Gleyber Torres has been called up, and Ronald Acuna is on track to debut on Wednesday. Now that arguably the top two prospects for fantasy purposes are playing big league ball, who is the minor leaguer you’re following most closely — and potentially stashing on your bench — before an eventual call-up?
What’s to like: Once promoted, he’ll call one of the more hitting-friendly environments his home in Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park; and he has the kind of polished plate approach that should keep him out of painfully lengthy slumps and probably shorten his adjustment to major league pitching. I think he’s a borderline stash in 10-team, three-bench ESPN leagues right now — if you have the space to, obviously — because I think the call is coming for him within a matter of days, not weeks.
AJ Mass: Vladimir Guerrero Jr. and Bo Bichette are manning the left side of the infield at Double-A New Hampshire. On Tuesday night, Bichette had two triples and Guerrero drove in his 19th run of April in a win for the Fisher Cats. Both are likely to be in the Toronto Blue Jays lineup in 2019 — but I’m holding out hope that at least one of them gets a second-half look in 2018.
Showing no panic from allowing a goal to Evgeny Kuznetsov 17 seconds into the game and another to Alex Ovechkin 28 seconds into the third period, the back-to-back defending Stanley Cup champions took another series lead in typical Penguins fashion.
Playing without injured forwards Evgeni Malkin and Carl Hagelin, Pittsburgh naturally fed off Crosby, who had a goal and an assist.
“Right from Sid, he led the way for us and it’s right down the lineup,” said Guentzel, who had a goal and two assists and leads the playoffs with 16 points. “You can’t get down. There’s going to be highs and lows throughout the whole series. You’ve got to stick with it to the end and we were happy to get three and end up winning the game.”
Matt Murray stopped 32 of 34 shots, keeping the Penguins in the game and maintaining the lead late with a sprawling stick save on Brett Connolly with 2:30 left. Unsure of what would happen at the other end of the rink with Braden Holtby dialed in, Murray could only keep the puck out as much as possible after allowing the early-period goals to Kuznetsov and Ovechkin.
Murray denied Michal Kempny from point-blank range and kept the puck out from a hard-charging Devante Smith-Pelly early and missed no opportunity to give the Penguins the impressive stop when they needed it.