It’s a good time to be a Yankees fan. There’s an exciting up and coming squad in the Bronx, a farm system stock full of major league ready reinforcements at positions of need. There’s far off high upside bats and high octane teenage arms. Say what you will about my New England zip code, it’s difficult to not appreciate what Cashman & Co. have done in a few short years. Bravo! Though this next statement might make “spit” a permanent ingredient of my morning java at my local cafe, I’ll let it fly anyway. The Yankees were my favorite team to watch in 2017, and I can’t imagine that changes much with Stanton, Gleyber, Andujar, and others now in tow. “Watchability” aside this is one of the top farm systems in all of baseball. They pair high end talent, close to the majors impact, with extreme depth. As I mentioned in my Dodgers Preview, financial might doesn’t just buy you free agents, it buys you the best in scouting and resources. The Yankees fortunately/unfortunately have that in spades. Enough of the Yankee ball washing, let’s get into their top 200 prospects, kidding…kinda. It’s the New York Yankees Top Prospects for 2018.

 

1. Gleyber Torres, SS | Age: 21 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .287/.383/.480 7 HR, 34 RBI, 7 SB

One of the most hyped, but also one of most highly contested fantasy prospects. No one denies Gleyber’s real life impact, but there are some who think he’ll be just pedestrian for fantasy. I believe in the all around offensive skillset, and still think Torres has the upside of a superstar, even if he doesn’t have a standout category.  He might not break camp with the Yankees this year, but he’s fully participating this spring and looks just about 100%. Gleyber’s a good bet to be the future second baseman for the many years to come. I can’t tell you just how good Torres will be in a few years, but I do believe it will be a player everyone wants to own. ETA: 2018

2. Estevan Florial, OF Yankees | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .298/.372/.479, 13 HR, 57 RBI, 23 SB

The Prince of Port Au, Florial is the best thing to come out of Haiti since Toussaint Louverture. He mixes an elite power/speed mix with an above average hit tool. Florial has the upside of a 25/25 fantasy superstar, and could see his prospect status explode over the next year. He strikes out too much, which will likely limit his upside, but Florial has consistently put up double digit walk rates. One of the loudest sets of tools in the minors, Florial is the Yankees prospect with the highest upside, especially for fantasy. Must be owned in any dynasty format. ETA: 2020

3. Miguel Andujar, 3B | Age: 23 | 2017 Level: AAA | .315/.352/.498, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 5 SB

I think he might be breaking out… Yeah, he’s pretty much the hottest name going through the first few weeks of Spring Training, as Andujar is hitting everything. The elite power is evident when you see the third baseman get a hold of one. He’s been more of a contact hit with above average power, but has always hinted at plus pop in his legendary batting practice exploits. There’s real buzz that he might just make the Yankees out of camp, and while it seemed highly unlikely a few weeks ago, it’s gaining steam with each strong performance. If the recent power surge is the progression of Andujar, we might be looking at yet another 30 homer bat in the Bombers lineup.  ETA: 2018

4. Chance Adams, RHP  | Age:21 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 15-5, 150.1 IP, 2.45 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 135 K, 58 Bb

A former fifth round pick, Adams is a converted college reliever who continues to pass each test with flying colors. He mixes a low to mid-90’s fastball with an above average slider, an average curve, and a work in progress changeup. Many see Adams as a mid-rotation type in the mold of Jordan Zimmermann, back when he was good, not now. Doesn’t miss tons of bats, but enough to be relevant, his control and movement play up his fastball. Unfortunately Adams faces the baptism by fire in the AL East. Stout pitcher’s build despite his height, somewhat violent delivery, but he looks like an MLB ready arm. ETA: 2018

5. Justus Sheffield, LHP | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 7-6, 93 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 82 Ks, 33 Bb

Sheffield came over in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016, and has produced very good to great results at each level since joining the Yankees organization. The lefty touches 98 MPH with his double plus rising fastball, he pairs the heater with a above average slider that flashes plus, and his changeup another above average offering with plus showings. The concerns with Justus are never the stuff as much as the frame, injury history, and high effort delivery. Despite these concerns, Justus’ pairing of high velocity, deception, and above average or better offerings in his breaking ball and offspeed pitches, make him a potential useful fantasy starter for years to come. ETA: 2018

