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Notoriously unpredictable, pitching prospects are amongst the most difficult of commodities to remain patient with. Our opinions and values, at least on a general consensus level, fluctuate frequently on pitchers, major leagues or minors, based on recent performance. So, what better way to celebrate our recency blinders than to discuss the top breakout hurlers of the first half in the minor leagues. Some of these guys have some pedigree, others came into the year a little more obscure, but all are worthy of our attention, and perhaps an add in the right format. The road to major league stardom is often not a straight line, and while I have no data behind this, it feels like a breakout by a pitcher is a little more telling of long term success. The reason I say this is, more often than not, these breakouts are derived from a tweak or change to mechanics, grips, or other small developments. No two players develop the same, and while Top 100 lists are great, they don’t do a very good job of projecting future value between Lucas Giolito and Jacob Faria. That’s not to say we don’t nail one every so often, but the majors these days are a different ball world. So sit back and enjoy it while I breakout heads, ribs, $100 bills…(3).

 

Tyler Mahle, RHP Pensacola Blue Wahoos (Cincinnati Reds): 85 IP, 1.59 ERA, 9.21 K/9, 1.8 Bb/9 | Age: 22 | Level AA

Mahle entered the year as an after thought in the Reds system, a back of the rotation, fringe major league type. Fast forward a few months and on April 22nd he threw a perfect game on just 88 pitches. This burst him on to the dynasty radar at least some what, but the sustained success in the first half of the campaign has generated some buzz. I’m not saying Mahle is a future ace, but he locates all of his pitches, and commands his low to mid 90’s fastball as well as anyone. If strike throwers that can work both sides of the plate are your thing then add Mahle.

Rogelio Armenteros, RHP Corpus Christi Hooks (Houston Astros): 65.1 IP, 1.93 ERA, 10.1 K/9,  2.6 Bb/9 | Age: 22  | Level: AA 

A Cuban born righthander that signed with the Astros back in 2014, he took some time to marinate in the lower minors, but some encouraging production in 2016 led to a full fledged breakout this season. He throws four pitches for strikes with his accentuated overhead delivery. He gets deception on his pitches from hiding the ball well in his windup. This allows his lower velocity fastball (sits 89-92) to play up. He mixes in a 12-6 curve that sits mid-high 70’s, a slider low 80’s slider with armside break, and a changeup with some glove-side run. He’s a master of generating whiffs, checking in with a 13% SwStr%, the second highest in the Texas League. At a few days from his 23rd birthday he’s a little older, but he’s in AA, and a promotion to AAA is more than likely right around the corner.

Beau Burrows, RHP Erie Seawolves  (Detroit Tigers): 72.1 IP, 1.91 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 2.2 Bb/9 | Age: 20  | Level: AA

It’s somewhat unusual that a first round high school arm, with a track record of success in the pros, flies under the radar. But that’s the case with the Tigers Beau Burrows. After starting the year in phenomenal fashion at Lakeland of the Florida State League, he’s struggled a little in AA through 4 starts. He mixes a plus mid-90’s heater, with a curveball, a slider, and an 84-87 mph changeup with deceptive movement. Prior to promotion he led the Florida State League with an 18.1% SwStr%, so the stuff is there.

Zac Gallen, RHP Springfield Cardinals (St. Louis Cardinals): 79.1 IP, 2.04 ERA, 8.1 K/9, 1.9 Bb/9 | Age: 21  | Level: AA

While the strikeouts haven’t followed the Cards righty to AA, at least he’s held his own with a 3.04 ERA through his first 24 innings. Prior to his promotion earlier this month, Gallen was dominating Florida State League competition, mowing down batters at a strikeout per inning clip, coupled with a sub 5% walk rate. I wouldn’t be expecting an ace by any means, but a back end of the rotation type that’s great for deeper leagues is what I see.

