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Our Razzball prospect protagonist Scott Evans is currently going over the upcoming MLB Draft and players who might have an immediate impact on your fantasy roster. Following in his footsteps, we’ll be sorta of doing the same, the only difference being that I’ll be going over some lesser known names in this year’s draft that have the potential to be a winning lottery ticket further down the road.

While there can be variations on the name, most dynasty leagues have a mirror draft to serve as a mechanism to disperse players from this year’s upcoming 2013 MLB Draft to your respective fantasy baseball teams. While redraft and shallow leagues don’t have this dynamic, I have yet to see any successful dynasty have a missing mechanism to draft from this pool. Along with that aspect, in leagues like this, you are dealing with owners who are plugged-in to the extreme, so it’s not just about finding sleepers, but finding the correct player in a tier, since once you get past the first and second rounds, the grouping of skills gets spread out. So let’s go over some names I like.

Alex Detz | 2B — A junior at Mississippi State, Detz has the tool I love the most besides power, and that’s a strong eye at the plate. He’s projected to have average tools across the board, and while some believe the hit tool will be strong, I’m leaning toward it being more solid than spectacular. This is mostly due to his age (22), but Detz still has projection to be a useful player at the Major League level. There is some risk here, since if he doesn’t produce right away, he’ll simply just fade because of his advanced age, but there’s some value to picking up a possible Daniel Murphy clone.

Dominic Ficociello | 2B — Standing at 6-4 and 185, this Arkansas junior has excellent bat speed, a good approach at the plate and a smooth swing. While he is likely to end up at first base where the lack of a good power tool might not be ideal, there is a good chance that Ficociello is athletic enough to stick at second base where his bat can play. Again, he has a good eye, which I like, and with the chance of at least average power, you could imagine him becoming the next Neil Walker.

CK Irby | RHP — Attending Samford, Irby is a two-way player with a little power and some athleticism, but will most likely be drafted with the intention of throwing the ball to the catcher 60 feet and 6 inches away. He has a low-90′s fastball, with a cut slider and a passable changeup. Some believe Irby is a future reliever because there is some effort in his mechanics, but he has enough projection and pitches to give starting a chance, and it’s not impossible to see a mid-rotation starter as his ceiling.

Matt Oberste | 3B — An Oklahoma Sooner, Oberste has a pretty legitimate hit tool and approach, one that could transition well to the big leagues. At 6-2, 200 lbs, he has a good chance to stick at 3B and have a baseline Chris Nelson type of impact, in that there will be a little bit of power with an okay batting average.

Mark Payton | OF  – There’s consensus that Payton will turn into a tweener guy, which is that he’s really not that great at anything, but isn’t really bad enough to stink up the place. You’ll find these guys described as utility infielders, or in this case, a fourth outfielder. But I like Payton’s approach, and his hit tool has been improving. Brandon Barnes seems pretty useful in deep leagues right now, so I don’t see a problem taking a late flier on Payton and seeing what happens.

Bryan Radziewski | LHP  – Standing at 5-10, Radziewski does not really have the prototypical size you want from a pitcher, and he doesn’t really throw that hard either, but he has found a way to get results. His fastball tops out at 88 MPH, which could be problematic, but he has a good curve-cutter combo and a changeup that has potential. While I wouldn’t rule out him being just minor league depth, there is a chance he could be a useful bullpen piece or a back of the rotation starter.

Jimmy Yezzo | 3B – Bringing a strong hit and power tool, Yezzo could end up not being a sleeper when the draft arrives. But there are enough questions about his position and swing that might keep his status deflated. Even with these concerns, Yezzo’s left-handed pop makes him stand out in this draft class.

48 Responses

  1. Justin Cook says:
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    Weekly league … start Starling Marte or Desmonod Jennings next week?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Justin Cook: gonna go with Marte.

  2. tamale says:
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    Drop Konerko, Laroche or Corey Hart to pick up Lawrie for my util spot in 10 team H2H 6×6 with OPS?

