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. Luis Severino, RHP | Yankees +7

The Yankees put this one on a tee for me. It’s hard to predict when prospects will come up, so when a team announces it ahead of time I say a little prayer of thanks to Rang. Severino should start on Wednesday against the Red Sox. He struck out ten in six scoreless innings in his last Triple-A turn and should be gone in pretty much every format by Wednesday morning if he’s not already.

2. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers -1

Grey mentioned him as a BUY this past Friday, so you know we’re getting close. Honestly, the worst case scenario at this point is he comes up in September and you’ve sat on him for four weeks, which isn’t crazy given his potential impact. I think it’ll be sooner than that, possibly even by the middle of this month. He’d been struggling lately, but put together a nice four-hit effort last night.

3. Hector Olivera, INF | Braves -1

I was all set to drop Olivera in these rankings with the latest hammy injury, but now that he’s on the mend and with a new organization, he’s staying in the top three. There’s a much clearer path to playing time in Atlanta, and I’d guess we see him within the next two weeks as long as he’s healthy. Olivera can hit and hit for power, so hop on board if you’re hurting at corner infield.

4. Joey Gallo, 3B | Rangers

If the Rangers start to look ahead to next year, we could see Gallo get some more major league at bats prior to September. At the very least, he’ll be up then and should bring some nice homer upside to fantasy teams down the stretch. Stomaching a low batting average with a lot of strikeouts will be part of the package. Gallo’s hitting .210 with two homers in his last ten games at Round Rock.

5. Jose Berrios, RHP | Twins +2

Severino’s going to beat him to the bigs, but Berrios is still a good pitching stash for the remainder of the season. With an ERA right around 4.00 in the month of July, the Twins’ starters have been far from dominant. With the trade deadline in the rearview mirror it makes sense for Minnesota to call up Berrios this month. The 21-year-old has given up two earned runs or less in each of his last three starts with 18 strikeouts.

6. Henry Owens, LHP | Red Sox

Speaking of team earned run averages in July, the Red Sox rotation sported a 5.70 ERA for the month. Only the Rangers and Rockies were worse off. It might be time to dip into the farm system, where both Owens and Johnson are waiting to help. Owens hasn’t allowed more than two earned runs for Pawtucket since July 5th, and has struck out 54 batters over his last 63 innings pitched. The southpaw hasn’t walked more than two batters in any of his past nine starts. He’s ready.

7. Brian Johnson, LHP | Red Sox

Ditto for Johnson. After a brief stay in the majors, Johnson went back to Pawtucket on Tuesday and threw 6.1 scoreless innings with six strikeouts. If it’s not Owens that gets the next shot, it’ll be Johnson. At this point it might be a good idea to let both of these guys roll. I could see both lefties being streamer worthy even in shallow leagues.

8. Jon Gray, RHP | Rockies -2

Where you at, Gray? I figured last time would be your final appearance on the power rankings. Maybe this will be the month…and what better way to start your career than pitching in Coors in August? Hahahaaaarrrgh. Painful. Gray’s actually been great in Triple-A over his last three starts – giving up just two earned runs with 20 strikeouts in 15 innings pitched.

9. Aaron Judge, OF | Yankees +2

Baseball fans are excited for Judge’s power bat to arrive, but perhaps none more than Sky, who has taken to sacrificing squirrels to Jobu in Judge’s honor. The big man’s hitting .250 with one homer over his last ten in Triple-A, and I could see the Yankees giving him the full month of August to get things going. Keep this one in your pocket for September though, as Judge could impact playoff matchups and roto home run battles with his power.

10. Robert Stephenson, RHP | Reds

With all the wheeling and dealing the Reds did, a bit of news that got lost in the shuffle was Stephenson’s successful month at Triple-A. He has now made five starts at the level, and outside of one six-run shellacking, he’s been outstanding. The power righty has struck out 31 batters in 30 innings pitched and while I originally had him pegged for 2016, a late 2015 promotion is certainly in the cards if he keeps pitching like this. Staying in the NL Central, Tyler Glasnow reached Triple-A this week and could sneak onto this list soon.

11. Trevor Story, SS | Rockies

Reyes remains in Colorado. That curbs some of the Story enthusiasm for now, but I’d still keep him on your radar. Story’s hitting .326 with three homers in his last ten games and could contribute in both the power and speed departments down the stretch. Reyes is the only block at this point, since Christian Adames projects as more of a utility infielder.

12. Dalton Pompey, OF | Blue Jays

Pompey returned to Triple-A, where he’s hitting .357 over his last ten games. It’s been a roller coaster year for the 22-year-old, but he’s poised to help the big club once again, even if it’s in a bench role this September.

13. Aaron Altherr, OF | Phillies

With Ben Revere gone, it opens up a spot on the Phillies for a player like Altherr, who doesn’t have much left to prove in Triple-A. He’s more of a target for deep leagues or NL-only formats, but the 24-year-old outfielder is hitting .301/.354/.486 with six homers and seven steals in just 36 games for Lehigh Valley.

