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The draft was being hyped as the deepest in years, and was littered with lots of starting pitching prospects. It also makes anyone who has been around fantasy baseball awhile feel old.  With the offspring of Dante Bichette, Dwight Smith and Bobby Bonilla being some of the names eligible to be drafted. Some of these names you may have heard of, as most are considered top notch talent and have been glorified by every site that pimps out draft information. So here is my take on some of the names most talked about:

Dylan Bundy HS P OK – Highly projectable flame thrower. High School numbers look silly for most top players and his aren’t any different. Fastball in the mid to high 90’s with awesome control of 4 pitches and modest 111/3 K/BB rate in 48 innings.

Brandon Nimmo HS OF WY – Toolsy OF are what makes scouts swoon. From watching video, he reminds me a little of Mike Trout. He is more of a line drive type hitter but with polish. Has size to develop power, has decent speed and plays all three OF positions well.

Fransisco Lindor HS SS FLA – The top SS prospect in this years draft. Isn’t a blazer on the bases, but has decent switch hitting power. Swing seems to be a little “armsy” to me, but has the hand speed needed to be a decent hitter. Needs to develop better plate discipline and some defensive footwork, but overall he has the goods.

Trevor Bauer P UCLA – The most complete college pitcher in this year’s draft, and my pick to make it to the show before anyone. Has a little Lincecum type windup that features 4 quality pitches. Workhorse guy for top of the rotation and thinks there is still life to be had in all his pitches from what they currently are at. I will go on record as saying he is my favorite pitcher in this years draft.

CJ Cron 1b Utah – The premium college power bat. Projects to be a masher with solid hitting mechanics, but raw power to all fields. Drawing a lot of comparisons in swing to Troy Glaus, which isn’t all that bad. Brother also draft eligible, Kevin is a C/1b prospect out of HS. Needs to prove he is more than a bat, and develop some 1b skills or get sucked into that man without a position status which always hurts upcoming prospects.

George Springer OF UCONN – A wiry strong and toolsy OF with plus bat speed. Plays the part of a CF/RF in the future. Has all the tools needed at the plate to be a middle of the order run producer. Isn’t a hack defensively. Skill set reminds me of a Hunter Pence type. Power and speed guys don’t grow up on waiver wire trees.

Jed Bradley P Georgia Tech – Polished college left-hander with smooth easy repeatable delivery. Has a put away changeup that may be the best in this year’s draft. Solid fastball and mixes in a curve. Is a groundball pitcher and they always have long futures in baseball.

Josh Bell OF HS – The toughest sign in this year’s draft, but also the unicorn that everyone covets. Has plus-plus power for a switch hitting OF. Exceptionally quick hands that generate all the power need for his aggressive swing. Is being called Chili Davis in some circle, based on the switch-hitting OF comparison. Is advised by the Boras group and recently sent a letter around baseball saying he wants to honor his commitment to the University of Texas.

Taylor Guerrieri P HS – Fast rising HS RHP with a great repertoire for hitting the strike zone. Already lauded by scouts for doing “what major leaguers do” to get batters out. Fastball in the mid 90’s with a change and curve mixed in. Is on the tail of Bundy as the best HS arm in the draft.

Taylor Jungmann P TEXAS – A workman type pitcher with huge upside. Although that comes with the worry of wear and tear from being over used in college. His mechanics make you take notice, very whippy type arm movement with command of three solid pitches.

  1. Stephen

    Stephen says:
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    Fantastic job Smokey! In addition to the break, the writing was very informative and will help me get a jump start. Good job!

  2. Tom Thumb says:
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    This is great. I agree on most of them too. Bundy, Bauer and Guerrieri are my favorites here (in that order). Cron could be a great fit in the Angels lineup if all goes correctly. An order that contains Trout, Morales, Trumbo, Cron, Bourjos, Conger could be pretty good.

  3. Ben says:
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    My league is a 12 team Roto league with 4 keepers allowed. Right now I have David Wright, Chase Utley, and Bryce Harper as 3 of my 4 keepers with the 4th up for grabs Granderson could arguably be it. I was offered a lopsided deal with potential to really give me 4 stud keepers but I dont know if Harper should be even considered (he has yet to have a ML at bat so maybe he could be sold high?)

    TRADE: HARPER
    GRANDERSON
    DOMONIC BROWN (I can only keep 4 players)
    GALLARDO
    HAMELS

    FOR: CARL CRAWFORD
    JUSTIN UPTON
    JAMES SHIELDS

    The more I break down the trade it seems like I am comparing Justin Uptons ceiling with Bryce Harper’s…who would you rather have..you probably say Harper as would I but Crawford seems to be coming around in BOS finally and it is a roto league so Upton and Crawford provide nice stats in every category…. but BRYCE HARPER uhhh help me out man..

  4. Smokey

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    @Stephen: Thanks, anytime i can help a brotha out.

    @Tom Thumb: I to like Bundy and Bauer alot.

    @Tom Thumb: I like the part about Charlie Chaplin being his agent.

    @Ben: I think thats way too much to be giving up, Hamels and Gallardo werent even mentioned by you and that would anchor most staffs. Unless you are completeley punting for this year I would say no way.

