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2017 MLB Draft Review

June 30, 2017 | by Simon Banks | Comments Comments Off
Royce Lewis could be a star for the Minnesota Twins.
Royce Lewis was a surprise as the top pick in the MLB Draft. (Al Schaben/Los Angeles Times)

By Simon Banks

On June 12, the MLB Draft got underway, with the Minnesota Twins selecting first overall. The 2017 draft class was of okay strength, but the first three overall selections could be great additions to their new MLB teams’ systems. So, let’s check out these future stars of baseball!

Royce Lewis, SS/OF, Minnesota Twins: Lewis was selected first overall in the 2017 draft – which came as a bit of a shock to many – with his immense athleticism on both sides of the ball impressing the Twins greatly. The scouting report marks him in as having a 70 run rating, as well as having a decent 55 grade hit. He’s very skilled with the bat in his hand and selects his shots well, with his tremendous athleticism helping him to grab the extra base.

Last season, Minnesota ended as the very worst team in the MLB with just 59 wins to 103 losses. Now, to add to them getting the first overall pick, the Twins, who lead the American League Central, can be backed at 13/2 with the bookmakers to win their division. It’s a no-brainer for regular punters but newcomers might want to brush up on the specifics (and learn how to tell the difference between a moneyline bet and a run line) with an online baseball guide.

The 18-year-old Lewis has signed a contract with Minnesota, which is great for the team as he is very versatile and extremely athletic, but he will require ample time to develop. He has the makings of a great player (get a sense of his skills in the video below) and has decent Fantasy potential down the line, especially considering his basestealing prowess, which is becoming a rarity in today’s game, so that alone should make him a fine asset.

Hunter Greene, SP/SS, Cincinnati Reds: Considered by many to be the best and most complete prospect in the 2017 draft, Greene was selected second overall by the Cincinnati Reds. As it stands, Greene has yet to sign with the Reds; he’s expected to be waiting for an amount that would top the draft class.

General Manager Dick Williams stated that Greene will have development focussed around pitching but that they will also allow him to take at-bats, as well as having the option for him to play in the field. Greene received high grades for his fastball, slider, control, power and arm, but it will likely be a few years before he suits up in the big leagues, with but a handful of teenage pitchers making it to the majors this century.

When he eventually completes his climb to the top, he will be a huge star of the game, one who fans will love to watch and Fantasy owners will wish they had on their team.

Mackenzie Gore, SP, San Diego Padres: Lanky 18-year-old lefty Gore was snapped up by the San Diego Padres third overall, having received strong scouting grades for all of his pitching skills, but particularly his fastball and curveball. The pitcher, who has since signed with the Padres, can reach 97 mph with his fastball and can maintain high velocity in late innings, with his curveball being a grand secondary offering.

Gore is a versatile pitcher showing clean mechanics and projects to be a strike-throwing lefty in the big leagues. He will require a fair amount of time to develop but, if he continues to enhance his strong base skill-set, he should become a good Fantasy option in the future.

From a draft class not rated among the best, three future stars emerged from the first three picks, and Fantasy owners should keep tabs on them all for the future — especially Greene.

Now it’s your turn. Let us know in the comments below which 2017 draft pick you expect to make the biggest Fantasy impact.

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The Wire Troll: Luis Castillo to the Rescue

June 25, 2017 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
Three years ago, Alvarez was just 24 and in the midst of a breakout season in which he recorded a 2.65 ERA en route to earning Cy Young consideration. The following year, he made just four starts and shoulder woes have kept him sidelined since. Well, he’s healthy now, putting on a showcase for MLB teams this weekend as he aims to get a chance to make a comeback. Given his still tender age, pedigree and tremendous control, Alvarez is worth tracking as we see how this plays out. Who knows? This Venezuelan could be a surprise source of value in the second half given how many teams need pitching help.
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The Wire Troll: Cesar Hernandez Keeps Raking for Phillies

April 16, 2017 | by David Weightman | Comments Comments Off
Since the start of the 2016 season, Hernandez ranks third in walks (68) and BABIP (.363), seventh in OBP (.371) and tied for seventh in batting average (.295) among all qualifying second baseman in the majors. In fact, that BABIP ranks eighth among any qualifying player in the majors over that span, at that’s a concern that he’s due for a correction at some point. But for now, it’s full steam ahead as in his last seven games, Hernandez is hitting .370/.414/.519 with four RBI.
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Reds Seeking Sweep in Mini Series

August 24, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
After flirting with 100 losses last season, the Cincinnati Reds bottomed out. Even if the team remains the cellar dweller in the NL Central, this year has been better and, lately, the Reds are showing signs of actually being a somewhat competitive team.
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The Wire Troll: Chad Green Earns Rotation Time for Yanks

August 21, 2016 | by RotoRob | Comments Comments Off
At this stage of the season, if you’re a keeper league owner that’s out it, you’re scouring the minors for possible options. Drafted by the Phillies in the ninth round out of college last year, Laird hit well in his pro debut in 2015, but injuries limited his action this season. However, he tore through Low-A and continues to rake at High-A, piling up plenty of runs at both stops. Laird is not young, so will need to move fast, but is worth tracking.
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