One of the most common questions I encounter on a semi-weekly basis is “Ralph, who’s this year’s Victor Robles/Francis Martes/Cody Bellinger”. It’s a question that’s difficult to answer, but especially difficult to answer during Spring Training or the week following. Why? Well, it’s easy, we don’t have anything to base it off. No real games, no real at bats, no real stats. Unfortunately I have a day job, and Grey is yet to hand me a six figure salary to jet-set around the country to scout amateur and minor league baseball. Instead I’m paid in Helluva Good Cheese coupons and asked to scout little league games on a black and white TV with broken bunny ears. No matter because between games at the Taunton West Little League complex I have time to watch a few AAA and AA games a week while scouring through loads of leaderboards of all minor league levels. So through this deep data collection, I’ve developed the below list of players that are flashing promise, while simultaneously boosting their prospect status. Below are 20 or so names that have caught my interest in the early going.

Now that the intro is out of the way I’d like to acknowledge a personal milestone here on the baseball side of things, my 100th baseball post……Yeah! Thanks for reading all this drivel.

 

Ian Happ, 2B/OF Cubs | Hi-A  Myrtle Beach: Pretty sure he’s playing for the same team Kenny Powers plays for, but I could be mistaken. Happ is presently a man possessed, tearing up the Carolina league with a .313/.450/.547 slash line with 3 homers and 15 rbis. Was considered an advanced hitter coming out of Cincinnati, and has shown just that. Might be a big riser this season. Ranked 65th on my pre-season ranks.

Nellie Rodriguez, 1B Indians | AA Akron: Nellie hits cleanup most nights for the Rubber Ducks with two top 100 prospects hitting ahead of him in Clint Frazier and Bradley Zimmer. He posses huge power having already taken home run crowns across two levels of A ball. So far in the young season Rodriguez has slugged . 423 with 5 homers and 15 steaks in 17 games. There a lot of strikeouts in his game, and he’ll never hit for average. But he can take a walk (11.1% Bb% at Hi-A Lynchburg), and hit some bombs. That’s useful right?

Austin Pruitt, SP Rays | AAA  Durham: Was the hot name of the last few weeks following three strong starts to begin the season. Then Monday happened…. he gave up 8 runs (5 earned) and two homers in a loss to Indianapolis. He’s going to be 27 in August and didn’t even make the Baseball America preseason handbook. They rank 30 deep in each system by the way. So he could just be a guy who slipped through the cracks or Crash Davis. His career ERA and WHIP are 3.15 and 1.16 across 379 career minor league innings. So how is he in AAA and no one knows him? I wouldn’t expect the next Corey Kluber, but he could be a 5th starter and those are valuable in 20+ team dynastys.

Edwin Diaz, SP Mariners | AA Jackson: Looks like Diaz could be the next in a long line of good Mariners pitching prospects. The 22 year old righty is sporting a 13.09 K/9 to go along with 2.45 ERA in the early going. I’d add him in any  and all dynasty formats where 150 or so minor leaguers are owned.

Josh Hader, SP Brewers | AA Biloxi: Another jewel from the Carlos Gomez deal, Hader is a lefty with nasty stuff and big strikeout potential. He’s going to be all over top 50 lists soon enough. Through 17 innings and 4 starts Hader is sporting a 0.53 ERA and a 14.29 K/9. If he keeps up like this I wouldn’t be surprised to see him in the bigs for a spot start or a few relief innings come September.

Ronald Acuna, OF Braves | Low A  Rome: The 18 year old Venezuelan prospect is continuing to open eyes early in his second professional season. There are two things that Acuna does very well, get on base (.373 OBP) and steal bases (6 steals) His power at this point is raw but shows upside. Looks like a future leadoff hitter.

Ke’Bryan Hayes, 3B Pirates | Low A  West Virginia: Ke’Bryan is Swahili for on base machine. Slashing a ridiculous .393/.426/.536. The 19 year old 1st round pick from a year ago is a low minors corner bat with globs of talent and untapped power potential. For sure one to watch.

