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Johnny come latelys like the Yankees and White Sox may think they’re hip for acquiring prospects. But the Brewers have been doing it since before it was cool. Starting with the trade of Carlos Gomez, the Brewers have brought in a bounty of talented youngsters. In fact 8 of the 17 prospects to be discussed were acquired via trade. Including 4 of their top 5. So good work Doug Melvin and David Sterns, you guys are the prospect hoarding dynasty league owners of MLB. Truthfully, they’ve made a lot of good moves, and have a solid, and deep up and coming core. With good young players like Orlando Arcia, Jonathan Villar, and Keon Broxton already in Milwaukee, the revolution has started. There’s lots of fantasy gold to uncover in the Brewers system, so I went a little longer than usual. I’m sure you won’t mind. It’s the Top Milwaukee Brewers Prospects.

 

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

Lewis Brinson, OF | Age: 22 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: AAA/AA 

One of the most highly sought after prospects in dynasty leagues for his elite power/speed combo. His hit tool ain’t too shabby either as it was deemed a 60 on the 80 scale by the evaluators over at Baseball America ( his speed and power also received 60’s). Brinson possesses excellent bat speed and athleticism, absolutely killing fastballs. 2016 was an inconsistent season due to a shoulder issue that forced him to the DL in June and watched him struggle, slashing .238/.280/.431. Following the trade to Milwaukee, he was assigned to AAA Colorado Springs of the PCL, and  good things happened. He slashed a preposterous .382/.387/.618 with 4 homers and 4 steals in 89 ABs. He only walked twice though, so make what you will of that. But in my unhumble opinion it’s particularly troubling. After posting high walk rates throughout the first 3 ½ years of his career in pro-ball, the walk rates plummeted in 2016 to low single digits. This could limit his ability to make it as a potential leadoff hitter, which is where I see him having his most value as a fantasy player. Much of it comes down to major issues with breaking pitches, that’s another worry. As for his ETA, I see him breaking into the majors after super 2 has passed, and being a must add in all fantasy formats.

Josh Hader, LHP | Age: 22 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Throws like Sale and looks like Randy Johnson. A lefty with a big mid to upper 90’s fastball, a slider with sharp break, and an inconsistent changeup. Lots of deception in his ¾ arm slot, and a funky delivery from the first base side of the rubber keeps the suckas guessing. Anybody talking about the bullpen gets the gas face from your boy Ralph. There’s ace upside in them there hills, that’s prospector speak. I suppose his floor is a mid-rotation guy with some roofies and a lot of K’s. I SUPPOSE he could be a high leverage reliever, but I don’t want to discuss tragedy. It’s 2017 me, we’re all love and light in the 1-7! In that vein, let me say the obvious, Hader will pitch in Milwaukee in 2017. Though I’m not sure if he breaks camp or not. In order for Hader to make Ralph look smart he’ll need to improve his command and control. He’ll also need to do that if he’s going to be successful in general. Though my sterling reputation should be the driving force. I think the bullpen talk is bull, have I mentioned that?

Corey Ray, OF | Age; 22 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A+/A-

The 5th overall pick in the draft, and one of the best all around skill sets in this year’s class. He’s similar to Brinson in the power/speed/hit tool department, but the lefty version. Brevard County is an awful hitter’s park, and scouts were encouraged by the power he showed, even if it’s not in the numbers. Ray has great bat speed, and makes loads of loud contact. Had arthroscopic surgery on his knee after tearing his meniscus in instructs, but should be ready for camp. If you’ve been following any of my first year player draft stuff you’d know this.

Isan Diaz, 2B/SS | Age: 20 | ETA; 2019 | 2016 Level: A –

Diaz was another Northeast kid with a Vandy commit when the Diamondbacks drafted him 70th overall in 2014. He scorned the Commodores for the D-Backs, and begin his career in rookie ball. The first year was a tough opening run through pro-ball, but in the season that followed, he took home the Pioneer league MVP with a sick line of .360/.435/.640.  Last year was his first go at full season ball, and initially he struggled mightily, slashing .212/.287/.312 with 3 homers, and 3 steals in the first two months. Then he got his footing  in June and hit .292/.393/.556 with 17 HR, 55 RBI, and 8 steals. Struggled in the AFL this offseason, but was young for the league at 20 having never played above A ball. There’s a lot to love about Diaz, beginning with the plus bat speed, excellent walk rates, and contact skills. Which in turn have led Diaz to draw Robinson Cano comps. He’s not without flaws though, as he does swing and miss a bit. But as many have said many times, that’s less of an issue in this day and age.

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

Luis Ortiz, RHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Do you get your jollies from mid-rotation upside starters with high floors? Yeah, me either, but players like Ortiz have their place depending upon format, and I play in plenty of leagues where a player like Ortiz is valuable. So what kind of player is Ortiz, Ralph? Hold your horses I’m getting there. Ortiz mixes a mid-90’s fastball, a low 80’s slider  with late break, and a fringe changeup.  He’s also the proud owner of a big soft frame, kind of like a taller Bartolo Colon. IMO he needs to improve his conditioning, but he does maintain his velocity late into games. So what do I know? Ortiz has clean repeatable mechanics and throws from ¾ arm slot, this helps him maintain his control and command. Both of those things lend themselves to him consistently working low in the zone and generating a decent amount of grounders (45%).

