It took us nearly six months, but we got through all of the 30 systems, ranking and debating each player along the way. The culmination of this work is today’s show, the Top 25 Prospects for 2018 Fantasy Baseball. We begin with our weekly Vladimir Guerrero Jr. update, followed by a deeper discussion of his perspective call-up date. We then round into our weekly update in the five by five, where Lance picks five players from his pre-season Top 50, and I run through some surging bats over the last week, including Franmil Reyes and Carter Kieboom. The next 40 plus minutes is devoted to the Top 25, and a general discussion of the risers and the fallers. 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:

0:00 – 25:00 Banter, Vlad check-in

25:00 – 53:00 MiLB 5×5

53:00 – 1:34:00 Top 25

Find all of the 30 Minor League Previews, and Offseason Rankings on the Minor League Index
On Twitter as @ProspectJesus

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Sam
Sam
4 years ago

Thanks for this! When do we think Eloy gets the call?

The Rook !!
The Rook !!
4 years ago

Could use some quick advice here before someone else has the same idea lol … Im in a 10 team league h2h weekly al/nl points league we start 5 SP and 2 RP my pitchers are

Arrieta, Tallion, Dallas K, Berrios, McCullers, T Skaggs, Tyson ross SO those 7 pitchers for 5 starting spots MY RP’s are Morrow and Chapman ….. Thats my staff…. Would you drop any of these guys for Jack Flaherty. I know Skaggs doesn’t go deep but he’s on a good team so he seems to be getting the wins which are worth 7 points and a loss is -4 and Ross has been pretty consistent in my league atleast so far but on a bad team so his wins will be limited compared to skaggs but ross seems to get more inn and k’s. I figure one of these 2 you would have cho0se which is why I explained these 2. If it helps Skaggs weekly points in my league so far have been 34 , 16.2 , – 5.7 , 35.3 , 10.8 and 14.5 While Ross has been 22.2 , 21 , 26.9 , -1 , 18.8 and 1.8 plus his points tonight hopefully he does well. btw I also have C-Mart on the DL THX agin for the advice !!

fletch f. fletch
fletch f. fletch
4 years ago

With Wander Javier having labral surgery does that drop him in your rankings or does the scouting report keep him where he is? I’m thinking about dropping him for Freudis Nova. Need a shortstop for down the road.

jose
jose
4 years ago

Ralph,
I have a couple questions on my upcoming draft, next week. As I have said I want to take 1B Alonso and SP Enyel De Los Santos. Which one has a better chance of lasting until the second round? I like them both and would like to get them both.

I traded Adam Ottavino for an extra pick.
I want to grab SP Chris Paddack of the padres. I have liked him since he was with the Marlins back in 2016, and before he had TJ for the Padres. He has picked up where he left off, putting up ceros and getting lots of Ks and very few walks.
I believe he is pitching tonight for Lake Elsinor on Milb TV. I will be watching if he is.

What is your opinion of Paddack?

jose
jose
Reply to  jose
4 years ago

@jose: Paddack pitched six inning.
He gave up two hits, one a solid hit and the other a ball that bounced over his head and the second baseman threw too late to first, stroke out ten and walked NONE.

I hope he gets promoted to AA soon. He needs to be challanged, he is 22 years old.

S
S
4 years ago

Trying to figure out if I should be dropping Starling Heredia and his 33 wRC+ for someone who’s hotter.

Worth the swap for Jeter Downs, Tony Santillan, Jalen Beeks, Dylan Cozens, Khalil Lee?

I’m looking for crazy upside/helium potential more than anything, since this league plays relatively shallow, and floor guys are somewhat devalued.

malamoney
4 years ago

Bichette over Rodgers?

DodgerWindowClosed
DodgerWindowClosed
4 years ago

Any intel on weather in Detroit? DH slated. Says rain but unsure of severity. Thanks

sport
sport
4 years ago

Naylor or Jake Bauer for a first base prospect?

jose
jose
Reply to  sport
4 years ago

@sport:
Naylor is blocked at 1B for the next eight years, unless he is trade, he is going to play LF. I like him alot and Iam debating if I want him as a OF.

Chris
Chris
4 years ago

Thanks Ralph!

