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Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2014 (13) | 2013 (11) | 2012 (6) | 2011 (5) | 2010 (22)

2014 Affiliate Records
MLB: [84-78] AL East
AAA: [68-76] International League – Scranton/Wilkes-Barre
AA: [67-75] Eastern League – Trenton
A+: [71-68] Florida State League – Tampa
A: [71-69] South Atlantic League – Charleston
A(ss): [37-38] New York-Penn League – Staten Island

Graduated Prospects
Masahiro Tanaka, RHP | Dellin Betances, RHP

The Gist
The Yankees had major contributions from two rookie arms in 2014. When healthy, Masahiro Tanaka was dominant – posting a 2.77 ERA with 141 strikeouts in 136.1 innings pitched. An elbow injury ended his season prematurely, and while he never succumbed to Tommy John surgery, the health of that elbow is a big question mark heading into 2015. Meanwhile, Dellin Betances was a force in the bullpen where he racked up 135 strikeouts in 90 innings. The Yankees were major players on the international market this past July with ten of Baseball America’s top 30 J2 signees going to New York. They are also in the running for Cuban phenom Yoan Moncada, who is expected to sign with a team later this month.

Top Ten Fantasy Prospects

1. Aaron Judge, OF | Age: 22 | ETA: 2016

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
563 80 144 24 4 17 78 15.8% 23.3% 1 0 .308 .419 .486

Judge has enough power and hitting ability to sit comfortably within the top 50 overall fantasy prospects and on top of this organization’s list. He’s a very large man, and that in combination with his double-plus raw power from right field makes Giancarlo Stanton an easy comp. Just Google “Aaron Judge Giancarlo Stanton” and you’ll see what I mean. But the comp ends with his frame. Judge isn’t the same hitter as Stanton, and he’s not going to hit the majors at the same young age as Stanton did either. The man in Miami had hit 93 major league home runs by the end of his age-22 season while Judge has yet to reach the bigs. Still, an outfielder with 30+ homer potential that doesn’t tank your average is going to be a valuable asset in fantasy.

2. Greg Bird, 1B | Age: 22 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
441 52 100 30 1 14 43 14.3% 22.0% 1 0 .271 .376 .472

When it’s time for Mark Teixeira to ride off into the sunset, Bird should be more than ready to assume the role of everyday first baseman for the Yankees. He split time between High-A and Double-A in 2014 and posted nearly identical on-base percentages at both levels. He also smacked seven homers at both stops. Bird topped off his successful season with a trip to the Arizona Fall League, where he hit another half-dozen homers to lead the league. He was also a top ten hitter in batting average this fall. Bird could be a 25+ homer/.280 hitter in the majors. When you consider the other fantasy prospect options out there at first base, that’s pretty appealing.

3. Jorge Mateo, SS | Age: 19 | ETA: 2018

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
65 14 16 5 1 0 1 10.8% 26.2% 11 1 .276 .354 .397

Mateo’s best tool is his 80 speed, but he’s more than just empty steals. He also has a good approach and enough pop to one day get to double-digit homers. That offensive upside paired with an ability to stick at the shortstop position make Mateo a worthy dynasty add despite the distant ETA. If anything, now might be a great time to buy his stock before he generates more buzz with another season here in the States. Missing most of 2014 with a broken wrist put him out of sight and out of mind in a lot of dynasty leagues. If you like to have fun with comps, BA said “the total package evokes comparisons to Jose Reyes”. That’s tasty, but still a few years away from becoming a reality.

4. Luis Severino, RHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2016

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
6 5 2.47 24 24 0 113 93 36 31 3 2.2 10.1 .220

Severino is a risky arm in fantasy since there is still some chance he ends up in the bullpen. His upside is that of a #2/#3 starter thanks in part to a double-plus fastball and plus changeup, but his floor is just another setup guy. The latter would make him almost worthless in most shallow fantasy leagues. He’ll need another plus pitch to really cement himself in a rotation and reach his ceiling, and 2015 could see him take another step forward in that development. Severino should see Triple-A this season with a major league arrival sometime early next year.

