I tend to dislike a lot of prospects. Not on a personal level of course. But I’ve played and coached and watched a lot of baseball, so it’s pretty common for me to dismiss a player at a glance. As I discussed in Wednesday’s article, Prospect News: Alek Manoah Debuts with Grown-Man GasI maintain a video-heavy research process to try and curb these first-blush reactions. My guiding principle as a teacher and coach is that anyone can make a leap in skill at any moment. We see it in baseball all the time. If you ignored JD Martinez, Justin Turner, and Max Muncy because of who they were in a previous life as a ballplayer, you missed out. These types of transformations are happening all the time, all the way down each system, on every side of the game. From throwing across the diamond to blocking breaking balls in the dirt to opening up early to pull an inside pitch out in front of the plate, players are bodies in motion, constantly evolving just to keep up. Take a glance at the statlines for Mookie Betts and Juan Soto this season. Hitting is incredibly hard. Baseball can be a nightmare when you’re caught in between, facing an adjustment phase or, like Francisco Lindor said today about studying himself from 2017, trying to imitate your past self and coming up just short. 

These rankings will look a little different, I suspect, from most you’ve seen. The biggest change will likely be the names you won’t find here. If a guy is hurt or slumping, I can probably find a better prospect for the top hundred in all of baseball. We can probably all find a better guy for our dynasty teams, too. For example, I cut Houston SS Jeremy Pena in a 15-teamer the instant I learned he was out for the season. I could have tried to shop him, I guess, but he’s still a free agent in that league today. Herein we see the most crucial aspect of succeeding in dynasty leagues: maximizing every roster spot, even in the short term, even if you’re rebuilding. I’m not recommending anyone go drop JJ Bleday or Cristian Pache or George Valera, but I am suggesting you make an effort to trade some prospects with established name value if their flaws are manifesting in their stat lines in ways that most leagues and ranking services are a little slow to spot. 

Well that was a much longer intro than I’d planned at the outset. Let’s get to the list.

