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  • Dodgers Acquire Ricky Vanasco From Rangers

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    The Rangers have traded pitching prospect Ricky Vanasco to the Dodgers for minor league left-hander Luis Valdez, both teams announced. Los Angeles designated reliever Zack Burdi for assignment to free a spot on the 40-man roster. Vanasco, 24, has yet to reach the majors. An overslot 15th round draftee out of high school six years ago, the 6’3″…

    Jun 2 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Texas Rangers Zack Burdi Ricky Vanasco
  • Corbin Carroll Walks It Off Against Colorado

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll went 1-for-5 with two RBI and a strikeout in a 5-4 win over the Colorado Rockies on Thursday. Carroll was hitless in the contest until the bottom of the ninth inning when he came up clutch for the D-Backs. Arizona was facing a one-run deficit with two runners on and two out when Carroll stepped in to face Rockies closer Pierce Johnson. He then roped a single into shallow left field to score Gabriel Moreno and Ketel Marte and give the D-Backs a 5-4 victory. The 22-year-old rookie has been hot over his last 15 games, batting .309 with a 1.015 OPS. For the season, Carroll is slashing .287/.372/.511 with nine home runs, 24 RBI, and 16 stolen bases over 188 at-bats.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Arizona Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll
  • Cardinals Calling Up Jordan Walker

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    The St. Louis Cardinals are calling up outfield prospect Jordan Walker from Triple-A Memphis, according to a source with direct knowledge of the move. Walker will join the team's active roster on Friday before the game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. The 21-year-old is the No. 1 overall prospect in baseball, per MLB Pipeline, so he needs to be immediately added off the waiver wire in leagues where he's still available. He started his MLB career with a 12-game hitting streak earlier this year but went 5-for-26 (.192) over an eight-game stretch with nine strikeouts in late April to get demoted. Walker hit just .239 in 29 games for Memphis, but he's turned it on of late and is going to get another shot at the big-league level, hopefully for the rest of the 2023 season.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Jordan Walker
  • Gavin Williams Looks To Continue His Dominant Stretch

    Cleveland Guardians top pitching prospect Gavin Williams struck out six over 6 1/3 innings in his last start on Saturday. Since getting promoted to Triple-A Columbus, Williams has a 2.25 ERA with 42 strikeouts over 32 innings pitched. The 23-year-old has also not given up more than two earned runs in any of his eight starts between Double-A and Triple-A. The right-hander's next start is scheduled for Friday against the Iowa Cubs. Williams looks ready for his next promotion, but it's tough to say when that promotion will be. The Guardians rotation is welcoming back Aaron Civale (oblique) on Friday, and it looks like Triston McKenzie (shoulder) will also be back soon. Williams may be the odd man out for a while, unless the Guardians elect to use him in a six-man rotation. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues with a spare bench spot can stash Williams, as he remains an exciting player to keep an eye on.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Gavin Williams
  • Andrew Abbott Strikes Out Eight In Triple-A

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    Cincinnati Reds pitching prospect Andrew Abbott put forth a strong performance, striking out eight over seven innings and allowing two earned runs for Triple-A Louisville. The top prospect pitched well in May, recording a 2.97 ERA over 33 1/3 innings of work. In his last six starts, Abbott had five starts with at least eight strikeouts and fewer than three earned runs allowed. Abbott is a pitcher who can rack up strikeouts, posting over 11 K/9 at every level in the minor leagues. With the Reds rotation underperforming and losing Nick Lodolo (leg) for an extended period, Abbott could be called upon to help turn things around. The young left-hander is a player that fantasy managers should consider stashing in deeper leagues because he looks ready, and the need for him is apparent.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Andrew Abbott
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Hits A Grand Slam In Triple-A

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    Cincinnati Reds first base prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand went 3-for-4 with a grand slam for the Louisville Bats on Wednesday. The 23-year-old has been on fire in Triple-A, slashing .352/.400/.732 through 33 games. Encarnacion-Strand possesses elite contact and power skills, which should force him into the Reds lineup sooner than later. The top prospect does have some swing and miss in his game with a strikeout rate consistently around 25% throughout his minor-league career, but he possesses tremendous upside. He should be stashed in any leagues where he is not already rostered.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Triston Casas Returns To The Starting Lineup Thursday

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    Boston Red Sox first baseman Triston Casas is back in the starting lineup Thursday against the Cincinnati Reds and right-hander Hunter Greene. Casas didn't get the starting nod against another right-hander in Luke Weaver Wednesday night but will get a crack at Greene on Thursday night. The 23-year-old is still hitting under the Mendoza Line with a .193 batting average on the season along with six homers in 47 contests. The youngster's power has more or less been as advertised in his young big-league career with a solid .181 isolated power but he's a career .195 hitter in 74 big-league games. He'll hit seventh and play first base Thursday evening.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Triston Casas
  • Edouard Julien Optioned To Triple-A

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    The Minnesota Twins optioned rookie infielder Edouard Julien to Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday to make room for second baseman Jorge Polanco (hamstring) on the active roster after his return from the 10-day injured list. It's a tough break for the 24-year-old prospect, who MLB Pipeline has ranked as the team's No. 4 prospect, but he was hitting .210 (13-for-62) overall with two doubles, four home runs and eight RBI in his first 19 MLB contests. Julien will head back to the minors so that he can play regularly, but if the Twins need another infielder again, he might be their first call. The left-handed hitter combines a patient approach at the plate with above-average power for a second baseman.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Edouard Julien
  • Francisco Alvarez Hitting In Nine-Hole

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    New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez is back in the starting lineup on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies and right-hander Taijuan Walker, and he is hitting ninth in the batting order. Alvarez got a day of rest on Wednesday after starting the previous six games. The 21-year-old catching prospect will return on Thursday in a matinee affair, but he'll have less DFS appeal at the bottom of the order. After a slow start at the plate, Alvarez has caught fire offensively, going 12-for-34 (.353) with two doubles, five home runs and 13 RBI in his last nine games. If he continues to swing the bat well, he should feature higher up in New York's batting order. Regardless, Alvarez is finally starting to show the offensive potential he promised one of the top catching prospects in baseball.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • Diego Cartaya Homers In Third Straight Game

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    Los Angeles Dodgers catching prospect Diego Cartaya hit a home run in his third straight game for Double-A Tulsa. He started the season ice-cold, slashing .171/.288/.305 with a 35.2% strikeout rate in his first 29 games. But in his last four games, the 21-year-old is 7-for-15 with six runs and five RBI. The catcher's exceptional power makes him a hot commodity in dynasty leagues and has him as one of the league's best catching prospects. While he is a must-roster in dynasty leagues, he won't get close to the major-league squad this year.

    Jun 1 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Diego Cartaya
  • Dodgers Notes: Syndergaard, Stone, Grove, Betts

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    The Dodgers’ buy-low free agent flier on Noah Syndergaard hasn’t panned out thus far. The former All-Star righty has been tagged for a 6.54 ERA in 52 1/3 innings. After throwing quality starts in three of his first four outings, he’s only once since completed six innings — a start in which he surrendered six runs…

    Jun 1 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Mookie Betts Michael Grove Gavin Stone Noah Syndergaard
  • Royce Lewis To Sit Out On Wednesday

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis is out of the starting lineup for Wednesday's game against the Houston Astros. The 23-year-old will get a rest day after going 3-for-9 with a home run and 4 RBI in his first two MLB games. It appears the Twins still plan to manage his workload considering he's coming off an ACL injury. The expectation is that he's going to begin playing full-time at some point this season. In the meantime, Willi Castro will bat eighth and play third base versus right-hander Hunter Brown on Wednesday.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis
  • Orelvis Martinez Blasts 14th Home Run

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    Toronto Blue Jays No. 4 prospect Orelvis Martinez launched his 14th home run of the season and the 11th in May alone. The power surge is nothing new for the 21-year-old, who managed 30 long balls across 118 games in 2022 and 28 over 98 appearances in 2021. Martinez's 60-grade power has never really been called into question. Instead, it's his plate discipline that leaves the organization wanting more. He's cut his strikeout rate to 22.4% while his walk rate is up to 12%. Still, Martinez carries just a .781 OPS due to his .179 batting average, down from .203 last season. His prolific power potential will make for an appealing fantasy asset, but it's clear Martinez has work to do before he gets called up to the majors.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Orelvis Martinez
  • Reese Olson To Make MLB Debut On Friday

