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This Sunday I wanted to sort of shoot from the hip about no particular subject, but sort of just share some things I’ve been thinking, and other I’ve observed. Baseball is back in full tilt and there’s lots of prospects vying for major league gigs, while others hope to leave an impression. Regardless, there’s a ton of players that they could fill a major league role at some point in the season. There’s plenty to talk about, so why not get into some of it. I love this time of year because you get to see prospects playing against major leaguers. Allows you to get a read on who’s the goods and who still has work to do. Not that spring training is the be all and end all, it’s obviously not, but it’s fun to take a look at who’s doing what, and what it might mean for their 2017 Fantasy Baseball values.

  • Did you listen to the latest Prospect Podcast? You know, the one where we wax poetic about our totes fav sleepers. I use neither the word totes or fav once just in case I lost you after the Rachel Ray talk.
  • Got to be totally open with you, I hope you appreciate that. It’s hard to admit, but I have no idea how to value Kevin Maitan. He’s 17! He could truly be a once in a generation superstar talent, or he could be Miguel Sano. Either way, you’re okay. Please don’t mistake me for a Maitan-hater, I’m as excited about Maitan as anybody. How could you not want a 17 year old Miguel Cabrera/Chipper Jones spliced DNA clone. Let’s hope he doesn’t end up oft injured, or a drunk driver, or an oft-injured drunk driver! I’m a nervous wreck. There in lies the reason I have trouble taking him any higher than 4th in first year player drafts.
  • What have I done? I’m having trouble landing Benintendi anywhere. Particularly RCL’s. :(  He’s been going well inside 100 in my RCLs. Then again it would help if i didn’t name my leagues things like “Benintendi Erection Club”. He might hit 3rd for the Sox, don’t mind me, I’m taking off my pants.
  • I’m such a homer.
  • It’s really great to see Harrison Bader hitting the ball well this spring. This could be a huge year for Bader if he hits early in AAA, and the Cardinals have a need open in the outfield. He’s slashing .375/.423/.750. I ranked him 49th in my top 100, and he should be owned in any league where minor leaguers are owned.
  • Speaking of spring training and crushing the ball, Renato Nunez is doing just that. I wonder if there’s room for him in Oakland right now. He’d have to play in left field or DH. He’s technically a 3rd baseman, but he’d be a liability at the position at the major league level. Weaknesses aside, all the reports are raving about how hard he hits the ball.
  • Gleyber Torres, Yankees super prospect hit an opposite field homer off Justin Wilson, a lefty. Torres is hitting .421 with 5 extra base hits.He’s still a year away, but I really believe he’s going to push for a starting job from the jump in 2018. I would try and acquire this kid in every dynasty.
  • Speaking of Yankees prospects, Aaron Judge has been making consistently hard contact in the spring. He connected for his second homer of the spring on Friday. Everything seems to be setting up nicely for Judge. So what goes wrong to prevent a full major league season?
  • There’s tons of buzz about Luis Robert and rightly so. The kid looks like the truth, the hyperbole however is through the roof. While I don’t necessarily disagree with all of it, don’t buy in without any reservations; the Cuban hype twists and distorts perception. That said, these scouting videos, and reports, Wow!
  • Sam Travis has gotten some love from me before, and he’s back from the knee injury and hitting this spring. I wouldn’t be shocked if he saw a few hundred plate appearances with the Sox this year if there’s an injury to Hanley or Mitch Moreland. Travis isn’t a superstar but he’s got a solid hit tool and above average pop.
  • Dan Vogelbach needs to break camp with the Mariners. He’s hitting .345 at the moment, but the power hasn’t really been there (.414 SLG%). I’ve always viewed him as a hit tool on base guy first, power hitter second, but a lot of people feel the opposite. I’m not sure why? He’s had one season over 20 homers in the minors, and that was last season. His career batting average across 6 minor league seasons is .286. He walks as much as he strikesout, and his power has always been solid, but not heralded like say an Aaron Judge. I own him in a few leagues, I hope he hits
  • I watched a little Ronald Acuna and damn. The comps you hear are absurd, and there’s a reason for that. Other players in Braves camp making a lot of noise are Max Fried, who’s velocity is back up to 97, and the results have been very good. The other player is Austin Riley, who’s been drawing rave reviews and working with Chipper Jones of course. I try to own all three where I can.
  • For a guy that hit a ton in college people are really off the Will Craig bandwagon. Mr. Halpern my Co-Host from the Prospect Podcast mentioned it last episode. Yeah that’s worth taking advantage of in first year player drafts if he falls to you.
  • If you’re looking for the next hot international prospect, check out Estanli Castillo Abad. A 15 year old Dominican prospects who absolutely rakes. Check out these moonshots, seriously kid looks amazing.
  • Getting to work on some of the draft stuff within the next month or so. If you’re not familiar with Hunter Greene or Royce Lewis check them out. Two very exciting prep players, Greene is a legit two way guy that could go either way, but more than likely goes pitching.