Brandon Woodruff, RHP | Age: 23 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Levels: AA/A+

A major breakout candidate he was not heading into 2016, but he ended the season as one of the more under the radar risers. Woodruff throws a low 90’s fastball with good downhill plane, sink, and movement. He uses that to be what the kids call a groundball machine, generating gophers at a 50% GB rate. A lengthy history of injuries in college dropped him to the Brewers in the 11th round of the 2014 draft. Led the minors in strikeouts in 2016 with 173 punchouts, which is probably the most exciting part of Woodruff’s breakout, the K rate. He went from a middling 5.8 K/9 in 2015 to a 9.9 K/9. That’s what we call growth… He credits much of the new swing and miss to his speeding up his tempo on the mound, which he felt in turn helped him improve and repeat his mechanics. With good groundball rates, and raising K/9 totals, Woodruff looks like one to target in dynasty, though probably not in leagues where 150 or so minors are owned as of yet.

Mauricio Dubon, SS | Age: 22 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AA/A+

I have no idea what to make of Dubon. The first half of 2016, he was the slap hitting speedster on the talented Salem Sox roster. Upon promotion to AA Portland, he continued to hit, but started to hit for power and run less. He’s continued to show his Portland persona with the Suprise Saguaros of the Arizona Fall League, connecting for 3 homers in 13 games. All in all Dubon’s tools rate average across the board. He’s a solid defender that should stick in the middle of the infield, and he’s got enough offensive ability to win an everyday job as a major league shortstop. Whether he has the ability to be a fantasy asset outside of 16+ team dynasty leagues remains to be seen. The trade to the Brewers certainly opened up more opportunity, but with Arcia penciled in at short for the next 6-7 years, and 2016 breakout Jonathan Villar sliding to the keystone, I’m not sure where he fits in the short term.

Brett Phillips, OF | Age: 22 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: AA

Was a stud prospect in the Astros organization and the big chip coming Milwaukee’s way in the Carlos Gomez deal. Had major contact issues in 2016, after being a relatively good contact hitter in the past. Went from top 100 prospect to not mentioned at all, to the point his bodyguard’s Oochie Wally verse was better than yours.  I’m not sure where I stand, though I’ve been high on him in the past. He’s always presented a nice hit tool with power and speed upside, with hit tool being the carrying one. Problem is you can’t go from .300 type hitter with 18-20% K rates in A ball to a .230 hitter with a 30% K rates, and still have me buying the hit tool. I’ve heard everything from his place in the lineup to early season injuries as the culprit behind the drop in production, but I think we must wait and see. Not an awful piece to buy low on, the price might be cheap if someone is dying to dump him.

Jorge Lopez, RHP | Age: 23 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

After a ton of hype last year he got tattooed at AAA Colorado Springs, and it messed with his head. Sort of like I do with J-FOH when he’s getting mouthy. He throws a mid-90’s fastball that can be explosive, but his real bread and butter is his curveball with good shape and mid-70’s velocity. Which when he’s right, keeps hitters off balance. Unfortunately, it lost a lot of it’s break this year in Colorado Springs, things stay high in the C.O. He then tinkered with it, screwed up his mechanics, and his pet’s heads started falling off. Things snowballed for many in 2016. He’s said to be breaking out of a slump in winter ball down in Puerto Rico. I wonder what his slump buster looked like?

Phil Bickford, RHP | Age: 21 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A+/A-

In another life Phil Bickford would be my homie. Not only does he seem super chill, he just can’t put down the water pipes. Phil’s and my drug issues aside, Bickford needs to get his head right. He’s been busted for his second offense for a drug of abuse (what a joke…),  and is dangerously close to burning away a once promising career. Acquired in trade for Will Smith at the deadline, it was a little surprising to see him included with Andrew Susac, who probably was enough for Smith. The reports on Bickford as the 2016 season wore on were not good. Though he maintained solid production, his velocity dipped, and many view him as eventually a two-pitch reliever type. I do like his mid-90’s 4 seamer, as well as his 2 seamer with good sink. Also throws a slurvy slider, and change, both of which grade fringe. Now is not the time to buy Bickford, he’s a definite wait and see, let someone else take the risk.

Cody Ponce, RHP | ETA: 22 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A+

Big shouts out to reader Clint who tweeted our podcast link at Ponce on Tuesday and got a like. Damn he’s huge (6’6 240), I hope I said nice things about him on the podcast. Welp, here’s my chance if I didn’t. Ponce has real projectable upside, as a rotation horse, and innings eater, with a mid 90’s fastball he can ramp up to 98 when needed. He’s throws a upper 80’s cutter which is nasty on lefthanded batters, and mixes in an average curve, and fringe change. Was the 55th overall pick in the 2015 draft, and has a good shot of breaking out in 2017.

Others: Jacob Nottingham, Ryan Cordell, Clint Coultier, Monte Harrison, Devin Williams 

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

Lucas Erceg, 3B | Age: 21 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A-/ RK 

A big power bat, transferred out of Cal to Menlo in NiAi, which ultimately hurt his draft stock. Swings a thunderstick and showed it in his pro debut, hitting 9 homers between rookie and lo-A. Rookie’s balls and numbers are meaningless, but he did slash .400/.452/.552. Draws a lot of Chase Utley and Matt Carpenter comps, could be a name that flies under the radar in a lot of first year player drafts. Then again, not if your league is listening to Ralph and Halp, also affectionately known as Halph.

Gilbert Lara, SS | Age: 19 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: Rk

A young projectable player with good bat speed, and raw power. Lara is a long ways away so he’s one to dream on. Across the board his tools are very raw, but he’s only 19, so that’s okay. Worth an add if you play in leagues where 200 or so minors are owned, and you can stash someone for 4 years.

