Baseball, like a flower, blooms in the spring.  They also share equally effusive PR people.  Just the other day I read about how a petunia’s branches gained 15 pounds and was in the best shape of its life.  Sure, it’s always good to look at spring training numbers to give you an idea what you can expect from guys during the season — can I draft Adalberto Mondesi yet?!  Players in spring training are facing the top pitchers who are all displaying their best stuff.  No one needs time to get warmed up.  No one’s trying new pitches or getting a feel for the ball.  They are at the height of their game in the beginning of March.  Our former commissioner, Bud, once doffed his toupee and tried to have the World Series played in March.  Since these spring training numbers mean so much, I decided to look at some players stats so far:

Joey Gallo – Hitting everything:  home runs, line drives, dinkers and dongers.  You name it!  You can’t name anything else?  How about doubles?  Can you name those?  Then they’ve been named!  Joey Gallo is not striking out at all.  His plate discipline is so good Joey Votto said this, “Did he train with Tom Emanski and Fred McGriff?  Because he’s better than me.”

Elvis Andrus – I know, I know…I KNOW!  We can’t only list Rangers, but Andrus is hitting .432 and has hit two homers.  He may have ceremoniously left the building, but Elvis is back, y’all!

Garrett Hampson – Stole six bags and, better yet, has started 25 games.  Let the butter melt and be applied softly to all toast, because the breakout has begun already!  *tries to dunk lobster into Hampson’s mouth*  C’mon, man, you’re filled with butter!  Now share it!

Ian Happ – Leads all baseball players with seven homers.  *picks up phone*  “Hello, Charles Schwab?  I want to sell all my stocks and buy shares of Ian Happ.  What is Ian Happ’s stock symbol?  D-O-P-E, just like my mom used to call me.”

Jason Kipnis – Only has six homers and one behind Ian Happ (and Dan Volgebach).  Need to draft Kipnis with the quickness!  High-fives self!  Ow!  Not so hard!

Max Scherzer – Not to bum everyone out like the socialists would want, but Scherzer has a 4+ ERA and has given up six homers, the 2nd most in baseball along with Phil Hughes and Samardzija.

Clayton Kershaw – He has 21 scoreless innings.  Wake me when he’s no longer the best pitcher in baseball.  Seriously, I want to take a 45-year-long nap.

Oh, please.  This is such nonsense.  Now we get to grade everyone’s reading comprehension because these are LAST YEAR’S spring training stats.  If someone can read everything but capped words, I apologize in advance if you draft Elvis Andrus.  (I DON’T.)  I like to do this post every year because every year I get the same comments about how well a player is doing in the spring and if I’m going to change my fantasy baseball rankings because of it.  Spring training stats are a joke.  They mean nothing.  Let me say it again for emphasis, spring stats mean nothing.

Jason Kipnis had the best spring training in the history of spring trainings last year, and that led him to do what last year?  How did Gallo’s reported cutting down of strikeouts go?  Garrett Hampson looked ready to break out with last year’s spring, never sniffed a full-time job last year, and appears to be headed to the bench again this year.  Maikel Franco is talking about hitting more fly balls this year.  Sure, just like he did last spring and went on to have another poor season.  J.T. Realmuto had one of the worst springs last year, and went on to be the number one catcher for fantasy.   Scherzer?  Did he seem fazed by last year’s spring?  Yeah, and how did Kershaw do last year after those scoreless innings?  You should only be looking at who’s healthy, who’s winning position battles and who’s winning rotation spots.  The rest is meaningless.

As with everyone hitting well this spring, they’ll turn back into a pumpkin in April like Mr. Grapefruit, Billy Butler, always did.  Speaking of which, here’s the most relevant spring training graph:

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Slimbo
Slimbo
2 years ago

Hey boss which side do you like in a dynasty

Acuna/machado or arenado/baez

Thanks!

Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Slimbo
2 years ago

acuna side.

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
Reply to  Slimbo
2 years ago

Slimbo!

