Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+

It’s Sunday, and I’m feeling a little scatterbrained this morning. With my AM coffee I’m looking to cover a wide variety of dynasty/prospect/small righty related content. Some of the low hanging fruits from the tree of prospector knowledge. With such a bountiful harvest it’s a crime not to share. There’s a lot of nothing to talk about, which is a polite way to say spring training stats. If you’re anything like me, then you wish you could press fast forward on the next week, right up until the moment the games begin. Hit play, and immerse yourself in baseball until late October. So far in 2017 I’ve given you my sleepers, my breakouts, my Top 100 Prospects, and my top prospects from every damn team’s farm system. It’s been a busy offseason, to say the least. One that never really ended or began. As good Ole Rust Cohle would say, time is a flat circle. In my case it’s a flat circle that spans 30 minor league systems, and a non-stop quest to know every player that ever played baseball. Today’s post is me just rounding out some performances, and giving you some of my takes on names I feel we’ll be discussing quite a bit in 2017. If there’s anything or anyone you’d like to discuss, then you know the drill, come with any and all Fantasy related questions in the comments.

 

Spring Notes for 3/26/17

Jake Bauers, 1B/OF Rays: It’s tough to tell if this is a spring training mirage, or if it’s a breakout.  Should the later hold true, is it really a surprise? We’ve long known of the polished plate approach, and smooth athletic fielding, it was only a matter of time until he developed the power stroke. Slashing .371/.465/.857 with 4 homers this spring, Bauers is making a lot of noise, but knowing the Rays I doubt he breaks camp. This is possibly the smallest market of all the small markets in the land, they will milk his service clock as long as they can. I’m buying the breakout, not a bad flier to take in dynasty formats. There’s a real black hole at the first base position.

Tyler O’Neill, OF Mariners: Oh yeah, did I mention he hit a dong off Clayton Kershaw last week?

Dan Vogelbach, 1B Mariners: Pour out a little melted ice cream for my boy the Jelly Donut of Swat. The glaze is off the cruller a bit. My love for Vogie is starting to wain, give me something to believe in big fella.

Mitch Haniger, OF Mariners: The bandwagon is so full the tires look flat as it navigates it’s way to opening day. The undisputed spring training MVP, has the kind of March hype only reserved for Juan Nicasio. Just kidding, but seriously the Haniger hype is at fever pitch, and I for one am basking in the moment. He’s a worthy gamble in all formats, and even with his inflated market value he’s still very obtainable in trades.

Ian Happ, 2B/OF Cubs: Has made a serious push to be considered for the majors sooner rather than later. Hit .417/.473/.813 with 5 homers this spring. If he was on any other team he’d be listed among the top rookies for 2017, but he’s with the mighty Cubs so he’s pros-blocked. Will need an injury or a trade to make a serious 2017 impact.

Willie Calhoun, 2B Dodgers: The underdog’s champion slashed .360/.385/.560 with 1 homer in 25 spring at bats, was assigned to minors camp earlier last week. Story is still the same, the bat is star quality but there’s knocks on the body and defense.

Gleyber Torres, SS Yankees: The legend of Gleyber grows with each passing test. Huge spring piggybacked on an MVP performance in the Arizona Fall League. Slashed .464/.484/.964 with two homers and 9 RBIs in 28 at bats. Not ready for the show yet, but he could see some late season at bats. May force his way into the lineup for opening day 2018.

Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B White Sox: After looking lost the first few weeks Moncada put on a show, finishing with a slashline of .317/.391/.590 with 3 homers and 13 RBI in 41 ABs. He’s since been assigned to minor league camp. It’s no use to make any hardline predictions of ETA, becuase it could be anytime between May 15th and July 15th. Heads to Charlotte to get his first taste of AAA.

Sixto Sanchez, RHP Phillies: Had Twitter, all the scouting sites, and Phillies fans, buzzing following a strong performance in the back fields. He hit 98, with good control, fastball flashed good sink, and induced lots of weak contact.

Tyler Glasnow, RHP Pirates: With just a few more days until final cuts, the big righty is making a compelling case for the Pirates rotation. Striking out 9 Tigers over 4 innings while allowing 2 earned runs. He’s now punched out 23 batters over 14 1/3 frames. He’s going to get every chance as a starter, but I still wonder how dominant he might be in the pen.

Sal Romano, RHP Reds: The big righthander has been a man possessed this spring. After a solid 156 innings in AA last season, I don’t think anyone expected a serious breakout. However, Romano looks like a far improved player so far in 2017. This spring he 25 strikeouts in 20 innings, and a 3.15 ERA. He mixes a mid-90’s fastball, with big downhill plane, and an above average slider. He’s battling Rookie Davis for the last spot in the Reds rotation, Romano is the more exciting fantasy option of the two.

