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You may want to plan on a second poop if you’re going to read this entire post. Let that be my warning to you, before we begin my latest adventure in verbose prospecting. Today we tackle arguably the best system, certainly one of the deepest systems, in all of baseball. For today we discuss the Top Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects!!! You may say to yourself, “Hey self”, (then punch yourself in the face for saying self) where have I recently seen…or HEARD (big clue) someone talk about the Top Los Angeles Dodgers Prospects before? Hmmmm, maybe on the Razzball Prospect Podcast last week. You would in fact be correct, we even had a guest no-show us with a mysterious aliment. Last time I trust Michael Lohan. Either way, we talked about it once, and I’ll write about it now. The Dodgers have become a player development machine. They draft well (Kershaw, Pederson, Seager), they win the international market (Urias, Puig, Maeda), and most of all they develop players. They spend the most of any team on scouting and it shows. In the last few years they’ve nailed picks all over the draft, including picks in the 20+ rounds with players like Jose De Leon, and Jharel Cotton. This is a well oiled and functioning farm system, with players of interest and excitement across every level for dynasty owners. Sometimes when I’m writing these I know I’m highlighting several future fantasy relevant. This is one of those times. It’s the Top Doyers prospects.

 

Tier 1: Specs On The Beach
Potential stars. Consensus T100 prospects with premium fantasy ceilings.

Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF | Age: 21 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

The son of former Yankees utility man, no not Luis Sojo, as awesome as that might be, but Clay Bellinger! Lower case yea. Bellinger is an athletic first baseman, who can play anywhere in the OF. He’s making a name for himself as a power threat, having slugged 30 homers in 2015 at hi-A Rancho Cucamonga. Which he followed up in 2016 with 23 homers with AA Tulsa, and 3 jacks in 3 games with AAA OKC, following a late season callup. My PIC (Prospector in Crime) Halp loves to knock his exaggerated uppercut swing, but hey, it’s working. I also made sure to go off the hyperbole deep end, comparing it to that of all-time great Ken Griffey Jr. I’m simply saying the swing path is similar, not the stance, load, or trigger, which are all different. Excellent defensively, could be among the best defensive first baseman immediately, but will probably break in as an outfielder before spelling A-Gon. High walk rates at all levels, walked 12.7% in AA in 2016 and 16.5% at HI-A in 2015. He has some swing and miss to his game, but it’s never out of control, with K rates around 20%. I’d give him the comp of Wil Myers with better power and less speed.

Willie Calhoun, 2B | Age: 22 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AA

One of the Prospect Podcasts favorite prospects in the minors. We discussed him on the Dodgers pod over the weekend, and he’s popped up a few times in the past as well. What’s not to love? Amirite? Calhoun has shown power, excellent plate approach, and great understanding of the strike zone throughout his professional career. He’s gone from 4th round pick with no defensive position, to top 25 fantasy prospect with no defensive position, in a matter of a year plus. That should speak volumes about his ability to hit a baseball. Then again one would think hitting 31 homers in 63 JUCO games would, but who knows. His ISO’s in the minors have been in the 200’s with his K% around 10-12%, that’s a truly unusual skillset, so why isn’t he a bigger prospect? Easy, he doesn’t look like a ballplayer. Willie C is pretty much the anti-Gabe Kapler, he’s 5 foot nuthin, thick in the middle, and isn’t athletic. So he’s not making it with the body shaming contingent. Then again I was raised on shake what your Momma gave ya. So you know it don’t bother Ralphie. Lots of questions where he fits defensively, which is why he’s a much better fantasy prospect than real life.

Jose de Leon, RHP | Age: 24 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

Late round finds have been a calling card of the Dodgers over the last decade, and no one pick may come to signify this more than De Leon. A 24th round pick out of Southern in 2013, De Leon has worked hard to transform his body and arsenal. To the point that he’s arguably the Dodgers best prospect, and one of the top 5 right-handed pitching prospects in the minors. His low to mid 90’s fastball generates swings and misses in bunches, having led the minors in K/9 in 2015 with a 12.8 K/9. After overcoming an early season injury, De Leon dominated the hitting friendly PCL to the tune of a 2.61 ERA, .94 WHIP, .194 BAA, and 111 strikeouts to 20 walks in 86.1 innings. Outside his plus fastball his arsenal is comprised of a plus change, and an average low 80’s slider that’s most effective off the plate, and to his glove-side. Doesn’t look like there’s a place in the rotation for him at the present, barring a trade, but should work his way into the preferred five come mid-July. The hope is he’s up earlier, but that’s tough to conclude.

