With so much up in the air, what better way to spend some time than to think about some dart throws for the 2020 fantasy baseball season when (shut up with your if’s) it starts. Dart Throws, I look at like this — you are drafting and you wanna gamble on someone, but you’re not sure who to gamble on — in these uncertain times, anything could happen, so why not make a few huge swings to see if they pay off? It’s a batter up 3-0 and they guess fastball. If you miss, so what? Count’s still in your favor. These players won’t exactly line up to their projections in my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings. Some of them aren’t even in my rankings. With these darts, I’m aiming for the ceiling. (Good for fantasy baseball, not great for actual darts.) I will also go around the horn with some guys at different positions, though not in order, because I didn’t want to begin with catchers. Enough with your goddamn catchers! If you want this in plain English, I like these players more than my rankings might show as last round sleepers in any league. First up, for this once-was-an-extremely-deep sleeper who is now a gamble-worth-taking sleeper (do you see why I’m just calling them dart throws? Bit easier to wrap your lizard tongue around, you alien freak!) is Wander Franco, the number one prospect on the top 200 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball. So, about Wander Franco for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw:

Before the season was delayed, I didn’t even rank Wander Franco in my top 500 for 2020 fantasy baseball. Wasn’t because I didn’t love what he could do. Don’t suddenly love him now that his first name sounds like a glorious day outside. Won’t now start calling him Shelter-in-Place Franco. How’sever, the minor league season is not happening. I still firmly believe the major league season will happen. That’s because of TV money. Revenue. The cha, and the ching. If they play minor league baseball, no one makes money. Not even the players. There’s no reward for the risk. Was talking to Marlins beat writer, Craigory Mish, the other day about this and he agreed. He hypothesized that the major league clubs would have an extended roster in case they need guys, due to injury. Minor leaguers who aren’t on the roster but are getting workouts at the major league facility and if someone on the major league roster is broken, i.e., in case of emergency, a minor leaguer steps in. They might even rejigger what service time means this year. So, a larger than normal roster at the major league level, say 35-man rosters (with ten guys sitting in the stands to work as replacements and cheerleaders), then another five to ten minor league prospects, who the major league club doesn’t want to lose an entire year of development, will be allowed to workout at the major league park and will be promoted if needed. For minor leaguers, it will come down to this:  Does the major league club want them not playing baseball at all this year? My guess for Wander Franco is absolutely 100% no.

Here’s what our prospect writer, Hobbs, previously said, “Franco comes equipped with an 80-hit tool, 55-legs and 60-power on the 20-80 scale. Although he hasn’t truly tapped into the power yet, there’s no reason to doubt that it won’t continue to develop even through the early stages of his Major League career. As a lifetime .336/.405/.523 hitter in two minor league seasons, Franco batted .327/.398/.487 last year at Single-A And A-Advanced with nine home runs (43 XBH) in 495 plate appearances. With that, he produced a minuscule 7.1 K% against an 11.3 BB%, walking 21 times more than he struck out. Franco has a mature approach and as the top prospect in the game, should be contributing as a Big Leaguer in 2021 and be a potential star by 2023. He’s a sleeper to be the best shortstop in the game come 2023. Speaking of sleepers, I’d like to put Grey to sleep with a forearm smash.” What the hell, my dude! Wander is super borderline for me for 2020, and I think we might not even see him until September of 2021, now that the season is delayed, but, well….I don a N95 mask, sneak up behind someone and scream, “DART THROW!” I’d be shocked to see Wander get major league action this year, but I’d be equally shocked if he’s not on the Rays’ extended roster for 2020, because the Rays won’t want (almost stutterer!) him losing any development time. So, whereas before The Rona, I thought Wander was nowhere near the Rays’ plans for 2020, now I think he’s one injury away from contributing. For a late round flyer, you can do worse.

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Ferris
Ferris
2 years ago

Freddie Freeman or Gleybar Torres in dynasty?

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Hey Grey! In a keeper, would you move Hand $10 Wheeler and Rich Hill for $14 luis Castillo and Doolittle? (I own his handcuff Hudson)

Thanks!

leon
leon
2 years ago

2020 and beyond dynasty 16 man 6×6 … puig($5) or bryan reynolds($12).

thanks.

baby seal
baby seal
2 years ago

I’m definitely out on Wander for 2020, but crazier things have happened!

Hope you’re doing well!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

When are you guys recording pod numero dos?