College Prospects for the 2017 Draft

Brendan McKay, LHP/1B Louisville: The Louisville Jr. is the best two-way player in the country, hitting .450/.571/.717 with 4 homers in 60 at bats, while compiling a 4-1 record in 5 starts with a 1.13 ERA, 0.81 WHIP, and an insane 15.47 K/9 to a 1.97 Bb/9. The lefthanded hitter and pitcher looks like an absolute stud in the making.

Jeren Kendall, OF Vanderbilt: At the moment Kendall is the top college bat off my board if a 2018 First year player draft happens today. The Vanderbilt star is hitting .305/.396/.589 six homers and hit a grand slam on Friday.

Alex Faedo, RHP Florida & Alex Lange, RHP LSU: Two top college arms dueled in an SEC clash on Friday night. There were outstanding performances from both as Lange and Faedo each struck out 7. Two more names for your 2018 FYPD radar.

**Small Righty Alert**

The Razzball small righty division has been out in full force to scour all of the backfields for the next small righty for your boy Ralph to crush on. This has led us to uncovering Tigers righty Wladimir Pinto, now that we have a second Wladimir to pair with Galindo, the world rejoices. Mr. Pinto, throws a upper 90’s four seam fastball, a two seamer in the low 90’s with good life, and a low 80’s curve, he uses as an out pitch.

 

Follow me on Twitter @Ralphlifshitzbb and check out my YouTube work with Fantrax

 

 
  1. Alan says:
    (link)

    Mitch White!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Alan: Hey he’s been covered, and will be again.

  2. trevor says:
    (link)

    it is 9am in palma spain on sunday so you are up very early where ever you are ralph… in a 20 team keeper league and have an abundance of OF….was looking at moving o herrera for jameson taillon….tell tales (awkward alliteration) of his future… where do you see his current ceiling… top of the rotation, mid or tail end?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @trevor: Taillon can be a very good #2 in real life and fantasy if he can stay healthy. That’s a good trade if you need pitching.

      • trevor says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: i also have pollock and naquin as Cf of the three who do you move?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @trevor: Naquin is the worst of the three but I don’t see someone trading Taillong for him.

  3. Branta says:
    (link)

    My Keeper league (Yahoo, 12 team, h2h, category wins, r/hr/rbi/obp/slg/sb x qs/hr/k/era/whip/nsvh) slow draft team is finally complete

    C: Gary Sanchez
    1B: Kris Bryant
    2B: Ian Kinsler
    3B: Justin Turner
    SS: Francisco Lindor
    OF: Mookie Betts
    OF: David Dahl
    OF: Andrew Benintendi
    UT: Matt Kemp
    UT: Brad Miller

    SP: Corey Kluber
    SP: Danny Duffy
    SP: Kenta Maeda
    SP: James Paxton
    SP: Matt Shoemaker
    RP: Aroldis Chapman
    RP: Ken Giles
    RP: Shawn Kelley

    Bench
    Greg Bird, Matt Moore, Devon Travis, Aaron Judge, Robert Gsellman, Koda Glover

    Probably gonna drop Kelley as soon as possible, might not hang on to Koda much longer than him.

    What’cha think?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Branta: That’s a kick ass H2H squad, well done.

      • Pousse-Pousse says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: What’s the difference in approach to team-building in H2H versus roto? Isn’t the goal in both cases to amass the best stats in the most categories?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Pousse-Pousse: I totally build my roto teams differently. I’d want more closers and pen arms if this was roto. In head to head you have to be prepared to run out the best pitching staff. I actually never carry more than one bench bat in H2H. They’re different games for sure.

          • Pousse-Pousse says:
            (link)

            @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the reply. Do you mean that you want to be able to run out 2-start starters for the week of the matchup, or is it more than that when it comes to “running our the best pitching staff”? Because in roto, surely you want to have the best pitching staff, if possible, too. (The relievers thing makes sense to me).

            It’d be neat to get an article on Razzball breaking down the differences in strategy for H2H versus roto.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
              (link)

              @Pousse-Pousse: I sometimes draft 2-3 starters in roto, and load up on good RP. All of my roto leagues have start limits, none of my H2H’s do.

              Starters are just more important in H2H. You can get around drafting the best group of starters in roto, it’s tough to get around that in H2H. There really isn’t a ton of strategy in H2H, you need to have the most starts in a given week, and hope your offense hits. I couldn’t care less about adding two start players in roto, cause it’s about the long game. You do that in H2H because he with the most starts usually wins. Because you’re streaming a lot of options that are on the fringes of ownable, you really need top end guys to stabilize your ratios.

    • trevor says:
      (link)

      @Ralph Lifshitz: @Branta: umm slow draft where you got the number 2 and 3 guys overall in yahoo…sounds like your 12 team league needs 10 other real owners…do tell how those first two rounds played out…

      • GFY250 says:
        (link)

        @trevor: He said it was a keeper league, read and process next time.

      • Another Dan says:
        (link)

        @trevor:

        The original post says it’s a keeper league. Quite possible. I’m in league where this is the case. For some teams I’ve just taken over it’s opposing teams that find themselves in this situation. My keepers were a different shituation.

