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Welcome to the second annual Razzball Keepers Top-100 list-a-roo. I capped it AND italicized it, because it’s just that special. (The 2013 Top-100 can be found here.)

Spoiler Alert! We’re doing things keeper league style, dynasty style… which ever nomenclature you prefer. Basically, if you hold onto players for more than a year, these are the rankings you’ve been waiting your whole life for. Whole life man. Seriously.

Remember, the process for this list is quite unique. Unlike Grey, I didn’t type half of it with my mustache. Also, this isn’t your list. It’s my list. So, yeah, I’ll love guys a lot more than you will. I’ll also love your mom. Or vica versa. It’s just the way it is. If you stuck me in a keeper this very instant, this is pretty much the list, in order, of who I’d personally want long term. Things like previous production, expected 2014 production, projections for 2015-2017,  future potential, positional-scarcity, and injury-risk are all things I bake into the rankings. Regardless, the big takeaway here is that I believe in the Oxford comma. And I guess a lot of comma’s in general. And short sentences. And baking. And female nudity. Word.

Note: I’ve only ranked players who have pitched at least one inning or had one at-bat in their MLB career, sans Masahiro Tanaka and Jose Abreu. Our prospect maven, Scott Evans, has the low down on all those MiLB guys I left out. Go check out his 2014 rankings (Top-25, Top-50), he won’t bite… I think.

 

Top 100 Keepers for 2014 And Beyond

1. Mike Trout – The Trout/Miggy conundrum is debatable in redraft leagues, but Trout still remains numero uno in all keep’s. And if we’re going to stick with the Spanish theme, that makes him la mayor trucha en el estanque. Which, if I’m reading that correctly, roughly translates to: “There is water in the library, but don’t worry, my loins are on fire.” 3-year Projection: 110/25/95/315/35.

2. Miguel Cabrera – The move back to first base is certainly a blow, but that won’t be felt until the 2015 season, and by that time, his numbers will most likely have already helped deliver another championship to your team. Or an erection. Either way, there’s no downside here. 3-year Projection: 100/35/120/320/0.

3. Bryce Harper – I’m still a big believer, despite so much Mormonism. And bursitis. I mean, seriously, who thinks bursitis is going to happen? Remember, the root word is ‘burst’. You know what I think of when I think of burst? This. Do you think any of them saw that coming? The answer is no. No they did not. 3-year Projection: 95/35/115/290/15.

4. Paul Goldschmidt – Yes, I’m convinced he’s for real. FINALLY, I know. Goldy is living proof that I’m not infallible, which now puts him in the same dubious group that includes, but is not limited to, all of my ex’s. Sorry bro. At this point, he kinda-sorta gives you the inverse of what Trout gives you in terms of home runs and steals. While I don’t foresee a 250-pound bear being able to sustain such lofty steal totals, I’ve never really gotten close enough to a bear to verify this. 3-year Projection: 90/35/105/290/15.

5. Andrew McCutchen – The Dread Pirate has pretty much stabilized into what I imagine a real Dread Pirate would be. And that is a Predator with a shoulder parrot that wreaks havoc upon Aliens, humans, and the coastlines of Somalia. 3-year Projection: 95/20/95/300/25.

6. Robinson Cano – Since I’m fresh out of Canoe puns, because they are just so awesome and I just use them way too much… I’ll just state that the move to SafeCo doesn’t really scare me. Sure, he doesn’t have elite power, but he’s a consistent multi-category producer, and does it all at the keystone. 3-year Projection: 90/25/105/310/5.

7. Ryan Braun – Boy, it’s a good thing I’m not an anti-Semitic Cubs fan, or this would have been awkward, amiright? And I’m pretty sure that if you blame someone from Chicago for your lot in life, you have an easier option with Obama. Look, I’m not entirely convinced that steroids actually benefit a hitter. I’m just convinced that I’d rather use UPS than FedEx when making an important delivery. I still view him (maybe the only one) as a premium talent with 30/30 potential, but I guess I understand if you don’t. 3-year Projection: 95/25/100/290/15.

8. Adam Jones – Jones gets a large movement (haha) from last season’s list due to two factors. First, another scrumptious display of fantasy baseball elite-ness. Go away Joe Flacco. Second is pretty much– ef you Giancarlo Stanton. You’ve ruined me and I’ll never be able to love again. Which also describes a lot of outfielder’s last season. Cough Matt Kemp Cough, to name another. What? That’s what my cough sounds like. 3-year Projection: 95/25/95/280/15.

9. Carlos Gonzalez – I think you just have to expect anywhere from a 15 to 50-game gap of production when buying in. By the way, you have no idea how much willpower it took to not insert an escargot joke right here. You’re welcome. 3-year Projection: 95/25/90/290/20.

10. Edwin Encarnacion – Simply a beast. In fact, if Skittles didn’t exist up in Seattle, I’d be tempted to name what E5 does as Beast Mode. Or Beef Moe. Basically, he’s the Marshawn Lynch of baseball. The main difference being, Encarnacion doesn’t have a smug coach that smack’s his gums like a 40-year-old divorcee snorting cocaine for the first time since college. 3-year Projection: 90/35/105/275/5.

11. Troy Tulowitzki – See: Gonzalez, Carlos. Ditto, ditto, something about playing shortstop. More fascinating is the fact that the Colorado Rockies have not one, but two of the game’s top players, and their front office exudes something in effect of how a cat operates. Profound aloofness with a bunch of hairballs. 3-year Projection: 80/25/95/305/2.

12. Chris Davis – While I don’t think last season is repeatable, I don’t see any reason why Davis can’t put up gaudy home run totals, which in today’s run environment, is a premium resource. Mining metaphors… ugh. What can I say? I’m trying to build some momentum here… I know the population of Indiana is familiar with that concept. It’s how they roll most places. 3-year Projection: 95/35/100/270/2.

13. Joey Votto – I just made the connection that he’s Italian. WEIRD. It’s too bad he was born in Canada though. I would have loved to be born in a country that made ‘Bunga Bunga’ parties famous. And, ya know, salami’s. 3-year Projection: 95/25/85/310/5.

14. Clayton Kershaw – Did you know that Kershaw is only one year older than Matt Harvey? He also has one more functional elbow. ICE BURN. 3-year Projection: 15-10/2.60/1.05/230.

15. Evan Longoria – Longoria is always hard to rank for me, because the ingredients are there for an elite multi-category producer. But, he seems to just kinda pick-and-choose his moments from year-to-year. One year, he’ll hit .290 with 20 home runs, then hit .270 with 30 home runs the next. Or have an elite hamstring injury. But he’s still in his prime and you’d be hard pressed to find a player closer to a complete package at the hot corner. 3-year Projection: 90/30/90/275/2.

16. Jean Segura – Looks to be Jose Reyes, 2.0. Hopefully without the 50-games absences every other year. 3-year Projection: 80/10/50/290/40.

17. Yu Darvish – [Insert highly offensive Asian joke.] [Admit that it's not raycess because I'm of 50% Asian.] [Insert statement that it still might be sorta raycess.] [Insert Yu pun.] [Insert Yu pun, part deux.] [Inster Yu GIF.] [Drop mic, give peace sign, leave stage.] 3-year Projection: 16-10/2.90/1.10/270.

18. Ian Desmond – I’ve never been a huge fan, but I can’t deny the production he puts up among the dearth of talent among his shortstop peers. In fact, 20/20 is down-right top-tier production at the position, and we now have two full seasons with those numbers to warrant my stamp of top-25 approval. 3-year Projection: 75/20/75/280/20.

19. Giancarlo Stanton – I’m certainly not going to ride this train again. As you can tell by the ranking, Stanton has been snowballing (just like your mom). And I’m not sure he’s worth it. There will be always some measure of hype for a Puerto Rican having a sexed-up Italian name-reversal with raw-eighty power. But keep in mind that he’s only played more than 123 games once in his career, and has not eclipsed that mark in two seasons. 3-year Projection: 75/35/70/280/2.

20. Jason Kipnis – Igor Kipnis was a well-known American harpsichordist and pianist. Jason Kipnis doesn’t have anything to do with Igor Kipnis. I’m glad we cleared that up. 3-year Projection: 85/15/80/270/30.

21. Justin Upton – Since I’m not riding the Giancarlo Stanton train, you might think I’d be open to riding the J-Up train. Nope. Though, I would be open to piggy-backing a DeLorean on that train, while flying off a cliff, blasting Huey Lewis, all in an effort to time travel back to 1990. Gauge how much I just swung-and-miss on that tie-in that reference and then add about 78 feet. Congratulations. You have just duplicated Justin Upton’s strike-zone. FUN FACT! Add the continent of Antarctica to that total and you have B.J. Upton’s strike-zone. 3-year Projection: 95/25/75/275/15.

22. Hanley Ramirez – In last year’s list, I described HanRam as ‘used-up’. And then he goes out and hits 345/402/638 with 20 home runs in just 336 PA’s. My response? There are some wonderful things that can happen if you heal from shoulder surgery. And a broken thumb. And a strained hamstring. Uh, and also some lower-back pain. What I’m saying is, you can be used-up and jacked-up at the same time. But the brightest flame burns twice as fast. Something-something, wax poetic. 3-year Projection: 75/20/75/290/10.

23. David Wright – Despite the power-outage in 2009 and peculiar 2011, Wright has been a quiet and consistent producer at third-base. While you could go with flashier names, you’d be hard pressed to find a more solid-all-around contributor. Which, in this case, makes him the Wright choice. (The ‘W’ is silent.) 3-year Projection: 85/20/85/295/15.

