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Under the Greydar: Danny Salazar

Sex sells. Just turn on your t.v. and tune into any non-Disney/PBS/kid-friendly channel for a few minutes and you'll see what I mean. Beer commercials, video game ads, movie trailers. You're bound to catch a glimpse of Kate Upton or one of the Victoria Secret models flaunting her assets at some point. But what does sex have to do with baseball, and fantasy in particular? Good question...
Via Razzball
2 days ago  |  Discuss

How to Value Cuban Rookies, Revisted: Castillo & Tomas

Last offseason I took a stab at predicting the statistical effect of a player that makes the transition from the Cuban Serie Nacional to Major League Baseball, specifically looking at what to expect from the then-newest Cuban-come ups, Jose Abreu and Alex Guerrero. You can read the whole article here, but the basics of what I did was I took the career stats from both Cuba and MLB...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #87: Jacob deGrom | SP | NYM

Kerry Wood Justin Verlander Jose Fernandez Jeremy Hellickson Hideo Nomo Dontrelle Willis What do these pitchers have in common? If you were a starter, is this a list of pitchers you would like to be included on? It probably depends on what the link is. While some of these pitchers are/were awesome and no-doubt-about-it aces when at their best, others (starting with Hellickson down...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #88: Rusney Castillo | OF | BOS

There may not be a player I’m more interested in entering 2015 than Rusney Castillo. Part of it’s that I’m a Red Sox fan and I want to see the $72.5MM man likely responsible for booting Shane Victorino from town, or at the very least the starting lineup. Another part, and probably a larger part to be honest, is that the range of possible outcomes for Castillo is pretty staggering...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #89: Kyle Seager | 3B | SEA

Good help at the hot corner is hard to come by and the Seattle Mariners know this. This past offseason they let Seager know as well, signing him to a seven-year, $100MM deal. What they’re getting is a very consistent player who just also happens to be a pretty good 5×5 fantasy guy as well. When I say consistent I mean a player who you can rely on to be in the lineup every day...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #90: Dustin Pedroia | 2B | BOS

2014 was a pretty rough year for Dustin Pedroia no matter which way you look at it. Hampered by a wrist injury all season, he ended up hitting just .278 with 7 HR and 6 SB – all career lows for the former four-time-All Star. He finished the year as only the 16th-best fantasy second baseman according to ESPN’s Player Rater, which is especially disappointing considering that he...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #91: Tyson Ross | SP | SD

Two things have kept Tyson Ross from reaching top 20 SP status and overnight notoriety: walks and wins. With a rash of aggressive offseason transactions, Padres GM A.J. Preller may have eliminated one of those, and it could help his ace reach the upper echelon of fantasy starters. Since joining San Diego’s rotation in mid-2013, Ross has been one of the best pitchers in baseball...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #92: Gerrit Cole | SP | PIT

Gerrit Cole was taken by the Pittsburgh Pirates with the number one overall pick in the 2011 draft with the expectation that he could someday become a franchise-changing ace. From 1993 until 2012 the Pirates failed to make the playoffs, and heading into 2013 the postseason drought was a generation long. In 2013, Cole made his Pirates debut and helped to usher in a new era, one that...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #93: Nolan Arenado | 3B | COL

Nolan Arenado’s age-23 sophomore season was a good one. The second-year starter for the Rockies slashed .287/.328/.500 on the year with a .359 wOBA, rate stats that compare favorably to those of Matt Holliday, Matt Kemp, and Adrian Gonzalez and that showed significant improvement from his rookie 2013 season — .267/.301/.405 with a .308 wOBA. Had Arenado not battled injury (broken...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Toronto Blue Jays

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (15) | 2013 (22) | 2012 (5) | 2011 (4) | 2010 (19) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [83-79] AL East AAA: [77-66] International League - Buffalo AA: [66-76] Eastern League - New Hampshire A+: [77-61] Florida State League - Dunedin A: [62-77] Midwest League - Lansing A(ss): [46-30] Northwest League - Vancouver Graduated Prospects...
Via Razzball
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Player Profile #94: Alex Wood | SP | ATL

