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With roughly two months worth of baseball activity behind us, it’s time to re-rank some stuff. Sure, that’s an awful reason to rank things, and what’s baseball activity anyway? But Keith Law gets to update his after a couple of months, so why can’t cha boy Ralphie L? Some things have changed, for sure, some top prospects have either graduated, or are on the cusp of graduating. Most notably Andrew Benintendi, Dansby Swanson, Hunter Renfroe, Manuel Margot, Aaron Judge, and Tyler Glasnow. I figure if you’re in the majors, I ain’t gonna rank ya no more. There’s been a few jumps, the most significant of which is Chicago Cubs prospect Ian Happ. For those of you who don’t follow minor league box scores, he’s pretty much the Eric Thames of the minors leagues. Only minus the beard or the Popeye muscles. My excitement over Lewis Brinson and Cody Bellinger should be easily identified, they slot second and third respectively. As for the rest of the list you’re going to have to see for yourself. No, I won’t be sliding Tyler Mahle into my Top 25, after the perfect game last night. I had to get it in somewhere, right?

 

The Updated Top 25

1. Yoan Moncada, 2B Chicago White Sox: 15 games, .300/.382/.517, 13 runs, 4 HR, 5 RBI, 4 SB

There’s not much to say outside the kid can flat out hit. He brings power, and speed, with a plus hit tool. Strikeouts have absolutely been a problem (21 in 60 at bats), and could make his next taste of the majors bumpy. That said the numbers are still great.

2. Lewis Brinson, OF Milwaukee Brewers: 10 games, .395/.435/.698, 10 runs, 3 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB

It’s only a matter of time before Brinson is up, and could easily impact redraft teams upon arrival. Great contact skills with power and speed, he’ll fit nicely with this new look Brewers offense.

3. Cody Bellinger, 1B Los Angeles Dodgers: 15 games, .357/.438/.696, 14 runs, 5 HR, 14 RBI, 5 SB

So far Bellinger is loving life in the PCL, bidding his time until the Dodgers finally need him. His ETA is a mystery, as he could easily start in LA now, but I’m sure service time is a consideration. I foresee a utility role, spelling A-Gon at first in American League parks, and splitting time between the corner outfield spots.

4. Austin Meadows, OF Pittsburgh Pirates: 15 games, .196/.270/.286, 5 runs, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 2 SB

So, yeah he’s had a slow start as you can plainly see. There was a slight Meadows callup alarm this week, upon the announcement of Marte’s suspension. But every came to their senses and realized Meadows won’t be up until his super 2 date has passed. It’s the Pirates! He’ll come around, some time in the next few weeks.

5. Victor Robles, OF Washington Nationals: 8 games, .333/.394/.600, 7 runs, 1 HR, 3 RBI, 4 SB

On the DL after already missing a few games due to injury, but has been one of the most exciting players in the minors when he’s in the lineup. All the tools are there, and just a baby at 19, there’s superstar potential.

6. Kyle Tucker, OF Houston Astros16 games, .295/.362/.574, 12 runs, 3 HR, 17 RBI, 6 SB

The numbers so far in the Carolina League have been eye popping. He has the pedigree, and I’ve been vocal about him being my greatest under rank on my Top 100. I want to own Tucker in every dynasty, could see some time in the majors late 2018.

7. Gleyber Torres, 2B/SS/3B New York Yankees10 games, .237/.341/.342, 5 runs, 0 HR, 2 RBI, 1 SB

If you’re a Gleyber owner, please look at those numbers and don’t panic. He’s more than just a product of the Yankee hype machine, though to ignore that element boosting his lofty status would be foolish. He does it all, but has finally hit a snag, and found himself on the DL with a rotator cuff injury.

8. Clint Frazier, OF New York Yankees: 14 games, .224/.322/.449, 7 runs, 2 HR, 8 RBI, 2 SB

Okay, so it hasn’t been a grand beginning for the Yanks two top prospects, once again, small sample size don’t get excited. She didn’t. Frazier will settle in, and he will hit. I’m not sure how soon we see him, but come June or July, he’s one injury away from the Bronx.

9. Eloy Jimenez, OF Chicago Cubs: Has Not Played In 2017

He’s been on the DL with a shoulder injury, but has been nothing less than impressive for the last year. Not much to update other than he’s one of the top power prospects in the minors.

10. Brendan Rodgers, 2B/SS Colorado Rockies: Has Not Played In 2017

Back to back injured young’ins, Rodgers is an exciting bat, with a lot of potential, but much of his stock is boosted by his future landing spot.

