Well, now we have a ballgame. The news came down on Friday afternoon that the Mets would be putting Dillon Gee on the disabled list, and that they would be calling up the top prospect on last week's list, Noah Syndergaard. Ray Guilfoyle wrote up the call up last night, and I absolutely agree that he's worth grabbing in all leagues where he's available.
We saw three other prospects called up this week, although none of them from last week's top 10. Each has a fairly different level of fantasy relevance, and honestly it's not clear to me whether Preston Tucker or Eddie Rosario can have the larger fantasy impact this season.
Tucker is a prospect who hasn't necessarily gotten the level of press you'd expect from his production in the minors, and his value this year is really going to come down to how long George Springer ends up staying on the concussion disabled list. I would assume that he will be sent back to the minors once Springer returns. Tucker can provide help in batting average and home runs as long as he's playing, and is worth grabbing in deeper leagues until he's not playing.
Rosario was called up by the Twins when they placed Oswaldo Arcia on the disabled list, and has slowly been putting his career back on track after missing 50 games due to a "drug of abuse" suspension. He's another player that may only be up as long as the injured player stays on the disabled list, but can provide a little bit of power and speed while he's in the lineup. He is limited to left field defensively, so once Arcia is ready it's likely over for Rosario in the short term.
Austin Hedges was also called up in order to get him some experience and serve as the primarly backup catcher to Derek Norris. There's very, very few leagues where he's going to be fantasy relevant at the moment, and odds are he's probably not going to play more than a couple times a week. Pretty much an NL-only, very deep format (like the one Daniel Kelley mentioned with two starting catchers) makes him even a little bit useful right now.
So who's next? Which prospect is still worth holding onto now for when they are called up to the majors later?
Week 3: Kris Bryant, Yasmany Tomas
Week 4: Carlos Rodon, Addison Russell, Kevin Plawecki
Week 5: Dilson Herrera, Blake Swihart
Week 6: Noah Syndergaard, Austin Hedges, Eddie Rosario, Preston Tucker
1. Maikel Franco - Phillies (+1)
Currently at: AAA Lehigh Valley
Likely Call Up: mid-May
2. Andrew Heaney - Angels (+1)
Currently at: AAA Salt Lake City
Likely Call Up: End of May
It was looking a bit bleak for Jered Weaver there until his complete game shutout last night, and it will be interesting to see if this is the start of an overall improvement or if this was the outlier. Heaney remains the best option for the Angels should they need to call up a starting pitcher, and could lock himself into the rotation once he gets that call.
3. Rusney Castillo - Red Sox (+1)
Currently at: AAA Pawtucket
Likely Call Up: Closer toward the end of May now
Castillo has five hits over his last three games, and while it appeared that the Hanley Ramirez injury might have helped get Castillo to the majors, it seems like Ramirez will be able to avoid the disabled list. I think at this point the more likely players to lose playing time should Castillo be called up would be the right field platoon of Holt and Nava,
4. Corey Seager, Dodgers (+1)
Currently at: AAA Oklahoma City
Likely Call Up: early June
It seems like Juan Uribe isn't the everyday third baseman any more for the Dodgers, but he seems to be splitting that time right now with Justin Turner. Seager is only six games into the AAA portion of his career, so he probably gets at least another month down there before the Dodgers turn to him over one of them.
5. Rob Refsnyder, Yankees (+1)
Everyone moved up a spot so far, and with Refsynder I think that when he comes up, it will be for good. I'm still not of the belief that the Yankees will continue to stick with Stephen Drew if he doesn't hit.
The Next Five
6. Francisco Lindor, Indians
7. Carlos Correa, Astros - Yes, he's at AA. Yes, it's not exactly likely that the Astros will call him up before the Super Two deadline. With all that, he's been absolutely destroying AA pitching, and the Astros have been getting practically nothing from their shortstops so far. He'd easily be in the top 5 if I thought he'd be up in the next month and up to stay, but when Jed Lowrie does return from the disabled list, I'm not sure who gets pushed out of the lineup to let Correa stay in.
8. Steven Matz, Mets
9. Alex Meyer, Twins - You know, I keep waiting for the wheels to fall off for Mike Pelfrey, and it just hasn't happened yet. That has to happen, right?
10. Eduardo Rodriguez, Red Sox