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There’s really no need for any introduction on this one, it’s the post upon which all prospectors are judged. It’s the Mid-Season Update to my Top 100 Prospects for 2017 Fantasy Baseball. Full disclosure, I was loosey-goosey with the eligibility rules this time around. So, while some players in the majors and under their limits might appear on this list (Clint Frazier, Franklin Barreto, Etc.), others don’t (Raimel Tapia). No rhyme or reason to it, what-so-ever. This list feels more upside heavy to me, but there was no slant or algorithm for my ranks. Just good old fashioned personal bias, of which I have plenty. Seriously, I’m an opinionated lad! But that’s why I do this in the first place. Please keep in mind, this list is 100% fantasy focused. Meaning it might differ quite a bit from other Top 100’s you may come across. Anyway, thanks for reading and enjoy! The next 100 (101-200) will be out on Thursday.

 

Top 100 Prospects Mid-season 2017 Fantasy Baseball

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B White Sox | Age: 22 | .281/.383/.452 10 HR, 15 SB | Level : AAA – The top talent in the minors, switch hitter with plus speed, a 30 homer power ceiling, and a plus hit tool. Strikes out too much, so he’s not without risk. ETA: 2017

2.  Victor Robles, OF Nationals | Age: 20 | .295/.387/.521 7 HR, 13 SB | Level : A+ – In 86 A+ games dating back to August of last season, Robles is hitting .291/.381/.488 with 8 homers and 22 steals. He turned 20 a little over a month ago, to put that statline in perspective. ETA:2019

3.  Rafael Devers, 3B Red Sox | Age: 20 | .301/.364/.583 16 HR, 0 SB | Level : AA – All fields power, plus contact, and improving approach. Devers might be the most complete hitter in the minors right now. ETA: 2017

4.  Eloy Jimenez, OF Cubs | Age: 20 | .270/.361/.500 7 HR, 0 SB | Level : A+ – Matches advanced plate approach with off the charts raw power. Looks like he has the makings of a triple crown threat, rare combo of low strikeout rate and boom-boom. ETA: 2019

5.  Ronald Acuna, OF Braves | Age: 19 | .304/.357/.480 9 HR, 30 SB | Level : AA – Quite possibly my favorite prospect at the moment. Continues to improve by the day, and shows the signs of a superstar ceiling. Power, speed, contact, Acuna has it all. ETA: 2018

6.  Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS Rockies | Age: 20 | .379/.402/.642 12 HR, 2 SB | Level : AA – You’re dreaming on the next Troy Tulowitzki here. The grip it and rip it approach worked in Lancaster, but Hartford’s been a different story. Took a ball to the head last night. ETA:2018

7.  Amed Rosario, SS Mets | Age: 21 | .315/.356/.463 7 HR, 14 SB | Level : AAA – He feels like the fantasy baseball version of imprisoned Nelson Mandela. For you Millennials he’s like Max B, but completely different. ETA: 2017

8. Kyle Tucker, OF Astros | Age: 20 | .282/.356/.550 16 HR, 17 SB | Level : AA – A true 5 category fantasy prospects who’s advanced for his age in every way. Wouldn’t shock me if we saw a September callup. ETA: 2018

9. Alex Reyes, RHP Cardinals | Age: 22 | No Stats Injured | Level : N/A – Not pitching this season as he recovers from Tommy John surgery. Now is the time to trade for him if you’re out of contention in dynasty. All-world ace upside. ETA: 2018

10. Lewis Brinson, OF Brewers | Age: 23 | .320/.400/.533 8 HR, 8 SB | Level : AAA – The debut was messy, but don’t hold it against him, there’s a star in there. Power and speed, with plus contact, 5 category stunner. ETA: 2017

11. Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B Blue Jays | Age: 18 | .316/.403/.462 5 HR, 6 SB | Level : A – Reminds you of his father, and is already providing advanced production at a very young age (he turned 18 in March). Teaming up with Bo Bichette, to form the unstoppable duo “The Legacies”. ETA: 2019

12. Willie Calhoun, 2B/OF Dodgers | Age: 22 | .298/.343/.567 17 HR, 3 SB | Level : AAA – His .270 ISO to his 12.7% strikeout rate says it all. An elite hitter in a diminutive package, in most organizations he’d be 16 homers deep at the MLB level already. But alas, Concerns about his defense have held him down. The Dodgers will come to their senses…eventually. ETA: 2017

13. Clint Frazier, OF Yankees | Age: 22 | .257/.345/.474 12 HR, 9 SB | Level : MLB – Called up yesterday, and homered in his MLB debut. Brings the “legendary” bat speed, some base stealing ability, and a massive ceiling. Could be Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez’s partner in crime in the middle of the Yanks order for years to come. ETA: 2017

14. Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS Braves | Age: 20 | .280/.327/.437 6 HR, 19 SB | Level : AAA – The switch-hitting speedster has built on his power season, after season, while bringing the rarest of fantasy skills, elite speed. Developing into a Jose Altuve type. ETA: 2018

15. Anthony Alford, OF Blue Jays | Age: 22 | .325/.411/.455 3 HR, 9 SB | Level : AA – We saw a glimpse of him in his brief MLB callup prior to sustaining a left hamate fracture. The raw tools are starting to develop into a player with massive upside. A divisive prospect, and I’m on the higher end. ETA: 2017

16. Gleyber Torres, SS/3B Yankees | Age: 20 | .287/.383/.480 7 HR, 7 SB | Level : AAA – Before he needed TJ on his non-throwing elbow, Gleyber was on a upward climb to the Bronx. Would be in the Yankees lineup tonight if not for the injury. ETA: 2018

17. Triston McKenzie, RHP Indians | Age: 19 | 82.2 IP, 104 K’s, 3.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP | Level : A+ – With a build like Chris Sale and the stuff to match, McKenzie looks like the rare low risk/high ceiling teenage starter. Whatever you’re looking for in a pitcher McKenzie has. ETA: 2019

18. Francisco Mejia, C Indians | Age: 21 | .343/.387/.577 9 HR, 5 SB | Level : AA – The undisputed top catcher in the minors, Mejia looks like he could catch everyday and win a batting title. There’s Hall of Fame upside here. ETA: 2018

19. Derek Fisher, OF Astros | Age: 24 | .310/.381/.611 18 HR, 13 SB | Level : AAA – We saw what he could do in his short stint in the Astros outfield. I don’t know if anyone else agrees, but I’m dying for an encore. Someone download that lighter app! ETA: 2017

20. Austin Meadows, OF Pirates | Age: 22 | .248/.313/.358 4 HR, 10 SB | Level : AAA – Was a top 5 prospect for me entering the season, but his stock has plummeted. There’s still massive 5 category upside, but a lack of production, and an abundance of injury risk ain’t a great combo. ETA: 2018

21. Brent Honeywell, RHP Rays | Age: 22 | 86.1 IP, 110 K’s, 4.48 ERA, 1.37 WHIP | Level : AAA – The stuff is all there, but he’s struggled at AAA so far. It’s not a matter of if, but when he settles in. The best Rays pitching prospect since David Price. ETA: 2018

22. Franklin Barreto, SS Athletics | Age: 21 | .281/.326/.428 8 HR, 4 SB | Level : MLB – Made his debut last week in grand fashion, but hasn’t done much since. The approach is a concern, but power, and some speed from the middle infield is in high demand. If he can master his strikeout issues, and get enough chances to steal 15-20 bags he could be a superstar.

