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Baseball is back, and Halph cannot contain their excitement. With this week’s installment, we finish up our review of the top fantasy prospects in all 30 major league systems. The Toronto Blue Jays and Washington Nationals: The Final Frontier. We once again butcher a few, if not all of the names. Sorry Justin Maese, I think. We discuss the always polarizing Rowdy Tellez, gorge ourselves on a little statutory Vlad Jr. love, and talk about why we both rank Anthony Alford highly. We fall asleep for a few minutes talking backend starters who throw sinkers. Then get our blood rushing again with the Washington Nationals now semi-depleted system. So there’s some butchering of Victor Robles name. A little talk of buzzy teenage power bat Juan Soto, followed by some Erick Fedde, and the rest of the Nationals system. It’s the latest episode of The Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast.

 
  1. Tim says:
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    Any Jesus Luzardo thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tim: Yeah, he’s a solid sleeper. First round talent w/ a TJ discount. I like him.

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Halph! Looking forward to listening in the car shortly.

    What do you guys make of the recent David Dahl back news? I’m worried it may lead to a time share or missing some early season time. On that note:

    1. Does Tapia leapfrog any of meadows, bellinger, brinson on your 2017 impact prospects list?

    2. I own a $10 Dahl in a keep 7 league (other keepers are $18 Yu $33 Rizzo $28 Betts $9 Desmond $11 Story $3 Moncada). In light of the news, I’m keeping an eye on my $5 Keon Broxton (maybe hitting 2?) and $6 Khris as potential final keeper replacements for him if he’s still questionable. Do you like either of those guys over Dahl if the back continues to be a thing?

    3. In that same league, an owner with no plans to keep Dahl (he wants him to package as trade bait) offered me my pick of $12 Hanley (maybe has shoulder issues) or $19 Strasburg. Usually I would only keep 1 pitcher at most, but this is a weekly league and the idea of a Yu-Stras 1-2 is very alluring and means that I can really wait a while to fill out my staff. What do you think?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: What’s up Dudes?

      1. Probably not, this is the highest I can see Tapia being ranked. Maybe anyway, haha.
      2. If the back keeps him out I think you go Khris.
      3. You could do Stras, obviously you might be taking on even more injury risk. For what it’s worth I think the shoulder think is a way of getting out of the WBC.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: hey! Thanks a lot. I like Khris a lot, but my league mates are snoozing on him (so I could draft him on the cheap). That makes me lean Hanley/Stras if the back keeps him out…

        By the way, nice to see Moncada get some hits yesterday!

        Thanks again!

    • Halp

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Hey Duda. The Dahl news kinda reminded me that he has been a bit injury prone in the past. I’m assuming he should be ok, but something to think about. Agreed with Ralph that Tapia’s value remains the same. Dahl vs. Davis vs. Strasburg is a tough all. Probably a situation where you can’t go wrong. I think I still lean Dahl, but if news keeps getting worse on his back make the Strasburg trade. And have Davis as plan c.

      • Halp

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        @Halp: Also keep in mind that Strasburg had Tommy John in 2010, and has started to have a bunch of arm injuries the past few seasons. Seems he is a bit of a ticking time bomb.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          @Halp: thanks for all the feedback Halp! Good points and glad to hear none of these options are crazy. Stras is certainly injury prone too (and I wouldn’t plan to keep him in 2018) but I like the conscious changes he’s made in the offseason . . . pitching from the stretch only a la darvish to make his delivery/arm angle more repeatable and less injury prone, limiting that slider usage to in game only (not bullpens too), etc. I wouldn’t draft him as my ace, but if I could snag him as a too-elite number 2 and have two 10+ k/9 sps at the top of my rotation, it seems worth the risk…particularly if Dahl can be redrafted as I’m hoping. For reference as to what sort of pitchers go for $19 in this league, last year I got Salazar at $21 and Tyson Ross (ugh, but was a top 25 ranked guy last year) for $19. If I didn’t take Stras, my guess is that I’d be paying $19 for Duffy Maeda or Hill, maybe more. I still have a few days to make a final decision, so I’ll be watching Dahl closely!

