with them. The Buxton call-up gives us hope that both Sano and Berrios could be a little closer than we originally thought. Definitely an arm to watch for the second half of the season.

11. Peter O’Brien, C/OF | Diamondbacks

I went over Peter O’Brien in this week’s profile. I haven’t been this interested in an O’Brien since Conan started doing “If They Mated”. Where he fits with the D-Backs is TBD, but O’Brien has had a great season at Triple-A and should be up in the second half at some point.

12. Andrew Heaney, LHP | Angels -5

The 24-year-old lefty has now given up five or more earned runs in three of his last five starts. Granted, he’s pitching in the PCL, but Heaney’s typically solid control has faltered lately as well. He’s walked 13 batters in his last 27.2 innings pitched, which works out to a 4.3 BB/9 if my terrible math is correct. That’s not good.

13. Jon Gray, RHP | Rockies 

Gray hasn’t given up more than three earned runs since April for Triple-A Albuquerque, so he’s done everything right as far as prepping for a call-up to the Rockies. He’s always been a well thought of prospect. My hangup is, well, are we really going to trust him this year in Coors? If the answer is no, then we’re looking at only starting him on the road or streaming, which limits his fantasy value.

14. Brian Johnson, LHP | Red Sox

Eduardo Rodriguez has been great outside of the Toronto hiccup, and the Red Sox have more good starters waiting in the wings if they should have a need. Johnson has thrown 74 innings for Triple-A Pawtucket with 69 strikeouts and a 2.7 BB/9.

15. Aaron Blair, RHP | Diamondbacks

I almost went with Stephen Piscotty in this last slot, so expect to see him soon with some graduations. Blair was always in the mix for a late-2015 arrival, and his recent promotion to Triple-A Reno brings him that much closer. His first start didn’t go so well though. Blair gave up 8 runs in four innings. Ouch.

Graduates
I’ve been tracking the graduates from these lists, but wasn’t happy with just regurgitating their stat lines. So we’ll try something a little different (and hopefully a little more useful). Each graduate is listed with their “Season to Date” and “Rest of Season” values from the Razzball Player Rater. I used the standard 12-team ESPN values entering Saturday night’s games and the table is sorted by $ROS.

Player (Highest Rank) POS $STD $ROS
Kris Bryant (1) 3B 21 36
Yasmany Tomas (3) 3B 1 12
Carlos Correa (1) SS -15 12
Maikel Franco (2) 3B -4 9
Byron Buxton (3) OF -30 3
Addison Russell (8) SS -6 2
Rusney Castillo (1) OF -23 -1
Noah Syndergaard (3) SP -3 -1
Francisco Lindor (4) SS -26 -4
Carlos Rodon (2) SP -8 -6
Raisel Iglesias (13) SP -10 -6
Eduardo Rodriguez (10) SP 0 -8
Alex Colome (12) SP -10 -9
Matt Wisler (10) SP -6 -16
Alex Gonzalez (12) SP -1 -17
Blake Swihart (11) C -13 -26

Previous Rankings: Week 2 | Week 4 | Week 6 | Week 8 | Week 10

Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there!

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los locos
los locos
6 years ago

Mike, how do you feel about Aaron Judge, promotion to AAA. Definate old OF in NY, Ellsbury being the most overrated guy in history. This guy is a beast, could he be the next Mike Stanton?

S.H
S.H
6 years ago

Would you trade my Bautista for Rizzo

Mike
Reply to  S.H
6 years ago

yup

S.H
S.H
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:
Thanks Mike.