    • Reginald Denny says:
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      @tamale:
      Lawrie is worse than all three of them. And do you not have a DL slot for Hart?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @tamale: Prolly Konerko, but I’m not sure I’m that high on Lawrie compared to those guys.

  3. Clint says:
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    So these guys should be starting for the Astros and Marlins by, say, July 4th or so? Gotta love that baseball parity Buster Olney thinks is SO much better than the NFL.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Clint: Well, most of these guys are after round 5, so technically no. But I hear what you’re saying. I think baseball has parity, but there’s a lot of variables in that type of argument.

  4. Wallpaper Paterson says:
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    Got my last home run from Rizzo in my NL-only league today. Tomorrow he goes to a new team. I get Votto for him. Funny, both guys hit homers after the trade was made.

    I also picked up Homer Bailey off waivers and dropped Valdespin.

    Beachy and Luebke occupy my DL spots. Beachy should be useful later. Luebke, on the other hand? Continue to hold on to him?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Wallpaper Paterson: If you have better options, maybe not. He had soreness when throwing at 120 feet, and was shut down. So he’s in a holding pattern.

  5. Mike says:
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    Hi,

    Which one do you stick with?

    Huston Street (on my roster)
    Andrew Bailey
    Chris Perez
    Jose Valverde
    Kenley Jansen

    Another team –

    Which two do you keep?

    Chris Perez (on my roster)
    Fernando Rodney (on my roster)
    Andrew Bailey
    Jose Valverde
    Kenley Jansen

    Thanks…

    Mike.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Mike: street and rodney/Bailey.

  6. ferris says:
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    deep nl-only — blood for saves, also no quality bats available on wire

    gregorius for gregerson

    i need saves (didi becomes less valuable to me if dee gordon stays up)

    not a fan of trading for middle relief unless the path to saves is obvious

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ferris: they’d go with Thayer first.

  7. Zoltan says:
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    Hey jaywrong,
    What do you think about a Beltre for Aram and Gio trade? My hitting is solid. My pitching should be better but Hamels and Price are off to slow starts.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Zoltan: I like that trade for you. Gio has been doing well after a slow start.

  8. 2 Giant rings says:
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    I recently dropped Brandon Barnes because he has been benched. I picked up George Springer hoping he gets called up in a month.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @2 Giant rings: As long as he wasn’t starting, I don’t see an issue.

  9. Benny says:
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    Would you cut bait on Moustakas? I was reading some advanced metric type articles and it seems he’s got a pretty big hole in his swing he may never fix. Tempted to drop him in a keeper league for Odorazzi. What do ya think?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Benny: I’m okay with that if you need an arm, but remember, Odorizzi’s ceiling is no higher than a 3. I don’t like flyball guys in that division.

      • Benny says:
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        @jaywrong: Ah good point, didn’t realize he was projecting out to a mid rotation guy. Is Archer projected to be a better starter do you think?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Benny: yes, I like archer.

  10. EricB says:
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    I’m looking to trade to acquire Ryan Zimmerman. I’m horrible at 3B with only Lawrie and Todd Frazier. I’m killing everyone in pitching with these starting pitchers:

    Felix Hernandez
    Matt Harvey
    Shelby Miller
    Matt Moore
    Doug Fister
    Jordan Zimmermann
    Alex Cobb
    Johnny Cueto
    Hector Santiago
    Wandy Rodriguez

    I’m 1st in WHIP, 2nd in ERA, 1st in strikeouts, and near the top in Wins. Who is a good fair value for Ryan Zimmerman? I tried offering Cobb as a low-ball offer, but it was rejected.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @EricB: Cobb seems like a fair offer to be honest. I might do Miller.

      Zimm is good, but comes with question marks, that should be in the price.

