Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you my pièce de résistance!! Yes, applaud for me, revel in my greatness. I even broke out a fancy accent marked phrase, who does that but a pretentious liberal arts major with delusions of grandeur? This is my title fight, the list for which all prospectors are measured. It’s my Top 100 Prospects for 2017 Fantasy Baseball. Now that I’ve gotten beyond all the muckedy muck, let me explain a little about my list, and ranks. First: Yes I 100% factor in proximity, and it effects my rankings. Second: Upside is the most important factor. Third: Production in the minors matters to me. Unless it’s in a crazy ballpark (cough, cough FirstEnergy Stadium: Reading, Pa), or contradictory to batted ball data. I’ve been deep in my hole since early October breaking down every system in the minors, reviewing video on Youtube, looking at batted ball data, checking the stats, and reading any and every scouting report I can get my hands on. It’s one part eye test/ one part player profile/ one part production. I’ve been training all offseason for this, only my training involves sweat pants, a laptop, and lots of snacks. Speaking of snacks, I’m hungry let’s get into the list!! You already know who’s ranked first… It’s Top 100 Prospects day!

 

The Pre-Season 2017 Top 100 Prospects for Fantasy Baseball

1.  Andrew Benintendi, OF | Age: 22 | Red Sox | 2016 Level MLB/AA/A+

Benny Baseball, Benny with the good hair, Chainz, Mi Amor! This man will make or break my reputation. After gaining 20 lbs of muscle, I’m all in on him in all formats. ETA: 2017

2.  Yoan Moncada, 2B/3B | Age: 22 | White Sox | 2016 Level MLB/AA/A+

Arguably 1B to Benintendi, netted the Sox an ace in Chris Sale, and there’s a reason many think Moncada was the best piece in the deal. Power/speed combo with hit tool. Moves back to 2B, with Chicago, should start the season in AAA Charlotte. ETA: 2017

3.  Austin Meadows, OF | Age: 21 | Pirates | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Breaking into his power stroke in 16′ pushes him way up to the top of the list. More than likely spends a majority of the year at AAA, should see promotion immediately if the Bucs find a suitor for Cutch. ETA: 2017

4.  Victor Robles, OF | Age: 19 | Nationals | 2016 Level: A+/A/Rk

19 years old and full of potential. The highest ceiling in the minors with elite hit tool/speed/power mix, turns 20 in May and is still a few years away. Potential superstar in the making. ETA: 2019

5.  Eloy Jimenez, OF | Age: 19 | Cubs | 2016 Level: A+

I love power, it makes my standard issue Prospector sweatpants pitch tents. Eloy has the best power ceiling in the minors. Voted most likely to draw Giancarlo Stanton comps by his Top 100 classmates. ETA: 2019

6.  Cody Bellinger, 1B/OF | Age: 21 | Dodgers | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

First base is one of the most shallow positions in the minors, and Bellinger is the best of the group by a wide margin. Love his flyball focused swing, and multi-position eligibility he’ll have early in his career. ETA: 2017

7.  Brendan Rodgers, SS/2B | Age: 20 | Rockies | 2016 Level: A

He was introduced to baseball by a man named Ralph. Destined for greatness from that moment. Brings plus hit/power tools, from a middle infielder, the prospects of a career at Coors boost his value. Should destroy the Cal League hitting at Lancaster. ETA: 2019

8.  Lewis Brinson, OF | Age: 22 | Brewers | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Great mix of contact/power/speed, has cut down on the strikeouts of late, still needs to work on breaking ball recognition. Should start the season in AAA Colorado Springs, and could hit his way into the Brewers OF by late June. Built in replacement should Braun be traded, Santana or Broxton falter. ETA: 2017

9.  Dansby Swanson, SS | Age: 22 | Braves | 2016 Level: MLB/AA/A+

The safest shortstop prospect in the minors, he’ll start from day 1 and could be the Braves two-hitter for a decade. His hit tool is his stand out, but speed and power are above average. Defense will keep him at short. ETA: 2017

10.  Gleyber Torres, SS | Age: 20 | Yankees | 2016 Level: A+

I’m buying the hype, because he’s improved at each level along the way. Hit tool and understanding of game is beyond his years. Star of the AFL at 19 years old. ETA: 2018

11.  Manuel Margot, OF | Age: 22 | Padres | 2016 Levels: MLB/AAA

Should be dynamic leadoff threat from day one, I foresee his ceiling as perennial 100 run producer with high average, and 15 homer pop. ETA: 2017

12.  Clint Frazier, OF | Age: 22 | Yankees | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Bat speed magician, with five category skill set. Could be starring in the Bronx by July if a spot opens up, needs to cut down on the strikeouts to meet his full potential. ETA: 2018

13.  Tyler Glasnow, RHP | Age: 23 | Pirates | MLB/AAA

After the cold hands of TJ touched Alex Reyes, Glasnow shot to the top of the pitching heap. His nasty stuff, and upside make him the top pitching spec for me. If he can harness his stuff and get the Bb/9 under 5 he’s a fantasy ace. ETA: 2017

14.  Raimel Tapia, OF | Age: 22 | Rockies | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

One of the best hit tools in the minors, bat to ball skills are elite. Could be batting title contender every season with the Coors BABIP bump. ETA: 2017

15.  Tyler O’Neill, OF | Age: 21 | Mariners | 2016 Level: AA

Looks like a superhero and hits like one too. Best player in AA last year, showed another gear in the playoffs. Halp and I are the high men on O’neill, but work ethic, production, and power projection have me drooling. ETA: 2018

16.  Francis Martes, RHP | Age: 21 | Astros | 2016 Level: AA

Case could be made for Martes over Glasnow, higher floor, lower ceiling, but still ace level talent. Body isn’t ideal, and he’s a small righty, but was electric after June 1st posting 2.72 ERA/2.33 FIP/10.0 K/9, 2.7 Bb/9. ETA: 2018

17.  Nick Senzel, 3B | Age: 21 | Reds | 2016 Level: A/RK

Top fantasy player from the 2016 draft, advanced college hitters have moved quickly in recent years, and based on early returns Senzel is no different. ETA: 2018

18.  Willie Calhoun, 2B | Age: 22 | Dodgers | 2016 Level: AA

Came out of nowhere in 2015 hitting 11 homers in first 73 professional games, followed that up with 27 knocks in AA in first full professional season. Almost never strikes out, K% was 11.6% in 2016. Defense is delaying his arrival. ETA: 2018

19.  Josh Hader, LHP | Age: 22 | Brewers | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

The top left handed pitching prospect in the game. He mixes a 95-97 MPH fastball, with a plus plus slider, from an unbelievably deception arm slot. They’ll always be health concerns because of the delivery, and that does worry me a little. RP risk isn’t as great a concern as it was a year ago. If he improves his changeup and control over the next year he could be unhittable. Should compete for a job out of camp. ETA: 2017

20.  Lucas Giolito, RHP | Age: 22 | White Sox | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

One of the biggest sinkers of the Top 100. Giolito’s down year coupled with a trade to the AL from the NL East, have cut into his upside. Still an elite pitching prospect, with a bright future, but it’s tough to rank him ahead of Glasnow, Martes, or Hader. ETA: 2017

21. Willy Adames, SS | Age: 21 | Rays | 2016 Level: AA

A personal favorite of mine, hit 48 XBH’s to go along with a 13% walk rate, and 13 steals. I’m in the camp that he sticks at short, a poor man’s Gleyber Torres, with a similar floor, and lower ceiling. Plus hit tool, surprising power, and great approach. ETA: 2018

22.  J.P. Crawford, SS | Age: 22 | Phillies | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Better real life prospect than fantasy, but still a damn good player, with a high floor. His best asset is his on base ability, should be a leadoff hitter, and All-Star shortstop one day. The second best of the elite NL East SS prospects on the list. I predict a .290/15/15/.390 line in his peak years. ETA: 2018

23.  Anderson Espinoza, RHP | Padres | ETA: 2019 | 2016 Level: A

His ceiling is in another stratosphere, mix of precision, pitchability, and stuff. High octane fastball with nasty movement, a fantastic change, and above average curve. He’s a few years away, but he could explode overnight and fast track to the majors a la Julio Urias. ETA: 2019

24.  Hunter Renfroe, OF | Age: 24 | Padres | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

A grip it and rip it masher, with 30 home run power right now. The strikeouts will be high, and the walks low, so the cold streaks will be cold. His hot streaks will carry you for weeks. NL Rookie of the Year candidate. ETA: 2017

