If the Twins aren’t a top ten system in terms of talent, they’re certainly top ten in terms of names. Just think about it, you have Yunior, Wander, Akil, Brusdar, and I didn’t even mention Kohl! That’s right, it’s Twins week on the prospect podcast, and Broshitz tackles another system filled with goodies. We go through all the top names in typical fashion, dispersing knowledge here and there. This episode was the best one ever. I’m going to say that every week until it’s true. Finally, please make sure to support our sponsor 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:

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  1. The Eye of Horus says:
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    Hey Ralph-
    Enjoyed the podcast again.
    I have a question for a dynasty league 16 team H2H. Which pitcher should I jettison to the waiver wire–Ivan Nova or Daniel Mengden. I never hear much about Mengden, but he had such a good run at the end of last year, that I’m curious about his upside. I thought I saw Chris Kusiolek tweet that Mengden looked like the real deal…but now I can’t find the tweet, so maybe I dreamt it. Nova is what he is, and that ain’t too bad. But it ain’t great either. I might need his innings. Other SPs: Kluber, Carrasco, Nola, Giolito, McCullers, Rodon… Your thoughts? Thanks a million!

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @The Eye of Horus:
      Depends on needs for me, I’d probably boot Nova and hold Mengden.

      You’re right about Nova’s innings, he’ll get you those, even if they aren’t full of strikeouts or upside. So if you really think you need that this year, I can’t knock you for leaning that way.

      Mengden is a four-pitch guy, and none of them grade out as terrible, which is encouraging. He had a nice resurgence when he came back up to Oakland in Sept. I think the K upside is a little bit limited for now, but I’d bet on him over Nova.

      • The Eye of Horus says:
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        @Lance: Thanks, Lance. I’m usually a be-on-upside type of guy, so I’m hoping he is one of those “we didn’t’ see him doing this” pitchers that gets overlooked. I don’t think he even appears in Grey’s rankings anywhere. I hope they have underestimated him, but it’s all hope. I did find Kusiolek’s tweet (Feb. 23) and he mentions he’s got some good stuff, but consistency and command issues.

  2. Scott Steelers says:
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    Trea Turner or Machado and Gallo? H2h 5×5 stats. Debating going for cheap steals late… which side you got? Gallo only keeper availivilty at rd 16

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Scott Steelers: Machado and Gallo if you get Gallo that late. Go after Starling Marte or someone with speed.

  3. DFresh says:
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    Greatest podcast to date! Cedar Rapidian here. I’m looking forward to seeing some of these prospects live. Looking at the Kernels roster it looks like Royce Lewis, Lewin Diaz, and Travis Blankenhorn are all slated to start the year in CR. How long do you expect these guys to stay in CR? What other names might make it to CR that I should keep an eye out for? Both in the Twins system and other MWL teams. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @DFresh: You’re going to see a lot of talent. In addition to Lewis, Diaz, and Blankenhorn, you should see Baddoo, Javier, Graterol, Kirilloff, and maybe a little of Yunior Severino in the final weeks of the season.

      In terms of other teams Nate Pearson, Warmouth, and possibly Edward Olivares at Lansing. MacKenzie Gore doesn’t seems impossible this summer, Gabriel Arias should start in the MWL, maybe Esteury Ruiz, Luis Almanzar, and maybe Tirso Ornelas on Fort Wayne, Brendan McKay, and Vidal Brujan on Bowling Green, Evan White on Clinton, Jeter Downs, possibly Hunter Greene, Jose Israel Garcia, and Stuart Fairchild on Dayton, Starling Heredia on Great Lakes, Nolan Jones, Will Benson and Connor Capel on Lake County, Aramis Ademan, Jose Albertos, and Alex Lange on South Bend, Alex Faedo, Matt Manning, and Isaac Paredes on West Michigan, Pavin Smith and Jazz Chisholm on Kane County, If you’re really lucky you’ll get Jo Adell, Brandon Marsh, Kevin Maitan, Griffin Canning, all on Burlington, Wisconsin is thinner this year than in years past, I think Hiura gets assigned to Carolina, but you should see Tristen Lutz, Quad Cities should have Nova at some point maybe, Jairo Solis, and Gilberto Celestino, Peoria is ehhh, most of the Cards top guys are in the upper minors. Beloit might see Luzardo, but the A’s don’t seem to ever send anyone there.

