Draft talk is finally here, and I for one could not be more excited about it. There’s no point in the year where we’re more inundated with new prospects, and sexy new skillsets to dream on. Hope springs eternal in MLB draft-land, not only for real life teams, but for all y’all fantasy squads as well. Yes, I just used the phrase all y’all. It’s important to remain folksy in the face of privilege. Never mind that, we’re talking the top hitters in this year’s draft class. We go through all the big names from Alec Bohm to Nick Madrigal to Nolan Gorman, Jarred Kelenic, and Jonathan India. Of course we start the show off with some Vlad Jr. talk, and our usual 5×5, highlighting some top players over the last week in MiLB. 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. Big league choo says:
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    10 team 5×5 OBP dynasty

    Trying to trade for vladito

    1) Goldy for vlad/Shaw

    2) Goldy/Alex wood for vlad/syndergaard

    3) Goldy/Bauer/wood for vlad/votto/shark

    Probably asking for too much in 2nd offer. Only problem is guy has too many CI votto, freeman, E5, Moustakas, Shaw. I tried trading pollock for him before injury didn’t work.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Big league choo: I’m always on the Vlad side in these.

  2. jose hernandez says:
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    Hi Ralph,
    I was up until 3:30 this morning listening to the podcast. I was too tire to comment then , so decided to go to sleep for a couple hours, before coming back.

    The podcast was FANTASTIC !!!!!, just what I needed. I just finished my May draft and I am getting ready for my June draft (post MLB draft).

    On my May draft, I listened to your recommendations and got all four of my desired players (Alonso, Framil Reyes, De Los Santos and Paddack).
    So far this is what my 2020 Team looks like:

    LINEUP
    1- Trammell CF
    2- Tatis Jr – SS
    3- Alonso – 1B
    4- Jimenes – LF
    5- Riley – 3B
    6- Reyes – RF
    7- Ruiz – C
    8- Urias – 2B

    ROTATION
    1- A. Reyes
    2- Buehler
    3- De Los Santos
    4- Soroka
    5- J. Urias

    I also have Francy Cordero, Kyle Wright, Gore and Paddack.

    What do you think? Strength and weakness. Where do I need to improve?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jose hernandez: You’re light in speed, and no pen arms. Good looking squad though.

      • jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Ralph,
        as I mention before in Scoresheet, we don’t have categories, just Wins and loses. We play semulation, trying to mimic MLB games.
        In Scoresheet very few relievers are protected, Maybe Kenley Jansen and a couple more, usually the relievers are drafted on the spring draft.

        If a remember correctly Tramell stole 41 bases last year and Tatis Jr had about 32, neither seem to be running as much this year, actually i think Trammell has more HRs five than SBs four. Cordero also has great speed, he just does not steal alot, he uses it more on defense and going first to 3rd or scoring from first base on a gaper.

  3. Chud says:
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    Good stuff!

    I know I’m asking this as Goldy struck out 4 times last night lowering his stock even more but in a dynasty do u prefer him or Springer?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chud: Springer. There’s some serious issues with Goldy and fastballs and Goldy vs RHP.

  4. Charlie Harper says:
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    Soto,Eloy,Bichette and Tatis, are these ranked right, In a keep 6 league ,would u stash Soto as soon as i can/out of contention,thanks you really have this prospect thing down to a science

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Charlie Harper: I’d swap Tatis and Bichette.

  5. Charlie Harper says:
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    will bichette and Tatis be early 2019 callups or later

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Charlie Harper: More likely mid-year.

  6. Richard Davis says:
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    Altuve for Cano and Soto? Altuve has really been struggling putting up counting numbers this season, and I know Cano is almost done, but I think maybe I can get another year or 2 out of him. And Soto seems to be a future stud. Thoughts?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Richard Davis: I’d want something other than Cano. What’s there?

      • Richard Davis says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Not much. His only other assets I’d want are players he considers untouchable like G. Sanchez and T. Turner. Maybe J. Baez, but he doesn’t seem to want to do that now that Baez is having a great year, and Altuve is not. Maybe I should just hold Altuve for now, but I feel like I should be capitalizing on Altuve’s Top 3 preseason status, because it seems like he has kinda “lightened” up since signing that contract extension. I’ve even tried trading him straight up for Vlady, and got laughed at. Altuve has really fallen in value I guess, maybe he can turn it around

  7. jose says:
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    Ralph & Lance,
    I would like to hear from both of you on this one.
    Since my pitching is solid, I want to focus on BIG BATS on the June draft. I have my pick and have acquired four more of the ten picks on our first round. As of right now, I have picks #1, #2, #4, #5 and #10. That will change with the standings between now and June 13, our draft date.

    I am also limited to players drafted by NL teams, so I need help from SF, PHI, CIN, NYN, SD and ATL on this.

    I listen to you guys this morning and this are my favorites if selected by NL teams:

    1- alec Bohm 3B (love that power)
    2- Joey Bart C (Good defender, with power)
    3- Mathew Liberatore ( I love lefty power pitcher, he hit 97 early on the year)
    4- Nolan Gorman ( love that lefty power. He reminds me of Belinger, swinging the bat)
    5- Jarred Kelenic (60 power and good bat speed)
    6- Shane Mcclanahan ( another lefty pitcher)

    What do you guys think? Is there another big power bat? Maybe a 1B?
    I am going to take another look at BA’s mock draft for more help.

    THANKS, Jose

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jose: There’s a lot of names, but it’s going to depend where they end up. I’d take Jonathan India over every name you mentioned outside Bohm.

      My two cents is stay away from McClanahan. He’s going to struggle.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        Done,
        McClanahan is OUT and India is IN.

