And so it begins, the 2016 season. With three games on the slate today and another 12 on Monday, baseball is upon us. With the beginning of the season also comes clarity as to who’s making the cut for the 25 man roster. Coming out of every spring it’s important to take a moment and assess what players have seen an uptick in value heading into your dynasty league season. These are all players that are on my short list of targets in trades, those that could bring immediate returns in leagues this year. For the most part we’re discussing players that won’t cost you premium dollars to acquire. Some I’ve beaten to death over the last few weeks and others are popping up here for the first time. All in all the goal is to get you thinking about some potential breakout candidates to swoop on. Feel free to share some of your own.

 

Breaking Camp And Taking Names

Socrates Brito, OF ARI:  Have you heard the one about the Philosopher and the Pollock with the elbow injury? Yeah you’ve heard it…I went to pick up Brito first thing Saturday morning in the expert RCL, and Grey already had. So-crates looks like a possible speed-power threat that could see a significant number of at bats in the D-backs outfield. In fact, he’s more than likely starting the season as the everyday centerfielder. I’m not going to sit here and say he’ll duplicate Pollock’s 2015, but he could give you a poor man’s version of that. Something about .280/10/20, this is more than enough from a 3-5th outfielder in deep leagues and dynasties. He’s been covered here, here, and here.

Mychal Givens, RP BAL:  I’m going to defer to a very helpful suggestion brought up by super commenter Oaktown Steve on Grey’s expert league post the other day. I actually heeded his advice and went and picked up this lad. The K rates in 2015 were bananas as he posted an 11.4 K/9 in 30 innings with the O’s last year. If you play in 18-30 team leagues with holds, like I do, Givens is a future stud in the making.

Jose Peraza, 2B CIN:  Mi Novio, Mi Amor, the speedy devil that stole my heart. I’ve been beating the Peraza drum all camp and it looks like he’s in line to make the team and see at bats in the outfield and infield. It may start slow at first but by the end of May my prediction is he’s playing every day. The speed and bat to ball skills are real. Let’s put this in perspective, prior to the Todd Frazier trade Baseball America rated the speedy Venezuelan the 4th best prospect behind only Corey Seager, Julio Urias, and Jose De Leon in the Dodgers system. That’s the very system they rated 1st overall, and the trio ahead of him are future superstars BTW. I own lots of Peraza shares and in all types of leagues too. Points leagues, Roto, H2H, RCL’s dynasty, deep redrafts, etc.

**Update** All of my hopes and dreams are crushed as Peraza was optioned to AAA Louisville on Sunday**

Tyler Naquin, OF CLE:  We’ve discussed this guy ad nausea, no need to delve in any further. Read all the stuff already written about him, and know he’s going to start the year as Cleveland’s everyday CF. Oh, and BTW Rudy picked him as his AL ROY in our preseason prediction post.

Joey Rickard, OF BAL:  I talked about him in my sleeper rookie hitter post a few weeks back. He’s not only played his way onto the opening day roster, he’s won the starting left field job outright. This set off a chain reaction of events that involved the Orioles trying “unsuccessfully” to demote Hyun-soo Kim, and him rejecting said demotion. Rickard has no power, but he can run and get on base. Not flashy, but he’ll hit at the bottom of a powerful O’s lineup, maybe he finds himself as a useful source of counting stats.

Ross Stripling, SP LAD:  I’m going to go ahead and give a big shout to J-FOH on this one, calling that Stripling would be the Dodgers 5th starter two plus weeks ago. Here’s what Manager Dave Roberts had to say after Friday night’s game “Ross Stripling will open the season as our fifth starter. For us, seeing his four-pitch mix in spring, we feel he can execute a game plan and give us the best chance to win.” This is actually a pretty good summary of who Stripling is, he mixes four pitches well, and is considered a cerebral pitcher that can execute a game plan efficiently. He’s a strike thrower, so walks won’t be an issue, having never averaged a BB/9 exceeding 2.60 in any one minor league season. He’s 26, but lost two years due to TJ, so he’s right where he should be. Worth a flier in deep (20+) dynasty. I like him most in salary cap dynasty leagues where young controllable pitching with a high floor is paramount.

