2017 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: #2 Pick

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1. Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
2. Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)
3. Chris Sale (Bos – SP)
4. George Springer (Hou – OF)
5. Jonathan Villar (Mil – 2B,3B,SS)
6. Buster Posey (SF – C,1B)
7. Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
8. Jean Segura (Sea – 2B,SS)
9. Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
10. Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
11. Rick Porcello (Bos – SP)
12. Adam Duvall (Cin – OF)
13. Kelvin Herrera (KC – RP)
14. Tony Watson (Pit – RP)
15. A.J. Ramos (Mia – RP)
16. Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
17. Miguel Sano (Min – 3B,OF)
18. Drew Smyly (Sea – SP)
19. Ben Zobrist (ChC – 2B,OF)
20. Melky Cabrera (CWS – OF)
21. Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF)
22. Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP)
23. Brett Gardner (NYY – OF)

I thought this was a decent draft, but then I looked at my team and said, “Where are all the good players?” Actually, I think this is a pretty well rounded team. There are no categories that are really weak but there aren’t any that are really strong either. Yahoo actually gave this mock draft an A+ and while I can’t say I agree with that ranking I can be happy with how the team turned out.

Round 1) Mookie Betts – Betts provides huge upside with his ability to produce in all five categories.

Round 2) Corey Kluber – Kluber is a safe pitcher who will provide top ten value

Round 3) Chris Sale – I considered going Votto here and I think that would be a good pick. However, locking up two studs on the mound was too good to pass up.

Round 4) George Springer – I was happy to see Springer fall this far and scooped him up quickly.

Round 5) Jonathan Villar – Villar’s multi position eligibility around the infield is really nice and he does not lack power like many other speed guys. Combining him with Betts and Springer gives me three players who can produce in every category.

Round 6) Buster Posey – There is a significant drop off in the catcher position after the top four and Posey is arguably the best. His ability to play first base allows him to receive extra at bats and it’s nice to lock down a tough position.

Round 7) Carlos Carrasco – Carrasco has big time potential and to be able to grab him as a number three starter is fantastic.

Round 8) Jean Segura – Just adding to the speed that this team has. He fills the middle infield and brings nice 2B/SS eligibility with him.

Round 9) Evan Longoria – Longoria will bring some power to this team that is currently lacking a little bit. Third base thins out quickly and it’s good to grab a reliable one.

Round 10) Eric Hosmer – Hosmer rounds out the infield nicely and should provide decent numbers in four categories.

Round 11) Rick Porcello – Grabbing the reigning AL Cy Young winner as a number four starter is a good idea. He may not replicate his numbers, but he should still pitch well enough to warrant this pick.

Round 12) Adam Duvall – Duvall should help give this lineup some pop while hurting the average a little bit.

Round 13) Kelvin Herrera – I needed to grab a closer and Herrera was the best available.

Round 14) Tony Watson – Closers are going fast.

Round 15) A.J. Ramos – See above^^^

Round 16) Dustin Pedroia – He was the best bat available.

Round 17) Miguel Sano – I like that Sano has big time power and he could potentially be a steal this late in the draft.

Round 18) Drew Smyly – Pitching in Seattle should help Smyly bounce back after a disappointing year in 2016.

Round 19) Ben Zobrist – Bench depth

Round 20) Melky Cabrera – Decent all around numbers.

Round 21) Curtis Granderson – Solid power numbers, scores a lot of runs, will hurt in average.

Round 22) Matt Shoemaker – Taking a flier on a pitcher with upside.

Round 23) Brett Gardner – Gardner has shown he can provide decent numbers in all categories.

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft: #1 Pick

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I’ll be posting mock drafts from picks 1-10 to get an idea of what to expect with each pick. I’ll list the team first and my explanations for each pick below.

1. Mike Trout (LAA – OF)
2. Joey Votto (Cin – 1B)
3. Corey Kluber (Cle – SP)
4. Jon Lester (ChC – SP)
5. J.D. Martínez (Det – OF)
6. Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B)
7. Todd Frazier (CWS – 1B,3B)
8. Hanley Ramírez (Bos – 1B)
9. Masahiro Tanaka (NYY – SP)
10. Wade Davis (ChC – RP)
11. Roberto Osuna (Tor – RP)
12. Matt Harvey (NYM – SP)
13. Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP)
14. Adam Eaton (Was – OF)
15. Stephen Piscotty (StL – OF)
16. Tony Watson (Pit – RP)
17. Dansby Swanson (Atl – SS)
18. Brandon Belt (SF – 1B)
19. Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B)
20. Joc Pederson (LAD – OF)
21. Russell Martin (Tor – C)
22. Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF)
23. Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea – SP)

Round 1) Mike Trout – This is the easiest pick of all time. Don’t overthink this. Trout is the best.