Is there any reason to own Lorenzen or Colome if you can get Y.Ventura

Mike
Reply to  S.H
6 years ago

anytime…nah, I’d take Ventura over both

goodfold2
goodfold2
6 years ago

30 many dynasty. start of possible dump off time. in () are end deal years. we get 1 franchise tag (costs real life money, currently beltre), 1 restricted tag (currently Erv Santana) and 1 any type tag (currently werth on 2 year deal). any contracts cut cost half of the remaining money, if multi -year that could be spread over each year, or all at once. so cutting werth costs 6 mil this year and next, or 12 now.
d’arnaud .4 mil (2017
CI – beltre 18 mil (2015)
CI uribe .622 mil (2015)
MI alcides 3 mil (2015)
MI segura 6.4 mil (2016)
OF a-jax 6.4 (2016)
OF leonys 3.1 (2016)
OF coghlan 1.33 mil (2015)
util e.rosario .4 mil (2018)
BN CI/MI c.hernandez .4 (2015)
C Chirinos .4 mil (2015)
CI smoak 1.347 mil (2016)
Minors guys (room for 25). all contracts free till called up, then .4 till end of 2018.
C – o’connor TB
CI – l.encarnacion PHI
l.jimenez BOS (he’s cuttable if i need room, or he hits his 150 at bats)
kubitza LAA
MI – drury ARI
gumbs NYY
lee TB (this guy needs some health)
c.phelps PHI (cuttable for space)
salcedo ATL
OF – altherr PHI
cozens PHI (tocci i’m probably bidding on here soon)
v.reyes ATL
dj davis TOR
wates MIA
SP – bolsinger .4 mil (2015)
-chavez .4 mil (2015)
– c.anderson 1.584 mil (2015, should’ve gone longer on this bid that i won, wasn’t sure of playing time)
– sale 6.425 mil (2016)
– liriano 11.5 mil (2016)
– quintana 6.4 mil (2016)
-erv sant 8.77 mil (2015)
RP hatcher .4 mil (2015)
– furbush .4 mil (2015)
– delabar .4 mil (2015)
– fien .4 mil (2017)
– leone 1.15 mil (2017, i figured this would be the smart long term guy, not yet)
– melancon 6.421 mil (2016)
Minors guys pitchers:
– v.alcantara LAA
– davies BAL
-heredia PIT
– reynaldo lopez WAS
– urena MIA (not long till he has to be brought up or dropped)
– m.ynoa WSOX (i didn’t realize for months that OAK had traded him)
– m.cabrera ATL
– yarbrough SEA

An owner wants Chavez and/or Bolsinger. I’m thinking it’s more useful to me to restrict or franchise chavez than Bolsinger for next year, right? Also, are any of these worth trading for in something like this:
CI – R.wheeler MIN
– j.mahoney MIA
– n.javier SF
MI diaz STL
– d.fields (OF also) DET
– g.garcia STL
OF – c.puello NYM
P – j.callahan BOS
– t.healy OAK

Or i could try for picks here. He’d probably NOT give anything better than a 4th though.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: 4th round is quite woof, but i have no control for next year over chavez/erv santana/beltre/bolsinger/c.anderson, and of those i’m probably best off restricting/franchising if anybody chavez/c.anderson. Beltre simply isn’t worth the 19 million he’d cost to franchise, i could restrict him, but he’d probably still cost 12 or so. Werth i do have next year at 12. So none of those prospects is worth trading for i guess. Opp also has some good players, but he’s in good competition now and likely won’t trade those.

S>H
S>H
6 years ago

Hey Mike in a head to head dynasty league, 12 teams 50 man roster all of whom could be keepers. Would you deal Stroman and Y.Tomas for Strasburg, l am iffy on Stras and his arm but like the potential. Thanks

Sternal
Sternal
6 years ago

Mike, does Ian Desmond have any value as a keeper? A guy in our league is trying to dump him. I need SS for the future because Hanley will lose SS eligibility next year. Would you offer a guy like Tyson Ross or Marcel Ozuna for him? Or, is Desmond worthless?

John
John
6 years ago

Mike, Syndergaard or Matz for the rest of the season?

Also, not a prospect anymore, but would you hold on Rusney for this season or drop?

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
6 years ago

Would you trade Buxton away for rizzo?? Buxtons salary is $0 $1 $6 $11, rizzo is $11 $16 $21 $26 the next four years. Rizzo is very undervalued but Buxton that cheap,could be a game changer. I am one big bat away I believe from first this year. Thanks.

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
Reply to  Jake from State Farm
6 years ago

@Jake from State Farm: just looking for some positive reinforcement here haaa

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
Reply to  Jake from State Farm
6 years ago

@Jake from State Farm: thanks. I get gun shy trading away my stud minor leaguers. Especially as studly as Buxton.