14. Bradley Zimmer, OF | Indians

Once we get out of the top ten it gets a little weird, but it’s also a chance to go out on a limb and have some fun. I’m not saying Zimmer will be up tomorrow, but the 22-year-old has some tools and the Indians may want to see what he’s got at Progressive Field this September. The Rangers could do something similar with Nomar Mazara if they fall out of it completely.

15. Zach Davies, RHP | Brewers

Shout out to Ralph, who owns Davies in our Razzball dynasty league. Davies was already approaching the bigs with Baltimore, and the trade to Milwaukee may only speed things up even more. He’s a polished pitcher who relies more on good command and control than big time stuff, but give him a look in deeper leagues where starting pitchers are hard to come by on the wire.

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  1. Calipup says:
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    Thoughts on JP Crawford? Not sure if he’ll be up this year, but what does his situation look like next season?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      probably starts the year in AAA and comes up between June cutoff and the ASB

  2. Swfcdan says:
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    Looks like Shipley over Owens was the wrong call earlier this year man, Owens getting the call and I cant even ship Shipley away in my dynasty for mlb talent right now.

    No prospect Qs today but could use a quick answer to a poser in my other league. Basically been offered Cano and Burns for Freeman (he needs a 1B bad), I dont need a MI but can use Cano at Util and maybe shop another so I think its worth doing. You down with that and if so who’s my cut, Latos or A Wood (10 teamer)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good…Latos

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Sounds like you’re limp on wood right now ha, or maybe thats hard I mean high on Latos. Wood’s had a funny year, never sure when I can trust him. You think the ‘new’ Latos has returned for good then?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          you asked who to cut, so I’m saying keep Wood

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Oh gotcha. Trades just gone through and seems maybe I don’t have to cut anyone after all. Doh guess that means I’ve been using an undersized roster for weeks…thats Fantrax for you!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              nice!

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Mike: At least that’s the only undersized thing I’ve been using lately…take that Wood!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  oh snap!

                  • I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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                    @Mike: isn’t shipley supposed to be better though?

  3. Winteriscoming says:
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    Herro, who would you rather drop for Severino, Kyle Gibson or Drew Hutchison? Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gibson

    • Winteriscoming says:
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      Sorry just to clarify, drop Gibson for Severino? thanks!

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        no problem..yup!

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Winteriscoming: It’s pretty clear man, as clear as melted winter snow!

        • Baezaworldseries says:
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          @Swfcdan: lol. Same can be said of his answer to your Q.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Baezaworldseries: lol true, true. Sunday beer brain.

  4. chadaristic says:
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    I’m hoping Story comes up at some point this season. I plan on him replacing Ian Desmond in my forever keeper league.

    Also, Maikel just recently got dropped in the same league for some reason, drop Carlos Santana for him asap right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice..any other pieces you can drop? I do think you need to add Franco though.

      • Chadaristic says:
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        @Mike: only other piece I feel like I can drop is Anibal, but I really need to replace him with another pitcher.

        Santana only sees time for me as a utility bat, because I have Rizzo/Abreu at 1B and Machado at 3B with Rendon backing up 3B and Altuve at 2B.

        League has two utility spots fwiw, so I’m thinking there will be little to no drop off for ROS and an obvious upgrade for the future with Franco over Santana. Carlos will only be 1B eligible next season.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          damn. you’re loaded. I’d make the switch then

          • Chadaristic says:
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            @Mike: it’s a shallow league, but I’ve drafted well and made some good trades over the past three seasons. Thanks for the help, Mike!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              nice…anytime!

  5. The Iron Horse says:
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    Any love for Javier Baez? I know there is no clear path to playing time but dudes been on fire since coming off the DL.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      absolutely…he just doesn’t qualify for this list since he’s past the 130 AB mark :)

      • Chadaristic says:
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        @Mike: how do you view Baez against Story in a 5×5 H2H league if they were both to come up the same day?

        For ROS and for next year?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          def Baez for me

          • chadaristic says:
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            @Mike: thanks again, cheers.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              no problem

  6. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Mr. Mike,
    What are your thoughts on the Philly sell off? Do you see the moves they made this week as a step in the right direction? Did you like what they did?

    Peace

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      love it…they’ve got a strong, deep farm now. The low minors were solid already, and they’ve added a lot of nice pitching to the upper minors (AA/AAA) along with the two big chips in Williams and Alfaro. We’re still talking a bunch of prospects, but this is as good as a return as I could have realistically asked for as a Phils fan.

      Come 2017, Phils will have a lot of money off the books, $ to spend in FA, and some of these kids hopefully establishing themselves in the majors. It shouldn’t be a long rebuild.

  7. larry says:
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    How excited are you that the Phillies got Nick Williams? When do you see him coming up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      pretty pumped, honestly. If you want to be aggressive mid to late 2016 but early 2017 is more realistic

  8. Nelson says:
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    Alot of ‘perts have Tim Anderson pretty high, but is there any way he can succeed with his no-walk /no-power approach?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think if you’re looking at it from a fantasy perspective, we’re dreaming on his tools and thinking that the approach improves with experience. At least that’s where I’m at on him. It’s one of those risk/reward profiles that you have to be careful not to overpay for.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looks like the strikeouts havn’t spiked at AA this year which is good. He’s hitting for contact (with a high average) which might explain some of the low walk rates. Power comes into the picture last in most cases, so it’s worth sticking it through here and even if you get a MI with his speed that’s still a nice floor. Power comes and he could be a star.

