Let’s be honest there’s no need to pussyfoot around the truth, we all give shortstop prospects a value boost in fantasy. We’re all looking for the next Carlos Correa, Corey Seager, or Francisco Lindor. Being able to fill our shortstop slot with a productive player doesn’t only sound homo-erotic, but is also a desirable position to be in as a fantasy owner. Wow, yeah, that didn’t sound much better. Moving along now, this lazy Sunday morning we discuss the next wave of those to man the six. We’re going to ignore the quintet of Seager, Turner, Arcia, Mondesi, and Anderson, if you don’t know all five of those guys and don’t have them marked on your watch lists in your RCL’s and re-draft leagues we have more work than I thought to do. For now let’s assume you have a general knowledge of top fantasy baseball prospects, and are looking to get beyond the surface of the big names with looming ETA’s. So we’re going to dive into some of the better up and comers at the SS position. Some of these guys are closer than others, but none are any higher in the minors than AA, and more than likely have ETA’s no closer than 2017. That’s enough of the small talk, let’s get to it.

Dansby Swanson, SS | Age: 22 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: A
2015 Stats: 97 PA, .289/.394/.482, 1 HR, 0 SB, 14.1% BB, 14.1% K

The first overall pick in this past June’s draft should be known to even the most numb nuttest of numb nuts out there reading along. He’s certainly the player with the most hype and highest expectations of those listed below. Keep in mind those are real life expectations we’re discussing, expectations that factor in lots of things we don’t care a whole heck of a lot about (i.e “leadership”, “guts”, “makeup”, and “defense”) until they effect our players fantasy value (I.e Jorge Soler before Schwarber died). Count me out of the over the top segment of prospectorius that throw around Derek Jeter comps like its stolen money at the gentleman’s club. I see Swanson’s ceiling more along the lines of .300/15/15 with good counting stats….”Wait..that’s sounds like Jeter Ralph!”. Well, yeah! I’m just saying he could also be a really good “ball player” but give you Neil Walker returns in fantasy. That’s not knocking Walker or Swanson (a lie I know), but he could very well be an ownable middle infidel in 12 team mixed leagues and nothing more. He’s one of the more advanced players in the minors and doesn’t look to have any issues of being blocked in Atlanta. He could reach the majors late in the season but more than likely will break through in 2017.

Brendan RodgersSS | Age: 19 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A
2015 Stats: 159 PA, .273/.340/.420, 3 HR, 4 SB, 9% BB, 23% K

Remember two weeks ago when people used to say “Trevor Story’s just keeping the seat warm for Rodgers”? Yeah they’ll be saying it again in the not too distant future. He’s starting the season with the class A Asheville Tourists of the South Atlantic League. Keep in mind Rodgers is just 19, and has lots of developing to do. With that said, he’s got huge offensive potential and had a very solid professional debut fresh out of high school. He’s tricky to project because he’s so young, but a future middle of the order bat from the shortstop position is the label most commonly applied. So who knows maybe Rodgers is the next Story who’s the next Tulo. So does that make Rodgers Tulo3? I wouldn’t expect to see him surface until the end of the 2018 season the earliest. So if you do roster him prepare to be patient.

Franklin BarretoSS | Age: 20 | ETA: 2017| 2016 Level: AA
2015 Stats: 364 PA, .302/.333/.500, 13 HR, 8 SB, 4% BB, 18% K

The jewel of the A’s side of the Josh Donaldson trade, Barreto is fresh off a solid showing in camp, and headed to AA Midland to begin the season. He’s a player who’s future as a shortstop has been of much debate. For now, he’s sticking at shortstop, and for his fantasy value that’s a good thing. Because his bat is good, good enough that if he sticks at short he could easily develop into a top 5 option at the position. He owns a 60 grade hit tool with power and speed potential. He’s young for the AA level, but has rarely struggled through his first 3 years as a pro. His potential ceiling probably sits somewhere around .300/20/25. Whether that’s at shortstop or in the outfield is the biggest question mark with Barreto. I’d expect to see him surface sometime next year, though he could have a cup of coffee in September this 2016

Jorge Mateo, SS | Age: 20 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A+
2015 Stats: 500 PA, .278/.345/.392, 2 HR, 82 SB, 9% BB, 20% K

80 speed alert! Mateo lead the minors is steals last season with 82 between low and high A. So he’s got a bit of speed you might say. As for the rest of his toolset, so far the hit tool has proved solid, but the power he shows in batting practice has yet to translate to game action. If he’s able to hone his hitting skills and develop his power he could potentially be a fantasy superstar. He turns 21 in June and is starting the season with the Tampa Yankees I wouldn’t expect to see him surface in New York until 2018. A .300/15/40 player at the top of a Yankees lineup that’s hopefully reloaded by then.

