Originally written on Baseball Professor  |  Last updated 6/9/13
We are back with another installment of our weekly survey write-up. We asked you about a few fantastic young outfielders, an intuiting catcher, a struggling power hitter, and a potential top pitcher to buy low on. Throughout the week we received a whole bunch of responses, crunched the numbers, and now you get to see the results!These surveys can help you dominate your league in a couple ways.The results are a great way for you to lean what your competition is thinkingThe survey itself can point you in the directions of trending players, buzz worthy news, and waiver wire ideasPlus, it’s just fun!Click here to take the Week 11 survey!Now on to Week 10′s results!1) How good, no…how great, will Yasiel Puig be?Quick recap: We originally asked this question before Yasiel Puig got called up, so sorry to the 13% who are already wrong – but congrats to the 87% who had their crystal ball working! I would guess this proportion has already changed, oh what a week makes, but going into the week prior to Puig ever seeing a major league pitch about 50% of our readers thought Puig would be startable, but nothing special. Only 15% believed he would be an impact player right from the get go – at least so far this group is right!My take: Before I provide any analysis, I will say I love Puig. I think he is going to be a 5 tool player and impact fantasy contributor. This guy actually doesn’t have much baseball experience at all, so my thoughts are admittedly more of a gut call than anything else. It is not gut call when it comes to past performance however.He has crushed every chance he has had…spring training, about 60 minor league games, and now a week’s worth of major league time. I agree with the 15% who thought he would be an impact player immediately (which is easier to say now). The ONLY thing and I mean the only thing that can hold this guy back is playing time. Just so you know how serious I am let me tell you about a real trade that was offered to me.I play in a long time keeper league, and since Jose Reyes hit the DL my shortstop position had been a revolving door of terrible-ness. I owned Puig for $3, and was offered Troy Tulowitzki for him straight up (this team is completely out of contention and cannot keep Tulo, neither can I). Although I ultimately think Puig’s long term potential is that of Carlos Gonzalez, I accepted the deal because of my positional need and shot at winning this year. Call me crazy and how foolish I am for not immediately accepting this deal, but this was not an easy decision given the league format. Not only do I believe I traded a future star, but what made it especially difficult is that I traded away the idea of potentially ever owning him in this league again.2) Dominic Brown is scorching hot – flash in the pan or has he finally figured it out?   Quick recap: Majority of our readers believe Dominic Brown has figured it out, but to what degree is where there is a split. 60% think he will be good, but not great. While 25% are very high on him and think he will be above average. Despite his current unbelievable hot streak only 8% think he will be awesome.My take: I went a bit long on the first one, so I promise to keep this one and the rest shorter. Brown basically always had success in the minors, but that track record never carried over to the majors until now. His current pace of 48 HR and 16 SB is incredibly enticing, and something that simply cannot be ignored. Do I think this is anywhere close to sustainable? No I do not, BUT I do think he will continue to be a good source of power and speed. After all, he hit 5 HR in 61 games last year, so I think we should expect at least 10 more home runs, and probably 15 going forward. Add in about 10 more steals and that is a very nice player to own. What will prevent him, in my view, from being “awesome” is the batting average. He still refuses to take a walk, which doesn’t have to be bad, but usually sways me towards thinking he will swing at too many bad pitchers that will keep his average down in the .250 or lower range. Overall, I am not “selling high,” because I think this is more real than it is luck.3) Do you still believe in Cole Hamels?Quick recap: Fantasy owners are nervous, as over 60% believe his ERA will be 3.70 or higher going forward compared to 33% who think 3.33 is a better estimate.My take: I know I am not breaking any news by saying he has been a very good pitcher, but do you know just how good? In 7 complete major league seasons (so not counting this year) how many times do you think Hamels has had an ERA above 3.40? It is twice, 4.08 in his rookie year, and 4.32 in 2009. He has had 4 season of an ERA below 3.10, including the last three seasons. Perhaps in 2013 there have been a few more walks, nothing too concerning, but his overall peripherals this year have been virtually the same as in the past few seasons. The only problem I see has been luck or lack of it. In addition, he pitches in perhaps the best division to make a living pitching in, with a four of a kind of dreadful offenses – just think about all the times he will get to face the dreadful Marlins and Mets, offensively slumping Nationals, and strike out prone Braves. For owners, I think this is a clear case of staying the course, and for believers a definite opportunity to buy low if you play with someone who believes his ERA will be above 3.70 going forward. There is a lot of good to come for Cole.4) How good will Yasmani Grandal be fresh off his suspension?Quick recap: Fantasy owners really aren’t all that excited about Yasmani Grandal. About half think Grandal is going to be a top 12 option, and another 40% believing he will be top 15 or worse. Only about 10% consider Grandal to be a top 10 option. My take: I am a bit surprised with the pessimism surrounding Grandal. I understand he isn’t exactly a household name or anything, and it is only his second season as a big leaguer, but I was expecting a bit more excitement given last year’s successful campaign in which he hit .297 with 8 HR, 36 RBI and 28 R in just 60 games. For a rookie, that is especially impressive and equates to a 22 HR, 98 RBI full season pace. I mean what more are fantasy owners expecting out of top 10 catchers these days!? I am not saying I expect Grandal to match that pace, and he has certainly under performed thus far since returning from his suspension, but I think he has shown he can be a reliable hitter and deserves to be owned in every 12 team fantasy league, and potentially shallower ones.5) Will Ike Davis be sent down to AAA?Quick recap: Over 60% believe he eventually will, 40% are holding strong.My take: I think at this point if the Mets had an option they preferred over Ike Davis it would have happened already, so I agree with the minority here. He is staying in the majors. Even if he did get sent down, I do believe it would only be a temporary move to get him “right.” Davis has been absolutely awful, terrible, hideous, the worst, bad, scary bad, slumpy, poor, horrible, ghastly, horrific, gruesome, repulsive and any other word the means bad this year. I mean come on, only 5 HR so far! You know it is real bad when hitting .237 over the last 15 games is considered a step in the right direction. I know some are still willing to wait this thing out given his amazing second half of 2012… I wish I could see why. With options like Adam Lind, Garrett Jones, Kevin Youkilis or even Kyle Blanks available in many many leagues, for me it is past due to cut bait and move on.Comment, ask questions or yell about my crazy Puig love on twitter @ANodBaseball
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