Submerge yourself into a garbage dump; take a deep breath…Ah, that’s the smell of the top 20 3rd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball. Don’t turn your nose up! Don’t turn away from the stench! This is the reality about, uh, fantasy. You have to embrace the stank of the 3rd basemen. Enjoy! Here’s Steamer’s 2023 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2023 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. Subscriptions are up and running, and you can already get Rudy’s Draft War Room. Anyway, here’s the top 20 3rd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball:

NOTE: All my rankings are currently available on Patreon for the price of a Starbucks coffee, if you get one of those extra grande frappuccino jobbers. Don’t wait for the rankings to come out over the next month, and get them all now.

NOTE II: Free agents are listed as just that and not yet projected. Once a guy signs, I will write out their blurb and add in projections, or remove them, if they sign in an unfavorable place. They are ranked currently where I think they might be if they sign on for a full-time job.

1. Jose Ramirez – Already went over him in the top 10 for 2023 fantasy baseball.

2. Manny Machado – Already went over him in the top 20 for 2023 fantasy baseball.

3. Bobby Witt Jr. – Already went over him in the top 20 for 2023 fantasy baseball.

4. Austin Riley – Already went over him in the top 20 for 2023 fantasy baseball.

5. Rafael Devers – Already went over him in the top 20 for 2023 fantasy baseball.

6. Nolan Arenado – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until here. I call this tier, “Hold onto your hat.” The tier name means…Ha, this is embarrassing. I’ve misplaced my notes on what the tier name means. Wait a second, I think I see them. I’m going to put on my very fancy fedora and walk over to that open window, where it looks like my notes are. One second…NOOOO!!! Torenado! That was my fanciest hat!

So, last year, I goofed up on Arenado in an all-timer goof-up. I called him a preseason schmohawk and he bounced back in a pretty dramatic way. He dropped his strikeouts, upped his line drives, still was crazy high on fly balls and his BABIP bounced back. There’s some concerning things under the hood. His number of pitches swung at outside the zone went up, and his contact went down. If you were to show me some of Arenado’s perfs, I’d tell you I wasn’t wrong calling him a schmohawk. Who could’ve anticipated his BABIP bouncing back 40 points? Oh, don’t give me that BS that you could’ve seen it coming. In the end, what he comes down to is: 30 homers, 3-ish steals, 70-80 runs, 95-110 RBIs and an average that will determine if he’s really a top 5 3rd baseman or a top 10 3rd baseman, because of that I likely should’ve never called him overrated. Ah well, live and learn, as it says on this beautiful needlepointed hat I have over by this open window—NOOOO!!! Not again! 2023 Projections: 77/30/101/.268/3 in 576 ABs

7. Alex Bregman – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Edman. I call this tier, “The Hatfields.” The 3rd basemen are so stacked up top, then the cliff where they fall off is insane. The cliff is named Mt. Edman. It’s in the Upper Appalachians, and it’s so precipitous that no one dare even peer over it. The tier difference between this tier and the next may as well have its own zip code. This tier doesn’t even speak the same language as the next tier. They’re so different that one tier likes soccer, even when it’s not a World Cup year! It’s crazy how different this tier and the next are. Yet, they’re right next to each other. There’s a fence between the tiers and on one side of the fence it’s the Hatfields and the other side it’s the McCoys. This tier and next tier have been in court for ten years over a five foot strip of land separating them. Call up this tier and say you’re the next tier, and they’ll say, “Speak to my attorney, you rat bastard!”

As for Bregman, he has the whiff of Arenado minus six to nine homers. You have to smell it real fast though, because there’s this damn drafty window. Think about it, they’re essentially the same on runs, RBIs, average and speed. What’s the difference? Some power. Bregman’s around a 25-homer guy and Arenado is a 30-homer guy. Both of them are also plus or minus three homers. So, if Arenado is minus three homers one year and Bregman is plus three, bingo-bango, they’re exactly the same. More on Bregman in the video at the top of the page. 2023 Projections: 97/24/90/.266/2 in 559 ABs