Robert Stephenson, SP CIN:  Looks like he’s going to at least make the start in the third regular season game, as for where he goes after that, we’ll see. He had a rough spring; which included a demotion, and recall to the big camp, and a second blown audition for the rotation. Despite all of this it looks like he’s breaking camp with a rotation spot. He’s got big K/9 upside, Grey wrote about him earlier in the offseason in fact. There’s a chance it could be tough to own him, but the love he’s receiving from the Reds is encouraging.

Brandon Drury, 3B ARI:  As of writing this I’m unsure whether Drury or the next player discussed Peter O’Brien will break camp with the D-Backs. The announcement is expected this morning, but I’ll be monitoring the situation with obsessive Twitter checking and a Google alert. We can discuss in the comments as the story develops. I’m hoping its Drury, though I own both. It would be grand if he plays a little outfield and a little 2nd while he’s up, and adds three positions of eligibility. I love anybody with pop at Chase, and somebody with multi-position eligibility is even more appealing.

**Update** Drury made the 25 man roster, while O’brien was sent down.**

Peter O’Brien, OF ARI:  I guess it all comes down to whether he makes the roster or not. He’s got that country power that makes the balls go boom boom. Seriously, he hits mammoth homers and that sort of power at Chase plays. I’m unsure how many at bats he gets but it wouldn’t shock me if he plays his way into the lineup and sees some time in LF or at DH in AL away matchups. At the age of 25 (he’ll be 26 in July) he’s ready to go, if he doesn’t break in this year with Arizona, I wouldn’t be shocked if he was dealt. He’s a major league player no question. If he still has C eligibility in any of your leagues that boosts his value quite a bit.

Hector Olivera, 3B ATL:  I already discussed him in the sleeper rookie hitters post, and he came out of Cuba with a lot of cachet. I’m not sure he’s ever going to be the power hitter we hoped, but he should be a good source of average, in fact he finished second in the Grapefruit League in batting average at .411. If he hits .300 with 14-17 homers that’s not awful.

Jackie Bradley Jr., OF BOS:  J-FOH discussed him yesterday and I think he did an excellent job summarizing Bradley. Let’s just say the adjustments he made last year allow him to continue to drive the ball the way he did late-2015 and this spring. Then where does he finish amongst outfielders end of season? I mean if he hits well enough he’ll easily see 500+ plate appearances.

Travis Shaw, 3B BOS:  He beat out Pablo Sandoval for the Red Sox starting 3b job. He tore it up late last season then continued it in the spring. Is it possible he figured something out at the plate and is now an above replacement value hitter? It certainly looks that way, and I drafted him in the Razzball dynasty aka The Razznasty in the new player/free agent draft. As a Red Sox fan and a fantasy owner I’m hoping Shaw is a diamond in the rough.

Tony Wolters, C COL:  He’s a suggestion sent to me from our former prospector Mike. He’s a converted 2b that was picked up back in February from the Indians, and looks to be the Rockies backup catcher. This means in deep leagues he’s a great bench batty call to shuffle into your lineup when he’s playing at home. I wouldn’t touch him outside a 20 team league with 20+ minors spots though.

 

Still In The Minors But Definitely On My Tradar…

Nick Williams, OF PHI:  Sure he’s technically a top prospect and all but I’m really trying to be aggressive in acquiring Williams in all my dynasty formats. It’s only a matter of time until he’s up with the Phillies.

Sam Travis, 1B BOS:  I’m just going to use this as a shameless plug for my post from Thursday. But really why go over it again when I already wrote 800 words.

