Before we get into the top 20 2nd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball, let’s go bobbing for clickbait.  Here’s my top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseballtop 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball, top 20 catchers for 2018 fantasy baseball and the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball. So, without further hubbub on the tomfoolery, the top 20 2nd basemen were shallow like how Altuve likes his pool water as recently as three years ago, then bounced back two years ago, then were drowning in a puddle last year.  So, what about this year?  Thanks for the expository segue!  As always, my projections are included and I mention where I see tiers starting and stopping.  Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball:

1. Jose Altuve – Went over him in the top 10 for 2018 fantasy baseball.

2. Jose Ramirez – Went over him in the top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball.

3. Anthony Rizzo – Went over him in the top 20 for 2018 fantasy baseball.

4. Dee Gordon – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Dozier.  I call this tier, “Ceiling fan in a tiny house.”  By the tier name I mean, these guys were just barely above the next tier.  Here’s what I said when Jeter unloaded Gordon quicker than Minka Kelly, “Dee Gordon was traded to the Mariners because Jerry Dipoto got a call from his mother that went like this, “How many titles did Theo Epstein have by the time he was your age?”  Jerry Dipoto put down the phone, turned to a mirror and yelled, “You’re better than this!”  The Mariners have tried this whole center field SAGNOF gambit before:  Jarrod Dyson, Chone Figgins.  All a play to get back to the days of wine and roses and Ichiros?  Maybe.  Trading for a guy turning 30 in April who relies on his legs seems to be a meh move — mehve? — but we’re here for the fantasy.  Last year, Gordon stole a league-high 60 bags, though Hamilton had an award-winning musical.  Gordon’s line drive rate was up year over year, but he did have a PEDs suspension, so not much to learn there.  His batted ball profile is eerily similar for the last few years, and I see no reason why anything would change in 2018.  He’s going to be playing center field now, which should make for some interesting relay throws involving the entire outfield, but that won’t affect Gordon’s hitting.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2018 Projections: 108/2/36/.292/54 in 633 ABs.

5. Brian Dozier – I hate that he’s going to be 31 years old in May, and he seems to be a drag in the 1st half, but his peripherals look like he can do what he’s done the last two years for one more year.  What has he done the last two years?  Averaged 38 HRs, 17 SBs and .270, so, yeah, kinda butter.  2018 Projections:  105/30/84/.266/13 in 609 ABs

6. Jonathan Schoop – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Cano.  I call this tier, “Good old fashioned side.”  By the tier name I mean, this guys will give you a solid floor of stats, without a ton of downside or upside, just good old fashioned side.  As for Schoop, I nearly put him in the tier with Gordon and Dozier, but Schoop’s lack of steals left him out.  Why does this matter?  Because players in tiers are interchangeable.  If I said Schoop, Dozier and Gordon were in the same tier, then I’m saying you can draft Dozier, Gordon or Schoop and it’s the same diff, which I don’t think it is.  Semantics-shemantics, I guess.  By the way, shemantics sounds derogatory AF.  Any hoo!  Schoop’s walk rate, while still low, is moving in the right direction.  Number of pitches he swung at outside the zone dropped dramatically, as well as the number of pitches in general, i.e., his increased plate discipline looks legit.  Maybe he’s not a .293 hitter like last year, but he looks better than the .265-.275 he was before last year.  The power is obviously real, too.  For a 26-year-old, he looks remarkably safe for 27-32 HRs and .280-.290.  There’s more about Schoop in the video, as well.  2018 Projections:  91/30/102/.286/1 in 602 ABs

7. Daniel Murphy – Before I rank players, I look at their standard 5×5 stats.  Then I look to see if they make sense.  If a guy has a high average and BABIP, I check his batted ball profile to make sure he hits the ball hard, etc.  This was me for Murphy, “.322 average with a .341 BABIP?  He better hit some serious line drives.”  *sorts line drive rates, sees Murphy has the best line drive rate for last year*  So, Murphy is a .320 hitter, fair enough.  I do have two notes in my iCal.  One note says check on Murphy’s microfracture knee surgery, and the other note says to buy Cougs an anniversary gift for 2015. 2018 Projections:  79/22/98/.318/3 in 520 ABs

8. Chris Taylor – Ya know what he feels like?  A potential trap for not trusting his breakout.  You look at his numbers and expect him to not repeat last year, and he goes and repeats it.  Yes, all his numbers scream outliers, but don’t mess with not trusting legitimate swing adjustments.  I believe the 20-homer power, and the 17 SBs looks repeatable.  The one part of his game that seems a bit high might be his .288 average.  25% K-rate is a tad high, but he does hit plenty of line drives so hopefully it doesn’t bottom out to .260, but it could.  2018 Projections:  104/20/62/.273/17 in 603 ABs

9. Robinson Cano – Either he will be the epitome of this tier with just some side, and no upside, or he will be the one guy to disappoint and have downside.  I see no upside anymore for Cano.  Yes, I am a bit of an ageist, but 35 years old does not scream career about to peak, unless his hearing is going and he is literally screaming.  It’s funny (not funny) that people are getting excited about the Mariners.  Have you seen their pitching?  *shudders*  And the middle of their lineup — Cano and Cruz — are a lot closer to retirement than their prime.  Told ya it was funny (not funny)!  2018 Projections:  84/20/94/.274/1 in 598 ABs

10. Rougned Odor – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Albies.  I call this tier, “2nd base is Neil deGrasse Tyson.”  By the tier name I mean, this players will either show how deep 2nd base is, or they will be revealed as a imposters and, instead of finding out you’re smart for drafting them, you will discover their brilliance is a scam and they’re spouting science they learned from an online course, and 2nd base is actually crazy shallow.  As for Odor, I nearly wrote a sleeper post for him, but I figured I went in so hardcore last year, that you kinda know where I stand when it comes to what he’s capable of on the upside of things.  You also know what he could do on the downside of things after what he did do last year.  His .224 BABIP was crazy low for him, but his Ks went up, he never walks and he flies out a ton, so, while the BABIP should come up, to get anywhere near a .300 BABIP (and a .270 average) it would take a small miracle.  He’s closer to a .245 hitter if his Ks stay near 25%.  With 30 homers and 15 SBs, there’s value there, but unless he can hit .270 again like in 2016, there’s definitely room for him to hit .205 again and just be death.  Also, I went over him in the video.  2018 Projections:  72/31/86/.241/14 in 598 ABs

11. Whit Merrifield – *takes a deep breath* Sighs.  I don’t know.  For every positive, there’s a negative.  His HR/FB% doesn’t scream aberration, but his home runs didn’t travel far on average.  He stole 34 bags, but that’s a career high when including his minor league years.  He hit .288 and didn’t have an obscene BABIP, but his walks dropped.  He seems like a guy that needs to pull the ball for his power, and is likely closer to a 16-homer guy than the 19 last year.  Like four of his home runs last year, I’m really on the fence with him.  Gonna be a call on where he ends up being drafted.  2018 Projections:  89/15/59/.279/22 in 597 ABs