Ok I’m in a 12 team h2h roto league. Just made a trade I recieved Rizzo and Scooter for Carrasco and Odorizzi. Now I have a question on some pick ups. After the Trade this is my staff:

Kluber-Quintana-Clevinger-Weaver-Reynaldo-Trevor Williams-Hellickson-Suarez and Reyes-DL for St Louis. Diaz-Hand-Iglesias

Best pitchers available are-Vince Velasquez (I get it but he gets K’s) and Tyler Anderson Road numbers are good. Or do I stash Vlad or Jimenez? Do I drop Kendrick-LoMo-Margot? Or just stay put!

Thanks!

Steve
Steve
4 years ago

12-T keeper, keep 5

Trade Devers and Buehler for Vlad?

Thanks

crock
crock
4 years ago

Been offered a trade in my 14 team dynasty league. Everyone is kept forever so I never have to throw anyone back into the waiver pool. I finished 2nd last year and my team is competitive this year but I feel I’ve built a solid team for the future. Here’s my team:

C. Tucker Barnhart
1b. Hanley
2b. Dee Gordan
ss. Correa
3b. Gallo
Of. Mazara, Stanton, G.Polanco
Utl. Suarez, C.Santana
B. Kingery, Hamilton, Odor, T.O’Neill

Sp. Yu Darvish, C. Morton, L. Castillo, M.Wacha, M.Stroman, A.Heaney, E. Rodriguez, B.Snell, C.Kuhl, D.Duffy, K.Maeda, T.Williams, J.Berrios, C.Smith, G.Marquez

Rp. Greene, E.Diaz, B.Ziegler, Holland

Minors: J.Guzman, M.Baez, V.Robles, F.Tatis, B.Bichette, J.Soto, E.Florial, T.Trammell, L.Robert, K.Tucker, E.Jimenez, J.Siri, R.Tapia

So I’ve been offered Trout, Kyle Lewis and Kevin Maitan for Robles, Tatis, Soto and Bichette. I’m pretty conflicted on the deal. One it’s Mike Trout but on the other hand that’s a lot of young talent to give up to get him. What do you think?

Nightpandas
Nightpandas
4 years ago

Hey Ralph,

Who ya like for 2019:

Mikolas or Newcomb ?

Trust The Process
Trust The Process
4 years ago

Ralph tremendous show as always.. very helpful… I’m reloading and rebuilding in a 12 team Roto forever keep 10 & 10 stash/farm… Kingery is on the block in my league.. it won’t be cheap.. without touching my loaded farm, I have guys like Suarez, Puig, Taillon, Newcomb, Kemp,Trev Williams, Cron in my majors… Do I overpay to get him? Is he worth it? Are any of those guys even enough?? Thank you as always in advance

Kcc26
Kcc26
4 years ago

In a 12 team mixed 6×6 (ops/QS) league where we eventually will keep 6 players at the average of their draft position from this season and their ADP for 2019 (not sure if that affects my choice here, thinking about potential keepers), I need to clear a roster spot for degrom returning from the DL.

Currently carrying 3 bench bats. If I were to drop a hitter who should it be: Jose Martinez, franchy Cordero, Domingo Santana, Carlos Santana or Jorge Soler? Or is the answer don’t drop any and try to trade one…

Thanks for the input!

Marti
Marti
4 years ago

Peter alonso future 1st baseman for mets?

MarvPesos
Marv
4 years ago

Ralph,
Love the podcast and articles bud, keep up the great work.

I warn you this is a bit of a long one. Before you write anything, I know most people like the smaller trades, but I’m a sucker for rolling the dice and going big but these trades (below) I need some wisdom.

I’m in a 12 team H2H cat league with balanced stats: HIT (R, H, HR, RBI, SB, BB, AVG, OPS, XBH) PIT (W, CG, SV, K, GIDP, ERA, WHIP, QS)

We’re allowed a max of 3 moves per year (no streaming) and the league is pretty competitive. In the past 5 years of Regular season I’ve finished first overall each year (large part thanks to this site) but playoffs are another story (mix bag of finishes).

I’ve been in constant trade talks with two managers each wanting different pieces of my team. I would like to strengthen my pitching a bit and a like to trade in general.

Team 1 is offering:
My Arenado & Walker Buehler for His L. Severino, C. Morton and J. Schoop

Team 2 is offering:
My M.Haniger, C. Yelich and J. Quintana for His A. Rendon, S. Marte and J. Martinez

These are their first offers and I’m going to counter with:

Team 1 (My offer)
My Arenado, Walker Buehler, T. Anderson, M. Minor, W. Ramos for his W. Contreras, A. Judge, L. Severino, C. Morton
(the guys is in love with Arenado so I think I could convince him to add Judge here)

Team 2 (My offer)
My C. Yelich, J. Quintana, T. Mancini for his A. Rendon, S. Marte, J. Martinez

My current team below

I love Arenado as well (he’s my number one guy) but I figure I have the 3B to spare (especially if I acquire Rendon and this will beef up my Pitching, thoughts ?

