It’s like ESPN has taken over Razzball the last few days because it’s all Red Sox and Yankees all the time. A Yoan Moncada fantasy on Monday, Aaron Judge fantasy on Tuesday and Andrew Benintendi today. Who’s next? Tyler Austin? “Ha, Grey you crack me up with your witticisms and third person ramblings.” Thanks, Self, but you’re standing on my foot. “You’re such a klutz!” Don’t you mean, I’m such a klutz? “You tell me.” I legit got a headache during that third person conversation. No wonder homeless people are always banging their head with their hand. That shizz is exhausting. On Monday, Prospector Ralph aka Rappin’ Ralph aka The Ralper aka Red Sox Homer aka Ralph Lifshitz said he’d want Benintendi over Moncada, and I thought that was interesting but didn’t agree. Benintendi does have a more solid floor — solider? Benintendi looks less likely to be awful, whereas Moncada does have that possibility. To use a clumsy comparison of another Cuban player, Yasiel Puig looked can’t miss until he didn’t even start playoff games for Andrew Toles, who was working in a supermarket last year at this time, and Toles over Puig made sense because of how little Puig has done — or is it has-been? That’s likely people’s fears with Moncada. Those fears don’t carry as much weight with Benintendi. Not sure his ceiling is that high either, and, with rookies, I want ceiling over floor. Anyway, what can we expect of Andrew Benintendi for 2017 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Alright 12 readers still with us in late October, get your firecrackers, noisemakers, and elated cheers ready. For the return of Minor League Preview season is upon us. I know, I know, exciting times across Razz Nation. With that said let’s curb your enthusiasm a little, we’re starting with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Lower case yay…. What can be said about the Diamondbacks system that hasn’t already been said about Detroit? It’s been decimated, depleted, and burned to the ground. Mostly by Dave Stewart, but I’m sure Tony LaRussa had a hand in that too. Top prospects like Dansby Swanson, Isan Diaz, and Aaron Blair were shipped off, and to make matters worse they lost their first round draft pick after signing Zack Greinke. So we’re looking at a handful of second division regular types, some back of the rotation arms, and some long term toolsy players. Not exactly the bang you were looking for, but at least we have the Braves to look forward to. Heck they have at least 70 former Diamondback prospects. Holla Touki!!!Please, blog, may I have some more?
Have you seen Aaron Judge hit? This is the first thing I say to people. Shoot, I should qualify that. This is not the first thing I say to everyone. “Would you like to hear the specials?” “Have you seen Aaron Judge hit?” No. Not quite like that. It’s the first thing I say to people who ask me about Aaron Judge. In fact (Grey’s adding on already? Well, let’s get it!), I like to watch everyone hit (and pitch, but we’ll get back to that). I try to watch video of every single player. It’s not some weird voyeur thing. Okay, it’s that, but not only that! If someone’s minor league stats look like, say, .290, 35 HRs and 25 steals, and you watch them and they have a huge hitch in their swing, they don’t look fast and/or they’re a buck-fifty soaking wet, then you have a guy that could very well be hitting and running better against weaker competition than they will find in the majors. It’s important to watch the players. I bring this up now because I watch Aaron Judge and I see Giancarlo Stanton. I do not invoke my novio’s name willy nor nilly. I don’t say Giancarlo comparisons early nor often. If you saw Aaron Judge’s first major league home run, it was a simple, back-up-the-middle stroke. Only the ball went about 420 feet out in center. Aaron Judge hit only 4 homers last year in 84 ABs in the majors, but three went 419 feet or more and one homer went 457 feet, which was top twenty in the majors last year. Cause long balls get you excited like an older woman, here is Judge mollywhopping. If that doesn’t excite you, you have no soul. I don’t mean you have no soul as in you find it hard to get the rhythm of a song, I mean you are kin to the devil. Anyway, what can we expect of Aaron Judge for 2017 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?
Ayo whaddup, it’s ya boy Grey Albright aka the Fantasy Master Lothario aka White Chocolate aka The Ladder You Use To Reach New Heights aka The God Particle aka Trump’s Supreme Court Nominee Judge Reinhold aka Paid Overtime aka Close Parking Spot When You’re In A Rush aka Al Swearengen’s Swearing Dictionary aka Teacher, We Don’t Need No Education aka The Weird Guy That Latches Onto The Main Character In Oscar Films I Think His Name Is Paul Dano aka The Butcher, The Baker and The Candlestick Maker aka The Stinging On Your Pinkie Toe When You Clip Too Close aka Paul Anka aka Forget How To Spell My Name And Just Get Me My Coffee! I just spent thirty minutes looking up Mindy Cohn and whether or not she’s a lesbian. Ah, the offseason. You are a soothing mistress that touches my naughty bits with idle hands. She’s apparently not a lesbian, but a confirmed friend of the gays, and she wanted to lose weight in the 80’s, but the producers asked her to avoid it for the character of Natalie. They finally agreed to let her wear baggy clothes. No comment, except the “no comment” comment has the weight of a thousand eye rolls. A quick preamble about the 2017 fantasy baseball rookie series that is coming from me over the next few weeks. Rookies could get a post if they meet MLB eligibility requirements, less than 130 ABs or 50 IP. That means no Greg Bird, no Orlando Arcia, no Alex Bregman, and finally no Joey Gallo. In 2012, the first player I highlighted was Mike Trout. That wasn’t an accident. I said in the Mike Trout post, “He’s ranked number one for me. Numero uno. The Big Mahoff. He’s the big Statue of Liberty in New York, not that girly one in Paris!” Since then, I’ve attempted to make the first rookie post about a prospect that will be the top rookie for fantasy the following year. Last year, that honor went to Corey Seager. Yes, it’s an honor, don’t be so condescending. This year the top fantasy prospect isn’t no ordinary man, this is the prospect I be seeing in my sleep. Yoan Moncada will be your number one 2017 fantasy baseball rookie. Will Moncada be named to the All-Century Team in 85 years or edged out by a robot with grabby hands named the Hitter-Tron that my great-great-nephew will sue due to trademark infringement only to find out it’s the same Hitter-Tron that once graced this little fantasy baseball blog called Razzball? Can Moncada be a top five 3rd basemen in 2017? So many questions and so little time to look up Mindy Cohn info! Anyway, what can we expect of Yoan Moncada for 2017 fantasy baseball?Please, blog, may I have some more?
