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Special 2020 Waiver Wire

Waiver WireIt’s hard to believe that we’re nearing the one-third mark of the 2020 season. What was once a marathon is quickly starting to look a bit more like a sprint? It has been a busy week with the “closer carousel” starting to spin, several high profile call-ups, and the big trade of Brandon Belt to the Jays. Toss in the Wandhr Franco contract extension and it’s time to spend like the proverbial drunken sailor. As busy as the baseball world has been, it is important to remember the single most important move you can make this week, which would be making a trek to your local florist and taking care of business. With the reminder (and we do need reminding) to honor the special women in our life taken care of, let’s now move forward and give the potential Waiver Wire acquisitions the once over.

Brandon Belt, 1B, TOR (CBS: 8% owned)

Travis Shaw and Rowdy Tellez weren’t getting it done in Toronto and buoyed by their surprisingly strong start, the Jays made the decision to upgrade this week and have turned to Brandon Belt in an effort to provide some stability at “the other hot corner”. For years we’ve watched Belt struggle in AT&T/Oracle Park, and it’s high time (isn’t it always high time?) we got to see Belt produce at a level fitting of his HOF stature.

Alec Bohm, 3B, PHI (CBS: 16% owned)

The Phillies have turned to Alec Bohm in an effort to kick-start their struggling offense. It appears that Scott Kingery will be replacing Adam Hasely in centerfield, freeing up a spot in the Philly infield for Bohm. When you mash eight homers to start the season at Triple-A Lehigh Valley, you knew it was only a matter of time before the phone would be ringing.

Diego Castillo, RP, TAM (CBS: 12% owned)

Nick Anderson has been struggling of-late and although he’s still looked upon by the Rays as the principle option for saves, don’t forget about Diego Castillo. Castillo is off to a strong start and those eight saves, 17 holds, and 81 strikeouts in 68 2/3 IP in 2019 shouldn’t be forgotten.

Jaylin Davis, OF, SFG (CBS: 1% owned)

It eventually had to occur, and this past week it did just that. The Giants were forced to put Yusiel Puig on the IL, after he was forced to undergo emergency dental surgery to remove splinters as a result of his incessant bat licking. The Giants will turn to Jaylin Davis in the interim. The former Twin hit 35 homers and swiped ten bags between two levels in the Twins and Giants high Minors in 2019. Who knows? With any success, Davis could become a candidate to fill the current vacancy at first base. He’s definitely worth a look in deeper formats until at the very least Puig heals and figures out that “Louisville” is not a brand of dental floss.

Brian Dozier, 2B, SDP (CBS: 7% owned)

How many of us actually remember that Brian Dozier was signed by the Padres this off-season? Jurickson Profar is struggling both at the dish and in the field and with the Padres ramping things up for hopefully a deep playoff run, every win is important in that strong NL West. Dozier did hit 20 homers last season in limited at-bats as a Gnat. He’s one sleeper that you don’t want to be dozing off on!

Wander Franco, SS, TAM (CBS: 28% owned)

The tenuous grip on first place currently being enjoyed by the Rays has forced them to look to the future and that future rests in the hands of one Wander Franco. The shocking news of the recently inked 8-year $120 million extension is still reverberating through the Pirates locker room. Who saw this coming? Certainly not me or the 1400 season ticket holders (now up to 1403) in St. Pete’s. He’s already shown power and with those stellar on-base skills should be joining the Rays any day, as he begins his HOF march.

Logan Gilbert, SP, SEA (CBS: 8% owned)

The combination of the Mariners rotation struggling to get out of the second inning, and the amazing start by Gilbert at Triple-A, bodes well for a call-up any day now. Beat the crowd to the rush in Redraft Leagues and get him rostered now.

Hunter Harvey, RP, BAL (CBS: 21% owned)

What has essentially been a job share to start the season between Hunter Harvey and Mychal Givens, is now a one-horse race. Mychal Givens imploded; costing the O’s a pair of victories. Full marks go to my esteemed colleague, Rich Wilson, for his off-season call that Harvey would be closing sooner rather than later. The long-term search for saves in Baltimore is now a thing of the past, with Harvey now firmly entrenched in the ninth inning.

Nick Madrigal, 2B, CWS (CBS: 29% owned)

Yeah, he won’t hit for power, but it’s not like Leury Garcia was parking ‘em in the bleachers on a regular basis at Guaranteed Irate Field. Madrigal got the call on Friday, and already has four stolen bases on his resume. It’s time to let the vision of those 35 stolen bases he accrued in 2019 and that amazing ability to get on-base dance in our head and on our Fantasy rosters.

Luis Patino, SP, SDP (CBS: 10% owned)

The Padres are definitely all-in and with the success enjoyed by MacKenzie Gore since his callup at the end of April, the Padres will be looking to the 20-year-old phenom Patino to repeat that success. When you’ve yet to allow an earned run in six starts at Triple-A, and have compiled an amazing 68 strikeouts in 39 IP, you’ve earned the right to flash that all-world stuff at the big league level.

Ryan Pressly, RP, HOU (CBS: 15% owned)

When your closer, Roberto Osuna, blows three save opportunities in one week, it might be time to allow your stud setup man (if even on an interim basis) to work the ninth inning?

Clarke Schmidt, SP, NYY (CBS: 5% owned)

When you’re currently in fourth place and your team ERA is more than five, it’s time to make a move. The Yankees did just that, calling up Clarke Schmidt. He has been mowing ‘em down at Triple-A and looks to be facing off against Baltimore and Detroit in a rather juicy two-start week. Will this be the beginning of a long run in the Yankee rotation or am I over-estimating his skill set and simply full of Schmidt?

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Bobby Bonilla, OF, NYM (CBS: unowned)

The horrific start by the Mets is cause for the organization to reach deep and reactivated “Bobby Bo”. They’re already paying him, so why not get him back on the field?

Keon Broxton, OF, MIL (CBS: 2% owned)

I know I’m going to catch some serious flak from partner-in-crime Rich Wilson, but Ryan Braun is definitely heading to first base on a full-time basis, replacing the ineffective tandem of Justin Smoak and Logan Morrison. This leaves an opportunity for former stud outfielder Keon Broxton to patrol the outfield and replicate that stellar 20/20 2017 campaign.

Lewin Diaz, 1B, MIA (CBS: 2% owned)

How much longer will the Marlins be willing to endure Jesus Aguilar and that putrid .185 BA? My guess is not much longer. It’s time to see what Diaz can bring to the Marlins offensive offense. If it’s anything like what we’ve witnessed thus far in 2020 at Triple-A New Orleans, it’s time to beat the inevitable Waiver Wire rush and invest a buck or two to ensure he’s safely stashed on your bench.

Cedric Mullins, OF, BAL (CBS: 1% owned)

So what if Mullins cost me a shot at winning the 2019 Steak and Liquor title. Am I bitter? Not at all. Okay…maybe a little. Quit lying, Tim…you lost a wager to Rich Wilson!! What in the Sam Hill was I thinking? Why am I recommending, Mullins, yet again? I’m stubborn. Pig-headedly Scottish heritage-type stubborn.

Ryne Stanek, RP, MIA (CBS: 3% owned)

Brandon Kintzler started the 2020 campaign with 49 career saves. Seven weeks into the 2020 season he’s upped that career total to fifty. His ERA is currently north of 5.00. Need I say more?

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2020 Relief Pitching Fantasy Rankings

RP rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of relief pitchers for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on March 6, 2020.

1. Josh Hader (MIL) The five elite closers entering the 2019 campaign (Jansen, Kimbrel, Chapman, Diaz, and Hader) is no more. There is only one elite-level closer in the game and his name is Josh Hader.

2. Aroldis Chapman (NYY) He’s not the same flamethrower we witnessed routinely hit 104 mph on the gun, but he’s still one of the safest and most consistent ninth-inning pitchers in the game.

3. Kirby Yates (SD) There were some serious questions as to whether Kirby Yates could repeat the great results we saw in 2018. He answered them all and passed the test with flying colors. When you lead the League with 41 saves and post a microscopic 1.19 ERA, you very quickly move to the top of the closer rankings.

4. Brad Hand (CLE) The soon-to-be 30-year-old southpaw has been a model of consistency the past couple of seasons. Just be aware that the fortunes of the Indians this season could dictate a potential deadline deal to be in his future.

5. Roberto Osuna (HOU) Osuna is entering his age-25 season with five years as a closer under his belt. In 2019 he finished second in saves to only Kirby Yates, with 38. The elite strikeout rate dipped a bit last year, but being they were still better than a K per inning is more than acceptable.

6. Taylor Rogers (MIN) In 2019, Rogers moved from the situational southpaw to the closer last season and didn’t skip a beat. He recorded 90 strikeouts in 69 IP. He led all closers with a scant 11 walks allowed. He also quietly finished in the Top-10 with 30 saves last year. There’s a lot to like in Taylor Rogers.

7. Alex Colome (CWS) Colome’s worst ERA since 2016 is 3.24. He also has posted 126 saves over that same period. The White Sox are on the rise and should provide Colome plenty of opportunities to continue to amass solid save totals.

8. Liam Hendriks (OAK) Remember when Blake Treinen was all-world in 2018? The walk rates soared and the K rates fell off the map. The beneficiary of Treinen’s misfortunes was the pride of Australia, Liam Hendriks. The strikeout rates have always been solid. Last year he struck out an amazing 124 batters in 85 IP. That’s just a bit better than solid. The one concern we do have is the heavy workload in 2019. Not only were the 85 IP a career-high, but also a League-high. The A’s do work their closers hard.

9. Craig Kimbrel (CHC) 2019 was an unmitigated disaster. An off-season to regroup and a start to the season that includes Spring Training should bode well for a bounce-back in 2020.

10. Ken Giles (TOR) Giles bounced back rather nicely in 2019, saving 23 games for the Jays while sporting a great 1.87 ERA. Just be aware that he’s in his last season before heading into Free Agency and there is a real possibility that a trade and possibly loss of closer role could occur at the trade deadline.

11. Edwin Diaz (NYM) The velocity wasn’t the issue, but there was one….maybe even a couple? Diaz was hit both harder and more often and the homers allowed soared from five in 2019 to 15 last year. The addition of Dellin Betances to an already strong bullpen means that the patience exercised in 2019 won’t be on display this season.

12. Kenley Jansen (LAD) Over the past three seasons we’ve seen Jansen’s ERA rise from 1.32 to 3.01 to 3.71. There is a reason that the Dodgers went out and signed Blake Treinen in the off-season.

13. Brandon Workman (BOS) You have to love the 104 strikeouts in 71 2/3 IP. You also have to love the fact that new manager Ron Roenicke didn’t waste any time in naming Workman his go-to guy for 2020. Workman allows a few more free passes than we normally like to see (45) but at the same time was virtually unhittable in 2019. How does a pitcher allow only 29 hits and one home run in 71 2/3 IP……and yes, I checked those numbers twice.

14. Jose Leclerc (TEX) He had the job, lost it, and worked hard to regain it in 2019. He won’t have that same problem in 2020.

15. Raisel Iglesias (CIN) We have seen plenty of multiple-inning outings in the past several years and should expect more of the same moving forward. Pairing Iglesias with Michael Lorenzen will maximize those save opportunities in Cincinnati.

16. Hector Neris (PHI) It has been a rocky up and down the world over the past several seasons for Hector Neris, but he should open the season as the closer. It will be interesting to see how much patience new Manager Joe Girardi will exercise. Seranthony Dominguez makes for a solid handcuff in Philly this year.

17. Nick Anderson (TB) There are plenty of options in Tampa Bay, but Anderson also brings off-the-charts strikeout rates to the table. Even if we see a job-share scenario, the total package makes Anderson a most worthy investment.

18. Archie Bradley (ARZ) The former eighth-inning specialist moved into the closer role last season and didn’t skip a beat. Expect more of the same in 2020.

