When it comes to rookies we all known the top 100 prospects, and the guys outside the rankings with all the helium, but more often than not it’s the unheralded prospects that can make all the difference in deeper leagues and dynasty’s. Ask the 2014 Charlie Blackmon owner, the 2015 Delino Deshields owner, or the guy that picked up Travis Shaw down the stretch. They’ll tell you that when everyone else was blinded by minor leagues stats, or top 100 hyperboles, they took a shot on a guy who had something more important than hype; playing time. When it comes down to it, no matter the format, or scoring system everything starts and ends with playing time opportunity. So, with that said, for the next two posts I’m going to take a look at players that have a chance of breaking camp with their clubs, and reaping the benefits of that most important thing. Today we focus on the hitters and Wednesday we’ll move onto the pitchers. These won’t be your heralded guys like A.J. Reed or Jose Peraza, but those less sexy “rooks” that toe the line of JAG, and sleeper. Behold, Dr. Lifshitz’s Sleeper Rookies for 2016 Fantasy Baseball!

 

Keon Broxton, OF | MIL: All I hear is Keon this and Keon that, Keon beat that azz with a baseball bat! Y’all remember Da Band? Yeah, they were awful. Hopefully the buzzy outsider of Brewers camp has a more successful run at the big time than those cats. After putting up a 10 homer/40 steal season in 2015 across AA and AAA with the Pirates, Broxton earned a late season callup where he saw two at bats. He was then moved in December to the Brewers for Jason Rodgers. Though it’s a trade that didn’t attract much fanfare, it’s safe to say Broxton has the potential to be a low risk steal for Milwaukee. He combines good speed, some pop, and quality defense that will keep him in the lineup even when his bat is slumping. Now there are negatives too, as he strikes out too much, and is pretty old (26) to finally be getting his chance.

Conclusion: A last round flier type for some quality SAGNOF upside.

 

Trevor Story, SS | COL: Okay, so maybe I’ve been sleeping a little bit too hard on Story, but in the early part of camp all reports were he was behind utility types Christian Adames and Daniel Descalso. With Descalso now on the shelf, and Adames uninspiring at his best at the plate, Story looks to be the guy to own of the trio. The uncertainty of Jose Reyes, paired with his power/speed combo, make Story a dark horse contender for NL rookie of the year. So far this spring he’s hitting .321 with the 4 homers and 10 rbis. I’m willing to admit I was wrong about Story.

Conclusion: Keep an eye on who gets the job out of camp. Might be worth a reach if you have bench space for a stash or an NA or minors spot in your re-draft. Definitely has the chance to make an impact.

 

Travis Jankowski, OF | SD: I don’t know if Jankowski has a nickname but, it should be the flying kielbasa. **google searches Travis Jankowski nickname** Turns out his nickname is Fred because he loves Mister Rodgers. Alrighty then!! The pride of the SUNY Stony Brook, (R.A the Rugged Man’s hometown). He possess double plus speed and excellent defense, but gives you zero pop, as he’s more likely to lay down a mean squeeze, than homer.

Conclusion: TJ can fly, and you’re probably looking at a SAGNOF type, problem is Jon Jay looks like the soon to be anointed leadoff hitter and centerfielder for the Friars.

 

Tyler Naquin, OF | CLE: So every so often I talk to J-FOH. Not because I like the guy, (I mean how could you?), but because he’s full of good information and random stories that involve muscle cars. (See! Not all bad) One such piece of information, was that Rudy, while down in Arizona for Spring Training with the rest of the Razzball high priests, was keenly interested in checking out Naquin. I was familiar with Naquin as a former first round pick that had been hampered with injuries. He’s always had the ability to produce, no matter the level when on the field. It’s been the staying of the field part that’s been tricky. His minor leagues numbers speak for themselves, as he flashes batting average, on base skills, power, and speed. So far in camp Naquin is winning the interim-centerfield job handily over Colin Cowgill and Will Venable, who are a combined 3-49! Then there’s Joey Butler and Robbie Grossman, neither of which pose much of a threat. His defense is also that of a starting caliber major leaguer, maybe a tick better.