24. Stephen Strasburg – Now two-seasons clear and free of any injury, I think it’s safe to say that Strasburg will settle into a top-10 starter from here on out. Except those peak season’s where everything comes together and we see flashes of vintage Pedro Martinez. Well, probably a little less Dominican and a little bit more, um, Burgian? Is that even a thing? Should I have just said White-ian? 3-year Projection: 13-7/3.10/1.06/195.

25. Prince Fielder – Moving up from last season’s list probably reflects the changing run environment we are living in. Though, with the amount of Tex-Mex and brisket he’s likely to encounter, moving up on the weight-scale might also be a real possibility. Oh, yeah, that’s right, he’s a vegetarian. That kind of ruins the joke. 3-year Projection: 90/30/100/285/0.

26. Felix Hernandez – 2013 marked the third season in a row that the King has seen his fastball velocity drop. Yet, 2013 also marked the third season in a row that his K/9 and K/BB have risen. Elvis called. He, actually, does not want his nickname back. 3-year Projection: 13-10/3.05/1.13/215.

27. Yasiel Puig – #ManBearPuig took the league by storm by hitting 319/391/534, and single-handily made guys like Jose Abreu and Alexander Guerrero that much richer. More importantly, though, he created the narrative that a mustache-less Don Mattingly is actually a good thing for keeping a clubhouse in order. That’s not what we should be going for here. Regression seems a forgone conclusion, but barring some kind of catastrophic event, like not learning how to drive at some point, 20/10 seems like such a nice a shiny floor to have. Though, I hear Brazilian cherry is pretty good too. 3-year Projection: 80/20/85/285/15.

28. Albert Pujols  – Normally, you wouldn’t see a rise in the rankings of this nature with a year so depressing (258/330/437). Then again, while I’m not projecting a return to greatness, there’s no reason why Pujols can’t settle in as a 280/30 guy now that he’s healthy, which, if you hadn’t noticed, in this run-environment, is still pretty darn good. 3-year Projection: 85/30/105/285/8.

29. Carlos Gomez – Another heavy riser, I’ve always been reluctant to buy into the idea that Go-Go can be stable-stable. (I have 100 of these, just go with it.) The BABIP luck-dragon will spew hot flames of regression all over the place… maybe. But even on the low-end, we’re looking at a 10/25 guy that could provide as high as a 25/40 split. In any format, that’s top-50 quality. 3-year Projection: 80/20/75/250/35.

30. Adam Wainwright – Might possibly still be just as good if he was Wainwrong. I think. A lot of silent ‘W’s’ in baseball I’m noticing… 3-year Projection: 17-10/3.15/1.10/210.

31. Eric Hosmer – He hit 15 home runs after I wrote my Hosmer Haiku. Now, I’m not saying I had anything to do with his resurgence. What this blurb presupposes is, maybe I did? 3-year Projection: 85/25/80/280/15

32. Starling Marte – One of the many players I spotlighted last season, and let me tell you this: no one can do a 1500-character write-up full of hedging like I can. Like Carlos Gomez, a lot of his production is BABIP dependent, but any young multi-category producer should get the benefit of the doubt. 3-year Projection: 80/10/45/260/35.

33. Max Scherzer – More the original Mad Max than Thunderdome. In the end, that’s all we can ask, amiright? 3-year Projection: 16-8/3.30/1.11/230.

34. Shin-Soo Choo – Kim Jong-un is really poisoning our well, is he not my Korean bother-from-another-mother? Well, in this case, only if your father was Irish like mine… oh, and also had strikingly dominant hansom genes. Because science. And sexiness. They call it geography I believe. Or maybe geometry. Genealogy? Pfft, naw. Not possible. Way too many vowels. 3-year Projection: 90/17/60/285/20.

35. Dustin Pedroia – As an aside, here’s my Baseball Facial Hair Top-5: Starting off with (5) Josh Reddick — Just so rural apple pie. 4) Brian Wilson — Horrifying. Which gets points considering the effort. 3) Jayson Werth — Almost made me Catholic. 2) Anthony Rendon — Because goatees should not exist. NEVER. EVER. Yet he rivals Tony Stark in that department. Good enough for silver. 1) Dustin Pedroia — Lumberjack’s pubes. Nuff said. Wait, what were we talking about again? 3-year Projection: 90/15/80/295/15.

36. Manny Machado – He should be healthy to start the season, so I’m optimistic that he’ll build from a fantastic 2013 debut. I feel like this blurb needs more meerkat. Wait, what? 3-year Projection: 85/20/80/285/5.

37. Wil Myers – I still think he’s more of a Jay Bruce than Josh Hamilton-prime. Then again, I just made Hambone sound like a plastic car that’s a robot. 3-year Projection: 75/25/75/270/5.

38. Jose Fernandez – Had a 9.75 K/9 and 2.73 FIP over 172.2 innings. All at the age of 21. I have nothing to add here. 3-year Projection: 10-10/2.95/1.10/195.

39. Jose Bautista – It’s not that I’m especially down on Joey Bats, despite the drop from last year’s ranking. I just think more options have emerged that do similar things, or more exotic things, or younger things, all for a longer period of time. Basically, everything you want your (possible) future second wife to be. But if you need power, and are in OPS/OBP cat leagues, I still flutter at the skill set. Plus, he follows me on twitter, which was going to be enough to keep him inside the top-50 this year anyhow. 3-year Projection: 80/30/80/250/5.

40. Jose Reyes – My general feeling is this high ranking represents how the offense will be rolling this upcoming season. Right down a hill. Into a dumpster fire. Next to an abortion clinic. Before things get out-of-control, I’ll just say there’s risk here. A lot of risk. But besides Jean Segura, there isn’t another shortstop who can give you a 10/40 spot, and there’s none that can do it while hitting well over .300. 3-year Projection: 80/10/50/290/35. 

41. Josh Donaldson – It’s well known that I’m a believer, and while he’ll be hard pressed to match 668 PA total from last season, even if take a bit off the top from his counting stats, a 290/20 is realistic. He’s still in his prime, can stick at the hot corner, which easily puts him in the top-5 3B discussion. 3-year Projection: 80/20/85/285/5.

42. Jacoby Ellsbury – I have no idea how to rank Ellsbury. He’s hit 32 home runs. He’s also hit just three. He’s stolen 70 bases in one season, and then seven in another. He’s hit as high as .321 and as low as .192. When you average all that out, sure, you get a good player. In reality though, one year, you’ll get a top-10 guy, another, you’ll get a wtf-mate? So let’s just call this ranking for what it really is– hedging. 3-year Projection: 85/10/50/280/45.

43. Justin Verlander – Well, falling down the list like this is what happens when you have five consecutive seasons of velocity-loss combined with the fact you play for a team that enjoys punting defense. Don’t get me wrong, this version of Verlander is still pretty damn good, but I’m not sure he’ll ever return to the top-25. 3-year Projection: 15-10/3.35/1.15/220.

44. Jay Bruce – Last season marked his five-year anniversary of a rising K%, while he also celebrated his third-year anniversary of a sinking BB% and Contact%. Me? I celebrated my 31st anniversary of monogamy with porn. Moral of the story? Mines better. Yes, I was watching porn at the age of one. Don’t question it. 3-year Projection: 85/30/95/250/5.

45. Madison Bumgarner – Still just 24 years old, Bumgarner has established himself as a pitcher who can consistently drop a 200-spot in both innings and strikeouts. Probably not 200 Yeti’s though. Because, why? 3-year Projection: 15-12/3.10/1.05/195.

46. Jedd Gyorko – And you thought Chase Headley would be in the top-100 this season. I have found a new muse! Gyorko, to be honest, should be ranked higher, but I’m trying on some anti-homerism for a change. Does it make my butt look big? You should know, he hit the most home runs (23) at the keystone, sans any player named Robinson Cano. Oh, and by the way, he achieved that total in only 125 games. 3-year Projection: 75/25/75/265/3.

47. Jason Heyward – I have no idea what to do with Heyward. It’s not like I don’t believe in the talent. But my god… the injuries. Sore shoulder’s, appendectomy’s, hamstring’s… you know what, who cares about his ranking. Someone send in the Red Cross. 3-year Projection: 85/20/80/275/10.

48. Matt Kemp – So if I’m not riding the the Giancarlo train, going Back to the Future with that J-Up train, what do you think I”m going to do with the the Matt Kemp train? If you guessed, (A) GAH, KILL IT WITH FIRE! , boy do I have a Twix bar for you my friend. The potential is still there for a 30/30 season. The problem is, there’s probably an equal, if not higher chance that he puts up a 0/0. 3-year Projection: 80/20/80/285/15.

49. David Price – I think I’ve used The Price Is Right pun at least five times with David Price, so now I guess we’re at the stage where I just talk about the pun to avoid the pun, which begs the question– what’s next? Stigmata? 3-year Projection: 13-10/3.30/1.13/195.

50. Ian Kinsler – While moving out of the friendly confines of Arlington and the lead-off spot doesn’t really instill confidence, I’m not entirely sold on his decline phase being this bad. His Batted Ball and Plate Discipline profile tells me that a 275/20 guy is still in there… somewhere. Combined with his usual 15 steals, you’ll totally forget that I think the stat page tells me things. In whispers. Sweet-soothing whispers… 3-year Projection: 85/20/75/270/15.

51. Christian Yelich – This would be the highest-ranked debut on this list, and I’m proud that it’s going to guy that sounds like a Die Hard villain. Obviously, I’m quite bullish, and think he’s going to be the rare multi-category producer which will be flirting with my top-10 as soon as 2015. BUT NO TONGUE UNTIL THE SECOND DATE. 3-year Projection: 75/20/80/290/25.

52. Chris Sale – Every time I write something about Chris Sale, the piece always comes with a standard injury-disclaimer, proving to you that I, in fact, have no medical background whatsoever. Sorry mom! 3-year Projection: 10-13/3.15/1.12/200.