Dylan Cozens, OF Phillies | AA Reading: Cozens is a prospect that’s always intrigued me. A naturally gifted athlete at 6’6 235 pounds, Cozens posses power and speed. He entered pro ball a bit raw and has had contact issues, but he’s shown improvement at every level. So far in 2016 he’s slugging .471 with 4 homers and 4 steals. Unfortunately those contact issues are popping up again, as he’s hitting .229, but you’re not looking at Cozens as a future batting champ.

Ben Lively, SP Phillies | AA Reading: He’s a bit old and got absolutely demolished last year at Reading, but he’s been good so far in the early going, posting a 1.50 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and 10.13 K/9 through 4 starts. Had a monster year in the Reds system in 2014 before being dealt to the Phillies for Marlon Byrd, maybe he’s getting that swagger back.

James Kaprielian, SP Yankees | Hi-A Tampa: Last year’s first round pick has really justified the hype about him coming out of UCLA last spring. Through three starts he sits at 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA, 0.61 WHIP, and 11.00 K/9, looks like he should hit AA before the end of the first half.

Travis Demeritte, 2B Rangers | Hi-A High Desert: After losing some time to a drug suspension last season the power hitting middle infielder lost his way a bit a struggled. That’s not the case so far in 2016, as he’s slashed .279/.357/.705 with 6 homers, 16 runs, and 3 steals in 15 games.

Matt Chapman, 3B Athletics | AA Midland: After initially struggling following the A’s selecting him in the first round of the 2014 draft, Chapman has done nothing but hit since. So far this term at AA Midland the former Cal Fullerton standout has slashed .267/.413/.583 with 5 homers in the first 17 games. His defense is outstanding and should help him move along to the majors rather quickly, as long as he hits for power and gets on base. Wouldn’t be shocked to see him in Oakland once rosters expand. Should break through to the big leagues in 2017.

Chris Shaw, 1B Giants | Hi-A San Jose: Boston College product with a big power profile, projects to have a 30 homer ceiling. Flashes the ability to get on base and so far in pro ball has hit for average. Slashing .327/.377/.545 with 2 homers in 2016.

Trey Mancini, 1B Orioles | AAA Norfolk: After going ham through his first 17 games at AA Bowie, Mancini was promoted Monday to AAA. Now he’s just an injury away from the big leagues. Hell, the way he’s hitting I wouldn’t be shocked if he could out hit Pedro Alvarez right now.

Jacob Scavuzzo, OF Dodgers | AA Tulsa: Power hitting former 21st round pick out of high school, has taken nicely to his first taste of AA. Hasn’t hit for much power so far but has gotten on base and hit for a .302 average.

Harrison Bader, 3B Cardinals | AA Springfield: Everytime I look at Bader’s pro stats I wonder how he fell to the third round in last year’s draft. He’s not only already ascended to AA he’s holding his own with a .303 average and a .370 OBP. If you’re in where 150 minor leaguers are owned and he’s available, grab him.

Ryan Cordell, OF/3B Rangers | AA Frisco: A toolsy outfielder with the ability to be a 20-20 threat at the big league level. So far in 2016 he’s slashing .361/.403/.705.

Daniel Palka, OF Twins | AA Chattanooga: It’s rare that a player puts up the type of numbers that Palka did in 2015 to such little fanfare. But following a 29 homer, 24 steal season he showed up on very few top 30 lists. Now in the Twins system Palka is once again hitting and looks like he could be a good off the radar lottery ticket in the high minors.

Other Specs I Like: Luis Alejandro Basabe, OF Red Sox; Michael Chavis, SS Red Sox; Tyler O’neil, SP Mariners; Josh Ockimey, 1B Red Sox; Mauricio Dubon, SS/2B Red Sox

 

  1. Alex says:
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    Killed it

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      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Alex: Dead!

  2. Teddy Heater says:
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    Manaea Mania is upon us!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Teddy Heater: Ahhhhh! The last two callups (Berrios and Manaea) happen d while I was in meetings with clients. Only got him in one RCL

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: You should drop those buster-a$$ clients, Ralph!

