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Caveat - this is 12-team mixed league ... which means there's ridiculous hitting depth all over the place.  

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Jordyn Adams Los Angeles Angels

Baseball America -- now that we've already devoured this year's top 100 prospects -- looking ahead to next year's.

Jordyn Adams, OF, Angels: A two-sport athlete out of high school, Adams has plenty of raw tools that he’s working to turn into skills. If he succeeds, he has one of the higher upsides in the Angels’ system and could become one of the coveted players who provides both power and speed.

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Dylan Carlson St. Louis Cardinals

More helium today, this time from BP, unveiling the top Cardinals prospects.

1. Dylan Carlson, OF
Height/Weight: 6’3” / 205 lbs
Drafted 33rd overall in the 2016 draft, Elk Grove HS (Elk Grove, CA); signed for $1.35 million
Previous Ranking(s): 
11th (Org)
2019 Stats: 
.281/.364/.518, 21 HR, 18 SB in 108 games for Double-A Springfield; .361/.418/.681, 5 HR, 2 SB in 18 games for Triple-A Memphis

The Report: There’s breakout prospects and then there’s breakout prospects. Carlson is the latter. He had spent the last couple years flashing big tools while putting up fine, but unspectacular, performance albeit while relatively young for his leagues. In 2019 he finally started tapping into his raw power, and a move to center field went well enough—stupid Cardinals Devil Magic—and he’s gone from a good org name with some tweener tendencies to a potential five-tool center fielder and national darling. It’s not a lock he sticks up-the-middle. Although he’s a good baserunner, he’s not a true burner. He’s filled out in his upper body and has maintained his loose, athletic swing. He has plus bat speed from both sides of the plate and gets to his plus raw power without sacrificing any barrel control. Some .290, 25 home run seasons are likely, and if he can actually handle center in the majors, All-Star games will follow.  

OFP: 70 / All-Star outfielder

Variance: Medium. There’s a chance he continues his growth and there’s a bit more in the tank at the plate. There’s also the risk he’s more of a .270, 20 HR corner outfielder who plays center once or twice a week. That’s still a very nice major leaguer, but not a star.

Major league ETA:  2020

Mark Barry’s Fantasy Take: 

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Jorge Polanco Minnesota Twins

Not as big an uptick in HR/FB as you would expect -- until you see the uptick in FB.

Jorge tailed off a bit Post All-Star (.273/341/447) and, depending what they do with the baseball, those are the slash stats I would expect to see this season.

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Gregory Polanco Pittsburgh Pirates

From Rotoworld in December:

... Gregory Polanco (shoulder) is throwing up to 120 feet with no issues.
Spin: Polanco was shut down in September to receive PRP injections in his surgically-repaired left shoulder, but Pirates medical director Todd Tomczyk said Monday that everything is progressing well. There are still hurdles to cross, but the hope is that he'll have no restrictions going into the spring. Polanco, 27, batted just 242/.301/.425 line over 42 games with the Pirates in 2019.
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Kevin Pillar San Francisco Giants

Non-tendered by the Giants, still looking for a team.

He will do better than an NRI. Won't he?

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Tommy Pham San Diego Padres
Austin Riley Atlanta Braves

With the Ozuna signing, and all the other parts I mentioned in their OF in the Ozuna thread - I'd expect the go-for-broke Braves to ship a young arm plus Riley for a 3B upgrade if he isn't helping them win games right away.

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Joc Pederson Los Angeles Dodgers

Hit nine homers in 23 games (61 AB) in September. On the season hit zero homers in 49 AB against lefties. Slashed .270/.364/.647 in Dodger Stadium, which is to say he wasn't the same player on the road.

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Marcell Ozuna St. Louis Cardinals

NL .. DH ... NOOOOOOOO!!!!

Phil Ponebshek Texpope
Mookie Betts Boston Red Sox

Today on there is a funny set of articles regarding trade talks between the Padres and Red Sox, with everyone agreeing on one thing...that the Padres would like to obtain Betts.  But to me it sounds like two teams talking past one another.