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

My pleasure! Thanks, Grey

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
2 years ago

I am Uhtred son of Uhtred

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Good timing just finished a pretty meh Ozark

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

hmm Great?
What you watching now?

FrankGrimes
FrankGrimes
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

And you didn’t watch L’immortal yet haha

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

YES YES YES

Miss him so much, isn’t he dreamy?

krazyivan
krazyivan
2 years ago

Drafted Segura and Newman as SS and MI in one RCL….Picked up Wander after reading this….Still feeling like this for this team..comment image

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The Great Knoche
2 years ago

Hope you’re right on Rosario and he has a young Yelich like season. Just got first share.

NUX
NUX
Reply to  The Great Knoche
2 years ago

I had my queue set as Amed, Klubot, Mercado and they went in that exact order.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  The Great Knoche
2 years ago

We all have hopes and dreams!

Your team is looking pretty good so far! One of the better ones, I think

Coolwhip
2 years ago

This will be Franco’s walkup (wander up) music (and/or his closer entry music)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=whPvz9HwR7I

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

And a Waylon we go!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Good one! Waylon is about the best thing ever. I absolutely love him and never get tired if his music. They broke the mold after him.

NUX
NUX
2 years ago

Ping!

You are OTC.

And if you don’t set that queue, you gonna end up with Mancini next clock out. For shame.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  NUX
2 years ago

hahaha

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
2 years ago

Grey,

Love this new series. It’s an interesting angle. I won’t ask you who’s next because I know you’ll just tell me to come back tomorrow. So, instead, I’ll ask you how many of these pieces do you expect to write? Just wondering because I have a few prospects that might or might not make your list and I’ curious to see what you think their chances are now on the ‘Rona Timeline!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Mariano Rivera Jr.?

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

How about Vidal Brujan, Luis Patino, Julio Rodriguez, Brent Honeywell, Alex (cough) Reyes, Seth Beer, and Jose Garcia. I have others but those are probably the closest to getting called up. The others are quite young and years away (Groshans, Pauson, Acuna).

Harley Earl
Harley Earl
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Looking forward to it!!

Chin Music and Astros
Chin Music and Astros
2 years ago

Both Zac Gallen and Frankie Montas are available in the FA pool in my small and shallow friends league. Looking more closely at the QS category, Montas had converted a high % of his starts to QS with 12 out of 16 in just 96 IP. Conversely, Gallen had a hard time going deep into games converting only 5 QS out of 15 in 80 IP.

With a similar projected ratios and K% profile, would you take Montas or Gallen if you wanted more QS in a shortened season?

Coolwhip
Reply to  Chin Music and Astros
2 years ago

Montas edges out in QS league. Though anything is possible with short season.

183414
183414
Reply to  Chin Music and Astros
2 years ago

Montas !

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Chin Music and Astros
2 years ago

Montas and it’s not close for me

LOLmets
LOLmets
2 years ago

If we want baseball there has to be some kind of concrete plan put in place. Even if it doesn’t happen, we need a firm plan. If we wait another month or 2 to come up with a plan idk how anything will materialize

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Grey for president!

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Do you want to lose?

LOLmets
LOLmets
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Insert meme of Howard Dean…

“BYAAAAA”

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Everyone will be signing up for some ad-free!

krazyivan
krazyivan
2 years ago

Very bummed there is going to be no MiLB. We have Durham Bulls tickets and I was looking forward to watch Wanders home games for his AAA team.

Coolwhip
Reply to  krazyivan
2 years ago

word, i have AAA Dodger tickets. I’m bummed!

Wass
Wass
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Haha I have AAA Dodger tickets too! So disappointed to not catch Dustin May in the beginning of the season.

183414
183414
Reply to  krazyivan
2 years ago

Yeah, and I’m sitting with a full season of 2nd row seats over 1st base at Petco. Think you’re bummed.

tigres
tigres
2 years ago

Grey! Love the Dart Throw and look forward to reading more of them. Great work by you and RB nation to keep coming out with excellent content. Keep it up! (from six feet away…)

Speaking of dart throws, I gave in and let the hubby give me a DIY haircut this week. Since all he knows is clippers and buzz cuts… that’s what I got. First time in 45+ yrs with virtually no hair. It looks better than I expected (and he loves it, so that’s a bonus). Like many things in life, I guess the secret is to keep expectations low!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Shave the head, it will grow back better than before!

Don
Don
2 years ago

Hi! Please explain the last sentence in more detail. Thanks.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Don
2 years ago

a 3rd catcher, the Rockies 5th pitcher, Lewis Brinson, and Bruce Chen.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

haha, i notice you aren’t jumping to defend Lewis Brinson!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Brinson breaks out in 2020. You heard it here first!

