Keeper Rankings 2018

Posted: January 13, 2018 in League News

By Ryan Main

Sean won again (and again), blah blah blah…this time a no doubter for the whole season. Blah. blah blah blah. Blah. Here’s the rankings. Enjoy. Congrats Sean.

It’s been a weird offseason, so not many keeper or dynasty ranks available…all redraft ranks below.

From the great base these sites provided, I crunched some numbers, resulting in your keeper rankings…hope you enjoy!! All ranks are based on the sites above, so feel free to disagree with the top keepers highlighted on each team. I know we usually find several teams going off the board for players they love that have higher potential than current value suggests. To that end…here’s your top keepers for 2018 and how they rank against each other…

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2018 Draft Orders

Posted: October 25, 2017 in League News

ROOKIE KEEPER SLOW DRAFT – Starting Monday February 19th (email)

  1. Dick Dogs
  2. Dynasty
  3. Asshats
  4. Chronic (Gold Balls)
  5. Legacy
  6. Dick Dogs (Tribe)
  7. Chronic
  8. Crackheads (Poo Dogs)
  9. Fury
  10. Dick Dogs (Motor Boats)
  11. Tribe (Super Sods)
  12. Crackheads

ENTRY DRAFT – Saturday March 26th @4:30pm (The Pint)

  1. Asshats
  2. Dick Dogs
  3. Dynasty
  4. Legacy
  5. Tribe
  6. Chronic
  7. Poo Dogs
  8. Fury
  9. Motor Boats
  10. Super Sods
  11. Crackheads
  12. Gold Balls
  1. Fury
    Andrew Benintendi of, Red Sox bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 70 | Power: 60 | Speed: 55 | ETA: 2017
  2. Gold Balls
    Shohei Otani rhp/dh, unsigned bba_video_icon_red
    Fastball: 100 | Curveball: 60 | Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | ETA: ?
  3. Tribe
    Cody Bellinger 1b, Dodgers bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 60 | Power: 70 | Speed: 50 | ETA: 2017
  4. Chronic
    Victor Robles of, Nationals bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 60 | Power: 50 | Speed: 70 | ETA: 2018
  5. Dynasty
    Austin Meadows of, Pirates bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 60 | ETA: 2017
  6. Asshats
    Gleyber Torres ss, Yankees bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | ETA: 2018
  7. Fury
    Clint Frazier of, Yankees bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 50 | Power: 60 | Speed: 55 | ETA: 2017
  8. Legacy
    Gleyber Torres ss, Yankees bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 60 | Power: 55 | Speed: 50 | ETA: 2018
  9. Dynasty
    Joey Gallo, of, Rangers
    Hit: 50 | Power: 80 | Speed: 40 | ETA: 2017
  10. Gold Balls
    Yoan Moncada 2b/3b, White Sox bba_video_icon_red  
    Hit: 60 | Power: 60 | Speed: 70 | ETA: 2017


  11. Legacy
    Amed Rosario ss, Mets bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 60 | Power: 45 | Speed: 60 | ETA: 2017
  12. Chronic
    Ozzie Albies 2b/ss, Braves bba_video_icon_red
    Hit: 70 | Power: 40 | Speed: 70 | ETA: 2017

Chard and Main – RK Mock

Posted: February 7, 2017 in League News

Before the SuperBowl on Sunday, OBFBL Owners Sean Chard and Ryan Main knocked off an early RK Mock Draft.  I guessing this means Andrew Benintendi is being kept.  Here is how the mock draft went down….

Clint Frazier – ETA May/June 2017, 30 HR’s almost guaranteed in NY, eventually 10-15 SB’s to go with it.

Austin Meadows – There’s a reason Pit was open to moving McCutchen this offseason.  Meadows is real.

Gleybar Torres – Absolutely crushed the Arizona Fall League, batting .403 with a 1.158 OPS, but not likely to hit MLB until 2018

DYNASTY (This pick is rumored to be dealt to Damon)
Jose DeLeon – Consistent K-machine in the minors with a very low WHIP and immediately MLB ready.

Shohei Otani – According to Sportsnet, he’s the next Babe Ruth.  Will he pitch and DH, could a team limit either skill?  When will he arrive?

Victor Robles – Might have more tools than anybody in the minors and is still 19.  Scouts projecting him as a possible 30/30 player and perennial all-star, should debut in Washington early 2018

Eloy Jimenez – Looked fantastic on the big stage during the 2016 futures game, will hit the Cubs roster in 2017 and in a full season should easily crush 30 HR’s.  Limitations are defense and speed, but power comes easy.