Just my 0.02$…Acuna in a landslide!

Cheers,
Ante

Brett
Brett
Reply to  Ante Galic
2 years ago

Acuna

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Slimbo
2 years ago

hakuna matata not close

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Slimbo
2 years ago

Acuna, ya jambrona.

bigbear
bigbear
Reply to  Slimbo
2 years ago

What LUPFDD, Ante, Brett, PC, Cram, and (eventually) DT and Grey says.

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Slimbo
2 years ago

Manny side..

Ian
Ian
2 years ago

The Razzball RCL page says today’s RCL (mar 14) is full but it really isn’t. We need one more please. Thanks!
By the way here is my RCL team from (mar 11 RCL #18). Just tried to get as many of your suggested players as I could. Need AVE and power I think but it was fun anyway.
Wellington Castillo
Muncy
Villar
Wendle
Trea Turner
Voit
Goodrum
Hoskins
Rosario
Bader
Meadows
Mazara
Palka
Mullins
Brinson

Bauer
Corbin
Flaherty
Lucchesi
Glasnow
Luzardo
Yates
Smith
Herrera
Romo

Peter guigli
Reply to  Ian
2 years ago

In league # 18 karlah14 look at my team and make trade offer if you like.

Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
2 years ago

here’s a 20 team keep 6-9 OPS, XBH, QS, and holds added roto league draft see how it looks.
C kraken (K)
1B cron (12)
2B odor (9)
SS treat urner (K)
3B candleman (19)
OF (3) gallo (1B, K)
mallex (K)
grichuk (15)
util (1) palka (18)
BN morales (23)

NA (2) vlad (K)
SP (1250 max innings):
ray (K)
glasnow (K)
lucchesi (11)
gibson (13)
wacha (16)
cahill (21)

RP (max 5):
knebel (10)
Sa DOM (14)
kelly (17)
buttrey (20)
tepera (22)
NA: luzardo (K)

drafted out of the 14th slot in even rounds and i kept 8 so i started on pick 20 after keepers. puig/pham/kershaw/odor/aguilar/olson not kept. only odor made it to me though. i waited too long on mcneil later.

Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah with XBH AND OPS i kept going after those exact guys, war room says my average is better than i’d thought it would be (well once vlad gets to it anyway). i kept bypassing low XBH guys that had speed or at least some speed (j.bradley technically was my highest ranked hitter for a long time but i knew better than to mess with him due to XBH + OPS). i’ll be attempting to waiver franchy as well (right now he’s starting good side rather than franmil, but franmil is getting drafted ahead since yahoo claims his at bats are better)

Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
Let Us Praise Famous Death Dwarves
2 years ago

since i’m using rudy’s numbers for OPS/QS + holds leagues it’s not weird, but his 15 team 2 catcher league post i have these same players on mine as his:
ray (keeper though), grichuk, odor, morales, candelman (till vlad is up), lucchesi, gibson, buttrey and i wanted to get pineda and barely missed him when i got cahill.

Ante Galic
Ante Galic
2 years ago

Grey!!!!

Great ST wrap up as always. Gonna love Gallo just you like the guy who invented the keyboard with the letter ‘O’ directly underneath the number ‘0’.

a. You should do a ten-year retrospective of why ST stats don’t mean a thing, with respect to predicting if a player will hit well or not.

b. You should also make a disclaimer that although ST stats aren’t too relevant, playing time and the impact of injuries which take place in ST are relevant. For example, who do you like at the back end of the Cubs bullpen to start the season now that both Strop and Morrow are on the shelf. Strop has a small calf strain but he won’t be ready on time, even though he claims that the chances are 99.99% that he will start the season (Actually, I trust a pitcher less when he says 99.99%). Maybe they make a move for someone?

Cheers,
Ante

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Speaking of winning spots, you think we can assume that Strahm and Paddack are locks in the SD rotation?

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

Strahm – you would think so but the manager hedged a bit in an interview yesterday. Said his health was most important and the bullpen may be best for him. Fuck that I drafted him.

