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Okay so who watched the fight? Anyone? Anyone? Let me begin today’s post by thanking all the little people that delayed my progress on this post. First and foremost all the MVPs, heroes, saints, etc that walk amongst us, live streaming expensive pay per view fights. Thank you, this is for you. I hope you play dynasty baseball.

Sincerely,

Ralph

P.S. So how about that Brandon Marsh guy? Don’t remember where you might have heard about him before (shameless self promotion)? Doesn’t matter, moving along. Marsh is riding high on a 10 game hitting streak, slashing .420/.442/.580 with 2 homers, and 3 steals. I discussed Marsh on the recent episode of the Prospect Podcast, listing him as one of my favorite sleepers outside my Top 10 Outfield Ranks. He’s an athletic specimen, with a sweet lefty swing, and bag full of tools. The Angels farmhand ranked 62nd on my mid-season Top 100, and I believe he should be owned in every dynasty format where 5 or more minor leaguers can be stashed per team.

 

  • The Tigers Matt Manning is another name to keep in eye on among a really nice crop from the 2016 Draft. Manning went 6 scoreless innings allowing 5 baserunners (3 hits, 2 walks), while striking out 6. This was a rebound performance after a handful rough outings since his promotion to the Midwest League. At just 19 in full season ball bumps in the road are expected.
  • My numero uno pitching prospect in the minors Michael Kopech had another strong performance at AAA on Saturday. He tossed 5 innings of 1 run ball, striking out 6, allowing 5 baserunners (2 hits, 3 walks). The 21 year old righthander looks ready to face major league hitters, but most likely won’t until 2018.
  • Another Sunday update, another Eloy Jimenez performance with a homer. The White Sox top prospect went 3 for 4 with a 2 run homer yesterday. The 20 year old Eloy is hitting .318/.348/.523 through his first 12 games at AA. He ranks second on my list of outfield (and all)prospects behind only Ronald Acuna.
  • The Nationals 2016 first round pick Carter Kieboom is having a strong run in full season ball for Hagerstown, hitting .296/.375/.513 with 8 homers and a couple of steals. The slugging middle infielder isn’t just hitting for power but also showing approach, striking out less than 20%, and walking 10% of the time.
  • Big shouts to Barry Baker for the tip on the Brewers Troy Stokes Jr. An under the radar power and speed threat approaching a 20/20 season. At the moment he has 18 homers and 26 steals, but has struggled to keep his batting average above .250 between high A and AA. He’s a lot like Keon Broxton, just a few years younger.
  • What do you know another White Sox prospect, this time it’s first rounder Jake Burger. The third baseman went 5 for 5 on Thursday hitting for the cycle and driving in 3 runs. He’s now hitting .291/.354/.430 in full season ball just a few months out of the draft. I ranked Burger 116th on my Top 200, nd think he can be a nice source of power from a corner infield spot in the future.
  • It seems like almost my entire list of Top 10 Starters pitched the past three days. This time it was my 5th ranked starter Triston McKenzie going 6 strong, allowing 2 to reach base while striking out 11. He’s rail thin, but his mechanics are clean and he throws strikes + misses bats.
  • Yes another White Sox Prospect! When will it end? This time it’s 2016 second rounder Alec Hansen getting the call to Birmingham after striking out 174 over 131 innings. He has a nice fastball-slider combo, that he mixes with an above average curveball, and fringey change. He’s missing bats and throwing strikes, and has front of the rotation upside.
  • One of my favorite prep hitters in recent memory Jo Adell continues to hit in pro-ball. After being promoted to Orem of the short-season Pioneer league 7 games ago the powerful righty bat has produced a .343/.361/.571 slashline. He’s a top 10 target in first year player drafts and has as much upside as someone like Luis Robert.
  • The Diamondbacks don’t have a ton of prospects at the moment but 2016 2nd rounder Andy Yerzy looks to have a legitimate bat. Over his last 10 he’s slashing .333/.404/.595 with 3 homers and 6 strikeouts to 5 walks. He’s emerging as one of the few intriguing bats at the catcher position, showing power and advanced pitch recognition skills.
  • I have a feeling I’m going to own a lot of shares of Tristen Lutz coming out of first year player drafts next season. He went 2 for 3 last night with a homer, his second in three games. The 19 year old power hitter already has 8 professional homers across 2 levels.
  • The Cardinals teenage phenom Jonathan Machado is in the midst of a 11 game hitting steak that’s seen him hit .422 over that stretch. Machado is a contact and speed guy, who’s swing has been compared to Ichiro Suzuki.
  • There may be no hotter hitter in the minors than the Twins Wander Javier. The 18 year old shortstop is slashing .422/.500/.651 with a couple of homers over his last 10 games. He’s flashing more of his raw power this season and less of his once rated 60 grade speed.

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  1. Nuke Laloosh says:
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    I own Gohara and Sixto (Sevento?) in a 12 team keep 15 (prospects don’t count against that #). Would you rather have Hansen over either of those two? I’ve had my eye on him for awhile just hesitant to pull the trigger.

