So it’s the last of the last week of Spring Training, what could possibly go wrong? This weekend of a slew of injuries and demotions went down across the league. And perhaps hit hardest was the outfield. It wasn’t just a middling outfielder or lower-tier guy that was struck down, but Superman himself Eloy Jimenez in one of the premier offenses for this season, and World Series hopeful White Sox, whose massive chest was torn asunder while trying to fly. The shining white knight became as Icarus with his wings burnt up for flying too close to the sun (or wall in this case). The folly of man triumphs over his dreams once again, no? The sweet lullaby of babies rocking ends with a tumble from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the pit of Hades. On that happy note, hopefully, this report doesn’t find you circling the drain in the Well of Souls… let’s begin!

The Ins

Taylor Trammell – Will be breaking camp with the team. A lot to like with him despite the high strikeout rate, sneaky pop with ample speed should be a good late-round or first FAAB stolen base threat to start the year especially with Kyle Lewis likely starting a bit slow. Though there is some concern on how playing time will shake out once boy wonder, Kelenic is called up. But… SAGNOF!

Mitch Haniger – Yes I’m going to mention him again. Like I said before, he was pretty, pretty, pretty good before getting sacked in 2019. Though camp he’s continued to rake and since my last post he’s moved up to leadoff and stuck there in lineups. Okayyyy. So trim a few RBIs, increase expected ABs, and runs some. As such, I’m moving him up some with perhaps some unwarranted confidence (get a load of the brass balls on Coolwhip!). When/if you draft him, remember to balance your distribution of Runs/RBI potential, especially in Roto. We shall see if he’s the Nutcracker Prince or the Mouse King in this fantasy.

Randal Grichuk – With the injury to Springer, Rowdy and Randy become the new pied piper of dreams in the Jays lineup. Grey already gave you his Rowdy sleeper and now I’ll say a few words about The Other Randy. Before Ricebowl went on a homer spree in the playoffs, this Randy was making a name for himself with 12 HRs and 35 RBIs. From 8/14 to 8/28 he hit over .300 with 9 HRs and 22 RBIs. That’s 2 weeks. 2 WEEKS! He’s always been a bit of a streaky hitter but he found something last year. He’s worth a late look as your OF5 or bench bat to see if he can recapture some of the magic. Live look-in at Grichuk from the dugout after Springer injury…

Garrett Hampson – With Rodgers dealing with an injured hammy and him getting several CF looks this camp. I’m probably getting some unwarranted positive vibes for his playing time. But the dream is alive and for now I like what see. I can haz 500 ABs?

The Outs

Eloy Jimenez – Good night, sweet prince. He’s going to miss significant time with a torn pectoral tendon. Ouch. That chicken wing ain’t gonna flap for awhile. So, as per the intro, Icarus is grounded. I have no idea why he was even trying to rob a home run in a spring game when that has never been something in his toolbag. Like bruh, I get that you want to try that in a playoff game when shizz is on the line, but we talking about practice. Not a real game now, practice.

George Springer – So let’s just forget everything I said about him being your OF1. He has been diagnosed with a Grade 2 oblique strain and even though they floating out there some optimism about him not missing much time, starting the season as DH. I don’t buy it! Oblique injuries are one of the main kisses of death for hitters. It kills almost all of your rotational power. Hard pass. I will look elsewhere thank you, as much as it saddens me to do so. Randal Grichuk stands to benefit (see above). I haven’t moved Springer yet because we aren’t sure on PT effects, but consider him a ghost at the moment.

Trent Grisham – Will start season on IL. That hammy needs more time in the oven. My heartthrob from last year is just a throbbing headache this year. If you listened to Grey/me/we/us earlier, you already avoided drafting him because the price tag had inflated like a hot air balloon. And now subsequently has popped. I guess in late drafts now you might be able to get him late enough and store on the IL; but, I’m not sure how much he steals when he comes back or how soon he’ll be allowed to… thus deflating his value further.

Mike Yastrzemski – As of making final edits to this post, Yaz was beaned on the hand by a pitch and left with the trainers. Not sure of the severity yet (unmoved in rankings) but it’s probably not good and I really wasn’t targeting him to begin with, so this doesn’t affect my late drafts and waivers and hopefully not yours either since his price tag shot up way too high for this season.

Scott Kingery – Optioned to AAA. Looks like Kingery will be demoted to Jack-of-all-trades yet again. The kid can’t catch a break. Once he is called back up he’ll probably resume the utility role as he lost out on the opportunity (to begin the season) as the starter in CF, likely to the return of ODB (and Haseley/Quinn). Apparently, Girardi likes it raw.