25.  Rafael Devers, 3B | Age: 19 | Red Sox | 2016 Level: A+

Slumped his first two months in A+ as a 19 YO, from June 1st on slashed .331/.371/.522 with a 145 wRC+. Contact/power combo plus the defensive chops to stick at 3rd. ETA: 2019

26.  Bradley Zimmer, OF | Age: 23 | Indians | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Another exciting fantasy prospect looking for a rebound. Zimmer’s strikeouts were out of control in 2016, but he’s an elite OBP player, with 30+ steal speed, and power in his bat. Makes hard contact to all fields, 6 of his 15 homers went oppo-taco. Looked super in the AFL .with a .962 OPS and 8 steals. Best outfield defender and base-stealer on Indians now. ETA: 2017

27.  Alex Reyes, RHP | Age: 22 | Cardinals | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

Originally ranked 3rd, but the Tommy John Disease claimed another victim. Even on the shelf until 2018, he’s in the top 1/4 of the list. Ace ceiling, but it might be a few years till we see that. ETA: 2018

28.  Mitch Keller, RHP | Age: 20 | Pirates | 2016 Level: A+/A-

The 2016 breakout was fueled by newly found elite control, misses enough bats to be dangerous (9.5 in A ball), gets lots of grounders (48%), and weak contact. Some think he’s passed Glasnow. Will start the season in the Florida State League w/ Bradenton. ETA: 2018

29.  Derek Fisher, OF | Age: 23 | Astros | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Exciting power/speed player, but strikeouts are part of the package. Not that different from Bradley Zimmer, but he’s got a tough assignment breaking through with the crowded Astros. Needs a trade. ETA: 2018

30.  Ozzie Albies, 2B/SS | Age: 19 | Braves | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

The best hit tool/speed combo on the list, switch-hitter with 40+ steal speed. Moved to second, where he’ll team up with Dansby Swanson to form an elite middle infield tandem, and top of the order for the next decade. ETA: 2018

31.  Tom Murphy, C | Age: 25 | Rockies | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

Big power + Coors Field, need I say more? Due to split time with Tony Wolters, but I’m unsure what side of the platoon Murphy sees. If it’s 400+ abs 25 homers isn’t out of reach. NL Rookie of the Year Candidate. ETA: 2017

32.  Kyle Tucker, OF | Age: 19 | Astros | 2016 Level: A+/A

Super talented Prep Prospect from the 2015 draft, mixes elite hit tool with excellent base stealing instincts, and projectable power. Has an all-star ceiling, with a five category contributor floor. Another Astros homegrown fantasy superstar in the making. ETA: 2019

33.  Kyle Lewis, OF | Age: 21 | Mariners | 2016 Level: Rk

Was my top fantasy player heading into the draft, but a bad knee injury coupled with a break out from Nick Senzel, saw him drop to two. He’s been working back from the injury, and should make a return sometime this summer. If he can shake the rust and pick up where he left off he’ll be in the majors by…ETA: 2019

34.  Amed Rosario, SS | Age: 21 | Mets | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Carrying offensive tool is his ability to hit for average, which plays up due to his speed. His fielding might already be Gold Glove caliber, meaning he’s got no chance of moving off the position. Over the last year his approach, and his eye have improved, he’s not far off from Flushing. ETA: 2018

35.  Michael Kopech, RHP | Age: 20 | White Sox | 2016 Level: A+/A

Thor’s evil twin (Loki?), Kopech is a monster, and a must follow on Twitter. Legendary velocity, and work ethic, Kopech was the best pitcher in the Arizona Fall League, and one of 2016’s big risers. The second piece in the Sale trade, needs to silence bullpen, durability, and attitude concerns. Ace upside. ETA: 2018

36.  Dominic Smith, 1B | Age: 21 | Mets | 2016 Level: AA

He’s still only 21, so there could be more power to come, particularity with his keen eye and advanced approach to hitting. While I don’t foresee 30 home run years in Smith’s future he could be a .280/20/85 player with extra value in OBP leagues. ETA: 2018

37.  Aaron Judge, OF | Age: 24 | Yankees | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

He’s been on these lists forever, so it’s fair to question Judge’s ceiling at this point. Should be a cheap source of power in re-draft this season. Struggled through his first taste of AAA, and then adjusted last season, maybe it’s the same in the bigs. ETA: 2017

38.  Josh Bell, 1B/OF | Age: 24 | Pirates | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

Hit tool first, with no good place to stick him in the field. Showed power development last season, and will always hit for average. Major League bat, needs a chance to finally show what he can do. ETA: 2017

39.  Yadier Alvarez, RHP | Age: 20 | Dodgers | 2016 Level: A/Rk

Big righty with a 100 MPH heater, and nasty hook. Huge risk/reward prospect, but he’s in good hands with the Dodgers. ETA: 2020

40.  Jose de Leon, RHP | Age: 24 | Rays | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

Elite changeup, that keeps hitters off balance, will always miss bats, but homers have been a problem. Should be up as soon as the Rays have a need, small chance he breaks camp. Future third starter with K upside. ETA: 2017

41.  Brent Honeywell, RHP | Age: 21 | Rays | 2016 Level: AA/A+

The Screwball is legendary, but there’s so much more to Honeywell. He throws all 5 of his offerings for strikes, and rarely gets in trouble with walks. At best he’s an ace, at worst he keeps your WHIP low. ETA: 2018

42.  Ronald Acuna, OF | Age: 19 | Braves | 2016 Level: A/Rk

Could be this season’s Victor Robles. Five tool player, that tore up Australia this winter, poised for a big jump in the mid-season list. Trade for him now. ETA: 2019

43.  Ian Happ, 2B/OF | Age:22 | Cubs | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Power/speed skillset, with the ability to draw walks. Swing and miss will keep his average lower, and he doesn’t have a true defensive position. On the brightside his future manager values such versatility. ETA: 2018

44.  Francisco Mejia, C | Age: 21 | Indians | 2016 Level: A+/A

Switch-hitting youngster with the historic 2016 season, that included a 50 game hit streak across two levels. Has shown great contact and power from both sides of the plate. Good defense, and big arm make him the best real-life catching prospect in the game. Victor Martinez type. ETA: 2019

45.  Isan Diaz, 2B/SS | Age: 20 | Brewers | 2016 Level: A –

Imagine Jonathan Schoop with a 13% walk rate and some speed.. Hi, let me introduce you to Isan Diaz. Struggled in the AFL, but was one of the youngest prospects there. I love the ceiling here! ETA: 2019

46.  Franklin Barreto, SS | Age: 22 | Athletics | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Looks like he’ll move off short for the outfield at one point. Brings a plus hit tool, with some power, and 20+ steal speed. Has started to fill out, isn’t quite the runner he once was. ETA: 2018

47.  Alex Verdugo, OF | Age: 21 | Dodgers | 2016 Level: AA

Yes he’s young w/ an advanced approach, and good production, but there’s questions as to how much better he can get. There’s no doubt that he’s more than likely going to be an above average MLB player, but how much upside is there? ETA: 2018

48.  Luke Weaver, RHP | Age: 23 | Cardinals | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

Blessed with number two starter upside, Weaver mixes a mid-90’s fastball with an above average change, as well as average curve and cutter offerings. He throws all of his pitches for strikes, and pounds the zone frequently with double plus control. Dirty… Has a shot at 15+ starts now that Reyes is on the shelf. ETA: 2017

49.  Harrison Bader, OF | Age: 22 | Cardinals | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Slashed .286/.350/.491 with 13 homers and 9 steals in 318 at bats, before being promoted to AAA Memphis in early July. In the Arizona Fall League, impressed once again hitting .304/.349/.430 with 2 homers and 4 steals. Likely to see assignment to AAA Memphis out of camp w/ a chance for promotion to the majors by June or July. ETA: 2018

50.  Mickey Moniak, OF | Age: 18 | Phillies | 2016 Level: Rk

The #1 overall draft pick in 2016 draft is a contact/speed prospect w/ developing power potential. Earned the top choice outplaying the more hyped Rutherford leading up to the draft. ETA: 2020

51.  Matt Chapman, 3B | Age: 23 | Athletics | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

True three outcome slugger with elite defense at the hot corner. Has the ability to hit 30 homers, but hit .220 while doing it. Is a no doubt major leaguer in my opinion. ETA: 2017