Marcos Diplan, RHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Levels: A+/A-

Signed for $1.3 million back in 2013 by the Rangers and later acquired in the Yovani Gallardo deal post-2014. Diplan is my wheelhouse, small righty. The things that I love about Diplan are many, let me count them. 1.Great feel for pitching at a young age. 2.Fastball sits 92-96 with late life. 3. His slider is a plus pitch already. 4. Lots of groundballs. The one draw back is his size and the need for him to develop the change. Which he is working on, so it doesn’t count as a drawback. The development of that change will ultimately determine where he ends up, rotation or pen.

Trent Clark, OF | Age: 20 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level A- 

The 15th overall pick in 2015 draft,  is a toolsy prep outfielder, and a good athlete, with 5 tool upside. Though none of his 5 tools are plus, they could all project to be above average. After slashing .309/.424/.430 across two levels of rookie ball, he followed it up with an injury-marred 2016, as multiple hamstring injuries limited him to 59 games. Clark isn’t someone I’m dying to own in 16 team dynasties, though he does have some endearing qualities. Particularly not wearing batting gloves, a weird golf grip on his bat, his quick hands, and his compact swing. He also walks a ton which always gets my jollies on.

Jordan Yamamoto, RHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A

I wrote about Yamamoto a few times last year, including my first Mining The Numbers post, and my final Minor League Update of the year. Here’s my scouting notes from his most recent mention, “he mixes a a mid 90’s fastball, with a plus slider, and an average curveball to generate swings and misses. He also induces groundballs at a near 50% rate.” He’s a smallish righty so there’s some bullpen risk, but the K/9 of 10.18 and the 48% groundball rate make him very interesting as a dynasty prospect. He’s essentially Diplan with less upside. Still looks to be a steal as a 12th rounder in 2014 out of the alma mater of Marcus Mariota, Saint Louis High School in Honolulu, Hawaii. Led the Midwest League in strikeouts, while simultaneously slashing his walk rate. Yamamoto credited adjustments he made under the guidance of pitching coach Gary Lucas, who focused on getting the righty to attack the corners, and really challenge hitters with his elite stuff.

Kodi Medeiros, LHP | Age: 20 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A+

A reliever type IMO, but the Brewers are trying the starter route to not much success. Owner of a big fastball, that touches mid-90’s with deception and sink. Generates tons of groundballs (53%), but has yet to do him much good. Is mostly projection at the moment, but at 20 he’s still got time to right the ship. Though I don’t have a ton of faith. His delivery is a funky weird sidestep, with a long ¾ motion as he moves toward home. Not a wise investment.

Others: Nathan Kirby, Demi Orimoloye, Chad McClanahan, Mario Feliciano, Trey Supak

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  1. Swfcdan says:
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    Wow the Hader blurb has me intrigued, I thought he was more like a potential mid-rotation arm before. Would you trade any of Honeywell, J Bell, J Mateo, Cozens to get him in a keeper?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Swfcdan: Every single one of them. Hader is a tier above all of those players in my opinion. I think he’s great.

    • Goldirocks says:
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      @Swfcdan:
      Trade either Mateo or Cozens for him.
      Honeywell is worth keeping with similar top end potential; and if you can add Hader too, you’ll double your chances at hitting the Ace lottery on one of them – and maybe you’ll end up with two? Keep Bell.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Goldirocks: I don’t think Honeywell has ace upside, but he can be a very good number 2. He’s certainly the last one I’d deal of that group, followed by Bell. My choice would be Mateo.

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: But Mateo’s speed gives him the most upside of the group, he’s had Jose Reyes comps and his down year seems to be more due to lack of focus than talent from what I’ve read. And in the speed deprived world, a potential 10/40 year from a MI is golden.

          Prospectors I’ve read this offseason love both Hader and Honeywell, so there might not be much point swapping one for other, especially as Hader plays in a much more offense friendly park (though no DH evens things more) and Honeywell hasn’t had the reliever talk. I think I’ll definately do Cozens and Bell if the owner wants, think I’ll pass on the other two though.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Swfcdan: I’m fine with you dealing Cozens, but Bell has a solid floor, and is pretty much a major leaguer, I wouldn’t deal that so easily.

            I’d hold Honeywell of that group too, he doesn’t have the K upside that Hader has. Which is why I like Hader better. Hader also had the really tough assignment to AAA Colorado Springs in the PCL, and some bad luck, and a really rough home park (and league in general).

            To me Mateo is the one to deal, if you read the tea leaves I don’t think the Yanks like him much. There’s personality issues, and he took a step back in A ball this year. Don’t read too much into 2016 pre-season hype on Mateo, he’s tanking. I’m not one to sell low, but I think if you can get Hader for him right now you do it. Mateo’s floor is washout, that’s a dangerous game to play. While I don’t trust Cozens 2016, I think he’s going to see the majors soon and get a real shot to stick. My two cents is trade Mateo.

            • Swfcdan says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: I guess it’s a classic risk-reward case. Mateo’s floor is never making the majors absolutely, but his ceiling is Jose Reyes 10/40 territory at likely 2B.

              I’ve taken over a rebuilding team so I’m more likely to favour high ceiling players at this stage, as I’m not winning next year anyway. Therefore I think I should keep the Mateo types and see if he rebounds. Whereas lower ceiling MLB ready types like Bell might be a better bet for me to trade, so I’ll see if he has any interest in him for Hader too. PNC is a nightmare for righty power, so I can’t see Bell eclipsing 20 homers for a few years, and even with a high AVG/OBP that’s not great in todays power frenzied world.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Swfcdan: Hey I tried. Haha

                • Swfcdan says:
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                  @Ralph Lifshitz: He’s come back and said he’d do Hader for Bell (I offered Mateo too but he didn’t want him so maybe you are right haha).

