With these top 100 starters for 2019 fantasy baseball, I’ve finished our (my) 2019 fantasy baseball rankings for positions.  Still coming will be a top 100 overall and top 500 to see how all the positions mesh together like your mesh Redskins jersey that meshes with your burgundy sweatpants.  Trust me, when you see how long this post is, you’ll be glad I kept this intro short.  As always, my projections are included, and where I see tiers starting and stopping.  If you want an explanation of tiers, go back to the top 10 overall and start this shizz all over again.  Anyway, here’s the top 100 starters for 2019 fantasy baseball:

81. Chris Paddack – This tier started in the top 80 starters for 2019 fantasy baseball.  This tier goes from here until Urias.  I called this tier, “A mountain of microscopic goose pimples.”   I think it’s important to quickly point out that last year, this top 100 starters post had Mike Foltynewicz, Josh Hader, Nick Pivetta and Zack Wheeler.  And that was only the 1st tier!  Do not ignore this post.  Skim tho?  Oh, hellz yeah.  As for Paddack, here’s what Prospect Mike said, “Paddack has a double-plus change and plus command. Splitting time between High-A and Double-A in 2018, he pretty much made opposing hitters his b**** – whiffing 15 per nine and walking just over one per nine. He should be on all radars, even redrafts, as he’s likely just an injury or string of poor outings away from a call to San Diego.  Speaking of injuries, can I pay someone to injure Grey?”  Hey, what’s that about?  PM thought about a month ago an injury or poor performance by a Padres starter moved Paddack into the rotation, but as we travel further into spring training and Paddack puts on a clinic, he could just be in the rotation to start the year and I’ve already drafted him.  For his price, there is no earthly reason to not at least take a flyer.  There’s many ethereal reasons to draft him.  2019 Projections: 7-4/3.36/1.14/112 in 110 IP

82. Brent Honeywell – I already gave you my Brent Honeywell fantasy.  It was written without losing one sock in the dryer.  2019 Projections: 5-3/3.82/1.32/94 in 88 IP

83. Dereck Rodriguez – I like Dereck Rodriguez and this is where I ranked him.  Imagine if I didn’t like him.  I love the narrative that says because he’s Pudge’s kid so he’s got some extra gumption or some shizz, but that is really some shizz, because it means absolutely nothing.  He had a 6.8 K/9 and 4.56 xFIP.  Doesn’t throw hard, or have great command (2.7 BB/9).  Actually, I might like him because of that Pudge narrative, because the more I think about him the less I like him.  Meh, he’s in a good park and decent division.  2019 Projections: 9-10/3.78/1.21/134 in 172 IP

84. Luke Weaver – Here’s what I said this offseason, “The last piece of the Goldy trade I will cover.  (You can ask Prospector Mike about Andrew Young.)  Weaver has been pretty broken thus far in his career.  He’s thrown 233 IP and has a 4.79 ERA.  Of course, he has a 9.2 K/9, 3.89 xFIP and actually gained velocity last year.  He really needs to get his changeup working again, it was not last year.  He threw it almost 25% of the time and it was gross.  What’s grosser than gross?  Ice gross!  Alright! Alright! Alright! Alright! Any hoo!  Weaver is a 25-year-old with promise and I could see the very late flyer, but he needs to fix his command and change.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  8-13/4.23/1.34/154 in 164 IP

85. Michael Pineda – You know that clip of Ron Swanson throwing his computer in the trash?  That’s what I think I’m going to feel like after drafting Pineda.  I know it’s going to leave major stretch marks on my fantasy team’s ERA.  I just know it.  So, why draft him?  Well, the upside is immense, and you’ll have no problem dropping him after his first terrible start in April, which will also be his first start of the year, coincidentally.  That’s really this tier.  If you can hold onto these guys after a bad start, you’re a better, more patient man than me.  You’re also digging yourself a grave, so I hope you’re a zombie.  2019 Projections:  7-6/4.25/1.23/127 in 125 IP

86. Caleb Smith – At some point during my 5th draft, I started to fall in love with Marlins starters. Richards only has one pitch, but it’s a doozy; Caleb Smith might have the highest upside that no one is talking about and Pablo Lopez appears to be a 3.60 ERA pitcher. I don’t want to say I told you so, because, brucely, I didn’t really tell you so until this moment, but I could see all of these guys being 12-team, mixed league relevant.  2019 Projections: 7-7/4.11/1.31/116 in 110 IP

87. Trevor Richards – See what I said 1/18th of an inch above, or three inches above if talking to a girl.  2019 Projections: 10-9/4.27/1.33/144 in 149 IP

88. Justus Sheffield – Here’s what I said when he was traded, “(Sheffield went) the other way in the Paxton trade.  Spoiler alert!  I was going to highlight him in a rookie outlook post, but instead, I’ll just post it here.  You get two posts for the price of one!  Okay, technically, since you don’t pay anything to read any of this, you could have 1,000 posts for the price of one, so taking two-for-one, you’re kinda losing out.  Any hoo!  Here’s what I was going to say, “I seriously struggled to find rookie pitchers to highlight this year.  Alex Reyes was right at the rookie limit innings pitched cutoff of 50 IP, and is always injured; Brent Honeywell and Michael Kopech had Tommy John surgery this year; Jesus Luzardo looks like he’s at least a half year away and might only be up less than 50 innings this year (though I do like him); Forrest Whitley had injuries/suspensions and, who along with Josh James, is dealing with a stacked Astros rotation he has to try to get in.  This, finally, brings (just) us to Justus Sheffield whose Triple-A numbers were, well, okay.  He throws 95 MPH with a slide piece, but had merely a 8.6 K/9 and 3.7 BB/9 in Triple-A.  I decided to wag my bat towards Sheffield even though my enthusiasm is not peaking, if you can’t tell.  So, what can we expect from Justus Sheffield for 2019 fantasy baseball?

Like a girl who has a thing for the Pep Boys, let’s check out the mechanics:

This is not the most exciting GIF by design. I just wanted to isolate his mechanics and nothing more.  Like I’m a part of, say, a Carman Auto Group.  By the way, I just bought a house, and now I feel an overwhelming desire to build my own car in the driveway.  Like Phife Dawg might’ve sang, what is a driveway without a half-built kit car?  Nada, nada, nada damn thing.  The only problem is I can’t even put together a dresser from Ikea.  Any hoo!  Can you see how small he is in this GIF?  He’s like 5′ 5″.  Marcus Stroman can spot dandruff on this guy’s head because he’s so tiny.  Also, in a throwing session, Sheffield can’t throw a strike.  I know!  This isn’t every pitch he’s ever thrown, but look at him.  He’s trying so hard to generate velocity.  I don’t think he can throw a strike if the situation calls for it.  And by ‘the situation’ I don’t mean Mike Sorrentino, but the catcher.  His numbers back this up too.  He had a 3.7 BB/9 in Triple-A and 4.5 BB/9 in Double-A in 2018.  This is not good.  This is against a ton of hitters who are just up there swinging at everything.  Granted, with how major leaguers have been approaching hitting recently, this could describe major leaguers too.  If there’s only a modest uptick in walks from the minors to the majors, Sheffield is unusable outside of matchups.  The Triple-A strikeout rate (8.6) instills no confidence in me either.  He has the pitches to be successful and could add more strikeouts to his game, but if you’re not locating, no one is swinging, let alone missing.  He’s still only 22 years old, so I’m not writing him off, but unless he gets that disease Robert Z’Dar had in his chin and Sheffield gets it in his legs, he’s not getting any taller.  He feels more of a product of the Yankees’ hype machine vs. a chance for a breakout.”  And that was present me quoting future me!  The only thing Sheffield has going for him at this moment is a chance at a rotation spot, because the Mariners are rebuilding.” And that’s me quoting me! 2019 Projections: 5-7/4.39/1.41/95 in 102 IP

89. Freddy Peralta – If he were in the rotation, I would’ve wrote a sleeper post for him, then ranked him 60 spots higher, then he wouldn’t have been a sleeper, then I would’ve dug deeper into him, saw his fastball is only 91 MPH, questioned his 11+ K/9 and second-guessed myself.  To recapitulate, yay, yay, no yay, no yay, no yay, meh.  Thankfully, he doesn’t have a starting spot, so you can draft him late, see if he breaks camp, and drop him if he doesn’t in shallower leagues.  In deeper leagues where you stash, he’s good as any pitcher who I may question upon deeper reflection.  2019 Projections:  5-2/3.34/1.21/94 in 84 IP

90. Josh James – Of course, I wanted to write a Josh James sleeper post, but I’m also worried he’s a long reliever.  I would’ve ranked James about fifty spots later if he was listed in the Astros’ bullpen.  Outlaw Joshie James had a Framber cushion in the 5th spot of the rotation, but then the Astros signed Wade Miley, so now, if the Astros re-sign Keuchel, James is gone.  Or if the Astros trade for any other starter, or promote a minor league starter, James is gone.  Just when you say James is safely in the rotation, the Astros will announce something like, “James and Framber will battle for the last spot in the rotation,” then two weeks later, “We like James better in long relief.  Sorry, fantasy baseballers (<–Grey’s mom’s term).”  You have been warned, and I don’t think James stays in this tier until April 1st.  UPDATE:  Strained his right quad and will not be in the starting rotation, to at least start the year.  If only I made a prop bet that he would not be in the rotation, I’d be a millionaire.  I’d also be a millionaire if I didn’t sell $10,000 in Apple stock a week before the iPod dropped.  #neverforget  2019 Projections: 6-2/3.88/1.28/105 in 82 IP

