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 

Now featuring a healthy shoulder, Castillo and fantasy owners shouldn’t have to wait much longer for him to come up. My guess is he’ll graduate from this list within the next two weeks. His power and speed combination should be relevant in all formats immediately.

2. Maikel Franco, 3B | Phillies 

In the last two weeks, Cody Asche has hit a cool .130 with one RBI as his only counting stat. Meanwhile, Franco has hit .357/.349/.571 with two homers and three doubles in his last ten games. I know Correa is a more highly ranked prospect, but don’t sleep on Franco, who should reach the show first and has solid fantasy potential as well. May 15th things will start to get interesting in Philly. Please God let this be true.

3. Carlos Correa, SS | Astros +5

He’s still destroying baseballs in the minors. Correa has two homers and 11 (yes 11) steals in his last ten games played. I’ll let you in on a little secret. I have no idea when he’s coming up. I know that we all really, really, REALLY would like to know, so here’s my best guess: July 1-15. I think that gives the Astros time to evaluate where they are and gives Correa time to get his feet wet in AAA once he’s promoted.

4. Corey Seager, SS | Dodgers +1

Like Correa, Seager has tons of talent and is showcasing it in the minors so far this year. Recently promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Seager has hit .250/.300/.393 with no homers or steals in his first seven games there. Once he adjusts to Triple-A competition, we should see him knocking on the door in LA.

5. Francisco Lindor, SS | Indians +1

Well, so much for my no leadoff hitter theory. Francona tinkered with his lineup and Kipnis has adjusted well to the new role. The Tribe could still benefit from a better bat at short, but Lindor has cooled off again at Triple-A, hitting .158 over his last ten. The Indians want him fully cooked before they bring him up to play everyday, so we’ll have to continue to wait.

6. Marco Gonzales, LHP | Cardinals

I profiled Gonzales two weeks ago when Wainwright first went down with his injury, so I’d check that out for the juicy details surrounding Gonzales’ wicked changeup and his fantasy potential this season. Gonzales got the start for Memphis last night and threw 2.1 innings. He gave up four earned runs and didn’t strike anybody out. I’d guess a couple of tune-up starts is all that stands between him and the rotation at this point, unless those tune-ups happen to completely suck.

7. Andrew Heaney, LHP | Angels -3

What makes Heaney an interesting stash is his control, which should help him succeed once he’s up in the majors. While he continues to wait for his chance in the Angels’ rotation, he struck out nine with two walks and five earned runs over his last two starts. Another name to watch in this system on the reliever side of things is Cam Bedrosian.

8. Jose Peraza, 2B | Braves -1

Of course Jace Peterson starts to get hot just when I thought he was doomed to be replaced by Peraza. Still, this is going to be Peraza’s gig by the end of 2015, and he now has 11 steals on the year. He has only been caught once, and has kept his average above the .300 mark all year in Triple-A.

9. Byron Buxton, OF | Twins

Buxton looked like refried dogshizz to start the year, but he’s recently turned it on. Over his last ten games, Buxton has hit .357 with a homer, two doubles, FIVE triples, and four stolen bases. I doubt anyone in this neck of the woods was looking to sell based on his early season struggles, but it just goes to show that elite tools to shine through eventually.

10. Miguel Sano, 3B | Twins 

Unlike Buxton, Sano hasn’t quite flipped the switch yet. He’s still hitting .182 on the season, and that’s a concern. I love Sano, and while he’s not going to hit for a high average like Buxton, he’s also not going to hit under .200 forever. He still has six homers on the year and three dongs in his last ten games. The Twins just have no real reason to push him coming off a lost year in 2014, so his ETA is a big question mark.

11. Mark Appel, RHP | Astros

If the Astros are going to bring up Correa for a 2015 boost, they might also want to give Appel a look in their major league rotation. The Houston starters get a little iffy after Keuchel and McHugh, and Appel has enough polish to potentially contribute this season. He hasn’t exactly been dominant lately, giving up ten earned runs and walking seven over his last 16.2 innings pitched.

