Welp, Philly finally got their Super Bowl didn’t they? Now they get their Hoskins, Titles, Cheesesteaks, roast porks, and more Hoskins!?! I’m moving to Philly y’all. I’ll even listen to Meek Mill if it means I get to watch Rhys Hoskins and the rest of the young up and coming Phillies core everyday. That’s serious too, I’m not listening to Meek Mill ever. Come on now dude, Drake bodied you. Whack commercial rap battles aside, there’s still a ton of talent in the Phillies system. The organization has done a good job identifying talent both domestically, as well as internationally. Though a rough early return from their 2016 draft class, has the ominous feeling it might have been an opportunity squandered. Fortunately, this potential disaster coincided with the emergence of Sixto Sanchez, Adonis Garcia, and the ascension to the majors of a talented trio of position players in Rhys Hoskins, Nick Williams, and J.P. Crawford. The latter of which qualifies for this list for the 20th time. It’s another action packed system coming up, it’s the Philadelphia Phillies Top Prospects for 2018.

 

1. Scott Kingery, 2B | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .304/.359/.503, 26 HR, 65 RBI, 29 SB

There might not be an easier number one in any system outside Ronald Acuna. “Scottie Jetpacks” has been ascending up prospect lists like he’s got rockets on his Nike Airs. The former Arizona Wildcat is a prototype second basemen, with speed, contact, a solid glove, and above average power to boot. He’s been one of, if not THE, prospect standout of the Spring thus far, hitting .381 with 3 homers, 4 steals, and a 1.292 OPS. Sure it’s Spring Training, but it’s a good sign for a player that many considered on the roster bubble entering the season. He’s not on the 40 man, but I wouldn’t sweat that too much, the biggest hurdle is the combination of Cesar Hernandez and J.P. Crawford in the middle infield. Fortunately, Kingery has versatility, having logged time at third base last season, and centerfield this spring. That’s a bonus for Kingery’s chances of getting 400+ plate appearances this year with the Phils, which could place him squarely in the race for NL ROY. There’s no split issues, he hits for power versus lefthanders, and is equally effective in his same side splits. One of my favorite prospects in the minors, and is creeping toward a nice jump in my forthcoming Top 100. ETA: 2018

2. Sixto Sanchez, RHP | Age: 19 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 5-7, 95 IP, 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 84 K, 18 Bb

There’s easy velocity, and then there’s Sixto Sanchez’s fastball. The 19 year old Phillies pitching prodigy is one of the top arms in the minors, with a reasonable case for the top arm overall. Though radar gun readings get the headlines, it’s Sanchez’s feel and command of his heat that sets him apart. He shows the ability to spot the fastball without losing any of it’s bite or life. While mixing in a plus changeup, a plus curveball, and an average slider. His secondaries though advanced for a teenage arm, still have room for improvement, hinting at a ceiling few prospects, pitcher or hitter can approach. The righthander struggled upon promotion to Clearwater of the Florida State League, but he was young for the level. So, I’m willing to look past the late struggles. Future superstar upside. ETA: 2020

3. J.P. Crawford, SS | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .243/.351/.403, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 5 SB

Is J.P. Crawford the most divisive prospect in the minor leagues? The expectations that come with high “real life baseball” rankings typically fuel unobtainable fantasy expectations. That’s the case with Crawford, he’s a nice real life player with his plus defense, advanced plate approach, and ability to do a lot of things pretty well. This however has led to backlash, where some have gone to extremes, painting him as completely useless player for fantasy. While I don’t see his ownership reaching 80% in 12 team 5×5 leagues in the next two years, he has value in deeper leagues, and those that use OBP in lieu of batting average. His hit tool grades are centered around that patient approach driving his career .367 OBP in 533 minor league games. He found his power stroke after a 7 day sabbatical last June, returning to slash .280/.381/.522 for the remainder of the term, while hitting 13 of his 15 homers over that period. There’s an outside shot everything clicks this year, and we get a .270/16/12 season with decent counting stats. Much of that is dependent upon his adjustments to the level, and his ability to works his way to the top of an improving Phillies lineup. Crawford should be the Phillies everyday shortstop for a decade. ETA: 2018

4. Jhailyn Ortiz, OF | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .302/.401/.560, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 5 SB

One of my favorite power bats in the lower minors, I gave you my Ortiz sleeper post. He’s more woke than Donald Glover on Bolivian marching powder. ETA: 2020