8. Gunnar Henderson – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2023 fantasy baseball.

9. Tommy Edman – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

10. Eugenio Suarez – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Hayes. I call this tier, “The McCoys.” This tier thinks the last tier is all full of itself. This tier hates the previous tier’s guts, but won’t even bother telling anyone, except its closest confidantes. Most times you ask this tier about the previous tier and it says, “Who do you mean? A Bregman and some guys’ tier? Never heard of them.” That’s how much difference there is between these tiers! This tier got served papers by the tier in front of it and said, “I NEVER HEARD OF THAT TIER!” It’s a shame the two tiers don’t get along, because they’d find out they have a lot in common. For unstints, Eugenio is Arenado minus fifty points in average. He’s Bregman minus fifty points in average and plus five homers. About as succinctly as I can put it. Now I will put it less succinctly, because I did the research and I have to show my work. Suarez is around a 45% fly ball rate guy with a 19% HR/FB%, that gives us 30-32 homers. He was a 24% HR/FB guy in Cincy, but, alas, Seattle sucks for power. Funnily enough (not funnily), his expected homers in Cincy last year was 39; he hit 31. Not to side track this too much, but I’m beginning to think Cincy is the new Coors. Eugenio’s strikeouts went up, but he was actually more selective at the plate, and, while he’s a candidate to hit .199 or lower, I think he can stay on the better side of .225, even if he’s plodding on the basepaths and prolly won’t see a .302 BABIP again. Now take all that and tell your friends, so they can call you an Eugenius. 2023 Projections: 73/32/90/.227 in 538 ABs

11. Matt Chapman – Since we are on that “comparing one guy vs. another” shizz, I don’t know if comparing Chapman to Eugenio is necessary. They are handshake emoji. They are the same. They are mano a Chapmano. Tried squinting super hard about what was different between them and all I have is one is a cleanup hitter, who is hitting third in an okay lineup, and one is batting fifth in a slightly better lineup. They’re the new Hunter Dozier/Christian Walker, since Walker went out and got great and Dozier got worse. Call them Hugenio Suarezier and Catt Wapman. 2023 Projections: 78/30/86/.227/3 in 533 ABs

12. Ty France – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

13. Jose Miranda – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

14. Alec Bohm – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

15. Josh Jung – Already gave you my Josh Jung fantasy. It was written while reenacting the Tic-Tac-Toe matches from War Games. 2023 Projections: 64/24/75/.242/4 in 538 ABs

16. Ke’Bryan Hayes – Since there’s a ton of Alreadys in this post, let’s pause to discuss 3rd basemen. They’re a mess. The 20th best 3rd baseman last year was about the same as the 26th best 1st baseman, Albert Pujols. More troubling is how fast the good 3rd basemen bon voyage from the picture, and leave you with rationalizations like, “If I draft the 7-homer-hitting Ke’Bryan, I can take Miguel Sano late and hope he bounces back, and not ‘bounces back’ as in ‘falls down and bounces back off his belly.'” The 2nd basemen are not good either, but they were actually a tad better than 3rd basemen, and the landscape for 3rd basemen doesn’t look like it’s getting better in the near future. Plan of attack for 3rd basemen is likely going to be: Hold your nose and grab one that doesn’t stink too bad. The other way to look at 3rd basemen is to grab one that complements your team. Flattery gets you everywhere, so say something nice to me. Wait, wrong compliments. Complementary as in, you have an outfield that doesn’t have much speed, but has power, then you look at Ke’Bryan because he has speed for a 3rd baseman. You have lots of speed but light on power, Eugenio seems smart. It’s really gonna be a choose your own adventure for 3rd basemen. As for Ke’Bryan, can he eavesdrop on Oneil Cruz and his batting coach? Ke’Bryan’s fly ball rate would only make Yelich wistful. More on Ke’Bryan in the video at the top of the page. 2023 Projections: 73/9/81/.252/22 in 544 ABs

17. Ryan McMahon – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Escobar. I call this tier, “You oughta know.” This tier has less to do with Alanis Morissette, and more to do with you oughta know who these guys are. As for McMahon, already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball..