23. Bo Bichette. 2B Blue Jays | Age: 19 | .395/.457/.635 9 HR, 12 SB | Level : A – The best player in the minors, and a man-child looking to replace Matt Wieters as the prospect Chuck Norris. There’s nothing Bo can’t do. ETA: 2019

24. Francis Martes, RHP Astros | Age: 21 | 32.1 IP, 38 K’s, 5.29 ERA, 2.10 WHIP | Level : MLB – He’s actually been better in the majors than he was at AAA. Needs to fix his command, but the ace stuff is there. Young enough that he should be able to harness his wildness. ETA: 2017

25. Dominic Smith, 1B Mets | Age: 22 | .324/.379/.469 8 HR, 0 SB | Level : AAA – A ready made .300 hitter for the Mets starting next season. Debates rage over the power ceiling, but at least 20 homer pop is there IMO. ETA 2018

26.  Scott Kingery, 2B Phillies | Age: 23 | .314/.374/.622 21 HR, 20 SB | Level : AAA – If you think he should be higher than Senzel you’re as awesome as I am. Look at what he’s doing at AAA already. Scottie got launch-angle revolutionized and now he’s hitting for power like Eric Thames in Korea. The flyball revolution feels like fantasy baseball’s summer of love. Turn on, tune in, launch out. ETA: 2017

27.  Juan Soto, OF Nationals | Age: 18 | .360/.427/.523 3 HR, 1 SB | Level : A – If not for an ankle injury in early May, Soto might be in the Top 15 on this list. We’ve only got 23 games of full season ball to go on, but he walked more than he struck out, and flashed some of his raw power. A long ways away from Washington, but he projects similar to Jimenez or Devers as a middle of the order bat. ETA: 2020

28.  Walker Buehler, RHP Dodgers | Age: 22 | 57.1 IP, 78 K’s, 2.35 ERA, 0.98 WHIP | Level : AA – Could quite possibly be the top pitching prospect in the minors. The stuff is real, and the possibility of three plus pitches with elite control, and pitchability is what you’re banking on. The only thing keeping him out of the top 20 is the durability concerns. Yes, I know I ranked Alex Reyes in the top 10. Yes, I know he’s not pitching. ETA: 2018

29.  Nick Senzel, 3B Reds | Age: 22 | .295/.363/.454 4 HR, 9 SB | Level : AA – So far it has not been great at AA, (5/25, 1 XBH) but I’d be willing to bet he settles in at the level. Good hit tool more power than his home run totals show, and more speed than you expect. I view Senzel’s long term ceiling very similar to Alex Bregman’s. Fringe top 10 3B with a little more average than power help. ETA: 2018

30.  Rhys Hoskins, 1B Phillies | Age: 24 | .304/.399/.604 19 HR, 2 SB | Level : AAA – There’s only so long Tommy Joseph can hold him down. He’s a plus hit tool, low strikeout, plus power player. Philly is going to have a wave of talent over the next three years. ETA: 2017

31.  Michael Kopech, RHP White Sox | Age: 21 | 75 IP, 97 K’s, 3.72 ERA, 1.33 WHIP | Level : AA – The other piece in the Chris Sale trade, Kopech brings some of the nastiest stuff in the minors, led primarily by his triple digit heater. Needs to work on honing his secondaries and finding more of the strike zone. Ace upside. ETA: 2018

32.  Ryan McMahon, 3B Rockies | Age: 22 | .366/.416/.611 13 HR, 11 SB | Level : AAA – The rebound of 2017, McMahon is one injury to Mark Reynolds away from a shot at an everyday gig in Denver. I’m all in on McMahon once again after dropping him outside the Top 100. Buy! ETA: 2017

33.  Kevin Maitan, SS Braves | Age: 17 | Has Not Played Yet | Level : Rookie – The top international signing from last year’s class, we’ve all had to wait for his GCL debut due to an injury. Elite hitter at a young age, draws comparisons to all-time greats from scouts. ETA: 2020

34.  Mike Soroka, RHP Braves | Age: 19 | 88.2 IP, 72 K’s, 2.23 ERA, 1.06 WHIP | Level : AA – Sure the big righty doesn’t have the through the roof K per numbers of most top fantasy pitching prospects. What he does offer is elite ratios, and pitchability, and the frame to rack up the innings. He’s sort of a Michael Fulmer, safe, steady, consistent. ETA: 2018

35.  Anderson Espinoza, RHP Padres | Age:19 | Has Not Pitched | Level : A – There’s some worry with the forearm tightness, but he’s throwing, and hoping to ramp up for a late July return. Elite upside, and unique pitchability, health is now a concern, ETA: 2020

36.  Harrison Bader, OF Cardinals | Age: 23 | .293/.349/.496 13 HR, 4 SB | Level : AAA – The centerfielder on the “When are they FINALLY getting called up” All Stars. Never going to be an on base machine, but he should provide 25 homers and a .280 average in his peak years. ETA: 2017

37.  Tyler O’Neill, OF Mariners | Age: 22 | .229/.312/.426 11 HR, 7 SB | Level : AAA – If you invested in O’neill on my advice, I have a message for you, “Hold Tight!”. He started the season rough, but has adjusted to AAA, and finished June with an OPS of .863, driven by 6 homers in the month. ETA: 2018

38.  Christin Stewart, OF Tigers | Age: 23 | .280/.357/.553 18 HR, 3 SB | Level : AA – One of the elite power hitters in the minors, Stewart is a future bat first leftfielder or DH. He reminds me of Khris Davis, if you’re looking for a good comp skills wise. Has the approach to be more of an asset than Davis in OBP and points leagues, worth adding in dynasty. ETA: 2018

39.  Kolby Allard, LHP Braves | Age: 19 | 80 IP, 64 K’s, 2.93 ERA, 1.29 WHIP | Level : AA – The other advanced young Braves arm in AA, Allard is the higher ceiling prospect between he and teammate Mike Soroka. The young lefty has one of the best curveballs in the minors, and is the highest rated lefthanded starter on this list. ETA: 2019

40.  Hunter Greene, RHP Reds | Age: 17 | Has Not Played | Level : N/A – The second pick in the draft, and by most measures the top talent overall, Greene was the best right-handed prep pitching prospect in a decade, and a first round talent at shortstop. Looks like he’ll play both ways, at least to start. My guess is he focuses on pitching full time as early as 2018. ETA: 2020

41.  Luis Robert, OF White Sox | Age: 19 | .277/.500/.429 1 HR, 7 SB | Level : DSL – I’m taking a leap of faith here, some of his Dominican Summer League numbers are legit, but I’d like to see more power. We were promised another raw 5 tool stud in the mold of Moncada and other hyped up Cubans. The hype is the worry tho… ETA: 2020

42.  Jesus Sanchez, OF Rays | Age: 19 | .288/.339/.477 9 HR, 4 SB | Level : A – The power hitting outfielder has taken well to his first taste of full-season ball. A middle of the order bat like Eloy, Devers, and Soto. ETA: 2019

43.  Royce Lewis, SS Twins | Age: 18 | .313/.389/.625 1 HR, 1 SB | Level : Rookie – Four games into his professional career and the first overall selection in June’s draft looks like a natural, homering in his first at bat. The entire 5 category package is here. ETA: 2020

44.  Kyle Lewis, OF Mariners | Age: 21 | .000/.250/.000 0 HR, 0 SB | Level : A+ – Only saw 4 plate appearances before the knee acted up. Hopefully he can rest, and heal up. Because if Lewis can get back to 100% he’s an elite prospect. ETA: 2019

45.  Jack Flaherty, RHP Cardinals | Age: 21 | 90.1 IP, 93 K’s, 2.29 ERA, 1.02 WHIP | Level : AAA – When posed with the question of who I prefer Flaherty or Weaver? I take the former 10 times out of 10. Mostly because Flaherty offers a higher floor with less injury worry. At just 21 he’s on the cusp of the big leagues, and despite a recent dust up or two in AAA possesses a high floor. Looks like a potential boost in ratios, without being a drag in strikeouts. ETA: 2017

46.  Mitch Keller, RHP Pirates | Age: 21 | 48 IP, 48, K’s, 2.44 ERA, 0.83 WHIP | Level : A+ – The ultimate in future safe pitching prospects complete with a plus fastball and plus curveball. If you order now we’ll throw in plus plus command. Call while supplies last!!! ETA: 2019

47.  Luis Urias, 2B/SS Padres | Age: 20 | .310/.408/.412 2 HR, 6 SB | Level : AA – The good news, he’s a 20 year old hitting .310 in AA his first time through the level. The bad news, with 2 homers, and 6 steals the worry is an empty average. His contact is so elite I’m willing to bet the counting stats in the majors are better than what we’ve seen in the minors. ETA: 2018

48.  Willy Adames, SS Rays | Age: 21 | .274/.367/.418 5 HR, 5 SB | Level : AAA – After starting out ice cold through April and May, Adames was scorching hot in June slugging his way to a .999 OPS for the month. Looks to be blocked at the major league level, at least till rosters expand. ETA: 2018

49.  Shed Long, 2B Reds | Age: 21 | .296/.368/.509 13 HR, 6 SB | Level : AA – A very good bat that offers a little bit of everything in the fantasy department. One of the more unheralded stars in the minors at the moment. Could push Jose Peraza back to short. ETA: 2018

