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Monday 26th Jun 2017

Thanks to Lord Zola for filling in for me last week as I enjoyed the sun, the rain, the storms and the sand in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.  I didn’t manage to watch much baseball while I was there but did make it out to TicketReturn.com Field for some Carolina League action. It rained the entire game, but the Myrtle Beach Pelicans played through the mist. We arrived a little late and some squatters stole our sheltered seats. The usher just said, “Sorry about your luck. Have an umbrella.” Ah, yes…southern hospitality. No worries, we weren’t going to let a little H2O spoil our ball diamond fun. I texted Perry Van Hook, who always has his finger on the pulse of Rangers prospects, inquiring who I should keep an eye on during the game. He said to check out leadoff man Luis Sardinas and Rougned Odor. The middle infield duo combined to go 1-for-7 at the dish and didn’t do anything in particular to stand out, other than Odor displaying an extremely wide stance. It puzzles me how anyone could be comfortable at the plate with his base that wide. Yet, Odor is holding his own against much older competition, slashing .303/.368/.452 at High A at only 19 years of age. He’s swiped 27 bags and has been caught eight times. Sardinas boasts a similar line with even less power (.299/.360/.362, 26 steals and caught eight times). Luis is 20 years old. Both youngsters got promoted to Double-A Frisco immediately after the game. Double-A is usually when I start paying attention, as the wheat gets separated from the chaff at that level.

Using Todd’s lists from a week ago, I compiled the following table breaking down “Dead Money 2”, NFBC’s 1st place team as of Sunday morning.

Round

Player

ADP

Value

1.12

Carlos Gonzalez

1.9

$43

2.4

Justin Verlander

1.13

$0

3.12

Jay Bruce

3.8

$27

4.4

Adam Wainwright

4.13

$27

5.12

Shin-Soo Choo

5.13

$23

6.4

Jon Lester

9.6

-$1

7.12

Martin Prado

7.6

$8

8.4

Paul Konerko

8.1

-

9.12

Howie Kendrick

9.5

$16

10.4

Greg Holland

10.8

$17

11.12

Michael Cuddyer

12.1

$27

12.4

Glen Perkins

12.7

$15

13.12

Alex Cobb

16.10

$5

14.4

Everth Cabrera

14.14

$24

15.12

Brandon League

14.13

-

16.4

Domonic Brown

20.3

$26

17.12

Clay Buchholz

20.1

$15

18.4

Jaime Garcia

20.14

-$3

19.12

Ryan Ludwick

17.2

-

20.4

Tyler Flowers

21.15

-

21.12

Lucas Duda

23.2

-

22.4

Jose Quintana

33.2

$5

23.12

Jake Arrieta

-

-

24.4

Jason Castro

22.7

$13

25.12

Luis Cruz

25.11

-

26.4

Brett Wallace

28.3

-

27.12

Miguel Gonzalez

27.6

$3

28.4

Dylan Axelrod

-

-

29.12

Mark Ellis

31.8

$2

30.4

Phil Coke

30.2

-

He nailed his first round pick, but he really made his money in the middle rounds with Cuddyer, Cabrera, Brown and Castro in rounds 11, 14, 16 and 24, respectively. Each made Zola’s “Top 50 Surprises” list, with three breaking the top 20. His draft wasn’t void of mine fields either. Justin Verlander has arguably been the biggest bust this season while Jon Lester and Martin Prado have both been disappointing.

Other keys to this money team: A) waiting on catchers - eschewing them until the 20th round. B) waiting on closers – holding off until round 10 and 12 to snag Holland and Perkins. C) nailing end of rotation fliers – coming through with picks such as Jose Quintana and Miguel Gonzalez.

His booty from the wire includes Eric Chavez, Nick Franklin, Jim Henderson, Corey Kluber, Ivan Nova and Jeff Locke.

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