One super quick word about the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball and all the 2019 fantasy baseball rankings, each ranking appears insanely long and it is, but I imagine in a lot of leagues guys won’t have eligibility, because I’m using the extremely lax Yahoo position eligibility.  Without further ado because this post is longer than the combined length of the Gutenberg Bible and Steve Guttenberg’s IMDB page, I mention where tiers start and stop and all projections are mine and cannot be reproduced without the express written consent of Major League–Damn, I’m being told by Major League Baseball I did not have express written consent to use their warning.  You guys!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 2nd basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball:

1. Javier Baez – Went over him in the top 10 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

2. Jose Ramirez – Went over him in the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

3. Adalberto Mondesi – Went over him in the top 20 for 2019 fantasy baseball.

4. Jose Altuve – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Merrifield.  I call this tier, “There’s no dinosaurs in Jurassic Park.”  Admittedly, most of my tier names are to lure random people to the site from Google to up our bounce rate.  With that said, there’s a fan theory that states there’s no dinosaurs in Jurassic Park, and it’s very believable.  The theory states that the character Richard Attenborough played is a P.T. Barnum-type who made facsimile dinos for an amusement park, then brought a paleontologist and others there to see if he can fool them into thinking the dinos were real.  This is better than my fan theory:  No one saw Avatar, instead James Cameron bought 6 billion Fandango tickets for the reward points.  Similar to the no dino theory, could all our excitement for this elite tier of 2nd basemen be a lie?  They all seem so real, so sexy, so attractive and, c’mon, thesaurus, give me another one!  So prurient!  Hmm, you sure, thesaurus?  That sounds wrong.  Any hoo!  As for Altuve, as alluded to in my top 20 overall, I’m out on Altuve.  Obviously, I can’t draft him ranking him this low.  Altuve is lower than his top closet shelf.  His steals are falling further than an item on his top closet shelf.  His power was never elite.  Okay, it was elite for a guy who would be turned away for over half of all roller coasters due to a height requirement.  His Ks were up a little bit, but I still think he can produce an elite batting average.  However, I don’t pay for average, which isn’t a bad motto in all facets of life.  Also go over Altuve in the video at the top of the post.  2019 Projections:  92/15/82/.309/21 in 582 ABs

5. Ozzie Albies – I wanted to love Albies going into my ranking, and, brucely, if he falls in a draft, I might still draft him, but it is doubtful.  His 2nd half was just so bad (4 HRs, 5 SBs, .226) I’m taking a year off from him.  Albies could be described simultaneously with the 2019 world tour of Black Sabbath.  What in the devil happened to Ozzie?  Did someone bite his bat head off?  2019 Projections:  77/21/86/.270/18 in 578 ABs

6. Whit Merrifield – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

7. Travis Shaw – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Odor.  I call this tier, “Middle ground is for rabbits trying to cross a highway.”  As bleh as I was on the first tier, I like this tier.  If you managed to score a top three 2nd baseman, then I could see taking an MI with one of these two baggers.   As for Shaw, here’s his last two years in homers:  31 and 32.  Can you guess what he’ll hit this year?  33, doode!  The Patrick Ewing of numbers.  Okay, drilling down on Shaw’s peripherals, I think there’s actually a chance for him to hit 40+ homers.  This is one of my out of left field potential top ten fantasy producers.  He’s 28 years old so in his prime.  His fly ball rate is 44.5% and his 18.3% HR/FB rate last year is repeatable, but he had a 20.5% HR/FB rate the year before.  A 44.5% fly ball rate with a 20% HR/FB rate across a full season would give him 38 homers.  It is not hard at all for me to get that number over 40.  As long as Craig Counsell doesn’t inexplicably bench Shaw when the Brewers inexplicably trade for some random infielder they don’t need, Shaw’s my pick him to win ’em.  2019 Projections: 82/36/104/.252/5 in 564 ABs

8. Max Muncy – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

9. Jonathan Villar – Already gave you my Jonathan Villar sleeper.  It was written on the dark side of a Dominican’s frosted tips. 2019 Projections:  84/16/67/.267/48 in 549 ABs

10. Rougned Odor – Three years ago, he went 33/14/.271.  Then there was the Odorpocalypse when he hit .204, but he still hit 30 HRs and stole 15 bags.  Last year, he corrected everything that was wrong with the .204.  He hit .253, nearly doubling his walk rate and shrunk his Ks, while controlling the strike zone better in quantifiable ways.  His swinging strike rate went down and his chase rate went down by almost ten percent.  He simply needs to add back in the power stroke, and, at age 25, I see no reason why he can’t.  2019 Projections:  74/25/82/.258/12 in 555 ABs

11. Gleyber Torres –  This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Profar.  I call this tier, “How do I feel?”  By the tier name I mean, I’m not sure how I feel about these guys in relation to other rankings.  Usually I have some idea what I’m thinking.  If I’m more or less optimistic about a player.  With these guys, I think I’m less, but I honestly don’t know.  They’re basically Vietnamese Water Spaghetti.  This is why we need the offseason.  If we went right from September into drafting season, I would’ve been in the Michael Keaton star vehicle, Gung Ho, for Gleyber.  Now, man, I am so blasé.  Torres had a .301 BABIP in the 2nd half and only produced a .249 average with nine homers.  As my dog, Ted, would say, woof.  2019 Projections:  75/24/84/.252/8 in 565 ABs

12. Jurickson Profar – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

13. Robinson Cano – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Schoop.  I call this tier, “No dur territory — durritory?”  This tier name is self-explanatory.  You should know what you’re getting from these guys.  As for Cano, went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

14. Matt Carpenter – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

15. Jonathan Schoop – Here’s what I said when he signed, “Signed with the Twins for one year to bridge the gap until prospect, Travis Blankenhorn, is ready, i.e., blank-around-the-horn to Blankenhorn.  I keed, Schoop’s not that bad.  The Brewers’ GM was brutally honest recently saying he made a mistake trading for Schoop.  Well, I’m gonna say he just compounded that error by not signing him for less than $8 million.  You can’t get a potential 25+ homer 2nd baseman for eight million in 1990, forget now.  I know he was awful last year, but he’s 27 years old and has averaged 27 homers every year.  Hey, 27’s wild!  Like the really terrible blackjack player once said.” And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  66/28/78/.261/1 in 523 ABs

16. Yoan Moncada – This tier goes from here until Gordon.  I call this tier, “Millennials ruined enthusiasm for 2nd basemen.”  If millennials could ruin mayonnaise, democracy, divorce and everything else, they’ve now ruined my enthusiasm for 2nd basemen too.  If I was vehemently against the first tier, and loving the 2nd tier of 2nd basemen, then I’m so whatever on this tier.  By the way, know why divorce rates are so low for millennials?  Divorce attorneys don’t accept Square.  Also, dealing with divorce paperwork takes too much adulting.  I can’t even!  As for Moncada, I wanna get jacked up on Moncada enthusiasm like I’ve chugged a bottle of Pepto Bismol after a scientist finally figured out how to separate out the Pep molecule from the “to Bismol,” but I fear that if I draft him I’d just go full Pepto.  2019 Projections:  86/19/59/.230/14 in 589 ABs

17. Daniel Murphy – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

18. Yuli Gurriel – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

19. DJ LeMahieu – Signed with the Yankees to be a super utility guy once Didi returns from Tommy John surgery.  *counting how many games other than 2nd base DJ’s played*  1 game at shortstop in 2014…1 game at 1st base in 2014…Okay, I’m going to count to myself, but it’s not a lot.  DJ will be on the one’s and two’s, and when Didi returns he may be on 3rd base too.  He should still see plenty of at-bats, because who knows when Didi will be healthy to return and other injuries will happen.  2019 Projections: 68/14/62/.285/8 in 504 ABs