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  1. Beware the Shit Rope says:
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    running a dynasty (new) 7 man prospect slow draft that very hopefully gets done before march 31st when our regular online draft starts. 16 teamer. i got meadows at 1.12, but with so many SS having gone already, torres/swanson/albies/rosario/barreto/and then at 2.1 (17th pick) rodgers, which seems crazy. but somewhat worried i’m way behind the SS craze here. from your ranks probably have the choice of one of brinson/margot/tapia/o’neill/senzel/calhoun or a pitcher (martes/hader highest). guess it’s too early to play the roster construction game though, just best player if possible still. we have to call up guys when they hit 130/50 (standard) to active roster. 7 protected list per team (so matches right up with 100 man lists (nearly)).
    we’re also very likely going to make it impossible to add mid-season to our protected lists, and due to that, should i be adjusting anything with drafting these guys, as i can attempt to draft guys in the regular draft that i know will play this year (we have 2 NA slots on active roster page).

    examples being just how i drafted meadows ahead of jimenez/rodgers, but with later picks (where it’s not as clear about the overall value) it’s possible i’d rather have long term upside stashes than possible this year value. in the case of meadows vs rodgers it’s probably just an easy meadows, as i clearly wouldn’t have gotten him back later had i not grabbed him at 1.12.

    with that best overall player deal in mind though i took a.reyes at 2.5. have a feeling the hader/espinoza/marte’s will be gone by next pick and really i thought it only came down to him or espinoza for long term value (assuming i thought i wanted to go pitcher here at all of course). some other leaguemates are going smart upside (vlad gone already), others from either defensive based or possibly older lists (a.rosario/barreto gone already too)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Beware the Shit Rope: Nice, you got a lot of good options available.

  2. David says:
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    Hey Ralph, please rank these three young lefties of the Braves: Fried, Newcomb, Allard. Thanks.

    • Beware the Shit Rope says:
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      @David: just go with the damn alphabetic order it’s what he did. kidding, but he did do that in his ATL post. seriously though, a lot of the time that’s what these guys do.

      cue that “now the more you know” from TV

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Allard, Fried, Newcomb. Obviously Fried and Newcomb are close, while Allard is a few years away.

  3. Geno says:
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    H2H Dynasty: I own Dahl for 5 years. Thought I’d shop him around for shits and gigs. Some offers I got were 1) Yelich (2 years) & Kopech (ML spot no years till he plays over 30 big league innings), 2) Felix (1 year), Renfroe (6 years) and one of Winker or Newcomb 3) Chris Archer (2 years) and Zack Collins. Are any of these worth considering for 5 years of Dahl?

  4. pondfrogsplash says:
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    Hey guys,

    I can only keep three of these studs in a 5X5 OBP Roto league: Rizzo, Donaldson, and Trea Turner.

    Asking Razz for help with my first important decision of the year. Ha!

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @pondfrogsplash: keep them all, unless you meant you can only keep less than 3, or you intended to add more than 3 names.

      • pondfrogsplash says:
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        @goodfold2: Damn. I meant to say I can only keep 2. Already screwing this up.

        • hondo says:
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          @pondfrogsplash:
          If you got Turner off the wire,he’ll cost you a super late pick,gotta do that.The other would depend on who is being kept,thus it would be league dependent IMO.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @hondo: since he didn’t say it i’m assuming it’s just binary keep or not, no round costs nor escalating costs. that being said probably dump son of donald. but of course faith in treat urner comes in to play in that instance. either way rizzo stays.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @pondfrogsplash: I say you go Rizzo and Turner. Can’t go wrong with any of them though.

