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10 Interesting Hitter Stats From 2014

Statistics can be used to tell basically any story you want. You want me to build a case or argue against a player, give me some time and I’ll craft an evidence-based case in either direction. It’s both the beauty and the curse of using statistics, but sometimes it’s just plain old fun to do nothing but take a stat and enjoy it for what it is — an interesting snapshot of...
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18 hours ago  |  Discuss

Aaron Sanchez, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

*rubs hands together, flour residue and sweat mix together forming pizza dough, places pizza dough in oven, pulls out pizza* Hey, I got an excitement pizza for Aaron Sanchez! Or maybe I should just wash my hands. Nah, this is an excitement pizza! Now, hold on, before you start stuffing your mouth with this excitement pizza, we should discuss why it's so delicious. Last year...
Via Razzball
20 hours ago  |  Discuss

Mat Latos 2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

On December 8, Day 2 of the Winter Meetings, we’ll officially begin our Top 200 Countdown. (We would start on Day 1, but that’s a Sunday and, well, I’ll be watching football.) As the Countdown progresses we’ll receive comments on many of the posts. The comments typically take one of a few different forms: “Great analysis!” (Note: Thanks in advance!) “I mostly agree...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Seattle Mariners

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (25) | 2013 (2) | 2012 (9) | 2011 (18) | 2010 (12) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [87-75] AL West AAA: [74-70] Pacific Coast League - Tacoma AA: [63-76] Southern League - Jackson A+: [78-62] California League - Bakersfield (former Reds' affiliate) A: [61-77] Midwest League - Clinton A(ss): [28-48] Northwest League - Everett ...
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Oakland Athletics Sign Billy Butler

Just three weeks ago Billy Butler was playing in game 7 of the World Series for the Kansas City Royals, now he is a member of the Oakland Athletics.#457684574 / gettyimages.comButler and the Athletics agreed to a 3 year deal worth $30 million.The Athletics offense really took a hit when they traded away Yoenis Cespedes for Jon Lester.Butler will most likely serve as the A'...
Via We Talk Fantasy Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

5 Players Who Are On My 2015 Draft Day Wish List

This post is a day late. Sorry about that, but my wife decided to throw a little birthday shindig for me on Sunday during my prime writing time. I can’t complain though because it was tons of fun to enjoy football without the stress of the Jets playing, plus I discovered Shipyard Gingerbreadhead beer (not as good as their Pumpkin Ale though), ate some pretty amazing potato chip...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — Right Field

Photo Credit: By Steve Paluch Some leagues have five starting outfielders. That means 12-team leagues will employ 60 starting outfielders when they employ those five guys. Even leagues with the standard three starters will see a number of outfielders employed as utility players along the way. So, conservatively, we might be looking at a bare minimum of 15 starting right fielders...
Via The Fantasy Fix
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Cards Win Heyward In Shel Game

The Braves had the 5th best ERA last year in the major leagues. That's with a down year by Mike Minor, and injuries to Brandon Beachy and Kris Medlen. Their runs scored were second to last in the majors. Only the Padres' offense was worse. So, naturally, they trade away Jason Heyward and Jordan Walden for Shelby Miller and Tyrell Jenkins, who had a sub-5 K/9 in High-A...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss

Early 2015 Mock Draft: Rounds 2 & 3 Recap

Earlier this Monday morning, Round 3 of our Early 2015 Fantasy Baseball Mock Draft wrapped up, giving us 36 picks in the books and a good chunk of early result to look back on. If you didn’t read our Round 1 Recap, you can do that by clicking on that link you just passed. Results for Rounds 2 and 3 are below. To remind everyone, here are our mock draft participants in the order...
Via Baseball Professor
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Russell Martin Signs with Toronto Blue Jays

The Toronto Blue Jays and free agent Canadian catcher Russell Martin have agreed to a 5 year $82 mil contract.  WHOA!  Martin spent the last two seasons with Pittsburgh Pirates, where he hit .256 with 26 home runs and 122 RBI.  He returns home to Canada, and the American League East, where Martin spent 2 seasons with the New York Yankees, and belted 39 home runs in the hitter...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Braves Trade Jason Heyward to Cardinals for Shelby Miller

