The champ is here! The champ is here! Step aside, step aside y’all, we’re dancing into the winner’s circle to profile the top prospects of the World Series Champion Houston Astros. To say the Astros have built a winner through their astute drafting and international prowess is an understatement. Players like Dallas Keuchel, Carlos Correa, George Springer, Alex Bregman, and Lance McCullers all were developed in house, and plenty of additional homegrown talent was shipped out to reinforce the MLB club for the stretch run. So this is definitely a different system than the one profiled by yours truly over the last couple of offseasons. With a slew of graduations and trades, there’s a collection of high end talents from 1-4, followed by some above average high minors types, a handful of talented international lottery tickets, and a plethora of hard-throwing pen types. Houston seems to tread between a bunch of labels when it comes to pinpointing the best way to describe the system, but the most apt description is a good player development organization that needs to restock in the 2018 draft and international signing period. Without further ado it’s the Houston Astros Top Prospects.

 

1) Kyle Tucker, OF Astros | Level: AA | Age: 21 | 2017 Stats: .274/.346/.528, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 21 SB

Another highly drafted Houston athlete with a superstar skillset. Tucker is already considered by many a frontrunner for the top fantasy prospect in baseball heading into 2019. Permitted he doesn’t make his MLB debut in 2018, and exceed his rookie limits. The outfielder was 20 years old for all of 2017, and after destroying the Carolina League saw promotion at the end of May to AA. He’s had his struggles in Corpus Christi, but through it all has hit for power, driven in runs, and displayed dynamic offensive ability in the batter’s box and on the basepaths. He wore down a bit in August but that shouldn’t come as a surprise for a player so young. There’s more questions about the hit tool now than there were coming into the draft, but the power has already exceeded my expectations. The swing is unorthodox, with an extreme uppercut stroke, meaning he’s going to popup a lot, but also hit a ton of flyballs. In my opinion his approach is tailor made for the current environment. I’ve seen his bat path compared to Cody Bellinger, and (breath) Ted Williams. His hands are super-quick, and that drives his elite bat speed. Tucker is long and lean now, but his frame looks like he has the ability to add 20 lbs of muscle by maturity. At peak I foresee a line of .280/.360/.520 with 30 homers, and 15-20 steals. ETA: 2019

2) Forrest Whitley, RHP Astros | Level: AA | Age: 20 | 2017 Stats: 5-4, 92.1 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 143 K, 34 Bb

A four pitch arsenal, whiff inducing ability, above average control, and big tilt on his fastball. Whitley is one of the most sought after arms in dynasty leagues. Ranking 25th on my latest update of my Top 100, he was the third pitching prospect taken in the on-going Rotowire Dynasty Invitational. Even that statement needs context, the two rookie eligible pitchers taken ahead of him were Shohei Ohtani and Alex Reyes. Players who in one way or another really shouldn’t be prospects, but are. It’s tough to watch Whitley throw and not fall in love. He mixes a low to mid 90’s four-seamer that touches 97 with slight cutting action, a mid-70’s curveball with depth and bite, a mid-80’s slider with movement equal to his curve, and a low 80’s changeup he’s shown feel for. It’s rare to see a prep righty so big, and so in sync with his mechanics and timing. That’s not to say he doesn’t struggle to repeat his delivery from time to time, but it’s important to consider the prep righty profile, as most in that bucket are considered development projects that can take a few years. A big jumper from the beginning of the season, Whitley is on track to be the universal top pitching prospect in the game by August of 2018. ETA: 2019

3) Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF Astros | Level: A+ | Age: 20 | 2017 Stats: .304/.379/.481 12 HR, 69 RBI, 8 SB

The talented 20 year old with the powerful lefthanded swing, burst onto the scene putting up monster numbers in the Midwest League with the Astros affiliate Quad Cities. He hit upon promotion to high A Buies Creek, but struggled for stretches following. His K% improved at high A, but he walked less, and didn’t get to his power with the same frequency. I’m willing to dismiss it, as he was young for the level. Struggles aside, Alvarez is one of the top power bats in the minors. ETA: 2019