KarlJ
KarlJ
6 years ago

This year only -non keeper would you rather own Seager or Sano?

Chrisjen17
Chrisjen17
6 years ago

Thanks again for all your insight Mike.
I am in a dynasty league and need to add another SP to help this year with an eye to the future.
We have limited moves and small benches, so there is good talent available.
Our stats are different where pitchers that are high BB (like Bauer) really hurt you.
Who would you possibly recommend two?
IN THE SHOW:
Jesse Hahn, Trevor May, Aaron Sanchez, Matt Wisler, Drew Hutchison, Kyle Gibson, Chase Anderson, Vincent Velasquez, Kyle Hendricks, Rubby De La Rosa

MiLB:
Steven Matz, Aaron Nola, Alex Meyer, Tyler Glasnow, Marco Gonzales, Jose Berrios, Manny Banuelos, Mike Foltynewicz, Zach Lee

Thanks!

Chrisjen17
Chrisjen17
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:
Thanks! You think Matz or Nola will outperform Hahn/May next year though?

Chrisjen17
Chrisjen17
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:
Sounds good, thanks again!

Mike B
Mike B
6 years ago

Back to Buxton-correa: 10 team/10 keeper league, keep 1 round earlier each season..
was just offered Buxton (22nd round keeper next season) and Harvey (15th) for my correa (19) and Kluber (11th). I’m not competing this season so the longterm value is my main concern. How does this stack up?

Mike B
Mike B
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: the offering team is in first place. I’ve countered with 2 offers:
1-Buxton harvey and springer (19th) for correa Kluber and puig (18th)
2- Buxton harvey for correa and tanaka/Strasburg/JD Martinez (all 3 no real keeper value)

Also this is OBP/QS league

Weighing Buxton’s ceiling vs correa. Love correa being SS. It’s like picking your favorite child.

The Staff Infection
The Staff Infection
6 years ago

Do you see any chance of trea turner getting the call this year for the nats? Their infield is crowded, but full of blah middle infielders. He seems to be doing pretty well in AA too.

740
740
6 years ago

Hey Mike, 10team h2h 5×5.

Ian jus hit waiver….should i drop Lindor or Russell or hold?

Big Magoo
6 years ago

Happy Father’s Day, Mike! Great stuff as always.

Any local buzz on when Papelbon gets moved? I’ve been waiting on Giles in a few leagues. Amaro can’t screw this one up, right? Right?

Big Magoo
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: I understand holding out for the best package for Hamels, but hopefully he unloads those other guys too. Growing up in Philly has made me a bit of a skeptic, haha.

Big Magoo
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: But that’s what Ruben does best!

Yeah, I think they’re on the right track too. Isn’t Harang on a cheap one year deal? He’d make a great #5 for a contender needing an innings-eater. Would probably (hopefully) just take a middling prospect to get him.

I don’t think that Revere would bring much back, and they’d probably have to eat some money in a Papelbon deal to get a decent return, but there should be possibilities near the deadline. Fingers crossed.

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Sounds good thanks!

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Hey again Mike,

I like Ross’s chances of being brought back up do you? That being said would you drop Phelps or Weaver and pick singleton back up or would you drop ross again?

los locos
los locos
6 years ago

Magic Mike..

Weaver on the DL, Heaney get the call up? If so is an add or wait and see, which basically means let someone else own him?

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Also, any idea how serious the aoki injury is? Would you start Melky over him this week?

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

Got it Thanks! I just dropped Singleton to stash Ross any thoughts there?

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

Yup thanks

Chris
Chris
6 years ago

Thanks Mike!

Not a lot of love for Singleton huh? I know he didn’t kill it when he came up last yr.

Plz pick the lesser of two evils!

Fister vs Atl
Phelps vs LAD

Each have 1 start.

Thanks!

Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

Hey, nice to see you have your new old name back…

Correa or Reyes ROS?

cheers Mike

Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

Correa or Reyes ROS?

Mike
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

wow…good question. Prolly still Reyes but that’s awfully close.

