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It’s the official opening day of baseball. This means a few things, A. We made it through the winter. Congratulations on not being eaten by a bear, or frozen out in the cold. Now that we’ve established that you’re in fact alive, let’s move on to the really exciting part of today, and errr tomorrow. Baseball! While minor league games don’t kick off until Thursday, we have some players with prospect eligibility breaking camp with their respective big clubs. In fantasy baseball there are no little clubs. We’re all about feelings. With every prospect making the club, there’s three being assigned to a minor league affiliate, we’ll talk a few of them too. It’s a roll call of sorts. While we’re all here you don’t mind if i go a little off topic do you?  I actually don’t care about your input, I’m doing it any way. Can I tell you what team has me super excited to watch them this year? The Padres! Seriously the crappy old, future last place Padres. If only because the friars on the list are of real interest to me as they’re breaking camp with top prospects Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe, as well as three Rule 5 draft picks from A.J. Preller’s Rule 5 coup. Yes, a Rule 5 Coup d’etat, it’s a real thing. How effective a Rule 5 Coup can be, remains to be seen. We also have the emergence of Aaron Judge with a job. If you’re anything like me you’re screaming, FINALLY!!!

 

Camp Breakers 

Manuel Margot, OF Padres: Ranked 11th in my Pre-season Top 100, Margot will start in the Padres outfield, at least for the time being. I hope to God they don’t send him down in three weeks, and then let him rot in El Paso for a month just push back his service time clock. It’s one of those things, I get it, but I don’t like it. Baseball service time rules are crazy. Should be a source of steals, average, and runs.

Aaron Judge, OF Yankees: Ranked 37 on my Pre-season Top 100, was declared the Yankees starting right fielder earlier this week. Is it finally Judge’s time? (I refuse to make a Judgement Day joke) He’s mashed in the spring, and took some time to adjust to AAA, could be the same in the bigs. I’m excited to see what happens if he gets hot in April.

Andrew Toles, OF Dodgers: Will play left field against righties, and offers some potential speed/contact upside. He runs, though not all that efficiently (24/36 in 2016 MLB/minors), and he hit well in the majors last season .314/.365/.505. Whether he can sustain that success over a full season is highly unlikely.

Albert Almora, OF Cubs: After hitting well in the spring, Almora is in line to see an increased role in the Cubs outfield in 2017. He’s a solid all around player, though better in real life evaluations. He offers a little speed, and even less power, but he could be source of batting average and runs.

Allen Cordoba, SS Padres: The Rule 5 gamble unsurprisingly made the 25 man, now we wait and see what this does to Cordoba’s development long term. Won the rookie level Appalachian League batting title, hitting .362, while swiping 22 bags in 2016. That’s Rookie ball peeps. He’s obviously not ready for prime time, exhibited by his putrid spring slashline of .179/.247/.194.

Dan Altavilla, RP Mariners: Breaking camp as the setup man for Edwin Diaz. He was very good in his short time in Seattle last season, and isn’t the worst gamble in a holds league.

Amir Garrett, LHP Reds: Will break camp with the Reds as part of the rotation. Ranked 91 on my top 100. Garrett is the type of pitcher who typically outperforms his peripherals. He’s neither a strikeout machine or a control maven, which ultimately limits his upside. He’s still offers some upside however, as he’s lefty, and possesses superior athleticism, and stuff.

Daniel Robertson, SS Rays: Not really of any consequence, as he’s been off the prospect radar for over a year now. The promise of his strong 2014 is still lingering in some folks minds.

Tyler Glasnow, RHP Pirates: Made the rotation out of camp, and looks like he’s got a shot to stick. He’s going to have moments of brilliance, and moments of absolute misery. The control is still an issue, but he misses a lot of bats.

Dansby Swanson, SS Braves: This one isn’t a shocker, what so ever. Really, I was just looking to use this as a space to a say, I’m super excited to own Swanson this season. Much more than I thought I would be. I’ve really come around to the line of thought that he could be a contributor right away. He hit well in the spring and should provide some low to mid teen power and speed potential.

Andrew Benintendi, OF Red Sox: Pretty much this

T.J. Rivera, INF Mets: Will break camp with the Mets as the utility infielder. The power he flashed in his abbreviated stay in the bigs last season, makes him some what intriguing particular in deep leagues. I obviously like him, as I’ve written about him twice in two weeks.