5. Jorge Alfaro, C | Age: 24 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .241/.291/.358, 7 HR, 43 RBI, 1 SB

Is it a love/hate relationship if you dislike a player, but can see his value in re-draft and dynasty leagues leading up to his first shot at a full time MLB gig? Call it prospect fatigue if you want, but I’ve never been a huge fan of Jorge Alfaro. Particularly, when compared to some of my esteemed colleagues in the industry. First the good, Alfaro has plus plus raw power, good athleticism, and the catching ability to lock down an everyday MLB gig. He provided phenomenal production in his MLB debut hitting .318/.360/.514 with 5 homers in 107 at bats. The early word out of camp is Gabe Kapler prefers Alfaro as the primary catcher. Leading many to forsee the potential for a top 10 catcher season in redraft if the power plays. Now for the bad, he swings and misses a ton, lacks much strike zone awareness, or pitch recognition ability, he won’t hit for average, and has never put up a truly impressive power season in the minors. Alfaro is mixed league relevant in 2018, and has a ton of upside if he can cleanup his at bats, and wait for his pitch, but I’m not confident that happens. Smells more like Zunino than a Sanchez. ETA: 2018

6. Adonis Medina, RHP | Age: 21 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 4-9, 120 IP, 3.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 133 Ks, 39 Bb

A rapidly improving righthander with a mid-rotation future, Medina made major strides in 2017, adding velocity to his fastball, while significantly improving his secondaries. The results were a sizable jump in Ks as he went from a paltry 4.7 K/9 in 2016, to a robust 10 K/9 across 120 innings in the Low A Sally League. Medina’s arsenal is led by his mid-90s fastball he can ramp up to 97, a plus changeup, and an above average breaking ball in his slide piece. Medina should move swiftly over the next few seasons due to his ability to do everything well. ETA: 2020

7. Adam Haseley, OF | Age: 21 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .284/.357/.405, 3 HR, 28 RBI, 6 SB

A top two-way talent at UVA, Haseley hit .390/.491/.659 with 14 homers and 10 steals in 223 at bats, while going 7-1 with a 3.58 ERA, and a 1.16 WHIP in 11 starts for the Cavaliers. The Phillies took Haseley with the 8th overall pick and signed him for $5.1 million. His two way days are behind him, as Haseley will play exclusively outfield going forward. While he doesn’t have one standout tool per se, he does have above average hitting, on base ability, power, speed, and glovework. While Haseley might end up a player more along the lines of Adam Eaton, there is some 20/20 upside lurking in the profile. Reports following Haseley’s pro debut all discuss how gassed the outfielder looked during the summer, but it’s understandable, when you consider the demands of his two way duties at Virginia. A short quick swing, Haseley should do a good job getting around on pitches to the inside. He utilizes a sizable leg kick, but his smooth, athletic movements allow it all to come together beautifully. I really like Haseley’s swing. If he hits the ground running this year, and the reports of last season’s fatigue, prove to be just that, we might see Haseley in Philly come Summer 2019. ETA: 2019

8. Roman Quinn, SS/OF | Age: 24 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .274/.344/.389, 2 HR, 13 RBI, 10 SB

If only Roman Quinn could stay healthy. All blurb’s about Quinn must start this way, the talent is evident, with 80 grade speed, contact, some power, and the ability to get on base. The problem is in five full minor league seasons he’s never exceeded 100 games. He was drafted in 2011 as an outfielder, but the Phillies decided to test him out at shortstop before abandoning the project entirely in 2015, only to revive it again this spring. He’s already gotten some reps in MLB games at the position, and could slot into the Phillies plans of using a four man bench. So his potential versatility as a switch-hitter, with off the charts speed, and the ability to play both the outfield and the infield could prove to be quite valuable for first year manager Gabe Kapler. Quinn appears an impactful fantasy asset, if only he could stay healthy…:) ETA: 2018

9. Mickey Moniak, OF | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .236/.284/.341, 5 HR, 44 RBI, 11 SB

It’s been an awful year for Mickey Moniak, and his overzealous owners in dynasty. The 2016 numero uno pick, has been extremely underwhelming so far in pro-ball. An inconsistent first half, gave way to an awful second half, which led to a once highly rated young prospect plummeting down rankings, and even hitting the wavier wire in a few leagues. Not a lot has changed in terms of the profile, a good hit tool, speed, possible power development, and the ability to play centerfield. Moniak will get an opportunity to rebound in 2018, and he wouldn’t be the first prospect to underwhelm in his full season debut, only to return stronger in his follow up campaign. I’m willing to take a wait and see approach with Moniak, and could see buying if the acquisition cost is low enough. Not someone I’d chase however. ETA: 2021