19. Sean Doolittle (WAS) It’s all about the health…..and the fact that Doolittle allowed 11 homers in 60 IP, which was largely responsible for that elevated 4.05 ERA.

20. Will Smith (ATL) Mark Melancon is slotted in to open the season as the Braves closer. Will he finish the season in that role? The Braves signed Will Smith to a three-year $39 million contract and for good cause. Those 34 saves combined with the 96 strikeout outs in 65 1/3 IP last season are hard to ignore.

21. Joe Jimenez (DET) He’s got the job breaking camp, but really has to show a bit better than we’ve seen thus far to hold onto it long-term.

22. Ian Kennedy (KC) There are $16.5 million reasons that Ian Kennedy has remained in Kansas City. That could change at the trade deadline this year, as he heads into Free Agency in 2021.

23. Scott Oberg (COL) Bud Black has named Wade Davis as the Rockies closer. Does anyone believe he’ll have the job by the end of April? At the end of the season, Oberg will have more saves than Wade Davis.

24. Hansel Robles (LAA) Ty Buttrey and former closer Keynan Middleton are both lurking in the shadows.

25. Giovanny Gallegos (STL) Jordan Hicks is on schedule to return after the All-Star break and Carlos Martinez is looking at moving back into the rotation. There is an opportunity to close out games in St. Louis and Gallegos appears to be the favorite to grab the role and run with it.

26. Keone Kela (PIT) Kela should break camp with the job, but the Pirates aren’t going anywhere this year and Kela is heading into Free Agency in 2021. The odds that he gets moved and quite possibly into a setup role are very high.

27. Yoshi Hirano (SEA) You say, Magill. I say, Hirano. A solid Spring will likely close the deal and with Hirano’s background as a closer in Japan, he gets a slight edge.

28. Brandon Kintzler (MIA) Someone has to garner saves in Miami and Kintzler has something the rest of the Miami ‘pen doesn’t possess. A history of working in the ninth inning.

29. Mark Melancon (ATL) Melancon worked in 66 games in 2019, his highest total since 2016. He’ll start the season as the go-to guy in the ninth, but we’re betting that Will Smith finishes the season in that role.

30. Mychal Givens (BAL) A handcuff with Hunter Harvey is the prudent approach.

31. Ryan Pressly (HOU)
32. Blake Treinen (LAD)
33. Michael Lorenzen (CIN)
34. Shaun Anderson (SFG)
35. Daniel Hudson (WAS)
36. Seth Lugo (NYM)
37. Wade Davis (COL)
38. Ryne Stanek (MIA)
39. Hunter Harvey (BAL)
40. Matt Magill (SEA)
41. Tony Watson (SFG)
42. Keynan Middleton (LAA)
43. Aaron Bummer (CWS)
44. Dellin Betances (NYM)
45. Rafael Dolis (TOR)
46. Buck Farmer (DET)
47. Rowan Wick (CHC)
48. Seranthony Dominguez (PHI)
49. Emilio Pagan (SD)
50. Matt Barnes (BOS)
51. Andres Munoz (SD)
52. Joely Rodriguez (TEX)
53. Diego Castilla (TB)
54. Andrew Miller (STL)
55. Drew Pomeranz (SD)
56. Kyle Crick (PIT)
57. Hector Rondon (ARZ)
58. Brent Suter (MIL)
59. Amir Garrett (CIN)
60. Zack Britton (NYY)
61. Yimi Garcia (MIA)
62. Rafael Montero (TEX)
63. Ty Buttrey (LAA)
64. Kevin Ginkel (ARZ)
65. Pedro Baez (LAD)
66. James Karinchak (CLE)
67. Scott Barlow (KC)
68. Jairo Diaz (COL)
69. Will Harris (WAS)
70. Trevor May (MIN)
71. Emmanuel Clase (CLE)
72. Jordan Hicks (STL)
73. Yusmeiro Petit (OAK)
74. Steve Cishek (CWS)
75. Jose Alvarado (TB)
76. Shane Greene (ATL)
77. Carl Edwards Jr. (SEA)
78. Trevor Rosenthal (KC)
79. Corey Knebel (MIL)
80. Brusdar Graterol (LAD)
81. Anthony Bass (TOR)
82. Reyes Moronta (SFG)
83. Richard Rodriguez (PIT)
84. Sergio Romo (MIN)
85. Adam Ottavino (NYY)
86. Nick Wittgren (CLE)
87. Chris Martin (ATL)
88. Justin Wilson (NYM)
89. Luke Jackson (ATL)
90. Jeremy Jeffress (CHC)
91. Joe Smith (HOU)
92. Junior Guerra (ARZ)
93. Sam Tuivailala (SEA)
94. John Brebbia (STL)
95. Adam Morgan (PHI)
96. Michael Feliz (PIT)
97. Joakim Soria (OAK)
98. Marcus Walden (BOS)
99. Kevin McCarthy (KC)
100. Miguel Castro (BAL)

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2020 Starting Pitching Fantasy Rankings

SP rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of starting pitchers for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 22, 2020. The rankings were done by Tim McLeod our Senior Baseball writer and the capsules were completed by Rich Wilson.

In some cases, the capsules and rankings might differ – See Dustin May.

1. Gerrit Cole (NYY) – A big contract, a big market, but a small ballpark. You can always talk yourself out of a player. Sure, his ERA might have a 3 handle, but so could the strikeouts.

2. Jacob deGrom (NYM) – Back-to-back New York pitchers lead the list. While he doesn’t have the crazy upside as Cole, he’s got more hardware.

3. Walker Buehler (LAD) – At some point, he will lead this list. When? Not sure, but three is pretty darn good.

4. Justin Verlander (HOU) – Father time will eventually catch up to Verlander and it could be in 2020. But, how can you bet against him?

5. Max Scherzer (WAS) – See Verlander…

6. Jack Flaherty (STL) – It was a ridiculous second half last season with a .142 average against. You know, it was a ridiculous first half as well. He’s good, really good.

7. Stephen Strasburg (WAS) – He pitched a lot of innings last season and the Nationals could bring him along slowly this season. He’s still got some of the best stuff in the game.

8. Shane Bieber (CLE) – 10K’s per nine, doesn’t walk anyone with an ERA and FIP that are basically the same in the low 3’s. Yeah, if he’s there, grab him.

9. Patrick Corbin (WAS) – There’s an argument to discount all Washington pitchers given their workload last year. But, Corbin has one of the best sliders in the game and will strike out a ton of guys.

10. Luis Castillo (CIN) – We loved him coming up through the Marlins system, but of course, they traded him. It’s a strikeout an inning with a 3.50 ERA.

11. Blake Snell (TB) – It was a tough 2019 season for the 2018 CY Young winner. Don’t be surprised if he bounced back big in 2020. He still struck out over 12 per nine with a FIP of 3.32 in 23 starts.

12. Chris Sale (BOS) – What do you say? Where do you pick em? Twelve seems as good as any place. In the end, nobody knows what he’ll do.

13. Lucas Giolito (CWS) – One of the true breakout players in 2018 should continue to grow in 2019.

14. Mike Clevinger (CLE) – An unfortunate knee injury knocks an otherwise stud down the list. Most will draft him earlier. Just remember, RISK is a four-letter word.

15. Aaron Nola (PHI) – The walks went up last year and the ERA followed suit. There’s still a like to like and he’s still only 26.

16. Sonny Gray (CIN) – He reversed a trend of two years of nearly a five ERA to pitch to a 2.87 ERA last season. He’s not that good, but expecting 180 innings with a strikeout an inning and a 3.75 ERA should be your guide.

17. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) – Kershaw at 17. WOW. Let’s face it, he’s not the same guy, but you know what, if he stays healthy, he could out-earn his draft position.

18. Charlie Morton (TB) – Is this really the last year for Morton? A shame if it is because he’s been one of the best pitchers in the Majors over the past two years.

19. Yu Darvish (CHC) – 11 K’s per nine. Less than three walks per nine. 33 home runs. If the ball gets de-juiced, Darvish could flourish. If it’s still juiced, he’s still a Top 20 pitcher.

20. Jose Berrios (MIN) – He’s a solid number two pitcher for your rotation that will get a ton of run support.

21. Mike Soroka (ATL) – He pounds the strike zone but had a very high foul ball rate last season. If he can tighten up his off-speed pitches, he could take the next step.

22. Noah Syndergaard (NYM) – He’s better than the 4.28 ERA he posted in 2019. Look more to his 3.60 FIP and strikeout an inning. There’s upside here.

23. Trevor Bauer (CIN) – His ERA doubled last year, but if he can stop the long ball, he’s got the stuff to be a front-of-the-rotation arm. Pitching half his games in Cincy will make life harder, but the stuff is still excellent.

24. Chris Paddack (SD) – Fastball/Change-up pitchers can see a regression in their second year. Don’t be surprised if we see that with Paddack. The good news is he doesn’t walk anyone so the ratios should also be decent.

25. Zack Greinke (HOU) – The stuff is just not what it use to be but Greinke always seems to find a way.

26. Tyler Glasnow (TB) – He has some of the nastiest stuff in the game but the fear of injury needs to be considered. If he’s healthy, he could be ace.

27. Eduardo Rodriguez (BOS) – Do you want to know what solid number three pitchers look like? It’s Eduardo Rodriguez. He’s solid and still only 26.

28. Hyun-Jin Ryu (TOR) – Will he defy the odds like he did last year. We are betting the under

29. Madison Bumgarner (ARZ) – The move to Arizona has to hurt, but the good news is that he should win more games.

30. Brandon Woodruff (MIL) – 10.5 K’s per nine, 2.2 BB/9 and a 3.01 FIP are not misprints. Woodruff could be a huge mover in 2020.

31. Zack Wheeler (PHI) – His TJ Surgery was worse than most and therefore, the recovery time was long. But 2018 and 2019 were pretty good with nearly a strikeout an inning, less than three walks per nine and a FIP in the low 3’s. Another guy with value?

32. Corey Kluber (TEX) – Does he return to form after an injury-plagued season? We have no idea, but remember, he’ll be 34 to begin the season.

33. David Price (LAD) – He’s got to be happy getting out of Boston. No more Yankees! No more Boston media. He still has great stuff and as the number three pitcher in Los Angeles, he has a chance to return significant value.

34. Shohei Ohtani (LAA) – There is a risk as Ohtani will be limited in his innings after returning from TJ Surgery. But, if he’s even 80% of what he showed in his rookie year, he’s going to be really good. Oh yeah, he also is pretty good at that hitting thing.

35. Frankie Montas (OAK) – An 80-game suspension always raises questions, but he looked good before his time off and arguably better in his two starts after returning.

36. Mike Minor (TEX) – A low BABIP, a high LOB% and you get a 3.59 ERA. If things normalize, he’s a 4.25 ERA pitcher or a number 3/4 pitcher on your fantasy team.

37. Jesus Luzardo (OAK) – Pitchers that have a premium change-up can have early success in the Major Leagues. Luzardo has one of the best to go with a 70-grade fastball – all from the left side. Now, can he stay healthy? If he does, he could blow-up much like Chris Paddack did last year.

38. Kyle Hendricks (CHC) – He’s kind of boring with his low strikeout rate, but not all of your pitchers look like Gerrit Cole. He’s a safe 3/4 pitcher.

39. Zac Gallen (ARZ) – Zac Gallen continues to climb draft boards. Yeah, he looked good last year, but it was in 80 innings pitched. Throw in four walks per
nine, a .284 BABIP and 84% LOB% and his 2.81 likely will not repeat.

40. Lance Lynn (TEX) – Lynn was finally healthy last year and looked great. He’s a great get for a number four pitcher.

41. Max Fried (ATL) – A strong prospect pedigree that started to show his potential last year. His high ground ball rate, over a strikeout an inning could position him to take the next step in 2020.