Brendan Rodgers – When you’re expected to overtake the job from Trevor Story by mid season after he slugged 27 HR’s with a .909 OPS, you know you’re special

Rafael Devers – Devers was the reason Boston was able to move both Shaw and Moncada out as he brings plus power and defense with only Sandoval standing between him and his future

Lewis Brinson – Jumped from Rookie ball to AAA in 2016, batting.382 with a 1.005 OPS in AAA.  Should play in 2017 as only Choo or Gomez will block in in Texas and neither is consistently healthy

Ozzie Albies – Expected to crack the Braves roster early in 2017, Albies brings speed and defense, expected to steal 30+ bags consistently while manning 2B and presents higher upside than Dansby Swanson, high double play partner.

Bradley Zimmer – Zimmer has the hitting ability and on-base skills needed to become a dynamic top-of-the-order hitter, but it’s his 20-20 potential that could make him one of the more valuable up-the-middle players in the game once he’s fully developed.

Keeper Rankings 2017

Posted: January 20, 2017 in League News

By Ryan Main

Sean won again, blah blah blah…last day battle to take the win over Larry. Blah. blah blah blah. Blah. Here’s the rankings. Enjoy. Congrats Sean.

From the great base these sites provided, I crunched some numbers, resulting in your keeper rankings…hope you enjoy!! All ranks are based on the sites above, so feel free to disagree with the top keepers highlighted on each team. I know we usually find several teams going off the board for players they love that have higher potential than current value suggests. To that end…here’s your top keepers for 2017 and how they rank against each other…

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2017 Draft Orders

Posted: November 21, 2016 in League News

ROOKIE KEEPER DRAFT – Monday March 6th (online)

  1. Fury
  2. Gold Balls
  3. Tribe
  4. Dynasty (Dick Dogs)
  5. Dynasty (Poo Dogs)
  6. Asshats
  7. Fury (Motorboats)
  8. Legacy
  9. Motor Boats (Crackheads)
  10. Gold Balls (Super Sods)
  11. Legacy (Dynasty)
  12. Crackheads

ENTRY DRAFT – Saturday April 1st (Fisher Estates)

  1. Gold Balls
  2. Fury
  3. Tribe
  4. Poo Dogs
  5. Dick Dogs
  6. Asshats
  7. Motor Boats
  8. Sex Panthers
  9. Super Sods
  10. Dynasty
  11. Crackheads
  12. Legacy

2016 Rookie Keeper Draft

Posted: March 7, 2016 in League News

1. Gold Balls – Yulieski Gouriel
2. Asshats – Steven Matz
3. Fury – Alex Reyes
4. Gold Balls – Byung Ho Park
5. Poo Dogs – AJ Reed
6. Legacy – Nomar Mazara
7. Gold Balls – Orlando Arcia
8. Dick Dogs – JP Crawford
9. Fury – Tyler Glasnow
10. Tribe – Dansby Swanson
11. Legacy – Jesse Winker
12. Dick Dogs – Blake Snell

Keeper Rankings 2016

Posted: February 17, 2016 in League News

By Ryan Main

Domination was the story in 2015 as Sean’s Etobicoke Crackheads set a new league record with 114 rotos to capture his 2nd Shooter Cup. Sean also set records for largest margin of victory (20.5 rotos), single season strikeouts (1603) and single season WHIP (1.10). The in season battle really came down to who would finish 3rd and 4th as Carey and his Super Sods also had a large margin win in the 2nd place slot. Cheese’ Tribe and Larry’s Dynasty locked down the last two spots, denying both Kim and Chris their first money finish. This year’s rankings show that there are at least 3 teams with a healthy advantage over the rest of the league right out of the gate. The top 3 keeper sets this year all have very different methods for managing their teams throughout the season…whether it be to trade, upgrade through waivers or ride their youth. While any one of these strategies can work, it will be interesting to see if one of these teams or any of those ranked lower will successfully combine all three strategies to knock the Crackheads back into a rebuild.

With our keeper deadline pushed back, this allowed me to pull multiple sets of rankings for both the current season and keeper/dynasty rankings. Each site was given a weight in the composite ranking and I decided for the first time to weigh these all evenly as I’ve found all to be reliable over the past few years.

