A very special week on the podcast, as I’m just hours removed from attending our producer Andy Singleton’s wedding in Brookyln, New York. Is he our producer? Kind of (totally), but either way, I’m fresh out of NYC, avoiding any conflicts with 6ix9ine, and I’m ready to talk some baseball. We dig into the Ronald Acuña beanball fallout, what we think a fair punishment for Jose Urena would be, and the idea that this is an example of “old school” play. We then jump into a little head to head player debate, pitting Vlad Jr. vs. Eloy Jimenez, Acuña vs Juan Soto, and Jack Flaherty vs. Walker Buehler. Then we jump into the modern marvel that is Jacob deGrom’s 2018, before diving into all the player injuries, and news of note over the last 7 days. It’s another gem for the hommies! It’s the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast. As always, go and checkout our sponsor Rotowear.com and use our promo-code SAGNOF to get 20% off all of your purchases.Please, blog, may I have some more?
Piece by piece, pick by pick, signing by signing the Tampa Bay Rays have quietly built the best farm system in baseball. Stocked at all levels with players of all types. This balanced blend of pitching and hitting, power and speed, big stuff guys and pitchability types. There’s no shortage of prospects to discuss on the Rays farm. While much of the recent discussion and helium has followed wunderkind Wander Franco and his assault on the Appy League. He’s not the hottest player in the Tampa system at the moment. That honor belongs to recently promoted second baseman Vidal Brujan. The 20 year old switch-hitter is a contact machine, showing an uncanny ability to get his bat on balls in all quadrants of the zone. With a mature approach at the plate, it’s apparent right away that Brujan has a plan. His ability to recognize and make in swing adjustments is rare. When I caught the spark-plug (coded short person language) in the New York-Penn League last year with Hudson Valley, he stuck out like a green hat with an orange bill. Rarely do you see a player this athletic in short season ball, that seemingly has the foundations figured out. But there was Brujan. He’s never going to be an impactful power hitter, but his swing does have loft, and he has the ability to drive balls to the gaps. Quick hands generate his plus bat speed, but it’s his laid back approach, and ability to make split second reads on spin that really set him apart. That’s before we even talk about his speed and base-running ability. He’s quick, getting clocked at 4.26 on the turn by Jason Woodell just weeks ago. He uses that speed too, wrecking havoc this season between the Midwest League and Florida State League, stealing 49 bases on 67 attempts. I envision a top of the order table setter with 25+ steals, a high batting average and 12-15 homers, but 30+ doubles. If I was in a dynasty that used points scoring, I’d make it a priority to add Brujan. Through 12 games in High-A he’s slashing .409/.519/.614 with a homer and 6 steals. Go add Brujan da 5’9 (that’s his listed height) before he goes BOOM!
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— Jason Woodell (@JasonAtTheGame) August 14, 2018
Adjustments! This episode is dedicated, partly at least, to the brave minor league players that adjusted their game in 2018. Players like Cavan Biggio, Taylor Ward, and Bryse Wilson come to mind, but there’s others as well. We start the show off with some news around the minors, talk promotions, and as well as some recent performances. Of course, we update you on Brendan McKay’s last week, before diving into a quick discussion on a recent article from former big leaguer Nate Freiman. Next up is our featured topic of player adjustments. We end with our weekly Five By Five, as we each highlight five players of note from the minor leagues over the last few weeks. It’s a jam packed episode, per usual. As always stop by Rotowear.com and support our sponsor, by using our promo-code SAGNOF to get 20% off all you purchases through the site. It’s another week of the Razzball Prospect Podcast.Please, blog, may I have some more?
We might be standing on the precipice of a seemingly non-stop string of Braves hurlers to emerge from their system. We’ve seen bits and pieces of Mike Soroka, Touki Toussaint, and Kolby Allard. Both 2017 first rounder Kyle Wright and my favorite Braves arm, Bryse Wilson, are at AAA. While another rotation worth of arms stew below; players like Ian Anderson, Kyle Muller, Joey Wentz, Huascar Ynoa, Freddy Tarnok, Etc. There’s reinforcements coming, and Bryse Wilson, after last night’s performance, might be squarely on the callup radar. In his third AAA start Wilson went 8 scoreless innings, allowing 1 hit, walking none, and striking out 13 batters, facing the minimum amount of batters for a 99 gamescore. A few weeks ago I discussed Wilson’s transition from a two-seam fastball to a four-seamer, and the subsequent results following a rough stretch early in AA. There’s obviously a great deal of credit that goes to the Braves staff, but ultimately it’s on the player. The fact that his transition was so swift and seamless, speaks to the intangibles of that prospect. While it’s somewhat unlikely, seeing Wilson in the bigs for some pen work or a few spot starts wouldn’t surprise me.
