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1) Austin Meadows OF
2017 wasn’t a great year for Meadows. His prospect stock took a pretty big hit where once he was seen as an easy top 10. Some also thought the Pirates had multiple chances to get him up to the bigs with Cutch rumors and the Marte suspension. I think this might be more of an anomaly than reality. Meadows had a ground ball % almost 10 points higher in AAA than ‘16 and a fly ball % about 10 points lower than 16. His stock is at an all-time low, and I like the idea of trying to buy-in right now.
2) Mitch Keller SP
Keller did everything right in 2017. He had a great season, and a great showing the AFL. I watched him pitch three times, and one thing becomes clear quickly, and that this is a guy that is going to paint corners and live off his command. His FB sat low mid 90’s. Not a ton of movement, but his control is plus. He goes to his curve a lot as his strikeout pitch, but through multiple starts I noticed how there was consistent contact made on it, and minimal SKO’s. Some of the contact was weak, but so much contact that it has me worried if he doesn’t mix. Overall though Keller should get a chance soon, and I think he’s at worst a SP4 for the Pirates.
— The Welsh (@IsItTheWelsh) October 17, 2017
3) Cole Tucker SS
Tucker is a SB machine. He’s not locked to that though, as he the power is starting to develop as well as solid AVG. He’s been a bit injury prone with a shoulder issue, and then an ankle which cancelled his AFL trip. His power is growing which gets me excited, because if we are looking at 15 HR and 30+ SB, we’ve got a poor man’s Trea Turner. I wouldn’t hold strong to that comp, but the general idea sticks.
4) Shane Baz SP
Baz is one of the more exciting arms from the ‘17 class that I’m excited to get a full season look at. Baz has three plus pitches with his FB that he moves around the zone, a cutter and a slider. There isn’t a ton of business in his delivery which might help him get a handle on control issues. Since most haven’t heard much of Baz, and there hasn’t been a full season look, I would be active in acquiring him in first year player prospect drafts in dynasty
. 5) Ke’Bryan Hayes 3B
Hayes is definitely a contact guy. There has been very little power to speak of, and I couldn’t confidently say that will ever change. His ability to hit for contact though might allow him to walk into some teens power. One of my top reasons for being in on Hayes is I love the speed from someone at 3B. If it sticks, it could be some of the best speed from the position.
6) Mason Martin 1B
7) Taylor Hearn SP
8) Conner Uselton OF
9) Calvin Mitchell OF
10) LoLo Sanchez OF
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Episode 60 – 10 Round 12 Team Prospect Mock with Ralph Lifshitz of Razzball
Ralph Lifshitz from Razzball joins me to break down my 10 round 12 team industry prospect mock draft. We go round by round with are favorite and least favorite picks. We’re also discussing the loss of Forest Whitley and Brent Honeywell.
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Mock 5.0 15 Team Roto Draft Results
Here are the result of our 15 team roto Mock Draft 5.o. Bogman and Welsh break down the players, some strategies, the teams and a look at some of the best and worst picks of the draft in the Mock Draft 5.o Podcast.
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