91. Corbin Burnes – The Brewers announced Mr. Burnes would have a rotation spot — eggggggsellent.  He has a five-pitch mix — he’s got more *itches than dog breeder!  I’ve started using an asterisk for the letter P, and I’m talking about dog breeders who work on their pitches to sell puppies.  That’s not confusing is it?  Burnes feels like he’s getting a lot of helium suddenly in drafts — Shin-Soo Choo Choo, the hype train! — but he feels like a guy who could be in the bullpen as soon as May with Jimmy Nelson’s return.   I would draft him though late.  2019 Projections: 8-3/4.03/1.33/87 in 94 IP

92. Kyle Wright –  The good news for Wright is he could throw 150+ IP.  The bad news, he looks like a 4.25 ERA pitcher.  The forbade news, don’t draft any Rockies starters besides Marquez.  Wright’s numbers just scream 7.5 K/9, 3.7 BB/9 and 4.40 xFIP, which is so super bleh and also kinda obnoxious.  Why do you have to scream?  2019 Projections: 9-8/4.21/1.37/110 in 131 IP

93. Forrest Whitley – Here’s what Prospector Mike said this offseason, “This is a touted arm, but one that barely pitched this year. He served a 50-game drug suspension followed by two trips to the disabled list for oblique and lat injuries. There’s too much upside in his plus heater and curve to knock him out of this tier and he’ll likely still rank highly on other 2019 lists. In 118 innings over the past two seasons he’s posted a K/9 north of thirteen. That strikeout potential is where I think his fantasy value lies. He’ll be pitching in the Arizona Fall League and could find himself in the mix for a rotation spot at some point. I doubt they rush things though, so it will most likely take an injury or a shuffle for him to get many meaningful MLB innings in the coming year.  Speaking of injuries, who do I have to pay to incapacitate Grey?”  Hey!  As for the other things PM said, I agree.  I think everyone is being way too aggressive on drafting and ranking Whitley this year.  Maybe if the Astros are hit by multiple injuries, but he’s 21 years old and would be overworked to throw 100 innings this year, and I think will see closer to under 40 IP in the majors, so why rank him this high even?  He’s a decent flyer with a ton of risk.  2019 Projections: 2-2/3.74/1.31/50 in 39 IP

94. Julio Urias – First off, he was amazing in The Last King of Scotland.  Due to letterboxing, I was only able to see the very middle of the screen, but his eyes captured so much emotion.  Urias is in basically the same situation as Whitley:  contending team, rotation full in front of him, don’t see a ton of innings coming from him unless there’s injuries.  So, Julio…*pinkie to mouth* Injurias?  I’ll see myself out.  2019 Projections: 3-4/3.61/1.30/54 in 48 IP

95. Mike Fiers – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Nova.  I call this tier, “Subtraction by addition.”  Tier name means if you’re adding these guys to your team, you’re subtracting fantasy value.  You are admittedly deep in the starter rankings at this point, and likely in a deep league if you’re looking at these guys, so I’m not kicking anyone out of bed.  Every bed is burning in Teheran though.  So…*pretends to be weighing scales with hands, realizing I don’t know what I’m weighing, slowly lowers hands*  I could see drafting any of these guys, but the league would have to be very deep (16+ teams) and you needed to lose a little bit of hope for living last year.  Can you go back in time and lose hope for living last year so you can draft these guys this year?  Possibly.  Ask Jose Canseco.  As for Fiers, “Re-signed with the A’s.  The A’s must’ve liked what they saw from Fiers last year, or maybe they need to get their eyes checked.  Fiers is a tough one to recommend, because he has such a small margin of error in every aspect of his game.  If he doesn’t have impeccable command with an under 2 BB/9, then kabloomie.  If he loses a notch on his 89 MPH fastball, then kablamie.  Kabloomie, kablamie, schlemiel schmaziel, nah’mean?”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  12-10/3.91/1.22/132 in 164 IP

96. Julio Teheran – As for Teheran, there’s actually things to like about Teheran.  It’s a dry 115 degrees in the winter.  For Teheran, the pitcher, he did up his Ks last year, but also his walks and his velocity fell to 89.8 MPH from 91.4.  Unlike children, decimal points don’t lie.  2019 Projections: 10-9/4.17/1.36/172 in 189 IP

93. Michael Fulmer – Latest news on Fulmer, “General manager Al Avila said last week that Fulmer has regained full range of motion in his surgically repaired right knee.”  The stuff that wasn’t reported is when he was at the doctor’s office, he said, “I’ll take a knee,” and he was labeled by other people in reception as not caring about the troops, but he was simply going through a surgically repaired knee catalog.  UPDATE:  Done with Tommy John.  Last week, he was shut down to work on his mechanics.  Apparently, Fulmer’s move to Monaco to work on Formula 1 didn’t work out, and now he’s out for 14 months.  2019 Projections: 9-11/4.01/1.27/132 in 156 IP

97. CC Sabathia – He’s aged so much better than Felix Hernandez.  At least as far as baseball goes.  Health-wise a Sabathia isn’t covered in most PPOs.  2019 Projections: 10-8/3.94/1.34/127 in 142 IP

98. Nick Kingham – Last year, he placed a 8.2 K/9 on the Kingham altar, but a 3.1 BB/9 and 4.63 xFIP, so Ray Searage will manage to get him down to a 3.65 ERA with a 6.2 K/9 by early July.  Nice blanket, Searage, but it’s soaking wet!  2019 Projections:  6-8/3.96/1.35/98 in 123 IP

99. Merrill Kelly – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Diamondbacks signed this 30-year-old to a two-year deal out of Korea.  You know him, don’t you?  He was the guy who started the phrase, “Merrill, Merrill, Merrill, life is but a dream.”  *intern whispers in my ear*  I’m told this is not true.  Merrill began the phrase, “The more the Merrill–”  No?  That’s not it either?  Harumph.  By the way, the more the merrier, except when you’re paying for your own wedding.  That’s how that saying goes.  So, Merrill Kelly is a wash-out MLB pitcher who found success in Asia the last few years.  Yes, the Diamondbacks are trying to catch Miles Mikolas in a bottle.  So, samesies?  Not exactly, and not just because Mikolas has a dope-ass mustache.  Mikolas dominated Japan, Kelly pitched decently in Korea.  Decently is not dominating, in case that wasn’t clear.  Kelly feels like an okay bet for 190 IP, and maybe a 4.25 ERA, if he’s lucky.”  And that’s me copying and pasting me!  2019 Projections:  9-11/4.36/1.33/141 in 185 IP

100. Pablo Lopez

2019 Projections: 10-8/4.08/1.25/103 in 130 IP

101. Jake Junis – Yes, I’m ranking Junis here just to break up some of these godforsaken offseason deals.  Junis shows great command, except when it comes to betraying Jesus freakin’ Christ.  Last year, Junis’s 8.3 K/9 coupled with a 2.2 BB/9, which is remarkably solid, but he gives up more homers than Bryce Harper’s dad, and, when you’re on the Royals, you give up one homer, you’re going to lose the game.  It could help that the outfield behind Junis will be able to run forty rows into the outfield seats before a home run ball touches down.   2019 Projections: 8-11/4.35/1.25/169 in 188 IP

102. Sonny Gray – Traded to the Reds, after Brian Cashman dangled Sonny Gray around for three months.  In the negotiations, Cashman said, “I’ll send Sonny Gray for $25 in scratch-off tickets and a middle reliever….Fine, just the scratch-off tickets, but none of those tickets for the game ‘Zero Chance,’ I mean how gullible do I look?”  For some reason, Gray seems to have the same shine on him as Matt Harvey.  The Harvey one I understand a little bit more since the Mets do bad deals, but suddenly the Yanks are sending away a good starter?  I guess the spin on ‘Gray being good now’ is his slider and curve weren’t bad, per se.  The problem is they were coming off a fastball which was haaaaaaaaaaaaaa….wait for it, here it comes, ready?….rendous.  *said again quickly*  HA!-rrendous.  How much did Gray, him not me, believe in the fastball?  He threw it 25% of the time.  In case you weren’t aware, that’s silly low.  Only four pitchers threw the fastball less than 40% of the time:  Godley, Marco Gonzales, James Shields and Mike Leake.  Sexy names right there.  I guess I can see a flyer crazy late on Gray, but I’m expecting nothing.  2019 Projections: 8-9/4.23/1.37/145 in 157 IP

103. Vince Velasquez – Some pitchers might break out from this tier, and I could see a scenario where Velasquez is that pitcher.  In that scenario, I’m married to Sarah Palin and I’m at a Kid Rock concert, but it’s a scenario!  2019 Projections: 12-9/4.25/1.31/161 in 150 IP

104. Anibal Sanchez – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Nats.  Anibal had one of the greatest contract seasons in history.  This was like he won an Oscar for Dancing With Wolves, and now he’s got a deal to go make Waterworld.  Batten down the hatches, Nationals, because, when Anibal’s done with you, you’re gonna wish you had matted down the nachos!  See, when you put a decorative border on a picture of nachos you are matting down–Either way, Anibal had a .255 BABIP, 79.4% LOB% and suddenly stopped allowing homers when he was a homer machine the previous three years.”  And that’s me–well, you know.  2019 Projections: 10-10/4.28/1.35/130 in 144 IP

105. Carlos Martinez – I already gave you my Carlos Martinez sleeper.  It was written in a chyron on The Real Housewives of Atlanta.  UPDATE:  Cardinals are disappointed with C-Mart’s offseason workout regiment and his shoulder is not up to snuff, which means he’s no Bob Crane.  I’d still draft C-Mart, but I’d be lying if I said I was drafting him as confidently today as I would’ve back when I wrote the sleeper post, and I’ve docked him about 60 innings.  C-Mart is one late-night snack and disappointing season away from being Miguel Sano.  UPDATE II:  Now he’s sporting an arm sling.  Great, if he’s impersonating Chevy Chase taking a test in Spies Like Us, not good if it’s due to an arm injury.  Sadly, it’s the latter, and I’m officially out on C-Mart.  Sorry if you drafted early, and took him.  He sounds headed for a lost season, specifically one of the later Lost seasons when they were just throwing stuff against the wall.  2019 Projections: 3-2/3.72/1.26/64 in 77 IP