                  Pull the trigger on it? As a 1B Bell in PNC feels more unattractive the more I think about him, as any good 1B these days tops 20 homers (plus Bell still hasn’t got the job to himself with “studs” like Jaso around!) . It sounds like Hader could be pretty special.

                  • Ralph Lifshitz

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                    @Swfcdan: I say do it.

  2. Packers says:
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    Is Scooter a starter for the Brew Crew?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Packers: No, Villar starts at second with Shaw the everyday third baseman. JB backs me up on that.

      • Packers says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: ok, thanks. He was my #2 second baseman. Gotta find another now.

        • JB Gilpin

          JB Gilpin says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: @Packers: Yeah Stearns said that Scooter will have to earn playing time.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @JB Gilpin: Word!

  3. goodfold2 says:
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    with only j.o’connor C TB (if he’s still even on TB, he was waived a bit back) i’ll be adding a catcher sometime in this draft. from your catcher podcast this sounds like the order here of catchers if i’m right, assuming i’m not missing somebody from one of the rosters not yet gone over:
    – Y.Mercedes BAL (no ratings i can find)
    – Okey CIN – 50/50/40 (tools from mlb.com even if outdated) (19)
    – Kelley STL 45/50/20 (17, but will be backup for a while barring injury)
    – Stubbs HOU 50/30/50 (18)
    – I. Rice CUBS
    – B.Sullivan TB 45/55/50 (20)
    – O’Keefe STL
    – A.Murphy BAL 45/50/35 (18)
    does feliciano MIL slot into these or just at bottom.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: crap, boobs,crap on acuna then, but with so many speed OF i already have (tocci/sierra (STL)/dj davis/whitley (TB)) and only cozens for power tools at OF hopefully i’m better off with kirilloff. and i’m such a tarantino fan one would’ve thunk i’d have overvalued him without knowing. sounds like a tough kid.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flpxujAPNYE

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @goodfold2: Ha! I think Acuna is more than just a speed guy. My personal belief is he’s the next Victor Robles and that we’ll be seeing Acuna we’ll inside the top 30 come Top 100 time 2018.

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          @Ralph Lifshitz: he must’ve made some crazy movement since last year, it is odd he wasn’t drafted last year, even with only the ratings mlb.com’s (i’m guessing their rating for him was from march-april 2016) 50/45/60. i had him in ATL’s list last year, he was 11th on Mike’s long shots, but mlb.com’s top 30 at the time didn’t even have him on it (that would be the 2015 list)

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @goodfold2: Here’s what I wrote about Acuna back in November.

            Ronald Acuna, OF | Age: 18 | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A/Rk

            One of the breakout prospects of 2016, as he burst onto the scene early in the year before a thumb injury slowed down his ascent. Much like Albies, Acuna is advanced beyond his years showing elite hit tool and approach for an 18 year old prospect. His speed isn’t off the charts, but he has the ability to steal 20+ bases now, and more power could develop as he matures. He’s straddling the line of “Spec on The Beach”, and I would expect he reaches that status a year from now.

            Since then he’s gone down to winter ball in Australia and killed it, was arguably the best player in the league despite being one of the youngest. Major riser.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: I like Stubbs and Kelly the best of the group you listed.

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    This deal was proposed in my forever league last night by two other owners, i am not involved..LOL

    would you take that deal for Dobaldson in a 4 ever keeper?

    Trade: Corey Knebel
    Trade: Gavin Cecchini
    Trade: Javier Báez

    FOR
    Trade: Josh Donaldson

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: son of dobaldson owner should be getting more, and i’m assuming holds here with knebel, and four ever.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Malicious Phenoms: No way that’s an awful return for JD.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks guys..Now, how about this offer:

        Trade: Nolan Arenado

        FOR

        Trade: Jorge Mateo
        Trade: Riley Pint
        Trade: Francis Martes
        Trade: Franklyn Kilome
        Trade: Marcell Ozuna
        Trade: Bobby Dalbec
        Trade: Eloy Jimenez

        Same league 10 team roto 6 X 6, Xtra cats, OBP & QS…keep all players 4 ever..

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: I’d want Arenado, even there’s a lot of good pups heading the Arenado owners way.

  5. Pete Vuckovich as Clu Haywood says:
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    Ralph, what do you think of Susac? He put up interesting numbers up in the minors. Can he win the job? What kind of numbers can he put up as a starting C?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Pete Vuckovich as Clu Haywood: I think he’s an off the radar sleeper catcher this year for deep leagues and dynasty. He’s got some offensive upside, and might have a gig.

  6. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Great writeup, Ralph! Very excited to draft Brinson wherever I can. Between him and Broxton (who I’m also looking to grab late in my keeper league, but as an OF5), JB must be rubbing off on me!

    Ralph/MP – Turning to keeper trades, I’ve been receiving a bunch of offers for my $30 Kershaw in a 12 team keep 7 forever (he’s my only SP keeper, my others are $33 Rizzo, $28 Betts, $11 Story, $10 Dahl, $3 Moncada, $6 Khris). Not used to owning a capital “A” Ace, so I’m leaning towards trade if the fit is right.

    Would you trade Kershaw for any of (a) $17 Donaldson, (b) $12 DeGrom, $10 JD Mart, $3 VMart, (c) $19 Stras, $23 Blackmon, $10 JD Mart, (d) same as c but $12 Hanley instead of Stras, or (e) $23 Votto, $9 Desmond, $20 Klubot?

    If so, which is/are your favorites? If I took any of the 3-player deals, that would mean needing to drop to free agency (or trade) Dahl and Khris, both of whom I really like–though I feel like I could draft Dahl and Khris more or less around their keeper prices.