6. Albert Abreu, RHP | Age: 22 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 2-3, 53.1 IP, 3.37 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, 61 Ks, 18 Bb

With Gary Sanchez ready to take over as the everyday catcher, the Yankees did well to net a couple of high upside arms in Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman for Brian McCann. The latter of which was used to net Giancarlo Stanton this offseason. Long an exciting but frustrating talent, Abreu grew a lot throughout a trying 2017, and impressed many who watched him in the Arizona Fall League, even if the results weren’t stellar. The knock on Abreu continues to be the thrower label, but he has made strides with his pitchability the last year in the Yankees organization. His fastball is double plus, reaching triple digits on occasion, with the rest of his arsenal consisting of a curveball that flashes plus, and an evolving changeup. There’s still a ton of work that needs to be done, but if Abreu can unlock his control, and learn to be a pitcher, there’s front of the rotation potential. ETA: 2020

7. Luis Medina, RHP | Age: 18 | Level: RK | 2017 Stats: 2-2, 38.2 IP, 5.35 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 39 Ks, 24 Bb

A raw power arm with elite fastball velocity at just 18 years old. Medina is the type where he’s all stuff and projection over results at this point. The owner of three plus offerings already, a robust arsenal that consists of a true 80 grade fastball, with big velocity and run, an inconsistent, but filthy curveball, and a developed changeup that too flashes plus. There’s one problem, Medina has no idea where anything is going once it leaves his hand. Lacking command and control, Medina will look to refine his impressive repertoire in 2018. ETA: 2021

8. Dermis Garcia, 3B | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .249/.357/.542, 17 HR, 45 RBI, 6 SB

Let me tell you a little story about a man name Skin. Well, kind of named skin, but I’m pretty sure it means…skin. Unusual first name aside, Dermis is a man beast with a walloping stick. Easy plus bat speed, and raw power, the ball jumps off of Garcia’s bat. Certainly one of the most under-appreciated talents in the Pinstripes system. A typical three outcome power hitter with on base skills, but some swing and miss to match. The flyballs and strikeouts will limit Garcia’s value, but his power and on base ability will make him a high OPS player at peak. ETA: 2021

9. Domingo Acevedo, RHP | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 6-6, 133 IP, 3.25 ERA, 1.20 WHIP, 142 Ks, 34 Bb

The 6’6, 240 lbs behemoth has been stashed away in the Yankees farm for what feels like half a decade. In 2017 Acevedo touched AAA, and dominated AA with Trenton, posting a 2.38 ERA, with 82 strikeouts to just 17 walks in 79 frames. Despite a big frame, and lots of hitches in his unorthodox delivery, he manages to stay square with the plate and deliver strikes with great frequency. Nothing Acevedo throws is straight, with an upper 90’s fastball, that touches triple digits, an improving slider that some think has a plus ceiling, and a changeup that gets above average to plus grades. Acevedo might not be that far from the show, but some questions about his durability cloud his future as a starter. The 130+ inning workload in 2017 was a step in the right direction, with big stuff, bat missing ability, and an improving arsenal it wouldn’t be a shock to see Acevedo take a step forward again in 2018. ETA: 2019

10. Everson Pereira, OF | Age: 16 | Level: N/A | 2017 Stats: 2017 International Signing

One of the top hitters available in the 2017 International Class, Pereira joined the Yankees on signing day for $1.5 million. An athletic up the middle player with speed, defense, and a line drive swing. If he grows into power Pereira could develop into a 5 tool stud, that’s the gamble you take when investing in a player like Pereira in dynasty. ETA: 2023

11. Raimfer Salinas, OF | Age: 17 | Level: N/A | 2017 Stats: 2017 International Signing

A late signee in the International window of 2017, Salinas is a Venezuelan product with a storied amateur background. His bat speed, speed and raw athleticism lead many to believe he could be an impact offensive player. There are some concerns around his tendency to swing and miss, but that’s not uncommon of these loud tools/raw approach types. ETA: 2022

12. Tyler Austin, 1B | Age: 26 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .286/.357/.562, 10 HR, 33 RBI, 0 SB

A player already making noise this spring, Austin will never be an everyday player in New York, and at 26 he’s bordering on that line of AAAA first base only type. There might be a backup role for Austin this season in New York, and I still believe it’s possible he could carve out a couple of fringe fantasy seasons as a second division regular. ETA: 2018