Joey Lucchesi, LHP Lake Elsinore Storm (San Diego Padres): 71.2 IP, 2.39 ERA, 11.2 K/9, 2.3  Bb/9 | Age: 24  | Level: A+

Part of a talented pitching staff that features 2016 first rounders Cal Quantrill and Eric Lauer, Lucchesi pitches with a chip on his shoulder. After being passed over in the draft, despite being eligible, following his junior year, Lucchesi returned for his senior campaign and led the nation in strikeouts. He has the ability to repeat his quirky delivery, and command three of his pitches well, in and out of the zone, setting up hitter after hitter. Lucchesi might be my favorite breakout on this list. There’s some injury and pen concerns due to the delivery, but you have to love the strikeout upside as a starter should he stick in the rotation long term.

Nabil Crismatt, RHP St. Lucie Mets (New York Mets): 81.1 IP, 2.55 ERA, 9.1 K/9, 2.2 Bb/9 | Age: 22  | Level: A+

Pitched a little for team Colombia in the WBC, and has been excellent during his time in the minors. Crismatt offers an an above average mid 90’s fastball with average curveball and change offerings. Technically this break out started last season in short season ball, with Brooklyn on the New York-Penn League, but through 81 full season innings in the Florida State League Crismatt has been an impressive performer. A SwStr% of 13.1%, shows he gets whiffs, and he does a good job of limiting hard contact.

Nick Neidert, RHP Modesto Nuts (Seattle Mariners): 73.1 IP, 3.31 ERA, 10.0 K/9, 1.23 Bb/9 | Age: 20  | Level: A+

Another underrated pitching prospect on the list, that’s never given us a reason to underrate him. His fastball is only average, but his secondaries are plus, and his command of his arsenal is elite. This helps him move his fastball all over the zone, despite lower 90’s velocity, though he’s added a few ticks this year. His changeup is his best secondary with some nice fading movement. While his slider is his best swing and miss offering, which is especially hard on righties.

Logan Allen, LHP Fort Wayne Tincaps  (San Diego Padres): 62.1 IP, 2.02 ERA, 10.8 K/9, 3.4 Bb/9 | Age: 20  | Level: A

After missing a large portion of 2016 with elbow soreness Allen has returned strong in 2017. A mid 90’s fastball, with a projectable curveball and change, Allen could have three plus pitches by the time he’s done developing. One day I think we’ll discuss Allen as the steal of the Craig Kimbrel trade. He throws his fastball on a great plane, and gets good movement on all his offerings. He has the body of an innings eater, as long as that elbow holds up. I think there’s an off chance he develops into a real life number two starter, but most see him as a mid-rotation type.

Wilmer Font, RHP Oklahoma City Dodgers  (Los Angeles Dodgers): 75 IP, 3.84 ERA, 13.0 K/9, 2.4 Bb/9 | Age: 27  | Level: AAA

When a player puts up good numbers in the hitting friendly PCL people take notice. When it comes from a 27 year old journeyman, people react two ways. They cast a doubtful eye and a furrowed brow, or they run toward the light buying all of the breakout they can get their hands on. I lean more the former than the latter, but that doesn’t mean I ignore that there’s something here. His fastball velocity is just average and nothing looks special in particular, but you can see he has some deception in his delivery. Will his fastball continue to play should he get the chance to face major league hitters? That’s a question I can’t answer with any certainty.

Corbin Burnes, RHP Biloxi Shuckers (Milwaukee Brewers): 83.2 IP, 0.97 ERA, 8.8 K/9, 2.3 Bb/9 | Age: 22 | Level: AA

A fourth rounder out of St. Mary’s in California last season, Burnes has been on fire this season. While he’s been missing bats (11.7% SwStr%), his ability to limit hard contact, and barrels in general is his strongest asset. He mixes a low-mid 90’s heater he can ramp up to 97, with a plus change, above average hard slider, and a fringe curve. He made a mechanical change to square him self up to the plate more to begin his delivery and it’s allowed him to use his legs more to drive off the mound. The tweaks have added some ticks to his fastball, as well as some adding cutting action. He’s a vocal and articulate student of the game, with a fiery desire to succeed on the mound.

