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April 8, 2014

Dynasty Dynamics

AL West U25 Lists

by Ben Carsley and Craig Goldstein


As trying as it is to work with Ben, the payoff seems more worthwhile. So it goes with dynasty leagues that require more investment, result in more frustration, and take up more time than you ever thought possible (all these apply to working with Ben as well). We know how much effort our subscribers put into their leagues because we do the same, and we wanted to provide our readers with the things we crave as well, which is how this project came to be.

For this exercise, we're each going to rank our top-30 U25 fantasy players by division before we collaborate on a top-150 list once this portion of the project is complete. For each division, we'll give you our individual rankings and then discuss any major discrepancies in our rankings, talk about some sleepers we wanted to rank higher and take cheap shots at each other along the way. It will be like the TINO podcast, but for your eyes, complete with an imaginary Bret Sayre breaking up our fights.

Just like with the preseason organizational top prospect lists, players will have to be born after April 1, 1988 to qualify, and just like with the preseason lists, there is of course an element of subjectivity that comes with these rankings. But unlike the preseason lists, these rankings are all about fantasy.

After kicking off this series with our look at the NL West last week, in this edition we give the junior circuit some love by examining the AL West.

Ben's Rankings

Craig's Rankings

1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels

1. Mike Trout, OF, Angels

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Matt10

No faith in Tyler Skaggs long term?

Apr 08, 2014 05:26 AM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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Good catch. Not a lack of faith, but the lists we were using as a template omitted him because he was not on the angels when their list came out and traded by the time the DBacks list was published. I'd probably slot Skaggs right around James Paxton.

Apr 08, 2014 05:32 AM
 
BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Ugh, thanks. I'd have Skaggs at 15, behind Brad Miller and ahead of Rougned Odor.

Apr 08, 2014 06:20 AM
 
bigchiefbc

As someone who plays in a dynasty points league, I'm always curious how far down you'd drop the big SB guys, since SB is just another way to get a couple points, and not so insanely important as it is in roto.

Apr 08, 2014 08:44 AM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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I'd drop Altuve significantly. I'm not sure how much lower he goes on this list because it's mostly prospects behind him, but he and Springer would drop (Springer due to steals and Ks). In a list with more talent at the MLB level though, he'd probably be close to the bottom.

Apr 08, 2014 08:47 AM
 
bigchiefbc

Thanks for the info. I assume Andrus would drop a healthy amount too, correct?

Apr 08, 2014 09:11 AM
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danfinn01

Name one guy not on your list you expect to be on next years.

Apr 08, 2014 10:08 AM
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BP staff member Ben Carsley
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Everyone who is 25 now.

Apr 08, 2014 10:17 AM
 
BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Just some comedy jokes. It would not surprise me to see Gallo or Cosart off the list all together for non-age reasons next year. Some concern with Singleton as well.

Apr 08, 2014 10:19 AM
 
BP staff member Craig Goldstein
BP staff

Since Ben can't read, I'll attempt to answer the question. Either Ron Guzman or Lewis Brinson could easily be one it, and I'll throw in Lance McCullers, Jr. or Vincent Velasquez. Taylor Lindsey could also squeeze on the back end thanks to proximity to the big leagues.

Apr 08, 2014 10:27 AM
 
BP staff member Ben Carsley
BP staff

Oops. I'll second Brinson and Velasquez and add Kaleb Cowart and Delino DeShields as some possibilities, too.

Apr 08, 2014 10:44 AM
 
tacostruck

Lots of Mariners on the list. But why Montero? The M's have given up on him. He showed up overweight to camp but hit well in 31 PA this spring. I don't think he will ever see a major league park again. Your thoughts?

Apr 08, 2014 13:09 PM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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Clearly, we think he will see a major league park again. He's only 24 years old, and I still think he can hit. It might never be in Seattle, but I think he can still become a productive major league. I don't know that he *will*, hence the placement towards the bottom of the list but I don't think he's talentless either.

Apr 08, 2014 13:14 PM
 
tacostruck

Thanks. As a Mariners fan he's been a huge disappointment. But good to get someone else less biased opinion of him, hopefully he can make it back somewhere.

Apr 08, 2014 13:25 PM
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Silverback38

Ben and Craig, I know I'm late on the train but if you're still around, can I get a couple sentences on why you ranked Williams in comparison to Gallo. I have the ability to acquire either and I'm curious your opinions. As always, I appreciate ya'lls great work.

May 04, 2014 19:29 PM
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BP staff member Craig Goldstein
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Thanks for the kind words. Speaking for myself, obviously, I like Williams hittability and think it will help his power play up. Add in plus speed, and while he's not a defensive asset, he should be a fantasy force. High average, solid (maybe above?) average power, plus speed... that all adds up for me.

I'm the low-man on Gallo out of TINO and I still like him. But there's tremendous risk in the skillset for me, due to the swing and miss. He's made huge strides in cutting down the strikeouts in High-A and he's still just under 28% right now. That concerns me going forward even if the power is a raw 80. Gallo is athletic, but speed isn't a part of his game so we're talking a 2 category contributor for the most part, though potential impact in both categories, versus someone who should be a 5 category contributor in Williams. Pick your poison on that, but I prefer diverse skillsets if I can get them.

May 04, 2014 19:53 PM
 
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