Conclusion: If he’s given some serious playing time in April, don’t be surprised if he’s widely owned by May 1st.

 

Socrates Brito, OF | ARI: The Philosopher is hitting .400, and earning a lot of buzz down in Arizona. Over the past few years Brito has established himself as a legitimate power/speed threat. Last year in AA Mobile he hit .300 with 9 homers, 41 extra base hits, and 20 steals in 26 attempts. I’m not going to go on and on, Google his name, he’s the most mentioned “sleeper rookie” of spring training.

Conclusion: Yasmany Tomas better watch his sore left knee, because Brito could force his way into the lineup, after he makes the club out of camp as the 4th outfielder. #boldprediction #notthatbold

 

Hector Olivera, 3B/OF | ATL: There was a ton of hype a year ago boosting Olivera’s value, but where has it all gone? I’ve been routinely drafting Olivera in the late rounds of all different formats. As of writing this he leads not only the Braves (pfft big deal), but all of the NL in hits this spring. At (almost) 31 he’s a ready-made product that should start from the jump. He never hit below .315 in Cuba, and has flashed power, could be a sleeper with multi-position eligibility.

Conclusion: Will make the team out of camp and play every day. If he can carry his momentum along until April and beyond we could be looking at a universally owned player when all is said and done.

 

Joey Rickard, OF | BAL: Picked up by the Orioles via Tampa Bay in the rule 5 draft, Rickard has impressed in camp. So much so that many believe he deserves the starting left-field job over international signing Hyun-soo Kim. Rickard’s story is one of a long shot 9th rounder, that after early success (short season 2012 and full season A in 2013) was followed with struggles (AA in 2014) and ignored a bit by the prospect crowd. But after a strong 2015 that saw him shoot across three levels and slash .321/.421/.447, many thought he was a shoo-in for the Rays 40 man roster. Obviously that wasn’t the case and many Ray’s fans have a right to be mad after it looks like a very serviceable outfielder may have slipped through the cracks.

Conclusion: With a good hit tool, on base skills, and great wheels, Rickard looks to be a SAGNOF batty call that could see extended runs if there’s an injury in the O’s outfield.

 

Tyler Goedell, OF | PHI: Another outfielder plucked from Tampa in the rule 5 draft, the 23 year old Goedell looks like the opening day leftfielder for the Phils. He’s never played above AA, but he flashed good power/speed over his minor league career, slugging 31 homers while swiping 108 bases in 451 minor league games. Last season in AA Montgomery, Goedell slashed .279/.350/.433 with 12 homers and 28 steals.

Conclusion: With Aaron Altherr out for the season, and Cody Asche doubtful for opening day (and blah), Goedell has a chance to burst onto the scene with a high upside skill set.

 

Mikie Mahtook, OF | TB: You might remember Mahtook from his dynamic September that produced a .353/.397/.706 slash line with 11 XBH’s, but he spent much of 2015 shuttling back and forth between Durham and the major league club. Still below his limits (just barely 105 ab’s), Mahtook offers a power/speed toolset, but strikes out too much to ever be a contributor in batting average. Unfortunately Mahtook might have a tough time justifying his place on this list, with the Rays currently rostering Corey Dickerson, Desmond Jennings, Steven Souza, Kevin Kiermaier, and Brandon Guyer.

Conclusion: More than likely doesn’t make the team out of camp unless one of the aforementioned quintet suffers an injury. Still worth tabbing on your watch list and adding if a spot opens up.

 

Mac Williamson & Jarrett Parker OF | SF: Giants prospects rarely come with much hype lately. But no team is better at getting the most out of boring vets and fringe specs. Both Williamson and Parker are in competition for outfield spots in San Fran, but both projecting more as a depth guy than starter at least out of camp. Fear not! The trio of Cal Ripken’s in front of them (Pagan, Pence, and Span) has about as much of a chance of staying healthy, as I do of playing Beethoven’s 5th on the piano with my feet. Williamson offers potential 20 homer power with solid on base skills, while Parker offers power and speed with a low batting average and a lot of K’s.

