Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America
2014 (18) | 2013 (20) | 2012 (29) | 2011 (7) | 2010 (3)

2014 Affiliate Records
MLB: [85-77] AL Central
AAA: [79-65] International League – Columbus
AA: [73-69] Eastern League – Akron
A+: [62-74] Carolina League – Carolina (2015: Lynchburg)
A: [65-74] Midwest League – Lake County
A(ss): [33-42] New York-Penn League – Mahoning Valley

Graduated Prospects
Trevor Bauer, RHP | T.J. House, LHP | Jose Ramirez, SS | Roberto Perez, C

The Gist
Several of Cleveland’s younger players made waves during the 2014 season. Corey Kluber pitched his way to a Cy Young award, Michael Brantley broke out in a big way (h/t Grey), and Carlos Carrasco rode a down and up season that included a trip to the bullpen. He ended up as one of fantasy’s best starters over the final two months. You could even throw Jose Ramirez into the mix, who held his own at shortstop for the Tribe down the stretch. Looking ahead, this is a system headlined by top prospect Francisco Lindor, who should be in Cleveland at some point in 2015. Beyond Lindor, it’s a farm that is strong “up the middle” (catcher/middle infield/center field) and there is plenty of impact talent lurking in the low minors. It’s worth noting that two of the top five prospects were 2014 draftees.

Top Ten Fantasy Prospects

1. Francisco Lindor, SS | Age: 21 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
567 75 140 16 4 11 62 8.6% 17.1% 28 16 .276 .338 .389

Lindor is regarded as one of the best prospects in the game. While much of his value comes from his elite glove, don’t sleep on the bat. There isn’t much power, but his hit tool is plus. He’s selective and makes good contact from both sides of the plate. The 21-year-old is also fast enough to steal 20-30 bases at the big league level. There’s no question he’ll stay at shortstop, and he’s a nice prospect to grab since there is always the chance he develops more pop with some added muscle. 2015 should be the year we finally see him take the reins at short for the Indians, although it may not be until mid-summer with Jose Ramirez currently slotted at the position. Fantasy players can expect high run totals, good steals numbers, and batting averages in the .280-.290 range from a premium position. For redrafts, check out Grey’s 2015 outlook on Lindor.

2. Clint Frazier, OF | Age: 20 | ETA: 2017

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
542 70 126 18 6 13 50 10.3% 29.7% 12 6 .266 .349 .411

First-round draft pick Bradley Zimmer may bump Frazier to right field this year. It’s all good though, because for fantasy purposes Frazier is all about the power. Still just 20 years old, his ceiling remains that of an All-Star outfielder who puts up 30+ homer seasons without tanking your batting average. Most of the scouting reports you’ll read on Frazier mention his elite bat speed as the key. Frazier struck out too often in his first full season at Lake County, and that’s a sign there are still rough spots in his approach that will need to be addressed as he advances. It’s a long way down the road, but the 2017 Indians outfield could be something special if both Frazier and Zimmer click.

3. Bradley Zimmer, OF | Age: 22 | ETA: 2016

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
210 36 54 12 2 6 32 10.0% 15.7% 12 4 .302 .400 .492

Zimmer was selected 21st overall in the 2014 draft. It’s either going to be him or Frazier that stays in center field, with the other prospect moving to right at some point. Zimmer’s fantasy value lies in his potential to contribute in all five categories. There isn’t one tool that really stands out as plus, but he is an above average hitter with at least average power and good speed. There’s a chance he could develop plus power as he progresses too. A left-handed hitter, Zimmer showed a good approach in his first taste of pro ball. To be honest, he and Frazier probably have higher fantasy ceilings than Lindor despite being further away from the majors and therefore bigger risks.