52.  Rowdy Tellez, 1B | Age: 21 | Blue Jays | 2016 Level: AA

Prospect most likely to have the name of a WWE superstar. A 30th round steal in the 2013 draft, Rowdy plays with a chip on his shoulder. Got to like the power (23 HRs/.520 SLG) and approach (12.3% Bb% to 17.9% K%) he showed in AA. E5’s replacement. ETA: 2018

53.  Triston McKenzie, RHP | Age: 19 | Indians | 2016 Level: A/A-

“Sticks” has the stuff, pitchability, projection, and production. Could easily find himself within the top 25-30, if he has a big 2017. Tribe has a special one right here. ETA: 2019

54.  Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B | Age: 17 | Blue Jays | 2016 Level: Rk

Like father, like son. Seriously watch Vlad Jr. take cuts, you would swear they cloned his father. One of the elite power tools in the minors, up there with Jimenez and Chapman. ETA: 2021

55.  Corey Ray, OF | Age; 22 | Brewers | 2016 Level: A+/A-

Top power/speed prospect from the 2016 draft. Sustained knee injury in instructs, will miss some time early. Tough assignment to A+ out the gate, settled in, power was victimized by rough home park/league. ETA: 2018

56.  Jason Groome, LHP | Age: 18 | Red Sox | 2016 Level: A-/RK

Makeup and signability concerns dropped him outside the top 10 to the Red Sox. May be the top pitching talent in last year’s draft. How long does it take Dombrowski to sell him? ETA: 2020

57.  Rhys Hoskins, 1B | Age: 23 | Phillies | 2016 Level: AA

How much of Hoskins production was Reading aided? A lot of it, but not all, had 13 homers on the road and .853 OPS. I trust him more than Cozens. Rarely strikes out, gets on base, flyball hitter. ETA: 2018

58.  Jesse Winker, OF | Age: 23 | Reds | 2016 Level: AAA

An OBP machine with a good chance at 500 MLB at bats in 2017. Power was sapped by wrist injury, and Great America Ballpark is a boost. Could be grossly underrated, or a solid unspectacular everyday player. ETA: 2017

59.  Erick Fedde, RHP | Age: 23 | Nationals | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Another TJ gamble paying off for the Nats. Looks like a solid mid-rotation type at worst, and a high end number 2 starter at best. ETA: 2018

60.  Zack Collins, C | Age: 21 | White Sox | 2016 Level: A+/RK

The bat plays everywhere, but at catcher he has a chance to be a difference maker. White Sox are the right organization for him to stick behind the plate. Elite power and on base ability. There’s some swing and miss to his game, and he’ll more than likely always carry a 250-265 average. ETA: 2018

61.  Robert Gsellman, RHP | Age: 23 | Mets | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

A groundball pitcher through and through, 56% GB rate between all levels. Improving swing and miss stuff and the inside track for the Mets 5th starter job. ETA: 2017

62.  Bobby Bradley, 1B | Age: 20 | Indians | 2016 Level: A+

If you like power you’ll love Bradley. A first base only, three outcome hitter. Range of outcomes is huge, could be Chris Carter if he doesn’t cut down on the whiffs or he could be Frank Thomas if he does. ETA: 2019

63.  Anthony Alford, OF | Age: 22 | Blue Jays | 2016 Level: A+/Rk 

One of the best athletes in the minors. Former college football player, still refining his baseball skills. Elite speed to go along with an improving hit tool. Risk/reward type prospect. ETA: 2019

64.  Kevin Maitan, SS | Age: 16 | Braves | 2016 Level: Pre-School

The wonder kid, with all the hype, but a long time to wait. He’s just 16 years old, and he draws comps to Miggy and Chipper. The last international with this hype was Miguel Sano. Proceed with caution. ETA: 2021

65.  Kolby Allard, LHP | Age: 19 | Braves | 2016 Level: A/Rk

My favorite Braves pitching prospect, a lefty with frontline starter stuff and makeup. Injury history a concern, and still years away. ETA: 2020

66.  Dylan Cease, RHP | Age: 20 | Cubs | 2016 Level: A-

Nasty swing and miss stuff on display in Short Season ball (13.3 K/9). So was lack of control (5.0), if he can harness his stuff, and stay healthy, lookout. ETA: 2019

67.  Yohander Mendez, LHP | Age: 21 | Rangers | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA/A+

Big breakout last year from the lefty, as he cruised from A+ to the Majors by season’s end. Everything works off of his elite changeup, which plays up his fastball. Should log some innings with Texas this year. ETA: 2017

68.  Justus Sheffield, LHP | Age: 20 | Yankees | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Small lefthanded starter with a famous “Fake Uncle” in Gary, and a real talented brother in Jordan. He’s got a legit arsenal led by a mid-90’s sinking fastball, a mid-80’s slide-piece, and a change he can throw for strikes in any count. Forget the size of the dog, and check his fight. ETA: 2018

69.  Blake Rutherford, OF | Age: 19 | Yankees | 2016 Level: R

Power hitting prep prospect with a smooth lefthanded swing. Adjusted well to pro-ball, but he’s been groomed for stardom over the last two years. Legit lefty power hitter, looks like the perfect hitter for Yankee Stadium. ETA:2020

70.  Christin Stewart, OF | Age: 22 | Tigers | 2016 Level: AA/ A+

A three outcome power hitter, are you starting to get the sense that I like those guys? Yeah, I do. ETA: 2018

71.  A.J. Puk, LHP | Age: 21 | Athletics | 2016 Level: A-

He’s a raw college pitcher, not a profile I’m particularly a fan of, but I’d be crazy to ignore the ace upside. ETA: 2019

72.  Leody Taveras, OF | Age: 18 | Rangers | 2016 Level: A-/Rk

Crazy upside play, mixes great athleticism with some feel for hitting. Power is all projection, but speed is real. ETA: 2020

73.  Sean Reid-Foley, RHP | Age: 21 | Blue Jays | 2016 Level: A+/A

Cut Bb/9 in half in 2016 (3.0), and the 10+ K/9 remained. A 52% groundball rate make him the exact type of pitching prospect I target. ETA: 2018

74.  Casey Gillaspie, 1B | Age: 24 | Rays | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

A long time favorite of mine, and entirely underrated for fantasy. Has great on base skills, and above average power. Should be the Rays first baseman/DH of the future. Depends what happens with Jake Bauers. ETA: 2017

75.  Luiz Gohara, LHP | Age: 20 | Braves | 2016 Level: A/A-

A good get by the Braves this winter, an exciting lefthanded pitching prospect from Brazil that draws C.C. Sabathia comps for his skills, and body type. Top of the rotation upside if he can figure out his change. ETA: 2019

76.  Dan Vogelbach, 1B | Age: 24 | Mariners | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA

“The Jelly Donut of Swat”, needs to show and prove this year in Seattle. Nothing stands in his way from earning a regular big league gig. On base skills, hit tool, and some pop. ETA: 2017

77.  Chance Sisco, C | Age: 21 | Orioles | 2016 Level AAA/AA

One of the top catching prospects in the minors in real life. Great hit tool and developing power for fantasy. ETA: 2017

78.  Austin Riley, 3B | Age: 20 | Braves | 2016 Level: A

When prep hitters follow the draft with 12 homers in their first taste of proball, prospectphiles take notice. The early struggles and K’s scared many away, but I’m not sure why. Turned it on after June 1st and slugged 19 of his 20 homers for a .882 OPS. Buy the rebound! ETA: 2019

79.  Ramon Laureano, OF | Age: 22 | Astros | 2016 Level: AA/A

Loads of hard contact, speed, and some pop. 2014 16th round pick slashed .319/.428/.528 with 15 homers and 43 steals. Might be the most underranked player on the list. ETA: 2018

80.  Jorge Mateo, SS | Age: 21 | Yankees | 2016 Level: A+

An 80 grade speedster with some power in the bat. Had some maturity issues this year, might be rooted in what my Prospect Podcast co-host Michael Halpern calls the Yankees “Get off my lawn” mentality. Still tons to like, but there’s some risk too. ETA: 2019

81.  Thomas Szapucki, LHP | Age: 20 | Mets | 2016 Level: A-

Another in a long line of elite Mets arms with injury ?’s. The 14.9 K/9 in 2016, should tell you all you need to know. Good God! ETA: 2019

82.  Braxton Garrett, LHP | Age: 19 | Marlins | 2016 Level: N/A

The only good Marlins prospect, and they drafted him this year, go figure. A great balance of floor and upside from a prep pitcher. Strike thrower with good stuff, a future at the Crayola Crayon only boosts his value. A safe bet in first year player drafts. ETA: 2020