    Detroit Tigers pitching prospect Reese Olson will be called up from Triple-A Toledo to make his major-league debut in a start on Friday against the Chicago White Sox. The team's No. 11 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, will be taking the rotation spot of injured left-hander Eduardo Rodriguez (finger) for the time being. The 23-year-old right-hander has struggled at Toledo in 10 starts this year, posting a 6.38 ERA, 1.74 WHIP, 22 walks and 47 strikeouts in 36 2/3 innings. However, he's turned in a 3.00 ERA in his last six starts to earn a call up to the big leagues for the first time. The matchup against Chicago is a nice one, but Olson won't be a recommended fantasy streamer in his first big-league start, and there's a chance he'll be sent back down to the farm right away.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Reese Olson
  • Jackson Merrill Picks Up Three Hits

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    San Diego Padres shortstop prospect Jackson Merrill went 3-for-5 with three hits for High-A Fort Wayne. The 20-year-old has been mediocre this year, slashing .259/.294/.399 with three home runs, 24 runs, 19 RBI, and four stolen bases in 36 games. But the Maryland native's bat has recently woken up, slashing .321/.333/.444 this month. The 20-year-old is far from the majors, but his elite contact skills and plus speed have pushed him to the upper echelon of prospects in the dynasty format.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Jackson Merrill
  • Ethan Salas Picks Up Two Hits In Minor-League Debut

    San Diego Padres catcher Ethan Salas made his pro debut with Single-A Lake Elsinore Tuesday, skipping rookie league play. He collected a double, a single, and a walk in four plate appearances, scoring a run as well. Scouts laud the 16-year-old for his mature approach at the plate, raw power, and skill on the field and basepaths. With the transition to the pro leagues being perilous for many, especially international players, it's encouraging to see Salas succeeding immediately. He is years away from sniffing the MLB, but the baseball prodigy is quickly becoming one of the best prospects in the dynasty format.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects San Diego Padres Ethan Salas
  • Ben Brown Strikes Out 11 In Triple-A

    Chicago Cubs pitching prospect Ben Brown had a dominant performance on Saturday, striking out 11 batters over five innings and allowing only one earned run in Triple-A. Brown was recently promoted to Triple-A and has performed well through five starts, only giving up more than one earned run once. Saturday's performance was also Brown's second double-digit strikeout outing in Triple-A. The Chicago Cubs rotation has been solid so far and just welcomed back Kyle Hendricks, but Jameson Taillon has been a sore spot. The 23-year-old could easily slot into the rotation for Taillon. It's hard to say when Brown will get promoted, but he possesses a clear strikeout upside while inducing a healthy amount of ground balls. Stash Brown if you have a bench spot to spare, or at least keep an eye on him over the next few weeks.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects Chicago Cubs Ben Brown
  • Ronny Mauricio Extends On-Base Streak

    New York Mets shortstop prospect Ronny Mauricio extended his on-base streak to 19 games with a single on Monday for the Syracuse Mets. The 22-year-old has been on a tear in May, slashing .362/.404/.543 with 16 extra-base hits. However, Mauricio only has one home run in May, but he is making a ton of contact and limiting the strikeouts, displaying an 11:6 K: BB ratio. The shortstop prospect has shifted to second base in Triple-A and has proven to be a capable defender at the position. Mauricio could slot in at second base while Jeff McNeil plays the outfield. Fantasy managers should stash Mauricio since his promotion could come any day now.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Ronny Mauricio
  • Jordan Westburg Up To 14 Homers In Triple-A

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    Baltimore Orioles infield prospect Jordan Westburg went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI, and an additional run scored on Tuesday for the Norfolk Tides. Westburg is slashing .316/.388/.610 with 14 homers and five stolen bases across 209 plate appearances in Triple-A. The 24-year-old has also proven himself to be very consistent through the first two months of the season. He has hit over .300 in April and May with at least five home runs and 20 RBI. Westburg's production in Triple-A shows he does has a little to prove. The Orioles' top prospect primarily slots in at shortstop, but his defensive versatility makes him a fit in multiple positions around the infield. With Cedric Mullins going on the IL and Gunnar Henderson not performing to expectations, Westburg could get the call sooner than later. Fantasy managers should stash Westburg in all league formats.

    May 31 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jordan Westburg
  • Miguel Vargas Absent On Tuesday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers second baseman Miguel Vargas is missing from Tuesday's lineup for the game against Jake Irvin and the Washington Nationals. The rookie infielder is slashing .225/.328/.414 with five home runs, 26 runs, 25 RBI, and two steals over 51 games. Mookie Betts will move over to the keystone, and Jason Heyward will take Vargas' spot in the lineup, playing right and batting fifth. The former World Series champion has regained some power, smashing five bombs across 41 contests this season, but is batting just .214 with a single stolen base. Fantasy managers can use Heyward for some power as a streaming option, but that's about all he'll do.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Miguel Vargas
  • Dodgers Option Gavin Stone To Triple-A

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers optioned pitching prospect Gavin Stone back to Triple-A Oklahoma City on Tuesday and recalled left-hander Alex Vesia, who hasn't allowed a run in his last nine appearances at Oklahoma City. Stone, the team's No. 4 prospect per MLB Pipeline, struggled immensely in his first three major-league starts. The 24-year-old right-hander surrendered 17 runs (16 earned) on 23 hits (one homer) while walking seven and striking out only five in 10 innings pitched against tough competition in the Phillies, Braves and Rays. Michael Grove (groin) is expected to return to LA's starting rotation this weekend. Stone is likely to be back at some point in 2023, but for now he can be returned to the waiver wire in shallow-mixed fantasy leagues.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Stone
  • Francisco Alvarez In The Two-Hole Tuesday

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    New York Mets catching prospect Francisco Alvarez is behind the plate and is hitting second on Tuesday against the division-rival Philadelphia Phillies and left-hander Ranger Suarez. Not only has Alvarez earned more playing time for the Mets of late, but he's also earned a spot high up in the batting order. After a slow start to the season, the 21-year-old Venezuelan backstop has hit .309 (21-for-68) with six doubles, seven home runs, 17 RBI and 11 runs scored in 21 games in the month of May to raise his season slash line to .269/.327/.558 with an .885 OPS. Even when Omar Narvaez (calf) returns from the injured list soon, Alvarez has earned the majority of starts behind the dish for the Mets.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • Harry Ford Hits Sixth Home Run

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    Seattle Mariners catching prospect Harry Ford hit his sixth home run of the season for High-A Everett. The 20-year-old is slashing .258/.432/.426 with 37 runs, 26 RBI, and eight stolen bases in 43 games this season. The British WBC star consistently ranks as one of Seattle's top prospects because of his impressive power and speed at the catcher position. While Ford won't see the majors soon, he's an elite catching prospect and is one of the best catching prospects in the dynasty format.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Harry Ford
  • Bobby Miller To Get The Ball Again On Sunday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers rookie hurler Bobby Miller tossed another gem on Monday against the Washington Nationals, going six innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk, and striking out four, earning his second win of the season in as many starts. He now owns a 1.64 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, and 21.4% strikeout rate. According to J.P. Hoornstra of SportsNet LA, Miller will get another chance on Sunday, starting against the New York Yankees. It'll be a good test for the 24-year-old, who was the club's second-best prospect before his promotion, as per MLB Pipeline. Manager Dave Roberts hasn't confirmed if Miller will be a mainstay in the rotation this season, but if he keeps pitching this well, he might not have a choice.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Miller
  • Endy Rodriguez Has Four Knocks

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    Pittsburgh Pirates catcher prospect Endy Rodriguez went 4-for-5 with three runs and one RBI on Monday for Triple-A Indianapolis. Rodriguez, 23, is now hitting .234 with four homers and 14 RBI. The backstop was great last year between High-A and Triple-A with a .323 batting average to go along with 25 homers and 95 RBI, but he has been off to a slow start in his first full season Triple-A. Still, one of Pittsburgh's better prospects, Rodriguez, should get a chance this season, pending he can continue to trend up. With the Pirates also having the former No. 1 overall pick Henry Davis at catcher, Rodriguez has also played second base and outfield with a potential future at one of the positions. Regardless, Rodriguez offers good power and on-base skills to go along with his versatility. He is a name to monitor in redraft leagues and is worth rostering in dynasty leagues.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Pittsburgh Pirates Henry Davis Endy Rodriguez
  • Kyle Manzardo Picks Up Four More Hits