        Great stuff here, man.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Steve Stevenson: Thanks! Freaking killer Magoo beat me to Manaea by 20 minutes

          • Teddy Heater says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Ugh! Damn you clients.

  3. Boaty McBoatface says:
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    Aside from Happ, whom you ranked among your top 100 prospects during the preseason, which of these guys, if any, would you stash ahead of Alen Hanson in dynasties?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Boaty McBoatface: Hader, Hayes, Chapman, Edwin Diaz, Kaprelian, and maybe Acuna long term but he’s really far away.

  4. Lougle says:
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    This was a great update. Thanks for this.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lougle: No problem, my pleasure.

  5. And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    took over a dynasty 12 team h2h with OPS in which our budgets when keepers are due is $225, and money allowed during auction draft goes up to $305. in season there is no cap. i’m not used to salary cap leagues, except i’m in one 30 many super deep league, is it common to not have a cap in season in these leagues?

    anyway, 3 NA slots and first thing i did before knowing about salary cap (i wasn’t told till after i took over roster) was fill the last 2 NA’s with b.zimmer/dahl. anybody grabbed off FA pile if you keep them costs $10 for next year, so unless a guy really tears it up he’s not worth that, as i could bid on them and win them cheaper than that. team already had moncada (year 2 out of 3) for a buck, and buxton for $5. gotta drop one of them, who’s more likely to have this year value, i’m pretty sure i’ve seen you say zimmer here.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @And Now The Jon Lovitz Dancers!: The first part no, usually the cap is only seriously in place in season.

      I’d go Zimmer there unless there’s a rash of OF injuries in Colorado. Dahl has come out the gate hot though. He’s just blocked by a talented outfield group in Colorado

  6. Kevin says:
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    Your Ads blow. I don’t mind you guys getting cash but Holy crap they crash my browser all the time, auto sounds, etc… Of all the sites I visit this one has the worst and has forced me to use an ad blocker, which I never used before.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kevin: Yeah it’s painful at times. I have the same issues on my work laptop. Are you getting that weird pop up on mobile today too?

    • Raj says:
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      @Kevin:

      Absolutely brutal. I would pay for an add-free version of the site. They lock up my browser all the time.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Raj: Ha! That’s not happening.

    • Flowers misses his old glasses... he's ok tho says:
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      @Kevin: good god the stuff that would be lingering on my computer if i didn’t have an add blocker, plus untold hours per month spent waiting on pages to load….

  7. Jim says:
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    I hope it’s OK to ask you about a current major-leaguer….
    Ian Desmund. Do you think he’s just on a hot streak or do you think that the old Ian is back? Maybe even better in a better ballpark to hit?
    Thank you for a great article

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim: No I don’t even know what the major leagues are!!!!!

      No of course it’s fine, I actually scooped up Desmond in every league I’m in where he was dropped. He’s got multi position eligibility one of which is MI/SS and he’s a power hitter with speed in a hitters park and in a good lineup. Worry a bit about his playing time with Choo back and Mazara raking. I fall into the back camp.

  8. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Excellent stuff as usual. Here’s to another century of posts. This stuff is really useful to me. I’m new to dynasty, so anything other than the high profile prospects were not really on my radar before.

    I took over a 12 team Dynasty with 15 Minor leaguers (will be increased to 20 in the off season) and have been researching some of my roster. I asked you before (in some of your other articles) about some of these guys and a trade which brought me Travis and Gallo (for Berrios and Hanson).

    What do you think of the farm?
    Arcia, Bellinger , Benintendi, Clevinger, Rookie Davis, Gallo, Eric Jagielo, Brian Johnson, Kepler, Nathan Kirby, Ryan McMahon, Ryan Mountcastle, Gary Sanchez, Travis, Alex Young.

