With these top 100 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball, I’ve finished our (my) 2020 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. All the 2020 fantasy baseball rankings are there. Here’s Steamer’s 2020 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2020 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. Here’s all the 2020 fantasy baseball auction rankings. 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 2020 fantasy baseball:

ALL PROJECTIONS ARE BASED ON 60 GAMES PLAYED, DUE TO COVID-19. BE SAFE OUT THERE!

81. Sandy Alcantara – This tier started in the top 80 starters for 2020 fantasy baseball. This tier ends at Sheffield. I called this tier, “Getting a microwave tan.” As for Alcantara, a small price to be paid for being a Marlins pitcher, you will never win more than nine games. It’s in their constitution, next to: Must have one connection to Yankees franchise from every decade for the last four decades. Sandy Alcantara is getting by a bit on good vibes and bad farts. He’s never done anything great, but he throws 96 MPH and he’s only 24, so who knows? 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.29/1.34/61 in 71 IP

82. Josh James – With Justin Verlander’s injury, I’ve added Josh James into the rankings. To read more:  Coolwhip’s Josh James fantasy. 2020 Projections: 3-1/4.11/1.28/51 in 41 IP

83. A.J. PukUPDATE: With the season on hold, which feels like getting on hold with the cable company for eight weeks and, at any point, you could die if you touch your face, Puk was added into the rankings, because now his shoulder should, er, (stutterer!) be healed by the time the season starts. Risky bet, but one I’m willing to take if drafting now. 2020 Projections: 4-1/3.87/1.34/64 in 57 IP

84. Jordan Yamamoto – A major narrative that I tried to start last year that no one else paid attention to was how guys who don’t throw fast are the new guys who throw fast. If you’ve heard it before, feel free to skip ahead (but if you don’t read all the blurbs you don’t get a hard candy at the end). Yamamoto was a 9.4 K/9 pitcher last year, which is exactly what everyone expected when the Marlins called up an 89-MPH fastball that was flame-retardant. “How fast does he throw?” A scout recently said to another scout who was holding a speed gun. “I’ll tell you when the ball passes the plate.” The scout sticks chew in his mouth, scratches his sweaty armpit, then, finally, “89-ish? Maybe. I might’ve just been taking a reading of that bird that flew overhead.” My prophesied conspiracy theory is: when everyone is throwing fast, it actually keeps hitters off-balance to throw slow.  The Slow Pitches Theorized Conspiracy for Hardball (SPITCH) is fully realized now that it has an acronym. Everyone throws 91+ MPH. With SPITCH, you throw 89 and gank ’em. 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.14/1.21/53 in 51 IP

85. Justus Sheffield – Mostly ranking him here because I don’t love Jose Urena and I’ve run out of Marlins pitchers. I kid, I kid. How did all the shine come off Sheffield in what, 18 months? Would it shock you to know he’s still only 23 years old? What if I told you he threw 169 IP last year between three levels and ended in the majors with a 9.3 K/9? Does that sound awful? No? How about that his fastball lost two miles on velocity and he had a 4.71 FIP? Does that sound awful? Wait, it does. Hmm, okay, so there’s a reason why he’s not being drafted in the top 50 overall. He still is young, and worth the flyer. 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.23/1.41/53 in 51 IP

86. Masahiro Tanaka – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Kim. I call this tier, “Court-appointed lawyer.” Guess it’s debatable whether or not it’s better to have a court-appointed lawyer vs. not having one at all. Welcome to this tier! 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 deep (15+ teams) and you need to lose a little bit of hope for living. As for Tanaka, something’s going to give in the Yankees’ rotation with Happ and eventually The Sunday German. Seems very likely Happ is bumped and, hey, Happ is shizz and shizz Happens. What does this have to do with Tanaka? He had a 6+ road ERA and has stretches where he is unownable in any league, so it wouldn’t shock me to see him bumped from the rotation for a few weeks-slash-months-slash-axl-and-the-other-guy. 2020 Projections: 4-3/4.31/1.26/50 in 58 IP

87. Mike Fiers – Epitome of this tier. At best he’s safe and unexciting. At worst Fiers makes you want to stop, drop and roll into traffic, especially if you’re an Astros hitter. 2020 Projections: 4-3/4.09/1.19/45 in 62 IP

88. Dylan Bundy – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Traded to the Angels. Just got a hot tip from ESPN dot com that the Orioles have relocated their team to other teams, trading off the once-great franchise for pieces. Bundy sent to Anaheim for a matching tea set and Villar out the door for, appropriately enough, a screen door. Oh, hold on a second, hearing now they will trade you Ryan Mountcastle for a case of Old Bay seasoning. It’s important stuff to have when you’re trying to prepare crabs, so I can understand it. Any hoo! Bundy goes to the Angels just in time to breakout. He’s not a free agent until 2021 and his stuff finally seems to be coming together. Seriously, how do you trade him away now? After countless terrible years! It’s like the O’s are other teams’ minor league affiliate. Bundy still is a work-in-progress — 9 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and 4.73 FIP with way too many homers allowed. Angels Stadium of Los Angeles Not Los Angeles could help, and I could see a super late flyer.” And that’s me quoting me! 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.34/1.36/67 in 66 IP

89. Kyle Gibson – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Rangers. As someone who has owned Gibson in the past, one word of advice for the Rangers. If he’s throwing a 5 IP, 0 ER game, pull him after the 5th inning of scoreless baseball because it will all invariably go sideways before you know what’s happened. Doesn’t matter if he’s thrown 60 pitches or 95 pitches. Get him out of the game! This hilarious in an extremely sad way:  In his third time through the order, Gibson has a 29.2% line drive rate allowed. Would it surprise you to know that’s insanely awful? Since I randomly also had Eric Lauer’s player page open, his LD% third time through was 13.3%. Gibson’s FIP third time through 5.36. Hey, I don’t want to tell people how to do their job, but maybe use an Opener with him. Just throwing it out there. Like Gibson after the 5th inning.” And that’s me yadda’ing my yadda!  2020 Projections: 4-2/4.16/1.32/68 in 66 IP

90. Jose Quintana – As someone who owned him last year, it’s more or less fate that he will have a good BABIP this year, after having a terrible one last year, and be a worthwhile pitcher on everyone’s team but mine. You’re welcome! 2020 Projections: 4-3/4.15/1.34/64 in 56 IP UPDATE: Out with thumb surgery.

91. Michael Pineda – Will miss the first five weeks of the season, finishing out his suspension. Will be interesting to see what Pineda is filled with in 2020, now that we know it’s not PEDs. *eyes bulge in realization* OH MY GOD!!! I feel like the police figuring out they were talking to Keyser Soze the whole time!. An anagram of Michael Pineda is “PED in a Michael.” He was telling us the whole time!!! UPDATE: A delayed season is not great if your season was going to be delayed already with a suspension. 2020 Projections: 6-6/4.23/1.21/76 in 81 IP

91. Alex Wood – Just don’t really trust him to throw enough innings to be a legit candidate to disrupt Urias or May’s rotation spot, but if Wood is, then Urias or May will be a bunch of wouldas. Hashtag nailed it! Wood, that is. 2020 Projections: 3-2/3.88/1.28/50 in 44 IP

92. Jeff Samardzija – Being honest with you here, because if we don’t have honesty, what do we have? Everyone just ghosting each other rather than having an honest conversation? Hmm, that doesn’t sound bad. Maybe honesty isn’t so great. Honesty never worked for businesses, otherwise a tagline would be something like Target: Wal-Mart with lipstick. Any hoo! My honesty is:  After 2018, I can’t see myself ever drafting Samardzija again. He just hurt me too much. 2020 Projections: 3-2/3.87/1.18/64 in 51 IP

93. Jon Lester – Same as Samardzija, only I never owned Lester. 2020 Projections: 4-2/4.29/1.34/61 in 56 IP

94. Anibal Sanchez – Random factoid alert! Anibal is nearing 2,000 IP in his career with a sub-4.00 ERA. A solid career, I’d say. You’d say too, if you’re saying it. Yet, he’s never had a season of 200 IP. Long cry from Walter Johnson throwing 500 innings a year with 50 of them coming from him hackey-sack’ing the baseball to the plate. 2020 Projections: 4-2/4.14/1.31/60 in 49 IP

95. Dakota Hudson –  I chuckled a little when I saw the Cardinals threw Dakota for 174 2/3 IP last year, and he threw his fastball 61.7% of the time. No wonder his fastball velocity went from 96 to 93 year-over-year. By the end of the year he was pitching like Walter Johnson’s last 50 innings of every year. Callback to previous blurb! My advice for Dakota to learn a new pitch looks like it has already reached him, because he started throwing his slider 15.7% of the time more and started throwing a curve and change with results that were less than zero, Bret Easton Ellis. 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.08/1.38/49 in 61 IP