4) J.B. Bukauskas, RHP Astros | Level: Rk | Age: 21 | 2017 Stats: 0-0, 10 IP, 2.70 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 9 K, 5 Bb

Excellent fastball/slider combo, with many scouts labeling Bukauskus’ slider as the best breaking ball in the draft. Not very big at 6 feet, 190 LBS, so he gets comped to other short starters with good collegiate track records like Sonny Gray and Carson Fulmer. There’s high end upside here, but some pen risk questions too. Bukauskas was the “Ralph Special” of the draft, meaning a small righty with oodles of upside. It’s not hyperbole to say his slider is in contention for “the singe best pitch in the 2017 draft”, pairs it with a mid 90’s fastball, and an average changeup. JB really lives off of the nastiness of that slider and how well he commands it, helps the fastball play up. Definitely some pen concerns, but there’s high end upside. No word on the quality of his gooch maintenance (claws up). ETA: 2019

5) Rogelio Armenteros, RHP Astros | Level: AAA | Age: 23 | 2017 Stats: 10-4, 123.2 IP, 2.04 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 146 Ks, 38 Bb

If you’re not aware, I have been doing a weekly YouTube baseball show through Fantrax the past year plus. Over the course of the most recent season I’ve spoken with Jake Faria, Eric Longenhagen, and the O.G. Prospector John Sickels. You can watch the Sickels show here, but one of the players he identified as being the biggest sleeper in the minors was Rogelio Armenteros. Signed out of Cuba back in 2014 Armenteros was described by Sickels as a pitcher’s pitcher. He’s not the type to over power you with his fastball or rely on one elite pitch playing up his arsenal. Instead he mixes a low 90’s fastball, 70’s curveball with good break, a changeup, and a second breaking ball. The fastball doesn’t have elite velocity, but it’s heavy; the curveball is the jewel of his arsenal, as he manipulates and shapes it as he sees fit. It’s a really nice pitch. The debate on Armenteros is a matter of drastically differing opinions on his changeup quality. Sickels describes it as a “excellent”, while Baseball Prospectus describes it as “soft”. I haven’t seen Armenteros live, but from what I’ve watched on YouTube, he does seem to lack a third offering. That said, he’s a strikethrower with a workhorse body, and a real shot at some starts with one of the best teams in the league. A nice late round sleeper arm in deep leagues, NFBCs, and dynasty formats. ETA: 2018

6) David Paulino, RHP | Level: MLB | Age: 23 | 2017 Stats: 2-0, 29 IP, 6.52 ERA, 1.48 WHIP, 34 Ks, 7 Bb

I’m really sick of writing about Paulino, to say I have prospect fatigue is putting it lightly. The giant righty has always flashed above average potential with a big fastball, two above average breaking balls, and a solid changeup. Still he’s fought injuries, a PED suspension, and command issues over the past few seasons. There’s still good mid-rotation stuff here, but that’s if everything maxes out. More than likely he’s going to be a solid middle reliever, but he needs to prove he can get results versus major leaguers. ETA: 2018

7) Freudis Nova, SS/3B | Level: Rk | Age: 17 | 2017 Stats: .247/.342/.355, 4 HR, 16 RBI, 8 SB

An international bluebird that landed in the laps of the Astros, after an agreement with the Marlins deteriorated over a reported failed PED test. There’s a limited amount of reports on Nova, but the label of powerhitter with a defensive home on the leftside of the infield is a helluva drug. This is a very aggressive rank, but I’m banking on an organization with a track record of discovering talent, and a template I’m fond of. He’s not touching the majors for likely 4-5 more years, but there’s serious skills. ETA: 2022