      • EricB says:
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        @jaywrong:

        He drafted Ryan Zimmerman in the 5th round (10-team, mixed, roto). He’s probably one of those owners who values players based on what round they were drafted in. Cobb was a later round pick for me.

        I feel like offering Miller would be giving up too much since Zimmerman is an injury risk. I also think Harvey, Hernandez, Moore, and Jordan Zimmermann would be giving up too much as well.

        Would Cueto for Zimmerman or Fister for Zimmerman be fair?

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @EricB: Sure, but I like Fister and Cueto a bit more than Miller right now. Unless its a keeper.

  11. Chris says:
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    16 team dynasty team, desperately need pitching, should I give up Fowler for Shields? Other OFs are Cespedes, Holliday, Werth, Moss.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Chris: I’m okay with that, but I like Fowler this year.

  12. Oz says:
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    Jaime Garcia is goin to the DL, who does STL call up? Think they might call up Michael Wacha? Is it worth grabbing him right now? I’m in a h2h dynasty points league, so good SP are extremely important. I already got Ordozzi (I ended up picking up Archer but dropped him.) Thanks.

    • Oz says:
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      @Oz:
      Also any chance they move Martinez to SP? I picked up Martinez like a month ago but dropped him cuz I thought he had no chance to start or close this year.

      • Jay

        jaywrong says:
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        @Oz: Looks like they are taking it slow with him.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Oz: Yeah, I’d say its Wacha.

      • Oz says:
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        @jaywrong:
        Ok I’ll grab him. Drop Brandon Mauer or Tyler Cloyd for him??

        • Jay

          jaywrong says:
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          @Oz: I’d drop Cloyd.

  13. Steve Stevenson says:
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    You see anything from Lawrie that indicates he’ll turn it around? Thinking of cutting bait with him and rolling with Gyorko at 3B (which I’ve been doing anyway lately) in a 12-team OBP league. Best 3B on the wire if Gyorko flames out are Alvarez, Chavez and the Braves’ platoon.

    Same league, offer Bruce for Headley? My OF is stacked, so Bruce doesn’t have to start as long as the rest stay healthy.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Well, he isn’t *this* bad, but I definitely like Gyorko over him.

      Yes, I like Headley way more than Bruce.

      In fact, I’m thinking about writing about Bruce next week, so stay tuned.

      • Steve Stevenson says:
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        @jaywrong: Rad–thanks.

  14. Roscoe says:
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    i was offered anibal sanchez for jason heyward. what do you think?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Roscoe: If you need the pitching, I’m fine with it.

  15. Hey guys I’m in desperate need of some pitching advice for tomorrow Sunday the 19th of may. I have 3 starters to my opponents 0 going tomorrow. My options are: Justin Masterson against the Mariners, Matt Moore against the Orioles, and Jeff Locke against the Astros. Currently I trail by 2 wins and 5 strike outs. I lead ERA 2.72 to my opponents 2.90. I lead WHIP .97 to my opponents 1.13. I could just bench all three and take the guaranteed ERA and WHIP categories or be a gambling man and go for the jugular. Please anyone help me out here, thank you.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @John Aron: I would say Masterson because I like the matchup, but Moore might the only one that has a good chance to get 5+ k’s.

  16. The Dredd Pirates says:
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    12 team 7×7 mixex leauge I get Price, Freeze I give up Bumgardner. Little risky but price isn’t suppose be out too long and if he comes back strong its an upgrade right?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @The Dredd Pirates: Yeah, I like that deal for you. I think Price rebounds.

  17. ROLFAMLO says:
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    Around what type of production can we expect from Yelich if (when) he comes up early-to-mid June?

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @ROLFAMLO: He has a strong hit tool, good idea of hte strike zone, power, speed, basically everything you want from a player. I could see a 260/330/440 being possible right away with a lot of room for growth.