13. Matt Sauer, RHP | Age: 19 | Level: RK | 2017 Stats: 0-2, 12 IP, 5.40 ERA, 1.80 WHIP, 12 Ks, 8 Bb

A second round pick out of the California prep ranks, Sauer signed well above his draft slot of 54th overall for a hair under $2.5 million. This is a testament to just how much confidence the Yanks have in the young righthander. He mixes a fastball that sits 92-97, with a slider and a curveball, as well as a raw changeup. There’s some concerns about his delivery, with a head whack, and some crossfire to his arm action. All in all, a really nice far off arm with athleticism, stuff, and projectability. ETA: 2021

14. Freicer Perez, RHP | Age: 21 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 10-3, 124 IP, 2.84 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 117 Ks, 45 Bb

A giant righthander that reminds some of Dellin Betances, Perez features a mid-high 90’s fastball, a plus changeup, and two fringe breaking balls. He has really funky mechanics, and some kinks to iron out, but there’s mid-rotation upside worth gambling on in deeper formats. If Perez is moved into the bullpen at some point, we might be looking at yet another possible power pen arm in this system. ETA: 2020

15. Dillon Tate, RHP | Age: 23 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 7-2, 83.1 IP, 2.81 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 63 Ks, 24 Bb

The former 4th overall pick in the 2015 draft, Tate was acquired for Carlos Beltran at the 2016 trade deadline, and has seen his career derailed by hamstring, back, and shoulder issues. When he pitched last year Tate looked very good, some might even say he warrants a higher grade here, but really the strikeouts just weren’t at a level that provides fantasy value. That said, his arsenal of a mid-90’s fastball, changeup, and slider is above average, and word out of camp is he’s added a two seam variation of his fastball. It’s far too early to write off Tate, but he certainly does not have the fantasy ceiling we once projected. There’s still some pen risk here, but so far it looks like the club prefers him as a starter. ETA: 2019

16. Clarke Schmidt, RHP | Age: 22 | Level: N/A | 2017 Stats: Did Not Play Injured

The Yankees first round pick in the 2017 draft, Schmidt missed all of 2017 after going under the knife for Tommy John surgery. Pre-injury, Schmidt was excellent at South Carolina, dominating high level competition. He mixes a low-mid 90’s four-seam fastball, a two seamer, a slider, and a changeup. On the shelf for a majority, if not all of 2018. ETA: 2021

17. Juan Then, RHP | Age: 18 | Level: RK | 2017 Stats: 2-2, 61.1 IP, 2.64 ERA, 1.06 WHIP, 56 Ks, 15 Bb

A young projectable starter the Yanks stole from the Mariners, Then mixes a mid 90’s fastball with a nice curveball, and a changeup. The delivery is pretty raw, and there’s a lot to iron out, but there’s a nice baseline of skills. ETA: 2022

18. Tyler Wade, SS/2B | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .310/.382/.460, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 26 SB

This is one of those players I just can’t figure out. While Wade looked awful in his major league debut, he was excellent in AAA and was just 22 years old. He tapped into more game power last year, adding a dimension to his game that was lacking. He possesses plus baserunning ability, an above average hit tool, and enough defensive flexibility to fit a super utility role. Should see some time in the Bronx this summer. ETA: 2018

19. Billy McKinney, OF/1B | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .277/.338/.483, 16 HR, 64 RBI, 2 SB

There’s some hitters that despite a lack of excitement just always seem to find major league playing time, though they are not much of anything long term. I think that’s the case with McKinney. He has a solid enough hit tool, but struggles against good breaking balls and off speed pitches, and doesn’t have enough power or speed to really register on the fantasy radar. ETA: 2019

20. Domingo German, RHP | Age: 25 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 8-6, 109.1 IP, 2.88 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, 119 Ks, 32 Bb

A power pitcher with a tweener profile, German made his MLB debut in 2017, after dominating the upper minors. German mixes a mid 90’s heater that’s been clocked as high as 97, with a curveball, and a changeup, that both hint at average or better potential. If German can develop his secondaries into major league pitches, he could hit a mid-rotation type ceiling. More than likely he ends up a reliever. ETA: 2018

The Next Five: Trevor Stephan, RHP, Glenn Otto, RHP, Taylor Widener, RHP, Thairo Estrada, SS/2B, Antonio Cabello, C

Find all of the 30 Minor League Previews, and Offseason Rankings on the Minor League Index
On Twitter as @ProspectJesus

   
  1. jose says:
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    Ralph,
    I am going to have to sweat Urias for five more picks. I just trade J.upton and the pick for Jimenez and his first pick after the June draft. Maybe I get lucky and land 3B Nolan Gormam, let’s hope he lands with a NL team.