  5. pondfrogsplash says:
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    Naw, both picks regardless would be my 1st and 2nd picks. so should I take Rizzo 1 and Donaldson 2 or Rizzo 1 and Turner 2.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @pondfrogsplash: yeah so it’s just front loaded binary keep or not, no varying costs nor escalations.

    • Chud says:
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      @pondfrogsplash: n a keeper when debating go younger. Rizzo n Turner in my humble opinion.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @pondfrogsplash: Rizzo and Turner

  6. Chud says:
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    Ralph,

    Great stuff as always! What do u think of Bradley Zimmer’s new swing approach and results thus far? Seems a positive development.

    Also could use your opinion on a 10 team full keeper salary trade offer:

    I give Cano ($38)/Abreu ($16)/Pineda ($1)

    I get Dozier ($13)/Hosmer ($16)/Lackey ($12)

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: Looks like he’s ready to break through and I could be happier about it. If he gets his contact issues under control and he can be dynamic.

      Yeah not a bad trade.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @D Fresh: Damn, three teams dropped out.

      • D Fresh says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Already filled again! That was a quicky!

    • D Fresh says:
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      @D Fresh: EDIT *9pmET

  7. howtathor says:
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    Hey Ralph, am signed up in one of your RCL’s…looking forward to the season! Actuallly, I was surprised how conservative I went in the draft…usually am more prospect oriented, especially in an RL league! I’m sure my ‘rookie nookie’ will emerge as it get’s closer to June!
    Anywhoo, I play also in a 30 team dynasty league which is franchise based where we can protect 10 minor league franchise players per year. Every year we have a five round draft where any unprotected minor league players are available so you can imagine that you have to be a real prospector to come up with gems. Fortunately I listened to your podcast and read your blog and was able to snag Galindo and Arrozarena in the 5th round. Thanks for that and good luck in the season!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @howtathor: Nice! Which league are you in? What team are you?

      Awesome! Glad we could help!

      • howtathor says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Prospector Ralph’s Cavern (Rocket to Rizzo)

  8. Tweak says:
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    1) You think there’s a possibility that Hanley could get hurt!?! WHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA???????????????

    2) If both are available in a dynasty draft, do you take Acuna or Maitan? Bader or Verdugo? Travis or Vogelbach?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tweak: HAHAHA

      Acuna, Bader, and Vogie.

  9. Joe Shmoe says:
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    WAIT!!!! You are not John Goodman?!?!?!?!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joe Shmoe: Wait, I’m not?

  10. Amolnar says:
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    Ralph,

    Random strategy question for you. Our league is a keeper/dynasty standard ESPN ROTO league – with an auction draft. We can keep up to 15 guys and we can sign anyone to 5 year contracts that increase by $5 each year for hitters and $4 for pitchers. We are given $280 each year as a salary cap which is used for both keepers and the auction. Teams consist of 28 players, and we auction draft till everyone has 23 players and then we do a snake draft for the last 5 players on each team. The contract value each year if you want to sign someone is dependent if you drafted a player in the previous year draft (either auction or snake). You get to keep the player for the next year starting at the salary that you drafted him – snake picks would be $1 “base salary”. If they aren’t drafted, we just use the ESPN auction values given out each year as the “base salary”.

    With that said, many guys have been taking the approach of drafting minor league studs with the intention of them rotting on the bench. Some even draft them in the auction for a few bucks in and then end up signing them to 5 year deals the next year. The downside is that you have to hold on to them the entire year and they can just sit there even though they are in the minors not contributing. For example, someone drafted Trea Turner in the snake and kept them all year and now they signed and have them for $1 this year, $6 the following and so on for 5 years! I haven’t been using this strategy because I feel like I can find guys that have value at the end of the draft and can contribute the entire year. I was wondering what your strategy would be for something like this? I will end my question by noting that we don’t have a cap for innings pitched so managers have been loading up on as many SPing as possible just to get the innings and the K’s and W’s that come with it.

    Guys like Benintendi and Moncada were kept all year last year and both are signed as well.

    There are still a lot of guys like Austin Meadows that are still available in the draft though.

    Thanks in advance.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Amolnar: I’d try and find a balance. I rarely just go the Prospect route exclusively. I’d try and find value, if you can get a guy like Carlos Beltran for a great price, I’d prefer his two years of good production. There’s always Prospects and the next big thing, however production and a track record of it matters. For the record I like your model. I can’t say I wouldn’t be tempted by Meadows, Eloy, or Gleyber just to have one.

