Happy Sunday gang, time for another Razzball look at what’s become the most important commodity in our favorite game– prospects. Our “Prospect Primer” reflects a handful of the prospects I’m keeping a close eye on heading into Week 20 (for both shallow and deep fantasy leagues). In our constant attempt to frame information and discussions to be as helpful as possible to our readers and fantasy owners, we’re restructuring our bi-weekly prospect columns (Sundays and Wednesdays) to focus on the more “well-known” prospects (our Top 50/Top 100) that are likely going to affect shallow to mid-level fantasy teams.

We will continue our “Panning For Gold” series moving forward for owners in deeper leagues, but these won’t be a regularly-scheduled feature, but keep checking in for true “sleepers” daily… I’ll continue trying to “shine the light” on players that may not impact your leagues in the short-term, while revealing players you might scoop your fellow owners with as time warrants and permits.

Disclaimer: the bi-weekly lists AREN’T a “re-ranking” of our Top 50/Top 100/Organization Lists. The players mentioned will typically be guys that owners in somewhat regular leagues NEED to be aware of (regardless of their current level) to keep from slipping behind as they want to stay competitive in “keeper leagues”. There may be a sleeper mentioned from time-to-time, but they may be more important to managers in deeper and more long-term leagues. The players listed aren’t in any particular order (you’ll notice they’re listed alphabetically), they’re simply guys you need to keep an eye on and someone you might be interested in targeting when you’re wheeling and dealing.

Now it’s time to refill that cup of coffee or take your lunch break and open your spreadsheets – here’s who I’m tracking over the next few days…

(Slash stats are through Friday’s games.)

Kris Bryant, 3B, CHC — Someone mentioned Theo’s quote about not promoting Bryant this season in the question section of Wednesday’s column, but I’m not sure what else he has to do to deserve one – he went 8-19 with 2 2Bs, 2 HRs, 6 RBIs, and scored 10 runs since last Friday. He’s now slashing .341/.448/.688/1.135 with 33 2Bs, 37 HRs, 96 RBIs, and a 70/133 BB/K Ratio covering 416 ABs between AA Tennessee and AAA Iowa so far this season. Javier Baez got the earlier call, but has shown his major flaw in his handful of ABs at the MLB-level – lots of swing-and-miss to clean up. If there’s a minor league hitter that’s more “ready” for a taste of “The Show” than Bryant, I’d love to know who he is.

J. P. Crawford, SS, PHI — Carl’s favorite 19 year old nephew experienced a not so unexpected hiccup as the Phillies continued to aggressively challenge their #16 overall pick in last year’s Draft by pushing him to Hi-A Clearwater earlier this summer. The 2 bombs he hit Friday night likely signal that he’s making the necessary adjustments. The heir-apparent to Philadelphia’s all-time hit leader (Jimmy Rollins) has now upped his season slash line to .288/.377/.405/.782 with 20 2Bs and 9 HRs, and is hitting .304 over his last 22 games.

Tyler Glasnow, RHSP, PIT — I was slightly surprised when no one mentioned Glasnow’s absence from Wednesday’s list since I keep touting him, but he made sure he forced his way back onto the “hot list” by not allowing an earned run over his last two starts – one of which was particularly dominant. Tyler followed up his 6 shutout IP against the Brewers’ Brevard County (Hi-A) squad with another 6 IP/2 hit effort while striking out 11 hitters against the Marlins’ Jupiter affiliate Thursday night. Through 100 innings, Glasnow has now limited opposing hitters to a scary .171 BA with a 1.53 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, and a 122/51 K/BB Ratio. Get ready Pirates fans – a Gerritt Cole/Jameson Taillon/Glasnow front three could be a possibility as early as late next season.

Jake Lamb, 3B, ARI — Jake finally got his call Thursday, and as I’ve mentioned a few times earlier it could be even a little later than it should’ve been. Don’t let his 1-8 start scare you – Lamb’s going to hit. He went 9-18 with 4 2Bs, 1 HR, 5 RBIs, and scored 3 runs in the 7 days before his promotion, raising his 2014 slash line to .327/.427/.566/.973 with 39 2Bs and 15 HRs between AA and AAA. Lamb didn’t flinch during his short time in Reno, and he’s definitely capable of making the necessary adjustments to be successful against big league pitching.

