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Way back in the late fall, I released my Original edition of the first year player draft rankings. So, it’s been awhile since I first wrote those, and ranked these players out. I figured it was about time to update those now-dated ranks. The question you may be asking yourself is “Ralph, why are you so handsome, and also what’s changed?” Well I’ll tell you, I “gots somes” experience now. Because, over the last month plus I’ve had several first year player drafts, meaning I “gots somes” actual real life draft knowledge to draw from. Not to mention my ever-evolving opinions and evaluations of players. So what better time to update the rankings, and give you an idea as to where my heads at after reviewing all of these youngins over the course of my team by team prospect rankings. I’ve fallen in love with some, soured on others, and been introduced to players I previously overlooked. If these rankings are too late for your league’s draft, my apologies, and I understand your angst. We’re deep into draft season, meaning our collective sweatpants smell of rot and butt cheeks, it’s okay to be ornery.  I’ll make it easy, use small words, and discuss lots of wildly inaccurate and inappropriate expectations to put on a teenager. It’s all good though because it’s in the name of fantasy baseball.

 

1.  Nick Senzel, 3B | Reds | Age: 21 By far the consensus number one choice in drafts. I’ve seen Maitan go ahead of him in a couple of leagues, but Senzel is the choice in my eyes. He hits for average, he hits for some power, he runs well, and he gets on base, he’s also not far from the majors IMO. Those are my reasons, and I’m sticking with them.

2. Kyle Lewis, OF | Mariners | Age: 21  If not for a knee injury we might be talking about the clear number one player in First Year Player Drafts. The injury was significant as he’s just beginning to run on flat ground now. Before the injury he was the possibly the best hitter in the draft, and offered the best hit tool/power combo.

3. Zack Collins, C | White Sox | Age: 22  The bat is right there with Senzel and Lewis, and it would’t surprise me if he’s the best of the group. Will stick at catcher for now, but I’m split on whether that helps his value (scarcity) or hurts his value (wear and tear). Elite on base skills, true power, lots of hard contact.

4. Mickey Moniak, OF | Phillies | Age: 18  Everyone will tell you that Moniak is a Christian Yelich clone, a good defensive up the middle type, and a bunch of other euphemisms that mean “better in real life”. Here’s the problem, they’re not accounting for the major leaps in ability we’ve seen from Moniak over the last 18 months. He added 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason, and is focused on hitting for more power.

5. Corey Ray, OF | Brewers | Age: 22  Somewhere JB is screaming about the Brewers taking another outfielder, but make no mistake Ray’s worth the investment. His power/speed combo was the top in the draft, and he could end up a dynamic fantasy player one day.

6.  Jason Groome, LHP | Red Sox|  Age: 18  I wasn’t going to avoid the homerism any longer. The off the field whispers have quieted to silence, and the hammer curve and mid-90’s fastball remains. Sky’s the limit type of upside.

7.  Kevin Maitan, SS | Braves | Age: 16  If upside is your thing then Maitan is the pick for you. That goes for any pick from #1 right on down. He draws Hall of Famer comps, already has legendary pedigree, and there’s at least three guys in every dynasty league that will say he’s the new Miggy.

8.  Blake Rutherford, OF | Yankees | Age: 19  The natural ballplayer with the sweet lefthanded stroke. Rutherford might be built for Yankee Stadium, as he one day might be able to take advantage of the short RF fence with pull power. He looks like he has the defensive chops to stick in center, and should move quickly for a prep prospect.

9. A.J. Puk, LHP | Athletics | Age: 21  Let’s just get this out of the way, I’m not Puk’s biggest fan, and at times leading up to and following the draft I was his biggest detractor. However, he’s a 6’7 lefty with some funk, and stuff. The control may never be great, but if he falls to you at 9 grab him.

10. Delvin Perez, SS | Cardinals | Age: 18  Sure you could worry about the PED thing, or you could embrace it and recognize the immense talent he possesses. Might have the highest ceiling of any position player from last year’s draft.

11. Lucas Erceg, 3B | Brewers | Age: 21  The second round pick had a huge game on Sunday hitting 2 homers including a grand slam. An advanced college bat that dropped in the draft due to off the field concerns. Gets lots of Chase Utley comps, take that for what it’s worth. A good sleeper for those picking a little later, just have to hope everyone is drafting prep pitchers.

