With the top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball, we’ve gone through the infield, we can see how deep each position was in the most undeepest (totally a word!) of seasons. 1st base was deep. Oddly so since coming into this year (and last), it felt like 1st base was not as deep as it had been going back two or three years. The guard has changed, and 1st base was deep again. At least in a two-month season. Next up, shortstops and 3rd basemen were equally deep on the backend — Willi Castro was exactly the 20th ranked for both. However, shortstops were far and away deeper up top, and it wasn’t close. Didi Gregorius, the 10th ranked shortstop, was worth about twice as much as the 10th ranked 3rd baseman, and Didi was way more valuable than the 10th ranked 1st baseman. Finally, 2nd basemen were easily the worst infield position outside of catchers. So, infield ranked from deepest to shallowest in the undeepest of seasons: 1B, SS, 3B, 2B, and catchers. However, ranking the top 10 of each position: SS, 1B, 3B, 2B, catchers. With SS and 1B, 1A and 1B. That’s not confusing at all. I’ll begin outfield tomorrow, they are the deepest in the undeepest. To recap my recap before the recap, this final ranking is from our Fantasy Baseball Player Rater with my comments. This is not for next year. Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball and how they compare to where I originally ranked them:

1. Jose Ramirez – “Please let me have a little taste.” Sure, Mr. Prorater, go for it. “In 162 games, Jose Ramirez would’ve had a 47-homer, 29-steal season.” I’m gonna need a bucket and mop to wipe the drool off that WAP — Wet Ass Prorating. Pick my jaw up off the floor, otherwise I can’t continue. I have that nagging voice in the back of my head, let’s call it Medulla, and Medulla keeps telling me Jo-Jo-Ram was awful in the 1st half of last year, and played during his favorite time of the season in 2020, but, wow, what a 60-game season Jo-Jo-Ram had. Preseason Rank #1, 2020 Projections: 33/10/36/.263/10 in 213 ABs, Final Numbers: 45/17/46/.292/10 in 219 ABs

2. Manny Machado – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

3. DJ LeMahieu – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

4. Kyle Seager – Seems like every position has at least one guy in the top five that would’ve been a guy I screamed you should sell if the season was longer, but Seager would’ve been one of those guys I said to sell and you would’ve been like, “Who the hell is buying him? By the way, nice hair.” It’s goofy Seager ranked this high for any position since his stats don’t even appear that great, but 75 total runs and RBIs in 60 games blows away even a guy like LeMahieu. Preseason Rank #43, 2020 Projections: 23/9/26/.232/1 in 199 ABs, Final Numbers: 35/9/40/.241/5 in 203 ABs

5. Rafael Devers – Glancing at preseason projections and end-of-season stats, it would appear that offense was down, since Devers finished 5th for 3B, where he was ranked, and his projections are so much better than his final numbers. Also, as mentioned in the opening, 3rd base wasn’t great, without fully getting The Gas Face. Preseason Rank #5, 2020 Projections: 40/12/42/.303/3 in 219 ABs, Final Numbers: 32/11/43/.263 in 232 ABs

6. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

7. Eugenio Suarez – Kinda want to ignore all hitters who hit for a terrible average if they had a bad BABIP with nothing really standing out in their batted ball profile. Doesn’t take an eugenius to see Suarez was on pace for 40+ homers, and the only problem was his average, but a .214 BABIP will do that. It’s especially eugregious when you see he was hitting the ball even harder this year. Preseason Rank #7, 2020 Projections: 30/14/39/.274/1 in 215 ABs, Final Numbers: 29/15/38/.202/2 in 198 ABs

8. Brian Anderson – Reverse 180 from Devers and Eugenio while having a similar issue. Anderson’s projections were pretty close to his final numbers and his ranking was way off. I don’t think this had anything to do with me being dumb (though, that is possibility). I think all projections were close for everyone, and why a guy who had a final good week, could’ve shifted dramatically in the recap rankings. Every player ranked around 5th to 20th overall for a position was one great or terrible three-game series away from switching places. Preseason Rank #30, 2020 Projections: 27/9/30/.271/1 in 205 ABs, Final Numbers: 27/11/38/.255 in 200 ABs