The Pads wanna send Myers and the $61 million he is owed, plus a couple of non-elite prospects to Boston for Betts.  Meanwhile the Sox seem willing to deal Betts, but want two elite prospects AND wanna link David Price and his $96 contract obligation in the package to San Diego.

That sounds like most of the trade proposals I experienced receiving in old online ESPN Leagues....  Please send me your best player for these 5 guys I don't want to keep!

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX
Isaac Paredes Detroit Tigers

His very thorough profile in the Guide sees a different ETA.

He signed with the Cubs out of Mexico as a 17
year old for $500,000 because of his bat. He
makes lots of contact, stays away from bad
pitches, and has shown decent power as he’s
advanced through the minors for the Tigers, 
to whom he was traded the next year. The bat
is going to play, everyone agrees, but he has a
defensive problem. He came up playing mostly
shortstop, but has been transitioning to third
base because of his stocky build (which is
becoming more so as he ages). Can he stick at
third? Does he end up playing first? The value
of the bat changes in each equation. He’ll start
this year in Triple-A, work on his defense and
wait for a call to the majors that’s more likely in
2021 than this year. 

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Marcell Ozuna St. Louis Cardinals

Manfred created a tradeable piece by adding a 26th player to the major league roster.

He can make it's permanence a part of the agreement. I also expect the NL to get the DH in the next agreement. DH's in general make a good bit more than the 13th hitter or pitcher on a team and generally go to older (read slower) players who can still hit.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Brandon Marsh Los Angeles Angels
Isaac Paredes Detroit Tigers

Tim's pick as the Tigers' 3B by end of the season. Rotowire has him No. 6 in the team's prospect rankings.

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Buck Farmer Detroit Tigers

Joe Jimenez has the job, but I'll toss down a buck betting that Farmer finds his way into some saves this season.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Dawel Lugo Detroit Tigers

I'm going to be keeping a close eye on Isaac Paredes. He's just about ready (should start the year at Triple-A) and we could see him at some point in the second half of 2020.

Tim McLeod tlmcleod
Austin Riley Atlanta Braves

Austin Riley (OF) ATL - Jan. 23

Riley will be vying for the everyday third-base job in spring training, Grant McAuley of 680 The Fan reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: General manager Alex Anthopoulos addressed the media after the Marcell Ozuna signing became official and said that he's received promising reports on Riley this winter in regard to Riley making corrections with his swing. That is good to hear as Riley fell apart after a hot start and was ultimately left off the NLDS roster. Johan Camargo is Riley's top competition for a starting job with Josh Donaldson now in Minnesota. Both can move around but Camargo can play the middle-infield positions (which Riley cannot) and would probably be the better fit on the bench. 

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Dawel Lugo Detroit Tigers

Dawel Lugo (3B) DET - Jan. 23

Lugo is expected to compete with Jeimer Candelario for the everyday third-base job, Cody Stavenhagen of The Athletic reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: Lugo likely has an early leg up on Candelario, as the 25-year-old finished the 2019 season as Detroit's primary option at the hot corner. Neither Lugo nor Candelario impressed during his time with the Tigers last season, however, leaving the door open for either one to seize control of the starting job. 

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Shed Long Seattle Mariners

Shed Long, subject of my longest post in 2019 (back in June), apparently is at the top of the depth chart this year at second base.

Shed Long (2B) SEA - Jan. 23

General manager Jerry Dipoto confirmed Long will handle the majority of playing time at second base, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.

ROTOWIRE RECOMMENDS: It sounds like the Mariners are planning to deploy Dee Gordon in a utility role while giving Long the reins at second base. Long spent most of the 2019 season shuttling between Triple-A Tacoma and the Mariners, though he put together a .289/.337/.518 triple-slash over his final 23 games after earning a September promotion. 

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