18. Josh Rojas – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

19. Max Muncy – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

20. Brandon Drury – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

21. Luis Arraez – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

22. Justin Turner – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Red Sox. Mookie and Just Dong on the Dodgers; Kenley, Enrique and Turner on the Red Sox. Geez, why don’t you exchange promise rings while you’re at it? Turner’s basically the same as Just Dong. No power, no speed, solid average, solid counting stats, prolly a DH now. Call him Justin Dong Turner, which sounds like someone announcing new inventory in a sex toy shop.” And that’s me quoting me! 2023 Projections: 69/15/79/.274 in 481 ABs

23. Eduardo Escobar – Ain’t saying Eduardo Escobar is going to excite anyone by drafting him. If you get an erection for fifteen seconds after drafting him, call a doctor. Quite possibly the boringest guy in this tier with zero upside, and this tier is very boring. But Escobar is regularly drafted around 10 3rd basemen after this, but he’s regularly in the top 20 3rd basemen at the end of the year. Sure, that’s more of an indictment of the 3rd basemen than praise for Escobar, but what’s true is true, as Grey sounds like Confucius, and talks in 3rd person about 3rd basemen. 2023 Projections: 61/23/72/.234/1 in 481 ABs

24. Brendan Donovan – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Urias. I call this tier, “You really do know these guys, because I’ve already gone over them.” As for Donovan, already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

25. Juan Yepez – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

26. Christopher Morel – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

27. Luis Urias – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

28. Yandy Diaz – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Berti. I call this tier, “After 12-teamers.” As I’ve said before, I do my rankings in order. So, by the time I get to my top 500, I just place everyone who has been already ranked. With that in mind, Yandy should be ranked overall around 300th overall to give you an idea where we are in the rankings. Maybe 325 overall. Maybe 285. Somewhere in that range. This is after 12-teamers, and guys above this could’ve been flyers. Not saying Jordan Walker won’t be drafted in any 12-teamers. Maybe he won’t in 90% of them, but you can see a last-round flyer on him, if you want to take the upside gamble, then go for it. For the most part, these guys and later will be on waivers in 12-teamers or shallower. As for Yandy, already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

29. Rodolfo Castro – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

30. Jordan Walker – Already went over Jordan Walker fantasy. I wrote it while carrying my favorite hot sauce into a restaurant. 2023 Projections: 51/14/56/.262/6 in 342 ABs

31. Brett Baty – Already went over Brett Baty fantasy. It was written while spinning on a 1950’s diner stool. 2023 Projections: 46/16/53/.261/1 in 331 ABs

32. Gio Urshela – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Acquired by the Angels. Not sure where Urshela could play with Rendon in front of him in the depth chart. Let’s see..Wait a second, I just looked at the Angels’ depth chart and Rendon is now on the IL. Let me try to blink again and see if Rendon magically appears back in the lineup. He does! It works! Let me blink once more to see if I can injure Rendon again. …Wow! It worked! I better stop blinking or else Rendon will continue to get injured. Everyone hold their eyelids.” And that’s me quoting me! Side note: After I wrote that up and projected him, the Angels went out and got Drury, so I lowered Gio’s projections. 2023 Projections: 44/10/42/.271/1 in 327 ABs

33. Yoan Moncada – He said last preseason he wants to steal 40 bases. I am not joking. That’s a direct quote. He has 30 steals in 643 career games. What’s the upside of Moncada? I am honestly asking. He’s played a decent number of games the last two years and has gone 14/3/.263 and 12/2/.212. Like, what are you hoping for? He suddenly hits .300 again? Well, that was buoyed by a .400 BABIP, so it ain’t happening. His Hard Contact has dropped almost 10% since then. He makes some pretty awful contact — weak and in the air. The best that I can see is a .230-hitting, 20 homer guy. Seems completely unlikely, and, if I were the White Sox, I’d move this anchor to the bench for anyone. Let Burger eat into his playing time, and let Moncada eat burgers. More on Moncada in the video at the top of the page. 2023 Projections: 61/15/58/.229/3 in 437 ABs

34. Luis Rengifo – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

35. Wilmer Flores – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

36. Isaac Paredes – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

37. Spencer Steer – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

38. DJ LeMahieu – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

39. Isiah Kiner-Falefa – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2023 fantasy baseball.

40. Ramon Urias – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

41. Ezequiel Duran – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

42. Ha-Seong Kim – Already went over him in the top 20 shortstops for 2023 fantasy baseball.

43. Jon Berti – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

44. Josh Donaldson – This is a new tier, and the final tier. I call this tier, “Your butt fell asleep.” Whispering to not jolt your buttocks, “Butt, hey, why don’t we put you in bed?” You nudge your butt, but it’s not waking, so you carefully carry it into bed and lay it down, and tuck it in. That’s this tier. You’ve been sitting so long into a draft that you’ve reached this tier and your butt fell asleep.

