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I’ve got things to cover in this post, but first things first (instead of second where I usually put first things), Toronto RHP Dahian Santos (A, 19 yo) has earned an immediate pickup (click-up?) in most dynasty formats. I can imagine some scenarios where he’s more of a mouse-hover than a quick click, such as the 20-team Highlander with 900-max total players rostered at any time and no minor league requirements, by which I mean I’m only rostering three minor leaguers right now, and one of them is Oneil Cruz. Santos wasn’t high enough to jump Nelson Velazquez on my claim list there, but the teenager is striking out 49.2 percent of the batters he sees in a league where he’s three years younger than the average age. 

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Yesterday, Nick Pivetta went 9 IP, 1 ER, 2 hits, zero walks, 8 Ks, ERA at 4.22 vs. the Astros who put an absolute beating on the Red Sox on Tuesday like they were a garbage can lid. Yes, that Nick Pivetta aka The Stopper aka If The Red Sox Turn Their Season Around This Feels Like The Moment It Happens aka The Nick Pivetta of Every Fantasy Baseballers’ Dreams For The Last Five Years aka I Was Not Expecting That aka I Honestly Don’t Even Believe The Box Score And I Watched Five Innings Of This Game aka Nick Pivetta F*cks aka Should You Fall For The Nick Pivetta Tailpipe Again? aka That Means You aka Are You Following What I’m Putting Down? It’s Breadcrumbs To Nick Pivetta On Your Waivers aka Or Not But His Peripherals (8.7 K/9, 3 BB/9) Are Usable As Long As He Keeps The Ball In The Park aka Likely Streamonator In Shallower Leagues. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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The left side of the mouth:

“Due to a pitch count of 80, Clayton Kershaw would not get a perfect game, but he would become the perfect symbol of his generation. Babied to the point where pitchers can no longer throw, they ‘pitch’ — whatever that means! When did we, as a society, get to the point where a pitcher can’t throw the ball? A participation perfect game, that’s what Clayton Kershaw got yesterday.”

The right side of the mouth:

“Clayton Kershaw has been battling injuries for years. His last year was cut short, due to injuries. He couldn’t pitch much in the preseason, because of the lockout and this was his first start of the year. Who cares about a perfect game? This is about keeping Clayton Kershaw healthy for as many innings as possible.”

The left side of the mouth:

“You’re a sissy.”

The right side of the mouth:

“What are you talking about? We’re just different sides of the same mouth!”

So, Clayton Kershaw (7 IP, 0 ER, 0 baserunners, 13 Ks) threw seven perfect innings, and nothing about him has changed since my preseason thoughts on him. He could be fantastic, but not even for a 9-inning game, let alone a full season. Anyway, here’s what else I saw yesterday in fantasy baseball:

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It is that time!  Opening day has passed and that means it is time for our first Top 100 Hitter rankings for the rest of the 2022 season.  Every other week we will be looking at the movers and shakers for rest of the season value.  This will be the place to be every Saturday throughout the season to get your rankings fix.  For this first version, we will discuss where some of the young upstart rookies fit such as Bobby Witt Jr.  We will also look at a few Spring Training performances and where guys like Cody Bellinger and Francisco Lindor land after springs heading in opposite directions.  As always, thanks for reading and good luck to you this season.

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On the eve of Opening Day, I’m trying to recall the last time so many high-profile rookies were scheduled to break camp with the big club. Might’ve been . . . never? Prospect coverage has come a long way these past few decades. Used to be cool to bash rookies and the prospect lovers who drafted them. Now you’re just leaving money on the table if you ignore the possibility that Julio Rodriguez opens the season in center field for Seattle. 

Focusing on Rodriguez in particular, I moved earlier than Average Draft Position at the time to select him in the 18th round of The Great Fantasy Baseball Invitational. Pick 265. He went inside the top 75 this week. Incredibly weird to me that three weeks of stats is worth 200 draft spots in the echo chamber, but that’s the illusion of certainty for you. Object permanence. I guess there was an outside chance Julio stayed in the minors until July, but not really. Not without a catastrophe of some kind. 

I’m already eager to see how next year’s crop of potential rookies is treated during draft season. Will we overweight the 2022 outcome, which happened partly due to a backlog built from the paradigm of punting combined with a CBA in flux and a lost 2020 season? Or is this simply the new reality? If a player is ready to help generate major league wins for a contending team, he will open the season on the roster. Sounds crazy, I know. 

So let’s run through the list, consider the fates of each player, and celebrate what we all hope will be a new chapter in baseball history, where service time suppression starts to creep away from center stage. 

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Welcome Back! You made it just in time before we embark on a long awaited journey it seems like right? I can’t wait for all the starting pitchers on my team to make it 4 2/3 innings before they get pulled for their pitch count and I scream for Kolten Wong to stop fouling off balls off Kyle Hendricks so he can at least be in line for the win. I mean I probably only have 1 share of Hendricks but we are a fickle bunch aren’t we.. I know you are excited as much as me for Thursday so thanks for hanging in with us and check out all of the tools at Razzball which are top notch here and worth every penny. All right let’s get down to it some of the first basemen you need to get sooner than later if you still have a draft left or in FAAB if they are available.

Luke Voit- The Luke Voit love is strong out this way and thinks he overperforms his current ADP of 210 in the NFBC main event. I think it’s been well documented he was battling injuries last season and that seems to have been put in the rear view mirror and Voit is all set to DH for his new digs in San Diego. His hard hit rate was still very good at 52.2% while his barrel percentage was at 15.8% and that was his numbers in a bad season for him. I think there is still a level we saw in 2020 where he would have easily hit 30/100 if he would have stayed remotely close to the pace at which he was hitting for power. When Tatis returns Voit will have plenty more opportunities to drive in runs and that will make a lot of the owners that drafted him feel good about picking him.