96. Gio Gonzalez – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the White Sox. Gio always seems to do better with his ERA than his peripherals would indicate, which is what you tell yourself before drafting him and two weeks before you inevitably drop him.” And that’s–you know! 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.22/1.38/55 in 62 IP

97. Julio Teheran – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Angels. Singing, ‘Julio down by the Teheran schoolyard stepping on an IED…’ Oh, hey, I didn’t hear you come in. His 89 MPH fastball was working for him last year with a 3.81 ERA. It doesn’t work for me. Teheran’s about to get bombed like, uh, Teheran.” And that’s me quoting Paul Simon ranking pitchers! 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.21/1.34/60 in 52 IP

98. Josh Lindblom – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed by the Brewers after spending two great years in Korea like Douglas MacArthur. ‘I’m wearing this stupid helmet for nothing?’ That’s the Ghost of George S. Patton not getting no love! In the KBO, Lindblom threw 194 2/3 IP with 2.50 ERA and 189 Ks. The Brewers must’ve figured Lindblom covered all the holes in his game, like he was a producer of Bialy stock. I’ll believe in ‘all things were fixed in Korea’ when a team signs a pitcher to return to the states and all the Korean hitters he faced are signed to play for other teams, though they might need approval of other teams for that.” And that’s me blabbity blabbity bloo’ing! 2020 Projections: 3-2/4.21/1.37/50 in 47 IP

99. Kwang-Hyun Kim – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Cardinals. After hearing of the signing of Kim, Eminem burned his Cards jersey. In 190 1/3 IP in nineteen after twenty for the SK Wyverns of the Korea Baseball Organization (are you still with me?), Kim, at the ripe age of 31, threw 190 1/3 IP with a 2.51 ERA and 180 Ks, and only a 1.8 BB/9. Wonder what this signing does to Alex Reyes. Kidding, he retired after five straight hype-filled offseasons, saying, ‘It doesn’t get better than what people think I can do.’ Kidding, Reyes is still around, only delegated to the minors now, at least to start the year (methinks). Kim’s earlier seasons, like any season but last year, seem pretty unremarkable. He hits 92 MPH on his fastball, and 85 on his slider. He strikes me as a 6-7 K/9, decent WHIP, kinda wonky ERA guy. A very late round flyer for deeper mixed leagues.” And that’s me–well, you know. 2020 Projections: 3-2/4.21/1.19/42 in 55 IP

100. Reynaldo Lopez – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Anderson. I call this tier, “Putting a dreamcatcher under your pillow.” This tier is filled with guys who you can wish into fantasy relevance. Really, it will totally work for you. Now send me $100 and I’ll send you a Razzball dreamcatcher*. *Shipping included, because I won’t actually be shipping you anything. As for Reynaldo, you can will the narrative into existence that because Giolito broke out last year, Lopez will this year. Seriously, just close your eyes, clinch your fists and keep repeating, “Reynaldo is this year’s Giolito.” It will happen if you really believe it. 2020 Projections: 4-2/4.43/1.39/64 in 69 IP

101. Rick Porcello – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Close your eyes and make a wish that Porcello will win the Cy Young again. Now think about how if he does, you could’ve wished for anything and instead you wished into existence some nonsense for someone you don’t even know. Well played! This is for you, like the Mets, a lottery ticket that somehow Porcello will find his way back to relevance. He hasn’t had just one bad season between his Cy Young year and last year. Oh, he’s been derailed a while, and I wouldn’t expect much.” And that’s me quoting me! 2020 Projections: 4-2/4.31/1.33/63 in 56 IP

102. Marco Gonzales – Last year he threw 200 IP and won 16 games with an ERA under-4.00. If you can get him this late, it’s an absolute steal, which is what you keep telling yourself between the time you draft him and drop him. 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.11/1.28/47 in 61 IP

103. Nathan Eovaldi – After eight years of lackluster performances, he will broke out with his 97 MPH fastball this year because you stole a bunch of coins from a wishing well and those wishes sucked and your wish is better. 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.19/1.34/46 in 49 IP

104. Brad Keller – He’s only 24 years old and touches 94 MPH. If you call him B-Rad, he will magically fulfill all your dreams. 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.21/1.31/49 in 67 IP

105. Michael Wacha – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Mets. Mets out here signing guys like, “I got high apple pie hopes, I got pie in the sky hopes, I got ‘Wacha can be good again’ hopes.” Think I’d prefer the apple pie in the sky, but you do you.” And that’s me compying and pasting me! Since that blurb, Porcello signed with the Mets, and I lowered Wacha’s projections. 2020 Projections: 3-2/4.36/1.38/49 in 52 IP

106. Tanner Roark – After he signed with the Jays, here’s what I said, “Before the signing, he said, ‘I had a season of 198 2/3 IP and a 2.85 ERA and a season of 2.83 ERA in 210 IP. Why didn’t I get a deal for $325 million?’ That’s Mr. Roark on Fantasy Island.” And that’s me quoting me quoting him! 2020 Projections: 3-2/4.33/1.35/52 in 54 IP

107. Jakob JunisMarlins starters dominated the first tier in this post; Royals are dominating this tier. Why do I think when the cheap Royals owner’s wife wanted to see Hamilton he took her to Hamilton, Ontario? 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.37/1.38/61 in 66 IP

108. Danny Duffy – If you draft him, you can sing, “I rock rough and tough with Danny Duffy,” and lose your league. 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.41/1.34/51 in 57 IP

109. Cole Hamels – Here’s what I said when he signed with the Braves, “Damn, the Braves are a smart organization. I’m not suddenly head over heels for Hamels, calling myself Toe Camels, and picking wedgies out of my crotch from excitement, but, for real baseball, this is just a smart move. He’s a 3.42 ERA career pitcher across almost 3,000 IP, and remarkably consistent year in and year out. Especially smart for a one-year contract. What downside is there? I’m gonna answer for you, none. Of course, for fantasy, he did lose some velocity and wasn’t able to locate as well as usual. He is going to be 36 years old, so not expecting an ace, but I don’t hate the flyer at the right price.” And that’s me quoting me! UPDATE: Will miss Opening Day, due to a setback with his shoulder. Goodbye, adios, won’t be drafting you. UPDATE II: We don’t know when Opening Day is, so it’s on! Not the season, yet, I don’t think, but it does give Hamels time to freshen near his lapels. 2020 Projections:  2-2/4.24/1.34/39 in 44 IP

110. Griffin Canning – I wrote a sleeper post for Canning, but, due to a lack of time, I wasn’t able to post it. I think I started rankings a week earlier this year — interesting, huh? Any hoo! Now, without further ado, after this further ado, I present you my Griffin Canning sleeper:

Can I be honest with you? Don’t answer that; let’s both live and breathe our lies. But, if you wanted that cold, moment-before-you-die truth, I did not want to write a Griffin Canning sleeper. Didn’t have any real reason why. My biggest reason was I didn’t want to write a sleeper post for two Angels pitchers. Again, not really because of anything specifically. Just felt that if I were drafting all my sleepers, and, in a perfect world, I would be, I wasn’t drafting two Angels starters. Also, I felt that if I was going to be right about one Angels starter — say, my Andrew Heaney sleeper — then what’s the chances I’d be right about two? Seemed unlikely at best. Then, I thought about it, and these are not rational reasons to not write a Griffin Canning sleeper or to draft two Angels starters or consider two sleepers. This is anecdotal nonsense. It’s akin to not drafting two players in the same lineup if the team isn’t good. You don’t know which teams are ‘good.’ You only think so, and two players can be good on the same team. In fact — and this is gonna really blow your mind — three, four or five players can be good on the same team, even if that team isn’t good. You could’ve won a league last year owning, say, Lucas Giolito, Alex Colome, Jose Abreu, Tim Anderson and Daniel Palka. Sure, you would’ve dropped Palka after you realized I was an absolute idiot for saying to draft him, but you still could’ve done fine. Anyway, what can we expect from Griffin Canning for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a sleeper?

