Wasn’t that long ago that we were screaming about how terrible the shortstops are and how the sky is falling and how red wine is good for your health and you were like, “What if I put grenadine in my vodka?” Maybe it comes with age, but if you’re around long enough you know these things go in cycles. For a few years, middle infidels are terrible, then corner infidels are in that sinking boat. As of now, shortstops are stupid stacked, and the top 20 shortstops for 2020 fantasy baseball are an absolute joy for at least twenty of the twenty but, as always, this is going much deeper. So, here’s Steamer’s 2020 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Hitters and 2020 Fantasy Baseball Projections for Pitchers. All my 2020 fantasy baseball rankings are under that thingie-ma-whosie, and I mention where all tiers start and stop, and all shortstop projections are mine.  Let’s get to it!  Anyway, here’s the top 20 shortstops for 2020 fantasy baseball:

ALL PROJECTIONS ARE BASED ON 100 GAMES PLAYED, DUE TO COVID-19. BE SAFE OUT THERE!

1. Trevor Story – Went over him in the top 10 for 2020 fantasy baseball.

2. Francisco Lindor – Went over him in the top 10 for 2020 fantasy baseball.

3. Trea Turner – Went over him in the top 10 for 2020 fantasy baseball.

4. Fernando Tatis Jr. – Went over him in the top 10 for 2020 fantasy baseball.

5. Alex Bregman – Went over him in the top 20 for 2020 fantasy baseball.

6. Adalberto Mondesi – Went over him in the top 20 for 2020 fantasy baseball.

7. Javier Baez – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Bogaerts. I call this tier, “Total sellout.” I’m actually a bit annoyed with myself. Feels like I’m selling Baez short by not having him in my top 20 overall, and selling out. Like I’m relying too much on how others think and not enough on my own. Like if I put Baez (or Bogaerts) in my top 20 overall, I’d somehow be sticking it to the man. My brain is warped. How would this be sticking it to man? I’m going to pull out my rankings at the next sit-in at City Hall? When I’m pulled over by the cops, I’m going to lay on the pavement by my car and rest a laptop open to my rankings on top of my back? When I’m trying to do a car loan and Wells Fargo says they don’t do loans under $1,000, I’m going to stand, with my rankings above my head and scream, “Baez and Bogaerts are in the top 20!?” Except I don’t have Bogaerts or Baez in the top 20, so all of the ‘mans’ are gonna be like, “Yeah, you’re lame, you sellout.” The problem with Baez and why he’s not in my top 20 is not a problem with him. It’s with fantasy baseball. There’s just too many guys to put in the top 20 overall. I could remove Mondesi, and, brucely, if I draft Treat Urner in the 1st round, I wouldn’t draft Mondesi anyway, then Baez has room in the top 20. Or Bogaerts, but onto him in a moment. Baez is headed into his age-27 season and is averaging 27/15/.270 every year. Wouldn’t shock me to see him come out of 2020 with a 40/20/.290 season. He feels wildly underrated this late, but look how ridiculously stacked the top of the shortstops are. Ugh, who am I kidding, I’m a sellout. 2020 Projections: 64/19/67/.286/4 in 366 ABs

8. Xander Bogaerts – If you believe, like I do, that .015-.020 in average is worth about the same as 7-10 steals, then you see Bogaerts and Baez as essentially the same player. One will hit .305-.310; one will hit .285. One will steal five bags; one will steal 15. That’s tomato-tomato said with a different emphasis.  A non-sellout unlike myself would’ve snuck Bogaerts into the top 20 overall too. Not even sure I was thinking clearly by putting Devers in the top 20 instead of Bogaerts, but that age on Devers made me just a skooch more excited. Honestly, seriously, adverbially, they’re all a coin flip. It’s a good time to draft top hitters. For all of you with that Klara Bell on your shoulder whispering to you, “That means you should draft a pitcher now more than ever,” I’d say opposite is true. If you draft a starter and don’t get two top 20 bats, you have to make that up later. So, while I like, say, Amed Rosario, he’s really Javier Baez? Are you kidding yourself? I like Bo Bichette, he’s really Bogaerts? I like Machado, he’s really Baez? I like Ketel, he’s really Bogaerts? By the way (and I’m really going afield now), with even fewer starters being good, that means in a 12-team league you’re battling with 9 other teams to be good if two guys draft starters high. Let someone get a 12 or 11 in ERA, WHIP and Ks, all you need is to be better than two-thirds of the league in pitcher stats. Finally, how many categories does Baez help you in? Five? How many saves does Gerrit Cole get? 2020 Projections: 65/21/69/.307/3 in 368 ABs

9. Gleyber Torres – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Marte. I call this tier, “These names sound…familiar.” Already went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

