Okay, I cheated to come up with the rookies to do a fantasy outlook post on.  I asked Prospect Mike for his top ten prospects that will impact fantasy baseball in 2016.  I didn’t necessarily lean over and read off of PM’s test, but before the exam, I said, “Listen, Prospect Mike, we’re either gonna have words after school or you’re gonna let me look at your top ten fantasy baseball prospect list.”  What was PM to do?  Show me a PSA on bullying done by Chris Pratt?  I’d bully Chris Pratt too if I had a chance, so I don’t listen to some PSA done by a celebrity in exchange for a reduction to their community service.  Why now do I reveal my deck that is filled with 52 aces?  Because I didn’t have a clue who Nomar Mazara was, but PM is hyped up on him like Lady Gaga gets hyped up about meat dresses.  After doing some research, you could now say I… *pinkie to mouth* Nomar.  Though I still think Mazara sounds like a character actor that would appear in a John Cassavetes film.  If you’re like me and thinking, “Mazara?  Did he co-star with Seymour Cassel?”  Then, I’ll catch you up.  Mazara came on this year like a contestant on Wipeout that doesn’t get knocked down once.  A rare feat, I know.  He hit 13 HRs and stole two bags in Double-A, while hitting .284.  Bleh, whatever, right?  Yeah, he was the 4th youngest player in Double-A.  He’s only 20 years old.  Then, in Triple-A after his promotion, he hit .358.  Here’s what Prospect Mike said last year, “Now that Nomar’s arguably the best outfield prospect in baseball, I wouldn’t be shocked to see him taken in the later rounds of 2016 redraft leagues either.”  The best outfield prospect in baseball?  That gets me jacked like I just downed five Red Bulls without the resulting thyroid problems.  Anyway, what can we expect of Nomar Mazara for 2016 fantasy baseball?

June 2016.  Oops, that’s when we can expect him, not what we can expect from him.  So, not to cool your jets like a Shark, but Mazara is way too young to expect right out of spring training.  The Rangers aren’t afraid of promoting prospects quickly, so I do think Mazara has a chance for a June 2016 call up.  There is a chance that we’re reading this again next November with Mazara not getting 130 ABs in the majors in 2016, but in deep leagues, I’m taking the flyer, and here’s why…*bass kicks in, Dre tells you to listen to Grey and now I get funky*  Mazara isn’t like so many prospects that have power and speed with a huge bugaboo hiding behind Door #2.  He won’t struggle to hit .220.  He won’t be a liability anywhere.  He kinda reminds me of a young Matt Holliday, though from the other side of the dish.  I watched some of his YouTube highlights and he doesn’t struggle to hit balls a long way, but also doesn’t look like a fat turd that can’t make it to first.  I’m no scout, but watching him makes me think this is what scouts call sexy.  I’ve seen him compared to Miguel Cabrera.  Okay, no one is Miguel Cabrera until they are Miguel Cabrera, if you catch my drift, but Mazara doesn’t look like a guy that is going to disappoint.  .280 with 30 homers a season for many years, that’s what he profiles as, and someone that I’d be aggressive about in very deep redraft leagues (think 15+ mixed leagues and AL-Only), and I’d be all over him in keeper leagues.  For 2016, I’ll give him the line of 24/7/29/.272/2 in 220 ABs, as he bounces between the minors and majors for most of the year like Joey Gallo this past year, with a chance for huge upside if he’s up early and sticks.