As for Donaldson, he’s the best example of everything wrong with the present-day Yankees. Donaldson should be retired, and the Yankees are carting him around with Aaron Hicks as their lineup card is this month’s cover of AARP. As a one-time Yankees fan, it’s hard to watch what they’ve become. A Yankees team with some balls would cut Donaldson or put him on the bench as a utility guy for Peraza or Cabrera to play, but instead Donaldson will be protecting Aaron Hicks and DJ LeMahieu in the lineup. 2023 Projections: 49/13/54/.216/2 in 387 ABs

45. Jeimer Candelario – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed with the Nats. Last year, Jeimer was a sleeper of mine. This year, I’m pointing and laughing at Last Year Grey. ‘Hey, Last Year Grey, you stink!’ Got heeeeeem! I hate that guy. That Last Year Grey guy. Not a good person. Anyway, Jeimer kinda sucks. We found this out the hard way. By him sucking. Going to a lineup that features as their best hitter a guy named after a lady’s menstruation might not help Jeimer, but at least it won’t knock him to the bench. That’s right, he can continue sucking in everyday duty! Hey, I said ‘duty,’this blurb is really about Jeimer.” And that’s me quoting me!  2023 Projections: 52/15/56/.220 in 477 ABs

46. Anthony Rendon – Was just thinking how Rendon will never have multi-position eligibility because it would mean starting at two positions for more than five games. Ten games total? What are we doing, saying our birthday wishes out loud now? Rendon has 20 homers on the Angels. In three years! People drafting him are the most optimistic amongst us. Please, if you see one, befriend them. We could all use some of their sunshine in our lives. Just a bunch of glass-is-half-full, grinning, glassy-eyed optimists! 2023 Projections: 41/12/45/.233/1 in 303 ABs

47. Hunter Dozier – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

48. Evan Longoria – Here’s what I said this offseason, “Signed by the Diamondbacks. Dumbbacks might be the team that’s done the most moves to make themselves worse, which isn’t an easy task when you have teams like the Pirates, who are actively trying to lose. Longo on the Dumbbacks feels like Manny Ramirez on the Rays or Kenny Lofton on the Yanks. Will just be completely forgotten by next year.” And that’s me quoting me! 2023 Projections: 38/13/41/.236/1 in 306 ABs

49. Jonathan Aranda – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

50. Aledmys Diaz – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

51. Jace Peterson – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

52. J.D. Davis – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

53. Patrick Wisdom – Already went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

54. Joey Wendle – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

55. Nicky Lopez – Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2023 fantasy baseball.

Omitted but considered: Kyle Farmer, Brian Anderson, Matt Vierling, Jake Burger, Emmanuel Rivera, Carter Kieboom, Eguy Rosario, Kevin Smith, Gabriel Arias, Mike Brosseau, Bobby Dalbec

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Harley Earl
Harley Earl
12 days ago

Moncada really is awful isn’t he. Glad to see you crash that party.

I remember reading a story about Moncada when he was first breaking in the big leagues. It was basically about how immature, out of control and stupid he was. It talked about his obsession with eating Twinkies, sometime as many as two boxes a day. And it also said Jose Abreu was taking him under his wing to give him so guidance and so forth.

I remember thinking at the time, how my opinion of Moncada had dropped so low so suddenly. Strange to see some four or five years or so later and he really is the bum I feared he might be. Sad. Dude had some serious talent but I don’t think he’s had ever a professional’s mentality. This seems to be common among Cuban players … ala Yasiel Puig.

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Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
12 days ago

Hey Grey! In a keeper league weekly lineup, which side do you like?

$12 Adolis + $7 Gunnar or $25 Ohtani (weekly so just the hitter stats)

As fyi if I did this, it would free up space to keep a $25 Devers.

Thanks!