Conclusion: Parker should make the team out of camp, while Williamson is on the fringe but could be up quickly. Either one is worth a late round flier in deep leagues (pssst like out Scout.com $88 leagues).

 

Tyler White, 1B/3B | HOU: In what has to be one of the most closely monitored position battles amongst fantasy managers; White has emerged as the dark horse candidate for the Astros opening day first base job. White has been pegged as a “Matt Adams” type throughout his minors career; over the past few seasons he has worked on his physique and hit tool, having slimmed down quite a bit. After having a legendary (and Kenny Powers-esque) showing in the Dominican Summer League that included out hitting Miguel Sano and Socrates Brito, earning the nickname “Blanco”, and chants of MVP. “Blanco” is ready to swoop in and crush the dreams of A.J. Reed, and Jon Singleton owners. He’s mostly shown mid-teen type power in the minors, but he’s a guy that can contribute to average and OBP.

Conclusion: The Astros system is so deep, that White was buried on a lot of top 30 lists somewhere in the mid-teens. The idea of White starting the season as the everyday first baseman, or Evan Gattis fill in if he’s not ready to go, is becoming increasingly more likely. With A.J. Reed, who could use more time in the minors, and Jon Singleton, who just plain…. sucks, as his main competition, my money is on “Blanco” for the job.

 

Others: Trayce Thompson, OF | LAD; Brandon Drury, 2B/3B | ARI; Jabari Blash, OF | SD

 

 

 
  1. Al Koholic says:
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    Nice post boss. I like a few of these guys

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Al Koholic: TY Al

  2. trever says:
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    gonna keep aeye on a couple of these guys, into the 44th round of a 90 round dynasty draft, so most are gone, but still one two around.

    Another question, in my 20 team dynasty, I fist pick of this years newly available guys: draft and internationals.

    do I flip pick 1 (so one of the shortstops or maybe Beni)

    for

    the 15th pick and Devers

    or

    the 20th pick Guaseman and Bundy

    and would you take either deal?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @trever: The 15 and Devers, great deal for you.

      • tyler says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: i just realized our draft allows to pick anyone even non free agented internationals and guys still in college or high school who wont be drafter until next year… can you give me three names to target either as not yet free agent internationals or top players not yet mlb drafter?

  3. Shaggy says:
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    Nice post Ralph, got a coupla these guys on watch.

    Sure seems like players named Tyler always gotta work a little harder…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Shaggy: Haha seriously, as I made my list I kept thinking “So many Tylers and T names”

  4. Uno Mas Cerveza says:
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    Thanks for the heads up on Tyler White. Quick question for my 6X6 keeper draft today…Piscotty, Khris Davis or Polanco? Polanco’s potential is starting to look overrated especially for power and OBP

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Uno Mas Cerveza: I like both Piscotty and Davis, but I don’t think you can keep either over Polanco

  5. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph. Alex Gordon, Piscotty or Logan Forsythe for a final bench spot? Thanks and enjoy the weekend!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: I go Piscotty and the upside.

  6. Jerry says:
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    Ok, thanks. Would you also take Piscotty and his upside, over Jay Bruce for the season or go with the proven, power bat?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: It depends on the scoring format, but think I go Piscotty. Jay Bruce is difficult to predict. He could hit .260 with 30 homers and 10 steals or he could hit .220 with 22 homers and 5 steals. Piscotty will hit for average with middle of the road power and an opportunity for lots of counting stats

  7. Xavier says:
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    What are your thoughts on Micah Johnson making an impact in LA this year? He was optioned to AAA but had a nice spring. Defense has been the only thing standing in his way I think. That speed would be nice.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Xavier: He was on this list until the news of him being sent down, same with Alen Hanson.

      He’s a middle infidel with SAGNOF potential, they need an injury on the big league club for him to get his shot.