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: I know right, Reyes has shown no power or speed, other than one big game off the DL. Correa well he is what Reyes was when Reyes was young..Both in good lineups as well…

I’ll have to sleep on it and see what Grey says in the morning..thanks

Mike
Reply to  Malicious Phenom
6 years ago

Looking at the rater, Reyes is only three bucks higher. So I guess you gotta take Correa for the upside at this point.

Scott
Scott
6 years ago

Dynasty league…who are you top three from list below?

Brent Honeywell
Derek Fisher
Roman Quinn
Michael Reed
Kevin Newman
Walker Buehler
Tyler Jay

Mike
Reply to  Scott
6 years ago

Fisher, Quinn, Honeywell

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:

Thanks!

Mike
Reply to  Scott
6 years ago

No problem man

Scott
Scott
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:

As a follow-up…I asked since those are whose available in my draft

I was offered Russell Martin for the current pick…is that good value given whose left? My current catcher is Wilin Rosario…but my team is in the race and Rosario’s uneven playing time hurts.

Mike
Reply to  Scott
6 years ago

If Martin helps you win now, go for it

Jake from State Farm
Jake from State Farm
6 years ago

Hey mike. Any thoughts on clevelands starter today? He pitched a hell of a game.

Mike
Reply to  Jake from State Farm
6 years ago

Yeah it was a terrific start! I don’t have much on him, but he could be one of these late bloomers who surprises.

JamesSImp
JamesSImp
6 years ago

Hello,
I am in a 12 team 25 player/team keeper league, we get six keepers for the following season, but when we keep them, the player kept has a 2 round handicap, so if i was to keep my 8th rounder his value for the next season and season after that would be a 6th rounder, losing my 6th round pick but still owning an 8th pick. players who were added not drafted are tacked on at the end of the round, so lindor/mccullers for example was not drafted and picked him up
by me so they would count as my lowest roster spots.
these are my players as follows, was wondering who you think is worth keeping

oh and if we keep a first rounder we forfeit our 2nd and 3rd and if we keep a 2nd rounder we lose a 3d and 4th
1. José Abreu
2. Anthony Rendón
3. Ryan Braun
4. Nolan Arenado
5. José Reyes
7. Jorge Soler
8. Charlie Blackmon
9. Gio González
10. Evan Gattis
12. Jonathan Papelbon
13. Justin Verlander
14. Francisco Liriano
20. Lorenzo Cain
6. Yelich (pick up still counts as a 6th rder)
UNDRAFTED devon travis
UNDRAFTED maikel franco
UNDRAFTED ubaldo jimenez
UNDRAFTED john axford
UNDRAFTED Lance Mccullers
UNDRAFTED Julio Urias
UNDRAFTED tyler glasnow
UNDRAFTED bartolo colon
UNDRAFTED aj ramos
UNDRAFTED vincent velasquez

JamesSImp
JamesSImp
Reply to  JamesSImp
6 years ago

@JamesSImp:
i have lindor undrafted too

JamesSImp
JamesSImp
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:
yeah, our commish wanted to keep it for parity so other’s who draft trout-esque players.
we do not have to keep six but it’s recommended. if you do not mind me asking, why soler?
he’s been a hard play this season.

also berrios is available to pick up as well as nola, should I make a move for them and if I should are they keeper worthy?

Thank you for the wisdom, will be asking you many borderline questions in the future haha.

Mike
Reply to  JamesSImp
6 years ago

I think you’ll get 20-25 homers out of Soler next year. Probably wouldn’t sweat those two starters with only six kept, but you may want to grab them just to see if they stick. Anytime, thanks for reading :)

740
740
6 years ago

thank u 4 the read Mike. great info….10team h2h 5×5. Need help in SS POS

pls pick two ROS. Seager, Lindor, Russell, Segura

thanks again

Luvdarooks
Luvdarooks
6 years ago

In 9th in a 12 team mixed 260 deep league
SO just traded hamels & Harper for a very cheap Pederson and buxton under $10 for ’16 & ’17
It was outvoted 3 to 4-
Can u believe it passed the veto only because it did not get 6 no’s!
Was I out of line. ? Doubt it.
Like to know your thoughts

Natty Boh
Natty Boh
6 years ago

How high are you on Joe Ross ROS? He was impressive. How long do you see WAS keeping him in the minors?