9. Maikel Franco – This schmohawk’s final ranking reminds me of one of my July preseason strategy tips I gave you, try to get as many at-bats as you can. This was one season where you were going to struggle to provide value if you didn’t play in every game. Unless of course you were in the Cubs’ lineup. Didn’t matter if those guys played or not. Prolly was better if they didn’t. Preseason Rank #44, 2020 Projections: 19/8/24/.241 in 186 ABs, Final Numbers: 23/8/38/.278/1 in 223 ABs

10. Anthony Rendon – If I had to play another 60-game season again, and, please, let me emphasis this with all my mustachioed might, I do not want to play another 60-game season again, but, if I had to, I’d bump all guys that could hit five homers and steal five bags vs. ten homers and zero steals. It’s one thing in a full season to have a guy who can go 30/3 vs. 15/15, but in a short season each stat and category matters so much more. Preseason Rank #3, 2020 Projections: 39/12/41/.312/1 in 194 ABs, Final Numbers: 29/9/31/.286 in 189 ABs

11. Jeimer Candelario – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

12. Hanser Alberto – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

13. Gio Urshela – Just had a good laugh thinking about how the most at-bats in a month is prolly close to how many at-bats some of these guys had in a “season.” I tried to find the “most at-bats in a month in the history of the MLB” on the Google, but I couldn’t. If you can, please share. If my earlier mention of “most at-bats in a month in the history of the MLB” interferes with your Google search, my bad. Preseason Rank #31, 2020 Projections: 24/7/26/.302/1 in 181 ABs, Final Numbers: 24/6/30/.298/1 in 151 ABs

14. David Fletcher – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

15. Joey Wendle – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

16. Tommy La Stella – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

17. Alec Bohm – He was a top 20 3rd baseman for the year with the same number of homers as Hard Hittin’ Mark Whiten hit in one game. That’s 2020, guys and five girls, that’s 2020! Preseason Unranked, Final Numbers: 24/4/23/.338/1 in 160 ABs

18. Jean Segura – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

19. Donovan Solano – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

20. Willi Castro – Went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2020 fantasy baseball recap.

 
  1. VinWins

    VinWins says:
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    Could not find actual monthly AB record. In 2017, Ichiro had 100 pinch-hit ABs. October is bat month. Checked players with high season totals: Rollins, Ichiro, Rose, Matty Alou, Willie Wilson. Highest I could find: in 1968 Rose had 142 ABs in August. With 55 hits (.387) – only 49 players had more than 55 hits this season.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Was not easy to find, right? Well, I guess that’s rhetorical since I also searched around for it – 100 pinch-hit ABs is pretty incredible on its own…So Pete Rose had more August ABs than top 20 catchers this year

  2. VinWins

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    Went further on the list of season leaders. Soriano, Samuel, Cobb, Ruth, Musial, Pierre, Cash, Jensen, Reyes, Moreno, Brock, Wills, Puckett. Found Bobby Richardson had 147 in August, 1962 (35 games) and 150 in June of ’64 (33 hits/33 games).

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Wow, 150 ABs in a month is a busy month! That would be a pace of 900 ABs in one year!

  3. thehombre says:
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    Is Bohm easily a top 10 3B in a full season next year?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Maybe, I’d have to see, but my thought is prolly

    • JKJ

      JKJ says:
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      Not sure about easily, but I wouldn’t be surprised at all.

  4. VinWins

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    In July, 1912, Cobb had 67 hits in 127 AB (.528).

    “They both (bikinis & statistics) show a lot, but not everything.” – Infielder Toby Harrah

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, nice Toby Harrah! Where was that quote this year, Ante?

  5. Powdered Toast Man says:
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    No Moncada…hurt my team.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, he hurt me too

  6. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Need help. I am trying to decide who to take in the 3rd round in my minor league draft. I am torn between two guys: Nick Bitsko/SP/TB or Bobby Miller/SP/LAD. Which one would you take?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bitsko

      • Scott Kimmel says:
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        he was taken 4 picks before me who now

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I guess Miller

          • Scott Kimmel says:
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            i’m having doubts about him

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I need options

              • Scott Kimmel says:
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                these are my choices:

                Tanner Burns/SP,RHP/CLE
                Carmen Mlodzinski/SP,RHP/PIT
                Dillon Dingler (Love the name. Sounds like a porn name. Not as good as Seinfeld’s “Buck Naked”)/C/DET
                Patrick Bailey/C/SF
                Tyler Soderstrom/ C/OAK

                Im trying to decide between Dingler and the two pitchers.
                Thoughts?

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Dingler is good… There’s no hitters besides some catchers?