Daulton Varsho – optioned to start the season. He’ll be back.

Jarred Kelenic – sent down to start the season, gotta delay that clock!

The What-have-yous

Akil Badoo – Will make the OD roster after having a solid spring and partly due to being a Rule 5 draftee. He looks to have a mix of power and speed and is not a bad flyer if looking to roll the dice in that category. It’s not like the Tigers have an All-star cast blocking him. SAGNOF!

Amed Rosario – So the CF experiment might actually happen. Zimmer, Mercado, Johnson all sent down leaving only Gamel (who has a total of 23 HRs in 1200+ ABs) and Rosario. If Rosario can produce passable defense then he might get the lion’s share of ABs until Daniel Johnson gets called up. Could be worth a flyer to get that .275 with power/speed combo.

Josh Rojas – Depending on your league, he has OF eligibility or just 2B. He’s had a great spring to the tune of .353 and 4 HRs. Rojas SZN? One can hope. He’s not on the board yet, but if he starts getting playing now that he made the roster; Woah, Nelly.

Austin Slater – I haven’t added him into the top 100 yet, but if Yaz misses time 20/20 pace stats would be a possibility. The late breakout began last year before fizzling due to injury (as has been his problem). Maybe this year his best surf is ahead of him.

The Board

1 Ronald Acuna Jr. ATL OF 46.7
2 Juan Soto WSH OF 39.7
3 Mookie Betts LAD OF 38.4
4 Mike Trout LAA OF 36.8
5 Cody Bellinger LAD 1B/OF 35.4
6 Christian Yelich MIL OF 32.4
7 Bryce Harper PHI OF 29.8
8 Luis Robert CHW OF 26.6
9 Marcell Ozuna ATL OF 22.4
10 Yordan Alvarez HOU DH/OF 21.5
11 Kyle Tucker HOU OF 20.2
12 George Springer TOR OF 19.9
13 Charlie Blackmon COL OF 18.9
14 Randy Arozarena TB OF 18.7
15 Michael Conforto NYM OF 18.6
16 Whit Merrifield KC 2B/OF 18.4
17 Nick Castellanos CIN OF 18.2
18 Starling Marte MIA OF 17.2
19 Aaron Judge NYY OF 16.9
20 Ketel Marte ARI 2B/SS/OF 16.4
21 J.D. Martinez BOS DH/OF 16.2
22 Trent Grisham SD OF 15.6
23 Lourdes Gurriel Jr. TOR 2B/OF 15.4
24 Austin Meadows TB OF 14.7
25 Franmil Reyes CLE OF 14.5
26 Kyle Lewis SEA OF 13.7
27 Eddie Rosario CLE OF 13.7
28 Giancarlo Stanton NYY DH/OF 13.5
29 Brandon Lowe TB 1B/2B/OF 13.2
30 Alex Verdugo BOS OF 13.1
31 Cavan Biggio TOR 2B/3B/OF 12.5
32 Byron Buxton MIN OF 12.3
33 Jeff McNeil NYM 2B/3B/OF 12.3
34 Anthony Santander BAL OF 11.9
35 Ramon Laureano OAK OF 11.4
36 Dylan Moore SEA 2B/SS/3B/OF 11.1
37 Ryan Mountcastle BAL 1B/OF 11.0
38 Teoscar Hernandez TOR OF 11.0
39 Wil Myers SD 1B/OF 10.9
40 Victor Robles WSH OF 10.6
41 Ian Happ CHC 2B/3B/OF 10.0
42 Nick Solak TEX 2B/3B/OF 9.9
43 Tommy Edman STL 2B/SS/3B/OF 9.7
44 Max Kepler MIN OF 9.7
45 Tommy Pham SD OF 9.5
46 Mitch Haniger SEA OF 9.2
47 Kyle Schwarber WSH OF 9.1
48 Austin Riley ATL 3B/OF 9.0
49 Michael Brantley HOU OF 8.6
50 Jorge Soler KC OF 8.3
51 Joey Gallo TEX OF 7.5
52 Dominic Smith NYM 1B/OF 7.3
53 Mike Yastrzemski SF OF 6.8
54 Clint Frazier NYY OF 6.6
55 Raimel Tapia COL OF 6.5
56 Dylan Carlson STL OF 6.4
57 David Fletcher LAA 2B/SS/3B/OF 6.3
58 Jesse Winker CIN OF 5.9
59 Leody Taveras TEX OF 5.9
60 Trey Mancini BAL 1B/OF 4.8
61 J.D. Davis NYM 3B/OF 4.7
62 Andrew McCutchen PHI OF 4.6
63 AJ Pollock LAD OF 3.7
64 Aaron Hicks NYY OF 3.3
65 Hunter Dozier KC 1B/3B/OF 3.3
66 Bryan Reynolds PIT OF 3.2
67 Mark Canha OAK 1B/OF 2.9
68 Hunter Renfroe BOS OF 2.4
69 Jarred Kelenic SEA OF 2.4
70 Garrett Hampson COL 2B/SS/OF 2.0
71 Nick Senzel CIN OF 1.9
72 Joc Pederson CHC 1B/OF 1.9
73 Brandon Nimmo NYM OF 1.9
74 Manuel Margot TB OF 1.7
75 Josh Naylor CLE OF 1.4
76 Cristian Pache ATL OF 0.7
77 Brandon Belt SF 1B/OF 0.6
78 Austin Hays BAL OF 0.3
79 Justin Upton LAA OF 0.3
80 Sam Hilliard COL OF 0.1
81 David Peralta ARI OF 0.0
82 Lorenzo Cain MIL OF -0.1
83 Amed Rosario CLE SS/OF* -0.4
84 Enrique Hernandez BOS 2B/SS/OF -0.5
85 Franchy Cordero BOS OF -0.5
86 Willie Calhoun TEX OF -0.6
87 Myles Straw HOU SS/OF -0.6
88 Andrew Benintendi KC OF -1.1
89 Mauricio Dubon SF 2B/SS/OF -1.1
90 Corey Dickerson MIA OF -1.2
91 Randal Grichuk TOR OF -1.2
92 Jurickson Profar SD 2B/OF -1.2
93 Adam Eaton CHW OF -1.3
94 Alex Kirilloff MIN OF -1.6
95 Taylor Trammell SEA OF -1.6
96 Chris Taylor LAD 2B/SS/OF -2.0
97 Stephen Piscotty OAK OF -2.1
98 Alex Dickerson SF OF -2.2
99 Robbie Grossman DET OF -2.3
100 Cedric Mullins BAL OF -2.4
101 Tyler O’Neill STL OF -2.4
102 Jon Berti MIA 2B/SS/3B/OF -2.5

