On any given Wednesday or Sunday I’m peppered with comments inquiring as to when so and so will be up? Who’s the best stash of players X, Y, and Z?  Should I grab so and so?  Are you really as handsome and charismatic as the legend says? Did we really walk on the moon?  Today I will bring answers to all these questions. Even the moon one! Why pray tell do I have all the answers?  Well, because I am a fantasy baseball writer, it’s in our very nature to know everything even if it’s 100% opinion, and more than likely completely false.  My job is to make a compelling argument as to why I am most righteous and you are most wrongous.  Will I do any of that today?  No, absolutely not.  Today I will begin my first in a monthly series of updating you on the latest and greatest in minor league news and prospects developments, as well as the update of my Top 25 prospects.  This time with 100% less major leaguers.

Top 25 Prospects April 2016: Let’s begin at the beginning and explain all the details for those of you that actually read this. The following list is dynasty focused; meaning this is in order of players I feel will have the greatest overall value in fantasy, meaning ETA is not important. The first person to ask if this list is “ETA focused” will earn the distinct pleasure of being sat on by my Aunt Franny. Not so bad right? Wrong! Franny weighs a metric ton and lives on Doritos Locos tacos.

Rank Player Team Organization ETA
1 Lucas Giolito, RHP Harrisburg (AA) Washington 2016
2 Yoan Moncada, 2B Salem (A+) Boston 2017
3 Julio Urias, LHP Oklahoma City (AAA) Los Angeles 2016
4 A.J. Reed, 1B Fresno (AAA) Houston 2016
5 Trea Turner, SS Syracuse (AAA) Washington 2016
6 Rafael Devers, 3B Salem (A+) Boston 2018
7 Bradley Zimmer, OF Akron (AA) Cleveland 2016
8 Orlando Arcia, SS Colorado Springs (AAA) Milwaukee 2016
9 Lewis Brinson, OF Frisco (AA) Texas 2016
10 Andrew Benintendi, OF Salem (A+) Boston 2017
11 J.P. Crawford, SS Reading (AA) Philadelphia 2016
12 Jesse Winker, OF Louisville (AAA) Cinncinnati 2016
13 Anderson Espinoza, RHP Greenville (A) Boston 2018
14 Brendan Rodgers, SS Asheville (A) Colorado 2018
15 Franklin Barreto, SS Midland (AA) Oakland 2017
16 David Dahl, OF New Britain (AA) Colorado 2017
17 Tyler Glasnow, LHP Indianapolis (AAA) Pittsburgh 2016
18 Joey Gallo, 3B/OF Round Rock (AAA) Texas 2016
19 Nick Williams, OF Lehigh Valley (AAA) Philadelphia 2016
20 Alex Reyes, RHP Springfield (AA) St. Louis 2017
21 Dansby Swanson, SS Carolina (A+) Atlanta 2017
22 Francis Martes, RHP Corpus Christi (AA) Houston 2017
23 Raimel Tapia, OF New Britain (AA) Colorado 2017
24 Clint Frazier, OF Akron (AA) Cleveland 2018
25 Jose Berrios, RHP Rochester (AAA) Minnesota 2016
25 1/4 Jorge Mateo, SS Tampa (A+) New York (AL) 2018
25 1/2 Jose De Leon, RHP Oklahoma City (AAA) Los Angeles 2016
25 2/3 Aaron Judge, OF Scranton/Wilkes (AAA) New York (AL) 2016
25 3/4 Cody Reed, LHP Louisville (AAA) Cinncinnati 2016
25 7/8 Austin Meadows, OF Altoona (AA) Pittsburgh 2017
  • Okay so I went a bit overboard and did 30, sue me! I’m not great at being decisive, and let’s be honest 25 or 30, it makes no difference. So many of these guys are close it’s silly to have a fixed number. I bounced around about a dozen iterations of this list, and consulted with all of my trusted prospect hounds.