4. Justus Sheffield, LHP | Age: 18 | ETA: 2018

W L ERA G GS SV IP H R ER HR BB/9 K/9 AVG
3 1 4.79 8 4 0 20.2 24 16 11 0 3.9 12.6 .286

The Indians’ supplemental first round pick, Sheffield is a lefty with a plus fastball in the low-to-mid 90s. He also throws an above average changeup and curveball at the ripe old age of 18. He was a first-team All-American in 2014 along with Marlins prospect Tyler Kolek. Sheffield has the ceiling of a frontline starter but dynasty league owners will need to be patient with his development since he’s still 3+ years away. He’s a great target in first-year player drafts after some of the bigger names are off the board.

5. Francisco Mejia, C | Age: 19 | ETA: 2018

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
274 32 70 17 4 2 36 6.6% 17.2% 2 4 .282 .339 .407

Mejia is fun to dream on as an offensive catcher, but he’s just too far away to rank any higher than this. He’s a switch hitter with at least average power and his plus plus arm should help him stick behind the plate for now. Mejia still doesn’t have a full season under his belt and, as is the case with teenage prospects, dynasty league owners are going to need some patience. With Yan Gomes, Roberto Perez, and even Tony Wolters ahead of him on the depth chart, the Indians can afford the time to let Mejia mature on both sides of the ball.

6. Jesus Aguilar, 1B/DH | Age: 24 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
499 69 130 31 0 19 77 12.8% 19.2% 0 0 .304 .395 .511

Right-handed power usually finds its way into the mix, and that’s what Aguilar brings to the table for the Tribe. He had a brief stint with the big league club in 2014 and even though he struggled, it’s too small of a sample to draw anything from. What he did do well was hit AAA pitching – hitting for both average and power while also improving his already solid on-base percentage from previous years. I’d expect Aguilar to be fantasy relevant at some point this year since power is always at a premium, but with Carlos Santana, Brandon Moss, and Nick Swisher all in the mix it’s hard to see him getting consistent playing time.

7. Giovanny Urshela, 3B | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
528 78 136 36 6 18 84 6.8% 12.7% 1 3 .280 .334 .491

Urshela is exciting from a fantasy perspective because he has at least average power and can stick at third base thanks to plus defense. He’s been young at each stop in the minor leagues and yet has handled himself with the bat. The 23-year-old was a J2 signing way back in 2008 and is now close to reaching the majors. He may get a chance to fight for the third base job this spring, but even if he returns to Triple-A he’ll still be one of the younger players in the International League. Columbus (AAA) is a hitter’s park, but in 2014 Urshela hit just as many dingers on the road. It’s probably wishful thinking that he makes any kind of impact in 2015, but he’ll get his chance at some point and he’s flying a little under the radar. Sneaky pickup in deep dynasty formats.

8. Tyler Naquin, OF | Age: 23 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
341 54 95 12 5 4 30 8.5% 20.8% 14 3 .313 .371 .424

Naquin was selected 15th overall back in 2012 and he was having a nice season with Double-A Akron before a hand injury sidelined him.  The 23-year-old may head to Triple-A this year and could see time in Cleveland at some point. He’s currently sandwiched between the outfielders on the major league roster and the higher upside players like Zimmer and Frazier behind him. While Naquin doesn’t hit for much power, he can hit and run well. He also plays good enough defense to remain in center field. A realistic role for Naquin is probably a fourth outfielder, which doesn’t hold much value outside of deeper dynasty leagues.

9. James Ramsey, OF | Age: 25 | ETA: 2015

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
408 64 104 23 2 16 52 10.8% 24.5% 5 2 .295 .382 .509

You can pretty much take everything I just wrote about Naquin and apply it to Ramsey. He has more pop, but he is also two years older and his role with the team isn’t any clearer. Ramsey was acquired from the Cardinals in the Justin Masterson trade last summer. Players like Naquin and Ramsey provide valuable depth on major league rosters, and there is also a chance that one or both of these two becomes a major league regular. But for now, they are best left for the dynasty leagues with large farms. Like Naquin, he’ll likely start the year in AAA.