Rank Player Position Age 4/1/21 Team ETA
1 Wander Franco SS 20 TB 2021
2 Vidal Brujan 2B 23 TB 2021
3 CJ Abrams SS 20 SD 2022
4 Julio Rodriguez OF 20 SEA 2022
5 Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B 24 PIT 2020
6 Corbin Carroll OF 20 ARI 2023
7 Bobby Witt Jr. SS 20 KC 2022
8 Spencer Torkelson 1B 21 DET 2022
9 Jarred Kelenic OF 21 SEA 2021
10 Marco Luciano SS 19 SF 2023
11 Alek Manoah RHP 23 TOR 2021
12 Francisco Alvarez C 19 NYM 2023
13 Alex Kirilloff 1B/OF 23 MIN 2020
14 Adley Rutschman C 23 BAL 2022
15 Noelvi Marte SS 19 SEA 2022
16 Jasson Dominguez OF 18 NYY 2025
17 Riley Greene OF 20 DET 2022
18 Jarren Duran OF 24 BOS 2021
19 Heriberto Hernandez OF 21 TB 2022
20 Luis Matos OF 19 SF 2022
21 Brennen Davis OF 21 CHC 2022
22 Triston Casas 3B 21 BOS 2022
23 Nick Pratto 1B 22 KC 2022
24 Hedbert Perez OF 19 MIL 2024
25 Greg Jones SS 23 TB 2023
26 Gunnar Henderson SS 19 BAL 2023
27 Liover Peguero SS 20 PIT 2022
28 Wilman Diaz SS 17 LAD 2025
29 Jeter Downs SS 22 BOS 2021
30 Grayson Rodriguez RHP 21 BAL 2022
31 Reid Detmers LHP 21 LAA 2022
32 Oswald Peraza SS 20 NYY 2022
33 Nick Lodolo LHP 23 CIN 2021
34 MacKenzie Gore LHP 22 SD 2022
35 Gilberto Jimenez OF 20 BOS 2023
36 Nick Gonzales 2B 21 PIT 2022
37 Simeon Woods-Richardson RHP 20 TOR 2021
38 Hunter Greene RHP 21 CIN 2022
39 Oneil Cruz SS 22 PIT 2021
40 Luis Patiño RHP 21 TB 2020
41 Sixto Sanchez RHP 22 MIA 2020
42 Zach McKinstry 2B/OF 26 LAD 2020
43 Shane McClanahan LHP 24 TB 2021
44 Alek Thomas OF 20 ARI 2021
45 Tyler Freeman SS 21 CLE 2021
46 Trevor Larnach OF 24 MIN 2021
47 Jordan Walker 3B 18 STL 2024
48 Michael Harris II OF 20 ATL 2023
49 Austin Martin 3B/OF 22 TOR 2022
50 Asa Lacy LHP 21 KC 2022
51 Max Meyer RHP 22 MIA 2021
52 Orelvis Martinez 3B 19 TOR 2023
53 George Kirby RHP 23 SEA 2022
54 Tyler Soderstrom C/OF 19 OAK 2023
55 Gabriel Moreno C 21 TOR 2021
56 Robert Hassell III OF 19 SD 2024
57 Edward Olivares OF 25 KC 2020
58 Jesus Sanchez OF 23 MIA 2020
59 Kristian Robinson OF 20 ARI 2022
60 Kyren Paris SS 19 LAA 2023
61 Michael Busch 2B/3B 23 LAD 2022
62 Korry Howell SS/OF 22 MIL 2022
63 Erick Peña SS/OF 18 KC 2025
64 Jhoan Duran RHP 23 MIN 2021
65 Josiah Gray RHP 23 LAD 2021
66 Royce Lewis SS 21 MIN 2022
67 Drew Waters OF 22 ATL 2021
68 Roansy Contreras RHP 21 PIT 2021
69 Quinn Priester RHP 20 PIT 2023
70 Cole Winn RHP 21 TEX 2023
71 Zac Veen OF 19 COL 2025
72 DL Hall LHP 22 BAL 2022
73 Miguel Vargas 3B 21 LAD 2022
74 Josh Jung 3B 23 TEX 2021
75 Blake Walston LHP 19 ARI 2023
76 Jose Garcia SS 23 CIN 2020
77 Daniel Espino RHP 20 CLE 2023
78 Jackson Kowar RHP 24 KC 2021
79 Ronny Mauricio SS 20 NYM 2023
80 Curtis Terry 1B 24 TEX 2021
81 Angel Martinez SS 19 CLE 2022
82 Heliot Ramos OF 21 SF 2022
83 Nolan Gorman 3B 21 STL 2022
84 Garrett Mitchell OF 22 MIL 2023
85 Joey Bart C 24 SF 2021
86 Spencer Howard RHP 24 PHI 2020
87 Cornelius Randolph OF 23 PHI 2021
88 Brandon Marsh OF 23 LAA 2021
89 Josh Lowe OF 23 TB 2021
90 Alec Burleson 1B 22 STL 2022
91 Gavin Sheets 1B/OF 25 CHW 2021
92 Taylor Walls SS 24 TB 2021
93 Heston Kjerstad OF 22 BAL 2023
94 Pedro Leon SS/OF 22 HOU 2022
95 Diego Cartaya C 19 LAD 2025
96 Jake Eder LHP 22 MIA 2022
97 Endy Rodriguez C 21 PIT 2023
98 Bubba Thompson OF 22 TEX 2022
99 Cristian Hernandez SS 17 CHC 2025
100 Daniel Lynch LHP 24 KC 2020

 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @thepropsectitch on Twitter.

PS: I hope to continue the conversation in the comments and plan to go a little deeper next week.

 
  1. Robert Bonilla says:
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    where do you rank Jo Adell?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Just after Jarren Duran, I think. 20 or so.

    • Pizzadundee says:
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      Would you deal Betts for:
      Vaughn, Carlson and Clase?
      Keep 20 10T h2h

      • The Itch

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        I’d hold Betts

  2. toolshed says:
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    Thanks Itch, this is great.

    Tyler Freeman fell a decent amount. Have you changed your outlook on him? I assume it is lower b/c the power he reportedly showed at the alternate site has not shown up this year. Is he more like a 15 hr ceiling now or less?

