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. Rusney Castillo, OF | Red Sox +3

Castillo’s shoulder is on the mend and with Shane Victorino now on the disabled list, it’s just a matter of time before Castillo is back up with the Red Sox. He’s expected to come off of the minor league DL this week and should make an impact with both his bat and his legs upon arrival. I’d temper expectations out of the gate due to the recent injury, but the 27-year-old can do a lot with five months of the season still left to play.

2. Maikel Franco, 3B | Phillies +5

I get that Asche and Howard are still technically blocking Franco and the Phillies have no reason to rush him to the majors, but at the same time I can’t find a reason not to recommend the 22-year-old as a stash. Even if we don’t see him until early June, Franco can be a nice fantasy piece at the corner thanks to his power, which should play up at Citizens’ Bank Park. He continues to start hot, hitting .366/.381/.463 with five doubles in his last ten games.

3. Noah Syndergaard, RHP | Mets +2

When he’s not engaging with Twitter trolls, Syndergaard is one of the best pitching talents in the minors. It’s been a rough start though (7.2 IP, 4 ER, 6 BB), and it’s not going to get any easier pitching in the PCL for Las Vegas. So far the strikeouts are still there, and if Thor can get it together (and I think he will) he should be pitching in New York before the All-Star Break.

4. Andrew Heaney, LHP | Angels +2

Nick Tropeano had a nice start for the Angels this week, but I can’t imagine Heaney is going to be in Triple-A for more than a month or two. He rebounded from a terrible second start to strike out nine batters in 5.1 innings on Monday. His most recent start was last night and ended too late for this edition.

5. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers

I would have guessed Seager for a late 2015/early 2016 arrival, but the buzz is getting louder thanks to his destruction of Double-A pitching and the fact that he is now getting time at third base in addition to his shortstop duties. Alex Guerrero looks solid so far, but clearly the Dodgers are interested in seeing if Seager can handle the hot corner, which could significantly speed up his ETA. He could be at the top of this list by the next time it publishes.

6. Francisco Lindor, SS | Indians +5

A couple of things are happening that made me move Lindor up five spots this week. The first is that he’s now hitting after a slow start at Triple-A Columbus. In his last ten games, Lindor is hitting .342/.405/.500 with a home run, three doubles, and three stolen bases. The other thing I’m watching is the struggle of both Jose Ramirez (hitting .204) and leadoff hitter Michael Bourn (hitting .193). Lindor would seem to be a better option at short than Ramirez and a better leadoff bat than Bourn at this point, so I’m having a hard time seeing the 21-year-old still in Triple-A come July.

7. Jose Peraza, 2B | Braves +6

A lot of what I just wrote about Lindor applies here with Peraza. Jace Peterson just hasn’t been very good after the promising spring. Obviously the Braves don’t have much to play for, but with Peraza doing his thing with Triple-A Gwinnett (.281 average with five steals) it could be a different J.P. at the keystone before long.

8. Carlos Correa, SS | Astros

Correa is similar to Seager except I’m not sure he’s as close. All offseason, I’ve been saying early 2016 is when we’ll see him, but the Astros don’t necessarily have to wait. Correa is terrorizing Double-A, hitting .360/.429/.660 with two homers and nine doubles so far. I’m not thinking it will be anytime soon, but I’m definitely moving the ETA clock up to mid-2015 and he could make a big fantasy impact immediately.

9. Byron Buxton, OF | Twins 

This is where I’d like to say Buxton would be a major boost for the Twins right now, but the best prospect in baseball has hit a lousy .180 with 14 strikeouts in 16 games. Still, the Twins are terrible so they’re going to have a hard time keeping Buxton down once he heats up, even if it’s not until midsummer.

10. Miguel Sano, 3B | Twins

Sano hasn’t exactly started off on the right foot either, hitting .170 to start the year and .156 over his last ten. At least he’s hit three home runs, but he’ll need more than just homers to force the issue in Minnesota. I have a feeling both Buxton and Sano will hover around these two spots for a good chunk of the year.

11. Blake Swihart, C | Red Sox +3

The major league catching platoon is Ryan Hanigan and Sandy Leon. You have a catching prospect batting .309 with three doubles to start the year in Triple-A. It’s only a matter of time. With the injuries and such at the catching position right now, folks will be chomping at the bit to add Swihart to their teams when he arrives.