    If I do get Urias my top of the order will be set:
    1- Trammell CF
    2- Urias 2B
    3- Tatis Jr. SS
    4- Jimenez RF

    Come on 2020!!!!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @jose: Nice going Jose!

      • jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I did get Urias.

        My next target is C Ruiz and if he is still there after that, I am going to follow with Franchy Cordero. Every time I go to check on Tatis Jr. (3for 3 so far today) & Urias, he is doing something good (one for one with two BB so far today). I keep seen similarity to T2. Lots of speed, extrabases, good OBP and OPS.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          Get them all! Haha

  2. JP says:
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    Great write up, as always, Ralph. I agree that their collection of young talent makes it very hard to maintain one’s Yankee aversion.

    I’m set to make my last minors pick in a dynasty startup and I’d appreciate your opinion. I’m trying to decide among the following pitchers: Graterol, Lucchesi, Kilome, or Toussaint. How would you rate them in terms of likelihood to have a fantasy impact? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JP: Graterol, Lucchesi, Kilome, and Touki. I could see them all having an impact to a certain extent.

      I love Brusdar’s pitch mix and lower half.

  3. Miketron says:
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    Lovin the Dermis ranking! Think he stays at 3rd? Have read his defense there is pretty rough.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Miketron: Thanks Mike, knew you would. Really he’s on way of the more exciting bats. There’s little to no chance he sticks at 3rd. More likely 1B/LF/DH, he’s like the Latin Christin Stewart.

  4. Chud says:
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    Ralph,

    Always a great read! Looking to possibly deal Sano for an OF in my 10 team full keeper league. What are your thoughts on Sano for lets say Yelich, D.Santana or Cespedes? Would you accept any of these offers?

    I love the Sano upside but there always seems to be some red flags around him…..

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: I’d go for Sano for Yelich then Cespedes, then Santana.

      • Chud says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks! Owner also has that new shiney toy in Acuna I may be able to get.

      • Chud says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: thanks! Owner also has that new shiney toy in Acuna I may be able to get. @Ralph Lifshitz: much appreciated? Owner also has that new shiney toy in Acuna …..

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Chud: nice

  5. Sport says:
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    I’m thinking of buying into some Florial this coming draft! And Andujar as well. Thanks for the write up!

    Where would Hader, Tapia, and Derek Fisher rank if they were eligible? Hader projects as a RP to start the year but where do you see his SP value? SP2 or 3?

    Also, does Alec Hansen move up in your rankings after last year’s tear?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Hader is still a top 50 guy for me, I think he can reach an SP2 ceiling.

      Fisher needs PT, and I’m not sure it’s there. He can hit and has a track record of taking time to adjust to each level. Still another Top 50 talent for me, if considered a prospect. Tapia is one in the same, and I can see a better than 50% chance he gets a majority of the playing time in CO.

      He was already pretty high.

      • Sport says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Thank you for your help. I have a tough task of rebuilding in two different leagues. Hader is available along with Michael Baez, Gore, Hunter Greene, Sixto, and Soroka. Where would Hader fall in that group if you are a couple years away?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Sport: Gore, Baez, Greene, Sixto, Hader, and Soroka.

  6. nightpandas says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Would you give up Sale and Torres for Darvish and Judge? obp/slg/kper9/qs 15 team keeper

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @nightpandas: I would make that deal. OPS is a great format for Judge.

  7. jose says:
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    Ralph,
    I saw Keibert Ruiz, hit for the first in a game last night.
    He look like Rod Carew. He batted twice and single both times from the left side, one a line drive over the second baseman and the other a shot between 1b and 2b. He is now 5 for 7, all singles in about 4 games

    Rick Monday (a former lefty hitter himself) who was the color comentator for the Dodgers. was going gaga over what a sweet a swing he had from the left side.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @jose: Hahaha, I watched that game last night while I wrote this!