  9. Xavier says:
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    What about Kyle Parker? Once a big prospect, now, not so much. Think he’ll get to play over Barnes down the stretch so the Rox can see what they have?

    Another big K former prospect is up in Keyvius Sampson. I once owned him in a dynasty league but he has not lived up to the hype. Thoughts on him?

    Thanks Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      it’s possible, but I think they’ll probably just roll with Barnes

      Sampson’s BB/9 is pretty gross…bullpen maybe?

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Mike: SAMPSON!

  10. MJ says:
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    I must be the only one who won’t go anywhere near owning Gallo. He has an insanely bad 45% k-rate!! He’d be lucky to hit .150 while striking out that much! It is just hard to imagine him ever succeeding. I suppose his upside is that of a Mark Reynolds….possibly a Chris Davis. But even those two didn’t k that much!

    • Mike

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      lol, well I can’t blame you, although Chris Davis has some value. I don’t own any shares at the moment, although I do think the Ks can improve over time as he makes adjustments.

  11. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I see you big homie!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      daps!

  12. Db says:
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    Drop Jesse Chavez, Erod, Ventura,fiers for Brian Johnson or Henry Owens if they get called up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold those guys…not sure either of the specs will be that much better

  13. Green machine says:
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    Hey mike man!

    Hope you have a great Sunday!

    In a h2h pts / weekly lock league

    Would you bench joc pederson this week’s matchup for Adam eaton?

    If you are staying w/ joc this week

    Who do you like at utility Carlos Santana, or add either Adam eaton , jung ho kang, melky Cabrera, Matt Duffy, alexei Ramirez, jayson werth or francisco lindor? Basically any of these guys over Carlos Santana?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you too! Eaton over Santana, hold Joc

  14. troy says:
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    Severino or Nova?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      more risk in Sev, but also more K potential. I’d go with Sev

      • troy says:
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        Severino or [email protected]Mike:
        I lead the league in Ks…so I’ll stick with Nova

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sounds good

  15. PED Inc. says:
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    Currently have McCullers on my roster and I’d like to drop someone for a hot bat off the wire, he’s the low man on my roster. Do you anticipate the stros shutting him down anytime before the playoffs? I’m not hearing any hard innings limits they’ve put on him. Thanks bud!
    Also if you could choose one Severino or Matz for rest of season who would you take?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I haven’t heard anything about an innings limit on McCullers. I had heard them doing it with VV.

      Sev over Matz for ROS

  16. Marti says:
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    Roman Quinn Adam Duvall any value there? Could you see Aaron altherr starting next year for phillies?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, although Quinn is coming back from injury so I don’t think they rush him. Altherr depends on how he performs obviously. Could be a 4th OF type or play well well enough to be in an everyday role next year. I’d like to see them give him an audition this year.

  17. FrankGrimes says:
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    who would you rather have for next year
    Pederson, Gallo or Seager?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes, probably Seager, but I think it’s a coin flip with Joc and depends on what you need

  18. BigEasy says:
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    Hey Mike. First time commenter. In a dynasty league and trying to rebuild. I’m looking to unload R. Zimmerman, Kinsler, S. Castro and Revere, but just don’t know what I could get for a package of two of these players. Looking for a young pitcher or outfielder. Any suggestions?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hmmm, tough to say without knowing what’s out there/ General advice would be to not invest in pitching prospects. Target bats instead, preferably bats who are in the upper levels of the minors (AA/AAA), have had some success, and are in positions to help their team in the next year or two. That way you’re not stuck in a perpetual rebuild trying to hit on prospects that are far away.

  19. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Nice writeup man, i want to grab severino but these are my pitchers. Drop any for liis? Odorizzi, fiers, nola, harvey, arrieta, stras (dl), shields, corbin. Was thinking maybe nola or fiers but nola had been great and Fiers now has a much better situation. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! agreed…don’t see a clear drop

  20. Bobbb says:
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    Rest of season in a H2H points weekly lock league Kyle Schwarber or Vogt?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Schwarber

      • Bobbb says:
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        @Mike:

        Is Vogt droppable then? I have both Schwarber & Vogt

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          usually I don’t carry multiple catchers, so yeah I’d just hang on to Schwarber

          • Teddy ball game says:
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            @Mike:

            Same here, I picked Schwarber up 2-3 weeks ago for upside + news of momtero on DL, plus Vogt has been struggling

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              nice!

  21. BigEasy says:
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    Alfaro just got picked up in my league. Any other young catchers worth grabbing?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      catchers are tricky…I like Pentecost in Toronto, but he’s injured. Swihart is solid but will lose eligibility heading into 2016

  22. Kendrick Llama says:
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    Would you rather NA Story or Conforto for a keeper

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Conforto

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        still Conforto

  23. J-Dawg says:
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    Mike, what are your thoughts on John Lamb? I had his stashed away once upon a time before TJ surgery. Can he survive at GAB if he gets the call?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think so…stuff seems to be back somewhat and so he’s probably still a mid-rotation ceiling if everything breaks right. Reliever floor.