10. Jojo Romero, LHP | Age: 21 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 10-3, 129 IP, 2.16 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 128 Ks, 36 Bb

Do good changeups grow on trees in Philadelphia? Where are the Phillies finding all these kids with great feel for the offspeed stuff? I’m not sure what they’re teaching these kids, but the other 29 teams need to employee Patriot like spy tactics to find out. Romero, an athletic, projectable lefty, with a four pitch arsenal, and advanced feel for his off-speed pitch, is one of the more under appreciated talents in the system. An Arizona JuCO product, Romero’s fastball velocity jumped to 91-94 this season, after sitting more low 90’s as an amateur. His curveball flashes plus, but mostly grades as above average, and pairs nicely with his slider as the better of the two breaking balls. Romero is a strike thrower, with consistent command of his arsenal, due to his plus athleticism, and repeatable mechanics. Much like Medina, Romero possesses great composure, and understanding of all the little things, like holding runners, and fielding his position. Not likely a star, but a good mid-rotation guy with the potential to eat innings. ETA: 2020

11. Franklyn Kilome, RHP | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 7-7, 127 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 103 Ks, 52 Bb

An exciting, but frustrating talent, Kilome possesses prototypical size, stuff, and nice extension. Unfortunately like many pitchers his size, he’s 6’6, 220 BTW, his mechanics are wonky, and inconsistent. He does match a power four-seamer that touches 99, with a curveball that flashes plus, but his command is inconsistent. His changeup, and slider are both fringe, but he’s added a two-seam fastball, that’s been effective in driving weak contact, though it’s dipped into his strikeout rate quite a bit. His long levers have a lot of trouble coming together, but also give him downhill plane, and bite to his pitches. Size giveth, and taketh. If Kilome can streamline his control enough to consistently throw strikes, and hit his spots, he has the ability to take a significant leap. For now he’s a power pitcher that doesn’t miss many bats, with questionable command. ETA: 2020

12. Francisco Morales, RHP | Age: 18 | Level: RK | 2017 Stats: 3-2, 41.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 44 Ks, 20 Bb

You know how I did a sleeper post on Jhailyn Ortiz? Yeah, I covered Francisco Morales too. It’s a two-fer, and I’m not wearing pants. ETA: 2021

13. Simon Muzziotti, OF | Age: 19 | Level: RK | 2017 Stats: .270/.304/.383, 0 HR, 14 RBI, 9 SB

Originally signed by the Red Sox out of Venezuela, but was removed from the organization following their “package signing” scandal. He signed with the Phillies after being declared a free agent, and made his debut for the Phillies this summer featuring in 35 games, mostly for the team’s GCL squad. He’s a contact machine, built to spray line drives all over the field, putting pressure on defenders with his plus wheels. He’s a very strong defender with a high probability of sticking in center. His power is non-existent, but he could grow into 8-12 homer pop, and develop into an Ender Inciarte type player. ETA: 2021

The Next Five: Enyel De Los Santos, RHP, Luis Garcia, SS, Ranger Suarez, LHP, Arquimedes Gamboa, SS, Daniel Brito, 2B, Seranthony Dominguez, RHP, Spencer Howard, RHP, Jonathan Guzman, SS

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

   
  1. Miketron says:
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    Good stuff was wondering if I can get your take on 2 more guys. Gamboa finished last season hot and plays a premium position. Someone to watch or late season noise?

    Tom Eschelman SP who I have seen some love for. Excellent control and success at higher levels. Can he make a deep league impact this year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Miketron: I really like Gamboa, and I’ve heard that the organization is really high in him. Personally I prefer Luis Garcia, but both are similar. Switch-hitters with speed, Gamboa has more pop, Garcia might have the better swing. The late season breakout by Gamboa at Lakewood was encouraging. Wish I got to the final 7 guys, but I hit a point of too much.

      As for Eshelman he’s a boring guy for fantasy outside like the Razz30. He doesn’t miss any bats, but keeps the ratios low. His stuff is poor, but his feel, command, and control are elite.