20. Brian Dozier – Here’s what I said this offseason, “(Dozier) signed with the Nationals.  Dozier’s peripherals scream, ‘Aging guy — beware!’ Then they lower their hearing aid.  Last year, he hit .215, but his strikeout rate was 20.4%, about his career average, his walk rate 11.1%, above career norm, and his BABIP plummeted, which should mean he’s due for a rebound.  However (NOOOOO!!!), he got old, which means less line drives, more ground balls, more weak fly balls, his BABIP fell because that’s his new norm, and his average home run went 379 feet, which is insane.  When Dozier came to bat, did they put the outfield fences on dollies and slide them in 20 feet? I didn’t even know you could hit one 379-foot homer, let alone 21 of them.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  71/19/78/.229/12 in 571 ABs

21. Dee Gordon – This is gonna be me when Dee Gordon is drafted way before this point, “Okay, cool,” as I seductively lick Cheetos dust from my fingers as I wait for my pick.  Only seductively because I am unable to lick my fingers any other way.  It’s my cross to bear.  2019 Projections:  71/2/29/.265/34 in 615 ABs

22. Joey Wendle – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Hernandez.  I call this tier, “Escape at Dannemora.”  By the tier name I mean, Escape at Dannemora was one of the best TV shows of the last year.  Patricia Arquette should win an EGOT for it.  Ben Stiller, Benicio del Toro, Paul Dano, and the guy that plays Arquette’s husband were all incredible.  Before I start sounding like Rex Reed, let me just say, you should watch it.  Now, what does that have to do with this tier?  You likely don’t even know what channel Escape at Dannemora was on.  There was so little buzz about it, I had never heard of it until I stumbled on it.  That’s this tier.  No one is talking about any of these guys and they could legitimately be factors in all fantasy leagues.  As for Wendle, I just pointed to the ground next to my feet and said to myself, “See that?  You dropped the ball for not writing a Joey Wendle sleeper.”  2019 Projections:  72/16/80/.279/14 in 561 ABs

23. Garrett Hampson – I already gave you my Garrett Hampson fantasy.  It was written after chugging a Fanta.  One super quick word about Hampson, I’m still waiting for the Rockies to inexplicably sign a middle infidel.  If we get to March 1st and the Rockies have not, I will begrudgingly move Hampson up.  UPDATE:  We’re close enough to March 1st, so I moved Hampson up.  2019 Projections:  68/8/54/.254/31 in 405 ABs

24. Willy Adames –  Already gave you my Willy Adames sleeper.  I wrote it while wondering if maybe calling every single Rays player a sleeper was a misstep.  2019 Projections:  61/20/74/.254/12 in 549 ABs

25. Cesar Hernandez – I’ll be honest with you, I moved Cesar between three different tiers before landing on him here.  I love him if he does get everyday at-bats on top of the Phils’ lineup, but every time I finished thinking that, I start having panic attacks that Cesar would either get moved down the lineup, benched or Gabe Kapler would use him as his 7th inning man because he went through all his pitchers by the 6th.  Why I finally settled on Cesar would get the at-bats is because as manic as Kapler is with making moves, he started Cesar in 161 games last year for 605 ABs, and he performed, so why mess with a good thing?  Just as I finish that thought, I think about how Kapler is totally going to make me regret drafting Cesar.  No!  He won’t!  *two seconds later*  Will he?  Gah!  2019 Projections:  71/16/64/.256/16 in 532 ABs

26. Yolmer Sanchez – Want a possible Max Muncy breakout out (stutterer!) of absolutely nowhere?  Yolmer.  Or if Fred Flintstone is reading, Yolllllllllllllllmer!  2019 Projections:  72/15/78/.261/12 in 580 ABs

27. David Fletcher – His last name sounds like someone who vomits, and he’s the sexiest Fletcher outside of New York Fashion Week.  Also, went over him in the video at the top of the post.  2019 Projections:  71/12/51/.281/10 in 541 ABs

28. Jeff McNeil –  Truth bomb alert!  I almost wrote a McNeil sleeper post, but A) Mets B) Mets C) There’s no C. D) The Mets are saying he might not have a set position and be more of a floater, and, ever since Meatballs, there’s never been a good use of a floater. E) Mets F) Mets G) I wasn’t as blown away by his projections that I came up with as I thought I would be.  H) That’s about it.  I) Whoa, there’s a HI in the middle of the alphabet?  Who’s trying to say hello?!  UPDATE:  With Lowrie’s injury and McNeil’s flexibility to play multiple positions, I moved him up.  2019 Projections: 56/17/59/.269/8 in 454 ABs

29. Niko Goodrum – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

30. Enrique Hernandez – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

31. Asdrubal Cabrera –  This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Zobrist.  I call this tier, “Nas and hysteria.”  Nas is a great rapper.  Debatable how great, I suppose.  Illmatic is a classic.  Are there about five albums in his discography that are just bleh?  Yeah, bunch of duds.  Through the great albums and not-so-good ones, he manages to rhyme hysteria at least once.  If you Google Nas + lyrics + hysteria, Google is like, “Too many results, please narrow your search.”  Nas rhymed hysteria in his debut verse on Main Source’s BBQ and every verse after!  I get it, Nas, you can rhyme hysteria and area.  How that pertains to this tier?  At-bats are a good thing, but too many at-bats for these guys, and it’s Nas and hysteria.  As for Asdrubal, MLB offseason is like a game of hot potato for free agents.  Last middle infielder without a contract gets stuck with the hot potato.  Though, they have to bring their own potato because they’ll be playing in Asia where there’s no potatoes.  (Obviously any free agent’s ranking and projections are subject to change when he signs.)  UPDATE:  Signed with the Rangers.  He will attempt to fill-in for Beltre at the hot corner and join his Venezuelan WBC teammate, Elvis Andrus, on the left side of the infield.  Bunch of leftists!   What’s next, hiring the manager, Hugo Chavez?  2019 Projections:  61/20/65/.260/3 in 551 ABs

32. Ketel Marte – He’s a man in search of a platoon partner.  Don’t ever look at Ketel’s splits vs. righties last year, unless you’re looking to shudder.  2019 Projections:  73/13/45/.252/8 in 564 ABs

33. Jed Lowrie – Signed with the Mets because the Mets hate the idea of Peter Alonso, Jeff McNeil, Dominic Smith or anyone under the age of 30.  You can think the Mets changed their ways with a new GM, but the Mets are still Mets’ing.  You lose one Jay Bruce, you get back one more guy who is 34 and coming off a career year.  Unsurprisingly, Lowrie’s old agent is also the Mets’ new GM.  Robert Mueller is about to uncover collusion between the Mets and Russians.  UPDATE: He had a knee MRI and doesn’t sound optimistic for Opening Day, i.e., Jed hurt his knee and yelled, “Crude,” but wasn’t talking about oil.  2019 Projections: 54/16/62/.264 in 501 ABs

34. Wilmer Flores – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

35. Marwin Gonzalez – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

36. Zack Cozart – Expects to be ready for the spring, but is returning from shoulder surgery.  With Cozart, it should be spelled Surgeri. 2019 Projections:  52/16/58/.250/2 in 446 ABs

37. Josh Harrison – If Machado and Harper can’t get a deal, what hope does Harrison have?  Actually, great, if he claims some kind of tangential connection to either of them, so a team signs Harrison just to get closer to Bryce or Machado.  UPDATE:  Signed with the Tigers.  Or as they say in Michigan when someone lands there, “Let’s give him a hand!”  Then they point at their location on their hand.  Hand turkeys really confuse people in Michigan.  “Is that a map or a turkey?”  About as solid a landing place Harrison was going to find for at-bats, but he’s still not a good hitter.  2019 Projections: 68/14/44/.261/4 in 512 ABs

38. Chris Taylor – He seems like a decent bet for 18-22 HRs and 10-15 SBs, which gets the blood flowing in the nethers, but his Ks are skyrocketing and he might need a .360 BABIP to not hit .245, so that dulls my hormonal reaction.  UPDATE:  Lost the starting job to Kiké.   Hmm, that looks wrong.  He lost it to EH.  That’s not better.  EnHer?  Fine, Enrique Hernandez!  2019 Projections:  56/13/48/.241/7 in 304 ABs