  8. True and Correct says:
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    When does Reed make it up ? June ?
    Lather’s out for 4-6 months. Early recovery means possibly after the all-star break. Why not look at the bright side ?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: Yeah I think June seems conservative. He’s hitting, so he deserves a spot over wash-out Jon Singleton.

  9. True and Correct says:
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    I wouldn’t give up on Mazara or Liriano. Not just yet.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: Huh? Who’s giving up on Mazara? He’s 20 and has raked in the upper levels. He’s got future fantasy star all over him.

      Which Liriano? Rymer?

  10. True and Correct says:
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    If Trayce can baseball anything like Klay plays basketball, it’s not like Ether, Crawford, and Van Slyke can’t suck.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: yeah I agree, he seemed a little obvious and highly ranked to need a blurb. I really like Trayce.

  11. True and Correct says:
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    left out “play” baseball.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: I like can baseball, makes it sound like a dance.

  12. Tehol Beddict says:
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    never sleep on this Dik

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Tehol Beddict: I said this one time while shooting a porn with your mom back in the day. They call me Ho-doze

  13. EA says:
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    Keeper question for y’all. I’m in a 12 team H2H league. We can keep 3. I’m keeping Harper in the 2nd and Jose F in the 3rd. Need to pick 3rd keeper. Options are:

    Rizzo in the 1st
    Arrieta in the 5th
    Syndergaard in the 15th

    I could keep rizzo or I could keep Noah and the available picks would most likely be cutch, miggy, rizzo. What should I do? Kinda stuck here. The guy before me would most likely draft rizzo so I’d prob take miggy and have my keepers be Jose F, Harper and Noah. Thoughts??

    • EA says:
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      @EA: I meant I’m keeping Jose F in the 17th my bad

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @EA: Harper, Rizzo, J-FER

  14. Commish Cauda says:
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    16-team, H2H points league, (HR=4, 3B=3, etc., BB=1, SB=3, CS=-1, SO=-1)

    About half of the Top 25 players are being kept. I pick 9th out of 16. We start 3 OFs.

    I’m keeping Correa (13th round), Salazar (14th round) and Polanco (15th round).

    I can add one of the following groups of players. Which option?

    #1) Starling Castro (2nd Round)
    #2) DeShields (16th round) and Kang (17th round)
    #3) Yelich (8th round)

    I was leaning Marte as the best available, but my 2nd rounder is the 21st overall pick, and I could just pick him there. I’m also worried about not having the option of taking a SP at that 21st overall if the draft flow dictates.

    What do you think?

  15. J-FOH says:
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    So the band called the Band sucks? I say good day to you sir. C’mon levon, let’s go

    • EA says:
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      @J-FOH: what you think about my keeper question above

      • J-FOH says:
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        @EA: keep rizzo harper and jofer.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @J-FOH: God damn it! I meant Da Band, I thought people would get the reference

  16. True and Correct says:
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    Agree with J-FOH on the Band. I graduated Queens College in ’69. When the Band started, they were like the House Band. Robbie Roberson and co. were awesome. Best music film of all time.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: AHHHHHHHHH I QUOTE THE LYRICS FROM THE BAND!!!! Sorry for the confusion angry readers

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Da Band! Haha my phone keeps auto correcting DA to the

  17. True and Correct says:
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    Yeah, was talking about Rymer. Atherr “can” come back after the All-Star break, no ? 4-6 months from early March, could be mid july.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @True and Correct: I’m guessing that just baseball activities, he’s probably done for the year or most of it

  18. Branta says:
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    I am about to embark on a first-year dynasty league draft. Its 40-man rosters, with 15 man benches, 2 catchers, 2 util, 1 CI, 1 MI, 5 SP, 4 RP, and 1 P slot to go along with the regular infielder and 5 OF slots. 10 teams, head to head format, 7×7 scoring with H/R/HR/RBI/OBP/OPS/SBN x IP/QS/ERA/WHIP/SVHD/Kper9/HR as the pitching for some reason.