From the great base these sites provided, I crunched some numbers, resulting in your keeper rankings…hope you enjoy!! All ranks are based on the sites above, so feel free to disagree with the top keepers highlighted on each team. I know we usually find several teams going off the board for players they love that have higher potential than current value suggests. To that end…here’s your top keepers for 2016 and how they rank against each other…

Well at least Dickie won’t have to stress over who he’s keeping this offseason. He may have to stress over whether Desmond will sign somewhere before keepers are locked in though. Dickie dealt several of his top keepers early in 2015 to pick up his newest keeper (Stanton) and was quiet for the remainder. In order to get younger and strengthen the back end of his keepers, he’ll need to continue dealing and hope for a solid draft, especially since he’s consistently quiet on the waiver wire.

Bobby’s keepers are always interesting to look at. I’m always surprised he’s ranked low when he always seems to be in the action for the money spots. Bobby’s past success indicates that he is very good at realizing who will exceed their rankings going into the season and his drafts usually back up that theory as he typically draft very well vs the rest of the league. Pitching will be a strength for this team with Arrieta, Harvey and Darvish leading them and Arenado could very well be in the MVP conversation if his growth continues in 2016. I’m sure Bobby will prove this ranking wrong again, but we’ll need to wait to see how.

After several years in the league, Chris’ keepers are some of the oldest overall and while they are solid players, Chris may need to look at trading for younger players before his team starts falling apart. He did pick up Michael Conforto last season and while Conforto may not have been ranked in the top 200, he looked very good and would fit well onto this team. Another risky possibility may be to push Jackie Bradley jr into his set…Bradley ended 2015 on an absolute tear, but it will be tough to know if that was a short period of success or an actual turning point. Chris doesn’t value closers in his draft, so it’s very possible that Melancon could be dropped to fit one of these in.

Holy crap, would you trade us Mike Trout already! Carey finished in 2nd (again) in 2015 and continues to build his keepers around the always consistent Trout. It’s hard to argue with his process, but his overall team is now the 2nd oldest in the league. Carey made several trades in 2015, moving Adam Jones, Francisco Lindor, Dee Gordon and others, so while he won’t move Trout, he’s definitely trying to make things happen. There’s still a very solid team here, but without any RK assets, Carey will need to draft well to make the money or start looking to deal some of these keepers to build toward a better 2017.

I love this team. It feels like Baller has been rebuilding for a while now, but the goal was always obvious…build a young set of high potential keepers in order to establish a long term champion or money maker. So here we are now, with Machado finally hitting his stride, staying healthy and still only 23. Fernandez alongside him is also impossible not to like. The RK’s are some of the best power prospects around and even the backend keepers have potential. If Baller can’t make a run in 2016 (will depend on a lot of youth being consistent), then he should look to move Ellsbury, Freeman and Kemp and should get even stronger for 2017. …but that only has to happen well into the season as he easily has a shot at a money spot in 2016.


Is anybody else confused on this one? Kim made a solid run in 2016, trailing off at the end as he hit is max starts, but it felt from the start like it was all happening a year too soon. While Kim had worked very well to build his keepers and had a good draft, he dealt McCutchen, Joc Pederson (3 yr RK), Brantley, Rendon, Familia, Rodon (3 yr RK), Soler, Heyward, Billy Hamilton…and on and on and on. The end result isn’t bad….there’s definitely a strong set of keepers here, but can both Tulo and Cargo stay healthy? Will Jones continue his decline? Will Yelich continue his growth? Kim has two extremely good and young starters in Gray and Syndergaard, so there’s no worry there. This team can easily exceed its ranking if the potential hits for all of the players, but I just feel like another year of patience would have had Kim setup better in 2016.

Cheese’s team jumped 5 spots in the keeper rankings after a very strong building season where he finished in 3rd place. I know the money finish surprised me, but it’s hard to overlook these keepers now. Looking at the list, we can see Francisco Lindor lurking below and also that Cheese doesn’t have a SS keeper, but has 3 1B keepers…something tells me there’s a change coming there that will only make him stronger. There’s no doubt that Cheese will be challenging for a money spot, if not a shooter cup in 2016. With the overall age of his keepers, the time is now.