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Let us now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let us now Praise Famous Death Dwarves
6 years ago

his was the biggest name last year that yahoo completely F’ed us on, since he’s still not in it. I’d in mid of last year had stashed him ‘cept for this mickey mouse yahoo shizz. when yahoo blows up by my hand (if), and i miss out on getting this dude in say 30% of places i could’ve stashed him last year MAZARA is what i’ll be screaming.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey,

This is the list of players people dropped making them eligible for free agency:

Russell Martin C
Adam LaRoche 1B
Justin Morneau 1B
Ryan Zimmerman 1B,3B,OF
Odubel Herrera 2B,SS,OF
Devon Travis 2B
Zack Cozart SS
Jimmy Rollins SS
Pablo Sandoval 3B
Andre Ethier OF
Torii Hunter OF
Homer Bailey SP
Dan Haren SP
Phil Hughes SP,RP
Lance Lynn SP
Brandon McCarthy SP
Henry Owens SP
Rick Porcello SP
Erasmo Ramirez SP,RP
Tanner Roark SP,RP
Eduardo Rodriguez SP
John Axford RP
Dylan Bundy RP
Addison Reed RP

Do you see anyone I should go after to sign? You already know I am going after Conforto giving up either one of my first round picks (#2 and #7 overall) or my 3rd round pick (#23 overall). You said something about dropping Ortiz if LaRoche was available.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

i made Martin Ethier and Travis available for free agency. If I get Conforto should I drop Choo

Simply Fred
Fred Barker
6 years ago

D.Travis or Refsnyder?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey if I ask for archer Zobrist Davis and Perez for e5 and Marte am I still giving up too much?

nick the dick
nick the dick
6 years ago

You get your Fargo on?

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Even when it’s in Dave Chappelles white news anchor voice, it’s still so good….he was touching his hair again with his head in the box!!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Never saw FNL, who do you mean? whoever it is, they’re all pretty damn good. Even Danson’s few lines are good. ‘So, we’re rooting for nausea now. We’ll just be here eating sugar cereal and playing with my service weapon’

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: oh yeah he’s phenomonal. The Minnesota accent makes his naive, wanting the American dream type character even more believable. Even the guy who played Reagan was good, starts talking about being in the war and you realize he’s talking about being in movies. That bathroom scene was weird, you don’t really see Salverson talk like that, stuttering about his wife’s cancer being the evil world manifesting itself….what I think is Danson dies soon by a bunch of goons, Dodd gets killed by his own family, prob the brother Bear, and Salverson’s wife somehow dies from something other than cancer

M
M
6 years ago

Aaron Hicks to the Yankees, depending on who else the Yanks sign do you still like his sleeper upside going into 2016 Grey?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: didnt see that one coming

M
M
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: same…I think the Yanks got a steal

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: guess it means its either Buxton or Bust in the twin cities

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: for what? CC’s drinking problem

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: what would the Yanks trade for Buxton

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Possible deal on the table. I give up Marte for Perez. Would you do that deal?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago
Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

J-FOH ok tell me why not

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: Marte is better

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

hmmmm ok thanks j foh Perez would be a nice backup to posey

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: never trade a starter for a back up

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Grey I currently have 32 guys on my roster I would like to get down to 25 to sign players for free agency and the draft. I have 9 guys I am thinking of dropping to make free agents. Papi, Choo, Ethier, Moustakas, Martin, Travis, Osuna, Iglesias and Severino. The ones I am sure about are Ethier, Choo, Martin, Travis and Iglesias. I need two more to get down to 25. I am going for Conforto with one slot. Which two should I drop to get me to 25?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Grey

Just got a trade offer and want your opinion on it.

I give Encarnacion and Marte and I get Perez, Gordon, Adrian Gonzalez and Zobrist

What do you think

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Grey terrible for me? Explain why

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

For who the guy giving up the four or me giving up e5 and marte

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Here is his roster. If he wants Marte and e5 who should I ask for from his roster? Does he have anyone I would want that would make me give up e5 and Marte