Nomar Mazara, OF TEX: The closer and closer he gets the more and more excited I get about owning him. I’m trying to acquire him everywhere. He’s probably not going to be up until later this year, but that’s fine he’s crazy young (20), and has put up excellent numbers across all levels.

 

 

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Ethan
Ethan
6 years ago

Thanks for all of the great site content. I’m in a 12 team 5×5 (OBP) mixed keeper auction league (keep 6 for up to 3 years, $5 salary increase for each year kept). We draft 3 minor leaguers who don’t count against our $310 in-season cap, and count $3 when they are promoted (if it’s a September callup, then you are not required to activate the player that season if you want to keep minor league status and not use up one of your 6 keeper spots).

I have Lucas Giolito and JP Crawford as holdovers from last year. I have the second pick and trying to decide between speed (Trea Turner or Orlando Arcia) and power (Joey Gallo and AJ Reed). Obviously, prospect rankings are all over the map, and some factor in defense and “real baseball” things. Any thoughts on which of these guys profiles best to be a 2 or 3 year superstar keeper after his rookie year, at salaries of $8, $13, and $18? How would you rank those four, in order?

As an example, I kept Kyle Schwarber for 2 years at $8 and $13 this year (just wasn’t sure that his K rate would support the 3rd year at $18).

Thanks for your advice.

Ethan
Ethan
Reply to  Geoff
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thank you! With JP Crawford in my back pocket, that’s where I was leaning.

Wacha Wacha
Wacha Wacha
6 years ago

Ralph, in a 10-team NL-only league with no keepers, how do you rank N. Williams, J. Peraza, O. Arcia, and P. O’Brien as stashes? Not mustaches, but stashes for this year only. Would you drop M. Adams or A. Diaz for any of them? Thanks and I look forward to reading your posts this year.

Wacha Wacha
Wacha Wacha
Reply to  Wacha Wacha
6 years ago

@Wacha Wacha: Adding this comment because I forgot to check the box to be notified of follow-up comments. Carry on!

Wacha Wacha
Wacha Wacha
Reply to  Geoff
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph. Where would JP Crawford fall in your ranking of Arcia, Williams, Peraza, OB?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Wacha Wacha
6 years ago

@Wacha Wacha: I’d line him up with the top two. He’s got more pop than Arcia but no where near the wheels. His hit tool is just as good though. I’d probably take Arcia and Williams ahead of him.

Wacha Wacha
Wacha Wacha
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks!

Machado, Myth, Legend
Machado, Myth, Legend
6 years ago

Ralph, a couple of the best recommendations I got from Prospect Mike last year was jumping on Francis Martes, Jacob Nottingham and Jorge Lopez before the prospect world fell in love with them and they became 2016 offseason prospect darlings.

Curious if you have any players you recommend deep deep dynasty league players (20 team, 30 prospects deep per) should keep an eye on who might find themselves skyrocketing up prospect lists later this year.

Thanks for all your info……been really enjoying your work.

I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
6 years ago

after today it appears diekman is ahead of dyson for sure, and they even used him ahead of kela in the 8th. drop dyson for either of givens or diekman in AL only with 4 RP slots (10 teams) and holds added? also have allen/colome/n.jones.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

PERAZA TO AAA!!!! Noooooooooo!!!!!

Glenn Halpern
Glenn Halpern
6 years ago

Hey whaddya think about this trade?

Trade Cain and Cueto to get back Kluber and Ozuna.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Glenn Halpern
6 years ago

@Glenn Halpern: You’re buying upside on Ozuna, maybe doesn’t make you better immediately but Kluber I an upgrade from Cueto. Plus you’re adding power potential.

I’d only do this in dynasty, not in re-draft

Glenn Halpern
Glenn Halpern
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks a lot for the feedback!

Aaron
Aaron
6 years ago

Any good long term dl stashes? Was thinking of taking a flier on henderson alvarez for may/june. Maybe grabbing and holding greg bird for 2017. Your thoughts?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Aaron
6 years ago

@Aaron: Devon Travis, Tyler Skaggs, Carter Capps.