5. Rob Refsnyder, 2B | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
577 82 164 38 6 14 63 9.5% 18.2% 9 9 .318 .387 .497

Refsnyder’s value is tied to his proximity to the majors at a position that’s relatively shallow. While he doesn’t have one elite tool to get excited about, he does a little of everything well. There is enough power to get to 12 or so homers and enough speed to chip in a handful of steals. How that translates in 2015 is a big question mark, so he wasn’t somebody that I included in my Top 30 prospects for 2015. However, in deeper leagues or dynasties this type of high-floor prospect with a major league opportunity can have surprising value.

6. Eric Jagielo, 3B | Age: 22 | ETA: 2016

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
385 46 85 14 0 18 58 10.6% 24.4% 0 0 .256 .351 .461

Jagielo doesn’t seem to be getting much love on traditional lists this year, but I’m still happy to include him on this fantasy list thanks to his plus power. A first round pick in 2013, last year was just his second pro season. Some of the low rankings seem to come from his defense, which doesn’t really matter to us in fantasy outside of the fact that he may move off of third to a less “valuable” position. If he gets the strikeouts under control and shows even small improvements at third base, I think you’ll see him bounce back into the top tens. His left-handed power is a great fit at Yankee stadium.

7. Gary Sanchez, C | Age: 22 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
477 48 116 19 0 13 65 9.0% 19.1% 1 1 .270 .338 .406

Sanchez is a catching prospect who may not spend all of his time behind the plate. Should he split time between 1B and DH in addition to catching duties, Sanchez could end up being a better fantasy asset than real-life one. Most reports on him mention lousy makeup, which I personally don’t put too much stock in for fantasy purposes. The other side of this coin is just how long we’ve been waiting for Sanchez, who signed as a teenager out of the Dominican Republic back in 2009 (the same year as Miguel Sano). His time is coming soon, and with plus power and at least average hitting ability, he could make an impact quickly regardless of his defensive role.

8. Ian Clarkin, LHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2017

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
4 3 3.12 17 16 0 75.0 71 29 26 6 2.8 9.0 .258

Clarkin’s upside is more of a mid-rotation starter, but he’s a relatively safe bet to stick in the rotation thanks to three plus offerings in his fastball, curve, and changeup. He has also shown good control of all of his pitches with under three walks per nine. The ceiling and strikeout potential aren’t what you’d typically want in a fantasy pitching prospect, but the boring guys who fill out the back end of major league rotations have value in deeper formats. Clarkin got a taste of High-A in 2014, and that’s likely where he’ll return to start the 2015 season.

9. Miguel Andujar, 3B | Age: 19 | ETA: 2017

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
527 75 129 25 4 10 70 6.6% 15.7% 5 1 .267 .318 .397

With a longer ETA Andujar makes a better play in deeper dynasty formats, but he has already shown signs of a solid fantasy prospect in the making. His defense could be good enough to stick at the hot corner down the road, and he flashed above average power with enough speed to matter in his first full season. He has a good approach at the plate already, and could be a breakout candidate in 2015 if he handles himself against the older competition in High-A.

10. Leonardo Molina, OF | Age: 17 | ETA: 2019

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
217 18 37 10 0 1 21 8.8% 23.5% 6 1 .193 .267 .260

If you’re looking for a lottery ticket in this system, Molina is as good as any. At just 17 years old, he’s obviously light years away from the majors, but his upside is pretty intense. All of his tools grade out at 55 or better, it’s just that everything is still raw. If you are in a league that has the minor league slots to stash players like Molina, he’s a great option despite the lackluster numbers in his stateside debut – where oh by the way he was the second youngest player in the GCL.

Yankees Previews: 2014 | 2013

AL T10 Prospects Index

 
  1. Mike

    Mike says:
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    Hey guys! (h/t Gregg Turkington)

    We have two dynasty leagues forming here at Razzball and we want you the readers to play too!

