Recently, I rather foolishly rekindled my interest in baseball cards. It was a cheap ploy under the Christmas Tree to spark my sons’ interest in not only a boyhood hobby of mine, but also to maybe teach them something about the game I love. To my oldest, age 7, I gifted a 1976 O-Pee-Chee Mike Schmidt, one of my all-time favorite players, and the fake autograph in my very first baseball mitt, courtesy of the good folks at Franklin. To my youngest son, age 2, it was an obvious choice. His first name is Nolan, and despite the hall of fame trajectory of one Mr. Arenado, for now at least, there is only one true King of House Nolan. That is Nolan Ryan, father of flames, bringer of whiffs, first of both his first names. All this to say, I bought him a 1979 Nolan Ryan. Which features my favorite Nolan Ryan, Angels Nolan Ryan. When you write your own fantasy articles you can have your favorite Nolan Ryan. You could go baby Nolan Ryan, Mets Nolan Ryan, Astros Nolan Ryan, Rangers Ryan, Cowboy Ryan, Executive Ryan, the possibilities are endless! Hell, you can picture Nolan Ryan singing lead for Skynyrd in front of an Angels band! Can you tell I dabbled in more of Aunt Sierra’s medicated brownies? They were leftover from Christmas, and technically I hadn’t eaten any this year. Anyway, where I’m all going with this is, my fascination with Nolan Ryan stems from two places. First, RBI baseball circa O.G. Nintendo 1988. Second, my best friend’s dad had a 1968 Topps Nolan Ryan rookie card, and it was one of the coolest rookie cards I had ever seen. It was particularly unusual to a child of the late 80’s – early 90’s card era, because it was a dual player card. He shared the card with Jerry Koosman, a lefty that won over 200 games with a 3.36 ERA over a 19 year MLB career. Drawing inspiration from this co-inhabited card, I decided to to do a dual 2018 Dynasty Sleeper post with a couple of Phillies pups I’m currently crushing on. A pair of teenage phenoms, outfielder Jhailyn Ortiz, and righthanded pitching prospect Francisco Morales. Check the artwork below, major props to Kenneth Cashman! Rotowear.com!

 

Jhailyn Ortiz, Outfielder | Age: 19 | Level: A- | Height/Weight: 6-3/250 | 2017 Stats: .302/.401/.560, 27 R, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 5 SB  | Advanced: wRC+ 185, wOBA .445, 25.1% K%, 9.6% Bb%, 18% SwStr%

I was a little on the fence about listing Jhailyn Ortiz as a sleeper. After all I did feature him in my latest iteration of my Top 100, ranking 65th. Signed for $4 Million out of the Dominican Republic in 2015, had Ortiz been an American player he would have been eligible for this year’s draft. In fact the Phillies director of player development, Joe Jordan was quoted as saying he was a “first round talent”. He also went as far as to say that Ortiz has the highest ceiling of any player presently in the organization. With legit 70 grade power, Ortiz is the type of middle of the order bat all teams covet, and the type that can turn a good lineup into a great one. This is obviously operating under the assumption the bat maxes out, and when we talk about a maxed out Ortiz we’re talking a JD Martinez/Giancarlo Stanton type. What he’s done over his first two and a half years as a professional shows he’s trending in the right direction. The pitch recognition skills have dramatically improved from what scouts saw from Ortiz as an amateur. While he’ll always strikeout, he showed the ability to wait for his pitch, and pounce on fastballs when given the opportunity. He may never be an Adonis (Garcia or otherwise) body wise, but he flashes better than expected athleticism, base-running ability, and a rocket of an arm. Hinting that the early “three outcome hitter” and “future first-base only” tags were very wrong. Now you’ll likely read all about his improved pitch recognition and work ethic elsewhere, what you won’t read much about is Ortiz’s much improved all fields approach. The biggest difference outside of batting average (and some luck) between Ortiz’s 2016 GCL campaign, and his 2017 NYPL run was his ability to go the other way. After being predominately a pull hitter (55% Pull%) in the GCL as an 17 year old, Ortiz started going the other way more in 2017, increasing his Oppo% by 13%. As you can see from the below spray chart (courtesy of MLBFarm) he actually hit two of his eight homers to the opposite field, as well as a fair amount of doubles.