Javier Guerra, SS | Age: 20 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A+
2015 Stats: 477 PA, .279/.329/.449, 15 HR, 7 SB, 6% BB, 23% K

Part of the haul the Padres received from the Red Sox for Craig Kimbrel. He’s flashed excellent defense that should keep him at short while also accelerating his time of arrival in San Diego. He showed nice pop last season in low A Greenville, slugging 15 homers and putting a little extra helium in his prospect status. He’s never going to be a blazer on the basepaths, he’s more in the model of a Jhonny Peralta with good power, solid hitting, and good defense. He’s started the year at high A Lake Elsinore of the California League, but AA San Antonio can’t be far away. Should be up in 2017, though some see a more aggressive timeline, I’m not one of them.

Alex Bregman, SS | Age: 22 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: AA
2015 Stats: 311 PA, .294/.366/.415, 4 HR, 13 SB, 9% BB, 10% K

Talk about an aggressive timeline, Bregman started the season at AA Corpus Christi this week. Which is impressive when you consider he wasn’t even playing pro baseball a year ago, and even more impressive when you consider how strong the Astros system is. The second overall pick from the June draft has been on the fast track from the moment he hit the field with Quad Cities; even if his showing there was subpar. Bregman looks to be somewhere around a .280-.300 hitter with 10-15 homer power and some mid-teen steal speed. He’s a very safe pick but sort of boring when compared to Swanson and Rodgers, two players to whom he’s irreversibly linked. I’d expect Bregman to be up later this season or early next but where he plays is the question. He’s blocked at second and short, so the logical conclusion is he eventually moves to third to see everyday at bats.

Gleybar Torres, SS| Age: 19 | ETA: 2018 | 2016 Level: A+
2015 Stats: 538 PA, .287/.346/.376, 3 HR, 22 SB, 8.17% BB, 21.3% K

Here’s what I wrote about Torres back in February. “After following up a strong 2014 with an even better 2015, Torres finds himself at the top of several organizational prospect lists, and it’s tough to knock the ranking. As is, Torres brings four tools to the table with untapped raw power potential. This type of evaluation leaves many projecting the finished product to be a .280 hitter with 20/15 upside. Keep in mind, he’s a ways off, and is facing a hard pros-block with Russell locked in at short and newly signed Ben Zobrist at the keystone. So whether he ever gets to hit in a stacked Cubs lineup is a clear uncertainty. Don’t be shocked if Torres is in another teams system this time next year. Regardless of those factors he’s been within the top 50 of nearly every prospect list this offseason.” He’ll begin the season manning the center of the infield for Class A Myrtle Beach with 2015 first round pick Ian Happ. He’s still a few years away and (as mentioned previously) blocked by Addison Russell so don’t be shocked if he’s included in a package to upgrade the major league club at some point.

Christian Arroyo, SS | Age: 20 | ETA: 2017 | 2016 Level: AA
2015 Stats: 409 PA, .304/.334/.459, 9 HR, 5 SB, 5% BB, 18% K

I’m admittedly one of the bigger fans of Arroyo out there, and while he’s in some ways boring from a tool standpoint, he’s safe. He profiles as a .300 type hitter with sold 15-20 homer potential, and little to no speed. He’s going to start the season in AA Richmond, and could find his way to San Francisco at some point next season. At the moment he’s blocked in the middle infield by Brandon Crawford and Joe Panik, and at 3rd by Matt Duffy, so there is some question as to where he fits immediately.

The Other Guys: Ozzie Albies, Ruddy Giron, Willy Adames, Wilkerman Garcia, Gilbert Lara, Adrian Rondon, Nick Gordon, Gavin Cecchini, Drew Jackson

 

  1. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    nice group but im waiting on the five you didnt mention

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @AL KOHOLIC: Fuzzy Caprcio, Cherokee Brave, Bob White, Lucious Left-foot, and Jose Garcia

  2. FrankGrimes says:
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    Mazara. Muy bien or Meh?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Mi Amor

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: If you mention meh and Mazara in the same sentence again im gonna fall asleep at your funeral Grimey

        • FrankGrimes says:
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          @Old School Brother:
          Haha. I meant for right now.
          Cup of coffee or staying and helping my shitty teams all year?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

            Ralph Lifshitz says:
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            @FrankGrimes: We’ll see what happens, I’m under the impression that it’s temporary, but who knows. He was on the 40 man

            • Old School Brother says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz: choo out 4-6 weeks, Banny said Maz will be everyday RF. So the opportunity is there, if he rakes he could stay up past that for sure

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Old School Brother:
                Great start. They better play him everyday. We the hell bring him up if they weren’t gonna let him play. Dammit I hate the platoon bullshit thinking sometimes.
                It ruined the RBs in fantasy football too haha.