                  • Scott Kimmel says:
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                    not really. So should I grab Dingler

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      I guess

  7. Gator says:
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    Arozarena! I’m not stopping until he’s in your top 50! Or pitchers figure out the whole in his swing.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Sadly, I think he had to retire after being inducted into Cooperstown

      • mcmi11ions says:
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        I get 10 keepers in my mixed league and Rice Bowl is getting one of them. Benintendi is getting kicked to the curb! screw you MLB pipeline polls!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, I like it! Member when Son Bear’d The Rice Bowl, whatever happened there?

          • mcmi11ions says:
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            haha I don’t! Every time I looked at Rice Bowl in SON he was worth $50 that day. OK, sometimes he was worth maybe $16, but he was never low enough I had to pull him out of my lineup. It was like he and Acuna are the same player. Rondy Arozacuna!

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Rondy Arozacuña 100%, Rondy or Acuña #1 overall?

              • mcmi11ions says:
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                Acuna with Randy a close 2. Mookie you’re 28 now! Go join AARP.

                in 2035 we’ll be drafting 15 year olds first overall.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  HAHA, yeah, get out of here Betts!

                  I’m drafting based on their Tik Toks

                  • mcmi11ions says:
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                    Careful. China is gonna know your rankings before we do next year!

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Haha

    • FireRobManfred says:
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      Could Randy please stop mashing in the postseason? My dreams of drafting him late are going away with each story about rice bowls turning him into Cubano Betts.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Haha, he didn’t do anything yesterday, so hopefully one more bad game today!

  8. Dave D says:
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    I’m starting to worry about Ian “Jethro” Anderson’s ADP next year. He’s pitching too well right now. Compare (and Sixto’s) his playoff performances to Luzardo or Montas and tell me who should be ranked higher in 2021?

    • JKJ

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      I love LIzard but innings are a bit of an issue. Montas is up and down. Anderson and Sixto I think are gonna be neck and neck, and maybe the nod to Anderson given the lineup providing runs for him. Pure talent I want Sixto easy, but for fantasy it may be Anderson on top.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Who should be…? Hmm…Luzardo, Sixto, Anderson…Off top of head

      • Dave D says:
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        I hope youre right because Anderson looks pretty damn “for real”. 100 picks after Luxardo would be awesome.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Yeah, hard to say, rankings are gonna be so crazy…I really like Anderson tho, so don’t misread my feelings on him

  9. Rabbit says:
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    Grey!
    A couple thoughts as I peruse your various positional recaps:

    (1) Your point about going with Stacked Positions as opposed to chasing Positional Scarcity (which you made in the SS post) is dead on, I think. I actually bought both Treat Turner and Trevor Story at my auction, and I was roundly criticized. Then I ended up wining my league on the strength of my hitting (getting Sexy Dr. Pepper, J Abreu, and OZUNA helped too–I spent extra heavy on hitting on the theory that pitching this year was even more of a crapshoot than normal).

    (2) My league uses OBP (highly recommended, by the way–in my first year playing fantasy baseball, 2004, we used Batting Average and I remember being constantly incensed when Brian Giles (remember him?) would have a two-walk, no hit game, which was often), and I find it interesting to compare how the OBP can significantly change your view on a player’s season. E.g., it is easier to live with Matt Olson’s .310 OBP than his .195 BA–while a .310 OBP is not great by any means, it doesn’t hurt you like a .195 average.

    (3) Speaking of OBP, do you know what Sexy Dr. Pepper’s OBP was this year? .490! Four-freaking-ninety! Yes, it was a stupid short season, but according to baseball-reference.com, that is the 31st best OBP season of _all time_. And Soto is the only player from the past _50 years_ in the top 35 who is not named Barry Bonds. And Soto is only 21 years old. Crazy.

    (4) More on top OBP seasons, because I find it fascinating: Nine of the top 13 OBP seasons were by Barry Bonds or Bath Ruth. Two more were by Ted Williams. And you know who is Number 9 all-time for OBP in a season? Billy Hamilton! That’s right, you _can_ steal first base! Oh wait, it’s not _that_ Billy Hamilton; it’s the Billy Hamilton who played for the Kansas City Cowboys and the Boston Beaneaters, and who posted a .521 OBP in 1894. And btw, four players from 1894 are in the top 25 for highest OBP. That must have been the year that umpires experimented with the “grapefuit-sized” strike zone.

