This is hard to believe, but players have actually been signed or traded since I started churning out the organizational top tens in early November. It’s like they don’t even care that I have spent countless minutes prepping these reports and now a bunch of players have asterisks next to their names. Black is white, down is up, and Andrew Heaney is an Angel. Some prospects who get signed or moved in trades are impact players that are in fact worth talking about. By the timing of the previews, they may end up in a sort of top ten list “limbo”. Consider these posts a division by division catch-all for such players. It’s also an opportunity to discuss a few of the names that were borderline top ten players but didn’t quite make the cut for their organization’s list. In other words, some of the notable “#11s”. Here are the prospects that fell through the cracks in the AL West…

Roberto Baldoquin, INF | LAA | Age: 20 | ETA: 2016

Baldoquin just signed with the Angels and is the latest Cuban to sign with an MLB team. While he doesn’t have the tools of Yoan Moncada, he is a good option in fantasy leagues and in LA’s weaker system he’d easily slot into the top three along with recently acquired Andrew Heaney and this year’s first-round pick Sean Newcomb. Baldoquin will start his career at shortstop, but could move over to either second or third base down the road. He does a little of everything well, which is useful in deeper fantasy formats even if no one tool stands out as elite. Think .270 AVG, 12-15 homers and 8-10 steals. Baldoquin will be particularly useful to the Angels, who have needs at both second and third base in addition to Erick Aybar set to become a FA in 2017.

Angels Minor League Preview

Kyle Kubitza, 3B | LAA | Age: 24 | ETA: 2015

Kubitza was the main return in the Ricardo Sanchez trade with Atlanta. Here’s what I said about him in the ATL preview: “He’s ‘older’ at 24 and there are questions as to whether his raw power can show up in major league games, but he’s a patient left-handed hitter with some speed who plays good defense at the hot corner. Whether that translates into a starter or not we’ll have to see, but even as a utility player he’ll have value in deeper leagues, especially those that are more focused on OBP.” Kubitza slides into the middle ranks of the Angels’ top ten.

Nick Tropeano, RHP | LAA | Age: 24 | ETA: 2015

Tropeano was part of the return the Angels received from the Astros for Hank Conger. He slots into the back half of the Angels’ top ten. The right hander figures to be a backend starter, but he has a good fastball and if his slider develops there could be some nice strikeout potential for fantasy owners. Tropeano has already had a taste of the majors with Houston and should make a decent streaming option in pretty much all formats this year. His name is also kind of fun to say…so there’s that.

Luiz Gohara, LHP | SEA | Age: 18 | ETA: 2017

Gohara is a lottery ticket thanks to an ETA that is still about 3 years away, but he has good enough stuff to be the #11 man on the Seattle top ten. His fastball is a plus offering and it’s never a bad idea to take a flier on pitching prospects in Seattle. If you’re not afraid to take some risks and play in a league that rosters many minor league players, you could do worse than Gohara, whose ceiling is a mid-rotation starter.

Mariners Minor League Preview

Keone Kela, RHP | TEX | Age: 21 | ETA: 2016

The Texas top ten hasn’t published yet, but it’s a system loaded with high upside bats that are right up our alley in fantasy. That will likely shut out Kela from the list, but he’s on the path to close games in Texas as soon as 2016 with a triple-digit fastball and slider combo. He’s no lock and still has work to do on his control, but dynasty league players should keep him in mind as a prospect with saves potential a la Cam Bedrosian. Kela has closed out a handful of games so far in the minors and his 12+ K/9 in each of the past three seasons is tasty.

J.D. Davis, 3B | HOU | Age: 21 | ETA: 2017

Davis was a third-round pick in the 2014 draft (75th overall) and hit 13 homers in 73 games in his first pro season. It’s the plus power that will make him enticing for fantasy, and it comes with a hit tool that’s at least average. That could mean 20 homers with an average in the .250-.260 range. In other systems he might crack the top ten but Houston is pretty deep. With both Colin Moran and Rio Ruiz ahead of Davis on the third base depth chart, I’m guessing he’s left on the cutting room floor this year. He’s a solid top 15 in my mind though.