Paddack – crazy to think he would since he will probably only go for 120 innings this year and could benefit from service time shenanigans. But it looks like maybe yes.

a
a
Reply to  peacecoast
2 years ago

they don’t really care about service time for pitchers though, right? also apparently paddack might start opening day which is cray cray.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
2 years ago

I think Paddack is in. I think they want Strahm in pen since there is only one lefty there to start season.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Me too. You’re up early.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Tout?

Bbboston
Bbboston
2 years ago

Of
All
Those comments, the one that strikes me as intriguing is Gallo. The guys been focused solely on pitch recognition. If he just gets a very little better, he can ameliorate his negative BA impact significantly.

BBoston
BBoston
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Does that mean you agree with the point or you’re skeptical

Steve-O
Steve-O
2 years ago

H2H mixed 10 team keeper league…. Already kept Acuna, Baez, Bregman and Buehler. Have 2nd pick in draft. Who are your top 2 from the best available:

Scherzer
Stanton
Sale
Freeman
Blackmon
Cole

Basically, would you rather have Freeman/Nola or Sale/Carpenter given my keepers?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Steve-O
2 years ago

I want Stanton and Freeman.

Fanciful Basesball
Fanciful Basesball
2 years ago

I wondered if there was a simple rule-of-thumb to apply the little-Grey-cells in drafts. Using ESPN 10-team standard rosters, I’ve started to use this method. My question is: is this dumb?
Round: type
1-4: hitter
5-6: 1 hitter, 1 SP
7-8: 1 hitter, 1 SP
9-10: 1 hitter, 1 RP
11-12: 1 hitter, 1 SP
13-14: 1 hitter, 1 SP
15-16: 1 hitter, 1 RP
17-18: 1 hitter, 1 SP
19-20: 1 hitter, 1 SP
21-22: 1 hitter, 1 RP
23-25: 3 P, or 2 P + 1 flyer

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Fanciful Basesball
2 years ago

Good rough outline, obviously you have to see who falls to you at any given time though.

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  Fanciful Basesball
2 years ago

The rule of thumb is keep drafting hitting until you get to the tier of pitchers you should start with.

Brett
Brett
2 years ago

Gray

Do you know if roto won is doing an article on holds or if there has been one?

Thanks

jayrod
jayrod
2 years ago

Thanks Grey! As always appreciate your articles and knowledge! Can’t find content like this anywhere else.

Quick question for you, can you point me to the place to download the free war room edition in excel? Rudy sent me his after I renewed my year, but it’s different than the original monster with the tiers. I’ll check out Rudy’s beast he created but would love to have the original War Room as well!

Thanks again sir and let’s play ball!!

Cram It
Cram It
Reply to  jayrod
2 years ago

Go to Tools (up top) > Free tools (on the right) > War Room

I could’ve just copied and pasted the link and it’d be a lot quicker than typing all of this, but then how would we learn?

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Cram It
2 years ago

Well done professor Cram!

themendozaline
themendozaline
2 years ago

No question, just wanted to say that the conclusive 2 paragraphs to this article were some of the best content I’ve read on here, had a good laugh. Thanks Grey

themendozaline
themendozaline
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Also, I’ve just registered an account today (always commented as a lurker) and I’m trying to edit my account so that my actual name doesn’t pop up as it did here, i’d rather use my username, but I can’t seem to edit my profile, I get a screen that says I don’t have access. Help!

themendozaline
themendozaline
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

No worries, about this post, I will get a hold of Rudy. Thanks again.

themendozaline
themendozaline
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

It’s been resolved. The beauty of it is I actually spelled my name wrong and it had to be corrected as well.. Two technical f ups today, maybe my “millennial” status will be revoked (Though I think technically that would be a good thing?)

Pine Tar Incident
Pine Tar Incident
2 years ago

I was just thinking we were about due for this post on my commute to work today. Thank you for your yearly public service.

