There’s a narrative making the rounds that today’s Pitching Profile subject Collin McHugh just started throwing a slider. This on it’s face isn’t completely true, his repertoire included a slider two years ago, but he scrapped it in 2016 in favor of a cutter. So the “throwing a slider now” people are insane, and this is open and shut case. Right, Ralphie?” Actually, their narrative is partially correct, because while he did formerly throw a slider he didn’t go back to the pitch he scrapped before last season. He’s throwing a different slider. A reworked version he picked up from clubhouse showboat Brad Peacock. Who picked the pitch up from some shoe salesman named Jordan Jankowski, who picked his up from a decoder ring at the bottom of a box of Count Chocula. Anyway, back in 2015 when McHugh experienced a break through with the Astros, he threw his “old” slider nearly 45% of the time. It’s funny that everyone forgot he threw a slider back then, considering it accounted for such a high chunk of his usage. In fact he threw his breaking pitches, (he also has a high spin-rate curveball), 67.1% of the time.  Leading his 27.2% fastball usage to rank as the second lowest in the majors behind only R.A. Dickey during the 2015 season. Before 2016 began McHugh’s usage of his ineffective slider was scrapped completely for a cutter, and an increased reliance on his hook. The results didn’t change, in fact in someways they got worse, but that’s not important, and here’s why. Fast forward to 2017, and McHugh missed a majority of the season’s first half with an elbow injury. The player that has emerged since is a completely different animal. Throwing his fastball more than 50% of time, and with a new and improved low 80’s slider, one with increased movement from his former offering. The question for today, “Is this a new and improved model or just a redesigned Grand Am?”  Let’s look under the hood and see.

 

Scouting Report: As I mentioned in the opening McHugh is a new man in 2017, using his fastball nearly twice as much as his previous a career norm. 7% of his fastball usage is actually a sinker, while the other 43% comes from his four-seamer. The pitches are effective in different ways with the more used four-seamer missing bats over 11% of the time, while the sinker has the better batting average against at .191, despite a paltry 2.3% whiff rate. McHugh’s success has always derived from his breaking stuff. The slider has siphoned much of the whiffs away from the curveball, as the whiff rate on the hook is down nearly 50% from his career norm of 16%. The slider now generates a 22% SwStr% while holding opponents to a .065 BAA.  His cutter is used mostly against lefties, and offers a change of pace to his slider. McHugh also features a change he rarely throws.

Collin McHugh “aka” SnapDragon 2 vs. The Los Angeles Angels August 25th, 2017 @ Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA

First Inning

Cameron Maybin – Fastball a 90 MPH on the outside is hit up the middle and shortstop Alex Bregman makes a great play to throw out Maybin at first.

Mike Trout – fastball on the outside at 90 MPH, ball, slider  on the outside and low at 82 MPH, ball 2, fastball at 90 MPH misses high, ball 3, fastball at 91 MPH, strike 1, another fastball at 91 off the plate. Walk for Trout.

Albert Pujols – 91 MPH fastball on the outer-half, strike 1, 92 MPH fastball fouled back, strike 2, slider at 83, bounces before the plate for a ball, and Trout advances on a passed ball, 80 MPH slider is fouled off, high fastball at 90 MPH is fouled off, 1-2 count, 87 MPH cutter is hit on the ground for the second out.

Kole Calhoun – 72 MPH curveball misses on the outside, ball 1, high fastball at 89 is fouled off, strike 1, 89 MPH fastball misses up, ball 2, curveball at 74 misses on the outside, ball 3, 91 MPH fastball hit foul, 3-2 count, 91 MPH fastball is hit hard off the wall in right for an RBI double, 1-0 Angels.

Andrelton Simmons -91 MPH on the outer-part of the plate, strike 1, 74 MPH curveball bounces in the dirt and Calhoun advances to third, ball 1, 89 MPH fastball fouled off, strike 2, 80 MPH slider fouled off, 83 MPH slider hit on a rope to leftfield for the final out of the inning.

Not the most efficient inning for McHugh. He nibbled a lot but only had one ball hit hard on the Calhoun double. Did generate a couple of grounders, and didn’t get any favors from his catcher Evan Gattis who allowed two balls to pass.

Second Inning

Luis Valbuena – 90 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 1, 90 MPH fastball gets a swinging strike 1, 90 MPH fastball is bunted foul, 75 MPH fastball is fouled off, 77 MPH  curveball is hit to right for a hit.

