I can’t really think straight right now because I’m watching Shohei Ohtani play right field after pitching the best game of his MLB career against the vaunted (dastardly?) Astros

In all seriousness, the baseball world is on fire (in my mind) right now. Jarred Kelenic is reportedly debuting Thursday. File that under Believe it When I See It. Alan Greenspan said he was right about everything RE economics except greed, to which I say he was wrong about everything. 

Wow, got off track in a hurry there, but it kept me from writing my actual nut graf, which goes something like “Here’s a list of who’s getting money-fucked now that Jarred Kelenic isn’t.” Whoops. There it went anyway. Please forgive my slip of the thumb dear reader; hectic times. 

 

1. AAA Tampa Bay 2B/OF Vidal Brujan 

Hottest man in the minors could make a big redraft impact the day he gets promoted, and with Kevin Kiermaier on the IL, that day could be tomorrow. He’s been on the 40-man for a year. The only factor remaining is Tampa’s cheapness because pinching pennies remains the most important thing for Major League Baseball teams. I added him in the shallow, 12-team Perts league today just in case, even though I’m about 75/25 Tampa waits until he gets frustrated then slumps and says see he’s slumping now he can’t come up and help us. 

 

2. AAA Toronto RHP Alek Manoah

Gets the nod over Jarren and Wander here because I think his next AAA start could be his last. The rub is that all the other rookie pitchers have struggled, and that pitching in general has been easier to find than hitting this year. I suspect that’ll shift a little as the weather warms. 

 

3. AAA Boston OF Jarren Duran 

Heated up after a hitless opening series, hitting .500 over the next three games with his first home run, then popping another two home runs Tuesday night. Slides down the list a bit due more to the excellence of others than anything he controls. Kind of a weird thing where he should (obvioulsy) be ranked below Wander, but Boston needs Duran more than Tampa needs Franco, and Tampa needs to exploit the CBA to subsist more than Boston does. 

 

4. AAA Tampa Bay SS Wander Franco

He’s probably a free agent in hyper competitive shallow leagues like the Perts, everyone playing chicken over who gets the game’s most gifted minor league hitter and holds him for an uncomfortable amount of time awaiting the Rays’ service time math. I almost added him along with Brujan in the Perts today, but we’ve got just three bench spots, and I need Brujan’s wheels more than Wander’s wonderboy bat. 

 

5. AAA Seattle RHP Logan Gilbert 

If Kelenic’s really coming up tomorrow, Gilbert can’t be too far behind. Starting pitching has been solid for the Mariners, but this particular season will require all hands on deck from an innings-pitched perspective, and Gilbert should provide a steady hand fairly early in his big league tenure. 

 

6. AAA Miami OF Jesus Sanchez 

Slashing .570/.600/1.179 with four home runs in seven games, but most crucially, three strikeouts and two walks. Shouldn’t be down much longer. Probably shouldn’t be down right now, in my opinion. 

 

7. AAA Los Angeles (AL) OF Jo Adell

Still striking out too much but hitting home runs. If he does that now with the soggy balls, that’ll play. I really want to see Shohei Ohtani do everything in a playoff game. Hope it somehow works out for them. I’m greedy, what can I say. 

 

8. AAA Texas 1B Curtis Terry 

Here’s the first potential waiver find on the list for a lot of you, considering that top six is owned in all but shallow redraft leagues. Khris Davis is back off the IL, but he’s playing some outfield, leaving some potential at bats on the bone for a 1B/DH type to get a chance while he’s hot. Back-it-up Terry is slashing a preposterous .458/.500/1.083 as a 24-year-old who skipped AA. He’s hit four home runs in six games this year after popping 25 across two levels in 2019. It’s strength over bat speed for the 6’2” 258 pound righty, but he has always mashed the baseball and limited strikeouts to the 23 percent range. I’m intrigued. 

 

9. AAA Detroit RHP Matt Manning

Good outing Tuesday night: 6 IP, 3 ER, 3 baserunners, 7 K. Not awesome that he’s allowed five home runs in two starts, but he’s also allowed one walk in eleven innings. You take the good you take the bad you take the rest and then you have: a Detroit Tigers pitching prospect. Don’t you dare start him when he comes up so help me friends. 

 

10. AA San Diego SS CJ Abrams

Man I had a lot of names here throughout the process of making this list. Abrams’ placement ultimately was born from excitement and dread. He’s an incredible player. The ease of his game brought Kid Griffey to mind the first time I saw him. I think he’d contribute competitive big league at bats if promoted today. 

The dread comes in when I think about that lingering shoulder issue for Fernando Tatis Jr.

If the worst comes to pass, and Tatis’ revamped swing with a muted follow-through can’t save him from season ending surgery, Abrams becomes a must add. Maybe San Diego would roll with Kim and Cronenworth up the middle, mixing in Profar, Mateo and Marcano. 

 

Here’s the next few groups, in case you’re curious.