10. Jonathan Villar – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

11. Ketel Marte – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

12. Manny Machado – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Anderson. I call this tier, “Areolas.” Shortstops are a weird position. Even if you just look at how many 2nd basemen were in the top 20 post (not 20), and how many shortstops are here, you see immediately, shortstops are shallow after this position’s top 20. The position is like Dolly Parton. It is so top-heavy it’s going to fall over. This position’s waist is teensy-tiny and it’s got a flat ass. Not to be chauvinistic, but you better be Dabney Coleman (super new reference) when you’re looking at these shortstops and keep your eyes on its chest. We’re still sitting pretty in this tier, and any of these areolas could buoy your team from sinking. So, staring at Machado’s areolas what do we expect? At worst, last year. At best, the year before. Rarely do I see Steamer projections more optimistic for a player I like. Usually “I like” supersedes rational thought and I’m way above the projections for a guy. My concern is Machado just isn’t that great in San Diego. Not because of Petco’s dimensions. He can hit the ball out of any park. San Diego is about the most chill place on earth. If you’re seen wearing anything but flip-flops and OP shorts in San Diego, people are like, “Why are you harshing my chill?” Chill environs may not be the best thing for Machado. He seems like the type who can over-chill and just do barely enough. With all of that said, even an over-chill Machado is still a 30/5/.260 hitter with the runs/RBIs that comes with that. It’s well worth drafting, and the upside is obviously still there. 2020 Projections: 55/21/63/.269/4 in 365 ABs

13. Marcus Semien – There’s a chance that the Thought Police might shut us down after I put Semien towards the top of the Areolas. If so, I just want you know I enjoyed every moment of this, except for that one guy who loved Aaron Judge so much last year in the comments. He was a bit much. Last year Semien went 33/10/.285. A repeat of that and he’s a top 20 overall guy, so I guess why don’t I believe it? That’s a misleading way to put it. I do believe in Semien, just not quite for the repeat. His HR/FB of 15.3% last year isn’t obscene, but his career mark was closer to 10%. If it goes back to around 10%, he becomes a 22 homer guy; he just doesn’t hit that many fly balls. His home run distance wasn’t bad, necessarily, but his exit velocity was a little narshy. The ten steasls last year seems repeatable, but ten steals doesn’t exactly make him a running threat. So, your Semien isn’t runny? Hmm, might want to see a urologist.  There’s good news; his Ks came way down, walks went up and he actually fits the leadoff role, unlike in 2018, when he was squeezed into that role, and didn’t seem to fit, but now Semien fits in the Areolas. Happy to get that off my chest. 2020 Projections: 67/15/50/.282/7 in 381 ABs

14. Tim Anderson – You know what’s weird (weird is subjective but this is pretty un-weird, if I’m being honest)? Tim Anderson is fun. Doode does the bat flip thing and has pizzazz. Who doesn’t love pizzazz? Not me! I love pizzazz! Pizzazz in the Areloas means Tim Anderson is twirling tassels. Yet — again with some stank — YET! Tim Anderson is always underrated. Every year. No idea why. If I had to guess, it’s why nine out of ten players who are underrated are underrated:  lack of walks. It’s like ya’ll are in OBP leagues. I mean, if you are, then okay. But I know most of you are not. People are in regular 5×5 leagues drafting Bichette before Anderson. A guy you’re praying to your God goes 20/20 vs. a guy who goes 20/20 every year. I told ya, weird (not especially weird, all things considered). 2020 Projections: 54/14/46/.272/13 in 359 ABs

15. Bo Bichette – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Swanson. I call this tier, “Huh? Wait, what? Oh…No, I don’t get it.” This tier is filled with guys I either like a lot more than others or dislike a lot more, and the guys I dislike I’m genuinely surprised by. Let’s get right to it, shall we? Bo Bichette is exactly the type of guy I usually love, but he seems overrated in early ADP and I don’t trust the speed or power. Steamer projects Bichette for 24 steals. He stole only four bags in 46 games last year in the majors, and 15 steals in Triple-A in 56 games, so 24 steals seems right, uh, right? Wrong. He was caught stealing 9 times in 28 attempts, and four times in four MLB steals. The Jays didn’t steal at all last year. Of course, they didn’t have a real steals threat, so that goes both ways like Tyler the Creator. Conspiracy theory alert! Bichette actually seems more like Craig Biggio’s kid; he’s got doubles-power and decent speed, but not blazing. So, Dante Bichette told a maternity ward nurse, “I’m a major leaguer, and I want my kid,” and they gave him Cavan Biggio, and Craig Biggio got Bo Bichette (or Vlad Jr., which might be harder to believe). 2020 Projections: 60/11/45/.284/12 in 363 ABs