11. Ian Happ, 2B/OF Chicago Cubs: 15 games, .266/.338/.609, 13 runs, 7 HR, 12 RBI, 1 SB

I’m willing to overlook the .266 batting average and focus on the power if you can. He’s been super unlucky as his BABIP is .211, however with 7 homers he’s making his own luck sometimes. He looks like he’s ready, if it weren’t for defensive questions, he might push Javier Baez.

12. Tyler O’Neill, OF Seattle Mariners: 15 games, .200/.234/.367, 6 runs, 2 HR, 5 RBI, 4 SB

Through his first 15 games he’s struggled at AAA, and much of what his detractors have cited in the past has held true. But I don’t care, another small sample size, O’Neill will straighten it out.

13. Francis Martes, RHP Houston Astros: 3 games, 2.92 ERA, 1.71 WHIP, 12.1 Innings, 12 K’s

Being president of the small righty fan club it’s my duty to boost up and sell the best a brightest in the small righty world. If you’re going to believe in one small righty believe in Martes. His scoreless streak came to an end last night, and he’s been WHIP’d a bit. Keep in mind he’s young, and is extremely advanced for a 21 year old pitcher.

14. Franklin Barreto, SS Oakland Athletics: 16 games, .344/.400/.574, 9 runs, 3 HR, 11 RBI, 1 SB

The saving grace of the Josh Donaldson deal is blossoming in AAA this season. When the A’s call him up, is up for debate, but my guess is we see him in June, and he stays up. Hit tool and power is there, but is the speed disappearing?

15. Raimel Tapia, OF Colorado Rockies: 10 games, .341/.408/.523, 10 runs, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 2 SB

He’s been up to the majors once this season, but it’s unlikely he sticks for any extended period of time barring a trade. I’ve gone on record as saying I think he can win a batting title hitting at Coors, and I still believe that.

16. Rafael Devers, 3B Boston Red Sox: 12 games, .348/.362/.522, 4 runs, 1 HR, 6 RBI, 0 SB

If Pablo Sandoval continues to struggle in the field, Devers and his strong defense could find himself starting everyday by July. His contact ability is his carrying tool, the hope is he grows into more power.

17. Brent Honeywell, RHP Tampa Bay Rays: 3 games, 2.84 ERA, 0.79 WHIP, 19 Innings, 21 K’s

Was called up to AAA this week, and immediately came back down to earth. He’s made a massive jump in my rankings, because his early performances have made me a renewed believer, and reaffirmed what I suspected. He’s capable of keeping hitters off balance with an array of pitches he throws for strikes.

18. Nick Senzel, 3B Cincinnati Reds: 17 games, .239/.311/.313, 8 runs, 0 HR, 3 RBI, 2 SB

Th struggles are real for the consensus numero uno in last year’s first year player drafts. He’s not doing any of the things we bought him for. You’re supposed to be safe Senzel! That said I’m not giving up over 17 games. Neither should you.

19. Willie Calhoun, 2B Los Angeles Dodgers: 17 games, .316/.339/.404, 6 runs, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 2 SB

Waiting on the power to start showing, but the .300+ batting average is great to see. I’m a bigger fan of Calhoun than most, all the kid does is hit.

20. Josh Hader, LHP Milwaukee Brewers: 4 games, 3.15 ERA, 1.40 WHIP, 20 Innings, 15 K’s

The walks have been a problem, but he’s still maintaining a low 3’s ERA in Colorado Springs, and in the PCL to boot. I’d be lying if I didn’t say the walks and homers worry me.

21. Willy Adames, SS Tampa Bay Rays: 14 games .207/.288/.379, 10 runs, 1 HR, 9 RBI, 0 SB

Not the best start to Adames’ AAA career, but no reason to worry, lots of young players take a month to settle into a new level. I tell my self these things to curb the anxiety.

22. Zack Collins, C Chicago White Sox: 14 games, .191/.339/.340, 7 runs, 1 HR, 5 RBI, 0 SB

Another big mover in my rankings, and based off the above numbers it’s not necessarily merited. He’s still getting on base, and fully trust that he’ll heat up and start swatting homers. His D behind the plate has been very solid so far.

23. Bradley Zimmer, OF Cleveland Indians: 15 games, .241/.302/.466, 10 runs, 2 HR, 6 RBI, 4 SB

The talk of the Indians camp, didn’t make the team out of spring, and has struggled with contact issues at AAA. Still possesses power, speed, and a glove that will keep him in the lineup.

24. Amed Rosario, SS New York Mets: 16 games, .387/.418/.435, 7 runs, 0 HR, 5 RBI, 4 SB

A great real life prospect, and not a bad one for fantasy, but it’s tough to really see him as a fantasy star. He doesn’t have a ton of power, but does possess a strong hit tool and speed, so it’s tough to write him off.

25. Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS Atlanta Braves: 16 games, .282/.312/.437, 12 runs, 0 HR, 7 RBI, 7 SB

The future double play partner of Dasnby Swanson, in Atlanta, and if Swanson keeps this up Gwinnett too. He brings a contact and speed profile, projecting as a boost in runs, average, and steals. There is more pop in the bat than you see on the surface.

 

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  1. Packers says:
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    Thanks Ralph,
    What do you think of Otani? I have him stashed. Will he make it to MLB, and where would you rank him?
    Great update by the way, keep them coming for us dynasty guys.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Packers: He’d be the top ranked prospect. My understanding is he’s coming over after this season.

  2. Geno says:
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    I own Senzel and unfortunately am feeling impatient. I’m pondering taking an offer of Kyle Tucker + 2nd Rd pick in next years ML draft. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Geno: I’d do that, I love Tucker.

  3. Holala says:
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    Where would you rank Luis Robert? What sort of ceiling does he have? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Holala: Is have to see him against players over here in the states. I could easily see him ranked in the top 25 if he’s in fact everything you’re reading he is.

  4. Lt says:
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    Thanks for the write up this is one of the best articles Razzball has man. As a Phillies fan when I see Crawford 4th on MLB 100 and never mentioned I think 2 things. 1 he’s a way better real life player than fantasy and 2, the media around here is being misguided and we aren’t as close to getting better through our youth as writers imply. Who’s your pick (for fantasy reasons) the top Phillies prospect to watch for? Williams, Cozens, Sagnof Quinn, Alfaro, do we have to wait for Mickey? Thanks again

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lt: He’s definitely a better real life player than fantasy. He’s hit a rough patch so far this year, but he’s young and I wouldn’t give up in him yet. For fantasy there are just better options closer to the majors.

      Long term the best prospect is Moniak. I’d rank them Moniak, Crawford, Hoskins, Williams, Cozens, Alfaro, and Quinn long term.

  5. James T Kirk says:
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    Couple things:

    1) Love Calhoun’s bat, but according to scouts his defense is actually worse than first thought (if possible)

    2) Love Zack Collins, but why no Fransisco Mejia in top 25?! All that kid does is hit!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: I’m not concerned with Calhoun’s defense in the big scheme of things. I think his bat finds a way into the lineup.

      Love Mejia, and it’s not that far off, I ranked Mejia 44th in my pre-season Top 100 and he’s probably about 30-35 now. I think Collins will debut earlier, hit for more power, and while offering less in average similar value in OBP.

  6. Cannot Spell Wrong without RON says:
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    Good morning Ralph:
    With Bumgarner on the DL I read talk of bringing Tyler Beede up to fill his rotation spot. Anything to see here, could he be worth owning this season?
    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Cannot Spell Wrong without RON: He’s in the same schedule as Mad Bum too! I’m hearing it’s Ty Blach for the first few.

  7. Wild Thing says:
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    Hi Ralph –

    Okay question about my minor league bench. You told me not to touch my team but you know traders trade so I moved Eloy Jimenez, Berrios and Bird for Meadows and Happ. This is a salary cap contract league so there is more value in guys getting called up sooner. It’s a bad idea to have to sign a guy before he plays in the majors. This is what leads to a Buxton $22 for 4 years type deal (ouch).

    So with that my bench is now:

    Moncada
    Meadows
    Honeywell
    Hader
    Happ
    Devers
    Robles

    I will have to make room for one spot when Dahl/Desmond return from the DL. So do I try to trade 2 for 1 prospects. And if so I’m not sure I can actually do any better. Hader and Devers need to be signed next year but I’m probably going to do 3 year $16 per year for both and go down with the ship if they are terrible. Hader is maybe the guy I could move with someone else to see if I can get a better SP maybe? Do I try to make a move or hold for now? After all someone else might want up on the DL or Dahl may have a setback. Thanks!

    • Wild Thing says:
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      @Wild Thing:

      Oh and Kyle Tucker is sitting on the WW

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Wild Thing: I’d want Tucker usually but if you need to sign him, and he’s not up until 2018 it sort of hurts you. I can see moving Hader and Devers for an upgrade though. You could add Tucker in the interim, and then drop someone for Dahl’s activation.

        • Wild Thing says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          I wouldn’t need to sign tucker until March 2019 so I’m thinking a Hader/tucker (or devers but I love Devers and need 3B) swap because I get the extra year. I can always try to pick Hader up again. That would give me an extra year before signing him too.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Wild Thing: I like that plan, see if you can slip Hader through.

  8. M says:
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    Do you knoq what date the Super Two cutoff is this year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @M: Its a certain amount of time so it would depend on each team’s schedule. Its 172 days of service time. So subtract that from the last day of the team’s season.