  11. Downtown says:
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    You mentioned Maitan as fourth in a rookie draft, who do you have ahead of him? Just curious, who do you have as your top five right now? Any sleepers in a rookie draft that you really like?

  12. Jeff says:
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    How can you talk Yankees prospects and not talk about my add Kyle Higashioka? Come on now.

    Also do you mean to tell me that I could have waited one more round to mistakenly snipe Will Craig from you in SSDL?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jeff: Yeah Higashioka is raking, you think he beats out Romaine for the other job?

      Haha, I didn’t say I underrate him. He was locked and loaded as my next pick when you took him.

      • Jeff says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: No I don’t think he beats out Romine right now but I heard Brian Cashman talk very highly about him on Sirius so I had to take a shot. Too bad there’s a pretty serious ceiling above him, though his defense is almost as good as Sanchez’s from what I’ve heard so maybe if he rakes then they find somewhere else to play Sanchez.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jeff: Yeah that’s what I read, Cashman called him a sleeper prospect. I guess he’s coming up on the podcast before but I have no memory of it. Seems like a worthy shot. How much did you pay $100k?

          • Jeff says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, he hasn’t really been on any top 20 or top 30 team rankings. There’s also a chance that last year was the aberration as opposed to a turning point.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Jeff: Yeah, got to love that power jump, and he’s a catcher so 26 is older but not crazy old for a breakout.

  13. Anodyne says:
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    I’m in the midst of a draft for a 20-team 6×6 keeper league that counts OPS and holds. 30-man rosters including minors. We keep 20 and throw back the rest to the draft. One of my big challenges is trying to value established guys versus prospects. I’m using your top 100 to value prospects, which has been incredibly helpful. Many thanks to you for putting this together. I’m in win-now mode and want to maximize value at the back end of my roster. How would you rank these:

    Isan Diaz
    Victor Martinez
    Matt Bush
    Harrison Bader
    Rowdy Tellez

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Anodyne: Victor is tough, cause if it’s OPS it boosts him, and if you need another bat, are competitive now, and he could put your offense over the top he’s #1. If he’d simply be a bench bat, and your team is older, and you’d like to add some youth then it’s Bader.

      So with the said. Just from a win now perspective I’d rank them Victor, Bush, Bader, Tellez, Diaz.

      If you’re looking on a multi year thing with a little more value on this year and next it’s Bader, Tellez, Bush, Diaz, and V-Mart.

      Long term it’s Diaz, Bader, Tellez, Bush, Martinez.

      • Anodyne says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Nice, Ralph! That’s very helpful. Also helps me to interpret your rankings even better. Still a bunch of picks to go before my next selection, so the choice may be made a lot easier if some of these guys are gone.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Anodyne: Cool!

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: man, you keep it thorough. HPIC

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @nick the dick: I break heads, ribs, lists into three!

  14. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Joined a new league that is in its second year (not a great decision in retrospect but I played with one of the guys in another league last year, and he’s a good man).

    It’s 14 team H2H and I can keep anyone on my roster but the player needs to be kept in the round prior to where he was drafted last year. My roster is empty. I have Harper (can keep in round 1), Bogaerts (round 4), Fulmer (round 23), McCullers (round 10). It’s a 23 round draft which later has 3 NA spots available. One guy has Trea Turner in round 23 this year, 22 next ….

    It looks like it might be a bit of a rebuild project, I am definitely not competing this year. I am thinking of targeting some prospects but where in the draft is a reasonable place to start drafting them? Is taking Bellinger in round 10, 12, 15 silly? (Some of the top prospects are already owned and may be kept in the latter rounds of the draft).

    Not listened to the latest podcast yet, am avoiding the Gym. Have managed to listen to a couple of podcasts while walking to the pub though !!

    Best wishes,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Nice! You’re in the UK correct? What town are you in by the way?

      I think you have a better base than you think. I would try and target some prospects late. You don’t want to over pay for anyone but Moncada or Benintendi (who I’m sure are owned). I’d review my top 100, keep a running tally, and figure out who’s available in the last 4-5 rounds.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Many thanks.

        Started listening to the podcast at the gym this evening, good to hear so many of the names I have on my roster mentioned. But then I know you guys love my roster ; I assembled it using your advice.