    Was already thinking about Chapman replacing Jagielo but so many of your guys are not owned. Should I be doing a major reshuffle ? (The available ones are Rodriguez, Pruitt, Acuna, Cozens, Lively, Demeritte, Chapman, Scavuzzo, Bader, Cordell, Palka). Am a Giants fan and Lucius Fox is also available was thinking of adding him too.

    Any advice?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Sure dump Jagielo, Brian Johnson, and I’d dump Alex Young and Kirby too.

      Add in this order Chapman, Fox, Acuna, and a pick’em between Rodriguez/Bader/Scavuzzo. I try not to roster too many pitchers and then try and trade hitting specs for MLB pitching.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Excellent, thanks for your help/articles/sharing your knowledge.

        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: No need to thank me its my job! (Flys away)

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Ha!

  9. PancakeMaker says:
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    Would you ever consider an article about prospects who are trending downwards and no longer have the value in a dynasty that they would’ve had last season? I feel like that’d be a great companion

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PancakeMaker: Excellent idea we can call it the Archie Bradley list of sadness. Seriously though that’s a good idea.

      • PancakeMaker says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha! The Archie Bradley list of sadness…that would be an appropriate title. May I submit Matt Bush and Donovan Tate for title considerations too? Glad you dig the idea, some guys just seem to drift out of prospect conversations but I think if we can track guys and see the downward trend coming it’d be another useful tool for dynasty owners

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          @PancakeMaker: Those all work! The Profars!

  10. David says:
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    Who has the bigger upside, Berrios or Manaea? Thanks.

    Great article there Ralph.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Berrios, I think but that’s a matter of opinion. Manaea has some really tasty upside in terms of K#’s and Berrios’ superior control makes him safer but his ceiling is still probably higher.

  11. David says:
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    Great article Ralph.

    Bigger upside, Berrios or Manaea?

    Thanks

  12. Swfcdan says:
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    All the top guys are gone in my money league already and so I need to decide which guys to stash now to save FAAB and avoid continually losing out to them- hate when some ‘perts say grab this guy immediately when he’s getting called up, in any good league they are already gone by then!

    Have an overloaded DL atm so can only afford to stash 2 at most, looking at 1 bat hopefully with speed (I lost Pollock…gah!) and then a true power bat or pitcher. Who do you think is worth grabbign now out of these available guys:

    Taillon, N Williams, Pompey, Bell, Margot. Looks like clearly Taillon and a bat right?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Taillon for sure and the bat depends. Margot fits your description the best (bat with speed), but I think Bell has the most impact of that group this season. Bell is hitting the cover off the ball and who’s the Pirates starting first baseman again? Do they know haha. Long term Williams might be the best bat of the bunch but he needs more seasoning. I watched him against the Pawsox last Saturday. He has zero patience

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: You think Bell could mash this year then and is close to a callup? And when does Taillon come up, any chance it’s before Glassy?

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          @Swfcdan: Pirates won’t promote before super two, unless forced to. I’m not sure if Taillon or Glasnow are up first. They’ve both been great, so it’s a tough call. The answer might be Taillon by a week or two. Both will be in the rotation by July.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks man, big help.

            Wonder if I can test you for some help in a deeper format too, 160 minors owned in my 16 team dynasty and mine could certainly use some refreshing as I have guys like B Starling, G Whitley down there…yeah pretty bad, I sold a lot off last year. So any deeper names that you like that could be available after the top 160? Prefer bats, but any will do.

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              @Swfcdan: Guess I should’ve just read the post!

              Can you rank a top 3 for these unowned guys: Ryan Cordell, Dylan Cozens, Nellie Rodriguez, Jacob Scavuzzo, Harrison Bader, oh and add Brandon Nimmo to that list too. Thanks!

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                @Swfcdan: Should have said we use TB over HRs and OBP over AVG. Thanks, and sorry for the multiple posts!

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @Swfcdan: Keep Whitley it’s early

                  • Swfcdan says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: Still rank them please if you could, I have other guys I can drop- Starling for one.

