The cream of the present-and-future crop at the keystone.
In our last Dynasty Dynamics, Craig and I broke down the top four dynasty third basemen and came to a rough consensus as to how they should be ranked heading into 2016. Because we’re incapable of producing original column ideas more than twice a year, we’ll now do the same thing with second basemen. Enjoy!
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AL-Only keeper question
Does Kris Bryant sucking on the road this year mean anything?
Keep a pitcher, WFFOTW edition.
There is no ending!
Did you listen to the last TINO? If so, a) congrats, you’re a true fan, and b) we’re so, so sorry. Yet one redeemable item that emerged from that trainwreck of an attempt at audio entertainment was our discussion of third base and its dynasty implications. As we noted on the podcast, third base is once again a solid position in which fantasy owners can invest, and that’s especially true for those of us who play in long-term leagues. Gone are the days of deciding between Chris Johnson and Juan Uribe. A new era is upon us.
Should I use CBS for my fantasy league?
True Detective Season 2
Fantasy breakout prospect candidates
Top dynasty players at each position
Jose Altuve - Jason Kipnis - Robinson Cano
Carlos Correa - Troy Tulowitzki
Josh Donaldson - Manny Machado - Kris Bryant
Mike Trout - Bryce Harper - Andrew McCutchen - Giancarlo Stanton
Clayton Kershaw - Jacob deGrom - Chris Sale
The situation: New York has taken a solid lead in the AL East thanks in large part to one of the best offenses in baseball. The starting pitching hasn’t been up to the task as of late though, and with the Yankees unwilling to move their big prospects at the trade deadline to improve the rotation, they’ll call up one of those untouchable prospects in Luis Severino to make his debut Wednesday against the Red Sox.
Background: The Yankees gave Severino $225,000 in the summer of 2012 as a raw right-hander out of Sabana de la Mar in the Dominican Republic. Despite being in the system for only three years, he’s advanced quickly and put up imposing numbers along the way; with a career ERA of 2.30 and 323 strikeouts in just over 320 innings. He’s been even more impressive in 2015 – particularly since his call up to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes-Barre, where the 21-year-old right-hander has posted a 1.91 ERA in 61 innings before receiving his call-up to The Bronx.
Pick a petal, eeny meeny miny mo / And flower, you're the chosen one...
The situation: The Red Sox rotation has been better as of late, though one could argue that is only because it couldn’t pitch any worse. Now that Boston is all but mathematically eliminated, the Red Sox will turn to one of the top pitching prospects in its system in Henry Owens.
Background: Owens was one of the more well-known prospects coming into the 2011 MLB Draft, and his combination of relatively advanced stuff along with a very projectable frame saw him go 37th overall in a very strong pitching class. After an inauspicious start in his first full season, Owens was very impressive in both 2013 and 2014, striking out over a batter an inning and posting ERAs below 3.00 in each year. He ranked behind only Blake Swihart in the Red Sox top-10 this offseason, and 46th overall in the BP 101 coming into the season.
Is Ketel Marte the next Chris Taylor? Or Brad Miller?
The situation: Stop me if you’ve heard this one before, but the Mariners offense is lethargic in 2015; ranking in the bottom third in the majority of the important offensive categories. With another year of missing the playoffs (essentially) a foregone conclusion, Seattle will call up Marte and hope he can provide a glimmer of hope for 2016 and beyond.
Background: Marte was not a highly touted international signee; joining the Mariners in August of 2010 without much fanfare. After a pair of mediocre seasons in the Dominican Summer and Northwest Leagues, Marte took a major step forward in 2013 – hitting .295 at three different levels – and followed it up with a .304/.335/.411 season with Double-A Jackson and Triple-A Tacoma in 2014. Despite a broken left thumb, he’s continued that progression in 2015, ranking in the top 10 of the Pacific Coast League in batting average (.314) and stolen bases (20).
Evaluating the Troy Tulowitzki Trade
The Ben Zobrist Trade
The Johnny Cueto Deal
(We apologize for the audio issues this episode, they will be cleaned up for the next one)
Do you believe in Nick Castellanos?
Trading a top 100 guy
Bad MiLB All-Stars
TINO as various emotions
The top 500
Dylan Bundy and the never-ending sadness
There Is No Ending!