Anthony Rizzo– Since Rizzo was brought back by the Yankees he has done nothing to think this was a good move by the front office. Rizzo has hit .333 in the spring has looked locked in hitting .333 with an OBP of .438 and .919 OPS. Rizzo has had great plate discipline walking 3 times and only striking out 5 in 32 plate appearances. Although the spring stats don’t mean much it says to me Rizzo is feeling comfortable and ready for the season. Rizzo has an NFBC ADP of 180 and I think he deserves to be right around Ty France at 160. He definitely should be going before his teammate D.J Lemahieu who is going at 130 although drafters are valuing his position flexibility a little high in my opinion as there are other multi-position players after D.J that have more upside.

Spencer Torkelson– There definitely is a move towards getting the kids on the opening day rosters and Torkelson is one of the beneficiaries of this new movement. I’d like to see him move up in the lineup more to 5th at least but the Tigers have a much improved lineup and just got another new addition in Austin Meadows from the Rays to make them even more formidable. The Tigers are becoming what the San Francisco Giants were last year a team that nobody expected to do anything but somehow exceeded all expectations. I’m on the Tiger train for sure this year and will probably have a lot of them in my DFS lineups to start. Torkelson is around 230 ADP in the NFBC and should be going in the area of Luke Voit at 212 and before other 1B such as Bobby Dalbec, Yuli Gurriel, Trey Mancini as Torkelson has the rare 70 grade power rating and simply mashes. If you want to go look at some balls that were just tattooed watch some of his Arizona State homeruns where he broke Barry Bonds HR record as a freshman with 28 in 2018. He has since done nothing to disappoint as he raked across all minor league levels. He also has great pitch recognition and is willing to take walks although let’s keep that to a minimum shall we. He will wear down pitchers as well by fouling off balls until he finds something he likes and then he unloads. I really like the kid and think he will have a great rookie season so don’t be shy about reaching for him a round or two earlier than you think.

Christian Walker- What’s this guy got to do to get a little respect here? NFBC Main Event Drafters weren’t into him as well as early drafters going at a 374 ADP. Some 1B going before him were none other than the likes of Rowdy Tellez (playing time concerns) Keston Hiura (Strikeout Rate through the roof, Yoshi Tsutugo (Batting average .197/.297) the last two years. How on earth are we valuing these players ahead of Walker who will be batting 4th in the lineup (Yes it’s a bad lineup) but still they will score runs and it’s not as bad as you think. Walker has been having a good spring has been driving in runs hitting several extra base hits and is seeing the ball well. I know he seems a little boring and playing for a crappy team isn’t the best look for drafting him but as a bench bat you could do a lot worse and you might even start playing him as a CI a month into the season. Walker spent some time in the off-season altering his swing path which seems to be paying off so far. I think he is definitely worth a pick around 300 where you see Jesus Aguilar go.

 

Only one day left after you read this than it will be baseball. I hope you have a great rest of your week and enjoy the games! It should be a great season with a lot of young talent in the big leagues and a lot of up and coming teams (Yes you Tigers). I’ll see ya next week for some 3B rankings. Any questions feel free to comment and I’ll get back to you for some last draft or FAAB for next week.

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Cougs saw a picture of Donkey Teeth and I at the Vegas NFBC Main Event and said, “You look like the movie Twins.” I smiled, then, after thinking about it for 20 minutes realized something, and texted my wife back, “Are you saying I’m Danny DeVito?” Then I saw the elipsis that she was texting, but those dots disappeared, and I never heard from her again. She now lives with Donkey Teeth.

So, had a great time in Vegas drafting this team, even if it was slightly uncomfortable having Donkey’s hand up my butt moving my mouth. More like Ventriloquist Teeth! For those not in the know about the NFBC Main Event. It’s a 15-team, 30-round mixed league draft. No IL spots, and weekly waivers. It’s a snake draft with a weekly FAAB. It also costs $1700 to enter, but the winner gets, like, $170,000 or something. Honestly, wasn’t doing it for the money. I was doing it so Donkey’s hand would be up my butt. Anyway, here’s our Main Event NFBC draft and recap:

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So, Sean Manaea and the A’s are both heading south. Manaea to the Padres, and the A’s metaphorically, as they trade away one of their last pieces. Frankie Montas walking around the A’s clubhouse like that Will Smith meme. No, the other one. No, not that one. No, he’s not smacking anyone. The one where he’s by himself. The long-awaited sequel, No Moneyball, being directed by Werner Herzog, and it’s a grizzly bear mauling teddy bears dressed in A’s jerseys. Any hoo! I’ve loved Sean Manaea for a long time now, writing a Sean Manaea sleeper, and nothing changes on any of that. With the humidor in Petco, and lack of three miles of foul territory, Manaea’s ratios might take a hit, while his Wins get a boost. We’ll have to see if this is the Manaecea the Padres need. Pun points! Okay, the top 40 starters were updated. The top 100 for 2022 fantasy baseball, and the top 500 for 2022 fantasy baseball. Haven’t moved Mike Clevinger yet, but it sounds like he’s starting the year on the IL with knee soreness. He was never throwing a full season, nor Nick Martinez, so I’m slow-playing what to do with them for now. Anyway, here’s what else I saw in Spring Training for 2022 fantasy baseball:

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