  • So as I mentioned in the intro I ignored ETA…..for the most part. A lower minors prospect that I’ve never seen play outside of showcase videos on YouTube, **cough, cough** Eddy Martinez, will for the most part be ignored. On the other hand a player with a obviously higher ceiling (Moncada) will be higher than a player with a higher floor, but less ceiling (Swanson). Capiche?
  • Yeah so I think Giolito is an ace caliber arm. The more I watch him the more I’m convinced he’s going to fit right in with the set of aces the Nationals already own. The stuff, command, approach, and makeup are all off the charts. He should be up by my proximation round’ June time frame. This is all barring injury of course. A rotation of Max, Strasburg, Giolito, Ross, and Gio Gonzalez is a very real possibility in the foreseeable future. Tanner Roark be damned!
  • While we’re on the topic of Nats being promoted in the very near…….. Trea Turner has started the AAA season en fuego (pffftt hitting .458), while Danny Espinoza has been a bag of feces in a major league uniform. Harsh? Perhaps, but I have a general dislike of Dannys following the Danny Santana accident of the 2015 pre-season. I said earlier this week and I’ll say it again, Trea Turner will be promoted before the end of next week. So a week from today I’m either going to be like “what’s up I’m so smart, look at me I’m the man, I’m so bad I should be in detention I’m the man”. Or…”ahhhh sorry he’ll be up next week! Yeah that’s the ticket!”
  • I’m of the belief that Jameson Taillon, not included above, will be up to the majors and in the Pirates rotation before (#17) Tyler Glasnow. He looked very solid going 6 strong, while allowing 1 run on 5 hits and no walks, with 6 strikeouts earlier this week. He’s had a long and bumpy road on his trip through the minors, and it seems he might be ready. When comparing him to Glasnow, Taillon’s got the better control of the two at this point. Glasnow can get into trouble and walk batters. This probably means Taillon is up first. One last thing, Glasnow and Taillon in the Indianapolis rotation….DAMN!
  • Speaking of super spec squads. Say that three times fast, #alliterationFTW. Check out the Salem Red Sox roster. Actually don’t, I’ll tell you, Moncada, Benintendi, and Devers. That’s the middle of Salem’s order. Not too shabby.
  • With Tyler White destroying the major leagues still, it looks like it could be awhile before we see A.J. Reed surface. The clearest path is obviously an injury to either White or Evan Gattis.
  • Old friend, and seemingly forgotten one, Aaron Judge hit his first home run of the season on friday night. Hopefully this is a good sign for the Yankees top slugging prospect fulfilling his potential, and ascending to the big league club.
  • Though not featured here, one of my personal favorites Sam Travis has two homers and 7 RBIs through 9 games with Pawtucket. He’s also hitting just .235….sad trombone.
  • Some other notable hot starts David Dahl has 5 homers and 2 steals through 9 games with AA New Britain, Alex Bregman has 4 through 8 games with a .344 average to match, Raul Mondesi is also hitting .344 with 3 homers  in 8 games, maybe the bats coming around.