Yadier Alvarez, RHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2020 | 2016 Level: A/Rk

The top international player from the 2015 July 2nd class. The Dodgers blew past their budget in order to sign Alvarez, Yusniel Diaz, and others. His plus plus fastball sits mid-90’s and when he reaches back it can touch 100. Early returns shows a wipeout slider, and some deception on the change delivery. However control is the question MLB clubs had when he signed. While it has not been sterling, it’s shown to be a non-issue in his limited North American innings. With the ace label thrown around regularly with Alvarez, he’s easily the Dodgers highest upside prospect since those couple of guys named Urias and Seager. Yeah, the Dodgers kind of draft, and sign well.

Alex Verdugo, OF | Age: 21 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AA

Contact first guy with a great lefthanded swing who’s been young at every level. His bat speed and control are excellent, leading to lots of hard contact to all-fields. Many scouts project mid-teen power due to his penchant for line-drives, and hard hit groundballs. His swing is very level, limiting his power ultimately, though his bat is strong enough that his power projection could change with a few tweaks. As things currently stand with Verdugo’s swing and approach a ceiling of Dustin Pedroia type offense is likely.

 

Tier 2: Floorboreds
Lacking the “star” upside. They might have some warts, but their ETAs are on the horizon.

Edwin Rios, 1B/3B | Age: 22 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AA/A+/A

Might be the breakout player of this year, after slashing .301/.341/.567 across three levels of the minors eventually reaching AA Tulsa. The 2015 6th rounder out of Florida International makes lots of loud contact with his quick bat, and lefthanded uppercut swing. At 6’3 220 lbs plays first and third, neither of them very well. Though Rios has a gun for an arm, I doubt it’s enough to keep him at the hot corner. His most productive stop was Rancho Cucamonga, and the worry is that much of his eye-poping statlines there were Cal League inflated. It should be noted he continued to hit for power in AA, and his line drive rate was a sexy 28.57% across all levels. He’s also not limited to pullside power with 11 of his 27 homers going to center or opposite field. Do I think Rios is the second coming of Paul Goldschmidt? Hell no, but he can be a Miguel Sano donkey type, but with lower walk rates than Sano.

Jordan Sheffield, RHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A/Rk

The ace of Vanderbilt’s 2016 staff, and brother of Yankees top prospect Justus Sheffield, (and fake nephew of Gary Sheffield (I see you Halp)) was the Dodgers supplemental round pick at 36th overall. Beyond his NCAA pedigree, there’s enough real and fake bloodlines here to write a compelling lede. Thanks Sheffield’s! Jordan is a small righty at 6’0 185 lbs. Which means everyone but me will warn you of bullpen and injury risk. I will instead focus on his dope-azz arsenal, because I love his potential to develop three plus pitches. Sheffield’s fastball is consistently graded 70 by scouts, and sits mid 90’s ramping up to 98 when needed. A hard ¾ breaking ball that’s a slider more than curve is graded a 55 by scouts, as is his Mike Mussina style circle change. I know I said I wouldn’t talk about injury risk but it should be noted he had TJ following his senior year of high school, and his delivery leads to injury and command issues.

Andrew Toles, OF | Age: 24 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA/A+

Am I the only one that thinks Toles resembles Freeway Rick Ross? Nah? Okay, any way, you know Toles, or you should he was in the majors for a minute. He just slipped under his limits. He was once a top prospect in the Rays system but was away from the game for a year due to some personal stuff. That wasn’t the first personal issue to impede his development, as he was once kicked off his college team at Tennessee. At 24, Toles is still young, and if he can build on an encouraging 2016, we could be looking at a legit contact and speed player with better than advertised pop.

