Prospects Report: Time to say adios to Aroldis

It is time to drop Fantasy's most-owned minor-leaguer.

That statement won't shock some of you, but it is noteworthy now nonetheless. Aroldis Chapman is no longer worth owning in non-keeper leagues this season.

It is rare we can say that and give up on such a talent that isn't injured, but the Reds have a glut of starting pitchers (for once) and figure to bring Chapman along slowly this season in a Joba Chamberlain-like apprenticeship -- as a middle reliever. With Homer Bailey (shoulder) and Edinson Volquez (Tommy John elbow surgery) targeting mid-July returns, the Reds have decided Chapman can serve them better as a reliever in the second half.

"We may look at that," Reds GM Walt Jocketty told MLB.com. "If Volquez comes back and Bailey isn't far away, the best opportunity will be out of the bullpen. But we could still possibly use (Chapman) as a starter."

This now makes someone owned in 60 percent of CBSSports.com's leagues relatively worthless in mixed Fantasy formats the rest of this season. Sure, he could get some spot starts in the final weeks, but there is no longer a good reason to wait for that possibility. Heck, another first-year pro is arriving Friday for the Tigers, Andy Oliver , with much less fanfare and far more Fantasy value.

Chapman has struggled with his command anyway and his numbers in Triple-A would qualify as marginally helpful even if you played a Fantasy league of minor-leaguers, if those even exist. The 22-year-old Cuban defector is a mere 5-5 with a 4.12 ERA. While he does have 79 strikeouts in 67 2/3 innings (14 appearances, 13 starts), he has walked an alarming 41 batters. Lefties take longer to develop -- mostly with regard to command -- and Chapman looks like a long-term project and merely a keeper stashee at this point.

Yes, we have potentially single-handedly ruined all trade value Chapman might have had in your single-season league.

It leads us to this question: Who are the next actual impact arms? Oliver has already been announced for a Friday debut, but the Giants' Madison Bumgarner , 21, is the next most-owned minor-leaguer on our website. He is long overdue for a callup, which is expected to come this Saturday.

Joe Martinez has tentatively held down the Giants' No. 5 starter's job, but he was used in relief Wednesday, which would bump Bumgarner off his Triple-A start Friday to return to the majors to start Saturday against Boston. That is a tough, tough matchup for anyone, much less a 21-year-old, but Bumgarner would then draw a Troy Tulowitzki -less Rockies in Fantasy Week 13 (June 28-July 4). Bumgarner, up to 38 percent ownership, is a must-have in all NL-only formats and a decent flier in mixed leagues, too.

Bumgarner is the anti-Chapman lefty, having far less issues with command. He has walked just 21 in 82 2/3 innings and is 7-1 with a 3.18 ERA and 59 strikeouts. He struck out a season-high 11 in his past Triple-A start June 20.

Once Bumgarner makes his arrival, the next most-owned minor-leaguers will be retreads like Rick Porcello and Alex Gordon , worth stashing because of their talent but not exactly prospects that make your socks go up and down anymore.

Andy Oliver , owned in just 2 percent of CBSSports.com's leagues as a 2009 second-rounder out of Oklahoma State, is taking Porcello's rotation spot Friday at Atlanta. He is a nice sleeper in AL-only formats immediately and perhaps even a flier to take in mixed leagues. The hype really hasn't reached him yet, but a solid debut will get his ownership rising in a hurry. He is a rare pitching prospect who is worth more than his ownership suggests.

Perhaps the best part of all in Head-to-Head leagues that allow you to slot starters in your relief spots, Oliver was drafted as a reliever and has that as his primary position on CBSSports.com. He could be a useful sleeper there. Pick him up.

So, if Oliver and Bumgarner are coming this weekend, where do we go in the minors from there?

Enter Jeremy Hellickson , owned in 27 percent of leagues. He is actually our pick as the best pitching prospect in the minor leagues right now. Hellickson is a blistering 9-2 with a 2.33 ERA and 90 strikeouts to just 21 walks in 88 2/3 innings. Batters have mustered only a .234 average against him and he has allowed just three homers all season, despite being a flyball pitcher.

