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. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers

Seager now has six homers to go along with his .284 batting average at Triple-A. That gives him 11 homers on the year across two levels. The Dodgers would probably like to see him get as much Triple-A time as possible like they did with Joc Pederson last year, but eventually the poor play of Rollins could force them to make the switch. It could be a similar situation to what the Orioles did with Machado a few years ago (but as a shortstop), which would put Seager’s ETA somewhere around the first week of August.

2. Hector Olivera, INF | Dodgers

An injury temporarily derailed the Olivera train, but even without the injury I’m having a harder time seeing where he’ll get at bats given how Justin Turner has played this year. I’m still confident he’ll be up in the second half, but shared time and questions around his defense may limit him to an NL-only play instead of an immediate mixed-league add.

3. Kyle Schwarber, C | Cubs 

Schwarber is an injury or position change away from contributing again this year. The bad news is that the position change still hasn’t happened. Schwarber continues to play at catcher and designated hitter as he has all season long. In his first nine games at Triple-A he’s hitting .313 with a home run.

4. Jose Berrios, RHP | Twins

I don’t think there is another pitcher in the minors right now who could come up soon and offer the fantasy impact that Berrios could. With Buxton and Sano now promoted, I’m confident the Twins will give Berrios a look next. He struck out another six batters in his last start, and now has 92 strikeouts in just over 90 innings pitched on the year. The strikeout upside is what separates him from the others on this list for me.

5. Aaron Nola, RHP | Phillies

With potential trades of both Cole Hamels and Aaron Harang looming, we could see Nola reach the majors shortly after this year’s deadline. Since his promotion to Triple-A Lehigh Valley, Nola has posted a 1.53 ERA with 18 strikeouts and five walks in 17.2 innings pitched.

6. Aaron Judge, OF | Yankees

Sure, why not? Let’s say that the Yankees hold on to Judge at the trade deadline (they should). That would make him a viable option for their club in August and September. He’s got the type of power that would be a nice addition to any fantasy squad, as it’s in the same tier as players like Sano and Gallo. Through his first nine games at Triple-A, Judge is hitting over .300 with a homer and two doubles. This might be kind of a reach (we may not see him until September) but it’s time to start paying attention to The Judge, especially with old man Beltran nursing an injury.

7. Luis Severino, RHP | Yankees

Through his first 36 innings at Triple-A, Severino has posted a stellar 1.73 ERA with 24 strikeouts and ten walks. He could probably stand to add some more polish at the level, but if a need arises in New York, he’s most likely the next in line.

8. Michael Conforto, OF | Mets

The Mets have all the pitching you could ask for, but their offense (86 wRC+) ranks 27th in baseball. That’s not going to cut it if they really want to contend for a playoff spot, and an answer may be sitting in their own organization. A first round pick last year, Conforto can hit and hit for power. Since being promoted to Double-A, he’s hit .330 with three homers and 16 runs batted in. It’s a long shot since he’s only had a handful of games above Single-A, but with Cuddyer stinking up the joint and now injured, it’s at least worth keeping this kid on the radar.

9. Jose Peraza, 2B | Braves

Both Jace Peterson and Cameron Maybin continue to play well, so at this point it’s looking like a trade or injury are needed to get Peraza to the majors. The Braves really have no reason to rush him, but at the very least Peraza should provide some late-season SAGNOF this September. Another guy in this organization to look for in September is Mallex Smith. He’s also blocked at center field but has elite speed.

10. Daniel Norris, LHP | Blue Jays

Matt Boyd leap-frogged Norris to the majors this time around, which made sense given how well Boyd had pitched before his Red Sox shelling on Thursday. Norris has shown better control lately though, with just two walks or less in each of his last three starts while striking out 17 batters. The Blue Jays have been linked to Jeff Samardzija, but Norris could also be in the mix.

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

Unfortunately, O’Brien has cooled off considerably since the last ranking. He’s hitting just .129 with one home run over his last ten games. Those stats won’t force the Diamondbacks hand any time soon, although I still think we’ll see him later this summer.