 

Everybody thanks for reading and have a wonderful Sunday.

  1. Schmohawks Bob says:
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    What happened to Jose Berrios?

    • Scott says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob: I was about to ask the same question! He should be up in a few weeks, how is he not listed?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

        Ralph Lifshitz says:
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        @Scott: Fixed! Sorry guys I write these posts late on Saturday night, and between three kids and work my exhaustion gets the best of me. Good catch.

        • Another Dan says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          So, you’d trade Berrios for Gallo.

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Another Dan: Depends, I think that Berrios has more value this year, and if you were the Berrios owner you’d probably be able to get back more than Gallo in a trade. With that said, Gallo has the ability to be a top 5 power hitter, that’s more valuable than a #2 starter. But at the moment Berrios is less risky. It also comes down to team need and the league scoring. I think Gallo is the better overall prospect. Plus I go hitters over pitchers.

            • Another Dan says:
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              @Ralph Lifshitz:

              Thanks for the depth in the reply. Gives me a bit to think about.

    • Another Dan says:
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      @Schmohawks Bob:

      Excellent stuff Ralph. I am in my first ever dynasty, this stuff is invaluable.

      I too was going to ask the same thing about Berrios. I had the possibility of trading him in the dynasty for Gallo, wondered whether it was a good move ?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Another Dan: See answer above

    • sean english says:
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      Best streamer for tomorrow out of Hughes, Anderson and Roark?

  2. Noam says:
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    Good stuff!

    Would you trade Josh Bell for Sam Travis in a roto dynasty?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Noam: Yes! I’m a huge Travis believer and am waivering on Bell

  3. Ciwa says:
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    In a 14 teams keeper league,what should i do whit Story? Hold or try to sell high?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Ciwa: See what you can get for him, but don’t just sell to sell.

  4. Alex says:
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    What do you think of Victor Robles? Top 40? Top 20 if he keeps on putting up good numbers?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Alex: Love Robles and I bounced around including him.

      • Alex says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Do you think Oswaldo Arcia is worth an add in a deep dynasty league over some of these prospects? All ETA 2016 guys are rostered in my league. I grabbed Margot to start the season, figuring he’d easily replace Jon Jay, Melvin Upton sooner rather than later but that’s not going to happen. 7×7 OBP, OPS league

  5. cthulhu says:
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    Anthrax reference. We’re old.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @cthulhu: So Old!

  6. Alex M says:
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    No love for Berrios?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Alex M: Mistake, he got erased when I moved him back during reshuffling. My tired ass forgot to put him back in. It’s fixed.

  7. Alex says:
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    How about Trea Turner over Ketel Marte? Will Turner keep running in the majors?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex: In an instant, not even close. Yes! He’s going to be a dynamic top of the order player. He’s like a young Jacoby Ellsbury type.

  8. Alex says:
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    Also, how about Giolito over Shields? I’m not liking Shields, thinking about dropping him to stream starters anyways. Thoughts on that? Thanks!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alex: Yeah that’s a slam dunk, but you’re probably waiting a month

  9. Chadaristic says:
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    I am very excited for this column. I have Giolito stashed in my dynasty league, so I’m thrilled to see him listed #1 on this list.

    Berrios not being listed is surprising. Is that just an oversight?

    What about Blake Snell?

    How good of a fantasy bat could Gary Sanchez be at Catcher and how close do you think he is at a call up?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chadaristic: Berrios was just a mistake, I moved him and forgot to list him again. He’s in there now.

      I like Snell, but he’s a victim of me being hitter leaning and liking other arms better long term. He’s right there though.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: On Sanchez, he can be a top fantasy catcher. The Yankees are tough to figure out with prospects. He should be up by July.

        • Chadaristic says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Awesome info, Ralph. Thanks for these articles.

  10. Alex says:
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    Do you have any end of season comps for Berrios? My 5th worst starter is a 3 way tie between Hammel, Nicasio and DiSclafiani. Do you see Berrios eclipsing any of those three by the time playoffs come around?

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      @Alex: I’m in a 16 team points H2H league btw

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Alex: Yes, I like him better than that trio. I’m really skeptical of Nicasio, he had a great start and everyone went bananas. He looked awful against Detriot, we’ll see what he does today against the Brewers. I don’t dislike Hammel but he’s meh in that format. I own him in my H2H points league so I have first hand experience.

  11. Natty Boh says:
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    Nice article. Thoughts on Seam Manaea’s arrival and impact?

  12. Rendell Locke says:
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    Awesome. Genuinely funny and very informative. You rock Rowf.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Rendell Locke: Shoulders of giants Rendell my boy! That and pizza rolls!

  13. Phil B.

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    Great Read! I want to like Judge as an OPS monster but he’s not mini-Stanton as a batting average hitter as far as I can tell. What’s a good comp do you think? Jay Bruce maybe?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @phil: I think we need to see with Judge. The ability is there and he’s on the edge of breaking through. The issue is the Yankees.

  14. James T Kirk says:
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    Has anyone seen Mondesi live yet this season?? I have never been a fan, so I am curious if his numbers are just a fluke or if his approach has changed.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: I think it’s largely ignored that he’s been the youngest guy everywhere he’s played. He’s actually getting an opportunity to play against competition more within his age range.