Okay, for those of you that just read the first chapter and last chapter let’s review. We have a highly sought after talent signed for a hefty cost, a kid with universal 70 grade raw power, one who has improved each year of his career, and one that’s flashing approach, all fields game power, and all around baseball skills. Oh BTW, he’s also a coach’s dream, first guy on the field/last guy off type… and he turned 19 in November. Where do I sign up, right?

Ortiz should be owned in all formats where 70-80+ prospects are owned.

Francisco Morales, RHP | Age: 18 | Level: Rookie | Height/Weight: 6-4/185 | 2017 Stats: 3-2, 10 Games Started, 41.1 IP, 3.05 ERA, 1.31 WHIP, 44 Ks, 20 Bb | Advanced: FIP 3.64, xFIP 4.00, 24.4% K%, 11.1% Bb%, 41.3% GB%, 45.2% FB%, 23.4% IFFB, 32.1% SwStr%

Yes that swinging strike number is in fact real life. Granted it was the Gulf Coast League, the most rookie of the rookie ball leagues, but he was 17, and still one of the younger pitchers in the league. Yup, looks like the Phillies have found themselves another dude. As if Sixto Sanchez, Adonis Medina, Franklyn Kilome, Jojo Romero, Seranthony Dominguez, and Ranger Suarez weren’t enough. Signed for $900K out of Venezuela in 2016, Morales is the classic international pitching prospect. Prototypical pitcher’s build, long, lean, and high backsided, velocity comes easily to the teenager. He sits 92-96 on the fastball with good sink and movement. While the heater was plus even as an amateur the pitchability and improving feel for his secondaries are the most encouraging takeaways from his first year of proball. A bit of a project, Morales struggles to always repeat his delivery, leading to some of the command issues that plague him. That’s not all that uncommon of 17 year olds in their first professional season though. Lofty expectations might be around the corner however. Morales lucked into being the first promising pitching prospect to follow in Sixto Sanchez’s foot steps, and the comparisons unfortunately are inevitable. Expectations and comparisons aside, Morales rode his elite fastball, improving slider, and occasional changeup to one of the top 5 swinging strike rates in the Gulf Coast League. Showing an ability to miss bats at the type of elite rate that could possibly make him very valuable in fantasy leagues one day. That said, there is a ton of risk factors in his profile, with the lack of a developed changeup, command/control issues, plus the tiny track record and long waiting period associated with any 18 year old pitching prospect.

He’s not for every dynasty setup, but if you’re in a league where 150-175+ minor leaguers are owned, and you can sit on a high upside gamble pitching prospect for 3-4 years, then Morales is your guy.

 

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  1. Another Dan says:
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    Good stuff Ralph.

    Have been trying to buy Ortiz in a couple of leagues where he is owned. The leagues where he is not owned he is on my draft radar.

    Football update : played away at the team top of the league on NYD. Came away with a deserved 3-1 win. Still 3rd but we got 3 points we didn’t expect. Could get exciting later in the year.

    Happy New Year,

    Another Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      The Machine says:
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      @Another Dan: Yeah he’s a great add and a player who could blossom into Eloy Jimenez in a couple of years. Very Similar trajectory, less swing and miss with Eloy though.

      Dude, I am so excited by these updates of late! You’re going to be in the Championship beating up my Garndpa’s Rovers soon enough!

      Happy New Year Dan!!!

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Another Dan: Which team do you support Another Dan? Sounds like a league one side, must be a lot more fun than supporting my team Sheffield Wednesday this season.

      Yet another Dan.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Swfcdan: Bottom tier team.

        • Swfcdan says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Hey don’t mock Ralphie, that’s where the roots of football is! I’d rather support a winning league two team than watch my team play crap and lose in the Championship each week.

  2. rebar says:
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    hey Ralph,
    Would you take Ortiz or Alec Hansen, if you had to choose?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @rebar: Depends on your team? Do you need pitching? Is your window opening in the next two years? If it’s yeas to both go Hansen, if it’s no to either, go Ortiz.

      Hope that helps!

  3. Miketron says:
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    Loving “Little Papi” Ortiz! Thanks for the double write-up!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Miketron: It took everything I had not to call him that! He’s as big too!

      Papito perhaps?

  4. Swfcdan says:
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    Love all your stuff Ralphie (cant call it work as it aint!).

    Only thing Id like to see is a follow up post about rookies who just exceeded their limits last year. Albies, Moncada, Devers etc, maybe a post reporting how they did and whether your outlook has changed at all. Could even rank that group for dynasty purp which would be fun.

