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This podcast is step one of the process to start a real-life Ralph and Halp Dynasty Baseball Prospects All-Star Game presented by Razzball and sponsored by our friends at Rotowear. Like LaVar Ball, our plan right now mostly revolves around speaking it into existence. As the old saying goes, it’s 90% inspiration and 10% perspiration. Or did I get that backwards? Either way, Ralph and I pick our Dynasty Futures All-Star rosters sandlot style, going back and forth until we each have a full lineup and pitching staff, while discussing many of the top guys at each position along the way. We also begin the podcast with a mini update, talking about the Nick Williams and Franklin Barreto callups, Dustin Fowler’s devastating injury, Miguel Andujar’s short lived MLB debut, and Scott Kingery’s Triple-A assault. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast:

(Link to the podcast on Blog Talk Radio)

   
  1. David says:
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    Ralph, great podcast! Please rank these starters long term in dynasty: Taillon, V. Velasquez, E. Rodriquez, Faria, Buehler, Allard and Folty. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Buehler, Taillon, Allard, Ed-Rod, Faria, Folty, V2

      • Jason says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I keep looking to pull the trigger on Allard but I see his 7 K’s per 9 and this indicates to me less than dominant stuff. Other than the fact that he is young for AA, are there any other reasons for his low K rate? I’m in a dynasty points league where Ks are king as they are worth 1.5 pts apiece. Do you see his K rate improving? Thanks.

  2. Alan says:
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    Thanks!!! Higher upside between Dubon and Andrew Stevenson? When would you expect each to start making an impact?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Alan: It’s Dubon for me because I don’t think there is much power upside with Stevenson. I would say 2018 is when you start to see both of them getting at bats. As for impact, neither of them are going to be handed starting jobs, so they may be the types to work their way into more playing time over the first few years of their career.

  3. Richard Davis says:
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    I see that Lucius Fox made the Futures Game Roster. Is he still a Top 150ish prospect? I had kinda gave up on him, now see he made an “All-Star” game? And any insight on to why Kevin Maitan hasn’t played yet in the GCL? Is he hurt? Or just not good enough to start/play? That can’t possibly be the case already, right? Drafted him #3 overall in my First Year Player Draft this past year, and have been really looking forward to seeing him play “Real” games. Thanks for all the hard work guys, love the prospect stuff

    • Eduardo Almaguer says:
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      @Richard Davis:

      Not Halp, but can shed some light. Maitan has a slight hamstring strain. Expected to debut next week.

      I think Fox is still a top 150 guy, but maybe not 100. He’s rebounded a bit from a lackluster 2016 so his stock has risen a bit.

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @Richard Davis: @Eduardo Almaguer: Eduardo is on it. And agreed on Fox as well. His value is probably pretty close to some of the raw high schoolers taken in last years draft like Will Benson, Nolan Jones, and Josh Lowe.

        • Richard Davis says:
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          @Halp: Thanks. Keep up the great prospect work

          • Halp

            Halp says:
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            @Richard Davis: Thanks man (missed this earlier)

      • Richard Davis says:
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        @Eduardo Almaguer: Thank you for the insight on Maitan. I live about 3 hours from Orlando where the Braves play their GCL games, and was hoping to catch him live soon. But I don’t want to make the trip unless I Know he’s healthy and playing, so I’ll give it a few weeks. Thanks again

  4. David says:
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    Halp, great prospect draft. How would you rank these starters for dynasty?

    Taillon, E. Rodriguez, V. Velazquez, Buehler, Faria, Folty, Puk and Allard.

    Thanks

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @David: haha … Thanks David! I would rank them Taillon, Rodriguez, Walker Buehler, (Kolby Allard, AJ Puk, Faria,) — these guys are basically even for me, and then Folty, Velasquez basically even with each other too.

  5. Oppo Taco says:
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    Clint Frazier a must add?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Yeah just to see what happens

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Hopefully Frazier is a little bit smarter than Fowler. Fowler was trying way to hard to catch that FOUL ball..jeez, kids!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Not a must add for me because it will be a battle for playing time, but if you have an easy drop, go for it. These top prospects really are your best shots at catching lightening in a bottle at this point in the season.

  6. Mike L says:
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    Curious if you would drop a guy like Giolito or Kopech for someone like Faria or Jimmy Nelson. Is Gausman worth hanging onto to see if he can figure it out? I need some guys to be starting by years end or early next season so not sure who the best of the pitching prospects will be there by then. Seems like the White Sox may keep them in the minors forever

    • Halp

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      @Mike L: I would probably drop Giolito for Jimmy Nelson, and hold on to Kopech. I can see moving on from Gausman to grab Faria too. And yea, it’s tough to predict callups.