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    Tampa Bay Rays first base prospect Kyle Manzardo went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, one run and two RBI on Monday for Triple-A Durham. His big day raised his average to .275 to go along with eight home runs and 27 RBI. Manzardo, 22, always has graded out strong as an on-base machine, but the Rays have developed his power over the past season. Despite the impressive numbers, the Rays have multiple options at the moment that are blocking the former second-round draft pick. Due to this, it's unlikely that Manzardo will make an impact this season, but he remains a strong stash in dynasty leagues. Between his own talent and the Rays ability to get the most out of their players, he is a safe play when his time does come.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Manzardo
  • Logan Allen Makes Franchise History With Superb Outing

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    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Logan Allen logged season-bests in strikeouts (10) and innings (seven) in a 5-0 silencing of the Baltimore Orioles on Monday. The 24-year-old scattered just three hits en route to his second win of the year. Allen became the second pitcher in team history to have eight or more strikeouts in at least three of their initial seven career games. Cleveland's number-eight prospect hopes the club employs a six-man rotation to preserve his roster spot with Triston McKenzie (shoulder) and Aaron Civale (oblique) both primed for a return soon. Allen has done his part to stick around, assembling an outstanding 2.72 ERA in 38 2/3 innings. Fellow top-prospect Tanner Bibee is staking a claim for his place, though, with an equally impressive 2.84 ERA in 33 1/3 frames. Allen tentatively gets the Minnesota Twins next on Saturday.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Logan Allen Tanner Bibee Aaron Civale Triston McKenzie
  • Taj Bradley Saddled With Tough-Luck Loss

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    Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Taj Bradley fired a dominant 5 2/3 innings for eight strikeouts and no earned runs, but landed with a loss in a 1-0 pitching slugfest with the Chicago Cubs on Monday. The 22-year-old dispersed only three hits and lent just one walk, bettering his ERA to 3.60 and WHIP to 1.07. Bradley was outdueled by Marcus Stroman, who humbled Tampa Bay's normally imposing offense for a one-hit shutout. Bradley's strong command from the minors has translated over to the majors so far, displaying a 42:5 K:BB ratio across the first 30 innings of his career. With a rotation spot likely intact long-term, the top prospect's rest-of-season fantasy arrow is burgeoning. Bradley should start one of Tampa Bay's games in a doubleheader with the Boston Red Sox on Saturday.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Taj Bradley
  • Royce Lewis Homers In Season Debut

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop/third baseman Royce Lewis had a memorable return from the injured list in Monday's 7-5 extra-innings win over the Astros. Making his season debut, Lewis went 2-for-5 with a single, a three-run home run, and four RBI. The 23-year-old's return came one year after suffering an ACL tear in his right knee. Lewis has been a highly-touted fantasy prospect for some time despite the numerous injuries. He could be a high-impact fantasy contributor if he can manage to stay healthy.

    May 30 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis
  • Jacob Misiorowski Showcasing Impressive Velocity

    Milwaukee Brewers pitching prospect Jacob Misiorowski was the club's second-round pick in 2022. He is a physical specimen, checking in at 6-foot-7 and 190 pounds. This type of makeup has created some control problems for the hurler, but he still shows upside by converting his size into impressive velocity. The right-hander touches the mid-to-upper-90s with his fastball, producing a rising action and effectively missing opponents' bats. He also has a mid-80s slider that breaks out of the zone and baffles hitters expecting a heater. He is also developing a curveball and changeup, both of which could become solid tertiary options within his repertoire. It's also worth noting that the 21-year-old has not allowed a single home run through 10 starts in pro baseball. During his start last week, Misiorowski tossed five shutout innings, racking up nine strikeouts while allowing one walk and zero hits. It was a truly impressive outing for the JUCO product as he bounced back from a season-worst four-run outing on May 19.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects Milwaukee Brewers Jacob Misiorowski
  • Alberto Rodriguez Has Enormous Week In Minors

    Seattle Mariners outfield prospect Alberto Rodriguez, now 22, originally signed with the Blue Jays as an international free agent back in 2017. He spent some time in rookie ball before being flipped to the Mariners in the 2020 Taijuan Walker trade. He has produced varying results since joining the Seattle organization but continues to be viewed as one of the club's consensus top-30 prospects. Rodriguez has faced major discipline issues at the plate, struggling to consistently connect on pitches in the zone and avoid pitches up, down, in, or out. He grades as an average defender who lacks the flashy speed needed for center field or the strong arm of a right fielder. As a result, he'll likely operate as a left fielder or designated hitter for the big league club, meaning his bat would need to come alive in order for him to stay on the roster. This past week, the 5-foot-10, 225-pound outfielder showed just how much upside he offers at the plate. Rodriguez logged a hit in all seven games, going 13-f0r-24 with a whopping six homers and 15 RBI. He also drew one walk and struck out seven times.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects Seattle Mariners Alberto Rodriguez
  • Kyle Harrison Making Case For Promotion

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    San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Kyle Harrison, 21, is widely viewed as the No. 1 prospect in the organization. Selected in the third round of the 2020 draft, he has quickly climbed through the ranks of affiliated ball through just over two seasons in the San Francisco system. Now, as he puts on a show at Triple-A, one could theorize that Harrison's MLB debut will come sooner rather than later. The southpaw has developed a fantastic three-pitch repertoire with a mid-90s fastball, mid-80s changeup, and low-80s slider. All three offerings have different movements and speeds but continue to achieve the same goal: miss bats and induce strikeouts. Harrison's advanced control and command help the cause, too. This past week, Harrison made two starts. He allowed zero runs and just one hit while striking out 14 batters over just 7.2 innings of work. He also walked four batters and plunked one in the process. While Harrison issued free passes a little too often, he did a great job striking out batters while limiting hits and runs. He should be making an impact in the Giants' rotation very soon.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Kyle Harrison
  • Aaron Palensky Raking At High-A

    New York Yankees outfield prospect Aaron Palensky, after underperforming at Double-A in 2021, spent all of 2022 with the Yankees' High-A affiliate in Hudson Valley. He also opened 2023 with the Renegades, but his production in April and May suggests that he could return to Double-A soon. Palensky was never viewed as a huge power hitter, but it may be time to rethink that as he averages 0.375 homers per game this year. He has also continued to show a solid approach at the plate, drawing walks at a high rate. Defensively, he lacks the speed needed for center field and will likely wind up in left field long-term. This past week, Palensky went 13-for-21 with two homers, seven RBI, three walks, and six strikeouts. He also stole three bases, bringing him to 10 on the year and breaking his previous single-season best. The outfielder continues to produce tremendous results this year and should be monitored by fantasy managers in dynasty formats.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Aaron Palensky
  • Kristian Robinson Reinstated, Assigned To Single-A Visalia

    Arizona Diamondbacks' former No. 1 prospect Kristian Robinson was reinstated and optioned to Low-A Visalia on Monday. Following an arrest and subsequent visa complications, the 22-year-old outfielder has not played since 2019. Robinson was previously listed as the minor league's No. 43 overall prospect, per MLB Pipeline in 2020. He boasts 60-grade power and 55-grade running ability. During his 2019 campaign, Robinson posted a .282/.368/.514 slash line, alongside 14 home runs, 13 doubles, a pair of triples, and 17 stolen bases in 69 games. With such a long layoff, there's nothing immediately actionable for fantasy managers, but the sky is the limit for Robinson.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects Arizona Diamondbacks Kristian Robinson
  • Brenton Doyle Returns Against Diamondbacks

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    Colorado Rockies rookie outfielder Brenton Doyle (knee) is back in center field and is hitting eighth in the starting lineup on Monday against right-hander Ryne Nelson and the Arizona Diamondbacks. Doyle bruised his right knee during a collision with the outfield wall late last week and missed the team's last three games over the weekend. The dynamic 25-year-old outfielder has been productive for the Rockies so far in his first 26 major-league games, going 18-for-75 (.240) with three doubles, a triple, four home runs, 14 RBI, seven stolen bases and 14 runs in 80 plate appearances. He also has a whopping 29 strikeouts, but Doyle has intriguing upside in an everyday role for fantasy managers because of his power and speed.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Brenton Doyle
  • Marcelo Mayer Promoted To Double-A

    Boston Red Sox shortstop Marcelo Mayer has been promoted to Double-A Portland on Sunday. The 20-year-old slashed .291/.365/.532 with seven homers, 33 RBI and four stolen bases in 34 games at High-A Greenville. He was selected by the Red Sox fourth overall during the 2021 draft. Honestly, that might've been a steal as there were rumors he might go first overall in that draft. It's unlikely that he makes his debut this season, but he's certainly worth stashing in keeper leagues.