The question is how long do the sliding Rays stick with Wade Davis ? Davis has lost four consecutive starts and is now 5-8 on the season with an ERA approaching 5.00 at 4.90.

"I've got to get it going again," Davis said. "I've had some bad times. This is definitely nothing to panic about. I feel good, the body feels good. My delivery's still good. It's just a couple of tweaks here and there we've got to make in the bullpen and keep on going."

We have believed Hellickson was going to get the Pitch-22 treatment in the second half: good enough to start, but too valuable in relief. But Davis could be pitching his way to the bullpen himself. Let's give Davis and the Rays through the All-Star break before considering Hellickson a true threat to start in the major leagues and for Fantasy owners.

But, if you're holding Chapman in non-keeper leagues, you absolutely have to cut him for the likes of Oliver or Bumgarner (if you want someone now), or Hellickson (if you want someone later). Heck, if those are gone, you should own a Daniel Hudson , Michael Pineda , Simon Castro or even a Sean West over Chapman.

(As a matter of full disclosure, I have dropped Chapman for Oliver on every single team.)

Prospect watch

Every week we break down all the minor leaguers who are owned in at least 1 percent of our Fantasy leagues. This will be your essential guide to unearthing the elite prospects before they hit the big time. This week we give you statistics through play Wednesday, June 23 for selected players in Double- and Triple-A, seperated by hitters and pitchers.