39. Starlin Castro – I’m writing a stage play about Keston Huira waiting for at-bats when guys like Ben Zobrist and Starlin Castro will tally about 1,000+ combined at-bats, it’s called “Catsup at a Bris.”  Was hoping Jonah Hill could play the part of Castro, and Diego Luna as Zobrist.  A bit of reverse casting like Hamilton.  2019 Projections: 82/17/43/.264/5 in 607 ABs

40. Scooter Gennett – Went over Scooter in the video at the top of the post.  UPDATE: Went down in a heap and had to be carried off the field with a groin injury.  To add insult to injury, they carried him off on a cart as he screamed, “I want my Scooter!”  What an ugly scene it was.  I’m going to pat my brow and sigh thinking about it.  Scooter’s out for the next 8-12 weeks.  Hello, new Reds’ 2nd baseman, Derek Dietrich!  Until Nick Senzel is quote-unquote ready (in a few weeks).  2019 Projections: 42/14/41/.278/2 in 317 ABs

41. Jason Kipnis – The Indians have more holes in their lineup than the Mariners, prior to their sell off.  Kipnis is one such hole.  I will call him, Jason K-Swiss.  2019 Projections: 56/15/52/.233/5 in 515 ABs

42. Freddy Galvis – The Jays are in the top five for teams with a ton of at-bats going to people I don’t want to see get at-bats vs. people who should be getting at-bats.  Can’t the Jays promote the seeds of the 2007 All-Star Game?  2019 Projections: 63/12/58/.249/6 in 586 ABs

43. Ben Zobrist – The epitome of this tier.  It is mass hysteria that Maddon keeps giving Zobrist 450 at-bats.  2019 Projections: 62/10/41/.276/4 in 445 ABs

44. Lourdes Gurriel – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until Frazier.  I call this tier, “Should’ve paid more attention to Daylight Savings.”  By this tier name I mean, I just need some of these guys to see daylight with everyday, full-time at-bats and I’ll be moving them up in the rankings.  If only I had put more away during Daylight Savings.  As for Lourdes, with the signing of Freddy Galvis, I have no idea what the Jays are doing anymore.  I thought Melvin Upton was bad, but the Blue Jays are giving the abbreviation BJ a bad name.  2019 Projections: 45/13/47/.272/2 in 341 ABs

45. Keston Huira – I already gave you my Keston Huira fantasy.  I wrote it while skipping a Blue Apron podcast ad.  2019 Projections:  30/8/24/.274/3 in 212 ABs

46. Austin Barnes – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2019 fantasy baseball.

47. Brandon Lowe – Already gave you my Brandon Lowe fantasy.  It had sixteen typos, a new record for me!  One major typo was the projections I gave him.  At the time, he seemed to have a lot more daylight for playing time than it now appears.  Or apparently I was in the dark.  I’ve dropped Lowe’s projections after the Yandy Diaz and Avisail signings.  2019 Projections:  35/12/37/.264/2 in 265 ABs

48. Adam Frazier – It takes a certain kind of garbage time player for me to project him for 550+ at-bats and rank him this low.  Frazier is that garbage.  He’s like when you’re outside in the rain trying to sort recyclables and the entire can falls over and DON’T EVER OWN A HOUSE!  I’m seriously supposed to remember the difference between the green and blue cans?  I need a mnemonic!  2019 Projections: 61/12/41/.278/6 in 554 ABs

49. Luis Urias – Already gave you my Luis Urias fantasy.  It was written while selling Herbalife with my aunt Madeleine. 2019 Projections:  45/7/34/.279/5 in 232 ABs

50. Brandon Drury – This is a new tier.  This tier goes from here until the end of the list.  I call this tier, “Odds & Ends, or Jedds & Erik Gonzalezes.”  Unlike Devon Travis and Lourdes, I’m assuming Drury’s starting job will only last a few weeks until Vladimir Jr. emerguerroes.  2019 Projections: 31/7/37/.261/2 in 246 ABs

51. Kolten Wong – I originally had Wong in the tier above, but, in today’s climate, it’s risky advocating more daylight for a Wong.  I still believe in him if he had everyday at-bats.  Ever since the Cardinals began platooning him, his career seemed to derail.  You’d think Cardinals would know how to handle a Wong.  2019 Projections:  39/9/45/.255/6 in 302 ABs

52. Cory Spangenberg – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Brewers.  The Brewers are hilarious.  Here’s them last week, ‘Schoop was a terrible trade last year.  We should’ve just went with what we had.  Hernan Perez and Villar had done us well up until that point, and we got in our own heads–*spots shiny new thing*  Cory Spangenberg!  He seems like a great signing!’  So, Spangenberg becomes their strong side of the 2nd basemen platoon.” And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  41/12/45/.239/8 in 395 ABs

53. Ian Kinsler – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Padres.  Since Kinsler said he hates when Latino players celebrate excessively, or really show any emotion, this signing is perfect for him.  No one has ever been excited about being in San Diego, let alone playing for the Padres.  Kinsler, enjoy your subdued detachment, and may an eye blink be construed as excitement.  Until Fernando Tatis Jr. is ready, Ian Kinsler is a bridge loan for a team with a 300 FICO score.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  61/15/41/.233/12 in 509 ABs

54. Hernan Perez –  He has 15-homer power and 25-steal speed, but he’s in a platoon with everyone on the roster and Keston Huira will be promoted at some point (hopefully), which is why Hernan is not ranked higher.  If he can sneak into 575+ ABs, he could be huge.  And if I were a millionaire, I wouldn’t ask my Cougar if she wants to watch Blood Diamond every time we’re in a jewelry store.  2019 Projections: 32/6/34/.262/16 in 307 ABs

55. Franklin Barreto – Doesn’t fit in this tier like a glove because he has upside vs. most of this tier which are not that interesting of commodities.  To quote a long-lost line from Janis Joplin, “Commodity is just another name for ‘C’mon-wit-yo-pity.'”  So, maybe next year I might be in on Barreto, but he does not look ready yet or have a jay-oh-bee.  2019 Projections:  24/8/21/.226/6 in 212 ABs

56. Joe Panik – Look at his splits vs. lefties last year.  Panik, indeed.  2019 Projections:  53/10/48/.262/5 in 434 ABs

57. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Went over him in the top 20 catchers for 2019 fantasy baseball.

58. Kaleb Cowart – The Mariners claimed him this offseason, because the Mariners have decided the best way to build a team is similar to the people who go to the baggage claim and just grab unclaimed bags.  “Hey, look a Kaleb Cowart and a plaid skirt I can wear as a shirt.”  2019 Projections:  31/7/41/.208/10 in 289 ABs

59. Devon Travis – Seriously, how many at-bats that should go to someone else are the Jays going to have this year?  There’s three guys in this post alone.  2019 Projections: 31/9/46/.255/2 in 208 ABs

60. Chris Owings – When he signed, I said, “Signed with the Royals.  His career numbers are 31 HRs, 70 SBs and .250, which is also everyone’s 2019 projections for Adalberto Mondesi.  Hopefully, Mondesi doesn’t need 1960 ABs like Owings did.  As for Owings, I like him in very deep leagues if he has a starting job, but he doesn’t yet.”  And that’s me quoting me!  2019 Projections:  31/5/36/.266/15 in 297 ABs

61. Ryan McMahon – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2019 fantasy baseball.

62. Steve Wilkerson – Member about 4,500 words ago when I was complaining about guys getting at-bats who shouldn’t be?  Wilkerson is getting at-bats but couldn’t even break into that tier.  2019 Projections: 61/12/51/.213/7 in 510 ABs