The talented Mr dope man
The talented Mr dope man
12 days ago

Grey! 12 to AL ONLY dynasty with 260 cap

Would you give up
Tim Anderson $36 (last year of contract)
Byron Buxton $30 (last year of contract)

To receive
Mountcastle $20 (3yrs left)
Fairbanks $1 (3yrs left)
Jorge Mateo $1 (3yrs left)

My only other closer is Holmes. I have a team that can compete for 1st this year but am high in salary going into the draft. We keep 15 and draft an additional 8.

Nick
Nick
12 days ago

The NOOO Torenado bit will never ever ever get old. Makes me laugh every time. Thanks Grey!

bigbear
bigbear
12 days ago

If I miss on the Hatfields (er, I mean Gunnar), I can see waiting until Jordan Walker and duct-tape. What are the odds he breaks camp with the Cards?

Richard
Richard
12 days ago

Ugh, Moncada has had such a disappointing career, for what he was supposed to be. I started playing dynasty right around the time Moncada was the #1 prospect, projected to be like a 40/40 guy, and Kevin Maitan was the next Chipper Jones lol. Of course I overpaid to acquire both, and have been playing “catchup” ever since lol. Thank goodness I love baseball and just watching my players every year lol.

mcmi11ions
mcmi11ions
12 days ago

Where do you draw the line between having fun and making a smart keeper choice? Having fun for me is holding onto Francisco Alvarez (as a huge Mets fan) when I have 10 keepers. Making the smart move is keeping Alex Bregman or Starling Marte over him.

CaliforniaJag
CaliforniaJag
12 days ago

Love the writeup, great work as always! Got a quick keeper league question(s) for you if you have time.

Two trades, which side would you rather have:

Trade 1
Side A: Yordan Alvarez and Oneil Cruz
Side B: Trea Turner and Michael Harris II

Trade 2
Side A: Luis Robert
Side B: Michael Harris II

Cash close enough to be negligible.

Thanks so much!

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OaktownSteve
OaktownSteve
12 days ago

Enjoying the write ups. I feel like this is exactly the right timing for baseball content to ramp up. It usually exactly when I start thinking about next season.

How do you feel about the 2 disengagement rule? I kind of like it I decided. I like the tactical elements of the usage of the first two moves. Then I really like the part where if you use your moves you can still throw over IF you successfully pick him off. It’ll be like a game of chicken over there. I mean in theory the right lead is as far as you can get without getting picked off anyway. But this will definitely tempt guys to push it.

NJW
NJW
12 days ago

Grey,

I did an auction draft on ESPN. This will sound like me bragging, but its not my intention. Just showing that when ESPN’s rankings/auction values are followed by the sheep…this is what can happen. Below is a LIVE Auction Draft I did (not a mock with a bunch of autodrafters). My biggest regret is that I only spent $228 out of $260, so I clearly could have bought another pitcher.

C- Tyler Stephenson $1
1B- Anthony Rizzo $5
2B- Jazz Chisholm Jr. $3
SS- Trea Turner $33
3B- Rafael Devers $24
OF- Yordan Alvarez $33
OF- Ronald Acuna Jr. $29
OF- Julio Rodriguez $24
UTIL- Fernando Tatis Jr. $24
Bench- Luis Robert $8

Pitching is less great, but I feel confident I’ll figure that out.

P- Triston McKenzie $18
P- Nick Lodolo $5
P- Joe Ryan $4
P- Brady Singer $4
P- Dustin May $2
P- Edward Cabrera $2
P- Jesus Luzardo $2
RP- Kenley Jansen $5
RP- Camilo Doval $2

NJW
NJW
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

10 teams.

Definitely needed another big arm. Kinda wanted to push the limits on how many of those bats I could get, and it turns out I was able to get basically all of them.

I missed my chance on getting someone like a Cristian Javier who I think went for $19. That’s the one I remember specifically.

DonnieB
DonnieB
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Chisholm at $3 and Robert at $8. Can I get in that league?

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
12 days ago

Mondesi to the Red Sox.

Swaggerjackers
Swaggerjackers
Reply to  Sweatpants Nation
12 days ago

This will inflate his draft price but sadly he’s still just as injury prone. Of course there is always that little voice in our heads saying ‘But what if this the year he stays healthy?’