I got so lost in the weeds on Griffin Canning and legit reasons to like and dislike him I watched all 14 home runs he allowed last year. Eight were on his four-seamer. In 90 1/3 IP, that’s a decent number of homers allowed. He throws an 89 MPH slider 29% of the time, and, boys and five girls, that’s a lot. To compare him unfairly to Clayton Kershaw’s slider, Canning gets 29.6% strikeout rate and Kershaw gets 32.4%. Batting average against for Kershaw was .217, and Canning’s was .236. Kershaw’s OBP was .259 and Canning’s was .312. So, that’s good, but has some ways to go before it’s Kershaw’s slider. Not to mention, this is Kershaw’s slider at 31 years of age; his slider at 23 years old was, brucely, insane. And, because I started down this path for no apparent reason, Kershaw’s whiff rate on fastballs was 14% and Canning’s was 23% (he throws it roughly 94 MPH). So, nice slider, but Canning’s, uh, coming with more than one pitch. Canning’s actually got four pitches, and last year his Uncle Charlie was his 2nd best pitch. His curve was thrown 16% of the time, and produced a 29.4% strikeout rate, and only a 2% walk rate with an expected batting average of .175. Finally, for the coup de Mark Grace, hitters only made contact with Griffin Canning’s pitches 69.5% of the time. That’s actually how I ended up even writing this post (then not publishing it) and why I’m drafting him in all leagues with as late as he’s going. 69.5% contact rate is the 7th best in the majors. Would it surprise you to know the top six are basically the best six pitchers in the majors? If so, then you’re surprised easily. The top seven (in order):  Snell, Castillo, Cole, Clevinger, Scherzer, Verlander and Griffin Canning. Hello, beautiful, may I interest you in joining my fantasy team? It’s pretty much common sense, but I will spell it out to you anyway. If a pitcher is throwing pitches that the hitter can’t make contact with, then the pitcher will be successful. The guys on the list directly after Canning are equally dazzling. You have your Corbins, your deGroms, your Biebers, etc. The only reason why Canning had a 4.37 FIP last year and not, say, a mid-3 was because he wasn’t in the zone enough. That I think can come with age. Which brings me to my final point. Canning might be two years away. He only has 90 major league innings at 23 years of age. It wouldn’t 100% shock me (otherwise known as the Shock%) to see Canning have an up and down year with an eye on 2021 for his breakout. Though, at his price, I’m still happily taking the flyer everywhere, even if I already own teammate, Heaney. UPDATE: Moved all the way down in the rankings with news he has a sore elbow. Slanted text slowly scrolling away from us over a black background, “Stay far, far away.” Glad I didn’t write a sleeper post for Canning, even though I 100% did, but didn’t publish it, only to post it in this ranking’s blurb. Semantics, perhaps, but semantics aren’t just crabs you get from wearing your friend’s gotchies! 2020 Projections:  2-2/4.02/1.25/35 in 30 IP

111. John Means – I completely trust Orioles pitching. Now hold that in a mirror and read it back to me. 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.42/1.31/50 in 62 IP

112. Jake Arrieta – Member when he was good? We were younger then and you still showered five times a week. What a time to be alive! 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.40/1.39/47 in 59 IP

113. Jose Urena – After a brief foray into the closer role last year, which went about as swimmingly as Natalie Wood, Urena is headed back to the rotation. The bad news is Urena is Spanish for, “I peed in the piscina and Urena it.” The good news is I can’t think of any. 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.44/1.39/48 in 62 IP

114. Dylan Cease – You, “I’ve decided to stop wishing for Reynaldo’s relevance and started wishing for Cease. Will I be penalized for not continuing with one wish?” Me, “Yes.” 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.51/1.43/51 in 49 IP

115. Jordan Lyles – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Rangers. Mike Minor and Lance Lynn might’ve been the worst thing that ever happened to the Rangers. Now, they’re like, “Give us your tired, your weak, your wonky, and we will turn them around.” If I squint hard enough at Lyles’s stats, I’m not completely disgusted. Okay, squint and hold a hand over his walk rate. At this point in the history of terrible pitching, I’m doing a lot of squinting to try to find late gems. Jordan’s got me interested incredibly late, but unlikely drafted in 12 or 15 team mixed leagues.” And that’s me copying and pasting me! 2020 Projections: 4-3/4.31/1.31/58 in 57 IP

116. Adam Wainwright – Waiting for the Cardinals scandal to be revealed that Wainwright and Molina are actually 140 years old and have been doing blood transfusions of Alex Reyes’s blood. 2020 Projections: 4-3/4.37/1.41/53 in 62 IP

117. Miles Mikolas – If the last tier was home run prone, this tier is quote-unquote safe because of the lack of walks allowed from most of the guys in this tier. That actually might be Mikolas’s one redeeming trait. Was a bit surprised to see he throws as hard as he does (93.6 MPH), but he relies so heavily on the fastball (51.3%), that if the pitch doesn’t work, Mikolas will be eaten alive and might fit better in a dental dam tier. UPDATE: After a full offseason of rest, his forearm is still bothering him. Well, at least the flag next to his name is the same color as his team.  2020 Projections: 3-3/3.96/1.21/43 in 54 IP

118. Spencer Turnbull – He burst on the scene last year with a 3-17 record and a 4.61 ERA. Hmm, instead of ‘burst on the scene’ I should’ve said spontaneously combusted. 2020 Projections: 3-2/4.47/1.40/57 in 59 IP

119. Zach Davies – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Headed to the Padres. When you see Davies’s eephus that he calls a fastball and his strikeout rate, well, it leaves a lot to be desired. Wait, it gets worse! This year his terrible Ks went south with his luggage, and now his strikeout rate (5.8 K/9) is listed in the dictionary next to the word “bleh”. In Petco vs. Miller won’t hurt him, and he seemingly managed to limit ERA damage last year, but it’s hard to recommend him.” And that’s–well, you know. 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.36/1.35/44 in 66 IP

120. Wade Miley – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed the Reds. The Reds are stacking up to be a solid real-life rotation, but I’m a little bummed Tyler Mahle appears shoved out of the ass-end of the rotation. Never wanna shove a T. Mahle out of the ass-end of anything. Heed those words.” And that’s me copying and pasting me! 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.23/1.32/52 in 61 IP

121. J.A. Happ – One of my favorite news reports is when a guy no team would wants is being reported as having many potential teams interested in a trade. I’m going to pay a reporter to put out a story how Penelope Cruz is very interested in me. 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.44/1.31/44 in 49 IP

Tyler Beede – This is less about, “How great can Beede be?” And more about, “How bad can a pitcher in San Fran’s park be?” *sees Beede’s 5.08 ERA from last year* Okay, point taken. UPDATE: Tyler Beede said he doesn’t need surgery after revealing his UCL was only 75 percent attached. As you can imagine, the Giants are seeking a 2nd opinion. 2020 Projections: 8-12/4.51/1.41/131 in 139 IP

122. Eric Lauer – Here’s what I said when he was traded to the Brewers, “I hope Lauer got told he was going to pitching in one of the worst ballparks by Ronan Farrow. That’ll teach–*intern whispers in my ear* Now that you say it it makes a lot of sense that it’s not the same Lauer. Lauer was a guy who could’ve been a great late pick in fantasy drafts, but now? Miller Park once chewed up and spat out Zack Greinke with one of his worst ERA years. The park isn’t the kiss of death if you can strikeout everyone (Woodruff, Hader, Peralta), but it’s scary for a guy like Lauer with his 8-ish K/9 and 3+ BB/9.” And that’s me repeating myself! 2020 Projections: 3-3/4.37/1.33/55 in 59 IP

123. Chase Anderson – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Acquired by the Blue Jays. He went from a Brewer to a Jay, which shows what a gateway drug beer is. I am praying for you, drunkards, which is why I’m typing this up dressed as a praying mantis. Praise all insects. Ohm… California hasn’t changed me at all. Any hoo! Chase Anderson, my favorite pitcher who no one else likes, and who I don’t really like anymore either ends up in the AL East. That’s gonna be a woof with a side of no thanks.” And that’s giving me to you from me! 2020 Projections: 3-4/4.24/1.30/50 in 57 IP

Devin Smeltzer – Rudy’s pitcher projections have Smeltzer down for 89 IP; I’d be lying if that’s not a concern for me, and, if my nose grew when I lied, I’d look like Smeltzer. 2020 Projections: 8-11/4.31/1.34/108 in 134 IP UPDATE: With the trade of Maeda, Devin was removed from the rankings. Smeltzer ya later!

