First thing’s first, the Top 100 is here for your consumption. Now you can stop F$#@ing asking me. Kidding..kidding. This is complied from all the research I’ve done since November. Some players have moved up, others have moved down, some stayed the same, while others have straight left the top 100. My hope with the later release was that I would be able to do my deepest dive yet, and integrate the knowledge of off-season adjustments that we get in mid-spring. Hopefully this has led to my most extensive and comprehensive list to date. I’ve provided tiers within the rankings, to give you an idea of where one value level starts, and another begins. We’re going all the way to 300 this year with the next two 100s coming over the next two weeks. It’s the post you’ve been waiting for! I hope it was worth the wait…

 

1) Ronald Acuna, OF Braves | Age: 20 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .325/.374/.522, 21 HR, 82 RBI, 44 Steals

You’ve probably heard all you could hear about Acuna. Grey wrote about him, I’ve written about him, everyone done written about him. He might be a top 50 player as early as this year. Sky is the limit. From here until Tatis is the top tier.  ETA: 2018

 

2) Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B Blue Jays | Age: 19 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .323/.425/.485, 13 HR, 76 RBI, 8 SB

Vladito is a damn near perfect hitting prospect. Amazing hitting ability, paired with oodles of raw power, and an advanced approach. There’s an outside shot he hits his way to the bigs this year. ETA: 2019

 

3) Shohei Ohtani, RHP/OF Angels | Age: 23 | Level: NPB | 2017 Stats: Has Not Played Stateside

I’m going to try and ignore the whole disastrous spring training thing. OH MY GOD I’M FREAKING OUT! Okay, now that I got that out of the way, here’s what I’ve seen. The breaking stuff looks great, but the fastball is straight, and looks very hittable. As a hitter… he looks awful, totally out of place against MLB pitching. Also, here’s Grey’s Shohei Ohtani fantasy.  ETA: 2018

 

4) Eloy Jimenez, OF White Sox | Age: 21 |  Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .312/.379/.568, 19 HR, 65 RBI, 1 SB

Eloy is the classic right-handed slugger. With a big leg kick and a quick powerful swing, Jimenez is destined to star in the middle of a big league lineup. He brings 70-grade power, with a 60-grade hit tool, and all the makings of a potential superstar. ETA: 2019

 

5) Fernando Tatis Jr., SS Padres | Age: 19 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .278/.379/.498 22 HR, 75 RBI, 32 SB

An impressive combination of power, speed, hitting, and athleticism. May move to third long term, but for now he’s the closest thing to A-Rod I can remember. ETA: 2019

 

6) Kyle Tucker, OF Astros | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .274/.346/.528, 25 HR, 83 RBI, 21 SB

I have a sneaking suspicion that Kyle Tucker forces his way into everyday at bats this year. Clearly one of the bright spots this spring, Tucker combines elite hitting, power, and above average speed. This is the start of a new tier it’s what I call 1B, goes from here until Alex Reyes.  ETA: 2019

 

7) Nick Senzel, 3B Reds | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .321/.391/.541, 14 HR, 65 RBI, 14 SB

An Alex Bergman clone. Great baseball IQ, plus hit, above average power and baserunning. Should be a multi-category fantasy contributor for many years. ETA: 2018

 

8) Victor Robles, OF Nationals | Age: 20 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .300/.382/.493, 10 HR, 47 RBI, 27 SB

His game is similar to that of Starling Marte. Contact, speed, and average power, give him a well rounded, high floor offensive profile. Could be .300/18/30 at peak. ETA: 2018

 

9) Scott Kingery, 2B Phillies | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .304/.359/.503, 26 HR, 65 RBI, 29 SB

The former Arizona Wildcat is a prototype second basemen, with speed, contact, a solid glove, and above average power to boot. I discussed him in detail here, and believe he’s a serious contender for NL ROY. ETA: 2018

 

10) Lewis Brinson, OF Marlins | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .331/.400/.562, 13 HR, 48 RBI, 11 SB

The power is there, the speed is there, and now Brinson has the opportunity. A .275/17/20 season in 2018 isn’t out of the question. Will he break camp, that’s the question… While you ponder that, read what Grey wrote about him back in November, don’t mind the cranberry sauce stains. ETA: 2018

 

11) Gleyber Torres, SS Yankees | Age: 21 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .287/.383/.480 7 HR, 34 RBI, 7 SB

An advanced hit tool, is Gleyber’s calling card, but he does everything well. Likely will force his way up later this summer, if not even earlier. ETA: 2018

 

12) Brendan Rodgers, SS Rockies | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .336/.373/.567, 18 HR, 64 RBI, 2 SB

When it comes to natural hitting ability few are more blessed than Rodgers. He might have the best, or at the very least Top 5, hit tool + power combo in the minors. ETA: 2019

 

13) Bo Bichette, SS Blue Jays | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .362/.423/.565, 14 HR, 74 RBI, 22 SB

A top of the order tablesetter with the ability to win multiple batting titles is the ceiling I envision for Bichette. ETA: 2019

 

14) Michael Kopech, RHP White Sox | Age: 21 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 9-8, 134.1 IP, 2.88 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 172 Ks, 65 Bb

Kopech has the potential to lead MLB in strikeouts one day, with his plus plus triple digit fastball that runs in on righties, a plus slider that flashes plus plus at times, and an improving changeup. ETA: 2018

 

15) Luis Robert, OF White Sox | Age: 20 |Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .310/.491/.536, 3 HR, 14 RBI, 12 SB

The athletic outfielder is a right-handed hitter with lightning quick bat speed, plus plus wheels, on base ability, and plus power. ETA: 2020

 

16) Forrest Whitley, RHP Astros | Age: 20 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 5-4, 92.1 IP, 2.83 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 143 K, 34 Bb

Drugs are bad, but Forrest Whitley is good. Great blend of stuff, size, and pitchability. ETA: 2019

 

17) Royce Lewis, SS Twins | Age: 18 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .279/.381/.407, 4 HR, 27 RBI, 18 SB

His hit tool proved to be more advanced than some of the more skeptical scouting reports anticipated, and he’s consistently seen it graded at 60 hit this off-season. There were whispers that Lewis might move off of short and into centerfield, but his future, at least for now, lies at short. ETA: 2020

 

18) Alex Reyes, RHP Cardinals | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: Injured Missed Season

Should have graduated off this list a year ago, but the TJ bug got’em. Should start the season on the 10 day DL, before doing some time in the bullpen upon his return. ETA: 2018

 

19) Estevan Florial, OF Yankees | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .298/.372/.479, 13 HR, 57 RBI, 23 SB

Florial has the upside of a 25/25 fantasy superstar, and could see his prospect status explode over the next year. He strikes out too much, which will likely limit his upside, but Florial has consistently put up double digit walk rates. One of the loudest sets of tools in the minors, especially for fantasy. This is the start of a new tier, it goes from Florial until Mateo. It’s called Lindsey Lohan, all the upside in the world, but you know how upside is. ETA: 2020

 

20) Willie Calhoun, OF Rangers | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .300/.355/.572, 31 HR, 93 RBI, 4 SB

Don’t play with my heart Rangers, Free Willie! Let the man play everyday in the majors. He’s got nothing else to prove with the bat. Unfortunately the glove is dog crap. ETA: 2018

 

21) Austin Hays, OF Orioles | Age: 22 |  Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .329/.365/.593, 32 HR, 95 RBI, 5 SB

Hays has maintained his rank in consecutive top 100 prospects lists, and even got his own post from Grey. Too bad the Orioles decided they needed Colby Rasmus… He’s a contact and power over approach type, with the upside to be a .280+ batting average, 30 homer bat. ETA: 2018

 

22) Francisco Mejia, C Indians | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .297/.346/.490, 14 HR, 52 RBI, 7 SB

The only catching prospect worth going out of your way for. In fact he’s the best catching prospect since Gary Sanchez, and in all fairness, he’s way more hyped than Sanchez was. Might see Cleveland next year, but is likely a year or more away from a true impact. Contact first switch hitter, developing real power. ETA: 2018

 

23) Taylor Trammell, OF Reds | Age: 20 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .281/.368/.450, 13 HR, 77 RBI, 41 SB

One of the most exciting players in minors at the moment, Trammell combines plus-plus speed, with an above average hit tool, plus plate approach, and developing above-average power. A former Division 1 football recruit, Trammell spurned Georgia Tech for $3.2 million and a professional baseball career. Likely to add power and lose speed as he matures, but has the type of athleticism that maintaining 20/20 upside into his early 30’s isn’t out of the question. If his pitch recognition and power continue to improve in 2018, Trammell could be a potential top 10 prospect this time next year. ETA: 2019

 

24) Jo Adell, OF Angels | Age: 18 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .325/.376/.532, 5 HR, 30 RBI, 8 SB

Adell is a damn near perfect prep bat for any dynasty farm system. His elite bat speed, quick twitch athleticism, advanced hitting acumen, and off-the-charts speed, add up to a near perfect fantasy prospect. I fully expect Adell to dominate wherever he plays in 2018. Hit a combined .325/.376/.532 with 5 homers and 8 steals. ETA: 2020

 

25) Juan Soto, OF Nationals | Age: 19 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .351/.415/.505, 3 HR, 18 RBI, 1 SB

An injury plagued 2017, saw Soto deal with a combination of a hamate break, an ankle fracture, and a hamstring injury. He still managed to slash .351/.415/.505 in limited action. As a hitter Soto is the prototypical elite middle-of-the-order bat. Fast hands, strong wrists, can’t lose! ETA: 2020

 

26) Miguel Andujar, 3B Yankees | Age: 23 | 2017 Level: AAA | .315/.352/.498, 16 HR, 82 RBI, 5 SB

I think he might be breaking out… Yeah, he was pretty much the hottest name going through the first few weeks of Spring Training, as Andujar was hitting everything. He’s slowed down now, but the elite power is evident when you see the third baseman get a hold of one. He’s been more of a contact hitter with above average power, but has always hinted at plus pop in his legendary batting practice exploits. In fact, I discuss my first hand experience with an Andujar batting practice hereETA: 2018

 

27) Sixto Sanchez, RHP Phillies | Age: 19 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 5-7, 95 IP, 3.03 ERA, 0.96 WHIP, 84 K, 18 Bb

There’s easy velocity, and then there’s Sixto Sanchez’s fastball. The 19-year-old Phillies pitching prodigy is one of the top arms in the minors, with a reasonable case for the top arm overall. Though radar gun readings get the headlines, it’s Sanchez’s feel and command of his heat that sets him apart. He shows the ability to spot the fastball without losing any of it’s bite or life. While mixing in a plus changeup, a plus curveball, and an average slider. His secondaries though advanced for a teenage arm, still have room for improvement, hinting at a ceiling few prospects, pitcher or hitter can approach. ETA: 2020

 

28) Mackenzie Gore, LHP Padres | Age: 19 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: 0-1, 21.1 IP, 1.27 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 34 K, 7 Bb

