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Drafting team on top 100 prospect list

from Top 88 Foreground Drafting team of the list

When we put together our prospect lists each year, we try to rank players based on how they’ll perform in the majors going forward. Projection is the name of the game.

This year’s Top 88 list is no exception, we once again Try studying the proverbial crystal ball to predict who will be the best major league player.

On this week’s MLB Pipeline podcast, we got to try and pick our favorites. in a round, Jim Callis, Sam Dykstra, Jonathan Mayo, and Jason Ratliff used Top 88 as a talent pool, and pick one players (including three outfielders, one right-handed and one left-handed pitcher), based on who we think will have the most long-term value.

Sam set an Outlook reminder for January 26, , so we can recap, See who wins the draft.

Callis Team
1. (1) Gunnar Henderson, 3B/SS, Orioles (No. 1) 2. (8) Diego Cartaya, C, Dodgers (No. ) 3. (9) Kyle Harrison, LHP, Giants (No. 10)

4. (16) James Wood, OF, Nationals (No.

)5. (14) Brett Baty, 3B/OF, Mets (No.

)6. (22) Grayson Rodriguez, RHP, Orioles (No. 7)7. (24) Michael Busch, 2B/OF, Dodgers (No.


8. (29) Jordan Lawlar, SS, D-backs (Number )9. (33) Evan Carter, OF, Rangers (No. 88 ). (39 ) Miguel Vargas, 3B/OF/1B, Dodgers (Number 34)
I always try to use these things to check job scarcity but no

; I don’t think there is an obvious first pick. I think Termarr Johnson may have the best value relative to his position, but no & don’t want to make him 1-1. I also considered Corbin Carroll, because you have to find three outfielders. But in the end I just decided to go with the best player.

I think the drop off after the first two catchers is big, so Kataya is an easy pick. Also thought LHP was skinny so I took Harrison, although I knew it would affect me in other positions.

I feel like I hope no one slips a little and gets my next pick because everyone is on Make good choices. Barty’s qualifying run in the outfield was a nice break. The only break I caught was when Sam picked Kyle Manzardo, which meant I could push Vargas to my last pick – I kind of assumed he when this starts, I will be my first baseman.

There are a lot of shortstops, so I’m just waiting. You may know me ‘ d Take Carter.

Mayo team
1. (2) Corbin Carroll, OF, D-backs (No. 2) 2. (7) Andrew Painter, RHP, Phillies (No. 6) 3. () Jackson Holliday, SS, Orioles (No.


4. (12) Tyler Soderstrom, 1B/C, A’s (No.


5. (18) Harry Ford, C, Mariners (No. )

6. (18) Ken Waldichuk, LHP, A’s (No.

)7. (26) Endy Rodriguez, 2B/C/OF (No. )
8. (30) Zac Veen, OF, Rockies (Number25)
9. (33) Emmanuel Rodriguez, OF, Twins (No. 73)

. (39) Cam Collier, 3B, Reds (Number 69)
I’m trying to combine top talent with high upside, which leads to picks that could be construed as “touches”. I definitely followed the chalk and took Carroll with the 2nd pick – a good position because I can react to anything Jim does and pick us at the 2nd pick The second pick makes sense.

My next two picks are also along these lines, picking what I think is the best player on the field without worrying too much about positional depth. Sure, I could get a really good RHP later, but I really wanted Painter, our best pitching prospect, so I went for it. After recovering from the shock that Jim didn’t pick Holiday’s back-to-back picks, I couldn’t help but pick the guy he kept saying would be the top rookie in baseball a year from now.