  9. Alan says:
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    How do you see this year playing out for Happ?? Willie Calhoun?
    Thx

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alan: Happ could get called up to cover for injury, could be traded for pitching, or get some playing time in July. It’s tough to pinpoint because he has a wide range of options.

      If Calhoun hits I imagine he gets the call this summer. Both of these guys seems like great trade bait.

      • Alan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thx!! How do you see Roman Quinn and Alfaros year playout? Also, what is your opinion on Brian Anderson of Miami? Does he have the makings of a top 100 guy?majors next year?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Alan: Roman Quinn is really struggling at the moment. I think he’s a SAGNOF type. Not a star IMO.

          I’m not a big Alfaro fan, he should see some time this summer, not sure how much though. He’s got great raw power. Hits the ball on the ground too much though.

          He’s an okay option, he’d have to hit to get into my top 100. He’s not awful though.

  10. James Stechschulte says:
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    What do you think Lewis and/or Meadows can do this year once they are brought up? Will either play everyday – Meadows doubtful with their current OF situation.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      Meadows will see time in MLB, and given Marte’s suspension, we’ll see Meadows once his service time clock is pushed back another year. Lewis is just starting baseball activities. We won’t see him in the majors till next summer the earliest.

  11. Dave Weinnstein says:
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    What do you think about DOminic Smith? He seems to have mastered AAA pitching and ready for a shot. Do you think he will inherit the Mets 1b job next year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dave Weinnstein: I was close to adding him over Rosario and Albies. Speed is at a premium, so they got the nod. Yes I think the job is his, wouldn’t surprise me, if he got the gig this year.

  12. The Untouchables says:
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    Thoughts on Acuna’s start this year? Heard some comparisons to being the next Robles. Where do you see him in your rankings?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Untouchables: Exactly where he was, hasn’t moved the needle much. These sample sizes are very small. He’s still in the top 40.

  13. +ddisonFan says:
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    Hey Ralph

    I’m in a keep forever league and have been stacking up on the minors big time while trying to compete..my minors include Robles, Bellinger, Senzel, Vlad Jr, Maitan, Pint

    what grade would you give that?

    Thank you sir

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @+ddisonFan: It’s no worse than a B+, but probably an a.

      • +ddisonFan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: awesome thank you appreciate the work

  14. Sport says:
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    I’m currently carrying Barreto and Senzel and want to add Kyle Tucker. With Odor and Story on the roster it would make more sense to drop Barreto? I have Turner at 3B.

    Also, is Walker Buehler close to the top 25? When do you think ETA is and is he worth grabbing in 15 team redraft?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: I think I’d go Barreto with all that coverage are SS.

      He’s not in my top 50 yet, I need to see some track record, before I’m pushing him that high.

  15. Bil Lumbergh says:
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    What is the outlook for my boy AJ Reed this season? Think he sees any time in the bigs?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bil Lumbergh: He should see some time in the bigs this season. I’m not really sure when. He would need some time to open up, and right now Gurriel and Gonzalez own that job.

  16. bobbyflay says:
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    What are your expectations for Ty Blach this season considering he’ll be entering the rotation? Would you take a flyer on him or Jacob Barnes in a 20 team SV+HLD weekly dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @bobbyflay: I’d take the flier on Barnes. Blach is a fringe MLB starter.

  17. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey commish

    Wanted to get your thoughts on a trade

    15 teams keep 11 forever

    Think I can compete this year but not a sure thing:

    Give Suspended Marte Chapman Avisail

    Get Dahl Familia M Franco

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nightpandas: I think that helps you in the present and long term, permitting Dahl comes back strong.

  18. James says:
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    Hey there, I’m in a 10 team h2h points league keeper that has a NA slot, I currently have Berrios stashed in there , the only other top prospect that is currently rostered is Moncada (seems over half my league doesn’t know about the NA slot). Do you think any of these guys have value for this year that I should be holding onto instead? I would probably prefer a big bat as I will likely be keeping Kershaw for awhile

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James: Yes Brinson, Bellinger, Meadows are all good options.

  19. siegfried says:
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    top 25 is always appreciated…

    i would think Christian Arroyo would be included. the kid is having a great start. his BA is about 100 points higher than any batter you listed.

    he’s hitting everything at AAA level and has started showing some power…1 less HR than Moncada.

    and the kicker? only 19…same age as the great moncada.

    am i missing something in thinking he should AT LEAST be on the list?

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @siegfried: He is actually 21 according to milb. He is having a great start, but I haven’t seen him in top 100 lists, so to throw him in the top 25 would probably be going out on a limb.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @siegfried: It’s a nice run by Arroyo, but he’s no where near the Top 25. If I redid my top 100 he wouldn’t even be in it.