Trout
Trout
6 years ago

Thoughts on Mazara? Does he have 2015 call-up potential? Or is ’16 more likely? Lastly, how would you rank him with Dahl, Winker, Conforto, and Renfro?

Thanks and cheers!

Keegan
Keegan
6 years ago

If you were offered Joc Pederson and 2nd rd pick for next years draft for Correa would you pull the trigger. Its a keeper league so I would get Joc for 2 more seasons after this one but Correa is for 3 more seasons after this one. I also have Betts as a keeper and I do not know if I would want to hold 2 of my 3 keepers as OF. Your thoughts kind sir?

J Dubber
J Dubber
6 years ago

Joe Ross stay in rotation after this week?

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Hey, Mike! Heyward or Bruce ros? Thanks and Happy Father’s Day!

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
6 years ago

Hey Mike,

Which (if any) of the arms you have listed above do you rank over Wisler? Thanks.

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Biggest impact if in the league.

tank1
tank1
6 years ago

In a keeper league, deal Buxton and E-Rod for Strasburg? Obviously, banking on Strasburg returning to form this year. I could not keep Strasburg next year but also would likely not keep either Buxton or E-Rod given other options. Other alternative would be to replace either Buxton or E-Rod with Franco in deal (or include all three). Thanks.

Craig
Craig
6 years ago

Yo Mike, thanks for the update.

What do you see as Seager’s upside as SS.

Let’s say compared to a guy like Correa?

Thanks mate!

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
6 years ago

happy fathers day Maikel,thanks for all that you do for us

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

Happy Father’s Day bud! What do you think about this Touki Toussaint deal? The D-Backs love dealing prospects.

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: As a a die hard Braves fan I’d like to thank Arizona for thinking of me this Fathers day lol!

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Happy Fathers Day to you as well Mike!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Yeah I own Touki in both Razznasty leagues and was shocked when I saw what Arizona did. Seems like robbery. I imagine the conversation went like this ” Hi John Hart this is Dave Stewart. People are saying that I’m not as dumb as Kevin Towers can we fix that?”

Eric B
Eric B
6 years ago

This question is for the artist formerly known as Maikel…Trying to figure out the best prospects to stash/add for the ROS. Recently added Lindor and Schwarber, Lindor has been so/so, Scwarber started red hot and has cooled a bit as we reach the inevitable send down date. So my question is would you hold Schwarber until he’s called back up? I can do it now, but I have Ventura, Odorizzi and Soler on the DL so it may get harder to do so in the coming month.

Also on Lindor, I have Lindor, Alexi and Semien that are all SS eligible. How would you rank those guys going forward and do you see a drop between the 3 of them? Olivera and Sano are available, as is Jace Peterson(trying to get the best SS configuration possible). I could drop say Alexi to add Olivera or Sano and roll with Lindor and Semien(who’s eligible at 2nd/3rd/SS) I’ll post my current roster below.

OMT On the pitching front I recently snagged Gausman but I’m wondering if Wisler or a potential stash of Nola would be wiser…thoughts? And thanks in advance for your take Mike!

Here’s my roster:
5×5 HTH OBP
Bats
C McCann
1B Freeman
2B Kipnis
3B Santana
SS A.Ramirez
OF Stanton
OF Calhoun
OF Springer
OF Betts
Util Pollock
Util Semien
Util Avisail Garcia
Bench Schwarber
Bench Lindor
DL Soler

Staff
P Kluber
P Chavez
P Cole
P Salazar
P T. Walker
SP Velasquez
SP Bauer
RP Chapman
RP Britton
Bench RP Perkins
Bench RP Melancon
Bench SP Gausman
DL Ventura
DL Odorizzi

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Thanks, kinda how I was looking at it too but it helps to have an outside prospective.I’ve almost pulled the trigger on Jace for Alexi several times but I kept hoping Alexi would get hot since he’s a notoriously slow starter but I’m beginning to doubt the probability of that.

