Who doesn’t love the upside of a power bat in Colorado? Over the years some of the best breakouts, values, and production has come from the Rockies minor league ranks. The cushy parks throughout the several levels of the Colorado minors help to inflate many of their prospects statlines, not all that different from the organizational Mecca in Denver. The other side of this setup, is they shellshock their pitchers at a young age. I guess this is to get them over the ticks and anxiety attacks that come with pitching your home games at an elevated altitude. By design or not, we go through all of the top talents in the system with the help of Prospects1500.com‘s Michael Parnell.

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  1. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Rockies bats! You can never have enough Rockies bats, or is that enough pitching! lol

    Solid podcast as always!

  2. SJ says:
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    Ralph,

    I’m taking offers for Trout in a dynasty league. Currently have an offer of Vlad Jr, Greinke, Braun and Familia for Trout and Margot. Is that enough or should i be looking for more?

    Thanks

    • Mike says:
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      @SJ: don’t trade Trout bro

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @SJ: Don’t trade Trout. Unless it’s like Bryce Harper, Mookie Betts, and an OTPHJ.

      • SJ says:
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        Thanks guys.

    • Bterry says:
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      @SJ: I got trout last year in a forever keeper for Bryant, rizzo, chapman, and darvish. Looking back on it it’s the best trade I’ve ever made. It’s only a keep 4 forever tho and I already had arenado and freeman tho. A little different than dynasty, but trouts value is prettttry high.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Bterry: Niiiioce

  3. Tbone says:
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    What is your projection for Dahl in 2018?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tbone: It’s tough to project. Im not sure when he’s going to be ready. There’s a chance we get nothing from him.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Tbone:
      Going to drop my thoughts on Dahl from a prior comments section below….


      I see Dahl being a factor, don’t know if I would say “big factor”.

      Fangraphs currently has him at 130 games with a projection that puts him near what a slightly watered down Chris Taylor looked like in 2018, which is around 100-overall value, or around there. I think that’s a little bit bullish, but I like their optimism.

      Rockies have options as well, even if Desmond is full-time 1B.

      Was just reading this column that Dahl is finally pain free and started hitting off a tee about 3 days ago. This can be taken two ways: 1) His is hitting off a tee! 2) He is just hitting off a tee???

      https://www.denverpost.com/2018/01/04/david-dahl-takes-swings-after-injury-rockies/

      I’m most concerned with the fact that he didn’t play last year. Coming back to full-season workload is something that, even at 23, can cause some rust to accumulate, his injury was also just so odd.

      Crude projection from me: 110 games .280/.320/.450, 14 HR, 6 SB, 55 RBI, 55 R

  4. sport says:
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    I’m with at one and curious about Dahl and his pash. Sorry if it was addressed in the podcast. I’m not able to listen today.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @sport:
      No problem at all. We did not talk about Dahl as he doesn’t have prospect status anymore (by 130+ PA rules).

      See above for some thoughts of mine!

  5. TheeHen4 says:
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    I was offered Chad Kuhl, Joe Musgrove, and Beau Burrows if I give up Marco Estrada, Trevor Cahill, and Jedd Gyorko in a dynasty league. Is Burrows enough to make this a fair trade? I think Kuhl and Musgrove have a bit of upside.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @TheeHen4:
      This is a matter more of contention window more than Burrows’ value to me.

      If you’re trying to win in 2018 and 2019, I would hold the veterans. Otherwise, I don’t mind betting on one of those three becoming valuable.

      I don’t love Burrows, I think at the end of the day he’s probably a #4 starter. He has a bit of a floor, however, which can’t be said about a lot of other pitching prospects.

  6. Joey Fats says:
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    Just off the list, but thoughts on Tapia coming into this year? I feel like he’s going to be a 4th OF, even though he’s ready and if he’s seeing the ball well, could easily find himself at the top of the order.

    • Joey Fats says:
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      @Joey Fats: And good stuff as always! It’s going to be interesting seeing what Pint becomes in a few years!

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Joey Fats:
      I probably agree with Steamer’s projection of a near .300 hitter with little pop and ~10 stolen bases. Very 4th OF-y.

      Tapia feels like a leadoff hitter because he puts the ball in play a good amount and has always been touted for his incredible bat control, but I don’t think his OBP is good enough for him to stick there.

      Pint will be a fun one to watch!

  7. True and Correct says:
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    Rockies should give McMahon an opportunity and let someone else sign Reynolds.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @True and Correct:
      I agree. This is the logical move because even if McMahon can’t handle the everyday role (which I think he can), then Desmond can play 1B and they can use their OF depth nicely to fill in any potential hole out on the grass.

      Adding Reynolds screams matchup playing and confusion. It also probably cuts off most hope for Tapia/Dahl/McMahon to make a substantial impact in 2018.