83.  Kevin Newman, SS | Age: 23 | Pirates | 2016 Level: AA/A

Call him boring all you like, but he’s a no doubt MLB player, with a polished hit tool, and more pop than you think. ETA: 2018

84.  Delvin Perez, SS | Age: 18 | Cardinals | 2016 Level: Rk

Long way off, but he’s got serious upside, gets a lot of high end comps like Carlos Correa, not sure how much of that is rooted in reality or a neat comparison between two talented young SS from the PR. ETA: 2021

85.  Max Fried, LHP | Age: 22 | Braves | 2016 Level: A

A 20 month hiatus following TJ, Fried made his return in a stacked Rome Braves rotation. The organization handled him with kids gloves, so it will be interesting to see if the chains come off this year. Has an outside shot of making a late season cameo in Atlanta. ETA: 2018

86.  David Paulino, RHP | Age: 22 | Astros | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

A giant with front line starter upside, with real injury, as well as bullpen risk. Upper 90’s heat, with a plus change, and plus 12-6 hook. Biggest question is his workload. ETA: 2017

87.  Dylan Cozens, OF | Age: 22 | Phillies | 2016 Level: AA

Yes, his numbers were Reading aided, look no further than the home/road slugging splits of .744/.441. With that said, he still hits homers and steals bases. ETA: 2017

88.  Luis Alexander Basabe, OF | Age: 20 | White Sox | 2016 Level: A+

The 3rd Top 100 player in the Chris Sale trade. Brings a power/speed skillset that can’t be ignored. The cherry on top of the White Sox winter if Moncada, Kopech, Giolito, and him all workout. ETA: 2019

89.  Fernando Tatis Jr., 3B | Age: 18 | Padres | A-/Rk

Tatis has so much helium he’s talking like Lord Quas. Just turned 18, so this one is projection heavy. He has the bloodlines, bat speed, and plus raw power. More than likely moves off of short, but his bat could play at the hot corner. ETA: 2021

90.  Greg Allen, OF | Age: 23 | Indians | 2016 Level: AA/A+

Former 6th round pick, people still ignore. Slashed .295/.416/.413 in 606 PA’s in 2016, and has stolen 121 bases since 2014. Was dynamic in the AFL, and looks like a prototypical leadoff hitter. ETA: 2018

91.  Amir Garrett, LHP | Age: 24 | Reds | 2016 Level: AAA/AA

Splitting time between AA Pensacola and AAA Louisville, the 6’5 lefty went 7-8 with a 2.55 ERA, a 1.09 WHIP, and a K/9 of 8.2. Control is an issue, but gets loads of weak ground ball contact. ETA: 2017

92.  Jharel Cotton, RHP | Age: 25 | Athletics | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

Elite K/9 in the minors with control, I see more of a mid-rotation pitcher when all is said and done. Plus plus changeup with screwball action (take that Brent Honeywell!) Homers can be a problem. ETA: 2017

93.  Adrian Morejon, LHP | Age: 17 | Padres | 2016 Level: N/A

The top pitching prospect in the 2016 J2 class, was scooped up by the Padres for $11 million. Fastball touches 96, mixes in two changeups, and a curve. One of my favorite pitching prospects in first year player drafts. ETA: 2020

94.  Mitch Haniger, OF | Age: 26 | Mariners | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

Former top prospect, who was thrown onto the scrap heap and left for dead. Rebounded with .321/.419/.581 slashline across AA and AAA. Traded to the Mariners, where he’s got the inside track for a starting gig. ETA: 2017

95.  Cal Quantrill, RHP | Age: 21 | Padres | 2016 Level: A

One of the top college pitchers in 2014, bit by the TJ bug, didn’t pitch for nearly two years, and still went in the top 10. Has the bloodlines, and the top of the rotation upside. Was inconsistent, out the gate, but looked dominate at times. If it’s all systems go in 2017, he could move fast. ETA: 2019

96.  Juan Soto, OF | Age: 18 | Nationals | 2016 Level: Rk

Super young, but slugged his way onto dynasty manager’s radars, has gone in the top 15 of everyone of my first year player drafts. ETA: 2021

97.  Tyler Beede, RHP | Age: 23 | Giants | 2016 Level: AA

After a rough 2015, the velocity was back up last year, and he’s back on track for a future rotation spot in San Francisco. Not that top of the rotation talent many envisioned at Vandy, but he’s a good mid-rotation type. ETA: 2017

98.  Matt Manning, RHP | Age: 19 | Tigers | 2016 Level: RK

Plus-plus fastball and plus change all delivered from a big 6’6 frame. One of the top prep arms in the 2016 draft. Needs to get feel for his change and improve his control, to fulfill ace upside. ETA: 2020

99.  Reynaldo Lopez, RHP | Age: 23 | White Sox | 2016 Level: MLB/AAA/AA

Name value is greater than it is in reality. Elite fastball with triple digit velocity, but doesn’t miss enough bats. I foresee a future in the pen, but the White Sox will give him every opportunity to start. ETA: 2017

100.  Jahmai Jones, OF | Age: 19 | Angels | 2016 Level: A-/Rk

An NFL body, and a through the roof ceiling. Brings power and speed to the table, with superior athleticism. ETA: 2019

 

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NickfromtheRoc
NickfromtheRoc
5 years ago

Hey Ralph,

What would it take for you to trade a $9 Moncada (with $1/year inflation)? Someone has an offer out to me for JP Crawford, Bradley Zimmer and Mallex Smith, all on the cheap. I have no intention of taking that trade, but I’ve had more than a handful of people reach out to me with an interest in trading for him….

Thanks as always, and hot damn! Glad Razzball is back!

~Nick

Thomas Nicastro
Thomas Nicastro
5 years ago

Given the fact that the new Atlanta Braves ballpark will be Virtua hitters Paradise on the likes of the Reds and the Brewers ballparks would you not consider rating Braves prospects such as Acuna , Maitwan and Riley a little higher

David
David
5 years ago

Sorry, missed those Reed comments.

David
David
5 years ago

Love your work Ralph, thanks!

Have you completely soured on AJ Reed?

M@
Reply to  David
5 years ago

@David: Haven’t we all? ;-)

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
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5 years ago
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
5 years ago

where’d cody reed be, i heard somewhere where he’s actually under limits barely. might’ve been from you actually.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
5 years ago

@Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo: Nah too many days on the roster.

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: hmm, but in a league where we’re only gonna use innings where’d he go roughly. bout to slow draft a brand new 16 team dynasty with 7 man minor list, the minor list will be slow drafted as soon as we fill the league (hopefully by early march), and then regular roster will be online draft in late march. i went back and looked at just how long a slow draft for over 500 players might take and i don’t want to risk either starting way too early or not ending by start of season. we have lots of extra cats like OPS/XBH/QS/K per 9, K/BB, holds, etc. roto dynasty as well.

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
5 years ago

Ralph: Where would you slot these top prospects in a dynasty startup draft? 14 team 5×5 keep forever. Benintendi and Moncada specifically. Thanks!

Bill Lumbergh
Bill Lumbergh
Reply to  Bill Lumbergh
5 years ago

@Bill Lumbergh: Also, high probability that this league sticks together.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Bill Lumbergh
5 years ago

@Bill Lumbergh: I’d take Benintendi or Moncada within the top 50-60.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

I just joined a dynasty league which includes a minor league draft. Many of the minor league players have already been chosen, but there are still some good ones remaining. I have the first two picks of the draft and could use some help selecting them.

It’s a 5×5 with the following categories:
– Hitting: AVG, BB, HR, 2B+3B, SB-CS
– Pitching: IP, K/9, ERA, BB/9, HR/9 (1,200 IP min. per team)

Here are the top players available in no particular order:

A.J. Puk – SP
Will Craig – OF
Matt Thaiss – 1B/C
Mitch Keller – SP
Heath Quinn – OF
Alex Kirilloff – OF
Jake Bauers – 1B
Derek Fisher – OF
Lazaro Armenteros – OF
Bobby Dalbec – 3B

Thoughts on who to select with my first two picks? Thank you!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

@Chris: Go Fisher and Keller.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Thanks and that’s mostly where I was leaning. That said, I thought you’d say Will Craig! At least, that’s what I inferred from listening to the podcast and reading your first-year dynasty post. Any thoughts on why Fisher over Will Craig?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chris
5 years ago

@Chris: Fisher is on the cusp he could start for at least 10 teams now. Craig has questions about his power long term. He’s shown none with wood bats imrhis year or on the Cape. I like him, but he’ll drop down of my FYPD rankings now.