Crime dog
Crime dog
2 years ago

Appreciate the shout out in the Gallo blurb!

Mike
Mike
2 years ago

Keeper league -keep 5- proposal in a Yahoo! 6*6 league:
JD Martinez
for
Trevor Story

(As the current owner of JD Martinez, my 3 of my 5 keepers are presently OF’s)

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Mike
2 years ago

I’d take Story.

Ciwa
Ciwa
2 years ago

Rockies signed Murphy and now we have a shitty platton at 2B. Gods of fantasy baseball, curse them!
#freemcmahon

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  Ciwa
2 years ago

isn’t he gonna play 1B?

Ciwa
Ciwa
Reply to  peacecoast
2 years ago

Yes. But without him they would have played McMahon 1B and Hampson 2B

Peter guigli
Reply to  Ciwa
2 years ago

If you’re in a daily league might be nice to have both. And put in the one playing that day. 162 games of stats. Is nice. One might be full time. Murphy health could come into play also.

mthom42
mthom42
2 years ago

Hey Grey, here’s my entire team for you to look at. JK
I heard Hampson will be splitting time at 2B with McHahon (who’s hitting .412). Any concerns with Hampson’s AB?

peacecoast
peacecoast
Reply to  mthom42
2 years ago

yes, it’s the Rockies

Chud
Chud
2 years ago

Dynasty league offer I’m considering:

I give Sale/Altuve.

I get Strasburg/Baez.

Thanks!

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Chud
2 years ago

I’d keep Sale and Altuve..

Chud
Chud
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

appreciate the insight! I agree w both of you but this guy is hard for Sale.

Offered: his Corbin/Mondesi for my Sale/A.Hicks.

Thanks

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
2 years ago

Crab RCL draft last night!

C Alfaro
1B Gallo
2B Baez
3B Arenado
CI Yuli Gurriel
MI Semen
OF Hoskins
OF Dahl
OF Conforto
OF Mazara
OF Piscotty
UT Domingo Santanta
Bench Bat Jose Martinez

SP Corbin
SP German Marquez
SP Happ
SP Glasnow
SP Chase Anderson
SP Eovaldi
SP Ryu
SP Heaney
SP Reynaldo Lopez

RP Givens
RP Robertson

Love the hitting, lots of power and a decent amount of guys with speed. Pitching is solid too, just need to SAGNOF for saves

Thoughts?

Old School Brother
Old School Brother
Reply to  Old School Brother
2 years ago

and at SS Jose Peraza

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Old School Brother
2 years ago

Solid squad OSB!

Mickey Maloney
Mickey Maloney
2 years ago

Happ had a great spring last year and then sh*t the bed once the season started. It is his third year though… Maybe its break out time! Should get early and consistent ABs with Russell sidlined a month and Descalo hurt.

Skip Mcgillicuddy
Skip Mcgillicuddy
2 years ago

What the hell is the deal with Buehler? Man i really don’t like the Dodgers.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

A bunch of reasons listed in a beat writer’s article yesterday that would have you optimistic that he will be fine… if he played for any other team. He sounds healthy, but they used the term ‘dead arm’. Just a bunch of stuff in there that sound like they are already looking for reasons to rotate him on and off the IL.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

You actually expressed that concern about Buehler for 2019 last November but came around in him. I think your first impulse may have been the best. To be continued…

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Kershaw and now Bueler..this is why I own Stripling.

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
2 years ago

ESPN, 5X5, head to head, 6 man keep forever. Thoughts on the following draft;
C – Castillo
1b – Bellinger (K)
2b – Viller
SS – Mondesi
3B – Bryant (K)
OF – Betts (K), Benintendi (K), Acuna (K), Dahl, Meadows
U – Renfroe
SP’s – Bauer (K), Flaherty, Marquez, Ed-Rod, Castillo
RP’s – Leclerc, Hader, Dominguez, Hicks
Bench bats – Happ, Tatis
Bench Arms – Herrera, Peacock, Luzardo, Sanchez
Anything jump out? Areas I should focus on as the season gets going?
Cheers, you all do great work!

