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  1. 2018 "Deep" Sleepers

    Reggie Lawson, 20 year old starting pitcher for the Padres. He was the 71st pick of the 2016 draft. Last year in full season who struggled with walks (35 in 73 innings). Lawson was still promoted in high A Lake Elsinore. In three starts this year he has only walked three batters in 15 innings and has allowed two runs with a 0.87 whip and 20 strikeouts.
  2. Keston Hiura 2B MIL

    Basing anything off of three games is silly. In 2016, Rafael Devers hit 138 in April in the Carolina league and played 58 games in the MLB in 2017.
  3. Keibert Ruiz- C Dodgers

    Ruiz is starting the year in AA as a 19 year old catcher. Pretty surprising since he only had 38 games at high A and Will Smith is also at AA. Ruiz DHed the first game and Smith caught and Ruiz caught and Smith DHed the second game.
  4. Addison Russell 2018 Outlook

    That is the starting line up at the beginning of the season but Madden loves to tinker and Almora and Zobrist are still around. In a 12 team mixed league with daily lineups I drafted Baez, Happ and Russell figuring at least two will start every day. On the other hand I am doing my rankings for a NL only draft and I am ranking Arcia higher than Russell because I know Arcia is playing every day if healthy.
  5. MacKenzie Gore- SP SD

    Every time someone posts in this thread I am going to cross my fingers and hope it is not news about an arm injury. I think that is the only thing that is going to keep Gore from being a star.
  6. Baseball Prospectus 2018 Top 101

    To me with prospects this year there are two tiers. There are 10-15 players that best case are stars, worse case if they stay healthy, they are still solid major leaguers and then there are everybody else. I liked what the fangraphs article said The gap between prospect No. 5 on this list, Fernando Tatis Jr., and prospect No. 35, Corbin Burnes, is 30 spots, and there’s a substantial difference in talent there. The gap between Ke’Bryan Hayes (No. 56) and Leody Taveras (No. 86), meanwhile, is also 30 numerical places, but the difference in talent is relatively small. I don't think Mejia is anywhere near that top tier. The Indians catchers are not great and Mejia has had a year at AA but there is no talk about bringing Mejia up. It says a lot about what they think of his defense abilities.
  7. Baseball Prospectus 2018 Top 101

    They also seem too high on Francisco Mejia at 5 and JP Crawford at 14 Both seem to have fallen on many other lists recently. It is uncertain whether Mejia will stick at catcher and rating him higher than Eloy Jimenez, Senzel, Alex Reyes, Fernando Tatis Jr and Forrest Whitley seems particularly questionable.
  8. 2018 MiLB draft results thread

    It is one of those things I just don't see the other side of the issue. A first year player draft in a dynasty league is for players in their first year in a MLB organization. What difference does it make if Mikolas and Thames were playing in Asia or retired and cameback?
  9. 2018 MiLB draft results thread

    This is the second year. Thames was part of the initial draft.
  10. 2018 MiLB draft results thread

    I have an issue in my dynasty league and wanted to get opinions. I thought this would be the most appropriate place since it involves a 1st year player draft. The dynasty league that I am is in its 2nd year. We will be having our first 1st year draft shortly. I picked up Miles Mikolas a couple month ago when was rumored to be returning to the MLB. He previously pitched in a mlb organization for five years. He has enough innings to not even be eligible for the minors according to league rules. Tonight the commissioner drops Mikolas from my team with the explanation that Miles Mikolas is part of our upcoming draft. He is an International Free Agent and IFA rules apply. Thanks. The rules say ENTRY DRAFT: Each year we will have a 3 round draft sometime after major league baseball holds it's first year player entry draft. This draft will include players drafted in the MLB draft and all international players signed since the beginning of the previous RSD draft . Am I right to be upset that a player who was previously with a MLB organization should not be in a 1st year draft? Is anyone else in a dynasty league where Mikolas would be in the 1st year player draft?
  11. Oswaldo Arcia LF ARZ

    What you were called out for and now refuse to acknowledge, is when you said that Arcia could have been the centerpiece for a trade for Sonny Gray or Michael Fulmer. That was not anywhere close to reality. The point is that Arcia went to Japan because he could not get a MLB contract.
  12. Which prospects are you higher on than most people, and why?

    I think Hays a RF that may be able to play CF in an emergency but not on a regular basis.
  13. Which prospects are you higher on than most people, and why?

    Cedric Mullins. He does not seem to be on anyone's top prospect list but I think he will be the Oriole starting centerfielder and leadoff hitter in 2019. Mullins held his own in 2017 at AA after skipping high A, despite being plagued by hamstring problems. He is a very good centerfielder and Adam Jones will be a free agent after 2018 and probably should move to a corner outfielder position anyway. It does not hurt that Buck Showalter seems to be his biggest fan. Mullins is not going to be a star but 15 homer and 15 SBs with a lot of runs are realistic.
  14. D.J. Stewart - OF BAL

    Stewart is an interesting player. He looks more like someone from the company softball team than a major league prospect. However, he is more athletic than he looks. He has stolen 46 based over the last two years. Steward was a 1st round round pick in 2015 as an advanced college bat and looked like a bust in the NY Penn and Sally leagues. However, his stats have improved each step up the ladder . Stewart is a very patient hitter. I don't think the outlook for playing time for Stewart is great for 2018. Unless they pay most of their contracts or take on an equally bad contract the Orioles are stuck with Christ Davis at 1B and Mark Trumbo at DH. This means that Mancini is the LF. Adam Jones is still the centerfielder although he has lost range and probably should be moved to RF. Anthony Santander has to be in the majors for the first 44 games and Austin Hays is the Orioles best position prospect since Manny Machado came up in 2012. Cedric Mullins in another outfield prospect that was at Bowie in 2017. Mullins is a favorite of Buck Showalter. The Orioles should be in rebuild mode, but that does not seem to be happening. Even if they trade Machado, they are looking for major league ready players. It is entirely possible that they add another outfielder which would make it even more crowded for Stewart.
  15. Oswaldo Arcia LF ARZ

    LOL. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2017/12/oswaldo-arcia-signs-ham-fighters-japan-npb.html