Brock Stewart, RHP | Age: 25 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA/A+

Back in late June, only hours before his MLB debut I penned this glowing post on Stewart. Not much has changed regarding my love for the converted 3rd baseman. It’s important to note Stewart’s pitchability and development since being drafted, because he quite honestly hasn’t been a pitcher that long. His fastball is graded above average, with sink and run, sitting 92-95. He throws his change to both righties and lefties, which also grades as above average, while his slider is average, and more of a weapon against lefties. All in all the making of a good back end starter. He’s exactly the kind of player I would trade for if I was AJ Preller, Mike Hazen, Michael Hill, or a host of other GMs. Stewart is a legit MLB starter and surplus to the Dodgers. Should get moved IMO.

Johan Mieses, OF | Age: 21 | ETA:2018 | 2016 Level: A+

Powerful infielder that hit 28 homers, and slugged .510 in the Cal League in 2016. Will need to improve his plate discipline in order for his skills to translate at the next level. Still very raw, but 28 homers is 28 homers, even in the Cal League. Donkey in the making, but a far less sexy one than Rios.

Others: Austin Barnes, Will Smith, Josh Sborz, Chase De Jong, Micah Johnson, Jacob Scavuzzo, Yasiel Sierra

 

Tier 3: Long Shot Lolitas
Sexy ceilings, but these youngsters also come with risks and distant ETAs

Walker Buehler, RHP | Age: 22 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A/Rk

Another former Vanderbilt ace, Buehler was ranked as the top college pitcher and Commodore entering the 2015 draft season (ahead of eventual #1 Dansby Swanson). He then missed a few early starts with elbow soreness, pitched poorly upon his return, and dropped to the Dodgers at 24, before needing elbow surgery. I like calling Tommy John elbow surgery, but don’t do it to his face. So there’s not much pro-ball scouting to draw from here, outside 5 innings upon his return late last season. But the reports that are out there are pretttty, pretttttty, pretty good; like he’s gone from throwing low to mid-90’s in college to throwing 95-97, and touching Brooklyn nine-nine coming off of TJ. Now take that with a grain of salt, as the truncated innings could have certainly aided in the increased velocity. So, while it’s a good sign, I wouldn’t take it as a be all end all signal of a strong return. That said, I’m willing to chalk up his ineffective junior year to an obvious elbow injury he pitched through. I mean, Tommy John hello!!! Hi, this is Tommy….click…. So where am I going with all this? Well Buehler has excuses for the poor performance and before his junior year he had 1.1 buzz for a reason. That reason, his bevy of plus pitches. His arsenal features a plus fastball, plus cutter/slider, and plus curve with nasty bite. He’s thrown a changeup in the past, and has the right arm speed to throw a good one in the future. All this to say, that if Buehler can return to form he’s yet another Dodgers arm with ace upside.

Yusniel Diaz, OF | Age: 20 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A+/Rk

Was going to win rookie of the year in Cuba before defecting to the US in April, where he signed with the Dodgers in July for $15.5 Million (before tax). Good choice…. Initially billed as a speed/contact player with plus defense, and projectable power; Diaz so far has been all that and then some. His quick righthanded swing, and remarkable hand eye coordination has scouts drooling over his future offensive potential. Add in the plus speed, and mid teen power ceiling, and you got fantasy prospect dorks like myself pitching tents in our waterbeds.

Starling Heredia, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2020 | 2016 Level: DSL

Another member of the highly regarded 2015 international class for the Dodgers. Heredia is about as raw as they come at 18, but the power and overall skillset is exciting. If the Dodgers are able to polish the overall package, (seesh, that reads poorly) or Heredia himself can develop some plate discipline, then we could be talking about a middle of the order thumper. Problem is he’s 5 years away from the majors, maybe more, and he’s raw like ODB in the Brooklyn Zoo. Seriously his breaking ball recognition is said to be on par with Stevie Wonder’s. Factor those in, and the range of outcomes is heterogeneous. He’s an excellent throw in piece when looking to even the scales in a dynasty trade.

D.J. Peters, OF | Age: 21 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: Rk

Taken in the fourth round out of the now defunct Western Nevada Community College baseball team. Please listen to Peters make contact, it’s beautiful. At 6’6 225 lbs, he’s a athletic specimen in an outfield full of them in Ogden with Mitch Hansen, and Cody Thomas. Peters slashed .351/.437/.615 thats a .263 ISO. Then again he’s a 21 year old college player in rookie ball. Many of the scouting reports describe him as raw, and there’s some worry about his ability to barrel balls consistantly. I’ll leave those worries for another day and dream on the power/speed combo.