    May 29 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Marcelo Mayer
  • Twins To Activate Royce Lewis, Max Kepler From Injured List On Monday

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    Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told The Athletic’s Aaron Gleeman (Twitter link) and other reporters that the club will activate Max Kepler and Royce Lewis from the injured list prior to Monday’s game with the Astros.  Kepler has been on the 10-day IL, while Lewis will make his season debut after spending all of 2023 on…

    May 28 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Minnesota Twins Max Kepler Royce Lewis
  • Eury Perez Throws Five Scoreless Innings

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    Miami Marlins starting pitcher Eury Perez was tough to hit during Sunday's game against the Los Angeles Angels. The rookie right-hander allowed two hits over five scoreless innings during Sunday's 2-0 victory. Perez struggled a bit with his command, allowing four walks during this game. However, he was able to escape the jams and help his team get the win. Through four starts, Perez holds a 2.84 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 19/10 K/BB. He'll get a favorable matchup against the Oakland Athletics on Saturday.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Miami Marlins Eury Perez
  • Royce Lewis To Be Activated On Monday

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    Minnesota Twins shortstop Royce Lewis (knee) is set to be activated from the 60-day injured list prior to Monday's game against the Oakland Athletics. The 23-year-old is working his way back from a torn ACL. He looked fantastic during his recent minor league rehab assignment. Lewis slashed .333/.395/1.087 with four homers, 11 RBI and four stolen bases during in 39 at-bats at Triple-A St. Paul. The former first overall pick has a chance to be an immediate impact player in Minnesota. Fantasy managers should add Lewis is all formats right now.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Minnesota Twins Royce Lewis
  • Brenton Doyle Still Absent From The Lineup On Sunday

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    Colorado Rockies outfielder Brenton Doyle (knee) is absent from the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the New York Mets. Doyle has not appeared in a game since Thursday when he ran into the center-field wall and exited early. The Rockies are hoping that the 25-year-old will avoid the injured list, but that's still to be determined. Doyle exploded out of the gates after he was called up in late April and put together a .240/.288/.467 batting line to go along with four home runs, 14 RBI, and seven stolen bases over 75 at-bats.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Brenton Doyle
  • Casey Schmitt Out Against Brewers

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    San Francisco Giants rookie infielder Casey Schmitt (ankle) is not in the starting lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers on Sunday. Schmitt received treatment on his ankle on Saturday after he rolled it in the game against Milwaukee, and now he'll take a day off to rest in the series finale. The 24-year-old former second-round pick has been excellent for the Gigantes since his first big-league call-up, as he's gone 23-for-70 (.329) with five doubles, two home runs, 13 RBI, two stolen bases and 10 runs in his first 18 MLB contests. For now, fantasy managers should consider him day-to-day. With veteran Brandon Crawford struggling, Schmitt has taken over shortstop duties of late. But with Schmitt out on Sunday, Crawford will get the nod at the 6 and hit eighth against Brewers right-hander Colin Rea.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Casey Schmitt
  • Tanner Bibee Falls Short Of Win Despite Two-Hitter

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    Cleveland Guardians starting pitcher Tanner Bibee allowed only two hits and a walk in six innings against the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday. The 24-year-old let in only one run, striking out a season-best nine hitters in a no-decision as the Guardians fell 2-1. Bibee is making a strong case to maintain his major-league roster spot even after Triston McKenzie (shoulder) comes off the injured list. Cleveland's number-five prospect has been a weapon thus far, allowing two runs or fewer in five of his first six starts in the face of some unfavorable matchups. Bibee takes a stellar 2.88 ERA and 34/9 K/BB ratio across 34.1 innings into his next start on Thursday for a test against the power-hitting, but reckless Minnesota Twins.

    May 28 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Tanner Bibee
  • Matt McLain Records Two Hits Saturday

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    Cincinnati Reds rookie shortstopMatt McLainwent 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored in Saturday's 8-5 victory over Chicago Cubs. McLain's average on the season is now up to .333, and his OPS is .979. The 23-year-old is slashing .333/.423/.556 with two home runs, seven RBI, 12 runs, and six walks across 52 plate appearances in 2023. He won't stay hot forever, but the rookie sure is sensational at the dish right now. He occupies a prime lineup spot as the No. 2 hitter in the order, and Cincinnati is unlikely to move him around in the batting order while he's hitting like this. Fantasy managers should add McLain in all league formats.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Matt McLain
  • James Wood Continues To Impress In High-A

    Washington Nationals top prospect James Wood went 3-for-4 with a home run, a double, and three RBI for the Wilmington Blue Rocks on Thursday. Wood's three-hit performance was his second in as many days and his third multi-hit game in a row. Wood is slashing .293/.390/.565 in High-A with seven home runs, nine doubles, and seven stolen bases. The top prospect in the Nationals system may not be close to the majors yet, but if he keeps up this level of production, a promotion to Double-A may be coming soon. Wood remains one of the most highly touted prospects and one to watch as he rises through the minor league ranks.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Washington Nationals James Wood
  • David Hamilton Hits Two Home Runs in Triple-A

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    Boston Red Sox shortstop prospect David Hamilton hit two home runs for the Worcester Red Sox on Wednesday. The big performance brought his home run total to 11 this year while slashing .266/.344/.520. The power appears to be developing for Hamilton, who only hit 12 home runs in 119 games last year. While the power has been a welcome surprise, Hamilton's biggest strength is his speed. In 2022, Hamilton stole 70 bases and was only caught stealing eight times in Double-A. This season, Hamilton already has 24 stolen bases in 43 games in Triple-A. It's possible that the Red Sox could become unhappy with Enmanuel Valdez's play at second base and slot Hamilton in there, but that seems unlikely at this point. For now, Hamilton remains an exciting player to watch develop in the Boston Red Sox system.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox David Hamilton Enmanuel Valdez
  • Justyn-Henry Malloy Stays Productive In Triple-A

    Detroit Tigers third base prospect Justyn-Henry Malloy drew a bases-loaded walk in Saturday's game for the Toledo Mud Hens. Malloy followed up by going 2-for-5 with two doubles in last Sunday's contest. Malloy is the seventh-ranked prospect in the Tigers system and the best third baseman they have in Triple-A. It's unclear if Malloy will get the promotion anytime soon, but the Tigers have some positional flexibility with their current roster and wouldn't have a hard time finding a place for him. Malloy's ability to get on base and hit for decent power could make him a sneaky add in deeper leagues if he gets the call this year.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Justyn-Henry Malloy
  • Orioles Option Grayson Rodriguez

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    The Orioles announced this morning that the club had optioned right-hander Grayson Rodriguez to Triple-A and recalled left-hander Keegan Akin. The move brings to an end Rodriguez’s first taste of big league action in his career. The club’s first-round pick in 2018 and a consensus top-10 prospect entering the season, Rodriguez has struggled badly to…

    May 27 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Baltimore Orioles Grayson Rodriguez
  • Randy Vasquez Optioned To Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre

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    New York Yankees starting pitcher Randy Vasquez was optioned to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after making his major league debut on Friday against the San Diego Padres. Vasquez allowed a pair of runs on four hits to go along with six strikeouts and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old will get another chance with the big league club later this season and is a firm hold in dynasty leagues.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Randy Vasquez
  • Grayson Rodriguez Sent To Triple-A

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    The Baltimore Orioles optioned rookie right-hander Grayson Rodriguez to Triple-A Norfolk after Friday's game and recalled left-hander Keegan Akin from Norfolk in a corresponding move. Rodriguez has really struggled this month and is now 2-2 with a 7.35 ERA (5.94 FIP), 1.72 WHIP, 21 walks and 56 strikeouts in 45 1/3 innings over his first 10 major-league starts. In five starts in May, he has an 11.14 ERA (9.43 FIP) with 10 walks, 22 strikeouts and 11 home runs allowed in 21 innings. The 23-year-old prospect will surely be back in Baltimore's rotation this year, but they'd like to see him go down to the farm and work on some things. Fantasy managers should be stashing Rodriguez everywhere and not jettisoning him to the waiver wire. Akin is likely to take Rodriguez's spot in the rotation for now.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Grayson Rodriguez
  • Anthony Volpe Hitting In Nine-Hole Against Padres

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    New York Yankees rookie shortstop Anthony Volpe has been dropped to ninth in the batting order on Saturday against right-hander Michael Wacha and the San Diego Padres. Volpe earned himself the starting shortstop gig to open the 2023 season because of an impressive spring training, but he's starting to really struggle at the plate. The 22-year-old is hitting an embarrassing .183 (17-for-93) with two doubles, a triple, five home runs, 12 RBI, five stolen bases, five walks and 33 strikeouts in 100 trips to the plate over 24 games. Expect Volpe to remain near the bottom of the Yankees' order until further notice, and if he continues to struggle at the dish, New York might have to consider sending him back to the minors.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Anthony Volpe
  • Hunter Brown Fans 10 Batters in Astros Win

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    Houston Astros starting pitcher Hunter Brown logged 10 strikeouts to beat Oakland 5-2 Friday. Brown had on-point accuracy, with 61 of his 88 pitches finding the strike zone. In addition, he had excellent control issuing only one walk throughout the game. The hurler allowed just four hits in the contest and improved his season record to 5-1 to go along with a 3.12 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, and 66 strikeouts. Looking ahead, Brown is scheduled next to pitch against Minnesota on Wednesday.