C.J. Cron – 86 MPH cutter misses up and away, ball 1, 87 MPH changeup is hit to left for another base hit, runners on first and second.

Martin Maldonado – fastball at 88 gets a swinging strike 1, 88 MPH fastball is fouled off, strike 2, 82 MPH slider gets a swinging strike 3.

Kaleb Cowart – Fastball at 90 MPH is fouled off, strike 1, another fastball at 90 MPH is fouled back, strike 2, curveball at 76 MPH bounces off the plate, ball 1, 82 MPH slider is foul tipped, 1-2 count, curveball on the outside at 74 for ball 2, high outside fastball at 91 MPH is fouled off, curveball at 75 MPH is dropped on the armside black for strike 3.

Cameron Maybin – cutter at 85 MPH is hit to center for the final out of the inning. Second consecutive at bat where Maybin has hit the first pitch for an out.

Better innings for McHugh who does an excellent job of changing speeds between his three main offerings (fastball, slider, curve), and mixing in his lesser used secondaries (cutter and changeup). Got some swinging strikes on both the fastball, slider, and curveball that inning.

Third Inning

Mike Trout – curveball at 75 for a strike over the inner-part of the plate, strike 1, fastball at 88 fouled back, strike 2, 75 MPH curveball bounces off the plate, ball 1, slider at 80 MPH low and outside, ball 2, high fastball at 90 MPH gets a swinging strike 3.

Albert Pujols – High fastball at 91 MPH, ball 1, fastball at 91 MPH gets a swinging strike 1, slider on the outside, ball 2, 87 MPH cutter is fouled off, strike 2, 82 MPH slider gets a swinging strike for out number 2.

Kole Calhoun – curveball at 76 on the outer-part of the plate for strike 1, 92 MPH fastball is popped up to left field for the final out.

Great inning for McHugh as he sat the middle of the Angels order down 1-2-3. Got strikeouts from Trout and Pujols, sitting down 4 of the last last 6 batters on strikes.

Fourth Inning

Andrelton Simmons – 74 MPH curveball brushes back Simmons, ball 1, sinker at 89 hit to second for the first out.

Luis Valbuena – curveball at 75 MPH just misses outside, ball 1, fastball at 90 MPH, strike 1, 90 MPH fastball down the heart of the plate is skied to left for the second out.

C.J. Cron – 74 MPH curveball is hit foul, strike 1, 89 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 1, fastball down Main St. at 91 MPH fouled back. 81 MPH slider is hit to left, and Fisher makes a great dive to catch the ball before it drops.

Another 1-2-3 inning for McHugh as he got weak contact for all three outs, 1 on the ground, and two flies to left. McHugh’s most efficient inning today.

Fifth Inning

Martin Maldonado – fastball at 88 misses high and outside, ball 1, cutter at 87 is hit foul, strike 1, 76 MPH curveball gets him swinging for strike 2, 90 MPH fastball on the outside, ball 2, slider at 82 MPH on the outside, fouled off, 74 MPH curveball way inside, 3-2 count, slider at 81 gets a swinging strike 3, as he sits down Maldonado for the second time.

 

Kaleb Cowart – 74 MPH curveball misses outside, ball 1, fastball at 89 MPH is taken for strike, 81 mph slider is taken on the outer-part of the plate for strike 2, 81 MPH slider on the inside gets an ugly swinging strike 3.

Cameron Maybin – curveball inside for ball 1, slider over the middle for strike 1, curveball bounces off the plate for ball 2, fastball on the outside taken for a ball, fastball at 90 MPH over the plate, 3-2 count, 80 MPH slider is hit to the third baseman J.D. Davis for the final out.

Another nice inning from McHugh as he’s now sat down 12 in a row. McHugh is dealing right now, working all over the zone getting swingings, and strikes on his fastball and two brekaing balls. He’s really kept the Angels off balance since the first.

Sixth Inning

Mike Trout – cutter on the inside at 85 MPH for ball 1, fastball on the outside is taken for strike 1, curveball is low and inside, ball 2, another curveball at 74 at the knee is taken for ball 3, 85 MPH changeup is taken for ball 4 on the outside. Walk, Trout’s second of the game.

Albert Pujols – fastball on the outer half is taken for strike 1, another outside fastball at 90 is taken for a ball, 81 MPH slider is way outside for ball 2, 87 MPH changeup is taken for strike 2, 79 MPH slider high and inside is fouled off, strike 2, 2-2 count, high fastball at 89 gets a swinging strike 3 from Pujols.