50.  Mickey Moniak, OF Phillies | Age: 19 | .271/.322/.396 3 HR, 7 SB | Level : A – The first full season in proball hasn’t been great, but he hasn’t been awful. The power is still mostly projection, and you’d like to see him run more, but I’m buying into the projection. ETA: 2020

51.  A.J. Puk, LHP Athletics | Age: 22 | 68.1 IP, 106 K’s, 4.21 ERA, 1.16 WHIP| Level : AA – Puk entered 2017 in better physical shape than ever before, and with a new pitch, a reworked curveball. With two plus pitches already, in his mid-90’s fastball, and low 80’s slider, the curve offers an additonal average offspeed pitch to go along with his changeup. Big lefty with downhill plane, and ace upside. ETA: 2018

52.  Sixto Sanchez, RHP Phillies | Age: 18 | 45.1 IP, 46 K’s, 2.98 ERA, 0.84 WHIP | Level : A – A four pitch arsenal with plus command, the “Ralph Special” small righty has been a huge breakthrough this year, and is on the cusp of being considered amongst the elite prospect arms. ETA: 2020

53.  Dylan Cease, RHP Cubs | Age: 21 | 47.1 IP, 71 K’s, 2.47 ERA, 1.16 WHIP | Level : A – The top arm in the Cubs system is a high risk/high reward type. The stuff is there, but the control is a worry, not to mention a longer than ideal injury history. Ace upside tho… ETA: 2019

54.  Fernando Tatis Jr., SS Padres | Age: 18 | .259/.348/.440 11 HR, 14 SB | Level : A – What was Kenny Williams smoking when he traded Tatis for James Shields? Should move off short, but sort of a poor man’s Kevin Maitan with a similar ceiling. ETA: 2020

55.  Thomas Szapucki, LHP Mets | Age: 21 | 28.1 IP, 26 K’s, 2.86 ERA, 1.16 WHIP | Level : A+ – Oft-injured lefty, with nasty swing and miss stuff. Since returning to action in early June he’s been very good. Front of the rotation upside if he can stay healthy. How Metsa! ETA: 2019

56.  Josh Hader, LHP Brewers | Age: 23 | 52 IP, 51 K’s, 5.37 ERA, 1.54 WHIP | Level : MLB – Though it’s all been in relief, Hader has yet to allow a run through 7 appearances, and 9.1 innings pitched at the big league level. There’s a chance he sees a start or two with Chase Anderson out. He’s down in the ranks, but there’s still hope. ETA: 2017

57.  Michael Chavis, 3B Red Sox | Age: 21 | .310/.375/.635 20 HR, 1 SB | Level : AA – Classic power hitting corner infielder, offseason adjustments have led to a big jump forward. ETA: 2018

58.  Jay Groome, LHP Red Sox | Age: 18 | 12.1 IP, 15 K’s, 8.03 ERA, 1.62 WHIP | Level : A – After a disastrous first start back in April, where he gave up 9 earned runs in an inning and a third before exiting with a back injury. Since returning things have been great in his starts  with Lowell, the Red Sox short season New York-Penn League affiliate. That’s no hyperbole either Groome has been lights out (1.64 ERA, 0.91 WHIP, 31.8% K%), high risk/high reward spec. ETA: 2020

59.  Taylor Trammell, OF Reds | Age: 19 | .272/.347/.448 6 HR, 20 SB | Level : A – Super athlete with plus plus speed, plus raw power, and a better than advertised hit tool. I love the high ceiling power/speed guys. ETA: 2019

60.  Luke Weaver, RHP Cardinals | Age: 23 | 56 IP, 60 K’s, 1.93 ERA, 0.96 WHIP | Level : AAA – It’s not a matter of if, but when Weaver is recalled to St. Louis. The questions regarding his health linger, but his unique mix of elite control, and swinging strikes is rare. He’s dinged mostly for the inability to stay healthy. ETA: 2017

61.  Alex Verdugo, OF Dodgers | Age: 21 | .352/.420/.467 3 HR, 8 SB | Level : AAA – I flip-flop on Verdugo, but one thing is true, he knows how to put the bat on the ball. That could make him a solid Adam Eaton type as part of an up and coming young Dodgers core. ETA: 2017

62.  Brandon Marsh, OF Angels | Age: 19 | .500/.545/.833 1 HR, 4 SB | Level : Rookie – A week and a half in, and Marsh is the runaway breakout of short season ball. The former high school football star, is flashing massive 5 category upside, and can still be had off of waivers in many leagues. ETA: 2020

63.  Nick Gordon, SS Twins | Age: 21 | .308/.379/.481 6 HR, 8 SB | Level : AA – Gordon is nothing like his older brother Dee. He’s more of hard contact before speed hitter, with a mid-teen power ceiling. In peak should have similar production to Dustin Perdoia. ETA: 2018

64.  Ryan Mountcastle, SS Orioles | Age: 20 | .313/.340/.548 14 HR, 6 SB | Level : A+ – Excellent pure power bat, with solid contact over approach profile. Having a breakout season in Frederick. ETA: 2019

65.  Kyle Wright, RHP Braves | Age: 21 | Has Not Played Yet | Level : Rookie – The Braves top choice in the draft was the top college starter on most boards, and gives them a quick to the majors frontline starter with ace upside. ETA: 2018

66.  Estevan Florial, OF Yankees | Age: 19 | .305/.387/.511 10 HR, 13 SB | Level : A – My prospect crush, and I couldn’t be selling him harder. The highest ceiling in the Yankees farm system, if it all clicks we’re talking fantasy superstardom. ETA: 2019

67.  Colton Welker, 3B Rockies | Age: 19 | .365/.409/.532 6 HR, 5 SB | Level : A – Prior to hitting the DL Welker was putting up monster numbers in Asheville. Though he has some steals this season, long term those should disappear, as he grows into his raw power potential. Contact heavy, power bat in Coors, yes please! ETA: 2020

68.  Josh Naylor, 1B Padres | Age: 20 | .295/.362/.455 8 HR, 7 SB | Level : A+ – I’ve always been a fan of Josh Naylor, and he’s really enjoyed a breakout of sorts in 2017. The power is coming along after being a big question mark. ETA: 2019

69.  Erick Fedde, RHP Nationals | Age: 24 | 65.2 IP, 61 K’s, 3.15 ERA, 1.14 WHIP | Level : AAA – Been working out of the pen in AAA, wouldn’t surprise me to see him come up in an attempt to stabilize the back end of games. Will he close? I don’t know, but I still see him as a good mid-rotation starter long term. ETA: 2017

70.  Blake Rutherford, OF Yankees | Age: 20 | .270/.340/.374 1 HR, 9 SB | Level : A – The Yankees first rounder in 2016, Rutherford hasn’t been bad for his first taste of full season ball, it’s just…where’s the power? ETA: 2020

71.  Leody Taveras, OF Rangers | Age: 18 | .267/.320/.380 5 HR, 12 SB | Level : A – Take the numbers with a grain of salt, this is an advanced player for an 18 year old in full season ball. You’re dreaming on a 5 category kid in Leody ETA: 2020

72.  Corey Ray, OF Brewers | Age: 22 | .251/.327/.389 4 HR, 18 SB | Level : A+ – I’d be lying if I didn’t say I was concerned by the lack of power, cause it’s a huge red flag. Still going to believe the talent is there, but it dropped him outside my top 50. ETA: 2018

73.  Jordon Adell, OF Angels | Age: 18 | Has Not Played Yet | Level : Rookie – One of my favorite bats from this year’s draft. Elite bat speed, plus plus raw power, speed, but questions about his hit tool. Much to prove over the next year plus for Adell. ETA: 2020

74.  Isan Diaz, 2B/SS Brewers | Age: 21 | .216/.317/.375 9 HR, 7 SB | Level : A+ – Three outcome hitter, who’s stock has diminished due to the swing and miss issues. If he can get his batting average above .260, he could be a fantasy star. ETA: 2019

75.  Forrest Whitley, RHP Astros | Age: 19 | 46.1 IP, 67 K’s, 2.91 ERA, 1.36 WHIP | Level : A – The 6’7 Whitley looks like a future front of the rotation arm in the making. ETA: 2020

76.  Adam Haseley, OF Phillies | Age: 21 | .550/.625/.750 0 HR, 2 SB | Level : Rookie – Has gotten right to work in his first 5 games of pro-ball. Across the board ability is what you’re getting from Haseley, could be one of the first players to reach the majors. ETA: 2019