10. Bobby Bradley, 1B | Age: 18 | ETA: 2018

PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB% K% SB CS AVG OBP SLG
176 39 56 13 4 8 50 9.2% 20.7% 3 0 .361 .426 .652

Bradley may have more upside than Naquin and Ramsey, but he is also much further away and at least for the moment seems limited to playing first base. Bradley took the Triple Crown in the Arizona League (Rk) and won the MVP award in his first taste of pro ball. The Indians got Bradley in the third round of this year’s draft, and he could end up looking like a steal if his success with the bat continues. Bradley makes a nice fantasy gamble because he can hit and hit for power, and now it’s a matter of showing up against more advanced pitching. Infielder Yu-Cheng Chang, Bradley’s teammate, also had a strong debut. I bounced between the two of them for this tenth spot on the list.

Indians Previews: 2014 | 2013

AL T10 Prospects Index

 
  1. goodfold2 says:
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    yep, sheffield just went 27th.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: making all three of zimmer/sheff/bradley gone by pick 27, and wow, 4 newbies to this top 10, seems like a lot, esp since urshela has apparently been around for quite a while. He’s the kind of guy you hope to pick up the day he’s called up, like souza last year, sounds like. I missed Souza by about 2 hours, having not been at a computer.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        huh. I thought Sheff might go a little later. Part of the reason for new blood is the Bauer/Ramirez graduations and the fact that I dropped Paulino out of the list. Still like him but feel like he is more of a T20. The Tribe also had a really nice 2014 draft.

        True on Urshela, but if he starts the year off strong I’d def give him a look.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: we can’t pick up players in minors midseason just off waivers. We can pick them up as soon as they are called up to majors, and then it’s off waivers, which start each week friday at like midnight, and it’s a free for all (first come first serve) after that till end of sunday night. So what sucks is when a player is called up on a saturday afternoon and you aren’t at a computer; this is what happened with souza (it might have been a friday or sunday too). If Souza was called up mon-thur last year i’d have put in a waiver claim and at least beat the team that beat me to him.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @goodfold2: so, since i need pitchers so damn much, i’ll grab them with my 5 picks, or at least 4 of them, and midseason try to grab Urshela; and of course if he goes back to minors again i can stash him.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              that makes sense

  2. Ante GALIC says:
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    Mike!

    Great work, man! Happy new year – all the best of the 3Hs – health, heart and happiness.

    Your entire series has been really exciting to read especially as we get to the top – just like a thriller. Can’t wait to use this data for the upcoming season.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks Ante…you too!

      Appreciate the kind words! I’m glad they’ve been useful.

  3. Hakuna Machado says:
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    Hey Mike – thanks for these prospect updates. I nabbed up Frazier a couple of years ago and I’m really hoping that power develops as expected. I also have Carrasco and Salazar in a keeper league (14 team, QS/ERA/WHIP/Ks).

    Can you rank this SP list for 2015 and beyond: A Wood, Salazar, Carrasco, Shoemaker? I can keep two. Or would you rather keep Ozuna, Avisail or Gattis over these pitchers?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d go Carrasco, Wood, Shoe…

      Prefer Ozuna of the bats and I would probably keep him over an arm, but it depends on how your team is set up.

      • Hakuna Machado says:
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        @Mike: Thanks Mike, this is very helpful. I have Felix/Kluber/Zimm as the core of my pitching and pitching should be deep again, so I think Ozuna’s a good keeper option. The team-to-beat is loaded with pitching though, so I have to figure out my plan of attack.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime. I think that’s the way to go if you have those other three arms to anchor your staff.

  4. Eric says:
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    Wicked great stuff. Just traded for Urshela in a 20 team, deep roster dynasty league – thanks for confirming my move. Quick q about the same league – trading for a MI: José Iglesias or Chris Taylor? I’m retooling to compete more in 2016 than in 2015. Thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! I think Iglesias has a clearer path to playing time, but Taylor has more offensive upside. It’s a tough call but I’d probably go with Iglesias since he has a job.

