Get yourself a cheesesteak, a roast pork sandwich, a Primanti Bros. sandwich, and a Yuengling cause we’re going full Pennsylvania in this Bee-yatch! We’re bringing you a jam packed double episode with the Phillies and Pirates. POW! We talk Austin Meadows, Josh Bell, J.P. Crawford, Mickey Moniak. Debate Dylan Cozens name pronunciation and potential ceiling. We play everyone’s favorite game Hoskins or Joseph.  My daughter stops by with her talking pig, and just a whole host of other madness. How much fun can you have on a single episode? Who knows, but we push the limits. Ralph and Halp, this time with 3 times more disagreements! Just like Facebook only your Aunt isn’t calling your younger brother “snowflake”. It’s the latest episode of the Razzball Prospect Podcast!

  1. Another Dan says:
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    You guys are prolific; I haven’t finished the A’s podcast yet. Perhaps I should hit the gym more, might work off the custard filled donuts I ate last night.

    Thanks again,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Another Dan: Thanks Dan! Yeah, you and me both. Ralph has been slacking in the new year.

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Another Dan: haha … we talk about watching chain and medicine ball workouts, so that’s almost like going to the gym …

    • Swfcdan says:
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      @Another Dan: Another podcast listener in the gym who’s been slacking here too!

  2. Swfcdan says:
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    New Dynasty league, drafted too much pitching and need another upcoming bat. Would you trade Matz for ethier/any of Margot/Devers/Meadows/Gleyber?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Swfcdan: Could you do Meadows and a smaller piece? Like a draft pick or something.

      • Swfcdan says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Doubt it, I think they’ll only accept it straight up as they love their “young upside bats”. I feel like Devers or Meadows is fine straight up, Margot maybe, his upside isnt quite as high but he’s already arrived, don’t know if Gleyber is on their levels.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Swfcdan: I’d Rank them Meadows, Gleyber, Margot, Devers. All good Meadows has the least amount of risk and the best chance to be a perennial all star.

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Wow lowest on Devers, shocking…I’ve seen Devers in top 10 and Meadows around 25 on minorleagueball 100 prospects list (I know traitor, I apologise for my sinning haha). But you’d do them all for Matz?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Swfcdan: I encourage you to read as much as possible. That said, Meadows is almost in the bigs and he’s got all around game. You named 4 top 15 prospects so it’s really small differences

  3. Jibbs says:
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    Great stuff, really interested to see how Hoskins and Cozens pan out longterm.

    In a dynasty league, what are your thoughts on two former prospects and an up-and-coming one: Greg Bird, Michael Conforto and Rowdy Tellez.

    Bird: A-Gon and Kemp both lost 50 – 100 points off their SLG% after labrum surgery – will he be anything more than Kole Calhoun @ 1B?

    Conforto: Buried in AAA this year? How to value him in dynasty leagues without rookie eligibility and nowhere to play in the Mets’ OF?

    Tellez: Could the Jays be high enough on him that it factored into the decision not to sign EE? Morales is a DH, Pearce can play in the OF, and Smoak is hardly a roadblock if Rowdy rakes in AAA to start the year.

    • Nation says:
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      @Jibbs: I think your analysis of conforto is spot on. My guess is he stays buried most of the year in AAA since no one seems to be takers on grandy or bruce. Hopefully this doesnt stymie his long term development as I think he could be a perennial top 20 OF given the opportunity, and opportunity to face more lefties to be actually able to hit them. Boras seems like he might make enough of a stink that this situation might clear up but who knows until then

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jibbs: Yeah there are some questions with Bird, particularly after his poor showing in Arizona. He may need a year, he’s young enough to bounce back.

      I think Conforto shuttles back and forth, unless he forces the Mets hand. He’s not good enough defensively to be the bench glove that Lagares.

      I like Rowdy, and I think you’re spot on. There are conflicting opinions on him, but I thought he looked good when I watched him last year in NH.

  4. Another Dan says:
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    Ralph/Halp,

    Think I need to re-evaluate my MiLB roster in my 12 team H2H league. We own 20 prospects and mine are :-

    Benintendi, Christin Stewart, Bellinger, Paulino, Bader, Jake Bauers, Ockimey, Lucius Fox, Matt Chapman, Senzel, Rhys Hoskins, Acuna, Ryan McMahon, Sam Travis, Trey Mancini, Juan Soto, Zack Collins, Gsellman, Beuhler, Heath Quinn, Francisco Mejia (I know there are 21, Beni is on my MLB roster).

    I am thinking that I should look at cutting Ockimey, Fox and maybe more.

    The following players are unowned DeMeritte, Jahmai Jones, Desmond Lindsay, Max Fried, Chase Vallot and Fernando Tatis Jr. (Thanks to Halp for his list) Should I be making room for these ?

    Dan

    • Halp

      Halp says:
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      @Another Dan: messed the reply up, see below

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Another Dan: Agree with all that Halp says below, I’d dump Ockimey for Fried right off the bat, and add Jones for Fox. Are there any other starters available? Say like a Jacob Nix or someone under the radar?

      I’d try and move Travis, Mancini, or McMahon.

      That said, nicely done that’s a good looking minors.

  5. Halp

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    You are very hitting heavy, and I like being hitting heavy, but I would probably look to add Fried right off the bat. Ockimey would be my first cut right now, even though I’m not completely giving up on him. And Fox does still have great upside, and he isn’t that much worse than some the guys listed, but I do like those other hitters better at this point.

    Then you have a lot of 1B prospects (Bauers, Hoskins, McMahon, Travis, Mancini) that are good prospects and good hitters, but I personally probably wouldn’t want that many of them in my system. It’s not like any are such obvious cuts for the guys you listed, but I would maybe pick my favorite 2-3 of those guys, and then cut the last two just to add diversity. Plus, you have Bellinger already too.