8) Gilberto Celestino, OF | Level: Rk | Age: 18 | 2017 Stats: .268/.331/.379, 4 HR, 24 RBI, 10 SB

Signed for $2.5 million out of the DR back in 2015, Celestino is all speed, defense, and contact at this point. He has an all-fields line-drive approach, and is dangerous on the basepaths, but we’re waiting on over the fence power. I’ve seen comps to the Cubs Albert Almora and I can see that. Scouting reports speak of potential for raw power, and many see him getting to average game pop, which is imperative if he’s going to develop into a fantasy viable outfielder. ETA: 2021

9) Jairo Solis, RHP | Level: Rk | Age: 18 | 2017 Stats: 3-2, 61.1 IP, 2.64 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 69 Ks, 21 Bb

If Solis were American he wouldn’t yet be draft eligible. But he’s not, so instead he threw over 60 innings across three levels of rookie ball, putting up impressive numbers in the process. His season started in the Dominican Summer League before debuting stateside in the GCL and then finishing his season in the Appy league with Greeneville. Quite a journey for a 17 year old. Despite being immature physically, Solis gets the most out of his stuff. The righty’s arsenal boasts three above average pitches; a low 90’s two-seam fastball with run, a curve he can throw for strikes or bury when in need of an out pitch, and a changeup that sits mid-80’s with good fade. He’s inconsistent at times with his delivery, but that’s common for a hurler his age. There’s a great combination of stuff, feel, and projectability, that make Solis a good bet to be a riser on top prospect lists next season. ETA: 2021

10) Hector Perez, RHP | Level: A+ | Age: 21 | 2017 Stats: 7-6, 107.1 IP, 3.44 ERA, 1.45 WHIP, 128 Ks, 78 Bb

I have three numbers for you and they perfectly describe Perez at the moment, 10.73 K/9, .205 BAA, 1.45 WHIP. Perez is both that unhittable, and completely out of control. He misses bats with a mid-90’s plus heater and a double plus slider that earns rave reports from scouts. There’s a lot to refine here in order for Perez to have a major league rotation future, but the stuff is so nasty it’s not a bad late round bet in first year player drafts. The upside for something special sneaks him into the top 10 over less exciting options with higher floors. ETA: 2020

11) Cionel Perez, LHP | Level: AA | Age: 21 | 2017 Stats: 6-4, 93.2 IP, 4.13 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 83 Ks, 27 Bb

A somewhat divisive prospect, as you’ll get a variety of reports on his stuff, and future depending on who you read. The delivery is somewhat high effort, and he’s not the biggest guy, so there’s some durability concerns. The stuff isn’t in question, nor is his ability to throw strikes. There is some quibbling over the quality of his changeup, but overall he gets plus grades on his slider and mid-90’s fastball. He has a few potential pathways to major league success whether as strike throwing mid-rotation lefty or power lefty relief arm. In fact it would not shock me to see Perez pitch in relief for Houston in 2018. ETA: 2019

12) Jonathan Arauz, SS | Level: A | Age: 19 | 2017 Stats: .242/.336/.319, 1 HR, 15 RBI, 1 SB

Acquired in the Ken Giles trade, Arauz is a toolsy infielder with a large number of probable outcomes. His bat is quick, and the swing is noisy but it works for him. There’s a lot of risks with his offensive profile, as he’s just an average runner and the power is yet to come. He’s a work in progress, stash and wait type of dynasty prospect, but one that could payoff if he gets to his power. ETA: 2021

13) Corbin Martin, RHP | Level: A- | Age: 22 | 2017 Stats: 0-1, 32.2 IP, 2.20 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 43 Ks, 9 Bb

A second round college arm out of Texas A&M, Martin throws a sinking fastball with a huge range of velocity reports, some as high as 98, while others are as low as 89 MPH. He mixes in a plus curveball, and an above average change, but he lacks front of the rotation upside in my opinion, which limits his fantasy upside. ETA: 2020