Jon Duplantier, RHP Kane County Cougars (Arizona Diamondbacks): 72.2 IP, 1.24 ERA, 9.7 K/9, 1.9 Bb/9 | Age: 22 | Level: A

A third rounder out of Rice at year, Duplantier has been one of the standout starters of the minors this season. Promoted to High-A Visalia on Thursday, the righty already dominated the talented Mid-West league, at one point reeling off 21.2 consecutive scoreless professional innings before allowing a run. He mixes a fastball that touches 97 with a plus curveball, and solid change. He’s done a good job of commanding all his pitches this year, and his athleticism shines through in his delivery. What Duplantier does at the next level will tell a lot.

 

Others: Tyler Wells, Luis EscobarJordan Humphreys, Lucas Long, Scott Barlow, Matt Cooper, Jordan Guerrero

 

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  1. thorbs says:
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    Good stuff as always, surprised Duplantier didn’t make this list though!

    I’ve always had a soft spot for Matt Olson – think he’s viable in a 12-team dynasty where you count BB/K/OPS?

    I’ve got Chris Taylor but just dropped him for Goodwin, and could also pick up Olson for Valencia, Solarte or Norris (Bud has SP eligibility and we cound NS+H, so he’s more valuable than in most leagues)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @thorbs: Duplantier is the same as Yordan on the hitter list, I’ve covered him so much it seemed redundant to include him. If you’ve been reading me, than you’ve known about Duplantier for 3 months.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @thorbs: Added him in.

      • Thorbs says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Ha, not telling you how to do your job! I use your articles pretty religiously and just had deja vu from when Snell had his breakout and you were all over it. Duplantier feels like a similar case from how much you’ve spoken about him, so I thought he might get a hat-tip in the lede or something like that.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Thorbs: Hahaha no worries the kids left me alone long enough to write two bonus blurbs this morning!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @thorbs: I think I still like Taylor the best, even though he’s gone cold. That’s certainly the right format for him.

  2. apox says:
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    no love for Sixto Sanchez. I’ve seen him top-30 OVERALL in a lot of early lists.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @apox: He was a top 100 prospect on a ton of lists entering the season. I’m not sure he so much broke out as he continued on his trajectory. I was looking to discuss some pitchers that aren’t getting a lot of love.

  3. Mike says:
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    Just traded for posey. Safe to drop lucroy for anyone at this point?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: Yeah if it’s a one catcher league and you have Posey.

  4. PublicEnemy#1 says:
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    Nice work, Ralph. A couple weeks ago I was all geeked up to see Yadier Alvarez in A+. That day I stumbled on Joey Lucchesi. I got an Alex Wood vibe from Lucchesi’s delivery and was so impressed I nearly forgot about Alvarez’s ability to light up triple digits on the radar gun.

    Luccesi is arms and legs, herky-jerky, and then Bam! The ball jumps to the plate, flying out of his delivery that somehow manages to come together beautifully. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do at his next stop.

    I like walking away with a pro to comp guys to. While the comp this go around was favorable for Lucceshi, I cannot say the same for Alvarez. As a starter he kind of has a Ubaldo Jimenez aspect to him. Lots of speed on the gun, but even A-ball hitters can turn around a 98 mph pitch with little movement that leaves a lot to be desired for how it is located.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @PublicEnemy#1: Yeah that’s good stuff, Lucchesi does have a crazy delivery, Wood’s is funny but even his is cleaner. Somehow Lucchesi repeats it.

      Yeah I wouldn’t give up on Alvarez yet. The reports I’ve heard aren’t great, and you back that. I’m not a comp guy, so you’ll never get those from me. I’m into snowflakes haha.

      • PublicEnemy#1 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’ll keep my eye on Alvarez. He has a live arm! The Dodger fan in me is kind of hoping those looking for Beuhler this trade deadline can settle on Alvarez though! You’re probably right to go the snowflake route when looking at players.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @PublicEnemy#1: I wouldn’t want to move either. Don’t forget young players get better all the time. Injured players get injured again. Like Buehler better, but don’t give up on Yadier.

  5. James T Kirk says:
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    Not sure he is considered a breakout pitcher, but Luke Weaver’s stock has soared based on his first half. The only issue I see with him him is health.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: He’s really struggling with health again. I’d say Flaherty has been a breakout this year. He has a shot to make some starts with the Cards too. Love Weaver, but I’m worried about his ability to stay healthy.