Yandy Diaz, 3B Indians: Will start the season as the Indians 3rd baseman, and I couldn’t care less. Outside of silly biceps he’s pretty uninteresting. His multi-positional eligibility potential at least give him some intrigue, but I can’t see owning him outside an AL only with OBP.

Frankie Montas, RHP Athletics: A interesting pen arm with elite K/9 stuff. Someone I’ll be streaming in my RCL’s for sure. Not a bad gamble if you play in a K/9 league.

Jesus Aguilar, 1B Brewers: If Aguilar’s spring fling is for realzies, there’s going to be some aggravated Indians fans. Eric Thames is getting time in the outfield, and it would seem the Brewers are committed to giving Aguilar a chance.

Quick Calls

Harrison Bader, OF Cardinals: Down in AAA Memphis getting reps as the starting Centerfielder. Is only a Dexter Fowler DL stint away from a potential call up. Invariably we’ll see Bader at some point during the season.

Dustin Fowler, OF Yankees: Made quite the impression in camp, and has a real shot to see some time in the Bronx later in the season. He’s still a few injuries away, but there’s some power/speed upside, and enough defensive acumen to muscle his way into some PT.

Jordan Montgomery, RHP Yankees: Didn’t make the rotation, come on you didn’t really want to own him anyway.

Lewis Brinson, OF Brewers: The playing time picture is murky at the moment, so Brinson needs some struggles from Domingo Santana, Keon Broxton, or an injury to either. I do think we see Brinson before the All-Star break.

Josh Hader, LHP Brewers: Was assigned to minor league camp awhile ago, but I feel the exciting lefty could be up in Milwaukee by mid-May.

Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B White Sox: He’s coming and he looks like a bad mamma jamma, switch-hitting power/speed beast with middle and corner infield eligibility. Should spend about a month and a half to two months in Charlotte, before getting the call to the Southside.

Blake Swihart, C Red Sox: I know he’s technically no longer a prospect, but he sort of is for all intents and purposes. Keep an eye on Swihart, I doubt that either Leon or Vazquez hit enough to keep him down. Wouldn’t shock me if Swihart was seeing regular at bats by July. I know that he seems like a bust, but he’s only 24 and catchers take longer.

 

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  1. Mike says:
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    Ralph, even though not all of these are “rookies”, how would you rank Margot, Kepler and Buxton?

    Also, what do you think about Gsellman?

    • thatguy says:
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      @Mike: I would go Margot, Buxton, Kepler for this year, and Buxton, Margot, Kepler long-term.

      Buxton is the most volatile of the three because his strikeout rate could be over 30%. He just had a solid spring training where he hit .280, but I don’t buy the high average yet. More useful is the fact that he had 9 doubles versus 1 homerun. He’s still growing into the power and I’m not buying it yet this season.

      Margot and Kepler have strikeout rates in the mid-teens, and should be less volatile assets this year. If Margot sticks (see Ralphs point about service time above), he should be a reliable source of speed and runs with a useful average (think .270-.280 with 5-10 HR, 20-30 SB, and 70-80 R over a full season). Margot had a rough spring training so could start slow.

      The big red flag with Kepler is his power numbers from last year. According to xStats, his 17 HR should have been more like 6. To me Kepler looks like a .250-.260 guy who is a 10-10 candidate over a full season. Kepler just had a terrible spring training. I don’t expect a lot here.

      Gsellman is a darling on this site. If I recall, a few of these guys had him as a ROY candidate. His numbers last year were beautiful, but they were over kind of a small sample and would represent a huge breakout if he continued like that. He is a lower velocity two pitch guy who pitches to contact, and even in his good debut last year had a high BABIP. So, more likely he will put up an ERA in the mid to high 3s at least with underwhelming strikeout numbers. He had a real nice spring training, putting up a 2.31 ERA and 15 K over 21 innings. The upside here is Doug Fister, but I expect more of a fantasy SP4.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mike: I would rank them Buxton, Kepler, Margot, with the later having the best draft value. Buxton though risky has the highest upside of the trio. He has a legit shot at 20/20 with the speed total possibly being higher. I could see a Carlos Gomez or Crispy Young type of season.

      Kepler is a better hitter than he showed at points last season, I expect him to do a better job of hitting for average and getting on base. I also believe that he has the mid to high teen pop he showed last year. He’s got wheels too. There’s a boring floor, but a nice upside.

      Margot might have the safest profile of the bunch, but he’s inexperienced at the MLB level, which can mean nothing or everything. I like him a lot and own him in more places than Buxton or Kepler, but I think much of that is the value I was getting on Margot.