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  1. JB says:

    Dynasty Lg…. 6×6 with obp

    I have Springer on the team.. do think it’s time to flip him in a trade?

    • Coolwhip says:

      If you can get equal value on player rater sure, otherwise i’d wait and see what his prognosis is since it is dynasty.

      • JB says:

        whats your feeling on a swap for Bregman?

        • Coolwhip says:

          OBP league, absolutely. go get it.

  2. Richard Scott Olcott says:

    Slater is platooning with ADick according to ESPN. Grichuk or Slater in a keeper forever league?

    • Coolwhip says:

      ESPN depth charts are hilariously bad. Though that might be likely, and if Yaz misses time he might get more ABs in RF too as he’s played plenty at both corners

      • Coolwhip says:

        Grichuk is all power and swing and miss, Slater gives you combo of some power and speed. I’d go with whichever skill set is more needed.

  3. toolshed says:

    If kingery could hit, maybe he’d have a spot. He has had several opportunities to win a spot but hasn’t taken advantage of them. Speaking of the Phillies, do you think cutch has any gas left in the tank? He is leading off and while I don’t expect him to run, he still can get on base, score runs and has some pop in a good park. Thanks

    • Coolwhip says:

      I do, he is admittedly an injury risk. But I hyped him last year and I like him again this year. He’s in a great spot to produce.

  4. Ryan Wheeler says:

    7 guys with OF eligibility in the top 37… Nice.

    • Grey

      Grey says:

      Only 7 in a ranking of OF?

      • Ryan Wheeler says:

        7 in the top 37…. 2 top 10, 4 in top 25, 7 in top 37.

        Should I have more?? haha

    • Coolwhip says:

      Sir, this is a Wendy’s. (And by Wendy’s I mean a top 100 list for Outfielders per the title)

      • Ryan Wheeler says:

        Oh I got ya… I guess its less “nice” now. haha

        You’ll have to excuse me, 4:45pm on a tuesday just waiting to get out of work.

  5. PEDs says:

    What do you think about Oscar Mercado rising the ranks and recapturing his 2019 form in a month or so if he does well in the minors?

    • Coolwhip says:

      *Sigh with deep exhale* I don’t know man. Ever since the 2019 season he’s looked pretty lost at the dish. 2020 was a train wreck, and this spring he barely hit .200 vs pitching quality of 6.3, which is AA level. And whats more, his K-rate has skyrocketed. I think he can, as he’s still very fresh, but he has a lot of guys fighting for his spot… Gamel and Rosario that are now staying at the big league level, then Zimmer and Daniel Johnson sent down with him. The org like Johnson quite a bit nad he’s made big strides, so we could see him and Rosario split time in CF in the not-so-distant future. I wouldn’t buy into a Mercado rebound unless he’s traded or you start seeing improved numbers from alt-site/minors.