  8. BJFOHOHL says:
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    I like that the Yankees and Dodgers are on a collision course to give us some epic World Series again. Baseball is better this way. Even the casual or even non fan will get interested. Also I think I grabbed Andujar in season one of the nasty. What a third eye I had.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @BJFOHOHL: We’ll see IMO the Yankees are the third best team in the AL. They got a great shot.

      I think I had him last year.

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: some prospecter told me to throw him back.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          Not I old friend.

  9. Better Call Limehouse says:
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    12 team yahoo h2h dynasty where the NA slots have been upped to 7 from 5. year to year we will have 7 player max list (but HAVE to have NA early as shit like last night, in yahoo, every year the draft is crazy early such as march 3rd). but it being yahoo of course a whole lot of prospects aren’t even draftable
    C kraken
    1B E5
    2B scooter (3B/LF
    3B ? (used to be franco, could be again)
    SS c.taylor (2B/LF/
    LF upton
    CF cain sugar
    RF brocktune (LF)
    util k.davis (LF)
    willie C (boooo URNS that he only has LF now), fisher (LF/RF), thames (1B/RF if he’s really a bench bat now i’ll drop him)
    NA acuna (CF)
    kingery (2B)
    bradley (1B)
    r.lewis (SS)
    chavis (3B)
    javier (SS)
    and a bunch of pitchers, not relevant here. (keller is the only prospect slotted stash). i intentionally targeted the best MI i could get and got lucky as shit at 1.9. then later all that was left and useful were:
    j.jones
    y.alvarez LF (doesn’t yet have 1B in yahoo, but i’d guess would later)
    c.stewart LF
    s.heredia LF
    j.ortiz RF
    marsh RF
    shed long
    out of your top 100. i was about to nab duplantier (highest pitcher both available and in yahoo) but he went 2 picks ahead of me.

    drop junis (SP #11) or thames or fisher for a 3B (andujar or franco).

  10. Earl says:
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    Wanting input as to why if someone with 5th pick would take Trea Turner (3 category albeit a very strong speed cat) over Nolan Arenado (4 category star)?

    Is it strictly due to the speed as the runs and average are pretty comparable?

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Earl: I took at three in a money league, Grey, and Rudy would do the same. In fact Rob Silver 2016 NFBC main event champ said the same to me on Wednesday. It’s because he has the highest upside absence of Mike Trout.

  11. Earl says:
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    In most drafts in early rounds, I have usually placed premium and target on power with high average over 5 category performer with lower power or speed with exception being Mike Trout or Jose Altuve if I am lucky enough to get 1st or 2nd pick.

    How do others feel about this?

    • Earl says:
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      @Earl: Sorry everyone that this post is more or less repeat of one that follows. Cannot seem to delete this one.

      If you could disregard this post, and respond to one next, that would be appreciated.

      Thanks

  12. Earl says:
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    Would like people’s input as to what order they would put following in when selecting picks in say rounds 1-3.

    1) Big Power with high average (say Arenado or Bryce Harper and maybe Freddie Freeman)
    2) 5 Category hitter with bit lower power numbers (like Mookie Betts)
    3) Speed guy who is likely only good 3 category star runs, steals and average (like Trea Turner or Dee Gordon).

    Thanks guys.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Earl: I think you’re severely underrating Turner’s overall impact. He’s not a category killer at all. If you’re risk adverse I get it but where are you getting elite speed from? I feel in terms of team building Turner is a massive advantage.

      • Earl says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph. Don’t know why I am so shy on taking Turner over one of the big bopper studs.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          There’s lots of boppers with big ones… wait what?

  13. HAL says:
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    Thoughts on this team? It’s 5×5.

    Gttis, C
    Hosmer, 1B
    Taylor, 2B
    Rendon, 3B
    Machado, SS
    Betts, OF
    Ozuna, OF
    Buxton, OF
    Acuna, UTIL

    Tanaka, SP
    Castillo, SP
    S.Gray, SP
    Rivero, RP
    Iglesias, RP
    Bauer, P
    Wacha, P

    Hader, BN
    Mancini, BN
    Reed, BN
    M.Montgomery, BN
    Mikolas, BN

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @HAL: Looks really good.

  14. Earl says:
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    Just wondering for RCL leagues (or leagues like it) do non closer relievers take on anymore importance. I am used to weekly 5×5 roto leagues where most people do not place a lot of importance on relievers except for closers for saves.

