Unlike some lists, I don’t have some big introductory explanation here. I trust you grasp the premise and intend to skip this paragraph, but if I still have your eyes for the moment, I’ll say I imagine a start-up build for a 15-team, 2-catcher dynasty league when parsing through the lists and try to explain when a player’s value varies based on settings. If you’re in a contention window, your rankings should look a bit different than they’d look on the front end of a rebuild. I’ll flag some players along the way for whom the disparity in value can get especially large from build to build.

In case you missed it, here’s a link to the Top 10 Prospects for 2021 Fantasy Baseball.

And here’s one for the Top 25 Prospects for 2021 Fantasy Baseball.

And the Top 50 Prospects for 2021 Fantasy Baseball

One more: Top 75 Prospects for 2021 Fantasy Baseball.

 

76. OF Jarren Duran | Boston Red Sox | 24 | AA | 2021

Word from the training site is Duran was tweaking his swing and to add power and smoking the ball like a bong in the hands of Cheech or Chong. Duran never had much punch in college but slugged .534 in A+ in 2019. At 6’2” 200, he’s got enough physicality to keep the thump but struggled in AA, slashing .250/.309/.325 across 82 games. He’s an interesting player in draft-and-hold redraft leagues at this point thanks to his prowess on the bases. Despite that low OBP, Duran swiped 28 bags across those 82 AA games and was caught just eight times. 

 

77. RHP Quinn Priester | Pittsburgh Pirates | 20 | A- | 2022

A first-round pick out of high school in 2019, Priester boosted his profile at the training site in 2020, showcasing his double-plus curveball against top-tier minor league bats and adding a few ticks on his fastball, sitting near the 97 mph range and pounding the strike zone with plus control, even mixing in a functional change up. He won’t turn 21 until September and could be in AAA by that point. The Pirates of years past might teach a guy like this to pitch to contact. Those years are behind us. Might take a minute for our minds to adjust, but the Pirates are set up to become a hotbed for under-priced pitching.

 

78. RHP Josiah Gray | Los Angeles Dodgers | 23 | AA | 2021 

Drafted out of powerhouse Le Moyne College in the 2nd round of 2018, Gray was shortly thereafter shipped to LA in the exchange for Yasiel Puig. He played 72 games at shortstop across his two college seasons but shifted to the mound full-time as a pro and has been incredibly effective in his brief career. At 6’1” with excellent ride on his his four-seamer and two benders he can bury, Gray’s traits are ideal for succeeding in the pitching paradigm that dominates our game now. His athleticism enables plus command that might be elite when all is said and done and has been good enough already to limit batters to just four home runs across four levels of minor league baseball–three of those coming in the hitter friendly California League. The Dodgers didn’t need his assistance this season, but I suspect he was ready to succeed if called upon and will be eager to answer the bell early in 2021. He’s a redraft target for me in deep leagues and someone I’ll be adding in shallow leagues when it seems his time is nigh.

 

79. C Joey Bart | 24 | San Francisco Giants | MLB | 2020

I caught some heat last year for being comparatively low on Joey Bart

I linked one conversation there, but it was not alone. In a world of conformity, even a little smudge outside the perceived value lines can get you called to the mat. People hated my Alex Bregman outlook last year, too, but even a broken clock is right sometimes, and though I’m certain I missed a lot last year, I was right about Bart and Breg so far. They’re both good fantasy assets, of course, but neither matched up with perception. The world has cooled a lot on Bregman but remains bullish on Bart, who’s BB/K ratio of 2.7/36.9 percent is the stuff that demotions are made of. In 2020, this club didn’t have much else at catcher, but if Buster Posey comes back at all rejuvenated from his COVID-avoiding convalescence, Bart will take a backseat. On a team that’s getting great results from retreads, there’s not a lot of room for a catcher who does little more than strike out. 

Important to note: Bart had just 22 AA games before 2020, and getting promoted into a pennant chase with a whole new pitching staff is such a tall order I’m more inclined to completely ignore the statline than make any significant meaning from it. On the other hand, confirmation bias is real, and I always thought Bart would struggle to make enough contact for our game. Beware of the great defensive prospect in fantasy baseball.