12. Henry Owens, LHP | Red Sox

This is a similar situation to Appel, where Owens is close to major league ready and the Boston rotation just isn’t very good. Through the first month and change of the 2015 season, Red Sox starters have a combined ERA of 5.56 – the worst in baseball. They’ve already begun looking within with the promotion of Matt Barnes to the bullpen, and it shouldn’t be too long before Owens gets his shot. Eduardo Rodriguez is another name watch from this system. Both have pitched well for Pawtucket, and Rodriguez has now struck out 29 batters in 29 innings. I could even see him beating Owens to the majors.

13. Steven Matz, LHP | Mets +2

Noah Syndergaard’s call to the majors doesn’t necessarily mean Matz can’t also have an impact this year. He’s been stellar in the tough environment of the PCL, striking out 19 batters in his last 13 innings pitched while only allowing three earned runs and three walks.

14. Chi-Chi Gonzalez, RHP | Rangers

Gonzalez gave up five earned runs in last week’s start, then responded with five shutout innings and five strikeouts for the win Saturday night. He’ll contribute in 2015 at some point thanks to a Texas rotation that isn’t exactly star-studded, but it also looks like he needs some more polishing in Triple-A.

15. Raisel Iglesias, RHP | Reds -2

It’s still a little unclear whether Iglesias will be a factor again this year as a starter or as a reliever, especially with Michael Lorenzen getting the call before him. The Cuban right-hander’s last two starts for Louisville have been solid, if not spectacular, and he’s ready to step in should a need arise in Cincinnati.

Graduates (Highest Ranking) – 2015 MLB 5×5 Stats
Kris Bryant (1) – 12/0/14/.278/2
Carlos Rodon (2) – 1-0/2.97/1.74/12K
Yasmany Tomas (3) – 7/0/7/320/2
Addison Russell (8) – 8/2/7/.263/0
Noah Syndergaard (3) – N/A
Blake Swihart (11) – 2/0/1/.111/0
Alex Colome (12) – 2-0/1.80/0.70/10K

Dropouts
Hector Olivera

Previous Rankings: Week 2 | Week 4

 
  1. Blint says:
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    Right now I have Buxton , Correa and Sano stashed in my NA slots. From your list everyone is available except Seager and Castillo. Should I make any switches? Whoever I stash I can keep for $3 for the next 3 years! Thanks!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would swap Sano for Seager

      • Blint says:
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        @Mike:

        Seager and Castillo are only ones not available from your list :(

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Oops, sorry. I misread that. I would stick with the three you have then.

          • Blint says:
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            @Mike:

            Haha nps! Sano and Buxton were ranked lower that is why I was wondering! Thanks!!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime…for this year in terms of proximity, yeah, but overall I still like them better

  2. J-FOH says:
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    I read the Astros want to see how Correa adjusts when he goes through rotations the second time.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That makes sense

  3. Scott says:
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    Hey, truly look look forward to this column on Sundays and a happy mothers day to the woman in your life. Quick question, I’m in a 14 team mixed league with only 3 bench spots allowed, 2 of which are being held by buxton and Franco. I do not want to keep holding these spots for these prospects if I’m never going to see them. A few weeks I dropped swihart for the same concern and two days later he was called up. Any thoughts on holding or dropping for other players? Not much else out there on waivers

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks man…you too!

      I think we’ll see Franco much sooner than Buxton this year. Tough to burn bench spots on any prospects though to be honest.

  4. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    THANKS FOR THE FIX

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha anytime!

  5. Guidedbyvoices says:
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    Hey mike….ROS and going forward,who do y’want?

    Franco or Swihart?….it’s a 10 tm h2h league with OBP,XBH,TB,R,BA,RBI,SB,HR.

    Also,in general….do you expect Rubby to become at least somewhat consistent this yr?in a k/9 league I’m very tempted to grab him.

