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Player Profile #168: Brett Lawrie | 2B/3B | OAK

Full disclosure: Brett Lawrie is not our 168th-ranked player. He actually belongs around 190. He’s out lowest-ranked 2B or 3B in the top 200 and got a little lost in the shuffle, but rest assured that Lawrie has the potential to jump the 20 spots to 168, and we didn’t want to disrupt the countdown for such a small discrepancy (what amounts to maybe two rounds late in a draft...
Via Baseball Professor
15 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #169: Doug Fister | SP | WAS

I’ve been one of Doug Fister’s biggest supporters ever since his breakout in 2011. Proof: My pre-2013 profile on Fister began with the phrase, “I love Doug Fister.” If you don’t recall, that’s the year Fister first proved valuable, posting a 3.33 ERA with 5.49 K/9 in 21 starts for the Mariners before a mid-season trade shipped him to Detroit. Firster thrived with the...
Via Baseball Professor
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #170: Kennys Vargas | 1B | MIN

On August 1 of last year, Kennys Vargas made his major league debut. He went 1-for-5 with a double, a run scored, and 2 RBI. He then went on to collect seven hits with that double, a homer, five runs and seven RBI. Overall, Vargas made a splash immediately, slashing .309/.336/.463 with 4 HR, 17 R, and 24 RBI in August, and I don’t think anyone had ever heard of him. The only reason...
Via Baseball Professor
22 hours ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Tampa Bay Rays

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (20) | 2013 (4) | 2012 (11) | 2011 (3) | 2010 (1) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [77-85] AL East AAA: [75-69] International League - Durham AA: [66-74] Southern League - Montgomery A+: [63-70] Florida State League - Charlotte A: [61-77] Midwest League - Bowling Green A(ss): [46-30] New York-Penn League - Hudson Valley Graduated...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #171: Justin Morneau | 1B | COL

Before writing this post I got a bit curious – what did we say about Justin Morneau at this time last year? I kept searching and searching for his profile, but to no avail. Then it finally hit me. There’s no way we ranked Morneau among our top 200 players year! Like so many fantasy players, we fed both him and his complete and utter mediocrity to the sharks. Can you really blame...
Via Baseball Professor
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball Breakout: Carlos Carrasco

Source: Al Bello/Getty Images North America In the coming weeks, and in advance of me releasing my positional rankings, I’m going to be highlighting some breakout performers from last season. The first is one of my favorites, Carlos Carrasco. His early season work as a starting pitcher “earned” him a demotion to the bullpen, but as the article title would suggest, that wasn’t...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Fantasy Baseball: The Wild, Wild NL West

It has been a wild winter in the NL West, and we haven’t even approached the new year. It’s hard to keep track of everything and how it will affect the upcoming fantasy season. Normally, we would simply list the moves, but there are just too many to simply list. We will give you a simple side by side chart of the top three teams in the division showing what they had last season...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #172: Brandon McCarthy | SP | LAD

In 2014 during his age-30 season, Brandon McCarthy finally broke out. The guy with the 4.05 ERA and 1.28 WHIP broke out? As we delve into his statistics you’ll see that 2014 was by far the most effective year of his career despite what the final numbers say. As we all know the Diamondbacks sold low on McCarthy this past season, netting only the lowly Vidal Nuno in return. Nuno...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #173: Phil Hughes | SP | MIN

Pressure, expectations, media attention — the only thing that isn’t big about the Big Apple is the ballpark, and all of it proved to be too much for Phil Hughes, who endured seven mostly forgettable seasons in the Bronx. Around this time last year the Hughes sleeper bandwagon picked up its first passengers after the homer-plagued righty signed with the Twins, officially leaving...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

San Diego Gaslighting MLB With OF Spree

The CIA's plan to work out of a Petco concession stand because the stadium is so quiet is looking far less like a good plan to stay covert. "Did you just ask for two mustard packets with your hot pretzel because you have some information for us or because you simply want an extra mustard packet? If it's the latter, one per customer." Probably the worst call for a covert operation...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing for Keeps: Carlos Santana