77.  Pavin Smith, 1B Diamondbacks | Age: 21 | .320/.370/.360 0 HR, 0 SB | Level : Rookie – One of the more advanced college bats of the class, some hit tool over power concerns. ETA: 2019

78. Chance Adams, RHP Yankees | Age: 22 | 82.2 IP, 84 K’s, 2.27 ERA, 0.98 WHIP | Level : AAA – The best pitcher in the minors this year, only a matter of time till he gets his shot in the Bronx. Mid-rotation upside with solid K numbers. ETA: 2017

79.  JP Crawford, SS Phillies | Age: 22 | .207/.324/.291 2 HR, 2 SB | Level : AAA – The once elite prospect is holding onto his top 100 status by a thread. Needs a strong second half. ETA: 2018

80.  Nick Neidert, RHP Mariners | Age: 20 | 87.1 IP, 92 K’s, 3.09 ERA, 1.05 WHIP | Level : A+ – High floor pitching prospect flashing more upside than anticipated. Gets tons of Tim Hudson comps, and the shoe fits. ETA: 2019

81.  Austin Beck, OF Athletics | Age: 18 | .000/.111/.000 0 HR, 0 SB | Level : Rookie – Ignore the rookie ball numbers, Beck owned arguably the highest ceiling in the 2017 draft. Elite bat speed, raw power, and speed ETA: 2020

82.  Lucas Giolito, RHP White Sox | Age: 22 | 79.2 IP, 82 K’s, 4.86 ERA, 1.43 WHIP | Level : AAA – It’s been a crazy year for Giolito’s prospect status, but it seems to have stabilized here at the back end of the Top 100. Number two to mid-rotation upside at this point. ETA: 2017

83.  Franklin Perez, RHP Astros | Age: 19 | 46 IP, 44 K’s, 2.54 ERA, 0.76 WHIP | Level : A+ – Advanced teenage starter, looks ready for AA and he doesn’t turn 20 until December. ETA: 2019

84.  Jorge Ona, OF Padres | Age: 20 | .275/.349/.402 7 HR, 3 SB | Level : A – Seems to be shaking the rust off after an extended absence as he defected from Cuba. High risk/high reward, middle of the order upside. ETA: 2020

85.  Keston Hiura, 2B Brewers | Age: 20 | .571/.600/1.000 1 HR, 0 SB | Level : Rookie – The most advanced college bat in the class according to some, and the numbers back it. There’s contact, approach, and power, there’s also plenty of question marks with health. Riskier than he should be. ETA: 2018

86.  Miguel Andujar, 3B Yankees | Age: 22 | .314/.348/.496 8 HR, 2 SB | Level : AAA – Massive raw power, and a grip it and rip it approach at the plate. We saw what he can do in his MLB Debut this week. There’s more where that came from. ETA: 2017

87.  Stephen Gonsalves, LHP Twins | Age: 22 | 48 IP, 56 K’s, 2.63 ERA, 0.85 WHIP | Level : AA – One of the most underrated arms in the minors. Gonsalves offers safety and upside in his profile and skill set, the problem is there’s some real injury concern. If he can stay healthy he might make an excellent one – two with Jose Berrios. ETA: 2018

88.  Adrian Morejon, LHP Padres | Age: 18 | 13 IP, 12 K’s, 4.15 ERA, 1.15 WHIP | Level : Rookie – One of the jewels of San Diego’s 2016 July 2 class, ace level upside, with an arsenal that features two different changeups. ETA: 2021

89.  Yordan Alvarez, 1B Astros | Age: 20 | .338/.447/.613 10 HR, 2 SB | Level : A+ – After destroying low A, the 20 year old Cuban was promoted to high A Buies Creek. He’s still looking to get settled at the level, but we’re talking about an elite power bat at an advanced level for his age. Keep an eye on Alvarez, could skyrocket up the ranks. ETA: 2020

90.  Rowdy Tellez, 1B Blue Jays | Age: 22 | .203/.275/.332 6 HR, 3 SB | Level : AAA – Awful year so far from Rowdy, but I’m keeping the faith that he can turn a corner. I’ve been burned by overweight first base only prospects before tho… Looking at you Vogelbach. ETA: 2018

91.  Luiz Gohara, LHP Braves | Age: 20 | 63 IP, 69 K’s, 2.57 ERA, 1.17 WHIP | Level : AA – The third starter from the star-studded Mississippi Braves rotation, less safety than Allard or Soroka, Gohara might possesses the highest ceiling. Draws comps to CC Sabathia. ETA: 2019

92.  Brendan McKay, LHP/1B Rays | Age: 21 | Has Not Played Yet | Level : N/A – Where will he end up? Will he be a two-way player in the majors? Is he a star on either side? So many questions with McKay. ETA: 2019

93.  Zack Collins, C White Sox | Age: 22 | .208/.364/.398 10 HR, 0 SB | Level : A+ -There’s no way around the disappointment that is Collins’ 2017 season. Catchers take longer sure, but we were banking on an advanced bat. Where’s it at? ETA: 2019

94.  Bobby Bradley, 1B Indians | Age: 21 | .256/.351/.484 14 HR, 2 SB | Level : AA – Another member of Cleveland’s up and coming core. Elite power, and swing and miss concerns, earns him the Chris Carter comp. ETA: 2019

95.  Yadier Alvarez, RHP Dodgers | Age: 21 | 51.2 IP, 54 K’s, 5.05, 1.39 WHIP | Level : A+ – Reports of a straight fastball have tarnished Yadier’s once promising upside. Still a top 100 arm for me. Hold, or try and buy low, there’s a high end  starter in there somewhere. ETA: 2020

96.  Randy Arozarena, OF Cardinals | Age: 22 | .274/.331/.467 8 HR, 10 SB | Level : AA – 2016 International signing with power, speed, and contact upside. Could see the majors late this season, or some time over the summer of 2018. ETA: 2018

97.  Alex Jackson, C Braves | Age: 21 | .274/.346/.500 10 HR, 0 SB | Level : A+ – Once a highly touted high school bat, a change of scenery, and move back behind the plate have made him fantasy relevant once again. ETA: 2020

98.  Edwin Rios, 3B Dodgers | Age: 23 | .310/.352/.531 15 HR, 1 SB | Level : AA – What does Rios have to do to earn your respect? All he does is hit! ETA: 2018

99.  Heath Quinn, OF Giants | Age: 22 | .287/.351/.533 8 HR, 0 SB | Level : A+ – One of the most powerful bats in the minors, Quinn’s had trouble staying healthy in 2017. ETA: 2019

100.  Ian Anderson, RHP Braves | Age: 19 | 65.1 IP, 83 K’s, 3.72 ERA, 1.39 WHIP | Level: A – The third overall pick in 2016’s draft has flashed a greater ability to miss bats than anticipated, and that’s the best possible news for his fantasy owners. The Braves have the luxury of taking it slow with Anderson. ETA: 2020

 

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  1. Dan says:
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    These lists are incredibly helpful, thanks for doing them!

    Who would you rather have in a 10 tm H2H dynasty?
    Mazara or Pollock?

    Thanks Ralph

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: Give me Mazara! Thanks for reading

  2. Brett says:
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    Think Frazier plays enough? Must pick up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brett: Right now there’s an opening for playing time, and he’s got the bat to take advantage.

  3. Tigres says:
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    Nick Williams? (and big thanks- these updates are great!)

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      @Tigres: He’s on the next 100, just kissed the cut. I’m dropping the next 100 Thursday.

  4. JP says:
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    Fantastic work, Ralph! Thanks.

    In a 12 team dynasty with 20 minors per team, I’ve got a pretty solid farm (thanks to you and Razzball over the years). I’m looking to maybe drop one or two pitchers for some on this list. Would you be hesitant to drop any of Dillon Tate, Joey Wentz, or Jon Harris? (I prefer high upside to high ceiling in my pitching prospects.)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JP: I’d maybe hold on Wentz but probably not. Dump away.

  5. Nick says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    just drafted my 2017 prospects:
    pick#5: Bukauskas – cause i badly need pitching
    aLL other pitchers went before him: 1. G.McKenzie, 2. B.McKay,3!! H.Greene, 4. K.Wright
    i could have taken Adell who went pick#12

    pick#17 : Nick Pratto 1B – no one better left !
    Haseley – Hiura – RoyceLewis gone before

    Pick#29 : Lutz OF- no one better left ! (you ranked him #18… so 29 is a steal !!?)

    in your list ,,, and in my “rookie” team , only have Kyle Lewis

    i’ll check who’s still avalaible in your list for next season ;)

    Nick

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nick: Bukauskas, Pratto, and Lutz make the next 100

  6. Most other reports seem more optimistic on Zack Collins. You didn’t mention that his defense has been improved and he leads the league in walks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Julio McTiernan: Yeah, the defense is nice, and I figured he’d walk. He was an advanced college bat with on base skills he should be walking in A ball. He’s still the the top 100, wasn’t a knock at all. He just need s to improve.