  15. James T Kirk says:
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    Zimmer vs Frazier. Is Zimmer expected to reach the majors two years earler based soley on age? Both are in AS and Frazier is off to the better start.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: Yes I think Zimmer breaks in this year, while they give Frazier another year or so of seasoning. He might be up in 2017 at some point, but probably isn’t seeing 400+ ab’s until 2018.

      • JayHay says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: what is Zimmer’s upside. You are the highest on him I’ve seen

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @JayHay: I love him, he’s got power, speed, and on base skills. He’s got huge upside as he projects as a leadoff hitter with power. So 80-100 runs, 12-17 homers, 30+ steals, .280 average, and .360+ obp. Looks like he could be a 5 category contributor.

  16. James T Kirk says:
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    Interesting that you have both turner and arcia shead of crawford. I don’t see a great deal of difference between the three. Turner has the best speed, Arcia the best defense, Crawford the best overall package. I’d go Crawford, Turner, Arcia. Is Turner first because his speed plays well in fantasy?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @James T Kirk: I like the power/speed/average combo on Turner. I think he’s the best fantasy player. Arcia also has great speed and good average ability. They’re all within 6 spots of each other, so it’s real close. Crawford’s best tool his his hitting. He doesn’t run and has solid but not huge power. He’s got the profile of a good but not great fantasy SS. Personal preference.

  17. Alcesto says:
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    Off Topic: Is anyone running Matz out there at the Indians? He got shelled in his first and only.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Alcesto: Yes today I’m running him out in some leagues.

    • Hugman says:
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      @Alcesto: I am. But my pitching has been a disaster so far.

  18. The Great Knoche says:
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    No Tim Anderson?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @The Great Knoche: Not a huge fan. I just don’t think he’s a top 25 guy right now. Not to say he can’t be an impact player.

  19. Robert says:
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    Trea Turner or Starlin Castro?
    Berrios or Shields?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Robert: Turner and Berrios! I’m such a spec whore.

  20. Mike says:
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    Rasmus or Brandon moss ROS?
    Rodon or Conley ROS?
    Thx

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Mike: Rasmus and Rodon.

  21. David says:
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    Great read Ralph! Really enjoy your work. Thanks.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @David: Thanks for reading!

  22. Timothy Taylor says:
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    Who wins these trades

    Stanton/Richards for Bryce/Iwakuma
    Or
    Miggy/Richards/Holliday for Bryce/Iwakuma

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Timothy Taylor: The first one is closer, but any deal that nets you Bryce is a good deal. With Baker behind the clipboard he’s running with more frequency that could mean a season for the ages, oh and he’s only 23.

      I’ll take Bryce in both, even if Iwakuma is meh with a side of ehhh

  23. Ian says:
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    I’m in a pretty shallow 10 teamer. We don’t have MI or CI slots. 2B is my biggest weakness – I have Schoop and Wong I use at 2B. Thinking about dropping Wong to hold Turner since Turner profiles as similar to Wong with a higher ceiling. Thoughts? Thnaks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Ian: Yeah not a bad move, Schoop is solid and should be plenty to cover your stash of Turner. I do like Turner better than Wong, and if it’s Yahoo TT has 2b and SS eligibility.

      • Crapshoot Kershaw says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: not yet, but he will when he comes up as a SS within 5 games.

  24. Joey Sagg a Donuts says:
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    Great stuff as always.

    If I have glasnow and Bronson at high value in a keeper league, which would you keep over the other and why? I already have Sale Syndergaard and Matz out of my nine keepers, so I was thinking having four kept pitchers even at value would be too much.

  25. Hugman says:
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    Does AJ Reed play OF? Otherwise how does a Gattis injury help him?

    • Raoul Duke says:
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      @Hugman: If Gattis was hurt AJ could come up and get some starts at DH and possibly 1B on occassion.

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Raoul Duke: Reed would play first (better defense than White) and White would slide into the DH role.