42. Dinelson Lamet (SD) – He still needs a pitch to get left-handers out, but he has a premium fastball and slider. He’s a nice growth investment.

43. Luke Weaver (ARZ) – Forearm tightness is never a good diagnosis, but assuming Weaver is healthy, there’s a lot to like. In 64.1 innings last season, he struck out over a batter an inning, walked less than two per nine while pitching to a 2.94 ERA. His underlying stats point to it being real…again, assuming he’s healthy.

44. Marcus Stroman (NYM) – At only 5-foot-7, I think it’s fair to say that Marcus Stroman takes his physical ability to the max. He’s been durable, solid and is the definition of a number four starter in the big leagues.

45. Robbie Ray (ARZ) – You buy Robbie Ray for the huge strikeout potential and the hope that he learns to throw more strikes. A low BABIP and high LOB% came together in 2017 and he looked like an ace (2.78 ERA). I wouldn’t bet on him returning to that form, but league average ratios with close to 200 strikeouts are definitely doable.

46. Mike Foltynewicz (ATL) – A flyball pitcher and a juiced ball don’t mix well. Folty gave up almost two home runs per game. If the ball is fixed, Folty could out-earn his draft slot.

47. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY) – Another guy that was really hurt by the juiced ball as his stuff flatten-out and he consequently got he got hit hard. Since everything he throws bends, a more “normal ball” could improve his ERA by at least a half a run and his strikeouts could return back to a strikeout an inning. Of course, will the ball change?

48. Julio Urias (LAD) – You’ve got to give it up for Julio Urias. He came back from a potentially career-threatening injury and looked really good. His stuff might very well play better in the bullpen, but the Dodgers manage innings better than any other major league team, so expect Urias to get plenty of starts.

49. Matthew Boyd (DET) – He doesn’t have the big fastball, but he throws strikes with pretty good secondary pitches. He was another guy that was killed by the home run (39) and when you are a fly ball pitcher with a juiced ball, well…you pitch to a 4.56 ERA. If you believe the ball will normalize in 2020, there might be some value here.

50. Dustin May (LAD) – I have to assume that Dustin May is ranked this low because of playing time concerns. However, the Dodgers have a history of not overworking their starters with frequent trips to the IL part of the equation. Therefore, I expect May to get plenty of innings this season. In fact, don’t be surprised if it’s in 140 to 160 range, much like Walker Buehler did in 2018. To double-down on the point, Buehler only threw 182 innings last season and is a Top 5 pitcher this year. Now for the fun part. May has nasty stuff with a heavy bat-breaking fastball that sits 96 MPH. He’s already got plus control and at 6-foot-6 will be very difficult to elevate. Sure, his command is not quite there yet, but the profile screams front-of-the-rotation. Assuming health, don’t be surprised if May is ranked in the Top 10 in next year’s list (Buehler was 7 in his sophomore year).

51. Kenta Maeda (MIN) – Well, at least he gets to be a starter. He misses plenty of bats and should pitch to a league-average ERA and WHIP.

52. Sean Manaea (OAK) – I learned something this spring. Sean Manaea has “Kramer hair.” In an interview I saw, it was at least six inches high. Awesome. After two healthy seasons to begin his career, Manaea spent most of 2019 on the IL. He was great when he returned pitching to a 1.21 ERA. However, his Major League history points to average stuff with average results.

53. Griffin Canning (LAA) – Canning ending the 2019 season on the shelf with elbow inflammation and therefore you must be cautious at the draft table. Prior to that, he had a solid major league debut striking out over a batter an inning. His control can fluctuate and he’s a fly ball pitcher, but the profile suggests a mid-rotation starter profile.

54. Carlos Carrasco (CLE) – Carrasco is a tough one to rank. 54 feels as good as any. Injuries are mounting and he isn’t’ getting any younger. It’s entirely possible he has another good season or two in the tank, but it’s equally logical that he’s in his decline.

55. A.J. Puk (OAK) – He’s never had great control and he still needs a better third pitch. However, he’s got a great fastball, is healthy and that could translate into a nice profit at the draft table.

56. Dallas Keuchel (CWS) – You know what you’ve got with Keuchel. He throws strikes, eats innings and wins games. Given the high-powered Chicago offense, that could be a lot of wins.

57. German Marquez (COL) – He’s got exciting stuff but Colorado just hurts the results.

58. Michael Kopech (CWS) – A bullish ranking for Kopech and I like it. He’s got premium stuff and while returning from TJ Surgery will have its challenges, the upside is still very high. In H2H leagues, remember, he’ll be capped at no more than 160 innings this year.

59. Zach Plesac (CLE) – He pitched to a 3.81 ERA but his skills point to a different pitcher. He struck out 6.85 per nine, walked 3.1 per nine and has a 4.94 FIP. There are warning signs on this one.

60. Andrew Heaney (LAA) – He’s got good stuff but when you’re in a juiced ball era and you’re a flyball pitcher, well…you post a 4.91 ERA. He’s an interesting talent and still only 28. I would be investing.

61. Anthony DeSclafani (CIN)
62. Brendan McKay (TB)
63. Sandy Alcantara (MIA)
64. James Paxton (NYY)
65. Luis Severino (NYY)
66. Carlos Martinez (STL)
67. Domingo German (NYY)
68. Yonny Chirinos (TB)
69. Michael Pineda (MIN)
70. Adrian Houser (MIL)
71. Jon Gray (COL)
72. Jake Odorizzi (MIN)
73. Chris Bassitt (OAK)
74. Jose Urquidy (HOU)
75. Caleb Smith (MIA)
76. Lance McCullers (HOU)
77. Kevin Gausman (SFG)
78. Garrett Richards (SD)
79. Josh James (HOU)
80. Steven Matz (NYM)
81. Mike Fiers (OAK)
82. Julio Teheran (LAA)
83. Ryan Yarbrough (TB)
84. Joe Musgrove (PIT)
85. MacKenzie Gore (SD)
86. Aaron Civale (CLE)
87. Jordan Lyles (TEX)
88. Dylan Cease (CWS)
89. Wade Miley (CIN)
90. Tony Gonsolin (LAD)
91. Mitch Keller (PIT)
92. Marco Gonzales (SEA)
93. Nate Pearson (TOR)
94. Alex Wood (LAD)
95. Joey Lucchesi (SD)
96. Dakota Hudson (STL)
97. Chris Archer (PIT)
98. Pablo Lopez (MIA)
99. Josh Lindblom (MIL)
100. Jose Quintana (CHC)
101. Zach Davies (SD)
102. John Means (BAL)
103. Matt Shoemaker (TOR)
104. Zach Eflin (PHI)
105. Johnny Cueto (SFG)
106. Eric Lauer (MIL)
107. Jordan Yamamoto (MIA)
108. Gio Gonzalez (CWS)
109. Rick Porcello (NYM)
110. Miles Mikolas (STL)
111. Anibal Sanchez (WAS)
112. Dylan Bundy (LAA)
113. J.A. Happ (NYY)
114. Jeff Samardzija (SFG)
115. Kwang-Hyun Kim (STL)
116. Tyler Beede (SFG)
117. Jake Arrieta (PHI)
118. Logan Webb (SFG)
119. Ross Stripling (LAD)
120. Reynaldo Lopez (CWS)
121. Joe Ross (WAS)
122. Vince Velasquez (PHI)
123. Shun Yamaguchi (TOR)
124. Danny Duffy (KC)
125. Adam Wainwright (STL)
126. Sean Newcomb (ATL)
127. Tanner Roark (TOR)
128. Merrill Kelly (ARZ)
129. Kyle Wright (ATL)
130. Forrest Whitley (HOU)
131. Jon Lester (CHC)
132. Yusei Kikuchi (SEA)
133. Brad Keller (KC)
134. Cole Hamels (ATL)
135. Kyle Gibson (TEX)
136. Chase Anderson (TOR)
137. Jordan Montgomery (NYY)
138. Patrick Sandoval (LAA)
139. Spencer Howard (PHI)
140. Kyle Freeland (COL)
141. Mike Leake (ARZ)
142. Sixto Sanchez (MIA)
143. Nathan Eovaldi (BOS)
144. Clarke Schmidt (NYY)
145. Alex Young (ARZ)
146. Ian Anderson (ATL)
147. Tyler Mahle (CIN)
148. Brett Anderson (MIL)
149. Homer Bailey (MIN)
150. Deivi Garcia (NYY)
151. Drew Smyly (SFG)
152. Justus Sheffield (SEA)
153. Luis Patino (SD)
154. Daniel Norris (DET)
155. Logan Gilbert (SEA)
156. Antonio Senzatela (COL)
157. Michael Wacha (NYM)
158. Kolby Allard (TEX)
159. Jose Urena (MIA)
160. Tyler Chatwood (CHC)
161. Taijuan Walker (SEA)
162. Ryan Borucki (TOR)
163. Steven Brault (PIT)
164. Justin Dunn (SEA)
165. Rich Hill (MIN)
166. Alex Reyes (STL)
167. Brent Suter (MIL)
168. Jacob Junis (KC)
169. Trevor Williams (PIT)
170. Logan Allen (CLE)
171. Spencer Turnbull (DET)
172. David Peterson (NYM)
173. Chad Kuhl (PIT)
174. Jeff Hoffman (COL)
175. Adbert Alzolay (CHC)
176. Trey Supak (MIL)
177. Erick Fedde (WAS)
178. Chance Adams (KC)
179. Peter Lambert (COL)
180. Ivan Nova (DET)
181. Alex Cobb (BAL)
182. Felix Hernandez (ATL)
183. Jordan Zimmermann (DET)

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2020 Outfield Fantasy Rankings

OF rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of outfielders for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 16, 2020.

1. Ronald Acuna Jr. (ATL) Acuna missed being the fifth member of the very exclusive 40-40 club by a mere three stolen bases and didn’t turn 22 years-of-age until December. That accomplishment earns Ronald Acuna the honor of being the first overall pick off the board in 2020.

2. Christian Yelich (MIL) So you didn’t find a way to get that #1 overall pick this year? Don’t fret. Christian Yelich is one heckuva consolation prize.

3. Mike Trout (LAA) With speed being in demand and Trout’s number taking a dip in that category, he moves slightly down the overall board to third. All that being said, don’t be surprised if he finishes up 2020 as the best player in both the real game and ours.

4. Cody Bellinger (LAD) As a 24-year-old, Bellinger had a season for the ages. He upped the ante across the board, setting career highs in every offensive category. Bellinger is a Top-5 offensive talent heading into 2020 drafts. 1B-36

5. Juan Soto (WAS) 108 walks which led to a .401 OBP. 34 homers and 110 RBI. 110 runs scored. 12-of-13 stealing bases. A World Series ring. I think we can say that’s a pretty fair year, especially for a kid who doesn’t turn 22 until the end of this coming December.

6. Bryce Harper (PHI) Harper had his best season as a pro, mashing 35 homers, driving in 114 runs, and stealing 15 bases, yet can’t crack the Top-5 in the outfield. Yes, the outfield is absolutely loaded with talent.

7. Mookie Betts (LAD) It was the first time Betts failed to hit the 20 stolen base plateau since becoming a full-time player in 2014. A return to form in the speed game could be in order, but the friendly confines of Fenway are now replaced by a not so friendly Dodger Stadium.

8. J.D. Martinez (BOS) You know you’re a great player when a 36 homer, 105 RBI, .940 OPS season is considered a down year.

9. Starling Marte (ARZ) We’ve now seen back-to-back 20-20 seasons. The move to Chase Field should be cause for Marte to extend that streak to three seasons.

10. Aaron Judge (NYY) Back-to-back 27 homer seasons weren’t what we were expecting, but neither were the respective 413 and 378 at-bats. A return to health will very quickly remind us of that stellar 52 home run 2017 campaign.

11. Austin Meadows (TB) As a 24-year old, he’s coming off a great 33 homer, 12 stolen base season. He also holds the honor of quite possibly being the only Rays regular to not be in a platoon situation in 2020.