124. Ross Stripling – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Gore. I call this tier, “160 IP and one, two, three bazingas!” This tier is all guys who won’t see anywhere near a full season. They might not even see 100 IP. If they do sneak into extra innings, they could be way more valuable. Also, I could see drafting these guys higher in leagues that reward middle relievers, or shallower leagues where you can just drop these guys if they’re moved out of the rotation. As for Stripling, I mentioned this about 14,000 words ago, but the Dodgers’ rotation is shallower than it’s been in years past, but still has a bunch of middling options. A couple of injuries and Stripling might make 20 starts. By the way, I realize I’ve ranked about eighteen Dodger starters.  2020 Projections: 3-1/3.67/1.18/38 in 38 IP

125. Jordan Montgomery – With Severino and Paxton’s injuries, I’ve decided to add in Montgomery, but my first step in trying to figure out my thoughts on him led me down a trail of broken dreams about his Tommy John surgery in 2018, and shoulder issues last year. Sorta like Chris Davis, Montgomery’s already got three strikes against him. He used to work with four pitches, and, in his last full season, he was a cheap, valuable starter, so I’m not out on him for a flyer, but expecting more than 100 IP from a guy who hasn’t throw in 18 months is silly and the Yankees do have other options. 2020 Projections: 3-1/4.02/1.36/35 in 38 IP

126. Sean Newcomb – Is he in rotation? Or Touki Toussaint? Kyle Wright? Bryse Wilson? Ian Anderson? John Smoltz? I don’t blame the Braves for not trading away all of their future arms for a pitcher or hitter who is likely over-the-hill, but it’s kinda messing up things for fantasy! 2020 Projections: 3-1/3.87/1.36/41 in 43 IP

127. Shun Yamaguchi – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Blue Jays. Last year, the 32-year-old Yamaguchi went 181 IP with a 2.78 ERA, 9.6 K/9, 3.2 BB/9 and is most renown for previous work on developing pets to put in your pocket. “Is that a snake in your pocket?” “Actually…it’s a gekko.” Yamaguchi said through a translator. Since the Blue Jays spent no time developing a rotation, it’s hard to imagine Yamaguchi not seeing at least a full-throated chance for the rotation. Or until Shoemaker is hurt again.” And that’s me quoting me, again! One side note, I’m assuming Yamaguchi is in the rotation for at least part of the season. With Ryu, Shoemaker, Borucki–Well, the Jays might not have anyone throw 160 IP. 2020 Projections: 3-2/4.37/1.33/44 in 47 IP

128. Joe Ross – Been a fan of Ross for a while. He feels like a 8 K/9, 2.5 BB/9 guy with a decent ERA in, well, just under 100 IP, which is the issue. 2020 Projections: 2-1/3.84/1.34/33 in 36 UPDATE: Opted out for the season.

129. Kyle Wright – Looks like the Braves’ 5th spot is going to come down to Wright and Newcomb with the 4th spot going to F-Her. Thought process:  F-Her is useless out of the bullpen (might be useless in the rotation too), so that leaves one spot for Wright and Newcomb while Hamels is rehabbing. My guess is the Braves prefer Newcomb in the bullpen, and Wright slides into a temp position in the rotation. This is essentially the role Fried started the year out with in 2019 and ran with a rotation job all year, so Wright is ranked low, but could be huge value (or useless by May). Right? Wright! 2020 Projections: 2-2/3.47/1.29/30 in 30 IP

130. Rogelio Armenteros – He 110% sounds like a character someone made up for a video game. Does “Rogelio Armentero” wear an Astros hat or is it a hat with no team logo because the manufacturer didn’t get the rights? 2020 Projections: 2-1/4.23/1.36/27 in 28 IP

Domingo German – Strongly considered not ranking him in the top 100, and might still move him. No, I’m not that woke. Just don’t know what we’re going to see from him after he added extra POS eligibility last year and was suspended for 81 games. UPDATE: If the Yankees only play 100 games, and Domingo German needs to serve a 81 game suspension, I’d put his projections around one start. Maybe he throws a two-hitter. Wouldn’t be his first time. 2020 Projections: 7-4/4.27/1.17/77 in 71 IP

131. Tyler Mahle – This Red is hot. You know, T. Mahle. High-five the crap out of me! C’mon! That was good! No? Okay. Mahle’s ERA is muy mal (5.14), but everything else says he should’ve had a sleeper post. Well, except those pesky homers allowed (1.74 HR/9). Now he either has garbage stuff (could be possible, but unlikely) or he was unlucky. His 31.3 FB% isn’t terrible and his 20.8% HR/FB is kinda silly. Yo, you drinking Coors with that T. Mahle? Since his 9 K/9 and 2.4 BB/9 looks a bit like the peak, I’m just cautiously optimistic, and the Reds are lacking an obvious place for him in the rotation. 2020 Projections: 2-3/4.25/1.29/39 in 39 IP

132. Matt Manning – Already gave you my Matt Manning fantasy. It was written while underwater. 2020 Projections: 2-1/3.86/1.27/36 in 33 IP

133. Casey Mize – Already gave you my Casey Mize fantasy. It was written while bobbing just over Manning. 2020 Projections: 1-0/3.44/1.16/25 in 26 IP

134. Michael Kopech – Already gave you my Michael Kopech fantasy. It had too much to drink. 2020 Projections: 1-1/4.29/1.40/27 in 24 IP

135. Brent Honeywell – He made Prospect Itch’s top 75 prospects for 2020 fantasy baseball. Also, I went over him last year in my Brent Honeywell fantasy. It’s evergreen because Honeywell hasn’t pitched since. UPDATE: Underwent a decompression procedure on his UCL. Incredibly unfortunate, but Honeywell seems to be one of those guys who never makes good on his promise, due to injuries. Guess we’ll see, but I’m already made up my mind for him this year. I’ve removed him from the rankings. 2020 Projections: 2-1/3.68/1.28/34 in 30 IP

135. Edward Cabrera – Heard from an inside source that Cabrera and Sixto would be up around July, and throwing between 50-75 IP. Prospect Itch said, “Edward Cabrera is something of a supersized Sixto with more strikeouts but less command. Huge upside with upper 90s heat. Speaking of heat, Grey makes me want to grab mine.” Geez, that’s harsh. 2020 Projections: 1-2/4.18/1.31/31 in 27 IP

136. Sixto Sanchez – Prospect Itch said of this guy, “Sixto Sanchez gives Miami exactly what Denbo wants:  a fastball with enough pace to live atop the zone and a curve-change-slider, off-speed compliment to get hitters chasing down and out. His strikeout numbers haven’t been elite, but everything else has, and he’s always been young for his level. Unlike Grey who is dumb for his level.” What the hell, my dude?! 2020 Projections: 1-0/4.04/1.28/16 in 15 IP

137. Forrest Whitley – Already gave you my Forrest Whitley fantasy. It was excellent to your family, but you couldn’t make it work.  2020 Projections: 1-0/4.78/1.45/12 in 10 IP

138. Mackenzie Gore – Will we see Gore this year? My guess is not in any major way. Get it? Major way, major leagues. Wait, I don’t get it either. Gore still needs to make Double-A look foolish, then likely Triple-A, so we’re looking at July, at the earliest, and I think that’s optimistic. 2020 Projections: 0-1/4.12/1.35/11 in 13 IP

139. Rich Hill – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the end of the list. I call this tier, “I need to soak my carpal tunnel fingers after typing all of this crizzap.” This pic below was from December, weeks after it was revealed Hill needed elbow surgery and might not be back until July or later. This pic was from weeks before he signed on with the Twins. This pic made me laugh louder than it had any business. 2020 Projections: 1-1/3.31/1.16/16 in 20 IP

140. Randy Dobnak – He went through four levels last year, ending in the majors with a 1.59 ERA in 28 1/3 IP. Just think, prior to this, I thought Dobnak was just something Mork from Ork said, and, for Dobnak to repeat his 2019, he’d need to be touched by something from another world. 2020 Projections: 2-2/4.71/1.38/41 in 31 IP

141. Matt Shoemaker – If Matt really were a Shoemaker, his shoes would cause injuries. Hey, Matt, call your shoes, No Balance. 2020 Projections: 2-1/4.34/1.29/21 in 23 IP

142. Asher Wojciechowski – If you have a category in your league for Least Number Of Letters Typed Into A Search Field Before It Autofills, Wojciechowski is a top five arm. 2020 Projections: 3-5/4.41/1.34/54 in 57 IP

143. Jimmy Nelson – The Dodgers signed him to fill out their 17-man rotation. Fun times!  2020 Projections: 2-1/4.38/1.44/29 in 27 IP

144. Vince Velasquez – “Wow, Joe Girardi still looks so young.” After ten starts by Velasquez, then ten starts by Pivetta who replaces him, “Why is Joe Girardi dressed like the Grim Reaper?” Looks closer then, “Oh, he’s not dressed.” 2020 Projections: 2-3/4.64/1.37/45 in 49 IP

145. Martin Perez – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Red Sox. Just after the Winter Meetings, the Red Sox GM got in his chauffeured driven bullpen cart that was a large replica of Ted Williams head. When he thought he was out of sightline of everyone, he peeled the skin away from his chin and pulled off a mask, revealing he was really the Pirates mascot, the Pirate! Oh em gee! So, as the Red Sox transition into a small market team, they got the prize Martin, The Small Market Prizez.” And that’s me quoting me! 2020 Projections: 4-4/4.54/1.44/49 in 63 IP