Sweatpants Nation
Sweatpants Nation
Reply to  Swaggerjackers
12 days ago

I was surprised to see he’s only 27. Not saying it matters, just surprised. It seems like he’s been disappointing for so much longer.

Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
Duda Want to Build a Snowman?
12 days ago

hey grey! in a roto keeper league (+$3 keeper inflation) where SB are inflated and guys who don’t steal are deflated) . . . I need to pick only one of these guys to keep:

$7 Gunnar
$25 Devers
$16 Eloy

My other keepers are Acuna, Yordan, Harris II, Adolis, Cruz, Strider, C Javier.

Leaning heavily to Gunnar for upside esp with how low keeper inflation is. Devers and Eloy feel like ~$5-10 under their market rate in this league, esp with Devers in a bad lineup.

Thanks!

Philip
Philip
12 days ago

Grey, if you want to see Eugenio in a whole new light, you gotta see the “dance” he performs during his in-game, jumbo-tron, Mariner promo segments. We’re talking rolling arms, shrugging shoulders, bedroom eyes. Friggin’ mortifying.

Last dynasty keeper out of 29: Jimmy Herget or Luis Ortiz PIT for upside/trade value?

Thanks, homey!

Nordberg
Nordberg
12 days ago

Great write ups as always!

pick 6 to keep forever 6×6 hold and ops

Danny Jansen
TorC

Free Agency
1B

Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Tor1B, DH

Jose Miranda
Min1B, 3B, DH

Willy Adames
MilSS

Yordan Alvarez
HouOF, DH

Michael Harris II
AtlOF

Shohei Ohtani
LAADH, SP

Ezequiel Tovar
ColSS

Andres MunozDTD
SeaRP

Edward Cabrera
MiaSP

A.J. Minter
AtlRP

Ryan Helsley
StLRP

Bryce HarperDTD
PhiDH

Spencer Strider
AtlSP, RP

Andrew Heaney
TexSP

Dustin May
LADSP

Justin Steele
ChCSP

Jeffrey Springs
TBSP, RP

Jose Siri
TBOF

Oswaldo Cabrera
NYYOF
Jordan Diaz
Oak2B

I want to see if we are on the same page.
Thanks!

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Everything about this guys question pisses me off!
The format, the length, even the bs compliment at the beginning!
Should I keep five of the top 20 players in baseball or Jose Siri?

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Ha. I do like the guys name… if it’s an homage to naked gun even tho the tv show was far superior!

nordberg
nordberg
Reply to  frankgrimes
12 days ago

surely it is and with your attitude….i will keep calling you surely.

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  nordberg
12 days ago

HA

Nordberg
Nordberg
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

That’s what i was thinking also!

Thanks again for the conformation!

Jon
Jon
12 days ago

I’d love some advice on setting my keeper lineup. Our budget is $325 and I have about $70 earmarked for pitchers. Depending on which batters I keep, I should have between $65-85 for the draft, which I need to spend on 8 spots (2 bench bats, 3 SP, 3 RP), so I’m feeling pretty set overall. The main decision I have is who to keep as my 1B and 3B starters.

C Smith $10
1B Abreu $33 OR Hoskins $25??
2B Torres $4
3B Arenado $44 OR Bregman $31??
SS Lindor $35
MI Estrada $4
CI Rizzo $7
OF Betts $40
OF Acuna $20
OF Varsho $5
OF Carroll $2
DH Jung $3
Bench – 1B/OF Kirilloff $6
Bench – draft
Bench – draft

What are your thoughts on Abreu vs Hoskins and Arenado vs Bregman? Spend more for the better bat, or are they close enough in production that I go with the cheaper option?

This is a 10-team league, and I’m expecting to be in the top 4 based on previous years and the strength of my roster.