The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals have agreed to swap Jason Hayward for Shelby Miller.  The trade seems to be a reaction to the recent death of Oscar Taveras, the Cardinals blue chip prospect who passed away earlier this fall in a car accident.  Hayward has not lived up to the hype, but did hit 27 home runs back in 2012.  He is a career .262 hitter.  Miller has started...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

2014 Fantasy Baseball: Disappointments — Centerfielders

We return from a work induced break to continue with the saga of looking at more disappointments from the 2014 season. Of course, this comes on the heels of all of baseball’s awards. Disappointments are an interesting contrast when compared to rookies of the year, Cy Young award winners, and most valuable player awards. Like some other positions, there weren’t very many disappointments...
Via The Fantasy Fix
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Archie Bradley, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

Another year, another Archie Bradley outlook post. He now has two said posts, which might be it for him, if he can't start to make good on his promise. Here's what Prospect Mike said this year on him, "Many fantasy owners thought Bradley might have already made his debut by now, but elbow problems and a D-Backs squad that went nowhere again in 2014 stalled his progress...
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3 days ago  |  Discuss

Joey Gallo, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

During the All-Star break last year, Mark Reynolds aka Mini Donkey, Adam Dunn aka Big Donkey, Ian Stewart aka Mini Mini Donkey and Pedro Alvarez aka El Burro got together to discuss the future of the Donkeys with Adam Dunn retiring. The conference took place at a Chicago-area Sheraton. Outside the Sheraton conference room, a sign read, "Dunn Done and Done?" Caterers...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

Noah Syndergaard, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

Noah Syndergaard seemed poised to help the Mets this year, after breezing through Double-A with a 11+ K/9 and a 3.00 ER in 54 IP in 2013. "Matt Harvey on line one, wants Noah to take the call. Sure, he can hold, he only has the Ghost of Ralph Kiner on the other line. No, he can't hold!" Of course, the Mets can't have anything nice. It's what happens when...
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7 days ago  |  Discuss

Early 2015 Mock Draft, Round 1: Welcome To The Jumble

It’s November 12, free agents have begun to sign, and the Winter Meetings are a little under a month away — I’d say it’s about time for a mock draft! I reached out to some of my contacts around the fantasy industry to round up a group of worthy (and interested) participants, and I think we’ve put together a great group that represents all aspects of the fantasy community...
Via Baseball Professor
8 days ago  |  Discuss

2015 Minor League Preview: Atlanta Braves

Organizational Talent Rankings via Baseball America 2014 (26) | 2013 (26) | 2012 (15) | 2011 (2) | 2010 (9) 2014 Affiliate Records MLB: [79-83] NL East AAA: [65-77] International League - Gwinnett AA: [83-56] Southern League - Mississippi A+: [62-74] Carolina League - Carolina (former Indians' affiliate) A: [56-84] South Atlantic League - Rome Graduated Prospects Tommy La Stella...
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8 days ago  |  Discuss

Marcus Semien, 2015 Fantasy Sleeper

Semien can provide cheap power and speed at both 2B and MI. Second base isn’t the feeblest of fantasy positions, but it certainly isn’t one where you can sit back and fall into a great player. In our 2014 Second Base Recap we looked back at the top 20 finishers at second from the past season. In that that 11-15 range, the guys who just missed regular startability in 10-team...
Via Baseball Professor
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Rusney Castillo, 2015 Fantasy Outlook

I'm back from my trip to Colombia, without dysentery to boot! Though, I'm not sure if 'to boot' is the right verb, if I have dysentery. Though, Part II, The Return Of Thoughs, I also haven't seen a solid stool in about a week. "Hmm, that looks like bat signal." That's you looking in my toilet, taking a Rorschach test. Let's start with what...
Via Razzball
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Playing for Keeps: Jason Heyward

Atlanta outfielder Jason Heyward is getting some love for his defense this awards season, winning his second Gold Glove award in three years. But his 2014 campaign was a tad disappointing for the more offensively-minded fantasy baseballer. Keeper league owners hoped Heyward would bounce back to his 2012 breakout form (27 homers and 21 steals) after an injury-riddled 2013 season...
Via Razzball
11 days ago  |  Discuss
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