 Round 2) Joey Votto – There weren’t many batters left that I really wanted and I think this pick was a bit of a reach. I considered going with two starting pitchers here, but decided that I would rather grab an extra stud bat.

 Round 3) Corey Kluber – It came down to Kluber or Syndergaard and I decided to go with the safer option. I think Syndergaard has more upside and could potentially be a top two pitcher, but Kluber has a much safer floor.

Round 4) Jon Lester – Grabbing Lester in the fourth feels like stealing. I was able to lock down a second stud pitcher and this feels like great value.

Round 5) J.D. Martinez – It’s always nice to get a big power bat and Martinez fell right where I wanted him. Not only does he possess nice power, but he brings a solid average with him as well.

Round 6) Ian Kinsler – Kinsler isn’t the prettiest pick on the board and there were a few other players I was considering here instead. The thing I like about Kinsler is his consistency and his ability to produce in all categories.

Round 7) Todd Frazier – Frazier won’t have the best average, but he hits ding dongs with the best of them. My team can afford to take the hit in the average category for the big time power that Frazier provides.

Round 8) Hanley Ramirez – If Hanley can stay healthy this year he is going to be one of the best value picks in the draft. He provides nice power and will hit in the heart of a stacked lineup that is looking to prove they can produce without David Ortiz. Hanley should also see some at bats at DH which will help to keep him fresh throughout the season.

Round 9) Masahiro Tanaka – Tanaka has pitched like a stud his entire career and while there are a few minor injury concerns he is a really strong number three starter.

Round 10) Wade Davis – Davis should thrive as the Cubs new closer and is a top tier closer.

Round 11) Roberto Osuna – I figured I would go back to back closers here to make sure that I get some saves. Grabbing a few elite closers is also a nice boost to ERA and WHIP.

Round 12) Matt Harvey – I hated this pick the minute I made it. The Mets are going to be cautious with Harvey returning from injury and this was way too high to pick him. Bleh.

Round 13) Dallas Keuchel – I like this pick a lot more. Keuchel may not pitch like 2015, but he should bounce back from what was a disaster year in 2016.

Round 14) Adam Eaton – Eaton should provide decent numbers in all categories and is the type of player that is nice to pick up late in drafts.

Round 15) Stephen Piscotty – This pick really helps shape up the offense. Piscotty should provide solid power numbers while contributing in both runs and RBI.

Round 16) Tony Watson – Watson provides saves.

Round 17) Dansby Swanson – Swanson is one of my favorite sleeper picks this year as he should provide owners with nice stats in AVG and runs. He is my go to guy late in drafts if I miss one of the top shortstops.

Round 18) Brandon Belt – Belt fell pretty far in this draft and he is a nice guy to add to the bench.

Round 19) Jonathan Schoop – I like the power that Schoop provides as a second baseman and he is a really solid bench player.

Round 20) Joc Pederson – Pederson has the potential to provide some huge power numbers and he may even sneak some steals in.

Round 21) Russell Martin – Catcher is a tough position to fill once the bug guys are gone. I’m happy grabbing Martin this late.

Round 22) Jacoby Ellsbury – These late rounds are all about taking chances and why not with Ellsbury. He’s shown he can put up big time numbers if he remains healthy and he is worth a shot this late in the draft.

Round 23) Hisashi Iwakuma – I grabbed Iwakuma for some pitching depth.