C – W. Ramos
1B – P. Goldscmidt
2B – B. Dozier
3B – N. Arenado
SS – T. Turner
MI – X. Bogearts
CI – E. Suarez
LF- N. Mazara
CF – C. Blackmon
RF – M. Haniger
Util – C. Yelich
BN – T. Anderson
BN – T. Mancini
BN – Nick Senzel (NA)
DL – J. turner
SP – J. Paxton
SP – J. Verlander
SP – C. Carrasco
RP – H. Strickland
RP – M. Minor
P – J. Quintana
P – W. Buehler
BN – J. Junis
BN – M .Kopech (NA)
BN – L. Gohara
DL – D. Salazar

Ian
Ian
4 years ago

Hi Ralph/Lance – nice show.

I’m in a weekly h2h dynasty-ish league – up to 15 keepers. It doesn’t feel like I’m a solid contender this year and I’m obsessed with getting Vlad. Is a DeGrom and Moncada (once they’re healthy) for Jose Ramirez and Vlad trade fair?
I have the best rotation in the league with DeGrom, Greinke, Cole and Bauer. Should I start the offer with Greinke?

Thanks

Griff
Griff
4 years ago

Top 25 coverage actually starts at 1:01

Lance
Reply to  Griff
4 years ago

@Griff:
Vlad Jr. coverage always starts prematurely hahaha

jose
jose
4 years ago

Ralph,
Can you guys both write your top 25 list? I tried to write as you went along and couln’t keep up.

Where do you have Walker Buehler? I don’t think he was in your top 25. I see him very similar to Alex Reyes and he was at 16. Buehler has being great since he came up.

I am am glad that you keep pumping up Tatis Jr., because him, Arias and Pavin Smith have been bellow the Mendoza line for two long.

jose
jose
Reply to  Geoff
4 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I don’t have tweeter, where can I find the list? THANKS!

Early this morning I listen to the top 25. Now I am going to hear the whole thing.

Thanks, Jose

Lance
Reply to  jose
4 years ago

@jose:
Ralph
1-2 —- VG3-Soto
3-4 —- Eloy – Tatis
5-6 —- Tucker – Robles
7-8 —- Senzel – Bichette
9 -10 —- Kopech – Whitley
11-12 —- Trammell – Rodgers
13 -14 —- Lewis – Riley
15-16 —- Robert – Reyes
17-18 —- Sixto – Jesus Sanchez
19-20 —- Calhoun – Mejia
21-22 —- Adell – Y. Alvarez
23 -24 —- Barreto – Luzardo
25 – Adames

Lance
1-2 —- VG3 – Eloy
3-4 —- Kopech – Tatis
5-6 —- Robles – Tucker
7-8 —- Soto – Senzel
9-10 —- Bichette – Reyes
11-12 —- Mejia – Lewis
13-14 —- Whitley – Keller
15-16 —- Rodgers – Robert
17-18 —- Calhoun – Trammell
19-20 —- Florial – Adames
21-22 —- Y. Alvarez – McKay
23-24 —- Sheffield – Jesus Sanchez
25 —- Adell

Slimcompoop
Slimcompoop
Reply to  Lance
4 years ago

@Lance: Thanks for posting this!

jose
jose
Reply to  Lance
4 years ago

@Lance:
THANKS LANCE!!!! I appreciate it.

Lance,
BA did a new mock draft, witch I really liked as an NL league player. They had:

2 SF – Joey Bart -C
3 Phi – Alec Bohn – 3B
7 SD – Mathew Liberatore
8 ATL – Jarred Kellenic
13 Mia – Nolan Gorman

I really like Bohm, Bart, Liberatore and Gorman, so I hope it goes this way and I may be able to land two of this. I will have either the one or two pick and maybe the fifth.

Sky Burnz
Sky Burnz
4 years ago

Great show guys, as always. When you were talking about R. Lewis, it reminded me Jetee Downs is also having a great year. I realize Lewis has the pedigree over Downs, but their numbers look similar this year. Is Downs a guy that is gaining or is he playing in a more hitter friendly league?