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It’s that time of year again when Ralph and Halp enter the Grey area and talk about Major Leaguers on the Prospect Podcast. It somehow felt more subversive when Ralph wasn’t writing the Top 100 Pitcher Ranks and I wasn’t co-hosting the Baseball Podcast, but them’s the breaks of going mainstream I guess. We start by discussing the value of slow starters such as Alex Bregman and Byron Buxton, before moving on to the power hitting breakouts of Aaron Judge, Cody Bellinger, Eric Thames, and Yonder Alonso. On the pitching side, we debate just how good Michael Fulmer is, and if Marcus Stroman can be anything more than a solid fantasy starter. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Prospect Podcast.

   
  1. Mike says:
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    Drop Mazara for Pham?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Mike: i would stick with mazara a little longer, although i can see moving on from him and going with the hot bat too.

  2. Jason Collier says:
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    Im in 7th currently in a deep 10 team league so i made a series of trades basically resulting in M Conforto (5), O Arcia (5), C Bellinger (5), R Hoskins (1) M Tanaka (27), and Chance Cisco (1) for Nomar Mazara (5), Xander Bogaerts (5), Steven Matz (5), and Avisail Garcia (1), and a 2nd rd pick in minor draft. All can be kept at same price next year with 350 total dollars for 35 positions. Which side wins?

    • Halp

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      @Jason Collier: It is tight, but I prefer the Bellinger side. Tons of great talent going in both directions though, so both sides will probably be happy with the outcome when it is all said and done. Don’t think anyone got ripped off here

  3. Chris says:
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    Dynasty- my yelich for Carlos Martinez,Robles

    I need pitching

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Chris: Go for it. That is a great haul for Yelich. Both win now and win later.

  4. Jared Culverhouse says:
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    14 team dynasty: I have Bumgarner, Rich Hill, and Blake Snell so I am sitting in 13th–
    14 major league keepers/5 minors and salary cap also
    Traded A.J. Pollock for Brendan Rodgers, Alex Reyes, Danny Duffy

    Good deal?

    • Halp

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      @Jared Culverhouse: I always like win now and win later type trades (and hate when I get those type of offers thrown at me, ha). I like Pollock a lot, but that is likely as good of a haul as you can possibly get for him in a rebuild scenario.

  5. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Halp

    Looking to stash a prospect that could help me later this year, be a trade chip or one of my 11 keepers in a 15 teamer:

    Barreto – got Reyes at ss

    Hoskins – have Votto and Hanley

    Meadows – lots of cf already, Pillar, Piscotty, Dahl, Tapia

    Also would you move Franco for Berrios in a keeper?

    • Halp

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      @Nightpandas: What’s up, Nightpandas. Right now I would say Barreto and Hoskins are the best bets to be called up for a good chunk of the season, but all of them are blocked really, so it could come down to injuries/trades, which are hard to predict. I would say tie goes to the position you need the most and most likely to keep, which is SS. Barreto for me.

      And I would stick with Franco over Berrios. Still very skeptical of Berrios after getting straight shelled last year.

  6. Philomath says:
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    Belt just hit the waiver in my league. Guess the owner is fed up with his slow-ish start? Drop J.Bour for him?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Philomath: They seem like they are going to end up mighty close to each other in value by the end of the year. Bour homered in two straight, so I would probably want to see if this is the start of an extended hot streak before dropping him.

  7. David says:
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    Good stuff, thanks. In your opinion, what first baseman that hasn’t been to the show has the most long term fantasy value? Also, Castellanos or Healy in dynasty with OBP and SLG? Thanks.

    • Halp

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      @David: I would say it is between Hoskins and Dom Smith for me. I might be overrating the stats, but hard not to be excited by what Hoskins is doing right now. I’ll go Hokins.

      And I’ll take Healy because I trust his power much more than Castellanos

  8. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Halp! Just noticed that Tapia is up. Worth sneaking him on my roster for $1 in a 12 team keep 7, or is he not going to contribute much this year?

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yo Duda! I can’t imagine he contributes that much this year. No idea what Colorado is doing, other than maybe just saying they are going all in this year, and are going to carry their best 25 no matter what. Which I respect. I don’t think he is a must add in a keep 7 12 teamer quite yet, but not the worst guy to take a shot depending on your other options by the end of the year.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Halp: thanks! Makes sense. I have a $0 Meadows on the bench, and my OF on paper is pretty obscenely stacked (when all healthy: $23 Blackmon, $16 Desmond, $10 JD Mart, $15 Dahl, $3 Keon), so seems like my faab could be better spent elsewhere than on another OF. Thanks!