  2. Brother James says:
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    Been offered Alford and Baretto for my Puk… leaning towards declining but wanted your opinion on the offer. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Brother James: I’d take that, I love AJ, but those are two good close to the majors hitters.

  3. Brother James says:
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    Been offered Alford and Baretto for my Puk… leaning towards declining but wanted your opinion on the offer. Thanks!

  4. Espn writer looking for advice says:
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    Ralph

    Hunter Greene or McKenzie Gore in Dynasty and what are each of their ETA?

    Thanks keep up the great work.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Espn writer looking for advice: Gore for me, and I’m thinking best case scenario is late 2019. Likely both are up later in 2020.

  5. Sport says:
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    Thanks for the write up Ralph. I’m one of those who gave up in Moniak. There aren’t a lot of prospects held in that league though so I picked up a nice piece.

    I’m looking to move Samardzija in a 10 team league where I have Robbie Ray, Bauer, Wacha, Nelson, Corbin, Gio, Gohara, and Jordan Montgomery. Getting Kopech in return seems like a no brainer right? The guy also has Honeywell, Puk, and Allard. This team isn’t a rebuild so I’m not keen on getting a 2020 type of prospect. Would you move Jeff for any of those guys?

    Also, any FYP guys outside of your top 10 or 15 make any moves higher in your rankings or are you sticking to original rankings on that?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: Go Kopech.

      • Sport says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: He just turned Kopech down. Only will do it for Allard or Puk.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Sport: I’m fine with Puk. Do that.

  6. David says:
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    Ralph, 6×6 roto with OBP replacing AVG and SLG being the 6th category. I can only keep 4, and can keep as long as I want. Which one do I drop: Machado, Acuna, JD Martinez, Hoskins and Rizzo? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Damn it, has to be Acuna.

      • David says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        I know, right! I was hoping you would advise someone other than Acuna, but I see where you’re coming from.

  7. Fantasy phein says:
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    Hey Ralph thx for all the prospect help. I’m in a startup dynasty where OBP is used instead of AVG. We draft milb seperately. I’m up at #4 and trout, altuve, Harper are gone. Who should I go? Arenado, Correa, Betts, turner? I drafted tatis jr, trammel in prospect draft and have lots of far away talent at SS, OF for prospects. We start 5 OF, 3 utility, and mi, ci in the lge as well. Where are ur thoughts for where ud go, thx so much

    • Fantasy phein says:
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      @Fantasy phein:
      Slugging percentage is also a category

      • Fantasy phein says:
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        @Fantasy phein:
        I guess machado has to be considered too

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fantasy phein: I’d go Turner. But you really can’t go wrong. lol

  8. Andy says:
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    Is Senzel for Donaldson a fair swap in OPS keeper? Got JRam at 3B/2B with Tatis in MiLB.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Andy: Right now, is still want anlittle more, but it’s close for a rebuilder.

      • Andy says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: owner countered w Nola, Suarez and Senzel for Donaldson, Maeda and Corbin Burnes.

  9. Fantasy guy says:
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    Jus checkin the comments w a different name. My comment has been in “moderation” for a while

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fantasy guy: Weird. Is it here now?

  10. Another Dan says:
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    Good stuff Ralph,

    This is one of the best systems. Am looking forward to it maturing over the next few years. Should be exciting times in Philly.

    Some advice, if you will, please.

    H2H 14 team 6×6 keeper (OBP, XBH instead if AVG then QS, HLDS instead of W). Roster 9 Bats, 7P. 7 on the Bench and 3 NA spots. Can keep the following in the rounds indicated, the round decreases by 1 each year.
    C Realmuto (18)
    1B Abreu (2)
    2B Odor (5)
    3B
    SS
    OF Bellinger (14), Margot (17), Harper (1)
    UT Acuna (23)

    P Wood (19), Reyes (20), McCullers (9)

    BN/NA Senzel(22), Vlad Jr (21)

    What do you think? See your mark on this team ? Not convinced Odor represents value at 5. Vlad Jr at 21? If I returned him to the pool Wood, Reyes etc could move up a round.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    P.s. Not talking football this weekend. Liverpool lost (I know you’ll be happy about that), my team lost too. Was all round disappointing.

  11. NoOneIsHome says:
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    Great analysis, as always! What would you say as the highest ceiling JP Crawford could ever hit? Could he ever get to 30 homers hitting 280 or is that completely out of the question? Loved him after that break! Thanks.