In many fantasy leagues, there's a 20 games played requirement to retain eligibility at a position for the following year. With only 11 games played behind the dish in 2014, Carlos Santana will enter the 2015 season without catcher eligibility for the first time in his career. It's a bummer for keeper league owners who were slotting him as a catcher, but he remains a solid keeper...
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4 days ago  |  Discuss

New York Yankees Trade Martin Prado to Miami Marlins

The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that will send Martin Prado to South Beach. Prado was acquired by the Yankees at the MLB trade deadline last season, but the Yankees also acquired Chase Headley, re-signed him this offseason and have a prospect in Rob Refsnyder that they clearly want to give a chance to play 2B. In return, the Yankees will get pitcher...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #174: Andrew Cashner | SP | SD

If there was ever a pitcher heading into 2014 who has become synonymous with the phrase “injury prone” Cashner was it, and he didn’t do a whole heck of lot to reverse that label. Once again, Cashner failed to hold up for a full season. While there is no mistaking his breakable body, what makes Cashner difficult to value, however, is how good he is when healthy. Over the last...
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5 days ago  |  Discuss

Atlanta Braves Trade Justin Upton to San Diego Padres

The Atlanta Braves have agreed to trade Justin Upton to the San Diego Padres!#Braves' return from #Padres for Upton figures to include at least one of three top prospects: Renfroe, Wisler or Hedges. -@Ken_Rosenthal I am currently on a train to Washington D.C. so this is the best I can do for now!Make sure you check out MLB Trade Rumors for full details and updates.
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #175: Oswaldo Arcia | OF | MIN

In 788 PA across 200 games, Oswaldo Arcia has 34 HR, 100 RBI, and — wait for it — 244 strikeouts. The power is undeniable, but at about 1.25 punchouts per game, Arcia is far from a finished product. And with identical 31.0% strikeout rates in both of his major league seasons, progress seems to have been slow. But that cursory analysis is unfair to Arcia. He was just 23 years...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Kennys Vargas, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

When Kennys Vargas first arrived on the major league baseball scene, people were like, "Is he a switch hitter or are there two of them?" Then when it turned out there were multiple Kennys, people started gossiping like they were in a sewing circle, "Is it fair if there's more than one Kenny in the batter's box at once?" To those people I submit, it could be worse, they could've...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #176: Brian McCann | C/1B | NYY

Brian McCann is a sellout — for power, that is. Since McCann broke into the league in 2005, he’s caught 9,709.1 innings. That’s the third-most in the league over that span behind Yadier Molina (10,533) and A.J. Pierzynski (10,437). But unlike Molina, McCann’s offense hasn’t gotten better with age. In his early years (2005-2008) McCann regularly had 11-13% strikeout rates...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #177: Jose Quintana | SP | CHW

By almost any metric, Jose Quintana was a much-improved pitcher last year; ERA, FIP, xFIP, SIERA, K%, BB%, GB%, FB%, HR/FB — he posted better numbers in all of them. But of all those stats I just listed, there’s one of them that stands out as having significantly more luck than the rest — his HR/FB rate. Quintana is a member of the Chicago White Sox. You knew that. (If you...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Player Profile #178: Jake Odorizzi | SP | TB

FanGraphs has spent some time this week breaking down the Chicago White Sox in light of their surprisingly aggressive offseason. True to FanGraphs form, much of their analysis is based on 2015 projections provided by Steamer and ZiPS, and for whatever reason, neither seems to like the White Sox that much this coming season. Jose Quintana’s 2015 projection has generated a good...
Via Baseball Professor
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Rays Deal A Myers Lemon For Prospect Lemonade

It's beginning to feel like it's not an offseason without a trade of Wil Myers. In three short years, he's gone from the Royals to the Rays and now on to the Padres. Only place he can go from the Padres is the Tokyo Yakult Swallows. They would hope Myers could carry them against their most hated rivals, the Yakuza Spits. The Miller Lite-inspired commercials between the Spits...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss
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