A number of players have been signed or traded since our organizational minor league previews started posting. Things can get crazy in the offseason and Jimmy Rollins is now a Dodger. I’m going to need a minute with that one [sniff]. Talk amongst yourselves…I’ll give you a topic…does Mookie Betts have a job?…discuss. Okay, I’m all good now. Some prospects who were signed or moved in the trades are impact players that are worthy of a spot on their new team’s top ten list. By the timing of the previews, they 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 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 NL East…

Trea Turner, SS | WAS | Age: 21 | ETA: 2017

Turner’s trade situation is a little unique and it’s leading some to question the rules. Essentially, he was part of the three-team deal with the Rays and Padres that involved Wil Myers, Steven Souza, and others. But technically Turner can’t be officially traded to the Nats until June since he was just drafted by the Padres. This brings up questions about how Turner will be handled by San Diego in the meantime and whether the rule even makes sense to stay the way it is. In any event, Turner would slot into the top half of the Nationals’ top ten. He has the profile of a leadoff hitter who can steal 30+ bags and shouldn’t be allowed to slip too far in dynasty league first-year player drafts this winter.

Jakson Reetz, C | WAS | Age: 19 | ETA: 2018

Reetz was selected in the third round of this year’s draft by the Nationals and was just outside the top ten thanks to his position and an extended ETA. He can hit and hit for power – think 15-20 homers – and can even chip in a handful of steals. He’s not all that different from Cleveland’s Francisco Mejia in terms of his bat and ETA. Reetz makes a nice play in the later rounds of a dynasty draft this winter if you’re willing to wait on his development. I tend to avoid catching prospects, but Reetz is a solid pick after the big names like Schwarber and Pentecost are off the board.

Nationals Minor League Preview

Zach Eflin, RHP | PHI | Age: 20 | ETA: 2016

Eflin was part of the return for the recently traded Jimmy Rollins and immediately becomes the Phillies’ best pitching prospect after Aaron Nola. He’s mostly fastball/changeup and both are graded as above average pitches. He also throws a breaking ball that is at least an average offering at the moment. Eflin has good control as well, posting sub-2.5 BB/9 rates in each of his last two seasons. That plus control will help him reach the majors quickly. He’ll start the 2015 season in Double-A, where he’ll join the recently acquired Ben Lively and Tom Windle, Jesse Biddle, and Aaron Nola in a stacked Reading rotation.

Phillies Minor League Preview

Mike Foltynewicz, RHP | ATL | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

Foltynewicz becomes one of the top arms in the Braves’ system after the Gattis trade and he’s close to the majors. The righty’s bread and butter is a double-plus fastball. He hits triple digits with his heater and he has nice strikeout potential thanks to a solid breaking ball. How everything comes together for him as a starter is still up in the air, but the Braves are a good landing place for a young pitcher. Foltynewicz’s stuff is exciting, but he’s probably still more of a #3 starter ceiling with a power reliever floor.

Rio Ruiz, 3B | ATL | Age: 20 | ETA: 2016

Another piece in the return for Gattis, Ruiz also slots into the top five in the Braves’ rankings. The Astros took advantage of their depth at third base to land Gattis, and the Braves are getting a prospect who was already ranked on Keith Law’s top 50 list last summer. Ruiz plays good enough defense to stay at third, but his bat is his calling card. A .270-.280 average with 20+ homers and good OBP numbers are reachable. With Kyle Kubitza traded, Ruiz basically has a clear path to the third base job in Atlanta. One word of caution, 8 of his 11 homers last year came at his home park of Lancaster in the hitter-friendly California league. Lancaster is known as a launching pad. The good news is Ruiz also hit 40 points higher on the road (.314), so his offense wasn’t purely tied to his home park.

Max Fried, RHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2017

Fried won’t pitch most of this year thanks to Tommy John surgery, but he is still going to slot into the middle of the Braves’ top ten. He was consistently ranked as a top-100 prospect in the two years prior to the injury. While it doesn’t get much better than San Diego for fantasy pitching prospects, his value really doesn’t take a big hit moving to Atlanta. Fried is a former first-round pick (7th overall). It’s now a matter of getting back on the mound, building up innings, and rebuilding his fantasy value. This is a good time to check in with his owner if you’re looking to buy low, similar to Jameson Taillon of the Pirates or Taylor Guerrieri of the Rays.