146. Merrill Kelly – Read Michael Lewis’s new book The Undoing Project recently (it’s decent, no Moneyball). It opens talking about Daryl Morey and how he analyzes basketball players coming out of college, and he has a rule that stuck with me. He doesn’t allow anyone on his staff to compare players of a similar race. There’s a long explanation, but essentially it stops you from coming to bad conclusions about players. If you compare Hyun-Jin to another Asian pitcher (guilty as charged!), you might see the other pitcher as being better than he otherwise would be. It’s like, “Hyun-Jin is so good that Kikuchi must be good too.” Mostly, subconsciously, but it’s bias. So, this brings me to my point:  People only liked Kelly last year because they saw how good Mikolas was the year before.  2020 Projections: 2-3/4.27/1.33/36 in 40 IP

147. Yusei Kikuchi – For the last 1.8 million words that I’ve been typing, I’ve been listening to Lisa Loeb’s Stay in anticipation for the end because she keeps singing, Yusei…I only hear what I want to. Crap, now I have to write up my top 100 then top 500. *Lisa Simpson grumble* 2020 Projections: 3-5/4.77/1.39/47 in 62 IP

148. Homer Bailey – I could’ve also listed here Trevor “Not Garrett” Richards, Mike “My Name Sounds Like A Name Bart Simpson Would Give Mo” Leake, Trevor “Never Forget I Called Him A Sleeper The One Year He Was Good” Williams, Kyle “Rockies Pitcher Placeholder #1” Freeland, Dylan “Stop Eating Dolphins In The” Covey, Alex “Mighty Joe” Young, Nick “Breathes In Deeply Until I Feel It In My Ulcer” Pivetta, Alex “Creamed, Not On The” Cobb, Hector “You’ll Wish He Was Vince” Velasquez, Carson “Aw” Fulmer, Jordan “JZ Is WHIPped” Zimmermann, Jaime “Spanish For Neighborhood Is” Barria, Patrick “Not That” Sandoval, Kendall “One Foot In The” Graveman, Kolby M. Allard, Ryan “Banana Fanna Fo” Borucki, Alec “General” Mills, Antonio “Rockies Pitcher Placeholder #2” Senzatela, Elieser “Cummings” Hernandez, Steven “The Bat” Brault, Mike “That You Do Drop” Montgomery, Jeff “Rockies Pitcher Placeholder #3” Hoffman. They’re all rosterable in insanely deep leagues, and I feel bad for you if you have to go there.  2020 Projections:  Bleh/Burp/Belch/Gas in Farts

 
  1. ZootSuit says:
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    Sorry to spoil the “joke,” but Dan Plesac is Zach’s uncle, not his father.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      WUT?! I refuse to believe that…At best, it was a Cider House Rules scenario where Dan was the father but no one would admit it

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Awesome top 100 for SP! Not joking or kidding. Totes serious.

    a. If this is the end, are you skipping relievers? Not gonna rank ’em at least or have you gone totally SAGNOF in favor of not drafting any RP in a standard 12-team roto league?

    b. Thanks for making me read the Anibal ‘blurb’. I got to his name, thought of the movie Annabelle, scratched my armpit and then moved on to Dakota Hudson’s blurb only to read about Walter Johnson’s 50 IP reference (see above). Oh, I kid. I read Anibal’s blurb and I read Hudson’s blurb as I read all the blurbs from beginning to end with the same enthusiasm as I had for the top 10 overall. You can give me a pop quiz if you don’t believe me.

    c. In order for Gio Gonzalez to be relevant in ’20, he has to recapture his form from (almost stutterer) his first year in the NL when he struck out ALL the pitchers he faced. In a reversal of fortune, in order for him to be successful in the AL he has strike out ALL the DH’s he has to face, which he won’t, which is why I will never own or draft Gio Gonzalez in ’20.

    d. I hope she brought a gas mask with her on her trip to Hamilton, Ontario. From burning tires to the smell coming from the Stelco and Dofasco steel mills she might need it. Although Big Steel in Hamilton has tried to reduce the pollution emissions and the AQI is livable despite the steel mill emissions.

    e. Gibson is gonna get blown up in Arlington! First time, second time, third time and all the time through the rotation. Just my $0.02.

    f. MLB quote of the day for July 15, 1999

    ‘If I did something stupid – something I shouldn’t be doing – it would be all over the nation. I would be such a hypocrite, I’d let everyone down. That’s why I go to the ballpark, and I go home. Park. Home. Park. Home.’

    Josh Hamilton

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, Ante! A. Relievers will be ranked in the top 500, and Rotowan ranks them

      B. Don’t skip blurbs, Ante, none of this will make sense. “This” is life.

      C. Yeah, highly unlikely

      D. So woke!

      E. Arlington is a pitchers’ park now

      F. Haha, awesome!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Don’t take away Rotowan’s bread, man. Gotcha on RP being in the top 500.

        b. I swear you are absolutely right on skipping blurbs. Every blurb can have potential information that can win you the ‘ship. Don’t draft this or that pitcher ’cause you know he’ll get XX IP or won’t pitch in ’20 (even though Grey told he would be up by Super 2) is all on those who don’t read and devour every single word of every single blurb. Can I get an amen?

        b. Arlington’s a pitcher’s park? Damn, when did that happen. Is it possible for someone to do a quick analysis on whether parks are hitters’ or pitchers’ parks and if there was a change this year? Where do I find such information about parks moving in or out fences?

        c. Josh Hamilton, so much potential. I autodrafted him the year he hurt his shoulder because I was doing my draft in Sudan. I had to walk from our guest house to the office and underestimated how long it would take to start up my computer and the internet etc. I also forgot to take into account being attacked by an angry mob of stray male dogs completely encircling the one stray female dog. They thought I would cut into their turf. I had to hide until they finished passing me. So that would have been the 2009 season. I’ve hated Hamilton since.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Gots to get that bread, homey!

          B. AMEN!

          B. Can look at ESPN’s park factors (google it), about only thing ESPN is good for — Arlington changed parks this year — Miami brought in their fences too — think that’s only 2 differences

          C. Yeah, shame, but a teachable moment

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!

            a. Yes, exactly. I heard about Miami moving in the fences 10 feet here on this hallowed site! Thank you.

            b. Will check into ESPN park factors and if there was a change or not. Actually, who cares if it changed or not. Just hitter or pitcher park and then if your pitcher pitches in a hitters park…He better not walk too many.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              A. No problem

              B. It’s not gonna show a change, bc it’s for last year

  3. Brett Adkisson says:
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    I found your Chris Bassitt projections interesting. Do you anticipate them going to a six man rotation, or Bassitt making the five man rotation? Most projections I’ve read have #1 Manaea, #2 Montas, #3 Fiers, #4 Luzardo, & #5 Puk. I own him and was prepared to drop him pre-season, but you have me second guessing myself. He had a good year last year, and I expected more this year, until Oakland announced both Luzardo & Puk will start.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I haven’t seen any talk that Puk would replace Bassitt — I’ve heard talk Puk will start in minors

  4. Tom says:
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    2 guys from last year that were ranked 100 or above are in this year’s top 20, 4 others are in this year’s top 40 the question is which guys from that 100 and above group this year can make the same jump next year?

    • Donkey Teeth

      Donkey Teeth says:
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      Lindblom, Lopez , Cease, Wood, Yamaguchi

      • Cram It says:
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        Pssssh, crazy talk. It’s obviously Keller, Mahle, Smeltzer, Newcomb, German.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Roll the dice, Tom! My thoughts are in the post

  5. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Congrats on finishing the positional ranks! Lol’d at the Loeb bit (used to rep her, delightful!; also: never didn’t have that song in my head for at least the rest of the day).

    A few guys stand out here as nice dart throws for $1 or reserve round…

    Miley had a nice random (pretty high K!) season before falling apart at the end of the season (+ derailing not one, but two of my championship bids!). Nonetheless, I could see buying back in with that revamped Reds lineup and NL opponents.

    Happ was terrible last year, but wouldn’t surprise me if he came back closer to his 2018 or 2017 season or had good stretches.

    Roark is another nice surprising high K guy…great on the As last year for what he was, though not jazzed about him in AL east..

    One unrelated question:

    In a 12 team keeper league (keep 7 forever with $3 inflation, $260 budget). How much could you see Yelich going for at auction if he’s the only top 20 bat available?

    I can keep him for $50, but would have to drop coffin sled Glasnow at $12 into the auction pool. This league is obsessed with young aces, eg, walker buehler plus a smaller piece like Eddie Rosario could probably snag a dirt cheap Bellinger-quality player.

