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2019 Preseason Forecast
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|2020-04-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Been a fair amount of criticism of the angels for blowing up the Petersen/stripling trade. I’m a little confused as to what the dodgers were doing. I get why they wanted to move Petersen but why stripling? It seems like the dodgers bullpen has been their Achilles heel the last few years and their rotation while great doesn’t have the greatest health track record.|
(Deron johnson from Cincinnati)
|They wanted to shed salary to avoid paying some of the luxury tax, and Stripling and Pederson were part of it. Stripling was a piece the Angels wanted for letting the Dodgers offload Pederson while giving up a relatively valuable piece like Rengifo. They brought in a few starters like bringing back Alex Wood, and also had Brusdar Graterol for the pen. May and Gonsolin were also rotation fallback options. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2019-10-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Between Spencer Howard and Brusdar Graterol, who is the better fantasy prospect and who is the better real life prospect?
PS, congrats on the new job!|
(Jon from DC)
|okay, look, it's prrrrrobably Howard in fantasy and maybe real life, because he's got a better chance to start and a fuller arsenal of pitches but if I'm picking one of the two give me Graterol's gas. His fastball is an incredible building block for a rotation and I know he's had some hiccups and missed time but...that's the arm I want. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2019-09-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)||Who would you rather have, Dylan Cease or Brusdar Graterol? Brusdar's stuff is FILTHY and he's around the plate. Cease is consistently wild but is ranked higher in most places. I get the bullpen worry for Graterol but his control is so much better than Cease. Gun to the head, but then you knock the gun from the guy's hand and point it at him and then tell him... Brusdar or Cease.|
(The Colonel from Pasadena, CA)
|Cease was up at midseason so he didn't get ranked, and Brusdar had the arm issue around then, but we only had them seven spots apart coming into the season, and I imagine that minor gap is more or less the same now. I have concerns about Cease's command long term, but he's flashed enough that boy if he ever does figure it out. And if not, he'd be as good a reliever as Graterol, who again, hasn't thrown over 102 innings in a season yet and has an elbow scar. It's huge variance on both, but for some reason the command stuff worries me slightly less than the durability stuff in this case. Maybe it's a "White Sox usually figure these guys out" thing. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2019-08-23 15:30:00 (link to chat)||I'm loving TINO being back. Are we going to get a very delayed FYPD from the guys and one of you Bret, or Ben? I think they should have to take over your squads. One guy gets first pick of your teams and the other gets first pick in the FYPD. haha.
Quick question: fantasy value for Brusdar Graterol? Do you think he has the upside to be, say, a top 50 fantasy SP?|
(jwdalton from TINO Return!)
|I think I touched on Brusdar before enough to answer that question. Good call on the FYPD. I'll ask JP and Mark and see if we can't get one of me, Bret, and Ben for it. Those are always fun. (Craig Goldstein)|
|2019-05-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Hi JP. 2 questions: Any tips on under the radar SP in the high minors w/2/3 upside? Already have gallen. Second, what are your thoughts on Zach Plesac?|
(pats1124 from Durham, NC)
|Not to be glib, but I'm not sure there are under-the-radar guys in the upper minors with that kinda upside. The internet community has gotten so much better at this stuff. Maybe a guy like Kyle Muller? Tony Santillan? I still don't think Brusdar Graterol or Ian Anderson get enough love. As far as Zach Plesac is concerned, he's interesting because the velocity ticked up significantly. I'm skeptical of his ability to stick in the rotation because he lacks a true breaking ball, and straight fastball/changeup guys don't have a great recent track record in the big leagues. (J.P. Breen)|
|2019-05-03 13:00:00 (link to chat)||How has Trevor Larnach looked so far this season? I see he's around .250 with a sub-.300 obp, but beyond the statline how does he look as a prospect?
Also, is there a chance Brusdar Graterol works his way up to Minny this season? I've been reading good things about him to start the season.|
(Flipai from Maryland)
|I've heard "just okay" thus far but it's really early and no one is down on his abilities. We're going to catch him in the coming month and we'll be sure to have some writeups based on those live looks.
Graterol has a shot depending on how aggressive Minnesota wants to be. They obviously have a chance to make a stand here with Cleveland in the shape it is in, but they might be prioritizing his long-term outlook to a degree that prevents it from happening. He could at least be an impact bullpen arm later in the year, in my view. (Craig Goldstein)
|2019-04-19 18:00:00 (link to chat)||Excluding anyone in the majors currently and also Vladdy dadi... give me your top 5 prospects of your choice to start a dynasty with. |
(Rocky from Los Angeles )
|I'll stick to guys I've seen, however briefly. Hitters would be Royce Lewis, Alex Kirilloff and Nick Madrigal. All are young, have very advanced hit tools and really understand the strike zone. Pitchers would be Mitch Keller, Brusdar Graterol and Ian Anderson. They each already have the requisite pitches and enough command of each to have pretty high floors and the chance to be great fantasy starters. (Scott Delp)|
|2018-06-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)||Brusdar Graterol is the next big thing, right? |
(Gyorgi from Georgia)
|Pitchers are rarely the next big thing. Dunno why, just seems to work out that way. Might be because they don't have the day by day performance to track. He's a guy whose gonna jump though, yeah. (Jeffrey Paternostro)|
|2018-02-05 12:00:00 (link to chat)||Is there a “Next Big Thing” out there that has the hype like Bryce Harper did when he was in high school? Someone that’s not currently in the Top 101, but will be a fast riser, and can be a high schooler, college guy, international player, or a guy in the minors. If not who will be the guy that rises the most in next years rankings like Acuna did?|
(SNDestroyU from Illinois)
|Harper was on the cover of Sports Illustrated as an amateur and declared a future perennial MVP candidate at 16. So, no, there is not. We talked about a few breakout candidates on the pod, but if you want a non-101 guy, Khalil Lee, Brandon Marsh (although I am personally lower on him than others), and yeah, Wander Javier. Brusdar Graterol and Chris Rodriguez are the arms that come to mind.
And a note on Acuna: I'm not one for victory-lapping, but we were well ahead of the industry on him, and that is a tribute to the work that David Lee did in the Sally in 2016. (Top 101 with Jeffrey Paternostro)
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