12. Alex Colome, RHP | Rays

I guess this one is cheating a little bit since he’s pretty much a lock to graduate by next time, but I like Colome this year. The fluky visa/pneumonia issues that kept him out of the rotation to start the year are behind him, and Colome ranked 4th on my Rays Top 10 list this offseason. At the very least he’s a streamer in all formats, with the potential for much more. He’ll get one more turn in the minors before joining the big club.

13. Raisel Iglesias, RHP | Reds

Like Colome, Iglesias has already shown a bit for us in the major leagues, but there is more of a question around his ultimate role. Right now the Reds seem committed to him as a starter, and I’m guessing we see Iglesias back with the Reds in that capacity this summer.

14. Chi-Chi Gonzalez, RHP | Rangers -2

Not much has changed with Gonzalez in terms of opportunity, but his last two starts have been less than stellar. In his last 10.2 innings, Gonzalez has given up seven earned runs and five walks.

15. Steven Matz, LHP | Mets

Rafael Montero will get the spot start and may stick. Noah Syndergaard is the shiny prospect with the high rankings all over the place. But it’s Matz who has impressed so far at Triple-A Las Vegas. The 23-year-old southpaw has allowed just five earned runs in 22.1 innings pitched with 19 strikeouts to start the year. That’s in the hostile environment of the PCL, too. There’s a chance Matz beats Thor to New York even if his ultimate ceiling isn’t as high.

Graduates (Highest Ranking) – 2015 MLB 5×5 Stats
Kris Bryant (1) – 5/0/7/.379/1
Carlos Rodon (2) – 0-0/7.71./2.57/1
Yasmany Tomas (3) – 1/0/0/.400/1
Addison Russell (8) – 1/0/1/.111/0

Dropouts
Hector Olivera

Previous Rankings: Week 2

 
  1. Miles says:
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    great read Mike.
    any news on Joey Gallo?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! Just activated from DL this weekend. He’ll start the year in Double-A

  2. Nojangles says:
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    Do you believe rusney will be up relatively soon? I notice grey never recommends owning him or picking him up even in keepers. He’s real down on him but I can’t help but still believe. He showed to be pretty stable last year.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      My guess he’ll be up within a couple weeks of being activated from the DL. I think he’s worth an add in all formats.

      It’s okay to diverge from Grey sometimes. In unrelated news, Razzball is looking for a new prospect writer.

      • Uncdrew says:
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        @Mike: @Mike:

        Ha!

      • Nojangles says:
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        @Mike: haha he provides very sound advice, but no one has a crystal ball I respect that. Thanks. And you’re our prospect writer!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          haha, no problem man

      • CDNumber9 says:
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        @Mike:

        How would an inquiring mind find out more about this piece of “unrelated news”? Is there someone who could be reached via email?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I was just making a joke…like if you question Grey he fires you.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Nojangles: you must not have seen where Grey ranked him preseason when he thought he’d be getting normal at bats, it was pretty high. How high somebody might be on rusney would of course be important to know the number of keepers. If you keep like 3 you should have better players to keep.

  3. Curt C. says:
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    Great stuff…..Ant thoughts on Jon Gray??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! I was tempted to add him, but I can’t shake the idea that he may just be a road start streamer this year.

  4. Lville Jim says:
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    I would say some of the luster has faded from the Buxton’s shooting star. Aside from the monster 2013 season he has been rather pedestrian. Granted he did battle injury last season and is only 21. Have a deal in the works to acquire him and others in a dynasty all keeper no cash value league involving Kershaw. Just a little leery about trading the best pitcher in baseball for what might be.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, at the end of the day he’s still just a prospect. That’s a ballsy trade.

      • Lville Jim says:
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        @Mike: Two different deals. My Kershaw, Lucas Sims, and Kohl Stewart for his Machado, Buxton, Glasnow, and Profar. Second deal My Kershaw, Cespedes, C. Allen, Sims, Stewart, and my 2nd round pick in next years free agent/minor league draft for his Stanton, A. Russell, Matt Olson, Bauer, and his 1st round pick.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I like both deals actually, but I’m leaning towards the first one.

          • Lville Jim says:
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            @Mike: I also liked the first better. May be able to flip Cespedes and Allen to the second manager for some rebuilding parts without Kershaw.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              nice…Olson and Bauer would be solid gets

  5. griff says:
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    Always look forward to your prospect write ups, Mike. I have d’Arnaud on the DL. Picked up Hundley for this past week. Thinking about dropping him for Plawecki. Should I pull the trigger or hold?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks griff! I’d hold. I like Plawecki, but I’d imagine Hundley can help you just as much especially with home games at Coors.

