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I’ve already given up on all of my resolutions. Cancel my Curves membership immediately! Where are my Camels? I need a pint of Canadian Club…ASAP! We’re still hacking through the minor league previews though. Emphasis on the hack when I’m doing them. The Rays have made some interesting moves this offseason. In chess we’d put a question mark next to them. But I’ll leave opinions to the opinion-makers. I’m just here to make sure you know who the top ten prospects are in this Rays organization. In my opinion, of course.

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When I started my research for Tyler Glasnow, I wanted to ease into it like your jeans from high school.  You don’t jump in.  First, you let out the waist twelve inches.  So, I thought a nice way to let out the inseam on Glasnow would be looking up the Pirates’ pitching coach, Ray Searage.  I Googled “Ray Searage genius” because I wanted a good laugh.  Don’t judge me, while I judge Ray Searage.  First, I needed to tell Google ‘genius’ had to be included, then I sorted by results from prior to 2018 vs. this year.  4,290 results vs. 5, and four of those five were people forgetting the sport and spelling their hockey team, the Pittsburgh Pengenius.  Most of the results morphed like this:  How great Searage was with Ivan Nova and Liriano and Edinson Volquez vs. a lot of cursing for what the hell did Searage do to pull on the reins of Gerrit Cole and Tyler Glasnow.  Of course, I don’t know how much Searage played into giving the okay for Glasnow to be traded, but trading a guy who throws 97 MPH, has a K/9 of 11 and is only 25 years old, should be against the law.  Maybe Ray Searage is the pitcher whisperer, but the pitchers need to be over the age of 30, and Glasnow just had too much promise.  (Being so unfair to Searage right now!)  Maybe there’s only room for one genius in Pittsburgh, and it’s on the ice and it’s a dyslexic Pengenius.  (By the way, whoever decided to make a word for people who struggle to spell as complicated as dyslexic is a real bastard.)  So, what can we expect from Tyler Glasnow for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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Over 1,500 players took a swing or threw a pitch in 2018. We couldn’t cover every single one, so we pinpointed those we thought would be weighing on your minds most for your 2019 rosters. Our 2019 Fantasy Baseball Video Draft Guide begins, right here on Razzball! Andy Singleton (@PeoplezPen) and Ralph Lifshitz (@ProspectJesus) give you 5 quick hitting minutes on why, or why not, you should be drafting these guys. Today we feature Royals SS Adalberto Mondesi.

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Here’s a post we didn’t think we’d be reading last year at this time, huh?  What’s next, a Robbie Ray sleeper post?  Actually… Okay, will save that for another day.  Last year, was a lost year for Carlos Martinez.  He dealt with a myriad of injuries.  By the way, Myriad is a great name for a cult.  Just throwing it out there in case any readers fancy themselves the next Bo and/or Peep of Heaven’s Gate.  Or Myriad could be a 60-year-old Jewish woman.  “Myriad, you know I can’t have lactose!”  Any hoo!  Carlos Martinez’s injuries began as oblique than progressed to straight bleak with shoulder issues.  At one point, he was hit by a screamin’ meemie comebacker off his chest that sent him for x-rays.  Carlos Martinez was the refrigerator and injuries were the magnets.  By the by, if you want to use Screamin’ Meemie as your cult name, I’m not hating on that either.  So, the big question is will Carlos Martinez be able to bounce back from his dreadful year and return to ace status.  So, what can we expect from Carlos Martinez for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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This year my New Year’s resolution is to complete all thirty minor league previews by Opening Day. And lose 50 pounds. And stop drinking. And stop smoking. One of those is doable. I’ll let you figure out which one! We’re about through the AL East with this Yankees preview, who recently lost one of their best prospects in a trade (Justus Sheffield). Once we take the turn into the National League, we’ll pause and start cranking out the Top 100 list. Something to look forward to! For now, let’s discuss what I believe are the ten best specs in New York’s system. 

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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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It is true that I’ve called two different Orioles sleepers.  We know I haven’t completely lost my mind because they’re not pitchers.  Is Ubaldo still pitching for them?  No, okay, who cares.  Finding value on discarded teams is no exact science, unless you have a BS from the Fantasy Baseball College of Charleston.  Why I tend to like late-round gambles from garbage teams is they have nothing to play for.  If you’re not sure what I mean, check out how many games Freddy Galvis has played in the last few years.  If collecting garbage at-bats was an art, Galvis would be in the MOMA with a statue of David made out of reclaimed coat hangers.  My hope is Cedric Mullins can do a series of water lilies with secondhand Hypercolor t-shirts from Goodwill — call it Goodwillies.  Anyway, what can we expect from Cedric Mullins for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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Oh!  Yeah!  Of course!  Willy Adames!  That old chestnut from Battlestar Galactica with his pock-marked face and–FRACK!  Captain Adames, they’re all Cylons!   *cough*  Nerd!  *cough*  Looking through middle infidel sleepers, I almost made this post about Ronny Rodriguez.  Wait…WHO?  Ronny Rodriguez, y’all!  I mean, no dur, right?  Then, I almost made this post about Niko Goodrum.  Fun fact!  If you spray that guy with pineapple juice, you have Niko Gooddaiquiris.  Handsomely turns to the mirror, “You and I both deserve the very best, that’s why I put boba in my daiquiris.”  *casts fishing pole out*  Okay, let’s reel this one back in.  I realized quickly I was only saying Niko Goodrum was a sleeper, because I wanted to be able to draft him while swirling an imaginary sifter glass.  Okay, hashtag be best, so I went back to the well, and I found Willy Adames and Baby Jessica.  Hearing in my head, leave the baby, take the Willy, I found myself here with Adames.  Then, as I dug through this tub of butter and magic, I started to wonder how Willy Adames wasn’t more obvious, then I realized if he wasn’t obvious to me, he may not be to other people.  Frank Voila!  Anyway, what can we expect from Willy Adames for 2019 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

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