        Best wishes,

        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Another Dan: Hahaha Dan! Good morning!

          • Another Dan says:
            (link)

            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Afternoon Ralph, been up here since silly o’clock (we went from GMT to BST last night). And it’s Mothers Day here (the same in the USA?) so I was on breakfast duty.

            Am thinking about Romano, Mitch White, Lauer versus my guy Sedlock. Looks like the other 3 could become fantasy relevant quicker. Would you keep Sedlock ? I guess at some point I just have to ‘stick’ but I can’t help tinkering.

            Did a draft (or two) over the weekend, one draft in which I had had a couple of brews and it was a late start. Took 6 OF’s in a league where we only start 3 (plus 2xUT). Need a trade … Do you have any draft day nightmare stories to share ?

            In another league where players can be kept every single year (the cost is that they must be kept in the round earlier than they were drafted). Every year half of the first and second rounders will be released … But people like Trea Turner will be kept for their entire career … Kept in round 23 this year. My team sucks. Am going to draft some minor league prospects late on (bi put some of the big names will be kept) and then try to trade away my 1st and 2nd rounders for players who are worth hanging on to for a few years. Any other strategy ideas?

            Best wishes,

            Dan

            • Sampson says:
              (link)

              @Another Dan: DAMN DUDE….don’t scare me like that with the Mother’s Day thing. For a second there I thought WTF have I done…my wife is gonna kill me, i forgot mother’s day.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

                Ralph Lifshitz says:
                (link)

                @Sampson: Seriously stressful! Lol

      • Branta says:
        (link)

        @trevor: I traded for both Bryant and Betts. Bryant I traded for back before he was called up in 2015, I sent Ian Desmond, Byron Buxton, and Chris Sale for Danny Santana, Kris Bryant, and Adam Wainwright. I’d feel like I lost this trade more if the guy I traded Desmond, Buxton, and Sale to had held onto any of those 3 to this day (he wound up trading Desmond and Sale and just not keeping Buxton I don’t think)

        Betts was a trade last season with the team that usually dominates this league in the regular season (he drafted Trout in 2012 in like 12-15th round and Bryce Harper also early on in the draft). The trade had me send Nolan Arenado, Adam Eaton, and Taijuan Walker for Betts, Corey Kluber, and Michael Conforto. I was hoping for a bounce back from Conforto (as I’m sure he was with Walker) but I wound up with 2 keepers from that trade and the best player even when I gave up a bat like Arenado, so I call that a win.

        My keepers, FYI, were Betts, Kluber, Sanchez, Benintendi, Dahl, Duffy, Lindor, and Bryant.

        • Branta says:
          (link)

          @Branta: Oh and I forgot to mention, the dude that had Betts/Trout/Harper (that then traded me Betts and had Arenado/Trout/Harper) also had Kershaw. He’s good at drafting, and would be the best team in the league by a wide margin during the regular season, but only won the league once in 5 years (2012-2016). But this year he decided to semi-blow it up. I say semi, because he now has Arenado, Corey Seager, and Trea Turner

  4. Brett says:
    (link)

    Any reason you didn’t talk about Brinson?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Brett: I can’t talk about him every week. This isn’t a ranking it was just notes.

      He looked good this spring, was assigned to minor league camp, and he’ll spend at least the first three months in Colorado Springs.

  5. Joeg414 says:
    (link)

    Ok, just drafted. Whata think, pros/cons?
    12 B. Harper—Keeper
    15 Trevor Story, Col SS
    38 Anthony Rendon, Wsh 3B
    41 Kyle Schwarber, ChC OF
    64 Jacob deGrom, NYM SP
    67 Carlos Santana, Cle 1B
    90 Jake Arrieta, ChC SP — Keeper
    93 Addison Russell, ChC SS
    116 James Paxton, Sea SP
    119 Kevin Gausman, Bal SP
    142 Keon Broxton, Mil OF
    145 Sam Dyson, Tex RP
    168 Logan Forsythe, LAD 2B
    171 Koda Glover, Wsh RP
    194 Robbie Ray, Ari SP
    197 Brandon Drury, Ari 3B
    220 J.A. Happ, Tor SP
    223 Tommy Joseph, Phi 1B
    246 Corey Dickerson, TB OF
    249 Fernando Rodney, Ari RP
    272 C.J. Cron, LAA 1B
    275 Cameron Rupp, Phi C
    Bench
    298 Ian Kennedy, KC SP
    301 Daniel Norris, Det SP
    324 Cesar Hernandez, Phi 2B
    327 Leonys Martin, Sea OF
    350 Nick Markakis, Atl OF
    353 Patrick Corbin, Ari RP
    376 Kendall Graveman, Oak SP
    13 Team 6×6 Roto

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Joeg414: Little light on speed an so the batting average won’t be great. Could upgrade your pen too.

      • Joeg414 says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: Closers went way too early for me. I hope Glover runs away with it.

  6. Chud says:
    (link)

    I just dropped Vogelbach in my keeper ……ugh ……depressed like u.