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @FrankGrimes: Looking good today!

  3. Dan says:
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    Morning,

    I am in a 12 team 7 x 7 h2h dynasty league (BB, XBH, HLD, QS) with extra roster spot for IF and 2 UTIL and 4 OF. Each team has a 15 man minor league roster.

    I have Andrus at SS, Story at UTIL and Holt available too. I have Arcia in the minors. Think I should be selling high on Trevor endingStory ? If so, what sort of 3B would you target ?

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dan: The best you can get. Sort of tough to say, are you looking to win now? Later? If it’s now maybe try for a Kyle Seager, if it’s later Devers or McMahon.

  4. I'mgettingsomeHeadley says:
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    I have the same scenario. I’m thinking of offering my Story and Lawrie, for his Frazier and Odor. Both Frazier and Odor are off to slow starts.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @I’mgettingsomeHeadley: If you can get someone to do it. Would be dumb on their part.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Try story for Odor strait up, he might actually bite on that

  5. Dr. Bigtime says:
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    I didn’t see J.P. Crawford here. Too well-known for this list?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dr. Bigtime: Yeah he’s too well known, I suppose I should have listed him with the 5 named to be clear on that.

      • Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Yeah…JP Crawford deserved a mention somewhere for sure. I know Grey has put his Razzball stamp of Meh on the guy but come on…

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Uno Mas Cerveza: He’s a top ten spec, the point was players not in that neighborhood.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: Better known than Swanson, who “should be known to even the most numb nuttest of numb nuts out there reading along”?…

  6. Yescheese says:
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    Isan Diaz!!!!! That .400 babip is tots legit.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: Cheese! I had him listed but figured I’d future him in a later 2b write up.

  7. Brett says:
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    Ralph what’s your take and Mazara? What kind of stats do you see for him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Brett: Might be my favorite prospect hitter at the moment. .280-.300/25-30/100 rbi’s, a true middle of the order bat.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: what Ralph said, unfortunately not very fast on the base paths so don’t expect many SB

      • James T Kirk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I see Mazara a lot like Buxton in that he gets a lot of love fir his “potential” but i haven’t seen enough in terms of production yet. His numbers have been good but not great. I know….he’s only 20, but still. I prefer Brinson over Mazara at the moment. Serms like a far more exciting player. Mazara has a higher floor….Brinson a higher ceiling.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @James T Kirk: I strongly disagree, Brinson has the higher floor and Mazara the higher ceiling. Mazara’s ceiling is best hitter in the game, Brinson’s ceiling is AJ Pollock. Both excellent specs, so we might be splitting hairs.

          The Rangers obviously view Mazara, who’s a year younger, as ahead of Brinson. Mazara is in AAA, Brinson’s in AA, Mazara is getting the first call to the major league club. Mazara’s numbers have been pretty good. There’s been production, consider his season at AA Frisco last year was at age 19 and 20.

          • James T Kirk says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            I think both will be good, just don’t get the Mazara love since he has yet to put up a “wow” season. I don’t see him being the best hitter in baseball any time soon considering his milb numbers to date. He will be a good hitter though.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @James T Kirk: Wow seasons in the minors don’t make players. There’s a lot of guys who hit in the majors better than they did in the minors. He’s probably 4 years away from his ceiling, not debating that. Brinson is a great ballplayer, and a significantly better fielder than Mazara. Mazara is and will be the better hitter.

              • James T Kirk says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz:

                This is what makes prospects so much fun…everyone has differing views. You could very well be right, milb numbers don’t always equate to how a hitter will do in the majors. But they do give us somewhat of an idea. Raul Mondesi is another guy who people drool over because he oozes potential….but he hasn’t hit a lick in the minors yet.

                Time will tell, but my guess (and that’s all any of this is) is Brinson has the better career.

                Love the weekly articles and love your opinions. Keep up the good work!