C Salvador Perez (KC)
C Matt Wieters ()
1B,3B Chris Davis ()
1B Adrian Gonzalez (LAD)
1B Justin Morneau ()
2B Howie Kendrick ()
2B,3B,SS Marco Semien (OAK)
2B Kolten Wong (STL)
2B,3B,OF Ben Zobrist ()
3B Pablo Sandoval (BOS)
3B David Wright (NYM)
SS Jose Reyes (COL)
OF Jay Bruce (CIN)
OF Kole Calhoun (LAA)
OF Nelson Cruz (SEA)
OF Adam Eaton (CWS)
OF Alex Gordon ()
OF Matt Holliday (STL)
OF A.J. Pollack (ARI)
OF Steven Souza (TB)
SP Chris Archer (TB)
SP Dan Haren (RETIRED)
SP Phil Hughes (MIN)
SP Hisashi Iwakuma ()
SP Dallas Keuchel (HOU)
SP Shelby Miller (ATL)
SP Brandon McCarthy (LAD)
SP Rick Porcello (DET)
SP,RP Tanner Roark (WAS)
SP James Shields (SD)
SP Edinson Volquez (KC)
RP John Axford (COL)
RP Addison Reed (NYM)
RP Fernando Rodney ()
RP Huston Street (LAA)

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: Give it up Kimmy. You don’t need to make useless deals every day, it’s the offseason. Maybe try figuring something out for yourself instead of asking Grey to police every little thought that zips through your head.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

I now know why you call yourself nick the dick. If I want your opinion I’ll give it to you.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: You, sir, are ridiculous. Even more ridiculous is that if Grey said yes, move Edwin and Marte for a pile of dogshit, you would do it since you apparently can’t think for yourself. So just keep posting peoples rosters everyday and asking silly repetitive questions, i’ll be here when you need me.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

the thing is nick I would believe him over you because half the time you talk completely out of your ass. When I am not sure I will ask the professional in grey not the nobody like you

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: I’ve never offered you trade advice. Just telling you how crazy it looks to post your roster and someone elses roster every day and say, ‘who should I ask for?’ How about nobody. Why are you dying to trade so bad? You really need to trade your good players? It’s a bit much and you’re the only one who can’t see that.

The Harrow
The Harrow
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

@Scott Kimmel: again with asking the same question, getting the same answer 3 times above. that’s the ridiculous part, it’s not asking or showing rosters part. it’s some sort of dyslexia or near it.
You: should i do trade X
Grey: no/terrible/don’t do it/
You: why
Grey: it’s bad for you/terrible/don’t do it
You: which side is terrible
Grey: the side you asked about, i’ve assumed each time i’m helping YOUR team

Repeat 2-3 times a post for last few weeks. Except the times that it’s added 2 up to 5 versions of above, rather than 3.

So when you ask about your team and anybody says it’s bad, they mean for your team it’s bad (every time, not just part of the time)

In other news, does Frank White stay at the opposite side of the yard at family barbeques? That should be a big clue.

Running Frog
Running Frog
6 years ago

Grey, in my 10-team 5×5 ESPN auction keeper with $260 budgets and $5 annual escalations…

I have Bryant at $22, Machado at $14, and Sano at $10 for 2016. No one at ESPN has confirmed (and I have asked more than once) but by the numbers Bryant won’t have OF eligibility in 2016. He played 8 LF, 7 CF, and 7 RF but played multiples in the same game more than once and BR has him at 19 total games played in the OF.

That leaves me with three guys as 3B-only (once Sano gets his 10th next year).

Would you be confident in Bryant getting OF eligibility later in 2016? Or should I move one of these guys for position flexibility? I hate being in a position where if a stud hot corner rookie comes up, it’s not even worth picking him up because there’s nowhere to put him (with 3B, CI, and UT all filled).

If you were in my shoes, which would you be likely to move, and what level of talent would you expect to get back? In my head, Machado at $14 is worth roughly $50 next year, since a typical $50 guy plus a $1 guy will net about the same stats as Machado and a typical $35 guy combined. Bryant is worth a bit less since his contract is bigger. I have more trouble evaluating Sano because of small sample size, but obviously he’s a bargain as well. Machado and Sano are likely still bargains for 3 more years, maybe 4. Bryant may or may not be by then. But either way I have a hard time picturing a 2018 where I have $76 tied up in third basemen… My left side of the infield is locked up (Correa) but anywhere else on the hitting side would be an option to improve.