Others: Mitch Hansen, Gavin Lux, Cody Thomas, Leonadro Crawford, Omar Estevez, Imani Abdullah, Brendon Davis, Ronny Britto, Keibert Ruiz

 

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  1. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Again, thanks so much for this. Highlighting more players that are not owned in my 12 team dynasty league. This will be really useful for my upcoming first player draft as our MiLB rosters expand from 15 to 20.

    Think I have got quite a bit of work to do before our draft, we get up to 24 hours per pick. I am going to listen to your podcast again because I think there were some nuggets of information about how you handle drafts in there. The main issue I am struggling with is how to rate some players who are not owned but could have been versus this players who are eligible to be drafted for the first time.

    Enjoy the festivities,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: That’s a tricky thing to figure out. I would probably scrape together a list of unowned prospects from the Specs on the beach tiers, then the Long shots, then look at my first year player draft rankings I usually try and have a list as long as the number of picks in the draft.

  2. Packers says:
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    Ralph, I’m joining a 12 team dynasty league where there is going to be a complete redraft. We start 15 batters and 10 pitchers with 6 reserves. So 372 players in all. We had to prepay our entry fee for the next 5 years to help insure commitment. My plan is to Draft a core of established MLB players for the first 8 to 10 rounds for sure. My question is what prospects would you draft ahead of a current MLB starting player? In other words if you were doing this draft what prospects or first year players (Story, Turner, Seagar, Correa types) would you grab regardless of ADP. I’m assuming the first few rounds would go pretty close to a normal redraft league. Am I wrong there? I’m playing to win the 1st year vs. trying to impress guys with prospects names. I do however want to have 3 or 4 young players sprinkled in my roster.
    Thanks for any feedback by anyone.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Packers: I would do the same with Benintendi and Moncada being the exceptions. Those are players I would target early in a draft like that and simply find serviceable backups (particularly Moncada). I usually focus on trying to build a core of good young MLB players and then fill in from there.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Hmmmmm, two Redsox are the exceptions, what a surprise there..lol

        Hey man, thanks for all the advice (I didn’t pull the trigger on the trade I talked to you about the other night, thought I was giving up to much) and fun stuff on your write-ups and podcast this year.

        A Merry Christmas to you and the rest of the Lifshitz family. Be safe mate!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Malicious Phenoms: Haha! Hey, Moncada changed his sock color.

          Anytime MP, thanks for listening and reading man. I appreciate the support.

          You too! Have a great holiday.

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Damn, I forgot?? Moncada has changed his socks from red to white…LOL

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Packers: screw even that advice. Build the best team you can to win now and next year. Knowing that everyone is paid for 5 years, which btw is way too long and I hate when commishes do that, but back to my point. Win now win now win now. Pepole will over think this and leave the barn door open and you need to pounce. There are only five winners, try being one or two of them.

      • Packers says:
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        @Big Odio: Thanks, I was thinking the same.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Big Odio: I still think you need to set yourself up. You can’t take Braun where you’d take him in redraft.

  3. Lougle says:
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    Great article. Would you take Alvarez over Kopech or Groome in a dynasty minors draft?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lougle: Over Groome not over Kopech.

      • The JoGarza says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        That’s pretty bold considering Kopech is supposed to end up a reliever, no?

        The downside with Alvarez is his debut is far away but he’s a potential 70-grade starter. Might be one of five guys who could be legitimate #1 SP.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @The JoGarza: I don’t think Kopech is a reliever. He’s maybe the most exciting pitching prospect in the minors, and he is at most a year away.