    Thanks!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @JB Gilpin: I even [very briefly] took a look at Shaw! Really do love Brox and Brinson though. Average is easy enough to find in a slap hitting waiver guy . . . those SBs and HRs not so much!

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph. Grey is going to laugh if he sees this because I’m about to mention Todd Frazier, but I’ve received an offer from another owner who’s looking to shave salary and give me $16 Todd and $7 Brantley for my Davis, which I’m more interested in due to getting to then keep Kershaw and have an interesting 7th keeper option in Brantley if he’s truly 100% in spring.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I like that trade Frazier for Davis alone isn’t bad, and you if Brantley is even 75% of his former self you win. If he makes a full recovery you just committed larceny.

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Here here! Let’s say Brantley is 75%-100% . . . does $10 Dahl then become the odd keeper out here? Only other option would be Moncada (no way).

            If I left Dahl for free agency, I’d make it a point to draft him regardless (and I expect I could get him around $10 or so . . . and maybe I get lucky and COL signs Trumbo or Carter, causing others to question Dahl’s initial playing time).

  7. Lougle says:
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    I am a Phillips owner in dynasty (OBP/SLG instead of AVG/HR) and received a trade offer on a one-for-one basis from a team offering the following: Ramon Laureano, Jahmai Jones, Jesus Sanchez or Miguel Andujar. Would you move Phillips for any of these guys? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Lougle: I’d hold for now.

  8. zaphrodesiac says:
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    I wonder if I’m the only person that reads all your articles in the John Goodman voice. I’d probably be disappointed if I heard you on a podcast.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @zaphrodesiac: I’m actually John Goodman shhhhh

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @zaphrodesiac: for someone who hangs out from time to time where goodman is from (he owns a bar there still) he sounds like somebody from the departed/the town or other Boston-based movies. he quite well could have a dialect different from those, but not having been there it’s close. stanhope maybe.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @goodfold2: Haha I’m sitting in Stanhope’s home town of Worcester as we type. I think Goodman is from the mid-west.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: southwestern border of STL and STL county. to me i call it south county STL, but those who live there take offense usually and refer to themselves as within city. technically it’s affton MO. just from knowing his stuff i would’ve guessed stanhope’s from near BOS, but recently i read his biography.

  9. El Famous Burrito says:
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    Lots of gold nuggets, but what about the 5-cent aluminum can deposit on Michael Reed?

      • Tweak says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’ve read elsewhere that Reed has excellent mechanics and his power development is inevitable (becoming a 20/20 guy). Dude has walked at a roughly 15% clip throughout his minors career with around a 20% K-rate. I can understand the argument that he could be more. I picked him up in one dynasty league this year as a sneaky bench OF bat with upside (alongside Schebler and Hunter Dozier). Assuming Braun gets dealt or injured, he should find some regular playing time at some point during the year.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Tweak: When’s it going to happen? He’s 24 and only slugged .365 in Colorado Springs, doesn’t seem like a 20/20 guy to me.

  10. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    ZIPS has Moncada at 17 / 34 for 2017. Yes please!

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    Am I the only one still high on Aaron Wilkerson? I know he struggled after the trade in the PCL at Colorado Springs, but who doesn’t? Still a 9+/K Guy with a 4/1 K/BB ratio, and decent stuff.

    Cause he’s 27?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Great Knoche: I’m not sure what to make of him, he’ super old for a prospect. Saw him pitch a couple times in Pawtucket last year, he really isn’t bad.

  12. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    Boom!

    • Big Odio says:
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      @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: are you back? Or is this just a teaser

      • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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        @Big Odio: There’s no place like home, drawn back in by the wizards of Razz. How about Javier Betancourt Ralph? Any promise there?

        • Big Odio says:
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          @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: He has some upside but in this pitchers park of fantasy I think he will fall short of the necessary dongs to be a fantasy stud. He is a real hit tool but until he learns to cut that walk rate and stop hitting the ball into the ground we may not see him take that next step til 2018. He feels like a 78/15/75/6/.270 guy with some room to grow if he stops lolly gagging.

          • Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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            @Big Odio: Lacking in the dong dept but intriguing package overall… Yeah your projections seem generous, i have him in an NL only dynasty and am on the fence

            • Big Odio says:
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              @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: when he’s reading our words I have to be generous. I dont want to break the kids spirit

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: I don’t think much of him, no real power or speed. He’s young for AA last year, but he’ll need a breakout to be anything more than minors depth in a 24+ team dynasty.

  13. Big Odio says:
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    Your bi-polarism precedes you and precludes you from reality. Don’t think I wouldn’t read

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Big Odio: Of course you’d read silly rabbit!

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I was expecting to read about Jordan Yamamoto and his huge step forward in 2016 but was disappointed again…where is my co-manager Halp when I need him.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Big Odio: Jesus, I totally spaced on Yamamoto. This post is already 2500 words lol

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Its bupkis. Totally tainted. Everybody stop reading and move away from your computers!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @Big Odio: I don’t know what you’re talking about Yamamoto is there……..(These are not the drones you are looking for)

              • Big Odio says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: don’t pull some jedi editing mind tricks on me. They only work on the weak minded.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @Big Odio: Wait, so why didn’t it work on you again?

                  • Big Odio says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: your are too weak minded to grasp the concept

        • Halp says:
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          @Big Odio: haha … couldn’t help you, didn’t talk about him on the podcast either.

  14. John says:
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    Do you like Cody Reed more than Wilmer in dynasty?

    Gracias

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @John: Wilmer Flores? If it’s Reds Cody Reed (there’s two) then yes I do. I really like the Code man

  15. MB says:
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    Man, Clark was a first rd pick in dynasty supp drafts last year; jeez, him and Naylor have fallen.