16. Scott Kingery – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

17. Amed Rosario – Already gave you my Amed Rosario sleeper. I wrote it while saying the “th” sound in adios. Also, Anime Grey goes over Amed in the video at the top of the post. 2020 Projections: 54/10/43/.294/14 in 357 ABs

18. Carlos Correa – Honestly, don’t know how people keep drafting him, i.e., liking him. The Ghost of Harry S. Truman would have to possess my body before I pulled the trigger on Correa. Sure, Cousin Sweatpants, he could hit 40 HRs and .300. Sure! And I could grow wings and avoid Los Angeles traffic. Am I programming into my map app, Waze, that I have wings and to take me above the 405? No, I’m not. 2020 Projections: 50/17/55/.271/2 in 319 ABs

19. Didi Gregorius – Here’s what I said when he signed with the Phils, “Don’t fully understand why no one seems to like The Gregorius D.I.D. He missed half a year and still hit 16 HRs. If that were a blip, I’d write it off, but he is always a 40+% fly ball guy with 13+% HR/FB, that’s 31+ homers. He hit .238 last year, and if that was the new normal, I’d be worried, but that appears to be a blip of unluckiness. He doesn’t give a ton of steals, but 5+ steals  for him is easy. Even tempering all that to 25/5/.265, what exactly has Carlos Correa done for you in the last few years?” And that’s me quoting me! 2020 Projections: 41/15/50/.268/3 in 337 ABs

20. Danny Santana – Went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

21. Dansby Swanson – Already gave you my Dansby Swanson sleeper. I wrote it while shopping for horses to play polo. 2020 Projections: 51/14/44/.274/7 in .349 ABs

22. Elvis Andrus – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Newman. I call this tier, “Geeeeeeeeeeroooooooooonnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiimmmmmmmmmmmmmmoooooooooooo.” Even if you like Andrus or anyone in this tier (and I do like some of them), the sheer cliff dive you’re doing from the last tier to this one is about as steep a cliff as any tier in all of fantasy baseball. Shortstops fall off an absolute cliff. To continue the Dolly Parton metaphor from above, we’re naval gazing now and we’re gonna be looking at some knees real quick. Or we’re parachuting off Dolly Parton’s breasts. However, you wanna use the analogy. As for Andrus, *throws hands up* I don’t know what to make of him. I think he’s a 30-steal guy, but then he goes and hits 20 homers. I think he can hit 20 homers, but then he goes and hits 6 homers. I think he can’t hit or steal anymore and he has a 12/31 season. I don’t see a scenario where I draft him, because I just don’t know what I’m getting. My best guess: 2020 Projections: 52/6/44/.281/16 in 368 ABs

23. Willy Adames – Truth bomb! I had Adames in three different tiers before settling on him here. He has a solid HR/FB% and he’s had moments in his career with a 38% fly ball rate. That gets him over 30 homers pretty easily. How’sever, he needs to change his launch angle, which is now at 10 degrees, and that’s kinda bleh. Also, his Ks came down and he has 7+ steal speed. The difference between him and, say, Didi is pretty much nonexistent, except Adames just hasn’t done it before. He’s only 24 years old, and I nearly wrote a sleeper for him. I’m a fan, but there’s obviously risk, which is why he’s in this tier. 2020 Projections: 46/15/50/.268/3 in 349 ABs

24. Paul DeJong – Colonel Mustard in the back of a nondescript van with a VCR! Which is where he’s watching tape to help him against offspeed pitches (split, change, yadda), because he hit .154, and .208 against all breaking pitches (slider, curve, yadda). 2020 Projections: 48/19/57/.241/4 in 356 ABs

25. Jorge Polanco – I know by heart most of the main stats from the main guys within a couple homers and ten to fifteen runs or RBIs. Like if you were to say to me, “Benintendi’s home run total,” I’d say fifteen. That’s not exactly right, but within the margin of error. If you said to me Polanco’s home run total prior to writing this blurb, I would’ve started at 10 and went up by one until the audience at The Price is Right would’ve stood up, booing, and left the theater. Then, finally, when I found out he hit 22 homers, I would’ve looked up his stats at three different sites, not believing it. Then, finally, I would’ve said his HR/FB% must’ve been at least 25%, only to find out I was, like a good linens sale, roughly 15% off. Wow, Polanco hits lots of fly balls. I had no idea. That doesn’t bode well for his .295 average. I don’t know how to figure this out, but I bet his season last year was in the top 5% of the statistical anomalous, and I don’t even know what ‘statistical anomalous’ means. I just made it up. I guess what I’m saying if you had a guy who hit 44.4% fly balls and finished in the bottom 5% of exit velocity, it’s statistically impossible for him to have a .295 average. Though, that brings another point up, Polanco makes a good case against Statcast’s “line drives,” which are different than Baseball Info Solutions (which are used by Fangraphs), because Polanco had the 6th most “line drives” from BIS, but finished hideously for exit velocity, according to StatCast. If you hit .295, you have to think BIS’s ‘line drives” are more accurate. Okay, could someone text me their coordinates, because I just went down a massive rabbit hole and got lost. 2020 Projections: 54/14/47/.277/4 in 369 ABs