Thanks!

turnandcoughlin
turnandcoughlin
12 days ago

Think the Toronto ballpark redesign does anything substantive to mini impaler numbers?
Right center from 375 to 357.
Left center from 375 to 366.

turnandcoughlin
turnandcoughlin
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

I have not

Will
Will
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Wall height not released yet, per this article, but sounds like it will be a higher wall than Fenway or Yankee Stadium in right / right center:

https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/rogers-centre-renos-blue-jays-ballpark-extra-hitter-friendly

Hernan
Hernan
12 days ago

Superb as always!!’, seems 3B is the shallowest position this year, lots of Meh guys after top 6….one guy that is on my radar, completely healthy, armed with some of the top exit velocities, fly ball rates and very solid contact rates is one Matt Chapman…, I think he ends up top 5 in the position when it’s all said and done, even looking at his sprint speed( top 23% of all MLB) , suggests there’s a double digit steal season hiding in plain sight…, the average will hover around .250, 650 PAs, I’m predicting 40 homers and 12 steals, 200 runs/RBIs….there’s always a 28 homer guy that hits 15 more, in any given season, Blue Jays are moving fences in , alleys and dead center, that’s where Chapman launches most his rockets, peace, Razzball forever!!!

The Great Knoche
12 days ago

Let’s run it back. We have time for a few more $10 Best Balls before draft season is in full swing. Link below. Password is razzball. All lowercase.

https://bestball10s.shgn.com/signup/baseball?for=0;1599,114,13410,7200&private_code=42504f

frankgrimes
frankgrimes
Reply to  The Great Knoche
12 days ago

Last pick here I come!

Jason Murray
Jason Murray
12 days ago

Keeper decisions are due in a 10-team H2H keeper league Saturday night. We can keep 10 minor league eligible players. I need to make a decision on my final 3 spots. My best choices are Tork, Jhoan Duran, Oscar Gonzalez, Josh Jung, and Kyle Manzardo.

The reliever seems the first choice to cut, unless you think Duran becomes the closer in Minnesota giving him a lot of value. It seems early to give up on Tork. Manzardo is another option to fill my aging 1B spot. Jung is interesting, but I do have Devers and Riley as 3B keepers already. Oscar is an option since he’ll play from opening day.

Which 3 would you hang onto? Thank you!

dude
dude
12 days ago

In a 12 team 5×5 roto keeper league. We keep 15 each year (with salaries going up $5 each year. Cap only comes into play when we submit keepers and is at $320, so no benefit of having money left over.).

I’m pretty set on 14 of my 15 keepers.

C – Varsho, 1B – Alonso, 2B – Albies, SS – Bichette, 3B – Henderson, IF – Gimenez, OF (Start 4) – Arozarena, Reynolds, DH – , SP (Start 5) – Alcantara, McClanahan, Castillo, Fried, Gilbert, RP (Start 3) – Romano, P(Start 1) – 

This leaves me $25 left over for my last spot.  

My “in-house” options for my last keeper are; 1B/3B – Miranda $9, 2B/SS – Stott $6, OF – Suzuki $20, Bader $14, RP – Jansen $21

I have 2 trade options on the table.

Trade 1 – Jansen and Stott for D. Williams $18 – This would make Williams my last keeper.

Trade 2 – Varsho for W. Smith(C) $26 and Santander $15 – This would swap Smith for Varsho at catcher and make Santander my last keeper.

Should I take either of them or stick with an “in-house” option?

Troy
Troy
12 days ago

Assuming Vargas has 3b eligibility. Where would he slide in this mess?

uncle ernie
uncle ernie
12 days ago

Hi Grey. So nice to be looking forward to a new season rather than looking past. Quick question. Do you see Mookie Betts gaining 2nd base eligibility at some point this season in espn leagues. Also do you like Bregman or Goldi at $20 in keeper league. Thanks

Ace of Spades
Ace of Spades
12 days ago

Grey

14 team mixed auction $260 5×5 standard cats keep up to 11
As of now keeping
Soto 28, McCarthy 10, Ward 10, Jazz 12, Bo 10, Tellez 10, Abrams 5, Gausman 20, Nasty Nester 10, Bednar 12
my 11th will be one of Cron 18, Bader 7, Montgomery 8

My questions:

Was offered Machado 33 for Jazz 12

Love Jazz, but in our draft the only top 3b available will probably be Devers and the bidding is sure to be ridiculous.
2b available will be Semien and Albies and bidding will also be high, but probably not as crazy.
Either way both positions 3b and 2b drop off into shit shows early this year.

Should I jump on Machado?