12. Whit Merrifield (KC) Mid-teens power combined with 20-to-25 thefts and the always great BA has its charms. One of the safest floors in the game. 2B-82

13. George Springer (HOU) Springer drummed his way to career highs in home runs (39), RBI (96), and OBP (.383). As he enters his thirties, he’s still one of the best leadoff bats in the game.

14. Eloy Jimenez (CWS) A slow April was followed by an ankle sprain that cost him a month of playing time, yet the budding star still finished up 2019 with 31 homers. Could a forty home run campaign be just around the corner?

15. Charlie Blackmon (COL) The power numbers are still solid, but last year he stole two…yes, two bases. The days of double-digit stolen bases are clearly in the rearview mirror.

16. Kris Bryant (CHC) Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo batting at the top-of-the-order for the Cubs is flat out wrong. If the Cubs ever figure out how to get these guys hitting where they belong, which would be 3/4 in the order, we might see a return to the 100 RBI seasons. 3B-115

17. Giancarlo Stanton (NYY) If healthy, Stanton could easily hit 40 homers and drive in 110 runs. Will he be healthy and how much are we willing to pay for that gamble.

18. Joey Gallo (TEX) After back-to-back 40 homer seasons, Gallo hit 22 homers in 241 at-bats in a season cut short by a fractured right wrist. Barring injury, a return to 40+ homers is a safe bet.

19. Ketel Marte (ARZ) 2019 proved to be an amazing breakout year for the 26-year-old Marte. In 49 more at-bats, he increased his total hits from 135 to 187, fueling increases in his offensive production across the board. Will 2020 bring progression, regression, or simply more of the same? 2B-83

20. Victor Robles (WAS) Robles proved to be an integral part of the Nats World Series winning team, hitting 17 homers and 28 swiping 28 bags in his rookie campaign. Yes, he didn’t walk enough but his Minor League history suggests better OBP days are ahead. 2020 will be your last chance to own Robles for a reasonable price in Dynasty Leagues.

21. Ramon Laureano (OAK) Those 24 homers and 13 stolen bases in 434 at-bats in 2019 begs one to wonder if a 30-20 type season could be in the cards in 2020.

22. Jorge Soler (KC) Soler didn’t just break the single-season Royals home run record, he annihilated it, finishing the season with 49 homers. In accomplishing this feat he became the first Royal to break the 40 home run mark. The promise that the Cubs saw back in 2012, when they inked Soler to a nine-year #30 million contract, has now come to fruition.

23. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a pinch more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 2B-37, 3B-31

24. Michael Conforto (NYM) 27, 28, and 33 homers over the past three seasons. 68, 82, and 92 RBI over those same three seasons. Conforto walked 84 times in each of the past two seasons. There is a 35-to-40 HR/100+ RBI season in his future and 2020 could very well be that year.

25. Marcell Ozuna (ATL) I have a hunch that Marcell Ozuna (and his stats) are really going to enjoy hitting in a lineup surrounded by Ronald Acuna, Ozzie Albies, and Freddie Freeman.

26. Tommy Pham (SD) The power will be put to the test in his new home, Petco Park, but the running game should be as strong as ever.

27. Max Kepler (MIN) This comment is for all our regular Podcast listeners. He’s definitely no Cedric Mullins!

28. Nick Castellanos (CIN) Castellanos hit 27 homers last year, 16 of them after being traded to the Cubs at the July trade deadline. Along the way he hit 58 doubles, the most since Todd Helton of the Rockies hit 59 in 2000. Castellanos is really going to enjoy calling the Great American Ball Park home.

29. Luis Robert (CWS) Robert’s very aggressive approach could be cause for some BA challenges, but 20-20 (with a full-season worth of at-bats) looks to be very attainable.

30. Trey Mancini (BAL) The promise shown in that solid rookie campaign failed to materialize as a sophomore. He more than made up for it in his third season and expect that trend to continue moving forward. 1B-57

31. Eddie Rosario (MIN) The free-swinging Rosario is definitely in-line for another big HR/RBI season in the Twin Cities.

32. Oscar Mercado (CLE) A solid 15-15 in his first 438 at-bats bodes well for his future. I wonder if the Cards are having seller’s remorse.

33. Kyle Schwarber (CHC) Schwarber is the quintessential three-true-outcome player.

34. Franmil Reyes (CLE) If Reyes can up the walks, he’ll be joining Kyle Schwarber in the “Adam Dunn Club.”

35. Scott Kingery (PHI) His first full season with the Phillies was all over the map. He had more ups and downs than a game of musical chairs, yet come year end he was only one homer and five stolen bases shy of a 20-20 campaign. He might very well get there in 2020. 3B-41

36. Willie Calhoun (TEX) The wait appears to have been worth it, as Calhoun mashed 16 homers in 225 at-bats in the second half. The future appears to be very bright for the young Texas outfielder.

37. Danny Santana (TEX) Santana was one of only nine players to go 20-20 in 2019. A one-off or late bloomer? He did steal 20 bases back in 2014, his first full season with the Twins, and should be a lock for 500 at-bats in Texas. That speed will make a difference, as will the outfield eligibility. 1B-44

38. Yasiel Puig (FA) It’s now February 16 and Yasiel Puig is still looking for a place to call home. He’s running out of suitors and the clock is ticking.

39. Byron Buxton (MIN) So much potential……so little health.

40. Bryan Reynolds (PIT) The combination of that solid hit tool and moderate power batting in the three-hole is most intriguing.

41. Adam Eaton (WAS)
42. David Dahl (COL)
43. Michael Brantley (HOU)
44. J.D. Davis (NYM) 3B-31
45. Mallex Smith (SEA)
46. Justin Upton (LAA)
47. Shogo Akiyama (CIN)
48. Lorenzo Cain (MIL)
49. Jo Adell (LAA)
50. Hunter Dozier (KC) 3B-100
51. Shin-Soo Choo (TEX)
52. Lourdes Gurriel Jr. (TOR)
53. Nomar Mazara (CWS)
54. Joc Pederson(LAD) 1B-20
55. Dylan Carlson (STL)
56. Andrew Benintendi (BOS)
57. Brian Anderson (MIA) 3B-67
58. A.J. Pollock (LAD)
59. Randal Grichuk (TOR)
60. Kole Calhoun (ARZ)
61. David Peralta (ARZ)
62. Mark Canha (OAK)
63. Jarrod Dyson (PIT)
64. Trent Grisham (SD)
65. Austin Hays (BAL)
66. Ryan Braun (MIL)
67. Kyle Tucker (HOU)
68. Yoshi Tsutsugo (TB)
69. Avisail Garcia (MIL)
70. Wil Myers (SD)
71. Mike Tauchman (NYY)
72. Kevin Kiermaier (TB)
73. Alex Verdugo (BOS)
74. Luis Arraez (MIN) 2B-49
75. Niko Goodrum (DET) 2B-22, SS-38
76. Sam Hilliard (COL)
77. Jake Fraley (SEA)
78. Mike Yastrzemski (SFG)
79. Jon Berti (MIA) SS-32, 3B-20
80. Teoscar Hernandez (TOR)
81. Aristides Aquino (CIN)
82. Garrett Hampson (COL) 2B-50
83. Gregory Polanco (PIT)
84. Andrew McCutchen (PHI)
85. Hunter Renfroe (TB)
86. Corey Dickerson (MIA)
87. Franchy Cordero (SD)
88. Jackie Bradley (BOS)
89. Kevin Pillar (FA)
90. JaCoby Jones (DET)
91. Garrett Cooper (MIA) 1B-73
92. David Fletcher (LAA) 2B-42, SS-39, 3B-90
93. Austin Riley (ATL)
94. Nick Senzel (CIN)
95. Stephen Piscotty (OAK)
96. Tyler O’Neill (STL)
97. Brett Gardner (NYY)
98. Adam Haseley (PHI)
99. Nick Markakis (ATL)
100. Jesse Winker (CIN)
101. Anthony Santander (BAL)
102. Mitch Haniger (SEA)
103. Jason Heyward (CHC)
104. Ian Happ (CHC)
105. Domingo Santana (CLE)
106. Roman Quinn (PHI)
107. Alex Gordon (KC)
108. Kyle Lewis (SEA)
109. Brian Goodwin (LAA)
110. Delino DeShields (CLE)
111. Marwin Gonzalez (MIN) 1B-21, 3B-40
112. Enrique Hernandez (LAD) 2B-85
113. Brandon Nimmo (NYM)
114. Alex Dickerson (SFG)
115. Aaron Hicks (NYY)
116. Ian Desmond (COL)
117. Jose Peraza (BOS) 2B-78, SS-39
118. Harrison Bader (STL)
119. Christin Stewart (DET)
120. Dexter Fowler (STL)
121. Ender Inciarte (ATL)
122. Manny Margot (TB)
123. Jose Martinez (TB)
124. Chad Pinder (OAK) 2B-21
125. Josh Reddick (HOU)
126. Jordan Luplow (CLE)
127. Jake Bauers (CLE) 1B-31
128. Leury Garcia (CWS)
129. Chris Taylor (LAD) 2B-20, SS-39
130. Jay Bruce (PHI)
131. Greg Allen (CLE)
132. Cameron Maybin (DET)
133. Yoenis Cespedes (NYM)
134. Jake Marisnick (NYM)
135. Carlos Gonzalez (SEA)
136. Albert Amora Jr. (CHC)
137. Alex Kirilloff (MIN)
138. Josh VanMeter (CIN)
139. Brandon Drury (TOR) 3B-65
140. Hunter Pence (SFG)
141. Matt Joyce (MIA)
142. Victor Reyes (DET)
143. Jarred Kelenic (SEA)
144. Derek Fisher (TOR)
145. Clint Frazier (NYY)
146. Steven Souza Jr. (CHC)
147. Matt Beaty (LAD) 1B-35
148. Lewis Brinson (MIA)
149. Josh Rojas (ARZ)
150. Steven Duggar (SFG)
151. Yairo Munoz (STL) 3B-21
152. Harold Castro (DET) 2B-34
153. Anthony Alford (TOR)
154. Michael A. Taylor (WAS)
155. Bradley Zimmer (CLE)
156. Dominic Smith (NYM) 1B-36
157. Tony Kemp (OAK) 2B-43
158. Billy Hamilton (SFG)
159. Khalil Lee (KC)
160. Leody Taveras (TEX)
161. Dylan Moore (SEA) SS-31
162. Jose Osuna (PIT) 1B-31
163. Edward Olivares (SD)
164. Daz Cameron (DET)
165. Jason Martin (PIT)
166. Travis Demeritte (DET)
167. Cristian Pache (ATL)
168. Seth Brown (OAK)
169. Randy Arozarena (TB)
170. Brandon Dixon (DET) 1B-61
171. Jon Jay (ARZ)
172. Adam Engel (CWS)
173. Cedric Mullins (BAL)
174. Charlie Tilson (PIT)

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2020 Fantasy Ranking of Third Base

3B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of third base for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 9, 2020.

1. Alex Bregman (HOU) He’s coming off a stellar 2019 that saw him elevate his game into the superstar category. He’s also coming off one of the most controversial off-seasons in recent memory. Will that tumultuous off-season affect his 2020 performance? Not one bit. SS-65

2. Nolan Arenado (COL) The trade rumors have swirled this off-season and as of today, he’s still a Rockie. Let’s hope that remains the case.

3. Anthony Rendon (LAA) He’s such a consistent day-in, day-out performer. The Angels made a great signing when they inked Rendon to pair up with Mike Trout as their anchors on offense for the next seven years.

4. Rafael Devers (BOS) He broke out and in a huge way last year. Expect more of the same moving forward as he establishes himself as one of the best players in the game.

5. Jose Ramirez (CLE) As inconsistent as they come, but at the end of the year the odds are exceptionally good that he’ll have contributed at least a 20-20 type campaign to your Fantasy squad.

