2017 Fantasy baseball rankings

With the season getting closer every second, here is my top 25 rated players in fantasy baseball.

  1. Mike Trout
  2. Jose Altuve
  3. Kris Bryant
  4. Mookie Betts
  5. Nolan Arenado
  6. Paul Goldschmidt
  7. Manny Machado 
  8. Josh Donaldson
  9. Anthony Rizzo
  10. Bryce Harper
  11. Clayton Kershaw
  12. Corey Seager
  13. Trea Turner
  14. Carlos Correa
  15. Miguel Cabrera
  16. Charlie Blackmon
  17. Madison Bumgarner
  18. Max Scherzer
  19. Freddie Freeman
  20. Chris Sale
  21. Fransisco Lindor
  22. Joey Votto
  23. Corey Kluber
  24. Noah Synergaard
  25. Edwin Encarnacion

Just Missed: Starlin Marte, Daniel Murphy, Bogaerts, Cano, Arrieta, and Yelich


Mlb Power Rankings beginning of Spring Training 

This is the first of my monthly MLB power rankings. With spring training under way lets look into the power rankings.

I tried to get to the point with this list rather than having you go through 30 pages of scrolling

Note** based on rosters as of 2/27/2017

  1. Chicago Cubs
  2. Cleveland Indians
  3. Los Angeles Dodger
  4. Boston Red-Sox
  5. Washington Nationals
  6. Texas Rangers
  7. Houston Astros
  8. St. Louis Cardinals
  9. San Francisco Giants
  10. New York Mets
  11. Seattle Mariners
  12. Baltimore Orioles
  13. Toronto Blue Jays
  14. Colorado Rockies
  15. New York Yankees
  16. Pittsburg Pirates
  17. Detroit Tigers
  18. Miami Marlins
  19. Kansas City Royals
  20. Los Angeles Angels
  21. Arizona Diamondbacks
  22. Tampa Bay Rays
  23. Minnesota Twins
  24. Oakland Athletics
  25. Milwaukee Brewers
  26. Chicago White-Sox
  27. Atlanta Braves
  28. Philadelphia Philles
  29. Cincinnati Reds
  30. San Diego Padres

The Idea of Trading Mike Trout


Where to start on Mike Trout, 40.6 career WAR, 2 time MVP, 2012 ROY, 5 time all-star, career .306 hitter. While there is no denying Mike Trout is on a whole different level than every one else in the MLB. Since Mike Trouts first full season in 2012 he has completely dominated, finishing in top 2 for MVP voting and leading the league in WAR every year. Not to mention Mike Trout is only 25 years old. Mike Trout truly is special.

While Mike Trout completely tears up the league, his team does not. The Angeles other than Trout are a complete mess. The Angels have no players on the MLB.com top 100 prospect watch. The future for the Angels looks bleak and unless the Angels begin to make some big moves the Angels will be destined to fail. I took a poll on my Twitter page and 75% of the voters said that the Angels should consider trading Trout…

Now don’t get me wrong, the idea of trading Trout is crazy, but a good one. The asking price for Jose Fernandez last off-season was Corey Seager and Julio Urias and more from the Dodgers, and that was for a yes dominant pitcher but one with a bad history of injuries and an incoming free agency. Which leads to the asking price for Trout.

When comparing Jose Fernandez’s asking price, you begin to wonder what could it be for Trout and if any team could even afford him…

This leads to the perfect match, the Chicago Cubs. A team primed to be in contention for years, with a hole to fill in Center Field with the loss of Dexter Fowler. Not to mention the Cubs are overflowing with young players and could likely afford Trout.

Below are 3 Mock Trades for Mike Trout with the Cubs

Trade 1:

Angels Get:

Kyle Schwarber — Javier Baez — Eloy Jiminez

Cubs Get:

Mike Trout —

Trade 2:

Angels Get:

Jason Heyward — Kyle Schwarber — Javier Baez

Cubs Get: Mike Trout

Trade 3:

Angels Get:

Kyle Schwarber — Addison Russell —  Eloy Jiminez

Cubs Get:

Mike Trout

When looking at these, the second and third may be stretches but the first should theoretically hit the spot. It gives the Cubs the best player in the league in a position they are weak. It gives the Angels a stud DH in Schwarber, and key building blocks in Baez and Jiminez.