Was also offered Severino 11 for both Bader 7 and Montgomery 8. I am tempted because Sevy may be the most valuable of the 3, but it also feels like an overpay.

Should I jump on Sevy?

As always, thanks in advance

My Judge Giants jersey has a gun
My Judge Giants jersey has a gun
12 days ago

6×5 (ops) h2h 12team 9 bats 4 SP
I drafted SP rounds 3,5,7 and 16 (Strider Castillo Javier Detmers). Did I go too heavy on SP? Bats are machado Mullins Franco salPerez O’Neill Bryant polanco Baez
Thank you! PS Jeimer kinda sucks. We found this out the hard way. By him sucking. that’s just fun writing!

Last edited 12 days ago by My Judge Giants jersey has a gun
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
LennyDykstraIsJustMisUnderstood
12 days ago

Great write up Grey they have been fantastic lately. Did you start using Chatbot.com? LOL …..this is going to be a strange draft this year with steep drop off as several postions.

Bob
Bob
12 days ago

I have a 5 keeper rule league and no penalties for keeping specific guys. 7×7 league w tb, obp, k9, qs added to a traditional 5×5. My team was awful last year and my 5 are Trout, Semien, Scherzer, Woodruff and Gausman. I have an owner willing to trade me Matt Olson and either Gunnar Henderson or Corbin Carrol for Trout. Would you do that trade if you were me which allow me to not keep Gausman?

Will
Will
12 days ago

Is it me or are 1B and 3B basically wastelands once you get past the top 6 or 7 guys? Seems like slim pickings out there.

Lee
Lee
12 days ago

Hey Grey,

15 team roto keeper auction league using OBP instead of BA. Can keep 0 to 6 players. Here are my viable choices in cost order. What would you do? Luis Robert $31, Eloy $24, Gausman $21, Cron $15, Gleyber $15, Luis Castillo $7, Kimbrell $4, Cortes $1, Bohm $1. In my head, have Castillo Cortes and to lesser extent Bohm as no brainers for now. Thanks!

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Lee
12 days ago

I also get to keep Oneal Cruz and Hunter Greene for free as minors I never activated but does not count towards my 6 keepers, so my team is not as bad as it sounded to start haha.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Thanks. Of the 8 which 2 would you remove as I can only keep 6.

Lee
Lee
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Thanks! 2 not counting Kimbrell, so I guess Bohm and Cron. Wasn’t sure if Roberts and Eloy were too expensive for their price. Appreciate the help!

Dom
Dom
12 days ago

I won my league and finished 1st in pitching without drafting a #1 starter all thanks to the advice of a mustached genius.

10-team, 5×5 roto, I can only keep 10. (Keeper year next year, no penalty, must drop after year 3)

Who do I keep?

Tier 1 – no brainers
Ronald Acuna (2)
Austin Riley (3)
Bobby Witt (2)

Tier 2 – to much pitching
Matt Olson (2)
Kyle Schwarber (3)
Luis Castillo (3)
Shane McClanahan (2)
Logan Webb (2)
Logan Gilbert (2)
George Kirby (2)
Emmanuel Chase (3)
Devin Williams (2)
Ryan Helsley (2)

Tier 3 – young and the meh
Will Smith (3)
Xander Bogaerts (3)
Nate Lowe (2)
Corbin Carrol (2)
Vinny Pasquantino (2)
Jose Miranda (2)
Joe Ryan (2)

galica1234
galica1234
12 days ago

Grey!!!!

Awesome!!!

a. Great read and I read to the very end!! Painfully obvious that one should draft before reaching Mt Edman, possibly before (like latest Riley).

b. Torenado fans gonna be, yeah but what if Goldy repeats shouldn’t that trickle down like Reagan years’ trickle down economics? Shruggy shrugs.

c. You are brutal but you’re right. The metrics don’t lie so there’s that.

Cheers,
Ante

galica1234
galica1234
Reply to  Grey
12 days ago

Grey!!!!

Membership paid! Let’s get it on!

Cheers,
Ante

AdamH
AdamH
1 month ago

Miguel Vargas anywhere near this list if he has eligibility?

AdamH
AdamH
Reply to  Grey
1 month ago

Ahhh gotcha, thanks man