26. Corey Seager – I could’ve also named this tier, “Shrug,” because I could see so many different outcomes for these guys. There’s no way I can project Seager for 30+ HRs and a .300+ average, but I don’t think that’s out of the realm of possibilities. Or he gets trapped in the back room at Tommy Lasorda’s Pastabilities franchise under a stack of lasagna noodles. It’s all in the range of outcomes. Hard to say either are more likely when you consider the ball was uber-juiced last year and he only hit 19 homers. 2020 Projections: 52/15/57/.275/1 in 323 ABs

27. Kevin Newman – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

28. Jean Segura – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Arraez. I call this tier, “Eccentric or homeless.” Sometimes it’s not easy to tell the difference. You see a person talking to themselves on the street while wearing only a blanket? They could eccentric wearing a bluetooth headset and designer blanket or they could be homeless and found a rich person’s garbage. That’s this tier. They could be eccentric or homeless, depending on one’s outlook. As for Segura, his name is the answer. “The question, Alex, is, ‘Why we should never trust anyone to steal 20 bases after the age of 29?'” But, Grey, Berti’s older. “Okay, shut up, Alex.” Sorry, that’s not in the form of a question. 2020 Projections: 46/7/44/.276/8 in 346 ABs

29. Garrett Hampson – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

30. Andrelton Simmons – His defense and family are out of this world. Everything else are grounded, especially his ground ball rate. 2020 Projections: 41/9/44/.271/6 in 342 ABs

31. Mauricio Dubon – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

32. Jose Iglesias – Oddly enough, if you’re drafting Iglesias as your shortstop, you’ve got no prayer. 2020 Projections: 48/6/33/.266/3 in 319 ABs

33. Luis Urias – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

34. Carter Kieboom – Already gave you my Carter Kieboom fantasy. Sadly, it was written prior to the Nats getting Asdrubal and Starlin Castro, so *blows seeds off a dandelion*. I just illustrated sadness; will compose myself before going out into public.  But, and this is a J. Lo-sized but, the Nats are saying Kieboom could be their starting 3rd baseman with Asdrubal roaming. I don’t fully buy that (sad), but he could be up by May (happy!) or up in April and platoons with Castro and Asdrubal (happy/sad?). My original projections for Kieboom were 52/16/59/.281/4 in 445 ABs, but I’m going to hedge by taking 100 ABs off that. For 12-teamers, this is where your flyers end (sorry, Gritty!), but a flyer on a prospect who could break camp isn’t a bad one. 2020 Projections: 21/8/28/.291/2 in 213 ABs

35. Luis Arraez – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

36. Niko Goodrum – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until Taylor. I call this tier, “More the Murray’er.” Anyone named Murray is a jerk and if these guys see more at-bats, then they are Murray’er. As for Goodrum, went over him in the top 20 1st basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

37. Nick Ahmed – I just realized (or forgot and just remembered) Ahmed stole 40 bags in Single-A. Ha, low minors steals numbers are such a joke.  In Single-A, catchers are required to count to ten Mississippis before throwing to 2nd base. Mississippi is where the term MI comes for middle infielders. *insert Dwight Schrute ‘It’s true’ GIF* 2020 Projections: 41/10/44/.248/4 in 330 ABs

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

39. Nico Hoerner – Prospect Itch said, “Hoerner’s shown nothing to indicate his three home runs in 82 plate appearances is sustainable, but his .282 batting average was closer to real than mirage, and I don’t think anyone would be surprised to see a 20 HR upside from him in the juiced ball era, if only I could juice Grey’s melon.” Hey, not cool! Hoerner could beat Bote — don’t rock the Bote, baby! — out of spring to claim an MI job, though Bote seems to make more sense if we’re going down that Mississippi, and, even with a ton of at-bats, I’m not sure how hoerny I am for Hoerner. 2020 Projections: 26/6/24/.287/3 in 193 ABs

40. Franklin Barreto – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

41. Freddy Galvis – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

42. Brandon Crawford – The Crawford Bros., Brandon and J.P., are neither related nor good. 2020 Projections: 33/9/38/.238/2 in 311 ABs