Cubs potential line-up after trade:

1: Ben Zobrist (2B)

2: Kris Bryant (3B)

3: Mike Trout (CF)

4: Anthony Rizzo (1B)

5: Willson Contreras ( C )

6:Addison Russell (SS)

7: Jason Heyward (RF)

8. Split of Szczur, Almora, Jay (LF)

9. Pitcher**

Look at the 2–4 in this line-up. Could you immagine as an opposing pitcher having to figure out how to get around Bryant, Trout and Rizzo all in a row, it would be horrifying. While the trade of Mike Trout seems very very unlikely, its something that both teams should consider in the best interest of their clubs.

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2017 MLB Award Projections

With the start of baseball inevitable, here is my way-too early MLB projections for the 2017 season.

AL Manager of the Year: Joe Girardi

Girardi is preparing for his 10th season with the New York Yankees. Unlike the typical Yankees roster filled with overpayed veterans (still does but not to extent in recent years) this roster is filled with an overflow of young prospects and great young talent. Expect Girardi to take full advantage of this young roster with at least one big impacting deadline deal, and bring the Yankees back to the playoffs led by Gary Sanchez.

NL Manager of the Year: Joe Maddon

Joe Maddon, the manager of the Chicago Cubs looks to repeat as manager of the year in 2017 with the Cubs once again being undoubtably the best team in baseball once again. Joe Maddon will look to ultize his young and powerful roster to its full potential once again. Although taking heat with the usage of Aroldis Chapman in the World-Series Maddon will but that behind him again and look for another great season of Cubs baseball.

AL Rookie of the Year: Andrew Bentintendi

Andrew Bentintendi, former 7th overall pick from the University of Arkansas, also top prospect in baseball looks to carry over the hype from his quick stint he had with the Red Sox in 2016. Bentintendi hit .295/.359/.476 with 2 home runs in 105 at-bats in 2016. You should expect to see a break out year from the 22 year old alongside Mookie Betts and Jackie Bradley in the outfield.

NL Rookie of the Year: Dansby Swanson

Dansby Swanson, former first overall pick by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Last off-season Swanson was shipped to Atlanta for Shelby Miller, and oh boy should Arizona be regretting that by now. Shelby Miller completely fell apart in 2016 while Swanson only grew. Swanson who like Bentintendi was a late call-up in 2016 who hit .302/.361/.442 in 129 at bats. While his biggest competitor in Alex Reyes of the Cardinals has just informed the baseball world that he will miss the entire 2017 season, picking Swanson was an easy choice here.

Al Cy Young: Corey Kluber

Corey Kluber, a 30 year old RHP for the Cleveland Indians. Nicknamed “Klubot” for his robotic and emotionless persona on the mound. In 2016 Kluber led the Indians to the World Series and started game 7 (only to lose in extra innings) Kluber finished 2016 with a 3.14 ERA in 32 games started. He struck out 227 batters with a WHIP of 1.06. Kluber finished third place in the Cy Young voting in 2016 but should expect a little more out of his 2017 campaign.

NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw

Oh Clayton Kershaw, has dominated on the mound ever since making his debut in this league. It seems as every year he is an easy pick for Cy Young with his mind blowing preformances on the mound. Kershaw is entering his age 28 season. In 2016 he finished with a 1.69 ERA that is correct a 1.69 ERA although yes, he had only pitched 149 innings that is still an incredible feat. He also struck out 172 batters while only walking 11. Kershaw has finished in the top 5 for cy young voting every year since 2011 which is incredible. Kershaw for 2017 NL Cy Young seems to easy to pick…

AL MVP: Mike Trout

Like Kershaw, Trout completely dominates baseball every single year. What Mike Trout has already done in his career is spectacular. So much to say that at the age of 25 his combined WAR is already ahead of 12 hall of famers! Thats right, he is only 25 years old too. Trout has finished in the top 2 for MVP voting ever since his rookie year in 2012. In 2016 Trout hit .315/.441./.550 with a 10.6 WAR. Mike Trout currently sits on a whole different level as his competitors and easily deserves this recognition.