Do you think I’m overvaluing Semien do to his position flexibility? He comes in handy when I need to plug someone into 3rd(like right now with Freeman hurt Santana’s my only back up at 1st). Do you think Olivera or Sano would offer more counting stats going forward than Semien would? The only other player on the wire that can help me at 3rd would be someone like Pedro Alvarez and he’s been streaky and sits a lot against lefties.

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Im in 1st by 7.5 games and finished 2nd last year…so I’m definitely in it to win it!

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Eric B
6 years ago

@Eric B: After re-reading my posts, I’d also like to apologize for the numerous type-O’s, My English teacher would be disappointed lol.

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Eric B
6 years ago

@Eric B: Ok Mike, Gausman just got demoted…ughhh! So you adding Wisler or do you think I’ve got enough pitching to stash Sano or Olivera? Just dropped Alexi for Jace.

Eric B
Eric B
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Yeah I know right, I probably need an arm to stay competitive but I try my hardest not to be all homerish when adding players, Wisler looked good but will he continue to is the better question. I know he’s a low K guy, I have K potential in my lineup but I need quality SP stats and wins to win that side of the 5×5 each week. You think Wisler can hold his spot or will he go the way of Folty and get sent back down? Also if I do stash the bat you taking Sano or Olivera?

dude
dude
6 years ago

JP Crawford – Any chance we see him this year? What do you see for him for 2016?

Maxwell
Maxwell
6 years ago

16 teamer keeper.
B mccann
Goldy, belt
Kipnis
Beltre, lawrie
Hanley
Harper, mccutchen, puig, leonys martin
Kershaw, sale, fiers, hutchinson, aaron sanchez, eovaldi
Should I trade puig, Hutchinson and eovaldi for lester and pedroia? Could give me pitching depth I need.

Maxwell
Maxwell
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

What if I trade puig and eovaldi for stras and pujols?

Robert
Robert
6 years ago

I am holding Buxton on my bench. How much patience do you think the Twins will have with him?

Xavier
Xavier
6 years ago

Not a prospect or a rookie officially, but not many innings pitched and getting little love because he pitches in Denver, but what’s your take on Chad Bettis, Mike? Seems to be holding his own. Still available in my NL league, nobody trusts him it seems!

Xavier
Xavier
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Thanks for your take, Mike…I will push my luck and ask what you think of Jose Urena as well. Survived both Coors and Yankee Stadium, so I was impressed!

Xavier
Xavier
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: Thanks again…both these guys have value in my 12-team NL league. I already own Urena and will make a bid this week for Bettis.

Mike B
Mike B
6 years ago

Being offered Buxton for Correa in a keeper. From a purely fantasy standpoint, what is your take on their realistic/ceiling projections over next 5ish years? I think correa is more physically mature at this juncture and may have a jumpstart on production. But I still think Buxton may have a little more upside when all is said and done. Interested in your thoughts. Thanks!

MJ
MJ
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike:

I may be alone in thinking this, but I think there is a HUGE gap between what Correa is now and will be five years from now and what Buxton is/will be. To me, Correa is a furure, no doubt about it, stud!! Buxton will be a good, maybe very good, player. I just don’t see him being a future stud.

Randall
Randall
6 years ago

How has Oswaldo been doing in Rochester? When do you expect him back?

Clyde Prompto
Clyde Prompto
Reply to  Randall
6 years ago

@Randall: Not so hot, over-the-internet friend. He’s hitting .182 overall and .227 in the last week. I own him in a deep AL-Only league, so this turn of events is most unwelcome.

Brett
Brett
6 years ago

What do you see the Dodgers doing? Turner is there best hitter currently batting 3rd how do the have Olivera come up and bench him?

MJ
MJ
6 years ago

Surprised Michael Conforto hasn’t made the list yet. I prefer him over O’Brien and I don’t think he is going to be far off from what Schwarber does as he has shown better strike zone judgement. What’s your take on him?

Joe Shmoe
Joe Shmoe
6 years ago

Hi Mr. Mike,
I was toying with the idea of shopping Harvey for a bat… Who do you think is an equal return?
Thanks!