    The two formats are different, so pick the one you’d prefer to join…


    League 1 – Commish: Smokey
    -12-14 teams (more are welcome)
    -Auction H2H
    -$260 Budget
    -Players can be kept for max 5 years
    -Salary every year kept increases by 2,4,6,8,10
    -Max kept per team is 15
    -C, 1B, 2B, SS, 3B, OF(3), MI, CI,U, SP(9) 5 Bench
    -10-15 MiLB roster in separate draft


    League 2 – Commish: Mike
    -16-team, Roto, snake draft
    -40-man rosters, keep 30 of 40
    -keep forever, no restrictions
    -23 MLB C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, MI, CI, 5OF, 2 UTIL, 9 P
    -7 bench (can be MLB or MiLB players)
    -10 minors (MiLB only)
    -hybrid draft (MLB + MiLB)
    -weekly FAAB for pickups, daily roster moves

    Big thanks to Smokey for running a second league and thanks to JFOH for organizing the whole deal

    If you’d like to join a league, email JFOH with your league of choice

    [email protected]

    • MattTruss

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      @Mike: Hey Mike, I’d love to play in your league set-up. Never done dynasty before, but it seems like it’d be a lot of fun, probably help me be more aware of call-ups and what not for the regular fantasy game. I’m willing to be the league punching bag in order to expand my horizons a bit. I read all your articles anyway, may as well put them to good use. I’ll let JFOH know too.

      Will it be a slow draft? I’d prefer that scheduling and research wise. As a first timer, when the picks get thin I might need more then a minute thirty to decide. Appreciate your work and look forward to playing with you.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Nice! Yup, definitely a slow draft in that one. Looking forward to it too :)

        Shoot JFOH the email and you should be all set

        • MattTruss

          MattTruss says:
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          @Mike: Done. Any idea if you’re planning on ESPN, Yahoo, or something else as the league host?

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            cool…not sure about Smokey’s league, but mine will use Fantrax. They have the most dynasty friendly features for free and the deep player pool we’ll need

            • MattTruss

              MattTruss says:
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              @Mike: Cool, not one I’m familiar with. Looking forward to it man, I like trying new things.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                me too! should be fun

                • Yescheese says:
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                  @Mike: signed up! Awesome opportunity!

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    nice! welcome aboard Yescheese :)

                    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                      @Mike: i am pretty much league filled up, but i can i view the drafts, or do you have to be a member for that? I would be very interested in seeing you guys draft.

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      cool…probably have to be in the league to view it live, but I’m planning on writing about this league over the course of the summer. I’ll be able to make a Google sheet of the results as we draft and share the link to view.

    • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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      @Mike: count me in for snake! So awesome thx

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        nice!

  2. El Diablo says:
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    For 2015 only, Souza or Pederson?

    Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Pederson

  3. Your ranking of Greg Bird is higher than other experts. Love it. Been thinking he’s a bit undervalued. Hope we’re right!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice…yeah I like him from the fantasy perspective

  4. Gareth says:
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    Just did my first mock draft of the year. Had the second pick:

    C Ramos
    1b Frazier
    2b Rendon
    3b Arenado
    SS D. Santana
    CI Donaldson
    MI Bogaerts
    Of Stanton
    Of Moss
    Of Arcia
    Of Eaton
    Of Souza
    UT Kemp

    Grienke
    Shields
    Stroman
    Ventura
    K. Jensen
    Betances
    Cichek
    Rondon
    Allen

    Bench

    Clippard
    W.Davis
    Neshek

    I Followed Grey’s advise about not drafting bench bats. I normally wouldn’t draft shields but he fell pretty far so I grabbed him. I seem to have loaded up at third base (Frazier, Arenado, Donaldson) while having no outright first baseman.

    I was torn early on between Carlos Santana and Nolan Arenado and ended up picking Grey’s crush. Who do you prefer out of these two, Mike?

    I wanted to load up on good closers or prospective closers / quality middle relievers as they really seem valuable in the rcl. Looking specifically at strikeout ratios.

    Overall, how’d you like the fake team?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Gareth! Good to see you on here.

      Agree with Arenado over Santana. Solid value on Shields and the team looks good all around. I think that’s the best way to go with relievers in RCL, you might actually be a little closer heavy, but they’ll have trade value to land starters. Nice job!

  5. Gareth says:
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    I’ve been working hard at my new job so have not had much of a chance to post very often.

    I now run a beer, wine and liquor store in Avon, Ohio. It’s alot of hours but really fun. I’m Learning a lot about alcohol. Did you know Ohio broke liquor retail sales records in 2014? It was on the news the other night. With all this snow, I guess there’s not much else to do right now!