      I LOVE Gsellman, he was my ROY pick, and I think he’s better than That Guy is giving him credit for. Though he makes excellent points on all four players. I love Gsellman’s three pitch mix of the Sinker, Cutter (he manipulates his fastball), and Slider he works to both sides of the plate well, and drives a ton of weak groundball contact. He’s got very good velocity on his fastball (actually would have been in the top 20 among qualified starters. Fangraphs page writeups is misleading. He throws a slider, and he throws it a lot. He gets ahead early in counts, and throws strikes, in a lot of ways he reminds me of Kyle Hendricks. No pedigree, so he has his detractors. I wrote him up in my Mets preview. https://razzball.com/top-new-york-mets-prospects-2017-fantasy-baseball/

  2. thatguy says:
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    Is it just me, or is Renfroe about to piss on National League pitching?

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      @thatguy: I get the same feeling.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @thatguy: He could for sure, he’s certainly not going to leave them worried about pitch count though. I do expect good power numbers.

  3. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    FINALLY!!!

    Happy Opening Day!

      • Tweak says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Me neither! However, I’m at work and I think that might be a problem.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Tweak: Stay behind your desk.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:
        I have my lucky Yankees thong on and drinking a cold Guinness!! PLAY BALL!

  4. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Happy Opening Day! Could really use some last minute pre-lineup lock advice from the Razz community!

    I’m a bit rusty on my FAAB claims, and thought Dahl would be DL’d before lineup lock (still hoping for that!), so I inadvertently ended up with 2 extra players over my roster limit and an overcrowded outfiled, adding Ryu (cool!), DeShizz (nice!), and Matt Holliday (good sub for JD Mart or my Yankee homer-ism?).

    If Dahl is DL’d before weekly lineup lock, I only need to drop 1. If Dahl isn’t DL’d, I’ll need to drop 2.

    Who are the first and second most droppable guys from the below group? FYI keeper league.

    Peralta, Holliday, DeShizz, Triggs, R. Mondesi

    In case relevant:

    -12 team, 5 OF league

    – my other OFs to play with are Dahl [injured], JDM [DL], Polanco, Keon, Rajai, Jankowski, plus prospects Tapia + Meadows

    -Schoop is my regular 2B but I’m very curious if Mondesi can keep his spring going

    -Triggs I’m streaming against the righty-heavy Angels. If I drop him, then I would need to start Ryu in Colorado, which would be . . . a bold choice.

    Thanks!

    • Malicious Phenoms says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?:

      Paul 417B is that you? lol

      nice av!

      Now back to your question..I would think Dahl and everyone else needs to be on the DL before the first game today..

      I would cut Tapia, if you have to cut one, Not sure on the other, but I wud say Jank or Rajai..

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Malicious Phenoms: Ha ha! Rudy helped me get sorted out.

        Thanks, MP. Tapia’s a tough one to cut due to the keeper value, but you may be right. Need those SBs from Jank and Rajai . . . but maybe Mondesi?

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @thatguy: Thanks – Triggs is definitely on the likely cut list since I wasn’t planning to hold him long anyway. Holliday I like for the RBI, AVG, and playing time . . . Peralta and Holliday feel sort of similar, with Peralta likely to have better avg and sb but less power and possibly sitting v lefties..

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I’d dump Mondesi and Deshizz you have a lot of speed in the outfield already you need some safe floor bats.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks, Ralph – esp as the prospect guy, helps to hear that Raul isn’t a must own right now, particularly while he’s batting 9.

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah definitely. Would be great if I could keep him around (if Dahl is DL’d before the first game today). If not, I’ll definitely be watching him.

            With JDM (and Dahl) injured, my strategy was to go HAM on steals early on + then trade a Jankowski or Rajai type mid season. Mondesi helps that strategy too on weeks like this where Schoop has meh matchups (here, only 5 games).

  5. Good read here, thanks Ralph!

    I just checked Yahoo and was a little shocked to see Montara at a 38% ownership. That’s kind of unreal for a dude that far out from a call-up. Braun didn’t have that high of a % ownership when he finally got the call.

    2B is pretty deep – I picked Neil Wallker 27th/30. Starlin Castrk is likely going to hit 25 bombs this year and he’s a FA. Moncado would have to be ridonkulous to justify that level of ownership.