11. AAA San Francisco OF Bryce Johnson 

12. AAA Miami 1B Lewin Diaz

13. AA Kansas City SS Bobby Witt Jr.

14. AA Pittsburgh RHP Roansy Contreras

15. AAA Boston OF Marcus Wilson 

16. AA San Francisco OF Heliot Ramos 

17. AAA New York (AL) 1B Chris Gittens

18. AAA Chicago (NL) RHP Cory Abbott

19. AAA Kansas City RHP Jackson Kowar 

20. AAA Cleveland 2B Owen Miller 

21. AAA San Diego LHP MacKenzie Gore

22. AAA Texas RHP DeMarcus Evans 

23. A+ Seattle OF Julio Rodriguez

24. AAA Oakland OF Luis Barrera 

25. AAA Arizona RHP Corbin Marin

26. AAA St. Louis 2B Max Moroff

 

Slumping: 

27. AA Miami OF JJ Bleday 

28. AAA Boston SS Jeter Downs

29. AAA Baltimore OF Yusniel Diaz

30. AAA Cleveland 3B Nolan Jones

 

Injured: 

31. Los Angeles (AL) Brandon Marsh

32. Oakland RHP Daulton Jefferies

33. Chicago (NL) LHP Brailyn Marquez 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

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Mantis Tobaggan MD
Mantis Tobaggan MD
1 year ago

13 teamer but 50 max active roster slots (no limit on DL’s). defensive stuff added putouts, double plays, assists, along with OPS, total bases, steals % and for pitchers, QS, holds, net saves (saves already in it), double plays, K/BF (true K%, not K/9, yahoo doesn’t understand the difference and doesn’t have K%), inherited runners stranded, relief wins (starter wins separate). am a top 3 at worst team with this:
C (1): grandal, gomes
1B (1): goldy
2B (1): altuve
SS (1): bogey
3B (1): bregman
INF (1): machado
LF (1): mcclutchin
CF (1): larnach (all OF)
RF (1): blackman
OF (1) tapia (LF)
util (2): otani (i have the hitter only, he’s given to another owner on his pitch days, albeit that owner CANNOT input him at hitter on those days), robles (CF/RF)
BN active hitters: c.joe (a drop shortly, was useful when cron was out), m.duffy (we have tons of max innings and max hitter starts, he was added for slow day and is easy drop like joe), naquin (all OF)

BN prospect hitters: f.alvarez, brujan, o.cruz, w.diaz, x.edwards, sabato, hedbert, n.marte, gil jimenez, trammell, mercado, valera

DL hitters: c.seager, bellinger, w.calhoun (left in there so far), france, mckinstry

SP: (max 1800 innings, only 5 per day on these): fried, maeda, lynn, ryu, l.garcia, glasnow, mize, reid-foley (added a few days ago and he only has RP here, BUT he sure looks like he fixed his BB problems and is ready to get up to his previously lost prospect grades AND the mess need good starters (i.e. NOT the crime family and probably others etc), can drop if he never gets the job it appears he deserves)

RP (max 7): colome (held too long, figured they’d move him back, but with t.rogers and few good options in FA at all i’m still holding), t.rogers (MIN), gallegos, kenley, barnes, pressly, diekman (i got far too many saves more than holds yes)

prospect SP: jefferies, yajure, r.contreras, howard, detmers, espino, kirby
DL pitchers: pineda, graterol, gonsolin, pearson, luzardo

1. drop mercado here for more prospects or when injured pitchers come back?

2. yajure or r.contreras long term?

Justin Ralph
Justin Ralph
1 year ago

We have a three player minor league roster and can bring them up for a last round draft pick. I currently have Jazz Chisholm, CJ Abrams and Marco Luciano. Would you drop any of those players for Vidal, Duran or Jesus Sanchez?

LenFuego
LenFuego
1 year ago

I thought Corbin Carroll might make the list — too young? And I assume Bobby Bradley just strikes out too much to make the list?

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  LenFuego
1 year ago

Ugh, never mind on Carroll. He is out for the season after having shoulder surgery.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  LenFuego
1 year ago

he had him coming up after this year anyway even before that.

Jake from State farm
Jake from State farm
1 year ago

Bravo!! Keep em coming!

JB
JB
1 year ago

6×6 dynasty roto:

Would you send Patino for N Cruz.

I know it makes no sense age wise, but at the end of the year our 31 man roster is cut to 25. Now that Patino is up and not in a minor slot anymore….IDK if he will make the 25 man cut.

Thoughts? Thanks

Jimmy
Jimmy
1 year ago

Hey Itch! You rule the prospect info game thanks for what you do!…no mention of a Pedro Leon….thoughts on his arrival?

Hamporter
Hamporter
1 year ago

Itch,

Manoha looks to have another solid start tonight, think he’s worth the add? Think this start will be it for him in AAA? Just lost Gallen and Gant is the best pitcher available on the Wire.