    (5) Number 33 in OBP season all time? Tip O’Neill. Damnn, all-time on-base fiend to Democratic Speaker of the House–that’s a true Renaissance Man. No way Pelosi could get on base like that. Our current politicians have failed us.

    (6) Even though this season was weird and in many ways stupid, and 2020 is even worse (much, much worse), Razzball still brings the goodness every day, providing great info and making us laugh. Thanks for another great season, Grey.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      1. Nice!
      2. Yes, this is true, but most people play AVG so I include it
      3. Haha, I know, he’s truly special
      4. What I find hilarious about Billy Hamilton is he was also a top base stealer, only 120 years ago
      4. Haha, of course! Ted Kennedy never got on base tho, but he tried a lot
      6. Appreciate you!

  10. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    2B for the Braves today – Ronald Acuna!?!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I know

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Not sure if you’re just listening, but they said that, it wasn’t true

  11. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    I know my Braves podcast girl on Twitter told me lol

    Acuna with 2B eligibility for fantasy, how wild would that be.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, that would make him above #1 overall, somehow!

  12. TurnandCoughlin says:
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    Been away for a week so haven’t had the chance to keep up.
    Regarding Bob Gibson- in 1968 he had 34 starts and 28 complete games and in the 6 games that he didn’t complete he was never lifted for another pitcher. He was pinch hit for in all 6.
    Great posts all year Grey, thank you.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Bob Gibson was singular and will never been seen again — RIP

      Thanks!

  13. scoboticus says:
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    Hi Grey. What do you think about trading Corey Seager 6$ for Brandon Lowe 0$? In dynasty.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ooh, I might like — Deep league?

      • scoboticus says:
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        12 teams, but lots of bench space.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, prolly go Lowe, but it’s kind of a push

  14. scoboticus says:
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    But seriously, what is it with Solano? Luck or is there some other factor we’re not considering?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Oh it’s 100% luck, he’s just okay…I mean he’s not terrible, but also meh

  15. Peacecoast says:
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    yo you reading this still?

    Devs on Hulu. Great stuff.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I didn’t like it at all…I still like you tho!

      • Peacecoast says:
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        wow. really?

        miss u 2

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Brutal mouth breathing, I hate watched it to finish it but then threw out my TV bc I was so embarrassed — no, you’re the best!

          • Peacecoast says:
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            I miss Shadows.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              I do too! I enjoyed Dark, did you watch?

              • Peacecoast says:
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                no I heard it was good, will try it.

                • Grey

                  Grey says:
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                  Thank you! Then we can discuss, bc I am so confused by it (but in a good way)

                  • Peacecoast says:
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                    looks stressful I dunno actually

                    is it like The Killing where every episode they make it look like there is a new suspect? I hated that.

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      Nah, it’s not a crime show

  16. I am the waleuz says:
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    Better keeper In an auction league both costing five dollars. Ian Happ or Rosenthal? Closers usually go around $15-13. I’m just not sure I trust Rosenthal but I need it closer regardless so I would spend that much money anyway. So which one is the better value?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Happ

  17. I am the walrus says:
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    Follow up Rosenthal or Pitts 3B Hayes?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hayes

  18. Peacecoast says:
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    ever watch Fleabag with Cougs?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Yeah, it was funny, but Dark is not funny

  19. Scott Kimmel says:
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    Grey,

    Nreed help cchoosing between two minor leaguers to draft. Wihch one would you take in Round 4:

    Cole Henry/SP,RHP/WAS
    Masyn Winn/SS/SP,RHP/STL

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Winn

  20. Smitty says:
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    Semi-finals shaping up to be real interesting. Stros on a “we don’t need to cheat” mission and playing well. Rays just get it done somehow, someway. Dodgers strong but cannot look past a very good Braves club. Tough matchup. Dodger-Astro World Series? After Dodgers get redemption it could be time for an early draft! Hahaha. Stay well my friend

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Ya know, I was thinking the Braves and Rays could have an advantage bc their young pitchers have only thrown 40-60 IP this year vs 150 to get the playoffs…. early draft, for sure! Be well!

  21. Harley Earl says:
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    So how far from making this list was Austin Riley? Ugh.

    And what do you think of Riley for 2021? I love that lineup. But if he’s batting 8th, I’m out.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Seems to have a real hard time not striking out

  22. Todd says:
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    I’m just going to set this league championship trophy here by the open window … oh no, Torenado!!!

    Did I do that right?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Hahaha, yup!

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