    Cheers!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Nice! Congrats man, that sounds awesome

      Doesn’t surprise me about Ohio sales haha. When the snow is not falling it’s blowing all over the place and cold as hell

    • Baezaworldseries says:
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      @Gareth: Now every time you say “cheers” I’m going to imagine you holding a half of glass of bourbon up to the screen of your cpu.

    • Lville Jim says:
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      @Gareth: I’m sure the Browns contributed to that record by driving their fans to the bottle in droves.

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Gareth: hard to beat southern CA when it comes to drinking (or maybe that is only for beer sales)

  6. Gareth says:
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    Thanks Mike.

    Yesterday was truly awful with the swirling snowstorms and today being -7 with wind chills of-24 is not preferable either.

    Bring on Baseball!!!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      for real

    • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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      @Gareth: this is where the G3! goes.

  7. Swfcdan says:
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    How much do you value a $4 JD in a keeper league (can keep for 3 more years for only $7), $300 budget (new to the league, not sure why they don’t use $260).

    Would sending Jon Gray for him be too much? Inherited Gray and really not a fan of any Rockies pitcher.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      $4 JDMart is solid.

      Yeah, I’d send Gray for him

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Thanks man. Starting to get into my dynasty slow draft, into the 4th round now. Considering crossing every part of my body and taking Cargo with my next pick. See you still rank him high in your keeper rankings, you worried about the injury and should he be available for opening day?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no problem..sounds fun!

          Depends who else is available, but I still like Cargo, yeah. Sounds like he’ll be ready for start of spring training

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Got him #59 overall, love, love, luuurve it.

            Miggy, Donaldson, Price, Cargo….not a bad start for a 16 teamer!

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              that’s solid…good work Dan!

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Mike: Thanks man, still going well but offense is flying off now and got a tricky call.

                Need an OF, looks like between Blackmon, Bruce, Holliday, Calhoun and even Zimm (OF eligable now it seems).

                Bruce killed me last year so trying to avoid him here but is he still the best bet?

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  no problem…I’d go Calhoun. I like the power/speed mix he brings and hits in front of Trout

                  • Swfcdan says:
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                    @Mike: Dynasty slow draft going well (but you’re right, very slow! haha)

                    Worked a deal in my other league getting JD and another 1st round pick in the upcoming draft. That along with a comp pick for losing Oscar T gives me 3 1st round picks coming up!! One being 1st overall, so how would you draft these available guys in order (OBP league):

                    Gallo, Rusney, Tomas, Schwarber, Rodon, Al Jackson, JP Crawford, Dahl, Norris, Harvey, Urias, Pompey, Winker, Bell. Tasty options!

                    Thanks man

                    • Mike

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                      I’d probably go Gallo, Crawford, Dahl there…but if you’re in win now mode it’s better to take Rusney and Tomas with two of the three picks

  8. Jammer McSlam says:
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    Can you rank based solely on upside in a dynasty league?

    Rondon
    Bobby Bradley
    Aaron Nola
    Monte Harrison
    Eloy Jimenez
    Pedro Gonzalez

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Is that Adrian Rondon?

      Pure upside/ceiling with no regard for ETA or anything I’d rank them

      Rondon
      Jimenez
      Harrison
      Bradley
      Gonzalez
      Nola

      Obviously most of them are pretty far away and you’d shoot Nola to the top if it were more about safety and proximity

      • Kenneth says:
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        @Mike: I had a similar question. As far as pure upside, regardless of eta, who are the top few guys throughout the minors in your mind? Thinking of Devers, Adrian Rondon, guys like that. Thanks.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Devers, Rondon, Tapia, A Jackson come to mind

  9. Yescheese says:
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    Our rankings keep aligning closer Mike…your emphasis on offense is a welcome breath of fresh air where most prospect experts rank on defense.

    Doesn’t Greg bird strike you as Mike Napoli in more ways than one? I’m torn on whether to target him or not

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      cool…yeah, the deeper I get into these prospect rankings, the less I care about pitching and defense. The mid-rotation guys are a dime a dozen and there are a lot of prospects who get the defense bump on other lists and then end up being borderline relevant in fantasy. Looking back at the first few teams I wrote up I think I gave too much credit to pitchers.

