Talking News & Prospects with Matt Heckman

Matt Heckman joins the show to talk news and prospects

Keep or Kut – Pete (@PeteBBaseball) is joined by Matt Heckman (@heckman_matt115) of PitcherList and Fantrax on this special episode of Keep or Kut to talk news, prospects, and a little bit about our own upcoming keeper decisions in Listener League #2.

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4:46 – Two aces have returned: Clayton Kershaw & Chris Sale

7:20Alek Manoah was optioned, putting a cherry on top of his disastrous season. Is he worth keeping if his cost is a last round pick?

9:46Recorded on Saturday night, Pete and Matt discuss the recent hot play of Bobby Witt Jr., Wander Franco, and one other “shortstop”. Who is the best longterm option?

14:17Jesús Luzardo is really struggling at the moment and has already passed his career-high in IP. What should competing teams do with him in keeper leagues?

17:01 – The discussion about Matt’s Prospect List begins. Click here to check it out!

17:29 – Pete is perplexed when it comes to Ethan Salas. Matt makes the case to add him

22:02 – Matt shares his thoughts on how to approach Dylan Crews, Paul Skenes, and Wyatt Langford in your keeper and Ottoneu leagues

27:54Roman Anthony has rocketed up boards across prospect lists. Matt shares his thoughts on Anthony’s value, particularly in Ottoneu points vs 5X5

30:31 Andrew Painter recent had Tommy John Surgery but before the surgery, he was a top 5 prospect on many boards. Where did he fall on Matt’s updated rankings?

34:41 – Matt wants you to know about Cole Young, a shortstop prospect in the Mariners system

36:35 – Matt and Pete make their 2024 AL ROY and NL ROY predictions

44:37 – Matt is, without question, going to keep Spencer Strider in Keep or Kut Listener League 2

46:23 – Pete plans to keep Red Sox breakout Jarren Duran

48:21Zach Eflin has had a breakout season and Matt plans to hold on to him

52:37 – Pete plans on keeping Andrés Muñoz at a potential massive discount, as well as former top pitching prospect Shane Baz.

54:58 – Two closers at an immense discount should help Matt in 2024: Félix Bautista and Adbert Alzolay 

56:15 – Is Oneil Cruz still worth keeping, even at a 12th round value? Pete thinks so. He also plans to keep Hunter Greene for a 25th round pick, a no brainer!

57:52 – After nearly trading away Hunter Brown, it looks like Brown is actually a keeper for Matt

59:22 – Pete is going to probably keep a last round value Ryan Mountcastle, but is then torn between Trevor Story for a 19th, Grayson Rodriguez for a 19th, Brayan Bello for a 22nd, Kyle Bradish for a last round pick, or Anthony Volpe for a last round pick.

1:02:00Tarik Skubal looks like a keeper for Matt, giving him seven pitcher keepers! Two hitters will round things out for him: Jordan Westburg and William Contreras.

1:04:47 – Pete and Matt run through their farm systems in this league. Both managers are at very different positions in the standings, so one has a more full farm than the other.

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