AL T10 Prospects Index

 
  1. Slapweasel says:
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    That was one of the highest-quality disclaimers that I have ever read.

    …ever.

    -And I’ve been in the insurance industry.

    First of all, I’d like to thank you for this post. I scrawl this stuff in ink because you’re not amateurs.

    Secondly, I’d like to ask about Nick Tropeano, in particular.

    I’d like to take him aboard, as well as Wil Myers for Jean Segura and Billy Hamilton in a Dynasty League.

    I am “two-years-out”, so to speak… (You never know. Maybe I’ll be there sooner than later.)

    Who would you compare Tropeano to; on either end of that trade?

    -A. Bradley, J. Parker, J. Turner, G. Cole?

    …where is my comparison via “stuff”?

    • Slapweasel says:
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      @Slapweasel:

      12-Team, Two-year Keepers, MiLB infinite.

      Sorry. I know context is king

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha thanks!

      Tropeano’s got limited upside IMO unless he somehow develops his other pitches. I wouldn’t rely on him in fantasy as more than a streamer in shallow leagues. Probably compares best to Turner of that group which isn’t all that exciting.

      As far as the trade, I’d hold. I love Myers, but with only two years to keep I think you have to take Segura and Hamilton. Hamilton provides premium speed and Segura is a solid fantasy shortstop who could rebound this year.

  2. goodfold2 says:
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    only this site smart enough to put up a clean up for fixing the changes since their own info came out. genius this. thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! There’s definitely been a lot of trade activity this offseason

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: seems like more than usual for sure.

  3. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    MIKE: MIKE: MIKE!!!!!

    BILLY!!!! BILLY!!! BILLY!!!

    His most exciting off-season ever. WOW!!!!

    Whoo da thunk it.

    OK, I was depressed – I admit it.

    In fact, I was standing on top of the I Street Bridge yesterday, thinking of jumping off (planning to really), when I overheard the state police’s hostage and psych officer talking to the Sacto SWAT Rescue team member up there with him – asking him if I had heard about the A’s trade.

    WHAT?????, I yelled.

    Boyo boy! Did that change my tune about life.

    I immediately wanted to live again. And then I realized where I was and grabbed onto the Bridge’s steel girders for dear life. It took 5 hours for the fire department and SWAT/Rescue to get me down. I wouldn’t let go of the girder.

    I was yelling Go A’s the whole time though. Think that SWAT officer was a Giants fan. He wasn’t that nice or happy about the trade – at least as I was.

    Hey MIke, Razzball doesn’t happen to have a number for a lawyer who is good at dealing psycho charges and getting early releases from observation units – do they?? (think’n they might given the crew you have there at RazzBall Towers).

    Anyway, the A’s are a better Opening Day team than last year now IMO.

    They just have to get past all the poopoo caca that took place since last July and up until now.. That may not be that easy to do.

    GO A’s

    Got to go. They’re taking me down for some tests now.

    By the way, nice Jell-O they serve here. It makes you feel real relaxed after you eat it.

    GO A’s

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Liked that deal. Their infield is really flexible. My advice would be to make friends with a large Native American man and go from there.

  4. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Mike,

    What’s the 2015 fantasy value of Kendall Graveman? Word is A’s view him as the #5 starter. Seems like a Brandon McCarthy. Someone worth taking a flier on?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think he’s going to compete for that 5th spot, yes. They’ve got a few options. Worth a late flier for sure, but likely he’s a streamer type for 2015.

  5. danny almonte says:
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    in a dynasty, pick one Machado or Addison Russell? thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime…I’d go with Machado

  6. Niceguybilly says:
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    Hey Mike,
    Great read as always!
    My league is in the middle of our prospect picks and hopefully you could give me some advice.
    In what order would you put the following, talent the only requirement as I don’t care about position or ETA;
    Rusney Castillo
    Kyle Schwarber
    Alex Jackson
    JP Crawford
    Daniel Robertson
    Julio Urias
    Carlos Rodon
    Henry Owens
    Tyler Glasnow
    Daniel Norris

    Although we are in the middle of our selections the deadline for me to make my pick is not until mid-March. Should I wait and see what happens with Yoan Moncada? Is there a possibility he signs with a team by then?
    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I do think Moncada signs before the season starts. Urias, Crawford, and Castillo would be my top three choices there. I’d probably put Moncada between Crawford and Castillo.