      That makes sense. Outside of Bell and Bird there isn’t a whole lot going on at the position.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Mike: interesting that you’ve changed your approach lately.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          The more specs I research, the more the high ceiling hitters stand out and the more the mid rotation pitchers and bullpen arms fade to the background. At least in terms of guys I would be after for fantasy purposes. It also helps that as we go further along, we have better farm systems that actually have these types of specs. Detroit, LAA, etc were pretty weak systems at the time that I started these reports.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Mike: yeah, better overall teams means more decent upside player types.

  10. Luvdarooks says:
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    3 keeper mixed 5×5 $260 league. Can keep for3 years with a 3 dollar raise yearly.

    I’m keeping Puig at 10
    Who are my other two considering salary
    ALL ARE ELIGIBLE TO BE KEPT IN ’16 +$3

    Abreu. 22
    D’Arnaud 6
    D Santana. 5
    Eaton. 9
    Duffy. 5
    Lester. 12
    Zimmerman. 21 (pitcher)
    S Casilla. 5

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Abreu and Lester

      • Luvdarooks says:
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        May trade. So Lester 12 seager15 or t Ross 4?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Kyle? I’d take Kyle Seager

  11. mauledbypandas says:
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    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      sounds good. I’ll ping you now. Thanks for the invite!

  12. Birdmann says:
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    I’d like to do a Roto Dynasty

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Sky!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        WORD

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sky: good looking out homie

    • Zico says:
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      @Sky: Thanks for the lookout Sky. I’m a long-time reader, rare commenter. You guys are solid as a community as well as a fantasy site. Look forward to being in a league this year!

      • Sky

        Sky says:
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        We try our best, glad we’re treating ya right. JFOH mentioned it to me last night, it was perfect timing. Good luck with 2015!

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Sky: this is what separates us from everyone else

  13. Mauledbypandas says:
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    Hey mike any room in the league you are doing?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup…just shoot JFOH an email and he’ll put you down. I think there are two or three spots left

  14. mindicohn says:
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    Great work! Look forward to these posts on Sundays.

    In my dynasty league being offered Castro ($21) and a.judge for my Gordon ($22) and shipley….it’s obp league and total bases vs abg and hr…no brainer right?

    Also saw y out mentioned using fantrax…we currently use CBS is it worth looking at fantrax? auction room is sketch on CBS.

    Thx
    MC

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      Trade sounds good, especially OBP with Judge.

      I’ve only used them for a couple years. The pros are that they have a very deep player pool and a lot of custom options. The cons are they are kind of new so the site is a bit plain and they have had some bugs in their auction software too.

      I’d say they are at least worth checking out if you’re looking for a new site to use. FT was originally recommended to me by Jay from Razzball and I’ve enjoyed it so far.

  15. J-FOH says:
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    I like the response so far from everyone, we have a lot of slots left

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      nice

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Mike: h2h league needs peeps

        • Don O. says:
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          @J-FOH: I’m in for a h2h dynasty as my other is roto, but wanted to know if the 5-year clock on MiLBers begins at the time of their MLB callup or immediately. Clarification?

          Awesome opportunity guys! Thanks so much!

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            no problem…I’ll see if we can get JFOH or Smokey to clarify

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Mike: I just emailed the question to smokey. Im earning my Arby’s coupons today my friend

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                extra horsey sauce!

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Mike: Beef and cheddar beef and cheddar beef and cheddar

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Don O.: Im waiting on your answer from smokey. I put you on the H2H list

  16. Gareth says:
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    I just joined Mike’s league “the Charlie hustlers.” I did join the with the correct Mike, right?

    I’m also in the process of creating a league. I’d love to see some familiar faces join.

    Also – any funny league name suggestions? The best I’ve come up with so far is “Gareth’s Purr-fect Game.”

  17. Gareth says:
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    That cat looked like he wanted to be anywhere other than David Cross’s grasp.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      ha! for real

  18. Yescheese says:
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    Are confirmation emails going out?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      We’ve got you down. Probably waiting until the end of the day to send a bunch. I know you’re in though.