  24. BigEasy says:
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    What do you project for Brett Phillips?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      20/20 ceiling…already has the speed and good OF defense. If the power continues it would make him a potential star

  25. Steve Stevenson says:
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    Drop Jungmann or J. Garcia for Severino, or hold? 14-tm 9×9 weekly H2H, W, L and QS count.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, I’d hold. Jungmann maybe but he’s on a roll so it might end up being a wash.

  26. Pugs&Slugs says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Thanks for the update. I try to track minor league guys, but it’s so time consuming.

    NL-Only H2H. I’ve got Joe Ross starting for me at the moment. When Strasburg comes back, should I go ahead and stash Stephenson, or is there a chance he gets promoted this week? In that case I’d have to drop Peraza. I have my #9 waiver pick in for Moss and dropping Peraza, if it goes through tomorrow.

    Also, if Altherr comes up, he should be an everyday player, as there’s no reason to keep him from daily Abs, right?
    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If Asche and Herrera play well enough, he might not play everyday.

      I’d wait and grab Stephenson when the slot opens.

      • Pugs&Slugs says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  27. Dr. Nick says:
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    What are your thoughts on Joe Ross? I know he’s already graduated, but I figured few here would know more about him than you, Mike. He has looked so good so far, but he also hasn’t faced a team in the top half of the majors in runs scored in any of his 6 starts. You can only pitch who is put in front of you, but that’s what I’m telling myself to slow my roll.

    Think he’ll stay in the rotation when everyone in the Nats’ rotation is healthy? What’s his ceiling?

    • Mike

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      Better than he was getting credit for preseason, but still probably #3 ceiling at most. More likely back-end guy when it’s all said and done. IF, big if, that rotation is fully healthy, he’s the odd man out I would think.

      While he’s up roll with him though.

  28. Teddy ball game says:
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    Is Corey seager worth a stash on a redraft league (h2h pts weekly lock) ? When do you expect him up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      2. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers -1
      Grey mentioned him as a BUY this past Friday, so you know we’re getting close. Honestly, the worst case scenario at this point is he comes up in September and you’ve sat on him for four weeks, which isn’t crazy given his potential impact. I think it’ll be sooner than that, possibly even by the middle of this month. He’d been struggling lately, but put together a nice four-hit effort last night.

  29. JSF says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I just traded Buxton and two high picks in the next draft for Miguel Cabrera. I hate giving up Buxton but You don’t get too many chances at Miggy.

    What do you think about the trade in a keep forever? Obviously I lose this long-term if Buxton pans out but I’m thinking Miggy could DH forever and put up numbers.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Miggy’s an elite talent…Buxton you’re hoping he becomes an elite talent. I like it, even if you’re getting Miggy’s decline years. There will be other prospects.

      • JSF says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Mike.

        Keep up the good work. Your columns are really helpful.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          thanks! appreciate it. glad to help

  30. is peraza basically dead to us this year? I could keep him in the 28th rd for 4 more…. or I could drop him for a piece to help this year…

    • Mike

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      depends how close you are this year. I’d try to hold if you can. Won’t get much playing time this year with Kendrick there, but remember he’s a FA in 2016. Peraza is also a capable shortstop (Braves moved him off b/c Simmons) so there’s also a chance they plop Seager at 3B and Peraza at SS down the road.

      • @Mike: currently 3rd and slipping… I’ve loved Peraza all year and imagine him being a 28th rd Altuve for me so I spose I can stay the course… thanks man!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem!

  31. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Mike! Latos, Leake, and Severino. Pick two for ros? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you too! Latos and Leake

  32. Dangerfield51 says:
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    Severino or Matz…H2H points, 10 team keep 5 forever. Have Matz on the DL now.

    Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Matz more long term

  33. Chris says:
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    Thanks for the update Mike, I picked up Berrios, hoping for some help from him soon I’m getting back in the race!

    I’m in a 14 team league h2h roto, the guy I’m playing has more power than speed he hit 19 HR’s this week which is insane on a great week 12-15 will win for you, average I would be winning .310 to .296 going into today, so that will probably be close. Plzzz pick 2 to start at DH:

    Pedro VS Cubs and Dodgers
    Duffy @Atl @Chic
    Aoki same
    Alcides Escobar vs CHW @Det
    Trumbo vs Texas @col

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice! Escobar and Trumbo look like good ones

  34. Chris says:
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    Thanks, that’s why I always ask the pro’s I would have said Pedro and Duffy! LOL, you guys are usually better than me lol.

    One more question, would you take a chance and start Strasburg this week he may start (probably will with no setbacks) against the rockies at home, if you would would you sit Niese for him?

    I have Fister for 2 and Desclafani for two I could sit one of them but I like the two starts.

    Niese is at MIa
    Desclafani vs Stl @Ari
    Fister vs Col and Ari

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, sit Niese for Stras vs CoL

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  35. Shin-Soo Choo Choo says:
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    Tyler Duffey’s getting the call up for the Twinkies with Milone on the DL. Think he’s up for long? Can you compare him to Berrios?