12. Javier Baez – Some guys in this tier have sleeper posts about them or I’ve seriously considered it.  As for Baez, I’m shocked I didn’t write a sleeper on him, but I might’ve figured there was too much hype about him already.  That’s right, I don’t remember what I was thinking.  Wait until you get older, you’ll know what it’s like to walk into a room and be like, “Why did I come in here?  Do I have to pee?  Should I pee into the hamper?”  2018 Projections: 80/25/79/.270/11 in 494 ABs

13. Ian Happ – Already gave you my Ian Happ sleeper.  It was written on the back of upside down plane stamp.   2018 Projections:  69/29/77/.261/11 in 466 ABs

14. Yoan Moncada – Another name for this tier could be a horn bet.  The chances of you rolling boxcars is slim to anorexic, but if you bet it and it comes out, you’re sitting pretty.  Moncada feels similar.  You’re gonna have to pay to ride the lightning of risk, but if he does what he’s capable of, he could help you win a league.  He could also help you lose everything you hold dear, and force you to call your mom from a check cashing place on Baltic Avenue.  2018 Projections:  73/22/58/.236/16 in 523 ABs

15. Paul DeJong – Already gave you my Paul DeJong sleeper.  It made so much sense you could put it in your coconut monkey bank.  2018 Projections:  74/26/82/.267/3 in 561 ABs

16. Tim Beckham – Can you tell I like the guys in this tier a lot?  I kinda want to write a sleeper post for all of them.  Tempus fugit, as they say in Latin America.  Tempus Fugit is also the sister of the kid in Almost Famous.  By the way, the kid from Almost Famous is now almost famous.  Weird, right?  Beckham’s early ADP looks ridiculously low, but I’m doing these rankings before a lot of mocks are in the bag, so maybe he moves up.  Right now, I’m guessing the general consensus is Beckham can’t repeat.  His .365 BABIP was high, and he still only hit .278, so a .250 average might be in the cards, or I should say in the Orioles.  Baltimore will play him every day, unless he gets injured, and he was a top prospect once upon a time.  Don’t think there’s a ton of upside, unfortch, and why I’m prolly not writing the sleeper.  A near-repeat, though, is still valuable.  2018 Projections:  88/20/58/.261/5 in 592 ABs

17. Jose Peraza – Member ex-Red, Paul Janish?  Now that the shine is completely off Peraza we should call him Gone Varnish.  G. Varnish could still breakout, he’s only 23, but he needs a lot more luck than he had last year, and stop trying to hit home runs.  That’s the rub with Gone Varnish.  I also go over him in the video.  2018 Projections:  64/7/43/.286/30 in 554 ABs

18. Ozzie Albies – Yo, what the eff happened to the 2nd base resurgence?  I mean, I’m all about it with Albies, but the entire position takes a dump after this?  Already?  Oy.  There’s a way to look at Albies’ stats and just see a slightly more hyped, Eduardo Nunez.  Being 21 years old and that upside, though, man, doodes, guys, five girls, I kinda want to draft Albies everywhere, and not simply because my autocorrect keeps writing his name as, Easy Labias.  He looks like he could go from 130 overall to top 20 next year with a pretty simple 15/30 season.  Those stats are crazy, pie-in-the-sky-type numbers though.  Reality could be closer to…  2018 Projections:  77/14/52/.291/22 in 524 ABs

19. DJ LeMahieu – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Kinsler.  I call this tier, “Boring AF, but productive.”  Tier name is self-explanatory.  As for LeMahieu, it’s odd that he has a name you want at every party, and yet is so little fun in reality.  He’s like a DJ with all show tunes.  Actually, that would be awesome.  “Play ‘Salman Get Out’ again from Fatwa, The Musical!”  2018 Projections: 103/10/62/.312/10 in 602 ABs

20. Eduardo Nunez – True story alert!  I had Nunez ranked in the Merrfield tier, but then I saw the news “…he didn’t need knee surgery this offseason…” and moved him down here.  I am a code breaker like you’d see in a spy thriller, and, not needing knee surgery — kneeding? — is code for “needing knee surgery.”  I know, not the hardest code to break.  I also recently broke the code, “I have a headache” to mean, “Stop pushing your penis into my leg.”  I’m good at this code breaking stuff!  Nunez relies heavily on his knees, and I’d be worried about drafting him.  UPDATE:  Nunez signed with the Red Sox.  Solid landing spot for him (less so for J.D. Martinez.  Right now, J.D.’s at City Hall like, “Can I change my name from Just Dong to Job Damnit?”  Nunez will fill-in early on for Dustin Pedroia, then play all over the field, and all over the bench when he’s filling in for Hanley, who’s a solid video game injury away from a 60-day DL stint.  2018 Projections:  64/10/57/.301/17 in 412 ABs

21. Matt Carpenter – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

22. Marwin Gonzalez – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

23. Ian Kinsler – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Kinsler was) traded to the AngelsAngels were on Kinsler’s no-trade list, but Kinsler was so impressed with the reserved celebrations of film he saw with Ohtani, he couldn’t refuse.  “That guy high fives like a gentleman,” said Kinsler.  This boosts Kinsler’s stock a little, since prior, he was hitting in front of Ghost Cabrera and someone the Tigers Mahtook for a major leaguer.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2018 projections:  102/17/48/.251/10 in 544 ABs

24. Scooter Gennett – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until here.  I call this tier, “Seether.”  By the tier name I mean, I kinda wanted to put Scooter in the above tier, and in the below tier, but didn’t feel right in either, and I can’t fight the Seether.  As for Gennett, Scoots McAir-out-the-ball will either Halt or Catch Fire this year, doing exactly what he did last year if the ball is continually stuck with Capri Sun straws and juiced, or he will crash back to earth and become a platoon player by July.  We’ll see if Scooter can’t fight the Seether.  2018 Projections:  71/22/79/.255/4 in 479 ABs

25. Jonathan Villar -This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Kingery.  I call this tier, “Perception is reality, until reality has your fantasy team in last place on May 1st.” This tier is filled with guys that are going to have you say something like, “Damn, can’t believe I got him that late!”  Then two weeks later, “I wish I didn’t get him at all.”  I suppose one of these guys could return to former glory, but at best they’re SAGNOF, at worst they’re killing your team.  As for Villar, member last year when the perception was at worst he’s a 10/40/.250 guy?  I mean, he had 62 SBs the year before, right?  Well, now he’s in a platoon.  2018 Projections:  58/13/38/.244/27 in 412 ABs

26. Jason Kipnis – Think we can write off most of Kipnis’ last year as an injury-plagued pu-pu platter, but unless he has some spare ribs, he might not have a 155+ game season in him anymore.  2018 Projections: 71/14/51/.245/10 in 442 ABs