 

80. RHP Matt Manning | Detroit Tigers | 23 | AA | 2021

Manning’s elbow might be fine, in which case this is going to look low because I’d put him above Mize if I knew he was beyond the forearm scare that ended his 2020 at the training site. I’ve always had some trepidation about Manning because he steps toward third with his lead leg then has to kind of launch his body over his front side. A fantastic athlete whose father was a professional basketball player, Manning actually repeats this delivery quite well, which has made Detroit reluctant to change it in part because it creates incredible deception. At six foot six with a unique release point and excellent extension, he might be the most deceptive right handed SP in the majors if he sticks as a starter.

 

81. OF JJ Bleday | Miami Marlins | 23 | A+ | Mid 2021

Bleday’s game made a leap in his Junior year at Vanderbuilt, when he bumped his home run total from 4 to 27, but it’s not like he wasn’t good as a Sophomore, slashing .365/.494/.511 in 166 plate appearances. The Marlins liked him enough to send him straight to high A Jupiter after selecting him 4th overall in the 2019 draft, where Bleday held his own (107 wRC+) and could find himself in AA to begin 2021. The hope is he becomes a plus hit, plus power bat who can hold his own on defense, so margin for error is thin for him to become an impact fantasy player. He spent 2020 at the training site facing the team’s elite young arms on a weekly basis, which could be a very good thing for the team’s young bats, even if they were getting bullied out there.

 

82. OF Robert Hassell III | San Diego Padres | 19 | HS | 2025

Several scouts thought Hassell was the top prep hitter in the class, and San Diego must have agreed to pick him 8th in the 2020 draft, one spot ahead of Rockies OF Zac Veen. Although Veen was the more highly rated player, nobody blinked at San Diego’s decision because they’d been linked to Hassell for much of the process. He obliged by signing for $4.3 million, or almost a million less than the $5.18 million San Diego had for the draft slot–money they used to snag Cole Wilcox in the third round. All in all, it was a big win for the club even if I’d have taken Veen and been happy with whatever pitchers I could get. Hassell has a quick bat, a good idea at the plate and the kind of smooth uppercut lefty stroke that makes scouts smile. He also runs and throws well enough that he might get some run in center field early in his pro career to see how he handles the challenge.

 

83. 1B Aaron Sabato | Minnesota Twins | 21 | NCAA | 2023

I suspect I’m comparatively high on Sabato here, but I partly blame Hobbs for this outstanding write-up in his Top 25 College Prospects to Target in Dynasty Leagues

“Sabato cranked 18 home runs and 25 doubles as a freshman in 2019 while slashing .343/.453/.696 across 230 at bats. Clearly, that line jumps off the page and his 55-grade hit tool and 60-grade raw power only exacerbate the drooling. Sure, there’s not much speed here and he’ll probably never provide anything in that category in the fantasy realm, but the upside from a pure hitting standpoint here is enormous. Sabato sits at the bottom of this list solely because he has only played one full college season and may elect to return for another. He may also spend a little added time in the minor leagues as a result of his lack of experience beyond high school ball. Despite that, the swing isn’t as raw as one might expect, stays through the zone well and is really under control for a guy with as much raw power as he possesses.

Bottom line: I love this bat and think it has potential to play at the professional level much more consistently and with more upside than maybe every other hitter on this list. Still, he only has 285 at bats at the college level and scouts were banking on seeing another full season of him in 2020, so it’s tough to say where he might get drafted (if he begins his pro journey at all). If he becomes available in your league this summer, he has incredible value as a sleeper prospect.”

 

84. 3B Jordan Groshans | Toronto Blue Jays | 21 | A | 2022

Groshans has a lot going on in the batter’s box. His load involves a hitch (timing mechanism in the parlance of our times) in both his hands and his lead leg. So, two separate timing mechanisms. Maybe I’m nitpicky, but his profile doesn’t have a ton of room for error. He’s been snake-bitten by difficult injuries and lost a lot of at bats along the way. The raw power is plus, but I’m concerned he’ll need truly elite hand speed to fight through all the moving pieces, or he’ll need to eliminate some extraneous movement, which can make a hitter feel uncomfortable, especially as he’s getting extended run in pro ball for the first time in his life. It’s kind of a wild thought. This 2018 draftee out of high school will get a chance for his first real season in pro ball in 2021. The most he’s played at any level is 37 games in rookie ball in 2018. 