With Fall in full swing many cling to the flavors of the season, dousing their taste buds in pumpkin spice and squash medleys. Yuck! We Prospectors are a different breed, a simple folk, roaming from place to place in search of top up and coming MLB talent. In our search, we take you this week to Arizona, to look in on the talent rich Arizona Fall League. My podcasting companion Michael Halpern of Imaginarybrickwall.com and I, take the trip figuratively and discuss the top names and news makers through the first few weeks. Next year I hear Grey’s going to spring for two all expense paid trips to the Arizona Fall League so we can broadcast live on location. Then again I hear voices. Joking (not joking)… As for the show we drool over Tyler O’Neill, Yoan Moncada, Gleyber Torres, and Eloy Jimenez, then discuss the character that is Michael Kopech. You’ll learn who Ramon Laurenao is, but not the correct pronunciation of his name. We go through all six teams and give you the 411 on all you need to know. It’s Episode 11 of the Fantasy Prospect Podcast.Please, blog, may I have some more?
So, how’s everyone holding up without fantasy baseball every day? I don’t know what to do with myself! This week I wandered into a Starbucks and told the coffeerista about Aaron Sanchez for 2017. Then I sobbed into a cheddar scone until someone asked me to leave. We’ve gone over the final 2016 fantasy baseball rankings for hitters and the top 20 starters. This is different than Final Fantasy rankings where you rank Final Fantasy 1 thru Final Fantasy 15. That’s hardcore nerd shizz! This is simply fantasy baseball, we’re softcore nerds like Emmanuelle. So, there’s no more of these godforsaken recap posts left. You’re welcome. I, my over-the-internet friend, will be talking next about 2017 rookies. Anyway, here’s the top 40 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:Please, blog, may I have some more?
All the final 2016 fantasy baseball rankings for hitters are done. For those that skipped today’s title, this starts the top 20 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball. This is NOT for 2017 (caps for those who can’t read titles; supposedly it’s easier to read caps, I have my doubts). This is a recap. Will these affect next year’s rankings? Sure. But not entirely. To recapitulate, these rankings are from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. We’re (me’re) using it to fairly gauge our (my) preseason rankings. Anyway, here’s the top 20 starters for 2016 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Two Saturdays ago, I released the top 15 picks in my First Year Player Draft Rankings. I then followed this up with the latest edition of the Prospect Podcast this past Saturday, where Halp and I mocked out the first 32 picks of a First Year Player draft with Matt Thompson of Friends With Fantasy Benefits, and Smokey. Today we complete the dynasty nerd trilogy with the resolution of my rankings. Because I’m incapable of making difficult decisions and setting boundaries I went a little past 30. Don’t complain, I’m giving you extra. How ungrateful can you be? In today’s post I get a little deeper into the J2’s, as I included 10 of them. This year we had a solid J2 class and a weak draft class, so there’s more of an International flavor in the 2017 rankings than there might have been in past years. (Hopefully the international flavor is Jerk seasoning, but I will settle for Chimichurri, or a solid curry.) It’s also a pitching heavy class, with it being an extremely soft year for college bats. I can’t remember having so many pitchers, particularly prep, in my rankings. Enough with the “Hi, hows ya fathers”, let’s get into it!Please, blog, may I have some more?
With the top 40 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball, we’ve finished all the hitter recaps. We meaning me, but I’ll include you. No, that’s not a cue to try to hold my hand. Why are you now patting my butt? Don’t muss my hair! The pitching recap will begin next. You can hardly wait. No, you! To recap, the end of the season rankings are based on our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater. I felt the easiest way to keep it objective would to go this route. This way when I say someone finished 30th and I ranked them 23rd in the preseason, it carries more weight like a non-vegan Bill Clinton. Anyway, here’s the top 40 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Went over the catchers, 1st basemen, 2nd basemen and shortstops and top 20 3rd basemen for 2016 fantasy baseball. Guess what’s next! No, not pitchers. Read the title, man. In 2010, there were only 5 outfielders that hit 30 homers, in 2011 there were 9, 14 in 2012, in 2013 there were 3, a small bounce back with 6 in 2014 and last year there were eight. This year: less than you likely think. The infield had a ton of homers. Outfield was decent, solid, thesaurus word. Was it the best home run count since 2010? No, actually, it wasn’t. It was the 2nd best. 11 outfielders hit 30 homers. If you were to include outfielders that hit 29 homers, that shoots up to 15. Also, there were 35 outfielders who hit 20 homers; last year, there was 24. As for steals, there were 14 outfielders who stole 30 bases in 2012, 10 in 2013, 11 in 2014, and only five outfielders who stole 30 bases (only seven players total) last year. This year: seven outfielders stole 30 and 14 overall. Hello, offense, my old friend. As before, these rankings are from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. Anyway, here’s the top 20 outfielders for 2016 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:Please, blog, may I have some more?