43. Chris Taylor – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

44. Jose Peraza – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

45. Enrique Hernandez – This is a new tier. This tier goes from here until the end of the list. I call this tier, “Take off the water wings, we’re going deep.” As for Enrique, went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

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

47. David Bote – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

48. Jon Berti – Already gave you my Jon Berti sleeper. I wrote it while huffing gas. Or was it huffing glue? Gluing ass? Sadly, since I wrote it, Villar and Dickerson went to the Marlins. Now I’m not sure Berti’s anything more than a 20-steal guy who barely gets 300 ABs. Funny (not funny), the one team I didn’t expect to sign a bunch of guys and screw up my sleeper post would’ve been the Marlins. Also, I go over Berti in the video at the top of the post, because I’m still kinda crazy for him if he gets those ABs. 2020 Projections: 22/3/19/.257/12 in 190 ABs

49. Brendan Rodgers – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

50. Leury Garcia – Will be supplanted by Madrigal, right? Right?! RIGHT?! *pull back to reveal I’m screaming into a Pringles tube* Hmm, no answers in there. 2020 Projections: 25/4/19/.272/9 in 186 ABs

51. Orlando Arcia – Member when we thought Orlando Arcia was going to be a 20/25/.290 hitter? We sure were young then, and you had more hair! 2020 Projections: 28/7/28/.232/2 in 198 ABs

52. Johan Camargo – Reminds me of Jose Martinez. With a full-time job, I’d be much higher on Johan, but he’s stuck in a bad shituation for playing time. Maybe he’ll get traded for a middle reliever to a place where he can play. One can dream, like Wade Boggs dreams Johan is Camargoadams.  2020 Projections: 23/6/25/.277/1 in 186 ABs

53. Jorge Mateo – Here’s a text exchange between Prospect Itch and I:  Grey, “I picked up Mateo last year in one league expecting the A’s to promote him.” Itch, “I liked him a lot two years ago and still do, but was discouraged the A’s ignored him last year.” “Like they ignored Franklin Barreto. Maybe they know something we don’t.” “Ya think? Of course they do, you freakin’ moron!” “Hey, that was uncalled for.” “Sorry, thought you were Grey.” “I am.” Then I never heard another word from him. Hmm, double-checked his number too. 2020 Projections: 15/4/18/.205/4 in 110 ABs

54. Cole Tucker – I’m less concerned that I’m not ranking Tucker high enough and more concerned how he could affect Newman’s playing time, i.e., not sure if the Pirates’ shortstop position is Newman’s Own or just a dressing rehearsal. 2020 Projections: 16/3/17/.254/2 in 96 ABs

55. Miguel Rojas – If I were the Marlins, I’d try to get Rojas confused as to which team he plays for the first time they face the Reds, and ditch him. 2020 Projections: 28/4/19/.276/4 in 257 ABs

56. J.P. Crawford – I see Crawford listed as the Mariners’ leadoff man and I make a face like when your aunt asks you to go outside to keep her company while she smokes a cigarette. Do I really have to? 2020 Projections: 41/6/30/.222/4 in 280 ABs

57. Luis Rengifo – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

58. Nicky Lopez – Went over him in the top 20 2nd basemen for 2020 fantasy baseball.

 
  1. Dan Srba says:
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    Great work! When do you sleep?

    • Justin says:
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      He’s a robot whose fuel is the laughter of children. That’s why he is seen so frequently hanging out by school playgrounds.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Only bc they barred me from Chuck E Cheese

        • Justin says:
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          That’s a mustache that could get you a restraining order or free tickets to see Grizzly Bear.

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            If I had plaid pants, I could play a ukulele for Grizzly Bear

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Usually 10:30 PM to 7 AM, with a bout of “gotta urinate but gonna hold out” around 4 AM, then 5 AM a bout of “Can’t hold it, I have to get up,” which invariably screws up my last two hours of sleep… Thanks for asking, Dan!

  2. Justin Hay says:
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    This is not writing. This is a transcription of a rotogeek on a coke binge. Get over yourself.

    • The Great Knoche says:
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      That’s where the best insight comes from!

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Amen, knoche!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I prefer to call it “the devil’s dandruff”

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Booger sugar!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          The dry-ice sorbet made on Colombia’s Top Chef

    • I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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      Justin Hay does not approve, y’all. Time to close this site down.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        *shutters windows, hoists Going Out of Business sign*

  3. I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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    Earthgang is amazing. Thanks for the tip the other day, man!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Glad you listened, sad to report you will not be able to stop listening for 5 months… It’s so good, right? Top Down gets me wild… Can I give you another recommendation?

      • I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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        Earthgang has me checking out all their collabs, and it sounds like most of the talent on J Cole’s label is sick.

        You can give me as many recommendations as you care to give, man!