53. Yoenis Cespedes – Cespedes appears to be the first player to gain the ‘best shape of his life going into Spring Training’ label. X-BOX ACHIEVEMENT UNLOCKED. What I like more is the fact there are also reports that he’s shortened his swing a bit. With a little bit of health, I see no reason to think he can go back to his charming first-year self. 3-year Projection: 75/25/85/270/10.

54. Pedro Alvarez – His ability to not hit water when jumping in the pool will always keep him from being an elite player… But the power, oh that sweet-nectar-power from the baseball gods will keep him very relevant in any format. 3-year Projection: 70/30/95/235/1.

55. Cliff Lee – For this list, Cliff Lee get’s the AARP discount. But throwing at least 200 innings with a FIP no higher than 3.13 for the past six seasons officially labels you ‘spry’. Just the way your mother likes it. Probably. 3-year Projection: 15-8/2.95/1.05/215.

56. Buster Posey – I find it hard to take anybody named Buster seriously. And while that probably didn’t contribute to the drop in this year’s list, even with positional scarcity being what it is, his production just doesn’t justify a top-50 placement. On the bright side, at least he isn’t named Angus. Or Cammy.  3-year Projection: 65/17/75/310/1.

57. Adrian Beltre – Ah, yes, the one guy who makes Cliff Lee look young on this list. He’s old, yes, but the production is still there, and he’ll be on this list until that stops. 3-year Projection: 85/27/90/300/0.

58. Anibal Sanchez – Sure, he’s never pitched more than 200 innings, but he’s logged at least 180 innings for four straight seasons. And if you believe in the improved velocity, which I do, there’s a fair bet he can duplicate his near-10 K/9 and mid-2 FIP, providing us with ‘Great Anibal’s of Fire’. That word-play right there? That’s what the kids today call ‘magic’. 3-year Projection: 15-9/3.30/1.15/200.

59. Xander Bogaerts – Yeah, it’s an aggressive ranking. I know. There’s a lot of division here; is he over-hyped? Will he play up to the scouting reports? My ranking answers where I stand. But I’ll say one thing, after typing his name, I’ve bought into the fact that he’ll live up to being a spell-check nightmare. 3-year Projection: 70/15/75/280/5.

60. Alex Rios – The last list, I described his career as the entire Star Trek movie franchise. Well, his ‘every-other-season I’m going to suck it’ strategy went out the door in 2013, but I just couldn’t tell you what this season will bring. He has power, he has speed, and when it comes together, boy does it come. That’s what she said. Then again, I feel like he’s almost 90 years old and 40+ steals won’t happen again, so there’s that too. 3-year Projection: 80/15/85/275/25.

61. Gerrit Cole - Some might prefer Miller here. Personally, I think Cole is the more complete package and has a higher ceiling because of it. 3-year Projection: 12-12/3.25/1.16/165

62. Brandon Belt – You have no idea how long I’ve been staring at this screen trying to think of a Belt pun. Mainly because there’s no concept of time. See, you’re reading this in real-time, at some point in the future, as I am typing this, at some point in the past, with several Twix in my mouth, thinking about how you are going to be reading this in the future… whoa. I need to take a nap. Before I do, know that I believe this Belt is definately real enough to hold up my pants. SWISH. 3-year Projection: 80/23/75/285/7.

63. Wilin Rosario – Sooner, rather than later, the gap will have closed between him and Posey, and Rosario will stand as the top fantasy catcher. And then he’ll immediately be moved to first base and his value will go the way of a piñata. It’s not raycess because I love candy. And Taco Bell. 3-year Projection: 65/25/75/280/2.

64. Shelby Miller – Despite what I said in Cole’s blurb, it’s hard to knock that Miller seems to be doing just fine with two pitches. Both project as top-of-the-rotation guys, and I think if you own either one, they’ll make you happy. 3-year Projection: 15-10/3.35/1.20/160.

65. Freddie Freeman – I’m still bearish on Freeman, as I think people are confusing his new ceiling as a floor. There isn’t much left and I think we just saw his peak year. Let me put it this way. He hit .443/.591/.695 with RISP last season. Repeatable? Uh… no. 3-year Projection: 85/20/80/280/0.

66. Danny Salazar – Whoa. I know bro. I’m surprised at this ranking. I mean, I’m not, since I’m the one who wrote this. But I didn’t think he would land this high. I think it’s obvious I have a crush, and the logical next step is to put him this high because on the off-chance he might reply to my text’s and phone calls. Yes, there’s only 52.0 innings of Major League data, but let’s just say I’m confident in the idea that he’s a strong #2 that can be a #1. At age-23, sign me up. 3-year Projection: 13-12/3.25/1.16/180.

67. Adrian Gonzalez – Same thing I said about Beltre, but subtract the amount of home runs with their age difference times two. You just got math’ed. 3-year Projection: 80/23/90/290/0.

68. Julio Teheran – I don’t know, are we allowed to do Tehran puns? Or did I just put myself on the no-fly list? 3-year Projection: 13-11/3.40/1.17/175.

69. Starlin Castro – More like Black-holin, amiright? Sounds like what I watched the other day. Truth be told, I have no idea what to do with Castro. I still believe in the talent, but last season left such a sour taste in everyone’s mouth. With Javier Baez breathing down his neck, literally, like, back away bro, you’re in my space and I can smell you… this is a make-or-break year. 3-year Projection: 75/15/70/265/15.

70. Anthony Rizzo – I’m less worried about Rizzo. I’m not sure he’ll ever have a batting average over .270, but I think the power will be there to stick through these growing pains. 3-year Projection: 75/25/85/250/5.

71. Alex Gordon – I see Gordon as one of those non-exciting, but pretty stable guys. Sam Worthington says hello. Gordon will get you some above average production across the board, and if you’re in a win-now mode,  he’s a risk-mitigator. Which means I guess you can call him during tax season too. 3-year Projection: 85/20/80/280/13.

72. Masahiro Tanaka – Some have thrown Yu Darvish comps out there, but that’s just lazy-Asian comping. He’s more of a Hiroki Kuroda. Wait a second… 3-year Projection: 15-10/3.35/1.15/180.

73. Matt Adams – I’m still kinda iffy here with Adams. I like what he did in just 108 games last season, and with more at-bats coming, he can certainly boost his counting stats. Then again, unlike my own personal routine, going lefty-heavy won’t feel like a stranger, it’ll feel like a horrible platoon split. Let’s see how well Adam’s adjusts, and then, maybe I’ll be able to figure out a better masturbation metaphor. 3-year Projection: 75/25/80/275/0.

74. Zack Greinke – Dat collerbone bro. Lord of the Ring’s it… keep it secret, keep it safe. 3-year Projection: 16-9/3.25/1.16/180.

75. Matt Holliday – I think it’s fair to say that at this point of the list, using a Holliday/Hollendaze joke is either status-quo or perhaps the furthering destruction of all that is holy. So I’ll just simply talk about that joke which “never happened”, thus achieving a balance between the two. 3-year Projection: 85/20/85/290/3.

76. Ryan Zimmerman – Probably one of the best players who can go from a ‘mild-strain’ to ‘x-ray’s needed’ to ‘back after All-Star break’. I’m not questioning his ability, but Zimm just plays older than he really is. An eventual move to 1B in the not too distant future doesn’t help either. 3-year Projection: 75/20/75/275/3.

77. Jose Abreu – Despite the wild comps, I’ll settle on the side that says he’s more Adam Dunn than Miguel Cabrera. But I think there’s an impact bat here. I would love to rank him higher, but I think some MLB at-bats are required before I do so. 3-year Projection: 70/25/75/250/5.

78. Nick Castellanos – The talent is there to be a multi-year All-Star, but don’t be surprised if the power isn’t there right away. Let’s call it more of a Machado debut, rather than a Braun debut. Hopefully without the torn medial patellofemoral ligament. My spell-check just threw up on me. 3-year Projection: 70/15/80/275/3.

79. Anthony Rendon – There is no reason why a goat-tee should ever exist. Yet he’s able to rock one, and I’m none-the-wiser as to how. That’s not the main reason he’s here, of course, but it certainly doesn’t hurt. Really, the only question is health, because if those ankles stay in one piece, he’ll be a star. 3-year Projection: 70/15/85/275/3.

80. Cole Hamels - Yeah, I know last season wasn’t exactly what we’re used to, but his peripherals didn’t really change much and his FIP was way within career norms. If there’s a buy-low opportunity, I’d take it in a heartbeat. Especially if it involves actual ham. 3-year Projection: 14-12/3.35/1.17/200.

81. Domonic Brown – I’ve never been a fan. Heck, I didn’t even know how to set up all the vowels in his first-name properly until last July. You may think he’s crossed a corner, but I don’t. The HR/FB just doesn’t gel with his career numbers, especially when you look at his batted ball distance. 3-year Projection: 65/20/70/250/5.

82. Billy Hamilton – His speed will change the game. Unless, you know, he can’t get out of the batters box. I’m willing to say that if he produces a .250/.300/.330, that will just be enough to have relevancy in all formats… but I’m not that optimistic. 3-year Projection: 60/1/30/235/35.

83. Marcell Ozuna – I love the power and I think he’s less raw than Avisail Garcia. Who’ll you’ll see on this list real Ozuna. HUUURRR. 3-year Projection: 65/20/70/250/10.

84. Mark Trumbo – I’m a bit uncomfortable having Trumbo this high, because it’s not like he’s plays in Colorado, amiright? But I just love that power in Chase Field. In fact, if he played third base, he’d be right there with Alvarez. 3-year Projection: 75/30/85/230/5.

