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I was surprised <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=70335">Trevor Bauer</a></span> only made the references. He's been a pretty big advocate of this idea (and got made fun of for it).
For fantasy I'd probably still take Cease over the others. The deeper the league, the better someone like Clifton looks because at some point you just need starts, but otherwise I prefer a 20% chance of above-replacement-value contribution to a 100% chance of replacement value.
Thanks for the write-ups.
Was <span class="playerdef"><a href="http://www.baseballprospectus.com/card/card.php?id=109144">Vladimir Gutierrez</a></span> left out intentionally, or an oversight?
So Goldstein survives to 2017?
Probably wise to lose that first ten minutes.
I think that usage makes sense, but I wouldn't look at it as a "defensive replacement" so much as he's able to stay in the game after pinch running. Schoop, Machado, and Hardy are all better fielders than EverCab, although there may be uncertainty about how Machado or Schoop could handle SS at this point after having moved off. Hardy's pretty underrated defensively.
The fastest moving prospect is the one you move for an established major leaguer...
Is the top 101 coming out this week? Last year it was around this time.
Any chance more of the mock will be posted this week?
Betts has certainly rebounded from last year's rankings :)
So, about Segura... he really had the two big months at the start of 2013, which were out of character given what he had shown coming up in the minors, and has been mostly bad since. Maybe he's not 2014-bad next year, but I'd be avoiding him next year unless his reputation is truly down. Last year he was being flip-flopped with Desmond in dynasty rankings, which was ludicrous.
After some time my position has evolved to the following. Unless you are in a two-catcher league or similar deep format (-only league, 30-team league, etc.), never ever draft a catcher prospect.
You will almost always be passing up a better bat at another position, and in non-deep formats it's not hard to find someone who is "good enough" on waivers. It's hard to get a top-3 catcher but it's really easy to get someone who hits for middling average and 12-15 homers.
Also catchers develop so slowly that guys tend to lose their hype, which makes it harder to flip them for pieces you need to contend. You'll get a higher profit on a shiny new toy doing well in A-ball.
I think this article generally went towards some safer names for major-league talent, or maybe was assuming deeper leagues. Is anyone really still considering holding Nick Swisher?
Two guys I'm curious about are Josh Hamilton and Austin Jackson. Hamilton is just off his second poor season, his peripherals look terrible, his at-bats often look terrible, he doesn't hit lefties, he is mentally a mess, and he's always hurt in September. Jackson has moved backwards since 2012. They still seem to be rated highly in dynasty rankings (at least in the case of Bret's last set) but I'd like to see the case for still having either in a top 250 (or 12-team mix).
Hicks' problem is right-handed pitching, which of course is the majority of pitching. He was sent back to AA to drop switch-hitting and hit righty-righty and that experiment lasted maybe two weeks. That said the worst-case scenario for the Twins could be a cost-controlled platoon of Hicks and Arcia; not so great for fantasy owners but potentially pretty great for the Twins.
Peralta seemed a tier or two higher than I expected. Curious what Bret's thoughts are on him; does he project to be a solid mid-rotation? Chance at #2?
I hear you guys making fun of it, but I agree with whoever commented that too much agreement is kind of boring week after week. It's a good podcast either way, but it's better if there are contrasting views and then people go into the reasons behind them.
Cubs aren't very good at 3B, LF, or CF either, so there could be a lot of places for Bonifacio to play.
Hold that thought a few more days :)