12. Jon Gray, RHP | Rockies 

I’m a little surprised we haven’t seen Gray already, but I guess I shouldn’t be too shocked considering he got shelled for 11 hits and six earned runs in his last start for Triple-A Albuquerque. Despite all the positive reports on his talent, he’s still an iffy play in fantasy thanks to his home park.

13. Brian Johnson, LHP | Red Sox

Justin Masterson pitched well enough, but Johnson is still lurking at Triple-A Pawtucket. The southpaw left his last start after just a few pitches, but it was reportedly due to illness and not injury, so his fantasy owners can take a breath. I’d still expect to see him at some point in the second half.

14. Sean Nolin, LHP | Athletics

If the Athletics happen to do something crazy like make a trade this month, it should open up a rotation slot for Nolin. Scott Kazmir is a name I’ve seen floated around as a trade chip, and Nolin has a 2.67 ERA with 36 strikeouts in 33.2 innings pitched. I’m a sucker for lefties and he’ll get a favorable home park, so this could be a sneaky little pickup in the second half – even in 12-teamers.

15. Micah Johnson, 2B | White Sox

Second base is one of those positions we could all use a little help at from time to time, so it’s worth looking at Johnson given that Carlos Sanchez is batting .176/.216/.237 on the year. Let’s be real, Johnson can’t really hit either, but at least he’d be good for some SAGNOF – he’s stolen five bags in his last ten games. Another second baseman to know is Rob Refsnyder with the Yankees, whose only roadblock currently is Stephen Drew.

*Bonus Pick* Joey Gallo, 3B | Rangers

I excluded Gallo on purpose since he was just recently demoted and already has 87 at bats under his belt. He’d slot into the top five on this list, likely between Olivera and Schwarber. What we saw is basically what he is right now…big raw power with a lot of swing and miss.

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  1. Kid A says:
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    So you’re saying Seager could be up both sooner AND later? That’s too much paradox for my cruise control lizard brain.

    Stop hedging and just give us the actual date FFS.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      In a black and white world, we find the Grey

      • Kid A says:
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        @Mike: Like Yoda reading a fortune cookie, you are.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          indeed

  2. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    I have no questions about the power Judge and Conforto offer, but I question the success they are having as measured by average. Seeing some unusually high BABIP there.

    If you dont mind, name two pitching prospects you would package for Seager.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I probably wouldn’t mind trading just about any pitching prospects for a guy like Seager, honestly. Who do you have that you are thinking of offering?

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: No. Just name two pitchers of 3000 in the minor leagues.

  3. Shaggy says:
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    What in the world has happened to Oswaldo Arcia? It’s like he’s been banished off the face of the earth.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      For real, and it’s starting to look like he will need a trade to find his way back.

      • Chicken Dinner says:
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        @Mike: He’s been raking of late. Hopefully they were just letting him get his swing back. They need some more punch in that lineup.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          hopefully! Seems like they would be silly to give up on him at 24, even with some of his issues at the plate. Love the power

          • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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            @Mike: kennys was actually hitting in his last call up and still got sent down around 10 days later. Of course kennys can’t play a position (which, being a multiple, is even worse).

  4. Xavier says:
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    Mike, do you see the D-Backs catcher situation playing out? They activated Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez and are now carrying three catchers. Don’t know much about Hernandez. Is he worth grabbing in a 12-team NL league and do you think he can be the very day guy in the 2nd half?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I wouldn’t sweat him :)

  5. Peter Nincompoop says:
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    Ross to the 7-day DL for a concussion and recalled is none other than…Taylor Teagarden? Son of a bee sting. Schwarber is hitting .375/.419/.625 so far in AAA. The Cubs must have manure for their brains right? Would you stash at all with their double header coming up, or, just let him sit in waiver wire purgatory (“Schwarbatory”)?

    Also, SON doesn’t like Heaney’s next start in Colorado. In a 10-teamer keeper league, cut and stream another dude on Monday or Tuesday, or, hold on for his following start against the Mariners?

    Thanks Mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, leave him in Schwarbatory for now. Might get some time next interleague action.

      Cut and stream in a ten team

      No problem!

      • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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        @Mike: AUG 14 is next @ WSOX

  6. larry says:
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    Should I drop Nick Williams for Conforto in a keeper?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough one since I like both, but I would hold Williams

  7. Mike Thorburn says:
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    Hey Mike – good stuff as always, was very interested to see Conforto shoot up the list as I’ve got him rostered (Keith Law was on his nuts hard, which sold me for better or worse).

    Quick prospect-related trade Q: Been offered Puig/Russell for my Bryant.

    I’ve got Bryant in the OF right now, as I have Arenado/Frazier at 3B as well. I’m leaning towards NOT taking it, as I’d just be putting Puig in for Bryant, and then Russell would sit on my bench. Also wouldn’t solve my main problem of my starting pitching being wildly inconsistent this year, as Escobar/Espinosa/Odor/Kinsler are all currently hitting in the top half of their lineups, and Addison won’t be an impact guy for a year or two.

    Here’s my team:
    I12-team, 10×9 H2H, NS + H, OPS, etc.; 20 MLB, 8 MiLB keepers
    Cx2: Hundley/Castillo
    1B/3B/CI: Goldschmidt/Arenado/Frazier
    SS/2B/MI: Y. Escobar/Kinsler/Odor
    LF/CF/RF/OFx2: Trout/Bryant/Yelich/Garcia/Souza
    UTILx2: Pujols/Votto
    Bench: Ozuna, Espinosa
    SP: Hamels, Greinke, Shields, Samardzjia, A. Wood, Shoemaker, McCullers, Heaney, Cody Anderson
    RP: Britton/Ziegler/Hoover/Caminero/Ramos
    DL: Swihart/Ryu/Beachy/Paxton
    Minors: Wall (COL), Norris (TOR), Difo (WAS), Conforto (NYM), Olson (OAK), Shipley (ARI), Tapia (COL), Snell (TB)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Mike! I agree, hold Bryant

  8. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Great stuff, Mike. I realize all you can do is guess, but do you see this being an active trade season? It seems like there are lots of teams in the race, lots of teams with redundant players at various organizational levels, and a few teams with loaded farm systems. I love when teams go for it, so I’m rooting for chaos.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think as long as we have the double wild cards the trade deadlines will be nuts, yeah. I love it too! I’m a big fan of chaos.

  9. alex seber says:
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    I’m in a 10 team, H2H Dynasty points league. Pretty deep rosters. I’m out of contention this year and trying to rebuild my SP depth. Looking for SPs who can be an SP 1/2 in the next 12-24 months. How would you rank these guys:

    -Joe Ross (Wash)
    – Ed. Rodriguez (Bos)
    – Alex Reyes (STL)
    – Sean Nolin (Oak)
    – Mike Foltynewicz (ATL)
    – Brandon Finnegan (KC)

    • alex seber says:
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      @alex seber: I forgot to also include

      – Tyler Duffey (Min)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      E-Rod, Reyes…not sure the other guys have that ceiling you’re looking for.

  10. M says:
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    Do you think we see Moncada in 2016?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      2017 would be my guess

  11. They call me the wonderer says:
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    It looks like Dalton Pompey is still eligible as a rookie in MLB this year but is over your 130 ab threshold. If that’s the case where would you slot him? I’m thinking it won’t take much to happen for him to quickly slip back into the Jays OF picture soon.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, I think he’s been on this list once or twice. He’s close too, but has been bounced around this year, and Pillar is hot schmotatoing

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike: What is worthwhile about Pompay? I really don’t follow the youngsters.
        thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          he’s got speed and a little bit of pop

  12. Reece King says:
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    Mike, What do you think about Trea Turner? I have stashed him in a dynasty league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      should be a nice speed/average guy at short. could come up as soon as next year with Desmond set for free agency

  13. MJ says:
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    What are your thoughts on Nomar Mazara? He has been on fire the last month. 20 years old and tearing up AA! I think this kid could be a stud….and soon!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he is awesome…ranked him 21 on my preseason list and should climb even higher this midseason. Should make an impact next year in fantasy

  14. Steve says:
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    When do you see Nola coming up and who’s his comp? Top 60 pitcher or more a situational streamer?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think I mentioned it up above, but basically after the MLB trade deadline. Probably a situational streamer at first, but Top 60 next year is a possibility.