      • MaysHays says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Would getting Josh Harrison for Weaver in a dynasty be selling him low-ish, given the health and that he’s more of a high-floor prospect? You don’t see many pitchers get less injury-prone as they age? I’d be picking up Sixto and dropping Tommy Pham.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @MaysHays: Seems a little low, and I’d rather have Pham than Harrison. Just drop Weaver for Sixto if you want. I wouldn’t but it’s not an awful move.

  6. James T Kirk says:
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    In this day and age when defense doesn’t seem as important as it once was, I am surprised the Dodgers won’t give Calhoun a shot at second base. Especially since he seems to field well those balls hit at him. His main issue is his lack of range.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: Really weird, and Bellinger can make up for that, having some of the best range of any first-baseman in the game. It’s nuts.

      • OddBall Herrera says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I don’t get the negativity about Calhoun – four errors in 52 games at second base this year doesn’t scream the level of incompetence you hear from scouts. Even if errors aren’t the end-all of defensive metrics…Marcus Semien has managed, at shortstop, and he was much more of a train wreck when he started out.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @OddBall Herrera: Players get better with reps…AND CONFIDENCE. I don’t get it.

  7. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Brinson is Buxton..Buxton is Brinson!….Einhorn is Finkle…Finkle is Einhorn! Brinson has to be headed back to Colorado Springs when Braun comes back….thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: Ha! Calm down, Brinson will be back, and I think the bat is more polished than Buxton. Lots of guys are awful to start.

      • Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Maybe, but it just confirms for me that the proverbial “5 tool” guy is getting more rare to find than ever. A .250 avg is the new .300.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Uno Mas Cerveza: Perhaps, I think we overreact to small sample sizes. How many people dropped Bregman after his 0 for 32 start to only end up regretting it. Patience.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Uno Mas Cerveza: if you are talking redrafts then fine, but i’m pretty sure
          trout wasn’t much till his 3rd time up
          a-roid till like his 4th or 5th
          many other stories like this, brinson had what, 35 or less at bats?!

  8. your mom says:
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    Hi! In a 20 team h2h (keep 8) keeper league. Would you trade j.harrison/wacha for t. shaw? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @your mom: Sure if you needed power, and didn’t plan on keeper those two.

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Ah Prospect Sunday..Love the write up. Any of these guys have top of the rotation potential?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Thanks for reading! I think Allen, Neidert, and Burrows do.

  10. Jake from State Farm says:
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    Some players I have been thinking of adding. Luis Castillo, Andrew Moore, Austin hays, Christian Pache, shed long, Dustin may, Louis Thorpe, Daniel Brito, estevan florial, Chris Shaw, Logan Allen, nick neidert, beau burrows… I kind of want all of them. Haa. Can you somewhat put them in order for me. Thank you

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jake from State Farm: Shed Long, Estevan Florial, Nick Neidert, Beau Burrows, Christian Pache, Daniel Brito, Dustin May, Logan Allen, Andrew Moore, Luis Castillo, Chris Shaw, Austin Hays, Thorpe.

  11. Dave Weinnstein says:
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    No love for Jack Flaherty? I know you mentioned him a couple weeks ago. Although blocked a bit, he seems poised to be a stud.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave Weinnstein: First round guy, who was on a lot of 2016 Top 100, don’t feel like he’s broken out as much as he’s bounced back. He has more pedigree than anyone on this list. I’d Flaherty over any of these guys for what it’s worth.

      • Dave Weinnstein says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        That’s more then fair…I hadn’t thought about it in those terms. Keep up the good work!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Dave Weinnstein: I loved Flaherty, I think he’s going to be in my top 50. Or at least there’s abouts. Worth an add in all formats

  12. Clogged Rosterman says:
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    I should probably save this for the pitcher column, but do you think confronting fatherhood helps Brad Peacock take the next step? The guy’s really got to get his life in order now, man.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Clogged Rosterman: Haha does he have personal problems?