    What % chance do you put on him being ridonkukous and what % disappointment?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lucky Dog: Hmmmm might be the fact that more leagues have N/A spots now on Yahoo. I drafted one last night where Moncada is my N/A. He could be really good, and might be up within a month or so. We’re talking power, speed, and dynamic offensive potential.

      • @Ralph Lifshitz: I don’t really have anyone to drop & don’t have an n/a spot (I didn’t even know I could add that and dammit I’m the commish!) so I’ll have to see if someone gets hurt or sucks enough to drop. I hate having a boat anchor on my bench.

        Good to prospect hunt though so thanks for the info – I didn’t know much about him but after reading this article I looked into him a little more and he’s intriguing for sure. Wonder where they’ll bat him in the lineup when he’s finally up.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: Sorry about that! Been super busy with drafts etc the last two days and didn’t see it. I like you plan with Reyes. I answered on the post.

      • malamoney says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: No worries. I don’t think we see Maitan until 2019 when he will be 19. There’s a tiny chance we see him at the age of 18, but unlikely. He’d have to be destroying minor leagues.

        I think my plan is to stash Reyes now for next year. Then next year I will grab Maitan with my last pick and just hold him.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @malamoney: Yeah, and it wouldn’t shock me if it wasn’t until 2020 or 2021, he’ll still be extremenly young at that point, and Austin Riley might be a solid 3rd baseman by that point. I’m very apprehensive about being too aggressive with Maitan’s timeline.

          • malamoney says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: The catch here with Reyes is that he needs to be assigned to the minors out of Spring Training next year for me to be able to keep him in my ML spot.

            I’ve got Josh Hader sitting there now. Would love to have Moncada, but someone actually drafted him last year and has been holding him. He got lucky that he was sent down a few weeks ago and could continue to stash him.

            I considered swapping Hader with Austin Meadows or Cody Bellinger. Still not sure which one makes a bigger fantasy impact this season. Thoughts?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @malamoney: The Austin vs Cody battle should be interesting. Depends on the big leagues roster, and what trades and injuries come over the course of the season.

              • Ralph Lifshitz

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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Reyes should begin in the minors I’d be shocked otherwise.

              • malamoney says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz: Would you prefer one of them over Hader?

                • Ralph Lifshitz

                  Ralph Lifshitz says:
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                  @malamoney: Points league?

                  • malamoney says:
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                    @Ralph Lifshitz: Of course. Roto is for children LOL.

                    Points league, but scoring skewed towards pitchers. But ignore that fact.

                    • Ralph Lifshitz

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                      @malamoney: It certainly bumps up Hader’s value in my eyes.

  6. SallyCips says:
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    Happy OD, Ralph!

    Who are the best 4 stashable rookies this season? Have some NA spots to fill! Obviously Moncada went in the draft.

    Also, would you grab Glasnow over say Gsellman, Severino, Foltyw, other low end young arms with possible upside to start the season. I have a SP spot open. Could just stream, too.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SallyCips: I prefer Gsellman this year, his floor is far safer than Glasnow. My second pick would be Folty.

      • SallyCips says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Interesting. OK, man, appreciated.

  7. Derrick says:
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    Thoughts on this team in a 12-team, 5X5, H2h league?

    C – Weiters (273)
    1B – Rizzo (9)
    2B – Odor (Keeper 57)
    SS – Correa (Keeper 249)
    3B – Rendon (64)
    OF – Marte (16)
    Of – Pollack (40)
    OF – Kepler (105)
    Util – Abreu (33)
    Bench -3B – Justin Turner (129), SS- Marcus Seimen (256)

    SP’s – Darvish (keeper 136), Kenta Maeda (81), John Lackey (112), Rich Hill (88), Aaron Nola (177), Taijuan Walker (184), Joe Ross (208)

    RP’s – AJ Ramos (153), Dellin Betances (201), Jeanmar Gomez (225), Fernando Rodney (232), Sam Dyson (160)

    I felt I got good value. Good draft or bad?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Derrick: Good team, you have a bit of everything. I’d want another power bat if I could but you have a nice core in your lineup, rotation, and pen.

  8. Lt says:
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    Great read, thanks for it but I’m having some opening day anxiety/self doubt. 5×5 h2h, my closers are bedrosian and trienan. He starts Kintzler and Oh. He has 9 projected starts to my 8. My pitching is More K dynamic but should I tank saves, start all starters to guarantee wins and k? I feel Oh has 6 home games and will get 4 saves. It’s weekly lineups. SO those 2 closers or Nova and Paxton? DUffy, Maeda, Gausman, Hill, Mccullers already in.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Lt: Go Nova and Paxton!

