In a blurry baseball universe, one thing that’s clear about 2020 is the numbers will look funky. 

I will miss the number 30, especially. 

We had some good times. 

And sometimes we’d double up 30/30 . . . those were the days . . .

I suppose we could rally around 30 Runs or RBI? 

Nah that’s ridiculous, and only Kyle Lewis or apex Giancarlo could hit 30 home runs in 60 games, so we should probably say our goodbyes to those curvy round benchmarks. Funky numbers only from here on out! 11? Come on down! 17? Wow that’s a lot of whatevers in 2020!!

As part of this ongoing effort to make my funk the P funk, I’m building rookie leaderboards with concrete Miss Cleo numbers. Projections, if you’re nasty. 

Here’s a funky song to play while you imagine the future. 

Home Runs

1. OF Luis Robert 13

2. OF Kyle Lewis 12

3. 1B Evan White 9

4. OF Dylan Carlson 9

5. OF Jo Adell 8

6. OF Sam Hilliard 8

7. 1B Kevin Cron 7

8. OF Monte Harrison 7

9. 2B Gavin Lux 7

10. OF Jaylin Davis 7

11. 3B Edwin Rios 5

12. 3B Carter Kieboom 5

13. 2B Shed Long 5

14. OF Seth Brown 5

15. 2B Mauricio Dubon 5

16. 3B Alec Bohm 5

17. 2B Nico Hoerner 5

I’m not sure I feel any better than when I started. I stopped at 17 here because that’s our new reality, but I certainly don’t feel like my funk is now the P Funk. 

Even if you didn’t play the track above, I recommend you play it today if you get a chance. I’ve listened to it a few times this week and feel like all is well when it’s playing. 

Alec Bohm remains a bit blocked in Philly, and I don’t think he’ll be a power beast out the gate, but he, Rios, Adell, Brown and Davis could all have higher numbers if opportunity knocked early. 

 

Stolen Bases 

1. OF Monte Harrison 12

2. OF Luis Robert 10

3. OF Tim Lopes 7

4. 2B Nick Madrigal

5. OF Sam Hilliard 6

6. 2B Shed Long 6

7. OF Jo Adell 5

8. 2B Mauricio Dubon 5

9. 2B Nico Hoerner 3

10. 2B Gavin Lux 3

11. OF Shogo Akiyama 3

12. OF Jaylin Davis 2

13. OF Jake Fraley 2

Might be a little conservative here. If Monte Harrison plays, he’s going to run, and I’m here for that.

Tim Lopes and Sam Hilliard have fairly conservative numbers here due to playing time uncertainty but are excellent stolen base options at reasonable price points. 

 

Saves 

1. Nick Burdi 8

2. Kwang Hyun Kim 5

3. James Karinchak 5

4. Austin Adams 5

5. Jonathan Hernandez

6. Bryan Abreu 3

7. Tyler Rogers 2

8. Rowan Wick 2

9. Brusdar Graterol 2

10. Kevin Ginkel 2

11. Ryan Helsley 1

12. Bryan Garcia 1

13. Alex Vesia 1

14. Isaac Mattson 1

15. Hunter Harvey 1

16. Dany Jimenez 1

17. Tyler Zuber 1

I don’t think this list contains all the rookie relievers who will get a save in 2020, but I figured I might as well post what I have in here in the thought that relievers can help this year no matter how many or few chances they get. 

Thanks for reading!

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter and Reddit

 

 
  1. Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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    Free Agents (5×5 roto HR, OBP, SB, RBI, R) from your “Stolen Bases” list are Harrison, Lopes, Madrigal, Long, Dubon, Hoerner, Lux, Davis, and Fraley.

    My OF is stacked and I have Tapia and Akiyama on the bench. I think I might need some SBs; that was my reasoning in grabbing Tapia at the end of the draft. Other guys on my team who are projected for some SBs are LouBob, A.Rosario, Bellinger, Segura, B.Harper, and *maybe* a few from guys like McCutcheon, C.Hernandez, and Akiyama.

    Add-drops?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Madrigal over Cesar

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Sorry, didn’t realize this was Itch’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Losing Stroman has hurt me and I can’t see straight

          • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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            ha..no problem. Thanks Grey.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

            • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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              Wait, is Madrigal going to open at 2B for Chicago or would I be getting zero stats for 10 days or so until they get the extra year of service time??

              • The Itch

                The Itch says:
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                Decent chance he misses the first seven days or so for service manipulation reasons and related cya theatrics.

                • Kruk_Ain't_An_Athlete says:
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                  If he misses 6 games that is 10% of the season! Oh, well…54 games of Madrigal should be fun to watch.

  2. Scott says:
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    Looking ahead to 2021, is Lux recent troubles concern you long term? Is he still over Brujan for 2B prospects?

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Hi, Scott,

      I wouldn’t hold the demotion against Lux long term.

  3. Tom says:
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    So I was able to pick up Nate Pearson with the sudden news that he will be in the majors in a week. But now i have to drop a pitcher. Im in a points league with 10 people. RP’s and SP’s are pretty equal as far as points go.

    For Nate Pearson who of these guys should i drop
    Joe Jimenaz
    Sean Doolittle
    Yonny Chirinos
    Jose Leclerc

    • The Itch

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      Nice snag on Pearson!

      I’d drop Jimenez or Yonny.

      Might not be many saves in Detroit.

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