  6. JP says:
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    13 Team 6×6 roto dynasty AVG, SB, OBP, R, HR, RBI. We play 2C, 3MI, 3CI, 5OF,U. There are no contracts so you can own a player for his whole career. I have one minor league spoy open and wondered if you could rank these players for me. I am looking for the best/highest upside prospect regardless of distance away. Here are the guys I like and would like you to rank for me. Lewin Diaz, Dermis Garcia, Juan De Leon, Francisco Mejia, JD Davis, Brett Phillips, or I could even grab Dansby Swanson. Thank you Mike and great read as always

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Phillips…De Leon…Garcia/Davis/Diaz/Mejia

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @JP: it’s still funny to see a man named dermis, as our english word dermis has the same meaning (and it comes from) latin languages, so somebody called their son “skin” for a name.

  7. Xavier says:
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    Maybe not a sexy prospect, but what about Marco Gonzales, assuming he is not hurt too badly, as a nice contributor this year in light of the Wainwright news? Think he can stick in that rotation?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      For sure…the Wainwright stuff broke a little late for this post, but assuming the injury to Marco isn’t serious I’d definitely put him in that Colome/Iglesias group. Good stuff Xavier.

  8. Adam says:
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    Salazar or Jimmy nelson ROS??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Salazar

      • I need a replacement for Wianwright. Do you like Salazar or Carlos Martinez better ROS? @Mike:

        • Other options to replace Waino include Bradley, Dickey, Weaver, or Smyly (8 teamleague). I was leaning toward picking up Martinez. Who do you like Mike? [email protected]madden_curser:

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          that’s a tough one…I’m leaning CMart but it feels like a coin flip. Might get more Ks from Salazar but better ratios from CMart. Forget the other guys though.

  9. Scott says:
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    I’m in a 14 team mixed 2 catcher league and I’m currently starting Hundley and Perez. I picked up Swihart last night with the hopes he may be up in the next few weeks. I’m disappointed to see him lower on your list than I anticipated. If he follows in Weiters path, he would be up early June. Do you think we could possibly see him in the next few weeks or should I drop and stash Seager?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I have Seager ranked higher on greater upside moreso than closer proximity, so I think you’re still on the right track there with Swihart. Seager is kind of wild card as to when he’ll be up, but Swihart pretty much has a clear path to the majors at this point. Plus he gets a boost in your 2-C format.

      • Scott says:
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        what numbers do you project when Swihart gets up to the Big [email protected]Mike:

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          In a full season he could hit 280+ with 15-20 homers

  10. Mike says:
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    I need to make room for a player off the DL. Drop Danny Santana or Kendrys Morales?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Morales

      • Miles says:
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        @Mike: too many Mikes and too many Twins!

        • Miles says:
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          @Miles: well, maybe just the Mikes part. Kennys Vargas is the Twin and not Kendrys Morales. too many Mikes!

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            haha…Vargas is killing me. I had such high hopes

  11. Xavier says:
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    Since you mention him in the Seager blurb, what about Guerrero? Will he get an honest to goodness shot in LA, even if Uribe and Turner are healthy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I hope he does. I really do. But trying to predict Mattingly is like herding cats. They seem to want to give Uribe the playing time and use Guerrero as a pinch hitter. Until it’s more than that, his value is going to be limited.

      • Xavier says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, agreed. And yet he leads my team in HRs and is up there in RBIs too. Just like on his real life team.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          crazy

          • Xavier says:
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            @Mike: Holy crap cakes man, who is this guy!?!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              haha….it’s almost like he should be an everyday player!

  12. slew says:
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    Great read, Mike!
    With McCarthy heading for an MRI on his ailing elbow who is likely to replace him in the rotation ?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! good question…Bolsinger and Baker are options and it’s likely Bolsinger since he already made a spot start. Joe Wieland and Zach Lee are probably in the mix on the prospect side of things.