      • Lt says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I’m tanking saves and rallying behind ks and wins! Thanks man!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Lt: Haha

  9. Robert says:
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    Renfroe or Kepler?

  10. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    I’m running a monthly contest over on Fantrax for Razzball readers. Click here and check it out, its 100% free to play. They’ll be a small prize for the winner $25 gift card, Razzball T-shirt etc.

    You have until 1pm today.

    https://www.fantrax.com/newui/publicLeagues.go

  11. Eduardo Almaguer says:
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    Adalberto Mejia another name that can be included. Could be of some AL-Only interest.

    But JaCoby Jones is another one that I”m probably scooping up in my 16-team league with huge rosters.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Eduardo Almaguer: Yeah Adalberto is a decent rotation arm, if you’re in a deep league and need some depth.

      I’m not a big JaCoby guy, but he’s got wheels.

  12. Tweak says:
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    Happy Opening Day(s) to everyone!

    Really looking forward to this season, as there are tons of teams in play and the Cubs are not invincible.

    Ralph, what do you think about Margot vs Tapia in a dynasty format? Margot obviously has the leg up this season, and is probably a better prospect for fantasy given a neutral park, but blahblahblah Coors for Tapia. Am I the only one that sometimes gets them confused? They’re the Denard Spans of prospects!

    Digging on Bader/Hader this year for solid newcomers. I’m thinking Bader as ROY if he gets enough playing time (or forces it).

    I’m also keen to watch the Braves and Brewers this year; I think they’ll both outperform their projections. The Braves played great in the 2nd half last year under Snitker. Is both at .500 totally nutso?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tweak: Happy OD!

      I’d lean Margot if only because of the playing time available.

      Maybe, I love Bader, but he would have to see some extended run.

      I’m intrigued by both, son I totally hear you.

  13. Moneyball says:
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    Do I see the banana peel on the floor but step on it anyway…

    drop C.Rupp for Y.Gomes?
    Gomes tore up spring training while Rupp blew.

    And yes, I feel dirty and ashamed asking this catcher question.

    • Moneyball says:
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      And this totally relates to the topic… because… um… err… uh… Jorge Alfaro! Yeah… um… he’s a prospect… and… err… Rupp… uh… okay, not really relevant.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Moneyball: Yeah why not! Worth the risk in my opinion.

      Haha Alfaro!

  14. Chucky says:
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    2 start Davies v Chi and Colorado or Gsellman v Marlins?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chucky: Gsellman.

  15. Julio Garza says:
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    any chance torres is up this year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Julio Garza: Yeah there’s a slight chance we see him this summer.

  16. Chud says:
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    Always a great way to start a Sunday morning Ralph! 10 team full keeper trade offer for you:

    I get Hamels ($30)/Manaea ($1)/Will Myers ($19)

    I give Gausman ($9)/MFranco ($10)/Carlos Martinez ($18)

    Who wins?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chud: Seems like an even swap to me.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Branta: The Kraken!

  17. Not Your Average Joe says:
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    Yo! Mad respect for Razzballers who write, let along respond to comments, on Sunday! The effort is much appreciated.

    So Castellanos and Finnegan are floating around in my FA pool. I don’t really have a place to put Castellanos but seems like so much value to just leave on the wire. However, my bench is OF-heavy due to my not drafting OFs early in my draft. Would you drop anyone just to stash Castellanos in case he hits 2nd this year and ends up breaking out? What about Finnegan? Good second half last year but awful spring so far – has the league caught up to his changeup?

    5×5 12-team redraft

    C – Realmuto, 1B – Freeman, 2B – Dozier, 3B – Machado, SS – Correa, OF – Polanco, Benintendi, Duvall, Util – Santana, Bench – R.Davis, Renfroe, DeShields

    SP – Tanaka. Hamels, Duffy, Maeda, Eickhoff, Liriano; RP – K.Rod, Treinen, Holland, Ottavino (I’m waiting for the Rockies to announce a closer)

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Not Your Average Joe: I’d dump Deshizz for Castellanos, or Is wait until the Rocks announce and dump Ottavino, I assume its Holland.

  18. Gregjeffries says:
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    Great stuff as always Ralph!

    Have a quick Major League lineup question for you. Who are you starting in your Utility spot this week between Kepler, Broxton, Renfroe and Deshizz?