  5. Larry Appleton says:
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    I know you say that Lindor might start in the minors due to the presence of Ramirez, but what will change, aside from an injury to Ramirez of Kipnis that would lead to Lindor coming up in June or mid-season?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Just speculating, but if Jose Ramirez isn’t providing much offense in the majors and Lindor handles himself in AAA in the first half, I could see Lindor taking over midsummer and pushing Ramirez to more of a utility role. Basically I think Lindor can provide more on the offensive side of the ball than Ramirez without losing any ground in defense at the position whatsoever. It’s kind of like Franco in Philly. There’s no need to rush him, and more polish is a good thing, but the writing is on the wall that their bats will force their way into the lineup at some point.

  6. Swfcdan says:
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    Theres another prospect named after my home town! Justus Sheffield, im definately rooting for him to make it, I thought there would only be 1 and thats Gary lol.

    Got a genuine chance to nab Gerrit Cole in a keeper league. Would need to offer him a contract either $6 for 2 years or $8 for 3. Do you think he’ll earn the 3 years deal? Just wanna know how high you are on him going forward, thought it might be a good time to buy him. Has anything changed your opinion of him compared to end of ’13 season when everyone was gaga for him?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha nice!

      I’d be happy with Cole at $8 for 3 years. He’s a top 100 keeper IMO.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: Alright the entirety of the deal, basically trying to reduce my keeper load (only keep 8) and get rid of Kipnis who im not a believer in. (OBP league) Trade:

        Kipnis ($12 signed through ’15) & Marte ($6, re-signable)
        FOR
        G Cole ($0, resignable) & Lindor (prosp)

        Resignable means can offer 1,2,3 year deals for +$3, +$6, +$8 or an extendable year for +$6. Hate to always have to include that part but dont think you can make a judgement unless you know the costs to extend them. I’ll probably lock Cole up for 3 years $8, good deal overall? Ive been dying to move Kipnis especially seeing as I have Rendon long term and now ive found a buyer I feel I better take it!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          I have to be honest, I don’t love that deal for you. I’d rather have Marte over the next 3 years than Cole. I don’t think Kipnis is that terrible at $12 for a year that you have to also lose Marte for a pitcher and a prospect.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Remember though losing a keeper for a prospect means I can keep a guy like Blackmon/Gattis/Pineda for cheap next year too. I really like Cole long term, you not think he can be become a superstud ace in a year or two?

            If Marte is the problem I could try and sell him M Adams or Yordano (both $0) instead? He doesnt have many other attainable prospects apart from Glasnow/Urias, but I dont want more arms.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Gothca. I’d rather see you move Adams than Marte for sure. If you can get Urias back in addition to Lindor I think that swings it more your way as well.

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Mike: You must be higher on Marte than me, I dont see a huge amount of value in locking him up 3 years for $14. But maybe he has more room to grow than I think, I’ll try offering up Adams/Ventura first.

                It can be hard to value these guys in auction keepers as their value is all relative to their cost which makes it doubly hard when deciding on contracts. Sometimes I just wish I played in a standard keeper with no money attached haha.

                • Mike

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                  Yeah, I am probably higher on him. That’s true you have to keep price inflation in mind.

                  If it’s a 260 budget league, I think 14 is a good price for Marte.

                  Haha, true. I play in both, and I kind of like the dimension the money adds, but getting guys forever is awesome.

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Mike: And as for Cole is it more that you just dont like keeping pitchers due to their health risk/volatility rather than not believing he’ll blossom into a stud. I just think now could be the time to get on board with him before he really becomes untouchable in keepers (ala Jo-Fer before he blew his arm out).

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  Yeah I just generally value hitters over pitchers. I just started drafting the keeper rankings, and I have like a 75/25 hitter/pitcher split in the top 100. Cole is still a top 75 keeper IMO and a very good young arm, but I have Marte T40.