6. Max Muncy (LAD) Back-to-back 35 home run seasons combined with eligibility all over the infield is so enticing. 1B-65, 2B-70

7. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (TOR) Last year fell short of expectations, as he struggled to a 15-69 .272 rookie campaign. He looked sluggish in the second half and has responded with a rigorous off-season conditioning program. The future is still incredibly bright and hopefully, we see him demonstrating that BSOHL-form this Spring.

8. Eugenio Suarez (CIN) Dear Eugenio Suarez. When using the swimming pool, fill it with water first. Let’s hope the shoulder injury doesn’t delay the start of his 2020 season.

9. Kris Bryant (CHC) Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo batting at the top-of-the-order for the Cubs is flat out wrong. If the Cubs ever figure out how to get these guys hitting where they belong, which would be 3/4 in the order, we might
see a return to the 100 RBI seasons. OF-44

10. Matt Chapman (OAK) One of the best defenders in the game, Chapman also is pretty good with the lumber as his 36-91 2019 campaign will attest.

11. Josh Donaldson (MIN) Donaldson bounced back in 2019, providing us the opportunity to remember how good he was from 2015-thru-2017 as a Jay. He’ll continue raining down bombs in the Twin Cities for the next four seasons.

12. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 1B-40, 2B-75

13. Manny Machado (SD) He had an okay first season with the Padres, but the Padres and his owners need more than just okay. The .256 BA/.334 OBP coming from a player that is more than likely going to be only 3B eligible moving forward has to be a concern. SS-37

14. Mike Moustakas (CIN) After producing 38, 28, and 35 homers over the past three seasons, he finally gets to call one team home for the next four years. The Reds will be the beneficiary and expect more solid power production in 2020. 2B-47

15. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a pinch more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 2B-37, OF-93

16. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) When I see this type of increase from a player in his age-30 season (12 HR/34 RBI) it begs me to wonder if it’s a repeatable occurrence. I’ll take the cautious approach heading into 2020 and say no. 2B-33

17. Yoan Moncada (CWS) We witnessed Moncada show a much-improved hit tool in 2019, lowering the strikeouts from an unbelievable 217 in 2018 to 154 last season. The speed appears as if it will never be what was originally anticipated, but the power is a definite asset.

18. Scott Kingery (PHI) His first full season with the Phillies was all over the map. He had more ups and downs than a game of musical chairs, yet come year-end he was only one homer and five stolen bases shy of a 20-20 campaign. He might very well get there in 2020. OF-69

19. Miguel Sano (MIN) What you see is what you get. 35-to-40 homers with a .240 BA…..maybe? The move to first should help in keeping him on the field, something he hasn’t done well at achieving over the past four years.

20. Tommy Edman (STL) The low walk rates have to be somewhat concerning, but when you successfully swipe 15-of-16 bases in your first half-season, it guarantees that you’ll no longer be “flying under the radar.” 2B-29

21. J.D. Davis (NYM) Finally, Davis got the opportunity and delivered the goods for the Mets mashing 22 homers in 410 at-bats. A 30 homer season could be right around the corner! OF-79

22. Ryan McMahon (COL) The revolving door at second in Colorado appears to have been resolved. The strikeout rates are still alarmingly high, but there is no doubting the 25-90 potential. 2B-113

23. Hunter Dozier (KC) Dozier broke out in 2019, posting a very solid 26-84 season. He’ll also likely add 1B to his current 3B/OF eligibility. With 1B being a bit on the lean side, that counts. OF-20

24. Kyle Seager (SEA) Since becoming a full-time player in 2012, Seager has been a model of consistency, hitting 20, 22, 25, 26, 30, 27, 22, and finally 23 homers last year. That great 2019 second half, in which he hit 17 homers and drove in 45 runs in 250 at-bats suggests that the long run of solid numbers will continue into 2020.

25. Justin Turner (LAD) Heading into his age-36 season, the decline has commenced. The stellar BA/OBP has now slipped into the solid range and will likely continue regressing moving forward.

26. Yuli Gurriel (HOU) 18-13-31. One of these numbers is not like the others. I’m setting the over/under in 2020 at 20 homers for the 36-year-old and taking the under. 1B-110

27. Yandy Diaz (TB) So much potential. So little health. 1B-22

28. Brian Anderson (MIA) Anderson upped his home run totals from 11-to-20 in 131 fewer at-bats in 2019, and with the fences coming in at Marlins Park could be looking at another small uptick in the power numbers in 2020. OF-55

29. Maikel Franco (KC) Franco is hoping that a change of scenery will be cause for a return to form. The career.302 OBP in 2338 at-bats suggests otherwise.

30. Matt Carpenter (STL) Carpenter saw his 2018 .374 OBP drop to .334 in 2019. The home runs fell from 36 to 15. Could a bounce-back campaign be in order? Yes, it could, but we’re not betting on it.

31. Starlin Castro (WAS) 2B-117
32. Gio Urshela (NYY)
33. David Fletcher (LAA) 2B-42, SS-39, OF-23
34. Todd Frazier (TEX)
35. Evan Longoria (SF)
36. Colin Moran (PIT)
37. Jon Berti (MIA) SS-32, OF-28
38. Jeimer Candelario (DET) 1B-20
39. Tommy La Stella (LAA) 2B-46
40. David Bote (CHC) 2B-50
41. Rio Ruiz (BAL)
42. Jake Lamb (ARZ) 1B-24
43. Brandon Drury (TOR) OF-25
44. Marwin Gonzalez (MIN) 1B-21, OF-59
45. Hanser Alberto (BAL) 2B-90
46. Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) 2B-31
47. Travis Shaw (TOR)
48. Alec Bohm (PHI)
49. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, SS-24
50. Ty France (SDP) 2B-21
51. Ke’Bryan Hayes (PIT)
52. Matt Duffy (TEX)
53. Bobby Dalbec (BOS)
54. Dawel Lugo (DET)
55. Cheslor Cuthbert (CWS) 1B-46
56. Isaac Paredes (DET)
57. Nolan Jones (CLE)
58. Colton Welker (COL)
59. Abraham Toro (HOU)
60. Rylan Bannon (BAL)
61. Ryon Healy (MIL)
62. Pablo Sandoval (SF) 1B-23
63. Kevin Padlo (TB)
64. Daniel Robertson (TB) 2B-26
65. Yairo Munoz (STL) OF-28
66. Jedd Gyorko (MIL)
67. Joey Wendle (TB) 2B-48
68. Isiah Kiner Falefa (TEX) C-38
69. Logan Forsythe (PHI) 1B-46
70. Jung Ho Kang (FA)
71. Neil Walker (FA) 1B-69
72. Zack Cozart (FA)

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2020 Fantasy Ranking of Shortstop

SS rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of shortstop for the 2020 fantasy season. The list was last updated on February 6, 2020.

1. Francisco Lindor (CLE) Back-to-back 30-20 seasons have vaulted Lindor to the top-of-the-charts at a position extremely deep in talent. The only question is “where he will be calling home”, with free agency looming.

2. Trea Turner (WAS) Turner was never 100% last year after fracturing his right index finger in early-April, and still found a way to hit 19 homers, steal 35 bases and score 96 runs. There could be a monster season in the works in 2020 if he can avoid the IL.

3. Trevor Story (COL) After that first full season when he struck out 191 times and hit to the tune of a .239 BA, there were some serious concerns. Two years later, and coming off back to back 30-20 campaigns while marginally reducing his strikeout rate, and the concerns have disappeared.

4. Alex Bregman (HOU) He’s coming off a stellar 2019 that saw him elevate his game into the superstar category. He’s also coming off one of the most controversial off-seasons in recent memory. Will that tumultuous off-season affect his 2020 performance? Not one bit. 3B-99

5. Fernando Tatis Jr. (SD) In roughly half a season as a 20-year-old, Tatis hit 22 homers and swiped 16 bags. There’s a reason, and a very good one, that he’ll disappear off draft boards in the Second Round this Spring.

6. Gleyber Torres (NYY) There was no sophomore slump in 2019 for the 23-year-old budding superstar. A long run at shortstop is about to commence, and with it comes an equally long run of 35-100 seasons. 2B-65

7. Jonathan Villar (MIA) There will be no red lights in Miami this year. He’ll also be adding outfield eligibility to his middle-infield eligibility by the middle of April. 2B-111

8. Xander Bogaerts (BOS) After a great 2018 campaign, he upped the ante with a stellar 33 homer 110 RBI season in 2019. I’m going to temper my expectations….somewhat. The loss of Mookie Betts in the Red Sox retooling program has to hurt those RBI opportunities.

9. Bo Bichette (TOR) Bichette didn’t see his first action last season until the end of July, but made up for it in a hurry. The hit-tool is off the charts and combined with the stolen base potential, he could be an elite talent for the Jays, starting as early as 2020.

10. Adalberto Mondesi (KC) Mondesi stole 43 bases in 415 at-bats last season. Yeah, there is no doubt he can be a stolen base monster, but the on-base skills leave a bit to be desired. Toss in that he went under the knife for labrum surgery on his left shoulder last Fall, and there are definitely some concerns heading into Spring Training.

11. Javier Baez (CHC) After that huge 2018 campaign in which he mashed 34 homers, drove in 111 runs, and swiped 21 bases, 2019 has to be considered somewhat of a disappointment. He’s still a very good player moving forward, just not 2018 good.

12. Manny Machado (SD) He had an okay first season with the Padres, but the Padres and his owners need more than just okay. The .256 BA/.334 OBP coming from a player that is more than likely going to be only 3B eligible moving forward has to be a concern. 3B-119

13. Marcus Semien (OAK) Semien finished third in the AL MVP voting and for good cause. The power/speed combination is solid and with the “two Matts” hitting behind him he will continue to score a pile of runs in that Oakland offense.

14. Tim Anderson (CWS) Raise your hand if you picked Tim Anderson to lead the AL in batting average? He’s a solid contributor across the board, just don’t expect a repeat of that .335 BA.

15. Amed Rosario (NYM) A very solid second half has the young Met poised to take the next step. Is a 20-20 season in his future? We’re betting on it!

16. Kevin Newman (PIT) Is a 15-25 type season in the cards for the young Pirates middle-infielder? I’m betting on it. It just seems a shame that he didn’t bring Kramer along for the ride. 2B-23

17. Carlos Correa (HOU) He hasn’t broken the 500 at-bat mark since 2016. There’s 35 home run power in the bat if he can find a way to stay healthy.

18. Corey Seager (LAD) It was a solid season for Seager, as he hit 19 homers and drove in 87 runs in 489 at-bats. A solid season at a position as deep as shortstop barely gets you into the Top-20.

19. Didi Gregorius (PHI) He missed the first two months of last season recovering from TJS and suffered through a myriad of nagging injuries once he returned. He’s moved on to the Phillies on a one-year deal as he attempts to rebuild his value. Citizens Bank Park could be just what the Doctor ordered.

20. Elvis Andrus (TEX) Although he didn’t leave the building at the same rate as he did in 2018, Andrus did get back into double-digit homers to go along with 31 stolen bases. As a late speed option, once could do much worse.

21. Jorge Polanco (MIN) When you hit 22 home runs and you rank eighth overall on your team, you know your team can mash. If Polanco could only find his way back to even ten thefts, which is highly unlikely, his value would definitely be on the rise.

22. Dansby Swanson (ATL) The breakout first half in 2019 was followed by an injury-riddled second half. A full return to health and Swanson has 25-15 potential and sneaky value as a middle-infield candidate.

23. Paul DeJong (STL) There’s a bit too much miss in his swing and miss game, but he still has the potential to produce a 30-10 season.