    Second question is what do I do with senzel? I thought 2021 was going to be his year. Surprisingly he is only 1 year younger than dahl. I’ve said this to someone else that I feel like it is another david dahl saga. I held him way too long. Dahl at least showed some promise while on the field in big league games before he let you down because of the omnipresent injury. Thanks

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, toolshed!

      Yeah Freeman isn’t looking loose enough to really hit for power against live pitching. BP blasts are one thing. In game hasn’t followed along.

      I’m just out on Senzel. Slap hitter from what we’ve seen so far and his base approach.

  3. LenFuego says:
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    I think I must be misunderstanding something. The title indicates this list is for 2021 fantasy baseball, which I assumed meant for redraft leagues, and I did not see anything necessarily contrary to that in the text. So why would Corbin Carroll, who is out for the year with an injury, be ranked at all, nevertheless 6th? So if this not for 2021 redraft leagues, what is it for? Is this just an updated version of a dynasty league prospects list?

    • AA says:
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      Prospect lists are generally dated with the years they are posted. It is not for redraft leagues. He’s probably just going for top value prospects right now for leagues that care about prospects.

      Just look at the ETAs, most of these will not come up this year.

    • AA says:
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      Thanks for the list again. I’ve snagged quite a few people early thanks to your work.

      Looks like Kelenic has dropped a few spots for you. I’m guessing that is mostly about other people moving up and I haven’t heard anyone reading a lot into his early struggles, but is there anything you’re seeing so far that concerns you?

      I was also wondering what you think of Mckinstry for the rest of the season.

      • The Itch

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        Thanks, AA!

        Some of it just early confirmation bias. I’ve never been as high on Kelenic as consensus, and I’m feeling kind of confident at the moment in general about my reads on the game. Still a great prospect, but not in that rare air that can carry a team to dynasty slash keeper slash redraft glory.

        • AA says:
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          gotcha that makes sense

          thanks again

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Yeah AA explained it well.

      Confuses me too tbh. I added the 2021 late bc I know that’s how I’ve been asked to title these in the past.

      The Stash List serves as my rolling redraft rankings.

  4. Keith Christy says:
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    Why is Francisco Alvarez ahead of Adley?

    • The Itch

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      Lots of reasons, but the carrying tools are maybe the best way to say it quickly. Adley is an elite defender and leader in the clubhouse. Alvarez is an amazing hitter. He’s a good catcher too, but he could play 3B or OF and be great, bat wise. Adley’s a great hitter too, of course, but he wasn’t where Alvarez is as a 19-year-old and he doesn’t have the baseline twitch or hand speed Alvarez does.

  5. Brett says:
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    Best in the biz, Itch. Thanks.

    I’ve got a partial-dynasty with the following names on the chopping block: Miguel Yajure, Elehuris Montero, Miguel Amaya, Brice Turang, Jackson Rutledge

    Who do you drop first?

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Brett!

      I’d drop Amaya.

  6. Ted R says:
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    I have to ask what is your best guess as to when Franco comes up? My hope is right after the Rays quit f’ing around with trying to guess when Super Two will be. Thanks

    • The Itch

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      I’m thinking July. I’ll bet Brujan comes first.

  7. Ray says:
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    Thanks for the updated list,Itch.
    Is the 2022 ETA on Matos an error or do you think he makes the leap that quickly?
    Also, ETA of 2021 on Thomas. He’s off to a great start. Do you think he gets the call in 2nd half?

    • The Itch

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      Hmm that Matos ETA does look aggressive. I was thinking they’ll be contending and taking a look at him in August next year if he’s hot. He’d have to smash every checkpoint to hit that. Should likely spin it back to ‘23.

      Thomas seems more likely for ‘22 than ‘21 as well, but that’s more bc Arizona is meh than anything Thomas can control.

  8. Roll Tribe says:
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    Thanks for the insight Itch!

    I’m itching to know your floor / ceiling for:
    Manoah
    Gilbert
    Davidson

    Thx!

    • The Itch

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      Manoah’s ceiling is fantasy ace.

      Gilbert looks like a mid rotation type on the ceiling and a minor leaguer on the floor.

      Davidson has lost the big velo he found last year but might not need it. Has always been effective. I’d group him w Gilbert.