  7. J-FOH says:
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    we should start a razzdynasty league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      that would be sweet!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: we can call it Razznasty!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          ha!

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: really only a lower case ha!? I thought it was funnier than that. Damn Ohians

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              that’s as high as I go…I never go full HA!

              I’d rank them

              1. ha!
              2. haha
              3. ha
              4. :)
              5. o_0

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Mike: I give out full HA’s like a sorority girl at Mardi Gras

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  you’re a hastitute…I’ll see myself out

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: hey I use protection, there is nothing airborne you can catch

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      o_O

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: fair enough

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      haha now I’m just effing with you

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: careful you might catch something

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      Ha!

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Mike: ooh a capital H! *touches nipple*

  8. Matt says:
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    Mike, I know you are a PHI guy.

    I was looking into getting Sano in my 15 team cbs 50 man (30 mlb, 20 milb) dynasty league

    The guy asked for the 19th pick, JP Crawford, Maikel Franco and Phil Ervin for him.

    I wont compete for at least 2 years. Is this a deal worth making? Have Russell already at SS but franco is my 3B of the future. The pick is not worth much to me.

    Thanks man

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d take the Crawford side. Sano is a top ten prospect, but I’d rather spread the risk and both Franco and Crawford are top 25 IMO. You’ll have a nice pair in Russell and Crawford.

  9. Alan says:
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    Mike,

    In my keep forever league I won Cliff Lee, AJ Burnett, Iwakuma, Carrasco, Lynn, Kennedy, Quintana and Roark

    This guy wants AJ Burnett really bad. I also own Tropeano

    Do I have enough SP to trade Burnett? I am just afraid he will kick ass again being in PIT and his last hurrah and all.

    Thank you in advance

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      You’ve got enough pitching. I’d cash in on Burnett and get younger.

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    so of the two time wasting owners one did go over 24 hours, so he’ll pick whenever he finally decides to pay attention, meanwhile 2 other picks were made, but at the 35th hour he picks none other than s.adams, whom i was picking in 3 picks! double backhand slap to the face! He wastes whole league’s time and then takes my guy.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ouch…hopefully you get a couple of the others

  11. Kenneth says:
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    In a dynasty league, which side do you like better Altuve and Meyer or Pederson and Heaney? Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Altuve and Meyer

  12. goodfold2 says:
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    ok here’s some more picks to compare your ranks to.
    2.3 realmuto
    2.4 chavis CI/MI
    2.5 medieros P
    2.6 davidson (they aren’t going by your rankings on him, he lasted a while)
    2.7 hill OF
    2.8 flaherty (teams are seemingly going early as hell with BOS/STL people)
    2.9 ortiz RP
    2.10 chapman CI
    2.11 olivera MI
    2.12 dermis G (dude’s named skin) SS
    2.13 sands SP BOS
    2.14 toscano OF
    2.15 adams SP
    2.16 graveman
    2.17 travis CI (BOS)
    2.18 howard SP (CIN)
    2.19 kopech SP (BOS)
    2.20 fulenchek
    2.21 r.lopez SP
    2.22 joe C (PIT)
    2.23 yoan lopez SP (no team yet)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! who’d you get? (or did you not pick yet)

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: r.lopez. i got two more coming up (3.2 and 3.5), we do have another 8 supplementals this round

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: that sands above is CUBS

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nice

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Mike: got an offer of a team’s 2nd rounder (but this team looks very good on paper, probably won’t be any worse than 5 best this coming year) for next year and a 5th for my 3.5 this year. i turned it down both from that 2nd rounder probably only 10-15 spots higher than my 3.5 now, also i need prospect pitching depth right now.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              sounds like you made the right choice