 

85. OF Zach DeLoach | Seattle Mariners | 22 | NCAA | 2023

After slashing .200/.316/.294 in 56 games as a Sophomore in the SEC, DeLoach went nuts on the cape (.353/.428/.551 in 37 games) then jumped another level in his junior year at Texas A&M (.421/.547/.789 in 18 games). What a difference a year can make. Seattle has a good idea what they’re doing on the scouting and development side. Even before his sophomore struggles, DeLoach hit well with wooden bats in the Northwest League (.323/.409/.495 in 51 games), so I’m inclined to just give him a mulligan on his sophomore season and treat him like an elite college bat who struck out just thrice and walked 14 times over his final 18 games at the level.

 

86. OF Pedro Leon | Houston Astros | 22 | Serie Nacional | 2022

Houston fell in love at first sight with this 5’10” 170 lb centerfielder from Havana, reportedly agreeing to a $4 million contract just hours after his first big workout for MLB teams. He’s been moving up lists for me and could make a big leap with a loud Spring.

 

87. 2B Michael Busch | Los Angeles Dodgers | 23 | A | 2022

Busch is a six-foot, bat-over-glove prospect with plus plate skills who probably wouldn’t stick at 2B in any other baseball epoch but has a chance in this one. He’s a lefty at the plate, so the 31st overall pick in 2019 will have the platoon advantage more often than not—something that’s becoming increasingly important year over year.

 

88. OF Jake Vogel | Los Angeles Dodgers | 19 | HS | 2024

One of the fastest players in this year’s high school class (with his 6.15 60-yard-dash representing the fastest recorded time I can remember seeing), Vogel could not have asked for a better landing spot to develop his craft. The third round pick already has a plus hit tool and uses his base effectively, but if anyone can find the power to make him a fantasy dynamo, it’s the Dodgers development team. Two arrows way up here, but just for some cold water context, I will always love plus hit plus-plus speed players with power potential. I’d say something like “who doesn’t, am I right,” but experience tells me that plenty of prospectors don’t, or at least they don’t all bake that topside love into their fantasy lists.

 

89. OF George Valera | Cleveland | 20 | A | 2023

Lefties just look good with a bat in their hands. Not all of them, I suspect, but guys like George Valera make swinging a bat look so natural it seems to be the truest state of being for all involved: the swinger, the lumber, the viewer and the baseball.

 

90. 1B Lewin Diaz | Miami Marlins | 24 | MLB | 2020

Big league pitchers got inside on Lewin Diaz a lot this year, and he didn’t get much time to adjust to the MLB rhythms. A 6’4” lefty who used to be a bit on the softer side, Diaz has slimmed down over the past few seasons, unlocking improved bat speed and defensive mobility. His glove was already a strength, and while he hasn’t hit well since the Marlins acquired him, he’s still the first baseman of the future, and he’s still a guy who posted a 157 wRC+ for Minnesota’s AA team in 2019, striking out just 16.7 percent of the time across 138 plate appearances there. That kind of contact-skill in a power bat is rare, so the arrows are still pointing up for Diaz regardless of a rough 14 games in the majors (11 wRC+ . . . eep!). Point of information: I’m working to disregard most bad debuts, especially brief ones from guys who didn’t get any game action to prepare.

 

91. OF Garrett Mitchell | Milwaukee Brewers | 20 | NCAA | 2023

Thanks in part to his level bat plane and type 1 diabetes, Mitchell fell to the Brewers at the 20 spot in the 2020 draft despite being a top ten talent on most public-facing rankings. If the bat comes along, Mitchell is a true five-tool talent and plus defender in centerfield with plus-plus speed and athleticism. His MLB draft price could make him a nice value in most first-year-player dynasty drafts this off-season.

 

92. LHP Reid Detmers | Los Angeles Angels | 21 | NCAA | 2022

The lefty with double-plus command and a dynamic bender he can spot in any count has his share of believers in the fantasy community and comes at a significant discount compared to Emerson Hancock, who was drafted just a few spots ahead of Detmers on draft night and didn’t throw a pitch at the training site in 2020 due to a sore elbow. If you’re in a contention window and could use some innings–and who couldn’t–you can’t do much better than Detmers from a cost/benefit perspective among the current crop of minor league arms. 