FULL DRAFT

Round 1
(1)  – Mike Trout (LAA – OF) 
(2)  – José Altuve (Hou – 2B)
(3)  – Mookie Betts (Bos – OF)
(4)  – Kris Bryant (ChC – 1B,3B,OF)
(5)  – Nolan Arenado (Col – 3B)
(6)  – Paul Goldschmidt (Ari – 1B)
(7)  – Manny Machado (Bal – 3B,SS)
(8)  – Clayton Kershaw (LAD – SP)
(9)  – Trea Turner (Was – 2B,OF)
(10)  – Josh Donaldson (Tor – 3B)

Round 2
(1)  – Anthony Rizzo (ChC – 1B)
(2)  – Madison Bumgarner (SF – SP)
(3)  – Max Scherzer (Was – SP)
(4)  – Bryce Harper (Was – OF)
(5)  – Miguel Cabrera (Det – 1B)
(6)  – Corey Seager (LAD – SS)
(7)  – Charlie Blackmon (Col – OF)
(8)  – Carlos Correa (Hou – SS)
(9)  – Starling Marte (Pit – OF)
(10)  – Joey Votto (Cin – 1B) 

Round 3
(1)  – Corey Kluber (Cle – SP) 
(2)  – Noah Syndergaard (NYM – SP)
(3)  – Edwin Encarnación (Cle – 1B)
(4)  – Chris Sale (Bos – SP)
(5)  – Ryan Braun (Mil – OF)
(6)  – Francisco Lindor (Cle – SS)
(7)  – George Springer (Hou – OF)
(8)  – David Price (Bos – SP)
(9)  – Jake Arrieta (ChC – SP)
(10)  – Yu Darvish (Tex – SP)

Round 4
(1)  – Robinson Canó (Sea – 2B)
(2)  – Jonathan Villar (Mil – 2B,3B,SS)
(3)  – Johnny Cueto (SF – SP)
(4)  – Xander Bogaerts (Bos – SS)
(5)  – Brian Dozier (Min – 2B)
(6)  – Freddie Freeman (Atl – 1B)
(7)  – Trevor Story (Col – SS)
(8)  – Nelson Cruz (Sea – OF)
(9)  – Giancarlo Stanton (Mia – OF)
(10)  – Jon Lester (ChC – SP) 

Round 5
(1)  – J.D. Martínez (Det – OF) 
(2)  – Daniel Murphy (Was – 1B,2B)
(3)  – Rougned Odor (Tex – 2B)
(4)  – Carlos González (Col – OF)
(5)  – A.J. Pollock (Ari – OF)
(6)  – Kyle Seager (Sea – 3B)
(7)  – Christian Yelich (Mia – OF)
(8)  – Andrew McCutchen (Pit – OF)
(9)  – Carlos Carrasco (Cle – SP)
(10)  – Yoenis Céspedes (NYM – OF)

Round 6
(1)  – Jacob deGrom (NYM – SP)
(2)  – Kenley Jansen (LAD – RP)
(3)  – Adrián Béltre (Tex – 3B)
(4)  – Ian Desmond (Col – OF)
(5)  – Justin Verlander (Det – SP)
(6)  – Wil Myers (SD – 1B,OF)
(7)  – Buster Posey (SF – C,1B)
(8)  – José Abreu (CWS – 1B)
(9)  – Stephen Strasburg (Was – SP)
(10)  – Ian Kinsler (Det – 2B) 

Round 7
(1)  – Todd Frazier (CWS – 1B,3B) 
(2)  – Chris Davis (Bal – 1B)
(3)  – Zach Britton (Bal – RP)
(4)  – Kyle Schwarber (ChC – C,OF)
(5)  – Grégory Polanco (Pit – OF)
(6)  – Justin Upton (Det – OF)
(7)  – Gary Sánchez (NYY – C)
(8)  – Dee Gordon (Mia – 2B)
(9)  – Jean Segura (Sea – 2B,SS)
(10)  – Aroldis Chapman (NYY – RP)

Round 8
(1)  – Billy Hamilton (Cin – OF)
(2)  – Mark Trumbo (Bal – OF)
(3)  – Adam Jones (Bal – OF)
(4)  – Chris Archer (TB – SP)
(5)  – Khris Davis (Oak – OF)
(6)  – Kyle Hendricks (ChC – SP)
(7)  – Matt Carpenter (StL – 1B,2B,3B)
(8)  – Matt Kemp (Atl – OF)
(9)  – Evan Longoria (TB – 3B)
(10)  – Hanley Ramírez (Bos – 1B) 

Round 9
(1)  – Masahiro Tanaka (NYY – SP) 
(2)  – Seung Hwan Oh (StL – RP)
(3)  – Mark Melancon (SF – RP)
(4)  – Jason Kipnis (Cle – 2B)
(5)  – Gerrit Cole (Pit – SP)
(6)  – Alex Bregman (Hou – 3B)
(7)  – Eric Hosmer (KC – 1B)
(8)  – Anthony Rendón (Was – 3B)
(9)  – Carlos Santana (Cle – 1B)
(10)  – Zack Greinke (Ari – SP)