12. Braxton Garrett, LHP | Marlins | Age: 19  Following Tyler Kolek’s recent TJ the Marlins took it extra cautious with Garrett. Holding him back from any innings in the minors, in order to preserve his arm/elbow/shoulder/boyish charm. Possesses the best/second best hook in the draft only next to Groome, and has a solid low to mid-90’s heater. He’s rather safe for a prep pitcher, and still has some projectability.

13. Heath Quinn, OF | Giants | Age: 21  An under the radar college player from the same conference as Kyle Lewis. Continued to put up elite production in proball, won me all my Northwest League Only leagues. He’s got a quick bat, nice raw power, and good on base ability. If he can cut down on the strikeouts he’ll be golden.

14. Adrian Morejon, LHP | Padres | Age: 19  A lefty out of Cuba the Padres spent $11 million to sign, throws two different changeups, with a low to mid 90’s fastball. Looking forward to seeing him in pro ball some time in 2017.

15. Cal Quantrill, RHP | Padres | Age: 21  Looked brilliant at times in his return to the mound last summer. He has a wide range of outcomes with injury risk, number 1 upside, and durability concerns. In a nutshell, plenty of good, plenty of bad.

16. Matt Manning, RHP | Tigers | Age: 19  He’s big, he throws hard, and he has a hammer curve. He’s young but already easily the top prospect in the Tigers organization.

17.  Justin Dunn, RHP | Mets | Age: 21  His loose athletic delivery and live arm saw him rise up draft boards, but the questions remain if he’ll ultimately progress as a starter. His plus fastball and slider mix looks a lot like an elite pen 1-2 punch, Dunn’s future role will be determined by his fringe change or curve developing into an average major league offering.

18. Matt Thaiss, 1B | Angels | Age: 21  Excellent plate discipline, good bat to ball skills, and 20 home run upside make him a safe pick, with a hope for a little more. Handled an assignment to A Ball with ease.

19. Will Craig, 3B | Pirates | Age: 22  Advanced college hitter with a great hit tool, is yet to hit for power with wood bats. Craig was a masher in college so I wouldn’t bet against it coming.

20. Bobby Dalbec, 3B | Red Sox | Age: 21  Had an up and down college career as a power hitting two way player for Arizona. It was all sunshine, rainbows, and homers for Dalbec in proball, as he took the New York-Penn League by storm.

21. Bo Bichette, SS | Blue Jays | Age: 19  He’s got the bloodlines, the bat speed, and the raw power to be a good major league player. The more I watch and read about Bichette the more I like him.

22. Jorge Ona, OF |  Padres | Age: 19  He was reportedly rusty as all get out during instructs, but the power upside is evident. Some have dismissed him, he had a year off from competitive baseball, he needs his timing back.

23. Josh Lowe, 3B | Rays | Age: 19  One of the best pure hitters in the 2016 draft prep ranks, and possibly one of the best natural hitters in Tampa’s system. He’s got plus raw power, good approach, but needs to cut down the whiffs.

24. Ian Anderson, RHP | Braves | Age: 18  I don’t see a fantasy stud the way many due. Looks like a very solid option, and a high floor prep arm, I don’t however see front of the rotation upside. More Porcello than Scherzer.

25. Taylor Trammell, OF | Reds | Age: 19  Hit well in the Pioneer league fresh out of the draft, brings as much untapped potential, and upside as any player in the draft. He has some power projection, but the Reds may choose to mold him into a future leadoff hitter with his elite wheels.

26. Lourdes Gurriel, Jr. INF/OF | Blue Jays | Age: 23  There’s split opinions on Gurriel’s upside. Some see a utility infielder, some see a power speed player with strong bloodlines, and multi-position eligibility. My opinion slides from one to the other depending upon the day.

27.  Dakota Hudson, RHP | Cardinals | Age: 22  The big college arm from Mississippi State has one of the funkier deliveries you’ll see, which leads to some injury questions. However his stuff, and ability remain unquestioned. Cards just keep taking what the draft gives them, Perez and Hudson are two of the better value picks of the first round.

28.  Riley Pint, RHP | Rockies | Age: 19  Is it fair that I doc Pint as much as I do for being a pitcher in Colorado? I’m not sure it is. Had he ended up in a plce like Oakland, San Diego, or even Detroit, he’d be ranked ahead of Puk. Worth the gamble, if you’re willing to accept you’ll never be able to trade him for what he’s worth.