 

93. SS Jeremy Peña | 23 | A+ | 2021

Peña has a chance to leap the lists this season. I recall getting some negative responses for ranking him fifth on last year’s list, but the echo chamber has swayed my way on Peña since then, so I doubt anyone will blink to find him here. The son of big leaguer Geronimo Peña, Jeremy features a well-rounded game buoyed for fantasy by plus plate skills and a potentially plus hit tool along with just enough speed to steal us some bags. The big question here is whether Houston likes Peña enough to reserve the gig for him when Carlos Correa’s contract expires after this season. If Bregman wants to switch back to short, that could leave Peña on the outside looking in or competing with Abraham Toro at third base.

 

94. OF Heliot Ramos | San Francisco Giants | 21 | AA | 2022

Here Comes the Sun is one of the all-time great winter songs. One of the all-time great songs, perhaps. The song also describes the mindset of San Francisco fans responding to the early minor league rise of 2017 first-round pick Heliot Ramos.

Whew. Bit of a jog but we got there in the end, I hope.

Ramos is the kind of prospect who breaks the age-to-level math in that he’s more physically developed than his same-age peers, which sometimes leads to bad habits. The Giants have responded with aggressive promotions that landed Ramos in AA at age 19, where his power still played, but his speed continued to fizzle out against better batteries, which have thrown him out on more than half his stolen base attempts since the beginning of 2018. 

At the top level, I’m dubious of the ultimate upside here but curious about how it plays out when he gets some time with the big league coaches and plays against guys closer to his size.

 

95. SS Ronny Mauricio | New York Mets | 19 | A | 2023

A skinny kid with phat bat speed, Mauricio generates a lot of hype in certain prospecting circles, even pulling somewhat frequent comparative mentions of Fernando Tatis Jr. That’s pretty loud but has always felt more like clickbait than analysis to me. His swing has never generated such superlatives from me, but he is extremely young and signed for 2.4 million as one of the top international prospects in his class. In his favor is the Mets recent success in developing their own bats like Michael Conforto and Dominic Smith. Working against him is the possibility that he’ll add weight, lose mobility and move off shortstop, where his bat will have to find the loft it’s lacking and actualize the power potential some scouts see in his batting practice sessions.

 

96. SS Elijah Tatis | Chicago White Sox | 18 | NA | 2025

Aside from a Twitter video or two, all we really have so far is blood and words, but the words were good (Tatis Sr. said Elijah has more natural pop than Fernando), and the blood is so elite it’s a little strange he signed for about 700K, but that happened before Fernando fully actualized at the highest level. It’s the sort of soft factor I don’t often consider, but one thought I keep having about this is the incentive the White Sox have to get this one right. I think Tatis would continually force the next opportunity on merit alone, but it works in his favor to have more leeway than the average teenager. 

 

97. SS Ed Howard | Chicago Cubs | 19 | HS | 2024

At the 16th overall pick in the 2020 draft, Ed Howard represented a tremendous value for the Cubs. He was the top shortstop prospect in the group, and he figures to add skill with the bat as he gains pro reps thanks to his excellent hand-eye coordination, big frame (6’2” 185 lbs) and burgeoning strength.

 

98. RHP Simeon Woods-Richardson | 20 | Toronto Blue Jays | A+ | 2021

Even after losing a year, SWR is well ahead of the age-to-level math. The primary return for Marcus Stroman, Woods-Richardson headed to High A Dunedin after the trade and dominated the competition across six starts as an 18-year-old (4.9 years younger than league average). His plus command of a four-pitch mix stems from impressive balance born of an athletic base physically developed beyond his years. Real chance he debuts later this year as a 20-year-old. 

 

99. SS Gunnar Henderson | Baltimore Orioles | 19 | R | 2024

Look, he’s your kid so you name him whatever you want, but I feel bad for any little one born into the name “Gunnar.” That said, it’s working out pretty well for Henderson, who got invited to the MLB training site in early August despite having played just 29 games in the Gulf Coast League after being drafted 42nd overall in 2019. Hendo hits the ball with authority, having posted exit velocities above the 90th percentile in his draft class and generating good buzz for same at the training site, but he’s not a runner. Might swipe some bags on his way up the chain just by being a grinder, but his times suggest that won’t be part of his fantasy appeal. His best two tools are glove and arm, which isn’t ideal for our purposes as it will likely inflate the profile on non-fantasy lists and juice the fantasy value by osmosis. Still, it’s nice that he can stay on the left side of the infield, and he could become a plus hit, plus power bat in the end.