14) J.D Davis, 3B | Level: AAA | Age: 24 | 2017 Stats: .282/.345/.527, 26 HR, 78 RBI, 5 SB

There’s a lot of debate as to whether Davis is a major leaguer or not. On face value he’s a tough profile for evaluators as a bat-first power only corner guy. He’s pull happy at the plate, doesn’t walk a ton, and is prone to weak contact and some swing and miss. However through it all, Davis can mash. I personally don’t think a role as second division corner guy is all that out of the question. He made his major league debut in 2017 where he slugged .484 while striking out 29.4% of the time. There’s little opportunity for him in Houston and a trade to an organization with less in the way of infield depth would be ideal. ETA: 2018

15) Jason Martin, OF | Level: AA | Age: 22 | 2017 Stats: .278/.332/.487, 18 HR, 66 RBI, 16 SB

On it’s surface Martin’s production is stellar, but he’s more than likely a decent fourth outfielder. He has the ability to play all three outfield spots, hit for power, and run. Unfortunately none of his offensive tools are strong enough to earn him an everyday big league role in the future. Another player needing a trade to get a shot at the MLB level. ETA: 2019

16) Colin Moran, 1B/3B/OF | Level: AAA | Age: 25 | 2017 Stats: .301/.369/.532, 18 HR, 65 RBI, 0 SB

The 6th overall pick in the 2014 MLB draft, Moran has been a bust of epic sized proportions. I’m fine being the low man on Moran. He lacks the type of power that might help him stick at first base, the only defensive position he’s truly a fit for. His greatest attribute outside of his above average game power, is his approach, but neither add up to anything more than a late career Joe Mauer statline in my mind. Moran however is not without some rays of sunlight. He did add more loft to his swing this year, which resulted in his first .500+ slugging performance of his MiLB career. There’s just nowhere for him in Houston, perhaps there’s some opportunity elsewhere. Unfortunately, 25 year old first base/left field prospects without a track record of power production in the minors aren’t exactly desirable. ETA: 2018

17) J.J. Matijevic, 1B/OF | Level: A | Age: 22 | 2017 Stats: .228/.290/.384, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 11 SB

A competitive balance second rounder out of Arizona, Matijevic has above average raw power and contact, even if he didn’t show much of that in his professional debut. The statline might make you think he’s a speed demon, but that is not the case. He’s a first base/leftfield type, that will have to make his bones with his bat. ETA: 2020

18) Joe Perez, 3B | Level: Rk | Age: 18 | 2017 Level: Did Not Play

A two way prep player many considered a first round talent prior to requiring Tommy John surgery. The Astros prefer him as a 3rd baseman, where his bat should play if he develops above average power. Lots of upside here, but there’s lots of risk, and he’s a ways off. ETA: 2022

19) Jorge Alcala, RHP | Level: A+ | Age: 22 | 7-6, 109.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 95 Ks, 45 Bb

A righthander with a plus upper 90’s fastball, an above average changeup that flashes plus, and an average slider that some evaluators rank ahead of his changeup. Alcala was used as a starter and reliever which is common in the Astros minor league system. He might project as a pen only arm, but the stuff is good enough for him to develop into a decent mid-rotation starter, even if it’s a low probability outcome. ETA: 2020

20) Carlos Machado, OF | Level: Rk | Age: 19 | 2017 Stats: .324/.387/.462, 2 HR, 17 RBI, 6 SB

An advanced teenage bat with a plus hit tool, fringe/average power, and a corner outfield profile. Machado’s contact ability is excellent, making direct contact to the ball, and displaying gap to gap power. There’s still some projection left in his frame pointing to untapped power potential. If Machado is able to continue to hone his hit tool to a 70 skill, and pair it with average to above average power, fantasy owners might have something. The bat is legit. ETA: 2021

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  1. Another Dan says:
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    Ralph,

    Excellent stuff again.