Holy RK’s! There’s plenty of depth here, and while some of the RK’s have tasted MLB time, many still have lots of questions to answer. When will we see Moncada, is Olivera going to be good, or just an old mess? Can Tomas hit for consistent power and play defense well enough to stay in the games? Will Rodon lower his walk rates? Can Bradley recover from being hit in the face? That’s a lot of questions already and that’s only the RK’s. For the keepers, what does the move from Coors do to Dickerson’s value? Can Stroman pitch a full season with the same consistency he’s had in short stints? Will Rendon stay healthy? This will be an interesting season to watch, but it’s hard to predict if this team will be a competitor or a hot mess.

Is that Hanley I see down below? Wow, how has his stock dropped so far! Conley has the youngest set of keepers in the league this year and, ranked 4th best, that’s very impressive. There are a few good players in the bottom, but it would be hard to substitute any of his top 8. If anything, we can be sure that Conley will be targeting some power bats in the draft and possibly as future keepers via trade. Conley may have some tough decisions to make as to whether he wants to build toward a real beast in 2017 or make a run in 2016.

Still ranked #3 after a shooter cup win is incredibly hard to do, but that’s where Sean sits right now. Will Pollock stay healthy and continue to grow in 2016? Will Blackmon get traded as Colorado continues to target pitching via trade? Can Cruz continue his senior tour of success and will Cano be there alongside him after a good finish in 2015? Some big questions, but Sean definitely has the keepers to make another run. The risk here, with the age of his team, is that he really needs to get younger soon. Without any RK’s, but a couple picks, he may deal them pre-draft to increase his chances to win or he may use those for in season moves. Goldschmidt on his own can bring Sean a wealth of depth if the need arises, but I’m sure he’d also rather hold him if possible.

Looks like someone will get a lot of Saves this year. Oh…and is that both Harper and Correa I see? Wow…STUDS. Paul doesn’t do a lot of trading, but targets players that will stick on his team for a long time. Having never won a Shooter Cup, Paul has plenty of chips he could push into the pot if he chooses to make a run….he could do 2 full roster turnovers if he chose to deal those players to close any gaps on his team. This is a contender not only for 2016, but likely the next few years. I’m guessing Paul likely plays out his young team, content to take a money spot for years to come, but he may have other ideas…we’ll have to remind him frequently that he’s never won.

Heeeeeeeere’s Laaaaaary….primed for yet another money spot, if not another Shooter Cup finish. Larry is the only team that has 3 players in the top two tiers, or 4 in the top 3 tiers. His top end keepers are fantastic. He has a great mix of speed, with average and power as well as top end starting pitching and top tier RK’s. Larry is active on all fronts every season and will likely play all of this depth into a very difficult team to beat, but something tells me Chard, Paul and Con will have something to say about that. There aren’t any difficult decisions for Larry on who to keep, so his challenge will mostly be to stay healthy all season and just watch these studs carry him to the finish.

Good luck to all in 2016!



By Sean Chard

Each year we take a look back at and analyze what would happen if you had no keepers and the last pick of each round. Could you assemble a team strong enough to win the Shooter Cup?

Each year we’ve built a team that that would have won the Shooter Cup, here are the past results:

2010 Hindsight Warriors article
2011 Hindsight Warriors article
2012 Hindsight Warriors article

2013 Hindsight Warriors article

Let’s take a look back at the 2014 Fantasy Baseball season and do it again, and see if we can build a team to defeat the Brampton Blue Balls’ Shooter Cup winning team (with a near record score of 107 rotos).

There were a lot of BIG surprises in 2014, including some impressive rookies – Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig, Jean Segura; major breakouts from emerging stars like Corey Kluber, Jose Altuve, Michael Brantley, Devin Mesoraco; and some old guys still bringing it – Victor Martinez, Jimmy Rollins, Jon Lester, Francisco Rodriguez.

Here is how the rest of team looks like.


C – Devin Mesoraco (round 17) and Yan Gomes (round 11) [using a % of each of their stats for 162 GP]
1B – Chris Carter (round 9)
2B – Jose Altuve (round 1)
3B – Todd Frazier (round 12)
SS – Jimmy Rollins (round 13)
UTIL – Victor Martinez (round 3)
UTIL – Brian Dozier (round 5)
OF – Michael Brantley (round 7)
OF – Ben Revere (round 6)
OF – Corey Dickerson (round 25)
OF – Brandon Moss (round 12)
OF – Charlie Blackmon (round 26)

– Killer comeback seasons from Revere, Martinez, Rollins
– Big breakouts from Altuve, Mesoraco, Frazier, Blackmon, Brantley, Dozier
– Moss joins the Hindsight Warriors for the 2nd straight season