  7. Donald says:
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    Bichette or Senzel?

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Donald: Senzel

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Donald: Senzel for me too but Bichette is damn good and could see either way

  8. David says:
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    In an OBP and XBH dynasty, please rank Hoskins, Dom Smith and Bird. Thanks.

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @David:
      That order is fine.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @David: order looks good. Smith and hoskins flip a coin

  9. Jason says:
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    Hey guys,

    Trade offer in a 20 teamed dynasty h2h 6×6 (ops and holds). I’m contending and weak in high end pitching. Closers I will still have Rivera and Casilla.

    I trade: Kimbrel and McCullers
    I receive: Kershaw

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Jason:
      Take Kershaw

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Jason: love that. Great deal

  10. Sport says:
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    Not a prospect anymore but Grey made some bold comments about Orlando Arcia on his buy post. Would you go after him in a 16 team dynasty where I have Ketel Marte as my only SS, or wait for someone one like Nick Gordon or Raul Mondesi? I’m rebuilding so immediate value isn’t that important.

    Thank you for all you guys do!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Sport: i like mondesi and gordon but i do think arcia is a good buy low candidate. Im with grey

      • Sport says:
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        @Halp:
        Just got Faria, Honeywell, and Newcomb for Stroman and was thinking of turning Faria for Arcia while Faria seems to have built some value. Is that about even you think?

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @Sport: definitely like that deal a lot

          • Sport says:
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            @Halp: will try it. Thank you again for always the feedback. I’m Korey on twitter by the way.

            • Halp

              Halp says:
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              @Sport: cool

  11. SR says:
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    Finally bit the bullet and dropped Cody Reed and Jesse Hahn for McMahon and Andujar in my 16 team dynasty with 40 man rosters. Also swapped Gohara for Gallo, so I’m drowning in 3B options (Devers, Gleyber, Senzel rostered as well…).

    Andujar is back with the big league club, and my feel is that his plate approach alone should be able to carry regular playing time – if the Yankees give him enough reps to show that ability.

    Not seeing a clear path for McMahon to get promoted though – but the Isotopes have been playing him at 1B/2B/3B. So I guess he’s the next man up for any of LeMahieu, Reynolds, or Arenado at this stage. Maybe he gets some short call-ups for interleague games, similar to how the Reds were using Winker.

    Couple of thoughts:
    -Sixto Sanchez is back from his neck injury and is putting up nice numbers. Not sure where he stacks up in terms of pitching prospects, especially considering how poorly the Phillies have fared in recent years with developing pitching.
    -Pedro Gonzalez, a guy I’ve been tracking overly closely for a couple of years, might be breaking out, and having tools catch up to his super projectable frame. One to keep an eye on.
    -Has 2B officially become a more scarce fantasy position than SS? Outside of Altuve, Dozier, and Murphy (maybe throw Cano into this group), it’s pretty sparse? Seems like a lot of talent has slowly aged out (Kinsler, Phillips, Kendrick, Pedroia), and there’s been a limited amount of prospect talent and young players who project long term at 2B.

    • Halp

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      @SR: good stuff all around here

  12. Slappy Jack says:
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    great stuff, thanks guys!

    that cop / worcester story was so massholey, loved it

    I think I’m taking Ralph’s team despite him picking Meadows and Martes

    I’ve been in rebuild mode in a pretty deep keeper and you guys have helped a ton.

    looking forward to the mid season top 100

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Slappy Jack: Thanks, Slappy Jack!

  13. Steve Anus says:
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    could you stick with keeping the number podcast you are on, it’s much easier to index/find/track these knowing which one it is. by the by i went back and checked, this is the 45th.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Steve Anus: Sure, I can add in the episode number

  14. Dan says:
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    Love the podcast gentlemen!

    Would you trade a 5th round Mazara for an 11th round Pollock in a H2H dynasty?

    Thanks!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Dan: Appreciate it, Dan! I can see it but Pollock will turn 30 in December and has played one full season in his career so far. I think I would hold on Mazara.

  15. mrbaseball says:
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    What is your say on this Halp –

    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

    Reply

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @mrbaseball: I would jump on Frazier. I have him ranked higher than those other guys (other than Tucker, who I doubt gets called up this year) and he is already up.

  16. Hugman says:
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    My favorite part of the podcast this week was when you guys forgot you were doing a podcast and Ralph started laying out his body goals. Just bustin’ balls, I really like the podcast and use both of you guys’ input a lot to keep my eye on possible call ups to impact my redraft team. So thanks!

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Hugman: hahah … thanks, Hugman! Always appreciated!

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