Henry Owens,  LHSP, BOS — Yet another of Boston’s stable full of high-end pitching prospects put up another dominant outing in his most recent start. Henry spun 6.2 shutout IP against a Columbus (AAA) lineup featuring Francisco Lindor and James Ramsey in his International League debut, striking out 9, walking 3, and giving up only 2 hits. Before his promotion to Pawtucket, Owens baffled Eastern League hitters while compiling a 2.60 ERA, 1.13 WHIP,  126/47 K/BB Ratio, .201 BAA, and had allowed a miniscule 89 hits during his 121 IP while at Portland. Expect to see Owens as one of several Sox’ Pitchers to potentially get a spot-start between now and the time they shut him down for the season.

Dalton Pompey, OF, TOR — Toronto’s Futures Game representative is on a tear of late – slashing .459/.524/.622/1.145 with 2 2Bs, 2 3Bs, and 5 SBs over his last 10 games. His numbers haven’t dropped off at all since the Jays bumped him to AA, and his impressive 14/18 BB/K Ratio since his promotion signal that he should be able to join their OF mix no later than the 2015 All-Star break.

Carlos Rodon, LHSP, CHW — The White Sox’ braintrust said Rodon’s on the “Chris Sale Plan”, and that should become evident soon. He’s pitched 5 shutout innings in his last two appearances for Winston Salem (Hi-A), striking out 8 and walking 2 while allowing 4 hits. We should see him get a couple outings with AA Birmingham before getting a call to get his feet wet at the major league level before being given a chance to crack Chicago’s rotation next spring.

Luis Severino, RHSP, NYY — Severino continues to impress, rapidly becoming the best Yankees’ “find” since Dellin Betances. They’re taking it understandably slow with arguably their best pitching prospect since Phil Hughes, and he seems to be responding. His last outing for AA Trenton was his longest since his promotion – 5.2 IP with 2 hits allowed striking out 7 hitters while only walking 2. He hasn’t flinched at all, and has limited opposing Eastern League hitters to a .185 BA.

 

Don’t forget you can follow me and my prospect thoughts on Twitter @clvclv_razzball.

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Josh
Josh
7 years ago

Roto Al-only keeper league. Considering grabbing Trevor May for JA Happ. Will I get anything out of May this season? The long -term is obvious, but I am still in a battle for money this year so whip, era, k’s and wins are critical. Not sure if the move will cost me in the short-term. Thanks.

fausto
fausto
7 years ago

Stash Or Trash Jorge Soler? Need a boost for playoffs after whiffing on Danny Santana. Solers gotta be coming soon.

The Wickler
The Wickler
7 years ago

Would you drop Gausman for a flier on Bryant?

Jake Stone
Jake Stone
7 years ago

U think Rafael Montero can stick in rotation if DEgrom is out? Montero’s around 100 innings this year.

Sherwood
Sherwood
7 years ago

Who is a better fantasy option for the next few years Wong, or Gyorko?

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
7 years ago

Also this Pompey guy seems intriguing. Take him over Michael Taylor of the Nats, Kyle Crick or Carlos Martinez?

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris: Thanks. Crick the drop? All the love for him seems to have vanished in prospect ranking lists, presumably to his erratic control. Still see Cain upside there, so maybe C-Mart could be the cut?

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris: Ok seems I missed the boat on Pompey, he was snapped up 2 days ago by a team. DJ Pederson and A Almora have been cut though as a result, which would you rather take over Taylor?

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
Reply to  Swfcdan
7 years ago

@Swfcdan: Forget the above Q, rather answer me this. 9 players im looking at, 3 spots available, who are your 3?

Players:
A Almora, DJ Peterson, D Vogelbach, Michael Taylor (WAS), Carlos Martinez, Kyle Crick, Nick Williams.

Thanks a ton.

Swfcdan
Swfcdan
7 years ago

Owner’s made Stephenson (prosp) and Yordano ($0) available and I like them both, for Gausman (prosp) and Paxton ($0) of mine, Im not huge on either of my two guys, Gausman due to mediocre K’s and big fastball reliance and Paxton due to injury concerns.