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                      @Swfcdan: whitley is a very good get. drafted like 14th overall by TB, could be all tools guy, ranked quite highly by previous prospector.

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                @Swfcdan: Scavuzzo, Bader, Nellie

  13. David says:
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    Would you rather have Manaea or Patrick Corbin for this year? Thanks in advance.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: I’m going to say Corbin, because I need to see Manaea pitch well for a couple months before I’m ready to jump to his side. He’s got HUGE k upside.

  14. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Love you Ralph. also because I’m the REL2 Red Sox and I’ll for sure have more q’s later on that… but for now:

    Gausman, Berrios or Manaea – have 1 roster move left this wk..

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: Head says Gausman, gut says Berrios. Go Gausman. This is redraft correct?

      I’m Mets in REL2! You must be surging right now.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: this is a keep 2, so basically. Already have gausman so I might wait and see. Manaea seems so hot right now, and I’m remember the randy comps earlier in the year…

        Yeah things are going well in REL2, except for the SP injuries. Got screwed with The Vazquez call up/Swihart going down (didn’t keep Vazquez, but traded for James McCann tho) Also didn’t keep Tazawa bc Smith was still healthy at that point, what do you think of this squad? Any advice on some moves to make, (the right people to keep?) as ppl will start coming off the DL like next wk?

        Here’s the roster:
        http://m.imgur.com/dox4xH2

        Thanks again man

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @SheriffMcRawDawg: Looks solid, Maybe you can move some of those prospects for another arm.

          Carson will be back soon too

          • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I feel like Rusney is really expendable (and Sandoval for that matter) – are you giving up on him now? I could probably get a good chunk for him…

            Also, do you think I should offer up Beltran to the Yankees owner for Brock Holt? it seems like he’s been scoring every night and it’s killing me….

            Last Q – who are the most tradeable from these prospects I’ve got on the farm?
            Michael Kopech
            Luis Basabe
            Trey Ball
            Michael Chavis
            Wendell Rijo

            Thanks as always!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @SheriffMcRawDawg: Yeah Rusney is expendable for sure, I am not a fan. He has trouble with breaking balls. Like major problems.

              Umm yeah see if they’ll take that deal. I wouldn’t if I’m the Yanks but who knows.

              Ball is garbage and Rijo is blah. The most tradeable is probably Chavis, you have plenty of MI coverage through the ranks and he’s an up and comer.

              • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks man. Is Christian Vazquez worth targeting (over paying for) when I have jAmes McCann (and hopefully a C, eligible Swihart in the OF)? LAST Q I SWEAR

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                  @SheriffMcRawDawg: No, I don’t think his offense is any better than McCann’s.

                  No worries ask away. No question limit

  15. ballin says:
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    Six player keeper league, hitters to keep include 1)Trout,2) Kris Bryant, 3)Corey Seager
    Potential keepers: AJ Reed, Trea Turner, Justin Upton, Nomar Mazara, Rougned Odor

    My pitching staff, probably going to keep two of these pitchers for next year
    Syndergaard, Strausburg, Matz, Nola, Smyly, Corbin, Giolito, Manaea

    Should I try to pick up Snell as well? I dropped Buxton for Manaea, worrying about that decision a bit now. Who would you think for the other keepers?
    Thanks for the great read as always

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ballin: Of the two pitchers I’d go Thor (no brainier) and Giolito. The second one is maybe a little silly because Strasburg, Smyly, and Matz are awesome but those two in two years are going to be the best combo anyone in your league has.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Also on the hitters I have a raging Mazara in my pants, but Upton is tough to pass on. We need to see what Turner and Reed do once called upon.

        Do you have to make these calls now or are you just doing some planning?

        • ballin says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:
          Doing some planning, wondering if it was worth an add to take Snell and drop Nola or Corbin? Not sure how long it will be till he is called back up. Thanks for the help

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            @ballin: Corbin is a mess Snell might have more upside. I really like Corbin too

  16. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Here’s to your first 100! Congrats!!

    May there be many, many more GREAT posts like this, prospector Ralph! WELL DONE!