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          YBN Cordae — try We Gon Make It

          Maxo Kream — try Meet Again

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Or just the albums they come off of — but if you want two singles to try first

          • I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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            Definitely familiar with YBN Cordae – Have Mercy was all over the radio here for a long minute. Haven’t heard Maxo Kream. Gave it a spin. Solid stuff! Gotta say Earthgang were the standouts, though. They have some great energy.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, Earthgang is hard to top… I’ve also been listening to Guapdad 4000 – Dior Deposits album

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Izayah is the single I’d try, if unfamiliar

      • I am the Bregman, I am the Walrus says:
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        Also, I think I’m gonna make the effort to see Earthgang live next month when they roll into town. Stoked.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Nice! Jealous!

  4. Lenny says:
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    Please be wrong on Hampson. Give Bud Black the time stone and make him live forever in last August.

    Did you go see EARTHGANG AT THE Fonda? I went. Told the wife I was going to Erewhon to pick up gf v Oreo popsicles and took a detour to EARTHGANG.

    Not really. Sigh.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Lenny, I would’ve went with you if I had known! (And I would’ve stopped at Erewhon for some of those tasty-sounding treats!)

      I won’t be wrong on Hampson, sadly

  5. Peacecoast says:
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    damn SS is deep again this year. owned mondesi last year, and treat. won SB but got hammered in rest of hitting stats (not their fault). I am gonna work on more even 5 stat hitters this year.

    also mondesi’s shoulder issue might be a problem. I bet you he gets injured a lot this year. He just runs and dives all over the fucking place too much. I am out on him this year.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      If you’re doing NFBC Draft Champions, it’s imperative for 5-cat cats

      I think Mondesi can be fine, but you’re the doctor, so now I’m worried

  6. Sherf says:
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    Keeper question. Keep 4 players with no penalty for the keep
    5 x 5. Unlimited years for keeping each player.

    Tatis Jr, Jose Ramirez, Bryce Harper, Bregman, Albies ot Luis Roberts

    Roberts is very enticing In this format

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      So toss back two? Albies, Roberts, unfortch

  7. The Great Knoche says:
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    Can tell no one is working today and wasting time at the office reading Razzball this AM.

    I’ve been on the not touching Machado bandwagon for the last few years when he kept popping up in your Top 10. I think this is the year I am finally going to own him everywhere.

    BABIP was low, hard contact went up. Plate discipline was better. Lineup around him is improved. It’s not going to vault him over guys above him because he isnt’ running, but I think you are listing the floor.

    100/40/115/.280/8 is a realistic ceiling.

    • Peacecoast says:
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      ADP 60ish, I am in too.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Glad to hear he’s healthy enough for you, Peacecoast!

        • Peacecoast says:
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          Paris called, they said you left a mess all over the city

          • Grey

            Grey says:
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            Damn, I could’ve used you there for a quick diagnosis, I thought I was dying

            • Peacecoast says:
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              honestly going through that in a strange city musta been a little scary.

              Steak tartare FTW!

              hey why didn’t you email me duh.

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                I should’ve! My own personal HMO… it was terrifying tbh, I was googling how to pronounce, “I am dying” in French

                • Peacecoast says:
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                  this is how you say it “Aide moi j’ai le SIDA and je meurs”

                  • Grey

                    Grey says:
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                    Thank you, hopefully I will never need to say it!

                    • Peacecoast says:
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                      you obviously didn’t google translate that

                    • Grey

                      Grey says:
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                      HAHA, damn you! I trusted you enough to not translate, never again!

    • bigbear says:
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      Yeah, I can see owning him in multiple places myself. But as a 3B and grabbing another SS too. Maybe a Trea/Xander or an Anderson depending how the first round goes.

      • Grey

        Grey says:
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        Okay, bigbear, if too many of us are excited his price is gonna go up

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, I was thinking that too… People are revealing themselves of their usual lack of productivity… Y’all get one day off and you’re like, “I don’t need to waste time today doing nothing, I can actually do nothing!”

      Interested too in Machado, I think he’s getting a slight knock on him too through no fault of his that there is just so many guys to draft

      • The Great Knoche says:
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        Yeah, as far as ADP goes though, top 11 guys are all going in first 3 rounds in NFBC, where you could nab Machado almost anywhere in round 4. After that its Bichette getting grabbed around 75, and I am not paying that for him, so I am getting Machado in round 4 if I haven’t grabbed a SS in first three rounds.

        As you mentioned Didi is also a prime target for a MI. Going at pick 210 with a chance for 30+ HR in Philly.

        • Grey

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          210 on Didi is goofy low… Is that ADP sorted by this month’s ADP tho? Bc Didi might’ve been lower in Dec, before he had a team

          • The Great Knoche says:
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            203 this month. Not a big move, but it might be coming once ‘Perts start their write ups.