Kole Calhoun – 90 fastball is taken high for strike 1, 90 MPH fastball is fouled back, strike 2, fastball at 90 MPH is too high, ball 1, another high fastball at 89 misses, ball 2, 2-2 count, 81 MPH slider in on the hands is fouled off, another high fastball misses, 3-2 count, strikes out Calhoun on a 75 MPH curveball. Nasty break got a swinging strike 3.

Andrelton Simmons – curveball at 76, an Simmons holds up, ball 1, 89 fastball, high and on the outer-part of the plate is hit to right for the final out of the inning. McHugh’s day is over at 100 pitches.

6 IP, 3 Hits, 2 Walks, 1 Run, 8 Ks, 100 Pitches, 62 Strikes, 11 Swinging Strikes, Win, Game Score 71

Summary: Impressive start from McHugh, he did an excellent job changing speeds, working to both sides of the plate, and keeping hitters off balance with his fastball, two breaking pitches, and working in the cutter and change when needed. Started slow in the first two innings as 4 of the first 7 batters reached base. From there he sat down 12 consecutive and 15 of the final 16, only allowing Mike Trout to reach base to lead off the 6th. If there’s an area for improvement it might be nibbling a little less on the outer half with his fastball early in counts. But he started to get a few of those first pitch, gloveside fastball’s to righthanders called for strikes as the game wore on. All in all I would be more than happy to start McHugh in just about any start going forward. An absolute buy if he’s available in your league.

 

 

Razzball Baseball

Updated Top 100 SP

(rankings for ROS based on 12-team Roto)

RANK SP, TEAM
1 Max Scherzer, WAS
2 Chris Sale, BOS
3 Corey Kluber, CLE
4 Zack Greinke, ARI
5 Madison Bumgarner, SF
6 Luis Severino, NYY
7 Clayton Kershaw, LAD
8 Robbie Ray, ARI
9 Jake Arrieta, CHC
10 Jacob deGrom, NYM
11 Stephen Strasburg, WAS
12 Carlos Carrasco, CLE
13 Justin Verlander, DET
14 Chris Archer, TB
15 Rich Hill, LAD
16 Jimmy Nelson, MIL
17 Yu Darvish, LAD  
18 Gio Gonzalez, WAS
19 Carlos Martinez, STL
20 Gerrit Cole, PIT 
21 Chase Anderson, MIL
22 Aaron Nola, PHI
23 Sonny Gray, NYY
24 Zack Godley, ARI
25 Drew Pomeranz, BOS
26 Marcus Stroman, TOR
27 Kyle Hendricks, CHC
28 Patrick Corbin, ARI
29 Masahiro Tanaka, NYY
30 Lance Lynn, STL
31 Ervin Santana, MIN
32 Trevor Bauer, CLE
33 Kenta Maeda, LAD
34 Carlos Rodon, CHW
35 Kevin Gausman, BAL
36 Brad Peacock, HOU
37 Hyun-Jin Ryu, LAD
38 Jose Quintana, CHC
39 Jerad Eickhoff, PHI
40 Jon Gray, COL
41  J.A. Happ, TOR
42 Charlie Morton, HOU
43 Eduardo Rodriguez, BOS
44 Jeff Samardzija, SF
45 Tanner Roark, WAS
46 Collin McHugh, HOU
47 Parker Bridwell, LAA
48 Jose Berrios, MIN
49 Michael Wacha, STL
50 Cole Hamels, TEX
51 Michael Fulmer, DET
52 Zach Davies, MIL
53 Dylan Bundy, BAL 
54 Dallas Keuchel, HOU
55 Rick Porcello, BOS
56 Alex Cobb, TB
57 Luke Weaver, STL
58 Mike Clevinger, CLE
59 Luis Castillo, CIN
60 Marco Estrada, TOR
61 Jameson Taillon, PIT
62 Dan Straily, MIA
63 Taijuan Walker, ARI
64 German Marquez, COL
65 Jhoulys Chacin, SD
66 Julio Teheran, ATL
67 Chad Kuhl, PIT
68 Ariel Miranda, SEA  
69 Jake Odorizzi, TB
70 Blake Snell, TB
71 Sean Manaea, OAK
72 Dinelson Lamet, SD
73 Chris Stratton, SF
74 Jake Junis, KC
75 Kendall Graveman, OAK
76 Mike Foltynewicz, ATL
77 R.A. Dickey, ATL
78 Kyle Freeland, COL
79 Jose Urena, MIA
80 Ty Blach, SF
81 Jason Hammel, KC
82 Trevor Williams, PIT
83 Jason Vargas, KC
84 Ivan Nova, PIT
85 Mike Fiers, HOU
86 Adam Conley, MIA
87 Rafael Montero, NYM
88 Lucas Sims, ATL
89 Andrew Cashner, TEX
90 C.C. Sabathia, NYY
91 Matt Moore, SF
92 Sean Newcomb, ATL
93 Tyler Mahle, CIN 
94 Edwin Jackson, WAS
95 Kyle Gibson, MIN
96 Wade Miley, BAL
97 Mike Leake, STL
98  Doug Fister, BOS
99 Matt Boyd, DET
100 Lucas Giolito, CWS 