      • DFresh says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Awesome! Thanks for the in-depth breakdown. I’m a Cards fan too so that’s a bummer. Nick Plummer and Dylan Carlson worth a look?

  4. Steve Stevenson says:
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    10-tm NL-only keep 10. I have a solid slate of keepers but am likely to be one of the poorest owners at auction. Would you deal a $37 Darvish for a $14 Puig? I’d still have Castillo, J Gray, Wood and Corbin at SP, and Puig would join Blackmon and Bellinger as a strong OF core. Based on my projected keepers for everyone, there’ll still be several good SP up at auction, but only one other owner keeping more than 1 so they’ll be competitive to bid on.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Steve Stevenson: Yes, I’d do that, get the money and invest in someone younger w/ upside. Plus Puig is a nice return.

  5. JR says:
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    Not sure who to reach out to about this, but there is an RCL set to draft in 12 minutes (League #28, Noon EST) that says it’s full on the RCL chart but we only have 11 people in the league. Not sure what happened to the 12th person, but as of now the draft won’t happen…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JR: Oh man, just saw this. Did you find one? If not I can hop in.

      • JR says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: No, we weren’t able to get anyone. Drafting with 11 right now, so it’s not gonna count with the RCL’s. Good practice though!

  6. Henry H says:
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    Keep 6 in a 16 team dynasty, ops cats.

    I. Diaz
    Tatis
    Senzel
    Calhoun
    N. Pearson
    A. Hansen
    Trammell

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Henry H: Tatis, Senzel, Trammell, Pearson, Hansen, and Calhoun.

  7. Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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    20 team roto, 7×7 with OPS, XBH,holds, QS added. keep 4-8 (used to be 7-9 but league has gotten way too top heavy with really good teams vs really bad ones, leading to 4 bad ones and 1 good one quitting last year, so trying to balance out the keepers, also not allowing anybody to trade for players they aren’t keeping or draft picks this year, as the best teams were always able to leverage their lesser keepers to force the worst teams to volume up by trading away their best player(s) just to make keeper minimums. also this year it’s front loaded draft, so worst teams will get best rounds picked in as well if they keep less). my team tends to get top 5 but not top 2 last 2 years. roster, 1 of each position (3 OF), 1 util. about 5-7 SP optimal (only 1250 innings so you can bench guys in bad spots, and even for a 20 teamer streamable guys are findable at times), room for 5 RP (which is optimal to get holds/saves).

    keepers for sure
    C kraken
    1B
    2B
    SS treat urner
    3B
    OF (3)
    util
    SP ray
    RP
    which of these others should i keep (closers are hard to come by in the draft, but clearly i found my 2 just by drafting the best holds RP)
    cano, dahl, mcmahon, rivero, knebel, c.santana, godley, piscotty, carpenter (he’s sounding like he went from an easy yes to an easy no)

    boop boop

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alfred E. Naujocks: Rivero, Cano, Godley, McMahon, and Santana. You could go with less keepers and drop McMahon or Santana, depending on how deep you expect those spots to be in the draft. Otherwise those would be my 8. In the bubble with Dahl vs the field, but I’d rather throw him back and try and draft him.

      • Alfred E. Naujocks says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: OF is always deeper, guessing why on the dahl vs mcmahon thing (and c-sant), particularly when you only have to start 3 or 4.

  8. Bernie says:
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    Which side in 16-team OPS keeper?

    Donaldson and Maeda //Nola and Senzel

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