Most-owned minor-leaguers hitting stats (Double- and Triple-A only)
Player TM POS Own% Level G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLUG OPS
Alex Gordon KC 3B 27 Triple-A 47 185 41 62 14 1 10 32 38 50 6 1 .335 .461 .584 1.044
Brett Wallace TOR 3B 22 Triple-A 72 292 46 87 21 0 13 41 21 66 0 0 .298 .357 .503 .861
Desmond Jennings TB CF 22 Triple-A 47 170 36 48 14 4 0 18 19 29 17 1 .282 .363 .412 .775
Chris Davis TEX 1B 18 Triple-A 54 210 31 74 13 2 8 43 20 51 3 1 .352 .407 .548 .954
Chris Carter OAK 1B 14 Triple-A 71 263 49 62 18 1 15 53 40 83 0 0 .236 .342 .483 .825
Domonic Brown PHI RF 14 Double-A 64 233 50 75 16 3 15 47 27 50 12 6 .322 .391 .609 1.000
Jesus Montero NYY C 14 Triple-A 64 226 22 53 15 3 4 25 21 48 0 0 .235 .298 .381 .679
Nolan Reimold BAL LF 14 Triple-A 34 120 12 25 3 0 3 11 11 26 0 0 .208 .284 .308 .592
Dustin Ackley SEA 1B 12 Double-A 65 223 36 56 17 3 1 21 46 32 8 1 .251 .389 .368 .757
Jarrod Saltalamacchia TEX C 11 Triple-A 40 150 23 37 7 0 9 22 16 38 0 0 .247 .320 .473 .793
Mike Moustakas KC 3B 11 Double-A 54 209 49 75 21 0 18 66 22 34 0 1 .359 .426 .718 1.143
Logan Morrison FLA 1B 10 Triple-A 41 151 21 49 13 3 4 27 24 23 1 1 .325 .421 .530 .951
Michael Taylor OAK LF 10 Triple-A 57 206 31 49 10 4 3 31 21 43 6 2 .238 .309 .369 .678
Tyler Flowers CHW C 8 Triple-A 56 200 27 46 8 1 15 42 25 75 0 1 .230 .326 .505 .831
Yonder Alonso CIN 1B 8 Triple-A 40 160 14 37 9 0 3 20 10 28 2 0 .231 .279 .344 .623
Double-A 31 101 19 27 5 0 3 13 19 16 4 2 .267 .388 .406 .794
Freddie Freeman ATL 1B 7 Triple-A 62 224 28 62 16 2 6 35 18 35 0 1 .277 .336 .446 .782
Josh Bell BAL 3B 7 Triple-A 67 257 36 69 21 0 8 35 17 66 2 3 .269 .315 .444 .759
Michael Brantley CLE CF 7 Triple-A 49 203 38 61 6 2 3 20 24 24 7 4 .301 .376 .394 .770
Lars Anderson BOS 1B 5 Triple-A 47 163 23 33 11 0 5 19 20 49 0 0 .203 .303 .362 .665
Double-A 17 62 13 22 5 0 5 16 7 16 1 1 .355 .409 .677 1.086
Lonnie Chisenhall CLE 3B 5 Double-A 50 200 35 58 11 1 6 27 18 28 1 0 .290 .362 .445 .807
Brandon Allen ARI 1B 4 Triple-A 44 151 24 38 8 2 6 26 37 42 4 2 .252 .405 .450 .855
J.P. Arencibia TOR C 4 Triple-A 60 237 38 69 20 1 15 38 19 54 0 0 .291 .342 .574 .916
Todd Frazier CIN OF 4 Triple-A 64 232 26 50 8 3 9 29 16 59 1 3 .216 .276 .392 .668
Ben Revere MIN CF 3 Double-A 57 215 25 66 8 1 1 17 25 20 21 5 .307 .385 .367 .752
Juan Francisco CIN 3B 3 Triple-A 32 128 17 36 12 2 4 21 5 30 0 0 .281 .306 .500 .806
Matt Dominguez FLA 3B 3 Double-A 70 262 28 65 20 1 9 39 25 53 0 1 .248 .317 .435 .753
Taylor Teagarden TEX C 3 Triple-A 4 14 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 9 0 0 .071 .133 .071 .205
Double-A 33 120 18 30 6 1 3 20 17 44 0 0 .250 .345 .392 .737
Wilson Ramos MIN C 3 Triple-A 47 188 19 41 9 0 4 18 7 35 0 1 .218 .250 .330 .580
Eugenio Velez SF LF 2 Triple-A 38 139 23 44 3 3 2 12 11 23 18 6 .317 .367 .425 .791