 

100. SS Jose Garcia | 22 | Cincinnati Reds | MLB | 2020

Though he didn’t hit in his 2020 debut, Jose Garcia remains a true five-tool talent who’s already plus defensively at short. He might wind up a four-tool big leaguer if he can’t make more contact going forward, but I think it would be shortsighted to put much stock in his struggles after jumping straight from high A to the show.

Thanks for reading.

I’m @theprospectitch on Twitter.

 
  1. Member Berries says:
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    Itch – I couldn’t hold duran but hoping to redraft. Looks like the power is there. I’m excited for some spring games. Already living BSOML statements, like Miggy!! He is back feeling like 2014 version

    Trade scenarios I’m interested in your take. Just curious, forever keeper. 5×5 H2H

    1. Plesac v Sixto
    2. Adley v WSmith LAD
    3. Hiura v Vaughn (future 1Bs)
    4. Kelenic v Julio Rodriguez
    5. Bohm v KHayes
    6. Acuna v Tatis (baby brother edition)

    Thanks in advance. Big fan

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Member Berries!

      1. Sixto in a close one
      2. Smith
      3. Vaughn
      4. Julio
      5. Hayes
      6. Acuña

      PS: Just landed Miggy in an AL Only! C’mon big BSOML!

  2. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Itch! In a keep forever league, how would you rank a $12 Bellinger, $19 Story, and a $10 Eloy? $260 budget, keep 7. Thanks!

    • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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      In case relevant, I’m looking at two offers for me to acquire Bellinger. One is giving up my story, the other would be giving up my Eloy plus a smaller irrelevant piece.

      Current keepers in addition to Story and Eloy are Acuna (32), Xander (12), Voit (10), Burnes (4), Cookie (12)

      • The Itch

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        Should’ve read this first, my bad.

        Tho I suppose I answered the question.

        I want to see Bellinger back on the field playing well before I’d buy.

    • The Itch

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      Hi, Duda!

      Assuming no inflation, Story, Belly, Eloy

      Bellinger over Story if you have reason to believe this shoulder injury swing change stuff passes.

      I might toss Bellinger back to send him to someone else’s roster for 2021 at a huge auction price, if one of these three has to go I mean.

  3. big league choo says:
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    16 team dynasty points

    Win now team, I have to drop one of JD Davis, Christian Walker, Puig, Honeywell or Robert Puason

    • The Itch

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      Puig, I think.

      If you’d rather wait a beat to see if he’s truly blackballed or not, I’m okay to drop Honeywell.

      Also wondering if you could flip Puason for a future pick.

  4. Tyree says:
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    Is Cespedes not eligible for fantasy baseball yet? Or was he just overhyped coming out of J2 siginings?

    • Player X says:
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      Yoelkis is not, at least on Yahoo.

      • Tyree says:
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        That’s strange. Is there a designation for him versus others like cristian Hernandez?

        • Player X says:
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          Yoelkis isn’t in the yahoo “universe” yet, but yahoo tends to lag behind the other platforms in this regard. If Yoelkis gets added soon, my guess is it will be with an NA designation. Cristian Hernandez is not listed in yahoo either.

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          yahoo is notorious for this crap. cross check any good top 200 prospects list at any time in any year and you’ll find usually 35-60 guys missing. could be more too, but i’d say last 3-4 years it’s always in that range. not just lack of being in system, k.maitan was shown as still on ATL 1.5 years (to the month, long) till he was changed to LAA after being actually traded to LAA. woods-richardson pretty sure was at least .5 of a year too.

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      I do think the #1 spot MLB.com gave him was very aggressive.

      • The Itch

        The Itch says:
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        He was eligible for this list.

  5. Prawn Lord says:
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    Hey Itch! Perfect timing with this list right before my league’s farm draft! Some interesting names I’ll be targeting here.
    I have two questions for you.
    I was looking back at your projected Top 100 for 2021 from last year and saw you had Tetsuto Yamada and Seiya Suzuki ranked pretty high. Where would they have ranked if they had signed/are they worth targeting in a league where farm players can be drafted before they’re signed by a MLB team?
    And second, sorry if you’ve kinda answered this in your posts but for a team competing this year where would you stand on drafting pitchers to help this year without as much upside (think Dunning, Alozay, T Rogers) vs upside plays for the far future (think Wilman Diaz, Elijah Tatis, etc)?
    Would appreciate your thoughts! Thanks!