    • Big Odio says:
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      @MB: shows how easy anyone can be wrong when it comes to dynasty

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MB: I don’t think Clark has fallen off, he was hurt and barley played. Don’t give up on him yet.

  16. Big Odio says:
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    and this is for JB too but my takeaway is the Brewers couldn’t develop talent in the minors and the only way they can get better is get talent that other organizations developed. Doesn’t sound promising long term

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Big Odio: You might not be wrong, but let’s give them a shot and see what the new administration (Sterns and co) can do with Ray, Erceg, Ponce, Clark, etc. They did come from a very good development program in Houston.

      • Big Odio says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I honestly think most orgs suck ass at development. I think they get lucky more times than not.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Big Odio: I think organizations are good at developing certain types of players or positions. Example: The Rays develop pitching but can’t develop hitters.

          • Big Odio says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: have they drafted good hitters beside longo and rococo baldelli?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Big Odio: Josh Hamilton, Andrew Toles, Tim Beckham, Deleon Young, BJ Upton, Mahtook, O’Conner all first rounders. Jury is still out on Garrett Whitley, and I think Casey Gillaspie will break the mold, I like Gillaspie.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Correction Toles was a 3rd.

                Look how many guys end up with drug problems. Nothing else to do in Tampa but get high I guess.

                • JB Gilpin

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                  @Big Odio: @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah Brewers management got skewed for not drafting/developing. very well until Stearns got here. Ever since Braun/Weeks/Prince really. Gallardo was a good one. That’s why they kept signing mid-range FAs bc we didn’t have young guys come up. It’s looking a lot better right now. Look at Erceg, Arcia

  17. Desmond says:
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    Loving the off-season write-ups as ever, Ralph. Nice work.

    Not sure whether I prefer Milwaukee or Houston’s system in terms of both quality and depth (obviously the White Sox have stacked up with their trades this winter). If you were to do a rough top half dozen or so systems for talent, where would the Brew Crew fall?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Desmond: It’s tough cause are we going depth or high end talent.

      My top 5 would look like this. White Sox, Brewers, Dodgers, Yankees, and Dodgers. Braves are right there but it’s so pitching heavy that on a fantasy list I’d prefer to go a different direction.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I think that 2nd Dodgers team is better than the first Dodgers squad..lol

      • Desmond says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Wow, you must really like the Dodgers ;) Assume one of those is the Astros. And I get what you mean about the Braves.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Desmond: Haha yes Dodgers 2 is the Astros lol

  18. Alex says:
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    Greetings prospect gurus.

    This dude in my dynasty league wants Taillon baaad from me. I am no position to compete but the prospect lot is pretty full on my roster and I have a ton of picks.

    That said, is Amir Garrett and either Kyle Tucker or Dom Smith too sexy a package to turn down for Taillon or am I smart just to stick with Taillon because those other guys will prolong my rebuild?

    Thank you

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex: I’d do Tucker and Garrett and mitagate the risk that Taillons arm falls off.

  19. Clint says:
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    Question regarding minors eligibility rules in your dynasty leagues, guys.

    I just joined REL & the settings 130 at-bats for hitters, 50 innings-pitched for pitchers. I started a dynasty league last season that has 14 teams w/that same setting. But, the owners in my league want to go up. One guy suggested rules like a 6yr league he’s been in league that allows 600ab’s and 250IP which seems crazy-high to me. Is there a standard and/or what’s your rationale for where your leagues’ settings are?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Clint: All of my leagues are the MLB rookie limits (130/50), many of those leagues allow you to stash a player for the full season though if they reach their limits mid-season. I like leagues where owners have to make tough decisions. That’s the strategy element of roster building in dynasty.

  20. barvesgonnabarve says:
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    Hey Ralph, great work on all these lists. I missed out on the Braves list and hoped you could respond to why you think Wentz is above Anderson or Muller (or even Touki?)? Haven’t had the chance to see him, but numbers were the worst of that group last year (SSS to be sure), and I’m having trouble being as excited about him as many of the other arms in that system.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @barvesgonnabarve I believe in the stuff and his secondary offerings. I went through it on their blurbs. I see Anderson more as a Sonny Gray or Tim Hudson type. Good ratios not as much upside. I think Wentz can be a big athletic lefty that can miss bats.

      • barvesgonnabarve says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I definitely get that impression out of Anderson. He seems a bit underwhelming for a #3 overall. Good to hear about the plus offspeed offerings from Wentz though. Hopefully he holds up over his first full pro season and we can see some better results going forward. Have you seen much of Muller?
        What’s the reason he gets lost in the shuffle when compared to Wentz considering he doesn’t have any history of “dead arm” and posted electric results in his short stint last year?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @barvesgonnabarve: I like Muller, I wouldn’t be shocked if he’s the best of the three, but it hits a point where there’s only so many I can write about.

          Anderson went three because they could sign him below slot and take other top options. It’s the economics of the MLB Draft. It’s like this blog I probably could have done blurbs for 3-4 more players.

          • barvesgonnabarve says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, the Brewers and Braves really have done a good job rebuilding both at the top end and with depth. Definitely appreciate the work you do writing them all up!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @barvesgonnabarve: Thanks! I appreciate the read and Braves prospect talk.

              They really have, I love what the Braves are doing. Do you think they maybe surprise a few people this year? I don’t think they’re awful this year.

              • barvesgonnabarve says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: As much as the Braves fan in me would love it, I don’t see it happening this year. I really hated the Markakis signing and the Kemp deal for this very reason; neither guy has upside at all and they’re blocking the advancement of potentially useful pieces like Mallex Smith and even Peterson. I think one more year of suck would be useful in the long run (if Coppy has shown anything it’s that he appears to run an excellent draft department and three years in a row with a top 5 pick would be nice), and if they can shed Kemp or Markakis for even a warm body, so much the better.

