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  1. On 7/10/2019 at 12:15 PM, BigPapi44 said:

    Mods, I apologize in advance if there is already a thread for him, but I searched and searched but did not see one.

    Nolan Jones is a 21 year old (turned 21 in May) 3Bman for the Indians that was just promoted to AA.  At 6'4 185lbs, Jones has a long and lean frame.  His left handed swing is fairly compact and there is little movement in his legs.  Jones has excellent plate discipline as evidenced by his walk rates across a number of levels that he's been at to date. There is some criticism though that he actually takes too many pitches, some that he could drive and do damage with his bat. Another critique is that he has really yet to develop in-game power.  His home run totals though, I do not believe are something that should be weighed too heavily, especially given his age.  He has to date been in pretty pitcher-friendly parks in the Midwest and Carolina League.  Now that he has been moved up to Akron, we will see if the power starts to play a bit more as I believe there are some decent hitter-friendly parks in the Eastern League.

    His profile, arm and body-type suit him well for 3B.  If his bat plays, as expected, the Indians may shift J-Ram back to 2B.  Jones could also probably play 1B and looks athletic enough that if he is blocked he may be able to play a corner OF position.  All speculation at this point though, but something to consider from a fantasy perspective if you feel he is blocked and won't get any playing time.

    Jones is already on some top 100 prospect lists, but is generally ranked in the 60-100 range.  I'm not sure Jones is going to be a fantasy stud, but he is definitely a guy that might move up lists pretty quickly if he takes off at AA and the window to buy may close quickly.  For those of you in OBP leagues, I think he is more valuable given the consistent walk rate he has shown so far. 

    As suspected, the power is starting to show up in AA.  Jones hit his 4th HR last night in 82ABs.  He hit just 7 in 252ABs in High A.  Likewise, his slugging % has gone up from .425 to .512.  I think he could make the jump to MLB at some point next year.

  2. 3 hours ago, brockpapersizer said:


    If this year's Vogelbach is legit, that's a pretty good dynasty asset for 12 team+ obp leagues. He's been my starting 1b almost all year and I'm having a good season.

    Absolutely agree!  Martin definitely has a ton of power and patience.  He's also young enough that he might become an even better hitter as he matures.

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  3. 41 minutes ago, brockpapersizer said:

    I asked the mods to unarchive the Mason Martin thread. He just turned 20 and I think he probably has the lead in minor league home runs at 28.  Has hit better since he got promoted to Hi A as well. Probably a better prospect for an OBP than standard league though


  4. 15 minutes ago, Flyman75 said:

    RW blurb says Puig is a strong candidate to be traded. Anyone with any ideas as to who he might be dealt to?

    Depends on who you think will be buying, because teams like the Indians who might have a need may also be dealing.  The only real buyer where Puig may fit right now, for me at least, is the A's and possibly the Cubs.

  5. 24 minutes ago, Smiley392 said:

    Think I should pick him up and keeper him or just wait and draft him next season? is he cant miss?

    No such thing as a can't miss in fantasy baseball, haha, I guess it depends on how many keepers you can keep and how deep your league is.  Imo, the kid has been damn impressive so it's getting hard to keep him a secret for much longer and one of your league-mates might jump on him.  

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  6. 20 hours ago, bigbossman said:

    Prime Utley 

    Size-wise/build and left-handed 2Bman with power, Utley is a good call.  Obviously, this would be quite incredible if Lux has that kind of career, but I agree that his upside is that of a 30+HR with a high average guy that would look good hitting in front of Bellinger.

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  7. Starting to be hard to ignore Giants OF, Franklin Labour.  The 6'1 190lb Labour was signed out of the DR in 2015.  It would be an understatement to say that he has been absolutely destroying the NWL having hit 14Hrs in only 130ABs.  His line so far as follows:

    130ABs, 14HRs, .338AVG, .423OBP, .746SLG

    He turned 21 in May, so obviously we will have to see if he is moved up to Low A before year's end and how he starts to fare against better pitching.  Still, if he does start to hit there, then I can definitely see him moving up lists.  Having read an article on Labour, it is his goal to get to the MWL by end of year so he can play winter ball in the DR this off-season.  Seems like the kid is a hard worker and is always looking to get better.  Anyways, a guy to keep watching.

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  8. On 7/14/2019 at 2:13 PM, BigPapi44 said:

    5 no hit innings today. Final line: 5IP, 0hits, 0ER, 1BB, 7Ks.  Kid's stock is going to go up pretty quickly if he keeps this up, better jump on the train before it's too late.

    Another great outing.  6IP, 2hits, 0ER, 0BB, 4Ks. Most noteworthy, out of 66 pitches, a ridiculous 52 for strikes.

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  9. There is consistent playing time and he might be making adjustments.  Whatever it is, he looks dialed in much like he did in ST.  Again, not every prospect has a linear development curve.  Now that he is playing pretty much everyday perhaps things are slowing down for him and he's figuring it out.

  10. 49 minutes ago, BigPapi44 said:

    Lux has hit another homer tonight, that's 4 games in a row. He's now hitting over .500 in 14 AAA games.  Albeit a small sample, that is still absurd how quickly he has adjusted.

    LOL, he just hit ANOTHER. 2 more dongs tonight with a BB and 5 RBIs.

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