Yordano’s stuff is just filthy and even if he flames out his arm in a few years which seems likely throwing such cheese with a wiry frame and funky delivery, those 2 years could be great. And Stephenson has acelike potential, even though he’s had some control issues this year. I have more confidence in Yordano providing good fantasy value next year than either Paxton or Gausman. Time to make the switch?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
7 years ago

So I’m 33 pts out now in my 15 team roto, time to look for next year. My 11 keepers are:

Rizzo, Dozier, Longo, Tulo, Jones, Bruce, Polanco
Darvish, Shields, Chapman
Last one between: Ventura, Eaton, D Santana, R Zimm

Is there a prospect that might slip into that last spot?
Available: Correa, Giolito, Gallo, Franco, Liriano, Meyer

KillerB
KillerB
7 years ago

pls bring back the old prospect power rankings… pls and thanks

goodfold2
goodfold2
7 years ago

that’s a shame. those deeper posts were more useful simply due to not having that info any where else. other than pompey (who you have been talking about for a while), these other guys were all highly ranked to start the year (or were just drafted really high recently). if you post more guys when you do the “panning for gold” (even if they are less frequent) it really would be worth about the same as before though. 8-12 was great per week. if somebody is reading this and doesn’t already know about bryant they probably either work for espn or just applied there.

Drussss
Drussss
7 years ago

We have 2 spots to grey-stash prospects. I had Baez and Sano. I have one empty spot now who should I add I am leaning towards Carlos Correa .He seems the most highly rated? But he again will be a SS . I have started adding players to my watch list based on your columns but don’t know how they are ranked.

Here are the choices- Lindor , D Dahl, Lambo , Maikel Franco, Billy Burns , Michael Taylor! Thanks !!

Elwood Blues
Elwood Blues
7 years ago

Rymer Liriano or Michael Taylor in an NL Only 4×4 Keeper League??

Ron
Ron
7 years ago

Rymer Liriano up. I’m in a deep 14 team head to head league. I would have to drop Brett Lawrie who at the earliest would be back for my first week of playoffs. Would you drop Lawrie to pick up Liriano?

Dude
Dude
7 years ago

Thought on Rusney Castillo? Looks like he will sign soon an curious on what we can wxpect from him? Assume he starts in the minors and quickly makes the big league team.

Kato
Kato
7 years ago

It’s the time of the year were you drop your old-batter/pitcher for the next big thing!
I’m playing in a 14-team dynasty-league and playoffs/end of season (=start of a new season) are in front of us.
In the course of a season I picked some rosterworthy prospects on my “watch list” and in the past couple of weeks I’ve seen more and more going from Free Agency to a competitors team.

The transaction report reads like a list of the top-50 prospects. Couple of teams are stacked with prospects (some I’ve never heard of).
Big names like Baez, Bryant, Correa, Springer etc. were taken since the beginning of the season and kept like a treasure.
Everyone (inculding me) is hoping for the diamond in the rough (I took a “gamble” on Oscar Taveras, Xander Bogaerts and C.Yellich and some P as well – and pass on attractive trade offers)

Thus sometimes I’m asking myself – is it worth it?
How can we know (or hope) that this prospect/rookie will be a better player than an established player on the FA-list/ roster?
Is it a psychological thing to keep a player who might play at the end of the season cause he has the “stuff”.
Should I join the hype and buy into the rookie/prospect market and not miss an opportunity?

Sometimes I think- what the heck!, you’re filling your roster full of “unproven” (in the bigs) guys with name-values, I’ll take the opportunity and add the best available players (which you can’t add because a prospect is blocking the roster spot).
Other times I think I’m missing the opportunity to go after a future-great-top-50 player for cheap (yeah, he’s blocking a valuable roster spot but he will be big next year, or maybe the year after next)

Is it (for fantasy purpose) better to go after known and established players and sell high on big future names or is it worth to keep a prospect under any circumstances (despite an offer you can’t resist)

I know: It depends (league size, roster/bench spots, depth of the waiver wire, is he a top-10 prospect, etc.)
Often it’s said: “if you can win your league now, do the trade” – but in dynasty you have to ask yourself – what about next year? If I sell my “treasure” (prospects) now, how can I keep up the next years?
Do I take the chance and pass on trading a prospect for the sake of my team…

What are your experiences with this issue?

If I miss on a big name I often find myself saying: “there will be a new chance for the “sure-next-thing” next year – and the vicious circle starts again

[I know there’s a blog on razzball where the “hot hand”-approach is compared to stay-put-approach. (haven’t seen it for a while) and would love to the see outcome.]