    Thnks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Franco

      I think Rubby works in deeper formats…not really feeling him in a 10-teamer

  6. Hi Mike,

    Thanks as always for the great work. Quick question of Heany, Appel and Owens, who has the highest ceiling for the next 5 years? I have them all but want to float two of them for to pick up some steals for this year.

    Nick

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem….thanks!

      That could end up being a toss up. I think Appel might have the highest ceiling, but I’d be comfortable dealing any of them for immediate help if I’m trying to win now. Heaney feels like the safest of the bunch.

  7. Hey Prospect Mike..Got a question for you, Did you get to Rodon throw last night, if so what is your take on him,and does he stay in the rotation?

    thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Hey Phenom, I do think he sticks in the rotation yes, if only because Rodon>Noesi. I didn’t see it outside of highlights, but I own him in most of my RCLs so I’m confident he’ll have starter value. The Ks are his biggest selling point out of the gate, even he is going to struggle with command at times.

      • @Mike

        ROS – Bauer or Rodon, or wait and see another start or two from both.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Wait and see if you can. I’d lean Bauer though.

    • BigRedLatrine says:
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      @Malicious Phenom:

      Reds fan here. I watched the start. His slider is amazing, really a thing of beauty. Votto got to him on a short swing, but it wasnt a bad pitch. He’s the real deal.

  8. Luvdarooks says:
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    This is 1st pl team in a 12 team $260 5×5- Question is..I’m in last place AFTER WINNING LAST YEAR.., Think I can still win or should I dump. And trade for Seager(LaD)($2) and Buxton($1) who I can keep tru 2017 ? For me it’s first or bust!!
    They have:
    Mesrco, Joseph, Fielder,Dozier, KSeager, H Ramirez, NWalker, Bryant cecpedes Ellsbury myers polack Pederson Lony
    RESRVS Wright Buxton(2) Weiters
    P-Harvy Price Dufy F ROD McGe C Mart Familia Colon Volquez
    RESERVES Weaver C.RODON
    My team:
    RAmos-Swihat-Abreu-Pedroia-C Davis-Santana-Kang-Butler-Harper-Betts-Saunders-Aoki-Yelich-RES: PENCE-B MILLR Belt Correa(2)
    Arieta pineda Zimmrn Hamells TWalkr Ventra colome chavz Robertson RES Giles

    SO DOES TEAM STILL HAVE FIRST PLACE POTENTIAL? I’ve already cut odor and zunio

    • Luvdarooks says:
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      in first in my other $$$ league so I’m still gonna have fun

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think you’ve still got a win-now team. I’d look for some help to round out your outfield after Harper/Betts/Yelich, and Kang/Pedroia might need an upgrade. Stay strong brother.

      I don’t make any major decisions on my season until Memorial Day at the earliest. Even then I’m still going to try to compete. If you’re going to dump, the best deals might surface at your league’s deadline anyway, and by that point you’ll know for sure whether you’re in or out.

  9. Mindicohn says:
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    does rusney project to be better than Swihart or Alex Jackson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not better than Jackson*, but I could see him giving you more offensive value than Swihart for the next year or two.

      *Jackson’s also much further away

      • Yescheese says:
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        @Mike: BP was throwing some serious damp towels on Alex Jackson this week. 45 overall future projection. I’ve heard the rumors about his work ethic. I’m thankful I didn’t have an opportunity to draft him in my longstanding dynasty this year… Seems like Jackson might be a guy who might always have louder tools than production

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Wow…45? It’s too early to call him a superstar, but it’s equally too early to give up IMO.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          just checked out the scouting report…couple thoughts…

          -It’s just a two-game look.
          -Looks like the evaluator put a 45 on his hit tool but still a 55 OFP
          -The aggressive assignment in the MWL could be a factor

          Not disagreeing with you here Cheese, I just didn’t get a big negative vibe from the report. Eye of the beholder type of deal.