    Any thought after spring training when Willy Adames may be voyaging to the majors? I know TB likes to have their prospects crispy but can Adames be the exception?

    Great stuff as always!

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Chud: My guess is we don’t see Adames until September unless there’s a string on injuries. The Rays won’t be competing this year, and they hardly force the issue with service clocks.

      • Chud says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks! I’m assuming Berreto will be in the same boat?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Chud: I think Barreto does see MLB at bats, the A’s are funny. They’ll hold him back, but it seems like they have no issue bringing up players after the Super 2 day passes.

  7. M says:
    (link)

    Drafted in my 15 team roto auction league yesterday

    6×6 roto r/hr/rbi/avg/obp/nsb & IP/W/era/whip/K-9/net svs

    Auction prices were especially wacky ex: Freeman & D.Murphy went for $50 & $42 respectively..

    What do you think of my roster?

    C-T.D’Arnaud (ugh)
    1b-Jose Abreu
    2b-Treat Urner
    3B-A. Beltre
    SS-Machado
    CI-A. Rendon
    MI-D.Gordon
    OF-C.Blackmon
    OF-N.Cruz
    OF-Joc Pederson
    UTIL-M. Holliday

    SP-Kluber
    SP-Duffy
    SP-Paxton
    SP-J.Ross
    SP-Gsellman
    RP-E.Diaz
    RP-G.Holland
    RP-M.Montgomery

    BN-Mesoraco
    BN-Dahl
    BN-Bellinger
    BN-Barreto
    BN-Foltynewicz
    BN-E-Rod
    Bn-Charlie Morton
    BN-Jordan Zimmermann (last pick-garbage)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @M: That’s a stacked team, I looked quick and thought Charlie Morton said Charlie Mason, and I was frightened

      • M says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks Ralph, never really been a Morton guy til this spring, I’m intrigued with the extra velo and could snag some extra wins on the Astros team.
        I think Folty & Pax put it all together this year and Montegomery only has Anderson in front of him for a spot

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @M: I like all of those arms as deep league fliers. Morton was on my radar last year pre-injury

  8. JSF says:
    (link)

    Help ne make a decision on drafting Swanson or Dahl in a 12-team H2H keeper.

    No SS or OF in my keepers though I have Miggy, Rizzo and Arenado and a rotation anchored by Scherzer, Darvish and deGrom.

    Not loving the fact that Dahl is hurt and could potentially lose at-bats this year. Who do you like better if you’re in win-now mode and also looking to secure a long-term keeper?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @JSF: Go with Swanson, much safer floor and less injury risk.

      • JSF says:
        (link)

        Thanks and keep up the good work.

  9. Martin Harris says:
    (link)

    Cody reed and amir Garrett making rotation. Thoughts on drafting them in an n l only league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Martin Harris: I love Cody Reed and have for a while, I’m hoping he worked the suck out of his system last season.

      Garrett has looked great this spring but I think he struggles initially.

  10. apoxonbothyourhouses says:
    (link)

    jb bukauskas would like a word with you. Dude has a 0.90 ERA for the YEAR (40 IP) and 13.50 k/9, 0.75 WHIP, 2.03 BB/9 and ONLY 21 hits allowed.

    I’m a UNC homer, but that dude’s legit.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @apoxonbothyourhouses: Yeah I like Bukauskas a lot, and am well aware of his work. Unfortunately I can’t cover everyone every week.

  11. Packers says:
    (link)

    Ralph, I have a RCL draft tomorrow that I signed up for but have not received any information from the commish on how to log into the draft. Do I need to do something? This is my first time so obviously don’t know what is expected of me.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Packers: Just sign into ESPN before the draft.

      • Packers says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: Oh, ok. Just as simple as that, thanks.

  12. Mark says:
    (link)

    Schimpf is such an enigma. In the minors and now the majors, he seems to have years where he bats near .300 then bats near .200. I cannot figure him out as who he is. I want to take the middle and say .250, but that is simply not him.

    You think Velencia keeps his job all year over Vogelbach? My keeper draft is tonight and hammering last second decisions now.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Mark: I see a low average guy with big power.

      No way, Valencia never keeps jobs, he’s like your loser cousin.

  13. joebobsays says:
    (link)

    hi ralph

    got some keeper conundrums, 15 keepers 10 team nl only. very competitive league. am going for it this year…

    A) i’ve got these guys on the bubble; question is should i throw em back or are they worth the keep? I’ve got 13 other keepers…

    kang at 3 (was a no brainer to keep, now not so sure)
    harvey at 15 for two more years (news seems to be improving on him–but lots of similar pitchers at this value available at auction)
    vizcaino at 5 (i have no closer but their are a good six available…someone else has Jim Johnson)
    reynolds at 4 (was a no brainer to drop, now, prob still dropable)…

    B) Think Desmond worth pursuing in auction for a team that’s going for the win this year? Does keeping reynolds somehow make that justifiable?