Obviously I can’t bury you in the specifics of my opponents’ contract statuses, but guidance like “a $30-35 1B” or “a $35 OF” or “Kershaw and a plate of fish tacos” would be helpful.

Thanks in advance.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Running Frog
6 years ago

@Running Frog: unless you get overwhelmed there is no need to make a move yet. I would make an in season move based on need later

Running Frog
Running Frog
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Thanks. I don’t think I’ve ever been in an auction where I was completely locked out of a position like I will be at 3B. Thankfully (or unfortunately) Arenado and Donaldson are both on very favorable contracts for their teams for 2016, so I won’t be forced to worry about what I need to bid to keep another owner from getting them too cheap.

I expect I will field a few offers during the offseason…

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Running Frog
6 years ago

@Running Frog: what do you mean locked out, you have two 3rd basemen

Running Frog
Running Frog
Reply to  J-FOH
6 years ago

@J-FOH: Locked out in the sense that I can’t bid if one goes cheap (unless I can guarantee being able to trade). If I’m holding those three and Arenado is at $21, it’s a rough situation to bid $22 I can’t afford to spend or watch him go…

Running Frog
Running Frog
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Thanks, Grey. That’s exactly the sort of feedback I was looking for.

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

The Killing season two update: they are still on the same case….The same f***ing case!

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: it’s still good just committed to this one very lonnnnnnnnnng case

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I didnt even realize I was in season 2 until about 4 episodes in. I cant go 4 in and walk away. #offseasonfantasyproblems

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Next week, babys mama has her crazy 3 months of work go f**k your life portion of her job ending and we get back to normal life.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Macklemore?

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: I love the look of pssshhhh on your avi’s face

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I liked it too *hides in shame*

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I guess

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey

Just got an offer of:

I get Zobrist and Gordon
I give Travis and either kemp or Choo

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

he declined the offer

hondo
hondo
6 years ago

Blurb on twitter says Hanson OD’d.Sad but kinda what everyone figured.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey is Salvador Perez worth my second first rounder (#7 overall)? If so suould I ask for his second rounder

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

Grey he wants one of my first rounders number 7 overall and he will give me Salvador Perez and a second round pick number 15 overall I should pass on it?

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

He passed as well so I guess no sal Perez

Wake Up
6 years ago

To answer your question…No, I had absolutely nothing to do with Hanson…the tears mmmdrop

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Wake Up
6 years ago

@Wake Up: Careful, JFoh is super broken up about it…

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I’m afraid to tell him about all the starving children around the world. And how Ted Danson will be murdered next week.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Oh me, oh my….was an awesome episode. And fyi, i’m not positive he will die, just a hunch.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah…ahh I dont want to say any more

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: C’mon Cougs, you can do it! Best episode so far, lots to examine. Can’t wait for the massacre at Sioux Falls

Wake Up
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: Did he go with the same Halloween costume again?

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Wake Up
6 years ago

@Wake Up: Plaid shirt with only the top button buttoned?

Wake Up
Reply to  nick the dick
6 years ago

@nick the dick: I was talking Danson…murdered for blackface?

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Wake Up
6 years ago

@Wake Up: Ha Whoopi probably held a grudge all these years

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Amazingly, I do feel mildly responsible…

Wake Up
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: What ever happened to him?

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: he didn’t like the Hitler Rap by Whitest Kids, but then showed up a week or near ago to wish you happy anniversary.

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
6 years ago

Grey

I have two questions for you.

1) Michael Conforto is available as a free agent. Should I give up a possible 3rd round pick to attempt to sign him. If someone outbids me for him should I go as high as my #2 overall to sign him, Or hope he doesn’t get signed by someone so I can grab him at #2 overall

2) Who should I drop of these guys and make them free agents:
Ortiz
Martin
Travis
Moustakas
Ethier
Choo
Kemp
Severino
Iglesias

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

well I also have picks 2 & 7 in the first round. Should I offer up one of them to get Conforto? It’s a silent auction. Also I was thinking of dropping Martin, Papi Travis Ethier Iglesias and Choo making them free agents

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

grey

What about the drops? Who should I keep

Scott Kimmel
Scott Kimmel
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

The issue is no one knows who is available until ppl make drops

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
6 years ago

I thought these rookie picks seemed a little un-Grey like… Prospect Gryke wagging the dog!!