          • Mindicohn says:
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            @Mike: thanks guys…i’m holding out in a trade where i’m being offered those 3..holding out for swihart.

            in unrelated trade, someone dropped Waino in my dynasty league…going to place bid on him ..have to drop someone of Brandon Drury, B.Finnegan or B.Shipley…all seem to be rated around the same…any suggestions?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I’d say Finnegan since there’s still a chance he ends up in the pen.

          • Yescheese says:
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            @Mike: fair enough.. I put a lot of stock on hit tool when it comes to fantasy. And yeah it’s an aggressive assignment, but I prefer my prospects to never fail! (Tongue-in-cheek)

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ha! true that…and I’m with you on the hit tool

  10. Harrison Ford in Air Force One says:
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    Another Rusney owner here, patiently waiting for the call-up.

    That said, what’s the deal with the Red Sox calling up Jackie Bradley Jr yesterday??? Seems like that would have been the perfect time for Castillo.

    How does the JBJ call-up affect your assessment of us seeing Rusney in 2 weeks? Is it still just a matter of getting him AB’s after the injury? Or something else? I’m starting to think he slept with someone’s girl…

    Thanks as always.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha, yeah or maybe JBJ has photos! I think you’ve got it…needs reps after the injury layoff. I’m still confident we see him before June, especially since I don’t believe they have the same service time concerns as with guys like Franco, etc.

  11. Rodney says:
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    Drop Guererro for Rusney? Guererro’s in a bench spot

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would

  12. BrewerFan says:
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    It looks like d’Arnaud is about to resume baseball activities for the Mets. Safe to assume Plawecki goes back down when d’Arnaud returns?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would think so, since it’s hard to see them making Plawecki split time. Seems like it would be a bad idea for his development. Maybe they ease TdA back though, which might buy Plawecki an extra week or two.

      • BrewerFan says:
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        @Mike:

        Yeah I could see them doing that. One other question. Which side of this trade do you prefer?

        Addison Russell & Axford for Andrus & Perkins

        (Trying to shore up a better closer in Perkins and I have S.Castro @ ss already)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          makes sense…if it’s a keeper/dynasty I would prefer to hang on to Russell though

          • BrewerFan says:
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            @Mike:

            No just a redraft. Is giving up Russell too steep for a closer? He’s basically just sitting on my bench right now, but I’d he moves up the order could be valuable

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              I’d move him in a redraft if you have a need like that, especially if he’s just sitting on your bench and you have Castro already

              • BrewerFan says:
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                @Mike:

                Thanks Mike! Great article. Always look forward to some morning Razzball reading

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  anytime…thanks for reading!

  13. Fugazi says:
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    How about Steven Moya if JD Martinez continues to slump?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I do think Moya will see the majors in 2015, but I don’t think it will be to replace JD Martinez

  14. Eric says:
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    Great stuff here Mike and @j-foh (thanks for the Carlos Correa updates).

    I’m gonna need at least one of these prospect updates a week.

    Keep up the great work fellas!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

  15. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Mike! Buccholz or Anibal Sanchez for ros? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Sanchez, but that’s a good question for JB in his pitcher ranks too :)

  16. Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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    Eagerly waiting on Corrrea, indeed.

    unrelated, needing to choose between Chavez or Vogelsong today. Who do you like best?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Chavez

      • Marty Janetty_Was Set Up says:
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        @Mike:

        Thanks Mike, I was leaning his way, feeling much better now.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime man…good luck!

  17. Curt C. says:
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    I always ask about Jon Grey, but I throw another one also, Tyler Glasnow, any update on the two?…..

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gray had a decent last start after getting shelled in the previous one. Should still be up sometime this year, although it could be later than we orginally thought if he needs more time to cook (seems like he does)

      Glasnow has pitched very well but recently sprained his ankle. He’s more of a 2016 play in my mind, but could reach Triple-A this year.

