This post will attempt to identify thirty prospects with the most value for 2015 only. These are players with less than 130 at bats or 50 innings pitched at the major league level, but who are expected to arrive in the bigs at some point this season. Typically, we’d rank prospects overall on one big list, but I’ve broken the list up into three groups to try to make it easier for fantasy players in 2015 redraft leagues. The prospects are ranked within groups that are based on the projected ETAs (early/mid/late). While they are still just projections, the groups should help sort through who you need to be drafting versus who you need to be picking up off waivers and when. There are a few general comments after each group and, like any list, there are a few names on the cusp that didn’t make it. We can tackle them in the comments if we need to. Here are the top 30 prospects for 2015 redraft leagues…

MLB Roster / Early 2015 ETA

These players are either expected to break camp on the MLB roster, or are projected to be up in May/early June. Typically, you’ll see them drafted in March and “stashed”.

Player Pos Team Age NFBC ADP
Jorge Soler OF CHC 23 127
Kris Bryant 3B CHC 23 104
Joc Pederson OF LAD 22 212
Yasmany Tomas 3B ARI 24 152
Rusney Castillo OF BOS 27 120
Dalton Pompey OF TOR 22 275
Steven Souza OF TB 25 272
Andrew Heaney SP LAA 23 351
Michael Taylor OF WAS 24 452
Jung-Ho Kang SS PIT 28 307
Aaron Sanchez SP/RP TOR 22 270

Most of these are no-brainers to be drafted this March and many of these players are expected to be on the field Opening Day. How high they are drafted is another story, and will likely be determined by how much risk you want to assume. Things get a little shaky towards the bottom. Michael Taylor’s time on the field could come to an abrupt end when Werth gets healthy. Kang is a big question mark given we don’t know exactly how his offensive stats will translate. Today, Sanchez is the frontrunner to land the fifth spot in the Toronto rotation, and could log 160-180 innings. He could also end up in relief (even closing) which would most likely bump Daniel Norris into that fifth spot.

There are two other wild cards that I didn’t rank. Cuban free agent Hector Olivera is a solid bat overall that could find himself playing 2B in the majors early this year. Alex Guerrero just needs a spot to open up on the field for him to see more at bats for the Dodgers. There are other pitchers like Nick Tropeano, Anthony DeSclafani, etc. who are most likely going to start the year in rotations, but I figure with pitching as deep as it is, they are streamer types from the get-go and won’t be dearly missed from this post.

Mid-2015 ETA

This group is the largest but also hardest to project as their ETAs could be anywhere from mid-June to early August. They represent the players that are most likely to be the hot waiver pickups if they aren’t already owned.

Player Pos Team Age NFBC ADP
Byron Buxton OF MIN 21 422
Miguel Sano 3B MIN 21 470
Maikel Franco 3B PHI 22 412
Francisco Lindor SS CLE 21 384
Jose Peraza 2B ATL 20 376
Noah Syndergaard SP NYM 22 332
Archie Bradley SP ARI 22 414
Carlos Rodon SP CWS 22 416
Daniel Norris SP TOR 21 473
Micah Johnson 2B CWS 24 482
Steven Moya OF DET 23 569
Alex Meyer SP MIN 25 511
Jon Gray SP COL 23 557

The Twins could look like a totally different team by the end of this year with all of the talent they have in the minor leagues. Peraza, Lindor, and Johnson will be hot adds for stolen bases. Lindor should be up the earliest of the three, and possibly the earliest of this entire group. Franco is another bat that could come up much earlier than expected. I’m not as gaga over Rodon as maybe I should be, but he’s one of several arms that could come up mid-year and make an impact. Just another reason not to blow your load on pitching in this year’s drafts I guess. 2015 should finally be the time for Bradley to show what he’s got in the majors. Jon Gray is a very talented pitcher, but gets dinged in fantasy playing half his games at Coors. He’d be a great arm to stream in road starts though.

Need more pitching? There’s always Marco Gonzales of the Cardinals. Another wild card is Raisel Iglesias, who the Reds signed last season and could be in the rotation or the bullpen mid-year. This group is the hardest to peg in terms of arrival, and there will be a lot of fantasy players who either stash too early or hit the waiver wire too late. We’ll try to avoid that problem this year at Razzball by posting often on the players who are nearest to the bigs.