  12. Jose De confused says:
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    Ralph,

    What is Jose De Leon’s value in dynasty format? Is he worth a stash in 24 team league with 35 man rosters?

  13. dubjay says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    Keep up the good work. Love reading these. Looking forward to seeing Kingery. Im up next in a 12 team H2H keeper league(keep 10). My weakest postion is 1B by far. Have I.Desmond. Was thinking of grabbing a backup in case Desmond doesnt rebound. Best options are C.Davis, E.Thames, K.Morales or waiting til a couple of rounds later to grab McMahon. But a little worried about his playing time(along with Desmond)after the Gonzalez signing.
    The other option is grabbing another SP. Lynn and Manaea are the best options.
    What do you think?

  14. Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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    16 team dynasty. roto. 7 man max prospect list. stuff added to 5×5 is hits, OPS, slugging, total bases, steals % and OBP over average for hitting, for pitching QS, holds, K/9, holds, K/BB, net saves. 1800 max innings
    active roster
    C zunino
    1B miggy
    2B jose ram (3B)
    3B longo
    SS semien
    MI solarte (2B/3B/SS)
    CI r-zimm
    LF mancini (1B)
    CF kiermaier
    RF jd mart
    OF mookie (RF)
    OF brocktune (LF/RF)
    util mcmahon
    util hanram
    BN bader (CF), BN mini donkey (1B), travis (2B)

    SP (optimally 6, 5 start),
    wood/cueto/hamels/morton/lamet/rodon/mccarthy

    RP (room for 6)
    kimbrel/morrow/neris/rivero/knebel/peacock/yates (still trying to trade a closer for MI value or holds guy or both, probably throwing back solarte party or travis or semien)

    gotta drop at least 4 players (mccarthy/mini donkey/yates and somebody likely) before main draft (which is just waivers right at start of season)

    prospect list: reyes (when i call him up he’ll be able to DL slot likely), c.stewart (LF), meadows (CF), fedde SP, k.lewis (RF), collins (C), already dropped i.diaz to make room for my upcoming 1st round pick (we only have to drop as many slots per round as we intend to draft). these already went
    ohtani (both go to one owner)
    andujar
    bichette
    jupab mart
    gore
    wright
    r.lewis
    florial
    sixto
    riley
    l.robert
    mckay

    with these being at top of your old board: trammell, baez, greene, j.jones, adell, chavis, alvarez, soroka, j.sanchez, hiura

    1. with my exact roster, and so much OF depth already on it, nab MI or SP with my 1st pick or just go with the overall value with intent on trading?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: 2. with as low as you sound on k.lewis, is he the next drop? there are quite a few OF that i could grab with my 2nd pick at 2.1 (we’re on 1.13 now), i could go MI/SP with pick 1, then best OF with pick 2 as mine are back to back.

      it’d be collins vs lewis, their old rankings (64, vs 34). quite a few guys available ranked higher than collins from the old list (13) only 3 higher than lewis’ old ranking (34th)

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: woah, just double or triple checked your old top 100, would appear no matter how much lower you are on k.lewis than before fedde is my drop next, meaning i probably NEED a SP guy soon, so NOT MI/trammell, but highest MI/SP. baez is still around. greene isn’t.

  15. Pocket Prospector says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    I know you had love for Starling Heredia last year. Is he in your top 50 prospects this year?

    Also, looking to grab George Valera (CLE) with my last pick (4th round) in a “rookie” draft in a Dynasty League. My fallback is Alexander Canario (SF) or Jean Carlos Encarnacion (ATL). Any thoughts on these 3? I know you took Valera fairly early in the In This League first year player draft last month.

    Thanks for your insight.

  16. Fantasy Phein says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    Yunior Severino or Ryan Vilade?

  17. dannyp says:
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    Great stuff bud! Hope I don’t regret giving up kingery + for mazara in my 20 team keep forever dynasty ?

    In the same league (espn 6×6 with ops/holds) , I can keep my entire roster (40) or a min of 25. Trying to get down to 25 so I have a shot at Tatis Jr. I should have a pretty good staff, so don’t necessarily need instant production but it certainly won’t hurt if they help this year lol.. Gotta choose 1 of Woodruff, Foltynewicz or Daniel Norris.. Who you keeping?

    Hoping for a great season, thanks for everything y’all do!

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