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Yescheese: dont worry you were in before you emailed me

      • Baezaworldseries says:
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        @J-FOH: Are you guys screening owners or is it first come come first?
        You getting in on this FOH?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          pretty sure it’s first come first serve, just have to let us know which league you want in on. I just sent out a bunch of invites in mine

          • Baezaworldseries says:
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            @Mike:I was hoping to get in on your league. Sent a couple emails to J early today. Not a big deal.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              hmmm…I sent one to your email. Maybe check your spam

              • Baezaworldseries says:
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                @Mike: Yeah its there in the SPAM. I’ve been doing keepers on ftrax for a while. Thanks Mike.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  anytime…we’ll have to spread the word that it might be in some spam folders

      • Yescheese says:
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        @J-FOH: boooooom!

  19. Bob says:
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    Wout it be crazy to trade free and Arendo for Miggy Cabs ina 25 man keep all play all league?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Not crazy

  20. Anthony says:
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    Bullet to the head, what do you do?!

    Bruce and Gyorko for Dee Gordon and Hamels..League favors hitting by a fair margin..12 teams, 16 keepers! H2H most categories

    Thanks man!!

    • Mike

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      No problem…I’d take the hitters

  21. Bobby says:
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    Who do you prefer in a long term keeper league Kluber or Freddie Freeman? Big points for Ks and Hrs in the league.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Kluber

  22. S>H says:
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    Thanks for your help so far this off season. I have upgraded my roster by adding
    Tulo for A.Meadows,Glasnow, CJ Edwards, Cespedes for Tailion,E.Butler and Calhoun
    Hanley for two picks and J.Lowrie and also picked up Hamels and Gyorko for A.Sanchez and Heany. Question is I traded most my prospects away, I am holding on to Seager Sano and Dahl, and most the top 50 are gone and dont have a pick until the 4th round, is there any prospects that you think could make huge gains this season, either 50-100 or even outside that.

    Thanks again

    • Mike

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      anytime…

      I’d look at Devers and Margot in Boston, Tim Anderson (White Sox), Lewis Brinson/Nick Williams in Texas for starters

      If you’re looking even deeper, Aquino (CIN), Sierra (STL) Albies (ATL) are some of the guys that impressed in the lower levels of the minors. Jorge Mateo mentioned above is another one. M Conforto of the Mets…

  23. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Hey Mike,

    Do you think Greg Bird has the talent to be your primary 1B in an OBP league?

    • El Famous Burrito says:
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      @El Famous Burrito:

      It’s a 16-T dynasty, and I have Eric Hosmer as my starting 1B. Trading for a 1B is near impossible in this league, so I’d have to give up something semi-valuable to get Bird.

      It probably wouldn’t be worth it if he’s only a .250, 20-24 HR guy.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        that’s a great question. I think he’d be a better option at CI than 1B, especially early on. I do think he can hit for a better average than 250 though. 275-280 might be the ceiling with more like 260 the floor

        • El Famous Burrito says:
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          @Mike:

          OK, that’s something I can work with.

          How about the power? He’s hit the 20 mark before. With the short porch in Yankee Stadium, is 25 reasonable? Do you think he has it in him to put up the occasional 30 HR season?

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            yup, I think he can get to 25 hitting from the left side in that park.

            30 might be a stretch but it’s not crazy to think he can get there in a career year or something

            • El Famous Burrito says:
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              @Mike:

              Good info. Thanks!

              If I can find a decent throw-in to pair up with Bird, I might be able to steal a deal here. Appreciate it!

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                anytime…good luck!

  24. Matt says:
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    If you owned Koji Uehara, would you handcuff him with both Tazawa and Mujica or just one? I have Mujica and can get Tazawa but only have 7 bench spots.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      just one..Tazawa

  25. goodfold2 says:
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    mike, an alert, fantrax appears down as of 7 pm central today.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: it’s back, as of around 7:20. weird. downorblocked.net agreed there was an error on the page.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        nice

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: other owners in my fantrax league said that happens all the time, yet i’ve never seen it happen.

  26. Regurgitating Gordon Wood says:
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    I’m in win now mode but what’s your thoughts on trading Yasmany Tomas for either Joey Gallo or Miguel Sano (they are all same price in a 6/6 category keeper league).

    Thanks, good article!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I like Sano the best of the three. He won’t be up immediately like Tomas, but should still contribute in the second half of 2015.

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