106. Mike Soroka – Let’s just say the first thing I did after looking at Soroka’s numbers was Google “Soroka home runs allowed.”  I was expecting to find at least one article at The Athletic that was behind a paywall, which I would not pay to read, and another article at SB Nation written by a 17-year-old being paid in beer money.  I, however, found no such articles.  Also, if you’re somewhere in your everyday life and say, “I, however,” then you will be punched in your face.  Only say, “I, however,” in typed letters.   So, why so weirdly interested in Soroka’s home runs allowed?  He didn’t allow any.  Or nearly none.  Ian Kennedy threw more gopher balls in a rain-shortened, two inning game last year than Soroka did at any point.  That’s great, dem grounders work.  His Ks are so blah though.  He reminds me of Dallas Keuchel.  Also, I’m not sure he has a starting job.  I mean, I’m sure he will at some point, but not to start the year.  UPDATE:  Shoulder injury for Soroka, so I’m less bullish.  Guess you could say I’m a little less…Bravish.  Sorry.  2019 Projections: 5-2/3.66/1.29/78 in 94 IP

107. Anthony DeSclafani – He’s going to be two years removed from PRP injections, which means he’ll now need Tommy John surgery, after pitching two abbreviated seasons.  Those PRP injections hold up about as well as lip injections with College Inn!  Not collagen, but the chicken broth.  2019 Projections: 9-12/4.17/1.27/138 in 154 IP

104. Joe Ross – I go through each player before writing up a blurb, and just write a snippet of what I’m going to talk about.  For Ross, I wrote, “Rotation on Nats?  Rotationationals?”  Also, his K/9 in Triple-A was 3.1.  It was only in 11 2/3 IP, but that made me cackle like a hyena, so I figure I’d pass it along.  His velocity is back, and he’s pretty far removed from Tommy John, so I could see the flyer in crazy deep leagues.  Still think his ceiling is low like in the Mertin-Flemmer building.  2019 Projections:  6-8/4.09/1.33/89 in 118 IP

108. Lance Lynn – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed a three-year deal with the Rangers. Usually I don’t mention how many years, because for fantasy it doesn’t matter, but, Hayzeus Cristo, three years to Lance Lynn?  Did the Rangers lose a bet at the Vegas Winter Meetings?  Did someone say, “We’re going to the Wynn,” and it was misheard?  Lynn was good in St. Louis, but Miles Ridikolas is good in The Loo.  Arlington is not The Loo, unless you’re using the secondary definition of a loo.” And this is me suddenly realizing how many crappy starters signed this offseason!  2019 Projections:  8-11/4.24/1.34/148 in 153 IP

106. Dan Straily – Admittedly, I like Straily a lot more than most people.  For NL-Only leagues.  Let’s not get carried away with ourselves.  In deep leagues though, he can give you a random 150-ish innings around a 4.15 ERA.  If you don’t know how that’s valuable, your league is not that deep.  S’cool, I ain’t mad at cha, that shizz is just the reality about fantasy.  2019 Projections: 8-11/4.09/1.29/128 in 154 IP

110. Mike Minor – For those of you who thought the Marlins, O’s and Royals pitchers were awful, move over!  There’s something meatier for hitters, the Rangers pitchers!  2019 Projections: 9-10/4.24/1.24/142 in 166 IP

111. Tanner Roark – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Acquired by the Reds for Tanner Rainey.  Too bad the Reds didn’t have a player named Mike Trouty to trade.  In 2017, Mr. Roark was a fantasy disaster, getting Tattoo’d to the tune of 4.67 ERA in 181 1/3 IP, but he still had his Ks (8.2 K/9).  Last year even those abandoned him, along with the fastball velocity, and his xFIP was 4.42.  Even if the Astrostraded for Roark, I’d avoid.  With the Reds, a team that can turn good pitchers bad, I wish Roark well.” And that’s me re-Roark’ing me!  2019 Projections: 8-11/4.31/1.31/151 in 184 IP

112. Gio Gonzalez – Yes, obviously Bryce Harper and Manny Machado still unsigned is a, uh, sign of a broken free agency, but I’d go as far to say Gio unsigned is just as bad, if not worse.  You’re telling me no team could use a vet starter for 170+ IP at a decent price?  Look again at the Reds, Orioles, Rangers and other teams’ pitching staffs.  UPDATE: Gio signed with the Yankees.  He is exactly who you think he is, just now in stripes.  So Nat Gio becomes a zebra.  2019 Projections: 9-9/4.11/1.38/116 in 134 IP

113. Ivan Nova – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the White Sox.  His last three year ERAs:  4.17, 4.14, 4.19.  I’d guess his next one off of that but A) That’s the world’s hardest SAT question. B) ERAs are kinda dopey. C) There’s no C.  Nova seems to be in that 6 K/9, no walk phase of his career.  ‘Do it for 17 years and call me,’ says Jamie Moyer.”  And that’s me dropping some past science on the future of America (and sometimes Canada)!  2019 Projections: 10-8/4.22/1.27/126 in 186 IP

114. Framber Valdez – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Barria.  I call this tier, “The penultimate tier.”  By this tier name I mean, it’s the penultimate tier.  I love that word.  It’s like the biggest word that I can properly say.  Recapitulate is the longest word I can try to say while saying it wrong.  Anyhoodle!  If you step back, you will see alternating tiers of love and hate.  That’s for shallower leagues, and this tier is to the point where they won’t even be drafted in shallower leagues, but I do like them.  Also, from that mountain valley vantage point, you can see these tiers alternate between solid bets for more innings vs. more risky.  This tier is more exciting, but more risky.  That was much easier to say once I said it.  As for Framber, he either will or won’t be in the rotation (hey, intern, trademark that sentence; it’s always accurate when talking about starters!), but even if Framber is in the rotation to start the year, he may not be by June.  Best case scenario is a 9 K/9, 3.00-ish ERA in 150 innings, which is a damn good scenario!  Chances of that are like 4,000 to 1.  Realistic scenario, 80-ish innings of solid Ks, bouncing between bullpen and rotation.  2019 Projections: 7-4/3.44/1.31/83 in 86 IP

115. Domingo German – Singing, “It’s Friday, I’m in love…Saturday wait!  And Domingo always comes too German, but Friday never hesitate.”  That’s The Cure translated into Spanish then German then back again.  Now we need a cure for Domingo that would get a bunch of guys out of the rotation in front of him.  Or I guess an illness.  Anyone know if James Paxton is an anti-vaxxer?  2019 Projections: 5-3/3.66/1.34/87 in 79 IP

116. Jonathan Loaisiga – Hey, it’s Garfield’s favorite pitcher!  One thing we can all assume when prospect pitchers are promoted is they will have more strikeouts in the majors, and prospect hitters will have more homers.  That sounds like I’m joking, but I’m not.  Jonathan made sure that real G’s move in silence like swinging and missing at Lasagna, striking out 12 K/9 in the majors, after topping at 10.5 in Double-A.  I have no idea when we see Lasagna, or what role, but we should see him at some point in 2019.  2019 Projections: 4-5/4.23/1.31/87 in 77 IP

117. Nate Karns – Here’s what I said last year, “Wouldn’t shock me to see Karns finally break out and make good on the payload he’s hinted at in the past.  Also, wouldn’t shock me to see him throw 65 IP this year with five starts and file a class action suit against the world for how poorly his career has been handled.  “Can I get in on that?”  That’s former Yankees prospect Brien Taylor.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Karns threw 45 1/3 IP last year with a 3.71 xFIP.  Seriously, can he get traded to a team with Buck Showalter managing so he can throw 200 IP in a year?  2019 Projections: 5-3/3.45/1.19/73 in 67 IP

118. Drew Smyly – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the Rangers for previously unreleased DVDs of Name That Sound! with Guy Smiley.  Smyly missed all of 2017 and was limited to one rehab start in 2018, so I’m not sure what Drew’s all Smyly about.  If he’s healthy, he could surprise with a fantasy number three-type season.  If he’s not healthy, he should not go see Dr. James Andrews because I saw him on House Hunters International looking at a castle in Liechtenstein.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  7-8/4.28/1.25/134 in 154 IP.

119.  Sean Reid-Foley – I should’ve named this tier, pitchers who struck out many more in the majors than at any point in the minors.  Reid-Foley is currently slated to start the year in the minors.  A big March can change all of that, especially since in front of him on the depth chart is Shoemaker, Clayton Richard and Borucki, i.e., The Cobbler and cobbled together.  2019 Projections: 5-7/4.41/1.39/89 in 74 IP

120. Tyler Mahle – With the Reds losing Homer Bailey, Mahle might have a starting job in the landmark case of sooner vs. later.  In other words, the Reds lost the guy who serves up meatballs for a spicy T. Mahle.  Could get indigestion either way though.  2019 Projections: 6-9/4.28/1.42/105 in 113 IP

121. Max Fried – There is a competitive imbalance with teams when you see, say, Orioles’ pitching staff and pitchers the Braves have who are not even yet in the majors, and it’s not even a money thing.  Braves just drafted better.  So, Max Fried sounds like a name a carny would give himself.