    Keep any? Thoughts appreciated. I know there’s not a lot of other data to help here, but your take could help.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @joebobsays: I’d throw all of them back.

      Yes, if the time table is a recent as they say it is I’d take him for sure.

  14. Ekard says:
    (link)

    Hey Ralph. I need to trim my roster before the season starts. Who would you cut (1 player) out of Aristedes Aquino, Miguel Andujar, and Richard Urena in a 20 team dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Ekard: Aquino for me.

  15. Mad Beach Bums says:
    (link)

    good morning Ralph,
    the legend of hunter Greene keeps growing. Hitting 100 on the gun and reports have him possibly being the first prep righty taken 1 ever!!?? Whatchoo think, do the twins take him over McKay? Do you worry about his arm holding up, throwing that hard so young?
    Who is best, safest bet to be a fantasy star; eloy, Bellinger, Torres or other?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Mad Beach Bums: I think hes going numero uno, unique talent, as he’s a top 10-15 prospect as a power hitting SS too. This kid is next level. His arm holding up doesn’t worry me any more than any other prep arm.

      All will be, but Torres seems to be a foregone conclusion.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Mad Beach Bums: Yes sir, great song. El-P has long been a favorite of mine.

  16. Oddball Herrera says:
    (link)

    Meadows has looked awesome, and Polanco is *already* sitting out games with shoulder issues. I am buying with the thought that we may see a lot of him this year.

  17. Pousse-Pousse says:
    (link)

    Do you think any of these guys will make enough of a splash this year to justify as late-round keepers next season (2018) in a league with only six keepers?:
    – Tom Murphy
    – Manuel Margot
    – Josh Bell
    – Bradley Zimmer
    – Jharel Cotton
    – Blake Snell

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Pousse-Pousse: If I have to pick one it’s Margot, but could see Zimmer being there too.

      • Pousse-Pousse says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. I’m hoping Murphy pulls a Trevor Story once he’s healthy and becomes the Gary Sanchez++ for next season. Josh Bell and Blake Snell are sure shitting the bed this spring :(

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Pousse-Pousse: I wouldn’t concern myself with spring numbers too much, particularly Snell’s.

          He could but Murphy’s timetable is worrisome. At least we dodged a bullet with Norris signing in Tampa.

  18. happyharry says:
    (link)

    12 team, H2H, 6X6. I drafted Glasnow for $1 in my auction league, however Tallion is out there on the WW, Should I drop Glasnow and add Tallion?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @happyharry: Yeah you can do that.

  19. Dazed and confused says:
    (link)

    Awesome stuff as always
    Is dodgers bellinger a must stash in 10 team league?

  20. HealthCrump says:
    (link)

    Thoughts on how my team looks? H2H 12 team points keeper
    C Gattis
    C McCann
    1b Joseph
    2b Matt Carpenter
    SS Villar
    3b Donaldson
    MI Andrus
    CI-Arenado
    OF-Trout
    OF-Yelich
    OF-Calhoun
    OF-Marte
    OF-Haniger
    U-Gurriel
    Bn Thames

    P Duffy
    P Pom
    P Samardjia
    P Manaea
    P Paxton
    P Stroman
    P Jon Gray
    P Karns
    P Montgomery
    P Edwin Diaz
    P Daniel Norris

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @HealthCrump: Not sure of the scoring but you look light on good starters. Hitting looks good.

  21. Matt says:
    (link)

    So, HTH points league (dynasty with keep forever)-I’m looking to compete this year after a long rebuild. Would you trade:

    His Matz, Kopesh for my Schoop, Snell, and O’niell

    Pitching is the most valuable commodity, esp IP and I worry about snell’s efficiency, have MI depth.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Matt: I’d worry about Matz’s health, look for another deal.

  22. Joseph Garrison says:
    (link)

    Today is my first day of making up my tiered rankings for a start from scratch roto league. My work life has been so busy, I have been unable to do ANYTHING until today. Ralph, please give me a place to start, and perhaps a place to end. What are the two best, updated, tiered rankings for a guy who knows his stuff but did NO homework until today. The draft is sooner rather than later. Thank you for you help, Joe in Pennsylvania.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Joseph Garrison: I’d say check Grey’s top 500 and positional ranks and then checkout Dynasty Guru

  23. Chris r says:
    (link)

    I have two NA spots in a 12 team redraft league where we can keep two guys drafted after 10.

    Right now I have giolito judge pegged as my early season NAs.

    I just found your top 25 rookies post and am reconsidering giolito. Should I make a move for Romano,hader, vogelbach , or maybe bellinger? (I’m a dodgers Homer)

    • Another Dan says:
      (link)

      @Chris r:

      If you are a Dodgers homer then there is no reason to not have Bellinger, he’s likely up this season. He’s an elite defensive 1b, he can play outfield and with interleague play the Dodgers can ‘spell’ Gonzalez. He could hit 30 HR’s in a full season. I’d say Ralph will pair him with Hader.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Chris r: Grab Bellinger for Giolito

  24. Curtis Strange says:
    (link)

    Willie Calhoun, Delvin Perez, or Bauers worth a NA spot in 16-team keep starting-roster, OPS league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Curtis Strange: Willie C, Bauers, and Delvin

      • Curtis Strange says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: What about between Calhoun and Z. Collins?