Pete
Pete
6 years ago

You think Stephenson still gets the nod given his poor performance last Monday? Regardless, should I grab him in my 12 team H2H points keeper league? I have 2 NA slots and I slid Paxton into one of them already.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Pete
6 years ago

@Pete: Yeah it’s crazy but they keep giving him chances. Looks like he goes Thursday.

seph meier
seph meier
6 years ago

I have jupton, Braun and Cain in my of already, start 5 ofs and draft continues today…12 keepers and 4 rounds complete…ofs still available consist of deshields, Hanley, holiday, choo, khris Davis, pillar, burns…
Who would you want as your 4th of? I’ve been targeting khris and deshields to round it out but is there some good value there with my next round pick?
Or should I jump to my other need of SS which is the alcides, semien, Suarez would be my top targets or school, lawrie, walker, Forsythe?

Thanks for the help!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  seph meier
6 years ago

@seph meier: I like some combo of Davis – Pillar – DeShields combo and then Suarez.

Fake Jose Abreu
Fake Jose Abreu
6 years ago

I’m not really Jose Abreu, but I got stuck holding the Pollock in a dynasty league where CF is a position. The only other CFs I have on my active roster right now are Byron Buxton and Jackie Bradley Jr. I also have Bradley Zimmer and Manuel Margot as NAs.

Here are my top waiver wire options:

Tyler Naquin
Cameron Maybin
Austin Jackson
Colby Rasmus
Anthony Gose
Melvin Upton
Chris Owings
Trayce Thompson

5 out of those 8 guys have names that end with with the letter ‘n’. I’m leaning Naquin because he’s newer and shinier, but maybe that’s wrong? Both ends of his name have n’s.

I could also shift things around and drop Alex Bregman (who I like because he’s little) and stash one of these guys as an NA:

Brett Phillips
Roman Quinn
David Dahl
Dalton Pompey
Albert Almora
Brandon Nimmo

Think any of them have an impact?

I need speed more than power right now.

Thanks!
Jose Abreu

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Fake Jose Abreu
6 years ago

@Fake Jose Abreu: I legit laughed out loud at your opening.

BTW I don’t believe you! If Jose Abreu were to pretend to not be himself he’d totally say he wasn’t Jose Abreu yet sign as Jose Abreu with the screen name of fake Jose Abreu.

Yeah add Naquin he’s by far the best of the group.

I’d hold Bregman, but swapping him for Phillips or Dahl is tempting. I’ll stick with the SHORT….stop (see what I did there?)

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

Whoops, forgot my other questions!

2. Hicks still > Socrates, assuming that Hicks plays 4-5 days a week until someone gets injured?

3. Looking to grab my final starter off waivers in a pretty deep league. Conley > Pomerantz > Hill?

Thanks again.

PS – thanks to your advice, in my keeper league I’m sitting on Moncada ($0, $3 in 2017) and Berrios, Urias, and Arcia at $1 each ($4 in 2017). Weekly lineups, so very easy to have them ride the reserve slots.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I’d go Brito over Hicks. I’m waaaaay high on that Socrates sour deez.

I like Pomeranz, HodgePadre with K/9 upside. If he puts it together that’s a major coup

Nice! Glad to help

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

Love hearing about Peraza! In my redraft league, I have Domingo Santana on my bench with plenty of pop-heavy OF guys elsewhere in my lineup. Looking to trade him for a bench / potential upside starter with some 2b flexibility (right now I’m using Spagenberg in that bench/flex role).

Would you trade Domingo Santana for Peraza?

Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
6 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: YAAAAASSSS I LOVE PERAZA. Plus Spagenberg is meh with a large side of MEH

B.J.
B.J.
6 years ago

Hey Ralph,

The season is upon us and I’m looking for a little feedback on my squad. This is a 12 team H2H 6×6 (the 10 standard categories plus OBP and QS).