Customer, “These deep fried Oreos are awesome!”
MF: “Tell ’em Max Fried sent ya!”
“Where did he send me?”
“To hell from clogged arteries!”
“Oh, that’s not good.”
Suddenly, Max Fried second guesses everything about his life, “You’re right, that’s a terrible slogan.”
“Also, isn’t your name pronounced Max freed?”
“Don’t insult me, I’m a carny, not Jewish!”
Actually, he might be Jewish, I have no idea.  Fried freed (stutterer!) from his hand a 93 MPH fastball, but only has three pitches, two of which I’m not sure he can throw for strikes.  He feels like a guy who will be a top 40 starter at some point, but, until then, he will be very risky to own, due to his command.  2019 Projections: 4-3/3.91/1.40/84 in 71 IP

122. Alex Reyes – I get the feeling that the buzz of drafting him is going to wear off by about April 3rd, then you’re gonna wanna drop him.  I have so little faith in Reyes.  Here’s a big red flag:  If you asked him how many innings he could throw this year, he’d prolly have no idea.  Um, when the pitcher himself has no idea, there’s major risk.  He didn’t pitch in 2017 or 2018, for cryin’ out loud!  By the by, never say “cryin’ out loud” in real life, it is reason enough for someone to punch you, then you will be, obviously, cryin’ out loud.  UPDATE:  Cardinals said Reyes is battling for a bullpen spot.  Um, guys, bullpen?  I thought he was battling for a rotation spot?  Yeah, that’s not good.  2019 Projections:  6-4/3.34/1.19/86 in 75 IP

123. Jesus Luzardo – Here’s what Prospector Mike wrote, “Luzardo’s stock, meanwhile, just continues to rise. He’s in the rarified air of “best pitching prospects” now. The lefty threw 109 innings across three leagues in 2018 and posted a 129/30 strikeout-to-walk ratio. Everything is plus or better – the heater, the curve, the change, the control.  He’s the total package and we’ll probably see him get a cup of coffee in late.  Speaking of cups of coffee, can someone near Grey throw one on him?”  Jesus, man!  Luzardo, that is.  I agree with PM, of course.  2019 Projections: 2-1/3.16/1.12/44 in 37 IP

124. Matthew Boyd – This is a staggeringly long post, so I need to get to the meat after not getting to the meat by saying this, Boyd serves up so many fly balls and home runs, call him Chef Boyardong.  2019 Projections: 8-12/4.44/1.20/167 in 182 IP

125. Jose Urena – Hey, it’s the most despised pitcher of the modern era!  Dot dot dot after Curt Schilling, Roger Clemens, Trevor Bauer, John Smoltz, but more for his broadcasting–Why are so many pitchers hated?  Seriously, are hitters hated as much as pitchers?  Are pitchers loved?  What is love?  Baby, don’t hurt me, don’t hurt me, no more.  Urena always manages to maintain a solid ERA in the face of terrible peripherals.  He does, inexplicably, feel like a guy who could break out (of a cell that I wanna put him in for hitting Acuña).  2019 Projections: 8-8/4.04/1.22/131 in 178 IP

126. Jaime Barria – His name reminds me of what I want to name a Chihuahua, “Jaime Business.”  So, when someone asks, “What’s his name?”  I can say, “JAIME BUSINESS” and pull out my DVD of Die Hard.  By the way, Die Hard is a Toyotathon movie.  Don’t @ me.  Barria is also like a lot of pitchers in this tier, not great for Ks, ERA or WHIP, but they could get a lot of innings because there’s a lot of bad teams in the majors.   2019 Projections: 8-12/4.39/1.34/118 in 158 IP

127. Dylan Bundy – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Odds and ends, and by ‘ends’ I mean lots of ass.” A lot of the guys in this tier will get some innings, but at what cost?!  I said that last line while shaking my fist at the heavens as frogs rained down.  As for Bundy, he made some gains on Ks (9.7 K/9), but, wowsers, everything else is coming up Orioles.  2019 Projections: 9-12/4.56/1.37/178 in 169 IP

128. Marcus Stroman – This tier’s parenthetical name could be (Guys I have legitimately stopped caring about).  2019 Projections: 7-10/4.44/1.34/125 in 164 IP

129. Drew Pomeranz – If he gets lucky on his xFIP, he could have a sub-4.00 ERA this year.  And if my sweatpants had a drawstring, my mom wouldn’t keep saying, “You really should buy yourself new sweatpants.”  Neither are likely to happen.  2019 Projections: 8-11/4.32/1.41/151 in 164 IP

130. Clay Buchholz – See what I said for Gio Gonzalez about 12 inches above, or 14 inches if a girl’s reading.  UPDATE:  Signed with the Jays.  The Jays also signed Bud Norris.  To go with Clay and Bud, they should sign, Rolland Gregarious, the reefer dealer outside of the French Open.  2019 Projections: 7-9/4.13/1.37/86 in 112 IP

131. Jake Odorizzi – I was about to say something like, “A ton of pitchers got old and bad last year,” but then I looked at Odorizzi’s age.  He’s 28 years old?  Woof.  2019 Projections: 7-10/4.41/1.37/161 in 179 IP

129. Manny Bañuelos – Fun fact!  His name translates literally to “Men’s Bathroom.”  He has approx. 14,000 minor league innings, so someone needs a courtesy flush.  2019 Projections: 4-5/4.23/1.37/76 in 73 IP

132. Danny Duffy – You thought the Orioles’ pitching staff was terrible?  Well, it is, but the Royals are giving them a run for their lack of money.  2019 Projections: 7-12/4.48/1.38/154 in 167 IP

133. Matt Harvey – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Angels.  Matt Harvey has become more than a pitcher.  He’s now a barometer as to what teams are idiots. The Mets carried him for a while, but they shook the idiot label to the Reds.  But fool me once, shame on Matt Harvey, fool me twice and I won’t get fooled again, as they say in Texas.  Now, the Angels are showing their true selves and grabbing Harvey for a cool $11 million.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  8-10/4.54/1.33/127 in 149 IP

134. Ervin Santana – When I saw his name, I put on Robin Thicke’s Magic song.  *winks* Top notch fantasy analysis.  UPDATE:  Signed with the White Sox.  Dylan Covey is like, “Damn, I ate all of that dolphin meat this offseason preparing to be the 5th starter and now this.”  2019 Projections: 8-9/4.56/1.39/114 in 166 IP

135. Dinelson Lamet – Here’s what I wrote last year, “I’m almost guaranteedeedly (Ned Flanders Word of the Day!) drafting Lamet in at least one league this year.  I love late starters who you can start at home (Petco) in deep leagues without any stressors.  Last year, I had great success with Clayton Richard and Jhoulys Chacin.  Or as Mr. Miyagi would’ve said, Petco whacks off Dinelson’s ERA.”  Then later in the offseason I wrote, “Pain in his elbow and out until May.  Too much damn waxing on and off, Dinelson!  No!  Don’t paint the fence either!  This was a dog day afternoon for Lamet.  Jury’s still out, but if you owned Lamet, find 11 other angry men who also owned him, you’re gonna need company.  Elbow pain is of grave concern, and now he’s ranked by Kendall Graveman.”  And that’s me quoting me!  Soon after the season started, he was scratching his elbow with a hanger under his cast and won’t be back until midseason.  Bummer Rooski, who was teammates with Nadir Bupkis.  2019 Projections: 4-6/3.97/1.34/72 in 64 IP

136. Taijuan Walker – Not 100% sure why I even ranked Walker, but I’d write the 100 in red lettering with lines underneath it, so it was real cool. 2019 Projections: 2-4/4.19/1.40/65 in 81 IP

137. Danny Salazar – He’s working his way back from arthroscopic shoulder surgery.  That sounds great!  *smiles very wide, veneer begins to crack, ducks head under table and cries*  UPDATE:  About two weeks away from regular season games and he still hasn’t shown me anything.  Who am that he has to show me something?  The one who’s ranking his ass.  2019 Projections: 5-7/3.78/1.31/111 in 87 IP

138. Fernando Romero – As mentioned previously, I write snippets of things to cover next to guys, then go back and write the blurbs.  For Romero, I wrote, “Stephen Gonsalves?”  What I am saying there is Romero should change his name.  No, I’m saying one of these guys should be ranked, which one is in the rotation?  Are they both?  Neither?  I’m not sure, but I like Romero a hair better.  Purple hair with Joker makeup, to be exact.  2019 Projections: 4-3/4.37/1.41/77 in 85 IP

139.  Junior Guerra – Davies appears to be in the rotation, but Guerra should be more valuable once he replaces him, with far less Kinks.  2019 Projections: 7-5/4.12/1.34/109 in 106 IP

140. Felix Hernandez – Here’s what I said last year, “*wavy lines signaling a dream sequence*  The Barefoot Contessa leans down and whispers, “Bartolo Colon has aged better than you.”  Then the Barefoot Contessa eats a quesadilla and says, “I’m pregnant with Bartolo’s 18th child.”  *Felix shoots up in bed, sweaty*  Felix gets his bearings, “I must’ve fell asleep while eating and watching the Food Network.”  Then Felix turns to see The Barefoot Contessa in bed with him, and she purrs.  *wavy lines ending the dream sequence*  This was the beginning of the Black Mirror episode where we realize Felix Hernandez is no longer a good pitcher, due to technology, and multiple dreams within a dream.”  And that’s me quoting me!  For F-Her, things are not getting better.  Is he playing himself out of a Hall of Fame candidacy?  2019 Projections: 7-10/4.41/1.37/112 in 141 IP

141. Jeff Samardzija – I don’t know this for a fact, but I believe it to be true, Steamer will give Samardzija solid ratios in 170+ IP as long as he’s in the league.  2019 Projections: 7-9/4.43/1.33/118 in 141 IP

142. Adam Wainwright – I’m pretty plugged in on baseball things.  This is not to brag, but to emphasis when I say I swear to God I thought Wainwright had retired two years ago.  Didn’t that happen?  2019 Projections: 6-8/4.24/1.38/94 in 119 IP

143. Aaron Sanchez – He had surgery to clean out his UCL this offseason.  Apparently, Sanchez was dirty after all.  2019 Projections: 5-7/4.65/1.41/87 in 102 IP

144. Lucas Giolito – His name scrambles to Lucas Oil to G.I.  Since his ERA last year was 6.13, I’m going to guess it’s not a G.I. like we would salute, but gastrointestinal. 2019 Projections: 8-12/4.66/1.46/132 in 156 IP