      • Steve says:
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        @Mike: Ah, didn’t realize the trade deadline was 7/31, so early August. Should’ve looked that up. Thanks Mike, hope you had a great weekend.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no worries man, you too!

          There’s some scuttlebutt that he could come up even sooner than that, so it depends how desperate you are for pitching when you decide to stash.

  15. PatBurrelSelfie says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Always enjoy reading these. Wondered if you’d looked at Hunter Renfroe recently and, if so, what your thoughts were projection-wise. Any input appreciated.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Pat!

      probably a 20-25 homer guy if he hits his ceiling. Likely hits in the .260-.270 range and pitches in some steals since he’s got speed as well

  16. Derrick says:
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    Love these always.

    Beltre, A. jones and Storen for Arenado (can be kept for one more season).

    Arenado is the only player that can be kept. Standard 5X5 12 man.

    Which side?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Arenado side

  17. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Mike, hope you had a great 4th!

    What’s your thoughts on kennys Vargas this year? Sophomore slump and good buy low? Or expect the inconsistency moving forward?

    One more, think Trevor Williams’ recent uptick in k’s is sustainable? Just got offered him and im a sucker for innings eaters (did grey ever settle on a term for them?)

    Cheers to fantasy baseball and America.

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @PhilOssieB: I think Kennys'(is that the right punctuation?) had a high BABIP last year and the nose dive was expected.

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Baezaworldseries: Nevermind. meant “Kennys’ BABIP was high.”

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Baezaworldseries:I ‘m not good at English. I can’t even talk it good. I’m frum Illinois(pronounce the “S”)

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            you talks purdy

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        @baez: there is probably something to that…

        @phil: I was buying heading into this year and so I guess long term I still am. Would have to be a pretty low price though

        sure, anytime there’s more Ks it’s worth looking at, whether or not it’s sustainable is harder to say

        you too!

  18. Fastpitch says:
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    Mike, glad you are here. I got myself in 3 different dynasty leagues. Not sure I like it, but….
    With a couple DL stints I can try and grab a couple prospects for next year in different leagues.
    1. Jungmann, Graveman, Gausman,Corbin,and Bolsinger. drop is Wada
    2. K. Hendricks, Nelson, graveman and E. Ramirez. Drop J. Garcia

    Also is the young SS on the Nats a keeper. (Hernandez ?)

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. Gausman
      2. Hendricks

      not sure which shortstop you mean there…Cesar Hernandez on the Phils maybe

      • Fastpitch says:
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        @Mike: Yes that’s him. Sorry. I lost Miggy and can move Xander to 3b for this year and grab Hernandez for next year. I would drop Chavez or another marginal player. he stole a couple more bases today. I guess is he worth rostering? Iglasis of the Tigers is available also.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d grab him, sure. Def good for steals

  19. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Hey Mike. Good stuff as always. Would you drop Reynaldo Lopez or Marco Gonzales for jake Thompson in a dynasty? I’ve been holding Marco for a while but it seems his shoulder isnt right this year. I could use him though if he finally makes it to the big club. And would you drop either McHugh or Shoemaker for Miguel Gonzalez?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! I’d hold on both

  20. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Teach,

    What order would you stash for 2016 impact:

    Judge, Mazara, Conforto, Olivera

    thanks as always

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that order feels right for 2016, although I’d put Maz over Judge long term

  21. I got $100 for groceries, $1400 for liquor, and $6,000 for you to bail a couple of shit puppets out of jail says:
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    in that same league that you answered at end of last post rodon is also on that same owner’s team. where does he slot into this list for keeping purposes?

    Thor, Walker, Pineda, Matz, McCullers, Hammel

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d probably put him between Walker and Pineda

  22. Scott says:
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    How about that Ozuna guy? Heard allot about him.

    • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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      @Scott: i told everybody his 50% GB rate last year didn’t really foretell another 20 homer year, but i still thought he’d do better than this. It still makes no sense for long term MIA to keep him down that long.

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @Mike Hunt’s Honorable Discharge: You didn’t tell me. I’m part of everybody. I think.
        But, I didn’t draft him anywhere. So I guess it’s okay.

        • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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          @Baezaworldseries: i meant on here, so everybody could’ve seen it, doesn’t mean they did of course. i do have him, in quite a few leagues, at least 1 dynasty. and my NA slots are filled up in that one, but i ain’t dropping if possible. he damn well better be back up soon.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! I can’t even…OZUNA no smash ball. OZUNA hear New Orleans nice this time of year.

      • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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        @Mike: hope he keeps his head up, i’m sure he’s depressed and there are a lot of drugs being offered on the street down there. at least there was when i went once. they do have green been stalks (pickled) in their bloody mary’s though, so that he’s got that going for him.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          lol…A Confederacy of Ozunas

          • Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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            @Mike: i’ve yet to read that book, but i heard it’s good.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              it’s great, and the story of how it got published is kind of amazing.

  23. alex seber says:
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    How do you rank these SPs for next year? Who has the highest floor?

    Rodon
    Heaney
    Nola
    Nelson
    Gray

    Thanks for being awesome!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rodon, Heaney, Nola, Nelson, Gray. Highest floor is probably Heaney, highest ceiling Rodon.

  24. Eric says:
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    Yo Mike…any potential pick ups you might suggest from the Dodgers farm with Carlos Frias going on the DL?

    Who do you anticipate will get the call?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Zach Lee had a solid rehab outing, but they have called up Couloumbe for now

  25. Chris says:
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    Hey Mike would you drop wada for Berrios? Hope you get this!

    Thanks for the update!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sure, if it’s a keeper. In a redraft you can probably wait a little longer

      • Chris says:
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        awesome thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  26. TJ says:
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    Perfect list for redraft leaguers looking to get an edge on whos coming up next. I disagree with schwarbers position though. Cubs have plenty of OF depth and he wont catch in the bigs this year more then maybe a hand full of times in september. Just dont see the oppurtunity for him. Great job mike thanks..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks for the kind words TJ! I can respect that take on Schwarber

  27. Landisimo3 says:
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    Mike, fantastic work as usual… 12 team forever keeper and we all get 10 minors … I have 1 spot on my farm after a trade today…. Any deep sleepers you could recommend? I’m looking at guys like Grant Holmes, Michael Reed, etc… Thank you!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! Fisher in Houston, Kilome in Philly, maybe Difo in Washington? Snell in TB?

  28. Mike Hunt's Honorable Discharge says:
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    you agree with Grey about dropping happ out of happ/mchugh/bolsinger to add hendricks in 20 team H2H redraft with QS?

  29. jacque jones says:
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    10tm league redraft my OF is loaded..
    hamilton hurt every other week and I need sb badly maybe playing time for delino?…so add delino jr. over Lindor? Im adding aybar too we play 2b ss mi so I need 3mi. I have lindor duffy and Jace for (duffy/jace/odor for eligibility reasons)…

    Dropping fowler to dl stash inciarte and activate soler. Jace has hit a but of a wall so I’d have duffy odor aybar delino. Am I way off with these moves? Should bump my runs and sb I can take the hit in avg and rbi..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds fine if that’s what you need. the only concern with DeShields is playing time when the outfield is full strength (which it may never be)

  30. Luvdarooks says:
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    So next year I will have both springer and Pederson at $9.
    AND I get to keep joc for the following year at 12 ( not springer).

    Since I will also likely keep correa and seager at $6 and $5 which OF DO I CUT BEFORE THE ’16 auction since it’s a 3 keeper league?
    Sure it’s way early but since I’m out of it this year it’s fun to toss this around

    • Luvdarooks says:
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      PS – also as it looks will also cut buxton who will be 5 & 8 the next two years. At least it pulls $$ from the auction pool which helps me some.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      since they are good players at good keeper prices, I would pursue a trade

  31. Michael says:
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    Surprised not to see Trevor Story on his list. Is it because you don’t see him coming up this season or do you not rate him highly?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      more that I don’t see him coming up. Doesn’t mean it won’t happen, but that’s my guess

  32. Scott says:
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    Thanks for another great rundown, Mike! Which of these pitchers has the highest Wins upside, considering I am a bit ahead in my games started.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! wins are a total crapshoot, but I guess Berrios is as good a bet as any