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Sorry, 12 teams
Thanks

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Good day sir, Apologies, needy owner looking for some feedback. Hoping to jump back in the queue re: my question above. Thanks so much

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks, appreciate your time! I was thinking might be a little light on power. I just could not resist the draft value of some of these guys(72 guys protected);
-Targeted Mondesi and he fell to the 8th pick in the first round
-Was hoping Dahl would fall to the 2nd, he did but Flaherty was there as well so paired him with Bauer (luxury), Dahl, Villar and Marquez all fell to my next 3 picks. Got Renfroe late to boost my power.
Daniel Palka on waivers … is he a potential fit? If yes, who does he replace? Or just stay the course for now?

Dr Sauce
Dr Sauce
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Cheers, thanks again. I was happy things fell the way they did!

Bob
Bob
2 years ago

I have the number 5 pick out of 12 Roto
Thinking about taking shot and drafting Acuna at 5
Too Early or maybe Turner ?
Ty

Brett
Brett
2 years ago

Grey

Do you think McMahon gets platooned or does he play every day?

MattTruss
Editor
2 years ago

RCL Update for everyone:

-We are looking for ~6 managers for our longest running legacy RCL, Original Recipe. Always a competitive league, this is a great one for those that hate when teams quit halfway through the season. E-mail me: [email protected] and I’ll forward you to the commish.

-Drafts all weekend long including Friday at 10 PM and all day Saturday (3 PM, 8 PM, 10 PM). Sunday we have early morning drafts at 10 AM and Noon.

GET IN THERE!

Chris
Chris
2 years ago

Hi Grey,

Just finished my draft for 14 Team League H2H, 7 Keeper League.

H, 2b, 3b, hr, rbi, runs, sb, avg, bb
w, l, sv, k, hld, era, whip, k/9, qs

i did not have a round 1 and 3, which I traded last year.

C – Welington Casitillo
1b – Encarnacion
2b – LeMahiue
3b – Machado (k)
SS – Story (k)
OF – J. D. (k)
OF – Blackmon (k)
OF – Bader
UTL – Hosmer
UTL – Braun
BN – Dickerson

Sp – Scherzer (k)
Sp – Kluber (k)
Sp – Corbin (k)
Sp – Hamels
Sp – Maeda
Sp – Rodon
Sp – Josh James
Rp – Giles
Rp – Givens
Rp – Matt Barnes
Rp – Seranthony Dominguez

I think my pitching is solid with good k guys with good era and whip except Rodon.

My hitting apart from the keepers, I think is too conservative players (know what I will get) but not a lot of upside.

What do you think? Good enough to win or should i look to add other players and increase some stats in a specific category (steals, avg, etc.)

Thanks!

RICE
RICE
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

These look like 2018 spring training numbers, not 2019?

abmsports23
abmsports23
2 years ago

Would you rather keep Rendon for 1 year in the 5th round or Eloy for 2 years in the 23 round?

Chooch
Chooch
2 years ago

Happy Spring, everyone! Glad to have a daily dose of razzball back in my routine.

Roto 7×7 (OBP & Slugging + Innings & Holds) Keeper League (Straight up. No Penalties) 12 Teams
Need to Pick 3

J.D. Martinez
Eddie Rosario
Jean Segura
Anthony Rendon

Nola
Bauer
Buehler
Carrasco
Strasburg

I tried trading JD and Stras all damn season (keepers last year) to no avail.

Chooch
Chooch
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I wasn’t sure how your “wait on pitchers” strategy applied to keepers if you don’t have 3 top 30 hitters on the roster to choose from.

Thanks Grey! Much appreciated, as always.

HRMMM
HRMMM
2 years ago

Who do people like out of Paxton, Strasburg, K Davis, Rendon, Albies, and Murphy for my first round pick in an upcoming draft?