    I know Grey will talk about them (and likely gush over most), but we want your views Prospect Guru! And of course not all debuts are great (looking at you Barretto and Fisher).

    Sound fun?

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @The Machine: Nice work El Machina. You guys really love Ozzie as do I- a mini Trea Turner! I probably only need to promote one this year out of him and Devers, so it’s gotta be Ozzie right? Devers showed a few more growing pains and could use another year of seasoning I feel, before I unleash him on my leaguemates! With Ozzie you know you’re getting speed, runs and a decent OBP at minimum. Could he hit 1st or 2nd next year?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Swfcdan: I’d go with Ozzie myself.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, definately haven’t soured on Devers though I take it? Still impressive what he did as a 20 year old rook, in a years time he could be blossoming into a beast and there’s no doubt he’s Bo-Sox’s future at the hot corner.

            Never noticed how many Dans are in your comments before. It’s a celebration of Dans, a demonstration of Dans’!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Swfcdan: And multiple English Dans!

              Oh no not at all, I could just see more paths to Albies having a great 2018. Which is why I would sit for a year on promoting Devers and start him in 2019 after he gets his 600+ PA.

  5. Notorious D.A.N. says:
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    I am torn on where to draft Ortiz in my Farm draft for 12 team NL only dynasty. There are no inseason pick ups so the draft is deeper than the average first year player draft. I draft 6th and 18th in the first two rounds and am afraid the 1st rd is too early and he won’t be around in the 2nd.

    Also, Cal Ripken ’82 Topps is who I always think of for the shared rookie card.

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Notorious D.A.N.:

      Guess it depends on how much you want him.

      I am using these two of Ralph’s posts to help rank players for my FYPD.
      https://razzball.com/top-50-prospects-for-2018-fantasy-baseball/
      https://razzball.com/top-100-prospects-for-2018-fantasy-baseball/
      I remove the owned players and then work out my own rankings based on my league settings. Is Power more important ? Etc

      Then look at which players are likely to fall around your draft position (you know your league). Depending upon how many of Ralph’s top 50 are available in your league Ortiz might be about right at 6.

      The other option if you really want to target a player is to try to swing a trade to get hold of another draft pick or to upgrade your draft pick. I managed to do a 1 for 1 player trade and get the other player to include a draft upgrade even though I believed I was winning the 1 for 1.

      The issue with two of the leagues I am in is that spots for prospects are limited in number And there just isn’t room to own everyone!!

      Best wishes,

      Another Dan

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Another Dan: Dan with some excellent advice. I’m the type to live dangerously and see if he’d fall to me at 18, especially if this draft has Ohtani and Robert in it.

        Otherwise a trade during the draft or right before to move up to say 10-13 might be a wise move.

        I forgot about the Ripken one! There’s a bunch of course hahaha!

        • Another Dan says:
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          @The Machine:

          The other thing I always check is MLB pipeline. Gives a more mainstream view of where players are ranked. I assume that this is where a lot of players garner their prospect ranks from and you can sometimes see that some players will fall in your fantasy draft. I know I should be spreading the word but I am reticent to tell them about Razzball.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Another Dan: Hahahaha, we’re your best kept secret!

            • Notorious D.A.N. says:
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              For sure. Ortiz would be the 9th highest rated player available based on Ralph’s latest Top 100, I actually got Tatis in the 3rd and Trammell in the 4th last year so I think I might be able to sneak him. Unfortunately, there is not really any jockeying of picks during the draft. Last year I was drafting 9th and desperately wanted to trade up a couple spots to get Acuna and he ended up going number 8 and breaking my heart (Mitch Keller needs to be Maddux for that not to sting for the next decade).

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Notorious D.A.N.: I say you gamble and take him with your second pick.

                Good luck!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      The Machine says:
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      @J-FOH: That’s enough players to be a system preview!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @The Machine: YES! Get the Cashman on it. I want a Dodgers 4 panel card…please

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @J-FOH: For the Dodgers system I’ll make it happen.

          I don’t even want you to know how quickly Kenny turned this around.

          • J-FOH says:
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            @The Machine: now if we can just get Kenny to make my Fantasy Fiend t-shirt

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              The Machine says:
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              @J-FOH: I finished season 2 of Stranger Things on Sunday night! Loved season two.

    • @J-FOH:

      I can make this happen, J-FOH. As long as you renounce your love for Aldi’s and accept Will Smith as your lord and savior.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Kenneth Cashman: This sounds like a fine compromise.