  7. James T Kirk says:
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    Awesome list, thanks for sharing! A few that standout out in my opinion:

    Willy Adames is easily a top ten, maybe top five fir me. Him and Risario are neck and neck, but I think fir fantasy purposes, I lean toward Adames.

    I LOVE the love you show Calhoun!! One of the best bats in the minors for sure. I think it is almost a certainty now that he never plays second. So as a corner outfielder, that knocks him down a few notches for me. But man crush for him continues to grow!

    JP Crawford is no where near top 100 anymore for me. He has proven he just can’t hit. For fantasy, he is worthless right now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: I like Adames a lot, and the rebound has been great but I don’t view him quite the high. Though that’s obvious.

      I’m still not completely sold that he never plays second. I think the D is grossly oversold.

      I let him hang around for one more pass. I’m not totally convinced that he can’t hit at all. He still gets on base, but it doesn’t look good for him.

  8. Tweak says:
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    Let’s take a look at the ol’ dynasty roster…

    Zimmer, Mazara, Fisher, Meadows, McMahon, Robles, Senzel, Acuna, Buehler

    The rebuild is going well! Thanks a pile, Ralph.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tweak: Nicely done!

  9. James T Kirk says:
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    I will also say that Nick Gordon is one of the most under rated players on all lists. Just look at those numbers he continues to put up! It would not shock me in the least, if he ends up being the best of all the shortstops on this list.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: He’s taken a real step forward this year with the bat. He’s got a shot at that, wouldn’t be shocking.

  10. Sport says:
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    Been looking forward to this this! Going to be very helpfull shaping up rosters this summer for the offseason holds. I’m going to be biting my nails next March when yahoo adds Bo Bichette and I’m trying to pick him up.

    Thanks for all you do!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Thanks Sport! Appreciate the read.

  11. P says:
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    Where would Tom Murphy fit in?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @P: Maybe 85

  12. ichirosan says:
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    Great read, Ralph. I have my dynasty MiLB draft coming up in two weeks, and I was feeling nervous without your midseason Top 100.

    For reference sake, though he already lost his rookie elegibility, where would you rank Raúl Mondesí Jr. ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ichirosan: He’s looked really good and has always been young for every level. I’d say he’s about 30-40.

  13. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team h2h dynasty with a bunch of extra stats (defensive stuff, OPS, holds, relief wins, OBPA, QS, BB’s) i need a minimum 9 TEX guys.
    C avila
    1B desmond (LF/RF)
    2B odor
    SS andrus
    3B beltre
    LF mazara (RF)
    CF blackman
    RF stanton
    util choo
    BN gallo (1B/3B), jose mart (1B/LF/RF), goodwin (LF/RF, streamer, often backup catcher)
    forced to use at least 3/4 of BN spots for hitters to prevent SP hoarding
    DL dahl
    NA brinson (CF), mejia (CLE), z.collins (WSOX), c.kelly (STL), e.jimenez (LF), calhoun (LAD), adames (TB)
    SP e.volquez/darvish/archer/cobb/chacin/ryu
    RP giles/kela/leclerc/phelps/hudson/o.perez/maton
    DL hoover/andriese/morton/diekman
    NA y.mendez (TEX), urias, law (SF)
    somebody dropped t.murphy even though he’s stashable, drop any NA guy for murphy. oh yeah, we can only keep 25 per year, so most of the hoard has to be dropped. murphy i’m guessing doesn’t count as a prospect.

  14. I dont know how any of you do it but so much great info every. single. day! Ive fallen in love with this sport and im learning something new everyday. This site has been a major part of the that. Great article Ralph!! Have a great rest of your weekend!!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Favio Vasquez: You too! Thanks for reading!

  15. Manny says:
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    Great list as always & really appreciate all your efforts. Two questions:

    1. Any concern in the “Reading Effect” in Kingery’s power numbers? How are his home/road splits in that regard, or do you think the power is legit based on the launch angle change? Coupled with his speed this would make him a top target if legit…

    2. No Cal Quantrill? Thought he would be on here for sure. Assuming other pitchers like him, Tyler Mahle, Dakota Hudson & Mitch White will be on Thursday’s next 100. Just disappointed none of them made the cut…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Manny: Higher Slg in Reading but he was slugging .598 in road games. The crazy thing is he’s been even better in Lehigh Valley through the first few games. There’s a significant approach change his flyballs are through the roof.

      All were right on the cusp and in the Top 100 at points. I added a ton of players from the draft so it pushed all of those guys out.

  16. mrbaseball says:
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    Rafael Devers – should go number 1 – I Have number 2 waiver pick for prospects that are called up to major leagues – WHAT TO DO HERE

    Do I jump on Frazier – wait and see on Tucker or hope that someone gets promoted out of nowhere

    Kyle Tucker
    Clint Frazier
    Austin Meadows
    Brent Honeywell
    Rhys Hoskins

    THESE PLAYERS ARE OWNED

    Yoan Moncada
    Amed Rosario
    Lewis Brinson
    Franklin Barreto

    • mrbaseball says:
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      Anthony Alford is on the free agent market list in my keeper league – You have him ranked 15 and Frazier at 13 – no waiver needed to pick him up

      • mrbaseball says:
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        Miguel Andújar NYY – 3B – I read that at least one sports writer thinks 25 homeruns out of him – is he out of his mind – what do you think

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @mrbaseball: Yeah he has 25 homer pop for sure.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @mrbaseball: I’d still take Frazier.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @mrbaseball: I’d add Frazier.

  17. Ralphy says:
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    If Tapia was onthis list where would he be? Do you think he sticks in Colorado for the rest of the season?
    Thanks Ralph

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ralphy: Before Reyes. I love Tapia, I think he’s going to be a great fantasy player. No reason to trade him, he’s cheap, improving, and controllable.

  18. Benintendo64 says:
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    Any concern about Berrios’ last two starts? Are we seeing the real him now or will he return to the level he performed at in his first few starts in the majors and AAA?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Benintendo64: No, not really. He had to stumble somewhere and I didn’t think he was that bad against the Red Sox. Two tough road starts.

  19. TTRA1N says:
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    Awsome read. Thanks! If you had to guess. Who’s your next be call up?

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      @TTRA1N: Moncada! I hope…

  20. Sport says:
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    SS to target? Ketel Marte is my only SS. Raul Mondesi will be a full time starter at SS in KC for 2018 and is on waiver wire. Nick Gordon is on waiver wire, but when will he play? I might be able to get Orlando Arcia but will have to move Faria for him.

    Please rank Mondesi, Gordon, Marte, Arcia.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Arcia, Mondesi, Gordon, and Marte.

      I’d hold off on dealing Faria though. You have enough options available for a lot less of an investment.

      • Sport says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Loving the rest of my prospects for 16 team dynasty thanks to your help.
        2-Robles, 5-Acuna, 12-Calhoun, 15-Alford, 19-Fisher, 21-Honeywell, 26-Kingery, 27-Soto, 38-Stewart, 45-Flaherty, 50-Moniak. Plus Tapia, Faria, and Francis Martes already on the roster.

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          @Sport: Nice!

  21. Dougie says:
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    Kevin Newman dropped out completely, eh? should I lose him Dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dougie: Yeah he’s looked booty at the plate.

  22. Dude says:
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    Surprised to not see Austin Hays. Awesome list though! Thanks for your hard work.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dude: He was close, right on the cusp. He’ll be in the next 100 on Thursday.

    • Dave W. says:
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      @Dude:

      I was too. He has done nothing but destroy the ball somce becoming a pro. His stats are bit better then Robles and he seems to have improved since hitting AA.

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        @Dave W.: He’s not Top 100 yet.

  23. apox says:
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    I’ve heard that Lewis looks like a ballplayer but his swing is all messed up.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apox: Which one?

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          @apox: Swing ain’t bad, the knee in the other hand is bad.

  24. Mindicohn says:
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    Been looking fwd to this list. Grabbed Healy and Mancini last yr based on this.

