The Dynasty Guru Podcast Episode 3 is live. Listen below, subscribe on iTunes or stream here. – Tom Trudeau, Nick Doran, and Tyler Baber discuss the consensus third base consensus rankings from the TheDynastyGuru.com.
Will one of Anthony Rendon, Alex Bregman, or Kyle Seager jump up to the same tier as Josh Donaldson?
What to make of Miguel Sano
Vets vs Youth: Justin Turner and Adrian Beltre or Jose Ramirez, Nick Castellanos and Maikel Franco?
Third Base Prospects: Rafael Devers, Nick Senzel and beyond
The back half of the top 50:Hernan Perez, Ryon Healey, Jeimer Candelario and the ghost of David Wright
If you’re a regular here, you surely know about TDGX, the 20-team dynasty league started in 2014 that counts several of the industry’s brightest dynasty minds among its participants. To my great pleasure, Bret invited me to take over one of three vacated teams, with the other two going to J.J. Jansons and George Bissell, who you probably know from around here too. As the new kids on the block, the three of us will be bringing back a regular column covering transactions in the league.
To get started, we asked each member of the league to give us some brief thoughts about the players they took or thought process they employed in our recently completed draft. The draft is five rounds long, and while the most appealing pieces are prospects who entered professional baseball through the draft or IFA last year, there’s some roster filling and scooping up of the few risers that slipped through the cracks during the 2015 regular season too. We’ll cover the first round today and hope to roll out the remainder before the regular season kicks off, which is thankfully just a short time away.
A new year has brought a new crop of writers to TDG, and we decided the best way to introduce our various styles, quirks, and personalities was via a mock draft. Eight of the new writers, and two of your old favorites, did a five-round slow mock draft of players who entered into the player pool in the past year. This includes 2015 international signings and Rule 4 draft picks. We’ve each written up a short explanation of our choice. Our hope is that you’ll be able to use this information to help you in the upcoming draft season. We’ll post each round separately along with a wrap-up post following the fifth round. At the end of it all, you’ll know 50+ players a little bit better, and you’ll know us a little better too.
This one is a no-brainer for me. With his rare combination of speed and power potential, Moncada offers the most upside of the group, and unlike most of the other players who are eligible for this draft, I have the benefit of almost 350 professional plate appearances to support my assessment. After his assignment to full season A ball, Moncada got off to a slow start. I’m guessing it had something to do with the long layoff, because he blew up in the second half, posting a .310/.415./.500 triple slash line along with 45 stolen bases and 25 extra base hits. The switch-hitting second baseman has the potential to fill up the box score from a historically weak position.
Every year the MLB Draft happens always with little fanfare in comparison to its contemporaries the NFL and NBA. There is no month long hype train on major outlets and rather than have the first round picks stats barrage you nonstop until draft day, a la Marcus Mariota and Jameis Winston, you actually have to search for the stats and vitals of first round baseball players. While the MLB Network has done a good job pushing the draft more than ever before we often still don’t know what to make of some of these players and how relevant they may be down the road for fantasy.
With Harold Reynolds throwing hall-of-fame comps on every first round pick (I personally heard Tony Gwynn and Don Mattingly before putting the TV on mute) it can be even more muddied as to what we should realistically expect. The aim for this article is to break down all seven shortstops that went in the top 30 picks and let you know whether they hold fantasy value. I will be using a five tier scale of value with the options being none, low, moderate, high, and extreme. Hopefully this makes planning for your personal fantasy team a bit easier without having to do all the digging.