    Thanks in advance.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nah, Berrios more upside. Tough to say how long he’ll be up

  36. Jerry says:
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    Mike, what about Latos or Iwakuma for ros? Thanks again for the help!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem…Kuma

  37. Ryan says:
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    Someone in my dynasty league has been interested in longoria from my team. Currently I’m playing him in my utility spot. So he is expendable. I actually have 2 trade offers on the table for him. Which deal should I accept and why?

    I trade longoria, trevor story, nate karns for moustakas and danny salazar

    I trade longoria, trevor story nate karns and jesse chavez for soler and danny salazar

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      deal #2: power and K upside is fantasy candy

      • Ryan says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for the help. I’ve received some negative feedback about the 2nd trade. Any reaso why I should rethink that offer or is it a win for me? I’m guessing since soler has performed worse than longoria and story is a high upside ss.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

          I like #2 for you

  38. Dan says:
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    Any info on Eddy J Martinez? Is he still the #1 international guy?

    Thanks again for all the great info

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime. yup, he’s your guy. speed’s the best tool, but everything projects average or better.

  39. Dub. says:
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    Love the site and the article. I had Severino and traded him for Joc earlier this year. Ugh.
    Couple quick questions I wanted to ask…16 team, h2h keeper with contracts. 7×7 with OBP,BBs & Holds,QS
    I give CSEAGER (6 yrs) for Donaldson (2 yrs)….Sucks to let Seager go but I have to do it right? I am in fourth and my team is about to lose 4-10-2. I need runs, 2Bs, RBIS. I have Addison as my SS for now.
    Also, I get Greinke (2 yrs – is gone after next year based on his contrace structure) For my Vlad jr, Jungmann (4 yrs), S. Newcomb and my 1st round milb pick in the spring. * Note- the prospects above get 5 year deals once called to the bigs.
    Seems like a lot of years of control to give for Geinke (I have Iwakuma, deGrom, Sale, CMartinez as my core).

    Thoughts are appreciated. Thanks! Daniel

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      I like both deals for you

      • Dub. says:
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        @Mike:
        What do you see Jungmann being longterm? He wasn’t overly impressive in the minors and is a stud so far in the bigs….weird, right!? I like Greinke and I want to accept the deal. Just seems like a lot to give.
        Would you rather have Donaldson or C.Gomez longterm…say next 5 years?

        Thanks!! Once again, appreciate your patience with my questions.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem. Jungmann prolly settles in as #3 tops. I doubt he’s a front of rotation guy. Donaldson for me.

  40. David says:
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    I took over a dynasty team that was in rough shape. Strong farm system, but weaker mlb roster. It’s a 20 team 6×6 (ops and holds). My farm will start to reap benefits mid to late next year. That being said I may be looking to move Brantley.

    One offer: darvish and mesoraco for Brantley
    Or a different team is willing to deal prospects: they have devers, snell, Beede, mella, Torres, Mateo, and kopech.

    First what do you think on the first offer? Secondly, is their a package you would ask for a package deal?

    Thanks man!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      not a fan of the first offer. if you’re truly rebuilding, a package of devers, torres, and snell is what I’d go after. otherwise, I’d hold Brantley

  41. Luvdarooks says:
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    No prospect but love your stuff!
    Big FAAB question. NL 5×5
    I’m in first but tight in AVE HR RBI Runs
    In that order
    2 teams r ahead of me in Faab with 100 93 I have 89 left to bid.
    Next behind me is 77

    The big 3 r
    Cecpedes – moss – Reyes
    ONE Problem is I have MCUTCHN POLANCO GRICHUK SOLER PEDERSON AS oF so one has to be benched (after September. – see below)

    Since there is a salary cap until sept 1, I probably can’t use the pickup till then. ( no prob) I’m up by 15 pts

    I just have to keep all these AWAY FROM the contending teams and I figure add at least one.
    Reyes does not appeal because of his lack of power but my team can bench uribe for him. He is a better fit but I’m thinking go for the OF
    SO…..
    How much should I bid and for whom?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      I’d bid most of it on Reyes

  42. Chris says:
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    Hey again Mike,

    Any worries about Ross getting sent back down after Strasburg returns? I think they’re crazy if they do, best 5 should be in the rotation. Do you think he makes his next start regardless?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I don’t know that they’ll keep him up if they have a fully healthy rotation

      • Chris says:
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        Thanks again,

        Do you like Alcides over panik this week? They said he’s going to be available off the bench but won’t start for a few days. Would you put in Pedro over either of those guys at DH?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem…Alcides

  43. Frank says:
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    Hey man!

    I just read that the sox are calling up Henry Owens, worth a call up to my fantasy team? It looks like porcello is on the DL & he was supposed to get 2 starts this week would Owens now have two starts now?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, worth a shot. looks like Tuesday he’ll get the nod

  44. The Talent Show says:
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    Hey Mike. 12 team dyno. 25 keeps out of 36 roster. Would u trade my pujols, erod, v Velasquez for gausman, Daniel norris, Hoffman? I can try and copy and paste my current roster to help if that’d help. Thx mike!! Corner infielders are rizzo, machado, pujols, sano, rendon. MI are odor, cano, correa, rendon. Thx mike!! Basically in full health I’d have to sit one those guys so it makes the deal a lil more appealing to me to move one and pujols is older. Thx and lemme know if I should send full roster Thx!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…I’d hold actually. I feel like you should get a bat in return. Getting back just arms feels really dicey for a big bat like Pujols and two decemt arms on your end. Albert’s age is a factor and I agree you should sell high, but I’d try to get a nice young bat in return.