63. Chad Pinder – He’s in the worst situation possible for excelling against lefties.  You show the ability to hit lefties to Billy Beane and you’re never going to see a righty ever.  Even if you can hit them.  You played yourself, Pinder!  2019 Projections:  38/14/41/.261 in 303 ABs

64. Dustin PedroiaRed Sox announced this offseason Pedroia wouldn’t need surgery.  He wasn’t injured when the Red Sox said that unprovoked, but they just assume people are wondering what surgery Pedroia is gonna have next.  Kinda like when your wife says, “Good morning,” and you say, “I didn’t use your favorite sweater to catch the water leak in the attic.”  2019 Projections:  41/6/43/.263/4 in 304 ABs

65. Jedd Gyorko – Goldy hurt Jose Martinez’s fantasy value and obliterated Gyorko’s.  At least Gyorko still has the fact his name isn’t Jack Madickov.  2019 Projections:  28/12/32/.257/2 in 288 ABs

66. Eduardo Nunez – After his Merely A Flesh Wound Guy imitation in the playoffs, I’d love to rank him higher, but his previously 40-steal speed now looks barely 10.  Worth farting in the general direction of Whit Merrifield here too.  2019 Projections: 38/5/31/.271/8 in 255 ABs

67. Yairo Munoz – For those just reading the names and not these blurbs, I hope you get “Nunez to Munoz, Nunez to Munoz” stuck in your head for the rest of the day.  As for Munoz (not Nunez), I see a Triple-A line of 7/10/.289 in only half a year and I think about how the Cardinals make superstars out of no one from nowhere and I see Munoz becoming a 1st ballot Hall of Famer, but he could hit seven homers and steal six bags in 275 ABs, so there’s that.  2019 Projections: 33/7/31/.281/6 in 275 ABs

68. Erik Gonzalez – He’ll be replacing Jordy Mercer on the Pirates, but he can’t fill those giant shoes.  Well, I guess since Jordy is short for Jordache, Gonzalez won’t be filling his pants either.  2019 Projections: 41/6/47/.244/4 in 404 ABs

  1. Big Magoo

    Big Magoo says:
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    What’s up, GA? How’s the offseason treating you?

    Starting to cobble together my rankings after taking random notes throughout the offseason. Allows me to get a read on some interesting players before the projections/rankings start flooding in. Here’s what I wrote about Mondesi on Oct. 10th of last year: “.270/20/50 skills. Very aggressive approach. Struggles with offspeed pitches. Could be hyped in the offseason. Likely adjustment year coming.”

    I’m with you on Shaw and Villar. Still at the back end of their primes. Good hitters parks. Solid track records (if a bit inconsistent in regards to Villar). Seemingly good job security. Multi-position eligibility for Shaw, and possibly for Villar depending on league settings. Both players should be fairly affordable too.

    Murphy looks like a nice option. Was recovering from offseason microfracture surgery which made him a non-factor in the 1st half, but he slashed .315/.346/.498 in the 2nd half w/ 11 homers and 3 steals in 63 games. 2B eligible even though he’s likely to play a less taxing position. Coors. Old but can still rake. Elite contact skills, solid power, hits to all fields. .320/25/90 season coming.

    Gennett is like a mini Murphy. Averaged 83/25/94/4/.303 over the last two seasons. Great park, job security, etc. Age 29 season. Looks like a solid fallback option.

    Willing to give Odor another go?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Big Magoo: Do you still agree with October Magoo? He sounds like he was hitting that German Octoberfest beer (bier)!

      Funny you mention Murphy, Rudy still mentions how you and Oaktown talked him out of Murphy for his huge year, haha… He’ll never forget!

      I’m in on Odor again, can’t quit a guy with 30-homer pop and 20-steal speed…

      • Big Magoo

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        @Grey: Let it go, Rudy! (But yeah, we did downplay Murphy a bit that year)

        I figured that Mondesi would move up draft boards, but not quite at this rate. He had the same exit velo last season as Jordy Mercer and Chris Owings. His SwStr% was the 6th highest out of 355 qualifiers with a minimum of 200 PA. BB% was the 12th lowest out of that same group. Kauffman Stadium is one of the worst parks in MLB for power. Counting stats are likely to be limited in that KC lineup. Might have a .270/20/50 type of ceiling, but could just as easily go .230/8/25 this year. Extremely volatile profile. Starts to look interesting around the 6th round of a 12 teamer, but any higher and I’m out for this year.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          When Jordy Mercer can steal 50 bases, you let me know! And Chris Owings, well, I kinda like Chris Owings, but around pick 450… You’re out on Mondesi, gives me more Mondesi shares — mo’ Mondesi, so to speak…

          • Big Magoo

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            @Grey: Mercer has stolen 50 bags in a professional season just as many times as Mondesi has. If you want to pay top dollar for a .255/15/40 player, go for it. I’d prefer to get that from Villar 5-6 rounds later. Mo’ Mondesi, mo’ problems.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, why do you refuse wonderful, Magoo? It is here for you to take, just open your arms and accept Mondesi into your life!

              • Big Magoo

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                @Grey: I’ll accept him at the right price, no problem. That seems unlikelier by the day though. Just trying to talk you off of the ledge like I did with Bellinger last year.

                • Grey

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                  I tried to talk you onto the ledge about Trevor Bauer last year

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: You definitely hit on Bauer. That was a good call. Pitching wasn’t an issue for me last year though. Had Snell, Syndergaard, Severino, Paxton across different leagues. Leaned heavily on the SF trio of DRod/Suarez/Holland and the StL duo of Gant/Gomber in the 2nd half. Godley was the only real turd that I can think of.

                    • Grey

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                      You didn’t have Garrett Richards and Matt Shoemaker, two guys you were talking up for the whole preseason?

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: I didn’t mention Shoemaker once last year. Was never that high on him outside of a late round flier a couple of years ago.

                    Got priced out on Richards. I had a 14th-15th round grade on him and he was going off the board about two rounds earlier than that. Everyone’s got a price, as the Million Dollar Man might say.

                    • Grey

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                      Haha, I actually don’t mind Shoemaker this year… there was someone you were crazy about last year that I’m not remembering… was it Richards?

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: I’ve always liked Richards, but I haven’t been foolish enough to disregard the risk involved with him. Talked him up a bit. Snell, Castillo, Hendricks, and McCullers are the only others that I can think of that I would’ve gushed over. Kinda liked Luke Weaver too, but I managed to dodge that bullet.

                    • Grey

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                      How about Wacha? Own up, Magoo!

                  • Big Magoo

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                    @Grey: I was pretty meh on Wacha, but he kept falling super late. I remember mentioning that he was one of only three players ( w/ Acuna and K. Seager) that I drafted on all three of my teams. Didn’t roster him for too long though.

                    • Grey

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                      How’d you do last year in NFBC? I finished top 20 overall…

        • @Big Magoo: ha! fwiw, agree w/ you on murphy in 2019 and definitely eying villar as a cheaper SB play than Mondesi

    • jbona3 says:
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      @Big Magoo: I hope this isn’t inappropriate to ask, but where are you writing these days? I thought your content here on Razzball was great.

      • Big Magoo

        Big Magoo says:
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        @jbona3: No worries jbona, it’s perfectly fine. What you see when I occasionally pop in to spam Grey’s articles these days is pretty much all I’m up to on the writing side. Struggled to find the free time to be a regular contributor, so I had to step away. I appreciate your support though! I’ll be popping in to give my unsolicited thoughts on various players (and to hassle Grey some more) in the coming weeks too, so I’ll be around.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Don’t listen to Magoo on Mondesi!

          • Big Magoo

            Big Magoo says:
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            @Grey: Stay away, jbona! Far, far away…

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Don’t listen to him, jbona!

              • BJFOHOHL says:
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                @Grey: The one day I come in and here he is, the Million Dollar Magoo….I would like to point out, and I’m not taking a side, but out of Mondesi’s 14 HR’s only 5 were just enough. Just a tad over 1/3. which considering Sal Perez, who plays in the same stadium had 16 out of his 27 be “just enough”…okay playing in the same stadium was me trumping the comment up

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Mondesi is short for “More than enoughsi”

                  • BJFOHOHL says:
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                    @Grey: You better write that in at some point

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I just did!