  18. Luvdarooks says:
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    Franco Morrison eaton or lamb. For this season? All will be $1 in a 5×5 next year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Franco

  19. malamoney

    malamoney says:
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    Great stuff Mike. Who’s your pick for a both a hitter and pitcher that’s currently in the minors that will end the season in the minors that will make the biggest fantasy impact next year?

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      Buxton and Matz

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that will end the season in the minors? How about Gallo in Texas. Pitching I’d go with Giolito.

  20. Swfcdan says:
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    Mikey! Great stuff, love these columns.

    Losing patience with Zimmer, another shoulder issue again ugh. Don’t know much about this Marco Gonzales kid but he seems closer right now and is available. Give up on Zimmer and grab M-Gonz?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! I can’t blame you. I’d make the switch.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Alex Meyer’s also been dropped in my league (for some guy called Giovanni Ursula?). You prefer Meyer to Gonzo? Talking long term.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Urshela is a lower upside cofnrer infielder for the Tribe who could be up this year. I like Meyer and he could contribute in 2015 as well, but I don’t know that he’d be all that much better than Gonzales long term. He may even end up as a high leverage reliever when it’s all said and done.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: So Gonzo’s the grab then. And he probably has a closer proximity to the bigs too.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              yup I’d bet Gonzo beats Meyer to the show this year

  21. Dennis says:
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    hey Mike. Serious question here…would you consider parting ways with Cargo in order to nab Rusney off the waivers…? Sounds dumb but at this point cargo has produced nothing and has been riding my bench all season

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      man, that’s a tough one. I would explore trading Cargo first even though you’re not going to get much.

  22. Lemmingness says:
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    H2H weekly points league,

    How much of a $100 FAAB would you put on Syndergaard? 10 team league, and my pitching depth is such that I’m starting two of Hughes/ Paxton/Greene/streamer in any given week. Greene would be the drop. Have $70 left.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If it’s not a keeper, I’d say 10-15% in a 10-teamer with streamer options available. You don’t want to get screwed if he happens to go back down for a while.

      • Lemmingness says:
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        @Mike: Sounds good, thanks Mike. You mean 10-15% of what I have remaining, right?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup, so around 7-12 bucks. If your league is pretty on top of things, I’d lean towards the 12 mark. Anytime man, thanks for reading

  23. gbwr82 says:
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    Any guess when Corey Seager will get the call up

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      my guess would be similar to Correa so at the earliest late June/early July?

  24. Mark says:
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    Is Bautista enough in return for sale and melky in dynasty?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think so…my only concern with him is wear and tear at his age, and you could argue an arm like Sale is just as much a health risk as a slugger

      • Mark says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem Mark, thanks for coming by

  25. JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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    Hope you had a nice weekend, Mike. Took your advice and grabbed Franco a couple weeks ago in that keeper. Thanks forgiving me the nudge to go ahead and make the move. Let’s hope he is up sooner than later.

    So, another question concerning the same league. How are you feeling about Gonzales after the Cards GM said Garcia is ahead of him in consideration for being the 5th starter? Been holding him in that 15 team keeper for just over a week now. Keep as many as many as you want. His cost next year would be $2. I have a mid pack team ( 6th) and won’t be winning this year as the top 2-3 teams are just too strong. FWIW my pitching is prob my weak link although I did recently acquire a cheap Quintana and Boxberger via trade and feel some guys are under performing a bit. Anyways, since I am not winning this year do I just keep holding onto him? Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I hadn’t heard that about Gonzales, so thanks for that info. It puts a wet blanket on him, but since Garcia is no lock to stay on the field I would continue to hold if you don’t have alternatives on the wire and aren’t looking to win now.