      Arroyo and Moncada are both almost 22. You’re number scouting and basing an entire evaluation on a few weeks of a player’s career. All of the guys on here have star upside, and track records of production. Arroyo hit 3 homers last year with 1 steal and slashed .274/.316/.373.

      Not trying to be rude but you’re way off.

  20. Steve says:
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    Would you trade Meadows to an inpatient Buxton owner?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve: You could of you believe in Buxton, I kind of would prefer Meadows. I can see both sides of it.

  21. Johnc says:
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    For sure we are all looking for the next Seager/Tre type call up. My OF has Melky, Renfroe and Granderson in it so I see potential to improve to state the obvious. Redraft league, 10 cats. Don’t need power but do need average, steals and low strikeouts. Thoughts of who to target later this year (June?).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Johnc: Brinson is the guy

  22. Shalacken says:
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    What are the odds of a Gleyber call up this year?

    The hype around his talent makes it seem he will after his first hot streak, but I’m not hearing much hope from the online ‘perts.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Shalacken: I think it’s next year. Why wouldn’t they call up Wade first is my thinking. That said hit streaks and injuries change everything.

  23. Ralphy says:
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    Brinson is on the WW. Would you drop Senzel or Tapia for him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ralphy: Drop Tapia if you need a corner guy, if you’re deep at 3rd drop Senzel.

      • Ralphy says:
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        if none of that matters, who would you prefer for next season? We bring up ML players for a last round pick. Which two? Brinson, Senzel, Tapia.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Ralphy: Brinson and Tapia, I could see both of them playing a full season and making the team out of camp. Senzel and Tapia are close.

          • Ralphy says:
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            Thanks Ralph!

  24. FrankGrimes says:
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    In a points league are you holding on
    Renfroe or moving on?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @FrankGrimes: If it’s not a dynasty then yes. His lack of walks can hurt him in that format. He’ll have his great weeks though.

  25. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Here is a shocker for ya:

    Mariners designated OF Leonys Martin for assignment.
    Martin was off to a brutal .111/.172/.130 start this season, but it’s a surprise that the Mariners are cutting him loose given his plus defense and ability to steal bases and offer a little pop when he’s right. He could clear waivers given his $4.85 million salary, but Martin won’t be out of a job long.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Seems like the perfect flier for the White Sox or Athletics to take. Short money and good return.

  26. nick the smooth dick says:
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    Sure Collins D is very solid, but you know that’s not what matters when it comes to D

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @nick the smooth dick:
      I hope this isn’t a trick question, but Collins is not smooth, ya gotta be smooth!

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: It wasn’t a question at all, and certainly something you would never comprehend. I’d bet my entire life savings you’re a HC

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @nick the smooth dick:
          I know it wasn’t a question, I was just trying to be funny. I guess an old guy like me is not funny to you youngins..

          I am almost afraid to ask, but what is an HC?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Malicious Phenoms: MP I’m with you, don’t be understand these youngsters.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: that sounds delicious. It’s like 90plis here today. I’ll take a raspberry acai

        • nick the smooth dick says:
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          @J-FOH: I just copped a green mojito smoothie, slammin…im healthy yo!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: @nick the smooth dick: Rocking the kale Hercules with extra flax seed, keep it smooth on both ends, flux with flax!

            • nick the smooth dick says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: Smooth Cock, Ex-Lax

  27. Steve says:
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    Thoughts on Vogelbach? Just got called up.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve: I’m a big Vogelbach fan, and he’s swinging a hot bat. If he can hit for power and get in base this time, he might just win the job.

  28. Paste says:
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    No pod this week? My usual Saturday morning helping of HALPH being absent is throwing me off!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I second this

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Paste: @Grey: Sorry gentleman, Halp had some important prospecting to do in Long Island. We’ll be back next week.

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: that could be anything. I’m predicting he’s prospecting new strip clubs

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @J-FOH: Strippers date minor league players. Great way to get info. Halp is doing g
            God’s work.

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Grey: You just miss the sound of Halp’s voice. Back to doodling Gralp on your notebook!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Halp saying “Gary Sanchez is better than Benintendi” is my ringtone

          • nick the smooth dick says:
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            @Grey: Mine is Jack saying “I’m done with RCLs, I’m done with RCLs”…my alarm is your cackle burst, no sleeping through that

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              My alarm is Cougs saying, “I can watch Fargo tonight, maybe tomorrow.”

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @Grey: HA! My tone for my wife is silent…like she is while I watch Fargo by myself

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  My favorite is “I can’t watch tonight, I’m too tired.” Then the next night, “Okay, let’s watch,” five minutes in she’s asleep.