If the 2017 draft were to take place today, MacKenzie Gore likely would go 1.1. The Padres landed the athletic lefty at third overall, and he did nothing but dominate in limited action. His unusual mechanics lead some to question his long term durability, but no one questions the stuff or ability. Plus command, great extension, and the possibility of four plus pitches, put Gore on the path to stardom. ETA: 2020  

 

29) Anthony Alford, OF Blue Jays | Age: 23 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .299/.390/.406, 5 HR, 26 RBI, 19 SB

Long one of my prospect crushes. If Alford can stay healthy (he’s already hurt) he offers a top-of-the-order skillset, with untapped raw power. As a hitter he’s grown from raw project, to an on base machine with the ability to put the ball in play. His frame, and quick swing hint at untapped power potential. Should be a factor at some point in 2018. ETA: 2018

 

30) Jorge Mateo, SS Athletics | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .267/.322/.459, 12 HR, 57 RBI, 52 SB

Looking for speed? Can I interest you in a player with 170 steals over the last three seasons? Meet Jorge Mateo, the premier speed prospect in the minors. Mateo will never win a batting title or bat .300, but he has the ability to produce 40+ steals with 15 homer pop. ETA: 2019

 

31) Ryan McMahon, 3B Rockies | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .355/.403/.583, 20 HR, 88 RBI, 11 SB

The biggest helium rebound of 2017, McMahon went from Top 50 prospect entering 2016, to well outside the top 50 on every list entering last season. An improved approach, versatility in the field, and plus power make McMahon a redraft sleeper in 2018. That’s if the Rockies play him. This is the beginning of a new tier, it goes from here until Urias. It’s called “I’m ready for my close up”. All these guys have a shot at seeing MLB time this season. ETA: 2018

 

32) Keston Hiura, 2B Brewers | Age: 21 | Level: A | 2027 Stats: .371/.422/.611, 4 HR, 33 RBI, 2 SB

The most major league ready bat, and possibly player in the 2017 Draft. Kiura raked in his pro debut, mastering the rookie level AZL from the start before continuing his assault in the full season Midwest League. The only questions with Hiura surround his defensive home. He was relegated to DH duty his junior year at UC Irvine after partially tearing his elbow. He’s not going to be a base-stealing threat but should be a source of a .280+ batting average with 20 homer power. ETA: 2019

 

33) A.J. Puk, LHP Athletics | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 6-10 , 125 IP, 4.03 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 184 K, 48 Bb

I bet the Phillies wish they could get this one back. Puk has shown his elite stuff throughout his first full year of professional ball, leading many to dub him the top left-hander in the minors at the moment. His plus plus fastball sits 93-96, getting up to 98 when needed. It plays up even more due to the downhill angle, and Puk’s funky arm slot. He pairs that with a plus slider, that acts as a wipeout pitch, and an average changeup. Despite struggling with his control at times, Puk was effective, compiling a 13.2 K/9, and a .227 BAA across “High-A” and AA last year. His control leaves something to be desired, but if he can sharpen up, he can unlock the top of the rotation potential that’s so obvious.  ETA: 2018

 

34) Michel Baez, RHP Padres | Age: 22 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 7-2, 63.2 IP, 2.54 ERA, 0.83 WHIP, 89 K, 10 Bb

A 6’8 giant with four above average or better pitches, a mid-90’s heater, and plus control; Baez is one of my favorite pitching prospects in the minors, and one I expect to move quickly. Needs to tighten up his fastball command, and refine his two breaking balls to reach his front-line ceiling. ETA: 2019

 

35) Walker Buehler, RHP Dodgers | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 3-3 , 88.2 IP, 3.35 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 125 K, 31 Bb

Don’t read too much into the struggles in his late season callup, Buehler has the ability to pair three above average or better offerings with above average control. The arsenal is led by his plus fastball that touches 99 with sink. He has the ability to locate it anywhere in the zone, at anytime, and is a deadly combo with his mid-80’s hook. His slider flashes plus at times, but the changeup is fringe at best. He’ll have a nice combination of groundballs and swinging strikes, making him a brand of pitcher I tend to buy. The big question with Buehler is health, putting a future in the rotation in question. **At least for this season.** He has the stuff to be an elite reliever, but provides his most value in dynasty leagues as a starter. The upside is top of the rotation arm if he can stay healthy. ETA: 2018

 

36) Luis Urias, 2B Padres | Age: 20 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .296/.398/.380, 3 HR, 38 RBI, 7 SB

I just can’t fight this feeling anymore. Urias is one of those prospects that’s always a top 100 guy for me, but bounces around due to my struggles with projecting his upside. He’s proven to be an elite contact hitter, perhaps the best in the minors, but it’s the flashes of power I see that give me the most encouragement. Could develop into Daniel Murphy. The hitting part, not the rampant homophobia. ETA: 2018

 

37) Jesus Sanchez, OF Rays | Age: 20 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .305/.348/.478, 15 HR, 82 RBI, 7 SB

I love the kids that pair 60-grade hit tools with 60-grade power, and that’s why Sanchez is one of my favorite bats in the minor leagues. At peak, Sanchez should hit for a high batting average with 25-30 homers. The best hitting prospect the Rays have had since Evan Longoria. This is the start of a new tier, it goes from here to Leody. It’s called “Upside Part Duex” ETA: 2020

 

38) Monte Harrison, OF Marlins |  Age: 22 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .272/.350/.481, 21 HR, 67 RBI, 27 SB

A former Nebraska Football recruit, he’s a strong runner that plays the game athletically. A physical freak, he has the tools to be an exciting 5th or 6th hitter in the mold of a Carlos Gomez. The finished product should look like .260/25/20. Another talented and athletic outfielder the Marlins acquired this off-season. Harrison has risk, with swing and miss, plus split issues, but he’s one of the more intriguing dynasty risk/reward picks. ETA: 2019

 

39) Franklin Barreto, SS Athletics | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .290/.339/.456, 15 HR, 54 RBI, 15 SB

I go hot and cold with Barreto, and after more study of his game, I’m far less optimistic than I’ve been in the past. Here’s why, he has major contact issues, which is unusual if you look at his batting averages throughout the minors. But as he’s reached the upper levels the Ks have really begun to hurt him. That said, he still went 15/15 last year with a very nice slashline at 21 years old. So the fantasy skills are still there. If he can improve his plate discipline, and cut down on the strikeouts he might be able to reach the .280/20/15 player many envisioned a year or so back. Could be a 2018 breakout, but more likely a 2019 target for me. ETA: 2018

 

40) Austin Meadows, OF Pirates | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .261/.323/.384, 5 HR, 46 RBI, 11 SB

The skills put him in the top three entering last season, but a injury riddled season, including his third consecutive year with a hamstring injury have me doubting the upside I once dreamed on. Meadows at his best combines plus hitting, running, and plate discipline with untapped raw power. There’s still superstar upside here. ETA: 2018

 

41) Michael Chavis, 3B Red Sox | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .282/.347/.563, 31 HR, 94 RBI, 2 SB

Chavis is a corner infielder with an aggressive approach and plus raw power, that’s driven by his lightning quick bat speed. His contact is loud, making him an exciting at bat to take in live. Early in his career there were justifiable concerns regarding Chavis’ strikeouts, but with marked improvement, he seems to balance aggression and patience well. My guess is Chavis is assigned to AA Portland initially before being promoted to AAA Pawtucket sometime in the early summer. There’s an outside chance he makes his big league debut in August or September of 2018. That is if he isn’t traded… ETA: 2019

 

42) Heliot Ramos, OF Giants | Age: 18 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .348/.404/.645, 6 HR, 27 RBI, 10 SB

Upside isn’t a direct translation of Heliot, but it might as well be. The ability Ramos flashed in his pro debut has many prospectors drooling as they envision his ceiling. Game power, speed, eye-popping exit velocities, Ramos could be the top prospect in baseball within two years. ETA: 2021

 

43) Leody Taveras, OF Rangers | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .249/.312/.360, 8 HR, 50 RBI, 20 SB

A super talented teenager, who didn’t impress statistically in his full season debut, but it’s important to keep in mind he was just 18 all season. There’s elite athleticism, feel to hit, and speed present. If he can round out his game by developing raw power, we could be talking about a superstar in the making. ETA: 2020

 

44) Triston McKenzie, RHP Indians | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 12-6, 143 IP, 3.46 ERA, 1.05 WHIP, 186 K, 45 Bb

One of my absolute favorite pitching prospects in the game, and an arm I want to own everywhere. What McKenzie lacks in frame he makes up for with length and athleticism. Wait, did I just describe every small forward that can’t shoot? Oops, wrong sport! “Sticks” misses bats, limits hard contact, and eats innings. Oh, and he’s only 20. This is the start of a new tier, it goes from McKenzie to Keller. It’s called “these guys are higher in real life” No idea how Forrest Whitley missed this tier. I see you Walter! ETA: 2019

 

45) Luiz Gohara, LHP Braves | Age: 21 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 7-4, 123.2 IP, 2.62 ERA, 1.21 WHIP, 147 K, 44 Bb

The big lefty acquired from the Mariners for Mallex Smith and Shae Simmons, just another example of Jerry DiPoto making great trades. Never should have complemented that guy. He mixes a high-90’s fastball, with a nasty slider, as well as a solid changeup. He made his major league debut late last year, and was far better than his numbers indicate. ETA: 2018

 

46) Mitch Keller, RHP Pirates | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 7-4, 104.1 IP, 3.02 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 98 K, 30 B

If this were a “real baseball” list, Keller might be in my top 20, as he’s one of the safer pitching prospects in the game. However, that doesn’t mean that he’s devoid of upside. The righty hits 97 with ease, mixes in a plus loopy curveball with 11-5 shape, and an inconsistent, but projectable changeup. If he can find the feel for his changeup that he demonstrates on his fastball and curve, Keller could take a step into the next stratosphere. Lance thinks I’m too low, and he might be right. ETA: 2019

 

47) Jahmai Jones, OF Angels | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .282/.348/.446, 14 HR, 47 RBI, 27 SB

Born into a family of football stars, Jones should find stardom on the diamond. He combines power, speed, and hitting ability, though he’s likely not going to develop into a huge power threat. It’s across the board ability that led me to aggressively rank Jones. Start of a new tier from here until Mountcastle. It’s called “Upside & Questions”. The reasons are obvious. ETA: 2019

 

48) Tyler O’Neill, OF Cardinals | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .246/.321/.499, 31 HR, 95 RBI, 14 SB

The King in the North? More like the king of three true outcomes! Elite power, I’ll go as far as to grade a “hard” 70. O’Neill may never hit above .275, but he’s destined to clear 30+ fences a year. If you’re looking for the next great power bat, take a shot on O’Neill. ETA: 2018

 

49) Ryan Mountcastle, SS Orioles | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .287/.312/.489, 18 HR, 62 RBI, 8 SB