    May 27 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Hunter Brown
  • Angels Designate Reyes Moronta For Assignment

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    The Angels announced Friday that righty Reyes Moronta has been designated for assignment. His spot on the 40-man and active roster will go to pitching prospect Sam Bachman, whose contract has been selected — as was previously reported. Moronta, 30, inked a minor league deal with the Halos on May 11 and was selected to…

    May 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Angels Sam Bachman Reyes Moronta
  • Nolan Jones Recalled, Brenton Doyle Not Expected To Go On IL

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    The Colorado Rockies will recall corner infielder/outfielder Nolan Jones from Triple-A Albuquerque on Friday and option first baseman Michael Toglia to Albuquerque in a corresponding move. The belief is rookie outfielder Brenton Doyle (knee) won't land on the 10-day injured list after injuring his knee during a crash into the outfield wall on Thursday. Doyle, a dynamic 25-year-old outfielder may miss a few games, but fantasy managers have to be happy that he's expected to miss considerable time. Jones, meanwhile, could be worth a waiver-wire pickup in deeper leagues if he sees enough playing time in Colorado. The left-handed hitter was batting a strong .356 (53-for-187) with 13 doubles, two triples, 12 home runs 42 RBI and five steals across 39 games for the Isotopes before his call-up.

    May 26 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Brenton Doyle Nolan Jones
  • Drew Waters Activated And Making Season Debut

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    The Kansas City Royals reinstated outfield prospect Drew Waters (back, oblique) from the 10-day injured list on Friday and optioned infielder/outfielder Nate Eaton to Triple-A Omaha in a corresponding move. Waters is starting in center field and batting ninth on Friday against Washington Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin in his 2023 debut. The 24-year-old is the team's No. 6 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and he hit .327 with two home runs and two steals in 13 minor-league rehab games for Omaha before being activated. In his first 32 big-league games in 2022, Waters hit .240 (23-for-96) with six doubles, a triple, five home runs and 18 RBI. KC figures to give him regular playing time in center field moving forward, so he's worth a waiver-wire pickup in deep-mixed leagues if you need more outfield help.

    May 26 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Drew Waters
  • Yankees Officially Release Aaron Hicks

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    The New York Yankees officially released outfielder Aaron Hicks on Friday to make room for rookie right-hander Randy Vasquez, who will make his major-league debut on Friday in a start against the San Diego Padres. Hicks was designated for assignment last weekend and went unclaimed on waivers. The Yankees will now pay the majority of the remaining $27.6 million that remains on the 33-year-old's contract. Hicks has done very little offensively since hitting a career-high 27 home runs back in 2018 for the Yankees, and he's dealt with various injuries on top of the poor performances in recent seasons. In 28 games before he was cut this year, he hit just .188 (13-for-69) with two doubles, a homer, five RBI and 20 strikeouts. Hicks will most likely latch on with another team, but he's probably a long shot to return any fantasy value the rest of this year.

    May 26 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Aaron Hicks Randy Vasquez
  • Phillies Notes: First Base, Painter, Song, Pache, Alvarado

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    After long-time first baseman Rhys Hoskins suffered a torn ACL during Spring Training, the Phillies were left entering the season with a hole at first base for the first time in years. That appeared to open the door for Darick Hall, who impressed in 41 games last year, to take the lion’s share of the…

    May 26 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Jose Alvarado Cristian Pache Andrew Painter Noah Song
  • Elly De La Cruz Continues To Destroy Baseballs In Triple-A

    Cincinnati Reds top prospect shortstop Elly De La Cruz hit a 450-foot home run for the Louisville Bats on Thursday night, bringing his minor league total to nine this season. The exit velocity of De La Cruz's homer was registered at 117.7 mph. Through 29 games in Triple-A, De La Cruz has hit a ball over 115 mph five times, which would tie the major league lead. After a slow start to his minor league season, De La Cruz is heating up in May, sporting a .329 average in the month. The Reds' top prospect appears ready to be called up and should be stashed in leagues where he is available.

    May 26 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Elly De La Cruz
  • Andrew Painter Throwing "Short" Bullpen Sessions

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    Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Andrew Painter (elbow) has begun throwing "short" bullpen sessions. "He's feeling better and better, but that's still a process," Phillies president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. The Phillies placed Painter on the 60-day injured list to begin the minor league season. He has been sidelined since March since being diagnosed with a UCL sprain in his elbow back in March. The Phillies will be careful with their top pitching prospect and won't rush him back to the big leagues. "He's making strides, but we're being very careful with him, very slow, but he is up on the mound at this point," added Dombrowski. Fantasy managers should continue stashing Painter in all league formats, as he could return and contribute later in the season.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Painter
  • Yankees To Promote Randy Vásquez

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    The Yankees are promoting right-hander Randy Vásquez to the majors, with the righty telling reporters such as Bryan Hoch of that he’ll be starting tomorrow’s game. That will be his major league debut. He’s already on the 40-man roster but will require an active roster spot between now and then. Vásquez, 24, was an…

    May 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects New York Yankees Randy Vasquez
  • Brenton Doyle Suffers Knee Contusion

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    Colorado Rockies manager Bud Black said that he thinks rookie outfielder Brenton Doyle (knee) is going to be OK after he was carted off the field in Thursday's game against the Miami Marlins with a knee contusion that he suffered during a collision with the outfield wall. The team is hoping Doyle will avoid the injured list. The 25-year-old, who is the team's No. 14 prospect per MLB Pipeline, went 1-for-4 with an RBI, walk and two strikeouts in the game before departing. Doyle entered the day with a .239 average (17-for-71) with three doubles, a triple, four home runs, 13 RBI and seven stolen bases in his first 24 major-league games. The dynamic young outfielder should continue to see everyday at-bats for the rebuilding Rockies, and hopefully he won't miss much time, if any.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Colorado Rockies Brenton Doyle
  • Angels To Promote Sam Bachman

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    The Angels are set to promote pitching prospect Sam Bachman for his Major League debut, reports Robert Murray of FanSided (Twitter link). Bachman, the ninth overall selection in the 2021 draft, will be used out of the bullpen to begin his big league career, Sam Blum of The Athletic adds. Bachman isn’t on the 40-man…

    May 25 · MLB Trade Rumors Closers Prospects Los Angeles Angels Sam Bachman
  • Randy Vasquez To Start For Yankees On Friday

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    New York Yankees rookie right-hander Randy Vasquez is with the team on Thursday and said the plan is for him to make his first major-league start on Friday in the Bronx against the visiting San Diego Padres. The team's No. 12 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, has gone 1-5 with a 4.85 ERA, 1.57 WHIP, 23 walks and 50 strikeouts in 42 2/3 innings over nine starts for Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre so far in 2023. The 24-year-old has a nasty curveball and gets plenty of swings and misses, but we wouldn't advise fantasy managers to roll with him as a streamer, even though the Padres will likely be without star third baseman Manny Machado (hand) again on Friday. Control issues have raised concerns about whether Vasquez can remain in a starting role long-term in the big leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects New York Yankees Randy Vasquez
  • Gavin Stone Scheduled To Start Again Sunday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Gavin Stone is scheduled to make his third major-league start this Sunday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Stone allowed five runs (four earned) while walking two and fanning one in four innings in his big-league debut on May 3 against the Philadelphia Phillies, and he made his second start on May 22 against the Atlanta Braves, yielding five runs in four innings while walking five. The 24-year-old is the team's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, but he may just get one more start before he's sent back to the minor leagues. Stone is worthy of being stashed in dynasty/keeper leagues, but he's too tough to trust in DFS and single-year fantasy leagues for his next start against the first-place Rays this Sunday.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Stone
  • Angels Calling Up Sam Bachman