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Grey: Preach! Sleepy wives are the worst!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      We should start a Tumblr called “Sleepy wives” and just upload photos of wives sleeping during TV shows

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: Somehow she can stay awake for 13 Reasons but falls asleep 2 minutes into Fargo. Unreal

                    • Grey

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                      Mine pulls this all the time, let’s watch when I’m done with dishes, I just need to email someone, then we can watch, I’m gonna get the laundry, now I’m too tired…And we have a maid! It’s unreal! Tell Esmeralda to email back that person and literally everything could’ve been done by the person we’re paying to do it…

                  • nick the smooth dick says:
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                    @Grey: One pic of them intently watching Real Housewives and half hour later them drooling with Saul on

                    • Grey

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                      I can’t even with this

              • nick the smooth dick says:
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                @J-FOH: Said it was $5.99 for that one and I was out of Play store credits

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Grey: Halp would never say that!

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @nick the smooth dick: @Grey: My ringtone is the theme to Happy Days. Catchy tune. Used to be fart sounds.

            • J-FOH says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: mine was Herbie Hancock ‘s Rockit

  29. J-FOH says:
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    So let’s say you have a prospect like Kela who is a locker room cancer and he acts like Matt Bush did early in his career https://youtu.be/WslO4jyY7pM wouldn’t you think that his current organization would cut him loose and move on because he’s such an embarrassment?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: Sometimes you need to cut bait and move on. Sad

  30. Martin says:
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    In a Dynasty league – My prospects are Jimenez, Senzel, O’Neil, Bellinger, Brendan Rodgers, AJ Reed, Giolito and Honeywell. Would you swap any for Tucker? Trying to load up on prospects, but also want to be somewhat competitive.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Martin: Swap Giolito for Tucker, add the hitter, and gonafter experenced pitching.

      • Martin says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: If I had to drop a hitter, which one would it be?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Martin: Reed for me

  31. Adam says:
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    Bush or Neris ROS??
    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Adam: Neris, today’s hiccup not with standing.

  32. Hugman says:
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    Is Brinson a super 2 guy/June callup? Don’t want to miss him, but don’t wanna jump the gun too much either.

    • Hugman says:
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      @Hugman: I see he is. But is he a late May or early June callup, do you think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Hugman: Depends what the days are he needs less than 172. I think we see him in the next 6 weeks. If Broxton struggles and that team stays competitive, or there’s an injury, or trade then we see him.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: Do you think he’ll contribute heavily on steals when called up? I’m only stashing him early if that’s going to probably be a good part of his game.

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          @Hugman: every prospect report about him has a pretty high level of speed in it (not 40 steals or anything like that though)

          • Hugman says:
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            @goodfold2: Thanks. I snoozed and lost anyway. My atrocious saves situation is taking all my fun batty call spots.

  33. Alan says:
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    Just got offered in NL only league Thames, Asdrubal Cabrera and Edison volquez for Keon Broxton, Matt Carpenter and Chase Anderson. My Offense is lacking in all categories and pitching was good until Madison Bumgartner went down. What do you think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alan: It’s pretty even, Broxton is a huge x-factor. The Thames side is safer.

  34. Primetime says:
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    Ralph, great article..

    This season of guys reminds me of Correa Bryant etc when they came up… I own moncada now.. I am about to bounce on Cody.. dude can hit.. been following brinson and Honeywell.. I want all 3.. I’m in 10 team keeper these guys looks legit..

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Primetime: It does seem like a strong crop, but I feel there are very year now. Sounds like you have a good set of prospects.

  35. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Who’s hog is biggest on this list?! That’s the gd insight I come here for!

    Also who do you like meadows or vogelbach ROS, all things equal?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: I’m going with Meadows for ROS and hog size.

      • SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: nice. I’ll stash that hog then

  36. Starlin 'Didn't get those Vitamins at K' Marte says:
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    I really think Happ is going to shock everyone and be up sooner than expected. Baez has to look more and more every day like a really good defensive replacement, but not your starting 2B.

    Not nitpicking here, just curious why you’re so bullish on Brinson – seems like the Brewers have no reason to bring him up anytime soon. Even if an outfield spot opens up, they probably move Thames out there and give more ABs to Aguilar and Perez – the team is pretty deep in terms of players who deserve ABs before they’re given up on. Or are we talking ‘soon’ as in ‘June/July’?

    Not to mention I’m a little leery of a guy who’s going to build value from SBs and has a consistently sub-par walk rate.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Starlin ‘Didn’t get those Vitamins at K’ Marte: He could be, I wonder where he plays everyday. Maybe he replaces Baez it’s all possible. Wouldn’t shock me.

      Yeah I’m not that concerned about the sun-6% walk rates, which are a recent development. He hits, and he hits the ball hard consistently. He has power, speed, and upside. I suppose they could give more at bats to Aguilar etc, once again totally a possible scenario. However if Brinson, continues to hit the way he has since joining the Brewers organization, they’ll call him up. I’m not sure what his super 2 date is but it could be at or around that.