85. Jurickson Profar – He seems so close, yet so Profar. Yep, that pun right there is exactly why I get paid the big bucks. At some point, he’ll have to play up to his scouting reports, but he’s still young and it’s hard not to believe that he’ll blossom into a star. You know I’m serious because I brought flower metaphors into this. Just remember: he’ll be a better real-life player than fantasy one, and if the keystone’s his permanent home, that also knocks his value a bit. 3-year Projection: 70/7/75/280/15.

86. Matt Cain – Every time I think of Matt Cain, I think of RoboCop. Which is a win-win situation. 3-year Projection: 15-15/3.30/1.14/180.

87. Brad Miller – Some might see this as an aggressive ranking, but I liked what I saw, even with the caveat of small samples. Any time there’s potential for 20 home runs at a position with so little depth, once you get past the top-5, you’re basically watching Encino Man on an endless loop… well, you have to take notice. 3-year Projection: 75/15/75/260/10.

88. Carlos SantanaI’m not really sure what to do with the reports of his third base experiment. I’d like to think it’ll work out with the emergence of Yan Gomes and I guess what you could call the de-emergence of Lonnie Chisenhall being contributing factors. I do like the production both at the battery and hot corner, and since most keeps have advanced cat’s like OBP, he gets extra credit to go along with being named Carlos Santana.  3-year Projection: 75/20/75/260/3.

89. Taijuan Walker – The raw talent and athleticism are attractive, no doubt. While there’s only a few innings of Major League data to go on, I’m a little concerned with reports that Walker’s mechanics have regressed since the beginning of last season. 3-year Projection: 10-10/3.45/1.19/180.

90. Nolan ArenadoHe won’t be a big OBP guy, but I think he has a great hitting profile for that environment. 20 home runs could be a ceiling, but there will be plenty of doubles and triples to balance the other numbers. 3-year Projection: 75/17/80/280/1.

91. Jordan Zimmermann - Other’s might have him ranked higher, sure. The ratios are always strong, but the underwhelming strike-out totals always give me pause . Kris Medlen and Ervin Santana basically did the same thing last year. The only difference is, I expect Zimmermann to keep it up, which is part of the consideration. 3-year Projection: 15-10/3.35/1.13/150.

92. Oswaldo Arcia - Another aggressive ranking, because power. The K% is a bit high, but if you can hit more than 30 home runs, it doesn’t matter. Hitting 14 in just 378 plate appearances projects well for this 22-year-old. 3-year Projection: 70/25/75/260/2.

93. Mat Latos – Look, I know I always talk about it, but it’s really starting to bother me. Are you reading this Mat? Your name needs more ‘T’s’! Or maybe rearrange them… just do something. It’s not natural man. 3-year Projection: 14-7/3.40/1.18/185.

94. Jose Altuve – Take away the speed, and there’s really not much else there. Okay, now put back the speed, because it’s not like we chopped off his legs. That’s morbid yo. Just keep in mind, the upside is limited, as is the non-steal’s production. 3-year Projection: 70/5/45/280/30.

95. Sonny Gray – No funny business here… he shares the name of my awesome dog, who I named after one of the characters from one of my all-time favorite TV show’s. It’s not to hard to figure out which one, and if you don’t know what I’m talking about, you’re dead to me. Or, far too young for me to date legally. All of this is to say, I want dates. Legal dates. 3-year Projection: 10-10/3.40/1.16/175.

96. Kyle Seager – He got off to a great start last season and had me believing that a new Seager was emerging. After the fade though, a 20 home run guy was still reamined, which has value at third. And I actually think there might be some more room to grow. Only if to give me time to think of a great Bob Seger pun. 3-year Projection: 75/20/75/260/10.

97. Ben ZobristI actually looked into his strange power-outage at the end of last season, which leads me to believe that he’ll return to once again be a 20/15 guy all while destroying coastal cities off of Japan. Maybe he should be called Zokushima to modernize his nick? Too soon? 3-year Projection: 75/20/75/270/10.

98. Avisail Garcia – Yeah, all the Avisail people are going to be disappointed. You guys should join forces with the Tyson Ross club, since they’ve already submitted an estoppel action because he wasn’t in the top-10. Ya crazies! Keep in mind, I don’t hate Garcia… he’s still in a pretty select group here. I just get this feeling that a still-raw and over-aggressive approach might cause some really nasty streaks. Let’s say I like him, but I have commitment issues. 3-year Projection: 65/17/65/275/5.

99. Gio Gonzalez – He certainly has his ups-and-downs, and while his peak year may have already come-and-gone, there’s still a lot to like about a guy who can provide a mid-3 ERA and 200 K’s over a full season. 3-year Projection: 14-9/3.40/1.19/195.

100. Chris Carter – I know he has a dirty batting average, like, not even normal dirty. We’re talking Christina Aguilara dirrty. Two ‘R’s’… and yeah, have you seen her lately? It’s like a 10-pound turkey in a 5-pound bag. Anyhow, in terms of Carter, despite the contact issues, he finished 15th in home runs, and, interestingly enough, his batted Ball Profile and Plate Discipline numbers are eerily similar to Chris Davis’. It could mean nothing, but if it means something, look out. 3-year Projection: 70/30/80/230/0.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Nick the Podcast Host: I just love the power. I think Sky will have a sleeper post coming out on him real soon…

          • Sky

            Sky says:
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            @Jay: So power. Must Ozuna

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Nick the Podcast Host: I like the power and steals combo at a tough position to fill those needs. But yeah, I’m kinda not loving Stanton right now.

  1. Terrible Ted says:
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    Nice work.

    Criticism: prospects are ridiculously important in keeper leagues. A hybrid list would be extremely cool to compare to our own rankings.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Terrible Ted: Thanks! And I hear you. Unfortunately, that’s sort of a grey area between what Scott and I cover with these lists. Truth of the matter is, usually, most keeper drafts, you are only allowed to select players who have passed the rookie threshold or are over the age of 25 and have a separate MiLB draft. My main focus is the latter.

      • Terrible Ted says:
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        @Jay: Makes sense. Maybe my league is abnormal integrating all players into the main draft. In our league we have to declare our minor league roster after the draft but before OD. If you call someone up from the minor league roster mid season, they stay on your main roster forever (can’t send them back down). We do a 10/3 split. 10 main roster keepers and 3 minor league roster keepers.

    • Wake Up says:
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      @Terrible Ted: For this year I’d want Baez…

  2. Shake N Bacon says:
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    I was offered Braun for my Giancarlo in a keeper league this off season. No $ or round value associated with either player, can keep as long as you want. Was I stupid to turn it down?

    Would you rather trade Giancarlo for Braun, Encarnacion or Votto? I guess it depends on what I need. Rizzo is my keeper 1B and no keeper 3B.

    I have a hard time accepting a trade of Giancarlo for an older player probably just past their prime. But his injuries have been a major annoyance for me the past few years. if only he was traded to Texas this off season!

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        @Nick the Podcast Host: Nick thanks for the reply. Glad to see you perusing the comment boards.

        While you are here…when will the baseball podcasts be starting back up? I’m itching for them….or maybe that’s just a rash.

        Yeah Edwin is intriguing to me too. He gives you Stanton’s power numbers (if Stanton were to stay healthy) at more premium positions (1b/3b in Yahoo).

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      @Shake N Bacon: Yeah, I’d rather have Braun. I think if there’s any year to get him, it’s this one.

      In that scenario, I’d go with E5, the safest bet in my opinion.

      Health is always a concern for Stanton… might be one of the things that always holds him back…

      • Shake N Bacon says:
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        @Jay: Yeah I really dislike having an injury prone guy on my roster. So frustrating. I’ve never owned Cargo or Tulo because of that. I had Jason Heyward a few years ago and saw the writing on the wall when he started missing time for a jammed thumb. Justin Upton was starting to get that rep so I dumped him.

        I have Harper as well and he’s not necessarily an injury prone guy, just happened to run into a wall at full speed last year. But I’d rather only have one injury risk player on my team this year and I’m fine with it being him.

        Thanks for the feedback Jay!

  3. Big Magoo says:
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    Yelich’s ranking is the one that stands out to me. You think he can average 20 homers in that park? Pretty bold. I like his talent though.

    I’m with you on Freeman and Hamilton. I think they’re being way overrated this year. Freeman is basically Adrian Gonzalez. Hamilton is basically Willy Taveras. Why is everyone so excited about Willy Taveras? That’s a rhetorical question.

    I think that Cole and Abreu will be higher on this list in a few months time. Breakout candidates (to join the elite ranks) for sure.

    Good stuff, Jay. Maybe I should take the plunge into keeper territory. I’ve been strictly a redraft guy up until now.

    • Shake N Bacon says:
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      @Big Magoo: Keeper leagues are a lot of fun. You get to build a team and watch it grow and flourish…or watch it go down in flames. Either way, it keeps you invested a little more and it’s fun to try and predict which next up and comer will be the next Trout or Miggy.

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        @Shake N Bacon: I’ve always been interested in doing one, but the key is to find a group of owners who won’t flake out after the first year or two. I’ve read about a lot of situations where that’s happened.

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          @Big Magoo: Yeah that’s a good point! Luckily I got into a keeper league with some friends I grew up with about 10 years ago. We’ve had a manager or two every other year get kicked out due to inactivity. Finally I think we have a long lasting core of 12 managers. Every year we try to improve the league, adding incentives for staying active and keeping teams from tanking to get better draft picks in the following years’ draft.

          It can be a lot of fun, with the right group of people. It would be fun to get an RCL keeper league going.

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            @Shake N Bacon: I’m interested in the incentives. This is year two in my first keeper league and we had 4 non-returners (one of those with Trout and Goldschmidt on his team). I’ve been emailing the guy for 2 weeks telling him he’s giving away a gold mine.