    • The Itch

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      Hey, Prawn Lord!

      Yeah both those guys might’ve come over, I think, under different real-world conditions. The posting system is pretty broken at the moment, as well, so that doesn’t help. But all the hype we’re seeing around Kim? I’ll take either of these two guys over Kim all day every day.

      As to whether they’re ownable now in open-world leagues . . . man that’s a great question and one I currently face in the 5-year dynasty leagues over at Prospects Live. Four years left. 10 cuts to make. I suspect I make room for both, but that’s a 30-team, 50-spot league where I’m trying to win years 4 and 5 just for the unique challenge of the concept in that no-transactions setting.

      In a dynasty league with trades and regular roster motion, I probably prefer that roster spot. Hell, I’d much rather have Tyrone Taylor than Yamada or Suzuki today, and Taylor went very late in a 30-team FYPD I just did. But that league’s unique because we only hold 25 players year-to-year. If I could hold all 50 in a deep league, I’d try to find room for one or the other. Probably Suzuki.

      Good question on the arms. I’ll take Diaz or Tatis all day over the Dunnings and Rogers’s of the world, but in this 30-teamer I mentioned above, Alzolay or Dunning for Tatis would be an interesting offer. I guess I mean I don’t hate it if you’re on the cusp, have a team that needs pitching, and believe in the piece you’re acquiring.

      Diaz is a guy I’m just unlikely to trade at this point.

      Tatis is getting there.

      Not because they’re off the table forever. Just because I think they’ll bring back more than a Dunning a few months from now and much, much more a year from now.

      • Prawn Lord says:
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        Thanks so much! Really appreciate the thoughtful and insightful response. Even the additional Tyrone Taylor nugget. He hadn’t really been on my radar previously and just looked into him. We’ll see how things shake out with my draft next week, can see myself targeting one or both of Yamada or Suzuki now, with separate MLB and Farm rosters. Thanks!

  6. Robert says:
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    Great list, Itch. I’m a little disappointed to see SWR down so low, as I have very high hopes for him.

    In my 20-team dynasty rebuild I am starting to see light at the end of the tunnel. So much so that I think I might be able to speed it up by a year if I trade Kristian Robinson (for fair SP value). My question is, would you be holding Robinson another year to see if his value increases to JRod/Kelenic levels, or ship him off now (with others if needed) for a young SP, which is what I’m missing. Someone like Mize or Pearson, or even Berrios or Fried if I kick in other players.

    Thanks for any advisement you can give!

    • The Itch

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      Thanks, Robert!

      Probably just a temporary thing on SWR. Lost some velo in the borderline meaningless 2020 for minor league arms. Could get it back and resume posting ridiculous age-to-level WHIPs any moment.

      If I can get the help I need from Robinson, I’ll make the move. Put him on the block, see if anything materializes, but don’t make the decision to sell on the front end. Only sell if the perfect fit falls into place. I might try to get two guys. Maybe you have to kick something back. I’m okay with Fried or Pearson or Berrios, but I’d like to get just a tier higher into elite ratio land. Maybe Fried is there already. He’d be my target of these four.

  7. Harley Earl says:
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    Hey Itch,

    We recently completed our annual dynasty draft (five rounds) that allows us to pick up new prospects and developing players. Unfortunately there were no International players in Yahoo’s pool this year, so none of them were available. But here’s how my draft went. Was wondering what your thoughts were

    Pick #11, Heston Kjerstad, OF
    Pick #25, Hedberto Perez, OF
    Pick #39, Gunnar Henderson, SS
    PIck #53, Emmanuel Clase, RP
    Pick #67, Bryce Ball, 1B

    I had considered Rowdy Tellez at #39 and #53 but I was afraid he would lose playing time after TOR signed Semien. He got snatched up before my fourth-round pick came up so not sure if I would have picked him or moved on. I really liked Jose LeClerc and Emmanuel Clase there, and Clase was available. Finished with Bryce Ball but had to eventually had to cut Henderson to make him fit onto my roster. Basically, that spot came down to Henderson or Jose Garcia and I like the Reds SS to come around with some more seasoning in the minors.

