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The Buy and Hold: Week 11

With Carlos Correa getting the call last week, we have a new name at the top of the list. We also add a list for those of you rebuilding looking for 2016 value.

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We saw the top prospect from last week's list called up by the Astros in Carlos Correa, and he has not disappointed so far. He has two home runs and is hitting .313 so far through 16 at bats, and if you didn't grab him and he's available, you'd better go do it now.

The other call up this week was a prospect who had basically fallen of the radar entirely in Mason Williams of the Yankees. Williams should be a nice source of stolen bases while he is playing on a regular basis.

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 BryantYasmany Tomas
Week 4: Carlos RodonAddison RussellKevin Plawecki
Week 5: Dilson HerreraBlake Swihart
Week 6: Noah SyndergaardAustin HedgesEddie RosarioPreston Tucker
Week 7: Maikel Franco, Lance McCullers Jr.
Week 8: Rusney CastilloWilmer Difo
Week 9: Eduardo Rodriguez, Chi Chi GonzalezMichael Feliz
Week 10: Joey Gallo, Joe Ross, Mike Montgomery, Scott Schebler
Week 11: Carlos Correa, Mason Williams

Rk Player Team Pos. LW Level ETA Comments
1 Hector Olivera LAD 3B/2B 2 AAA 7/1 Olivera was just promoted to AAA after hitting .318 with a home run at AA Tulsa. It's tough if you're in Yahoo, as he won't be added to the database until he's called up and plays a game, but he's likely to be a starter once that happens.
2 Andrew Heaney LAA LHP 3 AAA 7/1 Look, Heaney's not doing himself any favors when he gets blown up in two of his last three starts, but it's not exactly like the Angels' rotation is setting the world on fire either.
3 Corey Seager LAD SS/3B 4 AAA 7/1 Seager is up to .297/.356/.459 at AAA with four home runs. Meanwhile, Jimmy Rollins just looks about done. At some point the Dodgers will make this change.
4 Aaron Nola PHI RHP 5 AA 7/1 I'm not really sure how much more Nola has to prove at AA, as he's allowed just 2 runs or less in all but one of his last nine starts, and has averaged nearly 7 innings per start.
5 Jon Gray COL RHP NR AAA 6/16 Gray has pitched much better of late, and with the Rockies demoting Eddie Butler to the minors, their rotation now has David Hale and Chris Rusin among its' members. I think that with Gray pitching well, he gets the call sooner rather than later.
6 Steven Matz NYM LHP NR AAA 7/1 There has been some noise now that Matz will join the club in the coming weeks, and a lot of his value for this year would be contingent upon it being as a starting pitcher. The team has made clear that Thor's not going anywhere, so if they can manage to trade away a couple starters, Matz could move right in.
7 Francisco Lindor CLE SS 8 AAA 7/1 The Indians finally demoted Jose Ramirez back to AAA, and surprised a little bit by also sending Lonnie Chisenhall with him. However, they brought up Urshela and Zach Walters to take their places. Lindor is heating up at AAA, having a hit in 9 of his last 10 games and hitting .368 over that time.
8 Rob Refsnyder NYY 2B 6 AAA 7/31 Stephen Drew has hit four home runs in his last eight games, which just seems odd in general. The Yankees seem to like his defense enough that if he keeps hitting home runs at all, he'll probably keep Refsnyder down.
9 Jose Peraza ATL 2B/OF 9 AAA 7/31 Peraza continues to play center field more often than second base right now, although with Cameron Maybin hitting well it's not as clear where he would play if he got the call.
10 Stephen Piscotty STL OF NR AAA 7/15 The Holliday injury could potentially clear the way for Piscotty, although at least for the short-term it looks like they'll continue to use their current four-outfielder rotation. Piscotty is showing more power this season, having already hit seven home runs after hitting just 9 last year.

For Those About to Rebuild, We Salute You

I'm introducing a new part of the Buy and Hold this week, based on a question we received in the comments on last week's edition. If you're already rebuilding with an aim toward the 2016 season (or rapidly looking like you should), you're probably looking for prospects to target that have a reasonably good chance at contributing for a majority of 2016. This list isn't necessarily likely to be drastically different from the list above some weeks, and should more closely resemble the top of the fantasy prospect rankings.

Rk Player Team Pos. LW Level ETA Comments
1 Byron Buxton MIN OF NR AA 2016 There has been speculation that Buxton could be called up within the next month or so, but I don't know how likely I think it is that that occurs. More likely Buxton starts the 2016 season at AAA for a couple weeks like Kris Bryant did this year.
2 Corey Seager LAD SS NR AAA 7/1 Rollins will be a free agent at the end of the season, which should free up a spot for Seager no later than the start of next season. He's probably up well before then, but barring an injury I don't see him not being the Opening Day starter.
3 Francisco Lindor CLE SS NR AAA 7/1 If Lindor isn't the starter coming into next year, I'm not sure what the Indians are waiting for other than service time.
4 Miguel Sano MIN 3B NR AA 2016 The Twins don't exactly have a place to play Sano as of right now, which is what keeps him down the list. That said, I think they move him somewhere, with DH seemingly the most likely option. It's possible that they move or non-tender Trevor Plouffe I suppose.
5 J.P. Crawford PHI SS NR AA May 2016 The Phillies have been running Freddy Galvis out as the primary shortstop this year, and there's no incentive to call up Crawford and burn service-time right now. With that said, if Crawford keeps hitting this well at AA he may not be at the level much longer.