J.R. Towles HOU C 2 Double-A 5 14 3 2 1 0 0 3 4 4 2 0 .143 .400 .214 .614
James Darnell SD 3B 2 Double-A 35 123 15 29 7 0 4 10 14 27 0 0 .236 .321 .390 .712
Jemile Weeks OAK 2B 2 Double-A 26 102 18 31 7 3 2 13 8 19 5 4 .304 .368 .490 .859
Jordan Schafer ATL CF 2 Triple-A 33 120 12 26 3 1 0 5 11 28 7 3 .217 .280 .258 .539
Double-A 4 17 4 5 2 0 0 2 3 3 0 1 .294 .400 .412 .812
Jose Iglesias BOS SS 2 Double-A 40 147 19 45 9 3 0 9 5 27 2 2 .306 .340 .408 .748
Justin Maxwell WAS CF 2 Triple-A 40 139 20 39 8 0 3 11 25 46 6 7 .281 .398 .403 .801
Nick Weglarz CLE RF 2 Triple-A 24 85 11 20 7 1 0 10 14 22 1 0 .235 .350 .341 .691
Double-A 37 138 21 39 10 0 7 27 22 26 1 0 .283 .384 .507 .891
Ryan Kalish BOS CF 2 Triple-A 11 38 3 8 3 0 1 5 4 9 1 0 .211 .302 .368 .671
Double-A 41 150 35 44 9 1 8 29 28 21 12 1 .293 .404 .527 .931
Allen Craig STL RF 1 Triple-A 50 187 34 58 15 1 6 43 17 39 1 0 .310 .368 .497 .866
Angel Salome MIL C 1 Triple-A 5 12 3 4 0 0 1 3 2 0 0 1 .333 .429 .583 1.012
Double-A 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Beau Mills CLE 1B 1 Double-A 54 205 22 41 10 0 3 32 19 33 0 0 .200 .276 .293 .569
Brandon Snyder BAL 1B 1 Triple-A 64 216 19 55 10 1 5 28 16 58 4 0 .255 .324 .380 .703
Brent Morel CHW 3B 1 Triple-A 21 75 6 16 2 0 0 3 4 9 2 0 .213 .253 .240 .493
Double-A 49 184 25 59 13 1 2 30 13 36 5 5 .321 .371 .435 .806
Chris Valaika CIN SS 1 Triple-A 71 255 29 77 15 2 0 22 14 42 1 2 .302 .335 .377 .711
Daryl Jones STL CF 1 Double-A 63 240 32 63 9 3 2 28 27 48 7 6 .263 .348 .350 .698
Gorkys Hernandez PIT CF 1 Double-A 65 256 30 63 8 2 2 19 26 65 12 3 .246 .323 .316 .639
Greg Halman SEA RF 1 Triple-A 42 155 34 37 7 1 12 29 19 65 5 1 .239 .322 .529 .851
Hector Gomez COL SS 1 Double-A 2 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .333
John Mayberry PHI LF 1 Triple-A 61 238 40 62 13 1 9 39 18 60 7 0 .261 .325 .437 .762
Jordan Danks CHW CF 1 Triple-A 69 263 36 64 20 2 4 26 22 88 13 4 .243 .307 .380 .687
Logan Forsythe SD 3B 1 Double-A 38 131 21 35 6 0 1 14 33 36 5 2 .267 .416 .336 .752
Micah Hoffpauir CHC 1B 1 Triple-A 67 235 40 53 15 2 8 43 32 44 1 0 .226 .324 .409 .732
Roger Kieschnick SF LF 1 Double-A 52 192 18 47 6 2 3 19 16 44 2 2 .245 .302 .344 .646
Ryan Strieby DET 1B 1 Triple-A 42 157 12 36 6 0 8 30 15 42 1 0 .229 .301 .420 .721
Thomas Neal SF LF 1 Double-A 71 265 23 72 16 1 4 31 20 48 6 1 .272 .340 .385 .725
Tyson Gillies PHI RF 1 Double-A 26 105 15 25 2 1 2 6 5 24 2 2 .238 .286 .333 .619
Wes Hodges CLE 3B 1 Triple-A 66 252 37 66 15 2 6 30 17 47 2 0 .262 .303 .409 .712
Wilin Rosario COL C 1 Double-A 49 179 23 49 10 1 8 24 13 42 0 0 .274 .328 .475 .803
Wilkin Ramirez DET LF 1 Triple-A 14 51 8 12 1 1 2 5 2 14 2 0 .235 .264 .412 .676
Double-A 55 211 34 51 10 4 15 42 22 83 5 6 .242 .312 .540 .852
Wladimir Balentien CIN LF 1 Triple-A 58 199 35 42 11 0 10 34 20 37 5 0 .211 .279 .417 .696