  9. Is it time to move on kelenic in a redraft? Could pick up Pham or give him one more week. Thanks

    • The Itch

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      I’d probably make that switch, assuming you can’t trade Kelenic for anything worth the hustle. Pham’s on fire.

  10. Player X says:
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    Great stuff. Hopefully we see Franco, Brujan and J.Lowe soon.

    • The Itch

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      Thanks!

      And same. Should be mid June for at least one of them.

  11. Lower the Jolly Roger says:
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    ITCH!! I love it.. 8 of my 10 farm appear on this list .. the 2 that aren’t are Bleday & Valera.. not much of a trade market in my 12 teamer.. I’ve tried Bleday mostly … easy drop for Pratto? He’s highest available on your list .. Thank you as always

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Lower the Jolly Roger!!

      I’d make that swap easy yeah.

  12. Jerk Store says:
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    I always enjoy your posts!

    12 team points league. Was offered Aaron Nola + Luke Voit for my Wander Franco + Kyle Tucker.

    We can keep 10 forever, no penalty. Outside of Franco, I have 10 good keepers. My pitching is solid, but Nola could put me over the top.

    The biggest issue for me is trading Kyle Tucker who has as many points as Nola right now.

    What side do you like? Try Franco and a lesser player for Nola? I love Franco’s potential, but flags fly forever.

    • The Itch

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      I think Franco for Nola is totally fair. If anyone should be kicking in, I think it’s the Nola side.

  13. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    Thanks Itch! Love the work. Between my 3 dynasty teams I have 5 of the top 10. Feel good about that. Stay strong and have a great weekend!

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Powdered Toast Man!

      Hope you have a great weekend too!

  14. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    Pretty aggressive w Noveli Marte and really surprised to see him ahead of Austin Martin. Why? Some places have Martin near top 10 already.

    • The Itch

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      Yeah I’m just kind of out on Martin for fantasy.

      He’s not geared to hit for power. Will have to carry an elite batting average and steal a lot of bases to help us much, and he’s real fast, so the steals will have to be mostly savvy + opportunity.

      He’s a good baseball prospect because he’s a tough out. Fouls off a lot of tough pitches. Takes pitches close and in the shadow zone. But I think he could get bullied a bit in the zone by pitchers who just don’t fear his impact.

      • The Itch

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        Oh and Marte is a monster. Loud contact. Loft. Physicality. Might retain impact speed into his late twenties.

  15. Hamporter says:
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    Good Morning Itch,

    in a 16 team H2H redraft, pitching is pretty scarce. I’ve got some decent streamers on my bench, but really like Vladimir Gutierrez. I know he’s getting another start this week, but do you think he sticks in the rotation?

    • The Itch

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      Good morning, Hamporter.

      I think so, or at least they’ll need him enough to use him in an up-and-down capacity. He’ll throw as many big league innings as he can handle.

      • Hamporter says:
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        Thanks,

        Follow up, can you rank ROS streamers: Skubal, Gutierrez, Irvin, Dunning?

  16. mookie says:
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    11 team AL-only keeper roto league. Which side do you prefer? I listed remaining contracts AFTER this year ($260 budget). Wondering if you have changed outlook on Vaughn at all after he’s had some time up?

    A: Andrew Vaughn (5/10/15), Eovaldi (10/15), Emerson Hancock (free reserve/10/15/20)

    B: Giolito (13/18/23), Dalbec (6/11/16)

    • The Itch

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      Not really changed on Vaughn. Been a tough way to find his feet but he’s doing well enough, I think, especially of late. I’m a little concerned about his long-term place on the squad and LaRussa’s desire to bench him, but that’s probably just overthinking it.

      The AL-only piece seems key here. Vaughn having CI OF next year will be nice, and Eovaldi is okay. Dalbec feels to a bench piece on a good Sawx team, long term.

      Feels like a very even trade. I’ll take the Giolito side but keep going back and forth.

  17. Baggie John says:
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    Great conversation starter / trade tool – will take a while to digest all this and look forward to the deeper analysis next week

    Surprised to still see Torkelson Top-10 but I’m not going to argue with you!