Keepers are Arenado, Lindor, Hoskins, Vlad Jr, and A Chapman.

Thanks!

Bill
Bill
2 years ago

Julio Urias – keep or cut loose in a 10 team 5×5 MLB roto league? Available on the waiver wire are guys like Aa Sanchez, Matz, Pineda, T Williams, Samardjiza, L Weaver and I need another starter now that my opening day guy has gone down. We typically carry 10 starters and 4 closers in our daily transaction league. Thanks.

Bill
Bill
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

OK, thanks.

brian
brian
2 years ago

Keeper question. I can keep 1 until the end of time, the other I have to throw back before the draft.

12 team h2h

standard batting categories + BB + Total bases + K’s

Keep Turner or Arenando?

Thanks in advance

Malicious Phenoms
Malicious Phenoms
Reply to  brian
2 years ago

If Turner is treat I wud keep him..

KB
KB
2 years ago

Thanks for all the info, hopefully you helped me build a winner. Drafted last night, anything I should look to upgrade.

12 Team H2H Points.

C: Castillo
1b: Hoskins
2b: Villar
SS: Turner
3b: Machado
Of: Stanton
Of: Gallo
Of: Inciarte
U: K Davis

Pitching
Snell
Buehler
Marquez
Lucchessi
Happ
Ray
Matz
Ryu
Quintana
Gibson

Thanks again

Wildfire
Wildfire
2 years ago

Hey Grey,

Not sure if you’re the one who manages the RCL leagues but the Friday, March 22nd ($20) league has 1 spot left but the spreadsheet indicates it’s full. I think someone quit after it was filled…figured you’d know who could fix it. Thanks.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Good thing for you its warming up out here on the lesser coast.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I stepped out for lunch today with no jacket for first time since early November. 52 degrees here.

How is it live drafting? Seems like itd be strange. I’ve signed up for a couple Main Event Qualifier satellite leagues. 15 team winner take all which is a “free” $1700 entry into the Main Event. If I win one I might try the live drafts next year in NY. I’m not sure how one prepares live at a hotel versus online: buy your competitors drinks while you stay sober?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yeah, perhaps like being at a game in the stands versus watching on tv in living room.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ok, I am going to will myself to victory then…

Seth Swirsky
Seth Swirsky
2 years ago

12 team mixed, h2h. who do you liken your team more:

1)acuna or yelich?

2) whit or adaleberto?

3) giancarlo or baez?

thx!!

NonTrads
NonTrads
2 years ago

Hi Ya’all

5×5 standard 12 team Yahoo $260–

Keep 5 league (+$4 each year kept)

Pick one of the of the following:

Puig 15 (could trade for $5)
Albies 21

Current Keeps (These guys were on my minor league farm system, $10 minimum keep in the 1st year):
Mondesi 10
Acuna 10
Buehler 10
Flaherty 10

NonTrads
NonTrads
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Thanks!

What if I could ship Puig for $5, and then purchase Eugenio Suarez ($6 keeper) for $3?

So Eugenio would be $9 this year…

NonTrads
NonTrads
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

I can trade the “rights” to keep Puig to another owner, and that owner sends me $5. I would then keep Eugenio Suarez for $9 instead of keeping Puig for $15.

Gibby
Gibby
2 years ago

Our keeper deadline is fast approaching and barring a trade, I’m stuck on my last few guys.

10 team H2H, using OBP and SLG

Definite keepers
Arenado
Freeman
Rendon
C.Seager
Senzel
Robles
Verlander
Carrasco

Last two keepers can be
E.Rosario
Haniger
Puig’
Abreu

I’m leaning towards Haniger and Puig

200 Proof
200 Proof
2 years ago

Grey,

Thanks for all you do; you da man.

I’ve got most of my keepers figured out but would love input to finish off my list.
8 team keeper league, pick one of the following 2 to keep:
-Haniger in the last (23rd) round
-Rendon in the 5th round

Thanks!