Late 2015 ETA

These are the late August arrivals and September call-ups that may help decide 2015 fantasy championships.

Player Pos Team Age NFBC ADP
Carlos Correa SS HOU 20 578
Addison Russell SS CHC 21 469
Corey Seager SS LAD 20 523
Dylan Bundy SP BAL 22 403
Blake Swihart C BOS 23 544
Dilson Herrera 2B NYM 21 561

Correa, Russell, and Seager are gambles since their ETAs are really more in the early 2016 range. Still, there is a chance they see some time in the majors this September and given their talent level each could make a 2014 Soler-type impact with that opportunity. Based on the ADP info, it looks like most drafters are putting their money on Russell. The other three names on this list are safer bets to actually come up later this year. Bundy is getting innings under his belt after Tommy John surgery, but the talent is still top notch. Swihart could help a lot of teams at the catcher position down the stretch. Herrera is a talented hitter whose only real roadblock to the majors at this point is Daniel Murphy.

Two other names to watch later this season are Stephen Piscotty and Alex “Chi-Chi” Gonzalez. Piscotty is an outfielder for the Cardinals who can hit for average with some pop, while Gonzalez could get a late call-up for the Rangers and is regarded as one of their best pitching prospects.

 
  1. Ante GALIC says:
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    Mike!

    Awesome read, man!

    Any read on where Moncada would rank if he eventually lands somewhere? I guess he’ll need some seasoning in the minors before playing in the show.

    Cheers,
    Ante

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!…depends on what level he starts at, but my guess is he is a late 2016/early 2017 ETA and therefore not really in the picture for this post

  2. Fastpitch says:
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    Good information. Thanks, Mike.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      no problem…thanks for reading :)

  3. tj says:
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    Nick kingham probably will get a shot this year

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      true, there’s quite a few arms we could put in here…how much value they have in redrafts outside of streamers is the question

      NFBC ADP 667

  4. Mr Baseball says:
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    Miguel Sano – when do you think he gets the call up – I am in keeper league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      mid-2015…July? hard to peg an exact time to be honest

      • Adult Onset Dia Bit Us says:
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        @Mike: i thought he was a 3B? i guess by now they’ve fully transitioned him to OF (like bryant will be likely later), unless i’m just completely wrong about that.

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          fixed…thanks for catching that (he’s 3B)

  5. TR10 says:
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    Have enjoyed all the prospect post.

    (I think you meant chi chi Gonzales)

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

      ooops! fixed…

  6. Yescheese says:
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    Most linked post of 2015? Great work!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks!

  7. Kenneth says:
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    As a Mariners fan, I’d have to include DJ Peterson as a mid season call up. His potential impact is on par with or better than Franco or Moya, for my money anyway. Once he is ready, first base should be his.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      good call…I’d still slot him behind Franco, but I could see him being better than Moya

      Looks like his ADP is 636 right now

  8. RambleOn says:
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    Can’t wait to set up my RCL, hope ESPN gets it together soon. I have a keeper question for an auction league, 12 teams 5×5, 320 total $. Salaries don’t change. I am keeping Jones, Bautista, and Abreu all low 40’s. They would go in the 60’s in my league, if not more as power is in demand and we overspend on studs. I need 4 more from this group: Pederson 6 for 2 more years, Ozuna 5 for 2 more years, Pence 20 for 1 more year, Carrasco 5 for 2 years (we roster 5 SP and 5 RP) so he is valuable as an extra starter, 6 Ross 2 years, 6 Gray Sonny 1 year. Your thoughts. Thanks.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      me too!