  25. Smoooth Jimmy says:
    (link)

    I want a top SS one day soon, who do you see more potential in Peraza or Anderson?

  26. trevor says:
    (link)

    20 team dynasty
    50 minor leaguers
    standard 6×6
    at the bottom of my 50 minors and i need to cut 3 of the following:

    so yes 1000 minor leaguers going on here:

    jabari blash
    Roberto Ramos
    tyler goeddel
    miguel almonte
    Anfernee Grier
    jordy barley
    daniel gossett
    ronald bolanos
    cody thomas
    ty blach
    steve okert
    brandon lowe

    guide me…

    • Chris r says:
      (link)

      @trevor: wow. I’m impressed, how do you even get a handle on 1000 minor leaguers?

      • trevor says:
        (link)

        @Chris r: well to be honest i double down on new picks, and dont have a lot of patience, and count on experts….haniger would not have lasted on my team.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @trevor: Hahaha

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @trevor: Jordy Barley, Brandon Lowe, and Roberto Ramos

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @trevor: not necessarily these names, but damn a league deeper than my 30 with 30 (35 next year)

  27. Bigbear says:
    (link)

    What do you of AJ Reed’s chances for some ABs this year? He’s had a strong spring. And last year’s minor league stats were special.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Bigbear: I really do think he finds 200+ ABs this years, maybe more.

  28. Here Comes The Pizza says:
    (link)

    Good stuff Ralph

  29. Another Dan says:
    (link)

    Posted higher up, you might have missed it.

    @Ralph Lifshitz:

    Afternoon Ralph, been up here since silly o’clock (we went from GMT to BST last night). And it’s Mothers Day here (the same in the USA?) so I was on breakfast duty.

    Am thinking about Romano, Mitch White, Lauer versus my guy Sedlock. Looks like the other 3 could become fantasy relevant quicker. Would you keep Sedlock ? Sedlock got a higher ceiling ? I guess at some point I just have to ‘stick’ but I can’t help tinkering.

    Did a draft (or two) over the weekend, one draft in which I had had a couple of brews and it was a late start (11pm here). Took 6 OF’s in a league where we only start 3 (plus 2xUT). Need a trade … Do you have any draft day nightmare stories to share ?

    In another league where players can be kept every single year (the cost is that they must be kept in the round earlier than they were drafted). Every year half of the first and second rounders will be released … But people like Trea Turner will be kept for their entire career … Kept in round 23 this year. My team sucks. Am going to draft some minor league prospects late on (bi put some of the big names will be kept) and then try to trade away my 1st and 2nd rounders for players who are worth hanging on to for a few years. Any other strategy ideas?

    Best wishes,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Another Dan: Apologies Dan for missing this. Totally read it up too and forgot to respond.

      That’s a 6 one way, half dozen the other with that group. Romano looks the closest.

      Draft day horror stories over the years a few. This year I had a lot of early drafts where I got Desmond, Carrasco, and Tom Murphy. Luckily no Alex Reyes anywhere.

      I’d just target the best players, I wouldn’t necessarily avoid MLB talent. See if you can mix it up, take best player available early, mix in some value prospects later. It really depends who’s available. I always scour the entire waiver wire and just add a bunch of players I like to a watch list. Then work off of that.

      • Another Dan says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Thanks.

        Good to talk baseball, not much interest in my area.

        Think I might hold. Have Gsellman who might break camp in the minors and really need to free a space or two on the MLB roster to stream bats and relievers for holds. How do you keep track of guys on your watch list in the minors? Is it a case of setting aside time to research how they are doing each week/fortnight ?

        Took Murphy myself in a couple, also have him stashed on a milb roster. Reports seem to suggest a few weeks.

        Did the draft earlier this evening. Have Bellinger, Hader and Tapia to move to NA spots. Targeted some of Grey’s Beaus (Kepler, Joseph) in rounds where they were still appropriate. Pitching is a mess, most decent ones were kept in rounds where they were ‘value’. Have made it clear that I am willing to listen to offers.

        Can’t wait for the season to start.

        Best wishes,

        Dan

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @Another Dan: No worries, Gsellman is in the rotation, Mets said it last night more or less.

          I just check on the players. That’s really all you can do.

          I don’t trust those deadlines, they don’t really know until it’s healed. Anything arm/hand related worries me.

          Same here!

  30. Jake says:
    (link)

    Hey there. Great article! I asked malamoney this question about my draft (which is late Tuesday), but he couldn’t give a definitive answer. Hopefully you can help:

    Was hoping I could get your opinion on who to keep before a late March draft. I’ve narrowed down my options to Benintendi or Bregman at the same cost ($0)…who do I go with?