I’d take him over Kirilloff, Quinn, Bauers, Dalbec, Lazarito. Puk has too much value in leagues. I may not want to own him, but many do, so he’s tradable.

Chris
Chris
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Excellent advice and that all makes a ton of sense. It sounds like it will be Keller and Fisher it is. Thank you and I very much appreciate the responses.

goodfold2
goodfold2
5 years ago

where ya got your fav edwin rios? i was able to grab him with the last pick of the 30 teamer.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  goodfold2
5 years ago

@goodfold2: One of the last minute casualties. He’s somewhere around 125.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
5 years ago

It seems like some of the young Padres are flying under the radar in redrafts this year (if that’s possible anymore). Do you see Margot putting up a typical Andrus type season and Renfroe doing something in the Schoop/Duvall range?

Great stuff Ralph!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: There are so many players in hat farm system now, obviously the closest being Margot and Renfroe.

The comps on Renfroe are spot on, big power, strikeouts, no walks. I’m interested to see how much his BA dips in the majors. It’s been good in the minors, which is surprising based on the skill set.

I think Margot is a better hitter. Should hit for a higher average over his career (I know Andrus hit .300 last year) Margot is less pull heavy and very adept at going the other way. Had a 23.5% LD rate in AAA in 16′, so he makes hard contact. He’s also got more power than Andrus has now I feel. The numbers in 2017 however could be very Andrus like.

Big Magoo
Big Magoo
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah, I was just thinking in terms of 2017 only. Andrus is the first guy who jumped out to me as a potential comp for Margot in terms of a 5×5 stat line, even though I know they’re not exactly the same player. It’s encouraging to think that double digit power could be on the way for Margot in the near future. He’s a guy that I already had circled on my list for late round speed. Thanks Ralph!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Magoo
5 years ago

@Big Magoo: It’s a good comp and I think the 2016 Andrus would be in line. That’s a good comp. Great late round speed play, and you could couple him with Jankowski to cover you until his up, if he starts the year in El Paso for super 2 games.

thorbs
thorbs
5 years ago

How far away is a guy like Brady Aiken from this list? In your Indians preview, you mentioned you see him as having frontline potential still, but I can snag a guy like Gohara from the wire ahead of our first year player draft.

If I drafted today my 8 minor league keepers in my dynasty league would be Robles, Tapia, Verdugo, Bader, Tellez, Weaver, M Chapman and Aiken, but Gohara is out there.

Could also keep Stewart or Basabe, but in addition to the OF above I also have Trout/Betts/Bryant in the OF already so I figured a mix of positions would be best.

thorbs
thorbs
Reply to  thorbs
5 years ago

And glorious article btw…it’s is always next to me during my drafts!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  thorbs
5 years ago

@thorbs: Aiken will be in Sunday’s post he just missed the list.

B
B
5 years ago

Keeper league, price goes up $3 every year. Keep $4 Peraza or $10 Gordon?

Thank you.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  B
5 years ago

@B: I say roll the dice and go with Peraza.

holala
holala
5 years ago

Great work. Thank you. For my last keeper… do you prefer De Leon or Berrios?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  holala
5 years ago

@holala: Berrios still, I’m giving him a mulligan on 2016.

trick dad
trick dad
5 years ago

Wow glad I traded Reynaldo Lopez for judge straight up. I was beginning to regret it.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  trick dad
5 years ago

@trick dad: I regret even listing him a little. He’s kind of blah, but mixed league relevant. I think I’d rather own Walker Buehler over Lopez.

goodfold2
goodfold2
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: MF’er!, i used a pretty high pick on him whatever years ago (2 maybe) in my 30 teamer.

Mike
5 years ago

Pretty cool to see Money Maniac debut at 50. Great stuff Rowf!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Mike
5 years ago

@Mike: Thanks! He’s moved up a lot for me in the last few months. If the power comes he’s going to be a superstar.

Chris
Chris
5 years ago

This is great – thank you!

Would you mind posting the results of some of your first-year player drafts? Your comment about Juan Soto made me really curious to see how the first 2-3 rounds are playing out in other dynasty leagues.

Q
Q
5 years ago

Batterwise, any difference in the top 10-15 or so for a points league? In my league , steals have very little value & batter Ks are a killer.

Congrats on a hell of an offseason.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Q
5 years ago

@Q: Sounds like Willie Calhoun is the king of that league. Benintendi doesn’t strikeout much but he’s 1 anyway. Stay away from the Bradley’s, Cozen’s, Stewart’s then.

nightpandas
nightpandas
5 years ago

Great work Ralph…

In a 15 team partial keeper who would be the best late round grab for potential for this year:

Meadows
Brinson
Bellinger
Margot

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nightpandas
5 years ago

@nightpandas: Margot is the safe bet, but I really think from July on it could be Brinson. However, if Cutch is moved it’s Meadows. So much of their 2017 value is situational

Chud
Chud
5 years ago

Ralph,

Awesome list! These rankings leave all other prospect lists in the dust! I’ll be using this during my dynasty draft in a few weeks when I nab Jimenez!

Much appreciated.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Chud
5 years ago

@Chud: Thanks for the love!

Wolvey
Wolvey
5 years ago

Great list mangs.

On Verdugo: since 2011, there have been just 7 dudes that have hit more than 10 HR as a 20 year old or younger in the Texas League (AA). Their K% for that year are also listed.

Bellinger: 23! (2016); 20.2%
Verdugo 13 (2016); 12.7%
Nomar Marzara 13 (2015); 19.6%
Domingo Santana 25*! (2013); 29.2%
Jurickson Profar 14 (2012); 14.1%
Jon Singleton 21* (2012); 23.6%
Mike Trout 11 (2011); 18.4%

What to make of this? Firstly, the asterisk beside Sanatana and Singleton is bc they played their games in a cookie box (Lancaster). You can see that in the K% too – selling out for power. Or maybe it’s just that they (Singleton) weren’t that good and we should have seen that.

The rest? Legit contact/power prospects. What Bellinger did is almost crazy. But Verdugo? I’d say if you were bullish on Mazara coming up, you should love Verdugo. Same power profile, little more speed, better contact skills. Just my opinion, but I see a .290AVG, .360OBP, 25HR, 10SB guy in his prime years. Yum.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Wolvey
5 years ago

@Wolvey: One correction the Astros Texas League affiliate is in Corpus Christi. Lancaster is their A+ Cal League team.

You might be right, but I just don’t see the same ceiling with Verdugo that I do with Mazara. Verdugo is all pull power and Mazara has power to all fields. Take a look at the slugging% of all the players listed. All of them are higher by a range of 40-140 points.

I really like your take on Verdugo, and can see it happening. I just think he’ll be a good not great hitter.

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

I love me some Toddfather, but here’s hoping his oblique injury gives Moncada a slightly better chance to break camp!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: It 100% could, but its early. I want Moncada at second though.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Lawrie plays 3B, no?

TBD on Frazier’s injury severity, but this could make things interesting. Here’s hoping he misses a couple weeks (so I can draft him on the cheap) + then gets traded to the Red Sox when Pablo discovers the Fenway food courts.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Lawrie “also*” plays

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah that’s my hope is Frazier is traded and Lawrie slides over.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: No I don’t want Frazier. Pablo is going to rake this year. Hahaha

But seriously he is.

Brown L
Brown L
5 years ago

Better keep: Mike Trout in the 1st round (2nd pick, can probably grab Goldschmidt instead) or Donaldson in the 3rd?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Brown L
5 years ago

@Brown L: Keep Trout

Another Dan
Another Dan
5 years ago

Hey Ralph,

Excellent stuff. Much appreciated as alw,yes. My MLB team is looking pretty good at present thanks to yours and Halp’s input. I have 16 of your top 100 I my 12 team dynasty, plus a few others.

A few notes :
Halp is higher than you on Zack Collins (37 places) and Laureano (29) Bobby Bradley (26) Kyle Tucker (21).

You’re higher on Casey Gillespie (93) Kevin Newman (83) Martes (44) Margot (29) and Bellinger (21). Obviously there are others but I picked out notables.

best wishes and thanks again,

Another Dan

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
5 years ago

@Another Dan: Yeah the Tucker thing is age a little. I think we’ll be closer in him in mid-season. Halp loves Collins, Laureano and Bradley. I’m a little more cautious with those three. I’m still think all are good players.