      I’d go with Ozuna, Pence, Carrasco and Ross

  9. Ryan says:
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    I’m in a 20 team h2h dynasty league. I am close to doing a deal where i trade gattis tanaka brown feliz for odorizi ryu buxton and kurt suzuki. Anyway Tanaka just scares me. It isn’t a matter of if he gets hurt but when. He will need tommy john eventually. Odorizzi and Ryu are young awesome sp. Plus buxton I could flip for better players than what I traded away. There are a lot of people in my league that would want buxton. If not I think my team can compete even with buxton on my team. Is this a good haul? Team is below.

    c evan gattis
    1b miguel cabrera
    2b neil walker
    3b evan longoria
    ss ian desmond
    lf justin upton
    cf austin jackson
    rf steve pearce
    util prince fielder
    bn kris bryant dalton pompey carl crawford domonic brown

    sp garret richards
    sp clayton kershaw
    sp cliff lee
    rp neftali feliz
    rp jacob degrom
    rp jordan walden
    p neal cotts p tanner roark bn wily peralta masahiro tanaka

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      looks good to me, you have good arms already that you don’t need to assume risk in Tanaka and your outfield could use a guy like Buxton in center field

      • Ryan says:
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        @Mike: should I be worried about losing gattis since he will be awesome at catcher this year?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          possibly since it’s a 20-team league, but since it’s 1-catcher format I wouldn’t sweat it too hard

  10. James says:
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    War Room…cant get it to load up. any help? I put the right email and password…using firefox moz…wont load….help…thanks

    • Grey

      Grey says:
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      Clear your cookies and try again, should do the trick

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        thanks bud

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Haven’t tried it out yet, so I can’t help much there, sorry. Might want to hit up Grey or Rudy on their posts.

  11. A different Mike says:
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    Gonna have to get some Twins tickets for late August. Wanna see those kids play.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      for sure…exciting time to be a Twins fan

  12. J-FOH says:
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    I feel bad when I see you do such stellar work and yet don’t play in any keeper and or dynasty leagues. Any thoughts on the Razznasty league?

    Either way I see this as a page we will be linking to a lot in the comments. You should have set up a printable version of this for people to put on their on fridge for the next 7 months.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks dude! I like the new avatar

      I’d be willing to set up a league if we have enough people to fill one…

      • Kenneth says:
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        @Mike: I’d love to join a dynasty league with ya’ll!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          cool, we’ve got three folks right there…I think YesCheese was interested too when JFOH first brought it up

          • J-FOH says:
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            @Mike: I was thinking go writers route first year then expand in year 2.

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              ah c’mon…let the commenters play too :P

              • Mike

                Mike says:
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                IMHO you don’t want to draft dynasty squads and then have to expand the league…what about half writers/half commenters?

                • Baezaworldseries says:
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                  @Mike: Count me in. That is if Jack will let me hang with the cool kids.

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    Schmitty’s workin’ on JFOH

                • J-FOH says:
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                  @Mike: then we run into the someone feels bad they got left out of it and we don’t want any of that. Lottery?

                  • Mike

                    Mike says:
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                    ah, they’ll get over it…it doesn’t have to be a big deal. we can go as high as 20-teams for all I care. the deeper the better for dynasties IMO

                    • J-FOH says:
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                      @Mike: we can hash it out over email but its good to see some interest. Let me see what writers, if any, I can get interested and go from there… and for the people who wanted in from day one can get priority because you know, they are in your posts and you are the man for this. I like the interest so far and think this could work.

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      cool…thanks JFOH!

                  • Wake Up says:
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                    @J-FOH: Hey guys! Nice work Mikey!
                    I’d like to hear some more details about a possible keeper league…keep me in the loop…

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      thanks Wake! will do :)

                    • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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                      @Wake Up: me three plz

              • Baezaworldseries says:
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                @Mike: If this goes down. How will you let us know if we’ve been chosen?

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  JFOH is working on the details, but it shouldn’t be hard to get ahold of folks between posts, forums, etc.

                  • Baezaworldseries says:
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                    @Mike:thanks Mike.

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      no problem

                  • Joey Jo Jo Jr Shabadoo says:
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                    @Mike: i’d be in if room, but yeah, 20 team is what i’d prefer too. At least 16 teams.

                  • Spyre says:
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                    @Mike: hey Mike, great prospect article as always.

                    I’d probably be no match for the experts on razzball, but I’d love to join a deep dynasty league. If there’s still room gimme a shout!

                    • Mike

                      Mike says:
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                      Thanks!…will do

        • Ra'zball al Ghul says:
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          @Kenneth: ditto. That’s my shiz

  13. Alan says:
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    Yes this is awesome

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks Alan!