        • Manny says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz:

          From what I have read, another option/possibility is that White could slide to 3B, Reed to 1B, Gattis stays DH, & Marwin slides to super-utility role. Think this may be their best team, and then Tucker is the backup DH & 4th OF. Would be a deep lineup strong at every position (save catcher) with good depth too…

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Manny: That’s what I’ve wondered because White has played 3b in the minors. It doesn’t seem to be much of a consideration for the Astros though. I think the 3b defense from White is so bad they wouldn’t consider it. The big knock on White has always been his fielding, and to a lesser extent his power. Though right now the power critique isn’t holding true.

  26. Josh says:
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    Hey,

    I’m in a deep 12 man redraft league. I have AJ Reed in my NA spot and Tyler Glasnow on my bench.

    Should I drop Glasnow for Urias? What kind of stats do you see turner putting up this year if he’s called up next week?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Josh: The Glasnow thing is though, because I think he’s prepared to throw more innings than Urias, but Urias could be more dynamic.

      Turner 70/8/50/.280/30

  27. Manny says:
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    Thanks a lot, as this list just made my weekend. In my 12 team NL only league you can only keep 6 minor leaguers, and mine coming into this season are Giolito, Urias, Turner, Crawford, Tapia & Meadows. My question to you is about Tapia. What is the basis for your dramatic change of opinion on him? From what I can see he is by far the biggest riser from your previous top 100 list 6 weeks ago. At first he wasn’t even included on your original top 100 list for 2016. Then when I asked you about it in the comments you advised it was an oversight and put him back in at number 59. Meanwhile Prospect Mike had him at number 18 and 16 overall respectively on both of his 2015 top 50 lists. You now have him back at 23. Was it his spring training performance that resulted in the change? I really wanted to hear your thoughts on him and the basis for this change specifically. Thanks again for all that you do and left me be the first to officially welcome you to the Raimel Tapia fan club…

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Manny: Yes, it was a mistake, like Berrios was in today’s. I move guys up and down so much over the course of a few days leading up to these sometimes guys get left in the chopping block by accident. As for his dynamic jump it was fueled by the spring training performance for sure. He looked very good and I think it served as a reminder to ignore the approach stuff and focus on reality. The kid can hit. Not only can he hit for power and average but he’s a threat to steal 20. So what if he doesn’t walk a ton, he also doesn’t strikeout much. He’s by far the biggest riser on this list.

      • Manny says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz:

        Thanks a lot for the prompt response and that makes a lot of sense. He was extremely impressive in Spring Training, and despite his unorthodox approach, he has always raked at every level so there is no reason to doubt his bat at this point. His hit tool coupled with the Coors Field factor and the fact he should steal 20-30 bags are exactly why he is so intriguing as a fantasy prospect, so thank you for the confirmation.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Manny: #TeamTaps

  28. Sasquatch slugger says:
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    I’m willing to wait for quality in my dynasty. Should I let go Buxton for Bobby Bradley or Devers? I also have Berrios…drop for Zimmer. I already have Correa Lindor Syndergaard Matz Giolito Reed?
    Thanks for your work providing much needed info in this area!!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Sasquatch slugger: I’d probably hold on Buxton, for now. I know it’s hard, but he’s still young and its early. If you’ve really just had it and don’t want to wait any longer go Devers over Bradley.

      You have pitching I don’t think there’s anything wrong with moving to Zimmer.

      • Sasquatch slugger says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Yeah…a lot of people let Trout go just before his breakout season too.

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Sasquatch slugger: Haha exactly what I was thinking. Buxton wasn’t ready last year. He should have been getting his first taste this season.

  29. Lville Jim says:
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    Own James Kaprielian in a dynasty league. He’s thrown two nice games for high A Tampa to start the season. I don’t see him being long for Tampa if he continues to pitch well. Any chance he makes it to the majors before seasons end?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Lville Jim: It’s possible, I thought he was one of he more polished players in last June’s draft, but the Majors this year seems ambitious. Septmeber after rosters expand would be my guess.

  30. dubjay says:
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    Hey Ralph,
    Do you like Berrios over Gausman for this season alone?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @dubjay: Yes Gausman will be good after the make him a reliever and trade him to another team. It’s an Arreitaian complex

  31. The Muffin Man says:
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    Why dosent Sean Manaea ever get look he seems like a legit guy lately your thought?