    This yr- 14 tm 40man dynasty. Ive moved most of my major bullets (urias, rosario, jdl,calhoun, mckenzie and cease). Left w fedde, c.adams, glasnow,i.diaz tellez and gourriel jr. Any reason I should be hanging on to gourriel? Only top50 from list left is kingery. Can drop for him for sure but wondering if i should hold or grab bottom 50.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mindicohn: Drop Gurriel for Kingery right now.

      • Mindicohn says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: i have an extra roster spot…failed to mention, so drop gourriel for any bottom 25? Have a bid in for kingeryfor extra spot. Thx

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          @Mindicohn: I’d drop him for the highest rated guy.

  25. Sean says:
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    Would you try and burn your #2 waiver slot on Frazier or wait for someone higher on the list to get the call? Current OF is Cespedes, Schebler, JBJ, M. Adams, and Haniger. Would most likely being dropping Haniger for him.

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      @Sean: Yeah I’d burn away.

  26. apox says:
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    W. Calhoun’s got no place to play. With that said, he’s LEGIT. Love the list. My only question would be: where’s Carson Kelly?

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      @apox: In the next 100, just missed the cut.

  27. Slimcompoop says:
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    Great stuff per usual Ralph. I picked up Josh Harrison to replace Trea Turner last week but Orlando Arcia and Franklin Barreto are sitting out there on waivers (it’s a keeper league, but you only get to retain six players from year-to-year). I could also move Gerrit Cole to another owner for Jonathan Schoop. Which of the aforementioned options would you go with?

    Thinking with Frazier’s hot start last night he’s going to go for big $ in our waiver auction tonight. I do have an OF’d on the DL, so will make a bid, but thinking I might just let Frazier get all the attention and go pick up Devers on the cheap. I know you said his ETA is this year, but are you thinking the all-star break? Early August? September call-ups?

    Appreciate all your columns. Have a good holiday.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Slimcompoop: Is add Arcia, he’s been coming on.

      Like that Devers strategy, he could be up any day now IMO.

  28. Thurman says:
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    Forget White Sox GM, what are YOU smoking??! Hunter Greene is 40th and you don’t have MacKenzie Gore on the Top 100? You are aware that he has the more advanced approach at the same age and pro scouts (unlike you) say he has a more stable future than Greene. Ultimately, you have officially slept on Gore.

    I’m sorry my friend, many kudos lost today

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Thurman: He’s 101. Was on the list, but if you think he has similar value in dynasty leagues I’d tell you you’re mistaken. I do like Gore.

      You talk to a lot of pro scouts? Scouts that have scouted both? Dont need to get personal Mrs. Gore.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Mrs Gore is not a happy camper..

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      @Thurman: Take it easy broseph…it’s his personal rankings.

  29. Organigram Dan the Met Fan says:
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    When is Anthony Alford expected back from his injury? He is sitting on the FA List in my 16 team Dynasty League. Worthy of a DL stash?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Organigram Dan the Met Fan: Haven’t seen any updates but my guess is another three weeks before he starts hitting.

  30. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    BEST top 100 I have seen out there at the half way point!
    Well done Ralph!
    HAPPY 4TH!

  31. Merl says:
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    Thanks

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      @Merl: Thank you.

  32. Dan says:
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    Did chapman miss the list because he’s up or not good enough?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: He’s on rehab and should be back soon. My guess is he easily exceeds his limits this season.

      • Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        ok so he would make your top 100 if he wasn’t going to

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          @Dan: Yeah he’d be around 70.

  33. SR says:
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    Really solid writeup – looking forward to seeing your next 100. And I’m assuming a prospect podcast comparing your list to what Halp is putting out.

    Where would some guys who’ve spent significant time in the minors, but technically lost prospect eligibility fit in for you? I’m thinking of guys like Cody Reed, Blake Snell, Mallex Smith, and maybe AJ Reed (not sure if you’ve graduated him or not).

    I’m also guessing Jesse Winker shows up on the next 100?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SR: Yes we’ll do all that. Snell is probably around 75, Mallex would be 90, AJ Reed is outside my top 200, I’m done with him. Cody Reed is the same, he’s not even my favorite Cody Reed anymore.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Fair enough. I’m currently rostering 3 prospects who missed your top 100(out of 17 total) – Winker, AJ Reed, and Mahle.

        Top couple unowned guys from your list are Shed Long, Sixto, Trammell, Florial, and Welker. Sixto and Florial seem like the guys who have the most potential helium by the end of the season to warrant a roster spot.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @SR: All three might, and Mahle was very close, initially he was in. However, I went more upside heavy than proximity. He could be better than anyone on this list.

          As for Reed and Winker, I’ve moved on from both. Winker is looking like a AAAA guy.

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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            It’s interesting to me because people, including myself, rate Tapia so highly, and the stat lines are pretty similar aside from the SB’s to Winker.

            Sure, Tapia plays in Coors, but Great American plays to hitters pretty well.

            Maybe an interesting case study in how having functioning legs can make you a top 10-15 prospect instead of a guy outside the top 200.

            More than any other progression on the hitting side though, I think we see guys develop game power just by accruing reps. That’s why I like to bet on young guys with plate approach and contact skills like Magneuris or Andujar.

  34. Dougie says:
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    Hey, in a 12 H2H Dynasty league where FLD% and BBs are scoring categories, I’m holding Matt Chapman in the minors. I haven’t promoted him yet. Would you rather own Chappy or drop him for either Christin Stewart or Jesus Sanchez? I’m sure there’s an argument for any of them based on needs. I am stacked at 3b with Seager currently in my active lineup and Devers, McMahon, and Gleyber in the minors.
    Gee Ralph, you’re such a great listener! I think you’ve really helped me already!
    What are your thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dougie: Hahaha yeah the fielding element boosts Chapman a ton, but that said go Sanchez with your 3B depth.

  35. lmaobaws says:
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    I traded Victor Robles for Masahiro Tanaka & Jake Odorizzi, in a 16 dynasty h2h feeling dumb right bout now I’ve gotten some offers for some of the players on the top 10 here would appreciate your input on them. Make me feel better about Tanaka deal DEAR GOD PLEASE.

    Jedd Gyorko for Matt Moore & Kyle Tucker – I’d be getting Gyorko side.

    Freddie Freeman, Kenta Maeda, Willie Calhoun, Triston McKenzie & Ryan McMahon for Miguel Cabrera, Scott Kingery, Ronald Acuna, Zack Godley & Brandon McCarthy – I would be getting Freddie side.

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      @lmaobaws: Don’t do that Gyroko deal. I like the Freddie side.

      • apox says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: he’s giving UP Acuna. That’s probably not a good idea in a dynasty league if the deal doesn’t help you win NOW. Freddie probably won’t be doing that.

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          @apox: Yeah but I like the three prospects too. I’m a Freddie fan boy though.

  36. Mrs Glasnow says:
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    We’re not worthy Ralph! Great list!

    Where would Glasnow go on the list, word is he’s pitching 100% from the stretch and has looked good at AAA. Thanks!

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      @Mrs Glasnow: He’d be somewhere around 50. There’s still so much risk with this guy. I hope he gets right.

      • Rosscoe says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Watched his whole start Saturday. Control is a bit better, but still has some shaky moments. Sat down the first 8 dudes, then walked the pitcher… 11 K’s in 5 2/3 before he gave up a homer to Herrera.

        Stuff is filthy though. Dialled it up to 100 too. Definitely risky, but the upside is crazy!

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          @Rosscoe: The upside is crazy but he just can’t command it for ish at the MLB level. I want him to get good.

  37. Pousse-Pousse says:
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    Thanks for this Ralph.

    Two questions: (1) who do you like in a dynasty out of Buxton, Mazara, and Zimmer? And (2) what the heck to make of Tom Murphy now? The anticipation of him coming off the DL was great; he tore it up in his rehab assignment; then doesn’t hit in his first four big league games and is sent down.

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      @Pousse-Pousse: I like the Mazara the best of the bunch with Zimmer two. I’m way off on Buxton.

      No idea what to make of him. Is he AAAA or does he just need to get hot one of these times to get his shot.

  38. Paste says:
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    Great work Ralph! Curious about your take on Jake Gatewood and his breakout this season in High A. The walk rate is healthy for the first time in his pro career (he started using contact lenses this season) and is sustaining it around 10% which helps balance his swing and miss aspect of his game. The guy has huge power upside (is a legit 6′ 5″ ) and sprinkles in some speed, but I haven’t seen him talked about too much. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Paste: I like Gatewood, and Halp I have talked him up some. He’s in the next 100 for sure.