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: I haven’t read that either and everything he’s doing is saying otherwise. And one of the most exciting

  4. Brian says:
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    hey ralph, now that football’s almost over time to start taking a look at my dynasty baseball roster. 16 team 6×6 with ops, k/bb, and qs. been in playoffs 4 straight years plus last 2 finals so team built to win now. Got some decisions to make as our prospect draft approaches. for context, here’s my mlb roster (gaping holes created by fernandez (sniff sniff) and papi).
    C – Wilson Ramos, TB
    1B – Eric Hosmer, KC
    2B – Jason Kipnis, CLE
    3B- Kris Bryant, CHC
    SS- Carlos Correa, HOU
    OF – Giancarlo Stanton, MIA
    OF – Starling Marte, PIT
    OF – Nelson Cruz, SEA
    UTIL –
    UTIL – Charlie Blackmon, COL
    BN Sean Rodriguez, ATL
    BN Adrian Beltre, TEX
    BN Jose Ramirez, CLE
    DL – Michael Brantley, CLE

    SP – Julio Teheran, ATL
    SP – Francisco Liriano, TOR
    RP – Mark Melancon, SF
    RP – Ryan Madson, OAK
    P – David Price, BOS
    P – Ryan Dull, OAK
    P – Sonny Gray, OAK
    BN Danny Salazar, CLE
    BN Clay Buchholz, PHI
    BN Kevin Gausman, BAL
    BN Tyler Thornburg, BOS
    BN Seung Hwan Oh, STL
    BN Hector Neris, PHI
    BN Jose Quintana, CWS
    BN Danny Duffy, KC
    BN Alex Reyes, STL
    DL – Cam Bedrosian, LAA

    guys on my minors roster are:
    C- Andrew Susac, MIL
    CI- Gilbert Lara, MIL
    CI- Peter O’Brien, ARI
    MI- Carlos Asuaje, SD
    MI- Javier Guerra, SD
    OF- Yusniel Diaz, LAD
    OF- Alex Verdugo, LAD
    OF – Brett Phillips, MIL
    UTIL- Luis Alexander Basabe, CHW
    UTIL- Forrest Wall, COL

    P-
    P- Jorge Lopez, MIL
    P- Dylan Cease, CHC
    P- Robert Gsellman, NYM
    P- Mike Clevinger, CLE
    P- Adalberto Mejia, MIN
    P- German Marquez, COL

    I already know i’m going to cut o’brien, asuaje, and wall. On the fence about cutting lara and guerra or giving them 1 more year. what do you think?
    Susac is nothing special but i’m probably going to keep him to see if he can win the majority of starts for MIL this year allowing me to use him to fill in for ramos.

    As for pitchers I purposely filled with a lot of close to mlb arms though none are really anything special (though i like gsellman a lot). Feel like i’m going to need the depth more than jettisoning some of them for high upside, far away arms in the milb draft since i’ll be picking at the end of each round. Would you hold onto mejia and/or marquez? how do their paths to rotation jobs look? And is it even worth keeping marquez being that he’s going to be pitching in COL?

    Thanks for the help?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: I think Mejia has the clearer path at the moment, and obviously isn’t pitching in Colorado. I’d hold onto Marquez though. If he’s traded he’s good enough to be a useful starter.

      You’ll be fine hopefully with Susac. Your cuts seems appropriate.

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Ralph – do you like this crop over the Yanks? (my NYY homer-ness alert*)

    Grey/Ralph – I forgot if I asked this already (apologies if I did!) . . .

    . . . but would you trade your $30 Kershaw for a $20 Machado or $6 Correa in a keep 7 forever (+$3) 12 teamer if that trade would mean that you are only keeping batters (and no SPs)?

    Thanks! Targeting Correa, but thinking about Machado. Though the allure of Kershaw is that I truly wouldn’t need to thinking about pitching until the ~$10 and below guys.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I think I do prefer the Dodgers, it’s close though.

      I’d do either but Correa at $6 is a steal

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Makes sense, particularly when you see a guy like Brock in the middle of the pack.

        Thanks! Will try that one first.

  6. Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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    TL;DR

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snap!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Grey: Come on Grey where’s the support?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: That’s a joke BTW

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sorry, Rapper… Not cool, Noisewater!

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Grey: It was meant to be “Tuna Loaf; Dip Recipe?”….but I can see the confusion since I forgot the question mark.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh, I thought it was “Teddy Loservelt, Da Rapper”

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Grey: I was thinking Tits Lover; Damn Right

                • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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                  @Big Odio: “Trampoline Legs; Downright Rickety”

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Big Odio: Hey now let’s keep ass color out of this.

                  Tomi Lahren; democrat & radical

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: Note self, never talk about the color of Ralphs ass.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

                      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                      @Big Odio: No but I’d totally like to know the color of Tomi Lahren’s. You know she’s a freak….

