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  1. Twins 17th ranked prospect. Heard from a scout that he has recently touched 100 on the radar gun in his return from Tommy John Surgery. Here's his (outdated) blurb from MiLB.com: http://m.mlb.com/prospects/2016?list=min Scouting grades: Fastball: 60 | Slider: 50 | Changeup: 45 | Control: 45 | Overall: 45It's possible Romero would be talked about now as one of the better pitching prospects of the game if he hadn't gotten hurt. But the talented right-hander needed Tommy John surgery after just three starts in 2014, missing the rest of that and the 2015 season. Romero has a big arm when he's healthy, sitting in the 93-95 mph and touching the upper-90s. Romero's breaking ball has morphed a bit over time. It was more of a power curve two years ago before the injury, but it's turned into more of a slider and looked like it could be a plus one eventually based on how he was throwing it at instructs last fall. He has good feel for his changeup, giving him the chance to have three above-average pitches once he gets back to full strength. Romero is still learning how to pitch and there is certain to be some rust to shake off after nearly two years away from competitive pitching. If he can get back to where he was before the surgery, he has the chance to have among the best stuff in the Twins system. ** 5 hitless frames in his debut. http://www.milb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20160520&content_id=179296554&fext=.jsp&vkey=news_milb Small sample season stats: 10 IP, 0.90 ERA, 0.40 WHIP, 8.10 K/9, 1.80 BB/9 Still completely off the radar. Deep enough league, he's worth a stash as a high ceiling arm. Probably still at least a couple years away as they won't rush his return. Regardless, I'm sure he will eventually get a little bit of attention from places like Baseball America and Baseball Prospectus. To date, the only thing BP has said about him came from a weekly wrap: Christopher Crawford: Fernando Romero, RHP, Minnesota Twins (Low-A Cedar Rapids): 5 IP, 0 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 4 K. Well, that’s a pretty impressive 2016 debut, in my humble opinion.
  2. I guarantee this guy will get a lot of prospect love from the major publications. He's 19 guys... Look at the kind of love Victor Robles is getting. If he's available in deeper dynasty leagues, especially those with a separate minor league system, he needs to be added ASAP. Guarantee he will be t100 next year, and that's probably conservative.
  3. Excited to see this guy making a name for himself again. Prospect fatigue kinda kept him off the radar for a while, but he's back with a vengeance,13 bombs! Huge man too, 6'6" 235. I don't think the speed is remotely legit, but the power is interesting. Maybe he's an Aaron Judge type. I like Odubel Herrera in that outfield, and maybe Nick Williams, Roman Quinn, Aaron Altherr...but Cozens has to be right there as well. For fantasy I like his potential more than all of them not named Odubel. And I know Nick Williams has a lot of hype.
  4. No worries. I like Alcantara too. I'm not sure whether he's a reliever or starter though. The guys at Baseball prospectus and 2080 both slapped a future 60 on him, but 2080 seems convinced he's destined for the pen. http://2080baseball.com/reports/sandy-alcantara/
  5. @brockpapersizer thanks man, I appreciate that!
  6. I think most everyone (at least expert wise that I follow) would have said Junior before the year. Now it's prolly 50/50. Personally, I am in the Sandy camp. Just better size and plane on pitches. Both electric. I read somewhere that he needs to be added to roster this off-season to avoid rule5 draft. It could accelerate his timeline to the org somewhat. Get in on this guy in deep dynasty. Big if true. Source on rule 5 thing ? He's wrong. Rule 5 draft explained -- http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/minorleagues/rule_5.jsp?mc=faq Can any Minor League player be drafted? No. Players who were signed when they were 19 or older and have played in professional baseball for four years are eligible, as are players who were signed at 18 and have played for five years. Sandy Alcantara was signed at age 17 in 2013. http://www.baseballamerica.com/international/cardinals-sign-dominican-righthander-sandy-alcantara/#34qUBYcg1glWUgRr.97 2016 is his 3rd season. He won't be Rule 5 eligible until 2018.
  7. Happy to sit on both and hope for the best That's exactly what I'm doing. We have a separate 15 man MiLB list we manage on a communal excel sheet. The opportunity cost is there, but I think of it as analogous to owning a super stud in Rookie or A ball (with less risk). It's possible that both Fujinami and Otani end up better pitchers than Lucas Giolito. The market isn't valuing them like a Giolito right now, but the hype will get meteoric as they get closer to the MLB. Both of them are being compared to Yu Darvish.
  8. hijacking here, but for dynasty leagues, Shintaro Fujinami is nearly as good of a stash. He said on a Japanese talk show that he plans on playing in the MLB.
  9. This guy is kinda a stud. Huge strides with his command this year. Low mileage on the arm. Former basketball player and a great athlete. Striking guys out, limiting walks, I like this guy a lot. Reds are loaded with young talent but I think he will prevail as a mainstay in the rotation as soon as next year. Maybe he gets a shot this year too.
  10. Re: Otani & Fujinami ETA to MLB There is a bit of a timeline. 7 years from the NPB signing is the farthest it would be for a Japanese player interested in (and talented enough) to play in the MLB. See Darvish, Tanaka, Dice K, etc. That would be 2020 for Fujinami and Otani (Otani has clearly expressed his intent to play in the MLB. Fujinami has as well -- I was browsing the deep Japanese internet and found him say so himself on a Japanese talk show). Possibility they get posted early, although there's not a lot of financial incentive to do so with current posting bond only at $20 million. Some of this may change in the CBA this offseason. Additionally, there's a rumored handshake deal for Otani -- he may be coming early. Remember -- he was set on going to the MLB and disregarding NPB entirely. But there's strong nationalist pressure to at least put some time in the NPB. I've heard 2018 as a possibility.