  39. malamoney says:
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    Great shit brother! Do you think Reyes is ready by Opening Day?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: I’m hearing he’s going to be throwing soon, and should be ready for spring. That’s said who knows how his body reacts.

  40. Alcibiades Escobar says:
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    This is really great work Ralph. Thanks for all the effort.

  41. Scott says:
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    You are the man. Stopping by to say thanks.

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      @Scott: Thanks Scott! You’re the man!

  42. Steve Stevenson says:
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    NL only dynasty, drop one: Guerra, S. Lugo or Roark?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve Stevenson: I really want to drop Roark!

  43. David says:
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    Great list and thanks for all of your help Ralph……Mancini or Hoskins in dynasty? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: I’m going with Hoskins. I trust his approach now long term.

  44. Robert says:
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    Desmond was just dropped in my 10 team h2h league. Would you drop any of these for Desmond: Schebler or Mancini?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: Mancini for Desmond

  45. Landisimo3 says:
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    Amazing work Ralph ! Very much look forward to these… Quick question.. 12 team forever keeper roto.. keep 10 + 10 farm… What do you make of Urias? I was just offered him straight up for any of my Maitan, Buehler, or Morejon … said absolutely not to the 1st 2 … MAYBE on Morejon… Thoughts??

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: Morejon’s upside is higher. If it’s Luis then he’s a hit machine. Easy future .300 hitter. I’m not sure if he grows into power and at most he has like 10 steal speed. The things is Morejon is way off.

  46. Big league choo says:
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    12 team we can only have 3 prospects full dynasty

    My 2nd place team seems to have BA problems because of all the power hitters

    Would you add Calhoun or Kingery above any of my farm?

    My team at these positions

    OF pollock, khris Davis, puig, trumbo, Gomez, thames, peralta

    CI Goldy, bour, Rendon, Smoak

    MI Odor, semien, Villar, galvis

    Prospects

    Brinson, Fisher, McMahon

  47. Bob says:
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    Okay, I don’t know if I’m on crazy pills, he’s on crazy pills, were both on crazy pills but I just traded T. Story for Y. Cespedes and D. Robertson in a ROS Keeper league. I’m currently sitting 4th but WAY out of contention and he’s sitting last (w/ a 20 man roster <25) so that angle is understandable. I wasn't one to give up on T. Story considering he really was THAT GOOD less than 1 year ago and is only 24 but I am realistic and didn't expect him to repeat it. My layman opinion of T. Story is somewhere in between last year and this year (leaning more toward a resemblance of last year than this year going forward), but considering just how bad he has been, the fact he is available on the FA WW in some leagues, and in other leagues i've heard some simply can't even gift him away how is it that I am not OVER THE MOON to sell a player that in most markets has zero value for a "consistent" T-25 bat at a discount ("oh and throw in D. Roberston too, just because…"). It's gotta be the fact he is 24 and "dream" of what could/could have been but even at his best going forward he's a flawed player IMO. Anyway, to put a bow on it and tie this all together, how soon is too soon to pick up B. Rodgers in a league w/ 21 roster spots and 10 keepers (Gleyber already occupying my DL spot in anticipation for next year and I'm leaning toward picking A. Reyes back up)? No other clear keepers aside from G. Sanchez, D. Murphy, L. Severino, C. Kimbrel (should room permit, don't like keeping closers).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bob: Yeah I’d take that deal too.

      I watched Rodgers today and he doesn’t look nearly ready yet. He’s in AA and I’d be surprised if he sees the majors this year. Next year is a possibility.

      • Bob says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for taking the time. Currently enjoying your newest write-up Top-100 Starters, Week 14. Get work, really enjoy everything.

  48. Oddball Herrera says:
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    Interesting news today, Kingery is taking grounders at third now. There has been some talk of moving on from Franco, so…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Oddball Herrera: Wow! That would be insane. Maybe they disgraceful list Franco.

  49. Marvelous list! There seems to be a high number of pop/speed guys in the offing, more than normal.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @FANTHEAD: I’m into them, so I included many that wouldn’t make other lists.

  50. Rick Callahan says:
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    If you were to add Shohei Otani to this list, whereabouts would you slot him?

  51. Mike L says:
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    If you needed a 3rd base prospect and Senzel and Guerrero and Devers are gone do you shoot for McMahon, Kingery(possible 3rd base move) Andujar, or grab a guy like Shaw or Gurriel off waivers? Overall team is young trying to keep it that way. Alford too high and Puk too low IMO but everyone’s a critic. Great write up man.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike L: Shaw is the safest value, but in a league where he’s not owned you’re looking for big upside. I’d go Kingery.

  52. Mike says:
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    In a league with 300+ prospects owned, Brandon Marsh was available and you made me aware of his existence. Thank you for that.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: He’s bout to blow son! Seriously I love Marsh. No ones ranking him that high. I think he’s the next helium guy.

  53. Mike says:
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    In a points league that leans pitcher dominant with 300+ owned prospects, I own some longshot lottery tickets like Jose Albertos, Jesus Luzardo, Cionel Perez, Caden Lemons, and Nate Pearson. Any of those pitchers you really think aren’t worth the time?

    There’s only two unowned guys from this list (now that I picked up Marsh), and that is Randy Arozarena and Heath Quinn. Should I be running to make this change, or could you see keeping the arms in a league that favors pitching?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Hell yes! All of them are, huge upside on Pearson, Luzardo, and Albertos.

      I think you could dump Lemons for Arozarena. Little closer.

      • Mike says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thank you! I made the move and now own Arozarena. Thanks for getting back to me.

  54. Chris r says:
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    In a redraft where we can keep two guys for one year if they weren’t kept and weren’t drafted in the first ten rounds.

    Should I be rostering devers over Derek Fisher right now?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris r: I watched Devers hit a ball out of Dunkin’ Donuts Stadium in Hartford today. Every ball he hit was a rocket. If I made the list today I might rank him 1. Go get him!!!!

  55. Phanatic says:
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    No Rhys Hopkins? Have you lost faith in the Philly Slugger?

    • Brian says:
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      Hoskins is number thirty on the list… sorry for the double post — replied to the wrong person!

    • Phanatic says:
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      @Phanatic:

      My bad must have missed him. Sorry R

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Phanatic: ha! I doubted myself for a second. I’ve left guys off the top 100 pitching post due to cutting and pasting and forgetting to paste! Lol it happens.

  56. Chris says:
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    Thanks Ralph!

    Should I drop Hoskins or deshields for any of these cats right now? If so which one’s? Meaning who do you see coming soonest? I’m doing fine but could use pitching or hitting.

    • Brian says:
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      Hoskins is number thirty on the list….

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Brian: Hahaha CTL + F3

  57. Nightpandas says:
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    Nice list Ralph,

    Got one move left in my 15team keep 11.

    Looking at an upside guy who might sleep into my keepers for 2018.

    Arcia (have Gleybar and Tim Anderson)
    Mejia (have Murphy and Schwarber)
    Robles/Jimenez/Acuna (have Desmond Trumbo Brinson Zimmer Puig)
    Honeywell/Mckenzie (have Sale Faria Castillo)

    Thanks man

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      @Nightpandas: empty spot so no drops required

      • Nightpandas says:
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        @Nightpandas: tapia available as well

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nightpandas: I say go Honeywell, he’s much better than Castillo

  58. Dominic says:
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    Holding Glasnow but skeptical about minor lg pitchers succeeding in MLB. Would you drop him for someone like Kingery Calhoun or Meadows?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dominic: All of them

  59. Brian says:
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    Was offered Lewis Brinson for Bradley Zimmer in a 15 team H2H dynasty league where both BA and OBP are categories. I’m in first place right now, so am playing for this year. They seem relatively equal to me, but I’m also stacked in OF and rarely start Zimmer (I have Betts, Thames, Mallex Smith, Kepler, Kole Calhoun, Pham, Schebler, Grichuck… and Pollack returning this week; we only start three).

    I’d make the trade if you think Brinson is the better long-term prospect. Is he? Or are Zimmer and Brinson essentially six of one, a half dozen of another?

    Thanks in advance for any help.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: Do the deal.

  60. Slowmez says:
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    In your opinion are any of these guys potential top 50 overall picks in next year’s drafts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Slowmez: Yeah Moncada could be, there’s an outside chance for Brinson if he’s called back up but most likely not.