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            @Shake N Bacon: what are some incentives you use? I’m commish of keeper league entering 2nd season and always looking for ways to better the league.

            • Shake N Bacon says:
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              @BucLover: @Mike b: The incentives in my league are more targeted to keep teams from tanking to get higher draft picks the following year. Not so much an incentive to stay in the league. If someone loses interest, there’s not much you can do.

              The bottom 6 teams or so are entered into an NBA style draft lottery. Lowest 2 teams get a certain amount of entries and the better finish you have the less entries you get.

              Recently we have entertained the idea of having minimum games played and Innings Pitched limits. Where if you don’t hit the minimums, you automatically get last pick (of the 6 worst teams) in the following years’ draft. So say you finished 12 out of 12, but didn’t hit your minimum games played and minimum innings pitched, you will get 6th pick in the following year’s draft, instead of a chance to get 1st pick. When I say 1st pick, I mean 1st pick of the first round after the keepers are gone. If your league keeps 8 players every year, then 1st pick would be 1st pick of the 9th round.

              I just typed a lot. Need a nap.

            • Chin Music says:
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              I play in a 12 team keeper. Winner gets 12 keepers, 2nd thru 4th get 11 keepers, 5th thru 12th gets 10. Draft order is as follows: 1) 5th place; 2) 6th; 3) 7th; 4) 8th; 5) 9th; 6) 10th; 7) 11th; 8) 12th; 9) 2nd; 10)3rd; 11) 4th; 12) 1st. We’ve found that this order reduces poorer teams tanking halfway through the season for a better draft pick. Even if they can’t get first, teams try to make top four to get that 11th keeper. Even the worse teams have to try to do their best or nthey get mediocre draft position instead of a very good one. Like the wildcard in MLB, the 4th and 5th place battles at the end of the season have something on the line.

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      @Big Magoo: I think he can.

      Totally, I have no idea what’s going on with this Freeman frenzy. I understand the BillyHam one… you wanna dream on the kid, I get it. But Freeman’s rankings are egregious.

      And thanks!

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        @Jay: Gyorko at just 46? And you call yourself a homer…

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          Jay says:
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          @Big Magoo: I know… I feel terrible about it already.

  4. Clint says:
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    I’m doing a 5-8 player keeper league for the first time this season in Roto. How do you, or DO you, factor in keeper selections when drafting? In the past, I’ve always grabbed the best man available and filled categories in the process where I could but I’m wondering if that needs to be tweaked a little somehow?

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      @Clint: I try to grab best available too, but remember, in a keeper format, Wil Myers and Jay Bruce should be around the same tier. I’ll always skew younger in this case.

  5. Principle Blackman says:
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    Good Stuff!
    I have a keeper question. I’m in a 14-team keeper league with 27-man rosters. It is a league where points are calculated by convoluted, semi-hateful formulas. Anyway, we are allowed to keep player for 3 years with 1-3 round picks. I don’t have a 3rd round pick this year, but I’m definitely keeping Trout (final year) and Goldy (2 more years) with my first two picks.

    But my question has to do with rookie eligible keepers, who can be kept with 10th rounders for up to 3 years. I’m wondering, is it worth keeping Zack Wheeler with my 1oth round pick? I would also be able to keep him next year with a 10th rounder before throwing him back into the draft pool in 2016. If it helps below is the formula for calculating pitcher points. Sorry for the roundabout question. Thanks for bearing with me.

    PP= (IP-((2*(H+R+ER)+BB-K)/5) + ((W-L)/2)+SV)

    I hate this formula. I just go for good players and hope it works out. Algebra was never my strongest subject. Far from it, in fact. The formula for hit points is a bit easier to parse out to me for some reason. But now I’m rambling.

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      @Principle Blackman: I’m not terribly high on Wheeler. I think he’ll show flashes, but settle as a #3 guy.

  6. Smada says:
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    Who do I cut loose?? 11 players, 10 keepers… 12 team 5X5

    M. Cabrera
    Beltre
    Tulo
    Kipnis
    S. Marte
    M. Holliday
    Kemp
    Billy Hamilton
    Darvish
    Hamels
    Salazar

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      Jay says:
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      @Smada: Tough one. I’m leaning BillyHam. Anyway you can trade him?

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        @Jay: Yeah, for me it’s really between Kemp, Holliday and Hamilton, and I’ve switched between the 3 a few times. Unfortunately trades before the draft are pretty tough in this league. I suppose no matter who I cut I’ll have a chance to re-draft. Most likely to still be there after 8 picks would probably be Hamilton, so I think I’ll go with your choice. Thanks!

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          @Smada: No probs.

  7. Westly says:
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    No love for Alex Cobb?

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      @Westly: He’s probably in the next 20 or so. I was back n’ forth with him and Zimm, but leaned to the easier league and division. Also, the IP was part of my reasoning. But I like him.

  8. Yescheese says:
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    Awesome work!!

    So here’s a MLB keeper question for you:

    Keep 8 5×5 12T.

    These 5 are a lock – Fielder, Harper, W Myers, M Bumgardner, JoFer

    Pick 3 – Shelby, G Cole, Xander, J Heyward, J Zimmerman

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      Jay says:
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      @Yescheese: Cole, Xander, Heyward.

  9. Oppo Taco says:
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    can only keep one between Bogaerts profar and Ryan Zimmerman. I know Zim is safer but should i chase the upside? no prices and we can keep forever. But im in a good spot to compete this year as well. thanks

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      Jay says:
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      @Oppo Taco: Yeah, I’m going upside here. I like Xander.

  10. Jon says:
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    Keeper league – I have room for one pitcher from Masterson, Cashner, Medlen, Porcello. Who do you like?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jon: Bacon.

  11. The Average & Anonymous Joe says:
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    Wach?!?!

    No Michael Wacha? Please expound.

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      @The Average & Anonymous Joe: I’d like to see him use his limited repertoire a bit more before I jump. I know Shelby Miller has done well, but we also have a pedigree and longer sustained success. Wacha’s near the list though…

  12. Raftman says:
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    Just drafted my first keeper league team (12 team, H2H, keep 17 including minors, count Holds). What do you think?

    C – Jason Castro
    1B – Hosmer
    2B – Profar
    SS – Castro
    3B – Machado
    OF – Harper
    OF – Stanton
    OF – Marte
    UT – Abreu
    UT – Arenado
    Bench – Kemp, A. Garcia, O. Taveras
    SP – Cain, Liriano, Minor, Ceuto, Beachy
    RP – Veras, Parnell, Clippard
    Bench – Burnett, T. Ross, Y. Ventura, M. Stroman, J. Parker, B. Morrow

    Minors – A. Meadows, L. Giolito, A. Sanchez, M. Sano, T. Glasnow

    • Jay

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      @Raftman: Love the outfield. Everything else seems fine. Some good risk/reward guys on the bench. Huge Sano guy. I’m thinking Beachy doesn’t end the season as a starter in your rotation…

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        @Jay: thanks for the feedback! Yeah….Beachy was a late round flier. You don’t think he’ll last the season as a SP? I know I’ve got some risk…but I like the potential I have . Do you think Sano sticks at 3rd/plays in the majors this year?

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          @raftman: He’s fine as a late round flier. But yeah, I don’t.

          I think Sano gets moved to 1B eventually, but want them to keep him there as long as they can. Maybe a cup of tea late this season. More 2015 in my opinion.

  13. mraccoe says:
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    Keeper options for this year have me scratching my head a bit…

    Keeping for sure: (Round Cost)
    Miggy (1)
    Cano (2)
    Stanton (3)
    Myers (15)

    Then it gets muddled. Options include:

    Yelich (12)
    Gray (12)
    Greinke (4)
    Zobrist (4)
    Latos (4)
    Verlander (5)
    R Zimmerman (4)

    I’m leaning towards Verlander and Gray… too much pitching? Replace one with Zimmerman, Zobrist or even Yelich?

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      @mraccoe: Yeah, but defensible. I’d actually hold onto Yelich and Gray.

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        Agreed @Jay:

  14. Spyre says:
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    Trout
    Jones
    Cano
    Longo
    Darvish
    Segura
    Bautista

    I can keep 6 forever (rounds 1-6)

    I have a hard time cutting anyone from the list. Bautista is a top 5 OF when he’s healthy, but Segura has the youth in a shallow position.

    Who would you cut?

    • Jay

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      @Spyre: Yeah, out of that list, unfortunately, it has to be JoeyBats. I love him too.

  15. Dr. Sauce says:
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    Nice work!! Seeking some input on a current keeper conundrum. Play in a 5X5 roto style keeper league (keep any 6 no limitations). I have a few no-brainers; Harper/Goldy/Braun/Stanton. Struggling with my last 2 … choices are Kipnis, Jose Fernandez, Machado or Choo. According to your ranks you are going Kipnis/Choo, however taking into consideration my 4 no brainers (listed above)is that who you would go with or would you go another way? Appreciate the insight.

    • Jay

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      @Dr. Sauce: Thanks!

      Yeah, in your case, I’d want Kipnis, JoFer. I’d like to have that one pitcher in there.

  16. Cabby says:
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    Thanks for this! How close was homer Bailey to making the top 100.

    • Jay

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      @Cabby: Hmm, didn’t even think about him to be honest. I’d say in the 150 range. Another 200 inning season with >8 K/9 would definitely change things.

  17. Jake says:
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    Why didn’t Taveras make this list? Not enough playing time this year?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Jake: Yeah, no ML at-bats.

    • The Average & Anonymous Joe says:
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      @Jake: He says in the intro that only players that played in the bigs were included. He hasn’t had an at-bat yet.