Braves Minor League Preview

NL T10 Prospects Index

 
  1. Del Griffith says:
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    Hey Mike,

    What’s your thoughts on Daniel Winkler? I know he’s coming back from Tommy John as well but that didn’t seem to stop the Braves from trading for him.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I think ATL got him in the Rule 5 draft this year and that was a nice pickup. He’s kind of like Blackburn from SF in that the scouting reports you read on him aren’t flashy, but he just kept chugging along getting guys out. He’s had good strikeout numbers at every step and good control as well. Obviously it’s a long road back from the surgery but he looks like a #4/#5 starter.

  2. Dave Zimmer says:
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    What do you think of Taylor Hill in DC? He seemed like a prototype version of Fister but probably now ends up in the bullpen?

  3. jay says:
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    Mike –
    I’ve always thought folty would end up a closer. Was kinda surprised Houston moved him for gratis especially with Carter in the fold. Anyway…

    Where do you rank Yoan Lopez in comparison to prospects like syndergaard Bundy and the likes? And do you think he cracks the rotation before Bradley?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I could see that. Braves got a nice haul for Gattis.

      Writing up the D-Backs this week actually. Bradley is still a Top 50 prospect overall and I don’t see Lopez breaking into those ranks yet. Just on the Arizona rankings, I still have him behind Shipley and Blair. I think you’ll see Bradley this year. Blair, Shipley 2016. Lopez late 2016, early 2017 would be my guess.

  4. Wake Up says:
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    Question on Reetz? Is it because the C is already used in position eligibility, that it’s Jakson?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…for real. It makes my head hurt

  5. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Hey Mike,

    I have a trade brewing in a 16-T Dynasty league, 40-man roster with 25-man farm systems. H2H Categories, using OPS. I’m at least a year from competing. Another owner and I are kicking this around:

    I give:

    Kyle Seager
    Starlin Castro
    Carlos Carrasco
    Tyler Glasnow
    Steven Souza

    I get:

    Kris Bryant
    Joc Pederson
    Jesse Hahn
    Brandon Belt

    I’m hesitant to give that much proven major league talent, but the return is pretty good for a 2-year timeline.

    The other owner has also hinted that he might want to replace Glasnow with Urias. That’s where I’m starting to get cold feet.

    What do you think?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      tough one. you’re giving up some decent MLB value there. I would definitely not swap out Glasnow for Urias. I think it’s fair as is, but I’d lean the Seager side because it feels safer.

    • philthebluntman1 says:
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      Can’t give up carrasco. I think thats the dealbreaker.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @philthebluntman1: Yeah, I hate to do it, but I think I’ll have to overpay to get Bryant. At least before he moves on to other guys in the league and takes offers.

        Speaking of the D-Backs prospects, I was going to try to get another piece like Touki or Blair. That may help my side.

  6. Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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    is kang at .4 million per year till end of 2018 and garza 7.1 million just this year worth strasburg at 9 million per year for 2 more years in OPS/Holds league with 100 million budget?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I would rather have Strasburg

  7. Bob says:
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    12tm 5×5 dynasty lge. Keep 25 of 36 players. Trade my scherzer and my rnd 7.06 pick for soler and his rnd 1.09 pick?? Current staff : scherzer, kluber, jzimm, cashner, arrieta, carrasco, cody allen, britton. + taijuan, stroman, archie, heaney, giolito. Outfield (start 4) j upton, springer, cespedes. Dahl, Frazier waitin in wings. Amy help from anyone would be appreciated. Thx!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes, I like that a lot.

  8. Bob says:
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    Sweet thx. Jus ta double check tho. I’m Gettin Soler side. Soler side u like alot? Thx Mike!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      No problem. Yup. Soler and a first is a no-brainer.

      Your staff will definitely survive without Max. (It’s really nasty, to be honest)

      • Bob says:
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        @Mike: thank you, yea I felt I had depth to do it but it’s always tough to send that proven stud for a guy w less than 100 mlb abs lol. Thx for the push tho cuz I loved the deal too and now it’s jus waiting on acceptance!! I think I could of had preference of marte or soler tho I felt he wanted to send soler more than marte so I jus went with it. I like solers youth and pop but like martes power/speed. Which of those two young of’s would u prefer? Soler or marte?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Anytime. I have Soler just ahead of Marte because I think his power will burn longer than Marte’s speed and he’s a little younger. That said, I consider both to be Top 30 keepers overall. Love both.

  9. Alex says:
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    Mike

    Thanks in advance.

    I have mcgee, in selling mode.