 

Disabled List (Ranking When Active):   Alex Wood, LAD  (GOAT), James Paxton, SEA (5), Noah Syndergaard, NYM (8),  Lance McCullers, HOU (16), Danny Salazar, CLE  (20), David Price, BOS (24), Danny Duffy, KC (27), Johnny Cueto, SF (28), Jon Lester, CHC  (32), Brandon McCarthy, LAD (42), Jacob Faria, TB (43), Felix Hernandez, SEA  (54), Aaron Sanchez, TOR (66), Reynaldo Lopez, CWS (76), Scott Feldman, CIN (84), Adam Wainwright, STL (87), Matt Harvey, NYM (99) Brandon Finnegan, CIN (100)

  • This week we welcome the returns of Max Scherzer, Clayton Kershaw, and technically Yu Darvish (yesterday). I discounted Kershaw’s rank below where it might usually be because I’m a little nervous about a skipped start or two late in September.
  • If you’re in a quality starts league, or looking for a ratio-conscious streamer with a good chance at a win Zach Davies is a target that’s gone a little under the radar. Over his last 12 starts, Davies is 8-3 with a 2.41 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, .228 BAA, and a 6.3% Bb%. He’s not going to get you many strikeouts, but he’s been helping teams in a lot of other valuable areas.
  • The Twins Kyle Gibson enters the list at 95, and over the last month he’s out-pitched his 4.29 ERA. Over his last 6 starts, not including yesterday’s, he has a 9 K/9, 2.5 Bb/9, and 3.64 xFIP. Another streamer name to keep in mind down the stretch.
  • Is it too late to believe in Luis Castillo? Over the last 6 starts he’s striking out 9 per with a 2.41 ERA. He’s getting lucky, but right now he falls into the lucky until further notice category. He’s helping make his own luck to a certain extent, generating groundballs at a 55% rate while missing bats 12.4% of the time.
  • Over the last month Corey Kluber (67% contact% – 16.6% SwStr%), Danny Salazar (67.1% contact% – 16.7% SwStr%), Zack Godley (67.8% contact% – 13.4% SwStr%) and Dylan Bundy (69.2% contact% – 15.5% SwStr%) all have contact rates under 70% and rank within the top 10 in SwStr%.
  • Could I include John Lackey on this list? Yes. Will I? NO.
  • After striking out 10 yesterday and looking like he’s going to be in the rotation for the remainder of the season Chris Stratton is a name I’m paying attention to. Other names to not overlook are Jake Junis, Rafael Montero, and the untrustworthy Blake Snell.

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  1. Deerheadghost says:
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    Thanks Ralph! Great YouTube FanTrax podcast BTW. How would you rank the DL pitchers ROS? Who are your top 3? I’m thinking of stashing Faria, Richards, and Harvey on my DL and seeing how they do in their first starts before activating them after my bye week.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Deerheadghost: Faria, Harvey, and Richards. I have no faith in Harvey and even less in Richards.

      Thanks for reading/watching/listening.

  2. Curious George Springer says:
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    Is Castillo so low because you’re figuring he will get shut down soon? I saw the note about him getting lucky, but he also has a great k/9 and very good bb/9.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Curious George Springer: This isn’t who he is, I’ve been watching Castillo for two season’s. He’s bound to come back to earth. How high is he moving for you up to 45? 35? Higher? Maybe I’m jaded by previous knowledge of the player. Ultimately this post is dependent upon snapshots. Do you think he’s really that low? I mean I’m well aware you’re not a fan of my work on this post.

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I think this ranking makes a lot of sense if the purpose (as I understand it to be) is to rank the pitchers’ go forward value for the balance of this season. Castillo probably has 1-2 starts remaining, and I would expect them to be pretty good, but others have like 4-5 left, right?

        I guess I’m wondering how you’d rank him if he wasn’t innings limited. I’d probably have him in the mid-30s.