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Bruce Chen ? is that the same Bruce Chen?

Coolwhip
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

There’s only one Bruce Chen. The Incomparable Bruce Chen.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

He has to be about 90 by now lol………..but still Incomparable.

galica
galica
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Grey!!!!!

Bruce Chen was good for a part of one glorious season for his MLB career!

Cheers,
Ante

Coolwhip
Reply to  galica
2 years ago

just by the hair of his chenny chen chen

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

haha. chen chenney chen chenney chen chen charee
good luck as lucky, as lucky can be.

Coolwhip
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

just doing my best to make your day Chen-tastic

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

Chen You Dig IT Grey?!?!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, I miss that guy too

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

When Bruce throws high and tight would that be “Chen Music”

galica
galica
2 years ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome Franco dart throw report!

a. So, I signed up Wander. Hope it works out. He shouldn’t be available in a standard 5X5 RCL, right? In one RCL he’s not available in the other RCL I’m in he was available. Actually, now he’s unavailable in both RCL’s I’m in.

b. Corona drivin’ me nuts. About to watch Crash landing on you and Arctic Circle, need to translate the subs! At least it gives me something to do.

c. MLB quote of the day for July 22, 1966

‘I don’t want to be Babe Ruth. He was a great ballplayer. I’m not trying to replace him. The record is there and damn right I want to break it, but that isn’t replacing Babe Ruth.’

‘Nobody will touch it…Look up the records and you’ll see that it’s a rare year when anybody hits 50 homers, let alone 60.’

Roger Eugene Maris, the pride of Hibbing, Minnesota. A special double-dose quote for y’all.

Cheers,
Ante

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  galica
2 years ago

For me Maris’s 61 is still the record.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hSNO_PhSnI

david
david
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Totally agree. The period when steroids were banned till testing began (1991/2003) contains every name on the list above Maris. Taking the point even further, without the juiced ball, how many of those who got close to Maris’s 61 would actually have done so. HRs put bums on seats so the juiced ball is probably here to stay, and along with it the questionable authenticity of anyone going past 61.

William Hung
William Hung
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Billy Crystal’s 61* movie was sooooo good

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  William Hung
2 years ago

excellent movie!

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Not only the steriods and juiced balls but the mound was higher in Maris’ era, pitchers owned the inside of the plate as well. Also Bonds wore the arm sheild that was so thick he did’nt care if he got hit. i used hate when he hung his elbow over the plate taking away 1/3 of it the complain that pitchers walked him all the time.

Matty
Matty
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

I’m all for body armor at the plate- if you have to wear it on the base paths.
Same for those sliding gloves- I want to see someone hitting in one of those.

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

How the game has changed! Roger getting pushed out of the dugout to take a curtain call. Nowadays, guys doing fist pumps to the crowd for moving a runner over.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Chucky
2 years ago

What about the NBA dunk or spiking the football after a TD? Hi fives? all those things were considered out of bounds back then.

for me i don’t care if the players do that.

Chucky
Chucky
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

” Act like you’ve done it before”…….Gale Sayers

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  Chucky
2 years ago

That was Sayers style but why should everyone act like gale sayers?

183414
183414
Reply to  Chucky
2 years ago

agreed. Like Jim Brown did.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
2 years ago

Me either. I respect the guys who ‘have been there before’ and those are the ones I point my kids too. As long as they are excited for the play, not against an opponent, I don’t begrudge a guy for having fun playing a game.

lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
lennydykstraisjustkmisunderstood
Reply to  bigbear
2 years ago

I agree had an assistant coach tell a kid act like you been there before after he got all excited…..i told but he has’nt been here before let him have fun. You all want to live in a Tom Landry World?

183414
183414
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

In 162 games w/out Steroids, yes.
Ruth in 154 when Gehrig hit 47 as runner up, will always be my record.
Bonds hitting video games numbers was really magnificent, I must acknowledge. He hated seeing McGuire and Sosa hitting 70/66 h.r.’s, knowing he was 100x the ballplayer that they were.
Picture Ruth, Gehrig, Mickey, Willie, Teddy Ballgame, Aaron on the juice. Priceless !

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I feel like if you told Ante to jump, he’d say, “how high?”

You’ll be answering questions from him daily for the first 3 weeks on what to do w/ Wander, LOL.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ah, yes you are right, just messin’ round!