      • The Talent Show says:
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        @Mike: ok thx, i can look at what he could throw back. I know he has story, peraza, Orlando arcia and gleybar as the only guys he could throw bk and not sure he’d want too. He did ask for pujols dahl for gaus and severino but I didn’t wanna give two bats for two arms on that one. Maybe I’m thinkin wrong there? I jus am looking to do it from a roster standpoint and do love gausman but do get a lil scared gettin the young arms for a bat I could use for my stretch run. I should be a playoff team as of now

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, I like Gausman too. I just think you can get more. Try for Peraza. Def hold onto Dahl

          • The Talent Show says:
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            @Mike: Woohoo!! Def agree on dahl!! Lol. Yea I could ask for peraza or try to get severino involved again. Don’t wanna muddle the deal either. If I jus say heck w it and roll it out there do u think its at least close enough to he palatable?? Muchas Gracias senor Mike

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              you gotta do you. I would hold out for a bat, but that’s just me.

              • The Talent Show says:
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                @Mike: absolutely brutha, I hear ya. Well I’ll give ya the update later on whether I hit accept reject or restructure :) thx for all the help!! Ps go Nick Williams!! (Who I also own n love :)

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  haha no problem! nice!

                  • The Talent Show says:
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                    @Mike: ok, here’s the scoop lol. We’re either gonna leave it intact, which we already had tentatively agreed on or he’s agreed to take out norris and put in peraza. It’s weekly h2h too btw if that changes it at all. My staff is kluber, arrieta, carrasco, cashner, taijuan, corbin, stroman, erasmo, giolito, manaea, erod, velasquez, tillman, ray, c allen, tolleson, arodys. Thx!! Ah he jus texted that I could swap peraza in for either norris or hoffman if I preferred. Ooh a trades goin down !! Which one should I do?? Lol

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      nice….Peraza over Hoffman

  45. fork says:
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    Should I drop Joe Ross for Severino?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think I would. Sev’s spot might be more stable, especially if Pineda is down for the count.

      • fork says:
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        @Mike: Thanks. Joe Ross was actually my pickup when Pineda hit the DL.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  46. Chris says:
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    Hey Mike any word on Pollock it’s seems like he’ll be playing this week.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looks like a DTD thing. not sure exactly when he’ll be back sorry

      • Chris says:
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        Thats ok would you start Pedro or Alcides Escobar over him?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          prolly Escobar

  47. Matt says:
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    Hello, who would you rather have in dynasty keep everyone? Fernando Rodriguez or Sergio Romo. Daily transactions 5×5 roto 15 teams, 30 mlb/20 milb, K/9 instead of K.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      KRod

      • Matt says:
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        @Mike: Sorry, the guy from the A’s. Thanks again

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          whoops, my bad. Prolly Romo then

  48. Sky

    Sky says:
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    I’m pissed off now, Jobu. Look, I go to you. I stick up for you. You no help me now by bringing up Aaron Judge. I say “**** you Jobu”, I do it myself.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! poor Jobu

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        Demigodin’ ain’t easy

  49. stumanji says:
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    Three best minor league keepers from this bunch ( contributions from this year don’t matter, just looking for highest ceilings):
    Urias
    Stephenson
    Berrios
    Story
    Brett Phillips

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      The three arms

  50. Bryce Krispie Treats says:
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    Hey mike,

    Ive had my eye on Severino for about a year now. First everyone was worried about him taking a bullpen role because of a few factors.

    Now that he is announced as a starter, where do you see his ceiling for 2015 only? Could he be a Matt Harvey type? (the guy who comes in at the end of the year and kills it?)

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice! that’s more the exception than the rule, but hey anything could happen! he’s been really solid at AAA

  51. John says:
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    In a vacuum, which side you want in dynasty?

    Mazara/Liriano or Andrew Miller/Kolten Wong?

    Thanks for your time

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem…Maz side for me but it’s fair

  52. Scott says:
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    Right now, I’m running with Lindor and Kang as my SS. Does Corey Seager have better upside than either, or both?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      more upside than both long term, but I wouldn’t drop them for him right now unless it’s some kind of long term keeper or something

  53. Scott says:
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    Ugh, so Berrios is falling lately. Still good strikeout potential?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      absolutely. I still like Berrios the most out of all these guys, Sev gets the jump since we know he’s coming up now.

  54. James says:
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    Was just offered buxton for one of my choice of OF, cain braun or blackmon. Im in a 12 team keep 6. Three definite keepers I have are franco sano and arrenado, soler mccullers cain nola and blackmon are my other debatable keepers. Blackmon has 6th rd value, cain has 17th and braun will not be kept.
    Who should I trade for buxton if any?
    Who to keep?