29.  Forrest Whitley, RHP | Astros | Age: 19  A huge prep pitcher with good swing and miss stuff, have to trust the Astros will get the most out of his ability. Had some body concerns but has worked hard to firm himself up.

30.  Bryan Reynolds, OF | Giants | Age: 22  One of the most decorated college bats in the draft, Reynolds was amongst the best position players on Vanderbilt’s team this past season. He dropped to the second round and the Giants scooped him up. Brings some power and speed to the table, I have some approach questions personally, as we didn’t walk as much in proball, and struckout a lot.

31.   Alec Hansen, RHP | White Sox | Age: 22  After receiving 1.1 buzz heading into the 2016 collegiate season, Hansen performed badly, lost tons of his stock and dropped to the second round. Opinions are split, I’m not the highest, and I’m not the lowest. The upside is there in many ways he’s A.J. Puk several picks later.

32. J.B. Woodman, OF | Blue Jays | Age: 22  Wrote up Woodman last week in my Blue Jays write up. He brings to the table power, speed, and on base skills. Also brings a whole bunch of strikeouts.

33. Randy Arrozarena, OF | Cardinals | Age: 23   If I told you I knew exactly what to expect I’d be lying. What I’ve been told to expect is a speed and contact guy, with line drive contact to all fields. I trust the Cardinals scouting department, and player development teams to get the most of Randy Rice.

34. Alex Kirilloff, OF | Twins | Age: 19  Started pro career with a bang in the Appy League winning the league MVP while slashing .306/.341/.454 with 7 homers, and more runs (33) and RBIs (33), than strikeouts (32). Too bad offseason TJ will keep him on the shelf until 2018.

35.  Joey Wentz, LHP | Braves | Age: 19  One of the top two way players in the draft, I’ve not soured so much on Wentz, as much as I’ve acknowledged the risk, and fallen in love with a few players ranked behind him in October. Still has the elite stuff, and the hook is as good as any in this draft.

36.  Fredius Nova, SS | Astros | Age: 17  Signed for $1.2 million out of the Dominican Republic, recieves a lot of Hanley Ramirez comps, but he’s one you’re going to have to wait on. I’m more inclined to wait in league’s with deep minors, and more inclined to draft teenagers after the first 30 picks.  Good bat speed, uppercut swing, and failed PED tests. What’s not to like?

37.  Mitchell White, RHP | Dodgers | Age: 22  Nice find by J-FOH via Wilson Karaman of Baseball Prospectus. A second rounder with not a lot of buzz, but the scouting reports are golden. Good results in his first 22 pro innings, could move fast.

38.  Norge Ruiz, RHP | Athletics | Age: 23  A small right-handed “bulldog” starter out of Cuba, that a few sites ranked as the top arm in the International class. I’m not sure how much of that is proximity over projection, because Ruiz is nearly Major League ready. His arsenal features a plus mid-90’s fastball with late movement, a plus changeup, and above average offerings in the slider, and splitter. He enjoyed a successful three year career in Cuba’s Serie Nacional, posting a 2.55 ERA in nearly 375 innings.

39. Lazaro Armenteros, OF | Athletics | Age: 17  Back to back Cubans on the list, and admittedly they’re both here as a bit of the unknown. Lazarito has a wide range of scouting grades, and opinions are very split within the scouting community. Some say this is a 55-60 grade player in hit tool/power/speed, other’s claim it’s all hype.

40. Chris Okey, C | Reds | Age: 22  What a class in 2016 for the Reds, they have five players on this list. The best catching prospect in this list who in all likelihood will stick at catcher. Solid career at Clemson, showed power in pro debut. More than likely ends up a power hitting catcher who can take a walk.

41. Peter Alonso, 1B | Mets | Age: 22  Not as hyped as his Gators teammates, but he possesses the one skill we value most at the first base position. Power.

42. Will Benson, OF | Indians | Age: 18  If you’re playing the upside game Benson should be right in your wheelhouse. Top of the charts bat speed, plus raw power and speed, make him a potential fantasy superstar. Jason Heyward is the popular comp.

43. Cody Sedlock, RHP | Orioles | Age: 21  He features a four pitch arsenal, led by a mid 90’s fastball with sink, two above average breaking pitches in a slider and curve, and an average change that’s still a work in progress.

44. Eric Lauer, LHP | Padres | Age: 21   Polished college lefty with a historic college career at Kent State. A four pitch arsenal and an easy, repeatable, and athletic delivery, make him a likely fast mover through the minors.