The Orioles top middle infield prospect and 2015 first rounder in many ways is representative of the Orioles recent prospect profile. He’s a talented contact hitter, with little approach, and plus power. Between he and Austin Hays they have two players whose skills should play in 5×5 roto formats, but will take a hit in points, OBP, and OPS leagues. Unlikely to stick at short long term, many feel his future lies in a corner outfield spot, but in 2017 he split time between short and third. ETA: 2019

 

50) Austin Riley, 3B Braves | Age: 20 | 2017 Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .275/.339/.446 20 HR, 74 RBI, 2 SB

Riley has bounced on and off of my top 100 lists, ranking 95th in my end of season update. I’m not sure if Riley is a Razzball reader because there was a fire under his booty in the second half, and in the AFL. Both performances helped him earn this rank. Upon promotion to AA Mississippi in mid-July, the former 1st round supplemental pick hit .315/.389/.511 with 8 homers in just 48 games. Riley has reached the 20 homer mark in each of first two full professional seasons, and the Braves seem focused on keeping him at 3rd. He showed improved plate discipline from 2016, cutting down his strikeout rate from A ball, while walking at a near 10% clip in AA. Riley is still probably a year away, but looks like he could be a decent source of power. This is the start of a new tier it goes from Riley to Honeywell. I call it “First Floor Apartment”.ETA: 2019

 

51) Mike Soroka, RHP Braves | Age: 20 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 11-8, 154 IP, 2.75 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 125 K, 34 Bb

The classic unexciting, but polished pitching prospect, Soroka often gets overlooked for some of the flashier arms in the Braves system, but he might be the best pitcher. Clean mechanics, excellent command, control, and feel, Soroka has it all. He features a low 90’s fastball, plus slider, above average changeup, and average curveball. Soroka mixes speeds very well, and keeps hitters off balance by working the entire zone with all of his offerings. Ready made number three starter at 20. The question is how high is the upside? ETA: 2019

 

52) Willy Adames, SS Rays | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .277/.360/.415, 10 HR, 62 RBI, 11 SB

One of toughest types to rank on top prospects lists. The middle infield prospect, who has always been young for his level, with advanced hitting, but neither standout speed or power. Adames might take a few seasons to find mixed leagues relevance, but he should develop enough power to be a very viable shortstop option by 2020. ETA: 2018

 

53) Alex Verdugo, OF Dodgers | Age: 21 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .314/.389/.436, 6 HR, 62 RBI, 9 SB

There’s just some players that the best way to describe their skillset is “they’re just good at baseball”. I know, deep analysis, but really there’s few players that bring a better understanding of hitting, running, and defense. He looks like a future batting title contender as currently constituted, but could tap into more of his raw power as he matures. A part of the Dodgers future top of the order with Cody Bellinger and Corey Seager, is what dreams are made of, and valuable counting stats. His splits are identical vs. righties and lefties, leading to no platoon questions. ETA: 2018

 

54) Jesse Winker, OF Reds | Age: 24 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .314/.395/.408, 2 HR, 41 RBI, 2 SB

One of the best hit tools in the minors, the questions regarding Winker’s power remain. His performance in his 47 game major league debut, combined with his strong spring, might be answering some of those questions. If there’s 20-homer power here, you’re going to want to own Winker everywhere. Unless you find winking especially creepy. ETA: 2018

 

55) Brent Honeywell, RHP Rays | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 13-9 , 136.2 IP, 3.49 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, 172 K, 35 Bb

What is life with Brent Honeywell on the shelf? What I thought was going to be a glorious season of pitching, has turned into a season of self-loathing. Honey might not be back fully until mid-2019. If he can regain his form, he has top-of-the-rotation potential. ETA: 2019

 

56) Yordan Alvarez, 1B/OF Astros | Age: 20 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .304/.379/.481 12 HR, 69 RBI, 8 SB

The talented 20 year old with the powerful left-handed swing, burst onto the scene putting up monster numbers in the Midwest League with the Astros affiliate Quad Cities. He hit upon promotion to “High-A” Buies Creek, but struggled for stretches following. His K% improved at high A, but he walked less, and didn’t get to his power with the same frequency. I’m willing to dismiss it, as he was young for the level. Struggles aside, Alvarez is one of the top power bats in the minors. This is the start of a new tier it goes from here until Pache. It’s called “Upside, Arms, Middle infidels, and Exit Velos”. ETA: 2019

 

57) Jesus Luzardo, LHP Athletics | Age: 20 | Level: A- | 2017 Stats: 2-1, 43 IP, 1.66 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 48 Ks, 5 Bb

I wrote up Luzardo a few days after Christmas, I was wearing the sweatpants I got from Grey. They say “Fresh” on the left cheek, and “Meat” on the right. (HELP! Grey’s a monster…). ETA: 2020

 

58) Kolby Allard, LHP Braves | Age: 20 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 8-11, 150 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.27 WHIP, 129 K, 45 Bb

That curveball tho? Allard is one of my favorite arms in the minors, though I’m a little less aggressive in ranking him than I have been in years past. The fastball doesn’t have the velocity associated with high end prospect talents, and I understand that’s a concern. He does spot it well, and it has solid movement, and he’s still only 20, so adding a few ticks to get to average MLB velocity is possible. ETA: 2019

 

59) Brandon Marsh, OF Angels | Age: 20 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .350/.396/.548, 4 HR, 44 RBI, 10 SB

Since being taken 60th overall in the 2016 draft Marsh has played just 39 professional games, all coming this year. But in the games he has played in, Marsh has been phenomenal. I believe we’re looking at a fantasy superstar in the making, and I’ve ranked him as such twice now. My love for Marsh runs so deep that I wrote a long post digging into why he’s one of my favorite dynasty targets. The combination of a great bat speed, power, base stealing ability, and athleticism make Marsh a player to dream on. His left-handed swing is reminiscent of Colby Rasmus, let’s hope Marsh has a less up and down career. ETA: 2020

 

60) J.P. Crawford, SS Phillies | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .243/.351/.403, 15 HR, 63 RBI, 5 SB

Is J.P. Crawford the most divisive prospect in the minor leagues? The expectations that come with high “real life baseball” rankings typically fuel unobtainable fantasy expectations. That’s the case with Crawford, he’s a nice real life player with his plus defense, advanced plate approach, and ability to do a lot of things pretty well. This however has led to backlash, where some have gone to extremes, painting him as completely useless player for fantasy. While I don’t see his ownership reaching 80% in 12 team 5×5 leagues in the next two years, he has value in deeper leagues, and those that use OBP in lieu of batting average. His hit tool grades are centered around that patient approach driving his career .367 OBP in 533 minor league games. He found his power stroke after a 7 day sabbatical last June, returning to slash .280/.381/.522 for the remainder of the term, while hitting 13 of his 15 homers over that period. There’s an outside shot everything clicks this year, and we get a .270/16/12 season with decent counting stats. Much of that is dependent upon his adjustments to the level, and his ability to work his way to the top of an improving Phillies lineup. Crawford should be the Phillies everyday shortstop for a decade. ETA: 2018

 

61) Carter Kieboom, SS Nationals | Age: 20 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .297/.396/.493, 9 HR, 35 RBI, 3 SB

A middle infielder with a quick compact swing, strong wrists, and all fields power, Kieboom likely moves off of short, with second, third, and the outfield all mentioned as possibilities. Regardless of where he ends up position-wise, I love his ability to drive the ball, without any obvious holes in his swing. ETA: 2020

 

62) Hunter Greene, RHP Reds | Age: 19 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: 0-1, 4.1 IP, 12.46 ERA, 2.08 WHIP, 6 K, 1 Bb

Here’s what I wrote in my most recent First Year Player Draft rankings. “The most discussed player from last June’s draft, Greene played mostly as a position player in his pro debut, but has pitched more in fall instructs. So far the results haven’t been good. He mixes a fastball that can touch 100, with two breaking balls that look more average to fringe at the moment. Random note: His father is a well known private investigator that does work for A-List Hollywood actors. In other words, Greene’s father is Ray Donovan.” The second overall pick is at the very beginning stages of a very promising career. ETA: 2021

 

63) Jhailyn Ortiz, OF Phillies | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .302/.401/.560, 8 HR, 30 RBI, 5 SB

One of my favorite power bats in the lower minors, I gave you my Ortiz sleeper post. He’s more woke than Donald Glover on Bolivian marching powder. ETA: 2020

 

64) Alec Hansen, RHP White Sox | Age: 23 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 11-8, 141.1 IP, 2.80 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, 191 Ks, 51 Bb

Hansen is proof that a bad final year of college might tank your draft stock, but isn’t indicative of future struggles. The 22 year old right-hander led all of minor league baseball in strikeouts last year, and jumped across three levels of full season ball. He didn’t slow down against better competition either, ending his year in AA Birmingham striking out 82 batters in 58.1 innings. Hansen has top of the rotation upside. ETA: 2019

 

65) Bobby Bradley, 1B Indians | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .251/.331/.466 23 HR, 89 RBI, 3 SB

Despite contact issues coming into 2017, Bradley did well to drop his strikeout rate to an acceptable 22%, while maintaining a 10% Bb%. Rather impressive for a player who was 20 coming into the season, and spent the whole year at the AA level. It’s not his OBP that puts him in the top 100, it’s his light tower power, and potential 40 homer ceiling. ETA: 2019

 

66) Brent Rooker, 1B/OF Twins | Age: 23 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .281/.364/.566, 18 HR, 52 RBI, 2 SB

Though he was ranked behind players like Pavin Smith and Brendan McKay heading into this June’s draft, Rooker has had arguably the most impressive showing of any player entering pro-ball in 2017. After just 22 games at rookie level Elizabethton, Rooker earned promotion to “High-A” Fort Myers of the Florida State League. From there he hit 11 homers in 40 games while slugging .552, splitting time between first and the outfield. There’s 40 homer pop potential in Rooker’s bat, and he’s consistently measured with elite exit velocities, averaging 92 MPH in both the college season, and during his time in the Florida State League. On one hand he passed one of the most difficult challenges a power hitter can face (the FSL) with flying colors, on the other he was a pretty advanced college hitter with a ton of power in A ball. He has some swing and miss to his game too, but that comes with the territory with the sort of shoot for the fences approach Rooker brings. My feeling is Rooker does turn into a 30+ homer bat with some inconsistent batting averages. ETA: 2019

 

67) Wander Javier, SS Twins | Age: 19 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .299/.383/.471, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 4 SB

A toolsy shortstop with advanced offensive skills, and a likelihood to stick in the middle of the infield. Above average pop, above average speed, and good bat to ball skills make Javier a wise investment on the ground floor. Still needs to refine his approach as 49 Ks in 157 at bats ain’t cutting it. That said, he’ll be 19 for the entirety of 2018 and should see a full season assignment out of camp. It will be interesting to see if they hold him in extended spring until May to get Royce Lewis the starting reps, or if they alternate reps at short between the two, while getting looks at other spots on the diamond. Javier has the arm for third base, and may ultimately grow into that role if he adds more muscle onto his frame. As it stands now he’s a five tool type with some raw plate discipline kinks to work out. He can take a walk, but is still susceptible to chase pitches off the plate, which limits how aggressive I’d be on his hit tool grades. ETA: 2021