C- Y. Gomes 1B- Encarnacion 2B- Kipnis SS- T. Story 3B- M. Franco
OF- Harper, S. Marte, B. Belt UTIL- Hosmer

SP- Strasburg, Thor RP- Tolleson, R. Osuna
P- Betances, T. Ross, T. Walker

Bench- DeShields, K. Marte, Cishek, Matz, Darvish, Heaney, Pomeranz

In addition, I have two owners interested in Thor and I have been offered either JD Martinez or Lorenzo Cain for Thor from one owner and Chris Davis for Thor from another owner. If I were to make the trade who should I go for? I feel like I’m lacking big time power and Davis may be my top target. I could then try and flip Hosmer or Belt for a SP.

Thanks in advance.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  B.J.
6 years ago

@B.J.: I’d get Davis and try and flip Hosmer or Belt for an arm.

B.J.
B.J.
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: thanks! Aside from that move what do you think about my team? Should I compete?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  B.J.
6 years ago

@B.J.: yeah it looks like a win now squad

Ryan
Ryan
6 years ago

Last minute roster advice needed!

Start two of the following:
Franco
Pence
Deshields
Burns

I could use steals b/c my team is power oriented, but I like pence/Franco this week and TB is a category. Your thoughts? Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ryan
6 years ago

@Ryan: Franco and Pence. I’m close on Pence and DeShields though.

Gabe
Gabe
6 years ago

In a keeper league who would you choose to keep. One of:
Adam Jones Bal – OF
Lorenzo Cain KC – OF
Francisco Lindor Cle –
SS Carlos Carrasco Cle – SP
Francisco Liriano Pit – SP
Taijuan Walker Sea – SP

I’m already keeping:
Paul goldschmit
Carlos carrea
Clayton Keyshaw
Jake arrieta

Moneyball
Moneyball
Reply to  Gabe
6 years ago

@Gabe: Carrasco.

But then trade 1-2 of those SP for top notch hitters… preferably in the mold of “keeping” 1B-SS-3B-OF-SP… if possible maybe Kershaw for Arenado or Arrieta for stud OF.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Moneyball
6 years ago

@Moneyball: Agree with Moneyball

MJC
MJC
6 years ago

So nick Williams is really going to be that good huh!? I already have Arcia in my n/a spot and also have giolito taking roster spot. I could drop someone like trumbo for nick. Who would you prefer nick, benintendi or Kepler? It’s a 12 team keeper with 1 n/a spot so I’d be using up roster space.
Thanks and great work!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  MJC
6 years ago

@MJC: I’d take Benintendi of those three but I’m a bit of a Sox homer. Certainly go Williams over Kepler in fantasy.

Everyone forgot how good Williams is, and his situation is even better in Philly. He’s got an opportunity for immediate playing time, it’s a great hitting park, and he’ll have some middle of the order protection with Franco.

MJC
MJC
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: thanks Ralph! Benintendi eta is 2017 season tho right? On my keeper team where I don’t really need more power should I drop a guy like trumbo or Domingo Santana for peraza? Also I saw on one prospect list benintendi’s hit tool was a 70 on the 20-80 scale. That’s nuts and is that accurate?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  MJC
6 years ago

@MJC: Yeah the hit tool is bananas. I’d drop Trumbo for Peraza sure

I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: benintendi ranked right by brinson by other people not just lifshitz here.

Bryan
Bryan
6 years ago

What do you think of Tyler White? I haven’t seen much consistency on what people think of him. Some see a potential Goldy, some Alonso,, and others Matt Carpenter. The guy has only hit everywhere he’s been and walks more than he ks. Is possible he’s a diamond in the rough?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Bryan
6 years ago

@Bryan: Yes absolutely but Goldy is way out of reach. He’s more like Lyle Overbay, and even then Inwomder if Overbay had more power. Good average and on base guy but has more of a line drive swing. He barrels the ball consistently so he’ll always produce but his ceiling is relatively limited.