  6. Cram It says:
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    Hey guy. Just joined a dynasty league with a minor league system. Was reading your material to get caught up. I didn’t notice any mention of Bo Bichette among my perusing. Did I miss something? Or you don’t think he’ll be relevant for a few years?

  7. Raoul Duke says:
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    So, here is a different question than you have probably ever had before. I live in Wichita, KS, former home of the Wichita Wranglers (Kansas City’s AA team prior to moving to North Arknasas). The mayor is talking about bringing an affiliated team back to Wichita. I don’t think it is going to be a Kansas City Royals’ affiliated team. Any of your contacts have any idea who it may be?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Raoul Duke: I saw this last night while I was writing and forgot to respond. Let me research what teams leases are up with MLB aflliates and in that area.

      • Raoul Duke says:
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        @Ralph L: I was thinking maybe Milwaukee’s Triple A team so they could get their pitchers out of the hitter friendly environment of Colorado Springs. Not sure Wichita could support a Triple A team though.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Raoul Duke: I bet they could support a AAA team.

      • Raoul Duke says:
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        @Ralph L: Nevermind, they are going to San Antonio.

  8. Anodyne says:
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    Hey Ralph, in dynasty leagues would you trade Max Scherzer for a package of Christian Yelich and Wil Myers?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Anodyne: what’s your team like? How’s your pitching? Need speed and average? I’m inclined to keep Max at that price.

      • Anodyne says:
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        @Ralph L: My starting pitching is pretty solid. I have Kluber, Hendricks, and Chase Anderson, along with Scherzer, in my rotation. Really just looking to maximize value at this point, as my team finished first last year and I’m content to stand pat unless somebody offers me better value than what I’ve got. Sounds like you’d keep Max under those circumstances, I’m guessing?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Anodyne: Yeah, let someone make you a Godfather offer.

  9. Brian says:
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    Similar to Anodyne, I also finished first and am loaded at SP in my 14 team mixed league dynasty where we carry thirty players each (so deep, but not deep enough for consideration of either player in this post). Also, hitting categories include both AVG and OPS. We keep between 7 and 13 players each year. My twelve or thirteen keepers going into next year are:

    C: Jacob Realmuto
    1B: Joey Votto
    2B: —-
    SS: Eduardo Nunez (only if he lands in a place where he is starting)
    3B: Jake Lamb
    OF1: Mookie Betts
    OF2: AJ Pollack
    OF 3: Tommy Pham
    Bench: Eric Thames
    Minors: Lewis Brinson

    SP1: Corey Kluber
    SP2: Carlos Carrasco
    SP3: Yu Darvish
    SP4: Marcus Stroman

    RPs: —-

    I could trade Corey Kluber for a second base eligible Jose Ramirez. Should I?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Brian: Do it! I like that deal for you, and you got the pitching to cover it.

  10. Bobby's world says:
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    Howdy Ralph! How do I write or contribute to razzball? Love this site!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Bobby’s world: I’ll e-mail you. This is actually how I got started, I asked J-FOH how I could start writing.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: You’re fluff and fold! Just hit me up on twitter.

  11. goodfold2 says:
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    nice to see 5 more guys above (PHI pitchers) available. my pick is up soon in that 30 teamer. at this point it’s still easy, as there’s 10 top 100’s left (i added Yerzy seeing him listed as having been moved into the top 100 next to jansen TOR): they are currently (i’m up in 6 picks):
    adell, ramos, rooker, guzman, burnes, pratto, lutz, paredes, yerzy, jansen. now with this lineup:
    C
    CI mostsuckass
    CI alonso
    MI segura
    MI drury
    OF altherr
    OF e.rosario
    OF desmond (or CI)
    util
    assuming i have 6 SP about 3 BN bats.
    SP (6 is about optimal): davies, quintana, sale, urena, r.lopez
    RP (spots for 6 daily at least): vincent, gregerson, sherfy (can bring up m.cabrera)
    DL n.jones
    these prospects:
    C: okey, o’connor
    CI: w.craig, denton, padlo, kubitza, lavalley, e.rios
    MI: a.a. tejeda (last year at this time he was a tossup with tatis jr), demerritte, p.gonzalez,
    salcedo, a.rondon
    OF: cozens, m.sierra, v.garcia (STL), v.reyes, kirilloff, tocci, g.whitley, d.alvarez, dj davis, trammell
    SP: r.yarbrough, v.alcantara, diplan, heredia, b.martin, kilome, a.smith
    RP: staumont, rj alvarez

    i have picks at 22nd, 57th, 74th, 93rd, 124th, 137th, 155th, 185th.
    so i got 10 in the top 100, 35 more left from the 100 first year player rankings (added ellis ARI to the back of that seeing you say that)

    1. but i have no idea what to do with these guys from the midseason top 200 that aren’t in the overall top 100 now: arozarena, barria (LAA), j.martin, hilliard, solak, c.vargas, antuna, b.mundell. which of these have either moved up or down. earlier all of them were ahead of b.thompson but now he’s moved far up, ahead even of haseley in the 1st year list.