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Halp:

      Excellent, thanks.

      Being hitting heavy was a strategic decision really. Thought that bats are more valuable than pitchers overall. If I need pitching I guess that I’ll have to trade for it.

      Agreed that I am 1B heavy. Again, partly a strategy decision. We have an extra IF roster place that I could use a 1B in, plus also having 2 x UTIL spots. But, you are right, I am definitely too 1B heavy (especially since I have Goldy, Abreu and Ryon Healy, who may soon be moving to 1B, on my MLB roster). I’ll add Fried and then try and move my roster about a bit to give me a bit of diversity.

      Thanks,

      Dan

      • Halp

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        @Another Dan: For sure, and I love your system. I know in leagues where you can basically add and drop prospects whenever you want, you can drive yourself crazy. At a certain point you just gotta stick with who you have because you picked them up for reason.

        If it were my team, I would try to trade Bauer. He gets top 100 love and probably has the most objective value, but as a non power hitting first baseman with a good but not elite hit tool, he is expendable considering how deep you are at 1B.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Halp: Agreed, missed Bauer’s name when skimming through. I’d keep McMahon over him.

          • Another Dan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Thanks both, the good-looking minors is down to your advice, columns and podcasts.

            Added Fried. Assuming Gsellman starts in the majors, that’d give me an extra spot on my MiLB roster.

            Ongoing trade discussions, will let you know when and how I get on.

            Dan

          • Another Dan says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Some pitchers that are available are Cody Sedlock, Justin Dunn, Jordan Sheffield, Brandon Woodruff, Sixto Sanchez, Kyle Funkhouser, Dane Dunning, Jacob Nix (have tried to rank them).

            Most (Woodruff is the exception) appear to be a couple of years away.

            Any of these must adds?

            Dan

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Another Dan: I’d rank them the way you have them listed. I’d drop Bauers and Fox to add a couple of those arms.

  6. Slim

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    I’ve got a couple tough decisions to make in a Roto, 15er AL only, dynasty keep 25 plus a 10 man MiLB, represented by a team, I’m the Astros. Basically as deep as it can get. There were times last year in which every active SP was owned.

    I can only keep 2 of these pitchers. Strahm, Adalberto Mejia, Mengden. I won’t need immediate production, who gets thrown back? My gut says Mengden but that stache… I have other options (holds+saves is a category, not just saves) Michael Felix and David Paulino but they seem to have pretty good upside, even though they may never start.

    Another decision is between the immediate production of Valbuena, Reddick, Carlos Gomez, Cuthbert vs the potential of Marisnick, Tyler White, Preston Tucker. As it stands the 1st 4 are going to be kept and the last 3 are not. My question being is any of these first 3 out worth holding onto over those other last 4 in just in case they pull a JD Martinez?

    I have a few MiLB guys I’m unsure of. My current list is Martes, Fisher, Tucker, Whitley, Franklin Perez, Cionel Perez, Laureano, Stubbs, Jason Martin, and Miguelangel Sierra. The other options I’ve considered are Anibal Sierra, Cameron, Riley Ferrell, Bostick, Dawson, and Boyd. My question being, any changes? If an unprotected player is called up then he gets FAABd, if an unprotected player gets traded then I lose him, but if he’s protected then I keep him. I lost Albert Abreu for nothing. I don’t want that to happen again.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Slim: Hey Slim! Thanks for commenting.

      I’d hold Strahm and Feliz or Paulino, the later two have more upside than Mejia who’s a back end arm. Paulino is he figures it out could be a stud. Feliz will have a big role with the Astros this year and could be primed for a breakout. I like Feliz in a deep league. I’d drop Mengdan in a second, killer mustache and all.

      I would hold onto the immediate production myself. White and Marisnick lack upside.

      This is REL isn’t it? Haha! I like the minors you have no swaps. Dawson isnclose wii Martin but I wouldn’t make that change.

      • Slim

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, yeah its the REL. I love me some deep leagues. Apparently Paulino was taken off the player pool (with our settings) so I get a roster spot. It’s coming down to 1 of Mejia, Mengden, or one of those bats on the outside. I’m leaning Mejia just because SPers can be tough to find but I’m pretty solid with Keuchel, Duffy, Pomeranz, McHugh, McCullers as my everyday 5, plus Musgrove, Strahm and the nice MiLB arms coming up eventually in the Astros system – Paulino, Martes and one day Whitley and the 2 Perez’s. So maybe instead I should take whichever of those 3 bats breaks camp, assuming one actually does, my guess would be Marisnick for his defense.

        I recon Paulino replaces Sierra on my MiLB roster since Miguelangel is so far away.

        I wasn’t planning on keeping Valbuena but he landed in a spot that just about guarantees playing time and they paid him pretty well so I guess I have to.

        I haven’t seen too much Dawson yet. I watched some Jason Martin last year and it was a pretty mixed bag. He could not hit lefties and Lancaster might have aided his HRs a bit, and the avg tailed off at the end of the year. But still he’s a good looking player and will be all of 21 years old and in AA this year (I assume).

        Thanks again. Finding someone to have these conversations with can be tricky.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Slim: You seem to have a good handle on the pitching and I’d go Mejia over Mengdan.

          I would take whoever breaks camp, in that league it matters.

          Martin and Dawson are similar, and yes the pop was Lancaster aided. Lancaster, as I’m sure you know was one of the top 2-3 hitting parks in all of baseball.

      • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: it had to be, he’s got like all HOU prospect pitchers

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