145. Adalberto Mejia – The good news, if you draft him and put your finger over his last name you can think you drafted Mondesi.  The bad news, how much time do you have?  2019 Projections: 6-7/4.09/1.29/81 in 127 IP

146. Alex Cobb – They should rename the Orioles’ stadium and call it, “Bird Box.”  DON’T LOOK AT OUR PITCHERS OR YOU WILL DIE!  2019 Projections: 6-12/4.61/1.39/127 in 178 IP

147. Derek Holland – Re-signed with Giants.  He had a good year last year, and I think I might have under-ranked him, but when you’re betting on a guy with 1,291 1/3 IP in his career and a 4.44 ERA, you’re betting on the house, and the house is underwater in a giant toilet.  2019 Projections:  7-10/4.34/1.37/138 in 166 IP

148. Tyler Anderson – I could’ve also listed here Ryan “The” Yarbrough “Man,” Brad “Helen” Keller, Trevor “Not Bauer Or Michael” Richards, Seth “This Is Bud Abbott, Which Way Did” Lugo, Mike “My Name Sounds Like A Name Bart Simpson Would Give Mo” Leake, John “Ron” Gant, Daniel “My Brother” Mengden, Luiz “Scarlett” Gohara, Adam “Bomb — Trademark Garbage Pail Kids” Conley, Wade “In The Church Singing About Water” Miley, Ryan “Banana Fanna Fo” Borucki, Jerad “Jer-khoff” Eickhoff, Jordan “JZ Is WHIPped” Zimmermann, Amir “Mrs.” Garrett, Chris “Star 80” Stratton, Matt “No” Moore, Daniel “Chuck” Norris, Ian “George” Kennedy, Frankie “In The Middle” Montas, Jason “Scut” Vargas, Chris “The B Is Not Silent” Bassitt and Aaron “Rent-A-Tuxedo From My Brothers” Brooks.  They’re all rosterable in insanely deep leagues, and I feel bad for you if you have to go there.  2019 Projections:  Bleh/Burp/Belch/Gas in Farts

  1. Crazy J says:
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    Gah! Familiar names… must avoid the traps. Really looking forward to the top 100 & 500. I get to about round 13 before I lose consciousness.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Crazy J: Haha, I am your smelling salts

      • Crazy J says:
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        @Grey:

        …perfect!

  2. TC says:
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    I don’t have a comment. I just wanted my name first….

    Well done on the rankings. Can’t wait for the top 100 so I can start offering trades.

    • TC says:
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      @TC: Dammit!!

      Now my whole day is ruined!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        @TC: Early bird, TC, early bird!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @TC: Thanks!

  3. Dan K. says:
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    Only have $6 of Keeper budget left. Should I keep Mikolas($6) or Grandal($3), J. Gray($2), and McMahon($1)

  4. Bodacious Taters says:
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    A Kinks reference :-o Eclectic Grey knows no boundaries !

  5. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    Honestly I don’t see a scenario where I’m drafting any of these guys in a 12-teamer. And some of the names jump out at you. Fulmer, Salazar, Pineda, Weaver….how their shine has dulled after a couple years of drying on the sidewalk….cuz they’re dog poo, Grey!

    I, however, (*ducks punch, continues yammering*) see a marriage to a new cougar in your future! Congrats Grey Palin! Because you would have to take her name, of course. Technically, Velasquez only has to finish as a top 90 pitcher to realize the dream of Grey Palin at a Kid Rock concert in his American Flag romper. It’s gonna happen!!!

    Vince is about as fugly as they come with his career averages of 3.6 BB/9, 1.36 WHIP, 4.09 FIP…..but that 9.7K/9, ooooooooo gimme some strikeout potential against the Marlins and Mets 10 starts this year! Late late flyer, but mucho potential.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Bitter Beerface: Someone here will bounce back and be great, first tier isn’t bad for a flyer at the end of drafts… Bawitdaba da bang da bang diggy Miggy Cabrera!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: r u ok

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m great!

  6. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!

    A taste of Heaven it is to read your top 100 for SP!! Some diamonds in the rough!

    a. Had a dream about you that will make Peacecaost (aka PC, ’cause he is so PC) say ‘Damn, Ante, I give up!’ So, first thing the raison d’etre for the dream is as follows.

    1. Our daughter’s current obsession with prom night. My wife drove 150 miles to Trieste to find Prado dress material and then took it to a dress designer so she can make a dress my daughter will wear once if that dress is so lucky! My wife caught the flu or some bug from a passenger / friend who knew where the store was in Trieste on that trip to Trieste so it was definitely worth it. Then she spent 4 days in bed. Grr!

    2. The top 20, 40, 60, 80 and 100 for SP has been in mind and thoughts for most of the last week.

    3. Am still emotionally scarred from PC’s dream sequence he had about you from last month. You know the one that he had a dream of you and Stanton dancing really close or something.

    So, to the dream.

    It’s my prom night. It’s the last song of the night (No, it’s not Stairway to Heaven, shame on y’all). It’s this song…

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cw1ng75KP0

    And you and Stanton are slow-dancing with PC playing the piano music.

    b. Can’t wait for next Monday, RCL leagues!

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote of the day for February 5

    1. It took a Long Island jury 10 hours to convict Colin Ferguson this week. Then it took them 13 hours to walk across the street for lunch and 27 hours to eat it!

    2. And this week Simpson defense attorneys questioned witnesses about a half-melted container of ice cream found at the murder site. Simpson defense has ceased upon the ice cream for 2 reasons. One, it may help fix the time of the murders and two, it’s the only thing in the murder scene that didn’t have any of O.J.’s blood on it!

    3. This week President Clinton with former presidents Bush and Ford played some golf. Bush hit an old lady in the face with a golf ball, giving her a broken nose and 10 stitches. But don’t be impressed it took him 5 strokes to do it.

    4. According to a recent survey, condom use is way up. Also, way up complicated, clumsy unsatisfying sex.

    5. According to another survey, 58% of men would have sex with a woman they disliked. Although while having sex they would really, really like them and then afterwards go back to not liking them again.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: 1. Prado or Prada? 2. I’d hope so! 3. PC dreams about me every night, he only remembers it once in a while C. 3. Haha and 5’s solid too

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        @Grey: Grey!!

        Prada, damn!

        Other gaffes include seized instead of ceased! I will now cease to be seized. Thanks for not mentioning all my grammar gaffes!

        Thanks for liking #3 and #5!

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, I was just askin’, wasn’t pointing out gaffes… I thought maybe it was connected with the Prado in Spain

          • Ante GALIC says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!

            Thanks, man! Saw a message somewhere on my facebook feed that gave me a chuckle.

            If you’re not ready to make fun of yourself, I’m coming over right now to do it for you.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I can’t look at Facebook, it gives me the hives

          • Ante Galic says:
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            @Grey: Grey!!!

            Haha! Let me mansplain the Prado/Prada paradigm to you.

            1. Dress material for 1 size 6 dress made by Prada=150$ USD

            2. Dress material for 1 size 6 dress found in the Prado Museum (based in Madrid)=There’s a team of northern Indian geeks still calculating the price but it’s in excess of 1M $USD and growing.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I’m in the Prado museum gift shop asking for a dressing room right now

              • Ante Galic says:
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                @Grey: Grey!!!

                Steal the dress material. It’ll be worth 100 million in 50 years! Great investment.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

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                  That’s better than Bitcoin!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: Is my Grey crush like a fucking site wide thing now? wtf.

        Fuck you giancarlo he’s mine

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          HA!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ante put you on blast

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Ante Galic: Hi Ante, I like you

      • Ante Galic says:
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        @Peacecoast: Peacecoast!

        Love you too, man. Have much respect for your insights on the site and look forward to all your questions.

        Cheers,
        Ante

  7. John Stewart says:
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    While he won’t have an ERA under 3 again, Anibal made some tangible changes. His ground balls were up and he had the lowest average exit velo against him in MLB. He stayed healthy, found his cutter, & improved his changeup. Sure the BABIP will normalize and the strand rate will too….but his FIP was 3.6 and his SwStr% was a healthy 10.5%. I think you’re sleeping on him just a bit.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @John Stewart: Maybe, but I’m not drafting him in shallower leagues

  8. Lee says:
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    Hey Grey,

    10 team H2h keeper league 8 x 8. Extra 3 offense sre XBH, Walks and Strikeouts. Already confirmed with you yesterday keeping Cole as 1 of my 5. Keeping 4 offense. Which do i take out ? Between segura and mazara and thinking segura. Thanks
    Baez – drafted 9th round keeper at 7th round
    Benintendi – drafted 10th, keeper at 8th
    Segura – drafted 8th, keeper at 6th
    Mazara – drafted 14th keeper at 12th
    Adujar – FA pick up – keeper at 13th round based on league ADP formula

    • Lee says:
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      @Lee: keeping less than 5 is also an option but i think its worth keeping 1 of them

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Lee: Mazara

      • Lee Manoff says:
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        @Grey: keep or dump mazara? I asked both ways before sorry!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Dump

  9. Dave D says:
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    Danny Salazar? Ha! Now that’s funny. I didn’t draft him anywhere last year and I’d bet plenty of money he won’t see 87 IP. I’m not sure how he beat out you love child Cookie Croissant for dipping rights into your morning joe but, hey, we all can get caught up in the fantasies and idealizations of yesteryear.

    Good read overall, though, but I feel like you’re reluctant to bury the dead: Ervin Santana, Felix Hernandez, Danny Duffy. I would love to see you post a “bottom 20” and see them there with a projection of 43 IP 5.76 ERA 1.47 WHIP. That would be entertaining!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Dave D: Meh, this is around 300 overall in the big picture, so I’m not too worried about a flyer there for Salazar… Thanks! Haha, yeah, I do wonder if F-Her’s ruined his HOF chances with his career fade

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        @Grey: So, who gets injured to give a healthy Salazar a rotation spot? Any guesses?