  18. Nightpandas says:
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    Wow, might have kept Yelich over Shields ……information I could have used YESTERDAY! (My best Sandler impression). Went with Braun, Tulo, Rizzo, Jerk Store, Arenado, Gordon, Darvish, Wacha, Shields in my 15 teamer. Might get him back in the draft though….

  19. Tom Jacks

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    I’m in a hometown keep 5 forever league where prospects are a different matter and count separately from keepers, so this list is exactly what I’ve been looking for! Thank you sir.

    It also clicked that your list could inform a type of over/under series between different writers, possibly worked into your bold prediction series. Say we had our own over/under wager on Billy Hamilton at X steals, and then one of your bold predictions could be going even further on where you stand, predicting that he’ll have Y (X-30) steals. Just a thought.

    • Jay

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      @Tom Jacks: Interesting, That’s a fun idea. Hit me up on email yo.

      And I’ve almost complete my Bold Predictions… it’s getting wild, I’ll say that.

  20. Dan says:
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    What about Matt Harvey? If he comes back healthy he’s gotta be a top 10 pitcher, no? Where would you draft him knowing you can keep the same round next year? I’m thinking somewhere between 10-12 and stashing him in one of my two DL spots until next year.

    • Jay

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      @Dan: Yeah, he landed in the top-25 last year. I don’t feel comfortable ranking him though, just too much time missed. Next season he might sneak back on somewhere. He’s a definite stash in your case.

  21. The Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mr Jay Wrong: A solid list… Excepting for the omission of Ross some wheres near to the top of the list.

    NOTE**** My legal team have repeatedly tried to contact the telephone numbers, the Razzball office has given them for their legal representatives, and they keep reaching disconnected lines that say, ” Community Legal Aid, we are no longer available for RazzBall business questions.” Has Razzball exhausted the Community Legal Aid’s budgets or are they no longer welcome at these offices… I’m guessing, both.

    It was not about the Ross matter – rather, the extreme hardships I suffered following my disappearance and the RazzBall promises to me that were broken or never honored by that horrible little mustached man with the squeaky laugh…

    Dominquez is intriguing as well… But given the population of talents above and assuming about 3 years out… He does not belong there this year, YET…

    These lists have a way of changing radically year to year.

    I was surprised that you of all people have left Headley off your list. He will certainly be there by the end of the year… GO PADS!!!

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWVBItpEbo8&list=PLAA9891A535992FCE

    A video of the RazzBall Winter NFL HQ in Yakutsk City Siberia. Cheap rents and a super night life this time of year – as it’s 19 hours long.

    Poor Jay

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @The Ghost of the Disappeared: Yeah, looking back, I was surprised how much this list fluctuated with last year’s, and that one was done during the All-Star break.

      Snow is a dropping now. Siberia here we come.

  22. BucLover says:
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    Very interesting read!
    Jay, I’m in a 12 team yahoo roto 7 (hits and OPS added) X 6 (QS added) and
    we are allowed to keep 6 with no penalty. My team is loaded with potential keepers from your list:
    McCutchen – OF (5), Encarnacion – 1B/3B (9), Machado – 3B (36),
    Jay Bruce – OF (44), Gyorko – 2B/3B (46), Posey – C/1B (56),
    Bogaerts – 3B/SS (59), Cole – SP (61), Adams – 1B (73),
    Garcia – OF (98)
    Cutch and E5 are obvious. Cole is in because I follow the Pirates and I really like Bruce. That’s 4 of 6 I’m set on.
    One caveat to add. I also own Carpenter and he was my team leader in hits, runs, avg. and third in ops. He just turned 29, so I’m more worried that his season was an outlier than I am of his age. Any thoughts for my last two, given my categories? Anyone else?; I’d welcome your thoughts as well.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @BucLover: Yeah, I don’t think Carpenter repeats. Great MLB guy, fantasy, a little overrated. Though, he’s an asset in OBP leagues.

      That being said, I’d do Gyorko, Bogaerts, Cole and Bruce for a balance. I like Machado more than Bruce, but you might want to have one guy where you know what you’re going to get.

      I understand the homerism, trust me…

  23. mark says:
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    @Jay,
    Would you take Corbin or Archer as a $1 keeper long term?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @mark: archer.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @mark: Yeah, Archer.

  24. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Great article man, been waiting for this. Just got a trade proposal in my 12 team h2h keeper league 6×6 scoring categories. I would be giving up Cutch and Springer (minor league roster, <1 year service) and getting Price and Gerritt Cole (minor leaguer). I said probably not but that I would think about it. I have Cingrani in my minor league system and have a stacked offense, keeping guys like Trout, Goldy, Segura and Cutch, guys in my league are thinking I might be dumb and trade one away for pitching. So basically, this is an awful trade for me right? I mean I'd be giving away the best major leaguer and minor leaguer involved (it's a three way deal, I was just saying which parts affected my team). As always, I appreciate any input, thanks.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @TobiasFunkeAnalRapist: Yeah, you have the best argument here. I’d hold for your reasons. I’m not sure Springer will hit for a high-average, but everything else will be marvelous.

  25. Alky Sobrera says:
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    Hey buddy, this is murrica, it’s called the harvard comma here! Or haavad comma if you live in or around a certain city.
    Also, I want to shout my love for this list from the rooftops.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Alky Sobrera: tawm brady is the graytest quaterback evah.

      • Alky Sobrera says:
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        @Jay:

        Funny story, i’m a nu yawker!

        Also, thoughts on Jones v. Beltre in OPS league? Keeper, but might have chance to win this year. Have miggy, but he won’t last at 3rd next year, and beltre, with pacman on the table.

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          @Alky Sobrera:

          Leaning jones, even with the beltre OPS adv in a 6×6.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Alky Sobrera: Yeah, I’m tempted to go with Beltre in an OPS, but Jones gives a lot of balance and you already have miggy…

          • Alky Sobrera says:
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            @Jay:

            Thanks. Ya, I’m in two minds on that one. Appreciate the input.

            Have the same offer in a 5×5, with the same situation. No question there obviously.

  26. Hoog says:
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    I love these keeper write-ups. I’m in a very competitive keeper league and these write are invaluable.

    In other news, I just swung a deal where I give Carlos Gonzales (expiring tag – needed to trade him) and danny Hultzen (20 rd draft pick for next 3 years) for Adam Jones (will keep for 3 years) and Cliff Lee (can keep for at least 3 years). Thoughts on this?

    • Hoog says:
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      @Hoog: Also, would you consider dealing Hanley for Desmond in a keeper league? I could probably get more than just desmond…

      • Jay

        Jay says:
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        @Hoog: If you could get more, yeah. I think Hanley has more risk.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Hoog: Thanks. That’s a fantastic deal for you.

  27. Phanatic05 says:
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    It’s a good list. I definitely agree with a majority of your picks.

    I get to keep ANY of these 10 guys forever. It’s a 10 man keeper league.
    We’ve had this league for a few years. This is what I’m leaning towards … Trout, Cabrera, Braun, Cargo, Goldschmitt, Choo, Hamels, Lee, Fernandez, And I guess Chapman.

    What do you think?

    Mike Trout
    Miguel Cabrera
    Ryan Braun
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Shin Soo Choo
    Matt Carpenter
    Domonic Brown
    Curtis Granderson
    Victor Martinez
    Jedd Lowrie
    Will Middlebrooks

    Cole Hamels
    Cliff Lee
    Jose Fernandez
    Aroldis Chapman
    Hisashi Iwakuma
    Matt Latos
    Patrick Corbin
    Hyun Jin Ryu
    Andrew Cashner
    Brandon Beachy
    Rex Brothers
    Starlin Castro

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Phanatic05: Yeah, I’d agree with your list. I might be tempted to do Iwakuma over Chapman… depending on your cat’s.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      I’d take Latos over Lee, just from a 3-5 year perspective. Lee will be 36 this year. Ditto on Iwakuma over Chapman.
      @Phanatic05:

      • Phanatic05 says:
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        @EnglishMetsFan:

        Thanks for the input guys.

  28. Mike b says:
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    Despite some of these guys lack of MLB service time, would you mind ranking these pairs and mentioning if there’s a significant gap?
    Xander-Profar
    Tavares-Sano
    Cole-Shelby(already touched on, anything else to add?)
    Walker-Archie Bradley

    Thanks in advance! Great list!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Mike b: Flip of the coin on the first two.

      Cole/Shelby, it’s not closer, over Walker and Bradley.

      Thanks!

      • Mike b says:
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        @Jay: meant left side versus right side of the pairing, sorry for not clarifying better! Think syndergaard has any more appeal than wheeler did last year?

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Mike b: oh heh I gotcha.

          Yeah, give me the left side on all of them.

  29. AdamH says:
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    Who would you rather have if it’s just for the next 2 years, 5×5 roto: Yelich or Arenado?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @AdamH: Yelich… its not close.

  30. Dean says:
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    Got a quick keeper question. Shelby Miller in the 17th round, D. Jennings for a 20th, or Cespedes for an 11th. I’m leaning Shelby just cause its so frustrating to have Jennings and Ces strike out all day and rarely get on base. I think Shelby’s arm just got tired in the 2nd half of the season.. Your thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Yup. Agreed. I like him in that spot.

  31. Riley says:
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    Great work, I enjoy some of the bolder young-gun slots.

    I have a keeper question that I have been stewing over for a while: I can keep 9 players in 12 team league. Here’s my top players, who should I omit?:

    HanRam
    Kipnis
    Puig
    J-upton
    Hosmer
    Kemp
    Rosario
    Rizzo

    Scherzer
    MadBum
    Sale
    Lee
    Tehran

    Cheers.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Riley: Thanks! Kemp, Rizzo, MadBum, Teheran. Tough choices though.