  13. Bryan says:
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    Mike, who Do u like more Valbuena or Aoki?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Valbuena

      • Bryan says:
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        @Mike: thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  14. Eric B says:
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    Hey Mike, love talking prospects. Recently was able to flip Russell for Calhoun and Salazar. So more times than not I use them as trade bait since we’re in a 4 team HTH league with only 4 keepers. I’ve got an open DL spot is Colome worth it iyo? May need some pitching help…this is my staff:

    P Kluber
    P Odorizzi
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP S.Greene
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench SP McCarthy
    Bench SP Walker
    DL RP Parnell

    With McCarthy likely headed for the DL I’m trying to fihgurte out the best course of action to strengthen it. Couple of questions for you if you’d be so kind: Do you think Paxton and Walker are worth holding on too? Paxton looked better for awhile last night, and although it Was Houston and Walker still had control issues I was encouraged that he might be trying to turn the corner. Both Happ and Chase Anderson are on waivers but Anderson will likely be scooped up by tomorrow as a streamer in my league.Gonzales is also on the wire as Xavier pointed out I think he may be next in line if healthy.Any moves you’d suggest based on my staff and that info? Not sure when McCarthy will hit the DL and open up a spot for me so want to have a clear plan of action on who to drop/add.

    • Eric B says:
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      @Eric B: * That should read 12 team not 4

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that’s a good strategy with prospects in that format…

      I would give Paxton and Walker more leash, yes.

      I’d give Colome a look on your DL, but I don’t see a slot on your staff that’s a definite drop or one that I’d start to stream just yet. Happ is a streamer type IMO. Gonzales is interesting but he’s not likely to help in the next week or two.

      • Eric B says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike. Assuming Mccarthy hits the DL tomorrow who would you fill that spot with? I’ll pick up Colome when I move Mccarthy to the DL and that will leave me one open P spot. Haap, Chase Anderson, Daniel Norris, Fiers are all available.

        Just as a reference this is my batting lineup:

        ( 5×5 HTH OBP league)
        Bats
        C McCann
        1B Freeman
        2B Kipnis
        3B Santana
        SS A.Ramirez
        OF Stanton
        OF Springer
        OF Soler
        OF Betts
        Util Pollock
        Util Avisail Garcia
        Util Calhoun
        Bench Semien
        Bench Lawrie
        DL C/DH Jaso

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I like Fiers and Happ there, but honestly I would stream it until somebody sticks.

          • Eric B says:
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            @Mike: Thanks a lot for the feedback Mike! I think that’s sound advice. Already have 2 bench bats in Semien and Lawrie so I think streaming probably makes the most sense.

            I forgot to mention that I could stream Mccarthys spot or stash one of the following available on waivers: Franco, Snydergaard, Heany, Seager, Peraza, Correa or Sano. Would you stash one of those guys or still stream McCarthys spot?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              No problem…I’d stream. With that many good prospects sitting on the wire, there’s no rush to grab them yet.

              • Eric B says:
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                @Mike: Gracias Mike!

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  de nada!

  15. Pouss-Pouss says:
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    Good stuff, Mike. Thanks. Can you offer a ranking of these rookie/prospect OFs both (a) for this season and (b) as indefinite keepers?

    Castillo, Pederson, Pompey, Souza, Tomas

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! Pederson, Tomas, Castillo, Souza, Pompey long term

      I hadn’t ranked Souza in the Top50 this offseason but his performance so far has made me rethink him.

      and on that note, Souza and Pederson probably provide the most value this year, followed by a coin flip between Castillo and Tomas

  16. Johnson says:
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    what about Schwarber? he is absolutely raking in AA.

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Johnson: ive been watching him close,they say he isnt cutting it at catcher position so i look for him to get outfield reps but his bat is ready

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      awesome bat, but I’m guessing he’s an early 2016 guy…could he force his way up in LF? sure

  17. BulinWall says:
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    Drop any of these SP:
    Shoemaker, Nelson, C-Mart, Latos

    + Pick up for any of these?
    Fiers, Hutchison, Chase Anderson

    Thanks!

    • Chicken Dinner says:
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      @BulinWall: Shoe for Hutch

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d probably lose Shoe or Latos for Hutchison, but that’s a good one for JB in his pitcher rankings post

  18. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    thanks Mike i love the prospect report,,im holding Rodon in a tough rcl league and im kinda needing the roster spot,zero bites on any trade offers even minimal,any imput here appreciated thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Al! I’ve got Rodon in a lot of RCLs right now, but if you need the roster spot, cut him.