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Well, for what it’s Werth, I own Wander in both my DC leagues. Any chance you think he can vulture a few SVs? I’m short a true second closer in my Razz DC?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Wander Franco for saves?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

Isnt he John Franco’s son?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

John Franco’s son is JJ..lol

Matty
Matty
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

It’s the ‘rona timeline. Anything can happen!

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Matty
2 years ago

This might be one of the funniest threads I’ve ever seen on Razzball. And that’s saying alot with the likes of Grey and his contributors writing.

I’m so glad MP questioned it. Priceless. I’m still not convinced DD was being serious.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

Well, if the Angels can make Kaleb Cowart try it because his teammates Jared Walsh and Shohei do it, then why shouldn’t the Rays make him do it because McKay? Afterall, he DOES have the bloodlines for it anyone would agree… and don’t try telling me his real father is Julio. It is John, and I don’t like to argue.

Jolt In Flow
Jolt In Flow
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Haha! I needed this thread today.

No argument from me. Trust me. Just enjoying the view.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Jolt In Flow
2 years ago

Great, I’m glad we are in agreement ;-)

The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

He pitched so long his son retired before he did.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco….

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Kilroy was here… as was Dennis DeYoung.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

This is so bad, it’s good. just replace “Mr. roboto” with “Jesse Orosco” and have a good laugh…

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uc6f_2nPSX8

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco,
Mata ah-oo hima de
Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco,
Himitsu wo shiri tai

You’re wondering who I am-machine or mannequin
With parts made in Japan, I am the modern man

I’ve got a secret I’ve been hiding under my skin
My heart is human, my blood is boiling, my brain I.B.M.
So if you see me acting strangely, don’t be surprised
I’m just a man who needed someone, and somewhere to hide
To keep me alive-just keep me alive
Somewhere to hide to keep me alive

I’m not a robot without emotions-I’m not what you see
I’ve come to help you with your problems, so we can be free
I’m not a hero, I’m not a saviour, forget what you know
I’m just a man whose circumstances went beyond his control
Beyond my control-we all need control
I need control-we all need control

I am the modern man, who hides behind a mask
So no one else can see my true identity

Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco, domo…domo
Domo arigato, Jesse Orosco, domo…domo
Domo arigato, Mr. Roboto, domo…domo
Thank you very much, Mr. Roboto
For doing the jobs that nobody wants to
And thank you very much, Mr. Roboto
For helping me escape just when I needed to
Thank you-thank you, thank you
I want to thank you, please, thank you

The problem’s plain to see: too much technology
Machines to save our lives. Machines dehumanize.

The time has come at last
To throw away this mask
So everyone can see
My true identity…
I’m Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy! Kilroy!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah isn’t it? Among all the really bad music videos of the 1980’s, it could very well top them all.

I’m glad you enjoyed.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

The Twisted Sister ones were the best. Those are some of the few that held up over time.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Oh yeah, for sure. The only men in spandex, with aquanet in the hair and makeup on we we should ever take seriously is… honestly the only metsl band of the 80s that never got cheesy was Iron Maiden. Eddie still scares me. Don’t mess with thise guys. They have a dungeon

Hernan
Hernan
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

YEAH Dave D., they have a pretty big Dungeon, it’s called ED Force One….

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No lie! Jesse Orosco’s son played for me years ago. So did Sciosia’s, Dykstra’s, Gretzky’s, and a few others. There are bloodlines galore in the greatest game on the planet!

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Been involved with young athletes for years, playing tournaments against the very best competition. Molding high school standouts in preparation for college (or the MLB draft?) has been a very rewarding experience for me. This year is going to be a challenge, not sure what’s going to happen yet. May 4th the USA tournament officials in Az will be making a statement. Gotta believe if MLB is in Az, the USA tourney will be pushed back due to facility/field usage and availability. Life is still good Brother man

Smitty
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yes!!!!

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Malicious Phenoms
2 years ago

HAHAHA

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

Nah they’d use him as an Opener.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

LMAO!!

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

I would really like to see him open, move to third for innings 3-8, then move back to the mound to close out inning #9. That would prove he’s the hands-down top prospect in the game. Ohtani set the bar pretty high a couple year ago for the ROY. I think Wander”lust” Franco Can-Do

Coolwhip
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

haha he’s likely to wander about the field for 9 innings.

baby seal
baby seal
Reply to  Coolwhip
2 years ago

HAHAHA

183414
183414
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

haha

183414
183414
Reply to  Dave D
2 years ago

haha!