        I live in the NE of England on the coast, in a small town (pop: 60,000) called Scarborough. It’s about 40 miles NE of (Old) York.

        Best wishes,

        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Another Dan: Yes okay, you’re like perfectly east of Liverpool.

          • Another Dan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            yep, other side of the country. On a bearing of about 70 degrees I would say, looking at the map I have in front of me. Liverpool is about 3 hours on a train from here (although we don’t do fast trains in the UK). Goes through Manchester on the way.

            Some mates asked me about Red Sox tickets last week. They are taking their wives to Boston and the only game while they are there for is Opening night. I told them to forget it (they’re not really baseball fans). Wasiright ? Any tips on where they could watch the game ? or any other Boston related tips?

            Dan

  15. TBone says:
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    Trade question regarding last year’s prospects.
    6 categories for hitting with OBP and SLG instead of AVG.

    How fair/close is this trade:
    Contreras (can be kept in 15th this year, 13th next, and 11th year after)
    Glasnow (17th, 15th)
    4th round pick
    For
    Trea Turner (23rd, 21st, 19th)
    6th round pick

    Is it close and which side do you prefer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @TBone: I prefer the Turner said by a bit.

  16. ferris says:
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    Can you do a Top 6 rookies for 2017 impact?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ferris: That’s coming, and it will be more than 6.

  17. Bob says:
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    Team 1 is what I have now. I could make some trades to to turn my team into team 2 or 3. What do you think? It’s a keeper league as well.

    Team 1
    Nelson Cruz
    Stanton
    Votto
    Moncada
    Archer
    Carlos carrasco

    Team 2

    Cruz
    Votto
    Moncada
    Trumbo
    Hosmer
    Bregman

    Team 3

    Cruz
    Votto
    Moncada
    Trumbo
    Hosmer
    Benetendi

    Thanks for The help

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bob: Team 2 is my favorite option.

  18. Fungazi says:
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    What do you expect more from Benintendi over Adam Eaton at the top of the nats lineup? Not an Eaton fan, but they seem to have the same profile of stats.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fungazi: I think Benintendi has more power, and will hit from a spot in the lineup more likely to drive in runs. He hits the ball in the air a lot more than Eaton does.

  19. Phil the bluntmam says:
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    2 openings to fill in a rcl for tomorrow at 230 pm. Join up if you’re looking for another league to join.

  20. Sinkhole Demayo says:
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    dynasty league with auction budgets and some very odd rules. 12 team h2h with QS, K/9, K’s against and OPS as added stuff 7×7. start 1 each of every position and 3 OF, 1 util. max. here’s the settings for budget
    -anybody won in 2 round yearly rookie draft (which can ONLY be guys drafted in MLB draft last year, doesn’t count the large number of guys added to yahoo since december if obtained by MLB team in any other way) costs $10 in 1st round and $5 in 2nd round. anybody obtained by auction draft or this rookie draft starts a 3 year contract cycle, costs don’t escalate during this time.
    – anybody obtained from FA costs $10 or more if their FAAB price for obtaining them was more than $10.
    -unless noted every player i have is on 3rd year of their contract
    – pre auction draft budget cap is 18 players max and also $229 out of the $320 (or so) max after the auction draft. anybody can be auction drafted. i believe there’s some rule that says a prospect’s contract clock doesn’t start till so many at bats in a year (so moncada is still on year 1 here)
    -post draft during season there is no budget of any kind. last year i cut almost whole team when it was useful.

    C sanchez $10 (2nd year, meaning he’s from FA last year)
    1B
    2B villar $10 (2/3), could also so in 3B slot if need be
    SS ceager $1 (2/3)
    3B
    OF schwarber $1 (2/3), k.davis $10 (2/3), cruz $15 (2/3)
    util buxton $5 (last year)
    SP kershaw $52 (last)
    – hendricks $1 (2/3)
    – hamels $16 (2/3)
    -rodon $1 (last)
    RP chapman $29 (last), ottavino $10 (2/3), colome $10 (2/3)
    NA moncada $1 (1/3)
    also have possibles of all these guys, and all would be $10’s in year 2.
    healy, beltran, nova, w.ramos, b.miller, morales, musgrove, kiermaier, and strasburg at $39 (last year)
    but in the case of each of those i think i could either get them cheaper (healy, nova) or aren’t worth what the OPS/QS rater is telling me their value is, except for kendrys (barely at $12)
    1. agree with this last part?