45. Jordan Sheffield. RHP | Dodgers | Age: 21  I love this kids college pedigree as a Vandy starter, but I love his arsenal of weapons even more. Mixes one of the top fastball’s in the draft, with a nice breaking ball, and a Mussina style circle change.

46.  Nolan Jones, 3B | Indians | Age: 19  Struggled to make contact in his first run through proball, but the raw power and hitting ability are there. Don’t sleep just because of the first impression.

47. Vladimir Gutierrez, RHP | Reds | Age: 20  Highly rated Cuban pitching prospect, heard about the great stuff, have also heard bullpen concerns.

48. D.J. Peters, OF | Dodgers | Age: 21  At 6’6 225 lbs, he’s a athletic specimen in an outfield full of them in Ogden with Mitch Hansen, and Cody Thomas. Peters slashed .351/.437/.615 thats a .263 ISO.

49. T.J. Friedl, OF | Reds | Age: 21  One of the stranger stories to come out of the 2016 draft season, Friedl managed to slide under the radar, as many teams were unaware of his availability to be drafted. Showed well with the USA National team, and signed with the Reds. Speed/contact player with future leadoff hitter written all over him.

50.  Anfernee Grier, OF | Diamondbacks | Age: 21  Struggled in his first taste of proball, he’s an upside college bat, so there’s a lot of risk he never amounts to a thing.

51.  Luis Almanzar, SS | Padres | Age: 17  Considered by many leading into the July 2nd signing period to be the top player available from the DR. I prefer Nova, but that’s all going off tape, and scouting reports. So the jury is still out.

On The Bubble: Zack Burdi, Kyle Muller, Joe Rizzo, Khalil Lee, Cionel Perez, Victor Garcia, Dane Dunning, Yasel Antuna, Ronnie Dawson, Cole Ragans, Gavin Lux, T.J. Zeuch, Mason Thompson, Akil Baddoo, Carter Kieboom, Jesus Luzardo, Nick Solak, Daulton Jefferies, Kevin Gowdy, Logan Shore, C.J. Chatham, Ben Rortvedt, Brandon Marsh, Sheldon Neuse, Alex Speas, Nonie Williams

 

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  1. Connor says:
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    Could you rank the following: Forrest Wall, Desmond Lindsay, and Adrian Rondon. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Connor: Desmond Lindsey, Forrest Wall, and Adrian Rondon.

  2. Moistsuckass says:
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    This is super helpful, Ralph, and great timing for me as I’m about to pick in the slow draft for my 20-team 6×6 keeper/dynasty league. I’m looking to win now but not wanting to overlook guys who’ll provide great keeper value down the road. Curious how you’d order these apples-to-oranges options. We count holds and OPS.
    Willie Calhoun
    Josh Hader
    Jaime Garcia
    Andrew Susac
    Matt Bush
    Wilson Ramos

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Moistsuckass: Calhoun, Hader, Bush, Ramos, Garcia, Susac.

      • Moistsuckass says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph! How about if I add Derek Fisher to the mix? Is he between Hader and Bush?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Moistsuckass: Yes right in between Hader and Bush.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Grey: It’s a league modeled after the greatest player of our time.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Tehol?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Grey: Tehol? Isn’t he dead?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            There’s a 10% chance of that at any time with Tehol

      • nick the dick says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ahh Biggie’s death day draft. If it was half hour later I would hop in

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @nick the dick: Well shite Nick! How was I to know?

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Who schedules a draft at bedtime anyways?!

          • nick the dick says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: You better hope you’re not so engulfed in Dr. Suess that you miss the draft…Or ‘Daddy I have soap in my eyes, just autopick!’

  3. Harry says:
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    Dynasty question—Looking for a SS in my 16-team dynasty.
    What do you make of Orlando Arcia in 2017 and long-term? Is it worth trying to acquire him? How would you compare him to Tim Anderson?
    And what to make of Almedys Diaz’s future?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Harry: I like Diaz the best of the bunch for this season production. He hit really well last year. I think it was a case of us really not knowing about the player. Sometimes these less hyped Cuban players are better than the hype guys.

      Arcia could breakout this year, and in a 16 team dynasty I’d take a shot on him as my starter. Should give immediate speed, and has more power than some think.

      Drafted Anderson in a few areas as my MI guy. Has power and speed, not a lot of approach. I’d like more walks, and less strikeouts. Great upside, but the downside coudl be awful too.

