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Prospect Prospectin': Captain Obvious Edition

Question #1: How is Yasiel Puig still unowned in 26% of Yahoo leagues?! Pick that stud up! He reminds me of Bryce Harper - hustles everywhere. Hopefully he won’t hustle his way into the right field wall like Bryce.

Question #2: Are any of the guys below still unowned in your league? They’re are all likely to be called up this June. You can use this as a checklist; if any of these dudes are still out there, snag ‘em like a flyball and piss off all of your opponents:

Wil Myers (duh)
Zach Wheeler (double duh)
Oscar Taveras (he’s on the DL but should be owned anyway)
Gerrit Cole (has had some control issues but has the best pure arm in the minors)
Billy Hamilton (probably won’t be up for a while but will be a gamechanger)

Honorable Mention:

Christian Yelich (also on the DL but should still probably be owned)

Now onto some other goings-on around the minors:

Olt Is The New Young

Mike Olt

Nelson Cruz might be suspended because of the Biogenesis scandal, and Olt is probably the number one candidate to replace him. He struggled early in the season, but that can probably be chalked up to the vision issues that put him on the DL. Olt is a stud. Stash him if you have the room.

Seeing Reds

Pedro Villareal

Pedro was called up to make a spot start for Johnny Cueto and was promptly demolished by the Rockies. He can be ignored in all fantasy leagues. The man to own is:

Tony Cingrani

Cingrani should be up again soon. Cingrani was dominant in his first three starts this year (18 IP, 28 K’s, 1.50 ERA), then fell back to earth for his next three (15 IP, 13 K’s, 5.40 ERA). He has been more or less his same old self in three games in the minors since being sent down (lot of K’s but some control issues), and should be an asset to any squad for at least the next couple weeks... and maybe longer if Cueto’s injury lingers. Cingrani threw 78.4% fastballs when he was in the bigs earlier this year; maybe if he starts mixing up his pitches he’ll have more success.

Where In The World is Hector Santiago?

Hector Santiago

He’s not a prospect anymore, but Santiago is worth picking up in AL-only leagues now that Jake Peavy pulled a “Jake Peavy” and hit the DL yesterday for 4 - 6 weeks. He’s outperformed his peripherals (3.40 ERA, 4.43 xFIP), and he walks too many batters, but if you’re desperate for K’s, Santiago has been a strikeout machine the last two years, striking out more than a batter per inning. And after the series against the A’s this week, the White Sox face the Blue Jays, Astros, Twins, Royals, and Mets. Those matchups are all muy delicioso.

Erasmo Money, Erasmo Problems

Erasmo Ramirez

Also not technically a prospect (by 9 innings) but I’m mentioning him anyway. Ramirez was in line to be Seattle’s 3rd or 4th starter before the season began, but was out for the first couple months with an arm injury. He’s back in Double-A getting stretched out, and should re-join the rotation in the next few weeks.

Pros: Excellent control, lot of K’s, pitcher-friendly park, played well last year in the bigs, his name is Erasmo

Cons: Is coming off of injury, probably won’t win many games, not a lot of experience



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