    2. in general since i have so many OF prospects and quite few SP/MI/CI guys, target those or just for now go with best player available? adell (40) quite a bit ahead of the next closest ramos (60). i added ohtani (when did he add an “h” in there anyway) as the top guy of course.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Barria would be about 150-160, he’s a solid floor backend starter type. Think he’s better than given credit for. Martin would be around 180-200, things have to click and he needs to get into an organization that can give him MLB time. For me Hilliard is about 130-140, he has really nice tools and natural athleticism.

      • goodfold2 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: good stuff, here, so barria (160th), martin (161st), hilliard (165th) haven’t moved much if at all from midseason top 200. good to know. we’re at pick 32 now in the supplementals of the 1st round so i’m not up again for about 26 picks.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @goodfold2: Hilliard jumps a little. I’m really intrigued by his athleticism and power/speed mix. Can’t wait to watch him in Hartford next year.

  12. goodfold2 says:
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    3. what about this sleeper list as far as where they’d rank (clearly not in top 100 probably, but trying to figure where they’d slot into the larger 1st year list of which i have 35 names from b.thompson down to houck and ellis):
    those 5 PHI guys listed above available, morales, medina, romero, s.rod, suarez along with other sleepers in these: brujan, baddoo, y.almonte COL, campusano, borucki, l.sanchez (PIT), munoz, scherff

    trying to get up a master list (also am doing the team lists but mostly i’d assume this order 1. top 100 guys, 2. top 100 1st year guys, 3. some way to work in the names from the mid season top 200 listed in question #1, 4. these sleeper names, 5. guys from the team lists not already in one 1-4)

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      @goodfold2: oops, that should read top 50 1st year list, there was no 100 sized one for that.

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        @goodfold2: went adell at 22, ranked way too much higher to go elsewhere based on positional needs.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @goodfold2: Love that pick.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @goodfold2: Brujan, Baddoo, and Lolo are all close to the top 100.

      Borucki is just outside, I think he’s the first man up in Toronto, and the skills were there last year for it to translate. Yency is right there.

      Munoz, Schreff, and Campusano are more like Top 250. I love Munoz skills but he’s a relief only type. Check out Trey Wingenter if he isn’t owned.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: wingenter not owned another SD guy. where’d these PHI pitchers (not including sixto and kilome) far above slot into roughly along with wingenter in the overall picture

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          @goodfold2: wouldn’t that slot brujan as higher overall than these 2B (who were in the top propsect 2B list): solak/e.ruiz (SD). solak came in at 167th in midseason 200, and 7th for 2B in the more recent 2B list.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @goodfold2: Yea, the more I’ve dug in on Brujan, the more I’ve liked. I saw a little of him in the NYPL. Switch hitter, good contact, advanced approach, gets good jumps on the bases.

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    Who do you rate higher, Ortiz or Baddoo?

    • goodfold2 says:
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      @Christof: ortiz 65th in most recent top 100 prospects, baddoo not in that at all, but did have his own prospect sleeper post and listed in a sleeper group post.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Christof: Ortiz for sure, the ceiling is higher.

  14. Tweak says:
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    Digging Ortiz. Feels like he’s got as much helium as a guy like Trammell with even more underground cred. As with most pitching, I think I’ll wait on Morales, though I’ll be happy to watch him pitch when given the opportunity. Looks like Philly’s got some real arms on the way.

    Separately, I hate to be a bother, but any word yet on that dynasty league with two open teams? I’m still hearing nothing but crickets. Thanks, Ralph!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tweak: Nah, Trammell has mad underground cred, dude diced JUICE and Super-Nat in a battle.