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Yeah, that’s still goofy low

  8. TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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    Gre(y)at work my man, been listening to the pod and following you for years now. This is a 12 team h2h keeper league which I have won or gotten second the past two years. I can keep 9 guys and it’s a 6×6 categories league with obp and qs as the added categories. It’s a pretty basic lineup with 3 OF, 2 Util spots, and no CI or MI spots. Pitching is always super inflated and I have the following players on contract then can keep any of the others. I have to make trades this offseason because right now I have about $2/each empty slot for the draft due to moves I made to make sure I’d win and because I have more than 9 keeper-level players. Contracts are a max of 4 years where the price goes up $3 for every year. For example, if I sign Alonso for 4 years and I drafted him at $9 last year, it would cost me $21 to keep him for each of the next 4 years, and those contracts are always tradeable as well. Just looking for your input on who you would keep and move out of these guys. Thanks for the input,

    Trout 1 year at $50

    Acuna 3 yrs at $19

    Soto 3 yrs at $19

    Arenado, 1 yr $32

    Mondesi, 2 yrs $16

    Albies, 2 yrs $17

    Bregman, 2 yrs $10

    Buehler, 2 yrs $16

    Guys on no contracts yet: Paddack for $6, Pete Alonso for $9, Moncada for $2, Soroka $7, Luis Robert (minors) $7-so would be kept for $7 and would not have to be on a contract yet, Stroman $1, Caleb Smith $7, Robert Osuna $10

    Currently have an offer of Alonso and Moncada for $25 which is my best offer year (guys are either not paying attention yet or low balling me). Thanks.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! So, those 1st eight guys and one more? Gotta go Alonso

      $25 for Alonso and Moncada? Meh, do you need $25? I didn’t do the math on all your keepers… Could do that and keep Roberts, I guess

      • TobiasFunkeAnalRapist says:
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        I could move any of those first 8 guys too, I could move some of the more expensive guys and go youth movement or just keep the absolute studs and go for it one more year. Right now I’m at like $2 per remaining draft slot so yeah I need to move people. Thanks.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          I’m 100% in it for this year if I’m you… But that doesn’t mean you can’t lose one star like Alonso, go with Roberts and bank extra cash

        • The Great Knoche says:
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          I’d consider losing Arenado for Paddack if you really need the Cash. Would balance your pitching a little and save some $. A lot of numbers to give up though.

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            And keep Alonso along with it.

            • bigbear says:
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              Agree with Knocke

              • Grey

                Grey says:
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                Agree with bigbear

  9. Those top 4 are mighty tasty! TreaT to 3 hole? Hello V. Robles!
    Thanks for the transcription Grey

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      I wouldn’t get too excited about Treat in the 3 hole (I heard that report too, fwiw)

  10. Zeke Mahogany says:
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    What do you see as peak Bo Bichette’s stat line?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      In a few years? Maybe 30/30/.300? Sky’s limit really at this point

  11. Curious George says:
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    Grey! Glad to see your change of heart on machado value. I said he would be a steal come draft season back in October and you shot me down! I agree we won’t ever see the Camden yards version of machado but 2019 has to be the pre aging curve floor.

    • Grey

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      Yeah, he’s at a point now where there’s little downside to taking him… Mea culpa!

      • Curious George says:
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        Like you said in the earlier comments, this will start to course correct as more people buy in – his adp will rise. At what point does the value dissipate? Right now he is in the mid to upper 50s for adp. You still buying at 45? 35?

        • Grey

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          Up thru 35 seems good

          • Curious George says:
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            I see. I have pick 7/10. Will have to see what his adp is doing come March but sounds like I will have to take him in the 4th (34) or 5th (47). I’d be pretty pumped if he’s still there at 47.

  12. DonnieB says:
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    Would you keep Story at $51 or draft Trout or Acuna at $70-74 and have them for an extra year? And would you prefer Roberto Osuna for 1 year or Liam H. For two years at same price? Thanks and great write up once again. Machado in round four sounds juicy.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Thanks! Tell me about your league, 12 teams? $260?

      • DonnieB says:
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        League is 12 team with $300 cap. Thanks.

    • Grey

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      I’d go Acuna and Osuna

  13. MoostyMan says:
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    I have Acuna, Freeman, and Rendon locked in as keepers, need one more

    Who makes your mustache wiggle the most?