  18. T Moore says:
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    Mr. Jay Wrong… The years I spent perusing the college drafts!… Thankfully, those days are over for me…

    I learned a valuable lesson… Young players are just that = Young…

    MLB is a game for mature players… The player’s MLB contract has all but insured that 99+% of young players will not see MLB action for at a couple years (big pitchers stars being the more often exception)..

    The MLB clubs are loath to start these player’s MLB contract clocks..

    And this varies MLB team to team… Exp. Tampa Bay (Is this changing??) and Oakland are famous for letting their position players languish as long as they can… Hoping, they will get the most out of them they can (for the limited time they will be with them before FAcy) – by these players being more mature and ready when they finally come up … Seattle and the Halos seem to move them along faster… Then there is the Twins who willing play anyone at any time….

    Org. money or willingness to spend money is a driver, certainly..

    I believe, in standard roto rules, going only for young studs below-the-line players is a waste… You are better served pursuing the less sexy READY player who will contribute now and maybe have a better career than – the so called top prospect anyways… (Different league rules impact this statement)…

    Example: Last year 2012 a Donaldson vs a M. Choice of the A’s… Yes, Chioce will probably have a big career… You are starting to look good with him, now – MAYBE???… Yet by the time he plays for you, Donaldson has been producing for 2 years for your ball club…. And may have the better career… Choice was drafted all over and Donaldson went undrafted everywhere (*** he was on the opening day 2012 roster)…

    Always trade top draft picks for an immeadiate advantage…. Why??? At the end of every draft there are more good player to be left than those drafted..

    My very last pick of AL Ultra drafts – 204 deep – in the past… Travis Hafner and Mitch Moreland are just 2 I can think of that had good MLB years and careers…. There plenty of other great ones, I missed… but had on my list or not that went undrafted … …

    Not saying there are not players to pick up before the last rounds… mid -level draft Darvish had him for years BLT… Verlander and Weaver *** (no one would touch him as he was a holdout) in the same draft… My failures are legion as are others managers… VERY VERY few rookies are impact players… By they time they get good, they are off your team…

    Also I think ,the time spent on the MLB draft is not as well spent as spending time looking over the international market… Cuba is still pretty untapped … Japan with its nuclear crisis is a place the best players want out of…… The entire north of Latin America is a oyster – we know… Baseball is a world game now… It’s center of gravity is here in MLB… If they are the best – They will come.. And when they do, they are often be READY TO PLAY..

    The thing here is, is to not let the hype drive your palm wrangler of a brain.. Be smart… Less is more often than not – better…

    Turning back:::

    Shelby Foote has a funny past … Read about him!!…

    Funny too – in the last 2 days, his narrative has been recommended or mentioned to me twice for different reasons… I have not read his history… From what I can gather of him, he is a Marse Robert cultist – a revisionist product of the South (and late 19th century Northern historians too)… Remember, Gone With the Wind won a Pulitzer and Jim Crow yet lives!!!

    Did read his novel “Shiloh”.. Likes both Sharra-s stuff better in fiction… Try this Peters fellow – He is great “Cain At Gettysburg” and others… Harry Turtledove, the writer of alt-hist (which I abhor) did a brilliant real historical fiction one on Fort Donaldson – name escapes me…

    I’ve been to beautiful Solway Firth on the Isle of Britain if that counts… Never to Ireland, sadly…

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @T Moore: I agreed with everything you said until ‘Moreland’ and ‘good career’ appeared in the same sentence. My jaw dropped. Then again, that is my usual greeting for you, is it not?

      Jim Crow is always present.

      How often do you jump the pond?

  19. Yu don't be a Dickey says:
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    My Craig and Stanton for his Reyes and Pujols in a standard 5 X 5 yahoo roto? Stanton and Reyes seem likely to return at around the same point in the season and they’re about equal value when they do, so i’m inclined to pull the trigger.

    Thank you so much for your help.

    • Jay

      jaywrong says:
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      @Yu don’t be a Dickey: if you need the steals, sure. Otherwise, I’d actually hold if not. Interesting trade.

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