        I say if (and that’s a big if) he teturns its to the bullpen. How about we make a gentleman’s bet: Plutko starts more games (me) vs. Salazar starts more games (you) for Induans this year.

        If you want we can even wager a cookie or croissant that we can donate to your local honeless person in the name of Touki.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I think Kluber’s getting traded, maybe not until July… Someone will prolly miss starts at some point too… Very few guys throw 200 IP… I’ll wager a cookie!

    • knucks says:
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      @Dave D: Setting my KDS for my first NFBC draft. Dave, I’m curious as to what you found to be the best draft spot in those drafts so far. Its one of them cheapie 12 Team $50 ones

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        @knucks:

        My strategy is to look at the first 3 or 4 rounds, accept that the giys you want will go ahead of their ADP and base my KDS on that. Ive only done 15 playes which is way different. I wanted 1 or 2 positions but when I didnt get, my next KDS was 10. I’d probably go for #1 and hope for Trout/Betts if it were me.

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          @Dave D: Thanks man, yea I was thinking the 15 teamers prob made your decisions diff than mine, but before I saw your reply I was looking at like 9 or 10, hoping for Yelich/Acuna?Treat whichever of those spots I land.

          • Dave D says:
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            @knucks:

            Yeah, 15 teamers if you go 1 then you have to wait for 30/31/60/61for next four If you’re 10 you go 20/40/60. It really comes down to the combo of which first 3 or 4 players do you want? NFBC publishes draft slots of winners last year in main event 15 team leagues and 8,9,11 were the highest winning slots. In the high stakes in was #10.

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    I think Luzardo will beat your IP projection.

    A bunch of Pirates upped their slider/breaking balls last year I think. I wonder if they are coming around. A lot of saberheads like Kingham this year I’ve noticed.

    Also, I’m in Nashville. If you’re ever here, I recommend The Station Inn on Monday nights. Carl Jackson! Plus, if there’s no pedal steel, it ain’t real country.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @OaktownSteve: That’s a great spot. Checkout Biscuit Love Gulch for Breakfast or lunch. Right around the corner.

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @The Great Knoche:

        Already on the agenda for breakfast tomorrow!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @OaktownSteve: Wow, what are you doing there? Who’s running your store? Who’s mock drafting? The kids on their own? Kingham’s interesting, but more for deeper leagues, in shallower, you take the flyer, see what happens, move on if it’s not good at first

      • OaktownSteve says:
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        @Grey:

        Grocery company flew us out here and put us up for their trade show. Got the old store staffed up getting ready to open the new store.

        The kids are pounding the fantasy pros mock tool already. The boy is fading Jose Ramirez big time!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The boy sounds like he’s a lil Grey Albright!

          Grocery company trade show sounds like the height of trade shows… Please tell me the Ferrera Candy Company is there trying to get you to see their new Lemonheads

          • OaktownSteve says:
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            @Grey:

            It’s nothing but cassava flour as far as the eye can see.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha… Is everyone carrying a electronic scanner and talking about the people who try to hide exotic fruit in a bag with apples?

        • Cloudtown says:
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          @OaktownSteve: My company flew you out! Enjoy! I’m slumming in the remains of the polar vortex and don’t get to go.

  11. The Great Knoche says:
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    You have a poster of Justus Sheffield on the wall above your bed or something? That might be the single longest player blurb you have ever written in the rankings.

    I like the Smyly potential where he is being drafted.

    I also don’t see how the Brewers don’t have Peralta as a full time fixture in the rotation by May. I mean, I do but they shouldn’t, they can’t….right?

    I think the Braves end up with 2 out of 3 between Touki/Fried/Soroka in rotation by the midway point. Which two? I don’t know.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @The Great Knoche: Ha, nah, I wrote a Sheffield rookie outlook post, then when he was traded I copied it in… I hope so on Peralta, love to see him get 120+ IP… Braves have a lot of options, wouldn’t be surprised to see them lose Gausman or Teheran by May for one of their better arms

  12. Wally Pipp says:
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    I’ll be honest, the sheffield pitch gif looks pretty effortless…. and while its not a strike, it seemed to be “heavy” and moving down hard. It didn’t look like a pitch that would be easy to homer off of that’s for sure… and the story checks out, career .59 hr/9 in the minors, including a .31 hr/9 allowed in 116 innings in 2018 in the minors. the guy doesn’t let big dongs fly.

    and your critique of him having a 4.5 bb rate in the minors last year is a little weak, because 1) that was for 28 innings, tiny sample and 2) he had a 12.5 k rate over those 28 innings while giving up no hits (5 per 9) and carrying a 1.07 whip.

    i feel like walk rate for young pitchers with good stuff isn’t something that always stands out. Max scherzer had a career 3.8 bb rate in the minors. sheffield is at 3.4. i think he can improve on it. problem is he only threw like 100 innings in the minors each of the last 2 seasons and with the M’s content to rebuild his innings pitched is a big issue. i think he will be good tho for however many starts he makes. if he makes 25ish starts which is reasonable he will be a steal.

    • FrankGrimes says:
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      @Wally Pipp:

      What is he saying Robin?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: Right now, Sheffield needs an injury to someone to get in the rotation, so 25ish starts feels high… Also, 120-ish IP last year, so they’re not gonna push him

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: i was reading they trade leake. Plus f her not really long for the rotatin. But yeah hes a guy who maybe ends up as a free agent in 12 teamers in april then gets picked up once promoted and is a top 40 starter for 2/3 of the season.

        • Grey

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          Maybe June, maybe April if there’s an injury to someone… Impossible to say, but he should still be on an IP limit

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Wally Pipp: wally I missed u

  13. knucks says:
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    No clever nickname for the ace of the A’s in your #143 blurb?

    Damn, that rotation must be in absolute shambles in real baseball if not even one SP can crack your Top #143 SPs for fake baseball!

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: My B, just saw Mengeden. Was looking for Fiers. Still though… yuck.

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: Oh… And Montas! Forget my initial comments, these A’s have several aces. Sheeeeeeee-ittttt

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      @knucks: Don’t forget Marco Estrada

    • knucks says:
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      @knucks: I completely overlooked the fact that Luzardo is an A’s prospect too I guess. My initial comment is a pretty useless attempt to be cheeky about that fact that Fiers is not usable according to Grey, but people are drafting him before Fulmer, Touki, etc and it looks like he finished around #150 on the 2018 Player Rater.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Not that they’re bad (okay, maybe a little), but they also could employ the Opener which kills fantasy value

      • Dave D says:
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        @Grey:

        I dunno. I owned Chirinos down the stretch last year and he got more wins as a result of coming in after an inning IMO. Same goes for Yarbrough. But, yeah OAK is odd this year but I am owning Mengden in deeper leagues (both my DCs so far) where I think he could have sneaky value. He is streaky but will get IP if he stays healthy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          After like 300 overall, I’d own anyone, tbh… But Mengden does nothing for me…

          • Dave D says:
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            @Grey:

            I think he will be solid play for two start weeks, especially at home. I wouldn’t rely on him in a standard league but in DC or streaming seems pretty decent. Not as sexy as higher K guys, yes I agree there, but useable/draftable in deeper leagues. He will get starts and not suck usually=useful 36- 40th round pick.

            • Grey

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              Yeah, it’s a juggling act of getting IP in most DC leagues… If Mengden gets IP, then it’s fine… Rudy’s projections don’t love him anymore than me really

              • i like him in a format with a Canine category where you get points for dog shit strikeout numbers

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, fantasy analysis!

                  • Dave D says:
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                    @Grey:
                    Well, he should be low WHIP and if paired up with a higher K/higher WHIP guy like Gibson, Greys favorite high walk guy, Touki “the Cookie “ he could provide parity. You got a better SP pick at 500+who will be in a rotation?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Stephenson? I’ll have to look at crazy late SPs before answering for real

                • Dave D says:
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                  @Rudy Gamble:

                  “ALPO” Mengden seems ok to me at 500+ in DC. Ill give you the same challenge as Grey. Name someone better (ADP 500+)who be in the rotation in April and will get 100+ innings. Mengden is my #11/12 starter and seems ok paired up with a higher K, higher WHIP guy to balance out stats (say Gibson, Skaggs, Toussaint, Shoemaker etc).

                  • i draft a whole bunch of those guys towards the end….he’s a mediOAKer…and at least that’s a decent home start in a pinch

  14. Hip hop panda says:
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    Did I miss Wade Miley somewhere? Just curious on your thoughts with him in Houston. Thanks for the amazing free content!

    • knucks says:
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      @Hip hop panda: He’s in the church, singing about water Haha I had to CTRL+F to find him

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Hip hop panda: I mention him in last blurb, I did not rank him in my top 500

  15. Ghost of Grady Little says:
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    Hey Guys,

    12 Team 6×6 OPS/QS/Hlds league w/snake draft. I have 4th pick this year.

    Keepers cost 1 round higher than drafted previous year. FA keepers cost a 6th rnd pick. We can’t keep 1st rnd picks.

    I can keep up to 2 –

    Yelich (costs me 3rd rnd pick)
    Verlander (costs me 4th rnd pick)
    1 of Ozuna/Gleyber/Jose Abreu (costs me 6th rnd pick) – they were added as FAs last year
    Castellanos (costs me a 10th rnd pick)

    I’m planning on holding Yelich (first round value in the 3rd hype train!!). Not sure if I should keep anyone else.

    Thanks.

      • Ghost of Grady Little says:
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        @Grey: I was worried about old man Verlander’s arm finally falling off, but I guess it’s still worth taking him with the 45th pick.