      • Clogged Rosterman says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        A lifetime of having to respond to Peacock?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Clogged Rosterman: Enough to make any good man bad.

  13. Sport says:
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    I can’t wait to see the mid season top 100 and where some names have jumped, or fallen.

    Juan Soto, Christin Stewart, and Michael Chavis are available to grab with my open spot today in dynasty. Plus Nick Gordon is available at a position I need. Does Gordon even compare to those three though?

    Also, I have been carrying Zach Collins. He is still in A ball and doesn’t seem close to the majors. Leads me to believe I should drop him for one of those first three?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Yeah add Soto, and if you can’t wait on Collins, catchers take longer, add Stewart or Gordon. I prefer Stewart, but Gordon’s made a jump and he’s at a position of need.

      • Sport says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Thank you sir! Very impressed with your work and extremely greatfull for always answering questions.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Sport: Thanks a lot, I appreciate that!

      • Sport says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Stewart vs Gordon. I lean Stewart also, especially if Gordon isn’t expected until 2018. And if so, I could be choosing Raul Mondesi who should be the everyday SS in KC next year or Ketel Marte. Is Gordon a hole tier above those two?
        Does Stewart come up if/when the Tigers start selling?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Sport: There’s a chance we see each of them this year, but Stewart is more likely. Gordon is just a solid across the board player, which means he could be a underrated fantasy prospect, or a kind of boring own. Stewart has an elite skill, power. So it depends what you need.

  14. John Hagar says:
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    Ralph, thanks for your awesomeness!

    You, Grey, Rudy, Dan and the others who write for Razzball (including those who only write in the comments like Cram It and JeF With 1 F, etc) make fantasy baseball so much easier and better. I love this website!!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @John Hagar: Thanks for reading John!

  15. Billy beeen says:
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    Not DFS related. In 9keeper league, Obp, would you accept a $45 Bryce Harper for a $5 bellinger and $10 Judge? I’ll get to post season and could win it all.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Billy beeen: I don’t think I would, that might be crazy, but you’re taking on more salary and you would need Harper to equal the production of both of those guys rest of season. There’s probably tons of people that would take it though.

  16. Billy beeen says:
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    Ignore DFS comment pls.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Billy beeen: NO! Haha

  17. And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers! says:
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    it’s very likely you’ve been asked this a lot lately but i’m about 5 days behind in reading the posts/comments so

    in redrafts who’s better this year only stash fisher/brinson (OBP with total bases). i’m thinking it’s fisher, as
    1. he’s already looked good
    2. he only has to get through aoki and/or red dick injury
    whereas brinson appears to need at least 2 of these to happen
    1. he out hits keon (not even close yet)
    2. keon gets hurt
    3. domingo and/or braun get hurt or traded
    actually keon getting hurt alone would be enough but other than that exact thing it seems like more has to fall right.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @And Now the Jon Lovitz Dancers!: Yeah, I’m feeling the same way. The opportunity is there with Fisher, and a blah contact speed guy, and a RHP platoon bat shouldn’t stand in his way.

  18. Manny says:
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    Who would you prefer to own in an NL only keeper league for the next 6 years, Austin Riley or Delvin Perez?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Manny: Perez has the higher upside. I get this feeling the Braves aren’t crazy about Riley.

  19. denp1717 says:
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    Quick pitching question Fulmer just cleared waivers in my 10 team points keeper league. Would you drop either Matz or Paxton for him?? Seems logical but am I missing something? Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @denp1717: I’d drop Matz for him for sure.

  20. denp1717 says:
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    Thanks!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @denp1717: You’re welcome

  21. Robert says:
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    I have been holding Odor and Story in my 10 team h2h league. I am feeling like it’s pointless at this stage of the season. Am I making a mistake dropping both of them? There are players available who are outperforming both of them.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: In head to head drop them and move along. No need to hold unless you like the weekly matchups.