      • Harry says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: What does an Arcia ‘breakout” look like .260/10/20? OPS around .700?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Harry: I think that line is what Arcia is minimum. Could hit .280+ and steal 30 bags. Brewers run more than anybody.

  4. MB says:
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    Since I am guessing you did a lot of research on Bregman last year, where do you see his peak seasons being at HR and AVG?

    Thanks for this list, two drafts coming up

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MB: I think he could hit for .300 in his peak years, he’s that good of a hitter. Power is tricky, he had a huge uptick, and showed more pop than expected. I think he’s capped at 25, but the way the ball traveled last year it could be 30 if that continues.

  5. Iron Sheik says:
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    I’m very eager to see Senzel in the near future and grabbed Maitan in free agency! I’m stoked abou their futures. I need to cut three of these players on my dynasty team. I’m able to protect 8 minors (could be a major league player). Which of these choices would you look to drop or trade as I have to get my roster to the legal limit in 3 weeks….3 players need to get axed or traded. This isn’t my full roster as I’ve left the regulars off. Thanks a bunch.

    Josh Bell (R)
    Yoan Moncada (R)
    Mike Moustakas (R)
    Rafael Devers (M)
    Nick Senzel (M)
    Kevin Maitan (M)
    Glybor Torres (M)
    Nomar Mazara
    Hunter Renfroe (R)
    Eloy Jimenez (M)
    Tyler O’Neill (M)
    Jake Lamb

    Jake Musgrove (R)
    Josh Hader (R)
    T Glasnow (R)
    Robbie Ray (R)
    Francais Martes (R)
    Jose De Leon (R)
    Alex Reyes (M)
    Anderson Espinoza (M)
    Mike Montgomery (R)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Iron Sheik: Montgomery, Moustakas, and try and trade Reyes. If you can’t trade Reyes cut Musgrove.

  6. Miketron says:
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    Nice to see Erceg take the big jump. Thanks for the update!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Miketron: Hey Mike! Thanks for stopping by. I think he has to. Erceg looks great, I love those kids that leave big programs and pop back up as sleepers.

  7. Clogged Rosterman says:
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    So, I’m watching the WBC right now and I’m pretty sure they just played the Godfather theme after Team Italy hit a homerun…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Clogged Rosterman: That’s amazing! I need to order MLB Network tonight. Sad that I missed C-mart last night.

  8. J-Dawg says:
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    Prospector Ralph… love reading your articles. Need some advice. We have 7 ML keeper spots. We need to decide our ML keepers soon (can keep all of desired) and 6 of my 7 are no brainera. Harrison Bader is my bubble guy. Hearing Jim Bowden rave about Greg Allen of Cleveland piqued my interest. Hearing him and The Brewers GM talk about Ercag was also interesting. Should I let Bader go for a chance of getting a guy like Allen who maybe break thru as a starter this year, or maybe try for one of the guys on this list? Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-Dawg: Hold on Bader.

  9. rick says:
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    what specific stats are grey’s ranks based off of in the rank section?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @rick: How many times his mustache twitches.

  10. NickfromtheRoc says:
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    Ralph,

    Thanks for the great work. I’ll be putting this to good work next week during my draft. I’m in a 15 team 40-man dynasty league… I posted this on your Top-100 prospects post a few weeks after the fact, so I doubt you saw it. Thoughts?

    Hey Ralph,

    What would it take for you to trade a $9 Moncada (with $1/year inflation)? Someone has an offer out to me for JP Crawford, Bradley Zimmer and Mallex Smith, all on the cheap. I have no intention of taking that trade, but I’ve had more than a handful of people reach out to me with an interest in trading for him….

    Thanks as always, and hot damn! Glad Razzball is back!

    ~Nick

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @NickfromtheRoc: It’s the roc!!!

      I wouldn’t want to move Moncada unless it was for a player going in the top two rounds of the draft. I would have to be blown away.

      • NickfromtheRoc says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: My thought’s exactly. Thanks for confirming!