  2. Ante Galic says:
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    Grey!!!!

    Very nice 2nd base report.

    a. Again a lot to regurgitate. Thanks a lot. Being honest.

    b. A lot of very nice MI fodder here! Will enjoy that tier for sure.

    c. Subdued Norm MacDonald quote for January 18

    A jury this week awarded 8.9 million dollars to a man who said Tylenol destroyed his liver. Immediately following the decision, Tylenol announced its new ad campaign: ‘Take 2 Tylenol and you just might win 8.9 million dollars!’

    d. Have a nice weekend.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ante Galic: A. No problem B. Enjoy it with a fine Spumanti! C. Ha D. You too!

  3. Wally Pipp says:
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    Up early to check out the snow fall and clean the car…

    Kinda weird gut call, but I like cano to have a top 5 season at the position. Great bet to play 160 games (unless he get pinched again) as hes had 650+ PA’s in his career 10 times, and the season following the suspenion i think hes going to show everyone he can be good “clean” in sort of a fresh start with the mets.

    2016 wasnt too long ago when he hit 39 homers with 100+ runs and rbis with a 298 avg. I could see a similar outcome with a few less homers his first year with the mets.

    Your projections for him are pretty fair tho, i just have a weird hunch he outperforms in this spot. With an ADP of around 115, im buying

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Wally Pipp: forgot to mention the reason i’m in on cano is i saw that in his 310 at bats last season he was 11th in exit velo, and nobody ahead of him was really close to him in batting average, and his babip wasn’t crazy high… so sort of an educated hunch. Watch him up his launch angle this year and bop 31 dingers. Hes sill got another good year in him, really like this change of scenery for his outlook.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Wally Pipp: There might be some modest buying on Cano at 115… He doesn’t steal many bases so 25/.300 is realistic ceiling, which would still be great, but only like a top 50 overall if things break right…

  4. bbboston says:
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    Grey,

    Ever have one of those prescient thoughts that just keeps cropping back up? Here’s mine: Jorge Polanco is a huge sleeper. Remember the fall before the NARCO Squad sat him down. He was changing his swing ala Eduardo Escobar and having real results: big upswing in power over small sample size. Then last year he was out for the first half, came back and slowly got back in the swing of things, but really didn’t make a big splash. I just have a sneaking suspicion that with a full ST, the guy is going to finish that swing transition and startle people with surprising power, great plate discipline OBP/BA and rack up stats due to leading off for a rather potent BO. On top of all that, he can run a little bit. Without saber metric chops, I’m going to blindy predict: 25 HR; 17 steals, .275 BA and 100 runs. Crazy or prescient?

    • Curious George Springer says:
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      @bbboston: I’m a Twins fan, so I hope you’re right. I think that’s on they hyper optimistic side, though. I see his upside as more like 20/15, but maybe he could do that with a .290 batting average with some good BABIP luck.

      • bbboston says:
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        @Curious George Springer:

        George,

        What you projected is what I expect, assuming a healthy year. However, I still do think he might surprise further on the power side. He’s just a sturdy

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          @bbboston:

          body type with deceptive power, who is coming into his top age bracket

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bbboston: I like him super late, but those are pie in the sky projections for a guy everyone is projecting for 13/13

  5. bbboston says:
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    On another note, I can’t help but believe there’s a huge possibility that Mondesii’s swing holes continue to be exposed. He may be the most controversial “ranking” I’ve seen in a long while.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @bbboston: A guy with 20/50 potential at his age is worth the risk

  6. Flowerpower says:
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    Grey
    Can you please rank these long term

    A Meadows
    B. Nimmo
    B. Buxton

  7. Fanciful Basesball says:
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    The bounce rate might go up, but I bet the time-on-page goes up as people scroll around looking for the …SELENA GOMEZ NUDE PHOTOS LEAKED… There ya go.

    Great write-up as always, Grey. Your thoroughness is incredible. If I’d been asked to write 2 full sentences and a baseball-sentence about Steve Wilkerson, all I’d have been able to say is “Who?”

    This is why you always get direct traffic from me. I’ve converted from organic. Thank you for being pretty darn great!

    • Slappy Jack says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: I was actually just going to post that I have absolutely no idea who Steve Wilkerson is or what team he plays for. haha

      • cmutimmah says:
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        @Slappy Jack: I find it funny that Grey thinks Wilkerson could hit 12 HRs this year. He has 20 career home runs in the minors in 1400 ABs, even with 4 in 150 ABs last yeah (all in the international league).

        8th round pick, never was a big prospect, and is 27. Hard to even consider him a post hype guy.

        This guy should be back in the minors by June… it would be by May if the Orioles were a decent team. But Grey has him ranked as the 61st option for a reason, lol.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          @cmutimmah: I have a special place for Steves

        • bigbear says:
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          @cmutimmah: Uh, I’m an O’s fan and I haven’t even heard of him… I’m not sure what I’m more ashamed of: my fanhood or my team.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Haha

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Fanciful Basesball: Haha, thanks! I bet Steve Wilkerson would have a hard time talking about Steve Wilkerson for 2 sentences…

      • Steve Wilkerson says:
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        @Grey: Hey Now!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, sorry, Steve!

      • Fanciful Basesball says:
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        @Grey: ZING!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Hehe

  8. Ian says:
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    Grey – live the Shaw prediction.

    Need some keeper advice for OBP league. Locks:
    Rizzo, Bregman, Carpenter, Trout, LoCain, DeGrom, Cain, Bauer, Greinke.

    Keep Scooter or EE (infield slot)?
    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ian: Me too! Hopefully! I’d prolly just keep Edwin, it’s not like Scooter’s that amazing…I mean, he’s fine

  9. I am the Walrus says:
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    Now that Hand is Cleve closer, for a keeper league that you can keep players for 2 yrs, would you keep Flaherty or Hand?

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @I am the Walrus: Hard to imagine ever keeping a closer, let alone over a potential ace

  10. Ace of Spades says:
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    Grey

    ” In todays climate its risky to advocate more daylight for a wong ” As I spit up my morning coffee on my computer screen I realize that January Grey is not only in mid season form, but may be in the best shape of his life.

    In a standard cats auction league mixed, where you can keep up to 11 , I got an offer last night from another owner.

    He offered me Adalberto ( $10 ) and Abreu ( $23 ) for my Jose Peraza ( $10 ) and Felipe Vazquez ( $12 )

    As of now I am keeping Rhys ( $12 ), Vladdy JR ( $10 ) Merrifield ( $12 ) Peraza ( $10 ) Y Molina ( $3 ), N Cruz ( $20 ) Trienan ( $13 ) Vazquez ( $12 ) and L Castillo ( $12 )

    Based on your enthusiasm for Mondesi and your mini bounce back projections for Abreu I am guessing you are going to tell me to pull the trigger. I am, however, a believer in Peraza and don’t think we have seen his best. Your thoughts on this offer? Anyone else from Razzballs thoughts.

    As always thanks in advance for your advice and thanks again for the laughter.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ace of Spades: It’s my morning calisthenics! I like the deal for you…

  11. WRDSMTH says:
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    Grey — you did not go over Jose Ramirez in the Top 10 for 2019 because he was not in your Top 10 for 2019

    I’ll be your huckleberry, I mean fact checker.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @WRDSMTH: Ha, oops, typo…Will fix

      • Bitter Beerface says:
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        @Grey: FREUDIAN SLIP!!!! He DOES belong in the top10!!!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, too late!

  12. Cram It says:
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    I’m in on Gleyber. He’s my “let everyone else draft Jo-Ram, Merrifield, Albies, and ya know, guys inflated based on last year” value pick.