    Cheers,

    MP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Thanks bud! Between Baseball, Football, and Soccer it’s pushing 400+. I wrote a ton of Soccer posts.

  17. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Bader or Nunez from Oakland as a 3B stash in a forever dynasty keeper? Not worried about ETA, just BEST overall bat from the hot corner..

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        @Malicious Phenoms: Best overall upside is Hayes. I do love Bader though, the fact that he’s moved so quickly is a very good sign. Nunez IMO is a ETA play, good hitter but I think Hayes could be special.

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I am a big fan of Baez, but dude wants this trade:

            Swanson, Profar, Glasgow for Baez, which I think is way too much..

            Is Profar and Glasnow too much as well?

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              @Malicious Phenoms: No way wouldn’t trade either Glasnow or Swanson.

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks for that, I was thinking much the same..

  18. Jack florida says:
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    100 great articles——-heres to 1000 more–thanks for the help

  19. Yescheese says:
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    Great list. You should post my waiver wire transactions more often. BOOOOOOOOOOOOOM

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Yescheese: Hahaha yeah nice adds on Acuna and was it Diaz? I’m so prospect heavy I’m not sure who to add and dump in that league. I was going to drop Braxton Davidson for Acuna but decided to wait.

  20. Sampson says:
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    Thanks for the article great stuff.

    In a dynasty league who would you drop of Austin Meadows, Profar, and Jorge Mateo?

    THanks,

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sampson: Profar, he has the least cachet at the moment.

  21. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    Who would you prefer… Monacada at $6 or Benintendi $1. Moncada needs to be signed March 2017 and Benintendi not until March 2018. Contracts are $5 per year so 4 years on Moncada is $26 per year starting March 2017. Thoughts? Thanks! Congrats on post 100!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Wild Thing: Steve Grogan! At that price I feel like I should say Benintendi, but Moncada is so freaking good. Moncada

  22. PetFed says:
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    Would you drop Nicasio for Manaea?

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      @PetFed: MANANANANANANANANAEA

  23. dom says:
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    hey good stuff. in a redraft OPS league would you rather stash Trea Turner or AJ Reed? I own Reed and am concerned about Lunhow’s comments that Colin Moran would be next in line for call up.

    I dropped Robert Stephenson to make room for a streaming spot in my 18 teamer… would that spot be better used on stashing Taillon? I already have NA players in Snell, Urias, Reed, Manaea if he goes back down, Berrios if he goes back down…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @dom: Meh, I don’t buy it. Moran is blah, Reed’s avg. so far is crap but he’s got 4 dongs

  24. Fungazi says:
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    I don’t have any intriguing questions to ask, so I’ll just say congrats on your 100 mark!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fungazi: Thanks!

  25. Scott says:
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    Detroit called up Michael Fulmer. He worth picking up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: Depends on the format, but yeah he’s worth a stream.

  26. Williamt says:
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    Dropped Eickhoff for Manea? Good or Bad? Is it time to pickup Giolito and stash a roster spot for him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Williamt: Good! Eickhoff roofied the shit out of me the other night, after he had it going in the first 4 or so innings.

      Long and the short Manaea is the shiny new toy, I’m excited

  27. Connor says:
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    Would you drop any of the following (or Marcos Molina) to pick up Jabari Blash?

    http://imgur.com/00Xxgsk

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Connor: Nimmo, he’s never put up the kinds of numbers that Blash did last year.

  28. Regan says:
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    Congrats on the 100! You have filled Mikes shoes and then some. Keep up the good work.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Regan: Thanks for reading!

  29. Bobby Jones says:
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    Of your list, this is who is available to me (except for Diaz and Hader)

    http://prntscr.com/axs3a6

    I’m planning on dropping Wade Miley and Vidal Nuno for two of these players, who should I grab? Positions don’t matter to me

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bobby Jones: Amed Rosario and Luis Ortiz, those are both fringy top 100 guys. Both should be in my mid-season update.