    He has shipley, greg bird and henry owens. Is getting one SP and bird in return for mcgee enough?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yes. I have Owens ahead of Shipley, but they are both excellent pitching prospects.

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    de paula P SD any good for 4.21?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: or any of
      j.callahan BOS
      c.garcia (no team currently according to fantrax)
      shirley HOU
      healy OAK

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        eh, like Overton more

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: no overton deal, this is different owner, and he’s so far offering any of these, but probably only for the 4.21
          mahoney CI MIA
          hager MI TB
          wheeler CI LAA
          mitchell OF WSOX
          and that teamless garcia.
          of those it only looks like mitchell is even a possibility, but i’m probably better off grabbing more SP guys.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Yeah, I would just use your pick there.

  11. AndreLouisMoreau says:
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    I know it’s early, but on a shoot from the hip, callin’ ’em like you see ’em, whatever other folksy phrase meaning “quick judgement” you prefer basis, would you put Dilson Herrera in the top 25 hitting prospects? Top 25 overall?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d have a hard time putting him top 25, but I think you could argue he is top 50 or close to it.

  12. Colonel Angus says:
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    I have an owner who consistently puts Lindor in trade offers to me. I know SS is a crap position with very little depth this year but do you feel like Lindor is more of a top prospect in the real baseball world as opposed to fantasy? I just don’t see too much past his ability to shine on defense that suggests giving up a proven MLB player (such as Matt Kemp) who he wants in return. Am I crazy for not wanting to pull the trigger on this deal?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      You’re not crazy. Lindor does have more value in real life because his best tool is his glove.

      There are some positives though – he’s low risk, he’s a lock to stick at short, he’ll contribute in batting average/runs/steals, and he has a little more pop than people give him credit for (think 8-10 HR at peak). So while he should be farther down on fantasy lists than real life ones, I still have him as a T20 prospect. Best comp I can think of that’s in the majors right now would be Danny Santana minus the .400+ BABIP.

      • colonel Angus says:
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        @Mike: So, should I pull the trigger or hold on to Kemp? I feel like Kemp has twice the value of Lindor.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I’d hold for now. If Kemp’s 1st half looks anything like his 2014 2nd half, you’ll likely be able to cash out for more than Lindor.

          • Colonel Angus says:
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            @Mike: Thank you!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              anytime man

  13. Clint says:
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    No Mets or Marlins on this list? I am shocked and appalled! As everyone in the Northeast media knows, the only team that matters outside of Philly in the NL East is the New York Metropolitans and they compete for a World Series every year, sir!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! my apologies

      Mets have arguably the strongest farm in the NL East. Looking forward to writing them up…

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    c.reed for a 4.21 or 5.6? or does this only really only project at a GB RP?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: he made 10th last year in scott’s LAD rankings, appears to have only upside as 5th SP, or GB specialist RP

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d use those picks for some high upside Rookie level bats that are still floating, kind of like Aquino from the Reds list. The #4/#5 starter types are a dime a dozen

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: a total of 17 top 10 (your top 10, including the ones i pieced together from BA and last year, and drafted guys from 2014) hitters left. Reason i’m still even thinking of taking pitchers is since i have 7 total prospect pitchers vs 15 hitting prospects at this point. I did gain a bat (dj davis) by flipping 3.5 for 3.20, which is how i missed mella.

  15. goodfold2 says:
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    oh here’s some more of that draft, to compare to.
    2.24 jd davis CI
    2.25 griffin P KC
    2.26 verdugo OF LAD
    2.27 phillips OF HOU
    2.28 rondon MI TB (finally, thought he’d be earlier)
    2.29 j.polanco MI MIN
    2.30 lara MI MIL
    2.31 n.gomez CI NYY
    2.32 t.forbes CI/MI TEX
    2.33 tucker MI PIT
    2.34 albides MI ATL
    2.35 papi CI CLE
    2.36 imhof P PHI
    2.37 r.sanchez P ATL
    2.38 j.cosart P BOS
    3.1 vallot C KC
    3.2 o’connor C TB
    3.3 honeywell P TB
    3.4 mateo MI NYY
    3.5 difo MI WAS
    3.6 y.rodriguez OF CIN
    3.7 m.wilson OF ARI
    3.8 keller P PIT
    3.9 telis C TEX

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks man

  16. MB says:
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    I am competing this year in dynasty. Have an aging team and all in. I was offered Latos and a pick for Cliff Lee and AJ Burnett.