    That said, I’m also back in on Odor. Ughhhh.

    • Fungazi 2.0 says:
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      @Cram It: Would not be surprised at all to see Odor outperform Mondesi this year

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Cram It: yeah i mean grey is being a little hard on gleyber, he had a rough second half, he was a rookie. id bet on him getting better, hes so talented.

      i agree, in on odor. if i just read the odor blurb by grey without seeing the ranking i woulda bet he had him ranked higher than 10th at 2b. i actually would bet he gets the power back, hes only 25 y/o and had back to back 30 homer seasons the 2 prior, and with all the other improvements we saw last year… hes going to be a steal.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Cram It: Meh, Gleyber’s got real issues for me — his peripherals are scary and if LaMahieu is playing well in June/July when Didi returns, there’s gonna be a squeeze… Odor!

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        @Grey: And Mondesi’s don’t? He strikes out more, walks half as much.

        Side note, I never understood the Lemahieu love (not from you necessarily, the consensus). Besides the year he won a batting title, he’s average at best, and with Colorado in his favor.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I don’t love LeMahieu either, but I could see him stealing at-bats… Mondesi just needs a solid April, build some confidence and it will be off to one of the greatest fantasy seasons of all time… I will point back to this comment at some point in May, or never speak of this again!

          • Cram It says:
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            @Grey: Haha. I’m pulling for ya!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Gotta be honest, I’m pulling against Gleyber, but it’s not you!

              • Tom says:
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                I’m also a naysayer on Gleyber. Is every Yankee going to meet their drafters expectation? As it goes, the expectations are Judge and Giancarlo are hitting 40 bombs each if not more., Andujar, Voit and Sanchez are hitting 30 apiece. Hicks and Gleyber are good for 25 each and if they sign either Machado or hHarper well they’re good for at least 35. Maybe, but I’m guessing not.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, agreed

          • Wally Pipp says:
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            @Grey: Mondesi having one of the greatest fantasy season of all time. ok yep, screenshot this one.

            coming into last year he was hitting .180 as a pro. i mean i get it the potential is there, but the range of outcomes is wide. he will be brutally bad and crush you as often as he has the monster top 20 overall season you are calling for.

            Mondesi – 87mph avg exit velo last year (201st overall), never hit more than 14 homers at any level, plays in a pitchers park….

            Mondesi saw a historically high number of stolen base opportunities – 68 SBO%, second-highest since 2009.

            335 babip last year, which is higher than he posted in the minors

            he struck out 28% and walked 4% last year… so add all that up he prolly gets on base less this year, has a worse avg, and his steal opportunities come down.

            i think a 15 homer 35 steal season sounds about right, with low rbi totals and around a 255 avg.

            love the confidence but your mondesi ranking feels like your over-ranking of gregory polanco several years ago when he was projected as roughly a top 100 player and you had him somewhere near 20th overall.

            good luck

            • Cram It says:
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              @Wally Pipp: He was joking about the greatest season of all time. Sheesh.

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Cram It: meh, grey thinks he could go 30/70

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  70/130, book it!

              • Cram It says:
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                @Grey: I’m not pulling against or for him…unless I end up with him.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, that’s usually the case in the end

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              He was hitting .180 as a pro in what? 60 games? Trout hit .220 his 1st season… Guys need a chance to get their sea legs…

              • Wally Pipp says:
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                @Grey: look i dont hate him in fact i picked him up last year, but top 20 is bold af, recklessly bold imo. you really drafting mondesi over like a clay bellinger ?

                • Wally Pipp says:
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                  @Wally Pipp: cody* obv

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Yeah, over Bellinger

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @Grey: Odor has burned me enough already, I might as well get burned once more.

        “Fool me once, shame on you, you fool me you can’t get fooled again. Fool me twice, shame on Grey, a fool is a fool for a reason.” – George Dubya Bush.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Haha, yes!

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        @Grey: I don’t think Odor will run as much this year. 12 SB and 12 CS, but I like the K rate o-swing trends. Could see him pushing that average up over .270 and hitting 30 HRs.

        I think the guy I’ll end up with a bunch is Villar. Playing everyday should bring 20-25 HR and 30-40 Bags. Where he is getting drafted that’s gold.

        Could see investing early at SS and getting 2 of these middle tier guys later on. Odor/Murphy type combo.

  13. JoeG414 says:
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    Happy Birthday Grey

  14. Joe says:
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    Grey, you gotta make a Razzball Tshirt that says “I don’t pay for average”!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Joe: I like it!

  15. Stealing Home says:
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    Can you please rank these for long term OBP value

    B Nimmo
    A. Meadows
    B Buxton

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      @Stealing Home: I know this is a super late response but Nimmo over those two imo, and it’s not particularly close, esp in an OBP league
      Unless he lost his stating job and I missed it, which is possible
      then Meadows I guess
      I wouldn’t touch Buxton

  16. Peacecoast says:
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    yoyo G.

    what do you think about trading Mallex round 20 for Treat round 1? I have the 10th pick and with inflation from keepers it really means around pick 15 (eg. betts, yelich will be kept). And we do not snake the first round so my second pick is 20.

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: Eloy or profar for 2019? redraft

        luvu

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eloy, unless White Sox do something crazy

  17. Wally Pipp says:
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    Blake Treinen was the number 1 pitcher on the razzball player rater, ahead of scherzer.

    • Wally Pipp says:
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      @Wally Pipp: oh and also, anthony rizzo is the number 12 ranked pitcher haha

      • Wally Pipp says:
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        @Grey: go take a look. If u sort all pitchers treinen is ranked 1, and rizzo shows up becasue he piched an inning in a blowout i guess, and his hitting stats i guess come into play idk?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Okay, rudy will look at it, thanks!

  18. Squat Cobblers says:
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    Great post Grey as usual.

    What percent likelihood would you put on the following scenario?

    Hernan Perez plays nearly full-time…because
    Braun/Cain/Arcia will miss chunks of time whilst
    Spangenberg becomes Milwaukee’s Marwin and
    Hiura stays down all year

    Thanks!

    • CMUTIMMAH says:
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      @Squat Cobblers: If Hiura stays down all year, Milwaukee will show they don’t know what they are doing.

      Wait, now that I think about it, Hiura will probably stay down all year!

      • Grey

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        I think it’s more than likely

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Squat Cobblers: Thanks! 30% on Perez and 70% on Hiura…Have no faith they will promote him…

  19. cmutimmah says:
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    I was talking with a friend about this last weekend and it’s fitting after the 1B and 2B rankings posts to mention…
    1st base and second base have basically flip flopped. If you can draft a 1B that hits for moderate power and average with some counting stats, and get a Travis Shaw type power hitting 2B, you’ll be OK.

    This is a complete paradigm shift from 5-10 years ago, where 2B was a semi black hole for power and you were better off pairing a HR guy with a high average 2B guy.

    What kind of Narnia are we living in? What’s next? Drafting pitchers in the first round? Valuing catchers? First overall closers!?!

    Gleyber Torres came out of the chute hot. (Hot chutes get clicks.) And then cooled off a ton. He was hitting HRs and getting counting stats early… and then… (cue Mitch from Old School talking about how everything went to shit when he caught the early flight home from San Diego…).
    But, from a psychological standpoint, Torres was hit 9th pretty much most of his “hot period” (Hot period… that could get you some google searches also from the weirdo crowd). When they gave him a shot to hit 6th, he excelled, most likely because he was in a position to be pitched to. He batted at least 5 games in 6 different lineup positions. (Jim Leyland is rolling over in his grave seeing what they were doing to this kid… oh… Leyland is still alive and is most likely in front of the Wheel of Fortune slot machines at Greektown casino as I type this? Dang, he should be doing ads for Marlboro for living this long. “The Surgeon general don’t know shit.” – James Cornelius Leland.)
    Anyway, my point is, the team’s current structure and recent signings don’t bode well for Torres to be a fixture at any point in the lineup, and as long as they keep shifting him around, I see the volatility continuing. Millenials like feeling comfortable, after all…

    Great stuff as always Greymund!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @cmutimmah: Haha, great stuff from you too! Agreed on Gleyber…

      • CMUTIMMAH says:
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        @Grey: I just called and checked with by buddy at Greektown. Leyland is a fan of the penny slots, not the wheel of fortune slots, and he’s recently been seen playing the Brittany Spears slot machine.