    Questions :
    1) on a previous thread you mentioned that you would consider trading Ohtani for Kopech. Would you trade Ohtani away to get Whitley as part of a package ? (Guy with Whitley also has Duplant, Sixto, Fried, Castillo)

    2) RDI – surprised to see Luzardo and Ortiz go that early ?

    Football update : Yesterdays game 1-0 down with 20 to go, won 3-1. Have won 6 of our last 7 league games. We are now joint top although 2 of the teams around us have games in hand.

    Best wishes, hope you and yours are not badly affected by the weather

    Another Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan:
      1. I would make that deal if you can get Whitley plus. I’m scared of Ohtani with this injury + his intent to play both ways. The elbow just ruined everything. It’s like finding out your wife used to date Olivier Giroud, she’s forever ruined.

      2. Not really, I’m in the draft with someone who covers the A’s and someone who covers the Phillies (even if I Winkleman didn’t take Ortiz). My approach is to mitigate my risk by taking the best players in their 20’s. My four prospects to date Brendan Rodgers, Austin Hays, Anthony Alford, and Alec Hansen all should have relatively short ETAs. I’d like to be able to play this year with a team that should get better as the year progresses. I figure I can really prospect dig as the draft progresses.

      PROMOTION!!!!!

      It’s cold and we got a foot of snow, but that’s nothing unusual.

  2. Rob says:
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    Awesome list Ralph. I may have moved on too quick from Rogelio. I like Moran. He was cruising before a call up (in which he started out hot) then got hit in the face and had surgery. read somewhere they’re going to try him at OF in spring training some, and with his flexibility/+ possible platoon w/ Gattis at DH (if they don’t bring in another bat), he could get some decent ABs. probably wishful thinking tho

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Rob: You’re probably right on Moran, and he did get hit in the face, and there is some versatility, but he’s garbage in the field, and they have plenty of these types. I prefer JD Davis to Moran.

      Armenteros is a MLB arm for sure. He’s not going to be a star but he’s very solid.

  3. Nelson says:
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    Where would you put Reyes overall in dynasties? Top 30 pitcher? Higher than Wacha?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nelson: yeah he’s too 30, some might say top 20 even.

  4. Matthias says:
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    What would you project Alvarez’s MLB ETA to be? Also, do you think he’s more likely to make it as a 1b or OF? I know your top 10 1b write up stated that you almost didn’t include him as a 1b. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Matthias: He’s likely a first base guy with the ability to give them some games in left. I think he’s up late 2019, like September. The bat is good and I think another year and a half in the system will get him to the point of major league ready.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Matthias: I like to mess around.

  5. goodfold2 says:
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    while some of the floorbored type good ETA’s SPare still out there (borucki/barria) what’s best for long term starter upside with these guys here,
    -w.crowe WAS (BA gives him good tools, appears to be top 8 at all sites, already had his 1st TJ, i’m in the camp that in general that’s a good thing assuming esp he does well after)
    -s.jennings PIT (also good tools, longenhagen likes him, has him 10th at PIT)
    – y.almonte COL (you’ve already gone over and mentioned as a just outside 100th type guy near borucki)
    2 others you have here sound upsidey too (h.perez/solis) but probably riskier. i’m trying to hit that middle ground with at least upcoming pick of likely SP long term with most upside.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: I think Solis has the highest upside, and Boricki has the highest floor.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: that f.morales PHI. you just had a post about, he lower or higher than these types? other than medina all those PHI guys you listed in that post (outside of the obvious sixto/kilome) are still around as well.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @goodfold2: He’s 100% higher. Take Morales.