  32. Chris says:
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    Would you drop buxton in a redraft to stash turner? I have Wong as my only 2B so that’s an issue. What do you expect of buxton this year?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I’d hold off on making that move. Buxton needs more time, be patient.

  33. Jbona3 says:
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    Ralph, it’s a lovely Spring day in Boston, hope you can get outside and enjoy an IPA or two. Do you think White is blocking Reed’s path to the majors, or will the ‘Stros move White to third?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jbona3: Yes indeed beautiful day out here in Mass! Hopefully I can finish cleaning the house and get the beds raked out to enjoy a nice cold one.

      Yeah he and Gattis are blocking Reed, and the way things are going they have no need to rush him. I don’t think White is much of a 3rd baseman.

      • Jbona3 says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Unrelated, when do you see Urias getting the call?

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Jbona3: August

  34. G says:
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    In my keeper, with Cesar hernandez as my 2b and my SPs including Sale, Lester, Raisel, Corbin, Chen, and Finnegan, would you deal my Berrios for his Trea Turner?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @G: Yes I like that deal, good get TT.

  35. Essie says:
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    SS is an interesting position right now. Funny my top SS prospect wasn’t included here. I’d go 1. Anderson 2. Crawford 3. Rodgers 4. Mateo 5. Turner Very loaded at the moment. Anderson has a better hit tool than Turner, better speed than Crawford and Rodgers, and the highest athletic upside. Elsehwere I’m glad to see you come around on the Dominican Ichiro.

    Thank you for the article, it will be very helpful.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Essie: Your Turner rank seems way off. Anderson loves to chase fastballs and rarely walks, with 10 homer pop that’s a problem because he won’t profile as a top of the order bat. Turner has an advanced approach, more pop and equal or better speed. He’s a born leadoff guy.

      Athletic upside doesn’t mean a ton in a group of athletic players. I think he’s the worst baseball player of the group. Time will tell!

      Thanks for reading and I totally respect your position on Anderson, even if I don’t subscribe to the same viewpoint.

      • Essie says:
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        @Ralph Lifshitz: To be clear though I like Turner, I like all of those five guys. Anderson is still very much a work in progress at the plate but the upside is there imo. His elite speed at that position makes him truly special. He has the upside to be a stud, and I don’t see that from Turner. Turner much higher floor though, and I guess it’s a flaw of mine that I chase the upside. There’s no doubt in my mind Turner will be a solid top 5-7 SS for quite a while. Could he be top 3? Not sure I see that.

        You’re right they are all athletic but Anderson is a cut above in that regard. Of course, the term ‘athletic’ has kind of become a lazy way to excuse a talented player from being able to do the only thing that matters in their given sport (ie hit…but he can jump really high!). Still, he flashes some brilliance.

        Anderson seems like such a divisive spec though. I think Prospectus had him as their 8th or 9th best fantasy prospect overall and then Fake Teams didn’t have him in their top 30 like here. Oh well, we are all just guessing in some way or another.

        btw: thoughts on Margot? Thank you!!

        *strong bias due to owning anderson may or may not slightly inform opinion*

        • Ralph Lifshitz

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          @Essie: Yeah it’s all personal preference and I own zero shares of Anderson.

          Margot is good, in the range of the guys here but there were a few players that entered this atmosphere in the last 6-8 months particularly Benintendi, Martes, and Swanson

  36. crabman says:
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    Hey ralph, enjoyed your rankings! I find that I own most of the reds pitching… not sure if that’s a good thing. Anyway in a keeper league, how do you feel about cody Reed versus the rest of the reds rotation

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @crabman: LOVE Reed, he looks to have he highest upside of the bunch, and between Stephenson, Rookie Davis, and others they have some good spec arms. Reed is my personal favorite.

  37. Jerry says:
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    Hey, Ralph! Castellanos, Reddick, or Schoop for a bench spot. Also, Russell Martin or Montero at catcher? Thanks, and enjoy the rest of the weekend!

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: Reddick and Martin.

