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  1. Jose says:
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    Ralph:
    Can you give me your top five or so players for the June MLB draft. I have about three picks for those that may be picked by NL teams. I want to start watching the top ten or so. I like SS and power pitchers, especially lefties.

    I know it is early but, but I want to be prepeared.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jose: Gorman,Kelenic, De Sedas, Turang, and Singer. This is a good draft from my understanding. In all honesty I haven’t dug into it a ton. That’s coming in about a month.

      • Jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks that gives me a few to focus on and rearch.
        I have about three picks and I am going to try and get couple more.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Jose: Lance has been really crunching on them. I always lean bat, but there’s some nice arms available.

          • Jose says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Thanks Ralph,
            I check them on BA, they have videos and those conect to other videos later.
            I really like Gorman. He kind of reminds me of Belinger, especially on a HR derby they show, he got on a grove and the pitcher threw about five pitches in a row low and in and he hit five bombs, just like Belinger.

            Kelenic looks good too.

            De Seda, looks to have pop from both side of the plate. I watch a spanish interview they did with him. He is from Panama and seems to be dedicated to work on his hitting, because the fielding comes natural to him.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Jose:
      If you like lefties, you have to watch some Liberatore tape. I’m starting to get really aggressive on him the more I consider all the prep arms in the mix; I think he might be one of the best arms available from a floor perspective on the prep side. Polished, stuff is good, really good body control and encouraging mechanics.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Lance: How does he comp to Gore a year from now?

        • Lance

          Lance says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:
          I think it’s a different kind of pitcher from an upside/floor perspective, but the comps will naturally be there because they’re both prep lefties.

          Gore is kind of a freak. He has the funky mechanics, wild athleticism, plus-plus pitches (already). Liberatore seems polished to me, composure and control, with a little bit of work needed on his offspeed.

          But take any of the last top prep arms and all of them are raw, some really, really raw. If you told me Liberatore pitched at the collegiate level, from his control and composure, I bet you could convince some people that was true. That’s where he stands out to me. I think he feels like a college version of a prep arm, with more upside than some of the college arms that some would consider at or near their potential and will move quickly through the minors.

          He’s stood out to me continually in tape I’ve watched and even in PG 2017, with all those big arms around him. I’m very intrigued. Gore is going to hold a special place in people’s hearts because of the aesthetic appeal, Liberatore is a “quieter” arm in terms of hype – or at least I think so at the moment – to me.

          As always, a lot can change in 4 months on the draft landscape.

      • Jose says:
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        @Lance:

        Thanks Lance, i will check him next.

  2. Jose says:
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    Ralph,
    In another Scoresheet NL keeper team, I have acquired the first and third picks. The first is going to be J.D. Martinez, the third is pending on the team with the second.

    If you had the second pick who would you pick between Quintana and Darvish? and what kind of numbers do you forcast for them?

    thanks,

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jose: I’d go Darvish over Quintana, for the K upside and superior previous production. Both should be sub-4 ERA types. Quintana is more a high 8, low 9 K guy. Obviously he’s more of a workhorse than Darvish and there’s some certainty with his situation. If you want raw K numbers I’d have to look at the average innings number for each. I know it’s higher for Quintana, so it might be close. I wouldn’t sweat the choice too much, cause someone else is making it.

      • Jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        You are correct, i get what is left over by #2.

        As per the Ks, remember Scoresheet is not category driven. I like the Ks, because that is less outs that my defense has to get. If a pitcher can hold the other team to 3.5 runs per game, I have a good chance to win, because my team usually provides between 4.5 and 5.1 run support per game.

        I prefer Quintana for a couple reason, he is younger and he is already NL property. Darvish could end up in the AL. We are allowed two cross overs (NL to AL) per year, but if you don’t have to use it, it gives you more flexibility on trades later.

  3. Big League choo says:
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    10 team dynasty 6×6 OBP H2H

    Won the league last year. Had two teams drop out from year 1, doing a slow draft with those player and rookie prospects. There are two picks in front of me, I got 10th pick so I go back to back. Who’s you’re top 4?