    I’m flip flopping basically every day. Ideally, I’d like to own both of them, so the question for me then became who goes for more on draft day. Bregman is projected to go higher, but my league has a couple Boston fans and definitely values prospects, so I think it’s a tossup.

    Bregman will have more power, but if Beni can stick in the 2 hole, his counting stats might be insane (specifically runs).

    5×5 roto league with OBP instead of AVG. 5 OFs, 1 3B and 1 Corner Infielder. Let me know your thoughts!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Jake: I’d keep Bregman myself, and I love Benintendi.

  31. aaron says:
    (link)

    Love that Grey seemingly was reading this while at TOUT draft..picked up Romano in the Reserve rounds. If Romano works out, never. let. him. forget.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @aaron: He texted me this morning. Hahha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
      (link)

      Yeah, I had the site open in front of me…I always have the site open in front of me!

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
        (link)

        @Grey: Razzball, never draft Tout without

        • Grey

          Grey says:
          (link)

          Totes on Tout

  32. J-Dawg says:
    (link)

    Dang it Jelly Donut… Ralph, are there any 2016 draftees or first-year foreign imports you would rather have instead of Jelly Donut right now? (All players drafted in the MLB draft in 2016, and new imports for this are only able to be picked up in the minor league draft, or, after our auction).
    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @J-Dawg: Yeah I’d take Senzel, Lewis, Collins, Ray, Groome, Maitan, and others over him. Check out my rankings.

  33. KillerB says:
    (link)

    @Ralph / @Grey — who do you like more this year – Jason Hammel or Matt Shoemaker? Please and thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @KillerB: Shoemaker for me, he was really good last year, and everyone seems to have forgot.

  34. FrankGrimes says:
    (link)

    putting Desmond on DL so
    pick up Haniger or Thames?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @FrankGrimes: Haniger

      • FrankGrimes says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Peeps be down on Moncada. But in this league (12 team) we can keep ONE rookie for next year. Would you “waste” a bench spot with him or wait and see?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
          (link)

          @FrankGrimes: I’d waste a bench spot for sure

  35. Slimbo says:
    (link)

    whats up

    what kind of return could i get for gallo? is he someone you would drop to grab isan diaz off the wire?

    thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Slimbo: I would grab Diaz, but search around some people still like him.

  36. Cuthbert Allgood says:
    (link)

    In a keeper/contract league…should I draft Alex Reyes and put a 4 year contract on him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Cuthbert Allgood: If you can stash him for a year plus then yes.

  37. Milarky says:
    (link)

    Hey Ralph, love the articles and the Podcasts – less Top Chef dude, and more Halph!

    I’m looking for opinions on where to go in the first round. We’re a 6×5 (add in SLG%) roto with deep rosters (we start 2 at each IF position, 5 OF, 3 DH (any hitters), 6 SPs, 3 RP, one rookie hitter and pitcher). My keepers are Stanton, J.D. Martinez, Rizzo, Segura, Scherzer, Salazar. I decided to keep Segura because my other choice was Todd Frazier, but there are a TON of 3B available in the first few rounds.

    Hence my question – can you give me your thoughts on the order in which I should be ranking these options for the first round or two? Depending on where I’m picking, here are guys that will be available. I feel like my keepers have crazy injury risk, and are low on speed, so the first round or two will set the stage for me.

    Kyle Seager
    Polanco
    Yoenis
    Rendon
    Abreu
    Frazier
    Turner
    Cruz (DH only)
    Trumbo (DH only)
    Hanley (DH only)

    • Milarky says:
      (link)

      @Milarky: To throw another wrinkle into the equation, I could keep Polanco instead of Martinez, and the more I think about it, the more I think it’s a good idea. Though I would still have a tough call in the first round, my roster construction would shift more to speed from my keepers.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
        (link)

        @Milarky: I’d do that

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Milarky: Yoenis, Cruz, Polanco, Seager, Rendon, Hanley, Justin Turner, Trumbo, Frazier. There’s only two speed options there.

      • Milarky says:
        (link)

        @Ralph Lifshitz: So I’m likely to keep Polanco instead of JD. Your suggestions are interesting – I’m only mildly surprised that Yoenis is first (since I’m already keeping 2 OF), but I’m more surprised you’ve got Cruz 2nd given that he’s only eligible as a DH in my league. Care to share your thinking on that?

        Thanks so much for the feedback!

  38. hothot says:
    (link)

    Louisville’s early 2017 schedule was soft as hell, but I’ve watched McKay for 2+ years and the kid is very solid. Took his first L on Friday, but still had 14 Ks & only 1 Walk.

    Hasn’t hit a HR in 3+ weeks, when the schedule picked up, so I don’t know if he has the power for 1B. If you’re drafting him top 10, I think you’re drafting a LHP.