      I hear ya on Franco. The absolute latest we’d have to wait woud be the Super Two in July, and the earliest would be May 15th once they gain the extra year of control a la Cubs with Kris Bryant

      • JoeMorgan'sMustache says:
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        @Mike: Yeah, I was a bit disappointed reading that. Of course, the GM said a healthy Garcia…and as you stated we know the odds him staying healthy aren’t great. Yes, I think holding is prob best…there just isn’t much available. Some names are Buchholz, Shoemaker, Descalfini, and Niese…neither of those I really like that much.

        Hopefully Franco is up this month. From what I have read sounds like he is maturing as a hitter and am curious to see what he looks like compared to last year. If it’s July then it is what it is. Thanks for the quick response.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime…yeah it sounds like he’s working on being a better overall hitter this year and so far the results have been good

  26. Schwab says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Great stuff. Was offered Correa for Rendon. 8 team H2H point based keeper league and can keep players forever. Thoughts?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Schwab…that’s a tough one. I’d lean Rendon though. Even the very best prospect is still a prospect, and Rendon has shown some good stuff in the majors already

  27. Bryan says:
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    Kris Bryant or Joc Pederson ROS? Have Joc, but was offered Bryant for him. Both K a ton (ks are a negative in our league) so pretty much a wash there.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yikes, another tough one! I’d go Bryant, but you could pretty much flip a coin for this year only

      • Bob Barker says:
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        @Mike: Its a keep forever league as well. Assuming Bryant is still the pick there?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup

  28. Will says:
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    Swihart or Perez at C until / if d’Arnaud comes back healthy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’ve actually been pretty happy with Perez filling in for me in a 15-teamer

  29. Xavier says:
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    Hi Mike, questions about two players for you:

    1 – Where does Rafael Montero fall in the pecking order when he returns, assuming the injury is not serious?

    2 – What do you make of Robbie Ray in that ARZ rotation? Is he worth FAAB dollars in a 12-team NL-only? Can he stick with the team now?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      1) if Thor does pretty well, I’d guess he heads back to long relief
      2) In an NL-only I might throw a buck or two at him, sure

  30. Nate says:
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    I look forward to this write up! You always do a great job, thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Nate! I really appreciate that

  31. Pooch says:
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    Long term keeper league – Franco, Seager, or Gonzales (Marco)?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seager

  32. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Hey Mike, Thanks for another informative piece! Any thoughts on Baez? Obviously the young man has been going through some difficult circumstances; passing of his sister, sent to minors etc. Wondering what your sense of him at this point? I currently have him on my bench in a 12 team, head-head, ESPN 5X5 roto league, 6 man keeper (keep forever no penalties). For whatever irrational reason I have developed a bit of a man-crush on young Javy! Drafted him last year and saw glimpses of that massive potential but obviously had to drop him a end of year. Was able to draft him back (late); have plenty of keepers on my roster (Goldy, Rizzo, Stanton, Cutch, Arenado, Bryant, Dee Gordon, Myers, Kluber, Cole). I have this fear that I will drop him and someone else will pick up and he will turn into the stud that was projected. I could use the roster spot but not desperate; guys like Marlon Byrd, Billy Burns, Santana, Latos, Paxton, Bucholtz, Fiers, Nelson on waivers. Question is; would you cut bait? or hang in there with him? If you recommend cutting who’s your choice to replace from list above. Whoever I pick -up will be on my bench

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      you’re welcome! thanks for reading

      In a keep forever I’d hold on to him unless youcan get something in trade that you like.
      He’s going to have to make some changes to his approach (obviously) but I still think he’s going to be a fantasy asset when it’s all said and done.

  33. Bammers says:
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    In a deep 16 team roto league, how do you feel about starting Carlos Frias this week? He has 2 starts this week(vs. MIA and vs. COL). I would be sitting Tyler Clippard.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      makes sense

  34. Bammers says:
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    One more question for you as this trade request just came in. 12 team h2h dynasty league standard scoring. I have Ian Kinsler at 2b and my closers are Rosenthal/Jansen/Grilli/Axford.