  3. Jason says:
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    I’m in a deep 12-team H2H keep forever league. We keep 20 MLB guys and 8 MiLB guys and have a 12 round draft (144 picks) each year–total of 40 man rosters.

    The scoring categories are:
    R H HR RBI SB BB K TB AVG OPS and IP QS W ERA WHIP SV+HLD HRA K/9 K/BB

    I received two trade offers for my JDMart/VMart:
    (1) DDuffy/Chapman (2) Puig/Bundy+2nd & 33rd picks

    At OF I have – Cruz/Bautista/JD/Broxton/Conforto
    At SP I have – Arrieta/Greinke/Hill/Lackey/Gsellman with Miller/Diaz @ RP

    Which pair would you prefer in a keeper? Am I selling low on JD/VMart?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jason: Duffy and Chapman sounds great but you already have enough pitching, and without JD you’re very thin at OF. I’d hold. Maybe see if they’ll do a 1 for 1 for V-Mart, or V-Mart and a lesser player.

      • Jason says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks Ralph

        It’s actually a league that starts a LF/CF/RF and 2 OF. So I have:

        LF – Thames, CF – Pollock, RF – Cruz, OF – Baustista, OF – JD, with Broxton/Conforto at UTIL

        Does that change your answer any?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jason: No I’d want the OF depth.

  4. Chris says:
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    Hello Ralf,

    Good morning!

    H2h, 12 teams Mix, 3 Keepers

    Current keeper: Arenado + Edwin.
    I’m between S. Marte, Yu or Arrieta for my 3rd.

    Thing is, last year I traded RD 5, 6, 8, 9.
    I was pushing for the Championship but didn’t win.

    Anyways, since I don’t a RD 5+6+8+9 (RD5 is actually RD2), should I keep Yu/Arrieta and then draft best player available?

    I’m considering to keep Marte, and even pick offensive player in rd5, and then concentrate on Sp for rd 7+10+11.
    I’m guessing in RD7 I can pick a Tanaka, Cole, Hamels maybe?

    what are your thoughts?

    Thanks

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      @Chris: Ralph*

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I think in head to head you have to take Yu. You definitely need an ace upside guy, and with no middle round picks you may not be able to snag one of those fringy top tier starters that drops.

  5. Matt says:
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    This is a little off topic-i just got a trade offer that is somewhat intriguing. I’d love to get thoughts/opinions! This is a dynasty points HTH (scoring skewed towards SP). A little more background info: I have three third basemen with Arenado, Maikel, and Sano.

    I was offered my Arenado, Bruce, and Tony Watson for his JDM, deGrom, Joe Ross, and an 2nd round rookie draft pick (Weaver should be available then). Ross would be easily flipable for another piece if I needed to. DeGrom would easily be my top SP (I have lots of upside guys). This is the best offer for Arenado that I’ve gotten-don’t need to trade him but I do have young depth at 3b. Thanks in advance.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Matt: No don’t trade Arenado.

      • Matt says:
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        If I can get Correa in there in the place of either Degrom or JDB, would that change anything in your mind? Or should Arenado be completely off limits? (I’ve fielded tons of offers for him from this owner!).

        A counter of Arenado-bruce-Watson for correa, jdm/degrom, ross, 2nd round pick

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Matt: Correa could sway me.

  6. Racehorse says:
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    Ralph / Halp

    No effing lie … Your podcasts are akin to barley meeting water meeting hops then meeting yeast, which all then formulate into the universe’s greatest beverage — hint, it rhymes with everclear (the “clear” part).

    Thanks to you two, I’ll be armed and ready with those beverages coarsing thru my veins for my upcoming dynasty draft — thank you!

    Per Ralph’s Top 100 I’m ranking Christin Stewart, Dylan Cozens then Juan Soto … Question: how far away is Desmond Lindsay from these three?

    And, please comment on Steve Kingery.

    Thanks again!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Racehorse: Thanks for the listen! Good stuff!

      I have Lindsey maybe 50-75 spots lower

  7. Another Dan says:
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    Thanks for the podcast, Halph’s Odyssey is now complete.

    Glad the final episode was a short one, it meant my return to the gym after a 2 week break was less painful.

    Best wishes,

    Dan

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