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    The Los Angeles Angels are calling up right-handed pitching prospect Sam Bachman on Thursday, according to sources familiar with the situation. Bachman, the team's No. 5 prospect per MLB Pipeline, was the ninth overall selection in the 2021 MLB draft. The 23-year-old is getting the call from Double-A Rocket City and will skip Triple-A entirely for the time being. He has some impressive stuff on the mound, but it wasn't translating to much at Rocket City through six starts this year, as he had a 5.81 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, 20 walks and 29 strikeouts in 26 1/3 innings pitched. For now, the Angels will use him out of their bullpen in a relief role, so Bachman should be ignored in single-year fantasy formats.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Angels Sam Bachman
  • Christian Encarnacion-Strand Hits Home Run No. 11

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    Cincinnati Reds first base prospect Christian Encarnacion-Strand hit his 11th home run of the season in a game for Triple-A Louisville. He went 2-for-5 with two strikeouts and a 398-foot home run that was 102.2 mph off the bat. The 23-year-old has dominated through 27 games this season, slashing .353/.376/.714 with 24 runs and 25 RBI. Encarnacion-Strand should force a promotion to the major-league squad very soon. He is worth a stash in all formats for his elite power.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Christian Encarnacion-Strand
  • Kyle Manzardo Walks Three Times

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    Tampa Bay Rays first base prospect Kyle Manzardo went 0-for-2 with three walks for Triple-A Durham. The 22-year-old's bat has gone cold this month, with just a .200 batting average in the past 17 games. However, he has still managed to provide value at the plate with a 16.4% walk rate in the same 17-game stretch. The Idaho native is slashing .261/.366/.514 with eight home runs, 24 RBI, and 22 runs in 41 games for Durham. With the Rays stacked at the corner-infield spots, it'll be tough for Manzardo to get a call-up. However, he is a must-roster in dynasty leagues and can be stashed in deeper leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Kyle Manzardo
  • Colton Cowser Placed On Injured List

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    Baltimore Orioles outfield prospect Colton Cowser (left quad) was recently placed on Triple-A Norfolk's injured list for a left quad injury. Issues with his left quad have sidelined him since May 16. The 2021 first-round pick started the season 3-for-30 but has since slashed .394/.528/.679 with seven home runs, 39 runs, and 24 RBI in 30 games. That stretch of success prompted calls to bring Cowser up to the MLB, but his injury sets back a potential debut. Regardless, Cowser is worth a stash in redraft leagues.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Colton Cowser
  • Matthew Liberatore To Start Friday

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    Updating a previous report, St. Louis Cardinals left-handed pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore will make his next start on Friday on the road against the Cleveland Guardians, according to the team. The Cardinals' No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, impressed with five shutout innings and six strikeouts in his major-league debut against the Milwaukee Brewers on May 17, but he struggled in his first relief appearance against the Los Angeles Dodgers last Sunday. The 23-year-old southpaw has a chance to secure a regular rotation spot for the Red Birds with another solid outing on Friday, and he'll probably be a popular streaming option in fantasy in a plus matchup. The Guardians rank dead-last in the American League with a .643 OPS through 48 games.

    May 25 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Matthew Liberatore
  • Matthew Liberatore To Start This Weekend Against Guardians

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    St. Louis Cardinals manager Oliver Marmol said that left-handed pitching prospect Matthew Liberatore will start one of the three games this weekend on the road against the Cleveland Guardians. Liberatore dazzled in his MLB debut in a start on May 17 against the Milwaukee Brewers, throwing five scoreless innings while walking three and striking out six. In last appearance (in relief) on May 21, he gave up two runs in an inning of work against the Los Angeles Dodgers. The 23-year-old southpaw is the team's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, and should already be stashed in most fantasy leagues for his upside. It remains to be seen if he'll stick in St. Louis' rotation past this weekend, but he's certainly worth a look as a streamer in a plus matchup against Cleveland.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Matthew Liberatore
  • Francisco Alvarez Doing The Catching Wednesday

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    New York Mets catcher Francisco Alvarez is starting behind the plate and is hitting ninth in the batting order on Wednesday against the Chicago Cubs and right-hander Marcus Stroman. Alvarez got off to a slow start this year, but he's showing signs of why he's one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball lately. The 21-year-old backstop is now hitting .238 (20-for-84) with four doubles, five home runs, 11 RBI and 10 runs scored in 28 total games. Alvarez has gone 13-for-48 (.271) with four doubles, four long balls and nine RBI in 16 games in May, and he may stick around in the big leagues once Tomas Nido and Omar Narvaez return from the injured list. If he sticks around with the Mets, Alvarez will likely be playing on a near-everyday basis.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects New York Mets Francisco Alvarez
  • Marcelo Mayer Posts First Multi-Home Run Game Of Career

    Boston Red Sox top prospect Marcelo Mayer had the first two-home run game of his professional career on Tuesday. The stellar performance brings his overall slash line to .312/.387/.576 with seven home runs through 30 games at High-A Greenville. The 2021 fourth-overall pick still has a road ahead before he breaks through to the majors. At just 20 years old, the Red Sox won't want to rush his development. Between a 60-grade hit tool and 55-grade power, Mayer projects to be an impact player at the major-league level. Though a debut is unlikely this season, he will be worth a stash in keeper leagues.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Boston Red Sox Marcelo Mayer
  • Gunnar Henderson On The Bench Wednesday

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    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Gunnar Henderson is absent from Wednesday's starting lineup against the New York Yankees and southpaw Nestor Cortes. The 21-year-old's bat has heated up of late but it's little surprise he will start on the bench against a left-handed pitcher. The lefty-swinging youngster is hitting just .129 without an extra-base hit across 40 trips to the plate against southpaws this season. He has raked righties, however, and has recorded at least one hit in eight of his last nine starts with a homer, a triple, and a pair of doubles in that stretch. The righty-swinging Joey Ortiz will start at third base and hit ninth at Yankee Stadium Wednesday night.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
  • Emmet Sheehan Continues Dominance At Double-A

    Los Angeles Dodgers pitching prospect Emmet Sheehan continued his dominance of the Double-A level on Tuesday night. The right-hander tossed four innings of hitless, shutout ball while punching out nine against three walks on the night. That marks the fourth consecutive scoreless start for the 23-year-old who lowered his season-long ERA to 1.66 across eight starts, nine appearances, and 38 innings of work. Drafted in the sixth round of the 2021 amateur draft, Sheehan sports a massive 34% K-BB% on the season and is putting himself in line for a promotion to Triple-A as yet another high-ceiling Dodgers prospect approaching the big leagues.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Emmet Sheehan
  • Kyle Harrison Strikes Out Nine

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    San Francisco Giants pitching prospect Kyle Harrison had an impressive start Tuesday, striking out nine batters in four no-hit innings for Triple-A Sacramento. The top left-handed pitching prospect exclusively used his elite fastball-slider combo to achieve a 58% whiff rate on the day. The lefty has had an up-and-down season, with a 4.11 ERA, 20.3% walk rate, and a 40.6% strikeout rate in 10 starts. Harrison is nearing his MLB debut, making him a great player to stash in redraft leagues.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Kyle Harrison
  • Cooper Hjerpe Throws Six No-Hit Innings

    St. Louis Cardinals pitching prospect Cooper Hjerpe threw six no-hit innings with seven strikeouts in a start for High-A Peoria. The 24-year-old struggled to start the season, with a 6.75 ERA and 3.38 HR/9 in his first four starts, but has a 1.54 ERA and 0.77 HR/9 in his last four starts. The 2022 first-round pick works out of a low arm slot with an arsenal that includes an explosive fastball, sweeper, changeup, and curveball. Hjerpe's unique mechanics and college success (2022 Golden Spikes Award Finalist) make him one of the dynasty format's more intriguing prospects. He has been unhittable in the past four games, and his stock in dynasty leagues has increased accordingly.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Cooper Hjerpe
  • Jordan Walker Homers In Triple-A

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    St. Louis Cardinals outfield prospect Jordan Walker was impressive in a game for Triple-A Memphis, going 3-for-5 with three RBI and a 416-foot home run that was 105.7 mph off the bat. Baseball's top prospect has struggled since his demotion, slashing .274/.321/.397 with a 25.6% strikeout rate. He started the season with the major-league squad, going on a 12-game hitting streak early, but went cold, going 5-for-26 in his last eight games with the Cardinals. The 20-year-old is getting closer to his big-league return so the time to stash is now.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects St. Louis Cardinals Jordan Walker
  • Gavin Stone, Bobby Miller To Remain In The Rotation