  7. Dave says:
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    Mike, thanks for the good work.

    Im rebuilding and aim for prospects in AA or higher since they have less risk. 5×5 roto 15 CBS dynasty league

    I have everything lined up except a 3B

    Is Tapia and the 26th pick too much for Maikel Franco and a 5th rd pick.

    I suppose Franco won’t be a 3B for long but I also only have christian walker, kyle parker and Vogelbach there anyway.

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      anytime. thanks for reading!

      I like the rebuild strategy of going with guys a little closer. It’s important to know your window.

      I think it’s a fair trade. I like Franco for fantasy purposes even if he does shift to 1B eventually.

  8. MB says:
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    I was offered Jose Abreu for my Addison Russell and Byron Buxton. I am not competing this season, as hard as it is to do, have to turn down Abreu right?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      man. this is like the classic keeper conundrum. I think it depends on when you are looking to go for it. The further away your window is, the more I like the Buxton/Russell side and vice versa.

      • MB says:
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        @Mike: Yea def not going to win in the next 2-3 years. Thanks Mike for the thoughtful response

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  9. goodfold2 says:
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    onto CIN. do these go about here?
    howard RP (5th)
    garrett LP (7th)
    aquino OF (9th)
    yorman R OF (10th)
    do any of these jump into it?
    blandino MI
    sparks CI
    strahan RP
    lavalley CI
    j.crawford SP

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Seems about right…Cincy is next up so I’ll be looking at them more closely over the weekend. My gut says Blandino will make it in the 8-10 range.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: most guys open for teams in a long time this one.

  10. goodfold2 says:
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    30th team coming up. STL. any of these make the top 10? man they drafted just pitchers for the first 6 picks. some of these guys, if good, could end up on my team after the other top 10 in team list’s guys are gone.
    tilson OF
    weaver RP
    flaherty RP
    williams RP
    morales RP
    megill RP
    gomber RP

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Tilson likely. Weaver maybe.

  11. goodfold2 says:
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    ok 71 top 10 guys left with 29 of them being pitchers. with the only ones in the top 5 being
    r.sanchez (LAA)/diaz (LAA)/alcantara (LAA)/r.lopez (WAS)/medeiros (MIL)/mella (SF), so one of those being the hope to get in 26 picks. Now trying to see a rank for all the BA guys that missed your top 10, but are in theirs (or i could just rank them by what they were ranked by BA, just start at number 11 per team)
    ellis RP (LAA 4th)
    papi OF/CI (CLE 5th)
    gatto RP (LAA 5th)
    a.brown OF (PHI 6th)
    imhof LP (PHI 7th)
    e.gonzalez SS (CLE 8th)
    gohara RP (SEA 8th)
    honeywell RP (TB 8th)
    mecias LP (PHI 9th)
    c.smith RP (SEA 10th)
    j.garcia LP (MIA 10th)
    ravelo CI (WSOX 10th)
    pivetta RP (WAS 10th)
    kilome RP (PHI 10th)
    mcgowin RP (LAA 10th)
    you very much diverged on LAA. also, due to you having your #4 at SEA so much higher, i might be able to midseason bid on him for cheap.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Ravelo is in the OAK T10. Of those guys, I like Honeywell the most.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: ok, honeywell moves to the front. revelo is OAK’s 6th, i see now. the others i suppose i’ll just rank 11th and after at their teams.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      That’s probably the way to go with Morgan. I was pretty aggressive ranking him in the top 5. Big power with risky approach could be more of a lottery ticket you can pick up midyear like you said.

  12. MB says:
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    Mike,

    I just got JP Crawford, Appel, the 19th pick and 35th pick

    for

    Hunter Harvey, Morse and Michael Taylor

    Now I am not competing until the 2-3 years so I was quick to jump on this. Am I missing something that this was not a good trade for me?