Offensive Totals (and Roto rank):
R = 984 (10 Rotos) HR = 265 (12 Rotos) RBI = 910 (8 Rotos)
SB = 243 (12 Rotos) Batting Average = .285 (12 Rotos) TOTAL = 54 ROTOS

Our Pitching Staff

P – Corey Kluber (round 10)
P – Johnny Cueto (round 8)
P – Jon Lester (round 4)
P – Matt Shoemaker (round 15)
P – Jake Arrieta (round 16)
P – Wade Davis (round 19)
P – Zach Britton (round 20)
P – Francisco Rodriguez (round 18)
P – Dellin Betances (round 22)
P – Santiago Casilla (round 21)
P – Sean Doolittle (round 23)

P – Tony Watson (round 24)

– Big breakouts from Kluber, Arrieta, Britton
– An out of nowhere comeback season by Cueto
– Lots of RP gold, as there seems to be every year

Pitching Totals (and Roto rank):
IP = 1496.1 W = 117 (12 Rotos) SV = 128 (10 Rotos) K = 1616 (12 Rotos)
ERA = 2.34 (12 Rotos) WHIP = 0.99 (12 Rotos) TOTAL = 54 ROTOS

GRAND TOTAL 112 Rotos  and the 2014 SHOOTER CUP!!!     (and a new OBFBL scoring record)
Read through the full spreadsheet for the 2014 Hindsight Warriors HERE.

In summary, any team can win the Shooter Cup this year! Even those that have rebuilt and are down to 4 or 5 keepers. Keepers are great for building the foundation of your team for the year, but your draft and post-draft success (and some luck of course) are equally important. This is something for us to keep in mind as we all prepare for the 2015 Draft, now just 1 day away!

2015 Rookie Keeper Draft

Posted: February 23, 2015 in League News

1. RIVERDALE SEX PANTERS – Yoan Moncada, SS (Red Sox)
Moncada, a 19-year-old switch-hitting infielder, is the most sought-after international prospect in recent history. Said to be a true five-tool talent, scouts have likened his upside to that of Robinson Cano and Chase Utley (in his prime). Prospect specialists at Baseball America,, Baseball Prospectus and Fangraphs have all suggested that Moncada would rank in the top five to 15 prospects in Major League Baseball upon signing, which will make him Boston’s new No. 1 prospect. Unlike recent Cuban signings such as Jose Abreu and Rusney Castillo, however, Moncada will likely require at least one season in the minors.

2. AURORA ASSHATS –  Carlos Correa, SS (Houston Astros)
: 20/60, Raw Power: 60/65, Game Power: 20/55, Run: 55/50, Field: 50/55, Throw: 65/65, FV: 65
Scouting Report: Correa was seen as a consensus top-three pick in the 2012 draft, but only a portion of the scouting community had him as the top prospect in the draft. The Astros saw him as the best talent and also saw an opportunity to capitalize on this perception (with Buxton seen as the consensus top prospect) to cut a below-slot deal with Correa, allowing them to sign two high schoolers — 3B Rio Ruiz (#43 on this list, since traded to Atlanta in the Evan Gattis deal) and RHP Lance McCullers (#126) — to over-slot deals later in the draft. Correa has really performed since signing and hasn’t added the weight many expected to come and force a move to third base. His 2014 season ended early with a broken fibula, but he’s been back to 100 percent for over a month and is expected to be ready to head to Double-A to start the year.

3. FRANKFORD FURY – Addison Russell, SS (Chicago Cubs)
: 40/55, Raw Power: 60/60, Game Power: 40/55, Run: 55/55, Field: 50/55, Throw: 55/55, FV: 65
Scouting Report: Russell was known to scouts early in his high school career, then he added a lot of weight in the summer before his draft year, causing most to project him as a third baseman. Russell didn’t like hearing this, so he dropped all the weight by his draft spring, losing some 65 or 70 raw power, but becoming a plus runner with a good chance to stick at shortstop. He went 11th overall to Oakland and surprised from day one with how advanced he was offensively, while continuing to improve defensively. He was dealt to the Cubs last year in the Jeff Samardzija deal and joins a glut of talented young hitters for the Cubs. The biggest remaining question for Russell is if he can still stick at shortstop due to a hitch in his release that limits how quickly he can unload the ball deep in the hole.