  33. Clint says:
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    If you’re dealing w/a very shallow h2h points league, would you aim for certain prospects over others (i.e. SP’s over bats or vice versa) and/or would you even bother w/the young call ups left (i.e. opt for guys w/experience & potential like Castillo/Ozuna instead)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      interesting question…I’d go after players who were close, regardless of position, and probably opt for higher floors, using my farm as almost like a second bench if that makes sense

  34. Speedy McGreedy says:
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    Mike are you buying Raul Mondesi in dynasty leagues? He doesn’t have a ton of plate appearances this season, but so far it looks like he is taking a step forward in the power department. I was concerned that he’s not running much, but I read an interview where he said he’s not running because he is hitting in the 2 slot, so maybe it’s on his manager. I’m starting to get excited about him as a fantasy prospect.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      absolutely. he was in my preseason top 50 and remains there for the midseason list

  35. Who Dat Ninja! says:
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    Hey Mike, great article as always. I have 2 stashes happening for my 12 team keeper league, Hector Olivera and Brian Johnson. Should I drop either for Berrios? Think Berrios will beat them to the call up?
    Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I’d hold Olivera. Berrios has more upside than Johnson, but Johnson might be closer. It depends how soon you need the arm I guess.

      • Who Dat Ninja! says:
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        @Mike:
        Thanks. You believe Johnson will be up first? Berrios seems to be better, might be worth the wait.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem. yup, that’s exactly it…Johnson might beat Berrios to the show, but I think Berrios is worth waiting a little longer for

  36. Phil says:
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    Hey Mike,

    How would you rank these young shortstops for a dynasty league?

    Correa, Bogey, and Russell.

    Thanks!

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @Phil: correa is def ahead of russell, but i’m not sure where Maikel slots bogey these days as he didn’t make the preseason top 50 list, as he had too many at bats even then.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s how I would rank them :)

  37. Swfcdan says:
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    Have K Seager (£19) who I really have no need for and no intention of keeping, could deal him for Uehara but with limited roster spots in 10 tm league not sure if I really need him.

    Thinking of trying to use him to upgrade prospects. He has B Zimmer, Peraza and JP Crawford, who do you like the most and would you consider them big upgrades on prospects like Stephenson, Winker, Al Jackson.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would try to get Crawford for him, dropping Jackson who is much further away.

    • And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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      @Swfcdan: unless everybody in your league uses that money system, wouldn’t it be more than 19 in $. i don’t think my computer even has that sign.

  38. Jose says:
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    Great stuff as always Mike! I always enjoy reading the comments section almost as much the your piece. Lot’s of great stuff!

    I’m going to give you a big run down so you can get the best picture possible. This is my leagues (H2H) first year with the option to keep any and all players we’d like, before it was only 6. I have accumulated a glut of OF and have some decisions to make and would appreciate your advice. I’m currently tied for 2nd (8-5) in my division, I beat 3rd H2H and just swept 4th H2H to be ranked 2nd, and 4th overall in the league. Top 3 teams in each division advance to post season. I’m 4th overall in total points, but the youth of my team makes it fairly inconsistent. I drafted this team with the intent to really compete next year and the year after., but being in contention is fun and always makes it tempting to attempt a run.

    My current OFs are Yelich, Pederson, Tomas, Betts, Burns, Soler and Myers on the DL. My real question is, has Burns made a case that he’s better than these guys who are struggling? I had never heard of Burns until this year, but he’s been the most consistent since I picked him up and better overall than most of my other guys. Is he worth keeping over any of these guys or is he just producing at his ceiling and I should look to trade him? I could really use a 2B right now while I hope Rendon gets healthy and A Russell is struggling.

    Since I’ve gone this long already here is the rest of my roster

    C: Weiters
    1B: Goldschmidt
    2B: Russell
    3B: Bryant
    SS: Segura
    LF: Yelich
    CF: Pederson
    RF: Thomas
    Util: Betts
    Util: Burns
    Util: Plouffe
    Bench: Soler
    DL: Rendon
    DL: Myers
    DL: d’Arnaud
    P: Cole, Arrieta, Richards, Rodon, Syndergaurd, Hendricks, Lester, Salazar, Matz, Melancon, Smith, Watson, Rondon (DL: Stroman)

    Sorry there is a lot there, but wanted to give you the whole picture. I’ve been reluctant to drop guys since I wasn’t planning on winning this year, but as guys come off the DL I’m going to have to do something. Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated.