    Thanks for your time

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I like it and I don’t think you’re missing anything. Even if Harvey and Appel are a wash, JP > Taylor and you get two picks.

      • MB says:
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        @Mike: Thanks

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          anytime

  13. goodfold2 says:
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    here’s the updated parts.
    1.24 beede SP
    1.25 reed 1B
    1.26 fisher OF
    1.27 sheffield SP
    1.28 gettys OF
    1.29 baldoquin MI (LAA, don’t know why so early)
    1.30 burdi SP
    1.31 reid-foley SP
    1.32 pentecost C
    1.33 reed LP
    1.34 blandino MI
    1.35 fedde SP
    1.36 gatewood MI
    1.37 gillespie CI
    1.38 simmons RP (relief pitcher at ATL last year who got MLB time)
    2.1 weaver SP (STL, guy who might make your top 10)
    2.2 harrison OF
    so 19 picks till me and still over 60 of your top 10’s left, and still 6 top 5’s that are pitchers.

    • Mike

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      Cool. Baldoquin signed with LAA recently from Cuba and would be top 10 if rewriting today. Not a bad pick as he will probably do a little of everything.

      Looks like Mella, Honeywell, and Adams could still be in the cards for you.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: i’m guessing it’s between mella/adams/medieros (MIL) for my first pick, seems odd honeywell would be that high up. i know you said he’s better than that list of outside your top 10’s, but even you didn’t have him in TB’s top 10

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: also r.sanchez/r.lopez/fulchenchek are around.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            True, Honeywell was more on the fringe of that top ten. Lots of good options there for you to grab a good pitcher.

  14. goodfold2 says:
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    went back to read all the blurbs about the pitchers i might get, and noticed three teams. Could be the very people these guys were traded for of course.
    1. with wren gone, who moves into ATL’s 10?
    2. LAA it’s sanchez and diaz
    3. with DET it’s Travis/Leyba/Crawford

    • Mike

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      1. Braves is easy. Fried from Padres.
      2. LAA now has Baldoquin and then Kubitza from ATL
      3. DET I would have to dig into. That was thin as it was and they traded half of it away.

      For what it’s worth, I’m doing a division by division post for the next few Sundays to try to break down some of the guys who were the first cuts from the top tens like Honeywell, Lara, etc. and also address the players who came into systems via trades and signings after the top tens for those teams were already posted.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: hells yeah, that would wipe out me asking these to fix up my board (which is your top 10’s, with BA guys in margins). I have Kubitza (both BA and Fantrax haven’t changed it yet, i see it only happened hours ago), so who takes his place at ATL, any of the rookies, povse/sobotka (wow, an ATL sobotka, wonder if Ziggy escaped earlyand took a few hour bus), or any of camargo/jenkins?

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @goodfold2: it could be my own m.cabrera

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Cabrera works or just plug in Sanchez from the LAA trade.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Mike: ok, so LAA were bad enough as a system compared to ATL that r.sanchez is low at ATL.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                ATL isn’t like a great farm either, but they have some better bats to flesh it out. But yeah, I don’t think Sanchez is a top 5 guy on the ATL farm. I wouldn’t put up a fight if you had him in the 8-10 range though

  15. Swfcdan says:
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    Trying to gauge Lindor’s value and how much of an upgrade he’d be over these two guys: Michael Taylor (WAS), and Jorge Alfaro (TEX).

    Can you give me rough ranking estimates on all 3? I do like the sound of Lindor as a future leadoff SS.

    • Mike

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      Lindor I have in the 10-15 range. Taylor is more back end of the Top 50 (maybe 40s). He is close and has good power/speed potential but with some risk in BA. Alfaro is the total package but he’s catcher and I’m not sure I would take him over the other two for that reason. Catchers and relievers are fungible in dynasties. The Werth injury clears up some room for Taylor as he was prevously blocked, but it may only be temporary.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Mike: And thats Lindor at 10-15 as a FANTASY prospect right? Know all about his ability with the glove, just wanna be sure his bat is worthy too.