                • Ralph Lifshitz

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                  @James T Kirk: Mazara has hit more than Mondesi. Mazara has hit, he just hadn’t had an AJ Reed season.

                  • James T Kirk says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz:

                    Agree. Mazara has hit, just not to the level that gives me any indication he will be an elite player….yet.

  8. MJ says:
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    Daniel Robertson is a name that seems to have been forgotten about by a lot of people. He is finally healthy agsin and playing well and from a fanatasy perspective (outside of speed) has all the tools you love! Should be up this year, just not sure where he plays with Forsythe and Miller blocking him.

    I am a big fan of his tho!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MJ: He kind of bores me, though he looks like he could be a very solid, yet unspectacular fantasy option.

  9. KillerB says:
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    Ralph, Mazara is available in my league. Dynasty. I have Olivera, JP Crawford, Nicasio and Hammel on the bench. If I add Mazara I keep him at $1 with no contract through end of next year (before having to give a contract). Crawford and Olivera will need a contract end of this year if I want to keep them. SPs are Scherzer, Lester, Archer, Smyly, Nola, Lackey — so I have depth there with the 2 on the bench. Who would you drop today for Mazara?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @KillerB: I’d drop Olivera

      • KillerB says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: You think better to hold Crawford who may not make it up until late and 2 bench pitchers? Instead of dropping one of those 3?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @KillerB: In dynasty yes

    • The Harrow says:
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      @KillerB: what the hell kind of dynasty is mazara not owned in? better be like a 6 teamer with one NA slot or something.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @The Harrow: Haha maybe or they don’t have any minor leaguers

  10. G says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Another Mazara question since I hear he’s coming up after Choo Injury! I’m in a 4 player keeper league so his value is less than it would be for dynasty. Three of my keepers are def filled but he could emerge as my fourth option for next year if he’s as good as you and me think he could be. My problem is who to drop for him. My only candidates are Khris Davis who is one of my two bench spots along with Delinlo. My other option is Hwan Oh whom have for holds category along with Strickland and Watson. What did you think. Thanks man.

    • Funny Name says:
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      @G: I saw the same thing about Mazar last night but can’t seem to find it today. I think it was on rotowire. Is there any truth to this?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Funny Name: Yeah he’s getting called up. I’d drop a middle relief guy no doubt. Pick one of the three.

  11. Old School Brother says:
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    MAZZZZZZZZZ

    You shoulda seen the enormous morning wood I woke up with this morning. One week into the season and its already Nomar time! This kid is going to be a blast to watch

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Old School Brother: I’m pissed Grey beat me to him in perts by 3 minutes.

  12. James T Kirk says:
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    Daniel Robertson? Once a top 50 prospect, now a forgoton man?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: I don’t dislike Robertson, but was trying to focus on guys with 2017 ETA’s. I assume he’s up this year. He’s also not that exciting IMO from a fantasy perspective. Some power, solid hit tool, no speed.

      • Old School Brother says:
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        @James T Kirk: @Ralph Lifshitz: @Ralph Lifshitz: I missed out on him in my ten team…I had a house warming party I was at. shame on me for not being glued to the Rangers game

  13. JL says:
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    Ahmed Rosario is already better than half these guys.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JL: First it’s spelled AMED, second he hasn’t hit his weight in A ball with no power and a little speed. Not a fan of Rosario.

      Now elaborate, who’s he better than? The guys listed at the bottom? Do like him more than the 8 discussed?

  14. Chicken Dinner says:
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    I’ve got a question about FanDuel if anyone can help? Do the lineups lock at the first game played? Joined a league yesterday. The late games hand’t started but I couldn’t find a way to take people out. Is that normal? Can’t find the info on the site.

    Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chicken Dinner: Have to look I don’t play on FD

  15. Duda want to build a snowman? says:
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    What are your thoughts on Mallex Smith, who may get the call shortly? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Duda want to build a snowman?: Looks like a solid SAGNOF guy with some batting average upside, should project as a leadoff guy.

  16. Roll of SAGNOF, Hear my Cry says:
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    Would you trade $6 Michael Saunders for $16 Eovaldi in an AL only Dynasty points league?

  17. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Jay Bruce or Kendry Morales for a bench spot? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jerry: Bruce only because I assume Morales is Util, unless it’s OBP

  18. Nation says:
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    Was wondering your opinion on a trade offered in a 16 team dynasty (where hitters earn more $, bc of some unbalanced categories between pitching and hitting) league:

    Give Kluber
    Receive Blake Snell, Orlando Arcia, Anderson Espinoza.