Round 10
(1)  – Jonathan Lucroy (Tex – C,1B)
(2)  – Kenta Maeda (LAD – SP)
(3)  – Jackie Bradley Jr. (Bos – OF)
(4)  – Cole Hamels (Tex – SP)
(5)  – David Dahl (Col – OF)
(6)  – Carlos Martínez (StL – SP)
(7)  – Julio Teherán (Atl – SP)
(8)  – Craig Kimbrel (Bos – RP)
(9)  – José Quintana (CWS – SP)
(10)  – Wade Davis (ChC – RP) 

Round 11
(1)  – Roberto Osuna (Tor – RP) 
(2)  – Brad Miller (TB – 1B,SS)
(3)  – José Bautista (Tor – OF)
(4)  – Rick Porcello (Bos – SP)
(5)  – Andrew Miller (Cle – RP)
(6)  – Danny Salazar (Cle – SP)
(7)  – DJ LeMahieu (Col – 2B)
(8)  – Albert Pujols (LAA – 1B)
(9)  – Edwin Díaz (Sea – RP)
(10)  – Willson Contreras (ChC – C,OF)

Round 12
(1)  – Dellin Betances (NYY – RP)
(2)  – Álex Colomé (TB – RP)
(3)  – Félix Hernández (Sea – SP)
(4)  – Michael Fulmer (Det – SP)
(5)  – Ken Giles (Hou – RP)
(6)  – Odubel Herrera (Phi – OF)
(7)  – Justin Turner (LAD – 3B)
(8)  – Danny Duffy (KC – SP,RP)
(9)  – Evan Gattis (Hou – C)
(10)  – Matt Harvey (NYM – SP) 

Round 13
(1)  – Dallas Keuchel (Hou – SP) 
(2)  – Kelvin Herrera (KC – RP)
(3)  – Adam Duvall (Cin – OF)
(4)  – John Lackey (ChC – SP)
(5)  – Dustin Pedroia (Bos – 2B)
(6)  – David Robertson (CWS – RP)
(7)  – Cody Allen (Cle – RP)
(8)  – Yasmani Grandal (LAD – C)
(9)  – Kendrys Morales (Tor – 1B,OF)
(10)  – Aarón Sánchez (Tor – SP)

Round 14
(1)  – Lorenzo Cain (KC – OF)
(2)  – José Ramírez (Cle – 3B,OF)
(3)  – Tanner Roark (Was – SP)
(4)  – Jameson Taillon (Pit – SP)
(5)  – Rich Hill (LAD – SP)
(6)  – Aaron Nola (Phi – SP)
(7)  – Adrián González (LAD – 1B)
(8)  – Marcus Stroman (Tor – SP)
(9)  – Andrew Benintendi (Bos – OF)
(10)  – Adam Eaton (Was – OF) 

Round 15
(1)  – Stephen Piscotty (StL – OF) 
(2)  – Kevin Gausman (Bal – SP)
(3)  – Miguel Sano (Min – 3B,OF)
(4)  – Kole Calhoun (LAA – OF)
(5)  – Steven Matz (NYM – SP)
(6)  – J.T. Realmuto (Mia – C)
(7)  – Jake Lamb (Ari – 3B)
(8)  – Eduardo Núñez (SF – 3B,SS)
(9)  – Salvador Pérez (KC – C)
(10)  – Víctor Martínez (Det – 1B)

Round 16
(1)  – Hunter Pence (SF – OF)
(2)  – Aledmys Diaz (StL – SS)
(3)  – Jeurys Familia (NYM – RP)
(4)  – Francisco Rodríguez (Det – RP)
(5)  – Jeff Samardzija (SF – SP)
(6)  – Lance McCullers (Hou – SP)
(7)  – Sonny Gray (Oak – SP)
(8)  – Jake Odorizzi (TB – SP)
(9)  – Marcell Ozuna (Mia – OF)
(10)  – Tony Watson (Pit – RP) 

Round 17
(1)  – Dansby Swanson (Atl – SS) 
(2)  – Vince Velásquez (Phi – SP)
(3)  – Troy Tulowitzki (Tor – SS)
(4)  – A.J. Ramos (Mia – RP)
(5)  – Brian McCann (Hou – C)
(6)  – James Paxton (Sea – SP)
(7)  – Sean Manaea (Oak – SP)
(8)  – Maikel Franco (Phi – 3B)
(9)  – José Peraza (Cin – 2B,SS,OF)
(10)  – Héctor Neris (Phi – RP)