        Good luck this year, thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  16. MR BASEBALL says:
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    Happy Baseball Grey

    Trade offer in Dynasty league

    My players

    G TORRES
    A REYES

    FOR

    D DAHL
    R DEVERS
    R HONEYWELL

    Roster Positions: C, 1B, 2B, 3B, SS, LF, CF, RF, Util, SP, SP, SP, RP, RP, RP, P, P, P, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, BN, DL, DL, DL, NA

    Batters Stat Categories: Runs (R), Doubles (2B), Triples (3B), Home Runs (HR), Runs Batted In (RBI), Stolen Bases (SB), Batting Average (AVG), On-base + Slugging Percentage (OPS)

    Pitchers Stat Categories: Wins (W), Saves (SV), Strikeouts (K), Holds (HLD), Earned Run Average (ERA), (Walks + Hits)/ Innings Pitched (WHIP), Strikeouts per Walk Ratio (K/BB), Quality Starts (QS)

  17. chicitysox23 says:
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    I guess that answers the question we have all been asking ourselves…Who’s Nailin Palin.? Grey’s Nailin Palin.

    Great list, I will do my best to avoid drafting everyone on here.

  18. Mark says:
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    5×5 OBP Keeper League – Gallo for 20pts or Profar for 5pts? (300 pts budget)

    • knucks says:
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      @Mark: Gallo for sure

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Mark: Sure, Gallo

  19. JM says:
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    Got this offer in a keeper league. Whatcha think?

    Corey Seager

    for

    Corrasco
    Pivetta
    Hader

    I generally wouldn’t trade away a good young hitter for pitching, but in this league I’m loaded with hitter keepers and thin on pitchers (just Nola, Berrios, Hendricks, Luchessi, Urias). I’ve got Peraza also at SS, if that makes a difference…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JM: Carrasco side

  20. Cram It says:
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    Crazy, Nelson is going to be 30 this year. He was Gilpin’s sleeper every year since he came up. Finally showed signs of life in 2017 and now has to do a complete reset.

    I like a handful of these guys if they would see more than 100 IP. Mets are trying to get Gio, but he’s being a douche!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Gilpin! Haha… I could see Gio on the Mets and doing decent for real baseball

  21. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Are we sure Merrill Kelly wasn’t in The Maltese Falcon? Sounds like a film noir actor.

    I think Whitley could be what Tyler Glasnow should’ve been. Not writing off TG yet, but Whitley actually has command of the filthy stuff. FW’s BB/9 is like half of what TG’s was in the minors.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Skip Mcgillicuddy: Ha, yeah, Merrill Kelly had a small role in The Thin Man as Joseph Cotton’s brother — I like Whitley, but I wish I wasn’t worried he won’t see 50+ IP

  22. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – 12 team obp ops league, keep forever. Bellinger or Mondesi?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      It’s hard call, man, I think Belly today, tomorrow I might think Mondesi

    • Cram It says:
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      @Duda Want to Build a Snowman?: Mondesi has a .273 career OBP so far. And in the minors…..it’s .303. .303!

      I’d take the 25/.340 floor from Belly and not look back.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @The Great Knoche: thanks everyone! Makes sense to me too!

  23. Color me disappointed says:
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    Not a big fan of your comments on Junis. What was the point? You’re hands down one of the set analysts in the country along being easily the most clever and flat out hilarious. But that remark was unnecessary and beneath you .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sorry!

      • Cram It says:
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        @Grey: Jesus, Grey, would you be a perfect human being already and stop offending that one guy one time?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Stop, I feel bad I offended someone!

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            @Grey: Wait is Jesus Dead? Thought he was in Milwaukee?

      • Bitter Beerface says:
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        @Grey: HOW DARE YOU MAKE FUN OF BRYCE HARPER’S DAD!!!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          My b

    • Squat Cobblers says:
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      @Color me disappointed: Take ‘er Easy. Unlike other countries, we have freedom of speech.

  24. Slacks says:
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    If J Luzardo does only get a cup of coffee, he’s properly ranked. However I think the chances of getting the whole pot are pretty good. And if that’s the case, he’s maybe the best shot at getting last year’s W Buehler.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be nice, I honestly don’t know what to make of his IP projections

  25. Kevin says:
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    Keep 11 roto leage (R/HR/RBI/STEALS/AVG/OPS)(W/K/ERA/SV/HLD/WHIP). Planning to keep Rizzo, Albies, Marte, Rosario, Cain, Nola, Cole, Snell, Treinen. What 2 would you pick from the following Murphy, Votto, CMart, Donaldson, Wheeler, Pham. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      CMart, Wheeler — But could see Pham or Murphy too maybe…

  26. TMP says:
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    Astros have some interesting contract problems coming up – Verlander, Cole, McHugh, and Miley are all free agents in 2020. Also interesting is how all of the super star hitters on the stros are free agents in the next three years. Right off the bat this means the Astros cannot commit future money to pitching, they cannot afford any multi-year contracts, if it will affect their budget for Altuve and others. It will be interesting to see how this influences their handling of Whitley, Valdez, James, Mccullers – I think James and Valdez in particular are in for a lot of innings this year, even if they are not in the Starting Rotation on April 1. What are your thoughts?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure I follow… Bc those top 4 are free agents in 2020, that means they will push them to their brink this year bc they’re not committed to them afterwards… So that leaves one spot left if they stay healthy… So why will James and Framber get a lot of IP?

      • TMP says:
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        @Grey:

        I agree – if the Stros manage this properly ideally Verlander, Cole, McHugh, and Miley each pitch 200 innings… but injuries and other limitations will realistically prevent that from happening, creating space For 150 innings for a fifth starter and 150 innings for a guy to filll in the void for any hiccup with the 2020 free agents.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Right, but why James? Why not like 5 starters giving about 60 IP each?

          • TMP says:
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            @Grey:

            If they do five starters with 60 IP each, and the Astros cannot afford to resign Verlander, Cole, McHugh and MIley, they will have no one who can take on 150+ innings in 2020. If they resign Cole or Verlander, that is money taken away from the budget to resign Altuve, Springer, Bregman, Correa in the next three years. You have to think they will focus on someone getting the reps in. The Astros are in a really tough spot for 2020 and some good planning in 2019 could help. The fact that they signed Miley to a one year deal under scores the whole predicament – save money for the superstar hitters.

            Barring James or Valdez imploding, you have to think the Astros are going to work hard to get their reps in at the major league level. If they focus on Peacock they are right where they started in 2021, when he becomes a free agent.

            Bottom line, if you believe in James in Valdez, innings shouldn’t be a question.

            • Grey

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              I see what you mean, but I’m not there yet…. I hope James gets IP, but he feels about a month away from being declared their long man until further notice

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, *genuflecting to King Bugs*

  27. dude says:
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    72. Reynaldo Lopez – Wow, Reynaldo’s numbers are awful. I’m just going to grab one number to illustrate: 5.22 xFIP. I mean, holy shizzballs, that’s terrible. Avoid at all costs. 2019 Projections: 8-12/4.31/1.38/158 in 187 IP

    His last 7 starts were pretty good – 45 2/3 IP, 48 K’s, 14 BB’s with a 1.38 ERA. From what I’ve read his pitch mix started to change towards the end of the season. I take it you don’t believe in the late season run and changes he made?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t believe in him at all, but if the flyer is late enough, it’s fine

  28. AKA says:
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    Thanks for the SP ranks!

    You didn’t seem very high on any of my NL-only $260 busdget keeper SP options.

    Do you have a favorite among $14 J Taillon, $7 A Wood, or $4 R Stripling?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon

      • AKA says:
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        @Grey:

        Thanks! That’s where I was leaning.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  29. UL’s Toothpick says:
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    Coach Grey,

    Question from a few days back. You mentioned Carasco as a guy you would pay $30 for in an Auction. Assuming 15 teams and Roto setttings, Who are your bottom $30 and $20 pitchers?

    Looking at some early auction results, lots of stars and scrub strategies may leave opening in that $15-$25 range to load and try not to pay over $30 for any player as you coached me up to do the last few years.

  30. AKA says:
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    10 team NL Only, 5×5, $260 budget. Need to pick 4 more keepers after the $14 Taillon you suggested above.

    $29 Freeman
    $24 Story
    $20 Ozuna
    $17 Puig
    $4 Nimmo
    $4 Hader
    $4 Yates

    Leaning towards keeping my $14 Taillon, Story, and the 3 $4 guys. Which 5 would you pick?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Taillon, Story, Freeman, Ozuna, Hader

  31. JP says:
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    Grey-any thoughts on Borucki? Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’ll be out of the rotation by May/June

      • JP says:
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        @Grey: so as Lloyd Christmas would say there is still a chance…….

        • Grey

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          Haha

  32. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Good stuff Grey. Not sure how anyone can project what any of these Pitchers will do with any accuracy.

    I know you will have a ‘how to draft pitchers’ post soon, but I’m trying to get focused for 15-team, weekly, no waivers, NFBC drafts. Does this seem reasonable?

    Out of 9 Pitching slots,

    3-“locks” from your top 35 or so..
    2-middle tier closers (say RP6 thru RP12…that are not in any committee)
    4-slots to be chosen from 13 or 14 based on SON and 2-start weeks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds about right

  33. AUFan says:
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    I love your rankings! I have a question for you.. h2h 12 team dynasty league standard 5×5 scoring, would you rather have Kyle Freeland or Aaron Hicks?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hicks

  34. mudcat grant says:
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    My league is preparing for its 39th season and we typically draft about 120 starters (and another 80 relievers) so I need as many names as I can get. Alex Cobb? why not. After all Bronson Arroyo retired ( I think)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      39th season? You in a league with Dan Okrent?

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @mudcat grant: I got a name for you – Johnny Lasagna!