4. TORONTO MOTOR BOATS – Joc Pederson, OF (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Hit: 45/55, Raw Power: 60/60, Game Power: 45/55, Run: 55/50, Field: 50/50+, Throw: 50/50+, FV: 60
Scouting Report: Pederson signed for $600,000 in the 11th round of the 2010 draft from a Northern California high school; he wasn’t a consensus prospect and wasn’t seen as having much upside, but flashed average tools and good feel for the game. Something clicked in 2012 and the Dodgers sent him straight to High-A as a 20-year-old, where he became a top 100 type prospect. He raked again in Double-A in 2013, then again in 2014 in Triple-A, with only the Dodgers outfield surplus keeping him on the farm so long. Pederson has average to above average tools across the board, with only his raw power showing plus, though that’s with effort in batting practice. He can play a solid center field for now, but likely settles as a right fielder when he matures. His offensive projection will come down to what kind of hitter he wants to be–the 55 future hit/power tools is a little conservative and converts to .270s and 20 homers–but his controlled aggressive approach should lead to high OBPs either way.

5. LONDON TRIBE – Rusney Casttilo, OF (Boston Red Sox)
Castillo provided a brief glimpse of his potential last September when he made his big league debut less than a month after signing a seven-year, $72.5 million contract with the Red Sox. The 27-year-old impressed to the tune of a .333/.400/.528 batting line to go along with 2 homers and 3 stolen bases over his very limited 10-game sample with Boston.  The Red Sox enter the spring with a bit of a logjam in the outfield, but Castillo’s talent should keep him in the outfield mix (although Boston manager John Farrell told reporters that, if healthy, he expects Shane Victorino to start in right). If Castillo lives up to the hype, he has to be considered the front-runner for AL ROY honors..

6. FRANKFORD FURY – Corey Seager, SS (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Hit: 40/55, Raw Power: 55/60, Game Power: 40/55, Run: 45/40, Field: 50/50+, Throw: 60/60, FV: 65
Scouting Report: Seager is the younger brother of Mariners 3B Kyle Seager and, in the last few years, both have emerged as a couple of the best infielders in the world. Corey was identified as such earlier, as he went in the middle of the first round in 2012 out of a Charlotte-area high school, but even the Dodgers were surprised by how much and how quickly Seager excelled offensively. He hasn’t failed in any meaningful way yet, including an impressive late-season run in 2014 at Double-A at age 20. If you have to nitpick, the strikeouts are a little higher than some would like, but Seager is 6-foot-4 and that’s to be expected if a bigger guy is going to hit for some power. The Dodgers think Seager is fringy to average defensively at shortstop and will try to keep him there as long as possible, but he should slide over to third base at some point in the next year or two.

7. BROOKLIN LEGACY – Steven Souza Jr. OF (Tampa Rays)
: 45/50+, Raw Power: 55/55, Game Power: 45/50+, Run: 50/50+, Field: 50/50+, Throw: 55/55, FV: 55
Scouting Report: It would seem easy to like a guy with everyday tools that also really performs. Some scouts are all-in on Souza, but most are at least a little dubious that he’ll be able to keep it up in the majors, due to his approach, size and career path. After a slow start to his career as a 3rd round pick in 2007 out of high school (which included a drug suspension in 2010), Souza started crushing everything he faced in 2012 at age-23 in High-A. He followed that with huge years in 2013 at age-24 in Double-A and in 2014 at age-25 in Triple-A. All three of those seasons are two years old for the target age for a prospect to be at each level, so some scouts don’t even totally buy into the performance. Souza is a late bloomer, but he was also the key to the Wil Myers trade for Tampa Bay and he’ll likely be an Opening Day Starter that may post a couple WAR in 2015 and also may outperform Myers right after the deal. These things are all on the table now, but seemed completely absurd to consider a year or two ago, giving you a sense of how much Souza’s stock has risen in that time.

8. PICKERING DYNASTY – Yasmani Tomas, 3B (Arizona Diamondbacks)
Three years ago while playing in Cuba’s Serie National, Tomas flashed big power potential in slugging 16 homers in 226 plate appearances. But that was 2012 and after a lengthy layoff, Tomas will finally try and make good on all of the potential he showed years ago. The big question is whether Tomas’ power will translate to the American game the way that Jose Abreu’s did on the South Side of Chicago last summer. But Tomas is an entirely different player than Abreu and at a different person. There is no question that his build, swing and raw tools are extremely intriguing, but he is far from a finished product at this point. Tomas hasn’t played in a game since 2013 and will have a tremendous amount of developing to do.

