The parade of prospects getting call ups early this season has been eventful, to say the least. Some are already back down. Don’t let that discourage you from hunting for the next FAAB target a week early. Speed can be an easier skill to translate at the big-league level if you can find ways to get on base. I’m not a prospect expert, check out Mike’s work for that. Still, it’s never a bad time to gamble on a young guy with potential.

  • Mallex Smith’s recall from Triple-A is imminent. He showed the organization what they needed to see slashing .361/.395/.500. He was rage dropped fairly widespread. Go check your waiver wire for a guy that’s never been consistent but often effective.
  • This week’s bad catcher with lots of games is Yasmani Grandal. The Brewers are on the road all week with four games in Philadelphia and three in Atlanta. Odubel Herrera and Cesar Hernandez get a slight bump in the starting lineup conversation.
  • Charlie Tilson has swiped three bags in seven games since his call up. Getting on-base at .407 clip helps. He’s a speed only option, but if you roster a specialist he better be effective with his tool.
  • Part of Welington Castillo losing more time to the hot James McCann could be related to his defense. Hitting .164 doesn’t help his cause either. Consider McCann the White Sock if you’re hurting at catcher (who isn’t?).
  • With A.J. Pollock out, Chris Taylor is getting more at-bats for the Dodgers. I’d keep him in mind against lefties or a weak battery. He can still swipe a base even if his hit tool won’t be what it was in 2017.
  • If you’re looking for a stash, Franklin Barreto may be on the verge of getting yet another call up with the A’s. Jurickson Profar is squandering his thousandth opportunity at a starting job with the yips in the field little production at the plate. The organization still seems to believe in Barreto, the centerpiece of their return for Josh Donaldson so time ago. He has 6 stolen bases at Triple-A this year even with an up and down on-base percentage.
  • Steve Cishek notched his first save in Pedro Strop’s absence. He’s the main target for saves chasers in that pen. Should you want to save a buck it’s worth kicking the tires on Carl Edwards, Jr. His demotion is a turnoff to most, but he’s been perfect since returning to the bigs. We know Joe Maddon likes to tinker.

Here’s a look at the catcher’s being run on the most this season.

Name Team SB CS CS% Inn SB/Inn
Wilson Ramos NYM 25 4 13.8% 253.1 0.10
Josh Phegley OAK 22 7 24.1% 241.2 0.09
Jonathan Lucroy LAA 20 4 16.7% 252 0.08
Omar Narvaez SEA 19 5 20.8% 276.2 0.07
Yasmani Grandal MIL 16 8 33.3% 291.1 0.05
Grayson Greiner DET 16 7 30.4% 221.2 0.07
Jeff Mathis TEX 14 3 17.6% 170.1 0.08
Robinson Chirinos HOU 13 4 23.5% 247 0.05
Welington Castillo CHW 13 4 23.5% 153 0.08
Buster Posey SFG 13 8 38.1% 225.1 0.06
  1. Brew Haha says:
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    Tapia over Keirmaier for SBs??

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I’d lean KK since he’ll be in the lineup every day.

      • Brew Haha says:
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        That’s why I’ve been holding KK, but he’s been sitting a lot against LH’ers lately and slumping big time.

  2. Silent Heat says:
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    It would be shocking if Barreto came up before Mateo. Barreto is scuffling and Mateo is lighting it up.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I wouldn’t be that shocked. Barreto has been up and has been their go to for a bit. Mateo has been hot garbage prior to this streak.

      • Silent Heat says:
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        Mateo struggled last year, no doubt. Before that, he was a Top 50 prospect and stole 82 bases in 2015. He appears to have figured things out and his SB potential is multiples higher than Barreto. Guy has superstar potential, Barreto has .250 BA potential.

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          He has speed, no doubt. I feel like people fall in love with that 82 SBs too easily. You can’t run if you can’t get on base. He’s doing it at the moment but also has a .403 BABIP. Of course, if he gets the call and they say he’s going to play I’d roster him.

  3. Cary James says:
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    12 team mixed roto redraft, need steals. Was offered this:

    Laureano /Mercado for my Kike/Peacock

    We have a cap of 1500 innings and I’m already 50 over. Team below, my gut is to take the trade.

    C – Vazquez
    1B – Freeman
    2B – Moustakas
    SS – Swanson
    3B – Wil Myers
    CI – Chavis
    MI – Shaw
    OF – Springer, Castellanos, Dahl, Dom. Santana, Pederson
    UTIL – Ohtani
    Bench – Kike, Tapia, Ronny Rodriguez, Trea Turner (IL), Eloy Jimenez (IL)

    SP – Nola, Ryu, Quintana, Soroka, Peacock, Odorizzi, Marco Gonzalez
    RP – Alvarado, D. Castillo, Parker, Brasier, Coldplay
    IL – Paxton, Wood, Nelson

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      It’s not an unfair trade. I might decline since those aren’t clear upgrades to any starting OF, though. I especially don’t like losing Kike with Swanson at SS until TT is back.

      • Cary James says:
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        I’m equally conflicted, though I am steals hungry. Interested in your take RE: losing Kike. Swanson has out-performed him this season and has an everyday job. At best i see Kike matching Swanson’s output. Do you disagree?

        • Roto-Wan

          Roto-Wan says:
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          I don’t expect Swanson to continue playing this well.

  4. Roto-Wan

    Roto-Wan says:
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    It’s not an unfair trade. I might decline since those aren’t clear upgrades to any starting OF, though. I especially don’t like losing Kike with Swanson at SS until TT is back.

  5. Randall says:
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    Drop Taipea for Mallex?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      I could go either way. If it’s just steals you’re after I lean Mallex.

  6. tigersharkz says:
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    Tilson is the bird in hand over Mallex lurking in the bush…Tilson actually had a fairly high “pedigree” but was derailed by a severe leg injury. But his wheels are back (93rd percentile sprint speed), and the CWS are aggressive on the base paths.

  7. Boomer19 says:
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    Luzardo or Cease and Biggio? What side do you like for impact this year? Thanks.

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Luzardo is the bigger gamble, but also carries more upside.

  8. breadnbutter says:
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    Mallex Smith or Oscar Mercado?

    • Roto-Wan

      Roto-Wan says:
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      Mercado could be a nice piece but if you’re after just speed Mallex is a safer bet.

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