    Do you know that Heriberto Hernandez has yet to make it to the Yahoo! player pool, despite your 2022 ETA ?! I prefer their Fantasy site to the others, but they are slow to add players

    Strange fact – on the Team I drafted this year for Dynasty, using a lot of your advice, I have numbers 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 from this list! Odd (or rather “Even”) !

    It’s a Bank Holiday in the UK and it’s sunny, which is about as rare as the Rockies making a good personnel decision

    Enjoy your weekend!
    John

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Baggie John!

      Wild stuff on Heriberto. Though not surprising like you say, typically slow, tho you’d think being in that Nate Lowe trade might make it happen.

      Numbers man. Only the even prospects! Couldn’t do that if we tried, eh?

      Hope you had a wonderful bank holiday in the sun!

  18. Worm Burner says:
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    Hey The Itch,

    Just wanted to say that you are top-notch and these lists are priceless!

    Is Andy Pages (LAD) worth watching? I don’t know much about him.

    Thanks man, enjoy the weekend

    • Joe Shmoe says:
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      I’m just a fan, not an expert:

      I only saw a couple of clips of him hitting and he kind of had Ohtani’s swing from the other side of the plate. He swings up and for power. He definitely looks strong. I am not so sure about his strikeout numbers. My guess: .250 hitter with +power…

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Worm Burner!

      I think so. Joe Shmoe nailed it, I think.

      And thanks hope you have a great weekend too!

  19. Riley says:
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    Wondering what you see on MacKenzie Gore?

    Would you trade him for Torkelson?

    Have a keeper league where I’ve locked up Gore as a last round pick (26th). Torkelson’s a 15th.

    • The Itch

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      Yeah I’d swap him for Tork for sure if all things are equal.

      Even at that price gap, depending on the league settings.

      Only if it’s heavily tilted toward pitching do I keep Gore at the discount v Tork at what could be a forever price unless the inflation in that league is very aggressive.

      • Riley says:
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        Thanks! Very much appreciated….

  20. ceasar says:
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    Outstanding work, Itch. Thank you.

    A few names stand out as significantly higher than your fantasy prospector colleagues:

    Heriberto
    Peguero
    Detmers
    Paris
    Howell

    Care to elaborate on any of these?

    Seems to me like this may be a case of you skating to where the puck will be, not where it’s been.

    • Joe Shmoe says:
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      I saw Peguero play in Spring Training. The guy was fast! Seems like he had “the fire” and could get on base and steal. He stood out compared to the other prospects on the diamond that day. He also continues to hit after he injured his knee and was out for a week or so.

      I hear that Paris can hit, but can’t field. Maybe they have to put him in the outfield even though he is listed at SS. If he can figure out his defense, I think his stock would be higher.

      This is mostly accumulated research and not much of the eye test. I would love to be able catch minor league baseball on tv. Is there such a thing?

      • The Itch

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        Pretty good summation, Joe Shmoe.

        MiLB.tv has made huge leaps these past few years. Can see just about anyone these days. Well worth the $50 if that’s your jam. I like watching mostly on replay where I can skip around.

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, ceasar!

      I like to think that’s exactly what I’m doing RE skating in anticipation of the puck. Love that way to think of this particular aspect of the game. Well put.

      I’ll circle back and build an article around this. Great question!

      In short, they look how the good ones look in the critical ways that manifest most on the field: twitch and hand-eye for the bats and command, velo and poise on the mound.

      If anyone thought, on draft night, that Reid Detmers would be brushing up into the high nineties by May ‘21, he might’ve gone right after Tork.

  21. Junior56 says:
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    Great list Itch ! I have #1,2,&3 in my minors.
    It is kind of mysterious with the Padres being so quiet about McKenzie Gore and his struggles. Is it true he has the yips too?

    • The Itch

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      Thanks and well done, Junior56!

      I think it’s mostly that his mechanics were always ludicrous, but the huge leg kick looks cool and worked fine when he was super young and lithe, but now he’s likely a little less bendable in the tendables, as age makes crones of us all.

      It’s more than just the leg, of course, but he’s been throwing that one way for a decade, and it’s going to be hard to alter that, especially bc he likely won’t have buy-in enough to really try it anytime soon. And he’s got a good case to stay the same. It’s always worked. But you may have noticed the Rays immediately worked on Patiño this way, they didn’t remove the exaggerated kick from the repertoire, but they helped him add variations. Which really function as extra ways to find it (release point) when you’re a bit lost in your own body.