  5. Ben says:
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    There is an innings cap on the league right now I am a couple over but my staff would still be bolstered by Grienke, Hellickson, Dan Hudson , Johan on the shelf, its a keeper league so I am also looking to invest in the future. I agree with the fact that I am giving away a lot. Hamels and Gallardo are ACES! but there are pitchers like AJ Burnett, Ervin Santana,…. I am not keeping Hamels and Gallardo. I do not want to trade Harper thats the only thing holding me back. Not considering punting the yr I do intend to compete currently 3rd place with 93 1st and 2nd have like 112.

    I want 4 stud keepers at the end of the day if I can shuffle around with the players mentioned who would be your top 4? (prob wright and utley whom I already have as 2 because they are not outfielders)…Crawford, and then Harper? or Upton?

  6. Smokey

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    @Ben: Still a Nah for me.

  7. shibboleth says:
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    Thanks for this Smokey, it’s a great read.

    I’m well pleased to see Bundy at the top… as a forlorn O’s fan I’m predicting a Price-esque post-season call-up followed by WS victory followed by stirling career as a starter. I also want a pony and a new grill set.

  8. Smokey

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    @shibboleth: Even if you go 2 for 6 with the things you listed i would be happy. Come on grill set..

  9. Al Swedgin says:
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    5*5: Aaron Hill or Daniel Murphy?

  10. quimmy says:
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    keeper league, which side would u rather have:

    cargo/morrow
    or
    lester/hamilton

  11. Smokey

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    @quimmy: Hambo’s health vs Cargo’s ability to stay productive is really the bottom line here, id prolly take teh better sp than and its Lester.

  12. Rags says:
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    Can you list which teams drafted them? I am laziness incarnate and don’t want to look them up individually. Thanks!

  13. Chupacabra says:
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    Trade in my league:

    Pujols

    for

    CJ Wilson and Tommy Hanson.

    Would you veto this trade?

  14. Smokey

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    @Rags: Orioles, Mets,Indians, D Backs, Angels, Astros, Brewers, Pirates, Rays, Brewers. In that order as listed.

    @Chupacabra: i wouldnt no. I dont really ever veto anything unless its really off base like Miguel Cairo for Miggy Cabrera.

  15. Matt says:
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    @Smokey, I had the chance to see Jed Bradley pitch against Duke this year. It was an off-day for him but his change-up is definitely a plus pitch already. It was the best secondary pitch I saw a college pitcher throw this season.

  16. Smokey

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    @Matt: Yea it’s pretty nasty.

  17. Cheese

    Cheese says:
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    @Smokey: Hey Smokey, what do you think the ETA of Desmond Jennings is?

  18. Tony says:
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    another prospect to watch, MIKE MASON outta Marshall, he was taken in the 23rd or 24th round by texas! Lefty outta maumee, OH….. one of my best friends little brothers! HAHA go mikey! whether the kid ever makes it or not to the bigs its pretty damn sweet to say you were drafted by NOLAN RYAN and the texas rangers after having a full ride to a good D1 program….

  19. Terrence Mann says:
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    What is the scoop on Bubba Starling?

  20. barker says:
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    great article smokey

    nimmo didn’t get me too excited but comparing him to trout on the best baseball site on the net sure did — some hack on rivals.com was saying something about he didn’t play enough in WY and i got even more down on the pick but the trout comp is getting me giddy

    they really don’t have high school/LL in WY, what gives??

  21. Raj says:
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    I like Francisco Lindor’s defense better than Javier Baez’s, but I think Baez will become the better offensive performer and thus the better fantasy option down the road.

  22. It'llonlyhurtforasecond says:
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    @barker:

    he didn’t play enough in WY. however, scouts have seen a fair bit of him and think that IF he gets into an organization that can harness those skills, extended playing in a warm weather environment could see him morph into a Trout-like player.

  23. Smokey

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    @Cheese: Needs an injury to be relevant this year.

    @Tony: Good luck Mike Mason.

    @Terrence Mann: Still may go football route, but has 5 tool potential. May not hit for as high as an average, but power and defense are there.

    @barker: I agree with rival that he didn’t get enough burn. The only other concerns with him are facing better competition and the conversion to using wood bats full time. Wyoming is very sparsly populated.

    @Raj: Baez is definately on the same level as Lindor, i like Lindor more as a glove. Glove gets you to the bigs and your bat keeps you there.

  24. Mark says:
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    Smokey….I see Trout sitting on the waiver wire, who could be a September call-up. Is he worth stashing in a keeper league or is it just too early.

  25. Steve says:
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    @Smokey: He Smokey. David Robertson just got a whole lot more useful for anyone in a Holds league, no?

  26. Terrence Mann says:
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    @Smokey: So if the Royals open their wallets Bubba will play bb?

  27. Steve says:
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    @Smokey: That crappy outing excepted, of course…

  28. Smokey

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    @Mark: Depends on league settings, prolly wont get more than a 100 abs or so this year.

    @Steve: Yea he did, and of course he craps the bad.

    @Terrence Mann: Yea. But ya never know with kids these days.

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