Round 18
(1)  – Adam Wainwright (StL – SP)
(2)  – Raisel Iglesias (Cin – SP,RP)
(3)  – Ben Zobrist (ChC – 2B,OF)
(4)  – Julio Urías (LAD – SP)
(5)  – J.A. Happ (Tor – SP)
(6)  – Ryan Madson (Oak – RP)
(7)  – Anthony DeSclafani (Cin – SP)
(8)  – Drew Smyly (Sea – SP)
(9)  – Sam Dyson (Tex – RP)
(10)  – Brandon Belt (SF – 1B) 

Round 19
(1)  – Jonathan Schoop (Bal – 2B) 
(2)  – Garrett Richards (LAA – SP)
(3)  – Adam Ottavino (Col – RP)
(4)  – Álex Reyes (StL – SP,RP)
(5)  – Dexter Fowler (StL – OF)
(6)  – Michael Brantley (Cle – OF)
(7)  – Addison Russell (ChC – SS)
(8)  – Jay Bruce (NYM – OF)
(9)  – Byron Buxton (Min – OF)
(10)  – Yasmany Tomás (Ari – OF)

Round 20
(1)  – Javier Báez (ChC – 2B,3B,SS)
(2)  – Matt Moore (SF – SP)
(3)  – Trevor Bauer (Cle – SP,RP)
(4)  – Ryon Healy (Oak – 3B)
(5)  – Elvis Andrus (Tex – SS)
(6)  – Randal Grichuk (StL – OF)
(7)  – Michael Conforto (NYM – OF)
(8)  – Welington Castillo (Bal – C)
(9)  – Joe Ross (Was – SP)
(10)  – Joc Pederson (LAD – OF) 

Round 21
(1)  – Russell Martin (Tor – C) 
(2)  – Mike Napoli (Tex – 1B)
(3)  – Ender Inciarte (Atl – OF)
(4)  – Keon Broxton (Mil – OF)
(5)  – Devon Travis (Tor – 2B)
(6)  – Melky Cabrera (CWS – OF)
(7)  – Taijuan Walker (Ari – SP)
(8)  – Curtis Granderson (NYM – OF)
(9)  – Yoan Moncada (CWS – 3B)
(10)  – Carlos Beltrán (Hou – OF)

Round 22
(1)  – Tim Anderson (CWS – SS)
(2)  – Michael Pineda (NYY – SP)
(3)  – Yadier Molina (StL – C)
(4)  – Carlos Rodon (CWS – SP)
(5)  – Matt Shoemaker (LAA – SP)
(6)  – Jon Gray (Col – SP)
(7)  – Marco Estrada (Tor – SP)
(8)  – Jerad Eickhoff (Phi – SP)
(9)  – Robbie Ray (Ari – SP)
(10)  – Jacoby Ellsbury (NYY – OF) 

Round 23
(1)  – Hisashi Iwakuma (Sea – SP) 
(2)  – Drew Pomeranz (Bos – SP)
(3)  – C.J. Cron (LAA – 1B)
(4)  – Stephen Vogt (Oak – C)
(5)  – Tyson Ross (Tex – SP)
(6)  – Matt Holliday (NYY – 1B,OF)
(7)  – Nomar Mazara (Tex – OF)
(8)  – Danny Valencia (Sea – 1B,3B,OF)
(9)  – Chris Carter (NYY – 1B)
(10)  – Logan Forsythe (LAD – 2B)

Mike Trout Wants To Steal 40 Bags in 2017

mike-troutMike Trout said Saturday that he wants to swipe at least 40 bases in 2017. Well, better go ahead and move him up your draft boards based on that declaration. In all seriousness though, Trout is already the consensus top overall pick and the fact that he wants to run even more is certainly a boost to his already sky-high value. He made a similar declaration before the 2016 season about wanting to run more and increased his stolen base output from 11 to 30.