  11. henncoop says:
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    I am one of 3 expansion team in what will now be a 14 team 5X5 roto league. We each got one player from the pool of non keepers left over by the original 11 teams. I chose S Marte & he will count as my 10th rounder this yr. I am now asked to choose from quite a few players left in the non keeper pool & rank my top 6. I have 7 players with the round pick they would cost this year & I would need to take them 2 rounds higher next year & each subsequent year they are kept.
    Please rank the following
    Benintendi (26 round pick then 24 in next year’s draft etc)
    JBJ (26)
    Donaldson (21)
    Franco (25)
    Rendon (23)
    Cole (21)
    Darvish (9)

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      @henncoop: I gave Grey quite a long list & for the most part these seems like the fairly easiest choices but putting them in order is another story.
      The other factor is this a Yahoo league & while Marte is LF & CF this year next year may be just CF.
      I am very curious on your take as where a guy like Benintendi fits on this list beside some older guys & some budding stars with a year experience in the books

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @henncoop: Donaldson, Benintendi, Darvish, Franco, Rendon, JBJ, Cole

      All fairly close. I’m not sure I wouldn’t want Cole for more than one year periods.

      • henncoop says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Grey had Donaldon on top as well but JBJ 2nd then your boy Benintendi

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @henncoop: Yeah, I wouldn’t put JBj ahead of him. Benintendi might hit 3rd this year. I almost put him ahead of Donaldson.

      • henncoop says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I actually think I will morph your ratings. I could see having doubts about Cole although I expect a bounceback year.
        Like any of the following SPs better then Cole (21st round):
        VV (26)
        Snell (26)
        Urias (26)
        Ross (21)
        Gray COL (26)

        OR any of these bats:
        Tomas (26)
        Mazara (18)
        Schoop (20)
        Buxton (13)
        Thanks again …love picking the expert’s brains esp since you focus on the younger players

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @henncoop: I like Urias and Gray more honestly. Tomas and Mazara too.

  12. Crabman says:
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    Everyone in the industry (besides the good folks at razzball) don’t seem so high on Harrison bader. I see a world of upside. Are you taking Mr. Bader ahead of other long term upside OF like Lindsay, taveras, and j. Jones?

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      @Crabman:

      I assume you are directing this to me. Lindsay and Tavares are available (can’t say for certain I’d get them… don’t know where I’m picking yet). If you mean JaCoby Jones, he’s not available. We can only keep these guys for 3 years until a decision needs to be made (sign ’em to a contract or drop ’em). So some of these out of high school guys aren’t the best picks. It’s an 11 team league with 7 ML spots, so most of the unanimous top-100 guys are gone. At our auction we cannot bid on players without any major leage AB’s or IP, so I sometimes use the ML draft to grab a guy who looks like he will get some playing time sooner rather than later (or for imports that are getting a spot… so Hwang is someone I could grab in the draft too if no one grabs him before me. Grab Hwang… hehehehehe. So that’s why I was wondering about a guy like Greg Allen. He’s getting some publicity. and Bowden thinks he’s starting by mid-May.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @J-Dawg: I love Greg Allen, but there’s a lot of players in the mix in the Indians OF. Who knows with Bowden, he says some crazy stuff. Zimmer will be the starting CF before Allen. I like Allen and if Bader is gone, take Allen. I might be the only person who had Allen in his top 100.

        Think he meant Jahmai Jones.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Crabman: Yes 100%, all of those guys were dozens, if not more in Lindsey’s case back in my ranks.

      It’s because, real life lists love shortstops, and over rank back end of the rotation pitchers. They all liked Jake Thompson more than Trevor Story need I say more. I think there’s a fair amount of scouting bias too. Players that scouts missed on they root against.

      What’s not to like with Bader? Power, some speed, he can play 3 OF positions, and he just makes hard contact. He’s not going to be a superstar but he’ll have his numbers.

      • J-Dawg says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        And this is why I love your stuff Ralph. LOVE IT!! We have a 48-man roster league, starting 8 OF spots, so, I can’t have all superstars anyway, but finding guys who will play and contribute to counting stats is what I need. Sounds like Bader is someone who can do it. I will hold on to him and pass on picking up any new guys in the ML draft. I’ll rosterbate for a second with my ML guys: Moncada, Meadows, Volgelbach, Happ, H. Dozier, Bader, J. Hader. Oh, I need a tissue.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-Dawg: Nice

      • Crabman says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Greg allen = Manny margot?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Crabman: No, he’s not making the hard contact Margot is making. Halp calls him Rajai Jr., that might be a better comp.