    Machado, Albies, Sale

    • Grey

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      Albies

  14. Snacks Zillion says:
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    Love these articles, Thank You, also its a really cool thing how you guys take the time with all of the comments. Very cool, no other site does that. Thank You, and where has DT been? Hope he didn’t get caught in one of those BLM helicopter net wild mustang roundups….If so, we will have to fire up the old rotary phone and give Grandpa Donks a call to straighten that shizz out!!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Haha, DT is on vacation until Friday (I think)…He’s fine, last I heard

  15. Nuke Laloosh says:
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    Thanks for the list!

    Which 8 players below would you keep in your minor farm system (all still qualify)? We play a 7×7 h2h keeper and I’ve the following to choose from.

    Thanks in advance!

    Isan Diaz
    Jon Berti
    Mauricio Dubon
    Jose Garcia
    Jorge Mateo
    Corbin Carrol
    Monte Harrison
    Aaron Bracho
    Nolan Jones
    Xavier Edwards
    Ronny Mauricio
    Trevor Larnach
    Tony Gonsolin
    Michel Baez
    Josh James
    Daniel Espino
    Matthew Liberatore
    Tarik Skubal

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Isan Diaz
      Liberatore
      R. Mauricio
      Dubon
      Mateo
      Harrison
      Garcia
      Jones

      • Nuke Laloosh says:
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        Thanks!

        Is this based on this years upside or long term potential? I’m leaning on keeping for the long term potential if that makes a difference.

  16. Nitro says:
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    Can keep 6, 12 team league.
    Trout and Story are locks

    Need 4 from:
    Flaherty
    Snell
    Rizzo
    Tatis Jr.
    Y Alvarez
    Muncy
    Machado

    Thanks Grey!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Not Rizzo, Muncy or Machado

      • LenFuego says:
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        Surprised you would keep Snell over those three guys, Grey … I guess you believe in him performing more like 2018 going forward than 2017 or 2019. I might have to move him up my rankings.

        • Grey

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          Prolly somewhere in the middle of ’18 and ’19, but that’s still an ace

  17. AL KOHOLIC says:
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    Great work as usual Grey. And I have to agree with the other commenter about thanking I and others for the constant updates and answering of questions for the last 10 years How long has it actually been.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      No problem, thanks, AL!

  18. Dire Wolf says:
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    I suppose a question about Muncy would be appropriate for any infield review blog other than SS, but alas…. fair to say from your 1B rankings you are high on Muncy and much less so on Hoskins?. Fair to assume you would trade L. Castillo to acquire Muncy but less inclined to make that trade for Hoskins? I reckon you’d be even more inclined when Muncy is $13 and Hoskins is $18? I have Castillo $22 and Soroka $6 and thinking of dealing Castillo to add another power bat to join Acuna, Soto, Trea and possibly Edman in NL only roto.

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Muncy is easily above Hoskins, but he’s below Castillo

      • Dire Wolf says:
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        Even considering the Muncy $13 price compared to Castillo’s $22? ( and $5 annual inflation costs for keepers when thinking beyond 2020 season) I really like to Castillo- Soroka duo for $28, but Muncy’s power at $13 is tempting.

        • Grey

          Grey says:
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          Meh, is $9 gonna make a big difference?

          • Dire Wolf says:
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            2020 Grey loves pitching! Thanks- I appreciate the feedback

            • Grey

              Grey says:
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              Haha, I’m a pitcher lover

  19. Malicious Phenoms says:
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    Silly question of the day, King Felix just signed a one year MILB deal with the ATL, with an invite to the big league camp..Can the Braves fix Felix for 2020?

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Nah, doubt he makes the team

  20. Nightpandas says:
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    Hey Grey

    Carrasco or Corey Seager ?

    15 team keep 11 Obp qs

    Figure I could still draft a decent ss…maybe

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Meh, Carrasco I guess, but could get burned

  21. Rabbit says:
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    So I’m confused by your Bo Bichette blurb. Unless I am misreading it, you spend most of the blurb arguing that Steamer’s projection of 20 SBs for Bichette is too high. Then your projections give him… 20 SBs. To quote the Tier Name: “Huh, Wait, what?”

  22. Dan O says:
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    15 team keeper(10 max) league auction roto 260

    Alonso 5
    G. Torres 5
    Story 15
    McNeil 7
    Olson 15
    Acuna 5
    Buehler 5
    Hendricks 5

    Villar 25, W Contreras 11 Hoskins 5 Oberg 1 Verlander 48 K Giles 14.

    What 2 would you keep?
    I’m leaning Villar Contreras and gonna try to move Hoskins since it’s his extension year. Thanks!

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Those two sound fine if you can get anything for Hoskins…but I’d go him over Contreras if you can’t

  23. JACK YES says:
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    In a 6×6 h2h league and the league was debating which categories to take away. I suggested wins and OPS because wins are random and OPS doesn’t seem as relevant as the rest of the hitting categories.

    Do you think removing wins and OPS makes sense? (CG) is a category as well.

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