Alex Wood was a second round Amateur Draft pick of the Atlanta Braves just two years ago (2012 draft). Although he was considered the Braves number seven prospect at that time, he wasn’t exactly labeled a blue chip talent. Unlike many “can’t miss” arms, Wood was able to fast track it to the major leagues. A 1.68 ERA and 1.02 with only two home runs against over 123 minor...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #95: Kris Bryant | 3B | CHC

Unlike most players in our Top 200 Countdown, I’ve never watched Kris Bryant play. In fact, Bryant may be the only player on our list that I’ve never seen play. I’ve seen clips, of course, but I’ve never sat down and watched a game in which he’s played. Immediately that puts me at a disadvantage when analyzing and projecting Bryant, but due to his insane prospect status...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #96: Ian Kinsler | 2B | DET

Doesn’t it feel like Ian Kinsler’s older than 32? A consistently productive player who’s arguably had just one down season in his nine-year career — 2010, and it wasn’t that down —  I just keep waiting for that fall-off-the-cliff year. Honestly, I don’t really know why I keep waiting for it. All he does each season is top 700 PA, score 100 runs, tally at least 70...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #97: Matt Harvey | SP | NYM

When planning this player profile, I was unsure whether I wanted to spend my time dissecting Matt Harvey’s most recent season (2013) or addressing his health and usage outlook for 2015. Yes, I’ll touch on both, but which is more helpful? Ultimately, I decided to discuss what makes Harvey so good with a couple closing thoughts at the bottom regarding his health. As a rookie in...
Via Baseball Professor
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #98: Sonny Gray | SP | OAK

Heading into last season I was very high on Sonny Gray. He made his debut in mid-2013 right before the All-Star break and pitched to some impressive ratios across 64 solid innings. Following up his notable rookie campaign, he was able to put up very similar numbers over a full season’s worth of innings and ended up as the 27th-best SP on ESPN’s Player Rater. If you look at...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #99: Christian Yelich | OF | MIA

Yelich is one of the youngest players in the major leagues at just 23, but since the Marlins drafted him in the first round of the 2010 Amateur Draft he’s done nothing but impress. Even during his first taste of the major leagues in 2013 he put that pretty left-handed swing to work and exceeded expectations. Over just 62 games, he posted a .288 batting average, 34 R, 4 HR, 16...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: It’s Never Too Early — Right Fielders

Source: Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images North America   We reach the end of the position player portion of the “it’s never too early” series. Right field is a little more stable than center field was, but we also have some instances where some players will be eligible at multiple outfield spots. We also have some infielders that we’ve mentioned before that are also eligible...
Via The Fantasy Fix
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #100: Hisashi Iwakuma | SP | SEA

Hisashi Iwakuma began to gather significant accolades and notoriety from sports writers in August of last season. From July 1 through August 19, Iwakuma posted a 7-2 record with the second-best ERA (1.63) in the American League during that span. Also noteworthy at his August 19 start, Iwakuma had issued only 12 walks in his first 147 innings pitched for the season. That’s an...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #102: James Shields | SP | FA

Two years ago, how many people thought we’d look back on the James Shields-Wil Myers trade and say the Royals got a good deal? Probably not too many, and even though the book is probably closed on Shields in Kansas City while Myers and Jake Odorizzi are likely just embarking on their respective MLB careers, the fact still remains that Shields was an integral part of a pennant...
Via Baseball Professor
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #103: Matt Holliday | OF | STL

Matt Holiday’s career can be divided into two pieces. The first is as a member of the Colorado Rockies, and the second is as a St. Louis Cardinal (let’s just ignore those 93 games with Oakland). During that first portion of his career, playing half his games in Coors, he was putting up incredible numbers virtually year-in and year-out. He was a fantasy stud. Since, joining the...
Via Baseball Professor
6 days ago  |  Discuss
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