  19. Kyle says:
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    I know your rankings have Sano higher than matz, but there’s a ton of hype around matz right now. Any chance he’s a better NA stash in a keeper? Already have a solid IF of goldy Arenado at corners for future

    • Mike

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      sure, I mean I’d usually go bat over arm and I do think Sano is going to be more valuable long term…but if you’re playing the short game and trying to win now Matz may indeed be the better use of your NA slot

  20. Mello Yello says:
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    What’s up Mike? Great read as always. What do you make of the Boxberger/McGee closer situation that’s inevitably down the line. I mean I’m going to keep Boxberger regardless because his K/9 is hilarious, but can’t help but think he may get relegated to middle relief if McGee is anything like his old self

    • AL KOHOLIC says:
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      @Mello Yello: all reports have McGee regaing his closer spot,but he has to be his old self to keep box out of the situation,im in the same boat with those 2

      • Mello Yello says:
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        @AL KOHOLIC: Yeah I DL stashed him in my other league figuring the same thing

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      agree with Al, it’s likely going back to McGee, but yeah you have to hold Boxberger

  21. Clyde Prompto says:
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    Good stuff as always, Mike. What’s your read on the Red Sox’ collection of minor league arms? At various times I’ve heard Owens, Barnes, Rodriguez, et al touted as front line arms. It always seems like Sox prospects tend to get a whole lot of helium only to fizzle out.

    • Mike

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      thanks! I think both Owens and E-Rod will contribute this year and both have #2/#3 upside. Will they achieve it this year? Not likely, but they are going to be nice pieces moving forward in 2016 and beyond.

      • Clyde Prompto says:
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        @Mike: Nice, thanks for the knowledge.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

  22. A Hill O' Beans says:
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    Not a prospect anymore, but what do think of deGrom Mike?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like him…he’s got great stuff and he’s in a great situation in terms of ballpark and opponents in the NLEast. If he’s your #2 fantasy starter, you’re likely sitting pretty.

      • A Hill O' Beans says:
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        @Mike: So if you had a ton of closers would you give up a guy like Robertson to get him as your #2?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Robertson for deGrom? Sure, especially if you have other sources of saves

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Mike: yep, #2. Ralph must draft like 4 SP before pick 100 in his drafts. yikes, he’s probably with Jay having Laroche as a staring 1B or so.

  23. Kid A says:
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    Great work Mike – even if the Franco ranking is a little weighted by your undying homerism.

    Any way to extend it beyond 15 or tack on a 5 biggest movers/producers/surprises/sleepers/yada/etcetera/etc.

    I’d like you to complicate your work.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Kid! I’ll have my people start brainstorming…and by my people I mean my cats.

  24. Team Maxwell says:
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    Great post as always!! In a keep keepers forever basic 12 team. If identifying a Strausberg upside pitching prospect just too hard to do, should I just stash the 2 best prospects that are out there before my trigger happy friends do and live with the lack of bench spots? ie. stash Walker Syndergaard Bundy ? Lost Bryant, Buxton and Russell because I didn’t do this. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Syndergaard is probably worth a stash.

  25. Bambinos says:
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    Thoughts on Julio Urias? When is his ETA?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Big talent, super young. I ranked him in my offseason top 20…2016 ETA

  26. Johnson says:
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    I’m in a 12 mixed keeper. C,1B,2B,3B,SS, OF x3, util, 1450 innings.

    Must keep 5 players in the first 5 rounds. All other players are kept at a 3 round penalty from the previous year. So if Trout was kept as a 14th rd pick this year, next year he is 11th, then 8th the following year.

    I’m the defending champ and have a good team. I’m offered Rollins (top 5), Jorge Soler (19th), and a 23rd rd pick for Jose Reyes (top 5), Osuna (22nd), Schwarber (22nd) and a 6th rd pick. Is Soler worth the over pay? How do you project is upside line vs Schwarber? Views on Osuna?

    • Mike

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      Both Soler and Schwarber could get to 25 homers at peak. I’m guessing Osuna eventually ends up starting again with #3 upside. That seems like a fair trade. Not sure it’s one where there is a winner, but the Soler side helps you more this year.

  27. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Mike! Brandon Morrow or Mike Leake for rest of season? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Morrow

  28. Adam says:
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    Dozier or Addison Russell ROS?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Dozier for this year

  29. Adam says:
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    Descalafani or Jimmy nelson ROS??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nelson

  30. Dan says:
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    Hey Mike

    These guys are on waivers in a 5×5 H2H dynasty…

    Vogelbach, Mazara, Olson, Alex Jackson, Clint Frazier, Renfroe, Winker, Alfaro…

    Which one should get the scoop? Maybe a top 3-5 ranking? Not competing this year just looking for the best bat. Thanks man!