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If Trout wasn’t already the top ranked batter on everybody’s draft board then I just don’t understand baseball anymore. This proclamation of wanting to steal forty bases is fantastic news for anybody who is lucky enough to land the top pick. I have seen arguments made for Kershaw being taken first overall and I completely understand where those arguments are coming from. Kershaw has pitched at an incredible level over the past seven years and is certainly worthy of being in the conversation for the number one pick.  However, there is just no way that I could pass on the best player in baseball if I were picking at number one. Now this isn’t going to change Trout’s value because there is nowhere to go. He’s already the best. But it brings a lot more excitement for those who are able to land Trout.

Cardinals Alex Reyes To Have Tommy John Surgery

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Alex Reyes (elbow) will require Tommy John surgery. The worst fears for Reyes have been confirmed, as he’ll now miss the entire 2017 season while in rehab mode. It’s a brutal blow for the Cardinals, who were hoping that their prized top prospect would be a major contributor this season. The good news, if anything, is that Reyes is still just 22 years old. He still has a bright future ahead of him, but it’s just going to be delayed a bit due to this health setback. 

 Well this sucks. Reyes was the Cardinals top ranked prospect and pitched incredibly well in limited innings last year at only 21 years old. Reyes flashed major upside by striking out over a batter per inning while maintaining an ERA under two and this is just a devastating blow. Coming back from Tommy John is not what it used to be and players are coming back better than ever so it’s not like this is a career ending injury. It just sucks to see a player with such huge potential have a setback like this so early in his career.

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In fantasy leagues Reyes was being selected as a late round flyer who possessed big upside in all categories. It looked like he was going to be locked into the rotation and could have logged upwards of 150 innings and some big time strikeout numbers. While he may not pitch in the 2017 season he will be a name to remember for the future.

 

How Long Should MLB Managers Have To Challenge A Play?

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I hate the fact that managers can challenge plays in the MLB. It’s such a pain in the ass when a play is challenged and the umpires take fifteen minutes to review a play that could be decided upon in ten seconds. The game is already slow moving as it is and replay has just made it even slower. This new rule would make it so that managers would only have thirty seconds to decide if they want to challenge a play. This seems like a solid compromise for those of us who hate replay. Yes, we will still have to wait while it is being reviewed, but it eases the pain of the dreaded challenge.

Hanley Ramirez Plans To DH A Lot This Season

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Red Sox president Dave Dombrowski said Monday that Hanley Ramirez “wants to DH a lot.”

Which is good, because that’s where he’ll get the large majority of his starts in 2017. Hanley holds an impressive .331/.381/.634 career slash line as a designated hitter. The role seems to suit him well, and he could be headed for a huge year as the replacement to David Ortiz.

 First things first, I love Hanley Ramirez. I’ve been on the Hanley train since the Red Sox traded him back in 2005 and I haven’t ever considered leaving. That being said this news is music to every Sox fans ears. While not an absolute disaster it can be agreed on that Hanley was not a great first baseman as he posted a -1.3 dWAR in 2016. The move to DH could open up more at bats for Ramirez as he has been injury prone throughout his career and staying off the field could help keep him fresh throughout the season.

Looking at this from a fantasy perspective should make owners salivate at the thought of landing Ramirez in the eighth round. Playing in an absolutely loaded lineup in one of the best hitting ballparks in the league led to a huge year in 2016 and the same can be expected in 2017. He should be locked into the four or five hole throughout the season and will have plenty of opportunities to rack up all kinds of fantasy goodness.

 

Brandon Phillips Traded To The Atlanta Braves

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Braves acquired 2B Brandon Phillips and cash from the Reds in exchange for LHP Andrew McKirahan and RHP Carlos Portuondo.

At first glance this trade seems like it doesn’t make much sense for the Reds. They are receiving two low end players who most likely won’t contribute to their season and giving up their starting second baseman. But it looks like the move was made to make room for the speedy Jose Peraza who looked impressive in his limited time in the majors last year. The Reds moving on from Phillips makes Peraza an intriguing sleeper pick for those looking for steals late in their drafts. Peraza’s stats remind me of Dee Gordon, who is currently being drafted in the eighth round of standard ten team leagues. If Peraza is able to produce like he did last year he could be an absolute steal in drafts this spring.

This brings me to the Braves side of the trade. I don’t think this has any effect on Phillips and how he produces this season. He will slide in as the Braves starting second baseman and likely hit in the bottom half of the lineup which limits his upside. He may still be able to produce stats that resemble his 2015-2016 seasons, but those are not worth paying up for in any draft. Phillips looks bench player who can be taken towards the end of drafts.