  32. Sniff Test says:
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    14 team dynasty league. 6×6 holds & OBP. Must Keep 6
    Hanley Ramirez -keeping
    Yu Darvish- keeping
    Jason Heyward- keeping
    Buster Posey- keeping
    Need to pick 2 out of this gang.
    Athiest Yelich
    Matt Jesus was a Carpenter
    Bran-done Phillips
    Matt show me some Moore
    Brandon life is Beachy
    Desmond former top prospect Jennings
    Avisail away Garcia
    Trevor Rosenthal is the shizz
    Brett the hitman Lawrie

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice nickname on Yelich… Carpenter, Garcia… Could see Yelich or Rosenthal if you’re feeling them over Garcia…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Sniff Test: Nice word play! I’d go yelich and carpenter.

  33. Robert says:
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    Can keep five players for up to two more years. Rounds associated with them. 5×5 OBP – 3o man rosters

    Yadier Molina – 11
    Adrian Gonzalez – 5
    Dustin Pedroia – 3
    Ryan Zimmerman – 5
    Jedd Gyorko – 28
    Brandon Belt – 28
    Matt Holliday – 6
    Andrew McCutchen – 1
    David Ortiz – 16
    Wilin Rosario – 18
    Starling Marte – 24
    Matt Cain – 4
    Cole Hamels – 4
    Craig Kimbrel – 7
    Mike Minor – 22
    Julio Teheran – 28

    Obviously I am going to keep McCutchen and Marte. Don’t know hat route I want to go with the other 3.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Gyorko, Belt, Rosario.

    • EnglishMetsFan says:
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      Gyorko, Belt, Teheran. Catchers 10 a penny. @Robert:

  34. The Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOooooooooooo

    You keep piling up these comments the Lidless Eye will have to bring you back more often..

    *******************ALERT******************

    ESPN DRAFT WARE PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED

    First, It took a catcher ( I was viewing the Catchers tab page at the time) on automatic clock time selection, when I had another player listed on my draft line…. I had decided not to take a catcher at that point.. Weird….

    But, it gets weirder yet…. Right after that, I selected another player – it didn’t want me to have him for some reason or another – so it shut itself down – sorta Blank-ola… It gave him to me in the end – It was not a slot thingy at this point… It waited until the end to allow him on my roster I believe, it was a flaw with the queue window and draft line window… Very strange stuff… The screen’s selection windows went black for all the remaining selections.
    It never returned ( It was late in the draft) and luckily the selections followed my queue until the end of draft.

    I was not on auto draft during these strange events.

    You don’t think????… Naw!!!… Couldn’t wouldn’t be That’s too paranoid – even for a one who has suffered like me.

    Do you think the Lidless Eye has somehow gotten inside my puter while I’m on ESPN FBB drafts and baseball pages..

    Before you you just wave this off as happen chance… My puter has been doing other really strange stuff lately – like opening onto kiddie/granny porn sites or body part shots from accident scenes and the like by itself … And besides, look what he has done to you…The Razzball Gulag – right before ST… Remember, the LE is viscous and never forgives nor forgets.

    Just 42 more days …

  35. Yescheese says:
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    Thoughts on Heyward vs Yelich or Allen Craig for keeper? Standard 5×5

    Yelich is so sexy right now

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Yescheese: Yeah, he is. I might go with Yelich here… Heyward is just so darn risky.

  36. Wes Gardner says:
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    Great stuff Jay! What is your take on Iwakuma and Zunino? Ms have some interesitng young players.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Wes Gardner: Love Iwakuma. I’m iffy on Zunino, I’m not sure he’ll do enough with the bat, but the power seems nice.

      • Wes Gardner says:
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        Thanks,

        I think I am taking Zunino over Napoli in my AL only keeper as my last pick. I don’t expect much stick from either, but Zunino’s upside long-term outwieghs Nap, and the position scarcity helps.

        other keepers:

        Hosmer
        Iwakuma
        Gordon
        Seager
        Salazar
        Scherzer
        Brad Miller

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          @Wes Gardner: Oh, yeah, I’d rather go Zunino, potential out-weight’s Napoli in my opinion.

  37. Keith says:
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    Need some keeper advice. 12 team H2H 5X5 league. I can keep 4 of the following six:

    Votto
    Hanley Ramirez
    Jason Kipnis
    Max Scherzer
    Jose Fernandez
    Manny Machado

    Currently trying to work a two pick trade for Macahado, any thoughts on that???

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Votto, HanRam, Kipnis, Scherzer.

      Totally, trade excess.

  38. cbas says:
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    Keep any 8 – H2H, 2 utility spots. Right now I’m leaning Harper, Encarnacion, Fernandez, Price, Hamilton, Rizzo, Taveras… stumped on the 8th guy.

    Bryce Harper
    Edwin Encarnacion
    Jose Fernandez
    David Price
    BIlly Hamilton
    Anthony Rizzo
    Oscar Taveras
    Desmond Jennings
    Matt Adams
    Brandon Belt
    Brad Miller
    Anthony Rendon
    Taijuan Walker
    Danny Salazar

    What do you think? Thanks!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      Here are my eight…

      Bryce Harper
      Edwin Encarnacion
      Jose Fernandez
      Anthony Rizzo
      Oscar Taveras
      Brad Miller
      Taijuan Walker
      Danny Salazar

      • cbas says:
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        @Jay: Thanks. Would have a very hard time talking myself into Walker/Salazar over Price. And Hamilton’s speed is just so sexy to me in H2H… could see him winning me steals every week.

        • Jay

          Jay says:
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          Totally, to each is own.

  39. RyKo says:
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    Ah, someone who loves both Heyward & Yelich.

    So you can keep two – Cano in the 1st, Heyward in the 5th or Yelich in the 23rd.

    I know value wise Yelich is a no brainer but I keep thinking Heyward is about to blow up. One of these years he has to be completely healthy and bat around .275 right? And I just don’t trust the Marlins and dont trust that Stanton is staying.

    I’m also in a 4 man keeper league (other two keepers Kershaw in the 4th, Hanley in the 8th) and rookies usually aren’t hard to find stash wise, so I could get a guy of Yelich’s caliber in this draft easily.

    Edge to Heyward?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @RyKo: Yeah, in that case, I’m fine going with Heyward. Though, that 5th seems a bit high.

  40. bob says:
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    Just got offered choo for Jose fern in my keeper league. I love j fern but pitching is just sooooo deep that I’m about to accept the deal. Thoughts?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      If pitching is deep, I’m fine with it.

  41. Giacomo says:
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    I know this post is a few days old but I have a keeper league question – Points league and you can keep 8 players for as long you want. Only allowed to have 8 starters and having 8 good ones is necessary to win. Right now my potential keepers are:

    Goldschmidt
    Carlos Gonzalez
    Desmond
    Pujols
    J. Upton
    Wainwright
    Hamels
    Greinke
    Homer Bailey

    I can only keep 8 of the nine and given the fact that outfielders are a dime a dozen in this league it seems that Justin Upton may be the odd man out. Does that make sense?

    Also, was offered Wil Myers, Votto and David Price for Goldschmidt, but being restricted to 8 keepers and already having 9 good options, I am not sure it makes sense, especially with as high as you have Votto ranked. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Giacomo says:
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      @Giacomo: Meant Goldy in the second last sentence…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Giacomo: Yeah, I’d be okay letting go of Upton in this case.

      I’d hold on that trade. I think that guy is doing what everyone should be trying and doing in leagues like this, and that’s consolidating your keepers.

  42. Justin says:
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    10 teams, 5 keepers. I kept Bruce, Tulo, Votto, Myers, and Bum. League does LF-CF-RF, so I need LF. Available at pick 51 is Upton, Ellsbury (CF only) and Machado. Who do I take?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Justin: Upton. Unless speed is something that will be hard to come by.

  43. Greg says:
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    10 team keeper/contract league…I kept Tulo and Harper, I have contracts on Longoria, Craig, Hosmer, and Gordon. I have the fifth pick in the draft and no 2nd round pick. I am leaning toward Stanton…but want to draft Sano and put a four-year contract on him at $1. Do I jump on Sano to be sure that I get him or pick Stanton and hope for Sano in round 3? The past two years…cheap keepers have been going fast…

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Greg: Your team appears to be ready to win with a good nucleus, I’d gamble on Stanton and hope for Sano in the third. I love Sano, but he won’t help until 2015… at the earliest.

  44. Troy says:
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    Dynasty league question. 10 by 10 big rosters already have some prospects but got offered a trade my scherzer for buxton and straily. Dunno what to do my of is b moss l Martin werth heyward eaton, zobrist and Dahl and Frazier as my prospect ofs. My starters r very deep have scherzer darvish tanaka wacha smyly archer Tillman z wheeler and have fried Heaney and taillon as my prospect starters. What do you think I should do here? Would like to add a speed/power bat like buxton but dunno if it’s worth scherzer. I also dunno what to really expect from straily moving forward. I no it’s a lot thanks for the help!

    • Troy says:
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      @Troy: 14 team league as well sorry didn’t specify.

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Troy: I’d want a piece better than Straily.