    Gotta keep Yelich so I don’t get sucked into a bidding war to redraft him, right?

    Thanks again!

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Yes I’d keep him. Evey league is different but I’d guess he goes for at least $60.

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Good point, thanks DT! And I imagine price only goes up in keepers when there’s fewer top guys to bid on in the draft…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lisa Loeb is so hot

      Miley and Happ scare me — As Rudy said recently to me, I want Rangers pitchers — so maybe Gibson, but he scares me too, tbh

      At least $55, I’d think

      • Cram It says:
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        I’ve always been more of a Natalia Imbruglia and “Torn” guy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          She’s smoking too… Next up, Top 20 Cougar Singers for 2020 Fantasy

          • Cram It says:
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            Yes! I want on the committee.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, signed you up!

    • Space Wrangler says:
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      Grey,

      Ian Happ plus Keiber Ruiz for Moustakas. 14-team roto dynasty.

      Moose or the young guys?

      Thanks man!!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Moose

        • Space Wrangler says:
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          Thanks!

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            No problem

  6. goodfold2 says:
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    ah always good to see the last guy and the nicknames.

    • goodfold2 says:
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      but who are the “rockies placeholders” holding anything for, chi chi? lambert? a.”cheeseman” goudeau? lucas “my name would be what a modern day creature from the black lagoon would use as his go underground to dodge the scientists/governments name” gilbreath?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, nice

  7. Curious George says:
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    Fun fact: Marco Gonzales rakes. It’s a shame he is stuck in the AL and we miss out on him joining the likes of mad bum and syndergaard in belittling the abilities of mlb pitchers.

    • You Get Murdered First For Once says:
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      it’s not just grey here that doesn’t think much of marco G. here’s the blurb from ron shander’s yearly prognosticating tome that pretty much was the first publicized attempt to merge fantasy baseball to bill james-like skills evaluations back from the early 80’s (and yes we all know ron shandler himself has been a fantasy league bum for at least 10ish years, BUT his guide (and baseballHQ’s website) are quite respected by say rudy for one)

      : ” when your average fastball velo is a number usually reserved for public radio stations, you don’t have much margin for error. Gave back most skills gains from 2018 and even lost a tick. One of only 15 SP to crack 200 innings, but then you see the XERA (expected ERA from this site/book, which was 5.11 and never outside of 2018 lower than 4.6) and XWHIP (1.38, which USED to be his only positive trait, the low WHIP) and righty wonder if that’s a good thing.”

      they have a overall skill rating called BPX (which is an indexed to a 100 stat for league average in any given year, stands for expected base performance value) here’s marco’s last 4 years of that: 75, 135 (2018’s), 73, 38 (this one here WAS from the NL and STL’s minors)

      so if you are in some type of points league where you get WAY more points just for pitching a lot of innings regardless of every other thing that occurred in those innings, or AL onlyies with decently high min innings per week, or just a deep h2h league that has innings pitched as a category (i’m in a 20 team h2h redraft just like that) by all means, he’s usable.

      • Curious George says:
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        That’s all great… all I said was I wish he was in the nl so we could watch him hit.

        • You Get Murdered First For Once says:
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          sorry, i thought it odd that “rake” was used here, figured you just transferred it to mean “good at” rather than “good at hitting”. he very well might be a good hitter, of course haven’t seen it in years, shame i don’t remember back when he hit for STL, i mean i remember seeing it, but i don’t remember if it was demonstrably better than most other pitchers when they hit.

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            He was a two way player at Gonzaga and won the John olerud award. In an obviously extremely small sample size from when he was hitting for the cards

            NL (3 yrs) 11 AB 4 H 2 2B .364/.364/.545

            • You Get Murdered First For Once says:
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              i’m completely wowed that he somehow only had 11 AB in multiple years while up for STL. he was hurt a lot of course and probably never even got in a full season, but 11 AB?! i’d bet he actually has more at bats for SEA since then (obv only interleague road games, but he’s been healthy mostly for 3 years at SEA)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Interesting, You Get Murdered First For Once!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      With the M’s lineup, Marco Gonzales should get ABs

  8. Fungazi 2.0 says:
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    Don’t be sleepin on Nick “Breathes In Deeply Until I Feel It In My Ulcer” Pivetta, he’s been getting jacked all off season with a bunch of guys like Flaherty and Giolitto, hell even Thor has been seen running around with his shirt off to get everyone pumped up. He’s officially “a completely different pitcher” otherwise known as best shape of his life.

    • You Get Murdered First For Once says:
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      ah just in time to already be out of the rotation of course. he’s actually listed currently as only 4th guy from saves current too. however, V2 is one guy “in” the rotation, so that shouldn’t be hard to dislodge if he actually can control his offspeed stuff again (which never happened last year)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I bet Girardi calms down Phils saves shituation

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not to poo-poo such valuable information as Best Shape of His Life, but are pitchers supposed to get jacked? That seems like opposite of pitchers training

      • Curious George says:
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        saw this news saying thor is getting jacked this year… it went really well for him in 2017 when he tore his lat, said he knew his body best and didn’t need a MRI, then had to sit out the rest of the season

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I’m so far off Noah for his price, and have been for a while

      • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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        The article says he was always getting jacked in past years too, but this one he’s especially focused on improving the connection between his rib cage and pelvis with the intention of making his delivery “clean and efficient”

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Sounds like a mollusk…Who the hell builds connective tissue

          • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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            Dinelson Clamet

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Why do you insult him?

              • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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                LOL nicely salted indeed

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Haha, love me some clam, so giddy up!

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    That sounds awful in hindsight

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Might not be talking about hindsight, in hindsight

                    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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                      Settle down Grey this is too much excitement for Nick Pivetta banter

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Pivetta gets me crazy!

      • Ante Galic says:
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        Grey!!!

        a. Your comments about guys getting jacked cracks me up. ‘Member when a hitter (can’t remember who) got jacked and was terrible. Honestly, can’t remember who it was.

        b. Chris Davis is still owed 92 million dollars!! That’ll buy a shizz ton of adderall.

        Cheers,
        Ante

        • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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          Benintendi got jacked last year, now he’s gotten unjacked for this year

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          A. Yandy

          B. HAHA

          • Ante Galic says:
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            Grey!

            It was someone in the 80s/90s like Dave Henderson or Andruw Jones.

            Cheers,
            Ante

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hmm…Not sure

              • Ante Galic says:
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                Grey!!

                Ron Gant and only for 1 year and then went back to his normal routine. Maybe, it’s in the recesses of the Reese’s Pieces of my mind.

                Cheers,
                Ante

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Ron Gant was a beast, though

  9. Phil says:
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    Pick one of the three as a keeper (6×6 roto league, which is basic 5×5 plus OPS and holds):

    Eddie Rosario, Joey Gallo or Ramon Laureano

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      box wine, he gets quite the bump in OPS/OBP’s and/or total bases leagues.

    • Donkey Teeth

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      Laureano for me

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      OPS — Gallo, but he does worry me overall

      • The Harrow says:
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        i’m guessing the OPS rater has some of that wrist stuff baked in as well, even though it does have him down for the 58th best hitter per game (nearly same number just for totals too, so maybe not baked in) it seemed last year he might’ve been a little bit higher there.

        • Grey

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          Yeah, I’m off Gallo this year, way too much risk…But OPS keeper seems kinda baked in for him

          • The Harrow says:
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            i’d rather have a wrist with a lot of time off of it than a recent shoulder problem, but yeah, unless his ADP is lower from this me not so happy currently as i target this dude basically everywhere. and def not removing him from keeper status in OPS’s yet.

            • Grey

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              I wouldn’t target him in redrafts…I’m out big time

              • The Harrow says:
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                being in so few 5×5’s with AVG he’s a yearly target for me normally, but even in OPS’s this isn’t good. worst part is last updates on him are from sept.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah

  10. Big Magoo

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    Looks like we’ve arrived at stream city, aka the “wtf happened to my ratios” group when you check the standings in the morning.

    Stripling is the only guy that I’m actively targeting here. Among pitchers who’ve thrown at least 100 innings as a starter since 2018 (180 SPs), he’s produced a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Most impressively, his 6.33 K/BB is the 5th best out of those 180 players, just ahead of Bieber, Carrasco, deGrom, and Cole. Command, run prevention, and the Dodgers. Could do worse.

    It seems like I’m in the minority, but I’m not terribly impressed with what the Reds have done this offseason. Their biggest needs (at least in my mind) were CF, RP, and SS, and they filled those spots with a 30-something from Japan who’s never played in MLB, Pedro Strop, and a returning Freddy Galvis. Their mediocre defense got worse by signing a 3B to play 2B and one of the worst fielding corner outfielders in baseball. They also locked two of their best young players out of playing time in the process. Doesn’t make a ton of sense to me from a real life perspective, and I’m surprised at how bullish so many are on their SPs from a fantasy perspective.

    • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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      it’s that pitching coach who had everybody on MIL (not literally everybody, but damn close) 2 years ago pitching far over their heads. it’s funny that i have no clue what his name is, but i’ve certainly read a lot about him since that MIL year 2 years ago, then last year he moved to CIN. both horrible pitching parks, but in both cases everybody did quite good.

      IF he suddenly made r. louis stephenson a good starter i’m sure the entire world would never second guess this guy as the greatest pitching whisperer there is currently, but that’s likely asking far too much. plus they don’t have room for him anymore anyway.

      – yeah blocking senzel and india is quite stupid. they got one of those “hey let’s sell the fans this year that we’ll suddenly start trying to win” vibe going that some teams do from time to time (less commonly seen than say 10 years ago). i just checked, and contrary to like 2 days ago mostsuckass is listed at 3B and vanmeter is off BN to be good side platooner as of now. doubt this sticks, but still. oh yeah, it’s from the suarez shoulder surgery. to be fair, if a low market team ever was going to attempt this in that garbage division THIS is probably one of the best years to say they’re doing it, MIL got worse, STL had a garbage offense and got worse (unless they get positive regression from quite a few old guys all at once), CUBS didn’t get any better and for some reason with all that money they have left chatwood in rotation(?!), and bote starting, PIT tanking entirely (also probably too cheap to bring up oliva, hayes, cruz) on top of being by far easiest division to win last year.

      • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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        QS + holds rater (the majority of leagues i’m in have both so i tend to look there) has strip being the 10th best per game pitcher, albeit only getting 91 innings. so basically own all the time when he’s starting. like otani the hitter (last year OPS rater had him for like 15th best hitter per game, this year only 21st) but a pitcher version.

        • Big Magoo

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          I’d take the over on 91 IP for Stripling. Probably bet on around 130-140. The Dodgers lost Ryu and Hill and will want to limit the workloads of May and Gonsolin.

        • Big Magoo

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          Not to mention Urias too

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        I think that coach is a big reason why Miley signed there this offseason too. But remember how Ray Searage was thought of a few years ago? How about Mickey Calloway when he went to the Mets? How did Castillo do in the 2nd half, or Bauer once he arrived in Cincy? Or Stephenson ever? Good coaching can certainly help, but I don’t think it’s as big of a factor as home park, defense, bullpen support, or level of divisional competition (at least the Reds SPs have a check mark in that column).

        • Eli Man Penguin Boy says:
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          yeah searage actually had some results for a minute there, issue is last time he did it was like 7 or so years ago. here this guy i have no idea what his results looked like pre-MIL-2 years ago but damn good since. it’s like CUBS’ GM’s rep, sure he “got rid of a goat curse” and had BOS win for 1st time in a while but almost all of his moves for the last 5 years look pretty gross. the rep lives on far longer than it clearly should in these guys cases.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Stripling is interesting in deeper leagues and when he’s in rotation, but Dodgers seem stacked to gills with too many SPs and sound like they want Price too

      re: Reds — Gray, Castillo, Bauer and DeSclafani interest me — if they are all good (doubtful, but I like them), then they could be good enough in that division

      Shogo is a bit of an unknown, but if he’s Adam Eaton-lite, it’s enough

      • Big Magoo

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        Stripling is going around 300 overall right now, and he projects well on a per-start basis. I always prefer quality over quantity in a standard 12 team mixed league, so that’s why I’ve bumped him up a bit.

        Don’t think that the Dodgers necessarily want Price, but they might be willing to take on his contract if it means giving up less in terms of prospect capital to get a Mookie deal done.

        I remember seeing a top 100 prospect list recently (can’t remember if was MLB.com or BP) in which foreign players were eligible, and Shogo didn’t make an appearance. Can’t say that I’ve been terribly impressed with his highlight reel of slapping weak liners to the opposite field either.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yup, we’re on same page with Stripling, I like him

          I compared him to Adam Eaton, that’s not exactly a rave endorsement…People also once raved about Fukudome…I’m talking about how Shogo could be enough for real baseball bc you were saying you weren’t impressed with Reds…

          • Big Magoo

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            Shogo might be great, who knows. I’ve seen and read interviews from a few prospect writers and journalists who cover Japanese baseball and they’re not exactly glowing with enthusiasm over him. Good, but not great, defender who’s starting to lose range seems to be a stock line. And i just mentioned the highlight reel cause isn’t that supposed to show, you know, highlights? Just kept seeing humpback liners. Almost felt like some kind of practical joke.

            • Grey

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              Ha, yeah, I wasn’t that impressed by him or Tsutsugo either, but maybe a late flyer — Rays are gonna prolly platoon their guy too

  11. Charlie says:
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    Grey,

    I have no questions for you today, but just want to thank you again for all of your great work! Your rankings are truly a g-d send in the fantasy community and I can’t thank you enough for all of the time, energy, hard work and wealth of knowledge you pour into your rankings every year!

    Cheers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, Charlie!

  12. Dave says:
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    SLEEPING on my man Tarik Skubal. Gonna be better than Manning and Mize.

    • The Harrow says:
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      oh baby i wish we could book a bet on this one. i would get EITHER of manning + mize and see who’s better at end of their careers and you’d only win if it was skubal? obviously i’d have to lay you huge odds to get anybody to take your side of that as nearly all people would take manning or mize ahead.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      What about Ian Anderson?

      • The Harrow says:
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        my guess is he’s a DET fan and skubal was one of the biggest movers (from like nothing to top 50ish overall) this last year for prospectors. but basically nobody has skubal nor i.anderson higher long term than either of manning or mize.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, maybe

          • Dave says:
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            Not a Det fan just a fan of nasty lefties. He’s going to surprise everyone…except me :)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, nice

            • The Harrow says:
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              the dude went from not even a top 300 guy to something in the 50-100 range overall for a lot of people, so i doubt anybody is surprised if he does well. now those same people WILL be surprised if he does better than BOTH of manning and mize across all 3’s entire careers, which is what you said would happen.

              • Grey

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                Yeah, true

  13. BBHHI says:
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    Grey;

    Here’s me quoting me: “Grey almost really got it, but then didn’t quite”.

    Bassett has four pitches that move eye level and batter balance, all of which play well off a solid fastball foundation.

    Here’s me quoting me again: “Bassett may be one of the most underrated pitchers going forward (subject to health) – he’s just hard to square up, but doesn’t visually or analytically impress. Nevertheless, he’s going to deliver Grey’s projections year-in and year-out (e.g. sub 4 era with solid, if unspectacular strike-out contribution)”.

    Here’s Grey quoting himself, after realizing that he should have trusted his instincts more (?): _____________________________________

    • Donkey Teeth

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      I like the Bassitt Hound

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t fully follow, but I like Bassitt in the post above

  14. Game of Throws says:
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    I’m drafting Zach Efflin, Zach Plesac, and Zach Davies and calling my team Zach Attach. We will not attack you as much as we will attach ourselves to the bottom of the standings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

    • Nitro says:
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      What about Zac Gallen?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        I love Zac Gallen

      • Long Balls says:
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        Greinke too. Sure are a lot of Zach’s that pitch, ain’t that right, preppy?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha

  15. Silent Heat says:
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    Yes it would shock me because Justus looks like he is at least 40 years old.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, Latin 22

      • Silent Heat says:
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        Phew, just got back from an eyeball massage after reading that.

        Why no Tony G Gonsolin? too many starters or don’t like stuff?

        He is a Silent Heat Super Sleeper.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Tony G. Gonsolin is gonna struggle to get the IP w/out some injuries

          • Silent Heat says:
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            Who do you think is next man up when Fragile Alex breaks his finger putting on his batting gloves on about April 10th?