    2. in our rookie draft, due to how cheap it appears in this league you can get prospects for in the draft itself, is anybody actually worth drafting. $10 for a 1st rounder, $5 for a 2nd. thus far almost every owner has passed except the guy at 1.2 grabbed Puk, and a guy grabbed senzel. still in the 1st round. lewis or ray or collins maybe?

    currently i’m keeping 15 at $172/$229 ($320 or so it gets up to during auction) leaving me with $148 to grab a 1B, 3B, 2 or 3 BN bats, 1 or none closers, 3 or 4 SP. and obviously any prospects would come out of that budget as well. and due to the crazy low prices of guys i have when i took this league over, i can probably nab a few of them (the bench bat slots + worst SP slot, so probably 3) during draft.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sinkhole Demayo: Yes to 1., Collins, Lewis, Ray are all worth it. same w/ Lucas Erceg. All of them have value in the next 18 months IMO.

  21. gobiggreen says:
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    Renato Nunez did not make it onto your War Room rankings. Where would you peg him overall?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @gobiggreen: I’d throw him around 125. His issue is position, and where he plays. The bat has some boom boom, discount him a little in OBP formats.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: do you actually have a “war room rankings” or does he just mean your top 100 prospects list?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @goodfold2: Yeah it’s in the fantasy baseball war room from Razzball

  22. Ryan says:
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    I have the next pick in my 16 team h2h dynasty league. Some players I’m targeting are: Tyler o’neil Francisco mejia and Ronald Acuna. Senzel and moniak were drafted 1and 2. Anyway who do you recommend I draft?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ryan: Same order

      • Ryan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: oh so I realized that Kevin Maitan was still available. Ended up taking him instead. Good choice?

  23. SkeedTom says:
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    I believe I read several times that Vogey is looked at that way because he has 60-65 raw power in BP. You are right about the statistics pushing the OBP/Lower K% theme though. Maybe he has more potential than some to eventually find the 35 HR power stroke.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SkeedTom: Yeah I’m not saying he doesn’t have power, but to categorize him as a power first guy is incorrect.

  24. Josh says:
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    3 year keeper, no values. Which rookie would you keep?

    Buxton, Swanson, Moncada, Renfore?

    Also would you keep Duvall before any of these dudes?

    thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Josh: I still want to say Moncada, but if you went Swanson, Buxton, or even Duvall I wouldn’t blame you.

  25. Oppo Taco says:
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    Hey Ralph, I’ve been wondering if you’ve changed or adjusted your outlook about Yoan Moncada. He looks really over matched and the hype seems massive. Our keeper list is due today and I’m on the fence with keeping him as my last guy. Currently keeping : Goldy, Rizzo, C Seager, Cutch, Upton, MadBum, Cole. My options I’d have in place of Moncada are Bautista or Longoria or Lamb.

    It’s a 12 team 8 player 5×5 Roto Keeper witch no costs for keepers. My team is competitive but I don’t want to get sniped on Moncada if I let him back into the player pool, our league covets these types of guys. What are your thoughts about keeping him vs the other 3 players. Thanks !

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oppo Taco: I’m not too worried. He’s still young, and pretty advanced. Not ready to hit the panic button. If you’re worried about losing him, keep him! Haha, but seriously I can see keeping Longo, but the other two you might be able to upgrade in the draft. My verdict: Keep Moncada, wait out a string of spring training at bats.

  26. morgan boyack says:
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    So where would you rank Shohei Otani in a prospect draft?

    Where would you rank him in a keeper league?

    I am in a keeper/contract league. our draft is for prospects and our team at the same time. 257 players are already kept on rosters. 10 team league A couple of player that are ranked in the top 150 are available to draft. When do I draft Otani? Of course this is for the future. I can keep 10 prospects that don’t affect my roster. He can be on prospect roster until he passes the rookie minimums.

  27. The waffler says:
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    Last roster spot on a pretty loaded dyno roster. Weekly 5×5 h2h. Keep 25 of 36. Do u like nick williams, bader, Quinn, christin Stewart or Robert Stephenson? Thx. And yes I’ve read ur ranks but I feel every day can change an opinion. And am stuck on upside vs proximity as most important. Thx

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