 

68) Cristian Pache, OF Braves | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .281/.335/.343, 0 HR, 42 RBI, 32 SB

A toolsy speedster with out of this world centerfield defense. I picture him as an Ender Inciarte seed in their farm system. Around the time Inciarte is ready to head out to pasture, Pache will be ready for an everyday job in the big leagues. He’s a long way away at 19 in full season ball. There’s no power there now, but scouts project based on his body type, that he could find double digit homer power by the time he’s done baking. He has “plus-plus” speed, and solid bat to ball skills. If he takes a step forward and starts to dive the ball in the air his prospect stock could explode. ETA: 2021

 

69) Franklin Perez, RHP Tigers | Age: 20 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 6-3, 86.1 IP, 3.02 ERA, 1.14 WHIP, 78 K, 27 Bb

The centerpiece of the deal that sent Justin Verlander to the Astros, Perez is a supremely talented 19-year-old, who is just the latest in a long line of top notch prospects from Houston’s development machine. While he has no true plus offering, he does have plus command of a quartet of above average pitches (four-seam, changeup, slider, and curveball). The combination of pitchability, and a deep arsenal give Perez front of the rotation upside. This is the start of a new tier, it goes from here until Burnes. It’s called “number three starters and hurt dudes”. NO idea why Jake Bauers is here, but I think he caught the wrong bus from the floor tier. ETA: 2019

 

70) Dustin Fowler, OF Athletics | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Level: .293/.329/.542, 13 HR, 43 RBI, 13 SB

An ugly knee injury, put a damper on his MLB debut, and resulted in a lawsuit. Fowler ran his patellar tendon directly into an unpadded electrical box in the right field foul grounds at Guaranteed Rate Field. We should file a class action suit against that awful stadium name while we’re at it #StayWokeFowler. Lawsuits and silliness aside, Fowler is back in camp, playing in game action, and at least close to 100%. When healthy, Fowler hints at an enticing set of fantasy tools. His combination of power, steals, and the ability to hit for contact make him a potential five category contributor in 5×5 roto formats. He has a real shot to start in centerfield for the Athletics this season, and could return a .270/20/20 season if his surgically repaired knee holds up. ETA: 2018

 

71) Kyle Lewis, OF Mariners | Age: 22 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .257/.329/.412, 7 HR, 31 RBI, 3 SB

If only Lewis’ knee could heal, and he could get back on track to fantasy stardom. Health is what has held the former first rounder back from being the player we all thought he could become after being drafted out of Mercer. Power and hitting ability are his calling card, as the once above average speed may never come fully back. ETA: 2019

 

72) Jake Bauers, 1B/OF Rays | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .263/.368/.412, 13 HR, 63 RBI, 20 SB

Bauers might be one of the more overlooked fantasy prospects in the minors. His combination of hitting, power, speed, and the ability to play in the outfield as well as his natural home of first base, make him an intriguing prospect. His over-the-fence power hasn’t shown itself in games, but I think he’ll hit for plenty of extra bases in his career. Not a prototypical first base bat, but a skilled offensive player nonetheless. ETA: 2018

 

73) Alex Kirilloff, OF Twins | Age: 20 | Level: N/A | 2017 Stats: Did Not Play Injured

Sometimes injuries have the worst timing, and that’s the case with Kirilloff. Shut down with elbow inflammation following an impressive professional debut, Kirilloff tried rehab, but ultimately needed Tommy John. Fast forward one year, he’s in camp, ready to go, and with 30 pounds of muscle added over his hiatus. If Kirilloff can pick up where he left off, we could be talking about a special player. After all, this is a kid that was home schooled to pretty much play baseball full time. Seems like it worked out, as he went 15th overall, and the Twins were confident enough in his abilities to skip the Gulf Coast League for the more advanced Appalachian League. He then more than rewarded the organization’s faith winning league MVP honors. During his brief debut, Kirilloff flashed all-fields power, advanced barrel control, pitch recognition, and great instincts. If we can get the natural contact hitter we saw in his debut paired with the added raw power from his bulk up, we might be looking at yet another ascending talent on this Twins list. I came into this list sort of lukewarm on Kirilloff, but now I view him as a legit Top 100 Fantasy Prospect. ETA: 2020

 

74) Kyle Wright, RHP Braves | Age: 22 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 0-1, 17 IP, 2.65 ERA, 1.00 WHIP, 18 K, 6 Bb

Didn’t pitch a ton after a long college season, but many thought Wright was the best college player in the draft. He has a plus fastball that sits 92-95, touching 97 when he needs it. His secondaries are led by his plus curveball with nice two plane movement, and an average slider. He should move quick, but in a stocked Braves system just how quickly he ascends is hard to peg. Looks like a sure fire number three with the upside of a number 2 starter. ETA: 2019

 

75) Adonis Medina, RHP Phillies | Age: 21 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 4-9, 120 IP, 3.01 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, 133 Ks, 39 Bb

A rapidly improving right-hander with a mid-rotation future, Medina made major strides in 2017, adding velocity to his fastball, while significantly improving his secondaries. The results were a sizable jump in Ks as he went from a paltry 4.7 K/9 in 2016, to a robust 10 K/9 across 120 innings in the Low-A Sally League. Medina’s arsenal is led by his mid-90s fastball he can ramp up to 97, a plus changeup, and an above average breaking ball in his slide piece. Medina should move swiftly over the next few seasons due to his ability to do everything well. ETA: 2020

 

76) Adrian Morejon, LHP Padres | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 3-4, 63 IP, 3.86 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 58 K, 16 Bb

77) Jorge Guzman, RHP Marlins | Age: 22 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 5-3, 66.2 IP, 2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 88 K, 18 Bb

If you didn’t know, weeks before he led the list of names that disgusted Marlins fans, I wrote up a glowing post about how much I like Guzman. He reaches 100+ with ease, mixes in a plus slider that sweeps in on lefties and off the plate to righties, and he mixes a changeup for good measure. His future digs improved significantly, and knowing the Marlins it likely speeds up his ETA too. Strong chance he ends up a back-end of the pen type with a shot to close, but I still see the front-end potential. ETA: 2019

 

78) Jon Duplantier, RHP Diamondbacks | Age: 23 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: 12-3, 136 IP, 1.39 ERA, 0.98 WHIP, 165 K, 42 Bb

Following a shoulder injury late in his final season at Rice, Duplantier headed to pro-ball last year, hurt, and in need of a mechanics tweak. The righty spent the off-season refining his delivery, which resulted in a healthy season of domination across both levels of A ball. In fact, Duplantier’s 1.39 ERA was the lowest in the minors since Justin Verlander’s 1.29 in 2005. The righty relies on a four pitch mix, led by his low to mid 90’s sinking fastball, plus slider, and above average curveball and changeup offerings. Looks like a mid-rotation arm with strikeout upside. I imagine Duplantier is likely to start the season at AA, before seeing promotion to AAA around mid-season. A late September call-up is possible, but more than likely he makes his big league debut in 2019. ETA: Early 2019

 

79) Corbin Burnes, RHP Brewers | Age: 23 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 8-3, 145.2 IP, 1.67 ERA, 0.95 WHIP, 140 Ks, 36 BB

The 4th rounder out of St. Mary’s was absolutely stellar in his first full season of pro-ball. The above numbers speak for themselves don’t they? In case they don’t, here’s the skinny. Burnes modified multiple parts of his mechanics in 2017, first adjusting at “High-A” Carolina, to allow more drive with his lower half. Then while at Biloxi, the righty transitioned from a modified stretch to a traditional windup. Burnes throws tons of strikes, aggressively attacking the zone, and he’s not afraid to throw inside. None of his four pitches standout, but he’s confident in all of them. His plus control, mix of secondaries, and quick arm action help his stuff play up. His pitch mix consists of an above average fastball that sits 92-95 with cut, two breaking balls (curve + slider), and an upper 80’s split-changeup. Burnes stuff is good enough that his combination of pitchability and moxie make him up for the challenge of Colorado Springs this season. Beyond that it wouldn’t shock me if he ends up a high upside three, with a shot to hit number two starter status should he max out. ETA: 2018

 

80) Christin Stewart, OF Tigers | Age: 24 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: .256/.335/.501, 28 HR, 86 RBI, 3 SB

The king of the three outcome bats, Stewart has 30 home run hitter written all over him, but that might be his penchant for redundant tattoos. He’s hit 58 homers over the last two seasons, and looks like the first of the Tigers up and coming core to reach the show. He’s a muscle-bound slugger with advanced approach, and the ability to barrel balls consistently. He’s done a good job of curbing his strikeout rate and fighting the urge to be overly pull happy. This is it’s own tier, it’s called “I’m not Steven Moya, I swear!” ETA: 2018

 

81) Ian Anderson, RHP Braves | Age: 19 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: 4-5, 83 IP, 3.14 ERA, 1.35 WHIP, 101 K, 43 Bb

The “Aqualung” continued to prove that his selection as the third overall player in the 2016 draft was no bonus slot trickery, but a deserving selection. In his first full year of pro-ball Anderson made 20 starts in the Sally League, mostly coming prior to July, where the Braves slowed down his workload considerably. Not because he was wearing down, but because he was a cold weather pitching arm in his first full pro season. Anderson brings a three pitch mix highlighted by plus offerings in his mid-90’s four seam and a sharp breaking curveball. His changeup is a work in progress, but has received average grades from those that scouted the Sally this season. This tier goes from here to about 110. It’s called, that big clump of guys that ends the list, and starts a new one. Clever name! ETA: 2020

 

82) Nate Pearson, RHP Blue Jays | Age: 21 | Level: A- | 2017 Stats: 0-0, 20 IP, 0.90 ERA, 0.60 WHIP, 26 Ks, 5 Bb

One of the big risers of the 2018 off-season in terms of prospects. I covered him here, and Lance interviewed his pitching coach. Size, velocity, a plus breaking ball, and a developing changeup, add up to a possible top of the rotation talent. ETA: 2020

 

83) Mitchell White, RHP Dodgers | Age: 23 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 3-2, 73.2 IP, 2.93 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, 88 Ks, 31 Bb

After reaching AA in his first full professional season, Mitchell White is one of the more underrated starting pitching prospects in baseball. Long, lean, and athletic, White’s clean mechanics and overhand throwing style are easily repeatable, helping him control the zone when he’s on. Though he is prone to lose his command at times when he loses his release point. His stuff is no joke either; he gets the heater up to 94-97 with sink and run, mixes in a nasty slide-piece, and a curveball with decidedly different break. He still needs to develop his changeup, and there’s lingering health concerns, having already gone under the knife for TJ in college. If White has the reins off that have been limiting his innings, he might see the majors late in 2018. ETA: 2019