        Sorry I’ve given you the impression I’m not a fan. I do enjoy reading and analyzing these posts. I particularly like the bold ranking of Gausman here. He’s obviously turned a corner, and the ranking you gave him makes a lot of sense to me.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Curious George Springer: Maybe it was a while ago. I appreciate the candor, and I think a shut down is part of it, another is I’m a little worried about a bad start or two particularly at home.

          He’s been striking out more batters and generating more grounders than I can ever recall seeing before this year. Maybe the Reds unlocked something with his mechanics etc, not sure. He might not be a bad candidate for next week’s profile.

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: I realized I didn’t answer your question. The things I see in him that supports this strikeout rate are (1) his swinging strike rate over 12% and (2) his 98 MPH average fastball. That’s a sexy profile. As far as the control, PitchFX data shows that he’s pitching in the zone a lot, so he should be able yo sustain a good walk rate.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Curious George Springer: The contact is in the low ton mid 70’s too. I thought it was 73 or 74% when I looked on Sunday morning.

          I like his Changeup the best of any of his offerings. I can remember that pitch stuck out to me last year, and in the start Inwatched of his this season. Fastball is hard but kinda straight.

  3. Huffin Gas says:
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    There aren’t many fantasy baseball sites (zero?) you’ll get a break down of Collin McHugh and his new pitch in late August. Love this!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Huffin Gas: Thanks!

  4. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Stratton is interesting, especially as a former top pick, and yes he has struck out 10 twice now, but he has also walked 5 twice, including yesterday. Breakout in 2018 possible?

    Montero is another interesting arm, especially with all the ailing arms in NY, but Mets.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: He’s a risk, but his home ballpark gives him a boost in my eyes and makes me more likely to stream him.

  5. Steve says:
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    Do you trust Corbin in COL later this week?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Steve: As much as one can trust a tarter in Coors. His slider has been phenomenal.

  6. SMITTY says:
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    Had a solid year with my pitching a big part in thanks to you Ralph so first things first thank you so much.
    In first place and I’ve clinched a playoff spot that starts 3 weeks from now. This is a 10 team h2h 5X5 league that allows 4 moves per week.
    My staff is…
    Sale
    Carrasco
    CMart
    Nelson
    Stroman
    Rodon
    Roark
    McCullers
    Paxton (DL)
    Syndergaard (DL)

    Is this stuff good enough to win most weeks?
    Some guys that are sitting on the wire…
    Mchugh
    Berrios
    Bundy
    Chase Anderson
    Gausman
    EdRod

    Based on your rankings I think I’ve got it right but would you make any changes if setting things up for the playoffs? I have two bench bats and one of them will be dropped for a streaming spot so I can max out my moves for each week of the playoffs and as you can see there are plenty of good streaming options.
    Thanks buddy!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SMITTY: Yeah I think that’s about right.

  7. knucks says:
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    Doood! Great title brutha.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @knucks: Thanks Knucks!

  8. Chris D says:
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    I inherited a very very bad dynasty team at the start of year. (also my first time doing fantasy baseball). I’ll spare you the offensive pieces but most of them wern’t good. What value I did have I traded for better pitching. I had one goal this year: get a strong staff of pitchers, build an elite farm system and have a team that will keep me in the playoff hunt (should clinch a spot this week). Articles like this and the prospect updates is how Ive turned this group of pitchers:

    Darvish, Yu
    Garcia, Jamie
    Madson, Ryan
    Richards, Garrett
    Sale, Chris
    Santana, Ervin
    Tanaka, Masahiro
    Zimmerman, Jordan

    into this

    Sale, Bumgarner, Arrieta, David Price, Tanaka, Jimmy Nelson, Dinelson Lamet
    Jeurys Familia
    Felipe Rivero
    Brad Hand
    Shane Greene
    Chris Devenski

    While grabbing these prospects: Gleyber Torres, Franklin Barreto, Dom Smith, Kyle Tucker, Luis Robert, Francisco Mejia, Tristen McKenzie, Ronald Accuna

    Just want to say keep up the great work and thanks for all the help this year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Chris D: Damn, I helped you do that? Hahaha

      • Chris D says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: aA lot of your sage advice and rankings have guided me on this path haha

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Chris D: Praise hands haha

  9. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Looking ahead, which of these pitchers would you NOT keep in 2018.

    10 team roto, dynasty 6×6 QS are xtra cat. We have 40 MLB players and 20 MILB players.