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    Los Angeles Dodgers manager Dave Roberts announced after Tuesday's 8-1 win over the Atlanta Braves that right-handers Gavin Stone and Bobby Miller will stay in the rotation for the time being, according to Bill Plunkett of the Orange County Register. The former has pitched in two games so far this season, posting an ugly 10.13 ERA, 2.50 WHIP, 4.7% strikeout rate, and 16.3% walk rate over eight innings, while the latter made his Major League debut on Tuesday, going five frames and allowing one run on four hits and a walk while striking out five. The club has been hindered by injuries, losing Julio Urias (hamstring) and Dustin May (forearm) recently to injury, and is still without Walker Buehler (elbow) for a while. Fantasy managers looking to target a starting pitcher should lean towards Miller, who is rated as the club's second-best prospect according to, and should hold off on Stone until he shows some positive results.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Walker Buehler Dustin May Bobby Miller Gavin Stone Julio Urias
  • Gunnar Henderson Makes Some Noise With Solo Blast

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    Baltimore Orioles third baseman/shortstop Gunnar Henderson went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in Tuesday's 6-5 extra-inning loss to the New York Yankees. A 37% strikeout rate is ruining the rookie's fantasy appeal, as Henderson's batting average has been above the Mendoza Line (.200) for only three games this year. Even though the speedy 21-year-old owns nearly a 17% walk rate, it's translated to just one stolen base. Henderson at least possesses an average of .294 with two homers in his last 10 games. The former top prospect holds way too much upside to be dropped outside of shallow redraft leagues.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Gunnar Henderson
  • Bobby Miller Earns Win In First Career Start

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitching prospect Bobby Miller earned the win in Tuesday's 8-1 game against the Braves. Making his big-league debut, Miller pitched five innings, allowing one run on four hits and a walk with five strikeouts. It was an impressive showing against a tough lineup, and the 24-year-old may have another opportunity to start against the Nationals next week with the Dodgers dealing with rotation injuries. Miller has not pitched particularly well with Triple-A Oklahoma City this season, but he is the organization's top pitching prospect per Fantasy managers may not be ready to throw him into their lineups right away, but they may have to try to pick him up now given his strong first impression.

    May 24 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Miller
  • Casey Schmitt Absent On Tuesday

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    San Francisco Giants infielder Casey Schmitt is out of the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the Minnesota Twins. Fantasy managers don't need to panic as this appears to be a routine day off for Schmitt. He has played in every game since joining the team on May 9, so he could use some rest. In the meantime, Thairo Estrada will cover shortstop and bat second versus right-hander Sonny Gray on Tuesday. Fantasy managers should probably look elsewhere for a streaming option considering Gray has been terrific to begin the season.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects San Francisco Giants Casey Schmitt
  • Andrew Painter Continues To Play Catch

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    Philadelphia Phillies right-handed pitching prospect Andrew Painter (elbow) continues to play catch from 120 feet, and he could have a short bullpen session from 50-55 feet in the near future. The 20-year-old right-hander visited the team on May 9 to see team doctors and to throw in front of coaches and the medical staff. "He hasn't had any setbacks," manager Rob Thomson said. "Everything has been going fine." The team's top prospect, per MLB Pipeline, was put on the 60-day injured list to begin the minor-league season with a sprained UCL in his right elbow. Painter and the Phillies are confident that rest and rehab will allow him to avoid surgery, and the team expects him to be pitching competitively this summer. He remains a prime stash candidate in dynasty/keeper leagues, but it's unlikely we'll see Painter pitch in the big leagues in 2023.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Philadelphia Phillies Andrew Painter
  • Jackson Holliday Has Another Big Week

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    Baltimore Orioles infield prospect Jackson Holliday, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 MLB Draft, has been hitting the ball quite well in the minors. He has a rare ability to do it all at the plate, whether it be pushing the ball to the opposite field, working counts and drawing walks, or driving in runs. Viewed as a five-tool player, Holliday is equally talented on defense and should have no trouble sticking at shortstop long-term with his advanced glovework, strong arm, and fantastic range. Additionally, his baseball IQ is quite impressive for a 19-year-old. Barring any hiccups, he should have a quick ascension to the majors. This past week, less than one month after his promotion to High-A, Holliday went 13-for-21 with two homers, 14 RBI, three walks, one strikeout, and two stolen bases. These are impressive numbers across the board, from his exceptionally strong ability to drive in runs to his rare knack for avoiding strikeouts.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Baltimore Orioles Jackson Holliday
  • Connor McCullough Flashing Dominance In Single-A

    Chicago White Sox minor-league pitcher Connor McCullough, 23, was signed as a non-drafted free agent out of Kansas State in 2022. A low-risk addition at the time, the right-hander has developed into a very promising arm within Chicago's system. Despite a limited sample size, one could argue that the White Sox found a true diamond in the rough. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound hurler has a standard four-pitch mix with a fastball, curveball, slider, and changeup. The fastball and curveball appear to be his best two offerings; they complement each other nicely and both have proven to be effective at striking batters out. He has also done a great job locating the strike zone, minimizing walks and home runs and inducing plenty of weak contact. This past week, McCullough delivered an impressive seven-inning no-hitter. He allowed just one walk and struck out eight batters along the way. Furthermore, he has not allowed a single run through three starts in the month of May. Keep an eye on McCullough, because it appears the White Sox might have uncovered a rising star.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Chicago White Sox Connor McCullough
  • Gavin Cross Slugging Homers In High-A

    Kansas City Royals minor league outfielder Gavin Cross, a 2022 first-round pick, is widely regarded as the top prospect in the club's farm system. The Virginia Tech product played so well through just 26 games at Single-A last season that he started 2023 in High-A. The quick promotion has resulted in an underwhelming stat line through the first month-plus of action, but there's still a whole lot to love about Cross' makeup. A lefty, Cross demonstrated improved bat control in his latter college years and even into pro baseball. There were also some indications that he had been able to cut down on strikeouts, but his 32.9 K% in 2023 suggests we may need to be a little more patient on that front. Defensively, he has the range needed to play in center field long-term but could probably handle a shift to right field if necessary. This past week was a big one for Cross as he went 9-for-24 with five home runs, 11 RBI, six walks, and 10 strikeouts. He also swiped two bags. Despite a strikeout rate that continues to be elevated, Cross' latest outings suggest that his offensive dominance is returning after a slow start to the season.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Kansas City Royals Gavin Cross
  • Julio Robaina Strikes Out 10 In Shutout

    Houston Astros minor-league pitcher Julio Robaina, 22, was signed out of Cuba in 2017. The southpaw throws a low-90s fastball, and although he does a fine job locating the pitch, it lacks the spin or velocity needed to be a truly lethal offering. From time to time, he also throws a changeup that has flashed potential with impressive fade. However, he struggles to command this offspeed offering, and therefore doesn't use it a whole lot. Robaina rounds out his three-pitch mix with a curveball, which is undoubtedly his best offering. It has nasty vertical break, and the lefty is able to command it quite well. As a result, it is more than just a put-away pitch and can work off the fastball in various counts. During his start last Wednesday, Robaina tossed 6 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just one hit and zero walks. He struck out a whopping 10 batters and was credited with the win in what was arguably the best outing of his career. Perhaps this big game is a sign of things to come for Robaina as he looks to demonstrate increased consistency on the mound.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros
  • Colt Keith Enjoys Huge Week In Minors

    Detroit Tigers minor league infielder Colt Keith is a fast-rising prospect who has continued to turn heads throughout various levels of affiliated ball. The 21-year-old impresses from the left side of the plate with a swing that is fast yet under control. As a result, he is capable of putting the ball in play at a high rate, and he has also reduced his strikeout rate following a tough 2021 campaign. Keith lacks range but has a very strong and effective throwing arm, suggesting his long-term home will be third base despite spending time at second base in the minors. His glovework is currently average at best, but it's an area that he should be able to develop before he reaches the majors. This past week was unforgettable for Keith. The infielder went 13-for-25 with four homers, 10 RBI, four walks, and five strikeouts. Although he had multiple strong outings during this six-game stretch, his best came on May 16 when he went 6-for-6, slugged two home runs, and hit for the cycle.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Detroit Tigers Colt Keith
  • Gavin Stone Hit Hard, Lacks Command Monday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Gavin Stone did not have a great return start in Monday's 8-6 win over the Braves. Stone pitched four innings, allowing five runs on five hits (including a three-run home run) and five walks with just one strikeout. The 24-year-old prospect has now made two big-league starts and has a 10.13 ERA with seven walks and two strikeouts in eight IP. The Dodgers are currently dealing with a number of injuries in their rotation, so he should see at least a few more starts. Things will not get easier for him in his next projected matchup at the Rays. Stone certainly holds fantasy value in dynasty leagues, but he should not be trusted in re-draft leagues at this time.