 

84) Jack Flaherty, RHP Cardinals | Age: 22 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: 14-4, 148.2 IP, 2.18 ERA, 1.04 WHIP, 147 K, 35 Bb

A talented strike thrower, that’s missing tons of bats in the spring, Flaherty strikes me more as the steady mid-rotation type than the real-life and fantasy stud, but he sneaks onto the top 100 for his high floor. ETA: 2018

 

85) Pavin Smith, 1B Diamondbacks | Age: 22 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .318/.401/.415 0 HR, 27 RBI, 2 SB

Let’s just get this out in the open, I’m a little nervous about Smith’s power translating to pro-ball. While Smith’s production wasn’t bad, and he did manage to connect for his first homer in a playoff game, 3-4 homers in the statline would have gone a long ways. The contact and approach are outstanding, let’s hope he can snap out of the power drought and tap into 20-25 homer power. Some view Smith as the replacement for Goldy in Arizona, but a move to a corner outfield spot would not surprise me. Could move quickly this year, a possible promotion to AAA by season end seems reasonable if he combines his power, contact, and approach. I’d put his ETA around May-July of 2019. ETA: Early 2019

 

86) Jay Groome, LHP Red Sox | Level: A | Age: 19 | 2017 Stats: 3-9, 55.1 IP, 5.69 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 72 Ks, 30 Bb

It’s been a tumultuous two years for the player many considered to be the top talent in the 2016 draft. With off the field concerns, injuries, and ineffective play, 2017 was rough. Through it all, Groome has two very important things on his side, talent, and youth. A monster 6’6 lefty with a big mature frame, uncommon for a 19 year old, giving Groome an element of physicality other prep arms lack. His delivery is easy, clean, and repeatable, he hides the ball well, and gets good extension. His fastball sits low 90’s, hitting 94 at it’s peak (though some claim they’ve seen 97), his curveball is a future plus offering with 1-7 shape, and good feel. Groome mixes in a change as well, but it’s still quite raw. High bust potential, but also the ability to be a high end number two, making him the very definition of risk/reward. ETA: 2021

 

87) Colton Welker, 3B Rockies | Age: 20 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .350/.401/.500, 6 HR, 33 RBI, 5 SB

Ranking 67th on my Mid-season top 100 list, a groin injury caused him to miss two and half months of the season. Effectively stealing the second half of Welker’s 2017. A rare mix of contact and power make Welker yet another potential elite bat in Colorado’s system. He’s still just 20, and there’s a chance he could move off the position, but his upside is as high as anyone in that system not named Rodgers. ETA: 2020

 

88) Harrison Bader, OF Cardinals | Age: 23 | Level: AAA | 2017 Stats: .283/.347/.469, 20 HR, 55 RBI, 15 SB

I’ve really cooled on Bader with the acquisition of Marcell Ozuna, the Cardinals outfield is chock full (as if it wasn’t to begin with). While he may find his way to the weak side of a platoon, with his elite hitting vs. lefties. I wonder if Bader’s struggles against right-handers may lead to a lack of everyday opportunities in St. Louis or elsewhere. That said, he’s just good at baseball, he fields well, makes heads up plays, and understands hitting. Will make a good major leaguer somewhere, someday. ETA: 2018

 

89) Jose Siri, OF Reds | Age: 22 | Level: A |  2017 Stats: .293/.341/.530, 24 HR, 76 RBI, 46 SB

A 39 game hit streak and a 24/46 combo should be enough for any prospect to place in his team’s top 5, but not Siri. While the skills are undeniable, there’s serious swing and miss concerns, as well as some well documented attitude issues. That said, not only is Siri the best outfield defender and runner in the system, he might have the best power too. It’s easy to dismiss Siri’s excellent statline as a product of being an older player at a lower level, but only three players in Midwest League history have gone 20/40 in a single season. Siri should see assignment to “High-A” out of camp with a mid-summer promotion to Pensacola possible. ETA: 2019

 

90) Tristen Lutz, OF Brewers | Age: 19 | Level: RK | 2017: .311/.398/.559, 9 HR, 27 RBI, 3 SB

One of my favorite bats from the 2017 draft and another great pick by the Brewers. Over the last few months following conversations with scouts, as well as Fangraphs Eric Longenhagen, my excitement has been confirmed. Not only by the excellent production in his debut, but also from an anecdote Eric shared on his Fantrax Baseball Show appearance. While recently returning colleague Kiley McDaniel was in the Braves front office he was present for Lutz’s pre-draft workout, and raved about his multiple 110+ MPH exit velocity readings, as well as his bat to ball skills and athleticism. Lutz has it all, bat speed, quick hands, strong wrists, and plus raw power. He’s an above average runner at the moment that might offer some stolen base upside early in his career. He’s in centerfield for now, but should end up a prototypical corner outfielder with a middle of the order bat. ETA: 2021

 

91) Nolan Jones, 3B Indians | Age: 19 | 2017 Level: A | 2017 Stats: .317/.430/.482 4 HR, 33 RBI, 1 SB

The second rounder out of Philly Area, Holy Ghost Prep, is starting to make good on some of his prospect hype heading into the 2016 draft. This past season was a true breakout, as Jones showed an improved approach, and more game power than he flashed in his pro debut. He combines contact, plate discipline, projectable power, and the ability to stick at the hot corner. ETA: 2020

 

92) Keibert Ruiz, C Dodgers | Age: 19 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .316/.361/.452, 8 HR, 51 RBI, 0 SB

A switch hitting contact machine with developing power and plate approach beyond his years. Sound familiar? No, it’s not me catching a temporary stutter, Keibert isn’t all that different from Francisco Mejia a couple of seasons ago. The Dodgers are the type of organization to take it slow, so Ruiz is still a good three years from any regular playing time. But if his recent track record and production is any indicator, then we could be looking at a peak of a .300 average and mid-teens to low 20s homer totals. ETA: 2021

 

93) Brusdar Graterol, RHP Twins | Age: 19 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: 4-1, 40 IP, 2.70 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 45 Ks, 13 Bb

So a few blurbs after Alex Kirilloff, we discuss another Twins prospect that went under the knife following their pro debut, and returned with a remade body. Similarly accentuated by a yoked up lower half. Graterol added a pitching booty like a Instagram model looking for a sugar daddy. Only instead of pre-nup free marriage, he added nearly 10 MPH to his fastball, getting clocked as high as 101. He mixes in a plus late-breaking slider, an above average hard curveball, and an average change. With a work horse body, elite velocity, and a bevy of pitches, there’s a lot to dream on with the stocky righty. ETA: 2021

 

94) Justus Sheffield, LHP Yankees | Age: 21 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 7-6, 93 IP, 3.18 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, 82 Ks, 33 Bb

Sheffield came over in the Andrew Miller deal back in 2016, and has produced very good to great results at each level since joining the Yankees organization. The lefty touches 98 MPH with his double plus rising fastball, he pairs the heater with an above average slider that flashes plus, and his changeup, another above average offering with plus showings. The concerns with Justus are never the stuff as much as the frame, injury history, and high effort delivery. Despite these concerns, Justus’ pairing of high velocity, deception, and above average or better offerings in his breaking ball and offspeed pitches, make him a potential useful fantasy starter for years to come. ETA: 2018

 

95) Brendan McKay, LHP/1B Rays | Age: 21 | Level: A- | 2017 Stats: 1-0, 20 IP, 1.80 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, 21 Ks, 5 Bb; .232/.349/.376, 4 HR, 22 RBI, 2 SB

It’s been a rough spring for the two-way dreams of Shohei Ohtani, but that should have no bearing on Brendan McKay’s. A very difficult player to rank, as I don’t love him as a hitter or a pitcher, but he’s a legit prospect both ways. ETA: 2020

 

96) Isan Diaz, 2B Marlins | Age: 21 | Level: A+ | 2017 Stats: .222/.334/.376, 13 HR, 54 RBI, 9 SB

I’ve long had a prospect crush on Isan Diaz. From his days at Springfield Central, to Arizona, to Milwaukee, to now Miami, I hope Diaz has finally found a clear path to everyday playing time. An extreme, but picturesque uppercut swing, Diaz has plus power, and a patient approach to go with it. The bat path is going to make him prone to strikeouts, and popups, but it’s a sacrifice Diaz should make to tap into his power. He’s a good athlete, runs well, and should be able to get his second base defense up to at least league average. There’s risk here, but a three outcome hitter with some speed at second base has value. We need a big power rebound from Diaz this year, not sure if he repeats “High-A” or gets pushed to AA. I wouldn’t expect Diaz until the summer of 2019, but as long as the ills that plagued his 2017 don’t return going forward, he might blossom into a 20/20 threat, albeit one with a .260ish average. ETA: 2019

 

97) Julio Pablo Martinez, OF Rangers | Age: 21 | Level: N/A | 2017 Stats: Signed in March

This rank could drastically change in the coming week/months. I have no first hand looks at Martinez in North America, but have heard great things. That said he wouldn’t be the first Cuban player to underwhelm, though I do not anticipate that to be the case. This is a hedged rank. Wouldn’t shock me if JP-Mart, slides into the top 50 by the end of the year. What I’ve read, is that Martinez is a power/speed guy with an emphasis on the speed. He slashed .333/.469/.498 with 6 homers, and 24 steals in his final season in Cuba’s Seire Nacional. ETA: 2019

 

98) Nick Pratto, 1B Royals | Age: 19 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .247/.330/.414, 4 HR, 34 RBI, 10 SB

When you’re a high school first baseman taken 14th overall and your most frequent comp is Joey Votto, it’s pretty easy to step right in and rank as the top prospect in the Royals system. It’s quite uncommon for prep first baseman to go in the first round, with Eric Hosmer, Dominic Smith, and Josh Naylor being the only other examples. That likely says more about Pratto than anything else, as the So-Cal prep product displays a future middle of the order profile. A smooth, no frills, lefty swing, Pratto shows natural hitting acumen, loose wrists, good bat speed, and an all-fields approach. He’s among the top 15-20 fantasy talents from the 2017 draft and should be a target in all dynasty formats this offseason. ETA: 2021

 

99) Starling Heredia, OF Dodgers | Age: 18 | Level: A | 2017 Stats: .325/.397/.555, 7 HR, 34 RBI, 10 SB

Let’s just get this out of the way, my name is Ralph and I’m a Starling Heredia truther. I believe in the young thick-bodied Dominican import. He’s prone to swing and miss, and his 26 game sample in the Midwest League wasn’t exactly a “Vladian” showing, but he destroyed the AZL, (1.221 OPS), hits for power, gets on base, and runs better than you expect. “Pitbull” swings big, and is a little stiff in the upper body with a big leg kick, but he gets to his power already, and I have all the faith in the world in the Dodgers player development people. I think we’re looking at a star in the making. ETA: 2021

 

100) Sandy Alcantara, RHP Marlins | Age: 22 | Level: AA | 2017 Stats: 7-5, 125.1 IP, 4.31 ERA, 1.43 WHIP, 106 Ks, 54 Bb

The fireballing right-hander reached the majors in 2017, but the season was disappointing on a few different levels. He ditched his once promising curveball for a slider, and the results were he didn’t miss nearly as many bats. I’ve heard the Cardinals did this to mold him into more of a reliever. Though I’m not sure I really buy into that. What made Alcantara an exciting prospect was the potential to generate lots of swings and misses with the fastball, curveball, change combo. In the AFL he was throwing two breaking balls plus the change, popping 99-100 on the regular. If he can get back on track with his breaking stuff, and maintain his fastball effectiveness throughout his starts Alcantara can reach his front of the rotation potential. There’s a lot that needs to go right, he’ll be a major leaguer, but who knows in what role. ETA: 2018

 

101) Akil Baddoo, OF Twins | Age: 19 | Level: Rk | 2017 Stats: .323/.436/.527, 4 HR, 29 RBI, 9 SB

I already wrote a ton of words on Baddoo earlier this off-season, he’s one of my favorite targets in dynasty leagues. ETA: 2020

 

Find all of the 30 Minor League Previews, and Offseason Rankings on the Minor League Index
On Twitter as @ProspectJesus

 

   
  1. Another Dan says:
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    Ralph,

    When are you updating your top 100?