      • Starlin 'Didn't get those Vitamins at K' Marte says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks for the response. I certainly hope you’re right, I’m much more excited to see what Brinson can do than I am to watch Domingo Santana flail blindly at pitches. I’m usually really excited about prospects, but this year seems like a parade of guys who are blocked, too far away, or strike out way too much, so an early Brinson appearance would be welcome.

        By the way, does MiLB batted ball data exist? I’m curious if Happ’s BABIP woes are from poor contact or just bad luck.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Starlin ‘Didn’t get those Vitamins at K’ Marte: Yeah, I think the Brewers, even though they won’t win a world series this year, will still eventually tire of Santana and Broxton. Brinson gives them some excitement to sell with Thames, Villar, etc.

          There is, not as detailed as Fangraphs, so there’s no hard, soft, med%, but there is FB%, LD%, and GB%. Nothing is out of whack he’s hitting about 45% on the ground, 30% in the air, and his LD% is around 18%. His BABIP has to be luck driven for a guy making the amount of good contact that he makes anything below .280 is out of whack.

          Check out mlbfarm.com,

  37. omar says:
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    Got Grey’s take on this but wanted to run it by you as well. Pretty sure I know your answer already, but I’ll put it out there anyway.

    8 team AL Only 5×5 standard roto (yahoo)

    Give:
    Benintendi
    Bundy
    Stroman

    Get:
    Nelson Cruz
    Manaea

    Current roster:
    C – Russell Martin
    1b – Moreland
    2b – Altuve
    SS – Lindor
    3b – Machado
    If – Healy
    Of – Betts
    Of – Benintendi
    Of – Haniger
    Of – Kepler
    Until – Gallo
    DL – JD Martinez
    DL – Wilson Ramos
    Bn – Motter

    Sp – McCullers
    Sp – Stroman
    Sp – Liriano
    Sp – Devenski
    Rp – Chapman
    Rp – Bedrosian
    Rp – Nate Jones
    P – Justin Wilson
    P – Keone Kela
    Bn – Bundy
    Bn – Daniel Norris
    Bn – Shoemaker
    Bn – Eduardo Rodriguez

    Love Benintendi, but fear he may be a better real life player than fantasy, at least for now. Like what Bundys done so far, but like Manaea as well. Not as high on Stroman. What’s really holding me back is that I can keep Benintendi through 2018.

    Pull the trigger in the deal or hold?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @omar: Hold for me I like Benintendi, Bundy, and Stroman.

  38. Dougie says:
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    Love the idea of an ongoing updated top prospects list. I was going to leave a comment in your last post to suggest an ongoing top 100- similar to that of JB and pitchers. I like that you give some info with the top 25 though.
    Good work, man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dougie: Yeah I could but I’d rather do it a few times a year and update the top 25 monthly. MLB players are more fluid with value.

  39. J-Dawg says:
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    I’ve been offered Brinson and Snell for V-Mart and M. Saunders. It’s not time to play for next season yet, but I am intrigued by this. I have plenty of OF depth, so it won’t hurt me too much, but V-Mart is generally good for counting stats. But the allure of Brinson… why do you think? I’d have to make a contract decision on him next year if I get him. (I also have Moncada and Meadows in my minors, so adding Brinson would make my minors stash pile dead sexy).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-Dawg: I’d do that deal, you could be getting better production this season, but definitely will in the future.

  40. Tommy says:
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    Anthony Alford is hotter now than Hansel ever was. We knew about the tools but he’s cut back on the strikeouts and is making the jump to AA look easy so far. Are you aggressively moving him up from 63 yet or waiting to see how he does after the league makes some adjustments?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tommy: Yes, as one of the more aggressive rankers of Alford this offseason, I was contemplating him for Top 25. He’s no lower than 40 now, might be more like 29-33.

  41. Jose says:
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    Thanks for the updates Ralph!

    I’ve been keeping my eye on Bellinger in a 14 team redraft with 5 Of slots. I’m hoping he can fill in for the waiver pick I get for Turner once I can move him to SS.

    I’ve also been watching Honeywell for a 10 team keep anyone you want league were my pitching could use some youth. I’ve got a couple questions for this league.

    It’s a 10 team keep any or all 25 guys you want points league so, everyone’s team is pretty good. Mine I’d say though is top 3 and I’m second in points in the early going. I try to mostly just read and make the best decision I can, but wanted your opinion on a couple things here.