    He offered Cano for Rusney Castillo and Rosenthal.
    My Ofs are Marte/Yelich/Melky/Souza/Werth/Calhoun/Castillo.

    What do you do here?
    Thanks for the help!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seems like a wash honestly. Not really sure it helps your team.

      • Bammers says:
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        @Mike:

        That’s the way I was leaning also, thanks for your input!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          you’re welcome :)

  35. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Do you see either Kang or Burns as breakout potentials in 2016?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If I had to bet on one it would be Burns since speed doesn’t slump

  36. Eric B says:
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    I hear Franco is nearing a promotion, I’m not sure how to value him. I’m curious as to how highly you think of him. Is he worthy of my roster or only as trade bait? I added Russell earlier this season and flipped him for Salazar and Calhoun, but if not for such a strong offer I’d have likely kept him. I’ll post my roster below and I’d greatly appreciate it if you can tell me if there’s anyone worth dropping for Franco.

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

    Staff
    P Kluber
    P Odorizzi
    P Cole
    P Salazar
    P Paxton
    SP Ventura
    SP Walker
    RP Chapman
    RP Britton
    Bench RP Perkins
    Bench SP Fiers
    Bench SP Chavez
    Bench SP Duffy

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I ranked Franco 13th in my Top 50 so I’m pretty high on him. That said, you don’t have anybody I would be dropping for him in a redraft.

      • Eric B says:
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        @Mike: Thanks for the feedback. The only options I would have considered would have been a bubble SP like Duffy or Walker or maybe 2B/3B Lawrie. depending on his projected impact.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem

          • Eric B says:
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            @Mike: The way Duffy is pitching Im reconsidering adding Franco lol.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Christ, I own him too…haha.

              Add Franco! I think he hit another homer tonight anyway :)

              • Eric B says:
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                @Mike: Ha,I think I might do just that . I’ve got too many bubble SP’s as is to take a beating like Duffy has given me his last 2 starts.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  nice…this weekend is the magic date for free agency control with him and sounds like Amaro has gone on the record that he’s close to promotion

                  • Eric B says:
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                    @Mike: Shortly after this exchange I was beat by just a few minutes by another owner for Franco. Mulled it too long, still dumped Duffy, going to stream Rubby today and go from there. Seager is probably the next highest rated prospect unclaimed. Just not sure with the Dodgers situation he gets called up anytime soon.

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      bummer…yeah, i don’t think we see Seager until July at the earliest

  37. nightpandas says:
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    offered Carter, Salazar and Lynn for Rizzo and Bruce in a keeper. I do have Miggy for 1B as well.

    15 team league is below:

    starters: Gattis, Rizzo, Dozier, Miggy, Tulo, Holliday, Jones, Bruce, Arenado
    bench: Byrd, Burns

    sp: Cueto, Ross, Ventura, Rodon, Eovaldi, Colome, Chavez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would hold Rizzo

      • nightpandas says:
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        @Mike: what if I replaced Rizzo with Holliday

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          it’s fair…I guess my question is why you need to trade for pitching. I feel like you have a good staff for a 15-teamer

          • nightpandas says:
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            @Mike: it is decent, just been struggling so far and I feel I can win this year, maybe patience is needed…..thanks for the input!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime…I don’t think it wil hurt you either way

  38. goodfold2 says:
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    eduardo moves ahead of meyer (MIN) for this year, or owens?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: owens not yet in yahoo, so just eduardo vs meyer

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        I’d lean Meyer there, but it’s close

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: i forgot, this is more than for just this year, as this is a dynasty, when i first asked it i thought it may have been lesser keeper league. ok, so meyer still over eduardo.