    Seriously, the post I have been waiting for. I need to sit and read, re-read and re-read. I can’t wait for the next two instalments. Thanks.

    I traded Ohtani in a league I joined straight up for Robles. I felt the league settings made it a fair trade. It was yahoo and Ohtani is split into two parts. In that league both Ohtani’s had to be rostered (so effectively I traded him for Robles and an open roster spot). I am excited about Ohtani (and I’ve yet to see any spring training over here) but his value is very league dependent.

    I am again avoiding football talk. My team lost it’s second successive home game. I hope the wheels are not coming off.

    I am certain that I will have more questions when I have had a bit of time to digest your work.

    Best wishes,

    Dan

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Another Dan: Hahahaha! Next week?!?!

      Read away, it’s for your enjoyment brother! Can’t blame you on the Ohtani Trade. You got a pretty good deal too.

      Damn, I hope they don’t crush us in the final weeks.

      Ask away Dan!

  2. Thanks so much. The podcasts have been brilliant, fascinating fun and now you give us dessert–or the main course! I forget which! I’m just so excited. As excited as I used to be about cotton candy! Or Lucky Charms! (But that’s breakfast and this ain’t breakfast.) Thanks so much!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Fanthead: It’s Cotton Candy Lucky Charms!

  3. Scott says:
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    Great post. If you had the choice between owning florial or t trammell, who would you take? Florial is listed higher here, but you mention trammell could be in top 10 by next year if his power continues to develop and his pitch recognition improves. Thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: Florial for me, it’s close, but the ceiling is just a little higher.

  4. Tweak says:
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    Shhhh, Ralph. Don’t give more press to guys like Kiriloff, Heredia, Pache and Michel Baez. They’re beautiful. I want to be able to pick them up on the sly and dominate my leagues. Shhh!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Tweak: Hahaha! Sorry! It’s a bad habit.

  5. VinWins

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    RCL 25 drafting soon (10 AM ET) has 2 openings.

    RCL 58 (Original Recipe) drafting at 7 ET tonight has 1 opening.

    RCL 14 drafting a 8 ET tonight has 1 opening.

    RCL 31 drafting at noon ET today has 8 openings.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @VinWins: Fill this up!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Another Dan: Self preservation has kept me to three RCLs this year, after about 8 last year.

  6. Carmine Arpaia says:
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    No Kevin Maitan?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Carmine Arpaia: No his debut really yanked his value for me. If we’re going to speculate on teenagers, I prefer the Padres Ruiz, Rosario, Ornelas, and Arias, and the Nats Antuna and Garcia. There’s so many young talented players with less buzz but who are just as deserving. They’re all just outside the top 100.

  7. The Great Knoche says:
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    Think Bichette could be most gifted all around hitter of the bunch. Think he will be number one for you next spring.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Could be, I’d have my money on others, but he’s in the conversation.

      • Carmine Arpaia says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: who do you have your money on specifically?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @Carmine Arpaia: Eloy, Tatis, Tucker, Rodgers, and Adell all in the conversation.

          • jose says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:

            Love to hear that my #3 & #4 hittters Tatis and Jimenez.

            • Ralph Lifshitz

              Ralph Lifshitz says:
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              @jose: Nicely done!

  8. me love me some tyler o'neill says:
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    awesome write up.

    i was offered eloy for robles straight up in a 14 team dynasty league. would you accept this?

  9. Sport says:
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    Been waiting for this list! It’s now saved on my favorites and will referred to a lot.

    I have the first pick Tuesday in the dynasty take over. Ohtani, Baez, Sixto, Chavis, Juan Pablo, Jones, Mountcastle, are a few names available. I want them all!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Sport: Me too! Hahaha

  10. Landisimo3 says:
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    Yo Ralph ! Been waiting for this! I’m in total rebuild mode.. Starting with my farm/stash..

    I have
    Senzel
    Marsh
    Urias
    Calhoun
    Tapia
    Jones
    Heredia
    Puk
    McKenzie
    Baez

    I really want to add Chavis and Monte Harrison .. both just became avail.. Do I drop anyone here and/or bring someone up to make room? Thank you as always

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Landisimo3: I’d drop Tapia and Heredia.

  11. DC says:
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    Love the work, Ralph.

    Not sure how much draft prep you’ve done yet, but any idea where guys like Madrigal or Gorman would slot into your top 100?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @DC: Not sure, Draft prep for me really begins in April. I want some conference games etc. Plus all the HS/Prep leagues are in full swing. Lance is the guy to ask, he’s been deep into this draft.

  12. Alan says:
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    Who am I drafting for the higher upside , Monte Harrison or Heliot and what are the odds they reach it?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @Alan: Upside alone I’m going Ramos.

      • Alan says:
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        @Ralphie 100s: thx Ralph! How about a top 5 for NL in ‘19 and ‘20 ?

        • Alan says:
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          @Alan: way too early of course but would be fun to hear some ideas

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralphie 100s says:
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          @Alan: the upcoming drafts and how the J2 kids do the next couple years might dictate that.

  13. malamoney

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    What up Ralph. One of my favorite yearly posts.

    A couple of questions.

    1. Do you see Reyes spending some time in the minors this season after coming off the DL.

    2. Who do you see as next year’s top prospect? This year it’s Acuna. Is next year Vlad? Can anyone challenge him? Tatis? How about the must have prospect for 2020? We can hold two minor leaguers. Right now I have Vlad and Brendan Rodgers. Just missed on Acuna. There is actually a loophole in our minor league spot eligibility that might actually allow me to keep Reyes in that spot. While he did pitch 40-something innings in the Majors in 2016, he didn’t pitch an inning in 2017. I am making the argument that he was going to start 2017 in AAA. Might not be the case, but who knows.

    Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @malamoney: What I’ve heard is that he’s going to start in the pen, that said wouldn’t shock me if there’s a rehab assignment in Memphis ahead of that.

      If Vlad doesn’t make it to the show this year it’s him. He’s on another level. Tatis is number two either Bo Bichette and Rodgers not far off.

      2020 I have a feeling it’s Jo Adell.

      • malamoney

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        @Ralphie 100s: So I should try and swap out Rodgers for Tatis?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralphie 100s says:
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          @malamoney: Yes! Absolutely!

          When are we going to catch a Paw-Sox or Yardgoats game?

  14. Duntroon68 says:
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    In a 50 round draft and hold. Who’s most likely to be up long enough to make a difference this year? I have one 1B to my name and had heard Bauers might be up. Also looking at Adames to back up 2B/SS. Are they likely? Anyone else?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @Duntroon68: I think Bauers is very likely. Go through the 2018 ETAs there’s a ton.

  15. Randy says:
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    Ralph, what is your ETA for being ranked #1 in rating fantasy baseball prospects? I already take your word over the Fangraph guys and James Anderson(and you are a more down to earth guy to boot).

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @Randy: hahaha! I’m the Rass Kass of prospecting!

      • nick the smooth dick says:
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        @Ralphie 100s: Ha! I was just listening to him. Ralphsassination!

  16. David says:
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    Oh dang, you dropped Starling like 40 spots. I reached for him in the draft I just finished because I liked your write up and now I have regrets. REGRETS!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @David: Less about him, more about the guys in front of him. Lot of 2017 draft guys took big steps.

  17. jose says:
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    Ralph,
    I Just picked up Alcantara, who is projected as Miami’s fourth starter.
    He will join my weak 2018 rotation for the ” 2020 Dream team”
    1- Castillo
    2- Teheran
    3- Velasquez
    4- Alcantara
    5- Richardson

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @jose: Alcantara is a spring riser, as I mentioned in the blurb, I didn’t like what St. Louis was doing with him. Earl Monroe’d his whole ish…

  18. Chauncy says:
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    I have the #3 in my upcoming minors draft and was thinking I’d go with Luis Robert, but you keep mentioning Adell. Ranking aside, would you consider Jo over Luis?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chauncy: Lu-Bob then Adell. It’s close though.

  19. Chud says:
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    Best prospect list out there!

    I’m weak in young guns in my dynasty but hate watching them marinate for a few years in minors w the possibility of TJ.

    Other then Reyes n Kopech who do u expect to make the biggest impact arm wise this year?

    Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @Chud: Buehler, Puk, And Gohara.

      • Chud says:
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        @Ralphie 100s: much appreciated!

        Thought #2: In a dynasty would u rather own Rizzo or Correa? Rizzo or Lindor?

        Trying to upgrade my SS position……

        Thanks!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralphie 100s says:
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          @Chud: Correa over Rizzo, and Lindor over both.

  20. ScreechOwl says:
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    The consensus seems to be to take Acuna over Ohtani in a dynasty league right now.

    I’m in a really shallow dynasty league, so a lot of the top guys are still available. Also, I traded for the first pick in the draft, so that’s an actual decision I have to make. My head says to take Acuna, but I spent a big chunk of last season plotting how to get Ohtani, so this is still a tough call.

    Whatever happens, I’m going to end up with two prospects in the top five after winning the league last year.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @ScreechOwl: I’d go Acuna, I just think the impact might be greater right from the jump. I’m still a HUGE believer in Ohtani the pitcher, the hitter is pretty ehhhh. This means it’s elite hitter vs pitcher. Give me the bat!

  21. Bob the Team Builder says:
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    Great list. Will refer to it many times!

    Where you you slot David Dahl? Basically I can keep two of Michael Kopech, Brendan Rodgers, and Dahl.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Bob the Team Builder: Dahl would be somewhere between Reyes and Baez for me. Still like him, but backs worry the heck out of me.