      • PEDs says:

        Great analysis. Figured I could do worse with my last pick of a 30 man , 20 teamer :)

  6. mcstarrs says:

    Coolwhip, Love the stuff good sir! I’m going to keep my eye on Haniger for a potential buy early (and low). David Dahl is also available in my league and I think he could do damage in the #2 spot in front of Gallo.

    I drafted an infield that will make you rosterbate for hours on end. (at the cost of my pitching, that will make you want to do whatever the opposite is)

    In terms of my OF, I went with Buxton, Franmil, Kyle Lewis, and Ryan Mountcastle.

    For some reason I cannot let go of the idea that Buxton will put together a full season and go beastmode. Franmil Reyes really impressed me last year, same with Mountcaste. I haven’t watched much of the Mariners but I have read the Kyle Lewis love on here which made the decision easy for me.

    • mcstarrs says:

      I was in between Vlad and Yordan in the 5th round. The loss of weight and Vlad ripping through pre season ended up being the deciding factor for me. Although, Yordan won me a ship two years ago. It was really, really hard to pass on him.

      • Coolwhip says:

        Thanks for the support. Sounds like you got a solid lineup, now you’ll have to watch the waivers for pitching.

        • mcstarrs says:

          What are your thoughts on stashing a prospect like Wander Franco?

          I am in a 12 team 5×5 league with Yahoo standard fantasy positions. 5 bench slots.

          No RPs currently, although I am in between trying to play a first week strategy with no RP or if I should drop end of bench SPs for guys like Ian Kennedy, Josh Staumont, Jake Dietman, & Tanner Rainey

          • Coolwhip says:

            In that format i would not stash Wander, no telling when he’ll be called up. Maybe someone like Kelenic, who will be up possibly before end of April. But not necessary. Yeah Kennedy and Rainey best of those options.

  7. Mike says:

    How would you rank these 6 “closers” to start the season for saves? How about over the whole season?

    Nick Wittgren
    Drew Pomeranz

    • Coolwhip says:

      hmmmm tough call.
      Neris for sure (starts with job)
      Wittgren seems likely
      Ottavino i think eventually gets it
      Pom is in mix, but its a 3 person clusterf
      Gallegos the same
      Sims likely least, Garrett seems like he might run away with it soon

  8. CJ says:

    Quick question for the Razz team: Week1 short week and so one – start one – full dyno – 25 cats (13/12). Having lost Eloy and Grish who do start the year w at OF3 from the following. Yordan at UT… Betts and Soto are others…
    Please rank = Happ, Solek, Franchy or Senzel?

    • Coolwhip says:

      (big gap)
      (small gap)
      Franchy – could jump up once playing time is sorted out, I like him a lot

      you also might consider adding Profar, who will likely fill in for Grisham while he’s IL

      • CJ says:

        Would love to but the WW is grim picking. Made a trade for Senz and grabbed Franchy since Grey seems high on him {I had him in his days in SD so have always dug him}… any way deeper thoughts better than these dudes?

        Thanks though… I could go by rankings but was thinking gut feelings !!! Cheers!

        • Coolwhip says:

          Naylor is a good deep option to try

          • CJ says:

            I can see that being available. Him over those others for wk1? This is the last ? I promise…

            • Coolwhip says:

              Naylor might be better for last spot for the 2 games vs Det since their pitching is awful.

  9. Keeks says:

    Where would you slot in Vaughn once he gets OF eligibility?

    • Coolwhip says:

      I’d probably slot around 80-85 until he shows me something in games.

  10. Posthype says:

    Everyone is sleeping on Manny Margot. Top 25 OF season incoming.

    • Coolwhip says:

      If he gets ABs maybe. I just don’t trust Cash to let him get 500 ABs at the moment.

  11. Jonathan says:

    Lost Eloy and have Kyle Lewis to the IL already in my OF. Womp womp! Which 2 do you recommend picking up of these options:


    • Coolwhip says:

      Hays and Trammell for now

  12. Shane Victorino says:

    Ka’ai Tom the next great Rule 5 find? Does he get a chance to show his spring training performance is more than just small sample?

    • Coolwhip says:

      He made the roster, So maybe. We’ll have to see how Melvin uses the DH spot. If he rotates his OFers in there then that might lead to Tom getting time in the field.

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