    Shohei Otani
    Chris Taylor
    Brent Honeywell
    Michael Kopech
    Dee Gordon
    Byron Buxton
    Jose berrios
    Jake Lamb
    David Price
    Royce Lewis
    Taylor Trammell
    Forrest Whitley
    Michael Baez
    Hunter Greene
    Kyle Lewis
    Bradley Zimmerman
    Lucas Giolito
    Austin Meadows
    Marco Estrada
    Alex Wood

    My team
    C Grandal
    1B Goldy
    2B Odor
    3B Rendon
    SS Cozart
    MI Villar
    CI Smoak
    OF Pollock
    OF Thames
    OF Hicks
    OF Puig
    OF Khris Davis
    Util Austin Hays

    BN Willie Calhoun, Mitch Haniger
    Min Brinson, Juan Soto

    Pitchers
    Cueto, Gray, Stroman, Faria, Hill, Peacock, Alex Reyes, Zach Wheeler

    RP (Svs/holds)
    Andrew Miller, Ken Giles, Doolittle, Blake Parker

    Min Triston McKenzie

    • Big League choo says:
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      @Big League choo:
      Scratch the first year rookies Greene, otani, lewis etc

      Just reread the email rookies going to be separately after 4 round retraction draft.

      • Lance

        Lance says:
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        @Big League choo:
        Can’t say I understand who is on the table now after you scratch Ohtani, etc

        If you shoot a new list of guys over, I can rank for you.

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          @Lance:
          No BA league

          Went with chris Taylor over Dee Gordon hard decision but I’m solid on sbs and Gordon only value is sbs and runs

          My 4 picks
          Alex wood
          Chris Taylor
          Edwin Diaz
          Brad zimmer

  4. SR says:
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    Ralph/Lance,

    21 rounds into my MLB draft for a 14 team 40 man MLB (plus 42 man MiLB) 9×10 dynasty league. Basically all the top 100 prospects (>50IP/130AB) are already off the board.

    1.4 Carlos Correa
    2.25 Gary Sanchez
    3.32 Rhys Hoskins
    4.53 Rafael Devers
    5.60 Ozzie Albies
    6.81 Jose Berrios
    7.88 Lance McCullers
    8.109 Ian Happ
    9.116 Kyle Schwarber
    10.137 Jameson Taillon
    11.144 Rougned Odor
    12. 165 Blake Snell
    13.172 David Dahl
    14.193 Odubel Herrera
    15.200 Eduardo Rodriguez
    16.221 Joc Pederson
    17.228 Dansby Swanson
    18.249 Addison Russell
    19.256 Sean Newcomb
    20.277 Francis Martes
    21.284 Zach Britton

    Looking back, I probably reached on Hoskins, Devers, and Albies a bit, given how much talent I’ve snagged in the later rounds. My thinking is that with a league playing this deep in terms of prospect ownership, having all of these younger post-prospect to young star players will be extremely useful. I’ll have to build a bullpen, and add some starter depth in the next 19 rounds. I really love the group of MI’s I have.

    I have some very near-term prospects too – Tucker, Senzel, McMahon, Andujar, Fried, and Quantrill.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @SR:
      I like it overall, but I think the pitching is going to be pretty volatile for you. It’s a lot of upside, but also a lot of downside., which is inherent with a team when you go this young across the board.

      I rarely say this, but I probably would have mixed in some age to even things out and get you competitive sooner. Not a knock, but probably how I would’ve drafted from like your 6-7th pick onward.

      I like it though! Don’t get me wrong!

      • SR says:
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        @Lance:

        I think the risk is there – but maybe not as precipitous as it feels on first glance. I was feeling a bit concerned after the first 6-8 rounds, but as the high upside guys started to flood in beyond those picks, I’ve started to really enjoy this strategy.

        Reason being is that drafting at those middle rounds, I don’t see a large gap in the probability between a veteran having a down year (or worse a true regression year), versus a post-prospect or developing player breaking out. But by adding 10-15 young players in that pool, you have a high chance of at least 5-7 developing into top 50 MLB guys within the next year or two.

        The guys who don’t either crater keep that luster of being an upsidey post-prospect for a few years past – meaning they retain some trade value because they’re only 27, and the tools are still technically there.

        I also think the floor on this roster is quite a bit higher than it looks, If you get production according to the median MLB careers of these guys, you still end up with a roster probably in the middle of the pack – as long as I manage my roster depth well enough to fill out my categories.

        This is a bit like the now infamous Tom Trudeau strategy, except applied towards MLB guys. My expectation is that I have 2-3 offensive pieces who are solid to excellent producers but don’t have a home on my lineup come next offseason, who I can flip for some legitimate pitching upgrades due to the scarcity of player pool.

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