Gillaspie is a personal favorite, Newman is just safe safe safe, not exciting but he’s going to be a solid MLB player.

I like Bellinger’s swing, Halp doesn’t. I see more pop in Margot’s bat, and Martes is one of my favorite pitchers in the minors.

We’re going to go through the rankings.

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Thanks Ralph, much appreciated. They were only things I noticed from an initial inspection of the rankings versus Halps. I have a spreadsheet that I have put them all on.

The ‘going through’ the rankings a podcast? You forcing me to go to the gym ?

Dan

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
5 years ago

@Another Dan: Hahaha I need the spreadsheet.

Another Dan
Another Dan
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

It’s yours, how do I get it to you ?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Another Dan
5 years ago

@Another Dan: Is it excel or sheets? You could import it to sheets and share the link

nick the dick
nick the dick
5 years ago

Gulp, gulp, gulp. Ahhhh…refreshing!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
5 years ago

@nick the dick: Haha!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: And in case my cup of lemonade reference before was too obscure for you to recognize Ed Lover talking on Method Man’s album, well then color me disappointed

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
5 years ago

@nick the dick: oh I know Tical 2000 front ways and back ways brother lol

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: You couldn’t disappoint me if you tried. Love that album.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
5 years ago

@nick the dick: I love Sorry by Justin Bieber….disappointed?

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: As long as I continue to not know what that sounds like, you get the Beni fit of the doubt

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
5 years ago

@nick the dick: It’s a fire jam.

Goldirocks
Goldirocks
5 years ago

Nice list Ralph!
Q- Would you rather hold the upside potential of Ryan McMahon (and Coors) and his sweet lefty swing, and hope that last year was just a blip on the radar of his learning curve; or keep Dilson Herrera who seems closer to the bigs – and does he have any upside for more from a middle infielder?
One of the two has to be dropped in a dynasty league…

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Goldirocks
5 years ago

@Goldirocks: McMahon!

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

Yay Ralph! Stellar work.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Dr. Kenneth Noisewater
5 years ago

@Dr. Kenneth Noisewater: Thanks Noise!

Revive85
Revive85
5 years ago

Dynasty Question. Just got offered the following trade:

Trade – Francisco Lindor, Victor Robles, and Alex Colome

Receive – Byron Buxton, Nomar Mazara, Jon Gray

Which side and why?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Revive85
5 years ago

@Revive85: I like the Buxton/Mazara/Gray side for the upside.

Wake Up
5 years ago

Nice work Ralph.

Do you mean to say that Swanson has above average power?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Wake Up
5 years ago

@Wake Up: Yeah, I don’t think he’s going to hit 30 homers, but I think 20 are possible with lots of doubles. I think peak Dansby will homer more than he steals.

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

Great list. Thanks for putting it together. Where would you put Jordan Patterson? Seems to have 20/20 upside, especially at Coors Field. Hits for good AVG too. Does the crowded OF scare you off?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jason
5 years ago

@Jason: Yeah he seems to be the odd man out. I was hoping he could get the 1B job, but it looks like that’s Desmond. If he had an everyday job, I’d have him around 85.

Eric
Eric
5 years ago

Wondering what your thoughts are on Heath Quinn. Made top 10 in the 1st year player rankings in october. Did something happen to drop him down in your mind? Thanks for the rankings and all the hard work!

Eric
Eric
Reply to  Eric
5 years ago

@Eric: Will Craig & Matt Thaiss too – thought these college bats would fair better

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Eric
5 years ago

@Eric: they’re all in that range. There’s a lot of good prospects! Haha

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Eric
5 years ago

@Eric: Thaiss was like 104.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Eric
5 years ago

@Eric: There’s other guys I like more and others that have more value in dynasty. He’s in my top 150 for sure. 80-150 is splitting hairs often.

Saints
Saints
5 years ago

Hay Ralph Thanks for this amazing Prospect ranking i love it :)
Is there a dynasty ranking (included all players) you would highly reccomend ?
Which one do you like best ?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Saints
5 years ago

@Saints: Dynasty Guru has a very good one.

Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Awesome stuff Ralph! I think dynasty guru is kinda crazy as crackers personally

Saints
Saints
Reply to  Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
5 years ago

@Ra’zbahl Al Ghul:
dynasty Guru has Justin Upton at 20 in the outfield Oo cant believe it. And i let him go for nothing this offseason :) But thanks for the advice i will read there.
In my dynasty there are 2 teams who are gone so the players will be thrown in a draft pool the best players would be these guys:
Mike Trout, OF, LAA
Clayton Kershaw, SP, LAD
Kyle Seager, 3B ,SEA
Josh Donaldson, 3B , TOR
Vincent Velasquez, RP, PHI
Roberto Osuna, RP, TOR
Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE
Jonathan Schoop, 2B, BAL
Billy Hamilton, OF, CIN
how would you rank them?( the order are my thoughts the first 2 are very obvious though :D )

Saints
Saints
Reply to  Saints
5 years ago

@Saints: It’s the cincy hamilton

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Saints
5 years ago

@Saints: I still like JD two, think he has 3 years left

Saints
Saints
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:
Other than that you would rank it the same ?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Saints
5 years ago

@Saints: Yes looks good, I can see taking Santana ahead of Osuna. Same with Hamilton over Schoop depending how the draft goes early.

Saints
Saints
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: thanks for the advice

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ra'zbahl Al Ghul
5 years ago

@Ra’zbahl Al Ghul: Thanks Ghul!

Manny Mota
Manny Mota
5 years ago

Awesome list Ralph – thanks for the hard work!

Quick question for you (or anyone who wants to opine).

Where would AJ Reed and Joey Gallo rank (ballpark estimate) if eligible?

Huge upside on the 2 but a ton of risk…

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Manny Mota
5 years ago

@Manny Mota: I mentioned Reed and his ranking a couple comments up. Gallo would be around 20-25.

malamoney
5 years ago

A+ Ralph!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  malamoney
5 years ago

@malamoney: thanks buddy!

Son
Son
5 years ago

Really good stuff Ralph. Appreciate the knowledge and work.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Son
5 years ago

@Son: Thanks Son! You the man!

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Son
5 years ago

@Son: Ready for a little crazy early RCLing tonight you February drafting maniac!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
5 years ago

@nick the dick: Nice! I wish I got in on that. I need to draft a redraft.

nick the dick
nick the dick
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I am itching to do a real draft so I had to hop in the earliest one, Son wasn’t playing around with a Feb draft date! You never joined back in mine either, guess no redraft Ralph schooling for me

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  nick the dick
5 years ago

@nick the dick: I’m going to be setting up other RCL’s now that I got this finished.

Tweak
Tweak
5 years ago

Great stuff, Ralph!

I’m digging on a bunch of these guys in my dynasty leagues. I got a chance to watch Robles hit in the low-low minors this past year (Nats farm teams are around here) and the kid looks pretty solid at the plate. I’ll be happy to see him come back to town in AAA, hopefully late this season.

Some of my favorites (fellow dynasty leaguers + Razzballers, avert thine eyes!):

Amed Rosario – really looking like he could be tops in the SS department in the NL East soon. Turner is Hansel at the moment (he’s so hot right now…), but I think Rosario could own the show in a couple of years. I picked him up in a deal involving O’Neill a few weeks ago, but turned him around into Meadows. I’ve got Orlando Arcia and Franklin Barreto already coming at SS (who now might end up an Ian Desmond type and go to the OF).

Jesse Winker – infatuated with the OBP skills. He’s like Votto in the Outfield.

Alex Verdugo – I can’t put my finger on precisely what I dig about Verdugo so much. His skills at his age and all that, but I think he’s more of a gut pick for me than anything.

Harrison Bader – See Verdugo explanation above. Are his days at 3B over? I could see him stick at 3B and replacing whoever is there this year (Peralta?), letting Carpenter solidify his shift to 1B.

Zack Collins – I think you might be underselling his bat with the .250-.265 future. Doode walks at a 20+% clip (we’ll see if that holds up as he moves up against more advanced pitching).

Robert Gsellman – Ground balls, ground balls. Whatcha gonna do? TRADE HIM TO COLORADO ALREADY

Delvin Perez – PED problems aside, I think I like his bat and build more than Maitan. I could see him slide to 3B for the Cards as he continues to grow.