  6. Richard Davis says:
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    What are your thoughts on Garrett Stubbs? I have him on my 15 man Minor League squad(20 team league, so 300 prospects), but I’m thinking of dropping him before our prospect draft to open up a spot. Only reason I’ve kept him for the past few years is because my Starting Catcher is Gattis, and with McCann on his last year of his contract with the Astros, I think Stubbs will be their Starting Catcher in 2019, and he could be a top 10 Fantasy Catcher in that Astros Lineup. I also have Danny Jansen from the Blue Jays, and I know it’s probably not smart to stash Catchers on my prospect team, so I’m prolly dropping ONE. Which one should I drop? Or should I just drop Both to free up spots? Thanks for the write up and hard work. When will your updated FIRST Year player rankings come out? My prospect draft is in a few weeks, so I was hoping to have that info. Thanks again

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Richard Davis: I’d drop him, you can find a catcher. To me Stubbs is a nice player, good athlete, good approach, but there is not a ton of pop.

      • Richard Davis says:
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        You are correct, and I have Danny Jansen as well. It’s just tough in a 20 team league to find a good Catcher. And I know Stubbs isn’t all that great, I really only had him because of my situation with Gattis as my Starter. Probably best to drop him and use that spot for a player with more upside. Thanks guys

  7. Juicebox says:
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    Trade my Machado for JD Martinez and Robles or Eloy? Guy offering gave me the choice of either prospect.

    Roto league with OPS as an extra cat. Keep players forever.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Juicebox: Martinez and Eloy… Damn!

  8. Roz says:
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    Thoughts on Isan Diaz? Our ML draft is now in R4 and all the sexy picks seem to be long gone. Isan Diaz was dropped late last year so I’d available still. Should I take a shot? Only other guys I’m considering are David Peterson & Logan Warmouth, but not sure of their fantasy upside

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Roz: I would take a shot on Diaz, I like the upside. I’d take Wormouth after Diaz but before Peterson for what it’s worth.

  9. Jose says:
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    Thanks Ralph,
    I loved the podcast you did recently on Fantrax, featuring Eric Longenhagen.
    Normally skip threw the AL players you guys discuss, but this one was “NL Central”and you touched on some of the players on my radar, including some that usually are not talked about a lot like Apostel and Lutz. Some day I hope to have Acuna in CF, flanked by Ortiz and Lutz.

    You then finished talking about Jessy Winker, who if he gets to start from the beginning, will be my lead off hitter in front of C. Seager, Votto and K. Davis. RotoWire has him projected for .381 OBP, that should get me a lot base runners in front of Khris Davis and his 40+ HRs.

    Too bad you ran out time I would have loved to hear you guys discuss Taylor Trammell and all his tools.

    Thanks again, I am going to go back and listen to it again and see if I missed anything the first time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jose: Yeah it was a great show! I’m glad we could help out!

  10. Nightpandas says:
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    Happy 2018 Ralph,

    Heavy trading going on in my 15 team keep 11. (with r, h, sb, rbi, hr, strikeouts, obp, Slg). And (W, L, QS, K, K/9, whip, saves, era)

    Wanted to get your thoughts on 11 keepers

    Sale, Hoskins, Myers, Gleybar for sure

    Then I’ve got Odor, Ian Happ, Franco, Lucroy, Dahl, Desmond, Brinson, Calhoun, Margot, O Arcia and Honeywell, Glasnow, Betances, Bundy, Familia

    Thanks bud

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: offers I got so far: Give Hoskins get Smoak and Tanaka, Give Happ get Sonny Gray and Travis Shaw…meh

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Nightpandas: I would do the Happ deal in a second. I love Shaw.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nightpandas: Sale, Hoskins, Myers, Gleyber, Brinson, Margot, Calhoun, Happ, Honeywell, Desmond, and Odor.

  11. sport says:
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    So Whitley was the third pprospext pitcher taken in the RDI, the question is “what pitcher would you have taken in that spot?”
    I’m guessing Honeywell unless your rankings have changed.

    Luis Castillos or Lance McCullers in a keeper league?

    Thanks for all the off-season write ups. I have read them all but just haven’t left comments.

      • sport says:
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        @Another Dan:
        Thank you for sharing. It worked. Interesting stuff and I’m going to save the link and refer to it some more.