9. FRANKFORD FURY – Lucas Giolito, SP (Washington Nationals)
Fastball: 65/70, Curveball: 60/70, Changeup: 45/55, Command: 45/50+, FV: 65
Scouting Report: Giolito was nationally known by scouts all the way back to when he hit 95 mph at age 15 and he dominated over the summer and winter leading up to his draft year; he was in the running to go 1-1 as one of the top prep pitchers of all-time. His draft year, however, was cut short by a sprained UCL in his elbow that led to Tommy John surgery. The stuff was all the way back this year as he dominated Low-A in his age-19 season in his first full year coming off of surgery. The Nationals were understandably conservative with pitch and innings counts in 2014, wanting to keep Giolito at the same level in a low stress environment so he wouldn’t go too deep in innings/games or be tempted to reach back for the 100 mph heater he’s thrown many times before. Giolito will start in High-A this year and the reigns will be loosened, with an expectation that he’ll get promoted to Double-A at some point in 2015, with the majors only a phone call away.

10. PICKERING DYNASTY – Juilio Urias, SP (Los Angeles Dodgers)
Fastball: 60/65, Curveball: 60/65, Changeup: 55/60, Command: 45/55, FV: 65
Scouting Report: The Mexican-born Urias signed when he turned 16 in August 2012, as part of a package deal from his Mexican team, where he was the headline player, signing for $1.0 million (the Dodgers paid another $800,000 for the other players in the package). The Dodgers brass signed Urias after a famous trip to Mexico. They went to see his teammate C Julian Leon (a solid prospect in his own right), but the 15-year-old Urias sat 90-92 mph with a loose delivery, crisp curveball and good feel to pitch. Later on that same trip, the Dodgers also signed Yasiel Puig, making it one of the most notable scouting trips of all time. The reason Urias was still available what that he had a serious condition in his left eye (and still does–check out his official photo) after a tumor was removed, and some teams were worried about future blindness, though it doesn’t appear to be a problem now. Urias now sits in the low to mid-90’s and touches 97 mph with three plus pitches and advanced command, and he’s still just 18. He’ll start 2015 in Double-A and when he’s called up is simply a function of when the Dodgers want to start his arbitration clock, because we haven’t seen him fail yet, so we don’t even fully know his ceiling.

11. PICKERING DYNASTY – Carlos Rodon, SP (Chicago White Sox)
Fastball: 55/60, Slider: 60/70, Changeup: 50/55, Command: 45/50, FV: 65
Scouting Report: Rodon was a notable prospect out of high school, but had a 3rd-4th round grade from most teams, as the fastball sat around 90, there was no projection and some teams had him off the board due to a back issue. His velocity spiked soon after he got to campus at NC State and he was sitting 92-95 mph and flashing a plus-plus slider en route to a dominating freshman season that began hype that Rodon would go #1 overall in 2014. He hit some bumps along the way and only showed flashes of his ultra premium stuff in his draft year, but it all came back after signing, due in part to his overuse in college and his reliance on his knockout slider. He’ll likely start in Triple-A, and should be up at some point this year. He has frontline starter potential, but he’s also shown flashes of a more ordinary pitcher in recent years.

12. BRAMPTON BLUE BALLS – Hector Olivera, 2B (Free Agent)
The 29-year-old Olivera, who turns 30 in April, is said to be seeking a five- or six-year pact along the lines of the contracts signed by Yasmany Tomas (six years, $68.5MM with a year-four opt-out) and Rusney Castillo (seven years, $72.5MM). The 6’2″ Olivera is in the best shape of his career and has “wowed” in open showcases and private workouts, leading many to believe he could hit 15 to 20 homers annually.

13. RIVERDALE SEX PANTHERS – Dalton Pompey, OF (Toronto Blue Jays)
Hit: 40/50+, Raw Power: 45/45, Game Power: 35/40, Run: 60/60, Field: 50/55, Throw: 45/45+, FV: 50
Scouting Report: Pompey was a little-known, young-for-his-class Canadian high schooler in the 2011 draft and stayed under the radar until a strong finish to his 2013 campaign in Low-A. He shot through the system in 2014, going form High-A to the big leagues after he kept impressing at each level when the Blue Jays though he may settle in. Pompey will start in Triple-A or the big leagues in 2015 and is the center fielder of the future, but the tools are more solid everyday than star material.