27. Scott Kingery – Already wrote my Scott Kingery fantasy.  I wrote it sitting in a rather large gravy boat.  UPDATE:  Kingery will break camp with the team.  Kingery dingery dock, Grey ran up to the waiver wire to grab this Scott.  He has no starting job right now, but Cesar Hernandez, Maikel Franco and J.P. Crawford are all disposable compared to Kingery.  Actually, besides Hoskins, I’d bench anyone for Kingery.  2018 Projections:  64/14/54/.282/17 in 435 ABs

28. Yangervis Solarte – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Zobrist.  I call this tier, “Parity, riiiiiiiight.  Yes, eight I’s.” By the tier name I mean, these guys wouldn’t be starting on big market teams, except Joe Maddon has an undying love for one whose name rhymes with Amen, No Cyst.  This tier is fine in deep leagues where there’s no replacements, you just want guys that will be on the field and get you some stats.  This tier in shallower leagues will be on waivers before the season even starts.  As for Yangervis, he was traded to Toronto, so Solarte needed to bust out his Yangervisa.  High five me!  C’mon!  No?  Okay.  He’ll likely start at 2nd base, and gives the Jays an injury replacement for Donaldson, Travis and Tulo.  Not sure why the Jays would ever think they need that.  A bunch of Ripkens, the lot of them.  2018 Projections:  61/17/68/.257/3 in 479 ABs

28. Eduardo Escobar – No foolsies, I almost wrote an Eduardo Escobar sleeper.  Then I had a nightmare where it was like the end of Magnolia, but, instead of frogs, it was a deluge of crickets.  2018 Projections:  57/19/71/.267/4 in 440 ABs

29. Cesar Hernandez – He’s going into his age 27 season, so he’s going to hit 35 homers and steal 40 bases, plus or minus 35 dingers and 40 steals.  2018 Projections: 82/6/41/.288/17 in 542 ABs

30. Josh Harrison – In 550 ABs at the leadoff slot in the last three years, his stats are 71/8/46/.285/16.  Be lazy to just give him those numbers as projections, so I’m subtracting three steals, adding three homers and taking off .010 from his average.  Not lazy at all!  2018 Projections:  71/11/46/.275/13 in 524 ABs

31. Starlin Castro – Here’s what I said when he was traded to the Marlins, “Castro better start working on the tears now for when he finally wins a World Series in 2030 when he’s 37 years old and about to retire, because he seems destined for grr-ness in Florida.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2018 Projections:  72/15/58/.279/4 in 538 ABs

32. Austin Barnes – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2018 fantasy baseball.

33. Ben Zobrist – I’d draft Zobrist (if I was in a league with Joe Maddon and knew I could trade Zobrist to him for Mike Trout).  2018 Projections:  54/14/47/.241/3 in 418 ABs

34. Brad Miller – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Walker.  I call this tier, “So, you’re saying he has a chance?”  The tier name’s meaning will become apparent.  As for Miller, he has one great season, and three awful ones…So, you’re saying he has a chance?  2018 Projections:  50/15/62/.221/9 in 466 ABs

35. Kolten Wong – I called him a sleeper for, like, six years in a row (though he disappointed each time)…So, you’re saying he has a chance?  2018 Projections:  46/11/54/.281/10 in 398 ABs

36. Jed Lowrie – He’s never been good, the A’s are egregious, but Lowrie’s peripherals actually weren’t terrible last year….So, you’re saying he has a chance?  2018 Projections:  72/15/71/.260 in 517 ABs

37. Neil Walker – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

38. Jose Reyes – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Dietrich.  I call this tier, “Yoga moms.”  By the tier name I mean, these guys will be hot for stretches.  Reyes is still a free agent, which has to be hard for the Mets.  He’s everything they love, which is a low character POS who is old.  UPDATE:  As mentioned in the blurb, the Mets just could not resist the allure of Reyes.  Think we’re about three years from seeing new Mets’ batting coach, Jose Reyes, five years from him being their manager, then ten years from him being part-owner, GM and manager, then fifteen years from the Mets being found dead with a waiter from Mezzaluna and Reyes questioned in their murders.  2018 Projections:  51/9/41/.252/18 in 389 ABs

39. Asdrubal Cabrera – The Yankees traded for Giancarlo.  The Mets picked up Asdrubal’s option.  The Mets would’ve had more success this offseason if they signed new Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, to play 3rd.  2018 Projections: 61/15/53/.265/3 in 488 ABs

40. Adam Frazier – With the departure of McCutchen — Inappropriate Man crosses himself — Frazier will likely take over left field for at least the strong side of a platoon.  Jordan Diplo Luplow will likely get the lefties.  Lots of ‘likely’s because after the Pirates traded their two marquee players for six throw-ins it’s hard to say what they’re thinking.  2018 Projections:  54/9/47/.284/13 in 402 ABs

41. Brandon Drury – Traded to the Yankees to play 3rd base, and make every Noo Yawker sound drunk when they say his last name.  “Awfficer, I’m sorry for rawning dat red light, I was gettin’ somethin’ outta my car Drury.”  “Drury?”  “Yeah, dat thing, other there.”  “You mean, glove compartment?”  “Glove compartment-Drury…Tomato-tomahto.  Let’s hurry up here.”  The Noo Yawk Glove Compartment finds himself in a good place to play, but, unfortunately, it’s still him doing the playing.  2018 Projections: 46/14/57/.268/2 in 443 ABs

42. Jedd Gyorko – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

43. Wilmer Flores – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

44. Derek Dietrich – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2018 fantasy baseball.

46. Franklin Barreto – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Pinder.  I call this tier, “Check out the big brain on Brad.”  Brad in this example is you, and you’re in a very deep league, and trying for some upside.  He made it on Prospector Ralph’s top 100 fantasy baseball prospects, but he’s on Oakland, so that’s “Meh, A’s, okay” to me.  2018 Projections:  41/10/29/.248/9 in 364 ABs

47. Chad Pinder – My eyes bug out like John Lithgow in The Twilight Zone:  The Movie, when I prorate Pinder’s 15 HRs in 282 ABs last year, but they get a little less buggy when I see a 30% K-rate and a .238 average with a .292 BABIP.  Maybe he surprises with a 24/5 season, but it could come with a .205 average.  2018 Projections:  37/14/33/.221/3 in 308 ABs

48. Jurickson Profar – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end.  I call this tier, “Traffic cone.”  By the tier name I mean, you didn’t draft a middle infielder.  You placed a traffic cone on your team, holding a space for someone else.  As for Profar, he was a 20/20 guy in the making when he was Double-A at the age of 19.  Now, the best we can say is he still has 20/20 vision.  2018 Projections:  39/6/30/.242/4 in 276 ABs