    Basically, its a 400 pick draft, 40 rounds. When should I go after like…the top 5 prospects, what round range?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Branta: depends who the guys is. Corey Seager, Byron Buxton, Giolito, Moncada, type guys as early as you want. I’d probably say Seager will go in round 3-4, Buxton close to that, and once one goes a lot of guys go.

      It all comes down to what kind of team you want to build. A win now team, a build for 3 years from now team and everything in between.

  19. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    good stuff Ralph –

    any pointers for draft strategy in a 20 team h2h standard league (wkly lineup locks)? I’ve been told pitching depth is what to aim for, but is that preferred over like 2 ‘aces’ etc? and what should I be aiming for, closer wise in a league this deep? are the elite ones less important?

    Thanks mang

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: pitching depth is important but having a high end starter isn’t as important as it is in Roto or points. Being a 20 team, I’d go a starter in the third and 4th or 5th depending what I saw on the board in the 4th round. I’d probably hold off on closets until the first tier was gone, and grab guys like Giles and Storen. You’ll need 3 closers but I’d probably grab a guy like Colome late and just use that spot as turnstile for waiver wire saves.

  20. Joe cool says:
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    Ready for baseball season!

    Just had my draft; its h2h pts with weekly roster lock.

    Can you give me insight on my roster?

    C- Travis d’arnaud

    1b- Anthony rizzo

    2b- roughned odor

    3b- kyle seager

    SS- Xander bogartes

    IF- Francisco lindor

    OF- Bryce Harper
    OF- Hanley Ramirez (OF & 1b)
    OF- Gregory polanco
    OF- Randall Grichuk

    DH- mark trumbo (DH/OF & 1b)

    Utility- Kyle schwarber (OF & C)

    Bench: Joey Gallo, rusney Castillo, Addison Russell, Michael conforto, Logan forsythe & napoli – I always draft Napoli just did it for old time sake.

    P- David price
    P- Matt Harvey
    P- Noah syndergaard
    P- Marcus stroman
    P- Yordano Ventura
    P- kenta maeda

    Relief Pitcher- hector rodon

    Pitcher bench- Carlos rodon

    Available players:

    C’s: Vogt, realmuto, Derek Norris.

    1b’s: Vogt, Ryan Zimmerman, bour, AJ reed, Pedro Alvarez.

    2b’s: starlin castro, panik, b Philips, schoop, Javier Baez,

    3b’s: Danny Valencia, nick castellanos, David wright, Trevor plouffe, Pablo Sandoval, hector Oliverio.

    SS’s: starlin Castro, Ketel marte, jean segura, Eduardo Escobar.

    OF’s: joc pederson, Alex Gordon, Matt Holliday, melky Cabrera, jayson werth.

    • Joe cool says:
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      @Joe cool:

      Travis shaw is also available too

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Joe cool: Only one RP spot? H2H points is starter heavy, I think I’d look to drop Gallo, Rusney, and Napoli and pickup Joc, Castro, and one of Olivera/Valencia/Shaw/Marte

        • Joe cool says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          Yeah only one RP we decided to try 1 this season maybe more next year season. But we figured use the one RP if he doesn’t work then stream.

          I love your posts read them last year too.

          I wanted Corey seager but someone beat me to the punch.

          As for pitchers (SP) here are a few names any you like ? Severino, odorizzi, lance McCullers, clay buucolz, Matt Moore, eovaldi, Tyler gasnow.