      I added you to the league no? They said they did and you never responded. Email me again at [email protected]

  15. Regan says:
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    Hey Machine! Like the new moniker, got a little more edge to it. I’m getting that dynasty itch back after taking a year off from baseball after 15 straight. I’m looking to join a league or two and was wondering if you know of any openings? Is there a forum you know of where you can find good dynasty leagues? Thanks and Happy New Year!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Regan: I have a couple of 30 teamers looking for players. Email me at [email protected]

  16. Syllogism says:
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    Hi Ralph,

    Going into year three of 20 team dynasty that started just after the 2016 ASB.

    Keep 25, Draft 5. In-season +5 DL slots, + 5 NA slots. One of each hitting position plus OF, MI, CI, Utility and 6 Bench. 5 SP, 3 RP, 4 P. Head-to-head, weekly, win for the week (not by each category). 6×6 … BA, OBP, Runs, RBI, SB, XBH … … ERA, K/BB, WHIP, Ks, SV, Wins.

    Posey (C, 1B); Austin Barnes (C, 2B)
    Miggy (1B); Kendrys Morales (1B), Yuli Gurriel (1B)
    Merrifield (2B, RF), Chris Taylor (2B, SS, LF, CF), Asdrubal Cabrera (2B, 3B, SS), Nick Gordon (2B?, SS?)
    Kang (3B?, ??), Prado (3B), Longoria (3B)
    Hunter Dozier (3B?, RF?), Dustin Fowler (LF?, CF?, RF?), Adam Eaton (CF), LoCain (CF), McCutch (CF, RF), Pirela (LF), Bader (CF), Fisher (LF, RF)

    SP – Scherzer, Ervin Santana, Kyle Hendrix, JA Happ, Lynn, Ryu, Graveman, Jake Thompson, Shelby Miller, Matt Strahm, Gossett, Slegers, Henderson Alvarez, Grayson Long
    SP/RP – Erasmo Ramirez
    RP – Chad Green, AJ Ramos, Wade Davis
    ?? – AJ Puckett

    My Cut/Bubble list (14):
    Hitting: Gordon, Kang, Prado, Dozier, Pirela, Bader, Fisher,
    Pitching: Long, Slegers, Puckett, Gossett, Alvarez, Shelby Miller, Strahm

    Aside from a clear crowding @ 1B, I’m really struggling with how to handle Bader, Fisher, Pirela, Gordon Hunter Dozier, Dustin Fowler, Shelby Miller. I really think that Gossett may have something, but I’m willing to wait and see for him.

    Your thoughts would be appreciated.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Syllogism: Dump Kang, Prado, Dozier, Puckett, Alvarez, Slegers, Strahm, Thompson, Long, Gossett, Graveman, Pirela, and Gordon.

      Is that enough? That’s more or less in order. From most dispensable to closest to the bubble.

  17. danny almonte says:
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    Hey Ralph, given the ETA uncertainty, would you take Sean Kingery or L.Forsythe for 2018 only?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @danny almonte: Give me Kingery!

  18. goodfold2 says:
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    got jorge guzman at 57th, 6 picks left. ranks getting decimated, down to 1 top 100 guy, 17 top 50 1st year (that’s with ellis added into it), and a high catcher in yerzy.
    how’d these rank, i’m in some need of MI types. still lots of good OF left, SP also getting yanked pretty quickly.

    MI – paredes, solak, e.ruiz, brujan, siese, w.castro, freeman

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      @goodfold2: throw c.vargas and antuna into that one.

  19. Brenda says:
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    Ralph,

    Thanks or all your work on Razzball, and on fantrax, love the videos.

    As the one true Prospect Jesus. I have a question for you… i’m posting it a few days late on this tread hoping you read it, as most of my league follows your work… and posting on the comments on day one means they all get the hot tip as well!

    I am in a 16 team Keeper league, 25 man rosters, no bench. 13 keepers, points league so SPs get a bit of a boost. We only get 5 minor leaguers each…. i have Eloy, Rodgers, Adames, Walker Texas Ranger (Buehler), Calhoun and Bauers.

    As we have no bench, a minor leaguer coming up and not performing can really be a drag on a competing roster…

    I am working to trade away Rodgers for a Major league upgrade, and considering dropping adames so i get one minor league draft pick. My target is Gabriel Arias.

    Sound like a good idea? or stick with adames and not bother with arais? If not Arais, anyone else you can think of that might be a good long play for a points league to grab? someone that can rocket into the top 25ish prospects from the bottom half of top 100?

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      @Brenda:

      BTW i finished 3rd last year, so my minorleague draft spot is 14th.

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