  38. MJP says:
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    When this year do you think Urias will be called up? Do you think the Dodgers will use him as a SP?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MJP: Yeah he’ll be called up for some starts at some point. My guess is August and then they limit his innings and have him come out of the pen.

  39. Yescheese says:
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    JFoh would love some Aunt Franny action

    • Eric B says:
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      Whats up Ralph? I was wondering who you think the best stash for the following roster is? I’ve already stashed Turner, someone already snagged Reed, so I was debating adding Giolito, Berrios or Gallo to the following roster. I’d be dropping Nicasio in this scenario, my O has been underperforming so part of me thought Gallo might be a smart move but I’m not sure when or if Gallo gets the call. Based on the roster below would you snag an Ace in waiting like Giolito or stash Gallo?

      ESPN 12 team HTH 5×5 with OBP and QS and 4 keepers per season

      C J.T. Realmuto
      1B Cabrera
      2B Daniel Murphy
      3B Seager
      SS A. Russell
      OF Stanton
      OF Springer
      OF Polanco
      UTIL Burns
      UTIL Sano
      Bench 2B/SS Castro
      Bench 2B Trea Turner
      DL Pollock

      SP Salazar
      SP Corbin
      RP Kimbrel
      RP McGee
      P T. Walker
      P Odorizzi
      P C.Rodon
      P Nicasio
      Bench P Kennedy
      Bench RP Vizcaino
      Bench RP Tolleson
      DL SP E-Rod

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Eric B: Still say Giolito

        • Eric B says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: Thanks , I appreciate it.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

      Ralph Lifshitz says:
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      @Yescheese: We all have our kink commish!

  40. Regan says:
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    So you think the Nats won’t wait for Super 2 cuttoff?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Regan: Nope, but those dates vary widely.

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        @Ralph Lifshitz: Alright, got him on all available teams. Please peer into your crystal ball and kindly tell us who the next impact bat from the minors gets called up.

  41. Jerry says:
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    Ok, thanks! One more question, Eaton or Pillar?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jerry: Eaton

  42. MJC says:
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    So I should drop nick Williams for zimmer or winker then? Looking at impact this year and long term.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @MJC: Ummmm long term yeah Zimmer or Winker. Factoring in this year Winker or Williams probably see the most at bats. So go Winker, dude has the ability to win a batting title and hit 20ish homers with a home park like GAB.

  43. Ralph Lifshitz

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    Trea Turner doing Trea Turner things! 3 hits, including a homer and double, 3 runs, and 3 RBI’s today. The man is ready!

    • @Ralph Lifshitz:

      Indeed, and thanks I added him on my RCL team that is last in steals. Help is on the Way?

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Elijah: Let’s hope, I did the same thing in perts. I have Kang on the DL and I drafted Peraza, so that team needs some high end reinforcements to put me over the top in MI.

  44. Scott says:
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    Hey Ralph, I want to invest in some Giolito upside in a 10-team NL-only with limited moves. Which of these here bench bats should I lose?
    Jonathan Villar
    Ryan Raburn
    Justin Turner

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: Raburn

  45. Breather says:
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    Belt-Donaldson for Frazier Rizzo…..which side?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Breather: Belt Donaldson but it’s a toss up. Pretty even, a lot of people would prefer the the Frazier – Rizzo side.

  46. Chris says:
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    Zimmer has the tools, but his strikeout in the higher minors is scaring me a bit. Buxton showed better plate discipline and we see what he is bringing to the show.

    Not saying Zimmer doesn’t have value, but I think it will be 2018 before we are talking about him being worth more than a #5 OF. I could see him eventually being a .250 hitter with 15HR 20SB upside.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Chris: I like what I’ve seen and he mixes a good hit tool with 15+ homer pop, and 30+ steal speed. But the reason I rate him so highly is the tool set (everything mentioned above) paired with his superior on base skills. He looks like a top of the order monster.