        • Another Dan says:
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          @sport:

          No problem.

          I am not so sure of the league settings.

          I do know there was a bidding system for the pick that you got. The article linked below has a breakdown of the first round and also a link to the article explaining how each person got to bid on where they would draft.

          https://www.faketeams.com/2017/12/27/16819158/fantasy-baseball-rotowire-dynasty-invitational-expert

          It’s interesting stuff. Look at Tom Trudeau’s roster. He’s gone prospect crazy. Ralph mentioned above that he is trying to balance his roster.

          Best wishes,

          Another Dan

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Another Dan: I really don’t love spending early picks on pitching prospects. My intention is to have a team to play the game with this year, with a chance to really take a step forward next year.

      • Packers says:
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        @Another Dan: Ralph, any chance for a link for the entire draft? Thanks.

        • Another Dan says:
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          @Packers:

          see the google sheets link above

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @sport: Inwould have gone Kopech, Ohtani, Honeywell, Whitley.

      Give me Castillo, I trust his health more.

      Thanks for reading!

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Castillo over all of those in a dynasty ?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Another Dan: Over McCuller

  12. Coach says:
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    Your take on Martin – Wrong!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Coach: Which one? Two Martins, haha. I’m confused.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Coach: he had j.martin 161st overall back in midseason top 200, down more from that now. guessing he was referring to this:
      “lacks front of the rotation upside in my opinion” on c.martin

    • Coach says:
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      My bad. I was referring to Jason Martin. Given the power in his bat and speed in the outfield, I disagree with your assessment of his ceiling.

  13. Another Dan says:
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    Sorry, re-read that and it seemed a bit short.

    Listened to most of your CWS prospect pod today. You were pretty high on Kopech. Which means you are also very high on Castillo.

    Was the reference to Castillo just because you are competing this year? Or is it because he has proved himself already to an extent?

    Where do you see them ranking in 2 years time ? (Say if you had a random Internet friend who thought he might be competing in 2-3 years).

    Best wishes,

    Dan

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Another Dan: Hi Another Dan, just want to ask you what footy team you support as you always are telling Ralph about them on here! Know its a lower league side so wonder if you’ve been involved in any giant killing in the FA cup this weekend.

      My team is Sheffield Wednesday who are having an awful season after 2 close failures in the playoffs before. We have just got a new manager in who’s had a lot of success in Germany so it could be a fresh start for us.

      • Another Dan says:
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        @Swfcdan:

        My team is Scarborough Athletic. We’re a reincarnation of the original Scarborough FC that were the first team to get automatic promotion to the League in 1987. We’ve spent the last 10 years playing 20 miles down the coast in Bridlington, after the original club was forced out of business because of it’s debts, so this year is an exciting one. Crowds have nearly tripled, team is doing well on the pitch, it’s pretty good so far (watch the wheels fall off now).

        Our FA Cup adventure finished the round before round 1. Our conquerors got their game televised live on BBC against MK Dons. Would have been a large financial boost. Worse still our conquerors are in our league and so they got the financial windfall to help them push for promotion.

        Wednesday sent their U23 team over for a pre-season friendly.

        I guess you are looking forward to Friday’s game?

        Best wishes,

        Another Dan

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Another Dan: Wow the Scarborough reincarnation! My brother is an AFC Wimbledon supporter, who of course used to support the original Wimbledon. Good to hear Scarborough doing well, what division are you in now? Wimbledon have made it back to league one which is some achievement so it shows it can be done.

          I’m somewhat dreading friday’s derby game in all honesty. Don’t feel the new manager will have had time to change much by then and am expecting defeat, but praying the players will have their asses kicked into gear and we’ll see an improved team!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Another Dan: Meant to sign off with,

      Yet Another Dan (sorry had to be done)

  14. Swfcdan says:
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    Tucker looks like a superstud, will read the others when I have time. What do you make of Fisher’s role, needs a trade or will he get PT this year? I could even replace him in our minors draft coming up, but I still think he’s worth holding over a guy years away, even though he didn’t show the power/speed we saw in the minors.