49. Chris Owings – Every year he enters Spring Training with the starting job, and, every year, he seems to only get around 400 ABs.  If he could get 550 ABs and move up the order, he could be very valuable.  I’m getting a strong breakout vibe from Owings, but I also just ate soup dumplings and shizz is bubbling around in my stomach right now.  UPDATE:  If the humidor didn’t convince you that the Diamondbacks don’t want anyone to own their hitters in fantasy, they’ve announced Owings will not start.  2018 Projections: 38/7/28/.261/7 in 227 ABs

50. Joe Panik – In 511 ABs last year, he had 10 HRs and 4 SBs.  Panik doesn’t feel right, how about Joe Dread?  Joe Soul-Crushing?  Joe D. Horror?  2018 Projections:  51/8/43/.261/3 in 477 ABs

51. Dustin Pedroia – Nothing sadder than watching a once great baseball player age.  *watches CNN for 5 minutes*  Okay, there’s sadder things, but in our little realm of fantasy it’s one of the sadder things.  2018 Projections:  68/9/42/.268/5 in 433 ABs

52. Devon Travis – He’s slated for the bench, but Tulo, Donaldson and Yangervis are going to all stay healthy…*opens envelope and reads*  It says, ‘Moonlight.’  Hmm, thought it was going to say, “No.”  2018 Projections:  56/13/51/.266/9 in 435 ABs

53. Dixon Machado – Should be the starting 2nd baseman for the Tigers.  And…uh…Cool!  2018 Projections:  48/6/52/.252/14 in 481 ABs

54. Carlos Asuaje – Should be the starting 2nd baseman for the Padres.  And that’s worse than the Tigers 2nd baseman.  2018 Projections:  57/5/53/.248/8 in 464 ABs

55. Wilmer Difo – He’s like a rich man’s Raul Mondesi.  I will call him, Raul Julia. 2018 Projections:  29/3/19/.275/15 in 308 ABs

56. Johan Camargo – He has 2nd base eligibility, but is slated to play 3rd.  Yes, the Braves have a 3rd baseman who is projected to hit nine homers in a full season.  They’d be better off luring Wade Boggs out of retirement by changing his name to Johan Camargoadams.  2018 Projections:  51/9/60/.254/1 in 502 ABs

57. Howie Kendrick – Signed with the Nationals.  That sounds like a move that happened because Dusty scheduled an email to go out in January to sign Kendrick, and someone forgot to disable his account, but that would mean Dusty Baker was not only using email but also using it to schedule future emails.  That sounds improbable.  Kendrick is on the bench right now, but will be backing up Turner, Murphy, Rendon, Zimmerman, Eaton and Taylor, so he could fall into 400 ABs.  2018 Projections:  38/8/42/.287/10 in 377 ABs

58. Hernan Perez –  His breakout season in 2016 with 13/34/.272 still looks repeatable, and he’s only going to be 27, but, in shallower leagues, your patience is going to be tested the first time he sits five games in a row in April, and the road rage you get in a drive-thru car wash doesn’t indicate to me that you have great patience.  2018 Projections:  27/5/27/.264/10 in 175 ABs

59. Logan Forsythe – Your mileage might vary on your optimism looking forward on Forsythe, but, in 119 games last year, he had a 6/3/.224 season last year, so I’m not crazy about Logan Hindsythe either. 2018 Projections:  43/9/50/.235/6 in 345 ABs

   
  1. Mccutchen in Orange and Black says:
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    Holy crap 2nd base is deeeeep! In a 20 team all 59 of them are draftable. Who do you like very deep? Thx!

  2. LenFuego says:
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    Another top 59! Grey, you are gonna have to change the titles of these rankings to Top 59 [Position] for 2018 Fantasy Baseball! Dude, you are working cheap. I hope you are getting [almost] triple the pay for these Top 59 posts – tell your old grey boss he is not at all bright if he does not.

    For the record, I discovered Razzball right around this time last year, and I have thoroughly enjoyed the past year of posts, advice, etc., so thanks for all that.

    As far as the 2nd basemen go, I am amazed at how many sleepers I kind of like for deep leagues all the way through the rankings – I like all of the top 18 but I would also not at all be surprised if any of Gennett, Calhoun, Villar, Mondesi, Kipnis, Travis, Kingery, Pirela or a few others wedged their way into the top 10 performers at the position this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @LenFuego: No problem! I should just label these a top 60 and call it a day, but then I’d take them to 100 without the red underlining…

  3. Big Mike says:
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    LenFuego,

    Don’t fall in love with the guys at the keystone. They’re what’ll kill you in this game.

    Bossman Senior,

    I love all these guys. I love Rizzo, I love Altuve, I love Rougie, I love Javy, I love Moncada. Hell, I love Profar and Kinsler. What the hell is wrong with me? Can’t I love me a right fielder?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Mike: Not since Jason Bay retired

  4. PB&J says:
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    U rock, Grey. So what tier are we grabbing our MI from?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @PB&J: Odor’s tier would be nice

      • El Marco says:
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        @Grey:
        Worried that tier is too heavy on Ks for a points league. Do you know anything about Albies Ks?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Odor has Ks problems, but not everyone in this tier… Albies’ Ks are fine…

          • El Marco says:
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            @Grey: Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  5. El Marco says:
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    Maybe I’m wrong but I’m sticking with the top 5 or 6. Maybe one of the Cubs. Baez going between 100-120 so I might grab him at the latter

      • El Marco says:
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        @Grey: Last year Happ’s K% was 31 and Baez’s was 28. Not good

        • El Marco says:
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          @El Marco: Beckham and Dejong also around 28%

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            There’s other cats though, right?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Peraza doesn’t K at all, if Ks are the only concern…

          • El Marco says:
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            @Grey: yeah that’s a good one. Thanks

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  6. Jerry says:
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    In a 6×6 H2H with ops, how much do you drop guys like Dee? I tend to ignore these types of players in this league in the draft and end up chasing steals all year, but have had success despite losing steals every week.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Jerry: I like him a little less in that league

  7. Poop Knife says:
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    frog baseball

  8. StewZilla says:
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    Looking at Solarte in my auction keeper as he is a Marwin-esque Leatherman tool who I can slot in anywhere if needed since we only do weekly bidding and pickups. Any chance he earns starts on the daily and the AL East parks pad his stats?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @StewZilla: I doubt he’s much more than I laid out above

  9. Ace of Spades says:
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    lol… I also recently broke the code, “I have a headache” to mean, “Stop pushing your penis into my leg.” The Mets would’ve had more success this offseason if they signed new Yankees manager, Aaron Boone, to play 3rd.
    Nice to see your in mid season form and its only January.
    Question for ya, 14 team auction roto ( keep up to 10 progressive salary ) 5×5 standard cats ‘
    about a month ago someone offered me Hoskins for Merrifield. I turned them down. thought the offer was insulting. Now, after reading your 1b and 2b rankings and blurbs, I am wondering if I made a mistake and should re-visit. My current keeper list ( not due to be final till march ) include JD Mart -28, Buxton -16, Peralta -3 C Frazier -3 M Olson – 10 , Merrifield – 10, Semien -6 L Castillo- 10, Rivero – 10 ( on the fence between Cmart – 20 and Bryce – 43 ) .
    Will be a lot of talent probably in this draft like Trout, Arenado, S marte, Machado, Votto, Donaldson, Harper ( if I throw him back in ) , Cershaw, Carrasco, Syndergard, Cmart ( if I throw him back in ) But I’m digressing again. Like walking into a room and peeing into the hamper, my train of thought tends to wander a lot.
    Bottom line question: Merrifield or Hoskins….Thanks in advance