    • Nuke Laloosh says:
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      @Nuke Laloosh: PS. Keep up the great prospect work. I also feel proud when I’m on the same page on a lot of guys .

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nuke Laloosh: I prefer Sixto to Hansen, he and Gohara are close. Gohara and Hansen each have some risk, but how advanced Gohara is at his age gives him the edge.

  2. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Hell of an effort by me Irish man last night!

    Thanks for all the work you do!

    I so look forward to your prospect posts each week!

    How foolish were the Cubs for give up Eloy For a declining SP in Quintana, when they already had a solid 5th starter in Montgomery..Eloy will be haunting the Cubs for years on the ‘other’ side of Chicago!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: Yeah Connor impressed me. I would how bad someone in his would beat him. I’d love to have him box a few more fights, he’s a huge draw and gets the excitement going. He might get killed if he fought GGG.

      I said I thought the trade was a major mistake, but everyone buys into the real baseball side. It’s still early we’ll see.

      Thanks for he read MP.

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        As a die hard Cub fan I loved the Quintana trade far more than the Chapman trade. The Cubs were in desparate need of a long term, young pitcher. They knew they’d have to overpay to get one…and they did that. Plus, they have a win now window and Eloy is not ready yet. Some had to go….Happ? No way. Schwarber? Maybe, but he helps us win now. Eloy made the most sense.

        It was the Chapman trade that baffled me. Not that they traded those assets fir a shutdown closer (which they needed). But that they were not willing to include Soler in order to get Miller as opposed to Chapman. They won the WS, so who am I to complain. It just seemed odd that (based on reports) they could have had Miller and his extra years of control by including Soler.

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          @James T Kirk:

          And anyone that has watched Montgomery knows he is best used as a reliever. I feel comfirtable with Quintana starting a post season game…I cringe thinking about Montgomery having to start one though. And Quintana is 26…”declining”? He’s has a rough year, but he is far from declining at the ripe young age of 26!

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @James T Kirk:

            LOL

            I actually thought Quintana was early 30’s, my bad..

            • James T Kirk says:
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              @Malicious Phenoms:

              And my bad…he’s 28…still not old though.

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @James T Kirk:
                In fairness to Quintana, once he adjusts to NL hitters and gets to know them better, he could very well better the numbers he put up on the South side.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @Malicious Phenoms: Put that works both ways. I don’t dislike Quintana, but I felt like it was a hefty price to pay. Gray would have been cheaper.

                  • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz:
                    Agreed, I would have gone after Gray or tried to get Quintana without moving Eloy.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @James T Kirk: He’s 28, going to be 29 next year, has a ton of innings, has never pitched in a post season game and is having the worst season of his career. You may have just traded a future multi-time all-star for that.

            I really disagree about this “win now window”. Who’s old? Zobrist? That Cubs core has a decade window. Eloy could have been the bat they need to move on from Schwarber. I don’t rate Happ as highly he’s an okay bat, but I’d sell him over Eloy.

            • James T Kirk says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz:

              Win now because all the young talent is currently “cheap”. Not sure how far out this is, but at some point within the next 3-5 years they are going to have to pony up on Rizzo, Bryant, Schwarber, Contreras,Russell, etc… The Ricketts have money, but they can’t pay everyone! So it has nothing to do with who is old and everything to do with who is going to need to get paid.

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                @James T Kirk:

                I waited a LOOOOONG time to see a WS. Not nearly as long as most Cub fans though. I’d love to see a few more! And while I agree they gave up a lot, they did it for the right reasons. Eloy MAY be great….he may be average…we don’t know. But Schwarber and Happ have already proven more than capable…and each with room for improvement. If Quintana helps get us just one more WS appearance…I’ll never look back and be critical of the deal.

                But the window is most definitely open NOW. Gotta got for it before these guys reach free agency!

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @James T Kirk: I know all hahaha. He looks like he’s going to be great and he could help control those costs. This was a Dumbro move by Theo. It’s almost like the two of them switched brains in the last year.

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                    @Ralph Lifshitz:

                    From a fantasy baseball perspective…absolutely a stupid trade! Lucky for us Cubs fans Theo sees and knows all better than any human being in the history of the universe! And this is not fantasy baseball. In Theo I trust!

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      I think Theo’s soul has been corrupted by that Goat’s head he ate in the outfield. As a Sox fan, I love the guy, but he has his misses too.

                      I think from a real baseball perspective losing an arb eligible middle of the order bat when you’re worried about all of your young stud bats coming up for free agency at the same time would make real baseball sense. Theo has the rings though, so I agree.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Conor wud need to fight a few slugs before moving up to GGG..

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: You never know, if GGG would take the fight, I think it could happen. He’s a draw.

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:
            I’d love to see him stay at boxing. He should he has the heart and guts for it last night.

  3. David says:
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    Ralph, what are your thoughts of the Astros Armenteros? He’s pitched well this year across 2 levels. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Honestly, I would have included him had I not run out of time. Great start last night went 8 scoreless innings, allowed 1 hit and 1 walk striking out 8.