I started taking care of some of those scarce positions after that. I really like Soderstrom and Manzardo in 1B, and even thought I’d been on the Manzardo train for a while, I’d pick the higher ranked one. I see the lefty split between Voldicchuk and DL Hall, and I think he’s a clear starter who might end up in the bullpen, which is why I bring the A’s lefty there. I didn’t pick the highest-ranked receiver on the board because I really believe in Ford and have said (previously on the Pipeline Podcast) that I think the Mariners’ athletic back will be our No. 1 receiver a year from now. Then I used the positional flexibility to have Andy Rodriguez fill me in at second base, and I think he’s really going to get hit. I may have reached Emmanuel Rodriguez (I cornered the market on E. Rodriguezes) and Collier, but when the former reached its peak 14 prospect and the latter at the top of the third baseman list, I’m going to look smart.
Dykstra Team

1. (3) Francisco Alvarez, C, Mets (3rd) 2. (6) Jackson Chourio, OF, Brewers (No. 8) 3. () Ricky Tiedemann, LHP, Blue Jays (No.

)4. (10) Druw Jones, OF, D-backs (Number )5 . (18) Kyle Manzardo, 1B, Rays (No. ) 6. (18) Curtis Mead, 2B/3B, Rays (Number 34)7. (26) Eury Pérez, RHP, Marlins (No. )

8. (30) Marcelo Mayer, SS, Red Sox (No. 9)

9. (34) Josh Jung, 3B, Rangers (No. 30)

. (38) Elijah Green, OF, Nationals (Number 36)
I joked on the podcast that I was going to use a draft strategy (think NASCAR) because I would wait for my draft mates to pick a player from top heavy and then steal A prospect I think is close in the near future. That’s how Tiedemann and Manzardo — two prospects I really like — end up being relatively high picks compared to their Top 80 status because I want to raid before a rough drop on the roster at lefty and first base.
That said, my goal is really the high ceiling type that I can and have been happy with my outfield Chourio, Jones and Green. Some hitting tool issues could prevent this trio from reaching its full potential, but would it be a shock if the trio someday formed a starting NL All-Star outfield? Not really.

Since this is about long-term value, I’m less worried about Álvarez’s defensive issues right now, and more inclined toward his 69 level power potential. I’d be happy with any of our top 4 shortstops, so I’m waiting, but Mayer gives me a good balance of hit and glove, similar to Chourio and Jones. Bring on the next decade de.

Team Ratliff
1. (4) Jordan Walker, OF/3B, Cardinals (No. 4) 2. (5) Termarr Johnson, 2B, Viking 26)3. () Elly De La Cruz, SS/3B, Reds (No.

)4 . () Triston Casas, 1B, Red Sox (No.
) 5. (20) Pete Crow-Armstrong, OF, Cubs (No.


6. (20) Sal Frelick, OF, Brewers (Number 24)7. (26) Anthony Volpe, SS, Yankees (No. 5)8. (28) Daniel Espino, RHP, Guardians (No. )9. (36) Kevin Parada, C, Mets (No. 32)

. (37) DL Hall, LHP, Orioles (No. 88 )
Going into the draft, I plan to wait for RHP and SS since the top has four each Overall Players As far as I’m concerned, I know I’d be happy to get either one.
with With the first three picks eliminated in that order, I went with the best player, Walker, who also qualifies as an outfielder and third baseman, which affords me some flexibility going forward. Then I did the max reach in the top 97 pick, pick Johnson, who I think might be the best value in the draft based on positional scarcity. Jim even considered him at 1-1.

For my third overall pick, I took De La Cruz, perhaps the most exciting rookie in baseball, with tremendous upside and additional positional flexibility. Then I grabbed the No. 1 first-base prospect, Casas, and got me the best prospect at every spot to the right of the diamond. I used the next two picks on the outfielder, skipped the higher level Veen got 73 level outfielders Crow-Armstrong and 46 level hitter Frelick.

With four picks left, the other three teams have already filled their C, RHP and LHP spots, so knowing I can wait for those spots, the other two teams still need shortstop, I grab Volpe, Top Ranked Shortstop Highest 76 and No. 5 Overall . Nice 26

I got the number 11overall Prospect, Espino, with 24th pick and the No. 32 Prospect, Parada, No.

. After the first two southpaws went with the ninth th picks, I am satisfied It was up to me to choose either of the remaining two lefties, so I ended up going with Hall.


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