Jesus’s teachings are highlighted on this week’s Ditka Pod. Razzball’s own Prospect Jesus that is. Us and Ralph Lifshitz discuss a bunch of prospects who could have significant fantasy impacts for 2019 fantasy baseball.

First, Jesus shares his prophecies regarding when some of the top prospects in the game will arrive to the big show, including Vlad Jr, Eloy Jimenez, Fernando Tatis Jr, Forrest Whitley, Keston Huira and many others. Then Ralph settles some debates on which prospects are most worth gambling on at their current early draft season ADPs before rattling off some deeper prospects with legitimate 2019 fantasy potential. When Jesus talks, we listen!  Kanye voice, “Jesus talks.”

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  1. RJ says:
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    Sophomoric and infantile. Curse words and schoolyard banter add nothing. More professionalism would go a long way to convincing us you know a damned thing about what you’re yakking about.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @RJ: Sorry that you feel that way RJ. We may not be for everyone, but it is 3 adults talking baseball and while we may occasionally swear or fall into random topics, we hope the information is useful.

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        @B_Don: If it’s about the intro, that was pre-show talk that I thought was interesting, funny, and useful enough to share. Hopefully, you’ll give us another shot.

        • Donkey Teeth

          Donkey Teeth says:
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          @B_Don: @B_Don: Don’t pander B_Don. If RJ doesn’t appreciate sophomoric and infantile, then Razzball may not be the place for him. No hard feelings, RJ.

    • Heathcliff Slocumb says:
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      @RJ: First time here, RJ?

      • The Eye of Horus says:
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        @Heathcliff Slocumb: Don’t be smarmy. It’s out of the ordinary for the podcast to contain the language that it did. I listen to every one of Ralph’s pods, and I also found this one a little rough at the beginning. I had to explain to my kids what some “adult” words in there meant. :( There are plenty of sports podcasts that are crude. Ralph’s are fantastic, informed and educational.. .let’s not go down that shockjock route. It’s nice to be able to listen to a baseball podcast without having to send the kids away.

  2. Thorbs says:
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    Fellas, good pod!

    Loves the Koshien talk… So insane how they use the arms. Also loved the cautious Robles backing being an owner.

    Off-topic Q, I’m dealing Bryant in my 10×10 dynasty league where I’ve got stacked bats and good, but not great arms. Been offered Cookie and Wheeler plus a prospect for Bryant and Dereck Rodriguez. I can choose from any of the following:

    C. Welker
    K. Lee
    T. Ornelas
    K. Robinson
    D. Waters
    L. Garcia (WAS)
    K. Hayes
    C. Ray
    T. Toussaint
    N. Pearson
    D. May

    Can you rank the top 3 for me? I’ve got Robles and Stewart, so I like Waters personally to restock the outfield prospect stocks.

    • Thorbs says:
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      Sorry, I mean I expect Robles and Stewart to break camp in the majors so a high-ceiling guy like Waters fits well. FWIW 1B is the only position I don’t have prospects at, but none are available.

      • B_Don

        B_Don says:
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        @Thorbs: For me, it’s Waters, Lee, and Welker. Tirso and Touki are right there with Welker for me. Tirso requires a bit more projection and Touki is filthy, but pitching prospects generally take a hit for me.

        • B_Don

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          @B_Don: I shared with Ralph and he said, Robinson, Waters, Luis Garcia.

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      @Thorbs: I like Touki, Robinson and Lee

  3. Leon says:
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    What are your thoughts of Rougned Odor for 2019? is he a keeper in a 18 man avg/obp league. He started to do much better, then fell off again at the end of the year.

    • B_Don

      B_Don says:
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      @Leon: It depends on your keeper rules and other options as most keeper decisions do. In general, there were things I liked from Odor in 2018. He had his best BB% at the MLB level, his best outside the zone swing %, best hard hit rate of his career, and launch angle dropped back to his 2015/2016 range rather than the 15.2 it was in 2017 when his infield fly ball rate was over 15%.

      I think Odor made improvements in 2018, but when I watch him, it seems like his approach varies game by game, and even each plate appearance, but the upside is high as he showed a couple years ago. The average will never be a benefit, but if he can continue his move towards a better approach, I do think he’s likely worth keeping in an 18 team league.

  4. Harley Earl says:
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    So what was the analysis on Keston Hiura? I can’t find it and I really don’t want to listen to a whole hour for one item!

    • Harley Earl says:
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      @Harley Earl: Never mind, I found it. Looks like late April. I would be more than happy with that. Thanks.

  5. Big Ticket says:
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    Who do you see as the top hitting prospect … this time next year?

    • B_Don

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      @Big Ticket: I’ll go with 2 youngsters in Jo Adell or Wander Franco.

  6. HamPorter says:
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    Ralph,

    I’m in a 12 team AL only league dynasty league and we can carry 10 minor league players. My 10 guys consists of : Bo Bichette, Ryan Mountcastle,Yordan Alvarez, Estevan Florial, Eloy Jimenez, Nick Madrigal, Leody Taveras, Alex Faedo, Jesus Luardo, and Forrest Whitley. When a minor league player comes up we have them for .50 salary for 2 years and then can extend them for .50 a year after that. I’m not sold on Faedo, would you consider dropping him and trying to pick up Bobby Witt Jr.? AL teams have the first three picks, so I’m thinking there is a good chance he ends up there. Thanks for the help!

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