Imagine if you will, Lance Brozdowski. Flowing golden locks, neatly tucked under a baseball cap. He’s driving on the open road, listening to a collection of Megadeath, Pantera, and My Morning Jacket (I have no idea if he likes any of this). This is Lance, he’s on a journey, a scouting journey. A week’s worth of travel, hitting stops in the Midwest, International, and Carolina Leagues. Seeing such players as Blake Rutherford, Hunter Greene, Nick Senzel, Seuly Mattias, and others in the flesh. Heck, he even interviewed Nick Pratto. Needless to say I shut the heck up and let the man talk. Endless takes from first hand accounts. We jump into our weekly 5×5 later in the hour jumping around MiLB. It’s a show for the ages, catch this one. As always, big shouts to our sponsor Rotowear! You can order the Rotowear Classic shirts I spoke about on the show by heading over to RotoWear.com and entering promo code “SAGNOF” for 20% off the highest quality t-shirts in the fantasy sports game. It’s the latest edition of the Razzball Fantasy Baseball Prospect Podcast:

Find all of the 30 Minor League Previews, and Offseason Rankings on the Minor League Index
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  1. jose H. says:
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    Re-posted from your previous article.
    Ralph,
    I was in the middle of a draft and about to make my last pick friday morning . I had already posted P Zach Eflin, but the pick was not official until 6 :00 A.M. in the morning. I red what you said about Taylor Widener and went and fast forwarded threw his 12 Ks game and his 11 Ks and immediately changed my pick. This kid reminds me of De Los Santos and Soroka. He attacks the strike zone and keeps the hitters off valance and if he gets hit he does not crumble.

    I went to sleep because it was about 2:00 in the morning. When I woke up I fast forwarded threw the game before his 12 Ks game. This game impressed me even more than the other two. He did NOT have his best stuff that day, he gave up a HR to the first batter he faced, he walked three batters and ONLY K’d four, but yet he pitched into the six inning and ONLY gave up the one run.

    I knew there was something special about this kid, because you usually are not crazy about pitchers.

    Speaking of pitchers, I saw Bryce Wilson’s last game and fell in love with him, he is much better than Kyle Wright. He was 92-96 MPH and he was actually blowing the 92 by hitters, when Wright couldn’t do it with 96-97.
    I remember Lance had talked him up in one of the podcast and decided to watch and was REALLY impressed.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jose H.: Yeah, I would definitely take Wilson over Wright. I’m not a Kyle Wright fan. It’s funny though, Wright’s numbers on the road are great, he’s really struggling in Mississippi. Something to keep in mind, but give me Bryse or Touki.

      I love Widener, he misses tons of bats, and is tough to barrel up.

      • jose H. says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        I just finished my post MLB draft. I had five picks in the first round and one in the second and Igot:
        1- Bohm 3B
        2- Bart C
        3- India 3B
        4- Muncy 1B- 2B- 3B
        5- Seranthony – P
        6- Widener

        I am going to try to grab Bryce Wilson on my next draft in late July and after that I am going stop taking pitchers for a while.
        My rotation for next year is almost set: 1- Reyes, 2- Buehler, 3- Soroka and the last two I will probably hold Vasquez and Castillo until my other boys start to come up,
        De Los Santos, Widener, Paddack and Gore, while I try to off load Kyle Wright, if posible.

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Ralph – Seeing the Asheville Tourists take on the Mets A team next month! Anyone I should look out for?

  3. Joe says:
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    Hey Ralph who do you prefer In a dynasty league in order. Sano, meadows or Tyler O’Neil. And does one blow the others away. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Joe: O’Neill, Meadows, and Sano. I’d try and stay away from Miguel.

  4. David says:
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    Good stuff Ralph. What do you think is the ceiling for Juan Soto? Which would you rather have, Soto or Acuna? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: The ceiling is a .300/30/100 guy. I’d still take Acuna longterm, but is close.