    We are going to keep 35 total players and draft 25 players in our 2018 draft. I can keep as many of these pitchers as I like.

    Bauer, Trevor
    Bundy, Dylan
    Corbin, Patrick
    Darvish, Yu
    Hamels, Cole
    Jansen, Kenley
    Montgomery, Mike
    Nelson, Jimmy
    Osuna, Roberto
    Ray, Robbie
    Ryu, Hyun-Jin
    Scherzer, Max
    Skaggs, Tylerr
    Strasburg, Stephen
    Tanaka, Masahiro
    Wacha, Michael
    Harvey, Matt
    Lester, Jon
    Sanchez, Aaron
    Alvarez, Yadier
    Hansen, Alec
    McKay, Brendan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Malicious Phenoms: Toss back Montgomery, Skaggs, Alvarez, and Harvey. On the fence about Hamels and McKay.

      • Malicious Phenoms says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Once we get into spring training I will have a better idea on who to keep, as I am sure to make some trades in the off-season.

        I think Mckay has a bright future, Hamels is worrisome, has not looked right lately and the dark knight may never be the same, besides his attitude and Mets.

        Thanks Ralph

        • Malicious Phenoms says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms:
          I also have Felix Hernandez

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Malicious Phenoms: No problem, I’m not sure McKay is a star on either side of the ball.

          • Malicious Phenoms says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:
            On more question for you. If you had to do another round of cuts who would your next five be to cut?

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @Malicious Phenoms: Ryu, Wacha, Sanchez, Corbin/Tanaka/Bauer/Bundy are a pick two.

              • Malicious Phenoms says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz:
                We agree, as always, as those were my ones to cut as well..Thanks for taking the time to help with this, much appreciated..

  10. Jaaaaaake.crab says:
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    You’re such a homer with Sale ranked number one! Oh wait

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jaaaaaake.crab: Jaaaaaaake!!! Claws up!

  11. Bobby says:
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    September call-ups are coming soon. Would you roster Glasnow and/or Woodruff? If so, where would you rank them?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bobby: I’d roster either. Glasnow probably around 65 and Woodruff around the same.

  12. baseballing says:
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    Hi there, I’m thinking of stashing Glasnow before he gets called up but I’m not sure who to drop. My most likely candidates would be Eickhoff, Nova, Flaherty, or Taillon. I guess from your rankings, Nova would be the one to go? Would you make that move? Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @baseballing: I would drop Nova. I’m on the fence about Flaherty getting the call. I hope it happens though.

  13. Alex says:
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    Should I stash Honeywell? Think if he does come up is it as a starter?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex: Not sure he’s coming up, Durham is in the playoffs, Rays notoriously cheap, and he was suspended by the team today. (No idea why).

  14. Mark Callaway says:
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    These rankings are awful, what’s the point of these? You should stick to the prospects stuff because this is garbage.

  15. Mark Callaway says:
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    These rankings are awful, what’s the point of these? You should stick to the prospect stuff because this is laughable. Sorry, not sorry.

  16. dfrench23 says:
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    Our 5×5 roto (QS, K, ERA, WHIP, Saves+holds) league starts the week on Tuesday instead of Monday.

    I can activate Scherzer, Kershaw and Darvish (Yes, I have all 3) with Tanaka and Berrios. That leaves 4 RP spots to make up ground

    SoN likes Andrew Albers (9/2 OAK) so I might grab him and use 3 RPs.

    My RPs E.Diaz, Knebel, Neris, Treinen, and Ziegler.

    What to do?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @dfrench23: add the start and drop Neris or Treinen.

  17. Skillz says:
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    Ralph, hook a brother up. Why and how is Keuchel so low?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Skillz: He’s been terrible, and I mean horrible since returning. Check it out.

      4.68 ERA, 5.7 K/9, 3.8 Bb/9, and the LOB% and BABIP are neutral. He’s been better the last few starts but he faced the Harper-less Nats (worst hitting team the last two weeks w/o Harper), Oakland, and Texas. So it might be good matchups. He’s no better than Trevor Williams the last month.

  18. marimon says:
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    Trying to make room for McHugh, but having a tough time deciding who to drop

    My current squad:
    SP: Kluber, Nola, Hendricks, Staily, Corbin, Lynn, Morton
    RP: Davis, Vizcaino, Treinen, Ziegler

    Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @marimon: Is dump Straily

  19. JB says:
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    Although I don’t always agree with these rankings, I appreciate the effort you put into it. Look forward to these every week!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @JB: Thanks JB!

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