        Agree with you on Alfaro. The main problem with catching prospects is it takes them ages to fully show their offensive skills as they are working on the defensive side initially (see Mesoraco and Wieters still hasnt fulfilled his potential). I only grabbed him as he was available and I had a space, he’ll be the first to go. As for Taylor doesnt seem like the Nats are commited to giving him a job, not going to have much future value if he remains a quad A guy.

        • Mike

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          Yup, for fantasy. He’s low risk, going to play shorstop, steal bases and hit for average. Any power on top of that is gravy.

          Re: Taylor – With Span a FA in 2016, his time could come sooner rather than later if he puts up another great season in the minors.

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    medieros finally went, one possible pitcher i might’ve grabbed in 10 picks to go. i’ll likely be up tomorrow, unless we have a very quick night (we did have a good day), in fact same owner grabbed him, davidson/hill all in three picks in a row. Had a certain other pitcher been taken i’d have almost been sure i’m getting scooped here, mostly since medieros not on BA’s top 10. Who is Olivera MI with no home? He just went, wondering if he’s like that Baldoquin guy i didn’t see coming.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      another Cuban. Not signed yet. I had him in the teens on my list thanks to his proximity to the majors. He’s a guy that could help a team now, but he missed most if not all of last season with a medical condition. Just starting private workouts. He’s a second baseman with good pop and speed, but how much of that is still there is kind of the question mark.

      With ten picks left, you are in good shape to get a nice arm. I think you’ll get your guy. Apparently he is under the radar with your mates.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: medieros so far is the only pitcher i even wanted that’s both possible i would get and ranked fairly high, so some others sitting, if i get real lucky i could jack pot it, i have 2 more picks within 22 of my upcoming. (i have picks 59, 78,81,97, and two later ones)

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          nice…good luck!

  17. goodfold2 says:
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    now some dude named dermis (SS NYY) gets drafted? seriously, that’s a latin word that means the same thing as in English. “hey Skin, c’mon, yr late for dinner!”

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      haha…he’s a J2 guy. Power bat the Yankees signed (the Yanks kind of signed everybody this year). He’s in that mix with Rondon, Lara, Hernandez.

      I know I am really aggressive with Rondon, but I’d probably take Rondon, Hernandez, and Lara over Dermis. Dermis has the most power but might also be the riskiest profile of the four.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: both rondon’s (MI) are still around, the TB one is surprising, as BA has him high too, just like you.

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          @goodfold2: BA has Lara 5th at MIL too, pretty high.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Yeah, I feel like I kind of missed the boat on Lara. Some lists have him top 5, others not at all. He has big power but not as good a hit tool as Rondon, and I may have penalized him too much for the talk of him ending up off of short and in the outfield. He’ll be in my NL Central roundup for sure. The more I read about him, he doesn’t seem much riskier than Gatewood, and I had Jake fourth on the Brewers list. Either way I still love Rondon haha.

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    any of these MIL people even around honeywell (seemingly the best of the just outside top 10’s), BA’s MIL list out today.
    Wang LP (6th)
    T.Williams RP (7th)
    i’m reading about honeywell’s screwball (cool)

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @goodfold2: also, i’m seeing why Mella isn’t taken, some sites thing he’ll stick at reliever.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        Rather have Honeywell than the two MIL guys. Bullpen risk is true for all these pitching prospects, but I see what you’re saying. Hell, grab Honeywell first and see if you can wait on Mella. If he’s just sitting there you may be able to wait longer than you think.

        • goodfold2 says:
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          @Mike: it’s looking like i can maybe get 3 guys here, but i’ll have to go with another one mentioned already first (he’s projected by other sites much higher). to make sure, honeywell is better than these though:
          fulenchek/r.sanchez/molina/r.lopez/garrett and howard (CIN)/j.lopez and wagner (MIL)/keller (PIT)/4 lower half of 10 guys on BAL/ farmer/blewett and griffin (KC)/ alcantara and smith (LAA)/ graveman/ yarbrough. those 20 are all top 10 guys from a variety of teams. It’s hard to compare them all, since some teams systems are so much worse than others.