  13. goodfold2 says:
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    interesting that some of these (not many) weren’t drafted at all in that 30 teamer with 5 rounds.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Hahaha not shocking, I had similar stuff go on in some of my 30’s.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: arrozarena (or is it one “r” at the start, i don’t know if we’ll ever really know this) is highest one, i could’ve went him or e.rios LAD CI with last pick in draft, but this year was mostly about correcting my weak hit/power (esp power) tool guys, and got kirlloff (over acuna not knowing how high to rank him and pre-TJ)/w.craig/e.rios/aj tejeda/v.garcia/okey and one pitcher. not that order.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @goodfold2: Yeah you did well for sure. Halp’s a big Arrozerena guy.

  14. Mantis Toboggan MD says:
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    guessing the reason puk/groome have moved so much up is that in doing your drafts you’ve seen how the public ranks them and thus their value is higher than quantrill, who’s moved down from october?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mantis Toboggan MD: Yes indeed. I feel part of my ranks need to be reflective of the room.

  15. Jose says:
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    Ralph I need pitching would a trade of yeonis cespedes for Johnny cueto is fair?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jose: Yes that’s pretty even.

  16. David says:
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    Salazar or Urias in a keeper league? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Urias, I think he’ll continue to trend up.

  17. K2H says:
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    Where would Triston McKenzie and Roland Acura slot in to the ranking?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @K2H: Acuna is right there with Lewis. I may even take him over Senzel in the right setup (you have 3B depth, need speed, and OF help).

      Triston would 100% be the top pitcher. Could see him at 4.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks congrats on fantrax look forward to seeing your thoughts on there

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @K2H: Thanks! Just videos on Fantrax, all my writing a podcasting is 100% Razzball exclusive.

  18. Drexel Hill Dragons says:
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    Mark it down. In 3 years I see Mickey Moniak being the Andrew Benintendi of today.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Drexel Hill Dragons: You might be right. I feel like you can’t doubt his hitting acumen, work ethic, and ability to develop that power stroke.

  19. sh says:
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    Ralph what do you think of Bandy, for this year and the future

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sh: I’m not sure, he seem as like a solid C sleeper. No risk, and he looked solid last year.

  20. Chris says:
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    Probably not the place to ask but I’ll give it a shot. Would you trade Jose Ramirez/Jacob degrom/yasmani Tomas for Brendan Rodgers/Kyle seager/Braxton Garrett. Deep 30 Keeper dynasty league…. can keep these players forever. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: No worries I play in three 30 team leagues, I’m totally the place to ask. Haha!

      I think I would, Seager is arguably the best player in the deal, and you get Rodgers.

  21. MarvPesos

    josh says:
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    Ralph,

    Sorry for the late question but having a hard time selecting my 12 keepers and wondering if you could comment:

    10-tm H2H Keeper (keep 12 of 24), we’re quite competitive (8th year of the league)
    Bat stats(9): R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, OPS. XBH
    PIT stats (8): W, CG, SV, K, GIDP, ERA, WHIP, QS
    Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, CI, MI, LF, CF, RF, Util, 3xSP, 2xRP, 2xP, 6xBN, 3xDL

    Guys on my team (keeping):
    Arenado (3B)
    Goldy (1B),
    Blackmon (CF),
    MadBum (SP),
    Sale (SP),
    Braun (LF),
    Arrieta (SP),
    Dozier (2B),
    K Seager (3B),
    J. Villar (2B, 3B, SS),

    … and I need to pick (2) from the following:
    McCutchen (CF), Trumbo(RF), Carrasco(SP), Bregman (3B, MI), Tanaka (SP), Salazar (SP), Britton (RP)

    I’m currently leaning towards Bregman and Carrasco (My league is pitcher heavy and with my picks – missing the first 2 rounds as I traded picks, everyone I give up I won’t get back)

    I like Bregman’s upside and his positioning, I love Carrasco and although some have raised question marks his high strikeout upside helps tremendously. My real worry is giving up McCutchen (yes hes getting older but I feel like he owes me for last year) and I was really happy to land Trumbo in the draft last year and he paid off really well. He might not play as well as last year (I believe he cooled off a bit near the end) but the power is real. Nobody in the league (at least the guys that make the playoffs) keep any RP’s so I also don’t typically keep any and focus on them later in the draft.

    I appreciate any comments you have on who to select and any comments you have on the guys I’m 100% keeping (team as a whole going into the draft)

    Thanks again,

    John

  22. Trigga Tripps says:
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    Ralph,

    I’m in a draft where I can take guys like this, HS, and college. Do you like Quantrill more than the three college SPs (Bukaskas, Faedo, Wright?)

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