    This is my staff:

    Iwakuma, Carrasco, Roark, Quintana, Lynn, Kennedy, Lackey

    Should I just cut my losses and take Latos? Or gamble with the old duo. Just worried Burnett and Lee could be top 20 SPs like 2013.

    Thanks for the help

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      If you’re all in then keep the two arms

  17. Swfcdan says:
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    Yeah tough loss J-roll as a Phillies fan, really been a cornerstone player for over a decade for you. He deserves a chance at one more championship though id say, as does Utley.

    Heard Grey describe Lindor as a future Rollins in his Lindor fantasy post which made me happy as a Lindor owner,mdo you think Lindor can put up similar numbers once he gets his feet wet? And when do you see him arriving in the big leagues, there isnt much more left for him to prove.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lindor should be up sometime this summer. I would guess June.

      I don’t think he’ll have the 20-homer years that J-Roll did, but he’s got the 30-steal speed and should hit for good averages. Might run into 12-15 homers some years, with 8-10 probably more the norm.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Thanks man. Any idea when the BP,BA,ESPN etc prospect rankings will be out? I can never remember and have the no 2 pick in one league this year. Can you remind me of your top 5 eligable guys? (including Rusney, Tomas etc).

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    here’s some more.
    3.10 mella SP SF
    3.11 molina SP NYM
    3.12 acosta SP WAS
    3.13 stinnett SP CUBS
    3.14 reetz C WAS
    3.15 sparks CI CIN
    3.16 farmer SP DET
    3.17 deleon OF NYY
    3.18 strickland RP SF
    3.19 m.smith OF ATL
    3.20 alcantara SP LAA
    3.21 yarbrough SP SEA
    3.22 bedrosian RP LAA
    3.23 b.anderson MI MIA
    3.24 urshela CI CLE
    3.25 d.peters SP/RP MIA
    3.26 herrera OF/MI PHI
    3.27 c.smith RP SEA
    3.28 tuilvailala SP STL
    3.29 luplow OF PIT
    3.30 schebler OF LAD
    3.31 yastremski OF BAL
    3.32 aquino OF CIN

  19. goodfold2 says:
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    ok, now i’m sure i’ve gotten scooped. one team’s last 3 picks are mella/farmer/kela.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: of course he’s not responding to me making fun of how he should do my homework next year, his first 2 picks he did without my help (and your answers), next 3 were all from me. He’s also got picks before my last one.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        haha…it’s a conspiracy! I like the Urshela and Aquino picks in that round

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: yeah, there’s almost no way this guy didn’t realize suddenly about who i am and my questions. If i wasn’t getting scooped i’d have grabbed mella over r.lopez at 2.21 (rankings at other sites indicated lopez was higher valued), and probably still got kela either at 5.6 or right now at 4.21. I still would’ve missed honeywell. I’ll have to go hitter right here. Let’s see if we can help out jj87713 more in the future. Least he could do is thank you. Also, at least he didn’t patronize me by asking “what are you talking about” when i joked that other than realmuto and forrest wall his picks have been my efforts and homework (well yours).

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: i mean could’ve done differently than i did and still waited on mella and kela.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            You got scooped harder than Tutti Frutti at Cold Stone…I’ll see myself out

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Mike: good one. next year i won’t play the market, realize i could be getting scooped (and by whom) and just take the best players. The days of opening asking obvious questions seems done too, except when my picks (s) are after jj87713’s. what’s strange is this person clearly had his own opinions, and trusted them (for a while), as you didn’t have realmuto that high at all (nor wall). If he didn’t have his own valuations (or trusts somebody else more) at least sometimes he’d have taken Rondon MI TB instead of Wall. either way, who’s best out of
              cozens OF/ tocci OF/ delgado OF (LAA)/ Hernandez OF (SEA)/ M.Adolfo OF (MIL), these seem like best hitters left. i’m guessing cozens is best here.

              • Mike

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                man….I like all those guys. Tocci gets more love on regular lists, but I like Cozens slightly better for fantasy. You can’t go wrong with Micker or Hernandez though. That’s probably how I’d rank them…Cozens, Tocci, Adolfo, Delgado, Hernandez (he’s furthest away)

                • goodfold2 says:
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                  @Mike: i’ll be back to ask more, after jj87713’s next 3 picks, and not before. If he’s really paying attention to your older prospect posts he’d know those are all top 10 guys anyway, see if he wants the ones not named cozens.

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    how’s senzatela P COL rank with other names mentioned before? he’s in BA’s top 10.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      eh…looks like another backend starter type.

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