          • Mike

            Mike says:
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            Cool. Yeah, I mean they are all basically guys with #3 starter ceilings at this point. I don’t think Honeywell is a bad pick. Of that group you listed I think Lopez (WAS) is interesting. I’d be pretty happy if I walked away with Honeywell, Lopez, and Mella to be honest, but it’s preference at this point.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @Mike: ok, good to know, now i got 4 guys to attempt to grab in next 3 picks or so, unless i really think i can wait even later, then i almost have to grab o’connor or rondon (that dude really does seem to be a big deal, can’t believe he’s still there). I have D’Arnaud and nothing else on entire roster at C. this really helps a lot.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                No problem

  19. Alan says:
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    Good morning, do I want Addison Russell or Xander Bogearts?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      It’s a coin flip really. I would lean towards Bogey since he already has MLB innings under his belt.

  20. goodfold2 says:
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    jesus, we got these two owners, PIT and BOS, that have made 3 total picks out of the 51 made so far, totaling 45 hours. Rule says you have 24 hours, but these people don’t give reasons for this, nothing like that. Rest of league averages about 2.56 hours per pick, so bascially when we’re all said and done those 2 owners (who only have 10 total picks between them) will have cost about 6 days.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Yikes. #Slow draft problems. The Lord created everything in the universe in six days (and it was good). You’d think they could select a couple of minor leaguers

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Mike: they might have very legitimate reasons, (they have bad internet access, have to go somewhere to get on, it could take a few hours, maybe somebody was having a baby or was injured etc), but they won’t mention it, that’s the worst part. If when it was their turn they would just say, “hey guys, i’m busy till X” but none of that. If i’m making 29 people wait over a few hours i’m telling them why as i do it.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          Yup, hopefully everybody is okay. This kind of thing happens all the time. I did one where it sent you an email when it was your turn. That was luxurious.

          • goodfold2 says:
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            @Mike: our comish (and others) send an email to the next 3 pickers after every pick, that’s why it’s so disrespectful to not even respond and then just pick 17 hours one time, 20 hours the next time.

            • goodfold2 says:
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              @goodfold2: BOS took 17 hours with no response, then 20, PIT went after BOS on his first pick (so he should’ve known 24 hours before he picked that he was next up) then took 7 hours more without responding.

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                Oof. That’s a lot of downtime.

              • goodfold2 says:
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                @goodfold2: one possible issue is the place that shows our picks is on proboards, and our message board is on fantrax. so people are busy on fantrax hanging out, trade talking, etc, and proboards show the picks that were made, order etc. PIT doesn’t even log on to fantrax, since like end of Dec.

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  That’s how one of my leagues does it. I keep having to remind myself to check both. It’s kind of a pain, but I get why they do it that way.

                  • goodfold2 says:
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                    @Mike: yeah, but the updates on the next 3 teams are by email, so everybody should know roughly when they are up.

  21. Ghost of the Disappeared says:
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    Mike: IMO The Tribe is clutching to tightly to its positional gems.

    They really need some arms – depth at all levels.

    They fit real good with the A’s for some flipping.

    Wishing and hoping here.

    Do you recall suggesting to me to find a big Native American man the last we talked? Well, remember the “A Bad Man’s Boyfriend” line from the movie Celtic Pride. I’m now living it. Chief BigOne has changed my life. You should have sent the lawyers # instead

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Lionel Hutz: Hiring me as your attorney, you’ll also receive this free smoking monkey.
      [places a toy monkey with a cigarette in its mouth on the desk]
      Marge: Mr Hutz.
      Lionel Hutz: Look… he’s taking another puff!

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