        What a world we live in.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Imagine hanging out with Leyland and not smoking a cigarette, even if you don’t smoke

    • Harley Earl says:
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      @cmutimmah: Excellent analysis. Cmutinmah! I totally agree. Some consistency in the batting order would definitely help G-Torres.

  20. Ben says:
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    Hi Grey,

    Does Shaw crack the top 75 overall? Is he close?

    Thanks for the super helpful rankings.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      @Ben: Shaw’s currently ranked 69th overall

      • Ben says:
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        @Grey: thanks, and based on some other comments here, happy birthday!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Thanks!

  21. Peacecoast says:
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    what was that TV show you were on about again? netflix? deets pls

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not sure which one you mean… I watched Murder Mountain recently, that was decent… Gomorrah’s got a new season coming!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: damn I can’t find where you were talking about it. At the beginning of one of the blogs. It has Sandra Bullock in it maybe? Dan Voight?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I mention Escape at Dannemora in today’s post…Which was excellent and you should watch immediately…

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: ya that one, ok on it

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              It’s in the post!

              • Peacecoast says:
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                @Grey: found it again, buried under Joey fucking Wendle. This shit is too important to bury dude, gotta be in the top part of the blog. DURRRRR!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  It’s a tier name of a tier I like, what more can I do?

                  • Peacecoast says:
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                    @Grey: I love it when we fight, the making up is sooooo goood

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      It helps keep our friendship fresh!

  22. Skip Mcgillicuddy says:
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    Good call on Schoop, Definitely has a chance to be just outside the Top 5 2B this year

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks!

  23. Matty says:
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    If Hov is to be believed two were due, one was nah, and the other was Illmatic.

    I always like the bottom of the second basemen rankings for a preview of the guys I’ll own for a few days sometime mid season.

    Was thinking- it would be neat to have a tool that filters your preview blurbs by whether the player has eligibility based on your league’s eligibility minimums. I’ll play around with it, but I generally underperform on coding projects so I thought I’d also throw it out there to the masses.

    Have a great weekend.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      That would be awesome! You too!

  24. Clemson Crusher says:
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    Hey Grey, Thanks for all you do. I am in a 20 team keeper points league, we have to keep 6 bats, 4 SP and 4 RP.
    The bats that I am keeping are:
    Acuna LF
    Jimenez LF
    Robles CF
    Suarez 3B
    Encarnacion 1B
    I need one more bat to decide on between Dahl LF/RF, Seager 3B, Tucker LF, Urias 2B or Wendle. Who are you picking and did I get the 1st 5 right?
    Pitching (only 7 starts per week)
    Cole, Flaherty and I have to pick 2 more from Castillo, Bieber, Reyes, Sheffield.
    RP (hurting here) I need 4 out of this group
    McHugh, Biddle, H Santiago, Norris, Middleton and Amir Garrett

    Any help you could provide is very much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Looks good, Dahl — Bieber, Castillo — Those 4 RPs aren’t great no matter who you choose…McHugh, Norris, Middleton and Amir Garrett

  25. Dante683 says:
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    Great stuff as always Grey. Ever consider writing for stand up comics? You could make a good buck! Still cracking up over the Big Unit in the men’s room!

    Any hoo, and that’s me quoting you! You gave me this list of keepers yerterday:

    Yelich
    Machado
    Vlad
    Marte
    Mondesi
    Springer
    German
    Andujar

    Edwin and Robles first two out… any change for Robles if the Nats don’t re-sign Harper?

    Thanks, can’t wait for tomorrow’s blog!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks! I love Robles, could see him or Andujar as the debate at end… The rest are kinda locked in… Unless you don’t want to keep an SP, then lose German…

  26. Sick Bats says:
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    Hey Grey, Thanks for all you do. I am in a 20 team keeper points league, we have to keep 6 bats, 4 SP and 4 RP.
    The bats that I am keeping are:
    Acuna LF
    Jimenez LF
    Robles CF
    Suarez 3B
    Encarnacion 1B
    I need one more bat to decide on between Dahl LF/RF, Seager 3B, Tucker LF, Urias 2B or Wendle. Who are you picking and did I get the 1st 5 right?
    Pitching (only 7 starts per week)
    Cole, Flaherty and I have to pick 2 more from Castillo, Bieber, Reyes, Sheffield.
    RP (hurting here) I need 4 out of this group
    McHugh, Biddle, H Santiago, Norris, Middleton and Amir Garrett

    Any help you could provide is very much appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Answered above

  27. Harley Earl says:
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    Few arguments with your rankings at all. Hate to agree, but I think Dee Gordon is in decline and no longer a top 10 2B.

    I do think you’re too low on Hampson and Hiura. One of them is bound to do something. Step out on a limb and give a real forecast, not the conservative “I’m-to-scared-to-look-wrong” prediction.

    Good stuff, though, as always. Love your work!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      The Rockies, who never played McMahon, Tapia, Murphy and countless others, and Brewers, who sat on Domingo Santana and traded away Villar for a guy they didn’t want to play vs. actually playing Hiura? Okay

      • Harley Earl says:
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        @Grey: You make a strong case. I won’t argue with you on Hampson. It could definitely happen.

        BUT, I don’t see how you can look down on Hiura even if he only gets 300 at-bats. He can flat out hit and in that offense, he’s going to post some good numbers.

        I’ll bet you a Wendy’s double bacon cheeseburger super value meal with large fries and a large drink that Hiura finishes better than #44 among 2B when 2019 is all said and done!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I like them both so not arguing too hard against them, and I hope they get playing time…

          • Harley Earl says:
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            @Grey: Fair enough! I hope Hiura does for sure.

            Unless some weird signing happens between now and March, which I fully do NOT expect to happen now, I think Hampson begins spring training as the favorite for 2B while Hiura will be a June call-up as Milwaukee just saves money and buys time for him to be controlled for an extra year.

            All the 2B free agents that appeared Colorado or Milwaukee might be interested in are already signed, so think each of those organizations have made their intentions pretty clear.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think Asdrubal has as good a chance of starting for the Rockies as Hampson….hope I’m wrong…

              • Harley Earl says:
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                @Grey: Wow, considering Asrdrubal is a free agent still, that’s quite depressing.

                • Harley Earl says:
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                  @Harley Earl: Rumor is today is your birthday? What’s the scoop?

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    The rumors are true!

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Truth bomb!

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    @Grey: Happy birthday pal! I’ll set a reminder in my phone for 2020!

                    Another question now. Austin Barnes got a lot of love following 2017 by many fantasy experts but not here. Do you view 2018 Austin Barnes as 2019 Garrett Hampson?

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha, thanks! Austin Barnes is nothing like Hampson… Barnes is at best a 10/10 catcher…

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    @Grey: I didn’t really mean similarities in profile. What I meant was everybody seems real high on this guy when he’s really going to be nothing more than a bench bat or utility player that gives the starters a day off twice a week.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Ah… yeah, agreed!

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    @Grey:

                    Damn.

                    I was afraid you would agree with that.

                    Man, I sure hope that’s not the case. Going to be tough keeping him on the roster if he’s just sitting there scratching his ass all summer.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I know, that’s the problem!

                  • Harley Earl says:
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                    @Grey: Appreciate your input!

