2016 RotoGraphs Staff Picks

Below, you’ll find the RotoGraphs staffs’ picks for the 2016 season. We, here at RotoGraphs — we like to pick things. Make lists. All that.

If you have some heavy-duty drafting to wrap up this weekend, maybe these picks will come in handy. If not, perhaps they can come in handy as guidance for some thrifty, shifty mid-season moves. And if not that, then simply appreciate these for what they are: literally the best preseason picks you’ll see anywhere. Period!

OK, maybe that won’t end up being true. Who knows! None of us are clairvoyant, and that’s a damn shame. But we do our best to pretend like we are. Anyway, enough of this rambling. Here’s what you came here for, split into two tables — 2016 staff picks for hitters, and more for pitchers.

Also, for further clarity, please refer to the category definitions that follow each table.

2016 RG Picks: Hitters
ROTOGRAPHER Shallow Sleeper Deep Sleeper UDFA Rookie Sophomore Comeback Bust
TANNER BELL Gerardo Parra Marcell Ozuna Jonathan Villar Corey Seager Kris Bryant Victor Martinez Francisco Lindor
BIRCHWOOD BROS. Delino DeShields Domingo Santana John Jaso Trea Turner Miguel Sano Jonathan Lucroy Troy Tulowitzki
ALEX CHAMBERLAIN Delino DeShields Denard Span Jake Lamb Byung-ho Park Stephen Piscotty Leonys Martin Xander Bogaerts
RYLAN EDWARDS Christian Yelich Wil Myers Aaron Hicks Corey Seager Carlos Correa Wil Myers Yoenis Cespedes
BRAD JOHNSON Maikel Franco Eugenio Suarez Socrates Brito Nomar Mazara Kris Bryant Victor Martinez Joey Votto
PAUL KASTAVA Joc Pederson Brad Miller Chris Carter Corey Seager Michael Conforto Carlos Gomez Kyle Schwarber
JUSTIN MASON Joc Pederson Jonathan Schoop Chris Carter Bradley Zimmer Carlos Correa Leonys Martin Matt Kemp
BLAKE MURPHY Stephen Piscotty Marcus Semien Tyler Goeddel Corey Seager Kris Bryant Wil Myers Ryan Braun
ZACH SANDERS Gerardo Parra Domingo Santana Pedro Alvarez Corey Seager Carlos Correa Jonathan Lucroy Carlos Gonzalez
ENO SARRIS Yasiel Puig Brett Lawrie Jake Lamb Byung-ho Park Carlos Correa Marcell Ozuna Carlos Gonzalez
JOSH SHEPARDSON Michael Conforto A.J. Reed Chris Carter Corey Seager Carlos Correa Jonathan Lucroy Carlos Gomez
SCOTT SPRATT Christian Yelich Victor Martinez Keon Broxton Tyler White Carlos Correa Victor Martinez Miguel Sano
SCOTT STRANDBERG Kevin Pillar Nick Hundley Eduardo Escobar Corey Seager Miguel Sano Victor Martinez Francisco Lindor
BRANDON WARNE Miguel Sano Dee Gordon
CHAD YOUNG Michael Conforto Justin Turner Michael Taylor Corey Seager Carlos Correa Chris Carter Billy Hamilton
JEFF ZIMMERMAN Yasiel Puig Wil Myers Chris Carter Trevor Story Carlos Correa Jean Segura Carlos Correa

HITTER CRITERIA:
Shallow Sleeper: Inside top 200, per NFBC ADP
Deep Sleeper: Roughly 201-300
Undrafted/Free Agent (UDFA): Outside top 300
Rookie: Best rookie hitter (< 130 PA)
Sophomore: Best sophomore hitter (> 130 PA)
Comeback: Someone who was injured or woefully bad last year
Bust: Limited to top 100

2016 RG Picks: Pitchers
ROTOGRAPHER Shallow Sleeper Deep Sleeper UDFA Rookie Sophomore Comeback Pitcher SP Bust RP Bust
TANNER BELL Patrick Corbin Wei-Yin Chen Vincent Velasquez Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Jeff
Samardzija
Carlos Martinez Hector Rondon
BIRCHWOOD BROS. Jake Odorizzi Mike Fiers Nathan Eovaldi Brian Johnson Tyler Duffey T.J. House Sonny Gray Shawn Tolleson
ALEX CHAMBERLAIN Patrick Corbin Clay Buchholz Rubby de la Rosa Jose Berrios Raisel Iglesias Adam Wainwright Steven Matz Brad Boxberger
RYLAN EDWARDS Scott Kazmir Kyle Hendricks SP: Chris Bassitt, RP: Hunter Strickland Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Jeff Samardzija James Shields Sean Doolittle
BRAD JOHNSON Luis Severino Clay Buchholz Juan Nicasio Jose De Leon Noah Syndergaard Yu Darvish Jordan Zimmermann Mark Melancon
PAUL KASTAVA Mike Fiers Taijuan Walker Nathan Eovaldi Steven Matz Noah Syndergaard Jeff Samardzija Cole Hamels Trevor Rosenthal
JUSTIN MASON Taijuan Walker Kevin Gausman Kyle Gibson Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Trevor Bauer Yu Darvish Sean Doolittle
BLAKE MURPHY Raisel Iglesias Kevin Gausman Blake Snell Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Trevor Bauer Luis Severino Mark Melancon
ZACH SANDERS Taijuan Walker Wei-Yin Chen Jerad Eickhoff Steven Matz Noah Syndergaard Johnny Cueto Jordan Zimmermann Steve Cishek
ENO SARRIS Luis Severino Anthony DeSclafani Chris Bassitt Lucas Giolito Raisel Iglesias Matt Moore Jeff Samardzija Brad Ziegler
JOSH SHEPARDSON Raisel Iglesias Ian Kennedy Kyle Gibson Steven Matz Noah Syndergaard Matt Moore Sonny Gray Trevor Rosenthal
PAUL SPORER Patrick Corbin Matt Moore Adam Conley Sean Manaea Noah Syndergaard Adam Wainwright Steven Matz Mark Melancon
SCOTT SPRATT Julio Teheran Clay Buchholz Hunter Strickland Blake Snell Joe Ross Adam Wainwright Jose Quintana Santiago Casilla
SCOTT STRANDBERG Yordano Ventura Kevin Gausman Rubby de la Rosa Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Jeff Samardzija James Shields Huston Street
BRANDON WARNE Raisel Iglesias Jeremy Jeffress Robbie Ray Jose Berrios Jeff Samardzija
CHAD YOUNG Drew Smyly Clay Buchholz Jerad Eickhoff Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Matt Moore Jordan Zimmermann Santiago Casilla
JEFF ZIMMERMAN Raisel Iglesias Robbie Ray Rubby de la Rosa Jose Berrios Noah Syndergaard Adam Wainwright Jacob deGrom Wade Davis

PITCHER CRITERIA:
Shallow Sleeper: Inside top 200, per NFBC ADP
Deep Sleeper: Roughly 201-300
Undrafted/Free Agent (UDFA): Outside top 300
Rookie: Best rookie pitcher (< 50 IP)
Sophomore: Best sophomore pitcher (> 50 IP)
Comeback: Someone who was injured or woefully bad last year
Bust: Limited to top 150



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I’m surprised there’s no Glasnow love at all. It’s all Berrios..

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It’s pretty hard to jump off of wagons when they’re moving that fast…