  47. B-dubya83 says:
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    Drop ken giles for nick williams, cody reed or sean manaea (big fan)?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @B-dubya83: I like Williams but if you like Manaea the best go with him. He probably surfaces first of that trio

  48. greys butt hair says:
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    Been propped two trades

    Give m trout and m Franco get b harper
    Give me trout and a Russell get b harper

    Valencia next best 3B to replace Franco
    Wong/Lawrie would replace Russell

    Thoughts

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @greys butt hair: Don’t do it, Trout’s not dead, and the Franco deal is awful. Russell one is awful just slightly less. Love Bryce but it’s Trout!

  49. Jon says:
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    Thoughts on Josh Bell, Alex Bregman, and Blake Snell? Are they close?

    • Jon says:
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      (Meaning close to this list… not asking if they’re close to the majors…)

      • Ralph Lifshitz

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        @Jon: Blake Snell was the last guy off and Bregman was right there too. As for Bell, I’ve been pretty high on him, but I’m starting to get worried.

        • Jon says:
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          @Ralph Lifshitz: lack of power your concern for Bell? Martes is a free agent in my league so it sounds like you would make that switch? Bell for Martes?

          • Ralph Lifshitz

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            @Jon: Yeah that’s an easy switch. Martes has ace written all over him.

  50. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    thanks for the list ralph

    right now, I’m hanging onto Berrios, Gallo, Brinson and Josh Bell (all drafted mid-to-late rounds in a league where I could keep them up to 4 years where I drafted them). Free agents, I could keep once in the 25th rd, and then again the yr after in the 10th.

    With that said, would you recommend dropping Josh Bell for Taillon, Nick williams, or De Leon, and give up the extra years of potential control?

    also unrelated randomness, but do you like Medlen or Erasmo? and Tomas or Ketel Marte?

    thanks

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @SheriffMcRawDawg: McRaw Dawg! You changed your avi!

      Yeah I’d dump Bell for Williams, De Leon, or Taillon. Depending upon what your team needs are should dictate which player you go with. If you need hitting, Williams, pitching, De Leon, or if you’re competing and looking for a depth piece for your rotation Taillon.

      I’d go Erasmo, just wish the Rays would let him go deeper into games.

      I’ll take Tomas in the second scenario.

  51. Hot Rod

    Jimmy Bond says:
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    Loving this list. this year I took over a team in a dynasty, with no prospects worth speaking of, so at the draft I just kept picking prospect after prospect using the razz list while others loaded up on current year players instead. As a result my team is TERRIBLE right now these first few weeks of the season but should be AWESOME in the next 2-3 years, starting with the Turner call up kicking it off.

    25 player keeper, 12 teams, and your list reads like a who’s who of my players waiting in the wings…Gallo, Moncada, Reed, Benintendi, Turner, Rodgers, Tapia, Glasnow, Berrios, Espinoza all on the roster and your list. Plus my other rising roster stars not on this list: Margot, Bregman, Nick Williams, Tim Anderson, Victor Robles, Francis Martes.

    It’s almost not fair to the other teams (luckily only 1 of them reads razzball regularly)…feeling good about the future! :) Most positions covered though I could use a 3B (Matt Duffy will not cut it long term). My only worthy keepers when I took over were Harper and Archer, so I threw all the other picks into these future stars who will bring me to glory in 2018 and beyond!

    in summary: thanks for the list and the pre-season writeup, and look forward to the updates.

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Jimmy Bond: NO problem and don’t sell yourself short. Williams and Marte are on here too!

  52. holala says:
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    Keeper league, 18 team – we keep 15. Would you trade Joc Pederson for Clint Frazier & Jose De Leon?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @holala: Yes

  53. Scott says:
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    King Ralph, who has more upside Joey Rickard or Michael Saunders?

    • Ralph Lifshitz

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      @Scott: Saunders more power

  54. Alex says:
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    Good stuff man

    I am in an 11 team 7×7 with obp and slg.

    We only start 10 hitters so super shallow.

    Is it even worth it to stash AJ Reed for 6 weeks in a league like this or would that extra roster spot be more useful since it is a daily league?

    One option is to hold 2 catchers to maximize the 162 games you know since each team only has one catcher. We only keep 5 per year so what are the chances he is a top 55 player heading into next year.

    Hope that made sense

    Thanks for your time and help

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