  22. Jamie says:
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    Fantasy Baseball is a wild and crazy time, man. After playing for the title last season, little really has changed other than some luck reversal and moving Chris Archer (and we all remember the season he had in 2016) and my team is just plain sucking ass this season. So gonna keep my core as is and look to next season and beyond. 20 team league, 15 MLB keepers and 5 MiLB keepers, H2H.
    I’m sure I’ll make some moves before the season’s a wrap, but was wanting your opinion on my best 15 and best 5 that I should be tryna hang onto most.

    C – A Hedges
    1B – J Abreu
    2B – J Schoop
    3B – Arenado
    SS – Correa
    OF – G Polanco
    OF – Y Puig
    OF – R Grichuk
    UTL – N Castellanos
    With J Profar, R Tapia, J Soto, J Mateo, Vlad Jr,

    SP – T Bauer
    SP – Z Davies
    SP – D Norris
    SP – S Newcomb
    SP – J Ross
    SP – A Heaney (DL)
    SP – B Johnson (DL)
    With C Fulmer, T McKenzie, D Cease, T Mahle, M Manning

    So there’s some guys like Profar and Daniel Norris, maybe Zach Davies, etc that I’m trying to be patient with, but who’s the garbage and who’s the must keeps looking a season or three down the road?? (obviously, in your opinion)
    Thanks so much for any time in this!!

    Jamie

    • Jamje says:
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      @Jamie:

      i guess i’m mainly after which 5 of the 8 or so MiLB’ers that i have are you highest on, and do you favor Newcomb and Tapia over any of the MLB’ers that I have long term?? (i realize polanco, correa, arenado, etc are keepers…not really looking for that feedback haha)

  23. Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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    So I says to myself, I says

    “What question can I ask Ralph that might make his blood pressure rise, you know, so as to blend in the the fantasy masses? Ahh, yes. That old yarn…”

    In a 7team 9×9 with WRC+ and Outfield assists and where to give you some greater context Ryan Braun is on the waiver wire would you start Brad Peacock over a 1995 Randy Johnson? asking for a friend.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jaaaaaake.crab: Is 95 Dustin Hermanson and his weird beard available?

  24. Swfcdan says:
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    Who would you rather own in a keeper, Eloy or B Rodgers? Know they are dead close, but seeing as every OF is on 30HR pace this year, isnt power at SS more valuable. And man Rodgers sure destroyed high A, also has a guaranteed position waiting for him and is closer?

    P.S. Nice shirt! Sure you aren’t pregnant there haha

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: I’m going Eloy.

      Are you talking about the picture at the game? That’s the worst picture ever taken of me. Doesn’t matter that I workout religiously, and turn down carbs and sugar, you put on an oversized shirt on top of an oversized shirt, stand funny, and BOOM you’re fat.

      • jason batteiger says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: assuming you actually have some mass of course (muscle in your case from what it sounds like). us super skinny types would need to wear like a potato sack with clothes under it to take ANY picture that would make us look fat.

  25. ichirosan says:
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    Great stuff as always, Ralph.

    Aside from Font, who would you consider in this list to be closest to the majors?

    When can we expect your midseason Top 100?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ichirosan: Burnes or Mahle…

      Hmmm, I’d like it to be Sunday, but we’ll see.

  26. Smada says:
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    Trade question in a 30 team dynasty.

    My rotation is Sale, Gio G, Folty, Cobb and just got back Snell & Homer Bailey.

    My SP prospects are Puk, Triston Mckenzie, Hader, Chance Adams and Duplantier.

    I’m in the hunt and am thinking of upgrading my current rotation.

    An offer I have on the board is Snell & Hader for Tanaka

    I somewhat like Tanaka, but think this may be a little steep given his current struggles. Also currently using Hader as 1/3 RP, but fairly replaceable in this league. Thoughts? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Smada: Seems like a lot for Tanaka, but Snell and Hader’s values are down. If you trust a Tanaka rebound and don’t see either of those guys being frontline types do it. I wouldn’t as I value both of those arms and am worried by Tanaka.

      • Smada says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the help! BTW you guys are killing it on the prospect pod – thanks for a fun listen.

  27. Jon says:
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    Ralph, prospect question – would you want to add Hiura if it meant dropping one of JP Crawford, Acuna, Derek Fisher, Keller, or Martes?

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