    What’s more likely to improve with singular focus, hitting or pitching? Guess that depends on the player.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @hothot: I think he’s a better prospect as a pitcher than a hitter, but he’s very interesting on both sides. I’ll dive a little more into my draft coverage in the coming months. I’m just looking to introduce some reoccurring characters right now. Haha

  39. malamoney says:
    (link)

    Off topic, but do you think we see Shohei Otani in the MLB next year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @malamoney: Yes, from all I’ve heard he’s 100% coming over. Not pitching in the WBC tells me that his agents are limiting the risk. Lets see what MLB works out with the Ham Fighters.

    • goodfold2 says:
      (link)

      @malamoney: if you are tanking (or on fence about it) in dynasties it’ll take a bottom rung finish to get him.

  40. BootsyBaby says:
    (link)

    Love your work –

    Question – NL only league, can you rank the following for their first 5 years in the majors? Have a situation where you can keep players until they become MLB players, then a 5 year clock starts ticking.

    I am debating between: Amed Rosario, Eloy Jimenez, Ozzie Albies, Bellinger, and Senzel. How would you rank those 1-5?

    Some others are already taken (Robles, Rodgers, Tapia, AReyes) –

    Anyone with a 2019 date or later I should consider? Thanks Ralph!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @BootsyBaby: Eloy, Senzel, Bellinger, Ozzie, Amed

  41. Steve says:
    (link)

    Are you holding Meadows in the hopes McCutchen is moved in the first month of the season? Last year I held Trea from the draft until he was promoted and he paid dividends. Think Meadows is worth the hold with the same upside?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Steve: I would, or on Polanco’s shoulder, but it seems like Hanson and Jose Osuna are in the mix

  42. Skeezix says:
    (link)

    Hey Ralph, I’m in a league where we draft 3 prospects every year at the all-star break, and we get to keep only 3 of them for up to two more years beyond the year we pick them. My two slam dunk prospect keepers are Benintendi and Hader. A few weeks ago, I asked your thoughts on whether to keep Lourdes Gurriel for this year and possibly next, or Berrios for this year only. You suggested rolling with the potential upside of Berrios. Does his demotion change that at all, or are you just not sold on Gurriel being any kind of a difference maker?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
      (link)

      @Skeezix: At this point you have to pivot to Gurriel. I don’t love him, but he’s showing a major league skillset.

  43. henncoop says:
    (link)

    I just got an offer of O’Neil & Zimmer for my Myers. I am the reigning champ in a modified yahoo format (no CI or MI with 2 Utility slots) dynasty league where we have 30 man roster with 5 additional NA slots. I currently have Hadler, Giolito & Calhoun as NAs. My current 1B situation is Goldy & Joseph.
    I think my main issue is “only” 25 keepers & having a solid team as it sits …how do I keep just 25 & hold on to 2 budding stars like O’Neil & Zimmer? Although I suspect Zimmer is MLB ready & would be on the Indians out of Spring for next year.
    Bottom line what do you think of the offer? ( I could offer Giolito who many have soured on a bit as part of a bigger pkg)

    • henncoop says:
      (link)

      @henncoop: Sorry if the question got lost in that mess.

      1) he offered O’Neil & Zimmer for my Myers

      2) Considering counter offering Verlander, O’ Neil, & Zimmer for My Myers & Giolito
      or
      Darvish, Zimmer, & O’Neil for my Hendricks, Giolito, & Myers

  44. goodfold2 says:
    (link)

    14 teamer roto dynasty with OBP over AVG and Slugging over HRs. QS added

    C gattis
    1B goldy
    2B forsythe
    SS villar
    3B frazier
    OF (3) stanton/cespedes/ozuna
    util c.davis
    BN orlando arcia/renfroe/margot
    NA brinson
    SP darvish/carrasco/salazar/hill/cotton/smyly/pineda/odorizzi/j.guerra (stream slot) 1500 max innings so 9 is MORE than enough SP. 3 DL’s.
    RP (3 slots) watson/e.diaz and i’m attempt to wavier either capps or bush.

    this is one of those silly yahoo leagues where supposedly players don’t show up till they hit the majors, yet somehow all of adames/rosario (NYM)/mejia/barreto/alford/mateo are all available but not other big name prospects. mazara was in this system to start last year even though he hadn’t hit MLB yet either, this was utter garbage as the previous season before that i held a waiver all year for him, only to waste it. this year instead of prospects going it was all closers, so i got both of brinson/margot, at 13th pick i seriously though i might get neither.

    drop who to get a backup catcher (rupp) as gattis doesn’t sound like he’ll be playing much at all. but his at bats will likely be good enough to own. ozuna probably? i need speed so gotta hold margot. renfroe’s awful OBP (and my team in general weak at it already with frazier/c.davis) might make it him. brinson is awesome get in this league. grey went with dropping renfroe (i do have a lot of renfroe types already in frazier/c.davis/to lesser extent stanton, low OBP, high slugging guys)

    i thought it possible i’d get either a SS prospect i’d either hold or trade away (i’ve got guys banging on door about arcia, but less than last year when he was my 1st rounder) or even winker for OBP safety.

Comments are closed.