    May 23 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Stone
  • Big Hype Prospects: Holliday, Caminero, Carter, Williams, Davis

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    Due to travel, it's been a little over a month since the last Big Hype Prospects. Let's check in on who is making waves. Five Big Hype Prospects Jackson Holliday, 19, SS, BAL (A+) (A/A+)158 PA, 6 HR, 11 SB, .394/.513/.701 Holliday's introduction to professional baseball could not be more encouraging. He leads all qualified…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Texas Rangers Pittsburgh Pirates Baltimore Orioles Cleveland Guardians Junior Caminero Evan Carter Henry Davis Jackson Holliday Gavin Williams
  • Cavan Biggio Is In A Tough Spot

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    It wasn’t that long ago that the Blue Jays looked to be building their infield around a trio of second-generation stars whose fathers combined to go to 20 All-Star Games over the course of their respective careers. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., Bo Bichette and Cavan Biggio all made their big league debuts in 2019, and all…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Cavan Biggio
  • Guardians Notes: Naylor, Valera, Rotation

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    The Guardians briefly added top catching prospect Bo Naylor to the big league roster as the 27th man in yesterday’s doubleheader, but he’s already been sent back to Triple-A Columbus and will continue to get regular playing time there, it seems. Cleveland’s offense is out to a dismal start to the 2023 season, and the…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Cleveland Guardians Bo Naylor George Valera
  • Gavin Stone Officially Recalled On Monday

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Gavin Stone has been recalled to take the mound on Monday versus the Atlanta Braves. As expected, Stone will join the Dodgers rotation in place of Dustin May who is currently injured. The 24-year-old posted a 4.04 ERA, 1.26 WHIP and 41/19 K/BB ratio across eight starts in Triple-A this season. He made his MLB debut earlier in May versus the Philadelphia Phillies. Stone allowed four earned runs over four innings of work in that one. His strikeout upside makes him an interesting streaming option, but he could have some trouble against the Braves lineup.

    May 22 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Stone
  • No Structural Damage For Addison Barger

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    Toronto Blue Jays shortstop prospect Addison Barger (elbow) has been out since April 28 with a right-elbow injury, but he's not dealing with any structural damage after having it checked out by Dr. Keith Meister in Texas this week, according to sources. Barger is now rehabbing at the team's spring training facilities in Florida. The 23-year-old got off to a slow start at Triple-A Buffalo before his injury, hitting just .237 (18-for-76) with four doubles, a home run, six RBI, one steal, 10 runs scored and 27 strikeouts in 20 games played. Barger is the team's No. 6 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, but it remains to be seen when he'll be back in action down on the farm. The left-handed hitter broke out in 2022 with a .308 average and 26 home runs.

    May 22 · Source via Prospects Toronto Blue Jays Addison Barger
  • Junior Caminero Hits Home Run No. 11

    Tampa Bay Rays shortstop prospect Junior Caminero hit his 11th home run of the season for High-A Bowling Green. The Dominican native has had an incredible season, slashing 351/.404/.709 with 30 runs, 30 RBI, and two stolen bases. The 19-year-old has been dominant in his short minor-league career, as he posted a line of .314/.384/.498 in 2022. He's far from the majors, but this breakout season has vaulted him to top prospect status. Likely to scale the developmental ladder this year, Junior Caminero is one of the best prospects in the dynasty format.

    May 22 · Source via Prospects Tampa Bay Rays Junior Caminero
  • Noelvi Marte Crushing The Ball At Double-A

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    Cincinnati Reds infield prospect Noelvi Marte, the team's No. 2 prospect per MLB Pipeline, is hitting an impressive .358 (24-for-67) with five doubles, seven home runs, 17 RBI, three stolen bases and 14 runs scored in 74 plate appearances over 17 games in the month of May at Double-A Chattanooga. It took the 21-year-old infielder a bit to get dialed in at the plate in his first season at Double-A earlier this year, but he looks to be locked in at the moment. Marte can play both shortstop and third base, but he figures to stick at the hot corner at the next level. He remains on track to be an everyday player in the big leagues eventually, and he carries plenty of dynasty/keeper league appeal with 25-plus homer power.

    May 22 · Source via Prospects Cincinnati Reds Noelvi Marte
  • Dodgers To Select Bobby Miller

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    The Dodgers are poised to promote one of their top prospects for his major league debut, as Russell Dorsey of Stadium and Bally Sports reports that the club is selecting the contract of right-hander Bobby Miller. The club will need to clear room for Miller on both the 40-man and active rosters ahead of Tuesday…

    May 22 · MLB Trade Rumors Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Miller
  • Corbin Carroll Stuffs The Stat Sheet On Sunday

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    Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll went 1-for-2 with a solo home run, three runs scored, three walks, two stolen bases, and a strikeout in an 8-3 win over the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. Carroll opened up the scoring in this one as he bopped his seventh home run of the season off of Roansy Contreras. He would reach base three more times in this contest, all via base-on-balls, score two more times, and swipe a pair of bags. It was a monster game from the 22-year-old, who now has his season-batting line up to .284/.382/.507 to go along with the seven home runs, 16 RBI, and 13 steals over 148 at-bats.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Arizona Diamondbacks Corbin Carroll
  • Hunter Brown Fans Career-High Nine Batters

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    Houston Astros right-hander Hunter Brown was left with a no-decision despite the team's 3-2 win over the Oakland Athletics on Saturday. The 24-year-old struck out nine hitters, a career-best, and permitted a lone earned run across his six innings of work. The rookie has been up and down during his second campaign in the majors after attaining an otherworldly 0.89 ERA across 20 1/3 innings in 2022. Brown's spot in the rotation should be safe, though, with Luis Garcia (elbow) out for the season, bolstering Brown's rest-of-season fantasy outlook. The hard-throwing righty will carry a solid 3.20 ERA into his next scheduled start on Friday when he gets the fortune of facing these Athletics once again.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Houston Astros Hunter Brown
  • Gavin Stone Slated To Start Monday Vs. Atlanta

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    Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Gavin Stone is expected to start on Monday vs. the Atlanta Braves. According to manager Dave Roberts, Stone is taking Dustin May's spot in the rotation. He also said the 24-year-old hurler will get at least three starts with the big league club. Stone had an underwhelming debut on May 3 when he allowed five runs (four earned) against the Phillies. Monday's matchup against Atlanta won't be easy but he's still worth a pickup in deep mixed leagues. Regardless of what happens on Monday, the road should get easier after that.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Gavin Stone
  • Bo Naylor Called Up For Sunday's Doubleheader

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    The Cleveland Guardians recalled catching prospect Bo Naylor from Triple-A Columbus on Sunday as the 27th man for their doubleheader against the New York Mets. Naylor isn't in the starting lineup for Game 1 of the twin bill, but there's a good chance he'll be starting in Game 2 later on Sunday. The team's No. 4 prospect, per MLB Pipeline, made his big-league debut in 2022 by going hitless in eight at-bats with five strikeouts in five games played for Cleveland. The younger brother of Josh Naylor has been slugging the ball in 41 games for Columbus this year, hitting .257 (38-for-148) with eight doubles, a triple, nine home runs and 32 RBI. The 23-year-old left-handed-hitting backstop could just be up for Sunday's doubleheader, so fantasy managers in redraft leagues probably don't want to spend too much on him as a waiver-wire pickup.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Cleveland Guardians Bo Naylor
  • Dodgers Call Up Bobby Miller

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    The Los Angeles Dodgers called up right-handed pitching prospect Bobby Miller from Triple-A Oklahoma City on Sunday, according to sources. The team's top pitching prospect and No. 19 overall, according to MLB Pipeline, will make his major-league debut on Tuesday night against the Atlanta Braves. The Dodgers are in need of rotation help with both left-hander Julio Urias (hamstring) and righty Dustin May (forearm) on the injured list. Miller missed the first few weeks of the minor-league season with shoulder soreness, and he had a shaky 5.65 ERA, 1.21 WHIP and 12 strikeouts in 14 1/3 innings for Oklahoma City before his call-up. Still, the 24-year-old's upside as a front-line starter in the big leagues makes him an immediate candidate for a waiver-wire pickup now that he's in LA.

    May 21 · Source via Prospects Los Angeles Dodgers Bobby Miller
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