          I’d look to drop a bat or arm for an above listed pitcher; thinking of dropping maeda or Carlos rodon

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Joe cool: Hold on Rodon for sure, Maeda for Severino is fine, same with Odorizzi. McCullers before the shoulder injury would have been a yes but not now. Buchholz I’m on the fence on. Glasnow won’t be up for awhile

  21. sliimbo says:
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    hey bud

    i have to many keepers and was offered my cano for his moncada…..thoughts?
    was also offered a 1st round pick for him, 4th overall (8 teamer 14 keepers)

    Current Keepers are Bautista, Abreu, Betts, Marte, Davis, Frazier, Schwarber
    Scherzer, Bumgarner, Kluber and Wade Davis

    which 3 would u choose for my final keepers between fielder. cano, dozier, rendon, Yelich, Brantley, Cmart

    thx man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sliimbo: I’d trade Cano for Moncada, and I’d keep Rendon, C-Mart, and Yelich

  22. sliimbo says:
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    Can Also keep 2 NA players plus 14

    Other NA keeper is Alex Reyes

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @sliimbo: Yup, so make the Cano for Moncada deal and keep him and Reyes. I think you need speed and average coverage. Which is why I went Yelich over Fielder FYI

    • Mordacious Levator says:
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      @sliimbo: if you got him in yahoo he ain’t getting NA till post suspension. yahoo gonna yahoo, another thing they changed to make even more stupid.

  23. WillisReid says:
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    Hey Ralph

    Great read as always.

    I drafted Kang at SS in the latter rounds after he was sitting there for a while, not realizing it was due to an injury. Should I DL him or drop him? Shold I grab a guy with some potential upside like Story or maybe go with a safer guy like Alexi Ramirez?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @WillisReid: Hold on Kang, and add Story as cover. You can always wait a until a few days before the season before adding an Aleixi type

  24. Fever Dog says:
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    We allow one N/A slot. Who is more worthy: Berrios or Glasnow?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fever Dog: This year Berrios, long term Glasnow

      • Fever Dog says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. I also just thought of something. Do you have any ideas on what the best way to get notified as to when guys like Berrios are getting called up? I have a gmail alert set for guys like him, but is there a quicker way to your knowledge?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Fever Dog: I think google alerts help, but Twitter, or even the comments on Grey’s posts. Usually that’s where I hear stuff first.

          You can also download the MLB app on your phone and set push notifications for every team. Gets annoying though.

          • Fever Dog says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: Cool. I’ll give the app a shot and pay more attention on Twitter.

            Thanks!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Fever Dog: Yeah follow beat writers for each team.

  25. JashFath

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    I’m in a 9-team NL-only roto league. I just picked up Aaron Hill for $1 to fill my UTIL hole (hehe), but I have been going back and forth on whether or not to swap him out with Keon Broxton for $1. Goeddel is also available. Thoughts?

    If it helps at all, here is my current lineup:

    C – W. Ramos ($1)
    1B – B. Moss ($11)
    2B – J. Panik ($11)
    SS – J. Gyorko ($1)
    3B – N. Arenado ($53)
    OF – B. Harper ($30)
    OF – Y. Puig ($30)
    OF – G. Polanco ($15)
    OF – B. Hamilton ($18)
    1B/3B – Y. Grandal ($5)
    2B/SS – J. Villar ($7)
    UT – A. Hill ($1)
    RES – J. Reyes ($4)

    I guess I could always slot Grandal at catcher, Hill at 1B/3B and drop Ramos for either Broxton or Goeddel. That actually sounds more appealing to me.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @JashFath: I’d go Goeddel.

      • JashFath

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks. I went with Goeddel as priority #1 and put Broxton as #2 in case someone else bids on Goeddel. And I went with my second scenario of dropping Ramos. I feel more confident (for now at least) with Hill at my corner spot rather than having two mid-ranged catchers in my active lineup who will have a day or two off every week.

  26. Jack says:
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    Sale or Scherzer?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jack: Scherzer, NL, better team, better park, weaker division.