  30. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    Bobby Bradley >>>>>>>>>>>>> Nelli Rodriguez

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: 100% agree, Nellie will be up first though.

      I wrote 1,000 words on Bradley a couple of weeks ago.

  31. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
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    Also…James Kaprielian left a game earlier this week with elbow inflammation and just hit the DL>

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apoxonbothyourhouses: Ha! Yeah he hit the DL as I was writing this. Didn’t have time to update. Obviously delays him but shouldn’t change his value too much. Unless it’s TJ then he lose value due to ETA, but who doesn’t have TJ these days am I right?

  32. Landisimo3 says:
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    What’s up Ralph ! Great write up… I’m in a deep dynasty league.. We’re able to stash up to 10 minors… I have 9…

    Meadows
    Albies
    Tapia
    Peraza
    Bell
    Travis
    Crawford
    Lazarito
    Brito

    I just put in a claim for Happ to be my 10th… Would you drop any of the above for Hayes? I was thinking Brito… Or would you just pick up Hayes instead of Happ? .. Thanks in advance!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: Hayes over Brito long term.

      Nice minors!

  33. JSF says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    What’s your take on Orlando Arcia?

    He had a monster game on Tuesday with a grand slam, 3 hits and 3 steals and has heated up to bring his average to .313 at AAA.

    What current shortstop do you think he will compare to once he gets settled in MLB?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JSF: He actually reminds me of prime Omar Vizquel. Not a lot of pop but amazing fielder, contact ability, and top end speed profile.

  34. Fenway frank says:
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    Hey Ralph!

    With the way Benintendi is raking do you see him being promoted to AA Portland by let’s say end of May/ June 1st ish?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fenway frank: maybe June 1st ish. Love that Salem squad! Benintendi, Moncada, Devers, and Dubon. Maybe June, not sure how aggressive the Sox get with him, but I can’t wait till these guys hit Pawtucket so I can watch all of them in person.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I’m a spinners season ticket holder , I was able to see Benintendi last year. When he does get promoted to AA , Portland from me is close to 1 hour and a half to 2 hours I may make a day trip up there or make a weekend of it & check out local breweries such as allagash.

        On the flip Portland does play the NH fisher cats (Manchester) & if Benintendi is on the Portland roster when they play in Manchester I may check that one out.

        Either or this is great for the sox minor league! Imagine when they all get to AAA, they would be a dangerous team!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Fenway frank: Pair that with Espinoza, Chavis, and some others they’re deep!

          Yeah I’m about an hour and 45 from Portland, a trip there for baseball and beer sounds amazing! They play in NH the 9th, 10th, and 11th of May, which is a Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Ralph Lifshitz: They play in Hartford the 27th -30th which is Friday through Monday.

  35. Bye Felica says:
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    The Cubs farm is so ridiculously stacked id be willing to bet they could finish the season with a bettter record than the Padres

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bye Felica: Hmmm kind of, Cubs farm took a hit with all the promotions, the Dodgers, Rockies, and Sox all have insane systems. I actually think Indianapolis the Pirates AAA affliate might be better than the Padres haha.

  36. Jim Wells says:
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    Michael Fulmer? Don’t know much but reading he’s being called up tomorrow. Worth dropping severino or corbin for a flier on him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jim Wells: No he’s okay but not great, could be a solid stream for K’s though against the Twinkies.

  37. KevBo says:
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    Hey Ralph!

    Buxton question for you – he was just dropped in my deep 9 team AL-Only auction keeper league where we have a FAAB budget of $50. Waiver guys are keepable the following year at their FAAB cost or $10 (whichever is higher), with each year following rounded up to next $5 increment. How much would you consider bidding? I have an open bench spot and thinking of stashing him and considering my alternatives (the other highly rated prospects are all taken and Seth Smith and Darwin Barney are the highest rated FA’s so…..yeah).

    Congrats on #100!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @KevBo: Bid through the nose. You know what it takes to win a bid, I’d go all out.