    Got offered DeGrom ($21 next year) for Dahl ($3) next year, should I take it? Most acelike SPs are kept and I really need one, whereas I dont know what to expect from Dahl now or even if he’ll be a starting regular as much as I like his skills/atmosphere.

    • Rob says:
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      @Swfcdan: for what it’s worth I just decided to keep DeGrom for $28 in a relatively deep 12 team, where most aces are kept/very hard to come across and I don’t regret it.

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      @Swfcdan: Thanks for the input Rob.

      Also wanna ask Ralphie who do you like more in a keeper: Devers or Tucker? I have Devers but not promoting him this year anyway, so it’s all looking ahead to 2019 impact I guess.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Swfcdan: I’d do the DeGrom deal. Fisher I would like to see just get everyday at bats.

  15. Prince George says:
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    Hey Ralph, love your work here and your podcasts on Fantrax. 15 team Dynasty question, no salaries. I just took over a middle of the road team & looking at trading for the #3 pick in the first round of the first year player draft. He wants Domingo Santana. I have a number of good OF prospects on my roster. I need a 2B and looking at K. Hiura with the pick. Fair trade? Is it close?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Prince George: Can you get the pick plus something? Like Hiura but that’s a lot for him.

  16. goodfold2 says:
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    would any of these stand out or make it into a top 200 convo? knock out some more teams here.

    SEA: bishop OF (speed some hit tool, you had him listed but not written about last year), andrade
    OF, jimenez OF (seems a more rounded bishop, less speed), jaskie SP
    SF: duggar (sound like better version of bishop, more speed)
    OAK: shore SP (you mentioned last year, seeing if he’s moved up, sounds like a #4 SP)
    merrell SS (seeing a 70 speed score, figured he’d have made the SS list)
    n.allen SS (60 speed, way better hit tool listed than merrell)
    PIT: l.escobar SP (longenhagen has him fairly high)
    oneil cruz CI/OF (sounds like ass tons of power nothing else)
    uselton OF (similar to escobar, maybe more speed)
    hinsz SP (you listed him last year, longenhagen doesn’t like though)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Duggar will I think, I really like Merrell’s speed, Bishop

  17. sh says:
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    Ralph nice writeup.
    QUestion, in a 20 team dynasty, I have been offered Moustakas for Kepler and Alford, or E.Suarez for Alford and Connor Greene, I will most likely not be compeating until next year at the earliest.

    I have Benny, Hoskins Acuna Margot,Robles Tapia,T O’Neil and E.Jimenez in my OF. I have no 3B on my team. I also have a pending deal for the 2nd pick in the 1st year player draft. My number 2 pick for Brinson and Soroka. I could change Soroka for A.Riley in the deal. ALso any 3B sleeper prospects you can give a heads up with thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sh: Take the Suarez deal, unless he’ll let you swap out Alford for Tapia or O’Neill.

  18. Anon Gonzalez says:
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    Do you prefer Tanner Scott or Joe Jimenez for the future? Not SVs or holds, just PURE STATS.

  19. Baller says:
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    Not sure what Jason Martin needs to do to prove his bat legit.

  20. Tommy says:
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    Thank you for the awesome prospect coverage. Who do you like in a Rhys/Robles for Lindor/Keller deal?

  21. Baseball Fan says:
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    I use razzball religiously… can’t get a read on this offer. Would you move JD and Ohtani for Kershaw in a 12 team dynasty? Plenty of Power (Sanchez, Freeman, Goldy, Dozier, Upton, Calhoun, Puig) decent pitching (Greinke, Paxton, Luis Castillo, Honeywell, Price). Thanks for the help!!

  22. Mark says:
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    What does the future hold for A.J. Reed

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