M
M
6 years ago

Hey any thoughts about mid-late season callups for Dansby Swanson and Franklin Barreto?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  M
6 years ago

@M: Swanson first but both probably very late in the year. Most likely after roster expansions.

Amolnar
Amolnar
6 years ago

Ralph,

IN a keeper league. Can keep 10 guys and you can sign them to 5 year deals (auction value + 5 dollars per year you keep them). Who has the most upside on this list that I could possible sign next year… they are all FA and didn’t get drafted in the auction so they would be $6 next year to keep and $11 the following year. Who of those players you suggested has the most upside?

Would you pickup Peraza before a Brett Lawrie? I have on bench spot open and am trying to figure out who I want to pickup before tomorrow morning.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Amolnar
6 years ago

@Amolnar: Are the last three unowned? If so I’d go Maraza, Williams, Travis, Brito, and Peraza.

Just liking for a 2nd baseman? I’d still go Lawrie. If it’s anyone I go Brito over both.

Amolnar
Amolnar
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Yes, the last three are unowned right now. I am looking to win this year though and rather not waste a bench spot all year on a minor league player. Looks like Peraza will make the team. That’s why I brought him up.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Amolnar
6 years ago

@Amolnar: Brito is going to be the everyday CF for the foreseeable future.

I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
I don't want to brag but i have irritable bowel syndrome
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: until their first game, where it’s now owings.

George Springer Fan
George Springer Fan
6 years ago

in a league with K/BB as a h2h category. Do you think Velazquez will kill me there?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  George Springer Fan
6 years ago

@George Springer Fan: Some weeks yes, I’d just be selective about how I used him.

Biggie Smalls
Biggie Smalls
6 years ago

So I am on the 7th inning middle relief bandwagon. I am curious how these guys stack up against one another in your eyes, mainly over the course of this year and long term. I think all of them could close for their teams. League plays K/BB , SV, HLDs, ERA, WHIP.

Mychal Givens, Pedro Baez, Felipe Rivero, Silvino Bracho, Hansel Robles.

Appreciate any input.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Biggie Smalls
6 years ago

@Biggie Smalls: I’d go Feliz, Baez, Bracho, Robles, and Rivero. I’d also toss Tony Zych into that group.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Oops Givens then Feliz etc

Biggie Smalls
Biggie Smalls
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

zych is already on my roster haha. His control and K/9 screams betances like k production.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Biggie Smalls
6 years ago

@Biggie Smalls: Agreed

Biggie Smalls
Biggie Smalls
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

who is feliz?

Boaty McBoatface
Boaty McBoatface
6 years ago

In my 20-team keeper/dynasty, I’ve got Peavy and Shoemaker at the back end of my rotation. Would you drop one of those for Stripling?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Boaty McBoatface
6 years ago

@Boaty McBoatface: Yes I’d drop Shoemaker for him. Nothing better out there like Velasquez etc?

Boaty McBoatface
Boaty McBoatface
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Nope, it’s a very deep, very competitive league. All the young-ish upside guys like Velasquez, Karns, etc., are long gone. The only reason Stripling is available is because Yahoo just added him. I might not even be able to get him with my crappy waiver priority. Thanks for responding, and great article!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Boaty McBoatface
6 years ago

@Boaty McBoatface: Cool, understood! Go with Ross Stripling!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

Drury made the D-backs opening day roster, O’brien was optioned down.

M
M
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: so Drury splits time between 3b and OF?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  M
6 years ago

@M: Yeah I think so, plus sees some pinch hit opportunities and fits in somewhere during AL road series.

G
G
6 years ago

One more quick question. In a redraft would you rather one Socrates or Naquin?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  G
6 years ago

@G: Socrates, I’m just a big believer in him this year with Pollock on the shelf for potentially the entire season. This injury looks bad, real bad. It’s on a growth plate and wrists with hitters yuck!