  35. Phil says:
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    Can you help me with my keepers? Points League. 5×5
    I can keep 5 players (no salary or draft order cap). Keepers can be kept for 2 more years.
    HOSKINS
    MONDESI
    ROBLES
    M. SMITH
    YELICH
    W. RAMOS
    ARENADO
    CASTELLANOS
    T. ANDERSON
    OHTANI
    CARRASCO
    CORBIN
    F OLTY
    KLUBER
    MIKOLAS

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Phil: mondesi, arenado, kluber, yelich, corbin

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call… Yelich, Carrasco, Arenado, Kluber, then Mondesi or Hoskins or Corbin since Points…Kinda torn

  36. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey again – in the same 12 team OBP / OPS league . . .

    Soto or Vlad (keep forever)?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Soto

  37. FrankGrimes says:
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    Still giggling from the Chef Boyardong line

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hehe — BTW, I’m rewatching Gomorra with Cougs, we’re 1 season in…

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:
        Sweet planning on that too soon.
        Did you finish last kingdom?

        • Peacecoast says:
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          @FrankGrimes: bla bla bla I wanna be part of this too bla bla watching Gomorra S3 now myself thanks to Grimey <3

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Peacecoast:

            Sweet glad you got it to finally watch it.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I did, Last Kingdom was a top 5 recommendation, well done, Grimey!

          • FrankGrimes says:
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            @Grey:
            Aw shucks.
            Watch Kingdom when you have chance. Curious if you like it too.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Have you seen Vikings? Someone yesterday was touting it

              • FrankGrimes says:
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                @Grey:

                Not yet. It’s a big commitment lol.
                Just started Dannemora.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, I feel same way about Vikings

                  • FrankGrimes says:
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                    @Grey:

                    70 episodes!
                    and all the while I’d be all like waiting for Uhtred to show up and beat their asses…

                    • Grey

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                      HA!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I love them!

  38. When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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    14 team keep 9, 4 of them pitchers, with max 3 SP, max 3 RP. the other 5 are hitters, max 2 OF, other than OF all hitting keepers have to differ from your other hitter keepers, but you can use whatever eligibility a player has for his keeper spot. h2h with OPS, holds, QS, total bases and OBP over AVG.

    my options see if which are the best:
    P: wheeler, kimbrel, hand, and one of ryu/skaggs/morton/hill (haven’t looked over pitcher rankings yet for this last, likely easily answered, unless keeper changes it) OR otani as a pitcher (espn he’s one player that you can only use at P or hitter per day, for this year clearly only a hitter, but for keeper stuff he could be either) or a 3rd RP with giles. but this rules out mallex.

    hitters: goldy (1B), rhysus (OF), stanton (OF or DH), then 2 out of muncy (3B), andujar (3B) gone varnish (SS), b.lowe (2B), l.gurriel (SS or 2B), mallex (OF). if stanton is put at DH otani would only be kept as pitcher. this allows mallex in.

    so it’s goldy/rhysus/mallex/stanton (DH) then one of the others and kimbrel, hand, otani, wheeler i’m thinking. if an extra pitcher is wanted mallex would have to be axed.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wheeler and you want a closer?

      • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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        @Grey: have to keep 4 pitchers, at least one of which has to be a RP, so far i thought wheeler/hand/kimbrel and either ryu (if him otani the DH is kept, which bumps mallex) or otani as the 4th pitcher. old rule was teams kept 4 pitchers, and 2 each had to be RP/SP, but quite a few owners ended up having a really shitty 2nd RP (or even 1st) probably due to ignoring the RP position or forgetting the keeper rules. either way i’m changing it for this year to 1-3 for RP and 1-3 for SP with 4 total pitchers.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Ah…Then I’d go Ohtani

          • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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            @Grey: ok, just saw this last response, so that looks like
            hitters: stanton (DH), rhysus (OF), mallex (OF), goldy (1B)
            pitchers: wheeler, otani, hand, kimbrel
            then which out of the muncy (3B), andjuar (3B) gone varnish (i’d assume he’s over lowe and gurriel at MI spots) group for last spot?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Tough call, I think ya gotta go Andujar, but any would work

      • When Buying Gifts Don't Confuse the Diaries of Hans Frank and Anne Frank says:
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        @Grey: so my for sures i’d think
        P: kimbrel, hand, wheeler and otani (as SP)
        hitter: stanton (OF or DH, and which changes who else is kept since max 2 OF), goldy, rhysus, otani (as DH)

        other possibles: mallex (meaning otani would have to be kept as pitcher, stanton moved to DH), one of muncy or andujar (can only have one 3B and one 1B), ryu, or less likely somebody in the gone varnish, b.lowe, l.gurriel group.

        • Grey

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          Think I answered in other comment thread

  39. DonnieB says:
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    Mr. Grey,
    Would you trade Luis Severino for Ozzie Albies? Both sucked in the second half.

    Would you trade Josh Hader for Roberto Osuna?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Albies and Osuna or Hader is a toss up

  40. Scott says:
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    Max Fried is Jewish

    You should have known

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Damn it all

  41. BJFOHOHL says:
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    You check out Vikings yet? I’m seven episodes in and diggin’ it

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Really? Wow, no, I haven’t started it yet, was waiting for some confirmation… Now I might watch tonight… I watched a doc on Alt-Right then another on Mossad last night…

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: Its worth 5 episodes before passing judgement

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You’re 7 in tho, and saying you’re digging it, so I’ll give it a shot… Just not sure how quick I want to jump in, I’m watching Gomorra again with Cougs too

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: you already watched that…old people are the worst

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Cougs has’t seen it yet, she wanted to watch, and I wanted to see it again

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: and that is why you have a good relationship and I have well a relationship.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha

  42. Sweatpants Nation says:
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    Grey, Good stuff as usual with lots of late fliers in deep leagues.
    I got a question and would like your opinion or others. I’m in a league whre you can ony keep guys 3 years. I have Whitley for 2 years at $5. Of course his value is really going to come next year if everything goes right (and with pitchers who knows if that will happen). I also have Heaney and Pivetta both for 2 years and at $5. So, the question is if I can keep only 2 of them which one do I throw back and try to buy at auction?
    Thanks to any and all who can help e solve the riddle of the Spinx.

  43. Slimcompoop says:
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    What’s good Grey? I’m in a 12-team, 6×6, H2H, keeper league that uses the following stats for hitters (R, HR, RBI, SB, OBP%, SLG%). I currently have Arenado, Ramirez, and Rendon who are all 3rd baseman. I can move Jose Ramirez for Juan Soto. I’ve read all of your write-up’s on Ramirez and Soto, and think that you would be in favor of the deal considering the eligibility angle. However, that would leave me with three keepers (Turner, Rendon, and Soto) all on Washington. Do I make the move? Thanks as always…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hey, ‘poop! Tough call, ‘poop… I’d hold Jo-Ram over Soto, or try for something else

      • Slimcompoop says:
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        @Grey: J0-ram for Tildaddy?

        • Slimcompoop says:
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          @Slimcompoop: Also…Rendon and Berrios for Snell?

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah, Snell

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Acuna all the way

  44. Crime Dog says:
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    Second podcast in 5 days woo! I’ve missed the cackle and stories about Grandpa Grey and glad they’re back in my life. Grandpa Grey seems like a true OG. What’s with you popping bubble wrap during shows now though?

    Merry baseball!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, it’s the rain!

  45. dubjay says:
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    Hey Grey,
    So now that the Trout trade went through, I have to decide on my 10 keepers. The top 6 are pretty obvious
    TROUT, ARENADO, BREGMAN, SOTO, ALBIES, SNELL.
    Have to pick 4 out of
    Paxton, Marquez, Seager, Ozuna, Chapman, Pollock, Villar, Bumgarner, M.Olson
    What do you think?

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      @dubjay:
      Whoa I forgot about ACUNA. Top 7 are obvious.
      Need to pick 3 out of those options.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Then between last two with Seager and Ozuna locks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Corey Seager, Ozuna, Villar, German

      • dubjay says:
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        @Grey:
        Appreciate the feedback. A little surprised you would go Marquez over Paxton. I know that he has durability issues but Marquez has Coors issues.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, it’s kinda of a toss up… You see my rankings on them, Marquez is younger, so went that way

          • dubjay says:
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            @Grey:
            understood. What If I was to package Paxton and Marquez together. is there a SP you think I should try to get to pair with Snell? Degrom?

            • Grey

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              I’d take either of those SPs in a second

  46. Yadiers Cup says:
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    12 team AL only Roto 4×4. 1 year of Betts at $17 or 3 years of Eloy at $2 and then two more years at $12?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Betts

  47. Licketty Splits says:
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    Been enjoying the rankings ….getting back in the fantasy baseball mindset. I need to start figuring out a few keeper situations.
    in a 12 team Yahoo Roto league with a few additional cats (doubles, triples, quality starts, & holds) I need 5 keepers of the following:

    Judge ( lose round 14 pick)
    Benintendi (23)
    Mondesi (28)
    A Rosario (22)
    Dahl (21)
    Peraza (14)
    Snell (10)
    Glasnow (22)
    Berrios (26)
    G Marquez (28)
    Ryu (28)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Judge, Benintendi, Mondesi, Dahl, Snell

      • Licketty Splits says:
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        @Grey: Thanks Dr Grey

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  48. David Sorenson says:
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    Whst are your thoughts about Brad Keller — he had a pretty good second half?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, he just missed the bottom ten area… his 2nd half was okay, 7-ish K/9, okay walks… he’s at best a 7-12/3.70/1.30/140 guy…at worst one of the worst SPs in baseball

  49. Bterry says:
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    Ahhhh, there we are. My staff!!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha

  50. Any thoughts on Mitch Keller? He has expected to arrive mid season, and I’m wondering where he fits this year and in the dynasty draft happening now.

    Man, my Pirates are going to stink this year if you have all our guys ranked correctly!

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