NL MVP: Nolan Arenado

Like Mike Trout, Arenado will be entering his age 25 season, but this year he will get the recognition he deserves. Arenado has slugged his entire career and has played arguably the best defense for a third basemen in the league currently. Arenado has led the league in Home Runs and RBIs two years in a row and has yet to crack the top 4 in MVP voting. Arenado does play in Colorado which does help, but you cannot take away from his mind blowing stats. In 2016 Arenado hit .294/.362./.570 with 41 Home Runs and 133 RBIs. Arenado will look to 2017 to bring him the MVP recognition he deserves.

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MLB Bold Predictions (2 per team)

With the 2017 season looming in here is my fearless attempt on predicting some small, some big on all 30 MLB teams. We will start with the Al East…

AL East

Boston Red Sox:

1. Andrew Bentintendi wins AL ROY with all 30 first place Votes

2. Team wins over 100 games spearheaded by front three in the rotation


  1. Gary Sanchez carries young roster to a wild card apperance
  2. Luis Severino breaks out and finished 10 top in Cy Young voting

Blue Jays:

  1. Team misses the production of Encarnacion and misses playoffs as well
  2. Marcus Stroman finishes top 3 in Cy Young voting


  1. Team completely begins rebuild in 2016 trading Longoria, Archer, and more. Becomes hottest deadline seller
  2. Kevin Keirmeir meets his defensive with his offense by becoming a breakout hitter in 2017


  1. Manny Machado Finishes third place in MVP voting behind Trout and Betts
  2. Team aqcuires a front tier arm at deadline helping them reach wildcard

AL Central


  1. Fransisco Lindor carries the team again to the top of the divison easily
  2. Corey Kluber wins Cy Young of the American League


  1. J.D Martinez “breaksout” to only get traded at the deadline by the struggling Tigers. “Breakout” because by some Martinez is already a star
  2. Justin Verlanders age begins to get to him as his stuff slowly begins to slow down


  1. Alex Gordon continues off of his poor 2016 season and remains low after signing his extension before last year
  2. Jorge Soler finally puts things together in 2017 and Cubs regret the Wade Davis for Jorge Soler swap


  1. Brain Dozier is traded a month before the deadline
  2. Byron Buxton finally begins his uphill climb as being a former #1 prospect he puts things together in 2017

White Sox:

  1. Yoan Moncada plays his first season put doesnt emerge like others had thought.
  2. On the other hand, Lucas Giolto completely tears things up in 2017 and gives Bentintendi a run for his money for ROY

AL West


  1. Jose Altuve and Carlos Correa look unbeatable and become arguabably the best double play combo in the MLB
  2. Team upsets the Rangers and wins the division behind resurgence of Dallas Keuchal


  1. Mike Trout continues his career dominance and wins AL MVP once again
  2. Team does little to rebuild and talks of trading Trout pick up but no team can pay for asking price


  1. Rougned Odor hits over 40 bombs
  2. Nomar Mazara continues to grow in 2017 and hits over .300 and hits 30 home runs


  1. Robinson Cano carries team to a wild-card apperance
  2. Mariners acquire a front runner for their rotation at the deadline


  1. Khris Davis is traded at the deadline
  2. Sonny Gray turns things around in 2017 after his poor 2016 season and gets traded at the deadline as well

NL East:

Atlanta Braves:

  1. Dansby Swanson wins ROY
  2. Team looks good after poor 2016 put misses out on the play-offs again and becomes a darkhorse team for 2018

Washington Nationals:

  1. Bryce Harper returns to form and carries the team to the playoffs and ahead of their division
  2. Trea Turner continues his run from last year and finishes top 10 in the MVP voting

New York Mets:

  1. Noah Synergaard finishes 2nd in Cy Young voting behind just Clayton Kershaw
  2. Team disappointments otherwise and misses out on the Play-Offs

Miami Marlins:

  1. Team never overcomes the loss of Jose Fernandez and struggles to compete for play-off spot in 2017
  2. Christian Yelich becomes one of the faces of baseball and has a career year while finishes top 5 in MVP voting


  1. Odubbel Herrera grows in 2017 and becomes one of the better players in baseball on a bad team…
  2. Phillies continue their rebuild even more by trading plenty of their Major league pieces

NL West:

Los Angelses Dodgers:

  1. Clayton Kersahw continues his career brilliance and wins CY Young
  2. Corey Seager picks up off of his 2016 season and carries the Dodgers with Kershaw to the top of the division with ease. Team challanges the Cubs for the best in baseball