            • Silent Heat says:
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              Or when Healthy, Strong, Thick, Big gets traded to Minnesota

  16. James says:
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    Great write up. Appreciate this site!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  17. William Hung says:
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    goddamn Quintana – i want to burn this Top 100 SPs article to the ground

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      HAHA

  18. Woody Allen says:
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    HI Grey/Razzball – long time listener, first time caller. I’ve been following the site and reading the comments for years and I think it’s time that I gave my fantasy baseball testimonial (not self-righteous at all). I just wanted to say that I couldn’t agree more with waiting on pitchers and I have more than enough proof of why I think so. I’m in a keep 6 forever, head-to-head category league and I’ve given up on keeping pitchers no matter the cost. I’ve kept a pitcher 5 times and needless to say, I’ve had some pretty terrible luck:
    Jose Fernandez (2014) – Tommy John Surgery
    Stephen Strasburg (2015) – 127 innings pitched and 3.46 ERA due to injuries
    Jose Fernandez (2016) – Great season, finally thought I had found “the one” but then the boat accident happened (RIP JoFer)
    Stephen Strasburg (2018) – 130 innings pitched and 3.74 ERA due to injuries
    Blake Snell (2019) – 107 innings pitched and 4.29 ERA due to injuries (didn’t want to keep him but went against my gut and did it anyways, never go against a taco filled gut)

    At the end of every year I try to find other teams that want a good pitcher as a keeper and trade my best pitcher + a hitter for their best hitter. This past weekend I traded Alonso and Flaherty (who I wasn’t even going to keep) for Lindor. Because of a few of these types of trades, some luck on the waiver wires and some good drafts, I’ve amassed a keeper list of Acuna, Betts, Treat Urner, Arenado, Lindor and Matt Olson. My plan for my draft this year is to focus on power and arms and I think that’ll leave me in good shape for the season.
    I also just wanted to mention that I waited on pitching last year and drafted Flaherty and Clevinger and ended up winning my league. I know this isn’t the outcome to expect in every single draft but I think it’s a good indication of what could happen if you don’t spend early picks on pitchers.
    Thank for reading and apologies for the long post – just wanted to share a success story of waiting on pitchers and always trading them away at the end of the year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That’s awesome! Amen, Woody! I agree 100%!

  19. ElBoss says:
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    Good morning Grey, amazing work as usual, I don’t know how you do it! I’d like to see some of your thoughts on relievers if you have any time to delve into that before the season starts, maybe even just a relievers sleepers post. Hit me up when you start playing disc golf!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I could see doing a RPs sleepers post, but I won’t go over all RPs… They will be in my top 500 tho

      • ElBoss says:
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        Hell yeah man, enjoy the day!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  20. frankgrimes says:
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    Rudy be doing the mixed tonight or is he in an only league?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m in Only, he’s doing mixed — you’d think opposite tho, right? Say right, Grimey!

      • frankgrimes says:
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        Haha. Flowers is drafting 12th!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t try to drag me into another beef, Grimey!

  21. uncle ernie says:
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    Just wanted to thank you for your great articles and Insight. Makes opening day seem not so far off at all. Great job!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, Uncle Ernie!

  22. Coolwhip

    Coolwhip says:
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    Remember when Arrieta and Lester was a dominate 1-2 in Chicago? Pepperidge Farm remembers.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Pepperidge Farms might be the only one

  23. G says:
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    Hey Grey,

    First question if the year. Been diggin all the posts.

    With Trea, Lindor, Arenado, Snell, and Paddack as my 5 keepers, Withe the 9th overall pick, if I am faced with choosing Between Olson, Mondesi, and Rizzo would you go with Olson despite having Mondesi ahead of him In your ranks because of having steals with Turner? I’m hoping I Can snag Mondesi on the way back with my 2nd pick.

    Second question for the same team above. Arenado is a 6th rounder for me, losing a round each consecutive year until he is a 2nd rounder and cannot keep him anymore. What’s you thoughts on trading him preseason for Eloy who can be kept as a 10th rounder this year and losing a round each year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Arenado as a 6th rounder…And take Olson

      • G says:
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        Thanks G. Thoughts on trading Paddack for Eloy? Paddack would be 11th rounder and Eloy 10th. That would mean I start draft with Arenado, Lindor, Trea, Eloy, and Snell. I don’t know if other team would do it but back and forth as to whether it may be easier to start my draft with Snell and Paddack although I always value hitters over pitchers

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’d take Eloy

  24. Peacecoast says:
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    hey when is the NFBC drafts did I miss them fuk sake

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, like a week or two after we announce RCLs next week

      • Peacecoast says:
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        can I be in your league I will fukin wreck u

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Weird, because I just put our two names into a War Room and it said I won and you came in last

  25. LaRockakis says:
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    Thinking about trading my German Marquez + JD Martinez for Devers.

    This seems like overpayment, but I’m not planning on keeping Marquez anyway.

    Thoughts? Thots?

    • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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      in a dynasty i’d do this since jd mart’s age.

      • LaRockakis says:
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        Keeper forever league, so similar to dynasty.

        • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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          That’s an easy Devers for me. Marquez is equally likely to harm (not help) your team + JDM is not in the top 20 for redrafts this year (but Devers is).

          FWIW, I tried nearly that exact trade in my keeper league (I offed Brantley instead of Marquez), and the Devers owner wasn’t close to taking it, so if you can get Devers in that, I’d go for it!

          • LaRockakis says:
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            Thanks, Duda! I agree. I know I’ll have to overpay for Devers, but I found a team with weak pitcher keepers so I figured I’d “overpay” with a pitcher I don’t plan on keeping anyway. #ExpiringAssets

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Easy Devers

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Do it!

      Mancini!

  26. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Hey Grey – which side do you like in a 12-team OBP OPS keep forever league?

    $7 Vlad + $5 Soler

    or

    $5 Robert + $5 Hiura

    Either pair would join my current keepers of $11 Bellinger, $13 Story, $8 Soto. So, big pop and strong OBP, some but not a ton of speed.

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So close…I guess Vlad

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        Thanks! I’m the Vlad owner in that scenario – the Robert owner offered me a follow up offer of Soler ($5) for Laureano, Robert or Hiura. I know Laureano and Soler are similarly ranked in redraft, with Robert behind that, and Hiura TBD pending Top 100 ranks . . . but does that change in this keeper OBP/OPS format?

        Thanks!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Oh…Hmm, I think you have to hold Vlad

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            Sorry for the confusion – in the second version offered by the Robert owner, I would be keeping Vlad. I would only be trading him Soler and flipping Soler for one of the others.

            So: in OBP/OPS keeper… move Soler only for 1 of Robert, Hiura, or Laureano? (each of these guys only costs $5)

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Oh…Soler for Hiura? Yes, please

  27. Jj says:
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    Thoughts about B Keller and Elieser Hernandez?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I ranked Keller and I see nothing from Elieser right now

  28. Dave D says:
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    What the Eff??? I officially proclaim 2020 the year of the Zach (no offense to the Zacks’). Im in on any player named Zach.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      All in on Zach(K)s!

  29. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    Just looking through rosters today and it’s the first time I noticed that the Dentist is on the Indians. Wouldn’t it be funny if this is the year that it all came together for him and he took playing time away from Mercado?

  30. theebigjuan says:
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    Excellent analysis, couched in an easy to read format. Glad I found this group.

    I’m in a league that has W-L+QS and 2*s-bs+h. I’ve dug up some projections on QS, BS and H from ESPN and others by trolling the net, but figured I’d ask this group if you have any references. We adjusted these cats in our league to balance the value between SP and RP.

    Gracias.

  31. uncle ernie says:
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    Hi Grey. I need keep 3 of these guys. Bellinger $16 Story $11 Lindor $13 Turner $9.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ugh, no easy choice here…I guess lose Lindor

      • uncle ernie says:
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        Or Scherzer at $29. Guess I could draft him if I can afford him then.

        • uncle ernie says:
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          That would leave me Verlander as my only pitcher keeper. Drafting a Pitcher would then become an importance.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Yeah

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah

          • uncle ernie says:
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            Is that a yeah to dropping Scherzer

  32. baby seal says:
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    Would’v bet my life Teheran had an ERA over 4, and likely over 5… WTF?!?

    Some of these guys had real kooky years. The Lawyer tier (great name, btw), could also be named “Gag Reflex” (but your name is wayyy better), guess I’d roll w/ Samardzija if there was a gun to my head.

    Tanaka NFBC ADP is ludicrous–229 last I looked. He was the 65th overall SP last year. Hellooooo??? Someone took him around 110 overall last year in my home league, and I neaarly choked to death laughing.

    What did this mean?: “slash-axl-and-the-other-guy”

    The Yanks really should’ve signed Strasburg too, not sure what they were thinking, clearly the team has gone soft and doesn’t want to win. The Boss is rolling in his grave.

  33. mets3145 says:
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    woooooow – Dodgers now have Bellinger and Betts in that OF

  34. Herschel says:
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    #FreeVerdugo

  35. Succos Baseball says:
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    Matt Hall sounds like a Create-A-Player in MLB The Show

  36. mryan11710 says:
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    Do you think Ross is gonna pitch over Voth?

    Voth changed something with his mechanics last year that lead to a nice spike in the AAA K%. His curve is very good. Spins more than his teammate Strasburg who I hear has a good one.

    • Grey

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      Yes, my bet is on Ross, but it’s not clearcut, obviously

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