                I’d talk Braves prospects all day though; it’s fun to dream on the future! Your write up on them really was good — excellent hedging on Fried and Acuna in particular. I think both are going to be “Specs on the Beach” in no time.

  21. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Raplh,

    Guy has just asked me to name my price for Gary Sanchez in my 12 team H2H Dynasty. We have 30 spots on MLB roster and 20 on MiLB.
    My MLB roster is
    C – Sanchez
    1B – Rizzo
    2B – Kinsler
    SS – Arcia
    3B – Seager K
    IF – Abreu
    LF – Benintendi
    CF – Trout
    RF – Carlos Gonzalez
    OF – Kepler
    UT – Murphy
    UT – Herrera
    BN – Buxton
    BN – Gallo
    BN – Napoli
    BN – Realmuto

    The other guy has Altuve, Bogaerts, Polanco, Marte, Contreras that interest me as well Bader, Isan Diaz, JP Crawford, Ahmed Rosario and Ian Happ.

    Give : Kinsler, Sanchez
    get : Altuve, Contreras, Bader, Diaz

    Is that asking too much? Not enough ? Any advice appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Always ask for too much, better to do that than to ask for too little. Try that option above.

  22. Revlis says:
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    What are your thoughts on Monte Harrison?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Revlis: appears to be awesome athlete for defense (good for keeping job, esp his arm). mlb.com’s giving him (these would be probably 10 month or so ago ratings) 45/50/60 hit/power/speed. they say if everything goes right he’d be a 20/20. coming back from tibia break, i’m guessing dr.lifshitz here is lower on him than above, maybe partially from the injury. he was 19 last year.

  23. goodfold2 says:
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    got 2 more teams that both had minorleagueball lists with tools from mlb.com (love how the only site that shows the tool ratings is the outdated one) to see if i’m missing somebody or anybody is way lower/higher. not quite at the spot where i’m needing to merge 1st year’s and previously unowned guys that must’ve moved up a ton (c.adams/acuna types). guys like craig/thaiss still around.
    TEX:
    1. a.tejada MI 45/55/50 (20)
    2. c.ragans SP/RP 55 (F), 55 (CU), 55 (CH), 55 (CT) (19) and we know he missed the top 60 1st years
    3. a.speas RP/SP 70 (F), 60 (CU), 45 (CH), 40 (CT) (20) looks like major bullpen risk
    4. j.palumbo SP/RP 55 (F), 55 (CU), 50 (CH), 45 (CT) (20)
    5. t.phillips SP/RP 60 (F), 50 (SL), 50 (CH), 50 (CT) (19)
    6. c.sadzeck RP 80(F), 55 (SL), 40 (CH), 45 (CT) (17) bullpen if up now
    7. p.peyano SP/RP 55 (F), 50 (CU), 50 (CH), 50 (CT) (18)
    8. k.enright MI/CI 50/50/50 (20)
    9. j.hernandez SP/RP 55 (F), 50 (SL), 50 (CH), 50 (CT) (19)
    10. m.hauschild SP (17) boring innings eater i can’t find ratings for
    11. t.ferguson RP 65 (F), 55 (SL), 40 (CH), 45 (CT) (19) set up upside
    12. d.robinson MI 35/50/45 (17)

    SF (not showing the 2 OF’s in top 60 i know where they’d go, assuming at top)
    3. m.krook SP/RP 65 (F), 60 (CU), 50 (SL), 50 (CH), 45 (CT) (19) i moved this guy up from tools, could be wrong
    4. s.duggar OF 50/40/70 (19)
    5. j.johnson SP/RP 65 (F), 50 (CU), 50 (CH), 50 (CT) (19)
    6. j.gregorio RP/SP 60 (F), 55 (SL), 45 (CH), 45 (CT) (17), probably a RP if he comes up this year
    7. s.fabbian OF
    8. hinojosa MI 50/40/30 (18)
    9. r.martinez RP 80 (F), 50 (SL), 45 (CT) (18)
    10. r.moronta RP 70 (F), 55 (SL), 45 (CH), 45 (CT) (18)
    11. h.cole OF 50/50/40 (17)
    12. d.slania SP/RP (18) supposedly similar to stratton
    13. c.johnson SP/RP 65 (F) 45 (SL) 50 (CH), 50 (CT) (17)
    14. c.taylor SP/RP 55 (F), 50 (SL), 45 (CH), 50 (CT) (18)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: I’d thank both Thaiss and Craig over all of those guys. I’d Heath Quinn still available? I like Tejeda and Speas more than Regans.

      How about Wladimir Galindo is he owned?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: *Take and *Is

        Sorry auto correct

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: i’m just getting these team lists for when the master 60 list runs out. if my math is right you’ll get maybe 4 more teams done by time we are completely finished. guys like the ones i’ve mentioned that i didn’t know where to slot (romero/ruiz/acuna etc) i’ll hopefully ask in advance if need be. thaiss/craig/quinn/orna/ockimey/dalbec/trammell/hudson/sixto/lowe/reynolds from the top 30 left. only about 5 from 30 and beyond gone.

          seems like guys like this might be just outside it:
          gowdy PHI, stobbe CI PHI, kieboom MI WAS (only if i don’t get one of bichett/almanzar/nova PHI), e.rios CI LAD (those 3 other LAD still there peters/c.thomas/sheffield), hays OF BAL

          wlad galindo i have moved into around your 6-7th long shots at CUBS a CI with power (21). i must’ve heard you mention him on a podcast or saw him at some site.