G
G
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: thanks again Ralph. You’ve convinced me. Made the pickup

Jerry
Jerry
6 years ago

Hey, Ralph! Deshields, David Peralta or Piscotty? Thanks!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jerry
6 years ago

@Jerry: Peralta

Jim
Jim
6 years ago

Help w trade please
Jose Fernandez, Encarnacion & DeShields for Rizzo, Alex Gordon & Liriano
Which side wins or fair?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jim
6 years ago

@Jim: J-Fer side and I don’t think it’s close.

Chud
Chud
6 years ago

Ralph,

Great stuff! Your boy Nicky W crushed the ball yesterday for the Phils futures vs the big league team.

I can only stash 1 for my full dynasty keeper: Tim Anderson or Oswaldo Arcia?

Thanks

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chud
6 years ago

@Chud: Anderson. Isn’t Oswaldo dead? If it was Orlando different story.

Chud
Chud
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: it is Orlando…..my obsession for Oswaldo died last year (along with his playing time) but he still haunts me at times.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chud
6 years ago

@Chud: I’d go Orlando then, I actually drafted him in a Yahoo H2H league with two N/A spots yesterday.

G
G
6 years ago

Would you rather own Yasmany or Socrates in a redraft with Pollock injury? I drafted Yasmany as a bench option that could surprise. Tha ks

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  G
6 years ago

@G: Brito, I’m thinking he could return top 100 value of he’s the everyday CF.

AL KOHOLIC
AL KOHOLIC
6 years ago

nice job,thanks

Bread n Mustard
Bread n Mustard
6 years ago

When do you think Tyler Glasnow will be called up?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Bread n Mustard
6 years ago

@Bread n Mustard: Late June or early July unless needed earlier. Comes down to the service time clock. Pirates always push it back.

thebat0sai
thebat0sai
6 years ago

Thanks, i have dynasty draft today. the league has Fielding%, should i even care? still some slots open if anybody is interested..

thebat0sai
thebat0sai
Reply to  Geoff
6 years ago

excelllent…that makes sense, missed out on razzball dynasties, damn (busy losing to slim in hoops) so entered another dynasty 7×7 , fld% and obp, i think slugging would be better..thanks

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  thebat0sai
6 years ago

@thebat0sai: Haha slugging would be better!

thorbs
thorbs
6 years ago

Nice writeup!

How high are you on Travis? In a 10×10, where overall good hitting is more valuable than the 5×5 numbers (I.e. Mookie Betts > Starling Marte in this format due to better BB/K, etc.), would you pick him up over any of:

Robles, Wall, Olson, Reed (CIN), Verdugo, Hanson, Clark, Tapia, Happ?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  thorbs
6 years ago

@thorbs: Yeah seems to make sense. Though I think Ian Happ will be good in that format.

thorbs
thorbs
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Would you grab Travis over any of those guys though? The list there are the minor leaguers I’ve got on my squad currently.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  thorbs
6 years ago

@thorbs: oops, sorry ’twas early! Yes dump Hanson. Travis is looking like late May which might be before Hanson is up in the bigs.

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

Double FOH drops? *blushes*

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Ha!

Seth
Seth
6 years ago

When do you think Yoan Moncada gets to the big show? Any shot in 2016?

Seth
Seth
Reply to  Geoff
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I can hold two minor league players at a time. I have Berrios and Moncada right now. Would it be more beneficial to grab Peraza instead of Moncada? I need a 2B this year.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Seth
6 years ago

@Seth: I wouldn’t drop either of them for Peraza. Can you keep him on the active roster?

Seth
Seth
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
6 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, i can. Would have to drop a legit SP or RP though. Might wait and see how Peraza’s playing time unfolds. Thanks for the tips.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Seth
6 years ago

@Seth: Sounds like a plan.