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @Mike: we’re currently on pick 2.33. i have 3.2, 3.5, 3.21. i got 2 offers for one of my earlier 3rds.
                1. my 3.5 now for opp’s mike montgomery P TB and late 2nd 2016 (this would at least help out pitching prospect depth). Only problem is, hasn’t montgomery been falling for a while now (over 2 years)?
                2. my 3.5 or maybe 3.21 or maybe even 4.21 for one of
                petrick STL
                grosser ATL
                Mejia SF
                mujica TB
                osich SF
                hoffman DET
                overton OAK
                bostick TEX
                most of those names in #2 seem too junky compared to the guys i know i can get in 3rd round, but just checking. also montogomery info seems useful, as this owner is trying to sell this dude all over the place lately.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  1) I wouldn’t sweat Montgomery.
                  2) I think Bostick has some upside, and you’ll see Mejia pretty high on regular prospect lists, but you are better off using your picks IMO

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Mike: ok, so keep the 3rds and grab at least 2 more of earlier mentioned guys and maybe that high ranked catcher with them (since i’m surprised he’s still even there, being ranked pretty high with power at BA). bostick is still worse than 4.21 also?

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      Yup, I would keep your thirds. 4.21 for Bostick is interesting, but I wouldn’t go any higher pick than that for him.

  13. Milarky says:
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    Great stuff Mike! Question for you – I get to keep 3 of the following for this year and next in addition to my ‘normal’ keepers, with the exception of Taillon who I would only get to keep for this year (I’m assuming his TJ surgery means he’s out). Who would you keep? FYI – we have to start both a rookie hitter and rookie pitcher in our league.

    Miguel Sano
    Carlos Correa
    Jamison Taillon
    Robert Stephenson
    Kyle Zimmer

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Correa, Sano, Stephenson

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    above you mention gohara and kela. i know about that TB guy (mentioned before to me) being higher than all the other top 10’s left. is gohara/kela better than all of these? kela of course has different kind of value than gohara.
    molina NYM/ garrett CIN/ lopez and wagner MIL/ keller PIT / ysla SF/ 5 lower half of 10 BAL guys (davies/berry/yastrem/wright/hess)/ blewett KC/ valdez DET/ alcantara and smith LAA/ diaz COL/ yarbrough (SEA, ahead of gohara when you made list)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: disregard the kela part, i already have him in TEX top 10 right now.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gohara and Alcantara of that group, both still behind Honeywell though

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, montgomery owner is also willing to offer one of these for a 3rd.
    rivero TB/ streich OAK/ leclerc (who seems to be a lesser kela) TEX.
    he also has andreise SD/ d.german / mateo NYM/ o.garcia WSOX/ knebel TEX

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like German, but I think you can get similar arms with your picks. If he’s that hot to move Montgomery let the price keep going up as you get closer to your picks.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: i told him i’m worried about how fast and how much montgomery has moved down. he ruled out beede and colombe, and he’s probably about to rule out german too. his selling point was that montgomery might start this year, till i told him i already had 5 SP (great group actually), and that i want best pitcher, not fastest to starts, which he understood once he looked at my roster.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: from above info, maybe only d.german would be a possible yes.

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    his last offer is my 3.5 now and a next year 5th for his 2nd next year (it’ll be late 2nd), his 5th this year and seth streich, so effectively i’d get similar pitcher to anybody i’m getting now (but having to wait a year to do it), and having streich guy thrown in. Am i right in wanting an extra year of one. i’d have an extra 5th this year, but i’d seriously doubt any of the good pitchers you’ve mentioned are around at pick 5.20 (that’s overall pick 149, we’re at 70 now)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It doesn’t sound like the deal is improving your team, so I would hold

  17. danny almonte says:
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    Hey Mike do you have a top 150 or top 200 or top (x) prospect list? I didn’t see anything posted, at least yet… thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not yet…a top 50 will post closer to the season starting. (after all the org. lists are done)

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