    • Fungazi says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Wow in a keeper Hoskins>>>infinity>>> Merrifield

    • Does it smell Grey in here, or is it just me? says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Hoskins has the star upside, while Merrifield is that guy you’ll always be excited to still find later on. Merrifield will never be Trea Turner, but Hoskins could be Encarnacion.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: Thanks! Nah, I’d hold Hoskins, they’re not that far apart tho

  10. JakeTPE says:
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    Hey Grey. How’s it going? Great post + video! RE: Schoop (Is dope like a kaleidoscope…) Could we love him more? Seriously. I got him at #286 in 2016 and then #187 last year. If this trend holds, I’m going to need to grab him around #86-#87. I’m kind of sad about people finally catching on to my favorite 2B (I’d imagine ESPN ranks will have him in their top 100). What took them so long, right?! Looking forward to seeing where he winds up in your Top 100. But I’m patient. No, really! There’s no hurry. Hope you enjoy your weekend!

    • knucks says:
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      @JakeTPE: Yea I’ve owned him last two years as well, thanks to Grey’s advice. Hopefully Grey will help pin down another guy like this that can give us similar value like that. Fantrax has Schoop’s ADP at 59 right now. And in that dumb Early ESPN Ranks article they have him at 45.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @JakeTPE: Thanks! I think he’s earlier than that in mocks I’ve seen

  11. Natty Boh says:
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    I just checked CBS, Yahoo, ESPN I don’t think Rizzo is eligible at 2B to start the year. I know he had it last year. Did I miss something…?

    • El Marco says:
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      @Natty Boh:
      I think you’re right. For ESPN, you have to play 20 games to carry over to the next year, only 10 for the current year.

      • Pogotheostrich says:
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        Rizzo is eligible at 2B for CBS and Yahoo. I don’t play ESPN so I don’t know their rules.

        • El Marco says:
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          @Pogotheostrich:
          Looks like he’s eligible in all three but ESPN and CBS both have to 20 game rule so I don’t think it will carry over. Yahoo appears to be different

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Natty Boh: He’s not in ESPN, he is elsewhere

  12. Darek says:
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    I’m not as worried about Nunez’ knee as where he plays- both in terms of which team and where on the field. He’s the type whose value is very dependent on where he is and how he is used.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Darek: Yeah, maybe, but age and knees can be funny

  13. Chicitysox23 says:
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    I have Matt Olsen stashed on my minor league roster. I think I still take a top 1st baseman early and can use Olsen to fill a UTL spot. I have a fear if I don’t, Olsen turns into a guy that smells like tequila. Seem like the right way to go?

  14. knucks says:
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    Heard some bro on a pod this week talking about how drafting a Dee/Gallo pairing would be desirable for Roto.

    So I looked at the numbers based off what you have down for 2018. Looks like it would essentially mean that you’d have drafted 2 Brett Gardners for your team. Except you prob paid your 3rd/9th round picks for your Gardy clones, when you could just draft one in like the 16th round. So this sounds pretty dumb after looking at the numbers for about 5 mins. But for some reason I decided to share.

    Thanks for the ranks Grey. And I like the videos, hope you keep doing them once the season gets going. Are they a pain in the azz to make? Also looking forward to seeing how those RCL votes come out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @knucks: Sounds like a less than desirable plan…. The videos take some time (everything does)… Hoping to do them during season, will see if feedback is good…

  15. Ra'zbahl Al Ghul says:
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    These videos! Mwah! Perfection. All in on Odor

  16. mcmi11ions says:
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    I’ve been waiting for these 2nd base rankings all season because the last keeper on my team i was flip flopping between Happ and Beckham. After looking at the ranks, I’m not going to keep either of them. 12 teams, 10 keepers a team, I should be able to get either one of those guys after pick 120. Of course I guess this means Wil Myers is on my team again…

  17. batflix says:
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    Profar going to hit .420 !
    spark’em if you gottem bois!

      • batflix says:
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        @Grey: it was a typo i noticed while hitchhiking in the blue hills wearing only my goochless boxer briefs

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I sold my number 2 key to feed my family then in an O. Henry twist my wife bought another 2 key so I had to put .42, missing my 2 but her supplying hers…

  18. Dodger Rabbit says:
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    Projections if the Yankees trot Gleyber Torres out in 2018?
    Just traded for him in my Dynasty League.

    Thanks, Grey, U da man!

  19. Nightpandas says:
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    Gray,

    This is The year of the Odor! I can smell it in the air….

    Give up Margot for John Gray?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Nightpandas: Pretty close, I’d prolly go Gray

  20. Darek says:
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    Grey-

    I have Murphy and Dozier in a dynasty league and want to move one while they still have some value. Any preference on who you’d rather keep? Dozier’s value is partially tied to the steals which seems like is often the first skill to go. Murphy BA value seems more likely to stick but he is 2 years older. All things equal, who would you hold onto?

  21. Jensen says:
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    Dear dynasty league players,

    I am about to start the 4th season of a dynasty league with some friends. 12 teams, 8 are pretty competitive 4 are “re-building” for the 4th straight year. Last season Acuna was traded for a less than stellar package and I got a few complaints to veto the trade as LM. However, in the 3 years of the league I have never vetoed a trade. My question is, whats the best way to handle this in dynasty? Obviously there is a lot of swapping JD Martinez for prospects and the competing teams will always hate that and the rebuilding teams will like it. Anyone have any creative ways of monitoring trades other than just league vote? Thanks yall.

    • Jensen says:
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      @Jensen: I should say my problem with league vote is some people are stupid and other people are bitter/petty and will veto a fair trade that just helps another team get better or veto a fair trade because they wanted the prospect being traded.

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Jensen: league vote is dumb. unless you think there is collusion, I think you approve all trades unless the trade is so bad it would ruin the league. In both cases you also have to remove people from the league at the same time. Can’t have people who are colluding in the league, and if someone is dumb enough to make a trade that is so lopsided it would ruin the league you need to find a better owner.