  22. Justin Ralph says:
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    Great list as always. What MLB player would you compare Vidal to?

    • The Itch

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      Mookie is the best match imo

      • Justin Ralph says:
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        Really?!?! Ok well I dropped Luciano for him. Hated to drop Luciano, but with Vidal’s arrival so much closer I had to.

  23. Joe Shmoe says:
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    Hi Itch,
    I always read your column. I picked up Winn and dropped Small in one of my dynasty leagues. I am hoping some of those promising Texas pitchers can stay healthy. I also am ready to press the the button Gittens if he ever gittens to NYC…. (Terrible)

    When do players like Eric Pena, Luis Rodriguez, Jasson Dominguez play? Does their season start later?

    Finally, Ozuna is the definition of taking a step off into the human abyss. Does his injury and arrest mean we can cut bait in redraft?

    Have a great Memorial Day weekend.

  24. Grey

    Grey says:
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    Zac Veen makes for great spoonerism right now

    • Justin Ralph says:
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      Grey! Would you drop Ozuna for Tyler O’Neill?

      • Another Dan says:
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        My thoughts. Depends on your league. Redraft?

        He’s out for 5-6 weeks with his fingers. And then it’s possible he gets some sort of suspension relating to his arrest. His value is very very low at present.

        I’d consider dropping him for a pair of O’Neill borad shorts.

        Another Dan

      • Grey

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        Yes

    • The Itch

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      Good ole Vac

      • The Itch

        The Itch says:
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        There’s an injection joke in here somewhere, though perhaps it should be in Seattle

        • Grey

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          Haha

    • Jolt In Flow says:
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      LMAO!!!!! Hilarious. You know I’ll find a way to fit this into a future convo.

      BTW Itch, nice post. 70 comments and counting. Excellent to see. Love your write-ups.

      Jolt

      • The Itch

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        Thanks Jolt!

  25. Wenger says:
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    Hi there, just curious about E Olivares and K Howell update ranks. Both have are off to hot starts but there’s something else you have seen on them to give them that huge upgrade at ranks?

    Great Stuff BWT!

    • The Itch

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      Hi, Wenger,

      Olivares has become expert at pitch selection. KC hired a great hitting coach a couple years ago who synthesis tech and feel in effective ways, and then he installed a team in part because the new ownership group wants to invest in the club. Anyway, Pratto and Olivares appear to be fruits of this effort.

      Howell has played in my area for a while: JuCo and Northwest League. Supreme athletic talent who was a little overlooked due to being a small school Midwest guy who needed some mechanical work. Milwaukee loves this type of player, trusts is coaching and development staff (see Garrett Mitchell pick) and really seems to have something in Howell, who’s been dominating so far in a stacked High-A league.

  26. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Itch,

    Thanks for the post. I will be using it to identify possible targets in my shallower leagues. In my 30 tm league most of those guys are in GM’s ‘unavailable’ lists.

    In that 30 team league I am struggling for OF (Robert, Ozuna). I have Duran pencilled into my OF later this season, but am looking at trading for a stop gap OF. I have Tyler Nevin and am shopping him. Do Willie Calhoun, Odubel Herrera or Duggar sound OK options? Am I missing anything on Nevin? I don’t have him as a full time MLB player long term, more a BN bat.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    • The Itch

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      Hi, Another Dan,

      Those all sound like solid stopgap options to me. I think I’d go with Willie C if I had the choice, but Duggar is interesting with that staff in San Fran.

      Nevin can hit a little bit but yeah, likely a bench bat.

      Hope you’re enjoying the long weekend!

      – Itch

  27. Jr says:
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    Itch!! Love the prospect lists! My team in dynasty league is bad, but this makes me feel better. All five hitters I have stashed (includes Franco and Brujan) are in your top 20 overall, and I have 2 sp in your top 35, another 2 in top 75.

    Curious what you think about Austin Hendrick. I’m looking for OF help in this league and it’s a walks/obp league so that helps boost hendrick’s value a bit.