Niceguybilly
Niceguybilly
6 years ago

Hey Mike, great read as always!
As a big jays fan I was listening to AA on the radio and he was excited about Matt Boyd who recently was promoted to AAA and has done well. Anthropolus made it sound like he would get the call up before Norris. Any thoughts on Boyd?

Yescheese
Yescheese
6 years ago

Respectfully, you’re dreaming on a July callup for Nola, fanboy (phanboy?)

That being said, we are probably dreaming that there’s even 15 MLB-ready prospects left in the minors… The year of the prospect!

Happy Father’s Day mike

The Balking Dead
The Balking Dead
6 years ago

Mike, always love these rankings and your blurbs on these guys. One of the things I look forward to every weekend!

Anywho, I’d love to hear your thoughts on Matt Wisler this year, and in the future. He looked pretty good in his 1st start, albeit against the Mets and only 2 Ks over 8 IP.

Bruce Leroy
Bruce Leroy
6 years ago

Few questions magic mike.. time to drop colome? Starters under 200 innings are very valuable bc they can be brought up from our minors to start. I’ve been holding out hope he can get his shizz together. Also have mike Montgomery in the same league. You think he’s legit or his peripherals show he’s going to get blown up.. Brian Johnson is available.
Do you believe this Dominic smith revolution? He’s available also.
Old decrepit starters avail in my dynasty… cain, holland, Harrison, beachy, leak and garza. Any worth an add.
Drop Cashner, chavez or Jake mcgee for Lance lynn next week. In this league I’m in first by a mile, I’m guessing Cashner bc he’s been inconsistent but can’t figure out the rays closer situation. No one can. I have 4 closers besides mcgee anyway.
And lastly and thank you for putting up with this. Haa. I have no one to talk prospects with. I can trade chi chi in a keeper for a proven starter. His k rate is terrible but era and whip look great. I need one more starter to make a real run at first. Haven’t called him up bc his k rate would hurt me. You think o should call him up and plug him in my lineup or trade him while his value is high. Again thanks Mike.

Bruce Leroy
Bruce Leroy
Reply to  Bruce Leroy
6 years ago

@Bruce Leroy: wow that was a lot longer than I thought. If you can answer two I’d be happy. Haa.

Yescheese
Yescheese
Reply to  Bruce Leroy
6 years ago

@Bruce Leroy: not a Dom smith believer…he’s a Batting practice monster only

Steve Stevenson
Steve Stevenson
Reply to  Bruce Leroy
6 years ago

@Bruce Leroy: You’ve got The Glow.

Chicken Dinner
Chicken Dinner
Reply to  Mike
6 years ago

@Mike: I really don’t understand this websites infatuation with Colome. Please enlighten me.

Tigres
Tigres
6 years ago

Hey Mike- Thoughts on Aaron Judge? He’s putting up good #s in AA (12th HR last night). I’m guessing he’ll get to AAA this year; but Sep callup less likely. Thanks and keep up the good work.

David
David
6 years ago

Which would you prefer in a keeper league, Puig/Correa or Goldy? Thanks.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
6 years ago

Franco deal went down last week, even got one owner calling it unbalanced- gotta love it when that happens right? Just means they’re jealous ha.

Noticed none of my boys are on this list, nor being talked about much this year. Any of these guys get the call before september this year?

Stephenson, Winker, Frazier, Meadows, Pompey (return?),

Thanks man, and if you could rank these CI’s too for ROS would be much appreciated:

Tex, A-Rod, Freddie, Prince.

Keep killing the prospect work.

Yescheese
Yescheese
Reply to  Swfcdan
6 years ago

@Swfcdan: Pompey should return

Martin
Martin
6 years ago

Dynasty league- can you rank mark appell, Jonathan gray, and Matt wisler? Thanks! Thinking of dropping appell for gray and sticking with Wisler.

ferris
ferris
6 years ago

In a 12×36 dynasty, should the following be owned

Nick Martinez
F Cervelli (obp instead of avg)
Neftali feliz

in a league I am trying to compete for a title in this year?