A few others: Where do you put guys like Lazarito (with his lack of pro ball, but dat bod, yo – YEAH I’M TRYING TO TALK LIKE THE KIDS THESE DAYS), Paul DeJong, Forrest Wall, Eddy Martinez, Spencer Adams?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Tweak
5 years ago

@Tweak: all fair points I think Perez sticks of short long time and I’d love to see Collins hit 280 or 290 but there is some swinging a miss.

All of those guys are outside my top 150 but would place somewhere between 150 and 200

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: damn speak to text is messy Ha!

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

Hey Ralph – how would you compare/contrast Renfroe from Cody Bellinger?

Both seem to be similar 30-HR power, handful of SB, .250-.260 BA guys . . . with Cody having a big edge in BB rate and Renfroe having a big edge in 2017 playing time.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Bellinger is more of a flyball hitter and he makes more consistent contact.

Bellinger is a 4o%+ FB guy with a 21% LD and a Popup under 5%.

Renfroe hits an equal amount of grounders and flys and his pop up rate is almost ten. His LD is around 19%. Bellinger is just a tick better. One thing I will say in Renfroe’s favor is he has power to all fields. Much of Bellinger’s pop is pullside.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks! May lean Renfroe in shallower bench leagues due to the similarity and PT, but still very excited for Bellinger + will certainly be snatching him up in my OBP league.

Jason
Jason
5 years ago

Hi Ralph. Great job on the rankings!!! Where would AJ Reed rank on this list if eligible? Would you rather have Reed or Tapia in a dynasty league?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jason
5 years ago

@Jason: I had Reed in the list and removed him as I only wanted true rookies/prospects. He was between 26-33 throughout the offseason.

Jason
Jason
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph. I really like Reed a lot but I don’t see a path for AB’s anytime soon unless he gets traded or Gurriel falls flat on his face. I’m keeping my fingers crossed he could be included in a potential deal to the White Sox for Quintana. He would fit in nicely at the DH spot in that ball park. It’s true that Tapia is blocked too but I feel strongly that either Cargo or Blackmon get traded at some point this season.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jason
5 years ago

@Jason: I agree with all of that. Reed needs and trade, and they should move Cargo.

Noam
Noam
5 years ago

Great list! Who are some of your favorite guys outside the top 100 who you think could make big jumps this year?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Noam
5 years ago

@Noam: That’s coming Sunday. I wrote up about 115 players and have a list of about 40-50 more.

Noam
Noam
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:

Perfect! Thanks for all your work

Grey
Admin
5 years ago

Vlad Jr. made me feel old. Does he run like his dad too? As in, limp awkwardly from 1st to 2nd?

Happy Birthday, Ralph! I hope Halp got you something nice.

Great list!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He’s like the old Vlad now lol.

He said you were getting the gift?

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

Halp lied to you, hope that’s not a habit, relationships are built on trust

Halp
Halp
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: @Grey: I was planning a surprise party … but it’s ruined now (turns car around on the Mass Turnpike when there is a space in the intersection because the exits are like 30 miles apart and almost get killed by a pick up truck … ok this actually happened to me, got off topic there for a second)

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Halp
5 years ago

@Halp: The Pike is like the express train Lol

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Halp
5 years ago

HA

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Maybe he’s said “That’s gay” when I asked if he got me a birthday present.

Halp
Halp
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: haha … that’s like that Bill Burr bit we were texting about a few days ago

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Halp
5 years ago

@Halp: Hilarious! Andy went to see him at the Patrice O’Neil thing last night I believe.

Halp
Halp
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Saw that on Twitter. Tons of other great comics too. Probably an awesome show.

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

Wow, Halp’s out of control

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: He’s a real Daniel Murphy

Halp
Halp
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Grey: @Ralph Lifshitz: Hey! Stop teaming up on me! haha

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Halp
5 years ago

@Halp: Triggered! Lol

Halp
Halp
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: that was the name of Joe Rogan’s last stand up special. It was pretty good too

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Halp
5 years ago

@Halp: Love Rogan. He’s like a douchebag older brother that balances meathead and drug thirsty hippie.

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

The Halp of the South?

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: New Halp City?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Dixie-Halp

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

Xenohalpic

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: Heaven Halp Us?

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Big Odio
5 years ago

Halp Wanted?

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: was that a movie because heaven help us was…like the Halpenly Kid

Grey
Admin
Reply to  Big Odio
5 years ago

The Halp w/ Viola Davis

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Grey
5 years ago

@Grey: the girl can’t halp it!

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I said “that’s gay” but that was only because you asked for a pink polo shirt

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Odio
5 years ago

@Big Odio: But it looks great with my lime green Vineyard Vines khakis

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: If people still said you lost your man card I would say you lost your man card

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Odio
5 years ago

@Big Odio: In lieu of my new FABULOUS CARD!!!!

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: looks like you’ll fit right in with the new blood around here

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Big Odio
5 years ago

@Big Odio: they’re all my children

Big Odio
Big Odio
Reply to  Big Odio
5 years ago

@Big Odio: you are a daytime soap

jack fla
jack fla
5 years ago

nice job, very helpful info

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  jack fla
5 years ago

@jack fla: Thanks Jack!

goodfold2
goodfold2
5 years ago

SOB, i knew i should’ve asked about tatis with the other MI i had asked about (shed long/galindo/tejeda those SD guys almanzar at top due to power/some others) back in mid-janurary. i hadn’t and could’ve drafted tatis in the 30 teamer with one of my 3rd round picks rather than tejeda who i got. i guess it’s not that bad if tatis moves to CI and tejeda sticks at MI as i’m deeper at CI than MI.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  goodfold2
5 years ago

@goodfold2: Yeah the word is he’s a 3B long term, he’s similar to Maitan.

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

Gauging opinions of a bragging rights side-bet my friends and I made in our keeper league over our respective prized SSs . . .

The bet is that my SS (Story) will outperform C Seager and Xander on the ESPN PR (and they are betting on their guys).

Thoughts? Feel like I’ve got it locked as long as there’s no injury or bad BABIP luck . . . but maybe that’s just my Coors goggles!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: My money is on Seager

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: He’s the one I’m worried about (obviously Story is the dark horse based on normal site rankings). Xander I feel like Story will have beat, absent a crazy BABIP season and 8000 R+RBI.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
5 years ago

@Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Yeah Seager is favorite of the bunch.

Shill Team 6
Shill Team 6
5 years ago

I hear Dombrowski has an offer on the table. A Gon and Ethier for Beni.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Shill Team 6
5 years ago

@Shill Team 6: NOOOOOOOOOOOOO WHEREVER BENNY GOES I GO TOO!!!!

Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo
Reply to  Shill Team 6
5 years ago

@Shill Team 6: i think only loria (or maybe SEA if they have same team as during the trumbo trade of course) is that stupid to do that.

Prince George
Prince George
5 years ago

Hi Ralph, thanks for the hard work. No love for Jorge Alfaro? How far down is he on your list and what’s the issue(s) with him? Thanks.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Prince George
5 years ago

@Prince George: He has no approach, swings at everything, and hits way too many grounders for a guy who’s carrying offensive tool is his power. He had a 52% GB across all levels last year, and he’s not fast. He’s somewhere in the 125-160 range, and he could be an ownable catcher in the 12 teams in the next few years, but he needs to make some tweaks.

LenFuego
LenFuego
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I do not really disagree with you, Ralph, but aren’t you overstating your case a bit when you say he is not fast? I get your point that he would be better off not being such a Ground Ball Gary … but dude has 38 stolen bases in about 2200 minor league plate appearances, a pace that would get him about 9 SBs per season in a full-time role. That is certainly not blazing, but it is also is not indicative of lead feet (and most fantasy owners would be thrilled with that kind of SB production from a catcher).

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  LenFuego
5 years ago

@LenFuego: Couple things on the steals, 16 of them were in A ball 3 years ago. Stolen base totals in A ball can be deceiving. He’s slowed down some since then. The greater point is I wasn’t brining up his speed to comment on his base stealing ability but the chances of him beating out an infielder grounder to first. If a speed guy has a 45%+ GB rate I’m fine with it, but when it’s a a below average runner who I’m banking on hitting for power it’s not a great indicator of future success. If Alfaro is going to be fantasy relevant at catcher I need 20 homers or a .275+ average, otherwise he’s just another guy you stream when he’s locked in.