    • Dan says:
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      @Dan: Josh Bell also available

      • Dan says:
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        @Dan: Dahl, Mateo, and Bird as well

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Mazara, Bell, Winker, Jackson

  31. Josh says:
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    Hey mike man!

    Go with Steve Souza at utility for week 4’s matchup h2h pts league on ESPN , or add any of these to start;

    Zach cozart, will middlebrooks, jake marisinick, Josh reddick, mike moustakas, odubel Herrera , leonys Martin

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go with Souza

  32. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    How much do you like Franco in a league that uses .OPB? I know he doesn’t walk too much yet so curious here compared to standard format. I assume he does take a hit, but how much is the question. It’s my first year in an established 15 team keeper and while I have some solid pieces it will prob be 2-3 years before I am truly competitive. Basically, a mid pack team for now. So, worth a stash in here? I would prob drop someone like Morse or Saunders. Could be kept for $2 next year as that is the keeper price for any player not drafted. No limits on keepers…just general inflation year to year. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      His OBP wasn’t so hot last year, but was decent enough the two years prior. Career 6% BB rate in the minors. I would think at 2 bucks he’s a better stash than Morse, but I wouldn’t drop Saunders for him.

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Mike: Thanks man! Will hold on Saunders. Just dropped Morse for Ruddy De La Rosa as I needed an arm and want to see how that plays out. What about for Odubel Hererra? Just not sure he has staying power but with ss/of he does have some value, at least for now. My OF is Bautista, Gordon, Polanco, Fowler, Pagan, and Saunders. I have Bogaerts and Escobar as my SS eligible players.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime Joe

          I like Herrera for speed/average, but looks like Revere is back at the top of the lineup for now. I’d take Franco over Herrera

  33. goodfold2 says:
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    that reminds me, in one league i’m actually happy vargas is sucking it up, when franco comes up i won’t even have to worry about what to do, other than stash sombody else in last NA slot. This is especially true if franco gets 1B/3B.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice

  34. the tone ranger says:
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    whats your take on correa? A 25/10 SS at his peak? im starting to hope hes up this year, but its probably a pipe dream give the lastros cheapness.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think 20-25 homers is doable sure. Will he stay a SS is a little more up in the air, as I think a lot of evaluators see him eventually moving to 3B. I hear ya on the 2015 callup…he’s certainly making the case for it with his bat so far.

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Mike: thanks – great insight as per usual. I really appreciate your articles Mike. same topic but a little of a followup –
        Whats your take on the next great SS wave? (I.e. ranks you would have on guys in dynasty leagues?)

        Xander, Correa, Lindor, Russell, JP Crawford? (is that a good order) or given what weve seen out of correa in the minors, would you actually move him before Xander if it breaks right?

  35. PhilOssieB says:
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    Hey Mike, I have Scooter and Peraza in my dynasty pts league. Wondering which one you think will be better in the next couple of years. Peraza had better trade value right now, but I don’t want to send him away and witness him go nuts when he gets the call up .

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Peraza could be an Altuve-lite type of player, so I’d probably take him over Gennett for the long haul.

  36. JohnnyBeGood says:
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    Hey Mike! Grey mentioned to check with you…. which NA roster spot would you stash for a 2015 call up that could be most impactful ROS:
    Seager, Gallo, Giolito, Franco ? And who are your Top 3 prospects who u would stash for this year?

    Buxton, Correa, Lindor, Sano, Synd all taken already….thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Franco

      Castillo, Franco, Heaney if Thor is gone already

      • JohnnyBeGood says:
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        @Mike: Thanks, thought on Seager for this year??

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          He’s great, but it’s hard to say when exactly he’d be up this year if they are already having trouble getting Guerrero at bats

  37. Steve says:
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    Hi Mike,

    1. How soon do you see Lindor coming up? My MI: Lawrie, Dannys, Addison. Would you drop any for him?

    2. Also have Kennys taking up a bench spot? Drop him for Lindor?

    3. Hold Syndergaard over Paxton or Fiers?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1. June if he keeps hitting would be my guess…July if he cools off. Stick with what you have for now.

      2. Sure….Kennys looks like garbage

      3. Nah, take the bird in hand with Pax and Fiers

  38. slimbo says:
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    What do you think of raul mondesi?