  14. Bye Felicia says:
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    1. Mike Trout (LAA – OF) 
    2. Troy Tulowitzki (Col – SS) 
    3. Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B) 
    4. Todd Frazier (Cin – 1B,3B) 
    5. Jon Lester (ChC – SP) 
    6. Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF) 
    7. Carlos Santana (Cle – C,1B,3B) 
    8. Kolten Wong (StL – 2B) 
    9. Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP,RP) 
    10. Hyun-jin Ryu (LAD – SP) 
    11. Josh Harrison (Pit – 2B,3B,OF) 
    12. Lucas Duda (NYM – 1B) 
    13. Zach Britton (Bal – RP) 
    14. Marcus Stroman (Tor – SP,RP) 
    15. Santiago Casilla (SF – RP) 
    16. Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP,RP) 
    17. Jake McGee (TB – RP) 
    18. Wil Myers (SD – OF) 
    19. Grégory Polanco (Pit – OF) 
    20. Jean Segura (Mil – SS) 
    21. Joc Pederson (LAD – OF) 
    22. Joe Nathan (Det – RP) 
    23. Wade Davis (KC – RP) 

    12 team standard roto
    Do you see anything weaknesses, etc? I thought that this is one of my strongest drafts in terms of balance out the gate.

    • Bye Felicia says:
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      @Bye Felicia: great write up btw! Looking fwd to seeing what Addison can do this year. The cubies are starting to look good on paper.

      • Mike

        Mike says:
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        thanks! looks like a real strong team…tough to go wrong once you have Trout on board. Looks like nice value on Myers

  15. Mic C says:
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    A little trade help poor favor! My arenado for Myers & arrieta? I stream pitching but like to have 2-3 solid guys. I only have latos I’m keeping in a dynasty league

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’d hold Arenado and roll the dice acquiring pitching some other way

  16. Inside the park says:
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    Highest ceiling for the next 5 years? Soler, Sano?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      highest ceiling? Sano…there’s 35-homer potential in there

  17. Nightpandas says:
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    Nice work Mike!

    I’m in for a keeper league if you’ve got spots. Maybe JFOH can interview me to make sure I’m worthy!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Thanks! Haha sounds good

  18. Adult Onset Dia Bit Us says:
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    i’m usually one of the guys taking 1 of these fairly early, but bryant at 104 overall! that ADP is crazy, they don’t even know when he’s up, and he’s also never even played in MLB yet. Soler at least we know what he looked like.

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      yup, that one surprised me too. Well, I’m not shocked he’s going that high, but more that he’s going ahead of Soler

  19. Hey-oh says:
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    Great read Mike!

    The future of first base looks awful thin. Who would you be looking at as the 1B of the future?

    Thanks

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! both Franco and DJ Peterson could slide over to first eventually. Then there’s Olson in OAK who has some power. Best bet might be Josh Bell in PIT though. He can hit and hit for power.

  20. dem ribbies says:
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    Great info as always Mike! tyvm…

    I’m torn between 3 players as my last 3 keepers. I’m going to wait until spring training to see if anyone comes up injured or struggling as that would make the decision for me, but in this moment what is your opinion on these 3?

    $200 budget/ 5×5 OPS instead of AVG (so HR’s score across 4 categories).

    Alex Wood $3
    Wil Myers $3
    Joey Votto $3

    Originally I was thinking keep Myers and Wood and cut Votto, but the Shandler, pecota, steamer projections averaged together in () are giving me some pause.

    Joey Votto $3 (78/20/70/.290/5) <– over 476 AB
    Wil Myers $3 (71/19/71/.256/9) <– over 547 AB

    Kind of thinking that Myers will come cheaper than Votto if put back into the draft pool, b/c of the wrist injury and the move to Petco. Also Votto if healthy (big if) could launch 20 at Great American pretty easily. Feels like a big bounce-back year for him is coming. I'd have a hard time letting Wood go back in the pool, no way I'll ever have him at $3, dude will go for over $15 in our SP starved league.

    What do you think??