      He throws a fastball, changeup, slider, curveball, throws and ton of strikes, and has the build to eat innings.

  4. Racehorse says:
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    Ralph –

    Thank you for Rhys Hoskins … the dude is powering my fantasy teams like a nuclear powered Panzer division roaring down the autobahn at 120.

    (apologies for the WWII reference, but it’s actually a phrase from the Led Zep book Hammer of The Gods in describing ‘Whole Lotta Love’ )

    Please please please continue the great work!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Racehorse: Thanks brospeh! Rhysus saves!

  5. The JoGarza says:
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    Ralph, I’d jump on the Bryse Wilson train while there’s still time! Braves righty with two plus pitches who pounds the strike zone like crazy. Think he has top 100 potential.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The JoGarza: Yeah I like Wilson brought him up a few weeks ago. Must have forgotten to tag him. He definitely had top 100 potential. Damn the Braves are stacked.

  6. Packers says:
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    Ralph, great work by you. Thanks.
    For 2018 in a 12 team roto dynasty keep all, how do you rank, B. Zimmer, D. Fisher and R. Tapia. I may have to lose one this year yet as I’m in a battle for 1st place. Tell me if you think I should look elsewhere on my roster.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Packers: Fisher, Zimmer, and Tapia. If Tapia gets everyday at bats in Colorado it might be him.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: and yes I’d look elsewhere.

  7. James T Kirk says:
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    Any Ryhs Hoskin gems hiding out there that few will know about until next season? I have to admit, I had never heard of him until about May if this year. And now look what he is doing to mlb pitchers!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @James T Kirk: Dang Kirk, I’ve been ranking him my top 50 for a year! How’d you miss him? You’re always in here.

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        My bad!! I am thinking Hays kind of fits the profile. But he has been getting a lot of hype lately…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @James T Kirk: Yeah Hays does from a power and contact standpoint, he’s not as apt to walk. Willie Calhoun is very similar.

  8. Sport says:
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    I only got to listen to about half of the podcast yeaterday so I missed on what you said about Moniak. I’m guessing he is droppable at this point or try to ride it out? I could get Luis Urias, Michael Chavis, Brandon Marsh, or Verdugo instead.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Go any of those guys, my favorite is Marsh.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m deep in OF with Acuna, Robles, Calhoun, Fisher, Alford, and Tapia, so I might hold on Marsh for now.

        Urias or Chavis? Who is closer to playing?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Sport: Chavis due to power.

  9. Winter is Coming says:
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    Hey guys what do you think of moncada for rest of season? In 5 keeper league I’ve already made playoffs and am currently not really thinking about keeping (sano rizzo bellinger devers Hoskins) moncada. Have bellinger sano moncada and acuna on bench but was thinking of dropping moncada for schleber or another hot bat to help in playoffs next week what do you think? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Winter is Coming: Go ahead and dump him for a bat to chase the ship.

  10. Crime dog says:
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    Ralph would you start Lance Lynn vs. TB and lackey @phi if you need good WHIP and QS’s today?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Crime dog: Sorry missed this.

  11. SR says:
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    I had a comment on your Thursday post looking at updated rankings for Florial, Jahmai Jones, and Taylor Trammell. Missed adding Marsh to that discussion, so where does he stack up with relation to these other power-speed guys?

    Interesting the Angels started Marsh in rookie ball, but Trammell at roughly the same age looks more than ready for A+. If the Reds wanted to be more aggressive, they could probably have him primed for starting next year in AA given how solid the plate approach has been.

    Also, Mahle making his debut today against the Pirates. One to keep an eye on.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SR: Yes, agree on all that, had Trammell a few spots ahead of Marsh and that’s before T2 started mashing. He’s a top 30 prospect for me now. Marsh stays where he is, at 62 I was very very aggressive with his rank. I wouldn’t take the levels into account too much, guys don’t all develop the same.

      Yeah Mahle is solid but unspectacular, we’re seeing that today.

  12. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Thoughts on Brendan McKay? Will the Rays have him pitch and DH when he is not pitching, as I am hearing or do you think they use him at just one position.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: I think he sticks to one position but it wouldn’t be out of character for the Rays to get creative.

  13. tony says:
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    hi ralph, good write as always, congrats!

    my minor league stash is the next:

    Glasnow
    tatis JR
    Marsh
    tucker
    victor robles.

    i’m looking for a new pitching prospect i dont care the ETA i can wait, but i want to stash ACE upside prospects, these is are adviable.

    withley
    allard
    puk

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      I’d go Robles and Allard. Tatis Jr. and Whitley are the alternates for me.

  14. tony says:
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    wich one should i add?

  15. BillyBeaneIsNotMyLover says:
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    Can you help me with a trade in my dynasty league. 6 X 6 OPS the extra hitting stat.

    The trade I am considering is:

    give
    Contreras
    Springer
    Eloy
    Robles

    get
    Machado
    Rizzo
    Acuna

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