  61. Chris says:
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    Do I start verlander after that ass kicking? Is he somehow going to fair better @ Cleveland?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: Ehhh I’d hold off, sounds like a question for the stream-o-nator

  62. Saints says:
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    Amazing Stuff Thanks.
    I’m glad to have 6 guys off the top 35. And this in a 14 team league where i am contending. Im not worrying about the future. And a big reason are your Posts Thanks a lot :)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Saints: Thanks for listening haha!

  63. Chris says:
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    Any prospects worth grabbing that are close enough to drop hoskins, deshields or slater for?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris: What’s the format?

  64. Chris says:
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    roto 10 cats h2h

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: Is it dynasty? How many teams? There’s a 100 prospects listed.

      • Chris says:
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        not dynasty no keepers 14 teams

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        would you drop slater for a say calhoun or alford?

  65. apox says:
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    Bobby Bradley’s been super hot this June and it’s carrying over to July. I think the Chris Carter comp is pretty lazy. I see a RH Carlos Delgado.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apox: Go check out their Fangraphs pages and tell me who Bradley resembles. I think he’s better than Carter, but it’s a similar profile. Should I have just said “He’s hitting this month and has raised his average, next stop Cooperstown?”

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: that’s a bit of a jump, no? There’s nothing between a Chris Carter and HOF comp? Still, lazy.

  66. kaztan says:
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    Wow that’s a lot of work!

    I’ve been holding Moncada all season in RCL and regretting it. Not just the lack of a call-up. Not so confident he’ll be great when he does get the call. Sometimes scouts fall in love with guys who look the part and we’re betting on their intuitions even when the numbers aren’t there. With Moncada, the numbers are pretty meh. .800-something OPS, K-rate over 30%. Maybe he’ll be great but there’s an elevated Buxton risk here. I hope I’m wrong.

    I’d put Kingery much higher, at least if it were more of a this season-focused list. He’s gone 20/20 in half a season so far and has a solid K-rate. On a potential second-half mixed league difference maker list, I’d go top-five with him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @kaztan: Okay, I’m going to go in on this a little, no disrespect. But #1 don’t hold prospects that long in RCL, RCL’s are all about filtering through bats and maximizing totals and innings. So holding any prospect past mid-May is a bad strategy. My two cents on that.

      Are Moncada’s numbers that meh? He’s had a couple DL stints, one for a thumb injury which saps power. Plays in a relatively pitching friendly league, has a 14.2% Bb rate and would be on a 25 homer, 37 steal pace over 162 games. If he plays for any competing team he’s up and playing. The White Sox have no incentive to call him up. The strikeouts are alarming, but it’s 2017, strikeouts aren’t looked at with the same stigma they were in the past. That said he’s a .250 hitter at the MLB level now, but he has power and speed and that plays.

  67. Dave says:
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    Would you trade Moncada for Rosario? Hear me out. I have Devers as well at 3B. And McMahon is available on ww. I was thinking of offering:

    Moncada, Kepler, Quintana for Rosario and Stroman. Quintana is in the last year of his contract and goes back into the free agent pool and can be retained by his owner at 25% off auction rate. Then with empty spot, pick up McMahon and have him and Devers at 3B.

    If he says yes:

    Now I have Devers/Moncada
    After I’d have Devers/McMahon/Rosario

    I sent you a message on twitter so apologies for double asking. I figured afterwards that this is probably a better and easier way to ask my question.

    Thanks for the advice.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave: Yeah makes sense, see if he’ll throw in something else you can keep or use, picks etching

      • Dave says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks. We settled on Weaver instead of Kepler. He’s out of the pen for now, and I’m not sold on rookie pitchers. I hope it passes the approval of Ralph.

  68. Milarky says:
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    Awesome stuff Ralph! Just in time for my mid-season prospect draft! Question for you – are there any unsigned international players that you would insert anywhere in the top 50, using similar criteria that you used in your list? My league isn’t a dynasty, but we get 3 prospect picks that we can carry for an extra few years. Otani was taken last year so he’s out, but I’m wondering about any other potential difference makers in the upcoming year or two.

  69. Swfcdan says:
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    Love these lists, long time awaiting finally arrives! Few musings:

    Seems utterly crazy for Maitan to rank so high when we haven’t seen a pro game from him you think? I know otherworldly tools but again we haven’t seen one pro AB from him lol, who knows how he handles different pitches, plus proximity sours me on him.

    Loving the “best pitching prospect since Price” comment about Honeywell! That’s hearty praise my man with all the minor league arms they have. And I agree, love his stuff and think he’s widely undervalued. Bit puzzled by his year though, think he’s just working on pitches and we see him up soon?

    You say Collins year been a disappointment, but really has it? He’s been intensely working on the catching side of his game this year which he had to and by all accounts he’s improved it. That must take up a lot of his practice right now, so can’t we give him a pass on the offense? He’s still walking a ton and hit a few bombs also- still remains a high upside catcher in OBP leagues and catchers are sooo shitty anyway. I can still see him hitting bombs in the cell but not sure his likely timetable for promotion.

    So saying all that, if you were to deal a prospect away (in a package to try and get Kyle Tucker…hell yeah), would it be Espinoza or Collins? OBP league and with the proximity difference and health concerns (small righty!) I’m tending to lean trade Espy.

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      @Swfcdan: And love these lists for grabbing under the radar guys in my other dynasty. 350 minors owned there, and already grabbed Y Alvarez ! Now deciding between Rios and Arozerena. Keep up the great work skinny fat boy haha.

  70. Huffin Gas says:
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    What a bust Cornelius Randolph turned out to be. Such a shame. Hopefully he puts together a full, decent year in 2018. Being in the Philly sports market, I listen to/watch a lot of their games. The Philly radio guys don’t think The King will be up this year simply because they don’t want to take another player off the 40 man roster before the winter. And it would likely take a To-Jo trade for Rhys to be up for Sept.

  71. Huffin Gas says:
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    to be up *before* Sept.

  72. Brian says:
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    Just a question… somewhat of a pitcher centric dynasty league… does Cody Reed hold any dynasty league value still?

    Thinking of possibly dropping him for Florial or Trammell if you think he’s fallen off like most people seem to believe…

    Also I guess along the same lines do you like Garrett more than Reed… both still minor league eligible in my league…

    Thanks for the help – Brian

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      @Brian: Amir Garrett btw…

  73. Anthony says:
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    Alec Hansen is killing it. How close is he to making the list? And I think you guys look at the “Coors factor” too much when evaluating Riley Pint. As far as he is from the majors, its hard to even say he doesn’t get moved at some point, and never even plays in Colorado. Maybe the hardest throwing pitching prospect. Would he be top 100 if he weren’t a Colorado prospect? Overall I like this list a lot. Very useful.

  74. apox says:
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    So, Honeywell is available in my league. Here’s my rosrter:

    Hoskins, Rhys
    Calhoun, Willie
    Maitan, Kevin
    Tatis Jr., Fernando
    Bader, Harrison
    Florial, Estevan
    Lewis, Kyle
    O’Neill, Tyler
    Robles, Víctor
    Sanchez, Jesus

    Should I drop anyone for him?

  75. Greg says:
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    Dynasty – Lucroy, Giolito, Jay Bruce (Don’t use Bruce) for Meija and Calhoun.
    My other catcher is Contreares.

    Or would you rather do that trade above and take out Meija or Calhoun for One of Duffy, Bundy, Martes, or E-Rod

  76. Mancini says:
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    What’s your thoughts on Jorge Mateo?

  77. El Famous Burrito says:
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    I declared my intentions to rebuild, so of course I got some goofy offers. One, however, is interesting.

    I give up Jose Abreu and Kyle Seager. This is quite painful to my current team.

    I would get Ozzie Albies, Anthony Alford, Austin Hays, Alex Jackson, and Jose Urena.

    Overall, I like the package, but the price is a lot of power. Alford is the mystery man to me. Does he have a power upside to go along with speed? Basically, if he’s a 10-HR guy, then this deal doesn’t work for me. If he’s in the 20-HR range, then I think I can take it.

    (loved the top 200 post. Lot’s of guys that are actually available in deeper leagues.)

  78. Bigoldbilly says:
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    I don’t think you were ever too high on Glasnow. Do you think he’ll ever have fantasy value as a starter? I think I may drop him and pick up Allard.

  79. Patrick Whitney says:
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    Where is Jorge Mateo????

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