24. Freddy Galvis (CIN) He moved from one bandbox in Toronto, to another in Cincinnati and kept on driving the ball out of the park. Toss in a handful of stolen bases and based on his current ADP of 379 there could be some sneaky value to be had. 2B-32

25. Nick Ahmed (ARZ) Ahmed hit 19 homers, drove in 82 runs, and swiped 8 bases last year and gets very little respect for his efforts. This emphasizes the depth at the shortstop position.

26. Jean Segura (PHI) Over the past four seasons, Segura has gone from 33 to 22, to 20, and finally ten stolen bases in 2019. When your principal value is your wheels, this is not trending well.

27. David Fletcher (LAA) Whether it is in a full-time role at second, or in a super-sub capacity, those solid on-base skills should land Fletcher a home at the top-of-the-lineup in Anaheim. 2B-42, 3B-90, OF-23

28. Carter Kieboom (WAS) Kieboom will be given every opportunity to win the third base job, vacated with the move of Anthony Rendon to the Angels. If he breaks camp with the job, the power and on-base skills are very intriguing. Monitor this situation very closely in the Spring.

29. Niko Goodrum (DET) 10-to-15 homers. 10-to-15 stolen bases. Toss in the ability to play all over the field, and Goodrum makes for an intriguing late option in deeper Leagues. 2B-22, OF-32

30. J.P. Crawford (SEA) The one-time favorite of top prospect hounds took his show to the west coast and showed some life. Not a lot….but just enough to warrant a spot in our Top-30.
31. Andrelton Simmons (LAA)
32. Willy Adames (TB)
33. Luis Urias (MIL) 2B-26
34. Miguel Rojas (MIA)
35. Jon Berti (MIA) 3B-20, OF-28
36. Brandon Crawford (SFG)
37. Johan Camargo (ATL)
38. Jose Iglesias (BAL)
39. Nicky Lopez (KC) 2B-76
40. Orlando Arcia (MIL)
41. Jorge Mateo (OAK)
42. Myles Straw (HOU)
43. Jose Peraza (BOS) 2B-78, OF-35
44. Jordy Mercer (DET)
45. Chris Taylor (LAD) 2B-20, OF-69
46. Willi Castro (DET)
47. Dylan Moore (SEA) OF-45
48. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, 3B-24
49. Tim Beckham (FA)
50. Erik Gonzalez (PIT)
51. Wilmer Difo (WAS)
52. Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL) 2B-29
53. Hernan Perez (CHC) 2B-45
54. Owen Miller (SD)
55. Royce Lewis (MIN)
56. Wander Franco (TB)
57. Jazz Chisholm (MIA)
58. Cole Tucker (PIT)
59. Jake Cronenworth (SD)
60. Jack Mayfield (HOU)
61. Addison Russell (FA) 2B-63

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2020 Dynasty League First Year Player Rankings

WEEKLY HOT PROSPECTS 2Nothing beats playing in a Dynasty League. You get to manage not only the current year roster but also future rosters. The inclusion of minor league players makes this all possible and what has more than likely led you to

While the initial draft is exciting and of the utmost importance, the subsequent annual first-year player drafts can be equally critical for long-term success. The term first-year player drafts may be a new term for many of you because some of you might call it a rookie draft, or the annual redraft. Whatever you might call it, it’s the annual draft that allows you to pick up players that have been signed since the last draft. In the Dynasty Leagues in which I play, there are 10 rounds and you can also pick up anyone currently on the waiver wire.

This list provides my “Pref list” for the order in which I will be drafting players. It might not be the way you would draft. You see, I’ve become very aggressive over the years and have drafted for upside with at least my first two to three picks. I just don’t play it conservatively. That said, if I had the first pick with a Champion-level team and need a young catcher, I might, in fact, take Rutschman. But for the most part, I draft for upside and skew towards young hitters and college arms.

This year, I might have gone off the deep end. I have several 16 to 17-year-olds on the list and high at that. Let’s face it, young Latin players with big skills are more professional baseball-ready than ever before. With a down draft-year and a big international free agent class, four players make it from the international market; not including two Japanese players.

While our Top 100 list has been vetted by many people, this list is my list. It’s how I will draft. Again, you might draft differently and that is totally fine. Please give me your feedback.

1. Jason Dominguez (NYY, OF)

In a Dynasty League FYPD, I’m going with the player that has the most hype and therefore trade value.

2. CJ Abrams (SD, SS)

Abrams has 80-grade speed which fantasy owners crave. Early returns indicate he’ll be able to hit a little as well.

3. Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS)

I’m dismissing the “old draftee” narrative. He’s got great bat speed, can run and a motor that doesn’t stop.

4. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C)

In two catcher leagues where you want to draft conservatively, Rutschman is your guy. He could have the offensive upside of Buster Posey.

5. Andrew Vaughn (CHW, 1B)

Vaughn would be my second pick if I want to play the game conservatively. He’s undersized, but can really hit and with some tweaks to his launch angle, should hit 20+ home runs.

6. Yoshitomo Tsutsugo (TB, OF/DH)

There’s not huge upside with Tsutsugo, but if you are competing, he’s a nice play as he should have enough power to hit 18 to 22 home runs.

7. Riley Greene (Det, OF)

He’s young and talented with a great swing. He didn’t impress in his professional debut, but he could develop plus power to go along with a little speed.

8. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF)

He’s a bit undersized but hits the ball with authority to go along with plus speed.

9. JJ Bleday (Mia, OF)

I’m not a big fan of the swing, but he played well in college with a chance to hit for solid power.

10. Nick Lodolo (Cin, LHP)

This draft isn’t big on arms, but Lodolo has the stuff to be a least a mid-rotation arm if not more. He should work through the system quickly.

11. Shogo Akiyama (Cin, OF)

Should hit at the top of a good lineup in Cincinnati. There’s not a ton of power and speed, but he should get on base with a chance to score plenty of runs.

12. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B)

Has a solid hit-tool but the question is how much power he will develop.

13. Robert Puason (Oak, SS)

He received the same bonus as Jasson Dominguez and possess some exciting tools. His approach and contact skills will need to develop, but if it all comes together, he could be a Top 10 shortstop in the game.

14. Erick Pena (KC, SS)

Toolsy kid who’s bat might be more advanced than Puason.

15. Luis Rodriguez (LAD, OF)

A chance for plus in-game power who should be able to hit. He’s already a big kid and as he fills out, speed will not be a big part of his game.

16. Matt Allan (NYM, RHP)

Was the best high school arm in last June’s draft and the Mets grabbed him. With a history of developing pitchers, I’m investing.

17. Michael Toglia (Col, 1B)

Plus raw power meets Coors Field. There will be plenty of swing-and-miss in his game, but he has a chance to see regular at-bats.

18. Alex Manoah (Tor, RHP)

Big and powerful arm that should move quickly through the Blue Jays system.

19. Gregg Jones (TB, SS)

He was the fastest guy in the draft and while he’ll likely develop into a fourth outfielder, if he can hit a little, his speed could be a huge bonanza to fantasy owners.

20. Brett Baty (NYM, 3B)

He has big power but it will likely come with a lot of strikeouts.

21. George Kirby (Sea, RHP)

College arm with a plus fastball. In his debut, he struck out 25 in 23 innings without issuing a walk.

22. Hunter Bishop (SF, OF)

Walked as much as he struck out in his debut but it came with a .229 batting average. He might be too passive at the plate, but he’s athletic with plenty of bat speed.

23. Braden Shewmake (Atl, SS)

Plus hit tool with a little bit of pop and speed.

24. Will Wilson (SF, SS)

Good power with some on-base skills but he needs to cut down on his strikeout rate.

25. Hudson Head (SD, OF)

Excellent tools with an approach that should allow him to get to those tools. He’s a long way off but is a very intriguing prospect.

26. Gunnar Henderson (Bal, SS)

The top pick in the second round last June. Good size with a chance to hit and hit for power with some speed; at least early in his career.

27. Brennan Malone (Pit, RHP)

He’s already been traded but has a really good arm. Now, can the Pirates do anything with it?

28. Jackson Rutledge (Was, RHP)

Great size with an 80-grade fastball. Delivery concerns could push him to the bullpen but, he’s got a great arm.

29. Michael Busch (LAD, 2B)

Excellent approach at the plate with the ability to get on base. Good power. His defensive position is an open issue.

30. Quinn Priester (Pit, RHP)

Projectable right-hander with good present stuff and control.

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2020 Top 100 Prospects

2020 top 100We are pleased to provide our Top 100 prospect list for the 2020 season.

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1. Wander Franco (TB, SS)

His bat is just about ready but it’s doubtful he makes the big leagues as a teenager. It’s Tampa Bay for goodness sake. A potential 80-grade hit tool with solid power and speed.

2. Gavin Lux (LAD, 3B/2B/SS)

A plus hitter with solid speed and power pushes him above the two more explosive athletes at #3 and #4.

3. Jo Adell (LAA, OF)

Superstar potential who could ultimately have the highest ceiling on the list.

4. Luis Robert (CHW, OF)

An impressive athlete with plus bat speed and plus foot speed. A poor approach though could cause some frustration early in his career.

5. MacKenzie Gore (SD, LHP)

Athletic with plus stuff who is nearly ready for the show.

6. Adley Rutschman (Bal, C)

He’s a catcher and in one catcher leagues he’s not as valuable, but he’ll provide elite offensive skills to go along with excellent defensive chops.

7. Jarred Kelenic (Sea, OF)

Is Kelenic too high? Did I just want to put him ahead of a surging J-Rod? Perhaps, but he has 20-20 potential and he could arrive soon.

8. Julio Rodriguez (Sea, OF)

The likely number one overall prospect after Wander. He has a chance for a plus hit tool with significant power.

9. Nate Pearson (Tor, RHP)

He’s been hurt a lot during his career but the stuff could make him a #1 starter.

10. Dustin May (LAD, RHP)

He’ll have some of the nastiest stuff in the Majors once he establishes himself. It’s a solid number two profile with a chance to be better than that.

11. Jesus Luzardo (Oak, LHP)

A plus fastball-changeup combination should give him early success. The curveball still needs work but he could have early success.

12. Brendan McKay (TB, LHP)

Is he still a hitter? We don’t think so, but he has a chance to be a frontline pitcher.

13. Cristian Pache (Atl, OF)

His defense might overshadow his offense, but there is plus speed with a chance to hit. Will he see Atlanta in 2020?

14. Joey Bart (SF, C)

The passing of the baton from Buster to Joey should happen at some point in 2020. There is 20 home run potential but he could also hit .250.

15. Dylan Carlson (Stl, OF)

Speed and power with a chance to hit. He might be low at 15. Expect him to see time in St. Louis in 2020.

16. Casey Mize (Det, RHP)

The arsenal, control and command are that of an ace. However, there were concerns about health when the Tigers selected him 1:1 and last season gave us a glimpse of those health concerns.

17. Bobby Witt Jr. (KC, SS)

He’s tooled up with plus bat speed and foot speed. The leadership and the energy he brings to the game could be the separator.

18. Alex Kirilloff (Min, OF/1B)

If you’ve seen him you know about the swing. It’s a classic lefty swing with great exit velocity. A move to 1B might be in the cards, but I think he hits and hits with power.

19. Taylor Trammell (SD, OF)

It was a statistically down year, but we love the overall tools he brings to the table with a chance to steal bases in bunches.

20. Marco Luciano (SF, SS)

Let’s face it, elite Latin players are flying through the minor leagues. Luciano is the next with plus speed and elite bat speed with an encouraging ability to barrel the ball.

21. CJ Abrams (SD, SS/OF)

He has 80-grade speed and after hitting .401 in Rookie ball, his hit-tool may be more advanced than we originally thought. A move to the outfield might also be in the plan with Tatis Jr. at short for the long-term. His power will be light but everything else screams…star.

22. Brendan Rodgers (Col, SS/2B)

This ranking is more pedigree than performance. His first look in the big leagues was not good and then he got hurt and missed a big chunk of the season. We are concerned, but when healthy he barrels the ball with plus power.