Hamporter
Hamporter
Reply to  Hamporter
1 year ago

Would you drop Soler if Duran got called up? He’s a bench bat, but I look to get him in when he’s hot.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

dude flees from the plate like he owes it money

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  goodfold2
1 year ago

that’s gant not manoah

Life of Brian
Life of Brian
1 year ago

Only 9 more games until Ohtani eligible as OF in Yahoo! Could still be 9 weeks away, but that would help me in a league with only 1 util spot.

Jeffe
Jeffe
1 year ago

Would you recommend picking up Logan Gilbert and dropping Cole Irvin?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
1 year ago

As much as I can appreciate your optimism and some hope, I believe we’ll be waiting on Brujan until June or July, whatever necessary that allows the Rays to delay the service time start one more season.

I do believe they’ll bring him up, especially if they were to reach a breaking point of possibly not reaching the playoffs. As long as they are in contention for a playoff spot, they’ll not be in any hurry to make the call. The politics of baseball are such a drag.

John
John
1 year ago

Hey Itch,
18 team H2H points league that rosters 6 minor league players.
Have one spot to fill in and was considering one of a few guys. Would you rather stash…

Gunnar Henderson
Trevor Hauver
Pete Crow-Armstrong
Francisco Alvarez

Thanks for the help!

John
John
Reply to  John
1 year ago

Actually Alvarez was just grabbed by someone

schmidthappens
schmidthappens
1 year ago

Thanks for the column. What would be your best comp for Brujan this year (assuming he is called up)? 5×5 OBP redraft.

Chet
Chet
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Hi, Itch!

How about Jesus Sanchez? What kind of player do you think he becomes in 3-4 years?

Thanks!

citizen5
citizen5
1 year ago

The Ugly: Drafted Huira at 2B
The Bad: Drafted Bleday for my single Minors roster spot
The Good: added Brujan, dropped JJ

Thanks for a great column and the insight!

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  citizen5
1 year ago

for some reason brujan never gets the respect itch ranks him. this goes back longer than this draft season (it’s why i have him basically everywhere with any sort of stash slot(s), ralph also liked him longer ago too). seems odd in these speed dearth’d times.

BigBun
BigBun
1 year ago

Love to see Jesus Sanchez raking! Does this mean we’re holding in dynasty leagues or looking to sell after a hot start? I have him locked up thru 2023

Primetime
Primetime
1 year ago

No love for Joe Ryan TB.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Primetime
1 year ago

fairly sure itch’s been low on ryan for his tenure, i could be wrong. but see how patino/mcclanahan are being used for reference. and fleming. they’re flip flopping which one goes with the other one, but none of them get innings, literally never enough for QS’s for sure (similar to yarbrough). TB is doing what we used to do in baseball simulator on SNES, it’s optimal for real life. even more so years ago when they’d have like everybody go 2-3.5 or so innings and only glasnow was a “starter” in normal old school sense of that word. back in that video game it was more about guys can’t get too tired if they are in for that long, real life now it’s never once facing lineup for 3rd time.

Screwballs
Screwballs
1 year ago

16 team keeper league and can keep four on the NA list. I currently have Hiura, Isabel, Kierboom, and Parades.

How do you rank rank Jesus Sanchez, Curtis Terry, and Lewin Diaz compared to those above?

Thank you in advance.

Screwballs
Screwballs
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Thanks; that will be very helpful.

scoboticus
scoboticus
1 year ago

Got an itchy trigger finger and picked up Duran. Turns out he’s the top prospect available in my keep forever league.

Another Dan
Another Dan
1 year ago

Hey Itch,

Thanks for the roundup.

Duran would be a real help on my team in my 30 team contract league. Own Lewin Diaz and Abrams too. Fingers crossed.

Any news on Josiah Gray? Got scratched last night, had hoped he might get called up soon. I could do with some pitching help.

Best wishes,

Dan

My Team Stinks
My Team Stinks
1 year ago

Flip my Abreu for Trevor Rogers in a 12 team dynasty? Thank you for all you do !

My Team Stinks
My Team Stinks
Reply to  The Itch
1 year ago

Should’ve stated I have Bellinger, Alonso, Vaughn, Aguilar at 1B as well .. and I’d be trying to get a serviceable bat back as well

JDB
JDB
1 year ago

Went and saw the Yanks High A squad’s (Hudson Valley Renegades) home opener last night and came away pretty impressed with the start one of their better pitching prospects made. Guy’s name is Ken Waldichuk – a 6’4″ 220 lb lefty that was a bit wild at times, but also looked pretty filthy at times. Oh, and in 3.1 IP, he had 10 Ks….yum.

regan
regan
1 year ago

Heard Boston’s GM is big on players getting lots of seasoning in AAA. So maybe he might be there awhile. Same with Logan. Ms aren’t in a hurry this year and will let him get lots of experience and won’t rush him.

Jack Deez Nutz
Jack Deez Nutz
Reply to  regan
1 year ago

Wrong. Logan promoted tp start tomorrow 5/13.

Jack Deez Nutz
Jack Deez Nutz
Reply to  Jack Deez Nutz
1 year ago

My spelling is also wrong. LOL