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Jr!

      Sounds like a great foundation! I’d love to start a team with Wander and Brujan!

      I’m not high on Hendrick’s hit tool, but he is a big-time talent, and the OBP is a major boost because that’s his game early on as a pro: extreme patience. I hope it’s because he’s got a better plate-feel than the young umps and not because he’s a tick late. Early enough in his prospect life cycle that even if he’s not a big success early, he’ll hold trade value for a couple years.

      • Jr says:
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        Thanks for the feedback on him! That’s really helpful!

        Yeah, super promising prospect base. We have 10 Na spots, and if they have no regular season major league experience they can be kept for free. I’m rolling with Franco, Brujan, Rutschman, Noelvi, Matos, Greene, Grayson, Hall, And Howard. My team is terrible offensively so hopefully that core will help me compete in a few years.

  28. Dancin Homer says:
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    Been holding Brujan in my redraft league with the hope he’d get the call soon, but with the rash of injuries lately, I’m contemplating dropping him to snag an OF to fill in while Laureano heals.

    Would you drop him for Eddie Rosario’s double-header tomorrow?

    thanks in advance,

    • The Itch

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      Hmm, I suspect you could play the drop and pick-em-up game for another week or so with Brujan.

      June 10+ is the target date.

      Depends on the league, as always, but in RCL 12s, he probably slides through waivers in most leagues at the moment.

    • Harley Earl says:
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      I would not drop him.

      Anyone with any savvy in your league will notice and grab him. You’re playing with fire if you drop him. Don’t.

  29. Fire sale walk with me says:
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    Josh Lowe is crushing AAA. I’ve already been selling pieces in my mini dynasty keeper league and got high end prospect returns. The league has an in season cap salary. I have a $30 springer that no one wants to touch. Do I trade my springer for a j. Lowe which I’m higher than you on (me top 30) or wait a little longer. I guess what I’m asking is do I trade a hard to aquire (due to salary cap) Springer, for a top 30 prospect?

  30. Winston says:
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    Why do you rank Wilman Diaz so highly? From what I’ve read a lot of guys have Diaz/Cristian Hernandez/Colmenarez in some sort of similiar tier.

  31. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Itch,

    Any opinion on Jake Burger? I think the Mercedes train will be done by the middle of July. He’s already falling apart. Just a matter of time now. And the White Sox seem interested in Burger as a 1B/DH guy for the stretch run. Any thoughts?

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      Also Itch,

      Why the sudden love for Gunnar Henderson? I think I said something to you about him back in February and got a “meh” type reaction. Something change your mind on him, or do I not remember your opinion correctly?

  32. JB says:
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    Dynasty Lg: we hold 10 minor slots:

    F Alvarez, A Rutschman, S Beer, L Garcia, K Hiura, Y Diaz, T Houck, A Manoah.

    These are the 8 I carry right now….. we have a 14 day window to call up once they are up. Hoping Hiura is sent back down and Manoah will be on my MLB roster.

    I know what I have with the 2 catchers…. looking to keep one long term and flip one in a deal.

    Garcia, Beer, Yiaz, Houck……. From these 4…. anything to hold on to? What are you thoughts on each?

    Thanks Itch

  33. braves uk says:
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    Hi Itch,

    These are truly majestic! Thank you.

    Burleson is a new name for me this year – what kind of a ceiling do you see there?

    I could acquire him in Dynasty for a ‘medium’ price (a non-keeper closer – Ian Kennedy) but it’s a 3rd place team in a ££ league so don’t want to gamble if the ceiling isn’t that high….

    Thanks!

  34. Jon says:
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    It looks like from this list that there’s no reason to keep holding Brendan McKay in a minor league spot? (Or is he no longer considered a prospect?)

  35. Vladsmyman says:
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    Liover Peguero is way higher on your list than anything else I’ve seen. Has he made huge strides that we are just now seeing?

  36. Matthew Petrone says:
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    Would you drop
    Nick Anderson
    Aaron Bracho
    Julian Merrywheather
    Devin Williams
    Or
    Pete Crow-Armstrong

    For
    Kyle Muller

  37. Moon Shots says:
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    Gold. Gold i say.

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