Josh Freeman
Josh Freeman
7 years ago

Chris, I need an OF for ROS pts league. Here are top10 available. Who’d you take? Thanks.

Seth Smith
Venable
Lagares
Stubbs
Parra
BJ
Sizemore
Inciarte
Tavares
Dom Brown

Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

Another question, better bench bat stash for ROS:

Soler or Joc?

thanks, cheers, MP

Malicious Phenom
7 years ago

Hey Chris, who would you start this week in 1 10 team H2H points weekly league…

SP’s with SON numbers
CJ Wilson 18.6
Liriano -4.7
Paxton -9.9

The game is a battle for first place, so i am looking for the guy that would hurt me the least..
Son seems to really like the struggling head & shoulders pitch man…I am skeptical of CJ..

cheers

Malicious Phenom
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris: I agree with that, but would you start him in Detroit over SON’s pick of CJ?

mindicohn
mindicohn
7 years ago

In 14tm dynasty would you drop Domingo Santana or Raul Mondesi for Dalton Pompey?

mindicohn
mindicohn
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris:

Here is who we have in minors:
Bryant
Seager
Springer (he will be forces active next yr)
Alvaro
Crawford
Mondesi
Santana
Lindor
J.grey
Taillon
Glasnow
Nelson
Shipley
A.Sanchez
Giolito

mindicohn
mindicohn
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris
: yes its JP…also have Urias but that wouldn’t change much…thx!

Phil
Phil
7 years ago

What is your take on Michael Taylor?

Chris
Chris
7 years ago

Bryant will not be called up this season. The earliest we will see him in MLB is late April 2015. As for some of the reasons why he won’t be called up : Bryant is represented by Scott Boras, so service time is more critical to consider with him; he hasn’t had the amount of plate appearances at AAA that Theo & Co prefer their prospects to receive; 2014 is a lost season for the Cubs, and Bryant can’t help the big league club this season.

And really the primary reason that Baez was promoted this year is (other than not being represented by Boras) that his adjustment period to big league pitching was viewed as likely taking longer than Bryant’s, so it made sense to get him his cup of coffee before the end of the season. Bryant most likely won’t have a long adjustment period like Baez might.

Steeve
Steeve
7 years ago

For next year, who is the best option: Hahn,deGrom, McHugh, Duffy or Shoemaker?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris: shoemaker for wins, by a large margin.

KB
KB
7 years ago

If it were only about Bryant being “ready” then he’d have been called up months ago. I think Bryant will be asked to move to RF in the offseason, work on that in spring training and April and then be promoted as Cubs RF around the same time Springer was this year (April 15th or so).

OllyOllyO
OllyOllyO
7 years ago

What do you think of Alex Guerrero’s chances of getting a call this season. With Hanley possibly heading to the DL, it has to be possible, right?

Fanthead
7 years ago

Donald Trump is a fool. Except when it comes to fantasy baseball. Agree with him on Soler. Especially impressive is his eye: controls the zone more than most power hitters.

malamoney
malamoney
7 years ago

What pitchers do you see getting the call in the next few weeks to get a few starts in the majors?

Donald Trump
Donald Trump
7 years ago

Bryant is not on the 40 man, and won’t be up this year. But check out Jorge Soler. Seriously, click on his stats. Talk about unreal. And he WILL be up this year. It seems like everyone dismissed him in preseason (reasonable), but to discuss what he is doing this year is not. He should be stashed NOW as the biggest September call up difference maker.

Thorbs
Thorbs
7 years ago

Nice writeup!

Question about Brandon Drury – what do you see as his ceiling? Could he be Arenado-ish (decent average, mid-teen HRs)?

Also, Raimel Tapia is a guy you’ve mentioned a few times – are you worried at all with his ability to square up fastballs but whiffing on everything else?

Turd Ferguson
7 years ago

Better Boston Keeper: Owens or Brian Johnson?

Dude
Dude
7 years ago

Any thoughts on Jose Peraza?

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Chris
7 years ago

@Chris: what about a can of tennis balls and 2.5 mil. that’s what i’d guess they actually get offered.

Joe
Joe
7 years ago

Chris would you trade David wright and mat adams for David price?

malamoney
malamoney
Reply to  Joe
7 years ago

@Joe: yes