  8. The NIght Man Cometh says:
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    Ralph, you always have great stuff!!! I’m in a 5×5 Roto League, NL Only, 10 minor league keeper with a $260 salary. I’m looking to make a move this year. I acquired Hoskins at $5 last year. Had an offer for Robles $5 for Freeman $40. What are your thoughts?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @The NIght Man Cometh:
      Interesting. I’ll have Robles top 5-6 on my top 100, which is standard among the industry and an endorsement of him overall. I just think some of his tools right now – particularly power – the are going to take a year or two to bud into relevance. Which means for 2018 and 2019, you’re likely getting a plus-plus defender with some speed and contact ability, slight gap power. Not the most valuable in fantasy.

      I love Robles long term because I think that power will come and the other tools will stick. Do I think that’ll happen this year or next? I’d rather punt to 2019 and beyond for him.

      If you can afford Freeman, I think I’m sticking with him if you want to win this year and next. If you want the long-term value of Robles come late 2019 and beyond, however, you’re winning on the $ value side.

  9. Jose says:
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    Ralph,
    Great job in both the podcast and the video. I love it when you are discussing the players I own or trying to get. I see where you love Welker, I like him too, but I am going to go with Riley first because the Braves are holding the job open for him.

    I told you I was going to get a team and target 2020 . I did (actually got two), and found a guy coming of the same thing . He got the team three years ago and now wants to compete and is trading his prospects. He is loaded with players in your top 50. I acquire A. Reyes, K. Wright and F. Tatis Jr from him and came close to getting Jimenez too.

    I now have Reyes, Buehler, Wright and Gore to go with J. Urias , by the end of 2019 I will have a awesome rotation with two lefties and three righties. Baez and Sixto S. are still available in the draft also.

    I also have J.P. Crawford and C. Kelly to go with Tatis Jr.

    I am going to try to get about three or four more in the draft from Trammell, Baez, Sanchez, L. Urias, P. Smith, Ortiz and Lutz.

    I can’t wait for the draft.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Jose:
      Looks like you’re in a great spot!

      Congrats, those are some fun prospects to follow.

      • Jose says:
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        @Lance:
        Thank I am trying to follow Jesus’s guidance …………..

        Prospect Jesus that is.

  10. Jose says:
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    The other team is the complete opposite. It is ready to compete now, with only two Prospects for now. That is going to change soon.

    Here are my 13 keepers and two prospects:
    1- Yellish LF
    2- Rendon 3B
    3- Goldy 1B
    4- Stanton LF
    5- Ozuna RF
    6- Dejon SS
    7- Lemahieu 2B
    ________ C

    8- B. Crawford SS (Defensive replacement and back up)

    9- Strasburg
    10- Lester
    11- Hamels
    12- Godley
    __________
    13- Bradley – (Closer)

    I. Anderson
    A. Haseley

    What can you tell me about Adam Haseley. I don’t know much about him, I read he maybe a good contact and OBP type of hitter.

    • Jose says:
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      @Jose:
      I read a little more on Adam Haseley and it sounds like is another Yelich, similar type of player.
      Hit for average, high OBP and improving power (12-15 HRs). May have to move to a corner OF.

      ** Can you please correct the spelling on Yelich’s name in the previous comment, I butchered.

      • Lance

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        @Jose:
        Haseley is a corner outfielder already for the most part, never really had the tools to stay in center.

        I don’t like the comp to Yelich on him, personally. He’s a different profile of hitter, doesn’t have the speed, and doesn’t have the same upside Yelich does. Haseley is a college bat from UVA, which means he’s going to move quickly, but I think the upside is limited. He has a funky swing, feels like he should have played like 15-20 years ago (haha), it’s unorthodox, and you’ll find people that like it and others that don’t. At the end of the day he can hit, but it’s just a matter of how much, and how fantasy relevant does he become.

        He’ll be a solid OBP guy, he’ll make productive contact, but the ceiling isn’t too high to me; more floor than anything.

        We can’t edit spelling in previous comments, unfortunately.

        YELLISH!!!! Hahaha

        • Jose says:
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          @Lance:

          We love OBP in Scoresheet Baseball, so I guess Jessy Winkers is a better comp, then. Good OBP, average fielder and very litte speed.

          • Lance

            Lance says:
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            @Jose:
            Yeah I don’t mind that comp. Winker is probably the better OBP guy honestly, but Dahl has more peripheral skills. Dahl will just sustain a high average, which will lead to the higher OBP even though I don’t expect him to walk like 10% of the time.

            • Jose says:
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              @Lance:

              Dahl ??? What ever happened to Haseley? Hahaha

  11. James says:
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    Hey Ralph, do you have any updates on Murphy? Can he bounce back from his injury and contribute in Colorado? Is he worth holding onto in a dynasty league that is limited at C? Thanks

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @James:
      I think we talk about this around the 50min mark if you want to jump to there and listen.

      Iannetta is going to hurt him a lot this year. He still has a shot to be decent because of his power and Coors, but I don’t think his defense will ever be good enough to sustain a full time catching role without question marks. That hurts his value, to me.

  12. Anon Gonzalez says:
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    This really made my Vegas to LA drive much more enjoyable. Didn’t even notice my hangover!

  13. Dougie says:
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    Great stuff!
    Lance you do a great job of moderating/managing the pod in addition providing insight. good work man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Dougie: Lance is the man!

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