    In a vacuum i like the deal and really only Espinoza’s ETA is the thing that bothers me.

    However, we also have a backlog at SS prospects as we have Story, Rodgers, Barreto, AND mondesi. We’re in full rebuild mode so mostly drafting and acquiring talent as we dont have to compete this year. Would you rather have someone like Margot (with a closer ETA) than espinoza? Does acquiring Arcia matter if we already have Mondesi, Story, Rodgers, Barreto? Obliged!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Nation: I’d do it, figure out the logjam later doesn’t matter now. Move some for specs you like at other positions

  19. Jerry says:
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    Yes, Morales is listed as only dh. What about Mazara? Should I take a flyer on him, or stick with Bruce?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: Roll the dice on Maraza

  20. Jerry says:
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    Ok, sounds good. One more question: Wei-Yen Chen or Estrada? Estrada looked dominant today. Thanks for all the help!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: Yeah, I’m watching the Sox – Jays game. Estrada’s change looked unhittable. Chen looked really shaky after getting hit on the elbow against Detroit.

      I feel like I need another few starts. My gut says Estrada but my head says Chen. Chen seems safer, a lot of Estrada’s season was artificial last year based on peripherals.

  21. Jerry says:
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    Sounds good! Thanks again for the help. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jerry: Thanks!

  22. Sheetz says:
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    Would you drop any of my players for Maraza or Joe Ross ?
    12 team 7×7 (Obp/total bases) (holds/k/walk ratio )
    Real muto
    Abreu
    Odor
    Donaldson
    Seager
    Dickerson , yelich, Marte
    Util – Castro , puljis
    Bench – deshields , Tyler white , piscotty
    Sp – Cole , carrassco, walker , matz, Ventura , fiers
    Rp – Robertson , k-rod, Rodney , o”day

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sheetz: Drop Fiers for Ross. On Mazara drop Castro. It’s tough to drop White right now.

  23. JP says:
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    Ralph-5×5 roto dynasty keep forever with no contracts. Who do you like best out of these guys? Lourdes or Yulieski Gourriel, Wander Javier, Eloy Jimenez, or Tyler O’neil. Thank you.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JP: Lourdes Gourriel.

  24. JP says:
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    Or Delvin Perez?

  25. Maraza. Or michael taylor, Wil Myers, Geralldo parra, Ryan Zimmerman

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Dnut Eastwood: I’m the prospector!!! MAZARA!!!

  26. ferris says:
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    getting crushed at 1B (adam lind)

    have AJ Reed on shallow bench (redraft) – continue to hold, or grab (yuck) ryan howard?

    what’s your eta on Reed? damn tyler white!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ferris: Who know’s on Reed. Could be May could be August. Tyler White is just setting the world on fire….this week. So I’d hold on Reed and just play matchups.

  27. crabman says:
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    Keeper league question
    Give mccutchen (2years left on contract) for aj pollock(3years) and mazara (5years)?

    Not competing this year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @crabman: Do it

  28. Bammers says:
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    Dynasty H2H contract league question. I have Pollock ($11/yr for 5 years). Someone wants him. What kind of value does he have? Offensive cats are R/TB/RBI/RC/SB/OPS. He has Yelich $19/Polanco 26/Eaton/E5 29/Arenado 25/Panik 3/Keuchel 7/Felix 35. (values are listed). Minors include Crawford/Benintendi/Stephenson. Do you see anything that I should consider here? He has Harper also, but I doubt he deals him or Arenado. I really have no idea what kind of return to expect from Pollock. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bammers: Tough call, I’d get him to say no and work down from there. Harper is out of the question.

      • Bammers says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks for the response! The name I keep going back to is Polanco. Would you deal him straight up for Polanco?

  29. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    riggity ralph – lets just say I’m in a very deep AL only league (S+Hlds) – would you make any of the following changes? dynasty league, 5 SP and 5 RP slots…

    Drop any of:
    Jake Petricka
    Fernando Salas
    Enny Romero

    For:
    Nick Vincent
    Matt Barnes
    Fernando Abad
    Kirby Yates
    Drew VerHagen
    Gavin Floyd
    Morales (can stash on dl)
    Eric Surkamp (Currently starting, but could slot him at RP)

    Thanks man!