  9. Raoul Duke says:
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    Hey, Halp. I moved Juan Soto, Kelley and Alex Wood for Eloy and Musgrove. I know I gave up some value in the present but I am hoping the upgrade between Soto and Eloy is worth it. I know Soto’s value is on the rise, but what are your thoughts on the trade? Thanks for your opinion.

    • Halp

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      @Raoul Duke: Hey Duke. I might have wanted to see where this Alex Wood thing is headed, but trading high right now could look very smart down the line. Kelley is kinda meaningless to me, so when the smoke clears, you might have ended up with Soto for Eloy and Musgrove, which is a nice trade. As of now, the trade looks fair to me. Tough to call it in either direction.

  10. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great work fellas, really good stuff. I’m in a 12 team h2h category dynasty league where things are a bit unique. Pitching is super overpriced and at a premium, and prospects are not owned unless they are the elites (moncada, amed rosario etc). My pitching staff blows and my outfield is: Trout, Springer, Desmond, Dahl (Dl), Haniger (dl), Altherr, and Keon for just 3 of spots. The only prospect I own is Barreto, would you drop Barreto for Hoskins? My 1b is Goldy and Yonder Alonso (Util lately) and Didi is my ss and he’s giving me some average and counting stats. There’s a pitcher I need to grab (Godley), so basically the question is do I drop Barreto or an outfielder? If I keep Franklin do I switch him for Hoskins or just hold? What are the expectations for Franklin? Also if I’m dropping an OF it’s gotta be Keon right? Thanks fellas and keep up the good work.

    • Halp

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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Much appreciated. In a league where only the very top prospects are owned, you should probably keep the outfielders and make your choice between Barreto and Hoskins. Not sure Barreto sticks long term as a SS, but you are also stacked at 1B. Not an easy choice. I think I’m slightly leaning towards Hoskins with all things being equal. I’m on the fence though.

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        @Halp: Well then I’d need to just straight up drop Barreto, are you not expecting too much from him this year?

        • Halp

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          @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Tough to expect too much production from him this year because there is no guarantee he gets the call, and even if he does, I don’t think you can count on Bellinger like impact. He is more of a do a little bit of everything guy. I like him a lot though. You don’t have any easy drops.

          • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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            @Halp: Thanks I appreciate it, an example of how pitchers are valued in this league is I proposed springer and ellsbury for severino and Erod and the guy shot it down. Things is crazy out here.

  11. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    great job guys,i cant get enough prospect information,thanks

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Great to hear. Thanks, AL

  12. JOHNSON says:
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    can you rank these 3 middle infielders for me Nunez, Hernan Perez and Harrison

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @JOHNSON: Wish Perez was guaranteed a full time job, but i still might go Perez, Harrison and then Nunez. I realize that is not the safe move. Going Nunez is probably safest. I also like what Harrison is doing this year. Can be a real nice power/speed combo

      • JOHNSON says:
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        @Halp: thats how i have them thanks

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @JOHNSON: cool

  13. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Hey guys. Love the podcasts! Would you trade J-Up for Mazara in a dynasty? Thanks.

    • The Eye of Horus says:
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      @The Eye of Horus: or Bregman? Listening to podcast now…

      • Halp

        Halp says:
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        @The Eye of Horus: Thanks! If you are competing this year, I probably wouldn’t. But if you are looking like 2-3 years out, it could make sense. Probably would lean Mazara right now.

        • The Eye of Horus says:
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          @Halp: Thanks. I kind of suck this year. Too many prospects and not enough players. Also, heavy injuries, so I am looking forward.

          • Halp

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            @The Eye of Horus: Yea, I mean if you put Upton on the block or just got a general idea of what is out there, Mazara is definitely a good enough offer to pull the trigger

  14. Crabman says:
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    Dustin Fowler or Clint frazier. Who do you like better for right now fantasy value and who do you believe new York will call upon first?

    • Halp

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      @Crabman: That really is the question with those guys right now. I’d say I still lean Frazier, just because I know the bat speed will play and has a better plate approach. If the Yanks need a CF for whatever reason though, Fowler is probably the guy.

      • Crabman says:
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        @Halp: thanks halp

  15. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Another question for you guys. Do you think Carl Edwards Jr. even ascends to the closer role?

    • Halp

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      @The Eye of Horus: I don’t see it in the near future, but down the line (2-3 years), yea, I would say he gets his shot one day.

  16. Goldirocks says:
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    That was a fun listen! Good work!
    I have a dynasty question between similar toolsy OF players – pick between Desmond Lindsay, Cristain Pache and Estevan Florial.
    Seems Ralph has been recently pretty high on the latter two, while Halp had Lindsay fairly high within his top 100 prospects for fantasy earlier? Anything change, or has Lindsay fallen significantly?