        An example of a trade that I vetoed without believing any collusion was going on — 3 years ago, an owner traded Mike Trout for Chad Billingsley in a keep forever league.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dynasty league trades are tricky, you have to let guys rebuild their team… Like Giancarlo for some rookies and Starlin Castro ain’t great, but can’t stand in the way of people unloading high priced stars… My league has a cap… So no team can go over $300, which means you can trade away a $50 Trout, but you better get back at least something to stay under cap…

      • Jensen says:
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        @Grey: So ours is a $500 auction with escalating keeper cost. We have previously allowed teams to go over the $500 cap between drafts to encourage rebuilds to go faster. Maybe that’s a solution, limit the in-season roster cost to something like $600. That wouldn’t have solved the Acuna trade problem though. Maybe as LM I have a responsibility to not let teams trade super good prospects for rentals. Like just have a short list of prospects that are too good to be traded for Staling Marte or Joey Votto. Acuna, Vlad Jr, Robles, Kyle Tucker, Eloy. And just say outside of those elite guys I won’t veto you.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, don’t love that, you have to allow people to make trades

          • Jensen says:
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            @Grey: Boooooo! Agree with me! Give me the power! So just let them all go?

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              You gotta let guys rebuild if they need to…

              • Jensen says:
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                @Grey: Is there a line between rebuild and being ignorant of a prospects value? Like I said, I think there is just a very short list of assets that should not be allowed to be traded for a guy who is 31 years old, and costs $40 at auction. If you are contending and you own Vlad Jr and you want to trade for another piece to lock down a win, that piece shouldn’t be Joey Votto. Doodle is delightful but also 34. What have you to say about that? I’m just advocating for responsible trading.

                Perhaps, if a trade like that – Vlad Jr for Votto – is accepted, I veto it and allow a 24 hour window for other offers to be made. If no one offers to beat the standing offer of Votto then the trade stands?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  See, Votto for Vlad Jr doesn’t sound that lopsided to me… Vlad Jr. is a top 5 prospect, maybe he’s Bryce Harper by 2019, and Votto could be done by 2019…

                  • Jensen says:
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                    @Grey: I’m saying this trade is lopsided in favor of the team getting Vlad Jr. As in, you should not be able to get Vlad Jr for just Votto. For the reasons mentioned above. Votto is tip-toeing toward the career cliff, blind-folded, with his shoes tied together and Vlad is climbing up the cliff with super human speed.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      See, I didn’t even know you meant Vlad side was better it’s such a fair trade…

                    • Jensen says:
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                      @Jensen: Welp, I guess I’m wrong. I might be more confused but we will continue the zero vetos policy. Thanks for the chat.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No worries

                • LenFuego says:
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                  @Jensen: Responsible trading, schmesponsible trading. The only reason a trade should ever be vetoed is outright collusion. You gotta let owners manage their teams the way they see fit. Who the f are you to tell someone that you know better than them what Vlad and Votto’s value is.

    • Matthew Scanlon says:
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      @Jensen: @Jensen:

      I have struggled with finding the best way to deal with this for my league as well.

      The solution I came up with is this:

      Trades go through immediately upon accepting.

      Any owner has the right to call for a vote on a trade within 24 hours of it going though.

      You can only call for a vote if you truly believe there is collusion, or if you can’t see any possible reason why an owner would do a trade.
      I have stressed to everyone that they must remember that each franchise has different needs, whether they are rebuilding or going for the championship.
      I also stressed that if it gets out of hand and people start requesting votes on every trade, I will just eliminate that option and turn it into a dictatorship in which I have all the power in approving trades.

      If a vote is requested, teams have 48hrs to vote. I then post to the league what each team voted (I believe full transperity here causes team owners to vote more honestly)
      75% of the league needs to vote down a trade for me to overturn it.
      This system works pretty well and has caused us no problems through 3 years and a ton of trades. That being said, I’m lucky enough to have a pretty good group of logical thinking people in my league.

      Also, If there was a team that is constantly getting smoked in deals and never improving, and causing me constant complaints I would probably just remove them.

  22. Chris D. says:
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    Is Barreto for Yadi Molina straight up a good or bad idea in a dynasty league? Not sure trading young potential for old but reliable player at a terrible position is the right move

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d want Barreto

      • Chris D. says:
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        @Grey: That’s what I thought. Thanks Grey! Loving these preseason ranks/articles and can’t wait for the regular season. Enjoy the weekend!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          You too!

  23. Gigorilla says:
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    Hi Grey — still like the mags, and just picked up the 2018 F.B.G. yesterday. Nice article on auctions.

    Question — are you getting tired of winning yet?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Never tired of winning!

      • DonnieB says:
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        You are just like our Presidents!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Just as dignified!

  24. Curious George Springer says:
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    I’m still all in on Albies, even in shallow leagues. If you can really get him this late, I think he will win leagues for a lot of people. in his 244 ABs last year he hit 6 homers with a 8.2 HR/FB rate. and he was 20 years old!

    If you just bump his HR/FB a little bit and give him a full 600 ABs, he easily gets to 15 homers with upside for much more in that ballpark. Steamer has him pegged for 19 steals. they’ve only got ~25 players projected for 20 or more. I’m totally with you that this is a guy you can get late and who can be a cornerstone of your team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d say if you can get 12/24 from him, you take all day… 12/24 in big picture is decent, not winning leagues…

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: I’m saying he’s 20/25!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Might be a bit on the high end, CGS

          • Curious George Springer says:
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            @Grey: you’re high. ZING!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I am, zoinks!

  25. pablo says:
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    Loving the rankings, Grey! Can’t wait for the season to start.

    I’m struggling to round out my list of keepers (standard $260 auction):

    Rendon: $14
    Acuna: $8
    Hoskins: $9
    LeMahieu: $1
    McCullers: $4
    Alex Reyes: $3

    I can only keep 5 of these 6. Who’s the odd man out?

    I feel like the answer is DJ, but I have trouble losing his production for that cheap price.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      DJ

  26. Rum Ham says:
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    Schoop was pronounced “Scope” this whole time? So when I played Salt N Pepa after each of his dingers last year, I was living a lie??

    Onto Dee Gordon, I have him bumped down in my rankings this year. As a lifelong Mariner’s fan (/budding nihilist/alcoholic) they have been notoriously t-e-r-r-i-b-l-e on the base paths in recent memory, in just about every facet.

    Their biggest sb threats added last year were Dyson and Segura. In KC Dyson had 176 sb in 1365 career AB, which is 1 sb per every 7.75 AB. In Sea he had 28 sb in 346 AB, 1 per every 12.36. Granted he did more pinch running in KC to pad this SB-AB ratio, but he also had his career high in playing time last year (by a decent margin) and only managed his 5th highest career SB total.