    Thanks for the great post

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      I’d swap Cain for Buxton

      Keep Sano, Arenado, Franco, Soler, Blackmon, and (Buxton)

  55. ScreechOwl says:
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    My prospects keep graduating as fast as my bench players keep breaking their bones!

    So, like, Steven Souza was totally doing this Souza march when he Souzaed himself in the Souza, and now he’s on the DL. That, and John Axford remembered he was John Axford, which I imagine was, for him, a lot like the final scene from Memento. So my prospect ranks have filled up with the likes of Severino and Glasnow and Judge, but I’m going to be surprised as Ross Perot on a November Wednesday if even two of them stay in the minors at the end of the year. Please, Glasnow, stay at least until I don’t have to make any more roster moves for the season.

    A small, rather stupid part of me kinda wishes I didn’t have Carlos Correa, because then I’d snap up Trevor Story and pat myself on the back a few dozen times. Then I’d realize that he’s already taken, and I just picked up Trevor Hoffman, who is putting up good numbers in his senior citizen softball league, but my fantasy league doesn’t count those numbers, so it’s a waste.

    I try to keep my team’s strikeout rate on the up and up and up, which means up over 9 per 9, which sounds like a Beatles song but is actually just a thint I made up while watching Yellow Submarine and detoxing from sniffing glue and eating a bowl of mixed Crunch Berries and Cheerios. You know, Berrios. I’m just not that high on Jose Berrios (see: stopped sniffing glue), who is amazingly available but doesn’t meet my need of a prospect who can actually stay in my minor league system past the end of the year.

    Stephenson, though, he can get guys out like Lindsey Lohan sniffing glue.

    Wait, let’s go with a less gross analogy. Stephenson, though, he can get guys out like Aishwarya Rai. Like, he can punch batters out like Russell Crowe sniffing glue.

    Gosh, I think I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.

    But then, that Alex Reyes kid is young and hip and hip and hippie, and hippie,
    he throws strikes hard and he don’t stop,
    he rock it to the bang bang boogie it’s up in the strikezone
    and a swing and a miss and he’s out.
    See, double A is just a test, so I say this with all emph’sis,
    when Alex hits a grove and his curve is on the move they’re gonna move him up to Memphis.
    So I came to Prospect Mike, and I’d like to say “hello”
    ‘Cause I’m itchin for a pitcher but the hitch in the sitch is I already own Sev’rino.
    Sock it to me – bang – the boogie to the boogie
    They’re up from the minors to the bang bang boogie
    Let’s talk – I can’t stop
    Taking prospects that’ll take me to the top
    Well, so far, you’ve heard my issue, but I got two questions now
    I got NA#1 and NA#2 to fill for next year, but how?

    We got Aaron Judge, I don’t prejudge
    But with a bod like that, he’s slow as fudge
    But he’s a grandmaster of the true three out-bat
    Rock the House that Ruth Built, howzat?
    And down the line is the G-Man, Tyler
    Drops more strikes than a dope freestyler
    Add Luis S, just to prove the point
    My minor league trio’s a serious joint
    With that Carlos kid, the Best Correa
    And look, Au Shizz is my first base playa
    Kris Bryant jackin em by the hour
    Scouts say he got 80 power
    Just like Miguel Sano
    Finally playin in the Show
    If my stream-o-pitchers never cease
    my team is a devastating masterpiece
    While looking at my roster today
    A reporter stopped me to say “hey”
    She said she heard stories, she’s heard the finest
    But who’s the best outfielder in my lineup?
    I told her, “That’s a clown question, bro!
    Can it really be that you just don’t know?”
    Check the guy at the top, that awesome baller
    He beats the pants off Jorge Soler
    And the Shock Joc, mocked, but he don’t stop a-rockin’
    Got the growth stock, punk rocks four balls a-walkin’
    Staff earned runs be high as ozone
    That’s all due to Carlos Rodon
    Balanced out by Dallas Keuchel
    Astros lead the West like Fievel
    Jake the Cub, and Archer sheezy
    Tyson Ross and Odorizzi
    Bullpen sagnof just veneers
    Fireballer Ryu is down right fierce
    Got Lynn for the win and I traded C-Mart
    This just in: that wasn’t re: smart
    Help at second comes from Odor
    Sig fig? Yeah, I checked the z-score
    That prospect that you said was aces
    Hits for power and runs the bases
    May Gray eyes all on that Byron
    Buxton trends like a traffic siren
    I say hotel, motel, where Holliday at
    If one player gets hurt, go grab another bat
    And I’m prospect divin, what can I say?
    I can’t fit em all in my lineup in one day
    But I need some more who might bust out
    Next year my team gonna win strikeouts

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      BRAVO! I love this…

      so question is which specs should you stash that won’t be up this year? I’m thinking Mazara and JP Crawford

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @ScreechOwl: This is impressive. At first I thought what A-hole wrote something in the comments this long, but it was actually a great read.

  56. thorbs says:
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    Hey Mike, good stuff as always!