Most-owned minor-leaguers pitching stats (Double- and Triple-A only)
Player TM POS Own% Level INN GS CG W L SV K BB H ERA WHIP
Aroldis Chapman CIN SP 60 Triple-A 67 2/3 13 1 5 5 0 79 41 62 4.15 1.533
Madison Bumgarner SF SP 38 Triple-A 82 2/3 14 1 7 1 0 59 22 88 3.18 1.338
Jeremy Hellickson TB SP 27 Triple-A 88 2/3 15 0 9 2 0 90 21 76 2.35 1.100
Chris Tillman BAL SP 18 Triple-A 57 2/3 10 1 5 4 0 47 12 55 3.15 1.171
Kyle Drabek TOR SP 16 Double-A 91 15 0 7 7 0 72 41 81 3.26 1.341
Daniel Hudson CHW SP 11 Triple-A 76 1/3 14 1 9 3 0 92 25 70 3.90 1.248
Casey Kelly BOS SP 8 Double-A 52 13 0 1 3 0 47 21 65 4.85 1.654
Christian Friedrich COL SP 8 Double-A 58 11 0 0 5 0 48 23 68 5.59 1.569
Tanner Scheppers TEX SP 6 Triple-A 30 2/3 3 0 1 0 1 39 13 26 3.28 1.291
Double-A 11 0 0 0 0 2 19 0 3 0.82 0.273
Carlos Carrasco CLE SP 5 Triple-A 74 2/3 12 0 5 3 0 63 25 74 4.25 1.334
Aaron Crow KC SP 4 Double-A 79 15 0 4 6 0 53 40 94 6.27 1.696
Brad Bergesen BAL SP 4 Triple-A 14 2/3 3 0 1 0 0 10 3 17 4.44 1.409
Michael Bowden BOS RP 4 Triple-A 72 1/3 14 0 2 3 0 51 26 61 4.24 1.207
Mike Minor ATL SP 4 Double-A 75 13 0 2 5 0 95 31 60 3.96 1.213
Phillippe Aumont PHI SP 4 Double-A 49 2/3 11 0 1 6 0 38 38 55 7.50 1.890
Hector Rondon CLE SP 3 Triple-A 31 2/3 7 0 1 3 0 33 10 48 8.65 1.859
Jake McGee TB SP 3 Double-A 52 2/3 12 0 2 5 0 53 21 51 4.31 1.379
Simon Castro SD SP 3 Double-A 75 1/3 13 0 4 2 0 63 26 58 2.88 1.119
Aaron Poreda SD RP 2 Triple-A 7 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 7 5 3 0.00 1.127
Double-A 25 0 0 0 1 0 25 26 18 3.24 1.760
Andrew Miller FLA SP 2 Double-A 25 7 0 0 4 0 19 28 32 9.72 2.400
Jeff Samardzija CHC RP 2 Triple-A 38 1/3 3 0 5 0 0 33 22 24 1.89 1.207
Sean West FLA SP 2 Triple-A 23 2/3 5 1 3 1 0 22 6 21 1.94 1.164
Travis Wood CIN SP 2 Triple-A 90 14 0 4 6 0 88 22 78 3.30 1.111
Adam Ottavino STL SP 1 Triple-A 47 2/3 9 0 5 3 0 43 12 43 4.00 1.165
Anthony Slama MIN RP 1 Triple-A 41 1/3 0 0 0 1 14 46 20 17 1.53 0.900
Brad Mills TOR SP 1 Triple-A 71 1/3 13 0 4 4 0 67 34 74 4.68 1.519