        Thanks,

  8. Marti says:
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    Thoughts on kolby allard. Any chance up this year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Marti: Added a changeup to his repitiore and it’s a great pitch. He should be up and valuable.

      • Hawk says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Allard is what, 20? 21? Why are they thinking of bringing him up so young?

  9. gc tacos says:
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    Ralph, I have a dilemma today. Due to all this rainouts I have SIX pitchers set to start today and can only afford to send out four. I have Severino, Castillo, Heaney, Kingham, Romero, and Peralta. Which four would you pick? Severino and Kingham look like a lock, but I’m not sure about the rest.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @gc tacos: Heaney and Castillo.

  10. Whatever says:
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    Hi Ralph, I am in a 12 team keeper using OBP and I have Vlad and Juan Soto in my minors. Right now I am in a top 3 scrum but everyone who I try to trade with wants Vlad. Do you consider Vlad a once in a generation type prospect akin to a Mike Trout? in your opinion how much should I resist the urge to trade Vlad? I know this might sound like a stupid question but I could use the opinion of someone who watches these minors guys all the time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Whatever: Don’t trade him.

  11. Bringer of Drought says:
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    Ralph. Josh Donaldson. What’s the deal here? You thinking his struggles are mostly injury related?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Bringer of Drought:
      It’s a combination of a lot of things. His swing and set-up was extremely explosive for many years, relied a lot on his back hip and hands, but as with all hitters, as they age, they’re going to deteriorate physically, and I just don’t think Donny has adjusted yet. I think there is a chance he has another 1-2 seasons of great production in him, but it’s not going to come with his current set up, or with the Blue Jays.

  12. Los locos says:
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    Ralphy… you think tatis coming up this season? If so him over seager?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Los locos:
      I’d say there is an outside chance he’s called up in Sept, not sooner, but if I had to say binary yes-no for this year, I’d say no.

      I still think it’s a little bit early to gauge, he’s K’ing a lot, even with the recent hot stretch. He’s not as ready as some of the other 19 yo’s – *cough* Vladdy *cough* – and there’s nothing wrong with that.

      Over Corey Seager? Well, this year, is there a third option (lol)? Right now, I’ll say Seager for next year if you’re talking 2019, but that’s a tough question to answer, better to gauge everything in August if the decision doesn’t need to be made now.

  13. Killer B says:
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    Ralph, who do you like better for dynasty — Buehler or Flaherty? And is it close? How good is Buehler long term?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @Killer B:
      Buehler, it’s not too close, simply because of the pedigree around Buehler, but that’s more of an endorsement on Buehler than a knock on Flaherty. Flaherty is still a very good pitcher that I think a lot of the industry overlooked for a bit, myself included.

      (I think Ralph would say Buehler as well)

  14. David says:
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    I know i’m probably splitting hairs, but who would you rather have long term, Acuna or Vlad?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @David:
      I think there is a legitimate case for either. I think Vladdy’s approach is better than Acuna’s, hit tool is better, power tool too, but Acuna has the speed and position pros to his case, (if we’re talking fantasy). I’ll go Vlad because of the approach.

      The funny thing here is that many didn’t really have to make this call, because Acuna was consensus #1 coming into the season and now that he’s graduated, Vladdy is consensus #1. I would’ve really interested to see how the industry reacted if Vladdy was doing this last year when Acuna was flying through levels as well, that would’ve been really interesting from a valuation perspective.

  15. S says:
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    Hey Ralph,

    Are any of Jeter Downs, Tony Santillan, Jalen Beeks, Dylan Cozens, Khalil Lee, Will Benson, or Chris Paddack must-own for you, even in shallow dynasties?

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

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @S:
      Don’t think any is a must own, I limit that to very few guys personally as volatility is so high.

      Assuming all these guys are on the waivers, which I’m inferring because you’re asking if any are must-own, you probably don’t need to own any. Lee is probably one I’d like to own in most leagues, same with Paddack.

      But holding crazy upside in your minors slot when all these guys are available make me think that I’d want more close-to-the-majors guys with nice upside, see how they look, and then cycle through if shallow dynasty.

      Ralph’s philosophy might differ here, would be interested in his thoughts.

  16. your mom says:
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    Hi ralph. 20 team (keep 8) h2h league

    Would you trade hosmer and a 2nd round pick for gleyber? How bout for buxton?

    Thanks

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @your mom:
      Seems like the value of a 2nd round keeper is nada, given 8 keepers across 20 teams (160 kept). So it’s essentially Hosmer for Gleyber/Buxton.

      If roto, I would do it for Buxton, but understand that you’re in it for the long haul. Would probably do it for Gleyber as well, but again understanding that this year and next, Hosmer is probably going to be more valuable.

  17. coacher says:
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    I have $5 Eloy Jimenez and $5Juan Soto in my (only) two Minors spots in my 14-team 5×5 OBP roto.

    If I offer one (which one?) along with a $1 Alex Reyes for another guy’s $2 Vlad would I be overpaying?

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @coacher:
      That’s tough, I can see an argument for either side.

      If you subscribe to the diversification of prospect side makes sense, the Reyes/Soto or Eloy side makes sense. But $2 Vlad is probably too tempting, would depend a little on how badly my staff needed Reyes.

      • coacher says:
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        @Lance: Well, Washington just called up young Mr. Soto so I have another spot open for Vlad. I’ll try to pry him away with MLB guys.

  18. David says:
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    Which side would you prefer in dynasty, Ohtani (the pitcher), Freeman and Vlad or Scherzer, Acuna, and Tatis? Thanks.

    • Lance

      Lance says:
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      @David:
      Ohtani/Freeman/Vlad

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