  22. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Loving that Kingery love! Looks like a tasty reserve round pick to me (maybe over more popular guys like Dahl, Senzel, Robles) esp when thinking about 2018 impact potential.

  23. slimbo says:
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    hey whats up

    Willie Calhoun was just dropped in my dynasty by an impatient owner…i assume its safe to cut Hiura to grab him?

    or could drop jose peraza from my roster i guess

    thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @slimbo: I would do Peraza, I’m not a fan. I think he ends up a utility guy, with Suarez, Senzel, Scooter, and Votto in that infield.

  24. kenly0 says:
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    I know he’s not a prospect anymore. But, at 21 he still seems like one to me. Where would you rank Julio Urias? Or, do you think his injury will hurt him going forward?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @kenly0: He was a top 10 guy for me before his debut. With the shoulder stuff it puts a damper on it, so somewhere around Honeywell. On talent he’s Top 5-10.

  25. Duda Want to a Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Ralph – final keeper in keep 7 forever ($3 annual inflation)… who ya got?

    $18 Rhys or $4 Godley

    Other six keepers are $3 Bellinger, $13 JDM, $21 Harper, $26 Blackmon, $11 Devers + $10 Robbie Ray.

    Thanks!

    Luuurve Godley a lot, but am I getting too cute in thinking about keeping him over a 25 year old likely to go 35/100 for years?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @Duda Want to a Build a Snowman?: Seems like Hoskins is expensive, I’d go Godley here. You have a good core of hitters.

  26. Duda Want to a Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Ralph – final keeper in keep 7 forever ($3 annual inflation)… who ya got? 12 team roto, but 13th team being added after keepers lock (they take their 7 keepers from the guys we don’t keep, before the rest go to free agency).

    $18 Rhys or $4 Godley

    Other six keepers are $3 Bellinger, $13 JDM, $21 Harper, $26 Blackmon, $11 Devers + $10 Robbie Ray.

    Luuurve Godley a lot, but am I getting way too cute in thinking about keeping him over a 25 year old likely to go 35/100 for years, regardless of saving auction money?

    Thanks! (Ps left this on your other post before I saw you had this guy up).

  27. Old School Brother says:
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    No Yohander? was he #101?

  28. David says:
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    Good stuff, Ralph. Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralphie 100s says:
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      @David: Thanks for reading!

  29. Joe shmoe says:
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    Hi there,
    Is Clint Frazier still going to be a decent pro?
    Helpful write up! Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joe shmoe: I think so, he has an unfortunate concussion issue at the moment

  30. Joe bob says says:
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    Because if your Acuña love couple years (?) back I got him…so thank you!

    Keep Daniel Murphy @ 22 in NL only 10 team? I’m on the fence with his injury situation. Or should I throw him back and see if I can get him back for less at auction? Can keep 15 players. Very competitive league.

    Thanks again.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Joe bob says: Depends on what you think you can get him back at. If $22 is a good price for a player of his ilk, I’d keep him.

  31. FrankGrimes says:
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    I have to drop one:
    Senzel, Kingery or Calhoun?
    Small bench no room for three dudes in minors.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph says:
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      @FrankGrimes: Is it a keeper?

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Ralph:
        Ya. Only keep a player for four years at the most.
        I’m losing four keepers at the end of this season.
        Six max. I have Rhys and Albies too.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @FrankGrimes: I want to say drop Calhoun.

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz:
            My gut tells me he has the biggest impact this year.
            Obviously it’s a crap shoot. Thanks!

            • Ralph Lifshitz

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              @FrankGrimes: I think Senzel and Kingery might. The Rangers are already playing with WIllie. If they were committed to him as LF/DH he would not have been demoted to minor league camp with two weeks left. They aren’t comfortable with him in some regard. Likely his defense, I would put my money on Kingery. He will force his way into the lineup.

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Ralph Lifshitz:
                I hear you. I forgot I grabbed Brinson too.
                I’m totally competing for this year so if I have to let them go I will.

  32. Joe bob says says:
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    Hi Ralph

    Keep Daniel Murphy @ 22 in NL only 10 team? I’m on the fence with his injury situation. Or should I throw him back and see if I can get him back for less at auction? Can keep 15 players. Very competitive league.

    Thx

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Joe bob says: See above.

  33. Ferris Bueller says:
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    Any redeeming qualities with Amir Garrett? I can stash him in my minors for up to 300 innings. Besides him avail with my last pick are Luke gregerson, joakim soria, Brent rooker, esteury ruiz, Seth Romero, Luis garcia, jp mart, brusador graterol, Tristan lutz, Nate Pearson and kirilloff..
    Based on your rankings it would be rooker. Pearson, jp and kirilloff sound like they have huge upside. Who do you give the nod to? Highest upside? Thanks as always.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ferris Bueller: If you’re looking for an arm go Pearson, bat go Rooker.

      Highest upside might be Pearson from that group. Though I feel Lutz and Garcia all have strong cases.

  34. Hey, Poobah of Prospectville: I just picked up Dylan Cease, sp, Chw, in my keepers’ league only to notice he didn’t make your Top 100. Was he close or are there things you don’t like about him? Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Fanthead: Very close, he’s in the next 25. It’s just health with Cease.

  35. Green monster says:
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    Hey Mr Ralph!! I’m jacked up for fantasy baseball, just had my draft could you give me input on my team ? It’s H2h pts/ weekly lock league

    C: Wilson contreras

    1b: will Myers

    2b: Eduardo Nunez (2b/3b/OF)

    3b: alex bregman (3b/SS)

    SS: Carlos correa

    IF: Eric hosmer

    OF: Bryce Harper
    OF: benintendi
    OF: Gregory polanco
    OF: Dexter fowler

    DH: Hanley Ramirez

    Utility: yoan moncada
    Utility: josh Harrison (2b/3b)

    Bench: Ronald Acuna, Addison Russell, willie Calhoun, Jackie Bradley jr, Jonathan lucroy, Brandon belt, Todd Frazier, Ohtani (SP/DH), Pedroia

    SP: Madison Bumgarner
    SP: Yu Darvish
    SP: Dallas keuchel
    SP: Jose berrios
    SP: lance mccullers
    SP: Jon gray

    RP: Brad hand
    RP: Andrew miller
    RP: joe Kelly

    Bench: ohtani (SP/DH), Jameson taillon

    Stand pat or drop either Lucroy, Taillon, Addison Russell for any of these?

    Available bats:
    Solarte (SS/2b/3b), Albert pujols (DH), Carlos Gonzalez (OF), David Dahl (OF), Derek fisher (OF), Randal Grichuk (OF), dansby Swanson (SS)

    Available SP’s:
    Brad peacock (SP/RP), Patrick Corbin, Lucas Giolito, Blake snell, matt Harvey, foltynewicz, Sean mannea, Carson fullmer, odorizzi

    Thanks man!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Green monster: I’d drop Lucroy for Dahl, and Addison Russell for Snell.

  36. Jason Collier says:
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    This is what I’ve been looking for every day of my life… it was like Christmas morning waking up to this! Thanks for a great article. After reading, I’m actually quite impressed with my own collection of prospects. 12 team, H2H, points, dynasty keep forever league with 27 majors and 15 minor spots. I’m very competitive already but through trades and the draft ended up with Vlad, Tatis, Bichette, Robert, R Lewis, Adell, Soto, Heliot, J Sanchez, Y. Alvarez, Hiura, Trammell, Meadows, Alfaro,and Florial for my minors. Obviously I took all offense because my majors are aging, but from reading the comments and the rankings for 18 it looks like I might have 5 or 6 or even 7 in the top 10 come next year!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Jason Collier: Yeah, you have a wagon.

  37. Joey says:
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    I’m trying to convince myself Maitan still has the same ceiling, and see how he looks after one more year. He’s still so young obviously, but I’m close to dropping him. Do you think he’ll be back on your top 100 soon?
    Also, flaherty’s numbers are so good. Why aren’t you higher on him?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Joey: Maitan can get back there, the profile is great, but he needs to show the plate approach and the ability to play on the left side of the infield. There are questions.

      He’s a sinkerball, mid-rotation type, it’s tough for me to be enthused about a pitcher that isn’t going to strikeout 9+/9 in the majors. Flaherty, is a nice mid-rotation arm, I just think there’s more exciting players.

      • Joey says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks a lot for responding. I live and die by your list. So far, living only.

  38. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Do you think Mateo could have a full time job by August/Sept? Think about guys who could come up late + have one of those 50-game stints that puts them in keeper conversation for the following year . . . Mateo seems to have the potential to have that sort of impact if he comes up with the speed and pop there…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: I do! Really depends on who is healthy. Injuries could open up some playing time. Perhaps Lowrie gets moved to a contender and it opens up time for Barreto or Mateo.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Sounds good! Maybe I take him with my last (7th) reserve pick in a 12 teamer. The guy who knows owns Trea snagged him by taking a $0 waiver on him during that first year where we assumed he wouldn’t play for a while, then finished out the year with that intriguing month or two. Hoping for similar magic from Mateo…ie potentially team-altering speed with double digit pop.

        Feel like Mateo’s more likely to do that this year than a guy like Tatis Jr., who probably isn’t coming up until September cup of coffee regardless.

  39. jose says:
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    Ralph,

    Why is Buehler so low?
    I expected him to be neer Alex Reyes at 18 or lower. He has looked sharp in his two ST outings.
    i expect him to be the first of my kids to get call up this year.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @jose: likely RP fears.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @jose: It’s funny, he’s not that low. Here’s why.

      It’s a fantasy list, I hate ranking pitchers. Go back and look at my top 100s over the years. Or anyones for that matter. We miss on arms because they are so volatile. Especially those without a track record of durability.

      The other part is he’s yet to exceed 120 innings in a season, the Dodgers demoted him to minor league camp on Saturday, and have been open about their plans to stretch him out and limit his innings in the first half. There’s a really good chance Buehler fits a swing role for the Dodgers come July.

      I love Buehler the pitcher, but he’s still behind Kopech, Whitley, Reyes, Gore, Puk, and Baez. I feel like all of those guys are going to be horses. Plus Gore, Puk, and Baez are just splitting hairs.

      So I ask is the rank that low? Why rank a pitcher that high if there’s some question as to how much impact he’s going to have and what his role will be? For the record I think the top 10-15 starters I ranked are all phenomenal.

      • jose says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        I have heard that the Dodgers plant to go between 130-150 innings with Buehler this year. I hope he will be up in late May or early June to take over for Ryu in the rotation.

        He could pitch some in relief in the minors to save the innings for when he comes up.