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Grey: Hahaha too little too late!

        • Big Odio says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: I thought it should of been longer

      • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: HA! And your boss is the only person who stood up for you. Good on Grey.

          • Dr. Kenneth Noisewater says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: No way…the 4,697th word was my favorite!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Samsies, and there’s still another 4,000 pages after that.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Big Odio: Yes, hopefully I’ll get a Woody Allen version of this epic.

        • Big Odio says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: as long as it makes the podcast funny. I want more #teamstabby

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @Big Odio: Only cat stories form now on.

            • Big Odio says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: grabbing the pussy…cat

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                @Big Odio: That’s the theme of our next show

  7. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey again – which side wins in the below keeper trades?

    $23 Blackmon or $6 Khris

    $19 Stras or $6 Khris

    $12 Hanley or $6 Khris

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Based on the prices it’s got to be Khris side. If we’re talking stats it’s obviously Blackmon, Stras, and Davis at the end.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, yeah I think you’re right. Tempted to get Blackmon, but the pricing is ideal for Khris. He should also help offset the handful of high $20/low $30 top talent keepers I’ll be holding onto.

  8. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Love this one:

    “Shortest day of the year? More like one day closer to Spring Training. “

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Ralph, tweet, tweet..lmk, thanks

  10. thorbs says:
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    Nice write-up…how would you compare Rios to other flawed corner infield prospects?

    In anticipation of our first-year draft in my 10×10, 12-team dynasty, I’ve currently got the following rostered for minor league keepers, and need to select 8:

    Robles
    Tapia
    Verdugo
    L Weaver
    C Stewart
    Bader
    Wall
    Kilome
    Chapman
    Montas

    Do two stand out as being well below the others? I’m inclined to throw back Chapman and Montas.

    Also, would you take Rios over someone like, say, Wall? I’ve got Odor, Story and Kinsler as my MI keepers.

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    30 man league. holds/OPS added 6X6.
    C (1) d’arnaud .4 mil (league minimum, ending in 2017)
    CI (2) beltre 10.5 mil (2017)
    MI (2) segura
    OF (3) altherr .4 (19)
    – e.rosario .4 (18)
    util (1) b.drury .4 (19) could count as OF/MI/CI
    SP (3 SP/3 RP/3 P slots, and about 6 starters optimal including bench)
    – sale 12 mil (franchise tagged, pay real life money for this year)
    – quintana
    – z.davies .4 (19)
    – reynaldo lopez .4 (20, barely too many innings has to be up now)
    RP – m.cabrera .4 (20)
    – n.jones 5.348 mil (18)
    minors (all these guys are free till at least 2020, when called up cost league min .4 mil)
    C o’connor TB
    CI – denton STL
    – l.encarnacion PHI
    – kubitza ATL
    – lavalley CIN
    -padlo TB (the 2nd biggest loser of the c-dick trade)
    MI – rondon TB
    – demeritte ATL
    – p. gonzalez COL
    – salcedo ATL
    OF – cozens PHI
    – tocci PHI
    – sierra STL
    -vj reyes ARI
    -d.alvarez BAL
    – whitley TB
    – dj davis TOR
    SP – heredia PIT
    – kilome PHI
    – b.martin TEX
    – a.smith SD
    -v.alcantara DET
    – yarbrough SEA
    RP – sherfy ARI
    – m.ynoa WSOX (has to come up soon, could be set up soonish)
    – staumont KC (could start or be whippy closer type, skyrocketed up prospect rankings in a year though)
    1. should i franchise tag quintana for 7.175 or segura for 2.6? the other would be restricted and i’d either get picks (better picks the more money the bid) if i didn’t match or would match. beltre was matched last year at this time for his 10.5 for 2 years. gotta think segura gets overbid compared to value, but quintana could see bids of 15 or so himself. since a restricted tag could result in somebody bidding multiple years on somebody that’s a main stipulation on which i tag franchise vs restricted. franchise tags last only one year. grey goes with segura, probably more valuable to be able to possibly keep quintana for more years and/or the overall savings is the idea.
    2. what about this trade: my nate jones for 4.12 this year and a 2nd rounder in 2018 from a midpack team?

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