    Segura also experienced suppression, about 1 per ~19 AB in 5 years prior to Sea then 1 per ~24 AB last season

    I realize this is an odd, made-up ratio/stat I am throwing out there but I couldn’t think of a better way to articulate something I have noticed through observation: the Mariners are not efficient at stealing bases (or base running in general). They send guys at odd times, don’t give the green light at odd times, opt to bunt a speed guy over instead of just letting him try and get it on his own, the next guy up swings at the first pitch so guy on base doesn’t even get a chance…just a combination of little things. The Mariners find a way to turn lemonade into lemon juice. My gut is banking on an sb total in the high 40’s for Gordon, still a nice # but with so much of his value coming from one category I’m not paying his current draft price.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hmmm… I don’t know, Rum Ham. Maybe on Segura, but he’s older now and that could be the fewer steals… And Dyson like you said pinch running could change that… Maybe on Gordon, but it will have more to do with him than the M’s, is my guess…

      • Rum Ham says:
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        @Grey: More bullet proof science here for ya, I texted 4 fellow locals with no context “savings on the line, over/under 49.5 sb’s for Gordon this year?” 3 unders and 1 “over, but I don’t feel great about it”. The pessimism is real! Must be all the grey skies.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          It’s all the rain up there, Rum Ham!

  27. J-FOH says:
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    First off, I heart the nod to Brewster’s Millions today. Well played. But more importantly is your love for Albies. I feel like we are sharing a snuggie right now and inviting Albies in to make it more cozy. A few months back I got asked for some advice from a reader about his keepers and he had both Albies and Segura. I recommended to cut bait with Segura because Albies is Segura 2.0 with more dong upside in a dynasty format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies is the hashtag truth… I love guys that are productive at the age of 21 or under in the majors… It’s so basic, but if you’re in the majors that young, you’re going to be great 9 out of ten times, screw you, Rocco Baldelli!

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: Feeling like he’s an infield Yelich. He’s going to be Ozzie Yelich, or OY! for short…and you will laugh all the way to the bank when he becomes a draft day steal this year.

        • Grey

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          Haha, yeah, and it’s a lot more digestible as a MI than an OF

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Grey: in this case MI means May I as in “May I touch myself” when I have Albies at MI

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Hahaha, somebody’s got a crush

              • J-FOH says:
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                @Grey: I might have referred my dong as Little Ozzie the other day in a moment of self gratification

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Definitely not Ozhaino, huh?

                  • J-FOH says:
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                    @Grey: why hello there Ozhaino. I see you are already up this morning. That totally works. Thanks for the naming assist there

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      You’re welcome!

  28. Laura Holt

    Laura Holt says:
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    In November, I wrote a whole post in my head about Chris Taylor but never wrote it down. Basically I’m thinking he could be this year’s Daniel Murphy from a couple years ago… the guy who you’re afraid to draft b/c he had such an out-of-nowhere career year followed by an amazing showing in the playoffs, and you don’t want to be the one to fall for it. But particularly after watching him in the postseason, I’m buying. He had a ton of impressive at bats, some in insanely high-pressure situations, and watching a guy be as patient as he can be, who also hits the ball as hard as he does, makes me a little giddy.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, that’s what I’m thinking too… The only trap with Taylor is not trusting the new and improved Taylor…

      • Laura Holt

        Laura Holt says:
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        @Grey: Yeah, I’m going to have to be careful about overdrafting him in mixed leagues this year, with MI as deep as it’s looking…

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m really interested in Peraza this year….

        • J-FOH says:
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          @Laura Holt: He’s The Tool Man Taylor with a big bag of tools that gives him guaranteed everyday at bats

          • Old School Brother says:
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            @J-FOH: ARRUUUGHHHHH??

      • Cram It says:
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        @Laura Holt: @Grey: I’ll take the under on repeating last year’s numbers. That was a beyond out of nowhere season and it wasn’t even great, by great standards. He’s more Junior Spivey than Daniel Murphy.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Damn, Spivey-Man

  29. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    A bit off topic, but what do you think of Matt Olson in an OBP league (10.2% BB rate) compared to, say, Dingo Santana or Devers in the same OBP format? He almost single-handedly won me my H2H championship last year, so I do have some strong love for him . . .

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Dingo Santana! HA! Best typo ever… I’d likely lean Devers b/c upside is sexier…

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: You know it! If he slumps he can be Dingleberry.

        Yeah, Devers in that lineup and park is sexy, esp with a solid 8% BB rate. He’s slated 6th right now behind Moreland and Hanley, but I could easily see that becoming 5th or better if he starts strong.

  30. Ralph Lifshitz

    Ralph Lifshitz says:
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    How you gonna do Ozzie like that?

    He’s gunning for that top 10. I spoke with him an hour ago. This post is already pinned in his locker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If I can inspire one person in this world, I always said I hope it’s Ozzie Albies.

      • J-FOH says:
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        @Grey: by spoke to him he means whispering to himself while inside a duffle bag outside Albies locker

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, you watch that British show?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

          Ralph Lifshitz says:
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          @J-FOH: To be fair he could hear me.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Ralph Lifshitz: must be another Eric Aybar type

  31. A2K says:
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    Odor for the next 3 years
    -or-
    Albies for the next 5 years?

    The videos are straight organic, range fed cattle butter. Excellent addition.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies — My butter knife on which I apply said butter thanks you.

  32. jon says:
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    Hey not sure how easy this will be to answer BUT here we go…

    10 team keeper league… looking for 2 or 3 names of guys who are not owned that could crush SB this year. so maybe a few young guys or under the radar speedsters who could crush that category.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ketel Marte?

    • Fungazi says:
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      @jon: MALLEX SMITH

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @jon: go to fangraphs and look at the steamer projections. you can sort by SBs.

  33. knucks says:
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    Where do you see the Dbacks playing Drury this year? He played mostly at 2B I think last year right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Platoon with Lamb, Owings and Marte prolly

  34. Burt Reynolds or something says:
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    Afternoon, Grey.

    I’m following up on my keeper question posed on another thread (not stalking I swear).

    Regarding goldy and Ramirez vs Hoskins and altuve:

    My only reason for pause at pulling the trigger is to find out Rhys isn’t who we thought he’d be. Whattya think you’ll be writing about him in 3 years? How close to the top of your 1B rankings

    You do good work. Thanks for taking the time.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      He’s likely a top 20 guy next year but shizz happens

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      At worst I think he’s likely going to be ranked next year same as this year

    • LenFuego says:
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      @Burt Reynolds or something: Rhys does not have any red flags. Good plate discipline, not a big K guy, consistently hits the ball hard, has already showed he can hit major league pitching, clearly has 35+ HR power. S can always happen, but there are just no caution flags at this point on him.

      • Burt Reynolds or something says:
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        Thank you for the insight, LF.

        I’ve bought in, certainly. I’m just debating which keeper combo I’d be happier with:

        Goldy and Ramirez or Altuve and Hos

        Projections for both sets are close enough, I guess (we use OBP, SLG, HR, RBI, R, SB). Given that, I’m leaning the latter duo because of their age, and the years of value I’ll get in return.