  39. David says:
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    An owner in my league posted that he is putting Buxton on the market, presumably do to the rough start. I’m in a H2H dynasty (40 man rosters, can keep all with no limits) with LF/CF/RF and two general OF options, so a CF with his tools could be quite valuable. What kind of player (or general tier) do you think is reasonable to offer to try and get Buxton?

    For example, I am toying with the idea of offering him K. Seager (he is a Mariners fan) for him straight up. I can pickup M. Franco for a bench OF bat to regain some future depth at 3B, but I already have Donaldson, Rendon, plus Zimmerman and Crush Davis with 3B eligibility this year (with a potential future 3B in Correa). Is this too much/too little? Or instead offer a pitcher like S. Gray, Samardzija, Tanaka, or Odorizzi?

    • David says:
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      @David:
      * due to the rough start

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hmmm..yeah I would do Seager for Buxton with that kind of depth at corner. I think it’s fair and would prefer the Buxton side. It’s not exactly a buy low, but probably about as low as you can go to snag Buxton straight up right now

  40. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    just took over a 20 team league team that’s in 5th now. we keep 7-9 players per year with no draft pick cost (they slide to the back of draft). if we keep less than 9 we get 1 or 2 supplemental picks (so we’d get best players not kept before regular draft). 2 NA slots on this team, i have none as previous owner hasn’t logged into team since start of year. Normally i don’t take over teams with no NA’s when rest of league has stashed ALL the high ranked guys you have coming up this year. weird thing is i missed getting into this league and getting Franco by 3 hours. weird. Biggest names not stashed are dahl/tapia/a-jax/frazier/judge/peterson and those guys not in yahoo yet mazara/brinson/devers/mcmahon/a.rosario). As far as i can think of Moya/Meyer are biggest names coming up this year that aren’t owned.
    Roster: (OPS/XBH/holds/QS added)
    vogt
    1B butler
    2B cano
    3B carpenter
    SS desmond
    OF jones/ellsbury/cargo 1
    util segura
    BN heyward/beltran/uribe/ethier
    SP: j-zimm/annabelle/shoemaker/fiers/kazmir/lyles (i added him)
    RP (slots for up to 5, i added these 3 so far) = cook/farquhar/c.torres
    DL – hawkins.

    1. i’m guessing with this i have 7-9 guys better off keeping year to year over those best prospects, yes?
    2. If that’s the case i’m likely better off stashing in my 2 NA slots guys who will only help this year. D.Alvarez also not in yahoo, so i’m gonna assume that’s Moya/Meyer from your list.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Looks like you’ve got 7 guys, but I’d still add Dahl and Tapia. WTF Yahoo…add Mazara!

      • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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        @Mike: you’d keep those two along with 7 of my guys as keepers then, excluding the others? or you mean they might be up this year? I’m thinking it has to be the first thing. i’m guessing the 7 are jones/cano/j-zimm/ellsbury/desmond/cargo 1/carpenter?

        3. Also, guy with posey and these (seager(SEA)/carmart/c.allen/pineda/kenley/bundy). would you give jones to get posey and one of those?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yup, I’d keep them as N/A…they won’t be up this year. Sure, those keepers look good.

          3. Nah

          • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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            @Mike: thanks. was able to add ziegler/tolleson to make bullpen somehwhat respectable, dropping non-Heyward bench bats. phelps too.

  41. Nate says:
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    Always appreciate the work you do in this department!

    I drafted Heaney thinking he had the 5th spot locked up. I’ve since had to drop him in a league with a short bench.

    My pitching is kind of a mess though, so I’m hopeful he can come up and be an impact right away… how long do you think before we see him get regular starts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      If he keeps pitching well I would think sometime in May

  42. Joe smoe says:
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    Hey mike!

    Which prospect would you add to stash ? I have the room on my bench to add one without dropping anyone;

    Here’s who I’m thinking of stashing:

    Noah syndergaard, Francisco lindor, maikel Franco, Andrew Heaney or Blake swihart.

    Who do you expect to be the next big call up? From rankings wise would it be syndergaard ?

    Thanks keep up the excellent work mike!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would just go by this list, so Franco or Syndergaard :)

    • Joe smoe says:
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      @Joe smoe:

      With Jed lowrie out Til all star break do you see Carlos correa getting the call up?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Looks like they called up Villar, but Lowrie being banged up certainly doesn’t hurt Correa’s value for this year

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