200 Proof
200 Proof
Reply to  200 Proof
2 years ago

I’m thinking of leaning Haniger for the value, but Rendon is consistent AF.

John
John
2 years ago

Another Great Article. Thanks for the daily content!!

Grey i have a conundrum…..

10 Team Keeper League 10 MLB keepers 5 MILB no penalty Ottaneau scoring PTS H2H

Here are my keepers prior to the draft…..It’s pretty amazing prepare yourself

C –
1B – Bellinger
2B – Altuve
SS – Lindor
3B – Arenado
OF – Acuna
OF – Harper
OF – Soto
UT –

P – Degrom
P – Bauer
P – Verlander
P –
P –
P –
P –

MILB roster – Whitley, Guerrero jr, Adell, Austin Riley

Any general advice on your thoughts would be great…..any piece you would try to trade to hedge up a bit? I’ll trade Riley 1st chance i get i figure Guerrero will fit nicely in the UT position once he gets the call. My plan is to draft 2-3 SP’s with my first 3 picks. Top guys available: Clevinger, Wheeler, Castillo, Archer, Bieber, Glasnow, Paddack….which of those lot would you get?

One last question if i may: Mondesi is available in the draft….any reason to draft him with my 1st pick instead of a pitcher?

Thanks a ton….loved the last podcast btw :)

John
John
Reply to  John
2 years ago

Marques is also on the list of available pitchers in the draft.

Dave D
Dave D
2 years ago

Abreu takes grounder off eyeball?

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yup. At least its not a testicle. He’s supposed to be fine in a few days. I think he really 35 though.

Dave D
Dave D
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Ha!

Mike L
Mike L
2 years ago

Any clue or good guess on the Braves and Padres rotations? I believe guys like Paddack and Wright could be another Flaherty but really hope they get an idea of who’s gonna be there in the next 10 days.

Rudy Gamble
Admin
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

ralph’s the big one on wright. i’m just parroting him.

knucks
knucks
2 years ago

Yo Grey, safe travels and good luck with your draft this weekend.

I added Vogelbach this AM to my league that had already slow drafted and waivers are now open. After seeing that he will fly with the team for those opening games in Japan… also Roster Resource has him in the starting lineup right now… Healy at 3B, E5 at DH, Bruce in the OF and Vogey at 1B. Seeing some complementary rhetoric on him from the M’s brass during camp.

Not in your Top 500. Any thoughts on him if he plays?

knucks
knucks
Reply to  knucks
2 years ago

I guess because of Ichiro, he prob doesn’t start in the Japan games. Still curious on your opinion here though.

knucks
knucks
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Knew I was missing something silly like that. Thanks brutha

Irevilo
Irevilo
2 years ago

I love your shizz Grey…pause!

Crazy question but I have to ask: In a keeper league that counts errors and batter strikeouts and a 1,250 innings pitched cap (I know, but it’s my third league), and I’m keeping Yelich, Juan Soto (Sexy Dr. Pepper) and Trevor Bauer, who of the following remaining options would you draft in the first round:

Machado, deGrom, Altuve, Harper, Baez, Stanton, Au Shizz, Rizzo, Verlander, Nola, Kluber.

The Skrimmer
The Skrimmer
2 years ago

My keeper/contract league just finished our draft and I have 3 two-year contracts to give out. I will already be coming back next year with the following players: Machado, Acuna, Margot, Judge, Kimbrel, and either Harper or T. Turner.
Which three should I choose from the following:
Schoop – $1
M. Chapman – $4
E. Escobar – $1
Inciarte – $17
D. Santana – $1
Palka – $1
Flaherty – $12
C. Allen – $2
Giles – $12
Hendricks – $7
LeClerc – $9
Stroman – $3
Lucchesi – $5
Glasnow – $1
Keuchel – $3
Ryu – $3

Reno 911
Reno 911
2 years ago

Ha! Great post. Somehow, this is the first year I’m reading this (with last year’s ST stats). Also, NEVER retire the Billy Butler graph. N. E. V. E. R.!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
2 years ago

What’s up Grey?