  27. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    got a draft coming up. 20 team roto with 7-9 keepers. OPS and XBH added for hitters and holds and QS for pitchers. only 1250 innings so probably only need 6 SP, this leaves 3 BN spots for bats. 2 NA’s only, but we could have more in BN slots. i probably shouldn’t have kept dahl in this league, i’ve never drafted in this league to know before choosing keepers.
    C – (i’ll probably punt)
    1B piscotty
    2B cano
    SS –
    3B carpenter
    OF ellsbury
    OF cargo 1
    OF heyward
    util a.jones
    NA dahl
    SP rodon
    RP none (5 spots)
    so i got 14 spots to draft, i draft out of 16 hole in every round. if these SP/SS are around should i go right into grabbing 1 of turner/arcia or berrios? since we can only keep 7-9 per year this might not be the case but i am certainly weak in SP/SS.

    available MLB SS: andrus/kang/semien/alcides/segura/DIDI
    SP: quintana/maeda/smyly/hendricks/leake/nola/buchholez/j.garcia

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: Go Andrus and Turner with the hope you can dump Andrus once Turner is up and locked in.

      As for the pitcher’s Berrios is as good or better than everyone listed. I’d move Buchholz and Garcia ahead of Hendricks, Nola, and Leake and rank the final three Nola, Leake, Hendricks

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: got turner in the 1st round, missed getting berrios (there were few prospects besides my turner and arcia in 1st 2 rounds), and other SP that might play this year. missed andrus by a lot, segura by about 4 picks, alcides by about 10 picks, villar in later round by 2 picks. probably gonna go iglesias for some steals, our rater has him for more steals than aybar.

        • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: did get SP depth of decent guys for 20 teamer, and storen as good likely closer, with w.smith.

          • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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            @Crapshoot Kershaw: was trying to keep team balanced with 64/26/10 splits. had i taken segura/alcides/villar earlier would’ve went against that. not getting berrios in 2nd round though was probably dumb if he ends up with a lot of innings this year.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Crapshoot Kershaw: Yeah I like him more than Aybar

  28. Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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    for NL only stick with adames or grab r.tejada? this is for BN MI spot.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Crapshoot Kershaw: Ahhhhh ummmm Tejeda, probably, I think Story is beating out Adames

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: now that i’ve read post i would’ve known this earlier.

  29. David says:
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    I inherited an awful dynasty team in a 12 team league. We have 4 draft picks and I pick first. Obviously I will be picking for the future. I am thinking my first pick would be DeShields, Piscotty or Reed, and am leaning toward one of the former and then hoping Mazara, Brinson, Benintendi, and Devers would be available my next few picks. Thoughts? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: forget Desheilds IMO, I’d go Reed, Mazara, Devers, Benintendi, and Brinson.

      If you won’t compete for a few years, then take all the high ceiling guys and avoid competing at all. Best case you get the first pick next year and are stacked in three years. Reed, Mazara, Benintendi, and Brinson will all be very relevant and draftable by 2018. A few might even be studs.

      There’s also a ton of really high ceiling internationals coming in, and they’ll all be available early in your draft next year. Guys like Lazarito and Lourdes Gourriel Jr.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I should specify *redraft 2018

  30. Skeezix says:
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    Great stuff Ralph, I’m in a league where we need to start a rookie hitter and a rookie pitcher and all of the obvious names are already snapped up as prospect keepers – so this really comes in handy. Any chance you plan on doing anything similar for rookie pitchers?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Skeezix: Yup, Wednesday, it was in the intro. Haha

  31. trevor says:
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    @Ralph Lifshitz: i just realized our dynasty draft allows to pick anyone even non free agented internationals and guys still in college or high school who wont be drafter until next year… can you give me three names to target either as not yet free agent internationals or top players not yet mlb drafted (ie still in college?)

  32. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Which two sp do you like for the upcoming season: Chen, Shields, or Tajuan? I’m in a head to head points league? Thnaks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: I feel like Chen is the easy call, so we’ll take him. The second is not so simple. While Taijuan has the greater upside, but you go Shields because he’s got a MUCH higher floor.

  33. Cram It says:
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    Hey Ralph. I’m having a Texas OFer draft quandry. You have Mazara and Brinson really close. Forgetting when they get called up or production in the near future, who would you rather have in a keeper forever?

    • Cram It says:
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      @Cram It: Actually, after reading through the comments, it seems like Mazara is the target.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Cram It: Yeah IMO, Mazara might have the highest ceiling in the minors.

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