  5. Dave Wittenauer says:
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    Another awesome podcast! What are our thoughts on Dane Dunning and is he worth a shot in a full dynasty format?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Dave Wittenauer:
      Absolutely on Dunning. He’s ownable even in shallow dynasty leagues to me. No ill effects from the level jump to AA, throwing really well, great FB-SL combo with a developing CH.

  6. yankee candle factory worker says:
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    I’m about to listen, so I apologize if you hit any of these points!

    Has Jo Adell actually moved ahead of Royce Lewis? Do you think the way Buxton and Brinson have tortured the fantasy community will suppress Adell’s rankings?

    Also, is Brinson starting to come around now? I haven’t paid him any attention lately, but his June line is looking pretty good.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @yankee candle factory worker:
      Don’t hit any of these, no worries, this pod was definitely a little bit more banter from me about a few guys I saw and the quick MiLB 5×5.

      I believe I would have Lewis ahead, but I’m not going to fault people for having Adell > Lewis.

      Adell is a little bit different than Buxton/Brinson. Buxton was always speed-glove that we hoped would develop hit and power. Neither of those have happened. Brinson was true five tools, again with power projection and that hasn’t really come around, but he’s here because, in part, he’s been good defensively (in real life).

      Adell is the one of the three with a legit power tool, to me, that touches 70-grade raw and can become 60/65 in-game. That’s a bit of a different animal than the other two. Even if Adell hits .250 with a 30% K rate, the power floor should make him a little bit more ownable of a commodity than we’ve experienced from Buxton/Brinson.

      Time will tell with him as well however. There is clearly swing and miss without much of an ability to take a walk (albeit, smaller sample). Tantalizing regardless, LAA loves betting on athletes.

      Might be coming around a bit. Ks are down, still not too much of a productive hitter overall, but hitting the ball hard and power and been there. He’s also just 24 with a profile that might need a little bit more seasoning/reps.

      Still hitting the ball on the ground too much and having issues with breaking stuff, both of which need to change before I say he’s really “coming around.”

      • yankee candle factory worker says:
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        @Lance:

        Thanks, Lance!

        I’m not imagining that Brinson really did steal bases at one point, right? He wasn’t getting falsely attributed speed like J.P. Crawford.

        • Lance

          Lance says:
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          @yankee candle factory worker:
          Brinson has plus speed, Crawford is more slightly above average. Looks like this is backed up by Baseball Savant’s sprint speed leaderboard, and that’s straight-line speed, which is different from stolen base speed and being a good baserunner.

          Brinson is a really good baserunner, which is probably where his speed is most noticeable, combined with instincts, etc.

          Stolen bases are about intent – do you want to steal? does your manager allow you to steal?

          Judging speed solely by stolen bases is imperfect. Although it’s the only way to judge it for fantasy purposes, the real life application conflicts with this.

  7. Tbone says:
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    Which side: My Springer/Buehler for Betts.

    12 team 6×6 dynasty keeper

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Tbone:
      I want Mookie.

  8. Joel says:
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    I have a wealth of strong hitters. Would you trade Rendon for Bauer?

    • Joel says:
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      @Joel: of the Trevor variety

      • Lance

        Lance says:
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        @Joel:
        Sure, I’m fine with this.

        Even if you didn’t have strong hitters, I think it’s a coin flip who is more productive value-wise ROS. Projections love Bauer – I know Grey and I do as well (think Ralph does too).

  9. Richard Davis says:
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    Would you trade Haniger for Tatis Jr. in a keep all Dynasty? I’m competing this year, but have so much depth in the OF for now and future, and have no SS of future really and would love Tatis. Do you think he sticks at SS? Thanks for all the great info Ralph

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Richard Davis:
      Thought about this one for a bit, I think I would take Tatis. I’m hesitant because you’re competing now so it really depends on how confident you are in your squad without Haniger, cause I think he’ll be pretty valuable RoS.

      As far as sticking at SS, I think he can for his early years, but will he? That’s a bit of a different story and something that I don’t we really get clarity on until he gets up to the majors.