    What’s your take on Trayce Thompson? I see Drew Stubbs (middling average, 15 HR – 20 SB upside, fringe regular), personally.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think that’s a great comp…fourth outfielder likely but with the power/speed upside.

  57. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    you ain’t dropping shark or joe the boss ross for severino in 12 team redrafts with K/BB (over K’s alone) and QS?

  58. I don't want to brag, but i have irritable bowel syndrome says:
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    we giving two shits about this boyd character?
    rotoworld quote:
    James Wagner of the Toledo Blade writes that Matt Boyd’s locker was empty after Tuesday’s game with Triple-A Toledo.
    This would seem to indicate that Boyd could be on his way to the majors. Acquired from the Blue Jays last week in the David Price deal, the southpaw threw two innings and 40 pitches in his organizational debut on Saturday, which some have speculated was a sign that he would be called up to start on short rest. Jason Beck of MLB.com writes that it’s unlikely he’ll pitch Tuesday, but that Wednesday is a strong possibility. Stay tuned.

    Is it just me or does this sound more likely to be some sort of AWOL or kipnapping story going on here, maybe True Detective season 3 preview.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh, feels like a back end starter there, so maybe streamer worthy bu not somebody I’d sweat

  59. Me says:
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    so, got an interesting offer in my dynasty:

    I give Miggy and Donaldson for Rendon, Joc, McCullers, and Freeman……

    • Me says:
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      @Me: I’m out of it, rest of team needs SP but I have Trout, Harper, Giolito, Matz, Carrasco

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      whoa…I think it’s fair but I like the DOnaldson side more

      • Me says:
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        @Mike: what should I offer for just Rendon? Miggy for Rendon + a keepable starter?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yeah I like that better. Hold Donaldson if you can

      • Me says:
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        @Mike: also what do you think McCullers’ value is like next year… top 150 overall? 200?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          sure, that sounds about right

  60. Raoul Duke says:
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    After considering previous advice I received from you I dropped Adrian Rondon for Gleyber Torres. I have been trying to find information pertaining to his ceiling. If memory serves me correct I think I have read a projected ceiling of .300/10 HR’s/25 SB’s. Have you seen anything that suggests he might have more power than 10 HR’s?

    Tulo spoiled me with his power production for years before I traded him this season, so I have been on the look out for the next SS power bat. Correa looks like he will be filling those shoes, but any trade discussions I have had with his owner in my league have been turned down. I have Bogey and while he has improved this season the power has seemed to dip. I also have Machado at 3rd. What are your thoughts on whether he ever moves back to SS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I doubt Machado evee goes back to SS.

      I like Torres, he’s more of a high-floor guy with good numbers across the board. I think you’re power projection is about right. I’m fine with that swap, since Gleyber is closer.

      I’d be patient with Bogey.

  61. Slimbo says:
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    Hey

    Thoughts on bradley zimmer?

    Someone in my keeper league grabbed him, did I miss the boat on that one?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yeah, I think you may have

      • Slimbo says:
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        @Mike:

        That sucks! Do you like Margot, Dahl, Clint Frazier or nick Williams over Zimmer?

        How would you rank them

          • Slimbo says:
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            @Mike:

            Haha good point

            So if I could trade Frazier for Zimmer I should do it?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              at this point I would. Zimmer closer and just as toolsy, even if he doesn’t have the same power potential

  62. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Mike, would you pick up Baez in a 15 team keeper? His cost next year would be $13 so I am on the fence. Right now I am in 4th and have an outside chance to get into the money ( top 3 get paid)…but my pitching really has to step up. I would prob drop Plouffe but then the issue is I would have no bench bat as I am holding onto to Judge. Also, that guy backed off and wanted to think more on trading me Wong $9 for Abreu $28 so I just moved on. Seems to have worked out so far as Abreu is on fire. I did read where his thumb gave him issues for a while and he felt much better, and or healthy, after the break. He does look much better at the plate so let’s hope he stays hot. Anyways, here is my offense man. Thanks!

    C Martin
    C Jaso
    1B Abreu
    2B Prado
    3B Frazier
    SS Bogaerts
    MI Escobar
    CI Franco
    OF Bautista
    OF Bruce
    OF Maybin
    OF Belt
    OF Polanco
    UTIL Tucker
    BN Plouffe and Judge

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like Baez, but $13 feels too high given the risk you’re taking for both this year and next. It’s kinda right on the border of where I’d want him. Single digit price I’d feel a lot better about it.

  63. Raoul Duke says:
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    Mike-

    In my 14 team league we keep 7 MLB players plus an additional 6 minor league players. My keepers are:

    Mike Trout
    Manny Machado
    Anthony Rendon
    Xander Bogaerts
    Joc Pederson
    Matt Harvey
    Jose Fernandez

    At the moment I am rostering 7 minor league players and need to get down to 6 by season’s end. Which six would you pick? Would you take my current roster into consideration or just keep the best talent no matter what? Thanks.

    Javier Baez
    Gleyber Torres
    Aaron Judge
    David Dahl
    AJ Reed
    Rafael Devers
    Lucas Giolito

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Giolito, Devers, Dahl, Baez, Judge, Reed

      keep the best players, don’t worry about position

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