  40. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    12 team h2h with K’s, OPS, QS, and K/9 as extra categories. auction league players get 3 year contracts, can be dropped however at no penalty. we’re doing the RFA where a player who’s been owned for about to be his 4th year can be bid on (owners can match, if no bid player can be new contracted at same price for 3 years). total predraft budget is 244, total budget after draft is 336. max keepers predraft is 18. total roster after draft is 25. h2h. won this league last year even with low steals a usually losing K’s badly. the other hitting categories are that good. dynasty, wherein anybody obtained in FA costs 10 and is already in their year 1 of 3. unless somebody is won by FAAB for more than 10, then that’s their price.

    C kraken (1, year 3)
    1B
    2B moncada (1, 2)
    3B rendon (26, 2)
    SS ceager (1, 3)
    LF k.davis (1, 3)
    CF buxton (1, 3)
    RF stanton (35, 2)
    util
    util schwarber (1, RFA)

    SP (want about 8 or 9 SP)
    kershaw (52, RFA)
    wood (10, 2)
    hendricks (1, 3)
    walker (1, 2)
    weaver (10, 2)

    RP (room for 4 max): chapman (29, 3)

    -prospects (10 NA slots)
    buehler (10, 0, clock doesn’t start till a guy goes over limits)
    robles (10, 0)
    kingery (10, 0)
    w.calhoun (10,0)

    1. trade kershaw (52, would about to start 3 year new contract) for freeman (3/3 31 but i can match bids next year)? this would free up money for other less expensive pitching and my 1B is done, all i’d need is one or two steals guys for util spot and BN guy

    2. all of these are out there but we can only make THREE total bids, not 3 players, THREE total bids. clearly i need speed and SP depth. i’ll use rudy’s QS/OPS rater and then adjust it by 1.2538 (our 336 auction cap vs 260 standard)
    degrom (31)
    thor (31)
    carmart (22)
    nola (20)
    d.gordon (14)
    cain sugar (17)
    mookie (62, however, nobody views mookie as good as that number in regular leagues, it’s quite possible i could bid MUCH lower here and maybe win, say 45ish)
    what’s the best three here to bid on (at these type amounts). with my keepers i probably can only win one at most anyway.

    3. who’s my drop IF i DO win one of them, gotta be either schwarber, a prospect or a SP

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: i get that in #3 buehler is ranked lower overall than willie/kingery/robles but it’s more about that team’s makeup possibly.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: I think I make that deal to free up cash.

      Cain, Nola, and deGrom

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: guessing that’s from:
        cain (cheaper speed and i probably have more than good enough hitting to not use that MUCH more of budget to get mookie anyway)
        nola/degrom possibly safer than thor/carmart

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: Splitting hairs and cheaper on the pitchers, I could see going Thor over deGrom, if you think Thor throws 180+. That’s my concern with him. As for Nola vs C-Mart, I’d draft Nola over C-Mart, I’m not his biggest fan.

          I like Cain a lot this year, Brewers were the most run happy team last year averaging over a steal attempt per game. Better power park of course, Kaufman is rough, and a pretty phenomenal offense to boot.

  41. Silent Heat says:
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    Not sure if you can answer this but about where would Singer and McClanahan rank on this fine list?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Silent Heat: They’d be on it! But for specific ranks, I need to study them more. The draft dig is the next part of my process, Ask Lance his thoughts.

  42. Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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    i’m reading your PHI minor league page. and cozens doesn’t even crack the top 22! that’s gotta be biggest overall drop in one year ever right?! what was he OVERALL at this time last year like 83rd or so?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Eli Man Penguin Boy: I don’t think I’ve ranked Cozens since mid-2016 but I might be wrong. He’s just not that good.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: i could be an entire year off here and for some reason confused march 2017 and 2016. yeah i’ve heard all the podcasts about him (can’t hit ANY breaking balls, literally is such a baby about it he gets in fights (literally fist fights) with teammates when they mention it)

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Eli Man Penguin Boy: The funny thing is people were saying who’s Boog Powell after the fight.

          Boog is in the bigs, Cozens is not.

  43. Whatever says:
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    Hi,

    Just finished reloading my minors from the draft. What do you think? Bird, Happ, Weaver and maybe Dahl will be promoted this year depending on circumstances.

    Bauers, Jake
    Bird, Greg
    Happ, Ian
    Guerrero Jr., Vladimir
    Adames, Willy
    Rodgers, Brendan
    Dahl, David
    Trammell, Taylor
    Baez, Michel
    Flaherty, Jack
    Perez, Franklin
    Soto, Juan
    Weaver, Luke

    • Grey

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      Solid middle round guys and one beast, looks decent

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Whatever: @Grey: Imma say he has perhaps five beasts in Vlad, Rodgers, T2, Soto, and Baez. Love this system!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Beast, beast, beast BEAST!

          • Whatever says:
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            @Grey: @Grey, @Ralph_Lifshitz: Thanks fellas!

  44. El Famous Burrito says:
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    What do you think of Yasel Antuna and Tommy Szapucki? Interesting enough for a dice roll?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @El Famous Burrito: Antuna was a late cut, he’ll be in the top J2 tier in Sunday’s next 100.

      Szapucki is tough, I’ve had him in the 50’s previously, but he’s yet to play a full season, and his elbow issues keep popping up. Stuff wise I love him, upside wise I love him, but there’s a messy prospect to invest in at the moment. Better for a league with deep farms. In that format he’s a solid buy low.

      • El Famous Burrito says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Its tough. I’m going through a rebuild and shopping Clevinger. Only offers I have are Morejon straight up, and this two-for-one with Antuna and Szcapoopsie.

        Morejon is so far away that I’m worried I get burned by another injury. (I’m the owner with Urias, Giolito, Jose De Leon, Honeywell, Marcos Molina, now Jharel Cotton).

        Do you just take the bat and hope for a bounceback from the Mets rehab guy, or go all-in on upside because I’m due to hit one, damn it!!!!

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @El Famous Burrito: Did you see Morejon’s changeup? That kid is so legit, click on that tweet and go back through Chris’ game footage. More-a-han is the man!

          That said, Antuna is a year away from blowing up. He looks like a dude. Both fair offers, I might take the Antuna one if you’re dead set on a bat. I get that, and Szapucki’s upside if you can sit for a year and NGAF you’re good. Then hopefully he comes back murders in short season, stays healthy, builds hype, and you can flip him. That’s best case.

          So the floor is likely higher on the Morejon thing, but the upside of the Antuna offer might put it over the top. Hope that at least gives you some perspective.

          • El Famous Burrito says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: That does help, man. I always appreciate your insight. Thanks.

            I will ponder this on the Tree of Woe

  45. Justin says:
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    My favorite list of the year…Ur usually on top of the prospect breakouts before they happen, so for that my farm team thanks u :-)

    Having a tough time deciding on a major league deal in a 16 tm dynasty pts league. Which side you like better: Margot & Felix or Addison Russell & Clevinger?

    Thanks, and keep up the great articles & podcasts

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Justin: Margot, he’s the best dynasty asset in the deal. Plus he should murder in points with his skill set.

  46. Nightpandas says:
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    P Jes,

    Which keeper league trade do you like best? Would you do more than one?
    15 team 7×7 with k and k/9, obp and slg

    I give up Sale Gausman Schwarber for Bellinger Paxton Lamet

    I give Sale for Acuna

    I give Sale and Gleybar for Judge and Sonny Gray

    Much appreciated

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Nightpandas: On the other post.

  47. Nightpandas says:
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    P Jes, nice work

    Which keeper league trade do you like best? Would you do more than one?
    15 team 7×7 with k and k/9, obp and slg

    I give up Sale Gausman Schwarber for Bellinger Paxton Lamet

    I give Sale for Acuna

    I give Sale and Gleybar for Judge and Sonny Gray

    Much appreciated

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      @Nightpandas: sorry for the duplicate

  48. LenFuego says:
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    I do quite a bit of researching prospects for fantasy, and for my money, this is the authoritative list for anyone looking for fantasy baseball prospects for a 2 to 5 year time frame. Even the tiers are spot on. Terrific job, Ralph.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @LenFuego: Thanks Len!

  49. nolarado says:
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    dynasty league.

    Kershaw or

    Happ, Bauer & Brendan Rogers

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @nolarado: Kershaw

  50. Troy says:
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    Is this the place to talk about how bad the decision for yahoo to have two Ohtani players is?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Troy: Hahaha! Yes the perfect place. It’s very awful.

  51. Magic Man says:
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    Hi Ralph!
    Hoping you can help me out. I am in year 5 of a keeper league. It is a traditional 5×5 except OBP instead of AVE. I am still in ‘win now’ mode as my keepers are Betts, Stanton, Bellinger, Altuve, Correa, Bryant, Acuna. We can only keep players a round before they are drafted the previous year, so if you took someone round 5 this year-you keep them round 4 next year, then 3, and so on until you cant keep them anymore. I really like Vlad and Tatis but I am not sure how early is too early for them this year. Not sure either does much this year but they will go earlier, and I dont want to jump too early to not have them enough years. What is your take on their rounds? Thanks in advance!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Magic Man: I’d try and get them around round 4 or 5 I guess. Vlad is the one you reach for.

      • Magic Man says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Thank King Ralph! I was thinking maybe round 10 since everyone seems to be trying to win now. I appreciate it!

  52. Trust The Process says:
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    Ralph .. total rebuild mode… Was just offered His Robert AND either Flaherty/Morejon for ONE of my Puk/Triston/Baez .. Would you do this? And which way would you go if so? Thank you as always!

  53. RT says:
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    looking to drop a few from myu current dynasty roster.
    thoughts on dermis garcia, thairo estrada, corey ray and shed long?
    any worth keeping around?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @RT: Keep, Long and Dermis.

      Corey Ray just ins’t that good. Thairo is a nice player but not a huge fantasy upside.

  54. Mihai says:
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    Willie Calhoun or Mitch Haniger in a dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Mihai: Willie!

  55. Gregory says:
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    I’m trading away Mitch Keller in a package trade: Would you rather have Willie Calhoun, Ryan McMahon, Walker Buhler, Kevin Maitian, or Kolby Allard.

    The trade would be: Severino, Tatis Jr, and prospect from above for Jay Bruce, Dylan Bundy, Mitch Keller. in a points league.

    I’m also curious where Ian Happ would rank on this top 100 if was eligible.

    Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Gregory: Go see above..

      Happ would likely be 12

  56. jack florida says:
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    great info as usual

    take over team–14 team league, no limits or contracts, thanks

    long term, would you drop any of these

    rutherford, maitan, or quantrill

    for any of these
    luis garcia wash, yasel antuna, e perreira or salinas

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @jack florida: Go chekc out the next 150!

  57. brad says:
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    Don’t care about proximity, just looking at best possible player by the time they get up.

    All available right now, 9 picks ahead of me, figure at least one of these will be available to me.

    Bo Bichette, Luis Robert, Royce Lewis, Estevan Florial, Taylor Trammel, Jo Adell & Juan Soto

    • brad says:
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      @brad:
      Also, Sorry for being a jerk- Really love your work, thank you for all of the research!

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