    Thanks much!

  19. Jb says:
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    What’s your thought on how Kyle Freeland will do in Colorado?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jb: Outisde of really deep leagues I’m not rushing to own him. He might be okay though.

  20. Big league choo says:
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    12 team dynasty 7×7 BBs+ HBP, Tbs, Qs, H

    My villar and Salazar for arenado samardzija

    Which side?

  21. Sport says:
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    Thank you for all the work Ralph!

    Just been offered his Dahl for my Lucroy in a 10 team roto (6×6) dynasty. I’m not quite in win now mode. Do this right?

    • J-FOH says:
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      @Sport: asap

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sport: Do it!

    • Sport says:
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      @Sport:

      Done!!!!! Thank you for the help!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: I’ve never heard that jam. Next time read my thoughts, and then text me.

  22. Pousse-Pousse says:
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    Love your stuff, Ralph. Have a roster spot open for a starter in a deep bench league that counts K/9, IP, and QS (in lieu of K and W). Which started would you grab: Morton, Norris, S.Miller, or (boring) Estrada?

    Bonus question: What should we expect from Matt Strahm this season?

    • Pousse-Pousse says:
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      @Pousse-Pousse: Oh, and add Skaggs to that list of available starters! Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Pousse-Pousse: I’d grab Skaggs and he prepared to move on if his shoulder stops him from making his next start.

      Like him, he could be an interesting starter or reliever. Good stuff, he’s a lefty, and I just trust KC’s homegrown arms.

  23. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph. Brad Miller or Mike Napoli in a head to head points league?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: Give me Miller.

  24. Jason says:
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    Ralph, I’m in a dynasty H2H points league.

    I’ve got 2 slots I want to add pitchers in. How would you rank these for adds?
    Skaggs, Guerra, Norris, Cobb, Finnegan, B. Anderson, Ryu.

    Also, which prospect do you think we will see first, and who do you think will do the best?
    Reynaldo Lopez, TY Blach, Tyler Beede.

    Thanks for the advice

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jason: Skaggs, and Ryu.

      Think we see, Blach first, he’s already in the pen. If there’s an injury or anyone is pushed back he might step in. The only issue would be stretching him out.

  25. Sport says:
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    Hey Ralph thank you so much for always answering our questions. I decided to get into a dynasty league for the first time and found take over for a team that didn’t look to bad. I have already made a couple of moves but was wondering if you help direct me a little with this team.

    It’s a 10 team 6×6 (OPS & holds) roto. We keep 30 and bat a MI, CI, 4 OF, and one UT plus the regulars.
    1B-Votto, Murphy, Chris Davis.
    2B-Dee Gordon, Schoop, Villar.
    SS-Story, Dansby, Villar.
    3B-Turner, Villar.
    OF-Betts, Dahl, Benintendi, Herrera, Fowler, Ozuna.
    In the NA I have Swihart and Josh Hader.

    I’m really curious as your thoughts on areas you would try to address. I know I’m lacking power, especially vs speed heavy. I can’t get any takers on Dee Gordon.

    I will just stick to the hitting side of it and see if you think I should go for more youth, maybe who is dropobale, or to use as trade bait. I already traded Lucroy to get Dahl.

    Thank you!

    • Sport says:
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      @Sport:
      That’s Tommy Joseph at first base, not Murphy.

      Guys I get on the FA list include Bradly Zimmer, Senzel, Chance Sisco, willie Calhoun, Matt Chaan, Francisco Mejia, Luke Weaver, Jose DeLeon, Walker Buehler.

      We only get 2 NA spots so I burn bench spends on any of them or swap them with Swihart/Hader?

  26. Dougie says:
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    Ralph,
    Dynasty, Salary cap & contracts, H2H, 7×7, most cats wins
    r/hr/rbi/sb/avg/bb/fld%_________K/K9/era/whip/w/sv+h/bs

    I want Dansby at $1,200,000. I’m trying to get him with Polanco at $9,336,000. Is it too much to include DeLeon at $537,000 to make it happen?

    • Dougie says:
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      @Dougie: I should mention that its a 12 team league and he needs OF badly. Right now he has Heyward, Myers, Puig, tomas, Odubel and reddick. Each of those guys are at about 8.5 mil with tomas at 6.4 mil. Also, Dansby is his backup to Bogaerts… lot of info. sorry bout it.

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