                    Look forward to your next blog post! Thanks!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      No problem

  28. PatPat says:
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    Hey Grey!

    The release of your rankings is one of my favorite times of year. One small thought…it would be cool to have the projections in-line for players that have been covered in other articles. That way we could compare projections for guys like Baez and JoRam to guys like Dozier on the same page.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      They’ll all be on the same page when all rankings are released when they’re in the top 500

  29. Bitter Beerface says:
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    Grey,

    Thanks for the yeoman’s work! Pretty sure yeomen (plural) are the dudes carrying the bundles of sticks on the album cover of Led Zeppelin IV. The bundle doesn’t look heavy honestly….anyway, good work.

    Do these position rankings just get fuglier and fuglier? Why do I feel like if I don’t come out of the draft with Javier Baez at 2B, I will have an uncomfortable feeling of dread where I stare at that position for the entire month of April and chant “Stupid, stupid, STUPID BEERFACE, why did I draft JoRam/Altuve/Albies!!!”

    Altuve sunk two of my expensive rosters last season. I never recovered. I’m still on the ledge actually. Made a little mattress here from pigeon feathers, trying to talk myself off but it’s gotten rather cozy…

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I am the Led Zep 4 of Fantasy!

      Nah, shortstops are stacked, it’s a solid position and 3B ain’t bad… 1B was the worst, behind catchers of course

      • Bitter Beerface says:
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        @Grey: Are you trying to talk me off the ledge? Are you after my ledge mattress???

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I put the ledge on Airbnb and I need it for an incoming couple from Kansas.

  30. Brian says:
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    I just clicked the link to read about Baez and I saw this nugget:

    “Check this, bevakasha.”

    I know only members of the tribe will get that joke, but that is beyond brilliant.

    Well done.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ha, thanks!

  31. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Happy Birthday Dude! you 40 yet?

    Hey you did 1B and 2B, what 3B next and then 4B…hehehehe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, thanks!

  32. Joebobsayscheckitout says:
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    Thanks for the rankings so far…
    Asked this the other day but posted later in evening…

    Do you keep Harper at 43? in NL only auction ten-team league keep up to 15 players. Competitive. Lots of players kept. With inflation he’s prob a little under what he’d go for at auction. If I keep will drive up the top players…(presuming, of course, he stays in the Nl!)

    Have Acuna at 5, Rendon at 29, may probably keep Rizzo at 35–thinking just driving prices up and keeping Harper…gives me a real solid hitting base in NL only league…but not much to spend at auction…

    Have Arenado at 46 too.

    Or just toss him back and have the flexibility at auction? Your take is appreciated!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I’d keep Harper if he’s in the NL

  33. Curious George Springer says:
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    True Detective. That is all

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Marshala is Mondesi as an actor

      • Curious George Springer says:
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        @Grey: yessssssss

  34. BJFOHOHL says:
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    I’d like to continue the Belli chat from yesterday. I’m still concerned over here

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      There’s nothing to be concerned about now, he’s priced perfectly

      • BJFOHOHL says:
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        @Grey: His home road splits from 2017 to 2018 puts him on the road to platoony tunes if this doesnt level back out this year. I also was a little worried for the massive jump in GB’s and decline in FB’s

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Not concerned about splits… The decline in FBs is a little concerning, but if he’s a 27-30 HR guy vs. a 35+ HR guy, I’d live with it with 7 SBs and .270+ AVG

          • BJFOHOHL says:
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            @Grey: where is he going or going to go in drafts? That would help on my end

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I think 35-50 range

  35. Seltzer and Halvah says:
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    Mondesi has a worse OBP, contact rate and walk rate than Billy Hamilton. And Mondesi’s speed is nowhere near Hamilton’s. And Hamilton isn’t rosterable. So how can I expect Mondesi to get on base often enough to meet your expectations?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Each month got better for his walk rate, and his SLG puts him on a different plane than Hamilton… They’re not that similar, other than they might have same # of SBs

  36. Peacecoast says:
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    My Krush (4) and Mallex (20) for Eloy (20) and Treat (1). rounds in parentheses.

    12T mixed roto redraft cant keep any of these next year. drafting late in first round. good right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Doesn’t sound that great if you can’t keep any of them for next year… What’s the point of getting Eloy if you can’t keep him?

      • Peacecoast says:
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        @Grey: What I really want is Treat. Krush in 4 isn’t even really value.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Eloy is good value if yo can keep him… I want Treat too…

          • Peacecoast says:
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            @Grey: would I rather have eloy or mallex or profar for 2019 considering I would have Treat

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I wanna say Eloy but there’s so much on when he’s being called up vs. Mallex who is SBs and Profar who is a little bit of everything… So, I guess I’m saying it’s a coin flip…

  37. The Talented Mr. Dope Man says:
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    Happy Birthday Grey!

    Thanks for all you do partner!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks, man!

  38. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey
    Obp

    What ya think of trading keepers here:

    My Springer and Gleybar

    For his

    Rizzo CMart and CSantana ….can play Rizzo at 2nd and I have no pitchers in my 11 to keep

    • Peacecoast says:
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      happy birthday! I’m guessing 42. I know you won’t answer :)

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks! We’ve retired the number 42

    • Peacecoast says:
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      @Nightpandas: springer side

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Works for me

  39. Terrence Mann says:
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    GBV/P is the new stat I created. It’s Grey’s Blood Vessels/Popping which was trending towards 0 at a high rate after you read the Angels got Scosciapath he needs in Cody Allen and then found out he got $8.5 million in the process.

    Anyway, hope ya like your bday meme.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I love it! My GBV/P is only at 1.2 today, chillaxing in Vegas on Saturday…

  40. Packers says:
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    Grey,

    12 team roto dynasty keep all, with OPS and losses counted, so 6×6 cats.

    A guy wants my Merrifield for his Muncy and Doolittle. Muncy has 2b eligilbility in this league.I’m thinking no as Merrifield is my main speed guy. Is it close, as I could try for another piece or just pass?

    Thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer Muncy/Doolittle, it is close tho

  41. Nightpandas says:
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    Grey

    Obp trade

    Springer torres or Kluber Shaw

    • Nightpandas says:
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      @Nightpandas: keeper with no prices…I can get Heaney or Weaver thrown in

      Hope ya had a good bday

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Thanks! Prefer Heaney by a decent amount

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Kluber but close

      • Grassyass says:
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        Grey,

        Just dealt altuve for sale and mondesi based on your ranks, what you think?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice!

  42. Test Kitchen says:
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    Grey,

    I’m in a 10 team, 10 keeper standard league

    My keepers are

    Goldy
    Jose Ramirez
    Arenado
    Lindor
    Story
    JD
    Rendon
    Sale
    Verlander
    Corbin

    I’d like to shift some of my infield depth into an outfielder so I’m exploring a Lindor for Betts trade.

    Think Lindor and Verlander is too much for Betts and Carrasco or Betts and Bauer?

    Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not too much, I’d take Bauer/Betts

  43. FrankGrimes says:
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    One of my leagues I’m keeping:
    Hoskins, Baez and Mondesi. Can keep up to five.
    Which two you liking more:
    Albies (11 round)
    Snell (13 round)
    Conforto (21st)
    Andujar (14th)

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Albies, Snell

      • FrankGrimes says:
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        @Grey:

        I’m thinking Conforto breaks out this year…

        Have you seen the last kingdom?

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nah, is it worth watching?

  44. Dan says:
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    Grey
    We keep 6. My 6th is either marte ,rosario,robles. Who am i keeping ?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Amed or Eddie?

      • Dan says:
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        @Grey: sorry. Its eddie

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Please take followups to my newest post

  45. Patrick says:
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    Hey Grey,

    In a keeper league with 3 keepers and I already have Judge in the 11th round and T-Turner in the 8th round. I have the choice of either Blake Snell in the 9th round or Juan Soto as a keeper in the 12th round. I’m tempted to take Soto for later round, but wondering if it makes more sense to lean on having an ace like Snell already in my pocket. What are your thoughts . . Do I keep Snell or Soto .. feel like If I was to keep Soto id be stacked at offense but maybe should play it safe. Appreciate it!

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