Just wanted to get your thoughts on this team, I took over an abandoned dynasty team, 9 keepers, and we just finished our draft. Any major weaknesses you see? The previous owner clearly waaaaay overvalued pitchers, thats how I ended up with Cole, Corbin and Strasberg on the same team. Once Ohtani is IL eligible on ESPN I’ll be using that spot for another streaming pitcher until he comes back.

C Ramos
1B Miggy
2B Senzel
3B Suarez
SS Peraza
OF Betts
OF Castellanos
OF Robles
UTIL Sunday Santana
BE Vladito
BE J Polanco
BE Ohtani

SP’s Cole, Corbin, Strasberg, Bieber, Kikuchi, Luzardo, Eovaldi, Wood
RP’s Yates, Strickland, Colome, Minter, Romo (has SP eligibility on ESPN so if he wins the job I can sneak him into a SP slot on days where I don’t have 5 guys starting)

Thanks man!

TualatinTwoStep
TualatinTwoStep
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

Yes sir, 12 team. I lucked out in getting Suarez, the team that had him had Arenado at 3B and too many top bats to keep him, and I had the #1 pick. Otherwise my power would be even worse LOL. Thanks man!

Thesportsguy
Thesportsguy
2 years ago

10 team AL 5×5, held our auction last week (way too early due to scheduling conflicts)…now sweating out two weeks before season and starting to worry about a few of my guys…time to worry or no big deal?

Upton (knee)
G Alllen (playing time?)
Smoak (split time with Tellez)

MarvPesos
marv
2 years ago

Grey,
12-tm H2H cat keeper (keep 12) CATS – (9) R,H,HR,RBI,SB,BB,AVG,OPS,XBH – (8) W,CG,SV,K,GIDP,ERA,WHIP,QS.
I need to Pick 12 keepers from below, I’ve added keeper beside the 12 I’m thinking but what do you think ? Typically our league (with a deep bench – 6 bench) load up on pitching. We need to decide by this Saturday.

You had mentioned a couple weeks that it’s a decent list but that I might consider Diaz. I’m also really considering Taillon. I didn’t keep Cole last year (kept Quintana instead) so that blew up in my face. Im worried that I’m doing the same by not keeping Taillon (that he’ll have a great season). Also, with Paxton now in NY, which isn’t a pitchers stadium do I keep Taillon over him? or keep them both and not Suarez ? thoughts ?

My team:
C – W. Ramos
1B – P. Goldschmidt – Keeper
2B – J. McNeil
3B – Eugenio Suarez – Keeper
SS – T. Turner – Keeper
CI – A. Rizzo – Keeper
MI – X. Bogaerts – Keeper
LF – C. Yelich – Keeper
CF – C. Blackmon – Keeper
RF – M. Haniger
Util – J. Upton
BN – S. Piscotty
BN – B. Dozier

SP – C. Carrasco – Keeper
SP – J. Verlander – Keeper
SP – N. Syndergaard – Keeper
RP – R. Osuna (RP)
RP – W. Davis (RP)
P – E. Diaz (RP)
P – J. Leclerc (RP)
BN – W. Buehler – Keeper
BN – J. Paxton – Keeper
BN – RJ. Taillon
BN – Rich Hill
Thanks bud
Marv

MarvPesos
marv
Reply to  Grey
2 years ago

yeah, I can keep both Taillon and Eugenio IF I don’t keep Paxton. So I guess Taillon > Paxton ?

I can only keep 12 in total

pinkman
pinkman
2 years ago

Hi Grey! Final forever keeper in a 5×5 10-tm roto- Dahl rd 28 or Bauer rd 8?

Jon
Jon
2 years ago

5×5+OBP league, I can keep 6 of:

Abreu, Rendon, Arenado, Albies, Correa, Conforto, Hoskins, Snell, Carrasco, Strasburg

Which 4 don’t make the cut?