    I thought Kjerstad at #11 was a great pick. Never figured he’d drop that far to me. Had considered Asa Lacy for the spot but he went at #9 and Kjerstad fell to me. Also very pleased that Hedberto Perez was still available at #25.

    So, whatcha think?

    • The Itch

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      Love the Perez pick.

      Kjerstad’s stock is falling due to the heart condition, and I can’t fault anyone for that, but as you know he absolutely smashes the baseball and landed in a top-five spot for a young lefty power bat, so there’s certainly room for profit here.

      Too bad about Tellez. Roster stuff is the toughest part of the game this time of year. All year, I suppose. If he gets the ABs he could be large.

      Love the Ball pick, too. Not super into Clase just because I like a lot of RPs, but he’s certainly nasty.

  8. Another Dan says:
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    Hey Itch,

    Great stuff. I love your rankings.

    This kind of relates to Harley Earl’s question above tbh on Kjerstad.

    I have done 4 FYP drafts in the last couple of weeks and have got Kjerstad every time. All leagues include categories that reward power and the ability to get on base (OBP, BB, XBH as extras to the normal 5 cats). In particular those leagues de-value pitchers a bit by including (QS, SV and HLDS as separate cats). So, I would have thought that Kjerstad would suit those formats but I saw a number of pitchers being selected before him.

    I know it’s not just you who like him as I have read good stuff on him elsewhere. Are we (including you Harley Earl) ahead of the curve ? What’s the knock on him ? If this is the perception of him, should I be targetting him in trades elsewhere.

    Best wishes,

    Another Dan

    My drafts went :-
    #1 Torkelson (12 team league)
    #10 Kjerstad
    #13 Garrett Mitchell
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    #5 Veen (12 team league)
    #17 Kjerstad (nearly took him at #5, but I already owned him elsewhere)
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    #10 Kjerstad (15 team league)
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    #4 Gonzales (12 team league)
    #16 Kjerstad
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    • The Itch

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      Thanks for the kind words, Dan!

      Here’s a link that has links in to help describe the myocarditis situation:

      https://www.camdenchat.com/2021/2/13/22281464/baltimore-orioles-news-mlb-trade-rumors-heston-kjerstad-spring-training-2021

      Feb 13 the date on this one, so I don’t know how that interacts with your drafts, but it certainly came out after my rankings and before my drafts, and I’m fairly certain it impacted his price, and perhaps rightly so.

      He’s in camp now and doing fine, last I read, and he’s the same hitter he was, theoretically, so perhaps just kind of a well-timed news piece creating a window.

  9. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Itch,

    I need your help. I amn trying to acquire Rendon, Tatis (younger brother), and Josias Gray

    I did get a list of players he is interested in:
    Voit ($18)
    Altuve ($17)
    Madrigal ($7)
    Bregman ($21)

    Minor League prospects:

    Ryan Vilade
    CJ Abrams
    Masyn Winn
    Heliot Ramos
    Drew Waters
    Landon Knack

    I need help with a package to get the three

    • The Itch

      The Itch says:
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      Kind of a dream scenario here as I’m game to sell anyone but Abrams from that list.

      Bregman, Vilade and Knack?

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        I have Bregman, J-Ram and Bohm at 3B

        At 1st I have: Bellinger, Bohm, Freeman, Vlad, and Voit. Nola and JT my 2 C also play 1st. I was thinking of moving Voit

  10. Junior56 says:
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    Hi Itch

    In a FYPD for a 16 team 6×6 OPB,QS

    Drafted Veen and Sabato in first 2 rounds. Was set to take a SP here (Jarvis,Burns,Mlodzinsi) but I see Soderstrom,Vogel,DeLoach) still on the board. Which is the best value here?

    • The Itch

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      Hi, Junior,

      I’d take DeLoach or Soderstrom and hope Vogel makes it back.

  11. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Itch,

    Imin a keeper league. Would you trade Mlodzonski to get Tatis’s younger brother or hold? I have Witt, Abrams and Winn at SS in my minors. Seriousky thinking about holding on to mlod. Thoughts?

  12. Carl says:
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    Itch! What are your thoughts on Blaze Jordan? I’m thinking about acquiring him for cheap in my dynasty league (keep 20) as my 20th keeper

    • Carl says:
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      also, would you keep Blaze or Garrett Crochet? ?

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