23. Carter Kieboom (Was, SS/2B/3B)

We don’t think Asdrubal Cabrera will keep him in the minor leagues long. He’s not a star but has a chance to be a solid everyday player.

24. Royce Lewis (Min, SS/OF)

It was a bad year for Royce Lewis as he changed his swing mechanics. He did look great in the Fall League but once he encounters better pitching, it could turn south in a hurry. We are worried and have dropped him in the rankings accordingly. The talent is still there but he needs to go back to his old swing.

25. Mitch Keller (Pit, RHP)

I think Keller 2020 will be better than Keller 2019. He’s not a #1 but has the polish and arsenal to be a solid number two.

26. Tarik Skubal (Det, LHP)

Skubal is this year’s Dustin May. We love his stuff and have been pimping him heavily since last April. Three plus pitches with solid control, he ultimately might be the best pitching prospect in the Tigers’ organization.

27. Luis Patino (SD, RHP)

Let’s face it, he outshined Gore in the 2019 Futures Game. That said, we don’t see the same upside. However, he’s athletic with a plus arsenal. We just wish he were not 6-feet tall.

28. Forrest Whitley (Hou, RHP)

It’s not about the stuff as Whitley has at least four-plus pitches. It’s about control. The Astros changed his approach and it didn’t work as he could not find the plate. At his size, it might work best to allow him to pitch the way he did in the lower minors.

29. Andrew Vaughn (CHW, 1B)

He’s an undersized first baseman and not terribly athletic. But, he can hit and by using a lot of loft in his swing, he should be able to hit 20 plus home runs annually.

30. Matt Manning (Det, RHP)

Athletic with plus stuff. The control could be inconsistent but there is solid #2 upside.

31. Spencer Howard (Phi, RHP)

He has a plus arsenal and performed well when healthy in 2019. There’s a chance to be a solid number two starter.

32. Sixto Sanchez (Mia, RHP)

An 80-grade fastball with solid secondary stuff could make him a #1 starter. However, at 6-feet, size could also make him susceptible to the long ball and therefore, we have put his ceiling as a #2 starter.

33. Michael Kopech (CHW, RHP)

Before having TJ Surgery, he showed a ton of promise. If he comes back fully healthy, the stuff says he could be a #1.

34. A.J. Puk (Oak, LHP)

He’s coming off TJ Surgery but prior to the surgery, he showed a great deal of promise. He’s tall and could struggle with his control, but if it all comes together, he has mid-rotation upside.

35. Sean Murphy (Oak, C)

He was known more for his defensive chops than his offensive game when he was drafted in the third round of the 2016 MLB Draft. Now, he has a chance to be a terrific two-way player in the mold of another young catcher – Will Smith.

36. Jasson Dominguez (NYY, OF)

Look we get it…he’s ranked this high mostly on hype, but the history of elite players coming out of Latin America is working. They are as prepared as high school players and, in some cases, you can argue more. Jasson D. could be a monster with elite bat speed and plus foot speed. Can he hit? We’ll soon find out.

37. Vidal Brujan (TB, 2B)

He was one of the stars in the AFL last fall with plus speed and the ability to barrel the ball with authority.

38. Alec Bohm (Phi, 3B/1B)

He kind of gets lost in the shuffle, but Bohm can really play. A move to first is likely at some point in his career, but there’s a chance he sees considerable time in Philadelphia in 2020.

39. Jordan Groshans (Tor, 3B/SS)

He only played a month last season but showed enough in his brief time to project to be an impact offensive player. He’s one of the guys on this list that we are relying on feedback from our scouting contacts.

40. Drew Waters (Atl, OF)

Has really been rushed and while the stat line looks great, his success has been fueled by an unsustainable BABIP. There’s a lot there, but don’t be surprised if 2020 is a step back.

41. Daniel Lynch (KC, LHP)

99 MPH from the left side. I’ll take it. It’s premium stuff and he’s coming on quickly. Watch out.

42. Brandon Marsh (LAA, OF)

Jo Adell is great but don’t forget about Brandon Marsh. There’s a ton of tools and if he can continue to hone his hit tool, he has a chance to a plus overall performer.

43. D.L Hall (Bal, LHP)

Premium stuff from the left-side with athleticism. He’s not throwing enough strikes yet, but we believe that will come.

44. Alek Thomas (Ari, OF)

We are all-in on Thomas. It’s a great package of speed and power similar to what we thought Andrew Benintendi would be (or was).

45. Nick Madrigal (CHW, 2B)

Given his contact, a .300 hitter seems like the baseline. He’s got enough speed to steal 20+ bases but the power is the problem. He’s demonstrated none. He swings hard with a high leg kick but just lacks the physicality at the moment to drive the ball.

46. Ke’Bryan Hayes (Pit, 3B)

Has not had his “drop mic” season yet. The tools are impressive but we are still waiting for him to put it all together.

47. Riley Greene (Det, OF)

A chance to hit and hit with power. However, in his first exposure to professional ball, there was a lot of swing and miss in his game that will need to be addressed.

48. Daulton Varsho (Ari, C/OF)

He’s a plus runner and if he stays behind the plate, it could be a fantasy bonanza. Unfortunately, he’s likely moving to the outfield.

49. Jordan Balazovic (Min, RHP)

We are big fans of Balazovic with a plus arsenal and solid command. He has a chance to be a mid-rotation starter with upside.

50. Edward Cabrera (Mia, RHP)

Tall and thin but with premium stuff. He’s jumped up on our list from our mid-season rankings and given what we’ve seen, that will continue.

51. Leody Taveras (Tex, OF)

After repeating High-A to begin the season, Taveras re-gains his prospect mojo. He’s got plus speed is a great defender with a solid approach. He hasn’t shown a ton of power, but the swing and bat speed still indicates it’s on the horizon.

52. Hunter Greene (Cin, RHP)

After getting late reports on how Greene looked after having TJ Surgery, we bumped him up on our list. He’s a plus athlete, a plus human with a chance to be a top-of-the-rotation starter.

53. Brennen Davis (CHC, OF)

He’s a great athlete with an intriguing power-speed combination. He still needs to work on his approach but there is a lot to like.

54. Nolan Jones (Cle, 3B)

His batting practice sessions are incredibly impressive as he demonstrates plus raw power. In games, it has yet to show up. We think it will. Be patient and invest.

55. Evan White (Sea, 1B)

He’s got the contract and should have the 1B job in Seattle. He’s a very good athlete that should continue to grow into power. It could be 15 to 20 early in his career and 22 to 25 as he matures.

56. Jesus Sanchez (Mia, OF)

We continue to be bullish on Jesus Sanchez but he has yet to have the big breakout season. It’s solid skills across the board.

57. Grayson Rodriguez (Bal, RHP)

He has a great arm with quality stuff. The delivery isn’t great and that could lead to control problems. Assuming he improves his strike-throwing ability, we see a mid-rotation starter.

58. Nico Hoerner (CHC, 2B/SS)

He can hit but the secondary skills (power and speed) are just average. High floor, low ceiling guy for us.

59. Andres Gimenez (NYM, SS)

Gimenez brings speed and solid bat-to-ball skills. He’s never shown a ton of power and while Ronny Mauricio has the higher upside, Gimenez has the better fantasy tools currently.

60. Ian Anderson (Atl, RHP)

His stuff backed up a little in 2019, but we still see solid mid-rotation skills.

61. Simeon Woods-Richardson (Tor, RHP)

If he pitches like we think he can, SWR could be a Top 10 pitcher in the minor leagues within a year. It’s quality stuff with the ability to throw strikes

62. Nick Lodolo (Cin, LHP)

We got a lot of push back from evaluators when we ranked Lodolo at #3 on our Top 15 Reds list. We have reevaluated our position and have bumped him up considerably. He might be better than we originally thought.

63. Nolan Gorman (Stl, 3B)

Wecontinue to be torn by Nolan Gorman. It might be 80-grade raw power but could come with a 30% strikeout rate. If you’re thinking Joey Gallo…well, he doesn’t nearly have that level of plate patience.

64. Josiah Gray (LAD, RHP)

The Dodgers are quickly becoming a pitching factory. Josiah Gray continues to
impress and could really blow up in 2020.

65. O’Neil Cruz (Pit, SS/OF)

I think it’s safe to say that there have been few players 6-foot-7 who have succeeded at the highest level. We don’t think anyone of that size has made it as a shortstop. He’s an outlier for sure but he has 70-grade power and might hit enough to get to it. He’ll likely move to the outfield.

66. Logan Gilbert (Sea, RHP)

Another young pitcher who is moving quickly and is getting better with nearly every outing.

67. Matthew Liberatore (Stl, LHP)

You worry when young players get traded. Did the team give up on him? We don’t think that is the case with Libertore at all. It’s premium stuff from the left-side and if it all comes together, he could even develop into a number #2 starter.

68. Trevor Larnach (Min, OF)

He was exposed a little in Double-A but overall, he has made better contact than we originally thought he would. The power has yet to show up, but it should.

69. Xavier Edwards (TB, 2B/OF)

Dee Gordon 2.0? That what it feels like and as a fantasy owner, we’ll take it.

70. Luis Campusano (SD, C)

Mejia better hit and hit soon or Luis Campusano might take his job in 2021. One of the breakout players in the minor leagues last season. It looks very real.

71. Triston Casas (Bos, 1B)

He’s a first base only prospect but showed excellent adjustments and the results were impressive in the second half. He needs to build on that in 2020. If he does, he could become a Top 50 prospect despite being a 1B-only prospect.

72. Matthew Allan (NYM, RHP)

A great job by the Mets in drafting Matt Allan as he passed over by 29 other teams. He has a great arm and assuming the Mets do what they do with developing pitchers, he has a chance to pitch at the top of the rotation.

73. Ronny Mauricio (NYM, SS)

He’s a more explosive hitter than Andres Gimenez and therefore, could eventually pass him on the depth charge. Gimenez is the better defender but the potential with Mauricio is impressive.

74. Kyle Wright (Atl, RHP)

He wasn’t very good in his Major League debut. We think he’ll be a lot better going forward. There’s an outside shot he could be a number two starter, but it’s more likely the profile of a #3.

75. Corbin Carroll (Ari, OF)

He reminds us of Alek Thomas, who reminds us of Andrew Benintendi. I don’t know about you, but we kind of like that.

76. Triston McKenzie (Cle, RHP)

He didn’t pitch in 2019 and prior to that, we were still beating on a velocity improvement. He’s still projectable but we need to see him pitch to determine if this ranking is too low or whether he should even be on this list.

77. Alek Manoah (Tor, RHP)

There’s little projection left but the velocity and arsenal are plenty good to get guys out. He has mid-rotation starter upside.

78. Brusdar Graterol (Min, RHP)

He’s got a great arm but we think the delivery and lack of a third pitch will work better in the bullpen. If the Twins agree, he could become an elite closer.

79. Corbin Martin (Ari, RHP)

He hit the ground running in Houston with a couple of dynamite outings. He then looked terrible and later had TJ Surgery. Were his struggles related to his elbow? Is he really not that good? We’re not sure, but we still see an athletic pitcher with premium stuff and a chance to be a mid-rotation starter, if not more.

80. Tony Gonsolin (LAD, RHP)

He might get crowded out in the Dodgers rotation, but he showed a lot in his time in LA last season. There is #3 starter upside.

81. Jazz Chisholm (Mia, SS)

Yes, he was terrible last season. But, he’s too toolsy to give up him just yet.

82. Shane Baz (TB, RHP)

He might have the best arm in the Rays minor league system. He’s still learning to pitch but he could really rise in the rankings come mid-season.

83. Keibert Ruiz (LAD, C)

The emergence of Will Smith has hurt Keibert Ruiz’s prospect status. It happens. For us, we’d be buying as he has an impressive offensive upside.