Brandon Erbe BAL SP 1 Triple-A 70 2/3 14 0 0 10 0 50 22 86 5.77 1.539
Brandon McCarthy TEX SP 1 Triple-A 32 2/3 5 0 1 0 0 23 6 24 2.52 0.932
Chuck Lofgren MIL SP 1 Triple-A 78 1/3 15 0 7 4 0 49 35 83 5.30 1.511
Daniel McCutchen PIT SP 1 Triple-A 60 2/3 10 0 4 5 0 29 14 57 3.89 1.179
Daniel Moskos PIT SP 1 Double-A 31 0 0 2 1 17 30 9 21 1.45 0.968
Daniel Schlereth DET RP 1 Triple-A 32 0 0 1 2 0 43 26 29 3.09 1.719
Dan Cortes SEA SP 1 Double-A 53 2/3 12 0 4 2 0 51 28 55 5.41 1.560
Deolis Guerra MIN SP 1 Triple-A 25 4 0 0 3 0 18 8 35 6.84 1.720
Double-A 56 9 1 1 3 0 39 16 49 3.38 1.161
Felix Doubront BOS SP 1 Triple-A 16 2/3 4 0 2 1 0 16 5 15 1.11 1.235
Double-A 43 8 0 4 0 0 38 17 39 2.51 1.302
Glen Perkins MIN SP 1 Triple-A 66 2/3 14 0 1 8 0 53 22 98 8.16 1.813
Jeanmar Gomez CLE SP 1 Triple-A 80 14 1 4 7 0 50 32 91 5.74 1.538
Jess Todd CLE RP 1 Triple-A 31 1/3 0 0 2 2 4 33 11 33 3.18 1.415
Joe Savery PHI SP 1 Triple-A 71 2/3 13 0 1 7 0 40 34 88 5.18 1.714
Jose Ceda FLA RP 1 Double-A 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0.00 1.000
Kasey Kiker TEX SP 1 Double-A 33 7 0 1 4 0 32 31 24 5.73 1.667
Kevin Mulvey ARI SP 1 Triple-A 78 1/3 14 0 3 5 0 53 28 80 4.84 1.383
Kevin Pucetas SF SP 1 Triple-A 58 1/3 12 0 1 3 0 41 24 80 5.73 1.790
Lance Lynn STL SP 1 Triple-A 85 2/3 15 0 5 5 0 63 35 86 5.28 1.420
Luke French SEA SP 1 Triple-A 81 1/3 12 1 7 2 0 44 18 72 2.22 1.110
Mark Rogers MIL SP 1 Triple-A 4 1/3 1 0 0 0 0 3 3 3 2.20 1.463
Double-A 60 1/3 13 0 3 5 0 52 36 47 3.59 1.381
Matt Maloney CIN SP 1 Triple-A 69 13 0 6 4 0 58 19 69 3.52 1.275
P.J. Walters STL RP 1 Triple-A 29 2/3 5 0 1 2 0 29 10 23 2.47 1.130
Rick VandenHurk FLA SP 1 Triple-A 60 13 1 4 4 0 52 28 67 5.70 1.583
Ryan Tucker FLA SP 1 Triple-A 33 2/3 7 0 0 5 0 19 17 41 6.24 1.747
Sammy Gervacio HOU RP 1 Triple-A 10 1/3 0 0 0 0 0 10 5 6 3.56 1.089
Scott Mathieson PHI SP 1 Triple-A 30 2/3 0 0 2 2 12 35 13 21 2.38 1.126
Troy Patton BAL SP 1 Triple-A 76 14 0 5 7 0 48 23 81 4.74 1.368
Will Inman SD SP 1 Triple-A 62 1/3 11 1 2 4 0 52 27 54 3.62 1.304