    • Jose says:
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      @Jose:
      Keepers have no cost or restrictions.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Yes, Burns is a piece I would explore trading for help elsewhere.

  39. S.H says:
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    I find that you are way ahead on the prospects list. And I thank you for that.

    In my head to head forever keeper dynasty league would you deal R.Devers and J.Bruce for J.Upton.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem…thanks for the kind words! Yup, I think JUp is a big enough upgrade over Bruce that it’s worth Devers, who I like a ton but is still pretty far away

  40. goodfold2 says:
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    30 man deep dynasty where i grabbed cesar h. off waivers just before he went crazy, since utley went out and i thought he’d be starting. didn’t think he’d move me up in standings this much. he’s on just this year minimum level deal and have offer from comish/best team in league (all cost minimum if i call them up, till end of 2018, free if i don’t call up) for
    1. m.molina + d.alvarez
    or any of these 1 for 1
    r.ynoa COL
    a.rondon TB
    schebler LAD
    verdugo LAD
    shirley P HOU

    my roster for next year right now is
    d’arnaud (.400 mil)
    CI smoak 1.347 mil
    CI
    MI segura 6.4 mil
    MI e.rosario .4 mil
    OF a-jax 6.4 mil
    OF leonys (he better not be a bench guy now) 3.1 mil
    OF werth 12 mil
    util
    2-3 BN hitters
    SP liriano 11.5 mil
    quintana 6.4 mil
    sale 6.425 mil
    RP melancon 6.4 mil
    RP fien .400 mil
    RP leone 1.15 mil
    this leaves 3 open SP and 3 open RP slots. i would have three tags that i could apply to any of
    c.hernandez/chirinos/beltre/coghlan/uribe/alcides/c.anderson/furbush/hatcher/delabar/bolsinger/chavez/erv santana.
    Am i missing something, or is cesar hernandez not worth this much in future? If he’s not one of those deals has to be good. I’m that team in 9th-12th that’s rebuilding whether or not it says it is while it tries to compete but won’t win as is. Real life equivalents CLE maybe?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: he’s upped it to rondon + m.molina.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        even better…I’d take it

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Man,I might take Rondon for him there.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: maybe i can get alvarez and rondon, but i probably could use more SP depth than OF.

        • Mike

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          I’d take either, prefer Alvarez

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Mike: unless cesar just came from nothing to a long term big deal i just turned a waiver player when i was in maybe 18th place into 2 decent prospects. i think my opp liked molina more than alvarez, had no problem doing it.

  41. Baezaworldseries says:
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    RazzNasty queston. Is Dilson Herrera worth wasting a spot on? Is he going to be a 20 homer 2nd baseman? Feels like I’ve been holding him because of his position. Which is not something I would normally do. Nor is it ideal.
    I play this league different from other leagues. Maybe because it’s public. And is subject to Razzball ridicule.
    Thanks a ton Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha, no problem. He’s probably more a 12-15 homer guy with a good batting average.

  42. Me says:
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    5-player 12-team keeper with OBP, QS

    trade Dickerson, Harvey, Carrasco, Wong for Correa, Rendon?

    I’m in first so I really don’t wanna sell pieces but my keepers are looking a little thin in rank (Braun, Edwin, Dickerson or Xander, Harvey, Freeman) and the thought of having my keepers be Correa, Rendon, Edwin, Xander, Freeman excites me without sacrificing too much this year…

    Keep for 5 years max btw. Would be Correa, Xander’s first year. Dickerson and Rendon’s 2nd year. everyone else’s 3rd year

    • Me says:
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      @Me: 12-team, 5-keeper league would be better wording* we don’t have 5-player rosters. More like 28. lol. thanks Mike(l), you rock.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        ha, anytime…If you can still compete this year after that trade, I’d do it.

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