  39. Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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    this roster, drop anybody for franco (likely up friday)
    norris
    c-sant
    forsythe
    panda
    flores
    OF – stanton/yelich/souza
    util lomo
    BN vargas/colby.
    colby if anybody i would think. With Vargas doing good again i might want to go with a backup SS over colby if not franco (wilmer gets benched a lot lately). 20 team H2H redraft. slugging/OPS/total bases/BB’s are categories also. best SS options are marwin/espinosa/beckham.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rasmus

  40. Mac Attack says:
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    Franco coming up this weekend. Would you drop any of these guys for Franco? I would actually need to drop 2 as I’ve got an active player still on the DL. If so which two. It’s a 12 team, redraft. Just discovered this site last week, loving it keep up the great work. Thanks!!!

    Brian McCann
    Eric Hosmer
    Addison Russell
    Chris Davis
    Hanley Ramírez
    Yoenis Céspedes
    Avisail García
    Mark Trumbo
    Nolan Arenado
    Kolten Wong
    Evan Gattis
    Carlos González
    Carlos Correa
    Alcides Escobar

    Félix Hernández
    Doug Fister
    Noah Syndergaard
    Zach Britton
    Carlos Rodon
    Danny Salazar
    Michael Pineda
    Greg Holland
    John Lackey

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      hold

  41. JJ says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I have the same question. Although Im guessing that by the time that you see this Franco will be picked up by another owner.
    Would you drop Y.TOMAS or J.BAEZ for M.FRANCO in a 12 team H2H 5X5 keeper league. We keep 10.
    Thanks

    • Good Will Hunting 2: Hunting Season says:
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      @JJ: baez.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, Baez

  42. Rhaoul Duke says:
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    Which side do you like better in a keeper? Correa for Bogaerts and Mazara.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      bogey and mazara

      • Rhaoul Duke says:
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        @Mike: Are you still high on Bogaerts or just really high on Mazara? I know he is only 22, but I am losing the high expectations I once had for Bogey’s future. Hence the reason I am looking to move him in a package deal for Correa.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’m pretty high on both Bogey and Mazara

    • Rhaoul Duke says:
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      @Rhaoul Duke: Okay, unrelated question. Who do you like over the course of their career better Wong or Travis?

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Wong

        • Raoul Duke says:
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          @Mike: Thanks Mike. The prospect side of fantasy baseball might be my favorite part, so thanks for all the work you put into your write-ups.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            anytime…thanks for the kind words!

  43. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    14 teamer as above with XBH/BB/K’s for hitters. best 2 out of vargas/plouffe/franco/canha?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Vargas and Franco

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: rasmus over canha due to playing time i suppose too? ike got hurt but not supposed to be DL.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          yup

  44. Steve Stevenson says:
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    14-tm H2H redraft, I’m fine at CI (Chris Davis, with Pujols at Util) but have been throwing poop at the wall at MI (Kang this week). I have Franco coming out of my NA slot this week, but nowhere really to play him. Would you offer him to the Correa owner (who’s got Prado at CI now), or aim for a MI who’s playing now?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, that makes perfect sense for you

  45. MB says:
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    Hey Mike, in my league we keep five year to year. 11 teams. 7×7 obp/slg.

    I have Cano, J Up, Freeman, Dickerson, Buxton, Soler, Yelich

    Am I nuts to try to get stanton, harper, cutch or goldy and package away j up and freeman together with a few other highly ranked non keepers?

    Just wondering basically if J Up and Freeman are too much for one of those 4 considering who my other keep options will be. I have no chance of winning this league unfortunately.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I don’t think it’s too much for Stanton, Harper, or Goldy. Cutch is the only one that gives me pause.

  46. Alan says:
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    If you are selling prospects, will you want to get Cano or Rendon for next year going forward? 6×6 ops

    Gracias

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Rendon

  47. los locos says:
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    Mike, when does Steven Matz come up? 12 SO in his first start in AAA. Reading articles how Mets coaches call him the next Kershaw or Bumgarner. When do we pick him up?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      He’s been hanging around in the prospect power rankings the last few weeks. When the Mets have a need he should be next in line. In deeper formats he should already be owned…shallower redrafts he’s just a spec stash that may not be up until summer

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