Here are the rest of the most-owned minor-leaguers on CBSSports.com along with their ownership percentage.

CBSSports.com's most-owned minor-leaguers
Player TM POS Own% Player TM POS Own% Player TM POS Own%
Rick Porcello DET SP 37 Alex White CLE SP 2 Dellin Betances NYY SP 1
Cameron Maybin FLA CF 17 Andy Oliver DET RP 2 Devin Mesoraco CIN C 1
Dexter Fowler COL CF 17 Austin Romine NYY C 2 Engel Beltre TEX CF 1
Matt LaPorta CLE LF 17 Brett Jackson CHC CF 2 Eric Arnett MIL SP 1
Scott Sizemore DET 2B 12 Carlos Peguero SEA RF 2 Fautino De Los Santos OAK RP 1
Martin Perez TEX SP 9 Chris Withrow LA SP 2 Greg Smith COL SP 1
Jeff Clement PIT C 8 Hank Conger ANA C 2 Hak-Ju Lee CHC SS 1
Mat Gamel MIL 3B 8 Jared Mitchell CHW CF 2 Henry Rodriguez OAK RP 1
Fernando Martinez NYM OF 7 Jason Knapp CLE SP 2 Ivan De Jesus LA SS 1
Jenrry Mejia NYM SP 7 Jon Singleton PHI 1B 2 James McDonald LA RP 1
John Lannan WAS SP 7 Jordan Walden ANA SP 2 Jarred Cosart PHI SP 1
Tim Beckham TB SS 7 Lou Marson CLE C 2 Jay Jackson CHC SP 1
Jacob Turner DET SP 6 Michael Pineda SEA SP 2 Jeremy Jeffress MIL SP 1
Jarrod Parker ARI SP 6 Miguel Sano MIN SS 2 Jerry Sands LA RF 1
Josh Vitters CHC 3B 6 Nick Hagadone CLE SP 2 Jiovanni Mier HOU SS 1
Julio Teheran ATL SP 6 Pat Neshek MIN RP 2 John Bowker SF LF 1
Mike Montgomery KC SP 6 Scott Elbert LA RP 2 Josh Fields SEA RP 1
Aaron Hicks MIN OF 5 Tony Sanchez PIT C 2 Josh Lindblom LA SP 1
Akinori Iwamura PIT 2B 5 Trevor Reckling ANA RP 2 Josh Thole NYM C 1
Brett Lawrie MIL 2B 5 Zach Britton BAL SP 2 Juan Miranda NYY 1B 1
Dee Gordon LA SS 5 Zach Stewart TOR SP 2 Kyle Russell LA RF 1
Kyle Gibson MIN SP 5 Zack Wheeler SF SP 2 Kyle Skipworth FLA C 1
Marc Rzepczynski TOR SP 5 A.J. Pollock ARI CF 1 Mark Melancon NYY RP 1
Tyler Matzek COL SP 5 Aaron Laffey CLE SP 1 Mark Trumbo ANA 1B 1
Casey Crosby DET SP 4 Aaron Miller LA SP 1 Matt Sweeney TB 3B 1
Derek Norris WAS C 4 Adam Miller CLE SP 1 Matthew Hobgood BAL SP 1
Donavan Tate SD CF 4 Adrian Cardenas OAK SS 1 Max Stassi OAK C 1
Eric Hosmer KC 1B 4 Alex Colome TB SP 1 Michael Burgess WAS RF 1
Matt Moore TB SP 4 Andrew Brackman NYY SP 1 Michael Main TEX SP 1
Mike Trout ANA CF 4 Andrew Cumberland SD SS 1 Mike Jacobs NYM 1B 1
Tim Alderson PIT SP 4 Drew Carpenter PHI SP 1 Nick Franklin SEA SS 1
Arodys Vizcaino ATL SP 3 Andrew Lambo LA LF 1 Noel Arguelles KC SP 1
Carlos Triunfel SEA SS 3 Angel Villalona SF 3B 1 Peter Bourjos ANA CF 1
Chris Marrero WAS LF 3 Anthony Rizzo BOS 1B 1 Randall Delgado ATL SP 1
Daniel Murphy NYM 1B 3 Bobby Borchering ARI 3B 1 Reese Havens NYM SS 1
David Huff CLE SP 3 Bradley Holt NYM SP 1 Rich Hill STL SP 1
Ethan Martin LA SP 3 Brian Bruney MIL RP 1 Ross Detwiler WAS SP 1
Grant Green OAK SS 3 Bryan Anderson STL C 1 Ryan Garko TEX 1B 1
Jaff Decker SD OF 3 Bryan Morris PIT SP 1 Scott Richmond TOR SP 1
Jordan Lyles HOU SP 3 Burke Badenhop FLA RP 1 Slade Heathcott NYY CF 1
Kazuo Matsui COL 2B 3 Casey Weathers COL RP 1 Tim Melville KC SP 1
Kila Ka'aihue KC DH 3 Chad Jenkins TOR SP 1 Travis d'Arnaud TOR C 1
Matt Joyce TB RF 3 Chad James FLA SP 1 Trevor May PHI SP 1
Michael Ynoa OAK SP 3 Cla Meredith BAL RP 1 Tyler Chatwood ANA SP 1
Ryan Westmoreland BOS OF 3 Conor Gillaspie SF 3B 1 Wil Myers KC C 1
Shelby Miller STL SP 3 Craig Stammen WAS SP 1 William Rowell BAL 3B 1
Wilmer Flores NYM SS 3 Danny Espinosa WAS SS 1 Willy Taveras PHI CF 1
Adeiny Hechavarria TOR SS 2 Danny Duffy KC SP 1 Zach McAllister NYY SP 1
Alex Liddi SEA 3B 2 David Cooper TOR 1B 1