  24. goodfold2 says:
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    where’d you slot
    f.romero SP MIN
    n.ruiz SP OAK
    if they were in 1st year list. i’d guess outside or back end of it.

    2. got an offer of brax davidson OF ATL for my staumont P KC. davidson’s tools still list as decent, but davidson has been falling down the ATL lists for a while, not just from ATL adding a million better players too i’d guess.
    my minor OF and SP now look like:
    OF – kirilloff/cozens/dj davis/sierra (STL)/tocci/whitley (TB) (lesser guys vj reyes ARI and d.alvarez BAL too)
    SP rey lopez/kilome/a.smith SD/b.martin/staumont and some iffier types (alcantara DET, yarbrough SEA, heredia PIT) and definitely bullpen guys (sherfy/rj alvarez/m.ynoa

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: now 20 out of 34 players picked are SP (or one definite RP in z.burdi), so if i thin my pitchers moving staumont i’d probably target a SP with my next pick, but there’s seriously a lot of good hitters (9 top 30 guys with ockimey being in that) still here.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Okay so lots of stuff here.

      I’d definitely rank both Romero and Ruiz within the top 40. Romero might be top 15-20 on a first year player list. Baseball America ranked him 4th in the Twins system ahead of Tyler Jay.

      The reports on Ruiz from Ben Balder at BA say he could be in the majors by the end of 2017 in some capacity, so he’s attractive to an owner looking to repeat.

      That Staumont offer is junk. I think Davidson is a washout, and Staumont has upside, a lot of it.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: that was initial comment “moving one of highest moving types for a guy moving down for at least 2 straight years isn’t usually good business”. he took all top 125 guys off table (albies/adames) and offered either d.hill or brax. i knew hill was trash for sure.

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          @goodfold2: this guy’s prospect system stacked in OF/MI (adames/albies/n.williams), but also these in case they are good enough for staumont (and i’d only do this if hudson is around at 2.19, or maybe sixto sanchez, or maybe wait till 3.19/3.23 and grab just obviously best bat at 2.19)

          gettys OF SD (from what i’m seeing at other sites he’s gotten better as mlb.com’s last year list gives him only 45/45 in hit/power)
          j.ortiz OF PHI

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            @goodfold2: found out fangraphs lists are quite awesome, albeit only done with 10 of them. gettys seems like a big no no from that.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @goodfold2: Yes Logenhagen is very good. We disagree on some players (Rowdy Tellez), but he’s awesome. Used to work for Keith Law

  25. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Thanks for the ongoing advice, much appreciated.

    Our off season draft (about 80 or so prospects will be drafted) takes place over the next couple of weeks, been putting together my board of 2016 draftees, unowned prospects and J2 signees. Have read your first year player draft stuff, where would you put the following in amongst those prospects ? We will have 240 prospects owned when we finish our draft, so if there are any sleepers you have in mind, they’d be much appreciated.

    Koby Allard
    Yadier Alvarez
    Tristan McKenzie
    Juan Soto
    Chance Sisco
    Josh Staumont
    Erick Fedde
    Stephen Gonsalves

    Thanks for all your input.

    Dan

    PS – hoping Manchester United are given a torrid time Sunday.

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Another Dan:
      PPS – got my Sunday’s wrong, it’s next Sunday (14th) when I hope Utd are given a torrid time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan:
      A Liverpool fan? I’ll have to give you bad advice…JK

      Not kidding Alvarez might be anywhere from 2-4, McKenzie would go after Collins, Allard after him, Gonslaves and Fedde after Maitan. I would put Soto after Craig, Staumont after Ona, and Sisco would slot about 19. All top 20 players.

      I think all those guys makes my top 100

  26. Another Dan says:
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    Indeed a Liverpool fan.

    Just traded away : Rizzo, Duffy, Gallo, my 1.8
    To receive : Goldy, Price, 1.3

    So, unless I am inundated with trade offers, I am picking Senzel. From previous trades I have 2 second round picks (12 team league), so some of these guys will be on the board when I pick next.

    Thanks,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: I don’t mind that deal, pretty even.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks Ralph,

        I thought it was pretty even too. One of the other push factors was my MLB roster is oversized at present. And with K Seager, Murphy and Healy at 3B Trout, CarGonz, Benintendi, Herrera, Buxton, Kepler I wasn’t sure where Gallo would get much playing time. He’s also not allowed to be demoted to MiLB because he’s over rookie limits.

        your help is much appreciated.

        I am really enjoying the podcasts, it is increasing the knowledge of this baseball noob.

        Best wishes,

        Dan

  27. goodfold2 says:
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    where’d you put shedric long C (he’s gonna be a 2B in pros apparently). fangraph’s just put out their CIN list, and he’s getting 45/55/60 (50 in game power thus far) ratings. drafted in 2013, not at all on mlb.com’s outdated lists. good BB rate (11.3) and ISO, and steals.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: and where’d galindo CUBS CI be right now (i’m assuming you moved him up after you finished your CUBS list). he also counts as a MI now in fantrax.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: you and logenhagen’s metrics might disagree big time on this long guy here. no other list out yet long enough to compare what they think.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Yeah, Logenhagen loves him. I hadn’t heard of him to be honest with you.

  28. Alex says:
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    Hello, thanks in advance for taking the time to answer my question below.

    I am in 15 team dynasty, 30 mlb/20 milb.

    Is Mitch Keller enough in return for Ian Kennedy? I am in a rebuild and not sure if I should ask for more.

    Take care

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex: Honestly I’d do it, I think Keller is excellent. BUT, I would go back and ask for another piece like a pick or one of their maybe lower value prospects.

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