  35. Bob says:
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    5 H2H keeper league with no penalties. 7×7 league. K9, QS, H, OBP added to traditional format. I am keeping Trout, Goldy, Mad Max and Severino for sure. Who would you keep as your last keeper out of Rendon and Schoop?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Rendon

  36. Old School Brother says:
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    Odor and Profar in the same blog post. It’s beautiful!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Whatever happened to Jurickson?

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Meaning is he ever going to break out?

        • Old School Brother says:
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          @Grey: I still follow him on Instagram, he posted a badass vid of him deadlifting down in Curacao in front of the homies. The breakout is on the Horizon! And that’s me quoting Jurickson’s cousin

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Oh no! You know who that reminds me of? Brett Lawrie…sigh.

            • Old School Brother says:
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              @Grey: Who’s Brett Lawrie?

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                This guy who was the greatest prospect ever and now works at a car wash…

                • Old School Brother says:
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                  @Grey: Hopefully for Profar there’s car washes in Curacao. He could always become a shucker i suppose, put those burly muscles to good use

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Is a shucker someone who is always disappointed?

  37. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    Which do you prefer in an OBP format:

    Schoop
    Bregman

    Schoop around 50 overall and Bregman in the 40s?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That sounds about right, prefer Bregman

      • Test Kitchen says:
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        @Grey: Appreciate it, thanks

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          No problem

  38. Tigres says:
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    Does Willie Calhoun have 2B eligibility this year? that’d be great, but I thought he only played OF last yr…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oops, my bad, removing him

  39. Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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    Speaking of OBP OPS leagues . . . .

    1. How much would you bid for Goldy and Harper in those formats (12 team, 3 OF, no CI or MI)?

    2. In the same format, how is my ranking of potential cheap keepers? $5 Rhys > $13 Upton > $5 Devers > $5 Dingoberry Santana > $6 Aaron Nola > $23 Darvish > $5 Olson?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. There will be OBP rankings with auction values… Around $45 sounds about right 2. Haha… That looks about right, maybe Devers and Upton switch

      • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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        @Grey: Thanks! My Goldy/Harper keepers are both mid-high 50s this year . . . seems time to cast them back, then just draft them with the $$$ saved. Most first rounders that were draftable last year went for 40s-$52, so that feels about right.

        I’ve got a tasty Severino $4 keeper to go with those guys, so maybe I go dirt cheap and keep Rhys, Sev, Upton, Devers . . . Nola (to leave my last OF spot for Harp or another elite OF) . . . and roll into the draft with only a $25 overall keeper salary (when everyone else will have a $90-$120 keeper salary).

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, you have to pay crazy prices for stars in keeper leagues because there’s just less of them… If you have Severino for $4, for instance, that means you have an extra $25 from him alone…And everyone has this across their keepers…

          • Duda Want to Build a Snowman? says:
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            @Grey: you said it. Thanks!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              No problem

  40. Pizzaofstuartfl says:
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    Hey Grey having some trouble narrowing down keepers. Need to choose 5. Keep forever with no penalty whoever is chosen the pick for that round is forfeited. Gary Sanchez, Kris Bryant and Gleyber Torres are the ones in
    Leaning towards now but still struggling especially with so many arms to choose from here too..whAt do you think? Thanks Grey!

    Sanchez 3rd round
    Marwin Gonzalez 25th round
    Kris Bryant 25th round
    Odor 6th
    Andrus 9th round
    Happ 25th
    Zimmer 25th
    Pham 25th
    Gleyber 25th
    Honeywell 25th
    Darvish 25th
    Kopech 25th
    Alex Reyes 25th
    Luis Castillo 25th

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Tough call… Castillo, Happ…But Yu and Pham are interesting too…

  41. DonnieB says:
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    I know the rankings are coming but which two would you take of Wacha, Taijuan, Snell and Corbin? Thanks to the Master!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Snell, Wacha

  42. Dr Easy says:
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    Great, now I have Veruca Salt in my head.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Daddy, I want one NOW!

  43. jon says:
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    Cody Allen for Tommy Pham? do we believe in Pham?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I don’t but I’d take Pham there

  44. Seany says:
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    This is not a criticism, but rather to further support dropping Murphy where you did…. Microfracture Surgery is no joke. It take NBA players an average of 18 months to fully recover mobility. TBF basketball has significantly more jumping, but I think people are downplaying the seriousness of Murphy’s injury. His owner will be fortunate to get 120 games, imo.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, could be, I’m definitely concerned

  45. Dude this shit is ridic deep. Any reason not to just draft 2b and MI late? altho nvm I’m keeping Dee. But seriously wtf I love half those guys.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’m loving Jose Peraza this year, going super late…

  46. Dr Easy says:
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    Grichuk to the Jays! I guess that spells doom for Teoscar’s fantasy value.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Curtis Granderson already killed Teoscar…

      • Dr Easy says:
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        @Grey: I think at this point Granderson is viewed as a platoon partner for Pearce in LF, so that RF was still open. No longer now with Gruchuk in the fold.

        • Grey

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          Either way, Teoscar’s donezo

  47. Imfeklar says:
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    Would you ride out the upside on Albers or G Varnish in a 16 team keeper with OBP instead of avg?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albers? You mean Albies?

  48. rice hoppin says:
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    In a 5×5 I see Reyes being a good target with your last pick in the draft or so. He is a guy with 45 career war, and while he is certainly a shell of himself , peep the final stat line. 15 home runs and 24 stolen bases out of a guy with eligibility across the infield is nothing to scoff at. He also had a .263 babip down from a .306 career. He also had a 123wrc in 2nd half up from a 76 in the first half, including a 141 in Sep/Oct. Most projection services have him getting only a half season of at bats, but assuming the league doesn’t blackball him I do not see why he isn’t picking up a lot more than that. If you prorate his projection to 150 games it comes out to .260, 14 & 20 which is quite valuable that deep

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      150 games from anyone with 14/20 is valuable… 150 games is a lot to project for most guys, let alone Reyes… Last year there was 9 guys at 2B with 150 games… Only Jed Lowrie wasn’t that interesting to own… Reyes hasn’t played 150 games in five years…

  49. Ritchie Rich says:
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    OBP league….. Freeman and Schoop for Machado and Mancini?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Freeman side

  50. Imme says:
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    I was offered Chad Kuhl, Joe Musgrove, and Beau Burrows if I give up Marco Estrada, Trevor Cahill, and Jedd Gyorko in a dynasty league. Is Burrows enough to make this a fair trade? I think Kuhl and Musgrove have a bit of upside.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d take Kuhl side

  51. Mike L says:
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    I’ve got Gordon, Moncada, and Albies in my dynasty league. What kind of prospect should I ask for Gordon? Is Acuna or Guerrero out of the question?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Likely, but try it

  52. JP says:
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    Grey-what do you think of Yolmer I can’t seem to find him anywhere. Thank you

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hoping he’s behind Davidson and a 4/4/.250 guy in 200 ABs, but maybe he’s a 9/9/.250 guy in 415 ABs

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