Rookie watch

Top AL rookies to date

  1. Brennan Boesch , OF, DET -- We knew he would be a streaky slugger, but we didn't figure he could sustain it this long.
  2. Neftali Feliz , RP, TEX -- It is an interesting debate between Feliz and Boesch as to who is more valuable in Fantasy, but Boesch is too hot right now.
  3. Austin Jackson , OF, DET -- He has been overshadowed by his fellow rookie outfielder teammate, but he has been great himself.
  4. Justin Smoak , 1B, TEX -- He has finally gotten hot and proven to be the run producer many hoped he would have been right away.
  5. Alfredo Simon , RP, BAL -- He has regained his closer's role for the Orioles, for what that is worth to you in Fantasy.
  • Honorable mentions: John Jaso , C, TB; Carlos Santana , C, CLE; Reid Brignac , 2B, TB; Mitch Talbot , SP, CLE; Wade Davis , SP, TB; Brian Matusz , SP, BAL; Jake Arrieta , SP, BAL; Sergio Santos , RP, CHW.

Top NL rookies to date

  1. Stephen Strasburg , SP, WAS -- It is pretty clear he is a must-start ace in all Fantasy leagues, but will be be available in the season's final month?
  2. Jaime Garcia , SP, STL -- If he goes wire-to-wire even close to this dominant, he deserves to be the NL ROY over Strasburg.
  3. Jason Heyward , OF, ATL -- He has fallen into a slump. It happens to everyone. But he will get scorching hot again and be a must-start.
  4. Mike Leake , SP, CIN -- He is entering the time of the year the Reds will have to limit his innings in order to keep him fresh down the stretch.
  5. David Freese , 3B, STL -- He has been fairly consistent, but he is getting overwhelmed in the NL ROY race by some big-time talents.
  • Honorable mentions: Ike Davis , 1B, NYM; John Axford , RP, MIL; Tyler Colvin , OF, CHC; John Ely , SP, LAD; Jhoulys Chacin , SP, COL; Jonathon Niese , SP, NYM; Ian Desmond , SS, WAS; Starlin Castro , SS, CHC; Gaby Sanchez , 1B, FLA; Hisanori Takahashi , SP, NYM; Jonny Venters , RP, ATL; Andrew Cashner , RP, CHC; Jonathan Lucroy , C, MIL.

Newbie needs

Mark S. Watjen: I recently read on the progress of Blake Beavan at Double-A Frisco. What are your thoughts on him? Is he going to be solid No. 2 or 3 for the Rangers? Oh yeah, can you add him to the site?

Emack: Beavan was one in a long line of hard-throwing Texas high schoolers that was picked in Round 1 of the 2007 draft. As a pro his velocity decreased, though, which make him somewhat of a bust of an early round pick. The 6-foot-7, 250-pound 21-year-old has come into his own in Double-A, though. He was 6-0 in May and has posted a 1.95 ERA in June. For the season, he is 9-4 with 2.50 ERA and a remarkably low 12 walks in 97 1/3 innings. He deserves a callup to Triple-A later this season, but we cannot yet project him as an impact pitcher for the Rangers down the stretch. Perhaps he could arrive as a reliever, but he is certainly worth owning in long-term keeper leagues because he throws strikes and could regain that high-90s heat he once had in high school. He is a fine addition to the CBSSports.com database.

Chris Gallagher, Woodstock, Ontario: Any chance you could fill me in on Juan Oramas , SP, SD? I drafted him in my keeper league based on his stats this year, but don't know much else about him. Also, could you add him to the CBSSports.com system?

Emack: Oramas doesn't appear in Baseball America Prospect Handbook, despite good stats. We will blame it on his 5-foot-10, 215-pound frame. Scouts don't tend to like pitchers under six feet tall. Oramas has been a monster in the hitter friendly high Class A California League, though, and will surely be regarded in the Padres' prospect lists next fall. He is a combined 5-1 with a 1.77 ERA with 73 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 61 innings. The 20-year-old Mexican could be a reliever once he is ready for the major leagues, but his numbers make him worth stashing in long-term keeper formats. He is also now in the CBSSports.com database.

Dennis F. Tucker: Can we get Nolan Arenado , 3B, COL added to the player pool? He's in low-A Asheville, N.C.

Emack: Arenado is hitting .352 in his first 108 at-bats this season. He hasn't yet to develop homer power, but he does have 13 doubles to go with this two homers and a .546 slugging percentage. The 19-year-old is a long way from the major leagues after getting picked in the second round of the 2009 draft out of a California high school. He is worthy as a long-term keeper stashee, though, and has been added to the CBSSports.com database.

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