    For context on my questions here is my current roster.: C: Empty, 1B Goldy, 2B, Phillips, 3B: Bryant, SS: Crawford, LF: Polanco, CF: Pollock, RF: Betts, UTL: Turner, UTL: Votto, UTL: R Zimmerman, Bench: Yelich, Bench: Bregman-SPs: Arrietta, Syndergaard, Lester, Stroman, Salazar, Bundy, C Anderson, Cole, B Colon, (DL: Matz, Richards, Ross), RPs: E Diaz, M Bush, J Johnson, Melancon (Bench spots are just due to todays matchups)

    #1: I wrote and erased a big convoluted mess and decided to just go with this. Any thought on Bregman moving forward. I think he’ll be a good long term asset to the team, but has been slow to get started…

    #2 I fully expect to compete for the title this year, but am aware of Arrieta’s decline and Lester could/is getting there too. Cole’s struggles don’t help my concerns either. The overall staff is good, but should I be looking to move anyone in their decline or just ride theses “older”couple guys through there decline instead of trying to flip them for what value they have left. I’m thinking I ride them and replace my lower tier guys (Colon & Anderson) for guys on the DL or new call ups like Honeywell?

    #3 Any other thoughts on the roster?

    Thanks for keeping us updated on the Prospects!

    Also: Love the idea of having “commenter” video of prospects. Look forward to some of those!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jose: I’d stay strong w/ Bregman, he’ll come around. It’s tough this time of year, where you want to jump on the hot pickups.

      I’d try and move both and add some young up and comers and depth. You could use an upgrade on your starters, and your 2B and SS spots.

      Thanks for reading! Go to some minor league games and send some in!

      • Jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks Ralph.

        Do you think Addison Russell or Turner ends up being the better SS over the next 3 years. I could see Russells owner dealing him. I’ve also been thinking about trying to make a trade for Correa with his slow start to the year.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jose: Is lean Turner, but it wouldn’t shock me if Russell becomes the best power hitting SS in the majors. That said if you can get Correa you do, but his price isn’t the same value.

  42. K2H says:
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    Great Write Up again you guys Kill it here best website by long a long shot

    1) Looking to add OF depth more long term value over quick to MLB
    Fisher (HOU)
    Alford (TOR)
    Winker (Cin)
    Clark (Mil)

    2) Any Chance Will Craig sticks at 3B I’ve heard big body guy probably moving to 1B any insight here

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @K2H Clark over Winker, everything else is good.

      No, I watched Craig in Bradenton last week, his fielding at first was noticeably bad. My assumption is they want him to play first. Ke’Bryan Hayes is on that team, and they’re grooming him to be the 3B of the future.

  43. herschel says:
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    @Ralph: not sure if Berrios is technically still considered a prospect, but when do you see him getting called up and think he can make the transition to bigs this time through?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @herschel: I think he could be up within the month. I’m so unsure with him, I never thought he would struggle the way he did. I have guarded expectations, I wouldn’t bank on a stud, but I’d add him when he’s up just to see.

  44. mcmi11ions says:
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    Ralph, Franco is ready to make me cry in my keeper league this year and Bregman who I also have isn’t really giving me warm fuzzies either. What can I do to keep from hurting myself over my poor 3b production? I don’t want to drop either of them, but I don’t know how long I can count on the rest of my guys propping them up either.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @mcmi11ions: I’d be patient. How deep is the league? I’m not dropping either of them in 12 team leagues.

  45. mihai says:
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    @Ralph Would you trade Cody Bellinger for David Dahl in a dynasty 5*5? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @mihai: I think I would have when you wrote this. I think I still might

  46. Brett says:
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    Well Bellinger is getting the call so I’ve come to the “king” of prospects to ask for some insight.

    Do you think Bellinger stick once Joc is back? What kind of numbers do you see from him for the year.

    How aggressive would you bid on him with your faab? I have Broxton I could replace with him.

    Thanks as always

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brett: He could stick if he hits. So far I’m ehh, not sure. My guess is he goes back down, but they may like his versatility over their bench bats. If he sees 350 plate appearance mid to high teen homers are possible, .250-.260 average, some steals.

      If you can hold him, say he be demoted to the minors, I would.

  47. Oppo Taco says:
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    I traded Eaton and Castellanos for Piscotty and Bregman. You like this move? It’s a keeper league but I’m also trying to win this year. Near the top in every offensive category so I figured I could spare Eaton to take a shot on Bregman. Thanks!

  48. Wild Thing says:
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    Okay Ralph – I think I may have gone a little nuts with my bench but was able to land Brendan Rodgers. He’s $1 and I would need to sign him to a long term deal March 2018. One problem is how long to sign him. Each year would be $5. So 4 years would be $21 per year. If he isn’t called up until 2019 that would be hard to manage. Or is he the kind of talent you sign to that type of deal and make the rest of your roster work. I could try to trade him away too. Thoughts?

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