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      Yes, but mostly on a day in and day out basis. Miller or Betances is nice, but you can stream those guys. It’s about maximizing innings.

  15. Harry says:
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    Need to pick 4 MiLB to hold in a 16-team keeper (OPS/QS). Thoughts?

    Trammell
    A. Hays
    N. Pearson
    I. Diaz
    Lewis
    Calhoun
    J. Ortiz

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      @Harry: k or r. lewis. however, either way i’m betting it’s one of the 4 kept. trammell/willie are almost certainly in as well. diaz/pearson almost certainly aren’t.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        If it’s Royce, I’m taking him over Pearson. If it’s Kyle, give me Pearson.

        • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: holy crap, i’m going over the last top 100 right now for a 16 team prospect draft and HAVE k.lewis, and you did have r.lewis higher back then, but pearson wasn’t in it at all. did lewis get hurt yet again in fall league? i would say from your answer it’s more about ETA (hays/willie) but pearson just got drafted, so you must’ve moved him up BIG.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            Pearson might be the biggest mover of the offseason. All the reports are great, and I was a fan to begin with. Lewis had his AFL cut short, and the knee is still hurting almost to years late. He’s a big worry.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      Calhoun, Hays, Trammell, and Pearson.

  16. Andy Brewster says:
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    Was just offered Donaldson for Quintana and Senzel. Ops keeper.

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      @Andy Brewster: don’t know answer but senzel is like the safest guy in minors for hit tool, probably that side. also will probably shortly have SS and if that happens he might be up sooner than thought before. sounds like votto at harder to get value from positions at young age.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      Don’t do it. Unless you’re all in this year.

  17. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    16 team roto keep 4 at previous season’s ADP’s. deep rosters and lots of other stats. hits, total bases, OPS, slugging, steals % for hitting added and QS, holds, K/9, K/BB and net saves and holds added for pitching. options: (start 5-6 RP, 1800 innings cap)
    mookie (1st)
    ray (14)
    ceager (2)
    bregman (6)
    devers (28, last round)
    dejong (28)
    carrasco (4)
    weaver (23)
    rivero (28)
    gotta think mookie for sure, probably devers, who’s best last 2.

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      @Yr Never Too Old for Balloons: also kingery (28) an option. 2 NA slots during season to stash.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      Mookie, Ray, Devers, Bregman

  18. Dill says:
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    Thanks Ralph for all the lists ! Do you plan on updating the top 100 prospects for 2018 ?

    • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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      @Dill: yeah, later in preseason, after he’s finished the team lists.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        I might do 12 team lists in the next 10 days lol

        • Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: wow, are you that behind in your schedule (assuming schedule was to finish before mid march i guess so)

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            Yeah, I had to prepare a 30 minute presentation for my real job to present in front of 200 people in Vegas. Cut into my early time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      March 18th.

  19. Jr says:
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    Ralph, I know you’re the prospect guy so I wanted to get your take on something. I’m in a 10 team h2h dynasty league where 20+ players are kept every year. Format is a bit funky with stats being HR TB BB OBP SLG NSB for hitters and ERA WHIP K/9 BB/9 QS NSV+Holds for pitchers. 50 innings minimum each week. In a league like this, what would you give up to get guys like Tatis and Eloy Jimenez? I’m working on a couple trades but not sure how much of my talent now to get guys like that.

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      Depends what you’re offering. There’s a lot depending on the team.

  20. Yr Never Too Old for Balloons says:
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    i figure even with the injury risk otani the pitcher is still #1 or #2 in a league with all these available (7 man prospect list 16 team roto dynasty with 28 man active rosters besides)
    trammell/robert/r.lewis/baez/gore etc, but where would the hitter otani go? i’m 16th in first round so i doubt he falls to me. i have these on the list will have to drop i.diaz to draft in 1st round anyway
    c.stewart LF
    meadows CF
    k.lewis RF
    reyes (will be called up shortly also)
    collins (will be dropped if i can get somebody better, which is probable at pick 2.1)
    bader CF/LF
    fedde (could also drop him, lots of better pitcher prospects out there now it seems)
    i.diaz SS/2B
    two of those have to be dropped. and i’d probably be served well by finding a high ranked MI of some type, i’m weak at MI both active and prospect-wise.

  21. No Courage says:
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    I didn’t remember Kaprielian was in the Sonny Grey deal, so I was surprised not to see him on this list.

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