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      thanks! can’t go wrong with any of those three to be honest. Votto will probably end up being the best value though

  21. stonepie says:
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    what kind of line are we expecting out of sano or buxton when they come up this year?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Steamer isn’t giving either one many plate appearances, but in a perfect world I think Sano could kiss double digit homers from July on, while Buxton could give 5-8 homers with maybe 10 or so steals in half a season? Wouldn’t expect a whole lot from either in batting average, maybe a little more in that department from Buxton.

  22. dem ribbies says:
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    My Frazier $3 + Dozier $3 for his Donaldson $17

    Basically two maybe 20-20 guys for a 35HR guy?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      seems fair. I like those prices on Frazier and Dozier though

  23. goodfold2 says:
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    which side of this you got?
    matzek .4 mil per year till end of 2017
    zobrist 10.5 mil per year till end of 2016
    4th rounder (this is 30 team dynasty)
    quackenbush .4 per till end of 2017
    for
    d.wright 15 mil per year till end of 2016
    salazar .4 mil per year till end of 2016
    c.blackburn .4 mil per year till end of 2018

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Wright/Salazar side for me

  24. Baezaworldseries says:
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    Next 5 years. Norris or Sanchez?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Norris IMO

  25. Swfcdan says:
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    Right then business time! My pick in the prospect draft, you’re the man for this haha. Guys I have in mind:

    R Mondesi, Steven Sousa, H Renfroe, Nick Gordon, Manuel Margot, Bradley Zimmer.

    Some decent names there but none stand out. Thinking Margot, Sousa, Zimmer or possibly Gordon lol….tough call. Who you got?

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Souza if you’re competing now…Mondesi if you’re not

      • Swfcdan says:
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        Hmm seems to have missed some, those guys were taken already. Who do you like more out of Gordon or Margot?

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          no worries…Margot

          • Swfcdan says:
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            @Mike: Craziness happening. Our league allows trades until the end of the draft and just got a very tempting one in (right after he drafted the player lol). Get D Pompey for DJ Peterson.

            I like Peterson as a power bat but playing in Safeco likely stifles it a bit, and his 1B future knocks him down a bit again. Do like that Pompey’s the leadoff hitter for a great offense on April 1st and ours is a OBP league which boost his value too. Who would you go with DJ or Dalton (sounds like some retro band)?

            • Mike

              Mike says:
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              Pompey

              • Swfcdan says:
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                @Mike: Thanks a lot man. One other pick upcoming soon, could you rank:

                K Zimmer (cut, due to injuries?), B Zimmer (bros?), N Gordon, J Alfaro (been burned by catching prospects in past), T Taylor.

                Am looking at other ranking sites but want your final word as you are the prospect guru! haha

                • Mike

                  Mike says:
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                  no problem…I’d rank them Alfaro, Taylor, B Zimmer, Gordon

                  • Swfcdan says:
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                    @Mike: Wow Kyle Zimmer unranked, that must be some bad injuries. Interesting catcher prospect first, not sure I have the guts to take one lol. See you’re not nearly as big on Gordon as other sites.

  26. SheriffMcRawDawg says:
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    Mike!

    12 team, 30-player keeper (w/ 8 keepers, who can be kept for 4 yrs max based on the round they were drafted in).

    It’s my first year, and I just traded my first (9) and 8th (88) rd picks for 3 more years of Arenado in the 28th and the guy’s 6th rd pick (72).

    Now, I’ve got the trade juices flowing, and another guy has Addison Russell in the 30th rd for 4 yrs. He wants a 5th round pick for him.

    Question: should I keep blowing up my team this year, picks-wise and make this move? How big are you on Russell long term?

    Thanks as always man!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      Russell is a nice piece. It depends a little on your window and what your roster looks like, but he’ll be relevant as soon as 2016

  27. Spyre says:
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    hey Mike, I saw the razzball comementers leagues are all going up. Have any update on this new dynasty league? I’d honestly rather focus on that than join a bunch of commenter leagues… pm me on the forum username Spyre. thanks!

    • Mike

      Mike says:
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      I’ll have to get in touch with JFOH again on that. In the meantime, I’d still do an RCL. Personally, I like to do both.

      • the tone ranger says:
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        @Mike: if i can grab a spot in a dynasty in addition to RCL id like to!

        • Mike

          Mike says:
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          cool…hit up JFOH

          [email protected]

          Smokey may still have a spot in his league

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