  30. Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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    20 team H2H dynasty. team based around TEX. i had stashed kepler, but i have nowhere to play him if he’s up and is a BN bat, unless they play him at 1B he’d be good backup, but that doesn’t appear to be the case.
    question being who’s my 2 best stashes out of these (likely for trade value, i got great value owning t.anderson when the WSOX owner gave me both of archer/cobb for my k-rob/quintana/t.anderson). we don’t have a SD owner, which might be relevant here.
    C salvy perez
    1B fielder
    2B forsythe
    3B beltre
    SS andrus
    LF upton
    CF delino
    RF stanton
    util franco
    BN mazara/kepler/hicks
    DL choo/chirinos (i was streaming him when he got hurt)
    NA gallo/profar
    SP liriano/archer/fiers/vince V/karns/hammel
    RP giles/tolleson/kela/diekman/hatcher/salas/farq
    DL darvish/cobb
    NA urias
    gonna drop kepler, stash 2 more guys and go back to streamer for off days for that roster spot.
    options (in order from top 100): margot, d.smith, c.reed, olson, bradley, j.thompson,tapia, blair, wall, j.lopez, d.tate.
    it seems i don’t need more OF’ers, nor SP with short clocks. if j.lopez comes up as a RP that could be useful though, or if any of the others do. tate obviously is long off (which i might want as a TEX based team, but really these guys probably have more value as trade chips). we DO have owners for OAK, CIN, but none of the other teams that in real life own those players.

      • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: interesting, margot and tapia that good to be stashed when i have delino/hicks for CF already, and upton, delino for LF. reed could be great trade chip to the CIN owner though. had to drop kepler to add these guys and i can’t use him anyway. stream that spot for off days (catcher mostly)

        • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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          @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: wow, yahoo is just a joke, they still have cody reed as ARI guy, or is there a different ARI cody reed and they haven’t yet added CIN’s.

          • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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            @Aubrey Plaza’s Pillow: crap, fantrax has both. so i can’t add cody A reed on CIN then in yahoo.

              • Aubrey Plaza's Pillow says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: oops, also forgot, j.guerra SS is out there. i have margot stashed now, trying to figure if olson is best stashed as a trade chip or one of those others.

  31. Jose says:
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    Hey Ralph, great to have you doing the prospect/keeper work around here! I’ll be watching these guys closely since it doesn’t look like Russell is going to pan out for our points league (-2 for strikeouts)

    On another note, how do you handle early season trades in dynasty leagues. I’m in a 10 team H2H points league and I’ve done a much better job collecting successful pitching than I have hitting. It’s a 25 man roster with 4 DL slots and we can keep an unlimited # of players with no restrictions.

    My current staff is Arietta, Cole, Syndergaard, Lester, Salazar, Matz, Richards, Rodon & Stroman.

    I’ve started the year by picking up some guys who could have bounce back years while holding onto other guys who need to have good years (russell, soler, pederson) or I’ll need to move on. Trouble is, the guys I’ve picked up are hot (segura, castro, trumbo) and the trades for pitching are coming in early and often. Pretty solid offers too. We dropped from 12 teams to 10 since 2 owners had become inactive and I feel like I need to get rid of at least 1 pitcher to be able to take advantage of the better streaming options available since we are down to 10 teams.

    Since it’s a keeper league, do I wait at least a month to see how guys perform or is the timing of a trade offer a zero sum game and it’s strictly based off the future value’s of the players future and proven value?

    Thanks Ralph!

    • Jose says:
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      @Jose:
      So you have it, here is the full roster:
      C. d”Arnaud
      1B Goldschmidt
      2B Castro
      3B Bryant
      SS Segura
      LF Yelich
      CF Betts
      RF Polanco
      UTIL Trumbo
      UTIL Rendon
      UTIL Dickerson
      BCH Soler
      BCH Pederson
      BCH Russell

      I already gave you the SPs

      Thanks again

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jose: Squad looks really good. I’d give it a few weeks and see what you can get for Matz or Rodon.

  32. Raoul Duke says:
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    Ralph,

    I saw that you mentioned Adrian Rondon in the Honorable mention portion of your article. I owned him for a little while last year, but ended up dropping him because of a rough start to his professional career. I am wondering if you have read anything regarding his ceiling/floor anywhere? I have a tough time finding much about him.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Raoul Duke: I read a good post about him in February on Baseball America. I’d check that out

  33. David says:
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    Ralph, who would you think are the 5 best minor league hitters that haven’t had a “cup of coffee” yet?

    And out of those, in your expert opinion would you classify any as “can’t miss”

    Thanks

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