If All-Star weekend should be celebrated for anything nowadays it should be for it’s premier event. That of course being the MLB Futures Game! What’s that you ask? Am I a little out of touch with reality right now? No, you are! Do you want to start this right here? Right now? EXACTLY! (beats chest a few times like an ape) This game is by far my favorite part of the entire shindig, and this year’s crop has a ton of talent on the USA team and the World squad. With this in mind and fresh on the heels of my Top 100 release, Lance and I cover the gambit. Starting with some updates from around the minors, followed by some Top 100 talk, further followed by the 2018 MLB Futures Game Preview. This show is jam packed with knowledge and ready to go! As always checkout our sponsor Rotowear over on Rotowear.com. You can use our promo-code SAGNOF to get 20% off any Rotowear brand shirt. It’s this week’s edition of the Razzball Prospect Podcast:

 

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  1. Scott says:
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    Ralph, I wanted to get your input on Jake Bauers. What do you think of him ros? I have some guys that I want to bale on like beltre or hosmer
    Do you like bauers more than them ros, obp league? Also bauers needs one more start in OF to qualify there which will be helpful. Is he under the radar and underowned in fantasy given his plate discipline? 14 homers in minors last year could be 20 in the majors. He can also steal a bag. Am I being to optimistic or does he look like a nice asset to deploy in the 2nd half? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott: Yeah, bauers is a nice piece, and has good across the board skills (I’ve been saying this or three seasons LOL). I’m not sure I’d dump Homser, but Beltre go for it.

  2. Richard Davis says:
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    Can you give me a little more on Nathaniel Lowe? I see he is having a breakout season, and you have him ranked #70 in your top 100, while sites like MLB.com(I know those are real life list and not fantasy), don’t even have in their top 30 for Tampa. Is he their 1B of the future, or is Bauers and McKay blocking him? Just seems 1B prospects are pretty weak, and Tampa has 3 of the top 10. Lowe is not owned in my 20 team dynasty, so I’ll prolly be targeting him in my next 1st year player draft. Where would you rank him in a first year player draft? Thanks Ralph

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Richard Davis: Yeah, I wouldn’t sweat MLB’s list real life or not. All the scouts with eyes on him in Florida I talked think he’s one of the most underrated bats in baseball. (BTW you can search the site I’ve written about Lowe and even provided video on). He’s a a big lefty power bat with plus plus plate discipline. He’s grossly underappreciated IMO.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Go back and look at my FYPD ranks vs. where he’s ranked in relation in the top 100.

        • Richard Davis says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph, as always, appreciate the info and hard work you do

  3. Mike says:
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    With the fantasy trade deadline a month or so away, I wanted your take on keepers for next season. Here are my keeper caliber players. I can keep 4:

    Trout, Harper, albies, gleyber, Springer, Kershaw, madbum, thor and Verlander.

    If I had to pick today, my choices would be trout, Harper, albies and Clayton (I could be convinced to keep gleyber).

    Wanted your input so I can identify possible trade chips. Thanks!

    • batflix says:
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      @Mike: package Springer and one of those pitchers for a 1st round bat

      • Mike says:
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        @batflix: I also own Paxton and Nola. Springer and one of those 2 enough for a first round bat?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Mike: I think so

  4. S says:
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    Ralph – was fairly surprised to see Logan Allen miss out on the midseason rankings, especially since he only seems to be getting better, and is putting up great numbers at AA (i.e. MLB ready in today’s game).

    Any thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @S: Because when I look back on my past top 100s I often feel I overrated pitchers. With all their risks, and the fact that their development never really stops, I’m discounting them a lot. The other thing is since the pre-season we’ve added an entire draft of prospects, and the 2017 J2 guys actually have some in game track record. Need to expand. IMO the mid-season is really the first ranking of the new prospect cycle.

  5. K2H says:
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    Great podcast

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @K2H: thanks!

  6. Sport says:
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    You probably just answered this in the previous comments but Triston McKenzie took a big drop down to 85 on your list. I have been holding him a while. Is it the “overrated pitchers” you feel you did before or is there more of a risk with him than originally suspected?

    The list is awesome. Have it book marked and refer to a lot already. Thank you. I’m sure it took a lot of hours to put together.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sport: yeah, it’s really the pitching thing. If you started a dynasty today, you’d get a lot more pitching a lot later than you think. I actually drafted teams using different methods the last couple years. The teams where I went crazy upside hitting early are much better now and going forward, than the balance squads, or the squads where I stacked pitching. It’s really about finding value in your picks and adds. For example: when a hitter has a crazy good month his stock soars. A pitcher in the other hand can have a couple of mid-3 ERA seasons w/ Ks and go largely unnoticed if he isn’t as sexy from a stuff standpoint. There’s dozens of those guys. The other benefit is you can move good hitting prospects, if you have surplus, for MLB starters. It’s some of the easiest trades you’ll make.

      • Larry says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Is that why Allard dropped from 50 to completely off the list despite pitching pretty great this year?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Larry: Yeah, I mean great real life prospects, but he doesn’t miss enough bats.

          I can’t stress enough, that many of these guys are very good pitching prospects. I just wonder how many will have big impact within the next few seasons.

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