84. Brailyn Marquez (CHC, LHP)

Could the Cubs really be developing a pitcher? Marquez has a great arm and it’s from the left side. We are still in somewhat shock but it’s a great arm.

85. Jeter Downs (LAD, SS)

Did the Reds really trade Downs? Yeah, they did. The kid has a lot of tools but given the stacked lineup in LA, if he is to play in LA, it’s likely as a super-utility player.

86. Brent Honeywell (TB, RHP)

This might be a crazy ranking, but honestly, what do you do with Honeywell. We don’t want to forget about him. Prior to his injuries, he was one of the top pitching prospects in the game. It would help in our analysis, and yours as well if he pitched.

87. Kristian Robinson (Ari, OF)

He’s showing solid a power-speed combination with a chance to be a 20-20 performer. He just turned 19.

88. Josh Jung (Tex, 3B)

There are questions about how much eventual power he will have, but he can hit and should be able to stay at third.

89. Jackson Kowar (KC, RHP)

Jackson Kowar would still be the top-ranked pitcher in the Royals organization if Daniel Lynch wouldn’t have gone all, well Daniel Lynch on us. He has solid stuff and could develop into a # 3/4 starter.

90. Deivi Garcia (NYY, RHP)

At 5-foot-9, it’s hard to evaluate Deivi Garcia. Based on laying eyes on him, the arm could be special but it will likely work better in the bullpen.

91. Adrian Morejon (SD, LHP)

He has a great arm with quality stuff. As with Luis Patino, he’s only 6-feet tall and that could limit his upside to a number 3-4 starter.

92. Seth Beer (Ari, 1B/DH)

His name will make him a fan favorite. His power with the ability to hit enough should also give him fantasy value. He doesn’t have great bat speed and that might lead to him being a Quad-Four-A player.

93. Clarke Schmidt (NYY, RHP)

He impressed last season and has put himself in a position to be one of the early first responders in 2020 once the injury bug hits the Yankees.

94. Noelvi Marte (Sea, SS)

Huge upside with whispers of another J-Rod type of blow-up. Yep, you heard it here first.

95. Francisco Alvarez (NYM, C)

He’s young but is one of the more exciting players on this list. For owners in two-catcher Dynasty Leagues, he should definitely be owned.

96. JJ Bleday (Mia, OF)

He doesn’t have the ideal swing mechanics, but he hit for significant power during his college career at Vanderbilt. If it translates, he has a chance to be an impact right-fielder.

97. Jonathan India (Cin, 3B)

We ranked him #1 our Top 15 Reds list but got so much pushback that he barely makes our Top 100 list. He’s already in Double-A but has yet to show much pop and might benefit from being more aggressive at the plate.

98. Justin Dunn (Sea, RHP)

An athletic pitcher who got out of shape and consequently didn’t perform well when he got the call to Seattle. A move to the bullpen could occur but we still like him as a starter.

99. Diego Cartaya (LAD, C)

He’s one of our young “must own” prospects. He can really barrel the ball with the ability to stay behind the plate. We’ve said it before, there were many evaluators who liked him more than Luciano coming out of the 2018 International Free Agent signing period.

100. Misael Urbina (Min, OF)

#100 belongs to a high upside Latin player that we love. He has plus speed and the bat speed to project to have power down the road. He should make his debut in the US in 2020.

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2020 Fantasy Second Base Rankings

2B rankings artworkBelow are the rankings of second base for the 2020 fantasy season. The listed was last updated on January 26, 2020.

1. Jose Altuve (HOU) Altuve, along with the rest of his Houston teammates, have something to prove in 2020 and I’m betting they will do exactly that.

2. Gleyber Torres (NYY) There was no sophomore slump in 2019 for the 23-year-old budding superstar. A long run at shortstop is about to commence, making this the last year he’ll likely quality at 2B. SS-77

3. Jonathan Villar (MIA) There will be no red lights in Miami this year. He’ll also be adding outfield eligibility to his already middle-infield eligibility by the middle of April. SS-97

4. Ozzie Albies (ATL) He now has two full great seasons under his belt and is just heading into his age-23 season. He duplicated his stellar rookie campaign with 24 homers, 100-plus runs scored, and missed by one duplicating his stolen base production. He upped his base-on-balls total from 36 to 54, a very good sign. If any one player is poised to move to the top of the charts at Second Base, it could be Ozzie Albies.

5. Keston Hiura (MIL) As a top-ranked prospect, Hiura entered 2019 with lofty expectations and he delivered. A 30-15 type season could be right around the corner for this budding star.

6. Whit Merrifield (KC) Mid-teens power combined with 20-to-25 thefts and the always great BA has its charms. One of the safest floors at his position. OF-77

7. DJ LeMahieu (NYY) When an eight-year veteran hits a third of his career home runs in the 2019 season it has to be somewhat concerning. When that player also has a proven solid hit tool like DJ LeMahieu and is eligible to play all over the infield….it helps in alleviating those concerns. 2B-75, 3B-52

8. Max Muncy (LAD) Back-to-back 35 home run seasons combined with eligibility all over the infield is so enticing. 1B-65, 3B-35

9. Jeff McNeil (NYM) With a little more power or speed, McNeil could potentially move higher among his peers. There are no questions about his ability to control the strike zone. 3B-31, OF-93

10. Ketel Marte (ARZ) 2019 proved to be an amazing breakout year for the 26-year-old Marte. In 49 more at-bats he increased his total hits from 135 to 187, fueling increases in his offensive production across the board. Will 2020 bring progression, regression, or simply more of the same? OF-96

11. Mike Moustakas (CIN) After producing 38, 28, and 35 homers over the past three seasons, he finally gets to call one team home for the next four years. The Reds will be the beneficiary and expect more solid power production in 2020. 3B-105

12. Eduardo Escobar (ARZ) When I see this type of increase from a player in his age-30 season (12 HR/34 RBI) it begs me to wonder if it’s a repeatable occurrence. I’ll take the cautious approach heading into 2020. 3B-144

13. Kevin Newman (PIT) Is a 15-25 type season in the cards for the young Pirates middle-infielder? I’m betting on it. It just seems a shame that he didn’t bring Kramer along for the ride. SS-104

14. Cavan Biggio (TOR) In 2019, Biggio hit 16 homers and swiped 14 bases in 354 at-bats. He also struck out a ton but that was offset by the 71 walks. A 20-20 campaign is very well within the range of possibility. If playing in an OBP format, bump him up a notch or three.

15. Brandon Lowe (TB) Low and behold, after inking a very team friendly six-year $24 million extension, he delivered a very strong first half. A combination of a shin and quad injury derailed his second half, but the potential we witnessed in the first half bodes well for his success in 2020.

16. Ryan McMahon (COL) The revolving door at second in Colorado appears to have been resolved. The strikeout rates are still alarmingly high, but there is no doubting the 25-90 potential. 3B-22

17. Gavin Lux (LAD) Lux is poised to follow in Keston Hiura’s footsteps, but just be very cognizant of the fact that should he struggle, the Dodgers have no shortage of options that they can turn to.

18. Tommy Edman (STL) The fact that Edman is currently going 14’th off the board at the “keystone corner”in NFC drafts is a pretty good indicator that he is no longer flying “under the radar.” 3B-55

19. Rougned Odor (TEX) Thirty homers, ten stolen bases, and take your choice of a .200 BA or .290 OBP. If you can take the hit in BA/OBP, the power/speed numbers will be an asset.

20. Michael Chavis (BOS) The power is nothing short of amazing. The million dollar question is will the hit tool catch up? 1B-49

21. Luis Arraez (MIN) The hit tool is nothing short of amazing. The million dollar question is will the power game catch up? OF-21

22. Freddy Galvis (CIN) He moved from one bandbox in Toronto, to another in Cincinnati and kept on driving the ball out of the park. Toss in a handful of stolen bases and based on his current ADP of 372 there could be some sneaky value to be had. SS-110

23. Kolten Wong (STL) 2019 was the first time since 2015 Wong managed to get in 400+ at-bats. It’s tough to bet on a repeat.

24. Jurickson Profar (SDP) The promise displayed in 2018 faded very quickly in Oakland last year. The .218 BABIP explains some of the problem, but it’s time for Profar to step up his game in what has to be considered a make it or break it type year.

25. David Fletcher (LAA) Whether it is in a full-time role at second, or in a super-sub capacity, those solid on-base skills should land Fletcher a home at the top-of-the-lineup in Anaheim. SS-39, 3B-90, OF-23

26. Starlin Castro (WAS) Castro is coming off a solid season in Miami and the change of scenery will do him good. In deeper Leagues, a 20-70 type season holds decent value. 3B-45

27. Garrett Hampson (COL) Repeat after me. All he needs is the opportunity. All he needs is the opportunity. Will the Rockies grant us this request? OF-33 x

28. Isan Diaz (MIA) Diaz struggled in his first audition last year, but that solid 26-70 season at Triple-A New Orleans in 2019 should not be forgotten. The Marlins haven’t.

29. Luis Urias (MIL) The move from Petco to Miller is definitely a good one. How good? Only time will tell. SS-41

30. Mauricio Dubon (SFG) The 20 homers and 10 stolen bases at Triple-A in 2019 are a harbinger of things to come now that he has procured a full-time role with the Giants.

31. Niko Goodrum (DET) SS-38, OF-32
32. Cesar Hernandez (CLE)
33. Robinson Cano (NYM)
34. Nick Madrigal (CWS)
35. Jonathan Schoop (DET)
36. Shed Long (SEA)
37. Dee Gordon (SEA)
38. David Bote (CHC) 3B-67
39. Enrique Hernandez (LAD) OF-43
40. Franklin Barreto (OAK)
41. Adam Frazier (PIT)
42. Hanser Alberto (BAL) 3B-66
43. Tommy La Stella (LAA) 3B-30
44. Jose Peraza (BOS) SS-39, OF-35
45. Asdrubal Cabrera (WAS) 3B-98
46. Howie Kendrick (WAS) 1B-48
47. Chris Taylor (LAD) SS-39, OF-69
48. Ty France (SDP) 3B-36
49. Brendan Rodgers (COL)
50. Nicky Lopez (KC) SS-33
51. Chad Pinder (OAK) OF-77
52. Wilmer Flores (ARZ)
53. Aledmys Diaz (HOU) 1B-26
54. Joey Wendle (TB) 3B-27
55. Ehire Adrianza (MIN) 1B-20, 3B-24
56. Jason Kipnis (FA)
57. Sheldon Neuse (OAK)
58. Vidal Brujan (TB)
59. Brian Dozier (FA)
60. Eric Sogard (MIL)
61. Yolmer Sanchez (FA)
62. Luis Rengifo (LAA)
63. Harold Castro (DET) OF-44
64. Tony Kemp (OAK) OF-33
65. Hernan Perez (CHC) SS-21
66. Daniel Robertson (TB) 3B-43
67. Mike Brosseau (TB)
68. Ildemaro Vargas (ARZ)
69. Josh Harrison (PHI)
70. Chris Owings (COL)
71. Eduardo Nunez (FA)
72. Joe Panik (TOR)
73. Brock Holt (FA)
74. Daniel Descalso (CHC)
75. Adeiny Hechavarria (ATL) SS-27
76. Greg Garcia (SDP)
77. Donovan Solano (SFG)
78. Scooter Gennett (FA)
79. Ben Zobrist (FA)
80. Addison Russell (FA) SS-21

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2020 Texas Rangers Top 15 Prospects

rangersOur review of the 2020 Texas Rangers Top 15 prospects is now available.

1. Leody Taveras (OF)

2. Josh Jung (3B)

3. Hans Crouse (RHP)

4. Cole Winn (RHP)

5. Sam Huff (C)

6. Nick Solak (2B/3B)

7. Steele Walker (OF)

8. Bubba Thompson (OF)

9. Joe Palumbo (LHP)

10. Julio Pablo Martinez (OF)

Prospect 11-15 can be found here.