San Fransisco Giants:

  1. Their trend of missing the playoffs in odd years continues to grow in 2017
  2. Madison Bumgarner turns in his worst season of his career to date

Colorado Rockies:

  1. Nolan Arenado wins MVP with his best year to date
  2. With Arenado leading the team, the Rockies aqcuire a good pitcher at deadline and makes the Play-offs as a wild card team

Arizona Diamondbacks:

  1. Paul Goldschmidt finishes top 6 in stolen bases in 2017
  2. Zack Greinke is traded at the deadline to a contendor

San Diego Padres:

  1. The Padres become easily the worst team in baseball racking up more than 110 losses
  2. Team has no choice but to trade Wil Myers at the deadline

NL Central

Chicago Cubs:

  1. Continues to be the best team in baseball, wins north of 105 games
  2. Jason Heyward rebounds and puts together a great campaign
  3. Team aqcuires Chris Archer at the deadline

St. Louis Cardinals:

  1. The acquistion of Dexter Folwer helps the team reach play-offs as a wild card team
  2. Adam Wainwright loses his spot in the rotation and becomes a stellar middle reliever

Pittsburg Pirates:

  1. Team gets to a slow start which leads to McCutchen being traded at deadline
  2. Jameson Tallion overthrows Gerrit Cole as leader of the rotation

Milwakuee Brewers:

  1. Jonathon Villar steals 70 bags
  2. Ryan Braun is traded to the Dodgers for Yasiel Puig

Cincinnati Reds:

  1. Joey Votto continues to amaze at the plate hitting over .330 over the year
  2. Jonathon Villar and Billy Hamilton have a tight and well coveraged race to leader in stolen bases, Billy Hamilton leads with 75

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Chicago Cubs 2017 Projections


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The Chicago Cubs, 2016 World Series champions look to 2017 to further their success. Below are some headlined moves from the 2016–2017 offseason.

Key Departures: Aroldis Chapman, Dexter Fowler, Jason Hammel, David Ross, Jorge Soler and Travis Wood.

Key Arrivals: Wade Davis, Jon Jay, Eddie Butler, Brian Duensing, Koji Uehara and Brett Anderson (Some could say Kyle Schwarber)

Although on paper the Cubs off-season seems to be pretty unproductive with marquee names such as Chapman and Fowler leaving, which will hurt. The addition of Wade Davis sets the closer role and the Jon Jay signing will make for an interesting split role between Jon Jay and Albert Almora Jr. in center field. While most imagine Schwarber or hopefully Heyward can fill in at lead off to help replace the production of Dexter Fowler.

2016 Record= 103–58 (first in NL Central)

2017 Projected Record= 101–60 (first in NL Central)

2017 Projected Line-up:

  1. Kyle Schwarber (LF)
  2. Kris Bryant (3B)
  3. Anthony Rizzo (1B)
  4. Ben Zobrist (RF)
  5. Willson Contreras (C )
  6. Addison Russell (SS)
  7. Javier Baez (2B)
  8. Jason Heyward (CF)
  9. Pitcher**

Note that this lineup does not include Jon Jay or Albert Almora Jr. The Cubs will utilize splits to the max this year with so many options, for example Javier Baez is not the everyday second basemen as well as you cant expect Zobrist to play Right everyday leading to openings in the outfield for these 2 players.

2017 Projected Rotation

  1. Jon Lester
  2. Jake Arrieta
  3. Kyle Hendricks
  4. John Lackey
  5. Mike Montgomery
  6. Brett Anderson**

** Note do not expect the Cubs to use a 6 man rotation to start the year he would just fill in as the next man in.

2017 Projected Bullpen

Closer= Wade Davis

Setup= Cj Edwards

Setup= Pedro Strop

Setup= Hector Rondon

Relief= Justin Grimm

Relief=Koji Uehara

Relief= Brain Duensing

Relief= Rob Zastryzny

2017 Bold Predictions

  1. Continues to be the best team in baseball
  2. Jason Heyward rebounds and puts together a great campaign
  3. Team aqcuires Chris Archer at the deadline
  4. Tommy La Stella is traded away at the deadline
  5. Kyle Schwarber completely mashes and finishes top 15 in MVP voting