Hoboken Squat Cobblers
Hoboken Squat Cobblers
5 years ago

Thanks for this Ralph!!! We appreciate the time you put into this! Good luck this year.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Hoboken Squat Cobblers
5 years ago

@Hoboken Squat Cobblers: You too HSC!

Sisco (Chance, that is)
Sisco (Chance, that is)
5 years ago

How far away is Andres Gimenez?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Sisco (Chance, that is)
5 years ago

@Sisco (Chance, that is): He’s probably more like 180-200+. Huge upside but he’s a long ways away, and not of the level of a Maitan in terms of hype.

Manuel
Manuel
5 years ago

Great job Ralph!!

I’m in a league where we need to pick up a young keeper (25 years or younger)

I currently have Odor and Benintendi. Everybody tells me that the most obvious one is Odor but I truly feel like I should pickup Benintendi…What’s you take on it?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Manuel
5 years ago

@Manuel: That’s tough, and I have to be honest Odor scares me too, but I think you have to take him. It’s close in my mind though.

Branta
Branta
5 years ago

The pain of having so many good young players is you have to give some up.

I took Sanchez/Dahl/Benintendi and let go of Moncada/Giolito :[ Just fit my needs better.

Hoping that Moncada flames out as a prospect so I look like a genius but incredibly nervous that I goofed.

Branta
Branta
Reply to  Branta
5 years ago

@Branta: I should have said “kept” not took.

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Branta
5 years ago

@Branta: I think you made the right choice. I love Moncada but you have to keep Sanchez/Dahl.

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
5 years ago

love the list, and appreciate all your work on everything. though I’m still miffed Yander La O didn’t crack the top 30… I’M KIDDING. happy bday homie

SheriffMcRawDawg
SheriffMcRawDawg
Reply to  Geoff
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: right back atcha Bromar Garciaparra

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
5 years ago

In a keeper league with a minors slot where if they get called up at any point we can keep them at $2, and if they don’t come up they get thrown back for the next year.

What are chances Derek Fisher or Franklin Barreto debut this year for a cup of coffee in September? Do you see Barreto moving to 2B (He did get some starts there last year) or just transition to OF.

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  The Great Knoche
5 years ago

@The Great Knoche: Or O’neill, but guessing he will be gone by my pick.

Dave Jordan
Dave Jordan
5 years ago

Is Acuna’s ETA a misprint? 2019?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Dave Jordan
5 years ago

@Dave Jordan: No he’s that good. His Baseball Prospectus comps are Correa, Trout, and Profar. I think he’ll see AA this season if all goes well in Rome and Florida he should see a month or so in AA. If he’s assigned to the FSL he’ll be there sooner. I think he’s got a chance to be in the top 20 in 2018.

Boaty McBoatface
Boaty McBoatface
5 years ago

Great work on this list, Ralph! Quick dynasty league question for you: I know they’re hard to compare because they’re at different positions and so far apart in age, but if you were in win-now mode, would you accept Jon Lester in trade for Nomar Mazara?

Boaty McBoatface
Boaty McBoatface
Reply to  Geoff
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I hear you. That’s why it’s agonizing. Maybe I’ll see if I can get a little more coming back.

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
5 years ago

In an OBP league, how high up would you move Zimmer and Winker?

The JoGarza
The JoGarza
Reply to  The JoGarza
5 years ago

@The JoGarza: Also add Brett Phillips to that list!

JB Gilpin
5 years ago

Man, you make me feel like my REL rebuild is going well… Only Brewers I don’t own is Brinson (bc I traded away Lucroy) and Dubon, but I have Robles, Eloy and Tapia… You make me feel warm n fuzzy inside!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  JB Gilpin
5 years ago

@JB Gilpin: That’s a serious future outfield! Just like the real Brewers only better, and that’s saying something.

JB Gilpin
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: I still have Keon, but traded away Braun and Domingo. Tried my hardest to get Brinson… He’s really coveted by the Pirates now.

Should I keep Brett Phillips? Soooooo on the fence there. I kinda think I’m letting him walk, annoying we had to add him to the 40 man and thus I would have to keep him on my active team. I know, I know, your REL version is so much better, blahty blah blah. Hows it going in REL2 btdubs?

The Great Knoche
The Great Knoche
Reply to  JB Gilpin
5 years ago

@JB Gilpin: You can give me back Tapia if you want.

Damon
Damon
5 years ago

Ralph- great job. New to dynasty and still trying to figure out value of prospects. This is a keep all league. I won my league last year and have a strong 2017 roster with a couple of holes I’m looking to fill by trading Bellinger. All things equal, what kind of current range of overall 2017 ranks is a reasonable range to focus for a top 10 prospect ETA 2017 prospect like Bellinger? 50-100? 100-150? Higher? Obviously needs, and the age of the target matters, just a general sense.

Packers
Packers
5 years ago

Ralph, thanks so much for this post. It really helps all of us in dynasty leagues. You did all the work and we get to sow the harvest.
1. In a 12 team redraft and the 12th pick, I know I’m taking a 1B for sure. Most likely Miggy, Rizzo or Freeman. I’m torn about my 2nd pick, Correa, Turner, C. Seager or Lindor. None of those guys will be available at pick 36 when it’s my next chance to choose. Any advice would be appreciated.
2. What’s everyone’s take on not taking an outfielder until pick 60 and 61. I think I could still draft a competitive outfield. I’m thinking that I might take K. Seager if he is still available say over JD or Cespedas. Thoughts?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Packers
5 years ago

@Packers: I’d go in the exact order you had them at 13.

Yeah there’s a lot of OF talent after 50. I’d take the best guy and go from there. If a talented OF drops to you at a value in round 3, take it.

JohnnyBeGood
JohnnyBeGood
5 years ago

Hey Ralph! For a 6×6 H2H league, which 2 keepers you holding on to for this year?

– Villar in 10th
– Yelich in 17th
– Moncada in 21st

Thanks!!

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  JohnnyBeGood
5 years ago

@JohnnyBeGood: I think I go Villar and Moncada. I like what Yelich brings you but if we’re talking two years from now I’ll take the chance you get better homer totals and similar speed from a middle infielder.

JohnnyBeGood
JohnnyBeGood
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks Ralph! Yea im debating between Villar & Yelich….is Villar the real deal & come close to similar stats as last year tho??

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  JohnnyBeGood
5 years ago

@JohnnyBeGood: The average won’t be as high and he might k my hit 15 homers, but he can steal 40+ bases and not kill your average. He’s playing 2nd with Arcia up now. So he’ll have 2B/SS/3B eligibility. That gives him more value than Yelich. There’s also no chance Yelich hits 20 again.

JohnnyBeGood
JohnnyBeGood
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks brotha

Jbona3
Jbona3
5 years ago

Ralph, glad to see you’ve reemerged – been waiting for your magnum opus all off season, great work! A couple keeper questions (two leagues):

League 1 – Auction league $260 budget, $162 committed to 13 players (out of 25), standard ESPN roster setup: who is worth keeping: Margot $5; Brinson $5; Meadows $5?

League 1 – Forever Keeper, no round compensation – just keep 8: Rolling with EE at 1B this season but need to find a replacement for the future as he’s getting long in the tooth – where should I be looking? Thinking Bell is my first target, anyone else I should be considering?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Jbona3
5 years ago

@Jbona3: If you’re keeping one keep Meadows, rank’em just as I do on the list.

Sport
Sport
5 years ago

Thanks for the write up! I can tell you have done a lot of research here and I really appreciate the time you put in.

You see any SP on the list that could break Grey’s (or yours) 2018 top 30 SP list? Or you think we might be just a year away from that?

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Sport
5 years ago

@Sport: Yeah I think Glasnow, Hader, Giolito, Weaver, De Leon and Gsellman.

Best case scenario Gsellman finishes on the fringe of the top 30 in 2017.

Sport
Sport
Reply to  Ralph Lifshitz
5 years ago

@Ralph Lifshitz:
Thank you sir. I’m in a 15 team roto league where two of our keeps are required to be pitchers. I will be rolling with Kluber and Arrieta for 2017. Age is starting to become a concern of mine so I’m looking for that possible replacement this year.

Clive
Clive
5 years ago

I stashed Moncada in my keeper league where I can only keep 5. Bryant, Harper, Correa and Story are 4.. Any way you’d keep Moncada over Strasburg? Could keep Moncada late in draft for years to come..

Geoff
Ralph Lifshitz
Reply to  Clive
5 years ago

@Clive: Keep Moncada, you’ll thank me in August when Strasburg is shut down again.