      • Troy says:
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        @Jay: yea thought so tried Teheran but he won’t do it. I’ll just keep scherzer ty

  45. Bazzrall says:
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    So, I’m in a 14 keeper, 14-team 7×7 (OBP, TB, QS, L added) league. I’m already set on keeping these 8: Braun, Carpenter, Gyorko, Hosmer, Longoria, Trumbo, Jose Fernandez, Jansen

    Which 6 should I keep out of:

    Nelson Cruz, Avisail Garcia, Christian Yelich, Mike Moustakas, Kolten Wong, Trevor Rosenthal, Dexter Fowler, Mike Napoli, Jonathan Lucroy, Erick Aybar, Chris Archer, Brandon Beachy, Matt Harvey, Jarrod Parker

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Bazzrall: Garcia, Yelich, Rosenthal, Archer, Harvey, Wong

  46. Maxi says:
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    Hey man….I’m in a 12-team keeper, 6×6 (no BA, SLG, OBP, QS added) league. I ended up winning the consolation playoff last year and was rewarded the 1st round pick of a 25 round snake draft (no auction value yet).

    I’m trying to decide which 5 keepers I should keep. Next to each player is their 2014 keeper ranking. With multiple players at 25th round value, I will have to decide which order they will be placed in for my final picks. Which 5 should I keep out of:

    Troy Tulowitski (1), Yoenis Cespedes (10), Clay Buchholz (11), Ben Revere (15), Gerrit Cole (20), Avisail Garcia (25) , Chris Archer (25) , Wilson Ramos (25), Sonny Gray (25), Michael Wacha (25)

    Thanks in advance!

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Maxi: Gray, Garcia, Cole, Cespedes, and Tulo. Unless you have a clear upgrade in the first round that you’re able to draft. If so, I’d hang onto Wacha.

      • Maxi says:
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        @Jay: Thanks for the reply! I have to decide keepers in 2 weeks. I know for sure that 2 players from the group of McCutchen, Longoria and Fielder will be available because they are all 1st round value and each team can only keep one.

        Likewise with 2 players from the group of Cano, Cabrera and Jose Bautista will be there.

        Let’s assume that Longoria, Fielder, Cano and Bautista are all available, among others, who would you take over Tulo and who is your favorite of that bunch? I think any of those 4 plus those 5 keepers would be a solid start to my team (Cole, Cespedes, Garcia, Wacha, Gray)

        Saludos

        • Jay

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          @Maxi: Out of those guys? Probably just Cano.

          • Maxi says:
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            @Jay: Word I don’t know if I can pull the trigger on Cano, I’m too much of a bay area fan to root for anyone in seattle…if I don’t keep Tulo, then ill still have the 1st overall pick, which could still be used for Tulo, or any other player, so I guess it doesn’t make much sense to keep him rather than have the option for someone else….last keeper = Wacha

            ando grifas pensando en todo y pues agradezco mucho los consejos!! saludos y gracias mi pana

            • Jay

              Jay says:
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              @Maxi: Sounds great. And anytime!

  47. Dead Heads says:
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    Machado is criminally low… as a 21 year old who could be the #1 3rd basemen in short order (#1 SS if Hardy ever leaves town) I don’t see how his upside is much less than Harpers at this point? The injury is worrisome as knees tend to be troubling, but I think because he is so good in real life and defensively his offensive upside tends to be overshadowed. 30 HRs with a high average from SS or 3rd base is pretty rare right now, and his ballpark is probably the best place he could find himself for a young chap growing into his power. I’d like to hear your thoughts on why he’s so low?

    • Jay

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      @Dead Heads: You think 36 is criminally low?

      I haven’t seen anything that leads me to believe he can hit 30 home runs on a consistent basis. Maybe in a peak year, but his batted ball distance on fly balls was a rather unimpressive 278 feet, and pulled nearly all of his home runs.. There’s room to grow, sure, and I like the doubles, but I wouldn’t expect more than 20-25.

  48. Double B says:
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    Great stuff here. I keep 10 in 6×6 league with OBP and Homers allowed. Thoughts?
    Definites….

    Miggy
    Choo
    Chris Davis
    Mad Bums
    Scherzer
    Carlos Santana
    Segura
    Puig

    Pick 2:
    Profar
    Gyorko
    Oscar Tavares
    Wacha
    Cole
    Chapman
    Aroldis
    Gio
    Beltran

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Double B: I’d go Gyorko and Cole.

  49. Will says:
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    Which 5 players should I keep? I don’t have to keep 5 if you think I should throw some back and pick in those rounds. We have a 10 team 5×5 roto league.

    McCutchen, Goldy, Giancarlo, J-Hey, Machado, Scherzer, Starlin Castro, Grienke, Gyorko, Rizzo

    I know Cutch, Goldy and Giancarlo are keepers, any thoughts on the final 2 spots?

    • Jay

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      @Will: Machado, Gyorko.

      • Will says:
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        @Jay: I forgot that I had Marte on my team last year. would that change anything?

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          @Will: hmm. Prolly Marte over Machado.

  50. Dan says:
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    Choices, choices. Looking for advice and help w/ indecisiveness…

    5×5 keeper league, get to keep 7 players. My top 9: Paul Goldschmidt, David Wright, Carlos Gomez, Felix Hernandez, Zack Greinke, Albert Pujols, Matt Holliday, Starling Marte, Anibal Sanchez

    It seems completely obvious that I should keep Goldschmidt, Wright, Gomez, Hernandez, and Pujols.

    So the question is what to do with the remaining two slots (which two of Greinke, Holliday, Marte, or Sanchez to keep). Thoughts? Razzball would seem to favor Marte and Sanchez, but Holliday’s 93/22/101/.292/5 2014 line seems more appealing than Marte’s 91/15/40/.259/30. Granted, I may be happier with 26, 27 year old Marte than 35, 36 year old Holliday going to the out years, but if R and HR is a wash, wouldn’t I rather take 61 more RBI and a .03 higher average than 25 extra steals? Why wouldn’t I? Indecisive.

    • Jay

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      @Dan: Yeah, I like Marte a bit better. I try not to draft based on RBI or Run totals, they are things out of the hitters control. I love Sanchez this year.

      • Dan says:
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        @Jay: That’s a really obvious but great point I hadn’t thought about before — thanks for the input.

  51. bob says:
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    Which team would you rather have for a H2H keeper league.

    Team A

    DWright
    José Fernandez
    Oscar taveras
    Stanton
    Billy butler
    Adrian Gonzalez

    Team B

    DWright
    José Fernandez
    O Taveras
    Kipnis
    Hosmer
    Starlin Castro

    All opinions welcomed! Thanks

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @bob: give me b.

  52. Evan says:
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    Let me know what you think of this…5 keepers max, at least 1 hitter/pitcher required

    I’m definitely keeping Scherzer in the 6th and Segura in the 22nd (last round)

    Choose between:
    Sonny Gray (last round)
    Carpenter (last round)
    Cespedes (9th)
    Rizzo (12th)

    *those eligible to be kept int he last round would be 22, 21, and 20 sequentially if all were kept.

    Thanks!

    • Jay

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      @Evan: probably Gray for the savings.

      • Evan says:
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        @Jay: Agreed. Had decided that in the back of my mind.

        Also, should have clarified. What other 2 would you pick? I’m leaning towards Carpenter because he wins categories and…

        • Jay

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          @Evan: hmm. Prolly Rizzo.

  53. Keith says:
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    Yahoo 5X5 H2H Keeper League. Six keepers, have to drop two. Votto, HanRam, Kipnis, and Scherzer I plan to keep…….dropping J Fernandez and Machado. I have a trade offer for A Gon and his 12th round for Machado and my last round. Really have no need for A Gon, but it would get me an earlier round draft pick. Should I take it?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      @Keith: Sure. Upgrade where you can, whenever you can.

  54. B.A. Baracus says:
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    Keeper Krisis!

    Term limits on some key keepers are up, trying to figure out their replacements. 10-team league, 5 keeper limit, max three year term. Keeping A Jones (6th round), Bogaerts (26th). Pick three: Teheran (12), Minor (13), Lucroy (18), Werth (20), E Cabrera (22), Ryu (26), L Martin (26), A Hill (26), Rosenthal (26), Cashner (26). Whatcha think?

    • Jay

      Jay says:
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      I’d do Rosenthal, Cashner, and Cabrera.

      • B.A. Baracus says:
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        @Jay: Thanks Jay.

        Cabrera sketches me out a little – risk of a one category contributor, in a league with no MI roster position and Xander as my primary SS. On the other hand, seems like I’m the only one who thinks Lucroy is barely behind Posey as an all around solid C – am I crazy?

        • Jay

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          @B.A. Baracus: I might do Werth, I just like the round value. I thnk 22 is pretty good for Everth, even if he comes back down to Earth.

          • B.A. Baracus says:
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            @Jay: Thanks, man, appreciate the thoughts.

  55. Jamie says:
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    Is matt harvey going to be DL or NA for this season? I can’t find this anywhere. Would def affect me keeping him or not.

    Thanks

    • Jay

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      @Jamie: definately a 2015 guy.

  56. Don says:
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    Am I missing something with Freeman? Kids 23 hard to believe last year was his ceiling! He’s had some hiccups along the way, but when he’s on the field he produces. Kid will be an elite option for years to come, far better than the 64th ranked keeper for 2014.

    • Jay

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      Freeman hit .443/.591/.695 with RISP last season.

      2013 BABIP: .371. Career BABIP: .334.

      2013 Contact%: 77.5, Career Contact%: 77.4.

      His HR/FB rate have stayed the same the past two seasons.

  57. T.J. says:
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    Looking for a little help. 16 team Auction Draft ROTO 5×5 with QS and TB. We have a $12 min for keepers on a $260 budget with a 22 man roster. Pick 3 of the following por favor.
    Anibal Sanchez $15
    James Shields $19
    Patrick Corbin $12
    Bartolo Colon $12
    Michael Wacha $12
    Jayson Werth $12
    Curtis Granderson $20

    I’m leaning Shields, Sanchez, and Wacha but that is a lot of pitching.

    • Jay

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      @T.J.: I’d actually do Werth over Shields here.

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