The other day an article popped up on the mlb.com site that caught this writer’s fancy.
An article ranked the top 800 players in the MLB from a fantasy standpoint. Being the big homer that I am, I decided to pull out where the Astros fall in this list……
15. Kyle Tucker
24. Yordan Alvarez
53. Jose Altuve
57. Alex Bregman
72. Carlos Correa – in the list, just for fun.
107. Ryan Pressly
109. Justin Verlander
125. Framber Valdez
152. Michael Brantley
155. Yuli Gurriel
157. Luis Garcia
174. Lance McCullers Jr.
185. Jose Urquidy
316. Cristian Javier
381. Jake Odorizzi
402. Hector Neris
414. Chas McCormick
525. Jake Meyers
543. Jeremy Pena
555. Jose Siri
556. Niko Goodrum
587. Ryne Stanek
598. Aledmys Diaz
618. Martin Maldonado
667. Phil Maton
677. Jason Castro
785. Lewis Brinson
The list brings to mind several thoughts and questions.
- The baseball world recognizes that Kyle Tucker was a good choice to make untouchable. We won’t talk about that Forrest Whitley guy.
- The fantasy guys don’t care that Yordan Alvarez is not a great fielder. He is one of the best hitters in the majors already.
- Carlos Correa’s agent, Scott Boras, may want to hide Correa’s ranking from potential suitors.
- Who wants to bet on whether Justin Verlander ends up outside the top 100 players of the MLB in 2022?
- There are 154 players better than Yuli Gurriel? (OK – truth in advertising here – the fantasy value will reward those like Tucker who can fill in the most statistical boxes from batting average to power to speed and onward. Gurriel, not so much…)
- Ryne Stanek and Aledmys Diaz are behind Jose Siri and Niko Goodrum? Really?
- Phil Maton looked a lot better than 667 in his playoff run.
- Big gap between Jose Urquidy at 185 and Cristian Javier at 316. Again, Javier has performed better than that in his short time with the Astros.
- If we don’t count Carlos Correa, the Astros have 12 players in the top 185. That may not seem that great, but considering there are 30 teams in the majors, the average team should have about 6 players on the list, so pushing 12 players that high is actually quite impressive.
- I’m not sure I can argue where Chas McCormick and Jake Meyers fall on that list, but I’m sure hoping that one or the other breaks out this season.
- Martin Maldonado and Jason Castro fall on the list and makes one wonder when #1 prospect Korey Lee will get the call.
Anything strike you from the Astros ranking on the list or anybody else on that list?