    • Halp

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      @Goldirocks: Awesome. Thanks, Goldirocks! Things can change fast when all of these super talented teenagers get into full season ball. I think Florial moves to the top of group right now, with Pache next. I still like Desmond and far from giving up, but those other guys are just as, if not more talented, and are producing at a younger age.

      • Goldirocks says:
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        @Halp:
        Thanks for your thoughts!

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    rotoworl saying hap getting called up today due to injuries,probably short stay but could bellinger his way

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: For sure. You never know.

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Halp: i no it would be tough to crack that lineup but i grabbed him everywhere any ways

        • Halp

          Halp says:
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          @AL KOHOLIC: worth the shot

  18. The JoGarza says:
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    Hey Halp!

    Want to add one of Estevan Florial, Khalil Lee, or Monte Harrison. Are any a cut above the rest? Are they all close? If it’s not too much trouble, can you give me your patented prime HR/SB projection for each so I can better understand each player’s profile?

    • Halp

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      @The JoGarza: What’s up, The JoGarza! Florial looks like a George Springer type at best. Probably more realistically like a .260 20/20 type. Khalil lee I’m worried the average will be even lower. I’ll go something like .245 with good OBP 20+ homers and 10 steals. Monte Harrison I’m not sure I’m completely in on. Maybe something like .240 with 12-15 homers and 15-20 steals. I would rank them in that order too right now.

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Halp:

        Nice!

        In an OBP league would you still give the edge to Florial>Lee?

        • Halp

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          @The JoGarza: Yea, I still think I do. Florial’s upside is just a level above and that isn’t a slight on Lee’s upside.

  19. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    American / NationalMore Player News
    Ian Happ – 2B – Cubs
    Cubs recalled INF/OF Ian Happ from Triple-A Iowa.
    The Cubs’ top prospect will make his major league debut on Saturday against the Cardinals. He’s starting in right field and batting second against Carlos Martinez. He’s only expected to be up for a day or two while the club deals with several injuries.
    May 13 – 1:35 PM

  20. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    so whats up with Tapia?gets called up but i dont see him playing much either

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Yea, not really sure what their thinking is. Talked about it in a comment above

      • AL KOHOLIC says:
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        @Halp: cool,seen the other,just wandering if anything new,thanks

        • Halp

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          @AL KOHOLIC: my only guess is that they just think he is the best man for the job. Or maybe he gets sent down in a few days. Will be an interesting situation to watch

  21. Raoul Duke says:
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    Would you rather roster Kieboom or Tatis Jr? I may be wrong, but off the top of my head I think you had Tatis Jr higher on your top 200 over on imaginarybrickwall.com. Has anything changed in your mind and if so why? Thanks for all your hard work.

    • Halp

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      @Raoul Duke: I still think Tatis has the higher upside, but Kieboom is definitely safer at this point. Tatis is over a year younger, but Kieboom is looking so good and has plenty of upside himself it would be tough to not go with him right now. If you are looking for a true possible superstar though, I would go Tatis.

      • Raoul Duke says:
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        @Halp: Perfect. Thank you.

  22. TjVera says:
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    In a 16 team Dynasty League, currently have Avisail Garcia & Aaron Altherr, if i wanted to move them what do you think i should target pitching wise or prospect wise? mostly looking for pitching or closers.

    • Halp

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      @TjVera: With those type of guys it really depends on how much someone in your league believes in them. Everyone is struggling for pitching too, so I also doubt anyone would give up any of their really good pitchers for them. I guess I would aim for maybe a Sean Manaea or Eduardo Rodriguez type and work from there. Closers is really just about finding a team with a closer surplus and trying to pry one from them.

  23. Josh says:
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    Would you drop any of these guys to acquire Ronald Acuna or Derek Fisher?

    Walker Buehler
    Anderson Espinoza
    Brent Honeywell
    Mitch Keller
    Michael Kopech
    Francis Martes

    Rhys Hoskins
    Ian Happ
    Vlad Guerrero Jr
    Ozzie Albies
    Kevin Maitan
    Eloy Jimenez
    Juan Soto
    Kyle Tucker
    Yoan Moncada
    Cody Bellinger – Graduated

    • Halp

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      @Josh: All of those guys are like top 50 prospects right now, so none of them are easy drops. Honestly, your minor league system is too stacked, leave some good prospects for someone else! ha … I really can’t advise you to drop any of those guys as much as I love Acuna and Fisher. If you already had Acuna and Fisher on the team, I wouldn’t advise you to drop them either. I would personally have Fisher and Acuna ranked ahead of all of those pitchers though, if you want to go more hitting heavy with your system. My best advise to you would be to package some prospects for major leaguers, and then add Acuna and Fisher when you have room

      • Josh says:
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        @Halp: Thank you, I’ll see what I can come up with. Appreciate the advise!

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