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I like the collaboration. Respect. I don’t know why but it feels like this year’s rookie class is a bit weak.

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Stupid ebb, I prefer flo

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: was?

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
6 years ago

@Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: Weak? Byong Ho-Park! 50 Homers!!

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Reply to  Fungazi
6 years ago

@Fungazi: 161 strikeouts

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
6 years ago

@Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: Ouch! It could be worse though I guess.

Fungazi
Fungazi
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: Yeah, I’m probably not reaching too far for a 1B like that. Maybe if he was a MI.

DBo
DBo
6 years ago

Dynasty league, Heyward or Wheeler? Thanks in advance!

J-FOH
J-FOH
6 years ago

So sad about Hommy Tanson.

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: always a bummer when someone goes so young

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: organ failure

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: I havent seen any more details yet

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: i’ll lay 7-1 drugs, at least as main cause.

Gray's Sports Almanac
Gray's Sports Almanac
6 years ago

Grey, quick keeper question? I’m in a 30 team draft a actual franchise league, non-keeper re-draft league . Would you trade the astros For the Philadelphia Phillies? Considering my team from last year I think I’ve got a strong chance to compete this year! would you make the move? Wait, what, what the hell my talking about? Oh I’ve been off-seasoned rookie roofied.

Running Frog
Running Frog
Reply to  Gray's Sports Almanac
6 years ago

@Gray’s Sports Almanac: I think you’re asking for too much.

El Famous Burrito
El Famous Burrito
6 years ago

Fair warning, Grey….

Prospect Mike asked me if he could borrow my VHS copy of The Perfect Weapon, starring Jeff Speakman.

Sorry, I didn’t know what it was for at the time, but it all makes sense now. Get your affairs in order.

Gray's Sports Almanac
Gray's Sports Almanac
6 years ago

Wait, hold on hold on, so Grey doesn’t know everyone in the majors and minors….takes a big breath while hyperventilating… Oh wait neither do any mlb scout or gm. Nice cheat sheet pull Grey! May be starting a keep forever 12-team league so this info is gold pressed latinum. Dude sounds super exciting… Can’t wait to read Mike’s top fity…

By the way I noticed the original Sparky ankle biter is on the Hall of Fame ballot this year Vote Eckstien!!!

Gray's Sports Almanac
Gray's Sports Almanac
Reply to  Grey
6 years ago

@Grey: ha nice!

Running Frog
Running Frog
6 years ago

It’s nice that the pub on Mazara is starting to be more about his play and less about his $5m signing bonus… but it still doesn’t answer the important question: Can he be a closer on Scott Kimmel’s team???

The Rangers were the messiest first place team I think I have ever seen last year. Ten different outfielders played at least 25 games. For comparison, the Royals had only 5, all of whom played at least 85 games. But the only constant in the Rangers outfield was Shin-Soo Choo, who played 153 games in RF and never anywhere else. And Choo happens to be signed through the 22nd century for eleventy billion dollars.

Mazara is listed as a RF, and generally scouted as having below-average defense. Would you guess the Rangers would toss him in LF at Round Rock to start the season and start grooming him for that role? Theoretically they have Josh Hamilton in that slot, but they only have to pay him a jelly donut a week through 2017 so it’s not like they are as beholden to make the investment look good.

Thoughts?

SIgned, A Guy Who Is Still Chapped About Hubie Brooks’ Injury In 1986 That Cost Him The Championship In His NL-Only Roto League

J-FOH
J-FOH
Reply to  Running Frog
6 years ago

@Running Frog: HA!