      I’ve always thought Buxton needed more seasoning. He was rushed by a year and shouldn’t have even sniffed the majors until Septmeber of 2015. Go get him!

  38. The Great Knoche says:
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    Whatcha know about Desmond Lindsay? Other than young and raw that is. Got him as a throw in on a Dynasty league trade.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Great Knoche: He plays for Mets in the minors….

      Just kidding, young toolsy guy has a good mix of speed, power, and athleticism. Pretty good throw in

  39. Kenneth says:
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    Great work dude! A couple corrections for you in your mentions category, I believe you mean Luis ALEXANDER Basabe. And Tyler O’Neill is of course an OF not a SP.

    Thoughts on Yusniel Diaz? Before hitting the DL, he homered in 3 straight and even had a couple steals there.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Kenneth: Yup! I listed the wrong Basabe! I like both actually….they’re eerily similar. And yes Tyler O’neil is an OF. I’ll fix it now.

      Yusinel Diaz has looked really good. We’ll see if he keeps it up once he returns. I’m a little shocked at the power. I thought he was more of a guy who had gap power got on base and stole some bases.

  40. highmindedness says:
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    Way ta go Ralph! Just when I’m drowning in dynasty despair, there you are with another perfectly timed article.

    So check it. Looking to invest long-term in the best corner bat remaining. Bradley, Reed, Naylor, all gone. Willing to wait, just want great mix of hit tool and developing power. I know you’re big on Ke’Bryan, who seems to check all the boxes except power, but what about Jomar Reyes or Jhailyn Ortiz? Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @highmindedness: Jomar is the top guy among the names you mentioned. So much raw power.

      Ortiz is plenty raw, and he sounds like a full on DH/donkey in the making, I like the other two better.

  41. goodfold2 says:
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    checked my porn ass deep 30 man league with 30 minor league slots and all of these are owned (cozens by me) except one of the Acuna boys

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dDyPvqrMLPg

    and also Ockimey. glad to find 2 though.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Ockimey is a good get, he’s been going in all my dynasty leagues that are 18+

  42. Swfcdan says:
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    Replace S Moya, M Mahtook, B Starling off my dynasty minors teams with any of these guys?

    Ryan Cordell, Dylan Cozens, Nellie Rodriguez, Jacob Scavuzzo, Harrison Bader, oh and add Brandon Nimmo to that list too. OBP over AVG and TB over HR’s. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: Nellie, Scavuzzo, and Bader. I don’t like any of those guys.

  43. cdadare says:
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    Ralph, Tyrell Jenkins might get called up to replace Bud Norris. Worth the grab?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @cdadare: If you have a spot and want to roll the dice sure. Don’t expect too much though.

  44. Citizen5 says:
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    I have a single Minor league roster spot open for a player that could make an impact Lin the next few months. Who would you add?
    (The following Minor League players are NOT available:
    Trea Turner
    Tom Murphy
    Buxton
    Paxton
    Snell
    AJ Reed
    Giolito
    JP Crawford
    Any other player on a minor league roster is available.
    Thanks in advance,

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Citizen5: Giolito, Turner, or Reed all depends on your specific positional and category needs.

  45. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Would you trade, Felix and Frazier for Machado and throw in Glasnow if the first 2 are not enough?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Ugh, I’d try to hold off on throwing in Glasnow. Really depends what your rotation and lineup look like. Felix and Frazier is a solid offer IMO.

  46. Steve says:
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    What’s up with Buxton? When do you think he’s back in the majors?

    Think he lives up to his hype this season?

  47. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Ralph, in a 16-team dynasty (OBP), I have a nice glut of OF in my 12-man MiLB farm. Zimmer, Meadows, Tapia, Quinn, Renfroe. I have two SP in Taillon and Tate.

    Been reading a little bit on Cody Reed from CIN. I love his proximity to the majors. Is it worth shooting off someone like Meadows for Reed? Or nah?

    Feel like pretty soon the world is going to turn its eye on Reed and he’s going to blow up nd I want to try to sneakily buy him before he hits that mark.

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