      If you made me guess, I think he plays more career games at 3B than SS, but the SS will probably be front-loaded. I hope I’m wrong on this, I honestly do, but I just think Preller takes a traditional approach to SS and even with Tatis’ skills, I can see him adding more weight to his frame (he’s only 19) and the long-term picture quickly becoming 3B if they like another glove at SS and have a hole at 3B.

      • Richard Davis says:
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        @Lance: Thanks Lance. Love the podcasts with you and Ralph, keep the good info coming!

        • Lance

          Lance says:
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          @Richard Davis:
          Absolutely – we will! Love doing them!

  10. David says:
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    A follow up, if you have both Soto and Acuna, would you offer one for Whitley? I also have Benintendi, K. Davis, Springer and Robles.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @David:
      I’m inclined to hold both hitters, simply because of pitching prospect volatility, even with the only knock on Whitley right now being a small performance sample, which I admit, is not a great knock.

      I would try to get Whitley for a guy like Robles and see how far off that is with the other owner, work from there. No need to go all out with an initial offer unless you’ve already conversed and Acuna or Soto is his price for Whitley. If that’s the case and you simply want a Forrest share, I would lose sleep over Soto for Whitley.

  11. David says:
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    Would or wouldn’t lose sleep?

    He’s already turned down Robles.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @David:
      ****wouldn’t

      My mistake on that, typo, good catch haha

      I would be fine with Soto for Whitley, but still want both hitters, just a hitter v pitcher thing for me.

  12. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Lance

    I’m out of it this year looking to add to my potential keepers..15 team keep 11 obp…these guys are out there:

    Adell, Verdugo, Bieber, Lewis, Brinson, Dom Smith, Margot, Winker, McMahon, Trammell

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Nightpandas:
      Some nice talent here.

      Lewis and Adell are going to be top on most lists, but they’re both probably 2020 impact guys.

      Verdugo is nice in OBP if he gets playing time, Brinson is the most presently here, even if the MLB results haven’t been great. McMahon too, and Trammell.

      I think I have a list out there that ranks these guys from preseason, which is still probably pretty applicable. Rerank for me should be coming sometime soon.

      Let me know if you have any more specific questions!

  13. Anthony says:
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    I really respect your opinion on prospects for fantasy baseball.
    Something I’ve been thinking about for awhile: Do you have any idea why some teams completely neglect the international market? Do you feel like there is more high end upside in the draft or the international side? I feel like there is tons of superstar potential that my team completely ignores. I’m an orioles fan, and it’s frustrating to see the same teams grab these guys. It’s no wonder our farm system is so weak, and we are the worst organization in baseball right now. Tired of watching other teams pump out quality international guys, and the closest thing that we have had to a quality international prospect in the past 5 years is Jomar Reyes, and I honestly don’t see that guy making a major league impact at all.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Anthony:
      I have no idea man, the Orioles are honestly just really poorly run and I think this is now a consensus thing among the industry (if it wasn’t already). It’s come up more recently because of how they’ve handled Machado and the fact that they’re somehow, in someway, just not of the belief that there is any international value (objectively absurd).

      With all the data and information domestically, the int’l market is really how teams are going to get an advantage; having an ample amount of knowledgeable scouts down in various areas.

      Wish I had an answer man, I really just think it’s incompetence.

  14. Prospects Galore says:
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    Lance/Ralph,
    Just listened to the pod and I’m headed to the midwest league all star game with my father on tuesday for his birthday. Both of us looking to get our eyes on some of the younger guys we hold in our dynasty leagues. Just wondering if you’d allow me to buy you a beer and drop a couple pendants from a starving glass artist in your hand for you, and to pass along to Ralph and Grey as a small token of appreciation for all you guys do? I’ll admit I don’t always follow you guys advice, I ended up taking Tatis over Ohtani the only other time I’ve asked Ralph directly. But I’ve certianly leaned on much else you guys have had to offer as well. I completely understand if you’re reluctant and this comes off as a bit too stalkerish. Hope you enjoy the game regardless and that we both get to see at least a couple AB’s from Royce.

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