#Braves pitching prospect prowess …
Bryse Wilson, the @Braves‘ No. 13 prospect and just their 9th-highest-ranked pitcher, faced the minimum in 8 scoreless frames while setting a @GoStripers strikeout record: https://t.co/JMrfIJaqqM pic.twitter.com/YqS1rAHkWI
— MLB Pipeline (@MLBPipeline) August 16, 2018
Every week of the fantasy season feels like a dog year. With every passing day, players rise, players fall, pitchers get hurt, and closers implode. This week was no different, as everything Grey and I said to you a week ago is completely meaningless. It’s a new week, a new day, new closers are imploding, callups are getting called, and we’re all waiting on the next add/drop. With all of this in mind, Mr. Albright and yours truly talk, Tyler Glasnow, trusting Kyle Freeland and the callups of Danny Jansen, Touki Toussaint, and Sean-Reid Foley. We hit on some closers to add, some schmotatos to watch, and shame Grey for laughing at serious movies. Actually I’m with him on the last part. It’s the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast. As always, go and checkout our sponsor Rotowear.com and use our promo-code SAGNOF to get 20% off all of your purchases. It’s the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Another rainy weekend limited my looks on Saturday, as my intention to hit Lowell was washed out with a solid bout of the olde waterworks. Unfortunately, this forced on a Saturday of couch-sitting and MiLB.TV viewing. While nothing ever quite captures a player’s ability like a first person look, this at least allows me to be at several games at once from the comforts of my home. I’m starting to sound like copy for a commercial. Maybe it’s just regret eating me alive, and I’m apologizing in a round about way for not having anything first hand this Sunday. Doesn’t matter, the minors are in full swing and we got lots of players to cover. Because I’m just going to cover Vladimir Guerrero Jr. exclusively going forward we lead with him. Vlad kept his homer streak going Saturday, rising the number to four consecutive games. In fact it all started with the homer used in the lede on Thursday. He then hit another that night, followed by a homer Friday night, before sneaking (it was off the fielder’s glove) this one over the fence in right for a little Oppo-taco action.
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— HERD Chronicles (@HERDchronicles) August 11, 2018
I hope you like the long shows, because we got a marathon episode this week. With tons of callups, promotions, and noteworthy performances, there’s a lot to cover. We talk both sides of the Nolan Gorman helium tank, breakdown Matt Manning, discuss my looks at Alex Faedo, Isaac Paredes, Daz Cameron, and Hector Perez. Before jumping into our weekly 5 by 5 where we dive into ten players a piece. It’s Ralph! It’s Lance! It’s the Razzball Prospect Podcast! As always support our sponsor Rotowear and head over to Rotowear.com to get your hands on the highest quality fantasy t-shirts on the market. When you do, remember to use our promo-code SAGNOF to save 20% off all of your fresh new purchases.Please, blog, may I have some more?
I’m just going to milk his Vlad Jr. thing as long as I can. After all, it’s only a matter of time before he’s out of my hands and off to the world of Grey A.M. writeups, and ESPN highlights. Make no mistake the heir to the Canadian baseball throne is the genuine article, and on the cusp of the majors. After destroying AA for two months, he missed the next five plus weeks with a knee injury. Only to return to the Fishercats lineup for a few weeks in July, before heading off to AAA. In his 8 games in Buffalo Vlad is slashing .455/.581/.682, smacking his first International League homer off highly touted Braves righthander Kyle Wright. In fact he abused Wright yesterday evening, going 3-for-3 with the aforementioned homer, a double, and a single. One of our loyal Crab Army members was in attendance and was nice enough to share the below video. At this point it’s just a waiting game, and unfortunately for those of us wishing on an impending callup it might not be in the cards. That’s not to say it won’t happen later in September. The problem is, after saying all this he could be called up tomorrow. Stash away if you have the room to spare, but I’d be prepared to burn that spot for most, if not all of August.
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— Ralph Lifshitz (@ProspectJesus) August 9, 2018
The trade deadline has come and gone, and Grey and your boy Ralph are back for another week. We’re rocking and ready to break down the deals that went down last week. Early in the show we talk about tip jars at take-out places, Eloy Jimenez’s ETA, Jonathan Villar’s coming renaissance, and Brian Dozier’s impact on Max Muncy. We then hammer the rest of the moving parts, touch on closer changes, and close with hot schmotato hitters and pitchers to target. As always, go and checkout our sponsor Rotowear.com and use our promo-code SAGNOF to get 20% off all of your purchases. It’s the latest episode of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Podcast:Please, blog, may I have some more?
Is it too early to update my first year player draft rankings? Because we have a battle to replace Alec Bohm at the top of the list. In one corner we have Cardinals wunderkind Nolan Gorman. A power-hitting prodigy, with Herculean raw power, and a bat so quick and compact he could turn on a hollow-point on the inside. At 18 he already has a big league body, and the pretty swing to match. St. Louis was aggressive with him, skipping the Gulf Coast League for the more advanced Appy league. The results have certainly backed that decision, through 33 games the third basemen is slashing .341/.437/.682. In yesterday’s game he connected for his 11th homer of the season, as part of a 4-for-6 performance. He’s in the midst of a 7 game hitting streak and has homers in three straight. Actually he has homers in four of his last five games, slugging two doubles on Tuesday in his homer-less game. So this leads us back to our original question; Is Gorman the number 1 pick in FYPD? The question is yes and no, for me it’s a two man battle between Gorman, and Jonathan India, more on him later. But it’s tough to argue against Gorman’s bat at the moment. If you were to say he was the best hitter in the draft, you might be right. He’s been great so far, and a promotion to the full season Midwest League could come shortly. For now consider Gorman a major mover in my forthcoming Top 500 update.
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3rd day on JC #Cardinals, 3rd day Nolan Gorman yacked. This one a 1st pitch FB 88, inner third. Picked ball up early, kept hands to body, bat speed, barrel, elevate/celebrate. pic.twitter.com/AbdKMfffeb
— John T Eshleman (@2080_John) August 5, 2018